5 Wine Bars Worth Traveling For, According to a Sommelier

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 13:01
<p>“Wine vacations” have been popular for years, and for good reason. If there's one thing that <em>Travel + Leisure</em> editors agree on, it's that wining and dining like a local is one of the easiest ways to deepen your travel experience.</p><p>“What I love about traveling for wine is getting to experience something that is so deeply connected to a place,” senior editor Lila Battis told me. “You get a full sensory experience of a thing that could only exist in this specific part of the world at this specific moment in time.”</p><p>For senior editor Sarah Bruning, wine provided a way to understand her honeymoon destination from a new angle. “After deciding on South Africa, one of the big reasons we wanted to do a wine tour in Franschhoek was the opportunity to see some funky stuff we couldn't get anywhere else,” she said. “There are small producers that specialize in a particular style — Pinotage, for example, which isn't used much in other countries. It's an interesting lens for experiencing the region and their traditions.”</p><p>Visiting growing regions and touring vineyards can make for an excellent trip — but what better way to experience the metaphorical <em>terroir</em> of a place than grabbing a glass where the locals go? Whether it's an old-school enoteca, a winery tasting room, or a teeny-tiny restaurant with a cult-favorite wine list, going where residents actually enjoy wine together can provide context for how people eat, drink, and be merry in their corner of the world.</p><p>For recommendations on the best places to drink wine around the world, we turned to Caleb Ganzer, wine director at <a href="" target="_blank">La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels</a> in New York City. The <a href="" target="_blank">2017 <em>Food &amp; Wine </em>Sommelier of the Year</a> makes it his job to know about the latest, greatest wine regions and producers — traveling frequently, hosting pop-ups, and curating a Francophile wine list that still reaches from Mexico to Bulgaria to Brazil to the Canary Islands.</p><p>In between, he also has time to scope out the work of fellow somms. We asked him where to find the wine vibes worth traveling for.</p><h2>Hellbound — Adelaide, South Australia</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>“Sydney and Melbourne get most of the press in Oz,” said Ganzer, “but it's worth visiting Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, the state that produces the bulk of the wines down under.” He recommends sampling the goods at <a href="" target="_blank">Hellbound</a>, a year-old subterranean space on Rundle Street. Ganzer notes that owner Mark Reginato “gets first dibs on some 'unicorn' bottles” thanks to his importing connections and distribution businesses; together with winemaker Louis Schofield, he curates a wine list that includes “local gems as well as European classics.”</p><h2>Bufalina — Austin, Texas</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>While this spot is beloved by locals for its seasonal Neapolitan pizzas, Ganzer points out that it was also “one of the early trailblazers in Austin for high-quality, natural-leaning wines.” <a href="" target="_blank">Bufalina</a> has possibly the most interesting wine list of any pizza place in the country — owner <a href="" target="_blank">Steven Dilley</a> was also a 2017 <a href="" target="_blank">F&amp;W Sommelier of the Year</a> — and, according to Ganzer, “a friendly and knowledgeable staff.” His recommendations for pizza pairings: “Start with a bottle of Champagne, finish with Beaujolais.”</p><h2>Absinthe Brasserie &amp; Bar — San Francisco</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>Ganzer loves <a href="" target="_blank">Absinthe</a> in Hayes Valley for its “killer French-slash-New-Olreans neighborhood bistro vibes.” A menu of bistro classics (croques monsieur, French onion soup, steak tartare) and salty snacks (soft pretzels, bloody Mary oyster shooters) provides a solid canvas for sommelier Gretchen Buck's extensive wine list. You may be tempted by the dozen or so absinthe cocktails or the many Champagnes available by the half-bottle, but Ganzer says to “take a deep dive into Burgundy. The ages of these bottles go way back, and the prices appear to be stuck in time.”</p><h2>Ganbara — San Sebastián, Spain</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>“Not only is <a href="" target="_blank">Ganbara</a> probably the best pintxo spot in the area,” said Ganzer, “but they also have a fondness for Champagne, Jura, and Burgundy on their small (but curated) off-menu bottle list.” Owner José Ignacio Martínez — “who can usually be found in the kitchen, tucking slices of jamón ibérico into mini-croissants before popping them into the oven” — is a wine lover, stocking a wide variety from Rioja, Priorat, and Ribera del Duero, as well as France and beyond. “He's always happy to share a glass, and the imported gems on the menu pair surprisingly well with his local fare.”</p><h2>MAST — Vienna</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>Ganzer loves this wine bar, a project by “a couple of former fancy somms,” Matthias Pitra and Steve Breitzke. Their pedigree shows through at <a href="" target="_blank">MAST</a> — says Ganzer, this <em>weinbistro</em> has an “incredibly deep and geeky wine list, plus the best stems in a land of great glassware.” (He's a fan of <a href="" target="_blank">Mark/Thomas</a>.) Small plates from chef Martin Schmid (black pudding, chanterelle pasta, Bergkäse with potatoes and chives) pair perfectly with “classic and modern Austrian wines, plus huge collection of Jura and other curiosities.”</p>
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This Is the Lightweight Sunscreen T+L Readers Can't Get Enough Of

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:30
<p><a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=eca694bb755bd5b59dd21d64a3dd4a70&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Supergoop!</a> is the seemingly omnipresent sunscreen brand that manages to be a favorite at stores beloved by both beauty buffs, like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>, and drugstore loyalists. It’s a rare brand able to straddle the line of functional necessity and luxury skincare with its effective, fast-absorbing, clean formulas that keep our skin and environment safe.</p><p>Since 2007, the SPF purveyor has been steadily releasing a stream of innovative sun blocks, from <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=0617ae08c5edbca73c698b34c5b344d0&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">mousse</a> and <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=5e93a20999dc29541d8f055d2d05f11e&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">oil formulas</a> to <a href="">shine-reducing powders</a> and <a href="">pore-blurring primers</a>. Many of these formulas are multi-functional, not only protecting you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also nourishing skin with moisturizing and skin-brightening ingredients. </p><p>At Travel+Leisure, we strive to encourage conscientious sun protection, both every day and while traveling, to maintain healthy and happy skin. In the many times we’ve written about sunscreen, like <a href="" target="_blank">the best choices for your face</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">top reef-safe brands</a>, the best-selling sunscreen on Amazon right now is the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=ac711206a796e583352f28cbdf610213&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 Sunscreen For Face and Body</a>.</p><img alt="Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=ac711206a796e583352f28cbdf610213&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $19</p><p>Reviewers love how un-greasy and residue-free this sunscreen is and how well it works, especially on sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin. On Sephora, the SPF 50 lotion has <a href="">racked up an impressive 40,000 “loves” </a>from Beauty Insiders, and reviewers note effective and blendable the product is across the range of light to dark skin tones.</p><p>While this lightweight, water-resistant everyday sunscreen is made with many natural extracts, Supergoop! recommends opting for one of the brand’s 100 percent mineral formulas if you’re planning on swimming in the coral reefs: 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist (<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=8541a502d23f0ad44243c1ecd54afa41&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $34), Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $42), Play 100% Mineral Lotion (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $36), and Sunnyscreen for babies and toddlers (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24).</p><p>As my mom’s famous catchphrase goes, “The sun is not your friend,” so make sure you’re wearing SPF every single day to maintain the most youthful, healthy complexion possible — even <a href="" target="_blank">when you’re on an airplane</a>.</p>
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São Paulo's Main Financial Street Is Becoming an Unlikely Artistic Center

