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Rancho San Cristobal

Los Cabos
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Rancho San Cristobal, Los Cabos, Mexico
See the Sea from a Bike Saddle
Among the many outdoor activities to enjoy in Los Cabos, there's mountain biking. Outfitter Cabo Adventures provides all the gear, including bikes, along with a guide to lead the way among cactus-lined tracks in the Baja desert. From the topmost vantage point, it's possible to glimpse the Pacific. The excursion includes a stop at a hidden beach, which is followed by a Mexican lunch and tequila tasting. Experienced and novice cyclists alike are welcome. Photo: Alan Hood
See the Sea from a Bike Saddle

Pain D'Avignon Cafe Boulangerie

Barnstable
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Pain D'Avignon Cafe Boulangerie, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Come for the Bread, Stay for the Meal
Hidden down a nondescript side road close to the Hyannis airport is a boulangerie and cafe that has no equal on Cape Cod. The bread and buttery croissants will transport you to France immediately. The cafe serves European-style breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music on Wednesday nights. You'll find traditional French brasserie fare, but my suggestion is to find out what's local and order in that direction. My meal, 3 courses of local seafood, was one of the best I've had in a long time. The scallop ceviche tasted as light as a feather and perfectly fresh from the sea. Espresso will finish the meal and you'll be saying merci in no time.
Come for the Bread, Stay for the Meal

Hotel Gallo Tignale

Gardola
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Hotel Gallo Tignale, Gardola, Italy
TIgnale
We're staying in Tignale: lake + mountain and high quality hospitality, what else? Going for trekking right now!
TIgnale

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Dagon
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ကိုးထပ္ျကီးဘုရား, Dagon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
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Gravelly Point

Arlington
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Gravelly Point, Arlington, Virginia
Watch the Planes from Gravelly Point
Gravelly Point Park is a large, grassy knoll by the Potomac that sits directly north of Reagan National Airport. Locals flock here to catch close-up views of airplanes taking off and landing while enjoying biking paths, picnic benches, and top-notch views of the DC skyline. Those with a tight schedule can admire the planes swoop closely every few minutes in the comfort of their car from the free parking lot off George Washington Parkway.
Watch the Planes from Gravelly Point

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse

Arlington
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Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, Arlington, VA
Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse
The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse is a family-owned theatre that features movies and live entertainment. Set just outside of Washington, DC, it is housed in an Art Deco building that is over 70 years old with a rich history of showing movies for over five decades. Part of the venue's uniqueness is that the interior is set up with tables and large comfy chairs for food and drink service. The theater has long been known for showing second-run films, but has also become well known for presenting national and local live comedy acts.
Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

Oceanus Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas
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Oceanus Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Down in the Deep Blue Sea
There are lots of ways to see and experience the sea in Los Cabos: by air while parasailing; by land while riding horseback along the coast; and by boat while fishing. One of the more novel ways to experience the ocean, though, is via mini-sub. Never seen one? Visualize your own taxi-yello underwater scooter, with a big bubble helmet attached. Several outfitters in the area, including Cabo Tour Center and Oceanus, have mini-subs and lead guests on underwater excursions. Highlights of the warm-water cruise through the Sea of Cortéz include glimpses of exotic fish, manta rays, and seat turtles. No diving experience is needed. Photo: Bryan Ochalla/Flickr
Down in the Deep Blue Sea

Tequila

San José del Cabo
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Tequila, San José del Cabo, Mexico
Taste Test Tequila
Visitors who come to Tequila to eat--it is a restaurant, after all-- won't be disappointed. With caught-the-same-day seafood and beef, poultry, and vegetables sourced from Mexico, the menu offers plenty of delicious dishes, including a grilled seafood platter with shrimp, scallops, and octopus. But those in the know also visit Tequila to imbibe the spirit after which it's named; the restaurant has a bar stocked with more than 50 different kinds of tequila and bartenders more than willing to tell you about the similarities and differences among them all. The backdrop for all this is an oversized patio surrounded by fruit trees and the chef's herb garden. Smokers can take a turn through the walk-in humidor, featuring Cuban cigars that are impossible to get back in the U.S., but are perfectly legal in Mexico. Photo: Price Travel Pictures/Flickr
Taste Test Tequila

