Best Luxury Travel Blogger Winners: 2014 10Best Readers Choice Travel Awards

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Top Luxury Travel Bloggers Unveiled in New Readers’ Choice Poll

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Winners in the 10Best Readers Choice New Media Award for Best Luxury Travel Blogger have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. Experts Judy Colbert (JudyColbert.com ), Katie Dillon (La Jolla Mom ), Jennifer Miner (The Vacation Gals ), Elizabeth Thorp (Poshbrood ) and Mary Ann Treger (USA Today contributor) were chosen based on their extensive experience in social media and pampered travel.

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. Additional nominees included Nyssa Chopra (The Cultureur ), Ian Garstang (Luxury Travels ), Keith Jenkins (Velvet Escape ), Dr. Paul Johnson (A Luxury Travel Blog ), Mark Jolly (globorati ), Tom Muyllaert (Luxury Travel Butler ), Amie O’Shaughnessy (Ciao Bambino! ), Lesley Peterson (CultureTripper ), Maria Russo (The Culture-ist ), and Ava Stochinsky (Vagablond ).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.





22/12/2017

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Best National Park Lodge Winners: 2015 10Best Readers Choice Travel Awards

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Pisgah Inn Wins Title of Best National Park Lodge

Many Glacier Hotel, Jackson Lake Lodge, El Tovar and Lake Crescent Lodge in top 5

There are fewer than 100 national park lodges in the USA, and after four weeks of reader voting, the winners of the Best National Park Lodge have been named.

It was a hard-fought and extremely close battle between the top two lodges for the title, but in the end, Pisgah Inn of the Blue Ridge Parkway took home top honors, thanks in part to its beautiful mountain views and excellent meals. The Blue Ridge Parkway is part of the National Park Service. Runner-up Many Glacier Hotel, located inside Glacier National Park. boasts some of the most spectacular views of any national park lodge.

The top 10 winners in the category Best National Park Lodge are as follows:

  1. Pisgah Inn – Blue Ridge Parkway
  2. Many Glacier Hotel – Glacier National Park
  3. Jackson Lake Lodge – Grand Teton National Park
  4. El Tovar – Grand Canyon National Park
  5. Lake Crescent Lodge – Olympic National Park
  6. Crater Lake Lodge – Crater Lake National Park
  7. Old Faithful Inn – Yellowstone National Park
  8. Paradise Inn – Mount Rainier National Park
  9. Ahwahnee – Yosemite National Park
  10. Chisos Mountains Lodge – Big Bend National Park

Kay and David Scott, authors of the Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges (currently in its 8th edition) served as the experts for this contest based on their extensive knowledge and experience traveling in U.S. national parks.

Other nominees included Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park, Glacier Park Lodge in Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Yellowstone Hotel in Yellowstone National Park, Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park. Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Inn at the Presidio in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park, Lodge at Bryce Canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park and the Argonaut in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.





09/09/2017

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Best State Park Winners: 2015 10Best Readers Choice Travel Awards #travel

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Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park Wins Readers’ Choice

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness, Watkins Glen, Ha Ha Tonka and Devil’s Lake State Parks also winners

The earliest state parks in the United States date back to the mid 1800s, and today, the 50 states collectively manage well over 6,000 state park units that draw in over 700 million annual visitors. After four weeks of voting, the polls are closed and the winners of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice award for Best State Park have been chosen.

It was neck and neck throughout the voting period between two parks, Letchworth State Park in New York and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan. In the end, Letchworth State Park edged ahead and took home top honors.

The top 10 winners in the category Best State Park are as follows:

  1. Letchworth State Park – N.Y.
  2. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Mich.
  3. Watkins Glen State Park – N.Y.
  4. Ha Ha Tonka State Park – Mo.
  5. Devil’s Lake State Park – Wis.
  6. Fall Creek Falls State Park – Tenn.
  7. Indiana Dunes State Park – Ind.
  8. Assateague State Park – Md.
  9. Custer State Park – S.D.
  10. Hunting Island State Park – S.C.

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Fred Lochner (America’s State Parks ), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers ), Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl (Trans-Americas Journey ), Mike Wendland (Roadtreking ) and Diana Gerstacker (The Active Times ) were chosen based on their extensive expertise in American travel and state parks.

