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This Cottage in Maine Is Where Idyllic New England Summers Are Made

New England has some wicked stereotypes. But no matter what the rest of the country thinks, few places are better at embracing the idyllic summer spirit than New England.

The Cliff House Maine in Cape Neddick, one of the region’s most historic hotels, recently underwent a renovation to make it even more New England-y than ever before.

The Cliff House, Maine

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The hotel has been open on Maine’s southern coast since 1872 but this is the first summer that guests will be able to see the hotel in its renovated glory. “As a property rich in local history, it is imperative to fuse its unique past with updated, well-appointed and stylish amenities and comforts sought by today’s travelers,” the hotel’s general manager, Nancy White, said in a statement.

The rooms are decked out in “maritime chic” decor but those who want the full northeastern experience can rent out the Cliff House’s cottage. Although the entire hotel is steeped in New England vibes, the Weare Cottage is like a lobster roll reincarnated as accommodation. The oceanside cottage features a private front porch, original stone fireplace and nautical furnishings. (Expect plenty of rope, anchors and lobster imagery.)

The Cliff House, Maine

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Guests don’t need to leave the property to get a taste of local cuisine. Nubb’s Lobster Shack is an onsite restaurant dishing out Maine lobster rolls, fried clams, and more.

Related: Man Whose 20-pound Traveling Lobster Went Viral Is ‘Beyond Ticked Off’ at TSA

Those who stay at the Cliff House will be treated to fireworks every Sunday evening from July 9 to September 2, and s’more roasting around a fire pit. There’s also an 18-hole golf green, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and an expansive spa.

The Cliff House, Maine

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Now all you have to figure out is where to pahk the cah.

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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sneak In and Out of Kensington Palace (Video)

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton are supremely in-demand people. No matter where they go they are swarmed by fans hoping to catch a glimpse of them — even at their own front door.

Tourists flock to Kensington Palace every day to not only take the famed tour of the residence, but to also take a few photos at the palace’s entrance. And this means the royals living inside can’t exactly just walk out the door whenever they want to leave. In fact, Harry and Meghan are rumored to be on their honeymoon right now, but no one has actually spotted them.

So just how do they go about their business without ever being noticed? According to reports, they take to the sky instead.

According to a new video and report in Hello! Magazine, the royal family is typically escorted to an awaiting helicopter that lands on the grounds of Hyde Park to pick them up and drop them off. From there, the royals are usually transferred into a waiting chauffeured car, with armed guards surrounding them for good measure.

“Members of the public who happened to be in Hyde Park at the time would have been able to watch the royals arrive,” Hello! Magazine added. “The chopper’s landing space is open for all to see, but the lawn is cordoned off by a low fence to prevent passers-by walking too close.”

Of course, the family isn’t always trying to go unnoticed. In April, Kate Middleton was spotted grocery shopping just like the rest of us at her local Waitrose. There, shoppers revealed she said hello to everyone and went about her business picking up what we can only assume was dinner for Prince George and Princess Charlotte that evening.

So, you know, it’s not all champagne, helicopters, and caviar. You can either spot them in Hyde Park catching their private flight, or test your luck at a discount grocer near you.

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Southwest’s Massive Sale Has $49 Flights for 3 Days Only (Video)

Feeling like the moment to book your big 2018 vacation has come and gone? You might want to rethink that, because Southwest Airlines is offering fares as low as $49 one-way to dozens of domestic destinations, and discounted fares to select international locales.

Atlanta-based travelers can snag $49 flights to Cleveland, Nashville or Richmond, as well as $79 flights to cities like Orlando, Chicago and Dallas. Denverites are seeing $49 fares to Long Beach, California, and $79 flights to Kansas City, Phoenix and Spokane, to name a few. Texans can snag $49 flights from Houston Hobby to New Orleans, or $99 flights from San Antonio to St. Louis. To find deals from your home airport, check out the full list of sale fares.

Related: How Passengers Take Advantage of Southwest’s Open-seating Policy

The sale applies to domestic and international flights between August 21 and December 12. Sale fares to Puerto Rico are valid between September 5 and December 6. Book by June 7 to take advantage of the discounted fares.

Southwest is considered a low-cost carrier, but you won’t run into extra fees for things like baggage. Southwest allows up to two checked bags for free, as well as one carry-on and one personal item.

If you’ve never flown with Southwest, take note: Southwest is an open-seating airline. Instead of pre-assigned seating, passengers will receive a boarding number. Once on board the aircraft, passengers can choose any available seat. To increase your chances of getting a good seat, passengers can purchase upgraded boarding.

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These Are the Best Cities for Celebrating Pride, According to Airbnb

It’s June, which means Pride is officially upon us. When it comes to celebrating love, inclusion and diversity, there are a few destinations that stand out. So for all would-be Pride travelers, Airbnb has compiled a list of the best places to celebrate.

