You Can Now Book a Stay With a Reindeer Herding Tribe in the World’s Most Remote Airbnb

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:00
<p>Travelers can now spend their days learning the ways of nomadic tribes and families in <a href="" target="_blank">Mongolia</a> thanks to the opening of the <a href=";ref_device_id=484f65686d4e02d74714e73941cfdc026e358a1a&amp;s=41&amp;source=handoff-ios&amp;user_id=16826741" target="_blank">world’s most remote Airbnb</a>.</p><p>Mongolia’s valleys are home to a large nomadic population who often relocate throughout shifting seasons to feed their livestock. While the tribes are open to engaging with tourists, finding ways to track and pinpoint their location and convey this information to travelers can get difficult, which is why <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> has teamed up with what3words to make accessing these remote locations a possibility.</p><img alt="Stay in close quarters with nomadic families in Mongolia to learn their way of life. "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">What3words</a>, which was started in London in 2013, has created a service that removes the complexity of GPS coordinates by converting 10-foot-by-10-foot squares across the world into three-word addresses (like filled.count.soap).</p><p>By mapping each location into three words, the service (which has a free app on both iOS and Android) allows nomadic tribes without an exact address to now create one for their guests.</p><p>“Tourists discover the area and learn about life here and we also like welcoming them as it is interesting to meet new people…[but] it is very hard for tourists to find us, and for us to explain the location when we have limited mobile network access,” Otgonbayar and Zorigt, who are Dukha reindeer herders and Airbnb hosts for the location, said in a statement. </p><p>Guests staying in the world’s most remote Airbnb will spend their days with the reindeer herders in the Taiga forest in northern Mongolia.</p><img alt="Sleep just steps away from reindeer. "src=""><p>The two-night and three-day stay is set up in a traditional Dukha teepee that sits deep in the forest and comes complete with two wooden beds, sleeping bags, and an open-fire stove.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">10 Geographically Remote Places to Get Away From It All</a></p><p>Upon arrival, visitors will be greeted by a local family, taste freshly made reindeer milk tea, and learn how the tribes spend their days, from herding and milking reindeer to preparing traditional dishes and crafts.</p><img alt="The stay is in a traditional teepee. "src=""><p>At the moment, travelers can also book a <a href=";children=0&amp;infants=0&amp;toddlers=0&amp;s=ojRHxR60" target="_blank">stay in a yurt</a> within the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park with a Kazakh family who lives in the area for $25 per night. Experience life with them in a yurt and explore the nearby surroundings of lush terrain and cascading waterfalls. </p><p>Activities at the stays include learning traditional Mongolian poker and learning the art of wood crafting, with dishes that include freshly baked bread made on the fires each day and hearty meat and noodle soup. </p><p>As part of the new openings, Airbnb has been working with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Mongolia to provide hospitality training to current hosts and potential future hosts in other rural areas.</p>
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Chicago’s Most Exciting New Restaurants

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:01
<p>With debut restaurants from young-gun chefs and new projects from <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a> legends, this great dining city stays on its toes.</p><h2>Booth One</h2><p>This Gold Coast newcomer, opened in the <a href="" target="_blank">Ambassador Chicago</a> in late 2017, began its life over 80 years ago as the iconic and oh-so-exclusive <a href="" target="_blank">Pump Room</a> — a favorite of visiting stars from Josephine Baker to Mick Jagger. It’s been revived in style following a rebrand of the hotel, with chef Doug Psaltis turning out refined dishes that hearken back to the original restaurant’s heyday: lobster Louie, Dover sole, and even an original 1954 cheesecake recipe. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $19-$49.</em></p><h2>Pacific Standard Time</h2><p>Chef Erling Wu-Bower cut his teeth under the legendary Paul Kahan at beloved Chicago talent incubators <a href="" target="_blank">the Publican</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Nico Osteria</a>. Now, after much anticipation, he’s struck out on his own as head chef and co-owner of a restaurant with partner Joshua Tilden. PST’s West Coast-inspired menu skips the clichés of California cuisine — no artfully arranged figs and goat cheese here — in favor of hearth-fired flatbreads, bright vegetables, and plenty of seafood. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $15-$35.</em></p><h2>Passerotto</h2><p>After closing the dearly-departed Snaggletooth last summer, Chef Jennifer Kim heads to <a href="">Andersonville</a> and comes back in full force with this self-described purveyor of “fun Korean fare.” Drawing on family recipes and a healthy dose of Italian technique, her menu mixes the traditional (kalbi, seasonal <em>banchan</em>) with experiments in texture and flavor, like Calabrian chili-crusted Korean fried chicken and <em>ddukbokki</em> stewed in a lamb’s neck ragu. <i><a href=""></a></i><i>; entrées $12-$19.</i></p><img alt="The scene at Mi Tocaya Antojeria, in Chicago "src=""><h2>Mi Tocaya Antojería</h2><p>Chicago native Diana Dávila earned her culinary chops both in the kitchen and in the field: she grew up helping at her family’s tacqueria and spent her summers in Mexico, ultimately studying at <a href="" target="_blank">Susana Trilling’s</a> famed <a href="" target="_blank">Oaxaca</a> cooking academy. The menu at her colorful <a href="" target="_blank">Logan Square</a> hangout — which earned her a <a href="" target="_blank">Best New Chef nod from <em>Food &amp; Wine</em></a><i> </i>this year — turns a fresh eye to the many iterations of Mexican cuisine, with dishes like <i>mole amarillo </i>topped with bright fiddlehead ferns and the Sunday dinner special of fried chicken and churros. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $10-$26.</em></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">3 Up-and-coming Neighborhoods to See on Your Next Visit to Chicago</a></p><h2>Proxi</h2><p>The team behind <a href="">Sepia</a> — one of the city’s many <a href="">Michelin-starred</a> New American institutions — decided to loosen up some buttons with their new restaurant next door. Sepia’s Andrew Zimmerman does double duty as Proxi’s executive chef, curating a livelier, more mix-and-matchable menu of small plates. Fire is the uniting force, smoking pumpkin for a savory paratha and coal-roasting mussels to be drowned in <i>njuda</i> butter. <i><a href=""></a></i><i>; entrées $12-$30.</i></p>
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Virgin Voyages Has the Best Dining Options at Sea — and It Hasn't Even Launched Yet

