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BEST OF TRAVEL 2014: Our picks for the top hotels, restaurants, bars and visitor attractions
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BEST OF TRAVEL 2014: Our picks for the top hotels, restaurants, bars and visitor attractions

BEST OF TRAVEL 2014: Our picks for the top hotels, restaurants, bars and visitor attractions

by Albert Rodriguez and Jessica Price
SGN A&E Writers

By planes, trains and automobiles (even crowded buses), we visited some exciting places this past year. From these trips, we've chosen our favorite hotels, restaurants, bars and lounges, coffee shops, and visitor attractions, plus our favorite ways of getting there.
Here are our picks for the Best of Travel 2014, in alphabetical order.

HOTELS

1. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles – Los Angeles, California USA
Further helping the revitalization effort of the Historic Core neighborhood is this 14-storey diamond in the rough, the newest member of the urban Ace Hotel chain. A live performance theater, active top floor bar, and popular cafe are part of the on-site amenities. –A. Rodriguez

2. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore – Santa Barbara, California USA
Across the street from the ocean in the shadow of the Santa Ynez Mountains, this immaculate resort exudes the cool California lifestyle with colorful rooms, landscaped gardens, red brick pathways and dozens of palm trees. It also has an exclusive beach club with 160-foot long swimming pool. –A. Rodriguez

3. The Cromwell – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Amidst the towering casino resorts lining the Vegas Strip is this boutique hotel with 188 Parisian-inspired guest rooms with hardwood floors, antique trunk-style furnishings, wooden chessboard tables, and Mok bath products. The Cromwell is a sophisticated way to tackle Sin City. –A. Rodriguez

4. Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai, Thailand
A hideaway for international celebrities and royalty, Dhara Dhevi is impeccable and almost surreal, as if you've arrived at a secret Eden surrounded by lush gardens and flowing streams. The villas, if you can afford them, are truly unforgettable. –A. Rodriguez

5. Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
Nestled in the busy, exciting Soi 24 district of Bangkok, this new Hilton hotel provides an ideal location for travelers wanting easy access to shopping centers, restaurants, and massage shops, and it's within five minutes of the BTS SkyTrain. You'll love the rooftop infinity pool and relaxing deck area with unbeatable views. –A. Rodriguez

6. The Island Inn at 123 West – Friday Harbor, Washington USA
Footsteps from the ferry landing in Friday Harbor is this new, contemporary inn with tastefully decorated Penthouses, "Sweets," and "Euros" that come with attached shared living rooms. The rooftop views atop the penthouses are breathtaking. –A. Rodriguez

7. Sentinel – Portland, Oregon USA
Restored beautifully, this dashing 100-room hotel in downtown Portland, formerly the Governor's Hotel, features standard rooms with custom headboards and Pendleton throw blankets, plus six Bridgetown Parlor suites designed by Boys Fort that include fireplaces, Jacuzzi baths, and Tocca bath essentials. –A. Rodriguez

8. The Stephanie Inn – Cannon Beach, Oregon USA
This incredibly cozy and luxurious Oregon Coast hotel lavishes on the little luxuries. You'll want to return year after year. –J. Price
 
9. Tower Club at lebua – Bangkok, Thailand
Although the rooms and suites are average at this Bangkok luxury hotel, it's the amenities – Sky Bar, Sirocco and Cafe Mozu restaurants, open-air swimming pool – and the bragging rights that come with staying here that earn its mention on this list. –A. Rodriguez

10. W Retreat Koh Samui – Koh Samui, Thailand
A pampering vacation is guaranteed at this beachside resort that boasts 74 villas with private pools and top of the line amenities, such as signature W beds, 46-inch flatscreen TVs, indoor and outdoor rainshower stalls, and Blush lotions and soaps. –A. Rodriguez

RESTAURANTS

1. Akaligo – Chiang Mai, Thailand
An incredible brunch destination a half-hour from central Chiang Mai with an international and Thai buffet in the splendor of a grand dining room looking out to the manicured gardens of the Dhara Dhevi hotel. Sunday Jazz Brunch is recommended. –A. Rodriguez

2. Andrea's – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
For the second year in a row, this Asian-inspired hotspot at the Wynn makes our top restaurants list. The entrees are amazing, but the extras – Wok-Fried Broccoli, Ramen Fries with banana ketchup, Coconut Creamed Spinach, and Fried Smashed Potatoes with Thai curry aoli – are also quite memorable. –A. Rodriguez

