Hawaii’s Kauai Island Is Recovering From Major Flooding

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:55
<p>One of the worst floods in years on the Hawaiian island of Kauai stranded dozens of tourists earlier this week. The National Weather Service reported 28 inches of rainfall over the weekend, but <a href="" target="_blank">local meteorologists believe it was more</a> — the rainfall gauge stopped operating in the middle of the storm.</p><p>Kauai is still recovering from the storm. Landslides blocked major roads, including the Kuhio Highway. The Kalalau Trail, a popular tourist destination for hiking, remains closed. Towns along the island’s northern coast were affected most harshly.</p><p>“Things are going to take a little while,” Sue Kanoho, the executive director for the Kauai Visitors Bureau, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “I want to be up front with people.”</p><p>An estimated 30 campers were stranded in Napali Coast State Wilderness Park over the weekend. <a href="" target="_blank">According to the governor’s office</a>, emergency responders have airlifted 425 people out of the area.</p><p>While several homes were washed away, no major injuries were reported from the flooding. Roads and bridges remain closed.</p><p>State health officials have warned residents in the affected parts of Kauai to avoiding cooking or drinking tap water due to a damaged main line.</p><p>Tourists planning on visiting Kauai in the upcoming weeks should <a href="" target="_blank">check the official tourism site for updates</a> on conditions. <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines is waiving change fees</a> for passengers affected by the flooding.</p>
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Icelandair Just Debuted a Transatlantic Beer

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:51
<p>Icelandair gets creative when it comes to giving things names.</p><p>Its planes honor glaciers, volcanoes and other natural wonders found in Iceland. And headrest covers inform passengers that Thor, Frigg, Odin, Freyja, or some other Norse god or goddess may have just vacated that business class seat.</p><p>Now the airline has a bespoke craft beer that was created to honor its new aircraft and the journeys it will take.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Take a Virtual Vacation Through the Best of Iceland</a></p><p>The first cans of Icelandair’s aptly named 737 Transatlantic IPA were cracked open last week on a celebratory, scenic return-flight from Reykjavik on the carrier’s first Boeing 737 MAX, which is named Jökulsárlon in honor of a glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland. The plane is quiet and fuel-efficient, with Boeing’s Sky Interior, which boasts newly designed windows, ambient LED lighting and large overhead compartments.</p><p>The special-edition pale ale was created at Boyne Brewhouse in Ireland and is made from European malts and hops from the Pacific Northwest, which is where Boeing is also brewing up the next fifteen 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft Icelandair will add to its transatlantic fleet over the next four years.</p><p>While the Jökulsárlon 737 MAX is now in service (with <a href="" target="_blank">a photo competition underway</a> for those who spot the new plane), the 737 Transatlantic IPA won’t cycle onto the in-flight menu and into the carrier’s Saga Lounge at Keflavik International airport until May 30. When it does, it will be available for about four months.</p><p>While the beer has a catchy name, how will it stand up to challenge of tickling taste buds at 30,000 feet?</p><img alt="Sigurður Helgason, Icelandair's past CEO and Bjorgolfur Johannsson, Icelandair's current President and CEO, toast the new plane with cans of the new 737 Transatlantic IPA. "src=""><p>“The 737 Transatlantic IPA has extra fruity hops, a good strong color, a nice viscosity and a good head on it,” said <a href="" target="_blank"></a>’s Jess Kapadia, who tasted the beer inflight, “I could taste pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of banana. It’s a strong, classic IPA that reminds me of Pacific style IPA, which is a wonderful style to emulate.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to See the Northern Lights in Iceland</a></p><p>Icelandair’s new beer is not only tasty, it will deliver a kick. While most beers are less than 5 percent ABV (alcohol percent by volume), the 737 Transatlantic IPA has an airline-requested ABV of 7.37 percent.</p><p>“That’s much higher than usual,” said Kapadia. “But that’s nice is you want to take a nap on your flight. And if you’re going to be flying transatlantic, you might just want to.”</p>
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Virgin Atlantic Is So British, They’re Bringing High Tea to the Skies

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:24
<p>For a true Brit, tea time doesn’t stop at 40,000 feet.</p><p>British airline <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic</a> announced that it will begin serving afternoon high tea to customers in all classes of service.</p><p>In partnership with celebrity French patissier Eric Lanlard, the airline will serve tea on its daytime flights. Those in business and first class will be able to take their high tea at the onboard cocktail bar to keep things festive. Those in economy and premium economy can take tea — with sandwiches, scones and macarons from Lanlard, of course — at their seats.</p><p>“It’s the first time that Eric has partnered with an airline, and I think our customers are going to love it,” Daniel Kerzner, the airline’s vice president of customer experience, said in a statement.</p><p>The airline will start “test flights” this month to perfect the service before a full launch in late summer.</p><p>Those with access to the Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse will have access to a complimentary luxury high tea, beginning April 23. At tea time (from 3 to 5:30 p.m.), those in the lounge can dine on a tea menu created by Eric Lanlard, including smoked salmon on a mini croissant, savory tarts and a selection of scones with clotted cream. And of course there’s <a href="" target="_blank">champagne</a>.</p>
