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Top 5

Destination: Sunshine

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Finally! Sunny days are here again—here's our checklist for wanderlust and warm-weather fun now that the mercury is rising...

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To Watch

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1. The Endless Summer
2. Spring Breakers
3. Before Sunrise
4. The Great Gatsby
5. The Talented Mr. Ripley

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To Listen

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The Hits:
1. "Here Comes the Sun" — The Beatles
2. "Spring Affair" — Donna Summer
3. "Put Your Records On" — Corinne Bailey Rae
4. "After the Storm" — Kali Uchis ft. Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins
5. "Soleil" — Françoise Hardy.

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The Podcasts
1. Let's Go TogetherTravel + Leisure's Kellee Edwards
2. The Thoughtful Travel Podcast — Amanda Kendle
3. Women Who TravelCondé Nast Traveler's Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey
4. Chronicles Abroad — Nubia Younge and Frantzces Lys
5. Wild Ideas Worth Living — Shelby Stanger

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To See

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To Do

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Hit the outdoors, of course. Whether hiking is more your speed or you'd prefer to simply idle the days away on the beach, we've got you covered on where to go—and what to wear.

Most Scenic Beaches

1. Nantucket, Massachusetts
2. Dry Tortugas, Florida
3. Poipu Beach, Hawaii
4. Kiawah Island, South Carolina
5. Pfeiffer Beach, California

To Pack

SHOP THE LOOK, clockwise from top left: 
Aniston Cutout Swimsuit and Makua Cover-Up
Salis Halter Swimsuit
Eni Slide Sandals
Danica Tunic Cover-Up

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Best Hiking Trails for Spring

1. Chimney Rock Trailhead, Point Reyes National Seashore, California
2. South Kabib Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona and Utah
3. Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park
4. Kalalau Trail, Napali Coast State Park Kauai, Hawaii
5. Chimney Tops Trail, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, North Carolina

To Pack


SHOP THE LOOK, clockwise from top left: 
Analeigh Puff-Sleeve Sweatshirt and Hartley Wide-Leg Sweatpants
Sibilia Floral Anorak
Panelle Slip-On Sneaker
Vilena Floral Leggings

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To Eat

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Here's a favorite from Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at ABC Kitchen using one of spring's best in-season veggies: the mighty asparagus.

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Grilled Asparagus, Pickled Spring Onions, Marcona Almonds & Herbs

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Servies 4

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Ingredients:

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12 pieces jumbo asparagus
Extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper
1/2 c spring onions, peeled, green trimmed to 1-inch tall, cut in fourths
3 1/2 oz. white wine vinegar
3 oz. fresh lime juice
3 oz. sugar
1 lime zested with microplane
1 tbsp salt
1/4 c Marcona almonds, toasted, cut in half
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
8 fresh oregano leaves

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Directions:

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Remove bottom third of asparagus and peel from 2 inches below tip. Blanch just for color and shock well.

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Grill asparagus until nicely charred and tender.

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Combine spring onions, white wine vinegar, lime juice, sugar, zested lime, and 1 tablespoon of salt in a medium pot and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool at room temp. Store in liquid.

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In a small sauté pan, combine almonds and olive oil and sprinkle with salt and cook on medium heat until oil starts to sizzle. Add oregano, stir well, then shock over a bowl of ice to stop the cooking. Keep warm at room temp.

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Arrange grilled asparagus on a warm plate and scatter with the spring onions. Drizzle almonds and oil over it, then sprouts, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Season gently with sea salt and black pepper and serve with lime wedge.

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