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November 2018
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Postcards from Autumn in Kennebunkport, Maine, USA
Destinations
Kennebunkport, Maine - photo by Luxury ExperienceKennebunkport, Maine founded in 1653, is a beautiful and quaint New England seashore resort town. Adding to its cache, it is the Summer home of two former United States Presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and their families. Stunning boutique hotels, wonderful restaurants, pristine beaches, galleries, boutique shopping, horse-drawn carriages, iconic trolleys and so much more, makeit a perfect Autumn (or any season) getaway.
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Grand Hotel, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA
Hotels and Resorts
Grand Hotel - Kennebunkport, Maine We stayed at the Grand Hotel, part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, in Kennebunkport, Maine, a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of this pretty New England seaside resort town where gracious hospitality and luxurious amenities and appointments await guests. Small in stature with just 17 rooms and 2 suites, their personalized service and attention to detail began at check-in with a glass of sparkling wine at this oh-so civilized and delightful hotel.
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Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA
Adventures
Seashore Trolley Museum - Kennbunkport, Maine, USA - photo by Luxury Experience All aboard! One of the most iconic sights in Kennebunkport, Maine is the beloved sightseeing trolley. In keeping with its time-honored tradition, we visited the Seashore Trolley Museum (New England Electric Railway Historical Society), which is the largest and oldest electric railway museum in the world. Experiencing the museum and riding a vintage electric trolley at the Seashore Trolley Museum was the perfect way to experience an electric trolley and learn about the history and how they played a substantialand very important role in changing the lives of many. The Seashore Trolley Museum opened in 1939 to preserve the past and celebrate the age of the trolleys.
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The Boathouse Restaurant, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA
Restaurants
Oysters - The Boathouse - Kennebunkport, Maine - photo by Luxury Experience Maine is famous for its lobster and The Boathouse, part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, in Kennebunkport, Maine has a menu teaming with tempting lobster and seafood dishes along with "land-based" dishes to appeal to a wide variety of palates. The Boathouse opened in May 2018 on the banks of the Kennebunkport River, and if the restaurant was any closer to the water you would need to wear a flotation device while dining in this chic restaurant where Executive Chef John Shaw is the talent in the kitchen.
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Executive Chef John Shaw Recipes: The Boathouse, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef John Shaw - The Boathouse, Kennebunkport, ME Executive Chef John Shaw of The Boathouse restaurant part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, in Kennebunkport, Maine takes time out from the kitchen to speak with Luxury Experience about the restaurant's culinary focus and graciously shares two of his tempting recipes for Lobster Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce, and Tuna Poke Bowl until you can personally visit the restaurant and taste his creations.
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Thousand Pines, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Westport Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Andrew Veenstra, Kelly Mcandrew, Katie Ailion - By Carol Rosegg The Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut presented the world premiere of the dramatic play, Thousand Pines written by Matthew Greene, directed by Austin Pendleton, with a tremendously talented cast of Katie Aillon, Anne Bates, Joby Earle, Kelly McAndrew, William Ragsdale, and Andrew Veenstra. This powerfully impactful tour-de-force play is one that will resonate long after audiences have left the Westport Country Playhouse. Thousand Pines runs until November 17, 2018 at the Westport Country Playhouse.
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Brooks England - Briefcases
Fashion Scene
Brooks England - The New Street When it comes to briefcases, there is no need to sacrifice function for fashion. Designed in a country famous for its rain, Brooks England, established in England in 1866, knows how to create durable, well-made briefcases that deftly combine comfort, good looks, and weatherproofing to ensure your briefcase and your precious contents inside arrive at your destination looking great no matter the weather. Designed for cyclists, the New Street Briefcase part of the Brooks Discovery Range bags makes a statement whether riding your bike or traveling by car, motorcycle, train, airplane, or yacht to your destination.
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Encuentro de Sabores de Tamaulipas, Mexico - The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, USA
Gastronomy
Chef Angel Garcia and Edward Nesta - Photo by Luxury Experience Our palates went on a Mexican holiday at the American Bounty Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, during the Encountering the Flavors of Tamaulipas, Mexico gala as part of the State of Tamaulipas Mexico and The Culinary Institute of America Cultural Culinary Exchange. Celebrating the cuisine from the state of Tamaulipas, was Chef Hugo Urtaza Alvarez, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Chef Ángel García, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Brian Kaywork Chef-Instructor, American Bounty Restaurant, Charles Garibaldi, CHE, Maître d'hôtel Instructor, Michael Zebrowski, Pastry Chef-Instructor, and the American Bounty Restaurant Class of 2018-2019.
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Jane Monheit at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT, USA
Performances
Jane Monheit - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Jane Montheit lit up the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her gorgeous vocals and engaging storytelling. Deftly pulling Jazz standards spanning from her illustrious 20-year career, Jane Monheit connected with her audience from the opening song until the resounding standing ovation. Brava!
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Alastair Greene - Interview
Music Scene
Alastair Greene Southern Blues Rock singer, songwriter, master guitarist Alastair Greene takes time from touring with the band to speak with Luxury Experience about his new release, Alastair Greene - Live From The 805 recorded in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California, about on the road touring, and life in general. Life is looking good for the multi-talented Alastair Greene.
