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Inn of the Month: Iron Springs Resort on the Washington Coast

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When Iron Springs Resort re-opened three summers ago, it was cause for celebration. The storied resort, on a remote and windswept section of the Washington Coast, had been a popular retreat for Seattle and Portland families for decades, but had fallen into disrepair. Rather than see it crumble from neglect, longtime regulars Doug and Bill True and their spouses Janet and Ruth bought the property and renovated it from head to toe. (Brothers Doug and Bill had been coming since they were boys in the 1960's.)

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Social Media 101: How To Become A Travel Blogger

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For the third year, Travel + Leisure's Social Media in Travel and Tourism (SMITTY) awards is recognizng the brands and companies transforming the industry with their online innovations (think digital concierges and exclusive social giveaways).

To help you leverage the digital boom on your next trip and cash in on the latest social currency, we tapped four platform experts for their outreach strategies and insider tips.  

This week, Renee Blodgett, founder of We Blog The World, tells us how to bring travel writing into the 21st century and reach mobile, multi-tasking readers all over the globe.

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Frontier Pilot Makes Up For Delay With Pizza Delivery

When a three-hour flight to Denver turned into a seven-hour ordeal, a Frontier Airlines pilot decided the passengers deserved Dominos pizza.

Do air travel delays make you crazy? Here's our take on the rankings of the best and worst airlines for flight delays, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2014 report.

Q+A: Chef Hugh Acheson Talks Savannah, Seafood, and His New Restaurant, The Florence

201407-hd-hugh-achesonjpgThis summer, James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson adds yet another restaurant to his growing Georgia empire. Following in the footsteps of his four existing Peach State successes, The Florence, Acheson's highly anticipated take on Italian cuisine, opened this June in a former ice factory, just minutes from Savannah College of Art and Design's campus.

Serving a menu of contemporary Italian fare infused with Southern ingredients (think a Sicilian fisherman's stew filled with fresh Savannah seafood or Neapolitan-style pizza piled high with local cheeses), the restaurant is a welcome addition to the coastal city's growing food scene.

Below, the Top Chef judge fills us in on his favorite Savannah spots, travel tips for foodies, and what diners can expect from The Florence.

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Best Apps for Organizing Travel Information

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Keeping track of your itinerary details, loyalty programs, and reservations can be a headache without the right tools. T+L takes a look at the best apps.

Worldmate Gold: Wish all of your travel details would show up on your phone’s calendar? WorldMate’s premium app will make it happen—whether you use Google, iCal, or Outlook. It can sync flight schedules, restaurant reservations, apartment rentals, and more—and if you add a hotel booking, the app will automatically try to find you a better price. Also handy: built-in weather forecasts that appear alongside your appointments. ($9.99 per year; Android, iOS, Windows Phone)

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How to Rent Camera Lenses Before Your Next Trip

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A new travel tech discovery we are digging? Borrowlenses.com. The site, which is owned by Shutterfly, offers cameras, lenses, and a broad range of photography accessories for week-long rentals. The idea solves an age-old travelers’ dilemma without the typically-requisite financial commitment—if we had a nickel for every time a T+L editor has canvassed the office for pro-grade photo gear before heading off on a safari or transatlantic adventure, we’d be made.  Here, lenses that retail for well over a thousand bucks can be rented for as little as $20. For instance, a $1,395 Carl Zeiss wide angle lens (great for landscapes) runs $65 for a week, while a $6,749 Nikon 200-400mm f/4G lens (for sports and wildlife shots) costs $271 to rent. Travel packages bundle a few essentials and a tripod for $131, and most camera brands are supported. Time to sharpen those photo skills.

ne_headshotjpgNikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of BorrowLenses

30 Minutes of Free Wi-Fi for New York City Travelers

A new agreement between The Port Authority of New York and wireless provider Boingo means that travelers passing through JFK, LaGuardia and Newark—along with Stewart International Airport in upstate Newburgh, New York—will soon be able to access 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi.

Read between the lines: New York City is finally making strides to update its notoriously low-tech offerings.

Beauty Road Test: Clinique’s New Smart Serum Gets an A+

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In an ideal world, my carry-on liquids would begin and end with: toothpaste, cleanser, face cream. The problem with packing a simple dopp kit is that today’s beauty regimens can be anything but simple. Faced with deciding between myriad creams, serums, toners, exfoliates, and more, I yearn for one product that would take the place of ten—meaning a lighter suitcase and a simpler routine, all around.

Enter Clinique’s new Smart Custom-Repair Serum, a catchall formula that tailors its performance to address your personal skin care needs.

T+L Editorial Assistant Katie James shares her take.

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Robot Parks Cars for Travelers at German Airport

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Leave it to the efficient Germans: Düsseldorf Airport now uses a robot to park cars, rather than have travelers search for a spot on their own.

