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Recommended experiences from AFAR Magazine

Alaska Bald Eagle festival

Haines
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The Eagles Have Landed
Every November, the world's largest congregation of bald eagles gathers 20 miles outside of Haines, Alaska, for an unusually large feast. The draw? Meaty, striped salmon spawning along the Chilkat River, which never freezes thanks to an upwelling of warm water from underground springs. the late-fall run attracts more than 3,000 eagles--and hundreds of amateur ornithologists. The latter converge on the annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival for ranger-led tours, workshops with wildlife photographers, and, or course, the sight of thousands of birds diving into blue waters in an otherwise snowy landscape. This year's festival takes place November 10-16. This appeared in the November/December issue. Photo by Angel Williams/Flickr.
The Eagles Have Landed

Waldo Lake

Willamette National Forest
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Where's Waldo? In Oregon, deep in the Cascades
Some say this cobalt blue lake is so clean, it feels like distilled water, but that isn't quite true. In fact, it is seven times more pure--perhaps the most pristine lake in the United States, fed almost entirely by snowmelt from the Cascade Range. The drive is about three hours from Portland, Oregon. Make a stop at the Brewers Union Local 180 pub in Oakridge for a burger and an IPA fresh from the cask. Then follow the signs to the Pacific Crest Trail. Hike the stunning path to the shores of the lake and dive in while you can. That's the catch: Come October, the lake disappears under a blanket of ice. This appeared in the June/July 2014 issue. Photo by April Carpenter/Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr.
Where's Waldo? In Oregon, deep in the Cascades
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Galeasen Albanus

Mariehamn
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Go Back in Time on an Early-20th Century Era Ship
“Åland has a long maritime history so you want to try to get out on a boat if you can. I like to take visitors on the Galaesen Albanus, a replica of a wooden 1904 ship that cruises the archipelago. If you go out on a 4-hour route or longer, they serve you lunch. It’s so pretty so see the tons of little islands everywhere,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. From $1,482 for 6 people Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Christopher Haiderer.
Go Back in Time on an Early-20th Century Era Ship

Björnhufvud Gästgård

Eckerö
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Authentic Local Food and Hospitality at a Unique Bed and Breakfast
“Björnhufvud is beyond anything else on Aland. It’s a farm-style b&b with views on either side of the archipelago and dishes made from local foods,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Andreas Dienert.
Authentic Local Food and Hospitality at a Unique Bed and Breakfast

Salt

Mariehamn
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Unique Artisan Wares at Salt
“Salt, in Mariehamn, only sells Åland-made wares. Upstairs, artists and craftspeople have studio space; downstairs there’s a shop. Pick up traditional items: jewelry, woven rag rugs, sheepskin items, and trivets made from knotted rope by a former seaman," says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Christopher Haiderer.
Unique Artisan Wares at Salt

Judy's Hantverk & Inredning

Ålands landsbygd
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Handmade Goods at Judy's Hantverk & Inredning
“Judy's Hantverk & Inredning is a ceramic shop you can bike or drive to. Originally from Britain, she’s been on Aland for 36 years. A trained ceramicist, she has a really good sensibility. She found this old slaughterhouse, which she converted into a place where you can see the kilns. She serves coffee and pastries she herself.” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. Hindersvägen 1, Jomalaby, Ahvenanmaa Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Christopher Haiderer.
Handmade Goods at Judy's Hantverk & Inredning

Kortvaruboden KVB Sjöberg & Co Kb

Mariehamn
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Fabrics and More at Kortvaruboden
“My mom used to go to Kortvaruboden, in Mariehamn, for Marimekko fabrics, 45 years ago. The women who run it have been here since then. They’re always friendly and have good prices,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Carolyn Williams/Flickr.
Fabrics and More at Kortvaruboden

Smakbyn

Sund
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Local Cuisine at Smakbyn
“To eat the local food, try Smakbyn—“taste village”—where chef Michael Björkland, a local TV personality, makes a point to only source Aland ingredients. He cooks completely fresh takes on traditional Scandinavian pairings: parnship cheesecake with cured ham and pickled chanterelles, perch fillets with potatoes and crayfish compote. He also runs a distillery that turns local fruit into Ålvados, an apple brandy, and Röd Granit, a cherry liquer,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of Smakbyn.
Local Cuisine at Smakbyn

Bagarstugan Café & Vin

Mariehamn
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Healthy Fare in a Cozy Space
“In Mariehman, there’s Bagarstugan Café & Vin, a cottage house that looks like you’ve stepped into great-grandma’s house. Go for lighter salads—I like one with goat cheese and sprouts—and, of course, the Åland pancake. It’s a thick pancake made from cooked rice porridge and topped with prune compote or raspberry jam. Here still have local arguments about the best way to make it—it’s very provincial. She also has a wonderful selection of gluten-free and vegan pastries,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Christopher Haiderer.
Healthy Fare in a Cozy Space

