Today, I’m answering the common quesiton “What are UNESCO World Heritage Sites?” by outlining what they are, why they are important, and why you should add them to your travel itineraries whenever possible. There are currently 1,121 UNESCO Sites around the world, which means that you’ve probably visited or been very close to at least one if you’ve done any amount of traveling. Which heritage sites have you visited thus far?
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Springtime is the best time of year to explore Michigan’s many beautiful botanical gardens. These 17 public gardens and when to visit them will inspire you to grab your camera, birdwatching binoculars, and hiking boots and get outside (or inside) to enjoy the best of Michigan’s native and imported flora ranging from delicate and extremely rare tropical plants at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids to native habitat preserves around the state. Which garden will you visit first?
My blog started because of my love obsession with the Lilly Pulitzer brand. I run a Facebook group dedicated to styling the brand with nearly 40,000 members in it, and I went from 0-40k followers on IG because of a few viral flatlay and closet pictures that garnered hundreds of thousands of shares on Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest, so it’s easy to see why the pink and green brand will always have a special place in my heart. It’s because of this fondness for the color of pink sakura trees, blushing cheeks, and bright summer colors that I created this week’s Spring Essentials post. I hope you enjoy it! Ps. stay tuned for a few Lilly Pulitzer themed essentials coming up!
The Kyoto Luxury Travel Guide is full of the best temples, shrines, gardens, museums, and fine dining in Kyoto, as well as useful cultural notes, ideas for day trips to nearly a dozen nearby cities, and advice on what to wear, how to spend rainy days, and much more. Travelers with distinguished tastes will immediately be drawn to Kyoto’s many Michelin Star restaurants, cultural events and learning opportunities, luxury ryokan, and traditional crafts.
2019 has been an incredible year. As the best decade of my life draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on the wonderful places I’ve traveled this past year. Like last year, I’m sharing my favorite image from each place I visited this year, to share the beautiful places I’ve been, and to hopefully inspire you to take a journey on your own as well in the new year! As always, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support. It means the world to me!
Tokyo DisneySea was our last stop during our tour of Japan, and I couldn’t think of a better way to end our time in the Land of the Rising Sun than by visiting Tokyo Disney’s water themed park before heading to Haneda Airport. Inspired by classic fairytales of the sea, like The Little Mermaid, Tokyo DisneySea is an incredible expression of storytelling taken to the next level. The park consists of 7 themed ports, Port Discovery, the American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, and the Lost River Delta. Read on to see how much there is to do at the park, from marveling at the incredibly ornate architecture and trying foods unique to the park, to riding rides, meeting characters, and experiencing your favorite films in a larger-than-life setting.
Tokyo, Japan, the country’s capital, a city that blends ultra-modern living with the traditions, rituals, and sensibilites of ancient Japan in the most fascinating way. Ever-evolving and unlike any other city in Japan, Tokyo has something for everyone from flower arranging classes and traditional tea ceremonies to sumo-wrestling, endless neighborhoods dedicated to video games, anime, and manga, and a world-class dining scene with more Michelin Star Restaurants than anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re a high-end luxury traveler looking for a once in a lifetime getaway, someone visiting for business, or a fan of Japanese language and culture, Tokyo is the best place to start your Japanese adventure.
The Japanese Gardens at Frederik Meijer Gardens are as beautiful as the gardens we enjoyed in Japan, because they were thoroughly and meticulously recreated to be exact replicas of the gardens in Japan that inspired this beautiful place. Walk with me through these beautiful gardens, and see why they’re my favorite place in West Michigan.
The Imaly City Lavender Festival was a beautiful celebration of all things lavender. We spent a delightful day amongst 23 acres of beautiful, purple, French lavender, and took home massive bouquets of fresh lavender to use in cooking, cosmetics, and around the home. We loved doing yoga amongst the lavender, and enjoyed lavender flavored foods and beverages, and learned how to cultivate, preserve, and enjoy lavender all year long. Read on to learn how to explore and enjoy this gorgeous annual festival.
Stafford’s Bay View Inn is a beautiful, award-winning property by Stafford’s Hospitality that overlooks Little Traverse Bay. It’s been a home away from home for Northern Michigan visitors for more than a century, and has earned itself a reputation for its impeccable service, delightfully decorated rooms, attentive staff, and breathtaking views. Explore this beautiful property, and read more about why Stafford’s Bay View Inn is an excellent lodging selection for those visiting the Petoskey Area.
Here are 5 of the best Michigan Flower Festivals that happen every year, and why every self respecting flower lover needs to make the pilgrimage to the Mitten State in the Great Lakes region to explore some of the most breathtaking flower displays anywhere in the world. Everything from trilliums and dahlias to peonies, lilacs, and millions of tulips are waiting to be discovered here in Michigan.