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City Guide to Portland (New England)
Not to be confused with its namesake in Oregon, this charming New England city is a collage of bobbing fishing boots, pretty historic houses and abundant lobsters.   Portland, New England is known for Lobsters, lighthouses, longfellow Eat streets Sitting right on the pier, J’s Oyster serves lobster (of course) and oysters with water views. With a new twist on New England classics, Evantide Oyster Co. has a funky vibe and an interesting bar menu. Central Provisions does a great brunch in historic surrounds. Out & about This historic east coast city, which irresistibly describes itself as a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel coexist companionably, is a quaint mix of old-world charms and modern sensibilities. One of the joys of exploring here is strolling the historic heart of the city, taking in the pretty houses of clapboard and red brick; head towards Congress Street, State Street and the old harbour. Greater Portland Landmarks has self-guided tours. Also, the Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in the state, dating back to 1791 when it was commissioned by George Washington. Insider's secret Cruise Casco Bay on one of Maine Sailing Adventures' two-hour sails, which offer up everything from sunset soul music to sunrise yoga sessions. Retail reconnaissance Maine is a shopping haven, with hip fashion, local design and vintage pieces in abundance. Check out Portland Trading Company, with its quirky roster of goods including kitsch Maine Wildlife Conservation patches and frisbees. Portland Dry Goods Co. has preppy designs for men and women. Portland Flea-For-All is a vintage, antique and artisan market in the Arts District. The ultimate experience Grab a take-away lobster roll – fresh, juicy chunks of lobster on a New England split-top bun toasted until golden and then covered in mayonnaise, with potato chips and coleslaw on the side – and head to a picnic table at East End Beach to take in the stunning view. Caffeine hits Housed in a 1960s gas-station-turned-laundromat-turned-bakery, Tandem Coffee & Bakery roasts its beans locally, and baker Briana Holt’s baked goodies are much celebrated. Bard Coffee in the old port brews seriously serious coffee too. Stay & play Affordable Each room at the gorgeous Pomegranate Inn is filled with lashings of colour and personality.   Moderate The light and bright Mercury Inn provides ‘modern sustainable lodging’, with vintage pieces throughout and  locally sourced seasonal breakfast included.   Luxe Housed in a former newspaper headquarters, The Press Hotel has 110 rooms and suites inspired by 1920s writers’ offices.
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Alaska’s Inside Passage – 5 wildlife surprises
Alaska's Inside Passage is one of the coldest places on the earth, so it's a surprise to find the abundance of wildlife that calls this place home. Here are Quentin Long's faves, which he spotted cruising on Lindblad's National Geographic Seabird. 
Relaxing chairs looking out onto the stunning view of Waikiki Beach at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Sunshine is on sale in Hawaii
Enveloped in island beauty, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is your place for aloha. ***This article was created in conjunction with our sponsors Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa***   Plan your Hawaiian getaway... Hawai‘i’s premier resort destination, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is centrally located in the heart of O‘ahu’s famed Waikiki. The resort is just steps from the world-famous Waikiki Beach and Duke Kahanamoku landmark and provides the perfect retreat for couples, groups and families. Guest rooms highlight the light and fresh colours of the Hawaiian sea and sky, with a strong emphasis on the breathtaking views looking out toward the ocean or Waikiki. With the option of two queen or one king Hyatt Grand Beds, the furniture in each room is characterised by clean and modern lines, with subtle nods to Hawaiian culture. Room design includes practical considerations like a 55-inch, state-of-the-art flatscreen television, upgraded high-speed internet access, more storage area, hanging hooks, and outlet pods to facilitate modern electrical needs, as well as dimmer-equipped light fixtures so that guests have the flexibility to customise their lighting. Meanwhile, the bathrooms offer an enhanced, spa-like experience featuring Toto Washlets and a bidet-style toilet that appeals to a wide array of travellers. Make the most of your island experience with magnificent personalised services, and luxurious amenities including educational activities, world-class dining, an award-winning spa, the 24-hour fitness centre, a swimming pool overlooking azure waters, and more than 60 on-site boutiques. For busy travellers, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa offers the Sunshine on Sale package, which allows guests to pay for three nights and receive every fourth night free with daily buffet breakfast for two – kids stay and eat free (rules and restrictions apply). This is a great way for everyone to make memories happen by experiencing an extra day of surfing, jet skiing, boating, swimming or hiking. The opportunities are endless in Hawai‘i and, at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, you’ll be connected to what matters most to you.   Find out more... For more information about Sunshine on Sale, please visit waikiki.regency.hyatt.com
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The getaway plan to Hawai‘i’s Islands
Your Hawaiian getaway is calling... With breathtaking natural beauty, unique local flavours, rich culture and history, Hawai‘i is a destination that will please everyone.

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