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Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant

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Writer, musician, and film festival fanatic who gets herself around the world somehow. Recent travels include Mozambique, South Africa, Bolivia, Peru, Egypt, Morocco, Poland, Latvia, Greece, and Malta. Likes street performers, jalapenos, and believing the world is not at all like politicians say it is.

Mar042013

Travel Recommendation

Exploring the Upper East Side

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

One of five New York City boroughs, Manhattan has numerous neighborhoods that still retain a distinct personality. Many of them pride themselves on catering to a particular social niche or type of Big Apple resident; the Upper East Side is just your cup if tea if you’re craving a little luxury (or a classy cup of tea). After all, it’s often said to hold the most individual wealth in the entire world!

Feb262013

Travel Recommendation

Tips for Whale Watching in Alaska

Alaska

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The Alaskan coastline is a prime spot for whale watching—glaciers, a high volume of wildlife of all kinds, and an abundance of outdoor activities make the state one of the most scenic locations on the continent for this type of activity.

Feb262013

Travel Recommendation

First Time Tips for Walt Disney World

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

You’ve seen the rides, the Mickey Mouse ears, and the fireworks over the castle on TV and now you’re finally going to Walt Disney World yourself!

Feb262013

Travel Recommendation

Cruising Ocean Drive

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re looking for classic Art Deco buildings, al fresco dining and beautiful weather, Ocean Drive is the first place you should head on your trip to Miami.

Feb072013

Travel Recommendation

The Grand Canyon: East Rim Drive

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

Most people who visit the Grand Canyon head to the popular South Rim (but the North Rim, which is slightly colder and harder to access, has its upsides, too). If you come into the canyon from the East Entrance and head down to the South Entrance via Desert View Drive, also known as East Rim Drive, you’ll pass several sweeping views of the famous Grand Canyon; you’ll also pass landmarks that visitors to other areas don’t even know are there.

Feb072013

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do in St. Augustine

St Augustine

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St. Augustine, an hour and a half or so up the coast from Orlando (just south of Jacksonville), has a claim to fame unlike that of any other American town—established by the Spanish in 1565, it’s the oldest permanent European settlement in the nation (i.e., our oldest city)! Here are some of the most unique things to see and do in St. Augustine, Florida.

Feb072013

Travel Recommendation

Walking the High Line

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

NYC‘s High Line, a former freight rail line (1934–1980) that was converted to a public park, runs for about a mile and a half (2.3 km) through the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen (from Gansevoort Street to West 34th, on the West Side of Manhattan). It’s public and sees millions of visitors a year. The first section was opened in 2009, and the second was opened in 2011.

Jan312013

Travel Recommendation

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

Getting to explore inside elegant mansions from previous generations is an activity that satisfies both the museum-lover and the romantic. Miami has its own enviable premises, a National Historic Landmark called the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens—carved from Florida limestone and built in 1916 by James Deering as a winter home.

Jan282013

Travel Recommendation

Montreal Opera

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Of all the reasons to visit Montreal, the biggest is arguably its distinct culture, particularly its music, art, and history. The Opéra de Montréal is the largest francophone opera company on the continent; it usually puts on four to five operas every season along with other activities and outreach programs. Over 55,000 people see the Opéra de Montréal every year.

Jan282013

Travel Recommendation

Grand Canyon West

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

Unlike the famous South Rim and atmospheric North Rim, Grand Canyon West is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park—in fact, it’s five hours away and is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe (since it’s on the Haulapai Native American Reservation). It’s a little over a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Las Vegas.

Jan252013

Travel Recommendation

Where to See the Northern Lights

Alaska

My Recommendation Tip

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is one of those acts of nature that is as humbling as it is beautiful. Alaska is one of the best places in the world to see them. So if you’re headed there, read these tips for catching sight of those swirling, greenish curtains in the sky.

Jan242013

Travel Recommendation

New York's Best Food Trucks

New York City

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It’s difficult to get a reservation in some of the Big Apple‘s best restaurants, even harder still to ‘wing it’ and try and find a place that’s both affordable, open, and without the huge line outside. When you’re tired of walking and just want to sit down on the curb and eat some homemade grub, the solution to all your problems just might manifest in the form of an NYC food truck.

Jan232013

Travel Recommendation

Toronto Observation Decks

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

Attractions that offer ultra-high views of a city, like the Empire State Building, continue to draw millions of visitors a year, and Toronto isn’t without fantastic, record-breaking heights of its own. The most popular observation deck in Toronto is the CN Tower, with a total height of 553 meters (1,815 feet) and an observation deck height of 447 meters (1467 feet).

Jan172013

Travel Recommendation

How to Spend Three Days in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

If you have several days in which to explore the Grand Canyon and you’re not sure how to divide your time, the best thing to do is to pick your ideal outdoor activity and plan around that excursion. Whether it’s river-rafting, hiking, or horseback riding, reserve that highlight into your itinerary and then find activities to complement it before and after.

Jan172013

Travel Recommendation

Cruising from Miami's Port

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re itching to hop back on a cruise, or even to have your very first cruise experience, look no further than Miami, Florida and the famous PortMiami—the Cruise Capital of the World!

Cruise lines include Carnival, Disney, Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Regent, and many others; you’ll find itineraries with a variety of lengths headed to destinations like the Caribbean, South America, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas (and more).

Jan152013

Travel Recommendation

Outdoor Adventures Near Phoenix

Phoenix

My Recommendation Tip

When people think of Arizona, most of the images that come to mind are full of desert sand, cacti, and open spaces; while there are some highly photographic landscapes of this sort (especially during sunrise/sunset), Arizona also has a plethora of lakes, which means there are countless boating and fishing opportunities all over the state.

Jan152013

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do in Winter

Boston

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On average, Boston gets over 10 inches of snow every winter, which makes for scenic cityscapes, crisp mornings, and lovely walks around the city, assuming you’re bundled up. Here are some ideas for activities to do if you’ll be in Boston during the wintertime:

Jan152013

Travel Recommendation

How to Spend a Rainy Day in Seattle

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Anyone who’s lived in Seattle or visited before will know that a rainy day in the city is not that uncommon; over 200 days of the year are cloudy, and when taking into consideration the number of precipitation days, it’s one of the rainiest cities in the country. However, the rainfall itself isn’t at all record-breaking, and a ‘rainy day’ usually just means drizzle.

Jan142013

Travel Recommendation

Getting Around in Seattle

Seattle

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With loads of sights to see and a reputation for having some of the best public transportation systems in the U.S., Seattle is one place you don’t have to worry about navigation going wrong. Nonetheless, here are some tips for getting around the Emerald City:

Jan112013

Travel Recommendation

Climbing the Stair of Wonders at the Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto

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A Toronto visit isn’t complete without a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum—one of the largest museums on the entire continent, full of artifacts from cultures around the globe (six million of them!), dinosaur fossils, and hands-on exhibits. 1,000 of these scientific artifacts comprise a so-called ‘cabinet of curiosities,’ which you can see as you walk along the famous and stunning J. F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders.

Jan112013

Travel Recommendation

Following the Irish Heritage Trail

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

People of Irish descent make up the largest ethnic community in Massachusetts, and any discussion about American history, immigration, the 18th century, or historical landmarks wouldn’t be complete without the Irish Heritage Trail—a set of 20 sites downtown and in Back Bay, as well as 50 others in the surrounding cities and neighborhoods and throughout Massachusetts.

Jan102013

Travel Recommendation

Visiting the Grand Canyon from Reno

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

Although it’s more than a 12-hour drive from Reno, Nevada down to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the trip will give you more than a few memorable slices of the scenery, culture, and sights of the country’s West/Southwest region. In fact, it would be a waste to blow through this much of the country in a day or two, so allow as much time as you can to take some scenic detours and shake off that driving fatigue.

Jan092013

Travel Recommendation

Running a Marathon at Walt Disney World

Orlando

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The Walt Disney World Marathon (Jan. 13, 2013) is a 26-mile (42-km) course that takes runners from Epcot and Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. There is, of course, loads of entertainment along the way and an after-party in Downtown Disney. Participants get loads of personalized swag, too.

