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A Very Ohio Island Getaway

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Here’s a fun exercise: Tell people you’re taking an island vacation…to Ohio. Then see how quickly they start measuring you for a straightjacket.

It turns out, though, that Ohio does have islands, floating in Lake Erie just a few miles from shore. And they’re not the single-palm-tree variety; these tree-filled expanses spread over hundreds of acres and feature parks, Victorian-era B&Bs, historic sites, shopping, and wineries (yes, wineries).

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#LandsEndLaughs in Los Cabos, Mexico

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What could be better than having a few laughs on a beach in Mexico? How about if it were a free trip?

To celebrate the first annual Cabo Comedy Festival in Los Cabos, Mexico on October 2-6, the Los Cabos Tourism Board and Cabo Comedy Festival are giving away a 3-night trip to Cabo for two, including hotel, airfare, and VIP tickets to the event.

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T+L Picks: Cliffside Hotels

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Hold on to your hat: the most dramatic bluff-side hotels in the world are as breezy as they are beautiful.

Barbados: Built in 1887, the Crane Residential Resort ($$$$) sits above a pink-sand beach accessible by a glass-front elevator or 99 stone steps. Opt for a room in the original building with stone-coral walls and a hand-carved mahogany bed.

Brazil: Escape Florianópolis’s frenetic beach scene at the nearby Ponta dos Ganchos ($$$$), on a private, crescent-shaped peninsula. Guests can relax with passion-fruit caipirinhas on one of the eucalyptus-fringed decks or head to the tiny island just offshore.

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T+L Twitter Chat Recap: “Secret Europe” as Only the Experts Know It

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Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat covered the best “secret” spots to visit in Europe, when you’re looking to skip the tourist attractions and head off the beaten path. Our panel of travel experts shared insider tips on unknown destinations, the best shopping spots, tourist-free beaches, and travel trends.

For some of the most underrated destinations in Europe, our panel recommended Olomouc in the Czech Republic (@indietravel), Slovenia (@The PluckyOne), Matera in Southern Italy (@YoungAdventures), and Le Pays Basque in southwestern France (@purpletruffle).

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Guess Where? Coastal Lighthouse

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Can you guess where this lighthouse is? Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Guess Where? Theme Park

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Can you guess where this theme park is? Hint: It's located on one of America's Best Beach Boardwalks. Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Trip Doctor: 5 Best Sunscreens

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Q: With so many sunscreens on the market, I’m overwhelmed. Have a favorite? —Janet Bakes, via e-mail

A: We took an informal poll, and the cheekily named Supergoop! SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist ($19) is a T+L editor pick. It’s infused with vitamin C (touted by dermatologists as a damage preventer), plus it’s paraben- and fragrance-free, hence easy on your skin. Soleil Organique ($42) makes similar mists in varying SPF’s, with a green-tea scent. For daily use on the face, we prefer lightweight and long-lasting Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ ($38) and emollient-rich La Prairie Sun Protection Emulsion Face SPF 30 ($95). Hailing from Norway, Restørsea Rejuvenating Day Lotion SPF 30 (pictured; $150) contains anti-aging enzymes and moisturizing algae, though it may be worth the splurge for its pretty packaging alone.

Mimi LombardoMimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director. Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

Guess Where? Lighthouse at Dusk

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Can you guess where this lighthouse is? Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Guess Where? Seagull

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Can you guess where this building with a bird on it is? If you need a hint, this building is in a town that's home to one of the coolest hipster hotels and also has beautiful coastal views. Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of Lyndsey Matthews

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're in Waikiki, Hawaii


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We asked true travel pros what to do near in Waikiki, Hawaii. Want to share your advice? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Have a li hing mui (salty plum) margarita at Duke’s at sunset. You won’t be disappointed!” —Michael Capelli, via Facebook

“Surfing lessons by hot firefighters from Hawaiian Fire (3318 Campbell Ave., Kapahulu)…what could be better?” —@thegaytraveler

“Make a reservation for afternoon tea on the veranda at the Moana Surfrider hotel ($$$$).” —Kristen Corpolongo, via Facebook

“Hike to the top of Diamond Head—the view of #Waikiki is spectacular.” —@krissyvanntn

“See Doris Duke’s collection of Islamic art at Shangri La museum (4055 Papu Circle, Kahala).” —@rebeccapang

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