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Haunted Hotels Are In Full Swing

Oct 25th, 2013 at 2:15PM: If luxury horror is your thing, look no further than haunted hotels this Halloween. As rounded up in a spread on USA Today, several hotels across the country are incorporating their own tales from the crypt into their businesses this time of year. A couple examples of haunted hotels participating in the spooky season: The Biltmore Coral Gables in Miami has been everything over the years...

Photo Of The Day: Balloon + Moon

Photo Of The Day: Balloon + Moon Sep 30th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Theodore Scott, Flickr The well-known Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is fast approaching, and one of our Gadling Flickr Pool members submitted a teaser shot of sorts, from a smaller festival in Louisiana. Have you ever encountered a balloon festival on your travels? We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons...

Great Comeback Cities For Travel

Great Comeback Cities For Travel Aug 1st, 2013 at 11:03AM: Flickr, Michigan Municipal League Recently, the former automotive boomtown of Detroit made history by filing for bankruptcy, making it an easy butt of jokes on Twitter and in the news. However, Motown has also been making strides to become America's great comeback city, with artists and entrepreneurs lured by cheap rents, and innovative projects happening all over town (disclosure: I'm a big fan...

On The Road With NPR Music: Gwen Thompkins At WWNO, New Orleans, Louisiana

On The Road With NPR Music: Gwen Thompkins At WWNO, New Orleans, Louisiana Apr 16th, 2013 at 12:00PM: We love music here at Gadling, and this month is Public Radio Music Month, which is why we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all month. Today we're headed to the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans. But New...

New Orleans Prepares For 'Super Gras' 2013

New Orleans Prepares For 'Super Gras' 2013 Jan 31st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras has never been for the faint of heart. But with the city set to host the Super Bowl just nine days before Fat Tuesday, locals believe that this year's "Super Gras" celebration might be the city's biggest party ever. New Orleans has spent $1.3 billion on infrastructure improvements in the run up to the Super Bowl according to CNN, and USA Today estimates that...

'Riding Shotgun' Reddit Series Rolls Into New Orleans

Jan 26th, 2013 at 2:00PM: When last we posted about Zach Anner, it was to inform you that he and reddit had partnered up to launch an online series called "Riding Shotgun." The premise is simple, albeit it a great example of next-gen multi-media. Zach, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, travels to various domestic destinations and participates in activities, all culled from and selected by vote by...

The New New Orleans: Life Takes A New Direction After Katrina

The New New Orleans: Life Takes A New Direction After Katrina Nov 13th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Until Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey in October, New Orleans was perhaps the biggest urban natural disaster story the country had ever seen. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, the city has gotten back on its feet, regrouping after the storm of a lifetime. Now, New Orleans isn't just rebuilding what it was before. It's beginning to move forward. Across, the city, new...

Exhibition Examines Role Of Scientists And Doctors In Holocaust

Exhibition Examines Role Of Scientists And Doctors In Holocaust Aug 13th, 2012 at 2:00PM: This is a poster for the Nazi eugenics program. Printed in 1936, it proclaims, "We are not alone." The column on the left shows the countries that already had forced sterilization for certain "social undesirables." The columns on the bottom and right show countries considering eugenics programs. Note the American flag on the left. Various U.S. states practiced compulsory sterilization as...

Win A Trip To New Orleans With Sandeman's Summer Sangria Challenge

Win A Trip To New Orleans With Sandeman's Summer Sangria Challenge May 9th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Port enthusiasts will be familiar with the Sandeman brand, but this summer, the distinguished producer wants you to think of their fortified wine in a new light: as a mixer. For their Sandeman Summer Sangria Challenge, participants must submit a photo and original sangria recipe that incorporates a bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto. Anything else goes ingredient-wise, but it's helpful...

