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It's all about Fall


Fall foliage Fall activities Fall destinations

Issue 4, Fall 2021


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EDITOR'S NOTE Our 4th issue is an absolute fall celebration, (and also completes our first year). We are growing here!


NAPA, CALIFORNIA You love a good American wine, right? Big chance is coming from CA's wine country - Napa Valley.


FALL IN NEW ENGLAND Famous for its distinctive 4 seasons, New England offers the best foliage in America. We'll examine fall foliage and autumnal activities in ME, VT, NH and CT.


CHARLESTON, SC Charleston was Voted the Best City in the U.S for the 8th straight year by Travel + Leisure.


CANCUN, MEXICO For those who can't let go the summer, we've got you covered with some sunny destinations.



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Editor's Note Hello friends, and welcome back! Our 4th issue - The Fall Issue, celebrates not only the beauty of fall, but also our first year. We've now come to full circle, living an entire year in four seasons. Every season has its own charm, but fall is something else; a combination of nostalgia with some sort of coziness, warmth, and pumpkin spice. Autumn represents change– the changing of colors, the falling leaves, the shorter and colder days ... No wonder so many writers and artists were inspired by it. Jane Austen described autumn in Persuasion as "that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling." So this issue is all about fall: fall destinations, fall activities, fall recipes to cook home in the cold coming days, and lots of fall foliage. And because there is no better place for fall and foliage than New England, we'll spend a lot of time around the prettiest region in the North-East this issue. We also have a little something for those who can't let go of summer, ... and so much more ... So faster your seatbelts! The best is yet to come! We hope this issue inspires you to find beauty in all the small things and appreciate the seasons.

ANCA CHIRITA, Editor-In-Chief

Editor-in-Chief: Anca Chirita


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Contributing Writers:

Kelly Mack, Jennifer Stout, Laura Buades, Noelani Soto, Samantha Ann Fulmer

Contributing Photographers: Jake Doucette, Phitted Media, Jesse Romano

Cover photo:

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Where to go this fall

Napa Valley California and Napa Valley are now fully reopened from the COVID 19 shutdown, with wineries and restaurants now operating at full capacity. And there’s no better time to visit. Fall is the best time to visit Napa Valley, with clusters of fruit blooming on the vines. The days are still sunny and warm, leaving time for alfresco dining after a day of wine tasting and exploration. This season, Napa Valley will also usher in a handful of new hotels, restaurants and experiences. Read on for a breakdown of the latest and greatest happenings across the region.

Hotel Openings and Renovations The hotel boom continues across Napa Valley. In the revitalized city of Napa, The George opened this past spring. The nine-room inn was originally a mansion commissioned in 1891 and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Four years were spent remodeling the house to ensure careful preservation of much of the architecture. Shaking up the model of a traditional B&B, amenities include a Peloton studio on the lower level and cocktail and wine offerings in the speakeasy-style living room. Heading north, Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, originally built in 1952 and considered one of the first resorts in Calistoga, unveiled a large-scale renovation in May 2021. The property’s new look includes a Southwesterninspired restaurant, House of Better and new outdoor cabana treatment rooms as part of the spa. Around the corner, Solage Auberge Resorts Collection unveiled a $30 million redesign by Napa Valley architect Howard Backen and Los Angeles-based design agency, Studio Collective. As part of the update, eleven new cottages opened - each with views of Mayacamas Mountains. Later this summer, the new Pico Bar, Solage's second dining venue, will open. Watch this space: Four Seasons Resort & Residences will open later this year with 85 rooms and an on-site vineyard and tasting room, a rarity in Napa Valley. Stanly Ranch, an Auberge Collection Resort is also set to be unveiled in late 2021. The 135 open-air cottages will be set on the historic Stanley Ranch Winery estate, which has been producing critically acclaimed wines since the 19th century. Newest Spots to Snack and Sip New restaurants and tasting experiences are shaking up the scene in Napa Valley with interesting spaces and intimate offerings. Yountville’s new North Block restaurant, which opened in April, is helmed by Chef Nick Tamburo who joined from Manhattan’s Momofuku. With a focus on California cuisine, menu items include Shikoyu oysters with yuzu and asparagus with abalone and bone marrow.

Francis Ford Coppola, proprietor of Inglenook, announced the completion of a major renovation of the winery’s historic Pennino Salon. The tasting space, reminiscent of a private club in the 1920s, is named after Coppola’s grandfather, Francesco Pennino. The room includes a variety of personal mementos like works of art by Robert De Niro and by film director Akira Kurosawa. Visitors can spin jazz albums on vintage turntables, play their own tunes on a piano or sit down for a game of chess or backgammon. Domaine Carneros’s new “The Art of Sabrage” experience allows private groups to learn the history, legend and technique of this dramatic ritual dating back to the age of Napoleon. The experience includes four sparkling wines paired with a selection of local bites, followed by a sabrage demonstration. Following a 14-month pause due to COVID, the famous Napa Valley Wine Train is once again welcoming visitors aboard. The historic locomotive takes passengers on a 36-mile round trip loop through wine country with a four-course meal and access to some of Napa Valley’s most storied wineries. The creators of Clif Bar recently joined forces with local celebrity chefs to launch new biking experiences at Clif Family Winery this summer. The three new experiences feature biking routes designed by avid cyclists, including Chef Philip Tessier of PRESS, Chef Chris Kollar founder of Kollar Chocolates and Chef John McConnell behind the kitchen of Clif Family. The bike routes depart from the St. Helena winery and end at the tasting room’s outdoor patio for a glass of wine and a seasonal bruschetta created by the chef.

