Destinations

Destinations

-Destinations-
BY Margaret Galush
 
-Destinations-
BY Belinda Lichty Clarke

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Evanston's New Venues Prove Everything is Cooler by the Lake

IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, Evanston has earned some serious cred as a destination just outside Chicago with all the perks of the big city and small town combined. It started with food, of course, with the entrance and incredible success of sustainable restaurant Found Kitchen and Social House (run by Morton Steakhouse heir Amy Morton). Now, with a flurry of new restaurants and the opening of several unique event venues, Evanston has become the latest all-in-one hub for the city residents, tourists and, yes, even groups.

Dining Out

Boise Combines Natural Beauty With International Flair

NESTLED ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IS THE CITY OF BOISE. Its name is French for wooded, and you need only view a panoramic shot of the City of Trees to see that its nickname is well deserved. This American beauty has plenty to offer visiting groups, conferences and conventions-from its unique cultural heritage activities to its vibrant wine scene and overabundance of scenic expeditions.

Bask in Boise’s Basque Culture

An Evening of Magic in Santa Monica

The stately 1920’s Hotel Casa Del Mar, which sits right on the sand in Santa Monica, is always a magical place to visit. But never more so than when Derek Hughes is in residence. A "modern conjurer" and comedian, he’s performing a show he calls Insomnia in a private suite on a half-dozen dates over the next few months. I caught a preview performance of Insomnia and it’s both astonishing and charming. The space where Hughes works his magic is limited to 50 guests, giving you a close-up view of the goings on and a chance to participate. Still, 

My Quick Kimpton Getaway

When I was invited on a combination staycation and quick getaway by Kimpton Hotels I quickly said yes. These boutique properties are among my favorite places to stay, especially since they welcome dogs of all sizes and breeds. That meant my golden retriever Carlos could come with me.

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