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.
 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

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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