The Travel Pillow That Made Me Believe I Could Be Comfortable on Planes Again Is 25% Off

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 09:31
<p>For me, neck pillows are a point of contention. They sound good in theory, seem like they should work, and people always act like they’re going to make your life better — but they’re not, and they don’t, and when you realize how disappointing they are, you put them in a closet and pretend it never happened. </p><p>Or at least that’s what I thought — until I met the product that made me believe in <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillows</a> again: the <a href=";tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=18dce8c3125bfdd73468758f076975bc" target="_blank">Trtl Pillow</a> (which just so happens to be 25% off right now when you enter code 25TRTLBF at checkout).</p><p>Some background: I’m a tall lady with a longer neck — a neck that also happens to be fairly stiff, especially on flights, thanks to a combination of normal, 20-something-New-Yorker tension and the stress that comes along with dreading 6+ hours in coach. Unsurprisingly, I’ve also never been able to <a href="" target="_blank">sleep on planes</a> (and yes, if you have a “foolproof” method involving wine or pills, I’ve already tried it).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">9 of the Wackiest Best-selling Travel Accessories From Amazon</a></p><p>My problem isn’t that my knees are inevitably knocking the seat in front of me, or even that the cabin lights are seeping through the bottom of my flimsy <a href="" target="_blank">eye mask</a>. My problem is that, no matter which seat I’m in — no matter how I maneuver my body —I never know where to put my head. </p><p>I’m not one of those people who can just let it loll, neck bent at a dangerous angle or chin slumped against my chest. Feeling like my neck is unsupported or unnaturally positioned can affect my whole body and mood while traveling. This should make me the ideal customer for the travel pillow market, but I’ve been burned time and again. I’ve tried those <a href=";tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2LBNKM&amp;linkId=edef4e37a8ffeaead0565330066fbe6f">stretchy ones filled with beads</a> that sound like crunching snow whenever you move your cheek; the inflatable ones that roll up nice and small in your bag, but once blown up, leak out over the course of 15 minutes and leave you smelling like your own breath; the ones that promise “maximum support” and yet are still not substantial enough to maximally support my (admittedly, fairly large) head. For the most part, travel pillows kind of suck.</p><h2>Trtl Pillow</h2><img alt="trtl pillow review "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=18dce8c3125bfdd73468758f076975bc" target="_blank"></a>, $23 with code 25TRTLBF (originally $30)</p><p>This was my outlook when I went into testing the <a href="" target="_blank">Trtl</a> (pronounced “turtle”) pillow. A <a href="" target="_blank">longtime favorite</a> of <em>Travel + Leisure</em> editors, it does away with the main design flaw of the majority of travel pillows on the market: the “U” shape. Think about it. It’s nice to be able to move your head from side to side, sure, but what these pillows give us in horizontal surface area, they lack in vertical support. I always wished my pillows were “taller” so I wouldn’t have to crane my neck — run with that idea, though, and you’ll end up with a neck brace the size of your carry-on. </p><img alt="trtl pillow review "src=""><p>This fine specimen, on the other hand, doesn’t really even look like a pillow at all. The concept is simple: a thin-but-sturdy frame, ergonomically designed to hinge at around a 90-degree angle, covered in soft fleece. Attached to the frame is a length of fabric that you use to secure the frame in place (between your shoulder and your face) — wrapping it around your neck infinity-scarf-style and securing it with Velcro.</p><p>Unfurled, it looks like a piece of (machine-washable) fabric. Folded up for storage, it’s the size of a small book and weighs about a quarter of a pound. It sounds a little scary at first, being totally detached from our idea of a “pillow” — it's not puffy, squishy, or filled with down — but during a recent overnight flight from <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Madrid</a>, the Trtl helped me sleep on a plane for the first time in 15 years. If this isn’t a pillow, I don’t really care what it is. </p><img alt="trtl pillow review "src=""><p>To my fellow stiff-necked, heavy-headed travelers, I say this: the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=18dce8c3125bfdd73468758f076975bc" target="_blank">Trtl Pillow</a> will support your head nearly vertically. You won’t feel like you’re being strangled by redundant material. You won’t feel like your neck is craning so far it will snap. You won’t really feel like you’re using a travel pillow at all — and that’s all this travel pillow skeptic could ask for. </p>
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This Leather Wallet Has Over 2,000 Five-star Reviews on Amazon — and It's on Sale for $7 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 08:08
<p><a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestwalletblackfriday-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=c9ee3633b3944b2a41cdc57796e1b649&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon’s Black Friday</a> isn’t slowing down, what with new lightning deals popping up left and right. Just when you think you’ve seen all the markdowns (like <a href="" target="_blank">$99 off of a 23andMe DNA testing kit</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">$50 off Amazon’s best-selling headphones</a>, and <a href=";tag=tlbestwalletblackfriday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07D4FQB8S&amp;linkId=e0ae3540eaf0b037ed9af4630535c6b8" target="_blank">TV markdowns galore</a>), the online retail giant unleashes yet another wave of can’t-miss deals. Right now, we’re bringing to you a <a href=";tag=tlbestwalletblackfriday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00N9OPMMU&amp;linkId=0734f07fcd157b5f81d67a19a3a5bd3a" target="_blank">top-selling leather wallet</a> that’s so good, it has over 2,000 rave reviews — and get this: It’s on sale for only $7.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon's Top-rated Portable Charger Is on Sale for Black Friday — and Going Fast</a></p><p>Whether you’re looking for a simple everyday wallet to replace your current one or a trusty new cardholder to bring with you on your travels (it comes with RFID-blocking technology to secure personal info from electronic scanners), <a href=";tag=tlbestwalletblackfriday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00N9OPMMU&amp;linkId=0734f07fcd157b5f81d67a19a3a5bd3a" target="_blank">Hammer Anvil’s wallet</a> may just be the one for you.</p><img alt="Best-selling Amazon Wallet on Sale "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbestwalletblackfriday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00N9OPMMU&amp;linkId=0734f07fcd157b5f81d67a19a3a5bd3a" target="_blank"></a>, $7 (originally $10)</p><p>It comes in six different colorways and textures — from an elegant crosshatch black leather to a classic brown leather that’ll only get better with time — and features a sleek and simple design that’ll hold your cards and bills without all that extra bulk. Amazon user Kenlokeri Floyd explained in a five-star review, “The tightness of the leather keeps even a full wallet feeling very slim and I don't even notice it in my back pocket when sitting.” Amazon user RyanCallihan raved about how thin the wallet is, writing, “I love the feel of this wallet. I didn't believe it when I read the reviews that said, ‘I can't even feel it in my pocket!’ But it's true. It's just barely there, and it's so awesome.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon's No. 1 Best-selling Noise-cancelling Headphones Are $50 Off Right Now</a></p><p>Now, if you want to grab yourself a wallet (or maybe 10) for just $7, you’ll have to act fast. This flash sale isn’t going to last for long — in fact, it’s ending today at 7:30 p.m. EST, at which point it will go back up to its original price of $10.</p><p>Head to <a href=";tag=tlbestwalletblackfriday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00N9OPMMU&amp;linkId=0734f07fcd157b5f81d67a19a3a5bd3a" target="_blank"></a> to buy the Hammer Anvil leather wallet while it's on sale.</p>