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Harmony - The People's Guitar 1945 - 1975, by Ron Rothman
Luxury Products
Harmony Guitars - The Ppeople's Guitars - 1945 - 1975 Author Ron Rothman tells the interesting story of The Harmony Guitar Company in his gorgeous 176-page hardcover book, Harmony - The People's Guitar, 1945 - 1975, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. During those 30 years of production in Chicago, Illinois, the American company "rocked" the world of many professional and amateur guitarists. In addition to the history of Harmony Guitars there are great photographs of the guitars and the guitarists who played them including Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, Richie Valens, Dave Davies of the Kinks, John Sebastian, to name but a few. Harmony - The People's Guitar 1945 - 1975, by Ron Rothman makes a great gift for your favorite guitarist or vintage guitar collector.
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Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Performances
Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses Amazing, astounding, and astonishing best describe the dance company, Pilobolus, and their spectacular evening of contemporary dance with their program, "Come To Your Senses" at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. We have seen some incredible performances throughout the years at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, and as such, they have set the bar high for our expectations. The performance by Pilobolus surpassed the bar with their spectacular, gravity defying abilities and choreography that not only pushed the envelope, shredded it and cast it to the wind. Bravo!
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Alastair Greene - Live From The 805
Music Scene

Alastair Greene - Live From The 805 Listen up Alastair Greene fans! I just listened to the new Alastair Greene Live From The 805, a 2-Disc, 20-track album that is going to rock your Southern Blues Rock world; it did mine. Released on the Rip Cat Records label, Alastair Greene proves his mettle as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, along and his band mates, Jim Rankin on bass and Austin Beede on drums. Recorded live in Santa Barbara, California in front of a sold-out show, the 94:30-minute release has great energy and drive.

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Chef Lidija Ragauskas Recipes - Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar, New York, NY, USA
Chefs Recipes
Beef Stroganoff - Russian Samovar, NY, NY, USA The Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar owned by Roman Kaplan and located in New York City at 256 West 52nd Street just off 8th Avenue in the heart of the theatre district has been serving traditional Russian cuisine since 1986 and features Chef Lidija Ragauskas as the talent in the kitchen where she has been delighting patrons' palates for the past 18 years. If traditional fare of blini, caviar, and house-infused savory and sweet vodka, bring a gleam to your eye, then Russian Samovar is sure to delight. Chef Lidija Ragauskas graciously shares her mouth-watering recipe for Beef Stroganoff to tempt your palate into visiting the restaurant.
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Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar, New York, NY, USA
Restaurants
Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar - NY, NY, USA We took a "culinary tour" of Russia via dinner in New York City at the acclaimed Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar located at 256 West 52nd Street just off 8th Avenue in the heart of the theatre district. Since 1986, the Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar has attracted diners not only for the delcious traditional Russian cuisine and savory and sweet house infused vodkas, but also for the music.
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Postcards from The Glass House, New Canaan, CT, USA
Destinations
The Glass House - New Canaan, CT, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience Living in Connecticut, for years we have wanted to visit The Glass House in New Canaan. As it is only open for tours from May until November 30, somehow time slipped away from us each year without experiencing this architectural treasure built by the renowned American architect Philip Johnson. This year, we finally visited this National Trust Historic Site. Built between 1949 and 1995, The Glass House is nestled on 49-acres in the affluent town of New Canaan, Connecticut and consists of fourteen stunningly modern structures. Now a museum, Philip Johnson (1906 - 2005) lived in The Glass House from 1949 until his death in 2005.  
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Cruising on the Hudson River with Hudson River Cruises, Kingston, NY, USA
Adventures
Esopus Meadows Lighthouse - Hudson River Cruises - photo by Luxury Experience Experiencing a sightseeing cruise with Hudson River Cruises aboard the Rip Van Winkle down the Hudson River exploring the Hudson Valley of New York and the Catskill Mountains was a breathtaking experience. For the past 35 years, Hudson River Cruises has provided stunning vistas and excellent service. The cruises run from mid-May until the end of October, making them the perfect way to experience the beauty during the summer as well during Autumn's annual "leaf peeping."
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Postcards from the Catskill Mountains, New York, USA
Destinations
Roundout Lighthouse- Hudson River Cruise - photo by Luxury Experience Greetings and love from the Catskill Mountains of New York State, which are inspiring to visit in any season as there is much to do and experience. Located in the south eastern region of New York State, north of New York City and south of Albany, the Catskill Mountains covers 5,892 breathtaking square miles. The area has long attracted artists, musicians, and adventurers who come to the area to be inspired by nature's beauty; we visited Mt. Tremper and Kingston and were inspired as well.
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Postcards from Washington, DC, USA
Destinations
Whitehouse - photo by Luxury Experience Greetings and love from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, which should be on every traveler's radar. Founded on July 16, 1790, it is an amazing city with a rich history in which to submerse oneself. Architecturally stunning the city is a diverse blend of historic and contemporary design. For visitors the city has much to experience from learning about the history of the United States to visiting its many historic sites, attractions, and museums.
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