Mark Twain once said, “there is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable” and that definitely holds true for the seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, lust, wrath, envy, pride, and sloth. As mere mortals, we’ve all committed one of these sins at least once in our lives, to a certain extent. Most of them happen while we’re on vacation and indulging ourselves.
With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve rounded up the top destinations where the seven deadly sins are undoubtedly lingering in the air.
Gluttony: an inordinate desire to consume more than one requires
Our first sinful destination leads us to take a bite at The Big Apple. New York City is known for having a diverse range of delectable cuisines to try. There are so many amazing options, that foodies might end up consuming more meals a day than the standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For breakfast, head to Russ & Daughters for a traditional, yet high quality bagel & lox. The cafe has been around for over 100 years and you’ll have to go there for yourself to see what the hype is all about. Another place you definitely have to pencil in to your list of must-try restaurants is Katz’s Deli. This New York staple cooks up a killer pastrami on rye, as well as a reuben sandwich, and they’re very generous with the amount of meat they put in between two perfectly baked slices of bread.
One of the hottest restaurants in New York right now is Lillia, serving up hand crafted pastas in all kinds of combinations. The highly in-demand fine dining eatery is owned and operated by Missy Robbins, who has specialized in Italian cuisine over the last decade. If you’re on a mission to splurge, check out Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, where the culinary experts blend Japanese cuisine with French technique to deliver unbelievable courses like Hokkaido uni and black truffle on a brioche bun.
For a longer list of places to eat in NYC, check out Infatuation’s First Timer’s Guide to Eating in New York City. You’re bound to find a handful of things that tingle your tastebuds.
Greed: the desire for material wealth or gain
One of Atlantic City’s greatest attractions is its casinos. Everyday, hundreds of tourists come to this seaside destination to test their luck on the slots and tables, in hopes that they come home with a jackpot prize. Along the boardwalk, you’ll find the bright lights of each casino luring you in. The casinos are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In alphabetical order, the most popular casinos are Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesar’s Atlantic City, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Ocean Casino Resort. Put on your poker face at the poker table, have a go at a game of black jack, or try to hit the lucky combos on the slots.
We know that winning easy money sounds very tempting, but it can also come back to bite. If we could give you any gambling advice, the most important thing would be to start your vacation with a specific gambling budget. Be mindful of your spending habits. If you spend that entire budget, it’s time to step away from the casino, no matter how bad you want to keep playing. You’ll thank yourself for coming to your senses when you step back into reality after your vacation.
Lust: an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body
Pleasures of the body come in all shapes and forms — and no, it’s not what you’re thinking. Whether it’s treating yourself to a simple massage, or getting the feeling of an adrenaline rush coursing through your veins on an ATV or skydiving off a plane, Palm Springs has a lot to offer. With a wide range of spas and extreme sports to indulge in, this desert city represents lust in the most PG form, and we’re all for it.
Palm Springs has a great selection of luxurious spas to choose from when you need some time to unwind and de-stress. Among them is one of our favorites, the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Not only does the resort have spa specials, but they also have several pools to spend the day in, a golf course with marvelous views, a fitness center, and a monthly full moon yoga.
If you prefer adrenaline over getting pampered, we have a couple options for you. Your first option is an ATV experience, zooming through the desert like you’re on the set of Mad Max. Or for the ultimate thrill-seeker, how does skydiving above California sound? Skydive West Coast offers tandem skydives less than 30 minutes out of Palm Springs. No matter what you decide to do, we’re sure it will be an extremely satisfying getaway.
Wrath: manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury, also known as anger
For the record: choosing love over anger is never the way to go. But in the particular instance of watching a hockey game or any sports match, that manifested wrath allows athletes to thrive and take home the win. If you’ve never been to a hockey game before, head over to Philly’s Wells Fargo Center to catch a game between NHL in-state rivals: Philadelphia Flyers versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Don’t be shocked when a fight breaks out mid-play — those are common, and perfectly legal, in professional hockey matches.
Additionally, you can wander into Tipsy Bistro to see if your favorite sports teams are going head to head — or for more wrath, you can grab a drink when they’re showing a boxing match or UFC fight. Not only is UFC the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but it’s also the ultimate example of wrath in a sport.
