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The Best Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

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Sure, you could pocket that refund you've got coming from Uncle Sam this tax day, but why not do your part to stimulate the U.S. and world economy? Here are nine ways to do just that (and make the most of your time doing it), thanks to the AFAR community.
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12470 NE Rowland Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, USA
The Deep Roots Coalition, founded in 2004, comprises a motley crew of Oregon winemakers who practice dry farming—that is, no irrigation. Make an appointment at Belle Pente or Brick House to learn why relying on natural precipitation alone can help...
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C, Posadas 1086, C1011 ABB, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The concierge at the Four Seasons can arrange tickets and tours of the Teatro Colón opera house, which reopened in 2010 after a $100 million renovation. The 103-year-old theater is renowned for its acoustics. —Laurie Kahle Four Seasons Hotel, ...
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1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, USA
Navajo principles inspire the treatments at the Aman Spa. Guests are offered Navajo Greenthread tea before undergoing the purification ritual of smudging, where sage is burned and the smoke fanned over the body.
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601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
For one of the skyline's best views, check out the Cavallo Point Lodge, which is set in Fort Baker, a 350-acre national park just below the Golden Gate Bridge. It has 17 colonial renovated buildings that have red roofs and covered porches....
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455 Grand Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33149, USA
Inspired by the lunar calendar, new spa treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne resort on an island south of Miami Beach explore the moon’s influence on the senses. Products from Éminence’s biodynamic line utilize...
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2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
These days, any spa worth its sea salt offers Lomi Lomi massage, but knowledge of the technique was once restricted to five Hawaiian lineages. Westin Moana Surfrider therapists train with these families, keeping the tradition strong. 2365 Kalakaua...
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10 Avenue d'Iéna, 75116 Paris, France
Europe’s first Shangri-La hotel is in the former mansion of Prince Roland Bonaparte. Molded ceilings, Eiffel Tower views, and the two-Michelin-star restaurant, L’Abeille, are all fit for modern aristocrats.
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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul-based food pundit Daniel Gray leads eight-hour ultimate insider tours of the city. Each is customizable. Meat lovers can focus on Korean barbecue, while vegetarians may want to sample kongguksu (chilled noodle soup in soy milk broth) and...
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22 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
At the Peninsula Hong Kong, a glass box built into the wall allows shined shoes to be delivered silently to rooms, and light switches display the outside temperature, recorded by the hotel’s weather station.