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Meet Winston and Churchill, the Adorable Mascots of This Los Angeles Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:23
<p>A vacation in a luxurious suite is a treat in itself, but an amazing vacation gets even better when you can share it with man’s best friend.</p><p>At The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, two English bulldogs named <a href="" target="_blank">Winston and Churchill</a>, after the former British Prime Minister, are happy to make your stay complete.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src=""><p>The adorable pups are official mascots of the hotel, and guests are free to play with the adorable “rascals” (as the hotel calls them on Instagram) if they wish.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src=""><p>If you were to stay at The London, you would probably spot them taking walks on the grounds, playing in the hotel’s Hampton Court, or lounging by the pool.</p><p>They probably have the easiest job at the hotel. Hands — or paws — down.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src=""><p>Animal lovers are especially welcome at the London. Because it’s not really a family vacation unless the entire family is there, the London allows guests to bring their dogs, up to 30 pounds, to the rooms.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src=""><p>The kitchen also has dog friendly meals of wet and dry food, or prepared dishes of chicken and rice, or vegetarian meals made with apples and lentils -- among other ingredients dogs love.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src=""><p>Even more adorable photos of Winston and Churchill can be found on the hotel’s <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> accounts. You can also see videos of the pups’ first days at the hotel on <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube</a>.</p>
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Meghan Markle's 'Suits' Character Is About to Get Married Too, and We Got a Sneak Peek (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:01
<p>The world is finally getting another glimpse of <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle in a wedding dress</a> thanks to the teaser video for next week’s season finale of <em>Suits</em><i>.</i></p><p>In the clip, Markle’s character Rachel Zane walks down the aisle to wed her fictional fiancé Mike Ross, played by Patrick Adams.</p><p>In the short clip, Mike can be seen waiting at the altar with best man Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).</p><p>“I can’t believe it – this could really happen,” Rachel says. Then, in the next scene the pair are seen holding hands inside a church. Mike says, “I've wanted to marry you from the second I met you.” Rachel lovingly replies, “You are the husband I've always wanted. I love you, and always will.”</p><p>In the clip fans also get their first glimpse of Markle’s TV wedding dress, which appears to be a flowing, a-line, spaghetti-strap dress with just enough glitz and glitter to make her character, Rachel, truly stand out.</p><p>In a 2016 clip with <i>Hello Canada</i>, Markle gave fans a sneak peek at picking out Rachel’s wedding dress alongside Jessica Mulroney, marketing and fashion director of Kleinfeld Canada. In the video the pair go over several of Rachel’s options. And honestly, each and every one would look stunning on Markle for her big day.</p><p>The on-screen nuptials will air in a two-part episode, which will also mark the end of Markle’s acting career. Sadly, her run on television has to come to an end because on May 19 she will walk down the aisle in real life to wed Prince Harry at a lavish ceremony at <a href="" target="_blank">St. George’s chapel inside Windsor Castle</a>. She will then commit herself to being a <a href="" target="_blank">full-time royal</a>.</p><p>At the wedding, the bride and groom are expected to be joined by members of the royal family, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their two older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.</p><p>Moreover, the pair will be joined by more than 2,000 members of the public, who have been <a href="" target="_blank">hand-picked to join in the day’s festivities</a> thanks to their contributions to their local communities. Hopefully everyone there (and those of us watching on TV) will get just as good a view of the dress she selects for her off-screen fairy tale moment, too.</p>
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T+L Editor in Chief Nathan Lump Visits Buenos Aires' Casa Cavia

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:42
<p><em>Travel + Leisure</em>'s Editor in Chief Nathan Lump visits Buenos Aires' Casa Cavia.</p>
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Save 30% on Your Stay at B Historic in Savannah This Year

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 12:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Savannah: At least 30 percent off at <a href="" target="_blank">B Historic</a>, a chic modern boutique hotel that’s retained its Southern charm. The on-site restaurant, Kitchen 320, serves dishes such as hoe cakes and field peas and skirt steak and collard greens.</p><p>The B Captivated deal includes:</p>Two nights in a Captivating SuiteAmerican breakfast for two every morning of your stayTwo tickets to the Savannah Historical Figures Tour<p>Original Price: From $538 (or $269 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $326 (or $163 per night); book by June 30 for travel through December 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a> or call 866-755-2622 and mention Travel + Leisure.</p>
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The Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Peaking This Weekend — Here's How to See It

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 11:01