Jan092013

Travel Recommendation

New York City in the Winter

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

One of the wonderful (or frustrating, depending on how you look at it) things about New York City is that the weather changes so drastically from summer to winter—one minute you’re sweating bullets and swatting away the humidity, and the next you’re bundled up with gloves and scarves dodging patches of snow on the street.

Dec272012

Travel Recommendation

Tips for Hiking the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

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Whether you want to hike to the Colorado River on foot, get that perfect photo of yourself at one of the staggering rim viewpoints, or just work yourself into a good sweat, the Grand Canyon, one of the most recognizable natural features in the U.S., has a memorable journey just for you. Here are some tips to remember when you start to plan:

Dec262012

Travel Recommendation

Holiday Events at Whistler

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re in Vancouver this holiday season, take a few days to get out of the city and see some of the best scenery in British Columbia by spending some time in Whistler—Canada’s famous getaway for adventure-seekers, vacationers, and anyone looking for the perfect escape.

Dec262012

Travel Recommendation

Things to Do in Sitka

Sitka

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The coastal city of Sitka looks westward out into the Gulf of Alaska from Baranof Island (on the part of Alaska that creeps down Canada’s coast). With a population of fewer than 10,000 people, it won’t feel like your average U.S. city—although it’s still the fourth-largest city in the state.

Dec262012

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Things to Do in Sedona

Sedona & Flagstaff

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Famous for the Red Rocks of sandstone, Sedona is a prime destination for outdoor adventures and spiritual pilgrimages. With cliffs, canyons and rock formations that glow with those iconic Southwest hues in early and late sun hours, this is a wonderful part of the country to bring your manual camera.

Dec262012

Travel Recommendation

The Iditarod

Alaska

My Recommendation Tip

Hearing about sled-dog races may bring to mind a sprawling white wilderness with grueling conditions, images of a unique cultural tradition widely known but experienced firsthand by few, and heart-wrenching stories of brave four-legged heroes that made the legendary run to the diphtheria outbreak in Nome. Regardless, Alaska’s most famous sporting event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; if you’re anywhere near the area come Feb, don’t miss the opportunity to witness this awe-inspiring display of physical and emotional fortitude.

Dec172012

Travel Recommendation

Montreal in Winter

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Montreal‘s Old-World architecture creates an atmosphere that goes well with wintertime—the cobblestone, the history, and even the chocolate are a superb fit for winter visits. However, just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay inside in museums and cafes! Montreal prides itself on being a top winter destination; here are some activities to add a little fun (and romance) to your trip to Quebec.

Dec172012

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Toronto for New Year's Eve

Toronto

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Sightseers, partiers, and classy travelers alike will get a kick out of Toronto‘s many New Year’s Eve events. No matter how you plan to spend your evening—a glass of champagne, a view of the fireworks, or just going with the flow—you’ll be pumped up for 2013 by the time the clock strikes twelve. Here are some ideas of how to spend your evening:

Dec142012

Travel Recommendation

Boston for New Year's Eve

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

For those who love to celebrate national holidays, Boston is the place to be. Whether it’s Christmas or July 4th, this New England hub of festivities has something for everyone. You can watch fireworks over Boston Harbor or in town over parks like Boston Common.

Dec132012

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The Grand Canyon in Winter

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

If you haven’t yet visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona, or if you’re planning on visiting again, don’t count out the winter months! There are many benefits, such as fewer people, reduced prices, and uniquely beautiful scenery that looks a bit different from the well-known images you’ve probably seen before.

Dec122012

Travel Recommendation

Celebrating New Year's Eve at Disney

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has a reputation for throwing some pretty massive New Year’s Eve festivities, and as usual the Mouse doesn’t let us down this year.

Magic Kingdom has the famous Electrical Parade on Main Street from 7–9:30pm, a DJ dance party by the castle, and ‘Holiday Wishes’ fireworks and ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ fireworks at 8:30pm and 11:50pm, respectively.

Dec122012

Travel Recommendation

New Year's Eve Events in New York City

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

Even if you’ve never been to New York City, you’ve certainly watched the Ball Drop over a million thrilled onlookers in Times Square on TV. So if you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple this December, experience the once-in-a-lifetime feeling of welcoming 2013 with that world-famous countdown—in person! The crowds can get a little crazy, but hey, it’s New Year’s Eve.

Dec072012

Travel Recommendation

Family-Friendly Attractions in Phoenix

Phoenix

My Recommendation Tip

With warm weather and outdoor activities galore, Phoenix is both an engaging and easy place to travel with children.

Summers in Arizona can often be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), and visiting hotter locations with the family means that any activity involving a bathing suit is a potential choice for a day-long outing.

Dec042012

Travel Recommendation

When to Visit Alaska

Alaska

My Recommendation Tip

The season in which you visit a wilderness haven like Alaska can impact not just the weather but the prices, population, and activities you can physically do. As always, there are pros and cons to any season, so, to help you make the best decision for the type of vacation you’re looking for, here is a list of things to consider:

Dec042012

Travel Recommendation

Grand Canyon: The South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park

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Although people tend to think of the Grand Canyon as a single location, it’s actually divided into North and South, with slightly different hikes, weather, and experiences to offer. About 20 miles (32 km) apart, the two destinations have enticing activities that attract millions of visitors each year.

Nov282012

Travel Recommendation

Twilight Movie Locations in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Let’s face it – even if you haven’t jumped on the vampire-swooning bandwagon, it’s not like the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest aren’t a beautiful trip to take anyway; so if any of your friends or family are Twi-hards (secretly or otherwise), a trip to Seattle definitely deserves a “Twilight Location” detour.

Nov282012

Travel Recommendation

Christmas in Miami

Miami

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If your vision of Miami is just bikinis and martinis, you haven’t seen the city during Christmastime, when it’s as magical, festive, and special as anywhere with snow or pine trees! Here are some ways to celebrate the holidays, Miami-style...

Nov022012

Travel Recommendation

Shopping in Old Montreal

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

The historic district of Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) and its 17th-century buildings are some of the oldest pieces of architecture on the continent. Notre-Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, Place Jacques-Cartier, the Château Ramezay, the Pointe-à-Callière museum, and the Old Port (Vieux-Port) are just some of the attractions that draw residents and visitors from all over the world to this part of town—but another big draw is the shopping.

Oct312012

Travel Recommendation

Tips for a Budget-Friendly Visit to New York City

New York City

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It won’t surprise anyone to hear that New York City is quite an expensive place to live; unfortunately for tourists passing through, it’s an even more expensive place to visit, with most of the Big Apple’s famous sites demanding enormous entrance fees.

Oct292012

Travel Recommendation

Fishing in Miami

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

Famous for beaches and clear waters, Miami naturally has prime fishing spots for you to take a breather between all the trekking between Art Deco buildings and fusion restaurants. If you need to turn the volume of your holiday down a notch or two, taking a fishing break is a reliable way to both collect your thoughts and get to know the more natural parts of the city you’re visiting.

Oct262012

Travel Recommendation

Where to Stay Near the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

With no shortage of visitors, the Grand Canyon has no shortage of accommodation options. Staying relatively close to your early morning departure point (if going on a tour or guided trip) saves you pre-trip stress, and can also be a fun experience in itself.

Oct242012

Travel Recommendation

Visiting Victoria from Vancouver

Victoria

My Recommendation Tip

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is very much worth the trip out from Vancouver, which is only about 100 km (62 miles) away.

One of the most famous reasons to head to Vancouver Island (not Victoria Island, as it’s often called) is to see the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre garden paradise just a short drive away.

Oct222012

Travel Recommendation

Riding a Mule to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

There are many reasons why a Grand Canyon visitor might choose to ride a mule down the trails. The altitude is 7,000 ft (2,100 m) above sea level, making overly strenuous climbs even more of a sweat-a-thon; there may be those in your group that would prefer a more unique experience than the average trail walk; and, probably the best reason—it’s a chance to ride a mule!

Oct042012

Travel Recommendation

Autumn in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

The Grand Canyon is appealing year-round, but the main benefit of visiting during the autumn season is that summer crowds have started to dwindle—and the wettest month of the year (August) has passed, taking the thunderstorms with it.

