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Photo tour: The most beautiful places in North Dakota
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Whatever happened to the heart-shaped tub? 22 August 2014, 19.29 Travel
Whatever happened to the heart-shaped tub?
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide As the first resort to install lipstick-red, heart-shaped tubs in its couples-only digs, Cove Haven created an image indelibly linked to the Poconos.(Photo:
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Cancun's top honeymoon resorts 22 August 2014, 19.29 Travel
Cancun's top honeymoon resorts
(Photo: javarman3, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Cancun is a perfect choice for honeymooners looking for action and distraction in a beautiful, beachside setting. Situated on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula in northern Quintana Roo
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Cuisine with a zing: Spiked dishes and desserts
If you've noticed that entrees and desserts have been tasting a little more "spirited" lately, there's probably a very good reason. More U.S. chefs are taking some creative liberties with libations by adding a dash of
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Before summer ends: Go backstage at Universal Hollywood
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Unlike most other similar parks, Universal Studios Hollywood is an honest-to-goodness, working movie studio. (Even its upstart sister park in Florida is really
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10Best: Stone-cold ice cream shops 22 August 2014, 19.29 Travel
10Best: Stone-cold ice cream shops
Larry Bleiberg, Special for USA TODAY 7:41 a.m. EDT August 22, 2014 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Sweet Republic in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers its take on a classic combination with the
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Believe your eyes: America's most stunning views
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide America is a big country full of bigger views, from sea to shining sea. From stunning natural formations to architectural wonders, these ten sights rise above
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Ken Burns shares secrets of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ken Burns shares secrets of Great Smoky Mountains National Park 1Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutFacebookEmailGoogle+LinkedInPinterestKen Burns shares secrets of Great Smoky
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Graceland: Tour Elvis' home like a king 19 August 2014, 00.24 Travel
Graceland: Tour Elvis' home like a king
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide A singer, actor, and heartthrob known for his sensual dance moves, Elvis Presley is an icon in American culture. He starred in 31 feature films and once held
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The pros, cons of visiting Japan by cruise ship
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide A Maiko dance at a te ahouse in Kyoto, Japan.(Photo: Koichi Kamoshida, Getty Images) Tags Princess Cruises Diamond Princess 2 CONNECT
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Cool reasons to visit Curacao 19 August 2014, 00.24 Travel
Cool reasons to visit Curacao
(Photo: Kjersti Joergensen, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Affectionately dubbed "Holland of the Tropics," Curacao is a melting pot on bold display with more than 100 nationalities calling the cosmopolitan island home. Forty- four
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The travel insurance in your wallet you didn't know you had
George Hobica, Airfarewatchdog.com 7:03 a.m. EDT August 19, 2014 Some credit cards have contracts with extensive travel insurance. But not all do, and the benefits vary widely between issuers.(Photo: Getty
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Summer relaxation: Put North Carolina on your mind
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide In a day's drive across North Carolina, you can go from mountaintop views to oceanside real estate. Here's how to make sense of the diverse and dynamic outdoor
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Best summer deals in the Caribbean 17 August 2014, 01.18 Travel
Best summer deals in the Caribbean
(Photo: Anacaona) Better known for cold weather lures than hot weather tours, summer in the Caribbean is not only affordable but it's also the best way to audition on island before booking a more expensive winter getaway.
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Retro/vintage hotels: What's old is new again 17 August 2014, 01.18 Travel
Retro/vintage hotels: What's old is new again
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Retro and vintage hotel rooms are making a name for themselves in cities across the nation. Catchy décor and design elements from eras past offer guests a
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Stop, drop and pop it: 8 places to propose on Kauai
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide If a single word conjures images of a postcard-perfect destination, that word is Hawaii. The islands, blissfully adrift in the Pacific Ocean and far removed
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An insider's guide to Atlanta 15 August 2014, 18.25 Travel
An insider's guide to Atlanta
provided by Homewood Suites by Hilton Traveling? You Can Keep Your Daily Routine At Homewood Suites Home isn't just part of our name, it's in everything we do. From a free hot breakfast every morning, to complimentary dinner
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Photo tour: The most beautiful places in New Mexico
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Kentucky: Horses, bourbon and natural beauty 15 August 2014, 18.25 Travel
Kentucky: Horses, bourbon and natural beauty
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The "Bluegrass State," so named for the iconic grass that proliferates on its fertile soil, is synonymous with horses and horse racing. Its two major cities –
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Cruises offer an easier, cheaper way to see Japan
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide A musician plays traditional Japanese songs at a welcome party at the start of a cruise around Japan.(Photo: Gene Sloan, USA TODAY) 2 CONNECT
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The 50 longest airline routes from the U.S. and Canada
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Qantas' Boeing 747 jets fly some of the longest flights to depart the United States.(Photo: Qantas Airways) Tags 626 CONNECT 75 LINKEDIN EMAILMORE What are
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Highway rest stops are revving up services, quality
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The newly renovated Maryland House Travel Plaza north of Baltimore.(Photo: Handout) 80 CONNECT 14 LINKEDIN EMAILMORE The weary highway traveler in Ohio can
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10 must-do activities onboard the Regal Princess
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Princess Cruises' newest ship, the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess, modernizes the traditional Princess Cruises experience in beautiful surrounds. As on year-old
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Diagon Alley: Are these the 'Fantastic Beasts' designs?
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The original Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure, which opened in 2010, brought J. K. Rowling's books and the films they
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The Magnolia State: The beauty of Mississippi
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Offering much more than the namesake river that forms its western border, Mississippi is a must-visit for anyone interested in sampling a unique slice of
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Video captures near-miss of widebody jets in Spain
This screenshot from YouTube shows what appears to be a near-miss in Barcelona. The footage was captured by an amateur aviation enthusiast.(Photo: YouTube.com) 10 CONNECT LINKEDIN EMAILMORE An apparent near-miss at
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Your Take: I love my boat! 06 July 2014, 22.30 Travel
Your Take: I love my boat!
Add Videos or PhotosBe first to contribute Sign in now to share your story. Sign in with FacebookSign in with Google+ Be first to contribute Add More Videos or Photos You've contributed successfully to: You've successfully
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10Best: Up-and-coming neighborhoods around the USA
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Debates about gentrification notwithstanding, watching a blighted area get a new lease on life can be awfully heartening. We've listed a few of the most
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See the Caribbean's most amazing waterfalls 29 June 2014, 15.19 Travel
See the Caribbean's most amazing waterfalls
From murmuring rivulets sliding across rocky terraces to crashing cataracts that plunge from the heights into deep, rock-lined pools below, the Caribbean has a waterfall to satisfy every appetite. La Mina Falls | Puerto
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Vintage Vegas: Where to experience the Rat Pack
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Looking for luck to be a lady on your next Vegas trip? We're taking a walk down memory lane, looking for the best places to find remnants of the group that made
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Boeing's 1,500th 747: 'Not your mother's jumbo jet'
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The 1,500th Boeing 747 nears completion at Boeing's Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on June 17, 2014.(Photo: Mike Kane for USA TODAY) 50 CONNECT 8 LINKEDIN
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Adrenaline rush: Aruba's boldest adventures 27 June 2014, 16.43 Travel
Adrenaline rush: Aruba's boldest adventures
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The sugar-white sand beaches along Aruba's west coast are the stuff of postcard-perfect memories: watching the sunset on endless Palm Beach is the
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10 best bucket-list cities for foodies 27 June 2014, 16.43 Travel
10 best bucket-list cities for foodies
Larry Bleiberg, Special for USA TODAY 8:01 a.m. EDT June 27, 2014 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide New Orleans' Galatoire's restaurant has delighted diners for more than a century.(Photo:
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First look: A Carnival ship gets a major makeover
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Originally built in 2007, the Carnival Freedom is one of Carnival's largest ships at 110,000 tons.(Photo: Andy Newman, Carnival Cruise Lines) Tags Carnival
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Verruckt: Exclusive ride on world's tallest slide
