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May 23, 2012

Ships Invade Baltimore to Remember the (Sometimes Forgotten) War of 1812

Baltimore's Fort McHenry, Site of the Celebration of the American Flag Festivities on June 16 (Visit Baltimore)

The Civil War may have resulted in more American deaths than any other conflict, and the World War II Memorial now dominates a large section of the National Mall, but this summer Maryland proudly turns our attention the War of 1812, the conflict that solidified the United States’ independence from the British and gave birth to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The biggest celebration takes place in Baltimore, June 13-19, with the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Charm City’s famed harbor. The free week-long celebration includes ship tours of more than two dozen boats from the U.S. Navy, Canadian warships, and tall ships from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Mexico. The Blue Angles will conduct the Star-Spangled Air Show on June 16 and 17, a two-day festival held at Martin State Airport where you can meet the Blue Angels. And the world premiere of the “Overture for 2012” composed by Philip Glass will take place on the 17th at the Meyerhoff Symphonic Hall. Fort McHenry, the place that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” sits at the mouth of the Baltimore Harbor, and on Saturday the 16th, a fireworks display will be staged as part of the Celebration of the American Flag.

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January 26, 2012

Winter Has (Finally) Arrived! And So Have the Ski Deals.

A much-needed powder day at Snowbird (Matt Crawley/Snowbird Resort)

After returning last week from a trip to most of the ski resorts of Park City and Salt Lake, I was ready to write about how Utah’s snow-making skills have managed to turn a year of dismal snowfall into a surprisingly robust ski experience of groomed runs and bluebird skies. But then, three days after I got home, the snow came. Four feet of Utah’s famed powdery, light snow fell across the state’s resorts between January 18 and 22. Terrain that had been closed all season (both on- and off-piste) was suddenly ready to accept the first tracks of 2012. Snowbasin now reports a robust 73-inch base, while Alta and Snowbird rank highest for the SLC-area resorts, boasting 71- and 67-inch bases (respectively). Park City has also seen its fair share of much-needed snow (just in time to clog the streets during Sundance), with a base depth that starts at 43 inches.

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January 20, 2011

Epicurian Skiers Rejoice: The Beaver Creek Master Chef Classic Is Upon Us

Joey Campanaro displays his talents (Courtesy, Beaver Creek Master Chef Classic)

For those of you who envision a ski vacation as more than just ski-eat-ski-eat-sleep-repeat, you now have another reason to head into the mountains this January. From the 27th to the 29th, Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort hosts the 13th-annual Beaver Creek Master Chef Classic, a three-day epicurean event that brings Bon Appetit magazine-selected celeb chefs like Marco Canora, Joey Campanaro, Francois Payard, and John Besh to the resort’s famed restaurants. Prices—which include two nights lodging, two lift tickets, and tickets to the Master Chef Challenge and the Grand Tasting—start at an insanely reasonable $522 per person. Other activities during the event include wine and cocktail seminars, cooking classes, tickets to the Master Chef Dinner, and more. And if you need something to placate all this gluttony, know that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Bright Future Foundation, a local organization that works to prevent domestic violence.

Oh, and for those hardcore skiers and riders out there, most events happen in the evening, so consider crowning a day of deep powder turns with heady epicurean indulgence. It might even change the way you think about taking on a mountain.

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September 02, 2010

Hit the Gulf Coast this Labor Day

By Kate Chandler

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Beach at Sandestin, Florida (Kate Chandler)

If you're still undecided about a vacation spot for the upcoming long Labor Day weekend (a bit of a procrastinator, are we?), I have to suggest giving Florida's Gulf Coast some thought. I visited Sandestin, part of the Beaches of South Walton, a couple of weeks ago and was pleased to see that the beaches at one of my fave vacation spots were untarnished by the oil spill.

Even more amazing was the lack of crowds on these typically uber-popular beaches. This, of course, isn't good for the local economy, but it's great for someone looking for a gorgeous white beach with a clear blue-green ocean to enjoy. I mean, I only had to wait 15 minutes to get a table for four at the Red Bar...that's unheard of in August. I also uncovered a culinary gem in Vin'tij, a wine bar with southern flair right across the from the Silver Sands outlet stores. Don't let the Subway sandwich shop next door fool you, Vin'tij is the real delicious deal.

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April 30, 2010

Abercrombie and Kent Offer Big Savings on Epic Summer Trips

Infinity pool in Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tanzania—one of the 18 trips soon to be on sale (Sanctuary Retreats)

If you've been longing to plot your way to the wild beyond this summer, but are wrestling with your economic conscious, relief may at hand. On May 6, Abercrombie and Kent—one of the best luxe tour operators out there—is having a killer sale on 18 different independent itineraries, each with a private guide, in such locales as East Africa, Jordan, Chile, and Europe. 

The auction-style sale starts at 9 a.m. Central on May 6, with five percent off these trips. Every 30 minutes, savings increase by another five percent, accelerating to a whopping max discount of 60 percent (provided trips are still available, naturally).  Better still, friend them on Facebook, and you get access to a private pre-sale event, which offers 25 percent savings on the same trips from 8 to 9 Central. 

The sale ends at 3 o'clock, Central, on May 6.  A small window—so take advantage. Who knows? You might end up booking the trip of your lifetime for far less than you'd ever imagined. That's a salve for almost any budget.

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