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Seattle, Washington, is full of things to do and see, from beautiful landscapes and museums to historic landmarks like the Space Needle. Since Seattle is waterfront, there are also a ton of great seafood restaurants throughout the city. If you find yourself in Seattle, you absolutely have to try one of these restaurants.

Elliot’s Oyster House

Elliot’s Oyster House, located at 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, is one of the best places to get fresh seafood. Their menu boasts seafood options such as grilled scallops, blackened Pacific rockfish, oysters, and roasted lobster tail, along with non-seafood options, like steak, desserts, and wines. Best of all, Elliot’s Oyster House uses sustainable practices, recycles, and works to restore the Puget Sound. If you find yourself at Pier 56 between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., you should definitely drop by Elliot’s Oyster House for some of the best seafood in all of Seattle.

If you go a little earlier, you can catch happy hour, which takes place daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and you can get a discount on oysters by the half shell.

Blueacre Seafood

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Loved by tourists and natives alike, Blueacre Seafood has a way of bringing people together over delicious, perfectly cooked seafood. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. to enjoy their grilled whole Idaho rainbow trout, or knock back your choice of oysters by the half shell. The elegant atmosphere enhances the dining experience, and if you’re staying overnight, there are several great hotels in Seattle within walking distance of the restaurant. Blueacre Seafood also has a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and an impressive selection of wines to choose from.

RockCreek Seafood & Spirits

Just because you’re eating some of the best seafood from around the world doesn’t mean you have to be stuck up or snooty about it. This is why people love the laid back, down to earth atmosphere of RockCreek Seafood & Spirits and all the friendly faces that work there. From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., you have your choice of mouth-watering entrees, including Icelandic char, Casco Bay monkfish, and of course, plenty of oysters.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can also enjoy a light brunch, with seafood inspired options such as the bacon & oyster benedict or tried-and-true options like buttermilk pancakes.

Quietly nestled at 4300 Fremont Ave N., this restaurant has a large dining room, a beautiful patio, awesome bar, and a cozy upstairs loft for private dining, so you can dine any way you choose.

Of course, this is nowhere near an exhaustive list of seafood restaurants in Seattle, but it’s a few of the best. For a more complete list, be sure to check out Seattle Magazine’s list, which gives you a better idea of the wide variety of seafood restaurants that call Seattle home. Whatever you do, don’t leave Seattle without trying their famous, fresh seafood, as you definitely won’t forget it.

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Over the years, it’s been difficult to properly track the weather. Sure, we have satellite imagery, but that’s only able to show us so much. We’ve never been able to see inside of storms (in a way that actually makes a difference from a meteorological standpoint). With Earth Networks, you can easily track the weather using their fantastic network of weather drones that get inside of the weather, and tell us about impending disasters three times faster than we’ve been able to do before.

It comes down to being able to inform people, right? All of that information is great, but only if you can get that information out to people in a quick manner. The fastest way is to utilize weather displays screens for business—they come in 21” HD monitors through Earth Networks, and act as your personal weather tracker service without you having to do anything. It’s a screen that’s designated to be your personal weather channel with no commercials, no advertisements, and no commentary overlay. How often have you been trying to listen to the weather, when the meteorologist onscreen rambles off about the “what ifs” way too often?

You want to know what’s happening now. You want real-time weather tracking, and you want to bring that awesome capability to your business for yourself, your employees, and your customers to be able to see. Not only is this essential for areas that often encounter tornadoes, but it’s also fantastic if you’re in a snowy environment and you’re looking at harsh winds and hail coming in faster than other predictions stated. Basically, it’s your best line of defense, all the time.