Why Go: Harvest Season in Napa Valley Fall is “crush” season in Napa Valley – the time when the grapes are picked and the scent of wine permeates the air. To celebrate, wineries across the region will offer interactive harvest experiences, such as grape stomps at Peju Province and Castello di Amorosa, and wine blending classes at Miner Family Winery and Judd’s Hill. Learn the magic of producing vino with Round Pond’s “Day in the Life” program where guests measure the ripeness of the grapes during a vineyard tour, partake in a winemaking tutorial and conclude with a tasting of the estate’s olive oils. Several events and dinners celebrating the grape will also take place, such as Crocker & Starr’s Carnivus Maximus on September 5, with tastings of pre-release vintages; Rutherford Hill Winery’s annual Barn Bash on September 15, featuring live music and a BBQ and wine pairings; and Merryvale’s celebration on September 26 with barrel samples and exclusive access to the winemaker. Don’t miss Calistoga’s Harvest Table on September 12. A 1,000-foot-long table will stretch down the town’s main Lincoln Street with cuisine from 13 restaurants and a selection of reds and whites from more than 40 local wineries.


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There is no better place for fall than New England. While each one of the 6 states offer an incredible foliage show, the Northern you go, the better it gets. And let's be clear - you need tickets in the first raw for New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Rangeley, Maine An hour from the Canadian border and west of New Hampshire is Rangeley, Maine. An idyllic small town with 1,200 full-time residents during the winter months opens up to the well-seasoned traveler in the warmer seasons, doubling the town's population between June and November. New England is fabulous in any season. But fall is undoubtedly one of the best. The closest airport is a 3-hour drive from town, but it's worth the trouble. Accommodations can be found in many spots in Rangeley. One of those is The Loon Lodge. It provides the experience on the lake; it also features a restaurant where you can enjoy seafood, steak, and burger dishes. You can have a cocktail on the patio or enjoy the amenities provided in this beautiful mountain lodge.

If picking apples is your favorite fall activity, then you can head over to Ricker Hill Orchards located in Turner, Maine, which is about an hour's drive. This is also an opportunity to view the most glorious colors of the fall. At the orchards, you can pick apples, tour the apple/cider plants, and check out the country store.

Grafton, Vermont is a postcardperfect village to enjoy the change of season. Grafton is a 40–60minute drive from an airport with plenty of museums and art collections. The Jud Hartmann Gallery located on Main Street features bronze depictions of Native Americans. The attention to detail is quite stunning!

The end of September to early October is the best for apple picking and leaf-peeping! On Saturday, October 2nd, Rangeley will be hosting the 29th annual Apple Harvest Festival at the Episcopal Church on Main St. A "Lumberjack" breakfast will be served, children's activities, apple pressing, chainsaw demos, and vendors will also be featured.

Another point of interest would be Grafton Village Cheese, where you may see the process of cheese being made. TAll products come from their local dairy cows. The Garden Market and The Country Girl Diner provide plenty of delicious lunch and dinner options. Rowell’s Inn, located in Andover, surrounded by mountains, is lovely.

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"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

- Albert Camus

"For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October."

- Hal Borland

Cannon, NH. By Jake Doucette

"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons."

-Jim Bishop

Lincoln, NH. By Jake Doucette

Woodstock, Vermont, is home to some of the most beautiful fall vistas in the state. Upon exploring its quaint town center and colorful surroundings, you will immediately fall in love with this small New England village. A state where covered bridges and stores filled with maple products are the norms, Vermont is home to several picturesque towns rich in history. One of these towns is Woodstock, Vermont, located in the Southeast section of the state. Years ago, the Industrial Revolution brought success to Vermont’s manufacturers, and the town became a popular tourism and leisure destination. Today, Woodstock’s tourism industry continues to thrive. The city has fewer than 3,000 people and maintains a free community Wi-Fi service covering most of the village. The Woodstock Inn is a notable highlight, located right in the center of town. Established by the Rockefeller family, the Inn embodies a classic Vermont style. Originally a tavern built-in 1793, the Inn has undergone several changes and renovations, yet it still upholds 19th-century architecture and rustic feel. Staying at the Inn during the fall allows one to become immersed in plenty of seasonal opportunities, including a Red Barn Dinner series, exclusive resort packages, and the chance to leave the Inn and explore the town on foot. The town of Woodstock in the fall seems straight out of a postcard. Walking along Central Street provides the opportunity to take in the crisp fall air as you’re surrounded by boutique storefronts and quaint homes covered in pumpkins and fall decor. Visit the Vermont Eclectic Co. to bring home hats, mugs, shirts, and other items, exclusively made by Vermont artists. And no trip to Vermont is complete without stopping by the Vermont Flannel Company for a classic flannel, the perfect fall attire for your trip. After strolling through town, head over to the Billings Farm and Museum. The farm and museum is the town’s most popular tourist attraction. Similar to the Inn, the land and farmhouse were owned by Laurance Rockefeller and his wife Mary French Rockefeller. The farm and museum include an operating dairy farm and a restored 1890 farmhouse. The museum offers visitors a chance to learn the history of agriculture and conservation in Vermont. During the fall, the farm offers hot apple cider and apple cider donuts to visitors. Visitors can stroll the property to visit the various farm animals and learn

