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Drinking Recommendations from AFAR Travelers

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Discoveryouritaly

Perugia
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Discoveryouritaly, Perugia, Italy
Lake Trasimeno and Isola Maggiore Tour
This tour is the best way to discover the biggest lake of Central Italy and its most interesting island, a hidden paradise in the heart of the national park, where an ancient village of fishermen, rich in art and history is set. A short ferry ride from the beautiful village of Passignano takes you to Isola Maggiore, a small hill that emerges from the green-blue waters of the lake, where nature and human activities lived in perfect harmony for centuries; even St. Francis was enchanted by this inspiring place. The tour includes a tasting of typical food and wine, in a lovely local cafè with garden overlooking the lake. It’s not just a simple tour, it’s an unforgettable experience in the atmosphere and the beauty of Lake Trasimeno.
Lake Trasimeno and Isola Maggiore Tour

The Barlow

Sebastopol
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The Barlow: A Food-Lover's Barn in Sebastopol
The Barlow, a former apple-packing warehouse in Sebastopol, houses a brewery, wine-tasting rooms, galleries, and of course, restaurants.
The Barlow: A Food-Lover's Barn in Sebastopol

Shed

Healdsburg
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Healdsburg's Modern Shed
The new Healdsburg Shed is a hub for lovers of all things local, agrarian, and food-related. Stop by to shop the selection of locally made housewares, join a workshop, or just linger over a glass of the on-tap kombucha. It's an ideal breakfast spot for those staying in the nearby h2 Hotel; try the heirloom-grain waffles. Photo by Mariko Reed. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Healdsburg's Modern Shed

The Boatyard

Bridgetown
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The Boatyard, Bridgetown, Barbados
Taking a day off at the Boatyard Beach Bar
This is simply the best bar in Barbados ! We had a wonderful time, quite relaxing, with an amazing bar. For a cheap price ( I think it was like 12$), you get shuttle service, a free welcome drink, and a chair with an umbrella. The beach is amazing, you can jump in the water by swinging on a rope, there is a little bridge and nice accommodations. Locals also offers activities of many genres right on the spot, and we did a great one by swimming with Barbados Turtles (see other highlights). I highly recommend the Boatyard Beach Bar !
Taking a day off at the Boatyard Beach Bar

City Halls & Old Fruitmarket

Glasgow
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City Halls & Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Glasgow’s Market-Turned-Music Venue
The slightly goofy-sounding name of this beloved concert venue explains its history: it occupies a Merchant City building that really did house a produce market back in the 1800s. Many of the original architectural details from those days are still here, including original wood ceiling beams, cast-iron archways, and a balcony hung with antique greengrocers’ signs. They lend a quirky, atmospheric vibe to the concerts, many of which feature jazz or other instrumental performers. For more information about the places and people who make Glasgow special, visit peoplemakeglasgow.us
Glasgow’s Market-Turned-Music Venue

Poblado

Medellin
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Poblado, Medellin, Colombia
Explore local cuisine traditions
It's hard to miss the local cuisine scene in Medellín. Simple yet hearty food makes up the local gastronomy with most dishes symbolizing some part of the Antioquia region's history. Bandeja Paisa is a shining example of this, its plethora of ingredients having provided essential calories for field workers hundreds of years ago. While many restaurants vary ingredients, the dish usually consists of pork belly, beans, egg, ground beef, sausage, avocado, rice and sweet banana. The best places to gorge are at El Rancherito—close to the international airport at Rio Negro among other locations—and La Fonda del Pueblo in Pueblito Paisa. Make sure to sample Arepa-a cornbread which is close to every local’s heart.
Explore local cuisine traditions

