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Relief: Four airport perks coming soon

Relief: Four airport perks coming soon Oct 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: There's nothing fun about going to the airport, and the regulatory climate isn't likely to change that anytime soon. Security will still be a nightmare, and you won't be able to bring your own water with you (at least not for a while). Fortunately, there are companies out there looking for ways to make your airport experience better. So, what can you expect to see in your local airport in the...

Veterans thanked with free bed and breakfast stays

Veterans thanked with free bed and breakfast stays Oct 7th, 2010 at 3:00PM: If you've served your country, there's a bed and breakfast waiting to serve you. Many B&Bs already give military discounts of 10 percent to 20 percent, but a Shinnston, West Virginia innkeeper is about to up the ante. Kathleen Panek has gotten more than 525 inns in 48 states (and two in Canada) on board with her plan give rooms away to active and retired service members on November 10,...

Hidden Treasures: The Tiger Food Mart in Northeast Georgia

Hidden Treasures: The Tiger Food Mart in Northeast Georgia Aug 10th, 2010 at 3:00PM: For the best hamburgers anywhere around Rabun County, in Northeast Georgia, you'll need to go where the locals go! Tiger Food Mart, on old highway 441, is located at the four way stop in the middle of Tiger, across from the Post Office. Looking at the Tiger Food Mart, you probably wouldn't expect them to serve food. From the outside, Tiger Food Mart looks like a "run of the mill" combination...

The abridged Appalachian Trail: Shenandoah National Park's day hikes

The abridged Appalachian Trail: Shenandoah National Park's day hikes Aug 10th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Ever since reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods seven ago, I've wanted to through-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT). Bryson's account isn't all birds and trees and sunshine, however. It largely focuses on the blisters and blood, and cast of often-sketchy characters he meets on his grueling trek. Yet through it all, he paints a beautiful portrait of one of America's greatest recreational and...

Atlanta loses three hotels to weak market, two to become dorms

Atlanta loses three hotels to weak market, two to become dorms Aug 6th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Three hotels have succumbed to weakness in the Atlanta market. Among the recent casualties is the 502-room Marriott Renaissance. Rates have been pushed lower by an abundance of capacity that has caused even top brands to get stuck charging less than $100 a night. When there's far more supply than demand, of course, this is what happens. Joining the Renaissance in the graveyard will be the...

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds Jul 14th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Tamara Reynolds is a the co-founder (with Zora O'Neill) of The Sunday Night Dinner, an Astoria, Queens-based supper club. The Sunday Night Dinner, which continues to thrive, was well ahead of what has become a supper club trend. Out of the Sunday Night Dinner came a fabulous cookbook, Forking Fantastic, which Reynolds co-authored with O'Neill. Travel is key to Reynolds' imagination as a cook. She...

Travel Trends: The effect of Southwest Airlines' cheap fares on competitor fares

Travel Trends: The effect of Southwest Airlines' cheap fares on competitor fares May 21st, 2010 at 1:00PM: The last time you wanted to book a trip somewhere in the U.S., what airline did you think of first? If you're like thousands of U.S. air passengers, you checked to see if Southwest Airlines flew in and out of the city you wanted to visit. Since its inception almost forty years ago in 1971, Southwest has been providing passengers all over the country with low-cost travel options. Southwest uses...

Luxury pet hotel to open in Savannah

Luxury pet hotel to open in Savannah Apr 28th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Pets need a little pampering, too, at least that's what the owners of Catnip 'n' Biscuits believe. The new luxury pet 'hotel' is opening this Saturday in Savannah, Georgia, giving pet owners are new reason to leave town. Catnip 'n' Biscuits, a doggie day care and luxury pet hotel, is similar to human hotels in that it has individual rooms for pets, heating and air conditioning, and recreational...

Daily Pampering: The Only Way to Fly to the Masters Golf Tournament

Daily Pampering: The Only Way to Fly to the Masters Golf Tournament Mar 24th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Have you ever flown into Augusta, Georgia? It's a tiny airport, and you're not going to get amazing flights. It just doesn't work that way. This poses a problem for those planning to go to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, the most prestigious event the game has to offer. So, instead of dealing with the misery of airline travel – does it get worse than flying with the great...

