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Daily Transporter: Tulips!

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Skagit Valley's 30th annual Tulip Festival runs April 1-30. Join other floral fans in celebrating the area's abundance of blooming tulip fields (as well as its bumper crop of wineries and breweries).

Editor’s Picks: Washington State
See Washington in World’s Longest Bridges
and Great Spring Weekend Getaways
and America's Coolest Distilleries

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Scotland

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The John Muir Way, 134 miles of trail stretching from the naturalist’s birthplace in Dunbar on Scotland's east coast across to Helensburgh on the west coast, officially opens in April in time for the centenary of Muir’s death. The first-ever John Muir Festival kicks off Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.

See the John Muir Way in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Scotland
See Scotland in 25 Secret European Villages
And Best Instagram Photos of 2013
And World’s Coolest Staircases

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: This is Not a Toy

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Multidiscipline whiz kid Pharrell Williams has added Curator to his impressive list of occupations. A 700-piece exhibit of artist-designed toys, This is Not a Toy, runs through May 19 at the Toronto Design Exchange. Williams guest-curated the show and many of the toys come from his personal collection.

Editor’s Picks: Toronto
See Toronto in World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions
and World’s Strangest Buildings
and World’s Most Beautiful Museums

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Design Exchange.

Mendoza's Grape Harvest Festival

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Mendoza, Argentina hosted its 78th annual grape harvest festival known as "La Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia," a ten-day cultural celebration that attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers from near and afar.

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Chef's Tour: The Ardeche, France

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It’s not every day that one of France’s most respected chefs—we’re talking the three-Michelin-star, Bocuse d’ Or-winning ilk—would travel to Manhattan and cook for an entire weekend. In fact, it’s been more than 20 years since Régis Marcon of Hôtel et Restaurant Régis et Jacques Marcon has cooked in New York City.

Marcon brought his talented sons Jacques and Paul with him last weekend, teaming up with longtime friend Daniel Boulud to create a series of exquisite meals out of Boulud’s equally Michelin-star-studded Restaurant Daniel. After dropping by the kitchen to chat with Chef Marcon during the city’s annual Citymeals-on-Wheels benefit (Boulud is co-president this year—check out his awesome new Chefs Deliver initiative), I’m dying to dine at his restaurant in France’s south-central Ardèche region. Read on, and then fight me for the last available aisle seat to France tomorrow.

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A Bollywood Spectacular Comes to New Jersey

As the synchronized jingle of a dozen anklets claimed center stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center last Saturday, I watched with giddy anticipation. There was something exhilarating about listening to the Bollywood tunes of my childhood—songs that often served as the overplayed soundtracks to family roadtrips and dinner parties—captivate an audience of nearly 2,300.

I was here to witness “Mystic India: The World Tour,” a series of high-octane dance performances that combined regional folk dancing, exuberant tributes to Hindu gods and lively renditions of Bollywood classics.

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Brokeback Mountain Opera Premieres at Madrid's Teatro Real

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One of the most anticipated new operas of 2014 has premiered at Madrid’s Teatro Real: Brokeback Mountain, with a libretto by Annie Proulx, based on her short story, and a score by American composer Charles Wuorinen. Brokeback Mountainis, of course, widely known because of the acclaimed 2005 film by Ang Lee that starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, as Wyoming sheep-herders, who fall in love in a landscape and a time inhospitable to their passion.

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Find Local Events Wherever You Travel With Eventseeker App

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If you’re searching for an activity more interesting than the average tourist attraction while traveling, skip the guidebook and log onto eventseeker. The event recommendation engine—available to all Android users as of last week—uses your social profile and music applications to create a hyper-local, personalized list of suggested activities. It even shows you which friends may be attending. 

Since it launched last year, eventseeker has been steadily expanding its global reach. Aside from its ubiquity across all smartphone platforms and social networks, the app now has a presence in more than 2,000 cities worldwide. Partnerships with 150 ticketing agencies have provided access to an unprecedented database of events, ranging from nearby festivals to rock concerts or educational programs.

The next time you're touring a new town, or simply looking to expand your neighborhood knowledge of affairs, let eventseeker do the searching for you. 

Melanie Lieberman is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of Eventseeker 

Top Facebook Check-Ins During Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Fat Tuesday marks the end of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but we’re still reminiscing about the flaky slices of King Cake and over-the-top parades. These numbers, officially crunched by Facebook, show the most popular bars, hotels, and neighborhoods in NOLA from 2013, based on the volume of and increase in Facebook check-ins during the week leading up to Mardi Gras. Only check-ins within a 15-mile radius of the city center made the cut, so vicarious revelers couldn’t skew the stats. Read on to see how many of your 2014 party spots racked up against last year’s.

Places to Hang Out and Watch the Parades

1. St. Charles Avenue

2. Lee Circle

3. Uptown

4. New Orleans City Park

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Affordable Oscar-Themed Getaways In the U.S.

If, like me, you’ve been rushing around before Sunday’s star-studded event to see this year’s batch of Academy Award-nominated films, then perhaps you’re craving a vacation. These five trips—all affordable and in the U.S.—are inspired by films nominated for Best Picture this year.

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The T+L Trip: Suburban Massachusetts and Boston

The real life ABSCAM sting operation took place in New York and New Jersey, but much of David O. Russell’s crime drama was actually filmed in suburban Massachusetts. That dry cleaning branch? It’s Reliable Cleaners, between Natick and Framingham; Irving Rosenfeld’s modest house that he shares with wife Rosalyn is in tiny Medford. Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza makes a cameo (it’s where Irving and Lady Edith Greensly celebrate their newly launched London Associates partnership), and to mark the Academy Awards, the hotel is offering the Oscar Party Package. Rates from $759 include a stay in a one bedroom suite, popcorn snack, in-room champagne, and Red Carpet Bingo—or just pop into the hotel for a drink and a self-guided tour

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