Top 10 Most Beautiful Colleges in the United States

When picking a university one should go for a good mixture of setting and study. Consider the layout of the buildings and the aesthetic of the quad. Can yourself studying here for the next four years? Do you want to go somewhere with ornamented footpaths? Or architecture that will make your heart melt? It’s important to consider these things and to know where to find them so we’ve completed a list just of the 10 most beautiful colleges in the country.

10. Pepperdine University in California
You wouldn’t be alone if you confused this Malibu campus for indulgent resort on the coast. This specific campus was built in 1972 so students could catch a glimpse of the layered landscape that meets the Pacific Ocean on their way to class. Definitely a place to consider applying.

9. University of Hawaii at M?noa
What’s not to love about a college in Hawaii? Hawaii is easily one of the most beautiful states in the country so it should be no surprise that it is home to one of the most beautiful colleges as well. The statue university in M?noa stands out for it’s beachside campus and its views of nearby volcanoes (something you won’t see at any other college in the states).

8. University of Chicago in Illinois
There are many lovable colleges in the prairie state, but none stood out as much as the University of Chicago. In Hyde Park rests this architectural salute to the Gothic era. This stand out university even played home to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

7. Tulane University in Louisiana
This college offers a beautiful mix of palm trees and evergreens. At Tulane you will get an unwavering New Orleans vibe which makes it a college worth considering.

6. College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts
This university is in one of the smallest states in the United States but it is one of the most vied for. Massachusetts is home to some of the most beautiful colleges around like Harvard and Williams. But it’s the College of Holy Cross that stands out above the rest. This breathtaking campus is suspended on a hill overlooking Worcester and is known as one of the best landscaped schools in the country.

5. St. John’s Santa Fe in New Mexico
This Southwestern campus is a satellite campus of Maryland’s St John’s College. It resides near the base of Monte Luna and serves up students a mountain view that is unmatched.

4. Kenyon College in Ohio
Ohio is known for it’s small liberal arts schools. But Kenyon is known for being beautiful. Regal masonry populates the dorms and administration buildings next to a sprawling rural setting at this university.

3. Lewis & Clark in Oregon
This university is named for the famous explores that cross the country on foot, Lewis and Clark. It resides in a quaint Portland neighborhood that encases it with plunging hills and Douglas Firs.

2. Southern Methodist University in Texas
The splendid entrance of Southern Methodist University is lined with greenery and trees. It offers visitors a hint of what’s inside without giving away what lies ahead–fresh cut lawns, stone buildings, and Wes Anderson-like symmetry.

1. Colgate University in New York
There are so many universities in New York that it’s hard to decide which exemplifies the state the most. From the buzzing and urban Columbia University to the sprawling landscapes of Cornell, it offers a bit of everything. But Colgate offers a bit more than all the rest with it’s rustic look. The campus rests in the middle of untouched forests, hill, and lakes.


Top 10 Best Hikes in America

There’s nothing like a long hike through America’s most beautiful national parks, and with so many to choose from, it may be hard to settle on one. We’ve compiled a thorough list of what we think are the top 10 hiking trails in the United States based not only their popularity, but on how much of a pure hiking spot they are.

10. Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY

Head to Prospect Park in Brooklyn if you’d like to partake in a bunch of different activities — everything from hiking to tennis to bird-watching. There’s also miles of roadways and paths, including a running lane along Park Drive that stretches for more than 3 miles.

9. Shenandoah National Park, VA

Virginia’s most notable park is just 75 miles from the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. It is spread over 200,000 acres of protected lands, which is home to deer, birds, and even bears. It also features 500 miles of hiking trails, including a 101-mile stretch of the famous Appalachian Trail.

8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN & NC

The towering mountains in this park essentially serves as the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina. It is well known for its animal life and awesome hiking trails, with a “Hike the Smokes” challenge that rewards hikers who have explored at least 100 miles of the park with a special mileage pin.

7. Central Park, NY

The crown jewel of Manhattan is Central Park, and more than just being an oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s a great place to hike. Harlett Nature Sanctuary near Wollman Rink is a particularly great place to do your hiking, as it was just reopened in May of 2016.

6. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Grand Canyon is arguably America’s most iconic park, and it’s also an excellent place to go hiking. There are all sorts of trails running through the park, some for beginners and others should only be attempted by experienced hikers with plenty of gear. You don’t have to hike far to get a spectacular view.

