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Personal Escapes: Supercar Life

Some people go fishing, others go record hunting and if you’re a speed enthusiast you find racetracks to rip. Supercar Life is a car driver’s dream. The touring company takes you to the nation’s most prestigious tracks to race cars like the Aston Martin DB9, Porsche Turbo 997, Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series, Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari F430. With the assistance of a professional, you’ll be able to roar through turns without traffic laws, road hazards or any unpredictable conditions.

Supercar Life ranks high on our list of experience-driven travel. Beyond their offering of cars and speed, they also provide chauffered transportation to and from the airport, top-notch hotel accommodations, catered meals, and a cocktail reception the night before the event. It may seem a little indulgent, but after working so hard you deserve a personal escape…

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Places to Stay: Cedar House Sport Hotel

In Tim Ferris’ book, The 4-Hour Workweek, he describes an emerging generation of entrepreneurs as the New Rich. Success for the New Rich is not quantified by traditional wealth standards, instead success has become the amount of day to day freedom they enjoy. Rather than going through the paces of a pre-tracked career, they’re boldly chasing their life’s pursuit. But the big question for this new generation is how do they vacation? What happens when your work becomes your lifestyle? It’s extremely difficult to shut off.

Our recommendation is sports. Combining activities with your vacation is the best way to relax and stay present without your mind wondering back to work. The Cedar House Sport Hotel combines modern design and luxury with outdoor fun. Set in Martis Valley, CA – near Lake Tahoe – Cedar House offers hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, dog sledding and other guided outdoor activities. Be sure to check them out next time you’re planning a break. Click Read More for additional photos and information.

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The Year of Space Travel

Earlier this week, aerospace designer Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson unveiled SpaceShipTwo – the latest spacecraft from Virgin Galactic. With packed attendance and the usual grandeur that follows Sir Richard, many were infected by his enthusiasm. The edge of space may be getting closer. As Branson stated, “2008 will really be the year of the spaceship.”

The New York Times posted a great article covering the event. As they reported: ”’Most people think of going to space as Saturn V or the Space Shuttle,’ said Mr. Whitehorn, the company president. But the Rutan model, a descendant of the record-breaking X-15 experimental craft, shows there is another way, he said. The vehicle is meant to open space to a new generation of spacefarers who are more creative than the classically trained astronauts, Mr. Rutan said. And that will bring with it a new way of looking at space travel, just as personal computing opened up the use of computers from a military and academic tool to something that transformed the world.”

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Places to See: The Sharp Centre for Design

Architecture is the face of a city and Toronto has a beautiful face. But it’s beauty isn’t superficial. The eclectic mix of styles provides Toronto with plenty of character. Modern versus Traditional; Offbeat versus Conservative; it’s all there.

The Sharp Centre for Design is a perfect example of Toronto’s colliding architectural expression. Located in the heart of the city, British architect WIl Alsop completed his modern structure for the Ontario College of Art and Design. Built in 2004, the structure houses exhibit spaces, offices and art studios. We recommend visiting the Sharp Center next time you’re in Toronto…

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Travel Inspiration: Baedeker Guidebooks

Tony Smyrski has done it again. His ability to mine inspiration is uncanny. We’ve seen his work with Swindle Magazine, Public Wall Writing in Philadelphia and <a href=http://www.wejetset.com/store/item/88" target="_blank">Street World – Urban Art & Culture from 5 Continents. Now you can get a sneak peek at what may be a new project. The evolution of travel guides would be an interesting read. (Hint Hint)

Check out his latest photographic archival on Baedeker Guidebooks. The design layout is creatively inspiring but it also resurrects travel’s old world romance. Click read more for additional information and links…

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The Library Hotel

Remember the Dewey Decimal System? We loved it in grade school. Author, Subject and Title were our bread and butter. That’s why we took note when we saw the Library Hotel, New York’s hot spot for people in search of literacy rich environments. The concept driven hotel has 10 guest floors, 60 rooms and over 6,000 volumes of books – all organized by the Dewey Decimal System.

They say the best innovations come from cross pollinating ideas. This is definitely true for the Library Hotel. Although you may wonder, hotel and library? It makes perfect sense. Libraries do suggest comfort and peace. We recommend the Library Hotel as a place to stay if you’re in NY. It’s located at 299 Madison Avenue – 41st street. Click read more for additional information and photos.

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Places to See: Fulton Street NYC

Discovering art among the hustle & bustle of a city is one of the best ways to experience a new destination. If you visit NYC over the next few months you have to stop by Fulton Street. You won’t be disappointed.

Construction never looked this good. Fulton Fence is a temporary installation on the corner of Fulton Street and Broadway in New York City. It is on view until spring of 2008. The project is a response to the effects of development; in particular the visual pollution created by the presence of construction sites in small concentrated areas. The beautifying methods used on Fulton Street are something that could easily be replicated in other cities. Click read more for additional photos and information.

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