When you think of Norway, couple of things that come to mind are fjords, blonde people and vikings…probably not fairy tale architecture.
Below, you’ll discover photographs of Norwegian architecture in the countryside that appears like it was taken straight from a fairy tale. The architectural styles range from Stave churches, which were built during the Middle Ages, to ghostly natural waterfalls and traditional wooden houses constructed in the Norwegian vernacular style (byggeskikk) during the 19th century.
Tell us which of photos you think wouldn’t be perfectly placed within a fairy tale, and as always, feel free to submit your own photos of Norway.
When you think of historic properties, you immediately assume they’ll cost a pretty penny.
But you don’t need to be a baller to buy a historic home, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If you’re looking to own a piece of history for a steal, you can check out several newly listed properties that may be within your budget.
Take the 1926 French chateaux-inspired home in Martinsville, Virginia. Listed at $184,000, the 2,645-square-foot home is move-in ready and offers charming elegance at a reasonable price point. With features like a round tower entrance, arched doorways, rustic wood beam ceilings, and a “Chateauesque” style, its nickname “Castle House” is particularly fitting.
What defines a historic place anyway?
A home is deemed historic by the National Register of Historic Places—or by the local historic board—if it meets any of the following criteria—exemplifies a signature architectural style, captures the essence of a given time period, or is associated with famous people from the past. Homes located in neighborhoods designated as historic districts qualify, as well.
Generally, properties eligible for listing in the National Register are at least 50 years old. Properties less than 50 years of age must be exceptionally important to be considered eligible for listing, according to the National Register of Historic Places Program. So it’s inevitable that a lot of costly upkeep will be necessary to maintain these homes, but it might be worthwhile to buy a piece of American history.
Check out this quaint schoolhouse in Wells River, Vermont. Built in 1874, the 6,000-square-foot Old Village School is representative of French Second Empire architecture. It actually served as the town’s school until 1967 and was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. The building currently houses two apartments and four businesses, with two rooms that are currently unrented. The NTHP markets the house as a perfect income property. The village of Wells River is a tiny, sleepy village and the schoolhouse has been on the market since February 2016. You can snag it for $180,000.
Now, if you’re looking for a roll-up-your-sleeves sort of project to really tackle, the 1900 Victorian McNinch House needs a lot of work. Listed in November for a mere $55,000, the 3,445-square-foot home in Anderson, South Carolina is not in livable condition and is most urgently in need of a new roof. Though it’s not ready to live in, it may be the perfect match for a semi-retired contractor or someone who’s handy around the house and looking for a fixer-upper.
This 1913 home in Galveston, Texas was recently restored by the town’s historical foundation. Listed in November of last year, the 997-square-foot home is going for $189,000. Having been recently renovated, the property blends historical significance and simple, yet modern livability. It’s also ready for you to move in.
How about a 1785 Colonial Inn, complete with three bedrooms, cathedral-style ceilings and a stable on 1.64 acres in Greensburg, Pennsylvania? First listed in November 2016 and with a sticker price of $225,000, the historic stagecoach inn has unique offerings like a blown glass window, bilevel parking and three exposed fireplaces.
If owning a piece of American history isn’t a big enough sell for you, there is also another possible incentive — you may be eligible for certain tax breaks. Properties listed in the National Register may qualify for a 20% investment tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of income-producing certified historic structures like commercial, industrial or rental residential buildings.
But sometimes, the number of quality IPAs, stouts, and lagers, and the breweries that craft them, can leave us overwhelmed. To clear the confusion, we asked Yelp to pull data on the most popular brewery in every state (including DC), which they measured using an algorithm that looked at the number of reviews plus the star rating for every brewery (excluding cideries and meaderies) on Yelp.
Here are the 51 best spots to grab a flight and a pint, according to beer snobs, local residents, and wandering tourists alike who love beer as much as you do!
“This place is a small piece of heaven. The quality of their beers is exceptional. From the Amber, to the White, to their aged Smoke Porter, they have something for every beer connoisseur or novice.” —Yelper Jamil M.
“These guys are making AMAZING beer! It’s the first time I’ve truly loved an Amber (their flagship).” —Yelper Stephanie H.
“It’s a small place with no food (you can bring your own) so we stop in before or after dinner. They have a large Jenga and other games; makes it a fun place to meet friends and catch up.” —Yelper Vanessa R.
