The Best of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we say goodbye to both a year and a decade. It’s time to look back on the last 12 months, remember the big moments, and reflect on the surprising ones. Trips, as usual, was a big part of the year. You traveled all over the world in search of beautiful scenes, unique hotels, up-and-coming wine regions, and remote spots. Here are Travel Cravings’ top 10 destinations of the year.

Photo: Hotel Clermont

Atlanta: Find a landmark building, a revitalized hotel, refurbished rooms, a basement brasserie, and a rooftop hot spot in the capital of Georgia.

Photo: Freepoint Hotel

Cambridge: Discover the new kid on the block, an art-filled lobby, cozy nooks, a locally-sourced restaurant, and a glassed-in garden across the Charles River.

Photo: Wanetta Ayers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Unalaska: Explore treeless mountains, large colonies of seabirds, a Russian church, World War II historic sites, and king crab fishermen on the Aleutian Islands.

Photo: Kanopi House

Port Antonio: Relax in one of the most beautiful spots on the island, a seemingly bottomless lagoon, a mixture of warm salt water and cool freshwater, and a remote hotel on Jamaica.

Photo: Pearl Beach Saint Barth

St. Jean: Set your sights on St. Jean Beach, French bistros, sandy bars, chic boutiques, and a boutique hotel that took over a heavily damaged spot after Hurricane Irma.

Photo: Resort Faro di Punta Fenaio

Punta Fenaio: Enjoy lunch with a view, a glass of amber-hued wine, a plate of pasta alle vongole, a red-and-white lighthouse, a view of the sapphire Tyrrhenian Sea, and a unique little resort on Isola Del Giglio.

Photo: Frans Berkelaar via flickr

Maastricht: Search for colorful murals, Artemide lamps, pop-up art exhibits, flying-saucer chandeliers, a futuristic wine bar, and a modern copper entrance in a monastery that’s been turned into a hotel in Limburg.

Photo: Plitvice Holiday Resort

Plitviče Lakes National Park: Have a large national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 16 interconnected lakes, and slushy trails practically to yourself in one of the most beautiful spots in Europe.

Photo: Bodega Tierra Roja

Tarija: Try new hotels, acclaimed restaurants, a breathtaking landscape, an emerging wine region, and organic vineyards in South America’s new “it” destination.

Photo: Alex Hotel

Perth: Return to the end of the world with a flat white at check-in, an artsy workspace, an honor bar stocked with local beer and wine, a posh restaurant, and a rooftop terrace in the capital of Western Australia.


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