Oct042012

Travel Recommendation

Chittenden Locks and Fish Ladder

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

The Ballard Locks (otherwise referred to as the Chittenden Locks) attracts visitors for its unique fish ladder—a special site where wild salmon navigate over 21 rungs; you can watch them fight the current from glass panels in the underwater viewing area. Salmon migrate to sea before returning to rivers in order to spawn.

Sep272012

Travel Recommendation

Whitewater Rafting in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re a fan of river rafting, the Colorado River may be one of your ultimate destinations. With wild rapids, varying skill-level requirements and epic scenery, the Grand Canyon‘s original creator (17 million years ago, anyway) offers unlimited fun times and adrenaline highs. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a whitewater rafting trip around the Grand Canyon area:

Sep272012

Travel Recommendation

Miami Beach Boardwalk

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

The Miami boardwalk extends from South Pointe Park to Indian Beach Park—essentially, clear up the east side of Miami Beach—for over seven miles (11 km), although the raised wooden stretch of it is just around two (3.2 km)

Sep262012

Travel Recommendation

What to Do with One Day in Vancouver

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

Like any major city, Vancouver cannot be ‘seen’ in a day, or even a week. But if you find yourself in the city and you have a day to spare—one day only—here are some ideas for how to make the best use of your time:

Sep202012

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When to Visit the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

As a popular destination with excursions often booked up months in advance, the Grand Canyon is an experience that differs greatly depending on the time of year you visit. There are pros and cons to any season, so, to help you make the best decision for the type of vacation you’re looking for, here is a list of things to consider:

Sep192012

Travel Recommendation

Free Things to Do in Orlando

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

The big-name parks in Orlando offer good times galore, of course, but there are plenty of other things to do around the city that won’t require months of saving and planning. Here are a few ideas to consider when budgeting your Florida trip so that you don’t come home with desecrated wallets and pockets.

Sep192012

Travel Recommendation

Visiting the Hamptons from NYC

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

The Hamptons, so-called in reference to Southampton and East Hampton, are about 75–100 miles (120-160 km) east of Manhattan and have a reputation for being quite an affluent area, as seen in the TV series Royal Pains and the film Something’s Gotta Give. Although it may cost millions of dollars to own property here, visitors often find the Hamptons to be a lovely short-term getaway from the city.

Sep122012

Travel Recommendation

Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a one-hour drive from Vancouver, in the Fraser River estuary on Westham Island. The 740-acre protected area is one of the best bird-watching locations in all of Canada.

Sep102012

Travel Recommendation

5 Things to Do at Pike Place Market

Seattle

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Originally open in 1907, Pike Place Market is now one of the nation’s oldest public farmers’ markets and thus a prime spot for strolling, shopping and eating. Hundreds of stalls, fresh produce and a prime location make it one of Seattle‘s best all-around attractions. Here is a quick list of things you should definitely try to do here during your Seattle trip:

Sep072012

Travel Recommendation

Visiting the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon National Park

My Recommendation Tip

Downtown Las Vegas is an apex of fun, entertainment, performance and luxury. The Grand Canyon, isolated and peaceful, is one of the planet’s most incredible creations. The truth is, it is indeed possible to combine the trips—if you plan ahead. You may not get as full of an impression if you have limited time, but at least you’ll be able to experience the ultimate playgrounds of both man and nature!

Aug302012

Travel Recommendation

Visiting Fort Lauderdale from Miami

Fort Lauderdale

My Recommendation Tip

Just in case Miami doesn’t give you enough of a beach-fix—and you have time on your trip to travel around nearby—Fort Lauderdale is only a half-hour drive up the coast (on I-95). Often referred to as “the Venice of America,” this 23-mile (37-km) stretch of beach has more than enough vacation to go around. And fortunately for future visitors, the ‘spring break’ vibe is not nearly as extreme as it used to be.

Aug302012

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Tips for Renting an Apartment in NYC

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

Sometimes hotels and hostels don’t fit the bill in the Big Apple—even literally; if you’d prefer some extra personal space while visiting New York City, especially if you want a kitchen to cook your own food instead of going out to eat at expensive restaurants, then renting an apartment can be a welcome alternative. Here are some tips to ponder before booking:

Aug272012

Travel Recommendation

Visiting Seattle with Kids

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

With scenic outdoor activities, a thriving art culture, and friendly people, Seattle is a perfect place to bring the younger ones along. Here are some activities you can easily do with the entire family:

Aug212012

Travel Recommendation

Free Museum Days in Toronto

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

Museums in major cities often will welcome visitors for free at the tail-end of the day (especially on days when business tends to be slower). In some cases, this means the museum will be, ironically, packed with people—like NYC’s MoMA on Friday nights. For the sake of artistic enjoyment and appreciation, most museums will at least offer a discount at some point during the week—or use the term ‘recommended donation’ instead of ‘admission fee.’ Here are some tips for when to go to some of Toronto‘s best museums.

Jul302012

Travel Recommendation

The Center for Wooden Boats

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

Taking a boat out is a fun activity anywhere you go – but Seattle has something special that you won’t find many other places. The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a maritime history gathering spot in which visitors can do more than just learn about this craft heritage in the Pacific Northwest, but actually get involved; that is, you can rent a boat and take it out yourself!

Jun132012

Travel Recommendation

Tips for a First-Time Visit to Orlando

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

Probably the most important piece of advice for your first time traveling to Orlando is to accept that you don’t have time to do everything! Between the theme parks, the nightlife, and the Florida sights, there’s hardly time for even the locals to take it all in. Here are some tips for how to digest such a mammoth task as vacationing in Orlando, Florida:

Jun072012

Travel Recommendation

Visiting Miami's Little Havana

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

Little Havana is a lively neighborhood between Miami River and 16th Street, and whereas it used to be filled with a mostly Cuban population, many of whom immigrated in the 1960′s after the Cuban Revolution, it has since morphed into a wider representation of Hispanic countries—particularly those in Central America, like Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras (hence why many prefer to call the area ‘the Latin Quarter’ now). And although it’s not exactly the Little Havana of several decades ago, visitors can still experience the neighborhood’s older traditions, most of which are still lingering around.

Jun042012

Travel Recommendation

5 Things to Eat in Montreal

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Montreal, like all multicultural cities, is not short on places to dine, drink, or munch; especially in the downtown area, you’ll find as many Asian and European cuisine choices as you would in New York City or San Francisco. Even after you’ve eaten, it can be hard to say no to the smell of pastries or the idea of sipping another glass of red wine on a patio.

May212012

Travel Recommendation

5 Great Walking Tours in Boston

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

With New England-style boulevards, historical parks, and a thriving student population, it’s no wonder Boston is so often thought of as one of the nation’s most walkable cities. Also, since many of the original Boston blocks were constructed at a time when walking was the primary means of transportation, it makes sense that one should walk around town in the first place. But a walking tour isn’t just a meandering, day-long stroll; tours can also involve the other senses and the arts – these integrated memories can make the time you spend in a city much more personal. Here are a few selections from Boston’s wide variety of special walking tours that will do just that.

May152012

Travel Recommendation

Top Things to Do and See in Central Park

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

At 843 acres, New York‘s Central Park is more than just a rectangular piece of paradise in which you can escape when the urban chaos becomes a little too much to handle. Natural landscapes, streams, and bridges take you to attractions like carousels, athletic fields and, of course, the Central Park Zoo. Here are a few suggestions to get you hyped up for your Central Park visit.

Mar232012

Travel Recommendation

Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

It's more than just the trees, of course. The famous Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a union of different art-forms and perspectives, and consequently it is a fantastic time to be in town....

Mar222012

Travel Recommendation

The Blue Man Group

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

What exactly is the famous Blue Man Group? Well, it’s a trio that performs a mishmash of art, music, color, and fun that will stimulate all your senses and take you to a strange world of rhythm and design.

Mar082012

Travel Recommendation

Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Sometimes the most fascinating view is found not by looking up at the stars or across a cityscape but straight beneath you – in this case, at layers of history stacked atop one another in Montreal‘s Pointe-à-Callière Museum. With First Nations’ artifacts, British Regime structures, and a really old sewer pipe (gross but, hey, impressive civil engineering for 1838), the place is a veritable tiered cake of cultural remnants.