“The indoor space is big, open, has cute hanging strings of lights, a zig zag bar, tons of seating, and a policy that welcomes pets as long as they are leashed. The outside area around back is also GIANT!” —Yelper Jolly Jo J.
“Whether the beer is light, dark, or an IPA, it always hits the right notes. Everyone I’ve ever brought here has wanted to take growlers home. And for cider drinkers, they always have a guest tap from a local cider house.” —Yelper Peter M.
“The staff is friendly and offers recommendations. At times it can get busy in there but the servers are on top of it and friendly and smiling the whole time.” —Yelper Eric F.
“The Pale Ale with tangerine zest was particularly good. Just the perfect touch of citrus leaves you unsure as to whether the real work is being done by the tangerine or the hops. But either way, who cares? It goes down well, singing as it goes.” —Yelper Ethan H.
“The tap room is really cool, there is awesome local art on the walls, as well as windows into the brewing room where you can see brew masters making ales. They have snacks to munch on and sometimes even food trucks parked out front!” —Yelper Patrick T.
“Don’t show up expecting a lot of ‘Bud Lite’ substitutes, CSB is into full flavor and complexity. But don’t worry, from the Girlfriend on the lighter end, to Keef Richards Coconut Porter on the dark end — CSB has plenty of variety. For the non-beer drinker, there’s also sangria (on tap!) or a non-alcoholic fruit soda also made in-house.” —Yelper Jonathan W.
“Hidden away near the North Lime area, West Sixth has a really cool, casual, hip-without-trying-too-hard vibe that makes it a perfect spot for meeting up with friends. Lots of tables, indoor/outdoor seating, and locally brewed beer make for a great time. Their lemongrass wheat is usually my go-to.” —Yelper Amanda S.
“For $20, you receive a keepsake etched glass and four healthy pours.” —Yelper Kathleen D.
“Prices are super reasonable at about $5 for 16 ounces for most of the pours. If you’re paralyzed by choice, the bartender is happy to recommend stuff and even let you taste a sample.” —Yelper Leela S.
“I found Heaven, and it’s in the form of a brewery called the Allagash Brewing Company, where they give you an entire flight of beer for free. That’s right — Free!” —Yelper Rachel M.
“Each beer was a delicious blend of flavors, from their dark coffee stout to a light summer ale. You can relax outside on their dog friendly patio, or stay inside at the numerous bar tables.” —Yelper Michelle P.
“They offer tours on the weekends, live music most nights, and, of course, great tastings and intoxicating selections.” —Yelper Robin T.
“The real standout for me was the Fruits of Our Labor: Passionfruit. It 100% looked like a glass of orange juice and if it was offered at a restaurant as a bottomless brunch drink, I’d get sauced.” —Yelper Sarah W.
“With beer hall-style seating, high ceilings, and views of the brewing tanks, Batch has an airy, convivial vibe that makes you want to stay a while. To top it off, there’re also 12 beers on tap, an ever-changing menu of small plates, and available board games.” —Yelper Lynn H.
“Flair Incident Oatmeal Stout is an award-winning beer (they entered it in a contest back when Lucky Town was a homebrew operation) and is the catalyst that really started this brewery.” —Yelper Blue A.
“Everyone who works here is extremely friendly and deeply invested in the company. It’s awesome to see such passion for craft beer in Mississippi.” —Yelper Marielle D.
“Beer tastings range from $2 to $3. They also have beer and doughnut pairings which are hilarious and fun until you have to fit into something tight. Also, sitting outside is definitely the way to go.” —Yelper Lin G.
“My first time here I tried the dry-hopped, 6.9% IPA, which had a great aroma. There’s no food served, but they have free popcorn! Just remember that Montana only allows 48 ounces per person until 8 pm.” —Yelper Lindy S.
“The brewery has 12 regular beers on tap, and a 13th beer in a vintage Frigidaire Kegerator.” —Yelper Scott R.
“It’s a small brewery with bar seating as well as some longer tables where you can end up sitting and conversing with new friends. The place has a cool vibe and the beers are usually on point.” —Yelper Shelby B.
“This brewery is absolutely amazing! From their Jalapeño beer and El Heffe, to the Blondie Belgian Blonde — all the brews are unique. The tour was very intimate and educational, and it was led by an awesome and personable tour guide.” —Yelper Ryanne A.
“This taproom is an exciting one. The decor is fun and relaxed with animal skulls and birds mounted to the wall. The beers are creative and I was happy to be introduced to my new favorite drink, the Gruit, an old fashioned beer made before hops became popular, with herbs and spices.” —Yelper Panda B.