Feeling crazy? Take a dive down 17 stories with us on Schlitterbahn's upcoming slide! Steve Larese, Special for USA TODAY 9:08 p.m. EDT June 26, 2014 CONNECT LINKEDINEMAILMORE The countdown continues for the opening of
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Photo tour: The most beautiful places in Maine
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Sun screenings: Famous film locations in the Caribbean
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide A decade before filmmakers migrated to Hollywood, they'd already figured out that the Caribbean was a nice place to get away from the dreary winter and gray
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10 best bucket-list adventure trips 21 June 2014, 18.59 Travel
10 best bucket-list adventure trips
Jayne Clark, USA TODAY 7:40 a.m. EDT June 20, 2014 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Rafting through the Grand Canyon in Arizona takes at least five or six days away from civilization.(Photo:
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Vintage Vegas: Where to experience Elvis 21 June 2014, 18.59 Travel
Vintage Vegas: Where to experience Elvis
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Presley is arguably the most iconic entertainer to ever be associated with Las Vegas, though it may be hard to find evidence of his reign as King these days. In
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Photo tour: The glory of a Galapagos cruise 21 June 2014, 18.59 Travel
Photo tour: The glory of a Galapagos cruise
Photo tour: The glory of a Galapagos cruise 46Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutFacebookEmailGoogle+LinkedInPhoto tour: The glory of a Galapagos cruiseLooking for a cruise
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Photo tour: The hottest new cruise ships of 2014
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas will have a mechanical arm that transports passengers high above the ship in a glass capsule.(Photo: Royal
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Sneak peek: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
ORLANDO, Fla. — "What would you like to name your Pygmy Puff?" asks the wizard at the cash register. "Cutie patootie," I reply, glancing down at the purple, fuzzy ball of adorableness. I'm inside Weasleys' Wizarding
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Puerto Rico voted 'Best U.S. Island' 08 June 2014, 22.38 Travel
Puerto Rico voted 'Best U.S. Island'
Libby McMillan , 10Best ( a division of USA TODAY) 12:43 p.m. EDT June 6, 2014 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Puerto Rico was voted "Best U.S. Island" in 10Best's Reader's Choice
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Las Vegas' best donut destinations 08 June 2014, 22.38 Travel
Las Vegas' best donut destinations
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Fried dough covered with sugar is good every day, but since today happens to be dedicated to doughnuts, we thought you should treat yourself to a little
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This train ride soars to new heights 08 June 2014, 22.38 Travel
This train ride soars to new heights
The Rocky Mountaineer has been carrying passengers into the heart of the Canadian Rockies since 1990. Its new Coastal Passage route, in regular play this summer, connects Seattle with the rugged Rockies north of the
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Florida's most romantic beaches 08 June 2014, 22.38 Travel
Florida's most romantic beaches
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide There's no doubt that Florida is blessed with a slew of beautiful beaches packed with unspoiled dunes, coastal woodlands and tidal streams, all offering a rich
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10 best bucket-list road trips 08 June 2014, 22.38 Travel
10 best bucket-list road trips
Larry Bleiberg , Special for USA TODAY 11:52 a.m. EDT June 6, 2014 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The Million Dollar Highway, a section of U.S. Highway 550, climbs more than two miles above
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Get a taste of Anguilla's culinary wonders 08 June 2014, 22.38 Travel
Get a taste of Anguilla's culinary wonders
(Photo: Cuisinart Resort) Admit it; you first came to Anguilla to slip your feet into some of the whitest sand on earth, wrap your paws around a fruity cocktail, and watch the setting sun leapfrog sailboats on the sea. But
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Remote hotels: 10 top spots to truly get away from it all
Jane Reynolds, Oyster.com 7:59 a.m. EDT June 5, 2014 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Selinda Canoe Trail, Botswana: The Selinda Canoe Trail is a four-day, three-night trip, offered from May
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Caribbean in the buff: Top nude resorts 05 June 2014, 15.48 Travel
Caribbean in the buff: Top nude resorts
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The Caribbean is the perfect setting for a clothing-optional vacation. Resorts at a variety of islands feature white-sand beaches, plenty of sunshine and balmy
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Summer suppers: Great restaurant patios 05 June 2014, 15.48 Travel
Summer suppers: Great restaurant patios
We want you to get out to eat this summer -- literally -- so we're featuring the best spots to soak up the sun or the stars with food, drinks and friends wherever you're traveling. This week's great places in the great
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Photo tour: The most beautiful places in Washington
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Mark Hamill joins Disney's Star Wars Weekends
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Each spring, Disney's Hollywood Studios at Florida's Disney World is filled with Jedi knights, Stormtroopers, Wookies, and other assorted creatures from George
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10 tastiest doughnut shops in the USA 05 June 2014, 15.48 Travel
10 tastiest doughnut shops in the USA
Leif Pettersen, Special for USA TODAY 11:07 a.m. EDT June 5, 2014 8050 CONNECT 1 LINKEDIN EMAILMORE Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Who doesn't love doughnuts? Lunatics, that's who. Debate
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Airlines that offer free stopovers 29 May 2014, 15.17 Travel
Airlines that offer free stopovers
Caroline Costello, SmarterTravel.com 7 a.m. EDT May 29, 2014 Complimentary stopovers in Singapore's eponymous hub are easily booked on the airline's website.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) 29 CONNECT 12 LINKEDIN
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First look: Princess Cruises' new Regal Princess
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Princess Cruises' newest ship, the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess, is on its inaugural cruise in the Mediterranean. What's the vessel like? USA TODAY cruise
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Top 10 historic hotels in the Caribbean 29 May 2014, 15.17 Travel
Top 10 historic hotels in the Caribbean
(Photo: BastianLinder, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Caribbean hotels and resorts are among the finest in the world, with the best of them offering vibrant interior design and cutting-edge technology. But a handful of hotels have
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Summer suppers: Great rooftop restaurants and bars
We want you to get out to eat this summer -- literally -- so we're featuring the best spots to soak up the sun or the stars with food, drinks and friends wherever you're traveling. This week's great places in the great
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Postcard-perfect images of Virginia 29 May 2014, 15.17 Travel
Postcard-perfect images of Virginia
The Most Beautiful Places in America 1172651Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutFacebookEmailGoogle+LinkedInPostcard-perfect images of VirginiaA state-by-state breakdown of the
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Last chance to vote for Best U.S. Island 29 May 2014, 15.17 Travel
Last chance to vote for Best U.S. Island
Last chance to vote for Best U.S. Island 3Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutFacebookEmailGoogle+LinkedInLast chance to vote for Best U.S. IslandYou have until Monday, June 2, at
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10 things we love about Windstar's new Star Pride
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Before debuting as the first motor yacht in the Windstar Cruises fleet, the 212-passenger Star Pride received a quick renovation. The idea was to bring the
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10 best places to buy souvenirs 26 May 2014, 02.33 Travel
10 best places to buy souvenirs
Larry Bleiberg, Special for USA TODAY 7:25 a.m. EDT May 23, 2014 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Located in Maggie Valley, N.C., near Smoky Mountains National Park, Soco Crafts &
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Fly (nearly) naked, and other summer savings strategies
Rick Seaney , Special for USA TODAY 7:23 p.m. EDT May 23, 2014 With carry-on fees as high as $100 on airlines such as Spirit, how you pack and what you wear can affect your summer airfare tab.(Photo: Boarding1Now, Getty
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Photo tour: Classic Caesars Palace 26 May 2014, 02.33 Travel
Photo tour: Classic Caesars Palace
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Experience Las Vegas is featuring in-depth photo tours of the city's world-famous hotels and casino resorts this year. We feature a different Vegas property
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Texas tasting tour: BBQ, food trucks and fried chicken
Texas is a top-notch dining destination with as many distinct specialties as there are surprises. Taste a virtual sampler of the state's brightest stars, from trendy Austin to ever-growing San Antonio. We have all the tours,
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Mark Memorial Day at these beaches 26 May 2014, 02.33 Travel
Mark Memorial Day at these beaches
Though Memorial Day weekend serves as America's on-ramp to summer, the solemnity of the holiday isn't lost on many of the beaches that will be brimming with people. These days are among the most important on the calendar for
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Dive in to 'Living Springs,' a closer look at Austin's beautiful natural springs
A new interactive documentary project aims to raise awareness for the conservation of a popular Austin attraction, Barton Springs. Photo courtesy of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department A pool of clear
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Photo tour: The luxurious Trump Hotel Las Vegas
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Experience Las Vegas is featuring in-depth photo tours of the city's world-famous hotels and casino resorts this year. We feature a different Vegas property
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The Little Missouri River winds through Little Missouri State Park, a swath of stunning badlands only accessible by horseback or on foot.(Photo: Gerald Blank, North Dakota Tourism)