about what it takes to run a dairy farm. This year, they are even offering a pumpkin bowling event during the fall! Definitely something to check out. Across the street from the farm is Marsh-Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park. The park preserves the site where Frederick Billings (Billings Farm & Museum) established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm. The park contains 555 acres of forest, including trails and century-old carriage roads. Mount Tom is also within the national park’s limits, a small peak standing at 1357 feet high. The mountain contains hiking and running trails, all within walking distance from the town center. To reach the trailhead, visitors often first head to Woodstock’s famous “Middle Bridge.” This 139 foot covered bridge allows visitors to cross by foot, taking in the fall views along the Ottauquechee River. After walking along River Street, hikers will reach the popular trailhead to make the ascent. Before taking in the panoramic view of Mt. Tom, grab brunch and a coffee at one of the many restaurants and cafes in town. Soulfully Good Cafe (a local favorite) offers delicious brunch options, including fall-inspired dishes such as Pumpkin and Pecan French Toast and Roasted Butternut, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Quiche. A recommended place to grab a Maple Latte is Mon Vert Cafe. They also have many tasty foods and drink options to indulge in, all made with local, organic ingredients. Both of these cafes are located right in town, on Central Street. Woodstock is definitely one of Vermont’s most fabulous fall destinations. However, we highly recommend taking a scenic drive during your stay in Vermont to truly take in all of the fall beauty that Vermont has to offer. Whether it’s heading south along Route 106 to view foliage and farmlands or driving around to other local towns and stopping at charming country stores and shops, exploring the open road in Vermont is an enchanting activity on its own. Article by Kelly Mack Photography by Jake Doucette

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Stowe, VT. By Jake Doucette

Connecticut is the third smallest state in America but has a lot to offer to both tourists and its locals. Well known for housing Yale University, one of the nation’s top Ivy League colleges, Connecticut is also a state of firsts. It was one of the first original 13 states when the country was established. It is also the place where the first hamburger was ever eaten, and you can still visit the restaurant where it was first served in New Haven. Some even consider Connecticut a suburb of New York City. Towns such as Greenwich and Stamford offer a comfortable commute to NYC. You’re in the city in less than an hour. With apartment prices at an all-time high in the city, CT provides a better quality of life for those seeking more space and a slower pace, especially for millennials with families or looking to settle down. The events of 2020 have

accelerated this trend. According to Hartford Business, over 27.000 people left New York for Connecticut last year, over 65% more than in 2019. Moving so close to the city offers many young people the best of both worlds, making it easy to pop in whenever they have to, but having a larger space for their daily lives. It’s that time of the year when we say goodbye to summer to make way for the fall. And what better place to indulge in the crisp, fall weather and atmosphere than Connecticut. October and November have been predicted to be the best months for foliage this year, but it may start as early as mid-September. Looking to enjoy the fall foliage? These are the best places in Connecticut to indulge in nature, take the most amazing photos and make the best memories.

Lyme, Connecticut. Photo by Jesse Romano

1 . Kent Falls State Park and Bridge Located in the northeast of the town of Kent is Kent Falls State Park. As you can guess by its name, this park’s main attraction is the waterfall. Just picture the fallen, crisp leaves combined with the falling water for some fantastic fall scenery. There is a trail that allows you to follow the waterfall, so you can hike along while admiring the view.

5. Mohawk State Forest and Park This forest and state park is a great place to get those scenic views you chase in the fall. It has almost 3,000 acres that serve as a wildlife sanctuary. The Black Spruce Bog is the signature tree in this forest. Definitely take your time here and explore the Mahican-Mohawk trail. If fishing is your thing, this place is also a popular spot for locals and tourist.

What could pair better with the beautiful fall foliage than a historic covered bridge? Kent Falls Bridge is the perfect complement for your fall-themed photo session. Make sure to watch out for it when you drive through the area!

6. Macedonia Brook State Park Also located in Kent and in the vicinity of Mohawk State Forest and Kent Falls State Park. This makes it ideal to combine all three places for fall foliage watching in one day. The best views of the crisp, fall colors are from the top of the Cobble Mountain Trail. This point will provide a view of the Harlem Valley and the Catskill Mountains.

2. Sleeping Giant State Park In Hamden, you will find this state park named after the mountain Sleeping Giant, also known as Mount Carmel. Why this name, you may be thinking? It is said to resemble a giant human relaxing from a distance. Why not check it out and confirm the resemblance for yourself? This state park is also interesting for its 32 miles of hiking trails and lookout tower for the best views of New Haven and Long Island Sound. 3. Lover's Leap State Park Located at the edge of the Housatonic River in New Milford, this is the place for you if you want to combine views of the foliage with the water. You can also admire stunning views of Lake Lillinonah and Connecticut’s country landscape. The park is named after the Romeo and Juliet style, the tragic legend of two lovers, a Native American woman and an English settler, who were not allowed to be together and decided to end their life rather than spend it apart. Don’t miss out on Lover’s Leap Bridge. This historic landmark was built in 1895, and although it is not open to car traffic, you can walk along and include this sight in your beautiful fall photo repertoire. 4. Talcott Mountain State Park Its main attraction is the Heublein Tower. The only way of reaching it is to hike to the top of the mountain, but don’t worry! It only takes up 30 to 40 minutes, and it is most definitely worth it! Views from the top of mountains and towers are breathtaking. Take advantage of their extended opening days during peak foliage season.

7. American Legion and People’s State Forest They are located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted and can be sighted if you decide to take the drive from Torrington to Norfolk. These parks provide the perfect place to relax and picnic and also for leaf-peeping. If you are especially interested in delving into the history and local animals and plants, visit the People’s State Forest Nature Museum. 8. Pachaug State Forest This might be the ultimate place to view fall foliage in Connecticut. It is the largest forest in the state. Plan accordingly because there is a lot to cover in only one place. A must-do in Pachaug State Forest is the hike up to Mount Misery. Don’t worry, there is nothing miserable about this place. At the top, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the multicolored fall foliage. There are also other trails inside the park for hikers and even for horseback riders. 9. Connecticut State Route 169 If hiking and parks are not your thing, there are other ways to enjoy the fall foliage in Connecticut. The Connecticut State Route 169 is considered a National Scenic Byway, which means that you can enjoy beautiful sites along the 32-mile route that runs from the border with Massachusetts to Lisbon, CT. You will get to admire farms, small historic towns, hills, and woodland, all from the comfort of a road trip.