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">São Paulo, Brazil’s financial and industrial hub</a>, is finding its artistic stride.</p><p>For evidence, look no further than Avenida Paulista — the city’s main thoroughfare, home to the likes of Citibank and Banco Safra, where world-class museums have sprung up among the corporate headquarters.</p><img alt="IMS Avenida Sao Paulo "src=""><p>Start your cultural tour at <a href="" target="_blank">IMS Paulista</a>, a new branch of the major Brazilian cultural organization <a href="" target="_blank">Instituto Moreira Salles</a>. Recent exhibitions at the strikingly modern museum have included a retrospective on the Brazilian photographer Marc Ferrez and a visual tribute to the city of São Paulo, told through black-and-white shots by homegrown artists like Militão Augusto de Azevedo and Alice Brill.</p><p>A short walk away is the Kengo Kuma-designed flagship of <a href="" target="_blank">Japan House</a>, which has an intricate, jigsaw-like façade made from hundred-year-old hinoki trees. Dedicated to exploring Brazil’s rich Japanese history — the country is home to 1.8 million of Japanese heritage, the largest community outside <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a> — the museum features two exhibition spaces and a library, as well as a fusion restaurant helmed by acclaimed Paulisto chef Jun Sakamoto.</p><p>And last year saw the opening of <a href="" target="_blank">SESC Avenida Paulista</a>, an initiative by Brazil’s Social Service of Commerce to promote cultural education within the country. Occupying some 17 floors, the multi-use space hosts art exhibitions, concerts, plays, and more.</p><p>Business hotels are the main lodging on Avenida Paulista, but some of the city’s best properties are just a short walk away in other parts of the Jardins district. The 50-room <a href="" target="_blank">Fasano São Paulo</a>, a flagship of Brazil’s premier family-owned hotel brand, occupies a 1940s-style building on Rua Vittorio Fasano. In addition to polished teak and plush leather interiors, it also houses Restaurante Fasano, a bastion of fine Italian cuisine in the city since 1982.</p><img alt="Brazil - Sao Paulo - Skyline from Hotel Unique "src=""><p>Nearby, on Rua Oscar Freire, you’ll find the glassy, light-filled <a href="" target="_blank">Emiliano</a>, perfectly situated for visiting the neighborhood’s best galleries. And the art-filled <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Unique</a>, closer to the Parque Ibirapuera is impossible to miss — the boat-shaped, chrome-and-glass building lives up to its name.</p>
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Some of New York State’s Best Restaurants, Historic Sites, and Cultural Institutions Are Just a Short Trip From the City

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 12:01
<p>Westchester County is often overlooked by travelers to New York — but this region north of the city has long been a cultural mecca, the stomping grounds of Washington Irving, Aaron Copland, and now, Dan Barber.</p><p>Once you’ve had your fill at <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Hill at Stone Barns</a>, in the small hamlet of Pocantico Hills, head into Tarrytown, one of the most scenic river towns on this part of the Hudson. Fuel up at creative hub <a href="" target="_blank">Coffee Labs Roasters</a>, at the top of Main Street, and search the community bulletin board for local arts happenings. Then, wander down the hill to check the schedule at <a href="" target="_blank">Tarrytown Music Hall</a>, a recently refurbished 1885 theatre. You can grab an early lunch at specialty food stop <a href="" target="_blank">Mint Premium Foods</a> — don’t skip the cheese counter — or move on to <a href="" target="_blank">Main Street Sweets</a>, a perfectly kitschy <a href="" target="_blank">small town ice cream shop</a> that has been scooping the area’s best homemade frozen treats for nearly two decades.</p><img alt="Tarrytown, NY: Coffee Roasters Lab and Tarrytown Music Hall "src=""><p>Nearby Pleasantville is also worth a visit. Its creative claim to fame these days is leading independent cinema destination <a href="" target="_blank">Jacob Burns Film Center­</a>. Built in 1925 as the Rome Theater, it sat vacant from 1987 until its rebirth in 2001. At the town’s historic stone train station, you’ll find the new raw bar and cocktail spot <a href="" target="_blank">Pubstreet</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Pleasantville Farmers Market</a>, one of the county’s best, set up in the parking lot on summer Saturdays. Be sure to reserve time to peruse the <a href="" target="_blank">Village Bookstore</a>, a 50-year-old independent shop that’s anchored the village despite several changes in ownership and location over time.</p><p>Westchester County is also home to many architecturally intriguing historic houses, including John D. Rockefeller’s <a href="" target="_blank">Kykuit</a>; the <a href="" target="_blank">Armour-Stiner Octagon House</a>, modeled after the Tempietto at Rome’s San Pietro in Montorio church; <a href="" target="_blank">Lyndhurst</a>, the Jay Gould estate; and <a href="" target="_blank">Sunnyside</a>, where Washington Irving wrote “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”</p><img alt="Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate - NY "src=""><p>It’s easy to reach this part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Valley</a> on the <a href="" target="_blank">Metro-North</a> commuter railroad; take the Hudson Line to Tarrytown or the Harlem Line to Pleasantville. Taxis and rideshares are readily available, though those interested in meandering may want to rent a car. The trendy hotels are back in NYC, but <a href="" target="_blank">Tarrytown House</a> is an elegant place to spend the night — stay in the <a href="" target="_blank">King House Mansion</a>, a fully restored Georgian-style manor built in the 1840s.</p>
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5 Tips for Getting the Best Deal on Your Next Cruise

