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Faena Hotel Celebrates 10 Years

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To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires enlisted Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack of assume vivid astro focus to create an interactive roller disco art installation inside the Faena Arts Center, much like the outdoor rink he created in 2004 for the Central Park Skate Circle.

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Marriott's Wi-Fi Jamming Scandal, And What It Means For Hotel Tech

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Earlier this week, Marriott made headlines for blocking the use of Mi-Fi hotspots for conference-goers at its Nashville-based property—to the tune of a $600,000 fine.

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Matisse: The Cut-Outs Arrive at NYC's Museum of Modern Art

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From Tahiti to Cannes, motifs from Henri Matisse’s travels appear as mimosas, birds, jellyfish, and sharks. Vibrant shades of cobalt and vermillion dance across his compositions. Neither painting nor sculpture—though elements of both are present—Matisse’s cut-outs conjure up images of the exotic locales that inspired him.

On October 12, the most extensive exhibition of Matisse's cut-outs opens at MoMA, after a six month run at London's Tate Modern, where it was the museum's most popular show ever.

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Eiffel Tower Debuts Daring New Attraction

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Paris's Iron Lady is celebrating her 125th birthday with a modern, $38.4 million facelift. She’s come a long way since her debut as a temporary attraction in 1889.

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A Food Lover's Guide to New Orleans

New Orleans restaurants

Where to get your fix in the Big Easy, whether your tastes run toward the classic or the trendy.

Breakfast

Classic: Head to the frescoed Grill Room (300 Gravier St.; $$), at the recently revamped Windsor Court Hotel, for andouille-andcrayfish omelettes and some of the city’s best beignets.

Trendy: In the emerging Bywater neighborhood, Elizabeth’s (601 Gallier St.; $) is a down-home place to indulge. Signature dishes: candied praline bacon and bananas Foster–stuffed French toast.

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America's Best Desert Spa Retreats

Two Bunch Palms

When they need to recover from stress, smog, or something stronger, West Coasters head for arid climes. A detox taxonomy.

Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs, California

The vibe: Ultra-private, 1920’s-era romantic weekender’s hideaway (first revealed to noncelebs in Robert Altman’s 1992 satire The Player). Everything has been recently redone, from the tree-shaded grotto to the yoga dome, gym, and glass-walled restaurant.

The draw: Midnight soaks in heated mineral pools; discreet bungalows with patios or yards.

In the adjacent mud bath: Famous friends of the Hollywood movie producer owners—not that you’d recognize them after their lithium-rich mud baths.

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New Photography Book Exposes Parisian Life

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For those of us who seek to immerse ourselves in a place, photographer Gail Albert Halaban’s Paris Views (Aperture) offers a voyeuristic glimpse into la vie parisienne. A family celebrates a child’s birthday. A couple shares a bottle of wine. A man wearing shorts plays air guitar. To scout locations and get the perfect vantage points, Halaban invited herself into dozens of homes. The result, a follow-up to her New York series, Out My Window, is a strikingly intimate vignette of urban life. And, she says, “It’s also a great way to meet locals.”

Photo © Gail Albert Halaban, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery


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Relais & Châteaux Celebrates 60 Years with Month of Feasts

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It was a luxe, upscale estate in the Rhône Valley that started it all: a passion for exceptional service, cuisine, and hospitality that came to define Relais & Châteaux. Now, the association is celebrating 60 years of being at the top of the game with a year of over-the-top events, festivals, and gourmet feasts.

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New York City's Top Galleries

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NYC’s top galleries are as distinct in design as they are in profile. Below, four reasons why the Big Apple clinched the "Art Scene" category in this year's America's Favorite Cities survey.

Park & 75th: Larry Gagosian’s most recent opening is his most unusual: a 1,000-square-foot storefront with painted tin ceilings evocative of 1960’s SoHo. It showcases the unexpected, such as paintings by American filmmaker Harmony Korine.

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Anti-Aging Products Sourced From France

French Beauty Products

Is it any surprise that top beauty brands are sourcing ingredients from France—the land of luxury—for their latest anti-aging products? Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion ($360) contains extracts of rare black diamond truffles from the Périgord, along with refined 24-karat gold. Nutrient-rich elastic kelp harvested off the coast of Brittany is the hero ingredient in La Mer’s new Intensive Revitalizing Mask ($160). And Dior’s limited-edition serum, La Cure ($2,000), available in January, incorporates sap from the vines of Bordeaux’s renowned Château d’Yquem along with pure concentrate from the grapes of its 2013 vintage—quintessential France in a bottle.

Katie James
Katie James is an Editorial Assistant at
Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @kjames259.

Illustration by Hannah K. Lee


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Cozy Up to Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock, Vermont

It was 12 degrees and gusty when I started up the snowshoe trail that leads to the top of Mount Tom, the forested knob that looms just above Woodstock, Vermont. I moved fast, stabbing the frozen snow with my ski poles, rounding switchbacks, listening to rattling beech leaves, pale as parchment, that somehow refused to drop last fall. I seemed to be the only one on the Faulkner Trail that morning—no big surprise, given the weather. But I didn’t mind; I was generating my own warmth.