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Gods and Goddesses won’t feel kicked out of paradise in Bali! In fact, Bali is nicknamed ‘The Island of the Gods’, and if you ask me, it is not only because of the Balinese culture where honouring the Gods and Goddesses of the sea, the sky, wind, fire, rice paddies, lakes and so on, are part of daily life. It is also because the island literally is like a paradise with its sweeping emerald rice paddies, the gorgeous black and white sand beaches, the rugged holy volcanoes, the dramatic clifftops, deep river valleys, the temples and luxury villas. Here are 4 reasons why Bali is a paradise on earth:

1. Luxury villas

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Like I mentioned before, luxury villas cannot be missed on the list of why Bali is such as paradise island. For those coming to spend their holidays on this magical little Hindu Island, you may feel like Gods and Goddesses yourself when waking up to the stunning island views, jumping in your private swimming pool and getting pampered with tropical breakfasts, in-villa massages and friendly smiles of the Balinese people who look after the villa and it’s guests. There is a wide range of luxury villas available all around the island and prices are plain low compared to those in the western world – it may even be cheaper to have your own private pool villa than to stay in a hotel. There are villas for every budget, tropical and contemporary styled. It is all up to your preferences. Find your dream-come-true private villa in Bali here.

2. Sacred and Holy places

You can simply not get around the beautiful temples and shrines that gives this island such an exotic and a deeply spiritual feel. Temples are everywhere, and even every house has got its own shrine where the Balinese bring their offerings several times a day. The culture is more than intriguing, and the list of holy and sacred places is endless. From volcanoes to lakes, the Gods live everywhere. During your stay, you will witness ceremonies, hear mystical sounds and inhale incense. You will step on holy grounds and visit ancient sacred temples. No matter where you go, your trip will be influenced by cultural and spiritual events, like a mystical paradise that somehow exists on planet earth.

3. The Balinese Spa culture

Massages and spa treatments are also deeply entwined with the Balinese culture, and it certainly adds to the paradise feel of this island. There are luxury spas everywhere and who doesn’t love to relax with a good, tension-relieving Balinese massage? You can have complete spa days, starting with a pedicure and manicure, followed by a massage and body wrap, a cream bath and a facial. You’ll return home reborn!

4. Foodie Heaven

Bali is more than a paradise when it comes to food if you ask me! Food stalls and local warungs everywhere, especially after sunset when shops start closing, little street warungs open up. Nasi Goreng, chicken soup, martabak, fried bananas, sate, you can just keep on eating. All the food is prepared with local spices, according to ancient traditions. To get the most authentic food, get your dinner at these busy food stalls or on local markets. For lunch, stop at a local warung (seek out a busy one) and get your plate of nasi campur. You simply point your finger at dishes in the display and, it will be added to your rice, with some sambal of course. Selamat Makan!

 

The article is written by Stephanie from Villa-Finder.com.

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Love needs no reason to celebrate. Love is a constant celebration of life, togetherness and a special promise between two people. Still, special occasions call for a reignited spark in the relationship. And what’s a better occasion for that than your wedding or anniversary?

Admit it – your life changed the day you started dating that one person or the day you got married. You set on an unending journey of fulfilment with your body, mind and soul. You probably still get that anxious yet exciting feeling in your stomach when you think about that day. So, you have all the right reasons to celebrate it every year with no inhibitions.

We list here some interesting ideas for anniversary celebrations to strengthen the bond with your special one.

1. Get More Intimate

Let your partner know you still cherish their physical presence in your life and you would never feel as attracted to anybody else. Sex and other acts of intimacy are scientifically proven ways to enhance the bond between two people and cement their love.

Since it’s your anniversary, do not hold back. Ever had any fantasies in mind? Share them. Take a long, relaxing shower together. People often hold their whole anniversary celebrations outside neglecting what they could do at home with even more passion.

2. Go On a Cruise – Let the ocean work its magic!

Cruise rides are always fun and refreshing regardless who you are with. But, this could mean even more when you take your partner with you on your anniversary day. It can’t get more romantic than celebrating your love on the waters.

You can have a romantic lunch or dinner there. You can play fun games. You can even observe the beauty of the gigantic whales around. You can truly spark up your anniversary celebrations through a whale watching charter boat hire.