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10. Merritt Parkway This is another great one for those looking for a road trip rather than a hiking trip. This scenic route is perfect for driving and admiring the landscape. It is considered a historic route with low bridges, so don’t expect to find heavy traffic since trucks and buses aren’t allowed here. Even though fall foliage is the main attraction in Connecticut this time of the year, there are other must-do activities to look out for. 11. Apple picking Nothing screams fall like apple season. If you are a foodie, definitely sign on to this activity in Connecticut. There are plenty of orchards, farms, and apple varieties to choose from; there will definitely be something out there for you. Also, learn how to make the best apple pie. One of the firstever recipes for this popular dessert was created in Connecticut. Indulge! 12. Cider tasting We cannot mention apple season without mentioning cider tasting. In Connecticut, you will find the oldest Cider Mills in the country. Most of them are family businesses, so rest assured that you will feel right at home! And not only do they serve their homemade cider, but they also bake apple cider donuts. A 100% fun and satisfying fall, foodie experience. 13. Pumpkin Patches Another popular staple in fall is pumpkin. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin everything! Visiting the pumpkin patches in Connecticut will also definitely be your vibe if you are a Halloween enthusiast, of course! Beautiful farm vibes and up to 40 different, delicious pumpkin varieties, what is there not to love? 14. Corn mazes Still on the theme of Halloween, what can be more fun than scaring yourself by choosing a spooky tour of a corn maze - like right out of a scary movie! Some places even have spooky tours and activities on Halloween - for all the horror buffs out there! 15. Vineyards and wine trails There are up to 40 different wineries in Connecticut. Wherever you decide to go in the state, make sure to check out the Connecticut Wine Trail and book a full tour or a tasting. There will definitely be something for every wine enthusiast out there.

Article by Laura Buades Photography by Jesse Romano

Lyme, Connecticut. Photo by Jesse Romano

Lyme, Connecticut. Photo by Jesse Romano


By Samantha Ann Fulmer Charleston, South Carolina, has quite a reputation. From a rich history dating back to the early 1700s, impeccable architecture seemingly untouched by time, beautiful sandy beaches, and world-class cuisine, Charleston seems to have it all. In 2016 Travel + Leisure voted Charleston the number one city in the world! In 2020 Charleston was voted the Best City in the U.S for the 8th straight year by Travel + Leisure magazine. Charleston has an unforgettable charm ingrained in its culture through its southern hospitality, breathtaking scenery nestled in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and its picturesque downtown with cobblestone streets and colonial houses. It is easy to get lost wandering the famous “Rainbow Row” of colonial-style houses lining the waterfront. Visitors from all over the world come here to experience a taste of southern living at its finest.

Charleston SC Top Activities Charleston is in the perfect location for water activities on or around the beach or in the city and has several popular beaches such as Folly Beach located on James Island, Sullivans Island Beach, or Isle of Palms situated on Mount Pleasant. Time to enjoy the southern culture where the pace is slower, and there is time to enjoy the simpler things. ldv-voyage.com

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Downtown Charleston Visit Rainbow Row Rainbow Row is the most photogenic part of Charleston. Rainbow Row is a long street lined with beautiful and brightly colored homes dating back to the mid-1700s. These homes are located South of Broad Street and feature 14 historical residences , all lining the waterfront area known as “The Battery.” Several houses are open to the public for tours of the incredibly preserved furniture, floors, and interior design that looks the same as it did hundreds of years ago. The Charleston City Market This historic market has been around for hundreds of years, formerly used for purchasing and selling slaves. This market is open every day of the year and features a variety of handmade items from paintings, pottery, snacks you can only find in the south, handcrafted jewelry, and so much more! The highlight of this market is the signature ‘sweetgrass baskets’ handwoven by locals who have been handed down this craft by their ancestors. Exploring King Street King Street is home to class shopping. From highend designers to small locally run boutiques, it's impossible to leave here without something new. If window shopping isn’t of interest, simply enjoy the view on King Street, or hop into one of the many cafes, ice cream shops, or restaurants and grab a bite.

Boone Hall Boone Hall is home to a rich history, including some of the darkest times in American slavery The long driveway is covered by beautiful trees with the signature Spanish Moss hanging down. Visiting Boone Hall Plantation is something everyone should do when visiting Charleston as it has been around for over 300 years, and has even been featured in hit movies like The Notebook. Visitors can embark on a tour that will take you back in time and learn about its history involving slavery, the crops it still produces 300 years later, and how it ties into Charleston’s extensive history. The Charleston City Market This historic market has been around for hundreds of years, formerly used for purchasing and selling slaves. This market is open every day of the year and features a variety of handmade items from paintings, pottery, snacks you can only find in the south, handcrafted jewelry, and so much more! The highlight of this market is the signature ‘sweetgrass baskets’ handwoven by locals who have been handed down this craft by their ancestors. Exploring King Street King Street is home to class shopping. From highend designers to small locally run boutiques, it's impossible to leave here without something new. If window shopping isn’t of interest, simply enjoy the view on King Street, or hop into one of the many cafes, ice cream shops, or restaurants and grab a bite.

