Oprah's Favorite Travel Sneakers Are on Sale in 2 Pretty Spring Colors

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 06:15
<p>Each year, Oprah brings the world her very personal list of favorite things including clothing, books, tech, food, and more. The list is indeed hand-selected by the queen of talk shows herself and gives fans everywhere the opportunity to say “Oprah told me to buy it.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah's Favorite Gadget Will Help You Find Everything You Crammed Into Your Carry-on</a></p><p>And because <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah is such a globetrotter</a> herself, it’s no surprise that so many of the items on this year’s list are perfect for travelers, including <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic’s midi slip-on sneakers</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">19 Pairs of Sneakers Celebrities Love to Wear on the Go</a></p><img alt="Slip-On Sneakers for Women "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90 (originally $130)</p><p>"Treat feet to these sneakers designed to hug arches and support natural alignment with an orthotic insert. They're super comfortable,” Oprah says.</p><p>As Vionic describes, the sneaker makes casual look chic with a new, perforated leather upper that comes in five different colors. The sneaker also provides <a href="" target="_blank">all-day comfort for travelers</a> walking around the globe thanks to its twin gore panels and removable microfiber-covered EVA orthotic inserts. The shoes are so comfortable and so perfect for walking that they are even recommended by another influencer, celebrity doctor <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Weil</a>.</p><p>During Vionic's Memorial Day Sale, travelers can add these kicks in mint green or light blue to their packing lists for just $90 (originally $130) at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Hey, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us.</p>
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Rhode Island Is Offering Free Sunscreen at the Beach All Summer Long

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 06:10
<p>Officials in Rhode Island announced this week plans to offer free sunscreen (provided by <a href="" target="_blank">Raw Elements USA</a>) to visitors at all state beaches and parks throughout the summer.</p><p>“Rhode Island's beautiful parks and beaches are some of our most treasured cultural and economic resources, drawing thousands of visitors from across the state and around the county,” Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said in a statement. “Offering complimentary sunscreen stations at our public recreation facilities is an important way we can help people of all ages protect themselves against skin cancer this summer.”</p><p>The smallest state isn’t offering just any old sunscreen. Raw Elements is a reef-safe sunscreen using 20 percent non-nano zinc oxide, along with other ingredients including black and green tea extracts, to both protect people from the sun and the oceans from pollution. The sunscreen has been a top-rated sunscreen by <a href="" target="_blank">The Environmental Working Group</a> for nearly a decade, and was also <a href="" target="_blank">provided for free</a> to guests staying with Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Hawaii's largest chain of hotels and resorts, in 2017.</p><img alt="Raw Elements sunscreen "src=""><p>The brand was started by Brian Guadagno, a Narragansett town beach lifeguard who’s protected the same stretch of shoreline for some two decades. This state-wide initiative is an expansion on a pre-existing network of free sunscreen dispensers in place in Narragansett, where you can still spot Guadagno in a lifeguard tower a few days a week this summer.</p><p>“There is such a high density of people enjoying summers here, and now they, as well as state employees, will have access to safe and effective sunscreen literally at their fingertips,” Guadagno said in a statement. “This is a huge win for public health and a national example.”</p><p>By providing the sunscreen for free, officials and Raw Elements hope to protect more people from sun exposure.</p><p>“We see patients all the time for sunburns and we see tons of skin cancers. We probably treat at least 10 skin cancers a day,” Dr. Vincent Criscione of South Coast Dermatology, told the local NBC affiliate <a href="" target="_blank">Turn to 10</a>. “Depending on your skin type, you can get a burn within 15 minutes.”</p><p>If you'd like some for yourself, you can buy <a href=";adId=A008233334B0F79QYUSW8&amp;url=%2FRaw-Elements-Certified-Sunscreen-Moisturizing%2Fdp%2FB0067LR21Q%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1_sspa%3Fcrid%3D33H2K4I88O7GV%26keywords%3Draw%2Belements%2Bsunscreen%26qid%3D1558534894%26s%3Dgateway%26sprefix%3Draw%2Beleme%252Caps%252C552%26sr%3D8-1-spons%26psc%3D1%26smid%3DA1GU1M5DS1ZU1U&amp;qualifier=1558534893&amp;id=8616135111494306&amp;widgetName=sp_atf" target="_blank">Raw Elements on Amazon</a> or try on of these other <a href="" target="_blank">reef safe sunscreens</a> for your next outing.</p>
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Man Finds Three Bears Casually Climbing Into His Car in Tennessee

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 06:00
<p>Running into wildlife can be quite a grizzly experience. Especially when the wildlife is bent on taking over your car.</p><p>Chad Morris, a barbershop owner from Kentucky, had an interesting encounter with a black (luckily not grizzly) bear cub in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, last Thursday when he found the animal climbing into one of his car windows, <a href="" target="_blank">ABC 6 WATE reported</a>.</p><p>As Morris looked on in shock, two more cubs approached the vehicle, and one climbed right into the driver’s side window, as momma bear watched them nearby.</p><img alt="Bears climb in car in Gatlinburg, TN "src=""><p>Morris posted about his encounter, with pictures, on Facebook saying, “Is this real life...tell me we are being punked...3 bear cubs in my car and the momma just lurking!”</p><p>Morris had <a href="" target="_blank">told his friends</a> he wanted to see a bear while they were in Gatlinburg. Clearly, he got more than he bargained for.</p><p>Morris had the common sense to keep his distance, since getting too close to the bears can be very dangerous.</p><p>The bears eventually went on their way, according to NBC 14 News. Morris said that one of the bears managed to take a “chunk out of the seat,” though. There were no injuries.</p><img alt="Bears climb in car in Gatlinburg, TN "src=""><p>The bears in Gatlinburg, by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, aren’t exactly shy. For instance, there was a <a href="" target="_blank">bear that took a dip in someone’s hot tub</a>. And a <a href="" target="_blank">bear that was stealing pizza</a> off tables in a restaurant. And a <a href="" target="_blank">bear that snuck into</a> a Margaritaville Resort.</p><p>Bear sightings are <a href="" target="_blank">very common</a> in the Great Smoky Mountains, especially in the spring and summer.</p><p>If you're visiting the park (or anywhere else with bears), remember to always keep a safe distance (intentionally approaching a bear within 50 yards is <a href="" target="_blank">illegal in the park</a>), and to familiarize yourself with <a href="" target="_blank">what to do if you accidentally get too clos</a>e.</p><p>“This won't happen again,” Morris told ABC 6 WATE. “It's like I want to be reminded every time I get in this car that a bear was in here trying to drive my car.”</p>
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These Are the Best New Restaurants of 2019, According to Food&Wine

