The World’s First Beer Hotel — With In-room Taps and Shower Mini-bars — Is Finally Opening (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 12:02
<p>In March 2018, Scottish beer company <a href="" target="_blank">BrewDog launched a campaign</a> for the “world’s first crowdfunded craft beer hotel,” complete with taps in all the rooms, mini-fridges stocked with beer in the showers, and a spa that uses beer-infused products.</p><p>Fast forward 17 months later and the 32-room hotel is now inviting guests to “the world’s first beer hotel where you can wake up inside a brewery.”</p><p>Starting Monday, Aug. 27, craft beer lovers can expect to be greeted by a whole host of “rocking amenity options” at <a href="" target="_blank">The DogHouse</a> in Columbus, Ohio.</p><p>While you will sadly not be able to soak in a <a href="" target="_blank">hot tub filled with IPA</a>, the brewery has been able to make good on the rest of its promises, including in-room taps filled with seasonal BrewDog beer, mini-fridges stocked with beer in every room and shower, and malted barley massages for a vitamin B-rich spa experience.</p><img alt="The DogHouse hotel room "src=""><img alt="The DogHouse hotel room "src=""><p>In the lead up to the grand opening, the brewery has revealed new surprises sure to delight any craft beer lover. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Food &amp; Wine</em></a>, upon entering the hotel, guests will be greeted by a “lobby bartender," who will hand them a complimentary drink as they check into their rooms.</p><p>Select rooms will have a wet bar and views of BrewDog’s sour beer facility — and as the name of the hotel implies, you can even book a dog-friendly room and bring your furry friend along for the ride.</p><p>The lobby will feature <a href="" target="_blank">games and activities</a> like beer pong, and both guests and visitors to the brewery will be able to check out an "interactive" beer museum.</p><img alt="The DogHouse lobby "src=""><p>“From welcome pints of Punk IPA and malt massages to brewery views and shower beers, this will be the world’s first and only fully immersive craft beer experience from check in to check out,” James Watt, co-founder and CEO of BrewDog, said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Standard-sized rooms</a> start at $162 a night, or you can reserve the BrewMaster Suite for $284 a night.</p>
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Scotland’s New Whisky Trail Takes You to Some of Its Most Stunning Remote Islands

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 11:02
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Whisky</a> lovers who want to enjoy a drink while admiring <a href="" target="_blank">Scotland’s</a> remarkable scenery can now do so on a 115-mile whisky trail.</p><p>The new <a href="" target="_blank">Hebridean Whisky Trail</a>, unveiled this month, takes travelers to different distilleries along the country's northern coast on the remote Hebrides islands.</p><p>The trail includes three of the <a href="" target="_blank">Hebrides</a>: the Isle of Skye, Raasay, and Harris.</p><p>The Isle of Skye is known for its dramatic scenery, with striking cliffs dotted by ancient castles.</p><p>Villages on the island have quaint eateries and pubs, and the distilleries include the <a href="" target="_blank">Talisker</a>, built in 1830. The distillery is set on the shores of Loch Harport, and the views of the Cuillin mountain range pair well with the sweet and full-bodied single malts. Additional distilleries on the Isle of Skye include <a href="" target="_blank">Torabhaig</a>, where you can see the island’s process for single-malt scotch whisky.</p><p>Raasay is a hiker's paradise with woodland trails, dismantled railway lines, and open moorlands and coastal paths. The <a href="" target="_blank">Isle of Raasay distillery</a> uses mountain water from the island’s volcanic terrain to create a peaty whisky.</p><p>The final island on the trail, Harris, features beaches and wool workshops — and the <a href="" target="_blank">Isle of Harris Distillery</a>.</p><p>Travelers can embark on the Hebridean Whisky Trail either <a href="" target="_blank">by road or by sea</a>.</p><p>If all of that isn't enough, Scotland also has the <a href="" target="_blank">Malt Whisky Trail</a>, featuring seven distillers in the region of Speyside.</p>
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The Most Exciting New Flights Launching This Fall

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 10:46
<p>The end of summer is just around the corner, and that means it will soon be time to come in from the beach and start planning new adventures out of town. Here is a fresh batch of soon-to-launch flights that will help you add some exciting destinations to your calendar.</p><p>While the most attention-grabbing new flight is likely to be Singapore Airlines' new world's longest flight, <a href="" target="_blank">launching October 12</a>, you don't have to ride on a plane for 19 hours to take a fall break.</p><h2>More Flights to the Caribbean</h2><p>On October 1, Delta Air Lines will add a second daily flight to Nassau, the Bahamas (NAS) from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.</p><p>Closer to the holidays, Delta will start daily flights between JFK and Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) on December 20. Weekly (Saturday) flights between JFK and both Antigua/Barbuda (ANU) and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) kick off on December 22.