Feb292012

Travel Recommendation

Library of Congress

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

“Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off.” -Barbara Kingsolver

Can't argue with that – especially because Washington DC's Library of Congress, which is the largest library in the world as far as book count, is free! It also happens to be the U.S.'s oldest federal cultural institution, and that means it has so much more than books. But speaking of books, it has the world's largest law library, originally established in 1832, and even a copyright office that helps sustain the nation's system of copyrighting.

Feb272012

Travel Recommendation

Mount Gay Rum of Barbados

Caribbean

My Recommendation Tip

Jack Sparrow may be a womanizing narcissist, but when it comes to quenching his thirst, he knew what he was talking about.

Mount Gay Rum is currently the oldest rum brand in the world and it’s still going strong. The Eclipse Silver Rum (with hints of banana and peppermint) won the Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition last year. The primary country of export for Mount Gay Rum is the U.S., but it’s sold in over five dozen countries around the world as well.

Feb272012

Travel Recommendation

The Urban Hideaway

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

Guesthouses sometimes seem to hold a zero-sum battle between location and atmosphere. Staying in the heart of any city is going to be more convenient – a shorter journey home at night, more people and activities around for you to get the flavor of an area… but it can be too loud, impersonal, and expensive for someone who just wants to take a peek. On the other hand, staying in a secluded bed and breakfast offers quiet time, friendly greetings (from people who might even remember your name!), and a healthier home base, especially after a long day of sightseeing… but it may wind up being so far away as to warrant thoughts of a car rental, or worse, that glance at the watch that says, “Well, we better start heading back if we’re going to make it home at a reasonable hour.”

Feb272012

Travel Recommendation

'Scene'ic Toronto

Toronto

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Shooting films in Toronto is a win for filmmakers and audiences both. It's cheap, pleasant, and accessible for crew (at least compared to other on-site locations they might have had to deal with), and it passes off as almost any major U.S. city in the minds of moviegoers – especially American audiences that aren't too familiar with Toronto's downtown area. Here are four iconic scenes from four different cities... that all happen to be Toronto.

Feb232012

Travel Recommendation

Top Miami Pools (Part II)

Miami

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At the end of the day, the main reason we all love to swim is because it feels good on the body – whether it’s to exercise, to regulate temperature by cooling off, to have unorganized games of chicken fighting with your friends, or to de-stress and just float. So whatever your reason (heck, even if you don’t have one), get yourself and your new bathing suit to one of these heavenly chunks of blue.

Feb222012

Travel Recommendation

Tour de Caribbean: Cycling Across the Seas

Caribbean

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Yes, you read that correctly. From May 11-14, 2012, this unique event will combine athleticism with spectacle, luxury, nature, and good times all around. After one race in Fort Lauderdale and another in Nassau, Tour de Caribbean becomes a pretty original way to please all members of the cyclist’s family while he or she gets bicycle wheels spinning.

Feb142012

Travel Recommendation

More on TIFF – Top Attractions

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

The Toronto International Film Festival is definitely an event that is worthy of altering the dates of your Toronto visit, so below are some of the top events and attractions of the festival that will help you plan your trip accordingly!

Feb102012

Travel Recommendation

Top Miami Pools (Part I)

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

Miami‘s iconic hotels have more than their share of luxurious, fun, and unusual swimming pools. Here are a few that are especially worth visiting, whether it’s to cool off, lounge around, or just soak up the Florida rays.

Feb092012

Travel Recommendation

The New Mount Obama

Antigua and Barbuda

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Boggy Peak used to be the name of a 1,300-foot hill for hikers and mango farmers in the Caribbean. On President Obama’s 48th birthday (2009), the peak was renamed “Mount Obama” to honor his achievement in becoming the first Black President of the U.S.

Visitors to Antigua and Barbuda can have a lovely hike and get lost in the Macaw Palm Trees, Milk Trees, and Maiden Ferns (ah yes, and the Mount Obama White Lonchocarpus) in what is now known as Mount Obama National Park.

Feb082012

Travel Recommendation

Think Pink – It’s Cherry Blossom Time!

Washington DC

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In 1912, the U.S. was given over 3,000 cherry blossom trees as a gift from Japan to celebrate international friendship. What began as an annual ceremony honoring the exchange has now become “the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.”

Feb062012

Travel Recommendation

Top 3 Places to Eat Chocolate in Montreal

Montreal

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Craving chocolate in Quebec? Here are our top picks for chocolatiers in Montreal!

Feb022012

Travel Recommendation

NYC: KGB Bar

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

The infamous “KGB” stands for Komitet (Committee) Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (State Security). You won't find any spies upstairs at the KGB Bar in the East Village in New York City (at least we hope not), but you might take one look at the interior and expect the lovechild of Jack Kerouac and Lenin to walk in the door and join you for a vodka. Candles, curtains, dim lighting, poetry readings, a chill-out vibe... and of course, propaganda posters and loads of kitsch.

Feb022012

Travel Recommendation

Boston: Fenway is the Only Way

Boston

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It's common to hear Bostonians boast about Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox and arguably one of the coolest baseball stadiums in the country. But what exactly makes it so great?

Firstly, it's the oldest MLB stadium being used today; it opened in 1912 – that's a long history of lawn-mowing, ball-catching, sobbing and cheering. If seats could talk....

Feb012012

Travel Recommendation

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

The Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF) began exactly as what its original name, “The Festival of Festivals,” implies – it gathered the most buzz-worthy flicks from around the world and revealed them to an eager public. It quickly became the most prestigious film festival in North America and is now arguably one of the industry's most important fests in the world. Well done, Toronto.

Feb012012

Travel Recommendation

Vancouver: Dine on Cloud 9

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

Revolving, with a 360-degree view? Check. Windows twenty feet high? Check. Yummy? Double-check.

The Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant and Lounge sits on the 42nd floor of one of the city's tallest hotels, the Empire Landmark. With views of the harbor, trees and glimmering skyscrapers, this place provides scenery at its tastiest.

Jan302012

Travel Recommendation

Turks and Caicos: 5 Interesting Facts

Caribbean

My Recommendation Tip

1. Where the name comes from: “Turks” refers to the Turk’s Cap Cactus (yes, that’s a green cactus that looks like it’s wearing a red fez). “Caicos” comes from the phrase “caya hico,” which means “a string of islands” in the language of the Lucayan natives, who inhabited the island until shortly after the time Christopher’s ships showed up.

2. Interesting Industry: T and C is home to the only commercial conch farm in the world....

Jan252012

Travel Recommendation

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

Open since 1993 and designed by a Holocaust survivor, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. has welcomed millions of visitors from all nationalities, political leanings, ethnicities and religions. It's more than a collection of photos and pamphlets; the museum also supports ongoing research, preserves evidence and artwork, runs educational programs, collaborates with foreign offices, holds commemorations... and even has free podcasts through iTunes.

Jan242012

Travel Recommendation

A Sight to See in St. Maarten

St Maarten

My Recommendation Tip

On the Dutch side of St. Maarten (St. Martin), there is a beach. On the beach, there is a runway. On the runway, there are planes landing that just flew over the heads of swimmers and sunbathers – people who were either taking photos and feeling the adrenaline rush of having a plane pass by a few yards above you… or who were fighting the urge to run for their lives.

Jan232012

Travel Recommendation

Vancouver: It’s Anthropological

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

The University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver is home to, among other things, one of the most famous museums in Canada – a museum that just doubled in size in 2008 and has more opportunities for discovery than you can fit in a day.

Jan182012

Travel Recommendation

Gatorland

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

Afraid of alligators? The only mouth that’s going to eat you here is the giant one you have to walk through at the front entrance. It may not be as loud as Universal Studios, but Gatorland in Orlando can certainly be as fun. The “Alligator Capital of the World,” as it’s often called, has thousands of little (and not so little) gators and crocodiles.

