Are you tired? Stressed from work? Want to take a vacation but feel like no one else can do your job or that you’ll return to an avalanche of unanswered e-mails and Excel spreadsheets? You are not alone; using paid time off is a pipe dream for many working Americans.
According to a survey conducted GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications for the U.S. Travel Association, one in four American workers are reporting that they are “very” or “extremely” stressed. But almost four out of ten American employees do not plan to use all of their paid time off (PTO) in 2014, despite having paid vacation days as part of their employment compensation.
Ever dreamed of going to outer space? Your chance has arrived.
Land Rover just announced its brand new premium compact SUV, the 2015 Discovery Sport. In conjunction with its luxury newcomer, the company has created a “Galactic Discovery” competition via its partnership with Richard Branson’s space-travel venture, Virgin Galactic. And it plans to take four lucky winners to the final frontier.
For the adventure traveler, extreme sports such as sky-diving, zip-lining, and base jumping may be the ultimate adrenaline kick. The thrill of hurtling through the air with nothing but a parachute and a thin windsuit is a bonus to the unique, birds-eye perspective jumpers get.
Yet even in these death-defying leaps, there is a moment of Zen that may appeal to even the mellowest sightseer.
Come fall, people around the world will be celebrating the season’s bounty with food festivals. Lots of them. While New Englanders gather to taste the best artisanal ciders, coastal communities feast on fresh seafood. In California, it's time to sip wine. Whether you're craving a foodie getaway or are simply in the right place at the right time, these are five of fall’s top food festivals.
CALIFORNIA: Flavor! Napa Valley
This November, join the Culinary Institute of America and the region's top vineyards for a week of wine and food tastings. Culinary superstars Michael Chiarello, Todd English, and Andrea Robinson will be at the helm of vine-to-table signature dinners and hands-on demonstrations. Learn to make your own cheese, and to note a wine's distinct terroir while blindfolded. November 19-23.
The Rat. Besides having the single best name for a nightclub ever—short for The Rathskeller, which no one ever once called it—the cramped and dingy Kenmore Square dungeon known as “The Rat” was Boston’s most celebrated and notorious rock club, in an era when Boston had one of the nation’s great rock scenes. Between 1974 and 1997—from the protean days of punk through its latter-day revival—every band that mattered passed through that scuzzy, smoky basement: The Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Police, R.E.M., Husker Du, and local heroes like the Cars, Mission of Burma, and the Pixies. The club’s former owner recalls to the Boston Globe the subzero February night when Metallica played at the Rat—for six people.
Earlier this week, an earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale rattled Napa Valley and its much-revered wine stores and vineyards. Some numbers:
It had been 25 years since such a quake had happened in the area; nearly 200 people were injured, though luckily no one was killed.
The 800 or so Napa wineries will be the hardest hit, with a potential economic loss of up to $1 billion. Some wineries saw dozens of collapsed barrels, with certain vinyards losing as much as half of their stock.
Napa Valley draws almost 3 million visitors annually, and generates over $1.4 billion through the wine industry.
For more numbers and details, check out Food & Wine here.
Photo courtesy of Alex Farnum
Floral design superstar Michael Gaffney has cracked “the DaVinci Code of flower design,” and he’ll be the first one to say it. If you’ve have ever marveled at professional bouquets and wondered why your own arrangements look so disorderly, book a spot at the pop-up Floral Design Classes at Hyatt Union Square New York.
Maybe you heard the story today from the AP. Male air passenger places a Knee Defender device on the seat back in front of him, preventing that seat from reclining. Female passenger in that seat objects. Flight attendant tells man to remove device, man refuses, woman complainant drenches the man with water. (Why oh why couldn’t it have been red wine?! Much better story that way.) Pilot diverts the Newark-Denver flight to Chicago, where the two offending parties are removed, but not arrested. We all know who is right and who is wrong in this tale. Right?
As new cases of Ebola continue to be reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—plus two each in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (the first outside of West Africa)—travel bans are increasing through the continent, implemented by both international airlines and local African governments. Here is what you need to know now.
Much like its patchwork of neighborhoods, the city’s drinking culture offers something for every taste. Here, five new haunts that define the nightlife scene right now.
The Vibe: A Kentucky Derby theme sets a fanciful mood: racing-green-striped walls, equestrian knickknacks (riding crop; horse paintings), and vintage furniture upholstered with jockey silks.
Who Goes: Burberry-clad bankers and tony Mayfair residents; expat Triple Crown fans.
What to Order: A julep, of course. The Whip, made with rhubarb vodka and dry gin from the owner’s distillery, is served in a pewter tin.