Recent Travel Highlights

The Kreeger Museum

Washington
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The Kreeger Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
A Perfect Blend of Art and Architecture
Nestled on 5 and one-half acres of woods and gardens north of the Georgetown neighborhood, this obscure museum was the former mansion of GEICO Insurance executive and avid art collector David Lloyd Kreeger and his wife Carmen. Designed and built by renowned architect Philip Johnson, this "International Style" masterpiece holds their collection of 19th and 20th century European and American art, traditional African and Asian art, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Highlights include paintings and sculptures by Picasso (their favorite artist), Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Rodin, Chagall, Mondrian, and various local artists. In addition, the overall design functions as an excellent performance venue for classical and jazz concerts after-hours.
A Perfect Blend of Art and Architecture
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Blue Grotto

Anacapri
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Blue Grotto, Anacapri, Italy
How to get swallowed by the Blue Grotto without losing your cool
When sunlight shines through the underwater cavity at the entrance to this Italian sea cave, it creates a ridiculously amazing, otherworldly glow that transforms the cave's interior. The above-water opening of the cave, which is about one and a half meters in diameter, is barely large enough for a small rowboat to pass through. In order to enter the grotto, a boat's rower waits until the swell is at its lowest point, then quickly propels his tiny craft forward by pushing off the rock overhead with his arms. He does so while yelling to the boat's occupants to hunker down in the fetal position, or else. I watched several boats ahead of me disappear into the unknown using this method of entry, narrowly escaping the boat-splintering force of the sea. Finally it was our turn. I held my breath, waited for the command, and prayed. Here are two important lessons I learned: 1. Timing is everything 2. Scalp hair grows back over time. Okay, I'm just kidding about number two. But don't think I didn't spend a few frantic moments contemplating how I would look with a Gregorian monk coiffure for the rest of my life. Thankfully, the Italian rowers guiding the boats are seasoned experts. (And most of them are quite lively opera singers, as well.) I'm happy to report the novelty and beauty of the Blue Grotto experience was well worth the risk.
How to get swallowed by the Blue Grotto without losing your cool
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Khách sạn Nikko Sài Gòn

Ho Chi Minh City
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Khách sạn Nikko Sài Gòn, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Khách sạn Nikko Sài Gòn
Nằm ở vị trí thuận lợi trong Quận 1 - Phạm Ngũ Lão / Tây Ba-lô, khách sạn Nikko Sài Gòn là một điểm lý tưởng để khởi hành chuyến du ngoạn của bạn ở Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh. Chỉ cách trung tâm thành phố 3.4 km, vị trí đẹp của khách sạn bảo đảm khách hàng có thể đến tham quan những địa điểm du lịch nhanh chóng và dễ dàng. Một điểm không kém phần đặc biệt là vị trí khách sạn ở Sài Gòn dễ dàng tiệp cận vô số địa điểm thú vị như Bể bơi Lam Sơn, sân vận động Phú Thọ, Galaxy Cinema.
Khách sạn Nikko Sài Gòn
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Khách Sạn New World Sài Gòn

Ho Chi Minh City
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Khách Sạn New World Sài Gòn, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Khách Sạn New World Sài Gòn
Khách sạn New World Sài Gòn đạt tiêu chuẩn 5 sao tọa lạc ngay tại trung tâm Thành Phố cách chợ Bến Thành chỉ một vài phút đi bộ, gần với trung tâm thương mại, mua sắm , các công trình kiến trúc vĩ đại… Hơn nữa với vị trí thuận lợi là bạn có thể dạo bước đi bộ vào công viên 23 tháng 9 để tận hưởng bầu không khí trong lành vào buổi sớm mai. Đẳng cấp và sang trọng, đó là những gì khi du khách nghỉ ngơi tại khách sạn New World Sài Gòn
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Arctic Guide Service

