Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in Spain's exhilarating seaside city

by Andrew Maness Nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s second largest city impresses with its approachability. In Barcelona there’s no shortage of elevated spaces with public access, seemingly every hotel has a rooftop with a bar and a pool. However, while these are useful for gaining a different perspective in a particular neighborhood, they don’t give you a look at the big picture. For …

Word of Mouth: Kauai Adventures

An island that's as free-range for humans as it is for its iconic wild chickens

Five minutes after landing on Kauai, you spot one: a colorful, carefree chicken that, strutting around aimlessly in the rental car parking lot, defines free-range. The sighting seems novel at first, but here the bucolic bird is almost as ubiquitous as a palm tree and blends right in with both the island’s rustic landscape. As an idyllic place to unplug and explore, Kauai’s un-cooped chickens …

Ascending Cascade Mountain with Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides

Founder Patrick Jerome helps us up the iconic east side of the peak

As expected for mid-June, there are flowers on the Bow Valley floor in Alberta, Canada, but the surrounding mountains are covered in snow. Because of this recent snow fall, our climb will be a little more difficult, says our guide Patrick Jerome. The founder of Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides, Jerome, is leading us up the east side of Cascade Mountain—an iconic peaks overlooking Banff. “Because …