Category: USA

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

A young man uses the exercise rings on Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach at sunset. Located just south of Santa Monica Pier and dating from the 1930s, this is the original Muscle Beach; its more famous sibling, two miles south in Venice, was not established until the 1950s. In the past, Hollywood stars such as Kirk […]

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

Hereís a luxury travel secret that owners of luxury second homes need to know. Anyone who has a rental property and has looked into the possibility of swapping their home with other like-minded owners will be aware that thereís a plethora of home exchange sites out there. House swapping has seen increasing popularity over the […]

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5 hotels to watch the sun set

Twilight hour, golden hour, magic hour Ė call it what you want, the setting of the sun is a photographerís dream, creating natureís canvas in the sky and filling it with an array of colours and styles: pink, orange, red, yellow, golden, amber, mauve, purple; soft and calm, fiery and streaky, clear and majestic. We […]

The history of the San Francisco cable car

The history of the San Francisco cable car

San Francisco is a city hailed for its landmarks, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. However, there is one particular icon which has endured the test of time and today still attracts tourists in their hundreds: the cable car.†The San Francisco cable car system is a true icon of the city, and is […]

10 things to enjoy in Maine

10 things to enjoy in Maine

As I rapidly discovered when planning 10 days in Maine, this part of America is enormous and trying to visit it all (or even more than a small corner) in 10 days isn’t possible. Instead we picked the area we most wanted to visit – the coastline between Kennebunkport and Camden. Next time we can […]

6 ways to enjoy craft beer in Denver

6 ways to enjoy craft beer in Denver

With more breweries per capita than any other state, Colorado is famous for craft brew. Denver is often referred to as the ďNapa Valley of Beer,Ē and more beer is produced in the Mile High City than any other metropolis in the US. Most microbreweries aim to source ingredients as locally as possible, and there […]

5 canít miss experiences in Chicago

5 canít miss experiences in Chicago

Chicago is sometimes overlooked by visitors, who have heard more about NYC, Miami and San Francisco, but itís a delightful discovery that many miss out on. As a New Yorker, I loved strolling along the riverfront, with its aquamarine water (a beautiful color, thanks to water from Lake Michigan), the clean air, lack of crowds, […]

The USA - a destination for all seasons

The USA – a destination for all seasons

It shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise that a continent-sized country has something to see all year round, but British visitors to the USA do still tend to trend towards the obvious places in the obvious months. Nothing wrong with that, per se, because there are very good reasons for going to, say, New York […]

Our top 4 adrenaline-inducing experiences in Aspen Snowmass

Our top 4 adrenaline-inducing experiences in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen and Snowmass are a big hit with travellers and holiday-makers in the winter months. The top class ski-resorts and beautiful†slopes are an adrenaline seeker’s dream whilst†the surrounding scenery and the majestic mountains are utterly inspiring. That being said, few fully understand the nature of the year-round appeal that both Aspen and Snowmass offer. Itís […]

Photograph of the week: The Milky Way over Delicate Arch, Utah

Photograph of the week: The Milky Way over Delicate Arch, Utah

The Milky Way rises over Delicate Arch, an 80-feet tall, free-standing sandstone arch in Arches National Park, Utah. The most widely recognised of the parkís 2,000 arches, Delicate Arch has become the unofficial symbol of Utah, appearing on the stateís license plates and reproduced in countless publications. Unfortunately, such an iconic landmark is bound to […]

A luxury Orlando vacation home with a difference!

A luxury Orlando vacation home with a difference!

Are you looking for something a little different for your family next time you head to Florida? Then look no further than this amazing 6-bedroom luxury vacation home from Jeeves Holiday Homes. This unique property is just 12 minutes from Walt Disney World and boasts accommodation that your kids are†sure†to love… Let’s start with the […]

4 of the world's most wonderful spas with a view

4 of the world’s most wonderful spas with a view

Hitting the spa is a wonderful way to enhance your vacation and rid yourself of any lingering stress. All across the world are a host of spas which not only boast opulent treatments, but opulent surroundings too. From those immersed in forestry to others suspended over shimmering waters, the world is privy to some truly […]

5 unusual facts you probably didnít know about Carmel-by-the-Sea

5 unusual facts you probably didnít know about Carmel-by-the-Sea

Visitors to this sleepy California coastal town come for the fresh sea air, charming English-style architecture, white sand beach, cozy inns and great food. Situated on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean with towering pine and cypress trees, Carmel by the Sea has a distinctive natural beauty all its own. Lurking just below the surface, […]

New York's best pancakes

New York’s best pancakes

Brunch in NYC is a favorite weekend meal for couples, families, friends and visitors. And while it’s possible to eat everything from Chinese dim sum to lobster eggs benedict or even carbonara pizza for brunch in NYC, a great plate of pancakes is one of our all time favorite brunch comfort foods. Here are our […]

European cheat sheet for wonderful, winey weekend in Napa, CA

European cheat sheet for wonderful, winey weekend in Napa, CA

If youíre planning a trip to San Francisco and youíd like to add on a couple of relaxing days to experience wine country but youíre in the throes of a dilemma trying to choose between the different regions, to say nothing of the hundreds of wineries, then the short answer is choose Napa. Napa is […]

3 variations on Cape Cod's luxury B&Bs

3 variations on Cape Cod’s luxury B&Bs

If youíre fond of sand dunes and salty air Quaint little villages here and there Youíre sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod The singer Patti Page had not yet visited Massachusettsís seaside haven when she made this ode to the Cape a hit in the 1950s. Today the islandís sand dunes remain […]

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