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the green house effect
Peek inside Meghan and Danâ€™s eco-friendly San Fran bungalowâ€” and learn how to make your own pad more environmentally responsible. By Caitlin Moscatello
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the home It was love at first sight when Meghan and Dan Lopez stepped inside the three-bedroom bungalow they now call home. The only problem? It was out of their budget. At the urging of their real estate agent, they wrote a note to the owners saying how they felt a real connection to the house and wanted nothing more than to love it the same way the owners had. Sure, it sounds crazy... but it worked! Even though their bid was the lowest, Meghan and Dan soon found themselves happily signing on the dotted line.
house stats Craftsman style 3 bedrooms 1 ½ baths patio refinished kitchen
Unlike synthetic fabrics, curtains made with natural fibers are petroleum-free.
Hemp rugs are biodegradable. Skip the dye to avoid chemicals.
fiber-lous Use certified organically grown fabrics for everything
from curtains to couch cushions. (Tip: If it doesn’t say “organic” on the label, it isn’t.) Other options are natural materials, like linen, silk and wool, that are free of stain treatments and fire retardants. > spring 2013
Meghan took this photo during a family trip to Africa. Instant art!
A former landlord gave them this wood table as a parting gift.
second life There’s nothing more tempting than buying brand-new, shiny décor when you move into a new home—but it’s often unnecessary. “Most of our favorite things have either been passed down or salvaged,” says Meghan, who adds that she and Dan are all about DIY projects. Almost everything in their dining room, from the inherited table to the chairs they bought on Craigslist, had a previous life in someone else’s pad. 6 The Nest Mag
energy stars Most of the appliances came with the house, but there was one major thing lacking: a dishwasher. Meghan and Dan spent days researching all of the energy-efficient brands on the market and ended up with a Bosch. The best part? They got a tax deduction for buying an Energy Star appliance—not to mention saving money on their electric and water bills. Plus, the kitchen sink faucet is low-flow, which reduces water consumption by up to 50 percent. >
Meghan (an interior designer) was gifted this grocery bag from a student of hers. “I use it for everything!” she says.
The dishwasher uses less water and has a halfload option.
do it yourself at budget bubbles You can whip up your own seltzer at home! SodaStream® Fizz home soda maker, $130, BedBathandBeyond com spring 2013
paint by letters The couple used only nontoxic paints throughout their new house. Why? Regular paints contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are solvents that get into the air and may cause headaches, dizziness and other health problems. Zeroor low-VOC paints are greener options. (And theyâ€™re just as good!) So check labels the next time you want to freshen up a room.
you can see the closet window from the front of the house
Meghan cut up colorful postcards and displayed them in IKEA frames.
Organic-cotton bedding is soft to sleep on and washes easily.
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The key terms you need to know before buying green goods.
Hey, one person’s scrap metal is another person’s wall art!
Chain of Custody Documentation of the process of harvesting a raw material from a certified source throughout all stages of manufacturing
Embodied Energy The amount of energy required to extract, make, transport, assemble and dispose of a commodity
Environmentally Preferable Products Products that have a lesser (or at least reduced) effect on human health and the environment when they’re compared to competing products with the same purpose
eco art The couple’s home office is decorated
with a piece of scrap that Meghan bought on the cheap from a metalworker. “He cut out all he could use and was going to toss it,” she says. “Instead of a landfill, it went to our home!”
rain catcher A catchment
system stores rainwater that Meghan and Dan use to feed their plants. They also make jam out of the apricots that grow on the tree in their backyard. To decorate the outdoor space, the couple used chalkboard paint, potted plants and a rustic table left by the previous owners. [n]
A system that allows workers and artisans to receive a fair wage for all of their products and/ or at least the minimum wage established by their country
Materials that can be replenished or are practically inexhaustible (something along the lines of wood)
Ability of a system to keep functioning into the future without being forced into decline through exhaustion or overloading of the key resources that it depends on for survival Nestpert: Louise Jones, editor of the book Environmentally Responsible Design
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how to organize...
everything We asked all of our blogger friends to give us their best tips for staying organized. Here are 25 great clutter-busting ideas (including some of our own!) to help you simplify your life.
have a place for everything. Whether
it’s a basket, drawer or file, it’s the key to keeping clutter at bay. —Kate Riley of CentsationalGirl.com
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2 I hate searching for things like camera and phone chargers, so I group similar items together in the same place, which helps. —Marianne Strong of HavenandHome.blogspot.com
3 I found a few great apps, like Jamie
Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals, that give me access to recipes. I can create grocery lists right on my phone—no more random Post-it lists! —Shelly Beauvais of LePetitHappy.blogspot.com
5 divide the shelves of your media
center into zones for books, games, movies and music. And don’t forget to designate a spot for remotes! —TheNest.com
6 keep your closet organized
with an efficient shelving system to maximize every inch of space. —Nicole Gibbons of SoHauteStyle.com
7 throw away anything you don’t need.
—Stefanie Schiada of BrooklynLimestone.com
8 I stuff pillowcases with their matching sheets to save space.
—Katie Ragona of TheDesignApprentice.com
9 invest in jewelry trays to
compartmentalize your rings, earrings and necklaces in a drawer. —Erin Hiemstra of Apartment34.com
I work from home, so I have my computer and desk in an armoire
that I can close up when work time is over. Plus, it hides my ugly printer. —Jordan Ferney of OhHappyDay.com
laundry rooms don’t have to be eyesores. If you don’t have cabinets, just hide messy shelves full of detergent and supplies behind bamboo blinds. —Sherry Petersik of YoungHouse Love .com >
hang jewelry on the
wall in old vintage frames. â€”Kirsten Grove of SimplyGrove.com
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12 label everything!