<p>Stargazers are getting quite a gift this weekend because the oldest meteor shower in our galaxy, the Lyrid meteor shower, is reaching its most radiant peak.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Lyrid meteor shower began April 16</a> and will continue through April 25, but it appears this weekend will be prime time for meteor viewing.</p><img alt="This long-exposure photograph taken on April 23, 2015 on Earth Day shows Lyrids meteors shower passing near the Milky Way in the clear night sky of Thanlyin, nearly 14miles away from Yango "src=""><p>According to Accuweather, the meteor shower is expected to peak this Saturday evening into Sunday morning, just in time for <a href="" target="_blank">Earth Day</a>. Then, the Lyrid meteor shower will bring with it as many as 20 meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.</p><p>“The Lyrid meteor shower will be the first significant meteor shower in a few months,” AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said. He added that the best night to view the Lyrids is Saturday, April 21, though some meteors will still be visible well into Sunday night.</p><p>To get your best chance at seeing the intergalactic show, Samuhel said to look to the sky after midnight when the radiant — the area in the sky from which the meteors originate — is highest in the sky.</p><p>And as <a href="" target="_blank">EarthSky</a> explained, the showers got their name because if you trace the paths of all the Lyrid meteors backward into their center, they will all seem to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the star <a href="" target="_blank">Vega</a>.</p><p>"Lay back and get as much of the sky in your view as possible, and just wait," Samuhel said.</p><p>As with all stargazing, it’s crucial for people looking to view the meteor shower to get out of the city or even their town and <a href="" target="_blank">find the darkest area possible</a> with minimal light pollution. The best locations to view the stars, Accuweather explained, will be across much of the northeastern and southwestern United States, where the sky is expected to be primarily clear. Thankfully, the waxing moon won’t interfere too much with viewing the meteors either.</p>
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The Mastermind Behind the NYC's Hippest Boutique Shares Her Perfect New York Day

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:48
<p>Leave it to Laure Heriard Dubreuil to get New Yorkers to wear color. The doyenne of high fashion launched the luxury emporium the Webster in Miami in 2009, stocking playful yet refined pieces from high-end labels like Balenciaga and Chloé. Last year Heriard Dubreuil brought South Beach glamour to New York City with the opening of the store’s fifth outpost. Here, the French-born entrepreneur shares her secrets for scoring the best home décor, streetwear, and vintage finds across Manhattan and Brooklyn.</p><h2>SoHo/West Village/East Village</h2><img alt="Trico Field shop in New York "src=""><p>It’s two blocks from the Webster to the <a href="" target="_blank">Apartment by the Line</a>, one of my favorite boutiques. It’s well curated by my friend Vanessa Traina, and I can always count on leaving with a pair of Khaite jeans and an assortment of Rodin face oils. I have a four-year-old son, so <a href="" target="_blank">Trico Field</a>, a children’s clothing store on West Broadway, is another go-to. It carries things you can’t find elsewhere: patchwork jeans, thick-gauge sweaters, and T-shirts with surprising details like a funky trim or paint splotches.</p><p>I like to break up a day of shopping with a stop for juice or a salad at <a href="" target="_blank">Clover Grocery</a>, an upscale sister market to Café Clover in the West Village. It feels like something you’d find in Los Angeles — it sells truffled honey and spiced popcorn. If I’m in the East Village, I’ll stop at <a href="" target="_blank">John Derian Co.</a> for antiques, ceramics, candles, and other beautiful gifts, then <a href="" target="_blank">Metropolis</a> for cool vintage T-shirts and sweatshirts.</p><h2>Flatiron/Murray Hill</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Marlene Wetherell</a> on West 25th Street is another of my favorite vintage stores. You have to dig, but I always turn up treasures like an Yves Saint Laurent blazer or a Gucci handbag. <a href="" target="_blank">Dover Street Market New York</a> on Lexington Avenue at East 30th Street feels like a fashion funhouse. It has ever-changing art installations and an amazing collection of jewelry. I never leave without having a slice of lemon-polenta cake at Rose Bakery on the ground floor.</p><h2>Upper East Side</h2><img alt="Pointy Snout Caviar at Clover Grocery in New York "src=""><p>After that little pick-me-up, I’m ready to head uptown to <a href="" target="_blank">the Row</a> on East 71st Street. The high-end clothing boutique is set inside a glorious, three-story town house and has the most incredible rotating art collection. In addition to elegant, impeccably cut pieces, it has a small but strong vintage selection. From there, I like to pop in to Creel &amp; Gow, a curiosity shop between Park and Lexington Avenues. My friend Jamie Creel is a world traveler and avid collector, and I’ve been fortunate to accompany him on shopping trips to Mozambique, Spain, and Egypt. I’m in awe of the one-of-a-kind objects he turns up, from ceramics and taxidermy to tiles and precious stones.</p><h2>Williamsburg</h2><p>On the weekend, my family and I like to go to <a href="" target="_blank">Supreme Brooklyn</a>. It’s the just-opened sibling to the cult skater store in Nolita. I browse the racks of elevated streetwear with my husband — we especially love the logo tees. And the store has its own skateboard bowl, which keeps my son entertained.</p><p><strong>Spotlight: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Webster</a></p><p>The six-story shop in SoHo blends New York glamour with South Beach pizzazz (pink terrazzo floors, a life-size bronze flamingo). But it’s the surprising mix of designer threads that captures the imagination. Yeezy sweatshirts are juxtaposed with Lisa Marie Fernandez sundresses and Isa Arfen cropped floral trousers, while the Art Deco–inspired shoe salon carries platform Vetements boots and Gucci pool slides. For the ultimate VIP treatment, opt for a blowout at the fifth-floor David Mallett salon.</p>
