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Tom Colicchio’s New Job: Innkeeper

Tom Colicchio's Topping Rose House

Between his Craft restaurants and his role as head judge on Top Chef, Tom Colicchio is one of the food world’s biggest stars. Now he has a new title: innkeeper. At Topping Rose House, an 1842 Greek Revival mansion in Bridgehampton, New York, he oversees 22 rooms and cottages with interiors by Alexandra Champalimaud. The food, of course, takes center stage, and the locavore menu reinforces Colicchio’s passion for fresh and sustainable ingredients. His inspiration? European country inns with restaurants: “It’s all an extension of hospitality. We want this to be the place where once you’re here, it’s a warm embrace.” $$$$

Photo by Melanie Dunea/CPI Syndication

The Doctor Recommends: Must-Reads for the Week Ending June 21, 2013

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A new survey on what men worry about while on vacation reveals that, when it comes to traveling, we all (surprise!) just want to look good on the beach. Genevieve Shaw Brown from ABC reports. (Peter Schlesinger)

The ever-helpful website Nerd Wallet shows which banks are the best and worst when it comes to travel fees. (P.S.)

New York's JFK terminal has been deemed 'endangered' and in need of restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, via Circa. (Adrien Glover)

This short and sweet blog post highlights a neighborhood in Mendoza, Argentina with streets named entirely after wines—who wouldn't want to live at 54 Malbec Lane? (P.S.)

Three cheers for the Clinton Foundation, which is pledging to boost tourism in Northern Haiti by raising awareness for the country's turn-of-the-century monuments, historic sites, and culture. Travel Weekly reports. (Nikki Ekstein)

More evidence is fueling the theory that Amelia Earhart's missing plane has been found in the South Pacific, as we first noted a few weeks ago. Gadling reports. (N.E.)

Learn how to survive this summer's music festivals (i.e. this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas) with travel blogger Kristin Luna's post about Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. (Maria Pedone)

Beach reads are essential on summer vacation—grab a book from this list by the Philly Post. (M.P.)

Photo credit: iStockphoto

 

Norwegian Cruise Line's New York-Inspired Ship

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Comparing Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest ship, the New York–inspired Breakaway, with its muse.

Norwegian Breakaway

Population: 4,000 passengers.
Lady Liberty:
A three-foot frozen version in the Ice Bar.
Cost of a Bagel and Cream Cheese:
Free.
A Yellow Cab Is...
a cocktail! With vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice.
Nationalities:
Sixty-eight, and that’s just the crew.
Cost of a Studio:
From $214 a day for a 100-square-foot solo cabin, with meals, activities, and lounge access thrown in.
Dish by Geoffrey Zakarian:
Roasted scallops with guanciale and grapefruit, at Ocean Blue.
Kicks:
Courtesy of you, at Rockette-led fitness classes.
Hottest Theater Ticket:
Broadway’s Rock of Ages, free, with six shows a week.
Last Call:
Never.

New York City

Population: 8.2 million residents.
Lady Liberty:
151-foot original in New York harbor.
Cost of a Bagel and Cream Cheese:
$2.72 at Murray’s Bagels.
A Yellow Cab Is...
an impossible dream, come rush hour.
Nationalities:
An estimated 161.
Cost of a Studio:
About $85 a day for 550 square feet, in Manhattan, not including utilities.
Dish by Geoffrey Zakarian:
Braised lamb shank with pickled-turnip tzatziki, at the National.
Kicks:
Courtesy of the Rockettes, at Radio City Music Hall.
Hottest Theater Ticket:
Kinky Boots, $77 to $142 a seat, if you can snag tickets.
Last Call:
4 a.m.

Jane Woolridge

Jane Wooldridge is the cruise editor at
Travel + Leisure.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Trip Doctor on Pride 2013: Spotlight Twin Cities

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Did you miss the Pride events this month in Boston, Providence, and D.C.? Those cities already had their big celebrations, but there’s still time to attend the festivals in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and elsewhere.

One Pride event you may not have considered is Minnesota’s Twin Cities Pride. This under-the-gaydar destination has a lot to celebrate since last year’s paradegoers marched down Hennepin Avenue. In November, voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and the state legislature legalized equal marriage in May, with the law going into effect August 1. No wonder T+L readers voted the Twin Cities one of America’s top cities for Gay Travel.

