May 2016 City of the Month Salt Lake City, Utah May 01 2016
April 2016 City of the Month Portland, Oregon April 01 2016
Portland is the largest city in Oregon hosting a unique and eccentric group of citizens and visitors. Incorporated in 1851, Portland may seem like a young city compared to many other parts of the country and world, but you can still find plenty of history everywhere you look. Over all Portland is an innovative and expressive community that allows for a wide range of things to do in the city. Visitors eager for an in-depth exploration of all things Portland will find a wealth of guided outings around town. Whether you’re looking to sight see by bike, bus, boat or your own two feet, there’s likely a tour for you. In a city as green as Portland, its only fitting that some of the top attractions are outdoor spots that appeal to home gardens and hikers alike. Home to both a sprawling urban wilderness and the world’s smallest park, Portland offers visitors a breath of fresh air. You don't have to venture far from town to find yourself paddling on a secluded bay, hiking a forested trail or observing native wildlife. Oregon’s great outdoors offers excellent adventures all year-round. Portland, is also home to more breweries than any other city on earth, it has pioneered the craft beer movement since the early 1980's. Plenty of pubs don’t just tolerate youngsters; they welcome them with open arms as well as any four-legged visitors, providing pooch-friendly patios and bowls of water for thirsty pups. In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city print size organic 8 x 10 or larger for the month of April, 2016! Use code 5OFF at check out.
April 2016: Decorating with Pantone Color of the Year March 15 2016
It’s twins! For the first year ever Pantone named not one, but TWO colors of the year for 2016. The shades were chosen to convey a rosy warmth and tranquility for the new year, also playing a nod to societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity,” as the company said in a statement. The “baby” blue and pink colors may remind you of the walls of a nursery but Pantone says that the open exchange of information online “has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” And that “Rose quartz is not baby pink,” says Leatrice Eiseman who, as executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute, oversees the company’s annual choice of Color of the Year, agrees that “It doesn’t have that wimpy feel.”
March 2016 City of the Month: Dublin, Ireland March 02 2016
Being voted Europe's fourth most popular city break destination, behind London, Paris and Rome, Dublin Ireland is Europe’s new hot spot! Dublin's elegant Georgian architecture makes it one of Europe's most attractive capitals and is one of the friendliest capital cities in the world. The easily accessible city is small (and safe!) enough for tourist to meander throughout the cities sprawling, winding roads. Many guest find himself or herself exploring the nations treasures in galleries and museums within the city center. Dublin’s cultural center has truly grown within the past year. Dublin's entertainments are legendary, from the boozy delights of the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar to more cultured nights at the theater or dining in one of the city's fine eateries including five 'one Michelin star' restaurants and one two star eatery. It's no surprise that people from all over the world come to enjoy the "craic" in Dublin.For tips on what to do in Dublin, head to their national page which has friendly customized set up for the wanderlust traveler to find their way though. (http://www.visitdublin.com/home/) In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any any non sale city print size organic 8 x 10 or larger for the month of March, 2016! Use code 5OFF at check out.
City of the Day: Innsbruck, Austria December 01 2015
Innsbruck, Austria is known as the ski and snowboard capital of the world. As the two-time host of The Winter Olympics and covered in internationally recognized alpine resorts, Innsbruck does not disappoint winter lovers. In addition to tearing up the slopes, visitors can tour the famous Olympic ski jump and other facilities. Innsbruck was also a seat of power for centuries and history buffs love visiting the royal Habsburg home and soaking up the city's beautiful architecture. Furthermore, Innsbruck is the home of Swarovski Crystals, and no visit to this city is complete wthout a tour of their bizarre, beautiful headquarters.
Source: Rebecca Murphy,10 European Cities to Visit During the Winter, The Abroad Guide.
City of the Day: Copenhagen, Denmark November 24 2015
For the month of November 2015 all Copenhagen prints are $5.00 off. Enter 5OFF at checkout. The home of Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the most fairytale-like cities in Europe, especially with freshly fallen snow blanketed over the town. The Danish concept of "hygge" (or "coziness") is at its peak during the wintertime when locals spend their afternoons and evenings relaxing, drinking hot chocolate, and enjoying the beauty around them. Some of the top sights in Copenhagen include Tivoli Amusement Park, Christiansburg Slot, and Rosenborg Castle, which are all even more charming covered in snow. Don't miss out on Copenhagen's winter culture month, Wondercool, either. Wondercool occurs in February and includes concerts in unusual venues, art shows, and culinary events.
City of the Day: Montreal, Canada November 24 2015
Montreal is the most beautiful when it is blanketed in snow. Bundle up, go outside, and celebrate winter at the 17th Montreal en Lumiere (February 18-March 5), the city's biggest winter arts, music, and food festival. The eclectic lineup includes live music, theater, and dance performances; dazzling pyrotechnics and light shows; a circus acts, children's activities, and dance parties, plus ice sliding and ice-skating. Mixed in with this are fine-dining events pairing top Montreal chefs and over 50 city restaurants with culinary masters from the United States and Switzerland, the festival's featured country for 2015. Save some energy for the final night's Nuit Blance a Montreal, a dusk-to-dawn party packed with more than 200 indoor and outdoor activities. Most events are free, and some are held under the stars or, if you're lucky, the lightly falling snow.
Source: National Geographic's Best Winter Trips 2015.
City of the Day: Edinburgh, Scotland November 24 2015
Edinburgh, Scotland is a gem of a city known for its widespread arts and theater culture. It is a great place to visit during the holidays, particularly because of its holiday light snow that includes fireworks illuminating the sky from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" around the Sir Walter Scott Monument serve even better than carolers.
If you need somewhere to stay in Edinburgh, fireplaces are continuously rekindled at the aronial Balmoral. The Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh is Scotland's answer to the Plaza and equally as opulent.
In the 16th century, sorceresses were burned at the stake beside the gates of Edinburgh Castle. Today, however, nothing scorches at the Witchery by the Castle, which stands on the site. The restaurant serves Loch Duart salmon and Gartmom Farm duck -- all cooked to perfection.
City of the Day: Boston, Massachusetts November 24 2015
New England's old-world ambience and coziness make Boston a lovely choice for the holidays. Enjoy Beacon Hill's cobblestoned streets dusted with white snow, and celebrate the ghosts of Christmases past with the Christmas Revels at Harvard's Sanders Theatre.
If you are not from around Boston and need a place to stay for the holidays, consider XV Beacon Hotel. A gas fireplace warms every bedroom here, mixing classic details like an antique cage elevator with bold abstract paintings. This hotel is located just minutes away from Boston Common and Faneuil Hall.
Don't forget to check out No. 9 Park, a restaurant that serves over-the-top, shockingly delicious cuisine. The menu showcases French- and Italian-influened dishes like signature prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie grasand Vin Santo sauce. A selection of rich desserts and artisan cheese rounds out the offerings.
With so much to do to keep warm and cozy in Boston, the city is a favorite spot for many during the holiday seasons.
City of the Day New York City, USA November 24 2015
Of course one of the best cities to visit during the winter months is the city that never sleeps, even in the coldest winter. New York City gets covered in a thick layer of snow during the wintertime, providing beautiful winter-like landscape and all the urban facilities you can think of. Central Park has numerous romantic hiking trails and also offers horse carriage rides.
New York City, one of the greatest cities in the world, welcomes you all year round. However during the holidays, The Big Apple knows exactly how to create festive atmosphere and fill up the air with Christmas spirit.