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Cannabis Laws Are About to Change in the Netherlands (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:31
<p>The Dutch are reining in their traditionally loose laws regarding public marijuana consumption. This week, the Hague became the first Dutch city to outlaw smoking cannabis in the city center.</p><p>After complaints from residents, it is no longer legal to smoke pot in 13 designated places, including the city’s major shopping areas and central railway station. The ban will be enacted within two weeks and will stand for two years, after which time it will be re-evaluated.</p><p>Coffee shops, hotels, and homeless shelters will distribute flyers (in English) to explain the new policy.</p><p>A spokesperson for The Hague <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Guardian</em></a> that “the use of soft drugs has a negative impact on the living environment of residents and visitors” in the places where the ban will be enacted. Alcohol consumption has already been banned in these areas.</p><p>Those caught violating the ban will be subject to a fine, cost determined by public prosecutor.</p><p>Dutch marijuana regulations operate in a bit of a loophole. Although recreational cannabis use is not legal, the country has <em>gedoogbeleid</em> (tolerance policy). There are 573 coffeeshops across the country which openly sell marijuana. Cannabis is openly sold in 103 out of the 380 Dutch municipalities, including major tourist cities like The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.</p><p>However, policy towards marijuana has changed in recent years. Because of both stronger strains of the drug and less-culturally-aware tourists, the Netherlands is becoming more strict. Coffeeshops along the country’s border are banned from selling marijuana to tourists. In 2012, the country tried to enact a plan that would restrict cannabis sales to Dutch residents (dubbed the “weed pass”), however that has not progressed.</p>
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We Tried Out an All-Female Wellness Cruise in Thailand by Clothing Brand Free People

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:18
<p>The best way to get over jet lag is by working out. I learned this firsthand, after flying 24 hours to reach Phuket, Thailand, where I then boarded a 40-foot catamaran for a weeklong wellness cruise in the Andaman Sea.</p><p>I wasn’t alone. There were four other women, all in their 20s and 30s, on this retreat run by <a href="" target="_blank">FP Escapes</a>, the two-year-old tour operator arm of a popular clothing company. Free People targets millennial women (think boho-floral blouses and ripped denim), and these wellness-themed small-group trips do the same. They happen every three months, with the dates released just two months before departure; past Escapes have ranged from a multi-day hike in Peru to a surf camp in Nicaragua. But no matter where in the world they take place, clean eating, daily workouts, and bonding with like-minded travelers are part of the routine.</p><p>For my trip, Free People had partnered with the Brooklyn-based <a href="" target="_blank">Sailing Collective</a>, another outfitter that embraces the millennial mind-set. The four-year-old company offers charter and group sails that are meant to feel like laid-back, mobile parties at sea. The crew consisted of Lilly Cardenas, our flaxen-haired captain; London-based chef Katja Tausig; and personal trainer Dara Hart, who works with several Victoria’s Secret Angels at the famous Manhattan boxing gym, Dogpound. Free People added little upgrades to the boat’s décor, such as below-deck rugs in the shape of watermelons, cups from India, and a water bottle turned floral centerpiece with the phrase <em>Always believe in yourself</em> written across it. The double-occupancy cabins were cozy but comfortable.</p><img alt="Sailing trip with Free People Escapes in Thailand "src=""><p>Bright and early our first full day, when I might otherwise be succumbing to the 12-hour time difference with naps and carbohydrates, Cardenas sailed past towering, castle-like limestone formations to a deserted stretch of beach. There, Hart led us through an hour-long boot camp of burpees, boxing drills, ab crunches, and “crabs,” a move that involved walking up and down the beach with rubber workout bands around our ankles, calves, or knees. Hart smiled the whole time, hardly skipping a beat as she exercised along with us. I, on the other hand, grunted and chugged water. When Cardenas came by in a dinghy to pick us up, I felt like a castaway who had been rescued at last.</p><p>We came back to a massive brunch of coconut sticky rice with mango, pineapple, and tiny sweet bananas; homemade granola and yogurt; and vermicelli noodle salad with mint and cucumbers. The beauty of kicking off the trip this way was that my mind wasn’t in a jet-lagged fog. I felt bright and energetic, and spent the rest of the day getting to know everyone. Bonding happens fast when you’re sharing a cabin with a stranger (and if you prefer to bunk alone, be sure to submit a request in advance). My fellow travelers included a semiprofessional snowboarder from L.A., a furniture maker and yoga enthusiast from Chicago, and a publicist from Brooklyn. They were the kind of independent women who had aged out of the backpacker scene, but would have been restless staying in a luxury hotel.