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro – Astoria, Oregon USA
A funky, casual hotspot in Astoria; great for coffee, pastries, or carefully curated lunch or dinner fare. –J. Price

4. Bestia – Los Angeles, California USA
LA's trendsetters descend in droves upon this Italian restaurant, the newest venture from the husband-wife team of Angelini Osteria and Genevieve Gergis in the city's redeveloping Arts District. House-cured meats, handmade pastas, tasty pizzas and delectable desserts are all winners here. –A. Rodriguez

5. The Bluff Restaurant-Bar-Terrace – Friday Harbor, Washington USA
Utilizing ingredients from local farms and waters, The Bluff on San Juan Island is known for its very fresh Northwest menu that changes seasonally, from halibut and salmon in the early half of the year to hearty meats towards the end. The intimate space overlooking the harbor is delightful for an evening out. –A. Rodriguez

6. Jasmine – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
A must for weekend brunch, where the usual American favorites meet traditional Cantonese dishes. Jasmine is an elegant dining spot with the best window side seats to see the famous Bellagio fountains. –A. Rodriguez

7. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Japanese cuisine with a modern twist is how it's done at Kumi, like pop rocks on sushi – seriously. From a perfectly cooked Ribeye to juicy Bone-In Pork Chop, and a chic setting with dim-lit lighting and long bar counter, it's worth repeat visits. –A. Rodriguez

8. Newman’s at 988 – Cannon Beach, Oregon USA
Newman’s at 988 specializes in seafood with a European flair; it's favored by locals for very good reason. –J. Price

9. Suan Paak Thai Cuisine – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Khai Soi is a local specialty in this part of Thailand, consisting of pho-like noodles swimming in a rich curry sauce. One of the absolute best places to enjoy this dish is at Suan Paak Thai Cuisine, near the Chiang Mai Airport. –A. Rodriguez

10. 10 Acres Bistro + Farm + Bar – Victoria, British Columbia Canada
This cozy Victoria bistro has its own farm, where it sources a lot of its protein and vegetables for its fresh Northwest-style menu. The Rotisserie Chicken with pan drip roast potatoes is outrageously good at 10 Acres. –A. Rodriguez

BARS & LOUNGES / COFFEE HOUSES

1. Beach Bar (at Haadson Beach Resort) – Koh Phangan, Thailand
The secluded Haadson Beach Resort, situated on a sandy white beachstrip along the Bay of Thailand, includes a bar area on a short cliff with hammocks, beach chairs and impeccable lookouts. –A. Rodriguez

2. Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
A combination of bowling alley, live concert venue and restaurant with multiple bars makes this Las Vegas newbie a favorite at night, or even for an afternoon of fun. –A. Rodriguez

3. Cannon Beach Hardware and Public House – Cannon Beach, Oregon USA
Stop in for hardware, stay for a microbrew. –J. Price

4. G&B Coffee – Los Angeles, California USA
U.S. Barista Champion Kyle Glanville and two-time runner up Charles Babinski combined their talents to open a pair of very reputable coffee shops, Go Get Em' Tiger and G&B Coffee; the latter is located inside LA's Grand Central Market. The coffee is outstanding, without a doubt, but the signature G&B Shake is orgasmic. –A. Rodriguez

5. Habit Coffee – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
This hip coffee shop in the LoJo district of Victoria serves locally roasted coffee in an ample, artsy, and tranquil environment. Baristas are skilled and friendly, and the place feels inviting and neighborhoody. –A. Rodriguez

6. Jackknife – Portland, Oregon USA
A new addition to PDX's nightlife scene is this classy lounge at the Sentinel hotel with hardwood floors, double-sided fireplace, front and center bar counter, digital photo booth, and superb cocktails. –A. Rodriguez

7. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
An elegant lounge at The Cosmopolitan that reinvents vintage supper clubs with interesting, little surprises. I won't ruin the experience, but keep your eyes and ears open. –A. Rodriguez

8. Sky Bar – Bangkok, Thailand
If you really want to see Bangkok, ride an elevator up to the 63rd floor of the Tower Club at lebua and sip cocktails at the Sky Bar. Appearing in The Hangover II, it's the world's highest open-air bar. –A. Rodriguez

9. Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, California USA
On the top floor of the Ace Hotel in LA, occupying the former United Artists Building, is this lively bar and outdoor lounge with patio seating, square-shaped pool, and magnificent near-panoramic views of the city. –A. Rodriguez