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As the first resort to install lipstick-red, heart-shaped tubs in its couples-only digs, Cove Haven created an image indelibly linked to the Poconos.(Photo: PoconoMountains.com)

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LAKEVILLE, PA. -- Love lives here among the heart-shaped tubs, round beds, and mirrors, mirrors everywhere.

And should that sentiment somehow elude you, the billboard-sized sign at Cove Haven Resort's reception desk spells it out next to a big red heart: Love lives here.

From the Passion Potion cocktail in the Cupid's Corner lounge to the resort's tricked-out Love Machine transport van to its Romance Concierge, who can set you up with a Passion Package (fire log, bubble bath, split of bubbly: $35) in your Garden of Eden Apple suite, Cove Haven doesn't do subtle.

But as the first resort to install lipstick-red, heart-shaped tubs in its couples-only digs, it created an image indelibly linked to the Poconos. Like it or not.

The former Honeymoon Capital of the World, the Poconos — rebranded in 2007 as the Pocono Mountains — continues to fine-tune its image as a family-friendly outdoor adventureland, health spa getaway and emerging waterpark capital.

Break with the past

"Things have evolved so much, but the image has remained static," says Elizabeth Richardson of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. "We have farm-to-table restaurants, paddleboarding, luxury spas — things you wouldn't have in your head if
you only knew the '60s and '70s image."

Two mega indoor waterparks will open next year, bringing to five the number of such attractions in the region. They include Camelback Lodge, where a 453-suite hotel and 125,000-square-foot waterpark, poised to be the Northeast's largest, are taking shape at the base of a 50-year-old ski area.

The 8-year-old Lodge at Woodloch was just named Travel + Leisure's No. 3 destination spa in the world. And a former private old-money retreat, the French Manor Inn, summer home of financier/art collector Joseph Hirshhorn, has been expanded to a posh, 19-room hostelry with a high-end restaurant and new spa.

The Poconos has been a respite from the heat and hustle of New York and environs since the 1800s, when the first "boarding houses" opened to visitors. The region encompasses a four-county area almost the size of Delaware. Within it are both
suburban sprawl with the usual tourist draws — an outlet mall, year-round fireworks stands, a wild-animal park — and lots of natural attributes.

There are miles of back roads and dozens of pristine lakes. On its eastern edge, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area harbors 70,000 acres of wilderness. Its position on the Appalachian Uplift makes it unusually rich in waterfalls.

The first honeymoon resort opened in 1945, and by the 1970s, the Poconos' reputation as the go-to spot for canoodling was sealed, with 10 couples-only resorts in operation.

Among them was Cove Haven, whose former owner, Morris Wilkins, gets credit for creating the first heart-shaped "sweetheart tub" in 1963. Not one to rest on his romantic laurels, 21 years later, Wilkins devised the 7-foot-tall Champagne Whirlpool Glass-for-Two. His wildly popular Champagne Tower suites were booked solid a year in advance. They're still popular at the Poconos' three remaining couples-only hostelries, all under the Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts brand.

John Kiesendahl was here years before the arrival of the heart-shaped tub. His parents bought a 12-bedroom boarding house on Lake Teedyuskung in the 1950s, which became Woodloch Resort. The family-oriented, all-inclusive "cruise on land" now encompasses 1,000 acres and accommodates 900 guests in a variety of lodgings, including private homes and the celebrated spa resort.

A third generation of Kiesendahls is running Woodloch. But in a region of what once consisted primarily of family-run hostelries, not all fared as well. With competition from the Caribbean and other romance destinations, travelers — newly married or
otherwise — headed in other directions.

Chalk it up to a failure to reinvest in upkeep or simply to changing tastes, but most of the couples-only resorts closed by the '90s. Notable among them was the 895-room Mount Airy Lodge, renowned for its over-the-top floor-to-ceiling mirrors, gilt finishes and, of course, heart-shaped tubs.

It was shuttered in 2001 and later razed. In its place now stands a namesake casino resort that, on a recent weekend, is staging a Miss Red Hot Swimsuit Contest and features a tarot reader in its spa.

Kiesendahl is careful not to disparage the enduring Honeymoon Haven image, but he notes that for years, Woodloch distanced itself from the Poconos brand.

"We had to get out of the honeymoon pigeonhole. There were people who loved it, but there were people who hated it."

Love lasts

Consider repeat Cove Haven guests Tony and Anna Scopellite squarely among the former. The Hazlet, N.J., couple honeymooned here in 2003 — a whole week in a Champagne Tower suite. It was just one of 20 or so visits here, including one last February to renew their vows.

In early August, Anna, 50, a preschool teacher, and Tony, 56, a contractor, are perusing the day's Hot Spot Daily Dose of Fun menu after breakfast. On today's docket: a horse and carriage ride, having their caricatures drawn, a luau, adult bingo and later, maybe, the XXX Newlywed Game.

Cove Haven's chief excitement officer, Phil Policare, will be leading the games. In 42 years of working here, he has seen a lot but doesn't reveal a hint of irony, much less cynicism.

When the honeymoon business slowed in the '90s, a more mature set supplanted it, he says. These days, middle-aged couples from drive-in markets predominate, though you'll see some twenty- and thirtysomethings, too. And on a recent day, a cane-wielding couple forgoes a lift in the Love Machine and toddles down the main thoroughfare of the sprawling lakeside grounds.

Policare declares: "Ideas change. Fads change. Love doesn't change."

IF YOU GO

Where to stay: The region has a mix of small inns, B&Bs and chain lodgings. Some one-of-a kind hostelries:

The French Manor Inn & Spa in South Sterling is a 1930s summer retreat built by a wealthy arts patron turned boutique hotel, atop Huckleberry Mountain. Rates start at $190 a night with breakfast.thefrenchmanor.com

The 165-room Woodloch Resort in Hawley is a family-oriented lakeside lodging with endless diversions ranging from archery to bumper cars. Peak summer rates are about $300 a night per adult (rates for children vary according to age) and include all meals and activities. woodloch.com

The Hotel Fauchere in Milford is a Relais & Chateaux property with 16 guestrooms in a renovated 1800s building. Peak season (May-December) mid-week rates start at $211, double with breakfast. hotelfauchere.com

For the quintessential Poconos-as-Honeymoon-Haven experience, check into one of the three Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts, where all-inclusive rates start at about $199 per couple.

Information: Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. 800poconos.com

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Cancun's top honeymoon resorts PDF Print E-mail

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Cancun is a perfect choice for honeymooners looking for action and distraction in a beautiful, beachside setting. Situated on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula in northern Quintana Roo and bordered by the Caribbean Sea, the city has AAA Five Diamond resorts, high end all-inclusive properties and stylish boutique hotels on the nearby islands of Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres. Choose the right hotel and newlyweds will have a sanctuary from which to venture out to experience Cancun's compelling attractions and frenetic nightlife. Decades ago, this resort town earned a reputation as a Spring Break destination. While it still draws a young crowd, Cancun has chiseled a new profile that attracts sophisticated travelers, families and honeymooners. Lovebirds will find this nest well-served by direct flights from the U.S., making it easy to arrange a carefree escape.

