May 2015

By Andrea Bennett, May 22, 2015
As the mercury climbs in Las Vegas, there are two ways to nab precious real estate by the city’s best pools: reserve a cabana, or show up at 6 a.m. to stake your claim to a chaise. (If you’re conscious by 6 a.m., consider reevaluating your Vegas s...
By Andrea Bennett, May 22, 2015
As the mercury climbs in Las Vegas, there are two ways to nab precious real estate by the city’s best pools: reserve a cabana, or show up at 6 a.m. to stake your claim to a chaise. (If you’re conscious by 6 a.m., consider reevaluating your Vegas s...
By Andrea Bennett, May 22, 2015
As the mercury climbs in Las Vegas, there are two ways to nab precious real estate by the city’s best pools: reserve a cabana, or show up at 6 a.m. to stake your claim to a chaise. (If you’re conscious by 6 a.m., consider reevaluating your Vegas s...
By Katie James, May 21, 2015
As the daughter of legendary actor-photographer Dennis Hopper and screen siren-slash-author Brooke Hayward, you may be tempted to pre-judge Marin Hopper for her Hollywood Royalty roots—but don’t. Success wasn’t handed to Hopper, who founded her...
By Katie James, May 21, 2015
As the daughter of legendary actor-photographer Dennis Hopper and screen siren-slash-author Brooke Hayward, you may be tempted to pre-judge Marin Hopper for her Hollywood Royalty roots—but don’t. Success wasn’t handed to Hopper, who founded her...
By Erika Owen, May 21, 2015
Summer is the prime time for taking in your favorite festivals—the weather is warm, the days are longer, and everyone is looking for a good time. There are always the big productions to look forward to, but it turns out America’s smaller towns hav...
By Emily Mathieson, May 21, 2015
When the Dreamland amusement park reopens next month, its heritage roller coasters and retro rides will add another dynamic attraction to the growing list of reasons to visit Margate, a once down-at-heel British seaside resort. Perched directly...
By Sarah Z. Wexler, May 21, 2015
May is Oregon Wine Month, and Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for throwing back pinots—both gris and noir—at wineries in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley. Chapter 24 Vineyards, one of the scene’s latest newcomers, is ...
By Jenna Scatena, May 21, 2015
Sun worshippers ready to escape San Francisco’s foggy wrath tend to fall back on familiar options, like the lovable but insanely crowded Stinson Beach to the north, or Santa Cruz’s classic boardwalk to the south. This Memorial Day, veer ever-so-sl...
By Nikki Ekstein, May 21, 2015
Know your options: Rome2rio If you’re not sure whether or not you’d like to drive, plug in your points of origin and destination, and this innovative travel planner will aggregate every possible method of transportation—flights, trains, local b...
By Lindsey Campbell, May 21, 2015
Wherever your adventures may take you this season, be it Cape Cod or Kolkata, Travel + Leisure wants to see your summer retreats and revels. We’re joining forces with Food and Wine to feature your photos of rosés and seaside getaways. Tag your fav...
By Jane Wooldridge, May 21, 2015
Stateside river cruising has always been dominated by paddle wheelers, the interiors of which can often feel dated. Now, two companies are changing the game. American Cruise Lines is building a fleet of modern ships and recently launched a brand-n...
By Jane Wooldridge, May 21, 2015
India The Brahmaputra River and the majestic peaks of the Himalayas are the backdrops for a new sailing from Pandaw River Expeditions (14 days with seven-night cruise from $5,622 per person). The trip combines a tea factory visit in Silghat and...
By Erika Owen, May 21, 2015
Being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on your way to a long weekend destination is never fun. But help is on the way! The T+L editors put their heads together to come up with the best playlist for your road-tripping entertainment. From classics ...
By Erika Owen, May 20, 2015
Foursquare has harvested its GPS data and the info gleaned from menus, tips, and ratings to create an interactive map depicting the most distinctive flavors from each region. Most states are represented by a specific food (think breakfast tacos, p...
