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ENCHANTE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Once a 6,000-square-foot vacant lot for over 17 years at 1 Main Street in Los Altos, California, stands the illustrious newly opened Enchante Boutique Hotel. Real estate mogul, visionary, and long-time loyal resident of the Silicon Valley area, Abby Ahrens, owner of The Abigail Co., is the mastermind behind this exotic Parisian-inspired Old-World property (many of the furnishings are from her personal collection). This marks her first hotel (12,000-square-foot and three-story) venture which costs approximately $7,000,000 to build.

A total of 19 individually romantically designed and decorated rooms (complete with plush monogrammed robes and spacious showers), each adorned with rustic yet modern pieces and re-polished antiques. Other amenities include pet-friendly rooms (depending on size and breed come with canine motifs and custom-made dog beds), a library, and a charming bistro sprinkled with limestone, 200-year-old timbers, and a cozy fireplace that sits on ground level with street dining access – a Parisian-style plaza lit by gas lamps. Several gourmet bites (cheese platters, flat bread, etc.) which pay homage to France are offered alongside of craft beers and extremely potent red wines. Denver and sauteed vegetable omelets, french toast, and bagels are offered during breakfast hours alongside of fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee. 

The overall staff is both warm and inviting with a European-style of service. Their intimate understanding of the hotel’s community and level of expected service is refreshing. Constantly at your beck and call (like a concierge) for whatever you may need yet pleasant enough to engage in lengthy conversations, creating deeply rooted relationships between themselves and guests.

In years to come, it’s quite apparent Enchante Boutique will become the hub of downtown Los Altos – it’s the only hotel in its surrounding area and is within walking distance of other attractions, bars, and restaurants. In addition, this newly created romantic landmark is only four miles from Google HQ.

By Vaughn Lowery

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KANSAS CITY MISSOURI

Looking for a comfortable getaway that invites you to a new world of exploration and hospitality? Try a Midwestern vacation that offers finger-licking, and lip-smacking barbecue, all while listening to authentic jazz next to an expansive river. Barbecue and jazz are just a couple of the amenities Kansas City, Missouri (population: 475,000) has to offer. Join the 360 Magazine Team as they learn the history of this metro city and visit the top picks for lodging, exploration and most certainly, indulging.

Whether you are ready to take a risk or simply relax, the Ameristar Casino Hotel, housing 184 rooms, is an excellent choice. On the first day in Kansas City, 360 stayed at the hotel, which overlooks the mighty Missouri River, tying together an elegant vibe with a western saloon twist.

Built in 1997 and only ten miles away from downtown Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium, the 183-acre Ameristar includes complimentary valet parking, as well as an on-site brewery, amazing eateries with the finest chefs, and a spectacular casino floor. Got that gambling itch? Be a winner at one of the largest casinos in the nation, as the 3-diamond Casino has over 2,200 slot and video poker machines, 66 table games, and 15 poker tables operating 24 hours a day.

That evening, the team got a taste of Kansas City at Rosso, an upscale restaurant inside the Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza 。 The hotel gives a modern feel fixed with Mediterranean accents and unique accommodations. If you’re appreciative of fine art, look no further than Sorella, which incorporates timeless pieces of Renaissance-inspired art that will leave you speechless.

Hotel Sorella has 132 guest rooms. Visitors benefit from a complementary European breakfast at Francesca’s Greenhouse lounge, with access to Mediterranean dining on the rooftop, a rooftop swimming pool, fitness center and more.

The hotel has phenomenal reviews, and previously received the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence, the 2016 Diner’s Choice Award from Opentable.com, the 10 Best Hotels in Kansas City by USA Today, and multiple celebrity guest stays. Along with fine dining choices, Kansas City has a near-limitless variety of barbecue joints, offering platter upon platter of savory smoked meat to satisfy your taste buds. Arthur Bryant’s dates back to the early 1900s and is said to be some of the best barbecue ones could eat. The restaurant takes you back to the father of Kansas City barbecue, Henry Patrick. He shared his love of meats with the Garment District in downtown Kansas City at an alley stand. Arthur Bryant would eventually take over the business. With celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Jimmy Carter and President Barack Obama dining at Arthur Bryant’s, the joint has received sensational reviews and built a solid rapport with loyal customers.

For the ultimate foodie/barbecue lover, try a Kansas City Barbecue Bus Tour, where you can stop at Arthur Bryant’s and other local restaurants like LC’s Barbeque, Gates Barbeque, and Jack Stack Barbecue. On the second day, we spent the afternoon riding from restaurant to restaurant, by bus, to enjoy some of the finest “Q” in Kansas City.