That way, everyone knows where items go and there are no excuses. —Traci Zeller of TraciZeller.com/blog
13 to combat wall clutter, I photograph
art that I don’t have space to hang, so I can look at it online whenever I want. —Vanessa Francis of DecorHappy.blogspot.com
14 to cut down on paper clutter, register
for paperless billing for everything you can. —Kerry Hale of FirstTimeFancy. com
15 group towels by
color and size, and roll them up for maximum storage in your linen closet. —Michelle Jennings Wiebe of InteriorsbyStudioM.com/blog
zigzag hooks are a key organizing tool. They keep everything neat, from bags in the closet to towels in the bathroom. —TheNest.com
16 photograph shoes and print the images; then tape the photos to plastic shoe boxes to create labels. —Michelle Verdugo of Vertigo DesignEvolution .blogspot.com
18 put plastic bags from the
grocery store in an old empty facial-tissue box and keep it under the sink. Then, whenever you need a bag, you can easily pull it out. —TheNest.com >
put a small tray near the front door to keep your keys and sunglasses readily accessible. —Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl .blogspot.com
hide your toiletries in baskets with lids. —Jade Timmerman of FlipFlopsandPearlsDesign .blogspot.com
20 to save space in your bathroom
vanity, hang a tote bag on a hook for bulky things like hair dryers and brushes. —Jen Jafarzadeh L’Italien of TheHaystackNeedleOnline. com
21 stack books in a vintage drawer.
—Brooke Fish of PureandNoble.blogspot.com
22 I use rolled-up magazines to
keep my tall boots upright in my closet. This also helps boots keep their shape. —Carlee Dodson of DeliciouslyOrganized.blogspot.com 14 The Nest Mag
24 contact lens cases are great
for keeping small earrings together when you’re traveling. —TheNest.com
coat the inside of drawers and closets
with fresh paint—it’s easier to organize in a bright, clean space. —Chelsea Fuss of Frolic-Blog.com [n]
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Donâ€™t ditch your desk from fifth grade or that extra scrap of fabric. Put those old, outdated, random things to good use. All you need is a little DIY mojo and maybe a rainy weekend. By Krissy Tiglias
create comfy living room floor pillows before
a bolt of leftover fabric
you will need
4" x 24" x 5" 2 foam square pencil measuring tape scissors pins
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no-sew iron-on tape iron 23" strip of Velcro (adhesive or nonadhesive) needle and thread
1 measure and mark Place the fabric down and set the foam insert on top. Wrap the fabric entirely around the foam to see how much will be required. Add an inch around all sides for overlay. Take the pencil and measuring tape and mark one inch all around on the fabric as a guide. Then cut the fabric in half. 2 create the cover Lay the fabric halves together so the undersides are facing in. Pin one edge together along the markings. Keep pinning the two pieces together, moving up, using your markings. Work your way around so that three of the sides are completely pinned, with the fourth side left open. 3 focus on corners Because your goal is to get flat corners, youâ€™ll need to trim them. Create a small hole by snipping across each corner; close the hole with the remaining fabric. Then, securely fasten it with a pin. 4 secure witH an iron Replace all of the pins with the no-sew tape. Iron it to affix the fabric halves together. Cut a 23-inch piece of Velcro and pin it on the edge of the open side. Make a simple stitch with a needle and thread to secure, and then remove the pins. VoilĂ ! > spring 2013
shake up a tired old desk
you will need s crewdriver nontoxic citrus paint stripper rag foam roller paintbrush acrylic primer paint (in white and in a bright shade, like yellow) metallic finish
time for an old desk to go back to work...see what a little paint can do?
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how to 1 prep desk Remove all of the hardware from the desk with the screwdriver. Strip the old paint with a coat of the stripper. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rub it off with a rag.
2 prime and paint Remove all drawers (to make painting easier). With a foam roller, apply two coats of acrylic primer and then the white paint. Paint one drawer yellow using a small brush.
3 tackle the hardware Set out the hardware and apply primer to it. Then spray on the metallic finish and allow it to dry. Finish by putting all the hardware back on with the screwdriver.
wake up the bed with extra support
you will need
s crewdriver measuring tape scissors spray primer paintbrush paint staple gun fabric (yep, to coordinate with your bedding) ribbon hot glue gun screws and fasteners
hold off on ditching that old backyard screen—admit it: you’ve always wanted a cool headboard
1 measure and dismantle Remove all hinges from the screen with the screwdriver and measure the fabric against the screen. Cut the fabric, leaving a four-inch overlay on all sides. 2 add and attach Spray the primer on the screen; then apply a coat of paint. Starting at the top and moving horizontally, secure the fabric (pulling it taut) to the screen with the staple gun.
3 trim and finish With the fabric finally in place (whew!), trim off the overlay. Take the ribbon and line it along the border of the screen. Using a hot glue gun, attach the trim along the sides so that the fabric edges don’t fray. Finally, screw in the fasteners to connect the panels. Sleep well! [n]
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create the perfect pad (on a dime)
Congrats, you’ve just purchased your first grown-up home! Now use these tricks to make it a chic, organized place that you’ll love—and your friends will envy. By Heather Morgan Shott
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bathroom with character
inspiring work space
eating space you love
cozy, clutter-free bedroom
Make guests feel welcome by placing a pretty antique settee or bench near the door, so they can sit down, take off their shoes and stay awhile. Paint the walls a warm hue, like rose or burnt orange, and hang a vintage mirror for a stylish statement. A pedestal table with framed photos makes a homey, personalized finishing touch.
diy wall art
Photos and inexpensive prints add wonderful character to a room, says Heather Lipner, founder of Uncovet . com, which sells one-ofa-kind accessories and home décor. Hanging multiple pieces instead of just one? Follow her tips for making your collection look cohesive, not random. “Choose a visual element, such as color or frame style, that’s alike. Then make sure that there’s an even amount of white space between each work of art.”
statement piece (or two)
Show off your sense of style—and create a focal point for the room—with an offbeat chandelier or a bold painting. This will help ground the room and define its function. If your budget is really tight, make your sofa the center of attention with bright pillows and a slipcover with a unique pattern or print.