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:15
<p>Richard Branson is well known for shaking things up. From the record industry, <a href="" target="_blank">space</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">aviation as we know it</a>, Branson has revolutionized it all. And now, he’s about to make waves in the high seas.</p><p>In May, <a href="" target="_blank">Branson revealed his new venture</a>, Virgin Voyages, and all his plans to make cruising cool again. And in July, <a href="" target="_blank">he shared</a> just a bit more about the design of the three-ship fleet, which comes with plenty of amenities younger cruisers will love, and that includes the delicious food offerings.</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Food/Dining "src=""><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure</a></em> previously reported, the ships, which each come with a capacity of 2,700 passengers, will cater exclusively to adults 18 and older. That means the boat won’t come with waterslides or game rooms. Instead, the ships are highly designed art pieces that are as sleek and stylish as some of the world’s finest hotels. And that’s thanks to the fact that the creative collective hired to design them also worked with brands like Ace Hotels, the Standard and the Mondrian.</p><p>And now, we’re learning more about what guests — known as “sailors” — can expect to dine on when the first ship, the Scarlet Lady, sets sail in 2020.</p><p>“We want our eateries to delight and ignite serendipitous experiences for our sailors, so have set out on a mission to capture the spirit of dining in the best cities of the world and bring it to sea,” Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive officer for Virgin Voyages, said in a statement. “Because food is the fuel for our bodies and souls, and we’re Virgin Voyages, naturally it all had to be included within your ticket price.”</p><p>Onboard, guests won’t see a single buffet, and there’s no main dining room in sight. According to Virgin Voyages, there’s also no forced formal wear, no assigned seating, and no assigned dining times. Instead, guests will find a plethora of dining choices at restaurants across the boat that were inspired by restaurants around the globe.</p><p>“When working with the Virgin Voyages team, we were inspired by some of the best dining spots around the world but also had to gaze into what the future of dining would look like to bring the most alluring restaurant concepts to sea,” Executive Chef Brad Farmerie from AvroKO Hospitality Group, shared in the statement. “Each restaurant will not only serve delicious food, they will also have a unique vibe and energy to them to satiate sailor’s hunger for excitement and restoration while on vacation.”</p><p>Dining options include Wake, a 5,866 square foot restaurant at the aft of the ship. Billed as the most glamorous dining option, its set to serve steak and seafood inspired by The Wolseley - London and The Grill - New York.</p><p>For those looking for vegetarian options, they can head to the Razzle Dazzle, which has plenty of plant-based vegetarian and vegan dishes.</p><p>Guests can also try The Test Kitchen, where innovative and avant-garde cuisine abounds, or Geonbae, a Korean BBQ restaurant designed by Soft Room. There’s also Pink Agave, an elevated Mexican restaurant designed by Tom Dixon, and Extra Virgin, the ship’s trattoria serving regionally-inspired Italian foods and more.</p><p>“There’s a Virgin twist on everything you’ll see aboard the Scarlet Lady, which means there will be no stuffy formalities, boring buffets, and no main dining rooms,” Branson said in a statement. Sailors are not going to want to leave our ship after they experience how we’ve designed our restaurants and tasted the dishes we are going to be serving up in 2020.”</p><p>Want to be one of the first people onboard the ship? <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Voyages is giving away a cruise </a>for two so you can go try all these tasty bites at sea for yourself. Just don’t forget to invite us as your plus one.</p>
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The Bizarre Way the Queen Eats Bananas (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:01
<p>If you haven’t come to the conclusion yet that the Queen of England is the <em>most extra</em> person alive, perhaps this story will convince you.</p><p>According to multiple reports, the Queen’s eating and drinking habits are a bit, shall we say, picky. She likes her <a href="" target="_blank">gin cocktails a very specific way</a> and banned everyone in her family from <a href="" target="_blank">ever eating shellfish</a> (Sorry, Meghan, no more lobster for you). And now, we’re learning, she loves to eat bananas, but not like a normal person. Instead, she goes full royal and only eats them with a fork and a knife.</p><p>We’ll just let you sit with that and imagine it for a minute.</p><p>This titillating piece of information comes from former royal chef Darren McGrady, who explained in his book, "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eating Royally</a>," that the Queen eats her bananas with utensils to avoid “looking like a monkey.”</p><p>According to <em><a href="">The Sun</a></em>, McGrady explained the Queen's preferred method of eating a banana is to cut off both the top and the bottom, then slice through the skin of the banana lengthways. She then takes the banana out and chops it into small pieces, then finally eats it with a fork and knife. And if that just sounds like an insane amount of effort to eat a hand fruit that’s because it is.</p><p>McGrady further explained that bananas are one of the few starchy foods the Queen is happy to eat. Instead, she apparently eats more like a bird, digging into light meals that include grilled fish and vegetables. When the Queen isn’t dining with dignitaries and fellow royals at state dinners, McGrady said, the Queen lives by a "no starch" rule, avoiding "potatoes, rice, or pasta for dinner."</p><p>So, if you ever dine with the Queen just remember to <a href="">never ask for garlic</a> or eat with your hands, but do feel free to ask for a <a href="">fourth cocktail</a>.</p>
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I Finally Understand the Travel Wellness Craze After Staying at This New Laguna Beach Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:13
<p>Whenever I travel, it always takes me a day or two to get into the vacation groove. I could be in the most beautiful place imaginable — say, in <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a>, wandering the cobbled streets of Le Marais, or in <a href="" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>, traipsing through the jungles — and my brain would still be fixating on the email I didn’t send or the appointment I forgot to schedule.</p><p>So when I was invited on a wellness weekend sponsored by luxury active wear label <a href="" target="_blank">Live the Process</a> at the new <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Joaquin</a> in Laguna Beach, I figured the benefits of the R&amp;R-centered escape would be lost on me. Not only because of the brevity of the trip, but also because being surrounded by the naturally tanned and toned invariably causes my hamster-wheel brain to race faster and more ferociously than ever.</p><img alt="Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach California "src=""><p>But the moment my Uber pulled up to the intimate property, a former roadside motel that dates back to the ‘30s, I felt my pulse slow. This was not the over-the-top Laguna Beach I knew from <em>The O.C.</em><i> </i>and <em>The Real Housewives of Orange County</em>; this was the kind of dreamy beachside abode that I imagined Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne to have lived in in Malibu circa 1970.</p><p>I walked into the breezy, sun-dappled lobby, which looks out over the verdant interior lawn and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Whereas most lobbies invite little more than a cursory walkthrough, Hotel Joaquin’s exudes the kind of warm, living room vibe that makes you want to linger. I narrowed in on all the room’s little details, hoping to recreate this inimitably cool vibe back home: a vinyl record player spinning Carly Simon, terracotta floors, blonde oak paneling, and the kind of oversized throw pillows that were made for mid-afternoon catnaps.</p><p>“The design was inspired by my trips to St. Bart's and the French Riviera,” Paul Makarechian, the owner and CEO of Auric Road, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Our intention was to draw from these relaxed yet sophisticated destinations while maintaining the laid-back California vibe of Laguna Beach.”</p><img alt="Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach California "src=""><p>After thumbing through the lobby’s stacks of records and art books, I made my way to my room, where golden light poured through the windows and the cool Pacific breeze wafted in through French doors leading out to a Juliette balcony. Designed by Robert McKinley of Montauk's <a href="" target="_blank">The Surf Lodge</a>, the rooms extend the lobby's Mid-century feel, with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, abstract art by <a href="" target="_blank">Sean W. Spellman</a>, and record players in the place of TVs. </p><p>Later that afternoon, I met the other travelers — a diverse mix of creatives, yogis, and wellness entrepreneurs — for a light hike up the hillside above the property. Sporting the eminently flattering and moisture-wicking styles from Live the Process, we quickly got acquainted while striving to keep up with the hotel’s high-spirited activities director, George. </p><img alt="Live The Process Wellness at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach "src=""><p>The days that followed were a sun-soaked blur. There was morning yoga on the lawn by Sian Gordon and Kyle Miller, the all-star duo behind <a href="" target="_blank">Love Yoga</a>; a calming tea ceremony led by holistic blogger Shiva Rose; rooftop sound baths by meditation teacher Ambi Sitham; and a facial by one of L.A.’s most in-demand skincare experts, <a href="" target="_blank">Nousha Salimi</a>. The outdoor activities were just as impressive, with everything from surf lessons and paddle boarding excursions to picnics on the beach. </p><img alt="Live The Process Wellness at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach "src=""><p>Every night, the hotel’s executive chef, Leo Bongarra, formerly at the L.A.'s famed <a href="" target="_blank">Tower Bar</a>, whipped up farm-fresh creations that were served family-style on communal tables outside. We ate fluffy grain salads with dried fruits and nuts, crunchy coconut flatbreads topped with heaping dollops of red pepper spread, and cured tomatoes with za’atar and cypress feta. In other words, not the bland, calorie-controlled bites that I anticipated being on the menu. </p><p>Sitting near the pool on Sunday afternoon, I flipped through a magazine while munching on granola with almond milk and blueberries. My phone was buzzing with texts from friends and colleagues, but I was far too blissed out to care. Unfurled on a lounger in the sun, I closed my eyes and dozed off with a Carly Simon song in my head. </p>
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Delta Is Making It Harder to Access Its Lounges — Here’s How to Still Get In

