Archive for January, 2012

Best Beach Awards 2012

It’s resort season and it’s a safe bet you’ve spent time daydreaming of relaxing somewhere with your toes in the sand. Just when you want to escape to warmer temps, Travel Channel releases its first-ever Best Beach Awards. We sifted through hundreds of hot beaches and island vacations to bring you the 2012 nominees in 10 categories:

1. Best Party Beach
2. Best Family Beach
3. Best Romantic Beach
4. Sexiest Beach
5. Best Beach Bars
6. Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of … Yet
7. Best Beach for Adventure
8. Best Exotic Beach
9. Best Scenic Beach
10. Best Beach Boardwalks

But the Best Overall Beach is up to you!

1. Siesta Key, Florida
2. St. Lucia
3. Lahaina Beach, Maui
4. Cabo San Luca, Mexico

Vote in the poll and enter for a chance to win your own escape to St. Lucia. Tune in starting Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 2|1c as the winners are unveiled all weekend.

Gay Section of South Beach

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Travel Channel is heating things up this winter with new content to attract gay and lesbian travelers.  You may not know it, but the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) tourism industry is big business, raking in $65 billion a year, according to Community Marketing Inc.’s annual LGBT Tourism Study.

The study reveals that the LGBT community has increased their travel in the last year, despite the economic downturn, with gay men taking an average of 3 trips last year. And gay travelers spare no expense to enjoy traveling abroad to other countries.  Eighty-five percent of gay males and 77% of lesbians own a passport, compared with a 30% rate of all Americans. Last year, 54% of gay men used their passport. READ MORE

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In the “life is unfair” category, this one stands out: When it comes to serial killers, the victims are usually relegated to a number — faceless and forgotten. Like, “6 dead, 7 wounded.”

You’ll hear that number in tonight’s episode of Hidden City: New York City, at 9/8c: Host Marcus Sakey revisits the summers of 1976 and 1977, when a lone gunman — the Son of Sam, as he came to be known — accosted young couples in parked cars and shot them, point blank, in the head with a .44-caliber pistol.

6 dead, 7 wounded…

Who were the dead? Years ago, I tried to find out. READ MORE

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