This Overlooked Region Has Some of the Loveliest Hikes in New England

Travel and Leisure - 1 hour 11 min ago
<p>The gentle hills of Greater Boston aren’t exactly known for their heart-pumping hiking trails. The same goes for the sloping dunes of Cape Cod — you’d be hard-pressed to find gaggles of L.L. Bean-clad hikers trekking out to sandbars in Eastern Massachusetts the way some groups scale the mountains of Western Mass. And that’s exactly why it’s so wondrous to go hiking there.</p><p>I know this because I spent the better part of last year hiking around Eastern Massachusetts to write an aptly named guidebook, "<a href=";tag=westernmasshiking-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1682683524&amp;linkId=e015f317807a2659d1af02482dcd8619" target="_blank">50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts</a>." It details some of the most well-known trails beyond Boston, as well as the area’s more secret, under-the-radar walks.</p><p>Indeed, one of the region’s biggest strengths as a hiking destination is a refreshing lack of other humans. Maybe uncrowded trails are a given, but until you go for a leisurely stroll among centuries-old trees — without seeing another person for hours — you might not understand the magic. (During my almost seven-mile jaunt along Wellfleet’s Great Island Trail, one of the only other living beings I saw besides my hiking partner was a harbor seal splashing in the bay.)</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><a href="" target="_blank"> The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Boston</a></p><p>The other thing that makes this overlooked spot shine is its varied landscapes. There’s the option to climb a 635-foot hill to see views of the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> skyline in the Blue Hills, or just 14 miles down the road, find flat walking trails that meander through abandoned military bunkers at Wompatuck State Park. Pleasant pond walks, island adventures, and foliage-filled journeys are all within an hour’s drive of each other.</p><p>Ahead, find 10 of my favorite trails. You can check out all 50 hikes in my book, <a href=";tag=westernmasshiking-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1682683524&amp;linkId=e015f317807a2659d1af02482dcd8619" target="_blank"><strong>available here</strong></a>.</p><img alt="Noanet Woodlands "src=""><h2>1. Noanet Woodlands</h2><p><strong>Where: </strong>Dover, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>2.75 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>1 hour 30 minutes</p><p>Bostonians in search of leafy solace might consider the Noanet Woodlands in Dover a hidden gem — after all, the <a href="" target="_blank">Trustees-owned</a> property is only 16 miles outside the city. Locals know better, though, and tend to get there early before the 30-car parking lot fills up.</p><p>The reward of this reasonably easy climb is Noanet Peak, a rocky ledge with lovely views. On a clear day, you can spot the buildings of the Boston Skyline to the north — it’s especially beautiful during peak foliage season. The descent is followed by a leisurely stroll past a scenic pond and former mill site.</p><img alt="Great Island "src=""><h2>2. The Great Island Trail</h2><p><strong>Where:</strong> Wellfleet, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>6.8 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>4 hours</p><p>The Great Island Trail is arguably one of the best hikes in all of Massachusetts. The loop, located within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore, begins with an easy walk tracing the shoreline of “the gut,” where the Herring River lets out into Wellfleet Harbor. Then, it climbs up into a pitch pine forest, offering stunning views from cliffs overlooking Cape Cod Bay.</p><p>There’s also a history lesson thrown in, as a small stone monument marks the spot where a former 17th-century whaling tavern once stood. The trail emerges from the woods and traverses sandy dunes leading to Great Beach Hill, and ends with a breezy walk along the beach. While Great Island is no longer a true island, it sure feels that way with its abundance of ocean panoramas.</p><img alt="Mount Watatic "src=""><h2>3. Mount Watatic</h2><p><strong>Where: </strong>Ashburnham, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance:</strong> 3 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>2.5 hours</p><p>Mount Watatic is a monadnock, defined as rocky hill or small mountain rising from a mostly level surrounding landscape. (For those thinking of Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, a “monadnock” is a type of land formation, as well as the name of the Jaffrey, N.H., peak that lines less than 20 miles north of Watatic.) The 1,832-foot mountain is one of the highest east of Massachusetts’ Connecticut River, and is often visited by bird-watchers, as it is one of the most popular spots for hawk observation in the Northeast.</p><p>A journey to the top culminates with views all the way to the Green Mountains in Vermont, and to the peaks of southern New Hampshire. If weather permits, Boston can be seen in the east, while suburban towns dot the land before it. Hikers will spot farms, mountains, hills, a fire tower, and more.</p><img alt="Halibut Point "src=""><h2>4. Halibut Point State Park</h2><p><strong>Where:</strong> Rockport, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>1.5 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time:</strong> 1.5 hours</p><p>The granite cliffs that Halibut Point is known for are a whopping 440 million years old. The sheets of rock, which drop off along the coastline, proved to be invaluable to the peninsula’s range of residents over the years, from the Pawtucket tribe to early settlers. The area is best remembered, however, for its booming granite quarry. After a few minutes on the trails, hikers will spot the gaping hole left from the former seaside quarry. It’s been filling with rainwater since the quarry was abandoned in 1929, after Cape Ann’s granite industry faltered. Now, with its almost turquoise tint, the water makes a stunning backdrop for a few trail photos.</p><p>The state park’s trails circle the quarry, and traces of its not-so-distant past can be spotted along the way. From dog holes, or rows of depressions that allowed workers to split the granite, to large iron staples that held cables, it’s worth trying to spot all of the man-made additions to the landscape. Don’t miss the detour to the park’s towering grout pile, made up of discarded granite pieces. From the top, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Atlantic.</p><img alt="Blue Hills "src=""><h2>5. Blue Hills Reservation — Skyline Loop</h2><p><strong>Where:</strong> Milton, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>3 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>2.5 to 3 hours</p><p>Its boulders aren’t made from sapphire, and its trees don’t grow cerulean branches, but the Blue Hills are undeniably blue. The reservation’s name comes from the observations of early European explorers who glimpsed the peaks from their boats along the Massachusetts coastline. On the exposed hilltops, a type of granite called riebeckite appeared blue from their watery distance.</p><p>As one of the Blue Hills Reservation’s most popular trails, the Skyline Loop is also one of its most dangerous. This 3.5-mile trek is somewhat challenging, and requires some climbing to reach the top of Great Blue Hill, which is the highest peak on the East Coast from Boston to Miami. At the top, a rectangular construction called Eliot Tower offers sweeping views from the Boston skyline and harbor all the way to nearby Quincy. On a clear day, hikers can see Mount Wachusett and the Worcester Hills to the west, and the Monadnock region of New Hampshire to the northwest.</p><img alt="Breakheart Reservation "src=""><h2>6. Breakheart Reservation</h2><p><strong>Where: </strong>Saugus and Wakefield, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>4.25 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>4 hours</p><p>Legend says Breakheart Reservation got its name during the Civil War, when troops training there felt the place was remote and lonely, and in turn, broke their hearts. One historian argues the land was named after Breakheart Hill in Gloucestershire, England, the original home of an early Saugus settler. Whatever its origins are, one thing is clear: Breakheart is rich in wildlife and history.</p><p>This hike connects several short trails and crosses a total of five hills. The reservation’s 700 acres of pine-oak forest offer lovely views of Boston from rocky hills and ledges, while freshwater ponds act as refreshing spots to cool off in the summertime.</p><img alt="Walden Pond "src=""><h2>7. Walden Pond</h2><p><strong>Where: </strong>Concord, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance:</strong> 2.25 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>1 hour 30 minutes</p><p>History lovers, meet your match. Walden Pond State Reservation is the spot where in the 1840s, Henry David Thoreau famously spent two years living in a cabin near the shores of the pond. It was an experiment he hoped would bring him closer to nature. The first draft of his most famous work, "<a href=";tag=westernmasshiking-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1505297729&amp;linkId=9d294f303e2c845a783ffb1452fe6275" target="_blank">Walden</a>," was written during his time there, and sings the praises of using nature to forge meaningful connections among the physical and spiritual worlds.</p><p>This hike skirts the edges of Walden Pond, taking a few detours deeper into the woods along the way. One such detour is to the site of Thoreau’s cabin. The site, in all its glory, is marked by a granite bollards connected with chains. In the center, a stone marks the cabin’s chimney foundation, and a sign proclaims one of "Walden’s" most quotable snippets. Beside where the cabin once stood, there’s a monumental display of stone cairns created by visitors from all over the world. Consider flipping through a copy of "<a href=";tag=westernmasshiking-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1505297729&amp;linkId=9d294f303e2c845a783ffb1452fe6275" target="_blank">Walden</a>" before setting out on this journey.</p><img alt="Borderland, Massachusetts "src=""><h2>8. Borderland State Park</h2><p><strong>Where:</strong> Easton and Sharon, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>6.3 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>3 hours 25 minutes</p><p>Plenty of visitors to Borderland State Park arrive with the intention to play a few holes of disc golf. Others come to admire the art and architecture of the former estate’s 1910 stone mansion. But the park’s hiking trails are its true highlight, spanning 1,772 acres.</p><p>Put simply, Borderland is one of a kind. It lies at a border in several senses of the word — it sits literally on the border of the towns of Sharon and Easton, it once divided the territory of Native American tribes, and is home to a border between gentle hills in its northern section and flatter land to the south. The park was once the estate of Harvard botanist Oakes Ames and his wife Blanche. Oakes was one of the country’s earliest researchers of orchids, while Blanche was an artist, author, and inventor. Blanche teamed up with Oakes to produce scientifically accurate orchid illustrations for his research, and together they created a body of work that led orchids to become the most-documented plant species — ever.</p><p>Today, Borderland is home to a range of plant and animal life. Water lilies thrive in the park’s six ponds, while deer, rabbits, otters, and other critters make their homes on land. Embark on this more than 6-mile journey to see them all, plus a film location for the movie "Shutter Island."</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Inns in New England</a></p><img alt="Peddocks Island "src=""><h2>9. Peddocks Island</h2><p><strong>Where: </strong>Hull, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>4 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>2 hours</p><p>Peddocks Island is one of the largest islands in Boston Harbor. It’s only accessible via an interisland ferry from the city, which makes it feel more remote than some of the other nearby islands.</p><p>A hike through the curving hunk of land starts with a walk through forests, then along the coastline, and around the paved paths of a former military fort. Along the way, hikers will notice diverse wildlife — and learn a bit of history. Many people have called the island home over the years, from Portuguese fishermen to prisoners of war. The island harbors plenty of secrets, too, like long-ago drunken parties in a notorious inn, and when bootleggers stashed bottles in Peddocks’ coves. A walk around the island only skims the surface of the place’s rich history.</p><img alt="Wompatuck State Park "src=""><h2>10. Wompatuck State Park</h2><p><strong>Where: </strong>Hingham, Mass.<br /><strong>Total distance: </strong>4.8 miles<br /><strong>Hiking time: </strong>2.5 hours</p><p>Wompatuck State Park, lovingly called “Wompy” by locals, stretches to almost 3,600 acres, covering a large swath of Hingham, as well as parts of Cohasset, Norwell, and Scituate. The land was originally owned by a Native American chief known as Josiah Wompatuck, and much later, became a naval ammunition depot. Cement bunkers were built there to store munitions, but the depot was deactivated in the 1960s. The bunkers, however, are still visible to state park visitors. One such bunker, called N-9, was renovated by three Eagle scouts in 2008. It’s now covered in colorful graffiti. Set out on this five-mile hike to wind through bunkers, woods, and meadows.</p>
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Grab Your Cooler, These Are the Best Rivers to Float in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - 1 hour 27 min ago
<p>If you’ve never experienced tubing through the cooling waters of a calm, <a href="" target="_blank">scenic river</a> in the height of summer, this is the year to do it. These aren’t the lazy rivers you’ve seen at resort pools but rather natural waterways with the occasional gentle rapid to propel you downstream. While some of these rivers allow you to bring a <a href="" target="_blank">cooler</a> packed with food and beverages, some of them have strict rules against it, so be sure to check the local laws before loading your car with eats and drinks. Otherwise, grab a group of friends, rent some inner tubes and prepare for a day of careless floating down one of America’s best lazy rivers.</p><h2>Russian River, California</h2><img alt="Russian river "src=""><p>Floating this exceptionally lazy river is one of the most popular summer activities in Sonoma County, so go during the week if you want a less crowded experience. The move here is to get in the water at Steelhead Beach and end your trip at Sunset Beach, which is a two-mile journey that takes about four hours to complete.</p><h2>San Marcos River, Texas</h2><p>People in Texas love their river tubing, and the San Marcos—located about 30 miles from <a href="" target="_blank">Austin</a>—is one of the state’s best. For a true lazy river experience, start your trip at <a href="" target="_blank">Texas State Tubes</a>. The float down this wide, slow stretch of river takes about three hours, and the spring-fed water is always nice and cool.</p><h2>Toccoa River, Georgia</h2><img alt="Toccoa River "src=""><p>This tranquil river flows through the North Georgia Mountains, offering some of the best scenery in the state. While most of this two hour float is very still, there are some small rapids to keep things exciting. There are also some deep holes along the route where you can stop for a swim.</p><h2>Ichetucknee River, Florida</h2><p>Located in Ichetucknee Springs State Park, floating down this river is like taking a trip through a lush paradise. If you launch or rent tubes from the north end of the park, the float will take about three and a half hours. For a trip that takes half the time, start at the south end of the park at Midpoint launch or Dampier’s Landing.</p><h2>Brandywine River, Delaware and Pennsylvania</h2><p>This river (also known as Brandywine Creek) flows southeast between Delaware and Pennsylvania, so you can enjoy its refreshing water from launch points in either state. If you’re departing from Delaware, <a href="" target="_blank">Wilderness Canoe Trips</a> offers two hour floats from Smith Bridge. On the Penn side, <a href="" target="_blank">Northbrook Canoe</a> provides two and three hour trips.</p><h2>Grant River, Wisconsin</h2><p>Rich woodlands and scenic rock ledges line this Southwest Wisconsin river, which is mostly calm, save for the occasional rapids rush. Because the Grant River is 44 miles long, we suggest planning your lazy day with <a href="" target="_blank">Y’allbee Tubin</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Grant River Tubing Company</a>, which offer options to float for three or five hours.</p><h2>Shenandoah River, West Virginia and Virginia</h2><img alt="Shenandoah river "src=""><p>This tributary of the Potomac River flows northward through the Great Appalachian Valley and the states of Virginia and West Virginia. But because it’s so close to Maryland and Washington, D.C., you’ll often find residents from the tri-state area tubing as a respite from the summer humidity. Expect areas of calm water and some bumpy but harmless rapids.</p><h2>Deschutes River, Oregon</h2><img alt="Deschutes River "src=""><p>Floating down this gorgeous river provides the best of Oregon’s lush scenery along the way. Instead of driving to the entry point at Riverbend Park, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">Park + Float</a> where you can park your car, rent any needed gear and jump on a shuttle to the river. When you’re finished tubing, a shuttle will pick you up at Drake Park and drive you back to your car.</p><h2>Current River, Missouri</h2><p>Anyone making a trip to Missouri’s renowned Ozarks region has to spend an afternoon tubing down the picturesque Current River. Depending on where you’re staying near the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, there are a number of tubing companies that offer trips spanning from three-mile, three hour trips to all-day floats that will carry you eight miles.</p><h2>Delaware River, New Jersey</h2><img alt="Delaware River "src=""><p>Come summertime, this shallow stretch of the Delaware River hits about 80 degrees, which makes for a pleasantly refreshing float. A nearly six-mile trip with <a href="" target="_blank">Delaware River Tubing</a> will take three to four hours to complete and includes a stop for lunch at the Famous River Hotdog Man.</p><h2>Niobrara River, Nebraska</h2><p>The Niobrara is designated a National Scenic River, so you’re in for a day of gorgeous views, waterfalls and diverse wildlife when you float down a stretch of the 76-mile waterway. The nearby campground in Smith Falls State Park is a great home base if you want to spend a few days in nature around your tubing experience.</p>
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Videos Show Chaos on Delta Flight Delayed for 7 Hours, Where Police Were Called After Fights Broke Out Between Passengers

