The Top 10 New Food Trends for 2019

With every new year comes a wave of new trends projected to gain popularity in the world of food products, dining and hospitality. This year’s trends will likely start to pop up on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus as the months go by. Add some variety to your diet this year by tasting some of 2019’s front runners that should be soon coming to a table near you.

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Tropical Fruits

Add something sweet to your meal with island fruits like guava, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and monk fruit that hail from the Pacific Rim region. You’ll also start to see jackfruit embraced as a meat substitute in vegan and vegetarian meals.

 

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Hemp & CBD

CBD made a splash onto the scene in the past few years making its way into a number of food, drinks and skin care products. That trend will continue to boom in the upcoming year by way of items like sparkling water, infusions, and coffee.

 

Photo: CBD Coffee

Oat Milk

With cow’s milk slowly but surely phasing its way out of fridges across America, non-animal based alternatives are being adopted as necessities for consumers. With soy and almond milk being a favorite, soon oat milk will be added to the group as a go-to alternative.

 

Photo: Oat Milk

Seafood Snacks

Stores and restaurants will be taking Japan’s lead in embracing seafood, including vegetables, as a snack food. Roasted seaweed and salmon skins will gain more traction along with innovative items like kelp jerky.

 

Photo: Roasted Seaweed

Orange Wine

While the name might suggest it would be made from oranges, orange wine is actually made from the same grapes used to make white wine. Keeping the skin on during fermentation gives the wine an attractive, orange coloring. The refreshing drink is expected to show up on drink menus soon.

 

Photo: Orange Wine / Marvin

Hummus

There’s no secret that hummus is a go-to snack for many people, but this year it’ll be used differently than consumers have seen in the past. Adventurous flavors will come about along with menus integrating hummus into desserts, making for a unique and healthy treat.

 

Photo: Hummus / Cooking Classy

Probiotics

Many people have integrated probiotics into their diet for digestive health, but this year the trend will also include dry items that can be stored in your pantry. Things like cereal, granola, nut butters and nutrition bars will be made to be shelf-stable for long term storage.

 

Photo: Yogurt with Granola

African Spices

Cuisine from a variety of African countries will be more popular in the upcoming year. From harissa, a spicy red pepper paste, to spice-filled dishes like the Tunisian shakshouka, African tastes will be integrated into menus bringing a burst of flavor to your diet.

 

Photo: African Spices

Vegan Meat Snacks

Veggie versions of popular dishes have made their way onto menus all over the world and will continue to do so throughout 2019. Consumers will also see vegan meat snacks line the shelves of your local grocery store with options like soy jerky and mushroom bacon chips.

 

Photo: Mushroom Bacon

Celtuce

Kale and romaine are on their way out with celtuce, a lettuce cultivar, moving in as an alternative. The health benefits to this versatile, Chinese lettuce makes it worth adding to any meal as a side dish or even as an ingredient in juices and smoothies.

 

Photo: Celtuce

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Sundance Film Festival 2019: Highlights & Party Guide

One of the film industry’s biggest highlights each year is the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Industry professionals, celebrities, and film buffs flock to the wintery event for 10 days of appreciating the best new films in the world. With glamorous industry parties and A-list guest lists, the small town is transformed into a playground for Hollywood and movie lovers across the world.

Photo: Sundance Park CIty

 

Films

Whether you have a Festival Pass to attend screenings as you please, or individual tickets for anticipated favorites, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the entertaining week. There are more than 100 films being screened as festivalgoers enjoy their time through attending premieres, industry panels and mingling with the cinema-loving crowd. With categories like Midnight, late night screenings of burgeoning cult favorites, or New Frontier, films that challenge the boundaries of modern cinema, you’re sure to get a sneak peek of what’s hot in the industry with the variety of films for viewing.

 

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Resorts

With such a large influx of people in the small town, finding lodging in Park City can be a challenge. Those who do snag a room at one of the few luxurious resorts are treated to an elegant stay near the festival. The Sundance Mountain Resort is a favorite, created by actor Robert Redford, and later spawning into the Film Festival itself with Redford as President and CEO. The Stein Erikson Lodge is world-renowned for skiing with lavish dining, spa treatments and entertainment. Ski fans will also enjoy Montage Deer Valley, where they can hit the slopes and cozy up in the extravagant lodging, along with relaxing in the largest spa in Utah.