eating space you love
Invest in a chic table with comfortable chairs so your guests will want to stick around after the dishes are cleared. (Just make sure that if you opt for fabric-covered chairs, they’re easy to clean.) A colorful bowl with fruit makes an economical centerpiece. Or try an unusual sculpture that can double as a playful conversation starter.
inspiring work space
Whether you have a tiny nook or a spacious room, your home office should be a bright and tidy space that helps get your creative juices flowing. Store paperwork in pretty boxes and tack up reminders on a corkboard. For extra inspiration, add eye-catching objects to the mix, like a hanging birdcage that also serves as storage for invitations and business cards.
fab living room
Your living room should reflect your personal style and be comfy, so how you set it up is important. For example, your couch is generally the largest piece of furniture in this room; situate it so that it’s facing the door, whether it’s angled in a corner, floating or along a wall. If your sofa blocks the entryway, the space won’t feel welcoming.
cozy, clutter-free bedroom
It’s hard to have sweet dreams (or feel sexy) if your room is a shambles. If you don’t have a lot of money for furniture, give old suitcases a facelift and stack them to create an interesting (and totally functional) bedside table. Top with a mirror or frame. “It’s a fun alternative to a nightstand and feels immediately pulled-together,” says Emily Schuman of CupcakesandCashmere.com.
bathroom with character
Other rooms usually take priority when it comes to decorating—but your bathroom gets lots of traffic, so make it entertaining. Add personality with unique prints, postcards from your travels, quirky illustrations and inspirational sayings. “Make it a room where you can look around and always find something new,” says Lipner. [n]
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organizing by the clock
It may be hard to believe you got to this point—piles of clutter, crammed closets and overflowing drawers—so here’s how to get organized fast. What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking.... By Sarah Newell
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sharpen up knife storage
organize under the sink
clean the office
Store knives in their own drawer for safety, easy access and to keep their sharpness.
contain plastic bags
Stuff reusable grocery bags in an empty coffee can to save space under the sink.
untangle jewelry Put brooches in an empty ice tray inside a bureau drawer. You’ll be more likely to wear what you can see.
store toilet paper Stash TP in a clear vase or umbrella stand for a clean, modern look in the bathroom.
take control of the remote
Toss remote controls in a vase or bowl to disguise them. Set the container by the TV to avoid the whole “Who had it last?” game.
Stick adhesive hooks inside a sink cabinet to hang rubber gloves.
add garage hooks Hang your bikes on the wall? Check. Now hammer nails nearby for the helmets.
use a lazy susan
Arrange all of your condiments on a lazy Susan for easy access.
style the counter Use a cake stand to corral salt, pepper, olive oil and other favorite seasonings.
stow loose batteries
Rubber-band ’em with the positive ends facing the same way.
maintain the mantel
Pair like colors and objects. If they look pretty, no one will see clutter.
Group his and her shoes by style: high heels in front, sneakers on the bottom, flats on a shelf and specialoccasion shoes at the back of the closet.
color-code closets Organize your clothes by color. It looks neat.
Drape necklaces over a bust. Flaunt rings in pretty teacups.
tidy your storage Neatly fold the contents of your linen closet to gain more precious space.
find the fuse box
With the computer off, shake the keyboard upside down to remove any crumbs. Dust the monitor with an eyeglass-cleaning cloth or a used dryer sheet. Dust keys with a clean paintbrush.
Sort everything into two piles: useful and not. Refill drawers with the keepers and get rid of everything else.
rearrange kitchen cabinets Group glasses upside down by style. In tall cabinets, use trays to stack them vertically.
Stick a magnetic flashlight on the fuse box so you’re prepared for a power outage.
purge the medicine cabinet
trick out your towel rack
Toss expired items and anything you haven’t used in six months.
Fill empty tea tins with letters, ticket stubs and matchbooks.
Put rods behind bathroom doors for easy extra storage. [n]
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his ’n’ hers spring cleaning
Can’t spiffing up your pad be fun for once? Crank up that iPod and divide the chores by checking off these his and hers boxes. (Just play fair!) bedroom
Wash all bedding, comforters, mattress pads, bed skirts and pillows (then store any winter bedding) Dust all shelves, books, picture frames and knickknacks* Reorganize closets and then do several big loads of laundry File any stray paperwork and make sure nightstands are clutter-free
*A starred task should take just 10 minutes or less!
Scrub and organize the refrigerator and freezer (toss any old food) Clean the microwave, oven, and inside and outside of stovetop Wipe down all surfaces Scrub sink and flush out drain with a drain cleaner to break down any buildup
Clean under your bed*
Sort cabinets and pantry; toss unnecessary or broken gadgets
Flip your mattress (pull in your partner for this one!)
Run the empty dishwasher to rinse out any residue
Deep clean the carpet and/or vacuum any area rugs
Scrub the kitchen floor—as in with a scrub brush and boiling water!
Dust the tops of all dressers, tables and nightstands*
Attach felt pads to bottoms of table and chair legs to minimize scratching
Gather all reading material and organize bookshelves alphabetically or by genre to maintain order
Organize reusable food-storage containers by size and type, and neatly stack them in cabinets
throughout the house
Organize medicine cabinet (toss expired products)*
Wipe ceilings, walls and knobs to remove any dust or grime
Wipe down linen closet shelves and organize towels*
Clean draperies, curtains and blinds (remove them to do so if necessary)
Scrub the toilet thoroughly*
Sprinkle carpets with cleaning powder and then vacuum
Scrub the shower and tub (clean out the drains too!)