President of 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, has traveled around the world trying the most scrumptious foods and had a few words to share in-between bites. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and knowing a thing or two about barbecue, the fellow Midwesterner offers high praise.

“Kansas City is a meat lover’s paradise,” Lowery said, “and the burnt ends at LC’S BBQ are to die for!” The crisp, charred brisket is slowly cooked and re-seasoned multiple times, giving it that perfect coating of bark before hitting the tender meat. This Kansas City delicacy is a must-try. Your taste buds better hold on tight for the flavorsome twists and turns of the best meats and sides from just any one of the hundred barbecue spots in Kansas City. Aside from barbecue, additional gourmet dining options are found in downtown and smaller suburbs. In Independence, for example, Ophelia’s Restaurant and Inn serves a delectable Greek Orzo and Lemon Shrimp Salad. Now that’s healthy, done right.

Union Station is Kansas City’s own Grand Central Station, perhaps best known for the iconic Pierpont Restaurant. The restaurant was named for railroad baron J.P. (Pierpont) Morgan. Its menu features fine steaks and seafood.

Hallmark Cards headquarters is located in downtown Kansas City, in the Crown Center area. Surrounded by Hallmark is The Lego Discovery Center, which the 360 Team, of course, stumbled upon. Every structure at this grand facility is creatively crafted using Legos. It made total sense once we realized that classes are taught by modern builders. Discover the engineer in you. It’s all fun and games until you come across children who build better automobiles than you. Speaking of the kids, if they’re traveling with you, don’t miss the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium which is located next to Union Station.

Fan of America’s favorite pastime? Kansas City has a rich baseball history. Fans can catch the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Those who enjoy baseball history won’t want to miss the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, where the stories of great players and entrepreneurs, such as Chicago American Giants owner and Negro National League co-founder Andrew “Rube” Foster unfold.

Seeing the city while enjoying a carriage ride provides relaxation and exploration.

Work your way around town as you come across the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and Weston Brewing Company. Grab the flagship beer, O’Malley’s Irish Cream Ale, as a refreshing treat after your day of exploration, chowing down exquisite cuisine and witnessing decades of art-infused culture as you travel through time.

You’ll leave Kansas City rejuvenated by its incredible residents and historic charm. Refresh yourself when you #VisitMO.

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Article by Krishan Narsinghani + Vaughn Lowery

SUMMER EVENTS – GARDEN OF FRANCE

Known as “The Garden of France,” the Loire Valley flourishes in the summer and fall months with a bounty of events, exhibitions and experiences taking place in and around the region’s many gardens. Below is a selection of some of the many experiences to find in the Loire Valley in the coming months.

Live Music at Château Royal of Blois Through July 29, 2022

The historic Château Royal of Blois, a favorite residence of seven kings and ten queens of France, will fill its gardens with live music this summer. Occurring every Friday through July 29, concerts will be held in the shade of century-old chestnut trees and cedars from a wide variety of music genres, including jazz, bossa nova, folk, great French standards, classical and Renaissance music. Changing every week, this year’s program will honor women; visitors can also view the Château’s current exhibition, La Renaissance des Femmes, dedicated to three of its famous former residents: Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Marguerite de Valois.

Nights of a Thousand Lights & Vegetable Garden Days at Château de Villandry July, August & September

The grounds of Château de Villandry are not only home to the beautiful Renaissance-era Château, but also to an expansive network of gardens that are open year-round, including a maze, two ornamental gardens and a water garden. On July 1 and 2, as well as August 5 and 6, the Château de Villandry will host the ‘Nights of a Thousand Lights,” illuminating the gardens with more than 2,000 candles at night, making for a dreamlike experience. The evening also features an aerial performance by specially trained eagles and other birds of prey that will conclude with a fireworks finale. September 24 and 25 will be dedicated to the property’s lush vegetable garden, where the on-site gardeners will share exclusive botanical tips and tricks with visitors.

Sculptures in the Garden at Domaine de Poulaines Through November 7, 2022

Spanning 62 acres, Domaine de Poulaines is home to some of the most impressive gardens in the Loire Valley, including an arboretum with more than 1,200 plants. Currently on display on the estate is a new exhibition created in collaboration with prolific French sculptor Olivier Giroud, which explores the ways nature and man-made design can be combined through art. Giroud began his work as an artist in the 1980s and is known for his ability to work with a wide variety of materials, including clay, metal and wood.

