This Eco-Resort in Tulum Has Whimsical Architecture and a Jaw-Dropping Art Museum

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 10:54
<p>With its crystal-blue waters for nature lovers and beautiful ruins for culture buffs, Tulum is undeniably the vacation capital of the Yucatán peninsula. It makes sense: there’s an abundance of <a href="">places to stay</a> at a wide range of price points, from budget-friendly lodgings to high-end hotels. North American, European, and more recently, South American tourists also flock there because of its accessibility—the spot is a less than two-hour drive from Cancun’s airport.</p><p>The challenge to stand out among a saturation of resorts dotting Tulum’s coastline has been best tackled by <a href="">Azulik</a>, a 48-villa eco-resort nestled just outside the city center. Opened in 2003, it offers an alternative understanding of luxury and meditation to visitors who are charmed by the hotel’s mesmerizing architecture and connections with nature. Upon checking in, travelers submit to a new order where electricity is replaced by candlelight and access to the digital realm is limited. Azulik’s founder, Eduardo Neira, commonly referred to as “Roth,” spearheaded the creation of the unconventional resort. It's composed of wooden log bridges that connect the rooms and facilities, which include a spa, several restaurants, a meditation center, and an art museum called <a href="">SFER IK</a>. The whimsically designed museum is Azulik’s most distinctive feature among Tulum’s many hotels.</p><img alt="SFER IK Uh May Museum, Tulum, Mexico "src=""><p>“It’s important to confront and open visitors’ conceptions, and the architecture inside our museums helps people gain their control,” Roth told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">A Food Lover's Guide to Tulum</a></p><p>He worked with local craftsmen to orchestrate a symphony of materials and natural elements that absorbs hotel guests into an unexpected art-viewing experience. Unlike the kinds of museums that resemble white cubes, SFER IK immerses its visitors into an architectural work of art that competes with the art on view. Plants cut through pathways made out of logs while smooth concrete walls resemble drapes flowing in the wind, contrasting the woods’ darker tones.</p><img alt="SFER IK Uh May Museum, Tulum, Mexico "src=""><p>“When people leave art museums, they might feel frustrated, but here, nature and art complement each other to create meditation,” added Roth, who uses the ancient Greek word <i>museion</i>, which means temple of the muses, to describe his vision behind SFER IK.</p><p>Azulik operates two museums located a forty-minute drive from each other — one in Tulum and one in Francisco Uh May. In a smaller space inside Azulik, SFER IK’s Tulum museum is hosting a group exhibition called <i>Alchemistry</i>, featuring artists Kelly Akashi, Bianca Bondi and Rochelle Goldberg. In the exhibit, each artist responds to the museum’s unique interior with works that underline the materials’ natural substance as well as their spiritual impacts on viewers. Visitors must take off their shoes before setting foot on the gallery’s curving floors.</p><img alt="SFER IK Uh May Museum, Tulum, Mexico "src=""><p>“We provide a space that favors connection and collective intelligence that engages with senses, and this process starts with removing of shoes,” explains curator Claudia Paetzold, who has been overseeing both museums’ exhibition programs since 2017.</p><p>The property’s second museum in Francisco Uh May promises a stimulation of the senses at a massive scale. This second, bigger museum is architecturally similar to its Tulum satellite — it equally reflects Roth’s architectural sensibility but its soaring ceilings and tucked-away nooks allow for larger exhibitions.<b> </b>A new show there, titled <i>Alliga</i>, features works by artists Cecilia Bengolea, Aki Inomata, and Sissel Tolaas. It urges visitors to think about environment and future of Tulum with works created in response to the threatening seaweed surge on Caribbean shores due to insufficient sewage systems, Amazon fires, global warming, and changes in the area’s wind currents. Berlin-based Tolaas’ work is a direct call for action, asking guests to smell two separate walls, covered with clean and contaminated seaweeds she extracted from the region.</p><img alt="SFER IK Uh May Museum, Tulum, Mexico "src=""><p>By the end of this year, SFER IK’s Francisco Uh May museum will debut a huge addition that will further the founder’s boundary-pushing taste in architecture. Case in point? Water will cover the ground, and the floors will be replaced with nets suspended over it.</p><img alt="SFER IK Uh May Museum, Tulum, Mexico "src="">
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Tropical Storm Jerry Could Be a Category One Hurricane by the End of the Week

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:55
<p>The <a href="">Caribbean</a> is facing down the potential of yet another hurricane this week. According to <a href="">The Weather Channel</a>, a system known as Tropical Storm Jerry is currently churning in the Atlantic. It’s expected to move near or north of the Leeward Islands and is also expected to intensify into a hurricane by the end of the week.</p><p>The National Hurricane Center reported, Tropical Storm Jerry is still a bit more than 900 miles out of the islands. Already, Jerry has sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. But, forecasters say, by the time it approaches the islands on Friday it is expected to have sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour, making it a category one storm.</p><img alt="Tropical Storm Jerry "src=""><p>However, according to the <em><a href="">Orlando Sentinel</a></em>, the islands may be largely spared from its wrath. The paper noted, computer forecasts show the storm moving a bit north of the islands thanks to the development of <a href="" target="_blank">Category 3 Hurricane Humberto</a>. That storm is also heading north and will likely pull the center of Hurricane Jerry north with it.</p><p>But, it also showed, the islands, including Puerto Rico, could still be affected by Jerry’s outer bands that could still come with strong winds and heavy rain.</p><p>Despite bringing a bit of rain things could be much worse if the storm’s path varies just a few miles. The Bahamas are still recovering following the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian. Earlier this month, the storm made landfall as a category 5, bringing intense wind and rain along with it.</p><p>Though the islands will likely be in recovery mode for some time to come, government officials are still welcoming tourists to come visit and spend their vacations in the tropics. As <em>Travel + Leisure</em> previously <a href="">reported</a>, the Ministry of Tourism &amp; Aviation urged travelers with plans to visit to keep their reservations. However, they just need to check in to ensure their island is open. <a href="" target="_blank">Open and unaffected islands</a> include some of the most popular destinations in the Bahamas such as Nassau, Paradise Island, the Exumas, and Cat Island.</p><p>If you don’t plan to visit but still want to help, a <a href="">number of non-profits</a> are currently taking donations and assistance.</p>
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These Wireless Beats Headphones Have More than 2,000 Five-star Reviews — and They’re 57% Off on Amazon

