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415 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI 54814, USA
Anchored off Sand Island, Lake Superior was a picture of calm and peacefulness as the sun began to set just before the Fourth of July. It was a perfect way to end the day - and quite a change from the storm that rocked us throughout the previous...
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4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
The Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis is a popular summer spot, but it also provides some of the best leaf-peeping around in the fall. The sailboats outside the band shell on Lake Harriet speak of lingering summer days, but the vivid leaves are a...
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12-16 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS, UK
While it's not the clandestine experience it claims to be (we didn't have to ask for the mayor like the website says), The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is a fun time beneath the Breakfast Club restaurant in Spitalfields. To enter, you walk through an...
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Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
The colorful Po Lin Monastery was built more than a century ago in the secluded mountains of Lantau Island. In 1993, the 112-foot-high bronze Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, was erected to face the monastery and north toward the...
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7485 Virgelle Ferry Rd N, Loma, MT 59460, USA
Eight miles of gravel road away from an already lonely stretch of highway in Central Montana, the Virgelle Mercantile Bed and Breakfast offers quiet comfort. Well, mostly quiet. If you choose to sleep outside in the sheep wagon or one of the...
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Northern Europe
Rarely have I felt as content as I did earlier this year, at a wonderful little retreat in Scotland called The Woodman’s Hut. Located inside popular Cairngorms National Park, it’s the choice accommodation at Lazy Duck Hostel, a farm and lodging...
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Point Lobos, California 93923, USA
This state natural reserve is a perfect highlight of Northern California's coast. Trails meander through trees, along the craggy coastline and down to tide pools. With California poppy's blooming, cypress trees clinging to rocks and aquamarine...
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39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, USA
In 1967, Tassajara (already a storied hot springs resort) became the first Zen monastery outside Japan. Run by the San Francisco Zen Center, the monastery is open to the public from May through September and closed the rest of the year for...
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19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
North of the little town of Point Reyes Station, the Marshall Store sits on the banks of Tomales Bay. I've been coming here for years after hiking or horseback riding or walking on the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. The place is super...
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Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
I found these railroad tracks straddling Puget Sound close to Picnic Point Park in Mukilteo. The park itself offers nice vistas of the sound and surrounding islands.
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1690 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
In Golden Gate Park, right off Ocean Beach, you'll find two historic Murphy windmills that have just been restored to their former working glory. The surrounding tulips and a picnic area make it a perfect pit-stop on your way to, or from, the...
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
It's hard to believe that I had lived in Marin for 13 years before learning about the Tourist Club on Mt. Tam. This past weekend my friends and I hiked from downtown Mill Valley, starting on the Dipsea Trail and following it to the Sun Trail,...
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
This is another place I immediately return to when I'm in the Bay Area. It's a cheese lover's temple! I loved this salad pictured that I had. It was also my first picture of San Francisco! I must say that the Mount Tam is one of my favourite...
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34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
Situated a block from the Canal St.-Martin in the 10th arrondissement, Du Pain et des Idées is your favorite corner bakery—only better. The owner, Christophe Vasseur, was named best boulanger in Paris in 2008, and for good reason....
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St Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD, UK
In the midst of bustling London a friend of mine surprised me with a gem of a place surrounding the picturesque ruins (walls, no roof) of a church. An intimate, romantic garden with–in case you didn't guess the picture–an INSECT hotel! Its...
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Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France
The location for the most charming scenes in the movie Amélie, this once-forgotten neighborhood is now a destination for the young and fun-loving. As soon as the weather turns warm, picnickers line the paths along this...
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Sidi Bouloukat Djemaa el fna 53 Sidi Bouloukate، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Described by writer Tahir Shah as the “greatest show on Earth,” no visit to Marrakech would be complete without a visit to the famous night market on the Djemaa el Fna. Arrive before sunset and park yourself at one of the...
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915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Fresa's Chicken al Carbon is an Austin-owned restaurant serving charcoal-grilled, locally raised chickens, freshly prepared tortas, salads, sides, homemade ice creams, aguas frescas, and a selection of beer and wine. The...
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219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
It’s easy to love Seattle and the benefits afforded by its diverse, dense, urban environment. However, like most big cities, on any given day in downtown Seattle, you can often be faced with the impacts of the hustle and bustle that goes along...
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4 North 2nd St, Cumberland Island, GA 32034, USA
If you want to go to a non-commercial private island, your best bet in the US is Cumberland Island. The Greyfield Inn is the only hotel and, in fact, the only business on the entire island. At the Carnegie owned mansion turned into a charming Inn,...
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915 Maunawili Rd, Kailua, HI 96734, USA
Visible from anywhere in Kailua-Kaneohe are the three peaks of Mount Olomana. The majestic peaks are named after a mythical Hawaiian warrior and offers more than spectacular views from all angles. To reach your destination from Honolulu you take...
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38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France
La Grande Épicerie is the food emporium for the Bon Marché department store. A definite spot to buy gourmet food for a picnic or for gifts to take home. It sells over 30,000 gourmet products including groceries, fresh produce, fish, wines and...
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287 Upper St, London N1 2TZ, UK
Everything at Ottolenghi is tiny and tasty with typical English charm. Apparently it's the home of "legendary flourless chocolate tea-cakes" as well as a variety of other little snacks. It's primarily take-away but there is one small table at the...
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Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
Strolling over the Pont des Arts, in spite of the tourists, and the cliché, bereted accordian player busquing for a Euro... even with the lovers buying locks to place on the fencing, and the nasal wail of the Bateaux Mouches loudspeakers floating...
