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5 Day Trips from San Francisco

While we love San Francisco and all its quirky neighborhoods and people, what we love more at Native of the North are those day trip adventures that take you into nature. The city itself isn’t very large, yet with the constant flow of tourism and a bustling city center, sometimes it feels a little congested. When it comes down to it, sometimes it’s just better to grab your friends, pack the car, and take to the road! We share our favorite five day trips from San Francisco. Pacifica Just two miles south of San Francisco, Pacifica is mostly known by beginner surfers and those looking for some fun, laid back waves. Mori Point boasts views of the vast Pacific Ocean along with the seemingly never-ending rolling, green hills and well-groomed paths hugging the coast. It’s best to pack a picnic and choose a spot with a view high above the town. But if you’re looking for a bite to eat, head towards the Pier in Sharp Park along Palmetto Avenue for your choice of French to …

From the Water to Air – Adventures on Grand Cayman Island

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the resort life, spending long days on the beautiful, white-sand beaches, sipping on cocktails at bars with unforgettable sea views, or rejuvenating yourself at the hotel’s on-site spa as the sun sets and soft sherbet colored skies float overhead. However, the Cayman Islands are full of activities for the adrenaline seekers to fashion lovers, and on the biggest of the three islands, Grand Cayman has it all. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do and hope they can help you make your Caribbean adventure the most memorable holiday yet. Water Adventures From diving and exploring a ship wreck to spending the day at sea on a catamaran cruise, find your perfect water-based adventure on the island. Choose between various diving expeditions, visiting the reefs, walls, or putting fears to the test with night-diving. Head out off the coast for a day of deep-sea fishing and bring the catch home to eat! Don’t want to get wet? Check out the Atlantis Under Water Adventure, taking riders …

Hipmunk City Love: The Hottest Boutique Hotels in Vancouver

A city where the mountains act as a backdrop and the ocean kisses the downtown shore line, Vancouver, British Columbia, is a dream city come to life. The West Coast capital is full of trendy places to stay, tasty restaurants home to world-class chefs, music venues galore, and nature escapes just outside the city limits. So whether it’s a Canucks hockey game or simply a love for traveling that brings you to the city, you can find the perfect boutique hotel in Vancouver. L’Hermitage Hotel If you’re looking for a place to stay with a feeling of home, look no further than the L’Hermitage Hotel. Located on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors of a residential building in the heart of Vancouver, guests will experience all the perks of home while visiting the beautiful West Coast city. L’Hermitage Hotel has free bicycles for exploring the bike-friendly downtown area, as well as a private rooftop heated saltwater lap pool and Jacuzzi. All the rooms – from the “Petite” Boutique Room to the Two-Bedroom Signature Suite, guests can …

Hipmunk City Love: The Parisian Dream, Hotels Close to the Eiffel Tower

The city of lights, romance, and beautifully dressed Parisians – and French bread, and French cheeses, well, you get the point. While Paris, France, is much more than the stereotypes we’ve fallen in love with from the films (or personal experiences) we love to revel in them all. From boutique shopping on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the chic Marais neighborhood to the hidden, lesser known museums such as the Musée Marmottan and the Musée Rodin, experience the real Paris that tourists don’t often see. However, staying at a hotel close to the Eiffel Tower (some even having views) is must when visiting the city of fashion. Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadéro Located in a beautiful, Parisian style building, the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel is a charmingly elegant hotel with perfectly decorated rooms. The hotel houses a Champagne bar featuring over 70 variations of the sophisticated drink. There are views of the Eiffel Tower from the hotel’s most sought after suite. Hotel Maison FL Paris Across the way from the Eiffel Tower, the Hotel Maison FL …

Hipmunk City Love: Hotels Near the Duomo, Milan

The city of fashion, beautiful architecture, and gorgeous men and women, Milan, Italy, is on the not-to-miss list of cities when visiting the land of pizza, pasta, and coffee. But whatever brings you to the fashion capital of the world, it can be topped off by staying at some of the best hotels the city has to offer. And there’s nothing better than a hotel with a view of Duomo, Milan’s cathedral dating back to 1387, when construction began. Explore the cathedral and all its activities, take a guided tour to learn the interestinghistory of the Duomo, or simply bask in the greatness of the fifth-largest Christian church in the world. UNA Maison Milano A modern gem in the middle of the central historic district of Milan, UNA Maison Milano is a superb hotel choice if you’re looking to be close to the Duomo. It’s just around the corner from the famous cathedral, and guests are treated like royalty. Expect exceptional service, uniquely designed guest rooms, and a multilingual staff to help make your stay all …

