1. California Coastal Trail, CA
This one is especially close to my heart… and my home! This is my favorite not only because it’s so beautiful, but because I have direct access to it. The 1200 miles of the Pacific Coastline stretch from Santa Barbara to Oregon with views of Big Sur and Tijuana.
California Coastal Trail
2. Umpqua Dunes of Winchester Bay, Oregon
Where are the camels? oh wait, it’s in oregon…
You’ll feel like you’re in an exotic land on these amazing sand dunes!
Umpqua Dunes in Oregon
3. Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington
During low tide, you can see starfish, anemones and slugs
Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington
4. Dungeness Trail, Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia
Explore the moss covered ruins of the Carnegie Mansion… beautiful and creepy at the same time! One of the coolest things about Cumberland Island is that wild horses roam free on the beach…
Ruins of Cumberland Island, Georgia
Wild horses on Cumberland Island, Georgia
5. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI
The North Country Trail stretches from Crown Point in New York’s Adirondacks to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. Here it is in Michigan along Lake Superior…
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
6. Sunken Forest, Fire Island, NY
I haven’t been to Fire Island since I was a kid, but I remember riding my bike from one end to another and enjoying this rare holly forest…
Sunken Forest Fire Island NY
7. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage, Alaska
You might spot a bald eagle here, flying through the snow-capped mountains along Knik Arm, home to some of the world’s fastest tides…
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage, Alaska
8. Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI
Walk along the beach and enjoy views of the Block Island Sound
Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI
9. Precipice Trail, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME
This trail is not for the faint of heart! It’s a dangerous, vertical climb up Champlain Mountain using boulders as stairs. From the top you can see views of the Cranberry Islands and the Maine coast.
The Precipice Trail on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME
I’ve never been to Seattle, and as a West Coast Resident this is unacceptable! I hear it’s beautiful in the fall…
Things to see in Seattle:
- The Space Needle (that would be my first stop!)
- Original Starbucks (it would be nice to see the original culprit that feeds my daily caffeine addiction)
- Bill Gates’s House (66000 square feet!)
- Seattle Art Museum and the Hammering Man outside
- The Exotic Meat Company? I don’t know about that one… I mean, they have lion on the menu – can they really be trusted?
- Smith Tower Observation Deck
- Seattle Waterfront Garden
- Woodland Park Zoo
- Public Market Center
- Shopping in Downtown Seattle
Seattle Public Market
Seattle Waterfront in the Fall
Seattle Sailing and Skyline
Seattle Fall Fashion
Keep the scarves coming!
Military Jacket + Fedora + Cute Booties + Umbrella, of course
New York City is always buzzing, but there is something special about the fall. Just like Boston, the foliage changes and the temperature cools down. Summers in NYC are hot and humid and the cool air is a welcome change. As the nation’s fashion capital, nothing compares to NYC’s Fall Fashion Week. New Yorkers take fall fashion very seriously and bring the chic from runway to sidewalk.
Central Park is a must during fall. You can take a boat out on the water and walk around and people watch. I love doing things like that when i go back home to NY, even though they’re touristy. NYC is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re in a movie. There are amazing restaurants everywhere, stylish and interesting people, some of the best shopping in the world, and an extremely fun nightlife scene! It’s easy for east coasters to travel between NYC and Boston, and if you’re planning a fall trip to either city you should consider extending your stay for a few days and visit both!
Fall in New York City
Central Park in the Fall
<3 walks like this
Major Sex and the City moment
Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington at Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week Street Style - Don't forget your camera!
Fall in Boston is my favorite time of year. The foliage, crisp air and fall fashion are the best things ever! I’ll be going the second week of October, when the leaves have changed and the air has gotten colder. I can’t wait to stroll down Newbury Street, ride in the swan boats in the Common (a touristy thing I never did as a resident), and have a picnic on the Esplanade along the Charles River. The up-and-coming Waterfront neighborhood in South Boston has gotten tons of buzz so I will have to check that out too!
