‘Tis the season for great travel book gifts!

A SENSE OF PLACE, A journey around Scotland’s whisky by Dave Broom with photography by Christina Kernohan, is a beautifully crafted narrative that explores Scotch whisky through its terroir–the land, weather, history, craft and culture that feed and enhance the whisky itself. Through Broom’s eyes, we see whisky as a way of looking at a country and its people and their way of thinking. In this book, whisky becomes more than just liquid in a bottle; it is a distillation of sensibilities, conditions and condition which can only be found in Scotland. Published by Mitchell Beazley.

PORTUGAL, The Monocle Handbook, Your Guide to the best hotels, restaurants, beaches and design, introduces readers to the best that Portugal has to offer, favorite spots– charming retailers and traditional ateliers, design-forward hotels and unexplored beaches. The smartest neighborhoods are covered and we feel strongly no traveler should visit Portugal without first consulting this practical guide brimming with colorful, luscious photography.

A handbook in feel and tone, this guide will transport you to the sun-dappled hills of Lisbon and the winding streets of Porto as well as lesser-known locales ranging from the Alentejo region, with its plentiful vineyards, to the dramatic landscapes of the Azores. Discover Monocle’s favorite places to stay, eat and shop―stop off at an elegant palácio, indulge in a family-run tasca and scour the streets for the creamiest pastéis de nata―and make exciting cross-country trips (whether by car, boat or horse). You’ll also be introduced to the country’s rich culture, including the history of Portugal’s vibrant visual identity and the folks at the heart of it all. There’s even a chapter dedicated to those thinking of relocating to Portugal, including case studies on those who’ve made the move, tips on the best neighborhoods to invest in, and recommendations for architects and interior designers. So join in, hit the tiles and explore this fascinating country. Published by Thames&Hudson.

MOROCCO, Destination of Style Elegance and Design by Catherine Scotto with photographs by Nicolas Matheus is entrancing and lush collection of the colors and textures of 21st-century Morocco with inviting photographs of homes, gardens, hotels, and historic sites. Brimming with inspiration, this guide introduces readers to the next generation of interior and landscape designers, architects, and stylists who are transforming and reinforcing the country’s reputation as a center of cultural and historic discovery.

Step inside the Villa Mabrouka, Yves Saint Laurent’s former home in Tangier, to see how the sylvan refuge has been preserved and transformed, and inside a 1950s Marrakech house to see how its new owners use tiles and local stone to playful effect. Learn how homeware companies such as Trame and LRNCE brilliantly reimagine traditional Moroccan ceramics and craftmanship. And visit parks such as Majorelle Garden, where a French painter created his greatest masterpiece out of plants and water. Combining modern technology with a deep respect for tradition, these locations and influencers incorporate natural materials such as earth, wood, and bamboo into buildings that are both simple and elegant, and into landscapes that honor a fragile ecosystem. Armchair travelers, environmental designers, and anyone looking for a colorful immersive experience will find much to discover in this celebration of a country at once rooted in tradition and eager to embrace innovation. Published by Prestel.

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