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#TLSMITTY Video: T+L’s Social Media Awards Party

SMITTY video from Cubavera on Vimeo.

What’s better than a Twitter chat? Actually talking, face-to-face—with no concern over character limits. Which is why, every year, T+L celebrates our Social Media in Travel + Tourism (SMITTY) Awards—recognizing the travel industry’s best work on social platforms—by making them truly social, with a party celebrating the winners.

So, for the 3rd consecutive year, SMITTY winners tumbled into New York, and T+L went all out. Last week, we hosted a party on the roof of Manhattan's Refinery Hotel, in the shadow of the Empire State Building.

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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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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

Daily Transporter: 3,000-Year-Old Giants

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One happy park ranger will commemorate today’s 150th anniversary of Yosemite by plunging a shovel into the road running through the park’s Mariposa Grove. The act signals the start of a $24 million project that will remove parking lots, roads, and a gift shop to restore the ancient grove of giant sequoias to its natural state.

See Yosemite in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Yosemite National Park
World’s Scariest Hikes
Celebrities’ Favorite Places
Super-Short Travel Disaster Stories

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

Drink Up: World Cup Cocktail

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World Cup 2014 is heating up in Rio de Janeiro and Belmond Copacabana Palace has added its own spice to the mix. The iconic hotel’s new pan-Asian restaurant MEE, fronted by celebrity chef Ken Hom, has created a beguiling concoction that’s casting a spell on World Cup fans.

The “Mandinga” cocktail is a seductive blend of Cachaça (a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice) and cashew juice with a dash of hazelnut and mandarin liqueurs. MEE hopes this touch of Afro-Brazilian magic will carry the Seleção squad to their sixth World Cup trophy. Brazil may not have invented soccer, but they are known for perfecting it. Saúde!

Mandinga Cocktail Recipe:
- 1.5 fl. oz. Leblon Cachaça
- ¼ fl. oz. Frangelico liqueur
- ¼  fl. oz. Mandarinetto liqueur
- 1 fl. oz. cashew juice
- ¼  fl. oz. lemon juice
- ¼  fl. oz. sugar syrup  

Nora Walsh is Travel + Leisure's Latin America correspondent.

Photo courtesy of Belmond

Artsy Postcard: Art Basel

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Every June, the art world descends on the Swiss city of Basel for a week of art-seeing, design-hunting, and people-watching. The team behind Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, writes about its favorite moments from the fairs and festivities—and wishes you were here.

"Everyone who visits Design Miami/Basel has the thrill of experiencing Jamie Zigelbaum’s monumental light sculpture, Triangular Series. It's installed above the entrance hall," writes Matthew Israel, director of The Art Genome Project.

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World's Oldest Maker of Rosé Champagne Pops Up In London at The Goring

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Like a scene pulled straight from Downton Abbey, The Ruinart Rosé Salon 1764 pop-up bar at London's historic The Goring Hotel is the perfect place to toast summer with a bubbly glass of Rosé.

It was exactly 250 years ago that The House of Ruinart created the world’s first Rosé champagne.  To celebrate the anniversary, The Goring Hotel has opened its private gardens (as large as a Wimbledon’s center court) from now until July 3 for the dedicated pop-up bar.

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Daily Transporter: Affordable Montreal

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The Montreal Jazz Festival runs June 26-July 6. Even with all the big acts—this year, to name a few: Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and Rufus Wainwright—more than half of the 700 performances are free to the public. 

See Montreal in The Foodie’s Travel Bucket List

Editor’s Picks: Montreal
World’s Most Amazing Fountains
World’s Strangest Buildings
World’s Most Beautiful Universities

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 of the Dirty Projectors ©Festival International de Jazz de Montréal - Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

Argentina Launches Travel Magazine

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Argentina’s tourism board recently launched a glossy publication called Che. No, it’s not a tome dedicated to the country’s famous revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It is a cultural magazine titled after the Argentine colloquial term “che” (which loosely translates to “hey”) commonly used in Latin America to refer to all things Argentine. Its pages feature the best art, music, gastronomy, events, and travel experiences from the country’s 24 provinces. Through colorful photography and engaging storytelling, Che inspires visitors to journey beyond the borders of Buenos Aires and discover a country that’s richly diverse in landscapes, customs and cuisine. The bimonthly magazine is published in English, Spanish and Portuguese and travelers can download issues to their tablets by visiting Argentina.travel or getting the free app at Android and Apple stores.

Nora Walsh is Travel + Leisure's Latin America correspondent.


Photo courtesy of INPROTUR

Philadelphia's Franklin Institute Debuts Biggest Expansion in its History

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On June 14, Philadelphia's Franklin Institute debuts the $41 million Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion—the largest expansion in the science museum’s history. The centerpiece of the new 53,000-square-foot space is the permanent Your Brain exhibit; through more than 70 interactive experiences, visitors will come away with a better understanding of the body’s most complex vital organ—from learning how we react to fear to seeing how the mind can be tricked through sounds, images, and other stimuli.

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