Comment from Kirsten Alana:

I'm so grateful to be spending this week almost entirely offline in nature, with old friends and new friends and the people of @ynpforever & @ynplodges exploring @yellowstonenps in the winter. There's one thing that brings out the passionate patriot in me and that's my country's National Park System. Since I've been to every state and 40 plus countries around the world, I have some idea of a comparison and while the world is beautiful I feel blessed that in my home country we have some of the most beautiful places right within our borders. Yellowstone is our oldest National Park, it's in some ways where it all began. But it's struggling because of increased tourism and the fragile balance of man/nature/animals needs our help in order to last. That's why I'm taking the #YellowstonePledge and I hope you will join me. It means that to be a good steward, to help protect myself while in the park and more importantly the park itself, I pledge to: * Practice safe selfies by never approaching animals to take a picture. * Stay on boardwalks in thermal areas. * Protect hot springs by not throwing anything into them. * Park in designated areas and avoid blocking traffic. * Stay with my car if I’m stuck in a wildlife jam. * Follow speed limits and pull over to let cars pass. * Travel safely in bear country by carrying bear spray, making noise, and hiking in groups. * Keep my food away from animals. * Recycle what I can and put my garbage in bear-proof containers. * Report resource violations by calling 911 or talking to a ranger. #PassionPassport

1 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

If you've seen my Stories in the last 24 hours you know I'm somewhere completely opposite of the Cayman Islands so I'm already missing the awesome spa at @seafireresort where I lay on a bed of Quartz tumbled into such small pieces it was like sand; heated to just the right temperature, it was the most comforting massage I've ever had. And the spa in general was top notch. There were so many reasons to love @kimpton's newest property and their first in the Caribbean, I hope you enjoyed all that I shared from it and the #CaymanCookout. Next stop....a National Park in my home country for a truly beautiful winter wonderland adventure. #KimptonSeafire

1 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

#CaymanCookout isn't just several days in a row of amazing food, it's several days of exploring the Cayman Islands since events take place not just at @ritzcarlton but all over. This spot, Rum Point, is rumored to be near Chef @ericripert's favorite place to go snorkeling and it was my favorite place we went for a tasting event. The water was so brightly colored as to look fake at times, there were kite surfers to watch, @moetchandon + cocktails by @charlesjoly to drink, so many delectable dishes to taste from so many different chefs and right at this spot...a reminder of some of the places on the planet I love the most and some of the places I still want to visit. As I stood here taking this photo, I had a moment of such profound gratitude that I get to do what I do for a living. It's not ever as easy as it looks and the pay isn't much but the people I get to meet always change my life in big and small ways plus the perks can hardly be beat. Speaking of people, I saw @treyratcliff was also at the Cookout and while I didn't get to talk to him, I have been enjoying all his drone footage from the islands. Head on over to his feed for a dose of paradise that I can guarantee will stoke your wanderlust. ☀️🌴

3 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

I traveled to the Cayman Islands to eat my way through the #CaymanCookout and the restaurants of @seafireresort and I was not disappointed. I was blown away! Mark your calendars for next year and don't miss Barefoot BBQ or the Beach Bash if you like to eat good food as much as I do!! • But of all the incredible dishes we had and all the amazing plates of food, this almost simple platter of elote and chicken tacos at Seafire's Coccoloba Bar was one of the best things I tasted. 😳 Now I do LOVE Mexican flavors 😍🌮 so it's part personal preference that had me swooning over this so much. It's also just a really talented chef who can take just a couple of ingredients like corn, lime, chipotle and cilantro, and a cuisine that everyone knows like Mexican -- but give it a spin that just isn't being done elsewhere. If you're on Grand Cayman, even if you're not staying at Seafire, you must stop by Coccoloba! Order the margarita which comes in a skull glass to make it extra fun. And if you don't go for lunch, then make sure you grab a table right on Seven Mile Beach in time to see how this @kimpton property got its name as the sun sets over the water, setting the ocean on fire. #KimptonSeafire

