Archive for November, 2012

Let’s face it. On Election Day, (or whenever they are done counting the votes) only one thing is certain: One candidate is going to lose. Which is exactly why it’s so important to vote! But if, when all is said and done, you’re part of the unlucky 50-ish percent of the country — whether you’re on Team Red or Team Blue — you might want to get away. If you could travel anywhere, where would your #ElectionEscape be? Leave your pick in the comments below, or tweet it with the hashtag #ElectionEscape — we’ll feature our favorites tomorrow!

And, for a real shot at an #ElectionEscape, be sure to sign up for JetBlue’s Election Protection.

It’s Election Day in America, and boy, are we excited — not just for all the political ads to FINALLY stop consuming every commercial break on television. No matter who you’re voting for, be sure to head to the polls today (if you haven’t already!). Fun fact: Belgium, Australia, Greece, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Portugal, the UK, Canada, Korea and France ALL have higher voter turnout rates than we do in the US. Maybe this year we’ll change that?

If you need a little last-minute inspiration, check out our Obama vs. Romney Travel Showdown and make up your mind on the REAL question in this election – who can lay claim to the better travel destinations?

Whether you’re voting later today or already did — tell us, where will you be voting in this election? Where’s your hometown, and what is it that makes it special?

By Valerie Conners

La Colombe

Editor’s Note: Todd Carmichael, the host of our new series Dangerous Grounds premiering tonight at 10|9c, is the cofounder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. La Colombe is known for its premium coffee, sourced directly from the farmers by Todd, who goes to often-dangerous extremes to make sure his cafes are able to serve some of the world’s most sought-after and flavorful coffee. Dangerous Grounds documents Todd’s coffee-sourcing expeditions, and after tonight, the show will air Tuesdays at 9|8c. Travel Channel contributor Valerie Conners shares her experiences enjoying a cup of coffee at La Colombe, and proves that Todd’s passion for the flavorful bean is felt by anyone who drinks his prized coffee.

Tucked behind a simple storefront in Philadelphia’s tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood lies La Colombe cafe, which proffers what many devout coffee drinkers would argue is the city’s — if not the country’s — tastiest coffee. To call La Colombe a mere coffee shop would be like calling Tiffany’s a mere jewelry store; La Colombe has brought coffee roasting to a veritable art form, and anyone in the neighborhood looking for a stellar cuppa knows to head straight to the cafe. READ MORE

Anthony Bourdain

Tonight at 9|8c, Anthony Bourdain heads to Brooklyn for the final episode of No Reservations. See Tony’s thoughts on the final episode and the establishments in the episode affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Last week, as the East Coast grappled with flooding, toppled trees and power outages due to superstorm Sandy, it seems as though our Pinterest followers were daydreaming of white sand beaches in Caribbean paradise. Specifically, the Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos, where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner exchanged wedding vows. The resort was this week’s winner of Most Popular Pin of the Week! Ogle over even more stunning resorts, castles, coastlines and plantations in our gallery of Celebrity Destination Weddings. And be sure to check out our Pinterest board of jaw-dropping Hotels and Resorts.

A Word From Anthony Bourdain:
“Our best to our friends the Randazzo family of Randazzo’s, Sunny Balzano at Sunny’s, Yuri Saian at Primorski and Roll-N-Roaster. They welcomed our crew with open arms when we filmed the Brooklyn episode of No Reservations — and all were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We wish them each a speedy recovery so they can reopen for business soon.”

Tonight is the night. At 9|8c, No Reservations takes its final bow in Brooklyn, NY, a place that Anthony Bourdain thought he knew, just across the river from the city in which he’s lived nearly all of his life. READ MORE


The Dead Files is back with an all-new episode, and it seems as though they may have stumbled upon a little “Blood on the Tracks.”

Steve and Amy investigate paranormal activity at a newlyweds’ home in Garrett, IN. While Steve exposes the property’s history of scandal and death, Amy encounters a nightmarish entity lurking in the shadows.

As Steve questions family members and local historians, he unearths the tragic history of the former property owner — including a shocking family secret.  What could it be? Tune in tonight, Nov. 2 at 10|9c to find out.

By Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com

A fierce battle has been raging on in the Canadian city of Montreal for over 50 years. Master warriors hand-forge their weapons using wood-fire ovens, dough, water, honey and sesame seeds. Thousands of citizens line up each morning to arm themselves before heading to work. What started this never-ending war? The quest for the perfect bagel. READ MORE

This Week in Travel

A lot happened this week, in the world and in travel, and now the holidays are quickly approaching. If you’re looking for an opportunity to escape –whether it’s the cold weather, the post-storm clean up or just everyday life — let our This Week in Travel be your guide to getting away.

Planning a trip to Hong Kong? Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family friendly vacation or a luxurious escape, Oysterblog has a hotel just right for whatever type of traveler you may be.

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Hard Rock Cancun

Hard Rock International recently opened a brand-spanking-new Hard Rock Hotel in the warm-weather getaway of Cancun. One of only 3 all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels, the Cancun addition has more than 600 rooms, 5 restaurants, 5 bars, 12 stories, Rock Star Suites and, of course, an extensive collection of authentic music memorabilia.

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