La Panga Antigua

San José del Cabo
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La Panga Antigua, San José del Cabo, Mexico
Splurge for Seafood
Guests know they have found La Panga Antigua when they arrive at a set of wooden doors, above which is hung the object for which the restaurant is named: an old wooden boat. The rustic exterior is complemented by exposed brick walls inside the dining area, which are illuminated softly by pressed tin lamps hanging from the ceiling. The effect? Romantic. The kitchen delivers, too. Its specialties are surf and turf, with more emphasis on the former, as is befitting of a restaurant in a seaside town. The menu always features several catch of the day specials, dressed up with locally-sourced herbs and vegetables. Photo: Giles Douglas/Flickr
Splurge for Seafood

Casa Museo La Chascona

Santiago
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Casa Museo La Chascona, Santiago, Chile
A poets home
Pablo Neruda is Chiles and one of Spanish literatures most known poets. He was a Nobel Prize winner and active in politics. He has three unique homes that can be visited in Chile. Each showing his personality, collections, humor, and poetry in life. For anyone interested in poetry, art, architecture, and chilean history La Chascona is worth a visit. While it may not be as large as his coastal Isla Negra home, it is just as interesting.
A poets home

Emporio La Rosa

Santiago
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Emporio La Rosa, Santiago, Chile
Delightful flavors, ice cream artistry
This ice cream parlor is know for its delicious and unique flavors. There are multiple locations around Santiago, my favorite is around the corner on Lastaria were the crowds are fewer and the servers more kind and patient. Like most places in Chile you pay first and then bring your ticket to the ice cream counter. Make sure to taste the flavors you think you want before they give you your final scoop. My favorite is chocolate orange, or on a hot day rose or lemon-mint-basil.
Delightful flavors, ice cream artistry

Una Página en el Sol

Puerto Vallarta
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Una Página en el Sol, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Browse for a Beach Read
A Page in the Sun opened over 20 years ago as Puerto Vallarta's first English-language bookstore. Over the years it has expanded to include a café serving coffee made from beans grown in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, as well as bakery treats like homemade bread and brownies. The store also hosts a number of events, including readings, poetry nights, and live music. But of course, books still remain the heart of the business, and visitors can find everything from the latest release to literary classics. Photo: Mingo Hagen/Flickr
Browse for a Beach Read

Cerro Santa Lucía

Santiago
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Cerro Santa Lucía, Santiago, Chile
A retreat in the middle of Santiago
Cerro Santa Lucia is a lovely park on a hill in the middle of the city. This Cerro is far smaller and more manageable to walk up than Cerro San Cristoba, and the vistas are of closer urban rooftops. The park itself offers multiple layers of gardens and rotating urban vistas. The park closes at sunset, and the best time to visit is just before sunset on a clear day. Be careful on the way up to the top as the stone stairs are old, uneven, and slippery even on a dry day. The upper garden is worth a visit and a wonderful retreat in the middle of the city.
A retreat in the middle of Santiago

Cementerio General

Santiago
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Cementerio General, Santiago, Chile
Cementerio General de Santiago
Cementerio General de Santiago is one of the largest cemeteries in South America. For those who enjoy strolling through cemeteries such as myself and find them a place of peace, memory, reflection, and honor for lives lived, this cemetery is no exception. For those interested in Chilean history this cemetery houses the tombs of nearly all chiles past presidents, multiple folk musicians, and the unmarked graves and memorials to those who disappeared during Pinochet's regime. These last two are both haunting and moving.
Cementerio General de Santiago

