Recognizing there's a better way to survive the Polar Vortex than hurling boiling pots of water into the air, modern-day Japanese warriors took to the battlefield recently in Hokkaido to hurl something else—snowballs. At each other. In a giant sanctioned snow war.
Yes, the Super Bowl is being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but make no mistake: the true epicenter of Super Bowl frenzy is really right across the Hudson River, in Manhattan. That’s where the city’s finest restaurants are serving prime rib to NFL legends, where the nation’s sports broadcasters are knocking back manhattans in the city’s swankiest bars, and where anyone who wants to live like a Super Bowl VIP leading up to the Broncos-Seahawks to-do has carte blanche to enjoy himself to the hilt. And probably nowhere else on the planet will you find elegant Game Day venues like you’ll find in New York City. So what are your plans for Sunday? Probably nothing like what you’ll find at these 10 only-in-New-York Super Bowl watching spots.
Skyscanner already helps travelers compare flight prices for the best deals, but they’ll be focusing on the sports-crazed in 2014. Just as soccer fans around the globe are gearing up for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Skyscanner has launched their Soccer Flight Finder. The search engine compares outbound flights from each of the 32 participating countries to Brazil, as well as internal flights so that fans can follow their team directly to the field. Simply select which of the eight groups your team is placed in, and Skyscanner lets you search for free across web and mobile devices, in 30 different languages. Hotel and car rental comparisons let spectators further plan their visit to Latin America's largest country—all the more reason to stand and cheer (or shout) during the high-energy tournament.
Maria Pedone is on the digital team at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.
All eyes are on Boston this weekend as the city celebrates its World Series win against the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Red Sox parade on Saturday, the city can expect over a million revelers downtown. That means a million hungry people. Luckily, Boston does not disappoint in the culinary department, and scores of restaurants are stepping up to the plate with Red Sox-themed specials.
Diners at classy-yet-casual Boston Chops can try the new MVP cocktail honoring Big Papi. Made with tequila, jalapeño, cilantro, lime and cucumber, its spicy Latin American flavors pay tribute to Dominican-born David Ortiz. Serving the usual cuts as well as “rarely celebrated” delicacies—oxtail, bone marrow, and heart are all on the menu—Boston Chops has been getting rave reviews both for the food and the friendly service. Don't miss the chimichurri butter sauce.
Participants will be invited to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame after-hours for some private worship at the high church of America’s favorite pastime. Ken Burns will give a keynote address and then hang around to talk ball during a cocktail reception (I hope the ghost of center fielder and bar-keep Mickey Mantle will not permit any craft cocktails made with Gatorade).
The Olympics are here! To celebrate, T+L rounds up 22 fascinating facts and figures relating to everything London 2012. Behold our smashing pyramid of zany Olympic numbers.
• 1 Life-size inflatable replica of Stonehenge erected in London for the Games • 4 Skeletons removed from the site under the Zaha Hadid–designed Aquatics Centre • 37 Languages that the Bard’s plays will be performed in during the World Shakespeare Festival • 71 Age of Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu, the oldest Olympian competing this summer • 150 Bat boxes and artificial otter holts installed in the 500-acre Olympic Park • 351 Average rate (in USD) of a hotel room in central London during the games • 1,500 Seats in London's temporary McDonald's outpost, which will serve 50,000 Big Macs • 4,000 Brand new BMWs ordered to escort dignities and officials to events • 10,500 Olympic athletes from 205 participating countries • 22,000 Pillows made available in Athletes Village • 150,000 Condoms made available in Athletes Village (that's 30 per...couple) • 203,000Pieces of luggage to be handled at Heathrow on August 13, the busiest game day • 1,000,000 Pieces of sporting equipment used during the Games • 5,000,000 Brits who now regret signing up to receive Games-related emails • 10,000,000 Free tickets available across thousands of events in the London 2012 Festival • 14,000,000 Meals served during the Games across 40 different London locations • 200,000,000 Viewers NBC expects to tune into the broadcasts (not counting Ann Curry) • 777,000,000 Cost (in USD) of Olympic security for taxpayers...this covers only the venues • 1,000,000,000 Expected visitors to London2012.com • 4,000,000,000 Original expected cost (in USD) of the London 2012 Games • 14,500,000,000 Current expected cost (in USD) of the London 2012 Games • 40,000,000,000 Cost (in USD) of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing—the most expensive to date
Briana Fasone is a New York City–based freelance writer. You can follow her on Twitter @brifasone.
Photo courtesy of London 2012 Organising Committee
We knew they liked things flashy in the former Soviet Republic. But looking fancy has moved from dancing in nightclubs to swinging golf clubs. Superior Golf Resort, which says it’s the only 5-star golf resort in the Ukraine, hosted an event called “Neon Night Golf in Heels” last month in an effort to attract more women to the sport. Partygoers traded plaid pants and cleats for short dresses and six-inch heels, then smacked flashing neon golf balls onto a glow stick-lit green. (Our suggestion for next time: make the shoes flashing neon as well.) The resort described this event as combining golf with “two of the things women love most—high heels and socializing.” Welcome to the Ukraine.
Rich Beattie is the digital executive editor of Travel + Leisure.
Stumped about what to get dad for Father’s Day? Why not treat him to one of these sports- or food-themed getaways.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans If your dad is the family chef, opt for the John Besh Package at this recently reopened hotel within walking distance of the French Quarter. The deal includes nightly accommodations, an autographed copy of Besh’s new cookbook My Family Table, a $50 gift card for Borgne, Besh’s coastal Louisiana seafood restaurant at the hotel, and breakfast buffet for two at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar. Doubles from $189.
The Catskills Mountains are a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City, and a great place to soak in the best of fall, with picturesque hiking and horseback riding trails, quirky antique shops to explore, and gourmet restaurants and markets. But if bucolic tranquility isn’t enough to get you pumped for fall, I’ve got a suggestion for all you thrill-seekers out there.
Hunter Mountain is a popular spot in the winter with skiers and snowboarders in the northeast, but it's also home to the largest Zipline course in North America, with 4.6 miles of runs at higher than 600 feet in the air. I sought out the ultimate thrill not too long ago, with New York Zipline Adventure Tours’s Skyrider course, which includes five dual runs (so you can challenge the person opposite you to a race), a 500-foot jungle bridge, and a self-powered Zipline, where "take off" means taking a running jump into thin air on a downhill slope.
Fact: We live in an era marked by overachievers. Witness the declining average age of American Idol contestants; the proliferation of cats who play the piano; and football star Dhani Jones.
After 11 seasons as one of the NFL’s most indomitable bruisers, the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker has made a name for himself off the field as a thrill-seeking citizen of the world. Jones is an entrepreneur with his own charitable bow-tie company; an environmental advocate; a photographer, poet, and musician; and the host of Travel Channel’s “Dhani Tackles the Globe,” in which he competes in the native sport of a foreign country—everything from dragon boat racing in Singapore to capoeira in Brazil—and uses his interaction with trainers and teammates as a way into the culture. Now he can add author to that list.