R BlockDining Departures

The Best U.S. Airport Terminals To Be Stuck At

Delays at airports are not as woeful as they used to be. That is, if you are lucky enough to be stranded in a choice terminal replete with the type of trendy dining and watering-hole options that rival our very cities. If you find yourself in an airport for an extended period of time this coming holiday season—or any time for that matter—hopefully it’s at one of these terminals.

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R BlockBest Hotel Bars In Miami

Miami may be in South Florida, but it’s a cosmopolitan city that caters to high energy people with refined taste. The obligatory caribbean-themed, thatch-roofed bar that may emanate throughout other parts of the sunshine state is not the standard in Miami. Read more »


R BlockBest Luxury Hotels for “Active” Travelers

While relaxing vacations certainly have their virtues—think pina coladas on a white sand beach, or a deep tissue massage at a desert spa—many people prefer a daily dose of action and adventure on their vacations. No, I’m not talking about golf, or tennis or long walks on the beach. I’m talking about real activities and adventure—perhaps even a little danger. Read more »


R BlockBest Hotel Holiday Pop Ups

From rooftop terraces transformed into enchanting winter wonderlands to charming, artisan markets selling handcrafted novelties and gifts, hotels from Vancouver to London are pulling out all the stops to offer one-of-a-kind holiday pop-ups to guests and locals alike this winter. Here are the most festive holiday pop-up experiences at luxury hotels around the world. Read more »


R BlockBest Library Bars

Ah, the library bar. An urban oasis steeped in history (quite literally). Vintage, deep-seated armchairs, mahogany shelves and leather bound books ease the soul, while a single malt scotch calms the nerves after a long day of work. Ron Burgundy’s kind of place. My kind of place. Read more »


R BlockGLR Joins Pursuitist Influencer Network

I am excited to announce that GoodLife Report has been invited to join the Pursuitist Influencer Network—a meticulously curated portfolio of premium influencers and partners which advertisers and brands can use to connect with the most relevant affluent audiences online. Read more »


R BlockNew York’s Pierre Hotel – A Jewel on Central Park

With its newly renovated Rotunda Room, reimagined Perrine restaurant, long history and international appeal, the iconic Pierre Hotel is the perfect place to stay if visiting New York City this fall 

The U.S. Open is an international event, with an international crowd, played in an international city. If you’re in New York over the next few weeks to watch some tennis or you live in New York and enjoy a little people watching and the patronage of this great tennis event – the Pierre Hotel is a must visit place. Read more »


R BlockThe 7 Best Hotels In San Francisco

With new ownership and recent renovations, a number of the City By The Bay’s most iconic hotels remain the best places to stay

While San Francisco may becoming to expensive to live in, it is still relatively affordable to visit. And unlike New York City’s hotel scene which seems to grow and grow, with trendy newcomers stealing the show, many of San Francisco’s top places to stay are the same properties they have always been—despite minor name changes. Read more »


R Block4 Cucumber Cocktails To Keep You Cool This Summer

Cucumbers are a summer staple for their refreshing flavor, high water content and hydrating capabilities. Of course, salads and fresh summer vegetable plates are not the only place you will find them. The cucumber is a classic cocktail compliment (and garnish), particularly for gin. So it should come as no surprise to gin lovers that Hendricks—the unique gin with a cucumber aroma, bottled in an unmistakable black medicine jar—is the preferred gin for cucumber themed cocktails.  Read more »


From September 7th through September 14th, San Francisco will host the 34th annual America’s Cup, the world’s oldest and most prestigious sailing event. The race, which is back in the USA for the first time since 1995, is not only a grand test of athleticism, sailing prowess and nautical design, but also in fund-raising and management skills. Indeed, the second week of September will draw many of the world’s Olympic sailors, top yacht designers, entrepreneurs and sponsors to the city by the bay.