Where to Eat & Drink in Charleston

Breakfast & Coffee Clerks Located inside hotel Emmeline downtown right across from the Charleston City Market. The perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast sandwich before shopping or exploring downtown. The Daily Located conveniently on King Street and known for its breakfast sandwiches, lunch wraps, and incredible coffee selection. Harken A local gem located in the French Quarter of downtown charleston. Featuring a beautifully historic interior,delicious baked goods, strong coffee, and a perfect location to begin a day’s worth of exploring in downtown Charleston. Callies Hot Little Biscuit There is no better place to find out what southern food is all about. This tiny shop offers various breakfast biscuits that can feed 2-3 people and features signature southern staples like grits and pimento cheese. This restaurant has two locations, one on King Street and the other inside the Charleston Market. This restaurant is so popular there are often lines out the door late at night around 1 am and when it opens, each day at 10 am. The Obstinate Daughter Located on Sullivans Island this Southern restaurant is influenced by Spanish, Italian, and French foods. This restaurant offers an incredible selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner options

Lunch High Thyme A hidden oasis is located right off the main road in Mount Pleasant. This restaurant offers outdoor seating with a garden, a local shop for souvenirs, and genuine southern hospitality from its staff. This is the perfect place to enjoy lunch with all local ingredients carefully crafted with a southern twist. Co-op Sullivans On the main road on Sullivans Island is a vibrant restaurant that features its signature froze. With salads, wraps, sandwiches, and more this restaurant has everything necessary fora day on the beach. The Co-op also offers to-go froze, froze flights, and more! It’s a must while visiting Sullivans Island beach. Graze A casual dining experience in Mount Pleasant with a variety of creative options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Butcher & Bee Located in downtown Charleston this restaurant offers brunch, lunch, and dinner. Its menu is crafted with all local ingredients and the staff is very passionate about its wine selection. For wine lovers looking to sample incredible wine at a great cost, Butcher & Bee is a must.

Dinner & Drinks Chez Nous A historic house located in the French Quarter of downtown Charleston is home to one of the top restaurants in Charleston. This restaurant offers an intimate environment with a menu that changes daily and only offers 6 menu items. The chef handwrites the menu in both French and English for a personal touch and an unforgettable experience. O-Ku Another home run restaurant located on King Street with some of the best sushi options in all of Charleston. The interior has a warm and inviting atmosphere with incredible cocktails. Neon Tiger A trendy vegan restaurant with handcrafted cocktails and a variety of meal choices that even non-vegans can’t resist. Many visitors simply go to enjoy its Instagram-worthy design and drinks. Felix Located on King Street, this french inspired restaurant offers an expansive menu and cocktails made to order. Felix has several options for food, from small, made-to-share plates to larger dinner plates featuring pasta, steaks, and more, all dripping with french flavor. The Wreck of Richard and Charlene A favorite of locals and visitors alike, this restaurant is difficult to find due to its hidden location on Mount Pleasant but worth seeking out. This seafood restaurant offers a small menu with significant portions. Locally caught fish, shrimp, oysters, and more. Not to mention the view, where you can watch the shrimping boats docked along Shem Creek.

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Camellias at Hotel Bennett Charleston’s signature pink champagne bar, Camellias, is located inside Hotel Bennett. Camellias offers the finest selection of champagnes in all of Charleston with an Instaworthy all-pink room. Uncork A relaxing wine bar where you can unwind, enjoy a charcuterie board and taste incredible wine. With a welcoming staff prepared to offer recommendations based on what each individual’s wants, this is a great way to start an evening downtown. The best part is that Uncork is right across the street from O-Ku sushi and a fabulous rooftop bar called The Cocktail Club for an easy way to continue a fun night out downtown. The Ordinary A constantly busy restaurant, reservations are always advised because it is one of the most popular seafood and oyster hall restaurants in all of Charleston. The Ordinary offers the highest quality fish and drink menu that has visitors returning time and time again.

Where to Stay in Charleston SC One of the most important pieces when planning a trip is finding the best place to stay. There are plenty of rentals surrounding the beaches in Charleston, all of which are an easy drive to and from downtown. It’s important to highlight the historic and modern options downtown for those looking to immerse themselves in the city. Downtown is easy to navigate by walking, bikes, or even bike taxis. Hotel Bennett: Hotel Bennett, located on King Street,has become a very popular choice for visitors who want to be in the heart. This hotel features a famous pink champagne bar and a variety of amenities including an outdoor pool, gym, restaurant, and bar. Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel Dating back to the mid-1800s, this gorgeous hotel provides comfort, relaxation, and elegance of the French Quarter. Making it a convenient location for those looking to explore the beauty of downtown Charleston. Grand Bohemian

Rutledge House Inn

The Grand Bohemian offers both luxury and a modern vibe as its walls are filled with unique artwork. It features a rooftop with a french inspired restaurant and wine bar.

The Dewberry Modern style with a mid-century twist. The Dewberry is known as one of the top hotel options in the south as it is also home to the popular Citrus Club rooftop bar. The impeccable detail where historic furnishings intertwine with modern artwork creates a breathtaking space.


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Best Beaches in Charleston Folly Beach Folly beach is known as the edge of America. It’s a popular beach spot for surfers and has maintained its small-town charm for decades. Folly beach is located on James Island, also home to the incredible 400-year-old Angel Oak Tree which is known as the “Lowcountry Treasure.” Folly Beach offers a variety of activities including parasailing, paddleboarding, deep-sea fishing, kayak rentals, and boat rentals. Visitors must cross over the Folly River to get to Folly Beach which also offers a lot of activities. Sullivans Island Beach Sullivans Island Beach is a favorite for locals as its location offers a mix of history with Fort Moultrie, delicious local seafood restaurants, and plenty of water activities. There are hotels, Airbnb’s, and beachfront property rentals available year-round making it a popular destination during all seasons. Some favorite local restaurants include Co-op Sullivans, Poe’s Tavern, and the Obstinate daughter. This beach is also neighbors to Isle of Palms, which is another incredible beach.