3. Take Part in Each Other’s Passions

We all are passionate about something. These passions may include photography, cooking, movies, painting and others. As a part of your anniversary celebrations, do together whatever you both are passionate about. This will not only offer a great time but it would be liberating to know that you have someone you can share your passions with. Make special time to cherish this aspect of relationship.

4. Have a Themed Dinner

No anniversary celebrations are complete without a beautiful romantic dinner. Get some special food made or even better – cook a romantic dinner together. Add some specialness by setting up a theme. Let the theme consist of your favourite and elegant colours. Decorate the space and dress accordingly. You can select the dress you want to see your partner glow in, and let them select yours. Or simply, gift one to each other.

5. Hold a Surprise for Each Other

Another great way to add excitement to your anniversary celebrations is by surprising each other. This surprise may be of any kind and may involve any activity (or not).  You can be fully creative here and shower your love in a unique, personalised way. Catch your partner off-guard by revealing the surprise at any point of the day.

These ideas are surely going to infuse the right energy, excitement and depth into your anniversary celebrations. Happy living and loving!

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As observed by several marine biologists and lovers of the ocean, a whale is not as violent a creature as sharks are. Although whales are enormous in size, they are also among the most gorgeous sea creatures and have been around for hundreds of years. Throughout the years, whales have been hunt down to eat, store as prizes and keepsakes, and as a major consequence, they are fast going extinct when they shouldn’t have been. For this reason, most countries have introduced specific laws to protect the stunning mammals of the oceans.

The behaviours of all kinds of whales and dolphins has been observed in great detail by marine biologists and whale watchers that attend notable tours such as Oz Whale Watching. One of the question regarding whales, which comes to the mind of many people is: what exactly triggers a whale migration off the coast of Eastern Australia?

What Triggers a Whale Migration?

Whale migration off the coast of East Australia is a result of the freezing water during the months of the Antarctic winter. During this period of the year, southern whales head north, passing by the Eastern coastline of Australia. The need to migrate stems from three specific reasons:

Protect the Young

Naturally, the cold conditions of the freezing water can result in the death of baby calves. Whales are generally warm-blooded animals, and give birth during the second half of the year when the climate is a lot warmer. If the whales did not migrate, the water can become fatal for their calves and cause them to die.

The Need to Eat

Most whales exist on feeding off other fish, such as Krill, to survive, although many of them might also hunt down other sea creatures such as sea lions. However, because of the cold temperature of the water, other fishes and sea creatures choose to migrate as well. Due to this reason, whales must migrate otherwise they are likely to starve to death because of scarcity of food. This is done not only to save them but to protect their offspring as well.

Breeding Season

The months of May through to September are the breeding months for whales. The northern waters are a lot warmer in these months which make them the ideal grounds for the whales to breed in. Therefore, migrating from the cold waters of the southern part to the warmer waters is necessary for whales to breed their species and save themselves from freezing or starving.

Which Whales Migrate?

Within Australia, most of the whales that are observed migrating from the southern waters are humpback whales. During the month of May, the water in the coast of East Australia are a lot more warm and comfortable for the whales which is why, they choose to hurry off to those waters as early as May or even March, depending on the climate and temperature of the ocean.

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There are many places that are quite wonderful to visit, and with cheap air travel now prevalent, most are easy to get to. The stunning variety and splendour of Africa is a wonderful opportunity to experience flora and fauna that is unique, Australia is a place of many wonders, and the mysterious and enticing east Asian countries are all worthy of consideration. However, after many arduous months at work, day in, day out, you want to take the time out to relax. Imaging lying on a beautiful soft-sand beach, in glorious sunshine, with the shade of palm trees to keep you cool, a cocktail in hand and no worries at all: that’s what you get when you take a break on Maui, one of the most wonderful of the Hawaiian Islands.

Maui is a place of many wonders, from the stunning beaches to the magnificent volcanoes, waterfalls and other amazing features, but perhaps best of all is the range of affordable Maui beachfront rentals, the best form of accommodation from which to explore and enjoy this captivating and enticing place. We recommend you take a look at this accommodation option as you will find that it is the most cost-effective and surprisingly affordable option, as well as being the one that offers you the very best in privacy and convenience.

