A Hospitality Crash Course With Portland’s Kennedy School Hotel
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by Sarah Yeoman
4d ago
This story was first published in The Hotels issue (#6) which hit stands in March 2024. McMenamins Kennedy School was one of the hotels named to our first-ever Greatest Hotels Ever list. The McMenamins company is, in a way, quintessential Portland. It’s at the same time peculiar and charming, eccentric and unique. The eclectic chain of family-owned businesses has a strategy that seems to be guided by only investing in cool places where people will want to hang. These include breweries and music venues, theater pubs and hotels. They’ve transformed hollowed-out buildings into hotel and dining ex ..read more
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America’s Best Urban Parks You Might Not Have Heard Of
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by Matt Meltzer
6d ago
New York City’s Central Park and other urban green spaces like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park or Boston Common are well known names known the world over, but, despite what movies and TV would lead you to believe, they’re hardly the only great city parks in the country. Many civic gardens offer the same respites in manicured wilderness, often with their own museums, restaurants and other attractions. Here are 11 superb city parks you may have overlooked, from the shores of San Diego to the plains of South Dakota. Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo. Picture of the Bandstand in Forest Park in St. Louis ..read more
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Hawaii’s (Almost) First Carbon-Neutral Hotel
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by Briana Brady
1w ago
This story was first published in The Hotels issue (#6) which hit stands in March 2024. ‘Alohilani Resort was one of the hotels named to our first-ever Greatest Hotels Ever list. It’s not news but worth repeating over and over: Travel accounts for a chunk of the world’s carbon emissions. It’s around 8-11%, and 90% of travelers look for sustainable options when they’re planning trips, according to a 2022 report from Expedia Media Group.  ‘Alohilani Resort, one of the many hotels along Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach, fully opened itself to those environmentally concerned bookings when it began ro ..read more
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Must-Eat Food in Every State
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by Matt Meltzer
1w ago
We can scream until we’re blue in the face about natural beauty and college football teams, but nothing solidifies a state’s identity quite like its food. A homegrown dish is the one thing a local can point to and say, “We do that here better than anywhere else.” Better might refer to the dining experience — just ask anyone who has had a lobster roll within earshot of the ocean in Maine — or it might refer to a local ingredient that’s hard to come by anywhere else, like moose liver in Alaska. And while some of these regional foods have gained popularity nationwide, they always taste best in th ..read more
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Great Hotels Under $200
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by Bailey Berg
2w ago
If you’re looking for a hotel that has stellar amenities, well-appointed rooms, quick access to local attractions and doesn’t break the bank, you may feel a bit like Goldilocks — it’s hard to find the one that’s just right. Fear not. Here we’ve gathered some of the coolest hotels, from winery-region pads to cozy mountain town lodges, where you can find nightly rates for less than $200. Aloft Lake Nona Lake Nona, Florida; Rates starting at $162 The closest hotel to the largest tennis sports facility in the world, Aloft Lake Nona pays homage to the great Althea Neale Gibson, the first Black ten ..read more
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Superb (and Sometimes Splurge-Worthy) Hotels Near Baseball Stadiums
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by Bailey Berg
2w ago
From hearing the crack of the bat to the smell of buttery stadium popcorn and the temptation to try every kind of hotdog, baseball is a game best enjoyed live and in person. However, for many of us, a day in the stands, root, root, rooting for the home team requires a trip and an overnight stay. Whether adorned with memorabilia from baseball’s history, offering unparalleled views of iconic stadiums or providing unique amenities tailored to fans, these hotels bring the excitement of the game out of the stadium and into the entirety of any baseball sojourn. Here are five of the best hotels ..read more
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Where To Go In May
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by Aliya Farrukh Shaikh
2w ago
May has a newness to it that is at once refreshing and a little confusing. Spring has just ended, the flowers are in full bloom, limbs are freshly shaven and the newer and more daring iced drinks are introduced. It’s pleasant enough to be outside but hot enough to yearn for a retreat isolated from tourists, the voluminous onslaught of graduation spectators and obscenely high flight and lodging prices. You’ve planned an extensive and costly holiday for the summer but want to sneak in a desperate respite for Memorial Day weekend. Given these sun-drenched constraints, here is a list of the best g ..read more
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Take The Music Survey: What are America’s Best Live Music Cities?
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by Chris M. Walsh
3w ago
Remember last year when we chose America’s top music cities based on your responses to our annual music survey, and then some of you flipped tables when your city (it was New Yorkers, mostly) wasn’t numero uno? Here’s your chance to steer the ship in a different direction. That’s to say: Our annual music survey is now open! If you love travel and music — and especially if you travel to see live music — we want to hear your thoughts. The survey is short and simple, we promise. Take it by clicking below. Take the 2024 music survey If you’d like a refresher on last year’s top ten music cities acc ..read more
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Best Airports In America
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by Matt Meltzer
3w ago
Entering an airport is exciting, brimming with the anticipation of a journey somewhere new and riveting or old and familiar. Those sliding glass doors are the cusp of vacations and reunions with friends and family or a long-awaited return home. All that excitement is then immediately shut down when we’re met with unmoving check-in lines, interminable security waits and $22 beers at the airport bars. This isn’t the case everywhere, though, as some airports are actually pleasant and, dare we say, fun experiences, that keep the thrill of travel going from the front door to the gate. Here are our ..read more
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Idaho Is The Next Wine Destination. Here Are The Vineyards To Know.
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by Briana Brady
3w ago
 In the last decade, Idaho has gone from 43 wineries to 73. That may seem like small potatoes (puns!) compared to the more than 120 wineries in the Walla Walla region in nearby Washington or the more than 600 in Napa Valley, but it’s a sign of things to come. If this trend continues, you may one day get a text that reads “Want to get wine drunk in Idaho?” and, without blinking an eye, respond, “Hell yes.” That is to say, Idaho is on its way to becoming a wine state.  Idaho is beautiful and a prime location for vineyards. While we might all get a little lost in the image of a potato ..read more
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