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:10
<p>Whether you’re trying to get comfortable on a long-haul flight or just trekking along your daily commute, there’s one essential you need to make it a bit more tolerable: a reliable pair of headphones. And while we love AirPods as much as the next person does, they don’t always cut it when it comes to producing an impressive enough sound to distract you from the various woes of traveling, crying babies included.</p><p>With so many options for <a href="" target="_blank">noise-canceling headphones</a> out there, it can be difficult to narrow down which pair should make it onto your curated list of <a href="" target="_blank">travel essentials</a>. The best guiding star? Amazon reviews, of course. And with over 2,000 five-star ratings and a name synonymous with quality headphones, the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeatswirelessheadphonesjandrulonis0919-20&amp;linkId=20d387f709e89d631742a6a928b4866b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones</a> are just the ticket to amping up your travels.</p><p>Today, in a headphone-hunting miracle of sorts, you can head to Amazon to get the wireless on-ear headphones for an impressive 57 percent off — which is the lowest they’ve ever been priced on Amazon, even during this year’s Prime Day, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Camelcamelcamel</a>.</p><p>Boasting an adjustable fit and up to 40 hours of playback on a single charge, the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeatswirelessheadphonesjandrulonis0919-20&amp;linkId=20d387f709e89d631742a6a928b4866b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones</a> will have you covered in comfort for both trips both near and far. And since they’re conveniently designed to be collapsible, you can easily stash them in your <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on bag</a> without taking up too much prime real estate, making them a savvy packer’s dream.</p><p>“This was my first ever Beats product and I absolutely love it. These headphones are much better in my opinion than either the Bose noise cancelling headphones or the Jabra headphones I have used in the past. Excellent sound with rich bass and easy to use functions,” one reviewer wrote. “The rechargeable battery is wonderful and I still have not had to charge them after a month of a fair amount of use. They even fold up to put into the little storage bag that comes with them. These headphones work particularly well with my Apple devices as there is an Apple wireless chip in them.”</p><p>Aside from keeping you from waking up on a plane tangled in a cord and amplifying the sound of your favorite podcast with fine-tuned acoustics, the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeatswirelessheadphonesjandrulonis0919-20&amp;linkId=20d387f709e89d631742a6a928b4866b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones</a> are also ideal for making phone calls with crisp clarity once your flight lands. And at $130, that’s well worth the price.</p><img alt="Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeatswirelessheadphonesjandrulonis0919-20&amp;linkId=20d387f709e89d631742a6a928b4866b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $130 (originally $300)</p>
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Despite Hurricane Dorian’s Impact, These Islands in the Bahamas Are Ready for Tourists

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:08
<p><a href="">Nassau Paradise Island</a> wants you to know that, despite the high-profile Hurricane Dorian barreling through the Bahamas, it is still open and ready for tourists.</p><p>The island’s tourism board released a new video and campaign, alerting people that it was unaffected by the storm. All hotels and resorts are open and air service has resumed as normal.</p><p>“Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and the most popular tourist destination within the country so, as a result, when consumers hear the Bahamas they may automatically associate the two," Fred Lounsberry, CEO of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, said in a statement. "While our thoughts and prayers are very much with our neighbors in The Abacos and Grand Bahama, Nassau and Paradise Island were not in the path of the storm and are ready to welcome guests. One of the best ways to support the Bahamas is by visiting."</p><p>The economy of the Bahamas relies heavily on tourism, so bringing back numbers after the hurricane is a vital part of helping rebuild following Hurricane Dorian. There are more than 700 islands in the Bahamas, many of which were <a href="">not severely affected by the hurricane.</a></p><p>Nassau Paradise Island is home to many major and iconic hotels, like Atlantis and <a href="">Baha Mar.</a> It is located about 130 miles south of Grand Bahama and 90 miles south of the Abacos.</p><p>For more motivation to visit, check out <a href="">why some <i>Travel + Leisure </i>editors and writers love the Bahamas</a>, now more than ever or <a href="">some additional ways you can help hurricane recovery efforts</a>.</p>
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Venice Police Find 2 Naked Tourists Swimming in Canal

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 08:44
<p>Two tourists in Venice were arrested and fined for skinny-dipping in the canals.</p><p>Police boats rushed to the waters near the Piazza San Marco on Monday evening and found two naked tourists swimming. The two men were in Venice to support the Slavia Prague soccer team. They had decided to go for a swim because it was "a particularly warm evening,” <a href="">police told CNN</a>.</p><p>In a statement to CNN, the police said that they found themselves on something that felt like “a movie set” when they saw "two men, completely nude, intent on laughing and joking with each other, and trying to catch the attention of passers by."</p><p>Police said they were led to the men by following the cries of the onlookers.</p><p>The two men were told to get out of the water and get dressed. They were taken to a local police station where they were fined about $3,320 (€3,000) for “obscene acts” against public decency.</p><p>This is not the only recent incident of tourists behaving badly in Venice. Earlier this week, video footage emerged of a tourist headbutting a gondolier. <a href="">According to local media</a>, the two had an altercation after the tourist sat in one of the boats taking selfies. Police say no reports have been filed in relation to the incident.</p><p>In addition to tourists’ bad behavior, Venice is just trying to cope with their overabundance. Earlier this year, the city approved a €3 entrance fee for all daytrippers <a href="">as it repositions itself as an open-air museum</a>. It’s estimated that about 25 million people visit the Italian city every year.</p>
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A Whitney Houston Hologram Will Embark on a World Tour Next Year

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 08:28
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">Whitney Houston</a> hologram will go on an international tour next year.</p><p>“An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” will kick off in January 2020, bringing the hologram, a live band and back-up singers and dancers around the world.</p><p>The hologram will perform “digitally remastered arrangements of Houston’s classic songs” to audiences around the world, <a href="">according to <em>Billboard</em></a>.</p><p>BASE Hologram is mounting the production in partnership with the Whitney Houston Estate. They have also produced a hologram show featuring the late rock-n-rollers Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly.</p><p>“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” Brian Becker, the CEO of BASE Hologram, said in a statement. “What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic. When she performed there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it — that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”</p><p>The tour will start on Jan. 23 in Mexico before moving over to <a href="" target="_blank">Europe</a> in late February. The hologram will snake across the continent with stops in England, Switzerland, Germany and Russia before ending in Belarus on April 3. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 20.</p><p>The tour is expected to come to North America in the fall of 2020.</p><p>This is not the first time that the late pop star’s hologram will perform. In 2016, Christina Aguilera sang a duet with the hologram of Whitney Houston on the season finale of “The Voice.”</p>
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This Australian Hiker Crawled for Two Days to Find Help After 'Snapping' His Leg in Half