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Getting Snowed in Is the Best Way to Spend Your Vacation at This Idyllic Vermont Resort

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 14:01
<p>There was snow in the trees as we crossed the <a href="" target="_blank">Vermont</a> state border — evidence, according to my ski aficionado husband, David, that a good-size winter storm had just blown through. Sure enough, when we pulled through the gates of <a href="" target="_blank">Twin Farms</a>, a storied resort near the town of Barnard, we found it swaddled in a fairy-tale blanket of fresh, foot-deep snow.</p><p>I’d never really seen the American winter from anywhere but the gritty sidewalks of <a href="">New York City</a>, where David and I live. When I was growing up on the southern coast of England, winters were mild, and snow, when it came, fell in inches, not feet. So as our host, a genial, bearded man named Kyle Rikert, showed us around Twin Farms, I felt as if I was <a href="" target="_blank">experiencing the season</a> fully for the first time.</p><p>Blue-tinged drifts framed each of the windows of the hotel’s main building — an 18th-century farmhouse, which the novelist Sinclair Lewis bought in 1928 as a gift for his then-fiancé, a journalist named Dorothy Thompson. Snow lay on its rooftop in thick swags. A nearby covered bridge was fringed with icicles the size of parsnips. Somewhere in the distance, geese flew over a frozen lake.</p><p>“You got lucky!” said recreation manager Brenda Hillier, picking skis off a rack in the resort’s wooden ski hut that afternoon. “This is only about the tenth day of skiing we’ve had this year.” We were at the foot of Sonnenberg, where Twin Farms acquired six downhill-ski trails back when the property became a hotel in the 1990s. Vermont has seen massive fluctuations in snowfall over the past two decades; today, Twin Farms doesn’t really publicize its private slopes, since they’re usable so rarely.</p><p>“In the seventies and eighties, the whole neighborhood used to learn here,” Hillier said. “It cost six dollars a day.” As a child, David had also learned to ski in the area, at Suicide Six — a small but much-loved mountain just outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Woodstock</a>. It had been 25 years since he last took to the slopes, but he seemed unruffled as he headed up Sonnenberg mountain on the back of a snowcat in jeans and a pair of woolly gloves.</p><p>I, on the other hand, <a href="" target="_blank">had never skied before</a>, and was still outside the hut rehearsing the “pizza pie and french fries” drill commonly used to teach children when David reappeared, zigzagging down the sheer face of the empty mountain like something from a James Bond movie. Staffers gathered around to admire his flawless tracks as I slid quietly backward down a tiny incline, vowing to get our kids — who we’d left with their grandparents in New York — into intensive ski training before the winter was over.</p><p>All this to say, I never got to fully utilize the ski-in, ski-out feature of our accommodation, the Chalet, which sits to the side of Sonnenberg mountain. It didn’t really matter. Each of the 20 rooms and cottages at <a href="" target="_blank">Twin Farms is unique</a>. Ours, an airy, two-story wooden cottage, had views all the way to Pico Mountain, some 15 miles away. Looking out at the chocolate-box scenery from under a furry blanket, blissfully alone, was far more enjoyable than skiing, anyway.</p><img alt="Pancakes at Twin Farms resort in Vermont "src=""><p>For most of the year, Twin Farms has a no-children policy. As any parent will tell you, life with young kids is a perfectionist’s nightmare; Twin Farms is one of those rare hotels that allows its guests to pretend, for a short while, that the world around them is flawless. Care to select from 27 regional <a href="" target="_blank">cheeses</a> and have them delivered with a bottle of <a href="" target="_blank">wine</a> to your chalet before dinner? Not a problem. A massage in front of a wood fire, followed by a soak in your own private hot tub? A phone call away.</p><p>And then there was the food. From the moment our server arrived to tell us about the particular type of salt we would have on our table at dinner that evening, it was clear we were in for a memorable meal. Sure enough, the seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings (all of which was included in our room rate) was the perfect balance of hearty and high-concept, from the cheddar fritter and aioli starter to the entrée of local suckling pig with smoked-potato purée and crispy brussels sprouts. Pleasantly stuffed, we declined the offer of a ride to our chalet and tramped back in the icy darkness, just as the first few flakes of a fresh snowfall began spiraling down from the sky.</p><img alt="Snowshoeing at Twin Farms luxury resort in Vermont "src=""><p>The next morning we went snowshoeing: a gratifyingly even playing field for David and me and, in my opinion, the best way to explore the 300 idyllic acres surrounding the farm. Once we’d gotten the hang of the snowshoes — and it didn’t take long — the crunch-crunch of feet sinking into velvety, virgin drifts became almost meditative. Blue jays and woodpeckers hopped between snow-covered birch branches; the metal spigots used to collect syrup from the maple trees wore little white hats. The only sound was the wind in the woods and the tinkle of meltwater running somewhere beneath the diamond-dust drifts that framed our path.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Northeast</a></p><p>I was reminded of Sinclair Lewis’s wife Dorothy’s words about Twin Farms. Among other pastoral delights, she wrote, the couple wanted a Vermont estate that could provide them with “delicious air.” In these woods each breath did feel delicious, like a drink of clear, cold water. We gulped it down. The whole experience was a celebration of the elements, rather than the constant battle against them that life in the urban Northeast so often resembles. Which is to say, it was precisely what I’d always hoped the American winter would be.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Twin Farms</a> (doubles from $1,600, all-inclusive) is a 2½-hour drive from Boston, or five hours from New York. You can also fly in to the small airport in Burlington, Vermont, which is just over an hour from the property. Rates include optional picnic lunches and a cocktail hour each night.</em></p>
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Why a Hot Spring Tour of the American West is the Perfect Cure for Your Winter Blues

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 13:01
<p>It’s bitingly cold, and you’re in the West, but you don’t ski. You can’t snowboard, you’re too old for sledding, and snowmobiling, loud and rumbly as it is, just isn’t your thing. But there is an outdoor activity for those of us who are averse to winter sports: soaking in a thermal <a href="" target="_blank">hot spring</a>. The only requirement is a willingness to strip down and shiver for a seemingly endless minute before lowering yourself into the hot, lovely water.</p><p>I live in Livingston, a town of around 7,000 in southern <a href="" target="_blank">Montana</a>. In late December or early January, when the sun starts to sink at 4 p.m. and a long, dark evening stretches out before us, my husband and I often drive to one of the many hot springs in our area. We particularly like the low-key <a href="" target="_blank">Spa Hot Springs Motel &amp; Clinic</a> in the town of White Sulphur Springs, popular for its mineral-rich waters. The three pools — kept at a steady 98, 103, and 105 degrees — are filled with eggy-smelling (but weirdly appealing) sulfurous water that leaves your skin silky with its traces of silica, sulfate, calcium, and magnesium. Along with local ranchers and intrepid travelers, we’ll steep ourselves beneath colorful murals depicting Native Americans and wildlife at the water’s edge, and maybe sip a beverage we’ve brought along.</p><p>We also like <a href="" target="_blank">Chico Hot Springs Resort &amp; Day Spa</a>, a more upscale affair outside of Pray, Montana. We might order a prime rib in the restaurant or a poolside burger, and then have a postprandial soak (avid hot-springers use <em>soak</em> as a noun) in the natural mineral pools.