“Highly recommend the 077xx double IPA and Monkey Chased the Weasel, though everything else is good too and worth a try.” —Yelper Phil C.
“The bartenders are extremely friendly and knowledgable about the latest beers. The crowd is mixed — some young and some more older in age, but all are friendly enough to strike up a conversation with.” —Yelper Brenda C.
“Order at the counter then seat yourself on the roomy outdoor patio. Even on a chilly night, it was quite enjoyable. It’s a very relaxing and chill place to sip on some quality brews. I had the cucumber wheat and enjoyed every taste.” —Yelper Brittany C.
“I had a pint of Snozbeer, which is a dark brew infused with raspberries — real raspberries, so the flavor is there, but not overbearing.” —Yelper Angie M.
“The free tour is cool to check out — the information was a little more technical than what’s presented at other brew tours, but you can tell they really love brewing beer :). Also, the tour ends with a free pint of your choice. They ask for a $1 donation, which they give to the local food bank.” —Yelper Samantha J.
“The brewery offers 10–12 selections that rotate in and out. Truly, you can’t go wrong with any of the options. And if you’re stuck, I’m sure the owners, Donald and Liz, would be more than happy to offer up a suggestion and a taste to help you make up your mind! ” —Yelper Anthony S.
“These guys are always trying out new, inventive, and experimental brews and have recently expanded their barrel-aging program to allow for further experimentation.” —Yelper Alex B.
“Staff is amazing. If you’re interested in information, a tour, or anything in-between, just ask. Baerlic doesn’t have a kitchen, but they do offer snacks if you need food in a pinch. They also allow you to bring food in (and there’s plenty of options nearby.) The space is warm and simple — really all you could ask for from a local brewpub.” —Yelper Alex B.
“The atmosphere is fantastic with tables in the sunlit front rooms facing the street and some in the darker back room. The brews are imaginative and robust, ranging from farmhouse to a chai-spiced beer to seasonal meads.” —Yelper Emily L.
“This hidden gem is worth the stop whether you are a local or on a road trip. The beer is OUTSTANDING and one heck of a bargain for $10 (3 beers, glass, tour). Our tour guide, Bill, was fantastic. Instead of a typical tour, he gave us a ‘day in the life of Bill’ tour. This meant we got to see every step of the beer making process.” —Yelper Cole Z.
“I came to Holy City Brewing as a part of a happy hour brewery tour and instantly fell in love. I really liked the space (there was so much room indoors and outdoors) but for me, the highlight was the beer. Specifically they had a lime beer that I will surely seek out in the future. It was the perfect summer beer!” —Yelper Briana B.
“We are currently located in Rapid City and find ourselves traveling to Spearfish just to come to this brewery after a long hike. Nice atmosphere and delicious tasting beer!” —Yelper Samantha R.
“Crow Peak is the the best place to get locally made craft brews. They have a great variety, featuring mainstay IPA, porters, cream ales, as well as a dizzying array of seasonal and specialty brews throughout the year.” —Yelper Travis B.
“We got two full beers, plus a whiskey tasting, which made for one of the booziest tours we’ve been on for $10.” —Yelper Michael M.
“These guys have an awesome product and put on a good show for the tour, which includes three free beers and a souvenir mason jar. Be ready for the tour to take at least an hour and don’t be surprised when the tour bleeds over into their tasting hours from 5pm onward.” —Yelper David W.
“First off, I can’t say a bad thing about any beer here. They are all excellent. None of them are high alcohol (maybe around 6% ABV at the max) but if there’s one thing I learned about Vermont beers compared to other states’, it’s that really great beer, including IPAs, don’t have to be high-alcohol hop bombs to be good.” —Yelper Jeff D.
“I love this place for several obvious reasons: the deliciously sexy beer, the easygoing environment, and most importantly, the incredibly awesome, super nice, and always helpful staff and owners.” —Yelper Ken B.
“The Rusted Pipe Imperial Red IPA is my absolute favorite!” —Yelper Neal E.
“The laid-back vibe and hilarious staff will whisk your taste buds away to a voyage of their best beers. Stop by around happy hour to taste their finest… And then leave with a couple of reasonably priced growlers for later in the evening.” —Yelper Billy D.
“Prices are very good, and the beer is always fresh and excellent. The Manny’s Pale Ale has always been my go-to, but the new Bodhi IPA might be my new favorite beer in town.” —Yelper Larry J.