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 08:13
<p>Neil Parker, a 54-year-old hiker from <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>, is lucky to be alive this week following a harrowing ordeal few others could survive.</p><p>According to Parker, while he was out hiking near Mount Nebo, located just outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Brisbane</a>, he fell and “snapped” his leg in half. Alone and afraid, he had to crawl his way to safety. It took him two full days to get help.</p><p>"I slid about 20 feet, cartwheeled and slammed into the rock and then landed in the creek on the bottom," Parker explained to <a href="">Fox</a> from his hospital bed. As he explained, his lower leg “clean snapped in half."</p><p>Parker remained calm following the accident. He knew there was no way he’d be rescued without finding a way out of the area first. So, he used his <a href="" target="_blank">first aid kit</a> to tend to his leg and took the only pain killers he had on him. He even managed to create a makeshift splint for his leg. But still, it was far from an easy journey out.</p><p>"I had to carry my leg — and legs are very heavy when they're not connected to anything — and [I was] trying to pick it up and get over rock and then use this elbow and this arm and just constantly struggling," Parker told the <a href="">BBC</a>. "I'd get about a meter, a meter-and-a-half, each time before I had to stop and take a break.”</p><p>According to Parker, he had no choice but to keep going. That’s because he simply kept thinking about his family and friends along the way.</p><p>Parker said thinking of his family and children gave him the strength to keep pushing forward.</p><p>"I was getting very emotional thinking this is not a nice way to die, just lying here," he said.</p><p>In total, Parker took two days to hobble just two miles. But it was enough to get spotted by a helicopter overhead and was finally rescued. Now, he’s undergoing treatment for both his leg and a broken wrist. But, he’s expected to make a full recovery.</p>
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Meghan Markle Reportedly Took a Two-hour Class on How to Drink Tea Before Moving to England

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 07:59
<p>Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was a mere commoner just like the rest of us. So, before marrying Prince Harry it’s no surprise she had to take a <a href="">crash course in being a royal</a>. However, according to a new report, <a href="">that training</a> may have been much more extensive than we thought.</p><p>Prior to meeting with Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, Meghan reportedly underwent a two-hour-long training session on <a href="">how to handle her tea</a>. That lesson happened to take place in a space Meghan was comfortable in — the Rose Tree Cottage tea room in Pasadena, California.</p><p>“She enjoyed it so much that she wanted to come back,” Edmund Fry, a Londoner who runs the tea house, shared with <em><a href="">Daily Mail</a></em>. “The younger generation doesn't know what bone china is and certainly don't know anything about how to handle a cup and saucer, or how to handle a knife and fork.”</p><p>According to Fry, clients like Meghan typically come to him to find out just what they should do during a social event with the United Kingdom’s high society.</p><p>“The same sort of thing happened with Meghan. She knew she would be having tea with the Queen,” Fry said. “Here they really do not know what to do. What we have found is that we give them a little information if they are interested and watch what happens.”</p><p>Of American society, Fry added, “We live in a society here which is a Styrofoam cup or cardboard cups with a straw and everybody eats with their hands as we see with the ads on television. It is a wonder they know what a knife and fork is.”</p><p>Fry also credited himself for Meghan’s new love of English society. As he noted, “I don't think she did. I think she fell in love with England when she came to Rose Tree Cottage. A very strange thing to say, and probably self-serving. But when you come to a place like Rose Tree we don't pretend to be urban here. We bring something that you cannot find in England anymore because we really care about our customers.”</p><p>Thankfully, it appears Meghan loves England plenty now too.</p>
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Allbirds Just Launched Its First Weather-resistant Collection of Shoes

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 06:12
<p>Through rain or shine, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Allbirds</a> has you (and your feet) covered. The sustainable shoe brand known for its <a href="" target="_blank">ultra-comfy sneakers</a>, flats, and <a href="" target="_blank">socks</a> just launched a new weather-resistant line for the fall.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Mizzle Collection</a> — a play on the word mizzle, which means a misty drizzle — features two core styles dubbed <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Runner-up</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Runner</a>. This represents the brand’s foray into weather-resistant footwear, but, unlike other brands, it doesn’t use synthetic materials or chemicals that can contribute to pollution over time. Most weather-resistant materials are created with synthetic fluorinated chemicals (PFAs), and since they don’t break down over time, they end up polluting soil and water.</p><p>In line with Allbirds’ sustainable approach to footwear, both shoes feature the brand’s own special Puzzle Guard technology, which uses a fluorine-free water repellant treatment and a water-resistant layer of bio-TPU. The shoes are also made of a thick, comfortable layer of Merino wool to keep your feet dry and a reinforced sole that provides traction to prevent slipping in sliding on wet ground.</p><p>Essnetially, <a href="" target="_blank">the environmentally-conscious brand</a> found a way to create shoes that will keep your feet cozy even in the dampest of weather, without using harmful chemicals or pollutants. And you’ll want to wear the sleek footwear on every adventure you take this season, whether you’re road tripping to see fall foliage on the East Coast or catching a flight to Germany for Oktoberfest.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Wool Runner-up Mizzle</a> marks another first for Allbirds. It’s the brand’s introductory take on a boot, featuring a high top that laces up just like their popular sneakers. And while the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Wool Runner Mizzle</a> looks similar to Allbird’s classic Wool Runner (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95), it features the new water-resistant technology and makes a great transitional shoe for unpredictable fall weather.</p><p>Both styles are available in men’s and women’s sizes and come in a variety of sophisticated colorways, like natural grey, harvest pink, jackalberry green, and Savanna night navy. Shop the new collection in stores or online now.</p><img alt="Allbirds Women's Wool Runner-up Mizzles Fog "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $135</p><img alt="Allbirds Women's Wool Runner Mizzles "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $115</p>
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When and Where to See the Shadow of the Bear, One of Fall's Coolest Natural Phenomena

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 17:01
<p>In the coming months a couple dozen people will gather along U.S. Route 64 in North Carolina — which is surrounded by the rock cliffs of Whiteside Mountain — each day. And as the sun starts to move behind the <a href="">mountain</a>, a shadow will emerge along the rocky terrain and <a href="">gold and red tinged foliage</a>, slowly revealing the image of a bear, imposing and charming all at once.</p><p>The <a href="">Shadow of the Bear</a>, best viewed from the Rhodes Big View Overlook between Highlands and Cashiers in southwestern <a href="">North Carolina</a>, casts its shadow for about 30 minutes each day starting in mid-October, drawing crowds along the highway to watch the natural phenomenon.</p><p>“The black bear … seen often around western North Carolina is a symbol that resonates with people. For the black bear to make an appearance on the mountain itself just adds to the mystery and the intrigue,” Nick Breedlove, the executive director for the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>. “It's the only one of its kind in the country. You get chills the first time you see it, it's sort of this ‘ah-ha’ and this inspiring moment when it finally emerges, and you can feel the crowd get energized when you're waiting for it to come out.”</p><p>The Whiteside Mountain, with an elevation of 4,930 feet, can draw as many as 30 to 40 people each evening, about as many as the space can accommodate, Breedlove said.</p><p>Here’s what you should know if you want to see the Shadow of the Bear.</p><h2>Where to see it</h2><p>Breedlove said the image of the bear is best viewed from the Rhodes Big View Overlook off of Route 64. But he notes that you should be careful when parking and walking along the highway as it is a major and busy road.</p><h2>When to go</h2><p>The Shadow of the Bear emerges from about 5:30 p.m. until about 6 p.m. on evenings in mid-October through early November. The bear can also be seen between mid-February and early March, a time that may be less crowded.</p><p>“The bear is very particular,” Breedlove said, adding that it only comes out “on sunny days after 5:30 p.m.”</p><h2>What time to go</h2><p>While the bear starts to emerge around 5:30 p.m., Breedlove said you should get there much earlier. He suggests people get in place by 4:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the latest.</p><p>“What I recommend is people arrive there early if they want a spot because people will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to see this phenomenon,” he said. “There's limited space to view this and it does take some time. It starts as a little black spot on the mountain and it gradually grows into a bear. And close to the end of it, it looks more like a mouse.”</p>
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Airbnb Is Sending 2 People on a Glamorous Stay at the Real Downton Abbey