</p><p>On days we’re feeling more adventurous, we drive several hours to Idaho’s <a href="" target="_blank">Lava Hot Springs</a>, a five-pool complex where the dark pebbles of the gravel bottom feel slick on your feet. Or <a href="" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park’s</a> Boiling River, where the scalding waters meet the cold, flowing Gardner River — one of only a few spots where you can legally soak on government land. Here, you can sit, cozily submerged, and spot elk, bison, or bighorn sheep crunching in the snow.</p><img alt="Scenes from hot springs in Montana "src=""><p>These are the easily accessible pools. But there are also wilder finds all over Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado, and you never know when you’ll encounter one (keep a swimsuit in your car). Of course, you can soak in the summer, but it’s like drinking hot tea in the shower. The pleasure of a winter soak derives from the elemental contrast of temperatures. Your nose will be frosty, and your hair frozen to a potato-chip crisp, but your relaxed, invigorated body will be toasty, a column of steam rising up around you.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Spa Hot Springs Motel &amp; Clinic</a>, in central Montana, has three pools open year-round. A hundred miles south, near the Wyoming border, there’s <a href="" target="_blank">Chico Hot Springs Resort &amp; Day Spa</a>, which has been welcoming bathers since 1900. <a href="" target="_blank">Lava Hot Springs</a> in Idaho has a network of outdoor mineral-water pools. While many springs in Yellowstone are off-limits, thermal waters can be enjoyed at the park’s <a href="" target="_blank">Boiling River</a>.</em></p>
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How Will Meghan Markle Celebrate Her First Thanksgiving As a Royal

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 10:45
<p>So, exactly how does one celebrate Thanksgiving when they’re also part of the British royal family?</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a>, as we all know, is an American who <a href="" target="_blank">found happiness with Prince Harry</a>, Duke of Sussex. And now the Duchess of Sussex is about to celebrate her first Thanksgiving outside her country of birth. But the big question is, can she even celebrate an American Thanksgiving?</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>, there’s no hard written rule that Markle can’t celebrate the day, which is great because it is allegedly one of her favorite days of the year. People also reported that she and Prince Harry have no engagements planned for Thursday, so it’s very likely that they will be honoring Markle’s American traditions, hopefully with stuffing and gravy.</p><p>But Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, and a royal like Markle wouldn’t let the holiday go by without doing some good as well. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Glamour</a></em>, on Wednesday the Duchess visited the Hubb Community Kitchen, which was started after the Grenfell Tower fire, to help out the women who run the center.</p><p>Hubb Community Kitchen also played an integral part in Markle’s charity cookbook, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Together: Our Community Cookbook</a>. Funds raised by the cookbook sales have gone to renovate and keep the kitchen running, so it can serve the community as best as it can. According to the Kensington Palace Twitter feed, Markle has been making regular visits to the kitchen since January.</p><p>Aside from Duchess Meghan’s good charity work to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s rather well know that she loves a well-cooked bird. She cooked an “engagement” roast chicken when her engagement to Prince Harry was announced, and she often posts around this time of year to show off her fabulous turkey roasting skills, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>.</p><p>Now that Markle is a royal, Instagrams of turkeys past can no longer be shared, sadly. She <a href="" target="_blank">deactivated her account</a> shortly after her engagement was announced.</p>
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The Coldest Thanksgiving in 100 Years Is Coming for the Northeast

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 17:45
<p>Bundle up before heading out on <a href="" target="_blank">Thanksgiving day</a>.</p><p>People in the Northeast should be prepared for some extra freezing temperatures and inclement weather for this Thanksgiving weekend, <a href="" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>. While you may not run into too much rain or snow on your way to your Turkey Day feast, you may find yourself struggling against the elements on the way home.</p><p>This weekend should prove to be the coldest <a href="" target="_blank">Thanksgiving</a> in nearly a century for many areas, CNN reported.</p><p>In the Northeast, you might notice some much cooler winds starting on Wednesday night. According to CNN, some may experience some light snow followed by freezing temperatures. In New York, travelers should expect some snow showers, but people in Boston and Philadelphia should look out for strong winds and even more snow to delay them at the airport and train stations. Wing gusts are predicted to reach between 30 to 35 mph on Wednesday afternoon and evening.</p><p>On Thursday, get ready for a chilly holiday. You may want to opt for indoor games. The brutal cold in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. will be the worst it's ever been in nearly 100 years, CNN said. For New Yorkers at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, keep warm between the single-digit cold and windy weather.</p><p>Bostonians will be lucky if they see the mercury reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit, where wind gusts show no sign of plans to slow down and will result in a five- to 10-degree wind chill. But, if you’re in Washington D.C., you’ll be able to enjoy weather in the mid-30s. Friday will continue to be cold in this region, but will start warming up as the day goes on.</p><p>On Saturday and Sunday, bad weather might throw a wrench in travel plans. Rain is predicted to cause delays from Saturday to Sunday morning, though the temperatures should be much warmer. People in Maine may experience some snow.</p><p>As for the rest of the country, more wind and rain is expected for the Midwest, South, and Southeast. However, if you’re in the Rockies, you may enjoy some fresh snow for skiing. California, Oregon, and Washington state should expect some rain showers as well.</p><p>But nothing beats the cold and rain like hot turkey with gravy and stuffing.</p>
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You Could Be the Owner of This Historic Australian Hotel for Less Than $100

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 15:33
<p>Why stay at a hotel when you can just own one instead?</p><p>The owners of the historic Bethungra Shirley Hotel near Cootamundra, in the Riverina region of New South Wales, <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>, are giving away their property to the best applicant with a vision for the place’s future. All it will cost is an application fee of A$100 (about $73 USD).</p><p>Robyn and Allan Cox, current owners of the hotel, originally bought the place for A$470,000 (about $341,000 USD) in 2014 and are now deciding to move away, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>. They are hoping the building will serve the community and are open to applicants’ ideas.</p><p>At the moment, the Coxes have a <a href="" target="_blank">campaign going on Facebook</a> to spread the word of the “giveaway.” The place is considered a great space for a B&amp;B, wedding venue, pub, restaurant, cafe, open garden or high tea.</p><p> </p><p>On the Facebook page, potential applicants can also find interior photos of bedrooms (there are 13 in all) and communal rooms, as well as exterior shots of the gardens (of which, there are two).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Times to Visit Australia for Perfect Weather and Cheap Flights</a></p><p>The Coxes, in addition to the building, will also throw in the cost of furniture and settlement fees to lower expenses for the new owner, in order to foster their dream venue. So far, the Coxes have received many creative ideas for the place.</p><p>“The list is as long as your arm. We get a lot of the usual ideas from the hospitality industry, because the building is designed for the hospitality industry. But we’re all getting a lot of dreams coming out because there is no overhead. When you don’t have the expenses you can let your dreams go wild,” Robyn Cox said to Lonely Planet.</p><p>According to Lonely Planet, the Coxes need 20,000 applicants in order to cover their own costs, but they aren’t worried about making their goal. If they do exceed it, they plan on going to the local hospital or community board to donate the extra funds.</p><p>The Facebook page is up and running but the application site is still underway. Hopefully, the couple will have it up and running by December. “We’re just as excited as everyone else to see who’s going to end up with it,” Robyn Cox told Lonely Planet.</p><p>To stay updated, like the <a href="" target="_blank">Apply for my home Hotel Shirley B&amp;B Bethungra</a> page.</p>