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 17:13
<p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Food &amp; Wine</em></a> revealed its annual list for the Best New Restaurants in America on Tuesday, and there is a dish for everyone on the list.</p><p>Coming in at number 10 on the list is <a href="" target="_blank">Piece of Meat,</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">New Orleans</a>. As for why it made the list, Food&amp;Wine said, “Everything Leighann Smith and Daniel Jackson touch has a serotonin T-shirt cannon je ne sais quoi.” At the hybrid butcher shop and restaurant, the magazine suggests ordering the eggrolls along with your meat.</p><p>“The whole place is a thing of unsubtle beauty,” according to <em>Food&amp;Wine</em>. “A hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don’t-care mosh pit of flavor and fun. Exactly the thing we were missing.”</p><p>Craving pasta over meat? Then head to <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> to eat at Fox &amp; The Knife, which came in number seven on the list.</p><p>Looking for a less formal dining affair? Then go to <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> for a sandwich at Konbi, which sits at number four on the list.</p><p>“At a cult Japanese sandwich shop, the B sides can’t be missed,” the magazine wrote.</p><p>“Come early (like 9 a.m. early) and you’ll stand a chance of tasting the other feather in the Konbi cap: French pastries,” <em>Food&amp;Wine</em> added. “They sell at most 42 chocolate croissants a day, a psychotic after-hours labor of love that involves a manual sheeter and the kind of fanatic sensibility that ensures there’s cocoa in every single bite.”</p><p>Want to know who else made the list? Check out the <a href="" target="_blank">10 best restaurants in America for 2019, according to <em>Food&amp;Wine</em></a>.</p>
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Take a Spring or Summer U.S. Getaway for $50 Round-trip with Frontier’s Latest Sale (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 16:16
<p>Looking to take a last-minute getaway to popular U.S. stops at an affordable price? Act fast and you can grab $25 one-way deals to cities throughout the country with <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines’</a> <a href="" target="_blank">latest sale</a>.</p><p>The budget airline is running a flash sale, offering deals between select U.S. destinations starting at $25 one-way. Return flights also start at $25 one-way, giving travelers a chance to take round-trip getaways at $50.</p><p>The $25 one-way deals are available from a range of cities including Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Birmingham, Branson, New Orleans, Orlando, San Diego, and more.</p><p>The $25 one-way deals are available on flights between cities including Austin and New Orleans, Birmingham and Orlando, Chicago and Branson, Las Vegas and San Diego, and Orlando and Portsmouth, and more. </p><img alt="Las Vegas, Nevada "src=""><p>Travelers will also find $26 one-way flights between Denver and Calgary, and a wide variety of flights starting at $34 one-way and up. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines Extends Their Kids Fly Free Promotion</a></strong></p><p>The $34 one-way deals can be found on flights between Atlanta and Orlando, Austin and Cleveland, Charleston and Philadelphia, Chicago and Syracuse, Chicago and Nashville, Dallas and Branson, Denver and Minneapolis, Jackson and Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Philadelphia, Austin and Chicago, and more.</p><p>Meanwhile, $44 one-way deals include flights between stops like Atlanta and Miami, Austin and San Francisco, Chicago and Jacksonville, Denver and Albuquerque, and Memphis and Philadelphia.</p><p>The deals are available for a range of travel dates, with some extending from May through mid-June, while others run all the way through the end of August for those looking to take trips in the summer. </p><p>Take a look at <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier’s website</a> to see what deals are available from your home airport, but you’ll want to act fast as these deals are only available through May 22.</p><p>Travelers will also want to note that amenities like checked bags and seat selection come with an additional fee when flying with Frontier, as the airline is a <a href="" target="_blank">budget carrier</a>.</p>
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Star Wars Land Will Have Custom Droids and Lightsabers — Here's How Much They'll Cost

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 16:10
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> will open at Disneyland next week, and hopeful Jedis will be able to make their otherworldly dreams come true — for a price.</p><p>Prices were just revealed for the big-ticket items sold within the new Star Wars land. Customized lightsabers, poised as being the <a href="" target="_blank">must-buy souvenir</a> at Galaxy’s Edge, will cost $199.99, and personalized droids will cost $99.99.</p><p>The prices may seem high, but if any merchandise at Disneyland could justify eclipsing the price of an entry ticket, it’s these items. As it's not only the souvenir, it's also the experience. Guests customizing lightsabers at <a href="" target="_blank">Savi’s Workshop</a> will partake in a 20-minute show with only 28 participants at a time, making it one of the most exclusive experiences at Disneyland (and at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World</a> when it opens this August).</p><p>Lightsabers will interact with other Star Wars items for sale, and droids purchased within Galaxy’s Edge will react to the land surrounding them, deeming them more of an in-park accessory than a take-home toy. (Just be sure to save some spending money for <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland’s first-ever bar</a>.)</p><img alt="Stars War Galaxy Edge - Souvenirs "src=""><img alt="Stars War Galaxy Edge - Souvenirs "src=""><p>Though there are plenty of fuzzy creatures, <a href="" target="_blank">space chicken</a>, and high-end memorabilia for sale, neither the build-your-own droids at <a href="" target="_blank">Droid Depot</a> or lightsabers sold within Star Wars land will be traditional off-the-shelf merchandise. Disney parks are blending shop with show for an experience that’s customizable to each guest.</p><img alt="Stars War Galaxy Edge - Souvenirs "src=""><p>These realistic, fully-functioning items will not be available for sale at Target or other big box stores. Personalized droids and lightsabers can only be found within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge starting May 31 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and August 28, 2019 when the second location of the theme park land opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. No annual pass discounts will be offered on the customizable lightsabers and droids, and unlike other products sold throughout Disneyland, neither will be returnable.</p><p>If you’re chomping at the bit to get your hands on BB-8 astromech units or Republic-era weaponry, be sure you plan ahead for how to visit. At this point, guests hoping to visit the far-flung outpost of Batuu can only do so before June 24 by <a href="" target="_blank">booking a Disneyland Resort hotel room</a>, but starting then will be able to “reserve” an entry time each day via a digital system. Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World will not require reservations to enter, but guests of Disney hotels and select additional hotels will be given <a href="" target="_blank">three extra hours</a> in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge each day this fall.</p>
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7 Quotes from 'Anthony Bourdain Remembered' That Highlight His Lasting Legacy

