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Best Street Art in São Paulo


On a quick trip to São Paulo for WTM Latin America, a travel tradeshow, I snuck away to Vila Madalena to shop the small boutiques, survey the happening scene, and check out Beco do Batman, an alleyway covered from edge-to-edge with striking street art. Watch this short video for an up-close look.

Wake Up with Al: Weekend Getaways for St. Patrick’s Day

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On this morning’s Wake Up With Al, Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo highlights four cities with standout Irish celebrations. See the Weather Channel clip here.

Boston
Take in the parade in South Boston, but stay in buzz-worthy Cambridge, at the Charles Hotel, close to the delicious Craigie on Main restaurant (a T+L favorite). Beantown’s parade takes place on Sunday this year. Price: from $259 a night. Book now: charleshotel.com

Chicago
The Chicago River will be transformed into a sea of Kelly green on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a weekend filled with festivities. The new Hotel Lincoln, an eclectic hotel in Lincoln Park, is within walking distance of four Irish Bars. Price: from $239 a night.  Book now: jdvhotels.com

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Affordable Oscar-Themed Getaways In the U.S.

If, like me, you’ve been rushing around before Sunday’s star-studded event to see this year’s batch of Academy Award-nominated films, then perhaps you’re craving a vacation. These five trips—all affordable and in the U.S.—are inspired by films nominated for Best Picture this year.

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The T+L Trip: Suburban Massachusetts and Boston

The real life ABSCAM sting operation took place in New York and New Jersey, but much of David O. Russell’s crime drama was actually filmed in suburban Massachusetts. That dry cleaning branch? It’s Reliable Cleaners, between Natick and Framingham; Irving Rosenfeld’s modest house that he shares with wife Rosalyn is in tiny Medford. Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza makes a cameo (it’s where Irving and Lady Edith Greensly celebrate their newly launched London Associates partnership), and to mark the Academy Awards, the hotel is offering the Oscar Party Package. Rates from $759 include a stay in a one bedroom suite, popcorn snack, in-room champagne, and Red Carpet Bingo—or just pop into the hotel for a drink and a self-guided tour

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Star-Studded Santa Barbara Film Festival Celebrates its 29th Year

Last week, T+L was in Santa Barbara for the 29th-annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, an 11-day celebration with panel discussions, nearly 200 film screenings, and tribute events that honor Academy-Award frontrunners and mega-watt celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

We hit the red carpet before the Virtuosos Awards, asking breakout stars for their bucket list travel picks. The answers? June Squibb (in Nebraska) plans for a Hawaii respite and a Japanese animation-inspired trip to Japan for Michael B. Jordan, star of Fruitvale Station. (Watch the video above for more.)

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Travel Trends from T+L Rising Star Travel Agents

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Millennials are on the mind of travel industry insiders. What is this group looking for in a travel experience? How can hoteliers and agents entice this growing segment of luxury travelers? 

To help answer these questions, earlier this month T+L hosted the Rising Stars luncheon at ILTM Cannes, the largest luxury travel forum of the year. Sitting around a ballroom-sized table, the 12 Rising Star agents—each handpicked by a member of T+L’s Travel Advisory Board—shared their insights with executives from key hotel groups, from Fairmont to Six Senses.

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Travel Trends from Day Two of ILTM Summit in Cannes

Day Two of the International Luxury Travel Market was a busy one for the almost 3,000 exhibitors and attendees roaming the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes. We checked in with a handful of industry leaders, including A-List agent Jack Ezon of Ovation Vacations and T+L's editor-in-chief, Nancy Novogrod, for their thoughts on this year's travel trends.

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Sarah Spagnolo is special correspondent & new media editor at Travel + Leisure.

Insider Travel News From Day One of the ILTM Summit

This week, travel industry leaders descend on Cannes, France for the International Luxury Travel Marketplace (ILTM). The networking event is one of the largest of the year for the travel market; it's estimated that more than 57,000 meetings will take place between hotel groups, destinations, tour operators, travel agents and the media, including Travel + Leisure editors. In the interview chair? Jill Taylor and Lindsey Woodcock of Jet Set World Travel and Royal Monceau Raffles Paris general manager Omer Acar.

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 Sarah Spagnolo is special correspondent & new media editor at Travel + Leisure.

Introducing: T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings

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Ever wanted to book a trip to a destination featured in T+L? Starting in June, we've made it easier than ever. We're announcing a new promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love. 
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• Limited-time savings for T+L readers.

June Specials

Zambia
The Highlights: A walking safari in South Luangwa's National Park; night game drives in the remote Chamilandu Camp; and spotting crocodiles in the Zambezi River.
The Details: 10 days and 9 nights, from $10,565 per person—includes intra-Zambia airfare**

Croatia 
The Highlights: Tour the vineyards of Hvar Island and the beaches of Korcula; explore the cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik; and head to Ston for taste of the local dish—oysters plucked straight from the Adriatic. 
The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $4,795 per person**.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Santorini, NYC, Puerto Rico + Nicaragua

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Pyrgos (Santorini), Greece
Carpe Diem is set between tourist-filled Firà and Oia, ideal for travelers who want to experience Santorini's quiet charms.

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New York, New York
A small but chic newly renovated hotel in midtown Manhattan, within walking distance of Grand Central Station.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
This sexy retreat in Condado, Puerto Rico, has 15 rooms—some overlook a white-sand lagoon—and a rooftop pool.

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Playa Ocotal, Nicaragua
A 15-room eco-lodge in Nicaragua's El Aguacate nature reserve, on the country's eastern coast.

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Photo courtesy of Carpe Dien, Santorini.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Greece, Sundance + California

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Naxos, Greece
Sea views from a clutch of bi-level villas at a petite property on the Greek island of Naxos.

Sundance Resort
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Sundance, Utah
Actor-director Robert Redford's rustic-chic mountain retreat is set high in Utah's Wasatch Range, less than an hour's drive from downtown Park City.

Santa Ynez Inn - up to 41% off
Santa Ynez, California
Explore the small-batch wineries of California's central coast from this gracious inn, accented by Tiffany lamps and four-poster beds.

Vacationist.com is brought to you by Travel + Leisure and LuxuryLink.com.

Photo courtesy of Christos Drazos Photography / Naxian Collection.

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