Visiting the Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery in Sendai, Japan

A day in the idyllic riverside valley where founder Masataka Taketsuru discovered the pure water he needed to make whisky

Arriving at the long driveway that leads into the Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery, a yellow sign warns of bears and monkeys in the area. As visitors walk along the tree-lined road, the sound of water rushes below, and the path leads to a picturesque pond surrounded by large red brick buildings. A pair of swans swim slowly across the glassy water. A short walk down to …

Word of Mouth: Santiago de Compostela

Navigating the many splendors of a pilgrimage through Spain's Galicia region

The city of Santiago de Compostela on Spain‘s northern Atlantic Coast may be the end of The Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile pilgrimage route thousands of individuals trek each year) but it’s also the capital of one of the country’s best kept secrets: Galicia. As with Catalonia, Galicia has a language, culture and cuisine all its own. This stretch of northwestern Spain conjures visions of …