10 Lovely Afternoon Tea Spots Around the World

Tea has been a staple of the British diet since at least the late 18th century, and the tradition of taking Afternoon Tea or High Tea continues to this day, not only in England, but in many former colonies and territories of the British Empire as well.

If daintily devouring tiny sandwiches, strong tea, and adorable pastries sounds like a fun way to spend an afternoon to you, you’ll love this list of 10 Lovely Afternoon Tea Spots Around the World:

1. The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

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10 Breathtaking Reasons To Go Stargazing

Stargazing has provided wonder and entertainment for millennia. We have found some of the most amazing points on the globe for you to bring your telescope and observe the beauty of the sky at night. Thanks to our very own Varsha B for this wonderful compilation of starry, starry nights.

1. Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

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Photo by The Travelling Chilli.

2. Bicheno Hideaway, Bicheno, Australia

The Milky Way lights up the sky above the Boathouse at the Bicheno Hideaway on Tasmania's east coast. There's few places that I've seen more stars!

Photo by Kristin Repsher.

3. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

How amazing is this?! I'd hoped for auroras to appear during our time in Tekapo, since it's known as having one of the darkest skies in the world. We were lucky enough to have it two nights running (although we could only see it with the naked eye on one of those nights). I should have known the minute I got to the Church of the Good Shepherd that they could be seen with the camera, since there was a horde of photographers all facing south, which is probably not a normal occurrence at 11pm!

Photo by Kristin Repsher

4. Noord / Tanki Leendert, Aruba

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Photo by Bob Cooley.

5. El Mirador National Park, Peten, Guatemala

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Photo by Sergio Camalich.

6. Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii

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Photo by Richard Remington.

7. Big Pine, CA

Photo by DuMarc Photography.

8. Ice Lakes Basin, CO

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Photo by Brendan Caffrey.

9. Mt. Ranier, WA

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Photo by Nathaniel Stott.

10. Fernie, BC

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Photo by Matt Ford.

Find more amazing lists from our very own Trovers here, here and here. And as always, you can find more inspiration at Trover.com.

9 Beautiful Reasons to Take an Inside Passage Cruise

Alaska may be “The Last Frontier,” but it doesn’t have to be your last frontier.

This far-north state is huge, sparsely populated, and not the most hospitable in the winter months, but seeing its best and most beautiful attractions has never been easier with the rising popularity of summer cruises through the famed Inside Passage.

There are hundreds of reasons to visit Alaska, but here are 9 especially beautiful reasons we think you should take an Inside Passage Cruise this summer:

1. You can wake up each morning to a view like this, near Juneau, Alaska

Trover photo by David M. Simpson

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Pacific Northwest Weekend Getaways for You

The Pacific Northwest is a collections of bests: best camping, best views, best regional food, best music scene, best cafes… We could go on. A typical day could be waking up in your tent to a gorgeous sunrise in the Olympic National Park, taking a ferry ride through Elliot Bay, walking around a Pike Place market and then settling down to a delicious dinner with a glass of Northwest wine. All of this makes this beautiful, green, aqueous, and mountainous region one of the most popular and unique destinations in the world. We have rounded up some of the best places to visit for you to consider for your next weekend away. Let us know what you discover over at Trover.com.

San Juan Islands

With over 700 islands, the San Juans offer gorgeous views, beaches, and whale watching.

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Photo by Monica Ewing.

Seattle

The largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle retains its small town feel with its many charming neighborhoods.

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Photo by our very own Matt Hudgins.

Portland

Famous for being off the beaten path and slightly eccentric, Portland also has a sophisticated food and brewery scene.

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Photo by Julio Gleske.

Mt. Ranier

One of a chain of volcanoes up and down the Pacific Northwest, this iconic mountain practically floats above the Seattle skyline.

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Photo by Martha Tolentino.

Vancouver

Bike around Stanley Park, enjoy a bustling water front, or seek out a myriad of different cuisines. Vancouver is Seattle’s worldly cousin.

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Photo by Backpacking Bella.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Enjoy the reflections on the pristine waters of the deepest lake in the United States.

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Photo by Suzannah Maree Photography.

Victoria, Vancouver Island

A charming town with an English flavor, Victoria offers high tea, Butchart Gardens and a fabulous Royal British Columbia Museum.

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Photo by Chasing Adventure.

Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Walk golden sand beaches and enjoy the majestic sea stacks that loom on the horizon.

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Photo by Paige Spee.

Mt. St. Helens

After the 1980 eruption that blew the entire top of this volcano to smithereens, life is making a comeback on the slopes of Mt. St. Helens. The Visitor Center offers an excellent overview.

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Photo by Gavin Burns.

Olympic National Park

Home of Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rain Forest, there are many trails to explore in this beautiful park for all ability levels.

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Photo by Clint & Jamie Preisendorfer.

Mt. Hood

The tallest point in Oregon, visit the National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge for an overnight stay.

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Photo by Annemarie Vivolo.

Columbia River Gorge

Famous for its views and its excellent windsurfing, visitors can also enjoy amazing views, outstanding food, and  wonderful music.

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Photo by Melissa G.

Still itching for more Weekend Away ideas? Find them here. Head on over to Trover.com for more inspiration!

Secret Gardens

Travel to some of the world’s most beautiful secret gardens found by our hard-working Trovers. Secret gardens have represented a tranquil respite from the to and fro rush of the day to day since ancient times. Here are some of the loveliest gardens posted by our fantastic Trovers from around the world. No digging required.

Chihuly Garden and Glass Sculpture Garden, Seattle WA

Dr. Seuss would feel right at home with the towering rock candy sculptures, shimmering mirror ponds, and jelly crystal spheres.

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The Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, England

Built in the Indian style from the 18th century, the seaside gardens of the royals.

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Giverny: Monet’s Tranquil Muse

Monet created the gardens at Giverny so he could paint flowers and foliage.

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The Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy

Created as private gardens for the most powerful Italian family in Renaissance Italy, the Medici family, this garden is now open to the public.

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Kew Gardens, Richmond, England

Beginning as a merger of royal gardens in the 18th century, Kew is the  largest collection of the world’s living plants.

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Butchart Gardens, Victoria B.C

Built by the wife of a cement magnate, thousands travel to B.C. to have tea and walk these beautiful gardens.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace Gardens

The royal gardens of the Imperial family are open to the public.

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Bangalore Palace Gardens, Bangalore, India

Designed in the Victorian style.

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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Lavish gardens of the Turkish Sultans.

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Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh, Morocco

The culmination of 40 years of work by the French painter Jacques Majorelle.

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Find out How Your Garden Grows with more beautiful destinations from around the world and find more inspiring destinations from Trovers around the world on Trover.com.