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Wave Hello to Furry Hollywood Stars

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If you wanted to entice a Hollywood actor, you wouldn’t feed him a slice of wheat bread, would you?  The Olympic Game Farm’s actors, however, will wave to you for all manner of carbs. But these retired Hollywood actors aren’t ordinary stars—they’re furry, 1,800-pound Alaskan Brown Bears.

August marks 40 years of business for the Olympic Game Farm.  Located in Sequim, Washington, the Olympic Game Farm opened to the public in 1972, when it began offering tours—both walking and driving—for people interested in viewing and feeding rescue animals, and retired Hollywood stars, along with their offspring.

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Families Flock to the Seattle Great Wheel

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Consider it Seattle's equivalent of the London Eye. Nearly three times shorter than the legendary 605-foot Seattle Space Needle, the city's newest landmark, the Seattle Great Wheel, delivers panoramic views of the Emerald City that will lift you—and your family—off your feet. 

Located on Pier 57, its 42 climate-controlled gondolas offer a 15-20 minute spin on the waterfront. Each gondola rotates three times, and can accommodate up to six adults or eight children. 

The $20 million attraction is the brainchild of Seattle entrepreneur Hal Griffith who, for more than 30 years, has envisioned a Seattle Ferris wheel.  The attraction is also a part of the efforts to improve Seattle’s waterfront, which includes replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with an underground tunnel. 

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Celebrity Hair Stylist Yves Durif Expands at The Carlyle

Yves Durif Travels Across the Hall, and Around the World

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Travel aficionados may typically flock to The Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side for its handsome décor and impeccable service (elevator operators included). But this month, the big news is the renovated the third floor, where celebrity hair stylist Yves Durif has expanded his namesake salon.

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Celebrate the Fourth (And More) in Denmark


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Ninety-seven thousand five-hundred tickets, 200 bands, nine days—it’s not too late to check out Northern Europe’s largest culture and music event of the year: the Roskilde Festival, located 20 miles west of Copenhagen, Denmark

This year’s agenda includes everything from social gaming and pingpong to art from Berlin-based urban activists and graffiti artists to a giant slumber party (last year, 50,000 tents were pitched), and, of course, music.  Approximately 200 international bands–including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Cure, Jack White, Mew, and Wiz Khalifa–will rock the Festival’s eight stages.

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Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau Launch Environmental Program for Travelers in Puerto Rico

 201206-b-ritz-carlton-dorada-beach-2jpg Skip guidebooks and Google searches, and grab your snorkeling gear and hiking boots—there are new ways to learn about, and explore, Puerto Rico.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Future Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the environment, is opening a Puerto Rican branch of their award-winning environmental education and adventure program, Ambassadors of the Environment. 

Located on the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach Reserve, the program will weave knowledge with experience.  Participants will learn about Puerto Rico’s coral reefs, wildlife, wetlands, and Taino culture via snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, archaeological exploration, and other activities.

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