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ON THE COVER A country lane near Chipping Campden in England’s Cotswold area MILANGONDA/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

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12 Scenic Routes Mr. Harper maps 12 of his favorite drives the world over. 24 Artful Inspiration Destinations that have inspired many fine art and literary legends. 36 Colonial Mexico & Central America Discover old world charm in these historically preserved cities of Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala. 44 Staff Favorites Members of the AH staff recall some of their favorite travel experiences. Part one of a two-part series.

46 Ports of Call These nine port cities attract thousands of visitors annually with their nautical charm, natural beauty and abundant attractions. 56 Meet the Guides: National Parks Revealed Get to know the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone with National Parks Revealed guides Wayne Ranney and Keith Watts. DON’T MISS this issue’s special supplement, Far & Away, with offers and insights from some of our partners in remote destinations.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Night Receive a complimentary fourth night when booking the excellent Stephen Williams Suite for stays of four nights or more. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through June 30, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Two tickets to the Isaiah Davenport House per room • When booking The Stephen Williams Suite, a Savannah-style cookbook Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast served in the dining room • Wi-Fi • Parking


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Hacienda de San Raphael SEVILLE, SPAIN – Andalusia enchants with gorgeous fairytale landscapes, an inimitable culture and its unique Moorish history. Within this remarkable region awaits a charming 18th-century hacienda, ideally located between Seville and the famed sherry bodegas of Jerez. Here, 11 individually decorated guestrooms surround a beautiful bougainvillea-filled courtyard, set in an oasis of gardens on a 350-acre working farm. Three rustic, well-equipped casitas and a private villa round out the accommodations. On site, enjoy outstanding Mediterranean fare in a variety of alfresco venues, prepared with fresh seafood and local game and produce. Extensive excursions and experiences—from championship golf to bullfighting and private flamenco lessons—are customized throughout your stay to fully deliver the many delights of Andalusia. Recommended since 2001. Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Welcome drink • Pre-dinner tapas plate • Can of olive oil per room • In-room flowers Standard Inclusions: Daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Tennis • Wi-Fi • Parking

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND Recommended since 2001.

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Wonder is indigenous here, from ancient, moss-draped oaks to serenely winding rivers. Here, in South Carolina Lowcountry, land and architecture resonate with the grace of a bygone era, where families create indelible memories of their own. At The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, not only is history at every turn. It’s always in the making. ANDREW HARPER EXCLUSIVE MEMORIES OFFER: Stay two nights and receive a golf cart, daily breakfast and special culinary amenity. Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by August 31 for travel through September 31, 2015. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. F or r eservations contact the a ndrew h arper t ravel o FF ice at (800) 375-4685 or r eservations @a ndrew h arper . com . B enefits : D aily B reakfast • $100 s pa t reatment C reDit p er r oom • a ccommodation U pgrade ( based on availability )


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Rocco Forte Verdura Resort

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Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

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Rocco Forte Verdura Resort & Hotel Savoy SCIACCA, ITALY AND FLORENCE, ITALY – Pursue la dolce vita through the endless charms of Italy with Rocco Forte. With artisanal refinement that embodies the rich culture of Florence and Tuscany, Hotel Savoy commands an ideal location near the Duomo and the masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery. Explore the city’s palpable medieval and Renaissance history, where the streets still whisper of greats such as Dante and Botticelli. However, the savvy 102-room hotel has a new story to tell; a recent redesign of the property welcomes guests with a cozy and intimate new lobby, and most of the 14 suites have been renewed with joyful colors and authentic Florentine fabrics and textures. Gourmets can indulge in healthy reinventions of Tuscan classics at the newly launched bistro, Irene. Cross the Tyrrhenian Sea and trade the rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany for the stunning Mediterranean oasis of Sicily. Set in a picturesque 560-acre valley on the southwest coast of the island, lush Verdura Resort offers guests 203 sea-facing rooms and ample opportunity for sport and leisure, as well as convenient access to the Greco-Roman ruins of Selinunte and Agrigento. A remarkable landscape of olive and orange groves frames every activity, whether enjoying world-class golf, a nourishing treatment at the spa or a locally sourced meal at one of four outstanding restaurants. VERDURA: Recommended since 2011. SAVOY: Recommended since 2006.

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hether ambling across the bucolic countryside or winding toward exhilarating mountain vistas, Mr. Harper delights in experiencing a destination from behind the wheel. Here, he recounts a few of his most memorable drives.

A rainbow crosses a picturesque road near Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands.

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Boston to Stowe, Vermont

300 miles, 7 hours

VIA CONCORD, DEERFIELD, MANCHESTER AND WOODSTOCK

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A drive through New England, staying at traditional inns, is one of the classic American road trips. Although the fall leaves provide the classic incentive for such a journey, I’ve traveled through Vermont during the hazy days of summer, when the landscape is almost as lovely. I always like to pay my respects to the ghosts of Emerson and Thoreau in Concord at the outset. Deerfield, home of the famous boys’ academy, is so unspoiled that it seems to occupy a time warp. A stop in Manchester gives me the opportunity to drop into the Orvis store and cast a fly on the Batten Kill. And not for nothing was Woodstock dubbed “the prettiest small town in America.”

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TOP: A covered bridge in Woodstock, Vermont BELOW: A stone cottage in Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds

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Oxford to Broadway, through the Cotswolds 60 miles, 2 hours

VIA BURFORD, BOURTON ON THE WATER, MORETON IN MARSH AND CHIPPING CAMPDEN

The Cotswolds contain some the prettiest villages in England, tiny hamlets of golden stone dating to the Middle Ages, tucked into folds in the hills. The main roads and principal towns tend to be crowded at weekends and in high season, so I prefer to buy the 1 Inch: 1 Mile Ordnance Survey maps and to head off down the winding country lanes. The principal towns, Chipping Campden and Cirencester, are delightful, but for me a drive through the Cotswolds is all about finding a tiny exquisite church, or a quiet country pub.

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New York to Hudson 130 miles, 2.5 hours

VIA BEACON, POUGHKEEPSIE AND RHINECLIFF The Hudson Valley has changed beyond recognition in recent years. Not long ago, much of it was a scene of post-industrial gloom. Now former factories have been turned into stylish boutique hotels; Beacon is home to the Dia Art Foundation; locavore restaurants are thriving; and the wineries go from strength to strength. (North of Hudson, the Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery even makes a superb apple vodka.) One of the great pleasures of this trip is that the Hudson itself is never far away, and at a bend in the road you are suddenly confronted by the great river’s calm and stately flow.

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Oban to Ullapool

250 miles, 7 hours

VIA FORT WILLIAM, KYLE OF LOCHALSH, TORRIDON AND GAIR LOCH

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TOP: The Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, New York ABOVE: The Loch Awe Viaduct

runs above Loch Awe for a stretch of the eastern route into Oban, Scotland.

The Western Highlands of Scotland contain the most dramatic scenery in the British Isles, the result of glacial erosion during the last Ice Age, which left deep valleys and hills that rise precipitously from the sea. Most travelers agree that there is some magical quality to the coastal light that casts a numinous glow on the landscape. The roads themselves are well-maintained and only crowded in July and August. But in the far north, some are still single-track, with passing places.

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Jagged peaks, bucolic valleys and rustic villages characterize the landscape of the Dolomites.

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Cortina d’Ampezzo to Bolzano 70 miles, 2.5 hours

VIA CORVARA, SAN CASSIANO AND SELVA (VAL GARDENA, DOLOMITES)

Some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery is not in the high Alps, but the Dolomites, a secondary range that separates northeastern Italy from Austria. Here, immense granite spires rise to 11,000 feet, and resemble a vast natural cathedral. Cortina is a gracious old ski resort, while San Cassiano is a delightful mountain village with some exceptionally fine restaurants. Very often I have passed this way, before joining the main highway in Bolzano and heading north across the Brenner Pass to Innsbruck.

