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A Little Romance in Paris

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I have schlepped my kids everywhere: Provence, London, Northern Italy, Southern Spain, Budapest, Iceland, and, most recently, Marrakech. Sure I love expanding their horizons. But, the pressure to accommodate their decidedly non pint-sized needs can become tiresome. I guiltily longed for the old days; specifically pre-parenting romps in Paris as an unencumbered culture vulture. Wait, why not dump the kids with the in-laws and jet off with my husband for 96 hours of Franco-fabulous freedom? Our fourteenth wedding anniversary was looming. Selflessnes be damned.

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Is the Twin Peaks Cherry Pie Really That Good?

Twin Peaks Cherry Pie

The answer is yes.

Fans of the re-emerging show can indulge in a damn fine cup of coffee and a warm slice of cherry pie at Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, WA (aka the Double R Diner). Pro-tip: order it with a side of vanilla ice cream. Not planning on visiting the Pacific Northwest anytime soon? Twede's ships the pie anywhere in the U.S. Place your order soon to win at all of your holiday parties.

Other filming locations can be visited nearby, but we recommend driving ten minutes to Snoqualmie Falls. Recognize this shot from the show’s opening credits?

Snoqualmie Falls

The TL500 award-winning Salish Lodge & Spa (The Great Northern Hotel to you, superfans) overlooks the falls. This is an optimal spot for a photo op that will make your friends jealous, regardless of whether or not they watch the show. Two words: epic waterfall.

While still in Snoqualmie, stop along Reinig Road and scope out the area where the “Welcome to Twin Peaks” sign was planted for the show. You’ll know you’re in the right place when the road curves and the overwhelming beauty of Mount Si locks into view. You’ll just know

Before bidding "Twin Peaks" adieu, you might want to head back for another slice of pie. Agent Cooper wasn't kidding:


Danielle Berman is Travel + Leisure’s Senior Web Producer.

Photos by Danielle Berman


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New Angkor Wat Guidebook Benefits Cambodian Schools

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Last year on my honeymoon to Southeast Asia, I was lucky enough to meet Andy Booth, the founder of the Siem Reap-based tour company ABOUTAsia (and a member of the T+L A-List). A 2013 Global Vision Awards winner, it donates 100% of profits to local schools, buying them uniforms and supplies, digging wells, and providing training and fair wages to teachers. The tours themselves—to the temples and surrounding villages—are perfectly crafted and designed to avoid the crowds; we were always going opposite traffic and even had a few of the smaller temples of Angkor completely to ourselves (an impressive feat for a popular tourist destination).

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Be Thankful! This Bar Saves Lives

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This month, while we all give thanks for our full plates and second-helpings, the philanthropic granola bar, This Bar Saves Lives, is partnering with Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Southern California to bring the campaign against world hunger to the next level. The resort’s interactive “Giving Wall” allows guests the chance to trade grateful, hand-written notes for an all-natural, gourmet snack bar. In exchange? This Bar Saves Lives donates a life-saving nutrition pack to a child in need.

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New Ideas In Travel Innovation

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Each year, T+L travels to the Phocuswright conference to hear about the latest in travel technology. This year’s gathering took place in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, where the crowd heard from major industry players as well as startups. The first day of the conference—the Travel Innovation Summit—is when some of the most intriguing new players present their new ideas and products, some of which are so fresh they’re launched at the show.

One of the most interesting takeaways? An increased focus on offline travel agents—either by building your itinerary and sending it to a live agent to price out (Going Somewhere), or, as TripScope is doing, letting users video chat with an agent to collaborate on a trip plan in real time.

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Food Photography Tips and Tricks for Your Smartphone

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You do it. I do it. We all at one point or another have taken Instagram photos. Food and culture have always remained intertwining emblems of travel and as our social media driven world has grown, so has our love of sharing our experiences. In light of the upcoming holidays, where there’s an inevitable increase in traveling and dining, why not amp up your food photography (or phoneography) skills with these great tips and tricks. 

Find the light. The best food photography is taken near a window during the day (see above). The window creates a soft, natural filter, making dishes appear crisp and cool.

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Thanksgiving-Like Airport Congestion is the New Normal

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If you love Thanksgiving (who doesn’t?), consider planning trips through Chicago’s Midway Airport and Las Vegas’s McCarran International airport next year. Why? By the end 2015, the two airports will experience Thanksgiving-like congestion every single day. (So no more alone-time suitable for Celine Dion sing-alongs).

That’s the latest from the U.S. Travel Association and research firm Cambridge Systematics, Inc. who looked at the 30 busiest American airports in their annual study. A steady increase in demand combined with an equally steady underinvestment in infrastructure is making Thanksgiving-level congestion the new normal.

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Hot Cocoa Cart Pops Up at the Mark

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The Mark Hotel is at it again. After its quirky pedi-cab service in the summer, the hotel is launching a special holiday treat, just in time for Thanksgiving. The Mark Cocoa Kiosk will offer a special recipe with Jean-Georges Cocoa, no less, with a dollop of whipped cream and Valrhona dark chocolate shavings, complimentary to hotel guests.