Dust all books and shelves*
Reseal any cracked grout lines
Clean upholstered furnishings
Wax appropriate floors
Dust electronics, books, shelves and light fixtures Clean out fireplace and store unused logs and fire starters Reorganize CDs, DVDs and other media (alphabetize everything for easy searching) Wipe off the surfaces of all desks, mantels and tables*
Wash all windows and screens
outdoor space his
Clean light fixtures and replace bulbs Wash all outdoor furniture* Scrub decks, patios, driveways and walkways [n]
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fake a clean home Friends coming over in 30 minutes? Save yourself a freak-out with our cheater’s guide to speed cleaning. By Alonna Friedman
cleainn uintes 30 rmless! o
Do a pass-through of key rooms, picking up wayward items as you go. Forget about putting things in their proper places. Just collect any of the following in a bin and then stow it in a closet: n Catalogs, bills and newspapers n Pets’ toys n Handbags and shoes n Sports equipment n Stray DVDs Time: 4 minutes
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Wear gloves and put cleaning supplies in a caddy. Spray kitchen countertops. Dry with paper towels or a microfiber cloth. De-smudge stainless steel with water and a soft cloth. Wipe off tables (remove hardwood dust with a clean rag or microfiber cloth). Clean the bathroom sink, vanity and the tub’s visible edge with disinfectant. Coat mirror with vinegar; wipe with newsprint (paper towels leave a fuzzy residue). Douse toilet’s outer surfaces. Use paper towels to dry. Spritz inside toilet seat lid; squirt bowl cleaner under rim, scrub with a brush and flush. Time: 10 minutes
Pull the shower curtain or shower door closed. Shut (and lock!) doors to any rooms you don’t want seen. Time: 1 minute
pronunciation: ‘swif function: verb 1: the action of using a Swiffer 2: a lifestyle choice for The Nest editors Swiff your coffee table after spraying it with an all-purpose cleaner. Next, tackle the TV (including the screen) and entertainment center, and quickly swiff any frames and collectibles on display. Then, swiff the floors in the kitchen, living room and bathroom—and finish up by de-furring couches and chairs with a lint roller. Keep replacement rolls handy. Time: 4 minutes
Run full dishwasher. Empty any visible trash bins. Take out all recycling. Time: 3 minutes Stock bathroom with hand towels, tissues, extra TP, air freshener and hand soap. Put out extra chairs. Change placemats if stained, or flip them to the clean side. Fill the napkin holder. Time: 4 minutes
Take out dishes and wineglasses (look for smudges). Arrange throw pillows and off-kilter couch cushions. Make a centerpiece with fruit or vegetables in a pretty bowl. Dim the lights and use candles to hide cleaning imperfections. Time: 4 minutes
Be calm at the door and they won’t see a speed cleaner! Time: 0 minutes [n]
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find cleaning essentials at cord-free cleaning Suck up dust from hard-to-reach spots. Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim™ cordless vacuum, $400, BedBathandBeyond com
dirt destroyer This machine’s powerful suction makes cleaning a snap! Dyson DC41AN upright vacuum, $600, BedBathandBeyond com clutter keeper For a quick fix, gather up objects in a laundry basket. Microdry® Magnetic Catch-All laundry basket, $20, BedBathandBeyond com spring 2013
dinner in a hurry!
Forget your old chicken casserole standby. With these quick, stress-free recipes, you can easily have healthy, relaxing dinners. Edited by Katie Herrick
sesame tofu stir-fry ingredients Serves 2
1 block (14–15 oz.) firm tofu ¼ cup soy sauce 1 Tbl. dark sesame oil 1 Tbl. rice vinegar 2 tsp. sugar 2 tsp. sesame seeds 2 scallions, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 (1-in.) piece ginger, peeled and grated 8 oz. snow peas 3 Tbl. vegetable oil 2 Tbl. water 2–4 cups cooked white or brown rice, for serving directions 1 Drain the tofu and cut it into 1-inch cubes. 2 Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and sugar in a glass pie plate or baking dish. 3 Add the tofu and coat. Set it aside for 30 minutes. 4 While the tofu marinates, toast the sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring and tossing, until fragrant and a shade or two darker, about 4 minutes. Pour into a bowl to cool. 5 Prep the vegetables: Trim and chop the scallions, keeping the white and green parts separate. Finely chop the garlic. Peel and grate the ginger. Pull off stems and any tough strings from the snow peas. 6 When you’re ready to cook the tofu, remove it from the marinade and pat it dry with paper towels. Set aside 1 Tbl. of marinade for later. 28 The Nest Mag
7 Heat 2 Tbl. vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet, medium-high to high heat. Fry tofu, 7 minutes. 8 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked tofu to a bowl and toss with the sesame seeds. 9 Add remaining oil to the skillet. Stir-fry ginger, garlic and scallion whites for about 30 seconds. 10 Add snow peas and water. Stir 2 minutes. 11 Add fried tofu, scallion greens and marinade. 12 Cook 2 minutes more. Serve with rice. Recipe adapted from How to Boil Water by Food Network Kitchens
stuffed mushroom caps ingredients
Serves 2 (4 as a side)
4 portobello mushrooms ½ stick of butter 1 small onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ cups plain bread crumbs ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 3 Tbl. Parmesan cheese ¼ cup sweet vermouth
directions Preheat oven to 350°F 1 Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Finely chop the stems, and reserve. Scrape out the inside of the mushroom caps and set aside on a baking sheet. 2 Melt the butter in a skillet. Cook the onion and garlic, stirring until translucent. Add the chopped mushroom stems; cook them until the water given off from the stems evaporates.
3 Stir in the bread crumbs, seasonings and cheese. Brown lightly. Add the vermouth. Remove from heat. Toss together until well-mixed. 4 Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture. Place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. >
make in under 25 minutes!
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fish fillet with arugula, pine nuts, tomatoes and potatoes
ingredients Serves 2
¾ cup dry white wine 2 Tbl. plus 1 tsp. olive oil ¼ cup lemon juice 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and fresh ground pepper 2 haddock or tilapia fillets (6 oz. each) ½ lb. fingerling potatoes, peeled 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and sectioned 2 oz. (about 1 ½ cups) arugula, stems picked ¼ cup pine nuts 2 Tbl. fresh basil, sliced 30 The Nest Mag
directions Preheat oven to 425°F 1 In a medium bowl, combine the wine, 2 Tbl. olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Add fish and marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, parboil potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain and cool. 3 Fold a piece of parchment paper in half; then reopen. Spread 1 tsp. olive oil on one side, near the crease, in a spot big enough to cover the fish. Place fillets on the oil spot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add potatoes, tomatoes and arugula to the fillets.