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This Stunning New Lodge in Alaska Is One of the Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 14:01
<p>Living in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, I don’t crave beaches and palms in winter. Rogue 90-degree days in January make me long to scrape ice off a windshield, or at least wear a sweater. So in March, I flew in to snow-blanketed Anchorage and caught the Alaska Railroad’s natty blue-and-yellow <a href="" target="_blank">Aurora Winter Train</a> to Fairbanks. As we chugged out of the city, the windows filled with trees and snow, an occasional moose, and, around every turn, <a href="" target="_blank">Denali</a>, getting steadily larger. At 20,310 feet, it’s the highest mountain in North America, but that number doesn’t express how gigantic it is, how ridiculously far away you can be and still think,<i> </i><em>Wow, big</em><i>.</i> I’m told the peak is often hidden in clouds, but under blue skies, my experience was of something impossible to miss but constantly pointed out. “There’s Denali,” said everyone in Anchorage. “There’s Denali,” said everyone on the train. “There it is, all right,” I agreed. It seemed so close — but I was about to get much closer.</p><p>It’s difficult to convey the awesomeness of the <a href="" target="_blank">Sheldon Chalet</a>, a new lodge that sits right on Denali’s shoulder and is accessible only by helicopter. But the bare facts are these: in the 1950s, a bush pilot named Don Sheldon homesteaded five acres inside what would later become <a href="" target="_blank">Denali National Park and Preserve</a>, including a 300-foot-high granite outcropping sticking out of a glacier. Atop it, he built a hut that, by virtue of its location, was only practical for use by experienced mountaineers.</p><img alt="Northern Lights over Sheldon Chalet, in Alaska "src=""><p>Sheldon died in 1975, but last year, two of his children built a hexagonally shaped, heavily engineered, highly improbable five-bedroom piece of heaven, from which guests can trek over glaciers, go heli-hiking, and glimpse the <a href="" target="_blank">aurora borealis</a>. Flying in, I watched from the helicopter’s bubble-like cockpit as leafless birch forest gave way to cracked superhighways of ice snaking through a maze of upthrust slabs, sawtooth ridges, and looming monoliths. “There’s Denali,” the pilot said.</p><p>The chalet appeared ludicrously small, dwarfed by its surroundings, a toy house perched on a miniature rock. After we landed, I was led inside and welcomed with champagne and oysters and other nibbles that refocused my brain on the most important thing — me.</p><p>Herein lies the particular, vertigo-inducing magic of the Sheldon Chalet: contrast. The lodge fortifies you with cozy comforts. There’s a warm stove, snuggly faux-fur blankets, slippers in your size, even artful little pillow chocolates. But step outside and there is only austerity and silence, a landscape produced by eons of uplifting rock and compressing ice, a place so profoundly unable to know or care about your existence that in its presence you feel both afraid and euphoric. You are so small, and your life is so brief and insignificant, but isn’t that kind of freeing? The experience forces you to be in the present, free of petty concerns like Instagramming or sending gloating texts. Plus, there’s no Wi-Fi.</p><p>The Chalet is only the most rarefied example of an Alaskan trend toward remote, small-scale accommodation. The new <a href="" target="_blank">Borealis Basecamp</a>, 25 miles north of Fairbanks and fully off-grid, is a lunar colony of dome-shaped white cabins. Each has a panoramic window angled to facilitate viewing the northern lights from — wait for it — bed. Aurora tourism is notoriously tricky; not only do you need to be in the right place at the right time, you need a clear, dark sky. Fairbanks is in the right latitude (check) and has little ambient light and low precipitation (check, check), but you still have to cross your fingers.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">A New Luxury Hotel Is Opening in the Middle of an Alaskan Glacier</a></p><p>My first night, around 10, a pale band appeared in the sky. The wind kicked up; the temperature dropped into the single digits. I got out of bed and hustled into my many layers. I needed to be under the sky, the whole thing.</p><p>Pale green light swirled up like peacock plumes. Glittering bridges spanned the horizon. Here it was again — the exhilarating indifference of the natural world. The aurora, this impossibly beautiful thing, holds no intention, carries no purpose, needs no observer. It’s chemistry. On this particular night, charged particles had traveled more than 90 million miles through space on the solar wind, and reacted with gases in the atmosphere when I happened to be looking up. Ninety million miles.</p><p>“Big country,” people say about <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska</a>, but everything’s relative.</p><img alt="The Aurora Winter Train, in Alaska "src=""><h2>Alaska Trip Planner</h2><p>If you want to see both the <a href="" target="_blank">Sheldon Chalet</a> <em>(from $2,300 per person per night) </em>and <a href="" target="_blank">Borealis Basecamp</a> <em>(doubles from $389)</em> and take the train, it’s best to fly in to Fairbanks. The <a href="">Aurora Winter Train</a> runs December to March, with weekend-only service in fall and spring. Most passengers do the whole trip in one 12-hour, 356-mile shot, but the town of Talkeetna is worth a stop, especially for outdoor activities like mushing or snowmobiling. On Main Street, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Denali Brewing Co.</a> for microbrews, <a href="" target="_blank">Conscious Coffee</a> for a shot of caffeine, and the <a href="news" target="_blank">Roadhouse</a> for colossal cinnamon rolls. The Sheldon Chalet arranges transfers in both Talkeetna and Anchorage, so you can skip Talkeetna or the last leg of the railway, or fly in to Anchorage if you only want to stay at the chalet.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at Boston's Edgiest New Boutique Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 13:00
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p>Boston: At least 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">The Revolution Hotel</a>, a new boutique hotel whose edgy design is inspired by Boston’s creative past. </p><p>The deal includes:</p>30 percent off all room categories<p>Original price: From $150 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $100 per night; book by December 31, 2018 for travel through March 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use/reference is "TLREV" when booking</p>
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Richard Branson's New High-speed Trains Will Let You Visit Disney World and Miami in the Same Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:30
