As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers the best in culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in unique markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally-produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides the ultimate in retail therapy in a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila, and charrería, the Mexican rodeo!
Follow these tips for shopping, eating, and playing like a local in Guadalajara, and you are sure to leave with as many memories as one-of-a-kind purchases.
Largest indoor market in Latin America
Visitors to the historic center of Guadalajara will enjoy sightseeing with a backdrop of the beautiful architecture of the double-spired Guadalajara Cathedral. This area is home to Mercado Libertad, the largest indoor market in Latin America with three floors and nearly 3,000 stands featuring everything from apparel and handbags to fresh produce and local delicacies. Stop for a meal or browse endless options. Mexican cowboys, known locally as charros, frequent leather vendors in search of saddles, boots, and belts. Across the street in the jewelry market, gold and silver pieces will add just the right Mexican accent to your wardrobe.
The perfect pair
Fashionistas rejoice. Whether it is pumps or loafers, sandals or sneakers you seek, Guadalajara is the place to find the perfect pair of shoes. Make a beeline to Galería del Calzado, a shopping center focused exclusively on your feet. Choose from 64 stores offering everything from jaw-dropping high fashion designs to the hottest streetwear trends.
In the colonial town of Tlaquepaque, local arts and crafts fill market showrooms and upscale stores where you will find carved wooden furniture, colorful blown glass ceramics and hand-stitched clothing. The downtown area retains the traditional structure of a small Mexican community with a parish street, central market, main square, and many pedestrian-only streets, making this a good place to take a stroll. Catch the daily mariachi performances at the local restaurants and cantinas, some with outdoor seating perfect for people watching.
Some of the best bargains can be found among Tonalá’s narrow streets, where most of Guadalajara’s local goods can be purchased. In this neighborhood, you can find some of the best crafts in the country. This includes wide-mouth clay bowls designed to serve a cazuela cocktail, Guadalajara’s signature citrus punch. The area is particularly known for silver and gold crafts, hand-painted pottery, paper-mâché, and clay figurines. On Thursdays and Sundays, bargain-priced merchandise is sold at a vast street market where wholesalers arrive from all over the country to buy in bulk.
Lap of luxury
In the district of Zapopan, the Andares Mall offers shoppers top-of-the-line luxury brands. After a day of shopping, join the locals as they enjoy a pedestrian corridor filled with high-end restaurants and bars near the basilica.
Just outside of Guadalajara are sprawling agave fields, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the world’s tequila is produced. Drive past fields of the blue agave plant that stretch out over the rugged, hilly terrain, en route to the town of Tequila. After visiting the distilleries and purchasing bottles to serve back home, peruse smaller shops and stalls for necklaces and earrings crafted using blue agave leaves, agave syrup, and figurines made from the obsidian of the nearby volcano.
For more information on Guadalajara, visit www.visitguadalajara.com.
Rediscover Istanbul: Last Step in Europe, First Step in Asia
Housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet offers a genuine Istanbul experience just a few steps from city’s important landmarks in Sultanahmet with the Suite Authentic luxury accommodation package. One can escape to Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet to indulge in a memorable Istanbul experience in fall enjoying city’s mild climate, historical attractions surrounding the Hotel, cultural events and festivals, last but not least various shopping alternatives including designer labels and traditional souvenirs. Set in the historical peninsula, the Hotel is neighbour to the city’s most significant souks such as Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.
Although Istanbul has become a year-round destination, fall is a perfect season to enjoy city’s magnificent vistas, traditional shopping stops and designer shops. It is also an ideal time to discover the art scene in the city, such as Contemporary Istanbul, Akbank Jazz Festival or Istanbul Design Biennale. Designed to offer multiple delights to visitors of Istanbul, the Suite Authentic accommodation package includes daily American breakfast in Seasons Restaurant or through In-Room Dining for two and offers 30 percent off the room rate.
The Hotel’s beautifully designed suites relate directly to the rich history and layers of Istanbul, offering a strong sense of place with their breathtaking views of the manicured courtyard as well as St. Sophia and Blue Mosque. With one of the most authentic and one-of-a-kind suite collections in Istanbul, guests can choose from an impressive Executive Suite to two Presidential Suites, St. Sophia and Marmara, each containing a living room with fireplace, dining area for 6-8 guests and three private terraces offering exceptional city views. In their intimate residential setting, guests can truly make themselves at home – whether they wish to lounge around in the living area or enjoy a magnificent Old Town silhouette from their balcony.