Malecon Boardwalk

Puerto Vallarta
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Malecon Boardwalk, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Up above the Boardwalk
The Malécon, or boardwalk, is one of Puerto Vallarta's most popular attractions. Besides its sunset views and the variety of sculptures and public art installations found along its path, visitors are also compelled to not just stroll "down on the boardwalk," but to look high above, it too. There, up in the air, are the voladores de Papantla, or the Papantla flyers. Also called the birdmen of Papantla, these performers enact a ritual invoking wishes for an abundant harvest that dates back more than 1,500 years. The flyers fling themselves from the top of the pole, each spinning 13 times around it before reaching the ground. All the while, one man remains atop the pole, playing music on a flute. The free performance is held each night along the Malécon. Photo: Larry Lamsa/Flickr
Up above the Boardwalk

Uncle Fletch

Santiago
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Uncle Fletch, Santiago, Chile
Burgers and Brews
Santiago has a surprising number of places serving top notch burgers and craft beers. Uncle Fletch is one such establishment. In the bustling neighborhood of Bella Vista Uncle Fletch offers a wide range of burgers with mountains of topping choices. There are also many craft brews for a wide range of tastes.
Burgers and Brews

Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes

Santiago
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Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile
An Intimate Museum of Art
This museum showcases artwork by chilean artist. The museum space is intimate with small galleries rotating out from a large two story glass roofed hall. I particularly enjoy the changing photography selection on the basement level. Depending on the day and time the museum is often free for visitors, but like many museums it is closed on Mondays.
An Intimate Museum of Art

WOOD Handcrafted Pizza

Los Angeles
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WOOD Handcrafted Pizza, Los Angeles, California
Keep Your Eye On The (Pizza) Prize At Wood
You’ll notice something when you walk into Silver Lake’s Wood Handcrafted Pizza. The chairs that circle the tables are a dark slate, and the white walls further illuminate a space where sun-filled windows are plentiful. It’s not until the menu, a mix of fresh Italian cuisine that seems almost plucked from a family kitchen there, is in front of you that you’ll figure it out: The food brings color to this place. It’s not that the restaurant is bare; rather, its clean lines enhance your attention on the variegated ingredients, and the mirrored tables only add to that effect. Wood’s Neapolitan-style pizzas are grouped into three categories: rose, bianche, and vegan, and they’re all made in a wood-burning oven that takes only 90 seconds to complete the task. And while you may initially want to stick with one 12-inch pie to conquer, this selection begs to be shared. Start with the acciughe di Italia, a pizza layered with Parmesan, basil, mozzarella, anchovies, and extra virgin olive oil. Then, cut a slice from the lamb sausage pizza, which is topped with fresh and smoked mozzarella, pickled red onions, mint, grape tomatoes, and ricotta. Salads and vegetable sides can fill in the empty corners of the table – like crispy Brussels sprouts in a pomegranate molasses or the melon and prosciutto salad tossed in arugula – alongside sweet flavors of San Pellegrino, of course. Pizza hardly requires a second glance, but here, it gets even more of the attention it deserves.
Keep Your Eye On The (Pizza) Prize At Wood

Benevento Jazz Café

Santiago
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Benevento Jazz Café, Santiago, Chile
Lovely cafe and lively music
This Jazz Cafe offers great espresso drinks, delicious "menu of the day" options, and weekly live music. The "menu of the day" usually includes 1. Fresh juice, 2. Soup, and 3. a choice of either a vegetarian plate, meat plate, or pasta option. The atmosphere of this lovely local cafe makes it a great place to linger with friends or over a good book and hot drink.
Lovely cafe and lively music

Cruceros Princesa.

Puerto Vallarta
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Cruceros Princesa., Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Tale a Day Tour by Boat
Sunset sails are a popular activity in Puerto Vallarta, and with good reason; dusk is unfailingly beautiful here. What many travelers don't know, however, is that a number of day excursions set sail from the port. Some of these cruise around Banderas Bay, trawling the same circuit as the evening sails. Others set their sights on farther-flung destinations, such as the island of Pizola, or take guests on full-day trips that include snorkeling and lunch. Cruceros Princesa is one of several tour operators that offer these day trips. Photo: Melissa Wentarmini/Flickr
Tale a Day Tour by Boat