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Izmir, Turkey (ancient Smyrna) and the Aegean coast seen from the ruins of Kadifekale castle

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Istanbul to Izmir 400 miles, 9 hours

VIA GALLIPOLI, CANAKKALE, EDREMIT AND PERGAMUM Rather than merely crossing a bridge over the Bosporus, there is another way to drive from Europe to Asia. Leaving Istanbul, I have sometimes headed southwest through the pretty rural landscape of Thrace, along the western shore of the Sea of Marmara, to Gallipoli, scene of epic battles during World War I. From there, a ferry crosses the Dardanelles to the town of Canakkale on the Asian shore. More than once I have continued my journey south, via the great classical ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus, to the picturesque coastal town of Bodrum.

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Lisbon to Faro (Algarve)

250 miles, 5 hours

THROUGH THE ALENTEJO VIA ÉVORA AND BEJA

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A village street near Évora, Portugal

The grand rolling landscape of the Alentejo, south of Lisbon, is dotted with castles and other architectural reminders of when this was disputed territory between the Christians and the Moors. The wonderful old city of Évora was an important garrison town ever earlier, at the time of the Roman Empire. On the leisurely drive south to the Mediterranean coast, the roads are often deserted. Nowadays one can dine extremely well, and the local wines are achieving an international reputation.

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Avignon to Nice

200 miles, 5 hours

VIA SAINT REMY DE PROVENCE, SAINT MAXIMIM LA SAINTE BAUME, LA CELLE AND TOURTOUR This itinerary through Provence takes you along quieter roads, in order to visit some lesser-known towns and villages. When touring in Europe it is always a temptation to let the GPS plan your journey, but this is invariably a mistake. I like to settle down with a map in advance, in order to plan a picturesque and relaxing route along minor roads. The point of travel in rural Europe is to discover a charming little village, with a family-run restaurant that the guidebooks have neglected to mention. In the South of France, I force myself to slow down in order to spend time gazing across the lavender fields.

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Arequipa to the Colca Canyon

150 miles, 4 hours

ACROSS THE PERUVIAN ANDES By some estimates, Peru’s 10,725-foot Colca Canyon is the deepest in the world. The drive from the southern city of Arequipa takes around four hours, not including a mandatory interlude at the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, in order to spot the huge Andean condors that ascend on the thermals each morning. Along the way, it is possible to see vicuña and, sometimes, flamingos. The views of Misti, a perfectly symmetrical 19,101-foot volcano, would alone make the trip worthwhile.

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TOP: Vast fields of sunflowers and lavender line many a road in the South of France. ABOVE: El Misti volcano dominates the stark landscape near Arequipa, Peru. LEFT: The French countryside makes an ideal setting for a leisurely road trip.


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The stunning coastline along South Africa’s Garden Route

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Hermanus to Port Elizabeth 400 miles, 7 hours

VIA MOSSEL BAY, KNYSNA AND PLETTENBERG BAY (GARDEN ROUTE, SOUTH AFRICA) The Garden Route extends for 420 miles from Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of South Africa, to the city of Port Elizabeth. The terrain along the coast of the Indian Ocean is covered with a low evergreen shrub called fynbos, which shelters a variety of spectacular flowers. The most eye-catching section of the drive begins just east of Plettenberg Bay, where suddenly the landscape becomes one of forests, rocky peaks, gorges and sheer cliffs. Known as Tsitsikamma, the area is part of the Garden Route National Park, which contains some of the finest hiking routes in South Africa. South African roads are generally well-maintained and well-signed, so it is possible to drive the Garden Route in only a little more than seven hours. I prefer to take four or five days, however, stopping at the attractive small towns along the way.

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Marrakech to Taroudant

150 miles, 3 hours

ACROSS THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS VIA THE TIZI-N-TEST PASS It takes little more than three hours to drive across the Atlas mountains from Marrakesh to Taroudant, but the road over the Tizi-n-Test pass is one of the most spectacular in the world—an endless series of hairpin bends that unwind down from the high mountains to the Souss Pain and the edge of the Sahara. The road was blasted out of the mountains by the French from 1926–1932 in an effort to control the remote southern region of the country. Although the engineering is impressive and the scenery is unforgettable, this is not a trip for the faint-hearted as the drop-offs can be alarming. WITOLD RYKA/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

LEFT: Medieval walls still ring the city of Taroudant, Morocco.

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Circular drive around Israel 500 miles, 11 hours

TEL AVIV, ACRE, GALILEE, NAZARETH, JERUSALEM, MASADA, MITZPE RAMON AND TEL AVIV

Israel naturally lends itself to a two-week circular drive, during which it is possible to see virtually the entire country. Heading up the Mediterranean coast you come to the city of Haifa and then the lovely old Crusader port of Acre. The Sea of Galilee sits amid green hills that ascend through vineyards to the Golan Heights and ultimately the 9,232foot summit of Mount Hermon. From Jerusalem, you descend into the dramatic Lawrence of Arabia landscape of the Judaean Desert and proceed along the western shore of the Dead Sea to Masada where, in A.D. 73, its defenders committed mass suicide rather than being captured by the Roman 10th legion. Scenically, the highlight of this itinerary is the extraordinary Ramon Crater, a 25-mile-wide dent in the surface of the Negev Desert that looks like the result of a meteor impact, but which was actually caused by subterranean erosion of soft rock. GKUNA/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

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Twin Farms BARNARD, VERMONT – Just 20 accommodations make up this pristine 300-acre estate, nestled among picturesque hills blanketed in the seasons’ colors: changing leaves in the fall, lush green foliage in the summer and quiet snow cover in the winter. Enjoy the countryside view from the new yoga deck that overlooks a stream and the Green Mountains. Andrew Harper subscribers praise the “highest level of personalized service” that comes with each unique accommodation, from the spacious barn to the architecturally stunning Aviary. Romantic and memorable, a stay is punctuated by superb wines enjoyed alongside world-class cuisine. Recommended since 1994; Readers’ Choice–2012, 2013, 2014.

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LEFT: The ancient fortress of Masada overlooks the Judaean Desert and the Dead Sea.


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Sheen Falls Lodge CO. KERRY, IRELAND Recommended since 1992. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Welcome bottle of wine per room • One roundtrip transfer to Kenmare per stay • Two complimentary CDs featuring music from resident pianist Jim Kiely

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Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate MARTINBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND – This intimate gem is set on one of the oldest working sheep stations in New Zealand, at once offering true authenticity and impeccable hospitality. Whether it’s a leisurely walk on the hotel’s 12-mile coastline, a challenging hike up to a mountain peak, an afternoon spent strolling the exquisite gardens that overlook nearby Palliser Bay or a horseback tour of the giant working historical farm, a variety of activities celebrate the local culture and natural landscape that make Wharekauhau so special. For visitors looking for the ultimate in relaxation, the on-site day spa offers massages, facials and body treatments. Twenty staff members attend to guests in the 13 Cottage Suites, which are constructed from natural materials such as New Zealand wool, hemp and pebbles. Each cottage also includes heated floors and towel racks, double spa baths and open gas fireplaces. At the heart of the property, The Lodge serves as a gathering place for guests. The building’s many rooms feature antique furniture, oversized fireplaces and comfy nooks for relaxing. The traditional country kitchen opens into the dining room, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chefs’ seed-to-skillet approach. Much of the produce is sourced from the farm, where staff raise their own sheep and beef, grow their own vegetables, keep their own honeybees and forage for wild mushrooms. Recommended since 1986.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Six Nights, Two Islands Experience the best of New Zealand with three nights at Wharekauhau Lodge on the North Island and three nights at Otahuna Lodge, near Christchurch on the South Island. Package rates start at 5,150 NZD, subject to season and room type. Savings are equivalent to a complimentary night. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through March 31, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Three-hour guided farm tour Standard Inclusions: Daily full country breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés • Nightly fourcourse dinner • Wi-Fi


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Pont Neuf, Paris by Auguste Renoir INSET: The Pont Neuf bridge today. EVGENY SERGEEV/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

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reat works of art take talent, hard work, imagination and inspiration. Inspiration, in its many forms, can come from all around—a person, a memory, a feeling, a place. From the watercolor deserts of New Mexico to the unfathomable architecture of Florence to the crystalline waters of Tahiti, the world around us has inspired countless works of literature and fine art. Some places, in fact, are so tied to the arts that it’s difficult to say whether the city influenced the art or the other way around. Here we take a closer look at five inspiring destinations the world over with histories steeped in art and literature.