Luxury Beachfront Rentals

Why do we recommend beachfront rentals over other more traditional forms of holiday accommodation? You could find a very nice hotel on Maui, at the usual prices, but rest assured you will find a rental accommodation is a much more affordable and enjoyable way to spend your time on this quite delectable island. For a start, you have none of the restrictions of hotel living – you can come and go as you please, with no other guests to worry about, and enjoy dining outdoors on your provided alfresco dining area. You can also choose from self-catering or catered accommodation, and the setting will be quite spectacular.

For example, consider the magnificent Hekili Point, a truly luxurious 4-bedroom villa in a spot that can only be described as amazing. With luxurious fixtures and fittings, this wonderful house is inspired by old-Hawaiian architecture, and gives you the opportunity to house as many as eight people in genuine luxury. Occupying a wonderful spot with easy access to the beautiful beach, plus the added advantage of a pool, private terrace, a hot tub with ocean views and more, this is the place to get away from it all for the perfect family break in a genuine tropical idyll.

If you are looking for a romantic break for two, we can recommend the quaint and quite wonderful one-bedroom residences at Montage Kapalua Bay. There is a choice of a few of these beautiful houses, each occupying a stunning spot within this fabulous resort, and you get views and access to one of the best beaches in the world – we are not exaggerating, it really is – plus use of a wide range of facilities. Maui is a place that offers you everything from sporting pursuits to pure relaxation, all with incredible weather and the traditional warm Hawaiian welcome.

Much to Do in Maui

If you are not content with lying in pure relaxation on a glorious beach, there is plenty more to do on Maui. This is an island of many contrasts; on the one hand you have the stunning warm sands and ocean waters that ring the island, while on the other you have access to amazing volcanoes – one of the features that Hawaii is famous for – and beautiful waterfalls, and then there’s the amazing towns, where you will be welcomed with open arms wherever you go.

If you want to cook at your residence, you should check out the markets selling local authentic produce, and there is plenty to be said for the seafood available around the island. However, eating out is always a big part of the holiday experience, so we recommend you check out many of the friendly and charming restaurants and cafes around the island.

A fun and relaxed atmosphere can be found at Zippy’s, and you won’t find many friendlier places than this, where it is recommended you try their speciality, Loco Moco. You should also take a look at Da Kitchen, which offers a full menu of local dishes, and be aware that the portions are always large when eating on Maui, so you might want to consider sharing to save money.

Relax and Enjoy

Back to your beachfront rental after a long, relaxing day, and you can continue to enjoy your time on this wonderful island in luxurious surroundings. Untroubled by others, you can spend time on your outdoor patio, take a dip in the pool, or simply enjoy a drink in peace while taking your deserved time away from the rigours of daily life.

Relaxation and enjoyment is what Maui and Hawaii are all about. There is a different pace of life here, one where time seems to slow down and everything happens in its own time, and you will find it to be a world apart, somewhere you previously only imagined could really exist.

For the holiday of a lifetime, whether as a couple or a family group, you really need to go to Maui, and we guarantee that once you see how affordable a beachfront rental is on this quite glorious island, you will want to return time and time again.

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The vast lands encompassed by the boundaries of the South American continent represent an area of the richest and most diverse biodiverse region on Earth. The twelve independent nations and three dependent territories which make up South America have some of the best roads for taking the camper out and driving to one’s heart’s content. Here are a few of the roads which connect the northern tip of Columbia to the southern tip of Argentina and everything in between.

The Interoceanic Highway

Snaking along with the natural relief is a fully paved road which allows the South Atlantic Ocean to meet the South Pacific Ocean. This highway is meant to foster the linking of three ports in Peru to a number of Brazilian cities as such it is an easy drive. This route is for the lovers of smooth driving as the route will not introduce the diverse wildlife to the traffic of a highway. This is the highway to use for a city tour of Rio de Janeiro which has lots to see. Along the way, one can enjoy the natural scenery flanking the highway on both sides.