4 Fold the paper back in half over the fish and veggies. Close the edges a half inch at a time to make a pouch. Fold last side under the paper; transfer to a baking sheet. 5 Cook in the oven 10–12 minutes, until parchment is golden brown. Open the paper carefully by placing a paring knife in the center. 6 From the parchment, make a bed of arugula on each plate; then put potatoes and tomatoes around the perimeter of the arugula. 7 Cut each fillet into four pieces and stack on top of the greens. Garnish with pine nuts and basil.
lamb and curried potatoes with green beans ingredients Serves 4
lamb 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped ¼ tsp. ground cumin ¼ tsp. ground cardamom 2 Tbl. fresh lime juice ¾ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cracked black pepper 2 Tbl. plus 2 tsp. olive oil 4 (1-in.-thick) rib lamb chops (1 ½ lbs.) curried potatoes 1½ Tbl. unsalted butter ½ tsp. curry powder Pepper ¾ lb. potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 2 cups) green beans ½ lb. green beans, washed Salt
directions Preheat oven to 450°F 1 In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, cumin, cardamom, lime juice, salt, pepper and 2 tsp. olive oil, and transfer to a large sealable plastic bag. 2 Add lamb and seal bag, forcing out excess air. Marinate at room temperature, turning bag occasionally, for 15 minutes. 3 Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in curry powder. Add pepper to taste. Put potatoes in a baking pan and coat with butter mixture. Roast them, shaking pan occasionally, until tender and golden, 25 minutes.
4 Boil water for the beans. 5 Heat 1 Tbl. olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Take two lamb chops from the bag; cook for about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Add in remaining oil and cook the last two chops the same way. 6 Add green beans to boiling water. Cook for 4 minutes or until tender. Salt to taste. 7 Transfer cooked lamb to a platter and let stand 5 minutes. Serve with curried potatoes and beans. [n]
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white wine After you read this, you might be labeled a wine snob. By Celeste Perron
how cold should white wine be? Whites should be chilled, but there isn’t one right temperature. Dry, crisp and acidic whites (like sauvignon blanc) taste great when chilled to as cool as 42 degrees. But a big, fruity white (like chardonnay) would benefit from warmer temperatures—even up to 55 degrees.
what are the fanciest whites?
White wines classified as Premier Cru (first growth) or Grand Cru (great growth) from vineyards within the Burgundy region of France are the most sought after among wine aficionados, and generally the most expensive whites in the world. The Côte d’Or region and the village of Chablis produce some of the most famous whites.
is drinking white wine as a spritzer or a kir bad form?
If you like your whites on ice or doctored with sparkling water, go for it—just don’t treat a Premier Cru burgundy that way. The kir, an aperitif of white wine laced with crème de cassis or Chambord, was invented in mid-20th-century France to mask the acidic taste of cheap wine— a good trick that still works today.
what’s a good solo white wine for cocktails or happy hour? Opt for low-alcohol wines that aren’t too rich or sweet, like a dry Riesling or a crisp pinot grigio. Aperitifs will awaken your appetite, but heavy, high-alcohol wines can make you full and tipsy before dinner. 32 The Nest Mag
glossary varietal Most
everywhere except Europe, wines go by their varietal, the type of grape used to make the wine (like chardonnay). In Europe, wines go by their appellation, aka the region where the grapes grow. Among 50 or so grapes, here are some of the most common:
Chenin Blanc Used in Vouvray and other whites that come from the Loire Valley Pinot Grigio Known as pinot gris everywhere but Italy Muscat Often used to make sweet wines like sparkling Moscato d’Asti (Italy) and Moscatel de Valencia (Spain)
Chardonnay Used to make white burgundy wines Sauvignon Blanc Used in both Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines Viognier Originally from the northern Rhône; difficult to grow; used to make expensive wines (pronounced “vee-ohn-yay”)
Riesling Called the king of white grapes and just recently started gaining popularity; known for being sweet, but Rieslings can also be quite dry Vernaccia A crisp, dry white produced near the town of San Gimignano, in Tuscany, since the 13th century
insider wine picks Always order the same varietal? Discover delicious new tastes (and impress wine-snob acquaintances) by sipping a wine made from one of these lesser-known grapes. If you like...
Monbazillac from France
Viognier from South Africa
Italian blends primarily made with Moscato and chardonnay
Vouvrays from the Loire Valley
Petit Paris Monbazillac, 2010
Bloem Viognier/chenin blanc, 2012
Cantine Elvio Tintero Grangia, NV
Domaine Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray, NV
white wine + food rules
Be sure to match delicacy with delicacy and power with power. Featherweight foods like oysters pair well with a light and fruity sauvignon blanc.
Your wine should stand up to the dominant taste of the dish. If you take a bite of something that’s salty or spicy and then take a sip of wine, the wine will taste flavorless unless it contains enough acid to balance out the salt flavors. Likewise, sweet foods can make the fruit flavors in a wine fade, so those dishes always require superfruity wine picks.
Break the rules. The old adage that you should never drink red wine with fish isn’t always true. If the fish is hearty (say, a grilled tuna steak) or served with an intensely flavored sauce, then it will actually work better with a light- to medium-bodied red wine (think pinot noir or grenache). [n]
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Our cheap friends itemize everything down to the penny! What do we do? If they haggle over the bill, suggest splitting it 50/50 but offer to pick up the tip if you think your order was pricier. You’ll probably spend more than you would have if you’d itemized, but you’ll avoid headaches. Or suggest cheap eats like Mexican, Indian or burgers. Better yet, make them dinner. Who can argue with a free meal?
Two couples we introduced hang out without us. How do we not take that personally? Be objective— maybe they live near each other, are both Jets fans or work in the same industry. Don’t reinsert yourself into the pack or complain. (You’ll sound petty and jealous.) Instead, make new friends and you won’t mind as much.
couple friends annoy ing be havior
freakouts Deal with all the drama— from strange spouses to cheap cads.
