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Kata Beach

Karon
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Kata Beach, Karon, Thailand
Phuket King's Cup Regatta
This international yachting competition has been an annual race since 1987. One of the most anticipated sporting events in the region, the King's Cup attracts boaters and spectators, and turns Kata Beach into a week-long nautical party. In 2014, it runs November 30 - December 6. Photo by Photographer Sergey.
Phuket King's Cup Regatta

World Trade & Convention Centre

Halifax
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World Trade & Convention Centre, Halifax, Canada
Hal-Con 2014
Since 2010, this fan-led sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and comic convention has been turning the streets of Halifax into the inside of a graphic novel. With special guest appearances, photo ops, autographs, and costumes, this annual event is fun for everyone. The 2014 edition runs November 7-9. Photo courtesy of Nathan Benjamin/Hal-Con.
Hal-Con 2014

Monumental Cemetery

Milan
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Monumental Cemetery, Milan, Italy
Stroll through peaceful cemetery
This Cemetery is full of beautiful sculptures and architecture. A peaceful escape from crazy city life.
Stroll through peaceful cemetery

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Toronto
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Luxurious Stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Toronto
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto opened in 2011 across the street from Roy Thomson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Explore nearby attractions or stay in: The spa uses local ingredients in its treatments. You can get a body scrub with Niagara lavender or Québec sage. From $395. 181 Wellington St. W., (416) 585-2500. This appeared in the September/October 2011 issue.
Luxurious Stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Toronto

Lido Restaurant

Richmond
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Lido Restaurant, Richmond, Canada
The Buttery Bliss of Lido's Pineapple Buns
First things first: there are no pineapples in the pineapple bun at Richmond’s famous Lido, no the pineapple refers to the appearance of the bun’s sugary crust. This is a Hong Kong-style cafe where Cantonese, British and North American food styles collide to create an authentic fusion dining experience. This is a fairly basic cafeteria-style joint, but their buns are the best in the city and sell out every day. I’d advise visiting off peak hours so you can soak up the atmosphere without a waitress trying to rush you out of your seat! As soon as you sit down order the pineapple bun with butter and prepare for an artery-clogging treat: sweet, buttery, warm, fluffy and oh so delicious. Pair it with a cup of the hot milk tea which is made with strong black tea and evaporated milk and finish with an egg tart. Heaven.
The Buttery Bliss of Lido's Pineapple Buns

Breakfast Club

Bishop
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Breakfast Club, Bishop, California
Best Breakfast
Established in 1986, this cow-themed restaurant is a local favorite serving American-style breakfasts every day, starting at 6 am. The pancakes and omelettes are specialties, and the biscuits are highly recommended. A great place to fuel up before hitting the slopes. Photo by Ray Bouknight/Flickr.
Best Breakfast

Mohegan Bluffs

New Shoreham
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Mohegan Bluffs, New Shoreham, Rhode Island
Biking to the Bluffs
Block Island is the quintessential New England beach town with all the charm of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard but half the tourists. In August, you'll swear you're somewhere in the Caribbean thanks to the turquoise waters, quiet beaches and unforgettable sunsets. For the perfect beach day, ride your bikes (a must-have on the island) to the Southeast Lighthouse and continue on to the Mohegan Bluffs, where you can walk down a scary set of stairs to reveal a gorgeous, secluded beach.
Biking to the Bluffs

Mt Snow

Dover
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Mt Snow, Dover, Vermont
Skiing the East Coast
Mount Snow is a great destination for a winter getaway that isn't too much of a trek from New York City. I love to stay in the quaint town of Wilmington, VT, which is a 15 minute drive to the mountain but has charming, mom-and-pop restaurants and businesses. The must-do's on my list are Dots for breakfast, a bloody mary at the mountain's 1900 grill to refuel for an afternoon of skiing, and apres-ski drinks at SILO - try the "A Snow Monkey in a Coconut Blizzard going Bananas" (yes, that's the real name) - for a delicious twist on a hot chocolate.
Skiing the East Coast