</p><img alt="On board with Free People Escapes in Thailand "src=""><p>Tausig observed that our group was not hung up on documenting every moment on social media, a habit she’s seen plague way too many travelers. While I’ll cop to taking shots of myself in a hammock or walking among twisted roots of mangroves, photo ops were definitely not the reason I’d come. With eight women let loose on the high seas, there was something of a jovial girl-gang vibe and purpose to the voyage. A Russian guy in a boat called Not@Work asked Cardenas one afternoon where our male representation was. “We don’t have any,” she said and laughed a little wildly.</p><img alt="View of Thailand on a Free People Escapes curated trip "src=""><p>We all fell into a rhythm of the strenuous morning workouts, one of which was so difficult that at least one woman threw up. Sure, I sometimes wished for more easygoing downward dogs and shoulder stands instead of suicide sprints and push-ups. But I also told myself that Hart was a pro — I was here to follow her lead. And when the cool down involved swimming in the Andaman and a mid-morning spread of frittatas or turmeric porridge, I had something to look forward to. In the afternoons, we visited places like the caves in Koh Hong Phang Nga, filled with stalactites and hundreds of bats. We also took trips to various lagoons, where we could dive right off the boat and see tropical fish in every hue of the rainbow.</p><img alt="On a boat in Thailand during a Free People Escapes-led trip "src=""><p>On our last night, Hart led us through a trippy kundalini yoga class of breath work and meditation. As Tausig served us grilled pumpkin and spicy soup for dinner, talk turned to gratitude. “What are you most thankful for right now?” Hart asked. It was the sort of conversation that might ordinarily feel contrived, but not after a week of traveling with women who were reading books like <em>You Are a Badass</em>. This was my new family unit. “Thank you for checking your egos at the door,” Cardenas said, as we made our way around the table giving thanks.</p><p>“Are we all okay with getting up early for one last workout?” Hart asked. I groaned internally, but agreed that another hour of suffering through squats would be a good idea before my flight to New York. I arrived home tired and thrilled to take a long shower, but I already missed my lavishly prepared tropical fruit plates and my gang of lady pirates.</p><p><em>FP Escapes weeklong wellness retreats are approximately $3,000 per person, all-inclusive; for a full schedule of upcoming retreats, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Sailing Collective group sailings start at $2,400 per person, all-inclusive, double occupancy. For upcoming sailings, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p><em>This content was produced with assistance from FP Escapes. </em></p>
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Stay at This Family-friendly Resort Just Outside Houston for Only $133 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Texas: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Woodlands Resort</a>, a modern family-friendly property nestled within 28,000 acres of forest but just a shuttle ride from downtown Houston. The property also features a water park, numerous hiking and biking trails, and a pampering spa that offers nature-inspired treatments.</p><p>This Sweet Summer deal includes:</p>30 percent off any room categoryA day of activities for two people, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayak and, bike rentals<p>Original Price: From $190 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $133 per night; book by May 31 for travel from May 20 – September 9, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code NP02 <a href="" target="_blank">when booking online</a>.</p>
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This Is What Kanye West Means When He Says We Need to 'Amangiri the World'

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 09:58
<p>In the last week, Kanye West has made his return to Twitter, recording his stream of consciousness, doling out life advice, and dropping news about his upcoming projects. Thursday he announced his long-anticipated new albums are coming this summer. And today in Kanye tweets, he decided we need to "Aman Giri" the world.</p><p>Twitter followers and fans unfamiliar with the world of five-star travel may be wondering what he means exactly, so let us break it down.</p><p>Amangiri, as it is correctly spelled, is a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">luxury resort in Canyon Point, Utah</a> where Kanye and wife Kim Kardashian West celebrated her birthday this past October and where <a href="">Emily Ratajkowski spent her recent honeymoon</a>.</p><img alt="Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah "src=""><p>The allure of Amangiri, an <a href="" target="_blank">Aman resort</a>, is in the way its design blends with the desert: cement buildings seamlessly mix with the colors of the surrounding rock formations and open up to sweeping views of the natural scenery, making it easy for guests at the 600-acre compound to feel at one with the environment. </p><p>Kanye recently interviewed his interior designer, Axel Vervoordt, for the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Hollywood </em></a><em><a href="">Reporter</a></em> and hinted they may be working on a community development project in Los Angeles together. Their shared philosophy on home design seems to align perfectly with the Amangiri method of connecting humans with nature: "We want to feel the origin of nature, the origin of that mountain and what that mountain wants of a house. It's not the attitude like 'Are we gonna build the house that everybody will see how beautiful it is?' No. I think we're searching for something that belongs to it, that was always there, and that's gonna make it timeless more in the future, but it's also connected to the origin," Vervoordt said in the interview.</p><img alt="Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah "src=""><img alt="Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah "src=""><p>Anyone who follows Kanye knows he strives to live in a world that is decluttered, simple, and holistic. As he expressed in previous tweets, "distraction is the enemy of vision" and "sometimes you have to get rid of everything."</p><p>I'm here for it.</p>