New Offerings at Le Jardin de Marie
After 30 years of tending to the gardens at Le Jardin de Marie, Marie Marcat is passing on the torch to new owners, who intend to preserve the garden’s legacy and expand its offerings. Located just a few miles from the vineyards of Sancerre, Le Jardin de Marie will offer a new educational garden for children, along with a new vegetable garden and permaculture orchard highlighting the region’s biodiversity and botanical heritage. New guest accommodations, sleeping up to 12 people, will soon open at the gardens, in addition to a new cafe. Le Jardin de Marie will also introduce cooking lessons that approach the art of cooking from a unique angle, such as a course on cooking with old vegetables instead of throwing them away.
Find more details on the Loire Valley here: www.loirevalley-france.co.uk.
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INSIDE OUT TOKYO

June marks the beginning of Japan’s rainy season. Mid-June’s daily rain and high humidity are unpleasant, fortunately Tokyo has lot’s of underground malls to explore while waiting out the rain. These subterranean shopping meccas or Chikagai, reside beneath major stations such as the Tokyo Station, Ikebukuro Station, and Shinjuku Station. The Tokyo Station has the Yaesu Shopping MallFirst Avenue Tokyo Station, and Gransta beneath its busy atmosphere.

The Yaesu Shopping Mall (commonly known as Yaechika) is home to about 180 stores. It is a popular stop for workers from nearby offices and business travelers. First Avenue Tokyo Station provides a notable collection of character such as Tokyo Character Street and a ramen zone. Ramen Zone, other wise known as “Tokyo Ramen Street,” is home to eight ramen restaurants that serve traditional and specialty menus. Located on the 1st and B1 floors of Tokyo Station, Gransta is one of Tokyo’s largest in-station shopping and dining areas. With stores both inside and outside the station gates, you can shop for gifts, souvenirs, cosmetics, clothing, and then end the shopping spree with a bite at one of the various restaurants through out the mall.

Umbrellas have always been a pin-pointed fashion statement in japan, as japan is famous for it’s rainy seasons. There are plenty of shops to find your perfect umbrellaWaterfront, a four-floor store in the Jiyugaoka neighborhood, is an umbrella lover’s wonderland with more than 500 umbrellas styles to explore. Tokyo Noble offers a unique umbrella-customization experience. With four different umbrella types, 77 different fabrics, and a variety of colorful tassels and handles, this is your opportunity to create your one-of-a-kind umbrella. Komiya Shoten, open since 1930, sells umbrellas made using traditional crafting methods and high-grade materials. Their fabric and hands-on technique turn the sound of raindrops into a romantic symphony.

JUST FOR LAUGHS

Just For Laughs is pleased to announce that Just For Laughs Escapes is heading back to Cancun for more non-stop comedy in the sun between November 2-6, 2022. Collaborating once more with leading travel company, Pollen Presents, Just For Laughs will be taking over Barcelo Maya Grand Resorts to offer comedy fans from around the world a packed program of premium comedy experiences.

The highly anticipated, tropical comedy event will feature star-studded, stand up comedy, interactive events and original musical performances. Combining one of the world’s most popular beach destinations with a powerhouse lineup of comedy, guests can look forward to performances from Dane Cook, Tim Dillon, Craig Robinson, Jeff Ross, Trash Tuesday and many more. Guests can also enjoy live comedy podcast recordings while relaxing by the pool and kick back at after-hours beach parties by The Goddam Comedy Jam starring Josh Adam Myers. Additional add-on experiences, such as boat parties, will also be available.

Comedy fans will be able take advantage of all the amenities of the Barcelo Maya Grand Resorts as part of their package. Situated on a 1.25-mile-long (2kms) white sand beachfront, this leading five star resort offers an extensive pool complex, waterpark, bowling alley, multiple restaurants, children’s activities, sports bar, spa and wellness complex.

Celebrated as the world’s largest international comedy festival, Just For Laughs has brought the industry’s most iconic names to Montreal for nearly 40 years. As a mecca for both emerging and established comedians alike, JFL’s events have featured the likes of Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Hannah Gadsby, Sebastian Maniscalco, Russell Peters, John Mulaney, Bo Burnham, Jo Koy, Amy Schumer, and countless others.

For more info about the experience, including payment plans, package upgrades, and FAQs, and to stay up to date with the latest in lineup, pricing, and news, visit Pollen’s website.