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Paris, France When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise. HENRY MILLER

It’s nearly impossible to think about Paris without also thinking of the innumerable works of art that fill it. “The magical city of Paris is not only the city of lights, but also a mecca for the great art of the world,” says Patti Emrikson of the Andrew Harper Travel Office. References to luminaries of the arts such as Victor Hugo, Van Gogh, Delacroix, Monet, Matisse, Hemingway and Picasso, to name just a small few, are found on nearly every cobblestoned street. “From the very beginning, Paris has attracted the artistic scene. And those artists shaped the city and its history,” says Anne Sophie Bonnisseau with The Peninsula Paris (formerly the Hotel Majestic, where George Gershwin composed “An American in Paris” in 1928). When asked how art and literature have shaped Paris, Laetitia Guy-Debout with Hotel Le Bristol says, “We would rather say that Paris has shaped art and literature.”

Area Alliance Partners Paris, France

Hotels Four Seasons George V Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Hôtel d’Aubusson Hôtel Lancaster Hôtel Plaza Athénée Hôtel San Rêgis Le Bristol

Le Meurice Park Hyatt Paris – Vendôme Prince de Galles Relais Christine Saint James Paris Shangri-La Hotel, Paris The Peninsula Paris

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Découvertes The 1492 Company

Yachts & Cruises Belmond Afloat in France

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Villas Abercrombie & Kent Villas

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• The Louvre: “The Louvre may be on everyone’s must-see list, but there is a reason it is,” says Emrikson. “The Louvre combines the greatest of artists and pieces in one place, where you rediscover the beauty of the human imagination.” • Louis Vuitton Foundation: Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, this museum and cultural center is dedicated to contemporary art. • Musée Galliera: According to Bonnisseau, this fashion-focused museum is one of Paris’ best. Home to nearly 70,000 outfits, accessories and costumes from the 18th century to present day, the collection includes pieces owned by Marie-Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and fashions created by Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. TOPAZGEM/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

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Santa Fe, New Mexico New Mexico is the most completely beautiful place I have ever seen. ANSEL ADAMS

“Santa Fe is just one of those special places that you can revisit every couple of years, discover something new and know that your favorite spots are still there,” says Joyce Jorden of the Andrew Harper Alliance. Known for its famed Canyon Road and stark natural beauty, Santa Fe has long been a regional cultural center. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the area inspired artists and writers such as evocative landscape painter Georgia O’Keeffe and black-and-white photography master Ansel Adams, and it continues to be a source of artistic inspiration and innovation today, says Cody Hartley, executive curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “The arts play a role in all aspects of life in the community.” What makes Santa Fe such an inspiring place for artists? According to Stephen Kirschenbaum with Hacienda del Cerezo, “It has always been the nature and the light that brought artists to this area.”

Area Alliance Partners Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hotels Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

The Inn of the Five Graces

Hacienda del Cerezo

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• Ghost Ranch: The former home of Georgia O’Keeffe, the ranch’s 21,000 acres have inspired people from around the world. A stunning combination of paleontology, geology, archaeology, history and art, this education and retreat center is a must-visit according to Jorden. Located in Abiquiú. • The O’Keeffe Home & Studio: Separate from the museum, this tour provides visitors with a deeper glimpse into the life and work of the iconic artist, says Hartley. Located in Abiquiu. • Canyon Road Arts District: With more than 80 galleries lining the historic street, Canyon Road is the city’s most famous avenue. Look for traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture, handmade jewelry and pottery and Native American textiles.

“The arts play a role in all aspects of life in the community.” CODY HARTLEY, EXECUTIVE CURATOR OF THE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM

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More destinations shaped by fine art and literature MARFA, TEXAS

The dusty West Texas town in which “Giant” was filmed, Marfa is known today for a burgeoning art scene, catalyzed by minimalist sculptor Donald Judd’s installations at the Chinati Foundation. GIVERNY, FRANCE

A must-see for any Monet enthusiast, a visit to the impressionist’s home and gardens will help you fully appreciate the inspiration behind his iconic paintings. ROME, ITALY

Home of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City and the Spanish Steps, the Eternal City is filled with ruins from an ancient world, plus an endless array of museums, art galleries and theaters housing works by artistic greats from Michelangelo to Federico Fellini. LONDON, ENGLAND

These cobblestoned streets boast such a rich literary history—Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are just the beginning—that walking them feels a lot like going back in time.

Florence, Italy Open my heart and you will see, Graved inside it, ‘Italy.’ ROBERT BROWING

“While visiting Florence, you must immerse yourself in the art and culture so much so that you become one with it,” says Emrikson. Fueled by the wealth of the influential Medici family, the art and innovation that flourished in the city during the 15th century sparked the birth of the Italian Renaissance. Here, names such as Donatello, Dante and Michelangelo come to life to create “a place whose charm and splendid past have remained unaltered,” says Ruggeo Vannini, head concierge at Hotel Savoy. “With its extraordinarily beautiful churches, its museums and art collections, historic gardens, piazzas, streets and ancient palaces, Florence is an ‘open-air museum.’ Not simply a container for art works, but a work of art in its own right.”

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• Uffizi Gallery: Considered an essential stop by Vannini, the Uffizi is among the world’s most famous museums and is home to works from masters such as Botticelli, Da Vinci and Caravaggio. • Il Duomo: The icon of a city with many iconic works of art. The cathedral still towers over the city, ever displaying Brunelleschi’s remarkable cupola that marked the beginning of Renaissance architecture. • The Oltrarno Quarter: “Here you can still see local artisans at work on handmade shoes, bags and jewels,” says Silvia Manganaro of Il Salviatino. “You can also see a true artistic jewel such as the Cappella Brancacci inside the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine.”

Area Alliance Partners Florence, Italy

Hotels Belmond Villa San Michele Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

Hotel Lungarno Il Salviatino Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy The St. Regis Florence

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BERLIN, GERMANY

From the religious art of the medieval era to the Rococo movement of the 18th century and onward to modernism and expressionism, Berlin’s artistic history is as varied and complex as the city itself. ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Boasting a plethora of art festivals, concert halls, museums, theaters and the Mariinsky Ballet, this imposing Russian city has been home to literary giants such as Nabokov, Pushkin and Dostoevsky, and musical masters such as Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.

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“Art and literature haven’t shaped Florence.  They are Florence.” SILVIA MANGANARO, DIRECTOR OF SALES

OPPOSITE PAGE–TOP: Michelangelo’s celebrated David is located in Florence. BOTTOM: The medieval Ponte Vecchio across the Arno River. THIS PAGE–TOP LEFT: Frescoes line the inner cupola of il Duomo. TOP RIGHT: The Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza della Signoria. BOTTOM LEFT: Shops and cafés abound near the Palazzo Vecchio and the town square. BOTTOM RIGHT: A street artist sells his wares in Florence.