 

Photo: Montage Deer Valley

Parties

While the focus of the festival is the films, the party culture is a huge draw as dozens of celebrations go on throughout the week sponsored by big brands and industry players. One of the most known parties includes the annual Tao event, usually totaling three nights of an exclusive nightclub experience. The WME Lounge is known to attract a celebrity guest list along with brands like Nylon, Lyft and AT&T hosting their own festivities.

MACRO Lounge

The MACRO Lounge will be back at Park City for another year of panels and events highlighting up-and-comers in the film industry. A fireside chat with Jada Pinkett Smith will entertain attendees and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is planning to attend the after party for documentary entry Knock Down the House on Sunday, January 27th. The annual invitation-only Midnight Macro Party will also return and is scheduled for the night of Saturday, January 26th.

 

Photo: Usher at Sundance

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Photo: Common at Sundance

Photo: Ryan Reynolds and James Franco at Sundance / Jonathan Leibson – Getty Images

Photo: Sundance Film Festival / Gustavo Caballero – Getty Images

7 Travel Destinations for a Winter Getaway

Winter travel season is one of the best with snow-capped mountains and cozy luxury hideaways making for a perfect vacation. Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes for an active trip, or get away to a place where winter months are filled with sunshine, you can take advantage of your vacation time by booking a trip for a change of scenery.

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Belize

Who needs freezing cold temperatures when you can book a stay on this beautiful Caribbean Island? Sandy, white beaches are guaranteed with the weather perfect for diving into the sparkling blue ocean. Explore Belize’s ancient Mayan ruins or hike through lush jungles for an adventurous trip to remember.

 

Photo: Belize

St. Barts

Head to this French West Indies Island for boating, kayaking, and numerous other ways to enjoy their sunny winter days. You’ll have plenty of time to experience the ocean with 14 public beaches to choose from for your preferred place to lounge. The historical island has museums and 17th century architecture that will let you take in some culture alongside your time relaxing.

 

Photo: St Barts

Colombia

Explore beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants, and bustling marketplaces when you visit Colombia. Their busy season starts in December and lasts throughout the winter with many travelling from all over the world to take in the picturesque landscapes. If you’re a fan of nightlife, head to the capital city of Bogota for a night out on the town in this exciting South American country.

 

Photo: Colombia

Rome

While it doesn’t offer warm weather or ocean waves, visiting Rome during winter means you can avoid maneuvering the crowds to make the most out of your travel time. Experience Rome’s rich culture through visiting the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and all the city’s best landmarks while indulging in authentic Italian cuisine that’s sure to make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Rome

New Zealand

If you’re looking to avoid any hint of winter during your vacation, New Zealand is the place for you. With opposite seasons to North America, their summery months beginning in December will keep you nice and warm enjoying their bright, sunny days. The breathtaking scenery throughout the country is unmatched with rainforests and gardens to natural coves providing a feast for your eyes.

 

Photo: New Zealand

Moscow

For those who want to embrace winter wholeheartedly, try visiting Moscow for an unexpectedly perfect place to have a great winter experience. With weather similar to U.S. cities during the winter, you’ll appreciate the change of scenery with palatial buildings as a backdrop and a tourist-free experience. Winter is the height of Moscow’s theater season, allowing you to take in some cultural Eastern European entertainment.

 

Photo: Moscow

Costa Rica

Try your luck in this coastal getaway that ranges from dry to rainy during North American winter months. This tourist hot spot will be all yours with beautiful shorelines ready for surfing and a one-of-a-kind selection of wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. The vibrant greenery will make its mark as you take in the sights of this Central American locale.

 

Photo: Costa Rica

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7 Romantic Escapes for an Intimate Getaway

When you want to do something special for a significant other, sometimes indulging in a romantic getaway is the perfect way to show you care. There are cities around the world for you to take in breathtaking scenery, expansive landscapes, and cozy experiences that will bring you closer together during your vacation. Take your relationship to the next level when you journey to any of these romantic destinations.

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Napa

Head to the world-famous California wine region to sip some of nature’s nectar throughout your private escape. The magnificent, wine country scenery is sure to put you in the mood whether it’s a special day or just a weekend alone. Dine at Napa’s chic restaurants and take a wine tour to get the most out of your trip.

