12/18/14 3:26pm
Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy commissioned a book on their Hill Country ranch.

Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy commissioned a book on their Hill Country ranch.

It’s true that buying a piece of land is like a long-term relationship. The buildings on it may change, as well as the owners, and after many years you are left with something beautiful but different. Haven’t you ever wanted to capture the history and essence of a home or ranch at one point in time? Now you can.

Sure, there are many monographs that make for good coffee table books, but the books that John Bigelow Taylor, a photographer, and his wife, Diane Dubler, create are a category in their own.

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12/17/14 1:16pm

 

Photo: Elite Realty Group

Photo: Elite Realty Group

Yucaipa? The close-knit community in California’s San Bernardino County isn’t exactly the vacation destination on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but the town has a lot to recommend it, including great recreation opportunities and a quaint downtown. In fact given the town’s commitment to lifelong learning, health, and wellness, it might just be a dream spot for retirees.

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12/10/14 9:00am
Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Ah, Aspen, a SecondShelters.com paradise of stunning ski homes owned by some of the world’s wealthiest and most glamorous travelers who desire the pleasure of a winter retreat in the snow.

This dramatic vacation home was previously owned by newscaster Paula Zahn and real estate magnate Richard Cohen who sold in 2007 for $14.5 million as part of their divorce but bought the property for just $3.8 million in 2000. The transaction was one of the 10 biggest deals in Aspen in 2007.

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12/08/14 2:46pm
Vail Resorts has planned more than $50 million in upgrades to the recently purchased Park City Mountain Resort.

Vail Resorts has planned more than $50 million in upgrades to the recently purchased Park City Mountain Resort.

I know we’re all dreaming of the slopes and yummy apres ski cocktails, and if you don’t already have your winter getaway planned, well, we have some fodder for your ski vacation dreams! News just broke that Vail Resorts, which purchased Park City Mountain Resort for $182 million back in September, is planning more than $50 million in upgrades to this mountain destination.

It’s all part of Vail Resorts’ ambitious capital plan to transform the guest experience at Park City, connecting the resort to the Canyons, and thereby creating more than 7,300 skiable acres. Infrastructure upgrades will be tremendous, and the impact will be felt throughout the valley. Vail Resorts is known for great skiing, and we can’t wait to see what they do!

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12/03/14 10:00am
Photo: Ruhm Marketing

Winter months have just about everyone dreaming of Hawaii and the luxury of warm weather and soft white sands. But like every other dream destination, there are levels of luxury to explore. The Kapalua resort area on Maui has quickly become a favorite for both vacations and long stays.

Part of the allure is location, it is surrounded by mountains and framed by two nature preserves that give its idyllic beaches a feeling of protection. There’s also a sense of ideal living here with a spa, great restaurants and shops, a farm that sells organic produce to the community. This isn’t just a resort where you drop the conventions of the world but is instead a place where you experience a deeper connection with nature and yourself.

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11/13/14 3:28pm

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Boot Ranch, the private golf and family community just north of Fredericksburg, hosted about 45 guests including some 25 members of the lifestyle and sports media October 29 and 30. This included representatives from Sports Illustrated, The Dallas Morning News, Forbes, Texas Golfer, KLBJ Austin, NBC Sports Radio, Texas Traveler, Avid Golfer, Fredericksburg Standard, Austin Food and Wine Alliance, Houston Links, The Society Diaries, and more.

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10/30/14 6:27pm

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We told you that Anteks, that fabulous rustic home furnishings store in the Dallas Design District, has spun a sibling. It’s called Anteks Curated, a home accessories, furniture, and gift shop in the Plaza at Preston Center. Oh the main store is still on Dragon Street in the Design District, but this location sure beats a 15 minute drive on the tollway!

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