5. Glacier National Park, MT

Montana’s Glacier National Park serves as headwaters for streams that eventually make their way to the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Hudson’s Bay, so it’s quite an important source of water in America. It has several trails for hiking, ranging from easy to very difficult around Many Glacier. It has many cool critters too, like the pygmy shrew or the majestic elk, and a variety of birds and reptiles.

4. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

The Grand Canyon may get all the attention when it comes to canyons, but Bryce Canyon in Utah is pretty underrated as a hiking spot. The canyon looks very different from its bigger cousin, with “hoodoos” — bizarre pillars of rocks that are the result of erosion — offering a spectacular site along the trail.

3. Multnomah Falls, OR

Mulnomah Falls is one of the lesser known spots on this list, but it is no less spectacular. Its waterfall is more than 600 feet high, and you can reach it after hiking for just 5 to 10 minutes. Of course, it’s not unknown to locals, so you’ll need to get to the falls early if you want to get there without a whole bunch of crowds.

2. Zion National Park, UT

Utah’s first national park is famous for its beautiful sandstone cliffs, natural stone arches, and, of course, lots of hiking trails for every experience level. It’s best to head out at sunrise in order to catch the park in all its glory, and the Upper Emerald Pool trail is not to be missed.

1. Yosemite National Park, CA

There’s probably no matching the pristine natural beauty of Yosemite, and to us, there’s no better place to hike in the United States. Its trails will keep you busy, with one trail that is a 16-mile round trip. However, that trail is for experienced hikers due in large part to the high elevation, and the fact that it takes up to 12 hours to complete.


Top 10 Best European Cities for Solo Travelers

Europe is a big place full of monuments and museums that can make your head spin. The sheer amount of things in Europe can get overwhelming, especially for a solo traveler. And while you should definitely check out the historical sites, you should also take some time to do some real exploring. It’s the day when you get lost on a city that lead to the most exciting adventures and to the most memorable stories.

So when you go to Europe make sure to choose some destinations that are bound to lead to adventure and wonder. Here is a list of our 10 favorite cities for you to explore on your solo trip abroad.

10. Paris

There is no greater place to get lost than in the City of Lights. Paris’s winding roads and old walkways are there to lead you to some of the most beautiful sites in the world. It is a city of artists and tramps. When you go there be sure to check out English Shakespearean Bookstore where you can become a Tumbleweed and stay in Paris for free.

9. Bruges

Charter the canals and swim under ancient bridges where trees dip into the water. It is literally like a city out of a fair tale.

8. Dublin

Dublin is Ireland’s most famous city. Here you can take in some real Irish pride at any local pub or brewery. Of course the city isn’t just all about drinking. It is an ideal city to walk around and explore some castles. It is also ranked as the safest city in the world

7. Vienna

The City of Music is truly a musical place. In this Austrian city you can sip coffee by day at traditional cafes and go to operas by night.

6. Bergen

Norway is a solo traveler’s dream and is ideal for backpacking. Look out for the NESCO Heritage wooden houses of Bryggen, the outdoor fish market, and Fløibanen funicular.

5. Berlin

Germany is a country full of both new and old. It has survived many wars and tumultuous history that you can see in every city and town. But there is no better city to check out than Berlin. The city is constantly altering itself and changing with the times. Stay in a hostel when you’re take a take tours with your fellow travelers. Sights to see for any backpacker are the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate.

4. Reykjavik

Iceland is a far greener than the name lets off. This island nation is known as one of the world’s most peaceful countries and has one of the lowest crime rates. During the summer months daylight can last up to 21 hours and flying there can cost as little at. are as low as $442. The city, Reykjavik, offers free walking tours, cheap hostels, and is home to a hot dog stand you must eat at. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur served hot dogs to both Billl Clinton and Kim Kardashian.

3. Lucerne

Lucerne is a beautiful getaway for young solo travelers. There you can walk in the footsteps of Mark Twain and check out Lake Lucerne. The central town is highly walkable and tourist friendly.

2. London

London is known as a world class city for a reason. It’s easy to navigate trains and airports make traveling effortless for any young solo traveler. Take a Harry Potter tour, see Windsor, say hello to the queen — it’s all possible in this magical city.