The America’s Cup races are steeped in history, dating back to the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Annual Regatta around the Isle of Wight in 1851. An unusual looking Schooner named America, owned by the fledgling New York Yacht Club (NYYC), unexpectedly emerged from the mist, surpassed all 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron and came out to win the trophy. The trophy was later renamed America’s Cup and since the 1850s, has been held in trust as a perpetual challenge trophy to promote friendly competition among sailing nations.


The 2013 America’s Cup pits Oracle Team USA against challenger Emirates Team New Zealand, who clinched the Louis Vuitton challenger series 7-1,  in what will undoubtedly be a close and exciting match. This year’s competition will be raced in AC72 wing-sail catamarans, newly designed vessels that have the ability to hydrofoil. This means that when the boat reaches a certain speed, both hulls will clear the water and spectators will see the boats literally “fly” across the water at points during the races.





Check out the race schedule and grab tickets for top viewing spots like the rooftop at Pier 39. For a more high-brow experience, sip on Moet Chandon Imperial and nibble on Dungeness Crab bites with the “Smooth Sailing” package at the famous “Top of the Mark” atop the Mark Hopkins Hotel in Nob Hill. 


If your loyalties lie Kiwi-side, head to Waiheke Island Yacht Club off Pier 29 where restaurateur Tony Stewart has launched a pop-up restaurant serving New Zealand fair or Waterbar, featuring Cloudy Bay clams—Diamond Shell, Storm Clam, Tua Tua and the Moon Shell—flown in fresh each day from NZ.




Waiheke Island Yacht Club


If you prefer to catch the action from the water’s edge, shoreline viewing tickets ($25) are also available, though you don’t necessarily need to be at the waterfront to see the race. Enjoying the good wine and good company while viewing the race from a friend’s rooftop in Pacific Heights, Russian Hill or Nob Hill is a smart way to avoid the crowds.


Muir Woods

America’s Cup is certainly not the only draw to San Francisco in the early fall. Across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County is Muir Woods National Monument — a hiking mecca. Pick from a number of trailways, but to work up a healthy sweat take Steep Ravine for a long, challenging trek toward the ocean cliffs. Seven miles of fresh pine smelling air, the inviting and protective shadows of enormous redwoods, and no humidity acts like a full body elixir—and the Pacific views at the end is icing on the cake. After your forest adventure, rest at nearby Muir Beach and watch the sun set.


Muir Woods Trails


Rich Table

San Francisco is also a mecca for locavores. Most restaurants in San Francisco tout their local and organic ingredients and have plenty of choices for all discerning palates—herbivore or carnivore. Rich Table – a cozy, rustic spot particularly stands out among the farm-to-table set. Entrée offerings here change regularly, but a few sides and small dishes are must-try mainstays. Among them are the porcini mushrooms – savory and croissant-textured muffins infused with mushroom flavor. Also among them are surprisingly, the beets, though it’s a bit tough at first to eat this work of art. Rich burgundy beets juxtaposed against beaming yellow sunflower petals in a perfectly round dish is first a delight to the eyes and then a treat for the palette. You may be overcome with the urge to Instagram.


Rich Table


Park Tavern 

 For brunch, head to Park Tavern with a group and be sure to start with Spicy Bloody Mary’s, Avocado Bread and Nut Butters. For entrees, the Deviled Egg sandwich is absolutely delicious while the Fluffy Buttermilk pancakes and decadent French toast are the perfect cure for last night’s indulgences.


Park Tavern


Presidio Social Club


Presidio Social Club

Getting back to the sailing theme, the Presidio Social Club, in the historic Presdio near Golden Gate Bridge, is getting in “the spirit” with nautical libations and bar bites in honor of the America’s Cup. The specialty menu appropriately features Rum, with drinks like the Pitti Punch, a cocktail straight from Antigua Race Week made with Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, sugar, and lime juice, a Bumbo, a mixture of Flor de Cana rum, nutmeg syrup, and coconut water served chilled and up, or the post-race classic Sail Reefer, a shot of Mt. Gay Rum and a Red Stripe Beer. Built in a 1903 military barracks in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park, the Social Club may not boast great Cup views, but it’s close enough to the water to have become a popular post-sailing hangout.