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende
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Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
The Best Stay in San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is the most well known of Mexico’s Colonial, Silver Cities, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well whose allure entices visitors with a heady mix of Mexican Baroque architecture and cobblestone streets coupled with a cosmopolitan, year round festival, arts & dining scene. The Colonial Era city center is filled with historic buildings. To the delight of architecture buffs The House and Garden Tour is a must do which is sponsored by the Biblioteca Pública which takes you into the city’s most intriguing contemporary and colonial homes every Sunday at 11:30am departing from the library at Insurgentes 25. A stay right in the historic downtown near the main El Jardin square at the city's finest property Rosewood San Miguel de Allende is a treat. The 67 rooms are awash in handmade, local art and feature traditional wood-beamed ceilings, the smallest of which boast a massive 570 sq ft with modern amenities, fireplaces and balconies with spectacular views not found elsewhere. Their on site Art Concierge can connect guests with local artists, art workshops, hard to secure gallery openings and much more. The hotel's 67 rooms and suites are filled with local, handmade items, without sacrificing modern amenities. Vinophiles love the on site, 800 bottle wine cellar La Cava where wine pairings are individually tailored by Executive Chef Victor Palma and special tastings can be arranged. *Insider’s Tip the rooftop Tapas Bar has the best sunset views in town.
The Best Stay in San Miguel de Allende

wd~50

New York
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wd~50, New York, New York
Dinner created by a wizard
New York has more fine dining establishments than you can afford to visit at any one trip. But if you are the type who seeks out unique dishes and adventurous cuisine then wd~50 needs to be on top of your list. Wylie Dufresne employs techniques of molecular gastronomy, which quite simply put is like culinary wizardry. If you are able, then do have the tasting menu. It will be a ride for your palate and you'll have so much fun figuring out each dish. You'll find flavors you didn't think could be interpreted into food like pine needles and his use of texture, temperature, and the visual aspect of food is incredible. This is a meal that engages all of your senses. And it will be unforgettable. Pictures is his interpretation of the classic dessert s'mores. I practically licked the plate!
Dinner created by a wizard

The Pot Still

Glasgow
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The Pot Still, Glasgow, United Kingdom
When in Scotland, one must drink scotch!
My boyfriend and I are scotch drinkers so we absolutely had to find the best bar to sample great scotch while we were in Glasgow. After a little research we found this bar. First we went and had dinner at a nearby spot where we had great food including haggis along with some scotch. Then we walked over to The Pot Still and did a few tastings of different kinds of scotch. The bar maids, as they called themselves, were very helpful and happily answered our questions. We ended up finishing their last bottle of Glendronach that you see here in the photo.
When in Scotland, one must drink scotch!

Z-Cafe & Bar

Oakland
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Z-Cafe & Bar, Oakland, California
Downtown happy hour cocktails
Head to Z Cafe & Bar after work for some of house mixologist Mehdi Zarekari's infused cocktails. The restaurant has a wide selection vodkas and hand shaken specialty martinis. Beer and wine also served. Happier hour cocktails ($5) are served from 4 PM Tues.-Fri., Saturdays 5 PM to 9 PM. Happy hour small plates ($5) include bourbon meatballs and fried green tomatoes. I like the hamburger off the regular menu. Good place to meet friends.
Downtown happy hour cocktails

The Cro Cafe

Oakland
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Coffee at Oakland's Cro Cafe
Locals argue passionately about the area’s best coffee. The CRO Cafe pours Sightglass, which pairs well with a freshly made, hand-filled-to-order doughnut from Doughnut Dolly around the corner. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of the CRO Cafe.
Coffee at Oakland's Cro Cafe

The Leopard at des Artistes

New York
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The Leopard at des Artistes, New York, New York
Romance is on the Menu Here
The Leopard at des Artistes is located near Lincoln Center in the Hotel des Artistes - a residential building for artists built in 1918, it was once home to dancer Isadora Duncan, artist Norman Rockwell and playwright Noel Coward. The original restaurant on the ground floor, Cafe des Artistes opened in 1975. Its most striking feature was Howard Chandler Christy's nine landmarked murals, “Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties". Completed in 1935, these stunning oil paintings feature young nymphs frolicking in nature. The new Leopard at des Artistes opened after renovation in 2011. Chef Vito Gnazzo serves seasonal, modern Southern Italian cuisine. I could easily have ordered everything on the menu - homemade pastas, rustic salads, grilled fish, slow-braised meats and more. And one of the best dishes I have EVER eaten was a dessert - zabaione with fresh berries. As the waiter said, it doesn't sound exciting, but trust me - this dish will transport you! With beautiful murals, great service, and outstanding food, this is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion - the Old New York setting and scrumptious food will make it a night to remember.
Romance is on the Menu Here