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 11:01
<p>There’s nothing better than a great vacation — except maybe a great <em>deal</em> on said vacation.</p><p>And it's no different when it comes to cruising. In fact, a week spent on board a floating city, unwinding by the pool with a <a href="" target="_blank">good book and a cocktail</a> in hand sounds about as relaxing as life could get.</p><p>And if you’re looking to get that experience at a discount, your best bets are to book very far in advance or aim to go during the shoulder season, Colleen McDaniel, the editor-in-chief of <a href="" target="_blank">Cruise Critic</a>, told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>.</p><p>“The way cruises traditionally had worked [was] you can book a cruise and you can cancel it penalty free, up to about 90 days out,” McDaniel said. “What happened in the past was that people would cancel, say 90 days out... and the cruise lines all the sudden had more cabins. And that’s when you started to see more sales."</p><p>“We have seen less of that in the past couple of years, in part because cruise lines feel strongly that they want to maintain pricing integrity,” she added. “A lot of cruise lines, they have really stopped doing that drastic discounting.”</p><p>That said, there are still ways to <a href="" target="_blank">save some money</a> on your <a href="" target="_blank">dream cruise</a>.</p><h2>Book far in advance</h2><p>McDaniel said that booking during the initial offering — which can vary from about a year and a half to two years in advance of the sailing — may be your best bet at securing a good deal. Even if the rooms aren’t on sale, she said, the cruise can usually offer another benefit like free alcohol or free internet if you book early.</p><h2>Book early in the year</h2><p>Cruises tend to offer the best deals during the beginning of the year, McDaniel said, especially from January through March.</p><h2>Book during a holiday</h2><p>Black Friday isn’t just for electronics. Cruise lines tend to run sales during the holidays as well, McDaniel noted. “If you’re looking last minute, look around the holidays, [like] Labor Day,” she said. “They tend to offer deals and specials during the holidays.”</p><h2>Track the cruise you want</h2><p>McDaniel said that one of the easiest ways to make sure you get the best price is to track the cruise you want. On <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, you can sign up for price alerts, and can search by destination, ship, month, or departure port.</p><p>“Prices change even throughout a day,” she said. “Pricing is constantly in flux for cruising.”</p><h2>Travel during the shoulder season</h2><p>Traveling during months like April or November, especially to the Caribbean, can save you some money. That’s when kids are back in school and the weather — while still fairly nice — isn’t summer nice, McDaniel said.</p><p>And if you’re willing to travel during hurricane season, you could get an even better deal. McDaniel said that while it’s a bigger risk (she recommends travel insurance for those sailings), ships are mobile by nature and can usually move away from storms when necessary.</p>
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The Best Fleece Jackets to Travel In, According to Thousands of Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 10:32
<p>Figuring out what outerwear to pack for an upcoming trip can be difficult for even the most seasoned travelers. <a href="" target="_blank">The ideal travel jacket</a> should be warm, packable, and stylish enough to wear with everything else you have packed in your suitcase — which is why we love fleece jackets so much. </p><p>Not only are they incredibly warm and comfortable, but the sleek toppers can also easily transition from early morning sightseeing tours to after-dinner drinks in a snap. And did we mention how easy they are to pack? These lightweight jackets won’t take up too much space, and their soft and cozy material never wrinkles — meaning you can wear it straight out of your suitcase. </p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">12 Travel Jackets That Aren’t a Pain to Pack</a></p><p>With so many fleece jackets in stores, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your needs. So to help you cut through the clutter, we’ve turned to real reviews from customers who have purchased and worn these cozy coats themselves. These top-rated pieces — outlined below — not only have near-perfect ratings, but they also have countless glowing reviews between them. </p><p>From <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=c39bb5d5b729e9e35e731ae458221ee9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">this cute and fuzzy women’s fleece jacket from Columbia</a> to a <a href="">fleece-lined denim jacket from Levi’s</a>, these are the 10 best fleece jackets according to customers. Keep reading to shop them all. </p><p>These are the best fleece jackets to buy: </p>Best Overall Women’s Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=c39bb5d5b729e9e35e731ae458221ee9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket</a>Best Eco-friendly Option for Women: <a href="">Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket</a>Best Fleece-lined Option for Women: <a href="">Thread &amp; Supply Fleece-lined Utility Jacket</a>Best Hooded Option for Women: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=4196781e17cb4492b565e846ead1987f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">OutdoorMaster Waterproof Fleece Jacket</a>Best Lightweight Option for Women: <a href="">The North Face Glacier Quarter Zip Jacket</a>Best Overall Men’s Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=0999fb3300e6866a27cb84d90a78863f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Columbia Steens Mountain Full Zip Jacket</a>Best Fleece-lined Option for Men: <a href="">Levi’s Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket </a>Best Pullover Option for Men: <a href="">Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece Jacket</a>Best Hooded Option for Men: <a href="">The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie </a>Best Affordable Option for Men: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=75ec5735e91dabc7d86d65b52dcfbc48&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Amazon Essentials Full Zip Fleece Jacket</a><h2>Women</h2><p><strong>Best Overall Women’s Option: Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket "src=""><p>With an impressive 4.5-star rating and more than 7,800 reviews, this fleece jacket by Columbia is an Amazon favorite — and it’s easy to see why. Along with a super soft and cozy material, the sleek topper also boasts elastic cuffs and an adjustable hemline so you can customize it to fit perfectly. The lightweight jacket ranges in size from XS to XXL and comes in a whopping 48 different colors. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=c39bb5d5b729e9e35e731ae458221ee9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $23</p><p><strong>Best Eco-friendly Option for Women: Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>If shopping eco-friendly fashion is important to you, consider this fleece jacket from Patagonia. The trendy piece of outerwear is made with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cozy bluesign-approved fabric</a> — which is the standard for environmentally responsible production. Customers love that it can be worn as a layering piece or as a sleek jacket on its own. “This will be perfect for those fall weekends. The jacket is lined, and a good weight. Perfect for layering. It is shaggy, but not too much shag. It is a slim fit, but I wore my normal size. Love how soft it is,” raved one shopper. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $129</p><p><strong>Best Fleece-lined Option for Women: Thread &amp; Supply Fleece-lined Utility Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Thread & Supply Fleece-lined Utility Jacket "src=""><p>How cute is this fleece-lined jacket from Thread &amp; Supply? The soft, fuzzy lining will keep you warm and cozy while the quilted outer shell will add a stylish touch to any of your travel outfits. What’s more, the utilitarian jacket also features plenty of spacious pockets that are big enough to carry all of your travel essentials. “Perfect jacket for cooler days ahead. Like that it’s very lightweight with snuggly sherpa fleece lining,” said one customer. “Fits nice and comfortable. Room for a sweater underneath. Not tight at all. Love all the pockets! Great purchase. Highly recommend.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $88</p><p><strong>Best Hooded Option for Women: OutdoorMaster Waterproof Fleece Jacket</strong></p><img alt="OutdoorMaster Waterproof Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>Looking for a fleece jacket with a hood for rainy days on the go? Check out this option by OutdoorMaster. The jacket’s interior is fully lined with a super soft fleece, while the exterior is made from a durable material that is both waterproof and stain-resistant. “This jacket is perfection, in my opinion,” said a reviewer. “Wonderfully soft, plush lining all the way through the jacket feels luxurious against the skin, zippers look like great quality, there are inside and outside pockets on each side, and there are even drawstrings to make the waist and hood tighter if you want. Love it and have already been back to buy another one.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=4196781e17cb4492b565e846ead1987f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><p><strong>Best Lightweight Option for Women: The North Face Glacier Quarter Zip Jacket</strong></p><img alt="The North Face Glacier Quarter Zip Jacket "src=""><p>This fleece pullover option from The North Face is lightweight, quick-drying, and pill-resistant. Plus, the cute topper also boasts UPF 30 sun protection and is machine-washable. It’s no wonder that over 330 Nordstrom customers have given it their seal of approval. One person wrote, “This is my go-to fleece when I want some cozy warmth. The colors are great and it washed wonderfully. If you're looking for a fleece, you won't regret this purchase and you probably won't stop at just one.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $55</p><h2>Men</h2><p><strong>Best Overall Men’s Option: Columbia Steens Mountain Full Zip Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Columbia Steens Mountain Full Zip Jacket "src=""><p>This cozy Columbia fleece jacket has earned itself a coveted Amazon’s Choice recommendation, thanks to the rave reviews left by more than 5,000 customers. The jacket provides a flattering fit and features two zippered pockets that will keep your belongings safe and secure. One shopper said, “This is my first Columbia fleece jacket, and I love it. This will be a perfect jacket for the mild fall/winter in North Texas and will be great to layer under my jacket when I travel to colder places for work. I like it so much, I just ordered a black one - can't beat the price!”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=0999fb3300e6866a27cb84d90a78863f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $20</p><p><strong>Best Fleece-lined Option for Men: Levi’s Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Levi’s Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket "src=""><p>Love the look of a denim jacket, but need something warmer? Consider this fleece-lined jacket from Levi’s. The brand gave its classic trucker jacket a comfortable upgrade by lining it with a soft and warm sherpa fleece material. It also boasts side-button cuffs, roomy pockets, and a button-snap closure. “The jacket is extremely comfortable and nice for the fall and winter seasons. I’ve received a bunch of compliments on it,” wrote a reviewer. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100 (originally $128)</p><p><strong>Best Pullover Option for Men: Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece Pullover</strong></p><img alt="Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>This lightweight pullover from Patagonia can be worn on its own as a sleek piece of outerwear or as a warm layering piece. The comfortable topper is so popular that it’s earned a near-perfect rating from over 260 Nordstrom shoppers, with one writing, “Goes well with anything! It’s a light jacket but still super warm.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70 (originally $100)</p><p><strong>Best Hooded Option for Men: The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie </strong></p><img alt="The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie "src=""><p>This hooded fleece jacket from The North Face was designed to “deliver warmth without the weight.” Along with being incredibly lightweight, the stylish topper features zippered pockets that will help protect your belongings. It ranges in size from small to 2XL and comes in seven different colors. With details like this, it’s no surprise that more than 1,700 customers have given it a near-perfect rating at Zappos. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><p><strong>Best Affordable Option for Men: Amazon Essentials Full Zip Fleece Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Amazon Essentials Full Zip Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>In the market for a cozy fleece jacket that won’t break the bank? Check out this affordable option from Amazon Essentials. The warm fleece topper boasts a high collar, side seam pockets, and a durable zipper closure. “This is a terrific jacket and, for the price, it's an unbelievable value. Nice, beefy fleece, well finished, solid construction and all for a ridiculously low price. It is a really great deal. I may have to buy another one,” raved one shopper. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=75ec5735e91dabc7d86d65b52dcfbc48&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $21</p>
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This Region in Rural Slovenia Has Hiking, River Rafting, Skiing, and One of the Best Tasting Menus in the World

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 10:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Hiša Franko</a>, chef Ana Roš’ serene farmhouse restaurant in Kobarid, <a href="" target="_blank">Slovenia</a>, is a major incentive for travelers to venture outside the capital city of Ljubljana. Dinner here is well worth the trek. But how do you actually get there? And what else is there to do?</p><p>Turns out, the celebrated restaurant is far from the only draw in the rugged Soča Valley, which follows the Soča River as it runs from the <a href="" target="_blank">Julian Alps</a> to the Adriatic Sea. And getting there is easier than you might think — giving you plenty of reason to linger after your meal.</p><img alt="Chef Ana Ros, Hisa Franko, Slovenia "src=""><p>Hiša Franko is just a few miles from the Italian border, reachable from both Ljubljana and Venice in about two hours by car. The restaurant team can arrange a taxi transfer, but it’s cheaper and more convenient to go with a rental car for maximum exploring.</p><p>Once you’re there, you can stay at <a href="" target="_blank">one of the 10 rooms attached to the restaurant</a>, a former countryside inn where Roš and her family live and work. You might also want to make your base at one of the area’s many mountain lodges, like the design-forward <a href="" target="_blank">Nebesa Chalets</a>. The four exclusive-use villas have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of <a href="" target="_blank">Triglav National Park</a>, plus a furnished patio and access to both the wine cellar and the Finnish sauna.</p><p>These stunning landscapes offer plenty of ways to work off your 20-course tasting menu. Ramble through the stunning alpine terrain, perhaps tackling the 15-mile <a href="" target="_blank">Soča Trail</a>, which starts at the river’s source and takes you through the <a href="" target="_blank">Mlinarica Gorge</a> and across a hanging bridge with the bright, blue-green pools of <a href="" target="_blank">Kršovec</a> below you.</p><p>You can also do a river-rafting expedition or take to the mountains by zipline, via ferrata, or <a href="" target="_blank">cable car</a>. Visiting in the winter? <a href="" target="_blank">Kanin-Sella Nevea Ski Resort</a> is one of the best in Slovenia.</p>
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Feds Say Airlines Can’t Ban Pit Bulls or Other Dog Breeds From Flying

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 08:09
<p>Just over a year after Delta Airlines announced that “pit bull type dogs” were <a href="" target="_blank">not welcome on flights</a>, the U.S. Department of Transportation <a href="" target="_blank">released a statement</a> that forbids airlines from banning dogs based on their breed.</p><p>The decision, which is seen as a win for pit bull owners and lovers, was announced on Thursday alongside a statement that permits airlines to determine if a service animal — regardless of breed — is a threat based on their training, behavior, and vaccination history.</p><p>“In this Final Statement, the Department’s Enforcement Office announced that it does not intend to take action against an airline for asking users of any type of service animal to provide documentation related to vaccination, training, or behavior so long as it is reasonable to believe that the documentation would assist the airline in making a determination as to whether an animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others,” said the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Transportation</a> in a statement.</p><p>In addition, the department stands by airlines’ decision to ban certain animal species, such as snakes.</p><p>The purpose of the statement was to clarify the Department of Transportation’s position on animals in planes. As the number of airline passengers flying with service and emotional support <a href="" target="_blank">animals has increased</a>, airlines have started tightening restrictions in order to <a href="" target="_blank">safeguard other passengers</a> and limit the sheer number of animals on planes.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines reported</a> a 75 percent increase in emotional support animals on flights between 2016 and 2017, and there have been <a href="" target="_blank">instances of biting</a>, mauling, and exotic animals being brought on board.</p><p>The<em> <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reports that federal law states that passengers who rely on an animal to help quell anxiety or other emotional challenges can fly with their animals, however, the 1986 law doesn’t provide clarity on how to diagnose a person who needs to be accompanied by an emotional support animal or what animals are allowed. The Department of Transportation’s position is meant to help solidify rules around animals in airplanes, which as of recent have been dictated by individual airlines.</p><p>Later this year, the Department of Transportation states that they plan to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Service Animals.</p>
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Virgin Australia Is the First Australian Airline to Allow a Free Additional Checked Bag for Infants

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:57
<p>Virgin Australia has a new policy that will be music to any parent’s ears.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the airline is now allowing a checked baggage allowance for infants on all routes, both domestic and international. This change makes Virgin Australia the first Australian airline to have such a policy.</p><p>As all moms and dads know, <a href="" target="_blank">traveling with a child,</a> especially an infant, can be extremely stressful. While there are many <a href="" target="_blank">products out there to help parents</a> keep their kids happy and comfortable, parents are often on their own when it comes to getting everything they need on their flight. Babies need a lot of stuff, and those items can often be bulky and heavy.</p><p>This new policy gives parents the freedom to pack an extra bag just for their infant or child, which can make their family vacation all the better, since they won’t have to pay extra baggage fees to bring along everything their child needs while they’re away. Plus, parents can actually pack everything <em>they</em> personally need without worrying about fitting it all into a carry-on.</p><p>“We’re pleased to make that journey a little more effortless by introducing an infant baggage allowance on domestic and international flights,” said Paul Woosnam, General Manager of Ground Operations, to “We want to be the airline of choice for [traveling] families and we’re proud to be the only carrier in Australia to [recognize] that [traveling] with an infant sometimes means packing far more than usual.”</p><p>The baggage policy allows for a separate bag up to 23-kilograms (about 50 pounds) for your child, free of charge. In addition, according to <a href="" target="_blank">7 News</a>, parents may also pack an additional seven kilograms (about 15 pounds) in their carry-on bags for specific items they will need for their children in-flight, as well as two additional “special infant items” such as a cot, stroller, or car seat.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Escape</a>, the new policy is available to parents with children under 23 months.</p><p>While parents will still face travel challenges, being able to bring everything they need without additional cost will give them the peace of mind they need.</p>
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‘Pupchella’ Is the Ultimate Festival for Dogs — Complete With Fur-friendly Tattoos and Flower Crowns

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:01
<p>Sure, you may love your dog, but do you love it enough to buy it a flower crown and take it to its very own Pupchella dog festival?</p><p>In August, <a href="" target="_blank">Paséa Hotel &amp; Spa</a>, located in Huntington Beach, California, along with <a href="" target="_blank">Vanderpump Dogs</a>, hosted the very first <a href="" target="_blank">Pupchella</a> — a pop-up brunch, fashion show and festival for our favorite four-legged friends.</p><p>The hotel, which truly is one of the most <a href="" target="_blank">dog-friendly hotels in America</a>, kicked off the festivities on Aug. 11 on its stunning oceanfront lawn overlooking the Pacific. The festival started with an over-the-top brunch, which included plenty of delicious treats for dogs and humans alike. It included everything from chilaquiles to chicken and waffles and even ended with a bit of dog-friendly ice cream.</p><p>Following brunch, dogs and their adoring parents took part in a number of adorable pet-friendly activities including dog flower crown making, fur-friendly glitter tattooing, a simply precious pet-inspired photo booth, a pet fashion show, and even the chance to shop the brand-new Vanderpump Pets collection.</p><p>While the event was most certainly cute, it also helped support a very important cause. According to the hotel, a portion of the event’s proceeds were donated to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, whose mission supports ending the abuse and inhumane treatment of dogs worldwide.</p><p>While this year’s event has concluded, the hotel is already planning its 2020 Pupchella schedule. And, those who wish to get in on their own pet-friendly getaway can book accommodations and Pasea’s <a href="" target="_blank">Paw-sea Pet</a> package, featuring luxe dog spa treatments, in-room treats and amenities, access to the new on-property 1,100-square-foot pup play park, a waived pet fee and more. Because your best fur friend deserves to live in a little bit of luxury too.</p>
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These Two Adorable Gay Penguins Have Adopted an Egg at the Berlin Zoo

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:30
<p>Meng Meng, the Berlin Zoo’s giant panda, is believed to <a href="" target="_blank">pregnant</a> — but the focus of animal lovers everywhere remains on two male king penguins who have adopted an egg.</p><img alt="The gay king penguins Skipper and Ping at the Berlin zoo "src=""><p>Skipper and Ping, a devoted gay couple, have captivated Berlin and <a href="" target="_blank">much of the world</a> after getting their first real shot at parenthood. The duo has a history of trying to hatch stones and fish, so when a female king penguin with a history of not hatching her previous eggs laid an egg, zoo staff decided to gift it to the couple. <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reports</a> that zoo spokesman Maximilian Jäger said the couple were happy to have a real egg to tend to after taking turns trying to hatch rocks and bits of food.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Cornell Lab of Ornithology</a>, the incubation period for a king penguin egg is 55 days, so zoo staff isn’t sure whether the egg is fertilized or not. If the egg is viable, the hatchling will be the zoo’s <a href="" target="_blank">first penguin</a> born to two fathers.</p><p>Skipper and Ping were brought to Berlin from a Hamburg zoo in April. It was immediately obvious that the two had a special bond.</p><p>Skipper and Ping are not the first gay penguin couple to make the news — or even hatch an abandoned egg. Two Humboldt penguins at the <a href="" target="_blank">ZSL London Zoo</a> hatched an egg in 2015 and in 2018, two male gentoo penguins <a href="" target="_blank">welcomed a baby</a>.</p>
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This Is the Largest-ever Exhibit on Auschwitz in the U.S. — and It Features Never-before-seen Artifacts