4 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

I'm so glad to have been able to visit @kimpton's first Caribbean property @seafireresort & Spa this weekend because it sets a new bar for me in terms of the kind of properties I want to stay at and consequently recommend to you. It's an Instagrammer's Paradise! It's luxurious but completely lacking in pretension! And while that doesn't surprise me because it's a Kimpton property, I have to say it does surprise me because we're in the Cayman Islands. I didn't expect to feel so welcome from the very first second I stepped inside the resort. In my opinion, the design of this property is the biggest reason and the second is the staff. Upscale furnishings marry perfectly with worn wood and local art, comfortable corners and wide open spaces, no detail is not thought out including cleverly hidden technological elements that ensure the property is as modern as it is luxurious... Seafire Resort was "developed and designed by Dart Real Estate with interiors by the husband and wife team of Dayna Lee & Ted Berner of Los Angeles’ Powerstrip Studio, Mark Sopp of San Francisco’s SB Architects and Craig Stoner of Landscape Architect EDSA, in collaboration with Ave Bradley, Kimpton’s Global SVP Design & Creative Director." The name comes from the sunsets you see from the vantage point of Seven Mile Beach, the resort's home, which appear to set the sea on fire. I just love that, as I've loved every detail of this place from the design to the people to the food. #KimptonSeafire

5 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Good morning from my balcony in the Cayman Islands! I've been invited down to review the brand new @kimpton @seafireresort and attend #caymancookout2017 with them. The two month old property has an excellent F&B program that at last night's Barefoot BBQ with @ericripert and friends had one of my favorite plates: locally sourced grilled vegetables. It seemed simple enough but had deceivingly complex flavor profiles and just the right amount of heat! This morning's brioche breakfast sandwich with avocado and turkey bacon isn't disappointing either. I've been here less than 24 hours but I already know I want to come back for longer since there are SIX restaurants on the property and there's no way I'll have time for them all before I have to leave here tomorrow. See my stories for more of the food, fun and fantastic Caribbean water. I actually forgot how blue it is down here! #KimptonSeafire

6 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

I love seeing data about travel and can geek out with the best of them when it comes to talking about trends so every year I look forward to the Travel Hacker Guide from @KAYAK which shares information about places grouped by those that are top trending, the most popular overall, beach, wallet-friendly and more. Because travel is my job and my passion, it helps if I stay up to date using tools like this and I think the Guide is a great place for anyone to start their travel planning! For instance, I enjoyed learning that I have been to three of the top 5 trending places which are Havana, Reykjavik and Bali, while the two places rounding out the list are destinations I personally want to visit in 2017; Tokyo and Auckland. In fact, Auckland is featured in the #TravelHacker twice. It's also listed as a top trending beach destination! I took this photo during our trip to Havana and it is easy for me to understand why the city made the list. We just couldn't stop talking about it before we visited and haven't stopped thinking about it since we came home! For the next 24 hours, see the link in my profile for the full report from . #ad

7 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Confession: I'm a sucker for good details, an architecture nerd, a totally-addicted-to-design-magazines geek. So places like @ostcafenyc are my jam when I'm home in NYC and in 2017 I want to feature more places like this as I aim to be a travel resource for you not just for international travel but for my home city as well. I've totally slacked on this in the past but I'm turning over a new leaf as the saying goes! Loved this week because it involved visiting this classic and another @lafayette380 -- with two of my favorite ladies in the city, @carissa_burton and @runwaychef. They both have great feeds that you should be following if you aren't already. Oh and have you checked out that article I linked to in my profile yet? Some great travel inspiration with 10 places you should visit now 😉☕️ #dailycortado

8 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

I found out this week that @egypttodaymagazine published their list of Must Visit Places for 2017 and included the state of Alaska partially because of my trip there this past Fall. They were inspired as so many of you were! I'm always so grateful when I can change people's minds about a destination and it's an honor to have helped do so for the magazine of a destination that I so loved learning about [Egypt] in 2015! Since we're barely into 2017 and I hope you haven't yet got a full calendar of travel already planned 😉 but are thinking about where you'll go, I'm reminding you of @travelalaska now and I'm also placing the article by Egypt Today magazine in my profile so you can click through and see all the other places they chose. Let's make this an awesome year of adventure & learning! #linkinprofile #GoBigAlaska

