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  • A Ghost Town in California Just Sold for $1.4 Million

    A Ghost Town in California Just Sold for $1.4 Million

    A Ghost Town in California Just Sold for $1.4 Million

  • PR Newswire

    Premier Developer, Emaar, to Build Middle East's Largest Chinatown at Dubai Creek Harbour

    DUBAI , UAE, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Premier developer, Emaar announced a landmark development that will strengthen UAE-China relatio ns .      (Photo: ...

  • RV your way to the coolest, most off-the-beaten-path spots in America
    Good Morning America

    RV your way to the coolest, most off-the-beaten-path spots in America

    According to Harvest Hosts -- a company that connects road trippers with unique overnight accommodations in the U.S. and Canada -- more millennials than ever are hitting the roads looking for off-the-beaten path experiences. "A new wanderlust seems to have hit millennials who want to see new things," Joel Holland, the 33-year-old owner of Harvest Hosts told "Good Morning America." "Traditional air travel takes you [to] cliche locations.

  • Jeff's Cellar Rated as One of the Most Magnificent Bars in the World by CNN Greece
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    Jeff's Cellar Rated as One of the Most Magnificent Bars in the World by CNN Greece

    IPOH, Malaysia, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was recently named as one of the 5 most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece, alongside other remarkable bars located in Germany, Namibia, South Africa and Jamaica.

  • 9 places in America you have to see in your lifetime

    9 places in America you have to see in your lifetime

    There is a handful of known bioluminescent bays in the world (Vietnam, Cayman Islands, Australia), with two right here in the U.S., like San Juan Island in Washington, reachable by ferry. When travelers go on a dark night with a tour guide (avoid days around and on a full moon), they can get in the water and swim with microscopic sea life called dinoflagellates.

  • 7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night

    7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night

    Forget your cubicle. There's a social club for that, and it comes with swoon-worthy shared workspace (and food and drinks…). These days it seems like we can't go a day without being introduced to a new one. Thankfully, you don't necessarily have to join to find out whether a club is for you. Below, a set of luxe spots around the world, which, among their many perks, include accommodations. Stay the night (or two or three...), savor all the amenities that come with membership, and then go home to consider your application. Soho House, Chicago In line with the brand's 20 total houses worldwide, no detail is left undone at Soho House Chicago. This century-old converted warehouse called The Allis

  • A Guide To Vienna The Fairytale City

    A Guide To Vienna The Fairytale City

    It's no accident that one of the most common tropes in fairytales is the majestic white horse. The Lipizzaner, one of the oldest horse breeds in Europe, is that gallant symbol. These exquisite white horses with their thick flowing manes and tails are precisely what you'd expect a porcelain-skinned princess or chiselled Walt Disney prince to appear on. And smack in the centre of Vienna you'll find the Spanish Riding School, the home and training grounds of these horses nonpareil. In its first iteration, the school is thought to have opened as early as 1572, making it the oldest of its kind, while the impressive surrounds that house the current 72 stallions were built in 1735. The hallmark of the

  • British woman impaled through the leg by a beach umbrella in New Jersey
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    British woman impaled through the leg by a beach umbrella in New Jersey

    Margaret Reynolds, 67, from London, was impaled by part of an umbrella at Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

  • Disney Signature Experiences go beyond the parks
    The Tennessean

    Disney Signature Experiences go beyond the parks

    First there was Disneyland, Walt Disney's groundbreaking foray into the amusement industry and the prototypical theme park. That inspired the massive Walt Disney World in Florida and a collection of theme park resorts across the globe. Disney's parks have made a tremendous impact on the tourism industry and the ways that people vacation. The company has parlayed its expertise in travel and hospitality and has branched out into ventures beyond its parks. They include Disney Cruise Line, Disney's Hawaiian resort, Aulani, the guided group tours business, Adventures by Disney, and the vacation-ownership program, Disney Vacation Club. The Mouse recently combined the four units under the newly named

