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9 Independent Coffee Shops You Can Find at Airports

September 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (2)

When it comes to grabbing a cup of coffee at the airport, there's typically okay options and then there are great options. Sometimes a craving goes beyond just caffeine; travelers are increasingly requesting specially sourced beans and freshly roasted offerings and, luckily, airports are listening.

Here’s some of our picks for the best coffee shops alternatives—independent and otherwise—at airports across the country:

Kofe by Intelligentsia: ORD Terminal 5

This spot from the Intelligentsia folks has regular roasts, monthly specials, and it’s all done in a European-style stand-up coffee shop. Find it past security in International Terminal 5 at Chicago-O’Hare.

Klatch Coffee: LAX Terminal 7

Thanks to a reader for mentioning this one. The newest location of this LAX option can be found within Terminal 7, and they have some great goodies to go along with their award winning beans and brews—think freshly baked scones, cookies, and cappuccino muffins.

Abica Coffee: ATL

Okay this place might not have the same pedigree as some of the other independent options, but it’s a nice alternative to Starbucks—grab a cup at Atlanta’s Airport over in Concourse A near Gate 27.

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The Airfare Deal That Broke Frontier's Sales Records

September 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Were you part of the big airfare sale the other day? Apparently some kind of record was broken, as Frontier began selling tickets for some of their new flights to and from Cincinnati.

The airline set a one-day record, as they started offering up five new options out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. In only like six hours or so the airline sold over 5,000 tickets to spots like Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Dallas.

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The USA's Oldest Winery Enters the Airport Bar Business

September 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few years ago the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—the ones responsible for running the big airports like JFK and Newark—gobbled up operations at Stewart International. The airport in the Hudson Valley has gained some new flights since then, plus a greater presence on the airport map, but the one thing they've been missing all these years is alcohol.

We never even noticed it before, but this airport has been dry—no beer, no wine, and no liquor. Thankfully this is changing, and now nervous flyers everywhere can score a little bit of pre-flight medicine—or confidence—before heading to the boarding door.

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The O'Hare Animals are Back for Another Season of Airport Maintenance

September 5, 2014 at 7:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Some furry friends are now back doing their thing over at Chicago-O’Hare, as they do their best to keep the airport grounds in tip-top shape.

We’ve mentioned unique airport groundskeeping crews before, but the herd that tends to the land in and around O’Hare might just be one of the best. They’re back at work this year, as goats, sheep, llamas, and donkeys are all doing their thing. They’re hungry and there’s apparently plenty to eat, as they work to eliminate all kinds of vegetation—even poison ivy.

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Three Live Music Festivals for Your Autumn Weekends

September 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's over but Music Festival season is still going strong. Check out three of the best music fests taking place in September and October.

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How Universal Orlando is Building Voluntourism into a Vacation Package

September 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of ways to give back while vacationing in Orlando, and now Universal is offering families an option as part of an easy package.

Universal Orlando Resort is offering guests the chance to volunteer at Give Kids The World Village, a cost-free storybook resort for children with life-threatening illnesses, in exchange for discounts on their own vacation.

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How to Get Tickets to the Hard Rock Halloween Ball in Las Vegas

September 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the last day to get discounted tickets to the annual Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

This year's party, which has been called "The Mother Lode of Sexy Soirees", includes 3 rooms and 3 floors of Halloween craziness like the Zombie Wasteland, the Electric Forrest, and the Red Room of Pleasure, complete with a Human Petting Zoo. Mark Lewis, DJ Reza, Scooter & Lavelle are among the DJs scheduled to perform, too.

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The Definitive Website for Exploring Colorado's Marijuana Tourism

September 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since marijuana was legalized in Denver at the beginning of 2014, this travel writer has fielded all sorts of questions from people around the world. Whenever I tell someone I'm from Denver, their eyes go wide. "Oh, really? What's it like there now? Is it crazy? Did you bring any with you?"

I always laugh. People get so much of their perspective from secondary sources - typically ones that focus on highly sensationalized and dramatic outliers - that they have a hard time thinking rationally about reality. No, I tell them. Denver has not burned down yet. A thick cloud of smoke does not hover over the city. And no, most Coloradans do not smoke weed all day, every day. Just as you might drink a beer at the end of a long day, I tell them, those of us who reside in Colorado can partake in a joint.

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Will Drones Soon Be Buzzing Overhead at Disney Theme Parks?

September 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

It sounds like Disney is hard at work thinking of the latest and greatest in theme park technology, but this time things aren’t exactly related to new rides, attractions, or roller coasters.

Disney recently filed a few patent applications for some of their new ideas, and they have a lot to do with drones. Specifically, the plans sound like the theme parks are planning to put unmanned flying devices to work in the name of sharing a little more entertainment with visitors.

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Denver Airport's Modern Solution to the Classic Lost-and-Found Problem

September 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thankfully we can’t recall a time where we left something behind at the airport, but if you’re someone who has gone through your fair share of cell phone chargers the airport in Denver has you covered. The airport just brought their lost and found system online in hopes of reuniting travelers with their lost goodies.

At Denver International Airport all the lost items are collected and organized over in the Jeppesen Terminal on Level 5 near the International Arrivals. However, now the forgotten goods are available over at their website as well, so there’s no need to double-back to the airport to start your searching.

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The Miss America Contestants Flew an Airline No One Has Heard Of

September 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

53 crowns were placed in the overhead bins on a flight yesterday, as the contestants holding state beauty pageant titles headed from Washington-Dulles Airport to the Miss America pageant destination of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner of the Miss America title won't be decided until September 14, but Atlantic City's Airport is already celebrating their arrival, which was onboard a PEOPLExpress Boeing 737.

Okay, so maybe we exaggerated a little in the title by saying no one's heard of the airline; perhaps a few thousand travelers have flown the ultra-low-cost PEOPLExpress since their launch at the end of June, but it's still quite the small sample. The carrier is a reboot of a 1980s airline by the same name, which was eventually absorbed into Continental. Alas, everyone had pretty much forgot about them until this summer.

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One of the World's Most Extreme Roller Coasters Enters Final Days

September 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Mantis gets squashed October 19."

These ominous words now greet visitors to the official Facebook page of Cedar Point, the Ohio amusement park known for its plethora of record-breaking rollers coasters. These words mean only bad news from Cedar Point, as their Mantis coaster will cease to operate after October 19, but no future plans have been announced.

Mantis was constructed at a cost of $12 million, and debuted for the summer of 1996. For that first year, it held a record with the "World's Tallest Vertical Loop," and the 3900' feet of track attracted coaster enthusiasts from around the world, all champing at the bit over experiencing an extreme stand-up coaster.

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