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What to Do

Powell’s Books

A visit to Portland is not complete without stopping by one of the most iconic independent bookstores, Powell’s City of Books in the upscale Pearl District. One could easily spend an entire day here with the many floors and stacks of books in this massive bookstore. We even found our hardcover book, Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure on the shelves! You can also grab a copy on their website.

Portland Japanese Gardens

The gardens made me feel like I teleported to Kyoto. The Portland Japanese Gardens are located in the West Hills and are incredibly peaceful. On a clear day, you can even experience spectacular views of Mount Hood. You can pre-purchase timed tickets online. $18.95 per adult.

Catch the Sunset from Portland City Grill

Great spot for almost 360 views of PDX from the 30th floor.

Alberta Arts District

This was one of our favorite areas in Portland. Thanks to how multicultural the Alberta Arts District is, the neighborhood is super vibrant with tons of colorful murals and endless trendy restaurants and boutiques. Every inch of the place is photogenic. Explore the area on your own or on a good tour with Eat Adventures!

Day trip to Portland’s Wine Country, Willamette Valley

With over 200 wineries, tons of farmer’s markets and beautiful scenery, the Willamette Valley is the perfect place to spend a day sipping on some of Portland’s best wines and it’s only quick 30 minute drive from downtown. Our favorite wineries were Domaine Roy & fils and Fairsing Vineyard.

Day Trip to Multnomah Falls

This stunning waterfall is an Instagram favorite and is so easy to get to from PDX. You can get there by car or take a shuttle from Portland’s Gateway Transit Center to the falls. Round trip fares are $10.

Where to Eat

Bollywood Theater

In the Alberta Arts District, this spot serves up very authentic Indian street food and Instagrammable interiors.

Bunk Sandwiches

Your go-to spot for a sandwich fix, especially their grilled cheese.

Shalom y’all

We absolutely loved the vibe of this location downtown. The space is small and cozy but the best spot to have lunch is at the gorgeous bar. The service was friendly and the food is just sublime.

1927 s’mores co.

Located downtown, 1927 s’mores co. is the most charming little slice of heaven. The moment you walk in you feel like you’re entering summer camp and the s’mores take you right back to your childhood.

Tusk

Dinner at Tusk elevates the Middle Eastern dining experience. The romantic and trendy ambiance is incredible and the delicious dishes are creative while also maintaining the authenticity of the Mediterranean cuisine.

Hey Love

Fun spot for drinks and group friendly.

Where to Caffeinate

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

We love the location inside the Ace Hotel thanks to its retro ambiance, cozy couches and delicious coffee. Pictured here: Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure book.

Case Study Coffee

We absolutely loved this cozy coffee shop in the heart of downtown. Gorgeous interior, friendly service and delicious coffee.

Where to Stay

The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

This luxury hotel in the centrally located, Downtown PDX has one of the most beautiful views of the city from their rooftop, Departures. The excellent service is consistent with the Luxury Collection hotels and the posh aesthetic makes for a perfect stay.

Ace Hotel

One of our favorites in PDX, the Ace Hotel is a classic. The hipster and vintage style is perfectly aligned with the PDX vibe. It’s located in the Pearl District, making it super easy to explore the area by foot with easy access to some of the city’s top restaurants, bars and shops.

Woodlark Hotel

The interior design of the Woodlark is an Instagrammer’s dream. Light and airy spaces, vintage vibes and lovely attention to detail. Located Downtown.

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Finding The Perfect Holiday Accommodations

When you want to take a trip, one of the biggest considerations you need to think of is accommodation, so that you can find the perfect space to relax and unwind in after a day spent exploring and enjoying exhilarating adventures. Your perfect holiday property must offer you the exact services and facilities you want so that you can enjoy the holiday experience you desire. Here are some of the best ways you can find the best holiday accommodations to suit your needs and leave you free to make great memories.

Hotels Come In All Shapes And Sizes

When searching for your ideal base from which to explore during your trip, it’s important that you examine all of the amenities and services it has to offer. There are lots of different types of hotel for those that want to stay somewhere with regular service, ranging from small boutique hotels through to expansive luxury establishments.

