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Live From John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Most Famous Hotel Stay Ever

April 2, 2009 at 11:27 AM | by | ()

Jaunted's own travel video correspondent, Shira Lazar, took a trip to her hometown of Montreal this week where the celebration of the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In For Peace is now in full swing.

Lennon and Oko famously spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam's Hilton Hotel for one-week allowing the press to come and visit them every day to hear their messages on peace.

That following May, the couple did the same thing at the (now a Fairmont) Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, staying in rooms 1738 and 1742. This stay was historic because its where "Give Peace a Chance was Recorded." Head on over to HotelChatter to see Shira tour the actual suite where Lennon and Oko stayed.

Currently, Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an free exhibit from now through June 21 celebrating the bed-in with 140 works on display that includes "drawings, unpublished photographs, videos, films, artworks and interactive materials that convey the famous couple’s message of universal peace." Here, Shira walks us through what to expect from the exhibit. She even tests out the Lennon-Oko Bed-in bed replica. Just watch.

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Airport Heaven: PLN is not Just For Bear Trappers

October 26, 2006 at 12:39 PM | by | ()

This is PLN baggage claim.

Before you dismiss this place as a backwoods hunting and trapping airport know that WiFi signal is strong and free throughout the airport and they recently installed cellular antennas to the building so our Cingular cell phone signal is stronger than it is on Pine St. in San Francisco.

More semi-live blogging to come from Mackinac Island (aka "The Rock") tomorrow.

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The Timeless Wonder of the Icelandic Countryside

Where: Iceland
August 29, 2006 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Probably the most famous day trip/tour in Iceland is the "Golden Circle". It takes you on a spin through some of the Southwest's most famous natural and historical sights, such as the Gulfoss waterfall, the [thorn]ingvellir rift valley which served Iceland's Viking settlers as the location of their parliament, and the hot springs of Geysir (where the term "geyser" was coined) which still serve to spew boiling water on thick-headed visitors.

This clip is not actually Geysir which has lain dormant for the past 40 years (or so the tour guide seemed to indicate), but Strokkur, which erupts every 8 or 10 minutes.  Don't worry, we've only simulated the anticipation-filled, battery-draining wait by editing it to about 20 seconds.  Note the people to the far right who experience splashback.

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Come Fly the Soothing Skies

Where: Iceland
August 28, 2006 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Mister P, one of our far-flung correspondents, recently took a trip to Iceland. All this week, we'll be running stories from his Jaunted Field Trip to the country, the first of which is below.

Icelandair: Mystery of the skies! As evidenced by the diagram above, this is what happens in an emergency on an Iceland Air flight, accompanied to a lesser extent by this.  Maybe our "clueless tourist" is showing, but it's more likely that the fine details are always what shout out "You are now in a foreign culture!".

In addition to safety pamphlets evidently designed by Keith Haring, Iceland Air also features pre-flight cabin music by Sigur Ros, and still includes surprisingly edible meals with warm rolls. The grilled chicken and breaded fish fillets were not bad but avoid the crab salad--mysterious or not, crab salad is never a good idea aloft.

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Provincetown: A Bad Place to Hold the Breeder's Cup

July 17, 2006 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

One of the things that is most striking for visitors to Provincetown, especially straight men and women, is a "flip the script" feeling. Suddenly, gay culture is the dominant one, and it makes Ptown a fascinating place to visit, even for those who come from places where gay culture is thriving, like New York or San Francisco.

According to the Boston Globe, Ptown is struggling with the flip side of the usual discrimination problems as well; gay residents are accused of slurring straight residents by calling them "breeders" and accosting them for signing an anti-gay marriage petition. The names of the 43 Ptown residents who signed were published online by knowthyneighbor.com.

This was the cause of a fracas between Ptown local Yvonne Cabral and Provincetown Magazine publisher Rick Hines last Friday. Before we give you possibly the best description of the lead-up to a fight ever, let's just say that we think everyone should get along, regardless of sexual orientation, and perhaps a vacation town is a good place to start relaxing about life in general.

