One of New York City’s Most Iconic Views May Soon Disappear (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:06
<p>One of New York City’s most iconic views could disappear forever.</p><p>Locals and tourists alike flock to the cobblestone of Washington Street in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood to spot one of the city’s most perfect views: the Empire State Building framed by the legs of the Manhattan Bridge. But a proposed quartet of high-rise buildings in Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood could kill the view forever.</p><p>Builders have proposed four skyscrapers along the east side of Manhattan that would obstruct the view of the Empire State Building from the <a href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn side</a> of the river.</p><p>The Municipal Art Society (MAS) is trying to preserve the view and block the buildings from construction. <a href="" target="_blank">Those who live in Manhattan are also against the building project</a>, saying that the buildings would drive up rent in Two Bridges and force the evictions of longtime residents.</p><p>"A person standing on the street... where previously you would see the Empire State Building, you will now see part of this development," Tara Kelly, MAS vice president of policy and programs, told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">New York Post</a></em>.</p><p>The four buildings would be capable of housing about 6,000 new residents. Two of the towers, stacking 62 and 69 stories would share a four-story base. Another “super tall” 1,008-foot tower would consist of 79 floors. A third building could house up to 62 stories.</p><p>The Historic Districts Council argues that the preservation of historic views is as important as preserving physical buildings or neighborhoods.</p><p>“The one place in New York City where the views are protected is from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which they are now trying to destroy,” local Simeon Bankoff <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Brooklyn Paper</em></a><em>.</em> “We don’t have protected views.”</p><p>New York’s city planning commission will vote on the proposed buildings, although a date has not yet been set.</p>
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America’s First Biometric Airport Terminal Is Officially Opening to All Passengers

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:02
<p>Delta announced that <a href="" target="_blank">Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal</a> at the Atlanta airport is ready to become America’s first “biometric terminal.” This means travelers will be able to use facial recognition technology “from curb to gate.”</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">Travel+Leisure previously reported</a>, Delta has been working on the technology, which will help guests seamlessly move through airport security, for some time. The system will be implemented from check-in through boarding and will employ facial scanning machines at the self-service kiosks, baggage drop-off counters, TSA checkpoint, and all Terminal F boarding gates.</p><p>“We’re removing the need for a customer checking a bag to present their passport up to four times per departure – which means we’re giving customers the option of moving through the airport with one less thing to worry about, while empowering our employees with more time for meaningful interactions with customers,” Gil West, Delta’s COO, said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Passengers Are Happier Interacting With Technology Than With People, Study Finds</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>USA Today</em></a>, the new biometric option will be available to international passengers flying nonstop from Atlanta on Delta and its partner airlines Aeromexico, Air France-KLM or Virgin Atlantic.</p><img alt="Delta Biometric scanners in Terminal F at ATL in Atlanta "src=""><p>The step-by-step process begins with passengers entering their passport information during online or airport check-in. Passengers can then click “look” at one of the airline’s automated kiosks. Their faces will be scanned and kept on file with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And it appears almost all travelers are opting into the program.<br />“Nearly all 25,000 customers who travel through ATL Terminal F each week are choosing this optional process, with less than 2 percent opting out,” Delta said. “And, based on initial data, the facial recognition option is saving an average of two seconds for each customer at boarding, or nine minutes when boarding a wide body aircraft.”</p><p>Delta also isn’t stopping at Atlanta. The airline shared it is also implementing the technology in Detroit in 2019.<br /><br />“It is a great honor for Detroit Metropolitan Airport to become one of the nation’s first biometric terminals,” Chad Newton, the interim CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority, told <i>USA Today</i>. “We look forward to partnering with Delta, CBP and TSA to provide passengers with the option to utilize facial recognition throughout their entire travel process.”</p>
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WOW Air — and Those $99 Flights to Iceland — Could Soon Disappear

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:40
<p>WOW Air — <a href="" target="_blank">the Icelandic airline famous for $99 transatlantic flights</a> — could be in danger of folding.</p><p>On Thursday morning, Icelandair Group announced that it no longer planned to purchase its flailing Icelandic rival, bringing the future of the budget airline into question. Without stable financial backing, it is not unlikely that the airline could fold, which could have an effect on the entire Icelandic travel economy.</p><p>"This conclusion is certainly disappointing," Bogi Nils Bogason, interim president and CEO of Icelandair Group, said in a statement. "We want to thank WOW Air's management for a good cooperation in the project during recent weeks. All our best wishes go out to the owners and staff of the WOW Air."</p><p>While the airline attracted attention through its low fares, sometimes reaching as low as $69, it would make money by charging passengers for seat assignments, food, and checked baggage.</p><p>WOW Air began operating in 2012 and has since expanded rapidly to several U.S. cities. But last year, <a href="" target="_blank">the airline reported a $13.5-million loss</a>. It was expected to lose an additional $28 million in 2018.</p><p>Since a bond issuance in September, the airline has been faltering financially in public, which it attributed to rising fuel costs. Earlier this week, it returned four of its aircraft to lessors, <a href="" target="_blank">according to PAXEX.AERO</a>. One aircraft is operating under lease.</p><p>This puts the future of its longest routes — from Reykjavki to Los Angeles and Delhi — at risk. The long-haul flights require an A330 aircraft. The airline now only has one in their fleet.</p><p>WOW Air is not the only transatlantic budget airline that has been wavering this year. <a href="" target="_blank">Scandinavian Airline Primera Air suddenly declared bankruptcy</a> back in October. Last year, a British airline declared bankruptcy, <a href="" target="_blank">leaving more than 100,000 passengers stranded around the world</a>.</p>
