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With its medieval castle, crumbling abbey and stone everything, Edinburgh’s Old Town is aptly named, which makes the addition of the first ever Hotel Missoni, from the famed Milan design house, all the more striking. The new hotel shuns Missoni’s tradition of bold colors in favor of a mostly black, white and silver palette. But it maintains the label’s touch with Missoni Home furnishings throughout the 136 spectacular rooms. For those who prefer their modish hotels in warm climates, a second outpost opens in Kuwait this summer. Twenty-eight more will follow.
The 103rd floor Skydeck of the Sears Tower provides an unparalleled view of Chicago. On some days, if you look hard enough, you can see as far as 50 miles out. Is that Indiana in the distance? Still, more than a million visitors a year can’t resist smushing their faces against the windows in an attempt to take in a view rarely seen: the ground below. Inspired by those countless forehead prints, the brains behind the Skydeck introduce the Ledge. A simple if terrifying concept, the Ledge is a series of small glass bays extending from the Skydeck; they allow visitors to step out onto 4.3 feet of glass and take in outstanding views of the city (and sidewalk) 1,353 feet below. That is, if their nerves are up to it.
Perched on a high, rocky ledge overlooking Barnes Bay to the west and Meads Bay to the east is the Viceroy Anguilla, a luxurious resort sitting on 35 acres of quiet Caribbean landscape. Rooms range from the relatively modest (bed, private sundeck, plunge pool) to the ostentatious (9,500 square feet, indoor and outdoor kitchens, “lifestyle assistants”). And for those who wear themselves out lounging in the sun, there’s a two-story spa to help relax, because one story wouldn’t quite cut it.
Universal Studios’ newest roller coaster, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, combines traditional amusement park thrills (twists, spins, nausea) with rock and roll, allowing riders to choose the soundtrack to their 65 mph ride and have a music video of the adventure made afterward. And you thought you had to play an instrument to be a rock star.
In 1889 the Hotel Jerome opened in Aspen, Colorado, a dusty silver mining town without a single high-end boutique. One hundred twenty years later, Aspen’s shopping scene has grown, and the hotel’s still standing. In celebration of its anniversary the Jerome is offering a “History Buff” package ($899), which provides three nights in a Deluxe King room, a historical tour of Aspen and 1889-style turndown amenities (think silver dollar souvenir coins) to travelers with a love of antiquity.
Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, home to animals both ferocious (polar bears) and adorable (marmosets), will transform into the city’s wildest concert venue this summer for its “Jammin’ at the Zoo” series, featuring Matt Nathanson and Brett Dennen this month. Be sure to wander into the Lion House or the Sea Lion Pool, both of which will be open during the show. You might just catch someone shaking a tail.
Just south of Cancun’s hair beads and strobe lights is a little piece of Mayan heaven offering an unbeatable deal: buy one room, get one free. The Tides Riviera Maya is more luxurious village than cookie-cutter resort, with a “tropical butler” who’ll feel like family by the end of your stay and hammocks you may be tempted to borrow indefinitely. Each of the 30 villas is tucked amid lush tropical vegetation—perfect for camouflaging moonlit outdoor showers.
Best of all, there’s not a keg cup in sight.
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Sample the fine food and even finer art at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, ranked No. 1 outdoor arts fair in the U.S.
Canadian rodeo? Who knew? The Canucks at the Calgary Stampede love broncos and country music as much as their neighbors to the south.
Celebrate the Fourth of July in the city that once turned its harbor into the world’s largest cup of ice-cold tea.
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Barbie may be 50 years old, but she doesn’t look a day over 35. Come wish her happy birthday with some of her biggest fans at the 2009 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention.
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Go to Brazil for the beaches, but stay for Anima Mundi, an animation festival showing hundreds of cartoons over 10 days.
Grab your Wellies and sunscreen, it’s time for Oxegen, a three-day music festival outside Dublin headlined by The Killers and Blur.
The British 10K London Run is a sightseeing tour disguised as a street race, with quintessential sites like Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace on the path.
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There are lots of reggae festivals around the world, but few compare to Reggae Sumfest in the genre’s homeland.
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In Gilroy, California, an hour outside San Francisco, the Gilroy Garlic Festival serves up tons (literally) of pasta, beef and seafood, with not a vampire in sight.
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It’s not All Amadeus, it’s Mostly Mozart, a celebration of the Austrian composer.
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