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Kahlúa Cocktails

Kahlúa has some new, exciting cocktails this season including the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini and the Cold Brew Martini.

Whether you’re into the traditional taste of pumpkin or you are still drinking cold brew coffee (because honestly who cares what the temperature is), Kahlúa crafted these two delicious and refreshing martinis that will have everyone falling for this season’s specialty cocktails.

Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini


1 Part Kahlúa

1 Part Absolut Vodka

1 Part Espresso

1/2 part Monin Pumpkin Spice 

Method: Add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

Cold Brew Martini


1 part Absolut Vodka

2 parts Kahlúa

3 parts cold brew

Method: Fill shaker with ice. Add one part Absolut Vodka, two parts Kahlúa and 3 parts cold brew coffee. Shake the ingredients hard for at least 10 seconds to create a nice foam.  Strain into a cocktail glass to get rid of all the small ice chips. Garnish with coffee beans.

Fall Foliage Package


Live Free and Leaf Peep


$299 (not including tax)

Make The Hotel Concord your fall foliage base so you can go where the peak foliage is (and not where the crowds are), while enjoying our vibrant Main Street, tasty restaurants, and abundant cultural offerings all outside our door. From Concord, NH, to see the finest fall colors. Concord is in the heart of New Hampshire (White Mountains, Upper Valley, Monadnock Region and Seacoast less than an hour away).

Package Includes:

One night in our luxurious upscale Four Diamond Boutique Hotel, a gift certificate to Gould Hill Orchard in Contoocook, a specialty Miss Prindable’s Candied Apple, and pumpkin spiced coffee to warm you up on a crisp fall evening and a late check out of 12 noon. The hotel also provides turn down service which includes robes, slippers, Astor chocolate, music and lighting. Gould Hill has sweeping view over the New Hampshire mountains, and an amazing assortment of tradional and new apple varieties. Based on availability.

Visit hotel site here.

Vaughn Lowery, Fall, Autumn, 360 MAGAZINE

How to get your home ready for autumn

Now the summer is coming to an end, it is time to start preparing your home for autumn. This is the season where the colder temperatures set in and the autumn leaves cover your driveway, making you more likely to stay indoors. As you will be spending more time at home, you may want to make some changes that will ensure that you comfortably enjoy those cosy nights in.

Take a look at these top tips, which will help you get your home autumn-ready.

Declutter your space

When approaching a new season, many find it useful to declutter their home in order to start a new month with a clearer space and mind. You could start by putting away any summer stuff that you will need until next year. This includes clothing, decor and more, which may be taking up a lot of space. If you want to get rid of some items for good, you could consider giving them away to charity, instead of just throwing them out.

You should also consider simplifying the decor by getting rid of unnecessary ornaments, artwork and more. The most attractive properties are those with minimal decor, such as the luxury apartments available at RW Invest. These pre-furnished properties create the appearance of space through their simple design, which is exactly what you want to achieve in your own home.

Prep the garden

Before the freezing winter temperatures creep in, you should tidy up your garden and weatherproof it to ensure it is prepared for rain, wind and snow. This includes putting away any garden furniture. You should also cut the grass one last time, although make sure it is at a significant length before mowing it. You should also fertilise your lawn, which will help it stay in good condition during the winter months.

Another good gardening tip is to check all the trees in your garden and those surrounding your home to ensure that there are no broken branches. This will prevent any accidents in the event of adverse weather.

Add home comforts

As you will be spending a lot more time at your home, you will want to make sure it feels as comfortable as possible. You can achieve this by adding throws and pillows to beds and sofas to make more homely and warm. This will also create the perfect setting for a night out in watching a scary Halloween film when October comes around.

In autumn, you will feel the cold much more, which is why many people change their duvets from thin summer styles to thicker winter bedding. When purchasing a duvet, you should try and pick out some different colours that will reflect the season, such as burnt orange or mustard.

Heat up your home

In spring and summer, you may have avoided putting the heat on and instead opted for a fan. However, in the autumn months you will start to become reliant on heating systems. To ensure everything is working correctly, you should check to see if your home insulation is up to par, and if not, it may need replacing.

The problem with using heating is that it causes your bills to rise, so you should consider ways to lower them without sacrificing warmth. This could include investing in a smart thermostat, which will help you keep track of your heating habits. You can also program your heating at specific times, which is ideal when you’re away from home, as you won’t come into a freezing cold house.


Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore the Loire Valley, when the wine harvest is at its peak and the vibrant foliage surrounding the region’s famous chateaux is at its best. Along with the region’s current celebrations of the 500th Anniversary of the French Renaissance, a number of chateaux throughout the Loire Valley will also be hosting festive seasonal events in honor of the fall season. Below is a selection of some of the top autumnal events taking place this year:

Fall Events at Chateau-hotel de la Bourdaisière

In the fall, tomatoes and dahlias are the stars at Chateau-hotel de la Bourdaisière. Until October, the gardens are lit up by over 5,000 different types of dahlia bulbs. The chateau is also famous for its National Tomato Conservatory, boasting more than 650 varieties of tomatoes, which earned its owner the nickname of “the Gardener Prince.” The chateau’s annual Tomato Festival takes places from September 7-8 this year, celebrating the incredible number of tomatoes grown on the estate. Later in the fall, the chateau will host the “Festival of the Forest & Wood” from October 19-20, which will include wood-sculpting workshops and more for the whole family. Guests can also stay overnight in one of the chateau’s 29 rooms and apartments.


Pumpkin Feast & Autumn Festival at Chateau du Rivau

On September 8, the fairy-tale inspired Chateau du Rivau will host a Pumpkin Feast at which guests can revel in the chateau’s pumpkin gardens, sample pumpkin dishes, see incredible pumpkin sculptures, and enjoy entertainment by jugglers, acrobats, magicians and more. On October 26 and 27, the chateau will host an Autumn Festival, featuring a display of hundreds of stunning chrysanthemum flowers. Guests can now stay overnight in one of the chateau’s seven newly opened guest rooms.

Vegetable Garden Days at Chateau du Villandry

The Chateau du Villandry is thought of as a real gem of the Renaissance age thanks to its famous gardens with a distinctly French charm. On September 28 and 29, visitors can celebrate the local produce and plants during the chateau’s Vegetable Garden Days, which include regional products and local crafts. Even more, From September 14 through November 11 guests can view an exhibit of nature-inspired paintings by Marie-Laurence Gaudrat.

Autumn Splendors at the Regional Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire

Taking place from October 19 to November 23, The Autumn Splendors festival celebrates the fall season with incredible flower arrangements, collections of colorful squash, displays of seasonal vegetables and more. This is also the last opportunity for travelers to visit the International Garden Festival for the year.

Autumn Festival at Chateau du Cheverny

The second edition of Chateau du Cheverny’s Autumn Festival takes place on November 16 and 17, during which the Orangery will transform into a Magical Forest. Guests will be transported to an autumnal wonderland, including fall colors and crafts, as well as a soup-tasting bar, and an exhibition of sculptures and paintings. Also offered will be horse-drawn carriage rides and a pop-up miniature farm for kids. Even more, from October 18 through November 30, more than 2,500 chrysanthemums will be in bloom in the gardens.


Below are some of the many ongoing events happening in the Loire Valley this year in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the French Renaissance that shouldn’t be missed:

• Renaissance Sound and Light Show in Tours (until September 7)

• A spectacular sound and light show will feature the anniversary of the French Renaissance.

• Folies Mélodiques Exhibit at Chateau de Bouges (until September 29)

• Guests can visit Cécile Le Talec’s sculpture garden, which aims to represent 18th-century livestock farming through her artworks as well as recorded sounds that play throughout the exhibit.

• Dance to the Renaissance at Chateau de Langeais (until September 30)

• During the entire month of September, the Château de Langeais invites guests to explore 16th-century music and dance inside the castle’s two ‘Renaissance Rooms.’

• Rinascenza Exhibit at Chateau du Chateaudun (until October 13) 

• An exceptional photography exhibit from French visual artist Sabine Pigalle, which brings together 30 photographs on display throughout the castle, inspired by works from the Renaissance and more. 

• The Extended Concert at Noirlac Abbey (until October 15)
A unique virtual sound installation highlighting the relationship between space and sound, in which listeners will gently drift through a multi-sensory musical concert experience.


With fall in full swing, there is no doubt that bright, neon hues are the biggest fashion trend this season. While some may be intimidated from vibrant colors, Casio G-SHOCK’s range of men’s timepieces will be the perfect pop of color for any fall look. From eye-catching watches in bright yellow, to more subdued models with pops of neon, G-SHOCK’s latest offerings make the perfect statement accessories.

GBA800-9A, $120

GMWB5000D-1, $500

GG1000-1A8, $320

GAX100CSA-4A, $130

GBA800-7A, $120

Meatpacking District’s 6th Annual Harvest Fest

The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is delighted to announce the 6th annual Harvest Fest, an outdoor artisanal market and seasonal festival that will be held on Saturday, October 27th at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park.

Free and open to the public, Harvest Fest unites autumn lovers to put on their coziest sweaters and enjoy live music, taste fall treats from the district’s best restaurants, shop wares and accessories from local boutiques, and take in all that the season has to offer.

Guests can partake in a number of exciting activities including a VR experience, dog costume contest, “trick or treat” bag making, DIY crafts, dance class, face painting, Himalayan dog blessing ceremony, mini massage, facial treatments, and more.

The following local businesses are confirmed to participate in Harvest Fest this year:

Activities & Entertainment: Chelsea Market Baskets, Exhale Spa, Caudalie, Sephora, Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie, Rubin Museum of Art, Paper Source, Kikkerland, The Joyce Theater, Whitney Museum, Redbird, Google Farm to Table Group, Samsung 837.

