Archive for July, 2013

In August, Vans will be hosting the 51st Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, VA. But as part of the celebration in the days leading up to the surfing exhibition, there’s another exhibition of sorts heating up the boardwalk: Miss Coastal Edge 2013.

Tonight at 7|6c, get a preview of what’s to come when a new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks checks out last year’s Miss Coastal Edge bikini contest. Tonight’s episode also visits Santa Cruz, CA, to see if their boardwalk has what it takes to compete with Virginia’s heat.

Which boardwalk is more your style? The island feel of Santa Cruz or the summer-long party at Virginia Beach? Maybe these highlights can help you decide:

Santa Cruz, CA

Marini’s Candies has been slinging boardwalk treats since 1915. Today, you can find anything to satisfy your sweet tooth, from candied apples to caramel corn.

The Santa Cruz coastline is recognized as a World Surfing Reserve, and the city celebrates their rich history at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.

Virginia Beach, VA

Rockafeller’s Restaurant encompasses Southern hospitality and local flavor with sustainable seafood and a menu full of dishes made in-house daily.

Whether you want to serenely explore the waters of the Atlantic or test your balance and strength with floating yoga, Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle offers everything you need from lessons to rentals.

Ice Cream Around the World

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It’s National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 21, and it couldn’t come at a better time. This 100+ degree heat wave has us seriously considering eating ice cream for breakfast. Don’t judge. You’ll want to, too, after checking out our Editors’ favorite ice cream shops around the country.

The Ice Cream Store, Rehoboth Beach, DE
“The Ice Cream Store at Rehoboth Beach might be a little hard to find, but it’s well worth the hunt. With flavors ranging from bacon (with real pieces of bacon!) to beer (made with Delaware-brewed Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale!), the Ice Cream Store is a one-of-a-kind, hole-in-the-wall boardwalk staple. My favorite flavor? Crack — brown sugar vanilla ice cream with pasteurized egg yolk, butter and sea salt.” – Amanda, Interactive Producer

Sebastian Joe’s, Minneapolis, MN
Sebastian Joe’s is the coolest spot for ice cream in Uptown Minneapolis. Take your pick from dozens of flavors, including Caramel Coffee Oreo, Roasted Garlic Almond Chip, Mint Milano, White Chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream. My summer ritual was to get a double scoop of Maple Nut and Cinnamon before casually strolling around Lake Harriet or Lake Calhoun. – Kwin, Managing Producer

Sundae School

Photo by Allee Sangiolo

Sundae School, Cape Cod, MA
“Don’t skip Sundae School!” is the motto at this classic, old-fashioned Massachusetts ice cream parlor — and it’s the motto I lived by as a kid during summers on Cape Cod. Long days of playing in the waves on the National Seashore were always topped off with a waffle cone of homemade strawberry ice cream. My mother still says it’s a “boring flavor choice,” but I say it’s perfection. Plus, Sundae School happens to be our own Samantha Brown’s favorite ice cream shop, too.“ –- Allee, Interactive Producer

Leopold’s Ice Cream, Savannah, GA
“The moment I walked into Leopold’s Ice Cream, it was heaven: homemade ice cream – butter pecan, caramel swirl, chocolate — oh God! — chocolate chip and so much more, all at this Savannah parlor dating back to 1919. Fun fact: The shop is owned by American film producer Stratton Leopold, who oversees the generations-old shop, adorned with movie memorabilia posters and autographed star pics like Georgia native Kim Basinger. But the real showstopper here is the ice cream sundae: gooey fudge, whipped cream, bananas, a cherry … and the ice cream of your choice waiting beneath it all. Take me back!” –- Lisa, Interactive Producer

Molly Moon’s, Seattle, WA
“One of my must-dos for my annual summer trip out to Seattle is to hit Molly Moon’s. This homemade ice cream shop has lines out the door, but it’s worth the wait. After your first scoop, you’ll be hooked on their freshly made waffle cones and seasonal flavors like Strawberry Sour Cream. And, no surprise with this java lovin’ town,  they always offer their Stumptown Coffee flavor.” – Kathleen, Interactive Producer

Amy’s Ice Cream, Austin, TX
“When the summer temperatures reach into the 100s in Austin, TX, there’s no better way to cool off than with a trip to Amy’s Ice Cream. Choose from dozens of unique flavors (like All Thai’ed Up or Dementor’s Cloud) and Amy’s always-animated staff will ‘crush in’ your choice of toppings before throwing your treat into the air and catching it in a cup. My favorite: Mexican Vanilla (sweet cream and Mexican vanilla) with Kit Kats as a ‘crush in.’ But with dozens of unique flavors and toppings, it’s hard to choose!” – Liz, Photo Editor

Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard, Rehoboth Beach, DE
“Vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, DE, as a kid, I mostly remember all of my cousins crammed into the beach house, Friday nights at Funland, the freezing ocean (even in July) – and the many boardwalk treats: Thrashers fries, Grotto Pizza, and of course, Kohr Brothers ice cream. The summer just wasn’t complete without a signature orange-and-vanilla swirl (or 3) from Kohr Brothers, still made from Archie Kohrs’ 1919 recipe.” –- Sara, Interactive Producer

Cold Stone Creamery

Photo by Alejandro C., flickr

Cold Stone Creamery, Tempe, AZ
“Whether you like vanilla or chocolate ice cream, Oreo Cookies or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Cold Stone Creamery lays out all your ingredients out on their “smashing” board and mixes whatever combination you choose to create a perfect blend of portion size and taste — the perfect treat for your retreat from the hot summer sun.” –- Ben, Interactive Producer

Bonus: We hear Cold Stone is celebrating with free ice cream for the first 200 guests starting at 2pm on Sunday.

From childhood classics to gourmet ingredients and surprisingly delicious flavor combinations, tell us: What’s your all-time favorite ice cream?

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US Open of Surfing (Photo: Getty Images)

The countdown begins to the largest surfing event on the planet. On Saturday, July 20, the US Open of Surfing kicks off in the morning, with rounds 1 and 2 of the Junior Men’s championship. If you’re one of the thousands of surfing fans en route to the event or are already stretching out on the sands of Huntington Beach, check out highlights of the 9-day surfing competition, which runs through July 28.

In all, this year’s event is slated to see more than 20 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) surfers compete against the best new surfing talent from around the globe at Huntington Beach Pier. Beyond surf, skateboarding is also in store. This year’s event sees the debut of the Van Doren Invitational, an invite-only skateboarding event set to attract pro and amateur riders.

Another big draw will be music. Billed as one of America’s largest free concert stages of the summer, this year’s musical lineup includes indie rocker Modest Mouse, the dance-punk band The Faint and alternative pop artist Twin Shadow.

Can’t make it to the Vans US Open of Surfing? Check out the live webcast.

And if you’re looking for more places to ride out the heat wave, check out the world’s best surf destinations. Plus, explore the world’s best stand-up paddleboarding spots, extreme beach adventures and some pretty cool extreme adventure sports – all sure to provide great summer memories.

This Week in Photos

With the San Fermin festival winding down, the celebrations keep coming with Bastille Day fireworks, the eccentric Chap Olympiad and the 101st Calgary Stampede rodeo in This Week in Photos. Want even more travel highlights from this week? Read on for the viral news stories on our radar.

Music to the ears of any ‘90s kid and geography whiz, HuffPost rounds up the rumors surrounding the triumphant return of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.”

The Smithsonian reports that a rare, smelly corpse flower is about to bloom in the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Seriously, we couldn’t make that one up.

USA Today continues to cover the fallout surrounding the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco earlier this month. The latest? Asiana is now suing a San Francisco TV station over their use of fake, and racially offensive names for the 4 pilots on air.

The NY Daily News covers a couple who managed to snap a photo in all 118 of Manhattan’s subway stations – in a span of 9 hours.

Watch “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen throw the worst first pitch ever. Enough said.

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The open road can throw some unexpected obstacles your way. Pack up your car with these ultimate road trip gadgets to ensure you’re ready for anything. Whether your goal is to escape into nature, experience new towns or get adventurous, we’ve got you covered.

Wine Suitcase

If your road trip is taking you on a vineyard tour, make sure your newly coveted wine collection makes the journey back home with you. Spare your clothes from a broken bottle catastrophe, and pack your bottles in a special wine suitcase like Brookstone’s The Wine Check Luggage Set, which safely carries 12 bottles for $69.99.

Worldwide Travel Adapter

Don’t worry about blowing a fuse or destroying your MacBook or iPad with the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. While it might not be up there with James Bond-level gadgets, don’t be surprised if it turns out to be your most cherished travel accessory. From $39.

International GPS

Road scholars know nothing puts a dent in a great trip like constantly getting lost. Luckily, we live in the era of the GPS, making traveling unknown roads — even internationally — a breeze. With Garmin, owners can download thousands of international maps from their website straight onto their device, or make their own. Suddenly journeying off into the unknown isn’t so intimidating anymore. Prices start at $99.

Pocket Camera

Capturing any moment is easy with the 18-megapixel point-and-shoot Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300.This ultra-lightweight camera easily stashes away and will appeal to serious photographers and amateurs alike with its negligible shutter lag, sharp photos and simultaneous video and still capture. From $299.