La Cigale

Puerto Vallarta
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La Cigale, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
French Flavor in Puerto Vallarta
No one travels to Puerto Vallarta for its French food, but if they're craving something different after tasting their way through the port city's tacos and tortas, they may be pleasantly surprised by just how good the comida francesa is at La Cigale. The French style bistro, open for lunch and dinner, evokes Paris, from its design and decor to its menu. The latter includes the usual suspects, such as French onion soup, as well as some dishes that may be a particular surprise, given the location, including escargot. Photo: Kojach/Flickr
French Flavor in Puerto Vallarta

Unique ATV Tours

Puerto Vallarta
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Unique ATV Tours, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
From River to Jungle on a "Rhino" Tour
The "Rhino" is an off-road vehicle, the deluxe version of a standard ATV. On their "Rhino Tour" of Puerto Vallarta, outfitter Unique ATV Tours takes guests along the Río Cuale and into the jungle for two different experiences of the local terrain. Along the way, guides point out native flora and fauna. Once in the jungle, members of the tour stop at a "secret" bar for drinks and a dip in a river-fed pool, framed by photo-op views of the jungle. The excursion also includes a tequila tasting and an explanation of how the Mexican spirit is made. Photo: Clint Tseng/Flickr
From River to Jungle on a "Rhino" Tour

Gokyo, Nepal

Khumjung
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Gokyo, Nepal, Khumjung, Nepal
Early Morning Yak Encounter
We woke the day after crossing the Renjo La pass to find this nosy fellow outside our chilly guesthouse. His coat was appropriate for the temperature and his blood perfectly adapted for life above 4,000 meters. If only we were so naturally acclimatized to the Himalaya.
Early Morning Yak Encounter

Skydive Puerto Vallarta

Valle de Banderas
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Skydive Puerto Vallarta, Valle de Banderas, Mexico
Skydive over the Sea
Granted, it's not every traveler's idea of a fun vacation activity, but there are people for whom skydiving in the destinations they travel to is an important tick-mark on the bucket list. For visitors who need that up-in-the-air adrenaline rush, Skydive Vallarta can facilitate it. Their instructors, who do tandem jumps with customers, have more than 18 years of experience and more than 12,000 jumps under their belts. Dives take place over Puerto Vallarta's bay, from a height of 9,000 feet, and finish off with a sandy beach landing. Photo: wontolla-gdl/Flickr
Skydive over the Sea

The Peony Pavilion

Princeton
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The Peony Pavilion, Princeton, New Jersey
A Peony in Princeton
As a college town, Princeton has its share of diners and dives that are budget-friendly, but there aren't as many places that strike the sweet spot of being classy and affordable. Peony Pavilion, celebrating its one year anniversary in November 2014, is one of them. Peony Pavilion's menu is inspired by Korea, Thailand, Japan, and China, and its extensive menu offers plenty of choices, from tom yum soup to an eight-course omakase tasting. Lunch is a bargain, especially for guests who order one of the bento box options. The restaurant also serves dim sum. Photo: Hisakazu Watanabe/Flickr
A Peony in Princeton

The Back Abbey

Claremont
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The Back Abbey, Claremont, California
Craft Brew 'n Home-Grown Burgers
The Back Abbey is one of our favorite burger gastropubs in the Los Angeles area. It's in the quaint Claremont village and has some excellent outdoor seating. The craft beer selection is fantastic and mostly from local breweries. And the burgers, well they rival the best from the city. We'd venture to say they're better than Father's Office (shocking I know).
Craft Brew 'n Home-Grown Burgers

Folegrandos

Folégandros
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Folegrandos, Folégandros, Greece
Slow down in Folegandros
If you're looking to go real remote, Folegrandos is the island to do it. Although this island isn't fully developed for the tourism industry, the slow lifestyle is ultimately part of its charm. Here you'll find wild coastline interspersed with tiny white homes clustered cliff-side, terraced fields for farming, and endless white beaches. Come here if you need some downtime, especially if you're looking to meet some friendly locals. (Photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/7930283@N04/4321745764/)
Slow down in Folegandros
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