Yoga-friendly Hikes in LOS ANGELES

“Nobody walks in LA,” or so claims the new wave, 80s band Missing Persons. They were right; we hike. If you Google “Best hikes in LA” you’ll get copious results, from private and secluded, to the stargazing kind (and no, not stars in the sky -- this is LA, after all). But also ubiquitous to the City of Angels is the Yoga Enthusiast, many of whom like a little vinyasa flow before, during or after a … [Read more...]

COCKTAIL BUZZ: Mixologist Michael Lay demos a vintage cocktail at The Taste.

Each Labor Day weekend, The Taste at Paramount Studios becomes an annual must for Angeleno foodies, serving as a showcase of the best cuisine and cocktails Los Angeles has to offer. One of Downtown’s hottest new restaurants, Faith & Flower, provided a demonstration at this year’s event, giving attendees an intimate look as to why they’ve garnered so much buzz since opening in April 2014. Their … [Read more...]

The Quickest Route to the HIMALAYAS

For many intrepid world travelers, trekking the Himalayas to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest ranks as one of the more common, if unattainable, ‘bucket list’ goals. Scaling even the base of the world’s highest peak takes months of planning while potentially costing thousands of dollars and several weeks or months of hard-earned vacation time. In short, it’s a romantic and certainly thrilling notion … [Read more...]

Beds & Books: A Novel Retreat In ICELAND

The Bed: Hotel Budir, Iceland We have personally laid our heads on these beds, and cozied up with these books... A volcanic wonderland with fluorescent green moss draped over black lava fields surrounded by snowcapped glaciers and ubiquitous waterfalls, the west coast of Iceland is an escape into nature unlike any other. Two hours from Reykjavik, perched on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, the … [Read more...]

Harvest on the Harbor: MAINE’S Mecca for Foodies

Writer David Jenison dishes out the details on one of New England's finest culinary affairs---Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine. Traditional Maine cuisine conjures up images of fresh lobster, clambakes and blueberries, while rumor has it that Amato’s restaurant in Portland may have invented the Italian submarine sandwich. Although these foods are still New England standards, the Pine Tree … [Read more...]

Local Color: Urban Art in OAHU

A new generation of local artists, chefs and designers are expressing their vision of modern Hawaiian culture in exciting ways. In O‘ahu, you get the best of both worlds: a tropical island rooted in a diverse culture and native Hawaiian traditions, contrasted by the pulsating city of Honolulu with contemporary art, world-class restaurants and the urban amenities of big city living. This … [Read more...]

Art and Beyond in BASEL

Kristina Foster discovers what makes Basel such a magnet for art lovers and cultural connoisseurs.  Basel is Switzerland's brainy city of culture and design. Densely packed with art and history, there are almost 40 museums scattered across the timeworn town; the highest number of museums per capita in the world. In addition to quantity, Basel picks up its arty reputation by glamorously … [Read more...]

Go Big: Inspired Adventures in ALASKA

Cynthia Kane explores Alaska's vast, rugged terrain navigating rivers and epic trails in America's Last Frontier “Inspired by greatness” is a phrase I’ve come across all my life. A phrase that when I first heard it -- I was inspired to find the source. Since then, I’ve traveled around the world and seen beautiful sites that have marked me, and I’ve hiked in locations where the views have … [Read more...]

Ruffing It: Traveling with PETS

Win a Kimpton Hotel stay and copy of author and pet travel expert Kelly E. Carter's new book, a road map for traveling with four-legged friends   Respected journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Kelly E. Carter, has written for various publications such a People, USA TODAY, Elite Traveler, Departures, and others. For the past 10 years, she’s jetted around the globe … [Read more...]

SOUTH BEACH off the Party Path

 For a serene and stylish beachside getaway, check out the new Metropolitan by COMO in Miami Beach, the companies first US outpost.  Miami Beach, particularly South Beach, conjures up many images, such as white sand, partying, teal blue water, partying, Cuban food, partying, swaying palm trees, partying, shopping, and…did I mention the endless partying? Along Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive … [Read more...]