1. Prague

This historic city in the Czech Republic is one of the best cities in the world for travel. It is a walkable size and has some of the best sights around. Here you can see from the city’s rooftops, chapels, palaces, and gothic cathedrals. You’ll also find it to be remarkably affordable, which is a plus for any traveler wandering the country on their own.


Top 5 Best Places to Visit in Lower Greenville, Texas

Northeast Dallas and Lower Greenville haven’t always been known for being a classy area. But it’s filled with quaint residential streets filled with craftsmen homes. Today, the area has become known for being a stop for different restaurants, cocktail bars, retail stores, minus the big box experience. With a very laid-back vibe, it is home to young, up and comers in cooking, yoga and the arts. So, we did our investigation to find some of the top spots for you to visit.

5. The Blind Butcher
Executive Chef, Oliver Sitrin, who makes most all the restaurants meats via a hand crank, and ferments veggies for pickles, potato chips and mustard are just a few of his specialties. Spider steaks, fried pig ears alongside an orange aioli or a watermelon or butter leaf salad are the perfect companions to his beef and pork dishes. His most famous dessert is served in a hollowed-out bone, and the marrow is cooked into his luscious chocolate cake.

4. Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Pastry Chef, Katherine Clapner is a native Texan but has worked all over the world including London and Venice. She is known for her unique touches like adding vinegar, curry or Romano cheese to her sweet dishes. Another unique quality is chickpeas, tobacco, or porcini mushrooms in her dark chocolate dishes. Her candy shop is a bit less flowery than most as she displays her goods as works of art. What she loves most about Lower Greenville is its pedestrian nature where neighbors pop in to sample the latest treats or pick up a unique gift.

3. Truck Yard
No, it’s not a yard full of vehicles, it’s a beer garden, although it is in a former auto parts store and salvage yard. It’s the whole neighborhood personified and filled with laid back customers and neighbors. Wear your flip flops in and grab one of 12 beers on top, some local picks by Deep Ellum Brewery and Bishop Cider Company are available. There’s live music, picnic tables, lawn chairs, food trucks and old tires to rest your weary feet. This is down home at its best!

2. Bullzerk
Owned by a former graphic designer, Dan Bradley prints unique T-shirts, some of which you can buy right off the press since 2015. But tees aren’t the only thing you can buy here, baby onesies, and posters too. One of the things Dan loves about his home is the small neighborhoods that support small businesses, and you can catch your neighbors out at the gym, coffee shop or walking.

1. Good Records
Native San Antonian, Chris Penn has been a music lover all his life and has been a Lower Greenville resident for the last ten years. This shop, Good Records has become a local hangout for most of its 16 years of business. He sells albums, CDs and has been known to host in-store concerts, parties, and DJ sets. If you spot a gem, don’t delay, Chris plans to move his merchandise fast, and it’s priced accordingly.


Top 10 Sights to See While Driving

If you love driving and want to be part of the most beautiful and iconic strips of highway in the nation, this one is for you!

10.  Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina

Almost 500 miles of scenic forests and meadows atop the Appalachian Mountains from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. The parkway is a leisurely cruise rather than a roller coaster, except for the Linn Cove Viaduct, which skims the treetops winding its way around the road’s highest peak.

9.  Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

A breathtaking 50-mile trip intended to draw us to the beauty of our national parks, this drive will take you to the Glacier National Park that lies between two alpine lakes of dark blue color. It closes in winter due to the snowy weather that can reach 80 feet deep. Be sure to stop at Logan Pass, a 6,646-high wild mountain goat herd home in wildflower meadows.

8.  Hill Country Highways, Texas

Nearly in the center of the Lone Star state, Hill Country offers deep canyons and fast flowing rivers. In Utopia, a tranquil hamlet, you will find a chain of winding roads that give you the full flavor of the countryside. Highways 335, 336 and 337 are a roller coaster ride by rocky jutted walls. Heads up adrenaline junkies!  Be sure to stop at the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum just outside of Vanderpool and dine at the famous Ace Café.

7.  Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon

This road is concrete proof that we can improve on Mother Nature, sometimes. Designed and constructed in the early days of the automobile, the route winds past a chain of beautiful waterfalls while taking in the best sights of the Columbia Gorge, just east of Portland. 700 feet over the Columbia River, be sure to visit Vista House, a rest stop and tribute to the Oregon Trail pioneers.