Inspired from Istanbul’s heritage, the interior design in suites reflects the footsteps of past empires. Understated Four Seasons elegance and the mysticism of Old Town show itself in the tiny details of each suite. This indigenous indulgence is now offered to ensure a luxury accommodation at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet. the Suite Authentic accommodation package is valid for three-night minimum stays until March 31, 2019.
Not-to-Miss Attractions in Old Town
Visit Spice Bazaar and Covered Bazaar: Home to the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world, Istanbul boasts a vibrant and unforgettable shopping scene. More than 4,000 shops on 58 streets feature goods and fine crafts from all over Turkey and beyond, and the Grand Bazaar is one big Aladdin’s cave.
Go underground at the Basilica Cistern: The Basilica Cistern is the largest of the ancient underground water cisterns found across Istanbul.
Visit Hagia Sophia: One of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture, Hagia Sophia should be at the top of a to-see list for Istanbul. Do not miss the upstairs gallery to catch the best views and to glimpse the surviving mosaics, in particular the golden mosaic of the Virgin and Child in the apse.
Visit the Blue Mosque: Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Blue Mosque’s two most striking features are its six minarets and blue domed exterior.
Get a taste of royal life at Topkapi Palace: Topkapi Palace is the largest royal residence in Istanbul and it served as the main residence to the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years.
Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!
Take advantage of this flexibility while you can, and plan your escape to Myrtle Beach. This oceanside city along the beautiful South Carolina coastline features just about everything families with young children are looking for: family fun, engaging and interactive attractions, delicious food and relaxing places to chill out. Bonus: Now that school is in session, you’ll escape the summer crowds.
To help you plan, here are some of the things that await in Myrtle Beach.
Budget-friendly fun: As promised in the name, Myrtle Beach is the place to make oceanside memories: building sand castles, hunting for seashells and delighting in their giggles as the waves lap their little toes. As it turns out, fall is one of the best times of year to have that beach vacation without breaking the bank. Look for deep discounts and special lodging packages at hotels and resorts. While you search for fun things to do, be on the lookout for exclusive fall promotions. For example, Visit Myrtle Beach is offering a complimentary children’s beach photo session, which will create the perfect keepsake for your getaway.
Beautiful “summer” weather: Even if you feel a nip in the air in your region, the fall weather in South Carolina is still ideal for exploring wide open spaces and enjoying outdoor activities. Brookgreen Gardens features the Lowcountry Zoo, which houses animals in spaces as close to their natural habitat as possible. You’ll definitely want to get way up high and see the beaches and water stretch off into forever from atop the SkyWheel, a 200-foot Ferris wheel that’s right on the beach.
Enriching fun: Myrtle Beach has plenty of kid-friendly places to interact and build new connections to this wide, wonderful world. Kids can get an up-close look at the colorful fish and other sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium. After hearing stories about farm life in their favorite picture books, they can see the real thing at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm. Finally, WonderWorks Science Center has more than 100 hands-on exhibits that are designed to both thrill and teach children a thing or two about science.
Peaceful pursuits: While you’re enjoying all this family time (and seeing the smiles on those little faces), be sure to make time for the grownups to enjoy themselves, too, with solo outings at some point in the trip. All around Myrtle Beach you’ll find lots of options to chill and recharge, whether it’s a well-deserved spa treatment or discovering your new favorite wine at a tasting. We’ll lose the thought with this vision of heaven: You and your family relaxing along the seashore seashore. No one’s cranky, no one’s hungry, just … aaaaaaah!
For more ideas and inspiration to plan your fall family vacation to Myrtle Beach, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com.
The Most Instagram-Worthy Hotel Backdrops for New York Fashion Week
Fashion’s most coveted event is upon us and models, designers, media and more are looking to show fans and followers those outfits that have been in the works for months. But appropriately capturing how fierce you look will take more than just a stellar ensemble – you need a perfect backdrop to showcase your outfit-of-the-day (or #OOTD).
