Travel Trivia: 5 Out-There Facts About Barcelona

Some call Barcelona, Spain, the other city that never sleeps – a summary I’d agree with, except for the existence of that snoozy afternoon thing they call siesta. But it’s still undeniable: this city has charge. The blur of Gaudí’s fairytale architecture. La Rambla’s hungry mile of churros and horchata and souvenirs. To arrive is to be swept away, gladly, for days. And nights. And days.

So let’s put things in motion, shall we? Starting with these five completely out-there facts.

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August 28, 2013

Swirl, Smell, Sip, Repeat: How to Wine Like a Pro

We’ve all faked our way through a wine tasting or two. Sniffed the vino without really knowing what to look for. Swirled the liquid around because everyone else was doing it. But no more. Here’s how to enjoy your wine like a pro. (Or, at least, go through the motions more convincingly.)

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August 21, 2013

Rue Travel Guide: What to Do Come Fall in Nantucket

Sure, Nantucket may be synonymous with seersucker, sailing, and, well, summertime – but don’t expect the good times to stop come September. From fishing tournaments and local festivals to a gathering of the world’s leading thinkers, we went ahead and started that autumn-in-Nantucket to-do list for you.

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August 20, 2013

Rue Out on the Town: Celebrating at BostonFest 2013

Here at Rue, we’re big on celebrations – especially when they have to do with our hometown, Boston. So on Thursday, August 8, we and over 3,000 Bostonians gathered at BostonFest at the Seaport World Trade Center to celebrate everything this city (and its best companies) has to offer.

On the evening’s agenda? Eating, drinking, and pictures of the event’s stylish attendees, which we promptly made into flip-books. Check out more of our pics here.

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August 12, 2013

Fitness Friday: Giving Aqua Cycling a Spin

Cooling off and breaking a sweat all at once. Impossible, right? Wrong. Introducing aqua cycling, the latest fitness fad to make a splash in the states.

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Brought to us from overseas, aqua cycling consists of a 45-minute workout on a stationary bike submerged in water (a.k.a. a Hydrorider). Unlike typical spin bikes, there are no resistance knobs but rather rudders that turn as you pedal.

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August 9, 2013

Memories of Phuket: An Insider’s Guide to Thailand’s Hot Spot

Miles upon miles of beach. Nightlife that gets a little, dare we say, naughty. This is Phuket (pronounced, before you embarrass yourself, poo-ket) – one of Thailand’s hottest resort spots and the latest destination on our growing bucket list.

Here, everything and anything you need to know about this must-go island told from the very best travel guide out there: an insider.

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August 8, 2013

Around Town: BostonFest 2013 Comes to the Seaport World Trade Center

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Confession: We’re pretty much obsessed with Boston, our hometown. And tomorrow, August 8, we’ll be celebrating our love for this great city at BostInno’s second annual BostonFest at the Seaport World Trade Center. Never heard of it? BostonFest is a celebration of life, work, and play, bringing together over 3,000 Bostonians and the best brands that call The Hub home. Want in? Get your tickets here, and then make sure to swing by our booth (from 5:30PM to 10:30PM) for some seriously stylish fun.

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August 7, 2013

On Our Bucket List: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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This Costa Rican surf town? We’ve bucket-listed it. And Latitude 10 Resort, an intimate eco-destination, is prime means to checking it off. Here, Hans Pfister – recognized world expert in sustainable hospitality, and the resort’s president and co-owner – chats about why.

Rue La La: Santa Teresa is a hot destination right now. What sets it apart? 

Hans Pfister: It’s still a bit of the “wild” Costa Rica. The access is somewhat difficult. But at the same time, many celebrities have bought houses here or come to vacation. So it is an interesting mix of off-the-beaten-path backpacker destination with Hollywood Jetset. Simple restaurants next to high-end hotels. The beach is the town’s most amazing feature. All lush and green, with no development or houses visible when you’re there.

RLL: What was the town like ten years ago? 

Hans: It’s very similar. Perhaps less high-end places and more backpackers then. More surfers still camping on the beach. But the roads are still bad now. The elecctricity still goes out all the time. It’s maintained its backward charm – its special vibe.

RLL: Can you share a little-known fact about the town? 

Hans: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen live here a good part of the year. And there is a fairly big expat community of South Americans and Europeans living here, too. [Editor's note: The latter have turned Santa Teresa into a bustling hub for international cuisine. Hans recommends Koji, for what he calls "the best sushi in Costa Rica."]

RLL: From surf lessons to lively nightlife, Santa Teresa could keep us busy for days. (Actually, we’re not sure we’d ever leave.) Do you recommend anything in particular? 

Hans: Take a car along the coast to the north for incredible untouched beaches. Or day-trip up north for horseback riding along beaches and a sustainable farm. (We can arrange this all at the hotel.)

RLL: Speaking of the hotel, what makes Latitude 10 an eco-resort? 

Hans: Multiple things. The size makes a big difference, I’d say. We’re small – just five casitas (or “little bungalows”) that are all open-air. No need for A/C. Then, you can expect all-sustainable practices, as you would at the rest of the Cayuga properties in Costa Rica. Most importantly, though, is our commitment to a local staff and local ingredients for food. It’s truly a unique spot.

Ready to jet off now? Our Travel Hot Spot: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Boutique opens Tuesday, June 25, at 11AM.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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June 25, 2013

Festival Style: A Look at Boston Calling’s Best Dressed

All the big cities have their summer music festivals, from Coachella to Lollapalooza. And now, New England has Boston Calling to call its own. Two days. Eighteen bands. And an array of laid-back festival looks.

Despite a day of serious downpours on Saturday, many forwent ponchos in favor of casual layers, broken-in denim or leather jackets, and summer maxi skirts. Here are six looks we loved.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 31, 2013

Summer Socialite: The Memorial Day Weekend Outfit Inspiration Board

Kiss the ground. Do a happy dance. Break out your white pants (if you haven’t already). The official kickoff to summer is finally here and I can’t pack my bags fast enough… mostly because I’m late for, well, everything, but also – the ferry/train/plane is calling me to the beach.

Truth be told, though, I’m a little rusty when it comes to filling my larger-than-needed suitcase appropriately for this weekend’s jam-packed warm-weather social calendar. That’s where this inspiration board comes in handy:

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The Packing List: For Summer Weekend Getaways Boutique opens Saturday, May 25, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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May 25, 2013