Spring into the New Season at Southampton Inn

Spring is in the air, and Southampton Inn is the ideal place to enjoy the tranquility of the Hamptons as the daylight hours begin to lengthen and the warm weather rolls in. Relax and rejuvenate in Southampton before the hustle and bustle of peak summer and enjoy an affordable coastal getaway this spring with friends or family.

From strolling the property’s beautiful grounds and gardens, which begins to blossom and bloom with magnificent color in the coming months, to enjoying on-site tennis with family and friends, Southampton Inn is the perfect place to spend a weekend or longer break. Soak up the charm and old-world ambience of nearby Southampton Village, the first English settlement in the state of New York, which will celebrate its 375th Birthday in 2015 with a host of workshops, lectures, and festivities throughout the year organized by Southampton Historical Museum. The Inn is just steps from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, spas, art galleries and more.

Long Island’s stunning East End offers a wealth of cultural attractions and free outdoor activities to take advantage of, all of which can be organized through Southampton Inn’s friendly guest services team.

The surrounding area offers magnificent museums like the Parrish Art Museum, which has its Spring Fling on April 25, 2015. The concierge at the hotel also has arrangements at multiple area golf courses, including Indian Island Country Club and Cherry Creek Golf Links for guests who want to play a round of 18 holes during their stay. Pet-friendly rooms for an additional fee for those who cannot leave home without their pets. Seven miles of picture perfect beachfront at Cooper’s Beach are just minutes away via the Inn’s complimentary shuttle service, freeing guests from rental car and parking worries. There’s no need to rent a car from the city – Southampton Inn is easily accessible from Manhattan via the Long Island Railroad and Hampton Jitney coach services making it perfect for the ultimate staycation.

In the spirit of the season, with spring bringing rebirth, renewal and re-growth — Southampton Inn has recently renovated its guestrooms with new lighting, carpets, furnishings and modern color scheme. Each room provide guests with the comforts of home combined with the whimsical personality of a great escape. The Inn’s renowned Café OSO, an annual summer pop-up restaurant which takes on a unique persona each year, will reveal its 2015-16 summer theme to an eagerly-awaiting and loyal crowd at its annual Memorial Day Barbeque. The restaurant’s club-casual décor creates a relaxing, non-pretentious atmosphere where guests can enjoy a true Hamptons dining experience with style and ease.

About Southampton Inn

Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for bustling city-dwellers. The Inn is renowned as one of Southampton’s leading hospitality and event venues. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with a solid reputation that is richly deserved. Celebrate the art of pure relaxation, indulge in a romantic get-away, or enjoy precious time with the entire family – Southampton Inn has everything for the discerning traveler. With 90 well-appointed guestrooms which are located just steps away from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums, and a short drive from highly-rated Coopers Beach, the Inn is the perfect home-away-from-home to explore the scenic Hamptons.

For more information, please visit www.southamptoninn.com

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Five reasons to visit Tokyo, Japan

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LMG has rounded up the best of Tokyo, Japan for our friends over at Newswhistle.com, a website covering the latest news and tips from around the world.

After a setback from the natural and nuclear disasters of 2011, tourism has rebounded in Japan’s capital Tokyo.

The renewed surge of visitors is being partly attributed to Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to bulk up the economy.

This sprawling and marvelous metropolis brings high-tech gadgets and visions of the future together with glimpses of old Japan. Tokyo has something for everyone.

1. City Views

The Tokyo Skytree, which is approximately twice the height of the Eiffel Tower, is the tallest tower in the world and second tallest structure in the world.

The Skytree has two enclosed observation decks which offer spectacular views over Tokyo. One of the observation decks contains the Tembo Gallery.  Dubbed “the world’s highest skywalk”, the Tembo Gallery consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower. It allows visitors to look over the Kanto Region to spectacular distances. You can also enjoy a sky-high meal at the Musashi Sky Restaurant, which serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine.

Another fantastic option is the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, a 54-story high skyscraper that houses companies like Google Japan, Pokemon, and The Mori Art Museum. The gorgeous observation deck offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city skyline, and the Sky Deck/helicopter pad on the roof of the building is the only open-air observation deck in the city.

Or you can live like Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation and stay at the Park Hyatt Hotel in the Shinjuku Park Tower, where the 2003 hit film was set.  The Hotel is an elegant oasis of space and calm overlooking Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji.

For more information visit www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/, www.roppongihills.com/ or tokyo.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/

2. Sukiyabashi Jiro Restaurant

The famed three-star Micheln restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo is owned and operated by sushi master Jiro Ono, who became internationally known after the 2011 documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

The fascinating documentary by David Gelb, which showed at Tribeca Film Festival and is available to stream on Netflix now, follows 85-year-old Jiro Ono as he follows his quest to perfect the art of sushi. It also profiles his two sons, both of whom are sushi chefs.

The restaurant is located inauspiciously in a Tokyo subway station and only has seats for 10 diners at a time. It is so popular that international travelers have made it a destination and the waiting list is booked months in advance.

Chef Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 course for a total of 30,000 Japanese Yen (just under US $300).

For more information visit www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html

3. Japanese Grand Prix 2014

Sunday, 5 October, 2014

Round 15 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship takes the drivers to Suzuka this weekend for the Japanese Grand Prix, held at the famous Suzuka Circuit, which is close to the town of Nagoya, 2.5 hours’ drive away from Tokyo.

Suzuka is one of the most revered circuits in the world; it’s a race track which only the best drivers succeed, which may explain why 18 of the last 19 grand prix at the track have been won by world champions.  The circuit was originally built by Honda in the sixties to test their bikes and cars and is still owned by the company today.

