I’m it… I’ve been tagged by the top three travel secret players.
A good travel secret for me is one that gives me a strong sense of place. I want to feel like a local and have a glimpse of what life is like for them in their corner of the world.
Three gems I have stumbled upon:
The Windsor Castle PubThe Windsor Castle restaurant in London is a quintessential English pub that serves great Thai food and surrounds diners with kitschy royal family portraits. It’s off the beaten path, full of locals enjoying a pint, and an oxymoron of experiences. It would be my favorite neighborhood diner if it were in the United States.Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. It’s like stepping back in time, an exact replica of his theater from the Middle Ages. Inexpensive standing room only tickets directly in front of the stage further make the experience as in his day too!
Hall, AustriaThanks to Rick Steves, we never made it to Innsbruck, Austria. Traveling in Austria with two 2-year-olds, the note in his guidebook about Hall, offering an unique and inexpensive salt mine tour, complete with wooden slide at the end, prompted a detour off the highway and into Hall.
We loved the authenticity of this small village immediately and decided to skip Innsbruck and find a hotel for the night. A local wine festival taking place in the square contributed to our delight at finding this gem!
We never even made it to the salt mine and slide, but did enjoy sitting in the square, sampling Austrian wine, touring the church and generally relaxing with the locals in this wonderful mountain village.
Black Hills of South DakotaCloser to home here in the States, another of my favorite gems is the Black Hills of South Dakota. What a great vacation when you have young kids. While it’s kind of a Disneyland touristy kind of place, the cabins at the Newton Fork Ranch are not! The real thing in a beautiful setting, they were the perfect place to rest our feet each night. There are six cabins ringing a beautiful meadow, full of whitetail deer and open space to run. Our children played tag with kids from other cabins while we sat on the porch enjoying a glass of wine. The Mickelson Trail runs through the property and was a great hike for the whole family to enjoy more of the beautiful scenery.
The cabins are open year round, and though we visited in the summer, I can just imagine curling up with a book in front of the fireplace.
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~ TAG, YOU’RE IT: Here are the five travel bloggers I’m tagging to play next:
Traveling Mama’s – By several traveling mamas who share their adventures with the world. They offer tips on great places to visit with children and also romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways, and solo trips.
Dinners and Dreams – By Nisrine Merzouki, an expat from Morocco living in Florida. She’s a teacher, student, passionate cook and mother. Her blog has great recipes, thoughts and travels.
Mommy Poppins – By Anna, who edits New York City’s favorite online resource for parents and kids where you’ll discover the inside skinny on where and what to do, see, learn, play, make, read, splash, eat, run amok, party and envy in the New York area.
Kidaddle – By Jane, who’s getting out and about with the kids in Australia and beyond.
Mary and Sean’s Adventures Abroad – By Mary and Sean, world travelers living in Okinawa, Japan. Go along with them as they eat and travel their way through Asia.
~ Join the fun! Share your comments here with your favorite travel gems!