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The best non-travel Instagram accounts to inspire you to see the world
There are countless travel accounts on Instagram. But there are other ways to see the world through Instagram’s lens. Here, six accounts that will take you on a visual world tour of a different kind.   How do you while away the hours on Instagram? For me, it’s a haphazardly curated feed of beautiful destinations, coveted fashion, mouth-watering food and Betoota Advocate LOLs. I want to go there, wear this, eat that. Sure, I’m envious, but I try to keep the green-eyed monster at bay by striking a content balance. Exotic locations, oui. Nothing but exotic locations, non. To that end, here are six accounts that will nourish your wanderlust while injecting some less traditional imagery into your feed. Best for people-watching in New York City: @humansofny   View this post on Instagram   “I wasn’t planning on dressing up as a clown. I’d been drinking all night in Poughkeepsie and I somehow ended up at the train station, so I decided to take the 4 AM train into the city. I had $200 in my pocket from some gutter cleaning work. I immediately spent the first $60 on brunch and Bloody Marys. Then I walked by Party City and I had the idea to get a clown wig. But then I noticed the suspenders, and the top, and the bow tie, and some balloons. I bought a red nose too but I’m not sure what happened to it. I left the store with about $100, which was enough to get some shoes and a half pint of Seagram’s. I ended the day with $10 but that got lost when I passed out in Times Square. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get home. I need to stop drinking.” A post shared by Humans of New York (@humansofny) on Aug 9, 2018 at 10:52am PDT Humans of New York has over eight million followers. I mean, you’re probably one of them. This is a hugely popular account. @humansofny started life as Brandon Stanton’s photography project in 2010 and, although it has evolved since, it remains true to its original mission: to provide a glimpse into the lives of everyday New Yorkers.   While the account still predominantly features locals – it would be weird otherwise, right? – it now goes on tour, too, giving followers an insight into lives around the globe.  Best for global floor appreciation: @ihavethisthingforfloors   View this post on Instagram   #ihavethisthingforfloors #ihavethisthingwithfloors #fromwhereistand #tiles #floors #floored #ceramics #shoes #beauty #bnw #love #awesome #tassles #canvas #slippers #hawanas #blue #love #feet #feetmefloor #stencil #painted#paint #art #fortheloveof #paints @cimkedi #pattern #like4like #follow A post shared by I have this thing for floors. (@ihavethisthingforfloors) on Aug 8, 2017 at 4:55am PDT More than four million Instagram posts have been tagged #lookup, a nod to the notion that we should pull our eyes away from our phone and enjoy what’s around us. (Hashtag irony.) But, as this account proves, we should be doing more looking down as well. @ihavethisthingwithfloors is the result of three friends realising they all, err, had this thing with floors.   They curate the account from Amsterdam, but share ‘selfeets’ (selfie meets feet, geddit?) from all over the world. Each features an Instagram-worthy floor – think beautifully patterned tiles, confetti covered dance floors, colourful carpets – underneath a pair of feet. Bonus points for cute shoes. Best for perving on the world's best caffeine containers: @coffeecupsoftheworld   View this post on Instagram   Magnolia coffee house, Prairie Grove, Arkansas. @magnoliacoffeehouse Submission @deidremays #coffeecupsoftheworld A post shared by Coffee Cups of the World (@coffeecupsoftheworld) on May 21, 2018 at 5:05am PDT If you’ve never posted a photo of your cool takeaway coffee cup, are you even on Instagram? Kiwi photographer Henry Hargreaves has taken the trend a step further, curating an account dedicated to, as the handle would suggest, @coffeecupsoftheworld.   The account started with Hargreaves’ personal assortment of cups collected during his travels, but has since added submissions into the mix. The result is a striking visual ode to cafes that have turned a ubiquitous item into a work of art. Best 'non-street-style' street style account: @aks   View this post on Instagram   10 PHOTOS shot during @parisfashionweek SS19 in Paris, France 🇫🇷 for @wmag + @lofficielparis • SEE MORE on AdamKatzSinding.com • #PFW #SS19 #Paris #AKS #AdamKatzSinding #NoFreePhotos A post shared by Adam Katz Sinding (@aks) on Oct 5, 2018 at 10:59am PDT The first thing you should probably know is @AKS “is not a f**king street style blog.” Adam Katz Sinding is a fashion week documentarian. The American born, Copenhagen-based photojournalist travels 300-plus days of the year, capturing the world’s biggest fashion events from both backstage and the street.   The disclaimer is his. He says street style is a lie he wants no part of. In contrast, Katz Sinding’s images are an honest snapshot of style in some of the world’s most fashionable cities, and a touristy #ASKforeheadselfie series for good measure. Best coverage of doorways around the world: @thedoorproject   View this post on Instagram   Barcelona, Spain A post shared by Doors Worldwide (@thedoorproject) on Jun 2, 2015 at 9:56am PDT “Behind every door is a story,” says Caryn Cullinan, the woman behind The Door Project. That might be true, but @thedoorproject is more about the door itself with colourful, ornate and quirky examples from around the world captured via the Instagram account. The project has its roots in a 2015 Kickstarter campaign, which aimed to raise enough money for Cullinan to publish a book. She did that, but hasn’t stopped the door hunt, which she documents on Instagram.   While her captions include little more than each door’s location, the absence of the aforementioned ‘story’ does allow you to imagine your own. Best account to simultaneously make you drool and want to book flights to wherever that pizza is: @food_feels   View this post on Instagram   I’ll have all of the above ✔️ No trip to Macao is complete without a stop to Lord Stow - I had so many recommendations to try their famous egg tarts - similar to Pastel de natas but instead using English custard. I’d recommend visiting their original store in in Coloane where they’ve been baking these since 1989.. @macaouk - #Macao #Ad A post shared by Food Feels (@food_feels) on Sep 24, 2018 at 4:53am PDT Ahh, there’s a small pizza, I mean, problem. Sorry. I have been scrolling through James Thompson’s @food_feels account to get some pizza, I mean, inspiration (sorry!) for this pizza, oh God, I mean, piece. And now, as you might have guessed, I am a little pizza. ARGH! I’m distracted. I am a little DIS.TRAC.TED.   Thompson, an Aussie based in London, is (at time of writing) in Italy. Prior to Italy, he was in France. Before France, he was in Denmark. Previous to Denmark, he was in Portugal. Thompson’s accompanying #foodie photos are delicious. Let him whisk you away on a culinary adventure.