Ray, as the new robot is called, picks up vehicles from six drop-off "transfer boxes" near the terminal before leaving the cars in one of 249 parking spots available through the program—the first of its kind in the world.

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Daily Transporter: Seattle Smarts

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Seattle, the second-most literate U.S. city in 2014, is also very literary: its Queen Anne neighborhood hosts 21 ‘Little Free Libraries’—boxes built by neighbors for book-sharing—and is hosting a competition for best LFL designs under $150.

Seattle in America’s Best Comic Book Shops

Editor’s Picks: Seattle
Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S.
America’s Coolest Bowling Alleys
America’s Strangest People

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Scotland the Red

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While less than 2% of the world’s population has red hair, 13% of Scotland’s citizens are redheads, with the highest density of gingers clustered in and around Edinburgh.

See Edinburgh Castle in Beautiful Castles Around the World

Editor’s Picks: Edinburgh
It List: The Best New Hotels 2014
World’s Coolest Underground Wonders
Best Places to Spot UFOs

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

A New Luxe Hotel Spa: L. Raphael at the Four Seasons New York

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There’s no shortage of five-star hotels here in Manhattan. Five-star hotels with top-notch spas—now, that’s another story. The Four Seasons New Yorkrecently upped its game with a complete design overhaul, replacing the crammed check-in area with a warm, silver-and-chocolate-toned lobby that feels both spacious and inviting.

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British Airways Tests ‘Happiness Blanket’ to Measure In-Flight Relaxation

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British Airways knows the importance of a “good flight’s sleep,” which is why they began testing its ‘Happiness Blanket’ on passengers last week. Volunteers on board the BA189 Dreamliner service from Heathrow to New York were among the first to try out the hi-tech throw woven with neurosensors and fiber optics to monitor a user’s relaxation patterns.

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8 Souvenirs that Could Land You in Jail

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It's one thing to bring back souvenirs so terrible that they land you on your friend's blacklist, and quite another to tote home tchotchkes from overseas that send you straight to jail. To ensure you experience the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from hearing a US Customs agent say, "Welcome home" here are eight souvenirs you should absolutely not bring back with you.

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July Vacation Deals

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Washington, D.C.: 34% off Jeffersonian Tour

Where's Tommy package includes:

• 2 nights in a king room at the Jefferson, a Beaux-Arts gem near the White House
Jefferson-​themed tour of the capital, stopping at the National Archives and the Library of Congress

Cost $598 ($299 per night)

Book now for travel through August 31.

For more information or to book, please visit the Jeffersonand mention Travel + Leisure.

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5 Great Summer Water Park Getaways

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Cool off with your family at one of these top affordable water parks.

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Schlitterbahn, on Galveston Island, Texas, opened in 1966 and calls itself the world’s first “water resort”—but don’t write it off as old fashioned. The park opens new rides almost every year, and with more than 35 water attractions, family adventures, and thrill slides, there’s something for everyone. Teenagers will love the Cliffhanger, with drops of 81 feet and speeds approaching 40 mph, while younger visitors prefer the Treasure Island kids area, a shallow pool designed to entertain the smallest Schlitterbahn guests. Tickets for the park are $46 adults, $36 kids. Stay at the nearby historic property, The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, where rates start at $139 on weekdays and $199 on weekends.

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New TSA Regulations Target Dead Electronics

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Traveling abroad? Be sure to keep your gadgets fully charged. A new mandate by the Transportation Security Administration is asking airport security to pay special attention to travelers’ electronics, following reports of terrorist threats involving explosives concealed in phone look-alikes. While Apple and Samsung phones were specifically called out on the TSA’s memo, any electronics that can hold a charge—laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.—are being screened. Those that don’t turn on will be confiscated, and their owners will be subject to further investigation.

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America's Favorite Places Twitter Chat on Tuesday, July 8

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What are the best towns, cities, or regions in America for burgers or pizza? What about sports teams, beaches, or nightlife? We're devoting this week's Twitter chat to our popular America's Favorite #TLPlaces survey. We'll be sharing some current survey standings during the chat, so be sure to retweet if you agree or vote to change the results here.

Join our America's Favorite #TLPlaces Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 8th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

The Hosts:

T+L's Deputy Digital Editor, Adrien Glover, @xoadrien

T+L's Senior Editor, Jacqueline Gifford, @jacquigiff

T+L's Assistant Editor, Nikki Ekstein, @nikkiekstein

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto

The Latest Perk for Delta BusinessElite Fliers? Full Flat-Bed Seats Between JFK and LAX

 

201407-hd-delta-new-seatsjpgLast week, Delta introduced three Boeing 757-200 aircraft to its fleet, which come complete with fully reclining flat-bad seats in the BusinessElite cabin. For now, they’ll connect JFK and Los Angeles; as of summer 2015, the seats will be on all flights between JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Arranged in a 2-2 configuration, they have an average bed length of 76 inches and feature personal 16-inch video monitors.

