Personalized Hennessy bottles lift spirits this holiday season

A few nights ago I checked out a holiday pop up that Hennessy is testing in New York City at Columbus Circe where anyone who brings in a bottle of XO can get it engraved with a personalized message and gift wrapped for free. The XO runs about $200 a bottle, so it’s a gift for someone that’s been pretttttty good this year. The holiday messages, which can be up to 42 characters long, are engraved by an iPad-controlled machine and then the lettering is filled in with gold to stand out against the liquid. Visitors have to bring in…

Holiday travel

I picked out some holiday travel deals for the New York Daily News, and one of my favorite is in Curacao, where I recently traveled and saw some of the most intense Santa statues hanging out among the palm trees. It’s the first Dutch Caribbean island I’ve been to, and I loved the colorful Danish architecture that makes part of Willemstad look like “little Amsterdam.” I visited Estonia this past summer (another one of my picks), was blown away by Tallinn and how reasonable amazing hotels, food and drinks were there, and and hoping to get back in December. The…