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Where to eat, play and stay in New Zealand’s famous wine regions
If it’s food – and especially wine – you’re after, there aren’t many places better suited than New Zealand. Known for its particularly iconic slew of delicious white wines, it’s no surprise they’re highly sought after the world over – and though delicious when sampled anywhere, there’s nothing quite like visiting the regions from which they hail. The Marlborough and Nelson Tasman regions of the South Island provide some of the best wine touring experiences in New Zealand. Here's a guide to visiting the Top of the South. Marlborough In the Marlborough wine region it's easy to feel a little heady – and it's not just the effect of the intense, complex and sensual Marlborough sauvignon blancs that have made this small northeastern corner of the South Island a star destination on the world's wine map.   It's also the scenery: the surrounding mountains that shelter the vines from climatic extremes; the rocky, braided rivers on whose flinty alluvial plains the grapes thrive, and the vines themselves, stretching for kilometres in every direction and glowing near-psychedelic green in the sun.   This beautiful and bountiful part of New Zealand is the best place in the world for growing sauvignon blanc and the wines here taste like nowhere else on Earth. Where to taste In Marlborough, geography and technology neatly solve the wine tourist's perennial problem of where to go and what to taste. Although the landscape of undulating hills and wide valleys has three winegrowing sub-regions, the majority of cellar doors (37 in all) are clustered around the town of Renwick in the Wairau Valley 12 kilometres west of the main town of Blenheim.   The flat terrain of the valley floor makes for blissfully easy taste-touring and technology assists travellers further with Visit Us, a section on the mobile-friendly website of New Zealand Wine that provides fully searchable information on cellar door listings, dining and accommodation options, tours and other experiences in Marlborough. Wine Marlborough’s website also has a handy interactive wine trail map.   Another perennial problem for wine tourists – drink-driving – is solved by full- or half-day self-guided or small-group guided biking tours operated by several local providers, including Explore Marlborough. Tours typically visit five or six boutique wineries chosen by knowledgeable guides and include a relaxed lunch. The terrain is mostly flat, and pick-ups and returns to accommodation make the experience even more stress-free. If it rains, tours are made by minibus.   One thing to keep in mind while touring in Marlborough is that although 85 per cent of the vineyards are devoted to the production of world-class sauvignon blanc, the region also produces first-class pinot noir, chardonnay, aromatic wines and méthode traditionelle sparkling wines. A day of cellar door-hopping might also seem sufficient at first, but Marlborough is a place where visitors tend to linger. Where to eat Brancott Estate Marlborough, New Zealand.Unsurprisingly, Marlborough is a haven for food lovers. Farmers’ markets, artisan producers, food trails and regular food festivals dot the landscape along with restaurants and eateries ranging from bean-bag-on-the-terrace-style relaxed to award-winning degustation and à la carte dining. Vineyard restaurants in Marlborough attract international- and Michelin-level chefs and the cuisine is innovative and based on seasonal local ingredients.   Dining options in close proximity to Renwick include Brancott Estate (try lunch with matched wines); the Bistro (lunch and dinner) and Gourmet Restaurant (dinner only) at Hans Herzog Estate; Rock Ferry Cellar Door & Cafe (seasonally inspired organic cooking); Wairau River Wines (the blue cheese soufflé is wildly popular) and Allan Scott winery (well known for its seafood chowder). What to do If wine touring whets your appetite for seeing and tasting more, Marlborough can oblige with a host of activities including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, scuba diving, food, scenic and wildlife cruises, or just relaxing on a beach. You’ll find many of these activities in the Marlborough Sounds, a beautiful maze of ancient sea-drowned valleys in the north of the region that Captain Cook used as a base on all three of his great voyages of exploration.   The Sounds are a sanctuary for wildlife and specialist cruise operators such as e-Ko Tours can take you on dolphin swimming and viewing, birdwatching and whale-watching excursions with the chance to step ashore in pristine settings. For a back-to-nature experience with a twist, Pelorus Eco Adventures operates a guided inflatable kayaking tour along the beautiful Pelorus River where the scenes for the wild river barrel scene in The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug were filmed.   Marlborough is renowned for its delicious seafood, particularly salmon and greenshell mussels, and on the Marlborough Tour Company’s Seafood Odyssea Cruises to aquaculture farms, guests enjoy platters of sashimi-style Regal salmon, steamed Cloudy Bay clams and steamed greenshell mussels paired with local Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Calorific guilt can be expunged on the Queen Charlotte Track, a two-to-five-day hiking or (seasonal) biking experience of the region’s waterscapes that a seamless network of cruise and pack transfers lets you tackle in easy sections if you wish. Where to stay Tucked away among landscaped gardens near Renwick, five-star Marlborough Vintners Hotel offers 16 one-bedroom suites with views over the vines to the Wairau River and Richmond Range beyond. In Blenheim, five-star Chateau Marlborough, a two-minute walk from the town centre, has a good range of accommodation from a two-bedroom penthouse to one-bedroom apartments and studios.   If seclusion in the Marlborough Sounds is what you seek, Punga Cove retreat at Endeavour Inlet in Queen Charlotte Sound is accessible by scenic road or water taxi services from Picton. Getting to Marlborough Blenheim is 309 kilometres by road north of Christchurch and 115 kilometres from Nelson. Air New Zealand operates daily services to Marlborough Airport from Auckland and Wellington and the daily Coastal Pacific train service between Christchurch and Picton stops at Blenheim. Nelson Tasman It's tempting to travel the 115 kilometres north-west from Blenheim to Nelson in a comparative frame of mind, but like everyone else you quickly discard those thoughts when you arrive. Nelson Tasman does everything its own way, as it has always done, with great success.   It's a paradise for potters, painters, alternative life-stylers, food lovers and wine lovers who are drawn to the region by its beautiful scenery, fertile plains, golden-sand beaches and high sunshine hours. The regional city of Nelson has a strong artistic vibe and a thriving dining scene, and across Tasman Bay to the west is Abel Tasman National Park, the smallest and perhaps most beloved of all of New Zealand’s national parks. Where to taste Compared to Marlborough, Nelson Tasman is a small wine region with only 22 wineries featuring on its Great Taste Trail, but it makes lovely sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, aromatics, dessert wines and pinot noir. The history of winemaking in the region is long, having begun with German settlers in the mid-19th century, and it continues to evolve with the introduction of new varieties such as Montepulciano.   All but a few vineyards are located along the coast of Tasman Bay west of Nelson city and there are two sub-regions, each of which can be toured in a day. The Waimea Plains sub-region near Richmond, 13 kilometres south-west of Nelson, produces perfumed pinot noirs, rich and expressive chardonnays and vibrant aromatics. The Moutere Hills sub-region 20 kilometres further west is where winegrowing in the region first commenced. Slightly warmer and wetter than Waimea, it produces wines of complexity and depth.   For the energetic, there’s the Great Taste Trail, an off-road cycling route that is part of The New Zealand Cycle Trail / Nga Haerenga and which showcases the area’s coastal and inland scenery as it passes vineyards, breweries and orchards. As in Marlborough, there are expert operators of independent and guided tours like Wheelie Fantastic’s Moutere Wine and Artisans tour, Nelson Tours and Travel which offers a range of personally guided van tours, and Wine, Art and Wilderness which specialises in luxury tours to boutique family-run vineyards. Where to eat Boatshed Cafe Nelson. Image via Stephen GoodenoughYou won’t go hungry while wine touring in Nelson Tasman as the majority of cellar doors offer food of some kind including platters, cheeseboards, home baking and rustic fare. The region does not have destination vineyard restaurants in the same way that Marlborough does but two essential stops on any tour should be Seifried Estate in the Waimea Valley and Neudorf Vineyards in Upper Moutere. These long-established and much-awarded wineries will show you why touring in Nelson Tasman makes for a memorable wine holiday.   