Tromsø
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Arctic Guide Service, Tromsø, Norway
Chasing the Auroras Borealis in Northern Norway
If you are in Tromsø and want to see the Northern Lights outside the city, away from the light pollution, choose Arctic Guide Service. For about an hour, they drive towards dark places while they give information about Tromsø, explanations about Northern Lights and also the best way to prepare your camera for the show. They took us to three awesome spots: a beach, a frozen lake and a fjord. At the fjord we could even hear the whales and see their blow. Of course, they can't promise you the Auroras, but if they appear, just enjoy them because the guides also take pictures which are included in the price.
Chasing the Auroras Borealis in Northern Norway
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Desert Safari Dubai

Dubai
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Desert Safari Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Desert Safari in Dubai best Fun
i like desert safari tour. one of the famous adventure fun in Dubai, i will go soon for trip again.
Desert Safari in Dubai best Fun
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Bonita Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro
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Bonita Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio Street Art
Graffiti in Rio de Janerio is some of the most festive and lighthearted graffiti I’ve seen anywhere. The pervasive style is bold, playful, colorful, and full of bizarre scenes, stylized characters and undecipherable situations. The City of Rio has lax graffiti laws and the city legally allows street artists to paint on rundown and decrepit walls.
Rio Street Art
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Dois Irmãos

Belford Roxo
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Dois Irmãos, Belford Roxo, Brazil
The Best Views of Ipanema
Even if you’ve never been to Brazil, chances are you will recognise Dois Irmãos. This beautiful pair of mountains, situated at the end of Leblon beach, make up one of Rio’s most iconic views (aside from Christ the Redeemer). Getting there is a bit of an adventure, but well worth the effort. Book a favela tour of Vidigal w/ Dois Irmaos option included and you can avoid logistics like navigating the moto taxi, finding the start of the trail, not getting lost in the park, and picking the best hostel for a post hike beer.
The Best Views of Ipanema
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Vidigal

Rio de Janeiro
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Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Favela Tour
Taking a tour of a favela in Rio is an important and illuminating experience if you look for an insider point of view of Brazil. There are close to 950 favelas in Rio, and home to 20% of Rio's population, however they remain a mystery for most people who don't live there. These tours not only to explain about favelas, but to give you a whole new understanding of different aspects of Brazilian society. We booked ours directly through our hostel - find a great english speaking guide to give you rich insight into the city.
Favela Tour
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Alto Vidigal

Rio de Janeiro
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Alto Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pure Favela Life
Experience pure favela life in Rio at the Hostel Alto Vidigal. It's located in a fairly safe and very vibrant southern area of the favela and allows great access to the to famous beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. It's known for underground dj parties and hosts traveling artists, journalists and adventure travelers/athletes. A bit off the beaten path but this really does show you real Brazilian life.
Pure Favela Life
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Maracanã

Rio de Janeiro
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Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Beautiful Game
Fans of legends like Ronaldo, Pele, Romario, Carlos Alberto and Nilton Santos will love to pay a visit to the Mecca of Football; the Maracanã Stadium. Officially opened during the 1950 World Cup, this all encompassing stadium features a capacity to hold 100,000 cheering fans. If you are lucky enough, it is possible to catch one of your favourite players in action. Otherwise, pay a visit to the sports museum with treasuries in store.
The Beautiful Game
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Yankee Lobster

Boston
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Yankee Lobster, Boston, Massachusetts
Eat lobster at a local hangout
Seafood restaurants are in abundance in Boston and during our brief visit to this city we definitely wanted to take advantage of this. But we also wanted to avoid the crowds of tourists. So after some research we decided to check out Yankee Lobster company. The location is certainly outside the main tourist drag and it definitely felt like a locals' spot. We ordered 2 different lobster rolls, one warm with a butter sauce and another a more traditional type with mayo. Both were fantastic and we were happy with our find. The prices are also very reasonable and if we were hungrier we would have ordered a lobster or seafood platter. Check it out next time you're in Boston!
Eat lobster at a local hangout
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East Jakarta

East Jakarta
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East Jakarta, East Jakarta, Indonesia
Independently Walking On the Jakarta Street
I got to see the culture of Indonesian in Jakarta. Sometimes they are feared with camera. Sometimes, they tried upgrade the price whenever if they see foreigners. Actually i don't like the wheather there.. the air pollution is very serious issue in Jakarta city. I hope that one day, i can see cleaner Jakarta with fresh air and not that too trafic jam. In shaa Allah. Overall, i'm happy staying in Jakarta with my best freind, Hanna. She helps me alot there. Thanks Hanna! ^_^
Independently Walking On the Jakarta Street
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Beewon

