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This Year's Emmy Swag Bag Sends Celebs on Three Free Vacations

August 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

During tonight's Emmy Awards, even the losers will be winners. All of the nominees will bring home a swag bag worth $50,000, including three vacations totaling more than $16,000.

Whether it's to celebrate their win or get over their loss, TV's biggest stars can look forward to five nights at the exclusive Mulia Resort in Bali. The trip includes accommodations in the swanky ocean court rooms, one Balinese spa treatment, and a beachfront dinner.

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How Napa Valley is Faring Following Yesterday's Earthquake

August 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Robert Mondavi in Napa, which was not damaged

At 3:20am PST on Sunday, a 6.1 earthquake shook the earth 6 miles from Napa, in the heart of California's heavily touristed wine country. Now dubbed the "South Napa Earthquake," the event did cause damage enough to interrupt businesses and tourism, but operations are quickly returning to normal, despite broken wine bottles and power outages.

CNN named a few wineries which felt the shake quite severely: Silver Oak Winery, Etude Wines, and Signorello Estate.

The Downtown Napa tourism board issued an update on the hotels unaffected by the quake:

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Coming to a Museum Near You: 'The Hunger Games' Exhibition

August 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fans of The Hunger Games are going to have one more way to immerse themselves into Katniss Everdeen's dystopian world.

During a conference call with investors last week Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the studio is still working on a traveling exhibition that will feature props, costumes, and other fun stuff featured in the movies. The Hunger Games: The Exhibition will travel to major museums and institutions across the country next summer.

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How to Go from DFW to Downtown Dallas for a Few Dollars

August 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Grab your luggage off the carrousel and head right into downtown the next time you arrive at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, as there’s now a public transportation option that will zip you right into the heart of the city—as long as the city you want to visit is Dallas rather than Ft. Worth.

Around five miles of rail have been added to the existing structure that makes up Dallas Area Rapid Transit—or DART to its friends. This addition makes it possible for arriving passengers to head right into town without the need for a taxi, buses, or a bunch of connections aboard different public transportation options.

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Why You'll Soon Find Your Hertz Rental at a Local Walgreens

August 22, 2014 at 7:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

From renting cars by the hour to picking up rides with strangers there’s always something new in the wild world of rental cars. Hertz is often one of the leaders when it comes to thinking up new ideas—or borrowing good ones from other companies—and now it looks like they have a new plan to get you into a car when you need a ride.

It looks like things are being worked out in some corporate boardroom, but the plan is to put Hertz rental cars right in the parking lot at your local Walgreens pharmacy and drug store. They actually just finished up a test in where they offered up cars at around 30 locations in the greater Chicago area as well as the area in and around San Antonio.

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What Kind of Role Does a Smartphone Play in Your Travel Style?

August 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

We cover a lot of smartphone applications that help make life on the road a little easier. And, without question, these products of technology in our pockets allow us to take shortcuts with our trip planning that were not possible in the past, from driving directions and virtual guidebooks to researching hotel prices from a café.

In that sense, the smartphone has eliminated the risk of “getting lost” while traveling, ensuring we always have a safety net at our side. They also double as our cameras, and have eliminated the need for casual travelers to carry two pieces of equipment.

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Will a Legoland for New York Become Reality?

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

File this one under "wait and see," but there’s some evidence that a new theme park could be coming to the greater New York City area. It’s not another Six Flags or even a roller coaster kingdom, but something more interactive and imaginative. That's right—the Hudson Valley may welcome its very own Legoland.

The plan is to utilize the site of the former Letchworth Village in Thiells within the town of Haverstraw. Recently the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council met to chat about stuff like economic development—ha—and the plans for the theme park received a positive reception.

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Score a 1,000-Mile Bonus by Riding United's New Partner

August 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

On the tail of the news from our sis HotelChatter that Hyatt has begun offering Uber's services from within its own app, United announced yesterday that it would also partner with Uber to help its customers get to and from the airport.

Uber's services will soon be embedded in United app's menu or in the "My Reservations" card on a current reservation. Here, still within United's app, information on Uber rides will be displayed, including types of available vehicles, estimated wait times, and prices. Once a customer selects a ride, they will automatically be transferred to the Uber app to complete the transaction. Or, if the person does not have the Uber app, to the Uber website to sign up for an account.

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Last-Minute Labor Day Deals: The Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard

August 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hate to alarm you, but the summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, the cooler weather will be trickling in, and those pumpkin-flavored lattes will be hitting the bar at your favorite coffee shop. That’s why it’s time to plan one last quick getaway, and Labor Day Weekend is the time to do it.

We have had awesome times on both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, so that’s why we’re suggesting you close summer out with a bang and visit both. Sure, it might be a bit to pack in over just a few days, but when there are ferries involved, how can you resist?

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This Fall's Inaugural Global Music Festival in Phoenix Brings the World's Sounds to American Soil

Where: 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard [map], Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85050
August 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.

In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian string, folk, and Latin performances, each featuring the traditional music and instruments of the unique styles.

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How To Get Tickets To This Week's Brooklyn Comedy Festival

August 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week it really is all fun and games in Brooklyn as the borough's very own comedy fest kicks off.

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is taking place at multiple venues, including Brooklyn Brewery, The Knitting Factory, Baby's All Right, Glasslands, and The Rock Shop, and will feature dozens of comics from the world of sketch, standup, improv, and more through Aug. 24.

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Delta Brings In New Bits and Bites To The Sky Club

August 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to airline lounges, things here in the U.S. are leaps and bounds behind what’s being offered internationally. However, one major carrier's digs are getting a modest facelift, as Delta Sky Club has launched changes to its services. .

Delta’s airport lounges have always offered up complimentary snacks and beverages—even the alcoholic ones—but the latest upgrade and improvement is focused on the food. Please don’t expect waiter service, entrees, or tasting menus, but just last week the free bits and bites received little bit of an upgrade.

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