By Jenn ifer Benjamin
My husband doesn’t like my best friend. How can I help them get along? You love her high-pitched squeal and the way she smells her food. Your husband isn’t a fan. You ask him to deal, but how can he when you all hang out every weekend? While your hubby may never get her appeal, explain how good she is to you and let him plan double dates. He’ll enjoy the activity—if not the company. 34 The Nest Mag
We hang out with a couple who always play the comparison game. How do we not get competitive? Chances are they’re just looking for an excuse to brag. When they ask about your home value or anniversary plans, put it back on them. Say something like, “Who wants to talk mortgages...how’s your kitchen renovation going?” It’s a hotseat ejector. But if they always make you feel worse, cut them off—period. My husband’s buddy’s wife is the world’s most boring woman. Help! Hey, not everyone can be as fab as you! No matter how boring she is, she’s not going anywhere. But even dull people have interests, so ask about hers. If you’re still stuck, try celeb gossip. That’ll kill five minutes!
My friend’s husband is a little bizarre, and my hubby can’t stand him. How can I make double dates smoother? Simple: Minimize the chitchat. When two couples socialize (especially if the women are friends and the guys are obligated tagalongs), the girls wind up gabbing, which forces the guys to talk to each other. But men are physical, action-oriented and unlikely to spend hours catching up over chardonnay. So pick an activity where there are few chances to talk—a football game, bowling, a concert—to keep the fellas busy and distracted. [n]
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Nestpert: Krista Bloom, PhD, author of The Ultimate Compatibility Quiz
Sneak a peek at the lives of these lovebirds. By Rachel Sylvester
Shaun, 26, and Lindsay, 25 Au sti n, TX
Chelsea, 24, and Kiel, 26 Co lum bu s, OH
St at us Married May 21, 2011 in a high ho w th ey me t They first met r years school art class but reconnected fou the later when Kiel accidentally messaged wrong Chelsea on Facebook! Dig s They’re renovating their 1918 Craftsman bungalow all on their own! ca re er s He’s a furniture designer and small-business owner; she’s a nurse and also blogs about creativity and wellness. pe ts Their coon cats, Pnut and Chloe In 10 ye ar s, th ey ’ll be “Ten years older with a few toddlers running around”
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Statu s Married August 11, 2012 Ho w Th ey Me t At a Greek mixer at the University of Texas Wo rld tr av ele rs They spent part of their honeymoon in Paris. “We picked up some cheese, a baguette and champagne, and enjoyed a romantic picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower!” pet s Their English bulldog, Trudy, was the ring bearer at their wedding! In 10 Ye ar s, Th ey ’ll Be The pro ud parents of one or two kids and ow ners of a lake house Re la tio nshi p ru le “Don’t tak e this life or each other too seriously.”
their fantasy splurge? a boat!
Alex, 24, and Jesse, 26
Brian, 33, and Claud ia, 25 Boston
Stat us Married May 22, 2010 ho w th ey me t They started dating after studying abroad together in Austria. Ba by Cl oc k They welcomed their first, son Turner Jack, in October. Gr ipe s She asks for his advice and then does the total opposite; he leaves rtment. his dirty clothes all over their apa and music: un wi nd tim e Movie dates !” “We’re obsessed with Coldplay is a selfOp po sit es at tr ac t Alex se was proclaimed “city boy,” while Jes . raised by ranchers in South Texas oty”; Ni ck na me s Alex calls her “Bo Jesse refers to him as “Sassy.” l each re la tio nshi p ru le They tel e couldn’t other everything. Jesse says, “H life!” keep a secret from me to save his
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Statu s Married October 20, 2012 Gr ipe s She hates making plans; he won’t turn off NFL RedZone on game day. Un wi nd tim e Relaxing at home with wine and a good movie Ho bbi es Hiking, skiing, snorkeling and plenty of football games. gu ilt y ple as ur es She’s a chocolate fiend; he can’t get enough pizza. Wh at ot he rs do n’t Kn ow They eloped three years in! nic kn am es “Lulu” and “Bubba.” “We sing songs to each other in public— we have no shame!” re la tio nshi p ru le “No matter what, let’s just love each other.” [n]
snorkeling? talk about adventurous!
10 fun outdoor spring dates Itâ€™s starting to warm up (well, kinda), so get your vitamin-D-deprived butts outside and enjoy one of these alfresco dates. By Kristin Koch
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working up a sweat
Head to a local park for a hike, run, bike ride or tennis match. Get your blood pumping and you might notice something else pumping too (we’re talking about your libido in case you didn’t catch the innuendo). Hey, just sayin’….
Geocaching is really just a teched-out game of hide-and-seek for fun-loving adults like yourselves. All you need is your GPS. Simply go to Geocaching .com to get the location of a “treasure” and let the adventure begin. And even if you’re not really into the whole treasure-hunting thing, it’s a great way to explore new and old neighborhoods together.
Square off against your spouse on the field and work out all that excess energy. Or if you’re feeling merciful, pair up with your sweetie against another team and tap into your combined strength.
a bicycle built for two
The ultimate exercise in teamwork and trust, tandem bicycling is both a great workout and a chance for you two to really get in sync. Rent one at a bike store near you and feel like kids again.
Find a local horse farm or a nearby equestrian school and book a couples ride through the countryside, or the beach if you live near one. Even some urban areas offer horseback rides through their city parks. Or book a private lesson for two to help get your groove (or gallop) on. Caution: This date may require you to play hooky from work.
Spread out a blanket on a flat spot and dine on fresh fruit, chocolate, cheese and sparkling wine (the menu is up to you two, of course). If you get rained out, you can always cheat and lay a blanket over the bed or on the living room floor.
Hit up three or four of your favorite watering holes around town and try a new beer or drink at each one. Okay, this doesn’t happen entirely outside, but, um, doesn’t walking from bar to bar count?
Springtime means vino time. Most wineries offer free wine tastings and tours, and hey, if it’s a little nippy outside, just drink more! (Find a vineyard or winery near you at WinesandTimes.com.)