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 06:12
<p>If you haven’t been to a Delta Sky Club lounge yet, it’s about to get a lot harder to get in.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The airline</a> announced on Thursday that it would no longer sell individual passes for one-time entry into the 50-some airport lounges across the country. Access to the lounges is now strictly limited to members and those flying a Delta or Delta partner airline flight on that day.</p><p>Anybody who has already purchased a single visit pass (with an expiration date) will be able to use their passes but the airline will not sell anymore.</p><p>Those who have received access to the lounges via credit card rewards will still be able to get in. Complimentary access is still available for Delta Reserve, Platinum and Gold Delta SkyMiles, as well as Platinum and Centurion American Express credit card holders.</p><p>Effective January 1, 2019, <a href="" target="_blank">an individual membership</a> to Delta Sky will increase from $495 to $545 (or 54,500 Delta SkyMiles). An executive membership, which allows free access to two guests per visit, will increase from $745 to $845 (or 84,500 SkyMiles).</p><p>As part of the changes, Delta Sky Club members will no longer be able to access Air France, KLM Crown or Virgin Australia partner lounges. Frequent fliers with Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion level status will still be able to access partner lounges.</p><p>Passengers seated in DeltaOne class will have access to international lounges before their flights or during connection.</p><p>For more information on Sky Club access, <a href="" target="_blank">visit Delta’s website</a>.</p>
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The Most Scenic Place to Retire Is Also One of the Most Affordable

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:01
<p>Retiring in an exotic city overseas doesn’t have to be a pipe dream.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Time</a></em>, many people opt to live in places outside the U.S. to stretch their retirement funds.</p><p>“In the right spots abroad, expats find not only that their dollars stretch, but that they can enjoy a quality of life that’s so much richer than what they could afford at home,” said Jennifer Stevens, the executive editor of<i> </i><em>International Living</em>, to <em>Time</em>.</p><p>And while settling down in Italy or the Caribbean also sound like amazing options, data from <em>International Living</em><i> </i>says that one destination stands above the rest in the world when it comes to affordability and quality: Cusco, Peru.</p><p>And while the city may be smaller compared to the capital city of Lima, that doesn’t mean it lacks some seriously lavish perks. According to <em>International Living</em><i>, </i>the colonial city “has ample domed churches and ancient, pedestrian-only cobblestone ideal permanent getaway for anyone looking for a quieter life marked by its beauty.”</p><p>But just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you <i>have</i> to live the quiet life either. <em>Time</em> reported that Cusco is also a modernized destination with fully renovated buildings in the city center, including hip and luxurious restaurants, shopping and residential areas. Plus, Peru has recently been recognized as a <a href="" target="_blank">true culinary destination</a>.</p><p>In addition to all the benefits of living a South American lifestyle, Peru is simply beautiful in terms of scenery. Those who love nature, camping and hiking will adore the local views, especially if they take trips to <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">Rainbow Mountain</a>, both in the Cusco region.</p><p>According to <em>Time</em>, living there is surprisingly affordable. A couple could retire on $1,700 a month and still live a high quality of life. Plus, international retirees can easily apply for a retirement visa to live there.</p><p>Why wait for another reason to spend your retirement in a way that enriches your life and stretches your wallet further than you ever thought possible?</p>
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3 Up-and-coming Neighborhoods to See on Your Next Visit to Chicago

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 12:00
<p>Ready to move beyond downtown's Loop and the Miracle Mile? These corners of the city have been transformed with stylish restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Read on for the best places to eat, drink, shop, and sleep in three of the city's neighborhoods poised for popularity.</p><h2>Logan Square</h2><p>Interwoven with boulevards, parks, and community gardens, this district in northwestern Chicago has been rapidly transformed with the arrival of stellar restaurants and appealing shops.</p><p><strong>Longman &amp; Eagle</strong></p><p>This Michelin-starred gastropub offers creative takes on American recipes, more than 400 types of whiskey, and, in the tradition of classic inns, six spare but stylish guest rooms on the second floor. <em><a href="http://longman​" target="_blank">longman​</a>; doubles from $95; entrées $14–$27.</em></p><p><strong>Fat Rice</strong></p><p>Chef Abraham Conlon won a James Beard Award this year for the inventive Chinese-Portuguese dishes he serves at this popular restaurant. Try the <em>arroz gordo</em><i>,</i> a feast of curried chicken, barbecued pork, linguica, wood-roasted beef, and prawns in chili sauce. <em><a href="http://eatfat​" target="_blank">eatfat​</a>; entrées $13–$48.</em></p><p><strong>Tusk</strong></p><p>Owner Mary Eleanor Wallace augments her selection of vintage and contemporary clothing with one-of-a-kind objects by local artisans. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p><strong>Shop 1021</strong></p><p>This beguiling boutique carries jewelry, greeting cards, cookbooks, baby gifts, journals, stationery, and more. The store also hosts workshops on candle making, calligraphy, tea mixology, and other crafts. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em><i>.</i></p><p><strong>Pretty Cool Ice Cream</strong></p><p>A tribute to the beloved concoctions sold from ice cream trucks, this whimsically designed shop makes frozen treats in a variety of forms, from chocolate-dipped custard to vegan “plant pops” in flavors like Thai tea and peanut-butter potato chip. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em><i>.</i></p><img alt="Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team "src=""><h2>Wrigleyville</h2><p>The streets surrounding Wrigley Field are finally shedding their reputation as little more than a hangout for Cubs fans. Alongside the sports bars, there are now top-tier accommodations and superb restaurants.</p><p><strong>Hotel Zachary</strong></p><p>Since it opened in March, this 173-room property across the street from Wrigley Field (it’s named after Zachary Taylor Davis, the ballpark’s architect) has been further raising Wrigleyville’s profile. Gallagher Way, the building the hotel is in, also houses 12 restaurants, including a barbecue joint, a bakery, and a craft-beer bar. <em><a href="http://hotel​" target="_blank">hotel​</a>; doubles from $209.</em></p><p><strong>Wheelhouse Hotel</strong></p><p>Another newcomer to Wrigleyville, this boutique hotel has only 21 rooms — each filled with local art and design motifs that nod to the game for which the neighborhood is known. <em><a href="http://wheelhouse​" target="_blank">wheelhouse​</a>; doubles from $150.</em></p><p><strong>Dutch &amp; Doc’s</strong></p><p>A former McDonald’s is now a stylish restaurant serving steaks and upscale versions of American classics like corn fritters and patty melts — all within a stone’s throw of Wrigley Field. <em><a href="http://dutch​" target="_blank">dutch​</a>; entrées $15–$60.</em></p><p><strong>Uncommon Ground</strong></p><p>This model of sustainability-minded dining grows much of the produce used in its kitchen and brews its own organic, gluten-free beer. <em><a href="http://uncommon​" target="_blank">uncommon​</a>; entrées $13–$25.</em></p><p><strong>Café Tola</strong></p><p>A Latin-inspired hole-in-the-wall that makes inventive empanadas with a range of fillings, from chicken <em>tinga</em> to guava and <em>queso fresco</em><i>.</i> <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; empanadas $4.25.</em></p><img alt="Street scene in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood "src=""><h2>Fulton Market</h2><p>Chicago’s former meatpacking district has seen a boom in development over the past few years, from restaurants by some of the city’s top chefs to headquarters for McDonald’s and Google. New hotels from the Hoxton and Nobu brands are due to arrive next year.</p><p><strong>Soho House</strong></p><p>The opening of this private club in a historic warehouse in 2014 played a crucial role in Fulton Market’s transformation. Its 40 handsome guest rooms are open to nonmembers; hotel guests have access to facilities including three restaurants, an extensive gym (complete with boxing ring), and a 60-foot rooftop pool. <em><a href="http://soho​house​" target="_blank">soho​house​</a>; doubles from $300.</em></p><p><strong>Aba</strong></p><p>Chef C. J. Jacobson’s Mediterranean restaurant has a 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace with views of the city. It’s a meat lover’s paradise, with dishes like roasted bone marrow and slow-braised leg of lamb wrapped in eggplant. <em><a href="http://abarestaurant​" target="_blank">abarestaurant​</a>; entrées $31–$50.</em></p><p><strong>The Publican</strong></p><p>This homage to Colonial American beer halls by chef Paul Kahan has large communal tables that seat nearly 30 people each. The kitchen’s specialty is aged ham and other pork dishes. <em><a href="http://thepublican​" target="_blank">thepublican​</a>; entrées $18–$39.</em></p><p><strong>The Aviary</strong></p><p>Arguably the most popular cocktail lounge in the city, the Aviary serves inventive drinks crafted with custom-made ice that look like works of art. The Office, an intimate, speakeasy-style spot downstairs, focuses on vintage spirits. <i><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</i></p><p><strong>BLVD</strong></p><p>With its circular booths and chandeliers, this restaurant evokes Hollywood’s Golden Age. The appropriately named cocktails include the High Society and the Stranger in Paradise. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $12–$39.</em></p>
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Disney Is Re-imagining the Roller Coaster With Epcot's New Guardians of the Galaxy Experience

