Archive for October, 2012

Travel Like a President

Here at Travel Channel, in the midst of election season, we can’t help but be fascinated by presidential travel. The Waldorf Presidential Suite doesn’t look too shabby, and I think we could all live with the James Bond-like features of the president’s limo. It’s hard to not daydream about luxury travel, and this is a whole new league of budgeting. But there’s a long road for the candidates before they get to fully enjoy these perks, whether it’s for a second term or for the first time — over 25 cities nationwide in just a month. See what the $3 million went towards for Obama’s travels. Or $10 million, if you’re Romney (who’s camp seems to really like their pizza … over $4,000 worth).
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At Kings Island Amusement Park near Cincinnati, OH, one roller coaster has seen its last go-round. The Son of Beast, built in 2000 and touted as the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster with a 118-foot loop, is being demolished with pieces of the ride being sold by the amusement park. Grab a wooden plank for $49.99 or a bolt for $24.99 — that should spice up the game room.

But if collecting the skeletal remnants of a ride that turned out to be nothing but trouble for Kings Island isn’t up your alley, then let Travel Channel satiate your need for speed with these (still-functional and lawsuit-resistant) picks for top roller coasters.

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By Oyster.com Staff

Boston Hotels

Some associate Boston largely with crooked old cobblestone streets, the American Revolution and New England clam chowder. And it’s got all that. But it’s also filled with sprawling convention centers, progressive universities and biotech research facilities. A forward-looking town with an eye on the past, Boston combines the charm of a New England harbor town with the conveniences and mindset of a bustling, modern metropolis. The fall is a particularly nice time to visit, when the leaves are changing and the weather is brisk without being brutal (and trust us, winter weather there can be brutal). READ MORE

Catacomb

Forget haunted hayrides and corn mazes. Halloween is more than a day of imaginary spooks. Discover the truly haunting realm of the dead in a tour of the world’s most mesmerizing catacombs and crypts. READ MORE

Has the election coverage left you discouraged? Have you been telling everyone that if your favorite candidate doesn’t win, you’re leaving the country? Searching for airports already? We’ve heard it all before, but now JetBlue Airlines is making it easier than ever to put your foot where your mouth is.

Election Protection
Photo Courtesy of JetBlue Airways

 

So if tonight’s debate has you running for the hills, turn to JetBlue’s “Election Protection” to offer a little post-debate relief. Election Protection is a contest that asks for your party preference and your escape of choice. In the event that your chosen presidential candidate loses in November, then you get the chance to win a flight to your chosen destination.

Chilling with spider monkeys in Costa Rica? Exploring the 40 different beaches and cays of Turks and Caicos? Living the high life in the Bahamas in the world’s hottest hotels? Any one of these tropical getaways sounds pretty good right now, regardless of who wins or loses. We’ve already submitted our ballot.

Jordan at home

After watching Jordan cruise through Southern California looking for toy gold, chat live with the Toy Hunter himself — right after the episode at 9:30|8:30c!

Want to know what his favorite toys are? Curious about what goes on behind the scenes while filming Toy Hunter? Interested in Jordan’s most expensive toy purchase ever? Join tonight’s moderated chat and get your answers. Just an FYI – Jordan won’t be appraising any toys tonight – unfortunately, it’s just too difficult without seeing them in person.

Visit the chat page now to submit a question in advance — we’ll be picking the best ones to start off the chat — or come back at 9:30|8:30c while Jordan is hanging out in our brand-new online Travel Lounge for a chance to talk to Travel Channel’s resident toy expert!

Jordan hangs with Jordu Schell, lead sculptor from Making Monsters, Bert and Sam Brown smile for the camera and much more.

“This week on #toyhunter we visit with Jordu Schell from the @travelchannel series, “Making Monsters” Be sure to watch.” – Jordan Hembrough | “I had an amazing night last night with all the hosts of @travelchannel .. But this one was by far the prettiest!!!” – Bert Kreischer | “I found a new place to sleep :) – Aaron Goodwin | “Last Layover shoot. Production vehicle.” – Anthony Bourdain

Our own Anthony Bourdain will bring his Guts & Glory tour to 11 cities this fall, starting on November 1. The internationally-renowned chef, author and host of No Reservations and The Layover will visit each city for one night only, sharing candid insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience. We can’t wait to hear the questions you’ll have for him!

The “chef-at-large” at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a hysterical and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens – as well as his newest work, the bestselling graphic novel Get JIRO!.

Tickets are selling out fast, so if you want to spend an evening with our favorite opinionated travel expert, grab yours today. We’re positive it’ll be an interesting night.

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On Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9|8c, Lifetime premieres a remake of the wildly-popular modern day classic Steel Magnolias. The 1989 film (originally a stage play) shows the roaring laughs and bawling tears of  6 “delicate as magnolias, but tough as steel” women in Louisiana.

The original ladies of the 1989 film were a star-studded cast — Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley McClaine. The Lifetime remake brings together an equally heavy-hitting ensemble of great performers — Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad.

In both the original film and the Lifetime remake, the seventh equally charming character is the South, with its small-town life, community and eccentricities that define this region so well.

Downtown Natchitoches, LA
Downtown Natchitoches, LA

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From the Cayman Islands to Central Park, see where The Daily Escape took us this week.

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Amazon River in South America | Stingray City in the Cayman Islands | Central Park in New York, NY | Villa Oliviero in Positano, Italy

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