If you usually just add a museum visit onto your itinerary, why not flip the script for a change. We travel to see things we can't see at home, and here are some prime examples.
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Charming Art Deco hotel with pool near South Beach nightlife
Near Ocean Drive
Situated 1 block from the beach, Pestana South Beach Art Deco Hotel places you 8 minutes by car from Ocean Drive and South Beach. You can walk to the Miami Beach Convention Center in less than 10 minutes and to the restaurants and shops along Lincoln Road in 5 minutes.
Hong Kong's JPlus Hotel has updated it's decade old Philippe Starck decor and become part of Starck's Yoo Properties. As we noted last year, this hotel is a real gem in the heart of Causeway Bay. Walk to the best shopping in the world, or just relax in an artistically nuanced suite. This was the first boutique hotel in Hong Kong, and may very well still be the best.
Through the end of 2014 visitors can book a special Festive Celebration package that includes two adjacent studio rooms and exclusive use of the hotel's penthouse function space. Package rates start at HK5,288 per night (approximately $680 US). The function space accommodates up to 15 people, with a fully equipped kitchen and dining space. A sound system, drink service and party space are all included. Festive Celebration guests will also enjoy two bottles of Brut champagne, and late checkout at 2pm.Add a comment
Fantasy Fest in Key West is an annual, adult-themed, 10-day party in paradise. Started in 1979, the party was created to bring visitors to the island in what was a typically quiet, but beautiful season. Fantasy Fest has grown every year since and is now the wildest party of the year. Fun-loving revelers from around the globe leave their children and inhibitions behind as they descend upon Key West in October for 10 days filled with costumes, parades, libations, and music.
Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a neighborhood within Kailua, on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This small 0.5 mile beach has been consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world.
This is one of the best beaches on Maui. It fronts most of the Ka'anapali resorts. There is a concrete path that runs the entire length of the beach from Black Rock to the Hyatt. Black Rock is a popular area that divides the beach in half and is renowned for terrific snorkeling.Add a comment
Philippe Starck was the first designer to launch a boutique hotel in Hong Kong; the property was originally called the JIA meaning "home" in Chinese. After an ownership change it became J-Plus in 2012. If you're looking for a residential style hotel that caters to Europeans, with no pool and not too many kids, the J-Plus is highly recommended. We spent a week there recently.Add a comment
By Deborah B Woods
SoBe as it is called by its residents, or South Beach Miami for the rest of us, sits between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and includes all of the islands of Miami Beach south of Indian Creek. South Beach Miami's transformation from farmland into the vacation paradise it is today started in the 1910's with the construction of the Collins Bridge making the first land link between mainland Miami and the beaches. In 1926, a hurricane destroyed most of the new area but now there are around 40,000 residents living in South Beach, and many more residences are second vacation homes.
There is a distinct change in North Lake Tahoe come fall. With the summer crowds gone, the region loses its hustle and bustle and instead encourages visitors to enjoy the area at a more leisurely pace.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in all things Tahoe fall is to get in the thick of it – literally. Hiking and mountain biking trails twist and turn through forests adorned with changing foliage that boasts the full spectrum of yellows from apens trees that make a striking contrast against the reigon’s pines.
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers during Key West’s Fantasy Fest, scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012
Held on the subtropical island whose natives are called “conchs,” the festival is themed “A-Conch-Alypse” to spoof an ancient prophecy that states the world will end in December 2012. Participants in events from the family-friendly Pet Masquerade and Parade to the lavish Pretenders in Paradise competition are expected to draw inspiration from the theme for their mask and costume creations.
Lavishly decorated floats, costumed characters, bands and elaborately garbed marching groups are to make a splash on Key West’s Duval Street Saturday, Oct. 29, during the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade. The glittering parade is the traditional highlight of the annual Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration, set this year for Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.
The most photographed hotel in South Beach sits directly across from Lummus Park and the beach.
Built in 1939, the Colony Hotel on Ocean Drive is surrounded by shops, nightclubs, and cafes. Guests can borrow beach towels for use at the beach across the street. The hotel's cafe and lounge includes a sushi bar and offers indoor and outdoor dining overlooking bustling Ocean Drive.
Located across the street from the beach, the unique and stylish The Tides South Beach in Miami, Fla., is one of the first stops on the Art Deco District tour. This restored 1936 hotel sits on fashionable Ocean Drive within walking distance of Lincoln Road Mall and Flamingo Park. Guests are one mile from various museums and nightclubs such as Skybar, Mynt and Mansion. Corporate travelers are within walking distance of Universal Music and Sony Music.
Located on the beach, this Miami Beach property is close to Lummus Park Beach and Flamingo Park. Also nearby are Lincoln Road Mall and Port of Miami.
This beach front boutique hotel is Owned by five time Grammy Award winning singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan Jr. Enjoy a stay at the Cardozo Hotel whether you are on business travel or looking for a weekend getaway. This luxurious property is conveniently located on famous Ocean Drive. You can enjoy your favorite drink and absorb the breathtaking view of Miami Beach’s pristine waters, white sands, palm trees, and gleaming sun.
