Explore Top Finds near Your Renaissance Hotel

Top Finds

Hand-picked recommendations from around the world.

Looking for Chinese street food in London? How about boutiques in Long Beach? Or a pop-up speakeasy in Chicago?

Throw away the guidebook and get connected to what the locals know. Whatever you want to experience on your trip, we’re plugged in and on hand to help you explore the neighborhood.

Our Navigators have curated a list of some of the most fascinating ‘must do’ experiences from each of our Hotels’ neighborhoods.

We’ve collected memorable must-sees for every one of our destinations around the globe, giving you the inside scoop on the best each Renaissance Hotel location has to offer.


McAllen Botanical Gardens - find
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McAllen Botanical Gardens

Explore the verdant labyrinth of this botanical garden and nature center. An education in local fauna is in order at McAllen's green lung.
The McAllen Botanical Garden, also called the McAllen Nature Center, is a picturesque park in the heart of the city. At 59 acres (23 hectares), it is one of the largest of its kind and is rich in flora and fauna. This verdant space boast old trees and dense meadows that are home to numerous species of birds, butterflies and reptiles, including the endangered indigo snake and horned lizard. It offers plenty of opportunities for trails and hikes, and is also a good picnic spot for the family.
Address: 83 West Business Highway, McAllen, 78501, TX, United States
Phone: +1 956 681 3333
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Arts District

Partake in art walks and let your creative juices flow in McAllen's very own Arts District, with its galleries and tons of shopping options.
The Arts District in McAllen is the creative pulse of the city. It is home to Archer Park, the Public Library, and myriad galleries and restaurants. The Nuevo Santander Gallery on North Main Street is a must visit for Mexican antiques and collectibles. The Art Village complex rents out studios to artists, and is a fascinating place for a glimpse into the local art scene. Take guided walks to galleries and also enjoy great food and wine this vibrant neighborhood has to offer.
Address: North Main Street, McAllen, 78501, TX, United States
Phone: +1 956 681 1000
La Formaggeria - find
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La Formaggeria

Explore the fine offerings at this gourmet cheese and wine shop showcasing regional producers like Caseificio Marovelli.
Italians have elevated food and wine pairing to an art, and few places embody this better than La Formaggeria. This quaint boutique is an epicures haven, featuring a diverse selection of Tuscan wines and cheeses from the highest quality dairies and vintners. These include artisan-made pecorino from Beltrami Gastronomia; parmigiana reggiano from Malandrone 1477; and fresh ricotta, pasta molle and casaro ariosto from Marovelli. Pair these exquisite cheeses with wines from Castello Banfi, Brancaia Buonamico and Oliviero Toscani. The knowledgeable staff will help you select the best combinations for your palate; a visit here is sure to be a memorable gustatory experience.
Address: 3 Via Farini, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, 55032, Italy
Phone: +39 3338818072
Ristorante Il Barchetto - find
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Ristorante Il Barchetto

Dine on traditional regional specialties at this family-friendly restaurant with a spacious garden, playground and picturesque lake view.
This family-owned restaurant epitomizes Italian comfort food done right. Classic, fresh and delicious, all their ingredients are sourced from regional markets, imbuing each simply-presented dish with rich flavor. The ambiance is informal and welcoming, making it a popular choice for local families with kids, as well as couples. Dine on traditional pastas, pizzas, meat and seafood specialties; the three-course prix-fixe lunch is a great option. Enjoy an alfresco meal with a refreshing carafe of house wine on a summer afternoon, as you soak in the vibrant atmosphere and charming panorama spread out before you. 
Address: Off Strada Provinciale 20 Lodovica, Località Spiaggia, Turrite Cava, Gallicano, 55027, Italy
Phone: +39 0583 7 5495
Mercato Contadino - find
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Mercato Contadino

Dine on traditional dishes of Garfagnana at this cozy eatery and deli; try the grilled beef tagliata paired with a robust Tuscan red wine.
Part rustic eatery and part epicurean store, Mercato Contadino is an excellent place to savor regional dishes, as well as some of the best barbecue in Gallicano. Their authentic wood-burning grill imparts a depth of flavor and smokiness to tender beef steaks, fish or vegetables that a regular grill simply wouldn't. Share a plate of antipasti like grilled anchovies or garlic-infused bruschetta as you sip on a glass of their full-bodied house wine. While the exteriors are unassuming, the interiors are inviting, fitted with wooden furniture, shelves stocked with local specialties and cloth-covered tables. Be sure to peruse their selection of cheeses, cold cuts and confectionery before you leave; they make for lovely gifts.
Address: 1 Località Zinepri, Gallicano, 55027, Italy
Phone: +39 0583 7 30338
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM,Tuesday to Sunday from 03:30 PM to 08:00 PM