Video: New Orleans Time-Lapse

Apr 15th, 2012 at 1:00PM: "Nola Time Lapse" from Jeremiah Fry on Vimeo. Why do I like time-lapse videos so much? Because they give me an opportunity to watch life in fast-forward, which is something I regularly wish I could do. Usually I want to fast-forward the bland, boring parts of my life: filling out paperwork at the DMV, waiting at an insufferably long traffic light and watching a band play live that I wish wasn't...

Video: 'No Kitchen Required' In New Zealand, 'When Maori Attack'

Apr 10th, 2012 at 2:35PM: Here at Gadling, we've been keeping tabs on the new BBC America reality show "No Kitchen Required," which is taking cooking competitions to new highs (and lows). Battling for fame and glory are award-winning chef Michael Psilakis of New York's Fish Tag and Kefi; private executive chef Kayne Raymond; and former "Chopped" champ Madison Cowan. The chefs hunt and gather ingredients to prepare...

Lafayette, Louisiana, Named 'Tastiest Town in the South'

Lafayette, Louisiana, Named 'Tastiest Town in the South' Apr 5th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Looking to plan a delicious food-focused trip? While the southern United States is well-known for its mouth-watering soul food and rich flavors, Southern Living has recently named Lafayette, Louisiana, the 'Tastiest Town in the South." The criteria for choosing the winner was based on how the food identified the culture, how the area's cuisine influences the local community and tourism, an array...

New Orleans Roadfood Festival rolls in March 24-25

New Orleans Roadfood Festival rolls in March 24-25 Mar 8th, 2012 at 6:00PM: That New Orleans is a food town is no secret. What I just discovered, however, is that it's host to a food festival spawned by one of my favorite pastimes ever: road food (and no, I'm not referring to this kind). Way back in the day, when I was a wee college student, I discovered the late, great Gourmet magazine, and became obsessed with "Roadfood," a column (now a website) written by the...

Halloween on 6th Street in Austin: the sounds and lights

Halloween on 6th Street in Austin: the sounds and lights Nov 2nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: If New Orleans' Bourbon Street has a little sister, it is, at least sometimes, 6th Street in Austin. Both streets are main attractions, teeming with boisterous activity. Both streets are usually embraced by tourists and, perhaps just as usually, eschewed by locals. And both streets are worth walking, no matter who you are or where you are from, on certain days of the year, namely, costumed days....

Photo of the day: New Orleans after Katrina

Photo of the day: New Orleans after Katrina Oct 26th, 2011 at 5:00PM: People have been talking about New Orleans differently since Hurricane Katrina. No matter how the city's name slips into conversation, the disaster named Katrina is typically addressed and typically, it must be. Anyone who knows NOLA will vouch for the tremendous damage caused by this storm and the circumstances surrounding it. But many people who know NOLA will also confess: the city still has...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Confederate submarine set upright for first time since 1864

Confederate submarine set upright for first time since 1864 Jun 26th, 2011 at 3:00PM: The H.L. Hunley made history back in 1864 when it became the first submarine to successfully attack an enemy ship. Launched by the Confederacy as a way to break the Union blockade of Southern ports during the Civil War, it sank the USS Housatonic on 17 February 1864 and itself mysteriously sank shortly thereafter. Crew members hand cranked the propeller to make the sub move forward and its one...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment that is open anywhere from one to several nights, usually in an existing restaurant or other commercial food establishment. ...

Update from the shores of Louisiana

Update from the shores of Louisiana Feb 17th, 2011 at 10:00AM: A trio of events happening simultaneously this week along the Gulf coast is stirring debate: The team responsible for paying out damages to Gulf spill victims is about to start writing checks to those who've proved they deserve it; NOAA has given its blessing to reopening a 4,200-square-mile area of the Gulf of Meico to fishing, near where the BP well exploded; and chemical...

5 tips for actually enjoying Mardi Gras

5 tips for actually enjoying Mardi Gras Jan 30th, 2011 at 6:00PM: While New Orleans seems to celebrate Mardi Gras all year round, it is at this time of the year--the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday (in French: Mardi Gras) and the beginning of Lent--that the city earns its hard partying reputation. It happens...

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