 

Photo: Castello di Amorosa

Photo: Napa – Zocha Group

St. Lucia

Explore this intimate Caribbean island with abundant greenery and breathtaking views of the coastline. Book a luxury stay at Sugar Beach Resort to reserve a piece of paradise all to yourself. Windsurfing and sailing will keep you busy as you spend some time with your significant other taking in the fresh ocean breeze.

 

Photo: Sugar Beach St. Lucia

Photo: St. Lucia – Grace Ormonde

Los Cabos

The many luxurious resorts in this Mexican city give you plenty of options as you and your loved one enjoy the warm weather and sandy beaches. You’ll have a perfect view of the ocean to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales by day, while spending your nights enjoying fresh seafood on the water with the sound of the waves behind you.

 

Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Photo: Sea Esta Cabo

Bora Bora

You’ll have your own private bungalow above the Polynesian ocean when you stay at the iconic Four Seasons in Bora Bora. You’ll spend your days snorkeling and jet skiing on the crystal clear water and your nights looking up at the stars over a candlelight dinner. The unique environment of caves, lagoons and volcanoes is sure to transport you into a sea of romance.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Buenos Aires

The bohemian air of the city will free your mind of stress when you and your loved one wander the cobblestone streets to admire the historic cultural atmosphere. Stay in the palatial hotels for a luxury retreat in the vibrant, Argentinean city overflowing with culture.

 

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palm Springs

This Southern California getaway outside of Los Angeles is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The year round warm weather means you can dive into a pool at any time in the luxury resorts or private home rentals in the area. There’s plenty of shopping in the downtown area or stay active through hiking the desert trails nearby.

 

Photo: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

Photo: Palm Springs

Bali

Take a trip to this up-and-coming destination to lounge in paradise. With some of the most romantic hotels in the world, you’ll get a view of the Indian Ocean no matter where you stay on this Indonesian island hideaway. Traditional Kecak fire dances may be just what you need to light a spark during your private vacation.

 

Photo: Viceroy Bali

Photo: Kecak Fire Dance by Joel Santos

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A Lavish Winter Retreat in Aspen

As the warm weather starts to fade, many are beginning to plan winter getaways in cities fit for skiing, snowboarding and enjoying the snow-covered scenery. A world-renowned destination for winter luxury is Aspen, Colorado—the perfect place to indulge with extravagant hotels, decadent restaurants, and a bustling nightlife scene to keep you warm. Head to Aspen to take in the city’s lavish culture during your winter vacation.

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Hotels

Book your stay in Aspen to experience world-class service in an unforgettable atmosphere. The Little Nell is rated as one of the best hotels in the city with rooms overlooking the Aspen Mountains and a ski concierge team to handle all your needs for the slopes. Your stay will be eco-friendly at the Limelight Hotel, offering up bike rentals to make your way through the village. The modern design is sure to impress with floor-to-ceiling windows and chic, mountain-inspired décor. The historic Hotel Jerome, built in 1889, boasts top notch service to make your stay exceptional. The on-site Auberge Spa, luxury car chauffeur and twice-daily maid service is just the tip of the iceberg in giving guests the luxury Aspen experience.

 

Photo: The Little Nell

Photo: Hotel Jerome

Restaurants

Aspen’s world-class cuisine is part of the draw as your taste buds will relish in the city’s array of fine dining experiences. A hot spot for a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian and Spanish dining, Bosq is a destination worth visiting for their worldly flavors. You’ll luck out if you’re staying at The Little Nell as their contemporary restaurant Element 47 is known for its creative dishes and outstanding wine program. Try out Colorado’s first venue from Chef Nobu at Matsuhisa, showcasing his famous Japanese dishes in an updated Victorian-style house. Jimmy’s is also a delicious choice for fine dining with its American fare that will make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Element 47

Photo: Matsuhisa

Nightlife

Known for its lively scene, Aspen will have you partying until dawn as you mix and mingle with the city’s other visitors. Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar is a hot spot for a night out with its sophisticated Western style and 100-year history. If you’re into live music, Belly Up is a necessity as they drawn in international artists to bring some energy to the town. If nightclubs are your thing, Escobar’s trendy vibe will keep you dancing all night long with DJs, dancing and bottle service right at your fingertips. Just like its LA predecessor, Bootsy Bellows in Aspen also ushers in a club element to your night in the city’s iconic Crystal Palace building.

