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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...

Hotel News We Noted: June 28, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: June 28, 2013 Jun 28th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Image of L'Auberge de Sedona Courtesy of Nick McKeta Greetings from sunny and hot, hot, HOT Sedona, Arizona, "Hotel News We Noted" fans. It's a bit cooler down here on Oak Creek, where I'm currently typing this from the balcony of my cottage at L'Auberge de Sedona. So far, this AAA Four Diamond resort is full of lovely surprises, from the quaint feeding of the ducks each morning to the outdoor...

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...

Hotel News We Noted: February 22, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: February 22, 2013 Feb 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the week's best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. Have a tip? Send us a note or leave a comment below. The hotel world has been buzzing this winter with new and planned openings, extreme amenities and packages galore. Here's our take on what you need to know this week: ...

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...

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear Jan 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: As a native Californian, few things get on my nerves more than hearing the abbreviation, "Cali." I don't know why it irritates me so much, but I suspect it's the knowing, insider-y tone that usually accompanies it. "Yeah, man, I just got back from a trip to Cali. It was hella cool." Aaargh. Also right up there is "Frisco." Let me just tell you that Californians do not, ever, under any...

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...

10 Offbeat Fringe Festivals From Around North America

10 Offbeat Fringe Festivals From Around North America Aug 12th, 2012 at 11:00AM: An array of fringe festivals are happening around North America, bringing together the most out-of-the-ordinary artists from around the world. From dancers, to acrobats, to buskers to unusual performance artists, these fringers will show that they are not only talented, but were born to perform. Want to see a show in the near future? Check out these 10 great fringe festivals to check out before...

Grilling Around The Globe: A Memorial Day Photo Tribute

May 28th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Where there's smoke, there's barbecue – and there's no better time than Memorial Day to light that grill. This year, instead of the same old, same old post on burgers, food safety and how not to burn the patio down, I thought I'd offer a photo tribute to grilling in all of its glorious permutations around the globe. I confess to taking some liberties, and adding a few methods that don't...

Travel Hubs To Avoid For Memorial Day 2012

Travel Hubs To Avoid For Memorial Day 2012 May 9th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Holiday travel can be hectic, especially when it comes to transportation. Despite the potential to be a scary experience, AAA statistics show that 34.9 million Americans used plane, train and automobile transportation last Memorial Day. With this year expected to be just as crazy, Foursquare has compiled data from 20 billion users, to let travelers know what the busiest travel hubs are expected to...

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...

March Madness: Jetsetter offers luxury hotel packages and ticket offerings for NCAA tournament

March Madness: Jetsetter offers luxury hotel packages and ticket offerings for NCAA tournament Mar 13th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Get excited, sports fans. Jetsetter has just launched a series of NCAA Men's Basketball themed ticket and hotel packages for the 2012 "March Madness" championship series. The flash sale travel site often offers one-of-a-kind ticket and experience packages for events like the Superbowl and Kentucky Derby. This basketball offering is no exception, with deals including: Packages to each of...

Photo of the Day: Fasnacht characters

Photo of the Day: Fasnacht characters Mar 8th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Context accounts for so much. In the right context, even the most outlandish costume looks appropriate, and an everyday outfit can look out of place. Last month, much of the world celebrated Carnival or Mardi Gras, leading up to the Lenten period which marks the 40 days and nights before Easter. In Germany, they celebrate Fasnacht on the day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins, with...

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...

10 days, 10 states: Going French in New Orleans

10 days, 10 states: Going French in New Orleans Nov 18th, 2011 at 12:30PM: "New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin". -Mark Twain- Over an afternoon sampling of beignets and cafe au lait, the New Orleans people watching is starting to hit its peak. A horse and carriage streaks past a tap dancing street performer, though the mobs of pedestrians pay little attention to either. A liquored up couple toting hand-grenade drink holders...

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...

LivingSocial offers first volunteer vacation to New Orleans

LivingSocial offers first volunteer vacation to New Orleans Aug 25th, 2011 at 12:00PM: LivingSocial, the site that brings you discount deals on everything from microdermabrasions to movie tickets, has been offering travel deals as part of its LivingSocial Escapes branch since Fall 2010. Today, the company announced its first volunteer vacation opportunity - a curated trip to help Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. For $265, travelers who want to do a little good while they...

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