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Cross 5 Mountains Off Your Bucket List at This Ultimate Scenic Viewpoint

Mt. Hood

As a frequent visitor of Seattle, I have a special place in my heart for Mt. Rainier. When you grow up in the New York City area, you just don’t see snowcapped mountains—especially ones that mingle among the skyscrapers in your cityscape photos.

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How to Avoid the Worst Thanksgiving Traffic

Traffic - Wednesday Before Thanksgiving

Almost 90% of Americans who are traveling this Thanksgiving are doing so by car, says a new study by AAA. So if you’re among the road tripping set this week, you’ll need to strategize in order to avoid some of the year’s worst traffic. With the help of our friends at Google Maps, we’ve analyzed the best and worst times to drive on Wednesday—when most people will hit the road—so that you can be best prepared for a stress-free journey.

Want more holiday travel tips? Check out our holiday survival guide, here.

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Book a Seat on the Pan Am Stage

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If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for the aviation enthusiast in your life, tickets to an authentic, first-class meal service in a perfect replica of a Pan Am aircraft might do the trick.

After boarding a refurbished Boeing 747, guests to the Pan Am Stage—a partnership with Air Hollywood—will get a blast from the past, with flight attendants in iconic, mod uniforms serving signature fare from original Pan Am flatware.

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Trip Doctor Challenge: Top Three Ways to Save on Flights to Europe



Looking for quick solutions to your travel concerns? Our resident expert Amy Farley has the facts with Travel + Leisure’s Trip Doctor Challenge.

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Exclusive First Look: Thompson Miami Beach

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The countdown is finally over: today, the Thompson Miami Beach opens in the heart of SoBe, bringing just the right mix of sophisticated design and up-all-night fun to Ocean Drive. And we're not the only ones who are excited—as the new flagship for Thompson Hotels, it's a big move for a brand on the rise. Here, five things we can't wait to check out.

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December Vacation Deals

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Sicily: 30% from villa specialist Italian Rentals4U

Sun Break package includes:
• Seven nights at the three-bedroom Villa Rita, in the town of Cefalù.
• Learn to make traditional Sicilian pastas and desserts during two private cooking classes with a local chef.
• A wine tasting at a local winery
• A guided tour of Cefalù, a medieval-walled port town

Cost: $2,145 ($306 per night), for six guests; book by January 31.
Booking details: Valid for travel from March 1–May 30. Use code L&TIT4U

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Teatro Regio Torino's Opera Company Tours the U.S.

Teatro Regio Torino

In December 2014 Gianandrea Noseda, music director of the Teatro Regio Torino in Turin, Italy, brings his opera company to four North American cities (New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Ann Arbor, Michigan) for concert performances of Rossini’s William Tell. The stirring opera is seldom performed because of the tremendously difficult tenor role, to be sung here by the young American John Osborn. The overture is famous, but Noseda predicts that audiences will be overwhelmed by the work’s transcendent final pages: “They are among the most beautiful music ever written.”

Photo by Lawrence Perelman


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The Upside of Jet Lag

Upside of Jet Lag

Most people will tell you that sunset is the optimal time to visit Humayun’s Tomb, the red-sandstone-and-white-marble mausoleum in Delhi that inspired the Taj Mahal. (To my eyes it’s even more beautiful than its successor.) Me, I’m partial to sunrise. In this otherwise chaotic city, it’s one of the rare peaceful times to explore its acres of Persian-style gardens planted with mango and lemon trees.

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Netflix's New Original Series, Marco Polo

Marco Polo

What inspired screenwriter John Fusco (of Hidalgo fame) to create Marco Polo, a new Netflix series based on the life of the 13th-century Venetian explorer? An epic journey of his own—guided by nomads through Central Asia on horse and camel. After that 2007 trek (and later trips to remote corners of China), Fusco resolved to turn the story of the world’s first globe-trotter into a TV drama.

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Fragrance Obsession: La Parfumerie Moderne

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This fall, I’ve been crushing on a new fragrance line: Philippe Neirinck’s La Parfumerie Moderne, which evokes the glamorous, Art Deco days of travel. (The streamlined labels are even a nod to vintage luggage tags and hotel logos.) The collection of three perfumes, all unisex, includes Désarmant—a lilac scent with heart notes of cinnamon, ylang ylang, and rose, as well as base notes of osmanthus and vanilla, among others.

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Nyakio Kamoche Grieco's Kenyan-Inspired Beauty Brand

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Nyakio Kamoche Grieco reflects on the Kenyan origins of her cult-favorite beauty brand.

While working at a talent agency in L.A., first-generation Kenyan-American Nyakio Kamoche Grieco was exposed to beauty brands from all over the globe. Noticeably missing, she realized, were the rich ingredients of her parents’ homeland. “I felt like the sophistication of Africa was underrepresented,” she says. In 2013, she founded her namesake skin-care line, using kola nut, marula oil, and other elements from the continent to create products that work for all skin types. She spoke to T+L about her inspirations.

