Eat. Alabama. Never Say No to Miss Myra’s Peanut Butter Pie.

What: Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q Where: Vestavia Hills, AL What makes it special Every food lover has a fantasy about stumbling across an out-of-the-way restaurant that hasn’t been buzzed about relentlessly on food blogs and in magazine profiles. Miss Myra’s is exactly that type of place. Right next to Birmingham is the (surprisingly) progressive enclave of Vestavia…

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Stay. Costa Rica. An Open Air Rainforest Lodge with Monkeys.

What: Lapa Rios Where: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica What makes it special Combine the Blue Lagoon with Swiss Family Robinson and Lost and you’re getting close to the experience of Lapa Rios. With 1,000 acres in the middle of a rainforest, this expansive luxury resort gives you a sustainable tourism experience where you can co-exist with Costa Rican nature without the restrictions…

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Quick tip: BYOWater and save $$$

Water. It’s one of those things that seems so basic at home but feels like a luxury when you’re traveling. Instead of spending major $$$ on bottled water, bring your own reusable water bottle with you. I’m partial to the vacuum insulated S’well Bottle because it keeps water cold (or hot!) for a full day, but really…

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Stay. Upstate New York. Escape to a Cottage in the Finger Lakes.

What: Single Island Shores Where: Finger Lakes, NY What makes it special While concrete jungles have their own beauty, they typically lack the color green. If you’re looking for a little nature time away without the buzz of the city, the Finger Lakes are a perfect quick drive upstate. Single Island Shores offers well-appointed cabin rentals right on Seneca…

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