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December 14, 2009

The 2010 It List

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"A yurt's-eye view
of the Kyrgyzstan sky"
Photo courtesy of Concierge

by Ondine Cohane

It's that time of year again, the moment to unveil my annual It List for Concierge.com that features the destinations that I think travelers will (or should be) keeping on their radars in the upcoming year. Some highlights:

* A number of the places are spots that I would love to travel to myself, like Burma and Sri Lanka.

* Two destinations that have made big impacts on me: Colombia and Venice, which has a number of recent hotels and museums breathing some new life into the must-see city.

* Black Tomato's Clemmie Harvey turned me on to Kyrgyzstan. At first, I must confess, I was somewhat skeptical, but after a little research, I was completely convinced that it is an adventure person's dream: heli-skiing in the peaks of the Tien Shan mountains (with no other tourists around), horseback riding along the Silk Route. If I wasn't knocked up right now I would head there in a heartbeat.

* Cuba has been on my wish list for years. With a bill going through congress that might open up travel there, it seems like we might be legally able to make the journey in 2010.

Read my It List for more.

 

Comments

I know its not an ultra swanky or exotic location but in Washington State there is this great Bavarian town called Leavenworth that transports you to Germany without leaving home. Leavenworth lights up during the holidays with christmas shops, holiday lighting festivals and is a up and coming wine location in the northwest. We always stay at Pine River Ranch Lodge when we visit. It has great cabin suites with a rustic outdoor touch. Each suite has log beds, river rock fireplaces and jacuzzi spas and a homemade breakfast is delivered right to your front door. It is a must see location for anyone that can't afford the trip to some of those great exotic locations.

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