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Having lived in London for many years and adoring markets, I can safely say I've spent time at many. Spitalfields used to be my favorite a few years ago, but with all the gentrification in the area, I feel it's lost its charm. Yes, Portobello is a...
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New York, NY, USA
Manhattan can, famously, feel like endless rows of apartment blocks and office towers for most of its length. At least above 14th Street, a regular grid of streets and avenues, bisected only by Broadway, has transformed the city into a dream for...
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113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Before the French Revolution, this park used to be the site of the Royal Palace. Today, the garden, which separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, is a place where Parisians and tourists stroll amid Rodin and Maillol statues or relax...
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1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA, UK
This year both of us desperately wanted to visit Provence in South France to witness the gazillion lavender farms. For some reason we could not, and boy were we disappointed. Not for long. Enter Mayfield Lavender Farm. This 25-acre farm is located...
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5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205, USA
Located near the entrance to SMU's campus, The Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. Its works date from the 10th to the 21st century, covering a thousand years of Spanish...
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2010 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art is an extraordinary museum located in the Dallas Arts District. See amazing artifacts from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. This guardian lion is an 18th-century bronze from Nepal....
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2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Named for Dallas-based billionaire entrepreneur (and sometime politician) Ross Perot and his wife, Marjorie, this engaging center is actually split into two campuses: one on the grounds of Fair Park in East Dallas, and the other in Victory Park,...
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1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Since its founding in 1903, the DMA (as locals call it) has grown to become one of the top 10 largest museums in the country, with a permanent collection of over 24,000 works culled from around the globe and spanning over 5,000 years of history....
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4123 Cedar Springs Rd #110, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
(note: Cedar Grove restaurant is formally known as Dish) Dish made a veritable splash upon entering Dallas' dining scene in 2009, and the fact that it's remained a culinary bright spot since is a testament to its fantastic reinventions. The...
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5750 E Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Central Market has a knack for making food fun and approachable, and their cooking school takes no less of an enjoyable approach. Every month, they schedule unique classes, with names like 'Beef University,' that cover topics ranging from beer and...
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1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
More than just an aquatic paradise, this facility also features creatures that roam the land, making it a wonderland for kids and adults alike. Check out all manner of beasts and fowl from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mundo Maya, or meet penguins from...
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1916 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204, USA
Dolly Python is a well-loved haunt for ladies and dudes who love to dress in the manner of a certain era. The vintage store stocks a lovingly selected assortment of blasts of the fashion past, including apparel, shoes and accessories for men and...
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1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
Ascension takes coffee in Dallas to another level. For starters, the staff is passionate about about it, and happy to chat with you. The space is also comfortable and relaxed, so it's easy to enjoy your cup of joe. The espresso is flavorful, and...
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2401 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Capitol Pub is another great adventure along North Henderson Avenue. I think it took me five hours to walk down this one short street... I ordered up a couple plates of Texas cheese, a pint of Revolver beer, and asked the barman to mix me...
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White Rock Creek Trail, Dallas, TX, USA
Located just around the corner from the Westin Park Central hotel is the White Rock Creek Trail, one of Dallas’ original hiking and biking trails. The trail connects North Dallas to the entry point of White Rock Lake and winds seven and a half...
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2104 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Brunch is a weekly event taken very seriously by Dallas locals, and Company Café is one of the best places to experience it. Their location on the Katy Trail is a fantastic people-watching spot and their food matches the atmosphere. Company Café’s...
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5360 W Lovers Ln #220, Dallas, TX 75209, USA
Rise Nº 1 is a neighborhood restaurant that serves up an impressive list of both sweet and savory soufflés. This would be my top pick for a romantic date night or for a girls’ night out. The interior of the restaurant makes you feel like you are...
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1717 McKinney Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Dallas celebrity chef Stephen Pyles’ new Texas-themed restaurant is full of personality. From the wall full of hysterical names of tiny Texas towns to the giant metal rattlesnake rolling through the dining room, the atmosphere boldly announces...
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2929 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
We have entered the age of the craft cocktail, and Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar delivers in this category big time. Beautiful containers of Belvedere punch sit behind the bar while southern attire clad bartenders chisel away at ice for their...
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4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205, USA
Located on the far north side of Dallas’ Knox-Henderson area, La Duni is known for its long list of Latin cocktails, including ultra fresh mojitos. If you are in the mood for a non-alcoholic beverage, they also have an extensive coffee menu and...
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1010 S Pearl Expy, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
The lines are long (expect to wait at least an hour) at this young barbecue joint tucked inside the Dallas Farmers' Market—but the tender, perfectly smoked meats are worth the wait says Daniel Vaugh, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. "They have...
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1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
When The Joule first opened in 2008, it was early into the regeneration of Dallas’ ghost-town-after-5-p.m. downtown. Today, following a two-year, multi-million-dollar renovation completed in late 2013, this is one of the main places drawing...
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2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
It seems wrong to call this Renzo Piano–designed complex a museum—it’s more like a “sculpture safari,” on which you get to experience the pieces in their intended habitat. Opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center...
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140 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164, USA
Come to Ft. Worth and experience the cattle drive. This town gets a bad rep but wandering around downtown made me reconsider.
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2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164, USA
When I arrived in Texas, my trusty travel counterpart informed me that we must do Texas the right way. What had that in tailed? Mechanical bulls, real bulls, and line dancing under a western saddle disco ball. No matter where we went, every single...
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Fort Worth, TX, USA
Full of ceremony, history, and the western culture and hospitality for which it has become known, the annual Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is one of those events that immediately immerses you in the culture of a city or region. The opening of the...
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52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...