Villas Are Perfect For Those Who Want Peace And Quiet On Their Holiday

If you’re keen to enjoy privacy during your trip and unwind in your own space, then consider renting a luxury villa. When visiting somewhere hot for a relaxing break, such as the Greek islands, it is important that you have your own space in which to relax and recline by the pool.

An Apartment Gives You Great Facilities In A Contained Space

For travellers looking for a self-contained accommodation that has lots of shared amenities, renting an apartment could be the ideal solution. You’ll be able to combine the peace and quiet of your own property with shared facilities such as pools, leisure spaces and even fitness suites and bars. Once you’ve enjoyed the communal facilities you want you can retreat to your own apartment for some rest and relaxation.

Staying In Someone’s Home Can Give You The Chance To Immerse Yourself In A New Culture

Learning about a new culture during your trip is a great way to broaden your mind, and the best way to do this is to stay with local residents, who will be able to advise you on the attractions and places that you should visit and share tips that only a local will know. There’s plenty of platforms that allow you to find families based around the world who are willing to let you stay in their home during your trip.

Mobile Homes Can Help You See More During Your Trip

One of the best ways to make the most out of your holiday is to travel around and see as much as possible, and for this renting a mobile home is the perfect solution. You’ll be able to travel and see as much as you’d like, then rather than returning to your hotel, you can simply sleep in your transport. There are many different types of caravans out there for you to choose from, so you can select the best option for your trip and take it on an exciting adventure.

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An Insider’s Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City blew me away with their majestic detailed architecture, storied history, rich culture and, of course, its endlessly friendly locals. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Between the bowls of delicious pho my mother and I slurped, washed down with refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee, always, between the wild honking of horns every hour of the day, between the playful interactions between the children we met along our journey – we became smitten with Vietnam’s two cities. Here is an Insider’s Guide to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi

Hanoi, the cultural capital of Vietnam, has endless sights and destinations to see. Truly, the best moments in Hanoi happen in a flash. And luckily, the city is extremely walkable, so we were able to soak in every fleeting, beautiful moment.

Old Quarter

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is endlessly interesting. You’ll find locals hanging the laundry out to dry, colorful displays outside of family owned businesses and restaurants, souvenir shops galore and spices wafting through every inch of the area.

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Cong Caphe

This cafe was so adorable! Cong Caphe is a trendy cafe chain in Hanoi, with nostalgic twist. I highly recommend a visit!

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Loading T

If you love architecture, make a stop at Loading T Cafe! It’s located in an aged, French colonial home with the most gorgeous tiled floors. Their menu is filled with all sorts of treats, perfect for a break while walking around the city. And, obviously, order their Vietnamese iced coffee! (I’m not kidding, if you travel and love coffee… Hanoi is your place!)

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Lotte Hotel

Take a look at these views, and ask me how beautiful this hotel is. I couldn’t recommend the Lotte Hotel more! Waking up to the sprawling Hanoi city skyline below us was a dream come true. It felt like we were able to wake up in the clouds every morning. Add delicious pho and Vietnamese iced coffee delivered fresh for room service into the mix? If I weren’t such an adventurer, I’d stay here all day long!

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An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi Railway Street

The tightly compacted Railway Street in the Old Quarter is so stunning. Yes, trains do pass by regularly! You’ll see the daily trips locals make to and from their homes (which are scary close to the tracks). I love little areas like this. It feels like a slice of authentic Vietnam every traveler dreams of.

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An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

St. Joseph Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral is a French colonial cathedral was constructed in 1882, with neo-Gothic/Parisian inspired architecture. It truly stands out in the city – and even I caught myself thinking I was somewhere in France when we passed by!

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An Insider's Guide To Hanoi
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City delighted us in every way. The bustling former capital of Vietnam, also known as “Saigon” is busting at the seams with energy and life. You’ll find much more traffic, crows and chaos – but also serene scenes of local life, adorable neighborhoods and temples galore. Here’s some of my favorite finds in Ho Chi Minh City.

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Cafe Gian Giao

Translated loosely, Cafe Gian Giao means “Cafe Scaffolding” – which is obviously inspired by the industrial, constructional vibe of the eatery. You’ll find traditional fishing canoes filled with plants next to concrete electricity poles. It’s a totally unique place to grab a bite that I’d highly recommend!