</p><p>Don’t let worries about last year’s hurricane damage keep you from visiting the Caribbean. Many islands escaped serious harm and <a href="" target="_blank">recovery and reconstruction</a> for areas hard hit is well underway.</p><h2>Nonstop Flights to Melbourne</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Qantas Airways</a> kicks off the fall season on September 1 with the inaugural flight between San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia. The flight, on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, will be the only direct service between the two cities (for now) and will operate four times a week (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays).</p><p>When this new route begins, Qantas will continue its daily Airbus A380 flights between Los Angeles and Melbourne, but as of September 1 the airline will offer Dreamliner service between those two cities just two times a week, down from six.</p><h2>American Airlines's Special Flights for CES</h2><p>Between January 4 and 14, American Airlines and its joint business partner Japan Airlines (JAL) will operate a nonstop flight between Narita International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The <a href="" target="_blank">limited-edition flights</a> will be on American’s Boeing 787-8 aircraft and are designed to serve the many Japanese travelers heading to and from Las Vegas for CES 2019, the giant consumer electronics show that draws more than 184,000 tech-minded attendees from around the world.</p><h2>Boston to Amsterdam</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">KLM Royal Dutch Airlines</a> will launch new flights between Boston Logan International Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on March 31, 2019.</p><p>A KLM Airbus A330-300 will begin flying three times a week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) between the two cities. A fourth flight (on Mondays) will be added to the schedule beginning on July 1. KLM’s joint-venture partner, Delta, offers twice-daily flights between Boston and Amsterdam as well.</p><p>Two weeks later, Boston Logan Airport is also set to get new service to Seoul, South Korea.</p><p>On April 12, 2019, Korean Air will being nonstop flights between Boston and Seoul’s Incheon Airport five days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). The flights will be on Korean Air’s 787-9 Dreamliner, which has six first class sleeper suites, 18 business class sleeper suites and 245 seats in the economy cabin.</p><h2>Cheap Flights to Canada</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Swoop</a>, a new “ultra-low-cost” subsidiary of Canada’s WestJet, begins service on seven routes between Canada and U.S. in October.</p><p>The airline will fly between Mesa (Phoenix) and Edmonton; between Las Vegas and Hamilton (near Toronto), Edmonton and Abbotsford (near Vancouver); and from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, Florida to Hamilton.</p><p>The carrier’s first international routes kick off on October 11 with daily flights (11 times a week) between Las Vegas and Edmonton and three-times-a-week service between Las Vegas and Abbotsford.</p><p>Swoop’s Orlando-Hamilton route begins October 17 (3 times a week) and the Tampa Bay to Hamilton flights begin October 20 (3 times a week as well). Flights from both Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale to Hamilton start October 26 (4 times a week and twice a week, respectively). And, on October 27, twice weekly flights begin between Mesa and Edmonton.</p><h2>United Already Offering Winter Getaways</h2><p>The beaches will beckon — again — in December and it’s not too early to start planning that winter getaway.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a> is thinking ahead and has announced the addition of seasonal daily flights between Washington Dulles International Airport and Miami International Airport from December 19, 2018 to March 30, 2019. During the mad-rush of the peak holiday travel period between December 24 and January 6, 2019, the carrier will offer twice daily service between these two cities.</p><p>United also announced that it will begin flying between Washington Dulles and Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 22, 2019. The <a href="" target="_blank">new flight</a> will the first operated by a U.S. carrier between these two cities and will operate three days a week on a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.</p><p>United currently flies twice-daily between Newark Liberty International Airport and Tel Aviv and offers daily service between San Francisco and Tel Aviv.</p>
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Hurricane Lane: What You Need to Know About Flying Into or Out of Hawaii Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 10:05