Pollen is a leading travel company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Customers who travel with Pollen immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on pollen.co and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched bespoke travel experiences with mega stars like Justin Bieber, J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch, and more.

Founded in 1983, the Just for Laughs Group is the most important player in the global comedy industry. Under the management of Groupe CH, Bell Media and ICM Partners, the company is an international powerhouse in the creation of multi-platform comedy content. Every year, it entertains millions of spectators with its festivals and events on Canadian and international stages, in Montréal – the biggest comedy event in the world – as well as in Toronto, Vancouver in Canada, Sydney, Australia, Austin, Texas, London, UK and Bermuda. The Group organizes shows featuring thousands of comics from Canada and other countries, including established artists as well as up-and-comers; stages its own comedy shows and musicals; produces touring shows; broadcasts digital and televised content (notably Gags, which is shown in 150 countries and followed by an online audience of ten million on YouTube); manages talented artists; and is the originator of the ComedyPRO and JPR Pro industry conferences.

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Crystal Hermitage Garden

The Sierra Nevada holds a golden nugget for those who love springtime and flowers, especially tulips. After a two-year closure due to COVID-19, Ananda’s glorious tulip garden will open in April. The Crystal Hermitage Garden is meticulously planted with over 17,000 tulips and other spring flowers each year.  Just 25 minutes above Nevada City proper, this beautiful, pristine, and lovingly attended garden is well worth the drive (about 90 minutes from Sacramento). 

Advance tickets are required this year. This allows proper social distancing and provides guests with safe and optimum enjoyment of this wonderful garden. No on-site tickets will be sold, so plan your visit and get tickets in advance HERE.

The Crystal Hermitage Garden provides a rare view across the wild and scenic Yuba River Canyon far below this refined garden, bursting with color and sequentially planted throughout the spring with many contrasting flowers. Wherever the eye falls, the attention to detail and care shines through in this treasured garden. Each year, thousands make the trip to soak in the stellar beauty of nature tamed so tenderly by gentle gardeners’ hands contrasting with nearby wildlands and Ananda’s 700 acres of rolling green hills.

Visitors can chat with Crystal Hermitage lead gardeners, visit the museum or quietly enjoy the peace and beauty. For lunch, visitors will find delicious vegetarian fare at the Expanding Light Retreat or at Master’s Market in Ananda Village. The Expanding Light Retreat Center also offers overnight accommodations, with advance reservations. Note: There is no picnicking allowed in the gardens.

The garden will be open seven days a week in April, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The cost for adults (13 years and older) is $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Tickets are available HERE.

On Tour: Israel

By: Jillian Sutton × Vaughn Lowery

While history, politics and religion are a few keywords that have become the main topic of conversation involving Israel, there’s another focus that the nation has geared up for – Israel tourism. Due to a major growth of cycling tourism in the country located in Western Asia, the government has recently invested 30 million dollars in promoting the national culture of biking.

Israel is now flowing with trails, tours and bike sharing programs, including the holiest “Biking the Path of Jesus” tours. We were recently able to grasp a taste of Israel tourism, starting off with the bike trails.

Chief mountain bike guide, Nimi Cohen, was the escort on a week-long unforgettable trek, experiencing the magic of Israel on two wheels. Originally from Israel, Cohen has been mountain biking for 20 years. Starting on the more extreme side of mountain biking in downhill and free-ride, after injury, Cohen is now a mountain and marathon racer; he is the epitome of expert.

To Cohen, life is about the Israeli single-track experience (single-track describes a narrow trail that is approximately the width of the bike). Cohen also runs a mountain biking school – named Mountain Goat, meaning to have incredible balance on the narrowest of paths – where he guides others through trips and clinics. (For more information, please visit HERE or contact Nimi Cohen directly at nimroditi@gmail.com.)

The Judean Hills, the Negev desert, Ramon Crater, the Arava Plains, and Eilat mountains.” These areas are all locations rideable 365 days a year. During the Israeli winter and spring, between October and April, they offer a great opportunity for a full-day epic ride, when the rest of the world (and the center and north of Israel) is covered in mud and snow,” explains Cohen. “Not to be afraid of trying new s**t… new stuff, but to do it moderately and slowly,” he shares some advice to new riders. He also recommends that bikers “ride in different terrains, as diverse terrains as you can get. You will become a complete and a whole rider.”

Bike Trails in Israel

Old Jaffa – Perfect for a night ride when visiting Tel Aviv. Bike riders can enjoy the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Old Jaffa.

