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Marcella’s Denver

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Marcella’s Denver
Marcella’s Denver
Inspired by and named after a Tuscan woman, the original Marcella’s opened in Columbus, Ohio, before branching out twice in that city and expanding to this Denver location in September 2017. Marcella's has successfully imported a warm and comfortable atmosphere and lots of great Italian dishes to Denver's LoHi neighborhood. Starters, or antipasti, include a range of charcuterie and cheese options, and vegetable choices from warmed olives to a Sicilian caponata. For entrees, the kitchen serves ten types of pizza (including a sausage pie with a bit of a kick), classic pasta dishes, and specialties like a recommended Chianti-braised beef short rib. The signature favorite meatball—made from veal and beef that measures about the size of a grapefruit—is braised for four hours in fresh tomato sauce and is, as advertised, richly flavorful and tender.
Marcella’s Denver
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Jovanina's Broken Italian

Denver
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Jovanina's Broken Italian, Denver, Colorado
Jovanina's Broken Italian
A key component to the mastery of a skill is knowing when to break the rules. As its name implies, Jovanina’s Broken Italian breaks away from the traditional rules and expectations of Italian cuisine with the measured confidence of a master. Owners Jennifer and Jake Linzinmeir bring years of restaurant experience, both in the kitchen and in management, to Jovanina's, which allows them to find an approachable balance of new flavors and classic dishes to the menu. The airy ground-floor space feels festive, with whitewashed brick walls along one side and a bar running the length of the other; a downstairs wine-bar dining area has a quieter, more intimate vibe. Try any of the handmade pasta specials or go with the favorite: a brick-oven pizza topped with fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella, and caramelized onions
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Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant

Denver
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Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant, Denver, Colorado
Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant
Buckhorn Exchange, as much a museum as a restaurant, was founded in 1893 by a man who rode with Buffalo Bill. The restaurant's walls are hung with historical photographs and taxidermy animal trophies, among them a two-headed calf. Glass museum cases display western artifacts, including 125 guns. The walls are painted red, the tablecloths are red-checked and diners are seated Perhaps not surprisingly, the steakhouse menu offers a wide range of game dishes, with daily specials that can run to the exotic, like rattlesnake. Make a reservation, and show up early to enjoy the wild west style lounge and bar on the second floor. You’ll really feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
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Pyramids of Meroë

River Nile
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Pyramids of Meroë, Sudan
Unlikely Encounter with the Forgotten Pyramids of Meroë
A last minute weekend adventure trip organized through a tour company in Dubai, landed me in Khartoum in March. Despite losing A/C in our minibus on the 4+ hour drive in 40C/104F heat to the pyramids site and encountering a sandstorm that engulfed us while we camped in the desert (and blew my tent over), seeing the Forgotten Pyramids of Meroë was an adventure I would not quickly give back. We approached the UNESCO Heritage site as the sun sat low in the sky and were greeted by children sprinting toward us with their trinkets and mini sandstone pyramids to sell. Camels and their owners trotted in line as well to offer us a ride, but in the evening, our group opted for a walk through the sand to be among the pyramids' curiously steep walls. While taking in the moments, we tried to given attention to the ancient carvings and paintings in the stones before the sun dropped over the horizon. There are more pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt – these ancient tombs in Meroë may even be the inspiration for those in Giza. Although smaller, their numbers and engineering excellence are astounding. Although there is a small ongoing preservation effort at the site and security watching out for the place (especially at night), we nearly had the place to ourselves when we visited this lesser-known wonder of the ancient world. Booking a tour is recommended for save travel and ease of entry and understanding of the site.
Unlikely Encounter with the Forgotten Pyramids of Meroë
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Rainforest Riding Dominica

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Rainforest Riding Dominica
Rainforest Riding Dominica
For a unique way to see the island, visitors in the know turn to Rainforest Riding Dominica, a friendly, family-run outfitter that offers horseback tours to the beach, through the forest, or in Cabrits National Park. Located just outside of Portsmouth, RRD’s farm is home to 10 quiet, happy horses, ranging from thoroughbreds and St. Lucian horses to ponies that are perfect for children riders. Tours are always led by professional guides, and groups are purposefully kept small to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience. The “Beach” tour takes riders down the Waitukubuli Trail to Purple Turtle Beach—the only place in Dominica where you can swim on your horse—while the “Forest” tour crosses Dominica’s most extensive wetland, home to a wide variety of native and migratory birds. For a horseback ride with some history, opt for the “Cabrits” tour, which travels through the park to Fort Shirley, an 18th-century garrison that’s considered the most important historical site on the island.
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The LOFT art & café

