Black rhinos are on the verge of extinction, but one safari and conservation company in Kenya is fighting to protect them and end poaching. All visitors are welcome to join the struggle.Joanna Eede
As if it were a plot point straight out of J.J. Abrams’ Lost, a man founded a nation off the coast of England while looking for a pirate radio broadcasting station. There was no black smoke or polar bears, but he did establish currency, flags and a royal court. All hail Sealand!The Principality of Sealand/Facebook
For a respite from the frenetic bustle of New Delhi and Mumbai, head to Jodhpur to kick back among the deep history of the “Land of Death."
An inscription on the unassuming entrance gate to the Raas Jodhpur should read, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Rolling through the hotel’s gate after a now-routine, herky-jerky, Indian car ride—this time through the labyrinthine streets of old Jodhpur—and entering what is an oasis of calm in a country of chaos, felt like one big sigh of relief.
India is a land of breathtaking historical monuments, amazing food, and fascinating people, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming in a way few places in the world are. Major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai—the two cities I visited before and after Jodphur on a recent trip—can leave a traveler feeling a bit beleaguered from the relentless hawking of goods, the air pollution, the smells that are hard to place, the constant vigilance against con artists, the traffic that is heard just as much as seen, and a crush of people that makes a rush-hour subway ride in New York City seem like the most private experience on earth.
America may be a young country and our wine industry even younger, but there are old vineyards that produce seriously delicious wine. Seek them out writes sommelier Jordan Salcito.
California’s oldest vineyards hold some very deep secrets. A handful of parcels interspersed throughout the state have survived everything from Phylloxera and Prohibition to the Great Depression. In addition to producing great wines, these vineyards offer important insight into our collective national past.
A couple of years ago, while out to dinner with a friend, I drank a glass of Turley Wine Cellars “Bechtold Vineyard” Cinsault. She ordered it. I was skeptical. But that wine, a balanced blend of supple fruit, focused acidity and sweet spice, was my wake-up call. Some of California’s best wines these days are coming from these ancient vineyards. And the vineyards, which generate lower yields and are often expensive to farm, are at risk.
Few people are as well-informed about America’s viticulture history as Morgan Twain-Peterson. The proprietor of Bedrock Vineyards and a founding member of the Historic Vineyard Society Morgan has been making wine since age five (in its heyday, his Vino Bambino Pinot Noir graced lists at esteemed restaurants like Gramercy Tavern). He also has a history degree from Vassar College and a graduate degree in American Studies from Colombia. And he’s passed the notoriously difficult Master of Wine exam.
After graduate school, Morgan returned to California, purchased the Bedrock Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, and founded a winery in its name. Bedrock is not California’s oldest vineyard, but its history is especially colorful and well-documented. “We know more about Bedrock than we do about most other vineyards on account of the people who owned it,” Peterson explained.
You can for only $292,000 a night.
Sleeping with the fishes just got much more romantic. Lovers Deep is a new luxury submarine hotel room that rests 650 feet beneath the water. The vessel is moored in the Caribbean, with guests boarding in St. Lucia, but it can also be used to travel the seas. The submarine itself offers a guest bedroom and staff quarters for the captain, chef, and butler. An underwater getaway will set you back a cool $292,000 per couple per night.
The U.S. isn’t the only country battling a brutal winter this year. But Tokyo residents have one secret weapon: natural hot springs. Here are five spots to ward off the cold.
What to do during Tokyo’s long, frigid winters? Seek refuge and warmth in the many wonderful onsen (hot springs) scattered throughout the city, naturally. Here are our favorites.
A hot spring located inside a massive shopping and entertainment center sounds about right for Tokyo. LaQua brings its spring water up from 17,000 meters below ground, a feat that can be attributed only to ingenious Japanese engineering. Across the spa’s four levels you’ll find a delightfully tranquil outdoor hot spring, five types of saunas, relaxation areas, and a restaurant. Beyond the baths and saunas, LaQua has a Western-style spa where you can get massages and no-nonsense Korean body scrubs—not for the faint of heart or epidermis. (1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku; +81-3-5800-9999)
GETTING THERE: Marunouchi, Namboku, Mita, Oedo lines to Korakuen station; Chuo-Sobu or Mita line to Suidobashi station
To provide tourists with a diverse perspective of the region, some tour companies are starting to include both Israeli and Palestinian guides, who see cities like Tel Aviv through very different eyes.
JAFFA, ISRAEL—Israeli tour guide Yuval Ben-Ami, 37, waves his arm down the shore towards Tel Aviv. From the Jewish-Israeli perspective, he says, the new city was built entirely on empty sand dunes.
Ben-Ami’s fellow guide, 33-year-old Aziz Abu-Sarah, laughs. The Arab neighborhoods that existed before Tel Aviv’s construction are what Palestinians remember, he says.
It isn’t every day that Israeli and Palestinian guides lead a tour of the area together, offering different perspectives on the sites and stories at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But this recent morning at the ancient Port of Jaffa, a group of 40 Israeli and international tourists gather to see the city through new eyes.
Known in Hebrew as “the beautiful” and in Arabic as “bride of the sea,” Jaffa is full of tourists—about 120 tour buses daily—who visit the lively flea market, antiquities, holy sites, galleries and cafes. Few Israeli tours, however, tell history from the perspective of Jaffa’s Arabs—numbering 16,000 today and 100,000 or so until the 1948 war.