Get some fresh air and give your relationship a karmic boost: Sign up to help clean up a local park or highway, or if you’re good with a hammer, you can help build homes in nearby neighborhoods with Habitat for Humanity (Habitat.org).
sowing some seeds
This could be the year you actually start that vegetable garden you’ve been talking about since you moved in. Spring is prime planting season, so hit the nursery to pick up seeds (or seedlings) for your favorite fruits, vegetables and herbs. Digging actually can be a lot of fun when you have your partner in crime by your side. And come summer, you’ll be enjoying fresh tomatoes and basil picked right from your backyard. [n]
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make your own salsa!
the lazy couple’s
Stick these babies in a cage to keep them really happy.
gardening Want a garden? First, be sure you
spare time .
Suck it up—you only need a few hours per week. Next, find a good spot (most plants
light). Then tear out any
offending sod and add compost to enrich the soil (yep, even if it was once
Buy and plant seeds and seedlings (it’ll be easy on your wallet, we promise!). A couple times a week, water (wilted leaves and crumbly soil mean you’re too lazy) —just
Fertilize, deadhead and weed regularly (no pots involved, sorry!). In the fall, cover the spot with mulch (pile it on)
Try and kill ’em. We dare you.
and then kick back and enjoy t he fruits and veggies of your labor. by Ellie Martin Cliffe
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annual (lives just one year) p = p erennial (returns for many years)
Muddle a few cups of this with a bit of Parmesan, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and salt and pepper—and presto!
Sweet or spicy, it’s up to you! If they’re hot, wear rubber gloves when you pick ’em.
o r s o, m o nt h Once a nt food in mix pla e water. h with t
The more sun they get, the more these beauties flower.
when life gives you mint, make mojitos
contain yourself! No time or space for a nursery? Start a container garden on your patio or windowsill: step 1 Buy seedlings (baby plants in plastic pots). You must have proper light. step 2 Pick a pot (terra-cotta, plastic, metal) that’s twice as big as the fully grown root. Try a five-inch pot with a drainage hole.
Mince and sprinkle on potatoes to add zing. Cut often so leaves don’t get tough. Sorry, if chives flower, it’s too late!
Sprinkle more seeds every couple of weeks and you’ll have a continuous supply. Don’t like worm salad? Wash your lettuce.
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Plant French marigolds as borders. Their scent helps ward off icky insects. [n] Nestperts: James FD Martin, home gardener extraordinaire; Nicholas Staddon of Monrovia nurseries; and Don Zeidler of W. Atlee Burpee & Co.
step 3 Fill the pot with soil. Make a hole. Supporting the plant’s stem, gently pull it out. Place it upright in the hole. Pat soil. step 4 Water if soil an inch down is dry.
trips for two
Whether you’re beach bums, ski bunnies or party animals, we’ve got your perfect romantic escape. By Nancy Rones
costa rica Arenal Volcano looms 5,437 feet above the country’s lush landscape.
why couples flock here Couples who
love monkeys and eco-adventure can frolic around the lush rain forests, volcanoes, rivers, hot springs and white-sand beaches. where to stay Luxurious jungle casitas at
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why consider it This nation has much
more to offer than its famous canal. Take in Panama City’s nightlife, explore nature reserves and beaches, and go kayaking and horseback riding.
Arenal Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens come with a private garden, Jacuzzi and terrace facing the active Arenal Volcano (from $245, ArenalNayara.com). Near Manuel Antonio National Park, Parador Resort & Spa’s posh digs overlook the Pacific; for easy access to the adults-only infinity pool, book the newer “Las Suites” at the resort’s highest point (Vista Suite from $440, HotelParador.com).
where to stay The Westin Playa Bonita
what to do Zip-line along the rain-forest
what to do White-water raft on the Rio
canopy or hike old lava fields on Toucans Trail; spot Lake Arenal and, if you’re lucky, flowing lava. Take a longboard surf lesson. 42 The Nest Mag
Panama sits between the beach and the rain forest, and it’s 20 minutes from Panama City (from $380, Westin .com / playabonita). To the west, get cozy at the intimate Coffee Estate Inn. Its owners stock the three bungalows (facing a dormant volcano) with homegrown coffee and DIY breakfasts—and deliver dinners ($180, CoffeeEstateInn.com).
Chiriqui or kayak on the Pacific around Punta Bruja Nature Reserve. Buy local crafts at the markets; later, spot wildlife on a night safari.
why couples flock here Close to
the US, this petite island charms visitors with its British “accents,” sorbet-shaded architecture and pink-sand beaches. where to stay At The Reefs, all rooms face
the sea, and breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner are included. Indulge in La Serena Spa (from $325, TheReefs.com). A short walk from downtown Hamilton, the 44-room Rosedon Hotel resembles a country estate. Breakfast and afternoon tea are included; mingle at Rum Swizzle parties (from $274, Rosedon.com). what to do Honor tradition and ride a
scooter (visitors can’t rent cars). Check out Front Street’s shops and restaurants and the street festival on summer Wednesday nights.
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harbour island, bahamas why consider it This under-the-radar Out Island
(also called Briland) ticks many of Bermuda’s boxes: pink-sand beaches, storybook cottages and no car required (golf carts and pedal bikes preferred). On an island just 3.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide, friendly locals embrace visitors. where to stay Popular with celebs, Pink
Sands Resort offers garden- or ocean-view cottages and a freshwater pool; breakfast and airport transfers are included (from $495, PinkSandsResort.com). Runaway Hill Inn, a boutique hotel, serves moonlit dinners on its seaside terrace (from $325, RunawayHill.com). what to do Horseback ride on the beach,
cruise to Man Island for a romantic picnic lunch or just snorkel in the turquoise waters. >
bermuda Can you say bliss? Pink sands and turquoise waters make this island a magical beach getaway.
