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The Kayaking Craze Means Prime Seats For Washington's Monuments

July 20, 2009 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

New York’s Hudson River isn’t the only scenic-but-questionably-sanitary urban waterway getting in on the kayak craze. Boating down DC’s Potomac River yields an inexpensive and crowd-free way to see the Washington tourist sites.

The Thompson Boat Center in Rock Creek Park offers kayak rentals, from $8 an hour/$24 a day for single boats and $10 an hour/$30 a day for doubles. The Boat Center is right in the middle of the city, and with just a few paddles in either direction you’ll sail past the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Kennedy Center, as well as the picturesque Georgetown waterfront. For a more adventurous day, pack a picnic lunch and stop off for a hike at Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial, the relatively un-traveled, car-free park set on the DC-Virginia border.

The boat center opens at 8 am and in our experience, it’s best to get there before noon—kayaks can’t be reserved and are often rented out by early afternoon.

Oh, and as in the Hudson, try to keep your hands out of that water.

Related Stories:
· The Thompson Boat Center [Official Site]
· Kayaking Trend Going Strong Into 2009 a> [Jaunted]
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NPR Confirms Kayaks Are the Hotness for 2008 [Jaunted]

[Photo: Marciela]

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Key West Spring Break Part 3: The Pirate Craze Will Never Die

April 25, 2009 at 3:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Wanting to do something active to counterbalance all the beer and pie, we bought tickets for an adventure cruise on a big catamaran called Island 'Ting. Casting off from the docks at 10:00 a.m. under the guidance of Captain Johnny, we broke our fast with scrambled eggs and juice and headed to an offshore reef for snorkeling. As was the case with the previous evening's sunset cruise, it was interesting to get to know the crew, which generally consisted of lifestyle junkies who take fun, low-paying, seasonal jobs around the world. Our snorkeling instructor Misty, for example, alternated between sailing jobs in Key West and Maui, and a fire fighting job in Oregon.

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So, How's Spring Break Shaping Up for 2009?

February 21, 2009 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We might still be in the midst of winter, but spring break is just around the corner, and if you haven't started making travel arrangements yet, you'd best get cracking. Much like the wildebeest migration in Africa, the advent of spring triggers a race to the world's beaches by millions of horny college kids and those who drink like them, but a big question mark hangs over this year's party: Will the global economic meltdown put the kibosh on the youthful shenanigans?

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Where To Windsurf in Perth

February 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Wash that winter right out of your hair with a trip to western Australia's sandy beaches. This is the last good month of the season for windsurfing, so whether you're a novice or a pro, Perth wants you.

The harbor in Perth shields it from the most violent currents of the Indian Ocean. Safety Bay, despite its name, more for people who have windsurfed before, but try Pelican Point at Matilda Bay for an easy approach. Windforce Windsurfing School will give you three days of beginner weekday lessons for $150 (about $100).

We pulled up a round-trip fare of $1215 from Los Angeles to Perth on Qantas, but you could probably go for much cheaper by flying to Sydney or Melbourne and snagging a discount fare.

Related Stories:
· Windsurfing and Julia Roberts in Mexico [Jaunted]
· Five Reasons to Visit Perth [Jaunted]
· Perth Hotels [HC]

[Photo: asterbat]

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Kayaking Trend Going Strong Into 2009

January 31, 2009 at 2:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've spilled more than a few pixels on the subject of kayaking, but that's because it's just such a perfect vacation activity. It's cheap, it's fun, and it always provides a unique perspective on your destination. Last year might have been the year of the kayak, but the trend is showing no signs of abating, if a story in Friday's New York Times is any indication. It highlights a kayaking adventure in the Florida Keys, where the abundance of shallow water, mangrove swamps, and marine life make the kayak the preferred mode of transportation for those seeking to leave the highway behind. With so many kayak outfitters on either side of the Overseas Highway, "it is entirely plausible to go on three different types of kayak trips, in three distinctly different environments in the Keys, all inside of a single day." Sounds like a nifty challenge to us.

In Key West, for example, the Lazy Dog Kayak Company will ensure that your kayaking won't come at the expense of your drinking, as an open-air bar is located just 20 feet from the put-in area. Those looking for more action can join a kayak fishing expedition organized by Key Largo-based Florida Bay Outfitters. A sizable tarpon is strong enough to pull your kayak around for half an hour, giving you the ride of your life. And to really feel like you've left civilization behind, Reelax Charters on Sugarloaf Key will ferry your kayaks in a motorboat to remote beaches and mangrove islands about as far away from pavement as you can get in the Keys.

But whatever kayak journey you take, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views and that unique feeling of floating that somehow makes all your troubles seem smaller.

[Photo: The New York Times]

Related Stories:
· Florida Glide [The New York Times]
· Lazy Dog Outfitters [Official Site]
· Florida Bay Outfitters [Official Site]
· Reelax Charters [Official Site]
· Kayaking Coverage [Jaunted]

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Extending the Trend: Is Kayaking Fun Enough to Watch?

September 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've already confirmed that kayaking is the sporting trend of the year--but is it fun enough to make it as a spectator sport?

The folks behind the new Canoe & Kayak World Series are betting that it is. The series of slalom races has been making (little) waves through Europe and Australia this summer and sails into the US this fall with the American Open, taking place October 3 and 4 at the Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, Maryland.