Orlando
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Beewon, Orlando, Florida
Korean Culture Spreading To America
Finally, I had the time to go try korean food like I had wanted for such a long time! This restaraunt by the name of BeeWon is new and already the best. It is a family owned business and the service was incredible. I had felt like I was in Korea. I had ordered the 비빔밮 (bibim bap) which is rice with vegetables, beef, and an egg. It was very delicious and it was some of the best food I had ever eaten. Along that I had to order korean barbeque. While I was eating, they had play kpop music videos for our entertainment which was blissful! The servers came by frequently asking if everything was good and if we needed anything which counted for great service. They were very sweet people! But what I loved the most was that they gave soo much food that was on the house. They had given us kimchi, rice, miso soup, and way more, I just couldn't finish it all and brought some home for me to eat later (or now, since I am at home writing this). At the end, they gave us a free rice punch for desert that is called 식혜 (Sikhye) which has no added sugars and is sweet but healthy! Everything was delicious and healthy and I left with a full belly of healthy and delightful authentic korean food.
Korean Culture Spreading To America
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Tana Toraja

Rantepao
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Tana Toraja , Rantepao, Indonesia
Immersion at a Traditional Christian Funeral
Half way through our 7 weeks in Indonesia we stayed at Layuklion Village Stay with Ms. Lande and went with our guide Imanuel Timbang to the 2nd day of a 3-4 day funeral ceremony, with over 1,000 family and friends and a few tourists. As we passed through Rantepao on our way, we witnessed caravans of Torajans standing in truck beds, clad in black, on their way to this ceremony. The festivities were rife with the clamorous squealing of pigs strapped to bamboo pole configurations, laying on the ground, the heaving of their bellies reflecting the rapid heart rate of fear, awaiting their ceremonial sacrifice. A water buffalo’s head lay about after its demise earlier in the day. One’s wealth is displayed through gifts of animals at these ceremonies, predominantly pigs and water buffaloes. We were invited to join a dozen or so attendees in a low-ceilinged bamboo platform area, more ducking and crouching, then lowering ourselves rather ungracefully down into a cross-legged position, struggling to find adequate space in the crowded circle. They embraced us completely, sharing their palm wine and betel nuts. My job was the easiest. Males drink the wine, women chew betel nut. My spouse allowed her newest age-friendly womenfolk to teach her the art of chewing, spitting and then putting a tobacco plug in her cheek! She reported to me that she would not be taking this up as a pastime at home. The rest of the day was spent at caves and cliffs where the dead are laid to rest.
Immersion at a Traditional Christian Funeral
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The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Charleston
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The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Charleston, South Carolina
An Underground Prison Among the Antebellum Mansions
One of the most important buildings used during the American Revolution is the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Upper floors house period antiques and dress. American patriots were held in the dank dungeon that is a marvel in design. The impressive structural arches have withstood all kinds of damaging weather. Guides in period costume do an excellent job of recreating the era. Recent excavations have revealed pieces of the original 18th century wall of the Charleston Harbor.
An Underground Prison Among the Antebellum Mansions
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Anak Krakatau

Rajabasa
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Anak Krakatau, Rajabasa, Indonesia
A Night on an Active Volcano
At the beginning of our 7 weeks in Indonesia, we were picked up by Sukia at our hotel in Jakarta at 5:30 a.m. and driven for 3.5 hours to the west coast town of Carita to then be spirited by speedboat across the Sunda Strait, which separates Sumatra and Java,to Anak Krakatau, where we spent a full 24 hours with our guides from Krakatau Tour (www.krakatautourguide.com). That evening we hiked 200 meters up the 800 meter high volcano, through sharp lava rocks and thick volcanic ash to a point where we watched the sun set, as white billowing emanations from Anak’s two craters drifted downward in front of us to the sea. Our dinner was creatively provided on two ice chests, with us sitting on another two, eating amazing amounts of fresh seafood and fruit, surrounded by night sounds and a starry sky. Our tents and bedding were set up and ready for us when we turned in for the night. The next day we circled the whole island, getting great perspectives of the craters, previous lava flows and the billowing crater smoke. This volcano is the “son” of Krakatoa which erupted in 1883 with such ferocity that it completely disappeared, with the resulting tsunami killing tens of thousands of people on other islands in the vicinity. The volcanic dust affected the weather around the world for some time after. Anak 1st started surfacing in its father’s place in 1927.
A Night on an Active Volcano
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Folly Beach

