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Kudu

Charleston
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Kudu, Charleston, South Carolina
Coffee and Beer in a Beautiful Courtyard
This mellow cafe is just north of Marion Square. They focus on coffee and craft beers (you can bring your own growler if you want to take some home), but you can pick up everything from pastries and sandwiches to locally made sodas and kombucha served from a tap. Kudu's courtyard is calm and spacious: a great oasis in the middle of the city.
Coffee and Beer in a Beautiful Courtyard
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Welkin Coffee Charleston

Charleston
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Welkin Coffee Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
Beautiful Coffee Shop Right on Market
While visiting the Market is high on the list of Charleston must-sees, it can be an overwhelmingly touristy experience at times. For visitors who aren't keen on heading to, say, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, there's a great new option right on Market: Welkin Coffee. The clean, airy space relaxes you from the moment you walk in, and that's before you even get your flavorful coffee. If you're looking to stay off the caffeine, you can opt for their turmeric and ginger latte. And if you're ready for it, they serve beer and wine alongside their other drinks.
Beautiful Coffee Shop Right on Market
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The Griffon

Charleston
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The Griffon, Charleston, South Carolina
Dive Bar Done Right
Tucked away on Vendue, the Griffon has been open since 1995 but feels like it's been around way longer than that. The walls are coated in dollar bills, and it serves classic bar fare like wings, fish and chips, and fried pickles. The beer menu has all the bases covered, from PBR to local craft brews. You'll feel like a local here even if it's your first time in town.
Dive Bar Done Right
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The Bearded Cafe Express

Charleston
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The Bearded Cafe Express, Charleston, South Carolina
Coffee Brewed With Care
This tiny, friendly cafe opened up in early 2016 and brews locally roasted beans from King Bean Coffee Roasters. They make meticulous pour over coffee as well as top-notch baroque drinks like the Palmetto Hipster Mocha. Coffee drinkers can grab fresh baked pastries and check out their Bearded Cafe-themed horoscopes when they visit.
Coffee Brewed With Care
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Jack of Cups Saloon

Folly Beach
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Jack of Cups Saloon, Folly Beach, South Carolina
Beers and Red Curry Mac and Cheese by the Beach
This tarot-themed bar and restaurant is the perfect fit for Folly Beach: unpretentious, fun, and friendly. Their beer list runs the gamut from basic to craft, and the creative food menu takes inspiration from Thai, Indian, and Japanese cuisine.
Beers and Red Curry Mac and Cheese by the Beach
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Stems and Skins

North Charleston
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Stems and Skins, North Charleston, South Carolina
Park Circle Wine Bar for "Fresh & Freaky Ferments"
Just a short trip away from downtown Charleston, Stems and Skins is one of the area's best wine bars. The Park Circle spot focuses on natural wines, which means the menu sees frequent changes; it includes vermouths and sherries as well. Classic cocktails and beers are also on offer along with a menu of Mediterranean-style small plates and snacks.
Park Circle Wine Bar for "Fresh & Freaky Ferments"
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Tricera Coffee

Charleston
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Tricera Coffee, Charleston, South Carolina
Sweet Coffee Shop on George Street
Tricera's owners opened this downtown cafe after growing their fanbase through their James Island roastery, Cup. It's no surprise, then, that Tricera's coffee shines, from its excellent iced coffee to its signature saffron latte. Don't skip out on the food, though: their breakfast burritos with chili sauce are great, and you can choose from a range of waffle options.
Sweet Coffee Shop on George Street
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Cane Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen

Charleston
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Cane Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina
Caribbean Escape on East Bay Street
Cane's chef and owner Paul Yellin grew up on Barbados, and he drew on his experience while putting the bar and restaurant: the menu is full of Caribbean dishes, and the space is decked out with palms, corrugated metal, and bamboo. Another Barbados-inspired touch? The heavy presence of rum at Cane. The bar houses bottles from across the wold, and the drinks menu serves classic rum-centric cocktails like Zombies and Painkillers alongside more creative concoctions.
Caribbean Escape on East Bay Street
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The Daily

Charleston
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The Daily, Charleston, South Carolina
Coffee, Pastries, and Other Provisions
The Daily is hard to describe: they serve Stumptown coffee and fresh juices, but they also sell cheese, local produce, and dry goods, not to mention a great selection of wine and beer. Oh, and you can pick up some arty magazines from their newsstand, too. This sister property to Butcher & Bee has been a hit since it opened, for caneles and croissants, avocado toast and breakfast tacos. Check their schedule for wine tastings, pop-up dinners, and more.
Coffee, Pastries, and Other Provisions
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Refresquería El Manantial