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels

Travelers who want to learn more about the Vietnam War should definitely check out the tunnels of Cu Chi. The immense maze of connected tunnels shows how ingenious the Vietnamese battle plans were. So many traps, puzzles and mazes! It’s impressive to experience each long and thin tunnel… just be sure to not get lost!

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Independence Palace

Independence Palace, or the Reunification Palace, was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. Visitors can visit the well preserved palace, including its original tanks from the Vietnam War, its quiet gardens, secret rooms and command bunker!

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Caravelle Hotel

The Caravelle was once home to the Australian and New Zealand Embassy, and the main center of communication during the Vietnam war… but now it’s become quite a fabled placed. It’s featured in many Vietnamese books! It’s worth a trip to see for yourself!

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Opera House

You don’t have to be an opera aficionado to appreciate this gem! The concert hall puts on regular performances… so be sure to check out what is playing when you visit.

People’s Committee Of Ho Chi Minh City

The grand and opulent exterior of the People’s Committee building is a sight to behold! The building serves as the City Hall, so it’s not open to visitors – but the outside is stunning.

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An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel is a perfectly situated hotel in Saigon. Our accommodations were super welcoming and warm (always appreciated!), and I absolutely adored the overgrown greenery in its open air spaces. Gorgeous!

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Notre Dame Cathedral

Another French-inspired Cathedral in the heart of Vietnam. The Notre Dame Cathedral (of Ho Chi Minh City that is, not Paris!) had all of its intricate tiles and materials shipped in from France. It’s a great place to see some of the European influence in the city right downtown.

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Central Post Office

Saigon’s Central Post Office’s yellow and green exterior is a stunner. You’ll find tourists galore here, taking photos and exploring its expansive interiors. It’s a great spot to mail a post card or letter home while in Vietnam (while also getting some stunning photographs).

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Explore Saigon’s Bustling Streets

Of course, take some time out of your schedule to just soak in all of Ho Chi Minh’s busy street life. I loved snapping photograph after photograph of every scene that unfolded in the city. So many flowers, overgrown greenery, waves upon waves of motorbikes and colorful exteriors of the downtown area.

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An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

The Loft

The Loft’s white bricked interiors are so welcoming! This cafe is actually up above an art gallery, where you’ll find marble tables, lots of natural light… and of course, delicious Vietnamese iced coffee! It’s the perfect place to take a break while exploring.

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An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

The Reverie

Feast your eyes! The Reverie is a bedazzled jewel of a hotel, offering some of the most opulent lodgings in the country. The interior decor is endlessly detailed and intricate, I loved exploring the different rooms and lobby areas – just soaking in all the color and textures. It’s truly an unrivaled beauty in Vietnam!

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An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

Thien Hau Temple

As a culture loving traveler, I always take the time to research the important historical and religious sites wherever I go. The Thein Hau Temple was a must-do in my book, as it was dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu and the deified form of Lin Moniang – who saved her family from a typhoon with her powers. I loved watching the locals come to the alter and lighting incense. It’s always a blessing to be able to experience these sort of places first hand!

An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City
An Insider's Guide To Hanoi And Ho Chi Minh City

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Hotels We Love: Courtyard Marriott Gare De Lyon

Hotels We Love: Courtyard Marriott Gare De Lyon

Paris’s infatuation with artists and craftsman has long drawn travelers from around the world to its city center. Watercolor scenes being painted by the Seine, writers drafting poetry in cafes… it’s a dream many romantics long to experience themselves. That being said, I’ve never seen in a hotel with such kinship to its artistic history until my stay at Courtyard Paris Marriott Gare De Lyon.

The Courtyard Marriott Gare De Lyon just opened in October and has truly made a mark in the Paris hotel scene! I loved how its fresh, modern, minimal style stands out amongst the traditionally Parisian-styled lodgings of the city. Like a breath of fresh air, the hotel hopes to inspire the future of Paris’s lodgings with its intentional details – like USB ports perfect for international travelers and an incredible foodie culture happening within its kitchen (more on this later in the post)!