Hipmunk City Love: How to do Chicago on a Budget

As always, planning ahead can help you make the most of your visit to any city — even your own! Check for a monthly breakdown of ”what to do in Chicago” in order to have a better idea of what’s going on while you’re in town. Of course, letting things happen spontaneously can always make for some fantastically memorable stories — but why not at least know where all the free stuff is, just in case? Museums Take advantage of the tons of museums in Chicago and see if your travel dates match up with any of their free-admission days, which change every month. There are some museums that have a weekly date which is always free, such as the Loyola Museum of Modern Art, although some allow only residents of Illinois to take advantage of their free-admission policies. Some museums, such as Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium in the United States, also have special-admission passes. Attractions There’s a free water display every hour at Buckingham Fountain from mid-April to mid-October. In the evening, the fountain show features a light-and-music spectacle …

Hipmunk City Love: Best Music Festivals in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia is not just another city in the south where all directions involve “head down Peachtree,” but a musical hub for some of the greatest musicians today. Atlanta is the city where John Meyer, Usher, and Ludacris all got their big breaks in the industry — so it’s no wonder that Hotlanta is home to some of the most memorable music festivals in the country. Whether you happen to live in the area, or plan to fly into the city to have your mind musically blown, we have the hottest list of music festivals for you. Imagine Festival Imagine Music Festival is a two-day dance and music festival in Atlanta. Along with performances by some of the world’s top electronic musicians, DJs, and bands, you’ll find hypnotizing performances by acrobats and dancers. There are three venues around Atlanta at the Historic Fourth Ward Park, Masquerade Music Park, and Clear Creek Basin. Guests have all their senses captivated with music, dance performances, and light shows, along with much more! Choose to pay for the full weekend pass or …

Hipmunk City Love: Exploring Berlin like a Local

Whether it’s the history or the party scene that brings you to Berlin, taking advantage of the vibrant city life is a must. With a population of 3.5 million, you’re sure to find something that sparks your interest from the local cuisine (like currywurst!) to the various street food markets. Of course, there are many must-see historical monuments and not-to-miss clubs for everyone’s first time visiting the German capital. So let us take you around Berlin like a local, sharing some of our favorite spots throughout the city. Kateschmaus As food is an important representation of any culture, we strive to bring readers the best eateries in every city. Graffiti decorates the walls at Kateschmaus inside and out, a domed ceiling and low lighting give the hip restaurant a cave-like ambiance while large windows let the natural light flow in. And the best part? Their outdoor rooftop patio gives customers views on the Spree River (as well as a power plant – but hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?). At night, …

A Roasters Dream: Best Coffee Houses in Savannah

Like with most cities with a youthful population, the coffee bar scene is ever-expanding. And one thing Native of the North loves more than anything is a strong, but smooth cup of coffee. Which is why we are delving into the coffee nation in Savannah, Georgia. So join us in our quest to find the best places to sit back, relax, and sip on a delicious blend of internationally grown and locally roasted beans in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Foxy Loxy Cafe Located in mid-town Savannah, Foxy Loxy Cafe brings you the original Tex-Mex Coffee House and is home to the Foxy Cold Brew Coffee. Check out their super sweet weekly deals such as $2 lattes M-F 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. or their half off bottles of wine on Saturdays from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. And always stop by for Acoustic Tuesday with rotating acts throughout the evening. The Coffee Fox The sister store to the Foxy Loxy Cafe, The Coffee Fox is located in downtown Savannah. Guests can find the same …

Hipmunk City Love: The Cutest Boutique Hotels in San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas is a beautiful place blended with cultures from around the world, each bringing their own unique backgrounds to the vibrant city. One of those things: the art scene. The ever-growing art scene in San Antonio is a must-see while passing through the metropolis whether for a short weekend or a longer stay. And art does not just apply to sculptures and paintings alone; let us introduce you to some of the best boutique hotels in San Antonio where art can be found in the historic façade, the inspired decoration, and in every bite of infused flavors at some of the most fashionable restaurants in town. Hotel Havana The hotel dips into its Cuban roots and sports beautifully influenced decor to match. Located in a gorgeous historic building boasting Spanish Colonial architecture, Hotel Havana sits along the San Antonio North Riverwalk. This luxurious boutique hotel offers a quiet location, while still conveniently in the heart of the city center. There are only 27 available rooms ranging from studios to a two-level penthouse suite. Don’t forget to try the in-house …