In Nelson, highly awarded Hopgood's & Co. in Trafalgar Street is a travellers' favourite that serves modern, seasonally based bistro-style food. The nearby Cod and Lobster Brasserie specialises in seafood and regional fare including beef, lamb and venison. Urban Eatery in Hardy Street is run by a Michelin-trained chef and no reservations are needed. On the Nelson waterfront, the iconic Boat Shed Cafe is a must-do, as is Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar at Mapua Wharf in Mapua. In Kaiteriteri, Kai Restaurant & Bar is the pick, as are Hooked on Marahau and the gourmet burgers at The Fat Tui food caravan in Marahau. What to do No visit to Nelson is complete without a visit to the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum in the birthplace of the globally famous annual design competition. Thirty-two kilometres west of the city, Mapua Wharf on the Great Taste Trail is home to a vibrant collection of restaurants, cafes, galleries, stores and attractions.   A trip to the region is not complete either without a visit to iconic Abel Tasman National Park: Wilsons Abel Tasman operates a complete range of guided walks, tours, scenic cruises and lodge accommodation. For the more active, Abel Tasman Kayaks offers a range of guided adventures and Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures enables visitors to experience the park by catamaran. Where to stay Located on the Maitai River which runs through the heart of Nelson city, Trailways Hotel Nelson is a good base from which to explore the cafes, theatres, galleries and shopping of Nelson’s CBD, and further afield. Across the road, DeLorenzo's 30 luxury studio apartments include seven interconnecting apartments and four accessible rooms. Just a few metres from the harbour on the Nelson waterfront, Wakefield Quay House is a heritage 1905 villa enjoying a new career as a stylish luxury B&B where host Woodi serves canapés and fine local wines and beers on the villa’s seafront deck.   For close proximity to the start of the Great Taste Trail and to the beach and airport, the Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is a good pick. On the western side of Tasman Bay, the beachfront Kaiteriteri Reserve Apartments at Kaiteriteri are next to the water taxi departure point for Abel Tasman National Park. A little further up the coast at Marahau, Abel Tasman Lodge offers a small range of spacious private chalets set in tranquil gardens. In the heart of the national park, behind a magnificent beach recently purchased by the people of New Zealand in perpetuity, is iconic Awaroa Lodge. Getting to Nelson Tasman Nelson is 115 kilometres by road from Blenheim and 415 kilometres from Christchurch via the scenic state highways 6 and 7. The city has daily air connections via Air New Zealand to six other New Zealand centres.
The four best American food joints in London
From calorie-laden burgers to New York-style pizza and southern soul food, our pick of the best American food joints in London. As if anyone really needs an excuse to indulge in gourmet fast food, the UK celebrates National Burger Day on the last Thursday of August each year: look out for discounts on burgers as well as limited edition recipes (burger flavoured ice-cream anyone?) in restaurants across the country.   In honour of this icon of American cuisine, here’s our pick of the best American food joints in London.   NY FOLD   [caption id="attachment_44028" align="alignnone" width="600"] Delicious pizza from NY Fold, London.[/caption]   Bringing New York to the streets of London comes easy to Annabel and Michael Wheeler and as New York natives, it’s certainly no surprise. Residing in one of the chic streets of Soho in London’s West End, this gourmet and trendy pizzeria encourages you to fold your pizza for the ultimate double-dose-of-pizza-goodness.   [caption id="attachment_44029" align="alignnone" width="600"] Dessert pizza from NY Fold in London.[/caption]   If you like your pizza that little bit fancy, try the Montauk; with tuna, olives, 100 per cent aged mozzarella, onion, olive tapenade and boiled egg. If you’re a fan of simplicity try the Grandma’s Pie; a combination of mozzarella and pecorino cheese, garlic oil, tomato, parsley and oregano. Either way, Bob’s your uncle! You’ve got yourself on the guest list for pizza heaven that’s open till late with a killer DJ. NY Fold’s sister eatery, Fold, opened in trendy London Fields earlier this year.   DIRTY BONES   [caption id="attachment_44023" align="alignnone" width="600"] Famous fried chicken and waffles from Dirty Bones in London.[/caption]   What do you get when two mates eat and travel their way through New York? They bring a piece of the Big Apple back home with them.   [caption id="attachment_44027" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Mac and Cheese burger from Dirty Bones, London.[/caption]   American-style food that is home-made with a whole lotta love, the guys behind Dirty Bones know how to impress the hungry locals. Boasting bottomless brunch cocktails, Brooklyn-inspired beats and naughty-but-nice American food including tasty vegan-friendly tacos and burgers, it’s certainly no surprise that they’ve expanded, with locations spanning Kensington, Soho, Shoreditch, Carnaby and Oxford.   [caption id="attachment_44024" align="alignnone" width="600"] Succulent glazed wings from Dirty Bones, London.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_44025" align="alignnone" width="600"] Famous tacos from Dirty Bones, London.[/caption]   If the word ‘diet’ is a forbidden word in your vocabulary, then you’re going to love its cheesy truffle fries and crispy fried chicken with freshly baked waffles and maple syrup. After something a little more sweet? Try their homemade cinnamon sugared donut paired with the coffee gelato. On a diet? Don’t worry, you won’t be after you’ve dined here.   [caption id="attachment_44026" align="alignnone" width="600"] Sumptuous delights from Dirty Bones, London.[/caption]   THE DINER   [caption id="attachment_44030" align="alignnone" width="600"] The impressive pancake stack from The Diner in London.[/caption]   If you’re after the good ol’ traditional American Diner, like your pancakes large and your burgers even larger, you’re going to love these diet-busting joint.   Located in various locations across town including Carnaby Street, Dalston and Camden, The Diner, as its name suggests, has a casual and relaxed vibe, perfect for over-indulgence and eating a day’s worth of calories in one sitting. If you didn’t come hungry, that’s OK. There’s salad. But who goes to a diner to eat salad? The three-stack banana pancakes with butterscotch sauce might change your mind. If that won’t do it, then the strawberry and chocolate pancakes certainly will. Oh yes, these little babies are drenched in chocolate with strawberries – you know, just in case you need to kid yourself you’re eating something remotely healthy.   Travelling on the savoury side? Don’t go past their finger-lickin’ good ‘Diner Dirty Double Cheeseburger,’ paired with two beef patties, US cheese, pickles and Diner burger sauce. Wash it down with the Creamy Nut Hard shake; a combination of Bailey’s Irish cream, hazelnut and pistachio ice cream. Vegan? No problem! The Big V Dog with French mustard; a vegan twist on the traditional American hot dog, is also a crowd pleaser.   STAX   [caption id="attachment_44022" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A delicious spread in Stax, London.[/caption]   Fancy taking a trip down to the American South? If you thought you knew what cheat day was, then you haven’t dined in at Carnaby’s STAX Diner. Taking feed your soul to an entirely new level, this comfy and modest space has a wonderfully tasty not-so-modest menu; and that’s exactly why you should go there.   If you want to get straight into the southern specialties, you can’t go past the Stax Po Boy; Cajun spiced popcorn shrimp on an organic buttery soft bun with spice comeback sauce, lettuce and tomato. If you fancy yourself some traditional southern fried chicken, then the Spicy Hot Chickadee burger is the way to go, with its buttermilk marinated fried chicken breast, American cheese, onion rings and ranch dressing.   If you’re after something small, try the Classic Buffalo Hot Wings with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks or the fried green tomatoes. Feeling super hungry? Then why not enter the Ultimate Stax Challenge to see if you can finish a five-beef-patty Stax cheeseburger, basket of Cajun Boardwalk fries and a super-sized milkshake in under 15 minutes.   National Burger Day takes place in the UK annually, around August or September.