Jan172012

Travel Recommendation

Jules’ Undersea Lodge

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

If you or anyone in your family is a fanatic of mermaids, the Titanic, or Spongebob and is just itching to spend an entire night underwater, look no further (or deeper) than Jules’ Undersea Lodge. The place is not only super cool but, according to Forbes, one of the World’s Most Remote Hotels, and the only hotel in the U.S. where you can catch your zzz‘s underseas.

Jan172012

Travel Recommendation

Bata Shoe Museum

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

You think you have a hard time fitting all your boots, sneakers, and sandals in the small space at the bottom of your closet? The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto has over 10,000 pairs of shoes – and the four-story building itself resembles a shoe box. Already you’re excited.

Jan122012

Travel Recommendation

Dominica: The Boiling Lake

Dominica

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Double, double, toil and trouble. Dominica travel, volcanic bubble.

Dec302011

Travel Recommendation

Flamingos of the Bahamas

Bahamas

My Recommendation Tip

When you hear that a species is or was endangered, you may think of sea turtles, leopards, or something crawling around the rocks in the Galapagos. Few people think of the flamingo, and certainly not in the Bahamas...

Dec202011

Travel Recommendation

Miami Fruit and Spice Park

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

Forget what you think you know of botanical gardens – Miami‘s Fruit and Spice Park is literally one-of-a-kind in the country. Veggies, herbs, nuts, and, of course, fruits and spices – 500 of them in total – are spread over 37 acres. 150 different types of mangoes? ‘Nuff said.

Dec162011

Travel Recommendation

Santo Domingo - A City of Firsts

Dominican Republic

My Recommendation Tip

The oldest cathedral in the Americas – and the oldest church in the West Indes – the Catedral de Santa Maria le Menor is one of the oldest landmarks in the Ciudad Colonial (Colombus’ first settlement in the New World) of Santo Domingo, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dec142011

Travel Recommendation

Bok Tower Gardens

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

Netherlands-born Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Bok – who, incidentally, was also an environmental activist and philanthropist who edited the first magazine in the world to have one million subscribers – was inspired, while taking walks to the top of Iron Mountain in 1921, to create a bird sanctuary and garden. Now the space, called Bok Tower Gardens, is home to over a hundred species of birds and is enjoyed by visitors year-round as one of Florida‘s top places for a pensive meander.

Dec012011

Travel Recommendation

Old Ironsides in Boston

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

George Washington himself gave this wooden frigate, which first launched in 1797 and is now the oldest remaining commissioned naval vessel in the world, its legendary name: the USS Constitution. It was built in Boston and is famous for defeating and capturing British warships during the war of 1812.

Nov182011

Travel Recommendation

The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Factory Tour in Vancouver

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

Step inside the world’s largest building and take a tour of the planes of the future! The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Factory Tour is in Snohomish County, only two hours away from Vancouver. It sure is a nice change from your traditional museum.

Nov172011

Travel Recommendation

Manhattan Bridge

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic and historic symbol of New York City – but the Manhattan Bridge, often overlooked by visitors and overshadowed by its more famous neighbor down the river, has its own unique history and offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city at night.

Nov162011

Travel Recommendation

Kennedy Space Center

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

If you ever launched a toy rocket in your backyard as a kid – or have ever watched your own kids do so – a trip to the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando is an opportunity to see, in person, the visions from your and their imaginations come to life.

Nov112011

Travel Recommendation

Hato Caves in Curacao

Curacao

My Recommendation Tip

Just north of Willemstad on Curacao, you’ll find a cave system with 1500-year-old Arawak petroglyphs that was also used as a hiding place for runaway slaves.

Nov102011

Travel Recommendation

Take a Hike in Middlesex Fells

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

City chaos too much for you?

A few miles north of Boston is a 2,500-acre reservation called Middlesex Fells, which brushes against the smaller towns of Malden, Stoneham, Melrose, Medford, and Winchester. There are almost a dozen available hikes of different lengths and difficulties – more than 100 miles of trails!

Nov082011

Travel Recommendation

Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

The HHOF (the Hockey Hall of Fame) in Toronto is a unique museum located in what was formerly the Bank of Montreal. It not only contains the largest selection of hockey memorabilia in the world, but it’s also home to the Stanley Cup – the oldest professional competitive trophy in North America – as well as player exhibits, equipment, and memorabilia.

Nov012011

Travel Recommendation

Vancouver’s Classical Chinese Garden

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

In China‘s Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), elite scholars would spend most of the day in their intricately designed gardens, using these spaces for both work and contemplation. The philosophy behind these classical gardens revolves around a collaboration between rock, water, plant, and architecture – the typical Taoist belief that opposites can create harmony together when in balance.

Oct312011

Travel Recommendation

Montreal: Bagel, Anyone?

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

Of all the places famous for a warm, yummy bagel, Montreal may not pop up in your head as a typical place to go. Yet few know that Montreal actually has its own variety of bagel, which is different to the ever-popular “New York bagel” in that it’s wood-fired, made with egg and honey or malt, chewy, dense, saltless, and usually smaller with a bigger hole in the middle. They also normally have either poppy seeds or sesame seeds on top.

Oct282011

Travel Recommendation

Boston: The Wine Cellar

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

OpenTable called it “the most romantic restaurant in Boston.” When you go to The Wine Cellar, be careful not to get too bogged down with the wine list (you have hundreds to choose from), otherwise you might not get around to ordering the meal – and that would be a shame.

Oct262011

Travel Recommendation

NYC: Seeing The Colbert Report Live

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

Three Emmy nominations, an invitation to perform at the White House, named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People… no one can say Stephen Colbert, despite being an actor/comedian first and foremost, has not contributed in a serious and tangible way to the world of political commentary, social media, and news coverage.

Oct252011

Travel Recommendation

Aruba's Ostrich Farm

Aruba

My Recommendation Tip

You can visit them on the Aruba Ostrich Farm, which houses around eighty ostriches and emus. Tours guide you around the farm and teach visitors about their unique survival instincts and behavior.

Oct182011

Travel Recommendation

Washington D.C.: Frederick Douglass

Washington DC

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Frederick Douglass tends to be one of those figures that most Americans recognize but about whom no one can elaborate, except maybe to say he wrote a thing or two. Just outside of Washington DC, you can visit Cedar Hill, Douglass’ home from 1877 to 1895, and learn just why he is such an important figure in American history.

Oct172011

Travel Recommendation

James Bond's Jamaica

Jamaica

My Recommendation Tip

To some, Goldeneye is the secret satellite created by the Russians and used by Alec Trevelyn in a threat against civilization in the film of the same name starring Pierce Brosnan; but few know that Ian Fleming actually had a villa in Oracabessa, Jamaica, where he would escape the British winters and work on his now-iconic series called Goldeneye.

Oct132011

Travel Recommendation

Jackpot! The Best Casinos in Nassau

Nassau

My Recommendation Tip

The Bahamas are an infamous spot for off-shore bank accounts – in fact, it’s one of the leading countries in the world for it. Need something to put in your account? Try your hand at some gambling. Go on, you’re on vacation…

Oct062011

Travel Recommendation

Miami: A Zoo Like No Other

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

Whatever you may dislike about your average zoo – restrictive pens, species being kept in unnatural environments – you won’t find much of at Zoo Miami. Miami boasts one of the best zoos in Florida and in the country, and it’s easy to see why. Not only is Zoo Miami the only tropical zoo in the continental U.S., but zookeepers have made sure their own resident creatures are kept company with plants and animals from their home ecosystems.

Oct052011

Travel Recommendation

Catch a Show at the Aquarium

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

Critter mealtime, acrobatics, wet lab – there’s more to the Vancouver Aquarium than your average tanks of fish! British Colombia’s only “4-D” theatre is always showing films around 15 minutes long (twice daily) that will blow your senses. It’s not just the lighting; you also get blasted with scents, mist, and even wind!

Oct042011

Travel Recommendation

Honest Abe

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

He sported one of the most recognizable beards in American history, but there’s more to Abraham Lincoln than the famous “Four score and seven years ago.” Not only was he the tallest President (6’4”), but his mother is supposedly a distant relative of Tom Hanks – who’d a thunk?

Oct042011

Travel Recommendation

Dominican Republic: Batter Up!