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:00
<p>It was just under a year ago when Anthony Bourdain died, and for thousands of people, the world shifted.</p><p>In response to Bourdain’s death in June 2018, CNN, which aired <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Parts Unknown</em></a>, created a platform on their website for fans to celebrate his life.</p><p>“We built out a social media destination for fans to share their memories, but what followed was an outpouring of love that was almost overwhelming,” CNN Worldwide's Amy Entelis wrote in the foreword of the new book, “<a href=";tag=tlanthonybourdainrememberedquotes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0062956582&amp;linkId=9d1c11399501f0aac11ddf8077f391e7" target="_blank"><em>Anthony Bourdain Remembered</a>.” “There were waves of emotion. Thousands of notes, comments, and messages of support. It was beyond what we anticipated.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">47 Anthony Bourdain Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel More, Eat Better, and Enjoy Life (Video)</a></p><p>The book, which will be released <a href="" target="_blank">on May 28</a>, is a collection of these notes and messages. Together with photos, memories, and anecdotes from some of his closest friends, “Anthony Bourdain Remembered” is a beautiful tribute to <a href="" target="_blank">the impact Bourdain had</a> on those who knew him best, those who met him in passing, and those who found a kindred spirit in his writing and <a href="" target="_blank">television shows</a>.</p><p>Featuring quotes from Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, Barack Obama, Jamie Oliver, Ken Burns, and many more, readers will how Bourdain’s <a href="" target="_blank">passions for food</a>, travel, and people live on.</p><p>Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite quotes from the book that will inspire you to travel more, travel better, and break bread with those you meet along the way.</p><p><em>“The thing about Tony was that he wasn’t the kind of traveler who centered things around what he knew. He didn’t say, ‘Let me show you what’s really happening here.’ He said, ‘Watch me go through this experience and maybe we’ll both learn something together…’” — </em>W. Kamau Bell, comedian</p><p><em>“Mr. Bourdain made you want to spend weeks in places you never would have thought to visit, and devour plates of food you may never have before dared to try...” —</em> Lucas Peterson, <em>The New York Times</em></p><p><em>“Jerusalem gets its fair share of visitors. They listen to the same stories, get the same narrative. For Tony, this was never enough. When the show came out, covering Israel, and the West Bank, and Gaza, you could immediately tell that this was no ordinary visitor. He visits Gaza, meets Jewish settlers in the West Bank, turns over every stone, and ends up telling a complex and very human story. —</em> Yotam Ottolenghi, chef and author</p><p><em>“He was the friend on the road trip who jumps into the dark, dank pond first, and then ropes you in: ‘This is terrible! Get over here!’...” —</em> Jada Yuan, <em>The New York Times</em></p><p><em>“Bourdain found beauty in places the rest of the world saw as the most screwed up.” —</em> Brian Donohue, writer</p><p><em>“I now see that Tony’s wanderlust had more to do with people than with food. The legacy of Tony’s many travels will be the hundreds of hours of film showing that all human beings share common dreams and aspirations.” —</em> Yeganeh Salehi, writer</p><p>“It’s a testament to the last two decades of Bourdain’s work that so many people in the days after his death credited him for showing them the world through their screens.” — <em>Eric Atienza, writer</em></p><p>For Bourdain's fans and colleagues, the collection is a reminder of the man who inspired them: at work, in their travels, and in the way they approach the world and the people in it.</p><img alt="'Anthony Bourdain Remembered' "src=""><p>“Anthony Bourdain Remembered” will be released on May 28, 2019. You can <a href=";tag=tlanthonybourdainrememberedquotes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0062956582&amp;linkId=9d1c11399501f0aac11ddf8077f391e7" target="_blank">pre-order a copy now</a>.</p><p><em>Note: Quotes have been edited for length.</em></p>
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This Off-the-grid ‘Hobbit Pod’ Might Be the Most Adorable Place You'll Ever Stay

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:31
<p>If you’ve ever visited a popular tourist site only to get caught in a giant tour group or find your view obstructed by a swarm of selfie-sticks, you’ve experienced the negative effects of tourism. It’s why <a href="" target="_blank">tour groups are banned</a> from parts of the Statue of Liberty and why Amsterdam is <a href="" target="_blank">reevaluating their approach</a> to tourism after seeing overcrowding.</p><img alt="Hobbit house in Portugal "src=""><p>Perhaps this is what makes a stay at <a href="" target="_blank">Slowlife Glamping’s</a> off-the-grid <a href=";checkout=&amp;guests=2" target="_blank">hobbit pod</a> on the rugged coast of Portugal so appealing. It’s not luxurious in the traditional sense — the pod is small, accommodating one to three people, and the all-wood interior is simple and clean. The electricity comes from the sun, the water comes from an on-property well, and the shared outhouse toilet and hot-water shower provide a true taste of upscale camping.</p><p>The luxury is found in the experience.</p><p>The hobbit pod is nestled among pine trees, the night sky is full of stars, and it’s so quiet chances are you’ll sleep better than you have in years. During the day, you can hike along the coast without seeing a soul, post up on a private beach, or pass the day reading in the hammock doing not much of anything. In the closest town — a 30-minute walk away — you’ll find a wood-fired bakery and a mini grocery store stocked with local sheep’s milk cheese.</p><p>It’s as if the moment you step on the property, life slows down — and that's a wonderful feeling.</p><img alt="Hobbit house in Portugal "src=""><p>“I think tourism has changed in the last few years. There’s a new tendency to experience nature and take a break from life,” said David Gol, owner of Slowlife Glamping. “You can see how people are after two or three days here — we get some emotional letters and feedback.”</p><p>Gol knows the effect of the place, because he’s felt it himself. Before moving to the property full time with his family and starting Slowlife Glamping, Gol lived and worked in Lisbon, coming to the property only on the weekends. “I was counting the days for my weekend to come here. [Moving here] was an amazing change.”</p><p>Today, the property offers six accommodations — two hobbit pods; two renovated, hand-painted campers; and two small cottages — all of which operate off-the-grid. Each space is bookable on <a href=";checkout=&amp;guests=2&amp;lang=&amp;page=1&amp;sort=recomended&amp;currency=EUR&amp;boundingBox=%7B%22northEast%22:%7B%22lat%22:38.51860737127621,%22lng%22:-9.095368461703856%7D,%22southWest%22:%7B%22lat%22:38.37367684364583,%22lng%22:-9.24184926042517%7D%7D&amp;filters=%7B%22categories%22:%5b%5d,%22features%22:%5b%5d,%22flags%22:%5b%5d,%22genericCollection%22:%22AutoCollection-880%22%7D" target="_blank">Glamping Hub</a>, an online booking platform for unique outdoor accommodations, and include a modest kitchen, dishes, cooking utensils, and linens. Everything, from the complimentary shampoo and toothpaste to the compost-fed garden, is eco-friendly. An organic breakfast made with food from the garden is available for an additional fee.</p><img alt="Hobbit house in Portugal "src=""><p>Slowlife Glamping is located on 8.5 acres of wooded space on the Península de Setúbal. From the property it’s a short walk to the Atlantic Coast and Arrábida National Park. Hiking and biking trails meander across the peninsula leading to secluded beaches and coastal overlooks. Nearby, travelers can explore the peninsula's point, Cabo Espichel, visit <a href="" target="_blank">Palmela’s wine country</a>, or explore the resort town of Sesimbra.</p><img alt="Hobbit house in Portugal "src=""><p>At Slowlife Glamping, hiking sticks are more common than selfie sticks, and I promise you, no tour bus would dare to venture down the unpaved roads it takes to get to the property. Here, travelers find stillness and space.</p>
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American Airlines Eliminates Oversized Bag Fee for Musical Instruments and Sports Equipment

