All posts by Zachary Laks

Zach Laks (@zachlaks on Twitter) is a freelance writer based in NYC. A world traveler and theme park enthusiast, Zach will journey distances for frozen yogurt.
Cookies from Amy's Bread
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Emerging from an era when cupcakes reigned supreme in the dessert wars of New York City, the tried-and-true cookie now commands the spotlight. Here, five of the most outstanding varieties in Manhattan. ... Read More

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort
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October is when theme parks across the country don their best Halloween costumes and switch from merely entertaining guests to scaring the wits out of them. From a zombie-filled haunted house, to 4D versions of Friday the 13th, here are the all-out transformations that five theme parks are rolling out for Halloween. ... Read More

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New York Hayride in Randall's Island Park
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Ready for evil clowns, an immersive insane asylum, and chainsaw maniacs? With October comes Halloween, and with Halloween comes the inevitable barrage of haunted houses, costume parties, and — of course — haunted hayrides. Here are some of our favorites… ... Read More

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Crape Myrtle Allee at the Dallas Arboretum
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[Updated August 2016] Ready to see a 2,000-pound pumpkin? Or a cannon that shoots pumpkins hundreds of feet in the air? Here are five of our favorite pumpkin festivals happening this autumn… Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival (Clarence, NY) Clarence rolls out its red — or maybe orange — carpet each fall for the Great... Read More

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Hershey Chocolate’s sprawling empire in Hershey, Pennsylvania is much more than a chocolate lover’s paradise. Positioned just two hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore and three hours from New York City, Hershey lends itself to a perfect fall weekend of affordable fun, relaxation, and — of course — endless chocolate. ... Read More

Jungle Cruise, Disneyland
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There’s more to Mickey Mouse than meets the eye. Believe it or not, Disneyland is a haven of secret lairs, wild felines, and a touch of magic at every corner. Here, four secrets (and a bonus) of Walt Disney’s playground that will have you in the know. ... Read More

Disneyland
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With dozens of attractions that top must-do lists, a day or two spent wading through crowds and taking in the sights at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can get dizzying. To ensure a memorable trip to the “happiest place on Earth,” make sure not to make these five mistakes. ... Read More

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The Carlyle Inn

Riding high from a recent renovation, infusing $1 million into its 32 rooms and suites, The Carlyle Inn arrives on the Beverly Hills scene as one of Pacifica Hotels’ newest additions to its 28-hotel collection. With its unassuming façade, the hotel reveals itself on the second floor with open... Read More

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The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel/Facebook

Having recently undergone the shift in management from Sheraton to an independent hotel company, the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel reopened for business this past May, in preparation for kicking off Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. We recently checked into the newly revamped resort — and found the property to be much more than... Read More

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A town on the brink of breaking into the big leagues, Reno is having a moment. And one could argue that summer is one of the best times to check out the growing outdoor and culinary scene, thanks to a handful of festivals that showcase Reno at its best.... Read More

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[Updated August 2016] If you haven’t made your way to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on the West Coast in the past five years, we’d say you’re due for a visit. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, Disneyland has upped the ante with vast improvements to many of its attractions, along with... Read More

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Reno Tahoe, Nevada
Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority

Emerging as a city with a distinct culture of its own — thanks to an economic turnaround attributed in part to Tesla’s move to the area — Reno has come alive in recent years as an affordable playground for foodies and outdoor adventurers. There are now more ways than ever to get... Read More

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Copamarina

Seeking paradise without a passport? Venture off from the overdeveloped city of San Juan on your next Puerto Rican vacation and explore the island’s best affordable resorts. Offering respite from the tourist market, these properties deliver a getaway filled with sandy beaches, copious palm trees, and a perfectly made... Read More

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
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Reno has undergone a serious transformation in recent years, most notably with the much-celebrated arrival of Tesla, ushering in 22,000 jobs and an estimated economic impact upwards of $100 billion over the next 20 years. We hopped aboard the inaugural JetBlue flight direct from JFK to Reno to see... Read More

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beach hammocks at Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort

For paradise-seekers, there’s nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic for an hour after landing at the airport before you actually arrive at the destination. Good thing, then, that Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is just a few miles from San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín Airport.... Read More