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:06
<p>Disney World is turning your idea of a roller coaster on its side — somewhat literally.</p><p>Details revealed at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 confirm Disney’s new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster won’t just set Walt Disney World records for its size, but break innovative boundaries for all rides.</p><p>Touted as a one-of-a-kind experience, the forthcoming Marvel adventure at Walt Disney World will be a “<a href="" target="_blank">storytelling coaster</a>." That means it isn’t a thrill ride like Space Mountain or a dark ride like Frozen Ever After, but a hybrid of both.</p><p>Each four-seat ride vehicle will be programed to orientate riders towards different things happening throughout the experience, all while dipping, tilting and whooshing past on its track. Disney rides are known for telling “stories”, like Expedition Everest or <a href="" target="_blank">Pirates of the Caribbean</a>, but this appears to go one step further, all but ensuring guests get up close with Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and the gang in an immersive world packed with thrills.</p><p>This new Marvel experience is shaping up to be most similar to <a href="" target="_blank">Crush’s Coaster</a>, a fan favorite at Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park, but with a technological edge and storytelling capability far beyond any other Disney coaster vehicle.</p><img alt="Disney Marvel Roller Coaster Guardians of the Galaxy "src=""><p>This well-hyped attraction is already going to be one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world, and likely <a href="http://os-disney-guardians-galaxy-long-20180212-story" target="_blank">longer than Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster</a>, according to the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em>. (It’s said that Spaceship Earth, the timeless ride tucked inside Epcot’s emblematic geosphere, could fit inside the new coaster building four times.)</p><p>Disney’s new Marvel coaster currently has no specific opening date, but will welcome its first guests in 2021 as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p><p>Florida’s new Guardians of the Galaxy ride is only one of the many Marvel experiences opening around the world in the coming years. <a href="" target="_blank">Disney California Adventure</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris</a> and Hong Kong Disneyland will all be opening new experiences themed to Ant Man, Spider-Man, The Avengers, <a href="" target="_blank">Iron Man and more</a>, bringing the famed blockbuster movies to your vacation in more ways than ever before.</p>
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Why You Should Double Check Your TSA Precheck and Global Entry Status Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 11:31
<p>You might be in for a rude surprise the next time you try to pass through airport security with your PreCheck or Global Entry membership.</p><p>It has been five years since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began issuing PreCheck and Global Entry status. Those who were early adopters of the program will likely have to renew their status, as it only lasts five years.</p><p>The TSA began selling PreCheck membership in December 2013. Within the first six months more than 420,000 travelers signed up. Within a year, that number shot to 750,000 people, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>USA Today</em></a>.</p><p>The agency estimates that about 45,000 people will see their membership expire between December and February 2019.</p><p>The price to re-enroll for another five years is $85 for PreCheck and $100 for Global Entry.</p><p>Global Entry began enrollment in 2008, so those who signed up early for that service will have their second round of renewals coming up soon.</p><p>However, for those who are dreading the song and dance of going back for an interview to renew their status: don’t worry. It’s possible to renew your membership online, all you have to do is pay the fee to keep your status active for another five years.</p><p>TSA said it alerts travelers via email or phone three months before their membership to a trusted traveler program expires. But it’s possible you missed that alert or it went into your spam folder. If you think your membership is about to expire — or if you just want to check when it does — log onto <a href=";service=renewal" target="_blank">the TSA website for renewals</a> or call a TSA support line at 855-347-8371 on weekdays between 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. ET.</p>
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Denmark’s Islands Are Europe's Best Kept Secret — Here's How to Visit