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:12
<p>A single red Mary Jane pump sits on display, dirtied and crumpled by time and the horrible places it has been. At one point the red shoe belonged to a woman, but her name will never be known. Now it sits eerily without its match, perched in front of a black and white image of thousands of other discarded shoes.</p><p>The red shoe was taken from a woman who was deported to Auschwitz in the 1940s. Now it serves as a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust, one of the first things people see when they enter “<a href="" target="_blank">Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.</a>,” the largest-ever exhibit on Auschwitz in the U.S., at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Jewish Heritage</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>.</p><img alt="Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York "src=""><img alt="Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, Auschwitz Exhibit "src=""><p>The 18,000-square-foot exhibit is a trying walk through one of the worst parts of the world’s history, an important reminder of what can happen if people let hate win. Set out on three levels, it includes 400 photographs and more than 700 original objects, many of which have never before been viewed in America.</p><p>“Every one of the artifacts in this exhibition tells a personal and tragic story about lives that were interrupted by senseless hatred and violence,” Jack Kliger, the president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, said in a statement.</p><p>The exhibit opened in May and has since seen more than 60,000 visitors come through from more than 30 countries (more than 10,000 of them students), according to the museum. It will remain open through Jan. 3, 2020.</p><p>When visitors enter, they’re immediately confronted with the terror of the aftermath of the Holocaust. You’re then brought back through history, coming face-to-face with the lead up to the creation of the camp.</p><p>Auschwitz was liberated in January 1945, but not before more than 1.1 million people were killed there.</p><p>As you walk through the <a href="" target="_blank">museum</a>, which has been dedicated almost entirely to the exhibit, it’s quiet. You’re confronted with a small dress with a Peter Pan collar that couldn’t have fit a child more than 5 years old, it’s almost brown now, but may have been purple at some point. A three-tiered wooden bunk serves as a terrible reminder of the camp’s overcrowding and inhuman conditions.</p><p>The museum features Heinrich Himmler’s copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf book as well as 10 original artifacts from the <a href="" target="_blank">Anne Frank House</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a>, including dried beans that were found lodged between the cracks of the stairs in the home they hid in, never before displayed anywhere, according to the museum.</p><img alt="Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, Auschwitz Exhibit "src=""><p>There are images of hope: a photo of Albert Einstein, who grew up Jewish in Germany and <a href="" target="_blank">emigrated</a> to the U.S. after the Nazis took over; tales of people who were liberated, their recollections of their time in the camp used throughout the museum. But mostly, the overwhelming feeling is that of warning, like the quote by Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi that greets you as you first enter: “It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.”</p><p>Tickets for the “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” exhibit are $16 for a timed entrance for adults, and free for Holocaust survivors, active members of the military and first responders, and students and teachers in NYC schools (with valid school-issued ID).</p>
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You Could Win the $15,000 Honeymoon of Your Dreams — If You're Willing to Tweak Your Wedding Vows Just a Little (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:00
<p>Let’s be real — one of the best parts of <a href="" target="_blank">getting married</a> is getting to go on a <a href="" target="_blank">honeymoon</a>. The only potential downside to that dream trip may be the cost. In fact, the average couple <a href="" target="_blank">spends around $4,466 on a honeymoon</a>, which is most certainly a lot of dough. But, if you’re getting married soon, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> may be willing to foot the bill for you. All you need to do is give them a shout out in your vows.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is celebrating the release of a very special episode of Mindy Kaling’s new Hulu series, <i>Four Weddings and a Funeral</i>. Spoiler alert: In Wednesday night’s episode, characters Craig and Zara finally walk down the aisle. But, in true millennial style, the duo has their entire wedding sponsored by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>. Zara even sports a veil during her vows.</p><img alt="Four Weddings and Funeral Episode "src=""><p>In honor of this hilarious and slightly tacky style, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is giving away the honeymoon of a lifetime to one special couple so they too can live out their #SponsoredContent dreams. But there’s a catch. The hotel booking website will hand over $15,000 to one couple for their trip so long as they incorporate “” into their actual wedding vows.</p><p>Here’s how it works: From Sept. 15 to 23, couples must ask a wedding guest or family member to film their vows during their wedding ceremony. Just make sure to film the part where you say “” Then, couples must upload that video to Twitter or Instagram and tag @hotelsdotcom and use the hashtag #HotelsSponConVows. One winning couple will be chosen by Oct. 1. (See more of the fine print on how the contest works on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.)</p><p>If you do happen to win the prize money but aren’t sure where you want to spend it, here are the <a href="" target="_blank">56 best destinations to honeymoon right now</a>.</p>
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A Massive New All-in-one Theme Park, Water Park, and Shopping Center Is Opening Just Outside of NYC (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:50
<p>Don’t call it a mall. The new <a href="" target="_blank">American Dream epicenter</a>, opening Oct. 25 in East Rutherford, NJ, is more than what many have dubbed a “mega-mall.” It’s a destination of style, entertainment, and gastronomy just seven miles from NYC and a short ride from Teterboro Airport.</p><img alt="Ice Rink at American Dream "src=""><p>The 3-million-square-foot complex is sizeable enough to hold a full 16 acres of rides, <a href="" target="_blank">amusement</a>, and adrenaline, including the new Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park (think: roller coasters and rides for ages 1 and up) and the DreamWorks Water Park — where you can rent a cabana, enjoy poolside drinks, and even cool off on one of many water slides. The new <a href="" target="_blank">water park</a> features a glass roof so you can still tan while splashing around... or burn, so be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">apply sunscreen</a>.</p><p>The complex boasts the world’s first indoor Big Snow ski and snowboard center, including a chalet for all your après ski needs. It also offers a slope-facing glass window perfect for people-watching. Don’t have skis, a board, or any winter-ready apparel? No worries — they have you covered with a full-service rental station. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the NHL-sized ice rink, an Angry Birds-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course, a bunny ranch, and an aviary. If that’s not enough, the new American Dream space will also be home to an aquarium, luxury movie theater, and Legoland.</p><p>But that’s not all. Not even close.</p><img alt="American Dream shopping and entertainment complex "src=""><p>Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Barney’s New York, shoppers can find delight in even more luxury offerings, like Hermès, Moncler, and Tiffany &amp; Company. For the discerning few, there are also valet and concierge services and suites in the luxury retail wing available at an additional cost. Having toured the ultimate retail space myself, I can assure you it will be a shopper’s paradise (spoken as a profound shopaholic).</p><p>Should you get hungry, there are meal options centrally and strategically located all over the complex. Visitors have an array of over 100 dining options, including 20 full-service restaurants, a Kosher dining hall, a Coca-Cola Eats food hall, and a Munchies food space for when you just need a snack.</p><p>Given that I live just one mile from the construction of this megaplex, my initial worry was that traffic will be disastrous. Thankfully, they’ve thought of that, too. American Dream is working with NJ Transit on several bus options to bring the masses to the soon-to-open global destination. You can try to fight for one of the 30,000 parking spaces, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy mass transit. There will be a dedicated space for rideshare pick up and drop off, as well.</p>
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You Can Get Paid to Party With Your Best Friend at Football Tailgates Across the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:01
<p>Think you’re the biggest college football fan out there? The countdown is on to the official start of the football season, and <a href="" target="_blank">CheapTickets</a> is giving fans and tailgaters the opportunity to take their fandom to the next level by becoming the first-ever “Tailgate Tourist.” The job description? Travel with your BFF to five NCAA Division 1 matchups, enjoy the local tailgate cuisine, play some competitive rounds of corn hole, cheer for the home team, and report back on your findings.</p><p>According to CheapTickets, the chosen tourist will win travel for two to top college football cities, plus a $1,500 ticket stipend to attend the games. So if you’re the lucky winner, get ready to pack your <a href="" target="_blank">cooler</a> and support the teams in Athens, Georgia; Seattle, Washington; Columbus, Ohio; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Austin, Texas.</p><p>"Tailgating culture is steeped in team pride and tradition, and there's no better way to experience it than traveling to some of the best college campuses and stadiums across the nation," said Justine McDonald, Senior Brand Manager at CheapTickets. "Our Tailgate Tourist will join 35% of fans who said they plan to travel for a college football game this year. The biggest question will be who they bring with them. Most fans in our Tailgate Travel survey said they plan to travel with their significant other or a friend."</p><p>Tailgate fanatics have until Aug. 31, 2019 to enter the contest on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. You’ll be prompted to answer two very important questions: "Which college football city do you most want to tailgate in this season?" and "What is your favorite tailgate dish?” You'd better choose wisely. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the United States.</p><p>For those who don’t win, CheapTickets just released the first ever <a href="" target="_blank">Tailgate Travel Index</a> to identify the best travel deals and dates for the 2019 season. According to the survey results, more than 2/3 of fans are planning to travel to away games this year and will spend up to $300 in travel costs to cheer on their favorite team. Through CheapTickets travel index, you’ll be able to uncover the cheapest cities to travel to and the best dates to save on flights and hotels.</p>
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Here's How Much It Costs to Travel With Your Pet (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:01
<p>It just doesn’t seem right to leave your pet at home while fly off to Hawaii or road trip down to Florida – especially if they’d love the destination as much as you do. And when it costs an average of <a href="" target="_blank">$50 a day</a> to board your pet, it makes even less sense. But as more and more people are traveling with their pets, the industry is cracking down with rules, pet fees, and cleaning charges.</p><p>A reader survey conducted by <a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a> and <a href=";aff_id=3908" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a> found that the main reason travelers fly with their pet is because they can’t — or simply won’t — leave their pet at home. But after paying multiple pet fees and in some cases, post-travel cleaning fees, it may be more cost effective to leave your furry friend at home.</p><img alt="Traveling dog "src=""><p>Here’s how much you can expect to pay when you travel with your pet.</p><h2>Airline Fees for Pets</h2><p><strong>Cost:</strong> $75-125 one-way</p><p>All the major U.S. airlines – <a href="" target="_blank">American</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">United</a> – transport cats and dogs, while both Delta and United allow household birds and United allows rabbits. Each airline has restrictions on the age and breed of pets they allow to travel in the cabin, while non-approved pets must travel below deck as a checked item.</p><p>For domestic flights, all three major airlines charge $125 for a carry-on pet. <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines</a> charges just $75, and <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a> charges $95 each way (and does not allow pets in cargo).</p><h2>Rental Cars</h2><p><strong>Cost:</strong> Usually free, but cleaning fees are costly</p><p>Rental car companies are great about allowing pets to travel with their owners at no extra cost. Some companies, like <a href="" target="_blank">Enterprise</a>, require pets to be crated while riding in the car, while <a href="" target="_blank">Budget</a> explicitly says pets are “invited to travel in your rental car, just as they do in your personal car.”</p><p>If this sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Rental car companies tend to be quick to charge a hefty cleaning fee for pet hair, soilage, and damage. Kim Bruno told <a href="" target="_blank">The Seattle Times</a> that Budget sent him a bill for $285 because of pet hair. On their website, Budget states that “Although Budget doesn’t assess an extra fee for pets, pet owners will incur an additional charge for any damage caused by animals, or any special cleaning required as a result of shedding or accidents.”</p><h2>Hotel Fees for Pets</h2><p><strong>Cost:</strong> $0-75 a night, often with a deposit or cleaning fee</p><p>The secret for staying overnight with your pet is to find a hotel that is set up to accommodate pets. <a href="" target="_blank">Westin Hotels &amp; Resorts</a> allows small to mid-sized dogs to stay overnight with no nightly fee at 111 of their locations, while the <a href="" target="_blank">Best Western</a> boasts more than 1,600 pet-friendly locations with some accepting cats and birds as well as dogs. The Best Western charges up to $30 per day for each room with a pet and a refundable damage deposit of up to $150 per stay. <a href="" target="_blank">Home2  Suites by Hilton</a> allows various domestic pets of a certain size, but charges a nightly fee that varies by hotel. At one Home2 Suites location the pet fee was $75 per night, according to <a href="" target="_blank">BringFido</a>.</p><p>Pet-friendly hotels exist, but pet owners still need to be vigilant about cleaning up pet hair and crating their animals when they leave the room as hotels won’t blink an eye at keeping a deposit or charging your card on file an additional cleaning fee. As The Seattle Times states, “If you think upfront pet fees are bad, you don’t even want to know about post-stay pet-related cleaning fees.”</p><h2>Train Travel</h2><p><strong>Cost:</strong> $26 per segment, up to seven hours</p><p>As the only long-distance intercity passenger train in the continental U.S., <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> allows cats and dogs up to 20 pounds to travel with their owner. Amtrak limits pet travel to one pet per customer and states that each train only accepts reservations for five pets total, meaning reservations should be made early to reserve your pet a spot.</p>
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These Travel Trends Will Inspire You to Take One More Trip Before Summer Is Over

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:01
<p>Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the best travel trends of the season. <em>Travel + Leisure</em> talked to some travel pros to reveal the best hacks, tips, and ideas that are defining travel in Summer 2019. Let them inspire your next warm-weather trip.</p><h2>Pooling</h2><p>If a day at the pool with friends and a cocktail sounds like where you'd like to be, try “pooling.” An ingenious staycation (or vacation) idea, pooling works by booking a hotel room with a group of friends and splitting the cost so that everyone can enjoy the pool together.</p><p>“Hotel pools have a lot of perks that you just can’t find at a public pool, including food and beverage service,” said Mel Dohmen, Senior Travel Brand Manager at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. “For the cost of one night at a hotel, it can be worth it to hang out with friends at the adults only pool or with a tiki drink in-hand.”</p><p>If you’d like to explore pooling beyond your own locale, Dohmen suggests <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a>, Miami, and Palm Springs for their pool and party scenes.</p><h2>'Hood Hopping</h2><p>Neighborhoods offer different ways to commune with a city, each one with their own quirks, perks and vibes. On a city visit, why take just one facet in? That's the thinking behind “hood hopping,” or breaking up a trip into multiple stays in different neighborhoods of the same city. <a href="" target="_blank">HotelTonight</a>, the online travel app that allows users to book discounted hotels for last minute bookings, sees this trend clearly in their data. CEO Sam Shank notes, “We find that when our bookers decide to extend their stay, 60 percent of the time it's at a different hotel but in the same city as their original stay.”</p><p>And, why not? New neighborhoods not only give a different flavor of a city, but offer a new slate of different experiences, sometimes even giving the feeling of traveling to a whole new destination, at a fraction of the travel time.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">I Went on a ‘Hotel Crawl’ in San Francisco and It Changed the Way I Travel</a></p><h2>Meet-ups With Friends</h2><p>Traveling with friends can be great — except for the planning part. Lining up busy schedules, waiting for others to commit and deciding where to go by committee is better left for someone else. Why not book a solo trip — on your own terms — and invite your crew along for them to decide?</p><p>One T+L reader, Marc Madenwald of Seattle, did just that for an upcoming birthday weekend and explained, “I was reluctant to invite friends because I didn't think people would want to commit to the time or money. I was surprised — no, honored — at how many people from across my spectrum of friends were willing to come together to celebrate a milestone event in an epic way.”</p><h2>Micro-trips</h2><p>Taking several shorter, more frequent trips — as opposed to one big, grand vacation — is on the rise. Doing so relieves some of the planning and organizing needed for longer hauls, as well as the difficulty of missing longer periods of work or family time. Additionally, stringing several micro-trips together guarantees you always have something to look forward to.</p><p>Micro-trips have been made easier with a slew of online apps that allow for last minute bookings, such as <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" target="_blank">HotelTonight</a>. The latter app was built upon the idea. Shank explains, “Now a popular trend, micro-trips have been part of HotelTonight's DNA since day one, given our focus on last-minute, spontaneous travel. Ninety-nine percent of our bookings are for stays of five nights or less, and 77 percent are for two nights or less. Our primarily millennial bookers have opted for more frequent, shorter trips throughout the year versus the one long, planned-in-advanced vacation. This is a trend driven by Millennials and adopted by Gen Z — both generations that prefer experiences over possessions and see frequent travel as a way to collect more of these experiences.”</p><h2>Road Tripping With Pets</h2><p>Travelers are now less likely to leave their pets at home while away. According to a recent Orbitz summer travel survey, 77 percent of pet owners say they plan to take a road trip with their pet this summer. Hotels are taking note. Many offer pet-friendly perks, including pet beds, food and water bowl room delivery, disposable pick-up bags and public grassy areas for furry friends to enjoy. This shows in the numbers, too: Orbitz has seen a 40 percent year-over-year increase in travelers using pet-friendly search filters to find pet-friendly lodging.</p><p>One such property, <a href="" target="_blank">Omni Scottsdale Resort &amp; Spa at Montelucia</a>, sees pets simply as four-legged guests. “Pets are an extension of our guest's family, and play an important role in travel companionship,” said Doug Varsano, Director of Sales and Marketing at the property. “Our Omni Hotels &amp; Resorts associates understand that every furry traveler has different needs, and take the opportunity to go above and beyond to connect with guests on yet another very important and personal level.”</p><p>The changing ways that we travel can be attributed to changes in modern living, and a young generation coming of age. Dohmen adds, “Millennial travelers are redefining travel norms and learning to take trips that fit their schedule, not the other way around. Whether that’s taking micro-trips or planning a passion trip and then inviting others to join along, this generation is making their time off work for them.”</p><p>Whatever your age, the end of summer is still weeks away. Plenty of time to pack your bags and get away, even if it’s for just a micro-trip.</p>
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The Best Stops for Crafts, Culture, Shopping, and Drinks With a View in the Medina of Fez

