All posts by Keith Flanagan

 Koen Smilde
Koen Smilde

Though its winding canals and quaint façades are steeped in historic charm, Amsterdam has recently begun a notable push toward more modernity. New museums strengthen assert a new focus on contemporary arts, of-the-moment chefs bring fresh flavors to the table, and even those iconic canals are now being approached from new directions (locavore cruises, anyone?).... Read More

 Courtesy Bryan Rupp
Courtesy Bryan Rupp

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to nearly 300 vineyards; and this May, for Oregon Wine Month, The Vintages Trailer Resort — a collection of trendy, mid-century-inspired trailers in the heart of Oregon’s wine country — is offering well-priced accommodations and a wine package, to boot. The You Had Me at Pinot package, $75, includes two sets... Read More

Mama Shelter in Los Angeles, California
Mama Shelter

Finding an affordable hotel in L.A. might be the only thing harder than finding a parking spot. Unfortunately, we can’t help you with the latter, but for the former, there’s Mama Shelter. You wouldn’t think that one of L.A.’s trendiest new hotels would also happen to be one of its... Read More

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Rio
Rio/Keith Flanagan

As the Brazilian city buzzes in preparation for August’s Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is certainly one of today’s most talked about destinations. But perhaps you’re not keen on seeing the latest developments while jostling with the event’s anticipated 380,000 foreign visitors — which is why we suggest sneaking... Read More

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paraty, brazil - Keith Flanagan
Keith Flanagan

What waned centuries ago as a port after Brazil’s gold rush is now arguably one of country’s most charming seaside towns. Paraty, wedged between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, enamors small in-the-know crowds with its cobblestone streets, pristine beaches, brightly painted inns, and laid-back coastal vibe. Here’s your guide. A Brief History Paraty... Read More

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Boulder, Colorado - a great unexpected fall foliage vacation
Fall in Boulder/Denise Chambers

New England is a leaf peeping classic for a reason, but sometimes we just want something a little different. To find beautiful autumnal colors this year, pack your sweater and head south or west to these unexpected spots for fall foliage. ... Read More

Vancouver skyline aerial
Tourism Vancouver

We love the cosmopolitan excursions in Vancouver as much as the next traveler, but we’re also huge fans of the fact that it’s a great gateway to surrounding outdoorsy adventures. After all, the city is flanked by mountains, forests, and the Pacific coast. Best of all, plenty of these escapes are... Read More

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Sri Laka Spices1 - Photo Credit Asia Transpacific Journeys
Asia Transpacific Journeys

When we imagine the perfect trip, most of us picture breathtaking vistas or vibrant cultures of places from all over. But we often overlook a destination’s scent (unless it hits us on the nose). While trite, the suggestion to stop and smell the roses still has its merits. A strong scent can... Read More

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Wall Street Charging Bull
Flickr/ojoswi

Life might be easier with a little bit of luck on your side, but how far would you go to take luck into your own hands? More importantly, where should you go to find it? From Nevada to Istanbul to Japan, here are seven places around the world where... Read More

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Tranquility Seeker1 - Photo Credit DiscoverSouthCarolina.com
Discover South Carolina

There are times when taking to the open road — an escape from our day-to-day life — is better suited by way of a long hike. From the cool coasts of the Great Lakes to warmer climates in Australia, here’s where you can reconnect with nature, no matter what... Read More