I like to look back at years by remembering my favorite travel moments. Mostly because this inspires me to start planning the next year’s destinations. 2016 took me to some of the most interesting and beautiful places I’ve ever been. From right to left and top to bottom, here’s where:

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina. This was my second trip to this gorgeous property and it’s only become more beautiful. This time, I went with my friend Katie and we had the best time exploring its trails and rivers—and eating for three days straight.

Puerto Rico. The first time I went to Puerto Rico, my experience was a little more bohemian. There were festivals, drinking, exploring—and a pretty violent shooting. This trip to Puerto Rico was all poolside lounging, luxe spas, champagne—and the fear of a high-risk virus. This country is never boring.

Portsmouth, NH. When I was in grad school I interned in DC as a political correspondent for a newspaper in New Hampshire. But until this summer, I’d never set foot in the state. This charming waterside town with its historic buildings and winding streets was a perfect spot to spend a warm summer day.

Hood Canal, WA. Basically everything in Washington State is gorgeous. But the most beautiful scenery I’ve found is when you catch a ferry west from Seattle. Alderbrook Resort, with its cozy interior, gorgeous views, and seemingly endless outdoor options was one of my favorite places I’ve ever been.

Charleston, SC. I never get tired of Charleston—I mean, it’s a beach side town with some of the best food in the country. Hello, dream world. And this summer I stayed at the new hotel, The Restoration, which was amazing. In fact, the word amazing doesn’t do it justice. From its rooftop pool to its chic coffee shop, I wanted to permanently move in.

Caneel Bay, St. John’s. This Caribbean spot had been on my bucket list for years and it didn’t disappoint. I loved its many beaches, crystal clear waters, incredible food, and relaxing vibe. I also went on my best hike of the year there, to the top of a mountain where the view included 360 degrees of other islands and azure blue water as far as you could see.

Los Angeles, CA. I traveled to LA twice this year—once for fun and once for work. Realistically, I’m too innately Southern to be cut out for the West Coast. But man, Southern California. I never get tired of visiting this part of the country.

Palm Springs, CA. Speaking of Southern California, I’m super glad that Palm Springs got popular enough recently to convince myself and two friends to spend a weekend there. We spent three days riding our bikes around, looking at cool architecture, and eating avocado toast. I think we did it right.

Oregon Coast. I spent a weekend last February on the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. It was one of those places that about every half hour I’d be like “Wow, I’ve seriously never seen anything like this.” Massive waves and stunning beaches. But the drive down from Seattle to the beach was actually the coolest part. Just unreal views.

 

 

 

 

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