Seven of the best experiences in South Africa’s Winelands
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Five essentials for your first time in Berlin
Explore this dynamic European capital one delicious currywurst, vibrant food market, sunny beer garden and sprawling art gallery at a time. No matter what stage of life you're in chances are high that Berlin is a big part of your travel diary. Whether that means you've already been there or are yet to tick it off your wish list, Germany's capital, and one of Europe's most dynamic cities, is rightfully one of the most desired and storied in the world, with a cultural scene so rich and diverse that first-timers could easily feel a bit overwhelmed.   To help quell that confusion a bit, we've put together a list of five essentials for your first time in Berlin that you should definitely keep in mind ahead of any upcoming Eurotrip. Make the most of Berlin’s expansive art scene [caption id="attachment_43383" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is the largest open air gallery in the world (1.3km-long). It is situated near the center of Berlin.[/caption] From the intensely intimate, to the outrageously strange, to the kind of inspiring, grand works found only in the world's best museums, Berlin's art scene is in a league of its own. Then you have the elaborate – both political and otherwise – murals and protest graffiti that cover all 1316 metres of East Side Gallery, the longest open-air gallery in the world, transforming the largest remaining part of the Berlin Wall into an extraordinary and profound art walk along the Spree River.   For art lovers there is no better place to be than Berlin, whether you're delving into the dark side of the city's history at the deeply affecting Topography of Terror, dipping into communist history at the DDR Museum, admiring the beauty of the newly relocated Käthe Kollwitz Museum, or hopping around the five major museums that dot the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Museum Island. And while you're at it, don't forget the endearing (and delicious) Deutsches Currywurst Museum. Learning about Germany's complicated history and then seeing how art has layered on top is one of the most inspiring experiences you can have in Europe.   Berlin's art scene deserves all the fame and all the hype that regularly surrounds it. The city has been transformed by some of the most creative minds in all of Europe, extending arts influence far beyond the regular institutions and using the whole city as a canvas. You'll find art all over the city, and it’s a great way to explore Berlin's many different and distinctive neighbourhoods.   The best way to museum hop is to grab a Museum Pass from Visit Berlin, which is around AUD $47 for free entry to over 30 different museums, including all of the ones on Museum Island. If that's not enough for you, there's plenty of street art tours you can take around neighbourhoods like Kreuzberg. Join the conversation on Currywurst Berlin's staple fast food favourite is as hotly debated as any flagship snack across Europe. There's one difference though, the currywurst blows just about all other European street food out of the water, and finding the best currywurst in Berlin feels like a true accomplishment. Why? Well for starters there's an endless amount of stalls dedicated to serving that faultless combination of steamed and fried pork sausages, sweet curry ketchup and curry spice that dates back to 1949. Secondly (providing you've found one of the better ones), your taste buds won't stop thanking you as that rich sauce dances across your tongue, with or without a spicy kick, and lays down a royal red carpet for those chopped pieces of pork sausage to come decorate your palate with pure and utter joy.   You'll find many locals swear by Curry 36, and it is most definitely one of the best entry points to currywurst a first-timer can have. As a bonus, if you're heading along to Potsdam (which you should most definitely be doing) you'll likely have to change trains at Zoologischer Garten (the destination for Berlin Zoo as well), ideal because there's a Curry 36 stall right outside and, thankfully, it's consistent with the popular brand's main stall which is located on The Mehringdamm, a street in southern Kreuzberg.   Convenience aside, there's plenty of Currywurst stalls out there that are just as good, if not better, and highlight the surprising diversity that has been built from this simple recipe. You'll be shocked at just how significantly different the taste is when you tweak any one of those three essential ingredients, and many chefs have their own special ways of bringing out these differences.   Tuck into the homemade brilliance of Curry Baude, which is just outside of U-Bahn station Gesundbrunnen; queue up with the locals for the super popular Zur Bratpfanne in Steglitz; test your spice tolerance at Curry & Chili in Wedding; or dig into the very centrally located Curry Mitte in Mitte. Once you plough through the signature offerings at these stalls you'll have a good idea of just how contentious this culinary topic is. [caption id="attachment_43384" align="alignnone" width="600"] Cloudy Autumn sky above old buildings in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg.[/caption] Make time for a day trip to Potsdam Head out of Berlin for the day and into Brandenburg's capital of Potsdam. You'll only be travelling around 40 kilometres so getting here won't eat up much of your time, and the tiny effort is well worth it. Known as the former royal seat of Prussia, this town is resplendent with old world charm, featuring spectacular palaces and impeccably manicured gardens, the kind European fantasies are made of. One stroll through Sanssouci Park and a visit to its breathtaking palace is the most essential thing to do out here if you're short on time, although Potsdam's unmatched charm and rich history extends far beyond any one sight. [caption id="attachment_43386" align="alignnone" width="600"] Communs - situated opposite the New Palace in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, Germany[/caption] The UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital has the type of opulence and grandeur to rival dream destinations like Versailles and Petergof, breaking away from Berlin's urban sprawl with more than just a few flashes of aesthetic brilliance. There aren't enough postcards in the world to quite capture the feeling of taking a leisurely stroll through the Dutch Quarter, standing in the imposing shadow of the New Palace, taking in the history of Cecilienhof Palace, or the elegance of Chinese House.   During summer there will be plenty of tourists hopping around, but even the thick crowds can't take away from the sense of tranquility framed by timeless beauty. [caption id="attachment_43387" align="alignnone" width="600"] Detail of the Nicolas Church (Nikolaikirche) in Potsdam (Brandenburg, Germany).[/caption] Spend as much as time as possible in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg The intersection of these two locales (defined by Oberbaum Bridge) is large enough to demand your entire time in Berlin, so if you're only on a short trip it's best to plan ahead as there is a lot of see and do. The city's hipsters amass all throughout these two neighbourhoods, spilling in and out of the many galleries, nightclubs, eateries and public parks at all hours of the day. [caption id="attachment_43385" align="alignnone" width="600"] A sunset by the Spree river in Berlin, Germany.