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 17:19
<p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p>Videos posted online document chaotic scenes inside a Delta Airlines flight as it incurred seven hours of delays, which saw police called to stop frustrated passengers brawling.</p><p>Thursday's 3:52 p.m. Delta flight from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Miami International Airport was delayed because of poor weather, with <a href="" target="_blank">flight data showing</a> it didn't leave until 11:10 p.m.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Moving Into a Tiny House Helped One 35-year-old Increase His Income and Save $100,000 in 5 Years — Here's How He Did It</a></p><p>In the meantime, crammed onboard the Airbus A320, passengers began to brawl, videos and testimony posted on Twitter by passengers show.</p><p>JFK Airport's official Twitter account <a href="" target="_blank">replied to one video</a>: "The Port Authority Police and the Airline are on the scene mitigating the situation."</p><p>A video <a href=";" target="_blank">posted to Twitter by ABC local 10 news anchor Glenna Milberg</a> shows passengers angrily confronting Port Authority officers, while one officers asks passengers: "Who are the two people who started fighting?"</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">I Flew Business Class Both Long and Short-haul on British Airways, and I Have No Idea Why Anyone Would Pay for the Latter</a></p><p>Passenger Juan Andres Ahmad tweeted a separate video of dozens of travellers standing up on Flight 2385, discussing the situation amid palpable tension.</p><p>Ahmad tweeted: "8 HOURS and counting. Captain had "no idea" where the ground crew was. Parked in a "remote gate" in JFK. No food, no water. A fight broke out, police was called. A NIGHTMARE."</p><p>Ahmad wrote in <a href="" target="_blank">a second tweet</a>: "There are people fighting each other and it's gotten both verbal and physical. Police are on the plane! Complete chaos!"</p><p>Jesse Greshin <a href="" target="_blank">tweeted to say she was one of the passengers onboard,</a>describing the experience as "miserable."</p><p>"It's miserable. Started as a weather delay, then turned into an air traffic delay, then became a refueling delay. Flight attendants have admitted this is chaos and they know nothing. Claimed the gate crew ditched us at one point."</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">18 Countries With More Exhausting Workweeks Than the US</a></p><p>The plane was scheduled to land 7:14 p.m. but arrived seven hours 14 minutes late at 02:28 a.m. on Friday morning.</p><p>The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey media-relations department declined to comment when asked about the incident by Business Insider.</p><p>Delta Airlines did not immediately comment when contacted by Business Insider on Friday morning.</p>
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Europe's Most Underrated City Has an Amazing Christmas Market, Over 30 Parks, and Some of the World's Best Hot Chocolate