Convict Lake

Mammoth Lakes
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Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes, California
Fall Colors at Convict Lake
Convict Lake is known for spectacular colors in the autumn, and there's already a trail there so it's the perfect place for a hike. Because of the different elevations, the fall colors peak at different times throughout the area, but you're likely to get an eyeful around mid-October. Photo by Steve Corey/Flickr.
Fall Colors at Convict Lake

SkyTime

Mammoth Lakes
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SkyTime, Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Lakes From Above
For an unusual perspective on the region take a helicopter ride with SkyTime. The pilot grew up in the area, so he has a wealth of knowledge about the landscape and wildlife. Look out for elk, sheep, deer, and coyotes. Photo by Perfect Zero.
Mammoth Lakes From Above

Mammoth Dog Teams

Mammoth Lakes
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Mammoth Dog Teams, Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Mountain Mushing
Mammoth Dog Teams offers daytime and overnight tours, and there's also a Dogsled Dinner Ride that takes you along Minaret Vista on your way to dinner. You can meet up with the dog teams either at their place at Smokey Bear Flats off highway 395 or at the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Photo by kris krüg/Flickr.
Mammoth Mountain Mushing

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Lakes
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Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, California
Winter Sports at Mammoth Mountain
The Mammoth Mountain lodge offers everything you need to ski, snowboard, snowmobile, or snow tube—including rentals and lessons. With a summit of over 11,000 feet, Mammoth also offers an amazing view of the Sierra. Photo by John Lemieux/Flickr.
Winter Sports at Mammoth Mountain

Nevados

Mammoth Lakes
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Nevados, Mammoth Lakes, California
Fine Dining in Mammoth
Nevados serves high-end plates, and offers an optional set menu. The staff are friendly and welcoming. The restaurant has an extensive wine list, but there's also a bar onsite with a happy hour menu for lighter fare. Photo by waferboard/Flickr.
Fine Dining in Mammoth

District Wine

Long Beach
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District Wine, Long Beach, California
Welcoming Wine Bar
This wine bar is homey and friendly, and offers more than 30 wines by the glass, and over 300 bottles to buy. They also serve small plates and flat breads, and host a happy hour, even on Saturdays. Photo by Alex Brown/Flickr.
Welcoming Wine Bar

Agaves kitchen | tequila

Long Beach
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Agaves kitchen | tequila, Long Beach, California
Tequila Tastings
This lounge serves classic Mexican plates with a modern twist, and has 120 tequilas available. Check out their Happy Hour menu. Not your average Mexican restaurant. Photo by KittyKaht/Flickr.
Tequila Tastings

Long Beach Terrace Theatre

Long Beach
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Long Beach Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, California
The Nutcracker
This production of the Nutcracker is so popular, it has been playing every December for more than 30 years. With a full symphony orchestra, world-lass dancers, fireworks, and a horse, this is a spectacle in the best sense of the word. Photo by Gabriel Saldana/Flickr.
The Nutcracker

Long Beach Convention Center

Long Beach
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Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California
The Most Fun on Two Wheels
The annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show hits Long Beach in December. With free gear checks, exhibits from all major manufacturers, vendors, demos, and seminars, this is an enthusiast's dream. Photo by David/Flickr.
The Most Fun on Two Wheels

Harbor Breeze Cruises and Whale Watching

Long Beach
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Harbor Breeze Cruises and Whale Watching, Long Beach, California
Cruise Long Beach Harbor
Tour Long Beach Harbor for an up close and personal glimpse of dolphins, sea lions, and whales. This company also does special events, like the Hallowe'en "Boo Cruise" aboard the Harbor Breeze. Photo by Michele W/Flickr.
Cruise Long Beach Harbor