Feel the energy of the crowd in University City as two mixed martial arts fighters go against each other in the Octagon. It’s pretty much like watching modern-day gladiators at battle.
Envy: the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation
Indie rock band Weezer hit the nail right on the head in their early 2000’s track Beverly Hills as they sang, “Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be; living in Beverly Hills.” As you take a stroll down Rodeo Drive, it’s hard not to envy the lavish lifestyles of the 90210’s residents, and many aspire to obtain that status. Take the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour to catch a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous. This 40-minute tour takes you down Rodeo Drive, and stops by historic landmarks in the area, as well as celebrity homes.
You can also live like a millennial celebrity on Melrose Avenue by attending a Cycle House spin class. Then, snap a post-workout photo in front of Paul Smith’s Instagram famous pink walls, and grab a cup of coffee at Urth Caffe. Who knows, you may even stumble upon Kylie Jenner while you’re there, who is known to be a loyal green tea boba fan at Urth.
Want to try to catch other celebrities out and about? Check out Spoon University’s list of the seven best coffee shops to spot celebrities in the area.
Pride: excessive belief in one’s own abilities, and the sin from which all others arise, also known as vanity
Portland radiates pride on so many levels, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Being recognized as the top U.S. city for LGBTQ+ Pride, along with the city’s constant need to “Keep Portland Weird,” and the passionate delight Portland has for craft beers and coffee — it’ hard to deny that pride bursts at the seams in this city.
If you want to be right in the middle of where the pride is, check out our blog post of the best spots to hit in Portland based on your guilty pleasure. To summarize, the article breaks down all the best restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries, including all of downtown Portland’s winners from 2019’s Oregon Beer Awards. One notable five-time gold winner is 10 Barrel Brewing Company in the Pearl District, where you’ll find a chirpy rooftop bar right across the street from another brewery called Rogue, serving canned house made cocktails, in addition to classic craft brews.
While you’re there, be sure to head over to the “Keep Portland Weird” mural, found on 3rd Street in between Ankeny Street and Burnside Street. This puts you within walking distance of several local favorites, including Voodoo Doughnut, Portland Saturday Market situated by the water, and world’s largest bookstore: Powell’s City of Books.
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Sloth: the avoidance of physical work
Some days, all you want to do is lay around and do nothing. That’s exactly what sloth is. So when you’re in the mood to exert absolutely zero energy, why not plan a staycation in your home city? The only effort you need to make is to find a lovely vacation home you wish to spend the weekend in, and VacationRenter makes that search process incredibly simple.
Filter your results based on location, guests, and the type of amenities you want, then scroll through images to find your dream vacation home. The only body part you’ll have to move are your hands to do the typing and clicking. Your sloth staycation is just a click away!
It would be a sin in itself to not mention Las Vegas somewhere in this article. It is “Sin City” after all, a place where all seven deadly sins are very much alive.
- Gluttony: Indulge in a wide selection of all you can eat restaurants such as Sakana Sushi, Biwon Korean BBQ, or Wicked Spoon.
- Greed: Spend all day and night gambling at one of the many casinos along The Strip, or if you’re knowledgeable in the sports world, place a parlay bet at one of Sin City’s sportsbooks.
- Lust: Treat yourself to what is classified as “a seductive retreat for your mind, body and soul” at the Waldorf Astoria Spa.
- Wrath: Catch a live UFC fight at the MGM Grand, or witness people get riled up at the most lively sports bars in town.
- Envy: Go window shopping at The Shops at Crystals and browse through all the things you wish you could take home with you, or even buy something that catches your eye.
- Pride: Get ready to have your mind blown at one of seven different Cirque de Soleil shows, as performers proudly show off their insane acrobatic and choreographic skills.
- Sloth: Arrange for bottle service to a private cabana at Marquee Day Club or Encore Beach Club so you can spend a whole afternoon lounging around under the sun, having your drinks served to you at your disposal.
Las Vegas is the quintessence of going all out vacation mode, and releasing your inhibitions. Small doses of this city are recommended — because in the end, everyone’s got to to pay for their sins.