<p>As heavy rains brought to the region by <a href="" target="_blank">Hurricane Lane</a> flood parts of Hawaii, U.S. airlines are issuing waivers for those scheduled to travel during the storm.</p><p>The Category 2 storm is expected to whip across Hawaii’s central islands, <a href="" target="_blank">including Oahu and Maui</a>, on Friday night. Ahead of the storm, the island has already received 19 inches of rain. The storm may weaken by Saturday but <a href="" target="_blank">Gov. David Ige has urged residents</a> to set aside two weeks’ worth of emergency supplies.</p><p>Those trying to leave Hawaii ahead of the storm will find capped fares, ensuring that <a href="" target="_blank">airline surge pricing</a> cannot take place.</p><p>“Please be advised that seats on flights for the next few days remain very limited because of high load factors,” <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines advised</a>.</p><p>Select airlines have already begun canceling flights and allowing passengers to change their travel plans for free.</p><h2>Hawaiian Airlines</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Waived change fees</a> for flights through Aug. 28. Flights that are rebooked on or before Sept. 9 will have any difference in fare eliminated.</p><h2>Delta Air Lines</h2><p>Passengers can <a href="" target="_blank">rebook flights</a> scheduled through Aug. 24 traveling to or from Seoul, Honolulu, Kona, Lihue or Maui. Rebooked flights must begin no later than Aug. 27.</p><h2>Alaska Airlines</h2><p>Alaska Airlines will allow passengers to <a href="" target="_blank">change flights</a> scheduled through Aug. 26. Change fees and price differences are waived for flights to and from Kauai, Kona, Maui, and Oahu.</p><h2>United Airlines</h2><p>United has issued <a href="" target="_blank">a travel waiver</a>, valid through Aug. 26, on flights scheduled to Hilo, Honolulu, Maui, Kona, and Lihue.</p>
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One in Every 50 Travelers Finds the Love of Their Life While on a Flight

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 08:27
<p>A new survey says <a href="" target="_blank">sparks are flying on planes</a> more often than you might think — and we're not talking about <a href="" target="_blank">cell phones catching fire</a>. </p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">HSBC</a> survey, which asked more than 5,000 travelers across the globe about their flight experiences and the onboard connections they’ve made, one in every 50 travelers has met the <a href="" target="_blank">love of their life</a> on a plane.</p><p>The survey was conducted in July 2018 and includes responses from travelers across 141 different countries. It also found that 16 percent of travelers had formed a business connection on a flight, while 14 percent made long-lasting friendships with folks they met while flying. This may be slightly less surprising when you consider that 51 percent of respondents said they've had a conversation with a stranger during a flight.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Should You Chat Up Your Seatmate on a Flight?</a></p><p>But what will get you is the study's statistics concerning American travelers: Apparently, two U.S. couples meet on the average flight.</p><p>If you're hoping to meet that special someone on your next flight, there are several apps that can help you connect with fellow fliers. </p><p>For example, <a href="" target="_blank">btrfly</a> connects you with travelers across 380 airports around the world when you input your flight information or airport, while web-based app <a href="" target="_blank">Planely</a> works like a social network for the skies, letting you connect with fellow travelers who have mutual interests so you can meet up in-flight or on the ground.</p>
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This Couple Spent 13 Hours Riding the Jurassic Park Ride at Universal — and Then Got Engaged (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 07:56
<p>If you thought purchasing a raptor Halloween costume made you a big <i>Jurassic Park</i> fan, think again.</p><p>With Jurassic Park: The Ride <a href="" target="_blank">closing at Universal Studios Hollywood</a> to make way for an updated ride themed to <em>Jurassic World</em>, the newer Chris Pratt-helmed films, park guests are saying their final goodbyes — and some are taking it more seriously than others.</p><img alt="Jurassic Park ride proposal "src=""><p>Upon learning that <a href="" target="_blank">the most same-day rides</a> on their beloved attraction was 60, <em>Jurassic Park</em> obsessives Devin Elston and Chelsea Leon reached out to the theme park to topple the record before the ride closes for good on Sept. 3.</p><p>It took over half a day, but the California-based couple ultimately did it, gaining much more than the park’s top title and 62 consecutive rides in return. Given the attraction’s 84-foot drop straight into water, the Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler wannabes went through multiple outfit changes during the 13-hour challenge before Devin ultimately popped the question on his final t-shirt — which was a surprise until his girlfriend saw their ride photo.</p><img alt="Jurassic Park ride proposal "src=""><p>Still, their extreme fandom doesn’t stop there. The groom-to-be obtained a Barbasol can prop replica to hide the engagement ring, which boasted something more precious than a diamond: a customized piece of mosquito amber reminiscent of the film’s fossils holding that precious dino DNA.</p><p>Universal's theme park team got involved to pull off the feat, allowing the duo to began their endless river ride before park opening and <a href="" target="_blank">recorded everything</a> from the first drop to the proposal. Is it a bit of a PR stunt? Perhaps. (A replica Barbasol can, like the one Devin used, will also be available for purchase soon.) Are we crying anyway? You bet.</p><p>No word yet on if the nuptials will be a themed destination wedding to <a href="" target="_blank">Isla Nublar</a>, but we wish one thing for the happy couple: that their wedding day won’t require running in heels.</p>
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