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Formerly reserved for those traveling on a budget, Airbnb is now accommodating folks seeking high-end travel experiences as well. The company recently announced its new tier for travelers seeking the ultimate in luxury, Airbnb Luxe, and listed 2,000 new properties that were culled from the Luxury Retreats site that the company acquired in 2017. 

If you’ve been following Airbnb's moves in recent years, then you know that it introduced a similar tier of properties in 2018 called Airbnb Plus, but Airbnb Luxe takes it to the next level. For example, listings on Airbnb Plus must pass a 100-point inspection and average $150 per night. To be listed on Airbnb Luxe, however, the property must meet a 300-point inspection in addition to offering a dedicated trip

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Source: 671 Barberry Lane; Listed by Andrew Falk of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

San Rafael is a city in California located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The city used to be the site of several Coast Miwok villages, including Awani-wi, Ewu, and Shotomko-cha. It was named after Mission San Rafael Arcangel, a hospital founded in the early 19th century to treat sick Native Americans. 

Mission San Rafael
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Today, San Rafael is the oldest and most culturally diverse city in Marin County, boasting a thriving music, culinary, and shopping scene. It also features a strong creative industry, largely thanks to George Lucas choosing to film the movie THX 1138 in the city in 1970. Lucas ended up loving the location,

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John Lautner is widely considered to be among the most important 20th-century architects in the United States. Lautner was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan, the natural surroundings of which greatly influenced his distinct architectural style. The future architect became immersed in architecture from a young age, helping his father build a chalet at just 12 years old. 

Despite his early interest in architecture, Lautner earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Michigan University. However, after reading the autobiography of Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner decided to pursue an architecture education, applying to Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship in Wisconsin. 

Lautner was one of Wright’s first Taliesin

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The simple elegance of mid-century modern design has most definitely withstood the test of time, making mid-century homes appear just as fresh now as they did when they were first constructed after WWII. If you’re as obsessed with mid-century homes as we are and you’re lucky enough to live in one, then you might be considering decorating the interior to pay homage to this classic architectural style. 

Fortunately, mid-century interior design is just as fresh and timeless as the architecture. In fact, mid-century furniture and decor are super trendy right now, so it’s a cinch to find perfect pieces for your home. To make it even easier, we rounded up some of our favorite mid-century-inspired pieces that are sure to elevate the

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On July 18-21, Comic-Con International is coming to San Diego and the event is shaping up to be among the best yet. If you’re not familiar with Comic-Con, it’s an annual convention that began in 1970 after a group of comic, movie, and science fiction enthusiasts came together to create the first-ever comic book convention. What began as a one-day “minicon” has evolved into a four-day extravaganza with hundreds of thousands of attendees—last year, around 130,000 people attended the convention. 

The convention features everything a comic lover could want, including speaking panels comprised of prominent comics creators; science fiction authors; and film and TV directors, actors, writers, and producers. There are also a ton

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With daily bills to pay, kids to watch, and work to do, life can feel pretty stressful and overwhelming. Fortunately, there are endless ways to relax and unwind after a chaotic day, and luxuriating in the bathtub is topmost among them. Not only does the warm water help your muscles relax, but it also brings your mind into the present moment, providing a mini mental vacay right in the comfort of your home.  

That said, not all baths are created equal. If you’re soaking in a tub surrounded by clutter and outdated decor, then it can feel mighty tough to relax. On the other hand, if your bathroom is full of items that make you feel good and promote relaxation, then a bath can be the antidote to even the worst of days. 

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This month, Wayfair launched a brand new furniture collection called Hashtag Home that was specifically developed with millennials (and their budgets) in mind. The collection caters to the fast-fashion shoppers who love the trendy and affordable offerings from the likes of H&M and Zara and features over 2,000 vibrant pieces for every room in the home. 

The collection will refresh with the seasons as new trends arise, so shoppers can be sure that whatever they purchase will be totally on trend and of-the-moment. Wayfair’s Chief Merchandising Officer Steve Oblak said of the collection, “We created Hashtag Home to help shoppers express their unique style and personality with furniture and decor that’s both on trend and affordable."

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July 4th is here again, which means if you haven't already, it’s time to secure your barbecue, pool party, and, of course, fireworks plans. There are a lot of places that claim to offer some of the best fireworks shows around, but there are only a few that really hold that designation. To take the guesswork out of your 4th of July plans, we rounded up the tried and true spots to watch spectacular fireworks shows from San Francisco to Miami. 

 

San Francisco 

Berkeley Marina

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The 4th of July party at Berkeley Marina is great for everyone, but the family-friendly event it’s particularly ideal for folks with kids. In addition to a front-row seat to a beautiful fireworks display over the water, party-goers are

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For most of us, there comes a time in our lives when we’re ready to shed the dorm style vibes for a more sophisticated, adult-looking aesthetic. But an adult aesthetic doesn’t have to mean ultra-formal dining rooms and fancy furniture that you’re afraid to sit on; it just means a thoughtful, cohesive space that looks like you put some time and effort into it. 

No matter your style sensibilities, there are a number of common tricks and tips that you can apply to make your home look like an adult lives there without sacrificing your unique personal style and aesthetic preferences. So, if you’re ready to go full-on interior grown-up, then apply one (or all) of the following tips to your home this weekend. 

 

Up Your Storage Game

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You probably already know that big cities like San Francisco and New York offer extensive public transportation systems that make it a easy to get from point A to point B without a car, but these cities also come with some of the highest costs of living in the country and super saturated job markets. 

That’s why Money Crashers rounded up a list of alternative cities that typically offer more job opportunities and lower costs of living than their more popular counterparts in addition to public transit and bike-sharing systems that make bopping around the city car-free a breeze.

If you love the idea of being free from the cost and energy burden of a car, then consider calling one of the following cities home. 

1. Minneapolis,

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