Natalie Wearstler

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Natalie Wearstler is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. She was the managing editor of White Publishing Company, covering lifestyle topics for Jacksonville Magazine and its sister titles. Wearstler also has contributed to GO! The Airtran Magazine and The Florida Times-Union. Her nomadic upbringing in a Navy family instilled a love for travel. She daydreams about seaside destinations like Greece and Italy, but is equally prone to spending an afternoon exploring antique shops in rural small towns or taking in a museum exhibit (and maybe a craft brew or two) in landlocked cities.

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  • On October 21, 2013
    Natalie Wearstler answered the question: Natalie Wearstler

    What restaurants does Loews Atlanta Hotel have?

    After you check in at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, be sure to check out the hotel’s onsite restaurant, eleven. Executive chef Olivier Gaupin’s notoriety as a leader in Atlanta’s culinary community has earned him international recognition — in March 2013, he was inducted into the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chef of France), an organization that has only 64 members in the United States. A seasonal focus defines his breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus. French and Southern cooking techniques fuse seamlessly in dishes like the local spring chicken pot pie, duo of clams and oysters, and eleven’s filet Oscar. If you find a favorite entrée, enjoy it while you can — the menu changes several times a year to ensure that the freshest ingredients are being used, so the memorable meal you enjoyed in the fall may not be available in the spring.

    Should you find yourself in the mood for a quick bite instead of a full meal, Bar eleven offers a tapas menu that’s perfect for sharing over a cocktail. The LIVE from Loews program brings musical guests into the bar area for intimate concerts that add to the hip aesthetic.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What kinds of skincare products are used at Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club?

    Many products used at Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club mimic the natural benefits of the nearby ocean’s exfoliating sand and hydrating water. Take your pick from 10 dreamy aromas in the Zents line before indulging in a manicure or pedicure. Lotions, oils and bath salts come in scents such as mandarin, pear and petal. Hands and feet remain soft long after the treatment ends.
     
    G. M. Collin skincare products are used in facials at this Jacksonville spa. Aestheticians praise the line for its ability to lock moisture into even the most sensitive skin. Clarisonic face brushes are routinely used, as well; the swift-moving bristles effectively remove dead skin cells, leaving the face soft and fresh.

    Dermatologists rave about Obagi creams, cleansers and anti-aging products, also used by the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa. A medical director from Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery holds weekly consultations, during which you can learn more about the products and obtain a prescription, when appropriate.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club?

    Personalized service is a top priority at Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club; for that reason alone, you should call the spa in advance to book appointments. A full menu of services is available online; if you’re unsure of what service would best serve your needs, a booking associate can assist in selecting the right treatment. Booking early at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa is highly recommended at this popular spa. Individual services can be scheduled one to two weeks in advance, but combination packages should be scheduled at least five to six weeks out. Of course, guests who are staying at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club may also stop by the Jacksonville spa in person to inquire about openings in the schedule during their stay.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What restaurants does Ponte Vedra Inn & Club have?

    At Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, you are never too far from a restaurant kitchen. Breakfast is served daily at the Inn Dining Room, an elegant room decked out in white linens with fresh flowers and crystal. Midday standbys such as sandwiches and salads are served daily at The Golf Club Restaurant and on the Surf Club Patio, when weather permits.

    A whimsical 24-foot vertical chandelier of glass bubbles, seahorse and blowfish greets guests as they ascend a spiral staircase to the host station at The Seahorse Grille, the Jacksonville hotel’s signature restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling ocean views set the scene for a casual menu that places heavy emphasis on locally caught seafood. Next door, the Seafoam Room caters to a more refined crowd on Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner jackets are required for gentlemen, and reservations are recommended. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Golf Club Restaurant welcomes guests for dinner, as well — the prime rib buffet on Friday evenings, in particular, is not to be missed.

    On-the-go guests can stop into The Gourmet Shop throughout the day for Starbucks coffee, fresh-baked pastries, deli sandwiches or homemade ice cream, while poolside guests can nosh on hot dogs and salad from the High Tides Bar. Even the Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club employs a few cooks, who nourish spa guests with light lunch fare every day.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    Where is Ponte Vedra Inn & Club located?

    Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Many visitors fly into Jacksonville International Airport, which is 40 minutes away by car. The oceanfront resort is situated almost equal distance from downtown Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Some of Jacksonville’s most popular cultural centers, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science and History and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, are a mere 22 miles away. Meanwhile, downtown St. Augustine — the nation’s oldest city — lies 26 miles south, offering visitors a combination of historic intrigue and coastal charm.

    Of course, there’s plenty to do within Ponte Vedra Beach. The region’s golf and tennis courts are consistently heralded as some of the best in the nation, and independently owned restaurants offer visitors a taste of some of the best seafood in Northeast Florida, often caught fresh that day.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Azurea?

    While there is no strict dress code at Azurea, business casual or resort wear is suggested. Men are encouraged to wear long pants and appropriate shoes and women are usually seen in smart casual attire, like sundresses and linen pants at the restaurant located at One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa. Keep in mind that outdoor dining guests or those enjoying the ocean-inspired veranda and fire pit may appreciate a sweater or even a light jacket between October and February, which are Florida’s coolest months. If you’re still unsure about what’s appropriate or not, you can always call the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant directly for clarification.
  • On September 13, 2013
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    What are the best Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for travelers?

    Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the music industry titans who founded Beats by Dr. Dre, are all too familiar with the needs of travelers — and that’s why they developed two styles of headphones to meet the needs of the frequent flier.

    The Beats Executive headphones were designed with the serious traveler in mind. They're lightweight and comfortable, and the flat-folding design makes it easy to slip them into your smallest carry-on. Most importantly, the headphones deliver the signature sound quality that Beats is known for — even while balancing the effects of active noise cancellation. That means you don't hear the hum of a jet engine or the cries of a baby in the next row; you only hear your music exactly how the artists intended.

    Another great option for travelers is the Beats Wireless headphone. It's compatible with any phone, computer or device that is Bluetooth-enabled. The long battery life prevents you from running out of power in the middle of a flight, but to play it safe, you can charge it with any computer or USB port. These sleek headphones come with a cord (in case you're in the mood to plug in), but we’ve found that the ability to go cordless is ideal for lying back and unwinding in first class while your electronics are stashed safely overhead.