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:04
<p>With a map of Warsaw clutched in one hand, I steeled myself against the December chill and stepped out into the night.</p><p>I couldn’t help but marvel at the city's vibrancy, the quiet thrill and verve of it. <a href="" target="_blank">My hotel</a> sat across from the Presidential Palace on the Royal Route, a popular destination for travelers and a 10-minute walk from the Old Town Market Place. On my way to the Christmas market there, I spotted a small number of people lined up outside a local restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Zapiecek</a>, known for pierogi. Dotting the sidewalks were impressive Christmas light displays: trains and trees, chairs and carousels, brightening the night in a festive show of holiday cheer.</p><p>The Christmas market was exactly what you'd expect to find in Eastern Europe: mulled wine and sausages, knick knacks and kitschy stocking stuffers, an ice skating rink smack dap in the middle of the Old Town Square. While a sizable number of people had turned up for Saturday's evening festivities, it didn’t feel claustrophobic. Missing were the hordes of tourists I’ve come to associate with popular events and big attractions in major cities.</p><p>When travelers think of Eastern Europe, they may imagine Prague and Budapest’s fairy-tale castles, Berlin’s eclectic culture, or Vienna’s commanding beauty. Warsaw, on the other hand, can go under-the-radar.</p><p>Warsaw has faced major setbacks, traces of which can still be seen and felt throughout the city. During World War II, approximately <a href="" target="_blank">85 percent of the city’s buildings</a> were destroyed by Nazis, and reconstruction has given Warsaw a different aesthetic than many other European tourist destinations. Although the <a href="" target="_blank">Old Town and Royal Route were reconstructed</a> to resemble pre-war Poland, the rest of the city began to build itself up in the more modern, Social Realism style of the 1950s. The tallest building in Poland, the <a href="" target="_blank">Palace of Culture and Science</a>, was gifted to the city by the Soviet Union during this time: its 757-foot height impossible to ignore, the Stalinist architecture represents an era of socialism and is a reminder of Soviet occupation. Amid this backdrop, visitors to Warsaw will find a thriving restaurant scene, burgeoning art scene, and spectacular parks and recreation areas.</p><p>My ability to navigate the city with ease, coupled with the feeling I was discovering Warsaw on my own terms, continued throughout my trip. Yet, I feel this hidden gem-like quality of Warsaw won’t last forever — eventually, the world is sure to catch on. While I hopped from parks to museums to restaurants, the city stood out to me for its unique ability to appeal to all kinds of travelers, from outdoorsy types to history buffs.</p><p>If you're lucky enough to visit before word gets out, here's what to see and do in this under-the-radar corner of Eastern Europe.</p><img alt="A graffiti on the building of Praga, Warsaw's district on the right side of Vistula river "src=""><h2>For Foodies</h2><p><strong>Soul Kitchen</strong></p><p>With its vibrant atmosphere, live music, and exceptional Polish fare, Soul Kitchen rightly earns its place as <a href="" target="_blank">one of Warsaw’s best restaurants</a>. The dishes — from the steak tartare to the borscht, roasted duck, and raspberry meringue cake — are full of flavor. Some, like the steak tartare, are prepared right at your table. Make sure you bring your appetite, as the portions are large.</p><p><strong>Dom Polski</strong></p><p>If you want to treat yourself to a top-notch meal, book a reservation at <a href="" target="_blank">Dom Polski</a>. The decor, with its linen tablecloths, floral wallpaper, and doilies, is like a grandmother’s living room, creating an at-home feel. Order Polish wine to start, followed by zurek, a sour rye soup. Follow it with a plate of pierogi and roasted duck for a taste of true Polish cuisine.</p><p><strong>Zapiecek</strong></p><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">local pierogi chain</a> draws a bustling crowd of tourists and locals alike. The menu, featuring both boiled and pan-fried dumplings, includes savory and sweet options. While you can order a 9- or 11-piece plate of meat and cabbage pierogi, you can also choose to mix and match your dumplings. You’ll find other fare on the menu as well, like soups, Polish sausages, potato pancakes, and when it’s cold outside, mulled wine with vodka.</p><p><strong>Hala Koszyki</strong></p><img alt="Hala Koszyki is a refurbished traditional market hall in Warsaw, now converted to modern restaurants, delicatessens and other upmarket shops. "src=""><p>If you want to go where the locals go, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Hala Koszyki</a>, a massive food hall in a warehouse. Featuring a mix of bars, food stands, and restaurants, this trendy spot offers a range of cuisines, from curry and sushi to a chocolateria and tea shop. But Hala Koszyki isn’t just a place to grab a bite to eat — it’s a one-stop shop with a bookstore, drug store, and organic food market.</p><p><strong>E. Wedel</strong></p><p>For <a href="" target="_blank">fantastic hot chocolate</a>, look no further than <a href="" target="_blank">E. Wedel</a>. The menu offers up five types of classic chocolates — and if you’re feeling extra indulgent, order your drink with one of seven unique flavors (like raspberries in wine, passion fruit, and caramel with sea salt). Can’t make up your mind? Go for the tasting menu, a hot chocolate “flight” offering a taste of the slightly bitter, milk, and white chocolate drinks.</p><h2>For Nature Lovers</h2><p><strong>Royal Łazienki Park</strong></p><img alt="Boat in Lizienki Park in Warsaw, Poland "src=""><p>The largest park in Warsaw, <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Łazienki</a> is home to lakes, monuments, cafes, pavilions, and palaces — including the park’s focal point, the Palace on the Isle, a bathhouse-turned-summer-residence for the last king of Poland in 1764. Even in December, I spent over an hour in Royal Łazienki Park, draped in snow and scattered with peacocks, its wintry beauty stark and captivating. Summer, however, might be the best time to visit: The park’s Fryderyk Chopin Monument offers <a href="" target="_blank">free Chopin concerts</a>, performed by world-renowned pianists every Sunday from May to September. Don’t forget to pack a picnic.</p><p><strong>Vistula River Bank</strong></p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">left bank of the Vistula</a> is hopping with activity. From the observation terraces, food pavilions, and floating clubs on the Vistula Boulevards to multimedia fountain shows, a 19-mile bike path, and the <a href="" target="_blank">largest science museum in Poland</a>, there’s something for everyone. For incredible city views, head to a river jetty and hop on a breezy cruise down the Vistula. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the left bank, cross the river and unplug at one of the city’s beautiful urban beaches.</p><p><strong>Skaryszewski Park</strong></p><p>Make your way over to Skaryszewski Park when you need to recharge from a busy day or two in the city. Complete with nature trails, waterfalls, a lake, a rose garden, and historic monuments, the park’s gorgeous scenery will have you feeling relaxed in no time.</p><h2>For History Buffs</h2><p><strong>POLIN</strong></p><p>Housed on the location of the former Warsaw Ghetto, <a href="" target="_blank">POLIN</a> gives visitors an intimate and in-depth look at the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, from their immigration to Poland in the 10th century, through the Holocaust all the way to the Postwar years. Poignant and important, POLIN won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2016, and a stop here is vital to understanding Warsaw’s culture.</p><p><strong>Polish Vodka Museum</strong></p><p>Since it opened in June 2018, the <a href="" target="_blank">Polish Vodka Museum</a> has been treating visitors to the exciting history of Poland’s national drink. Through interactive exhibitions inside the former vodka factory, you will learn the origins of Polish drinking culture, vodka’s role in politics, and the ins-and-outs of vodka production. Round out your tour with a trip to the Vodka Academy, where you can taste different types of vodka.</p><h2>For Art Lovers</h2><p><strong>Neon Muzeum</strong></p><p>Quirky, bright, and colorful, the <a href="" target="_blank">Neon Muzeum</a> is not just aesthetic fodder for your Instagram. Featuring neon signs from the 1950’s to 1970’s, the pieces were borne out of an <a href="" target="_blank">official Polish policy</a> to light up the country’s streets in an effort to be more like its Western neighbors. While most of the neons were left to ruin during the post-Cold War era, photographer Ilona Karwinska and graphic designer David S. Hill managed to salvage over 200 signs, forming a collection that gives design geeks a taste of Poland’s neonization movement.</p><p><strong>Soho Factory</strong></p><p>After a trip to the Neon Muzeum, check out the rest of Soho Factory, the post-industrial complex it’s housed in. A cluster of art studios, design shops, and restaurants, the eclectic space also offers up workshops on topics ranging from urban nature to design.</p>
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This Luxury Train to Machu Picchu Winds Through the Peruvian Highlands in Style (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:15
<p>Passing through the lush grounds of <a href="" target="_blank">Tambo del Inka</a> in the Sacred Valley of Peru, my eyes flit as I look for the first glimpse of my ride to <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>: a 1920s-style luxury train by <a href="" target="_blank">PeruRail</a>. As someone who’s inexperienced with train travel – and someone who never received their Hogwarts letter – I’m ecstatic to be traveling to a bucket-list destination in such a posh and Potter way. After walking for about five minutes, I come upon the train tracks, and a sleek blue-and-gold train awaits. As I board, I’m greeted with a citrus and lemongrass Andean iced tea, and I step up onto the train, in awe of its classic beauty.</p><img alt="Machu Picchu "src=""><p>In the dining car, white tablecloths drape tables topped with vases full of flowers, and wine glasses sit ready to be filled. I settle my things in the overhead gold storage racks (wondering if <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter</a> could be up there using his invisibility cloak) and take my tea to the observation bar car, which has windows all around and above for panoramic views. As the train chugs along, I rotate between sitting on a cozy bench with plush pillows and standing against the railing at the very back of the train, where an open-air viewing platform creates the perfect spot for waving back at village children as they yell “<em>hola</em>!” at us, running out their front doors to catch a glimpse of the train.</p><img alt="Peru Rail train "src=""><img alt="Peru Rail train "src=""><p>The views keep me occupied, as we pass mountains and valleys and open fields where farmers lead their oxen along rows and plow. In Pachar, women in vibrant, tradition garb walk alongside the road with their llamas and alpacas, occasionally giving us a wave or a smile. After a brief stop to pick up more passengers in Ollantayambo, lunch is served: a three-course spectacle of <em>panquitas</em> (creamy corn with Paria cheese and <em>huancaína</em> sauce), roasted chicken with Andean herbs, cassava puree, Sacred Valley tubers, and Maras salt; and tres leches cake with cape gooseberry and pisco, all washed down with a glass of Peruvian wine. The spellbinding Andean views continue as we snake along the Urubamba River, full of gurgling water rushing over boulders and mountains all around. Before long we arrive in Aguas Calientes, the base town for our Machu Picchu adventure.</p><p>After a day of trekking around one of the <a href="" target="_blank">new seven wonders of the world</a>, we board PeruRail once more for our journey back to the Sacred Valley. We’re greeted again with iced Andean tea, and directed back to the observation bar car for an onboard pisco sour lesson. After learning about the components for a perfect pisco sour (pisco, fresh lime juice, egg white, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters), a bartender passes around samples for all. Exhausted, I guzzle down my pisco sour and order a chilcano (a Peruvian cocktail with pisco, ginger ale, and lime juice) before heading into the dining car for dinner. Lamps on tables glow throughout the car, making a tranquil ambiance as we drift through the dark night. Dinner is a dream after a long day, complete with local pumpkin cream soup with croutons and fine herbs; beef cheek stew with rustic mashed potatoes, Peruvian chili, and homestyle chimichurri; and baked pineapple with anise, purple corn mousse, cream, and <em>chancaca</em> butterscotch. After more wine, I slip in and out of sleep until we arrive back at Tambo del Inka.</p><img alt="Peru Rail train "src=""><p>Ambling back to my room, I reflect on this spectacular day. I feel a lot like Harry Potter returning to the muggle world: sad that the magic has come to an end, but hopeful for more on my next train adventure.</p><h2>Where to stay</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Tambo del Inka</a> is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu. The hotel sits at a lower altitude than Cusco, making it a great location to get accustomed to the elevation of Machu Picchu. Anchored in the Sacred Valley, the 128-room hotel offers scenic views of the Andes and the Urubamba River from private balconies and terraces, and includes refined dining options featuring organic ingredients from its on-site garden. The hotel offers pisco sour tastings, pizza nights, a therapeutic spa, and a serene heated pool among its activities. Decorated with local designs, the hotel blends culture and modernity and is the first hotel in Peru with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, stemming from its commitment to caring about its environmental impact when building the hotel.</p>
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You Can Feed Adorable Baby Alpacas at This Hotel In Peru

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:02
<p>With approximately 3.5 to 4 million alpacas in South America (95% of them living in the south of Peru), you can be sure to see an abundance of the furry creatures on your next trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>. And <a href="" target="_blank">Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado</a> wants to make sure you get to interact with the country's unofficial national animal in the safest way possible.</p><p>Located in the Sacred Valley, the luxury hotel is home to a few baby alpacas. The best part? You can feed them.</p><p>That's right. Every day at 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Belmond guests can make their way to the gardens in front of El Huerto, the hotel restaurant, and nourish the adorable baby alpacas with herbs, grass, flowers, and lactose-free milk.</p><img alt="Baby alpacas at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado "src=""><p>Born in Willoq, an Andean community 48 miles outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Cusco</a>, the newborn animals are sent to the Belmond to be raised. Alpacas are highly prized for their wool, which is used for textiles such as woven blankets, hats, and sweaters. Since they are naturally skittish, the crias become more comfortable around humans when they are in constant contact with them at the hotel — essential for future shearing. After hosting them for about a year, the Belmond returns the alpacas to their community in exchange for the next generation.</p><p>The feedings are led by Belmond gardeners Goyo and Gandy. During the activity, Goyo and Gandy — who care for the crias — teach the guests about them, including what their names mean in English, what they like to eat, and where they are from.</p><p>If you miss the feedings, don't worry: you haven't missed your chance to hang out with the alpacas. While they are kept in a pen behind the pool, you may find them roaming around the gardens, where you are free to hang out with them.</p><img alt="Baby alpacas at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado "src=""><img alt="Baby alpacas at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado "src=""><p>Haven’t had your fill of alpacas? Try hiking Macchu Picchu via the <a href="">Lares Trail</a>, where you are bound to see plenty of the furry creatures, along with llamas and traditional Inca stone buildings. Or, if an international trip isn’t in the cards this year, you can also book a stay at the <a href="">“alpaca treehouse”</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><i>Room prices at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado vary by travel date. </i></p>
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How to Spend the Perfect Long Weekend in Provincetown

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:23
<p>Decades ago there was a sign at the branch of Routes 6 and 6A leading into Provincetown, MA, the onetime Portuguese fishing village located at the very tip of Cape Cod that read, “Provincetown Either Way.”</p><p>The sign offered direction, but it was also a metaphor for the open-minded attitude of this tiny town (just 17.5 square miles, almost half of it water), which, even today, is a haven for tourists and townies, weekenders and full-timers, gays and straights, singles and couples, families and friends.</p><p>For me, who spent all my childhood summers there and, as an adult, never miss spending a week or two there each year, it is a slice of heaven.</p><p>Growing up, my family rented a three-bedroom apartment known as “Garbage Gables” on the town’s main thoroughfare, Commercial Street, right on the bay. Its big, rickety, waterfront porch creaked and swayed dangerously in the wind. Legend had it that playwright Eugene O’Neill had stayed here, inscribing poetry on the ceiling beams.</p><p>My mom, an early hippie, worked at a leather shop, handcrafting sandals. My brothers and I roamed freely. As soon as we arrived from our Connecticut home, we would hightail it into town to one of several insanely overstocked penny candy shops (some still exist) and load round wicker baskets with sweets. After swimming in the bay all day we would pluck snails and mussels off rocks, dig for clams, and steam them for supper, melted butter running down our chins.</p><p>Today, an official clamming license is a must, and our ramshackle abode has long been converted to chic condos that sell for around a million bucks. But though the town has changed, it still seeps into your soul like magic — the extraordinary light, views, dunes, and colors are inspirational. There’s food that can sate any palate, and plenty to do whether you’re all about the outdoors or a shopping and dining sophisticate.</p><p>One thing has remained constant: Provincetown’s embrace. You’ll want to stay longer, but if you only have three days, here's how to make the most of your time.</p><h2>How to Get to Provincetown</h2><p>You can come by plane, boat, and automobile, the latter great for getting around, though parking is difficult in town. In high season, the one way in and out on Route 6 can be a traffic nightmare. There are regular <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Air</a> flights from Boston Logan and Provincetown Airport but better still, take the 90-minute ferry from Boston run by <a href="" target="_blank">Bay State Cruise Company</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Harbor Cruises</a> at the South Station. There are several sailings each day during the season. Book ahead, because they are b-u-s-y.</p><p>As for packing, keep it simple. It’s not the Hamptons. Provincetown (AKA PTown) daytime wear consists of shorts, bathing suits, sports gear, and flip-flops. Dressing up at night means putting on a pair of jeans and a clean shirt. (The exceptions are the female impersonators — you might run into Cher — who cruise Commercial Street in full drag, promoting various nighttime shows.)</p><h2>Where to Stay in Provincetown</h2><p>Assuming you take the ferry, you’ll be delivered into the town’s center, Macmillan Pier, the dividing line between the city’s East and West Ends. The Pier itself is lined with touristy stops — t-shirts, fudge and taffy makers, ice cream shops, fast food, and more. You’ll immediately get the artsy vibe of the town and an eyeful by making your way on Commercial Street, which is lined with great restaurants, art galleries, indie shops, and antique stores.</p><p>There are VRBOs, hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts galore, many within walking distance of the pier. There are also plentiful taxis and pedi-cabs if you don’t want to schlep.</p><p>Set back off Commercial Street and about a five-minute shuffle from the pier is the lovely <a href="" target="_blank">Pilgrim House</a>, est. 1810, a totally renovated boutique hotel with three floors and 19 rooms. Henry David Thoreau was reportedly a guest. The place is immaculately clean but not frilly, offers a free continental breakfast, and has a restaurant and bar.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Harbor Hotel</a> on the East End is across the street from one of PTown’s most iconic bay views. There’s a pool and a toasty fire pit where guests hobnob and sip drinks from the in-house <a href="" target="_blank">Whaler Lounge &amp; Restaurant</a>. Bonus: It’s extremely family- and pet-friendly, along with being well-priced.</p><p>Much fancier, but still oozing with the authentic flavor of the town is the <a href="" target="_blank">The Red Inn</a>, small but luxurious, built in 1805, last renovated in 2011 and set smack on the bay in the West End, it offers beautifully appointed guest quarters with gorgeous views, fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and wide-plank floors. Reserve early. If you don’t want to splurge, come for a drink and apps at what might be the most convivial bar in town.</p><h2>Day One</h2><p>If it’s already afternoon, and you’re hungry — but not yet for dinner — make your way to <a href="" target="_blank">Mac’s Fish House</a> for happy hour starting at 4 p.m. Slurp down the freshest, briniest oysters until you burst for $1 each. Mac’s also serves the most divine New England clam chowder that happens to be gluten-free.</p><p>You’re recharged, so check out the famous <a href="" target="_blank">Boatslip Tea Dance</a> on the West End for some serious cardio. It’s a wild dance-a-thon that caters the to the LGBTQ+ community (but everyone's welcome!) and runs daily in season from 4-7 p.m. If you don't feel like working up a sweat, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">Far Land On The Beach</a> concession at beautiful Herring Cove Beach where there’s a DJ spinning mellow tunes. Catch sunset, chow down a luscious lobster roll, and wash it down with wine or beer. (On Wednesdays and Sundays there’s live music, too.) Most Friday nights, the National Park Service lights a bonfire to enhance the mood.</p><p>Then it’s back to town, to take an introductory stroll on open late Commercial Street. Artists have flocked here for more than a century and galleries often have openings on Friday nights when gallery hopping is, well, high art. A favorite of mine is <a href="" target="_blank">Kiley Court</a> where artist Robert Cardinal captures the essence of the Cape in oil. Recently, his son Julian has garnered attention for his fashion paintings.</p><p>You’re tuckered out but still a bit hungry and don’t want to fuss? Tuck down an alley near the Pier and grab a takeout order of outrageously delicious, authentic, handmade dumplings at <a href="" target="_blank">Kung Fu Dumplings</a>. Sit, eat, and people watch on a bench at Town Hall.</p><h2>Day Two</h2><p>Rise early and grab an egg sandwich with linguicia, the spicy Portuguese sausage, at the iconic <a href="" target="_blank">Portuguese Bakery</a>. Breads and pastries are fresh and fabulous. Succumb to Malassada (sweet fried dough).</p><p>Right off, you’ve blown your diet, but you can assuage your guilt and cover some ground by renting a bicycle for the day at one of many local bike shops, including <a href="" target="_blank">Provincetown Bike Rentals</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Gale Force Bikes</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Bike Shack</a>.</p><p>It’s fun and easy to ride through town, but sometimes crowds make it tough to maneuver. Consider a just-challenging-enough pedal on the <a href="" target="_blank">Provincelands Bike Trail</a>, a five-plus mile loop that takes you through dunes, pine forests, and cranberry bogs. <a href="" target="_blank">Add a few miles</a> with extensions to <a href="" target="_blank">Herring Cove Beach</a>, Race Point Beach, and Bennett Pond. You can enter and exit at various points.</p><p>With guilt in your rearview mirror, grab lunch at one of two beloved takeouts: <a href="" target="_blank">Pop + Dutch</a>, the sandwich shop and pint-sized specialty grocery store run by two Brooklyn expats known for their lovingly layered sandwiches, or <a href="" target="_blank">Relish bakery &amp; sandwich</a> shop, where the sandwiches are good and the cupcakes draw crowds.</p><p>Attention shoppers: Now’s a good time to check out a slew of quirky-cool stores. Visit <a href="" target="_blank">Yates &amp; Kennedy</a> chockfull of interesting and stylish found objects, original hand-screened t-shirts, beautiful frames, vintage and leather goods, jewelry, and enchanting stuff for the home.</p><p>Also thoroughly enchanting is <a href="" target="_blank">The Captain’s Daughters</a>, an airy, sunlit space which bills itself as a purveyor of “seaside sundries and tea bar” where you’ll find “elevated” souvenirs and accessories, wellness offerings (there’s a plentiful collection of topical CBD creams), and a massive selection of specialty teas (you can also get a cup at the café here).</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">John Derian</a> shop is set in an old sea captain’s house, just a hop off Commercial on Law Street. You’ll discover a trove of artist Derian’s famously graphic decoupage pieces, along with plenty of other home goods. There’s <a href="" target="_blank">Loveland</a>, a fabulous and slightly kitschy shop featuring the works of local artists and craftspeople. It’s brimming with delightfully odd knick-knacks, home goods, and gifts.</p><p>Finally, a must stop is <a href="" target="_blank">Marine Specialties</a>, where the inventory is positively cuckoo, ranging from coffee mugs to military and faux-military outfits. We’ve even spotted a gas mask here.</p><p>Not a shopper? Sign up for the Herring Cove Tidal Lake kayak tour at <a href="" target="_blank">Provincetown Aquasports</a>. Plan this a day ahead. You can “ride the tide” in and out of peaceful tidal “rivers” during this two-hour guided tour. It doesn’t require experience and launches at The Moors at the end of Route 6.</p><p>Make a reservation in advance for <a href="" target="_blank">The Mews Restaurant and Café</a>. It’s one of the few upscale restaurants that is open year-round. Try to reserve a table by the window. With a gorgeous view of the bay and little tea lights sparkling overhead, it’s romantic, without feeling like Valentine’s Day. The food is mostly American with a touch of the exotic and ranges from juicy Angus burgers and big steaks to Indian-inspired lobster Vindaloo. Do consider a specialty martini… there are more than 300 vodkas on the menu.</p><p>If you’re with a group check out <a href="" target="_blank">Spindler’s</a>, where there are delicious “crafted” cocktails and wooden serving boards laden with everything from smoked and cured fish to charcuterie and cheese. These are crowd pleasers. (Note to bread lovers: try Spindler’s homemade “charred” bread with honeyed butter. It’s worth it.) Flip side, if you’re looking for a serene dining scene in an uber-charming setting consider <a href="" target="_blank">Mistralino</a> on Bradford. Under newish ownership they turn out perfectly prepared Italian classics such as chicken parmesan or more sophisticated dishes such as spring pea agnolotti.</p><p>Sated, go to a show. Get ready to bust a gut at Dina Martina, the wildly popular, profoundly irreverent drag goddess who spends the summer in PTown performing at the <a href="" target="_blank">Crown &amp; Anchor</a>. There are loads of other shows as well. Check out the schedule at the <a href="" target="_blank">Art House</a> for acts ranging from musical to comedy, along with visits by Debra Messing and Kathy Najimy this summer. In the mood for a spirited sing-a-long? On Friday and Saturday gather ‘round Bobby <a href="" target="_blank">Wetherbee’s</a> piano at the Dive Bar at the Crown and Anchor and belt out popular tunes. Wetherbee has been gigging there for 50 years and is a legend.</p><h2>Day Three</h2><p>Admit it, you’re zonked. Maybe a little hungover. Play through the pain. Have a big breakfast/brunch at <a href="" target="_blank">Chach</a> where the diner-like exterior belies the luscious menu including homemade muffins, overstuffed breakfast burritos, and all kinds of yummy Benedicts. Another great choice is the homey <a href="" target="_blank">Liz’s Café, Anybody’s Bar</a> where you must try the flippers (a Portuguese favorite): fried dough, Vermont syrup, sweet butter, and powdered sugar. Soak up sins of the night before with the homemade corned beef hash or maybe it’s the hair of the dog that bit you. Try a great Bloody Mary here.</p><p>After a big breakfast, it’s probably a good time to climb the <a href="" target="_blank">Pilgrim Monument</a>, a 252-foot tower in the center of town with 116 steps. It was built in 1907 to commemorate the 1692 arrival of the Mayflower here, the Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown. The breathtaking view at the top encompasses most of the town.</p><p>If you really want to pack it in a memorable finale to your visit, consider a whale watch at <a href="" target="_blank">Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch</a> (lucky passengers on these three-to-four-hour trips will see a variety of whale species, including a Humpback that is sometimes spotted with a newborn calf). Alternatively, you can get a gander at seals, whose population is growing, on the <a href="" target="_blank">Provincetown Seal Tours</a>. This outfit runs 45-minute tours six times a day.</p><p>You’ll feel like you’re on another planet on a guided tour of the Provincetown dunes, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. An accurate use of the word <em>awesome, </em>some of the dunes are 100-feet tall. You can get a glimpse of the legendary dune shacks, where artists and writers still go for solitude and inspiration, and where the likes of Jack Kerouac and Tennessee Williams have labored. Five times a day, <a href="" target="_blank">Art’s Dune Tours</a> takes visitors out for one-hour tours.</p><p>And, ahoy, Mateys, if you happen to have a thing for pirates, check out the <a href="" target="_blank">Expedition Whydah Pirate Museum</a> on your way out of MacMillan Pier. There, you’ll find artifacts and treasures recovered from the only authenticated pirate ship wrecked in the area — this one in 1717 off Wellfleet, two towns from PTown.</p><p>Don’t leave before grabbing a kale soup at the <a href="" target="_blank">Lobster Pot</a> restaurant at the Pier. The hearty meal in a bowl was a staple for Portuguese fishermen and is popular today. It’s loaded with linguica, kidney beans, potatoes, onion, and of course kale. (My mom made a great one.)</p><p>First-timers to Provincetown should consult the always helpful <a href="" target="_blank">Provincetown Chamber of Commerce</a> posting a calendar of events including festivals, parties, and theme weeks, and offering help with last-minute lodging suggestions for spur-of-the-moment visitors.</p><p><em>For more long-weekend itineraries in America's best vacation destinations, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>
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Tourist Caught on Video Attempting to Approach Old Faithful Moments Before It Erupted at Yellowstone National Park

