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Camp Nelson Lodge

We all need a little break sometimes. For a true relaxing holiday, however, sometimes your ordinary beach resort just won’t do. In the tiny town of Camp Nelson (population: 97), you really feel like you’re getting away from it all. Fresh mountain air, lush forests and breathtaking views probably make this the most peaceful and relaxing place on earth. Unlike many worn-out lodges that you usually find in the mountains, Camp Nelson Lodge is a very pleasant surprise. All rooms have a designated theme but share the same warm decor and homey feeling. You won’t find a phone, television set or even a hair dryer, but you do get a big luxurious bed with comfy down pillows and a beautiful soft quilt for cold nights.  After a day of hiking, fishing or some of the other activities available, you can sit on the balcony to watch the sunset and take in the quietness of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are just around the corner and are definitely worth a visit too. So…leave your cell phone and laptop at home and immerse yourself in the beauty and peacefulness of Camp Nelson; we promise you will feel reborn.

  

  

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Number 11

Number 11 is definitely the most charming place to stay in Bruges. Even though prices are a little steep for a regular Bed & breakfast, the whole experience makes it worth it. Owner and host Carine Destrooper-Deprez ensures a warm welcome, makes one hell of a breakfast and is eager to share the city’s touristic highlights with you but also recommend great local restaurants. The 17th century house is located on a quiet street in the heart of Old Bruges and everything within the city walls is within walking distance. The whole house is beautifully furnished and the three guest rooms are named after their dominating color schemes: Vanilla, Chocolate and Grey-white. Next to the comfort (with so few rooms, it’s practically your home) and romantic ambiance, everything is arranged perfectly down to the smallest detail. The generous and far-reaching hospitality of the host is what sets this Bed & Breakfast apart from any luxury hotel in the area. Fun fact: several scenes from the movie In Bruges were filmed in Number 11, and actor Colin Farrell enjoyed a three-month stay in the guesthouse while making the movie.

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The Waverly Inn

This ordinary-looking restaurant seems to have the greatest appeal to everyone cool and famous. Why? – We’re not sure. Location: townhouse on a quiet street in Greenwich Village. Food: delicious but simple American specialties. Interior:  a lot of wood, chandeliers, paintings and a crackling fireplace to create a cozy atmosphere. One of the owners once explained: “The Waverly Inn is a neighborhood joint. Many of our neighbors just happen to be famous.”  At first glance, The Waverly Inn doesn’t appear to be the town’s most fashionable hot spot. However, if you manage to get a table you will instantly feel part of an exclusive dining club. This might be the reason why everyone from A-list celebrities to captains of industry have been fighting over reservations since the beginning. Luckily for us “rabble” it’s now possible to book a table online. The pricey menu is totally justified: anyone who fancies up a good old mac ‘n’ cheese with truffle deserves something extra!

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Clos Maggiore

For a true fairytale dining experience you take your loved one(s) to Clos Maggiore. This French fantasy just off Covent Garden’s busy square serves magical food and a very very extensive wine selection. In fact, the wine list is presented in an encyclopedia-sized book that every magician would envy!  Where’s the magic? – You’ll find it in the courtyard conservatory with its enchanting forest and starry sky. The crackling fire, dimmed lights and quietness create a warm and intimate atmosphere. Only bring your date here if you’re serious about him or her – this restaurant works like a love spell! Don’t forget to request for a table in the conservatory when making a reservation.

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