Honeymoon hotels

The lion's share of resorts in Cancun is all-inclusive in nature. This means honeymooners pay one price up front and their accommodations, food and drinks and most activities are paid for in advance. All-inclusive resorts make it possible for guests to leave their cash and credit cards in their hotel room safe and concentrate on enjoying each other. Given the convenience of their resort's restaurants, entertainment and activities, some honeymooners might find themselves reluctant to break away from their resort. This would be a big mistake. There are amazing things awaiting travelers to Cancun — from swimming with whale sharks in season to exploring ancient Maya ruins. Couples will find it easy to arrange guided excursions while the most adventurous will want to rent a vehicle and venture off on their own.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun is an all-inclusive sporting a spirited rock 'n' roll vibe. The scene is set as soon as a couple arrives, with John Bonham's drum set from Led Zeppelin taking center stage in the lobby. This is just the beginning, since the property is studded throughout with rock memorabilia, while still maintaining a sleek and sophisticated modern design. The 12-story beachfront hotel has a casino, nightclub, spa and a stunning free-form pool. While Hard Rock Hotel Cancun is family-friendly, the atmosphere is still conducive to romance, with a hip ambience that combines a Cancun-meets-Vegas-meets-South-Beach vibe. Rooms have romantic touches like in-room double hydro tubs, top-shelf drinks and 24-hour room service. The resort kicks it up a notch with "Harmony" from its Colin Cowie's Honeymoon Collection. Lovebirds receive a 50-minute couple's massage at the resort's Rock Spa, a romantic dinner for two, chocolate-covered strawberries and breakfast in bed. If that wasn't enough, couples will find their in-room hydro tub maxed out romantic with rose petals.

Roman playwright Plautus put it best, "Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words." If this rings true for couples, they should head for the all-inclusive and adults-only Secrets The Vine Cancun, where they've put wine center stage. The hotel has a wine bar with over 3,000 varieties of the grape. The ultra-sophisticated 28-floor resort towers over the beach. Lovers should request a Preferred Club Junior Suite Ocean View on one of the top floors. Rooms have a minimalist design using lots of wood and natural materials. Once couples absorb their view from their balcony, they'll notice the glass-enclosed rainforest shower in the middle of the room. Secrets The Vine Cancun has a hip feature—a Webcam service providing a live feed from the resort; time it right and couples can wave to the folks at home.

Club Med Cancun Yucatan knows honeymooners choosing an active all-inclusive resort still crave privacy. That's why the resort has created Jade Suites, a boutique resort within the resort. Lovebirds will be steps away from activities, bars and restaurants, while enjoying concierge service in a separate building, with their own exclusive private pool, bar and beach area.

Activities for honeymooners

These run the gamut from adventurous and life-changing to activities that are no more taxing than signing a credit card receipt.

Shopping in Cancun is tempting enough to fill several vacations with dedicated shoppers still only scratching the surface. Luxury Avenue is Cancun's high-end mecca for shoppers, with famous brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Carolina Herrera, Coach, and Fendi.

Couples can tee off together at several championship golf courses, including the Riviera Cancun Golf Club and Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, site of the first Signature Jack Nicklaus course in Cancun.

Most honeymooners will have spas at their resorts. A staple of most spas is the romantic couple's massage, in which couples receive a relaxing massage on adjacent tables. Some resorts, such as the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, offer a purifying treatment in an authentic temazcal hut (Maya steam bath).The cleansing and purification process is overseen by a Maya shaman.

Those in search of Maya history can travel south to the beautiful beachfront archeological treasure, Tulum; inland to Chichen-itza, the most famous Maya site in Mexico, or content themselves with staying closer to home and visit Cancun's Maya Museum.

The Cancun Underwater Museum provides an extraordinary experience. The museum consists of life-size sculptures installed underwater. These evocative figures provide an enchanting experience for couples to explore via snorkeling or scuba diving.

There may come a time during a Cancun honeymoon when a couple wants to take a vacation from their vacation. This is where the islands of Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox come in.

Isla Mujeres is a short distance off Cancun's shore and can be reached via a 20-minute ferry ride. Easygoing Isla Mujeres encourages honeymooners to take a deep breath and slow down, with the preferred mode of transportation being the bicycle. Embrace the laid-back pace, snorkel the reefs, shop and stroll the streets of the main town. If you need more than a day away, there are plenty of modest hotels on the island.

Isla Holbox is where the residents of Isla Mujeres come to decompress. This tiny island has a main street of sand. This is barefoot luxury at its finest. Two of the most sophisticated boutique hotels on the island are CasaSandra and Villa Flamingo; both members of Mexico Boutique Hotels. Isla Holbox is also a prime spot to book an excursion during the summer months to swim with 15-ton whale sharks.

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Cuisine with a zing: Spiked dishes and desserts PDF Print E-mail

If you've noticed that entrees and desserts have been tasting a little more "spirited" lately, there's probably a very good reason. More U.S. chefs are taking some creative liberties with libations by adding a dash of extra-potent elixirs in everything from sweet marinades to savory sauces.

Restaurants across the USA offer some daringly "spiked" foods, desserts and other specialties:

Cinnamon swirl Challah French toast in Portland, Ore.

No need to wait until noon to bite into the boozy cinnamon swirl Challah French toast at Portland favorite, The Country Cat. Surprise! This zesty cinnamon bread is bathed in Maker's Mark bourbon-spiked custard. Thick slices are cut, browned to perfection and topped with cherry compote, cream and tasty maple syrup. A hearty breakfast, indeed.

Pan-seared turbot in New York City

A popular seafood dish at the elegantly chic Restaurant Asiate, the pan-seared turbot is light and crisp, featuring caper almond butter and baby squid. Accented by fresh tomatoes, this dinner entrée includes juicy heirlooms in three different stages -- raw, slow roasted and dried. Infused with local, Brooklyn-made Breuckelen gin with dill, tarragon and basil, the tomato water is poured tableside at this five-star establishment overlooking the famed Columbus Circle.

The Whaler dessert in La Jolla, Calif.

The creamy Whaler frozen dessert at Café La Rue bistro and bar in the iconic La Valencia hotel harkens back to the days of the now-defunct "Whaler" bar, which was a dark and clubby local watering hole with a storied history -- and a favorite hangout for writers and celebrities of another era. This sweet treat includes Kahlua, crème de cacao and brandy -- poured over generous scoops of house-made ice cream. Most fans agree it's an ideal dessert to enjoy while gazing at the Pacific Ocean waves and luxuriating in the classic old world ambiance.

Chicken liver mousse in Philadelphia

Presented in a parfait style, the chicken livers at Philly hotspot Petruce et al are marinated in Madeira wine, along with olive oil, garlic, thyme and black pepper. The pan is deglazed with cognac, Madeira and port, and all ingredients are pureed with heavy cream. Topped with peaches that have been soaking in lemon juice, white soy and a touch of sugar, this dish is served with warm homemade sourdough brioche, baked daily in the restaurant's wood oven.

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Maker's Mark mac and cheese in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The cool Bourbon Brothers eatery boasts an all-star mac and cheese dish that riffs on the original by adding Maker's Mark bourbon to the sausage, sautéed peppers and onions mixture, creating a rich and delectable base for the cheese sauce. Blended with aged cheddar cheese and cornbread crumbs on top, this specialty is a true crowd pleaser.

Vermouth-carrot puree in Boston

At Toro, a hip, Barcelona-inspired tapas restaurant, award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette serve up panza de cerdo, crispy pork belly with carrot puree, infused with Carpano Antica vermouth. A side of spicy kimchi vegetables is added to this small plate, creating an intermingling of truly intoxicating flavors at the casual, modern bistro.

Sorbet trio dessert in New York

Chef Philippe Massoud of Manhattan's eastern Mediterranean-style ilili Restaurant offers a sorbet trio on his exotically delicious dessert menu, featuring house made scoops of sweet mango, strawberry and coconut flavors. The sorbet is accompanied by pomegranate seeds and Arak Foam, which is made from the traditional Levantine spirit, Arak. The liquor is typically enjoyed in Lebanon as a classic apéritif cocktail. The foam's light, slightly bitter flavor adds an piquant dimension to the dish.

Amaretto chocolate Tortino in Beverly Hills, Calif.

At Culina restaurant, executive pastry chef Federico Fernandez offers his own spin on an Italian-style confection, the amaretto chocolate tortino. With just the right amount of sweetness, this pastry resembles an inspired work of art. The almond amaretto flavors blend seamlessly with the rich, dark, warm chocolate cake, creating an authentically luscious dessert. Served with a scoop of airy homemade dulce de leche gelato on the side, it's an exquisite finish to a delightful meal at this Four Seasons casually modern dining destination.