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Berkshires, Massachusetts Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable. NORMAN ROCKWELL

Rich with natural beauty and a literary lineage that dates back to Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville (a snow-covered Mount Greylock, as seen from Melville’s study, is said to have inspired his conception of his infamous white whale), the Berkshires is a slice of Americana as beautiful and captivating as the Norman Rockwell paintings created here. “Home to myriad art, theater, dance, music, film and historic sites, the Berkshires’ reputation for word-class culture is well-deserved,” says Christine Fraser, lodgings manager at Blantyre. “The rich blend of history, arts and cultural heritage makes the region distinctly different.”

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Area Alliance Partners Berkshires, Massachusetts

Hotels Blantyre; Lenox Wheatleigh; Lenox

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• The Mount: Author Edith Wharton’s turn-of-the-century home is “a perfect example of the newly dawned American Renaissance,” says Fraser. “The classical revival house and its formal gardens represent the only full expression of Wharton’s architectural theories.” Located in Lenox. • Norman Rockwell Museum: Home to the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including his beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post. Located in Stockbridge. • Tanglewood: The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it is the top attraction for visitors to the Berkshires due to the popular weekend concerts in July and August.

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OPPOSITE PAGE–TOP: Norman Rockwell. TOP RIGHT: Inside Norman

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Berkshires. THIS PAGE–TOP: Bora Bora. MIDDLE: Two Girls in Tahiti by Paul

Gauguin, who was enamored with the culture of French Polynesia and spent many productive years living and working there. BOTTOM: Paul Gauguin in 1891.

Tahitian Islands In Tahiti...Why work? The gods are there to lavish upon the faithful the good gifts of nature. PAUL GAUGUIN

Enchanted by the beauty of the islands and local culture, “artists and authors have shared the beauty and romance of French Polynesia and the South Seas through their stories and artwork, capturing the interest of travelers and encouraging them to explore this paradise,” says Diane Moore, president of Paul Gauguin Cruises. ANDREW HARPER TRAVEL OFFICE (800) 375-4685 RESERVATIONS@ANDREWHARPER.COM

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With its richly layered history of art and literature, French Polynesia has welcomed and inspired iconic writers such as Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson and James A. Michener, as well as famed artists like Henri Matisse and, most notably, Paul Gauguin. And while the islands have seen significant development since the days of Gauguin’s productive residence, great care has been made to preserve the incredible landscapes that inspired him. “French Polynesia is simply a stunning destination, with its natural beauty, warm climate and storied romance,” says Brad Packer, director of public relations for Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. “It’s a bucket-list destination if there ever was one.”

Area Alliance Partners Tahitian Islands

Hotels Four Seasons Bora Bora The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Yachts & Cruises Paul Gauguin

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• The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands: Considered to be one of the best and most beautiful museums in the South Pacific, highlights include rare collections of art carvings and historical artifacts. European arrival is also presented and put into context. • James Norman Hall Home: A celebration of one of Tahiti’s most famous resident writers, Packer suggests a visit to see the “Mut i ny o n t h e B o u n ty ” a u t h o r’s original writing desk, art collection and library with more than 3,000 books. • Gauguin Museum: Dedicated to Paul Gauguin’s life during his years in Tahiti and the Marquesas, the museum sits within the beautiful Harrison Smith Botanical Gardens and features exhibits and memorabilia, including sketches, copies of documents, block prints and reproductions of many of his most famous paintings.

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Le Bristol Paris PARIS, FRANCE – For 90 years, Le Bristol Paris has enchanted guests with an unmatched welcome into the French art de vivre, exemplified through 188 harmonious rooms and suites, refined wellness facilities, a constellation of Michelin-star cuisine and, above all, a passionate and devoted staff. Join the celebration of this year’s milestone birthday during five lavish and unique events, channeling all of the glitz and glamour of the hotel’s Roaring Twenties beginnings for an unforgettable experience commemorating both the hotel and its loyal guests. Beyond these extra special engagements, Le Bristol enhances its already impressive fine-arts pedigree with a series of exclusive monthly talks featuring famous authors, as well as an enthralling rotating art installation at Le Bar du Bristol. Recommended since 1988; Readers’ Choice–2012, 2013, 2014. SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Fourth Night Receive one complimentary night when confirming a four-night minimum stay in a Deluxe Junior Suite or lower room category. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from July 19–Sept. 2, 2015, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Room upgrade, when available at time of booking • Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant • Welcome bottle of wine per room • For stays of three nights or longer, a 140 EUR spa credit per room • For stays of three nights or longer in a suite, a one-way airport transfer Standard Inclusions: Access to fitness center • Daily newspaper

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco TUSCANY, ITALY – Within the rolling hills of southern Tuscany lies a living community dedicated to the celebration of Tuscan delights, offering guests the choice of 23 refined suites on the main property, the Borgo, as well as 10 spacious country villas. These timeless and refreshingly private converted farmhouses offer understated country style, along with discreet and dedicated service. An array of activities enhance your stay, highlighted by the private golf course, treatments at intimate Sense Spa and day trips to Siena and Florence. Castiglion del Bosco is many things: an enchanting hilltop hamlet enlivened by eight centuries of history; an authentic wine estate producing one of the region’s finest Brunello di Montalcino; and an esteemed culinary destination featuring two restaurants, a cooking school and an organic garden. In each aspect, discover the signature Tuscan blend of elegance, landscape, culture and lifestyle. Recommended since 2014. Grand Award–2015. SPECIAL OFFER: Tuscan Flavors Experience the traditional and genuine flavors of Tuscany. This three-night package includes accommodations, a tour and tasting for two at the onsite winery, a cooking lesson for two at La Canonica Cooking School, and a picnic in the vineyards for two. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Nov. 29, 2015, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA – This tropical haven represents the epitome of carefree elegance, suspending time as it artfully blends seductive amenities, intimate spaces and vibrant scenery. Within 44 acres of lush landscaping edged by powdery white sands and a crystalline lagoon, its exquisite Overwater and Beach Villas showcase exotic woods, handwoven fabrics and regional art with spectacular views of Mount Otemanu. Four delectable restaurants, including Lagoon by Jean-Georges; the exotic adults-only Oasis Pool; and Miri Miri Spa by CLARINS on its own private island are some of the resort’s world-class services, transcending a blissful paradise with the personalized attentions that are the hallmarks of St. Regis. Recommended since 2007.

• 13,000-Square-Foot CLARINS Spa

• Exclusive Lagoonarium

• Butler Service

• Largest Beach in Bora Bora

• Jean-Georges’ Lagoon Restaurant

• Largest Overwater Villas in the South Seas

SPECIAL OFFER: Summer of Luxury Indulge on the alluring and exclusive island of Bora Bora. This summer, book five nights for the price of four, and also enjoy one three-course dinner for two on us. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new bookings only, for travel through Oct. 31, 2015, based on availability. Offer may be combined with other select offers, and may be booked back to back. Dinner inclusion applies once per stay. Other restrictions and conditions may apply.

stregisborabora.com Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant • 50 percent discount on round-trip airport transfers for two per room • 20 percent discount at Miri Miri Spa by Clarins • Early check-in and late checkout, when available Standard Inclusions: Butler service • Access to spa and fitness facilities • Non-motorized water sports

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An Old New World

The Colonial Cities of Mexico and Central America

Imagine charming cobbled streets, ornate baroque churches and atmospheric palaces, and more often than not it’s Europe that comes to mind. But there is no need to cross an ocean to soak in the ambiance of a well-preserved historic city. Mexico and Central America are rich with graceful colonial architecture, in cities where former mansions and townhouses have been lovingly converted into elegant hotels and restaurants serving fresh, seasonal cuisine.