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Inspired by the surrounding area’s craftsmanship-focused neighborhood, you’ll find the hotel flanked by local handmade shops and lots of lovely little details inside that nod to the passion of makers and dreamers of Paris. Additionally, you’ll find nearby sights Rue Crémieux, the cutest rue of pastel colored homes, and Coulée verte René-Dumont. But if you’re hoping to really see all of the city of light, the hotel is just walking distance from the Gare De Lyon station… making it a convenient resting place for travelers really hitting the town.

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The Courtyard Paris Gare De Lyon also boasts 360 degree views of the city, showcasing the iconic buildings of Paris. From the Eiffel Tower, to the Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur and la Defense, you can see it all from many of the guest rooms! Not many hotels can claim this to their name. It was magical to see the city sparkle late at night from my home away from home.

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But truly what I believe sets The Courtyard Gare De Lyon apart is its commitment to its culinary art. Mélissa Ravel, the chef to the hotel, cooks with local, seasonal ingredients and is truly a genius! Her dishes were packed with delicate flavors and authentic nods to tradition with a twist. It was so inspiring to see how Mélissa combines textures, spices and classically French dishes with such care.  Do not miss a meal here! Mélissa truly is an artist in the kitchen.

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When in Paris, The Courtyard Marriott Gare De Lyon is the perfect home for travelers who admire the detailed and industrious charm of the Gare De Lyon neighborhood.


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An Insider’s Guide To Lebanon

An Insider's Guide To Lebanon

In Lebanon you’ll find Ancient Roman ruins and upscale restaurants and shops within a short stroll of each other, relics of ancient Christianity scattered throughout its countryside and the most beautiful coastal blues. Travelers may be weary to pack their bags and call Lebanon their destination of choice, but this Western Asian country so often overlooked by travelers is one of my favorite destinations EVER. I honestly believe it should be on more traveler’s bucket lists!

Lebanon’s long held history of warfare has turned a corner. For two years, peace has reigned over its major cities. Major businesses have come back to downtown Beirut, as have upscale designer brands and luxury restaurants, and I felt nothing but safe during my time here. The locals of Lebanon were warm, welcoming and so kind, each one pronouncing their love of their country.

I’m so excited to share my insider’s guide to Lebanon, a country that has me absolutely smitten!

An Insider's Guide To Lebanon

Where To Stay

Four Seasons Beirut

Sitting in the heart of the most ideal area of Beirut, The Four Seasons Beirut is our choice of residency when in Lebanon. A sleek landmark on the edge of the Mediterranean, we were blown away by the hotel’s warm and welcoming hospitality and love of luxury.

Be sure to experience their rooftop to see the city shine from a new perspective and soak in their pool for a quick, relaxing dip in between your explorations.

If there’s one thing I learned quickly during my time in Lebanon, it’s that the food here is unreal! I was constantly blown away at the feasts this property presented every day!

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Mir Amin Palace Hotel

Lebanon has everything from city life to the seaside, to snow capped mountains as well as the country side. After you’ve conquered the city, you can escape the Mont Libnan.  This hotel is the perfect setting for any dreamer who loves the old world mixed with new. Set in an 1800’s royal residence, this polished and ancient hotel on the green Mont Libnan mountainsides is a magnificently luxurious place to rest your head. The panoramic views of the mountains and maintained gardens are so beautiful. We made a day visit here so even if you don’t stay, lunch here is just as beautiful of an experience.

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Where To Eat

La Creperie

This family owned restaurant was one of my absolute faves in Lebanon. Located in the coastal town of Jounieh, this impeccably decorated restaurant that feels like a home is perched on the hillsides looking over the bay.

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Capitole

This rooftop bar has one of the best views of St. George’s church. Capitole is a staple in Lebanese night life, so come for the sunset and stay well into the night sipping cocktails!

Iris

Iris is another rooftop bar, but with a serious party attached to it. Full of great ambience and a stylish vibe.

Babel Bahr

Can you tell that Lebanon is proud of its seaside views? Babel Bar is perched right above the sea, serving fresh fish from the ocean below. It’s slightly costly, but worth it, in my opinion!

Em Sherif Cafe

If you want a taste of authentic Lebanese cuisine, Em Sherif Cafe is THE place to go!