6.  Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, New Hampshire

New England offers several great driving trips, but you can’t miss “The Kanc.” It runs on Route 112 for about 25 miles between Lincoln and Conway and is the best autumn color drive in the United States.  Pass under covered bridges, remote farmhouses, and miles of hardwood and evergreen forest. And it’s totally commerce free. For a short 15-minute sachet, plan a picnic by the cascades just south of the highway.

5.  Bayou Cruise, Louisiana

The flat lands of the lower Mississippi River just west of New Orleans are known for quiet country lanes winding past lazy bayous filled with dangling Spanish moss. Majestic oaks and cypress trees, gators and herons hanging out in the swampy lagoons, may catch your eye. Take Highway 31 to enjoy the Breaux Bridge and get your Cajun on at the crawfish capital of the world. If you pass through on Saturday morning, the Café des Amis offers music.

4.  Route 66, Illinois to California

Yes, it’s the ever-famous Route 66, but this 2,000-mile cruise has justifiably become woven into the American fabric. For pure driving pleasure, the best stretch must be the mountains that run west from the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River, climbing their way from a desert flatland and twister moves through the old Black Mountain gold mines. When you hit Kingman, Arizona, check out the small museum, Cool Spring Station, a restored rest stop.

3.  Great River Road, Minnesota to Louisiana

Small-town charm along “Ole Man,” Mississippi River is what you will find here, but you will also find the rocky “Driftless Region” on the road’s northern stretches. It’s an area that wasn’t flattened by the Ice Age glaciers so that you can zip along steep canyons in Iowa, roller coaster hills in Dubuque all the way to the Prehistoric Effigy Mounds. The best small town along the way is Galena, Illinois, stop by for a visit, please!

2.  Highway 12, Utah

Nestled between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Park, Highway 12 was a four-wheel drive challenge until 1985, when pavement finally found its way to Boulder Mountain.  Harsh iron-tinged rust of sedimentary sandstone cliffs is softened by a forest of dark green junipers. Hell’s Backbone Grill has its own organic farm so don’t miss that tasty stop.

1.  Tioga Pass Scenic Byway, California

Crazy vertical drops, the high country at Yosemite National Park and tufa sculptures on the shores of Mono Lake will be waiting for you as you head east on Highway 120. At the bottom of the pass, a little ole gas station, Whoa Nellie Deli, is nationally known for its fish tacos, yummy steaks, pizzas and Angus beef burgers. Don’t blink; you might fly right by this treasure.


Top 10 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

It’s fun to live vicariously through other people online. After all, it doesn’t cost anything and gives you ideas for your own travel plans. These Instagram accounts are absolute must-follows if you want to get a glimpse at the outside world in a way you’ve never seen before.


1. @sweatengine

This instagram account by Kevin Lu isn’t limited by medium. It has videos, drawings, and photos that evoke adventure.  You can feel the wanderlust in each scenic shot of mountains and forests as he travels the world. He says, “I think the best place to photograph is anywhere you can feel a sense of belonging. It’s somewhere you’d want to be part of.”

2. @sassychris1

Christina Tan is notorious for her striking photos and approachability. When she isn’t posting stellar photos of landscape views and cities she’s giving shout outs to her friends and fans. It must be hard to be both talented and awesome.

3. @kyrenian

This instagram account by Altug Galip is hard not to love. Each photo is more spectacular and breathtaking than the last. His favorite place to shoot is Norway and we love the photos that we get out of that. Just look look him up and experience the stunning Norwegian hills and landscapes firsthand. It’s an account you’ll just want to disappear into.

4. @teresacfreitas

Teresa Freitas is our favorite Lisbon-based instagrammer. Her account is pasted in muted pastels and scenery. If you love soft watercolors, you’re going to want to live inside her account. Her favorite places to shoot are the sea and places she’s never seen.

5. @localmilk

Beth Kirby is a master instagrammer. She’s known for her pictures of food and table settings that will make your mouth water. Her secret to taking such stellar photographs? Light! She say’s without directional light her photos would come out lifeless and dark. Keep an eye out for awe-inspiring pictures and the cookbook she’s going to drop later this year.