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“Spanish and indigenous  cultures combine in the region’s colonial cities to create  a unique and intoxicating effect.”

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here is more to Mexico and Central America than beautiful beaches and exotic wildlife. Spanish and indigenous cultures combine in the region’s colonial cities to create a unique and intoxicating effect. Even better, though they are endowed with sophisticated hostelries and restaurants, most of these cities have yet to be spoiled by mass tourism, ensuring that your experience will be authentic and wholly unforgettable. And to guarantee a relaxing vacation, be sure to secure the services of a driver-guide before you depart, removing the potential stress of navigating roads that may sometimes be poorly marked.

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The striking Baroque interior of the Santuario de Guadalupe in Morelia

The Mexican Highlands

Because of their altitude, the Mexican highlands tend to be temperate all year, even in the height of summer. You might start by flying into Morelia, a walkable grid of a city occupying a broad hilltop. The arcaded palaces of Morelia’s former nobility ring the heart of the city, a grand rectangle formed by the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and the Plaza Melchor Ocampo. Nowadays, these arcades overflow with restaurant and café tables, ideal for people-watching, and several of the palaces have been converted into atmospheric hotels. Visit lavishly decorated colonial-era churches, such as the Santuario de Guadalupe, the interior of which resembles a Fabergé egg. Museums such as the Palacio Clavijero host well-curated art exhibitions, and craft shoppers will be delighted by the Casa de las Artesanías in the Templo de San Francisco, a former monastery which assembles high-quality objects made in the region’s Purépecha villages. Mr. Harper’s favorite restaurant in town is Lu Cocina Michoacana, which creates “contemporary dishes with a strong sense of place.” Those with extra time can make a rewarding day trip to Lake Pátzcuaro, ringed with traditional craft villages and the ruins of Purépecha temples. LEFT: A colorful city street in Guanajuato RIGHT: Artisan

crafts throughout the cities of colonial Mexico reflect the unique combination of cultures, such as these skeletons found in San Miguel de Allende. PHOTO BY ANDREW HARPER

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A two-hour drive to the north, the city of Guanajuato once ranked among the continent’s wealthiest due to its rich silver mines. The city’s colorful and elaborate architecture reflects its glory days, and a sensationally scenic valley setting enhances its visual drama, best appreciated from the panoramic terrace fronting the El Pípila monument. Many of the streets are too narrow for vehicles, making them ideal for leisurely strolls. The cobbled lanes occasionally open onto broad plazas bounded by grand colonial churches and mansions adorned with wrought-iron balconies. Mr. Harper “had a grand time simply ambling around Guanajuato and visiting museums such as the Casa Diego Rivera, the birthplace of the famous 20th-century artist; the wonderful Museo Iconográfico del Quijote, dedicated to art inspired by Cervantes’ great novel; and the macabre Museo de las

Momias, the final resting place of dozens of Guanajuato citizens mummified in the warm, dry climate.” Also be sure to visit the Gorky Pottery workshop, which produces an array of stylish hand-decorated ceramics, and dine at El Jardín de los Milagros, a leafy setting in which to enjoy cutting-edge interpretations of regional classics. From Guanajuato, it’s just 90 minutes to San Miguel de Allende, ranked by Mr. Harper as one of his favorite colonial cities in Mexico, “because of its steep cobblestoned streets, pretty pastel houses and grand 17th-century Spanish architecture, but also because of its exuberant and festive atmosphere.” He goes on to extoll its “…lively cafés, colorful craft shops, eclectic galleries and excellent restaurants.” The El Mirador viewpoint offers breathtaking panoramas over the city, but then, so do the rooftop terraces PHOTO BY ANDREW HARPER

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of Mr. Harper’s recommended hotels. As in Guanajuato’s main square, El Jardín in San Miguel is shaded by canopies of immense and perfectly manicured Indian laurel trees, like so many green umbrellas. The soaring neo-gothic tower of La Parroquia contrasts with the baroque cathedrals found in many other colonial cities. “My favorite place is the main square because you can contemplate the style of four different centuries in just one place,” says Gustavo Vidargas, marketing & public relations manager with Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. “You can see San Rafael church (just beside the main parish) that was founded in the 16th century. You can also enjoy the classic dark limestone arches and palaces that surround the main garden, and be impressed by the Neo-gothic parish that was finished at the beginning of the 20th century.” Simply meandering the colorful streets is a joy here, but don’t miss the Fábrica La Aurora, a former textile factory that now contains galleries of contemporary art, antiques and handicrafts. The elegant restaurants of Mr. Harper’s favorite hotels each deserve consideration, as does Moxi in the Hotel Matilda. Here, acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera serves updated and beautifully presented renditions of traditional Mexican recipes. TOP, LEFT: La Parroquia cathedral soars above the colorful city of San Miguel de Allende. TOP, RIGHT: Mariachis

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LEFT: Earthquakes in Antigua, Guatemala left much of the city’s colonial architecture in ruins. RIGHT: Granada’s distinctively colored cathedral

Antigua, Guatemala

For two centuries, Antigua served as the capital of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, which ranged from southern Mexico to the northern border of Panama. During this time, wealthy citizens endowed the city with grand basilicas and airy courtyard mansions. Earthquakes in 1717 and 1773 damaged the city considerably and, starting in 1776, the capital was moved to what is now Guatemala City. Much of Antigua was rebuilt, but many major buildings, including immense churches such as Nuestra Señora del Carmen and the Catedral de San José, still stand in picturesque ruins as if in a Guatemalan Caspar David Friedrich painting. In addition to exploring the colonial center of Antigua, you can use the compact, pedestrian-friendly city as a base for engaging day trips. One of our favorites is the easy-to-moderate hike to Pacaya Volcano, where you can walk atop recently cooled lava flows and even roast marshmallows over hot spots. It’s also possible to take a fascinating tour of a coffee plantation, and ride a zip-line through the tropical forest.

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For many people, Antigua forms only one part of a Guatemalan itinerary. Those with more than three or four days also can visit Lake Atitlán, an astonishing bowl of sapphire-blue water surrounded by volcanoes and craft villages, where many women still wear brightly colored hand-woven huipiles. To the north, near Lake Petén Itzá, stand some of the continent’s most impressive ruins, the great Mayan city of Tikal.

Area Alliance Partners Hotels Mexico Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada; San Miguel de Allende Rosewood San Miguel de Allende; San Miguel de Allende

Nicaragua Jicaro Island Ecolodge; Islets de Granada Morgan’s Rock; Playa Ocotal Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa; Guacalito de la Isla

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Granada, Nicaragua

Like Antigua, Granada suffered its share of calamities over the centuries, but in this case, they were mostly man-made. Armies repeatedly sacked and burned the lakefront city. Even so, the former capital of Nicaragua survived, and today it thrives, with an array of elegant courtyard mansions and ornate churches to rival any in the Americas. The butter-yellow cathedral faces the Parque Central, where horse-drawn carriages stand at the ready to take visitors around the city. The compact colonial center is easy to explore on foot, however, and most major sights are within walking distance of the Parque Central. Visit the Convento y Museo San Francisco, a charming museum housing enigmatic 1,000-year-old basalt statues from nearby Zapatera Island, and the Iglesia La Merced, the bell tower which affords magnificent panoramas encompassing the cathedral, the lake and Mombacho Volcano, rising green and misty in the distance. A short walk up the Calle Real Xalteva, you’ll find the Parque Xalteva, a unique plaza dotted with lantern-topped columns and fronted by the orange-and-white confection of Iglesia de Xalteva. A little farther on, you can observe cigar-rolling at Doña Elba Cigars.


