As the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara is hugely significant. It’s full of historic treasures, including some of the biggest temples in the country.
Start your day with breakfast at Café Wakakusa, where you can get Western style or Japanese dishes ($15). Then, head to the Todai-ji temple where you will find the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) statue, one of the largest bronze statues in the world. It’s free to get into the temple, but you will have to pay $5 to see the Daibutsu.
Hiraso is a great spot for lunch, serving local Nara dishes like pressed sushi in persimmon leaf (kakinoha-zushi). If you can’t get to the restaurant itself, you can get box meals from its kiosk by the station.
In the afternoon, visit the Isuien Garden, and then walk around Nara Park, where you will find the city’s famous tame deer. When you get hungry head to Kura for dinner, but make sure you book ahead as the 16 seats are often full. It’s a traditional izakaya that offers a number of classic dishes such as yakitori and katsu ($25).
If you want to carry on with your night out, try Lamp Bar, whose owner Michito Kaneko was named bartender of the year in 2015 ($17 per drink), or try LBK Craft for an array of beers ($7 each).
The first-ever iceless curling experience at the Curling Café and the beloved cozy igloo experience will arrive at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park this holiday season. New York City is already a hot spot for visitors each holiday and the Curling Café and Cozy Igloos are just another addition to the festivities guests can experience when in the city.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Celebrate the holidays at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. Throughout the month of December, the Houston hotel offers guests a selection of unique festive experiences.
With the cold weather coming and the long winter months ahead, it's time to start investing in some cozy loungewear — whether you buy it for yourself, add it to your holiday wish list or buy it for your loved one. Nowadays, loungewear is so popular and in demand with everyone working from home; there are so many different brands and types to choose from, but a new one just hit the shelf. Chrissy Teigen is known for many things, specifically her cookbook Cravings.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Riggs Washington D.C., set in a historic Washington, D.C. building once home to Riggs National Bank, partners with RdV Vineyards to offer world-class wine tasting experiences exclusive to Riggs guests. RdV Vineyards is situated on a steep, granite hillside 60 miles outside of the nation’s capital.