The Summer Redneck Games: A Hootin' Good Time!

The Summer Redneck Games: A Hootin' Good Time! Mar 24th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Starting today, Gadling is taking a look at our favorite festivals around the world. From music festivals to cultural showcases to the just plain bizarre, we hope to inspire you to do some festival exploring of your own. Come back each week for our picks or find them all HERE. Each July, nearly 100,000 visitors descend on East Dublin, Georgia to participate in a one-of-a-kind event known as the...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

Odds are, you'll be on a smaller plane

Odds are, you'll be on a smaller plane Dec 5th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Airlines are using the little planes for longer runs, these days. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the average regional airline flight hit 461 miles in 2008, up profoundly from 274 miles in 2009. That's an increase of 41 percent! This is an industry-wide trend, so shopping around isn't likely to help you get a larger jet. The major carriers are relying on regional affiliates, so you'll probably be...

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country Oct 19th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Everybody loves to publish lists, but few have so much data as OpenTable upon which to draw. So, when that site puts out a list of top spots, it's definitely worth a look. The latest, "Fit for Foodies," is the result of 3 million restaurant reviews, which ultimately led to 50 restaurants that are definitely worth your time. Upon quick inspection, I haven't been to any of them (which probably makes...

Regional airport renamed to honor Jimmy Carter

Regional airport renamed to honor Jimmy Carter Oct 19th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Unless you fly a crop duster or private plane, chances are you'll never have anything to do with Souther Field in Americus, GA. However, despite its small size, this airport is in the news after the local city council decided to rename it after Jimmy Carter. This measure has annoyed some citizens groups, as the original name for the airport was not without its own history. Souther Field was...

NYC best city for singles (if you own a computer)

NYC best city for singles (if you own a computer) Aug 2nd, 2009 at 2:00PM: Looking for love lust on your next vacation? Your next trip should be to New York, which has knocked Atlanta out of the top spot as the best city in the country for singles. And, why wouldn't it? You have more than 8 million people chasing their dreams, so the choices are endless. There's one of everything, so in one night, you could meet every flavor of scumbag available. But, there's an upside...

Rest stop closings: Lack of funds not the only reason

Rest stop closings: Lack of funds not the only reason Jul 24th, 2009 at 1:30PM: Like Virginia, Georgia is also closing rest stops. The number of closings is not as dramatic as Virginia's almost half. In Georgia only two are to be closed so far, but they do point to another problem besides budget woes--safety. Two rest stops on I-85 in Georgia are being closed because of the increased activity in vandalism and drug use at them, particularly at night and on weekends. According...

On-time airline improvements continue, third month in a row

On-time airline improvements continue, third month in a row Jun 10th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Airlines in the United States posted an improved on-time performance rate in April relative to the same month the year prior – stretching their streak to three. The 19 largest airlines were on time 79.1 percent of the time in April 2009, compared to 77.7 percent in April 2008. The industry also performed better than it did in March 2009, showing a month-to-month improvement from 78.4...

In-flight bathroom bandit strikes deal

In-flight bathroom bandit strikes deal Jun 6th, 2009 at 8:00AM: All Joao Correa wanted to do was go to the bathroom. He ate something bad and needed to get it out of his system ... we've all been there. A beverage cart stood in his way, but that wouldn't deter the spirit of this passenger. He asked to use the first class lavatory: denied. So, his only hope was on the other side of that cart – which didn't move for several minutes. The chain of events...

DHS biometric program begins in Atlanta and Detroit

DHS biometric program begins in Atlanta and Detroit May 30th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Non-U.S. citizens flying from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will now have to leave their fingerprints as they leave the country. The objective, of course, is to prevent the use of forged or otherwise fraudulent documents, curb identity theft and apprehend "criminals and immigration violators." "Collecting biometrics allows us to...

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S.

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S. Apr 18th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Who thought that Tennessee and New Hampshire would be some of the top towns in the country for art lovers. AmericanStyle magazine just issued the results of its twelfth annual arts destinations poll. Some spots are predictable. Others, like Chattanooga, will just blow your mind. This is the first year Chattanooga made the list, shooting all the way up to second in the mid-sized city category. If...

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