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 17:01
<p>For the first time ever, it will be possible to stay overnight at Downton Abbey.</p><p>On Tuesday, Airbnb announced its newest (and perhaps most exciting) listing: Highclere Castle, where the beloved British series <a href="">and upcoming film were shot</a>.</p><img alt="Highclere Castle "src=""><p>Airbnb users can enter for a chance to win a one-night stay at Highclere Castle this fall through the home-sharing platform.</p><p>The winners will join the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon (the castle’s current residents) for cocktails in the saloon and dinner in the state dining room, both of which have been featured on “Downton Abbey.” After dinner, guests will have coffee in the library and then retire to one of the main bedrooms. The following morning includes breakfast and a private tour of the castle’s 1,000 acres.</p><img alt="Highclere Castle "src=""><p>“It’s an absolute privilege and pleasure to call Highclere Castle my home and I am delighted to be able to share it on Airbnb for a truly unique stay,” Lady Carnarvon said in a statement. “Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679 and has an incredibly rich history. I am passionate about the stories and heritage of Highclere Castle, and I am looking forward to welcoming our future guests.”</p><p>There are just a few rules for the lucky winners: there is no smoking and no pets (although the castle already has nine dogs on site). There is no more than one butler per person and guests must wear cocktail dress to dinner. All newspapers must be ironed and there is no gossiping. That is “restricted to downstairs quarters only.”</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Highclere listing</a> will open on Oct. 1 at 7 a.m. EST and will cost approximately $186 (£150). The stay will take place on Nov. 26. Set your alarms — unless you have a butler downstairs who will ring a bell to remind you.</p>
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The Best Fall Rooftop Bars for When You Just Can't Let Go of Summer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 16:01
<p>One of the best things about summer is sipping a drink and enjoying the breeze from a <a href="">rooftop bar</a> as you look out on the city below. But just because the weather is starting to get cooler, doesn’t mean you have to give up your rooftop vision.</p><p>You can hang on to summer a little longer — or even all winter long — with rooftops across the country that provide fire pits, heat lamps, and even igloos that keep you cozy while still delivering unobstructed views and fresh air.</p><p>Sip from a party pouch while perched on a seat that slowly rotates like an antique carousel at Magic Hour in <a href="">New York City</a> or try a <a href="">CBD</a> cocktail at I|O Godfrey in <a href="">Chicago</a> — both offer all-weather outdoor options so you can have a good time and be comfortable.</p><p>Head to these 10 rooftop bars for summer-like fun when summer weather is but a dream.</p><h2>Seattle: The Nest</h2><img alt="The Nest "src=""><p>Take in views of the famous Pike Place Market, Elliott Bay, and the Seattle Great Wheel from one of the plush couches on top of the Thompson Seattle hotel. When the weather gets cooler, the rooftop is covered with a clear tent that warms you up while still making it feel as if you’re sitting under the open sky.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href=";utm_medium=organic&amp;utm_campaign=gmb">The Nest</a>, 110 Stewart St.</p><h2>New York City: Magic Hour</h2><img alt="Magic Hour "src=""><p>This rooftop bar on top of the Moxy Times Square sits 18 stories above midtown, but feels like another world. Play a round of mini golf at their “Foreplay” course or take a ride on the bar’s carnivalesque carousel seating while you sip a shareable Berry Bubbly cocktail from an old-school popcorn bucket.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Magic Hour</a>, 485 7th Ave.</p><h2>New York City: Lelie Rooftop</h2><img alt="Gansevoort Meatpacking "src=""><p>The outdoors are brought inside at this rooftop bar at the Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel. The bar’s translucent walls and roof let you take in views of the skyline and Hudson River as you enjoy the bar’s tropical vibe and sip a fruity cocktail to bring back those summer memories.</p><p><strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="">Lelie Rooftop</a>, 18 Ninth Ave.</p><h2>San Francisco: Charmaine’s</h2><img alt="Charmaine's "src=""><p>Take a seat at one of the outdoor lounge areas and warm up in front of a fire pit while snacking on tempura maitake mushrooms or a kale salad with pecorino, sunflower seeds, and a “hippy vinaigrette” at this rooftop bar on top of the San Francisco Proper hotel. If the weather gets too chilly, head inside and grab a seat on the couch by the indoor fireplace.</p><p><strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="">Charmaine’s</a>, 1100 Market St.</p><h2>Boston: Lookout Rooftop</h2><img alt="Lookout Rooftop and Bar "src=""><p>Take in unmatched views of Boston’s harbor at this rooftop bar at the Envoy Hotel. Here, you can spread out on semi-circle-shaped couches and warm up near the fire pits. Built-in ceiling-mounted heaters make this bar the perfect place to transition from warm summer days to cool fall evenings, and they’ve been known to set up igloos lit up with funky neon colors in the winter.</p><p><strong>Find it: </strong><a href="">Lookout Rooftop</a>, 70 Sleeper St.</p><h2>Philadelphia: The Continental Mid-town</h2><img alt="The Continental Midtown "src=""><p>Jump back in time with this retro-inspired three-level bar that channels the best of <em>Mad Men</em> and summer combined. Sit on the patio’s mid-century modern chairs or take a seat on the rounded couch surrounded by windows and an indoor fire pit on the top floor while you sip a Double Agent cocktail or a Champagne-O-Rama.</p><p><strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="">The Continental Mid-town</a>, 1801 Chestnut St.</p><h2>Chicago: The J. Parker</h2><img alt="The J. Parker "src=""><p>Sip a frozen drink or a glass of Champagne and look out at the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan from the top of the Hotel Lincoln. Take in the views from the bright, glass-enclosed room, bringing the best of summer inside where it’s nice and toasty.</p><p><strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="">The J. Parker</a>, 1816 N. Clark St.</p><h2>Washington D.C.: Terrazza at Officina</h2><img alt="Terrazza at Officina "src=""><p>You’ll feel like you’re having aperitivo in Milan at this indoor-outdoor rooftop in the nation’s capital. A tent keeps the warm air in, but doesn’t take away from the feeling of being outdoors. Meanwhile, you can perch on a couch, enjoy the views, and <a href="">sip an Aperol Spritz</a> (who says it’s exclusively a summer drink?).</p><p><strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="">Terrazza at Officina</a>, 1120 Maine Ave. SW</p><h2>New York City: The Igloo Bar at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar</h2><img alt="Igloo Bar at 230 Fifth Rooftop "src=""><p>You’ll be transported to somewhere in the Arctic when you step inside one of the transparent (and heated) igloos at this New York City bar. Sip a boozy hot chocolate or a spiked apple cider as you look out at the Empire State Building from inside your cozy igloo.</p><p>And if there’s a wait for an igloo, don’t worry — you’ll be wrapped in one of the bar’s complimentary red robes as you wait. Igloos available starting November 2019.</p><p><strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="">230 Fifth Rooftop Bar</a>, 230 Fifth Ave.</p><h2>Chicago: I|O Godfrey</h2><img alt="I|O Godfrey "src=""><p>Get cozy in a booth under the retractable roof of this River North bar or grab a spot next to the large fire pit as you take in views of Chicago’s skyline. Snack on blistered shishito peppers and avocado toast while you sip a Summer Smash cocktail with CBD.</p><p><strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="">I|O Godfrey</a>, 127 W Huron St.</p>
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In the Azores, You Can Cook Your Dinner Inside a Volcano