Pavan sangria popsicle in New York

A cocktail-popsicle combo, this refreshingly sweet creation is made with Pavan Liqueur de France, which is a muscat-based liqueur infused with orange blossoms. Additional ingredients include vodka, fresh blueberries, raspberries, honey, mint and a little lime juice. With complex icy layers of flavors, this popsicle promises to quench your thirst in the most sophisticated way, especially while enjoying the summer sunshine on The Press Lounge rooftop.

Tres leches dessert in Miami

The eclectic Bazaar restaurant by José Andrés at SLS South Beach offers a spirited take on the traditional tres leches dessert. Consisting of fluffy vanilla sponge cake infused with Cuban rum and three types of milk, this creative confection is topped with special tres leches whipped cream, fresh lime zest and sweet strawberries, then served with a dollop of house made fresh strawberry sorbet.

Adult ice cream sundae in New York

For mature audiences only… For an unabashedly grown-up scoop of decadent ice cream, dessert enthusiasts head to The East Pole's adult ice cream sundae, featuring Brooklyn-based Steve's bourbon-vanilla and scotch flavored chocolate ice cream. Pimms-soaked cherries sweetly top off this creation along with rich homemade hot chocolate sauce… After all, you can't have a sundae without it!

Barbecue ribs at Citizens Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas

Led by executive chef Brian Massie, Citizens Kitchen & Bar's menu features an extensive list of satisfying comfort foods. The eatery's popular slow cooked rack of ribs add just right touch of southern-style cooking and are generously coated with Jack Daniels-infused barbecue sauce. For sides, this dish is served with ranch-style baked beans and crispy buttermilk onion rings.

Spiked lemonade in Denver

At Big Daddy's Burger Bar, a refreshing lemonade is transformed into a dance party, as the Disco Lemonade is one of their most popular beverages. Made with Absolut berry acai vodka, this drink is blended with fresh squeezed lemonade and cranberries. In addition to the Disco Lemonade, mixologists here serve up several mouth-watering flavors, such as the Daddy's Carolina Lemonade (made with ice tea and vodka) and the peach picker featuring sweet peach tea… It's tough to choose just one.

Drunken berry tres leches in North Salem, N.Y.

A tempting confection with a kick of agave, this drunken berrytres leches dish at One Twenty One restaurant is made in a classic style with sweetened condensed milk and fresh cream, blended with homemade lemon flavored whipped cream. Finally, the dessert is adorned with tequila and vanilla bean-marinated macerated local berries – sprinkled with lime zest for a light yet complex finish.

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Before summer ends: Go backstage at Universal Hollywood PDF Print E-mail

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Unlike most other similar parks, Universal Studios Hollywood is an honest-to-goodness, working movie studio. (Even its upstart sister park in Florida is really more of an, um, Hollywood fabrication of a film studio.) It began in the mid-1960s as a modest backstage tour, taking guests to ogle sets and props from classic movies as well as TV shows and films that were in production on its backlot. Over time it grew and morphed into more of a theme park by adding roller coasters, other thrill rides, and high-tech attractions, but maintained its focus on Tinseltown movies and culture.

Befitting its Hollywood legacy, many of the park's attractions use film and other media to tell their stories and wow visitors. Shrek 4-D, for example, melds a 3-D movie with moving seats and in-theater sensory enhancements (spoiler alert: beware the water spritz that accompanies Donkey's sneeze) to create a funny, engaging experience. Passengers aboard the motion simulator vehicles in The Simpsons Ride get to virtually board the decidedly non-OSHA-certified roller coaster at Krustyland with Homer, Bart, and the rest of the family, although the coaster is actually animated and projected onto giant domed screens. New for 2014, visitors can get turned into silly minions and help the despicable (but redeemable) Gru in one of his world domination schemes in the ride-film Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

While the attractions and rides are great, the studio tour itself remains the heart and soul of the park. Make sure you allow enough time to experience it. Trams still go behind the scenes on real sets and travel past production facilities and moguls' offices. (Alas, they don't go inside the offices; wouldn't it be great to see cigar-chomping big shots make big movie deals?) Universal has beefed up the tour considerably by incorporating sophisticated features and wild effects that immerse guests into the films that were shot there. Not only can you see where King Kong and Jaws were shot, you can come face to face with the beasts.

It is obvious that Universal Studios Hollywood was never meant to be a theme park, and that it grew organically. With limited space and an odd layout, no developers in their right minds would ever build a park from scratch in the hillside location (although it does offer stunning views of the San Fernando Valley). It's bisected into upper and lower lots, and guests have to take insanely long escalators to travel between the two areas.

Coming Attractions: Given its tight footprint, any new attraction generally requires removing an existing one. Terminator was terminated to make way for Minion Mayhem, for example. It's interesting to note, therefore, that Universal is in the midst of an aggressive expansion that will overhaul major swaths of the park.

In 2015, visitors will be able to order a Duff beer at Moe's Tavern and enjoy other Simpsons-esque treats when the toon town of Springfield comes to life. Also in 2015, a new Fast & Furious sequence, in which tram passengers will feel as if they will be screeching alongside supercharged cars at 100 mph, will be added to the Studio Tour.

But the most anticipated development at the park is slated for 2016, when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open. A similar rendition of J.K. Rowling's enormously popular books and films has been extremely successful at Universal's Florida parks.

Biggest Thrills: By combining scary effects with a high-speed coaster, Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride has passengers screaming for their mommy. And for the finale of Jurassic Park – The Ride, boatloads of visitors narrowly escape the clutches of a T. Rex by falling down a steep 84-foot drop.

Iconic Rides: The Studio Tour is the park's definitive attraction. Introduced in 2012, Transformers: The Ride-3D, with its tour-de-force technology, souped-up roving motion base vehicles, and in-your-face action, quickly became a highlight.

Special Events: Each fall, Universal's legendary scaremeisters use striking effects, tons of makeup, and other bags of tricks to treat intrepid visitors at Halloween Horror Nights, one of the country's premier Halloween events. That's followed by the Christmas celebration, Grinchmas, based on the Dr. Seuss story and the film that was produced at the studio.

Favorite Characters: Meet and greets with life-sized (read: freakin' enormous) Transformers is a highlight. Donkey, Shrek's sidekick, holds court and cracks wise with guests in a "stable" near their attraction. The Simpsons draw a crowd. But the favorite characters are probably the pill-shaped, begoggled minions, despite their despicable reputation.

Dining Around the Park: Inside the park, the restaurant selection is typical theme park fare. Among the better choices are the retro Mel's Diner, which serves up decent burgers and milkshakes, and the Jurassic Café, which offers rotisserie chicken (but no brontosaurus steaks, unfortunately). There are much better options just outside the gates at Universal's CityWalk, including Wolfgang Puck Bistro, Camacho's Cantina for Mexican fare, the Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo, and Samba Brazilian Steakhouse.

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10Best: Stone-cold ice cream shops PDF Print E-mail

Larry Bleiberg, Special for USA TODAY 7:41 a.m. EDT August 22, 2014

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Sweet Republic in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers its take on a classic combination with the Campfire S'more, made with Belgian chocolate ice cream, roasted marshmallow, whipped cream and hot fudge in a waffle bowl.(Photo: Debby Wolvos)

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The ice cream world has moved far beyond chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, says John Maguire, CEO of Friendly's ice cream, which has 340 locations. "There's a real push toward savory flavors, like sea salt, caramelized prosciutto and bacon. There are a lot of florals like lavender, and it works." Maguire, who often travels the country sampling new trends, shares some of his favorite findings with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Disney Beach Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Although Maguire is not a big banana fan, he was won over by the shop's Grilled Banana and Peanut Butter sundae. "When you grill them, and they get caramelized with the sugar and sweetness coming out, I think it's something Elvis would have loved," he says. 407-934-7639; disneyworld.disney.go.com

Ample Hills Creamery
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Maguire wasn't able to finish the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Sundae, which he calls "a delicious mess." It's made with a warm, homemade, dark chocolate fudge brownie or "ooey gooey" butter cake; a split banana cradling three scoops of ice cream; hot fudge, caramel and wet maple walnuts on top; and whipped cream and a Maraschino cherry. 347-240-3926; amplehills.com