<p>From <a href="" target="_blank">cruise ships</a> to airlines to <a href="" target="_blank">space travel,</a> pioneer Sir Richard Branson is known for taking an interest in innovative projects that propel travel — and the travel experience — ever further into new frontiers. Now, the business magnate has set his sights on Brightline, a future-forward train system that commenced service in Florida earlier this year.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Brightline launched</a> in January 2018 as the first privately funded, multi-city passenger railroad to debut in America in over a century. Brightline’s ultra-modern high-speed trains — reminiscent of <a href="" target="_blank">something you’d see in Japan</a> — currently serve South Florida, with stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Already in the works are plans to expand the route to Orlando and Tampa in the coming years, and Brightline also recently announced its intention to acquire XpressWest and construct a railway between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Voyages Has the Best Dining Options at Sea — and It Hasn't Even Launched Yet</a></p><p>All of these plans are still on the table — only now, Brightline will go by a different name. In a <a href="" target="_blank">newly established partnership</a> with Richard Branson, Brightline will leverage the expertise of the billionaire’s Virgin Group conglomerate and reintroduce itself as Virgin Trains USA. The rename will be official this month, with the transition to Virgin Trains USA branding set for 2019.</p><p>“We have had a lot of fun and success creating innovative transport businesses that shake up markets and establish loyal followings,” says Branson. “Brightline is at the forefront of innovation in [the railway] market, and [is] the ideal partner for Virgin to work with to alter perceptions and traveling habits across the United States.”</p><p>Upon completion of the next phase of work, Brightline-turned-Virgin Trains USA will convey passengers at speeds up to 125 miles per hour between downtown Miami and the Orlando International Airport. Quicker, cheaper, and more fuel efficient than flying or driving, the trip linking Florida’s two most popular tourist destinations is expected to take around three hours. Following the Miami-Orlando route, a leg will extend from Orlando to Tampa, with a proposed stop at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World</a> along the way.</p><p>The Virgin Trains USA system is positioned to provide hassle-free travel between the <a href="" target="_blank">major hotspots of Florida</a>, and all in mere hours. In addition to time saved, other perks of going by train in Florida include elevated amenities on roomy train cars: think WiFi, food and beverage service, large bathrooms, and even cold scented hand towels to refresh passengers riding Select, the train’s business-class equivalent.</p>
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A Full Beaver Moon Is Coming Thanksgiving Night — So Don't Fall Asleep Right After Dinner

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:15
<p>If you venture outside after lunch this <a href="" target="_blank">Thanksgiving Day</a> to grab some fresh air, look east. You may just see a magical moonrise as the Beaver Moon makes a festive appearance.</p><h2>Why is November's full moon called the Beaver Moon</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Astronomers</a> don't give Full Moons names, but over the years they have acquired nicknames by various cultures. The term Beaver Moon comes from Native Americans and colonial settlers, with some sources claiming it's because November was when traps were set, and others because beavers are at their most active before winter sets in. November's Full Moon has also been called Frosty Moon, Hunter's Moon and Oak Moon. <a href="" target="_blank"> reports</a> that the Ojibwe people called November's full moon Little Spirit Moon, while the Tlingit people called it the Scraping Moon to mark the time when bears prepare their dens.</p><h2>When is the Beaver Moon</h2><p>The exact moment of full moon is 12:39 a.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 23 and 9:39 p.m. PST on Thursday, Nov. 22. At that moment, the moon will be 100% illuminated by the sun, something that isn't always visible from the U.S. However, looking at the Beaver Moon at the precise time is not always easy. If the night sky is clear, it will be just too bright to look at.</p><h2>When to watch the Beaver Moon</h2><p>Although you can watch the full moon when it is 100% lit and high in the sky, it's far better to observe our satellite as it appears low on the horizon at moonrise. That takes place to the east at 4:36 p.m. EST in New York and 4:50 p.m. PST in Los Angeles on Nov. 22.</p><h2>How to observe the Beaver Moon</h2><p>At dusk on Nov. 22, position yourself somewhere with a good view of the eastern horizon and, if it's clear, you will see a pale orange moon appear. As it rises it will gradually increase in brightness and turn yellowish. As it's just rising, it can look huge, especially if you see it between two buildings. It's an illusion. The human brain usually sees the moon as larger when it's positioned lower down in the sky.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Chinese City Wants an Artificial Moon to Replace Streetlights by 2020</a></p><p>The first 15 minutes or so of a moonrise is the best time to study the entirety of the moon through binoculars. As it rises higher in the sky, it will become white, and very, very bright. Since a full moon always rises as the sun sets, and sets just as the sun rises the next morning, the Beaver Moon will be is visible all night long. It's a great night for a moonlit walk or hike.</p><h2>How to find stars around the Beaver Moon</h2><p>If you gaze at the Beaver Moon rising in the east at dusk the following day, Nov. 23, you may notice a bright star become visible just to the right-hand side of the moon. That's Aldebaran, the 13th brightest star in the night sky and the eye of the bull in the constellation of Taurus. Look closely at Aldebaran, preferably with binoculars, and you'll see that it's an orange star. It's just 65 light years distant, and easily bright enough to be visible during a Full Moon. Just above the rising moon will be the sparkling star cluster of the Pleiades, also called the Seven Sisters.</p><h2>When is the next full moon</h2><p>The next full moon — the Full Cold Moon, Full Long Nights Moon or Moon Before Yule — will occur on Dec. 22, though the exact moment of 100% illumination is during daylight hours as seen from North America. So it will be best viewed at dusk on either Friday, Dec. 21 (also the date of the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter) or Saturday, Dec. 22. It also occurs during the Ursids Meteor Shower, which may be visible around the Big Dipper, though it will be a struggle to see with a Full Moon in the night sky.</p>
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Gwyneth Paltrow's Holiday Gift Guide Includes an Entire Spanish Village

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:15
<p>We all know that Gwyneth Paltrow lives in a world unto her own. It’s especially evident whenever she gives us advice or offers up a suggestion for the “perfect” gift.</p><p>This year, she’s really outdone herself.</p><p>In Goop’s “<a href=";irgwc=1&amp;utm_campaign=10079_Online%20Tracking%20Link&amp;utm_source=impactradius&amp;utm_medium=affiliate" target="_blank">Ridiculous-But-Awesome</a>” gift guide, Paltrow and her team suggest a wide range of insane and expensive gifts to give your loved ones, none of which really seem within any normal person’s budget. But the real coup de grâce seems to be the list’s suggestion of literally buying an entire Spanish village for someone on your Nice List.</p><p>You’re right, Gwyneth. It is awesome. And it is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous for someone to give an entire village as a gift, but we would gladly except.</p><p>The small, abandoned village near Lugo, Spain actually has a listing on <a href="" target="_blank">Aldeas Abandonadas</a> for the teensy weeny fee (by Goop standards) of 149,550‎€ (about $171,000 USD). According to translation by <em><a href="" target="_blank">Insider</a></em> (since the website in Spanish), the village includes three houses and has electricity and a functioning sewer system. It even has an oven "to make bread." It truly is a beautiful village. We can see why Goop would suggest buying it, even if it is out of 99 percent of people’s price ranges.</p><p>Many villages like this one, according to <a href="" target="_blank">NPR</a>, were abandoned when residents left to live in cities. But what conveniences you can’t get in the village, you can make up for in the gorgeous, natural views.</p><p>Also included on the Ridiculous But Awesome list are a wide range of silly and wallet busting items that the internet enjoyed taking a few stabs at. Some of the best hits were King Size 24 carat gold rolling papers (for fancy funny cigarettes), a $39 butter churner (because you are rich but you want life to be hard), a $69 clip on bidet (we’re actually okay with this but you can find cheaper ones) and a $7,700 Hermés surfboard (we don’t know why).</p><p>Goop, being self aware, knows these are ridiculous, so we can’t completely knock them. But also, consider that all the items on the list combined add up to $497,384, according to <em>Insider</em>.</p><p> </p><p><br /> </p>