A true icon amongst South Beach Miami hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. At the center of the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive, the Clevelander Hotel has expanded to include 59 revamped rooms and ROCKSTAR Suites, two rooftop decks with ocean-front and city views, enhanced poolside bars, a new café-style menu, and its indoor music and dance venue – the 1020 music lounge.
The Hotel Victor in Miami, Fla., is located in the Art Deco district of South Beach. Featuring an Ocean drive address and overlooking the beach, this boutique hotel is adjacent to the Versace Mansion and within one mile of the Lincoln Road entertainment district and the Atlantic Ocean.
The lobby's cool mint green and purple decor invites guests to relax in plush, curvy chairs and sofas, and each area is separated by long, flowing drapes to ensure privacy. Public areas are aromatized, creating an enhanced sensory experience.
Conch Republic Celebrates 29th Anniversary April 22-May 1
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — With activities ranging from a “drag” race for female impersonators to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party is set to take place Friday, April 22, through Sunday, May 1.
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By Barbara Bowers
You know you’re in Key West when the cock crows at 3 a.m..…or at 3 p.m. for that matter. On this southernmost island in the United States, it seems these feisty, free-range fowl party ‘round the clock with visitors, who also can’t get their wake-up calls in sync with normal sleeping habits.
See Waimea Canyon in realistic 3D stereo without special glasses. Just cross your eyes until there are three images instead of two. Now gaze at the one in the center… don't worry if it's out of focus. Keep gazing at that center image and it will gradually, or perhaps suddenly, snap into focus. You can use your hands to block out the other two ghost images.
Hawaii's Galerie 103 takes up residence at The Sagamore during Art Basel
Regionalism is both a blessing and a curse for art galleries in Hawaii. Tourists seeking out "island art" have no shortage of suppliers, but the islands are home to scads of conceptual thinkers with expansive ideas about contemporary art. Galerie 103 ditches the geographic stereotypes in favor of a more worldly view.
Outrageous Parade to Highlight Fantasy Fest ‘Insanity’
Costumed revelers are to exhibit their wildest fantasies during the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade, set for the night of Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. The highlight of Key West’s Oct. 22-31 Fantasy Fest celebration, the lavish parade is to transform the island’s infamous Duval Street into an open-air “Habitat for Insanity,” illustrating the costuming and masking festival’s 2010 theme.
While Miami has a reputation for being a pretty wild town, it is also family friendly destination with plenty of things to see and do for visitors of all ages. Here are some of the sights to see in Miami that you and your family definitely do not want to miss.
Hawaii Tips: Living in Hawaii and Getting Married in Hawaii
By: Ina Rena
Most people say that Hawaii is the most expensive US state. Irrespective of your opinion on this issue, there are certain facts you need to know about living in Hawaii. There are thousands of people who plan to relocate /move to Hawaii each year. If you plan to move to Hawaii, you most likely have lots of questions and want to have them tackled before you in reality move to the islands.
Hawaiian Flora and Fauna
By: Rene Thompson
The Hawaiian Islands are known for their beautiful sandy beaches, warm, tropical weather, and relaxing atmosphere. If you venture out of your hotel and off the beaches, you may also get a chance to see some of the unique flora and fauna that calls Hawaii home. Besides the sandy beaches, Hawaii is also home to at least one volcano on each island, as well as rainforests and a whole range of other environments where unique plants and creatures may be seen.
By: Allison Ryan
The Hawaiian Islands rose from the sea due to a series of volcanic eruptions. The upsurges that brought them into being must have been violent, for these islands stand in water more than three miles deep. Conical mountains on some of the bodies of land thrust up two and a half miles above sea level. All of the islands vary considerably in size. The larger pieces of land were not only formed by lava and ash, but also enlarged by coral growths.
By: John Slater
Nevada is a state known for its tourist attractions but casinos and shows are not all that the great state of Nevada has to offer. Throughout the state there is spectacular scenery, rich history, and one of a kind plant life and wildlife. From the Black Rock Desert to the Shoshone Mountains to Lake Mead there is so much more for visitors to explore than many realize. But of course the Las Vegas Strip has much excitement and fun to offer as well, it all depends on what kind of vacation you want to take and what attractions you enjoy but one thing is for sure, you are sure to find what you’re looking for in the state of Nevada.
By: Mark Andersen
The better question here is what is not cool about South Beach? If you are looking for a hot vacation spot that has a taste of something for everyone, South Beach in Florida is exactly the place for you. Crystal clear ocean water that never goes below 70 degrees, perfect beaches, incredible food and a great nightlife sounds like the perfect spot, doesn’t it? You would have to be a fool to go anywhere else.
By: Robert Murgatroyd
If you've been to South Beach in Miami, you ve probably walked past the famous Versace mansion on Ocean Drive. If you re not sure whether or not you ve seen it, just look for a really big mansion with an observatory on its roof, nestled between the cafes, restaurants and hotels of Ocean Drive. You ll know you re getting close when you see the crowd outside its famous doorsteps snapping pictures (it s the third most photographed house in America behind the White House and Graceland).