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

Is Washington D.C. The Most Walkable City In the U.S.?

A recent study by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University ranked the 30 most-walkable U.S. cities—and our nation's capital, Washington D.C. is ranked no. 1.

This challenges the results of a Travel + Leisure survey: last year, travelers ranked Portland, Oregon the friendliest city for pedestrians and public transportation in our America's Favorite Cities survey.

So, which city do you think is the best for walking? Tell us in our 2014 America's Best Places survey, live now.

July 4th Travel Tips

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The 4th of July Travel Forecast

People are feeling good. Job numbers are up today; consumer confidence is rebounding. That means more people spending on travel. AAA Travel projects that 41 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend. That's a 1.9 percent increase from last year. The majority are hitting the road, with more 34.8 million driving. But if you’re flying, the goods news is that you probably paid five percent less for your ticket than last year, according to AAA.

Some advice for drivers: A lot of people start heading out right about now so expect heavier traffic from about 6pm tonight through tomorrow.

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Plan a Last-Minute Road Trip for July 4th

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According to AAA, more than 34 million Americans will hit the road this holiday weekend. If you’re still planning your getaway, watch T+L’s Sarah Spagnolo share five iconic American drives, along with some affordable hotels, on the Today Show. 

Why Go on an Adventure with Kammok

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We enjoy discovering great new travel brands, companies, and products—especially ones that incorporate great design and do good.

There are so many reasons to like Kammok. Initially crowd-funded, the innovative outdoor brand launched in 2010 with the “Roo,” a smart closable bedding solution to help people in malaria-stricken countries. The lightweight flexible hammock easily attaches to two trees, works in tight spaces (like camp cabins and orphanages), and is even being used in yoga studios and on city terraces. Not surprisingly, word about the high-tech, comfortable hammock spread.

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8 Things to Do in Bermuda

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Jungle walks and global tapas? This timeless getaway is shedding its buttoned-up image.

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PhoCusWright Travel Innovators Going Strong

201311-hd-phocus-wrightjpgWhen is eight months an eternity? When you’re talking about the world of digital travel. New technologies are launched and companies are born—while others go bust. Since eight months have passed since last November’s PhoCusWright Conference, I wanted to check in with some of my favorite companies from the conference’s Innovation Summit, which showcases the next generation of cutting-edge travel companies. So I rang up the companies’ brass, and here’s what I learned. 

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Boston Celebrates July 4th with England's Magna Carta

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In time for Independence Day, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has opened an exhibition with a rare copy of England's Magna Carta, one of the building blocks for America's Constitution and other bills of rights.

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Summer Festival of Quebec Boasts Big Musical Acts For Small Price

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If you haven’t made plans for the July 4 weekend and are interested in music, want a getaway to someplace with a rich history and culinary scene, the value (and bargain of the summer) is to be had in Quebec City at the Festival d’Eté de Québec (Summer Festival of Quebec), July 3-13.

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Why Google's Acquisition of Songza Is Great News for Travelers

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There’s been an overwhelming amount of news following the Google I/O conference last week, but one of the things we’re most excited about is the search giant’s big acquisition of music service Songza. Why? Unlike Pandora or Spotify, Songza ditches the algorithm-based method of suggesting tunes that riff on your existing preferences. Instead, it learns about your circumstantial preferences—where you are, what the weather is like, and so on—to offer up beats that fit for the time and place. And if that sounds interesting for travelers, you’d be right: Songza has a music conciergethat helps you explore the world through regional music. (Ireland? Italy? Brazil? They’re all there.)

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Chef’s Tour: Washington. D.C. with José Andrés

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Spanish-American superstar chef José Andrés is busier than ever: his America Eats Tavern opened in June at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Va. (we’re dying to try his chicken and dumplings, she-crab soup, and foie gras s’mores), and a highly-anticipated Chinese-Peruvian concept, China Chilcano, is in the works for D.C. We were lucky enough to snag a few minutes of his time and ask for his top eats in and around Our Nation’s Capital.

Breakfast “I usually eat breakfast at home with my daughters, but when I do go out, the Willard Hotel has a great brunch. I remember going there during Christmas for the first time for high tea. The French toast is great there, and I love the eggs benedict.

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Jeni's Ice Cream Pops Up Tonight at Manhattan's Gotham West

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Which city has the best artisan food markets in America? That’s up for debate in our America’s Favorite Places survey right now. But my vote—at least for this summer—is with New York City, thanks to a new pop-up store debuting today at Gotham West Market. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, the cultishly beloved small-batch producer from Columbus, Ohio, will be peddling their signature sweets from the Midtown West marketplace for the next two months. If you haven’t tried Jeni’s signature ice creams yet, run there tonight (when scoops will be free!) and order the Salty Caramel or Milk Chocolate Bombay (a NYC exclusive). Take it from this Jeni’s aficionada—you’ll never want any other ice cream again.

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Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of Andie Diemer

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