“The geography  is diverse and beautiful. People are friendly and nice, and everyone wants to talk about the tumultuous past.” AN ANDREW HARPER SUBSCRIBER

Explore Granada from Jicaro Island Ecolodge, set on an island in an archipelago near the city. From this convivial nine-casita lodge, you can also make memorable wildlife excursions into the wetlands and forests around Mombacho Volcano and kayak around the innumerable surrounding islets. After exploring Granada and the lake, Mr. Harper recommends heading about two hours south to the coast near San Juan del Sur, where you can enjoy secluded beaches, hikes in the tropical dry forest, surfing and worldclass golf.

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The beautiful coastline of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua

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Beyond Mr. Harper’s globetrotting search for the world’s most exquisite hideaways, our Andrew Harper staff travels extensively to stay up to date on the latest news and developments from our partners. In this two-part series, they share a few of their favorite experiences they’ve collected along the way.

STAFF

FAVORITES

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BEST EXCURSION

Island Hopping Tour at Azura Benguerra “We went humpback whalewatching, reef-snorkeling and dune-climbing, and ended it with a private lunch on a deserted part of the island.” SCOTT DUBOIS, SENIOR WEB DESIGNER

“Azura Benguerra could also be a contender for BEST SUNSET.

There are always dhows sailing back from fishing right around then.” SCOTT DUBOIS

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Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand LAURA TRIEBE, TRAVEL ADVISOR

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FAVORITE TRIP

Little Palm Island PHOTO BY CAYO ESPANTO

MOST ROMANTIC EXPERIENCE

Cayo Espanto “You can watch the most beautiful sunsets at your own private part of the island (set up exclusively for you by the staff). The staff spoils you the entire time you are there. It was my birthday and they set up our dinner table at the other side of the island. While we were walking, there were ‘Happy Birthday, April’ drawings in the sand with flower petals on the path to our table.” APRIL MCALISTER, VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

“I stayed at Little Palm Island in October and loved it! It is very exclusive, remote and romantic. Dinner is on the beach either at sunset or at night where your table is lit by tiki torches and the light from the moon. An afternoon highlight was the kayak for two that we would take out looking for manatees and dolphins.” SUSAN BLECHSCHMIDT, TRAVEL ADVISOR

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ountiful beaches, ancient architecture, rich histories, blended cultures and vibrant city centers—the world’s most inviting harbor cities allow travelers to have it all. “What makes a port city so special is the synergy between the cosmopolitan essence of a cityscape and the organic beauty of the ocean,” says Albert L. Mertz, formerly director of operations at Fisher Island Club & Resort in Miami. “A city by the bay allows for the best of both worlds—the vibrant energy of a city and the escapism of a beach.”

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or this collection of iconic ports of call, we’re highlighting nine cities that have leveraged their more industrial past to flourish into world-renowned, waterfront destinations. Our Andrew Harper partners give suggestions on where to go, what to see and what to do in order to fully appreciate these maritime metropolises.

“A city by the bay allows for the best of both worlds—the vibrant energy of a city and the escapism of a beach.”

Old Town in Stockholm, Sweden SCANRAIL/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

Stockholm

“Between the crystal clear waters, green areas and impressive architecture, Stockholm might just be one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” says Marjorie Sundström, sales manager for the Grand Hôtel Stockholm. A veritable mix of opposing forces, where cobblestone streets seamlessly merge into a vibrant metropolis; the azure blues of water and sky are offset by red, yellow and orange–colored buildings; and four distinct seasons define the scenic backdrop, Stockholm is a city perfectly in balance.

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Hotels Ett Hem; Grand Hôtel Stockholm Lydmar Hotel

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Palm trees and neon lights line Miami’s Ocean Drive. FREDERIC PROCHASSON/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

Miami

Considered the gateway to Latin and Central America, Miami is a vibrant and colorful city known for bikinis, beaches and beautiful people. Once a favorite destination of pirates—Blackbeard is rumored to have been a regular visitor—Miami is the go-to destination for travelers preferring beach vacations with a side of over-the-top indulgence. Sandy beaches aside, Alexandra Wensley, director of communications at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, says it’s the people that really make the city. Albert L. Mertz adds, “It’s the amazing blend of cultures, the thriving art scene, the vibrant nightlife, and being the yachting capital of the Americas.”

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Hotels Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach; Sunny Isles Beach, Florida The Betsy–South Beach Fisher Island Club Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Miami The St. Regis Bal Harbour Oasis Beach Club at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami COURTESY OF MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI.

Must-See Attractions STOCKHOLM • Vasa Museum: Scandinavia’s most popular museum. The restored Vasa Ship, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, is a must for maritime enthusiasts. • Old Town (Gamla Stan): Get inspired by stunning 16th- and 17th-century architecture in the heart of the city. • Scandinavian Cuisine: For the best gastronomy in Stockholm, Sundström suggests a meal at Matsalen, Frantzén or Gastrologik. • Skärgården Archipelago: Made up of nearly 30,000 islands and islets, “the closest islands are just 30 minutes from Stockholm city center,” says Sundström. • Swedish massage: A traditional and therapeutic way to indulge in Scandinavian culture. MIAMI • South Beach: South Beach offers visitors an eclectic mix of high-end boutiques, galleries, beachside eateries and, of course, a glittering nightlife. • Seafood: After filling up on Florida stone crab, Wensley recommends the ceviche at La Mer by Gaston Acurio. • Florida Keys: A coral cay archipelago stretching over 120 miles and just a mere hour from Miami, visiting the Keys should be added to any Miami itinerary.

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CHICAGO • River Cruise: “Chicago is a city given a second chance in many ways, but the most apparent is its architecture,” says Judson Corrie, concierge ambassador of the Waldorf Astoria. “A river cruise right through the middle of the city is simply the best way to appreciate it.” • Deep Dish Pizza: Locals are sure to have their favorites, but Corrie suggests trying this Chicago staple at Giordano’s, Pizano’s or Pequod’s. • The Art Institute of Chicago: Home to one of the largest and most extensive collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world. VENICE • Ca’ d’Oro: Originally constructed in 1420 as a private palazzo, the “House of Gold” gallery features works by Venetian and international artists. • Grand Canal: A gondola ride along this ancient waterway is a memorable and romantic way to take in the city’s inspiring architecture. • Murano, Burano and Torcello: For an easy and colorful day trip, visit these nearby islands, renowned for their glassware and lace-making.

Chicago

A city crafted by man, fire and water, Chicago is known for its sky-scraping architecture, eclectic neighborhoods, midwestern hospitality and formidable winters. But what may surprise some travelers is how much Lake Michigan influences the city and its inhabitants. A protected lakefront gives Chicago 15 miles of bathing beaches and 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths, and the lake’s oceanic waters provide ample opportunities for boating and other water sports.

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“Venice has always been one of Italy’s most visited destinations,” says Ilenia Giannone, manager of Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. “Tourism has given the city its multicultural environment since the 12th century, when travelers like Marco Polo were taking Venice and its culture everywhere.” Though at times it may seem like Venice is home to more tourists than locals, the city’s ancient waterways, astonishing architecture and historic charm make it a port city not to be missed.