Anyway, the Globe set the scene before Hines accosted Cabral:

All parties involved agree that Cabral was shopping and Hines was buying a hotdog when Hines told Cabral that she was a bigot.
Shouldn't tasty street food help us overcome our differences?

[Image via darlingdee79/Flickr]

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Provincetown: Sal's Not the Place

Where: 99 Commercial St [map], Provincetown, MA, United States
July 17, 2006 at 11:37 AM | by | ()

Part of our job is to protect you, the unsuspecting traveler, from B.S.: Overhyped destinations, crummy food, and cramped hotels are no fun, and we suffer so you don't have to. One of the problems that we had in Provincetown was with the restaurants. Because of the rapid turnover of visitors, there's not much reason to improve the quality of the food or the service if repeat customers aren't an issue.

That said, we should place the blame squarely on our own shoulders for the dreadful meal we had at Sal's Place, on the water by Commercial Street in Provincetown's West End. We ignored our travel instincts, seduced by the promise of eating tasty Italian food al fresco by the water.

Sadly, none of those things would come to fruition. Spotting an empty table right by the ocean on the balcony, a large coughing man wearing a stained apron told us it was already claimed. Presumably, this was Sal himself, and it occurs to us now that he bore more than a passing resemblance to Barth from You Can't Do That on Television. It didn't escape our notice that our dream table sat empty the rest of the night.

Not that it would have mattered; Sal's overpriced home-style Southern Italian cooking was as bland as it could be. Linguine with clams was flavored with butter alone--there wasn't even garlic--and the spaghetti with tomatoes and mushrooms tasted suspiciously like Prego.

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Provincetown: Dune Shack Keeps Sailors Entertained During Long Months on Vacation

Where: 184 Commercial Street [map], Provincetown, MA, United States, 02657
July 14, 2006 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

Buying gifts for the folks back home in a beach town can be a real chore. Between seeing the same lobster-shaped oven mitts everywhere or fighting your way through the hoi polloi just to find that perfect tacky t-shirt, that gift shopping gets same-y faster than a redhead gets a sunburn. Happily, one store in Provincetown is an antidote to such homogenization: The Dune Shack.

Located slightly West of the ferry pier in the center of town, the Dune Shack has all sorts of unique collectibles and good gifts, including aquatic creature-based tchotchkes that are a bit more surreal than the average stuff. We came home with a sperm whale bottle opener, for example, although we were mightily tempted by the one shaped like a frighteningly realistic lobster claw. The store also sells scrimshaw made by local artists,  so head on over there for all your whalebone art needs.

[Image via JollyRoger05/Flickr]

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Provincetown: Spiritus Slices the Competition

July 13, 2006 at 1:07 PM | by | ()

One of the things we quickly discovered in Provincetown was that arguments about the quality of the food in town are a favorite pastime among repeat visitors and year-round residents alike. Countless restaurants that received glowing praise from one person would then be panned by another--except Spiritus Pizza, which seems to be universally loved. It's even got a web cam, just like the inimitable Shake Shack!  

Open since 1971, Spiritus only gets busier at the night drags on, and on weekends the police will arrive to direct traffic in front after midnight. Despite a crush of people ordering slices and whole pies, you won't have to wait long for a fresh piece. We recommend the pepperoni, which is greasy enough to soak up any alcohol but tastier than that on the average pie. Milkshakes and ice cream are also available, thankfully in a separate line. You'll get no arguments from us about the tastiness of this part of the Provincetown culinary scene.

[Image via Marty Pinker/Flickr]  

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Provincetown: Inspectah Deck at the Land's End Inn

July 13, 2006 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

If you want to stay somewhere snazzy in Provincetown--and you don't have your heart set on a pool, like we often do--you're not going to do much better than the Land's End Inn. Located all the way at Provincetown's west end, the Inn sits atop a hill overlooking the tip of Cape Cod.

