Welcome back to The Friday Download, T+L’s weekly roundup of articles, music, and internet culture that promise to carry you through the weekend, whether your itinerary is jam-packed with travel or you’re staying put, staycation style. This week: explore Hemingway’s Michigan, add a little ballet to your Instagram feed, and more.

By Caroline Hallemann
October 02, 2015
Credit: Getty Images


It’s about time. The New York City Ballet finally joined Instagram, and hit the ground running err...dancing with a steady stream of behind-the-scenes shots, archival photos, and gorgeous video clips, like the one below, from the company’s repertory.


Havana, Paris, Pamplona: These locales all tend to invoke imagery of Ernest Hemingway. Michigan? Not so much, even though the A Farewell to Arms author spent his youth just off Walloon Lake. Here, New York Times writer John O'Connor explores the region that “had a seismic effect” on the writer, traveling the places that subtly inspired so many of Hemingway’s stories. Read O'Connor's piece with a drink in hand, in tribute to Papa.


In the market for a duffel? Consider crowd-funding a new bag with old-school appeal. Kendal & Hyde's vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather weekender looks vintage, but offers travelers modern details like a separate laptop pocket and strong, solid brass hardware, and the best part? It's guaranteed to last a lifetime. Order now for $100 off the retail price.


Keep Swimming, by Soda Shop

Even as Joaquin douses New York in chilly rain, I'm still not quite ready to embrace sweater weather. So this weekend, I'm taking a mental vacation set to the tune of Soda Shop's indie-pop ode to the beach. Join me in denial, below.

Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @challemann.