Galilee – These trails connect to the Holy Land and a number of religious and historical sites. Tourists can enjoy magnificent views and some technical flowing single-track riding along the Sea of Galilee.

Mount Carmel – Coastal mountain range on the Mediterranean Sea, about 24 miles long.

Ayalon National Park (Canada Park) – Located in the Judean Plain, this is a more communal and popular trail. Expect to see many others enjoying this all mountain loop.

Adulam – Kanim – Single-track located in the Tuscany of Israel. This is a seemingly endless, smooth flowing trail about 25 minutes southwest of Jerusalem.

Old City Jerusalem – Another stunning trail to ride along at night time.Sugar Route – This is a 17-mile bike trail linking Jerusalem to Jerico.

Sde Boker – The Halukim Wadi single-track, this is the center for astonishing desert biking.Ramon Crater – A panoramic ride along the cliff of these geological phenomena.

Shayarot Cliffs – Beautiful, all-mountain technical ride, near the Arava Valley.

Timna Park – Manmade single-track ride at the site of the ancient copper mines, which is now a geological park.

Eilat Beach – Once a tiny kibbutz, Eilat is currently a center for tourism and bike riding. Trails surrounded by a view of poetic red mountains and deep blue sea. Tourists can find rough desert all-mountain and downhill trails starting high up and ending at sea level.

Located near the Arava Valley, Kibbutz Samar offers the unique and ultimate experience of sleeping and biking in the desert at a spot called Samar Bike. Kibbutz is a communal settlement in Israel, typically a farm. During the visit, we met one of the creators of Samar Bike, Yair Sela. “We want to live in a place that we live as we want to live,”he comments on being a part of Kibbutz Samar.

Along the way, we also met Faran Zeira, whose parents founded Neot Semadar 25 years ago when she was only two years old. Even though she was only a young girl, Zeira (born in Jerusalem) affirms that she chose to be a part of the kibbutz.

“Kibbutz is a kind of community of people choosing to leave the city together, sharing things less than having things to own privately. This kibbutz is a bit different, the main issue here is the interest of learning… learning how to share, how to live together. Learning how not to push things aside, but how to deal with them,” says Zeira. “You chose to be here, it’s family, 150 people living here. It’s really intimate. If people don’t have an interest, they don’t stay.”

Kibbutz living may be far from the Israeli city life, but one thing is certain: both share the passion of riding. Ross Belfer, an account supervisor at WEILL – a public relations and marketing company in travel and tourism – is a Tel Aviv local, who knows where all the cool spots are. Belfer shares his insider-look into the city life, “Tel Aviv is surely a city of the ‘now,’ with new bars, restaurants, galleries and creative hangout spots popping up at rapid speeds. The best means to explore Tel Aviv is through the perspective of a local who best knows the city, whether it’d be the top spot for late night bites or simply a quiet and serene look-out point in Jaffa, secluded from and unknown by tourists.”

When in Israel, why not experience thrilling Israeli city life while on two wheels? Another huge part of Israel tourism is its constantly adapting and evolving cuisine. For first-timers, Belfer suggests checking out Eager Tourist, a hyperlocal travel concierge which arranges tailor-made experiences in Tel Aviv within the realms of art, music, nightlife, architecture, bike routes and beyond.

Restaurants and Nightlife in Israel:

Cordelia Restaurant, Tel Aviv – Variety of detailed food items, menu developed by Chef Nir Zook. This spot is great for a late night dinner.

Yulia Restaurant, Tel Aviv – This seafood restaurant is perfect for lunch or dinner. With patio seating, the perfect spot for any occasion.

Chakra Restaurant, Jerusalem – Offers an authentic Mediterranean experience with menu items from land and sea. Claiming their most important ingredient to be ‘love.’

Pedro Restaurant, Eilat – Pedro has a small and intimate atmosphere and is famous for its high quality meats. Guests will be sure to feel like they are at home when dining in.

Port Sa’id, Tel Aviv – Vibrant, hip restaurant adjacent to the Big Synagogue on Allenby Street with innovative dishes by Chef Eyal Shani. This spot features local DJs spinning the restaurant’s collection of 1,000+ vinyl records.

HaHalutzim 3, Tel Aviv – Buzzed about gourmet restaurant, located within the Levinsky Market and the i rst of its kind in the neighborhood. Young Chef Eytan Vanunu cooks up eclectic dishes in his comfortable and quaint, internationally inspired restaurant. Dishes include pork-stuffed challah, polenta with veal and red wine reduction, lentil salad with yogurt chive dressing.

