Road Trip Rejuvenation: Quirky Bars and Locales Across the West

By Amanda Keely-Thurman There’s nothing like a good old fashioned summer road trip. Picture this: you’re cruising through the American West as the open road stretches endlessly ahead. It almost feels like you’ve landed on another planet as the pavement cuts through the dusty and cactus-sprinkled landscape and the giant jagged red mountains jut from the ground skyward. The possibilities of adventure seem infinite and you feel the thrill of the Wild West. You’re rockin’ your Ray-Bans and the radio is blasting classic rock. Indeed—you were born to be wild. But all that driving and rebellious freedom can make a person mighty thirsty. Along with quirky roadside attractions, like an ancient crater or rusty automobile graveyard, nothing screams “ROAD TRIP!” like a unique watering hole that reflects the local history and culture of a town awaiting your exploration. You may feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, but you’re never too far away from a road trip bar. Pappy & Harriet's Pioneer Palace Pappy & Harriet’s opened its doors in 1982 but the history goes much deeper than its inaugural year. Located just outside of Joshua Tree National Park is a little place called [...]

Summer Coastal Destinations: Ten Charming Atlantic Blue Locales and Resorts

By Audrey Pavia High cliffs, white sand and views of the vast Atlantic—all this and more awaits visitors to seaside resorts along the Eastern seaboard. Although winter weather in the East can be daunting, the summer months can be a wonderful time to take in the splendor of Atlantic beaches. Whether you prefer the rugged beauty of Maine, the Southern charm of South Carolina or the laidback atmosphere of the Florida Keys, there is a great vacation waiting for you in the far eastern states. The Cliff House The northernmost state of Maine is known for its rugged beauty. Sheer ocean cliffs, historic lighthouses and pristine oceans are the biggest draws for visitors to the Pine Tree State. One of the best resorts to provide the Maine experience is the Cliff House. Located in southern Maine between Ogunquit and York, the resort is only an hour drive from Boston, and sits right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can relax and enjoy the ocean views, swim in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, take advantage of a luxury spa or play golf at the adjacent Cape Neddick Golf Club. For a little bit of [...]

A Night Out In Hollywood: The Best Spots to Barhop Like a Star

By Elisa Jordan Say the words “Old Hollywood” and the images that come to mind are sultry women, well-heeled men, smoky restaurants and swanky cocktail lounges. Los Angeles has always catered to the rich, famous and glamorous but for those who want an authentic Old Hollywood experience, there are still several places that date back to the Golden Era (sans the cigarettes). These places are still as elegant as when they opened and remain popular because of their cocktails, décor, service—and privacy. Many establishments will ask guests to leave at the first sign of a camera so an evening out will be strictly paparazzi-free. Step foot into any one of these old-school operations and you might swear you see Clark Gable or Walt Disney out of the corner of your eye. The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel The Beverly Hills Hotel is so entrenched in Beverly Hills culture and history that the city built up around the hotel, not the other way around. The hotel opened its doors in 1912, when the area was still primarily lima bean fields. The theory behind the new resort was simple: superior accommodations, quality service and high-end [...]

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