Roseau
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The LOFT art & café, Roseau, Dominica
The LOFT art & café
This restaurant is currently closed for hurricane-related repairs and hopes to reopen in October 2019 with a new dock.Located on the water’s edge in Roseau, The LOFT offers good food, local art, and friendly vibes right off the marina. A chalkboard menu lists local specials, but most guests are here for the famous grilled lobster and spicy mango chicken, served with breadfruit fries, plantains, and fresh garden salads. The knowledgeable chef is also more than willing to accommodate special diets should someone in your party need a vegetarian or vegan dish. Whatever you order, pair it with a tropical cocktail or glass of wine from the solid selection, then finish with the homemade ice cream for dessert. The restaurant is intimate, with just a few tables, but there’s a lovely porch for outdoor dining and an attached gallery with local art for perusing after your meal.
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Fort Young Hotel

Roseau
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Fort Young Hotel, Roseau, Dominica
Fort Young Hotel
Why we love it: A kitted-out heritage hotel presiding over the capital Highlights: - A historic seaside property - On-site dive shop and kids’ club - Hot tubs and an infinity pool cantilevered over the ocean The Review: Charming elements remain from Fort Young Hotel’s past as a military fortification, like bronze canons and thick stone walls. Set on a cliff south of Roseau, the heritage property also has 72 modern rooms, all with air conditioning and balconies—most with sea views. Some spaces are massive, such as the oceanfront suites, which each contain a kitchenette, dressing room, two bathrooms, a whirlpool tub, and a dining area that can seat eight. On-site restaurant options range from a mellow seaside bar to The Palisades (one of Dominica’s more gourmet experiences), while amenities include a dive shop and kids’ club. On the wellness front, the hotel offers a 24-7 gym with floor-to-ceiling windows and Caribbean Sea vistas. Outside sprawl two sundecks, along with an infinity pool and jacuzzies—hot and cold—cantilevered over the ocean. The spa renovations will wrap up in 2019, but guests can still enjoy massages in their rooms or on their balconies. The hotel is also just a short stroll from Roseau’s center, ferry port, botanic gardens, and Saturday markets, not to mention the cathedral and the Dominica Museum. Note: cruise ships dock nearby and can obliterate the water views while in port. Also, post-hurricane renovations will be underway through autumn 2019 and may add some noise during business hours.
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Middleham Falls

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Middleham Falls
Middleham Falls
Take a 1.5-mile intermediate hike to the highest waterfall in the eastern Caribbean. Set in the Morne Trois Piton National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this path teems with orchids, tree ferns and buttress-rooted trees. The 275-foot cascade pours through a keyhole notch in the cliff and refreshes a swimmable basin (rumored to be enchanted). Pack plenty of water, as the heat and humidity can really add up. Note: following 2017’s Hurricane Maria, rangers and volunteers have completely cleared the trail and it now has some ocean views.
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Citrus Creek Plantation

La Plaine
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Citrus Creek Plantation, La Plaine, Dominica
Citrus Creek Plantation
Why we love it: A peaceful eco-lodge on Dominica’s “wild” southeast coastHighlights: - A “barefoot luxury” vibe- Proximity to the beach - Villas surrounded by a working fruit plantation The Review: An agritourism pioneer, Citrus Creek blends hospitality with a tropical fruit plantation on Dominica’s rugged east coast. In building the resort, owner Hervé “RV” Nizard repurposed parts of his 20-acre farm in Taberi, adding a dozen self-catering cottages and villas. Ranging from one to three bedrooms, the accommodations include a safari tent and a stone tree house. Focused on nature, Citrus Creek trades TVs for rainforest hikes and a swimming pool for plunges in a pristine river. The property also lacks air-conditioning, but shade trees and prevailing winds keep it comfortable year-round and help maintain a “barefoot luxury” vibe. Each room has a kitchen, stocked with breakfast goodies like tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam, and honey. For those who would rather dine out, a cafe offers half-board plans and operates every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or later with reservations). Take your dinner on the veranda overlooking the river, choosing among French-Caribbean delicacies like onion pie, caramel pork, grilled lionfish, and smoked marlin quiche. Other on-site perks include a tour desk, car rentals, and, soon, a pier set within the jungle that will be equipped to welcome sailboats.
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Hotel The Champs

