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5 Cheap Hotel Options in Paris & the Rest of France

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France may be the land of luxury, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your accommodations. With these money-saving tips, you’ll have leftover cash for the important things, like another bottle of Burgundy.

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Phoenix has always been a popular winter destination, but this year it will be even more so as it hosts Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl. While you’ll probably need a small fortune to attend either event, Phoenix is one of the most affordable large cities in the nation. Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck in Phoenix, whenever you go.

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Tupelo CVB

Fans of the King of Rock and Roll often flock to Graceland — but it isn’t the only place where the crooner is memorialized.

The Mississippi city of Tupelo, where Elvis Presley was born, celebrates its native son year-round, especially on his birthday, January 8.

This year, which would have marked the King’s 80th, will be extra festive with three days of events. The annual birthday party at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, with free birthday cake, is followed by a sing-along of songs in Elvis movies at the Link Centre theater. The Elvis love-in continues with a special performance of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, and the play “Graceland” about his life after Tupelo. The Gumtree Museum of Art opens an Elvis-themed art exhibit.

Tupelo is in the middle of the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, the National Scenic Trail linking Natchez to Nashville that began as a Native American trail.  There are nature trails, swamp bogs, remains of pioneer homesteads and graveyards, and Indian mounds along the route. The trail’s headquarters are in Tupelo, and the Parkway Visitor Center is just about the only thing in town that isn’t Elvis-related. Read more

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Hellmann’s

If there’s one state Tim Love knows best, it’s Texas. The Top Chef alumni isn’t just a TV star, he’s the real deal – with his restaurants Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Queenie’s Steakhouse and Love Shack – filling the bellies of southern foodies. He’s rightfully received praise from The New York Times and Bon Appétit, and consistently showcased his chops at several food and wine festivals. Since urban western cuisine is his ‘thing,’ we had to know – where are the best barbecue spots?

Before chowing down on any old rack of ribs, read on for our exclusive interview with the Hellmann’s Mayonnaise spokesperson about food, fun, and his future vacation. Read more

5 ©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages.

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy.

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The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel

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.

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Telluride Ski Resort

Great food? Check. Incredible views? Check. Easy access? Well… you’ll have to work a bit for it. These seven back-country restaurants require patrons to board a snowcat or step into a pair of skis — but the effort will be totally worth it.

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Green ghent

When you think “green” cities in Europe, Ghent — the medieval Belgian city with a population only slightly bigger than it was during the Middle Ages — probably wouldn’t even be a blip on your radar. But just last month, the city approved the construction of what will become the world’s largest bio plant, just one part of the many eco-friendly initiatives the city’s enacted over the past decade. Here’s how to see the Ghent’s eco side:

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We love lacing up our skates in the winter — it’s a great way to stay active and warm up even as the temps drop below freezing. Even more, we love doing so at rinks with great views, whether it’s mountain vistas, starry skies by the beach, or historical monuments in the background. Here are some of our favorite places to try to land that triple axel. (Remember to layer up and bring some thick socks!)

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Take time this holiday season to stop and smell the chestnuts roasting on an open fire – literally. In cities around the country, December becomes a feast for the senses with electric light shows, warm music, and even warmer drinks. From millions of twinkling lights and festive treats to a cookie treasure hunt, here are five of our favorite holiday strolls that deliver a delightful winter escape.

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McAdenville - north carolina - Flickr-Annie Hall

Postcard holiday scenes often involve beautiful blankets of white snow, evoking images of cozy northern towns and ski resort havens. But who would have thought that regions like California’s Newport Beach, or the southern town of Woodstock in Virginia, are teeming with holiday cheer this time of the year, too? Here, a few surprising destinations for getting into the holiday spirit.

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1Hershey Park

Shorts and sunscreen have been replaced with jackets and scarves, and theme parks across the country have suited up to take the winter weather in stride. The gates are open for one last hurrah of the year as these parks offer the best of the holiday season. Warm up with the festive glittering lights, re-themed rides, seasonal treats, and, of course, the treasured opportunity to meet Santa. Though some of the bigger rides of these parks are closed for the winter, exploring the all-encompassing holiday worlds built in these parks is the main attraction.

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The Edgewater Bill Fritsch Wisconsin

The Midwest’s newest luxury hotel is now open: The Edgewater, in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, along Lake Mendota and a few blocks to hip State Street (lined with shops selling eclectic holiday gifts), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Fresh off a $100 million renovation, practically everything at the hotel is brand-new, including a destination spa, four restaurants, and an ice rink.

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Graduate Athens HotelEver wanted to relive the college experience but without the messy roommate and lousy food? Thanks to Graduate Hotels, you can. The recently opened collection of boutique hotels offers luxurious rooms with whimsical, university-themed touches, all within walking distance of vibrant college communities.

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