Folly Beach
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Folly Beach, Folly Beach, South Carolina
Laid Back Folly Beach
A short drive from Charleston, islands hug the coastline and offer a wide selection of beach choices, each with its own personality. Wide beaches and great surfing are just 15 miles away. Folly Beach has a laid back atmosphere and outdoor activities ranging from bird-watching to kite boarding and fishing on the town pier. If you'd like to get a behind the scenes look at the local flora and fauna, Charleston Kayak has backwater tours of the wetlands that are teeming with wildlife.
Laid Back Folly Beach
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The Charleston Museum

Charleston
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The Charleston Museum, Charleston, South Carolina
The Low Country Charleston Musuem
If you are a fan of trinkets and ephemera, then you'll have a hey day at The Charleston Musuem. America's very first museum was founded in 1773. Focused on South Carolina low country, the location is a part of the Museum Mile, a section of Meeting Street with six museums, five historic homes, four parks and other important churches and public buildings. It is filled with memorabilia and antiques, many dating back as far as the Civil War. From the vintage signs to the Leech jar used in the 1830's by a Charleston Dr. on the King of Siam, to the collection of toys, there is truly something for everyone. My favorite was the recreated Apothecary Shop.
The Low Country Charleston Musuem
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HarbourView Inn

Charleston
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HarbourView Inn, Charleston, South Carolina
Comfort with a Romantic River View
Cobblestones crisscross the streets leading to the Harbourview Inn. This area of historic Charleston, South Carolina is a place of secret gardens and pastel colored antebellum mansions. Located across the street from the Cooper River, the hotel is a great spot for visitors who like exploring on foot and getting to know their destination. The airy atrium leads to a lobby decorated with original artwork, comfy couches and a fireplace. Reserve a harbor view and watch cruiseships, sailors and day boats making their way up and down the peninsula.The waterfront park is a great area for walking along the river, and a complimentary city trolley stops right across the street. The daily wine and cheese reception on the roof deck is a place to unwind and process all the history you have no doubt taken in during the day. Seeing the evening come alive, the many steeples illuminated in the Holy City is the perfect way to relax before heading out to one of the many great restaurants in the area for some low-country eating.
Comfort with a Romantic River View
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Bondir Concord

Concord
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Bondir Concord, Concord, Massachusetts
Taste the Seasons in Historic Concord
Historic Concord has a wonderful addition for Farm-to Table dining in the center of town. The cozy, warm and inviting space of Bondir is matched by the welcoming service. For a special lunch, they have a fabulous two-course meal that will satisfy all your senses. Lovage and Fennel Cured Salmon combines tastes from the sea with earthy radish and mustard greens. Cultured cream smoothes everything together, and poached potatoes are the perfect vehicle for topping. An central, active bar scene divides the space; a wood fireplace adds additional charm. The decor reflects the history of the area with mismatched vintage plates and a collection of teapots worthy of the incredible hot chocolate they often contain. The dinner menu adds further insight into the seasonal meat, fish and vegetables of New England, all created with a modern twist. Make sure to save room for the aforementioned hot chocolate, topped with a handmade spiced marshmallow, the likes of which I can almost guarantee you've never tasted before. It is the perfect finish to a meal celebrating all things local and tasty.
Taste the Seasons in Historic Concord
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Borobudur Temple