  • Summer 2018: London's most unmissable hotel pop-ups
    The Telegraph

    Summer 2018: London's most unmissable hotel pop-ups

    Summer is underway, and London hotels are geared up to make the most of warmer weather. Terraces become deck-chair laden champagne bars, and afternoon tea gets all the more tempting without the worry of rain on sandwiches. Keep checking our regularly updated guide throughout the season for the very best pop-ups across the city, from cocktails on a yacht hotel to yoga in a secret Masonic Temple. Summer Garden at ME London’s Radio Rooftop Head to Aldwych for al fresco fun at the ME London's 10th-floor Radio Rooftop Summer Garden, where you can kick back in one of three Spanish-inspired 'florangeries' (no, us neither). These summer cabanas, which can accommodate up to 10 people, have been draped in botanical installations created by florist Cyrill Tronchet, and look out over Covent Garden and the London skyline beyond. Book one and you'll get a welcome cocktail, a spread of summer canapés, a bottle of spirit (the pop-up is partnered with Bacardi, so choose from Grey Goose vodka, Star of Bombay gin, St-Germain or their eponymous rum), and more. If your Summer Garden sojourn is more casual, swerve the 'florangeries' and just pop along to try the new range of floral cocktails. Open until September 30 Read the full review: ME London • Fabulous rooftop pools at London hotels Take over one of ME London's Summer Garden 'florangeries' Credit: Lateef Okunnu Icéclairs all round at The Savoy's Melba Looking for something sweet that takes the edge off summer heat? The Savoy has the solution at its pâtisserie, Melba (named after Auguste Escoffier’s famous pudding). Enter the Icéclairs: light choux pastry filled with handmade ice-cream in a range of flavours, from pure dark chocolate to Sicilian pistachio. It gets more indulgent as you tailor the treat to your tastes, drizzling them with chocolate, caramel and raspberry sauce (and a dark, milk or white chocolate glaze) before moving on to toppings: cookie dough, caramelised hazelnuts, popping candy, and more. Icéclairs – as delicious as they are pretty – cost £4.95. Available until mid-September Read the full review: The Savoy • The best hotel restaurants in London The Icéclair : The coolest éclair you will find in the capital? Credit: Red Photographic Ltd/Simon John Owen Laurent-Perrier Champagne deck at the Sunborn London This gleaming ship, which is moored in the revitalised Royal Victoria Dock, has launched its summer partnership with champagne house Laurent-Perrier to mark four years in the capital. Expect specially created champagne cocktails on the nautical hotel’s top deck – it is 50 years since Laurent-Perrier launched their iconic cuvée rosé – and plenty of seafood-heavy nibbles, from crab-lobster arancini to crispy calamari. The Le Fizz cocktail, a potent mix of St Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice and Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée, is sure to be the libation that whisks guests from the London cityscape to the French Riviera. Open until September 3 Read the full review: Sunborn London • The most romantic hotel bars in London Sundowners on a yacht that never leaves its mooring at Sunborn. Credit: Altitude Lifestyle/Ronak Patel Kentish wines on a hidden balcony at Le Méridien Piccadilly Some of the finest wines from Kent's chalky soils are available to quaff in central London on the 'hidden' balcony at Le Méridien Piccadilly. It's been kitted out with foliage, faux grass and deck chairs for the summer, giving a taste of rurality among the bustle as you sip award-winning vintages from the Chapel Down winery, including pinot noir rosé and coeur de cuvée. The hotel's Terrace on Piccadilly restaurant provides food for the peckish, with dishes ranging from grilled octopus with Sriracha mayonnaise to a British cheese plate. If you really want to know your bacchus from your chardonnay, the pop-up is hosting wine discussions (tickets must be booked in advance). Open until the end of September. Wine tastings and discussions on July 24, August 7 and 28, and September 18. Read the full review: Le Méridien Piccadilly • The best hotels in Kent English wines from Kent are the perfect sundowner after a long, hot day in the city The Secret Herb Garden at the Royal Horseguards Hotel Gin is everywhere, but not everywhere is like the Secret Herb Garden near the banks of the Thames. This al fresco speakeasy is hidden behind Whitehall Garden at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, which boasts historic connections to royalty and British prime ministers; despite this grandeur, the garden is a calm oasis where summer spritzes – plus herb-inspired cocktails – get mixed and pizzas get crisped in an outdoor oven. The hotel has teamed up with Fever-Tree to offer gin and tonic masterclasses (£25) on the last Thursday of the summer months. But the best thing is garnishing your own G&T with the herbs (lavender, rosemary and mint) found throughout the secret garden. Open until the end of September. Gin and tonic classes are on July 26, August 30 and September 27 Read the full review: The Royal Horseguards • The best luxury hotels in London Find your own gin flavourings at the Royal Horseguards' Secret Herb Garden Sushi master brings omakese to The Berkeley Endo Kazutoshi, a third-generation sushi master and one of the original pioneers behind the legendary Zuma eatery, is bringing an intimate, traditional omakase ('chef's choice') experience to Knightsbridge this summer. A space inside The Berkeley has been transformed, with a bespoke sushi bar where up to eight guests can dine on a 15-course menu of lemon sole usuzukuri, wagyu beef agemono and more. The evenings begin with Japanese-inspired cocktails created by the hotel's Blue Bar mixologists before guests are led to the hidden restaurant. The pop-up is hosting two sittings open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 6pm and 8.30pm – and costs £150 per