By Melanie Lieberman, May 20, 2015
For its newest safety video, Delta has called upon the greatest forces on the internet: Annoying Orange, cats in shark costumes on Roombas, 8-bit animations, hamsters eating humorously large foods, and more. Have a watch, below: Delta is ha...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
The Queen of Summer Jayma Cardoso has been cultivating a boho-chic scene at Montauk’s coolest address since it debuted in 2008, turning the surf shack into a breezy indie rock clubhouse for weekending Manhattanites. Here, the Brazilian-born local ...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Nate Storey, May 20, 2015
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
By Olivia B. Waxman, May 20, 2015
It’s a small world, and Disney World says there is no room for selfie sticks on rides anymore. Now there is a “No Selfie Sticks” sign at Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, similar to policies recently implemented at Space Mountain a...
By Courtney Kenefick, May 20, 2015
By Thessaly La Force, May 19, 2015
The best springtime cultural excursion in New York City may just be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where one can catch two pairs of Van Gogh paintings that have not been reunited since shortly after the painter’s death. They also happen to be ...
By Erika Owen, May 19, 2015
Owning your own island may be out of the question, but don’t get too upset. There’s a floating ocean pavilion off the shores of Fiji with your name on it. Cloud 9—aptly named for the extraordinary experience ahead—is a 100-person structure boastin...
By Brad Tuttle /Time.com, May 19, 2015
Ever since the federal government announced new rules for visiting Cuba in early 2015, opening up the possibility of Cuban tourism for a broad range of Americans, eager travelers have been instructed to be patient. The tourism infrastructure in Cu...
By Sarah Miller, May 19, 2015
In 1994, Jo Malone opened her first store on Walton Street, where she would grow her London-based brand into a global company. “I’ve always been around this neighborhood, so it feels very much like home,” she says. She sold her business to Estée L...
By Jane Wooldridge, May 19, 2015
You want total luxury The ships from Aqua Expeditions (three nights from $3,195 per person) are like floating five-star hotels. Peruvian interior designer Jordi Puig has lent his crisp, minimal aesthetic to both the 12-suite Aqua Amazon and the...
By Kevin McSpadden, May 19, 2015
For the second year running Washington, D.C., tops the American Fitness Index (AFI) ranking as the healthiest metropolitan area in the U.S. The nation’s capital can credit an above average access to public infrastructure for the top spot, accor...
By Erika Owen, May 19, 2015
On July 17, fashion show organizer Jessica Minh Anh—the same designer who turned the Eiffel Tower into a catwalk back in 2014—will transform Spain’s Gemasolar Themosolar Plant into the scene of The J Summer Fashion Show. Anh is known for her ab...
By Brooke Porter Katz, May 19, 2015
David Kinch is the mastermind behind Manresa, the acclaimed restaurant in Los Gatos, California, that reopened last December—six months after a fire destroyed the kitchen. He’s also keeping busy with Manresa Bread, a new bakery (adjacent to the re...
By Caroline Hallemann, May 19, 2015
If your offices are at all like those of Travel + Leisure, you’re already familiar with the whimsical illustrations of artist Anna Bond, whose company Rifle Paper Co. delivers coveted stationery covered in depictions of bouquets, vintage telephone...
By Melanie Lieberman, May 19, 2015
The sugarcane-carpeted valleys of Cuba have, for centuries, produced some of the world’s best—and most coveted—rum.  With no shortage of the tropical spirit, Cubans have learned to mix this liquor with, well, just about everything. Improved rel...
By Caroline Hallemann, May 18, 2015
Why did you want to launch a beauty line? I’ve been so fortunate to travel the world as a model, and I’ve worked with some of the industry’s most talented makeup artists. Over the course of my career, I’ve sat in the makeup chair for hours just...
By Nikki Ekstein, May 18, 2015
Mumbai: The Bombay Canteen The Chef: Floyd Cardoz, a pioneer of haute Indian cuisine in New York City. New Digs: A colonial-inspired space near the world’s tallest residential tower. The Dish: Cardoz pays homage to his Goan roots with creatio...
