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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.

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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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October Vacation Deals

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Vermont: 50% off from the Essex Resort & Spa

Recipe for Relaxation package includes:

• Two nights in a Traditional room
• A “chef-in-training” class at the on-site Cook Academy
• A welcome treat from the resort’s bakery
• Access to the spa facilities, which include sauna, steam rooms, and relaxation lounges

Cost: $349 ($175 per night)
Book now for travel between October 1 and December 19.

Chicago: 30% off from Acme Hotel Company

Life on the Edge package includes:

• Two nights in a standard king room
• Spot four states—Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan—from the Ledge, an all-glass observation deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower
• Two $10 breakfast vouchers
• Craft cocktails at the Berkshire room
• Two passes to the TILT Observation Deck

Cost: $438 ($219 per night)
Book now for travel between October 1 and November 30. 

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Ellis Island Hospital Opens Today for Tours

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History buffs and fans of American Horror Story will love the chipped paint and cracked porcelain sinks, the stained tiles and rusting hospital beds in the halls of the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital—open to visitors today for the first time in 60 years. 

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Points Guy Chat Follow Up: More to Know Before You Go

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"When work books a flight w/a sketchy seat, is there an easy way to change it without appearing uppity?" #TL_Chat

Michael Paul

There are many ways to get a better seat—without having to shell out cash. The key is being proactive.

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The World's Coolest Wrecks

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As morbid as a plane crash or sunken ship might be, there's something alluring about abandoned wrecks. Eerie, full of history, and possibly haunted, they can be truly captivating.

Moynaq Ship Graveyard, Moynaq, Uzbekistan

Believed to be one of the world’s worst ecological disasters, this desert use to be a busy Soviet fishing port. Once the rivers feeding it were diverted for irrigation, the Aral Sea (formerly one of the four largest lakes IN THE WORLD) dried up completely. Hence, the ships sitting on the old sea floor. Even crazier, the nearest shore is almost 100 miles away!

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Photo Credit: Flickr/Martijn.Munneke

Dream Trips Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 30

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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Discover destinations that should be on your bucket list in our Dream Trips Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 30th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

The Hosts:

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

T+L's Associate Editor, Brooke Porter Katz, @brookeporter1

The Panelists:

Travel Channel, @TravelChannel

Gary Arndt, @EverywhereTrip

Valerie Wilson Travel, @VWT_Travel

Travel Curator's Melanie Brandman, @travelcurator

Cassandra Bookholder, @AussieTvlCass

Fathom Way to Go, @FathomWaytoGo

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.

New Restaurant Brings Israeli Flavors to London's Chinatown

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While politics in the Middle East have been boiling over these past few months, the food of this region has stormed the tastebuds and hearts of Londoners, whisking them off to sunnier climes.  While places like Arabica in Borough Market and Wormwood in Notting Hill are toying with the food of the Levant and North Africa, it is Palomar, which has brought a taste of modern Jerusalem to Chinatown, which most gloriously showcases this latest trend.

Chef Tomer Amedi believes London has so eagerly embraced Palomar because his flavors are to the point yet elegantly layered, evoking strong emotions and a family heritage. This is food from the heart and beguilingly delicious.  The Jerusalem soft polenta laden with truffle oil, shards of Parmesan, and mushroom ragout is the stuff of foodie dreams. Raw oysters with a dab of harissa were creamy and spicy and briney.

Sitting in the lively dining room, plate after plate of aromatic goodness placed in front of you, you can almost imagine you’ll go outside to be greeted by palm trees and a warm breeze, not the dreary London cityscape. It’s magical.

Sally Hurst is a London-based chef and contributor to travelandleisure.com

Photo courtesy of Sally Hurst

Aspen Art Museum Makes Dramatic Debut

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If the Gucci and Prada storefronts weren't enough to dispel any impression of Aspen as a humble mountain town, the Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museumshould do the trick. The 35-year-old art institution recently debuted a new $45 million building created by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect and funded entirely by private donations from the city's wealthy patrons.

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Fall-in-the-City Beauty Essentials

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Now that summer has officially ended, T+L editorial assistant Katie James shares her favorite new products to help you shift seasonal gears.

Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Mask ($169 for six): The beginning of fall means cooler temperatures, layered wardrobes—and all-around confused skin. To combat summer-level oil production and fall dryness, facemasks are my pinch-hitters. I’ve tried plenty, but this one—from Dolce & Gabbana’s debut Aurealux skincare collection—is supremely hydrating. I smooth the fabric over my face and neck right before bed (it fits like a glove), let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and upon removal, my skin feels plump and refreshed—a recipe for sweet dreams, indeed.

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New Shop Openings Fall 2014

It’s strange to think that we have to define the term shop as either brick and mortar or strictly online, but the rise of virtual shopping hasn’t stopped brands from opening physical storefronts. Here’s a listing of the latest shops to open around the world. 

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

Italian jeweler Roberto Coin is adding another shop to his existing group of 8. This one is in Miami’s design district. His Pois Moi collection will be translated in the décor of the walls in a graphic rose gold pattern. 1360 NE 40th Street, Space 9 - Miami, FL 92011. 305-576-4466.

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After Dark: Miami (Video)

In South Beach, new mixology programs suit every type of night owl.

Where to Drink… When You’re Young & Sexy

The young and cool head to the Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami for the handcrafted cocktails like the Golden Nugget, with rum and Florida citrus juice. Ping pong tables and bocce are part of the action for this hip hostel. 

For more Quick Tips videos, click here.

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Meet Albertine: New York's Newest Book Shop and Salon

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This is the time for fall openings in New York City: art exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, but the most special and quietly spectacular: Albertine, a new bookshop (yes, a bricks-and-mortar store), opening to the public on Saturday, September 27, and located in the Cultural Sevices building of the French Embassy at 972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets). Designer Jacques Garcia has created Albertine as a grand, private French library on two levels with an internal staircase that connects the shop and its reading room. 

What’s inside? The most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States: more than 14,000 titles, including novels, non-fiction, art and rare books, comic and children’s books, in addition to DVDs, magazines, stationery, and beautiful paper goods.

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Hotel Tonight Extends Booking Window to One Week

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The last-minute hotel booking space is getting a little less last-minute, as HotelTonight is unveiling a new feature that lets users book their rooms a full week in advance. The new features, live today, respond to a need to have more flexibility when traveling in certain situations, says CEO Sam Shank, who for the first time talked about demographics beyond the spontaneous weekend traveler when I met with him earlier this week. Business travelers, he pointed out, would especially stand to gain from the new model, which allows you to wait until your schedule is set before deciding which neighborhood (or specific property) might be best suited for a particular trip.

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Cincinnati's Red Bikes and an Update on Destination Bikeshares

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Visitors to Cincinnati now have access to a collection of 200 bikes at 30 stations around the Ohio city’s central neighborhoods. With its new Red Bikes rentals, named after the hometown baseball team, Cincinnati is just one of an ever growing list of cities to embrace bicycle sharing programs.

While often designed primarily for locals, the hourly bike rentals serve travelers equally well. Here’s a quick update on the state of two-wheeling in America’s cities.

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Boston Designer-Photographer Frank Roop Takes Us to Kyoto

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Boston-based interior designer, tastemaker and photographer Frank Roop is an avid traveler who looks for creative inspiration wherever he goes, from the flea markets of Paris to the tile work in Morocco. We caught up with him after a three-week trip to Asia, where he attended a five-day Indian wedding in Bali and fell in love with the beauty and simplicity of Kyoto, this year's winner of the T+L World's Best City Award. Here, a few of his travel tips and photographs for the classic Japanese city.

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Expedia.com Explores Vacation Rentals With HomeAway

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Travelers looking for accommodations can now test the waters in vacation rentals, via Expedia’s expanded listings from HomeAway. Following up on its 10,000-listing pilot program last October, it has added 115,000 properties for families and groups to choose from.

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Just Back: The Bahamas

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They say you never really appreciate something until it’s gone. That’s how I’ve felt ever since I was twelve when my family and I packed up our bags and headed from a remote island in the Bahamas to the bustling city of New York. There are many extraordinary islands with such unique sights and experiences scattered across the Bahamian waters—the pink sands of Harbour Island (and the swimming pigs!) in the Exumas, fishing in the Abacos, or roaming around Fort Charolette in Nassau. And these are just a few.

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Museum Day Live! Means Free Entry to 1,500-Plus Museums

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Smithsonian museums are amazing for many reasons—not least of which is the fact that entrance to all of them is free. In honor of this perk, Smithsonian Magazine sponsors the annual Museum Day Live!, when more than 1,500 museums across the country do away with admission fees for one day. This year’s event—the 10th anniversary—takes place September 27.

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Miggo: Your Camera’s New Best Friend

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Developed by two photography fanatics, Miggo is a new camera strap that morphs from a cushioning band to a protective case. Its offers two styles, the “grip and wrap” as well as the “strap and wrap,” each with a different design created for easy access to your camera without worrying about a a bulky camera bag.

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New London Hot Spot: Hixter Bankside

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London culinary institution, Chef Mark Hix, has opened his first restaurant south of the Thames River, just a stones throw from the Tate Modern and Borough Market. At Hixter Bankside he’s once again working with the formula that proved so popular at his East London restaurant Tramshed, focusing on succulent whole roast chickens and Flinstones-sized beef cuts to share.

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Blake Lively's New Website "Preserve"

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Actress Blake Lively's latest endeavor is Preserve, a lifestyle website that is also a deeply personal venture. The site brings to life her passions—philanthropy, commerce for beautiful American-made discoveries, and the human story. T+L's Gabrielle Blitz talks to the star and learns about Lively's take on New Orleans, U.S. artisans, and family.

Q: Tell me about Preserve—where did the idea come from?

A: When I was younger, I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a living—what kid does? But I knew that I wanted to do something like my mom. She is one of the most creative, innovative people that I’ve ever encountered. That opened up a possibility for me—there weren’t really any limitations [for my mom]. She would always make the impossible happen.

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Plaza Premium Lounge Offers Ila Spa Treatments at Heathrow

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Between long security lines, delayed flights, and mind-numbing jet lag, it seems impossible to shake the anxiety that comes along with traveling. Thankfully, Plaza Premium Lounges offer a place to decompress before taking off—regardless of airline or traveler loyalty memberships. Their first European lounge recently opened at London Heathrow.

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Istanbul Restaurant Helps Revive Forgotten Neighborhood

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The Istanbul neighborhood of Karaköy used to be a bustling port; home to one of the busiest harbors in Europe. But with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the area fell into disrepair. For decades Karaköy, with its gaping naval warehouses, was a gloomy and forgotten dockland. The only people you’d find hanging out there were fishermen, junkies, and prostitutes. 

But all that began to change with the arrival of Didem Şenol. A chef, formerly of New York City’s Le Cirque and Eleven Madison Park, Şenol took a chance on Karaköy when she opened her first restaurant there in 2010.

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Business Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 23

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Traveling for business? Get tips in our Best in Business Travel Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 23rd from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

The Host:

News Editor and Trip Doctor, Amy Farley, @TLTripDoctor

The Panelists:

Mashable's Seth Rogin, @thesethrogin

Expedia, @Expedia

Associated Press Reporter, Scott Mayerowitz, @GlobeTrotScott

Brian Kelly, @thepointsguy

TripIt, @TripIt

NBC's Katy Tur, @KatyTurNBC

Yabu Pushelberg, @YABU_PUSHELBERG

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.

London's Can't-Miss Culture Spots

Design Museum

All eyes are on the South Bank, thanks to its world-class art museums, galleries, and theaters. Here, a few must-see destinations.

Design Museum: This Modernist-style museum by Terence Conran hosts exhibitions on fashion, architecture, furniture, and more. On view this month: “Designers in Residence,” an annual show that celebrates local and international emerging talent.

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Stop Motion Postcards Capture Cities With Whimsy

Colorado-based animator Rachel Ryle just got back from a month-long trip around Europe and put pen to paper in a series of vignette postcards with old world charm and Instagram flare.

“I wanted to take a different spin on postcards. Capturing something iconic in each region, but giving it some TLC”, said  Ryle, whose hand-drawn images of quaint German towns (and beer steins), Italian piazzas and the Eiffel Tower, of course, come to life in snapshots and 15-second films on her Instagram. Her account has garnered accolades from MTV & Buzzfeed, and her animated drawings go more in depth her YouTube page.

Print versions of Ryle’s postcards will be available as a collection, which she plans on increasing as she adds more stamps to her passport.

Erica Firpo is a Rome-based writer and frequent contributor to travelandleisure.com.

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