Northshore Magazine

January/February 2013

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TRAVEL 2.0 Vietnam Been there, seen that, bought the t-shirt? Extensively well-traveled and well-heeled types are always on the hunt for trendy destinations that haven���t yet been done to death. And right now, Vietnam is increasingly in-demand for clients who have stamped their passport nearly everywhere else, says Joel Abramson, founder of Marblehead���s Flagship Travel. The country was also deemed Virtuoso���s second most popular ���emerging location��� in the travel organization���s trend-spotting 2012 ���Luxe Report.��� Traverlers are mainly attracted to the mix of beautiful beaches, exciting jungle expeditions and cave tours, fascinating topography���like that of Ha Long Bay, one of the new Natural Wonders of the world��� and historic ruins reflecting both ancient civilizations and modern Indochina wars. But the capital city of Hanoi offers urban exploration, boasting gorgeous P la n B temples, exotic food markets, and a Leading Virtuoso���s emerging locations list is colorful, burgeoning nightlife scene. Cuba, now that America has finally relaxed certain restrictions against travel there. Tourists can only legally travel in groups on ���people-to-people��� cultural and education tours, but that���s been enough to lure the curious to Cuba, says Top Notch���s Bashore. Local love: If you think you���ve seen every nook and cranny of New England, get thee to Winvian in northern Connecticut. This eccentric luxury resort is made up of multiple cottages outfitted with different themes, like the ���Library��� cottage with its bookcase-lined balconies, the ���Golf��� cottage with an undulating floor for playing putt-putt indoors, and the hanger-like ���Helicopter��� cottage, where the living room is inside a restored 1960s chopper. Uncharted Territory Vietnam���s Ha Long Bay. Photo courtesy of Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, Costa Rica (bottom left); Omni Hotels (bottom right); Local love: New Hamp- shire���s rambling Omni Mount Washington Resort offers plenty of outdoor adventure in our own backyard. Situated in the state���s largest ski area, the regal resort offers opportunities for dog sledding and snowmobiling in cold weather, as well as hiking and ziplining when warm. Its elegant interior, originally constructed by a railroad tycoon, is filled with roaring fireplaces and boasts a four diamond-rated restaurant. Full Mount: Omni Mount Washington. 143 NSJanFeb13_FE_Travel.indd 143 11/20/12 3:53 PM

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