You wouldn’t have thought but just a few hours from Sochi one of the world’s great wine regions is starting to produce seriously good juice again. Jordan Salcito on the Georgian wine revival.
Central Georgia is a mere 260 miles south of Sochi, along the Black Sea. That’s slightly longer than the distance from New York to Boston – a stone’s throw, especially by Russian standards. Despite the proximity, Olympians and Sochi tourists are unlikely to be drinking much Georgian wine this winter. Until last year, they couldn’t even buy it, under a seven-year Russian ban on Georgian wines.
Georgia’s wine industry has taken some rough blows. Phylloxera struck in the late 19th century, and in the 20th century, Soviet winemaking mandates encouraged quantity above quality. Gorbachev’s anti-alcohol campaign in the late 1980s obliterated a great deal of vineyard area (though, as Jancis Robinson notes in The Oxford Companion to Wine, mainly state vineyards suffered as “no Georgian farmer would be willing to pull out his own vines”). In 2006, Russia imposed an embargo on Georgian agricultural products, including wine. Russia’s chief health inspector, Gennady Onishchenko, claimed they were contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. Until the embargo, Russia purchased roughly more than 80% of Georgia’s wine production.
The embargo may have proved a blessing in disguise. Georgia cultivated export markets in Belarus, Azerbaijan, the Ukraine, China, the United States, and even France, educating consumers and wine-makers about Georgian wines, grapes, and practices. Now the wine cognoscenti are beginning to take notice of what’s coming out of Georgia. Wine critic Alice Feiring, a fervent advocate for Georgian wines and wine culture, is now writing a book called Skin Contact about the country’s vinous history and traditions. In June 2013, Russia lifted the embargo and Georgia resumed wine exports to Russia for the first time since 2006.
For a 17,527-mile road trip.
A new downloadable manual claims to guide adventurous drivers on the ultimate road trip—specifically the exact cross-country route taken by Jack Kerouac and his car of Beat friends as documented in the 1957 classic On the Road. "On the Road for 17,527 Miles" is formatted like a driving manual and divided up by the book's chapters. Its 55 pages can be partially viewed online, downloaded as an ebook, or purchased in paperback for that authentic feel. But be warned: following Kerouac's footsteps will take about 272.26 hours, and that's not taking into account the bar stops and drug binges.
Most works of art convey a specific message from the artist. But at David Best’s new temple in Sonoma County, visitors help build the piece out of their own memories of love and loss.
What do we have, in the end, when a love has gone? When a person has left for good? All that was everything between two people—a romance, a friendship, or simply day-to-day life—disappears. Only our memories never leave. But what if we want them to?
Debra A. Klein
These are the thoughts that might flood visitors to David Best’s Temple of Remembrance in a meadow on the grounds of Paradise Ridge Winery. Like a vaguely Asian-themed birdcage, the deceptively ingenious rusted lattice memorial to love and loss is part shrine, part interactive do-it-yourself art project, as light visually as it is heavy emotionally.
It’s a place to remember the people you’re carrying in your mind or your heart. You can scrawl something on a flat pebble and bury it in a bird-bath bowl, or send a message to them on a piece of cloth set aflutter in the wine country wind. And, in doing so, you release your own feelings, too.
Are you looking in all the right places for a relationship that lasts? In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to find where your odds are best.
Without a Valentine, again? If you’re looking for love and coming up short, it might be time to expand the search.
To help in your quest, The Daily Beast set out once again to discover which places provide the best backdrop for a love story. As in years past, we looked at cities where singles swarm and social life pops. But this time, we were looking for more than just a couple of great dates or a fling. We wanted to discover where you’re most likely to find the real thing—lasting love.
There’s no better place to rendezvous with your amour, or strike up a romance with someone new, than tucked into the corner of a chic bar. Here are some of our favorites.
There’s no place quite as intimate as the bar of a grand hotel. No matter where they are—New York, Paris, or Tokyo—they all seem to share a similar timelessness and an air of discretion, not to mention a handsome collection of barware. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite rendezvous spots around the world. And since they’re in the finest hotels in the most romantic cities, why not make a weekend of it?
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From a submerged Bar Refaeli to a Mediterranean idyll, a voyeur’s look at the stars’ sun-soaked scenes.
Bravo claims to unmask the ‘Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.’ Unfortunately, in the age of virtual meat markets like Tinder and OkCupid, it’s ten years too late.
The bouillabaisse is just as tasty, but Europe’s 2013 Capital of Culture now has a lot more to offer. Anna Watson Carl reports.
More than a natural wonder, Cappadocia's formations have been a safe haven to many. Nina Strochlic reports.
Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet Publications, remembers the fun early days of travel guide writing, but says they're not over yet.
Miley Cyrus’ fav new haunt is Beacher’s Madhouse, the craziest club in Los Angeles.
Take the vacation of a lifetime—in beautiful North Korea? That’s Uri Tours’ pitch. Lloyd Grove reports.
In ‘Mapping Manhattan,’ explore the city via 75 New Yorkers’ personal geographies. By Allison McNearney.