Archive for May, 2013

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Oh, if these palm trees could talk. Rising out of the hills of the California coastline looms the most famous of America’s castles: William Randolph Hearst’s La Cuesta Encantada. More »

 

On an all-new episode of The Dead Files, Amy and Steve head to Buchanan, VA, where a once-quiet family home has recently been assaulted by paranormal activity.

Tysha and her family even moved to a completely different part of the property, but they’re still tormented. They had no other choice than to bring in the big guns: Steve and Amy.

Throughout this intense hour, Steve discovers the home’s brutal past as a slave plantation, while Amy confronts several spirits, including an evil entity that she believes is planning to destroy the home.

Will the evil entity get its way, forcing Tysha and her family to relocate entirely? Or will Steve and Amy be able to rid the Virginia home of the mysterious incidents that have been torturing Tysha and her family? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight @ 10|9c.

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

In honor of The Great Gatsby film release, step back into the opulent Jazz Age with a visit to New York’s iconic landmark hotel, The Plaza. This historic hotel is celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s eagerly awaited film adaptation of The Great Gatsby with a collection of Gatsby-inspired experiences. The setting for one of the book’s most climatic scenes, The Plaza was also a well-known haunt of the author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda — so much so that it has been said Ernest Hemingway once advised Fitzgerald to give his “liver to Princeton and his heart to The Plaza.”

If you’re truly gaga for Gatsby, for a mere $2,795 you can spend a night in the Fitzgerald Suite that pays homage to its famous patron. Designed by one of the film’s set designers and co-producers, this 700-square-foot suite is filled with period-inspired pieces and artifacts from the film’s production, like Tom Buchanan’s sporting trophies lining the walls. Make yourself a gin martini or mint julep from the suite’s built-in bar and escape into the 1920s with Fitzgerald’s complete collection of works, all at hand in the room’s library.

If your budget is less than Gatsby-esque, you can still get into the spirit at The Plaza.  The Palm Court’s “Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages” tips a hat to the Jazz Age with 1920s-inspired plates like Pate de Fruit with Gin Rickey Sugar. The Todd English Food Hall honors Gatsby with “prohibited” cocktails like “Silver Peppered Stars,” made with Hendrick’s Gin, house-made orange bitters and French vermouth.  The hotel’s iconic Champagne Bar is transformed into a Moët Pop-Up Bar, offering a special cocktail called the “Moët Imperial Gatsby,” with green chartreuse and a sugar cube. And you can dance off all that gin and champagne with the live jazz bands at The Rose Club’s “Gatsby Hour” on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

After you’ve partied like Gatsby, recover from the previous evening’s celebrations (hello, roaring headache) with a “Caudalie Grape Gatsby” custom treatment at The Plaza’s Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa. Daisy would approve.

For more Gatsby-inspired extravagance, check out our Travel Like The Great Gatsby slideshow and relive the Jazz Age decadence … without the hangover.

Photography by Phil Nelson / Aurora Photos

When you raft the mighty Colorado River, you can’t help but be awed by its dramatic deep gorges and white-water rapids. More »

Photography by sdcolacino/TC Community

The term “overwater bungalow” has practically become synonymous with Bora Bora, a connection that the French Polynesian island group’s resorts have no reason to contradict. More »

 

Mother's Day Travel Ideas

You read that right. So don’t find yourself standing in a grocery store Sunday morning staring blankly at the picked-over cards and flowers. Whether you meant to get her a gift last week, just made a brunch reservation yesterday or completely forgot (whoops), we’ve got you covered.

Does your mom already have the travel bug? Help her take her yoga practice on the road with a eKO SuperLite Travel Mat or stay warm on the plane with the Sofia cashmere travel set. Our Mother’s Day gift guide is chock full of travel products sure to bring a smile to her face.

Or treat her (and yourself) by planning an escape you’d both enjoy. What better way to spend time together than on a gourmet chocolate tour of San Francisco or at a formal tea at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia?

And those of you who are mothers yourself, our hosts have a very special message for you:

Because of its status as the seat of the government, DC boasts more landmarks than any city in the country (save New York). Most of them sit along the 2-mile-long rectangle known as the National Mall, bookended by the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol building. The monuments and memorials, named for America’s greatest heroes (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln) and some of its bloodiest wars (WWII, Korea, Vietnam), are most tourists’ starting points. Also high up on the list: the incomparable Smithsonian museums. Nowhere else in the country can you visit so many world-class institutions without dropping a dime.

It’s also worth spending some time outside the Mall. Georgetown is a pretty spot for a stroll, and visitors also enjoy a walk along the Potomac River. Both the luxury brands Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton have hotels in Georgetown. The Four Seasons is within walking distance of great shopping, and the hotel’s spa is enormous (and beautiful). The Ritz, located in an historic industrial building, is a lovely boutique option with elegant, spacious rooms. Visitors looking for a more budget-conscious option (that still has nice rooms and solid amenities) may consider Hotel Madera in Dupont Circle.

- Oyster.com Staff

In this all-new episode of Toy Hunter, Jordan embarks on one of his most nostalgic hunts of all time. While minding his own business at Seattle Comic Con — trying to make his sales mark of $15,000 — Jordan receives a surprise visit from ’70s child star, Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family.

Jordan and Danny strike up a quick friendship, and Danny asks Jordan to go in search of one Partridge Family item Danny has been unable to track down: the 1971 Partridge Family Board Game by Milton Bradley. Jordan agrees to search for Danny’s request, and in turn, Danny asks Jordan to come on his Seattle radio show once he has found it, to talk about the game and Jordan’s rare toy-finding abilities. Jordan ultimately finds the board game, but also comes across many other rare vintage Partridge Family toys that he hopes will strike Danny’s interest enough to take them off his hands.

To find out more about Jordan’s visit with Danny, and to find out what other amazing items Jordan tracked down, tune in for an all-new episode, tonight at 9|8c.

Plus, check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from Toy Hunter’s Buying 4 Bonaduce.

Photography by Jumping Rocks

Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of Airport 24/7, find out what happens when a bomb threat is made at Miami International Airport. From an evacuation to a series of delayed flights, chaos ensues when MIA is threatened by a possible terrorist. And as a Category X airport, every threat is a potential disaster.

Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection pulls aside a traveler with a large sum of undeclared currency – a suspicious act that must be taken seriously. Find out what happens tonight at one of the busiest airports in the country, and don’t miss these behind-the-scenes pictures!

 

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