Isle of Palms Isle of Palms brings visitors who love golf, tennis, fishing, and more. Have a meal with a beachfront view at the Windjammer, or simply soak up the sun. Enjoy local seafood at coastal Provisions and find out what island life is really about. Kiawah Island Kiawah Island offers sprawling 10 miles of beaches and mesmerizing sand dunes that seem endless. Kiawah is a residential community that embraces its visitors through a resort and shopping area. Enjoy fine dining at Jasmine Porch or FortyEight Wine Bar. Kiawah’s residents are passionate about maintaining its beauty for generations to come. Kiawah Island also offers outdoor activities like golf, biking, tennis, and water sports. Whether it’s relaxing or adventure, Kiawah Island has the best of both worlds.

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By Noelani Soto Many are drawn to Miami for the beautiful beaches, shows and bustling nightlife. But, for the well-seasoned traveler, Havana's Cuban culture, art, and cuisine take the main stage. La Pequeña Habana or Little Havana got its name from the Cubans who settled in the city during the 1950s and 1960s, bringing with them the Cuban island's culture and spirit. The neighborhood's most famous street, Calle Ocho, is lined with a variety of authentic Cuban shops, restaurants, museums and street attractions. If you're looking for a bit of culture shock, Little Havana has you covered with these top 5 places to see for an authentic Cuban experience. Domino Park A haven for older gentlemen seeking a game of dominos, a popular table sport in Cuba, Domino Park is dedicated to the activity. Don’t dare disturb the players! The business of playing dominos is taken very seriously by both players and fans. Listen to Live Music at Ball & Chain Ball & Chain is a popular outdoor lounge on Calle Ocho with live music on the weekends. Ball & Chain is famous for its mojitos and lively evening events where locals and tourists happily mingle and dance the night away to some of the best Latin beats. Olds Havana Cuban Bar and Cocina If you find yourself getting a little hungry, you'll want to eat at Olds Havana. Olds may appear to be a tourist trap at first glance, but you are guaranteed to see some of the most authentic Cuban food in the area. Skip the typical Cuban Sandwich and go for the Frita Cubana, a classic Ropa Vieja, or a Tamal en Hoja. And, you will want to finish off the meal with Cafe Cubano. Azucar Ice Cream After dinner, hop on over to Azucar Ice Cream - you can’t miss it; check out the giant ice cream cone in front of the building. Azucar means sugar in Spanish, and

that’s precisely what you’ll find here. Each ice cream has a creative name, such as Abuela Maria. The Abuela Maria mimics a typical Cuban snack of guava and cream cheese (in this case, vanilla ice cream) with soft cookies. There are plenty of other flavors available if you aren’t feeling too experimental, but stepping out of your comfort zone to taste the local flavors is highly recommended Los Pinareños, Fruteria To escape the heat, grab a refreshing LatinAmerican-inspired fruit smoothie or a coco frio (cold coconut) at Los Pinareños, Fruteria. Whether you’re exploring the area on your own or as part of a tour, make sure to enjoy the local flavors of Little Havana.

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And here is something for those of you who just can't let the summer go); It may not be your typical place to spend the fall, but if you are a summer person at heart, Cancun might be the right place to add some summer to your fall! The rain season in Mexico usually starts in May and ends in September so, during fall, you can make the most of the gorgeous beaches and the sweet life in Cancun. A lot of people say that Cancun is very expensive and not so authentic. All these comments can make you a bit skeptical before you visit the famous Mexican city, but actually, Cancun is a great city that can be authentic as well! It is a place where you can find activities for any budget, whether you are a budget traveler or a luxury traveler.

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Hotel Zone Known as Zona Hotelera in Spanish, the Hotel Zone is home to many all-inclusive resorts, shopping malls, nightclubs, and pristine beaches. Entry to many of the beaches is free, so budget travelers do not need to be intimidated by the expensive side of the famous city. Downtown Cancun This area is where most of the locals live. It is entirely different from the hotel zone. This is the best place to get Mexican food and see the local side of Cancun, which people don’t often talk about. Take a tour of Market 28 for the Mexican market experience, find a nice place to get tacos made by locals, and visit El Meco Mayan ruins to take in all the culture the city has to offer! Everyone should spend some time in both downtown Cancun

and the hotel zone for the whole Cancun experience. They are completely different, but this contrast is one of the things that makes Cancun special. Best beaches in Cancun Cancun definitely has some of the best beaches in all of Mexico. In the Hotel Zone, Playa Gaviota Azul, Playa Delfines, and Playa Chac Mol are the white-sand beaches not to be missed. The best of which is located a ferry ride away from Cancun in Playa Norte, on Isla Mujeres. Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico and the world! The clear water, white sand, and island vibes of Isla Mujeres are well-worth the ferry ride from Cancun. Accommodation options are limited so a day trip would be a great option when visiting Isla Mujeres.

What to do in Cancun Besides visiting the beaches, downtown markets,and taking a day trip to Isla Mujeres, there are many other activities in Cancun. For example, just like other cities in Mexico, there are some great cenotes in Cancun. A cenote is a natural pit formed after the collapse of limestone. Found mainly in the Yucatan Peninsula,, the cenotes at one time served as a water source for the Mayan people. Some of the wellknown cenotes close to Cancun are Cenote La Noria, Cenote Azul,and Dzitnup Cenote Xkeken. About thirty minutes drive away from Cancun, there is also Ruta de Cenotes (Cenotes Route) near the city of Puerto Morelos. The Underwater Museum (MUSA) is a great place to visit for those who like snorkelling as you can see over 500 sculptures. It is also a non-profit organization that aims to promote coral life. For adventure lovers, there are some great theme parks close to Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo. Xplor Water Park is the world’s most visited zipline park. There are also water slides, and Xcaret Park, which consists of natural and cultural attractions. Cancun is also famous for its nightlife. The most wellknown night clubs include Coco Bongo, Mandala Beach Club and Dady O. Just get a ticket in advance so you avoid waiting in long lines.