person. Open from July 20 until August 31. Read the full review: The Berkeley • England's best pubs with rooms Endo Kazutoshi brings his innovative gastronomy to The Berkeley throughout the summer Credit: KRISTY NOBLE Brunch on the Beach at The Montague The Beach Bar returns to The Montague on the Gardens hotel for another Bahamas-style pop-up but this time is bringing something brand new to Bloomsbury: a bottomless brunch. A cocktail menu includes tropical classics – piña coladas, sex on the beach – as well as buck's fizz and bloody Marys; knock back as many as you fancy during a two-hour session, which cost £39. The brunch menu is comprised of sharing platters featuring Cumberland sausage with red onion chutney, black pudding scotch eggs, avocado and smoked salmon on toast, and more. Dessert is an ice-cream cone – it is summer and you are at the 'beach', after all. Every Saturday and Sunday until September 16 • The best hotels in Mayfair Bahamian vibes and bottomless boozing at The Montague Credit: BENJAMIN STATHAM The Garden Tea at the Four Seasons Park Lane A new seasonal afternoon tea from the pastry chef at this Mayfair hotel, who has drawn inspiration from the different areas of Chelsea Physic Garden – one of the oldest botanical gardens in Britain. The experience begins by tasting hot chocolate, made to a recipe original brought back from Jamaica by Sir Hans Sloane (the garden's primary benefactor). Highlights on the afternoon tea stand include the hand-painted wild strawberry and poppy macarons (two symbols of Britain) as well as the 'beehive': a liquid honey centre hidden by almond cream, surrounded by blueberry jelly and an oat biscuit. The cost is £42, but for £55 you get a glass of Champagne. Open until October Read the full review: Four Seasons Park Lane • The best London hotels with pools Experience a new afternoon tea at the Four Seasons Park Lane, inspired by Chelsea Physic Garden Lisboa Jardim takes over The Terrace at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel The colours of Portugal and Lisbon's exhilarating vibe have come to the West End with the Lisboa Jardim pop-up at The Terrace, the restaurant at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel. In Portugal’s capital, 'Lisboa Jardim' is a garden for the curious, a place that catches your eye and stops you in your tracks; here you'll find an extension of the Portman Square Gardens (which the property overlooks) but with a blue colour scheme and breezy vibe. Cocktails – including a blend of white port with glugs of vermouth – are served in hand-sealed tuna cans, while nibbles span locally made sourdough to pastel del nata tarts.  Open until the end of September • The best budget hotels in London The Radisson Blu Portman Hotel's Portugal pop-up brings Lisbon to London Midsummer Terrace at Sea Containers, Mondrian London Another champagne-centric pop-up from Laurent-Perrier, who are this time partnering with Mondrian London for a floral terrace wrapped around the Thames-side Sea Containers restaurant. Heady midsummer meadows have influenced the look of the pop-up – dusky pink furniture and pink wildflowers make the space ultra-Instagrammable – and there is a new à la carte menu spanning seafood (strawberry- and champagne-cured sea bass) to summer veg (courgettes stuffed with ricotta, pink pepper and baked lemon purée). The Southbank spot is open to guests as well as members of the public, with the three-flute champagne flight the proper way to experience the setting. Open until September Read the full review: Mondrian London at Sea Containers • The best boutique hotels in London Mondrian London is bringing the French Riviera to South Bank. Yoga in a Masonic Temple at Andaz London Liverpool Street Warmer weather and longer days is a good enough excuse to find some focus across body and mind. Throughout the summer, Andaz London Liverpool Street is hosting a bespoke yoga pop-up in one of the city’s secret spaces: a hidden Masonic Temple within the hotel, more than a century old and decked in Italian marble and heavy mahogany. Participants get full access to the hotel’s Health Club before and after their yoga. Sessions on July 22 and August 19 Read the full review: Andaz London Liverpool Street • The best London hotels with river views A secret space in The City for yoga. Kids' Zone comes to Dukes London Summer holidays may give children a break from school but it's not necessarily downtime for the adults. A new pop-up at Dukes, the a five-star hotel in Mayfair, is designed to balance the needs of young and old alike. The Kids' Zone allows children to meet other guests their age while at the hotel, with space set aside and filled with toys reflecting the nearby tourist attractions. As part of the offering, professional babysitting is available should parents fancy a night off together. If you book a family stay at Dukes you receive five hours of complimentary childcare, plus games and nibbles. Open from July 21 until September 2 Read the full review: Dukes London • The best five-star hotels in London Dukes might exude refined elegance – but the Kids' Zone is all about the young ones

  • What, no refund? A vacationer's guide to California fire season
    San Jose Mercury News

    What, no refund? A vacationer's guide to California fire season

    It's wildfire season. And it's vacation season. When flames rage and smoke wafts in or near one of California's natural wonders, what happens to tourists with prepaid reservations? Can you cancel and get your money back? The question arises this week as a fire spreads just west of Yosemite National Park, closing down a portion of the Highway 140 entrance into the park. Whether Mother Nature's vagaries affect your wallet will depend on the property's policies and how close the fire comes to where you're planning to stay. But here's the bottom line for vacations  anywhere, according to consumer travel expert Christopher Elliott, who writes the Travel Troubleshooter column: “If you have a non-refundable