Prefer off-the-radar eateries to flashy, five-star affairs? That’s why Travel + Leisure and CNN teamed up for our series 100 Places to Eat Like a Local. For the next few months, we are combining iReports from you with chef and editor finds to give you tips on the best local food around.
Ever wonder where to get amazing Chinese food in Philadelphia? Chinatown might be a good guess, but how do you choose from the countless noodle houses lining the streets? Thankfully, we discovered Nan Zhou Noodle House (brought to our attention by cathybranch). Nan Zhou’s noodles are hand drawn and made to order, meaning you get to choose how you want them- broad or narrow, thick or thin. You can also pick from an array of proteins- from clam or shrimp to ox tail or lamb- to customize your dish.
Our iReporter suggests spicy pig ears to start while your noodles are being prepared. A few more insider tips- Nan Zhou Noodle House only accepts cash, so make sure to stop by an ATM on your way there. This joint is also BYOB, so while they do not sell wine or beer, you are welcome to bring your own to enjoy. Happy slurping!
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Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.
Here are some of our favorite specials offered by hotels, resorts and travel companies for Cyber Monday. Be sure to read the fine print before you book!
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On 125 acres of Sonoran Desert, this adobe casita-style property has 453 guestrooms and suites with their own private entrances, two golf courses, six tennis courts, a 32,000 square-foot spa, three pools and seven restaurants and lounges.
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While some NYC hotel rooms are still occupied by those displaced from Hurricane Sandy (with FEMA even picking up the tab), there are still vacancies in New York City and along the East Coast—with a handful of fine properties flaunting noteworthy discounts and donations in the coming days and weeks:
New York City:The Surrey Sandy Discount: $50 gift certificate to use for a future visit; $40 off spa treatments; and a glass of prosecco. Sandy Donation: 5 percent of all spa packages go to the American Red Cross.
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This classic 9-room inn a block from the Kennebunk River is hosting a pumpkin carving contest this Halloween. Pick up a pumpkin at nearby Patten’s Berry Farm and take it to the pumpkin carving station. The pumpkins will be displayed on Halloween night, when a panel of judges will select the winner. The prize is a free night’s stay to be used anytime between October 2012 and the end of April 2013. Doubles from $159/night. www.captainfairfield.com
The inspiration for Steven King’s The Shining, this hotel has an on-staff paranormal investigator who will take you on a five-hour ghost hunt—if you’re brave enough. There is a range of other ghost and history tours available, and the hotel puts on a Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, October 26, and a Shining Ball on Saturday, October 27 ($89 per person). Doubles from $169/night. www.stanleyhotel.com
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Virginia Hotel, Cape May, NJ
A restored 1879 landmark building just a half a block from the beach, the Virginia Hotel has cottages as well as rooms in the main house. Its Creepy Cape May package includes continental breakfast, two drinks at the on-site Ebbit Room, special Fat Witch treats, and a Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour through the town’s Victorian streets with a guide who will relate the paranormal findings of ghost writer Craig McManus along the way. Doubles from $140/night. www.virginiahotel.com
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Travel + Leisure's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Cleveland on the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go.
1. Geneva on the Lake, Ohio Ohio’s first summer resort, on sparkling Lake Erie, has both a state park (for hiking and bird-watching) as well as an undiscovered wine region. WHERE TO STAY Try the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake, a quaint cottage right on the water. The hotel’s wine shuttle brings guests to nearby vineyards. PRICE $139 a night. BOOK NOW
2. Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania Want to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water? Head 3.5 hours southeast of Cleveland to Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains. WHERE TO STAY The 1907 Summit Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a charming spot with an expansive deck lined by rocking chairs. Besides being the closest inn to Falling Water, it also has a nine-hole golf course founded by Pete Dye’s father. PRICE From $120 a night. BOOK NOW
3. Cincinnati, Ohio Cincy is an emerging cultural destination, and two notable stops are the Contemporary Arts Center by Zaha Hadid and the new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Up next: the soon-to-open 21C Museum Hotel, where works by contemporary artists will be on display. WHERE TO STAY Until 21C opens later this year, try the city’s grand Cincinnatian Hotel, complete with in-room fireplaces and soaking tubs and an afternoon tea service. PRICE $179 a night. BOOK NOW
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As a Los Angeles native, I’m ashamed to admit that I had never been to Big Sur—only one of the most photographed and picturesque areas in California—until last July, when my fiancé and I embarked on a road trip up Highway 1 from L.A. to Napa. I had never seen the huge elephant seals lazing the day away (just south in Piedra Blancas), never gotten so close to a deer (at Point Lobos State Reserve); never stayed on a campground enclosed by towering redwood trees.
Ours was a high-low vacation: we saved money one night to splurge the next. But the budget-friendly stay in one of Fernwood Resort’s new adventure tents—complete with lamps, fluffy queen beds, and wood-burning stoves—turned out to be the highlight of the trip. (Although, as I blindly stumbled my way to the campground’s outhouse for the third time that night, I can’t say I didn’t fantasize about the luxe Post Ranch Inndown the road.)