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  • Get into the bourbon spirit with Kentucky distilleries tour Sep 21, 2014 6:15 AM
    Sales of bourbon have risen sharply in the last decade across Kentucky, where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made. As the taste for bourbon has risen, so has interest in seeing it made. To guide visitors, the distillers association created the Kentucky Bourbon Trail of seven distilleries that offer tours.

  • The Roosevelt trail, from Maine to North Dakota Sep 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Ken Burns’ new documentary about the Roosevelts — presidents Theodore and Franklin, and Franklin’s wife, Eleanor — is bound to stir interest in some of the places connected to them. Here’s a look at some major Roosevelt sites, including birthplaces, family homes, vacation retreats, and national parks and monuments from Maine to North Dakota.

  • On the road: Catch a groove at Hyde Park Jazz Fest Sep 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    South Side Hyde Park hosts two days and nights of dazzling grooves and improvised tunes during the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, featuring nearly 40 jazz acts, including world-class headliners and local emerging artists. West Town’s thriving art scene takes over the hip neighborhood for the fourth annual West Town Art Walk.

  • Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu’s Kakaako Sep 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Honolulu is famous for golden sand beaches and big waves. But the city’s warehouse district, called Kakaako, is famous for a different sort of attraction. You won’t find kitschy Hawaiian souvenir shops or hordes of tourists here, but you will find a thriving urban arts scene, with colorful street murals so big they stretch across walls and sometimes entire sides of buildings.

  • Autumn on the Connecticut River with the swallows Sep 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows — hundreds of thousands of them — swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet that paints the sky black. Peering through binoculars from the river below, birders, boaters and tourists gasp. But the swallows have only begun their nightly fall spectacular.

  • Go for the food: The ultimate beer run in Vermont Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing interest in great beer, chances are good you’ve heard of Heady Topper, the intensely hoppy, grapefruitily-delicious American double IPA by The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, Vermont. It is wildly popular, famously hard to get, and always comes emblazoned with the admonishment: “Drink from the can!”

  • Take a deep dive at Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale Sep 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    The International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, fills a wave-shaped building with a collection so vast, it overflows into the pool shop’s attic. I expect photos, medals and back stories related to superstars whose strokes I’m still trying to emulate, from Fort Lauderdale-based swimming/diving legend Katherine Rawls to nine-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz. It’s the surprises that anchor me here for hours.

  • Brooklyn show looks at mystique of ‘killer heels’ Sep 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    It may have just been Fashion Week in Manhattan, but “Killer Heels” have landed in Brooklyn. A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to a contemporary — and lethal — 8-inch dagger stiletto. “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” opens last week and runs through February 15, after which it will travel around the U.S.

  • 5 free things to see in Belfast, Northern Ireland Sep 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Belfast may seem an unlikely destination for tourists, associated as it is with the Troubles. But the city has been transformed in recent years and is now a cosmopolitan place with plenty to see and do, much of it free.

  • Statue of singer Amy Winehouse unveiled in London Sep 15, 2014 6:50 AM
    Late singer Amy Winehouse has been honored on what would have been her 31st birthday with a life-size statue in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood of north London. Winehouse’s many fans will have no problem recognizing the singer, who is portrayed sporting her distinctive beehive hairdo.

  • Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism Sep 15, 2014 9:41 AM
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya’s pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent. Tour operators across Africa say they face difficulties as the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,200 people in four countries, continues to defy international efforts to control it. Tourism, a major source of revenue for many African countries — especially Kenya and South Africa — is increasingly being hurt as some potential visitors hesitate over visiting the continent that is home to the disease.

  • Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids Sep 16, 2014 11:42 AM
    Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

  • Autumn in N.Y.’s Hudson Valley: History and scenery Sep 14, 2014 6:15 AM
    Exploring the region north of New York City isn’t just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it. The Hudson Valley offers history, culture and outdoor attractions with Hudson River scenery as a backdrop, just an hour or two from Manhattan. Here are five places worth visiting.

  • On the road: Local brews featured at Logan Square Beer Fest Sep 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    Twenty craft breweries (including 3 Floyds, Ale Syndicate, Bells, Berghoff, Lagunitas, Lake Front and Metropolitan) and more than 50 beers will be featured in the Logan Square Beer Fest. Andersonville's City Made Fest is a celebration of all of things made in Chicago, featuring an array of Chicago-based musicians, brewers and artisans. And Green County, Wisconsin, is home to Monroe's Cheese Days celebration at the Courthouse Square.

  • Farm education, not agritourism, at Stone Barns in N.Y. Sep 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    Stone Barns, in New York’s Hudson Valley, offers a different type of agritourism. It's a real working farm that's dedicated to education and sustainable agriculture. You don’t come here to buy pellets from a coin-operated machine to feed baby goats. Instead, you come to see free-range turkeys and chickens, colorful gardens bursting with flowers and herbs, a year-round greenhouse, and a barn full of oinking piglets. Plus, there are fields of vegetables grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, quiet wooded paths, a mountain of compost and a buzzing apiary.

  • High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge Sep 10, 2014 9:52 AM
    There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor’s eye. Researchers have produced digital maps of what’s beneath the World Heritage Site, using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers and other techniques to peer deep into the soil beneath the famous stone circle. The project produced detailed maps of 17 previously unknown ritual monuments and a huge timber building, which is thought to have been used for burial ceremonies, Birmingham University said Wednesday.

  • Exhibit examines making of ‘Gone With the Wind’ Sep 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    While public debate raged over who should play Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind,” producer David O. Selznick was trying to figure out how to get the movie past Hollywood’s morality censors by tamping down the novel’s racist overtones while portraying the South in the Civil War. On Tuesday, hundreds of items that Selznick saved, including dresses worn in the film, scripts, story boards and other things, will go on display at the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center as part of a 75th anniversary tribute, “The Making of Gone With the Wind.”

  • The 'War of the Rows' continues on airplanes Sep 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    The 'War of the Rows' isn't new. It's been going on ever since the government deregulated the airlines. To increase profits, the airlines went after our 'bottom' lines. They made seats smaller and reduced legroom. They packed passengers in so tightly you couldn't scratch your nose without elbowing your seat partner. And now passengers are losing it when someone pushes their seatback into its fully reclined state and lands inches from the aft passenger's lap.

  • On the road: Berghoff rolls out the barrel for Oktoberfest Sep 6, 2014 8:16 AM
    Berghoff rolls out their own private label beer and root beer in the heart of Chicago’s Loop during for the 29th annual Oktoberfest. The Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art has a new collection of work, much from private collections. And multiday cruises are available on tall ships at Traverse City, Michigan.

  • W.Va. tourism looks ahead after chemical spill Sep 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    A roller coaster of rapids will await thrill-seekers for the start of the Gauley River whitewater season as southern West Virginia businesses anticipate an influx of visitors to finish out a tourism season that for a time simmered in the stigma of a chemical spill in Charleston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens the valves from the Summersville Dam next Friday to begin a series of releases that will stretch the Gauley season through mid-October.

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