“Airbnb is excited to reveal the world’s top destinations for an unforgettable Pride this year,” the company shared in a statement. “In order to achieve an overview of the best pride destinations in 2018 it was vital to have the right amalgamation of factors relating to the popularity and openness for LGBT travelers.”

Starting from a list of the 100 cities with the highest Pride attendance, Airbnb’s study ranked international destinations based on marriage rights, Pride celebrations, Tinder dating, travel, and nightlife.

When it came to naming the best Pride celebration, that honor went to São Paulo, Brazil, where about 3 million visitors attended Pride in 2017. For travel, Airbnb found London stood out for year-over-year growth in guest arrivals for Pride, as well as having some of the highest number of LGBTQ Experiences and Guidebook tips for LGBTQ travelers. (And London also ranked highest for dating, based on Tinder data.)

Overall, the destination with the full package, according to Airbnb, is New York City. “The city that sparked the gay Pride movement following the Stonewall riots will welcome over 27,000 guests on Airbnb during Pride Week,” Airbnb noted.

Of course, these aren’t the only places people can travel to for a good time at Pride.

“Guests will also be able to celebrate Pride with more Airbnb Experiences around the world, like Dressing up in Drag in Mexico City, and an Untold Story in Dublin, among others,” Airbnb explained. Check out their top 20 destinations for Pride festivals around the world below.

The Top Cities to Celebrate Pride

  1. New York City, U.S.
  2. London, U.K.
  3. Madrid, Spain
  4. San Francisco, U.S.
  5. Paris, France
  6. Berlin, Germany
  7. Toronto, Canada
  8. Chicago, U.S.
  9. Los Angeles, U.S.
  10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Nap Pods With Netflix Are Coming to Airports This Year

The days of contorting around armrests to sleep at the airport are numbered.

European airports could soon introduce Airpods, sleek self-contained capsules designed specifically for sleepy travelers at their gate.

The pods are a minimal private escape that look like futuristic drag racers. Inside, sleep-deprived passengers will find a plush chair that converts into a bed for naps.

AirPods

Courtesy of AirPod

Travelers can charge their devices, link up to a Wi-Fi connection and store their luggage. Air purifiers keep things fresh and there’s even Netflix available on a TV screen. And though the pods are designed to reduce outside noise, it’s possible to stay connected to what’s going on around the airport. Those inside can set an alarm for when it’s time to head to their gate and check on flight alerts.

The pods will be available to rent by the hour.

Airpod was developed by two Slovenian businessmen and frequent fliers. “Our aim is to improve and make travel experience comfortable and enjoyable each and every hour, whilst transiting,” the company’s website says.

The pods are still in beta, but they will start to appear around European airports as part of a commercial test later this year. Afterwards, they could appear around the globe.

These pods are not the first to offer a place to nap for weary travelers. Other similar business ventures include Jabbrrbox at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, GoSleep nap pods in Helsinki Airport, private bedrooms available for rent in Las Vegas McCarran Airport, and Moscow Airport’s tiny SleepBox pods.

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What Boeing Must Prove About Its Folding Wingtips Before They Can Fly

After years of testing and safety developments, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a list of safety requirements for Boeing’s much-anticipated folding wingtips.

When it debuts, Boeing’s new 777X aircraft will be the “largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world,” according to the manufacturer. Despite its behemoth size, the unique folding wingtip will allow the 777X to land and taxi at regular airport gates.

But because the 777X will be the first commercial aircraft with a folding wingtip, the FAA had to create new regulations from scratch, which were approved on May 18. The FAA has a set of 10 conditions that the folding wingtip must meet in order to receive certification, according to Bloomberg. Multiple automatic warning systems must be in place so that pilots cannot take off without the wings fully extended. The FAA even set specific requirements for how to change the lights on the wingtips.

Boeing said that it will be impossible for the tips to fold up while the plane is in flight because of a set of locking mechanisms, but the FAA mandated that Boeing also show “no force or torque can unlatch or unlock the mechanisms” and that they can withstand heavy wind gusts on the ground.

When fully outstretched, the plane will have a wingspan of 235 feet. Once the plane touches down, the tips of the wings will fold up vertically to 213 feet. The new wings will be made from carbon-fiber, which Boeing says is stronger and lighter than the metal current used on plane wings.

Boeing hopes that the 777X will begin test flights in early 2019. The plane could begin commercial service at the end of the year.

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T+L Summer Shortlist: What to Bring on a Trip to Philadelphia

With plenty of pop-up gardens and parks across the city, an incredible art scene, and a delicious array of bars and restaurants, we’ve featured Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on this season’s Summer Shortlist.

