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2013 Toyota Avalon – Review and First Look

2013 Toyota Avalon – Review and First Look

The Toyota Avalon has been around for nearly twenty years, but it isn’t what most people necessarily think of when it comes to large American sedans. Indeed, that privilege usually goes to something rear-wheel drive and American such as the Ford Crown Victoria and the better dressed Lincoln Town Car.  With those cars no longer on the market however, the Avalon suddenly finds itself in a segment whose spotlight has lost …

Apple MacBook Air – Review

Apple MacBook Air – Review

Apple’s slogan, “Think Different,” has been eclipsed in the past few years by the runaway success of the once near-bankrupt computer maker, largely thanks to the unprecedented features and cutting-edge design of each new iPod or MacBook it released. Despite Apple’s current position as one of the world’s most valuable brands, the first-generation of any Apple product is generally short-lived, with the quick revision bringing the product from luxury good …

Lobby Bar – December 28: Klaus’ Workout Plan, Vegas Odds, and Partying into 2013

Lobby Bar – December 28: Klaus’ Workout Plan, Vegas Odds, and Partying into 2013

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Fan Favorites. What Frequent Business Traveler articles were the most popular in 2012? Find out here.
Poor but sexy. Running between Berlin, Germany’s airports burns a lot of calories. Find out how much longer this European capital will be a pain to get to.
Forget Harvard. Try these odds. Delta was inundated by 22,000 applicants for 300 Flight attendant …

Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, California – Hotel Review

Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, California – Hotel Review

If you arrive at Solage Calistoga after dark, as I did, chances are you are in for a shock when you upraise and venture out. The Napa Valley resort consists of 89 studios and suites, all in low cottages with a rustic look, interspersed with areas of tall ornamental grasses, pools, restaurants and spa amenities. Just across the adjacent Silverado Trail stands Diamond Mountain, which, with the addition of daylight, …

Lobby Bar – December 21: Normalcy, Listening to Your Mother, and How Did That Car Get Under the Tree?

Lobby Bar – December 21: Normalcy, Listening to Your Mother, and How Did That Car Get Under the Tree?

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Location. Location. Location.  Dan Collins finds the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is in the middle of everything.
Bundle Up. Jonathan Spira listens to his mother.  Find out what else to do to be prepared for travel this winter.
Not a toy. But will it fit under the tree?  A Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible is one of our gift ideas …

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Georgia – Review

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Georgia – Review

The Four Seasons in Atlanta’s Midtown has something special going for it: an excellent location. Other than going to an event in Buckhead, I never had the need to retrieve my car from the valet. Within walking distance stand midtown’s office towers, enough good food to make anybody obese and venues ranging from the historic Fox Theater to nightclubs frequented by big name European DJs. Anything else one may need …

Lobby Bar – December 12: Pop Culture Mania, Ways to Spend Money, and Escaping from it All

Lobby Bar – December 12: Pop Culture Mania, Ways to Spend Money, and Escaping from it All

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Preparing the cabin. Hear that often? It’s your last chance to weigh in on the 2013 Business Travel Survey.
Diamonds are forever. But a Porsche looks better with a red bow on the hood. Check out our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition.
More In-flight beverage choices. Delta bought 49% of Virgin Atlantic. Does that mean you won’t need …