Museu de Arte Nova

Aveiro
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Museu de Arte Nova, Aveiro, Portugal
Museu de Arte Nova, Aveiro
Some museums, small as they can be, get their names from the building they are located in. The Art Nouveau Museum in Aveiro is a great example for that, thanks to its location in Casa Major Pessoa, a true icon of Art Nouveau architecture. Casa Major Pessoa was initiated by Mario Belmonte Person in 1907 and was designed by the architects Francisco Augusto da Silva Rocha and Ernesto Korrodi . The building was purchase by the city of Aveiro in 2004 and in 2008 was converted to what it is now, a museum. On the first floor there is a charming little tea place to enjoy tea, coffees and local patisseries. The museum is closed on Monday Tuesday to Friday - 09:30 - 12:30 14:00 - 18:00 Weekend - 14:00 - 18:00 Definitely for Art Nouveau lovers
Museu de Arte Nova, Aveiro

Comstock Saloon

San Francisco
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Comstock Saloon, San Francisco, California
Speakeasy Culture Is Alive and Well in San Francisco
It’s hard to imagine a time when alcohol was illegal in San Francisco, because it flows so freely now. But speakeasy culture—without the bathtub gin— still has a hold here. San Francisco’s speakeasy bars feel like a drinker’s theme park. They are dark, atmospheric places with small menus and serious, suspenders-wearing bartenders who make drinks that seem too good to be legal. Start with a reservation and a password at Bourbon and Branch in the Tenderloin. If you're near Market Street, keep an eye out for the entrance to the underground (literally) Local Edition, in the iconic Hearst building. In North Beach, the Comstock Saloon is modeled after the oldest bar in San Francisco and serves food too. Photo by Rie Yamaoka
Speakeasy Culture Is Alive and Well in San Francisco

Pereira

Pereira
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Pereira, Pereira, Colombia
See how the finest coffee in the world is made
Colombia lays claim to producing some of the finest coffee in the world. For those wishing to see first-hand the secret behind the process head to the biggest coffee region in Colombia. Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda all make up what is known as the coffee triangle: A region which enjoys the perfect climate for producing the most delicious coffee beans. One of the major cities in the region is Pereria and here many local coffee producers open their doors to tourists wanting to learn about the process. Café Don Manolo is one such family-run company, and its owner Hector takes you through each production step as well as offering eye-opening samples throughout. A bus journey takes about five hours while flights are available from the small airstrip in Medellin.
See how the finest coffee in the world is made

InterContinental Hong Kong

Hong Kong
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InterContinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The best Victoria Harbor views
I can sit all day in the lobby lounge at the InterContinental Hong Kong and stare out at the Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island just across the way. During the day catch glimpses of junk boats gliding by and at night watch the 8:00 pm nightly laser light show on the Hong Kong Island side. You'll have the best seat in the house! And their burgers are pretty amazing too!
The best Victoria Harbor views

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Healdsburg
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Chauffeured Wine-Tasting in Sonoma
Jordan Winery’s new tour explores the 1,200-acre property via Mercedes-Benz coach and stops for wine and food pairings along the way. Photo by Jameson Fink. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Chauffeured Wine-Tasting in Sonoma