Before you begin packing for a trip to one of the best walking cities in the U.S., be prepared for casual comfort. Whether you’re touring the bustling Center City District, walking along the scenic Schuylkill River Trail, or relaxing in the South Street Pop Up Garden, you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside. Not sure how to dress for a summer vacation full of outdoor activity that takes you from long, hot days to chilly evenings? The video offers our best tips on what to pack.

If you’re ready to explore everything the City of Brotherly Love has to offer, go ahead and book your ticket. A summer in Philadelphia might just be your best vacation yet.

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A 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rocked Kīlauea This Morning — and There Could Be Another Eruption

This story originally appeared on AccuWeather.com.

A small explosion occurred at Kīlauea’s summit at 4:32 a.m. HST on Tuesday, June 5.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the event as an magnitude 5.6 earthquake. This is similar to other events of the past few weeks, according to a United States Geological Survey (USGS) tweet.

Related: Key Volcano Terms You Need to Know to Understand These Fiery Geological Structures

There is no tsunami threat, but there could be another eruption.

Many of the previous eruptions have followed earthquakes. Kīlauea is currently under red warning, according the USGS.

Related: How Hawaii’s Kīlauea Volcano Eruption Compares to Others Around the World

The USGS declares a red warning if a “major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air.”

Hawaii has experienced approximately 9,900 earthquakes in the last 30 days accompanied by ash plumes and spewing lava, according to USGS.

Related: A Brief Guide to Different Types of Volcanic Rock and Lava Flows

Volcanic eruptions and lava flows have devastated communities and evaporated lakes on the island.

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Starbucks’ New Strawberry Frappuccino Is the Most Summery of Summer Drinks

Starbucks has been known to get a little crazy with it’s funky, Instagram-ready Frappuccinos. From Unicorns to dragons and vampires, the coffee company has pulled from all corners of the imagination to inspire its chilled creations. But this summer, Starbucks is putting something new on the menu that’s got a much simpler, seasonal theme: strawberries. Starting Tuesday, June 5, you’ll find a new Serious Strawberry Frappuccino on the Starbucks menu, and it’s not going anywhere when summer’s over.

Starbucks' Serious Strawberry Frappuccino

Courtesy of Starbucks

The new item is actually Starbucks’ reworking of the Strawberries & Créme Frappuccino, which is an all-pink drink through and through (and perhaps it could be said the pink drinks’ moment has come and gone). The Serious Strawberry edition gets, well, more serious about showing off its strawberry flavor. The beverage is layered with strawberry fruit puree, a blended creme base (ice, milk, and “strawberry infusion” blend, as the brand calls it), and topped with more puree and vanilla whipped cream.

If you’re a little disappointed about the lack of caffeine in this new iced beverage option, Starbucks may just be covering its bases. After all, Serious Strawberry is the third new Frappuccino to be permanently added to the menu in recent months. The company also introduced Ultra Caramel and Triple Mocha Frappuccinos in early May. Both items feature a recently added upgrade option, cold brew-infused whipped cream.

In addition to the blended drinks, Starbucks is also expanding its pastry case menu with some new breakfast items and sweet treats. Those include Chicken Chorizo and Tortilla Sous Vide Egg Bits, which are basically little frittatas, and a Kitchen Sink Cookie (chock full of things like pretzels, pecans, and marshmallows), both of which are also permanent additions. For the summer, expect to find a donut-themed cake pop, a berry-filled croissant, and a confetti-covered dipped sugar cookie.

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You Can Score Emirates Flights to Italy or Greece for $499 Right Now

Today is as good a day as any to book a ticket with Emirates. In fact, today may be an especially good day as the airline is having a massive sale for fall flights to both Athens, Greece and Milan, Italy.

Would-be travelers can score amazing deals on flights between New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Milan, Italy, and between Newark, New Jersey and Athens, Greece starting at just $499 for economy class tickets now through Friday. The only catch is you need to travel between September 17 and December 26, but that’s a wide enough window that you’ll likely be able to find time to jet off to a European paradise, right?

However, you may want to spring for an upgrade as that’s what Emirates is truly known for.

In 2017, the airline unveiled its new suites, which allow travelers to fly from one city to the next in total seclusion. The suites were the “first in the industry to be fully closed with sliding doors that extend to the cabin ceiling.” Each 40-square-foot suite also comes with high-tech gadgets for entertainment, lie-flat beds, and a personal minibar so travelers never even have to speak to the crew.

We will unveil our new @Boeing 777-300ER First Class Private Suite for the first time at @arabian_travel_market 2018 (ATM). This year marks the 25th year of our partnership and commitment to ATM. Visitors can experience our recently-launched products and service enhancements at the Emirates stand. #EmiratesAirline #ATMDubai

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Of course, this option will cost you. For example, while one round-trip ticket from New York City to Milan this fall will cost travelers about $499 in economy, the same ticket will cost $4,928 in business. 

To book the deals above, or to browse more special prices from Emirates, check out the airline’s featured fares at emirates.com.

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