As the nights dra in …

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For tu­nately, Le­banon’s mild cli­mate means that the ad­vent of win­ter doesn’t mark the star t of hi­ber­na­tion. The sea­sonal chill is usu­ally char­ac­ter ized by blue skies and fresh air, punc­tu­ated with a warm­ing win­ter sun. As usual we br ing you a whole host of ac­tiv­i­ties to ex­per ience the win­ter sea­son at its best – from snow­shoe­ing and ski­ing when the snow fi­nally falls, to stay­ing at the co­zi­est hotels and B&BS for a week­end away.

This is­sue we take you on a tour of the countr y, head­ing nor th to the his­tor ical town of Ha­dath el Jebbeh – an ex­cep­tional win­ter des­ti­na­tion with its 1,000-year-old cedar for­est and im­por­tant re­li­gious sites. We also visit Sidon’s Debbane Palace, which preser ves Le­banon’s tra­di­tion of Ot­toman ar­chi­tec­ture, and Beit Mery’s Le­banese Her­itage Mu­seum which houses an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion span­ning Le­banon’s his­tor y.

We meet some of the lead­ing fig­ures who enr ich the countr y’s cul­tural fabr ic, such as Myrna Bous­tani, who es­tab­lished a win­ter tra­di­tion of clas­si­cal mu­sic more than 20 years ago with the Al Bus­tan Fes­ti­val. And we visit ar tist Jamil Molaeb, whose home­town Bais­sour has be­come the site of his mu­seum.

Div­ing head first into Beirut life we stop by the mod­ern hand­i­craft bou­tique, Or ient 499 and visit renowned Le­banese fash­ion de­signer Krikor Jabotian’s Achrah­fieh ate­lier. We also take a tea tour around Beirut’s finest cafes and go shop­ping for de­signer pieces at the city’s mu­seum shops.

Our mag­a­zine is packed full of tips on where to eat, sleep, and visit in Beirut and around the countr y, so let Le­banon Traveler be your guide. And take us on the r ide too – share your ex­per iences on Le­banon­trav­eler and Le­banon­trav­eler.

Photo: Wil­liam Khouch­aba

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