Yafo Creative, Tel Aviv – Yafo Creative is a boutique guest house and art hub in the heart of Jaffa. Locals and travelers can connect and collaborate during weekly Friday night dinners. Yafo is known for hosting performances by Israeli and international musicians and performance artists.

Anna Loulou, Tel Aviv – Hyperlocal dance bar on a side street in Jaffa. On Wednesday nights, dance to vintage Arabic music.

Pasaz, Tel Aviv – One of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots for local DJs and bands with a new artist performing each night.

Noga Complex, Tel Aviv -A quaint, village-like neighborhood on the cusp of the city’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood and Jaffa. The Williamsburg-esque Noga Complex is teaming with design and fashion boutiques by homegrown Israeli artists. Stroll along the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets and enter several unique culinary and design focused conceptions.

Sarona Complex, Tel Aviv – The up-coming Sarona complex will soon stand as Tel Aviv’s newest art, culture and design hot spots. A formally uninhabited neighborhood boasting 19th century Templar buildings, the Sarona complex will feature art galleries, museums, fashion and design shops.

Friday Sunset Drum Circle behind the Dolphinarium, Tel Aviv – One of Ross Belfer’s favorites. Bring a drum along or just show up with beer or wine and dance to the rhythms as the sun sets.

Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv – One of the city’s most renowned art galleries, showcasing local talent with two different locations.

Amphorae Winery, Tel Aviv – One of the most beautiful wineries in Israel. Although the winery isn’t set in the midst of its vineyards, it is set amidst organic farms in the area.

Srigim Brewery – Enjoy different beers at a tasting at the Srigim Brewery. They offer 7,000 different kinds of beers and are famous for their IPA. There is a 10-minute ascent in the Masada-ruins of King Herod’s mountain-top fortress. Tourists can ascend from the west to the east via cable car. The Snake Path is also still open for tourists wishing to use this ancient trail. Another tourist favorite is a must-do, dip in the Dead Sea. Israel also offers some of the most gorgeous and sought-out lodging experiences in the world.

Hotels in Israel:

Herods Hotel, Tel Aviv – This ive star hotel is located in the heart of the city along the coastline of the exquisite Mediterranean Sea. Herods captures a historical style in a modern day atmosphere.

Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem – Nothing but the inest. Another ive star hotel, Leonardo Plaza offers breathtaking views of both old and new Jerusalem.

Hod Hamidbar Hotel, Dead Sea – Famous for being the lowest point on earth, the Hod Hamidbar hotel is located on the northern side of the Ein Bokek region, on the Dead Sea.

Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon – Located on the edge of the Ramon Crater (a natural phenomenon), this desert hotel manages to have comfortable and cooler weather all year long. Guests come irst at this ive star hotel with unbelievably spectacular views throughout the entire property. This hotel truly is a gem in the middle of the desert.

Samar Bike, Kibbutz Samar – Built by riders for riders.

King Solomon Hotel, Eilat – Surrounded by sea and mountains, King Solomon Hotel is perfect for fun activities or just plain ole’ relaxation.

Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv – A fabulous resting spot after a long bike ride. Relax and take in a beach-front view.

iBike, Mitzpe Ramon – An active boutique hotel, giving guests personal attention and special care for excitement, welfare, and enjoyment.

Dolphin Reef Spa, Eilat – Located on the shores of the Red Sea, this reef area gives visitors a chance to observe and swim with a group of bottle-nose dolphins in their natural habitat. Relax at the spa or hang with the dolphins and enjoy the view.

Eden House Boutique Hotel, Tel Aviv – This classical twelve-room property is located right in the middle between Tel Aviv’s vibrant Carmel Market and Mediterranean promenade. The modern day bed-and-breakfast spot has nothing on this place.

Traveling to Israel has never been easier than now. El Al Israel Airlines offers non-stop lights to Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv), Israel’s main international airport. The location is convenient to go anywhere in Tel Aviv and start the adventure. The Israel Ministry of Tourism website is a great way to keep up with what’s happening, or be sure to check out 360 calendar listing for Tel Aviv (coming soon).

“It’s amazing…like NYC and Miami had a baby,” 360 Magazine President Vaughn Lowery concludes with excitement on our recent press tour to Tel Aviv. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Tel Aviv is a major untapped NYC type of place [with] so many young cool entrepreneurs.”