6. @redbull

Okay, who doesn’t love Red Bull? They are always jacked to the max and so is their instagram account.  It’s managed by the stunning Casey McPerry and it is just awesome. He takes inspiring photos of people and places that will make your head spin. You won’t be able to make it through this account without wanting to hop onto a place and see the world.

7. @chloetheminifrenchie

Grumpy cat has nothing on Chloe the Mini Frenchie! This adorable little pupper bounces around the country and shows us a life we wish we lived. She chills at hotel pools, In-N-Out Burger, and rooftops bars. Check out the dog’s life and experience the jealousy that will come with it.

8. @bodegacatsofinstagram

Okay we couldn’t mention a dog without mentioning cats! They’re amazing. They’re Trendy. They’re taking over bodegas in New York City! These little felines populate the cities outdoor shops and grocery stores and locals love them. So keep an eye out for them next time you go shopping in the Big Apple and Don’t be afraid to get down and take a picture with these regal cat beings. They’ll make your trip worth it.

9. @thevisualscollective

@thevisualscollective is an account made up of pictures by travelers. The manager of the account, Brett Brooner, solicits notable explorers and photographers to populate the account. He recommends that photographers map out their shooting location ahead of time and to find a place that isn’t touristy. That’s where the most magic happens!

10. @hawkeyehuey

This is another account that will make you seethe with jealousy. It’s run by 7-year-old, Hawkeye Huey, the son of National Geographic photographer, Aaron Huey. This kid documents the world around him and sees things that most of us will never see. He’s crazy talented too.  Check out this account to see stunning places like Joshua Tree or even Fiji. It’s hard to guess what place this talented 7-year-old will capture next.


Top 10 Spots for Stargazing

Our former dark skies have become nearly extinct thanks to “light pollution.” But if you adore viewing the cosmic beauty, we’ve got the top ten sites to add to your list. Grab the binoculars and the telescopes!

10. Chemung Mine, California

The mine was operational until 1938 and visiting there today is like being back in the 1930s. Being removed from all the current activities and nuances, the large sheets of metal that remain, rustle in the breeze and provide haunting, creaking sounds that accompany your view of the beautiful dark skies.

9. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Astronomy rangers guide you on tour to see the heavens, and a reported 7,000 stars when the moon is cloud covered. Total darkness in all directions allows you to see to the horizon’s edge.

8. Death Valley National Park

One of the things that make this park so brilliant is that you can go below sea level and still enjoy night skies because of the dry air. For added serenity, head to the Eureka Dunes, wherein 360-degree directions, there are zero city lights. You will feel a million glorious miles away from the world.

7. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Known more for its canyons and daytime attractions, this park hides one deep secret, the best dark sky preserves ever. Huge elk wandering the area around you provides the awesome feeling of being in times long past our reach.

6. Mono Lake, California

More than 70 square miles are hugging the Great Basin and California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and this spot houses millions of migratory birds annually. The star gazing over the calcified rock that emerges from the lake offers a quality like no other you’ll experience. Postcard perfect rock towers over a beautiful dark sky background.

5. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Camping on Garden Key is a just one way to enjoy the view provided by the dry weather in this location.

4. Cosmic Campground, New Mexico

You can’t go wrong with the name like “cosmic.” View the entire milky way in all its grandeur. This campground is part of the Gila National Forest.

3. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

Yes, some of the world’s oldest pine trees live here along with the starry night skies. This view takes you back to how you might imagine pre-historic days when life was simple and the earth was largely untouched. This is a “can’t miss” sight!

2. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake was formed more than 7,000 years ago when a volcano first erupted and later collapsed. If you are not already a lover of the Pacific Northwest, you will be when you see this picturesque sight.

1. Bodie State Historic Park, California

An old gold-mining town, now a haunting ghost town that remains in a state of “arrested decay.” The park is a star-studded spot at night that requires permission from a Bodie foundation before you can wander and enjoy the nighttime air.


Top 10 Best Gardens on the West Coast

If you either live on the west coast or are planning a visit to the area, we have some great suggestions for the most beautiful gardens in the area.



10. Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR
Japanese gardens are among the most beautiful and unique creations and who can resist the gorgeous Japanese maples when they are at their most vivid color in autumn? Just pay a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden, in Portland Oregon. Here on five and one-half acres filled with Douglas firs, refreshing cedars and hemlocks you can relax and enjoy views of Mount Hood, and the downtown Portland area.