 

Photo: Bootsy Bellows Aspen

Photo: Escobar

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Los Angeles’ Best Australian-Inspired Eats

If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of these hot spots for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.

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Great White

This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.

 

Photo: Great White Venice

Photo: Great White Venice

Maude / Gwen

These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.

 

Photo: Gwen Los Angeles

Photo: Maude Los Angeles

Bondi Harvest

This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

 

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

E.P. & L.P.

A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Little Ruby

Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

 

Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Paramount Coffee Project

Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

 

Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Point Five

This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

 

Photo: Point Five

Photo: Point Five

Pollen

Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

 

Photo: Pollen Echo Park

Photo: Pollen Echo Park

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5 of the Best Golf Resorts in the US

For golf lovers, a vacation isn’t complete without finding a place to try out their skills in a new city. Instead of tracking down a golf course to visit, consider staying right onsite at a golf resort made for indulging in your favorite pastime. These impressive resorts around the country offer up lavish amenities that will make your golfing getaway worthwhile.

 

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Head to Hawaii’s big island to explore the tropical paradise of Mauna Kea. Overlooking the white sands of the Kauna’oa Beach, the resort’s award-winning championship golf course can’t be matched as it set the standard for golfing in Hawaii. Their over-the-ocean 3rd hole is a draw for many, but there are plenty of places off the course that also attract guests from around the world. Suites with panoramic ocean balcony views and restaurants with delectable island cuisine make it hard to leave when you stay at this breathtaking Pacific Ocean resort.

 

Photo: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – Zach Stovall

Photo: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Golf Course

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Head to this luxurious California resort to be taken away into a Mediterranean-inspired ambiance. Boasting the largest circular pool in the world, Pelican Hill will be the perfect escape with its hillside villas that overlook the ocean. The beauty of the property is an added touch to your days spent golfing on either of their 18-hole seaside courses. With six restaurants and a lavish spa, this world-class resort experience will give you a one-of-a-kind golfing vacation.

 

Photo: The Resort at Pelican Hill

Photo: The Resort at Pelican Hill

The American Club

This historical 100-year-old building turned golf resort is an elegant representation of classic Wisconsin architecture paired with modern amenities that will make any golfer feel at home. The five-star and five-diamond hotel has four golf courses along with activities like canoeing, archery, and many more that will get you in touch with the great outdoors. You’ll be surrounded by scenery to take in a relaxing day when you stay at this iconic Midwest destination.

 

Photo: The American Club

Photo: The American Club

Pebble Beach Resorts

This well-known resort on California’s Monterey Peninsula is a dream come true for golfers that appreciate breathtaking scenery. The coastal location is home to four courses and three choices of lodging to cater to your every need. The Lodge has an elegant feel with views of the oceanside. The Inn at Spanish Bay overlooks the dunes creating a romantic escape. The Casa Palmero lodging boasts a Mediterranean look with the ultimate privacy for a hideaway stay.

 

Photo: Pebble Beach Resorts

Photo: Pebble Beach Resorts

Bandon Dunes

Explore the terrain at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Oregon to get a taste of the Pacific. Their five unique courses attract golfers from around the world looking to experience the breezy weather and ocean views. Their choice of five lodging options and impeccable service will be just what you need after a long day of play. With terrain reminiscent of where golf originated along Scotland’s shores, golf lovers are sure to be in for a treat at this Northwest Pacific getaway.

 

Photo: Bandon Dunes

Photo: Bandon Dunes

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7 Tropical Winter Holiday Getaways

Sometimes the best way to spend the holidays is to escape the cold by staying inside during dropping temperatures. However if you’d really like to get away, escape altogether by choosing a tropical destination for a warm-weather winter. Spend the holiday season having some fun in the sun during a beachy winter vacation.

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Antigua

Slowly becoming a star in the Caribbean Islands, Antigua’s selection of modern and luxurious resorts will have you forgetting all about the brisk winter back home. Their impressive Hermitage Bay Resort gives you options of a beachside suite or hillside cabana depending on your preferred landscape for relaxation.