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You Can Now Enjoy Cheese Fondue Mid-flight on This Airline

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:08
<p>Economy passengers flying with Swiss International Air Lines across <a href="" target="_blank">Europe</a> can enjoy cheese fondue in the skies starting on Dec. 1.</p><p>The airline is <a href="" target="_blank">renewing</a> its recently launched <a href="" target="_blank">Swiss Saveurs</a> menu concept, which allows passengers across cabins to order a la carte food, drink, and snack options inspired by traditional Swiss dishes.</p><p>The offerings for the 2018-2019 winter season include a traditional Swiss cheese fondue made of 50 percent Vacherin Fribourgeois cheese (noted for its nutty flavors and long-lasting taste) and 50 percent Gruyère<b> </b>cheese. The fondue is served alongside bread for dipping. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">10 Restaurants Every Cheese Lover Should Visit at Least Once </a></p><p>New menu options also include hot chocolate (made fresh from Swiss chocolate), freshly baked pain au lait served with a Cailler chocolate bar, and a Carac tartlet, a tartlet made with shortcrust pastry and filled with dark chocolate praline before being topped with bright green frosting.</p><p>The fondue is available for a price of 17 Swiss Franc (about $17) on flights from <a href="" target="_blank">Geneva</a> to Malaga, Athens, Stockholm, Moscow, Gothenburg, Hurghada, Lisbon, St. Petersburg, and Marrakesh, and can also be paired with a charcuterie board complete with cured ham, Gruyere salami, and dried meats.</p><p>While the airline has offered cheese fondue in the past, this is the first time economy passengers can enjoy the treat, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Local</a></em>.</p><p>Passengers looking to purchase the local dishes can pay for them directly on the flight, while Swiss also offers the ability to have snacks that range from pastries and sandwiches to salads <a href="" target="_blank">delivered right to your gate</a> for orders placed up to an hour before departure.</p>
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Kate Middleton Just Said the Cutest Thing About Meghan Markle's Pregnancy

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 07:51
<p>Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, is getting her first taste of the downsides of becoming a royal.</p><p>Since she and her husband, Prince Harry, announced they will be <a href="" target="_blank">moving to the Frogmore Cottage</a> on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the couple has been the subject of more than a few negative headlines. Each one more specific than the last, speculating on a <a href="" target="_blank">“rift” between Meghan and Kate Middleton</a>, and even drama between Harry and William.</p><p>However, according to Middleton herself, that could not be further from the truth. On Wednesday, while making an appearance in Leicester, England, Middleton shared with well-wishers that the entire family is overjoyed about Meghan’s pregnancy and have come together to support her and Harry.</p><p>“It’s such a special time to have little kiddies, and a cousin for George and Charlotte, as well, and Louis. It’s really special,” she said of Harry and Meghan’s future royal baby.</p><p>Middleton was also happy to discuss her own children with fans as well. During the event, Middleton shared that her kids are all getting rather excited for the holiday season.</p><p>"They’re doing well, thank you," she said. "They’re getting excited for Christmas time because they’ve started all their Christmas songs and Christmas trees are going up. It was really sweet. And Louis’s getting big. I can’t believe he’s like seven months now. He’s getting to be a big boy."</p><p>Middleton even shared a little inside tidbit on her family, revealing the sweet nickname her children have for their father, Prince William. According to an onlooker named <a href="" target="_blank">Fiona Sturgess</a>, "Kate said that William was playing football [soccer] with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, ‘Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?’”</p><p>So there you have it. Rift over. And William goes by “Pops.” We can all relax now, the royals are just fine.</p>
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This 'Game of Thrones' Actor Apparently Caused Quite the Airplane Frenzy After Filming 'The Red Wedding'

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 07:35
<p>Robb Stark arguably suffered one of the most gruesome deaths in “<a href="" target="_blank">Game of Thrones</a>” history. After (spoiler alert) watching his pregnant wife be stabbed to death and his army brought down in a single room, Stark himself met his fate when he too was stabbed in the gut. Which really, makes it totally understandable that the actor behind the role, Richard Madden, cried the entire way home following the filming.</p><p>In a new interview with <em><a href="" target="_blank">GQ</a></em>, Madden revealed that he was overwhelmed with his final scene. In fact, he was overcome at having to watch the scene again as part of the interview, he told <i>GQ</i>, “I think it’s really rude you made me watch this.”</p><p>While re-watching the scene, Madden became a bit emotional, sharing second-by-second details. He even revealed that after filming the grueling final death, he had to immediately hop on a plane back to <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>. He didn’t even have time to wash the fake blood from his hands.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><b> </b><a href="" target="_blank">Travel the Seven Kingdoms by Visiting the Filming Locations of 'Game of Thrones'</a></p><p>On the flight back, Madden said: “I remember being on this flight back to London, covered in fake blood, exhausted and just sobbing,” he said in the video. “It looks like I just murdered someone and got on a flight. Which, in fact, I hadn’t. I’d been murdered.”</p><p>People around him started to also catch on to his odd behavior and bloody appearance and a cabin crew member even approached him to ask if he was OK.</p><p>“And then people moved and the rows behind me moved. I was sobbing and covered in blood. I looked like I’d murdered someone and got on that flight,” he said.</p><p>If those lucky fellow passengers knew they were actually flying with the true King of North they’d be totally OK with his less than desirable flight antics.</p>
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Giant Teddy Bears Are Taking Over Paris for the Cutest Reason

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:39
<p>Imagine if your neighborhood was taken over by an “army” of bears.</p><p>No, not real bears — cuddly, soft teddy bears to be exact.</p><p>Residents of one neighborhood in Paris, Les Gobelins, have noticed the growing number of giant teddy bears that have been popping up at different locations, and the locals absolutely love the new visitors, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Local</em> reported</a>.</p><img alt="Teddy bears in the window of a Paris hotel "src=""><p>Don’t worry, the bears are not suddenly gaining sentience and walking around when nobody's looking. In fact, the bears are part of a project by a local bookshop owner named Phillipe, in an effort to bring the community together in a fun, unexpected way, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Le Parisien</a></em>.</p><p>“I've been working here for 25 years. There were people I had never spoken to. Now they call me Philippe,” the bookseller told Le Parisien, as translated by <em>The Local</em>.</p><p>There are 50 teddy bears all in all, which Philippe has been putting in different places around the neighborhood since late October. Another shop owner, a pharmacist named Emmanuel, told <em>Le Parisien</em> that no one is sure where Phillipe gets the bears, but he’s also lending them out to people in the area.</p><img alt="Teddy Bear at the Les Gobelins metro station in Paris, France "src=""><p>The bears are continually appearing in many different spots for residents to stumble on. They “eat” in huge groups in front of restaurants and hotels, “climb” lamp posts or just greet people on street corners.</p><img alt="Giant teddy bears at a cafe in Paris, France "src=""><p>Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo even enjoys the new, furry addition to Les Gobelins.</p><p>The bears have now become so popular that fans of the fuzzy creatures can keep up with them and their shenanigans on the bears’ official <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p><p>According to <em>The Local</em>, the bookshop owner plans to keep the bears moving around the community until the <a href="" target="_blank">La Gallette des Rois celebration</a>, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, on Jan. 6.</p>
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Someone's E-cigarette Caused an Evacuation at Boston Logan Airport

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:33
<p>It’s important to properly pack everything you bring along on your trip, especially when it comes to electronics.</p><p>Many devices, from laptops to phone chargers, use lithium batteries, which the <a href="" target="_blank">TSA requires</a> all passengers to pack in their carry-on bags. The main reason for this is that lithium batteries used for electronics can pose a rather unpredictable fire risk while in the air if they are checked.</p><p>At Boston Logan International Airport on Saturday, a lithium battery used to charge an e-cigarette ended up causing a suitcase that was checked onto a flight to expel smoke, causing a temporary evacuation in the checked baggage screening room, NECN reported.</p><p>Airport workers noticed the smoke only a few minutes before loading the suitcase onto the plane. The TSA posted a video of the smoking bag on Twitter. According to NECN, the owner of the bag was a man traveling to Kansas City.</p><p>Luckily, despite the smoke, the bag was determined to be safe after a check by the Massport Fire &amp; Rescue and a state police bomb unit, according to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. No other parts of the airport were affected by the evacuation.</p><p>“TSA is focused on ensuring that nothing catastrophic occurs on an airplane, and so of course a suitcase that has smoke emitting from it is definitely suspicious,” a TSA official said in a statement.</p><p>One witness told NECN, “I don't smoke, but now I certainly won't have one of those. Never! I rather take my chances with a lit one.”</p><p>Even if a lithium battery is packed in a carry-on, it can still cause problems. But having it in the cabin with you makes it easier to detect an igniting battery before it can cause serious harm. <a href="" target="_blank">Phone and laptop chargers</a> have been the culprits in recent incidents.</p><p>If you must take your battery with you, make sure to stow it where you can keep an eye on it. And remember to make sure it’s undamaged and functioning properly before taking it on a trip.</p>
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Watch This Hang Glider Hang on for Dear Life after Instructor Forgets to Strap Him in

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:44
<p>As far as terrifying vacation mishaps go, this story has to take the cake.</p><p>All Chris Gursky wanted to do was take a nice trip to Europe. Gursky, from Florida, thought he was well on his way to doing just that when he landed in <a href="" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>. On the very first day of his trip Gursky thought he’d take in the sights by going on a relaxing <a href="" target="_blank">hang gliding tour</a> so he could sit back and just chill. Oh, how wrong he was.</p><p>The second the glider took off Gursky realized he wasn’t actually strapped into the contraption or to his instructor. This left him hanging on for dear life as the glider went up 4,000 feet in the air.</p><p>“I just glanced down, and said this is it: I am going to fall to my death,” Gursky <a href="" target="_blank">shared with Fox</a>. “It wasn’t my time, I was going to hold on as long as I possibly could.”</p><p>According to Gursky, he tried to remain calm as an “up draft (was) pulling us higher and higher,” however, he felt like he was “losing grip the whole way down.”</p><p>Thankfully, after four excruciating minutes, Gursky and his pilot were able to land the craft, albeit with Gurksy suffering a fractured wrist on his less than ideal landing.</p><p>"By the time we hit the ground, or I hit the ground, I would say we were going about 25 miles an hour," Gursky said.</p><p>Gursky’s video of the incident quickly went viral, garnering more than 5.2 million views to date.</p><p>But, despite it all, Gursky still has a positive outlook on hang gliding and on the pilot, who Gursky said, "did all he could to get me down to the ground." Gursky even noted that he’s open to trying hang gliding again. Which, good for you sir, but the rest of us who watched your terrifying incident may need a bit longer to recover.</p>
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Why You Should Get Global Entry and How It's Different Than TSA PreCheck (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:21
<p>If you’ve ever arrived on an <a href="" target="_blank">international flight carrying 500 passengers</a>, you know that the line at customs can be brutally long. And when you’ve been traveling for 18 hours and have already been through <a href="" target="_blank">two layovers</a>, the last thing you want is to spend another hour in line waiting to officially reenter the country. Time spent in the customs line is really just time you’re never getting back—and it’s further delaying the post-flight shower you’ve been longing for. This is where Global Entry benefits come in handy. For international travelers with Global Entry, there’s little-to-no line at customs, and instead of meeting with a customs agent, you just scan your documents at the kiosk and are on your way. If you’re ready to expedite your homecoming, here’s everything you need to know about the U.S. Global Entry program.</p><h2>What is Global Entry?</h2><p>Global Entry is essentially a way to not stand in the customs line when coming back into the U.S. Travelers who have gone through the Global Entry application and screening process are able to enter the U.S. after a quick check-in at an electronic kiosk. There are no customs lines, no paperwork (it’s an environmentally-friendly system!), and you end up reunited with your luggage and family faster as a result of Global Entry.</p><h2>How to Get Global Entry</h2><p>The first step is to create a <a href="" target="_blank">Trusted Traveler Programs</a> account on the U.S. Customs and Border protection website. Once you’re logged in, fill out the Global Entry application and pay the associated fee. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will review your application and conduct a background check once you’ve submitted, and if it’s conditionally approved, you’ll make an in-person interview appointment at a U.S. Global Entry Enrollment Center.</p><h2>What’s the Global Entry Interview Like?</h2><p>First off, <a href="" target="_blank">applying for U.S. Global Entry</a> doesn’t mean your interview is going to happen next week. In fact, it could take a few months. However, if you don’t want to wait, you can try your luck as a walk-in. Whether you walk in or show up for a scheduled appointment, you’ll need to bring a printed copy of your conditional letter of approval, your passport or permanent resident card, and proof of residency (your driver’s license works).</p><h2>How Much Does Global Entry Cost?</h2><p>It costs $100 (non-refundable) to apply for Global Entry, and that fee covers you for five years. However, you may be able to get Global Entry for free, or even help a friend or family member do so. Credit cards like the <a href="" target="_blank">American Express Platinum Card</a> offer a rebate if you use your credit card for the Global Entry application fee. Furthermore, on some cards — AmEx Platinum included — you can use your credit card to pay for someone else’s Global Entry and still receive the rebate. (This is only true if you haven’t used the card for your own Global Entry fee.)</p><h2>What if the Person I’m Traveling with Doesn’t Have Global Entry?</h2><p>You can’t take anyone through Global Entry kiosks with you, and that includes your young children. In other words, if you want your four-year-old to enter the U.S. with Global Entry, they need to undergo the same global entry application and screening process in order to enroll.</p><h2>How Does Global Entry Help Me?</h2><p>Travelers approved for Global Entry <a href="" target="_blank">also get TSA PreCheck</a>. So in addition to getting back into the country faster, you’ll have an easier time getting through security. Once you’re approved for Global Entry, you’ll receive a Known Traveler Number, which you can add to your frequent flyer profiles and plug in when you’re booking flights.</p><h2>How to Use Global Entry</h2><p>First, when you’re given a Known Traveler Number after getting approved for Global Entry, you’ll want to start entering that number when booking flights. When heading to customs to get back into the U.S., follow signs for Global Entry and wait in the (wonderfully short) kiosk line. You’ll scan your passport or permanent resident card at the kiosk, verify your fingerprints, and declare any items you’re bringing back into the country. You’ll then get a receipt, and you won’t have to fill out the infamous blue-and-white customs form flight attendants hand out on international flights.</p><h2>How is Global Entry Different From TSA PreCheck?</h2><p>Is TSA Global Entry even a thing? Is there some sort of fusion between Global Entry and TSA PreCheck? To be clear, TSA PreCheck expedites your security process when entering the airport, whereas Global Entry eases your customs experience when returning to the U.S. However, Global Entry travelers qualify for PreCheck as a perk of their Global Entry status. Global Entry essentially gets you PreCheck and then some—and it only costs $15 more than TSA PreCheck alone.</p>
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Why Ice Fishing for Your Dinner Is a Quintessential Minnesota Winter Experience

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:01
<p>I have fished with the Tsimané in the <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a> with a bow and arrow. I have cast my line just 700 miles from <a href="" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> in the teeth of Force 5 gales. I have accidentally bounced a fly off an ancient statue at <a href="" target="_blank">Udaipur</a>’s Lake Palace. But ice fishing? Sitting around on a frozen lake always seemed like nothing more than an excuse to drink beer while staring at a hole. It had never really appealed to my angling instincts.</p><p>Until now. On a recent trip to Minnesota, I explored the frozen waterways around Lake Minnetonka, just west of the <a href="" target="_blank">Twin Cities</a> — where I discovered there is actually an active, exciting side to ice fishing, one that involves not rods and reels but spears. Ice spearfishing is a tradition first practiced in the Midwest by the indigenous Ojibwa, who have fished here for millennia. Tenting themselves under thick blankets, they would hack a large hole in the ice and lie in wait for northern pike, trout, walleye, or bass. Today, you can still see anglers spearfishing on many of Minnesota’s more than 10,000 frozen lakes, sheltered from the cold in the shantytowns of ice huts that have replaced the traditional Ojibwa mats.</p><p>There was another draw in the area, I must admit. <a href="" target="_blank">Gavin Kaysen</a>, a local chef whose food I had eaten in New York, recently opened <a href="" target="_blank">Bellecour</a>, a French bistro and bakery in the town of Wayzata — once a bucolic Lake Minnetonka getaway for well-heeled Minneapolitans, now a fashionable suburb of the Twin Cities. Here, he enjoys a well-deserved reputation for reverent updates of French seafood classics, from hearty bouillabaisse to a refined Minnesota trout Véronique with champagne beurre blanc.