Chicago, Illinois

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Venice, Italy

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Canoes offer a unique way to take in Vancouver’s breathtaking scenery. MAJAPHOTO/ISTOCK EDITORIAL/THINKSTOCK

VANCOUVER • Granville Island: Peruse the city’s best farmer’s market and see what local artisans have to offer. • Grouse Mountain: Take a tram to the top for the best city views, some skiing and a nice meal. • Capilano Suspension Bridge: Travelers looking for something both fun and daring will thrill at the opportunity to cross this 450-foot bridge, which hangs 230 feet high above the Capilano River. • Historic Gastown: Vancouver’s original neighborhood, Gastown’s cobbled streets now lead visitors to some of the city’s best new restaurants, shops and pubs. • Stanley Park: This 988-acre rainforest is one of North America’s largest urban green spaces and is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium. Stanley Park, Vancouver ABDULLAHECIRLI/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

Vancouver

First established as Gastown in 1867, Vancouver became a bona fide city in 1886—and was quickly destroyed by fire and rebuilt. Since then, the city has grown into a culturally diverse metropolis with “many different ethnic communities creating one of the world’s largest melting pots,” says Philippe Renaud, director of business development at the Shangri-La Hotel. “And this has resulted in some of the world’s best and most diversified cuisine.” Vancouver’s Pacific waterfront and myriad attractions bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, making tourism the city’s second largest industry.

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Hotels Shangri-La Hotel

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Totem poles within the city reflect Vancouver’s notable First Nations’ history. LILLY3/ISTOCK/ THINKSTOCK

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A temple to Poseidon found just outside of Athens, Greece. WITR/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

ATHENS • Acropolis: Often confused with its famous ruins, know this before visiting: The Acropolis is the hill upon which the Parthenon—the temple built for the goddess Athena—sits. • Acropolis Museum: “A highlight of the city. It’s recently been voted one of the world’s best museums,” says Boosalis. • Pláka: Walk the streets of the city’s old historic neighborhood and be sure to explore its famous Monastiraki flea market. • Island Hop: From the port of Piraeus, board a ferry, speedboat or yacht for some island-hopping—Mykonos, Santorini and Crete are favorites. • Greek Eats: Lamb is a must—try a gyro at Thanasis in the Pláka. HONG KONG • Star Ferry: View Hong Kong from Victoria Harbor to witness how the city has evolved into the 21st century. • Local Cuisine: If you can’t make it to one of the city’s Michelin-star restaurants for every meal, Wong suggests “slurping on a bowl of noodles and dumplings at a sidewalk café.” • The Peak: Victoria Peak, also known as Mount Austin, is the island’s highest mountain and provides sweeping views of Hong Kong and Kowloon. • Natural Beauty: If you want to spend time in the great outdoors while in Hong Kong, visit the outlaying islands, which are ideal for hiking and admiring the natural scenic beauty, says Wong. • Old to New: Meander through the narrow laneways of once bustling warehouses and storage facilities that have since been re-imagined into cafes, bars and local designer shops.

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Athens

Often relegated to a day of obligatory sightseeing before setting off for the Greek isles, Athens gets a bad rap, says Georgia Boosalis, account director for the Hotel Grande Bretagne. “If you give Athens a chance, you’ll see it’s a walkable city with friendly, passionate people and a lot of history. There is so much to do and see here.” But it’s this mix— bustling, history-laden city and sun-soaked Mediterranean beaches—that makes visiting Athens so special. “Having this combo has shaped our way of life,” says Boosalis. “Culture and history, sun and sand. Athens has it all.”

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Hong Kong

“Situated along the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong draws travelers from around the world who view the island as the gateway to China,” says Donald Wong with The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. “The efficiency of the city has given it world-class status and offers an insight into modern-day China.” Offering sophistication, culture, heritage, the arts and the natural beauty of parks, beaches and one of the world’s most dramatic harbors, Wong describes Hong Kong as Asia’s world city.

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Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong The Peninsula Hong Kong

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Abercrombie & Kent

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Cape Town, South Africa ©WIM VAN DEN HEEVER. COURTESY OF ELLERMAN HOUSE

Cape Town

Known as the fairest cape in the world, Cape Town is flanked by the currents of two oceans and is nestled below the breathtaking Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles. What started as a supply station in 1652 has grown into a city whose metropolitan appeal is matched only by its dramatic natural landscape. “Cape Town is a small city with cultural influences from all over, creating one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world,” says Britta Dahms of Ellerman House. Karen Van Schalkwyk with One&Only Cape Town adds, “Here you will find a mix of cultures, landscapes, architecture, lifestyles, customs and scenery and myriad things to do whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.”

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Hotels Ellerman House One&Only Cape Town

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Sydney

“Sydneysiders are some of the friendliest and most laid-back people in the world,” says David Macklin, hotel manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. “Our culture is very much about living the good life.” With a seemingly endless array of attractions—world-class shopping and dining, beach (Sydney has no less than 37 of them) and harbor activities, quick day trips to the Blue Mountains and the wineries of the Hunter Valley area— Sydney and its grand waterfront leave little for any traveler to desire.

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Hotels Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Park Hyatt Sydney

Travel Partners Abercrombie & Kent Seasonz Travel Ltd

CAPE TOWN • Table Mountain: Enjoy sweeping views of the city, Robben Island, the peninsula and beyond from this wonder of nature. • The Old Biscuit Mill: A market village home to markets, workshops, designer stores and restaurants. Book reservations well in advance for a meal at The Test Kitchen, voted South Africa’s best restaurant in 2014. • Winelands: Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the picturesque Franschhoek and Stellenbosch regions produce some of the world’s finest wines. • Kirstenbosh Gardens: “No visit to Cape Town is complete without a stroll through the most beautiful garden in Africa,” says Van Schalkwyk. SYDNEY • Opera House: Catching a performance at this gleaming Sydney icon is a definite must. A variety of tours are another great way to learn about the history and workings of the Opera House. • Harbour Bridge: Those travelers wishing to push adventure to new heights should spend a day climbing to the top of this iconic landmark, which has a harrowing history all its own. • Royal Botanic Gardens: One of Sydney’s most visited attractions, the garden opened in 1816 and is one of the world’s most important botanical institutions. It’s also an idyllic spot for a picnic. • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium: Home to the world’s largest collection of all-Australian aquatic life, with more than 13,000 animals from 650 species.

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The Halkin by COMO, London Experience London at its best with a stay at this sophisticated boutique hotel. Complementing the contemporary atmosphere, the newly launched afternoon tea service at the hotel’s acclaimed Michelin-star restaurant, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, features a striking Basque twist on the iconic British tradition. Recommended since 2010.

Quintessential London Experience • Historic and Fashionable Belgravia Location • 41 Elegant Rooms and Suites • Welcoming Halkin Bar • Walking Distance to Knightsbridge and Hyde Park • Available In-Room COMO Shambhala Spa Treatments • Ideal Family-Friendly Hotel •Children’s Amenities • Exemplary Staff • Full Concierge Service offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at time of booking • Daily full English breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Welcome amenity • For stays of three nights or longer, an 85 GBP food and beverage credit per room Standard Inclusions: Welcome drink • Access to fitness facilities • Wi-Fi

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meet our guides

National Parks Revealed With four successful Alaskan travel businesses behind him, Marty Behr, president of National Parks Revealed (NPR), set his sights on the national parks of the lower 48. “While there are many companies offering fixed departure travel by motor-coach, there were few offering any custom travel to U.S. national parks, and none who were specialists,” Behr states on the company’s website. After two years of extensive traveling, inspecting accommodations and meeting with local experts— and discovering a disconcerting fact, that young people were increasingly favoring electronics over the natural world—National Parks Revealed was born. The company specializes in customized wilderness travel to 37 parks in 14 states for active, upscale travelers and their families, with a particular focus on nature-based activities to engage children. The deeply experienced and passionate gu ides are a hallmark of NP R tours, and Behr personally met many of them during his travels. “I know that who we meet on our travels stays with us a lot longer than what we see. And these locals have become ‘the secret sauce’ in the success of the trips we create,” Behr says. On the following pages, get to know two of NPR’s expert guides, Wayne Ranney and Dr. Keith Watts.