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:17
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Old Faithful</a>, located in <a href="" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a>, is one seriously powerful geyser. During one of its <a href="" target="_blank">regular eruptions</a>, the geyser spews some 3,700 gallons of water up to 184 feet in the air. During that event, the water comes out at about 204 degrees Fahrenheit with steam temperatures up to 350 degrees. So yes, it’s dangerous. But that fact didn’t stop one ill-informed tourist from attempting to stand next to Old Faithful as it erupted.</p><p>On Saturday, a horrified onlooker shot and shared a video of a male tourist approaching the geyser just as it was expected to blow.</p><p>“Shameful behavior at Yellowstone this morning,” park attendee Devin Bartolotta tweeted. “While hundreds of people waited for Old Faithful to go off, some guy shamelessly walked within feet of the geyser to take a picture, then flipped off the boo-ing crowd. Park staff has his photo and followed him until rangers arrived.”</p><p>According to Bartolla, who spoke to a local <a href="" target="_blank">NBC affiliate</a>, the man got within 20 to 30 feet of the geyser before he stopped, pulled out his cell phone, and took a picture.</p><p>"That's when everyone realized that he was not a ranger. The whole crowd started booing,” she explained. “He was well within the danger zone of this being a potential life threatening situation because it could have gone off at anytime. If that had started to gurgle and spit a little bit before he walked up there. So it really could have been a really bad situation if he had been a second or two in the wrong time."</p><p>No word on what happened to the man after park rangers followed him out, but as Fox noted, the man is just lucky to be alive.</p><p>“Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">NPS</a>’s online warning. “Keep your children close and don’t let them run.”</p>
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25 People Have Now Died From Tainted Alcohol in Costa Rica

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:56
<p>Costa Rica is facing a serious tourism crisis.</p><p>According to a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> by the country’s Ministry of Health, 59 people have been hospitalized and 25 of those victims have died of <a href="" target="_blank">tainted alcohol poisoning</a> since early June.</p><p>As the statement noted, the victims included 19 men and six women between the ages of 32 and 72. Seven of the deaths occurred in San José, one in Alajuela, two in Heredia, five in Cartago, three in Guanacaste, one in Puntarenas, four in Limón, and two are still under investigation.</p><p>To date, the Ministry of Health noted, it has closed down 10 different establishments for serving the tainted alcohol. It has confiscated some 55,000 containers of alcohol it found to be laced with methanol.</p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em> noted, methanol is a colorless and poisonous alcohol found in antifreeze. It reported, sellers often add it to alcohol to add volume to the bottle. The paper also pointed out, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the symptoms of methanol poisoning include drowsiness, confusion, headache, dizziness, and the inability to coordinate muscle movement, nausea, vomiting, mania, coma, seizure as well as heart and respiratory failure.</p><p>According to <em>USA Today</em>, tainted brands included and could still include Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Aguardiente Estrella, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Molotov Aguardiente.</p><p>In July, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement that <a href="" target="_blank">none of the victims</a> were American. However, it recommended “all persons avoid consuming alcohol from these brands. The Government of Costa Rica is investigating the situation and the Embassy remains in contact [with] Costa Rica authorities regarding the ongoing investigation.”</p><p>A similar event is also taking place in the Dominican Republic. Over the summer, several American tourists died of unknown causes, however, their deaths are <a href="" target="_blank">still under investigation</a>.</p><p>But, what is important to note amongst these stories is the fact that nowhere does the State Department say to not travel to Costa Rica or the Dominican. <a href="" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> is still listed as a level one travel warning, while the <a href="" target="_blank">Dominican</a> comes with a level two warning to exercise increased caution due to crime. In both places — or any destination for that matter — it’s key to stay aware of your surroundings. If you experience any sudden symptoms of poisoning or are feeling ill contact emergency services immediately.</p>
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Slammed for Flying Private

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:21
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are certainly making the most of their time off from royal duties this summer. The couple, who welcomed their first son Archie in May, have reportedly made their way to <a href="" target="_blank">Scotland</a> to spend a bit of time with the Queen, to <a href="" target="_blank">Ibiza</a> for a little time in the sun, and to France for a quick visit with Elton John. Though nobody is mad at the pair for taking a much-deserved break, people are apparently a little upset at the couple’s chosen mode of transportation.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a>, the couple was spotted leaving the South of France on Sunday as they boarded their fourth private jet in 11 days. Harry, Meghan, and Archie were photographed boarding a private Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign jet, likely on their way home. The pair also arrived in France via a 12-seater Cessna aircraft.</p><p>Prior to this trip, the couple also flew private for their round-trip journey to Ibiza where they also stayed at <a href="" target="_blank">Vista Alegre Ibiza</a>, a gated community nicknamed "billionaire's playground." Homes there,<em> </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>InStyle</em></a> reported, can rent for up to $145,000 a week.</p><p>This penchant for flying private is rubbing fans of the couple the wrong way considering just how often they lecture on the importance of being kind to the environment.</p><p>“Whether you think recent criticism of Harry and Meghan is fair or not it's worrying to me that they don't seem to care and aren't about to change their behavior,” royal watcher Phil Dampier told the<em> Daily Mail</em>. “They must have known that taking private jets four times in quick succession would leave them open to charges of hypocrisy but they just went ahead and did it anyway.”</p><p>Dampier noted, other royals have flown private in the past as well, but aren’t as vocal about the damages to the environment as Harry and Meghan.</p><p>“It is simply that people don't like to be lectured on climate change by those who don't follow their own advice,” he said.</p><p>Dampier isn’t the only one calling out the royal pair either.</p><p>According to <em>The Daily Mail</em>, Labour MP Teresa Pearce said of the couple, “given the position they have taken publicly about being responsible on climate change, this does seem an anomaly which they should look at.” She added, “I find this quite surprising because it doesn't fit with their public image and the way they're so concerned about the planet and the environment.”</p><p>And former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe, who protected Princess Diana as well as her boys as children, said there was absolutely no security reason why the pair would have to fly private.</p><p>“During my time at the palace most of the flights we took were commercial on British Airways, the national carrier,” Wharfe told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a>. “BA were always very helpful with VIP departures and keeping the flights out of the press. I never had a problem with Diana, William and Harry on the numerous holidays we took to the Caribbean. We always flew commercial; in fact I don’t remember flying private. It’s no guarantee that the security is any better. You’re better off with BA security because they’re used to working with VIPs.”</p><p>For the record, <em>The Daily Mail</em> noted, the couple’s private plane journey to and from France had an estimated carbon footprint of three tons. The pair could have instead chosen to take one of the dozen or so commercial flights to the area instead for a much more environmentally-friendly trip. According to <a href="" target="_blank">My Climate</a>, the family could have flown roundtrip business class and had an output of just 1.1 tons of carbon.</p><p>Long story short, people apparently want Meghan and Harry — who specifically said they’d only have two children for the <a href="" target="_blank">sake of the environment</a> — to not only use their platform to share important information about living a sustainable life, but want them living by example too.</p>
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Two Heroic Carnival Employees Saved a Wheelchair-bound Cruise Passenger After She Fell Off a Dock

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 07:30
<p>Acts of heroism can happen in the most unexpected places, including a <a href="" target="_blank">cruise ship</a>.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Newsweek</a></em>, two men on the <a href="" target="_blank">Carnival <em>Fascination</em></a> cruise ship rescued a girl in a wheelchair after she fell into the water where the ship was docked. The ship was docked at the West Indian Company dock in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, as part of a seven-day Caribbean voyage to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and Barbados.</p><p>The two men, Kashief “Kuntry” Hamilton and Randolph Donovan, were working on the boat when the incident happened, according to <a href="" target="_blank">NBC News</a>. Hamilton is a DJ who was playing music on the dock at the time, according to <em>Newsweek</em>. Donovan is a stilt dancer, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">New York Post</a></em>. The unnamed girl was a passenger aboard the ship, along with her family.</p><p>Donovan posted a video of the heroic rescue on his Facebook page, writing, “I couldn’t think I just had to move [real] quick.” According to <em>Newsweek</em>, Donovan jumped into the water as soon as he saw the girl, and put a safety ring around her. Donovan said on Facebook that the weight of both the girl and the wheelchair nearly made his rescue a close call.</p><p>“I was in a tight situation I keep screaming saying I cannot hold on no more,” wrote Donovan. According to NBC News, he had to detach the girl from her wheelchair in the water.</p><p>At that point, Hamilton jumped in to assist, fastening a rope around them both so they could be lifted out of the water, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Virgin Island Consortium</a></em>.</p><p>“Thank God we all are safe and sound. The love that is coming is tremendous and I want to say thank you to each and everyone. [In a] situation like this, all you can do is act and hope for the best,” Hamilton wrote on Facebook.</p><p>Hamilton told NBC News that Donovan “went from trying to rescue her and now he's trying to survive. I can't lose my friend, so I jumped in.”</p><p>Donovan and Hamilton’s heroic feat was also celebrated by U.S. Virgin Islands Senator, Kurt Vialet. Senator Vialet wrote in his own Facebook post, according to <em>Newsweek</em>, “Job well done and thank you for your willingness to assist with this duty today! I know that young lady's family is forever grateful and we as a people are proud of you! Again, thank you heroes!”</p><p>A spokesperson for Carnival told NBC News that the girl did not sustain any injuries from the fall and was given a complimentary wheelchair for the remainder of the trip. “Our most sincere thanks and appreciation to these individuals for their heroic efforts in assisting this guest,” the company told NBC News in a statement.</p>
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There's an Ultra-luxurious Side to Disney World That's Been Hiding in Plain Sight

