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Charming bed and breakfasts in the English countryside

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Heading to Britain, and looking to explore this country outside of the major cities? If so, you are in for a treat, as the charming towns and villages in this nation will earn a special place in your heart when you get to know them.

When staying in these rural areas, the following charming bed and breakfasts in the English countryside will be part of the reason why this trip here certainly won’t be your last.

1) Orchard Barn, Bridport

Put together everything you’ve ever considered when it comes to the dream bed and breakfast in the English countryside, and you’ll likely come up with something that looks like the Orchard Barn, which is located near the English countryside town of Bridport.

While this place inhabits a large country house, a separate wing for guests ensures privacy for those that crave it, while still permitting access to the Corbetts, the lovely couple that runs this place for much of the year. Spend your nights by a roaring fireplace with ample firewood standing at the ready, anticipating the gourmet English breakfast that will be waiting for you the following morning.

2) Brick House Farm, Buntingford

Want to stay on an actual working farm during your getaway to the English countryside? The appropriately named Brick House Farm will be an inspired choice for those seeking to check this desire of their bucket lists, as it mixes the elegance of a top line bed and breakfast with the authenticity of a farm that runs in the way it has for generations.

The agricultural bounty of this property inevitably finds it way into the first meal of the day, served in a lovely garden for one of the more romantic moments you will experience if you are traveling with your significant other.

Additionally, if the summer weather should get a touch sweltering, the on-site pool will grant the opportunity for refreshment, so don’t forget to pack a swimsuit!

3) Cherry Trees Bed and Breakfast, Chipping Campden

Situated smack in the midst of the Cotswolds, the Cherry Trees Bed and Breakfast makes for a great base to explore this region while having a place that feels like home to go back to at the end of the day. Located within easy walking distance of the postcard perfect country town of Chipping Campden, you won’t have to go far for many of your sightseeing adventures.

When the time comes to head back to this accommodation, you’ll love the daily tea and cookies, luxurious shower and bath in your ensuite, and the local knowledge and companionship of your hosts, Angie and Steve.

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Experiencing the Galapagos in style

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Out of all the natural environments on Earth, none quite has the fame that the Galapagos Islands possesses. Back in the 19th century, a naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin visited these isles as part of a global journey aboard the HMS Beagle, and it was here he witnessed the vastly different creatures which led to him positing his now famous theories of natural selection and evolution.

Regardless of your opinion of Mr. Darwin, nobody can deny the beauty of its geography and its flora and fauna, and it is this fact that brings countless travelers to the shores of the Galapagos every year. Located more than 1,000 kilometres from the South American mainland, the shocking differences in animal and plant life here will fascinate you at every turn, making your decision to come here well worth the money you will spend on a trip here.

Here’s how you can experience the Galapagos in style…

A room with a grand view

While many visitors here are content to slum it in budget hotels and hostels, you have no desire to rough it on a tropical island without glorious A/C, a plush mattress that feels like a cloud, and a property that feels like an immaculately kept castle.

The Royal Palm Hotel definitely satisfies all of the following criteria, as well as many others. Your home away from home for your week in the Galapagos is located up in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, and with a fine dining restaurant, a refined bar, and a relaxing pool/jacuzzi on site, you won’t ever want to leave.

Observe one of the world’s most fascinating habitats

One of the absolute must-do activities that one should undertake while on holidays in the Galapagos is a tour through some of the most unique natural habitats found in this island chain. It is recommended that you should take a tour on a smaller yacht than on the bigger ships, as not only is the experience far more intimate, they are much more environmentally friendly and are easier to dock at some of the tighter coves in the national park (whereas the big boats cannot).

On these tours, you will see rare birds, lizards and tortoises enjoying life in their unique habitat, one that cannot be found elsewhere on Earth.

Savour the island’s best cuisine

While you could have dinner at your resort every night, on some nights you will want to have a night out on the town instead. On Santa Cruz, that town is Puerto Ayora, and it is here you can find places like Angermeyer Point Restaurant if you wish to sample the bounty of the sea, La Garrapata if you wish to sample a taste of Ecuadorian cuisine, and if you wish to choose from the cuisine of the world, Il Giardino is highly regarded by both tourists and locals alike!