The gardens have five different areas including The Natural Garden with 12 varieties of the beautiful Japanese maples who really do show off their best colors in the late autumn season. The crowning glory here is the 100-year-old “That Maple” in the Flat Garden, which is just inside the entrance. During the fall months, you can’t miss the glowing orange leaves. Along the walking trails, you will find red, yellow and orange burning bushes alongside red deciduous azaleas.

9. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg, CA
Native plants in their natural habitats can’t be more beautiful than they are on this 47-acre site, that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and includes canyons, a pine forest, and wetlands. Formal gardens offer heaths and heathers and be careful on the walking trails because the views will knock you off your feet. Fall is again the most colorful time for a visit, but the dahlias are in full bloom in summer and fall.

8. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO
When you’ve got the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, can you really go wrong? All 24 acres of Denver’s Botanical Gardens fit that bill plus they offer themed Plains and Rock gardens. Their working farm is filled with sheep and chickens, and if you look up, you will find a wooden treehouse in the newest section, Deer Creek Discovery Children’s Area. The Japanese Garden flourishes with autumn’s fiery colors, aside the blooming crocus in Shady Lane. And if you feel a chill, the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory stays at a comfy 70 degrees. And don’t forget to visit the banana palms and coffee plants.

7. The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Alongside a sweet running stream, admire the azaleas, blooming dahlias in the recently refreshed Central Garden. You’ll also fall in love under the fabulous bougainvillea trees, trained up rebar arbors.

6. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ
The Desert Discovery Loop Trail is less than one-half a mile long and borders a yucca forest, while the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail is about a quarter mile sachet by beautiful organ pipe cactus. You’ll be surrounded by red rock formations everywhere you look along with bristly head barrel cactus and spidery ornamental grasses.

5. Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Here you can enjoy art, dance, Matisse prints along with a beautiful sculpture garden, a lily pond filled with reeds hiding the Maillol nudes. Lavender, Bamboo, and daylilies surround the lifelike Sitting Cheetah by Gwynn Murrill, and in this setting, you might jump in fear when you see him! And there is a perfect little café tucked away when you’re ready to take a break.

4. Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA
Once the home of the Bixby family, the barn has been restored where farm animals reside along with an occasional visiting blacksmith. There is a Cutting Garden, Cactus Garden, and the Native Garden, but you really can’t miss the Oleander Walk lined with crape myrtle trees with burning orange leaves.

3. Earthbound Farm, Carmel Valley, CA
You can become fully immersed in this 30-acre research garden where you can harvest your own flowers, pick your own vegetables for the chef demo, or pinch your own herbs. Walk barefoot through the chamomile maze, take the kids to the children’s garden to see tipi, tunnels, scented plants and peanut butter. Try the veggie lasagna, and partake of the fresh garden salad bar at the farmstand.

2. Market by Jean-Georges, Vancouver, B.C.
Stay at the Shangri-La luxury hotel located in the tallest building in British Columbia. From the small 61 story building, you get a magnificent view from the Market’s terrace, and you overlook a Mondrian-inspired pattern of red, black and blue plants atop a nearby roof. Relax in the peaceful bamboo grove. Mondrian, a Dutch painter who was known for his use of primary colors, and intersecting perpendicular lines. His work had a tremendous influence on abstract art.

1. Kahanu Garden, Hana, Maui, HI
Hawaii is filled with so much beauty; it’s hard to determine which places are the most glorious. This temple location has black lava landscapes with incredible views of the coastline. One of the largest state temples is Pi’ilanihale heiau, built from lava rock in the 13th century. And at the base, you can view the Canoe Garden, which is filled with plants first brought to the island via canoe. These include coconut, sugarcane, taro and ti leaves.


Top 10 Best Places to Travel Internationally

Making travel decisions to venture outside of the United States can at times be a little dicey if you take news and global events into consideration. So, we took all that into account when we created our list of ideas. Whether you’re a food and drink connoisseur, a beach lover, an artist, a history buff, hiker or just looking for some quality comfort, rest, and relaxation. Take a gander at these locations and see if any of them wet your whistle.

