Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The most memorable places and experiences in North America

Montreal (Canada) is a wonderful city full of vibrant culture, great restaurants and lovely little B&B’s. My favorites are Petite Auberge Les Bons Matins (B&B), Pierre et Dominique (B&B), Restaurant Ozeri (a great Greek tapas restaurant), and the Saint Louis area near the university.

Akumal (Mexico) is a beautifully serene beach resort few miles south of Playa de Carmen, on the Yucatan Peninsula, where the water is so clear that we were able to swim to the coral reefs right out of the doorsteps of the hotel, Caribe Akumal. Also, I’ll never forget the great little restaurant just outside the hotel, where we had tasty french toast and huevos mexicanos every morning.

Merida (Mexico) is a quaint little town in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula full of charm and warmth, and although not as popular as some of the beach resort along the coast, I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty and magic of this well-preserved colonial cities.

Wild and Wondrous Landscape of Arizona (USA)
Sunset Crater; Grand Canyon, the mother of all canyons and the ever-so-memorable mule ride; Horse Shoe Bend, a horse shoe shaped canyon near the Grand Canyon; Painted Desert, where the landscape of the desert resembles an artist palette; Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley, a picturesque valley that epitomizes the beauty of the dessert

the lovely B& B in Winslow, Arizona (USA), La Posada Inn

New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) is FUN, and I can’t say enough good things about this one-of-a-kind city full of rich heritage, culture and JAZZ!

Maine (USA) is an absolutely serene and tranquil place, where it seems like time has stood still for the past century, and driving through the little picturesque towns and along the Atlantic coast is absolutely wonderful, the best part being stopping at the tastiest seafood shacks near Kennebunkport and the outdoor fair in Portland.

Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) is a truly unique and fascinating city filled with rich heritage, lovely B&B’s, a wonderful selection of galleries and outdoor markets ... and exceptionally fabulous Ten Thousand Waves!

Fall foliage in New England is nothing short of spectacular. The color change begins usually in early October, and by middle of the month the landscape is filled with vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Whether it be Hwy 87 along the Hudson River or Hwy 91 through Massachusetts up to Vermont, the foliage route in New England is filled with picturesque little towns, quaint B&B’s full of rustic charm, and a breathtaking display of autumn colors.

My favorite towns and B&B’s: Inn on the Library Lawn & All Tucked Inn in Westport (NY), Audrey's Farmhouse in Wallkill (NY), Elizabethtown and Lake Placid (NY), Race Brooke Lodge in Sheffield (MA), Nutmeg Inn in Okemo (VT)

Crawfish at Rajin Cajan in Houston, Texas (USA) … this one needs no explanation if/once you've been there.

*The list excludes NYC, as I've dedicated an entire blog to it. http://0dysseusjournal.blogspot.com/2008/12/these-are-some-of-our-favorite-things_09.html


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