Vaughn Lowery visits Israel for 360 MAGAZINE
Vaughn Lowery visits Israel for 360 MAGAZINE
Vaughn Lowery visits Israel for 360 MAGAZINE
Vaughn Lowery visits Israel for 360 MAGAZINE
Vaughn Lowery visits Israel for 360 MAGAZINE
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Naya Traveler Colombia Trip

Naya Traveler is known for their one-of-a-kind travel experiences that cultivate rich experiences with beloved family and friends. Each trip is created to optimize travel time, and to ensure that guests have an unforgettable time at their fabulous destination.

Naya Traveler recently announced their latest Colombia trip that takes off this March.

Rich in biodiversity and full of the world’s most beautiful landmarks, Colombia is a travel destination like no other. Embodied by breathtaking ocean views to hills of green accompanied by Colombia-grown coffee to the snow-encompassed Andean summits, Colombia has everything that you could want out of a vacation and more.  

The trip curated by Naya Traveler guarantees guests learn extensive background regarding Colombia’s roots from local experts. Unique and rare experiences are created and always aim to honor the heritage, tradition and culture of each space.

Luxurious levels of relaxation and assistance are certified through your trip with spectacular itineraries sure to cover all the landmarks Colombia has to offer. Whether you’re exploring through the mountains in the Sierra del Cocuy or setting out towards the Pacific Coast to enjoy some whale watching, each Naya Traveler trip will have you stunned.

Starting at $1,000USD per guest per day, rates consist of accommodations, domestic airfare, transportation, host and expert guides, daily activities and excursions, limited meals and services with an on-call team that safeguards your trip 24/7. International airfare not included in pricing. For more information visit HERE.

To celebrate this years upcoming International Women’s Day, Naya Traveler had the chance to chat with Blanca Londono. Blanca runs Colombia’s Finca Silletera – a female-owned business that puts tradition, culture and female empowerment at the forefront of their principles.

Born and raised in Santa Elena, Blanca works with her family on making silletas for decades. The business is something so sacred to her family, something passed down throughout their family history.

Q: Blanca, what are the traditional types of silletas?

A: The silletas can be presented in different types: the monumental, where the arrangement is made flower by flower, emblematic (flat), artistic (in three dimensions) and traditional. They are built using dozens of types of flowers.

Q: How many women in the family are dedicated to this?

A: Six sisters and three daughters. My three daughters and I plant and pick the flowers, we sell them and parade.

Q: What is it about Santa Elena that makes it such a special ideal area for flower-growing?

A: Santa Elena has very good, generous land. We are located 8,500 ft above sea level: we could plant anything in this soil. We don’t use greenhouses, everything is open air land, and we only use organic fertilizers.

Q: What are your childhood memories, growing up in the silleteros tradition?

A: I treasure the most beautiful memories being absolute winners in all 4 versions of silletas. The greatest pride is to be recognized among many artisans. It means that our teamwork is shared and celebrated as an entire family.

Q: How do people live their daily lives in Santa Elena?

A: Here people are wonderful, chatty, we love gathering among neighbors, cousins, siblings… people are so very kind.

Q: Blanca, how would you define Colombians and being Colombian?

A: Colombians are hardworking, honest, straight-forward. We value peace, tranquility and have much respect for visitors, wanting them to have a great experience when traveling around our Country. To me, being Colombian is the greatest thing in life. And living in Santa Elena is something I take immense pride in.

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Naya Traveler Colombia press images courtesy of Naya Traveler for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Naya Traveler Colombia press images courtesy of Naya Traveler for use by 360 MAGAZINE
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FASTEST GROWING TOURIST ATTRACTION OF KOREA – INCHEON

Korea has quickly earned increasing global interest and attention with the rise of online cultural trends. So many people are intrigued by the experience of Korean culture, and since Korea has been continuously recuperating from COVID-19, the Incheon Tourism Organization predicts that international tourists will be able to indulge in trips to Korea very soon.

Seoul has been often regarded as the leading tourist attraction in Korea, but Incheon may triumph over Seoul modernly. Conveniently located by the sea amongst islands and numerous filming locations of Korean cultural content, tourists can now encounter trips in the area with Incheon’s smart tourist platform.

Incheon Tourism Organization suggests the following tourist locations to get to know the true essence of Incheon.