Saray

This downtown Beirut restaurant is another staple for Lebanese cuisine!

Wineries

Many visitors are completely unaware of this – but Lebanon as amazing wineries! Try Kefraya Winery, Ixsir Winery, or Ksara Winery during your visit. I was so blown away at how delicious their wines were!

Where To Go

Downtown Beirut

After settling in to your hotel, I’d highly recommend exploring downtown Beirut by foot. Walking your way through the city, you’ll see many recently renovated buildings from after the war, Lebanon is rebuilding its roots each and every day. And while its shopping area is filled with big designer brands, the ancient architecture still remains, bold and worn, in juxtaposition with the modern buildings being renovated.

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Beirut Souks

For all of your shopping needs with modern stores and old Lebanese architecture.

An Insider's Guide To Lebanon

Harissa & Our Lady Of Lebanon Sanctuary

Harissa is an incredibly special place for Christians. Here, atop the town, Our Lady Of Lebanon Sanctuary embraces the skies. This incredibly statue and shrine of Mary looks down onto the Lebanon countryside and seaside, glowing and giving hope to the people below.

This pilgrimage site is a path for millions of wanderers from both Christian and Muslim faiths from around the world. Seeing it with my own eyes was incredibly touching.

Be sure to visit on a clear day and take the cable car to see the most spectacular views of Lebanon’s countryside and the mountains hugging the sea below. And be sure to walk the steps up to the statue, just like the millions of other visitors have done in the past.

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An Insider's Guide To Lebanon

An Insider's Guide To Lebanon

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Chouf

Take a short drive outside of Beirut to visit this mountains and Chouf’s stone town, and thank me later! This area is absolutely stunning and is surrounded by some of the most epic mountainsides.

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Jounieh

This coastal city near the Our Lady Of Lebanon shrine in Harissa is a gem! Visit its old stone souk, wonderful ports and take a gondola to the top of the mountains.

Zaitunay Bay

The Zaitunay Bay is a luxurious pit stop in your travels around Lebanon. It’s the epitome of touristic destinations, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t absolutely beautiful. This area is a must for people watching and taking part in various activities along the waterfront.

Pigeon Rock For Sunset

Pigeon Rock took my breath away. The roaring ocean crashing into the famous rock formation was so incredible to see as the sun set in the distance, making the sky turn purple and blue and pink. Take a stroll around the area, snap some photos and enjoy a drink at one of the waterfront cafes.

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Saifi Village

Saifi Village is a colorful, upscale neighborhood where each building is painted a pastel color unlike the next. It’s a total feast for the eyes!

An Insider's Guide To Lebanon

Byblos (Jbeil)

This beautiful, old port by the sea is one not to be missed. I’d recommend visiting a few hours before sunset to give yourself time to explore the old market and Roman ruins nearby. Just be sure not to miss the epic sunsets here! Seeing the day come to an end in such a stunning setting is incredible.

Jeita Grotto

Jeita Grotto is an expansive, interconnected limestone cave sculpted by water and time. Take a small boat in to the grotto to see it up close and personal!

Explore The Coastal Towns

Most travelers are completely unaware how coastal Lebanon is! I’d recommend nothing more than to take a day or so to explore the old, storied coastal towns of the country. Each one is unlike the next! Batroun features incredible blue waters, while Enfeh looks similar to the Greek homes you’d find on the islands, and Tyre is a great beach to enjoy on a hot day.

Visit The Lebanon Cedar Trees

The bible mentions that Lebanon’s cedars (known as the “Cedars Of God”) were carved as an adoration of Christ. Needless to say, taking in the Lebanon cedar trees that line the roads outside of the city is incredible. If you’re lucky, on your drive back to the mountains from the coastal towns, you can sometimes catch the fog laying on the mountains curves while the sun dances through them. It’s a magical sight to behold.


We’d like to give a huge thank you to Rana Marie who so graciously gave us so many of her recommendations as a Lebanese local! 

I hope this insider’s guide gives you a glimpse into an otherwise overlooked travel destination. Lebanon’s beauty, history and the warmth of its people is so special. I truly think it deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list!

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