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This Couple Wanted to See Inside Their Neighbors’ Houses So They Started a Weird Homes Tour

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 09:35
<p>Humans have been curious about what their neighbors' homes have looked like ever since the first Neanderthals wondered about the interior of the cave next door. Luckily for the inquisitive among us, there are home tours now covering every type of residence, from the historic home to the modern home to the estate home. But what about the really quirky ones, the ones designed or landscaped in unusual or unexpected ways?</p><p>Husband and wife David J. Neff and Chelle Neff were intrigued one night while out walking their dogs in their Austin neighborhood when they noticed a house that looked like the Alamo. Not content to only see it from the outside, Chelle says she wanted in.</p><p>“I thought there must be a Keep Austin Weird Homes tour where you can go in and see those houses,” she told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “David went home and researched it and he could not find anything on a weird homes tour. So we created our own.”</p><p>She says she was bored of all of the other home tours where every house starts to look the same by the end, so on their <a href="" target="_blank">Austin Weird Home Tour</a>, now in its fifth year, “you get to speak to every home owner and every house is really different.”</p><p>David agrees. “We’re not putting [the owner] in a hotel for the night; we want them to be there,” he said. “Weird to us was always a positive, and never a negative. There’s been a zeitgeist about weird the last 20 years in Austin. And we’re uncovering this as a positive in other cities now, too. We want to preserve and protect what’s unique and odd in these magical places.”</p><p>After the <a href="" target="_blank">Austin</a> tour took off, with roughly 10 houses on the tour each year, carefully curated to strike the right balance between kooky, odd, unexpected and whimsical, the Neffs decided to add Houston to the mix in 2016, and New Orleans followed in 2017.</p><p>This summer, they’ve added <a href="" target="_blank">Portland and Detroit</a>. And David says they will include San Francisco in 2019 which will be like, “shooting fish in a barrel in terms of finding homes and finding people. And I think the year after that, we would go to New York and figure out the strategy of dividing that city up.”</p><p>Even with all of these tours, they still have their day jobs, originally thinking the tour would just be a fun passion project. By day, David is an author and digital strategy consultant, and Chelle owns and operates two Urban Betty hair salons in Austin.</p><p>“We just thought it would be a fun thing to do in Austin once a year,” said Chelle. “It has its own momentum now, and we don’t want to get in the way.”</p><p>So just how weird are these homes? In New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood is the lavish and vivid home of an ordained Vodou priestess and artist with her assortment of alters, mermaid shrines, and giant geckos.</p><img alt="Weird home tours "src=""><p>Houston boasts a ‘Hippo’ home with a collection of over 2,000 hippopotamus’ including a red hippo car.</p><img alt="Weird Home Tours, Austin Texas "src=""><img alt="Weird homes. "src=""><p>And on the Austin tour on April 21, ticket holders can visit a flowing, undulating ‘mushroom’ house, called the Bloomhouse, sculpted by designer Charles Harker which ‘grew’ out of the forest in harmony with the natural landscape.</p><img alt="Houston hippo home "src=""><img alt="Weird Home Tours, Houston Texas "src=""><p>David and Chelle worry about how the cost of living effects the artists in their city as many of the homeowners on the tour are working artists and property taxes and the cost of living has skyrocketed in Austin in recent years. So they decided that in each city they host a tour in, they’ll donate 10 percent of proceeds to local, affordable-housing nonprofits.</p><p>It’s clear a Weird Homes empire is in the works with their recently launched book, “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Weird Homes: The People and Places That Keep Austin Strangely Wonderful</a>,” and there’s no doubt there will be more coffee table books with each expansion into another city. The Neffs say their intent with the book is for readers to find something that will inspire design creativity in their own home.</p><p>Chelle jokes that creating the Weird Homes Tours has certainly influenced her own décor and that she is now more inspired to think outside of the decorating box. She’s gone from collecting interesting skulls for their home to collecting baby doll heads and putting them under glass domes after she saw one of the Austin artists creating habitats for the doll heads in birdcages.</p><p>“We are also huge Halloween fanatics and I feel like I leave 5 percent of our Halloween décor out more and more every year and I want to see it year round,” she said. “We are on the path of having a weird home in the next few years.”</p>
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We Need to Talk About Prince Harry in a 'Golden Girls' Sweatshirt on Meghan Markle's Instagram

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 07:53
