Studies show even just a short walk can result in increased creativity. If you’re in a creative slump, here are some walkable destinations sure to get your creative juices flowing and put you in touch with your inner muse.
Head to just outside Phoenix, Ariz., for warm-weather hikes and inspiring sandstone formations, alongside ancient caves. Choose from peaceful strolls or blood-pumping, challenging hikes. For a real activity-packed stay, book the Hike-Tech experience at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, which includes a two-person, two-night stay with a guided hike, Go Pro Hero Session to use and keep and spa treatments.
The Emerald Isle
If your idea of inspiring strolls includes a little less sweat, maybe opt for a trip to Ireland. Explore the Irish culture and history with guided walks through Galway and self-guided exploratory strolls through the Aran Islands, Kindle and Blarney, offered by CIE Tours International.
For a luxurious stay on the East Coast, head to Martha’s Vineyard and walk along the picturesque shores, dotted with lighthouses and sailboats, or, move further inward and get lost among the wildlife sanctuaries, preserves, woodlands, ponds and salt marshes.
You don’t have to escape to a small town or rural retreat to enjoy a relaxing walk. An urban setting can do just the same. Outside easily accessible Charlotte, N.C., try the self-guided walking tours provided by Concord’s Historic District, and take in the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival homes, tree-lined streets, historic former courthouse and rotating artwork.
Much like cities around the world, San Francisco closed its museums and performing arts venues temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology, those sheltering in place can experience many of these cultural institutions from the comfort of their own homes. Here are the places opening their doors remotely.
THE LABELS ON SOME OF TODAY’S wine bottles sport a relatively new vocabulary, one that explains how the grapes were grown and made into wine. They include such terms as sustainable, organic and biodynamic, among others, and they warrant some explanation. Were the grapes grown by sustainable farming? Were they sprayed with organic fertilizers? Is the wine biodynamic? A number of the terms are new to many consumers. Some are controlled by the U.S. government; others are not. For simple definitions of this relatively new vocabulary, consider the following.
You’ve booked your flights, you’ve found your hotel, you’ve spent the last six months dreaming about your trip. One problem? You don’t know what to do once you get there. If only there was an app that acted as your own personal tour guide, that led you to the city’s top sights and hidden gems, helping you make remarkable discoveries …
Data analytics and consumer intelligence company J.D. Power conducted a survey on the response of the travel industry to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 1,633 business and leisure travelers in the past year was conducted March 12–13. In general, those surveyed have faith in the travel industry and are satisfied with the industry’s response to the pandemic thus far.