New York Fashion Week is underway and besides the runway, we all know there’s just one way to show the world how you’re rocking the hottest trends: social media. After all, fashionistas from around the world who flock to the city that never sleeps know Fashion Week is about more than just the shows or soirees – it’s about the photos that come along with it.
This year, capture the best photos in under-the-radar – yet totally Instagrammable – locations with backdrops that aren’t the typical street side Taxi or graffiti wall shots. Head to one of Hilton’s New York City hotels to capture shots of yourself on colorfully-lit rooftops with spectacular city views, in front of contemporary art or art from the Roaring Twenties, in a cozy lounge area shaped like a jewelry box with red velvet walls, or in a glamorous hotel bathroom where mirror selfies are irresistible – because regular old backdrops just won’t do.
So call your friends, grab your camera and check out the below Hilton hotels for Instagram inspiration throughout all of New York Fashion Week:
Conrad New York: Discover the culture, atmosphere and ambiance that is distinctively New York from a world-class hotel that is singularly Conrad. The opulent, seasonal rooftop venue Loopy Doopy Bar serves hand-crafted drinks 16 stories above the city with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor below you. Conrad New York embodies the city’s love of the arts with more than 2,000 pieces of art throughout the hotel, including bold, site-specific commissions such as Sol LeWitt’s extraordinary 10-story Loopy Doopy in the Atrium and Pat Steir’s Topsy Turvy at the Gallery Ballroom.
Embassy Suites by Hilton New York – Midtown Manhattan: Soaring 39 stories, the hotel is the place to see and be seen during New York Fashion Week, with a glass façade offering supreme views of the iconic New York City skyline. Its location in Manhattan’s famous Garment District inspires the hotel’s Instagrammable interior. Guests can take photos in a cozy lounge area shaped like a jewelry box with walls of plush red velvet, or pose in the lounge area decorated with wall art displaying spools of thread, bookcases housing trendy dolls, and an over-the-top, stitched “WOW” pillow. Other picture-perfect backdrops include a rooftop and guest suite balconies featuring views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building, and a waterfall in the lobby.
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Midtown Park Avenue: Not only does this location offer a stunning view of the Empire State Building from select rooms, you can also take in views of the vibrant city at night from the rooftop terrace bar.
The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton: Once home to F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and other celebrated writers and artists, the hotel is housed in an iconic 1920s brick building and features interiors designed to pay homage to culture and art from the Roaring Twenties. Perfect for an #OOTD backdrop, several intriguing design elements exclusive to The Renwick are evident in the hotel’s public areas, as well. String art and a mixed-media mural are featured in the lobby, and guest rooms contain unique pieces – both functional and standalone – created by more than 20 local artists. In addition, hand-painted New York City skyline drapes, artist stools and ceramic pen cups that feature pages from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” pay homage to the era of Flapper fashion.
The Bernic Hotel New York City, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: An authentic, modern boutique hotel located in the heart of Midtown East, The Bernic Hotel is the first Tapestry Collection property in New York City. Perfect for an #OOTD backdrop, it offers a changing collection of images and creations by local artist Ian Sklarsky that have become seasonal fixtures in the hotel. Guests can enjoy a meal after a busy day of fashion spotting at the Allora Restaurant, which embodies the spirit of Old New York with a modern twist. Of course, any Fashion Week Instagram is not complete without a city skyline background. The Atlo rooftop lounge offers 180-degree, panoramic views and seasonally curated cocktails that are perfect to post in that evening outfit pic. With floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest room and balconies in over 75 percent of them, guests don’t even need to leave their room to get that perfect NYC #OOTD shot.
The Bernic Hotel New York City, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
145 E 47th Street, New York, NY
The London NYC: Soaring 54 floors, The London NYC is the only all-suite luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan, combining a residential charm with all the glamour of Manhattan. Plush, velvet furnishings, herringbone floors (#shoefie, anyone?), and mirrored walls provide endless options for your #OOTD. The elegant lobby is framed with travertine marble and a beautiful grand fireplace or you can head up to the second-floor lounge where you can kick up your heels on the metallic gold couches. Need an outfit change? The hotel’s spacious suites start at 500 square feet of living space with iconic views of the New York City skyline.
The London New York
151 W 54th Street, New York, NY
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