 

Photo: Hermitage Bay Antigua

Photo: Antigua

Australia

Fly across the Pacific to Queensland, Australia and experience their unique Lizard Island Resort. Located right on the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll have the ultimate privacy to spend quality time celebrating your holiday. The island also boasts some of the best snorkeling in the world, so prepare for some underwater exploration to get the most out of your stay.

 

Photo: Lizard Island Resort – Conde Nast

Photo: Great Barrier Reef – Iborisoff/Istock

Indonesia

Any tropical escape should include palm trees and a clear blue ocean—head to Indonesia for the best of the best when it comes to a serene vacation. Bali is a popular hot spot for crystal-clear waters and white, sandy beaches. Book a room at The Mulia to relax and take in infinite views of the sun setting over the horizon.

 

Photo: The Mulia – Bali

Photo: Bali, Indonesia

Fiji

Travel to the South Pacific and explore Wakaya Island in Fiji for a holiday getaway to remember. The Wakaya Club & Spa is a secluded locale filled with outdoor gardens growing fresh vegetables and herbs, and finely decorated interiors that will place you in the lap of luxury.

 

Photo: The Wakaya Club & Spa

Photo: Wakaya Island

Mexico

Who needs a white Christmas when you have a private blue plunge pool right outside your villa? If you book your stay at the Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen you’ll be able to rejuvenate as you get some sun on your private deck, or take on an adventure with diving lessons and horseback riding.

 

Photo: Viceroy Riviera Maya

Photo: Viceroy Riviera Maya

Dominican Republic

Since the holidays are a time for family, The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real may be the right resort for you if you book a trip to Punta Cana. Their luxury yet family-friendly space offers restaurants, spa and yoga amenities along with babysitting services to ensure some well-needed private time.

 

Photo: The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort

Photo: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Anguilla

This small island is considered one of the best in the Caribbean for any time of year, but their 80-degree winter temperatures make it a go-to for those seeking warm weather. If you book your stay at the Frangipani Beach Resort on Meads Bay, you’ll have an intimate holiday getaway overlooking the sparkling blue ocean.

 

Photo: Villa, Frangipani Beach Resort

Photo: Anguilla

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

21st birthdays are a rite of passage for young people ready to explore the variety of fun venues Los Angeles has to offer. With such an exciting celebration to plan, narrowing down the right places to go can be difficult when checking out venues beforehand may not be an option. Coming up with a creative 21st birthday idea for yourself or your loved one can make all the difference in kicking off the year to a lively start.

Photo: Los Angeles – Zocha Group

 

Activities

A newfound taste for wine is sure to develop after a 21st birthday visit to the Tasting Room at Malibu Wines. The rustic destination will let you and your group try out their variety of selections along with enjoying live music and events on the weekend. For a more adrenaline-fueled birthday event, Exotics Racing lets you experience some of the fastest cars on the planet at their private speedway. Sit in with a professional driver during a drifting thrill ride or take the wheel yourself for a high-octane escape. If laid back fun is more of your b-day style, book a lane at the trendy Highland Park Bowl for beers with friends, or reserve a karaoke room with bottle service at the speakeasy destination Break Room 86.

 

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

Photo: Exotics Racing

Dining

A chic 21st birthday dinner can create the best memories and in Los Angeles, you can choose from any of the thriving selection of hot spots to make the moment special. Dine at Catch for a beautiful rooftop location with a stylish crowd to match. For an intimate hideaway, reserve a table at Delilah in their vintage-inspired setting fit with burlesque dancers and the occasional live jazz performance. If the West side is more your speed, head to rooftop spot Elephante to take in the sunset while enjoying the Californian and Southern Italian menu of delicious eats.

 

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Elephante Santa Monica

Photo: Delilah LA

Day Partying

Sometimes celebrating during the day is the answer, and LA’s unbeatable weather will ensure a perfect 21st birthday atmosphere. Head to EP & LP and book Frankie’s Private Bar to ring in the day with all your closest friends, or lounge at their open seating patio for a casual toast under the sun. Santa Monica’s neighborhood favorite The Bungalow is a great destination for a birthday with plenty of tables to reserve for your special day. The colorful Hollywood rooftop spot Mama Shelter also makes for an Instagram-worthy celebration, or book a poolside room at The Roosevelt Hotel to have a prime location at their weekend pool parties without even leaving your hotel.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: Mama Shelter

Nightclubs

The best part of any 21st birthday is showing your newly legal ID at the hottest nightclubs in town. Warwick is a go to for a birthday bash with their large space and extravagant décor creating the perfect backdrop to your night. Try out Avenue and experience their modern indoor space connected to a vibrant atrium garden. One of the most exclusive spots in the city is the A-list favorite Poppy, boasting DJs and world-renowned musical performances in the whimsical setting.

