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Photo Courtesy of the Maine Lobster Festival

You’re looking for something to do during your summer vacation, and you happen to be in the beautiful state of Maine. Well, as luck would have it, not only is the Pine Tree State absolutely stunning in the summer (and slightly warmer than in winter!), it also is home to one of the more storied festivals in the Lower 48. The theme? Lobster, obviously. Why? Because Maine plus summer equals lobster. It’s like eating a beignet on Bourbon Street or Key lime pie in the Florida Keys — it just feels right.

Finding entertainment can be surprisingly complicated in the entertainment capital of the world. Los Angeles’ sheer size makes careful planning paramount in executing a fun day out on the town. But it’s a mistake to focus only on the established culture hubs. LA has no real center, and neither do its cultural offerings.

There’s no shortage of things to do — it’s all about looking in the right places.

Jane Lynch Annie

‘See Jane Sing!’
May 1 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Actress Jane Lynch is known for playing characters who, in striving to project normalcy, reveal a core of surreal madness that’s as fascinating to watch as it is hilarious. Probably best-known for her role as no-nonsense coach and principal Sue Sylvester on Fox’s Glee, she also made her debut on Broadway in 2013 as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Prepare for a night of musical shenanigans.


Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/courtesy HBO

Fans have been waiting for the highly anticipated fifth season of Game of Thrones, which starts this Sunday. The cast and production crew have traveled to several countries to film scenes for the popular HBO show, including Northern Ireland, Iceland, Italy and Morocco. But for the new season, it’s Seville, Spain; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Magheramorne, Northern Ireland, that will take center stage.

With all the buzz, we’d thought we’d take a look at the new season of Game of Thrones by the numbers to highlight the epic scale and resources it takes to produce this show, according to HBO.

- 5 countries
- 151 production sets
- 193 countries where the show is seen
- 240 days to film
- 166 cast members
- 1,000-plus crew members
- 5,000 extras

And make sure to check out our photo gallery of ‘Game of Thrones’ destinations to see the film locations from the show’s upcoming and previous seasons.

Vintage Hotel Pool

Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide | Megan dreams of lounging poolside like these bathing beauties, but is that in the cards for her as the series finale nears?

By now, Mad Men fans are painfully aware that the end is near — or, rather, that the AMC series’ final episodes will start to air Sunday. Never has life “up in the air” looked more glamorous — Don, in a pressed suit, was accustomed to complimentary cocktails, cigarette smoke and sexy seatmates aboard his frequent TWA flights.

In 7 seasons, the homes, the bars and the hotel rooms all oozed a midcentury style that we’ve resurrected in our own homes and hotel rooms. And when they traveled, boy, was it beautiful. Don and Betty’s Roman holiday, Megan and Don’s honeymoon in Honolulu, even Don’s sojourn to Palm Springs with some mysterious strangers — it’s hard to tell where we’ll end up in the second half of Season 7.

Whether you plan to settle in for Sunday’s premiere at home with a martini (or 3), or you would rather toast the end of an era as Don would have, with an Old Fashioned at a hotel bar (maybe the Waldorf Astoria in New York, where episodes of the show have been shot), there’s still time to Travel Like Mad Men to some of the show’s iconic filming locations.

Photo Courtesy of The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

It’s beginning to look a lot like, well, Christmas for one, but also that time of year when visions of Downton Abbey‘s new season premiere dance through eager viewers’ heads. Now, fans of the holidays and the show can combine their passions in Lake Placid, NY, at the Holiday Gala Inspired by Downton Abbey on Dec. 13, which culminates with a viewing of the Season 5 premiere — 3 weeks before its PBS broadcast Jan 4.

Bruce Springsteen (Photo Courtesy of Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Images)

Thousands of people are expected to converge on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Concert for Valor to honor veterans, active-duty service members and their families. The event — scheduled to start at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 11 — is free to the public. Concertgoers can snag a spot on the National Mall when it opens at 10 a.m. Televised live on HBO, the concert will feature big-name musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Eminem, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Grohl, Rihanna and the Black Keys.


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The “Day of the Dead,” or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is a national holiday celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. Families and friends gather together to remember and pray for those who have died. Dia de los Muertos is famous for its ornately decorated skeleton costumes.


Photography by Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

With the fall finally here, it’s a good bet that you and your friends will be headed out to arguably the most traditional festival of the season — Oktoberfest. And while I think it’s safe to say most of us won’t be making the trip to Munich for the official celebration (Sept. 20-Oct. 5), there are plenty of options stateside for a real taste of Germany. Whether it’s in a small town, major city, German beer hall or vintage barn, Oktoberfest is always great fun. But we’re not talking about the generic beer garden and polka band here. We’re talking about German-American communities getting down the same way their ancestors and countrymen have been doing across the pond for centuries. I mean, you wouldn’t go to a Mexican restaurant for St. Patrick’s Day, would you? Of course not!

So let’s break out the bratwurst, slap down some sauerkraut and, of course, tap the kegs on some of America’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations.

Cincinnati (Sept. 19-21)

Perhaps the largest and most popular Oktoberfest in the US is smack dab in the middle of the country —not surprisingly, in a city rich with German culture. Cincinnati (or Zinzinnati this time of year) plays host to thousands of Oktoberfest supporters, young and old, each fall with the city’s signature festival. With six blocks closed down for the party, there is plenty of room for you and your friends to don some lederhosen, down a few liters of beer and stuff your faces with German cuisine. Founded in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati may be best known for earning its place in the Guinness Book of Records by setting the mark for the world’s largest Chicken Dance at the time, with 48,000 people in 1994. The traditional dance is still going strong 20 years later, along with numerous other German games and dances throughout the three-day festival. READ MORE

And the Nominees for Most Dramatic Getaway Are…

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This year was a fantastic year for TV dramas, from Game of Thrones to Downton Abbey to House of Cards. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite among the nominees. But the best part about some of our favorite dramatic series (aside from the writing and the acting, of course) is that they took us to a few epic, sweeping landscapes, perfect for inspiring your own dramatic adventure.


Go behind the tent for a look at one of America’s last traveling sideshows in our brand new web series, All American Sideshow. Watch as the World of Wonders Sideshow kicks off circus season with eye-catching headliners including sword-swallower Tommy, knife-thrower Spif and “Diva of Danger” Sunshine. These daring performers share their unique take on travel while living in a tractor-trailer and entertaining the masses in towns across America.


When they’re not on the road, the sideshow crew heads to Gibsonton, FL. Dubbed the “weirdest place in America,” Gibtown has long been the winter retreat for the carnie and circus community. Watch as sideshow owner Ward Hall harkens back to the days when you could find yourself bellying up to the local bar with a giant, a bearded lady and the “living half-girl.”

To see even more freaky performances, check out the rest of the All American Sideshow web series, and get a look at some behind-the-tent photos.

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