Temecula Valley

Photography by Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association

September is California Wine Month, and there’s no better time to plan a visit to one of the state’s 28 wine regions. Wineries will be marking the harvest and celebrating the month with special wine tours, tastings, concerts and more.

With more than 4,000 wineries ranging from intimate, boutique wineries to larger, more recognizable brands, California is sure to provide visitors with one that appeals to them — and their taste buds.

There’s no doubt that Napa Valley is the state’s — and possibly the country’s — most recognized wine region. However, head to Southern California for a lesser-known area, where picturesque rolling hills and vineyards await. READ MORE

 

Photo Courtesy of Alex Chacón

Hitting the road on a motorcycle can be a major adrenaline rush, and for Alex Chacón, viewing the world from the seat of his motorcycle is the only way to travel.  This adventure videographer and photographer lives to ride on the open road and is committed to documenting his adventures while raising awareness and money for charitable organizations.  In fact, his most famous charitable expedition was a 500-day solo trip from Alaska to Argentina to raise money for the Children of Uganda in Africa.

In addition to his charitable efforts, Alex also owns Your Expedition South, a motorcycle travel consulting business that offers advice and occasionally leads motorcycle tours in Latin America. We wanted to catch up with this unique adventurer for Our Type of Traveler and understand why Alex is at his happiest when traveling on a motorcycle, even after clocking hundreds of miles. Buckle up and enjoy this ride.
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This Week in Travel

In the spirit of New York Fashion Week, this week’s roundup is full of tips and trendsetters that inspire a more fashionable lifestyle — at home and on the road.

Get in-flight beauty tricks from a top makeup artist on Fathom, then read our interview with Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba.

It can be hard to stick to a workout routine while traveling, but mixing in a new or inventive workout class is a great way to stay fit. Case in point: Style Jaunt got up the nerve to try aerial yoga at the Willow Stream Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

The French are known for many things, chief among them: eating well. Paris-based Ashley Abroad reveals the French eating habits she’ll be taking home with her.

Fashion Toast’s Moroccan photo diary is nothing short of dreamy, scroll to the very bottom for some of her stylish recommendations.

Not to leave out stylish men, the duo behind Street Etiquette makes our list with their Johannesburg journey in South Africa.

An overhead view of the atrium in Rose’s Luxury. (Photo by Kathleen Rellihan)

Where’s the best new restaurant in America? The answer might surprise you. It’s not in New York or San Francisco, 2 cities that boast award-winning restaurants on every block and attract flocks of foodies on pilgrimages. In its annual list, Bon Appétit magazine recently named Rose’s Luxury, an eclectic restaurant in Washington, DC, that mixes Southern hospitality with playful dishes, the Best New Restaurant in America. In the past, Washington might have been more associated with power lunches than a powerful restaurant scene, but with the bragging rights it has earned now, it might inspire a few foodie pilgrimages of its own.

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Photography by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Atlantic City, NJ, has been in the news lately for its financial issues, most notably the closing of 3 of its casinos this year, with another set to shut down next week.  But the “Vegas of the East” returns to its roots with the Miss America Pageant, which airs live this Sunday, hopefully bringing with it a revival of Atlantic City’s heyday. READ MORE

Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba on a boat in Burma.

You know that cool friend of yours who always knows the best bench for people-watching in every city or the greatest little hole-in-the-wall bar down the alley that you would never find? That’s Jeralyn Gerba, co-founder and editorial director of Fathom — only she knows even more benches and bars than your cool friend. In fact, the entire Fathom travel website is full of insider recommendations, inspiring stories and unexpected itineraries.

Former DailyCandy editors Jeralyn and Pavia Rosati teamed up in July 2011 to create Fathom with an editorial motto to “focus on places we like, writers we trust, and stories that move us.” That genuine approach captured the travel space’s attention, winning the Society of American Travel Writers’ bronze medal for best online travel journalism site in 2013.

We tracked down Jeralyn — while she was in between logging airline miles, relocating her office to Spoleto, Italy, for 2 months, and mapping sushi joints in Japan — to chat about all things travel.

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Book by Sept. 30.

Cheap international flights are hard to come by, especially if you’re looking at prime travel days, like a Friday in peak season. Tweaking those travel times, though, can help you save big on your next trip.

Starting at just $400 (Los Angeles to San Jose, Costa Rica), these global, round-trip flights purchased through Liberty Travel depart on select dates in late November and early December from a wide range of U.S. cities.  While many of these fares depart in shoulder or low season, taking a trip on these dates means much lower prices and smaller crowds, making for a more affordable, less stressful vacation.
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Recently back from filming an episode of Expedition Unknown in Peru, global explorer and host Josh Gates shares his tips for traveling to a country best known for its iconic ruins.

What brought you to Peru?

We’re here filming an upcoming episode of Expedition Unknown for Travel Channel. The series deals with historic mysteries around the world, and in this case, we’re diving into the grand culture of the Inca and the legend of one of their lost cities. It’s a thrilling story, and documenting the rugged beauty (and rugged challenges) of traveling into the jungles of Peru is going to make for an awesome episode!

What were your expectations while filming/visiting Peru?

Due to Peru’s largely “vertical geography” (a whole lot of mountains), each part of the country is wildly distinct from the next. One day you’re enjoying the warm ocean air in Lima, the next you’re shivering and trying to catch your breath in the high-altitude city of Cusco. Tomorrow, you might be kicking snow off your shoes in the Andes or sweating bullets in the verdant jungles of the Amazon. In other words, you never know what to expect here!

A great example is Lima, which, on the surface, is an easy place to dislike. After all, it’s essentially a desert — a city teetering on dusty cliffs with gridlocked traffic and a perennially gray sky. After centuries of earthquakes, Lima is also a maze of tumbledown buildings that seem to be in a constant state of disrepair. But then, you round a corner and get stopped in your tracks by a stunning colonial cathedral or a spirited local festival. A little exploration will take you into charming neighborhoods such as Miraflores. Great restaurants, live music and a pulsing nightlife are just waiting to be found. Like all of Peru, Lima is full of amazing surprises. READ MORE

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

Photography by Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA

Coming back from vacation tanned, tired and completely content isn’t nearly as hard if the job you are returning to is, say, working for a travel website. That being said, here are some links to keep the feeling of summer from fleeting just yet.

If you have yet to visit the Classe Touriste daily photo blog, you’ll soon be addicted. Start by following them to the tiny and little-known village of Arguedas, Spain, and enjoying the unexpected fiesta that followed.

For anyone who’s felt underwhelmed by this LA neighbor, here are 15 reasons to give Long Beach, CA, a chance, via Johnny Jet.

Go “home” with Boat Magazine contributor Ruth Carruthers, who experiences Scotland by sea for the first time.

A Dangerous Business delves into the Mile High City and shares its picks for where to eat, what to do and how to get around Denver in 48 hours.

Lastly, the Bohemian Travelers reveal how to find sea turtles on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Designers, models, photographers, bloggers, DJs and the world’s most stylish celebs descend upon New York this week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. While everyone’s looking for the next big thing to hit fashion, we’re searching for the most stylish hotels in America’s fashion capital — New York.

In honor of Fashion Week, we’ve rounded up boutiques in the Big Apple that ooze with style.

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