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los cabos, mexico
riviera nayarit, mexico
municipality on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula boasts top-notch golf courses, hotels, spas and whale-watching, plus a breathtaking landscape of desert and ocean.
beaches, golfing and luxe lodgings are discovering this treasure with almost 200 miles of Pacific coastline north of Puerto Vallarta.
why couples flock here This upscale
where to stay At the hacienda-style One&Only
Palmilla, “own” a private beach cove for the day; or book massages in a torchlit oceanside cabana (from $595, Palmilla.OneandOnlyResorts.com). Focus on you two—rather than money—with Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa’s “Unlimited-Luxury” policy: Pay one price up front (from $368 per person, DreamsResorts.com). what to do Water-taxi it over to the almost-
secluded Lover’s Beach, near the famous El Arco rock formation. Then mountain bike or take a Hummer tour through the desert.
why consider it Couples who want gorgeous
where to stay At The St. Regis Punta Mita
Resort, next to Banderas Bay, your butler unpacks while you hit the 10,000-square-foot Remède Spa, a poolside cabana or a Mexican cocktails class (from $399, StRegisPuntaMita .com). Down the coast in Nuevo Vallarta, the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Pacífico has five restaurants, five bars, 24-hour room service and daily activities. Snag a suite with a terrace hot tub (from $109 per person, Riu.com). what to do Take a sunset sail or a
whale-watching cruise (December to March). Tee off on one of the area’s six championship golf courses.
los cabos Stunning rock formations, like El Arco at Land’s End, are a major attraction. 44 The Nest Mag
jackson hole Commune with nature and each other in the wideopen spaces of Grand Teton National Park.
jackson hole, wyoming why couples flock here Neighboring Grand
Teton National Park, the great outdoors here is a dream for nature lovers. Activities are year-round, but avid skiers get a powder fix at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (it’s not for beginners, though). where to stay Within walking distance of the
town square shops, family-run Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa melds rustic décor with Western luxury (from $195, RustyParrot.com). The splurge-worthy Amangani resort provides private airport transfers and views of snowcapped peaks from its 115-foot heated outdoor pool (from $725, Amangani.com). what to do Take a sleigh ride into National Elk
Refuge. In the warmer months, ride the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain; then hike the Rock Springs Overlook trail for awesome views.
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big sky, montana
whY consider it This area offers a less-
traveled path to pristine wilderness and national park land (hello, Yellowstone!). Two interconnected ski resorts—Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort—boast a combined lift ticket to the nation’s largest skiable terrain. where to stay Book one of Moonlight Basin’s
Cowboy Heaven Cabins and soak in your hot tub surrounded by the Rockies (from $229, StayBigSky.com). Or play cowboy at the Lone Mountain Ranch: Bunk in a cabin, get a horse and join in on tons of outdoorsy year-round activities. Winter offers the best rates (from $308 per person, LoneMountainRanch.com). what to do Fly-fish, horseback ride, dogsled
or tour Yellowstone, including Old Faithful. > spring 2013
why couples flock here This dynamic
Mediterranean city has it all: a beach, culture, inspiring architecture (old, modern and Gaudí— the beloved Catalan architect), vibrant nightlife and divine gastronomy (bring on the tapas!). where to stay With its gleaming sail, the
W Barcelona is a beachfront landmark whose hip factor doesn’t preclude amenities such as cloud-like beds or beach attendants (from about $336, W-Barcelona.com). Near the Gothic Quarter, a renovated Hotel España weds a 19th-century exterior with modern design and a rooftop pool (from $155, HotelEspanya.com). what to do Admire Gaudí’s works, including
Park Güell and La Sagrada Família. Hungry? Hit the food stalls of the bustling Boqueria. For great views, ride the cable car up Montjuïc.
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why consider it Like Barcelona, the capital
is a comely mix of historic and modern charm. Built on seven coastal hills, its roller-coaster layout requires comfy shoes, but stellar views are worth the calorie-burning (or ride the tram). where to stay Situated between the
bohemian Bairro Alto area and the chic Chiado, the Bairro Alto Hotel houses the Café-Bar BA, popular for nighttime music (from about $370, BairroAltoHotel.com). Or head to the exclusive Lapa district and the opulent hilltop Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel, which has a luxe spa (from $576, LapaPalaceLisbon.com). what to do Browse the Chiado Museum’s
contemporary Portuguese art. Ride Tram 28 to see historic sites and tile facades. Try the famous custard tarts at Pastéis de Belém.
barcelona For a can’t-miss photo op, strike a pose by the colorful mosaics in Park Güell. 46 The Nest Mag
lanai Get your hula on beside crystal-blue waters that pack a true Hawaiian punch. hot
why couples flock here The smallest
inhabited public island in Hawaii, Lanai is a secluded, unspoiled paradise with only two major resorts and 30 miles of paved roads. where to stay Not only are the waters of
Hulopoe Bay at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay stunning, but they’re also a protected marine preserve, great for snorkeling or SNUBA (from $479, FourSeasons.com/ manelebay). In the forested highlands, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele is prime for hikes through tropical flora. Plus, there’s access to world-class golf and tennis courts (from $429, FourSeasons.com/koele). what to do Climb Sweetheart Rock just before
sunset. Take a helicopter tour of the island, or explore up to 400 miles of dirt roads in a 4x4.
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st. vincent and the grenadines
why consider it A new international airport
on St. Vincent’s main island will raise the profile of these 32 unspoiled Caribbean islands and cays fit for snorkelers, sailors and beach lovers. where to stay The 22 recently renovated
cottages on the private-island resort of Petit St. Vincent dot hillsides, cliffs and beaches; lift the red flag outside for privacy or the yellow one for room service at this all-inclusive getaway (from $1,100, PetitStVincent.com). At the all-inclusive resort of Palm Island Resort Grenadines, nap in a hammock, hit up the weekly cocktail party or order a picnic lunch on a remote stretch of sand (from $845, PalmIslandResortGrenadines.com). what to do Practice open-air yoga. Or sail to the
uninhabited Tobago Cays to snorkel or dive. [n]
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