La Perla en La Concha

San Juan
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La Perla en La Concha, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Romantic Dinner at Perla
For our first trip together as a couple, my boyfriend and I headed to Puerto Rico for a winter getaway. San Juan is a perfect combination of beach destination, historical old town, and some nightlife fun. For our date night dinner, my boyfriend chose Perla at the La Concha resort. The restaurant is shaped like a shell and if you get a table along the windows you can dine with a view of the ocean. The service and the food was excellent. We drank champagne, feasted on seafood, and finished off with a chocolate soufflé. My entree, a pan roasted sea bass served on top of a lobster and truffle risotto was excellent. It's definitely perfect for a romantic date!
Romantic Dinner at Perla

Douro

Figueiró dos Vinhos
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Douro, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Portugal
The Beauty of Douro Valley
The Douro Valley is one of many of Portugal's natural treasures. The region starts in the north of Portugal, from the city of Porto toward the eastern border with Spain. The valley is well known for its great wineries and the Port wine manufactured. There are lots of different activities related to Douro Valley; from boating along the river, doing some wine related tours in wineries and wine cellars, gastronomy, history or hiking. The weather is mostly pleasant throughout most of the year. There are so many spots along the Douro Valley that seem to be the Picture-Perfect' and Nature plays a main role in shapes, textures and colors
The Beauty of Douro Valley

Hotel Palacio Astoreca

Valparaiso
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Hotel Palacio Astoreca, Valparaiso, Chile
Hotel Palacio Astoreca: A Mansion for the 21st Century
While downing my second Pisco Sour on the terrace of the newly renovated Hotel Palacio Astoreca overlooking Valparaiso, I had a fabulous idea: I’d start a global chain called “Pisco Disco” (a combination bar and dance club). It was less a stroke of business genius than it was a testament to the mixologist’s bartending skills. The cocktail was not the only winner at this 1920s-era Victorian mansion turned hotel. From the moment we arrived on its doorstep we found ourselves caught between the past and present. The remodeled inn retains the charm of the iconic palace it once was; at the same time it’s a modern-day wonder with clean lines and spaces (signature elements of architect Mathias Klotz). Not to be missed is the hotel’s spa with a heated indoor pool and an authentic wood-burning hot tub, where you can relax after a day of hiking up and down Valparaiso’s narrow streets. The centrally located hotel is directly across from the Palacio Baburizza Fine Arts Museum (originally an Art Nouveau mansion), which features an eclectic collection of mostly European and Chilean paintings and is not far from the museum honoring Nobel Laureate poet Pablo Neruda. While the hotel boasts of its membership in the Relais & Chateaux group, you’d be wise to hone your expectations a bit, as service needs to be bumped up a tad. But no worries about the mixologist -- he sure knows how to make one of Chile’s best Pisco Sours.
Hotel Palacio Astoreca: A Mansion for the 21st Century

Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee

Ipoh
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Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee, Ipoh, Malaysia
Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee @ Old Town, Ipoh
This is the famous 'white coffee' restaurant billed as the 'original' inspiration for the current popularity of 'white coffee' establishments in Malaysia and Singapore. White coffee is actually not white - it's coffee beans roasted with margarine (yup) to give it extra omphh. The coffee is super strong and flavourful. Usually taken with sugar. This place is a 'must-stop-by' if you visit this sleepy town. The locals still throng the restaurant especially early in the morning, making it their morning breakfast pit stop before work. The food here is also deliciously simply prepared. Two thumbs up for the experience and yummy factor.
Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee @ Old Town, Ipoh

Deer Lodge

Lake Louise
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Deer Lodge, Lake Louise, Canada
Soaking at the Deer Lodge
Whether it’s after a long summer hike or a winter day on the ski slopes, there is no better place to relax than the Deer Lodge rooftop hot tub. It has a clear view of the Victoria Glacier across Lake Louise. The hotel is gorgeous in a rustic way. It's built of hand-hewn logs, and the rooms are decorated in a way best described as old-world grandeur. There are no TVs, but it isn’t totally disconnected. There is Wi-Fi. The Deer Lodge restaurant, named the Mount Fairview Dining Room, brings past Canadian Rockies staples to a modern menu. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the Rocky Mountain Charcuterie Platter, which has air-dried buffalo, pepper duck breast, wild game pate, and elk salami. Rooms from $150. Contact 1-403-522-3991. Photo by PhotoJBartlett/The Adventure Freelancer.
Soaking at the Deer Lodge

