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Living the Good Life (Affordably) In and Around Traverse City, Michigan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/26/2019, 1:15 AM

In some ways, the Inn at Black Star Farms recalls Tara from Gone with the Wind. Guests are greeted in a marble-floored lobby embedded with a black star (hence the name) in front of a grand curved staircase wide enough for hoopskirted damsels to make a glam entrance. The property is not, however, from that era or located in the South. It's in Michigan's Leelanau County and was built in the 1980s...

Amtrak Introducing New Nonstop Rail Service Between NYC and DC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/26/2019, 12:00 AM

Starting on September 23, Amtrak is offering direct rail service between New York City and Washington, D.C., aboard its sleek and speedy Acela trains. That trip currently takes about 3 hours and requires five intermediate stops in Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Baltimore.  The nonstop journey, on the other hand, will shuttle you between Amtrak's two busiest hubs—New ...

Our Travel Podcasts: Traverse City and Overtourism

By Hannah Berman

Posted on 07/24/2019, 2:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. On our first weekly podcast, host Pauline Frommer broadcasts from Traverse City, Michigan, while Jason Cochran chimes in from England. Pauline describes Traverse City and her ...

London Gets Its First Hard Rock Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/24/2019, 12:00 AM

The first Hard Rock Cafe opened in London in 1971.  But the city has never had a Hard Rock Hotel—until now.  The just-opened 900-room Hard Rock Hotel London occupies the building that previously housed the Cumberland Hotel near the northeast corner of Hyde Park. That's about a mile north—in almost a direct shot up Park Lane—of the first Hard Rock Cafe, which, by the way, is still in operation. ...

Visiting This Australian Museum Will Require Flippers and an Oxygen Tank

By Ben Appel

Posted on 07/24/2019, 12:00 AM

Deep-sea divers with an interest in sculpture should mark their calendars for December, when the first installation of visionary artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museum of Underwater Art is set to be unveiled at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  (Image by Jason deCaires Taylor) The MOUA, which will eventually comprise works at several spots around Queensland, will debut with a coastal-bas...

Tinder for Art: Atlanta Museum Helps You Find Works by Swiping Right

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/23/2019, 1:30 PM

Bringing new meaning to the term "art lover," Atlanta's High Museum of Art has introduced a Tinder-esque online tool to match visitors with works based on likes.  Dubbed Heartmatch, the web-based feature presents a series of objects—paintings, sculptures, installations, and whatsits—from the museum's massive collection, and, just as in dating apps, users can indicate their preferences by swiping ...

After a Millennium, Bears and Wolves Return to British Woodland—and You Can Watch

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2019, 8:00 AM

Bears and wolves haven't shared space in British woodlands for more than 1,000 years.  Due to deforestation and overhunting, the European brown bear disappeared from England in the 11th century; gray wolves followed in the 17th.  But soon, those animals will once again live in the same forest—and visitors will be able to observe all the ursine and lupine goings-on. Opening to the public on July...

Pauline Frommer: I'm Often Asked How to Become a Travel Writer, And I Suggest This Event

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2019, 12:00 PM

Every year, I give about a dozen speeches on travel across North America. When I sign books afterwards, a familiar scenario inevitably will play out. I’ll hand back the book that I've just autographed and notice that the individual standing in front of me looks very, very nervous… and doesn’t want to move away from the table. She or he will chit-chat for a few minutes before taking a deep breath ...

What Do Reindeer Do in the Summer? Attend Yoga Classes, Apparently.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2019, 4:15 PM

Goat yoga classes, which combine breathing, posing, and snuggling with special guest ruminants, may be all the rage among limber animal lovers. But Alaska just upped the antlered ante. At a summer yoga class in Fairbanks, attendees complete a 60-minute hatha or vinyasa flow session in the presence of reindeer.  Classes take place Monday and Friday evenings at 6pm at Running Reindeer Ranch, whi...

Now Streaming: A Social Media–Themed Water Park near Orlando

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/24/2019, 9:45 PM

A new water park with a social media theme has just opened next to Margaritaville Resort Orlando in central Florida. Dubbed Island H2O Live!, the park has eight water slides with names like Follow Me Falls, Hashtag Heights, and Reply Racers. You'll also find the Chat Creek lazy river, Megabytes snack bar, and adults-only Private Domain pool. Seems like there should also be a Data Mine slide wher...

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