Other nominees included Hueco Tanks, Stone Mountain (N.C.), Weeki Wachee Springs, Antelope Island. Grayson Highlands, Hearst San Simeon, Valley of Fire. Humboldt Redwoods and Ecola State Parks.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.





09/09/2017

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Best San Juan Restaurants: Top 10Best Restaurant Reviews #best #san #juan


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Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore San Juan dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don’t have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our San Juan Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can’t miss.

Carli Café Concierto

This dark, sophisticated spot in the baroque Banco Popular also offers a terrace with great views of the ships in the harbor. Black and white dominate in a bistro space accented with marble tables and a Steinway grand piano. Owner Carli Mu oz used to play with the Beach Boys (among many other groups) and entertains nightly at the caf . The menu is a continental tour that includes seared loin of lamb and duck rissol .

This dark, sophisticated spot in the baroque Banco Popular also offers a terrace with great views of the ships in the harbor. Black and white dominate in a bistro space accented with marble tables and a Steinway grand piano. Owner Carli. Read More

Dragonfly

Asian-fusion dining meets Greenwich Village NYC attitude and settles in Old San Juan. From the front door, which is guarded by a beautiful hostess, to the dark red, ultra chic, dimly lit interior complete with fabulous drapes and lamps, this is one of the places to be seen in Old San Juan. If you dare, try the drink of the house called “Dragon Punch.” Bar snacks include the unexpected surprise of root vegetable chips and the seafood ceviche. Crab cakes, grilled meats and a heavy emphasis on yucca, pumpkin, squash and other indigenous vegetables are a hallmark of the menu.

Asian-fusion dining meets Greenwich Village NYC attitude and settles in Old San Juan. From the front door, which is guarded by a beautiful hostess, to the dark red, ultra chic, dimly lit interior complete with fabulous drapes and lamps, this is. Read More

La Casita Blanca

The name means small white house. And it’s just that simple character that makes La Casita Blanca such a great spot. Locals love La Casita because of the generous portions of Puerto Rican fare. Favorites include the veal fricassee and pastelon de amarillos in a genuine fonda. The grilled shrimp is also popular. Fried plantains, rice and beans come with your meal.

The name means small white house. And it’s just that simple character that makes La Casita Blanca such a great spot. Locals love La Casita because of the generous portions of Puerto Rican fare. Favorites include the veal fricassee and pastelon. Read More

Aguaviva

If you and you’re main squeeze want to drink and dine at the same time, head to Aguaviva. When first stepping inside, an über-cool ceviche bar welcomes you with fresh oysters and a variety of ceviche plates to order while the main menu awaits to delight you later. Mahi-mahi in guava balsamic syrup and fried red snapper with lobster in plantain mash and butter are just part of their seafood extravaganza. As for drinks, pineapple mojito and watermelon sangria are a must-try. Once cited amongst the best new restaurants in the world, Aguaviva is surely an exciting choice for couples in Puerto Rico’s historic Old San Juan.

If you and you’re main squeeze want to drink and dine at the same time, head to Aguaviva. When first stepping inside, an über-cool ceviche bar welcomes you with fresh oysters and a variety of ceviche plates to order while the main menu awaits. Read More

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La Casona Restaurant

Owner Manolo Caamaño has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine since 1972 in this renovated European mansion. Enter through the arched doorways and feel welcomed into the heart of the home. Paella studded with seafood, grouper prepared in Basque-style, and hand-crafted desserts will please the palate as the strolling guitar player provides the background music.

Owner Manolo Caamaño has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine since 1972 in this renovated European mansion. Enter through the arched doorways and feel welcomed into the heart of the home. Paella studded with seafood, grouper prepared in. Read More

La Mallorquina

What better place to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican meal than at the city’s oldest restaurant? Established in 1848 this spot has been lovingly run by the Rojos family since 1900. The house special is asopao, a thick stew made with rice and chicken, lobster or shrimp. Sample fresh gazpacho for a starter and save room for some flan for dessert.

What better place to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican meal than at the city’s oldest restaurant? Established in 1848 this spot has been lovingly run by the Rojos family since 1900. The house special is asopao, a thick stew made with rice and. Read More

311 Trois Cent Onze

Casablanca, Paris and Provence via Puerto Rico. Such is the experience upon entering the heavy wooden doors that conceal this former cinema warehouse from the bustle of SoFo. Limoges china and crystal hold the chef’s creations which are steeped in fine French tradition with touches of the island. You’ll find escargot and sole meuniere in addition to spicy sausage and salmon carpaccio with citrus.

