November 10, 2015

Winter Getaway: Dubai

Dubai has long been known for its luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and world-class shopping, making it a great place for a long layover en route to farther-flung destinations. However, with the arrival of more and more cultural offerings and fantastic resorts, the emirate has become a destination in its own right. With a warm climate […]

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Destinations:  Dubai, UAE

Tags:  art, beach, desert tours, Dubai, Dubai tours, galleries, hotels, luxury resorts, shopping, UAE, winter getaways, winter travel

November 8, 2015

Must Stay: La Residence in South Africa’s Cape Winelands

The approach of winter in the Northern Hemisphere has us thinking of favorite escapes south of the equator, such as South Africa’s beautiful Cape Winelands region. Just outside fashionable, foodie-centric Franschhoek, one hotel we love returning to is La Residence, an exclusive property set on 30 acres of verdant land framed by vineyards, orchards and […]

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Destinations:  Africa, South Africa

Tags:  Africa tours, Cape Winelands, exclusive, history, hotels, La Residence, luxury hotels, romance, South Africa, South Africa tours, wildlife, wine, Winelands

November 6, 2015

Exclusive New Culinary Tours for 2016

Artisans of Leisure has been on the cutting edge of culinary travel for over a decade. Staffed by a group of in-house foodies, food writers, cooks and culinary travel experts, we continue to expand our culinary tours around the world. With an international network of culinary experts, acclaimed chefs, food historians and writers, Artisans of […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Australia, Austria, China, Europe, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Sicily, South America, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

Tags:  cooking, cooking classes, cuisine, culinary tours, culinary travel, food, food tours, food travel, travel

November 2, 2015

A Private Cooking Class in Chennai, India

Artisans of Leisure’s new Culinary Tour of India features private cooking classes in locations throughout India. These hands-on classes are a fun and delicious introduction to Indian cooking, and a great way to learn about Indian food culture and culinary history. Artisans of Leisure travel specialist Stephanie Dosch recently experienced a cooking lesson in Chennai that is included […]

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Destinations:  Asia, India

Tags:  Asia, cooking classes, cooking lessons, cooking tours, cuisine, culinary tours, culinary travel, food, India, India tours, Indian food, learning, markets

October 27, 2015

Christmas Markets in Europe

We love visiting European cities during the holiday season, especially to visit the wonderful Christmas markets that take place throughout the region. The markets—which showcase local holiday traditions, seasonal cuisine, and regional crafts—are an amazing way to join in the local holiday cheer. Many cities in Europe—from Salzburg, Austria to Waterford, Ireland—have Christmas markets. Some […]

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Destinations:  Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Europe, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia

Tags:  Christmas Markets, crafts, food, holidays, markets, shopping, traditions, winter travel

October 22, 2015

A Luncheon Honoring Suzhou, China, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

We recently attended a wonderful luncheon in honor of the city of Suzhou, China, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. An ancient city not far from Shanghai, Suzhou is crisscrossed with narrow canals lined with the whitewashed walls and tile roofs of Ming dynasty architecture. Suzhou is most renowned for its traditional […]

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Destinations:  Asia, China

Tags:  architects, Asian art, Astor Court, China, China tours, crafts, food, garden tours, gardens, Met Museum, museums, opera, silk, Suzhou, UNESCO

October 19, 2015

Must Stay: La Bastide de Gordes in Provence

The South of France is a perennial favorite destination for Artisans of Leisure travelers. This year, we’re excited about the reopening of La Bastide de Gordes, a sophisticated hotel and spa that offers luxury and style in the heart of Provence. Perched on the steep slopes of Gordes, a beautiful and ancient Provencal hill town, […]

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Destinations:  Europe, France

Tags:  France, hotels, luxury France tours, Provence

October 7, 2015

New Zealand for Film Fans: A Tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set

For fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, there is perhaps no better destination than beautiful New Zealand. The stunning landscapes throughout the country served as inspiration and scenic backdrops for many memorable scenes in the movies. A highlight for LOTR fans is a private tour of the Hobbiton Movie […]

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Destinations:  New Zealand

Tags:  books, family travel, films, Hobbiton, luxury tours, movies, New Zealand, New Zealand tours, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings