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This Hotel Invites Guests to Spend the Night in a Giant Wine Barrel

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 15:00
<p>Oenophiles the world over will be happy to know that they can now book a wine barrel for the night. In the small village of Sasbachwalden in Germany, people are invited to not only come to taste the region’s wine, but to sleep in the giant barrels they were once made in.</p><p>At <a href="http://www.schlafen-im-weinfass.de/cms/front_content.php?idcat=109" target="_blank">Schlafen im Weinfass</a>, guests can choose from five different barrels to spend an evening in. Each one comes with everything you need, including a comfortable bed, a fully functional bathroom, and a small rock garden patio to greet you at the door. And as <em><a href="https://inhabitat.com/stay-in-a-giant-wine-barrel-room-overlooking-the-black-forest-in-germany/" target="_blank">Inhabitat</a></em> noted, the barrels are also heated, so you can stay over any time of year.</p><img alt="Wine Barrel Sleeping in Germany at Schlafen im Weinfass "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534519924/Schlafen-im-Weinfass-Germany-WINESLEEP0818.jpg?itok=gSUAf1qA"><p>And while the barrels are an attraction themselves, the views aren't bad either: Inside, guests can look out from the bed to the enormous picture window that perfectly frames the vineyard below.</p><p>And if this sounds enticing, there are even more options around the world for wine barrel accommodations.</p><p>Travelers can spend an <a href="https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/you-can-sleep-in-wine-barrel-in-walla-walla-washington" target="_blank">evening in a barrel in Walla Walla, Washington</a>, on a private residence just up the road from wine country.</p><p>They can cozy up in another barrel in at the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Hotel-de-Vrouwe-van-Stavoren-646583988741169/" target="_blank">Dutch Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren</a> in Stavoren, a town in the northern Netherlands.</p>
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Teens Can Get a Free Trip to Disney World — and Get a Career Jumpstart While They’re There

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 14:00
<p>Next spring, 100 teenagers will get to go on an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World.</p><p>But there’s more to this trip than taking multiple spins on Space Mountain and eating an unlimited amount of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/edible-cookie-dough-at-disney-world" target="_blank">edible cookie dough</a> (although there will be time for that, too).</p><p><a href="https://www.disneydreamersacademy.com/" target="_blank">Disney Dreamers Academy</a>, in partnership with Steve Harvey and <em>ESSENCE Magazine</em>, will select hardworking, creative, and passionate high school students to take part in its annual mentoring program from March 21 to March 24, 2019. Over the four days, Disney World will transform into a temporary classroom, and Dreamers between the ages of 13 and 19 will given the tools to pursue their dreams, however big or small.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-world-interactive-games" target="_blank">The Secret Attraction at Disney World That Most Guests Don’t Know About (Video)</a></p><p>So what all does this mentoring program entail? At the Disney Dreamers Academy, teens will attend presentations led by motivational speakers, celebrities, and business and community leaders; participate in immersive career workshops for industries like animation, culinary arts, journalism, business, and medicine; and develop their communication, networking, and interviewing skills.</p><p>Graduates of the program have found successful jobs in medicine, engineering, journalism, politics, and public relations.</p><p>Students will get to go on behind-the-scenes tours and explore the theme parks during their free time.</p><p>Think you or someone you know has what it takes? The deadline to apply is <a href="https://www.disneydreamersacademy.com/be-a-dreamer/apply/" target="_blank">October 31</a>.</p>
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From Cher to Mariah Carey to Lady Gaga to Aerosmith: All the Stars That Are Performing in Las Vegas

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 13:01
<p>Aerosmith announced this week that they will be returning to the stage — but not for a worldwide tour. Rather, the band is hoping you’ll come to them as part of their new Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at MGM Grand starting in 2019.</p><p>“I feel like we've been out of the wind for a while and it seems like it would be a really cool thing to bring some of the history back, so the production is gonna look like that,” Aerosmith lead gutarist Joe Perry said on TODAY. “We want to bring a show we can't do when we're on the road on a regular tour. A show that still has Aerosmith and all the guts of Aerosmith.”</p><p>And Aerosmith isn’t the only game in town when it comes to epic Las Vegas residencies. Here are just a few of the stellar acts you can catch on the Strip.</p><h2>Celine Dion: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace</h2><p>With 400 Vegas shows under her belt, <a href="http://www.celineinvegas.com/show.php" target="_blank">Dion may be the queen of the Vegas residency</a>. Her show, which began in 2011, is still going strong at The Colosseum. However, if you want to see the Canadian diva in action you better act fast, as the residency is set to end in January of 2019.</p><h2>Mariah Carey: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace</h2><p>Also singing <a href="http://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/shows/mariah-carey" target="_blank">at The Colosseum is superstar Mariah Carey</a>. Her show, according to Caesars, is a more intimate performance by Carey than fans have ever seen before. But fans can still expect her high-impact wardrobe changes throughout.</p><h2>Backstreet Boys: Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort &amp; Casino</h2><p>Backstreet’s back, alright! Everyone’s favorite ‘90s boy band (don’t come at me N’sync fans) is back and now available on the Vegas strip. <a href="http://www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood/shows/backstreet-boys" target="_blank">The show</a>, which began in 2017, features all the band’s favorite hits and even a couple of new songs. But, like Dion, these tickets won’t last forever as the band is expected to wrap up its residency in 2019.</p><h2>Jennifer Lopez: Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood</h2><p>Jennifer “J. Lo” Lopez is wrapping up <a href="http://www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood/shows/jennifer-lopez" target="_blank">her own Vegas residency</a> on September 29. But, if you can score tickets, this high-voltage show is one well-worth seeing. The girl from the Bronx puts on one hell of a glitzy show that the 300,000-plus fans who have seen the show absolutely love.</p><h2>Blink 182: The Palms Las Vegas Residency</h2><p>Is it us, or is there a trend of ‘90s musical icons taking up residency in Vegas? Who cares, they’re all awesome, including Blink 182, who just began <a href="http://www.blink182vegas.com/" target="_blank">their residency at The Palms</a>. The newly-renovated venue is perfect for the newly-renovated band now that Matt Skiba has taken over for <a href="https://www.nme.com/news/music/blink-182-22-1202910" target="_blank">Tom Delonge</a>.</p><h2>Lady Gaga: Park Theater at Park MGM</h2><p>Lady Gaga will also soon be joining this jam-packed Vegas lineup with <a href="http://www.mgmresorts.com/en/entertainment/park-mgm/park-theater/lady-gaga.html" target="_blank">her own residency at the Park Theater</a> at the Park MGM resort on December 28, 2018. Her show is expected to be filled with her dance classic hits, as well as stripped-down performances of her beloved songs. Tickets to her show are already on sale, and selling like hot cakes, so pick up yours now.</p><h2>Cher: Park Theater at Park MGM</h2><p>Last and definitely the MOST, Cher is continuing her Las Vegas performances this October and November. <a href="https://www.mgmresorts.com/en/entertainment/park-mgm/park-theater/cher.html" target="_blank">Select dates only</a>, so if you want to see the Goddess of Pop, don't wait to buy your tickets and book the trip.</p><p>If you need a little more help figuring out what to do in Vegas, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/las-vegas-nevada" target="_blank">check out T+L's guide to sin city</a>.</p>
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This Prairie Dress Makes for an Unexpectedly Perfect Travel Uniform

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 10:32
<p>It can be incredibly tempting to splurge on an outfit that seems perfect for an upcoming trip. We know; you have to have that sequin bikini for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/where-to-go-for-carnival-caribbean" target="_blank">Carnival</a>. And that Dolce &amp; Gabbana dress is begging to be packed for the Amalfi Coast. But after a few perfect pictures, is the splurge really worth it? I never saw the opportunity to wear either item again.</p><p>Instead, make your next investment piece an <em>actual</em> investment by treating yourself to something that’ll serve you well for all kinds of future destinations.</p><p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/becknyc/?hl=en" target="_blank">Rebecca Hessel Cohen</a>, the designer behind <a href="https://www.loveshackfancy.com/" target="_blank">LoveShackFancy</a>, knows a thing or two about “gypset” style. Globetrotting from one far-flung destination to the next is part of her life. Whether it’s a visit to the English countryside, a trot through the Upper East Side in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, or a jaunt over to the beach in Ibiza, she’s somehow mastered that effortlessly dreamy and equally versatile wardrobe with a line of bohemian dresses and separates that deserve a suitcase spot on every adventure.</p><p>Below, here's how we'd take LoveShackFancy's romantic “Angie” dress from country to city to coast.</p><h2><br />Country Style</h2><img alt="how to wear a prairie dress "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534529080/prarie-dress-country-ONEDRESS0818.jpg?itok=Va6HDWi6"><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Janessa Leone hat, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.fwrd.com/product-janessa-leone-klint-hat-in-natural/JLEO-WH16/" target="_blank">fwrd.com</a>, $180<br />Madewell belt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.madewell.com/medium-perfect-leather-belt-99103590760.html" target="_blank">madewell.com</a>, $45<br />LoveShackFancy dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1062070/LoveShackFancy/angie-gathered-floral-print-cotton-maxi-dress" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $475<br />Allude sweater, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1069644/Allude/melange-cashmere-cardigan" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $700<br />Olli Ella luggy, <a href="https://www.maisonette.com/home-decor/decor/storage/big-luggy-basket-natural" target="_blank">maisonette.com</a>, $129<br />Gucci socks, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.matchesfashion.com/us/products/1214279" target="_blank">matchesfashion.com</a>, $255<br />The Row boots, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/910463/the_row/eros-shearling-trimmed-suede-ankle-boots" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $595</p><h2>City Style</h2><img alt="how to wear a prairie dress "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534529080/city-dress-DRESS0818.jpg?itok=L5CffK7I"><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Laura Lombardi hoops, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1088279/Laura_Lombardi/gold-tone-hoop-earrings" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $110<br />Jennifer Behr bow barrette, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/jennifer-behr-wide-grosgrain-bow-barrette-prod211920254" target="_blank">neimanmarcus.com</a>, $152<br />LoveShackFancy dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1062070/LoveShackFancy/angie-gathered-floral-print-cotton-maxi-dress" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $475<br />Madewell jean jacket, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.madewell.com/the-jean-jacket-in-pinter-wash-99104264151.html" target="_blank">madewell.com</a>, $118<br />Vans slip-on, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.zappos.com/p/vans-classic-slip-on-core-classics-black-and-white-checker-white-canvas/product/7226411/color/382554" target="_blank">zappos.com</a>, $50<br />Blooming Dreamer basket, <a href="https://bloomingdreamer.co.uk/collections/frontpage/products/birken-basket-mini" target="_blank">bloomingdreamer.co.uk</a>, $142<br />“Heart Talk” book, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Talk-Poetic-Wisdom-Better/dp/1501177346" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $15</p><h2>Coastal Style</h2><img alt="how to wear a prairie dress "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534529080/prarie-dress-coast-ONEDRESS0818.jpg?itok=3oWVe5RO"><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Elder Statesman sweater, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/the-elder-statesman-hornets-jumper--item-12697466.aspx?storeid=9218" target="_blank">farfetch.com</a>, $1,570<br />LoveShackFancy dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1062070/LoveShackFancy/angie-gathered-floral-print-cotton-maxi-dress" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $475<br />LHD x Eres swim top, <a href="https://lhd.us/collections/swimwear/products/lhd-x-eres" target="_blank">lhd.us</a>, $220<br />LHD x Eres swim bottom, <a href="https://lhd.us/collections/swimwear/products/lhd-x-eres-bikini-bottom" target="_blank">lhd.us</a>, $195<br />Illesteva sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1062757/Illesteva/pamela-cat-eye-acetate-sunglasses" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $220<br />Brinker and Eliza earrings, <a href="https://brinkerandeliza.com/product/grey-lady-huggie-earrings/" target="_blank">brinkerandeliza.com</a>, $88<br />Alienina bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1076816/Alienina/woven-cotton-bucket-bag" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $200<br />St. Agni sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1048099/ST_AGNI/henni-leather-and-rattan-slides" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $130</p>
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United Will Soon Charge More for Economy Seats Toward the Front of the Plane

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 17:05
<p>United Airlines will soon begin charging extra for seats toward the front of the economy cabin, <a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/United-to-charge-extra-for-economy-seats-in-front-of-cabin" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em> reported</a>. The change comes with the introduction of <a href="http://unitedcorporatepreferred.com/" target="_blank">new corporate perks for business clients</a>.</p><p>Preferred corporate clients as well as passengers United's Mileage Plus Premier status will have access to booking the front economy seats without paying a fee, according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>. But regular economy passengers will now see these seats available only for an additional fee. If they don't want to pay, they can select a seat toward the back of the plane.</p><p>United, of course, isn’t alone in charging more for “select” economy seats. Budget airlines like Norwegian Air and Spirit Airlines charge an additional fee to select a specific seat ahead of time, as do legacy airlines like American when passengers buy <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/american-airlines-basic-economy-carry-ons" target="_blank">a basic economy ticket</a>. Etihad Airways now charges more for people to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airlines-charging-for-seat-assignments" target="_blank">select their seats in economy</a> class. With that airline, passengers can expect to pay $25 to select a standard seat.</p><img alt="United's preferred seating "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534521655/united-MOREECON0817.jpg?itok=durzIoen"><p>United has not yet announced pricing for the front economy seats. However, according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>, if the seats are not yet filled by the time passengers are checking in, they will be available first come, first serve, no extra fee required.</p>
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Tourist Killed by Hippo While Taking a Photo in Kenya

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:32
<p>A <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/safaris/hippo-safari-tour-africa" target="_blank">hippopotamus</a> attacked and killed a Taiwanese tourist who was attempting to take a picture over the weekend, according to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).</p><p>Chang Ming Chuang was tracking the hippo at <a href="http://www.kws.go.ke/park-activities/viewing-lake-naivasha" target="_blank">Lake Naivasha</a>, about 55 miles outside of Nairobi, when he was bitten and killed. A second companion was also bitten but survived.</p><p>The two were rushed to the hospital immediately following the incident, the <em><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45162747" target="_blank">BBC reported</a></em>, and Chuang was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital due to profuse bleeding.</p><p>"Our officers tracked and shot the animal after the incident," KWS warden Nelson Cheruiyot told the <em>BBC</em>.</p><p>According to the head of a local boat owners’ association, hippos have been wandering further from their lakes this summer due to higher-than-normal water levels. They have sought out pasture at nearby hotels and farms.</p><p>Hippos <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-36320744" target="_blank">kill about 500 people in Africa every year</a>. This year alone, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45162747" target="_blank">six people have been killed</a> by hippos in the area surrounding Naivasha.</p><p>Despite sustaining themselves on a plant-based diet, <a href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/hippos-play-attack-lion-crocodile-africa-spd/" target="_blank">hippos can be very aggressive</a>. The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/animal-tourism-ethics" target="_blank">animals</a> are capable of cracking a canoe in half with the force of their jaws and can run at the same speed as a human when under distress.</p>
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You Can Actually Sit on Giant Lily Pads in This Taipei Park

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:01
<p>As Kermit the Frog once said, “It isn’t easy being green.” But if being green involves hanging out on a lily pad, we’ll take it any day.</p><p>At <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g13806879-d6956260-Reviews-Shuang_Xi_Park-Shilin_Taipei.html" target="_blank">Shuangxi Park in Taipei, Taiwan</a>, visitors can enjoy some time on the water living like the frogs do by hopping on giant lily pads during a special exhibition held by the City Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO), <a href="https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/16/these-giant-water-lilies-are-so-big-you-can-sit-on-them-and-float-around-7846999/" target="_blank"><em>Metro</em> reported</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/giant-lily-pads-reappear-in-paraguay" target="_blank">These Gorgeous, Giant Lily Pads Are Back 10 Years After Everyone Thought They Went Extinct</a></p><img alt=" A little girl rests on a giant leaf of a Victoria during an aquatic plants exhibition at the Shuangxi Park in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534436454/shuangxi-park-lily-pads-taipei-taiwan-2-float-LILYFLOAT0818.jpg?itok=XxaqvgNv"><p>Huge Victoria Water Lily leaves are so large that small adults and children up to about 140 pounds can actually sit on them. The Horticulture Management Division for the city told <em><a href="https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3502123" target="_blank">Taiwan News</a></em> that staff members have been caring for the rare plants to shield them from damage from weather and animals in the area, and some pads have grown to over five feet in diameter.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airlines-taiwan-china" target="_blank">Why You Can No Longer Book a Flight From the U.S. to Taiwan</a></p><p>Since the plants are rare and deceptively delicate, people are only allowed to “sit” on the pads for about a minute before moving on. Staff also puts down a plastic barrier to protect the leaves, <em>Metro </em>reported.</p><p>The office has been holding similar events since 2014 that were well received, according to <em>Taiwan News</em>, but this year might be the last year they hold the event due to climate conditions and an inordinate amount of pests inhibiting the leaves’ growth.</p><p>“Cutworms and snails will eat the plants. If we don’t fight them, the leaves would be cut off while they are still small. There would be many tiny holes in the leaves, rendering them unable to grow,” PSLO officer Lin Chao-Chin told <em>Metro</em>.</p><img alt="Taipei's Taiwan. 11th Sep, 2014. A performer rests on a giant leaf of a Victoria during an aquatic plants exhibition at the Shuangxi Park in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534436454/shuangxi-park-lily-pads-taipei-taiwan-float-LILYFLOAT0818.jpg?itok=plaEkOXq"><p>However, the office is still holding 12 sessions to allow people to sit on the leaves, which began on the morning of Aug. 14. There will also be sessions on Aug. 16, 18, 21, 23, and 25. There will be two open sessions, one beginning at 9 a.m. and one beginning at 2 p.m.,<em> Taiwan News</em> reported. Only up to 60 people will be allowed for each session.</p><p>More information on registering for sessions and visiting the park can be found on the <a href="https://pkl.gov.taipei/News_Content.aspx?n=418B0CCE0787413C&amp;s=4DE3356051584F3E&amp;sms=9D72E82EC16F3E64" target="_blank">event’s website</a>. The website is in Chinese and requires Google Translate for non-speakers.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at This Design-Forward Sleep in Jerusalem

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:16
<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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Israel: 30 percent off at the <a href="http://www.mamillahotel.com" target="_blank">Mamilla</a> hotel, a Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni-designed property in the heart of Jerusalem. Don’t miss the hammam and watsu pool at the pampering spa and the views of the Old City from the rooftop terrace.</p><p>Travel + Leisure Promotion includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in a Residence Suite<p>Original Price: From $810 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price</strong>: From $567 per night; book now for stays between November 25, 2018 and February 28, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Call 972.2.5482200 or email the reservations department directly at <a href="mailto:Reservations@AlrovHotels.com">Reservations@AlrovHotels.com</a>. Mention the booking code “TLSUITES” to receive the promotional rates. </p><p>Availability: Blackout dates from December 21, 2018 - January 3, 2019.</p>
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This River Cruise Company Is Going Adults Only

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 09:22
<p>Sorry, kids. <a href="https://www.vikingcruises.com/" target="_blank">Viking River Cruises</a> are for adults only from now on.</p><p>The cruise line has updated its travel policy, raising the minimum age of travelers from 12 to 18 as of August 1, <a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/River-Cruising/Uniworld-ship-in-France-getting-makeover" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em> reported</a>. Any customers who have booked before then (regardless of when they depart) but still have family members under 18 will still be able to travel on Viking through the end of 2019.</p><p>Otherwise, passengers must be 18 before their date of departure.</p><p>“Due to the nature of our cruise and travel itineraries, the carrier does not maintain facilities or services on our ships for individuals under the age of 18 years,” the <a href="https://www.vikingcruises.com/terms-conditions/index.html" target="_blank">new policy states</a>.</p><p>The new change comes as a way to create uniformity across all of Viking’s lines — the company’s ocean liners already allows only travelers over 18.</p><p>“Viking has always offered experiences that are designed for travelers who are 50 and older, with interests in history, art, culture and exploration,” Richard Marnell, Viking's senior vice president of marketing, told <em>Travel Weekly</em>. “We had allowed a degree of flexibility in the minimum age for travel, but increasingly our guests have told us how much they appreciate an environment where they can travel without children.”</p><p>Every cruise line has different guidelines on age, so it’s important to check with the company about their age and other policies when booking.</p>
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Man Steals Plane, Crashes It Into His Own Home

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 08:19
<p>A Utah man died Monday after intentionally flying a Cessna 525 Citation Jet into his home. The man’s wife and her son were inside the home at the time of the crash but survived.</p><p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/us/utah-plane-crash/index.html" target="_blank">According to CNN</a>, 47-year-old Duane Youd, the pilot of the plane, had been arrested hours earlier by police in American Fork Canyon, located 35 miles south of Salt Lake City on suspicion of domestic assault.</p><p>“They had been drinking and an argument broke out and he started hitting her and some witnesses called in to police to say a guy was hitting a woman,” said Payson Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.</p><p>However, Youd was released on bail around 1 a.m. at which time he went back to his home, picked up his belongings, got in his car, and left for the airport. Youd, who was the only person inside the plane, subsequently crashed the aircraft into the home an hour later.</p><p>“[The plane] just got lower and lower,” neighbor Slade Buhler told <a href="https://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/officials-pilot-crashed-plane-into-own-home-after-domestic-violence-incident/1365243867" target="_blank">Good 4 Utah</a>. “All of a sudden a huge ball of orange fire. I couldn't believe it.”</p><p>Youd’s other children were not inside the home, which he owned with his wife. <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/pilot-dies-plane-crashes-utah-home-couple-inside/story?id=57152375" target="_blank">ABC reported</a> that he called his children prior to the crash to tell them to “go stay at their mother's house” instead, which they did.</p><p>According to Sandoval, Youd was a licensed pilot who flew professionally for a construction company, which is listed as the owner of the plane. The National Transportation Safety Board is assisting with the investigation.</p>
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A Hurricane Could Hit Hawaii Next Week

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 07:23
<p>Hurricane Lane, the sixth hurricane in the eastern Pacific so far this season, could make impact with Hawaii early next week.</p><p>Meteorologists predict that the hurricane could pass over Hawaii’s Big Island on Tuesday or Wednesday. If it passes directly over the state, residents could experience strong winds and coastal flooding. Although the storm could miss Hawaii, <a href="https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_ep4+shtml/024529.shtml?cone" target="_blank">the National Hurricane Center warns</a> that “hazardous conditions could occur outside” of the predicted path.</p><img alt="East Pacific Storms - NOAA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534518330/epac-HURRILANE0818.gif?itok=iCfc7SmV"><p>Here's a closer view of Hawaii, in the center:</p><img alt="Central Pacific Storms - NOAA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534518330/cpac-HURRILANE0818.gif?itok=dE-qTxzw"><p>Earlier this month, Hurricane Hector was also predicted to hit Hawaii but the storm weakened into a Category 3 and <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2018/08/07/hurricane-hector-forecast-slide-south-hawaii-category-4-storm/923345002/" target="_blank">slid just south of the island</a>.</p><p>While there are still many different directions Lane could take, residents are urged to keep an eye on the storm, <a href="http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38890702/tropical-storm-lane-forms-in-east-pacific" target="_blank"><em>Hawaii News Now</em> reported</a>. The storm is predicted to rapidly intensify over the coming days, due to its tight inner core and warm water below.</p><p>Hurricane Lane’s winds are currently in excess of 80 miles per hour — although it’s still about 1,500 from the coast of Hawaii. The impact of the storm will depend on how much latitude it gains as it moves through the Pacific, <a href="https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-08-16-tropical-storm-hurricane-lane-hawaii-forecast" target="_blank">according to Weather.com</a>.</p><p>Hawaii is still battling the Kilauea Volcano eruption. Earlier this week, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a lull in volcanic activity, but Kilauea remains hazardous. There is still “active lava within crusted lava pond,” <a href="https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/" target="_blank">according to the agency</a>. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to dangerous conditions.</p>
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Inside the Luxury Riad Where Madonna Celebrated Her 60th Birthday

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 06:00
<p>To celebrate her 60th birthday this week, Madonna rented out a riad in Marrakech. But unlike that one house rental you may have split with friends that one time, Madonna’s holiday rental was a 28-room luxury riad near the Marrakech medina.</p><p><a href="https://el-fenn.com/about-us/" target="_blank">El Fenn</a> is located a few minutes’ walk away from the center Djemaa el Fna square. From the roof of the riad, guests have clear views of the Koutoubia Mosque minaret and the sizzling energy of the medina below.</p><p>El Fenn is a favorite among the fashion set for its unique interiors. Although the entire place is brimming with traditional Moroccan influence, the layout is unique. El Fenn is made up of several different buildings and courtyards. Every single room has its own special flair, decorated with vintage furniture and painted in different jewel tones.</p><p>Madonna is likely staying in one of the hotel’s two plunge pool rooms (<a href="https://el-fenn.com/room-types/plunge-pool-rooms/" target="_blank">available starting at $718 per night</a>). The brightly festooned rooms come with a private terrace, private rooftop pool, and hand-stitched camel leather floors.</p><p>The hotel also features an on-site spa, which offers a traditional Moroccan hammam and black soap scrub.</p><p>In the days leading up to her birthday, Madonna spent time enjoying the city. She browsed the wares of the souks, including an encounter with bees on fresh honey.</p><p>And wandered the “Labyrinth of the Medina during the Call to Prayer,” she wrote on Instagram.</p>
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This Brew Train Serves Craft Beers and Scenic Views of the Colorado Wilderness (Video)

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:47
<p>If you’re a fan of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/beer" target="_blank">craft beer</a> and nature, there’s a Colorado train ride that was made for you — but it only comes around once or twice a year.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.durangotrain.com/events/durango-brew-train-0#.W3SLty2ZOqA" target="_blank">Durango Brew Train</a>, which takes passengers along the Animus River while they sample local craft beers, is typically run twice a year, in early and late September. In 2018, due to mud slides, there will only be one trip, on Sept. 29. </p><p>As part of the experience, you’ll board a vintage 1920s steam train with several local brewers, each of whom will give you samples of their beers ranging from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/boutique-hotels/brewdog-beer-hotel" target="_blank">IPAs</a> to stouts.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/dunton-hot-springs-colorado" target="_blank">This Former Ghost Town Is Now the Ultimate Unplugged Mountain Retreat</a></p><img alt="Sample beers from local brewers on Colorado's Durango Brew Train. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534365878/durango-brew-train-interiors-BREWTRAIN0818.jpg?itok=ed1gD6vE"><p>The brewers on board will be happy to teach beer lovers about the history of some of their favorite beers and give out inside tips on brewing at home.</p><p>You'll find first class seats for $180 in glass dome cars and standard seats with window views or open gondola seats facing the scenery for $116. Prices include tax and tip.</p><p>The train will glide along tracks hundreds of feet above the Animus River, one of the last remaining free flowing rivers in the western U.S., starting off in the San Juan Mountains before riding past some of Colorado's most spectacular canyon scenery.</p><img alt="Get sky-high views over the Animas River on the Durango Brew Train. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534365878/durango-brew-train-river-view-BREWTRAIN0818.jpg?itok=ibTzGwLf"><p>You’ll see farmlands, old stagecoach roads, remote power plants, old mining camps, snow-capped mountain peaks that soar over 14,000 feet, and wildlife that range from deer and elk to black bears, bighorn sheep, geese, and foxes.</p><p>The train will also stop at Cascade Canyon in the wilderness portion of the San Juan National Forest, where you’ll be treated to a two-hour party consisting of live music, Bavarian treats like pretzels, and of course, beer.</p><img alt="You'll sample Bavarian treats as part of your journey on the Durango Brew Train. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534365878/durango-brew-train-german-snacks-BREWTRAIN0818.jpg?itok=6CuEKC8_"><img alt="Buttered pretzels are one of the Bavarian treats offered on Colorado's Durango Brew Train. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534365878/durango-brew-train-bavarian-pretzels-BREWTRAIN0818.jpg?itok=P9w5JLme"><p>You’ll want to <a href="http://www.durangotrain.com/events/durango-brew-train-0#.W3WpFZMrJTY" target="_blank">book your tickets quick</a> before they sell out, but if you can't make it, Durango offers several other train excursions, including a <a href="http://www.durangotrain.com/events/wine-rails" target="_blank">wine train</a>. </p>
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Man Calls in Fake Bomb Threat Because He Was Running Late to His Flight

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:17
<p>If you think you'll miss your flight, there are tried-and-true options for handling the situation. For instance, <a href="https://www.fareboom.com/News/Details/1002622/-ive-missed-my-flight-heres-what-to-do" target="_blank">as <em>FareBoom</em> notes</a>, you can often call the airline if you’re running late, and get booked on a later flight with very little difficulty.</p><p>What you should NOT do is call in a fake bomb threat to the airport.</p><p>A French man who lives in <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">London</a> did exactly that when he was attempting to delay his flight from London to <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> in May of this year.</p><p>When Jacob Meir Abdellak arrived late to the airport, staff would not allow him to board the flight, although it had not yet taken off, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-hoax-flight/man-jailed-for-hoax-bomb-call-so-he-could-catch-uk-flight-to-los-angeles-idUSKBN1L11B2" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>. He called in a fake threat involving a “noxious substance likely to create serious risk to human health” about 8 minutes before the flight was scheduled to depart. As a result, passengers had to deplane and be rescreened. The flight itself was delayed by 90 minutes, Reuters reported.</p><p>Authorities found that the fake call came from the same number Abdellak used when booking. When he arrived at the airport later in the month for a different flight, he was arrested. He was tried in court and sentenced to 10 months in prison, according to Reuters.</p><p>“This turned out to be the worst decision he could have made,” Gatwick Police Chief Inspector Marc Clothier told Reuters, saying that calling in the threat was “ridiculous.”</p><p>While ridiculous, this isn't the first time someone has called in a fake bomb threat to an airport for alleged personal gain. In 2016, a man in New York called in a bomb threat to try to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/bomb-threat-flight" target="_blank">keep his girlfriend's flight from leaving</a>.</p>
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Elizabeth Hurley Looks Like She’s Having the Time of Her Life on a Yacht in Greece

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:02
<p>If you’re looking for new #VacationGoals, look no further than Elizabeth Hurley.</p><p>The British-born beauty has been Instagramming up a storm from her glamorous getaway. Though the actress didn’t specifically say where she was traveling to, she did leave fans a clue by hashtagging #PrivateGG. And, if you follow the tag, it will lead you straight to other Instagrammers who use the tag while traveling on a boat named — you guessed it — PrivateGG.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/the-superyacht-directory/private-gg--89673" target="_blank">Boat International</a>, PrivateGG is a luxury megayacht that was built in Italy and placed in the water sometime in 2018. In total, the boat can fit seven guests and four crew members.</p><p>On board, guests like Hurley can enjoy a unique indoor/outdoor living setup and indulge in plush amenities. </p><p>“With Private GG we have upgraded the 27 <a href="https://www.wally.com/wallyace/wallyace-2018-unveiling.html" target="_blank">Wallyace</a> introducing larger unobstructed windows of the superstructure to enhance the inside-outside living experience.” Luca Bassani, Wally president, told <a href="https://www.wally.com/news/private-gg.html" target="_blank">Boat International</a>.</p><p>Currently, the boat appears to be traveling through the waters off the coast of Greece, with Hurley on board.</p><p>As her Instagram photos proved, she’s having a hell of a time playing with the boat’s toys.</p><p>And she’s certainly getting enough vitamin D by soaking up the sun on the boat’s back deck.</p><p>Hurley isn’t the only famous person to board the PrivateGG. In July, famed fashion designer Valentino joined actress <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/gwyneth-paltrow-bachelorette-party-cabo-mexico" target="_blank">Gwyneth Paltrow</a> for a little sail.</p><p>While renting out <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/luxury-travel/customize-luxury-yacht-online" target="_blank">megayachts</a> may be out of reach for the not so rich and famous, there is another way: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/small-ocean-cruise-ships#celebrity-cruises-xploration-10" target="_blank">small ship cruising</a>.</p><p>Small-ship ocean cruise lines only carry up to 249 passengers at a time, meaning each passenger gets more one-on-one attention from staff to make it feel like their own ship. And, luckily for wannabe sailors, these trips offer journeys all over the world. No A-list movie star status needed.</p>
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This Dream Job Will Send You and a Friend Around the World to Drink Gin

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 16:58
<p>If you love gin, are passionate about travel, and have a friend you love to travel with, this is the job for you.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/london-insiders-guide" target="_blank">London</a> bar group Mr. Fogg’s is partnering with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/bombay-sapphire-gin-train-london" target="_blank">Bombay Sapphire</a> to hire one person — and their friend — to traverse the globe while sampling gin on an all-expenses-paid getaway.</p><p>The job is being offered to celebrate the launch of the brand’s new bar, Mr. Fogg’s Society of Exploration, which opens on September 14 and is inspired by Jules Vernes’ protagonist in “Around the World in 80 Days,” Phileas Fogg.</p><p>The 80-day trip will take the lucky pair to destinations including Hong Kong, Paris, New York City, San Francisco, Bombay and beyond, on a journey similar to the one in the novel.</p><p>The world travelers will be responsible for documenting their travels, sampling gin and collecting botanicals and ingredients to help create a new cocktail that will be a part of the new bar's menu.</p><p>Candidates must be at least 21 years old and have a valid passport, should be good at photography and social media, and be a “lover of the unknown” to be part of this multi-country itinerary.</p><p>The chosen candidates will receive a payment upon returning from the trip, however the company has not specified the amount.</p><p>Applications <a href="https://www.mr-foggs.com/around-the-world/" target="_blank">must be submitted by August 27</a>.</p>
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A Walking Tour Discovered a Secret Section of the Berlin Wall 29 Years After Its Fall (Video)

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:58
<p>A 65-foot section of the Berlin Wall was accidentally discovered earlier this summer by a group of people on a walking tour.</p><p>This week, Berlin gave the newly discovered section status as a protected piece of history to coincide with the the 57th anniversary of the wall’s construction.</p><p>In June, Ephraim Gothe, a local politician, set out on a walking tour with a group of constituents. While walking, they discovered a section of the wall hidden underneath vines and covered in a layer of graffiti.</p><p>“There can always be new smaller sections hidden somewhere around the city,” a spokesperson for the Berlin Wall Foundation <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/new-berlin-wall-section-found-by-trekkers/a-45067356" target="_blank">told German newspaper <em>DW</em></a>.</p><p>The newly found section of wall is in a residential zone of northwest Berlin, in the shadow of headquarters for the German intelligence agency BND. The Berlin Wall Foundation believes the section laid undiscovered for so long simply because it did not look like the main section of the wall.</p><p>The discovery was part of a “smaller, preliminary wall which separated the death strip from East Berlin,” <a href="https://www.thelocal.de/20180814/new-section-of-berlin-wall-discovered-by-accident-in-a-park" target="_blank">according to <em>The Local Germany</em></a>.</p><p>“Our experts were able to confirm its authenticity based on the materials used to build it and its measurements,” a spokesperson for the Berlin Wall Foundation <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/world/europe/berlin-wall.html" target="_blank">told <em>The New York Times</em></a>. “In addition, there were metal poles protruding from it that were used as lampposts and stones that looked like those from the path that ran through the death strip.”</p><p>“I was totally surprised that there were still undiscovered bits,” Gothe told DPA, a German press agency.</p><p>East Germany began construction of the wall on August 13, 1961. It was demolished by residents 27 years later on November 9, 1989.</p>
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10 Perfect Last-minute Labor Day Weekend Destinations

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:51
<p>If you haven't yet planned a trip for Labor Day, don’t despair. You still have plenty of options. Whether you’re craving a quiet day on a pink-sand beach or a hypnotizing zip down a mountain, you’re only a flight, car, or train ride away from an excellent Labor Day weekend getaway.</p><p>To lessen the hassle of planning, Kristiana Choquet, a luxury travel advisor with <a href="https://www.ovationvacations.com/" target="_blank">Ovation Vacations</a> in New York, suggests deciding what to do from the outset. Would you prefer to fly or stay closer to home? Paraglide or scarf down lobster rolls? “That helps narrow down options,” she said, and will make your life infinitely easier.</p><p>Also helpful: keeping your budget in mind. A weekend of spa treatments may sound sweet, but not if your wallet can’t take it. To that end, keep a lookout for last-minute getaway deals and stay local to help cut down travel time. Here are 10 last-minute Labor Day weekend ideas you're sure to love.</p><h2>Bermuda</h2><p>This <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bermuda" target="_blank">pink-sand destination</a> is “fantastic for families,” said Choquet, and super accessible for those on the East (flights from <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a> clock in at <a href="https://www.google.com/flights/#flt=/m/02_286.BDA.2018-09-01*BDA./m/02_286.2018-09-05;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">about two and a half hours</a>). Explore the charming island by bike — ask for a non-motorized “pedal bike,” which is safer than a moped — and hit the Bermuda Railway, which follows an old 22-mile-long railway.</p><h2>South Carolina Lowcountry</h2><p>This coastal stretch of South Carolina is teeming with natural beauty and mouthwatering food, says Choquet. Suck down a raspberry milkshake at Husk, then pay a visit to Angel Oak, a 65-foot live oak tree that’s around 300 years old. For accommodation, Choquet likes Montage Palmetto Bluff, an “amazing getaway” set on 20,000 acres with tons of family-friendly activities like lawn games, scavenger hunts and nature trails.</p><h2>Chesapeake Bay, Maryland</h2><p>The famous estuary is the ultimate New England escape, says Choquet. Wander around historic Chestertown or catch a passenger-only ferry to Smith Island, where you can hear old-timey Elizabethan accents and devour Smith Island Cake (the state dessert). Choquet suggests staying at the pet-friendly Hyatt Regency, equipped with an indoor pool and River Marsh Marina.</p><h2>Newport, Rhode Island</h2><p>On the Classic Coast, families can choose their own beach adventure, from the rocky shoreline of Cliff Walk to peaceful Gooseberry Beach. Outdoorsy types can head to Surfer’s End on Sachuest Beach for kayaking and kite flying, while Third Beach is set in a sleepy cove, making it perfect for curling up with a book.</p><h2>Bar Harbor, Maine</h2><img alt="Bay in Acadia National Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534282589/acadia-national-park-maine-LABORDAYAWAY0818.jpg?itok=72IOKz5k"><p>Tucked on the northeastern side of Mount Desert Island, this tiny seaside resort packs an adventurous punch, says <a href="https://www.jetsetworldtravel.com/" target="_blank">Jetset World Travel advisor Julia Davis</a>. Pick out the “Mainer” accents, revel in the coastal beauty — the rocky shores of the Schoodic Region in Acadia National Park are perfect for wandering — and feast on the best lobster rolls in North America.</p><h2>Saratoga, Wyoming</h2><p>Park the family at the picture-esque <a href="https://www.brushcreekranch.com/" target="_blank">Brush Creek Ranch</a>, just 20 miles southeast of historic Saratoga. Beyond the stunning views of the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges, you’ll find plenty to do, says Davis, from horseback riding to fly fishing to shooting sports and hiking. Be sure to carve out time for yoga overlooking the Platte River Valley.</p><h2>Santa Barbara, California</h2><p>The perfect jump-off point for a day trip to Ojai or <a href="https://www.solvangusa.com/" target="_blank">Solvang</a>, Santa Barbara “feels worlds away from it all but is easily accessible,” said Davis. Here you can happily plop yourself at the beach or check out attractions like Casa del Herrero, a stunning example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Hungry? Eat (and drink) your way through downtown on a <a href="https://www.tastesantabarbarafoodtours.com/" target="_blank">Taste Santa Barbara Food Tour</a>.</p><h2>Aspen, Colorado</h2><img alt="Stunning Maroon Bells peaks and trail leading to Maroon Lake in summer near Aspen, Colorado "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534282589/aspen-colorado-LABORDAYAWAY0818.jpg?itok=Jeke44Jr"><p>If the mountains are calling your name, head to Aspen for live music (Jazz Aspen Snowmass happens Labor Day weekend), and a tour of the colorful Maroon Bells mountains. For the truly adventurous, there’s <a href="http://www.aspenparagliding.com/" target="_blank">Aspen Paragliding</a>, which can help you tick tandem jumping off your bucket list.</p><h2>Mackinac Island, Michigan</h2><p>This <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/historic-mackinac-island-michigan" target="_blank">classic getaway</a> offers plenty of natural wonders for kids and parents alike, says Davis: The Original Butterfly House and Insect World, whose tropical garden is home to hundreds of specimens from four continents and Fort Mackinac, where the past comes to life with the clang of an anvil. Watch for a rare glimpse of a beaver family on Loop 3 of the Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.</p><h2>Montauk, New York</h2><p>New York’s most eastern point isn’t just about the beach, although you can blissfully spend the day building sandcastles at nearby <a href="https://parks.ny.gov/parks/122/" target="_blank">Hither Hills State Park</a>. Other must-dos on Davis’ list include renting boats by the hour at Uihlein’s Marina and hitting Lake Montauk for water skiing; burning off energy at the playground at Hank Zebrowski Park and sampling the retro frozen treats at John’s Drive-In.</p>
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This New Luxury ‘Wandering Hotel’ Will Pop Up in Locations From Italy to Brazil to Cambodia

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:01
<p>On a day as bright and clean as a scrubbed deck, I was sitting in a sky-blue fishing boat anchored in a cove just off the coast of southern <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/travel-puglia-italy" target="_blank">Puglia</a>, where the heel of the Italian boot points into the Mediterranean. I’d just been for a swim in the translucent water and was eating the coral-colored roe of a sea urchin that, 10 minutes earlier, had been clamped to a rock beneath the waves.</p><p>A stocky, tanned 17-year-old named Giuseppe — one of those rare blond southern Italians — had dived for the urchins. Back on the boat, his father, Rocco, split open each spiny black ball with a pocket knife. Then he’d grabbed a handful of friselle (a type of Puglian dried roll) and served them topped with the scooped-out roe, some halved tomatoes, and a spiral of olive oil. As I ate, I felt the tingle of sea salt crystallizing on my back. No Michelin-starred restaurant could have bettered this — it was perfect.</p><img alt="Thierry Teyssier in Puglia, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176900/thierry-teyssier-puglia-italy-HOTELCLUB0918.jpg?itok=9dTcC5-c"><p>Italy is good at these serendipitous moments, but this one wasn’t quite as spontaneous as it seemed. All of a sudden I remembered something my host in Puglia, a genial Frenchman named Thierry Teyssier, had said to me on the phone 10 days earlier. “When I discover a beach, or a cave, or a boat,” he said, “I picture your entire moment. Something new on the plate in front of you is as important as the boat, the fisherman. Everything must be part of the scene.”</p><p>At the time, it had sounded like a metaphor to illustrate the importance of detail in the planning of Teyssier’s new travel project: <a href="http://700000 heures.com" target="_blank">700,000 Heures</a>. Now I realized he had been thinking of a real boat, a real fisherman, and a real “something new on the plate.” Oh, and a real cave, too. On our way to lunch, the boat had entered a sea cave, a Blue Grotto without the tourists, alive with shards of light.</p><img alt="Landscape of Puglia, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176900/cave-breakfast-puglia-italy-HOTELCLUB0918.jpg?itok=ZYeBKhzT"><p>The name 700,000 Heures derives from the amount of time the average person in the developed world spends on earth (it’s a shade less than 80 years, but somehow it seems shockingly brief when expressed in hours). Teyssier describes his new venture as “the first wandering hotel in the world.” It involves taking over existing properties for months at a time, often renting them from owners who are already considering turning their homes into hotels or guest houses, and creating a range of experiences both inside and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/null-stern-hotel-no-roof-no-walls" target="_blank">outside their walls</a>.</p><p>Teyssier is the visionary behind Dar Ahlam, a <em>maison d’hôte</em><i> </i>in Morocco’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/richard-branson-other-resort-kasbah-tamadot" target="_blank">Atlas Mountains</a>. Since opening in 2002, the property has become one of the most influential hotels of the 21st century. It’s not the stunning casbah setting or the perfectly pared-back décor that makes it so: plenty of other hotels do nice locations and nice interiors. At Dar Ahlam (which means “house of dreams” in Arabic), it’s the way the guest experience is laced with surprises that has made it such a bucket-list legend. Famously, the hotel has no restaurant — because guests rarely eat any two meals in the same place. Instead, staff whisk them from one immaculately staged romantic setting to the next.</p><p>It comes as no surprise to discover that Teyssier has a background in theater design, later parlayed into a career in events management. In the wake of Dar Ahlam’s success, he has extended the formula to create a four-day journey, La Route du Sud, through the ravishingly stark landscapes of southern Morocco, as well as to open temporary hotels in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-cities-in-brazil-for-vacation" target="_blank">Paraty, Brazil</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/wine/douro-valley-wine-tour" target="_blank">Portugal’s Douro Valley</a>.</p><p>Teyssier is running 700,000 Heures as a club, with membership available from its website (guests who prefer not to join can book via one of 50 approved travel agents). The most basic level of membership costs just under $3,000 for two people — an annual charge of $585 plus a $2,340 one-off entry fee. This amount is then gradually deducted from the cost of the trips you take, in the form of a 20 percent discount each time you check out of a 700,000 Heures property. “For me,” Teyssier explained, “it’s just money you put in our company to spend on holidays with us.”</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/outlets-in-hotel-rooms" target="_blank">This Is the One Thing Travelers Really Want in a Hotel Room</a></p><p>Over the years, Teyssier’s most loyal clients have come to regard him as an important part of the experience. So he will be in permanent residence at each 700,000 Heures location, serving partly as general manager, partly as master of ceremonies. He has also devised a series of elements that will recur in every place. These include a range of fragrances from perfumer Olivia Giacobetti and a set of trunks, made by the artisans of L’Atelier de Manue in Agadir, Morocco, which open to reveal portable seats, tables, cocktail bars, massage beds, kids’ play supplies, even camp toilets and showers — all of which will be used to create Teyssier’s trademark surprise excursions.</p><p>I was in Puglia to check out the first of Teyssier’s nomadic hotels (he dislikes the term pop-up), which is open for just two months, this September and October, in the town of Gagliano del Capo. That’s why I was on that tiny fishing boat eating sea urchin roe, sampling one of the excursions that 700,000 Heures members will be able to choose from during their stay. Others include jaunts in a vintage Fiat 500, breakfast in a cave overlooking the sea, and a wine tasting in a cellar that dates back to 1878.</p><p>Our base in sleepy Gagliano was Palazzo Daniele, a frescoed mansion on the main piazza. Arranged around a handsome, arch-lined courtyard that looks like something out of The Leopard, Luchino Visconti’s iconic twilight-of-the-aristocracy movie, it was built in 1861 by the family of Francesco Petrucci, a contemporary art curator who now hosts artist residencies in the property.</p><img alt="Scenes from Puglia, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176900/palazzo-daniele-sea-urchin-lunch-HOTELCLUB0918.jpg?itok=dcdh159D"><p>At Palazzo Daniele, 700,000 Heures guests will find beds made up with linens from Chez Zoé in Marrakesh placed in the center of airy, high-ceilinged rooms, some of them frescoed. The mood is simple, not opulent, but the details are telling: water jugs and serving bowls made in Grottaglie by ceramist Nicola Fasano (a name in every Puglian interior designer’s little black book); copper tea and coffee caddies made by cult artisanal workshop Kaikado, in Kyoto.</p><p>Out in the palazzo garden, I encountered Teyssier in rehearsal mode, stage-directing his upcoming show. The Frenchman jumped down a couple of steps to where I was standing and gestured at the kitchen, where resident chef Rosa Vanina Pavone was making lunch with a couple of helpers, the whole busy scene framed by a tall arched window. “Look!” he exclaimed. “It’s a theater!” I followed him as he strode into a walled citrus garden and glanced around critically. “Bof,” he said. “Can’t do anything here.”</p><p>We marched back into the kitchen just as Giuseppe Battocchio, a local organic farmer and proponent of the region’s growing number of Slow Food–style producers, made an entrance. He was bearing a huge basket of specialty breads from a nearby bakery and a tray full of fresh pecorino. Soon an impromptu tasting session was under way, and Teyssier was almost gurgling with joy: he had found another experience.</p><p>Later that day, we visited the location for one of the surprise dinner extravaganzas Teyssier is planning to incorporate into his Puglian show — the factory of a family-run company that makes luminarie, those traditional Puglian lighting installations that turn village fairs into enchanted kingdoms.</p><img alt="Private dinner in lighting factory in Puglia, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176900/lighting-factory-dinner-HOTELCLUB0918.jpg?itok=JOKDIuEz"><p>Back at the palazzo, Teyssier told me the question <em>What is a hotel?</em> has been much on his mind recently. He believes it no longer needs to be a physical space with “four walls, a roof, rooms.” Instead, he advises hoteliers to literally think outside of the box, to imagine their hotel as the hub for a local network — of people, food, crafts, and excursions — that extends far beyond its gates. Searching for an example, his eyes light up. “Giuseppe and the pecorino this morning. That’s my deal.”</p><p>After my stay, Teyssier and his team decamped to Cambodia to plan an experience that will accommodate guests in a traditional Khmer house in Siem Reap, as well as a fisherman’s house on the Tonle Sap lake. Further destinations will open at the rate of two or three a year, and are likely to include Scandinavia, Central America, and Japan.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure's Top Travel Advisors</a></p><p>Many of Teyssier’s hotel regulars have become friends over the years, and the highest tier of 700,000 Heures membership will allow guests to help him scout new destinations, plan experiences, and even get involved in offering them. He told me of one member who loves to cook, so she will be doing just that for the other guests when she comes to stay.</p><p>I found it hard not to think of Tom Sawyer’s fine ruse, when he made whitewashing a fence seem like the best fun in the world — and charged his friends for the privilege. But as the “great law of human action” uncovered by Mark Twain’s hero at the end of this famous scene decrees, “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”</p><h2>How Traveling With 700,000 Heures Works</h2><p><a href="http://700000 heures.com" target="_blank">700,000 Heures</a> is a membership club that gives access to a series of experience-rich trips curated by hotel impresario Thierry Teyssier. Guests will be lodged in private accommodations around the world, from mansions to houseboats. Some projects, like Puglia, Italy (September – October 2018), will be based at a single property; others, like Cambodia (November 2018 – April 2019), will encompass two or more accommodations. </p><p>Membership in Teyssier’s club is available on the website, or guests can book via one of 50 travel agents, including <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">T+L A-List</a> members <a href="http://localforeigner.com/" target="_blank">Local Foreigner</a> and <a href="https://matuete.com/" target="_blank">Matueté</a>. You don’t need to join 700,000 Heures if you book through an agent, as they pay a fee that gives all their clients membership privileges.</p><p>There are four levels of membership, each named after a nomadic tribe. Most members will opt for the most basic, Awa, which requires a $2,340 entry fee and an annual fee of $585 for two people.</p><p>All-inclusive daily rates range from $1,755 to $2,105 for two people, depending on the destination. Membership fees are deducted from the cost of trips taken, in the form of a 20 percent discount on members’ bills when they check out.</p>
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You Won't Believe This Gorgeous Island Is Just Off the Coast of Michigan

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:00
<p>In the age of globalization, it’s increasingly difficult to find a place that feels wholly unique. But off the coast of Michigan is a secret hideaway with charms all its own.</p><img alt="Mackinac Island West Bluff Victorian Cottage "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534443599/mackinac-island-horse-buggy-MACKINAC0818.jpg?itok=Ez2LJq9y"><p>Known as the “<a href="http://www.mackinac.com/" target="_blank">jewel of the Great Lakes</a>,” Mackinac Island (pronounced <em>Mack-in-aw</em>) has maintained its singular atmosphere by banning two things: cars and chain hotels. Everything is stuck a bit in the past. Horses and buggies clomp down the streets. A fudge shop churns out sweets with recipes from the 19th century. Hidden in a Revolutionary War-era fort is the oldest building in all of Michigan.</p><p>The island occupies approximately four square miles in Lake Huron. And within those four square miles is historic architecture, undisturbed nature, and thriving nightlife.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands-in-us" target="_blank">The Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S.</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands" target="_blank">The 15 Best Islands in the World</a></p><p>Buildings on Mackinac island date back to the 1700s. The entire island was named a National Historic Landmark in 1960 for its remarkable preservation of Native American buildings, Victorian homes, and Arts and Crafts cottages.</p><img alt=" Vacationers take on Market Street on Mackinac Island that is lined with shops and restaurants. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534443599/mackinac-island-town-MACKINAC0818.jpg?itok=ohW_euPM"><p><a href="http://www.mackinac.com/about/history/no-cars" target="_blank">Since 1875</a>, Mackinac Island has been protected land. As part of its early protections, cars were banned on the island. Today, visitors and residents get around via bike. It’s also possible to rent out a horse and buggy for an old-timey tour (or for a late-night crawl back to your hotel).</p><p>A visit to <a href="https://www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/mackinac-island-state-park/" target="_blank">Mackinac Island State Park</a>, which makes up approximately 80 percent of the island, will yield opportunities to explore historic fort buildings, follow the Native American Cultural History Trail or hike through the woods to elaborate limestone caves.</p><p>It won’t be possible to rack up loyalty hotel points on a trip to Mackinac Island; all of the hotels are independently owned and operated. An overnight stay is considered <a href="http://www.mackinac.com/stay" target="_blank">an integral part of the Mackinac experience.</a> <a href="https://www.grandhotel.com/" target="_blank">The Grand Hotel</a> (from <a href="https://www.grandhotel.com/accommodations/guest-rooms-rates/" target="_blank">$329 per night</a>) is the best option for those looking for historic luxury. Since 1886, the hotel has welcomed a fabulous clientele, including stars from the golden age of Hollywood to film the movie “Somewhere in Time.” For those who prefer something on the smaller side, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts throughout the island offering a firsthand look at Mackinac culture.</p><p>If possible, schedule a visit for early June when Mackinac Island hosts the 10-day Lilac Festival. The entire affair culminates in the Lilac Festival Grand Parade, an annual tradition since 1949. The horse-drawn parade is even <a href="https://www.mackinacisland.org/ajde_events/lilac-festival-grand-parade-2/" target="_blank">recognized by the Library of Congress as a local legacy event</a>.</p><p>It's also the perfect time to enjoy time out on beautiful Lake Huron.</p><img alt="Lake Huron, Mackinac Island, Michigan "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176378/lake-huron-michigan-MACKINAC0818.jpg?itok=XHAwrpC5"><img alt="Lake Huron, Michigan Upper Peninsula "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176378/lake-huron-michigan-rocks-MACKINAC0818.jpg?itok=XgH4RPmV"><p>Before leaving, scoop up a box of <a href="https://www.mackinacisland.org/visit/shopping/fudge-shops/" target="_blank">Mackinac Island Fudge</a>, one of the island’s most famous exports. While the island does not claim to be the birthplace of fudge, it has decried itself as America’s Fudge Capital. Approximately 10,000 pounds of fudge leave the island every day. The recipes haven’t changed since the Antebellum period, meaning that a bite of Mackinac Island Fudge is still as decadent as it was in pre-diet times.</p><p>Many travelers extend their trip by visiting <a href="https://www.nps.gov/piro/index.htm" target="_blank">Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore</a> on the south shore of Lake Superior for even more unbelievable Michigan scenery. There, you can paddle through the Lovers Leap Arch or take a sunset cruise by the Battleship rocks.</p><img alt="Lake Huron, Michigan Upper Peninsula "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176378/lovers-leap-rock-upper-peninsula-MACKINAC0818.jpg?itok=-nlQUQs3"><img alt="Lake Huron, Michigan Upper Peninsula "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534176378/battleship-rocks-upper-peninsula-MACKINAC0818.jpg?itok=MNUWI6Cl"><p>Whenever you visit, be prepared: a trip to this part of Michigan is unlikely to feel like anywhere you’ve been before.</p>
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