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 11:16
<p>When it comes to island getaways, <a href="" target="_blank">Europe has something for everyone</a>. There are the ancient ruins and secluded coves of <a href="" target="_blank">Capri</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Mykonos’s</a> multitude of beaches, <a href="" target="_blank">Ibiza’s</a> party scene and <a href="" target="_blank">Malta’s</a> cultural riches. But up north, <a href="" target="_blank">Denmark</a> is home to some of Europe’s most underrated and most beautiful islands.</p><p>The crisp waters of the Baltic and North Seas lap at their windswept beaches and carve natural swimming holes from their rugged coasts. Colorful villages with even more colorful pasts are now home to artisans who carry on traditional crafts and cooking, creating some of the country’s most sought-after art and food. Best of all, most are within a short flight or train ride of Copenhagen.</p><p>Here are four Danish islands that should be on the itinerary for your next visit to Europe.<br />%image9</p><h2>Bornholm: Denmark’s Sunshine Island</h2><p>Fun fact: <a href="" target="_blank">Bornholm</a> is actually closer to Sweden and Poland than the Danish mainland. However, this 227-square-mile island retains a distinctly Danish character thanks to the picture-perfect villages and unique circular churches that dot its shores and pastoral interior.</p><p>The island’s southern coast is lined with fine white-sand beaches including Dueodde, where the gentle surf is the perfect place to pass a long summer’s day. In stark contrast, the rugged northern coast has some of Denmark’s only cliffs. You can rock climb at Vang, or hike along the bluffs before or after a visit to the ruins of Hammershus Castle, the largest medieval fortress in Northern Europe.</p><p>The west-coast town of Hasle has one of Bornholm’s only remaining working smokehouses, <a href="" target="_blank">Hasle Røgeri</a>. There, you can try alder-smoked herring and the island’s signature delicacy, Sol Over Gudhjem, which is a hearty combination of smoked herring, chives and raw egg yolk over dense rye bread. Nearby, <a href="" target="_blank">Grønbechs Gård</a> is a contemporary cultural center that showcases the works of local artists, many of whom trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ program for glass and ceramic arts on the island.</p><p>Thanks to its fine sand, the island has long been renowned for the high quality of glass produced at workshops like <a href="" target="_blank">Baltic Sea Glass</a>. Bornholm is also held in high regard for its unique ceramics. If you’re lucky, you might be in the village of Svaneke on the one day a month <a href="" target="_blank">Lov i Listed</a> is open. This tiny husband-wife studio produces the tableware for some of Denmark’s best-known restaurants and often sells out of its current collection within minutes of opening its doors.</p><p>Speaking of restaurants, no visit to Bornholm would be complete without a meal at <a href="" target="_blank">Kadeau</a>. The Michelin-starred eatery, which is only open from May-September, was launched in 2007 by two childhood friends from Bornholm in an old beach shack. It has since become one of Denmark’s most celebrated restaurants thanks to chef Nicolai Nørregaard’s wildly creative new Nordic menus, even spawning a Michelin two-starred sister restaurant in Copenhagen.</p><img alt="Svaneke harbor in Bornholm "src=""><p><strong><i>Getting There:</i> </strong>Bornholm is just a 30-minute flight from Copenhagen on <a href="" target="_blank">Danish Air Transport (DAT)</a>. Round-trip airfare starts at 832 DKK ($128). Once there, you’ll need to rent a car to get around the island.</p><p><strong><i>Where to Stay:</i></strong> Not too far from Kadeau on the southern coast, <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Fredensborg</a> is a classic bathing hotel that’s been given a contemporary makeover. Up north, the team behind Kadeau has opened <a href="" target="_blank">Nordlandet</a>, a small inn with a swanky mid-century vibe, an upscale restaurant, a cozy candlelit bar and a bracing “swimming pool” created from the natural rock formations along the shore.</p><img alt="View of Christianso from the ferry "src=""><h2>Christansø and Frederiksø: The Prison Islands</h2><p>For a former penal colony, the tiny islands of Christiansø and Frederiksø are surprisingly inviting. The Danes arrived here, to what is now Denmark’s easternmost point, in 1684 to create a naval base and fortress that would help control the surrounding sea lanes. Today, visitors come to be regaled with tales of the islands’ gruesome past — think mining explosions, grizzly executions and the general ordeals of living on a remote rock in the Baltic Sea — as you wander along historical fortifications and past the tidy gardens kept by the islands’ 90 or so permanent residents.</p><p>Among the points of interest is the round, squat Lille Tårn tower on Frederiksø that houses displays from the island’s naval past. Across a small footbridge that spans the tiny natural harbor (you might see local children swimming or learning to sail), the larger Store Tårn tower surrounds the island’s lighthouse, one of Denmark’s oldest. The complex now houses a cultural museum with displays about the island’s ecology and history as well as special exhibitions by local artists.</p><img alt="The ferry at Christanso island "src=""><p><em><strong>Getting There:</strong></em> The ferry ride from Gudhjem on Bornholm’s east coast takes an hour and costs 200 DKK ($34) round-trip.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay: </strong></em>Though most folks just make a day trip out of it, if you want to spend the night, there is a hotel. The six-room<a href=""> Christiansø Gaestgiveri</a> has been a pub for over 100 years. Skip the indoor dining room in favor of the sunny outdoor terrace. It’s the perfect place to sip on a local beer or shot of homemade blackthorn aquavit after a lunch of open-faced smørrebrød topped with surprisingly mild salted herring, watercress, potatoes and foraged herbs.</p><img alt="Egeskov Castle in Funen, Denmark "src=""><h2>Funen: Denmark’s Garden Island</h2><p>Also spelled <i>Fyn</i> and pronounced <em>fuhn</em>, the country’s third-largest island is known as Denmark’s garden or orchard. Its fertile fields and farms are the source for much of the mouthwatering produce driving the new Nordic cuisine movement.</p><p>But Funen is also home to Renaissance castles, lavish palaces, charming villages and gorgeous seascapes. The main town of Odense was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, making it a literal storybook village. A <a href="" target="_blank">museum</a> devoted to his life and work is a great place to take children and you can also visit his childhood home and the house where he was born.</p><p>Spend an afternoon strolling through the town’s Technicolor-bright streets of half-timbered houses, or take a leisurely boat ride along the tree-lined Odense River. Odense is chock-full of medieval sights like the 800-year-old Dalum Church, and St. Canute’s Cathedral, where the remains of King Canute IV, who was murdered nearby in 1086, are interred.</p><p>Odense is also home to one of Denmark’s most important contemporary arts centers, the <a href="" target="_blank">Brandts Museum</a>, which always has an interesting rotation of special exhibitions on display. Nearby, <a href="" target="_blank">Tidens Samling</a>, or Time Collection, is a fascinating little museum with life-size recreations of family rooms from Danish homes representing each decade of the 20th century.</p><p>About 40 minutes by car or public transportation from Odense is one of Denmark’s most impressive <a href="" target="_blank">Renaissance landmarks</a>, Egeskov Castle, which dates to 1554. The parklands, including a huge maze and manicured rose gardens, merit an excursion on their own. But you can also visit a vintage car and motorcycle museum, historically reconstructed shops and an eye-catching collection of 19th-century women’s fashions.</p><img alt="Scenes from Funen, Denmark "src=""><p><strong><em>Getting There:</em></strong> Trains from Copenhagen to Odense leave two or three times per hour and take around 90 minutes. Tickets cost 185 DKK ($28.50). If you plan to stick to Odense, you won’t need a car. If you want to venture farther afield, though, you might be better off renting a car there, or even driving from Copenhagen, which takes about two hours and crosses the awe-inspiring Great Belt Bridge with a toll of 125 DKK ($19) each way.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay</strong></em><b><i>:</i></b> Though you can find a number of nice hotel options in Odense, foodies should consider a night at <a href="" target="_blank">Falsled Krø</a> instead. The thatch-roofed Relais &amp; Chateaux property began life as a 16th-century smugglers’ den. Today, it is a gorgeous 19-room boutique hotel whose restaurant is one of Denmark’s most beloved culinary institutions. The multi-course dinners last hours on end and are an edible tour through Funen’s gourmet riches.</p><img alt="Two bicybles in front of a house with a blue door in a cobblestone alley of Aeroskobing, Aero Island "src=""><h2>Ærø: The Wedding Island</h2><p>The little island of Ærø has quietly become <a href="" target="_blank">Europe’s wedding capital</a> thanks not only to its breathtaking beauty, but also because of how easy and streamlined the marriage process is here, including for same-sex couples and foreigners.</p><p>Whether you plan to get hitched here or not, it’s well worth a visit. The main town of Ærøskøbing is Denmark’s best-preserved village from the Middle Ages. It looks like it was purpose-built for Instagram thanks to its vibrant, flower-covered houses, cobblestone streets and sea vistas. If the weather’s nice, you might consider renting one of the hodgepodge beach huts at Marstal and Vester Strand beaches, go out fishing or kayaking on the water, or bike around the island’s hilly interior.</p><p>After you work up an appetite, you can nibble on local delicacies at <a href="" target="_blank">Den Gamle Købmandsgård</a>, a restaurant, café and shop peddling Ærø crafts and foodstuffs like organic cold cuts from nearby farms, handmade chocolates, seasonal honey, artisanal soaps and even local<a href="" target="_blank"> Ærø Whisky</a>. You can also bike to <a href="" target="_blank">Rise Brewery</a>, which first started making beer back in 1926, for a sampling of their ales.</p><img alt="Beach huts at sunset, Aero Island, Denmark "src=""><p><strong><em>Getting There: </em></strong>Ferries sail here several times a day from both Fåborg and Svendborg on the island of Funen. The round-trip fare is 82 DKK ($13). Once on Ærø, you can rent a bike or take advantage of the <a href="" target="_blank">free bus system</a>.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay:</strong></em> You can make the most of a daytrip out to Ærø, but if you want to spend a few nights out here, the island is brimming with B&amp;Bs as well as (slightly) larger hotels like the <a href="" target="_blank">Ærø Hotel</a> in the fishing village of Marstal and the <a href="" target="_blank">Arnfeldt Hotel &amp; Restaurant</a> in Ærøskøbing.</p><img alt="View of the Wadden Sea from Sonderho on Fano Island, Denmark "src=""><h2>Fanø: The Amber Island</h2><p>Never heard of <a href="" target="_blank">Fanø</a>? You’ve just hit upon what makes this infinitesimal isle so magical. Just ten miles long and three miles wide, this spectacular speck of land is located in the middle of the Wadden Sea National Park, which is a UNESCO Nature World Heritage-listed area.</p><p>Its broad, sandy beaches are some of Denmark’s best. At least, the gray and spotted seals and colonies of migratory birds who summer here seem to think so, as do the wind- and kite-surfers who flock to the island. Beachcombers can find raw amber washed up on the shore after storms and take guided walks to forage for oysters.</p><p>In addition to the raucous wildlife and easy bicycle circuits that tourists can enjoy, Fanø is also home to two quaint towns: Nordby and Sønderho, the latter of which is widely considered to be the most beautiful village in Denmark. There, you can visit the Fanø Art Musuem, its old mill, the Sønderho Church, whose votive ships are a nod to the islanders’ seafaring heritage, and a collection of colorful houses and other buildings from Fanø’s 18th- and 19th-century heydays.</p><img alt="Dining at the Sonderho Kro Hotel, Fano, Denmark "src=""><p><em><strong>Getting There:</strong></em> To get to Fanø, you’ll need to take a train to Esbjerg and then the FanøFærgen ferry service from there. The ferry ride takes about 12 minutes in each direction. Tickets are 35-45 DKK ($5.50-$7) per person round-trip.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay:</strong></em> There are over 3,000 summer cottages to rent on Fanø, but if you’re just planning a short stay, you might be better off booking one of the island’s inviting inns. <a href="" target="_blank">Sønderho Kro</a> is one of Denmark’s oldest lodgings. It was originally founded in 1722 and has 13 unique rooms and a gourmet restaurant that serves multi-course tasting menus featuring local produce and seafood.</p>
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Las Vegas' Newest Resort Will Bring Out the Millennial in You (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 11:00
<p>Along roughly four miles of the <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> strip, there exists a vibrant medley of casino resorts, restaurants, and nightclubs — all of them seeming to offer similar entertainment and experiences for visitors. From oversized beverages, buffets, and comedy shows to patterned carpets and heavily air-conditioned casino floors, so much of the strip blurs together that it almost doesn’t matter where you stay. For many, Las Vegas is essentially offering just one thing: <em>Las Vegas.</em><br /><br />%image3</p><p>But the newest resort on the strip offers a new aesthetic for a different<i> </i>kind of Vegas visitor. It is <a href=";" target="_blank">Park MGM</a>, in the space formerly known as the Monte Carlo, a partnership between MGM and the <a href="" target="_blank">Sydell Group</a> (the buzzy brand behind NoMad, Freehand, <a href="" target="_blank">LINE Hotels</a>, and more) that is remixing the definition of Las Vegas. Call it "millennial," hip, or of-the-moment, the brand targets those who seek well-designed, local, low-key experiences that offer a certain quality over quantity.<br /><br />Officially opened earlier this year, the property exudes intimacy and provides a nice refuge from the chaos of the strip. The casino floor is more upscale than its neighbors, maintaining the original chandeliers and ceilings from the days of the Monte Carlo, inspired by the famed Monaco casino. Still, the vibe is distinctly modern, with found art, commissioned works, and contemporary art pieces, including iPad drawings by David Hockney and a multimedia dreamscape by Iranian artists Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi.<br /><br />%image2<br /><br />In addition to the warm, design-forward public spaces, the nightlife offerings are equally inviting — and more refined than the massive clubs and chintzy cocktail bars you might associate with Vegas. <a href="" target="_blank">Juniper Cocktail Lounge</a>, an all-gin bar, and <a href="" target="_blank">On the Record</a>, a speakeasy stocked with vinyl, beckon to the low-key night owl. For the latter, Los Angeles favorite bar group Houston Hospitality designed a nostalgia-inspired space that will include a record store and private karaoke rooms, in addition to world-class cocktails. Make note: On the Record is scheduled to open on New Years’ Eve, so it’s likely going to be the <i>it </i>place for the night.</p><img alt="Park MGM Las Vegas "src=""><p>But what really makes Park MGM stand apart is their hotel-within-a-hotel, <a href="" target="_blank">NoMad Las Vegas</a>, which opened in October in the hotel's top floors. The luxury concept is inspired by European design and New York sensibilities, offering 293 guest rooms and suites that are distinct from the rest of the Park MGM offerings. Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of <a href="" target="_blank">Eleven Madison Park</a> fame made sure the NoMad's restaurant and bar are on par with its sister properties in New York City and Los Angeles.<br /><br />%image5</p><p>Regardless of which room you've booked, be sure to stop by the <a href="" target="_blank">Park Theater</a>, the 5,200 seat venue on the Park MGM property that is home to major musical acts. Ultra-popular residencies from the likes of Cher, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, and Britney Spears are booking quickly from now through 2019. Park MGM will also open an <a href="" target="_blank">Eataly</a> location this December, the first-ever location in the Southwestern U.S., which will have dining, live-cooking demonstrations, and quality Italian kitchen products, home wares, and specialty foods.<br /><br />%image6</p><p>It seems the Park MGM and NoMad are giving us a glimpse of the Vegas to come, enlisting taste makers from New York and Los Angeles to bring an emphasis on art and design. Whether it’s dining, entertainment, craft cocktails, or the thoughtful, local quality, the intimate touches are a welcoming alternative to the shininess and sensory overload of the strip. It's time to discover (or rediscover) the softer side of Sin City.</p>
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This Simple Hack Will Keep Your Phone Charger From Fraying No Matter How Many Times You Use It

