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2015

January 2015

Airbnb Unveils Courchevel's Coolest New Accommodation

Calling all ski bunnies: Airbnb is offering up the chance to spend a night in a decked-out cable car high above Courchevel, a full 9,000 feet over the Combe de Saulire peak. And no, you won’t be sleeping on metal benches surrounded by ski racks—Airbnb has outfitted the cable car with sheepskin rugs, a plush queen sized bed, and even fresh flowers. The only remaining clues you’re in a gondola are the rubber floors and metal ceiling (though even that’s spruced up with giant snowflake appliques).

February 2015

Long Layover? The HotelsByDay App Will Book You a Daytime Stay

If you’ve ever had a long layover, taken a one-day business trip, or spent a day channeling Don Draper, you’ll appreciate the value proposition of HotelsByDay, a new app that allows travelers to book hotel rooms without having to pay for the full night’s stay. Available free for Android and iOS, it’s the first app to offer “intra-day” reservations—that is, bookings between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., after early check-out passengers have departed and before late check-in travelers arrive.

The Fare Predicting Game Gets Hot with FLYR

Just a few weeks ago, T+L broke down the inner workings of Hopper, a new app that helps users decide the right time to buy flights, depending on historical trends and current fare fluctuations. Now, another name is breaking into the fare-predicting scene: FLYR.

March 2015

Exclusive: Marcus Samuelsson Opens New Restaurant, Marcus’, on May 27

This May, celebrity chef (and T+L food and culture contributor) Marcus Samuelsson adds yet another restaurant to his multicultural, comfort-food empire. Marcus’, as the new restaurant is called, is Samuelsson’s highly anticipated take on Caribbean cuisine.

Airport Spas Are Taking Pampering to New Heights

Facials, massages, and bliss are not really words you associate with airports, but that may soon be changing. Hot on the heels of another travel trend—hotel wellness—airports are beginning to capitalize on pampering their passengers.

April 2015

The Friday Download: a New Album by The Weepies and a Book Called ‘Unabrow'

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Sirens
After a victorious battle with breast cancer, songstress Deb Talan and her husband Steve Tannen are back with The Weepies’s fifth studio album, Sirens. Filled with dulcet harmonies seemingly written to calm anxious travelers, and a gorgeous cover of Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly,” the album serves as the perfect soft-folk soundtrack to your next flight. Put on your headphones and stream Sirens below, or purchase the full album on iTunes.com.

11 Beauty Essentials to Bring on Every Beach Getaway

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May 2015

General Assembly and Morgans Hotel Group Launches Creative Conference Mashup

This weekend, Morgans Hotel Group will launch their Creator’s Unconference: a series of workshops and panels developed in collaboration with General Assembly. The famously chic hotel brand and the educational institution are teaming up to present a series of weekend-long assemblies that will offer guests and locals alike the opportunity to network and to learn.

“The partnership is providing our guests and the local creative community the opportunity to meaningfully create,” said Morgans Hotel Group’s CMO, Alan Philips.

There’s a Chanel Spa Coming to the Ritz Paris!

Coco Chanel once said, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Embodying this sentiment—and the couturier’s legacy—is the Ritz Paris. The iconic Place Vendôme hotel recently announced plans to open the Chanel au Ritz Paris, a spa in the Ritz Club dedicated to the luxury brand’s line of skincare. It will be first for the fashion label. Though the opening date has not been revealed, the Ritz is expected to reopen its doors later this year.

June 2015

3 Travel Essentials Inspired by the W Retreat & Spa in Vieques

What happens when three fashion designers visit the W Retreat & Spa in Vieques? A limited-edition selection of resort-friendly essentials inspired by their Puerto Rican getaway. The collaboration, called The Wet Deck collection after the hotel's pool, is part of a partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Incubator program, which supports up-and-coming designers. Shown here are the pieces Isa Tapia, Sara Beltran of Dezso, and Misha Nonoo created exclusively for W Hotel.

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July 2015

Scandinavia on the Rocks: Seven Music Festivals to Explore in the Far North

One perk of visiting Northern Europe in the summer? Nordic festival season. Travelers who have visited the capitol cities before can use a festival as an excuse to visit smaller locales like Malmö, Sweden or Skanderborg, Denmark, where visitors can check out live bands (including names as big as Beck and Florence + the Machine), street art, and pop-up restaurants.

Here are seven festivals to use as gateways to exploring Scandinavia, Finland, and beyond:

Francis Mallmann Dishes on His Favorite Restaurants in the World

Three years in the making, Los Fuegos will be a part of the much-anticipated Faena Hotel project and will open in November. (The other restaurant is from Austin-based chef Paul Qui.)

September 2015

The Traveler's Guide to Harlem

Harlem's status as a cultural force has never been in question. Even before its current rebirth, it's been a go-to destination for those looking for emotional residency in true Americana. And now an influx of creativity and resources have transformed the area, pushing it squarely into the viewfinder of 21st-century coolness. With so many go-to shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions, it's easy to miss a few gems. Here's how to make sure you catch the highlights:

The Suite Life: The $11,650-a-Night Royal Suite at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

The Digs: The Rosewood Royal Suite at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver

Size: 3,781 square feet

Price: $11,650 per night

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November 2015

Could Youth Hostels be Coming Back to New York City?

Those of us who fondly remember the down-and-dirty hostel stays of our youth (such as, say, during a dodgy month hitchhiking around New Zealand) will note with glee—or perhaps fear—the introduction of legislation in New York City intending to restore the city’s hostel culture.

Why Canyon Kitchen in Rural North Carolina is Worth Traveling For

Small towns in the Southern Appalachian Mountains are known for a few things: sugary sweet tea, rocking chairs on front porches, maybe a quilt sale or two. One thing they’re not known for? Destination dining. Canyon Kitchen in Sapphire, North Carolina, is changing that.

December 2015

This New Airplane Seat Is Inspired By The Human Body

Long flights can be hard to survive no matter where you’re sitting—and with your personal in-flight space constantly at risk, designers have turned to some creative seating concepts to make your experience a bit more comfortable.

The 10 Best T+L Stories from 2015

A lot happened on T+L.com through 2015.

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