All posts by Christina Valhouli

Christina Valhouli writes about travel, lifestyle, and beauty. Her freelance work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Self, Fodor’s, Yahoo and amNEWYORK. She writes the Travel CV column for ASPIRE Metro magazine and has held staff positions at Town & Country, George, Rough Guides, and Forbes.com. She has traveled to over 30 countries and firmly believes in bribing her children with iPads and too much candy when traveling.
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    The Darcy hotel

    Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. There’s no shortage of historic hotels in Washington DC. Many of the grande dames have hosted inaugural balls, power breakfasts, and even a juicy political scandal or two. DC’s newest hotel... Read More

     Auckland Art Gallery/Facebook
    Auckland Art Gallery/Facebook

    Before you run off to see New Zealand’s ancient rock formations and dramatic waterways, set aside a few days to explore Auckland. Surrounded by a backdrop of dormant volcanoes and blue ocean, New Zealand’s largest city is also its art and design hub. Whether you’re interested in local contemporary art or learning... Read More

     Hawke's Bay/Courtesy Craggy Hill Winery
    Hawke’s Bay/Courtesy Craggy Range Winery

    Hawke’s Bay may be the oldest and second largest wine-making region in New Zealand, but don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. Although there are more than 50 wineries here, most are too small to export their products abroad — which means that the only way to sample... Read More

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    flickr/TimOve

    Before there were iPads, tablets, and DVD systems built into cars, people had to rely on brain games to stay amused during a long road trip. While there’s nothing wrong with zoning out to a movie while the miles slip by, there’s something fun and nostalgic about playing verbal games in... Read More

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    Greydon House

    Greydon House opens this month in downtown Nantucket, steps from the water, the Whaling Museum, and chic boutiques. The brainchild of Elliot Gould, as well as Alexander and Jeremy Leventhal — grandsons of Elliot Gant, co-founder of the eponymous clothing label — the hotel’s design is paramount; everything from the staff uniforms (GANT’s signature Oxford shirts paired with SeaVees sneakers) to the... Read More

     Chicago Athletic Association
    Courtesy Chicago Athletic Association

    If the logo of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel looks familiar, there’s a good reason. The hotel, which opened in May 2015 in an 1893 Victorian Gothic building, was originally home to an athletic club for men. One of its earliest members, William Wrigley, appropriated the logo for his baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. When... Read More

     Sand Key outside waterfront deck
    Sand Key outside waterfront deck

    One of the best things about dining out in Florida is the restaurant names. Only in the Sunshine State will diners find places unabashedly called Cooter’s, Crabby Bill’s, Frenchy’s, and Salty’s. Clearwater Beach, a barrier island off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, is no exception. This walkable... Read More

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    Clearwater Beach/Colin Miller

    Although Clearwater is consistently rated one of the best beaches in the U.S., there’s much more to do in this seaside town than sunbathe. Stroll down Mandalay Avenue, the main thoroughfare, where you’ll find a mix of upscale restaurants, like Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, souvenir shops and boutiques, and kitschy attractions... Read More

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    Flowers/Christina Garofalo

    Smell is one of the most powerful triggers for memory. While nothing beats visiting a place in person, a whiff of lemon, burnt sugar, or pine can instantly transport you back to a favorite destination. Here’s a look at five perfumes that will take you on a sensory journey. Cuba... Read More

    Stella and Dot tote_alt

    While most of us have a tried-and-true handbag for everyday use, it’s tough to find the perfect travel bag. A tote for the road has a different set of requirements: It needs to be functional, yet fashionable and lightweight with plenty of pockets. Here, five carryalls that deliver style and practicality but don’t... Read More

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    Miami/iStock

    When it’s time to plan a family vacation, most parents automatically think of theme parks and water slides — but there are plenty of alternatives. From discovering dinosaur fossils to taking a swim in a geothermal spring, here are some destinations that are surprisingly fit for kids and families. Miami Miami may... Read More

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    Redwoods in Rotorua/Tourism New Zealand
    Redwoods in Rotorua/Tourism New Zealand

    Forget about The Shire for a second and think dragons instead. New Zealand is gearing up to be back in the tourism spotlight thanks to the upcoming Disney movie Pete’s Dragon, which was filmed there. Slated for an August 12 release, the film — which is a redo of the... Read More