Discoveryouritaly

Perugia
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Discoveryouritaly, Perugia, Italy
“Bevagna – Umbria Wine Country” tour
With this tour is possible to taste delicious local wines in the relaxing atmosphere of beautiful Umbrian countryside and visit one of the best preserved medieval towns of Central Italy. The city of Bevagna is an extremely picturesque medieval village, included in the official list of “the most beautiful villages in Italy”, which traces back its roots to the roman period. the tour includes a visit to the “Gaite”, four ancient workshops where is possible to learn the secrets of medieval crafts (paper, wax, silk and coins coinage). The tour goes through the beautiful Umbrian countryside, visits a stunning winery designed by the famous Italian architect Arnaldo Pomodoro, and tastes Sagrantino and other local wines Montefalco-Bevagna Wine Country. This tour is a perfect combination of history, art, tradition and local flavors, revealing the unique culture and atmosphere of sensational Umbria.
“Bevagna – Umbria Wine Country” tour

Rancho de los Caballeros

Wickenburg
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 Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg, Arizona
Rancho del los Caballeros
The family owned Rancho de los Caballeros is a throwback to the good old days but also a place to make new memories. When was the last time you left your door unlocked at a hotel ? Or felt comfortable enough to leave your kids with a camp counselor ? Have you ever wanted to learn how to team pen from the back of a horse? What about golf on a beautiful course or perhaps spend a day at the spa in the hands of an exceptional masseuse and then include a facial? Lest you think the food suffers because everything else is so great; well gringo you'd be wrong. Dead wrong. Their cuisine is all house made and beautifully plated at dinner. Breakfast is buffet with an incredible selection of exotic fruit. And lunch is where you can feast on a selection of cookies like nowhere else.
Rancho del los Caballeros

Discoveryouritaly

Perugia
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Discoveryouritaly, Perugia, Italy
“Assisi – On the Footsteps of St Francis” tour
With this tour is possible to follow the footsteps of St Francis and discover the secrets of Assisi, with a professional tour guide who shows the most beautiful corners of this stunning town. Assisi is the place that nobody wants to miss when in Umbria and it is not difficult to understand why. With its perfectly preserved medieval centre, the breathtaking views on the Umbrian valley and one of the most beautiful churches in the world, Assisi is not just an arrival place for thousands of pilgrims, but a paradise for art-lovers. The small group tour goes to all the highlights of the city, and gives the chance to see the places where St Francis lived. A great selection of delicious Umbrian cold meats paired with local wine is offered at the end of the tour . This tour is the perfect way to discover Assisi, a city that still looks like the place where St. Francis lived eight centuries ago.
“Assisi – On the Footsteps of St Francis” tour

morocco

Merzouga
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morocco, Merzouga, Morocco
Desert Trekking By Camel Trek
( Nomadic life in the desert of Morocco ) organizing tours and excursions in Morocco and discovering the beauty of Morocco.Iin our tours, travelers are escorted to discover the charm that hides the desert to live and spend time with local people .
Desert Trekking By Camel Trek

Parque Arví

Medellin
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Parque Arví, Medellin, Colombia
Parque Arvi
Medellin’s surrounding mountains provide ample opportunities for outdoor explorations and extreme sports, non-more so than Parque Arvi. To access this natural park take the metro cable up and over the mountains and brush along the top of the vast forest. Once at the top there are a few spots to choose from. Bikes can be rented and used to access the forest trails and the huge lake at Piedras Blancas. Here, sail boats and pedal boats scatter the water, while the daring fly over the top on zip lines. In the Comfama section a huge adventure park awaits those wanting to test their skills at manual zip lining and scaling vertical trees with the assistance of a harness. Basic training is given before guides suggest an appropriate level.
Parque Arvi
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