By Rachel Felder, May 18, 2015
In order to stock the New York and Tokyo locations of the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store, Emmanuel Plat and his team spend two months a year on the road. “The majority of our items are imported from Japan, so it’s a big trip for us,” he says ...
By Lindsey Olander, May 18, 2015
The quote, famously attributed to English author Frances Hodgson Burnett, could just have easily been from the pen of revered Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Known best for her turbulent marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and her vibrant, intense, evo...
By Erika Owen, May 18, 2015
Singer-songwriter and 27-year vegan Moby is joining forces with Anne Thornton, chef and the host of the Food Network show “Dessert First,” to bring a new restaurant into L.A.’s nexus of hipsterdom known as Silver Lake. Their vegan restaurant, Litt...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, May 18, 2015
One of the best ways to explore a new city is to dive into its cultural institutions. Join us as we discuss the top museums in the world and the perfect spots to get your art fix. Learn from the experts and share your own travel stories during our...
By Erika Owen, May 18, 2015
Whether you reside in Manhattan or Missouri, Lake George in upstate New York is an idyllic summer getaway. In the coming weeks, the sun-soaked locale will be hosting a number of new events featuring all of season’s best accouterments: food, wine, ...
By Amy Tara Koch, May 18, 2015
Her father may be fashion royalty, but Dylan Lauren’s achievements in the sweets sector have cemented her status as America’s confectionary queen. With her latest branch of Dylan’s Candy Bar now open on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, she has big plan...
By Erika Owen, May 18, 2015
United Airlines is giving MileagePlus members the chance to live out their hacker dreams by offering a reward for finding security lapses. The airline’s new Bug Bounty Program invites independent researchers to dig into their websites and apps to ...
By Peter Jon Lindberg, May 18, 2015
By Alexandra Marshall, May 18, 2015
The city’s first tiki bars were standalone places that, though campy and even a little divey, have real talent beneath their cocktail umbrellas. Le Tiki Lounge opened in the 11th arrondissement in 2012, and Dirty Dick in Pigalle a year later. With...
By Stephanie Wu, May 18, 2015
By Erika Owen, May 18, 2015
It seems that Selfie Sticks might have a little competition. Lily Camera, a new drone-like apparatus, is making it even easier to document your travels—so easy that you don’t even have to use your hands past tossing the drone up in the air. Once L...
By Beth Lipton, May 15, 2015
By Thessaly La Force, May 15, 2015
The international and contemporary art fair Frieze New York opened this Thursday to the public. (We heard Richard Gere and Uma Thurman were there on Wednesday, at the private preview.) The five-day long event, which was first launched in 2012, is ...
By Erika Owen, May 15, 2015
In other themed restaurant news, there’s a Hello Kitty eatery coming to Hong Kong in June, aptly named Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine. From kitty-shaped dim sum and branded bubbly (pink, of course) to rice mounds perfectly formed into dainty, cat-lik...
By Erika Owen, May 15, 2015
When it comes to in-flight safety videos, Air New Zealand knows how to please. Joining Betty White and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hobbits on the airline’s impressive roster this month? Some of the world’s top professional surfers. The airline teamed up...
By Alexandra Marshall, May 15, 2015
Bonnieux Silencio at La Maison d’Aigebrun Silencio—the private Parisian nightclub designed by director David Lynch—is joining forces with another iconic filmmaker, and taking its act on the road. Agnès Varda, whose former family home in the Lube...
By Greg Oates, May 15, 2015
The carrier’s new cabin made its U.S. debut this spring on flights between San Francisco and Hong Kong. And though the business seat has its bells and whistles—at 28 inches, it’s one of the widest lie-flat seats in the sky, with more storage space...
By Lisa Cheng, May 15, 2015
Colorado 57% off at Pines Lodge, Beaver Creek Play a daily round of golf at either of two private clubs nearby, and have the Rockies as a stunning backdrop. (You can also show off your swing with free GoPro rentals.) The Deal: Three nights ...
