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Cigars & the Capitol

“What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar!” -Thomas Marshall, VP for Woodrow Wilson

A century ago cigar smoke would have been a standard at any meeting or simply an after dinner relaxation, especially in Washington DC, where visions of smoke filled rooms still play in our minds.

Today ‘smoking’ is politically incorrect, especially in Washington DC. That said, there are still some elegant haunts to enjoy the cigar pleasures of yesteryear.

Shelly’s Backroom, full of rich wood and the feel of days gone by.

Civil Cigar, a modern approach with a healthy dose of sports

219 Restaurant, just a bit outside the district, with good food and Creole flair

Cigar Education Moment: Humidor A room, or a box  of varying sizes, designed to preserve or promote the proper storage and aging of cigars by maintaining a relative humidity level of around 70 percent. Advanced humidors can also regulate temperature.. Cigar Aficionado offers some good advice.

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

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Cigars & the City of Lights

“I believe that a good cigar, a glass of wine and a good conversation is as close to euphoria as you can get in a legal sense” – Sylvester “Sly” Stallone

The City of Light, Paris is an experience unto itself. Whether you marvel at the Eiffel Tower, take in the majesty of Notre Dame or the deliciously seedy Moulin Rouge there is something for all the senses.

 

But what about enjoying a good cigar? Paris has an interesting history with smoking. There are strict laws but Parisians have always enjoyed smoking and enforcing the laws has met with some resistance.

Yet we must be respectful and there are places where cigar smokers are welcome and the pleasure is legal.

 

Try Restaurant L’Ogre at Avenue de Versaille or La Maison de Champs Elysees.

 

If you choose La Maison, stroll to the Arc de Triomphe and walk to the top for an amazing view of the city.

 

Cigar Education Moment: The way you cut and light your cigar can make the difference between a truly enjoyable smoke and a mediocre experience. Cigar Aficionado offers some good advice.

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call Andrea at 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Cigars & the Big Apple

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Just Remember that a good cigar will make you forget about the troubles of the world even if just for a moment!……..Rick Milhorn

If you have ever had the wonderful experience of a cigar lounge you understand when I say there is an elegance and simple comraderie found in few other places.

So when exploring the great city of New York finding a cigar bar is a haven of warmth and acceptance.

Despite the strict rules about smoking a number of establishments were ‘grandfathered’ in to allow smoking.

A website that offers a lists of places is nyc.com.  You can also check out nycbars.com.

If you are in the Upper East Side, slip into Lexington Bar and Books or in Soho, Soho Cigar Bar.

Grand Havana sound wonderful but requires membership and you need to know a member to become one.

Of course Davidoff of Geneva tempts us with an incredible selection.

Cigar Education Moment: Ring gauge: The measurement used to determine the diameter, which is measured in 64ths of an inch. (Courtesy Cigar Association of America)

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Cigars over the pond

“Smoking cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavour, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out!” -Winston Churchill

 

If there is an iconic cigar aficionado, Winston Churchill fits the bill and with Churchill we must think London.

 

While London like so many other big cities has tightened the rules on smoking in general, there are still places to enjoy a good cigar. Click here for the rules

 

Private establishments are permitted to have smoking areas. Many are high end but there are also a few that are part of ‘pubs’.

 

Forbes has put together a nice list of high end smoking lounges and Foursqaure has lots of input from cigar smokers.

If you want some place elegant try, The Garden Room at the Lanesborough and for your pub experience, Boisdale of Belgravia will probably fill the bill.

 

 

 

Tip: When packing your bags put cigar cutters and punches in your checked bags, there is a good chance they would get confiscated during a security check.

 

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Cigars & Travel

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A wisely chosen cigar to me, is like a weapon against certain of life’s torments, in some mysterious way, a little blue smoke chases them away.” -Zino Davidoff

Cigar smokers often struggle with travel. While we don’t need to light up, finding a comfortable relaxing spot to enjoy a good cigar can be a challenge.

As a travel agent and cigar smoker I have done my share of cruising and touring.

My top picks for cruise lines for cigar smokers are Cunard and Silversea.

Besides being a great ship, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has a large, comfortable and well serviced cigar lounge. The ventilation/filtration system is so good, my husband, who does not smoke, barely noticed any odor. The QM2 is one of the best ways to do a transatlantic cruise.

Silversea is an elegant, family owned cruise line, offering a classy lounge and Davidoff cigars, among others. As the owner of the line is a cigar smoker, you know you will be treated well. Silversea has some unique expedition cruises that blend luxury and adventure.