</p><p>“You catch them and I’ll cook them,” Kaysen told me. “<em>After</em> I take my kids ice-skating.” Typical. Here, locals don’t see winter as an excuse to hibernate and get all <a href="" target="_blank"><em>hygge</em></a> by the fireplace. Whether they are ice-skating or ice boating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, Minnesotans consider getting outdoors when the temperature nosedives to be a civic virtue.</p><p>The next morning, I rendezvoused with Luke Swanson, a boundlessly enthusiastic fishing guide from the local outfitter <a href="" target="_blank">Livin’ the Dream</a>, at a smaller lake not far from Lake Minnetonka (one that I’ve promised him I will not name). We drove across the icebound surface to one of the shacks that he rents out to fishers each winter: a low-ceilinged hut that looks like a toolshed has lost its way and wandered onto the ice. Inside, a foldout bench, some fishing tackle, a set of spears (each reminiscent of a weaponized hay rake), and — bless Luke’s soul! — a space heater.</p><p>And then the magical part: Swanson had sawed a rectangle in the middle of the ice floor. It was like a picture window opening onto a dream-haunted realm. The shack was kept dark so that meandering fish could not see us, but the underwater scene was illuminated by the even, white light of the sun shining on the lake through two feet of ice. Scattered clamshells and tree branches were clearly visible along the pale lake bottom, through 10 feet of gin-clear water.</p><p>Swanson took a live sucker, a bottom-feeding baitfish, and secured it with a metal clip tethered to an eight-foot line. He hoped that it would catch the attention of a pike: a fearsome-looking predator with a face straight out of a Jurassic nightmare. As a further come-on, he dipped in a second line holding a fish-shaped decoy with bright red fins.</p><p>And there we sat, swimming the wooden decoy in lazy circles and occasionally pulling the live bait back into the center of the window. Nothing moved below us save our offerings. I was growing sleepy...<em>very</em> sleepy.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Why a Hot Spring Tour of the American West is the Perfect Cure for Your Winter Blues</a></p><p>Then, a yell from Swanson. “There’s a big one coming!” I awoke to the sight of a <em>huge</em> pike fastened onto our sucker. In one motion, Swanson picked up his spear and pierced the fish. He lifted it from the water — an impressive 38-incher. “I’ll keep this guy for myself,” he said. “Great fish, but the smaller ones make better eating.” We didn’t catch anything else that day, but an angler in a neighboring hut generously obliged us with a smaller pike that we took, hungrily, to Kaysen’s home.</p><p>The first thing anyone will tell you about pike: they are extremely bony. It’s a drag to tweeze out each slender splinter. But Kaysen has the knife skills of a master, perfected during his years working under <a href="" target="_blank">Daniel Boulud</a>. He deftly skinned the fillets and called for his young sons. “Feel how fresh this is,” he said. “The muscle still moves when you touch it.” And, yes, when I pressed on the fillet I could feel the slightest tremor in the flesh.</p><p>Kaysen cooked the pike simply, with only melted butter, lemon, garlic, and a bay leaf. After just a few minutes, it was ready, garnished with deep green chervil alongside a winter salad of shaved fennel, wafer-thin slices of celery, and radishes dressed with garlic-laced yogurt and dill.</p><p>We gathered around the counter, forks at the ready. In the afternoon light of the bright, uncluttered kitchen, I was struck by the green of the herbs, the white flesh of the pike. Outside, the snow-covered backyard and the fir trees that ringed it were in harmony with our kitchen tableau. The warm, buttery fish, snatched from winter’s grip on a frozen lake, was a plateful of proof that the outdoor lifestyle in icy Minnesota has its own delicious rewards.</p><h2>Minnesota Trip Planner:</h2><p>Rent a car for the 30-minute drive to Wayzata from the Minneapolis−St. Paul airport; it will be useful for lake-hopping.</p><p>One of the town’s more recent lakeside attractions is the 92-room <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Landing</a> <em>(doubles from $199)</em><i>,</i> its first new hotel in 50 years. Comfy Scandinavian-inflected suites make it a perfect home base after a day outdoors.</p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Bellecour</a> <em>(entrées $25–$33)</em><i>, </i>chef Gavin Kaysen’s menu rotates through hall-of-fame French seafood dishes like <em>moules frites</em> and a classic <em>fruits de mer</em>.</p><p>There is no shortage of ice-fishing guide services, but I opted for the expertise of Luke Swanson at <a href="" target="_blank">Livin’ the Dream</a> <em>(from $85, including equipment rental)</em><i>. </i></p><p>You’ll need a valid <a href="" target="_blank">Minnesota fishing license</a><i> </i><em>(from $14)</em> as well as one for “dark house spearing”<i> </i><em>($17)</em><i> </i>if you want to try your hand at spearfishing. </p>
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The Travel Hack Olivia Munn and the Queen of England Have In Common

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:31
<p>Though Olivia Munn is a movie and TV star — recognizable in "Newsroom," "Predator" and a cameo in "Ocean’s 8" — when it comes to traveling she insists she is just like one of us. As in, she also doesn’t look like a celebrity when she gets off a plane. She insists she is nowhere near one of those Pinterest-worthy super organized packers but she does have quite a few impressive hacks up her sleeves. <em>Travel + Leisure</em> caught up with her recently at the opening of Luxury House by #spgamex to celebrate the new <a href="" target="_blank">Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card</a> to talk about what kind of traveler she is (and the kind she aspires to be).</p><p><strong>T +L: Is there something you can absolutely not travel without?</strong></p><p>"Yes! A <a href=";tag=olivamunncarryon-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016W7W9JE&amp;linkId=b43d86a8e9b3033a057971b1bced4789" target="_blank">hot water bottle</a>. Just the regular one from the drug store. It is so cold on planes. And if you just have this, in 5 minutes you have boiling hot water. Just fill it up right before you take off and it changes the whole game. It is the best. And super inexpensive."</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The One Item the Queen Absolutely Can’t Sleep Without</a></p><p><strong>T+L: What is the best trip you have been on?</strong></p><p>"<a href="" target="_blank">Turks and Caicos</a> with my girlfriends last year. It was amazing. We had this amazing home right on the beach. I had a little window of time between work and I'd never taken a proper girls' trip with all of my girlfriends. We just found this house and I loved it. There is nothing that sounds more luxurious to me then being on a beach with warm ocean water and all of my friends and unlimited food."