The Southern Patagonian Andes

Be sure to prepare the camper with the needed RV parts and supplies for this ten-day adventure in Argentina and Chile. For the off- roading lovers, the Southern Andes provides a breathtaking backdrop for two weeks off the grid while appreciating the Earth in all its splendor. This location has a well-highlighted backpacking trail which can be done in eight hours or in two days with an overnight camping experience being included for the latter. If camping is a bit too much, the town of El Chaltén has a few good hotels, bars and restaurants to pick from.

The Land of the Incas

On the other side of the Andes are Bolivia and Peru which share an ancient Inca population. The altiplano trip combines indigenous culture, cuisine, ancient ruins with a great outdoor adventure.

 

Author bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at Stylerail, a lifestyle blog as well as Sataco, an electro mechanical company in Lebanon.

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Traveling on a budget does not mean traveling totally broke, it means allocating proper resources to the activities you actually want to spend money on. Many tourist destinations have inflated prices with poor service because the general belief is that a tourist has an unlimited amount of cash and not much common sense. To avoid some of these account draining locations, consider visiting these hidden budget traveler gems and save money.

Take a Long Drive

It would be better to buy or rent a camper, load it up with RV supplies and drive from Washington DC to the Great Smoky Mountains. The journey will take you across two national parks and introduce the beautiful yet majestic Blue Ridge Parkway and its natural resources. When traveling between Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one unique aspect that will jump out is that the road is seemingly unchanged from its 1935 origins. There are many 19th century farms and towns that seem to come straight from a postage stamp.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Charleston is the more popular South Carolina hotspot, but it tends to have massive crowds and beachgoers. Visiting the quiet and pristine Litchfield beach or the four mile Pawleys Island stretch where a true taste of Southern food can be had, seems to be a much better place for any budget traveler.

Do not assume that there is little to do outside of sleeping and eating in Myrtle Beach, there are really active centers for water sports enthusiasts. Once the safety presentation is done, feel free to rent a jet ski or pontoon and ride to your heart’s content.

Charleston, South Carolina

Since you would have been in the area anyway, head up to Charleston where the food is just as good, but the music is better. For lovers of classical music, there are many annual orchestral concerts where both the masterworks of yesteryear and the pop sensations of today are played. If the music of the grand concert halls is not enough, try visiting the world renowned Gibbes Museum of Art where a string quartet plays music related to the art on display. If you are an activity driven traveler, set off to the Kiawah Island where there are many bike trails which merge with woodlands beaches and many waterways. If you are feeling the bug to be on the water, do not dismay as rented kayaks are available for further exploration.

Boston

Be sure to visit this historic city during the summer when most universities are on break; the city truly empties out and the traffic is lighter. The history of the American Revolution as it started in Boston can be found via the Freedom Trail which carries you through 16 significant and historic sites. There are also many river cruises offered in the city which will merge history and fine dining into one.

Buffalo

During the months of April to October, visit the Larkin Square on a Tuesday night. In addition to free parking and free concerts, there are up to 50 food trucks on location simply there for your enjoyment. In addition to great food, Buffalo has been leading the craft cocktail resurgence seen in the US in the past few years. So for all of the lovers of tasty beverages, be sure to drop in at happy hour to one of the “new Buffalo” type of drinking holes. Finally, the Albright- Knox Art Gallery is popular for having the iconic artworks of Picasso, Khalo, and O’Keeffe on display year-round.

 

Author bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at Stylerail, a lifestyle blog as well as Sataco, an electro mechanical company in Lebanon.

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There is no better way to explore new destinations than by motorbike. It’s the most raw, exciting and also convenient way to travel, and wherever you want to go, you will find that you get the full experience of being at one with nature, while also being able to get from place to place with ease. When planning a road trip, whether at home or abroad, it pays to make sure your bike is fully serviced and ready to go. If you service your own bike, we recommend you check out BikeBandit.com, the leading name in quality brand parts, accessories, gear and after-market parts, with excellent prices and quick delivery.