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:32
<p>Athletes and musicians no longer have to worry about losing or damaging their most prized possessions when they fly.</p><p>Now, American Airlines is eliminating oversized baggage fees for sports equipment and musical instruments, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">statement by the company</a>, so anyone who needs to lug items like giant cellos or a surfboard no longer have to pay through the nose for doing what they love.</p><p>This equipment can also be extremely expensive and hard to replace, which means athletes and musicians often feel reluctant or nervous about checking their items for fear of them getting damaged or lost on the flight.</p><p>Some musicians have gone to lengths to keep their prized instruments with them, like one <a href="" target="_blank">violinist who played an in-flight concert</a> for more overhead space.</p><p>American Airlines’ new policy goes into effect immediately, as of May 21. Anyone can check these items up to the maximum allowed dimensions (no larger than 62 inches), as long as their baggage also fit within the airline’s weight requirements (no heavier than 50 lbs).</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Weight requirements are necessary</a> for flight safety and fuel efficiency. Overweight bags can seriously impact any flight.</p><p>Oversized bag fees used to cost $150 but now only cost $30, the same fee for a regular bag. The new policy only applies to most common sports equipment and musical instruments that don’t require special handlings like surfboards, skis, snowboards and other items. According to the statement, items like antlers, hang gliders, scuba tanks and kite/windsurfing items will still have a $150 fee.</p><p>More information on American Airlines’ checked bag policy can be found on the <a href=";title=checkedbags#cost" target="_blank">company’s website</a>.</p>
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13 Dressy Flats That Are Much More Comfortable Than Heels

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:30
<p>Whether you’re attending a summer wedding or dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you want to be able to put your best foot forward — <em>literally</em>. Yet it’s not easy to do this when you’re on your feet all day in uncomfortable heels.</p><p>Fortunately, there’s no rule that says heels are the only sophisticated footwear option. There are plenty of flat alternatives that we deem equally as chic and perfectly elegant enough for all of your summer plans. Perhaps it’s a sleek loafer or a classic ballet flat for the office, a point toe for that client meeting, or an embellished silk mule for a cocktail party.</p><p>So put away those heels because whatever the occasion, there’s a flat alternative for you. Below, we’ve rounded up 13 pairs of dressy flats elegant enough to replace your uncomfortable heels.</p><h2>Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Flats</h2><img alt="Manolo Blahnik flats "src=""><p>Manolo Blahnik’s classic Hangisi flats in grey satin are the perfect evening shoe, with just enough glitz for a summer wedding.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $955</p><h2>Sigerson Morrison Suzie Jacquard Ballet Flats</h2><img alt="Sigerson Morrison flats "src=""><p>These floral mary-jane flats by Sigerson Morrison add a feminine touch to an otherwise muted business casual look.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250</p><h2>Tabitha Simmons x Johanna Ortiz Vera Floral-print Satin Flats</h2><img alt="Tabitha Simmons X Johanna Ortiz flats "src=""><p>These Tabitha Simmons x Johanna Ortiz flats will make standing around at summer parties chic and comfortable.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $564</p><h2>Mango Leopard Leather Mules</h2><img alt="Mango flats "src=""><p>Pair your favorite trousers with these edgy, leopard mules from Mango.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80</p><h2>Everlane Editor Slingback</h2><img alt="Everlane flats "src=""><p>These Everlane flats are sophisticated enough for work and comfortable enough to wear bouncing between appointments and meetings.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $155</p><h2>J.Crew Gingham Pointed-toe Slingback Flat</h2><img alt="J.Crew slingbacks "src=""><p>Who doesn’t love a summer gingham? With these J.Crew flats, you can even wear the trend on foot.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $148</p><h2>Prada Pointy-toe Flat</h2><img alt="Prada flats "src=""><p>These Prada pointy flats are the perfect investment for a polished work look.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $550</p><h2>Steve Madden Feather Loafer Flat</h2><img alt="Steve Madden loafers "src=""><p>These loafers from Steve Madden will get you to the office and through the airport in style.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70</p><h2>Sea Star Beachwear Women's Neoprene Beachcomber Espadrille Flat</h2><img alt="Sea Star espadrilles "src=""><p>Summer beach wedding? These metallic Sea Star espadrilles are the perfect solution for a night dancing by the sea.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $89</p><h2>Chanel Lambskin and Patent Calfskin Flats</h2><img alt="Chanel flats "src=""><p>This classic silhouette by Chanel will never go out of style.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $750</p><h2>Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Bow-embellished Patent Leather Ballet Flats</h2><img alt="Salvatore Ferragamo flats "src=""><p>Salvatore Ferragamo’s Varina flat is one of the brand's most iconic styles and it’s easy to see why: They're polished and comfortable for long days spent in the office or traveling.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $575</p><h2>Aquazzura Mondaine Two-tone Knotted Faille Slingback Flats</h2><img alt="Aquazzura flats "src=""><p>These elegant slingback flats from Aquazzura are a chic way to elevate your week's wardrobe without the heel.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $650</p><h2>Sam Edelman Sally Flats</h2><img alt="Sam edelman "src=""><p>These easy white pointy flats from Sam Edelman are a staple for any occasion.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p>
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Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas Is Getting a $165 Million Makeover