</p><p><strong>T+L: What is one place you are dying to go?</strong></p><p>"Egypt."</p><p><strong>T+L: Do you have a travel uniform?</strong></p><p>"No, I wish I did. I need to have more go-to uniforms. I'll be rushing and do something like wear shorts and it's kind of weird to wear shorts on a plane because it's so cold. I always admire celebrities that are decked out when they travel. The other day I landed in <a href="" target="_blank">LAX</a> and there were paparazzi there and it seems like whenever I come from an event and am in full glam they aren’t around but when I come off the plane like looking sick, they are there."</p><p><strong>T+L: Do you have a great packing hack?</strong></p><p>"No. These people that put out their blogs about how they pack are amazing. I'm going to get to that. I do make a separate bag with duplicates of all my chargers, international converters and those won't go anywhere else. I used to carry way too many and now it's paired down to exactly what I need and I never take that out of the bag except for in the hotel and then I put it back. And then I have a skincare kit just for when I travel and I replenish that. I make that a special thing with a face mask and my skincare stuff and I'll use that for on the plane as well. And I make a separate bag for my makeup and a whole bag for makeup brushes. I had to do that because things get so messy. And then I have a medicine bag. Those four sit in my travel case and I store them there. When I am going to pack I make sure those are OK and that really helps pair everything down."</p><p><strong>T+L: What are the beauty products you use when you travel?</strong></p><p>"I use the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07933ZYNF&amp;linkId=39ccdf174f18f14e8c33e43667b3743b" target="_blank">Lancome hydrogel mask</a> and then the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00W66NRME&amp;linkId=51b7426ddeae47b0586a4ea7410acb7a" target="_blank">Tatcha setting spray</a>, great for hydrating your face. I use a couple of different <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00HXDZZXO&amp;linkId=8464c0fae283534d9a122fe9a810d823" target="_blank">lip liners from Shiseido.</a> Lancome also makes this really great <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01GIA0RT4&amp;linkId=b3fd9177cbe9e3c9a5822d073dc0fcdb" target="_blank">rouge lipstick</a> I like to use when I travel. I use a lot of products from L'Oréal. They have a really good <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlcyberweekdeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B078JMR4H2&amp;linkId=77f9eb00e14e2e4fad10935161d538cb" target="_blank">eye shadow palette</a>. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Liv Lash</a> is also great because I really need to get my eyelashes stronger and thicker.</p><p><strong>T+L: Is there a certain brand of luggage you use?</strong></p><p>"I am kind of all over the place with <a href="" target="_blank">my luggage</a>. The case needs to be lightweight. I used to never care and then I landed in London and someone was helping with my baggage and they said, 'It's all mismatched.' I wasn’t insecure and then they made me insecure."</p><p><strong>T+L: You’ve been very outspoken on experiences you’ve had as a woman in Hollywood and also speaking up for others. Do you have any advice for other women when it comes to speaking out?</strong></p><p>"I think you have to start to weigh what you're protecting. For me I understand these things aren't easy to do but I’m much more afraid of living in a world where I can't speak out or am punished for speaking up. People who are abusing their power do need to be trapped. Not speaking up is a much scarier option."</p><p><em>Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity</em></p>
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This New Plane Has No Middle Seats — and That's Not Even the Coolest Part (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:46
<p>Traveling certainly comes with plenty of perks. Sure, you get to see the world, visit family and friends in far-flung places, and experience new things. But, there’s one thing that can put a damper on all that good. And that is the downright terrible experience of <a href="" target="_blank">traveling in the middle seat</a>.</p><p>OK, so flying in the middle seat is just about at the bottom of the world’s problems right now, but it still matters to some, and <a href="" target="_blank">Embraer is catering</a> to those people who simply abhor the middle with its new E190-E2 jets that come with zero middle seats. Ever.</p><p>The aircraft manufacturer has been taking its new 2-2 configured plane on a world tour in recent months. And it’s certainly a noticeable plane as it comes decked out with some seriously out of this world great white shark livery.</p><img alt="Embraer E190-E2 Livery "src=""><p>Inside, fliers will find that new configuration comes with up to 150 seats, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. For those looking for even more space, they can upgrade to the premium cabin, which offered a staggered seat arrangement. The plane also comes with more overhead bin space and larger windows for passengers to peer out of.</p><p>"Preserving passenger personal space is the goal," Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice-president of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN Travel</a>. Souza noted that the interiors of the new aircraft aim to bring that "wide-body cabin feel" to "give passengers the impression of having greater space, or of being on a larger aircraft."</p><p>While the middle seat upgrade is certainly the prime detail, the plane does come with other noteworthy upgrades. According to Embraer, its new aircraft comes with improved fuel efficiency and burns 17 percent less fuel than its predecessor. This, <em>Daily Mail</em> noted, makes it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market.</p><img alt="Embraer E190-E2 Livery "src=""><p>Currently, passengers can book flights on the plane with Scandinavian Airlines' regional subsidiary, Widerøe, but, as CNN noted, its largest customer is SkyWest, which is <a href="" target="_blank">a regional airline affiliate</a> flying with American Airlines, Delta, United and Alaska Airlines. And that means the 2-2 plane will delight frequent fliers throughout the United States soon.</p>
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Richard Branson's New Miami Cruise Terminal Looks So Nice You Might Not Want to Leave Port

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:35