Wayne Ranney YEARS AS A GUIDE: 35

master’s degree in geology (Northern Arizona University); writer and author of eight books; guided or traveled in 85 countries; adept at visualizing landscapes evolving through time. PARKS/LOCATIONS GUIDED: domestic: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Glen Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest and Mesa Verde.; international: North Pole, South Pole, Antarctica, Arctic, Amazon, Siberia, Alaska, Patagonia and Baja California QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERTISE:

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Dr. Keith Watts YEARS AS A GUIDE: 20, plus time guiding fieldtrips as a professor QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERTISE: former professor of geology at University of Alaska Fairbanks; my grandfather “put the hat on Smokey the Bear;” “the guides’ guide” (I teach other less-experienced guides.) PARKS GUIDED: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon national parks plus the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Fossil Butte national monument

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What spurred you into guiding as a profession?

I simply refused to settle for an ordinary job and seemed to migrate always toward anything with adventure, freedom, exploration and service. I was lucky to have landed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon (as a backcountry ranger) when I was barely 21 years old and that single experience set me on a path of hiking, river-running, sky-gazing, and the exploration of our national parks. It changed my life and I just kept at it. In a sense, I refused to grow up.” WAYNE RANNEY:

KEITH WATTS: Fate! In 1991, I met Lisa Varga, who was rafting down a wilderness river in Arctic Alaska where I was doing geological field studies. Falling in love at first sight, we were married the next summer and had to choose between her home and business in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and my career as a tenured professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. I always loved Jackson Hole, so I quit my job and moved there. For a geologist, the Tetons and Yellowstone are one of the best geological classrooms on Earth. I began guiding for the Teton Science School in 1995. In 2000, I started my own business, EarthTours–Explore Wyoming; later, I established Earth-Tours–Explore Southern Utah to share

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ABOVE: Wayne Ranney stands at the rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona.

Utah’s ”Mighty Five” national parks and other special places. I have worked with National Parks Revealed since they were established and they have become my main source of bookings. When I was a kid, my forest-ranger father taught me much about nature, knowledge that I now share with my guests.

Where is your favorite spot in the Grand Canyon? WR: There

are so many! But if I had to choose just one, there’s an area down at the bottom of the canyon near Phantom Ranch, where only a few intrepid hikers can scale a very steep slope that shoots 1,000 feet straight up. It is a phenomenal approach finishing in a mini slot canyon. And then, it just opens up into the most amazing view—a broad world of smoothly eroded sandstone with a huge length of the Grand Canyon serving as a backdrop. I love it! It turns out that I was the person who came up with the name that stuck for this place, Utah Flats. So it’s a pretty special place for me.


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What’s your favorite spot in the Yellowstone area?

Best moment while on a National Parks Revealed trip?

And the most unexpected moment or experience?

KW: Great Fountain Geyser. Erupting only a couple times a day, you have to be lucky to see it in action, but it is truly spectacular! If you are very lucky, a “superburst” of water can erupt more than 200 feet into the air, creating a wave of water that crashes over sequential terraces. Unlike Old Faithful, you are able to be right next to the geyser and share the experience with only a few other lucky tourists and a handful of geyser-gazers who know when and how it will erupt.

We were on a day hike down the South Kaibab Trail with a mother and her grown daughter. The mother was reliving a time some 30 years before when her mother brought her to the Grand Canyon. As we approached Ohh-Ahh Point, tears streamed down the mother’s face as she took in the view and understood that life is a circle of joy and beauty that just keeps going around. As a guide, you live for moments like this! NPR helps to put people in touch with these types of heartfelt and meaningful experiences.

WR:

“I simply refused to settle for an ordinary job and seemed to migrate always toward anything with adventure, freedom, exploration and service.” WAYNE RANNEY

WR:

KW: Watching a grizzly bear drag an elk across

the Lewis River. Near the end of the day, [my guests and I] encountered a “bear jam” (traffic jam caused by tourists parking in the middle of the road to observe a bear). Rangers told us that a wolf pack had killed a large elk in the middle of the Lewis River [and] a grizzly bear had stolen the kill. The next day, the grizzly was still feeding in the middle of the river. Rangers kept people from approaching too close, but with my spotting scope we had an outstanding view when the bear dragged the elk across the river and up onto the riverbank.

On a one-mile, flat walk through the forest to the rim of the canyon, we encountered a herd of elk browsing among the tall Ponderosa pines. My NPR guests were completely blown away by the scene and the fact that the elk completely ignored us. When we got to the rim of the canyon, they could only talk about the herd of elk—the animals had stolen the show. I never expected that a herd of elk, which are common at the park, could surpass the magnitude of the Grand Canyon. But such was the power of seeing the elk in their natural habitat.

KW: After finishing lunch at the historic Old Faithful Inn, a car careened over the curb beneath the adjacent portico and crashed through the plate glass window next to the door. Like a geyser, steam began to spout from a severed radiator pipe beneath the window. Luckily, no injuries except for the pride of the driver’s ego. (The gas pedal was stuck at full acceleration, or so they told the authorities.)

ABOVE: Sunset over the Grand Canyon. The disitnctive

and colorful sedimentary layers record two billion years of geologic history.

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“When I was a kid, my forest-ranger father taught me much about nature, knowledge that I now share with my guests.” DR. KEITH WATTS

In your opinion, what’s the most essential item to bring on a trip? WR: A positive attitude. With that, any problem could never turn into tragedy. KW: A sense of adventure! And a camera! Landscapes, geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, wildlife, and your enthralled family—so many memories to record.

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TOP: Dr. Keith Watts scales a boulder while guiding a tour. LEFT: Dr. Watts’ grandfather, Lyle Watts,

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What’s your favorite littleknown fact about the Grand Canyon?

National Park

WR: That the length of the canyon is 277 miles. That just astounds me. Everyone hears of its depth (one mile) and its width (averaging 10 miles) but few people realize that when they look at the view from the El Tovar Hotel, they are only seeing about 1/10th of the entire length of the gorge. An imaginary highway that followed the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon would take four hours to drive at the eye-blurring speed of 70 miles per hour! The canyon is indeed a very big place.

What do you feel is an essential yet uncommon national park experience? WR: I think taking in the night sky is an unforgettable experience that most people miss. After the sun goes down, just about everyone goes indoors for dinner, drinks, or to sleep. But increasingly, others head outside in the dark where “Act II” is just beginning—seeing the landscape beneath a dome of 4,000 visible stars. It’s incredible! KW: Becoming part of nature with no sounds or sights of other people. At night with a dark sky and no artificial lights, you can see the universe of uncountable stars and galaxies— [it is] primeval and beautiful.

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successful clientele that NPR brings to the canyon, to put down their devices for a moment and pay attention to the real world. This can sometimes be a tough sell but the ones who manage to hear my advice are usually the ones who reap the greatest rewards from this marvelous place. I like getting folks to disconnect for a moment from one world so that they may connect with another world that inspires our intellect, nurtures the soul, touches the heart. KW: Getting to know my guests. Although I live in remote places, I still get to meet fascinating people from all walks of life. Everyone has a story to share. Asking someone to tell me about their home or their passions makes each day of guiding new and interesting for me. I also love watching my guests’ eyes light up when they truly see and understand how the Earth works to create natural wonders, such as the Teton Mountains or Yellowstone with its molten rock blistering up just a few miles below the surface. Sharing the quiet moments of awe together as we witness a passing bison heard or a lone wolf making its rounds—memories that last a lifetime! P R O M OT I O N


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