[/caption] A few of the top things to do over on the Friedrichshain side of the bridge is visit multifaceted gallery and art space Urban Spree, walk that aforementioned East Side Gallery, party poolside at Haubentaucher, engage with the local creative scene at Michelberger Hotel, check out the former pumping station turned arts palace Radialsystem V, and tuck into one of the area's many cafes, which includes Aussie-born Silo. Of course, night owls should always see if they can slide past the infamously tight entry policy and party all night at one of the most well-known and desired nightclubs in the world, Berghain (tip: don't dress up, stick to street fashion as a start).   Hipsters will want to spend most of their time in the dilapidated surrounds of RAW-Gelände, a former train repair station now covered by graffiti and populated by weekly flea markets, nightclubs, art spaces and bars, including disco-for-two Teledisko which is located in a repurposed phone booth. It's not only one of the best examples of adaptive reuse projects in Berlin; it's one of the best in the world.   On the other side is Kreuzberg, and it's a name many of those who haven't been to Berlin should be more familiar with. The neighbourhood is massive so there's much to do, including eating your way through the high density of Berlin's best dining options, from street food to high-end restaurants.   If you go to one market in Berlin, make sure it's the Turkish Market which stretches just under a kilometre along the Landwehr Canal, on both sides of Maybachufer Straße, every Tuesday and Friday from 11am to 6.30pm; Kreuzberg is defined by its Turkish population, so plenty of delicious food and interesting wares can be found here. For a similar, but more food-focused, vibe head along to Markthalle Neun for the famous Street Food Thursdays before taking a stroll through Viktoriapark and perhaps visiting its small, historic vineyard or hidden beer garden. Whatever you do, don't forget to eat at Burgermeister at least once, it's right near Schlesisches Tor and does up some of the tastiest burgs in the city.   Foodies will want to spend plenty of time walking the hip and fashionable Paul-Lincke Ufer, a street that runs along the Landwehr and is lined with some of Kreuzberg's finest. Coffee enthusiasts should stop by Concierge Coffee, while just about everyone will find something they like. Just make sure you end up on Admiralbrücke for the sunset; the 10-metre-wide bridge has long been a local favourite for the public, and on a good day you'll find hundreds of Berliners out just socialising, either sitting on the pavement or on the bollards. Countless beer bottle caps have been cobbled into the ground, which should immediately indicate that this is somewhere young people use as a gathering spot, much to the chagrin of older neighbours who have made numerous attempts to put a stop to the social institution.   At around 10pm each night the police will come around to tell people to leave, but until then it remains one of the best and most immersive atmospheres in Berlin. You'll make some new friends, no matter how shy you are. [caption id="attachment_43388" align="alignnone" width="600"] Two yellow trains on the Oberbaum bridge in Berlin, Germany[/caption] Hang out at one of the many beer gardens Other cities in Germany may be better known for their beer gardens, but Berlin has still got some of the best in the country. If you're in a group then spending endless hours enjoying life’s finer things in a busy beer garden is a Berlin essential. The city's oldest is still its best, so make sure you check out Prater for its huge yard, onsite restaurant and picnic-style outdoor seating. It's located right on Kastanienallee too, which is a street in the heart of Berlin with plenty to see and do.   For something a bit different, head along to Café am Neuen See in Tiergarten park; the popular summer destination is located right on the lake and hides in the shade of tall trees, making it one of the most picturesque and relaxing gardens in Berlin. Worth travelling for is Loretta am Wannsee, which overlooks Wannsee lake and does up some of the best hearty German food around.  
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10 off-the-beaten-track destinations for your bucket list
If you love to travel, but just not like everyone else, then heading off the beaten track sounds like just your thing... From the diverse countries of Central Asia to the coffee regions of Colombia, and from the wildlife of Borneo to the deserts of Jordan, a lowdown on the places to uncover for yourself. 1. See the 'Stans' “Travellers are looking for new, less-explored, brag-worthy destinations,” says Emma Prineas, acting head of marketing at Wendy Wu Tours, and the ‘Stans’ of Central Asia – which stretch from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and Russia in the north – fit the bill.   Visiting Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan [Ark Fortress, Bukhara, pictured] allows travellers the opportunity to “cover five distinctive destinations in as little as three weeks,” says Prineas. “The all-encompassing landscapes that include vast deserts, rolling grasslands, verdant valleys and snow-capped mountains form a stunning setting to the five ex-Soviet republics. Travellers have the chance to camp by a giant burning gas pit in the middle of the desert, wander through ornately tiled mosques, stay in yurt camps by alpine lakes, haggle in colourful bazaars and truly explore another world.”   Alicia Privitera, development co-ordinator in operations at Great Train Journeys agrees that the ‘Stans’ could be the next big thing. “The region is incredibly rich in culture, tradition, amazing cuisine and stunning architecture,” she says. “It is seductive, still mysterious and appeals to independent travellers, but more and more tour operators will start packaging tours – so visit before mass tourism sets in!” [caption id="attachment_36796" align="alignnone" width="667"] Stunning architectural detail of a madrasa tower in Khiva, Uzbekistan.[/caption] 2. Journey into Jordan The Middle East is in the midst of a huge travel comeback. Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Morocco are perfect for those travellers seeking to get off the beaten track, and the comfort and security that a small-group tour can provide is the perfect way to navigate the region. Jordan in particular is seeing a surge in tourism and it’s no wonder – between the archaeological wonders of Petra and the wild expanse of Wadi Rum [pictured], it’s a destination that has something for everyone.   Adrian Piotto, managing director, G Adventures Australia and New Zealand [caption id="attachment_12993" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Petra in Jordan, ranked #9 in our countdown of '100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime'.[/caption] 3. Off track in Patagonia My ultimate travel experience was trekking in Patagonia. Rather than heading to the more standard Torres del Paine, I visited the remote Aysén Region, where you can ride across the Andes and cross from Chile to Argentina. It was an amazing trip! Nothing beats galloping with gauchos on sheepskin saddles that feel like a cosy armchair!   Lucy Jackson Walsh, co-founder and director, Lightfoot Travel [caption id="attachment_17918" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Condors glide effortlessly over the mind-blowing landscape of Torres del Paine.