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Sweepstakes Watch: Win a Stay at Blackberry Farm!


Planning to devour some sticky barbecued ribs this weekend? Don’t feel guilty: they could be your ticket to a free trip to Blackberry Farm, the Travel + Leisure's World’s Best Award–winning resort in Walland, Tennessee. Starting today, “spot” Southern dishes—from BBQ to grits to gumbo—on Foodspotting, a website and app for finding the best meals around the globe, and you’ll be entered for a chance to a win a trip for two to one of the country’s best foodie escapes.

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Weather Channel Video: Weekend Getaways From Chicago


T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Chicago on the Weather Channel's Wake Up with Al.

1. Family-Friendly Resort: Kohler, Wisconsin
Founded in 1918 by the man behind Kohler bathroom fixtures, this destination, three hours north of Chicago, is known for its iconic resort, where travelers can choose between dozens of activities, from tennis to golf, croquet, hiking, swimming, and more. WHERE TO STAY The 240-room American Club Resort, which offers storytelling by an outdoor firepit on Friday nights. Plus, all the rooms have state-of-the-art showers and whirlpool bathtubs. PRICE $289 a night. BOOK NOW

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TODAY Show Video: Last-Minute Memorial Day Ideas

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Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix
Phoenix’s grande dame was built in the 1920’s by disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright, and unlike many Phoenix resorts, it’s understated and elegant—a sophisticated gray stone carved with Wright’s signature angles. Rooms are small and cozy and feature earth-tone furnishings. Explore eight pools and numerous nooks and crannies among the 39 acres, including the Catalina pool; Irving Berlin reportedly wrote “White Christmas” while afloat here. This summer, it’s hosting the third annual Hollywood & Wine Festival.

Deal:From $80/night ($119/night and third night free), available through Labor Day. Use group code “ZU” when booking online or call 800-950-0086.

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Update: Average Hotel Rates Across the U.S.

United States

T+L’s annual report takes a closer look at the latest crop of guest review sites. Plus, how to snag a great rate, loyalty-program news, noteworthy spin-off brands, and the price of Wi-Fi and water in cities across the country.

By and large, you can expect to pay more for your hotel room this year in the United States. Here, a snapshot of average rate increases in six cities.

San Francisco
Average Daily Rate: $158
Rate Change Since 2010: 13.9%
Occupancy: 79.3%

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Weather Channel Video: Weekend Getaways From Seattle

T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Seattle on the Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al."

1. Nature Trip: Orcas Island
Orcas Island, a three-hour drive and ferry ride from Seattle, is a rustic escape in the San Juan Islands that’s ideal for strolling farmers’ markets and spotting migrating Orca whales (from March to October).

Where to Stay: Rosario Resort, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is set on 40 acres with views of the East Sound and Cascade Bay.

Price: $109 a night. BOOK NOW

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4 Affordable Wine-Country Hotels

Auberge on the Vineyard

A stay in a wine-region hotel doesn’t have to cost as much as a rare vintage. Here, four of our favorite finds.

France: Olivier Leflaive opened Burgundy’s La Maison et la Table d’Olivier Leflaive (doubles from $146), an inn with 13 bright rooms in the vineyards of his famous Puligny Montrachet wines.

California: The Avia Napa (doubles from $229) makes a perfect base from which to visit the area’s 17 tasting rooms. In Sonoma, Auberge on the Vineyard (doubles from $125) offers on-site workshops on pruning, blending, and barrel-tasting.

Spain: The family-run Echaurren (doubles from $112), in Rioja, houses four restaurants (one of them Michelin-starred) serving local pours from a 300-label cellar.

Photo courtesy of Auberge on the Vineyard

Ask An Editor Day: T+L Answers Your Travel Questions


Need help planning your next dream vacation? Looking for a few money-saving travel tips? You’re in luck! T+L invites you to our first-ever "Ask An Editor Day," taking place right on our Facebook Wall tomorrow, April 12.

From 10 a.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET, you can post your travel quandary on our Wall—and throughout the day our expert editors will respond with an answer.

Simply like our Facebook page and then head over to the Wall, where the Q+A party will take place. Don’t miss this chance to access T+L's expert editors—and get tips straight from the ultimate travel source! We look forward to hearing from you.

Weather Channel: Weekend Getaways From D.C.

This year is the centennial of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20–April 27), which kicked off this week in D.C. For travelers headed to see the flowers, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from the nation's capital on the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go.

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Weather Channel: Weekend Getaways From Austin

Headed to Austin for the South by Southwest music, film, and interactive festival (March 9 - 18)? On today's installment of the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go segment, T+L's digital projects editor, Sarah Spagnolo, offers affordable escapes if you want to beat the crowds headed to the Lone Star State this weekend.

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Weather Channel: Weekend Getaways From Miami

This morning, T+L's digital projects editor, Sarah Spagnolo, launched a new series on the Weather Channel, Get Up and Go with Al Rocker. Twice a month, we'll feature weekend getaways from a U.S. city. First up: Miami.

A Mini-Adventure: The Everglades

Just an hour and 40 minute drive west of Miami, the Everglades is a 1.5 million acre National Park on the southern tip of Florida—it’s the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. WHERE TO STAY Ivey House Inn, a modern eco-lodge that dates back to the 1920’s, when outdoorsmen came to the area to build the Tamiami Trail (the 275-mile route is still a great road trip). PRICE Less than $200 a night.

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