By Brooke Porter Katz, May 15, 2015
You can’t talk about New Orleans’s restaurant scene without mentioning John Besh. The all-star chef runs nine restaurants via his Besh Group—including the new Shaya (with executive chef/partner and James Beard Award winner Alon Shaya) and the taqu...
By Rishi Iyengar / Time.com, May 15, 2015
“We are pleased to inform you that Nepal is now safe to visit,” reads an email from Adventure Mountain Explore Treks & Expedition (AME treks) sent out on Wednesday. “If you have already booked your holiday or you are planning to, we welcome you wi...
By Erika Owen, May 15, 2015
Turns out there’s a lot more than broken plastic shovels and long-lost car keys found on the world’s beaches. United Kingdom-based company Barrington Freight pulled together a list of 30 oddball items that have shown up on coasts around the world....
By Travel + Leisure Staff, May 15, 2015
Today, Senior Editor Jacqui Gifford appeared on The Weather Channel’s Wake Up With Al with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams to talk about great weekend vacations from Washington D.C. Her recommendations, below. Kicking things off: Gettysburg, Penn...
By Erika Owen, May 15, 2015
As if we all needed another reason to start planning a vacation, Marriott has announced a summer deal that affects More than 1,6000 hotels around the United States. The hospitality juggernaut will be offering 15 percent off room rates, given the g...
By Amy Farley, May 15, 2015
During nearly three weeks of testing the new Apple Watch in New York—including a memorable afternoon in Times Square—and throughout South Africa, I’ve had my highs (taking calls and ordering taxis from my wrist) and lows (dead batteries, hard rest...
By Caroline Hallemann, May 15, 2015
LISTEN: Eilen Jewell Singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell’s new album Sundown Over Ghost Town doesn’t officially drop until May 26, but if you’re in need of her easy-going Americana to serve as a soundtrack to your travels this weekend, look no furt...
By Marisa Meltzer, May 14, 2015
By Sarah L. Stewart, May 14, 2015
After years of pressure from disgruntled guests over Wi-Fi charges, hotels are coming around. In the past year, nearly every major brand that was still charging for Internet access has done away with basic fees—either for all guests (bravo, Hyatt)...
By Erika Owen, May 14, 2015
A quick look at @chefjacqueslamerde’s Instagram page, and it’s easy to assume it’s just another food fan documenting their adventures by way of pricy, elegantly crafted entrees. Look a little closer, and you’ll see the actual ingredients: Pop Tart...
By Nikki Ekstein, May 14, 2015
This week, Wyndham Hotel Group announced an overhaul of their loyalty program, with a new name (Wyndham Rewards) and a new mascot (the Wyndham Rewards Wyzard, played by Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju). The goal, says Josh Lesnick, executive ...
By Erika Owen, May 14, 2015
Whether you remember the evening or not, it’s likely your favorite cocktail sent you on an adventure of sorts the night it became your drink of choice. Prefer to recall more definitive history of your signature spirit? Wine publication Vinepair’s ...
By Peter Jon Lindberg, May 14, 2015
It’s one of those shimmering Swedish afternoons when everything seems to glow from within: the boathouses on the harbor, all pulsing vermilion red; the wind-rippled bay, glittering like a million suns; and the chalk-white houses of coastal Fjällba...
By Erika Owen, May 14, 2015
Disney just announced another addition to its growing docket of restaurant endeavors: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar—an Indiana Jones-themed lounge that will be nestled in between Paradiso 37 and The Boathouse Restaurant in Orlando’s Downtown Disney. I...
By Jenna Scatena, May 14, 2015
After years of the city’s efforts to revive San Francisco’s Mid Market area, this week it finally welcomes The Strand, a shiny new $34.4 million theater that brings an injection of culture to the neighborhood. The intimate yet reverential 283-seat...