Portsmouth
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Hotel The Champs, Portsmouth, Dominica
Hotel The Champs
Why we love it: A friendly haven on Dominica’s northwest coast that caters to outdoor enthusiastsHighlights: - A short stroll to the beach and hiking trails- Access to outdoor activities like horseback riding and river boat tours- Comfort in the form of AC, laundry service, and free Wi-Fi The Review: Divers and tourists adore this northern nook, which presides over a hill near some of Dominica’s best descents and attractions. In under 10 minutes, guests can walk to either the beach or segment 11 of the Waitukubuli National Trail. Other activities the hotel can help arrange include birdwatching, horseback riding, and river boat tours. Also on offer is a shuttle service around Picard that will even pick up travelers from Douglas-Charles Airport 45 minutes away. Overlooking the ocean, The Champs boasts some classic tropical details, like balcony latticework and brightly colored umbrellas beside a turquoise pool, fringed by fruit trees and a flowering garden. Mainly, though, it serves comfort, including air-conditioning, laundry service, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, private patios or balconies, safety deposit boxes, and in-room tea and coffee-makers, plus grace notes like wine glasses and electrical outlets near the nightstands. Adventure travelers and guests flying long-haul especially prize the hot tub—not to mention extras like yoga classes, massage sessions, watersports, and even karaoke. The made-to-order breakfast remains a hit, as does on-site Restaurant The Champs, which serves everything from Tex-Mex cuisine and design-your-own pizzas to seafood dishes, Caribbean fare, and legendary Dutch coffee and apple pie.
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Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas

Marigot
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Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas , Marigot, Dominica
Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas
Why we love it: A beachside oasis where stylish design meets natural beautyHighlights: - Amenities like hammocks, private patios, and outdoor soaking tubs- Lush grounds with a poolside grill- Friendly owners who will help plan your stayThe Review: Set on a sugar-white beach just 10 minutes from Douglas-Charles Airport, this elegant property offers four cabanas and two suites, all positioned for bay views and cooling winds. Hardwood gleams throughout, punctuated by rich colors and textures. Expect refined touches like hammocks, private patios, and outdoor soaking tubs, as well as bathrooms with oversized showers and magnificent slab counters. Complete with sweeping Atlantic views and sleek industrial fixtures, the open-air restaurant focuses on farm-to-table fare, offering everything from handmade jams and baked goods to infused island rums. Vegetarians can look forward to dishes like coconut curry and dasheen (taro) puffs with aioli, while omnivores should try the shrimp fritters, ginger-glazed mahi-mahi, and slow-roasted local pork, which comes folded into a delectable sandwich. While prices here are on the steeper side for Dominica, the hotel’s style, elegance, and personalized service make it worth the splurge. Owners Rick and Alicia will happily help with itineraries and arrangements, as well as loan beach chairs, snorkeling gear, and equipment for river tubing. For excitement closer to your room, there’s a cornhole set on the lawn and some of the country’s most legendary rum punch. Non-guests are welcome at the pool and restaurant for a minimum spend of US$20.
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The Tamarind Tree Hotel