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:00
<p>I stood back from the steaming, manhole-sized crater and watched my lunch being lowered into the ground. Next to me stood Valter Vieira, the chef at <a href="" target="_blank">Terra Nostra Garden Hotel </a>in Furnas. Earlier that morning, we had gathered the makings of his specialty dish: <em>cozido das Furnas,</em><i> </i>a version of the ubiquitous Iberian meat-and-vegetable stew that’s native to the vibrant, volcanic archipelago of the Azores, 1,000 miles off the coast of <a href="" target="_blank">Portugal</a>. He had led me down the main street of Furnas, his hometown — stopping at the greengrocer for potatoes, carrots, collard greens, cabbage, and the famous Azorean taro, and the butcher shop, where he had a jocular chat with the owner as an assistant loaded our basket with pig ears, chicken thighs, brisket, bacon, blood sausage, and <em>chouriço.</em></p><img alt="Shopping for ingredients to make Cozido in the Azores "src=""><p>Now, all of those ingredients were in a stock pot, and that stock pot was in a volcano. We were at a public park near Furnas Lake filled with identical fumaroles for cozido-cooking, each with a little sign indicating which local family owned it. The park attendants in charge of our pot were doing what they had done ten times that day already, covering it with six feet of warm dirt. My lunch would stay sealed within the 200°F chamber for six hours.</p><img alt="Preparing the Cozido pot "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Furnas</a> is a town of 1,500 on São Miguel, the largest island in the <a href="" target="_blank">Azores</a>. It’s also in the mouth of an active volcano. Actually, this whole Atlantic archipelago is alive with volcanic activity — the nine islands erupted out of the sea a few hundred thousand years ago, and they’ve continued to erupt ever since, most notably in 1957, when <a href="" target="_blank">Capelinhos</a>, a volcano on the island of <a href="" target="_blank">Faial</a>, spat and churned for months on end and made refugees of 1,500 islanders. Turns out, not all volcanoes are pointy; here, they often look more like wide valleys or rolling hills. Portuguese settlers arrived in the previously uninhabited islands in the 15th century; they were caught off guard when, in 1630, the seemingly quiet area around Furnas experienced its first documented eruption.</p><p>When you live in a caldera, you have to learn to respect its power — but also to harness it. Furnas is known as the Azores’ premier spa town, drawing visitors with its life-giving, mineral-rich, geothermally heated waters. Terra Nostra is perhaps the most iconic hot spring hotel in the area, an Art Deco complex set in the midst of a sprawling botanic garden. Many of the town’s hot springs, called <em>caldeiras, </em>are far too hot for bathing, but ideal for cooking. Some of the hottest pools, located in the town center, are still open to the public for making coffee and tea, or for boiling eggs, sausages, and corn.</p><img alt="Walking to Cozido pot to the caldeira "src=""><p>The most intriguing regional dish, though, requires some digging. Not that cozido is difficult to find; everyone in town knows how to make it. But here, in a community so attuned to and reliant on the volcanic heat and shifting earth, it’s prepared in a way that’s not seen anywhere else in Portugal. Rather than simmering on a stove, ingredients cook slowly in a geothermal chamber, luxuriating in their own juices. Families guard their cozido holes carefully, passing them down through the generations.</p><img alt="Finished cozido served in a hotel restaurant "src=""><p>Though it shares the humble lineage of any other boiled dinner, in Furnas, preparing cozido can be elevated to a fine art. Six hours in a volcano can do wonders for even the most basic ingredients; the sulfurous heat lends a satisfying funk, and the meat falls off the bone. Back at Terra Nostra, the tuxedoed maître d’ saw me to my white-clothed table and poured me a glass of flinty white wine from the Azorean island of Pico, 180 miles west of us. (Another benefit of living with the volcano is a mineral-rich terroir.) A waiter brought out the fruits of my labor. He arranged the contents of the pot on a gleaming platter, each sausage and leaf of cabbage in place, and presented a Japanese kettle containing the precious cooking liquid, which he proceeded to pour over the platter, sending up a cloud of steam.</p><h2>Furnas Trip Planner</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Delta recently started up seasonal nonstop flights from New York to Ponta Delgada</a>, the regional capital, and <a href="" target="_blank">Azores Airlines</a> offers direct service from Boston, Providence, and Oakland year-round.</p><p>Local tour operator <a href="" target="_blank">Azores Getaways</a> can organize a cozido das Furnas cooking lesson and a variety of other excursions. Stay at <a href="" target="_blank">Terra Nostra Garden Hotel</a><i>,</i> where <a href="" target="_blank">the restaurant</a><i> </i>serves the finished dish daily at lunch and dinner.</p>
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Drunk or Unruly Passengers Are on the Rise — and a Legal Loophole Helps Many Get Away With It

