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Now that most Hunger Games fans have seen Katniss Everdeen battle it out on the big screen in Catching Fire, they can follow in her footsteps.
Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours has finally launched a new Catching Fire tour in Atlanta. The tour includes stops at filming locations, hands-on activities, Archery Tag, and a Catching Fire-themed lunch menu.
It’s not quite the wide-open ocean, but it sure feels pretty big when you can barely see New York State and the Adirondacks in the distance. They call Lake Champlain the sixth great lake—and according to Wikipedia it actually was for a bit in 1998—and it sure feels that way when you’re standing along its shores. A visit now probably isn’t quite the same as it is in the summer, but strolling or riding along its shore on the bike path is certainly a welcome distraction.
Be sure to bundle up, as the wind off the lake isn’t the warmest of welcomes. However, once you’re basically numb you can no longer notice the chill, and you’re just able to focus on the waves, the rocks, and the water—the ducks seem to downright enjoy it. Heading south out of town is the best option as it points you in a more scenic direction, and it eventually leads you all the way over to one of Burlington’s hidden attraction—the earth clock.
Thousands of people will follow the snow into the Rockies this winter to shred some powder, and big names like Breck, Vail, and Aspen are sure to attract their fair share of tourists in Colorado. But those who are stepping into skis for the first time should consider hitting Keystone, another Vail Resort in Summit County located between Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.
Those who have been through the learning process of skiing or snowboarding understand how frustrating it can be at first, not only because of the learning curve attached to the sports but because, as a beginner, you are almost always confined to the base of the mountain. While it is understandable to some degree, it unfortunately means that you miss out on the grandeur and scenic views that are found at the summit and so much a part of the skiing experience.
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You can hear the whipping of the bat through the air from the on-deck circle, the crunching of the cleats in the dirt. You can see the beards on their faces and hear the words from their mouths, whether it’s a player, coach, or umpire. Autographs are easy to come by, and “good” seats turn into “great” ones thanks to the small stadiums. If you’re a baseball fan, that’s pretty much all that needs to be said to convince you that Spring Training is a worthwhile jaunt.
If you’re a casual or less-than-serious fan, the atmosphere – relaxed and summer-esk and filled with beer drinking in the sun during the winter month of March – should do the trick. While baseball is certainly the main event, the entertainment goes well beyond the ball field.
For most celebrities the holidays are a perfect time to get away from it all. And, while some like to warm up on a beach, a ton tend to hit the slopes and cozy up by a fire. Here's a look at three of the most celeb-centric ski areas in the U.S.
Hot chocolate with a view of a chocolate factory...
Everyone has their own bests when it comes to foodie finds and locations, so we wanted to share ours with you—the best bits and bites in Burlington. With plenty of things to sip and sample it’s a good distraction from a day on the slopes, as there’s plenty of local flavor and Vermont variety from which to sample. So here are our picks for some quick not-to-miss options:
Skiing and snowboarding tend to dominate the mountainsides during the winter months out west, but those looking to do something different won’t be disappointed in Colorado. You’ll find an array of affordable adventures offered in mountain towns across the state, many of which are activities directly derived from an already established summer sport. The only catch here is that you have to be willing to embrace the elements, but the beautiful scenery is sure to take the chill out of the air. Be brave with one of these off-beat winter sports this season:
Snow biking simply moves the concept of mountain biking onto the snow-covered trails of winter, putting riders on “fat bikes” that have wide, oversized tires that allow for stability on the slick surface. The Telluride outfitter BootDoctors offers daily rentals to explore the area on your own ($39/day with helmet), guided family tours, and our personal favorite, the Big Tire Bike and Brew Tour, which includes a stop at the Telluride Brewing Company for a cold one (half day tour: $99, full day tour: $149).
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The Wanderlust Festival, which brings together top yoga instructors, speakers, and acclaimed musicians in popular outdoor venues, has announced its full 2014 schedule.
Winter events will be take place February 28-March 2, 2014 in Termas de Chillan, Santiago, Chile and February 27-March 2, 2014 at O'ahu's Turtle Bay Resort. But that's not all.
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This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:
· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.
· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.
There’s many fine breweries from which to choose in Vermont, but little did we know that the state is home to the "world’s best beer."
On past trips to Burlington we've noticed that there were always a few people at bars and restaurants drinking from large silver cans, and honestly we always thought it was odd to choose a canned beer over one on tap. Well we admit to judging a book by its cover, as apparently the preferred way in which to sip and sample the double India Pale Ale brewed by The Alchemist in Waterbury is straight from the can.
Last week, we were warmed when we read a few of the inscriptions found on the sides of a collection of 282 Zippo lighters that belonged to soldiers of the Vietnam War. They were recently sold at auction for about $35,000, making headlines and prompting some positive press for Zippo.
The company has been making lighters since 1933, but earlier this year it reached out with some good news: After 80 years of focusing on fire, Zippo was launching a line of outdoor products. In 2009, it introduced a range of outdoor lighters, but now they are going beyond the flame to a larger variety of outdoor lifestyle products, including axes, wood carriers, cookware and utensils.
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Yup, that's it folks.
On a recent visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was as bustling as ever (even during a low-season week, too). But while the Butterbeer and other Hogwarts merchandise galore kept distracting us, we tried to keep our eyes on the construction rising beyond the Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride.
Remember, this is where a Diagon Alley will be built along with a real deal Hogwarts Express train, able to take visitors from the Islands of Adventure park (where WWoHP is located) over to the front of Universal Studios and vice versa. It will also feature the city of London as well as a Gringotts Bank, which will no doubt mirror the movies and books by featuring a thrilling ride around the vaults.