Johannas Hembakta

Saltvik
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Take a Coffee Break at Johanna's Hembakta
“We Ålanders love our fika, or coffee break. Johanna’s Hembakta, a bakery in Saltvik, is where I go for hemvete, a black bread made from rye flour and coffee, and flecked with caraway seeds. Have a slice, or one of her amazing cinnamon buns during a fika in the garden where you’re 15 meters away from cows,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl. Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Christopher Haiderer.
Take a Coffee Break at Johanna's Hembakta

Samovar Tea Lounge

San Francisco
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A Unique Take on Tea at Samovar
No varietal excites obsessives more than pu-erh. The yunnan province tea is oddly complex, especially when prepared in shou form: leaves are fermented and aged for up to 50 years. Try it at the new Samovar tea bar in San Francisco’s Mission District. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of Samovar.
A Unique Take on Tea at Samovar

The Mandarin's Tea Room

New York
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Drink Tea from the Mountains in the Heart of New York City
At The Mandarin’s Tea Room in New York City, founder Timothy Hsu will walk you through the making of shui xian. The smoky oolong gets its stony flavor from its home: Nanping’s Wuyi mountains. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Timothy Hsu.
Drink Tea from the Mountains in the Heart of New York City

Raffles Istanbul

İstanbul
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Luxury and an Amazing Location at the new Raffles Istanbul
Outside of sleeping in Istanbul’s iconic Grand Bazaar, the new Raffles is as close as one can get to the city’s great shopping: The lobby connects to the Zorlu Center, a 1-million-square-foot complex with everything from the Italian food hall Eataly to the Turkish boutique Yargici. As for the 132 rooms and 49 suites, each features art inspired by the Byzantine empire and terraces overlooking the city. Also, not to be missed: the spa’s gorgeous hammam. From $770. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of Raffles Istanbul.
Luxury and an Amazing Location at the new Raffles Istanbul

Jongomero Camp, Ruaha National Park

Iringa
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A Safari Without the Crowds at Jongomero Camp
Jongomero Camp in Ruaha, Tanzania’s largest national park, is a favorite. It’s remote—more than 500 miles south of the Serengeti—and has no crowds, so game is everywhere. Feeling adventurous? Try a two-day walking safari to see the hundreds of bird species, from the lesser kestrel to the red-billed hornbill, that live in Ruaha. This appeared in the November/Demeber 2014 issue. Photo by Paul Shaffner/Flickr.
A Safari Without the Crowds at Jongomero Camp

Singita Faru Faru Game Lodge

Serengeti
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An Immersive Safari Experience at Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Singita Faru Faru Lodge (a member of the AFAR Collection) is set in the privately owned Grumeti Reserves—about 525 miles northwest of Dar es Salaam—which allows its guides to lead safaris to view such nocturnal game as the bat-eared fox. The lodge doesn’t skimp on luxuries (there’s a spa and a well-stocked wine cellar), but it’s known for horseback trips. According to AFAR local expert Kerry John-Davis, "I’ll never forget what it felt like to ride alongside a herd of zebra." This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of Singita.
An Immersive Safari Experience at Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti
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The Best Places to Spot Wildlife in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is the ideal place to spot the big five: elephants, lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, and rhinos. You can take a road trip from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater, a grassy crater outside the park that’s home to a huge concentration of game. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr.
The Best Places to Spot Wildlife in Tanzania

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park
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Lions, Flamingoes, and Chimps at Tarangire National Park
Stop at Tarangire National Park to spy on tree-climbing lions and at Lake Manyara to see flocks of migrating flamingos. Trekking for chimpanzees is also unforgettable. Gombe Stream National Park, where Jane Goodall researched, is a short flight from Dar es Salaam, and trackers keep tabs on chimps, so it’s guaranteed you’ll see them. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo from Flickr.
Lions, Flamingoes, and Chimps at Tarangire National Park

House of Spices

Zanzibar Town
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Sampling Local Spices in Stone Town
According to AFAR local expert Kerry John-Davis, those seeking local flair should head to Stone Town, on the island of Zanzibar, which was once a stop on the Arabian spice route. "The town is a great base for snorkeling tours of the archipelago, but I often just browse the labyrinthine alleyways for Arabian brass lamps, Tinga Tinga paintings from local artists, and, yes, spices—I go to House of Spices for cloves and mchaichai (lemongrass tea)." This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of the House of Spices.
Sampling Local Spices in Stone Town