Compostela
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Refresquería El Manantial, Compostela, Mexico
Refresquería El Manantial
Refresquería El Manantial feels a bit like an old-fashioned soda shoppe and sells next-level raspados loaded with every topping imaginable, from syrupy fruit to chocolate sauces and condensed milk. It's become a chain and stores can be found up and down the western coast of Mexico, but the original is the pride of Compostela.
Refresquería El Manantial
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The Icelandic Horse Park Fákasel

South
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The Icelandic Horse Park Fákasel, South, Iceland
Icelandic Horses
Feeding apples to the Icelandic Horses
Icelandic Horses
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Casal Do Frade

Aldeia Do Meco
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Casal Do Frade, Aldeia Do Meco, Portugal
Beautiful tranquil setting for country inn
Just outside Sesimbra is this great boutique hotel in a country setting with the most wonderful service. The owners have another location in Brazil so half the time in Portugal and the other time in Brazil, carefully crafted to avoid winters. Every detail has been tended to, the pool is in a field with a large open cabin to lounge and read after a good swim. They also have an incredible library in the main house. It is family friendly as well as a great escape for couples.
Beautiful tranquil setting for country inn
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Zion National Park

Springdale
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Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah
Canyon Trip
Flew from Charlotte NC to Dallas Texas. Traveled from Dallas Texas by rental car to Utah where we visited, Las Vegas, Zion Natural Park, Brice Canyon and Grand Canyon Arizona where we then drove back to Dallas to catch our flight back to Charlotte and then drove home to Lynchburg, VA. Could have spent 5 days in each place, next time will do so! Was a wonderful adventure.
Canyon Trip
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Highland Tavern

Denver
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Highland Tavern, Denver, Colorado
good bar in Denver
Good bar snacks, good cocktails and lots of beer options. Liked the neighborhood bar type feel too! Walking distance (2 miles?) to Coors Field. Try it.
good bar in Denver
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Island Scoops

Honolulu
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Island Scoops, Honolulu, Hawaii
Island Scoops
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Island Scoops
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Waiola Shave Ice

Honolulu
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Waiola Shave Ice, Honolulu, Hawaii
Waiola Shave Ice
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Waiola Shave Ice
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Bacara Resort & Spa

Santa Barbara
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Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, California
A Dreamy Beach Resort in Santa Barbara
Bacara Spa and Resort feels secluded for a reason: it sits on 78 oceanfront acres on the North end of Santa Barbara. You can hear the waves crash from your bed if you stay toward the lower end of the property and their newly opened restaurant Angel Oak has views of the water. Much of the resort has the sort of classic, SoCal Spanish Colonial vibes and many rooms have fireplaces. Don't miss the exceptional massages at the spa, 42,000 square feet of hot tubs, eucalyptus steam rooms, and areas to relax in.
A Dreamy Beach Resort in Santa Barbara
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P'yote Bar

Los Cabos
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P'yote Bar, Los Cabos, Mexico
Great mescal drinks
The P'yote Bar has amazing, tasty mescal cocktails -- try the one with cactus juice. That alone is worth the recommendation, but they also have a piano player that does a mean rendition of 'Summertime', and that's just icing on the creme brulee.
Great mescal drinks
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El Marinero Borracho (the Drunken Sailor)

La Playa
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El Marinero Borracho (the Drunken Sailor), La Playa, Mexico
Great Seafood in a quiet place
El Marinero Borracho is off a small marina in the playita area of Cabo San Lucas, a quieter, developing area where neighborhood dogs still run about and bark at cars. It's well worth the trip, however -- it's a local place, with local prices and great good. Try the "Taco Chino" or a generously portioned bowl of ceviche made from fresh catch of the day. The drinks are correspondingly stiff and voluminous.
Great Seafood in a quiet place
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Lover's Cove and "the Mushroom"

La Paz
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Lover's Cove and "the Mushroom", La Paz, Mexico
Swim with playful sea lions off La Paz
The waters off the bay of La Paz are full of reefs and wildlife. A local sea lion colony is very accustomed to snorkelers, and will swim right out to you and "play" with you -- if you turn circles in the water, they'll mimic you! We had a great time swimming with these friendly creatures and watching them blow bubbles, play with pieces of seaweed, and bark and squabble with each other.
Swim with playful sea lions off La Paz
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Island Cat Baja

