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It’s finally time to finally ditch that winter coat, as the warm—or warmer—weather is heading into town for the season. JetBlue is keenly aware, however, that travelers emerging from this long winter may not quite be ready to leave the coats at home just yet, so the airline is now asking, "may we take your coat, please?"
They’re partnering up with CoatChex to get the job done, and passengers can find the coat check service at JetBlue's New York-JFK Terminal 5. There’s no claim ticket to fumble with, as the system is all technology-based, thanks to mobile checking and smart tags which grab all the necessary information. Passengers step right up and type their phone number, initials, and other details into a digital kiosk, then smile for a quick snapshot.
There’s a new
sheriff mayor in town, and he doesn’t really see the charm and nostalgia of the horse drawn carriages doing their thing in and around New York City’s central park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has only been in office for a few months, but he’s made it clear that he wants the horses to head elsewhere for a variety of reasons. We won’t agree or disagree with his thoughts and opinions, but we will let you know of an alternative—old timey horseless carriages.
The New York International Auto Show is busy doing its thing, and as part of the show The Creative Workshop showed off a prototype of what it calls a Horseless eCarriage. There’s oversized wheels, room for up to eight tourists, a lot of shiny brass, and a really big battery—as the whole thing is electric.
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Traverse City and the rest of Northern Michigan get all the love when it comes to midwest summer destinations, but don't sleep on Door County, the peninsula that sits directly west across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Right, we know what you're thinking. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says "Wisconsin" is winter, and you can get cheese in any supermarket, thank you very much.
This mentality is precisely what makes Door County so enjoyable to visit, the fact that it crushes all your preconceived notions of what Wisconsin is as a state and travel destination. What you'll find during the summer is a mellow, bed-and-breakfast paced community on a peninsula that is comprised of a series of small towns tucked in between dairy farms, wineries, and cherry orchards. You might also remember our story last fall about the restaurant with the goats on the roof. That's a novel place and a staple of the city, and foodies will also appreciate another local favorite, the state's traditional fish boil held "backyard style" during the warmer months.
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Fans of the cycling circuit are no doubt looking forward to this summer's USA Pro Challenge in Denver, when the world's best racers will take on an eight-city route through the Rocky Mountains, including Aspen, Crested Butte, Colorado Springs, Gunnison, Breckenridge, Vail, Denver, and Boulder. The typical spectator might hit one or two of them, but a company called NextGreatTrip has created the mother of all VIP itineraries for the race should you have an extra $9,500 lying around.
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Let's be real. Nothing is more embarrassing than a selfie stick, but you can't just travel around with a personal photographer in tow. Or can you?
Flytographer.com finally has a solution for travelers who are struggling for selfies, consistently disappointed with vacation photos, or feel like they're not living in the moment with an eye to a viewfinder. That solution is to book a local vacation photographer who will tag along to craft an informal photo shoot in your destination.
By now, you’ve probably seen the footage of the Southwest flight attendant who made the mother of all mockeries of the safety briefing. Lots of flight attendants have put on such a routine in the past, yet few have been so transparent about their second-hand intentions. Most, we assume, are just trying to make a mundane, mandatory speech colorful and interesting. But according to this latest video’s description on YouTube, this flight attendant had a bigger vision: She wants to make an appearance on Ellen.
This writer is not even going to get into that last part, as it would only help her cause. I will tackle the bigger picture here, the well-known fact that even flight attendants aren’t afraid to advertise that the safety video is nothing more than a legal burden, that they think it’s an absolute joke, so much so that they’re consistently willing to go out on a limb to make fun of it, to joke around as if airplanes never have accidents, to refer to the lifejacket as a "teeny weeny yellow Southwest bikini."
Just the other day we shared a great place to tiptoe through the tulips, and now we’ve got another recommendation on where to check out all the glory that is the spring season. Pack your favorite allergy medicine—we’d recommend at least a Claritin or two—and head to Carlsbad, California, as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are now in the business of blooming until May 11.
Not too far north from San Diego sit over fifty acres of blossoms, as Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers take over the rolling hills and fields. The Fields are open to the public each and every day of the week and, judging from the picture, it’s well worth the cost of admission. It’ll set you back $12 for the adults in your group, and the kids will be just $6—with those under two scooting in for free. If you like what you see, opt for a season pass that'll set you back $25.
Yesterday, this writer talked about the advantage of driving into a destination, a perspective you don't necessarily gain when you fly. I can remember specific moments when this concept was affirmed for me as fact, many from a trip I've been making almost every year of my life: Driving from the city of Philadelphia to the South Jersey coast.
I'll spare you the childhood recollections and instead point to the summer of 2012, when I made a road trip that took me to Cape May, Damascus, Hammondsport, and Beaufort. Not to take anything away from the latter three - I've already told you what I like about them - but I remember my arrival in Cape May much better than I do the others. The reason was because of the change, from the concrete of Philly to the farmland of South Jersey to the salty reeds of the shore.
We checked out the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum when we were kids, and when we visited it recently—it looked exactly as we remembered it. Turns out that things haven’t really changed much since the place’s debut back in 1976, but thankfully that’s about to change as the place is undergoing a little bit of a 21st century facelift.
There will be some temporary closures of exhibits over the next two years, but it’s a small price to pay to get things looking shiny and new once again. Obviously history hasn’t really changed, but the curator folks are changing up what they’re showing off. Things from the Apollo moon landing will now be one of the main features that greet guests, while great goodies from the past like the Spirit of St. Louis, the Mercury capsule from the first Earth orbit, and an Apollo Lunar Module will all be some of the stuff on display.
Tomorrow the Tribeca Film Festival opens with a new mix of foreign films, documentaries, big budget movies, filmmaker talks, and indies including the Nas doc Time Is Illmatic and Begin Again starring Keira Knightly.
With only a few hours left until the start of the fest, tickets are running out quickly. Luckily, the festival has put together a daily list of screenings with limited tickets left to help fans navigate the packed schedule.
Scenery along I-70 in Kansas. No, that's not a UFO.
To say we're obsessed with air travel would be an understatement, but keeping in line with our budget-friendly, small town travel recommendations for the summer, we have to give the good old-fashioned road trip some love.
There are obvious benefits to flying over driving. Time, for one, and the amount of options that it opens up (you can't drive across the Atlantic). We often hear people complain when they have to drive long distances, and for this writer, that used to be the case as well, until I realized how much perspective you can gain on a region when you travel via car.
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" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
In case you didn’t hear, today’s the day you'll need to finalize your tax return and, if all goes according to plan, your refund should be arriving by check or direct deposit within the next few weeks. At last update, the friendly folks at the IRS report that the average refund this year is just shy of $3,000, so we say it’s time to take that money and head out of town.
Affordability is key during tax season, so today we're featuring a domestic destination, to Texas' capital of cool—Austin. Now’s the time to visit before the sweltering summer weather rolls in, and with an average April temperature of nearly 80 degrees, you can enjoy the sun without the humidity of the tropics.