10. Angra dos Reis, Brazil
The visa waiver implemented by Brazil during the Olympics was great for encouraging travel outside of large cities, and they hope to bring that waiver back for us to enjoy further. This lovely location lies between Rio and São Paulo. It’s a very popular vacation spot and the place of several attractive beach villas. Fasana, a Brazilian hotel chain has just opened a 54-suite spectacular facility that includes a golf course, marina, spa and fabulous restaurants. You can’t help but love the unique design with high wooden buildings that give the appearance of floating in the air, and each suite has an open-air terrace complete with views of the forest and sea. Ilha Grande is an island that receives so many visitors, they have a daily limit, and the government has pledged $8 million to improve the current infrastructure. So, if you don’t mind a crowd, this should be at the top of your list.

9.    Belfast, Northern Ireland
Filled with arts, open air bars, tasty food and the Bullitt Hotel, yes, inspired by the famous Steve McQueen movie, you can’t miss a visit to Belfast.  Seedhead is an arts organization, which runs street-art tours and pop-up cabarets, while The Michelin-starred OX and EIPIC lead in the fine-dining arena. The Permit Room offers an internationally inspired breakfast and locally roasted coffee and for saucy nightlife, check out the Muddlers Club, in the Cathedral Quarter, or Vandal, a graffiti-decorated pizza place that doubles as a late-night club, on the top floor of a 17th-century pub.

8.    Cambodian Coast
Surrounded by gorgeous islands that were once difficult to get to,  now have flights into the Sihanoukville airport through Ho Chi Minh City. Six Senses on Krabey Island offers excellent spa treatments, Koh Russey’s eco resort has great Khmer cooking. The capital city of Phnom Penh offers a great flavor of the area and now has a Rosewood Hotel location in the city.
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7.    Cape Town, South Africa
Another great city for arts and design, not to mention the beautiful beaches against towering mountain backdrops. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art is scheduled to open in 2017 at the V and A Waterfront.  The MOCAA, comparable to the MoMA or the Tate Modern will also be taking over a former grain storage facility in 2017 and on top, The Silo Hotel a luxury spot from the Royal Portfolio brand. You will be able to stroll between galleries displaying beautiful arts and stop for a taste of the local cuisine. And, when you’re ready to enjoy wine tasting, the Cape Winelands—Stellenbosch, Constantia, and Franschhoek, among others, will be there for the tasting, we mean taking. The Test Kitchen restaurant ranked 22 on the World’s Best Restaurant listing, is joined by its newest sister location, The Shortmarket Club for some of the best food you will ever enjoy!

6.    Devon, England
A beautiful rural area, Devon is home to The Lympstone Manor, which has been reimagined by chef Michael Caines, into an elegant 21-room hotel and restaurant. If you’re more into minimalism, the Secular Retreat, designed by Peter Zumthor will be an option you will want to explore. And on the coastline, the Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel is at work on a second location that will bridge the gap between two outcrops.

5.    Hamburg, Germany
The mysterious city of Hamburg along the banks of the Elbe River is bursting with new architecture like Zaha Hadid’s River Promenade. A glass structure sitting atop an old brick warehouse is home to the Elbe Philharmonic Hamburg concert hall that just had its debut performance in January 2017. Just around the corner is The Fontenay Hotel opening in the summer of 2017. And the island of Wilhelmsburg had a former air raid bunker turned IBA Hamburg – Energiebunker, an eco-friendly power source. The island is also home to WCW Gallery and not far away, a great little coffee shop, Kaffeeliebe.

4.    Hampi, India
With the new Orange County Hampi’s 46 room luxury resort spread across the Vijayanagara-inspired estate just a short jaunt from the UNESCO World Heritage site, Hampi is becoming another Indian hot spot. When the capital city of Vijayanagara was built in the14th century, it was one of the largest cities in the world. Filled with temples and monuments amid huge boulders, rice paddies and banana groves the area has always been a draw for the locals; however, the lack of accommodations kept it off the luxury stop list.

3.    Helsinki, Finland
On December 6, 2017, Finland will celebrate 100 years of independence, but rest assured, we will be partying well before that date in the capital city of Helsinki. Sauna is a daily activity of the Fins, and although it isn’t expected to open until 2018, Central Library, designed by ALA Architects will become the new living room for Helsinki. The newest public sauna is Löyly, designed by Avanto Architects, is a modern geometrically designed complex. Sauna Day takes place twice a year, means that several private saunas will open to the public. One of these is in a castle, and another is on a raft. Lilla Roberts is a wonderful place to stay, and they will offer a 150-room sister hotel, St. George, which is expected to open in the summer of 2017 in a 19th-century landmark building.