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The Tamarind Tree Hotel , Dominica
The Tamarind Tree Hotel
Why we love it: A small inn with great value and an eco-friendly attitude Highlights: - Warm, welcoming hosts, one of whom is a certified tour guide - Voluntourism packages to help restore the Waitukubuli Trail- A prime location near two top beachesThe Review: The Tamarind Tree Hotel sits atop a 100-foot coastal cliff, surveying the Caribbean Sea, the Bay of Salisbury, and Dominica’s highest peak, Morne Diablotin. A relaxed, intimate hotel, it showcases the Swiss hospitality of owners Annette and Stefan Peyer Loerner, who moved to Dominica more than two decades ago. The affordable rooms are on the simpler side, but the hospitality is exquisite. For more space, reserve a two-story bungalow, which sleeps six people and comes with a kitchen, living room, and deck overlooking the ocean. Bright pops of color enliven the decor, but don’t expect to park the kids in front of the TV. The hotel doesn’t have any, however rooms do come with fans, air conditioning, and a refrigerator. When you’re ready to venture out, the property is just a three-minute stroll from Macoucherie beach and seven minutes from Salisbury beach, home to the popular East Carib Dive. If you’d rather stay closer to home, there’s a swimming pool on-site, though it’s open to non-guests for a small fee.Renowned for its environmentally friendly practices, Tamarind Tree installed solar panels after Hurricane Maria and now runs off renewable energy. The property also offers voluntourism packages to help restore the Waitukubuli Trail, the Caribbean’s first long-distance hiking path. Guests can help remove debris, hack down vines, and trim bushes. Additionally, Tamarind Tree features half-board plans at its restaurant, a pleasant octagonal building with flagstones and Pepto-Bismol pink walls. The menu is an international mosaic, ranging from bruschetta and falafel to German bread, Angus steaks, and banana splits, not to mention local Kubuli beer on draft. Don’t miss the showstopper Creole breakfasts, featuring cocoa tea, fried plantains, sautéed saltfish, and titiwi accra, a spicy fish cake.
The Tamarind Tree Hotel
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Wanderlust Caribbean Boutique Hotel

Calibishie
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Wanderlust Caribbean Boutique Hotel, Calibishie, Dominica
Wanderlust Caribbean Boutique Hotel
Why we love it: A sleek property with the perfect combination of comfort and upscale amenities Highlights: - Gorgeous views of Dominica’s northern coast - An emphasis on adventure travel- Smart design that incorporates local art and productsThe Review: At Wanderlust Caribbean Boutique Hotel, five tropical-themed condos overlook Hodges Bay on Dominica’s rugged northern coast, near the village of Calibishie. Each room features a private oceanfront balcony for taking in the views, complete with a sunbed, hammock, and small table crafted from wood from the surrounding forest. Also included are a kitchen and sitting area, plus a spacious bathroom with a powerful shower. Expect tropical hardwood accents, plus bright pops of local art reflecting the ocean and island life. Two of the condos have air conditioning, and all boast fans and louvered windows with mosquito screens. Amenities like free Wi-Fi, high-quality linens, and in-room dining plush up the experience, while details like refrigerators, board games, DVDs, and Dominican coffee make guests feel at home. After a rebranding, Wanderlust now focuses on pampering adventure travelers. Owners Tom and Sharie Decherd—longtime Dominican residents—offer guided tours, but are also content to let guests do their own thing. Within walking distance, you can swim at four pristine beaches, explore red volcanic cliffs, kayak a river, and hike in a rainforest. Other area highlights include a fishing village, art gallery, and chocolate factory. Back at the hotel, savor the stunning coastal vistas, along with delicious food, in the terrace cafe and rooftop bar. If you’re a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, be sure to look for Treasure Island just offshore. Note: Unsuitable for guests with disabilities, the hotel welcomes children aged 12 and above.
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Pagua Bay Bar & Grill

Saint Andrew Parish
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Pagua Bay Bar & Grill, Dominica
Pagua Bay Bar & Grill
This industrial-chic eatery has a covered patio and floor-to-ceiling doors that welcome good weather inside, all overlooking the ocean on Dominica’s east coast. Pagua Bay puts a strong emphasis on seasonal, farm-to-table fare—a commitment made trickier by Hurricane Maria’s destruction in autumn 2017. Still, the restaurant continues to serve reliable American fare with Caribbean twists, including ceviche, goat tacos, chicken Creole, and mahi-mahi salsa. Wash it all down with a frosty beer or coconut rum punch.
Pagua Bay Bar & Grill
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Sunset Bay Club Lobster Palace

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Sunset Bay Club Lobster Palace, Dominica
Sunset Bay Club Lobster Palace
The Lobster Palace scores high on service, seaside ambience, and Caribbean charm. At this northwestern, coastal hotspot, the signature crustaceans are boat-to-bib fresh and served flambéed or pan-fried in massive portions. Note that, when the waves kick up and ground the fishing fleet, the restaurant can sometimes run out of lobster. Never fear, however, as the chef turns out other great dishes like tenderloin, moules frites, and shrimp in coconut sauce that are just as satisfying.
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Warner’s Bar