Folding Bike

Every savvy packer knows, roll your sweaters and … fold your bike? Coming in at 20 to 28 pounds (depending on the model and configuration) packing a collapsible Brompton bike is a brilliant possibility. The P6R Brompton is perfect for a globetrotting cyclist — its P Type’s handlebars were designed with the touring cyclist in mind. And after your ride, simply collapse it down, pack it up and take off for your next destination. Starting at $1,600.

For more cool cycling gizmos, check out our Bike Gear Guide.

Flexible Tripod

With flexible legs that can attach to nearly any surface, Joby’s Gorillapod ensures you never miss a shot. Whether taking a timed self-portrait or steadying your lens to your car’s hood, this portable tripod is a must-have on any savvy traveler’s packing list. Universal screw attaches to most cameras. From $19.95.

For more road trip gadgets, check out our Road Trips Gear Guide.

– by Ashley Hardaway

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The Broadmoor

Have you ever dreamt of vacationing at a luxurious mountain resort, spending your days breathing in the fresh mountain air, golfing at a championship course, relaxing by the pool and taking a break from canoeing or fly-fishingto experience a top-notch spa treatment? Sounds pretty nice, right?

What if the trip was also completely, 100% paid for?

From now until the end of the month, enter daily to win an amazing Colorado experience. One lucky winner and 3 guests will be flown to Colorado Springs, where they’ll spend 4 days enjoying all the natural beauty Colorado has to offer.

First, you’ll spend 2 nights at The Broadmoor Resort — the longest consecutive winner of both the AAA 5-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star awards. The luxury resort also has a day spa, a 54-hole championship golf course, 6 tennis courts and 3 pools.Sunset at The Ranch at Emerald Valley

Then, spend a night at The Ranch at Emerald Valley, a cluster of cabins nestled within 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest. Don’t worry, they have all the modern conveniences, plus wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.

If all that isn’t enough, the free trip also includes spa treatments, golf at The Broadmoor’s Championship East Course, paddleboating/canoeing, a train ride on Pikes Peak Cog Railway and complimentary access to The Broadmoor Movie Theater.

So, what are you waiting for? Enter now!

Photography by Andrew Kornylak / Aurora Photos

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Summer
temperatures have sizzled into triple digits across large swaths of America’s West this season. Travelers would be wise to cool down at one of the region’s more spectacular attractions, Lake Powell, a shimmering, 186-mile-long behemoth that straddles the Arizona and Utah border. Technically a reservoir of the Colorado River,

Lake Powell is located within easy driving distance from some of the nation’s grandest and most popular parks, including the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon, and is a perfect respite for families that have just sweltered their way through national park trails and tours.

This man-made lake was created when part of the Colorado River was dammed, and a sweeping expanse of canyonland filled with water. The result? An otherworldly landscape of turquoise waters bordered by looming canyons crisscrossed with nooks and crannies begging to be explored by boat or kayak. Rocky buttes jut toward the sky both in the distance and above canyon walls. Watching sunset turn the colors of the canyons and buttes ablaze into fiery reds and oranges is one of the region’s more unforgettable experiences.

Photography by Valerie Conners

To best enjoy the lake’s scenery and activities, travelers should hightail it to the spectacularly situated Antelope Point Marina, a family-friendly destination born out of a unique partnership with the Navajo Nation and the National Park Service. Head to the marina to explore Lake Powell by boat tour, rent watercraft such as jet skis and kayaks, or take advantage of the pinnacle of all lake experiences: a houseboat rental.

Antelope Point Marina is teeming with houseboats — literally hundreds line the floating docks — some of which are privately owned, others which are for rent. For the uninitiated, houseboats here are no ordinary watercraft. These vessels are, without exaggeration, nicer than a good number of actual houses. Houseboats range in size from 59 feet to 75 feet and can sleep up to 12 people in as many as 6 bedrooms — perfect for multiple families vacationing together. These mega-boats are tricked out with flat-screen TV’s, indoor-outdoor living areas, kitchens, staterooms, covered decks, waterslides (!), gas barbecues and wet bars. Think that’s awesome? Some models even feature outdoor hot tubs.

Families can rent houseboats for a few days up to a week or more, which keeps them busy exploring Lake Powell’s beauty. Folks who only have a few hours to spend on the lake, can cool off at the marina’s

Photography by Valerie Conners

kid-friendly swimming area, arrange a boat or fishing tour, rent kayaks and ski boats, or hike down to nearby beaches along the lake’s clear, crisp waters (families take note: No lifeguards are present).

For the ultimate Lake Powell experience, book a helicopter tour over the lake via the Lake Powell Jet Center. Aerial views of Lake Powell offer the most breathtaking perspective of its expanse and stunning vistas. You’ll swoop past iconic Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, the dam that created the lake, and monstrous Tower Butte, where your chopper will actually land and you’ll be allowed to wander the butte’s top — absolutely the tour highlight.

 

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