Category: USA

Departure roulette... would you play?

Departure roulette… would you play?

Picture the scene.  You arrive at the airport ready to travel to your destination, only someone asks you whether you wish to play ‘departure roulette’ and go on an expenses-paid trip to an altogether different location. Heineken set up this scenario at JFK Airport and here are just some of the reactions and outcomes. If […]

10 of the best beaches on the planet

10 of the best beaches on the planet

Whether you are looking for a private patch of perfect sand, the best seaside party or a beach you can even enjoy in the rain, our round-up of the best beaches on the planet has something for everyone. If you know of some great beaches too, then feel free to add them in the comments […]

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

Good hotels are a dime-a-dozen in Manhattan, so an establishment needs real pizzazz to stand out. For me, The Carlton is one of those hotels that outshines its competitiors, and it does so by virtue of its superb location – bang in the middle of Madison Avenue – and its supremely comfy beds (more on […]

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state continues to be recognised as one of the best regions for fine dining, award-winning wine and creative cooking in the USA. Home to the famous ‘Culinary Institute of America’, which is noted as the world’s premier culinary college, the State offers food fans a chance to experience America’s passion for cooking. With […]

Photograph of the week: The view from Emeril's Restaurant, Universal CityWalk Orlando

Photograph of the week: The view from Emeril’s Restaurant, Universal CityWalk Orlando

Theme parks are rarely celebrated for their fine dining but as the world’s number one travel destination, Orlando, at times may surprise even the most cynical of travellers. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse placed his faith in Universal and chose this stunning spot to present his signature cuisine to the world. The celebrated TV Chef, owner […]

The world's best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve […]

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

Larry King’s done it. Emeril Lagasse’s done it. Even Oprah’s done it.  Now it was my son’s turn.  The elevator doors open, and a parade of ducks march out. My five year old walks the red carpet behind them. His chest is puffed; his stride is confident. Being an Honorary Duckmaster for the famous Peabody […]

5 luxurious things you should try while you’re Stateside

5 luxurious things you should try while you’re Stateside

The United States of America is home to some of the world’s most exciting, most luxurious experiences. Across this huge, diverse country, it’s hard to choose just a handful of things which you should incorporate into your holiday, but these five are a good place to start. Here are 5 luxurious things you should try […]

5 of the best sunsets in the world

5 of the best sunsets in the world

One of the most magical moments of any holiday is watching the sun set over stunning scenery. The sunset becomes part of the daily routine, as you sip a cold cocktail or crisp glass of wine while watching the sky become a canvas of crimson, orange and pink. Here are some of my favourite spots […]

The top 3 coffee houses to visit in San Diego

The top 3 coffee houses to visit in San Diego

Even as Autumn officially gets underway, the cities of Southern California will still have their fair share of visitors intent on making summer last forever.  San Diego will be no different, with bikini-weather still in full swing and the city’s laidback beach attitude so prevalent among the locals.  Summer might as well be year-round as the […]

The top 5 reasons to visit Hawaii

The top 5 reasons to visit Hawaii

Hawaii is one of those destinations that people either warm to or they don’t. It’s a top honeymoon destination and despite being part of the United State still extremely exotic with tropical climes. The island offers many of the luxuries you simply can’t get at home and is one of those places many people only […]

Fascinating ice sculpture festivals from around the world

Fascinating ice sculpture festivals from around the world

Ice sculpting continues to not just intrigue but to fascinate many people. It is the extreme skills of the sculptors themselves, their technical ability and their imagination that is part of the mystique. It is also the magic that surrounds the many ice sculpture festivals held all over the world – literally. Even the countries […]

The top ski destinations for 2013/14

The top ski destinations for 2013/14

As the end of the year draws nearer and the colder weather rapidly closes in, thoughts naturally turn to where you might wish to venture on your next Winter break. And the ski enthusiast is spoilt for choice, with a seemingly endless selection of charmingly chic resorts on offer. The unquestionable appeal of the Alps competes […]

Feeling the heat in Hawaii

Feeling the heat in Hawaii

Close to Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii, you can watch lava from the Pu’u O’o crater as it meets the ocean. It’s a 1-2 hour hike over rugged terrain from the Hawaii County viewing area before you reach these active pahoehoe lava flows. Due to the dangers of the hike, you should not […]

Photograph of the week: Sunrise over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Photograph of the week: Sunrise over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA at sunrise. This pier is the second longest pier on the eastern US coast and is host to thousands of tourists and fishermen alike. It actually holds the world record of the largest Tiger Shark ever caught (1,780 pounds!) The wooden structure extending 985 […]

America's pet friendly hotels

America’s pet friendly hotels

Who says you have to be separated from your four-legged best friend when you go on holiday? With many sleek hotels now offering pet facilities, there’s no reason why you and Fido should ever be parted again! Here are 7 of America’s luxury hotels that are catering for pets as well as their more traditional […]

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