Margie's Candies
Chicago
Although Maguire never thought of himself as a honeycomb fan, he became a believer when he sampled the Chocolate Honey Comb Chip Sundae, made with three scoops of French vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry, along with cookie and honeycomb chips made in the store's candy kitchen. "They're just fantastic," he says. He also likes the shop. "It looks like it hasn't been remodeled in a millennium. It's a pretty cool place." 773-384-1035; margiesfinecandies.com

Bi-Rite Creamery
San Francisco
The Dainty Gentleman sundae is a surprising combination of honey lavender ice cream, hot fudge, blood orange olive oil and Maldon sea salt. "I was almost going to hold my nose before I took that first bite, but it was fantastic," Maguire says. "I don't know who came up with that, what they were smoking, but it's a fantastic combination." 415-626-5600; biritecreamery.com

Cloud 10 Creamery
Houston
The Cloud 10 Banana Split is nothing like the traditional dish. It starts with three balls of chocolate, vanilla and Nutella ice cream and is topped with three types of sauce, marshmallow, a dark-maroon berry jam and a milk chocolate shell that hardens on the ice cream. Then it's topped with sugar-sprinkled banana slices that are caramelized with a torch. Finally come candied pecans, whipped cream and Nutella powder. "It's unique flavors, and anytime you're taking a torch to a banana, that's pretty unusual," Maguire says. 713-434-6129; cloud10creamery.com

Sprinkles
Beverly Hills
This popular cupcake shop (with locations in 17 cities) makes wonderful sweet concoctions, mixing ice cream with pieces of cupcake, cookies or brownies, in select locations. "It doesn't get any better than this," Maguire says. 310-274-8765; sprinkles.com

Sweet Republic
Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Campfire S'more — made with two scoops of Belgian chocolate ice cream, roasted marshmallow, whipped cream and hot fudge in a waffle bowl — benefits from high-quality ingredients. "This is made with more traditional flavors that really taste awesome," Maguire says. He also likes the shop's family atmosphere and board games for patrons. 480-248-6979; sweetrepublic.com

Creole Creamery
New Orleans
The secret to the Creole Strawberry Sundae is the Creole cream cheese ice cream, topped with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, a cherry and a wafer. "I don't know what makes it Creole, but anything with cream cheese and strawberries on it is going to be good. The texture is really, really smooth. I'm in for that," Maguire says. 504-894-8680; creolecreamery.com

Farfar's Danish Ice Cream Shop
Duxbury, Mass.
Maguire admits he has a bias for this shop near his home. He orders Danish sweet ice cream with hot fudge, marshmallow, three cherries and, perhaps, gummy bears. "One of my vices is gummy bears," he says. The beach-town shop is open seasonally. "It's a big day when Farfar's opens, and a sad day on the last day of summer, when they close." 781-934-5152; farfarsicecream.com

Lickity Split Restaurant
New Holland, Pa.
The Kauffman's Jailhouse Rock includes some of Maguire's favorite ingredients. It has black raspberry ice cream topped with M&M's and red licorice "bars," whipped cream and a cherry. "The ice cream is fantastic here, and the black raspberry and chocolate flavor profiles are pretty superior together." He also admires the shop's small-town ambience. 717-354-4986; lickitysplit.info

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Believe your eyes: America's most stunning views PDF Print E-mail

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America is a big country full of bigger views, from sea to shining sea. From stunning natural formations to architectural wonders, these ten sights rise above the rest.

Sedona, Ariz.: Literally cinematic in their breathtaking scenery, the sandstone formations of Red Rock Country served as movie backdrops for decades of classic Hollywood westerns, though they could also stand in as a set for an alien world. The area's sandstone towers, canyons, and sculpted buttes glow in many shades of orange and red, captivating visitors ever since the first Native Americans settled here 11,000 years ago. More recently, it's become a beacon for artists, hippies, spiritualists and similarly New Age-minded individuals. It should go without saying that it's also outstanding hiking and biking territory.

Pittsburgh, Pa.: The panoramic view of central Pittsburgh from atop Mt. Washington has long been considered one of the best skyline views in the world. The "mushroom" overlook platforms sit at an elevation of 400 feet, accessed by a historic funicular dating from 1877. From here, one can absorb how Pittsburgh is embraced by three rivers and the striking iron bridges that cross them. You can also add a meal to the view along the site's "Restaurant Row."

Kauai, Hawaii: Along Kauai's northwest shore sits Na Pali ("the cliffs"), a 15-mile stretch of rocky, vividly colored coastline. It's possible to hike parts of this steep, magazine photo-worthy terrain, namely the 11-mile Kalalau Trail which traverses sea cliffs and five valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach, but this is only recommended for people with superior hiking skills. It's also possible to view the cliffs during a catamaran or kayak trip, though the sea can be rough. If money is no object, opt for the helicopter tour.

Denali National Park, Alaska: The name "Wonder Lake" sounds like it belongs in a Disney film, which fits its cinematic, mirror-finish sheen reflecting Mt. McKinley (North America's tallest mountain) in the distance. Wonder is a "kettle lake," a depression filled by water from rapid glacial melting/retreating. A meandering nine hour drive north of Anchorage deep inside Denali National Park, the lake is accommodated by abundant campgrounds in the park. Visitors should wear long sleeves, bug spray and even a headnet; the mosquitoes there are legendary.

Brooklyn, N.Y.: The New York skyline, in terms of compact awe and beauty, is arguably the prettiest in the country. One of the most exquisite views of this stunning architectural formation is that from the tables of The River Cafe at One Water Street, under the Brooklyn Bridge. From here one can also see the Statue of Liberty and the action on the East River. The Café itself is a notable special occasion experience, as more formal attire is required.

Lake Superior, Minn.: The North Shore of Lake Superior is comprised of seven state parks, the historic Split Rock Lighthouse and a driving route that has been designated as an "All-American road." The route is dotted by cliffs, rocky beaches, rolling hills, tree-covered ridges and small towns catering to tourists with local restaurants, quaint shops and art galleries. Push inland for pristine rivers and waterfalls running towards Lake Superior. Hiking is popular here, allowing visitors to explore the area's wilderness, streams and waterfalls, including Minnesota's largest waterfalls at Grand Portage and Tettegouche state parks. According to locals, fall is the best time to visit.

Washington, D.C: The combination of nostalgia, national pride and sheer beauty marks the view from the Lincoln Memorial steps. A mere 87 steps up from the mall and reflecting pool, the panoramic view includes the Washington Monument and, in the far distance, the Capitol. Many historic events have taken place here, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, which was witnessed by some 250,000 people. Both the sunrise, cresting behind the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, and the sunset from this spot are superb.

Arches National Park, Utah: In terms of outstanding natural vistas that are relatively easy to access, Park Avenue in Arches National Park is hard to beat. The walk to the vista is an easy low-impact one-mile trek, filled with natural stone arches (of which the park has over 2,000), pinnacles and — a photographer's dream — massive, balanced rocks, all under a vast sky. Crowds in the park are thinnest from late November through early March.

Grand Canyon, Ariz.: No list of the best views in the U.S. is complete without the mother of them all, the layered, red-orange brilliance of the Grand Canyon, specifically from the 13-mile Rim Trail. The trails into the canyon itself are only recommended for very experienced hikers and campers. However, the Rim Trail is flat, mostly paved, profuse with panoramic views and dotted with shuttle stops along the way to come and go around the trail as one pleases. Generally, the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset (aka "the golden hours") are the best times to catch the multi-colored rock face at its most vibrant. For sunset specifically, Hopi Point and the less crowded Mohave Point are ideal spots.

Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Wyo.: Located on the western slope of the Tetons, near Alta, Wyoming, the snowy views from this resort are about as expansive as one can find in the USA. On a clear day, standing on Lone Peak, one can see four states, two national parks, the peaks of Middle Teton, Mt. Owen and Mt. Moran and, squinting hard enough, even climbing parties on Grand Teton. The resort gets about 500 inches of snow each year, so once your brain can't process any more sweeping views, get yourself into a snowcat for the best access to the area's snowy expanses. The drive through the Teton Valley to the resort is no slouch in the views department either.

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Ken Burns sat down with USA TODAY and shared some of the secrets of America's national parks. Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan are the creators of the PBS documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," available via ShopPBS.org.

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"There is a great human story" of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to Ken Burns, the Emmy award-winning filmmaker.