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Tech Thursday: Instagram Launches Video

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The rumors turned out to be true: today, Facebook announced that Instagram would gain video sharing capabilities after two years devoted strictly to photos, meaning your travel videos can now be broadcast at the push of a button. We can’t say we’re surprised: Vine and Cinemagr.am, the leading apps for short, looping videos, have been the talk of the town—and Facebook’s not one to fall behind on social sharing trends. The new app is now available on Android and iOS, with 13 cool filters that borrow from the app’s photo-driven aesthetic. Record right in the app, and take up to 15 seconds of video at a time—more than double the average clip on rival services, while maintaining low upload times. Then, choose a cover frame to set the tone for your super-short-film, use the same hashtags you would for normal pics, and you’re all set. The key distinguishing points? Videos won’t loop—and with a little bit more time to share, they’ll have a different look and feel from other services (which we’ll continue to use enthusiastically). And thanks to a nifty feature called Cinema, videos will be automatically stabilized. Says CEO Kevin Systrom, “It’s the Instagram you know and love—but it moves.”

Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Zolman

 

Hertz Launches New Uber-Luxury Car Fleet

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When it comes to choosing a rental car, I'm always spinning my wheels, trying to balance comfort and price, and always ending up with something as sensible (read: boring) as a Chevy Aveo or Nissan Versa. Yeesh! What am I—a bank examiner or something? Now I have every reason, if not necessarily the funds, to don a pair of Tod's Gommino driving shoes and Brooks Brothers deerskin driving gloves (and perhaps a rueful smirk) and step behind the wheel of a real mean machine, thanks to Hertz's new DreamCar program, which launched this week.

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Trip Doctor: What Americans Really Think about Flying

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With summer vacation upon us, it seems students aren't the only ones getting their final grades. A slew of reports and studies recently came out—including ones from Harris Interactive, J.D. Power & Associates, Consumer Reports, and the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)—surveying a total of over 67,000 Americans on their latest opinions North American air travel. Here are some of the highlights:

Satisfaction is…Up!

  • Even though Consumer Reports concludes "There isn't much good news for passengers," recent findings by J.D. Power & Associates suggest that the passengers themselves disagree. The marketing information firm surveyed nearly 12,000 individuals and measured customer satisfaction on a 1000 point scale based on airline performance in 7 categories: cost & fees; in-flight services; boarding/deplaning/baggage; flight crew; aircraft; check-in; and reservation.  The results?  Overall passenger satisfaction is up 14 points to 695, a score not seen since 2006, before the age of a-la-carte baggage fees.

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Arrive Like LiLo: Ride in a Police Car at Hotel ZaZa

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Hotel ZaZa, a Texas mini-chain of boutique hotels, retains a fleet of vehicles available to guests at their Dallas and Houston properties. The kooky lineup includes an art car, a hearse, a car with Texas longhorns mounted on the grill, and a police cruiser.

If you want to make a dramatic entrance, the ZaZas will squire you there in idiosyncratic style. No one will forget your name after you pull up to a trade show in a hearse. 

Why settle for a plain old limo when you could join the ever-growing list of former teen stars slumping in the backseats of patrol cars?

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa

 

55th Venice Biennale: The Encyclopedic Palace

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Part wunderkammer, part memory palace, this year’s 55th Venice Biennale is an introspective investigation into contemporary art.  Through November 24, the Biennale will dance around the Renaissance as an “Encyclopedic Palace,” a conceptual skyscraper and memory palace based on a 1955 model by Italian-born artist Marino Auriti.

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"Subversive Adult Disneyland” Turns Up the Heat in Tasmania

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Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art has won raves—from this magazine, for instance—for its unique, fortress-like architecture. Perhaps even more striking, the museum’s creator, gambling mogul David Walsh, has frequently described the place as “a subversive adult Disneyland.”

High-brow praise, titillating promises ... either could get folks browsing airfares to Tasmania.

Indeed, the museum—with recurring themes of sex and death—seems to be driving a growing desire to visit Tasmania and its capital city, Hobart: According to a recent Telegraph article, more than 700,000 people have visited the museum since it opened in 2011 (for perspective, only 500,000 people actually live in the Australian island state), while Tourism Tasmania statistics indicate that tourist traffic to the island state is up by 10 percent since last year.

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