In March I had the great pleasure of being reunited with Canadian chef Mara Jernigan while on assignment for Travel + Leisure in Belize. Mara and I first met while I was vacationing on Vancouver Island a handful of years ago. I stayed at her farm and indulged in a luxuriously long Italian-style Sunday lunch, hung out with the resident chickens, and devoured her cookbook collection while sitting on the porch under a blanket each night. It was my idea of a perfect holiday. Mara is now the general manager of an agritourism lodge called Belcampo in the less-traveled southern part of Belize. Belcampo is a very special place, nestled in the rainforest canopy and a quick tram ride from the Rio Grande. What I found most lovely about this spot though were the extremely friendly locals. Their warm smiles are contagious and their genuine interest in those they meet is quite refreshing! Check out the June issue, on stands now.
Tara Donne is a photographer living in Brooklyn, NY and working here, there, and everywhere. She shoots food, travel, lifestyle, kids and still life for international magazine, book and advertising clients.