Collected by Jack MacDonough, AFAR Local Expert
Jack MacDonough′s Wishlist
355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
If their New American–style brunch and dinner menus don’t tempt you to Bar Agricole, in SOMA, maybe their recent James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program will. Cocktails run at $11 across the board, and head bartenders Thad Vogler...
4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Located in a former orange grove, LGO is a neighborhood gem of a grocery store, café, pizzeria, wine shop, music store, and more. Parking is limited, so be patient or go by bike. If you come for lunch, try the Rocket Man pizza, topped with Fresno...
2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
The Arizona Biltmore resort was built in 1929. One of the first and still one of the finest resorts in Phoenix, it remains a unique architectural gem. Frank Lloyd Wright was the consulting architect, and his work has been well maintained. The...
Lizard Island, Cairns QLD 4871, Australia
At Lizard Island, luxurious amenities meet an ecologically diverse island paradise. The sole resort on the island, the exclusive spot features 40 rooms as well as 24 private beaches, all but guaranteeing your own pristine sliver of paradise....
Beal Rd, Calipatria, CA 92233, USA
The technicolor mound in the middle of the barren Imperial Valley desert is a quirky manifestation of Leonard Knight’s mission to spread the message of Love after discovering Jesus at age 35 in 1967. Salvation Mountain is a three-story mural...
4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Opened in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is tops. The incredible horticultural displays include an English Woodland Garden, a 14-acre Japanese garden, a fantastic home gardening demonstration garden, and specific gardens dedicated to roses,...
7637 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105, USA
Am I really in St. Louis, or in a little bistro in Paris? Bar Les Frères is a tiny, romantic spot in a former shoe repair shop on Wydown Boulevard serving, among other dishes, savory soufflés and tarts, cassoulet, classic cocktails, and great...
700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
The St. Louis Cardinals have won the World Series 11 times over their long history. Their Busch Stadium is brand new, and even if you are in town when the Cardinals are not playing, a visit is in order. The tour costs $10 for adults and $6 for...
7726 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105, USA
One of the best sushi restaurants in St. Louis, Tani Sushi Bistro is also a fantastic bar. Offering traditional and fusion-style sushi as well as traditional Japanese cuisine, the restaurant is a great addition to the city. In the same building...
1 Theatre Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA
The Muny is St. Louis's famous permanent outdoor theater, located in the middle of Forest Park. Opened in 1917, the Muny has long served the city with excellent shows every summer. Renovated and expanded upon many times over the years, the Muny's...
32 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
Bissinger's in the Central West End has long been serving St. Louisans as a fine hand-crafted chocolatier. Shop here (for gifts or for yourself) for truly fine chocolates in the old tradition. Bissinger's adheres to guidelines of the World Cocoa...
700 De Mun Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA
Local magazines and newspapers consistently vote Kaldi's the best coffeehouse and we can't argue. At this location, the delightful little corner shop offers inside or sidewalk seating, delicious coffee, pastries, wraps, burritos, and other...
Chumbe Island, Tanzania
In search of Zanzibar's best snorkeling, I learned of Chumbe Island Coral Park. Visitors to the protected coral reef are limited to those who stay on the small island. However, less expensive day trips can be arranged up to a few days in advance,...
Fun place to stay and experience Irish culture. Walk to the local pub for a pint. Listen to the music, traditional or folk. Stay for a while, the landscape outside the town is gorgeous and plentiful. Most travellers pass through for only a day so...
144 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
The Pabst is a beautiful seated theater that was modeled after the grand 19th-century European opera houses. It has excellent acoustics, and the staff is wonderful. They can book you as a small or big band, since the large space can be scaled down...
Lane No. 8, Gangotry Vihar, Nagwa, Lanka, Gangotri Vihar Colony, Nagwa Lanka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
We spent four days in Varanasi visiting the site of a facility designed by David Adjaye to be built by Nest for the artisan silk weavers of Varanasi. We left the hotel at 5:00 one morning to see sunrise on the Ganges.
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