Sojourn in South Beach, part three

After a good night’s rest, I take advantage of the balmy weather and have my coffee outside.  Bypassing cabanas and a large-scale chess set on the Stanton’s terrace (stantonsobe.com), I make my way to the...

Sojourn in South Beach, part two

On my first full day in Miami, I’m under the weather. It occasionally happens when I travel (the combo of little sleep, re-circulated air on planes, and the lack of real food are the usual culprits), so I...

Sojourn in South Beach, part one

A northeastern winter is cold, grey and – seemingly – endless. You spend hours plotting an escape to someplace sunny and warm... if only for a few days. Luckily, there are a few options that aren’t...

Weekend Getaway: The Cove Opens in Long Beach

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) L.A. tends to get all the attention when it comes to Southern California destinations. That's why Long Beach, the coastal city 30 miles south of the City of Angels, is...

The Secret Gems of Australia

Get ready to explore one of the most idyllic natural wonders of the world. Of course I'm talking about Australia! From the outback’s warm auburn hues to the cool coastal blues of the ocean, the Australian...

CABO RISING

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) If you were to take the scenic coastal roads of Malibu, the decadence of Vegas, and the film festival prestige of Cannes, the result would resemble the Los Cabos of...

Great Getaways: Glen Ivy Hot Springs

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) Photo: Glen Ivy In 2018, we're all about wellness, especially after all of the stress-inducing shenanigans that played out across our news feeds last year. And that's why...