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CBS This Morning Video: Introducing The 2013 It List

T+L's Laura Begley Bloom appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday to discuss this year's It List of the best new hotels.

Among the properties discussed: Charleston's Zero George, Bentonvile's 21C, and others. Watch the complete interview above.

Related: It List: The Best New Hotels 2013.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Ixtapa, Panama + Lake Placid

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

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Club Med Ixtapa - up to 32% off
Ixtapa, Mexico
Relaxing on the beach, staying fit with yoga or tennis, or keeping the children busy with kids' club activities, this all-inclusive Pacific Coast resort, about a 3½-hour flight from Los Angeles, is all about options.

The Resort at Isla Palenqe - up to 40% off
Isla Paleqnque, Panama
Set on a pristine 400-acre jungle island in the Gulf of Chiriquí, this sustainable resort features 16 luxury rooms nestled between old-growth trees.

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Whiteface, Lodge - up to 29% off
Lake Placid, New York
This elegant, woodland 94-suite lodge, about five hours north of New York City, offers a rustic but deluxe resort experience in Lake Placid, abutting the six-million-acre Adirondack Park.

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Photo courtesy of Club Med

"The Shining" Lives on In Estes Park, Colorado


Not every mashup makes sense, but we love this one: Colorado’s Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, was the spot that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. And through this weekend, the historic hotel is hosting The Stanley Film Festival, with appropriately named films like Macabre and Frankenstein’s Army. There’s also the controversial Room 237, which explores the supposedly hidden meanings of Stanley Kubrick’s film version of The Shining.

It all takes place in the hotel, which has undergone major renovations. When you’re ready for a break from the horror gore, check out the redone antique Whiskey Bar, which dates to around 1909 and now features Colorado’s largest whiskey collection. And when you need some fresh air, step outside and right into one of America’s best national parks for wildlife spotting. Just keep an eye out for any zombies.

Photo courtesy of Visit Estes Park

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Santorini, Seychelles + Costa Rica

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 76% off.


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Zannos, Melathron - up to 76% off
Santorini, Greece
It's an unbeatable combination: Relais & Châteaux's ace service, a medieval castle-like construction, and stunning views of Santorini's legendary sunsets.

Cerf Island Resort - up to 29% off
Cerf Island, Seychelles
Indulge in a private-island fantasy at this Seychelles resort on tiny Cerf Island: 24 renovated villas overlook the Indian Ocean, and the revamped hillside spa, pool, and bar mean you don't have to live like a castaway.

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Hotel Punta Islita - up to 30% off
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
The far-flung tropical vibe makes this a perfect spot for romantic getaways that are both rugged and luxurious—ideal for couples who like to follow a wild gallop on horseback with a dip in an infinity-edge pool..

Photo: Christos Drazos/Courtesy of Zannos Melathron

The Doctor Recommends: Must Reads for the Week Ending April 26, 2013


There are two reasons to look at Brian Lam's Scuttlefish post about swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. First, the photos, which are just beautiful. Second, his tutorial that explains how to take similar ones without fancy equipment. Warning: These pictures will make you very, very jealous. (Matt Haber)

Grantland presents Out in the Great Alone, a story about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by Brian Phillips. This is a massive story that you're going to want to spend some time with. If you get lost while reading it, don't worry: It comes with a convenient (and very smart) map of Alaska that shows you the locations at each point in the race. (M.H.)

Sure, animated gifs are now the default way to report news via repurposed Will Ferrell jokes, but photographer Nicolas Ritter's One is a much more subtle, artful use of the  ubiquitous image format. Striking photos of London are animated with just the tiniest hints of movement, making these images feel very alive. (M.H.)

Boston Magazine has released its May cover, which features hundreds of pairs of running shoes heartbreakingly arrayed with the simple cover line: We Will Finish the Race. Well done, Boston. (M.H.)

Frank Jacobs of Big Think presents a taco map of Mexico. (Ann Shields)

Dwell has a slideshow of some pretty dreamy modern bikes, including one of those Dutch bring-the-kids numbers and a polka dot SF ride. (A.S.)

The Associated Press: Travel: United, US Airways Raise Ticket Change Fees to $200 (Jennifer Flowers)

The Telegraph: Most Expensive Airport Transfers Revealed. (J.F.)

USA Today's Bill McGee takes a look back at the 10 most important changes in travel over the last 10 years. (Peter Schlesinger)

Good news for American ski bunnies, the fantasy of learning from a dreamy Norwegian instructor lives on! The Senate has pushed a provision into the immigration reform bill ensuring easy entry into the country for foreign ski teachers. From The Wall Street Journal (sub required) via New York's Margaret Hartmann. (Amy Farley)

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Cancun, Las Vegas + Yellowstone

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Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort - up to 41% off
Cancun, Mexico
This all-inclusive, 214-room hotel in Cancún is the place for water sports, sunbathing, and even a few late-night parties.

Vdara Hotel & Spa - up to 18% off
Las Vegas, Nevada
A pioneering, all-suite property with an eco-friendly ethos just off the Las Vegas strip, connected by a walkway to The Bellagio.

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Yellowstone Under Canvas
West Yellowstone, Montana
Canvas teepees and safari-like tents with Big Sky views cluster around a bend in the Madison River, near Yellowstone National Park and the town of West Yellowstone.

Image courtest of Sandos Cancun.

Last-Minute New York Weekend Idea: Tribeca Film Festival

If you're in New York City this weekend, be sure to check out the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 28th in various locations throughout Lower Manhattan. (The festival is sponsored by American Express, T+L's parent company.)

In the video above, T+L's Nilou Motamed talks about Tribeca, one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods.

Affordable Family Getaways: Maine, Carlsbad, Chicago

We’ve gathered five great summer getaways for every kind of family—and all are under $200 a night.

Camp for All Ages: Maine Camp Experience
A growing number of camps provide overnight camp sessions for the whole family—a great chance to have fun all together. Family Camp at Maine Camp Experience offers a range of camp options around the state. There’s plenty to enjoy: waterskiing, fishing, rock climbing, zip lining, archery, tennis lessons, arts and crafts, as well as sunset campfires and games organized by camp staff. Experiences range from specific two-night weekend sessions to lengthier, more flexible stays. Rates from $65/night per person ($55 for ages 6-11 and under 6 is free), includes accommodations, meals and activities. mainecampexperience.com

Related: More Great Family Getaways

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CNN Video: What the Airline Quality Rankings Mean

T+L's International Editor Mark Orwoll appeared in on CNN this weekend to discuss the airline quality rankings released last week. Watch as he discusses the rise of customer complaints about surcharges, ticketing, and personnel and offers tips about getting the seat you want and not getting bumped.

Watch: Should You Take a Cruise Now?

T+L's International Editor Mark Orwoll appeared on CNBC's On the Money With Maria Bartiromo to discuss the cruise industry this weekend. Watch as Orwoll shares his insights into the state of cruising, post-Carnival Triumph and whether it's the right time to book your trip.

Related: Best Cruises for Families and How to Choose Your Cruise


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