Fujiya Ryokan is one of the most luxurious ryokans, which are traditional Japanese style inns, in the beautiful mountainous hot spring resort town of Kurokawa Onsen. Overlooking the Chikugo River, this five star luxury ryokan only has four guest rooms, so it can be competitive to get a booking, but we were lucky enough to experience their award winning hospitality, incredible hot spring fed baths, and delightful, traditional fine dining experiences during our most recent adventure to Japan.
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Japanese onsen, hot spring baths, are found all over Japan and are an incredible experience for anyone interested in participating in Japanese culture, relaxing, and living like the locals. While it may seem intimidating to bathe in the nude with strangers, this guide will help you understand what to do and what to expect so you can get straight to relaxing, while overlooking mountains, forests, and other incredible views best enjoyed from a hot spring bath.
I’ve studied Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Latin in school, and several other languages independently, and used these languages to travel the world. Being able to speak to another person in their language, even if you don’t do it perfectly, is one of the greatest feelings in the world, because it opens up a world of possibilities to you. Quite literally, you can more easily travel and explore the world! Here’s how to quickly learn another language, including tips on how to select study aids, studying strategies, and reasons why learning another language is one of the best possible investments you can make in your own life.
Goldfinch Tavern, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, serves up some of the most inventive, refreshing, and nourishing meals in all of Washington. Dine inside their modern tavern, with its warm, inviting, caramel and gunmetal grey color scheme, or dine roof side next to the hotel’s infinity pool, with incredible views of the Seattle Great Wheel, Puget Sound, and the surrounding islands.
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle was one of the most beautiful hotels we’ve ever visited. Situated along Puget Sound, this tranquil hotel was our home away from home for the final evening of our time in Seattle. We witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve ever seen over the Sound from the hotel’s infinity pool deck, savored culinary delights at Goldfinch Tavern, received world-class service from every hotel staff we encountered, and were positively pampered with a full range of amenities that Four Seasons Hotels are famous for all over the world.
Sawyer Restaurant in Seattle was one of the best places I’ve ever eaten. This unassuming restuarant inside of a former sawmill serves some of the very best seafood and vegetables we’ve ever had. A James Beard Semi-Finalist, this New American restaurant offers a seasonal menu that changes based on what’s available in the Pacific Northwest, while always maintaining a fine-dining atmosphere, impeccable plating and presentations, by only ever using the highest-quality ingredients.
Chihuly Garden & Glass is a museum unlike any other. Next to the Space Needle, the incredible work of Dale Chihuly, like floating glass bubbles, phantoms, and tendrils, create numerous, enchanting atmospheres, transporting viewers deep into the forest, under turbulent waters, at the edge of a glass-like lake, and amongst towering flowers. Explore this incredible museum, garden, café and glasshouse by reading more here, and visiting for yourself.
I’m often asked how I grew my hair so long, how to grow long hair, and what advice I have for those trying to grow out their hair. While genetics certainly plays a role in the ability to grow long hair, there is a lot we can control and influence, like our diets, habits, and the products we use on our hair. Read on to see what works for me, and what you can do to grow longer, stronger hair.
The Presidential Suite at Lotte Hotel Seattle is one of the most impressive hotel suites in the Western United States. Views of Puget Sound, an in-room piano, a full kitchen, dining room, living room, king suite bedroom, marble bathroom with a marble soaking tub, a rainfall shower, two entrances and so many more delightful amenities make this hotel suite one of the most extravagant in all of Washington.
When we found ourselves traveling to Washington on both personal business and work, I knew one of my top priorities whilst in the state was heading to Olympic National Park. This breathtaking National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is an incredible region due to the vastly varying topography and ecosystems. From rainforests, cascading waterfalls and mountain ranges to the glaciers atop Mt. Olympus, sprawling rocky or sandy beaches, and old growth forests with some of the tallest trees we’ve ever seen anywhere in the world, Olympic National Park is one of the most exciting, diverse, and and impressive national wonders in the world.
Sustainability, and supporting local growers is something we’ve been trying to do more often. The concept of honoring the Earth, one another, and becoming more attuned to the unique flavors, textures, colors, and fragrances of each local season through food is precisely what Aerlume (pronounced like heirloom) is all about. Located between Bell Harbor Marina and the famous Pike Place Market, overlooking beautiful Puget Sound, Aerulume had some of the most flavorful, inspired food we’ve ever encountered in the Pacific Northwest.