For the first time ever, I thought I'd get out of Aspen for New Year's Eve. I know it sounds spoiled; I can only imagine how much people must go through in order to ring in the new year in this small paradise. And for the record I don't think I'll ever journey away at this time again, but after a long holiday season I wanted something warm, easy and cheap that wouldn't require a car once I was there. So I booked a New Year's Eve trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. All of you smarties are probably hunched over in laughter at this point. The trip was not warm, easy or cheap. But I blame most of that on Aspen, and once the hardest parts were over, it was still a well-rounded, wonderful vacation. If standing
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A luxury Massachusetts resort has been sued by a woman with a nut allergy who landed in the hospital after being served a veggie burger containing cashews. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the suit filed in federal court in Springfield this week against Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Lenox alleges negligence, breach of warranty, breach of contract and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. It seeks unspecified damages. Kristin Chu Smart, of New York City, says she and her mother paid $3,000 for a weekend at the resort in December 2017. Smart says she informed numerous staff at the resort, including her server, she was allergic to nuts and was assured
John Glenn airport passes 8 million passengers for first time; Cargo up 17 percent at Rickenbacker More passengers used John Glenn Columbus and Rickenbacker airports last year than ever, according to statistics released Friday by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. John Glenn airport for the first time served more than 8 million passengers while Rickenbacker set a record for both cargo and passenger traffic. John Glenn, Columbus' primary passenger airport, served 7.5 percent more passengers than in 2017, which was the second-busiest year; 8.1 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2018. The previous passenger record, set in 2007 when the airport was still known as Port Columbus
When it comes to tourism, Seminole County has long been in the shadow of neighboring Orange County — with its millions of tourists from around the world drawn to Disney World, Universal Orlando and other popular attractions. That hasn't stopped Seminole officials from redoubling efforts in recent years to entice visitors to the county through sporting events and ecotourism activities. So far, the county's aggressive efforts are paying off as local hotel rooms continue being booked at an increasing pace. Seminole officials announced this week that the county last year saw revenues from its hotel bed tax jump by nearly 10 percent — to $5.8 million — from 2017. It's also a 42 percent increase from
In the village of Phaplu in northeast Nepal, near Mount Everest, stands the favorite retreat of the late Sir Edmund Hillary. Hillary and the Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first climbers confirmed to have summited the world's highest peak. He first traveled to Phaplu in 1975 to found a hospital to serve the communities in the Solukhumbu region, and he said the mountain views there were the best he'd ever seen. Dubbed Happy House, the retreat belongs to the family of Ang Tshering Lama, 29, whose ancestors have lived in the region around Phaplu for 17 generations. His great-great-great-grandfather build the first monastery in Phaplu, and his family has taken care of it since. Ang's
It doesn't matter what the weather outside is; your kids want to swim. Luckily, from community YMCAs to high schools with open swim hours to hotel pools, there are plenty of indoor options for little Wisconsin swimmers. There are also indoor waterparks if your family is interested in a more adventurous aquatic excursion, or even a mini-vacation. Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee, Ill. My definition of a full-scale waterpark is one that includes a wave pool. Great Wolf Lodge may technically be in Illinois, but it's the closest full-scale indoor waterpark for southeast Wisconsin families. It used to be Key Lime Cove, but Great Wolf Lodge bought the resort, remodeled it and reopened it in July 2018. On a
Former Hyde Park Ald. Will Burns has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for lobbying the city too soon after he stepped down from the City Council and took a corporate job with vacation rental listing giant Airbnb. Burns, a council ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, stepped down as alderman in early 2016 to become Airbnb's Midwest director of policy. A few months later he called Emanuel administration official Michael Rendina to urge that changes be made in the “process by which the company and the city could come to an agreement” on a pending ordinance to govern the vacation rental industry, according to the city Ethics Board. In May 2016, Burns appeared on “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW to talk about the pending
European Capital of Culture status has shone a spotlight on Italy's oldest city, whose previous claims to fame were as a cinematic "New Jerusalem" but also its "shameful" slums. Matera, around 9,000 years old and one of the world's longest continuously inhabited cities, after Aleppo and Jericho, was Saturday embarking on a 48-week extravaganza ushering it out of the shadows into the global cultural limelight. Centuries of poverty have been a curse and yet the 'blessing' of sorts which eventually put Matera on the map.
The Transportation Safety Board says an onboard fire that forced a WestJet plane to return to the Calgary International Airport soon after takeoff last June was caused by spare e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries that a passenger failed to declare in his checked baggage. The agency says in a report that a backpack caught fire and caused minor thermal damage to the cargo compartment's fire-resistant liner near the bag. An investigation could not determine if the damage occurred before the batteries arrived at the airport or during baggage handling. The unidentified frequent business flyer was aware of airline policies requiring that e-cigarettes and lithium-ion batteries only be carried in the cabin and be removed from devices but inadvertently left two spare batteries in his checked bag.
GALVESTON, Texas — It's hard to picture paradise on a gloomy day, but in Galveston, the Caribbean is closer than you'd think. “They wanted to kind of solidify their position here," Port of Galveston Director Rodger Rees said. It was a big announcement by Disney Cruise Lines. The Mickey Mouse voyage will be docking in Galveston through the next decade. The agreement will more than double the number ships the port has, from 12 turns right now up to 26, Rees said. It's a big promise for the tiny island. “We've been slow. We've had slow growth," Rees said. Slow growth, until now. In the past six months, Carnival brought in Vista - one of its largest cruise ships. Disney pledged 10 more years, promising
America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst. “I have a 3 o'clock flight, and I arrived at 10:15 a.m.,” Beth Lambert said while waiting to check in at a Delta Air Lines counter as her 5-year-old, Michael, rode around on his wheeled bag like a scooter. “We're going to be hanging out for a while.” The scene at most of the nation's airports has so far been marked
WAUSAU, Wisc. (WAOW) – As America's surplus of dairy continues, a local expert says cheese could be the answer. Matthew Christians, owner of Navieve Fromagerie, said, “There is too much milk. What do you do with too much milk? You extend the shelf life by making cheese.” The United States Department of Agriculture reported that the nation has had a surplus of dairy for years now. Christians said that greed within the industry is to blame, “That comes from the glut in this country and that's not a sustainable practice. There is good stuff out there, supporting local farmers, farming in a sustainable way,” said Christians. The U.S.D.A has also been purchasing milk and providing it to families in
Buy ticket, get on plane, try (and fail) to sleep, land: The basic nuts and bolts of flying haven't changed since the advent of aviation. But this year, thanks to a handful of aviation-led venture capital groups, the finer points are evolving. Last November, Air France and KLM announced Big Blank, an incubation studio that will identify tech-oriented growth opportunities for a network of five European carriers. IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, and Aer Lingus, also hosts regular pitch days for startup entrepreneurs through its accelerator, Hangar 51. These join Lufthansa Innovation Hub and JetBlue Technology Ventures in trying to energize a staid system. “There are