2.    Jebel Akhdar, Oman
Jebel Akhdar is nestled into the Al Hajar Mountains and is known for its impressive views and natural terraces. Spring brings out magnificent and odiferous pink damask rose blooms that cover the hillside. Distillers will make rosewater potions from the blossoms to be used in spas as well as cocktails. A regional boutique hotel, Anatara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is in competition with Ailila Jabal Akhdar, and both locations will offer infinity pools, canyon views, and tremendous pampering. The Anatara also has a cliff side private dining site and six restaurants.

1.   Jura, France
Hiding behind the Alpines, this tiny wine region is full of charm and well protected from the larger tourists draws of Burgundy and Switzerland. Their wines have now made the list at some US restaurants including Eleven Madison Park and the French Laundry. If you love wines and wine making, be sure to visit Domaine Andre and Mirielle Tissot’s vineyard, which is co-owned by Stephane Tissot who produces vin jaunes sherry. The local cuisine is also rich with raw milk Comte cheese that is a delicious wine companion. Hiking, cycling, and skiing along quiet mountain trails, lakes and waterfalls will round out your day and then a night of lazy slumber at Les Jardins sur Galantine, a bed, and breakfast that produces a fine wine of its own.


Top 10 Best Beaches in the Bahamas

If you are considering a flight or a cruise to the Bahamas, the land of a thousand islands, we have some of the best beaches for sand, surf, snorkeling, and swimming. Let’s get started!

10. Gold Rock Beach, Grand Bahama Island
Hiding in the Lucayan National Park, the football field sized stretch of beach is ideal for wading, lounging on the beach, dipping those tootsies into the waves or snorkeling. While there you can explore limestone caves, kayak or follow the winding boardwalk to the sun-kissed waters.

9. Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island
Paradise Island, widely known for being home to The Atlantis Resort, also has great beach stretches along the Nassau shore where you can lounge, swim, sun, snorkel or rent water toys. If you’re a member of the One and Only Ocean Club, you can sachet down the shores if you need a change of pace from the lovely beaches of the resort.

8. Rose Island
A bit less crowded than Paradise Island and Nassau, Rose Island awaits just three miles away in a tiny slice of remote sand. Sandy Toes grants daily trips to this island, and you get a guided snorkeling dive, beach games, picnic, and drinks to enjoy your day.

7. Pipe Creek Sandbar
The tides expose sandbars, and the beach can also disappear at high tide. Enjoy your time at the Sandbar in Pipe Creek and its soft sand.

6. Ragged Island
Go off the grid along this 110 mile stretch of beaches including cays like Racoon, Flamingo, Nurse, Hog or Double Breasted, all with excellent romantic privacy.

5. Pig Beach, Big Major Cay, Exumas
Yes, you can swim with pigs here if that’s your thing. They will even swim by and hit you up for a little chow. Careful with the picnic baskets!

4. Surfer’s Beach, Eleuthera
The beach is in the South Atlantic Ocean, rather than the calmer Caribbean waters. The best waves come between October and April. Despite prior hurricane damages, you will still find great little surf shops and snacks. So, come on down and rent a board.

3. Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island
Eighty miles of shoreline and infinite beaches, but this one is the second deepest saltwater spot in the world. With a chamber that measures 240 feet in width, 603 feet high, and 350 feet long is only about 75 feet wide on the surface. But don’t let this prevent you from enjoying awesome snorkeling time!

2. Guana Cay, Abacos
A pair of beach bars, Grabbers and Nipper will call out to you for boating, while the Great Guana Cay in the Abacos and its reef-protected beaches will get every snorkeler’s attention. You can rent a quaint cottage and stay for the traditional Sunday pig roast if you like and enjoy the reefs and the beach with some nesting turtles.

1. Tahiti Beach, Abacos
From Hope Town, you can only get to this utopia by foot or by bike, and other than boaters, there is a good chance you can have this beach to yourself. At low tide, a sandbar stroll to the next island lined with coconut palm shading is yours to enjoyment.