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Samantha Leal

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Samantha Leal (you can call her Sam) is a travel, drinks, and beauty/style writer with a love and knack for finding the best places to eat and drink in any location (that’s what makes a vacation, right?). She has a thing for classic cars, and can wax poetic about the history of your favorite cocktail. You can find her everywhere @samanthajoleal.

Recent Articles
  • The Weekender: Franciacorta, Italy

    The Weekender: Franciacorta, Italy

    Get to know this Northern Italian wine region and discover that there is more to Italian sparkling wine than Prosecco

    Franciacorta, Italy is an Italian wine region just about 50 miles, or an hour, outside of Milan. While Prosecco has become synonymous with Italian sparkling wine, Franciacorta is an entirely different animal — made in a Champagne-style, and completely delicious. But where to begin exploring the region? Below, find your complete ... More

  • 12 Refreshing Rosés to Try This Summer

    12 Refreshing Rosés to Try This Summer

    Why not celebrate National Rosé Day every day?

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  • The Weekender: The French Riviera

    The Weekender: The French Riviera

    A short and simple guide for enjoying part of the French Riviera on little time

    Visiting the French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, is like turning the illustrious pages of a storybook. The little villages nestled in between beaches along the Mediterranean Coast in the South of France are picturesque in every way — and are the perfect backdrop for a much-needed vacation. But what ... More

  • Olivia Culpo’s Top Entertaining Tips for Summer

    Olivia Culpo’s Top Entertaining Tips for Summer

    The actress and model talks Bacardi, bars, and beats

    Olivia Culpo knows a thing or two about entertaining. The model and actress is often seen at star-studded Hollywood parties and events, and even hosts them — and such is the case this afternoon, where she’s celebrating the launch of BACARDÍ Lime at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & ... More

  • Traveling to Venice? Meet Your Home Away From Home

    Traveling to Venice? Meet Your Home Away From Home

    Visit this luxury resort that inhabits its own island — yes, island

    Venice is a magical place. So it seems extreme to think that you can add to the magic — but here we are. Located on its own private island (Isola delle Rose, the youngest island in the Venetian lagoon dating back to 1870), the JW Marriott Venice ... More

  • Downtown Nashville Has a New Power Player

    Downtown Nashville Has a New Power Player

    The newly opened Dream Nashville hotel brings chic cosmopolitan vibes to Music City, U.S.A.

    Dream Hotels has done it again. Inside their newly opened Dream Nashville, located on 4th Avenue North (with its back oriented to the historic Printer’s Alley), the vibe is electric and, dare we say, sexy. With 168 rooms and 21 suites and a plethora of dining and ... More

  • Explore Oregon’s Wine Country From This Hotel

    Explore Oregon’s Wine Country From This Hotel

    A stay at the Allison Inn & Spa does not disappoint — and it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year

    Portland, Oregon is great, but less than an hour outside the city awaits even more beautiful scenery and — wait for it — a buzzy wine country waiting to be discovered. The Willamette Valley has put itself on the map largely for its Pinot Noirs, with Chardonnays also ... More

  • Why This Luxe South African Safari Lodge is The Ultimate Abode

    Why This Luxe South African Safari Lodge is The Ultimate Abode

    And a must-do if you want to experience the bush at its most opulent

    It can’t be overstated: A stay at Royal Malewane will be one of the most wondrous stays you’ll experience. Twenty years ago, it was the private residence and friends-only lodge for Liz and Phil Biden, who had ties to African fashion house Jenni Button before becoming hoteliers. ... More

  • The Weekender: Greenville, South Carolina

    The Weekender: Greenville, South Carolina

    Why this city is making a big splash (hi, James Beard nods) — and should be your next warm-weather weekend trip

    Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina is the charming Southern city you haven’t been to — yet. Some consider it to be the next Charleston or Asheville as far as tourism goes, the once-sleepy city has been awakened by an influx of jobs, ... More

  • The Weekender: Cape Town, South Africa

    The Weekender: Cape Town, South Africa

    Bask in the diverse flavors, settings, and scenes of this South African standout and capital

    Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa — nicknamed the “Mother City” — and is truly a wonder. A port city located on the water, you’ll get everything you could ever want by way of beaches, mountains, wine country, and urban sprawl — making it the ideal destination for picky travelers ... More