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Save 30% off Stays at This Family-Friendly Resort on the Charleston Harbor

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </em></p><p>South Carolina: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort &amp; Marina</a>, an elegant, 92-room resort with nautical-inspired interiors, a 30,000-square-foot pool area, and a pampering spa. </p><p>The deal includes:</p>30 percent off a minimum of three nights in a Harbor Deluxe RoomRoundtrip airport transferBloody mary bar and homemade biscuitsWelcome giftVoucher for 2 complimentary cocktails at the Tiki Bar or onsite restaurant, The Fish House<p>Original price: From $599 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $419 per night; Sundays through Thursdays through February 28, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Call reservations 843-856-0028 and mention SOUTHERN CHARMS offer to book. </p>
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Netflix Is Bringing Free Food to JFK and O’Hare This Thanksgiving Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 06:17
<p>Wherever you’re going for the <a href="" target="_blank">Thanksgiving holiday</a>, don’t worry about bringing your own snacks.</p><p>This week, in a fun push to advertise its new show, “<a href="" target="_blank">The Final Table</a>,” Netflix is bringing free food to hungry travelers at <a href="" target="_blank">JFK airport</a> in New York City and <a href="" target="_blank">O’Hare Airport</a> in Chicago.</p><img alt="Netflix Final Table Airport Promotion "src=""><p>But these snacks aren’t your typical popcorn and trail mix. Instead, the free eats will represent the global meals from the 9 countries — Mexico, Spain, UK, Brazil, India, United States, Italy, France and <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a> — which will be introduced in “The Final Table.” “The Final Table” is a global cooking competition that celebrates the togetherness food can bring to us all, according to a statement from Netflix.</p><p>Snacks include tastes of paella, full English breakfast pork scratchings, spiced black bean Brazil nuts, Thanksgiving leftover bread pudding, sundried tomato fusilli, nori-crusted peanuts, and more.</p><p>In addition to a gourmet mini-meal, travelers will interact with a customized screen where they can select the country they wish to “travel to” on their food journey. On the screen, they can find out more information about the country, the local food, the chefs that will be part of the new Netflix show, and get to see a short clip from the episode that features their chosen country as a teaser.</p><img alt="Netflix Final Table Airport Promotion "src=""><p>After the presentation, travelers receive a box with an international gourmet snack with information about the local ingredients used to make it from their chosen country. Frankly, after braving the <a href="" target="_blank">long security lines</a> of other Thanksgiving travelers, you definitely deserve to treat yourself a little before getting on your flight. It certainly beats in-flight pretzels and overpriced snacks from the news stand.</p><p>This delicious offering will only be available at JFK and O’Hare from Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Just in time for you to travel both to and from your grandma’s house.</p>
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An 11-year-old Ran Away to the Airport, Slipped Through Airport Security, and Nearly Boarded a Flight Without a Ticket

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:44
<p>Some kids out there pretend they’re going to run away as a way to get attention from their parents, but one kid in Atlanta actually made a solid attempt.</p><p>In a feat that seems straight out of a “Home Alone” remake, an 11-year-old boy actually managed to hop a bus to <a href="" target="_blank">Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport</a>, get through security without a ticket or ID, and nearly take off on a Delta flight, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a>.</p><p>And he would have made it, too, if it weren’t for some meddling airport employees.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">WSB-TV</a> in Atlanta, a source told reporter Tom Jones that the boy “just wanted to get away.” The boy was apparently playing basketball in his yard on Friday afternoon before he decided to make a run for it and boarded a bus in Clayton County.</p><p>TSA representative Sari Koshetz told WSB-TV that no security breach was made, since the boy was screened and was not required to show ID at the security checkpoint because he was a minor. Koshetz did not comment on the fact that he didn’t have a boarding pass.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Yahoo</a>, an airport worker stopped the boy when they noticed he was in his pajamas. When they asked the boy where his family was, the people near the boy said they didn’t know him.</p><p>“Atlanta Police got a call from Delta Air Lines employees that an unaccompanied 11-year-old had tried to board one of their planes without a boarding pass,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Luckily the boy was located before he was allowed to board a flight.</p><p>The boy is back with his mother, who did not comment much on the situation. “You should be at the airport asking them how that happened,” she said to WSB-TV.</p><p>“That sounds like we still have a lot of problems, if a child can get through security and get to a plane, and board a plane… you have to ask yourself, where's the ticket? Where's the parent? This is a horrendous breach of security, no doubt about it,” Brent C. Brown, a leading security expert, told <a href="" target="_blank">CBS46</a>.</p>
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Enjoy 33% off Stays at a Charming Cottage in Cape May, New Jersey

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:15
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>New Jersey: At least 33 percent off at <a href="" target="_blank">Beach Plum Farm</a>, a collection of restored cottages in Cape May, New Jersey. Accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens (with fridges stocked with goodies from the farm!), screened porches, and amenities such as binoculars for birding and bicycles. </p><p>Fall Weekends at the Farm includes:</p>Third night freeGuided excursion of your choiceFarm-to-table dinner for four guests on Saturday evening A Beach Plum Farm amenity basketDaily breakfastLate check-out of 5 pm <p>Original Price: From $2,335 (or $778 per night) for up to four guests. </p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $1,540 (or $513 per night) for up to four guests; valid from October 19, 2018 - April 7, 2019.</p><p>Booking Details: For reservations and more information, call 833/327-6268. Use promo code TLBPFVAC. </p><p>Availability: Based Upon Availability. Offer does not include taxes. Package is priced for four guests. An additional guest can be added for an extra person fee. Offer not valid for Winona Cottage. Blackout dates include holiday weekends.</p>
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You Can Now Rent a Spaceship Stroller for Your Next Walt Disney World Trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:30