Food & Drink: Fig & Olive, Sherry B Dessert Studio, Günter Seeger NY, Toro NYC, The Standard Grill, Kobrick Coffee, Dos Caminos, Santina, Old Rose, Le Pain Quotidien, High Street on Hudson.

Retail Shops: Alice + Olivia, lululemon, Artists & Fleas Madewell, Friend of a Friend Studio, Marcus, Theory.

Harvest Fest is free and open to the public and will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 11:00am – 4:00pm at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park, located on 10th Avenue between 14th and 15th streets.


This autumn, The Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago invites guests to experience an upscale getaway, featuring a new lineup of sophisticated treatments inspired by the season that encourage relaxation and revitalization in preparation of cooler weather.

Available through November 30, 2017, The Spa’s fall menu features:

  • Hotty Totty Manicure and Pedicure: Experience the serene Hotty Totty Manicure and Pedicure treatment with proper exfoliation and hydration paired with a pear-infused brandy cocktail for added relaxation. Guests will be treated to a pedicure scrub infused with rice bran oil, which will keep skin rejuvenated this fall.
    The Hotty Totty Manicure and Pedicure is $119 for a 75-minute treatment.
  • Nourishing Harvest Massage: Restore the mind and body with a Nourishing Harvest Massage, performed using light to medium pressure and warm stone techniques proven to increase circulation and ease muscle tension. The infusion of aromatic citrus oil promotes restful thoughts, relief of anxiety as well as the uplifting of the mind and spirit.
    The Nourishing Harvest Massage is $155 for a 60-minute treatment.
  • Warm Caramel Coffee Scrub: Drift into undisturbed relaxation with the Warm Caramel Coffee Scrub exfoliating treatment. Hydrating Shea butter will have a polishing effect while the infused caffeine increases microcirculation for a temporary tightening effect. Restoring body butter is smoothed over skin at completion of the treatment resulting in newly smoothed skin in restoring body butter. Guests will be treated to tasty caramel truffles for the ultimate indulgence.
    The Warm Caramel Coffee Scrub is $165 for a 60-minute treatment.
  • Pumpkin Enzyme Peel Facial: This facial is a powerful yet gentle exfoliating treatment that utilizes pumpkin enzymes to remove cellular buildup and slough away dead skin to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion. Dull and tired skin is revitalized with this ultimate anti-aging hydration treatment, complete with an added complimentary lip or brow waxing treatment.
    The Pumpkin Enzyme Peel Facial is $139 for a 60-minute treatment.
  • Fall Into Fitness Riverwalk Boot Camp: Stay in the summer fitness mind and join The Spa at Trump Health Club’s certified fitness trainers every Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. for a boot camp workout session on the city’s beautiful outdoor Riverwalk. The class combines cardio and strength training to aid sculpting while guests soak in the crisp fall air with unmatched views.
    Each boot camp session is $30 per guest.
To learn more about The Spa’s fall menu or to schedule an appointment, please contact 312-588-8020 or visit The Spa here.
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About The Spa at Trump® and Health Club
The Spa at Trump and Health Club is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Appointments are strongly recommended. Cancellations or changes to appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance for single services, and 48 hours in advance for multiple treatments. Guests may wish to arrive 45 minutes prior to their appointment to sign in and enjoy a steam or shower. All spa guests must be 16 years or older to schedule a treatment or use The Spa at Trump® and Health Club. The Spa at Trump® accepts all major credit cards and personal checks. Hotel guests may charge services to their room. Gift certificates for The Spa at Trump® are also available and may be purchased at the Spa reception desk or by phone. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 312-588-8020.

About Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago
Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, located in the heart of the city at 401 N. Wabash Avenue, welcomed its first hotel guests in January 2008. The hotel, comprising floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower developed by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites; Sixteen, the two-star Michelin-rated restaurant; The Spa at Trump® with 53 specially appointed spa guest rooms; the Trump Health Club; Rebar, a chic cocktail lounge; The Terrace and more. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is a stunning addition to Chicago’s distinguished skyline. The hotel underwent a design refresh as of 2016, elevating the guest rooms, suites and spa guest rooms in addition to the lobby and Rebar. The hotel and restaurant were each awarded five stars by the esteemed Forbes Travel Guide in 2017. The property has also been recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the “World’s Best Hotels” for 2016 and named one of the top 5 hotels for business travelers in the “World’s Best Awards” 2012. It was also recognized by Conde Nast Traveler’s Choice Award as “Best in the World” 2016. For room and event reservations at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, call 312-588-8000 or (877) 458‑TRUMP (7867).

Trump Hotels™ is a family enterprise with a history of providing extraordinary customer experiences. The brand’s exceptionally designed hotels in iconic locations put guests at the heart of each destination. Led by seasoned hotel industry veteran Eric Danziger, Trump Hotels is part of The Trump Organization, helmed by Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Reservations can be made at Trump Hotels Official.