Why Now: Jackson Hole is an exciting travel destination because it's not only close to two incredible national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, but it’s also a really impressive ski town. There are great restaurants, art galleries, and shopping too — making it a destination that really has a lot to offer. The stunning wildlife and endless adventure opportunities are also year-round there. Even flying into the airport is an enjoyable experience, as it is the only commercial airport in the US set inside a national park! Jackson Hole is truly an adventure seeker's paradise — perfect for a romantic getaway or an unforgettable trip with family and friends.
Child’s Play: Jackson Hole’s National Museum of Wildlife Art is a great place to take the family and it’s the only museum dedicated solely to wildlife art in the US.
Top Table: Located right on Town Square, the Snake River Grill is one of my favorite fine-dining experiences in Jackson Hole. Sip delicious signature cocktails at the intimate bar and enjoy a delectable new American cuisine meal in the rustic-elegant dining room.
Eye on Design: As a hat lover, I love Encounter Hat Co, where you can choose from a variety of felt hats customized right in the store.
Don’t Miss: Grand Teton National Park is really under rated, and I highly recommend taking in its wildlife and stunning scenery. Often overlooked due to its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton is a hidden gem.
NEW YORK CITY
Why Now: New York is always a good idea. The food, the Broadway shows, the culture, and the energy — it’s a one-of-a-kind city that always makes for a great place to visit repeatedly.
Child’s Play: Central Park is a great place to take the kids to run around, explore the zoo, ride on the carousel, and enjoy the many playgrounds.
Top Table: I keep going back to The Polo Bar for the great food but mostly the incredible ambiance and decor.
Eye on Design: ABC Carpet & Home for home furnishings, Bergdorf Goodman for designer clothing, and FAO Schwartz for the kids.
Don’t Miss: The breathtaking view of the city from the top of Rockefeller Center, aka Top of the Rock, is something everyone should experience at least once. I have been lucky enough to shoot work from up there and the view never gets old.
BIG ISLAND HAWAII
Why Now: Hawaii is a place that really allows me to completely disconnect and relax, which is why I keep returning year after year. All the stresses of life seem to just disappear in Hawaii.
Child’s Play: We recently took the kids on a boating trip to see dolphins and they were in heaven. It was so fun to see them wide-eyed and full of pure joy.
Top Table: Merriman’s is so quintessentially Hawaiian and is always a good time and a great meal.
Eye on Design: I love visiting Seaside Lux at the Four Seasons and the gift shop at the Mauna Kea for vacation essentials — and both happen to also sell my art and products!
Don’t Miss: The hiking in Hawaii is magical. I recently went on a hike in the Kohala region, which had gorgeous views of Pololū Valley's steep cliffs ending in the ocean below.