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Hubbard Inn, Chicago

By Conde Nast Traveler Friday, March 04 08:50 PM

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Travel lovers can't help but romanticize Ernest Hemingway's wanderings. Three such admirers have turned that adulation into--what else?--a bar.

Located on an up-and-coming foodie stretch in Chicago's River North neighborhood, the Hubbard Inn is decorated with what owners Daniel Alonso, Adolfo Garcia, and David Mitria envision Papa bringing back from his travels. Moroccan tiles line one wall, 1940s-style oil paintings hang on another, and more than 5,000 vintage books fill the bar's carved bookcases. The food served also tips its topper to the writer, incorporating ingredients from his journeys (Cabrales cheese, Medjool dates) as well as less literal interpretations such as stout burgers and earthy bone marrow.

Of course, no Hemingway tribute would be complete without booze--and lots of it. Here you'll find one of Chicago's best bourbon selections, new takes on classics like the Manhattan, and the author's namesake drink, made with 10 Cane rum, maraschino liqueur, and lime and grapefruit juices. Raise a glass (or eight) to big Papa.

Photo: Courtesy of the Hubbard Inn

Raffles Praslin Seychelles

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, March 03 08:42 PM

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Right now, scoring some sunshine and a slice of sand would feel like winning the lottery. As luck would have it, Praslin, an emerald jungle on a crag of granite in the Seychelles, has a winning combination: a tropical location far, far away, off the east coast of Africa, and a brand-new resident, the Raffles Praslin.

The hotel is the embodiment of a shipwreck fantasy (albeit a luxury version), with 86 villas on a gentle slope of green overlooking the clear blues of the Indian Ocean. With a private plunge pool and 24-hour butler service, there are few reasons to leave your room. But when you do, there are miles of deserted beaches, coconut groves, and cinnamon plantations--the perfect combination of sun, sea, and spice.

Photo: Courtesy of Raffles

Moore & Giles Meehan Utility Bag and Bar Rollup

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, March 02 08:32 PM

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You're a person who knows a good cocktail. And you can't always trust the average bartender to do right by you. So instead of leaving your libations to fate, bring 'em with you in this new bag by Moore & Giles. The hallowed Virginia leather-crafters teamed up with famed New York mixologist Jim Meehan to design this rugged looker, a weekender bag that converts to a portable bar.

Going on a business trip? Leave the hooch at home and use the compartments to accommodate your laptop, clothes, and PDA. Heading for a weekend in the woods? Throw in the divider and tote six bottles of booze, a cutting board, and all the tools of the tippling trade.

Photo: Courtesy of Moore & Giles

Gauguin: Maker of Myth, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, March 01 08:12 PM

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Most people think of D.C. as a buttoned-up kind of town. But this spring, the National Gallery of Art is stripping things down with a new Paul Gauguin exhibit--the artist's first major U.S. show in 20 years.

Gauguin is the traveler's painter, having hopped from Peru to Paris, Martinique to Tahiti. The 120 works in this exhibit evoke many of those places, with Polynesian nudes, rainbow-hued images of the South Seas, and mythological paradise paintings. Far-flung beaches and scantily clad subjects? It's the Post-Impressionist's answer to spring break.

Gauguin: Maker of Myth will be on view through June 5, 2011.

Photo: Paul Gauguin, Fatata te Miti (Near the Sea), 1892, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection

Epic Tomato Adventure Travel Company

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, February 28 11:17 AM

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The hip kids at Black Tomato, a bespoke British luxury travel company, have long been making U.S. travel agents look lamer than a pair of pleated khakis. Now they've kicked things up a notch with the launch of their new service, Epic Tomato.

The company will help the baddest of badasses plan seriously intrepid trips. Care to slice your own path through the uncharted jungles of Borneo? Pull a pulk across the unmapped tundra of Antarctica? Or perhaps you'd prefer to try your luck outpaddling alligators on the White Nile. If you're cool with pushing yourself to the limit, these guys have got you covered.

Photo: Courtesy of Epic Tomato

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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