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 10:45
<p>It’s happened to all of us. You find yourself low on <a href="" target="_blank">phone</a> battery and reach for your charger, only to find that the cord has frayed beyond all recognition.</p><p>Until now, beyond going out and buying a brand new charger, there hasn’t been much you can do to stop the fraying. Some people have used tape or embroidery floss to try and stop the wear and tear, but those solutions often just cover up the underlying problem.</p><p>Luckily, there is one simple hack you can do to keep your charger looking (and, more importantly, working) as good as new. And it’s been in your desk drawer this entire time.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Real Simple</a></em>, you can prevent damage by using an old spring from a click pen and a small piece of electrical tape.</p><p>First, wrap a one-inch piece of tape around the base of the lightning cord. Then remove the spring from an old pen and attach it by opening one side and threading the spring onto the cord. It should be noted that you shouldn’t skip the tape, since the metal spring alone can actually cause more wear over time, and possibly not stay in place.</p><p>Once you’re done threading your spring, you’re all set. Feel free to charge your phone as much as you like. Celebrate the fact that you no longer have to spend $20 — or even more — to replace it. This simple trick can even work on laptop chargers too, which cost upwards of $80 for replacements.</p><p>Plus, if you really want to extend the life of your charger, it’s best to invest in a product that protects it from <a href="" target="_blank">tangles and messes</a>, too. The less pulling and twisting you need to do on your cord, the longer it will last, ready to give you power whenever you need it.</p>
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The New Orleans Airport Will Let You Take a Selfie With a Real Baby Alligator

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 10:40
<p>Therapy dogs, therapy cats, or even therapy pigs and horses have been employed to comfort travelers in airports all over the country. And now, it seems that their scaly friends are starting to get in on the game.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a>, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has teamed up with Audubon Nature Institute to bring live baby alligators to the airport’s baggage claim area.</p><img alt="New Orleans Airport, Alligator Experiences "src=""><p>Passengers can pose with the little gators for a special “MSY Gator Selfie.” Very brave (or very foolish) travelers may even pet the reptiles if they so choose. However, passengers are not able to have gator time every day. The baby gators are only made available to the airport on Friday afternoons between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">WDSU</a> reported.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Times to Visit New Orleans</a></p><p>Many wild alligators live in the Louisiana area, which means the city has taken to them as a sort of mascot. Visitors can take local <a href="" target="_blank">alligator tours</a>, buy alligator-themed merchandise or even dine on <a href="" target="_blank">alligator in restaurants</a>. The animal is so entrenched in the city’s history, they’ve become part of the culture itself. According to <a href="" target="_blank">WGNO</a>, one gator from Audubon Nature Institute is named Laveau, after Marie Laveau, a prominent New Orleans historical figure.</p><p>In addition to offering the rare chance of befriending alligators, the Audubon Nature Institute will also be putting out displays and artifacts to better educate the public about local animals in Louisiana.</p><img alt="New Orleans Airport, Alligator Experiences "src=""><p>MSY spokeswoman Erin Burns told USA Today that one or two baby gators will be brought to the airport at a time. Each gator is under three years old and measures about one to three feet long. She added that this new program will continue indefinitely, so there will be lots of chances to get a picture with a gator in the future.</p>
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The Best New Chicago Hotels