<p>On Wednesday, Richard Branson, alongside <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Voyages</a> president and CEO Tom McAlpin and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, announced plans to build a brand-new cruise terminal just for the soon-to-launch Virgin Voyages. The first ship that will officially dock at the new Port Miami Terminal is called The Scarlet Lady.</p><img alt="Scarlet Lady cruise ship at the Miami Port "src=""><p>“South Florida is our home, and with our fleet now growing to four ships, we’re humbled and thankful to soon have a gorgeous new terminal overlooking the Miami skyline, an incredible view that will set the stage for the alluring journey that we will take our sailors on,” McAlpin said in a statement.</p><p>Along with the new terminal and planned commitment to PortMiami, Virgin Voyages also announced that its first ship, <a href="" target="_blank">The Scarlet Lady</a>, will continue to sail to the Caribbean from Miami throughout the 2021 season. Its second ship will also sail out of Miami beginning in the fall/winter cruise season of 2021-2022.</p><img alt="Exterior of the bar on the Virgin Scarlet Lady "src=""><img alt="Pink Agave Mexican restaurant onside the Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady "src=""><p>“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favorite places to work and play,” Branson added in the statement. “From our headquarters for Hotels, Voyages, and now <a href="" target="_blank">Trains USA</a>, South Florida has quickly become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”</p><p>According to a press release shared with <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, the new terminal will be a whopping 100,000 square feet and will come with a palm grove-inspired design developed by the Miami-based designers from Arquitectonica. The terminal’s rooftop will resemble a palm tree grove and allow plenty of natural light to flow through. The storm-proof glass facility will also have designated areas for drop-offs of VIP cruisers and promises a seamless shore-to-ship experience.</p><p>%image5<br /><br />“It’s gratifying to see Virgin Voyages expand its presence in Miami-Dade County," Gimenez said. “By constructing a new cruise terminal at PortMiami, Virgin Voyages is signaling its confidence in our thriving community, which is not only the Cruise Capital of the World but also the Gateway to the Americas.”<br /><br />Construction on the project is set to begin next year and is slated for completion by November 2021.</p>
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Get Ready, Star Wars Fans: Disney's Millennium Falcon Ride Looks Truly Out of This Galaxy (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:35
<p>A trip inside the Millennium Falcon cockpit, ride names, and a sneak peek at Batuu: it’s all happening.</p><p>With <a href="" target="_blank">Galaxy’s Edge</a> opening at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and Walt Disney World in late fall 2019, we’re just a few months away from Disney’s<em> Star Wars</em>-themed lands welcoming their first visitors, and these recent reveals are enough to have you saying “Chewie, we’re home” to anyone who will listen.</p><p>The 14-acre intergalactic themed lands opening on both coasts are finally starting to take form, and with announcements of the names of both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions and other new details announced at D23: Destination D conference in Orlando, Florida, it now feels closer than ever.</p><img alt="Disney World Star Wars Resort Hotel "src=""><h2>Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run</h2><p>The much-hyped attraction which lets guests actually pilot the oft-reliable vessel, is set to be a high-flying adventure Han Solo himself would approve of. With <a href="" target="_blank">200 cockpit controls</a> operated by only a few park-going passengers, the attraction is set to give an intimate experience similar to that of actually steering the fastest ship in the galaxy, based on details revealed in <em>The New York Times</em><i>.</i> (It looks<a href="" target="_blank"> just like the real thing</a>, too.)</p><h2>Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance</h2><p>The second attraction takes park goers on an out-of-this-galaxy journey aboard a Star Destroyer where, according to the <i>Times,</i> they will be greeted by <a href="" target="_blank">50 audio-animatronic Stormtroopers</a>. The ride will culminate in a face-to-face encounter with Kylo Ren, which is sure to send a shiver down one’s spine, even that far out in space.</p><p>World-renowned composer John Williams, who penned the iconic scores for past films, will be <a href="" target="_blank">creating new music</a> specifically for the new <em>Star Wars</em>-themed land as well, and new drone footage <a href="" target="_blank">over the craggy mountain region of Batuu</a> — the fictional planet Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge resides upon — all but confirms a visit will be as interactive and immersive as fighting the resistance alongside Luke, Rey, Poe, and Finn.</p><p>No news yet on when the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Star Wars</em>-themed hotel</a> will be open — we’re estimating at least a couple of years — but other announcements at D23: Destination D dialed down on new happenings at Walt Disney World in the not-so-distant future.</p><p>Two nighttime shows will debut next year: Epcot Forever, an interim show to celebrate the historic park before an all-new show launches in 2020, will arrive in fall 2019. Wonderful World of Animation, a nighttime projection show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will start on May 1, 2019.</p><p>Mickey and Minnie will have a themed celebration — and costumes to match — at the Magic Kingdom from mid-January through September, which will satiate guests looking forward to riding Mickey &amp; Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The opening date for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction — and <a href="" target="_blank">Mickey’s first-ever ride</a> — was just announced to be during fall of next year.</p>
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A Harry Potter Takeover Is Making the World's Best Airport Even More Magical This Holiday Season (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 16:25
