Modern Luxury

MAY 2015

There are at least two qualities that all entrepreneurs seem to have in common – they're visionaries, and they're risk-takers. They go with their gut, and they aren't afraid to strike out on their own and chase their dreams. Add youth to that, and you're looking at a group of power players with a lot of longevity for success. And in this month's feature, "The Young & the Restless," we profile eight such individuals. Some names may be new to you, like Crystal Warner, a USC alum who left her job at Pimco after seven years to start her own Newport Beach-based business, Dream Maker Travel, creating luxury experiences for globe-trotters from around the world...
– Tina Borgatta, Editor-In-Chief of Modern Luxury Orange County

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Virtuoso Traveler

OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2016


TRIED-AND-TRUE
California's Pacific Coast Highway

California's State Route 1 is, for Virtuoso travel advisor Crystal Warner of New York City, the quintessential road trip. "Over 600-plus miles, you'll see stunning coastal views, seaside villages, and untouched forests, and make your way through some sunny wine-making districts too." ... Time your trip around the annual Pageant of the Masters (July and August, 2017), which turns Laguna Beach into a living canvas as real people faithfully re-create masterpieces. Warner calls it "one of the most unique productions in the world."

WITH A TWIST
Iceland's Big Road

Journey's along the Ring Road – an 830-mile-long route encircling Iceland – promise a host of snow covered mountains, active volcanoes, icebergs, lava fields, black-sand beaches, and towering waterfalls. Two of Warner's Icelandic must-sees; Landmannalaugar, a lunar-esque landscape located in the country's highlands ("It really is otherworldly!") and the Blue Lagoon ("You wouldn't visit Paris and skip the Eiffel Tower.") ... Summer's near 24-hour daylight provides ample time for sightseeing, bathing in hot springs, and hikes under the midnight sun. 

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Virtuoso Traveler

FEBRUARY | MARCH 2017


ICELAND
Blue Lagoon

Runoff water from a nearby geothermal plant, rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur, infuses this luminous blue pool's milky waters with healing properties, particularly for skin conditions. Its proximity to Reykjavik and extensive spa services (including in-water massages) make the Blue Lagoon one of Iceland's most popular attractions; an expansion in 2016 added two new covers for its ever-burgeoning number of bathers. Looking to avoid the crowds? New York City-based Virtuoso travel advisor Crystal Warner also points clients to the pools at Landmannalaugar, a region she describes as "otherworldly," adding, "It's one of the most beautiful places to visit in Iceland, with an amazingly colorful, moonlike landscape."

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