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Tour the Filming Locations of 3 Golden Globe-Nominated TV Shows

December 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today's Golden Globes nominations not only included some of TV's best shows, but also some of the most travel-inspiring filming locations ever. Here's a look at three tours that will bring you to the awe-inspiring locations of three of 2015's Best TV Series, Drama nominees.

Even though the Lockhart Ranch in The Affair is fictional, the scenes that are set there are filmed at the very real Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk, NY. Deep Hollow offers wagon tours through the pastures, past old barns, and by the Native American artifacts that make up their grounds. They also offer horseback rides with experienced guides along the shore of Block Island Sound. For more information, visit deephollowranch.com.

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What Everyone's Buying in Santa Fe: Chile Ristas

December 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

Everyone across the country is busy buying decor as the holiday season sets in, including wreaths, trees, and lights. Residents of Santa Fe are no different, except what they're buying brings a whole new meaning to the idea of heating up the holiday season.

At markets around town, you'll see signs for "Chili Ristas," arrangements of hanging, dried chiles. They are typically all red, but sometimes include green chiles for a Christmas contrast. Traditionally and today, ristas are used as a way to preserve the peppers. But during the holiday season especially, they serve as a decorative item representing New Mexican culture and its relationship with the chile pepper. As you drive around town, you will see them hung up outside homes.

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The 5 Most Festive Drive-Through Christmas Attractions in the US

December 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

There are Christmas trees, festivals, markets, and even holiday kitsch; however, we’re suckers for some quality time behind the wheel where we can check out some dancing reindeer and a shimmering Santa—all illuminated for the season. Sure it might be a little tacky—or just a little much—but with a hot chocolate in the cup holder it can’t be beat. Here’s five places where we’d gladly shell out some holiday cash in exchange for some lights and a smile:

Symphony of Lights Drive Through – Columbia, Maryland

Offered up by the folks at Johns Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital, this annual event does its thing in and around Symphony Woods. Expect a nice 30-minute drive through all kinds of lighted creations. Organizers promise a “fantasy of color, design and animation,” but we’ll let you judge for yourself. Things run through January 4, and it’ll set you back $20 per car. Just note that it’s cash only, so swing by the ATM before making the journey.

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What's the Difference Between Red and Green Chile in Santa Fe?

December 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

All 50 states have birds, flowers, flags, and trees, but the joke - and we suppose the truth - is that New Mexico also has a state question: Red or green?

The inquiry refers to the decision that one must make between red and green chile, the state's signature dish. Most restaurants offer both, although some are known for one over the other. Start asking locals, and opinions and justifications will fly. What's the difference between them?

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How to Get Tickets to Three of 2014's Best Christmas Fests

December 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the huge Christmas tree at Navy Pier

'Tis the season for Christmas Festivals filled with lights, music, hot chocolate, and roasted chestnuts.

Here are three of this year's best holiday festivals and how you can get tickets to each:

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Cruise Ship WiFi Sails Out of the Dark Ages: An Interview with Royal Caribbean's CIO

December 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

"This changes everything."

That's the boasty slogan of ads on TV commercials and even plastered on bus shelters around NYC, referring to the newest cruise ship now sailing: Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas.

The Quantum calls itself a "Smartship," deploying fresh technology from bow to stern—in some cases, technology that's never before been seen on a cruise ship, including at-sea WiFi faster than the usual slower-than-stalagmites connection and dedicated apps to help plan your cruise time in real-time.

Between riding the North Star and peeking into multi-level suites, we managed a moment with Bill Martin, Chief Information Officer for Royal Caribbean to discuss faster speeds, better satellites, and what all this means for the bottom line of your cruise folio:

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How Much Did Prince William Pay for His First Class US Airways Flight?

December 8, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

So Prince William and Anderson Cooper walk onto a plane...

It sounds like the set-up for a lame joke, but instead it's what actually transpired today on a US Airways shuttle flight from Washington DC to New York-LGA.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge had traveled with Kate to New York City, but had an appointment in the am today with President Obama down in DC. There was no private jet on hold; while Kate stayed in NYC at The Carlyle Hotel, William boarded a scheduled US Airways flight around 8am, bound for Washington DC's Reagan National Airport (DCA) and convenient to his appointment at The White House.

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Jerry Seinfeld Skips Art Basel for a City Bus to the Met

December 8, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Miami's Art Basel may have been the place to be for celebs like Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and Robert Pattinson over the weekend, but Jerry Seinfeld chose to expose his kids to some art much closer to home.

The comedian and his wife Jessica brought their kids to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday and, even though he is reportedly worth more than $800 million dollars, Jerry used public transportation to get there.

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More Seats Means More People in Less Space on Planes to Hawaii

December 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Be sure to stretch out those legs before hopping between islands on your next trip over to Hawaii, as Hawaiian Airlines is changing up the seating structure on the planes serving the inter island routes.

In the trend of most other airlines, Hawaiian Airlines is ordering up slimline seats, and as a result they’re hoping to squeeze in about 10 more passengers per plane. The thinner cushions should allow up to 128 passengers per jet—aboard the Boeing 717s—if you’re keeping count.

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$75 for the Best Bar Cart Ever at Delta's Surplus Sale

December 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

So here’s the perfect gift for the frequent flyer in your life, and that’s especially the case if he or she is loyal to the friendly folks over at Delta.

The airline is cleaning out their closets this holiday season, and as a result they’ve noticed that they have a few too many up in the air goodies—specifically in-flight beverage carts. Delta is now offering up these galley carts to the public at a good deal, and they’ll be on sale this Friday, December 12, for just $75 per cart.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Chances to Win College Football Vacations

December 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that will help you enjoy a big win with a big game:

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Victoria's Secret Angels Really Do Fly (on Private Jets)

December 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

You can always count on at least one wannabe Victoria’s Secret model on your flight. You know her. She’s wearing rhinestone-studded sunglasses and still texting during takeoff. Interests include Starbucks and the color pink. She goes by the name “Princess,” or so the rear of her low-slung sweatpants suggests.

Dear That Girl: That’s not how Victoria’s Secret models fly.

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