Caroline Patek

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Caroline Patek is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. The Georgetown University graduate worked in the editorial departments at National Geographic Kids and Washington Life Magazine and in digital media at Discovery Channel. Patek has traveled around the globe, and her favorite spots are Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

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  • On May 23, 2013
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    What are the best waterfront hotels in Los Angeles?

    Head 30 miles southwest of Los Angeles to discover Terranea, a vast 102-acre resort that sits along the coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Palos Verdes. Outdoor water activities abound here, from paddle boarding to whale watching to kayaking. Explore Terranea’s 75 acres of natural outdoor space, including the various hiking trails and 9-hole, par 3 golf course. The relatively new property (opened in 2009) boasts 582 guest rooms and suites, including bungalows and private homes, too. When the temperatures drop at night and a chill comes off the water, Terranea’s 228 outdoor fire pits and fireplaces will keep you warm. Traveling with kids will be a breeze thanks to the impressive family programming offered at the hotel, from falconry to tide pooling to day camps for kids, as well as eight dining options ranging from gourmet California fare to Asian fusion to casual seafood.
  • On May 23, 2013
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    What are the best kids activities in Los Angeles?

    If you’re willing to make a short drive, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is a fun activity for kids of all ages. The interactive shark tanks (yes, you can actually touch live sharks) and Loirkeet Forest (feed birds with a cup of nectar) are unique in their hands-on approach, and a new exhibit, Ocean Exploration is set to debut on May 24th.

    The California Science Center is also a great option, especially for those with a penchant for space exploration. In 2012, the center received the famed Space Shuttle Endeavour after its two-day journey through the city. The trip attracted throngs of people who witnessed the massive shuttle making its way through the LA streets. Now you can see the shuttle in person, learn about its missions as well as other cool facts about space. The center’s location in Exposition Park (and right next to the University of Southern California campus) means you’re also within walking distance to the Natural History Museum and African American Museum, among others.
  • On May 22, 2013
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    What should I pack for a trip to Orange County?

    During my recent trip to Orange County in May, I was surprised that it wasn’t as hot as I expected. If you’re staying along the coast, definitely pack a light sweater or jacket for the chillier evenings. While California is known for its idyllic climate, be sure to remember warm weather staples such as sundresses, sandals and sunglasses. Orange County affords numerous outdoor activities, so bring along sunblock, too. Of course, the area is filled with countless photo ops, and you don’t want to forget a camera.

    In terms of bags, a tote is ideal for beach activities whereas a purse with a strap to go over your shoulder works best for daylong excursions. I was happy to have a fuss-free purse during my day at Universal Studios and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
  • On May 21, 2013
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    What’s new in Orange County?

    On a recent trip to California, I had the pleasure of visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the aquarium is chock full of fun and exciting creatures and interactive exhibits. Stop by the Loirkeet Forest (an outdoor aviary) to feed the various birds with a cup of nectar — but watch out, they’re known to land on your head. The 10,000-square-foot Shark Lagoon is really cool, too, where you can actually pet some of the sharks (including freshwater sawfish, sand tiger and zebra) and even set up a two-hour feeding experience in the tank.

    On May 24, the aquarium will unveil its newest exhibit, Ocean Exploration. Here you can check out live video footage from ocean explorers and scientists, learn about famous explorers (Jacques Cousteau and Bob Ballard) and watch three films covering topics such as deep-sea animals, a history of ocean exploration and newly discovered species. For kids and adults alike, this should be a must-see for anyone traveling to Orange County.
  • On May 10, 2013
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    What are the best clothing boutiques in Chicago?

    Perchance Boutique While large department stores are certainly my go-to when it comes to finding popular brands, I love a well-curated boutique. Thankfully, Chicago has a slew of charming stores worthy of giving your credit card a healthy workout. Southport Corridor (just north of the Lakeview neighborhood) is filled with options. A personal favorite is Perchance, a lovely shop filled with designers such as A.L.C., Equipment, Gryphon and Alice + Olivia. The staff is friendly and helpful without being pushy, and the interior design is fresh and clean with crisp white walls, trendy ghost chairs and wood accents.

    Handle With Care on Wells is another great spot, and the shop is divided into two sides — one side is stocked with designer brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Torn by Ronny Kobo and Parker, whereas the other side features more affordable options. Right next store is another boutique, Adelaide, which focuses on European brands (Malo, Bruno Manetti, Azaara). I love the shop’s exposed brick walls and dainty chandeliers.

    Although space519 (inside the 900 North Michigan Shops) sells an assortment of goods, from coffee table books to small furniture to beauty products, I love its selection of clothing, too. The brands are unique and lesser known (Tribune Standard, Apiece Apart) and the jewelry is out-of-this-world (Dannijo, Eddie Borgo).  The staff is also really passionate about the brands carried in the store, which makes perusing the racks and asking for suggestions all the more enjoyable.
  • On May 10, 2013
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    What are the best clothing boutiques in Chicago?

    Perchance Boutique While large department stores are certainly my go-to when it comes to finding popular brands, I love a well-curated boutique. Thankfully, Chicago has a slew of charming stores worthy of giving your credit card a healthy workout. Southport Corridor (just north of the Lakeview neighborhood) is filled with options. A personal favorite is Perchance, a lovely shop filled with designers such as A.L.C., Equipment, Gryphon and Alice + Olivia. The staff is friendly and helpful without being pushy, and the interior design is fresh and clean with crisp white walls, trendy ghost chairs and wood accents.

    Handle With Care on Wells is another great spot, and the shop is divided into two sides — one side is stocked with designer brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Torn by Ronny Kobo and Parker, whereas the other side features more affordable options. Right next store is another boutique, Adelaide, which focuses on European brands (Malo, Bruno Manetti, Azaara). I love the shop’s exposed brick walls and dainty chandeliers.

    Although space519 (inside the 900 North Michigan Shops) sells an assortment of goods, from coffee table books to small furniture to beauty products, I love its selection of clothing, too. The brands are unique and lesser known (Tribune Standard, Apiece Apart) and the jewelry is out-of-this-world (Dannijo, Eddie Borgo).  The staff is also really passionate about the brands carried in the store, which makes perusing the racks and asking for suggestions all the more enjoyable.
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