[/caption] 4. Witness Borneo's remarkable wildlife Exploring the Kinabatangan River in Borneo was an incredible experience. Not only are the people friendly and welcoming but the wildlife was abundant. There is nothing like seeing wild pygmy elephants, orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and more while cruising along in a small tin boat.   Crystal Kranz, marketing manager Australia, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation 5. Hike the high Atlas Mountains Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco – we drove south from Marrakech for about an hour, past Richard Branson’s opulent hotel Kasbah Tamadot, and hiked up into the Ouirgane Valley. We finished up eating a delicious tagine in our guide’s sister’s house – we’d specifically asked to avoid the touristy areas.   Kate Shilling, executive officer, Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia 6. Wild luxury in Rwanda Rwanda has some of the best operators going in [to provide world-class wilderness camps and lodges with mountain gorilla experiences] – Wilderness is already there, and Singita is in the process of setting up. They have to control visitor numbers, for the sake of the gorillas; but it’s more possible than ever to have a luxury experience there.   Guy Heywood, COO, Alila Hotels and Resorts   7. Go remote in Madagascar Simply travelling to this island nation off the coast of East Africa could be considered going off the beaten path. Indeed, separated from mainland Africa for millions of years, Madagascar has always been geographically isolated, and it has an abundance of unique endemic animals and plants to show for it – just like Australia.   If you’re travelling this far then you might as well go really remote – I spent two months in a village on the wild west coast helping the marine conservation effort Blue Ventures, which integrates you with the community of Andavadoaka [pictured] – a small village nine hours by 4WD from the nearest town. You can’t get much more remote than that!   Daniel Down, deputy editor, International Traveller 8. The diverse Caucasus I think the Caucasus or Caucasia between the Black and Caspian Seas is going to be the next big destination. The countries in this region include Georgia, Armenia [Tatev Monastery pictured], Azerbaijan and Russia. The landscape is diverse; you’ll see everything from the rough and rugged to pretty townscapes.   Equally diverse and rich are the cultures and endless food options. You will also notice that there are not many Western tourists in this region at all – you may not see one during your entire visit! Florence Pasquier, sales director, Rail Europe 9. Coffee, culture and adventure in Colombia “I’m hearing more and more about Colombia, both Bogotá and Cartagena [pictured right], and am getting more and more curious,” says Guy Heywood, COO of Alila Hotels and Resorts, echoing the thoughts of many travellers. The country has been opening up to tourism over the past decade, and since half a century of civil war came to an end last year, this is set to increase exponentially. But for now, it’s still somewhat under the radar. “Colombia’s vast terrains and passionate people are something people are missing out on,” says Rachel Crowther, whose work as director of creative media, experience for Burberry takes her far and wide. “Go into the coffee region [pictured above] and Palomino in the north. And if you have time and are up for an adventure, the Pacific Coast is untouched and so interesting,” she says.   Robin Esrock, travel book author and co-host of the National Geographic television series World Travels, suggests a different kind of adventure: “Located outside Cartagena, the Volcán de Lodo El Totumo is a large pyramid of mud with a crater containing thick, black goop,” he says. “Locals call it the Volcano of Youth, and say a person who enters the crater can emerge feeling 20 years younger. The mud suspends you as attendants give you a thorough scrub down.”   Once you’ve had your fill of Colombia’s myriad natural treasures, head into town. Bustling capital Bogotá is seeing a new wave of boutique hotels and craft breweries, while the colonial port city of Cartagena still inspires like it did when it fuelled the fiction of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. When here, Crowther loves La Vitrola restaurant: “great for people-watching, and the band that plays every night is so special,” she says. [caption id="attachment_25863" align="alignnone" width="667"] A colourful fruit seller in Cartagena, Colombia.[/caption] 10. Beyond Barcelona Catalonia, my country, is more than just Barcelona. Don’t look for flamenco or bullfighting there (flamenco will be inauthentic and just for tourists, and bullfighting is illegal). Instead you should drive north and head towards Cadaqués, a lovely and very well-preserved fishing village close to France. From there you can travel inland, towards the Pyrenees. In the highlands you’ll find the Aigüestortes National Park, my favourite park in the mountains. And finally, maybe head south, to the Ebro Delta, where you can enjoy amazing rice dishes and the beauty of the huge wetlands natural park.   Jonathan Camí, portrait, landscape and travel photographer   Check out more of the best 100 tips, tricks and hacks from travel insiders by category   Europe | Beaches and islands | Classics | Hacks | Food and wine | No place like home | More for less | Off the beaten track | Asia
100 tips, tricks and hacks from travel insiders – Food and wine
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10 tips, tricks and hacks for travelling Europe
It's no secret that Europe is holiday destination people can't seem to have their fill with. From exploring the Greek Islands, to enjoying the best pizza Naples has to offer, it's certainly not short of incredible experiences for travellers.   Check out some of the best tips to know when it comes to exploring Europe, straight from established travel industry insiders... 1. Your own private Italy “I didn’t think I’d be able to find a corner of Italy not choked with tourists in high summer, but then I discovered Ponza [pictured], off the coast of Lazio, which is choked with cute fritti shops, pastel paint jobs and trattorias by the water instead, with nary a foreign accent in earshot,” says Sophie McComas, director of creative content studio Buffet. For Ronald van Weezel, general manager of Hilton Sydney, it’s the gorgeous Tuscan town of Lucca that equals the real deal. “It has so many inviting, cosy restaurants and bars with amazing ambience and excellent produce,” he says. “Immersing yourself in that scene, you do not feel the need to go elsewhere. It has everything to offer.”   We might think we know Italy, but there’s always an unexpected delight to discover: whether that’s an under-the-radar spot like Ponza or Lucca or something hiding in plain sight in the most classic destinations.   “My most-loved travel destination has to be Venice, says Viking Cruises’ managing director in Australia and New Zealand, Michelle Black. “The last time I visited, I travelled with a friend who lives there so I visited places that only locals know. We tried cicchetti at Cantine del Vino già Schiavi, a traditional bàcari bar that was several canals away from St Mark’s Square. We stood next to a beautiful canal, sipping prosecco out of plastic cups whilst enjoying these delicious snacks.” Venice is also the favourite city to visit for Luke Edward Hall, an artist and designer whose work takes him around the world.   