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Day trips from Cancun If you are in Cancun for an extended period, you may consider visiting some other places as well. In addition to Isla Mujeres, which is a must-visit when in Cancun, there is also another island called Isla Contoy. It is accessible from Isla Mujeres, and it is currently protected by the Mexican government as a natural park. Some other popular day trips from Cancun are Chichen Itza, one of the new seven wonders of the world, Tulum, known for its beaches and its archaeological site, Valladolid, a cute city in the state of Yucatan, and Playa del Carmen, which offers city and beach attractions. Bacalar is also a great place to visit, although further away, it offers views of the tropical ecosystem and its famous Lake of Seven Colours. By Yaren Fadiloglulari

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8 Easy Recipes

What to cook this fall

Almond Almond Flour Flour Pumpkin Pumpkin Bread Bread Healthy Healthy Pumpkin Pumpkin Pie Pie

All recipes by OLENA OSIPOV Reprinted only with permission

Buffalo Buffalo Chicken Chicken Chili Chili

What to cook

Almond Flour

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients 3 eggs large 1/2 cup maple syrup honey or sugar* 1 cup pumpkin puree not pie filling 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 3 cups almond flour 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds optional

Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 9 x 5 loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, baking powder + soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. Whisk well until combined. Add almond flour (don’t forget to skim the top of measuring cup with a knife) and mix gently with spatula to combine. Pour batter into previously prepared loaf pan, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and bake for 50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out somewhat clean. This bread burns fast, so don't over bake and remove from the oven while top still appears semi soft. They key to moist and firm bread is to let it cool down. Remove bread from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 20 minutes. Holding onto the flaps of parchment paper remove bread from a loaf pan and let it cool off for another 60 minutes before slicing with sharp serrated knife.

Ingredients Pie Crust: 1 1/4 cups almond meal or flour 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour + more for dusting 1/4 cup avocado or coconut oil melted 1/2 cup any milk I used unsweetened almond 1 tbsp maple syrup or liquid honey 1/8 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt Cooking spray I use Misto Pumpkin Pie Filling: 3 eggs large 15 oz can 2 cups pumpkin puree (not pie filling) 1/2 cup any milk I used unsweetened almond* 1/2 cup maple syrup or liquid honey 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/4 tsp salt

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Instructions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray 9" pie dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond meal or flour, whole wheat flour, oil, milk, maple syrup, baking powder and salt. Mix with spatula continuing with your hands until a ball of dough forms. If necessary, add more almond milk or flour, use your judgement. On a flat surface, roll out the crust until it's large enough to cover the pie dish. First, flatten the dough ball with your hands and then use the rolling pin. Dust the dough with flour while rolling, and it might help to place it on a parchment paper half way through for easier rolling and moving. Transfer crust into the pie dish and mould to fit using your hands. Cut excess dough with kitchen scissors or knife, and make nice edges with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes. While the crust is baking, in a medium bowl, add eggs and whisk for 30 seconds. Add pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt and whisk really well. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F, pour pumpkin pie filling into pre-baked crust and bake pie for 55 minutes. Let pumpkin pie cool completely (!!!) before slicing. Using a serrated knife, cut into 8 slices and serve your favourite way. Make Ahead: You can bake pumpkin pie the day before. Or make the dough and fill the day before, refrigerate and bake when ready.

What to cook

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Ingredients 5 garlic cloves minced 1 large onion chopped 3 large carrots chopped 3 large celery stalks chopped 2 x 15 oz cans any low sodium beans drained & rinsed 28 oz can diced tomatoes low sodium 1/4 cup Frank’s red hot sauce 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey 1 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp smoked paprika 1/2 tsp salt 2 lbs chicken breasts skinless & boneless 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled Avocado oil for frying Cilantro green onion, lime and tortilla chips, for garnish

Instructions Slow cooker: Preheat large skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large slow cooker along with beans, diced tomatoes, Frank's red hot sauce, maple syrup, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika and salt. Stir to combine. Add chicken breasts and push on them to sink in. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours. Instant Pot: In Instant Pot, add ingredients in the following order: garlic, onion, carrots, celery, beans, maple syrup, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, chicken, Frank’s red hot sauce and diced tomatoes. Do not stir! Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 30 minutes. To release the pressure, do quick release by turning pressure valve to Venting position until float valve drops down. Remove chicken breasts, shred with 2 forks and return to the slow cooker/Instant Pot. Add blue cheese, stir and let sit for a few minutes. Serve hot, garnished with cilantro, green onion and lime. And tortilla chips if you have any.:) Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low. Freezer meal: Please see recipe website for directions.

About the Chef: Olena Osipov is the founder and recipe developer at iFOODreal.com. Originally from the Ukraine, she now resides on Vancouver Island in British Columbia with her husband and two boys. The focus at iFOODreal is on sharing easy healthy recipes with simple ingredients and mostly dinner recipes because “What’s for Dinner?” is a question that is never going away. From meal plans to everyday recipes, Olena is here to show you that healthy cooking can be enjoyable and delicious.