Boston in the Fall
Boston Commons Swan Boats
The Boston Esplanade along the Charles River
Sonsie on Newbury Street in Boston
The North End is the perfect place for Italian food and coffee after a night out!
I plan on packing plenty of cozy sweaters, boots, jeggings, giant wedges, a leather jacket, tights, and faux fur leopard coat! I love fall fashion because of how comfortable and warm everything is, plus you get to layer and wear lots of pieces at once, which means more shopping!
Trench and Boots
Toggle Coat, Leopard Bag and Knee Highs
Patterned tights make these shoes fall appropriate
Love the sweater with elbow patches
Also on my wish-list… Sorrento is a beautiful town in Campania, Italy, near Naples and Pompeii. From the beautiful coast you can see Naples, Vesuvius, and even the Isle of Capri from the right spot. I can imagine driving down Amalfi Drive through the cliffs down to the beach, where I would relax and drink limoncello!
The coast of Sorrento, Italy
The perfect spot for dinner!
Evening cocktails overlooking the Sorrento Marina
Parco Dei Principi Hotel Restaurant
Sorrento Coast and Marina
Sightseeing at the Sorrento Ruins
Slim Aarons, famous Hollywood photographer, photographed “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” He followed the jet-set crowd on vacations and to parties, many of which were centered around beautifully designed pools in glamorous destinations.
A home in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra, photo taken in 1970
Villa Artemis in Palm Beach, Florida taken in 1955
Fontainebleu Hotel, Miami 1955
Eustaquio Escandon Estate in Acapulco
El Venero Moorish Villa in Marbella Spain, taken in 1971
Boardman Estate in Palm Beach, Florida, taken in 1985
Villa Gli Arieti in Italy, 1986
Lake Tahoe 1959
Home of James Pendleton, interior designer, in Beverly Hills 1960
Bouldereign Estate in Carefree, Arizona, taken in 1973
Palm Springs Tennis Club in California 1970
Which pool is your favorite?
Photo credit: Photographers Gallery
Travel + Leisure has released their top 20 best cities for singles. T+L readers were asked to evaluate 35 cities on various factors, such as attractive locals and bar scene. My favorite 5 were:
1. New Orleans
New Orleans, Bourbon Street
New Orleans has been on my Must Visit list for some time now, and it’s #1 spot on Travel and Leisure’s Best Cities for Singles confirms my suspicions that it’s a super fun place. It ranked #1 in the best cocktails, most fascinating people, and best neighborhood cafe categories.
Don’t Miss: Bourbon Street, of course, and Frenchmen Street for lots of live music and bars. New bars are Maison and Three Muses.
Austin, Sixth Street
Apparently the locals here are smart, athletic, and eco-conscious. Austin also ranked #2 for live music.
Don’t Miss: Sixth Street downtown for music and drinks, and East Sixth Street for beer gardens and classy dive bars.
3. New York City
New York City
One of my favorite places and the #1 city for stylish locals. You can’t go wrong in NYC for nightlife.
Chicago, Bar DeVille
They might have the worst weather ever, but they still have an amazing bar scene.
Don’t Miss: Cool neighborhoods like Andersonville, Pilsen and Logan Square.
The locals were ranked as being pretty unfriendly, but they did well in the attractiveness and style categories.
Don’t Miss: The South Beach scene, or downtown Design District and Brickell
Check out the complete list of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities for Singles
These totes aren’t made out of straw, so they’re easy to clean and pack in your suitcase. My favorite is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper, $58 at ShopBop.com or Bloomingdale’s. It’s thin and flexible, so you can fold it and put it on your suitcase easily. Plus it comes in stripes – navy and white (my favorite), yellow and white – and lots of fun prints, too.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper
The Trina Turk Towel Tote, $145 at Bloomingdale’s, is another great option. I love the print and the size. You can really fit a lot in there! It comes in white and clear and hot pink and clear.