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 09:13
<p>Your Royal Caribbean cruise just got more luxurious.</p><p>One of the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s largest cruise ships</a>, Royal Caribbean’s <em>Oasis of the Seas</em>, is getting a $165 million makeover in honor of its 10-year anniversary, according to a statement from the cruise line.</p><p>The groundbreaking cruise ship is truly the first of its kind. Originally launched in 2008, the ship is <a href="" target="_blank">separated into “neighborhoods”</a> that help guests navigate the gigantic ship, including Central Park (an outdoor space that is pretty much a park on the ocean), a Pool and Sports Zone, Royal Promenade, Boardwalk, Vitality Spa and Fitness, Entertainment Place, and the Youth Zone (a kid-friendly neighborhood).</p><p>But it isn’t just a big ship, it’s also state-of-the-art when it comes to things to do, including dozens of outdoor activities, relaxing services, and loads of shows and entertainment, plus family-friendly activities and world-class cuisine.</p><p>But even one of the world’s best cruise ships can be improved upon after 10 years at sea. The <em>Oasis of the Seas</em> is the fourth Royal Caribbean ship to be amplified and modernized, out of a total of 10 ships that will receive the same treatment down the line. The new and improved ship will set sail on November 24, 2019, beginning 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Royal Caribbean’s Terminal A in Miami.</p><p>In May 2020, the ship will head to the New York City area, offering 7-night sailings to The Bahamas with visits to Royal Caribbean’s newly transformed private island destination, <a href="" target="_blank">Perfect Day at CocoCay</a>, from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey.</p><p>There will be a number of changes made to the ship. On the top deck, the Pool and Sports Zone will have a few new enhancements, including a new Caribbean-style pool deck with The Lime &amp; Coconut, a 10-story slide (the tallest at sea) and other multi-story slides, and a brand new Splashaway Bay for small children.</p><p>Portside BBQ, Royal Caribbean’s first-ever barbecue restaurant, will be joining the ship, delivering authentic barbecue dishes like smoked marbled brisket, pulled pork, burnt-ends, and ribs. There will also be a casual, grab-and-go Mexican spot called El Loco Fresh, with made-to-order tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. If you’d like some entertainment with your meal, Playmakers Sports Bar &amp; Arcade will be a send-up to boardwalk establishments with 80 big-screen TVs, tabletop and arcade games, bar bites, and beer. Anyone with a sweet tooth should also check out Sugar Beach, which will serve up 220 types of candy and different flavors of ice cream.</p><p>Nightlife will also get revamped on the improved ship. Spotlight Karaoke on the Royal Promenade, the live-music venue Music Hall, and a futuristic, robot-themed Bionic Bar will be brand new hotspots for guests to enjoy.</p><p>Families will also find some new ways to spend quality time on board. Dedicated spaces for the under-18 crowd will be more focused on “interactive, personalized and unexpected experiences,” according to the statement. Particularly, Adventure Ocean will receive a full makeover, and there will be a nursery for kids six months to three years of age, a special area for teens with a “hidden” entrance, gaming lounge, movies, music, and a new outdoor deck.</p><p>In addition, kids can play a brand new laser tag game called Clash for the Crystal City and test their skills in an escape room called Mission Control: Apollo 18.</p><p>No matter where you go on this ship, there’s always plenty to do and see.</p><p>More information on Royal Caribbean cruises can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">company’s website</a>.</p>
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The Germiest Part of the Airport Is Getting a Super Clean Upgrade This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 08:55
<p>If you’re even minorly germ-aware, the airport likely horrifies you; thousands of people — who may or may not have washed their hands — touching the same things that you too have to touch.</p><p>And while most people probably consider an airport’s heavily-used toilet to be the worst offender, a <a href="" target="_blank">study by pandemic experts</a> from the University of Nottingham found that the <a href="" target="_blank">plastic bins at airport security checkpoints carry the most germs</a> — even more than toilets. The <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Aviation Administration</a> processes 2.6 million airline passengers each day, which means every day 2.6 million passengers are putting their shoes, loose change, and cell phones in bins that are then passed back down the line to be used again and again.</p><img alt="SecureTray "src=""><p>With statistics like this, it’s welcome news that antibacterial checkpoint trays are being rolled out to more than 30 U.S. airports this summer. The trays, which were supplied by Florida’s <a href="" target="_blank">SecurityPoint Media</a>, are treated with an antimicrobial substance that inhibits bacteria growth.</p><p>“Each tray has 100% antimicrobial protection,” Joseph Ambrefe, CEO of SecurityPoint Media, said to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em>. “The additive is imbedded in the manufacturing of the tray as well as the substrate on each tray. And the antimicrobial protection will not wear off or fade away.”</p><p><em>The Points Guy</em> reports that new bins have already been delivered to Denver (DEN), Knoxville, Tennessee (TYS), Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP), Nashville, Tennessee (BNA), Tampa, Florida (TPA), Washington Reagan National (DCA), and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). Another 15 airports will be supplied with the bins by early July.</p><p>Travelers will be able to tell if they’re using a germ-fighting security bin by checking for a few details. SecureTray are a distinct shape and each has a Microban trust tag and Microban logo molded into the bottom. <a href="" target="_blank">Microban International</a> is a producer of antimicrobial products and were responsible for creating the bins.</p>
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Prince Louis Just Rocked Prince George's Adorable Hand-me-downs

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 07:35
<p>Being the baby in a family is a tough job. After all, as a kid you’re never allowed to stay up as late as your siblings, you never get the best slice of pizza, and you always have to wear hand-me-downs. And that last part is true, even if you’re a royal.</p><p>Earlier this week, Prince William and Kate Middleton released a few <a href="" target="_blank">seriously adorable photos </a>of their children playing in a garden designed by Middleton for the <a href="" target="_blank">Chelsea Flower Show</a>. In the series of photos, all three of their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, frolic and play just as any kid should.</p><p>But, it’s one photo of Prince Louis that’s grabbing all the attention.</p><p>In the snap, Prince Louis runs toward the camera holding a hazel stick. In the caption, Kensington Palace explained, “Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves, and twigs to help decorate <a href="" target="_blank">@The_RHS</a> Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.”</p><p>The tot looked adorable in his blue sweater and red seersucker shorts. But, true royal fans were quick to note that they’ve seen those shorts before. But, not on Louis.</p><img alt="Prince George in 2014 "src=""><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Entertainment Tonight</a>, the red shorts actually first belonged to Prince George, who wore them way back in 2014 while on tour in Australia with his parents. At the time, the shorts reportedly sold out in 24 hours, according to Entertainment Tonight. Even Princess Charlotte was <a href="" target="_blank">spotted</a> wearing either that exact pair or a similar one back 2016.</p><p>But really, as any mom can tell you, those kids clothes get expensive. Especially since they grow out of them so fast. And, it’s nice to know that even royals appreciate stretching their dollar when it comes to their kids.</p><p>Speaking of the kids, in another Instagram update, Kensington Palace shared a rare video of the three children as they ran through their mom’s creation.</p><p>“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young kiddies,” Middleton explained of what inspired her creation in the update. “I really hope that this woodland that we have created, in a huge collaboration here really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors and spend quality time together.”</p>
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It May Soon Be Illegal to Text While Crossing the Street in New York City