Dominican Republic

My Recommendation Tip

The Dominican Republic‘s first baseball league was founded in 1890, and although it wasn’t until 1956 that the first Dominican played in Major League Baseball (Osvaldo/Ozzie Virgil Sr. with the New York Giants, for sports fans), over four hundred players in MLB have come from the country since then. The Dominican Summer League, a Rookie Academy for MLB, has often come under criticism for exploiting teenage Dominican players, but this has in no way quelled the nation’s passion for the sport – if anything it has made it stronger, since every MLB team has representation in the Dominican to keep an eye out for future stars.

Oct032011

Travel Recommendation

The Saint Lawrence River in Montreal

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

The city of Montreal sees the nearby meeting of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, and the city’s port sits on the river gateway that travels from the Great Lakes and opens up into the Atlantic Ocean – specifically, through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, which is one of the world’s largest estuaries. The Saint Lawrence River is 744 miles long and now marks a small portion of the international boundary between Canada and the U.S., but what role has it played in the continent’s history?

Oct032011

Travel Recommendation

Are You A Boston Poet Who Doesn’t Know It?

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

Shady Apple. Concrete Handbag.

Yes, some of it may not make literal sense (at least not to the ‘artless masses’), but whether you’re after an alternative spot for a cocktail, a venture into the voices of sexually-curious and postmodern members of the underground, or just a chance to try your hand at something as nerve-wracking as it is liberating, Poetry Slams are a much overlooked and under-appreciated option for a night out on the town in Boston.

Sep282011

Travel Recommendation

The Ringling Museum of Orlando

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

It’s not the big attraction Orlando is known for, but after a visit to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, with its historic waterfront mansion, circus museums, theater, and jaw-dropping fine art collections, you’ll wonder if the Mouse shouldn’t be bumped down to second place instead.

Sep282011

Travel Recommendation

Ulysses: New York's Favorite Bar

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

In New York, the competition for being thought of as ‘a great bar’ is fierce. So what does it take to stand out in a two-dozen square mile island filled with some of the most fashionable, reputable, and trendsetting entrepreneurs in the world? Here’s a start: friendly pint-pourers and cocktail superheroes to keep you quenched, a proudly unique and upbeat atmosphere, reasonably priced drunk food, and late closing hours. If you’re anywhere near Wall Street (and, to be honest, even if you aren’t), you mustn’t pass up a visit to Ulysses’, which ticks all these boxes as well as all the rest!

Sep272011

Travel Recommendation

Brunch is Served!

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

Big night out Saturday? Long drive home Sunday? Whatever your plans, nothing beats a hearty and relaxed Sunday brunch in Toronto. Here are three ideas for where to fill your tummy, down a Bloody Mary, or fall back in love with maple syrup from Canada.

Sep232011

Travel Recommendation

Dominican Republic: Get There Quickly

Dominican Republic

My Recommendation Tip

The Dominican Republic is, according to its consulate, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, especially for Americans. Why? It has white beaches that are actually white, and it’s near enough to prevent jet-lag or bad hair from the flight over. Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of five-star resorts and international cocktail bars to make you feel like you’re just one of many to repeat the same experiences.

Sep222011

Travel Recommendation

Night Tennis in Miami

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

It’s hard to think about the need to exercise while on vacation, but finding something that is both fun and healthy means you can take advantage of a guilt-free activity – and what better way to tone those arms, work on your teamwork skills, and enjoy the Miami weather than play tennis? At the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami, you’ll find twenty-six courts – seven of which are lit for nighttime.

Sep192011

Travel Recommendation

Surf’s Up at the Makka Pro in Jamaica

Jamaica

My Recommendation Tip

Waimea Bay. Bali. Australia’s Gold Coast. South Africa. Brazil. Malibu, Santa Cruz, Maverick’s. Legendary surf spots around the world get big waves and big attention when annual surf contests come around, like the World Qualifying Series, the ASP World Tour, and the Triple Crown in Hawaii. Whether you want to catch a wave or just catch a tan while you watch others try and catch a wave, don’t overlook Jamaica!

Sep192011

Travel Recommendation

Jardin Botanique - Montreal's Botanical Gardens

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

When visiting Montreal, it is worth a trip to the city’s Botanical Gardens. With ten greenhouses, thirty gardens, and more than 22,000 plant species, the Jardin Botanique is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It also makes a great escape from the hustle and bustle of one of Canada‘s most popular cities.

Sep162011

Travel Recommendation

Searching for Vinyl in Boston

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

“Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” So says record store owner John Cusack in High Fidelity, between rambling about musical top-five lists and helping useless customers feel their way blindly through musical history.

But it doesn’t have to be that difficult for you – especially in Boston, where a small handful of record stores are still treading water despite the rapid shift to online corporate sellers.

Sep152011

Travel Recommendation

Bahamas: Pineapples on Parade

Bahamas

My Recommendation Tip

Although Costa Rica and the Philippines now dominate the pineapple industry, it wasn’t always that way. The fruit originated in South America, but historians believe that the first country to produce pineapple for commerce was, in fact, the Bahamas. It began in the mid-19th century, peaked fifty years later, and died out almost completely in the 1920′s when a determined man named James Drummond Dole (yes, Dole) kick-started the industry in the Aloha State.

Sep142011

Travel Recommendation

Island Life in Toronto

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

People who have never visited Toronto are often unaware that there is actually a chain of small islands in Lake Ontario just offshore from downtown that are called, fittingly, the Toronto Islands. You can get there by taking a ferry from the (again, aptly-named) Ferrydocks.

Sediments flowing from the Niagara River caused the chain, originally a sand spit, to form, and after a massive storm flood in the mid 19th century, the geography was made relatively permanent. Although the City of Toronto owns the land, Canada’s feds have acknowledged the ownership rights of the Mississauga (aboriginal) people, to whom the islands are sacred.

Sep132011

Travel Recommendation

Shark Diving at the Long Island Aquarium

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

Formerly called Atlantis Marine World, the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center offers families the opportunity to snorkel, play with penguins, dive with sharks, and do all manner of things one wouldn’t think possible just an hour outside Manhattan.

Sep082011

Travel Recommendation

World Erotic Art Museum offers a risqué experience in Miami

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

Before you read on, this museum is only for 18-and-overs!

The second-largest erotic art collection in the world and the largest in the U.S. by far, Miami’s World Erotic Art Museum has plenty of history, culture, and nakedness to keep your eyebrows raised all day long. From stone to cloth, oil to ink, you can follow raunchy-yet-classy interpretations of the human body through over 12,000 square feet.

Sep072011

Travel Recommendation

VANCOUVER: The Laughing Bridge

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

If you’re not a fan of heights, fast-moving rivers, or swaying bridges, this may not be the right attraction for you!

What began in the late 1880′s as a cedar plank held up by hemp rope – built by a Scotsman who had a cabin on one side of the river – has now been replaced by wire cables, concrete encasement, and some much-needed extra safety precautions. The bridge is actually just a few years younger than the city of Vancouver herself.

Sep062011

Travel Recommendation

Washington D.C.'s Arlington Cemetery

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

Where can you find astronauts, doctors, pilots, civil-rights activists, and President John F. Kennedy? Just a metro-ride away from downtown Washington D.C.

Depending on the reason for your visit, Arlington National Cemetery can provide a beautiful stroll for contemplation, a harrowing reminder of national and international violence, or a poignant place to pay tribute to our country’s tumultuous history.

Over 300,000 people are buried here, including soldiers from the first of America’s wars to the last – that is, from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to Afghanistan and Iraq. Population-wise, it is the second-largest national cemetery, next to Calverton in New York. And there’s still room for 100,000 more.

Aug312011

Travel Recommendation

DeLeon Springs

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

You may not find the Fountain of Youth here, as was once promised to European explorers, but the DeLeon Springs are a great place to bring the family for a sunny day out. Named after Spanish treasure-seeker Ponce DeLeon, the waters are home to a mill with a 100-ft waterwheel that was originally used to crush sugar cane somewhere around two-hundred years ago; later, it fed confederate troops during the Civil War by grinding corn.

