Judging from the excitement surrounding the third season of “Portlandia” and all the emails in my inbox from readers who want to know more about visiting the city, Portland is having another moment (our really big moment happened back in the early 00s when The New York Times realized that not only did Portland exist, but the people here have beards and eat artisanal cheeses–it’s like a trend piece wet dream!).
When I asked my Portland friends for recommendations of things to do in this weird, wonderful city, their suggestions ranged from “Streak across the Steel Bridge” to “Drop out of graphic design school” to “Occupy something,” so obviously the Portland experience is tough to encompass in a single list (or even a single trip), but I’m going to try to focus on 10 activities that will guarantee a fun, fulfilling trip. Oh, and maybe finally convince my NYC-based Frisky coworkers to come visit me… Keep reading »
I’m in the process of plotting out my travel schedule for the new year (if I don’t have at least one trip in the works, I feel aimless and empty), and between all the travel porn viewing and frantic airfare price-checking, I’ve also been reminiscing about the trips I took over the last year. When I think back on the best travel moments, it’s definitely a toss-up between swimming with sea turtles in Maui (and learning a few life lessons in the process), and dancing to an amazing bluegrass jam band in a dive bar in Nashville: two very different experiences that I’ll never forget. After the jump, check out the highlights from other Frisky staffers’ 2012 travels,and please share your own in the comments! Did you take any major trips this past year? What experience stands out the most? Do you have any travel goals for 2013? We want to hear about it! Keep reading »
A couple weeks ago Amelia sent me this gorgeous picture of a tunnel of Wisteria vines in Japan, and it immediately filled me with a sense of wonder and tranquility. I keep going back to look at it whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed (which has been pretty often lately), and it got me thinking about other places in the world with truly awesome floral displays. From record-setting botanical gardens to bustling flower markets, click through to check out 11 dream destinations for floral fanatics, and please feel free to share your own recommendations in the comments!
What is this stunning piece of architecture, you ask? It’s a Belgian hotel called CasAnus, which allows visitors to spend the night in a replica of a colon, complete with a giant anus. Hey, whatever floats your boat, right? With that in mind, we thought it might be a good time to round up some of the other unique hotels that caught our attention this year. Click through to check out 6 more loony lodging options!
As much as I can appreciate a grand cathedral or a museum filled with classic paintings, sometimes there’s nothing better than a big, beautiful rainbow stretching across the sky. After seeing a particularly stunning specimen appear over the Portland skyline this weekend, I got to wondering about the best places in the world to see rainbows, and I found seven locations where the climate and landscape combine to create epic rainbows on a regular basis. Who wants to join me on a rainbow world tour? Click through the gallery to see where we’re going!
All this month The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick presents for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got gifts for the travel addict in your life… Keep reading »