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The Caribbean's Quintessential Cocktail

Caribbean cocktail

In the West Indies, there are as many combinations of rum + fruit juice + spice as there are islands to sip them on. Here, four standout renditions.


Barbados

So entrenched is the recipe for Bajan rum punch that it’s known by a timeless rhyme: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.” The combination of lime juice, simple syrup, Mount Gay rum, and chipped ice is pretty much inescapable.

Where to Sip It: John Moore Bar (246/422-2258), a rum shack on the beach in St. James Parish.

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JetBlue’s New Hue: Adds Bag Fees, Cuts Leg Room

The rumors are true: JetBlue—long hailed as the airline holdout for ancillary fees—is adding a highly controversial checked bag fee and taking back some of your legroom.

Only six months after the famously egalitarian carrier debuted its new premium Mint class, JetBlue is taking another step toward becoming more of a traditional airline by introducing, in mid-2015, a tiered airfare structure that will bundle checked bags and other, yet-to-be-named benefits into ticket prices.

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Harvard Museums Unveil Renzo Piano Renovation

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Forget about the Old Boys’ Club, musty libraries, and leather club chairs. Harvard just unveiled a highly anticipated renovation of its art museums sure to bring a breath of fresh air to the stately old campus. On Sunday, the university’s three art museums will reopen to the public, united under one roof for the first time.

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New Cookbooks from Sean Brock, Massimo Bottura, and More Chefs

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Four new cookbooks bring the world to your table.

Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (Phaidon) is the credo of Massimo Bottura, who celebrates 20 years at the helm of Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy, with this beautifully produced book of recipes, stories, and photographs.

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United and OTG Bring Star Chefs and High Tech to Newark Liberty

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For the 20 million travelers who fly through Newark Liberty Airport’s Terminal C each year, a $120 million redesign should vastly improve their experience at the United Airlines hub. Partnering with OTG, United announced the finalized plans this morning, with some changes already underway.

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Old-School Spirits Enjoy a Youthful Revival

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Around the world, once-obscure, old-fashioned spirits are enjoying a youthful revival.

Japanese Whisky: Bartenders everywhere are embracing this lighter, sweeter alternative to scotch, be it single malt (Suntory Yamazaki 12-year) or blend (Hibiki 17-year). At Tokyo’s Bar High Five, it’s poured over an ice “diamond” hand-carved from a huge block.

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Tomas Maier's New Collection

Thomas Maier collection

“This line is about the casual side of life: traveling, the weekend, lounging at home,” Tomas Maier says of his first full namesake collection, composed of comfortable pieces ideal for long flights. For women, that means unfussy items such as dark denim shirtdresses, buttery leather skirts, and pantsuits that aren’t overly structured or formal; for men, there are relaxed blazers, slouchy trousers, and reimagined parkas and peacoats. Swimwear and accessories, including bold wooden jewelry, pointy flats, and roomy totes, make an understated impact. For Maier, versatility—neutral colors; clean shapes—is a priority. “I’m interested in separates that pair together in various ways. They can be a little dressy or very casual, but always make you look and feel good when you travel.”

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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Strategies Twitter Chat on Tuesday, November 18

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The busiest day of the year to travel is upon us: Thanksgiving. Get travel strategy tips on Tuesday, November 18th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

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An Insider's Guide to Aspen

Part rich man’s playground, part ski bum’s paradise, the Rocky Mountain enclave has multiple layers. We asked a few stylish regulars to name the best insider spots.

William Golde

William E. Golde III

Bartender
Belly Up Aspen is a tiny, incredible concert venue that hosts all different types of shows. It is, without question, the place to hear music in town.”

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Los Cabos Film Fest Brings the Stars

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Los Cabos has long been popular with American and Canadian travelers. In addition to its hotels and resorts, golf courses, water and adventure sports, and eco-tourism, the destination at the tip of the Baja California peninsula is also a magnet for Hollywood—its producers, directors, and actors, many of whom have houses in the destination. The recent Los Cabos International Film Festival, in its third edition, took advantage of its geography (Los Cabos is less than a two-hour flight from Los Angeles) to showcase the best in feature-length, as well as independent movies and documentary film from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and world cinema.

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The Moment: Rathausplatz, Vienna

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9:19 p.m.: I remember a cauldron filled with molten beeswax, and my mother handing me a piece of string. I was seven or eight. It was Christmas, at a holiday market in Zurich. I dipped the string into the wax and pulled it out a few dozen times, and there was something amazing, even magical, about how the string turned into a candle, and about the smell of the wax, and the wintry crowds and the lights and the sounds. Today, 30-odd years later, the Mitteleuropa-style Christmas market is thriving, in Zurich, Prague, and Munich, in Frankfurt and Vienna—celebrations of the season and places where families can still make memories of their own.

Luke Barr is the former features director of Travel + Leisure.

Photo by Monika Hoefler


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