By: Hannah Rollmaker
Having been formed less than a hundred years ago, in 1915, Miami Beach is far younger than many equally popular tourist spots like Athens or Nice. Despite this, Miami has certainly carved out its own niche in history in its relatively brief tenure and the city is now known the world over for its incredible beaches, amazing nightlife, and questionable underbelly.
By: Gregory Ortel
If you want to learn about the Lake Tahoe 5 Star Hotels, then you'll want to read this article. Specifically I'll discuss three things. What to look for in a hotel in Lake Tahoe, the location of some of the hotels and why it could make a difference, and amenities. After reading this article, you should be able to have a fairly good idea of the options in finding a Lake Tahoe 5 Star Hotel that fits your needs and hopefully your budget.
By: Kirby Collins
I have lived in Florida over half my life and one place I’ll never get tired of visiting is the Keys. When I first moved down here and heard the word “Key” I had no Idea what that meant or what that was. I found out a “Key” is a derivative of the Spanish word Cayo, which means Small Island. The Florida Keys are a chain of small islands that begin about 15 miles south of Miami; the main chain swoops south southwest for about another 120 miles or so over the highway. The Keys divide the Atlantic Ocean on their east from the Gulf of Mexico on their west, not a bad spot to be in. At the southern most tip, Key West, we are only about 90 miles from Cuba which has added its flavor and influence to the Keys.
By: Annette Masse
Key West Florida is full of history. I recently stayed at a quaint bed and breakfast on Eaton Street, called The Knowles House. It was a lovely time, quite the paradise. When I returned back home I did a little history research on The Knowles House Family in Key West. Here is what I found.
By: Kirby Collins
One of the things I like best about living in Florida is that it’s a great place for a vacation, even if you live here. It seems no matter where you live, east coast, west coast, in the Panhandle or Southern Florida just a couple of hours drive in any direction and you can be somewhere that doesn’t look like home so you feel you’ve really gotten away from it all. The panhandle is fondly referred to as the Redneck Riviera with its emerald green water and white sand beaches. The west coast is a great place to go ‘island hopping’ with Sanibel, Lovers Key and all the other little places nestled there. The east coast is great for surfing, the small wave capital is here on our own Cocoa Beach and history, St. Augustine, also on the east coast of Florida, is the nation’s oldest city, but if you really want feel like you’ve gotten away head south. Southern Florida is truly a tropical place; the tropics actually start in south central Florida and it gets more lush and green the farther south you go.
I sweat for days waiting for the singular ugly colored blue Cadillac to drive up the driveway.
She scared me, and then I glimpsed her face. Tanned, lips painted with “Orange Flip” lipstick, her one and only, and the dreaded be-hive up-do. Oh God! My mother was going to kill me.
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Though the Florida Keys are known for individuality and quirkiness throughout the year, Halloween means extra fun and frivolity in the island chain — as well as lively hauntings both above and below the water’s surface.
by Iris Sanderson Jones
Moonrise and sunset are daily attractions on any island, but they are special events on the offshore islands of Florida. Beach lovers on Marco Island pause every night for the Green Flash, that elusive streak of color said to accompany the sun into the sea. Shell collectors on Sanibel Island enjoy their sunset cocktails in a wildlife refuge when the roseate spoonbills are in season. Here in the Florida Keys, Key Westers ‘go to sunset’ on Mallory Square Pier, with the jugglers, the tightrope walkers and the cookie lady.
In fact it’s barely in the USA. Walking down Ocean Drive is like walking in Nice, only safer, and almost everyone speaks English here… as their second language. I eavesdrop on conversations while buying Italian Roast for my French Press from a Cuban barista who spoke German. On my way to a tapas dinner I saw a tourist give five Euros to a baffled homeless man.
Photo: Jeff Dow
Slush, crust, powder, ice, and crud! What are they? Ingredients? Not exactly,but close.They are textures of snow.They are names of the different kinds of snow. And though snow is a gentle white heaven, it behooves you to know what kind of snow you are on if you are planning to play on the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains of Lake Tahoe. For all you dreamers, be prepared because you will be skiing on sacred mountains, belonging to a truly original, unequalled environment. They come with their great adventure, challenges, and legacy.
Do you love the magnificence of nature? Have you ever spent time in a perfectly beautiful natural environment? A place free of plans, deadlines, and noisy tours? Do you want to try something you’ve never done before? There’s a place, and it shines brightly in summer, with comfortable temperatures and crisp mountain air. Mountain air that is intoxicating. Each inhalation, rejuventating and relaxing. Mark Twain said, “the air was pure enough for angels.” Welcome to Lake Tahoe.
by Iris Sanderson Jones
I am sitting on a balcony watching the sun rise over Hilo Bay, its light touching a cruise ship, the palms on Coconut Island and flowers in the seaside gardens. A tropical island is always a sensory experience like this: the smell of flowered lei, the strum of a ukulele, the rhythmic swing of a grass skirt, the odor of roasting pig. They are memorable images, but the morning news reminds me that other forces are also at work here on the island of Hawaii. The Big Island.