Even if kayaking turns out to be a less-than-thrilling spectator sport, you can always hop in the water yourself. The new-ish Adventure Sports Center is a great place to try out everything from inflatable group kayaks to a controlled whitewater course.

Related Stories:
· American Open [Official Site]
· Adventure Sports Center International [Official Site]
· Kayaking Travel coverage [Official Site]

[Photo: ASCI]

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Superyachts Lose; Kayaks, Sail-Yaks Gain in Topsy-Turvy Financial World

September 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Times are tough out there financially, with stock market losses, high energy prices, and creeping unemployment taking a toll on people around the world. But while regular folks like you and me might be hurting from the recent gyrations, nobody suffers like the rich. After all, we might have lost a couple grand in our 401(k) accounts, but they've lost millions in all kinds of accounts.

It's worth paying attention to, of course, because rich people's losses stanch the trickle-down effect that normally keeps the poor world alive and happy. Case in point: the Wall Street Journal reports that businesses that cater to the rich, like yacht builders, are "seeing clients tighten their belts." In fact, the director of BVI-based Northrop & Johnson Yacht and Ship said that one New York investor was trying to put off the planned purchase of a $25 million megayacht, and might walk away from the deal altogether.

For this anonymous suffering rich person, we have one word of advice: kayaks.

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NPR Confirms Kayaks Are the Hotness for 2008

September 19, 2008 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month we noticed that this summer's hottest travel trend is jumping into a kayak. (We even did some paddling ourselves!)

Now NPR backs up our trend-spotting with a report live from Maine where retailers like LL Bean and Johnson Outdoors say kayaks are flying off the shelves while canoes sales stay flat.

One outfitter has even changed its name to hype its kayaks:

In a sign of the times, an Old Town, Maine fixture, Old Town Canoes, is now called Old Town Canoes and Kayaks....

For now, here in Maine, kayaking is the new canoeing.

Related Stories:
· Old Town Canoes and Kayaks [Official Site]
· Kayaks Hot, Canoes Not [NPR]
· Kayaking coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Bob Jagendorf]

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48 Hours in Washington D.C. - Part 3: Popped Collars and Lacklustre Cuisine

September 6, 2008 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

Jaunted weekend editor Victor Ozols escaped from New York over the Labor Day holiday for a blissful getaway to Washington D.C. He recounts the hits and misses of his time in the nation's capital in this three-part series.

After getting cleaned up from our museum adventure, we walked down M Street in Georgetown. I grew up in Northern Virginia but really couldn't claim any good knowledge of DC prior to this trip, so I actually thought Georgetown was the hip place to hang out. John pointed out the preponderance of "popped-collar douchebags" in G-town, and he was right, though they didn't particularly bother us. Adams Morgan and the U Street Corridor (with places like the Black Cat) are much hipper locales. But we didn't really care, and enjoyed our stroll through Georgetown, peering into several restaurants before finally deciding to dine at Ristorante Piccolo on 31st Street. Our meal was an enjoyable disaster.

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48 Hours in Washington D.C. - Part 2: Loving Those Free Museums

September 6, 2008 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Jaunted weekend editor Victor Ozols escaped from New York over the Labor Day holiday for a blissful getaway to Washington D.C. He recounts the hits and misses of his time in the nation's capital in this three-part series.

It's crucial to have a good place to get take-out coffee near your hotel, and the Renaissance M Street had a great one, an Illy coffee bar located just off the hotel lobby. Two large caffe filtros only cost $4.18 and got us plenty fired up for a day of museums. We drank our coffees and then walked past the White House to the Mall, snapping pictures and entertaining the idea of someday leaving New York and finding a place in D.C.

Our first stop was at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. It's great that all the Smithsonian museums are free. They just check your bags for bombs and stuff, but you don't need tickets or anything, just stroll your ass right on in the museum. In New York you'd have to pay like $15 for each adult ticket. That's a major point in D.C.'s favor.

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48 Hours in Washington D.C. - Part 1: Kayaking and Go Go Music

September 6, 2008 at 12:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Jaunted weekend editor Victor Ozols escaped from New York over the Labor Day holiday for a blissful getaway to Washington D.C. He recounts the hits and misses of his time in the nation's capital in this three-part series.

We just got back from a weekend in Washington D.C. so I figure I should write a review in the style of those "36 Hours In ... " pieces from the New York Times Travel Section, except mine will take place over 48 hours, making Jaunted 12 hours better than the Gray Lady. We took Amtrak from Penn Station to Union Station on Friday (one-way fare = $125) and I'll skip the part where we dropped the baby off with my folks in Virginia and start with check-in at the Renaissance M Street in Washington D.C. The weather was hot, we were relieved of parental duties for two days, and felt ready to go crack-house crazy (just a metaphor: no actual crack houses involved).

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Three Is a Trend: You Do Kayak, Don't You?

August 21, 2008 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

While we were apparently wasting our time on a sailboat this summer, everyone else was kayaking--and having a terrific time.

It started back in June, when David Kocieniewski wrote about his adventure paddling around Venice, dodging vaporetti and startling gondolieri in an inflatable kayak. He didn't even get a ticket for it, an impressive feat in the fine-happy city.

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