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Nashville: Back in the Spotlight

Nashville

Here’s a Nashville story: we’re tucking in to authentic muhammara and makanek near the front entrance at Epice, a Lebanese bistro in the city’s up-and-coming Twelve South neighborhood, when the actress Hayden Panettiere—who plays the upstart young country singer in the ABC series Nashville—walks in. It’s the lunchtime rush, and the sun-splashed terrace of the restaurant is jammed. Panettiere and her friend wait, in full view of the dining room, for the hostess to return from seating a table. Maybe a minute or two passes, and we start to imagine the moment when the room will erupt in a pandemonium of camera phones and proffered Sharpies. We should have known better. We’d been prepped for this very moment by Matt Bolus, a young chef who moved from Charleston, South Carolina, our hometown, to Nashville several years ago. “Nashville’s like L.A.,” he’d reported back to us, “but with the soul of a small Southern town. I’ll look up from the pass and see Nicole Kidman in the dining room, but people respect that she’s a person, eating at a restaurant. Nashvillians would never beg for an autograph or sneak a selfie.”

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Orbitz Rewards Adds Restaurants to Loyalty Program

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On the heels of Priceline’s OpenTable acquisition, Orbitz is getting into the restaurant space—the company yesterday launched Orbitz Rewards Dining, a new program that allows loyalty members to score extra perks for dining at specific restaurants. It’s the result of a partnership with Rewards Network, a Chicago-based company that maintains a database of 11,000 restaurants.

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Want to Eat in a New York Chef’s Home? EatWith’s New Series Makes it Happen.

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We first wrote about EatWith—a website that connects locals with amateur and trained cooks for private, home-cooked meals—last year, when we identified “eating with a local” as one of the most important travel trends of 2014. While the company continues to champion its original vision, last month it launched a chef series in New York, inviting guests into the homes of professionals.

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New York City Supper Club Transports Diners To London

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The English supper club troupe Shuttlecock Inc.—known for Mile High, a series of surrealist experiences that transport diners using elaborate sets and intricate menus—will soon cross the pond. The first stateside performance, Destination: London, in New York’s Lower East Side, will be a bawdy air travel-themed comedy paired with Bath chaps, pigeon, clotted cream ice cream, and that subversive, Monty Python charm.

New York City; Sept. 24 – Oct. 4, 2014; shuttlecock-inc.com.

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Sarah Spagnolo is special correspondent & new media editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Shuttlecock Inc.


We Love Urban Cowboy Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg

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On a Thursday night in June, the open-air communal living room at Urban Cowboy—a new four room B&B on a leafy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, block—is echoing every stereotype about a borough that’s now considered the universal fulcrum of cool.

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Hotel Offers Farm-to-Table Baby Food Menus

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If you bring your family to a top luxury resort, it's only natural to expect the finest culinary offerings. But while you feast on organic grass-fed filet mignon, your baby is usually stuck with the glass jar purees you brought from home. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, in Cabo San Lucas, aims to change that. The property recently rolled out a farm-to-table menu just for little ones with ingredients sourced from local farms and the resort's gardens. Among the highlights: pear with banana and cinnamon, baby carrots and zucchini, and baked sweet corn and parsnip carrot. I wonder if they deliver?

Clara Sedlak

Clara Ogden-Sedlak is Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort

Vienna, Old and New

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The city of waltz and opera also shimmers with cultural innovation. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, head of the Museum of Applied Art, and his art historian wife, Karin, take in its highlights.

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Summer Trend: Cocktails with Tea

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Hearing words like "smooth," "smoky," and "floral" might bring to mind thoughts of bourbon, tequila, or gin, but those terms could also describe roobios, green or black teas. The subtle similarities between teas and spirits make them perfect companions in a cocktail. Across the U.S. this summer, mixologists are capitalizing on this trend by infusing cocktails with everything from chamomile to Darjeeling.

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Q+A: Singer (and Soon to Be TV Star) LeAnn Rimes Talks Travel with T+L

After teaming up wtih LeAnn Rimes to DJ the performance of her new single, "Help Me Make it Through the Night," Wednesday on The View, I sat down with the Grammy Award-winning singer to get her travel picks. And don't miss the debut of LeAnn & Eddie, airing tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST on VH1.  

Q: You guys are on the road so much. What’s an ideal Saturday when you’re home in L.A.?
A: Riding Eddie’s Harley to Malibu, then ending the day at Moonshadows, a waterfront spot with freshly caught seafood, or Malibu Country Mart. There’s an amazing Greek restaurant there called Taverna Tony—we always get the roasted baby lamb!

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Sugar Mogul Dylan Lauren's Candy Collection

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Sugar mogul Dylan Lauren recalls her global sweets pursuit.

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