Archive for May, 2013

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Turkish beach travel soared to new levels of luxury with the 2012 remodel of the D-Hotel Maris on the Datça Peninsula. More »

Calling all Millennials and Generation Y’ers! If you happen to have been born in the 1980s, 80’s Flashbax should tug at some very special heartstrings.

In this all-new episode of Toy Hunter, Jordan heads to the “Show-Me” state of Missouri in the hopes that collectors will “show him” some great, vintage toys from the ’80s. While in Missouri, Jordan comes away with a special Star Wars collectible — a Darth Vader collector case, as well as an immensely popular Pee-wee Herman doll. Did I mention that this is just the first stop of Jordan’s journey through Missouri?

To find out more about Jordan’s trip to Missouri and to see what other vintage toy collectibles he picked up, tune in for an all-new episode, tonight at 9|8c.

Plus, don’t forget to check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Is your bike collecting more dust than dirt these days? Now is the perfect time to take it for a spin since it’s National Bike Month. From the best cities for cycling to bike-friendly hotels, here are ways to get your wheels rolling this month.

See a City By Bike

Avid cyclist and adventure traveler Ryan Van Duzer shares with us his top 10 US cities for cycling, from Boulder, CO, to Austin, TX.  With 300 days of sunshine and a picturesque mountain backdrop, biking in Boulder is at the top of Van Duzer’s list. You won’t be able to tell if that Rocky Mountain high is from the altitude or the endorphin rush after a ride here. Quirky Austin makes Van Duzer’s list for its unique Bike Zoo, where you can see a pedal-powered 80-foot rattlesnake, and the 6-mile-long Lance Armstrong bikeway, which opened in 2009 and runs through this Texas capital city. (You can see the rest of his picks here.)

Stay at a Bike-Friendly Hotel

Kimpton Hotels is celebrating National Bike Month with its national “Bike Like a Local” program. Travelers staying in Kimpton Hotels in cities like Chicago, San Francisco or New York can take advantage of complimentary bike rentals and bike promotions during May.

If you’re a cycling history buff, pedal back into Alexandria, Virginia’s history with the Civil War Bike Tour package at Monaco Alexandria. This Kimpton Hotel is offering complimentary bikes for guests to explore the Alexandria Civil War Defenses of Washington Bike Trail. Take in the history while getting a workout stopping at historic sites throughout Alexandria like Fort Ward and Alexandria National Cemetery.

At the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, guests can explore Downtown Phoenix’s must-see spots on the hotel’s complimentary bikes. Guests can also pick up the hotel’s pocket-sized maps of Phoenix, themed for “foodies, artsy types, style lovers and mental flossers.” Each themed map highlights the best spots in the city to eat and drink and what to see and do  — all with a bike rack conveniently nearby.

Borrow a Bike for Few Hours

Don’t have a bike? That’s no excuse! Bike-sharing programs are popping up all over the county — from Washington, DC to Long Beach, CA. The much-anticipated bike share program in NYC opened for registration just last month, and had over 5,000 people sign up within 30 hours. On Memorial Day, the NYC bike share program officially opens, making it country’s largest bike share program with over 6,000 bikes and 330 stations. Another popular bike share program is Washington DC’s Capital Bikeshare, which has over 1,800 bikes at over 200 stations across the metropolitan area. Whether you are a tourist or a local, borrowing a bike in these bustling cities helps you avoid traffic frustrations and parking meltdowns … and burn calories while you’re at it.

 

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“Bali Ha’i may call you, any night, any day. In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
Come away… come away.” More »

 

Tonight at 9|8c, an all-new episode of Airport 24/7: Miami goes behind the scenes as Miami International Airport prepares to welcome a legion of Lamborghinis. Lamborghini is taking over Miami to introduce their new Aventador Roadster and to attempt to break the land speed record … using one of MIA’s runways.

But MIA can only close down a runway for so long before delays start and passengers lose their patience. Can MIA organize this event in time? Will the new Lamborghini break the speed record? Tune in tonight to find out!

Don’t miss these behind-the-scenes photos, and check out these gorgeous Lambos!

Photography by Nadia Isakova / JWL / Aurora Photos

Storm clouds roll in over the Wolwedans’ Dune Lodges at NamibRand Nature Reserve, which is not your usual African safari outfit. More »

Tonight at 9|8c, George Motz heads to New Mexico for a taste of the Southwest’s green chile cheeseburger. New Mexico takes pride in their red and green chile peppers, and the chile cheeseburger has become a staunch New Mexican tradition.  Find out tonight what goes into these sweet and spicy, cheesy burgers, and why you definitely need to make a trip to New Mexico if you’re looking for a unique, delicious burger.

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos, and learn why New Mexico takes pride in its chiles!

Photography by Dan Ballard / Aurora Photos

The Toroweap overlook sits atop a near-vertical drop of 3,000 feet to the Colorado River, where the rafters look like ants and can be heard screaming as they go over Lava Falls, visible downstream. More »

 

Watch out, Jay Gatsby. Otto Kahn, the financier who built the Oheka Castle as his Long Island summer retreat during the Roaring Twenties, hosted parties so lavish, even Daisy would blush.  More »

Bert heads to Costa Mesa, CA, in an attempt to find one couple crazy enough to let him take the reigns on their vacation and flip their trip into an all-expenses-paid adventure to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Jennifer and Paul happen to be that lucky couple, and without knowing what’s in store, they’re in for the surprise of a lifetime. Have you ever been to an indoor/outdoor extreme sports training center? Well, if you’ve never been to Copper Mountain, CO, then your answer is no. That’s because Jen and Paul are going to Woodward at Copper, the world’s only facility of that nature, to do some indoor skiing.

From paragliding off Lookout Mountain and soaring high above Golden, CO, to working out at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Bert has planned quite an amazing trip for our Rocky Mountain adrenaline junkies.

To find about more about Jennifer and Paul’s amazing trip to Colorado, tune in for an all-new episode, tonight at 8|7c.

Plus, check out these exclusive, sneak peek, behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

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