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:46
<p>With its labyrinthine passageways crowded with pedestrians and the occasional donkey, the Fez medina, known as <a href="" target="_blank">Fes-el-Bali</a>, feels like a relic from another time.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage site</a> is famously difficult to navigate on your own, so it’s worth hiring a guide to lead the way, at least while you’re getting your bearings on the first day or two. (<a href="" target="_blank">Michael Diamond</a> is T+L’s A-List Morocco specialist.)</p><img alt="Fondouk el-Nejjarine, Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts, Fes, Morocco "src=""><p>Don’t miss a visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Fondouk el-​Nejjarine</a>, a three-story caravansary (or trader's inn) turned woodworking museum — the architecture alone would be enough to warrant a visit, with a central courtyard where caravans once stopped to rest. Exhibitions featuring elaborately carved dowry chests, doors, and furniture offer a glimpse at the intricacy of Moroccan carpentry over thousands of years. Climb one last set of stairs to the rooftop, where you can relax with a cup of tea and gaze down upon the old city.</p><p>Near Fez’s famous blue gate, the Bab Bou Jeloud, the 14th-century Madrasa Bou Inania offers another glimpse at Moroccan handicrafts. After a recent restoration, the school’s <em>zellij</em> tilework, carved stucco, and cedar woodwork appear much as they would have 600 years ago. Across the street, crane your neck a bit and you’ll spot Dar al-​Magana<i>, </i>the 14th-century clock house, where water clock once kept time using a series of windows, weights, and bowls.</p><img alt="Morocco, Fes, saloon at Hotel Riad Fes "src=""><p>Visit <a href="" target="_blank">Médin Art</a><i> </i>for bold prints and modern spins on crafts like babouches and woven goods, then duck through an unassuming entrance to <a href="" target="_blank">Le Jardin des Biehn</a><i>. </i>The hushed courtyard, filled with trees and fountains, is an inviting spot for a drink — or just a brief respite from the medina crowds. If you’ve had enough of <a href="" target="_blank">haggling in the souks</a>, head to the on-site shop, which stocks top-quality vintage carpets, caftans, and jewelry. Stay at <a href="" target="_blank">Riad Fes</a>, and be sure to make it back in time to catch the sunset from the rooftop bar, glass of Moroccan <em>vin gris</em><i> </i>in hand.</p>
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Bangkok’s Old Town Offers Art, Culture, Shopping, and Plenty of Great Food

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:41
<p>Nang Loeng Market is a must-visit in Bangkok — but the immediate <em>sois</em> (that’s Thai for streets) surrounding the market are dotted with unremarkable government buildings, so venture further afield once you’ve had your fill.</p><p>Many of the city’s first roads were built in this part of the city, known as Old Town, which most locals recognize as <em>real</em><i> </i><a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a>. Head southwest on these original roads (the pocked and busted sidewalks are a testament to their age) where Thai-Chinese temples, early 20th-century shophouses and lotus vendors chatting with young monks are common snapshots.</p><p>The city’s art scene makes for a fantastic day of gallery hopping. One of the best in this part of town is the <a href="" target="_blank">Queen’s Gallery</a>, which showcases rising Thai talents and more established names within a striking five-story, Brutalist-style structure. In addition to promoting bimonthly gallery nights, a passionate group of locals is pushing for more awareness of Thai and Asian artists. Their <a href="" target="_blank">self-guided gallery tour</a> kicks off in the creative district, which is a ten-minute taxi ride from the market.</p><img alt="The Queen's Gallery, Bangkok "src=""><p>Climbing the 300-plus steps up Wat Saket, known as the Golden Mount, is ambitious in the Bangkok heat, but the payoff is sweeping views of the Grand Palace and Chinatown. Those who prefer paying tribute to the gods of commercialism rather than Buddhism will delight in the quality and craftsmanship of the master jewelers and gemologists at <a href="" target="_blank">S.J. International</a>; keep an eye out for pieces by <a href="" target="_blank">Kavant &amp; Sharart</a> which have a more contemporary aesthetic.</p><p>By this point, anyone following the frenetic eating schedule of the locals will be ready for another meal. Enter <a href="http://kruaapsorn" target="_blank">Krua Apsorn</a><i> </i>on Sam Sen Road, where stir-fried mussels with basil (<em>hoi malang pad chaa</em>) delight and the crab omelette outpaces nearby Jay Fai of Michelin and Netflix fame.</p><p>Alternatively, grab a colorful taxi to <a href="" target="_blank">Lebua</a> at State Tower. Skip the <a href="" target="_blank">crowds and selfies at SkyBar</a> and beeline for the bubbles and views at <a href="" target="_blank">Pink Bar</a>, home to the city’s largest collection of champagne by the glass and Perrier-Jouët’s first-ever private label. Next door is <a href="" target="_blank">Chef’s Table</a>, the new home of Michelin-lauded chef Vincent Thierry, who left the three-star Caprice in Hong Kong in 2018. In a sleek setting with expert wine pairings, Thierry combines Europe’s best imports with regional gems, like butter from Khao Yai.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Hipsters Are Taking Over This Bangkok Neighborhood — and You're Going to Want to Try Their Cocktails</a></p><p>Need one more drink? (The answer is almost always yes in the hedonistic Thai capital.) Catch one of the famous late-night jazz sets at <a href="" target="_blank">Saxophone Pub</a> or let the Swedish owners of <a href="" target="_blank">Tropic City</a> craft you a potent tiki concoction.</p><img alt="Siam Bangkok Hotel "src=""><p>The area immediately surrounding the market where your day began isn’t great for <a href="" target="_blank">hotels</a> — unless you’re outfitted with a giant backpack and elephant-print pants. Instead, take a short taxi ride to <a href="http://thesiamhotel" target="_blank">the Siam</a>, an intimate Art Deco hotel on the Chao Phraya River with impeccable service.</p>
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Southwest Has $99 Flights to Hawaii — But You Have to Book Today

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 08:48
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Summer</a> may feel like it’s coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean it truly has to be over. For those of you dreaming of jetting away to <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaii</a>, Southwest Airlines has a deal for you.</p><p>After starting <a href="" target="_blank">service to the Aloha state</a> back in March, <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a> is expanding its routes by offering a new array of flights that will have <a href="" target="_blank">introductory prices as low as $99 one-way</a> if you book by before midnight tonight Pacific time.</p><p>Starting Jan. 19 three new nonstop routes will take flight: Sacramento to Hawaii, Oakland to Kona, and San Jose to Lihue, on Kauai. Later, on Jan. 21, service between Oakland and Lihue and San Jose and Kona will begin.</p><p>Again, there are a limited number of these tickets available for as little as $99 today only.</p><p>Southwest will also begin new interisland service to make island hopping even easier on your next Hawaiian vacation. These flights, which will start as low as $29 one-way if booked by Aug. 22, will fly between Honolulu and Lihue, Honolulu and Hilo, and Kahului and Kona. All three interisland flights will begin service on Jan. 19.</p><p>The $29 and $99 fares are only offered on flights departing Tuesday or Wednesday between Jan. 21 and March 4, 2020. Southwest flights to the islands come with Hawaii-inspired drinks and snacks, gate-to-gate connectivity on Wi-FI enabled flights, and free in-flight entertainment.</p><p>Additional Southwest flights to Hawaii operate out of San Jose. The addition of the Sacramento flight brings the total number of flights crossing the Pacific to 18 daily, plus 34 total interisland flights.</p>
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