As co-creator of the PBS series America's Best Idea: The National Parks, Burns and his team spent over six years filming in national parks across the United States.

Burns sat down with USA TODAY and shared the secrets of Great Smoky Mountains and nine other national parks for a special 10-part series, Secrets of the National Parks.

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While the U.S. national parks celebrate nature at its best, Burns says that there's a great drama to the Smoky Mountains. Creation of the park forced the removal of existing towns and "not everyone wanted to be removed," Burns said.

"Remember they're leaving dead family members in the family cemetery ... or churches that they worshiped in all their lives. A lot of people were grandfathered in and permitted to stay there until they passed away and then it became a part of our common wealth."

Burns says that one of the best things about this park is its intimacy. All you "need to do is park and get off the many, many roads of this large park and see that blue mountain haze that is part of this beautiful mythological place." Watch the video above to hear what two trails are Burns' favorites in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Check back with USA TODAY Travel weekly for new installments of "Secrets of the National Parks," featuring Ken Burns' insights into nine other parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone and more.

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A singer, actor, and heartthrob known for his sensual dance moves, Elvis Presley is an icon in American culture. He starred in 31 feature films and once held the largest number of platinum, multiplatinum and gold certifications of any artist in history, in addition to selling more than a billion records worldwide. No one can dispute the King's royal status within the music industry.

After his death in 1977, thousands gathered at his Memphis, Tenn., home of 20 years – Graceland – to mourn his passing. Since Graceland opened to the public in 1982, millions of fans from around the world have come to visit the estate, which is now a National Historic Landmark. If a pair of blue suede shoes gets you all shook up, plan a visit to the King of Rock 'n' Roll's palace during your Memphis vacation.

At age 22, Elvis purchased the Colonial Revival-style mansion and transformed the two-story, 10,000-plus square-foot facility into a more than 17,000-square-foot lavish mansion boasting 23 rooms. When Elvis bought the home for just over $100,000 it stood as a symbol of success as he promised his parents he would one day put an end to all their financial troubles and take care of them. Though this wasn't Elvis' only home, this was his home base, where family and friends would come to visit. The public can only explore the first floor of Graceland, however, and much speculation swirls about what rests out of sight on the second floor.

Graceland Foyer

Upon entering Graceland, you'll wander through the foyer, living room, dining room and the bedroom of Elvis' mother. The first few rooms showcase plush 1960s décor with accents such as a 15-foot-long sofa and 10-foot-long coffee table. The rooms show the chic atmosphere in which Elvis entertained formal guests.

The Upstairs

The second floor is not a part of the public tour as a way to respect Elvis. However, one of the four bedrooms was set aside for the King's wardrobe and the other as his office. A third room was a master bath and the fourth was the bedroom of his daughter, Lisa.

Living Room & Music Room

This room saw many transformations over the years as Elvis put his styling touches to work. Currently, blue draperies frame the windows but are switched out for a bright red during the holidays. This is a much more toned down look than the room wore in the 1970s, when bright red satin draperies, red shag carpet and red velvet furniture were the focal points on the room. When Graceland opened to the public in 1982, older furnishings were brought out of storage to restore a look of the property from earlier years. Keep an eye out on your tour and you may spot some elements from the red era. Beyond the living room is the music room where a baby grand piano commands attention.

Graceland's Jungle Room

One step inside the room and the meaning behind the name is apparent. Not only will you find a waterfall, but the décor is fashioned after Polynesian and Asian influences. This room, one of Elvis' favorites, reminded him of Hawaii, a spot where he did a lot of recording, film-making and vacationing with his family. Take note of the large circular chair where it is said that Lisa Marie Presley often took naps and had a prime spot for the big-screen TV. The jungle room transformed into a recording studio for a few months in 1976 as Elvis was having a bout with his health.

Racquetball Building

In the racquetball room, a two-level lounge area, you will find everything from a refreshment bar to a radio and intercom system for the building. Vinyl sofas and chairs, a Schimmel upright piano and a Marantz stereo system also remain. Deluxe built-in stereo speakers are above the shatterproof glass wall that allowed safe from-the-lounge viewing of games in progress on the racquetball court.

Other Exhibits

You can also see many other objects on display that embody the character of Elvis including his gold and platinum records as well as a wall of foreign record awards. The graves of the King and his family members also are accessible for visitors to pay their respects. The somber sight is the last stop on the Graceland tour.

Elvis in Memphis

The legacy of Elvis Presley isn't confined to the wrought-iron gates of Graceland. Step outside his home to gain a deeper appreciation of the King's life. Sun Studio is regarded as the studio that launched Presley's career 60 years ago with his recording of "That's All Right." Located just east of Memphis' Beale Street Historic District, the studio also catapulted the careers of other legends, such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

To really dive headfirst into Elvis the man, snag a spot on Backbeat Tours' Hound Dog Tour, which guides you through the King's history: his first apartment, where his first broadcast played, and some of his ex-girlfriends' homes, for example. If you're looking for a deeper understanding of Memphis where Elvis lived most of his life, the American Dream Safari highlights some of the city's hot spots – locations that made music history through the likes of the King, Cash, and Al Green.

Touring Elvis' old Memphis haunts sure can work up a thirst. Staying within the '60s themed touring, pull up a chair at High Cotton Brewing Co. The 1,000-square-foot taproom has an old school, rustic feel and serves up enticing Scottish Ale, ESB, Saison, and special and seasonal brews.

Nicknamed the "Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll" Memphis is a city where music courses as powerfully as the undercurrents of the Mighty Mississippi. So don't be cruel. Show Elvis a big hunk of burning love on your next Southern excursion.

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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Touring Japan by cruise ship got a lot easier this year as industry giant Princess added dozens of sailings around the country. But are the voyages right for you?

We spent nine days last month on one of the new trips -- a "Kyushu and Onsens" itinerary around the southern half of Japan on the 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess -- and found it a relaxing, easy and relatively inexpensive way to explore some of the more off-the-beaten-path areas of the country. Been-there-done-that cruisers looking for something new no doubt will find it alluring, and it's an intriguing choice for travelers who are nervous about getting around Japan on their own.

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Just be warned: The stops on the itinerary and others Princess is offering around Japan aren't necessarily Bucket List destinations. Unfortunately, some of the most wonderful places to see in Japan are inland from major ports. Several of the coastal cities where the Diamond Princess stopped on our trip -- Beppu and Kagoshima, for instance -- are the sort of places one visits on a third or fourth visit to Japan, if at all. Of five stops on the itinerary, only Nagasaki was a truly must-see destination. Read our first-hand account of the sailing.

That said, we found plenty to hold our interest during the calls. Beppu, a spa town built over a geothermal area, offers a string of nine small hot spring areas with mud pots and geysers known as The Hells. It's a bit touristy (there's an admission charge for each of the areas, which are packed with gift shops, food vendors and other attractions) but worth a visit for those who haven't been to more impressive geothermal sites such as Yellowstone National Park. In Kagoshima, passengers will find a 17th century Japanese garden that's worth a stroll or can take an excursion to see the Samurai houses of feudal-era Chiran.

For now, Princess is the only line catering to English-speaking vacationers with regular sailings around Japan, though several other lines including Celebrity and Cunard offer occasional voyages with Japan stops. Some thoughts on the pros and cons of touring Japan by cruise ship:

Pros

1. It's easy. Like cruises in other parts of the world, the Princess voyage offered us the chance to travel to several areas of Japan without having to change hotels or navigate the local transportation system -- a proposition that is particularly appealing in a land where English isn't widely spoken and signs often are just a jumble of Japanese kanji. While traveling to historical Kyoto from Tokyo is relatively straightforward (via a non-stop, two-hour bullet train with stops announced in English), getting a taste of more far-flung destinations in the southern and northern parts of Japan such as Beppu or Otaru can get complicated. The Diamond Princess sailing wiped away the hassles of a Japan trip, delivering us to the doorstep of multiple destinations.

2. It's a good value. Starting at around $100 per person per day, the sailing was a relatively affordable way to tour a country that is known as being one of the world's most expensive. Hotels in Japan can run several hundred dollars a night, and restaurants are famously pricey as is transportation. A one-way train ride between Tokyo and Nagasaki runs about $300 per person. Contrast that with the price of transportation between the Tokyo area and Nagasaki on the Diamond Princess, which is nothing -- at least, it's worked into the fare, which includes transportation along with a room and meals.

