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The blue glasses hide the color of the oils, so you can just focus on the taste...
If you’re sick and tired of sipping and sampling award winning wine after award winning wine there’s another tasting opportunity for you to check out in Napa Valley. The region also produces some pretty nice olive oils, so why not take a break from the vineyard and head over to the olive mill at Round Pond Estate.
Go ahead and take them up on their Olive Mill Experience, the visit starts with a quick walk over to the field where the olive trees mix and mingle with the grapes, and you get to learn a little bit about the trees, their temperament, and everything else involved with the harvest. Just be sure to take the guide’s advice—olives fresh off the tree are terribly bitter—we needed to confirm this for ourselves, and will never forget that experience.
Anyway, the next stop takes you into the mill that is pretty darn impressive, especially considering some of the equipment that they ordered all the way from Italy. We just hope they had a discount on shipping, because that big granite rock responsible for squishing and squashing the olives has to weigh a couple of tons.
Very First To has put together the ultimate trip for film fans.
The 90-day tour stops at 20 of the most legendary movie filming locations across the globe.
Included in the journey is Petra, Jordan where Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was filmed, The Beach's Ko Phi Phi Leh in Thailand, the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson meet in Lost In Translation, and Braveheart's Scottish countryside.
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By now, your Halloween costume should be packed away for another year. If you don't want to let go of the spooky holiday just yet, however, the hot television show American Horror Story - Coven is just gearing up for another adventure of the supernatural kind. This time all of the witchcraft action is set in one of America's eeriest cities, New Orleans.
While some of the buildings are re-purposed as sets of the show, a few actually have stories behind them. For example, Madame Lalaurie's House of Horrors is actually known as the Lalaurie Mansion, named after its original owner with a similarly sordid history. Thus, the tour company Roadtrippers has put together a self-guided tour for American Horror Story fans heading for Nola. The AHS tour is fully mapped out with details of each stop already pinned. If you're not that creative to workout your own roadtrip, you can browse the list of recommendations.
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So when he pushes it into fourth gear and rips down the off-road dirt trail to make sure you don’t “feel the bumps as much” or takes you up 45-degree climbs to reach coastal vistas, don’t say we didn’t warn you, all right?
Seriously, this was easily the most free-wheeling jeep tour we've ever experienced. It's all thanks to Sandro Pombal of Sagres Discovery, who is a former driver for Mitsubishi's regional rally team and who has since "settled down" to spend his days driving the trails along Portugal's rocky, elevated south and west coastlines, an area that is, without question, still undiscovered by American tourists (which we'll nag you about tomorrow).
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When it comes down to it, the travel industry breaks down into two types of tourists: "Travelers" and vacationers.
Some people are explorers, and others are pool-side dwellers (and many of us are somewhere in between). Some are comfortable with new horizons and feel enriched by the new experiences, and some only have a week’s worth of time off per year and want to know what they’re going to get for their money; they don’t want any surprises.
While we’ve always understood the appeal of both sides of the coin, a recent rise in what tourism boards refer to as "people-to-people" programs are helping even the most bashful of tourists dig into the local culture. These programs combine the concepts of traveling and vacationing, providing you with an organized, safe way to connect with the local communities.
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Vancouver’s Main Street feels like a microcosm of the entire world with its resident population spanning social groups and cultures. The street itself is lengthy, slowly unfolding from the night markets of Chinatown to the hip digs of a nouveau-retro tiki bar.
To begin, the area from Mount Pleasant down to Broadway is rife with indie coffee shops, one-off clothing stores, watering holes and, increasingly, craft breweries like the Main Street Brewing Company and the soon-to-be open Brassneck Brewing.
Keep moving south and you enter what feels like the main drag of a small town in the 1960s. There are antique and thrift stores galore, hip eateries and specialty bakeries. This Main Street area is way off the beaten path, so tourists and solo travelers would be best to venture here with a progressive dinner-type tour with Off the Eaten Track.
The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.
Portland has an estimated 600 food trucks offering cuisines from Scottish to Korean, and you could spend weeks trying them all. If you don’t have weeks, though, sign up for the insanely well-curated food truck tour organized by local institution Brett Burmeister.
Burmeister is a native Portlandian, and he started a blog documenting the local food truck scene several years ago. Since then, his hobby has turned into a bona fide vocation. For $37.50 (and free for kids!), you're off on a 1.5-hour tour of downtown food trucks, with tastings from at least four places along the way.
If you've ever wanted to immerse yourself into the sights and sounds of old school Cuba, a la Jay Z and Beyonce, there is a new tour created just for you.
Insight Cuba, the longest running operator of legal people-to-people trips to Cuba, is launching a new six-day itinerary this fall, aptly called Vintage Cuba, for those who want to go back in time on a journey through the country’s colorful and complex history.
It's crazy to think that Spaceport America, the middle-of-nowhere New Mexico base for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, has already been open for just over two years. We may not yet have regular flights to space, but while that day grows nearer the public is very welcome to come have a look around.
The Spaceport, located in the Chihuahuan Desert 150 miles south of Albuquerque, actually offers public tours aimed at "giving guests an up close look at the spaceflight facilities before operations begin." The tours have grown so popular that the tour operators, Follow The Sun Inc., have changed the pick-up point to a more central location (The Holiday Inn, with free breakfast!) in the hot springs town of Truth or Consequences.
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando may be working on building a full-scale Hogwarts Express train, but little do they know one already exists.
Over in the UK, the famously opulent Orient-Express "Northern Belle" train attempts to recreate the Hogwarts Express experience on special kid-friendly departures that include more than just a choo-choo ride; the train actually transports its passengers to and from Hogwarts or, well, the Harry Potter Studio Tour experience outside London, where the movies were filmed.
Curious to see what exactly goes down in the Studio Tour? What a coincidence! We recently visited it ourselves.
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This weekend The Bling Ring will shine a spotlight on the rich and famous in Los Angeles, whether they want it or not.
The movie is based on the true story of a group of celeb-obsessed teenagers who went on a crime-spree in the Hollywood Hills. The gang tracked their favorite celebrities online, learning their schedules and addresses, and then proceeded to steal more than 3 million dollars in luxury goods from the homes Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and others earning them the nickname, "The Bling Ring."
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No Seoul/soul jokes this week, guys. We're just going to tell it like it is in celebration of American Airlines' new route to Seoul, South Korea, a city so hugely underrated and yet so majorly cool. It's a city that comes with the Jaunted seal of approval many times over and for the next several days we'll be explaining exactly why.
Bibimbap. Bulgogi. Tteokbokki. We're not going to sugarcoat things; Korean cuisine can be just as confusing as attempting to correctly pronouce the name of a dish. Now, that's no reason to spend every evening dining at Lotteria (Korea's version of McDonalds, complete with a ramen burger); in fact, all the etiquette and ingredients and ceremony of a hearty Korean meal means diving in head-first and, yes, tasting the kimchi.
For first timers to Seoul or those who need a refresher, we recommend joining an O'ngo Dining Tour. Depending on your tastes (literally), O'ngo will take you out for Korean BBQ, to nibble from street stall to street stall in bustling Myeongdong, orwhat we bookeddown the alleys and into the local favorites around Anguk after dark. This one tour gave us the confidence (and pronunciation help) to continue devouring only Korean cuisine for the next 7 nights of our stay. Best idea ever, really.