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:00
<p>Most Disney World vacations are marked by Mickey Waffles, princess hugs and colorful parades, but not for long. With molecular gastronomy dinners deep within hotel wine cellars and members-only access to Magic Kingdom’s secretive club, Walt Disney World is rapidly becoming a destination for the kinds of high-end, cuisine-focused vacations you’d often think to take elsewhere. From touring Cinderella Castle to renting a yacht for evening fireworks, all your lofty Disney dreams can come true — if you have the means.</p><p>What exactly is Disney luxury? <a href="" target="_blank">Top-tier properties</a>, chef’s table meals and elegant experiences, but in reality, it’s cutting a swath of ease across the entire complication of visiting here. Most Walt Disney World vacations require stealthy planning around 180-day booking windows and Fastpass+ reservations and early morning rope-drops, but things are different for guests who’ve decided to make a luxurious go of it. Upgrade your vacation and Disney World becomes a place where cold water bottles magically appear, ponchos are on-hand and your Magic Band whisks you up to a private concierge lounge just beyond your hotel room door. Slide into the backseat of a perfectly air-conditioned SUV and hop out as you’re offered a choice of snacks, waltzing inside <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Hollywood Studios</a> without hesitation for instantaneous fun, having utilized exclusive Disney roadways to travel between parks more quickly.</p><img alt="Live like Royalty at Disney "src=""><p>And for the crème de la crème guest for whom unfettered access to the Happiest Place On Earth is old hat, Disney has begun offering, well, whatever they’d like. A one-night-only celebration themed to their favorite Epcot attraction? No problem. A private in-park club for <a href="" target="_blank">watching Magic Kingdom fireworks</a> or chomping on truffle popcorn? All set. They’ve even found the cure for that “never want to leave” feeling at the end of any Disney vacation: not having to. Golden Oak offers <a href="" target="_blank">magnificent custom homes</a> in the vicinity of the Magic Kingdom — with select private residences built in tandem with the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort</a>, a luxury hotel with incomparable pools.</p><p>From private residences and personal celebrations to princess weddings, it all falls within Disney’s <a href="" target="_blank">Crown Collection</a>, a gathering of experiences ranging from manageable — treatments at Senses Spa, club-level rooms at Disney hotels — to out of this world, putting Walt Disney World on the map as a place luxury vacations can and, in fact, do happen.</p><p>The most quintessential form of cushy Disney travel comes from hiring one of Walt Disney World’s renowned <a href="" target="_blank">VIP Tour Guides</a>. Often spotted touring small groups throughout the parks in signature red-and-green tartan, they’re perhaps best known for providing unlimited access through FastPass queues — regular guests are limited to three-or-so per day — but that’s not all. Hire a private guide and you’ll never see the bus waiting zone, automatically secure perfect parade seating and hear every insider-y factoid about the parks while zooming from ride to ride. (I write about Disney parks for a living and <em>still</em> learned a half-dozen new details about Haunted Mansion.)</p><p>Services start at $3,000 per day — gratuity and admission not included — and most who hire a guide for the day or week would attest it’s worth every penny. Making a complicated place to visit nothing short of seamless isn’t the division’s only specialty. Our guide Julia was but one of Disney’s high-caliber professionals familiar with embedding themselves within a stranger’s kooky family. Having someone there with a joke to lighten the mood or a trick to “fix the situation” — from a shortcut to reach Avatar: Flight of Passage more quickly or a hand-delivered coffee during evening fireworks once you start to fade — alleviates any worry.</p><img alt="Live like Royalty at Disney "src=""><p>All guests booking a VIP Tour, <a href="" target="_blank">club-level room or suite</a> at one of Disney’s eight Deluxe resort hotels are given access to <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Signature Services</a>, an elite-level planning resource worth leaning into. But for those seeking to elevate their relationship with the mouse house to an entirely new level, Disney World offers higher-tier touches that require Scrooge McDuck-style disposable income.</p><p>Most guests don’t even know about the Art Deco lounge hidden above Epcot’s American Adventure or the Adventureland hideaway where a choice few can enjoying Beluga caviar just steps beyond a Dole Whip stand. Behind gilded MagicBand scanners exists Walt Disney World’s private Club 33, a concept spun off from Disneyland’s aged members-only hideaway offering refined dining and the only bar at Disney’s original theme parks. (The two operate independently.)</p><p>A high-end retreat hidden in plain sight with the refinement and service of the world’s best hotels, Club 33’s trio of ornately detailed escapes are the perfect thing for well-heeled visitors with a soft spot for Mickey Mouse. Beyond its thematic ode to Walt Disney’s worldwide travels and an inspired small plates menus, the dedicated staff has also been known to arrange once-in-a-lifetime experiences for members upon request — a perk for which the sky’s the limit. Only the well-to-do need apply; initiation is <a href="" target="_blank">rumored to cost around $30,000</a>, with dues totaling $15,000 per year.</p><p>And then there’s Golden Oak, where lucky enthusiasts can live like Disney insiders year-round. Free transportation to the parks, ticket packages and access to Extra Magic Hours comes standard with the custom-designed mini-mansions, which start at $2 million. (You’ll never find them listed on AirBnb for a night or two, either — nearly all of the 300-or-so homes have been sold to residents who live year-round or visit frequently.) Buying here makes a quick trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Space Mountain</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Epcot festivals</a> a breeze, if homeowners aren’t instead relaxing by their private pools flanked by a woodsy nature preserve or dining at Markham’s, the resident-exclusive restaurant featuring film props curated by Walt Disney Archives and an on-site garden in partnership with Epcot’s The Land.</p><p>Non-residents can get a peek inside Markham’s twelve times each year during <a href="" target="_blank">Delicious Disney</a>, a monthly dinner series in partnership with Walt Disney World’s best chefs that’s themed to a rotating facet of Disney lore. Our utterly delightful <em>Ratatouille</em>-themed dinner began with amuse-bouche under a smoky glass dome (reminiscent of the film’s opening shotgun-wielding scene) and ended with a chocolate-sculpted Remy emerging from beneath a chef’s hat. An added surprise: each was packaged up and given to guests as a keepsake.</p><img alt="Live like Royalty at Disney "src=""><p>Delicious Disney remains a bit of a secret, but at $349 per person, it’s a taste of grandeur that can feasibly be added onto a vacation — just one of many “enchanted extras”, as Disney calls it. Fine dining, like the award-winning Victoria &amp; Alberts or chef’s table meals at top-rated eateries like Citricos and California Grill, elevate a celebratory Orlando vacation to something special. You can also feel the breeze through your hair on a $350-per-hour chartered Grand 1 Yacht, which sails past the Magic Kingdom and its surrounding hotels. With an <a href="" target="_blank">18-passenger capacity,</a> it’s the ultimate evening event on a group trip.</p><p>You can eat Mickey ice cream bars for lunch before a <em>Frozen </em>sing along on your next trip to Orlando, dine on award-winning cuisine after meeting Elsa &amp; Anna without waiting, or do a little bit of both. And if that isn’t magic, nothing is.</p>
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This Glass-enclosed Restaurant Hangs 130 Feet Above Athens — and Has Spectacular Views of the Acropolis

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:00
<p>The term “elevated dining” may be overused in the culinary world, but this <a href="" target="_blank">Athens restaurant</a> takes that concept literally. Each night 22 lucky guests are lifted 130 feet in the air to enjoy a six-course meal on a suspended table above the city of Athens.</p><p>At the <a href="" target="_blank">Dinner in the Sky Athens</a> in Athens, Greece, diners are transported up and above the historic city in a floating restaurant concept that delivers 360-degree, <a href="" target="_blank">unobstructed views</a>. The platform hangs in the air while <a href="" target="_blank">guests enjoy</a> an authentic Greek meal paired with Greek wines. Each guest is buckled into a reclining and rotating seat that provides safety and security without obstructing the view.</p><p>And the views are impossible to beat, with one guest calling it “Athens’ most talked-about dining experience.”</p><p>The floating concept provides unparalleled views of the city and Acropolis, while diners nosh on things like sauteed shrimp over a quinoa salad, soup made with ginger and bee pollen, and slow-cooked beef tenderloin. The one-of-a-kind culinary experience promises to accommodate dietary requests, while providing tasty, authentically Greek flavors.</p><p>Dinner in the Sky Athens offers two nightly seatings — 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. — and rates start at $150 per person. Seats fill up fast, so <a href="" target="_blank">book early</a>.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Dinner in the Sky</a> concept was started in Belgium and is offered in over 45 countries around the world.</p>
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This Unique Travel Pillow Makes It Possible to Fall Asleep Anywhere

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 10:30
<p>Traditional <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillows that wrap around your neck</a> have never quite jived with my sleeping positions. I can sleep sitting straight up, but something about the structure of most neck pillows fails to match up with where my chin needs to be supported or where my head could comfortably tilt onto a resting surface. And, like many travelers, I like to sleep against some sort of support: a bus window, an airplane tray table — maybe even on the seat back right in front of me. Of course, the problem here is a lack of softness. </p><p>Many a time, I’ve been woken as my head slams into hard plastic during a bout of turbulence or I’ve been unable to successfully doze off in the first place as my head vibrates against an unforgiving train window. The thing is, I’m a good sleeper — so much so, I’ve had doctors suggest I may be narcoleptic — so I can’t imagine how you average and finicky sleepers get by on red-eye flights and overnight journeys without the proper assistance. For me, I’ve found drowsy salvation in an over-the-arm style of travel pillow I rarely spot fellow travelers toting: the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tloverthearmtravelpillowcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=ef85a5bf0383bb18dca2545d4eadd6b2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Ostrich Pillow Mini for Airplane Head Support</a>. I have absolutely no idea why everyone isn’t using this style of pillow because finding one has been a huge value add to my in-transit lifestyle.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tloverthearmtravelpillowcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=ef85a5bf0383bb18dca2545d4eadd6b2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $35</p><p>You see, unlike most neck pillows or similar on-the-go sleep aides, this pillow doesn’t require you to rest in any particular or stationary way. The wearable <a href="" target="_blank">Ostrich accessory</a> fits securely over your hand or arm, opening up the sleep posture possibilities and ensuring you don’t wake up with your pillow on the floor and your head who knows where. Sometimes, I even wake up from a nap to discover I’ve shifted in my sleep but brought my little arm pillow with me to support my head in its new spot.</p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Super Comfy Travel Dress Comes in 27 Colors and Prints — and Costs $24</a> </p><p>I’ll admit, the pillow may look like an oven mitt or boxing glove, but that’s a lot more normal than the designs of some other travel accessories with complicated ties and bulky shapes. And, I’d put up with any aesthetic compromises for a pillow that’s super portable, fits flexible sleep styles (even as you move around mid-snooze), and provides plush conditions no matter where you rest your head. Just thinking about how cozy I am curled up with <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tloverthearmtravelpillowcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=ef85a5bf0383bb18dca2545d4eadd6b2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">my Ostrich Mini</a> is enough to make me drift off at my desk...</p>
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5 Wine Bars Worth Traveling For, According to a Sommelier