Trina Turk Towel Tote
The Kate Spade Daycation Tote is cute and versatile. You could easily use this for work or as a weekend bag.
Kate Spade Daycation Tote
This Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag is preppy and adorable, available in navy and red. It will look great with a pair of torn denim shorts and a bikini top! You can find it at Lord & Taylor for $98.
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag
The See by Chloe Tote comes in a fun animal print in beige and black and fuchsia and black. Because of the colors, it’s not seasonal, so you can use it throughout the year. It’s $105 at Bloomingdale’s.
See by Chloe Tote
Looking good while traveling is easy if you have these amazing products! Whether you’re at the airport or a pool party, these chic accessories and beauty products will help you stay fabulous on-the-go.
Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder
Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder
Love the gold accents!
CitySlips portable flats
These portable flats fold up into a cute little pouch, which unfolds into a tote when the flats aren’t inside. They’re sturdy enough to take you sightseeing and small enough to stash in your purse!
Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit
Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit
Keep your hair protected from sun and chlorine damage. These products can prevent and repair damage.
Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15
Benefit Benetint Lip Balm with SPF 15
This lip blam is tinted and as SPF 15, making it perfect for light lip color during the day or at a pool party.
Prescriptives Anywear Multipurpose Makeup Stick
Prescriptives Anywear Multipurpose Makeup Stick
This is the perfect product to carry at all times! Great for touch ups under the eyes, blemishes or full foundation.
Virtuoso’s Luxe Report revealed the top domestic travel destinations for 2011. Hawaii dominated the list, demonstrating US traveler’s need for exotic island vacations in 2011!
1. Maui, Hawaii
Four Seasons Resort Maui
What has been recognized as the “Best Island in the World” 16 years in a row (out of 23) by the Conde Nast Reader’s Poll. So it’s no surprise this amazing island took the top spot as most sought after destination of 2011! Not only is it a great leisure destination, but offers adventure activities as well. Whale watching, exploring active volcanoes, water sports, golf and more can be found on the islands of Hawaii.
2. New York City
Hotel Plaza Athenee
In 2010, NYC drew in 43 million tourists. That’s a 7% increase from 2009. It’s possible that 2011 may hit 50 million tourists. It makes sense that NYC tourism is doing so well in this economy because it offers plenty of things to do, is within driving distance for a good amount of people on the east coast, and it’s larger-than-life attitude can be just as thrilling as the exotic Maui!
3. Las Vegas
Bellagio Las Vegas
It seems like the perfect place to let off some steam. Casinos, nightlife, shopping, and shows are the main attractions. Summer is great for Vegas pool parties too.
4. Napa Valley
Auberge du Soleil
Napa draws over 5 million tourists every year. People come to visit wineries and take in the beautiful landscape. Plus, you can stop by San Francisco (#5) on the way.
Disney travel is huge, and with new renovations this year, exciting for many.
6. San Francisco
W Hotel San Francisco
People come to San Francisco for the food, architecture, art, and entertainment. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. San Francisco is to the west coast what NYC is to the east coast – a great weekend spot that’s not too far, but you still feel like you’re going on a substantial vacation.
7. Colorado Mountains
Ritz Carlton Vail
The Rockies are really popular during the winter and early spring for skiing and snowboarding. There are lots of great resort towns, like Vail, Aspen, and Steamboat Springs.
8. Big Island, Hawaii
The second Hawaiian island to make the top 10, Big Island is (as it’s name might suggest) the largest. It’s also an active volcanic site, which is one of its biggest attractions.
Another great place to go for a long weekend and have some fun. Relax on the beach during the day and enjoy the South Beach scene at night!
10. Kauai, Hawaii
St. Regis Princeville
The third and final Hawaiian island on the list…Kauai is the oldest and has been featured in over 70 Hollywood movies. Directors can’t get enough of the beautiful landscapes of Kauai!