Polo and Pampering in SANTA BARBARA

What's the perfect way to escape the Monday blues? Wake up at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara after experiencing their Sunday Night Polo Package. Santa Barbara boasts not only the third oldest polo facility in the United States, but also one of the most beautiful settings to watch the game, cradled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. El Encanto Santa Barbara, with a coastal … [Read more...]

Caribbean Color: TOBAGO’S Blue Food Festival

Natalie Compagno gets muddied up on her way to the Blue Food Festival, an outdoor party that brings together thousands of locals to eat Dasheen-inspired dishes. Mud covers my legs and I have no idea where my knee starts and the wet earth begins.  I lost my shoes long ago in some sort of sink hole. I took a step and suddenly one of my purple flats was gone, sucked into a sticky rain puddle. … [Read more...]

GUATEMALA CITY: “Guate” Gets its Groove on in Zona 1

Not many travelers -- even savvy ones -- know about Guatemala City's Zona 1. In fact most visitors skip Guate, the local moniker for the country’s capital, altogether for other attractions in the country such as the Maya ruins of Tikal and the colonial city of Antigua. How unfortunate, as this area of the city is undergoing a renaissance currently transforming it into one of Central America’s most … [Read more...]