 

Photo: Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Avenue LA

Photo: Poppy LA

Bars & Speakeasies

Gathering with friends at a bar is a great way to have a 21st birthday with a little something for everyone. The most recent Houston Hospitality venue Madame Siam will have you dancing the night away in their energetic circus-themed space. Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees is also a prime option for laid back dancing with their hip hop room and main room blasting a mix of throwback selections. For those who prefer games over a dance floor, Casey’s Irish Pub lets you try their Irish whiskey and beer selections while practicing your skills in skee ball, ping pong, pool and plenty more.

 

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Tenants of the Trees

Photo: Casey’s Irish Pub

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Photo: Malibu Wines – See Shop Eat Do

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Warwick LA

Photo: Madame Siam

 

7 Unique Destinations for an Adventurous Honeymoon Experience

After tying the knot, it’s a long held tradition for couples to hop on a plane and begin their marriage with a trip to a romantic destination. Many locations are popular for newlyweds due to idyllic weather or a relaxing atmosphere, but for more adventurous couples, exploring a little-known locale is the key to kicking off an exciting marriage. Explore any of these one-of-a-kind places that will be an experience to remember for your honeymoon getaway.

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Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya

Animal lover couples will be right at home when honeymooning at this picturesque sanctuary for one of Kenya’s most extraordinary animals. If you’ve ever wanted a giraffe to peek its head into your bedroom window, you’ll be living the dream as the elegant animals peruse the property to mingle with guests.

 

Photo: Giraffe Manor

Photo: Giraffe Manor

Makepeace Island – Noosa North Shore, Queensland, Australia

You’ll have a private, heart-shaped island all to yourself when you reserve the Australian home of Virgin mogul Richard Branson. The secluded space combines nature and luxury to give you a serene atmosphere where you’re sure to enjoy newlywed life.

 

Photo: Makepeace Island

Photo: Makepeace Island

Amangiri – Salt Lake City, Utah

The unforgettable desert landscape surrounding Amangiri will put you in a romantic mood as you get a view of some of the most majestic rock formations in the country. With opportunities to kayak, take a hot air balloon tour, or a guided horseback ride, adventure awaits on this couples retreat to remember.

 

Photo: Amangiri

Photo: Amangiri

Pangkor Laut Resort – Negeri Perak, Malaysia

Spend a tropical honeymoon in Malaysia and book the Sea Villa at Pangkor Laut for a romantic paradise in a bungalow built on stilts above the water. The exotic wildlife and delicious cuisine are the cherry on top of the intimate destination perfect for you and your beau.

 

Photo: Pangkor Laut Resort

Photo: Pangkor Laut Resort Sea Villa

Skylodge Adventure Suites – Urubamba, Peru

Only the most adrenaline-seeking couples book their honeymoon this sky lodge suspended by metal cables 1,200 feet in the air. You’ll have an exhilarating view overlooking the valley below through the glass construction. Camping will never be the same after daring to begin married life with the thrill of a cliffside stay.

 

Photo: Skylodge Adventure Suites

Photo: Photo: Skylodge Adventure Suites

Bran Castle – Bran, Romania

For those who appreciate historic architecture in a mythical environment, Bran Castle may be the right choice for you. Its inspiration for the setting of Count Dracula (giving it the nickname Dracula’s Castle) brings a mysterious element to the property that will make your stay one for the storybooks.

 

Photo: Bran Castle

Photo: Bran Castle

Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel – Coquimbo Region, Chile

The stars are at your fingertips when you stay in the dome-shaped rooms at Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel. With dwellings complete with a living room and outer terrace, the retractable roof will let you and your sweetheart find constellations in the night sky and can even get educated during an astronomy tour.

 

Photo: Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel

Photo: Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel

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