Casablanca, Paris and Provence via Puerto Rico. Such is the experience upon entering the heavy wooden doors that conceal this former cinema warehouse from the bustle of SoFo. Limoges china and crystal hold the chef’s creations which are steeped. Read More

Yamato

Under the spreading canopy of the city’s oldest banyan tree, steps away from the lovliest beach on the island, resides what some consider the finest Asian restaurant in San Juan. Chefs slice, dice and juggle ingredients and condiments with aplomb. If you prefer sushi, the locals rave about the selection here.

Under the spreading canopy of the city’s oldest banyan tree, steps away from the lovliest beach on the island, resides what some consider the finest Asian restaurant in San Juan. Chefs slice, dice and juggle ingredients and condiments with. Read More

Cielito Lindo

Right on Magdalena street, in the Condado area, Cielito Lindo makes you believe you have arrived in Mexico with its décor and authentic Mexican flair. Homemade mole and freshly chopped ingredients for its ‘Super Nachos’, burritos, fajitas and their tasty tequila are just some of the main positives. Cielito lindo opens Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is a great alternative to visit with the family.

Right on Magdalena street, in the Condado area, Cielito Lindo makes you believe you have arrived in Mexico with its décor and authentic Mexican flair. Homemade mole and freshly chopped ingredients for its ‘Super Nachos’, burritos, fajitas and. Read More

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31/08/2017

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Things to do in Miami, FL: Florida City Guide by 10Best

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Free Fun Is Totally Possible at These 10 Best Miami Spots

More About Miami

Sultry, seductive Miami, Florida entertains many identities: snowbird refuge, retiree haven, celebrity playground, immigrant stop-off and tourist mecca. All undeniably accurate, they’re telling descriptors of everything this dazzling city embraces. They’re also indicative of the melting-pot culture that has come to define South Florida, an area originally dismissed by developers. The region later found purpose as a resort destination and as farm land for Florida’s first settlers (or “Crackers”). These initial roles ultimately led to today’s Miami, a capital of travel, commerce and self-assertive flamboyance.

But what else could you ask of a sub-tropical wonderland washed by brilliant light and kissed by enveloping seas? As recently as the early 20th century, America’s Riviera was largely a backwater. Its potential was finally brought to fruition by the arrival of the railroad, promise of a year-round growing season, and the emerging leisure class’s disposable income for vacationing in Miami. These days, easy access is a given, and agriculture flourishes. However, the city’s natural beauty and world-class Miami travel destinations most strongly render it a fashionable escape for fun and freedom.

The primary locus for such hip activity is Miami Beach and, more specifically, South Beach (affectionately deemed SoBe). Artistic, self-aware and boasting some of Miami’s best vacation spots and hottest beaches, it’s an enclave that maintains its vibrancy no matter the moment, illuminated alternately by sunlight and neon. Here, Art Deco Miami landmarks tie past and present together with pastel sleekness while impossibly beautiful people lounge during the day and party late into the night.

Still, Miami vacation spots and travel destinations are not all this area has to offer. Miami transcends the promoted glitz it’s gained from association with movies, TV shows and magazine spreads. It encompasses Coconut Grove’s residential beauty and superb shopping (CocoWalk and the Streets of Mayfair attract folks by droves) and Coral Gables’ winding streets, Mediterranean architecture and refined lifestyle. It even reaches out to the quiet, suburban domesticity of South Dade with its malls, parks and wildlife attractions.

Miami travel guides note that it also shines as a beacon of accessible liberty for immigrants from throughout the Caribbean and South and Central America. Escaping poverty and lack of opportunity, they come with a dearth of material goods but an inextinguishable hope and an abiding heritage that manifests itself in food, music and community richness.

Food and music, in fact, showcase Miami’s zest for all things sensual. Cool jazz, spirited salsa rhythms, and a cuisine that unites fresh seafood, tropical fruits and tongue-tingling flavors provide evidence of a people and a city mesmerized by and dedicated to the spices of life. Experience its many incarnations in the most sizzling Miami neighborhoods: Little Havana, SoBe or the Design District. Each one boasts top-notch clubs and superlative restaurants, energized by a style-conscious clientele, so you will never run out of things to do in Miami.

