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How many times have you thought to yourself, “This year, I’d like to go away for the holidays.” It’s a fantasy we all harbor, to escape your everyday surroundings and get another city’s perspective on the holidays. The current holiday special from the folks at Public Hotel in Chicago could let you do just that. Read more
It’s easy to forget, in the rush of shopping, cooking, and traveling, that the holidays are meant to be relaxing. So, if you are dreading chore of cooking and cleaning up after your Thanksgiving Day meal, why not leave the dirty work to someone else by making a reservation at a hotel restaurant.
New York City
The Thanksgiving feast at the InterContinental Barclay offers a tasty buffet of local, natural and organic food with a turkey and ham carving station, seafood, smoked meats, soups, salads, hot entrèe selections that include Amish free-range organic roasted chicken breast with morel sauce, and pistachio-crusted organic farm-raised bronzini with lemon and pink peppercorn sauce. Dessert offerings include pumpkin pie, and chocolate and pecan tart. You may also like to partake of the Barclay Bar’s collection of 92 different Calvados labels or the collection of more than 100 martinis and cocktails. Thanksgiving seatings are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the price is $75 per adult, $30 for children ages 4 through 12. You can make reservations through OpenTable.
Rates start at $329 on Thanksgiving night.
The Windy City has a second nickname: The City of Neighborhoods. Truly, when you leave the downtown area dubbed The Loop, you’ll find yourself in one of Chicago’s many diverse ‘hoods, each with its own pulse, energy and identity. Below are five of the areas experiencing a boon in popularity.
As we begin to see the world of in-flight entertainment change, so too are we seeing an evolution in the way airlines are planning their new flight routes. A recent spate of new airline route announcements indicates a trend that many Americans (especially those who don’t live in New York or LA) will be very happy about: airlines are now focusing on establishing daily or weekly service out of secondary cities like Boston, Chicago, and Orlando. Likely due to overall growth among airlines like Emirates, United, and British Airways, passengers are now benefiting from nonstop routes based out of their home cities. Read more
We have already detailed the good reasons to book into a brand new hotel, but how about up-and-coming neighborhoods? Areas that, until recently, didn’t offer much in the way of quality lodging options? It’s in these emerging neighborhoods that you will find some of the city’s newest and hippest hotels — and, most likely, a good deal.
(Note: All rates quoted are for late October weeknights)
Not long ago, New York’s Central Park Zoo said a sad farewell to one of its own: Gus the polar bear. He was a fixture at the zoo for more than 25 years and had some…well, problems. Sure, he was neurotic (like a true Manhattanite), but he was beloved by many. (It’s reported that nearly 20 million people visited him during his time at the zoo.) On a happier note, we can’t help but think about the new baby animals that draw visitors to zoos across the country each year. And let’s face it, no matter how young or old we are, it’s hard not to ‘ooh and ahh’ over a cute baby cheetah (or elephant, or snow leopard). If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, here are some new furry friends that have recently arrived at America’s zoos…
It doesn’t get much cuter than these adorable kittens. At the Memphis Zoo, a male leopard was born in July, and while he doesn’t have a name yet, the public will have a hand in picking it from seven choices. Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo also welcomed a male cub in June, and he’s set to make his public debut this month when he turns three months old. Poaching and other factors have lead the species to be listed as endangered and only about 3,500 to 7,000 exist in the wild.
When to go: While you can’t see the Memphis cub just yet (the zoo is reconfiguring the cage so there are no spaces in the caging where he could slip out), stay tuned for updates on their Facebook page. In Chicago, you’ll be able to see the newborn by the end of next week. Read more
Want to know the scope of the hotel industry in the U.S.? Try these stats on for size: Of the $2 trillion generated by the travel and tourism industry in the U.S., $158.4 billion of that comes from lodging, and $2.1 billion of that will be generated from hotel fees and surcharges alone. In fact, one in eight U.S. jobs is in the travel industry. According to the U.S. Travel Association, “Each U.S. household would pay $1,060 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by travel and tourism.” Here are some other interesting facts we uncovered about hotels in America: Read more
We know it’s hard to think about autumn travel as the summer winds down. But booking now will definitely pay off when you see the fare sale that JetBlue is advertising for their Leave-With-the-Changing-Leaves Sale. Travel is valid on one-way flights September 3 – December 18, and you must book by August 21 at midnight (blackout dates apply). Check out a selection of our favorite fares below. Read more
Just a few weeks ago, we were celebrating National Tequila Day. But that isn’t stopping bars from charging head-on into yet another booze-filled national holiday: National Rum Day falls on August 16 (a Friday, in case you were wondering), in honor of…well, no one’s exactly sure. But who cares? It’s an entire day of sanctioned drinking – and we’re OK with that. So don your pirate hat and grab a sprig of fresh mint. Here are our picks for the best rum cocktails around. Read more
Escape on an end-of-summer getaway, or start planning your fall and winter travel early, with this sale from Virgin America. Fly one-way, nonstop to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and more. While travel for these low rates is valid for a while (August 24–December 3, 2013), booking ends on August 8, at 11:59 CT. Certain day-of-week restrictions and blackout dates from November 21–December 3, 2013 also apply. Check out some of these great fares below! Read more
Whether you love deep-dish pie or are dedicated to the city’s thin-crust variety, Chicago is a pizza fan’s dream. When you visit, instead of going with the tourist crowd to Gino’s East, Pizzeria Uno (or Due), and Giordano’s, head to some of the most beloved locals-only spots? Take a look at our list and try not to get hungry: Read more
Take a last-minute trip the old-fashioned way this summer. Round-trip Amtrak fares are as little as $41, saving you 25 percent on current rates. Visit Chicago in full bloom, hit the Big Apple, explore the Big Easy, and more with this great sale. Travel is valid Mondays through Thursdays, and Saturdays, for one to two weeks after purchase. Read more
Looking to take a last minute trip this Fourth of July holiday? You’re in luck: We’ve rounded up the best hotel deals across the country for stays from July 3–7. Enjoy fireworks over the Hudson in New York City, take part in the festivities in Chicago, or spend Independence Day in our nation’s capital or a historic city like Philadelphia or Boston. Take advantage of these offers across America from $89 per night, including the following: Read more
In most parts of the country, summer is the best time of year to visit your local farmers market. Not only will you find the widest variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and local delicacies as you stroll among the stalls, but you’ll also find some of the best deals on produce around. Add to that the fact that everything being sold is often virtually farm-to-your-hand fresh and you’ve got a recipe for a great summer trip to the local stand. Although nearly all major metropolitan areas (and quite a few smaller ones as well) have farmers markets, these nine have become destinations in their own right.
1. Lancaster Central Market (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
Located in the heart of Amish country, Lancaster’s Central Market is proud to tout their title of the nation’s oldest farmer’s market – at over 275 years running! Opened Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays all year long, the market showcases regional specialties like Pennsylvania Dutch Sausage, headcheese (that isn’t cheese at all), and scrapple (a breakfast meat). Read more
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