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Warner’s Bar
Warner’s Bar
Squeeze in a sundowner at this popular seafront watering hole right in Dominica’s capital city. Part of the Fort Young Hotel, Warner’s maintains hints of its building’s former life as an 18th-century military garrison. Time your visit to popular weekly events—including Monday’s “Manager’s Rum Punch” party, Wednesday’s “Unwine” evening, and a Friday happy hour with drink specials, a barbecue buffet, and live music—and don’t leave without trying the legendary rum punch.
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The Palisades Restaurant

Roseau
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The Palisades Restaurant, Roseau, Dominica
The Palisades Restaurant
Roseau’s only oceanside dining option, the elegant Palisades pairs sweeping water views with one of Dominica’s best culinary experiences. Here, creative dishes showcase the island’s natural bounty, including produce sourced from local farms and fish straight from the Caribbean Sea. Start with dishes like BBQ jerk octopus and sesame-crusted tuna with a soy-chili dip. Then, move on to the lion fish, served with green-banana croquettes and mushroom sauce. Fancy something lighter? Try a lentil-black-bean cake or callaloo soup, made with baby taro leaves, coconut milk, yam, and green bananas.
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Poz Restaurant & Bar at Calibishie Gardens

Saint Joseph Parish
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Poz Restaurant & Bar at Calibishie Gardens, Dominica
Poz Restaurant & Bar at Calibishie Gardens
Named for its owner’s “poz-itive” vibe, this casual, welcoming restaurant ranks among Dominica’s best. Expect Cajun, Creole, and Caribbean fare in the mix, along with fusion dishes and strong vegetarian options. Menu standouts include callaloo soup, veggie rice, and snapper in coconut-curry sauce, but the lobster, grilled with lemon-garlic butter, tends to steal all the headlines—or at least those not occupied by the fresh juices and home-infused vodkas. Open for dinner only, Poz is quite small in size, so make a reservation to avoid waiting for a table.
Poz Restaurant & Bar at Calibishie Gardens
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C&D Beachfront Bar & Grill

Saint Joseph Parish
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C&D Beachfront Bar & Grill, Dominica
C&D Beachfront Bar & Grill
Kick back at this easygoing beachfront spot, frequented by locals, travelers, and snowbirds alike. Caribbean flavors take center stage in dishes such as curried lentil stew, jerked chicken with sweet potato mash, and pineapple rum-butter cake, but also expect some twists, like panko-crusted pork chop and potato-parmesan croquettes with tomato-basil jam. The decor and presentation remain pretty straightforward, allowing the surf, sand, and superb flavors to shine.
C&D Beachfront Bar & Grill
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The Great Old House Restaurant

Roseau
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The Great Old House Restaurant , Roseau, Dominica
The Great Old House Restaurant
This local favorite bounced back to its pre-hurricane style and ambience quickly. Known for its prompt service, the classy Roseau eatery lies on the more upscale side, serving Caribbean classics like coconut shrimp, octopus stew, and jerk pork with pineapple. In particular, guests tend to rave about the elaborate tropical cocktails and red snapper grilled with chili peppers. When visiting, be sure to request a table for two on the plant-fringed balcony, which overlooks the street and serves as a romantic spot to people-watch.
The Great Old House Restaurant
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Lamington National Park

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Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park
Revel in nature at Lamington National Park, a World Heritage-listed gem covering 52,000 acres in Queensland’s southeast, about 1.5 hours by car from Brisbane. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, encompassing some of the world’s largest areas of tropical rainforest, and its dramatic beauty is easily accessible, thanks to extensive walking trails along the McPherson Range. Explore the area’s forests, creeks, and waterfalls, and stop to admire the thrilling views over the Gold Coast.
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Moreton Island

Queensland
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Moreton Island, Australia
Moreton Island
Take a day trip and follow the river all the way to the ocean, where you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous shoreline, mesmerizing beaches, and a coastline scattered with idyllic islands. One of the most captivating of these is Moreton Island, located just a 70-minute ferry ride from Brisbane. This is the third-largest sand island in the world, and home to the famous Tangalooma Wrecks, a group of 15 sunken ships. These poetically rusting hulks have become a haven for wildlife and a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. Be sure to sample the island’s local delicacy, the “Moreton Bay Bug”—an alarming name for a delicious type of lobster.
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Experience Multicultural Dining

