Eco Adventure at its Best in Costa Rica

The volcano Arenal, one of the world’s most beautiful peaks

The volcano Arenal, one of the world’s most beautiful peaks

“Pura vida!” we all shouted in unison as we lifted our paddles victoriously into the air after smashing through another rapid on Costa Rica’s renowned Pacuare River. The shout meant “pure life” and that’s exactly what a weeklong visit to Costa Rica provided in abundance.

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Vibrant and Historical Thompson Hotel Comes to Miami Beach

Palm trees line the Thompson Miami Beach signage and central tower

Palm trees line the Thompson Miami Beach signage and central tower

In 1940, the tallest building in Miami Beach was the 18-floor Lord Tarleton Hotel on Collins Avenue between 40th and 41st streets. Fifteen years later, Miami Beach architect Melvin Grossman added a second, eight-story tower, and the property began its run as a kosher hotel called the Crown. A renovation and restoration in 2003 saw the addition of a third tower and a conversion into 174 apartment units, still operating under the Crown name.

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San Miguel de Allende: Unforgettable Art, Culture, and Cuisine in Mexico

Sunset on Aldama Street in San Miguel

Sunset on Aldama Street in San Miguel

It was nighttime when we arrived in San Miguel de Allende, just two days before Christmas, and though it was so dark we could barely see in front of the shuttle, we could feel the cobblestones wobbling under us on the narrow streets and just make out the stunning, colorful walls and antique double doors of the houses we passed. In the distance, we heard fireworks—cherry bombs and Fourth of July-style sky decorations that brought in the celebration of Christos and the new year. We were the last of shuttle drop-offs, and our driver graciously lead us down a long passageway into the Mexican-tiled, stone house where we were staying, just off a private lane, up the hill from the center of town. We didn't know it yet, but our month-long stay here would open us up to possibilities for beauty, culture, community, and diversity we didn’t know could exist side-by-side in one exquisite place.

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Charming St. Helena

Tree-lined Main Street in St. Helena

Tree-lined Main Street in St. Helena

It’s the perfect time to visit wine country—no crowds, no unbearable heat, and no traffic. Usually bustling with tourists and cars inching along Main Street, St. Helena’s popular restaurants, prime parking spots, and space at the wine bar in your favorite tasting room are all available at this time of year.

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Versailles: A Worthy Day Trip From Paris

The golden main gate at Versailles is closed to the aristocratic ways of the 18th century, but the side entrances welcome you inside this marvelous estate

The golden main gate at Versailles is closed to the aristocratic ways of the 18th century, but the side entrances welcome you inside this marvelous estate

What used to be a several-hour carriage ride from Paris is now just a short train trip away, and it’s one that everyone should take. Many people think of Versailles only as a lavish palace and the reason for the French Revolution in 1789. But it’s more than that, which is why you should schedule it in your next Parisian adventure.

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