<p>Parents who are looking to make their child’s next visit to a Disney park a trip they won’t forget can now have their youngsters feel like they’ve stepped into a galaxy far, far away thanks to the new Spaceship Stroller.</p><p>The stroller draws inspiration from the Millennium Falcon cockpit, with hexagonal windows and a panel complete with a spaceship-style steering wheel and a set of switches that kick off sound and lighting effects to make children feel like they’re blasting off to another planet.</p><p>Sound effects include a speedy takeoff, while lighting features range from blue to red depending on whether riders want to be on the dark side (red) or on the light side (blue).</p><img alt="The stroller comes complete with doors that open to the side, sound effects, and LED lighting features. "src=""><p>Florida-based <a href="" target="_blank">Fantasy Strollers</a> created the strollers. The company, which was also behind the popular <a href="" target="_blank">Cinderella Carriage Strollers</a>, changed its name from Princess Carriage Rentals to Fantasy Strollers in July of 2018 after adding a range of new themed strollers to its offerings.</p><p>Its Cinderella Carriage Strollers are made out of blue and silver steel and come complete with tufted seats and hidden hooks and drink holders. The Spaceship Stroller is made out of custom fiberglass and has doors inspired by the Millennium Falcon that open to the side to let riders in.</p><p>It comes with space for two children, with a minimum height of 27 inches and a maximum height of 50 inches.</p><p>Take a look at the video below to get a sneak peek into what the stroller looks like: </p><p>The strollers, which will be available for rental starting March 1, 2019, are currently available to pre-reserve through <a href="" target="_blank">Fantasy Strollers</a>.</p><p>An eight-hour rental is priced at $132, while the Spaceship Surprise Package ($241 for eight hours) includes delivery of the stroller right to resorts near the parks, a red carpet rollout, themed music, and escorted transportation via a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to the designated drop-off location near the entrance of the preferred Disney park.</p><p>The strollers will be available for use at <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Magic Kingdom</a>, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. The stroller company is unaffiliated with both The Walt Disney Company and Lucas Film. </p><p>Besides offering the strollers for rent in Disney’s Florida locations, Fantasy Strollers also offers its Cinderella Carriage Strollers for wedding reservations, with quotes provided per wedding based on location. Company representatives recommend those interested in wedding reservations call at least four to six months in advance due to limited availability.</p>
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These Vintage Disneyland Photos Will Let You See the Park Through Walt's Eyes

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:01
<p>You can’t build a time machine to visit Disneyland’s opening day, but "<a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tldisneyphotobook-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=3836563487&amp;linkId=306bc3e72953a3e9c3aac11a772925b3" target="_blank">Walt Disney’s Disneyland</a>," the new Taschen book by Chris Nichols, details enough of the park’s origins to make you feel like you've been transported back to 1955.</p><p>Diving into the history of <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney's park</a> with mesmerizing behind-the-scenes photos of the first rides and earliest attendees, it’s the stories that reign supreme, with tales of personal experiences and unexpected influences from around the world that shaped Walt’s park from the ground up. Between secret nods to Disneyland’s history that you can still spot to this day and insider stories — like how the Happiest Place On Earth almost landed in Los Angeles — it offers a fresh look at the famed theme park between its photo-flocked pages.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><p>Here are just <em>a few</em> of the secrets you’ll find tucked between its covers:</p><h2>One Fantasyland attraction is a sort of scrapbook of Walt’s travels</h2><p>Inspiration for the <a href="" target="_blank">Storybook Land Canal Boats</a>, which takes guests on a ride through shrunken-down versions of iconic film locations, came from trips to other international parks. The Bekonscot Model Village and Railway near London and Holland’s Madurodam miniature park are said to have directly influenced the creation of the Fantasyland attraction. It’s also likely that its Monstro the Whale tunnel was inspired by Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, given its eerily similar big blue Willie the Whale and that Disney visited the attraction shortly after it opened in 1950.</p><h2>The most impressive ride at Disneyland isn’t what you’d think</h2><p>Forget the technical marvels of <a href="" target="_blank">reinventing Tower of Terror</a> or Indiana Jones Adventure’s never-the-same-twice experience — neither compared to the challenge Disney staffers underwent creating Matterhorn Bobsleds. Everything about it was unprecedented, down to the seat height, wheel material and track technology, and because the Matterhorn's exterior was designed first, it required an engineering marvel to fit the track in the tight spaces, executed in under a year. Matterhorn Bobsleds also became the first roller coaster to ever allow multiple vehicles on the same track at once, setting the groundwork for the thrill rides we know and enjoy today.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><h2>There are secret nods to Disneyland’s past throughout the parks</h2><p>The Carthay Circle Theatre, where "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premiered, is honored with a replica at Disney’s California Adventure park that houses a lounge and restaurant. Look at Trolley Treats across the way and you’ll see an enticing candy-filled window display, an homage to the Rock Candy Mountain attraction designed for Fantasyland that was never built. And that little ghost town seen at the end of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? It isn’t just for fun, it’s actually a remnant from Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland, a precursor to the Frontierland ride</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><h2>Disneyland Park was created by artists, not architects.</h2><p>Disneyland’s uniqueness is rooted in the fact that so many of its designers were talented movie artisans. Special effects artists designed larger-than-life park decor, an Academy Award winning costume designer created employee outfits and a famed movie director stylized the early days of Tomorrowland. Celebrated Imagineers and artists like Herb Ryman, who worked on "Dumbo," created the original map view of the park in order to secure financial backing and Claude Coates, who painted scenes for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Peter Pan," worked on visuals for the ride, giving the first-ever Disney theme park its iconic look.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><h2>The books photos are as good as visiting the park in the ‘50s</h2><p>Early maps, models and designs of Disneyland coming to fruition, along with vibrant photos of the park's stylish guests give more context than any historic tale, with enough two-page photo spreads to make those fabled early days feel real. There are even glimpses at the oft-rumored tidbits of early Disneyland, like an automat Space Bar restaurant and Main Street’s full-fledged apothecary with live leeches, which are nothing short of delightful.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src="">
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A Full Guide to Clear Airport Security: How It Works and Where You Can Use it

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:46