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 07:10
<p>Lawmakers in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> are going to great lengths to ensure pedestrians keep their heads out of their phones while doing the dangerous deed of crossing the street.</p><p>Last week, State Senator John Liu introduced a bill seeking to ban pedestrians from using cellphones and other handheld electronic devices while crossing the road. If the bill passes and a pedestrian is caught texting and walking they could face fines between $25 to $250. According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, the statewide ban would include <a href="" target="_blank">texting</a>, checking emails, and browsing the internet.</p><p>"It's hard not to notice the number of people texting while walking, and downright alarming to see people continuing their texting while crossing the street," Liu told CNN. "We want New Yorkers to know it's OK to wait the 5 seconds."</p><p>The bill, which is an updated version of a <a href="" target="_blank">similar bill</a> introduced in 2018, must be approved by the transportation committees in both the Assembly and the Senate before it can be introduced for a vote by lawmakers. However, Sen. Tim Kennedy, the chair of the Senate Transport Committee, told CNN he has serious doubts about whether this really could become law.</p><p>"I don't support the concept in its current form," Kennedy told CNN. "As someone who has rallied for significant pedestrian safety reforms for years, I prioritize the protection and security of all New Yorkers, but it appears to me as though this is an overreach of government."</p><p>But, Liu explained, even getting the word out about pedestrian safety has still made all his hard work worth it.</p><p>"Sometimes even proposing legislation reminds people of common sense things to do and common-sense things not to do," Liu said. "If nothing else, the mere introduction of this bill has got people talking and thinking."</p><p>Though the bill may seem frivolous it really could end up saving lives. As CNN further noted, a <a href="" target="_blank">2019 report</a> by the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2018. The report noted that a “large growth in smartphone use" could have contributed to the massive uptick in pedestrian deaths.</p><p>So, next time you’re in the crosswalk look up. It could save your life, or at least it could save you a bit of money in future fines.</p>
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This Video Will Show You What It'll Be Like to Ride on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 06:40
<p>A new video gives a first look into what the thrilling ride will be like on <a href="" target="_blank">Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure</a> opening this June. </p><p>The ride, which is opening at the <a href="" target="_blank">Wizarding World of Harry Potter</a> at Universal Orlando Resort on June 13, will stand as both Florida’s longest roller coaster and the roller coaster with the world’s most launches. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Universal Orlando Resort</a> has released a <a href="" target="_blank">new POV video</a>, taking riders through the twists and turns they’ll encounter on the ride as they follow Hagrid through the Forbidden Forest.</p><p>The ride is set to be the theme park’s <a href="" target="_blank">“most highly-themed, immersive coaster experience yet,”</a> whisking riders on a track that spans 5,053 feet, almost a mile.</p><p>The adventure starts as guests enter the ruins hidden behind Hagrid’s hut, created with production designers and art directors from the "Harry Potter" flicks to bring the world to life.</p><p>Guests will join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, where they’ll come into contact with dragon eggs and a nursery housing Hagrid’s Blast-Ended Skrewts (with the ride being the first time the creatures will be brought to life).</p><img alt="Hagrid Universal Studios Orlando "src=""><p>Riders will then hop on their motorbikes, created to allow passengers to feel a <a href="" target="_blank">sense of flight</a> as they soar underneath bridges and past more than 1,000 trees planted for the attraction. </p><p>The ride features seven different launches, an unexpected drop that sends riders down nearly 17 feet, and a section where riders are catapulted 65 feet into the air at a more than 70-degree angle, with appearances from characters that include everyone from Arthur Weasley to Hagrid's dog, Fang, along the way. </p><p>When the roller coast opens this June, visitors can enjoy the attraction alongside others that include <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey</a> — a thrilling ride through Hogwarts Castle to encounter Dementors — and <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts</a>, where riders make their way through the Gringotts Wizarding Bank.</p>
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Here's How Teachers Can Get a Great Deal on a Disney World Hotel This Summer (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 06:35
<p>If anyone deserves a good vacation this summer, it’s teachers — but it can be difficult to afford a true getaway on a teacher's salary.</p><p>If Disney World is on the possible vacation list for a teacher you know, many resorts at Disney Springs are offering deals just for teachers. Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort are offering “<a href="" target="_blank">Teacher Appreciation Rates</a>” for all teachers and school support staff this summer, <em>Travel Pulse</em> reported.</p><p>Travel companies have offered lots of deals for teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, which was the first full week of May. <a href="" target="_blank">Norwegian Cruise Lines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sandals Resorts</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">CheapCaribbean</a> have recently offered travel deals in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.</p><p>Between May 27 and September 3, whether you’re a preschool or daycare worker or a college professor, as well as administrators and other staff, in the U.S. or Canada you can get a special room rate at different resorts at Disney Springs. Rates vary depending on which resort you decide to stay at, however.</p><p>According to <em>Travel Pulse</em>, rates are <a href="" target="_blank">$75 a night at Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista</a>. This is definitely the best deal of the bunch.</p><p>Second to least expensive are rates at B Resort &amp; Spa, where you can get a room for <a href="" target="_blank">$89 per night</a>. Next up, at the Holiday Inn Orlando, rooms are $95 per night. At Best Western Lake Buena Vista, you can get a room for $103.99 per night. At Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, rooms are $116 per night. At Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (yes, this is a different hotel, though the names are similar), rates are $122 per room, per night. And the most expensive, but still affordable, deal comes from DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando, with rooms discounted to <a href="" target="_blank">$129 per night</a>.</p><img alt="Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace "src=""><p>Part of the reason Disney resorts are a better stay than opting for a regular hotel somewhere in Orlando is because of the many perks you can enjoy while staying on the Disney World property, including free shuttle buses to the parks every half hour, Extra Magic Hours to spend more time at the parks, and access to FastPass+ 60 days before your trip – so you can grab a no-wait seat on your favorite rides without risking them being sold out.</p><p>Plus, Disney Springs is a foodie paradise and perfect for an adults-only vacation. There are so many amazing restaurants like Wolfgang Puck Express, Polite Pig, and House of Blues Restaurant to spend a park-free night. And summertime is when you can enjoy Epcot’s International Flower &amp; Garden Festival (through June 3) and International Food &amp; Wine Festival (starting August 29).</p>
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Sleeping Beauty's Castle Got a Bright, Colorful Makeover — Complete With Pixie Dust