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 13:01
<p>“Wine vacations” have been popular for years, and for good reason. If there's one thing that <em>Travel + Leisure</em> editors agree on, it's that wining and dining like a local is one of the easiest ways to deepen your travel experience.</p><p>“What I love about traveling for wine is getting to experience something that is so deeply connected to a place,” senior editor Lila Battis told me. “You get a full sensory experience of a thing that could only exist in this specific part of the world at this specific moment in time.”</p><p>For senior editor Sarah Bruning, wine provided a way to understand her honeymoon destination from a new angle. “After deciding on South Africa, one of the big reasons we wanted to do a wine tour in Franschhoek was the opportunity to see some funky stuff we couldn't get anywhere else,” she said. “There are small producers that specialize in a particular style — Pinotage, for example, which isn't used much in other countries. It's an interesting lens for experiencing the region and their traditions.”</p><p>Visiting growing regions and touring vineyards can make for an excellent trip — but what better way to experience the metaphorical <em>terroir</em> of a place than grabbing a glass where the locals go? Whether it's an old-school enoteca, a winery tasting room, or a teeny-tiny restaurant with a cult-favorite wine list, going where residents actually enjoy wine together can provide context for how people eat, drink, and be merry in their corner of the world.</p><p>For recommendations on the best places to drink wine around the world, we turned to Caleb Ganzer, wine director at <a href="" target="_blank">La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels</a> in New York City. The <a href="" target="_blank">2017 <em>Food &amp; Wine </em>Sommelier of the Year</a> makes it his job to know about the latest, greatest wine regions and producers — traveling frequently, hosting pop-ups, and curating a Francophile wine list that still reaches from Mexico to Bulgaria to Brazil to the Canary Islands.</p><p>In between, he also has time to scope out the work of fellow somms. We asked him where to find the wine vibes worth traveling for.</p><h2>Hellbound — Adelaide, South Australia</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>“Sydney and Melbourne get most of the press in Oz,” said Ganzer, “but it's worth visiting Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, the state that produces the bulk of the wines down under.” He recommends sampling the goods at <a href="" target="_blank">Hellbound</a>, a year-old subterranean space on Rundle Street. Ganzer notes that owner Mark Reginato “gets first dibs on some 'unicorn' bottles” thanks to his importing connections and distribution businesses; together with winemaker Louis Schofield, he curates a wine list that includes “local gems as well as European classics.”</p><h2>Bufalina — Austin, Texas</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>While this spot is beloved by locals for its seasonal Neapolitan pizzas, Ganzer points out that it was also “one of the early trailblazers in Austin for high-quality, natural-leaning wines.” <a href="" target="_blank">Bufalina</a> has possibly the most interesting wine list of any pizza place in the country — owner <a href="" target="_blank">Steven Dilley</a> was also a 2017 <a href="" target="_blank">F&amp;W Sommelier of the Year</a> — and, according to Ganzer, “a friendly and knowledgeable staff.” His recommendations for pizza pairings: “Start with a bottle of Champagne, finish with Beaujolais.”</p><h2>Absinthe Brasserie &amp; Bar — San Francisco</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>Ganzer loves <a href="" target="_blank">Absinthe</a> in Hayes Valley for its “killer French-slash-New-Olreans neighborhood bistro vibes.” A menu of bistro classics (croques monsieur, French onion soup, steak tartare) and salty snacks (soft pretzels, bloody Mary oyster shooters) provides a solid canvas for sommelier Gretchen Buck's extensive wine list. You may be tempted by the dozen or so absinthe cocktails or the many Champagnes available by the half-bottle, but Ganzer says to “take a deep dive into Burgundy. The ages of these bottles go way back, and the prices appear to be stuck in time.”</p><h2>Ganbara — San Sebastián, Spain</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>“Not only is <a href="" target="_blank">Ganbara</a> probably the best pintxo spot in the area,” said Ganzer, “but they also have a fondness for Champagne, Jura, and Burgundy on their small (but curated) off-menu bottle list.” Owner José Ignacio Martínez — “who can usually be found in the kitchen, tucking slices of jamón ibérico into mini-croissants before popping them into the oven” — is a wine lover, stocking a wide variety from Rioja, Priorat, and Ribera del Duero, as well as France and beyond. “He's always happy to share a glass, and the imported gems on the menu pair surprisingly well with his local fare.”</p><h2>MAST — Vienna</h2><img alt="Best Wine Bars Around the World "src=""><p>Ganzer loves this wine bar, a project by “a couple of former fancy somms,” Matthias Pitra and Steve Breitzke. Their pedigree shows through at <a href="" target="_blank">MAST</a> — says Ganzer, this <em>weinbistro</em> has an “incredibly deep and geeky wine list, plus the best stems in a land of great glassware.” (He's a fan of <a href="" target="_blank">Mark/Thomas</a>.) Small plates from chef Martin Schmid (black pudding, chanterelle pasta, Bergkäse with potatoes and chives) pair perfectly with “classic and modern Austrian wines, plus huge collection of Jura and other curiosities.”</p>
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This Is the Lightweight Sunscreen T+L Readers Can't Get Enough Of

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:30
<p><a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=eca694bb755bd5b59dd21d64a3dd4a70&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Supergoop!</a> is the seemingly omnipresent sunscreen brand that manages to be a favorite at stores beloved by both beauty buffs, like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>, and drugstore loyalists. It’s a rare brand able to straddle the line of functional necessity and luxury skincare with its effective, fast-absorbing, clean formulas that keep our skin and environment safe.</p><p>Since 2007, the SPF purveyor has been steadily releasing a stream of innovative sun blocks, from <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=0617ae08c5edbca73c698b34c5b344d0&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">mousse</a> and <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=5e93a20999dc29541d8f055d2d05f11e&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">oil formulas</a> to <a href="">shine-reducing powders</a> and <a href="">pore-blurring primers</a>. Many of these formulas are multi-functional, not only protecting you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also nourishing skin with moisturizing and skin-brightening ingredients. </p><p>At Travel+Leisure, we strive to encourage conscientious sun protection, both every day and while traveling, to maintain healthy and happy skin. In the many times we’ve written about sunscreen, like <a href="" target="_blank">the best choices for your face</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">top reef-safe brands</a>, the best-selling sunscreen on Amazon right now is the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=ac711206a796e583352f28cbdf610213&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 Sunscreen For Face and Body</a>.</p><img alt="Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=ac711206a796e583352f28cbdf610213&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $19</p><p>Reviewers love how un-greasy and residue-free this sunscreen is and how well it works, especially on sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin. On Sephora, the SPF 50 lotion has <a href="">racked up an impressive 40,000 “loves” </a>from Beauty Insiders, and reviewers note effective and blendable the product is across the range of light to dark skin tones.</p><p>While this lightweight, water-resistant everyday sunscreen is made with many natural extracts, Supergoop! recommends opting for one of the brand’s 100 percent mineral formulas if you’re planning on swimming in the coral reefs: 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist (<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsupergoopsunscreentlreadersbuymostcfisher0819-20&amp;linkId=8541a502d23f0ad44243c1ecd54afa41&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $34), Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $42), Play 100% Mineral Lotion (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $36), and Sunnyscreen for babies and toddlers (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24).</p><p>As my mom’s famous catchphrase goes, “The sun is not your friend,” so make sure you’re wearing SPF every single day to maintain the most youthful, healthy complexion possible — even <a href="" target="_blank">when you’re on an airplane</a>.</p>
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São Paulo's Main Financial Street Is Becoming an Unlikely Artistic Center

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">São Paulo, Brazil’s financial and industrial hub</a>, is finding its artistic stride.</p><p>For evidence, look no further than Avenida Paulista — the city’s main thoroughfare, home to the likes of Citibank and Banco Safra, where world-class museums have sprung up among the corporate headquarters.</p><img alt="IMS Avenida Sao Paulo "src=""><p>Start your cultural tour at <a href="" target="_blank">IMS Paulista</a>, a new branch of the major Brazilian cultural organization <a href="" target="_blank">Instituto Moreira Salles</a>. Recent exhibitions at the strikingly modern museum have included a retrospective on the Brazilian photographer Marc Ferrez and a visual tribute to the city of São Paulo, told through black-and-white shots by homegrown artists like Militão Augusto de Azevedo and Alice Brill.</p><p>A short walk away is the Kengo Kuma-designed flagship of <a href="" target="_blank">Japan House</a>, which has an intricate, jigsaw-like façade made from hundred-year-old hinoki trees. Dedicated to exploring Brazil’s rich Japanese history — the country is home to 1.8 million of Japanese heritage, the largest community outside <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a> — the museum features two exhibition spaces and a library, as well as a fusion restaurant helmed by acclaimed Paulisto chef Jun Sakamoto.</p><p>And last year saw the opening of <a href="" target="_blank">SESC Avenida Paulista</a>, an initiative by Brazil’s Social Service of Commerce to promote cultural education within the country. Occupying some 17 floors, the multi-use space hosts art exhibitions, concerts, plays, and more.</p><p>Business hotels are the main lodging on Avenida Paulista, but some of the city’s best properties are just a short walk away in other parts of the Jardins district. The 50-room <a href="" target="_blank">Fasano São Paulo</a>, a flagship of Brazil’s premier family-owned hotel brand, occupies a 1940s-style building on Rua Vittorio Fasano. In addition to polished teak and plush leather interiors, it also houses Restaurante Fasano, a bastion of fine Italian cuisine in the city since 1982.</p><img alt="Brazil - Sao Paulo - Skyline from Hotel Unique "src=""><p>Nearby, on Rua Oscar Freire, you’ll find the glassy, light-filled <a href="" target="_blank">Emiliano</a>, perfectly situated for visiting the neighborhood’s best galleries. And the art-filled <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Unique</a>, closer to the Parque Ibirapuera is impossible to miss — the boat-shaped, chrome-and-glass building lives up to its name.</p>
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Some of New York State’s Best Restaurants, Historic Sites, and Cultural Institutions Are Just a Short Trip From the City

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 12:01
<p>Westchester County is often overlooked by travelers to New York — but this region north of the city has long been a cultural mecca, the stomping grounds of Washington Irving, Aaron Copland, and now, Dan Barber.</p><p>Once you’ve had your fill at <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Hill at Stone Barns</a>, in the small hamlet of Pocantico Hills, head into Tarrytown, one of the most scenic river towns on this part of the Hudson. Fuel up at creative hub <a href="" target="_blank">Coffee Labs Roasters</a>, at the top of Main Street, and search the community bulletin board for local arts happenings. Then, wander down the hill to check the schedule at <a href="" target="_blank">Tarrytown Music Hall</a>, a recently refurbished 1885 theatre. You can grab an early lunch at specialty food stop <a href="" target="_blank">Mint Premium Foods</a> — don’t skip the cheese counter — or move on to <a href="" target="_blank">Main Street Sweets</a>, a perfectly kitschy <a href="" target="_blank">small town ice cream shop</a> that has been scooping the area’s best homemade frozen treats for nearly two decades.</p><img alt="Tarrytown, NY: Coffee Roasters Lab and Tarrytown Music Hall "src=""><p>Nearby Pleasantville is also worth a visit. Its creative claim to fame these days is leading independent cinema destination <a href="" target="_blank">Jacob Burns Film Center­</a>. Built in 1925 as the Rome Theater, it sat vacant from 1987 until its rebirth in 2001. At the town’s historic stone train station, you’ll find the new raw bar and cocktail spot <a href="" target="_blank">Pubstreet</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Pleasantville Farmers Market</a>, one of the county’s best, set up in the parking lot on summer Saturdays. Be sure to reserve time to peruse the <a href="" target="_blank">Village Bookstore</a>, a 50-year-old independent shop that’s anchored the village despite several changes in ownership and location over time.</p><p>Westchester County is also home to many architecturally intriguing historic houses, including John D. Rockefeller’s <a href="" target="_blank">Kykuit</a>; the <a href="" target="_blank">Armour-Stiner Octagon House</a>, modeled after the Tempietto at Rome’s San Pietro in Montorio church; <a href="" target="_blank">Lyndhurst</a>, the Jay Gould estate; and <a href="" target="_blank">Sunnyside</a>, where Washington Irving wrote “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”</p><img alt="Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate - NY "src=""><p>It’s easy to reach this part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Valley</a> on the <a href="" target="_blank">Metro-North</a> commuter railroad; take the Hudson Line to Tarrytown or the Harlem Line to Pleasantville. Taxis and rideshares are readily available, though those interested in meandering may want to rent a car. The trendy hotels are back in NYC, but <a href="" target="_blank">Tarrytown House</a> is an elegant place to spend the night — stay in the <a href="" target="_blank">King House Mansion</a>, a fully restored Georgian-style manor built in the 1840s.</p>
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5 Tips for Getting the Best Deal on Your Next Cruise