<p>Just when you thought the world’s best airport couldn’t get any more amazing, they go and outdo themselves.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN Travel</a></em>, Singapore’s Changi Airport, voted the <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best airport</a> by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers, teamed up with Warner Bros. to install full-sized exhibits of locations shown in the<i> </i><a href="" target="_blank">“Harry Potter”</a> movies for travelers to explore as they wait for their flights. The massive installation is called <a href="" target="_blank">A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport</a>.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>Visitors to Terminal 3 can wander Hogsmeade Village — complete with a Honeydukes, Madam Puddifoot's tea shop, Zonko's and more — or galavant down Diagon Alley in search of brooms, books and other magical items.</p><p>In Terminal 2, be sure to steer clear of the Whomping Willow, and in Terminal 1, pop in to Newt Scamander's Menagerie to find all kinds of magical creatures.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry PotterChangi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>In addition to the installations, visitors can dress up, take part in Quidditch challenges, or enjoy some wizard themed holiday fun. Travelers also have tons of photo-ops around the airport, like posing in Ron Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia or sitting on top of a flying broomstick in the Quidditch shop.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>Daily snow and light shows will be held during the holiday season as well, because no one does the holidays like Harry Potter, reported <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. And while you’re in the terminals, there will be plenty of places to pick up unique souvenirs. Visitors will still be able to access the other <a href="" target="_blank">incredible Changi Airport amenities</a> during this time, like plush lounges and the butterfly garden, as well.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em>,</a> all of Changi Airport’s <em>Harry Potter </em>exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day now through mid-February. Activities within the installation will end on Jan. 6.</p><p>Honestly, if we could travel everywhere like this, we definitely would.</p>
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This Tiny Colorado Town Is the Quintessential American Ski Getaway

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:01
<p>As we sat before a crackling noonday fire in the Cat Barn — a rustic, <a href="" target="_blank">après-ski</a> cabin owned by <a href="" target="_blank">Eleven Experience</a>, in Irwin, Colorado — Alan Bernholtz waxed mystical on the <a href="" target="_blank">pleasures of winter</a>: the stillness, the fresh powder. “When you feel that resistance of snow, and it’s quiet, it’s just an indescribable experience that you want to have again,” he said.</p><img alt="Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado "src=""><p>I wasn’t sure I fully understood what he was talking about, but like an acolyte who had traveled far for a guru, I nodded enthusiastically. Bernholtz is the “minister of fun” for Eleven, an international luxury hotel group that has three properties — <a href="" target="_blank">Scarp Ridge Lodge</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sopris House</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Public House</a> — in Crested Butte, the self-proclaimed “last great ski town in Colorado.”</p><p>Though Crested Butte, which is located 120 miles southwest of <a href="" target="_blank">Denver</a>, does have fantastic runs, Eleven chooses to base its skiing operations in Irwin, a once-thriving, now mostly empty mining town 10 miles away. Irwin racks up 300 inches of snowfall in a year — almost twice as much as Crested Butte.</p><p>After Bernholtz, a longtime mountain guide, had hauled me and a handful of other guests up to Irwin in a rubber-tracked 10-passenger snowcat, we set out to explore the wilderness: some on foot, others on skis. It wasn’t hard to discern the magic of Irwin on a clear February morning. Instead of crowded lift lines and slopeside bars, there was a preternatural stillness and untracked snow as far as the eye could see. I strapped on snowshoes for a recon of the area, walking past Eleven’s Movie Cabin, originally used as the house in <em>The Further Adventures of the Wilderness Family </em>(1978) and <em>Mountain Family Robinson </em>(1979)<i>,</i> two films that follow the escapades of an exasperated city family that has moved to the woods. (I could relate.) Like the Cat Barn, so named for its resident snowcats, Eleven often uses this intimate cabin as a casual hangout for guests.</p><p>Indeed, Eleven is all about creating bespoke, luxurious adventures in the wilderness. Founded by Chad Pike, a senior managing director at the Blackstone Group, the company takes its name from the infamous Marshall amplifier from <em>This Is Spinal Tap</em><i>,</i> the one with the extra digit of loudness. The base of operations is in Crested Butte, where Eleven opened Scarp Ridge Lodge, the flagship, in 2011. Typically booked on an exclusive-use basis, it sits on a side street in the circa-1885 Croatian Hall, its interior now updated with ski lockers in the foyer and a rooftop hot tub offering a perfect view of Mount Emmons. The four-room Sopris House followed in 2013, and in 2017, Eleven added the Public House, a restored 19th-century building on Elk Avenue. It has a pub on the ground floor, and three loft-style lodgings above, which guests can book individually.</p><img alt="Scarp Ridge Lodge, by Eleven Experience, in Crested Butte, Colorado "src=""><p>Crested Butte lacks the social-register buzz of towns like <a href="" target="_blank">Aspen</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Vail</a>, so it may seem an odd home base considering Eleven’s rarefied clientele. While there has been a quiet influx of money — typically second-home owners from Texas and Oklahoma — Crested Butte, like Telluride, is often regarded as the sort of place other places used to be. When people aren’t skiing or mountain biking, they are participating in quirky events like the Chainless World Championships, in which participants ride a bike without a chain seven miles downhill.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 5 Best Colorado Ski Resorts That Aren't Aspen or Vail</a></p><p>But after spending some time at Eleven, the choice of Crested Butte began to make sense to me. Locals like Bernholtz really do think of nothing but the outdoors; some restaurants will even halt their lunch service because everyone is up on the mountain. And with those mountains, who could blame them?</p><h2>Colorado Trip Planner</h2><p>From Denver International Airport, rent a sturdy car for the five-hour drive to Crested Butte. Or fly on from Denver to Montrose (a two-hour drive away) or Gunnison (just 40 minutes).</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Eleven Experience</a> has three properties in town. The new Lofts at <a href="" target="_blank">Public House</a> <em>(doubles from $350)</em><i> </i>are on Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s main street, with a lovely pub and underground taproom open to the public.</p><p>Multigenerational groups should consider <a href="" target="_blank">Scarp Ridge Lodge</a> <em>(from $15,700, all-inclusive)</em><i>,</i> available for buyout only, which has six rooms and a saltwater pool.</p><p>The four-bedroom <a href="" target="_blank">Sopris House</a> <em>(from $9,600, all-inclusive),</em> also buyout-only, has a private saloon and a copper hot tub.</p>
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