BRIT + CO: The holidays are upon us, and while we may all be loyal to our particular hometown's traditions, there's no better time to hit the road to explore what else is available for revelers across the US.
BRIT + CO: It was just after sunrise on the morning of the Great Reno Balloon Race. The largest free hot air balloon festival in the world draws a crowd of 120,000 to northern Nevada every year at the beginning of September.
MVC: From the salt marshes of Tomales Bay to the Pacific coastline of Hog Island, here are the best oyster farms to visit on your day trip in Northern California. After all, why go on a wine tour of Napa Valley when you can shuck shellfish along the coast of West Marin instead?
BRIT + CO: We’ve already written about how the Swiss Alps are just as exhilarating to visit in the summertime as they are during the winter ski season, but we neglected to mention the most underrated (and picturesque) season of all: autumn.
Home to both the Edith Wharton- and Henry James-type characters who inhabited the Gilded Age mansions along Bellevue and an endless assortment of old salts who’ve sailed north for the summertime, Newport is one of the nation’s premier resort towns.
RECORDER NEWSPAPERS:The U.S. Virgin Islands are known as “America’s Paradise” for a reason and that reason swiftly becomes apparent once you land in the Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas and are greeted with the islands’ signature drink: a Painkiller.
The Bernardsville News: Wherever you go, there you are. Whoever authored this statement (widely believed to be Confucius, though the internet routinely disagrees) I’ve no doubt that they spent an infinite amount of time in airports—emotionally, if not physically.
BRIT + CO: Budapest is what Brooklyn wishes it could be: Between its artsy and irreverent ruin bars, omnipresent street art, and thriving culinary scene, the Hungarian capital feels like the creation of a hipster chef with a sleeve tattoo in Williamsburg.
BRIT + CO: Martha’s Vineyard versus Nantucket is a rivalry as old as time. Both are tiny New England islands off the coast of Massachusetts (though the Vineyard is larger), and each has inspired a devout fan base (though the Vineyard boasts the Obamas).
BRIT +CO: A short train ride (or Blade flight) north of New York City, Millbrook is the perfect destination for urban outdoor enthusiasts who long to escape to the countryside the moment they’re released from their desks.
RECORDER NEWSPAPERS: Nashville is experiencing a bit of a renaissance these days, as more and more Americans begin to realize that the most exciting travel destination in the country isn't along the coast of California or the mountains of Colorado, but rather the heart of Tennessee.
BRIT + CO: Though the US Virgin Islands are always popular in the colder months, it’s a well-kept secret among locals that the best time to visit the islands is after the onslaught of tourists has departed in March.
BRIT + CO: As the endless snapshots of Capri and the Amalfi Coast splash all over your Instagram feed, it’s easy to think there couldn’t be a single destination on the Mediterranean that has yet to be flooded by American travelers.
BRIT + CO: Though the state of Hawaii is always a popular vacation spot with its blue skies, Mai Tais, and swaying palms and luau dancers, less is known about the cultural and geographic differences that make up the chain of eight islands.
THE TRAVEL HUB: When I first visited the grove of giant Sequoias named after my family—dedicated to my great-great-grandfather for preserving the park nearly 100 years ago—I was astonished by these living giants, and there’s never been a more important time to support our country’s wild places than now.
THE FLAGSHIP: As part of an Outward Bound expedition, I lived on a rock jetty off the coast of Hurricane Island, Maine, for three days alone with minimal provisions—tarp, a bagel, an apple, and trail mix.
RECORDER NEWSPAPERS: Everyone is familiar with the scene, from movies or from daydreams: the honeymooners relaxing under umbrellas on a sun-lit beach, the happily married couple toasting a momentous anniversary with mai tais beneath the Hawaiian stars.
THE TRAVEL HUB: A desert safari beneath the stars in Wadi Rum fostered immediate understanding between two strangers, opening the writer’s eyes to a fascinating culture—a very different way of life that’s both transient and beautiful.
THE TRAVEL HUB: From the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye, to the Northern Lights in Caithness, to the rugged peaks of Glencoe, the vast wildness of the Scottish Highlands offers endless opportunities for exploration.
HATCHFLY: Though, in pursuit of the way life should be, many travelers head further north up the coast towards the Acadian mountains in Mount Desert Island or the Moose River Region of Jackman, overlooking the rugged cliffs of Prouts Neck, located in Southeastern Maine.
(6 November 2018)
Letter From Jordan & Palestine
ROAR JOURNAL: “There are three genders in the Arabic world: Men, Arabic women, and foreign women.” It was the night before I was set to depart for Palestine and Jordan, and I was having drinks with a friend of mine who had just returned to New York City from Lebanon.
THE FLAGSHIP: Jackson Hole is not exactly a secret anymore; the town has become ever more popular in recent years, as avid skiers around the globe fly to Wyoming to experience some of the most challenging terrain in the country.
QUEST MAGAZINE: Fitting for a town where many summer residents live in the rambling cottages built by their ancestors of the Gilded Age and seasonal visitors are privy to tours of lavish Vanderbilt mansions dotting Bellevue Avenue, the Clarke Cooke House feels preserved in time.