What to cook

Pumpkin Pumpkin Pasta Pasta Sauce Sauce

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin 1 yellow onion 2 celery ribs 1 carrot 2 garlic cloves ½ cup red lentils 1 24 oz jar of pasta sauce ½ cup water Instructions: Start by rinsing your lentils under cool water. Take this opportunity to look through the lentils and remove any little rocks (sounds crazy, I know). After rinsing, place the lentils in a bowl with warm water and set aside to soak and soften for about 45 minutes. Once your lentils have finished soaking, finely chop your veggies and add them to a large pot with the olive oil and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and sauté for about one minute longer.

Ingredients: 1 Can Pumpkin Puree 15 oz 1 Cup Vegetable Broth ½ Cup Water 1 Yellow Onion Diced 3 Cloves Garlic Minced 2 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast 2 tablespoon Flour 1 tablespoon Rosemary Fresh, finely chopped 1 tablespoon Olive Oil ½ teaspoon Salt ½ teaspoon Pepper ¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg ¼ teaspoon Ground Sage Instructions: Combine the olive oil, onion, and garlic in a large pan over medium heat. Cook for several minutes until fragrant, stirring frequently.

Begin to cook your pasta following package instructions. Add your remaining ingredients (except the pasta) and mix together. Continue to cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender or let cool slightly and and use a blender. If you use a classic blender, be sure to slightly vent the top. Pour a good amount of sauce over your cooked pasta and serve right away.

Add the sauce, water, and drained lentils to the pot and bring to a boil. Once it has reached a boil, lower to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the lentils and veggies are soft. Serve with your favorite pasta or veggie noodles and enjoy!

Easy Easy Vegan Vegan Lentil Lentil Bolognese Bolognese

Spinach Spinach White White Bean Bean Soup Soup

Ingredients: 4 cups vegetable broth 1 cup cannellini beans 2 cloves garlic medium 1 yellow onion medium 1 russet potato 2 cups fresh spinach 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil

About the Chef Kelsey Riley is the founder of the plantbased food blog, Planted in the Kitchen. In addition, she is a registered nurse and recipe developer with a passion for creating plant-based recipes. Explore her delicious and easy to make vegan recipes.

Instructions: Pour the olive oil into a large pot and turn to medium heat. Add the diced yellow onion and sauté for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and continue to cook for about one more minute.

Add the vegetable broth, the peeled and diced potato, your well-rinsed beans, salt, pepper, and cumin. Bring to a low boil. Continue to cook on a low boil for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the spinach. Let cool slightly (be careful not to burn yourself!) and use an immersion blender. Blend until you have a smooth and creamy consistency.

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Who doesn't love Japanese food? And there is soooo much more out there than just sushi

Chef Richard Ignatius Wijaya shares with us 2 delicious Japanes dishes you can enjoy cooking home this fall: Creamy Miso Mushroom Pasta and Miso Roasted Pumpkin Soba Salad, (on the next page)

About Chef Richard Ignatius Wijaya

With a passion for Japanese-influenced cuisine and sustainable dining, Richard has spent the last few years perfecting his craft working across well-known establishments in Sydney, Australia. Known as Chef Richi, he is now the Sous Chef at Choji Yakiniku Chatswood. Richard has previously worked at Bennelong, Cuckoo Callay and Dopa by Devon among a few others. Learn more about Richard and his culinary journey on his Instagram at @chefrichii. For any inquiries, contact richardignatius97@gmail.com

And while you're eating Japanese, match it with the Japanese drink Awamori , one of Japan's leading alcoholic beverages. Established in 1961, Helios Distillery in Japan manufactures and sells Awamori distilled liquor unique to Okinawa, which is like sake. Ryukyu Bijin is available to purchase from Dan Murphy’s and retails from $55 (700mL bottle)

What to cook

Creamy Creamy Miso Miso

Miso Miso Roasted Roasted Pumpkin Pumpkin

Mushroom Mushroom Pasta Pasta

Soba Soba Salad Salad

Ingredients: 100 gr Spaghetti no.7 30 gr Butter 200 gr mixed sliced mushroom 3 cloves Thinly diced garlic 20 gr Shiro miso paste 5 gr Finely sliced chives 40 gr Grated parmesan, + to serve Salt & Black Pepper for seasoning

Instructions: Bring a pot of water to the boil and season generously with salt and a touch of oil. Add your pasta and allow to cook until al dente while you get started on the mushrooms.

Heat butter in a frying pan over mediumhigh heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic. Let the mushrooms brown without tossing them for a couple of minutes. Then toss and coat with the butter for another couple of minutes or until starting to turn golden. Mix the miso paste and 80gr of the pasta cooking water. Swirl around until the miso dissolves. When your pasta is cooked, add drained pasta to the pan of mushrooms and swirl and toss until the sauce has thickened. Add parmesan and seasoning then toss.

Ingredients: 100 gr Soba Noodles 30 gr Julienne carrot ½ Avocado 50 gr Broccolini 30 gr Edamame 100 gr Pumpkin 10 gr Shiro miso paste Sauce: 25 ml Water 5 ml Soy sauce 5 ml Mirin 5 gr Dashi powder (Stock) 2 gr Sugar Instructions: Preheat the oven at 180°C. Season the sliced pumpkin with a touch of oil, miso, salt and pepper. Wrap the seasoned pumpkin with aluminium foil and bake for 20 minutes. Bring a pot of water to boil and season with salt. Blanch your edamame, broccolini and soba. Once ready, put the edamame, broccolini and soba in cold water to prevent overcooking, and lightly season with salt and pepper.

To prepare the sauce, mix all the ingredients in a small pan and bring to the boil. Once it has reached boiling point, remove from the stove and let it cool down. Best served at room temp/ cold.

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