By Sarah Miller, May 14, 2015
Most Londoners rarely have cause to visit Knightsbridge. But most can recount stories of the curious things that happen there—tales of old money mixing with new, of rich wives keying their neighbors’ Bentleys during “an alleged parking rage incide...
By Nikki Ekstein, May 13, 2015
It’s official: the concierge desk is a thing of the past. Today, Marriott Hotels is launching a new digital concierge service called Mobile Request, which puts service requests—from extra towels to fluffier pillows and airport pickups—in the liter...
By N/A, May 13, 2015
Windswept and sun-soaked, the island of Aruba offers a wild and rugged interior of cacti-dotted desert scenery which provides a dramatic contrast to its legendary beaches of powdery white sand and turquoise blue water. Along the northern coastline...
By Erika Owen, May 13, 2015
Even if you’ve seen Shanghai first-hand, you’ve never seen it quite like this. JT Singh, a Shanghai-based media artist, takes viewers on a meander through the chaotic neighborhoods with his recent short, “Walk in Shanghai.” You’ll quickly realize ...
By Nate Storey, May 13, 2015
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and Guadalajara-based Cerveceréa Minerva released Cora, an amber-hued lager maturated in tequila barrels. Chef John Johnson of the Four Seasons Hotel New York worked with Captain Lawrence Brewery on an aromati...
By N/A, May 13, 2015
Searching for airfare online is a special kind of torment. According to a recent study by Google, the average person visits 15 websites, does seven research sessions, and takes three weeks to book a single flight. Now a crop of apps and websites, ...
By Sean Flynn, May 13, 2015
Travel insurance company World Nomads and Lonely Planet are teaming up to offer a career-boosting scholarship to three aspiring travel writers. On offer: the money for a 10-day tour of the U.S.  The itinerary is completely up to the writers, and t...
By Erika Owen, May 13, 2015
People can’t stop getting naked at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex—and officials are none too pleased. In fact, the Apsara Authority—the group in charge of managing the site—has posted flyers reminding visitors to be respectful and stop takin...
By Justin Worland, May 13, 2015
The derailment of an Amtrak train late Tuesday in Philadelphia left at least six people dead and created chaos on the heavily traveled Northeast corridor Wednesday morning, cutting off all direct rail service between Philadelphia and New York City...
By Erika Owen, May 12, 2015
Tired of its reputation for producing disrespectful tourists, China is taking a stand against Chinese travelers behaving badly, instituting a rule that comes with serious (if vague) consequences. Though the rule has been around since 2013, it has ...
By Scott Haas, May 12, 2015
In mid February, Chef René Redzepi wrapped up his hotly-anticipated pop-up at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. Fifty-seven thousand people were on the waitlist to try the Japanese version of Copenhagen’s esteemed Noma. It was so successful, that, when...
By Elle Macpherson, May 12, 2015
Staying healthy Before and after a flight, I mix water with a travel pack of my supplement, the Super Elixir ($27 for 7). It has vitamins, minerals, and alkalizing greens, which give me energy on the road. Great getaway My son and I recen...
By Tom Samiljan, May 12, 2015
1. Apple Watch Apple’s first smartwatch lets you pay for coffee, get directions, hail a taxi, and more. Best practice: Use it to put boarding passes on your wrist via Passbook or as your room key at Starwood hotels. From $349. 2. Bragi Dash ...
By Kate Betts, May 12, 2015
1. The Picasso Museum, which recently reopened after a five-year renovation that more than doubled its size. It’s a must-see in the Marais. 2. Un crème and un croissant at Café de Flore, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Courtesy of Kate Betts ...
By Erika Owen, May 12, 2015
Sometimes the best marketing plan is no plan at all. American Airlines is embracing new boarding, in-flight, and arriving playlists, much, as it turns out, to Twitter users’ delight. The new tunes hit the skies in October, adding another little lu...
By Erika Owen, May 12, 2015
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to stand front-and-center on a stage in one of the world’s most beautiful opera houses, photographer David Leventi has your answer. While the seats may be empty and the orchestra pit barren, his shots of ...

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