Gone Glamping: The Ranch at Rock Creek

Gone Glamping: The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek makes Big Sky Country larger than life. By Martine Bury In 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a road trip across America with his pet poodle. The result was the classic Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Out of all the places he went, Montana’s open skies and epic mountain terrain left an indelible impression. “I’m in love with Montana,” he wrote. “For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” With a wide expanse that spreads […]

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Where to Travel in December

Where to Travel in December

Start a new holiday tradition this year. Create lasting memories with a trip to one of the best places to travel in December. Southern Australia December marks the beginning of summer in Australia. Travel in December to Adelaide in South Australia where you’ll find summer festivals in full swing. Spend a morning sampling fresh seasonal produce and locally-made cheeses at some of the popular farmers markets. In the afternoon, visit some of South Australia’s award-winning micro breweries to taste artisan crafted beers and ales. Adelaide is also home to Penfolds Grange Magill Estate where you can taste the iconic wines. […]

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Top Destinations for Stargazing

Top Destinations for Stargazing

Leave the light pollution behind. See the stars under some of the world’s darkest skies with our top destinations for stargazing. As light pollution invades the urban city and suburban skies, people are looking to get out of the city to see the stars. We’ve gathered up our top destinations for stargazing. These destinations for stargazing are ideal. Some of them are the darkest places in the world. Other locations have resident astronomers and state of the art technology to help you interpret the skies. If you want to get out and see the heavenly stars, these are the best […]

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Celebrating Parrandas de Remedios

Celebrating Parrandas de Remedios

Parrandas de Remedios is Cuba’s oldest festival. Travel to Cuba with Ker & Downey during Christmas to experience the festivities of Parrandas de Remedios. Dating back to 1820, Parrandas de Remedios is Cuba’s oldest festival. The young Father Francisco Vigil de Quiñones was priest of the Grand Cathedral of Remedios. He noticed a drop in attendance at midnight mass during the week leading up to Christmas. Hoping to attract parishioners, he instructed children to go out into the streets with any type of noisemaker – jars, spoons, horns, cans – and make a raucous. The noise, the young priest hoped, […]

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Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

Ker & Downey Product Manager Elizabeth Frels traveled to Europe to experience the Christmas Markets last year and fills us in on some of her favorite stops. European Christmas markets are a novelty around the world. Ancient UNESCO city centers, lined in sparkling lights and wooden stalls, play host to copious amount of glühwein and general handcrafted merriment. It’s a scene out of a fairy tale and something that we would encourage everyone to do at least once in their lifetime, even if it means avoiding the familial obligations of the season. Spanning France, Belgium, and Germany, our European Christmas […]

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The Best 8 Places for a Thanksgiving Getaway

The Best 8 Places for a Thanksgiving Getaway

Get a head start on your holiday planning with our guide to the best places for a family Thanksgiving getaway. We’ve rounded up some of the best places for your entire extended family to spend the holidays. The Marlborough Lodge, New Zealand The Marlborough Lodge has quite a history behind it. It was originally located in Blenheim, built as a convent in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy. It was later moved to its present location and converted into a Bed and Breakfast. In May, Marlborough Tour Company purchased it and plans to turn it into a luxury lodge, set […]

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Iran Travel - An 11-Day Journey of Exploration with Ker & Downey

Iran Travel – An 11-Day Journey of Exploration with Ker & Downey

Ker & Downey’s journey for Iran travel is an exploration of history, culture, and architecture across the country over 11 days. Dating back to 4,000 BC, Iran is home to one of the oldest societies in the world. The Medes, Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans have all left their mark on the landscape and peoples of historic Iran. Since declaring independence on April 1, 1979, Iran is a theocratic republic with a developing economy and a modern infrastructure. A journey through Iran unveils the history of the Persian Empire and modern day Iran through architecture, art, and culture. Over the […]

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Ireland Travel Guide: Ker & Downey’s Must-Do’s in the Emerald Isle

Ireland Travel Guide: Ker & Downey’s Must-Do’s in the Emerald Isle

Ker & Downey’s Ireland Travel Guide to the top things to do in the Emerald Isle. The Emerald Isle has long held a reputation for being a land of enchantment. And rightfully so—Ireland’s generous people, breathtaking landscapes, magnificent castles, and world famous culture are enough to attract travelers from all over the world to its many wonders. Yet while there are many ways to tap into the saturated charm of Ireland, Ker & Downey has the ability to go beyond the typical tourist offerings to introduce travelers to the very best the Island of Ireland has to offer. Our Ireland […]

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The House Called Mbabati - An Interview With Samantha Ford

The House Called Mbabati – An Interview With Samantha Ford

Ker & Downey talks with Samantha Ford, stylish globetrotter and author of The House Called Mbabati, available on Amazon now. Samantha Ford is a globetrotter in every sense of the word. Wanderlust courses through her veins. She grew up traveling the world, moving from place to place every few years. As she got older, she continued to move about, settling until restlessness crept in, then picking up and moving on. Her travels have greatly influenced her career as a writer. You can tell she’s well traveled and well-versed in the art of observing her surroundings. It’s these experiences that provide […]

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World Lion Day

World Lion Day

Celebrate Wold Lion Day with Ker & Downey. Find out how you can get involved with conservation efforts on World Lion Day to support the big cats.  August 10th is World Lion Day. It’s a day to celebrate Africa’s biggest cat, but also a day to bring awareness to their declining numbers. Recent estimates state as few as 20,000 lions remain in the wild. It’s a staggering number when you realize their numbers were closer to 450,000 just 50 years ago. The biggest threat facing lions is habitat loss and degradation, and conflicts with humans. In 2009 National Geographic explorers […]

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