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Looking for your next adventure or a reason to plan one? Well, Airbnb recently highlighted its most-wished-for rentals from the past decade and they’re guaranteed to make any architecture, design, and/or adventure enthusiast swoon.

From a stunning vacation home carved directly into Santorini's caldera cliffs to a hand-carved (!) home sculpted entirely from sustainable materials, the following highly-coveted Airbnbs will most definitely inspire you to book your next getaway. 

 

Hector Cave House

Santorini Cave House Vacation Home

One look at the Hector Cave House makes it obvious why the rental is so popular. Carved directly into the caldera cliffs of Santorini, Greece, the house was originally a wine cellar constructed more than 250 years ago before being repurposed into a

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Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Outpost Estates is a Los Angeles neighborhood bordered by Mulholland Dr., Franklin Canyon, Runyon Canyon Park, and Cahuenga Boulevard.

In 1853, Don Tomas Urquidez built a three-room adobe house on the site where the neighborhood is now located. Soon after, General Harrison Grey Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times and veteran of the Spanish-American War, purchased the property from Urquidez. Otis built a clubhouse on his newly acquired property that he designed for entertaining and dubbed “The Outpost.” 

Charles E. Toberman acquired the property in 1924 and spent the next 20 years developing it as a luxury residential neighborhood. Toberman required that all residences on the property be built

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Floral Park is an idyllic neighborhood located in Santa Ana that's known for its tree-lined streets, sprawling lawns and gardens, and strong communal feel. Bounded by Memory Lane, 17th Street, Broadway, and Bristol, Floral Park is also well-known for its active neighborhood association, which works to maintain the original charm and unique character of the community while preserving its abundant historic homes. 

historic Floral Park Santa Ana

The neighborhood is comprised of more than 600 vintage homes built primarily between the 1920s and 1950s. Over 200 of the houses in Floral Park are listed on the Santa Ana Register of Historic Properties, representing a wide range of architectural styles, including English/Tudor and Spanish.

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 Whether you’re trying to live more sustainably or you simply appreciate a good deal, there’s nothing quite like treasure hunting in a great thrift shop. But any vintage enthusiast knows that not all thrift shops are created equal. These shops run the gamut of quality, ranging from high-quality, well-curated offerings to chaotic mounds of apparel and accessories that make it impossible to find what you’re looking for. 

To make the hunt for your next great treasure easier, check out our list of the very best thrift shops from LA to Miami. 

 

Los Angeles

Squaresville

There’s no shortage of great thrift stores in LA, but Squaresville stands out among them for the uniquely statement-making apparel it sells. Whether you’re looking for a retro

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One of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, West Adams was developed by Hulett C. Merritt and Henry E. Huntington during the late 19th century and was once the wealthiest district in the city. The neighborhood became known for its affluence and exclusivity, with prominent figures like William Andrew Clark, Frederick Rindge, and Isadore Dockweiller calling it home. 

Beginning around 1910, the neighborhood’s demographic began to shift. During this time, West Adams’ mostly upper-class white residents began to move to newly-developing areas like the West Side, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, while the city’s wealthiest African Americans started to move to West Adams, including Marvin Gaye, Butterfly McQueen, and Bill

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This month, the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival is coming back for its 19th consecutive year, and it’s shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. This year's festival takes place on February 19 - 23 and is expected to draw more than 65,000 guests to its over 100 events. 

Given what the five-day festival has in store, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. The event showcases world-renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, and culinary personalities through events that include everything from brunches, wine tastings, and chef-led dinners to panels on hot hospitality topics, like how to run a longstanding restaurant business. 

There are also a ton of food- and wine-centric parties that run late into the

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Country Club Estates is a Palm Springs community that showcases some of the most beautiful examples of mid-century modern design in the country. The low-density community sits on 4.8 acres of land and houses 30 luxury condos designed by famed architect A. Quincy Jones in 1965.

Country Club Estates Palm Springs

The condos are unassuming at first glance, featuring sleek rectangular silhouettes with simple white facades comprised of stacked masonry blocks, but inside, the homes open up into stunning, light-filled spaces that are equally elegant and expansive. Most of the structures remain remarkably true to their original design, featuring open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that surround outdoor atriums to maximize the

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Anyone who loves the clean lines, classic silhouettes, and elegant simplicity of mid-century modern architecture and design will love what Modernism Week 2020 has in store. The annual festival attracts thousands of people to Palm Springs to celebrate what makes this timeless design style so iconic. 

With a mission to encourage modernist education, preservation, and sustainability, Modernism Week hosts more than 350 events, including home tours, lectures, exhibitions, and parties. We received a taste of what this year’s festival has to offer during the Fall Preview, but it’s shaping up to be even bigger than we anticipated. 

Some of the highlights this year include a keynote presentation by internationally acclaimed

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Bounded by Atlantic Avenue and Cherry Avenue in the west and east and Wardlow Road and Bixby Road in the south and north, California Heights is the largest historic district in Long Beach. The neighborhood was initially developed in the 1920s when an oil discovery near Signal Hill drew an influx of people to the area. 

Formerly part of Bixby Ranch (now known as Rancho Los Cerritos), Jotham Bixby Co. added 830 lots to the land shortly after the neighborhood was formally established in 1922. The company marketed the properties to include oil rights and, within four hours, 185 of the lots were sold, with the rest of them sold shortly thereafter. In 1927, the burgeoning neighborhood petitioned the city of Long Beach for paved roads,

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January 1st isn’t the only mark of a new year worth celebrating. For thousands of years, people in China and beyond have celebrated the Chinese/Lunar New Year beginning on the day of the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. 

Legend has it that Lunar New Year festivities began when a mythical beast dubbed Nian would terrorize communities, eating all of the livestock, crops, and even people who crossed its path. According to mythology, an old man named Yanhuang discovered that Nian feared loud noises and the color red, which inspired villagers to hang red lanterns and scrolls around their homes and light crackling bamboo to scare Nian away. Apparently, their efforts worked, resulting in the longstanding tradition

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