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Alberta 5, Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0, Canada
Banff and Jasper are top of mind when it comes to Alberta's Great Outdoors. Travelers flock to Moraine Lake by the busload for postcard-perfect snaps and zip through the province's northern parks on the trail of grizzlies, elk, and moose. Waterton...
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211 Bear St # 213, Banff, AB T1L 1E4, Canada
Best known by locals for its stunning views of the Canadian Rockies (nab a seat by the giant windows to make other diners jealous!), the Bison’s best-kept secret is its addictive dinner and Sunday brunch menus. Chefs Liz and Kirk are...
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1 Whitehorn Rd, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
While famous for its namesake and black diamond ski runs, Lake Louise Resort has plenty to keep visitors happy even when the snow has melted. The main lodge – a log cabin built entirely from local trees - greets visitors who come for the 14-minute...
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Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Nestled at the base of the Valley of the 10 Peaks, Moraine Lake boasts turquoise waters that change color throughout the day as sunlight refracts off the minuscule particles of glacier-ground rock suspended within. Though it has a B-list rating...
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2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
You can take your pick of tasty Mexican food in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, but if you’re looking for some of the best huevos rancheros, tortas, and enchiladas, head to La Torta Gorda on 24th Street. Opened in 2002 by Armonda...
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300 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J2, Canada
Up a quiet mountain road in Banff is the 346-room Rimrock Resort Hotel. This unpretentious, comfortable mountain luxury property is the perfect place to unwind after a day of hiking or to spend an evening wining and dining. A variety of room...
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Livade, Croatia
On the steep hills above the truffle-obsessed town of Livade in central Istria, Croatia, a man named Vlado Tomažič makes olive oil on his family’s farm. When my husband and I rented the apartment, Casa Maršić (casamarsic.com), adjacent to the...
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10036 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Fran's Chocolates is a must-visit for chocoholics. The upscale and handmade truffles, caramels, and more make for a perfect gift—though be sure to treat yourself too! The salted caramel is to die for; or buy one of the assortments to sample a...
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1663 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Talk about local: Once near closing time, Chef Nina Gann came out of the kitchen to offer the table a honeysuckle ice cream she just whipped up using flowers picked from across the street. A farm-to-table restaurant just up the 17th Street hill on...
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300 Delaware St, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
Nestled into a corner building just off the historic City Market, The Farmhouse specializes in farm-to-table, mostly organic ingredients in classic American dishes—some of which come directly from the Farmer’s Market across the street. On the...
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900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
2013 James Beard Best Chef Midwest winner Colby Garrelts heads Bluestem, an unassuming boutique restaurant in the Westport neighborhood south of downtown. The best way to enjoy Chef Garrelts’ wares is the five course menu, which gives you...
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1900 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
One of Kansas City’s four James Beard Best Chef Midwest winners, Michael Smith operates both Michael Smith and its sister restaurant, Extra Virgin, in the same building in the Crossroads District. Michael Smith is a full menu restaurant, offering...
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1700 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Up a small hill in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood, you’ll know the Blue Bird Bistro by the blue front with the yellow door on the corner of 17th and Summit. Everything is locally sourced, and the Blue Bird is one of the most vegetarian...
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1610 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Not only does Anton’s have one of the most extensive beer menus in Kansas City, owner Anton Kotar is committed hormone and antibiotic free meats and grass-fed beef. Steaks are aged in house, and cut to order. The menu changes frequently, but...
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1819 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Look for the Orange “E” between 18th and 19th on McGee Street for a divine chocolate experience. Christopher Elbow’s bold flavors don’t overpower the chocolate, but each different piece is a new experience. Linger on the painted artistry before...