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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Boston's Seaport District

April 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

View of downtown Boston from the Seaport District.

While in town for Monday's marathon, we made our home in the budding Seaport District, an area about a mile south of the Financial District and the rest of downtown Boston. The seaport itself has been there for over 150 years, but only within the past few years has it begin to develop residential/commercial lodging and entertainment, when the completion of the Big Dig increased access to the area.

If you're interested in reading more about its growth, Boston Magazine did a extensive recap. Its future potential and plans for further influx are exciting, but what makes it an interesting place to visit at this moment is its transitional state. Even with all the extra hustle and bustle of the marathon weekend, the Seaport District remained a controlled environment.

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Oahu's Latest Announcement is a Win for Responsible Tourism

April 23, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, Hawaii announced that was establishing a conservation easement on a section of Oahu’s North Shore, effectively shielding over 650 acres of land from future development.

The agreement ensures the land, which is owned by Turtle Bay Resort, will never suffer the same fate as Waikiki and become an urban development project. Marine and land ecosystems will be protected and thus restored, and the area will become a haven for public recreation, education, and cultural activities.

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What $100 Million Will Buy You at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

April 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s all kinds of things that may come to mind when one thinks of Nashville, but one of the first that pops into one’s head has to be country music. At least that’s what the city is banking on, as they’re cashing in their savings and spending a whole bunch of money to update and improve one of their most visited attractions.

Over the last few years around $100 million has been spent to expand and upgrade the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and that means more room for exhibits, artifacts, and visitors. Just this week the final expansion opened up to the public, and museum officials are hoping this will bring even more to town and to the museum to check things out.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Take It Easy in the Big Easy

April 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Cast aside your thoughts of debauchery, drunkenness, and demons to reconsider New Orleans as a city of vibrancy, soul, and history. Not to mention that a visit here is an ideal way to spend that check from Uncle Sam.

'NOLA' is widely known as the home of Mardi Gras, hurricanes (the drinks), hurricanes (the tropical storms), and foggy memories of the night before, but trust us that there's more to this southern city.

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How to Get Tickets to the 2014 Nantucket Film Festival

April 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tribeca isn't the only film festival making headlines today.

This afternoon, ticket packages and passes were finally released for The Nantucket Film Festival, taking place June 25-30.

This year's film selections include The Skeleton Twins, starring Saturday Night Live alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, and I Origins, among others. Aaron Sorkin will also receive the 2014 Screenwriters Tribute on Saturday, June 28.

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New Airline Alert: 747s as Flying Billboards with Avatar Airways

April 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ll go ahead and admit we have our doubts about Avatar Airlines. There’s been a few articles here and there as well as a couple of press releases, as this new carrier attempts to share their vision and create a little buzz ahead of what is, hopefully, their first flights.

As is usually the case when a new airline tries to enter the market, there’s little detail about the larger plan with Avatar Airlines. They’re setting up shop in South Florida, and they plan to exclusively utilize Boeing 747s to operate domestic flights. That should make for a nice novelty, as jumbo jets rarely run routes that stay in the States these days.

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What It Was Like to Be at the Boston Marathon Yesterday

April 22, 2014 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our Assistant Editor was in Boston for the marathon this weekend. Below, he shares his experience.

This weekend, a friend of mine wrote an email wishing me well in Boston, saying that we just missed each other. She was up here a few weeks ago and comes often, but said she avoids the marathon and Patriot’s Day like the plague. I’m sure a lot of people feel that way, scared off by the crowds and cost of the busy weekend.

On the surface, she was correct. Hotel rates are inflated, the T is absolutely jammed, and the extra congestion means you can forget about getting anywhere in a hurry. Thirty-six thousand runners participated in this year’s marathon, 9,000 more than last year, many coming from out of town and accompanied by friends and family. Any way you slice it, it’s a lot of extra feet on the ground, and it was reflected in the security. Helicopters flew overhead. Police patrolled on ATVs and bicycles. After last year, there was no escaping those realities.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: The Roller Coaster Capital of the World

April 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Sure, cultural experiences and taking in a little history are great options when heading out on holiday, but sometimes we recognize that a dose of serious fun is in order. That’s why we suggest skipping the long-haul hassle to hit up some summertime fun early in the season, and there’s nowhere better than to do so than Sandusky, Ohio.

Spread across 364 acres right on Lake Erie sits the world's best place to take in all things roller coaster. Cedar Point have over 70 rides and amusements, and when we last checked we think there were like 16 different roller coasters—although honestly we may have lost count. The park has been welcoming visitors as a summertime rite of passage since 1870, so you can bet they know how to keep a crowd happy.

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Santa Barbara Creates Its Own Pandora Radio Station: Should Other Destinations Do the Same?

April 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this month, we were in a Santa Barbara state of mind ourselves, showing off a few photos of the "American Riviera" as we made our way down the central coast of California to Los Angeles. We discovered one of the town's best kept secrets, and compared its urban wine trail with the nearby Santa Ynez Valley wine country.

If you need any more motivation than that, or are simply looking for a new avenue to daydream at work, Santa Barbara announced this week that it has launched its own Pandora radio station. To create it, Visit Santa Barbara used social media to find out which artists and songs people thought best represented its vibe, culture, and energy. Think Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, and the Beach Boys as the main seeders for the station.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Disneynature's 'Bears'

April 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Disneynature is promising moviegoers will be on cute overload as Bears hit the big screen this last weekend.

The live action movie follows a year in the life of two young cubs as they are "are taught life’s most important lessons."

Disneynature's Bears was filmed in several national parks throughout the Alaska Peninsula. To honor the bears' habitat and celebrate Earth Day, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation for every ticket sold during the movie's opening week, April 18-24.

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What Everyone Should Be Drinking at Today's Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s a pretty special day for this writer. I am on location at the Boston Marathon, and after last year’s horrific scene, it’s a beautiful thing to see how the city has come together today, to feel the connection and energy literally and figuratively running through the city. I’ll have a little recap for you tomorrow about what it’s like to be here as a tourist and spectator, but for now, I want to share how everyone is washing last year's bad taste out of their mouths.

For the third consecutive year, Sam Adams has brewed the race’s official beer, 26.2 Brew, the 26.2 representing the length of the marathon. I really have to hand it to Sam Adams, both for the beer and the way it has stood behind the community. After last year’s tragedy, the brewery donated all 2013 sales of the 26.2 Brew to the support of the victims and their families. They’ve pledged to do the same this year, with 100% of the profits going to marathon-related charities.

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How to Check a Case of Oregon Wine for Free on Alaska Airlines

April 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

After the successful completion of a pilot program last fall, Alaska Airlines and the State of Oregon have announced they will extend the Oregon Wines Fly Free initiative for another year.

Beginning May 1st, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to check one case of wine for free on their return flight to all domestic destinations departing out of four Oregon airports (Portland, Medford, Redmond, Eugene) as well as one in Washington (Walla Walla). As someone who has routinely debated whether a bottle of booze or two is worth the extra baggage fee it would cost get them home, this writer loves the concept and cooperation the program exemplifies.

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