Category: Inspiration

Great American Road Trip

Great American Road Trip

A great American road trip is a classic vacation experience. Ker & Downey shows you some of our favorite stops on a cross-country journey in America that will take you from sea to shining sea. Washington, DC The capital of the country has more to see beyond the White House. The melting pot of cultures here makes Washington, DC a global place with a fusion of activities. But it is its historical charm that really stands out. Wander along the tree-lined avenues of row houses and see the colonial architecture dating back to 1751 in nearby Georgetown. The cobblestone streets and the old homes, each […]

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A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

In the Alta Badia valley in the Dolomites, great skiing is combined with gourmet food for a unique ski safari. South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, is an area known for its apples, ham, wine, and an impressive 23 Michelin stars. Those 23 Michelin stars make it the most decorated province in all of Italy. This gourmet’s destination is also popular among skiers with the world’s largest ski circuit that encompasses over 745 miles of downhill runs, and all skiable with a single ski pass. Among the mountains and valleys, there is a network of mountain huts that can provide basic […]

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New Star Wars Filming Locations to Explore

New Star Wars Filming Locations to Explore

The galaxy far, far away is closer than you think. As Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi gets closer to its debut, we are highlighting new Star Wars filming locations that are out of this world. Read on to see how you can pair them with unique Ker & Downey experiences in Europe. Ireland Skellig Michael In the 7th century on Skellig Michael, monks lived and prayed in stone beehive huts. At the top of the steps of this steep island, amidst these huts and actual stone ruins, Rey and Luke Skywalker first meet at the conclusion of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. […]

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Where to Go in 2018

Where to Go in 2018

It’s a wide world and there are so many places to see. Ker & Downey helps you hone in on where to travel in 2018, and why you must add these destinations to your travel bucket list. Latin America Guatemala Conservation ranks high in this country of ruins worthy of an Indiana Jones adventure, nestled into thick jungles. The Mayan culture is very much alive here. The natural beauty of lakes and lofty volcanoes reaching into the blue skies leaves us wondering why Guatemala has not yet topped the must-see list every year. Mexico More than just tequila and tacos, Mexico […]

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Three Must-See Star Wars Filming Locations

Three Must-See Star Wars Filming Locations

As Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi gets closer to its debut, Ker & Downey looks back 40 years when the world of lightsabers and legends first captured the imaginations of film fanatics everywhere. These Star Wars filming locations from the original trilogy of movies are must-sees for any fan. Bonus: they each pair perfectly with exclusive Ker & Downey experiences. Guatemala Tikal The thousand-year-old Mayan ruins of Tikal also doubled as the backdrop of the Rebel Alliance’s base on Yavin in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve, Tikal boasts some of the most fascinating archaeological remains […]

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More Places to Unplug

More Places to Unplug

Sometimes it is hard to get away, but we all need a break once in a while. It’s easier to make that happen when you are in a place that is truly awe-inspiring. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite places to unplug with your family before, but here are even more places to unplug – with or without family. Amanzoe Private Villas, Greece Is there anything more idyllic than the Greek Isles? You’ll find complete tranquility at Amanzoe, Greece’s first Aman property and most exclusive getaway on the Peloponnese. Hilltops covered in olive trees, views of the turquoise Aegean Sea, […]

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The Most Luxurious Beach Villas

The Most Luxurious Beach Villas

When the only thing you need is sea views and sandy beaches, look no further than these luxurious beach villas. Itz’ana, Belize At the end of the year, Itz’ana will open its doors to guests. It’s located in Palencia, just miles from one of the healthiest and largest reef systems in the world. We recommend a stay in the two-bedroom beach villa. It has a beachfront deck with a private plunge pool that looks out onto the sandy beach and sea beyond. Trancoso Private Villa, Brazil Located in the exclusive gated community at Nativos Beach, the Trancoso Private Villa harmoniously […]

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Star Wars Locations: Beyond the Green Screen

Star Wars Locations: Beyond the Green Screen

This December, the Star Wars universe expands again with the release of the latest film in the saga: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. George Lucas’ visionary prequels trilogy, though loaded with CGI scenery and special effects, also made use of real-world locations to tell its story of political power and deception. Add these Star Wars locations to your travel bucket list and experience them in exclusivity with Ker & Downey. Villa Balbianello – Lake Como, Italy Lake Como’s Villa Balbianello has quite the name to fame. Located near George Clooney’s mansion, this villa had a brief feature in 007 Casino Royale. Its most famous on-screen moment […]

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Top Villas for the Holidays

Top Villas for the Holidays

Whether you want to get away this holiday season or spend it with your entire extended family, these are this year’s top villas for the holidays. Check out more of Ker & Downey’s favorite holiday villas here. Killiehuntly Farmhouse, Scotland The Killiehuntly Farmhouse is what modern design dreams are made of – a 17th-century Scottish farmhouse set on a 4,000-acre farm in the Scottish Highlands that’s been lovingly restored with hues of greys, bare wooden floors, curly sheepskins, and simple design. It’s the perfect retreat for a family getaway as the four-bedroom house can be rented on an exclusive-use basis […]

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Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the Third Trimester

Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the Third Trimester

Traveling while pregnant can be a daunting experience, no matter how far along you might be. I previously shared a few tips for traveling in the first trimester and am here to round out this Babymoon Bliss series with some reflections on traveling in the third trimester. Any medical professional will tell you to save long-distance or international travel for the second trimester when you are likely to feel at your energetic best. It’s the sweet spot when the morning sickness has usually subsided and the discomforts of the third trimester have yet to set in. But sometimes, life doesn’t […]

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