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 11:01
<p>There’s nothing better than a great vacation — except maybe a great <em>deal</em> on said vacation.</p><p>And it's no different when it comes to cruising. In fact, a week spent on board a floating city, unwinding by the pool with a <a href="" target="_blank">good book and a cocktail</a> in hand sounds about as relaxing as life could get.</p><p>And if you’re looking to get that experience at a discount, your best bets are to book very far in advance or aim to go during the shoulder season, Colleen McDaniel, the editor-in-chief of <a href="" target="_blank">Cruise Critic</a>, told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>.</p><p>“The way cruises traditionally had worked [was] you can book a cruise and you can cancel it penalty free, up to about 90 days out,” McDaniel said. “What happened in the past was that people would cancel, say 90 days out... and the cruise lines all the sudden had more cabins. And that’s when you started to see more sales."</p><p>“We have seen less of that in the past couple of years, in part because cruise lines feel strongly that they want to maintain pricing integrity,” she added. “A lot of cruise lines, they have really stopped doing that drastic discounting.”</p><p>That said, there are still ways to <a href="" target="_blank">save some money</a> on your <a href="" target="_blank">dream cruise</a>.</p><h2>Book far in advance</h2><p>McDaniel said that booking during the initial offering — which can vary from about a year and a half to two years in advance of the sailing — may be your best bet at securing a good deal. Even if the rooms aren’t on sale, she said, the cruise can usually offer another benefit like free alcohol or free internet if you book early.</p><h2>Book early in the year</h2><p>Cruises tend to offer the best deals during the beginning of the year, McDaniel said, especially from January through March.</p><h2>Book during a holiday</h2><p>Black Friday isn’t just for electronics. Cruise lines tend to run sales during the holidays as well, McDaniel noted. “If you’re looking last minute, look around the holidays, [like] Labor Day,” she said. “They tend to offer deals and specials during the holidays.”</p><h2>Track the cruise you want</h2><p>McDaniel said that one of the easiest ways to make sure you get the best price is to track the cruise you want. On <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, you can sign up for price alerts, and can search by destination, ship, month, or departure port.</p><p>“Prices change even throughout a day,” she said. “Pricing is constantly in flux for cruising.”</p><h2>Travel during the shoulder season</h2><p>Traveling during months like April or November, especially to the Caribbean, can save you some money. That’s when kids are back in school and the weather — while still fairly nice — isn’t summer nice, McDaniel said.</p><p>And if you’re willing to travel during hurricane season, you could get an even better deal. McDaniel said that while it’s a bigger risk (she recommends travel insurance for those sailings), ships are mobile by nature and can usually move away from storms when necessary.</p>
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The Best Fleece Jackets to Travel In, According to Thousands of Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 10:32
<p>Figuring out what outerwear to pack for an upcoming trip can be difficult for even the most seasoned travelers. <a href="" target="_blank">The ideal travel jacket</a> should be warm, packable, and stylish enough to wear with everything else you have packed in your suitcase — which is why we love fleece jackets so much. </p><p>Not only are they incredibly warm and comfortable, but the sleek toppers can also easily transition from early morning sightseeing tours to after-dinner drinks in a snap. And did we mention how easy they are to pack? These lightweight jackets won’t take up too much space, and their soft and cozy material never wrinkles — meaning you can wear it straight out of your suitcase. </p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">12 Travel Jackets That Aren’t a Pain to Pack</a></p><p>With so many fleece jackets in stores, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your needs. So to help you cut through the clutter, we’ve turned to real reviews from customers who have purchased and worn these cozy coats themselves. These top-rated pieces — outlined below — not only have near-perfect ratings, but they also have countless glowing reviews between them. </p><p>From <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=c39bb5d5b729e9e35e731ae458221ee9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">this cute and fuzzy women’s fleece jacket from Columbia</a> to a <a href="">fleece-lined denim jacket from Levi’s</a>, these are the 10 best fleece jackets according to customers. Keep reading to shop them all. </p><p>These are the best fleece jackets to buy: </p>Best Overall Women’s Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=c39bb5d5b729e9e35e731ae458221ee9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket</a>Best Eco-friendly Option for Women: <a href="">Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket</a>Best Fleece-lined Option for Women: <a href="">Thread &amp; Supply Fleece-lined Utility Jacket</a>Best Hooded Option for Women: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=4196781e17cb4492b565e846ead1987f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">OutdoorMaster Waterproof Fleece Jacket</a>Best Lightweight Option for Women: <a href="">The North Face Glacier Quarter Zip Jacket</a>Best Overall Men’s Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=0999fb3300e6866a27cb84d90a78863f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Columbia Steens Mountain Full Zip Jacket</a>Best Fleece-lined Option for Men: <a href="">Levi’s Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket </a>Best Pullover Option for Men: <a href="">Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece Jacket</a>Best Hooded Option for Men: <a href="">The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie </a>Best Affordable Option for Men: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=75ec5735e91dabc7d86d65b52dcfbc48&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Amazon Essentials Full Zip Fleece Jacket</a><h2>Women</h2><p><strong>Best Overall Women’s Option: Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Jacket "src=""><p>With an impressive 4.5-star rating and more than 7,800 reviews, this fleece jacket by Columbia is an Amazon favorite — and it’s easy to see why. Along with a super soft and cozy material, the sleek topper also boasts elastic cuffs and an adjustable hemline so you can customize it to fit perfectly. The lightweight jacket ranges in size from XS to XXL and comes in a whopping 48 different colors. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=c39bb5d5b729e9e35e731ae458221ee9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $23</p><p><strong>Best Eco-friendly Option for Women: Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>If shopping eco-friendly fashion is important to you, consider this fleece jacket from Patagonia. The trendy piece of outerwear is made with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cozy bluesign-approved fabric</a> — which is the standard for environmentally responsible production. Customers love that it can be worn as a layering piece or as a sleek jacket on its own. “This will be perfect for those fall weekends. The jacket is lined, and a good weight. Perfect for layering. It is shaggy, but not too much shag. It is a slim fit, but I wore my normal size. Love how soft it is,” raved one shopper. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $129</p><p><strong>Best Fleece-lined Option for Women: Thread &amp; Supply Fleece-lined Utility Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Thread & Supply Fleece-lined Utility Jacket "src=""><p>How cute is this fleece-lined jacket from Thread &amp; Supply? The soft, fuzzy lining will keep you warm and cozy while the quilted outer shell will add a stylish touch to any of your travel outfits. What’s more, the utilitarian jacket also features plenty of spacious pockets that are big enough to carry all of your travel essentials. “Perfect jacket for cooler days ahead. Like that it’s very lightweight with snuggly sherpa fleece lining,” said one customer. “Fits nice and comfortable. Room for a sweater underneath. Not tight at all. Love all the pockets! Great purchase. Highly recommend.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $88</p><p><strong>Best Hooded Option for Women: OutdoorMaster Waterproof Fleece Jacket</strong></p><img alt="OutdoorMaster Waterproof Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>Looking for a fleece jacket with a hood for rainy days on the go? Check out this option by OutdoorMaster. The jacket’s interior is fully lined with a super soft fleece, while the exterior is made from a durable material that is both waterproof and stain-resistant. “This jacket is perfection, in my opinion,” said a reviewer. “Wonderfully soft, plush lining all the way through the jacket feels luxurious against the skin, zippers look like great quality, there are inside and outside pockets on each side, and there are even drawstrings to make the waist and hood tighter if you want. Love it and have already been back to buy another one.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=4196781e17cb4492b565e846ead1987f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><p><strong>Best Lightweight Option for Women: The North Face Glacier Quarter Zip Jacket</strong></p><img alt="The North Face Glacier Quarter Zip Jacket "src=""><p>This fleece pullover option from The North Face is lightweight, quick-drying, and pill-resistant. Plus, the cute topper also boasts UPF 30 sun protection and is machine-washable. It’s no wonder that over 330 Nordstrom customers have given it their seal of approval. One person wrote, “This is my go-to fleece when I want some cozy warmth. The colors are great and it washed wonderfully. If you're looking for a fleece, you won't regret this purchase and you probably won't stop at just one.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $55</p><h2>Men</h2><p><strong>Best Overall Men’s Option: Columbia Steens Mountain Full Zip Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Columbia Steens Mountain Full Zip Jacket "src=""><p>This cozy Columbia fleece jacket has earned itself a coveted Amazon’s Choice recommendation, thanks to the rave reviews left by more than 5,000 customers. The jacket provides a flattering fit and features two zippered pockets that will keep your belongings safe and secure. One shopper said, “This is my first Columbia fleece jacket, and I love it. This will be a perfect jacket for the mild fall/winter in North Texas and will be great to layer under my jacket when I travel to colder places for work. I like it so much, I just ordered a black one - can't beat the price!”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=0999fb3300e6866a27cb84d90a78863f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $20</p><p><strong>Best Fleece-lined Option for Men: Levi’s Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Levi’s Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket "src=""><p>Love the look of a denim jacket, but need something warmer? Consider this fleece-lined jacket from Levi’s. The brand gave its classic trucker jacket a comfortable upgrade by lining it with a soft and warm sherpa fleece material. It also boasts side-button cuffs, roomy pockets, and a button-snap closure. “The jacket is extremely comfortable and nice for the fall and winter seasons. I’ve received a bunch of compliments on it,” wrote a reviewer. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100 (originally $128)</p><p><strong>Best Pullover Option for Men: Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece Pullover</strong></p><img alt="Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>This lightweight pullover from Patagonia can be worn on its own as a sleek piece of outerwear or as a warm layering piece. The comfortable topper is so popular that it’s earned a near-perfect rating from over 260 Nordstrom shoppers, with one writing, “Goes well with anything! It’s a light jacket but still super warm.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70 (originally $100)</p><p><strong>Best Hooded Option for Men: The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie </strong></p><img alt="The North Face Canyonlands Hoodie "src=""><p>This hooded fleece jacket from The North Face was designed to “deliver warmth without the weight.” Along with being incredibly lightweight, the stylish topper features zippered pockets that will help protect your belongings. It ranges in size from small to 2XL and comes in seven different colors. With details like this, it’s no surprise that more than 1,700 customers have given it a near-perfect rating at Zappos. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><p><strong>Best Affordable Option for Men: Amazon Essentials Full Zip Fleece Jacket</strong></p><img alt="Amazon Essentials Full Zip Fleece Jacket "src=""><p>In the market for a cozy fleece jacket that won’t break the bank? Check out this affordable option from Amazon Essentials. The warm fleece topper boasts a high collar, side seam pockets, and a durable zipper closure. “This is a terrific jacket and, for the price, it's an unbelievable value. Nice, beefy fleece, well finished, solid construction and all for a ridiculously low price. It is a really great deal. I may have to buy another one,” raved one shopper. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfleecejacketsrcarhart0819-20&amp;linkId=75ec5735e91dabc7d86d65b52dcfbc48&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $21</p>
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