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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: Paso Robles, California

    The Weekender: Paso Robles, California

    Swap Napa for this weekend-worthy California city and wine country

    First thing’s first, if you’re not familiar, people in Paso Robles pronounce it “Paso Row-bulls.” It’s wrong, but I guess we don’t pronounce Los Angeles correctly either, so I’ll move on. The city is located along California’s central coast–halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles–and it’s ... More

  • This Casino Is Fun Even If You Don’t Gamble

    This Casino Is Fun Even If You Don’t Gamble

    The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has more to offer, with serious culinary gems to boot

    Let’s face it — casinos are not everyone’s cup of tea. The name of the game is gambling (literally), and if you don’t do it, well, what else is there to do? Turns out at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, the answer is plenty. For ... More

  • This Long Island Hotel is What Design Dreams Are Made of

    This Long Island Hotel is What Design Dreams Are Made of

    You will leave this boutique property with your next Instagram post

    While the Hamptons—on the South Fork of Long Island—may get all the hype, there’s another fork to familiarize yourself with: The North Fork. In particular, the town of Greenport at the end of the fork, which is slowly but surely seeing more visitors. A former whaling and fishermen’s ... More

  • Visit This Chic Resort For a Luxe Getaway

    Visit This Chic Resort For a Luxe Getaway

    It’s a quick trip from New York, and somewhere you’d never expect

    When people think of summer in New York, most people's minds almost immediately wander out east to the Hamptons. But what if I told you the chicest getaway is just 70 minutes outside of NYC? Well, I just did. Asbury Park, New Jersey has been revamped as an idyllic ... More

  • Two Summer Cocktails You Need to Make Right Now

    Two Summer Cocktails You Need to Make Right Now

    Whether you're at The Surf Lodge in Montauk or relaxing in your own backyard, here are your next two drink orders

    Summer isn’t over anytime soon (at least, let’s pretend that’s the case), so what better way to soak up the rest of the season than with good tunes, good company, and great drinks? Head to Montauk’s Surf Lodge where the bartenders are slinging summer cocktails a plenty to ... More

  • 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