The East Coast Edition: Three Swoon-Worthy Destinations East Coasters Should Add to Their Lists

by | October 25, 2022

Looking to stay closer to home? We’ve got you covered with 3 epic trip ideas all reachable from the East Coast. All you’ll need is your carry on.

No. 1


The adventure travelers’ secret is getting out: Colombia distills the best of South America into one country, with sacred archeological sites akin to Machu Picchu in Peru, biodiversity to rival Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, lush rain forests that extend down to Brazil, and the vibrant culture, energy, and culinary delights of its many metropolitan cities. The coastal city of Cartagena is a gem of colonial architecture, packed with churches, monasteries, plazas, palaces and mansions with their overhanging balconies and shady patios; a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and sheer beauty, not to be missed.

What to do

    ·Explore outside the walls of the Old City and visit the impressive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed in 1536, the castle is striking for its grand entrance and its complex maze of tunnels and passageways.
    ·Take to the street and eat! Get up-close-and-personal with the real Cartagena as the colorful characters of the calle fills your belly and warms your heart. Try local delicacies including bollo mazorca, carimañolas and mango biche to name just a few.
    ·Spend a full day exploring the archipelago of the Islas de Rosario by boat. Visit secluded, uncharted and deserted islets known only to local fisherman and spend the day relaxing on board or swimming in the pristine Caribbean water.

Where to Stay

Casa San Agustín preserves the authentic Colombian style, while seamlessly incorporates the modern services and amenities for travelers of today

This elegant boutique hotel is set within the old walled city of Cartagena and composed of 31 rooms spread across three exquisitely restored, whitewashed 17th-century colonial-era homes. Evoking this Spanish stronghold are original frescoes in the library, hand-wrought iron sconces, wood-beamed ceilings, elegant tile accents, and a central pool set against an ancient aqueduct.

Book through us and get:

    ·Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability · Daily full breakfast, for two guests per bedroom · $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full) · Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability · Complimentary Wi-Fi

Must-Have Item

Cartagena’s low lying coastal location and proximity to the equator means it enjoys high temperatures year round. Be prepared and protect your skin from the sun with a hat. The Islander Hat is a sturdy straw option with a classy, stylish profile from Sunday Afternoons. With a UPF 50+ sun rating and an elasticized sweatband, this classic hat provides ample shade and a custom fit whether you’re walking the beach or out on the town. Casey own’s this hat and she swears its one of those magical hats that is flattering on literally everyone.

No. 2

Faroe Islands

Settled by Norsemen in the 7th century this is a ’tilted’ archipelago, its eastern shores sloping into the frigid ocean and its western coastline rising up in dramatic cliffs, a mix of green arcing fells, craggy basalt protrusions home to puffins, guillimots and the world’s largest colony of storm petrels. See a waterfall empty straight into the Atlantic. Sail beneath 700 meter sea cliffs and be tossed around like a cork. But to see it at its most wild, you need to walk some of its 23 designated hiking trails. Do this, and getting marooned will never have felt so very proper.

What to do

    ·Ferry to Mykines and head out to Mykineshólmur, which is connected to the main island by a wooden footbridge over a 100 feet deep gorge and ends with spectacular views from the lighthouse. From there, visit the Puffin colony of Mykines, one of very few places where you can get up close to these arctic birds.
    ·Visit the historic village of Kirkjubøur, the southernmost village on Streymoy. Here is the country’s most important historical site with the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300 and the Saint Olav’s Church from 12th century.
    ·Take to the sea on a RIB boat for a tour of Hestur Island, home to guillemots, puffins, black guillemots, shags, fulmars and eiders. You’ll be able to get as near as possible to the birds living under Loftið cliff, whose vertical wall measures some 1,200 feet.

Where to Stay

Hotel Føroyar is as real as it gets if you want to uncover the Faroe Islands in its true essence. Take in the panorama view. Open the window. Touch the grass and breathe in the crisp air. Listen to the sound of the mountains.

Hotel Føroyar is tucked away in the valley, overlooking Tórshavn and the surrounding landscape. It may look far, but actually there’s a secret path down the hill, through a small wood leading you directly to the city.

Must-Have Item

On the Faroe Islands, the climate is cold, wet, and rainy throughout the year. The influence of the ocean narrows the temperature range both between night and day and between winter and summer. A layerable jacket that will protect you from the rain is a must! We love the Piper Rain Jacket from Lolë that has a breathable inner layer to regulate body heat and is both wind resistant and water repellant. Even better, it packs into a pouch making packing a breeze. Choose a brightly-colored option for instantly instagram-worthy pics!

No. 3

Saint Lucia

Exotic mountains, blue seas and modern luxury. Forget what you know about beachside getaways. With Saint Lucia’s rugged and iconic Piton mountains in the background and the Caribbean Sea at your feet, each day invites you to take a step back, breathe and then completely connect with your surroundings. Hiking, water sports and the Colonial city of St. Lucia are waiting.

What to do

    ·Try your hand at sports fishing. Some of the most commonly hooked fish include Blue Marlin, Sailfish, tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish and Dorado. Once back at your resort, the chef will be delighted to create a menu centered on your catch of the day.
    ·Suit up and discover St. Lucia’s underwater paradise! St. Lucia has one of the top diving sites in the entire world, appointed by turquoise seas, mesmerizing bays and a myriad of sea creatures.
    ·Trek through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed, volcanic Gros Piton standing 2,619 feet above sea level. Explore the verdant rainforest as you clamber over moss-covered boulders and are treated to the breathtaking view from the summit, and picturesque stops at Au Poye Park and the valley of Fond Gens Libre.

Where to Stay

A modern rainforest escape, Sugar Beach is that rare place where nature and luxury exist in complete harmony. A place where you can shut off the world, shift your focus to inner peace and reconnect with what matters. Modern accommodations all with their own intimate door to the Caribbean Sea and a view to the Piton mountains like no other.

Six bars and restaurants. A renowned full service spa and fitness center. A mountainside location where adventures feel limitless. Dine on the water’s edge, sit down by candlelight, enjoy the terrace at sunrise or stir up the bar scene.

Book through us and get:

    ·Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability · Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom · $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit per bedroom (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full) · Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability · Complimentary Wi-Fi

Must-Have Item

People obsess over Aloha’s Day Tripper totes for good reason. This fan-favorite beach tote bag has an expandable zip-top and plenty of room inside to haul all of your beach essentials like sunscreen, a water bottle, the perfect beach read, a towel, and a change of clothes. Two zip pockets on the inside and one on the outside mean you can also store your phone, cards, and cash.


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