Rooms are less modern than the Brass Key--instead of TV, you get a wraparound view of the Cape--but many come with large outdoor balconies. The room that we sampled  (itself decorated in a slightly fussy New England style), the Library, came replete with early editions of Gulliver's Travels. The staff is also happy to oversee your dining options in town, although the Inn itself would be greatly improved by the addition of a restaurant of its own.  

A tip: While the walk to the center of town to the Land's End is doable, schlepping your bags is not recommended, as that last trek up the hill is a doozy. Considering how disheveled we looked when we arrived, it was lucky the staff didn't grab pitchforks and torches before running us off the property. Rooms start at about $265 in the High Season.

[Image via YuanChung/Flickr]

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Provincetown: Bear Week Extravaganza!

July 12, 2006 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

Provincetown is often described at "New England's gay mecca". We're not sure what a gay mecca is, exactly, but we can report that many of the businesses are gay-owned or operated, and many (but not all) of the tourists there are gay. We still saw plenty of families and straight couples--getting overcharged at a fried fish restaurant knows no bounds of sexual orientation--but ultimately, it's simply a beach town where you're likely to see a drag queen/Cher impersonator whizzing down the main drag of Commercial street on a Razor scooter.

We had the added bonus of being in Provincetown for the start of Provincetown Bear Week 2006. (There did seem to be a lot of Ironworkers on the ferry!) Bears are gay men who embrace a more natural look--less waxing and more belly--though the definition of a bear tends to be quite broad (and we kept asking).

Bear Week will continue through the 15th, though events that you've already missed include Woof on the Wharf, the Bear-B-Que, and Leather and Chrome Night. If you arrive this weekend, you may still catch the Underbear Party on Saturday night. It was all a hell of a lot more interesting than being in Vegas during an accountant's convention, that's for sure.

[Image via Kate Sullivan]

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Provincetown: Ducking Skeeters at the Brass Key

July 12, 2006 at 11:12 AM | by | ()

Your humble editor spent last weekend at the tippity tip of Cape Cod, in Provincetown, Massachusetts. What follows is the first of several entries on Ptown, as just about everyone there calls it.

What you need to know about the Brass Key Guesthouse: It has a hot tub and a pool, unlike any other hotel in Provincetown. This is crucial, as the mosquitoes at the beach in Provincetown (which is rather distant from Provincetown proper, and requires a $12 RT shuttle to visit) are particularly vicious this season, thanks to a wet spring. Yes, you have to bring bug spray to the beach there--hence our love of the Brass Key's pool.

The Guesthouse itself is divided up inro different properties, some larger (and more expensive) than others, depending on size and amenities. Rooms, all thoughtfully outfitted, feature flat-screen TV/DVD players and are decorated in a restrained Cape Cod beach house style; some have fireplaces or private balconies overlooking the pool. We found the complimentary wine and cheese hour to be livelier than the usual staid run-back-to-your-room with a stolen bottle of wine affair. Rooms start at $195 a night during the high season.

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Memphis: Rendezvous at the Rendezvous

July 7, 2006 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

The Rendezvous is at the center of one of the evergreen debates of the barbeque universe: Dry vs. Wet. The Rendezvous serves Memphis-style dry rub ribs. After being rubbed with a secret combination of spices, they are slow-cooked liked other any other barbeque. There is no gloopy or runny sauce, although it is served with wet sauce as an optional condiment.

Much of this divide is a geographical issue; wet sauces differ in different parts of North Carolina, for example. The Rendezvous itself, in an alley across from the Peabody hotel, also features waiters who are  described by using words like "surly", or "indifferent", or "working there since the restaurant opened in 1948".

Naturally, that doesn't stop the Rendezvous from being Memhpis' most famous barbeque joint. If you don't crave ribs, locals in the know recommend the lamb riblets--for anyone who finds those spareribs to be a bit too much work. They do get heavy after a marathon eating session.

[Image via KDem/Flickr]  

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