The stifling heat this summer has me dreaming about the ocean breezes on a tiny island 30 miles out to sea. A place where no one spends much time indoors, where cobblestone streets weave through town, where protected land — nearly 50% of the entire island! — reigns supreme, and where you may just find yourself with a warm stretch of beach all to yourself.
My version of paradise is Nantucket, MA — the “Faraway Island.” Packed within this island of 105 square miles, you’ll find a place where days can be spent lazing on a quiet beach, afternoons can be enjoyed shopping for one-of-a-kind items at tiny boutiques and evenings savored with dining experiences at world-class restaurants. As you walk around Nantucket, you may even hear people refer to mainland USA as “America” — as if you’re in another country altogether.
Hungry for a taste? Here are 8 ways to truly savor the very best that this much-beloved (and very wealthy) island has to offer:
Lace up your dancin’ shoes and head down to the National Mall tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. for National Dance Day. Is the idea of bustin’ a move in front of the Washington Monument not enough to get you there? What if we told you there’d be appearances by So You Think You Can Dance celebrity guests? And Redskins cheerleaders? Yeah, we thought so. If you’re nowhere near Washington, DC, there are also a few other celebrations going on nationwide. Check out the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s upcoming events to find one near you!
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You’ve probably heard of paragliding, and you may even know a bit about falconry … but we’re guessing you’ve never heard of the new sport that’s a fusion of the 2: parahawking.
Yes, it’s a real thing. READ MORE
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Photograph By Fort Horsted
If you’re headed to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, you better free up some space in your suitcase for a pair of rain boots (Wellingtons, if you want to blend in with the Brits), because the forecast calls for rain.
Concerned about all the uber-lucky travelers headed to this year’s Olympics (ok, fine, maybe we’re just jealous), we checked in with our friends at weathertrends360 to see what all you spectators and athletes could expect from the notoriously-rainy city. According to the weathertrends360 meteorologists, London is expected to have the second-wettest weather in over 20 years during the opening weekend of the 2012 games. It might be a gloomy start weather-wise, but we’re predicting that a little rain won’t put a damper on the much-anticipated opening weekend. READ MORE
Last night, 4 of the most insane looping coasters in the country went head-to-head in a dizzying category called “Wrong Way Up”! With vertical loops as high as a 12-story building, all 4 of the competing coasters leave riders asking “which way is up??”
This May, viewers voted on whether Orlando’s Kraken, Pennsylvania’s Hydra the Revenge, Ohio’s Vortex or Tennessee’s Wild Eagle would be crowned the most insane Wrong Way Up coaster. So which coaster now holds the title of Lord of the Loops? READ MORE
By Mommy Points
There’s only 1 week left until the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London! I’m lucky enough to have tickets to a few official events, but I am still in search of other inexpensive things to do while enjoying the festivities. It turns out that there are plenty of activities going on in the city that don’t require spending a bunch of cash — you can even watch some Olympic events for free!
Free Official Olympic Events:
Road Cycling: July 28(men’s), July 29(women’s), and Aug. 1 (men’s and women’s)
Triathalon: Aug. 4 (women’s) and Aug. 7 (men’s)
Race Walking: Aug. 4 (men’s) and Aug. 11 (men’s and women’s)
Marathon: Aug. 5 (women’s) and Aug. 12 (men’s)
Swimming Marathon: Aug. 9 (women’s) and Aug. 10 (men’s) READ MORE
Tonight at 9|8c tune in for an extra-special episode of Trip Flip. Watch as Bert takes 2 travelers on the trip of a lifetime … dancing on stage with Train included!
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