Experiencing San Diego In Style

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California has long been a favored destination by many travelers craving the abundant Californian sun, its ever-present surf creating a pleasant din in the background, and its many soul rejuvenating vistas. Of all the cities in the state, San Diego best exemplifies all three of these qualities, and as a result of this, its stock has been rising among travelers.

The time for you to experience this stylish city has arrived, as it offers a wide variety of inspired activities for the culturally attuned. In the following article, we have picked out what we feel are the best aspects of San Diego that you should experience if it is a peak experience that you seek.

It may be not a be all, end all list of things to do here, but it will ensure that your time here will be filled with highlights.

DO: Balboa Park

If your time here is restricted to a quick weekend or business trip, do take the time to experience Balboa Park, if only for a few hours. It is San Diego’s most celebrated greenspace, as it is beset with many well-tended gardens and shady palms, but there is so much more to this place than that. It is also home to art galleries, the San Diego Zoo, and structures like Casa de Balboa that date back to the founding of this relatively young city.

EAT: Addison

Critically acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in San Diego, this fine dining establishment elevates French cuisine to a place where you be begging for extra courses, despite their six to eight plate offerings. Traditional continental offerings such as Risotto Balls meet fusion dishes like Kobe Beef Short Ribs to create an evening that your tastebuds won’t soon forget!

STAY: Hotel del Coronado

Your stay in San Diego won’t be complete unless you at least visit the Hotel del Coronado, a Victorian style beach resort that has been welcoming guests for well over one hundred years. Its massive wooden frame has harbored presidents, royalty and the top flight ranks of the wealthy over the years, and continues to do so to this day.

Even if you aren’t willing to shell out the $611 it takes to stay in its most basic rooms, a stroll through its gorgeous lobby with its massive chandelier and a long walk along its inspired waterfront will make you feel like you’ve been magically transported back to the gilded ages when this hotel was in its prime.

The Hippest Hotels In Manhattan

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Containing nationalities from just about every significant country on Earth, New York City is often considered to be the crossroads of the world. It seems like every nook and cranny of this intensely urbane metropolis has something going on, but the locus of all attention seems to be undeniably focused on the island of Manhattan.

Resembling a massive forest of concrete, steel and glass, this heavily populated and capitalized borough where where locals and visitors come to see and be seen, and while many commute in from other corners of NYC or the suburbs, it is the desire of many of stay in the heart of action.

Not content to cut corners to sleep in a roach hotel for a price that would get you a 3 and a half star room back home, you’re ready to step to the plate financially to ensure that your New York city break is one that is done in style, as a center of this caliber deserves nothing less.

In that spirit, the following three hotels are thought of by many as the hippest places to stay in the heart of the Big Apple.

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1) Gansevoort Park Avenue

This lively spot is situated within one of New York’s most famed luxury shopping districts. When you’re aren’t busy trolling Prada or Louis Vuitton for the latest styles, this boutique pad offers avant garde Italian fare at its house restaurant, Ristorante Asellina, cutting edge artwork in all of the rooms, and the piece de resistance, a rooftop pool and bar that will keep you celebrating well into the sultry summer evenings that New York is famous for.

2) Ace Hotel

Situated on Manhattan’s West Side, Ace Hotel has many outstanding features that will make it tough to leave after your New York vacation has concluded. The spacious and uniquely designed lobby makes for an inspired place to get caught up on e-mails or work, or to finish off the latest chapter in the book you haven’t been able to put down lately.

Whether you wish to grab a quick snack or sit down for a luxurious meal, Ace has you covered, as there are no less than four spots to chow down (coffee, sub, and seafood spots await you in the lobby area, and the well-appointed Breslin Restaurant has a variety of dining experiences on its menu that are just awaiting your indulgences!)

3) The Marcel at Gramercy

If you’re looking for a place with loud and bold colours/designs, then get on over to the East Side, where The Marcel at Gramercy doesn’t do subtlety when it comes to interior décor. From the hotel bar that does its best impersonation of a European cellar pub, to the rooms with their love me or leave me zebra print pillowcases, reinforced by a banana yellow vinyl headboard, the look of this boutique spot is almost worth the price you pay all by itself. The clincher is the rooftop terrace, as it grants an unparalleled view of Midtown after dark.