Wolmido Island – Location from Squid Game

Wolmi Theme Park (Wolmi My Land) opened in 1992 and is the oldest amusement park in Wolmido. The park has become exceptionally popular as it was the filming location of Squid Game, where Deoksu meets his gang members. Fans come near and far to get photo ops at Wolmi There Park, indulging in dalgona like the characters from Squid Game and to admire the breathtaking sunsets.

Yeongjongdo Island – The Heart of Korean Content

Yeongjongdo Island is typically the first site that tourists encounter, as many international airlines arrive in Korea via Incheon International Airport. One of the top art and entertainment resorts in Yeongjongdo Island, Paradise City, is noteworthy for the multitude of music videos, photoshoots and fan meeting sites for K-Pop artists. Paradise City isn’t the only filming location for Korean content from TV series to reality shows in Yeongjongdo Island. Eurwangni Beach is where BTS filmed one of their music videos, and is a must-visit for those looking to appreciate a stunning sunset in Korea.

Incheon Open Port – Smart Travel via Incheon Easy App

Incheon Open Port may just be the most significant historic tourist attraction that allows for an experience of the 19th century, and the present. Domestic and international visitors can take pleasure in these trips by using the Incheon Easy app. The app includes tourism suggestions, transportation reservations and a luggage keeping service. Download the Incheon Easy app if you plan on traveling to Incheon soon. (Available on Google Play and App Store).

If you’re in search of the perfect tourist destination that will submerge you in culture, entertainment and history, you’ve found exactly that in Incheon.

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ERIC CANTONA LAUNCHES LOOKING FC

Former captain of Manchester United Eric Cantona announced the launch of his very own travel brand in collaboration with DHARMA, the travel organization that has released travel brands such as Equinox and Culture Trip.

Cantona commented on the inspiration for the travel brand, stating, “Our idea was to create the most passionate football trips on earth, with charisma and soul. Everything today is optimized for price – we wanted to optimize for passion.”

Looking FC, named after the Looking For documentary series produced by Cantona and his brothers (Canto Bros Productions), includes 4-day trips produced by Cantona himself. Guests are taken along an exclusive experience traveling global football cities through the point-of-view of the world’s leading clubs and their devoted fans. Each trip concludes with a Game Day experience seated in the passion sections of stadiums showcased for big League and Champions League competitions. If the Game Day experience wasn’t enough, trips also consist of immersive experiences like fan chant workshops, sports-themed graffiti tours and method briefings with journalists.

The nine trips included this season consist of Manchester (United), Buenos Aires (Boca), Liverpool (Liverpool), Milan (Inter), Madrid (Real Madrid), Barcelona (Barca), Paris (PSG), Lisbon (Sporting), and Casablanca (Raja), with thrilling events planned including Liverpool v Manchester United at Anfield, a Real Madrid v FC Barcelona El Clásico at Bernabeu, and a PSG v Marseille Le Classique at the Parc des Princes. Scheduling is intended for groups but is available to be booked privately to enjoy with your friends and families.

Pricing starts at 1,290 Euros per person based on double occupancy. Included in each ticket is all accommodations, experience, most meals, guides and game tickets.

Looking FC showcases the use of a people, plant and profit approach; in the first-of-its-kind partnership with Common Goal, Looking FC will donate 1% of its returns to fund the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Initiative. The trips are designed with intention to strengthen local businesses, and each trip is carbon offset through Thrust Carbon.

About DHARMA

DHARMA is an emerging travel brand that creates one-of-a-kind experiences. Entering a pivotal period of growth for the company, DHARMA is creating relationships with brands at the top of social markets to continue their purpose of uniting the people of the world through the “power of shared experience.”

CXO and co-founder of DHARMA Leah Howe spoke on the company, stating, “DHARMA brings the passion economy to the travel space by applying the people-buy-people mantra that has been tried and tested for products to experiences. When you build an experience for a specific community it is hyper-personalized. Am I going on a fitness trip curated by my favorite wellness instructor, or a culinary trip curated by a star chef, or on a football trip designed by my idol? The future of travel is social.”

About Eric Cantona

The French football player Eric Cantona has been in the spotlight since the beginnings of his career. Cantona’s football career took off when he was 15, and he started playing with Auxerre during the 1983-84 season. Later in his career during 1993, Cantona played a vital role in Manchester’s first league title in 26 years. Cantona was voted the greatest ever Manchester United player by Inside United magazine. After his retirement from football, Cantona began his career as an actor. In 2009 he played himself in ‘Looking for Eric,’ directed by Ken Loach that won a British Independent Film Award.