post up in big sur

10 07 2008

If you trek about 150 miles south of San Francisco on Highway 1, you will hit the scenic area of Big Sur, which in it’s own right is worth the trip. However, since you would already be there, you might as well stay at the Post Ranch Inn. You wouldn’t normally associate such fine luxury with such rugged terrain, but this diamond in the rough sits perfectly atop 1200 foot cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Altough you are just a few short drives from cities like Carmel and Monterey, once you are checked in, you may never want to leave. In 2007 Conde Nast Traveler ranked the Spa at Post Ranch Inn #1 in North America. Not to mention it was #3 on TripAdvisor’s list of ‘Top Ten Greenest Accommodations in the World’. They practically invented ecotourism.

the best travel guide book

9 07 2008

Most Travel books spout out pretty much the same information. They send you to all the same places, with all the other people who purchased the same travel books. There is not doubt that everywhere you go, you are bound to see some amazing things, but you will also a million other tourists with their screaming babies, long lines, and over priced tourist trap gifts. If you want to know the best places to visit accodring to the locals, you need to get a Luxe Guide. Luxe City Guides are available for 28 major cities worldwide such as Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Madrid and Bangkok, and give you the insider’s view on what hidden local treasures you need to check out. Each pocket sized guide is updated yearly, and online updates are released throughout the year as well on their site.

The Aran Islands…bikes, bunks, and beers.

7 07 2008

There are usually a few things that happen on every trip that are unexpected, unplanned, and totally unbelievable. My trip to the Aran Islands was just such a trip. A quick ferry boat ride from the city of Galway on Ireland’s West Coast, the Aran Islands offer a quaint and relaxing day of bike riding, photographs and throwing back a few pints at the local pub. We stayed at Mainistir House Hostel and ended the evening at a birthday party for one of the local kids being held at the other local pub, and the entire island was in attendance it seemed. Not once did we feel out of place or unwelcome. Drinks and cake were being passed around like we were family members. If you ever make the trek out to Ireland, you would be missing out if you didn’t take the time to drop in on the Aran Islands for a day or two.