From leisurely strolls to strenuous treks, national parks across the USA provide plenty of reasons to break out those hiking boots and start exploring. These outdoor natural playgrounds offer everything for fun day hikes or rugged adventures, including wildlife sightings, dramatic scenery and lots of bucolic calorie-burning experiences.
For passionate beachgoers, summer vacation is synonymous with oceanfront boardwalks that offer stunning views of the dunes, beaches and crashing waves. Featuring fun amusement rides, eclectic shops, cool cafes, live music and carefree summertime traditions, these boardwalks have become popular destinations with their own sun-soaked personalities, characterized by the sweet and salty combined aromas of fresh popcorn, cotton candy, French fries, pizza and other delectable and local treats.
The newly refurbished Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki exudes a cool, casual vibe. Open, airy and light-filled, the lobby of this recently renovated property welcomes guests with a fresh ambience enhanced with ocean breezes and bright Hawaiian artwork.
If you are lucky enough to visit Barcelona, Spain, during a city-wide festival, staying at a luxury hotel overlooking the Catalan capitol’s main square, Placa de Catalunya, is certainly an unparalleled spot for viewing (and easily accessing) the celebrations.
Most travelers will agree that there’s no better antidote to winter chill than an escape to a sun-soaked Caribbean island. Not surprisingly, I was overjoyed to be flying to Grand Cayman in last month, and even more ecstatic to be staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
A day at the beach brings joy to visitors of all ages. Those who love to vacation by oceans, lakes and even swimming pools can attest to the water’s power to inspire relaxation and promote personal rejuvenation.
Unless you’ve been to Hawaii, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of poi. One of the Aloha State’s most traditional ingredients, poi has always been much loved by Hawaiians, but it wasn’t until recently that it’s started to make appearances in innovative dishes at restaurants across Hawaii, from fine dining restaurants to casual cafés and even bakeries.