Such range and so much possibility for both spirit and appetite ultimately impart to Miami a semblance of meaning that it neither needs nor demands. The city’s allure remains independent of attempts to quantify it, and regardless of the effort, satisfaction comes with just experiencing it. After all, when sympathetic climate and abundant care give rise to a strong, vivid hybrid, it’s not the parentage that draws attention but simply the beauty of the flower.





24/08/2017

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10Best: Places to find a travel bargain in 2015 #travel #paris

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10Best: Places to find a travel bargain in 2015

Like real estate, finding an affordable travel destination is all about location. “All things being equal, there are some countries where you’re going to get a lot more for your money,” says Tim Leffel . author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations. (Booklocker.com. $15.95). Quite often, bargains are fueled by political and economic events, and short-lived. Leffel shares some destinations likely to yield deals in 2015 with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

Tanzania

Ebola fears have sent African tourism plummeting, although the affected areas are closer to Europe and Brazil than many parts of Africa. “Safaris are on sale. Some operators have seen business drop by 50% or 70% and they are willing to offer discounts,” Leffel says. “It’s silly to avoid the continent because of what’s happening in one corner.” tanzaniatouristboard.com

Argentina

Inflation and financial challenges once again make this South American country a bargain for travelers, who can easily access a gray-market exchange rate that’s official enough to be published in newspapers. “Across the country, if you pay in hard currency, you’ll get a much better deal,” Leffel says. 212-603-0443; turismo.gov.ar

Mexico

Leffel, who has lived in Mexico for a year and a half, knows firsthand the cost savings to be found south of the border. “It is perpetually a good deal, especially if you go to the interior. But right now the exchange rate is very, very good.” While beach resort areas are generally more costly, there may be bargains to be found in Los Cabos, which suffered hurricane damage in September. 800-446-3942; visitmexico.com

Ecuador

While the Galapagos Islands aren’t necessarily a bargain, the rest of this South American country has recently begun attracting more visitors, who are delighted to discover refurbished colonial churches and Amazon basin ecotours. “The roads are a lot better. The train lines are open again. There’s money pouring into infrastructure. It has always been a deal, but most people didn’t know that,” Leffel says. ecuador.travel

Portugal

This Mediterranean country, long a bargain destination, continues to offer value. “It has been compounded by the fiscal crisis, which has been hanging on longer in the south than parts of northern Europe,” Leffel says. “Prices really have not gone up for four or five years. Restaurant meals, a bottle of wine, hotel rooms are the same price they have been for ages.” visitportugal.com

Hungary

This central European gem has gotten a lot more attention in recent years as it has been discovered by Danube river cruise passengers, who consistently rate it as one of their favorite stops. And since the country doesn’t use the euro, savings are noticeable. “The word has gotten out that Budapest is one of the great cities in Europe for tourists. You can find fantastic hotel deals, especially outside of the summer. It’s one of the best deals in Europe,” Leffel says. gotohungary.com

Nepal

This Himalayan kingdom has long been considered one of the world’s cheapest countries for lovers of outdoor adventures like trekking, hiking and rafting. “It’s a perpetual bargain and it’s much easier to get your head around than India because it’s smaller,” Leffel says. “It’s not getting massively overdeveloped or overcrowded.” welcomenepal.com

Vietnam

The world’s top hotel values are probably found in Vietnam, Leffel says. “Whether you’re a backpacker or staying the best hotel in the city, you’re getting great value for your money.” The country has also been improving its roads and trains. Another plus: “They have some of the cheapest beer in the world.” vietnamtourism.com

Indonesia

While this Asian giant is on the rise with infrastructure improvements and an improving quality of life for residents, it remains a bargain. Even the island paradise of Bali can be affordable, if you stay away from international hotel chains. “The dollar’s really strong there now and there are lots of places to go. It’s a really big country,” Leffel says. indonesia.travel

Canada

Although it’s hardly dirt cheap, prices north of the border have gotten more reasonable with the Canada’s currency recently dropping to a five-year-low against the U.S. dollar. “For a while people didn’t want to go to Montreal and the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, because it was too expensive,” Leffel says. But now that the exchange rate is breaking in favor of Americans, “you won’t face sticker shock.” canada.travel





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Things to do in Miami, FL: Florida City Guide by 10Best

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Free Fun Is Totally Possible at These 10 Best Miami Spots

More About Miami

Sultry, seductive Miami, Florida entertains many identities: snowbird refuge, retiree haven, celebrity playground, immigrant stop-off and tourist mecca. All undeniably accurate, they’re telling descriptors of everything this dazzling city embraces. They’re also indicative of the melting-pot culture that has come to define South Florida, an area originally dismissed by developers. The region later found purpose as a resort destination and as farm land for Florida’s first settlers (or “Crackers”). These initial roles ultimately led to today’s Miami, a capital of travel, commerce and self-assertive flamboyance.