3. It's familiar. One of the great charms of Japan for a North American traveler is how different it is than home. From the cuisine to the way people dress to the way they interact with strangers, it can be wonderfully peculiar to a Western eye. But it also can be scary for some. Princess' new sailings let foreigners dip a toe into the culture without jumping in too far. Not a fan of sushi, shabu shabu and tonkatsu? No problem. A classic American steak-and-potato dish is awaiting you back on board after a day of touring.

Cons

1. It only scratches the surface. As noted above, many of Japan's most spectacular destinations, from temple-filled Kyoto and Nara to towering Mount Fuji -- are in the interior of the country and can't be reached directly by cruise ship. Sure, Princess offers day tours from the port stop of Kobe to Kyoto, but with two hours in a bus each way and limited touring time, it's not an ideal way to visit the iconic destination. Kyoto is a city best visited on a land-based vacation, as it's easily reached by train from air hubs Tokyo and Osaka. The places at which the Diamond Princess can stop -- from Kagoshima to Sapporo -- often are less significant as Japanese destinations go, though usually charming enough for a day visit.

2. Touring time is limited. A notable drawback to Princess' Japan itineraries is that its ships sometimes arrive at terminals far from city centers. In ports such as Kagoshima, Princess has had to arrange lengthy shuttle rides for passengers to reach interesting areas. When combined with relatively tight port calls -- in Beppu, passengers get just 6 1/2 hours on land -- the result can be limited time for passengers to explore. Add in the fact that the typical Japan itinerary includes several sea days during which the country isn't being visited at all, and the total time spent experiencing Japan on a cruise will be far less than the time spent experiencing the destination while on a land-based trip.

3. There's less interaction with locals. In a corollary to the above, we had much less time to actually come face-to-face with the people of Japan while on the Diamond Princess than we did during several days of touring by land. The port calls are just too short, and there's much less time for the sort of wandering off for an impromptu meal or shopping that would force an interaction with a local.

Our advice: If you're thinking of trying a cruise around Japan, pair it with some land touring of the country that, at the least, includes several days in Tokyo and several days in Kyoto. The two cities offer the best of modern and historic Japan, respectively, and are must-sees. Combined with land touring to such major destinations, a Princess cruise that includes visits to lesser-visited cities along Japan's coastline and several days at sea makes for a well-rounded trip.

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Affectionately dubbed "Holland of the Tropics," Curacao is a melting pot on bold display with more than 100 nationalities calling the cosmopolitan island home. Forty- four miles off the Venezuelan coast and a three-hour hop from Miami, the island is below the hurricane belt making it a popular choice for travelers who can do without the angst of weather delays. Thirty-eight curvy beaches ring the coast. With a pastel-painted promenade, delightfully narrow streets and gabled colonial architecture in the capital city of Willemstad, Curacao is Caribbean chic at its finest. For an authentic slice of island life, check out our list of the coolest must-dos in Curacao.

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Time travel

Eye-candy for photographers, this 19th-century structure was built to protect the island from pirates. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage site boasts unrivalled views of Willemstad and more than 50 cannons still inside its coral walls. Reimagined by the Renaissance Curacao Resort, the former soldiers' barracks now house designer boutiques, restaurants and bars where funky bands play after dark. For an afternoon respite, the resort's clever faux-sand beach slopes into a pool filled with saltwater siphoned from the ocean right behind it.

Idyllic dives

Good-sized barracudas follow divers at Punt'i Piku across the channel from Barbara Beach; fishermen shoot the breeze at one end of Daaibooi Beach as snorkelers cavort with sponges and star corals below the surface. At Divers Leap, sea horses perch near the sea wall that is spectacular with an abundance of deep-water fish. A convenient home base for a diving vacay, Hilton Curacao makes it easy with "Dare to you Dive" that includes the room, snacks and excursions organized by Caribbean Sea Sports, the resort's new PADI-certified dive center.

Local art

In an 18th-century plantation house overlooking the salt pans of St. Marie and the flamingo sanctuary of Willibrordus, Nena Sanchez Gallery is a vibrant feast for the eyes. Inspired by the flowers, cottages, banana trees and people of the island, her brightly-colored paintings and statuesque sculptures are popular buys with tourists and locals who also flock to her "Paint to Relax" workshop held every second Sunday of the month. A second gallery is now open in Willemstad.

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Taste the melting pot

Easy to remember because its address is also its name, No. 5 at 5 Penstraat — one of the most historic streets on the island — comes with a Belgian chef, a Dutch owner and a menu that marries French flavors with Italian recipes. A jazzy soundtrack, discreet service, and a shareable steak grilled medium-rare with a pesto swirl alongside have earned the tiny eatery high marks for a romantic dinner for two. East of the Queen Emma Bridge, Kome is owned by a pair of culinary whirling dervishes from Florida who love showing off their frenetic exhibition kitchen to hungry diners. Get there early for the fried chicken and Funchi Fries (think French fries but with a smooth middle made from corn meal) and the addictive tomato jam (like ketchup but better) made with onions, nutmeg, cloves, hot peppers and cinnamon.

Floating market

Arrive before 7 a.m., when Venezuelan schooners unpack their wooden fishing boats that double as their living quarters. Setting up shop along the water on the Punda side of Willemstad, rows of fruits, vegetables, herbs and fish plucked from the sea are for sale at the Floating Market. Next door in the big round building, vendors in the New Market hawk everything from handicrafts to homemade honey in reusable bottles.

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Eat like a local

Behind the Post Office in Willemstad, Marshe Bieuw is a no-frills food court dishing up 'krioyo' or local fare served at communal tables decorated with jars of pickled onions and hot peppers. Hearty plates of goat stew, stewed chicken and kingfish with sides of plantains and funchi will run USD$22 for two, including tip and drinks.

Cheese classes

A big hit with aficionados who crave the distinctive cheeses of Holland and Switzerland, Royal Dutch Cheesery in the Renaissance Mall now offers cheese classes and wine pairings. Palate pleasing for newbies and connoisseurs, reservations are recommended as classes fill up fast. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Beach getaway

Take the air-conditioned bus from Willemstad (USD$1.50 for a one-way fare) to Jan Thiel Beach. East of Willemstad, the beach is popular with families who come to enjoy lunch at the Papagayo Beach Club where the fresh tuna salad — ask for the vanilla-tinged salad dressing — is divine. At the dive shop on the sand, snorkel equipment can be rented and day tours arranged.

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Escape the crowds

Heading to Westpunt towards Mount Christoffel, the island's highest point, the scene is less crowded than at the tourist meccas on the opposite end of the island. Keep your eyes open for the rock walls that were built by slaves in the 1700s and their small houses that are now museums. Snack bars serve iguana soup; gaggles of goats cross the highway, and plenty of small beaches make for lively distractions. A stop at Shete Boka National Park is worthwhile for the uninterrupted vistas of the rugged coast and a seat at a picnic table, where sharing a salted fish sandwich with a drizzle of Willy's piquant pepper sauce is as local as it gets.

No-frills Friday

Open only on Friday, Equus is the neighborhood joint of choice for juicy skewers of beef and chicken grilled on a brick fire pit. Buckets of beer, garlic-smeared toast and dipping sauces come with the long strands of cubed meat that dangle from giant hooks hung over each table. With Country & Western tunes punctuating the air, no menus, no cutlery and a cash-only policy, dinner is an un-guide-book gem. Low tech without a website or Facebook page, the best option for directions is via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Throw one back

The oldest bar in Curacao is also one of the most charming. In the non-touristy neighborhood of Otrabanda, Netto Bar has been around for six decades and although it's a bit worn around the edges, shots of the signature green rum or Ròm Bèrdè still fuels sprightly conversations about football and politics among locals who gather every day at Happy Hour.

Jazzy August

For the fifth year, the North Sea Jazz Festival heats up the island on August 29 and 30 with marquee names like soul superstar Smoky Robinson and hip crooner Bruno Mars. Concerts are staged at the World Trade Center with after-parties island-wide until the sun comes up.

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