Tip: When traveling bring your own stock of cigars. Buying at a hotel or on a ship may be convenient but the choices are often limited and the prices tend to be high.

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Contact Andrea- 703-986-0934

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Chocolate, Art and History in Italy

Italy has more than pizza and the artistry found in Rome. In April we will explore Umbria and its tasty and beautiful offerings.

Perugia is a main stop on this trip.

Old Perugia

Let us know if you’d like to join us in this beautiful adventure, Country Roads of Tuscany and Umbria.

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Unique Honeymoon Destinations

Scoot up the coast of California and escape the crowds. The 90 mile stretch of coast from San Simeon to Carmel offers beautiful scenery, history and unique beaches that invite the adventurous. Pfeiffer beach is one of those beaches.

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If you are looking for a special honeymoon spot or just a unique place to vacation call us to put together the trip that is as special as you.

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Thinking about Italy

Next April is the trip to Italy, so I am learning and came across this wonderful blog, Manger and my mouth started to water. Really looking forward to indulging in the tastes of Umbria.

Thoughts on the Disparaged Tourists

We see these folks in every city, cameras around their necks, fanny packs protruding from waists, groups huddled around a cell phone trying to make sense of a Google map or simply pointing and staring at street signs hoping to figure out if downtown is left or right.

Though experienced travelers scoff and the media teases, I for one say ‘hooray’. Even though I am a travel professional, I have been that person and sometimes still am in a new city.

But these are the folks willing to shed the confines of comfort and the streets they know for places unseen, people whose language is a mystery and try foods they would never find at the local diner.

Traveling should be part and parcel of life. Everyone needs to start somewhere. So applaud those willing to take that first big step, become one of them, for they will grow and change and probably make the world a little better for sharing a few kind words with a stranger.

Where to go on the Spectacular Vacation- Part I

Where to go on that spectacular vacation

So often I am asked, ‘where should I go on vacation?’

Unless we’ve been bff’s for years the standard answer is I don’t know, but let’s figure it out.

The world is a big place with thousands of opportunities exploring, learning, relaxing and just plain fun. But for each of us, fun has a different meaning.

So I will try over the next few months to help you explore your options, continent by continent, country by country, even cities.

Let’s start with something familiar, North America. You may think that North America is the USA and Canada, maybe Mexico in there as well, but try again. There are about 23 countries in North America besides some additional lands owned by European nations.

Most people love the idea of warm sands, cool waves and lots of sun, so let’s head to the Caribbean and a lot of those countries.

Below are most of the places you would want to visit. Many are easily accessible by cruise ship.

Until about 2 years ago Cuba was forbidden fruit, but today you may visit. There is a lot of history and great food in Cuba. If you choose this destination, work with a travel agent and reputable tour company. There are still lots of rules and you wouldn’t want to go it alone.

Jamaica is probably one of the most popular places to visit. It is warm year round, has nice beaches and a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts. It’s also a common port for cruise ships.

If you are a nature lover, Costa Rica may be the place for you. There are habitats, a mini version of the Amazon and lovely beaches as well.

Each country has its own unique culture and geography.

The Caribbean offers

  • Guatemala
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Nicaragua:
  • Costa Rica:
  • Panama:
  • Jamaica:
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Bahamas:
  • Belize:
  • Barbados:
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Grenada:
  • Antigua & Barbuda:
  • Dominica:
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis:

 

When you are planning that spectacular Caribbean vacation consider these points:

  • Time of year- The Western Caribbean is warmer than the Eastern Caribbean, so if you are planning on a summer vacation, be prepared for 100º weather in the Western Caribbean.
  • Shopping-Expect to have many shops closed on Sunday so if you are cruising be aware and if you are flying in, consider which days you will be there.
  • Flights- Places like Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica are relatively easy to get to, although there is a good chance you won’t get a direct flight. The smaller island countries can be trickier for transportation. Check which days the airlines go to the islands or if you have to get a local flight from a larger neighboring island.
  • Money- US dollars are accepted most everywhere, but check ahead just to be sure.
  • PASSPORTS- Yes, you need a passport to visit any of the Caribbean nations. Tip: Although you may be able to use just an ID and birth certificate for the cruise, if something goes wrong and you have to fly back, it will cost time and additional fees to get your passport to board the plane.

As always, plan ahead. Most people are going on vacation during the summer and holiday weeks, so the cruises and resorts book up quickly. Today you are rewarded for that early booking.

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Lots more tips to come on the do’s and don’ts, advice from good sources and more

Remember, travel is medicine for the heart, mind and soul and your travel agent has the cure.

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