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Get Boulud in Bed

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T+L got a sneak peak at the Surrey Hotel, one of New York City’s newest renovations that's been gutted and reimagined and is scheduled to reopen this fall on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. And while right now we’re reliant on artist renderings, it seems like the Surrey will be injecting some (dare we say) trendiness into the UES.

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TRAVEL NEWS: August 6, 2009

Today's top travel headlines:

- Hurricane outlook in Atlantic cut to as few as three, NOAA says [Bloomberg]
- On-time arrivals soar at O'Hare; credit given to new north runway [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Putin bares torso in Siberian vacation shots [CNN International]
- Swiss seek Pope's blessing to stop glacier melting [Reuters]
- Antigua mountain renamed after President Obama [Caribbean World News]
- NYC subway officials seek new voice of the trains [NY1]

TRAVEL NEWS: August 5, 2009

Today's top travel headlines:

- United Arab Emirates to host America's Cup [New York Times]
- Fire breaks out on plane in Paris [BBC]
- Researchers set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch [San Jose Mercury News]
- Hotel Bel-Air will be closed nearly 2 years for renovation [Los Angeles Times]
- Cancun hotel reopens following beach sand dispute [Phoenix Examiner]
- Celebrity rooster, Mr. Clucky, ordered out of Miami Beach [Los Angeles Times]

TRAVEL NEWS: August 4, 2009

Today's top travel headlines:

- DOT says fewer flights on-time in June [Msnbc.com]
- Ticket prices increase at Walt Disney World [Miami Herald]
- Body found in Coast Guard search for cruise passenger off Alaska [Boston Herald]
- Thai plane crashes on Koh Samui, 1 dead [Reuters.com]
- 60 crew have swine flu on cruise ship off France [USA Today]
- 3 SFO luggage handlers convicted of stealing [San Francisco Chronicle]
- Newport Folk Festival turns 50 with sets from Seeger, Baez, and more [Rolling Stone]

Mile High, Straight Up

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Winning a T+L World’s Best Award is a cause for hotels, cities, airlines, and tour operators to break open the bubbly. But the Hotel Teatro in Denver didn’t stop with a toast. To celebrate being named one of the top 50 large city hotels in the U.S. and Canada in our 2009 survey, this 110-room property called upon its top-shelf mixologists to whip up a cocktail. A little Stoli Orange, a little Grand Marnier, some orange garnish, and voila: the World’s Best Martini was born.

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On View: Obama’s Mother’s Batik Collection

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When President Obama’s mother, anthropologist Ann Dunham, moved to Jakarta in the late 1960s after marrying Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, she fell in love with batik. The millennium-old textile art and craft—created using wax-resist dying—bewitched and enchanted her so much so that she collected over 40 rare pieces during her five years in the capital city. Dunham’s private collection—which includes traditional sarongs and other items from the Yogyakarta, Java, the birthplace of Indonesian batik—is now touring the country.

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Attention Shoppers: Travel+Leisure Opens Its First Store

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Fliers passing through Vancouver International Airport have a new one-stop travel shop—the first-ever Travel+Leisure-branded store.

Travel+Leisure has partnered with the company behind airport newsstand giant, Hudson News, to create travel concept stores selling everything from local maps and guides to T+L books (World’s Greatest Hotels, Unexpected Italy, 100 Greatest Trips) and luggage, including smart bags by Tumi, Timbuk2, and Manhattan Portage. Keep your eyes peeled for expanding inventory—and future openings at Halifax International Airport and JFK (Terminal 2), and for T+L stores-within-stores at the Orlando and San Francisco airports.

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