Collected by Rob Dalton
Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, USA
Kauai's Hanalei Bay may be one of the most magical places on the planet. I swear some of the locals start paddleboarding at sunrise and don't come back in until sundown. I've paddleboarded in calm waters, but this was my first time trying to...
1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
I spent a few fun hours with my five-year-old at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga the other week. It's a great day trip from Nashville (or, I guess, Atlanta, although they have their own incredible aquarium). I was really impressed with the...
3315 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA
When a client of mine told me that these were the best macaroons she's had since leaving Paris, I had to go try them out. I've yet to go to France, but these are definitely the best macaroons I've eaten. They can be found at Renaud's in Santa...
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
The Drake Hotel is quite the institution. Not only can one sleep, eat, and booze there, but live music, talks, plays, and so on also take place in its bowels. Recently, Hedwig and the Angry Inch had a small run—something I was rather sad to...
2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
If you go to Hawaii a number of times in your lifetime, be sure to stay at The Royal Hawaiian at least once. At the luxury end of accommodation, the hotel was recently renovated and looks magnificent. We stayed in a garden room and whilst at the...
313 1/2 N Second Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
This breathtaking natural wildlife preserve is just a part of everyday life for the residents of Alpena, Michigan, as it winds through town bordered by running paths draped in weeping willows. Take a kayak out with Erin Riopelle, who started her...
1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1T1, Canada
Mont Tremblant is groomed on four sides of the mountain. Some complain the resort overly grooms, but these tend to be powder hounds who grew up skiing on Coastal or Rocky mountains. Either way its 875 meters of vertical and 95 trails, some of...
1338-8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2, Canada
Spend the day in swim trunks (regardless of the time of year) at World Waterpark, located inside the West Edmonton Mall. Not only does this aqua playground lay claim to the world's largest indoor wave pool, but it features more than 17 slides and...
162 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2, Canada
Shake the snow off your skis, stamp your boots a couple of times and be transported to a bit of history and some of the area’s best pizzas. Unless, of course, you've made Blue Mountain Village a summer getaway—then go for a patio table or an...
880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Located near the airport on Harbor Island Drive, C Level boasts one of the best views of San Diego's skyline. Go for happy hour—served on weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—when you can order $6 appetizers. The rice paper-wrapped prawns and the...
1548 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
A 2.5 hour tour of Mission Bay in a kayak is even better on a full moon. And, if you go during the summer months, you will get a front seat viewing of the nightly fireworks that go off at Sea World right there over the bay. I did this a couple...
30 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122, USA
The Sandía Mountains rise to over 10,000 feet behind Albuquerque. From the top, the view over New Mexico is unparalleled: on a clear day, your eyes can take in eleven thousand square miles--almost one-tenth of the state! The quickest way up is the...
8050 Academy Rd NE #101, Albuquerque, NM 87111, USA
Someone sent me a YouTube of a restaurant called Tim's ,the friendliest restaurant. After watching about Tim and his hugs restaurant I decided my son Matthew should visit it. Thus was the basis for what became a 13 day Mother-Son American South...
Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Center Drive, Fairlane Plaza, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA
Many hotels strive for excellence, but The Henry, an Autograph Hotel in Dearborn, MI, actually achieves what might be close to the vision of Henry Ford. Located close to both downtown Detroit and The Henry Ford Museum, The Henry is a a Marriott...
3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
I know that most people think little of Detroit, Michigan as a getaway destination, but it was during a brief visit to the city that I learned of the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor folk art installation that brings purpose and life to a few urban...
754 Silica Rd NW, George, WA 98848, USA
We were lucky enough to see Phish on a gorgeous August day at the Gorge Amphitheatre, which overlooks the Columbia River in central Washington. The Gorge is one of the most stunning places in the U.S. to see a show, and as the sun sets over the...
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