La Paz
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Island Cat Baja, La Paz, Mexico
Beautiful day out on the water
You start from the marina in La Paz, a quiet town two-hours' drive from Cabo, and board the beautiful Island Cat itself -- a gorgeous and well-appointed catamaran with a diverse crew, including on-board dive master and marine biologist. Snacks and open bar are served on board as you cruise out to the Sea of Cortez, and many excursions are available, from snorkeling with whale sharks to swimming on remote and beautiful islands. Terry, the owner, is fantastic -- friendly, responsive, and all-around great guy. A freshly prepared lunch is served on board and you can spend your way swimming, kayaking, enjoying the local sealife, and just relaxing on the water. A lovely experience.
Beautiful day out on the water
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Niparaya Bar

Los Cabos
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Niparaya Bar, Los Cabos, Mexico
Niparaya Bar in JW Marriott
If you find yourself out on the playita and looking for a quiet experience away from the party atmosphere of the rest of Cabo, you could do worse than to stop by the Niparaya Bar, where they serve an extensive array of mescals and wines and live music is a staple.
Niparaya Bar in JW Marriott
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Koi Sushi

San José Del Cabo
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Koi Sushi, San José Del Cabo, Mexico
Fresh Sushi in Cabo
Koi Sushi was a recommendation from a local expat, and a very good one it turned out to be. There are actually two in the area -- one inside a Walmart near Cabo San Lucas, and the other in a small court off the main drag in downtown San Jose del Cabo. It's a small, unassuming place where the sushi is easily the equal of any I've eaten elsewhere in the world. Instead of ordering off the menu, you can ask the chefs to make you rolls or sashimi with catch of the day, which seems to be the better option as we got many inventive dishes this way.
Fresh Sushi in Cabo
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JP's The Trailer Park Restaurant/Restaurante Los Cabos / Cabo San Lucas

El Tezal
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JP's The Trailer Park Restaurant/Restaurante Los Cabos / Cabo San Lucas, El Tezal, Mexico
Awesome food at great prices at JP's Trailer Park Restaurant
JP's Trailer Park restaurant is, in fact, in a trailer park, and is located right next to the trailer park's swimming pool, off the main highway that runs between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose (Highway 1). The food is awesome -- a much different experience than what you'll get elsewhere in Cabo. I was referred to this place by some expats, who recommended the steak, but since I came for lunch I opted for the baked fish instead. Portions are huge and all the food is cooked to perfection. It's more of a locals and expats place, and gets lively after 5pm. Well worth a stop.
Awesome food at great prices at JP's Trailer Park Restaurant
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Tiki Bar

Cabo San Lucas
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Tiki Bar, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Sushi at Tiki Bar
Tiki Bar is located on the Cabo Marina -- just walk along the main drag and you can't miss it (actually there are two of them on the Marina, but the one facing the water has the better view). It serves the ubiquitous 5-dollar margaritas and also a surprisingly smart and delicious assortment of sushi, made with fresh catches of the day. It seems to be a bit of an expat bar, as the televisions airing Fox News can attest to. A good place to get out of the Cabo heat and relax.
Sushi at Tiki Bar
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Huerta Los Tamarindos

Ánimas Bajas
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Huerta Los Tamarindos, Ánimas Bajas, Mexico
Tasty Organic Food at Los Tamarindos
Driving out to Los Tamarindos (the restaurant located at Huerta Los Tamarindos, an organic farm close to Flora Farms out past San Jose del Cabo) was done through a maze of unpaved dirt roads and small villages, but it was well worth the trip. The restaurant serves fresh, smart organic fare -- a good alternative from the usual Cabo offerings, and in full view of the working farm from which the food originates. Portions are generous (try the pork loin or the Pescado de Ajillo made with the catch of the day) and the drinks are nothing to sneeze at, either.
Tasty Organic Food at Los Tamarindos
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JW Marriott Los Cabos

Los Cabos
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JW Marriott Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico
JW Marriott
Out in the quiet, developing area past San Jose del Cabo on the playita sits the JW Marriott, a quiet resort with a private beach, away from the bustle and touristy trappings of the two cities. Designed to blend into the natural surroundings of sun-bleached sands and profoundly blue sea, the resort consists of countless infinity pools and a good selection of tasty restaurants and smart, sophisticated bars. Don't let the Spartan front exterior fool you - the JW is a tranquil and luxurious alternative to the party atmosphere of the rest of Cabo.
JW Marriott
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