<p>Navigating through airports can already be stressful without the added pressure that comes in with accounting for lengthy security screening lanes.</p><p>For travelers looking for a speedy and simple way to breeze through security and lighten their loads when traveling, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clear</a> is a company that utilizes biometrics to allow individuals to identify themselves in just a few seconds with the scan of a finger or eye.</p><p>The service is currently used by over 2.5 million people and is available across 40 locations in the U.S. so far.</p><p>Below, we’ve broken down what the service is about, how it works, where it is currently located, and how it is different from other programs already out there.</p><h2>What is Clear?</h2><p>Clear taps into <a href="" target="_blank">biometric</a> scanning technology to let travelers skip through the airport security and identification procedures — and the lines leading up to them. Clear uses a traveler’s fingerprints and iris image scans to confirm identity. Then, Clear users are able to head straight to the security metal detectors and bag scanners, no waiting required.</p><p>It is the only service to allow travelers to enter speedier security lanes themselves and also to instantly move through the lengthy ID check lines that travelers hit once they get to the top of the line.</p><h2>How Clear Airport Check-in Works</h2><p>Once at the airport, Clear members will find dedicated Clear Lanes they can head into where a Clear Ambassador will help the traveler scan either their fingerprint or eye and their boarding pass.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">What Travelers Need to Know About New TSA Security Measures</a></p><p>From there, travelers are taken to the front of the security screening line. Clear is also currently working on developing biometric boarding passes so that travelers will no longer need to scan boarding passes once in the dedicated lane.</p><h2>How Clear Stadium Check-in Works</h2><p>Some stadiums also have a dedicated Clear lane where members can enjoy expedited entry, though they will still be required to undergo physical security for bag checks. Thanks to a partnership between Clear and Major League Baseball, members can also take advantage of biometric ticketing without needing a physical or mobile ticket on-hand.</p><img alt="An example of biometric scans on Clear. "src=""><p>Besides biometric ticketing, some stadiums like SafeCo Fields and CenturyLink are using Clear to replace ID age validation and credit card usage to get alcohol and concessions. Clear plans to bring this feature to additional venues down the line.</p><h2>Clear Airport Locations</h2><p>Wondering what airports have clear? Clear is currently available across 26 different airports in the U.S. See below for the full Clear airport list:</p>Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall AirportDallas/Fort Worth International AirportDallas Love Field AirportDenver International Airport Detroit Metro AirportFort Lauderdale-Hollywood International AirportWilliam P. Hobby AirportGeorge Bush Intercontinental AirportMcCarran International AirportLos Angeles International AirportMiami International AirportMinneapolis—Saint Paul International AirportLaGuardia AirportJohn F. Kennedy International AirportWestchester County AirportOrlando International Airport Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Salt Lake City International AirportSan Antonio International AirportSan Francisco International AirportNorman Y. Mineta San Jose International AirportSeattle-Tacoma International AirportRonald Reagan Washington National Airport Dulles International Airport<h2>Clear Arena and Stadium Locations</h2>SunTrust Park (Atlanta) Coors Field (Denver) Comerica Park (Detroit) Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles) Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) America Airlines Arena (Miami) Marlins Park (Miami) Yankee Stadium (New York) Citi Field (New York) Oakland—Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) AT&amp;T Park (San Francisco) Avaya Stadium (San Jose) CenturyLink Field (Seattle) Safeco Field (Seattle) <h2>Clear Airport Cost</h2><p>The cost of using Clear at airports is $179 a year ($15 a month). Travelers who <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">get a Clear membership</a> can also add up to three family members to their membership for $50 per year, while those under the age of 18 can enter the Clear lane with a member free of charge.</p><p>Delta SkyMiles members can also get discounted rates with Clear. Diamond Medallion members receive complimentary membership while Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion members can purchase a year’s membership for $79. General SkyMiles members can also get a membership for $99 a year.</p><h2>Clear Stadium Cost</h2><p>Membership specifically for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clear Sports</a> (at participating stadiums) is free and includes access for one guest.</p><h2>How to Enroll in Clear</h2><p>Travelers can become new members of Clear in just five minutes and start using its lanes immediately once their enrollment is complete.</p><p>If enrolling at the airport, a Clear Ambassador will validate the traveler’s ID (U.S. driver’s license, U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, U.S. issued permanent resident card, state issued ID or U.S. military ID) before taking biometrics (a fingerprint, an eye scan, and a photo of the traveler’s face) to create a profile.</p><p>Travelers will also need to answer a few questions to verify identity and provide a method of payment to wrap up the enrollment process. The process can also be started <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">online</a>, though members will need to be present at a physical Clear location to complete enrollment.</p><h2>Who Can Get Clear?</h2><p>Travelers will need to be 18 years or older to apply for Clear and must have one of the following forms of valid and unamended photo identification: U.S. driver's license, U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, U.S.-issued permanent resident card, state issued ID, or U.S. military ID.</p><h2>The Difference Between Clear and TSA PreCheck</h2><p>While both of these services provide quicker navigation through the airport, Clear and <a href="" target="_blank">PreCheck</a> can be used hand in hand. Clear members can still use the Clear lane to avoid long security lines, and they can then be taken to the PreCheck screening lane to avoid having to remove their shoes, belt, and liquids from their carry-on baggage if they are signed up for PreCheck as well.</p><h2>Where Else Could Clear Be in the Future?</h2><p>Clear is currently looking into the various spaces where it can replace the need for cash, credit cards, and physical ID forms. Some of the areas the company is looking into include for hotel check-in, for car reservations, and in retail.</p>
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Flying to New Zealand Is Getting Easier — Here's How to Score a Deal on Your Flight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:26
<p>Air New Zealand will begin nonstop service between Chicago and Auckland on Nov. 30, operating three times weekly with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This Chicago flight joins current nonstops to New Zealand from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and Honolulu. Travelers thinking of a <a href="" target="_blank">trip to New Zealand</a> or other cities on Air New Zealand’s routes will want to be on the lookout for the airline’s Cyber Monday deals on Nov. 26.</p><p>Economy class fliers may want to try Air New Zealand’s innovative <a href="" target="_blank">Economy SkyCouch</a>, a comfortable — and less costly — alternative to business class. Specific rows of three seats are equipped with specially designed footrests that open to form a flat area about 30 inches wide, creating a place to lie down or stretch out. Linens and fluffy pillows are provided for extra comfort. One, two, or all three seats can be used to create the flat area for the cost of an Economy class ticket plus an additional fee. A SkyCouch infant harness and belt allow infants to remain lying down during the flight, even when the seatbelt sign is on.</p><p>Renowned chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith curated the Business Premier and Premium Economy menus, served with New Zealand wines. Economy passengers are also offered a selection of New Zealand wines, and they can order snacks at any time through the inflight entertainment system.</p><p>Discounted fares from Vancouver to New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands will be revealed at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 26.</p>
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