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:01
<p>Disruptive passengers are showing up with increasing frequency in the skies. It is now said that there is an unruly passenger on one out of every 1,053 flights around the world, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).</p><p>That number was released by the IATA in 2017 and has not been updated since. But the year prior, the frequency was only one out of every 1,424 flights. In that same year, the amount of serious infractions (called level three and include a threat to life) <a href="">increased from one percent of incidents reported to three percent</a>.</p><p>However, these onboard disruptions don’t necessarily mean that a passenger is arrested and punished for their actions. It just means that the airline has filed a report. The most commonly occurring instances are failure to adhere to safety regulations (49 percent of all incidents), intoxication (27 percent) and smoking onboard (24 percent).</p><p>In fact, some passengers are able to get away with their unruly behavior with no legal action — just being banned from an airline.</p><p>International airline regulation has a few loopholes that allow some passengers to escape law enforcement. Under international law, the authorities in the state where the aircraft is registered are those who “have jurisdiction over offenses committed onboard,” <a href=",happened%20once%20every%201%2C053%20flights.&amp;targetText=According%20to%20IATA%20statistics%2C%20in,was%20once%20every%201%2C424%20flights.">according to the IATA</a>.</p><p>So when a drunk or unruly passenger is turned over to local authorities after the plane lands, the authorities may not have jurisdiction to proceed with the case. The issue is dropped and the passenger is allowed to walk away scot-free.</p><p>In order to deal with these infractions, the IATA is hoping to pass a measure they call <a href="">Montreal Protocol 2014</a> (MP14). The amendment was drafted in 2014 in response to an increase in unruly passenger behavior and problems addressing the behavior due to the “lack of enforcement action” or a jurisdictional gap in some states, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN specialized agency. The new rules would extend legal jurisdiction for dealing with unruly behavior to the territory in which the aircraft lands.</p><p>Now, the IATA is calling on more countries to sign MP14. It will only come into force once 22 countries have signed on. So far, it is just shy of passing. Only 21 countries have signed.</p><p>Major players <a href="">like Australia, Canada, China, the US and the UK</a> have not ratified the amendment. However, <a href="">according to <em>Runway Girl Network</em></a>, this is because “they adopted deterrent measures in their own national laws and so haven’t seen ratification of MP14 as a priority.”</p>
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8 Charming U.S. Beach Towns That Are Just As Magical in Fall and Winter (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:00
<p>When you imagine a beach resort, images of warm sand beneath your toes and cool dips in the gentle waves likely come to mind. But a beach can be <a href="">a year-round destination</a>, calming and relaxing even when the weather turns cool and it may be too chilly to take a dip in the ocean.</p><p><a href="">Strolling along sandy shores</a> is always a great activity, even if you have to wrap up in a jacket and scarf to do it. And hearing the waves crash from your bedroom window — such a calming sound it’s often <a href="">included in sleep sound machines</a> — can be even more comforting if you’re wrapped up in a big fluffy comforter to keep warm and cozy.</p><p>And the best part of a fall or winter beach vacation is that you’re less likely to run into hordes of summer travelers.</p><p>Take advantage of those thinning crowds to explore the grass-covered dunes at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, one of the <a href="">top 10 best beaches in America</a>. Or head to Bar Harbor, Maine to go whale watching or watch the leaves change colors (it’s <a href="">one of the best places to see fall foliage in the U.S</a>.).</p><p>Below are eight beach resorts that are even better in the fall and winter months.</p><h2>Cape Cod, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>Go for a <a href="">brisk hike</a> along the shoreline at this New England beach getaway, or dress warm and head out to the <a href="">Race Point Light Station</a>, which is open for tours through the beginning of October. Afterward, grab a bite to eat at the countless crab shacks or pop over to the <a href="">John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum</a>, which is open year round and features intimate, behind-the-scenes photos of JFK and his family taken by his personal photographer.</p><h2>Ocean City, Maryland</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>Take a stroll along the boardwalk in search of <a href="">Maryland crab</a> cakes then take a ride on the carousel at Trimper's Rides — the oldest continuously operating carousel dating from 1902 and installed in Maryland in 1912, according to the <a href="">park’s website</a>. (<a href="">Trimper's</a> is open on weekends through September.)</p><p>In the evening, celebrate the beginning of fall with the 45th annual <a href="">Sunfest</a> at the end of September, featuring music, hayrides, and fun things for kids — all by the beach.</p><h2>Bar Harbor, Maine</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>While you won’t be heading out to sit on the beach when the weather turns cold in this New England coastal town, there is plenty to do in the fall and winter months. Spot fall foliage before channeling your inner astronomer at the 11th annual <a href="">Acadia Night Sky Festival</a> at the end of September.</p><p>In winter, the <a href="">Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce</a> suggests trying your hand at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing inside <a href="">Acadia National Park</a>.</p><h2>Cape May, New Jersey</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>At this southernmost New Jersey beach resort, the entire town is an official National Historic District that contains nearly 600 preserved Victorian buildings, according to the <a href="">New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism</a>.</p><p>Climb 199 steps up the spiral staircase of the <a href="">Cape May Lighthouse</a> built in 1859, then relax with a wine flight and snack on lobster sliders or brie and blackberry jam at the <a href="">Cape May Winery &amp; Vineyard</a>.</p><h2>Nantucket, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>During the summer, the population of Nantucket <a href="" target="_blank">hits about 50,000 people</a>. But if you head there during the off-season, you’re more likely to find a small fraction of that. And while many restaurants do close during those cooler months, the fall and winter offer great festivals.</p><p>In October, tour cranberry bogs at the annual <a href="">Cranberry Festival</a> and in November, test your limits with the <a href="" target="_blank">Cold Turkey Plunge</a> (you might want to bring a few towels to warm up after).</p><h2>Southampton, New York</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>When the weather starts to get colder, Southampton tends to get quiet, making it the perfect place for a relaxing <a href="" target="_blank">getaway from New York City</a>. Walk on the sand at Cooper’s Beach and watch the waves crash in the breeze, then head into town for some luxury shopping before settling in for a pint of award-winning beer at the <a href="">Southampton Publick House</a>.</p><h2>Hilton Head, South Carolina</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>With mild fall and winter weather and plenty to see and do (there’s 24 golf courses and many highly-praised restaurants), it’s no wonder Hilton Head was ranked <em>Travel + Leisure’</em><i>s</i> <a href="">No. 1 island in the Continental U.S.</a></p><p>Go on a Beach Discovery Tour with the <a href="">Coastal Discovery Museum</a> to learn about when sea turtles nest on the island, or bundle up and go on a dolphin tour to spot bottlenose dolphins.</p><h2>Newport, Rhode Island</h2><img alt="Beaches Better in Fall and Winter "src=""><p>This tiny summer destination has plenty to offer shoulder-season visitors: go sailing, pick pumpkins and apples at local farms, and take a classic trolley tour around the picturesque New England coastal town. And when the temperature drops, eat your way through a chili cook-off and Mac &amp; Cheese Smackdown at the <a href="">Newport Winter Festival</a> in February.</p>
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This Super-chic Hotel Chain Is Your Instagram’s New Best Friend — and It Just Opened in London