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 06:12
<p>Sleeping Beauty’s castle is about to look even more magical.</p><p>The original Disney princess castle, Sleeping Beauty’s pink and blue palace at <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland</a> in Anaheim, California, will unveil a new look on Friday, May 24, the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Los Angeles Times</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The castle has been blocked off from visitors since January, as groups of maintenance crews have been giving it a spruce. The castle will soon feature brighter, more vibrant pink walls and blue rooftops, plus some sparkling gold shingles that look like “pixie dust,” <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Info</a> reported. According to the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, the new look is meant to reflect the original design of the castle when the park opened in 1955.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>OC Register</em></a>, the crews also added some artistic tricks to make the castle seem bigger. Considering that other castles at other parks are bigger and technically more “magnificent,” the crew’s job was to improve Sleeping Beauty’s appearance in order to be on par with other parks – without changing or adding to its design.</p><p>“She’s Walt’s castle so she will always stay the same,” said Walt Disney Imagineering art director Kim Irvine to the OC Register.</p><p>Basically, the crews used a painting technique that involved painting the lower parts of the 70-foot tall castle walls in darker and warmer hues of pink paint, gradually getting lighter and cooler as it goes up to the top in order to blend in with the atmosphere. This tricks the eye into thinking the object in front of them is larger or taller than it is.</p><p>The stones on the castle got a few new coats of paint for a more spruced up texture, and gold leaf trimmings around the building were replaced. The roof shingles were also replaced for the first time since 1955 with brand new, diamond-shaped cedar wood pieces, the OC Register reported.</p><p>In addition, the grounds of the castle also got some new plants and landscaping to fit the new paint job. Pink roses will accent the building and rosemary will grow along the castle moat, according to the OC Register.</p><p>With all this work that had to be done, it’s miraculous that the area didn’t have to be covered with tarps and scaffolds. Walt would definitely not approve of that. Instead, according to the Los Angeles Times, a scrim was erected on the scaffold, depicting a beautiful painting of the castle, originally made by Disney artist Herb Ryman.</p><p>With the new <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Star Wars</em> land opening at the park</a> at the end of the month, this fresh, new renovation comes just in time for park goers to experience some Disney magic this summer.</p>
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How to Spend the Perfect 24 Hours on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:53
<p>While Charleston is a beloved South Carolina destination, nearby Kiawah Island tends to fly under the radar — and that’s exactly what makes it the perfect place to unwind for a day.</p><p>As soon as you arrive on the magnolia-lined avenues of Kiawah, serenity sets in... Perhaps that's why it's consistently voted by T+L readers as one of their <a href="" target="_blank">favorite islands in the U.S.</a> The only commercial development you'll find on the island is Freshfields Village, a small town center with an assortment of shops and restaurants, and the crowds of other coastal retreats are blissfully absent.</p><p>One of the main draws of Kiawah is the award-winning golf courses. With five public courses to choose from you certainly won’t run out of holes to work on your chip shot. The only danger? Letting the stunning ocean vistas distract you into scoring a double-bogey rather than a birdie.</p><p>Kiawah is a quick island getaway that offers pristine natural beauty — with wide golden beaches, maritime forests, and picturesque marshland — and a laid-back, Lowcountry vibe. Here's how to spend the perfect 24 hours on the charming island.</p><h2>8 a.m.: Breakfast at Java Java</h2><p>Start off the day with — what else — coffee, brewed with beans from award-winning King Bean Coffee Roasters in Charleston, or a fresh fruit smoothie if coffee isn’t your preferred morning drink. <a href="" target="_blank">The cafe</a> also serves a delicious selection of breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Take your brew to go as you window shop the more than 30 boutiques in <a href="" target="_blank">Freshfields</a>.</p><img alt="18th Hole at The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island "src=""><h2>9 a.m.: Tee time at the Ocean Course</h2><p>Of all of the beautifully designed courses on the island, <a href="" target="_blank">Ocean Course</a> is the most famous — it has hosted several PGA Championship tournaments, and is considered one of the best golf courses in the world. Scoring a tee time at this course guarantees some incredible panoramas of the Atlantic surf while you play. Designed by legendary course designer Pete Dye, the Ocean Course hugs almost three miles of coast, boasting the most seaside holes in the Northern hemisphere.</p><h2>1 p.m.: Lunch at Ryder Cup Bar</h2><p>Head straight off the final hole to some post-round drinks at the Ocean Course’s <a href="" target="_blank">Ryder Cup Bar</a>, where they serve elevated pub fare with low country flair. Order the signature Crispy Shrimp, made with American white shrimp caught by the trawlers you'll see on the horizon. Ask to sit on the veranda so you can soak in the ocean breeze.</p><img alt="Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island "src=""><h2>2:30 p.m.: Relax on the sand at Beachwalker Park</h2><p>One of the most unique characteristics of Kiawah is that it runs east-west as opposed to north-south, so while many other barrier islands battle beach erosion, <a href="" target="_blank">Kiawah’s 10 miles of beaches</a> are actually growing wider with each passing year. Building regulations on Kiawah keep houses well past the second row of dunes, leaving the beaches peaceful and pristine.</p><p>Head to <a href="" target="_blank">Beachwalker Park</a>, a yearly pick on <a href="">Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches in America list</a>. Despite the accolades, the beach remains uncrowded even during high season. And with its calm surf and amenities (lifeguards, restrooms and changing rooms, snack stand), it’s a great beach for families with kids of all ages. Didn’t pack beach gear? Chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards are available to rent from Island Beach Services. They even offer surf lessons if you’re really feeling adventurous.</p><img alt="Bike path on Kiawah Island "src=""><h2>4:30 p.m.: Bike ride along the nature paths</h2><p>After enjoying the island’s beautiful Atlantic coast, it’s time to take in another side of Kiawah: its interior, dense with sprawling live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, towering palmettos, stout yucca plants, and expansive marshlands with sea grasses and river tributaries. The best way to explore is via the island’s 30 miles of bike paths.</p><p>Don't be surprised to come across some of the island’s abundant wildlife: bobcats, alligators, herons, deer, bottlenose dolphins, and loggerhead sea turtles are just some of the fascinating animals that make up the island’s ecosystem. (Just remember to always keep your distance and to never feed wild animals.) If you’re hoping to participate in the <a href="" target="_blank">Turtle Patrol volunteer program</a> to help track turtle nesting and hatching, plan your trip for July through October. Bikes are available to rent from <a href="" target="_blank">Kiawah Island Golf Resort</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters</a> in Freshfields Village.</p><h2>6:30 p.m.: Oysters at Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ</h2><p>End your bike ride at <a href="" target="_blank">Mingo Point</a> on the island's western end, where Kiawah’s longest running tradition happens every Monday night all summer long: a community feast of oysters roasted over an open fire; barbecued ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and steak; along with an assortment of classic Southern side dishes like mac ‘n cheese, collard greens, and Lowcountry red rice and sausage. Live music and watching the sun set over Kiawah River make it the perfect way to close out the evening.</p><h2>7:30 p.m.: Dinner at The Ocean Room</h2><p>For a memorable meal to end your stay, make a reservation at the upscale <a href="" target="_blank">Ocean Room</a> at the Sanctuary resort, which offers gorgeous coastal views as you dine. The elegant, wood-paneled steakhouse is perennially awarded both Forbes 4-Star and AAA 4-Diamond ratings. Dining here promises superb food and impeccable service, so get dressed up (t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and sandals are not allowed) and indulge.</p><p>The menu reflects chef Kyle Bowling’s dedication to using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, with five cuts of steak from cows raised on a nearby family farm raised especially for the Ocean Room, as well as expertly-prepared local seafood. Those more inclined towards surf than turf will approve of the restaurant’s impressive sushi lounge. Be sure to also enjoy a selection from the 1,000-bottle wine list to complement your meal.</p><img alt="Guestroom at The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island "src=""><h2>10 p.m.: Book a room at The Sanctuary</h2><p>After being thoroughly wined and dined, turn in right upstairs at this <a href="" target="_blank">five-star oceanside resort</a>, which feels more like a lavish Southern estate rather than a hotel. The lobby is set up like a richly appointed living room. Cozy seating areas around limestone fireplaces open to a foyer with double curved staircases reminiscent of a grand plantation home. Each guest room is outfitted with a soaking tub and walk-in marble shower, plus a private balcony with either ocean or dune views.</p><p>With three pools, 22 tennis courts, a luxury spa, nature programs that include marsh canoeing and ocean kayaking, and access to five golf courses, you won’t run out of activities to fill your time.</p><h2>How to Get There</h2><p>Kiawah is about a 40-minute drive southwest from Charleston. If you’re coming from farther away, you can fly into Charleston International Airport or access Kiawah by way of Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), approximately 20 minutes away on Johns Island, where many private jet companies fly.</p><p>Want to make your trip to Kiawah a regular event? Private jet company <a href="" target="_blank">NetJets</a> has an exclusive partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">Kiawah Island Club</a> that offers access to private events hosted on the island, as well as complimentary discovery visits to <a href="" target="_blank">experience everything on Kiawah</a>.</p><h2>The Best Times to Go to Kiawah Island</h2><p>Conveniently located mid-way up the Atlantic coast, Kiawah enjoys pleasant weather even when temps on New England islands are too cold and Florida islands are too hot. The best time to go for optimal weather is in late spring and early fall.</p><p>Summer temperatures (averaging between the high 70s and low 90s) are pleasant with ocean breezes, but keep in mind that this is also the island's most popular season.</p><p><em>Note: NetJets provided support for the reporting of this story.</em></p>
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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Are Beyond Adorable in New Royal Family Photos