Borobudur
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Borobudur Temple, Borobudur, Indonesia
Embracing the Sunrise at Borobudur
Our two month adventure in Indonesia during the Fall of 2014 included two weeks on the island of Java. After a 10 hour train ride from Jakarta we spent several nights at Rumah Dharma, a set of 5 humble cottages set amidst the green fields of the Barepan community near the site of the largest Bhuddist temple monument in the world, Borobudur, a UNESCO site, ironically embedded in a predominantly Muslim country. The surrounding fields yielded tobacco, chili peppers, rice and a variety of unnamed vegetables, with these separate parcels owned by different villagers. At 4:30 a.m. on our second day, we bicycled half a mile in the pitch black early hours to Manohara to climb to the top of this massive temple complex, mastering 1 foot high risers. The breathtaking view was worth it as the sky began its slowly increasing soft red-hued glow. As the day dawned, we could see that we were surrounded by 12 foot high bell ringer-shaped lava rocks, stupas, with Buddha figures ensconced inside, visible through one of the many diamond-shaped openings. Our guide, Heru, shared his extensive knowledge of the 2,672 relief panels that held Buddhist history and mythology, which made this a valuable educational experience! Back at Rumah Dharma, our Indonesian host, Medi, a short, stout, fun-loving and playful character, regaled us with his high pitched laughter, as well as playing the guitar and singing several decades old British pop tunes in his guttural soprano voice.
Embracing the Sunrise at Borobudur
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The Milling Room

New York
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The Milling Room, New York, New York
Pining for The Milling Room
Enjoy the warm ambience of The Milling Room, with incandescent hanging light bulbs, enticing dishes, friendly staff and candle lit tables. Try the Rabbit Pappardelle... Chef Scott Bryan does not disappoint!
Pining for The Milling Room
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Excursiones Por Marrakech

Marrakesh
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Excursiones Por Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco
Viajes Tours Marruecos
Organizamos Viajes Por Marruecos, Viajes al Desierto y Rutas en 4x4,
Viajes Tours Marruecos
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Nevada & Arizona Border

Temple Bar Marina
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Nevada & Arizona Border, Temple Bar Marina, Arizona
Straddle state lines at Hoover Dam
On my first visit to Las Vegas I insisted that we see something other than the neon lights of the strip. So my boyfriend and I drove to Hoover Dam. The drive was beautiful with the view of the mountains and the dry, desert-like horizon. It was May and the heat immediately greeted us as soon as we stepped out of the car. It's certainly worth seeing the dam though as it is quite impressive. As a fun bonus, if you visit Hoover Dam, you can also say that you've been to two places at once. Just stand above the line delineating the state border and snap a photo.
Straddle state lines at Hoover Dam
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Plava plaža (Blue Beach)

Vodice
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Plava plaža (Blue Beach), Vodice, Croatia
The Blue Beach in Vodice,Croatia
This stunning blue flag beach gently shelves into the crystal clear warm water of the Adriatic Sea and was the perfect spot to relax. When we felt like some excitement there was an excellent choice of water sports right on hand. The adjacent promenade was packed with enticing restaurants and bars, and it was just a short stroll from the beach to the center of Vodice itself, a charming harbor town steeped in culture and history. Vodice was a real gem of a find where we were welcomed and made to feel so much at home that we began to imagine actually living there in the midst of such beautiful surroundings. The town and beach had so much to offer that as we dined on Croatian cuisine we began to seriously consider looking at available property for sale in Croatia. The prices were so reasonable that we could see the potential of investing in Croatia property. We can't wait to return and begin our search for a Croatian home to call our own as Vodice has captured our hearts.
The Blue Beach in Vodice,Croatia
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Hotel Valley Ho

Scottsdale
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Embrace Midcentury Mod at Hotel Valley Ho
Hotel Valley Ho is one of the finest examples of midcentury hotels still standing and, boy, does it still wow. The lobby (pictured) is wonderfully cozy and full of the clean lines and bright colors this era is known for. Its history also impresses: During its heyday, the hotel hosted everyone from Janet Leigh to Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, who held their wedding reception on-site. But, even if you're not a midcentury geek, you'll find plenty of reasons to love the Valley Ho. I highly recommend a Tuscan kale salad and a HO-J (think the best orange shake of your life), then a lounge by the martini-shaped pool (see the green umbrella? That's the olive.).
Embrace Midcentury Mod at Hotel Valley Ho
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