He visits every December in low season: “I love Venice in winter because it’s less crowded,” he says, “but also because I like the atmosphere – waking up to crisp mornings, mist over the canals, wrapping up in coats and walking home over the deserted bridges after dinner... I tend to stick to my favourite places and always begin the day with a pistachio pastry at the bar in Quadri on Piazza San Marco. Later I’ll visit Rigattieri to pick up ceramics shaped like fruit and vegetables.”   Photographer Alana Dimou suggests a trip to Stazione Manarola, “possibly one of the most beautiful train stations in the world,” she says. “Manarola is one of the Cinque Terre villages along the La Spezia-Levanto train line (saturated by tourists yes, but undeniably gorgeous, also yes); hop off here, climb some stairs and you’ll be rewarded with the most serene view of cliff faces framing the very edge of the Earth.” [caption id="attachment_36406" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Discover the hidden secrets of Puglia, Italy.[/caption] 2. North by south-west While London remains the jewel in the UK crown, Bristol [pictured] with its green credentials and urban delights is definitely having a moment, as are the Scottish Isles with their stark beauty, friendly locals and photogenic wildlife. Kristen Angus, marketing communications manager Australia, VisitBritain 3. Cool in Comporta In Portugal, keep an eye on Comporta, a cluster of coastal Portuguese villages about an hour’s drive from Lisbon. Until a few years ago, the only way to stay at Comporta was at a friend’s house (Christian Louboutin and Philippe Starck own houses there) or to rent a private villa.   More hotels are now opening there, and I am looking forward to visiting wellness boutique resort Quinta Da Comporta, which recently opened too. Mark Wong, vice president, Asia Pacific, Small Luxury Hotels of the World 4. See the edge of Africa - in Spain For me, Tarifa is the cutest town; the most relaxing hidden gem, with a huge sand beach, in the south of Spain. What makes it special is the journey down there, the view of Africa is the most humbling experience and never fails to give you a sense of perspective on the world. (Tarifa lies at the southernmost tip of the country, with Morocco just 14 kilometres from its coastline.) And the food is honest and delicious – eat the croquettes at Bar Los Melli.   Rachel Crowther, director of creative media, experience at Burberry, travels at least six times a year for work. Exploring different cultures and the nuances that come with each experience plays an integral part of her role. [caption id="attachment_46602" align="alignnone" width="600"] Head to the south of Spain to discover tourist-free towns.[/caption] 5. When in wine country... France’s wine regions possess an eternal pull for oenophiles, but there are quirks and surprises to be found beyond the vines too. “One of the most amazing experiences I have completed is Bordeaux’s Marathon du Médoc,” says David Clark, head of travel and business development for The Walt Disney Company.   The event, held each September in the Médoc region of France, sees participants chart a 42-kilometre course through over 50 vineyards while wearing compulsory fancy dress, sampling glasses of red and white and indulging in oysters, cheese, entrecôte and foie gras. “It was an incredible atmosphere and great buzz, and while a real physical drain, I would do it again anytime!”   Artist and designer Luke Edward Hall travelled to the nearby Dordogne region in the depths of winter. “It was like a fairytale – every village was covered in snow and empty of tourists.” He rates a visit to the Marqueyssac gardens (pictured), “where more than 150,000 boxwoods are shaped, pruned and teased into fabulous shapes.” Meanwhile, Viking’s Michelle Black is a fan of the Champagne district for its interesting history.   “We took a fast train from Paris and toured the Champagne Pommery house,” she says. “This beautiful estate has a fascinating legacy, having been established and managed by Madame Pommery after her husband passed away. No mean feat for a woman in the 19th century! The region of Reims is a delightful place to stay for a few days if you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris.” 6. Catch a sunrise Don’t be afraid to set the alarm early and take advantage of popular tourist attractions before the crowds arrive. Not only will you be able to enjoy sights such as the Trevi Fountain in Rome [pictured], the Sacré Coeur in Paris or the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona almost to yourself, the welcoming golden colours of the sunrise will present you with the perfect backdrop for your next Insta pic #nofilterneeded.   Kachina Dimmock, content and social media specialist, Globus [caption id="attachment_35828" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Sunrise in Sakrisoy, one of the Lofoten islands (photo: Ewen Bell).[/caption] 7. See it by sea The Norwegian Fjords are one of the most incredible destinations in Europe. It’s one of those places that Is truly best seen by sea. Cruising through Aurlandsfjorden and Olden is like being in another world.   David Rousham, vice president international development, Cunard 8. Swiss style Given my Swiss heritage, I am very partial to Bern in Switzerland.   It has incredible shopping arcades, the richness of the old town and the most fabulous Saturday markets. If you have time, visit Einstein’s house, then take the ever-so-punctual Swiss train and go to Lausanne to visit the steep vineyards of the Lavaux region.   Chef, restaurateur and author Gray Kunz was born in Singapore and raised in Switzerland, and his Café Gray Deluxe restaurants can be found in The Upper House Hong Kong and The Middle House Shanghai. [caption id="attachment_47249" align="alignnone" width="600"] The old town clock tower in Bern[/caption] 9. On my last trip to Paris I loved… Kirstie Clements, one-time Paris resident, former Vogue Australia editor-in-chief and now chief creative officer of Porte-à-Vie La Maison Sisley Seriously good facials and rich nourishing skincare in the most amazing premises. K.Jacques The original 1933 store was established in Saint-Tropez; they have the best sandals and wedges ever. LouLou restaurant The food at this restaurant at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Louvre complex is good, the décor so French, and it’s trendy with the fashion crowd. Bar Hemingway at the Ritz For people-watching; I love the front bar too for afternoon tea. David Mallett salon Australian David Mallett is the most sought-after hair stylist in Paris. Make like a local and get a French girl haircut! Bon Marché and Sabbia Rosa Lingerie shopping at Le Bon Marché department store [pictured] followed by a trip to Sabbia Rosa in Saint-Germain for a silk slip or robe is a must. Les Fines Gueules in the rue Croix des Petits Champs Traditional French in the most beautiful corner building; there are many great restaurants in this area close to the Palais Royal (and where I used to live). 10. A cultural grand tour I like building my Euro trips around cultural events and festivals – it provides a great highlight and the opportunity to discover places that might not have been on my radar otherwise. This was the case with the attractive Serbian city of Novi Sad, which hosts Exit Festival each July in its imposing Petrovaradin Fortress overlooking the Danube; and with the beautiful old hillside town of Hyères [pictured] in Provence, some 50 kilometres west of Saint-Tropez, which hosts an annual festival of fashion and photography in its modernist arts centre Villa Noailles.   Over the years, Primavera Sound festival has given me an excuse to return to Barcelona and get to know Porto. Right now, I’ve got my sights set on a Belle and Sebastian-anchored music cruise around the Mediterranean next year.   Imogen Eveson, chief sub-editor, International Traveller   Check out more of the best 100 tips, tricks and hacks from travel insiders by category   Europe | Beaches and islands | Classics | Hacks | Food and wine | No place like home | More for less | Off the beaten track | Asia