But what else could you ask of a sub-tropical wonderland washed by brilliant light and kissed by enveloping seas? As recently as the early 20th century, America’s Riviera was largely a backwater. Its potential was finally brought to fruition by the arrival of the railroad, promise of a year-round growing season, and the emerging leisure class’s disposable income for vacationing in Miami. These days, easy access is a given, and agriculture flourishes. However, the city’s natural beauty and world-class Miami travel destinations most strongly render it a fashionable escape for fun and freedom.

The primary locus for such hip activity is Miami Beach and, more specifically, South Beach (affectionately deemed SoBe). Artistic, self-aware and boasting some of Miami’s best vacation spots and hottest beaches, it’s an enclave that maintains its vibrancy no matter the moment, illuminated alternately by sunlight and neon. Here, Art Deco Miami landmarks tie past and present together with pastel sleekness while impossibly beautiful people lounge during the day and party late into the night.

Still, Miami vacation spots and travel destinations are not all this area has to offer. Miami transcends the promoted glitz it’s gained from association with movies, TV shows and magazine spreads. It encompasses Coconut Grove’s residential beauty and superb shopping (CocoWalk and the Streets of Mayfair attract folks by droves) and Coral Gables’ winding streets, Mediterranean architecture and refined lifestyle. It even reaches out to the quiet, suburban domesticity of South Dade with its malls, parks and wildlife attractions.

Miami travel guides note that it also shines as a beacon of accessible liberty for immigrants from throughout the Caribbean and South and Central America. Escaping poverty and lack of opportunity, they come with a dearth of material goods but an inextinguishable hope and an abiding heritage that manifests itself in food, music and community richness.

Food and music, in fact, showcase Miami’s zest for all things sensual. Cool jazz, spirited salsa rhythms, and a cuisine that unites fresh seafood, tropical fruits and tongue-tingling flavors provide evidence of a people and a city mesmerized by and dedicated to the spices of life. Experience its many incarnations in the most sizzling Miami neighborhoods: Little Havana, SoBe or the Design District. Each one boasts top-notch clubs and superlative restaurants, energized by a style-conscious clientele, so you will never run out of things to do in Miami.

Such range and so much possibility for both spirit and appetite ultimately impart to Miami a semblance of meaning that it neither needs nor demands. The city’s allure remains independent of attempts to quantify it, and regardless of the effort, satisfaction comes with just experiencing it. After all, when sympathetic climate and abundant care give rise to a strong, vivid hybrid, it’s not the parentage that draws attention but simply the beauty of the flower.





22/07/2017

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Best Luxury Travel Blogger Winners: 2014 10Best Readers Choice Travel Awards

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Top Luxury Travel Bloggers Unveiled in New Readers’ Choice Poll

New Media Awards Powered by USA TODAY and 10Best Readers Toasts Indulgence-Inspired Writers

Winners in the 10Best Readers Choice New Media Award for Best Luxury Travel Blogger have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. Experts Judy Colbert (JudyColbert.com ), Katie Dillon (La Jolla Mom ), Jennifer Miner (The Vacation Gals ), Elizabeth Thorp (Poshbrood ) and Mary Ann Treger (USA Today contributor) were chosen based on their extensive experience in social media and pampered travel.

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. Additional nominees included Nyssa Chopra (The Cultureur ), Ian Garstang (Luxury Travels ), Keith Jenkins (Velvet Escape ), Dr. Paul Johnson (A Luxury Travel Blog ), Mark Jolly (globorati ), Tom Muyllaert (Luxury Travel Butler ), Amie O’Shaughnessy (Ciao Bambino! ), Lesley Peterson (CultureTripper ), Maria Russo (The Culture-ist ), and Ava Stochinsky (Vagablond ).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.





31/05/2017

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