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:15
<p>When it comes to hotels more money doesn’t always mean more fun. There’s the <a href="" target="_blank">tried and true luxe properties</a> we all know and love, but over the course of the last few years plenty of hotels that are easy on the wallet <em>and</em> on the eyes have opened up around the world. And now <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>, a city known for its outrageous hotel prices, has people staying with Mama.</p><p>No, not a room in your friend’s mom’s house, but a room in the chic but quirky <a href="" target="_blank">Mama Shelter</a> hotel chain.</p><img alt="Mama Shelter London lounge and bedroom "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mama London</a> — located in East London near the Bethnal Green underground stop and the train at Cambridge Heath, a quick commute to the <a href="" target="_blank">trendy bars of Shoreditch</a> — is a place where functionality and comfort meets a service-oriented and design-driven sense of hospitality. It’s the type of place where anyone should feel welcome — and are.</p><p>“We’re much more inclusive as opposed to exclusive,” Jeremie Trigano, one of the brothers who helped create Mama Shelter told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Mama is for everyone. It doesn’t mean that everyone is going to like Mama, but it’s within our name: Mama Shelter — the mother, the caring one, the loving one. And the Shelter, that is for everyone to be protected from the negativity going on the world.”</p><img alt="Mama Shelter London bedroom "src=""><p>And if you happen to be looking for shelter that’s also Instagram ready, you’ll find it all here. Home to 194 rooms in a variety of shapes and sizes, there’s a space for every type of traveler and every budget. Starting at £99 (about $122) the Small Mama room is the perfect affordable escape for the solo traveler or partners, feeling reminiscent of the most charming tiny houses seen online but also extremely functional. Or, if you feel like taking up some space, the <a href="" target="_blank">Underground Mama Suite</a> is the sort of place you can spread out. At 376 square feet, it’s the sort of place you can truly unwind before heading out for swing music and flaming cocktails at <a href="" target="_blank">Nightjar</a>.</p><img alt="Mama Shelter London bathroom and lounge "src=""><p>“You can come to Mama whether you have deep pockets or not,” Trigano said. “You can get a room for £59 or a suit for £300. You can eat a pizza for £8 or eat the superb steak for £45 euros. When you come to Mama, you have a very eclectic crowd: from old people to young people, from businessmen to students. And this is really differentiating.”</p><p>Designed to feel like a charming english cottage, where “dark woody interiors” meet “stretches of velour,” the hotel is as charming a local watering hole as it a place to rest your head. The restaurant and bar serves up a wide range of menu options while arcade games and table soccer are available for those looking to just chill. The real heros, two Japanese-style karaoke rooms where guests can belt their favorite anthems, from Selena to <a href="" target="_blank">Celine</a> and every pop diva in-between.</p><img alt="Mama Shelter London Karaoke Room "src=""><p>“We’re not selling cool. We’re selling fun,” Benjamin Trigano, the other brother and founder said.</p><p>The Trigano family might not be <em>peddling</em> cool, but cool the chain certainly is. With successful openings of Mama Shelter properties around the world — Rio, Paris, Prague, and brand new openings in <a href="" target="_blank">Lille</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a>, among others — people recognize the brand for its effortless style and a damn good time. In fact, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been <a href="" target="_blank">spotted dining at Mama Shelter Los Angeles</a>, high above the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.</p><p>But at the root of all the Mama properties, London included, are the people there to host; the Mama’s, you might say. And these brothers know that, especially considering the Trigano family <a href="" target="_blank">helped create Club Med</a>.</p><img alt="Mama Shelter London dining room "src=""><p>“I think our brand [has] developed its big crowd of followers and enthusiastic people due to the fact that we manage to find great talents who are there to host other people,” Benjamin said. And in a world where dollars are driven by experience more than anything else, it’s the personal connection that truly brings people “home.”</p><p>“We don’t have the big standards that all these big chains have,” Jeremie said when asked what sets their employees apart. “We don’t give them a booklet to explain how they need to behave… It’s more we train them on the basics and then we help them to be themselves.”</p><p>And isn’t that what any good Mama wants? A clean and comfortable home where their family feels safe? Delicious food on the table that the whole community knows they’re welcome at? A karaoke room?</p><p>Well yeah, because Mama Shelter isn’t just a regular mom. It’s <a href="" target="_blank">a <em>cool</em> <i>mom</i></a><i>.</i></p>
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This 2019 Advent Calendar Comes With 12 Half-bottles of Wine — and You Can Order It Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:01
<p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href=""></a>.</em></p><p>In case you forgot, <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Aldi's wine advent calendar</a> basically broke the internet last year, and it sold out within minutes. The calendar was filled with 24 mini bottles of wine—equivalent to six full-size bottles—and Aldi shoppers waited in Black Friday-style lines to get their hands on one.</p><p>Unfortunately, most people didn't get the chance to purchase one of the highly coveted calendars, as stores had very limited stock. Thankfully, there's another option out there for the 2019 holiday season that will guarantee you a wine advent calendar of your own, without waiting outside for hours just to leave empty-handed!</p><p><a aria-describedby="external-disclaimer" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="(opens new window)"></a>, a site dedicated to giving consumers the opportunity to try the best beers from across the globe, makes gift baskets for high-profile clients like Southwest Airlines, ESPN and The White House—and you can be one, too! The company has expanded into selling beer and wine advent calendars during the holiday season, and we are pretty impressed with their selection.</p><p>Similar to the Aldi calendar, this one also has six full bottles worth of wine, but they come in 12 half-size bottles instead of 24 minis. This is to allow you to share a bottle with a loved one or two each night you open it for double the holiday fun. This calendar is stocked with popular vino brands like Robert Mondavi and Clois du Bois, and will make for easy sipping to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas.</p><p>While there's still 105 days until Christmas (not like we're counting or anything), we're placing our orders ASAP, because this advent calendar is sure to sell out fast. And we're not taking any chances this year. It's one of the few wine advent calendars that ships within the U.S., and there's a short ordering window. Orders will be shipped in late November, just in time for the holidays, and we can't wait to try it out. Order soon so you can, too!</p>
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Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed With This $24 Fleece Jacket — and It Comes in Over 50 Colors