“This is my favorite spot to relax in Davis. Outstanding brews, with plenty of seats at the magnificent wood bar or surrounding tables. I always meet interesting folks… Both among the growing local clientele as well as the ever expanding number of visiting tourists.” —Yelper John S.
When you think about it, the burrito might be the world’s most perfect food. Seriously, what’s not to love? A jumbo flour tortilla, steamed and pliable, filled with beans, cheese, meat, and vegetables, customizable to the extreme. Want guacamole and Mexican crema? Sure. Want grilled vegetables instead of meat? Sure, there are plenty of vegetarian options available. All the food groups are covered, and best of all, the burrito is handheld. In honor of this bundle of culinary joy, we’re pleased to present our fourth annual ranking of the best burritos in America.
~ Click on the link above to check them all out. San Jose is #50 – San Diego #40 – San Bernardino #34 – San Diego (again) #31 – Los Angeles #28 – San Francisco #27 – #24 Albany – Los Angeles (again) #23 – San Francisco (again) #21 – San Diego (again) #20 – San Diego (again, a trend maybe?) #18, San Francisco (again, another trend?) #16, San Diego (again, definitely a trend) #13, San Francisco (again and trending) #12 – San Diego (again, trend still going) #5 – Los Angeles (again, starting to trend) #4 – Los Angeles (again, trending strong) #3 – San Francisco (again, closing out the trend) #1. So many awesome spot in CA to try out, many in SoCal! ~
~ I have sadly only been to one, but this will change! ~
If you’ve lived in Southern California long enough like I have, you know there are tons of amazing restaurants tucked away in hidden places. Or perhaps they’re right out in the open and easy to find, but they don’t look very inviting from the outside. Either way, if you’re lucky enough to stumble on one of these gems, it’s like hitting the jackpot.
I’ll save you some time and point out a few of these heavenly hideaways you may have missed in SoCal. They all serve up mouthwatering meals that you won’t forget. Here are 7 restaurants to get you started, but there are so many more to discover. Have fun exploring!
Although there are 3 locations now, this spot in Fullerton is the original that was opened in 1970. Originally a coffehouse, it’s now a full service restaurant with an eclectic menu ranging from healthy wraps and sandwiches to pasta dishes, Falafels and Mexican fare. It’s a perfectly quirky experience to check out when you’re in Fullerton. Plus, the interior is cute, cute, cute!
The name alone tells you this spot isn’t any ordinary restaurant. But don’t let the Rodent in the name discourage you to check it out. Located in Oceanside, this gem of a sushi joint whips up inspired dishes with ingredients from local fisherman and local growers. You must order the ceviche — it’s one of the highlights on the menu.
Who needs KFC when you can get a tasty chicken dinner at Chicken Box?! When you see the exterior you might want to keep driving by, but don’t let that fool you. This place is worth the stop to order up some broasted chicken. Not sure what broasted means? It’s a method of using a pressure fryer and condiments. Broasting is code for “delicious!”
A dark and hidden hideaway that looks and feels a bit like an old speakeasy. Located in downtown San Diego in the Marina District right off the trolley tracks, you might miss this place if you didn’t know to look for it. It offers a unique menu with dishes like gourmet Deviled Eggs and Rabbit Hand Pie that will have your mouth watering. The atmosphere is equally as delicious as the menu. It’s romantic yet funky and chic. This might be one of my fave spots in this charming city.
With only tacos and burritos on the menu, you won’t have to ponder very long over what to order. But you will have to wait in line, because the secret is out that this hole in the wall serves up some amazing food. You can thank Anthony Bourdain for that. So what will you order? A taco? Maybe a burrito? Perhaps you should order both!
From the outside of this San Bernardino restaurant you wouldn’t expect much. But once inside, you are transported to a bustling sushi joint that’s always packed. The fish is fresh and the rolls are flavorful and creative. Plus, it’s all you can eat, so you can chow down on sushi rolls all night long if you’d like.
If you visit San Diego, you must add this little gem in Barrio Logan to your travels. It doesn’t look like much, but man alive it’s good. And everything is made fresh daily. A long line will await you no matter what time of day, but that long wait will help you work up an appetite for the huge portions.
Ready to go on a Southern California restaurant tour? I’m craving everything on every one of these menus. Which spot will you try out first? If you’ve already experienced one or all of these places, let me know in the comments which one is your favorite.