Summer has announced its imminent arrival and as travelers dream of a New England vacation, a scenic Maine hotel group is making an impact on responsible tourism. This season in South Casco, Maine, Migis Lodge will be powered for the first time with solar energy. The century-old vacation destination will offset 95% of its annual electric power with solar power. Located on Sebago Lake, the lodge and 35 cottages sit on 125 acres of pine tree covered land.
How do you like your local flavor? Does it come in the form of seafood, seasonal vegetables, a local brew or maybe a hand crafted treasure? The best Outer Banks restaurants compete wholeheartedly with the scenic coastline in North Carolina. As an iconic beach destination, the area attracts visitors from around the world. Miles of barrier islands offer an abundance of opportunity to taste local flavor throughout this TOP vacation spot.
This east coast destination represents a string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. They offer unsurpassed views of nature, half a dozen state and national parks and shipwreck diving sites for the swashbuckler in all of us. For additional enjoyment, the Outer Banks restaurant scene features a plethora of flavors to taste the bounty from both the sea and local fertile soils.
Bright lights twinkle at dusk as the plane dips beneath the clouds on approach. I can just catch a glimpse of the surrounding contoured mountains rising up around the city. I imagine the Winged Virgin of El Pancillo, the tallest in the world, standing guard in so many photos. As we take a shadowy bounce on the runway, I can’t wait to get started exploring the top experiences in Quito.
Outside of the Galapagos, Ecuador is an often-overlooked jewel of a country. Surrounded by its larger South American neighbors, many visitors don’t look past the popular islands made famous by Charles Darwin. The county’s small size shouldn’t fool you. This Middle of the Earth gem has loads of appeal and something to offer everyone. When exploring the highlights, I suggest visiting my top ten essential experiences in Quito.
While I’m a firm believer that every day should be Earth Day, it is always exciting when a major environmental achievement coincides with Earth Month. Peru’s sustainable Machu Picchu Pueblo has reached an exciting environmental goal. The city has been crowned the first in Latin America to become 100 percent sustainable.
Have you ever been traveling and wondered, “how can I experience life as a local rather than a typical tourist?” Well, I am glad you asked! I recently returned from my third trip to Italy where I participated in a Florence food tour. It’s my absolute favorite city, although in my short 27 years I can’t claim the list is too long. I decided I must do something unforgettable this time around to see more of the life a Florence local lives.