Africa House Hotel

Zanzibar Town
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Finding Local Flavors in Tanzania
According to AFAR local expert Kerry John-Davis, those seeking local flair should head to Stone Town, on the island of Zanzibar, which was once a stop on the Arabian spice route. "I love to sit on the veranda at the Africa House Hotel and drink kahawa, coffee brewed with cardamom, ginger, and chili pepper, while snacking on fresh dates." This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Sandi/Flickr.
Finding Local Flavors in Tanzania

Marakoopa Cave and Honeycomb Cave

Mayberry
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It's Spelunking Time!
Mole Creek Karst National Park and the surrounding area offer subterranean streams and pools, plus some 300 caves. At Marakoopa Cave, you’ll feel as though you’re in mother nature’s planetarium, because the walls are lit up by Australia’s largest colony of glow worms. Honeycomb Cave is best explored with Deb from Wild Cave Tours (wildcavetours.com). Unlike most guides, she holds a PhD in Speleology. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Paul Flood.
It's Spelunking Time!

Corinna Lodge and Tannin Restaurant

Corinna
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Get Lost in the Rain Forest at Corinna Lodge
Blow through Burnie to allow for more time in the woods. When the long stretch of highway turns bright white—it was built from silica rock—you’re almost to Corinna (from $180), a gold rush settlement turned ecolodge on the edge of the tarkine wilderness. Follow the trail from your cottage to see ancient huon pines or spot platypi while kayaking on Pieman River. In the likely event it rains, escape to the lodge’s Tannin restaurant for a rib-eye steak. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Serena Renner.
Get Lost in the Rain Forest at Corinna Lodge

Spreyton Cider Co.

Tarleton
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Pick Up a Grown-up Picnic at Spreyton Cider Co.
At Spreyton Cider Co., pick up the dry vintage cider and ample supplies of beef jerky, local cheese, and “bikkies” (crackers). Then settle under the apple and cherry trees for a picnic. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Rebecca Siegel/Flickr.
Pick Up a Grown-up Picnic at Spreyton Cider Co.

Red Feather Inn

Hadspen
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Relaxation and Traditional Food at the Red Feather Inn
After arriving at Launceston airport, pick up a rental car and head to Hadspen’s Red Feather Inn, a former carriage house where the rooms have fireplaces and soaking tubs. Book a candlelit dinner in the dining room or make your meal with the house chef by reserving a spot in one of the pickling or smoking classes in the cozy kitchen. (from $225) This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of Red Feather Inn.
Relaxation and Traditional Food at the Red Feather Inn

Canadian Guild Of Crafts

Montreal
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Authentic, Traditional Works at the Canadian Guild of Crafts
“Equal parts nonprofit gallery and shop, the Canadian Guild of Crafts is the place to buy traditional works by Inuit and First Nations artists. Everything sold here is genuine, of legitimate provenance and high quality. The space also has a small museum," says Nathalie Bondil, head curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Read more about her local's take on Montreal here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.
Authentic, Traditional Works at the Canadian Guild of Crafts

Restaurant Europea

Montreal
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Fanciful French Cuisine at Restaurant Europea
“Europea is one of the best tables in the city, with French-style food and excellent service. The chef, Jérôme Ferrer, is very fanciful. He creates dishes such as homemade jerky presented on a clothesline, and for dessert, a tree made of cotton candy," says Nathalie Bondil, head curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Read more about her local's take on Montreal here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.
Fanciful French Cuisine at Restaurant Europea

Mount Royal

Montreal
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Escape from the City at Montreal's Mount Royal Park
“‘The mountain,’ as locals call it, is a haven for nature lovers. It offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the city, the island, and the Saint Lawrence River. In winter, kids play on the tubing and tobogganing runs, while 11 miles of groomed trails are available to explore on cross-country skis or snowshoes,” says Nathalie Bondil, head curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Read more about her local's take on Montreal here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.
Escape from the City at Montreal's Mount Royal Park

Redpath Museum

Montreal
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Browse a Quirky Collection of Relics at the Redpath Museum
“Located on the campus of McGill University, the quirky Redpath presents three floors of dinosaurs, mummies, letters from Charles Darwin, and totem poles frozen in time. It is one of Canada’s oldest museums, dating to 1882,” says Nathalie Bondil, head curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Read more about her local's take on Montreal here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.
Browse a Quirky Collection of Relics at the Redpath Museum

Marie Saint Pierre

Montreal
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Find Timeless, Chic Clothing at Marie Saint Pierre
“She’s an original yet timeless Québec fashion designer—a rare combination. Marie Saint Pierre is known for using unusual fabrics with soft colors as well as black and white. Her designs feel really classic. I stop in when I need something chic and comfortable,” says Nathalie Bondil, head curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Read more about her local's take on Montreal here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.
Find Timeless, Chic Clothing at Marie Saint Pierre
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