Where to nosh and nap in South Dakota
To get the most out of South Dakota’s great outdoors, you’ll need to fuel up on food and get your beauty sleep – Tiffany Leigh shows us where to do it.     The culinary landscape of South Dakota is interwoven with heritage and culture, resulting in foodie delights for your belly. Dining South Dakotan-style signifies a tantalising tongue tour through an eclectic melange of American comfort fare and Native American cuisine along with German and Scandinavian influences. And once you’ve had your happy food coma fill, we’ve got you covered on where to rest your head for a much needed nap – who says eating isn’t a form of exercise? Here are prime spots throughout the state for palate pleasure and places to catch up on your zzzzs.   In Rapid City Eat Tuck into Delmonico Grill’s famed Kona Crusted Ribeye. Dry-aged in-house for 21 days, owner and chef Benjamin Klinkel prides himself on a slow-food philosophy that permeates his steak and seafood dishes. The locally sourced beef is rubbed with an espresso blend, then it’s charred and cooked medium-rare; the unctuous meat is contrasted with sweet-tangy mosto sauce. The caveman-sized portion is fit for devouring with reckless abandon – here’s where you can channel your inner Fred Flintstone.   Tally’s Silver Spoon is a beloved dining institution. The ‘fine diner fare’ ups the ante with home-style American classics. Case in point, the famous Duck, Duck, Goose dish. A spin on a hash, the finessed feature sees duck confit piled mountainously-high on a bed of sautéed onions, arugula, and sweet potato cubes – which is accompanied by a fat wedge of seared foie gras. As if that’s not enough, the lily is gilded even further by topping the quacker with a sunny side-up egg and blistered gooseberries for a tart, refreshing kick.   Stay Cosy comfort and spacious suite-style dwellings makes Residence Inn Rapid City an ideal resting spot for weary and worn travellers. In addition to a free hot breakfast in the morning and a great cup of joe, its location is ideally situated near downtown Rapid City (a quick 10-minute drive) and to surrounding major attractions such as Mount Rushmore (a 30-minute drive away) the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort (the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas), and Black Hills Caverns (a natural gem formed by Paha Sapa Limestone).     In Savoy Eat The Latchstring Restaurant is a historic property that once welcome prospectors, settlers and fortune seekers during the gold rush of 1876. In 1909, it was purchased by Martha Railback and Maude Watts who renamed it The Latchstring for the inn’s frontier-style doors; they established the space as a beacon for hospitality and great food. In the 1990s, the lodge was converted into the now popular Latchstring Restaurant whose homespun Midwestern fare is spearheaded by chef Gino Diminno. His passion for locally sourced ingredients means that you could find pheasant (that he hunted himself) and rainbow trout as specialty dishes on the menu, the latter of which sees a silky fillet draped in white wine beurre blanc sauce on two spicy corn cakes – incredibly satisfying after a long hike.   Stay Spearfish Canyon Lodge is hugged by emerald pine trees and the inimitable wilds of the Black Hills. Suites are spaciously refined with a touch of that rugged sentiment. The upscale retreat is illuminated with natural lighting, log walls, cosy fireplaces, and jacuzzi bath tubs. The hotel is on prime land and ideally situated next to Little Spearfish Creek, Roughlock Falls Trail, and a seven-minute drive to Bridal Veil Falls.     In Deadwood Eat The Deadwood Social Club is a gracious, delectable gem. Located in downtown Deadwood, chef Caleb Storm offers locals and visitors a ‘finer dining’ experience (minus the expensive price tags) which includes jaw-droppingly cheap and cheerful wines by the glass and bottle. Wine pairing suggestions are provided by senior server and sommelier Troy Gilfillan; sips accompany stellar mains such as the show-stopping Seafood Nest which arrives to the table as a crispy noodle volcano erupting with white tiger shrimps, diver scallops, red peppers, and a lava flow of decadent cream sauce. Another favourite is the Boar Bundles of joy that are stuffed with wild boar bolognese, smoked gouda and accompanied by a tangy tomato-onion white wine reduction.   Be greeted by mahogany wood tones, stone walls, and ambient lighting at the Deadwood Grille inside the The Lodge at Deadwood. Executive chef James Pesaturo offers his rendition of elevated American steakhouse classics to guests. In addition to its famed ranch-house steaks, unique dishes include heady Elk Ravioli that’s fortified with herbaceous brown butter sage sauce, or signature Grille Chop which sees a broiled French-cut pork chop cooked a juicy medium-rare and crowned with a halo of crispy onion haystacks; it’s paired with sweet-savoury caramelised pear and brie-stuffed crêpes.   Stay Perhaps one of the few places in the world where valet service is included (!) in the steal-of-a-deal daily hotel rate is at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Deadwood. It’s about a 15-minute walk to downtown Deadwood, and its location along a quiet stretch of CanAm Hwy 85 makes for an effortlessly peaceful slumber. In addition to being greeted by a complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning, look forward to happy hour cocktails on the patio. Bonus feature here is the sprawling sky-lit indoor pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip.     In Belle Fourche Eat Stationed just off of Hwy 85 is Belle Inn, an oasis for your growling stomach. The no-frills eatery has been satiating ravenous souls since 1958.  Today, chef Robin Kidd offers what is described as homey and affordable Midwestern comfort fare. And the prices aren’t the only thing that’s ideal, portions are amply generous too. Tuck into homemade Biscuits and Gravy – the pillowy clouds are smothered in white gravy that’s teeming with crumbled salty sausage. And then there’s the Country Fried Steak Omelette – a concoction only a carnivore could dream up: it sees the homemade country fried steak chopped up and mixed with hash browns and gooey American cheddar – the whole lot gets stuffed inside a puffy golden omelette – which you’ll need to devour with the aid of a steak knife, fork, and plenty of napkins on hand.   Stay Situated a half-hour drive away from Belle Fourche, picturesque surroundings await you at this Airbnb Spearfish Creek home. Located at the foot of the majestic Black Hills, this 335-square-metre property is a serenity-inducing space fit for lingering and lounging. Its features include two master bedrooms and three large bedrooms, a covered patio, and personal private park. Along with opportunities for a leisurely stroll or hike, you can also opt for trout fishing in the nearby Spearfish Creek.

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