Anthony Bourdain’s Legacy Ripples Beyond Chefs and Foodies

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In honor of what would’ve been Anthony Bourdain’s 62nd birthday, June 25, we remember a man whose humble genius stemmed from a fearless spirit and passion to learn about the world. He devoured live cobra hearts in Vietnam. He tasted roasted sheep testicles in Morocco, and downed a seal eyeball in Canada. This was no pot-stirrer aiming to make extra bucks by plastering his face on TV screens or moonlighting as a judge on a reality show. Anthony Bourdain lived wildly because he was a rock star and bad boy trapped in a chef’s body. When he left us at 61, an outpouring of grief came from parts known and unknown. Not only did chefs and restaurateurs share their most treasured memories of how Bourdain influenced them, but so did Hollywood actors, authors and folks who were in love with Bourdain right from the release of his book Kitchen Confidential        …read more

8 Best Arts and Crafts Shows across the U.S.

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This summer, head out to one of these arts and crafts shows to get your hands on the works of indie makers near you. Founded in 2005, Etsy provides a wealth of handmade items from individuals selling their wares, including art, clothing, bath-and-body products, baby items, home goods, accessories and more. As online shopping has grown over the last 20 years into a billion-dollar industry, champions have often hailed sites like Etsy as a revolutionary step in humanity’s ongoing quest to get all shopping done without ever leaving the house. Despite millions in sales on Etsy, however, nothing beats being able to hold and feel an item in your hands before buying it, and nothing ever beats a giant fair in the summer when you can see hundreds of sellers peddle their goods in a party atmosphere. Every summer brings throngs of potential sellers to arts and crafts shows throughout        …read more

Fantasy Meets High Adventure in These Incredible Tree House Hotels

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Go out on a limb at the 6 best tree house hotels in the world. There’s not a kid in the world who hasn’t dreamed of a hideaway high on the branches of the backyard tree. The notion of a rustic, secret tree house, long idealized in literature and film, has typically been the province of children — but why should kids have all the fun? They don’t have to. With tree house hotels popping up all over the world, adults can enjoy the same private retreat deep in nature’s embrace, with the added benefit of high-thread-count sheets and good WiFi. Many of these properties offer close encounters with wildlife, and all promise incredible views and an immersive journey into native ecosystems. Take experiential travel to new heights with one of these unique tree house hotels sure to awaken the child within. 1. Chewton Glen In the ancient woodlands of        …read more

Places to Visit in the U.S. That Feel Like International Destinations

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Want to feel like you’re a world away without the long flight and jet lag? Check out these places to visit in the U.S. that look and feel remarkably similar to their European counterparts. We’d all love to jet off on international adventures, but sometimes a lack of funds and time can get in the way of our globetrotting dreams. Fortunately, there’s a solution, and it doesn’t have to come in the form of a staycation. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in the U.S. that look and feel just like European locales, thanks to early settlers who came to America infusing a heavy dose of culture into their designs, food and celebrations. 1. You want to go to Greece The place to visit: Tarpon Springs, Florida Greek divers and crew members immigrated here for the flourishing sponge industry, which mimics that of their homeland. They dive deep        …read more

Wonders of the Ancient World: 5 Architectural Marvels from Antiquity

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Built into cliffsides and atop mountains, these gravity-defying marvels are true wonders of the ancient world. Of all the wonders of the ancient world, faith-related architecture is perhaps the most formidable. Irrespective of religion, ancient places of worship were such remarkable feats of ingenuity that one questions if there was some sort of competition to see who could build the most awe-inspiring complex. If that were the case, the architects of temples and monasteries surely would have won. Some of these were built in the most hostile, inaccessible places: into mountainsides above the clouds, on the peaks of rock monuments, and on the edges of sheer cliffs. The purpose was twofold: to isolate the faithful from the world of sin and temptation, and to elevate them to a higher place — both physically and spiritually. Not to mention such locales would separate the wheat from the chaff: only the most        …read more

14 Literary Landmarks for Your Bookish U.S. Road Trip

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These literary landmarks are the stuff of every bookworm’s dreams. There’s a lot to take into account when you’re planning a vacation, but one thing bookworms never want to miss is the chance to visit a literary landmark (or five…or 14). Even if you’re sticking to a certain state or region, there’s almost always the opportunity to visit at least one place where incredible authors wrote some of their greatest works. If you’re the road-tripping type, what could be better than traveling across the country to visit as many of these landmarks as possible? (That is, of course, a rhetorical question.) From New England to California, here are some literary landmarks that are sure to make every bookworm smile. New England 1. The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home (Lenox, MA) The first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, Wharton penned classics including Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth at this stunning        …read more

8 Strange Homes You Have to See to Believe

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From a spaceship to a pickle barrel, these architectural wonders have just one thing in common: they’re very strange homes. Explore eight of the weirdest homes in the U.S. and learn how they came to be. 1. Haines Shoe House (York, Pennsylvania) It’s literally a house that looks like a massive shoe — you can’t really get a home that’s stranger than this one. Haines Shoe House was built by a shoe salesman in 1948 and was supposed to look like a work boot. This house has five stories and is situated on Shoe House Road. The living room is in the toe, the bedrooms are in the ankle, the kitchen is in the heel, and there’s an ice cream shop open to the public in the instep. You can also take a tour of the shoe. 2. Mary’s Gone Wild (Supply, North Carolina) In 1998 Mary Paulsen had a vision        …read more

Take a Front-Row Seat at the ‘Super Bowl of Snow Sculpting’

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Check out the stunning work on display at the International Snow Sculpting Competition. Snow can be shoveled, piled and plowed, but it can also become a gorgeous form of art. Using the simple, pure medium of frosty precipitation, snow sculptors manage to capture the beauty of winter in a unique way. Snow sculpting competitions bring a sense of joy and friendly rivalry to the picture as artists compete to make unforgettable works, creating a special experience for both sculptors and spectators alike. Every January artists gather at the International Snow Sculpting Competition — an annual event that’s been held for 28 years in the picturesque, serene mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado. It’s one of the world’s most prestigious snow sculpting events, and tens of thousands of visitors come out to watch the sculptors at work during the five-day competition. Two hundred and fifty teams apply to participate, and only 16        …read more

More U.S. Students Than Ever Take a Gap Year to Travel and Serve

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Many students choose to take a gap year between high school and college to see the world and, often, lend support to worthy causes while they’re at it. As everyone else was heading to Bed, Bath & Beyond to stock up on dorm room supplies last year, Palmer Skudneski was packing his bags for an epic trip across 22 countries. As soon as he graduated from high school, the Denver, Colorado, man took off to climb the mountains of China, search for the Milky Way in the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and watch the sun set in Ecuador. Skudneski is one of a growing number of students in the United States choosing to take a year off before college — AKA a gap year — to travel the world, work or have a life experience. Malia Obama made the gap year conversation mainstream when she announced last year she’d        …read more

Wanderlust: 8 Beautiful Spots to Add to Your Bucket List Now

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You’ll want to start checking these photogenic locations off your bucket list immediately. For those of us with a serious case of wanderlust, it’s hard to keep track of all the places we want to visit. Traveling to an exotic location, especially one that’s a little off the beaten path, allows us to immerse ourselves in a culture that’s completely different from our own. If you can’t get enough of art museums during your travels, think outside the box when it’s time to update your bucket list — because certain beautifully decorated communities and villages are works of art themselves. From Europe to Asia to Africa to South America, these eight sites have earned a place on the ultimate travel bucket list for people who love being immersed in beauty. 1. Tunnel of Love (between the villages of Obreja and Glimboca, Romania) This hidden European gem of tree canopies is        …read more