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May 1, 2011

Yay it’s May!

And, I’m thrilled to showcase some of my latest book, England’s Hideaways’, most recent press clippings.  The first is in the current issue of Martha Stewart Living, the second is in April’s Veranda Magazine and the third semenax testimonials is from Metrosource LA.

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Living's May 2011 issue

April's Veranda

April 2011's Veranda issue

Proud to be featured out on the West Coast

Proud to be featured out on the West Coast

Don’t delay, order a copy for Mum’s Day, today!

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Published by Meg, Monday, May 2, 2011 No Comments

Spring is in the Air

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April 30th, 2011

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This post offers a photo-medley of a few things, both local and far-flung, that have me awfully excited for hotel-hopping this Spring!

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1. Hotel Rooftop Bars – It’s that blessed time of year again when the city-revelers come outside to imbibe, often congregating in elevated, al-fresco spaces. And although I’ve moved out of New York City to the ‘burbs, I still look forward to frequenting various sky-gazing locales as often as possible this Spring both in New York and around the Globe. As a result, I often choose my hotel stays based on their outdoor offerings. I find it particularly beneficial when combating jet-lag. A pleasant terrace, from which to lap up the sunshine and fresh air, can work wonders on the dull ache of tiredness.

Pictured below are three urban terraces I thoroughly enjoyed during my visit and highly recommend to you all. Now that the weather has arrived, get going!

They’re awaiting your drink order.

NYC's Surrey Hotel, located on the Upper East Side, has an exclusive, guest and friends-of only, invite list. Oh how deliciously New York.

NYC's Surrey Hotel, located on the Upper East Side, has an exclusive, guest and friends-of only, invite list. Oh how deliciously New York.

Rome's Hotel Raphael (a Relais & Chateaux member) has one of my favorite terraces in all of Rome

Rome's Hotel Raphael (a Relais & Chateaux member) has one of my favorite terraces in all of Rome. I am working to get there next month and will hopefully post personal pix soon.

Berlin's Hotel de Rome (see my review by searching the site) has a rooftop bar that is not only elegant but offers the perfect respite after a long day of museum hopping

Berlin's Hotel de Rome (see my review by searching the site) has a rooftop bar that is not only elegant but offers the perfect respite after a long day of museum hopping

2. Garden Tours One of the best brooke hogan pokies places in the world to visit fresh Spring Gardens is England.  My latest book; England’s Hideaways features many of the country’s most beautiful Hotel Gardens, which offer the ideal backdrop for a springtime stroll. Pictured below are photos from the book featuring a few of the more memorable gardens from the book. Each offer a splendid, fragrant walk where green thumbs will be making furious mental notes.

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The magnificent Rose pergola at Ston Easton Park

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The prized gardens of Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House

Whatley Manor's boxwood plantints

Whatley Manor's boxwood plantings

3. Bike Riding Ever since I spent a brief 9 months living in Amsterdam, I’ve become hooked on biking as the preferred mode of short-distance transportation. While the Dutchies do it year-round, (you should have seen me struggle in the ice and snow!), I prefer the warm air and fresh smells of Spring to greet me as I pedal. As a result,  I love it when hotels offer complimentary bikes. Once again, it’s an effectual and pleasant method of battling jet lag, while simultaneously offering a fun way of familiarizing yourself with your whereabouts.  For me, biking on a cruiser-style bike produces a fabulous inner-child release, which always feels like vacation.

Pictured below are some of my favorite hotels who offer complimentary bikes.

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Swedish, vintage bikes at Whatley Manor in England

NYC's Bowery Hotel offers branded red bikes to take advantage of the city's new bike lanes

NYC's Bowery Hotel offers branded red bikes to take advantage of the city's new bike lanes

Amsterdam's The Dylan offers some of the more attractive 'fiesten' in the city

Amsterdam's The Dylan has some of the more attractive 'fiesten' in the city

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Published by Meg, Thursday, April 28, 2011 No Comments

April 18, 2011

All over Jolly Old

Strapped for a gift for Kate and Wills or more likely, your Mom for Mother’s Day?

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Look no further than, my latest book, ENGLAND’S HIDEAWAYS, shot by the very talented, Englishman, Tim Clinch, which is now in stores or available online everywhere they sell quality books (natch).

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Hotel Endsleigh - one of my favorite Hideaways in the World.

I am planning a roster of signings, the first one will be in my hometown of Greenwich, CT with location TBD.  Please check back for details. In the meantime, though, you can always order it on the site, here, through PayPal and I will happily inscribe it and ship it to whomever.

Here are a few picks of the book’s interior pages to whet the appetite..

“Mummy will be chuffed by such a gift!”

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AS, ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!

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Published by Meg, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 No Comments

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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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