Brisbane
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Experience Multicultural Dining, Brisbane, Australia
Experience Multicultural Dining
Brisbane is blessed with a dazzling array of globe-spanning, wallet-friendly options, from Chinese steamed bao buns (try the delicious fluffy versions at Mr. Bunz) to traditional Greek gyros (like those served at popular local chain The Yiros Shop) and hearty pub grub (at a local institution like the hip Fox Hotel). For a big night out, head to e’cco bistro, chef Philip Johnson’s acclaimed temple to seasonal ingredients and visually stunning modern Australian cuisine. Note: While Swain Destination can’t add restaurants to a package, they can be added to itineraries as suggestions.
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The Brisbane Powerhouse

New Farm
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The Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, Australia
The Brisbane Powerhouse
This dynamic arts destination is housed in an Instagram-worthy pre-war industrial power station. At the Brisbane Powerhouse, you’ll find everything from the feted Brisbane Comedy Festival—which attracts marquee Australian and international names—to world-class music performances and one-off programs like an homage to modern digital culture. There’s also great dining onsite (check out the soul food-inspired restaurant Proud Mary) and a popular Saturday food market. Note: While Swain Destination can’t add tickets for Powerhouse shows to a package, they can be added to itineraries as suggestions.
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Explore Cultural Hotspots

Brisbane
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Explore Cultural Hotspots, Brisbane, Australia
Explore Cultural Hotspots
Tap into Brisbane’s wealth of cultural districts, most of which line the city’s most prominent landmark, the Brisbane River. Explore the brilliant collections contained within the Gallery of Modern Art (also known as GOMA) and the Queensland Art Gallery, known for provocative and thought-provoking exhibits interrogating Australia’s multicultural history and present, as well presenting new perspectives on indigenous art and culture. Then swing by the Queensland Museum, which trains a spotlight on science, technology, and natural history. Note: While Swain Destination can’t add entry tickets to a package, they can be added to itineraries as suggestions.
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Snowpine Lodge

Alta
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Snowpine Lodge, Alta, Utah
Snowpine Lodge
Why we love it: An artsy nest with direct access to mountain adventure The Highlights: - Luxurious accommodations that can’t be found elsewhere in Alta - The area’s first spa, complete with an indoor grotto - Convenient ski-in, ski-out access to Alta Ski Resort The Review: The first true luxury lodge in Alta, the $50 million Snowpine brings Park City–style comfort to a destination that’s long been dominated by rustic, dorm-like accommodations. While large-scale paintings on minimalist white walls make the common spaces look like museum exhibits, the vibe here is actually kicked-back and chummy, with guests mingling in the lounges (there’s one on each of the seven floors) and nestling into plush sofas softened with sheepskin throws. Rooms range from basic doubles to family suites and even dormitory-style bunkrooms—a nod to Alta’s tradition of offering shared accommodation. The doubles’ modest dimensions call for full-sized beds rather than queens, but the appealing lounges and abundant outdoor adventure mean that guests use rooms for little more than sleeping and showering (baths feature L’Occitane products). The property’s spa—Alta’s first—includes a grotto-style heated pool fed by small, musical waterfalls, while ski lockers and a gear shop facilitate convenient ski-out access to Alta’s slopes. A new lift even returns guests directly to the lodge. A kids’ center with a game room and movie theater attracts families, who also crowd the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub for relaxation sessions after skiing or hiking among the wildflower meadows surrounding the Snowpine. Couples find a more mature scene in The Gulch Pub, where burgers and flatbread pizzas dominate the menu. Northern Italy inspires the dinner dishes at Swen’s Restaurant, where you can follow a divine dish of rigatoni Bolognese with a salted chocolate budino, admire the mural-sized painting of one of Alta’s earliest miners (he’s the great-grandfather of Snowpine owner Brent Pratt), and sip your hot toddy on the deck beneath a chandelier of glimmering stars.
Snowpine Lodge
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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

Queensland
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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise, Australia
Brisbane River Dinner Cruise
Seeing the city in a new light—from the water. Take it easy on an evening dinner cruise along the tranquil Brisbane River, learning about the history of the city as an important river port while chilling with a glass of South Australian sparkling wine. A variety of vessels are available for tours, from a majestic paddle wheeler to repurposed ferries and yachts. Most cruises last around three hours and take in sights like the Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point cliffs, the Southbank precinct, and the famed Story Bridge—a cantilevered steel span bedecked with lights after dark.
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