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Behind the Scenes at Canada's Quirkiest Inn

Prince Edward County may be Canada’s hippest new escape. Just two hours east of Toronto on an island that juts onto Lake Ontario, it’s home to stunning landscapes, a clutch of burgeoning wineries that produce spectacular Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, dozens of nouveau country stores, and what may be the country’s quirkiest—and perhaps most charming—little inn.

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5 Reasons to Visit Providence Now

Providence, RI

This year’s overall America's Favorite Cities winner has a bit of everything: great food, an exciting bar scene, and endless curb appeal.

1. Because the city is a legitimate culinary capital.
Queue up for a table at North, a modern Asian hot spot by James Mark, a David Chang protégé, or book at Birch, an ambitious chef’s counter with a focus on local ingredients (whelks; quahogs; foraged herbs).

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Cartier Exhibit to Dazzle at the Denver Art Museum

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In 1904, after Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained of having to fumble for his pocket watch while flying his dirigible, Louis Cartier obliged with a timepiece that could be viewed with a flick of the wrist. A 1916 Santos watch is on display in “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century” at the Denver Art Museum, along with the dazzling jewelry Cartier created for czars, industrialists, and starlets (including these diamond-and-emerald crocodiles worn by actress María Félix). November 16–March 15.

Mario Mercado is Travel + Leisure's arts and culture editor.

Photo by Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection ©Cartier


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The Soul Food of Lyons

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I first came to Lyons in 2011 to watch the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious cooking competition. Held every two years, the Bocuse is an extraordinary spectacle—a kind of gastronomic Super Bowl. It takes place in a cavernous auditorium on the eastern edge of the city amid a frenzy of flag-waving, drum-beating spectators. In front of them, 24 chefs, competing for their nations, strive to produce two courses of impeccable food for a panel of judges that includes some of the greatest culinary figures in the world.

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How to Take Better Travel Videos with Your Smartphone

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How to become a top videographer—with nothing but your smartphone.

Shooting

Five tips for capturing stellar footage.

1. Hold your phone horizontally.
It’s the only way to avoid having black bars on either side of the frame. Record via Horizon ($1.99; Android, iOS), and videos will default to landscape mode.

2. Look for sunshine.
Avoid dark settings, which make for grainy videos, and turn on every available light when shooting indoors.

3. Cancel out the noise.
Shoot in quiet places if possible—otherwise, cup your hand around the mic, or use an add-on microphone, such as the Mikey Digital ($99), to minimize aural distractions.

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Hawaii Twitter Chat on Tuesday, October 7

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Love Hawaii? Get insider tips in our Hawaii Travel Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 7th from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

The Hosts:

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

T+L's Hotels and Food Editor, Jennifer Flowers, @JennFlowers

The Panelists:

Travel Channel, @TravelChannel

The Knot, @theknot

Anastasia Ashley, @anastasiaashley

Julia Chapman, @gypsetstyle

Marilyn Clark, Lighthouse Travel, @Marilyn4Hawaii

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.


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El Blok Hotel Makes Its Debut in Vieques

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In Vieques, the names and phone numbers of all the island’s taxi drivers are posted on a sign outside the airport, which is an indication both of its size and its degree of formality. No need for Uber here. Vieques, just off the eastern tip of Puerto Rico—and accessible by a puddle jumper from San Juan—has a sleepy, eccentric, instantly likable charm: Tulum without the yoga, Harbour Island without the WASP’s. “Vieques is like a really good indie rock band,” says Simon Baeyertz, a former music industry exec who moved here four years ago and, with co-owner Rob Feldmann, opened the hotel El Blok in August. “Maybe it’ll get discovered, maybe it won’t. But it will never be a big pop star. It’s the White Stripes, not Taylor Swift.”

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Exploring the Colombian Coffee Triangle

Blue Parallel Coffee, Colombia

What to do after discovering the provenance of your favorite foods and wines? Track down the origin of what’s in your mug. For that, travelers are flocking to Colombia’s so-called coffee triangle. “The fincas of Pereira and Armenia are like the estancias of Mendoza, Argentina, ten years ago,” says Emmanuel Burgio of luxury outfitter Blue Parallel. His itineraries include the Cocora Valley, home to half a dozen heirloom cultivars—and the world’s tallest palm trees. “It’s full of natural spectacles and hospitable locals,” he says. Guests with bespoke operator Big Five—an early champion of the region—sleep at Sazagua, the area’s first high-end hotel; they can harvest, roast, and taste the local crop at the venerable Hacienda Venecia. Once they’ve got their caffeine buzz, visitors go on horseback rides through the countryside, trips to the tropical fruit market in Filandia, and hikes in the nearby cloud forest.