Aug312011

Travel Recommendation

Cockpit Country

Jamaica

My Recommendation Tip

In the center of the island of Jamaica, a virtually inaccessible 372-mile forest remains under the protection of the Forestry Department – not just because there are over a dozen trees that grow nowhere else in the world, and not just because it's the country's largest remaining contiguous rainforest, but because it's really, really, really old.

Aug242011

Travel Recommendation

Sins of the City

Vancouver

My Recommendation Tip

Although in 1932 you’d find a Coroner’s Courtroom, morgue and autopsy facility here on Cordova Street (Errol Flynn was once picked apart on the top floor), nowadays it’s the much more child-friendly Vancouver Police Museum – although the place is still considered a heritage building.

Not only is it a great way in which to learn about the scientific methods and cultural role of policemen, but it’s also a unique look into the Vancouver police department specifically – through thousands (20,000+) of objects and photos depicting the evolution of their job and highlighting historical events. The museum also offers occasional forensic workshops in summertime for kids, such as fingerprinting and ballistics. Check up on the next forensic workshops for adults (like Blood Spatter and Coroner’s Court)… just be sure and leave the kids at home for those ones.

Aug232011

Travel Recommendation

What Do You Know about the White House?

Washington DC

My Recommendation Tip

The President lives there. People like to protest in front of it when he does something wrong (or does anything, really). It’s a favorite tourist destination for eighth-graders all over the country. It gets blown up in Roland Emmerich movies. But what do you really know about the White House in Washington D.C.?

Aug222011

Travel Recommendation

MONTREAL: Parlez-Vous Francais?

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

If you've never visited Quebec or France, you may not even be aware there's a difference in the language spoken. Interestingly enough, the dialects have evolved much like English has throughout countries of the Commonwealth such as Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Remember that French varieties occur even within countries or cities – such as joual, the so-called “working class” dialect in Montreal.

Aug192011

Travel Recommendation

The Legacy of Columbus

Dominican Republic

My Recommendation Tip

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue… Along with cheesy rhymes and anachronistic cartoons, many children these days are also taught false information – some of which is hard to replace. As with any country, knowing a bit of (true) history makes a visit much more resonant, not to mention respectful.

Aug192011

Travel Recommendation

World’s Oldest Marathon

Boston

My Recommendation Tip

The 26-mile Boston Marathon held in Boston is the oldest annual marathon in the world, beginning in 1897 with only a handful of participants. It now gathers over 20,000 of them (with half a million live spectators) on the third Monday in April every year – known to people in Massachusetts, Maine, and Wisconsin as “Patriot’s Day,” as it celebrates the first battle of the Revolutionary War.

Aug182011

Travel Recommendation

Toronto’s Fantasy Fair

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

Bright colors, fun music, happy people – not to mention Bumper Boats, Spinners, an Express Train, Antique Carousel, Smash and Dash, AirForce flight, Ferris Wheel, and Dreamer’s Play Village.

Since its opening in 1985, the Fantasy Fair has become Ontario’s largest indoor amusement park, with a three-story play complex, nine family-friendly rides, arcade games, and specialty puppet and magic shows all within an area of just over an acre.

Aug172011

Travel Recommendation

NYC: If You See Something...

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

The impacts of September 11th were felt (and are still being felt) all over the world, but nowhere more emotionally than in New York City itself. Yet arguments about the TSA's new body-scanners, Middle East exit strategies, and blue-and-red party politics really don't matter much when you're on the subway headed home and you spot a brown bag under the seat beside you. What do you do? It's probably nothing, and you don't want to make a fuss over what's most likely a forgotten turkey sandwich. But what if you're wrong?

In the summer of 2010, the Department of Homeland Security launched a campaign called “If You See Something, Say Something.” New Yorkers will recognize the slogan from MTA (metro) posters and bus stops, but the slogan was licensed to the DHS recently for their public awareness campaign.

Aug112011

Travel Recommendation

Skateboarding on the Beach

San Juan

My Recommendation Tip

Visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico? Like to skateboard? Like to watch people skateboard?

On Sunday, August 28th (2011), the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon will promote fitness and good times by bringing its international skateboard-lovin’ – as well as dangling a $15,000 prize for the winner – to old San Juan.

Aug112011

Travel Recommendation

Miami’s Old Speakeasy

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

The legendary Tobacco Road (or “The Road” if you want to blend in with the locals) has existed in downtown Miami since 1912. With finger-lickin’ specials and prices that are suspiciously reasonable, it’s hard to imagine the long history the bar and music venue has had this past century.

Aug102011

Travel Recommendation

Vancouver's Top Attraction: Grouse Mountain

Vancouver

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Named after the Blue Grouse birds hunted by hikers over a hundred years ago, Grouse Mountain is Vancouver's most popular attraction, with over a million visitors annually. It also hosts North America's largest aerial tram system, the SkyRide (opened 1966), which takes you up to a summit altitude of just under 4,000 feet, giving you a panoramic view of the city, ocean, islands, and surrounding mountains.

The summit is also home to a five-acre conservation and research center called the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, where you'll find a couple of orphaned Grizzly Bears, Grinder and Coola. A smaller Timber Wolf habitat – for retired wolf movie stars, no less – is at the base. Visitors are welcome to listen to an educational chat by a wildlife expert to learn about these animals and why it's important to protect them.

Aug092011

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If I Told You, I’d Have to Kill You

Washington DC

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The only public museum in the world devoted solely to espionage, the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. opened in July of 2002. Its mission is to provide the public with an objective education about the important political, social, and historical function of espionage. Most spies – even those who have significantly impacted international events in the 20th century – remain unknown, even after their deaths. Their stories and strategies have often played priceless roles in both peace and wartime, and a visit to this museum allows one to delve deeper into this mysterious world of intelligence, deceit, and wit.

Aug082011

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Dr. Jones is in Town

Montreal

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Who among us hasn't fantasized about replacing a golden idol with a bag of sand; deftly avoiding native booby traps; using a whip to escape from Nazis; traipsing around places like the Amazon, Venice, Nepal, and Jerusalem; rescuing our partners from spitting Cobras; and holding the Holy Grail in our hands while a 700-year-old Knight says, “You have chosen... wisely”?

From April 28th to September 18th, family-friendly “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology” will take place at the Montreal Science Centre in Old Montreal as part of a traveling worldwide exhibition.

Aug052011

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The Perfect Dive

Bahamas

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If exploring underwater reefs with no tourists for miles is your idea of a diving adventure, or if you’d rather have a tour with a certified guide and some new friends along to share the experience, the Bahamas is up there with some of the absolute best diving the world has to offer – not only because it offers safe and memorable opportunities for both the scenarios above, but because the marine life there seems limitless. From spinner dolphins and lionfish to scales with every color of the rainbow, there are no dull moments off these sandy beaches.

Aug032011

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A Healthy Dose of Vitamin C

Florida

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If you're an orange-juice-for-breakfast person, then you're most likely used to tasting a bit of Florida.

Most people know that Florida is the largest producer of oranges in the country, but they don't know that it is second only to Brazil as the largest orange-producer in the world. What's more, Florida oranges are usually heavier than other kinds, since they tend to be juicier and have thinner peels. And while California oranges are usually the ones you eat, Florida oranges tend to be the ones you drink. Next to tourism – ahem, Mr. Mouse – the citrus industry is the second largest industry in the state.

Aug032011

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A Clockwork Orange Cocktail

New York City

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Ever craved a bit of vellocet? How about synthemesc or drencrom? What about a nice, cold glass of milk?

In 1962, an English critic and musician named John Burgess Wilson wrote a little novel called A Clockwork Orange under the pen-name Anthony Burgess, with characters – primarily a narrator (slightly frustrating for first-time readers) – who speak in a slang language he created that mixes Russian roots and Cockney patterns. It was later adapted into the cult-classic 1971 Stanley Kubrick film of the same name.

Aug022011

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Safety First

Toronto

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People may poke fun at Canadians’ stereotypically placid demeanors, but the facts speak for themselves. The city of Toronto is one of the safest – if not the safest – metropolitan cities to visit with your family for a North American vacation.