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 10:02
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a> has always had a robust — and affordable — <a href="" target="_blank">hotel scene</a>. These stylish new players are set to make the city's boutique offerings even stronger.</p><h2>Hotel Julian</h2><p>On-trend touches like hanging Egg chairs and pendant fixtures add a youthful edge to this 102-year-old high-rise on Michigan Avenue. But the biggest draw is the dead-on views of Millennium Park in a number of the 218 guest rooms. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; doubles from $220. </em></p><img alt="The Soppy Hyde Park Hotel, in Chicago "src=""><h2>Sophy Hyde Park</h2><p>This artsy bolt-hole is the first luxury hotel in Hyde Park, one of the city’s foremost cultural hubs—and the future home of the Obama Presidential Center. The 98 guest rooms draw upon the vibrant energy of the neighborhood, with abstract paintings by Chicago artist Joey Korom and record players with a hand-picked selection of vinyl. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; doubles from $289.</em></p><h2>St. Jane</h2><p>Housed inside the beloved Carbide &amp; Carbon building, this chic newcomer harks back to the dawn of the skyscraper, with an original Art Deco façade and interior details like crystal chandeliers and herringbone tile floors. At the street-level restaurant, Free Rein, chef Aaron Lirette whips up American brasserie favorites like roast chicken with garlic <em>jus</em><i>.</i> <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; doubles from $269.</em></p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">9 Can’t-miss Restaurants in Chicago, According to Top Chef Stephanie Izard</a></p><h2>Hotel EMC2</h2><p>The digerati will embrace the various tech-centric amenities (robot butlers, in-room Amazon Alexas) at this art- and science-themed hotel, whose lobby contains a seven-foot zoetrope machine. But the vibe is never gimmicky, thanks to design-forward interiors outfitted with dark parquet floors, tufted leather furniture, and copper accents. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; doubles<br />from $308.</em></p>
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Is Forming a Task Force to Investigate Sexual Misconduct on Flights

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:08
<p>The Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it will create a task force with the mission of investigating <a href="" target="_blank">sexual misconduct in airlines</a>.</p><p>The National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force will operate as a subcommittee of the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC). <a href="" target="_blank">According to a press release</a>, the task force “will review current practices, protocols and requirements of U.S. airlines in responding to and reporting allegations of sexual misconduct by passengers on board aircraft.”</p><p>The task force will provide recommendations to ACPAC about how to report and collect data around sexual misconduct and how to train employees.</p><p>An FBI investigation revealed that reports of sexual misconduct mid-flight increased 66 percent from 2014 to 2017. Last year, the bureau opened 63 sexual assault investigations, <a href="" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today.</a></em></p><p>Last year, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reported on the increase of sexual harassment cases</a> reported by both passengers and cabin crew. About 20 percent of flight attendants have reported being harassed by passengers while on the job. A member of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union said that her employer never provided sexual harassment training for her or her colleagues.</p><p>The first meeting of the task force is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2019. The initial meeting will discuss in further detail what duties the task force should maintain and the founding members of the task force will be announced.</p>
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You Can Do a Wine Tasting or Get a Free Spa Treatment at British Airways' New Lounge at JFK

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 07:12
<p>Appropriately posh, but not too stuffy, the remodeled and expanded <a href="" target="_blank">British Airways First lounge</a> in Terminal 7 at New York City’s <a href="" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy International Airport</a> is complete and now welcoming eligible fliers.</p><p>Part of the British flag carrier’s $65-million terminal-wide refurbishment that also brings a refreshed concourse area and redesigned check-in zones, the First lounge is 60 percent larger than before and includes well-appointed seating zones and separate work spaces, a roving gourmet gin and tonic cart and a cozy bar area with both self-serve and tended drink-making.</p><p>A new perk is a separate wine room featuring a glass-fronted enomatic wine preservation unit dispensing one-ounce tasting pours of themed wines kept at exactly the right sipping temperature. The debut selection in October highlighted eight tasty “Chardonnays of the World” and the steward on duty during our visit was equally charming, enthusiastic and knowledgeable — but not at all snooty — while guiding visitors through the selections. For November, the featured wines are Cabernet Sauvignons.</p><p>Many <a href="" target="_blank">British Airways</a> flights from New York to London travel overnight and many passengers prefer to eat dinner on the ground, then snooze on the plane. For those evening and late-night fliers, the First lounge offers a nice variety of preflight buffet dining options with seasonal menus. Through November, for example, the menu entrees include seared Heartland filet mignon and “Sweetheart” turkey roulade.</p><p>British Airways’ First lounge at JFK is open daily between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. and is accessible to passengers traveling in the First cabin and to those with BA Gold and oneworld Emerald status.</p><p>Keep in mind that while it is called the “First” lounge, passengers who have purchased tickets to travel in the first class cabins of British Airways’ flights and upper tier British Airways customers in possession of a Concorde Card have access to another, much swankier, lounge option at JFK T7: the Concorde Room, located by Gate 1. This hideaway has that sought-after hushed club atmosphere, table-service dining and was given a refresh not long ago as well.</p><p>But here’s a tip for making the most of your First lounge access: First lounge passengers may access the Elemis Travel Spa located in the adjacent Club business lounge (hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily). The spa offers a menu of complimentary 15-minute treatments, including skin-reviving facials and tension-freeing foot, neck, and back massages, but because it’s a first-come, first-served system, the slots fill up quickly. British Airways is working on some special spa “opportunities” for First lounge customers to be announced in the next few weeks (we hope that means reservations), but in the meantime, head to the spa desk to schedule an appointment the moment you arrive.</p>
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A Man Was so Angry His Flight Was Cancelled He Set His Own Luggage on Fire

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:42
<p>Delayed flights can truly be the worst. And they can cause a wide variety of reactions from passengers. Some people are perfectly calm and polite despite the bad news, others become angry with the crew or airline, some may even cry or yell.</p><p>But there are some responses that are just straight up overreactions – like setting your own possessions on fire.</p><p>One irate passenger actually did decide that arson was the only way to respond to his delayed flight on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Dawn</a></em>. </p><p>PIA Flight PK-607, bound for Gilgit, Pakistan at 7 a.m. local time, was delayed on Thursday for technical reasons, and then ultimately canceled due to bad weather at Islamabad Airport.</p><p>At this point, some passengers shouted in protest and pushed airport personnel over the cancelation, according to <em>Dawn.</em> But one passenger took it one — or maybe a thousand— steps further.</p><p>A video of the passenger was posted on Facebook.</p><p>Luckily, no one was actually hurt in the fire and it was put out by Civil Aviation Authority fire fighters.</p><p>Despite the fires and protest, the flight cancelation was actually quite routine. Flights around the world get canceled due to technical problems and weather all the time. But it’s rare for a purposeful fire to break out.</p><p>A PIA spokesperson told <em>Dawn</em> that passengers were moved to hotels to await a new flight, which was scheduled for them on Friday – all in all, a fairly predictable protocol.</p><p>“No airline can risk flying a passenger plane in bad weather,” the spokesperson said.</p><p>The site reported that PIA “has opted to forgive and forget the incident that happened at Islamabad International Airport on November 15.”</p><p>There have been no police or government reports regarding the incidents, according to <a href="" target="_blank">History of PIA</a>.</p>
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Everything You Need to Eat on Your Next Trip to London