8 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Brunch is such a New York thing but I really don't do it nearly enough. Maybe this should change for 2017! This weekend, in celebration of an old friend moving to the city and always in search of new places for @thefrancophiles, we checked out @frenchlouienyc and it was delicious. Duck fat potatoes, a take on the Breton Galette and instead of champagne which would have been oh-so-French, I opted for a Bloody Mary but it was so perfectly made with just the right amount of horseradish. Comfort food in a cozy bistro with great friends in Boerum Hill was pretty much the perfect Sunday. The only thing better than the food was enjoying the company of @dante.vincent, @rjkingsays / @finedininglovers, @tripwhisperer & @vanessa_lotz. #FrenchLouie

10 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Thanks for all the love on my winter photo from @centralparknyc yesterday! Still a few hours to see more in my Story! It's such a habit for me to head right to the park when I see snow falling in the City. Like a moth drawn to the flame, or a magnet, my feet just take me there. And inevitably I always end up at Bethesda Terrace. It doesn't seem to matter how long I live here, I can't get a photo of the Terrace that I LOVE. So I just keep trying. 😜 Returning over and over to see it in different seasons, in different light. I'm a bit obsessed with the tile ceiling created by Jacob Wrey Mould and made by Minton Tile Company in England, the only Minton tiles in the world used in a ceiling. They were installed in 1869. I also love the trompe l'oeil paintings that line the walls of the arcade since they remind me of my mother who is a painter. Somehow on a snowy day the tile ceiling seems to glow with an inner light and the faces on the wall seem imbued with the blush of life. I think it's even better than in the middle of the summer when the glare from the sun can make it almost painful to walk from inside the arcade to outside on the terrace, the change in light nearly blinding. I've read that Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux thought the terrace should be known as the "heart of the park" and I've also heard it said that if you sit here for a day you'll see the entire world walk by... #centralparkmoments

12 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Yesterday I was so cold in our apartment since the heat is controlled by the landlord and doesn't come on during the day when I'm working from home (welcome to reallllll life in the City), and all I could think of was how many days are left till I head to the Cayman Islands. BUT when I woke up this morning and snow was softly falling, blanketing NYC in pillowy lumps of pure white and muffling the sounds of honking cars and emergency sirens; well I wasn't so upset about being here in winter. On days like this, it's easy to remember those first blushes of love that I experienced all the years and years ago when I first visited and couldn't think about anything else but moving here. So of course @dante.vincent & I bundled up and went out for a winter photo adventure. And when we got home, a dram of Scotch was the perfect way to warm back up. 🥃 See his Story and mine for snapshots from @centralparknyc and Tudor City. And let me know what you think about New York in the snow.... 🌨❄️

12 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Real life is what you see in my Story today: my cold desk in a cramped corner at home, which I've been chained to for weeks. But a week from today my situation will looks a bit more like this. I'm starting my January travel by heading to the Cayman Islands, then I'll go offline around the time of the inauguration to de-stress by exploring a snowy Yellowstone before ending the month in Hawaii where this was taken our last time in the islands, by @dante.vincent. Frankly I can't believe it's already the first weekend in 2017 and we're a week into the new year!! Time. Is. Flying. Many of you have been asking lately how I do it and what I do. Well: I work my tail off when I'm home on unfun things like paperwork and negotiation, editing photos and writing and when I travel, I have to do a dozen things at once all while trying to actually enjoy where I am so that I can then tell you about it. But as we start an uncertain year I'm more grateful than ever that I get to do a job I love so much. ☀️🌴🍹 What else can I tell you? What questions do you have??

