Archive for July, 2012

The Big Apple is about to catch up in a major way: Citi Bike debuts in August with 7,000 bikes at 420 stations, with those numbers eventually growing to 10,000 bikes at 600 stations.

Get on board: The Trump Hotel Chicago, Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. and Park Hyatt Chicago are among the hotels offering free rides in luxury vehicles.

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines will stay in Terminal 1 at Las Vegas Airport, but Frontier Airlines and JetBlue are moving to the brand-new Terminal 3.

Walt Disney World Walt Disney World Resort is always changing. Walt Disney himself insisted that the parks would never be finished; innovation and new attractions were part of his original blueprint. And so it’s a no-brainer that I’d want to check out Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the newest (and one of the most whimsical) of more than two dozen on-property resorts.

With new Sheraton Social Hours and upscale cocktails available from Marriott, the St. Regis Atlanta and other hotels, there are lots of ways to make a toast.

The so-called “Island of Enchantment,” Puerto Rico is clearly positioning itself to enchant luxury seekers even more, as a variety of new luxury hotel and dining options debut.

Floridians toss around a familiar saying during the summer months: “Don’t like the weather? Wait 10 minutes.” And nowhere is that more evident than the daily thunderstorms that strike from June to August. Fortunately, these storms tend to be brief and cooling. But they can certainly impact a fun day at Walt Disney World if there’s not a backup plan ready for action.

Hotels with top bath products include SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott, as well as Hilton Hotels and Embassy Suites.

Toronto is about to turn up the bass on the classic summer street festival. Come July 17, the whole city will reverberate with the sounds of Calypso, Soca, reggae, hip hop, steel pan and brass bands, officially ushering in the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, now in its 45th year.

What is it about the Walt Disney World Resort that beckons people out? The rides? Certainly. The atmosphere? Absolutely. And the one variable that keeps us all cool: ice cream. Summertime means frozen sweets. The two are inexorably linked. Hot sticky days are cooled down by sweet sticky confections, be they served in a cone, on a stick, or in a cup. Frozen options abound at the parks, but five of these rise above the others, and continue to make must-try lists, year after year.

I’m just back from my first trip to Venice, and I learned some things you might find helpful. It’s a ridiculously beautiful city — at one point I realized I wasn’t taking pictures because I couldn’t decide what wasn’t photo-worthy — but it’s not the easiest place on earth.

You’ll find an oasis of relaxation, fun and indulgence at Las Vegas pools at hotels like the MGM Grand, Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas and The Mirage.

If you’re flying out of the Denver Airport, Orlando Airport or San Francisco Airport, you just might save some time with this growing airport security program.

Whether it’s the well-equipped Residence Inn, the sleek Yotel, the cool Jane Hotel or hip Ace Hotel, these New York City hotels are well located and affordable.

Hallelujah for Vegas. In those precious 72 hours, I ate the most amazing Cuban food of my life, took pictures with showgirls, and drank $12 Pina Coladas by the Tropicana pool. I even met a mobster before I got wacked.

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