<p>Just prior to announcing her engagement to Prince Harry in the fall, Meghan Markle sadly shut down her lifestyle website, <em>The Tig</em>, along with <a href="" target="_blank">all of her personal social media channels</a>. But, because this is 2018 and we live in the internet age, people kept the receipts. And one of them may prove that Prince Harry made a low-key appearance on Meghan’s Instagram account a few years ago.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Buzzfeed News</a></em>, Meghan and Harry revealed that they started dating sometime in 2016. During that time, Meghan gave her followers more than a few clues that she had someone special in her life.</p><p>For example, in one deleted photo, Meghan shared a bouquet of flowers she received from someone special in London. In another post from 2016, she can be spotted wearing a blue beaded bracelet, which is identical to the one Harry owns.</p><p>But, perhaps most telling of all is an October 2016 post that appears to show the lower half of Prince Harry’s face. The best part is, he's wearing a <em>Golden Girls</em> sweatshirt.</p><p>At the time, Markle posted the picture with the caption: "I take full responsibility for this sweatshirt. He wears it well. #goldengirls #truth."</p><p>To further prove this theory to be true, <em>Buzzfeed </em>compared a few side-by-side images of the Instagram shot and other publicity shots of Harry and we’ve got to say, the evidence is pretty compelling.</p><p>Thankfully for these two they no longer have to sneak around and hide their relationship from the public eye. On May 19, the couple will <a href="" target="_blank">walk down the aisle at St George’s chapel</a> while the world watches.</p><img alt="Golden Girls Sweatshirt "src=""><p>And if you really want to get in the royal wedding spirit, you can buy that very same <em>Golden Girls sweatshirt</em> on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Amazon for $26</a>. </p>
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American Express Is Bringing Centurion Lounge Luxury to Denver Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 07:43
<p>Travelers may soon want to consider taking a long layover at <a href="" target="_blank">Denver International Airport</a>.</p><p>American Express has announced plans to open a new high-end Centurion lounge at DIA next year. The 14,000-square-foot space will be accessible to all passengers in the Concourse C Mezzanine.</p><p>AmEx already has Centurion lounges in airports in Dallas, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, among others. The lounges are especially popular with frequent fliers, as <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> noted</a>.</p><p>The lounge’s perks include complimentary Wi-Fi, quiet workspaces, food prepared by renowned chefs, cocktails, and even spa services and wine tastings at some locations.</p><p>It’s unclear which amenities will be available at the new Denver location. According to <em>USA Today</em>, the lounge will have some more local decor, inspired by Colorado itself.</p><img alt="Centurion Lounge Entrance Rendering at Denver International Airport "src=""><p>“The American Express brand is well known for offering a high-quality experience for their guests, which aligns with [our] vision of the customer experience for our passengers,” Denver Airport's Chief Commercial Officer Patrick Heck <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Airport Technology</em></a>.</p><p>AmEx Platinum Card and Centurion Members can access the lounge for free, while other passengers can do so for a typical fee of $50.</p>
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This Disney-themed House Is for Sale and It's Almost As Magical As Cinderella's Castle

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 07:25
<p>If you’ve always wanted to live in the most magical home on Earth, now’s your chance.</p><p>A Disney-themed house that is chock-full of Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, and other beloved Disney character memorabilia is on the market for $888,000.</p><p>The beautiful seven-bedroom home, nicknamed “Mickey’s Home,” in Windermere, Florida, is just 5 miles north of Cinderella's Castle at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World</a>, and usually has some sort of Disney display happening both inside and outside. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Is Hiring, and Holding Two Job Fairs in May</a></p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Orlando Sentinel</a></em>, the house includes Mickey Mouse wood floor stain, huge cabinets with porcelain figures of every character you can name (and some you probably can’t), collectible glassware, and specially themed rooms.</p><p>The current owners, Mickey and Minnie Baus (no, we’re not kidding), purchased it for $550,700 back in 2005. About three years ago, the couple reportedly nearly lost their property during the housing market crisis, but they managed to stall the sale.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">An Expert Disney Mom Shares Her Can’t-Miss Rides, Restaurants and Resorts</a> </p><p>In addition to its prime location near Disney, the 4,822-square-foot home comes with a lakefront view. The <em>Orlando Sentinel </em>reported that the asking price for the home is significantly higher than others in the neighborhood, though those other homes probably don’t come with a king’s share of Disney memorabilia.</p><p>In addition to the seven (Disney-themed) bedrooms, there are four (Disney-themed) full bathrooms and two (Disney-themed) half-baths. You have to admit, even for fairy tale fans, it’s really over the top.</p><p>More information and photos of the home can be found on <a href="" target="_blank">Zillow</a>. The home also has its own <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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The Time Mary Berry Was Held Up at the Airport After Security Mistook Her Flour for Cocaine

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:16