13 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Also currently in my IG Story: a B&W tour of the view from the @empirestatebldg's 86th and 102nd floors. @dante.vincent surprised me with VIP Express tickets to the landmark on New Year's Day and I highly recommend visiting this way if you ever decide to go. It is worth the price of admission and then some just to be able to skip the lines. They are long! On New Year's Day they stretched around the block. In this photo you can see the shadow of the ESB, a little bit of Central Park, as well as the third tallest building in the USA: 432 Park Avenue by @rva_ny Architects. I'm fascinated by architecture both old and new and I'd like to share more of this love on my feed in the future. I've done so a little in the past but how would you feel if I did it more? Is architecture something that interests you? Also, what would you like to see me share from NYC? More food, hotels, things to do? I always struggle with what to share when I'm home and not traveling so in 2017 I want to do a better job of sharing my home city since it's such a popular place for people to visit. I hope your 2017 is off to a great start!! #newyorkornowhere

17 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Starting the new year with something a little different by taking you on a tour of the brand new Second Avenue Subway here in NYC. Just officially opened on New Year's Eve, the brand new stations on the Upper East side Q train represent a new era for transportation and public art in the city that locals and visitors alike can appreciate. The well-lit stations are built much farther underground, yet they manage to feel very open and all feature permanent public installations by artists Sarah Sze, Chuck Close, Vik Muniz and Jean Shin. Some of the art depicts residents of the city, like a Jazz musician renown for his customized saxophone. All of it can be interactive because none of it is behind glass or a barrier, as in a museum. Nearly a century in the making this extension was first discussed in the 1920s, then deemed essential when the elevated trains were taken down in the 1940s and 50s but it was 2007 before construction began! Click through to see my IG Story and @dante.vincent's for much more including some Boomerangs and timelapse video. 🚇🚦🗽 #secondavenuesubway

17 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

For a while I had a tradition of ending every year and starting the new one in Scotland and the last time I did it, @dante.vincent was able to come with me. During those trips, I fell in love with the country and it's now one of my two favorites, along with France. I don't make a lot of resolutions but I'm making a big one this year: I'm going to return to Scotland. I miss it so much it's a physical ache. It's time to go back. I'm also going to be better about what I say no to, taking trips that matter to me and that I hope will matter to you, saying yes to work that means something rather than work that just pays the bills. I want 2017 to be the year of authenticity and change not for the sake of change, but change that helps bring about a better world. • Are you making any resolutions? If you are, what are some of the things you're pledging for 2017? • Let's bring about #thetravelrevolution

19 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Ending the year where I began it, home in NYC with @dante.vincent. Some people have already put their trees on the street, they're bringing the party dresses out of their closets and putting champagne on ice... But we plan to celebrate a little more quietly. After a year of extreme highs & lows I don't want to be anywhere near the ball drop. I just want to ease into an uncertain 2017 with excitement for the jobs I do know about, starting with Yosemite, then a return to Hawaii. I hope wherever you are and however you're spending today, that you find both happiness & love. #goodbye2016

20 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

It's easy to think about gifts at Christmas and when I do I think of intangible things that are difficult to capture in a photograph. Like the gift you give me by following me and reading my long captions, the gift of love from my family & friends and the gift of trust that my clients place in me when they hire me to create content, take photos for them or represent them to you. Some of my clients sent me these fun gifts this season and I wanted to take a moment to thank them publicly. 🎁 What was the best gift you received this Christmas? Whether tangible or intangible, I'd love to know! 🎁 Speaking of gifts, I'm working on a BIG giveaway for the first quarter of 2017 so get ready, I can't wait to give back to all of you ✨💫

24 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Merry Christmas from the charming town of Hudson in New York state! 🎄 I'm missing my family today but so grateful to be spending the holiday with @dante.vincent. I hope wherever you are today and whatever you're celebrating (or not), that you are surrounded with love & good cheer!

26 Days ago

Comment from Kirsten Alana:

Throwing it back to Paris for #TBT. Talk about a true vacation. The endless food. Luxury hotels. And…Paris! Danté and I saved for this trip to my favorite city for months, and wow did it pay off in spades in both experiences and savings. I loved using my @CapitalOne VentureOne card knowing every dollar spent was another step closer to rewards I can put toward our next trip. Where should we go? Morocco? Ireland? New Zealand? Or we can just go back to Paris… #ad

29 Days ago