So, where do you go on your bike vacation? There is a whole world out there, and you may be surprised what you can find close to home!

The USA

There is so much diversity in the USA that it can be difficult to advise travellers where to visit! Any one of the magnificent states offers a great deal of interest, with stunning cities and beautiful sights, and there is so much in the way of diverse culture to enjoy, too. What about a road trip across the iconic Route 66, a favourite with bikers from across the world? There is little like this route, immortalised on the page and in film, and it takes you to some of the most amazing places in the US. Before you set out, make sure you check your bike is up to it; you can find, for example, a comprehensive range of tires for motorcycles at BikeBandit, with brands such as Pirelli and Bridgestone in stock, all at excellent prices and with fast delivery.

Europe

The European countries offer a wealth of diversity; from the superb country roads of the UK, to the magnificent Alpine sweeps on the continent, the latter being a biker’s dream. Nothing beats the thrill of negotiating, for example, the incredible Stelvio Pass, which has been featured on many a motoring and biking TV programme, so check it out and see what you’re missing. France, Germany, Italy and Spain are all great for on and off-road biking, so if you want to get your dirt bike up to scratch, check out the range of dirt bike parts for Honda models at BikeBandit.

Rest of the World

If you want to travel long-distance, why not head to Australia? This vast, sparse land is home to some of the most unique animals on the planet, and offers a chance to visit a land that is as ancient as any. Then there’s the Far East; Vietnam is fast becoming a favourite for bike holidays, thanks to its quite stunning scenery and wonderful people, and you might want to consider the wonders of Africa, where there are too many countries to mention in such a short piece. Wherever you choose to go, take the time to make sure your bike is up to scratch, and you will enjoy yourself to the full.

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Are you a regular traveller, either for business or pleasure? If so, you’ll know that there are many things you can do to make life easier on the move. Airports are a stressful place to be, and it seems that nothing ever goes smoothly! Let’s have a look at five ways you can make your life easier when on the move.

Plan Ahead

This is essential for both pleasure and business travel; know where you are going to stay when you reach each destination, and try to have it booked in advance. Make sure you have all your tickets in an easy to reach pocket, and in the right order. This way, you avoid the potential stress of not knowing where things are!

Pack Light

The added charges for heavy luggage on aircraft, for example, can be expensive, so pack as light as you can. If you’re heading on holiday to a popular resort, remember that it can be cheap to buy, say, t-shirts there, thus lightening your load when travelling abroad. Pack only what you need, with nothing superfluous.

Check the Weather

If you are planning on being outdoors when travelling, either at home or abroad, it pays to know what the weather forecast is wherever you are going to be. I have a handy tip for you here: I always use my weather station! What am I talking about? It’s a small, digital device that gives me up to date, accurate information on present and projected weather, and I find it absolutely essential. You can find out more about the top 10 weather stations at a great site called bestreviewer.co.uk, and they also have reviews of other essential travel items, so we recommend you check them out.

Be Safe

Safety is essential when you are in a place you are not familiar with. Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches in crowded places, wear a money belt rather than carrying a bag or wallet and be vigilant. In the UK or abroad there are always undesirables who will take advantage of any lapses in security, so be aware of what is going on around you.

Enjoy Yourself!

This may seem like an obvious point, but it is sometimes too easy to let some of the above points worry you, and impact on your enjoyment of the trip. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, at home or abroad, remember that you are most likely heading somewhere with plenty to enjoy, so try and discover what is worth seeing and doing in the area, and enjoy your break to the full.

There’s five sensible pieces of advice that will help you have a stress-free time travelling, and we could find many more. To begin with, why not head to the website we mentioned above and check out their detailed reviews of weather stations? Seriously, these clever little things have made my travelling life a great deal easier, and for a very small outlay you can stay on top of the weather wherever you are.

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