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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 Blue Parallel


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How to Get a Room Upgrade (Video)

The best rooms aren’t always reserved for those who pay top dollar. Travel + Leisure's Sarah Spagnolo shares five tips that will help you get an upgrade:

Tip 1: Be nice

Front desk agents are usually entitled to change a guest’s room at their discretion. A smile and a friendly spirit can go a long way!

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Open House New York Unlocks Off-Limits Destinations

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If you've ever craned your neck passing through JFK Airport to get a better look at Eero Saarinen's swooshing, Modernist TWA Terminal, and wondered how to finagle your way in, you'll be happy to hear about Open House New York. For one weekend—October 11 & 12—this city-wide event will open the doors to hundreds of normally off-limits sites in New York City, including the famed TWA Terminal, where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed Catch Me If You Can.

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The Best Craft Vodkas

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Since the 8th century, flavorless, ethanol-esque vodka has been a means to an end (see serfs, Russian), and rightfully so—the stuff just isn’t that good. But a new band of global distillers is shaking up (ahem) the scorned booze with inventive ingredients and high-quality methods, transforming it from soda-with-lime afterthought to a sip-worthy nightcap. Here, in honor of National Vodka Day, seven craft bottles worth putting on your shelf.     

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Family Friday: Best Hotel Kids Clubs

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Every parent knows the beauty of the hotel Kids Club: free time for you and endless entertainment for your little ones. Now resorts everywhere are playing a serious game of one-upmanship when it comes to club activities, good old-fashioned sand castle building and arts and crafts just aren't enough to satisfy our lust for learning and adventure. Here, my favorites.

For inspiring young photographers, Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston offers the chance to work with award-winning photographers, including resident Tiffany Briley, to capture the city¹s historic sites and breathtaking lowcountry on film.

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Author Eden Collinsworth Shares Tips for Traveling in China

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When Eden Collinsworth moved to China to write a guidebook on Western etiquette for Chinese businessmen, it’s safe to say that she encountered some cultural differences (like the time when a man asked how much she cost). In fact, there was enough material for another book, I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became its Own Unforgettable Lesson, which hits shelves October 7. In this humorous memoir, the former media exec and business consultant sheds light on her time living abroad. Here, she shares some of her experiences, tips for traveling in China, and more.

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The 10 Best Canal Cities in the World (Not Named Venice)

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Pretty much every city with a drainage canal these days likes to call itself something along the lines of, “The Venice of Saskatchewan”. But it takes more than an artificial waterway to make a city with canals a legitimate canal city.

And since you already crossed Venice off your bucket list that time you were in Vegas and stopped for lunch at Buddy V’s, here are 10 of the world's other beautiful canal cities worth a visit.

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons user Peripitus

T+L's Social Season: #thisisfall

The air is becoming crisp and the leave are starting to change—fall is officially here. Together with @foodandwine and a few other Time Inc. sister brands, we want to see how you're enjoying the season. Share photos on Instagram and include the hashtag #thisisfall for a chance to be featured on T+L’s Instagram.

See full social media terms.

Marriott and Maria Shriver Remind Guests to Tip Hotel Attendants

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What do Maria Shriver and Marriott Hotelshave in common? As of this month, it’s a shared interest in helping housekeepers earn their expected tips. 

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Lufthansa Partners with Grocer to Deliver In-Flight Meals Home

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I may be in the minority on this, but I absolutely love in-flight dinners. They’re usually the first meal of a trip, and, to someone who remembers vacations by their foods, that matters a lot. I feel a certain energy bubble up in me as I twist open my mini wine bottle and take the tin-foil cover off my reheated “gourmet” cuisine.

Now I’m hoping that a new service from Germany’s Lufthansa takes off stateside. The airline—still dealing with striking pilots—has partnered with online grocer Allyouneed.com to launch Air Food One, delivering airplane food to households once a week.

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30 Things You Didn't Know About Oktoberfest

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Because almost everything you know about Oktoberfest you learned from the Wolfhouse brothers, here are 30 fun facts from a real-life German about the world’s most magical annual beer festival.

1. The name is misleading.
Because Oktoberfest is in September, for the most part.

2. It’s 204 years old

Yup, the festival started its illustrious career in 1810, the same year the US annexed the Republic of West Florida, if that helps give you an idea of how far back it goes. Wait, it doesn't? Didn't know there was a Republic of West Florida? Yea, we looked that up.

3. In the beginning, there was no beer
Oktoberfest started as a wedding actually, and a dry one at that. It was essentially a way to let the poor people celebrate the nuptials of Ludwig von Bayern, the King of Bavaria, and princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Also, it kicked off with a royal horse race.

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Liftopia Launches Flexible Ski Tickets

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Now's the time to plan your ski vacation if you haven't already—but if you're not in the market for season tickets, Liftopia is launching a new approach to lift tickets. Perfect for those who are caught between unpredictable schedules and budget consciousness, the site—already an industry pioneer for aggregated online lift ticket sales—is now offering the mountain equivalent of flexible fares.

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