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:30
<p>Having <a href="" target="_blank">something warm and cozy</a> to bundle up in during your travels is paramount for a good vacation. Seriously, you’ll thank me <a href="" target="_blank">when the plane becomes a little too cold</a> for your liking, the mornings and nights on your trip have a chill in the air, or when your hike somewhere in the world becomes just a bit too misty. </p><p>But, don’t just get any old warm clothing item to fill your luggage. Get something that’s not only functional but seriously cute and easy to pack. That something should be this <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcolumbiafleeceonamazonsleasca0919-20&amp;linkId=7deac29ccce86e8a86d5b6c0ce7764d6&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">incredibly soft fleece jacket from Columbia</a>. </p><p>The Benton Springs Full-Zip Fleece Jacket is ideal for fall through spring (and even those cool summer nights). It’s made with super-soft, 100 percent polyester MTR filament fleece that makes it perfect for layering. </p><p>The jacket is cut with a modern classic fit, hitting just at the hip, and zipping all the way to the neck. It also comes with two zippered side pockets to keep your small items secure and easy to access. The jacket’s collar is flexible, so you can choose to pop it up or fold it down depending on how much added warmth you need.</p><p>Best of all, the jacket comes in 52 different bold colors, so there is truly something for everyone. While exact pricing varies by color, you can get the fleece starting as low as $23 — which really makes this jacket a steal. Currently, the jacket is even the number-one best seller in two Amazon categories: <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlcolumbiafleeceonamazonsleasca0919-20&amp;linkId=8a5a7fc3a1af3d62ab652948bcaeb058&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Women’s Fleece Jackets and Coats</a> and <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlcolumbiafleeceonamazonsleasca0919-20&amp;linkId=7492d84dea27df1c212fb01cc547e3d8&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Women’s Outdoor Recreation Fleece Jackets and Coats</a>.</p><img alt="Columbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket Light Grey Heather/Fuschia "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";psc=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcolumbiafleeceonamazonsleasca0919-20&amp;linkId=e57f0eb303623ec24d1f009b02666304&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $24</p><p>Amazon shoppers are loving this versatile fleece, which has racked up nearly 8,000 customer reviews.</p><p>“This is by far my favorite fleece because it is thick almost blankety and super warm, doesn't ball up in the wash, fade in color or change in texture,” one reviewer noted. “The full zip version also features zip-down pockets and a pull cord at the bottom seam to gather it in for a more tailored look. Colors are all vibrant and arrive as pictured.” </p><img alt="Columbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket Black "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";psc=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcolumbiafleeceonamazonsleasca0919-20&amp;linkId=327cc5c9a2452c557b02817bc1815786&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $30</p><p>“I love my jacket. I got a small and it fits like a medium but it works out perfect because I can wear sweatshirts underneath it without it being too tight,” another happy customer said. “It's super soft and warm. Definitely recommend!” </p><p><a href=";psc=1&amp;refRID=50DEP4GENPZF12MZG61E&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcolumbiafleeceonamazonsleasca0919-20&amp;linkId=ec162e93c446940e0819d681207a8cd9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Find your perfect color</a> (or two or three) and stay warm all throughout the upcoming seasons, no matter where your travels take you.</p>
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The Fall Foliage Season Will Be Delayed, According to Experts

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:40
<p>Labor Day has come and gone, <a href="">Pumpkin Spice Lattes</a> are readily available in Starbucks nationwide, and all the kids are back in school. There’s just one more thing we need to make it feel like <a href="">fall</a>: Fall foliage. But hold your horses leaf peepers, because it looks like the changing fall colors are going to be a bit delayed this year.</p><p>According to <a href="">The Weather Channel</a>, this year’s fall foliage schedule will likely be delayed by several weeks across the nation. That’s because temperatures across the nation will likely remain above average for several weeks to come.</p><img alt="Fall foliage "src=""><p>The weather service noted, parts of the Northeast, Southeast, Rockies, and West have at least a 50 percent chance of warmer-than-average temperatures through the middle and end of September. Though warm days are a good thing for foliage they must also be paired with cool nights. However, the temperatures will remain too high then too.</p><p>So, just how late are we talking? According to The Weather Channel, the foliage will be pushed back by about a week. And when they do actually change it will be quite a show thanks to the warm, wet summer that helped fill all the trees with leaves.</p><p>Here’s the good news: Even with this year’s late start, it’s still going to turn a little earlier than last year.</p><p>“If everything were to continue more typical, we’d see a longer season than last year, we’d see a more vibrant season than last year, and it would come on a little earlier than last year, which was so late,” meteorologist David Epstein told <a href=""></a>. He noted, he expects the colors to appear in New England by the last week of September before migrating south.</p><p>The only part of the nation that may not get to see the bright fall colors this year is the Mountain West, which includes the peaks of Utah and Wyoming, The Weather Channel reported. That’s because those areas are already seeing their first snowfalls of the season. But, as a silver lining, that could be a great predictor of a spectacular <a href="">ski season</a> to come.</p><p>“While in some parts of Maine people may notice color change developing a bit earlier than usual due to droughty summer conditions, peak color should develop normally from north to south with a full palette of vibrant colors reflecting our diverse and overall healthy forests,” Aaron Bergdahl, a forest pathologist at Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, also shared with</p><p>Now that you know when it’s happening you can <a href="">start planning your fall foliage vacation</a>, or, go all in and <a href="" target="_blank">follow the change</a> throughout the nation for the next few months to come.</p>
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This Is the Best Place to Live in 2019, According to a New Study

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:14
<p>If you’re on the move and hunting for a new place to call “home” a new study has a suggestion for you: <a href="" target="_blank">Clarksville, Tennessee</a>.</p><p>On Monday, MONEY unveiled its list of the <a href="" target="_blank">best places to live in 2019</a>. According to its rather scientific study, the city located about fifty miles outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Nashville</a> is hands down where everyone should move.</p><p>To <a href="" target="_blank">come to this finding</a>, the magazine looked only at cities with populations of 50,000 or greater. The team then eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity. After narrowing down the list the team was left with 1,796 places.</p><p>Next, it collected almost 160,000 different data points including a city’s economic health, cost of living, ethnic and economic diversity, public education, income, health and safety, ease of living, and amenities. According to MONEY, it put the greatest weight on economic factors, housing, health and safety, diversity and cost of living.</p><p>But, not leaving it up to chance, reporters went on the ground to interview locals and experts to ensure their choices were sound. And after all was said and done Clarksville came out the winner thanks to its affordability, charm, and welcoming attitude toward millennials, young families, and the military.</p><p>“The housing market is just crazy right now,” Megan Baggett, a 25-year-old business owner in Clarksville, shared with MONEY. “You can barely even keep a house on the market for longer than a week before it sells.”</p><p>But, it’s still a highly affordable place, even with all the demand. According to MONEY, the average Clarksville home sold for just under $156,000 in 2018.</p><p>Beyond homes, jobs are also abundant in Clarksville. In fact, its job market is projected to grow by just over 9 percent by 2023, MONEY explained.</p><p>And, of course, we can’t forget that the town is adorable too.</p><p>“You're not going to find a Starbucks down here,” Tony Shrum, a 34-year-old resident shared. “A revitalization of downtown is not a revitalization by putting corporate companies in here.”</p><p>BRB, going to <a href="" target="_blank">pack my bags</a> and move to Clarksville right now. Want to see who else made the list? Check out MONEY’s entire list of <a href="" target="_blank">Best Places to Live in 2019</a> now.</p>
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