10. WOOBAR – Koh Samui, Thailand
With unparalleled 270-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand and circular booths embedded into a foot-deep pool, this W Retreat bar is a unique attraction by itself on Koh Samui. –A. Rodriguez

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS

1. Bruce’s Candy Kitchen – Cannon Beach, Oregon USA
A mind-boggling assortment of every kind of sweet you could possibly imagine. It's a fun place just to browse and watch in-house candy being made. –J. Price

2. Butchart Gardens – Brentwood Bay, British Columbia Canada
Beautiful year-round, though especially gorgeous during the holiday season with illuminated trees, live carolers, and a scavenger hunt-style 12 Days of Christmas display. 45 minutes from Victoria, BC and worth the drive. –A. Rodriguez

3. Mt. Hood Cosmic Tubing – Government Camp, Oregon USA
Skiing, intertubing, and ziplining under a night sky with neon lights and rockin' tunes at the base of Mt. Hood is a cool winter excursion for snowbunnies of all ages. –A. Rodriguez

4. Grand Central Market – Los Angeles, California USA
At the base of Bunker Hill, in downtown Los Angeles, you'll come across this popular market of local food stalls that offer everything from authentic Mexican to traditional Thai to homemade ice cream. A great destination for lunch, snack, or afternoon coffee and an opportunity to hang with LA hipsters. –A. Rodriguez

5. Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach, Oregon USA
This hauntingly beautiful landmark is one of the most commonly photographed sights on the Oregon Coast (even popping up unexpectedly this year in the inner sleeve of Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence album). –J. Price

6. High Roller – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
At 550-feet tall, the High Roller became the world's largest observation wheel when it debuted this year and immediately gave the Las Vegas skyline more sparkle. Pods fit up to 40 people, and rides last 30 minutes. –A. Rodriguez

7. L.A. Live – Los Angeles, California USA
An entertainment center offering something for everyone, from sports (Staples Center) to live music (Nokia Theatre, Club Nokia), hotels, restaurants and bars, bowling alley, and the must-visit GRAMMY Museum. –A. Rodriguez

8. Michael Jackson ONE – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
The King of Pop's hits-heavy catalog fused with the magical brilliance of Cirque du Soleil results in a thriller of a show at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino that will have you singing and dancing in your seat for 90 minutes. –A. Rodriguez

9. Patara Elephant Farm – Chiang Mai, Thailand
You'll find this elephant sanctuary in the jungly hills overlooking Chiang Mai, where the animals aren't kept to entertain guests. Instead, visitors become trainers for a day, taking care of the elephants by feeding, bathing, and taking them for walks. –A. Rodriguez

10. The TMZ Hollywood Tour – Los Angeles, California USA
The website-turned-TV show now conducts its own celebrity tours, weaving through the streets of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and WeHo looking for A-listers while providing exclusive insights from entertaining on-board guides. –A. Rodriguez

TRANSPORTATION

1. ALASKA AIRLINES, First Class, Seattle to Las Vegas
A chile verde with white rice and warm tortillas hit the spot on this short hop to Sin City, not to mention never-ending cocktails made with locally-based Sun Liquor spirits. –A. Rodriguez

2. ALASKA AIRLINES, First Class, Seattle to Los Angeles
It's not uncommon to spot famous people sitting in first class, but on this particular trip in October it was the flight attendant who was the celebrity. Timothy Tsao, from this season's “The Amazing Race,” was a sweetheart and helped make this two-hour trek exceptional. –A. Rodriguez

3. LUFTHANSA, Business Class, Seattle to Frankfurt
Aboard an A340-300, Lufthansa's newer business class product really shines. Full lie-flat seats, loaded in-flight entertainment (IFE), delicious meals, such as a halibut with miso cream sauce for dinner, and top-notch service from the cabin crew resulted in an incredible 9.5 hour voyage. –A. Rodriguez

4. LUFTHANSA, Business Class, Frankfurt to Seattle
Although the chicken breast dinner with onion gravy was slightly disappointing, it was the pre-departure champagne, comfortable seats, constant attention from cheery flight attendants, newer amenity kit, and access to Lufthansa's premiere lounges in Frankfurt that turned this journey into a memorable one. –A. Rodriguez

5. THAI AIRWAYS, Economy Class, Los Angeles to Seoul
Now connecting through Seoul, no longer a non-stop flight to Bangkok, this 12-hour red-eye in Economy felt luxurious with surprisingly outstanding meals, Thai beer, mid-flight snacks, and an abundant list of movies, TV shows and news programs on the airline's IFE. –A. Rodriguez

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