Aug022011

Travel Recommendation

Rihanna in Concert

Barbados

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On February 20, 1988, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael, Barbados. After working in a street stall and training as an army cadet, she dropped out of school to pursue a music career, leaving behind a substance-abusing father and schoolyard bullies.

Jul282011

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Antique Shopping in Miami

Miami

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As sensational as flag keychains, witty magnets and “I got this here” t-shirts are, sometimes it’s nice to bring a real souvenir home – a keepsake that’s spontaneous, one-of-a-kind, and truly captures a place you’ve visited… or a place you’d like to.

Jul272011

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Summer Sunsets, Outdoor Films

Washington DC

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Often referred to as “The Nation's River,” the Potomac, which divides Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., was once an integral part of both the Civil War and Native American culture. Its name has been speculated to originate from a variety of languages and meanings, and the water – home to pike, bass, and even bull sharks – is withdrawn at quantities of just under 500 million gallons a day, and that's just in the Washington D.C. area alone.

Jul272011

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Dining Delights in Aruba

Aruba

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What kind of dishes should you try on your visit to the island of Aruba? Forget the mains – bring on the desserts!

If cake tickles your fancy, keep an eye out for keywords like coconut, pistachio, chocolate, rum, and bolo pretu, a darkish fruitcake eaten on special celebrations. One of the most traditional cakes is bolo di cashupete (cashew cake). Also prominent are nibbles like cocada, which are bits of coconut candy with lime juice; soenchi, made from egg whites; vanilla sugar cookies called pan lefi; and, if you like prunes, tert di prium.

Jul252011

Travel Recommendation

Just For Laughs

Montreal

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Dane Cook, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld... as well as being funny and awesome, these stars have also previously appeared at Montreal's “Just for Laughs” International Comedy Festival (in French, Juste Pour Rire), an annual summer event founded almost thirty years ago – now one of the world's biggest comedy shindigs, with over 2 million attendees, 2,000 artists and countless viewers all over the world.

Jul222011

Travel Recommendation

Artsy Sundays at the Market

Boston

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Enjoy shopping for indie-made crafts and antiques? Need a fresh loaf of bread or stalk of celery? Get all of it done at once at the SoWa Open Market, happening every Sunday from May 1st to October 30th (10am to 4pm). Now in its 8th year, the market features music, art, food, and fun times to last all through summer. SoWa – a nickname for the area south of Washington Street in Boston – is also home to the SoWa Artists Guild, a nonprofit haven for dozens of studio artists in the district. On Sundays you'll see local photographers, sculptors, designers, and bakers showing off and sharing their best talents.

Jul212011

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Thursdays Just Got Tastier

Toronto

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“Lunch break” – whether you’re passing through Toronto on a family holiday or dragging yourself to another business meeting, those two words should perk you up in no time. From July 14th to September 1st, Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W) is the best place to take a breather, munch on some delectable international culinary selections, catch some free live music, and, of course, soak up some summer sun.

Jul212011

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Helping Out the Wildlife

Orlando

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Ambassadors have played a priceless role in the communication and upkeep of good sentiments between nations and parties for centuries. You may be picturing a serious bespectacled man or a straight-skirted librarian type, but you're probably not picturing anyone with four legs and fur.

Jul202011

Travel Recommendation

Downtown Boathouse, New York City

New York City

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Solely volunteer-run and totally nonprofit, the New York City Downtown Boathouse organization allows the public to escape the concrete jungle and go for a short-but-sweet kayak ride along the harbor and nearby waters.

Jun292011

Travel Recommendation

Bike Sharing - It's the Only Way to Travel

Miami

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Ride, Dock, Repeat.

It’s no secret that bicycling is not only a much more environmentally friendly way to see a city, but also healthier, cheaper, more enjoyable, and – in some cases – much easier...

Jun292011

Travel Recommendation

Into the Mind of Jack Kerouac

Orlando

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There are cities aplenty that have inspired the works of literary greats. One can picture Hemmingway sipping a cocktail in an outdoor café in Paris, Dickens mulling over his prose by candlelight in London, Lermontov imagining Moscow while he wrote his romantic poetry… but Orlando, Florida doesn’t pop up in most people’s minds as a particularly bookish location in comparison...

Jun242011

Travel Recommendation

Pink Martini Performs

Montreal

My Recommendation Tip

You may not know their name, but you’ve definitely heard their music. Cultured, classic, and reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Pink Martini has struck an emotional chord with fans in countries across the world...

Jun172011

Travel Recommendation

Bard on the Beach

Vancouver

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In the twinkling of an eye… All that glitters is not gold… Too much of a good thing… Love is blind, and lovers cannot see… Forever and a day…

If you don’t know where these sayings come from, then you need to brush up on your Shakespeare! If you’re in Vancouver between June 2nd and September 24th there’s no better way to do so than by catching a live performance at the Shakespeare Festival in Vanier Park, near the waterfront downtown...

Jun172011

Travel Recommendation

Gay Pride Week

Toronto

My Recommendation Tip

From June 24th to July 3rd this year in Toronto, over a million people will flood the streets for Pride Week. This year’s theme is “Dream Big.” You can fund-raise while rocking out at the launch party on June 23rd at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, play golf at Angus Glen during Women’s Golf Day (proceeds go to Pride Toronto’s Dyke Program) or attend Libido, the Dyke March fundraiser at the Gladstone Ballroom, both on June 30th...

Jun142011

Travel Recommendation

And the Winner Is...

Orlando

My Recommendation Tip

Oscar’s, Grammy’s, Emmy’s, Razzie’s… THEA Awards?

The nonprofit Themed Entertainment Association honors “outstanding achievements in the creation of compelling experiences” for theme parks, museums, casinos, restaurants, zoos, and the like. In other words, if you give visitors the chills and make them believe they have truly entered their own imagination, you might soon be up for a THEA nod...

Jun102011

Travel Recommendation

Hurricane Season Begins

Miami

My Recommendation Tip

It’s been almost six years since Hurricane Wilma, the Atlantic Basin’s most intense storm on record. Ensuing damage was estimated to be over twenty billion dollars. Ten tornadoes were eventually spawned from Wilma alone, and approximately six million people lost power. Of the dozens of deaths resulting from the storm, almost all of them occurred somewhere in Florida...

Jun072011

Travel Recommendation

Washington D.C.: The Streets of History

Washington DC

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Unlike the streets of Manhattan, which are laid out in a grid with consecutive numbers, the streets of Washington D.C. at times confuse even those who are used to them...

May252011

Travel Recommendation

Tour Boston's Movie Mile

Boston

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Now known as the bank robbery capital of the U.S. thanks to the recent blockbuster The Town, Boston has hosted more than its fair share of silver-screen shootouts and brawls. A stroll along the "Boston Movie Mile" in the Beacon Hill area will make you want to pop in your favorite DVD and revisit your favorite Boston-based climactic moments...

May242011

Travel Recommendation

Tea Time at Alice's

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

If you ever had imaginary tea parties in your backyard as a child, having a mid-afternoon snack at Alice´s Tea Cup is quite literally a dream come true. Opened in 2001 by sisters Haley and Lauren Fox, this whimsical cafe offers a selection of hundreds of teas, many of which have been shipped from places like Sri Lanka, Cameroon, and Mauritius just for those lucky New Yorkers who are in the know...

Feb152011

Travel Recommendation

A Place to get Inspired

Edinburgh

My Recommendation Tip

Whether you're a writer, artist, historian, filmmaker, or crazy bespectacled inventor, Scotland's medieval capital has relentless waves of creativity flowing down every cobblestone alley. Sherlock Holmes, Jekyll and Hyde, anaesthetics and penicillin -- even decimal points originated there. The city is not only home to the biggest international arts festival (The Fringe) but is also one of the most haunted places on the planet (seriously) and has a thousand years of war, torture, bagpipes, and legends in the form of Edinburgh Castle, which is right down the street from the first Presbyterian Church in the world. Edinburgh is big enough to find fun things to do but small enough to walk around and explore on foot. Just a few minutes outside of town brings fresh countryside, highland coos, and the best cure for a cold you'll ever find in a shot glass. Note: there's no "e" in Whisky if it's Scottish -- and it's not called Scotch, either!

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