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In just a couple weeks’ time, spring will be here. We’re definitely looking forward to trading in the layers of outerwear for lighter duds, but there’s one thing that we’re happy to have while winter sticks around: lower rates in the Finger Lakes Wine Country. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway this month, on top of those great prices, a select number of properties in the region are offering either a free third night or half off the second night through March 31. The Winter in Finger Lakes Wine Country promotion also gives travelers a Palate Passport filled with discounts and deals for popular local attractions and businesses. Here’s a quick look at just a few of the options.
This post is sponsored by NewYork.com.
Planning a visit to the Big Apple? You’ve picked the perfect time to visit. After a long winter, things are kicking back into high gear all over the city. And for those who are looking for a single, easy way to organize the trip, NewYork.com is a one-stop shop where travelers can book a number of tours, shows, hotels, cruises, and more. If you’re already in the city or in the know? Score high on NewYork.com’s series of four New York IQ quizzes, running now through April 3, and be entered to win up to $2,000 worth of gift certificates good for any tickets and services on their site.
From the hottest restaurants to the best in Broadway, here are 10 great reasons for you to book a ticket to NYC right now.
Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that goes beyond a parade and green beer? These four Irish communities draw on their Irish heritage to infuse some meaningful fun in their celebrations.
Syracuse, New York
Many of the Irish immigrants who worked on the Erie Canal eventually settled in Syracuse and established their own Tipperary Hill neighborhood. Their descendants are so fiercely proud of their heritage that, in the 1920s, they threw stones at a traffic light because they couldn’t stand to see “British red” over “Irish green.” Fun fact: Today, the traffic light at Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue is upside down, green over red.
That Irish pride continues today in even more ways. After a traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade, revelers celebrate at an Irish Hooley — a party with music, song, and dance — sponsored by Coleman’s Irish Pub, known for its wee leprechaun entrances (and, yes, green beer during this time of the year). Or, they head to other authentic pubs like Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, Nibsy’s, The Blarney Stone, and Ballybay Pub. As part of the festivities, you can also try your hand at Irish road bowling, an Irish game where teams hurl a small cannonball towards a target.
The one upside to inches and inches of snow this time of the year? Great skiing, of course. That’s why we’re happy to report that there’s finally an affordable solution to get to the ski slopes of New York State: a comfortable bus ride that starts from just $89 roundtrip.
A cultural hub of the Finger Lakes region, Ithaca, NY, has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Independent businesses flourish alongside the two nationally renowned colleges (Cornell University and Ithaca College) that populate the town with over 20,000 students September through May, providing a young, hip vibe. Paired with the region’s beautiful gorges and acclaimed vineyards, a weekend relaxing in the cool Ithaca vibe is the perfect tonic to anyone’s big city blues. Read more
By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel
There’s a time and a place for selfies. Not knowing the rules could lead to legal woes. (Photo: Thinkstock)
People have strong opinions about selfies. Usually it’s just an annoyance with the proliferation of them in our social media feeds. Like, seriously, how many pictures of your own face does one person need?
Amongst the complaints about selfies is the argument that they should be banned due to the safety concerns attached with snapping the “perfect” photo. Last November, a woman died in Spain when she slipped and fell on a bridge while trying to take a selfie. And in August, a couple fell from the rocky edge of a cliff in Cabo da Raca, Portugal while trying to take a photo of themselves on the edge. These stories, coupled with the bragging nature of selfies, has inspired many cities around the world to ban them. Here are a few places around the world where you might actually have to put your phone away and enjoy the scenery.
With New York City’s Broadway Week underway, it’s a perfect time to visit the Big Apple. The biannual promotion, which ends on February 5, offers two-for-one tickets to some of the Great White Way’s most popular productions, like Aladdin, The Lion King, Matilda, and Jersey Boys. And if you need somewhere to lay your head after a night of fun, The New York Hilton Midtown might be just the ticket.
Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.
Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers the chance to meet local Alaskans (including a real-life lumberjack), nosh on local food like king salmon and king crab, and enjoy a Klondike Festival and Midnight Sun deck parties.
Fares vary. Six-night sailings on Pacific Princess, for example, start from $599 per person in May and $799 in July.
By Jordi Lippe for Yahoo! Travel
What if you could get to the airport in the time it takes to eat a bagel? (Photo: Gotham Air)
Whether you live in New York City or are just visiting, you easily have to add another couple of hours onto your travel time to get to or from the airport. Unlike other metropolitan areas that seem to get their transportation down to 30 minutes in and out of the city center, Manhattan has been struggling.
Enter Gotham Air. Starting February 9 this new luxury service plans to cut travel time from two hours to six minutes by offering helicopter flights to JFK and Newark Liberty Airports. “This changes everything about travel,” said Gotham Air CEO Tim Hayes.
By Greg Keraghosian for Yahoo! Travel
Images courtesy: Atlas of True Names
Fans of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman can rejoice at the knowledge of what San Diego’s name really means: St. Heelholder.
That is, according to the Atlas of True Names, created by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust. Part science and part entertainment, their map displays the cities, countries, oceans, and mountain ranges in their original, etymological names. So, if you live in Missouri, you actually live in the Land of the People with Dugout Canoes.
The Veronica Corningstones of the world may call foul at some of these names, which don’t take into account literal translations. San Diego does mean Saint Diego, but the authors took things a few steps further and converted Diego into the original name James, which converts to the Biblical name Jacob. And in the Bible, Jacob was born holding his twin brother Esau’s heel.
Most vacations aren’t complete without a little shopping, whether for yourself or for friends and family back home, right?
A survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Association revealed 63 percent of travelers said their vacation wasn’t complete without including some shopping. For a one-stop shop experience, whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or a memento of your trip, museum gift shops hold the key. There you’ll find handcrafted, high-quality souvenirs, in a wide range of prices. We’ve gathered some suggestions from a few great museums. (Some items you can even order online without leaving home, but what fun is that?)
From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently, The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York City.
Need a hotel room sometime in the next two weeks? Right in the middle of prime shopping season, a new deal at Grand Hyatt New York slashes room rates so you can have a little more in your budget for your purchases–and offers some gift-related extras in the spirit of the holidays. But we bet that rates won’t be around for long, so you should act fast if you’re interested.
Northeast destinations like New York City and Boston are great for deals in December and January, when the cold keeps many visitors at bay. But if that doesn’t convince you to visit, how about a free tour for two?
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