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It’s time for the Celebrated Living Readers’ Choice Platinum List survey, when we ask you to vote for your favorite hotels, spas, golf courses, and cruises. This year we’ve partnered with Land Rover Experience Driving School and the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina.

Weigh in with your travel expertise at celebratedliving.com between November 15, 2011, and February 14, 2012, and you’ll automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win the Grand Prize of 500,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles plus an incredible adventure for two that includes a full-day Land Rover Driving School and a three-night stay at the world-famous Biltmore Estate in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Imagine exploring the 8,000-acre property from the driver’s seat of a Land Rover. The Biltmore’s woodlands, pastures, and rolling hills create an exceptional setting for off-road driving — accompanied by a professional Land Rover Experience Driving Instructor, of course. Five lucky Second Prize winners will each win 100,000 AAdvantage miles! You’ll find more details on page 22 of this issue. Vote today at celebratedliving.com!

Also at celebratedliving.com, you can see the riveting movie trailer of Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, his directorial debut. Be sure to check out the in-depth feature on Fiennes beginning on page 24.

No winter issue of Celebrated Living would be complete without some dazzling ideas for gift giving, and we deliver once again with our comprehensive gift guide and a “Shopping Around the World” story.

But don’t forget the gift of travel. Sometimes just taking a detour from your typical holiday traditions and jetting off for an incredible getaway is the best gift you can give — to yourself or someone else. Any of these destinations catch your eye: Florida, India, California, Ireland, New York, Belgium, Colorado, Thailand, Arizona, China, Wyoming, Costa Rica, Tibet, Barbuda, Hawaii, Switzerland, Vermont, Canada, or France? Those are “just a few of our favorite things” — dreamy destinations that are all covered in this installment of Celebrated Living.

As a gift to the earth, Celebrated Living has become even more eco-friendly. Beginning with this issue, the interior pages of CL will be printed on a recycled, FSC-certified paper made of 90 percent recycled fiber, 30 percent of which is post-consumer. In addition, American Airlines Publishing has a closed-loop relationship with the paper mill, which reclaims a portion of our used magazines for recycled fiber production.

The Celebrated Living team would like to wish you all the very best during the holiday season. We encourage you to take this magazine, share it with family and friends, and then recycle it!
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Celebrated Living