Auld Dubliner

Long Beach
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Auld Dubliner, Long Beach, California
Traditional Irish Music
Starting in October, the Auld Dubliner will be hosting traditional Irish music sessions every Sunday. Come for a pint or a meal. Photo by Ruth L/Flickr.
Traditional Irish Music

Rutas Por Marruecos, Marrakech hacia el Desierto 3 Dias noche en el Desierto

Marrakesh
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Rutas Por Marruecos, Marrakech hacia el Desierto 3 Dias noche en el Desierto, Marrakesh, Morocco
Rutas por Marruecos, Excursiones desde Marrakech al Desierto Paseo en Camellos
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Rutas por Marruecos, Excursiones desde Marrakech al Desierto Paseo en Camellos

betel nut farm

Lingshui
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betel nut farm, Lingshui, China
Try a Fresh Betel Nut
Lots of locals in Hainan chew Betel nut, a red seed that turns your teeth red. The effect of chewing betel is compared to nicotine or caffeine, or maybe chugging a Red Bull. The cultivation of betel nuts is fairly interesting–it grows on a creeper vine around a tall pole, in carefully maintained rows. The nut is usually wrapped with spices like cardamom, saffron, cloves, aniseed, turmeric, mustard or some kind of sweeteners. Alone it tastes like pepper and warms the inside of your mouth. Photo by .
Try a Fresh Betel Nut

Sunny Holiday Hotel

Lingshui
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Sunny Holiday Hotel, Lingshui, China
Local Hainanese Food
In XingCun Town, not too far from the Westin, there are a number of great local restaurants. Of course, you have to order Hainan Chicken, also called Wenchang Chicken, probably the most famous Hainan dish. Fresh fish and seafood are also obvious choices. Hainan food is otherwise fairly similar to the rest of the mainland, but lighter and less oily. As Blue Bay is far enough from Sanya that the food is inexpensive and authentic, not to mention delicious. Photo by sanfamedia.com .
Local Hainanese Food

Farm

Qiongzhong
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Farm, Qiongzhong, China
Down on the Farm
As you walk down the beach of Perfume Bay, you can see a number of rice farms just off the coast. No doubt they will be relocated as development continues in the area, so now is a great time to wander through. Definitely feel free to wander around a farm, though take care not to walk barefoot as worms in the water will ruin your holiday. If you're lucky, a farming family will invite you in for tea or some lunch. Please say yes, as you won't get a better chance to really experience Chinese daily life. Photo by Henning 48.
Down on the Farm

Boundary Island

Lingshui
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Boundary Island, Lingshui, China
Swim With the Sharks
There's nothing like seeing a whale shark for the first time. Their sheer size makes you feel so small and humble, like in the presence of a god from a Miyazaki movie. In Boundary Island, you have the option to feed or even swim with whale sharks. For just 60RMB, you can feed them shrimp, which is a funny experience, considering a car could fit in their mouths. The tank is a little small, but I think being hand-fed shrimp all day make up for it. Photo by candiche.
Swim With the Sharks

SeaTurtle911

Lingshui
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SeaTurtle911, Lingshui, China
Save the Sea Turtles
This is a remarkable place in Hainan. Founder Frederick Yeh studied in America, coming back to his native Hainan to find the sea turtles missing. He started Sea Turtles 911 as a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles. The facility is remarkable–it's a floating turtle hospital and nursery! There's a number of ways to volunteer, including a program to learn Chinese. Visit the link below for more information. Photo by Brocken Inaglory.
Save the Sea Turtles

Boundary Island

Lingshui
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Boundary Island, Lingshui, China
Boundary Island
Untouched by humans before the 1800s, Boundary Island wins my vote for most beautiful water in all of the Sanya coastline. Yes, it still has tourists, so skip the "submarine ride", which isn't worth the money. The diving/snorkeling there is phenomenal, but simply walking the beach is a joy. Photo by Zhangmoon618.
Boundary Island

Online Comminity

Brisbane
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Online Comminity, Brisbane, Australia
Online Community
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