<p>As a former judge of BBC One’s <a href="" target="_blank">“The Great British Bake Off”</a> and a food writer, 83-year-old Mary Berry has spent plenty of time around flour and sugar, but none as exciting as the time she got stopped at the airport.</p><p>Chatting with Graham Norton on his program, <a href="" target="_blank">“The Graham Norton Show,”</a> Berry revealed that years ago she was traveling with some loose flour in a clear plastic bag (as you do) when it was apparently mistaken for cocaine.</p><p>“I was going to the U.S. to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems,” Berry explained in the program. “So I weighed out all the ingredients — flour, sugar — and put them all in little plastic bags.”</p><p>The moment she arrived the airport, Berry said sniffer dogs made their way straight to her. “Suddenly I was surrounded by uninformed people and my assistant and I were put in separate cells,” she told Norton.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Weirdest Things That Are Completely Acceptable to Bring on the Plane With You </a></p><p>While Berry said the incident was “alarming,” she managed to use her humor even in times of stress. “When I was asked if I was going to make money from the stuff, I said, ‘I do and my fee has already been agreed,’” she said.</p><p>Berry appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” to discuss her new BBC One show, “<a href="" target="_blank">Britain’s Best Home Cook</a>.” The episode airs Friday, April 20, on BBC One.</p>
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Everything You Need to Pack for Machu Picchu

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:48
<p>If you’re headed to the Sacred Valley, be sure to pack the right essentials.</p><p>Travelers with their sights on <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>, located high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, are in for plenty of challenging trails, gorgeous views, and fascinating historical sites.</p><p>The 15th-century fortress, considered the most famous icon of the Inca civilization, is about 7,970 feet above sea level. The high altitude makes it important to not only pack the right supplies, but to not pack any more than what you need to keep your pack light.</p><p>To start, always begin with the right trail bag. Something light, durable and supportive will help you get through the day without weighing you down or making you tired. If you need a suggestion for a specific bag, the video above has a great recommendation: the <a href="" target="_blank">REI Co-op Flash 65 Pack</a>.</p><p>Inside your bag, you’ll also want to efficiently pack only what you need on the trail while also planning for all kinds of weather and situations. Some tour operators may provide camping basics, but more personal supplies are up to you.</p><p>Remember to always have a good pair of <a href="" target="_blank">hiking shoes</a> with good traction and support. In your bag, keep a pair of sunglasses, a hat (for the sun) and <a href="" target="_blank">sunscreen</a> to protect your skin from damage. For colder or unpredictable weather, also pack a thicker, knit hat and gloves, long underwear, flannel, a long sleeve thermal, a <a href="" target="_blank">light down jacket</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">rain jacket</a> and a rain cover for your bag. You can get <a href="" target="_blank">stuff sacks</a> to save space in your bag for all these items.</p><p>It’s great to pack layers, so also bring one or two T-shirts and your <a href="" target="_blank">hiking pants</a>. Bring a swimsuit and flip-flops, too, for bathing and potential swimming opportunities. And, don’t forget lots of socks (we like <a href=";node=2588109011&amp;field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Darn+Tough" target="_blank">Darn Tough</a>). Hikers always have to take care of their feet.</p><p>Campsite essentials include a camping pillow and an ultra-warm <a href="" target="_blank">sleeping bag</a>, a dopp kit for toiletries and a <a href="" target="_blank">headlamp</a> (because no one wants to get stranded outside in the dark).</p><p>Throughout the trip, remember to stay hydrated with a <a href="" target="_blank">special pack</a>, which is easier than carrying a water bottle, too. Don’t forget your medications or passport as well.</p><p>Once you get to the site, you’ll have to store your large, hiking bag somewhere safe. But, in order to carry your daytime essentials, bring a small <a href="" target="_blank">day bag</a>. Bring your <a href="" target="_blank">camera</a> and <a href="">portable chargers</a> as well, because you’ll want lots of pictures.</p><p>If you’re worried about carrying all this stuff, don’t worry. Keep heavier items low in the bag and daily essentials packed in the front. As long as your bag is under 25 pounds, you’ll still be comfortable on the trip.</p>
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Run Away to Spain This Fall for $356 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:54
<p>As the Northeast’s <a href="" target="_blank">interminable winter rages into spring</a>, we’re already looking for ways to extend our summer fun. Running away to Spain this fall sounds like just the way to do it.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Points Guy</em></a> reported yesterday, several airlines are offering round-trip flights to Barcelona and Madrid in the mid-$300s. <a href="" target="_blank">Iberia</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Air Europa</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Tap Air</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Norwegian Air</a> are all offering the discounted fares.</p><p>There are flights from Boston to Barcelona, with basic economy tickets starting at <a href="" target="_blank">$356 round-trip</a> in September. And if you’re in New York City, there are tickets starting at <a href="" target="_blank">$370 round-trip</a> to Madrid this October.</p><p>In the mood for an island getaway? <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Scott’s Cheap Flights</em></a> found deals from New York to Mallorca, Málaga, and Tenerife starting at just over $400 round-trip, with fares available this September through February 2019.</p><p>If you’re interested in flying to Spain this fall, use <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> to search for deals. Once you’ve identified the best possible fare, you can purchase your ticket with your preferred online travel agency like <a href="" target="_blank">Orbitz</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Momondo</a>, or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a>, or just book directly through the airline.</p>
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