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:17
<p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton — shared a few new snapshots of <a href="" target="_blank">their entire family</a> on social media. The photos of the littlest royals are beyond adorable.</p><p>The couple shared the images of their family frolicking in a garden, which happened to be co-designed by the Duchess alongside architects Andrée Davies and Adam White as part of the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The garden is titled “Back to Nature.”</p><img alt="Prince William with Prince Louis "src=""><p>"In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life," the Duchess said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. "I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults."</p><p>In the first image posted to Instagram Kate herself looks to be having a ball in her own garden as she jumped on her newly-installed rope swing.</p><p>“The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing,” the caption reads.</p><img alt="Prince George, Princess Charlotte "src=""><img alt="Prince Louis "src=""><img alt="Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Prince Louis "src=""><p>In the next image, an adorably chubby-cheeked <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Louis</a> can be seen running toward the camera holding a hazel stick.</p><p>“Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate <a href="" target="_blank">@The_RHS</a> Back to Nature Garden,” The caption read in part. “Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.”</p><p>In the third image, Prince George and Princess Charlotte can be seen dangling their tiny feet into the running water below.</p><p>For the last post of the series, Kensington shared a slideshow of two images — the first with the Duchess and Louis and the second of Charlotte playing on the same swing as her mother.</p><p>“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children,” The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC, according to the image’s caption. “I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”</p><img alt="Princess Charlotte "src=""><p>If a bunch of adorable royal babies won’t inspire you to get outside we don’t know what will.</p>
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25 Memorial Day Quotes for Your Patriotic Instagram Photos

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:19
<p>Consecrating the final Monday of May as a national holiday, <a href="" target="_blank">Memorial Day</a> is a popular time for U.S. travelers and <a href="" target="_blank">three-day-weekenders to venture away from home</a> or just spend some downtime with loved ones.</p><p>But it’s much more than just a day off of work that marks the unofficial start of summer: Memorial Day is set apart to remember and honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives in defense of liberty and justice for all. Amid the patriotic celebrations of our country’s hard-won freedom, Americans take time to express and reflect on their perennial gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their fellow citizens.</p><p>Memorial Day 2019 is coming up on Monday, May 27. Honor the fallen heroes who died to protect our freedom with these 25 inspiring, patriotic, and thankful Memorial Day quotes.</p><h2>Most Patriotic Memorial Day Quotes</h2><img alt="Memorial day "src=""><p>“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” — Adlai Stevenson</p><p>“Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” — President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address</p><p>“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela</p><p><b> </b>“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.” — Claudia Pemberton,<em> Love Leaves No One Behind</em></p><p>“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave / for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” — Joseph Drake</p><p>“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” — unknown</p><p>“Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land</p><p>Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.</p><p>Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,</p><p>And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’</p><p>And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave</p><p>O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”</p><p>—Francis Scott Key, “The Star-Spangled Banner”</p><h2> Quotes About Feeling Thankful for Your Freedom</h2><img alt="Memorial Day "src=""><p> “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” — President Herbert Hoover</p><p>“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” — Albert Einstein</p><p>“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” — President John F. Kennedy</p><p>“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worst.” — Albert Camus</p><p>“I love America more than any other country in the world, and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” — James Baldwin</p><p>“To find yourself, think for yourself.” — Socrates</p><p>“Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” — Daniel Boorstin, twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress</p><p>“We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” — unknown</p><h2> Memorial Day Quotes That Make Great Instagram Captions</h2><img alt="Memorial Day "src=""><p>“If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.” — unknown</p><p>“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach</p><p>“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” — Douglas MacArthur</p><p>“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” — Mark Twain</p><p>“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis</p><p>“We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” — Jennifer Granholm</p><p>“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” — George Canning</p><p>“Sometimes courage is nothing more than a willingness to think differently than those around you. In a culture of conformity, that’s braver than it sounds.” — Mary Roach</p><p>“Home of the free because of the brave.” — unknown</p><p>“I believe in America … because we have great dreams and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” — Wendell Willkie</p>
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