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:05
<p>London calls travelers for a variety of reasons: business, vacation, adventure, or simple curiosity. Steeped in history, the city tells narratives of both British legacy and global influence. Though rich in culture, the city has acquired an unfair reputation for bland food, when in fact, diversity and high quality local produce are boosting its ever-growing food scene. Even better, the city’s magical aesthetic often translates into restaurant decor that will open your mind and renew your sense of wonder.</p><p>Next time you find yourself in London, these experiences should satisfy cravings for deep flavor and worldly perspective set in dynamically designed spaces.</p><img alt="Corinthia Hotel - London "src=""><h2>Stay at a luxury hotel full of culinary experiences.</h2><p>Rest your head at the same place you pick up your fork: the <a href="" target="_blank">Corinthia Hotel London</a>. The stunning five-star hotel is home to a variety of dining options that embody both British and international elements. The central location gives guests an opportunity to hit the town and follow up with a <a href="" target="_blank">mid-day champagne tea time</a> under the Corinthia’s Baccarat Crystal moon. The jaw-dropping fixture, chic design, and detailed menu set the stage for one of London’s most elegant and essential tea times.</p><p>The hotel was also home to one of London’s hottest new restaurant openings this year: <a href="" target="_blank">Kerridge’s Bar &amp; Grill</a>. Helmed by Tom Kerridge, a Michelin-awarded chef, the restaurant is a showcase of elevated British pub fare. Whatever you do, don’t miss the lobster omelette or rotisserie offerings.</p><p>Conclude your evening at Bassoon, Corinthia’s New Orleans-style bar. The curated cocktail list is artfully crafted and includes standouts like a toasted coconut old fashioned, miso milk punch, and Bergamot Negroni. Cocktail amateurs need not be intimidated by the artful, elevated ambiance, because the versed bartenders seem to always know what you’re looking for.</p><p>Pro tip: Book the River Suite. It just may be the most iconic "room with a view" in London.</p><h2>Indulge in Indian cuisine.</h2><p>It’s safe to say you haven’t truly dined in London until you've indulged in a good Indian meal. Here are the best spots to find a little spice.</p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Cinnamon Club</a></strong>’s<strong> </strong>Westminster location provides guests with a fine dining Indian menu set inside a former Victorian library. The aesthetic, aromas, and flavors found within the impressive book-lined walls lend to the restaurant’s focus of inventive Indian cuisine with British elements. It's a vibe.</p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Dishoom</a></strong>, with locations all over the city, emulates Bombay’s once thriving scene of Irani cafes, creating flavor profiles that range from classic Indian to exotic infusions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dishoom is arguably an essential stop while in London.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Gunpowder</strong></a>,<strong> </strong>which pays homage to the simplest form of homestyle Indian cooking, has rapidly become a force on London’s Indian cuisine scene using recipes derived from family cookbooks. Simple yet deeply flavored small plates are served at a quick pace, creating an undeniable energy that follows throughout.</p><img alt="Gunpowder - London "src=""><h2>Party (and dine) like a British socialite.</h2><p>There are few institutions in the world like <a href="" target="_blank">The Ned</a>, a collective space of food, drink, and thriving social activity. Drenched in 1920s glamour, the space brings 10 versatile restaurant and bar concepts to life. The venue is a hotspot for London’s Great Gatsby-like elite. The Ned’s events and offerings provide visitors with a variety of choices any time of year, from Sunday feasts to live music and entertainment.</p><p>I’m always keen to grab a table at Millie’s, a traditional British restaurant inside The Ned. The menu, which features classics like native lobster, fish and chips, and an excellent Scottish egg, is complimented by a local selection of British sparkling wines.</p><p>Beyond the dining scene, The Ned is also a hotel and social club. Members and guests are granted access to a slew of exclusive perks like a rooftop pool and a chic underground lounge set in a former bank vault.</p><h2>Treat yourself to an elegantly old-fashioned Italian meal.</h2><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">San Carlo</a> brand represents regional Italian fare across England and the Middle East. Its Regent Street location is a prime example of why it has been able to achieve its massive international success, dating back to its Sicilian founder arriving to the UK with £12 to his name. The menu is a showcasing of artisan recipes covering everything from Sicilian seafood to a Florentine grill to Venetian-inspired <em><a href="" target="_blank">cicchetti</a></em>.</p><p>Inside you’ll find a space that blends white tablecloth elegance with familiar Italian warmth. Staff hailing from all over Italy only add to the charm while you wash down classics such as burrata, spaghetti carbonara, and veal milanese with a wine from the masterfully curated list. The restaurant flies in produce from Italian markets daily.</p><h2>Take a trip east without leaving London.</h2><p>Asian cuisine is heavily represented within the confines of London as well. Popular categories like Chinese, Japanese, and Thai have blossoming establishments popping up around the city.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Nipa Thai</strong></a>, located in the newly renovated Royal Lancaster Hotel, brings Thai culture to the forefront through both food and design. The hotel, which is Thai-owned, blends elements of Thai and British luxury, with Nipa sitting at the head of its culinary efforts. The all-female chef team (a cultural tradition of Thai kitchens) is operated by chef Sanguan Parr, whose menu has garnered so much critical acclaim that the restaurant has received the prestigious Thai select award from Thailand’s government for its authentic recipes and ingredients.</p><p>Visitors should splurge on one of Nipa’s signature tasting menus, which have an option for combined Thai wine pairings. Sipping on the Monsoon Valley’s varietals while surrounded by the aroma of lemongrass oil just may have you feeling like you’re in Thailand.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Ukai</strong></a><b> </b>is one of Notting Hill’s most vibrant restaurants with an outdoor mural that has quickly become a staple of the iconic London neighborhood. Japanese at its core, the restaurant also features a surprisingly subtle twist of Italian flare, thanks to its chef and owner. The art-deco interior, impressive craft cocktails, and inventive menu (don’t miss the lobster tempura) creates the perfect meal to hit before or after exploring Portobello Road or Saint Luke’s Mews.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall</strong></a><b> </b>is a one stop shop for those who appreciate Asian cuisine of all kinds. The 450-seat food hall unites 27 different restaurants under its roof with food that covers various regions of Asia like Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Give yourself a couple of hours to wander the hall, eat, drink, digest, and repeat.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Freak Scene</strong></a><b> </b>is the brainchild of Nobu London’s former executive chef, Scott Hallsworth. The introspective spin on Japanese and Southeast Asian brings to life a series of small plates that blend the traditional with the experimental. Think octopus donuts, honey-hoisin grilled pork belly, and Japanese spirit cocktails.</p><img alt="Sipsmith - London "src=""><h2>After dinner, head to a cocktail bar.</h2><p>One of my favorite parts of dining is London has nothing to do with the food. Cocktail bars in the city are excellent displays of culinary zest on their own. After eating your way through the city, curl up at one of these sultry spots.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bart’s Speakeasy London</strong></a> is a place you visit and wake up in the morning wondering, “Wait did that really happen, or was I dreaming?” Draped in mystery and seduction, the bar’s cocktails are artfully decorated, regardless of how busy it may be. The coolest part of the whole experience? Treasure chests filled with costumes and accessories to suit any mood.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Nightjar</strong></a><b> </b>is the kind of vintage bar that leaves a lasting impression. It’s an underground hideaway, but it's no secret — you'll definitely need a reservation. Live jazz, rare spirits, and recipes spanning centuries set the stage for a magical night out. Hitting the town with friends? Don’t miss their shared cocktails like the Alchemist’s Brew which isn’t just hard hitting but also a spectatcle of its own.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Sipsmith Distillery</strong></a><b> </b>opened its doors in 2009, but its history dates back to London's first traditional copper distillery in 1820. Founded on the idea of restoring the glory of London Dry Gin to the city, the company has made an impressive name for itself across the gin industry. A visit to its distillery should be taken up by both gin enthusiasts and un-enthusiasts alike. I myself arrived a gin skeptic but left a hardcore fan. So much so, I began mixing in a Sipsmith gin &amp; tonic into at least one round of my nightly bar order. Cheers!</p>
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You Can Now Travel Across Morocco on Africa’s First High-speed Train

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:45
<p>France’s famous TGV trains will soon connect the coastal city of Tangiers with Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca. The trains, capable of traveling up to 200 mph, will cut current journey times in half. It currently takes about four hours and 45 minutes to travel the <a href="" target="_blank">215-mile distance from Tangiers to Casablanca via Rabat</a>. The high-speed train will make it possible in two hours and 10 minutes, <a href="" target="_blank">according to local news. </a></p><p>The trains are expected to leave every hour and carry about six million passengers within the first three years. There are currently 14 trains, each capable of carrying 533 passengers.</p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="" target="_blank">20 Reasons You'll Want to Visit Marrakesh in 2018</a></p><p>State officials hope that the project, called the LGV, will attract foreign visitors, but also be regularly used by Moroccans. High-speed train costs will be about 30 percent more expensive than the current train route, which costs between $14 to $27.</p><p>"If you are a businessman deciding to install an operation in Africa and you are torn between Morocco and another country, this kind of modern world-class infrastructure could help tip the balance," Riccardo Fabiani, a senior analyst at the Eurasia Group, <a href="" target="_blank">told CNN</a>.</p><p>But the project has come under scrutiny. Critics of the train line feel that funding and attention are being paid to the areas of the country with the highest visibility while the poorer parts of the country are being ignored.</p><p>The $2 billion project was <a href="">initiated in 2011 by Moroccan King Mohammed VI</a> and then-president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. The initiative also included several other Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.</p><p>French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to be present at the inauguration of the train on Thursday. </p>
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