This year, Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives for Toro Rosso at Suzuka after his 17th birthday. The Dutch youngster, who is the son of the former F1 driver Jos, will drive Jean-Éric Vergne’s car in the first practice session at Suzuka

In the host city of Suzuka, this is also plenty to do. You can jump on the thrilling roller coasters that give a great view of the circuit and the sea, and there’s plenty of excellent restaurants with local cuisine to try.

For more information visit www.formula1.com/races/

4. The 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival

Thursday, October 23 to Friday, October 31, 2014.

The 27th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will run at Roppongi Hills and other central Tokyo venues.

TFF started in 1985 has since grown to become one of the leading film festivals in Asia, as the only one accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

This year, a 21-movie lineup has been announced for its special screenings section, including The Expendables 3; Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s documentary about the The New York Review of Books, The 50 Year Argument; and The Cathedrals of Culture documentary series, with episodes from Robert Redford and Wim Wenders.

Although the Tokyo festival will only have this one Japanese film in competition, Pale Moon, it has been aiming to promote more local films through programs such as this year’s focus on Japanese animation. TIFF has also unveiled a seven-year initiative to promote Asian films and nurture Asian film professionals.

For more information visit 2014.tiff-jp.net/en/

5. Sumo wrestling

Tokyo has three grand tournaments for sumo wrestling, which take place over 15 days in January, May and September at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall. The world’s best square off in thrilling matches that can be as short as five seconds.

If you don’t happen to be in Japan during one of these tournaments, try experiencing it on American soil instead. The US Sumo Open at Long Beach in Southern California has grown to become the largest amateur sumo competition outside of Japan. Seventy men and 15 women from more than a dozen countries compete at the Walter Pyramid at California State University. This year’s championship will be broadcast as a two-hour special on the Universal Sports Network on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

For more information visit www.usasumo.com/

Travel Beauty partners with Hamptons’ hotels to provide beauty concierge service

Now that summer is officially upon us, many are dreaming of heading out to Long Island’s East End to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

To ensure you’re packing the very best beauty and grooming products, Travel Beauty – an online destination dedicated to offering the best in travel-friendly beauty and grooming products from around the globe – has partnered with two of the Hamptons’ most luxurious hotels to offer an exclusive service to its guests.

When you place your reservation with the breathtaking Panoramic View Resort & Residences in Montauk or the gorgeous Ocean Dunes Resort & Residences in Amagansett, you can enhance your stay with a custom-curated Travel Beauty travel kit, filled with your favorite luxury travel-size toiletries.

Simply visit TravelBeauty.com to create your own travel kit. Fill your kit with exactly the products you’ll want and need during your stay at these spectacular ocean-side hotels.

Guests can opt to have their kits delivered directly to the hotel so that it is waiting for them upon arrival.

Now you can enjoy the serene waterfront landscape of the Hamptons with all the beauty and grooming products you’ll need without the fuss.

For more information, please click here.

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Vaneese Thomas performs at soul music festival in Italy

Singer and songwriter Vaneese Thomas recently performed at Porretta Soul Festival, an annual Italian music festival that took place this year from July 17 – 20, 2014.

The festival, known as the world’s premier festival for vintage soul music, is held in the center of Porretta Terme, a picturesque village in Northern Italy. The outdoor amphitheater where it takes place is named after Vaneese’s late father Rufus Thomas, who was the venue’s honored guest and featured performer for many years.

The Porretta Soul Festival acknowledges the importance of Memphis’ contributions to Soul Music, particularly during the 1960s and 70s. Remarkably, half a century after the height of soul music in Memphis, and thousands of miles away, that sound is still celebrated in this tiny Italian town.

Since it started in 1987, the Porretta Soul Festival has featured mostly Memphis artists such as The Bar-Kays, the Bo-Keys, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and musician Marvell Thomas. This year, Vaneese Thomas will play alongside Memphis and Mid-South artists such as Toni Green and Denise Lasalle.

Vaneese’s latest album, “Blues For My Father”, is dedicated to her legendary father as an R n’ B pioneer whose work will never be forgotten. What better place to hear her sing the amazing tracks on the album than at Rufus Thomas Park!

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Ocean Dunes Resort & Residences in list of “Top Five Beachfront Motels”

Oceanfront property Ocean Dunes in Amagansett, New York, has been featured in ABC’s list of the Top Five “Awesome Beachfront Motels” in the world.

ABC considered beach getaways from all across the world – looking for affordable peace and tranquility.

The article points out Ocean Dune’s high points as, “the outdoor pool, private beach access and location within walking distance of the hamlet of Amagansett”.

“All units come with a kitchen […] and feature affordable rates, especially considering the property’s tony Hamptons address.”

To read the article, click here.

To find out more on Ocean Dunes Resort & Residences, visit www.distinctiveventures.com

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How to pack for your summer holiday with Devra Miller

Packing for summer holidays can be tricky – especially if you are disorganized or have to travel light.

Luckily Miamica’s designer Devra Miller has given her recommendations for packing and organizing for your upcoming summer vacations.

Read Devra Miller’s tips at Times Square Gossip

Visit Miamica’s website to order these products. 

 

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Devra Miller’s female-friendly travel accessories

For women on the go, Miamica’s trendy travel accessories are a must-have. Organizing and packing have become effortless and enjoyable with this line of fun and functional designs.

Devra Miller, Miamica’s President, started the New York City-based company to address the lack of fashionable and affordable female-friendly travel accessories available to travelers. Each piece is emblazoned with a witty, whimsical phrase that reflects the spirit of the Miamica brand.

 
Fuchsia Crossbody Smartphone Case

To see what MIAMICA is all about, click here.

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