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The best upstate New York resorts

The best upstate New York resorts

Sometimes, just sometimes, living in the city that never sleeps can get a little too much. And you know where does sleep? Upstate. NY State is full of absolutely loads of wonderful resorts fit for relaxing in once the city has gotten too much.  Luckily, upstaters do much more than just snooze. Upstate New York resorts are packed with wonderful activities, from paddleboarding, fishing, and golf, all the way through to wineries, hiking trails, and picturesque apple picking farms. Plenty of stuff that you just don't really get in the concrete jungle.  There are so many different things to do, all around upstate, that it can be difficult to know how best to spend your time. And once you've had a taste of the chillaxation on offer, you'll surely be back. These are some of our favourite upstate New York resorts, handpicked by our team of experts. We're sure we'll see you soon.  This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 9 best Airbnbs in Florida

The 9 best Airbnbs in Florida

While it might get the most hype for its spectacular beaches and ridiculous number of days of sunshine per year, Florida is actually one of the Union’s most diverse states. From the Everglades’ world-beating nature to the Sunshine State’s unique cities, there’s a world to discover in the Panhandle and beyond. In other words, there are a ton of reasons to visit Florida – and when you do, no doubt you’ll need a top-tier place to stay. Which is where we come in. We’ve sifted through the state’s Airbnbs to find the finest around, so read on for our fave Floridian rentals. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Eight fabulous Airbnbs with hot tubs in New York

Eight fabulous Airbnbs with hot tubs in New York

Forget the best luxury hotels in NYC: You can get an equally fancy experience for a far better price at these Airbnbs with hot tubs. Sure, hotels might have high-end toiletries, some of the best spas in NYC and concierges to cater to your every whim, but they don’t give you that authentic New York experience. Pretend you actually live in one of the coolest Airbnbs in New York City for a few days: Having a Jacuzzi or hot tub at your pad feels pretty sweet. Are you sure we can’t move in permanently? For more, check out these NYC hotels with hot tubs in rooms and on roofs. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC and the best Airbnbs in New York City. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The Best Movies On Disney Plus To Watch Right Now

The Best Movies On Disney Plus To Watch Right Now

Disney Plus isn’t just about Avengers and Anakin Skywalker. There’s plenty of well-loved classic movies as well as some buried treasures, a fair stack of proper oddities and one of whatever the heck ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’ is on this new Mickeypedia. We’ve taken a tiny pickaxe to Mickey’s vast new movie collection to separate the great from the goofy.

11 video games you can get lost in

11 video games you can get lost in

Let’s be honest, staying in is getting really boring, really fast. You binge-watch a Netflix series or four (like you even have four left), eat even though you’re not hungry and discuss ridiculous hypotheticals with your housemates. All very entertaining for a time, but after a while, you need something to stimulate your brain. You need to see something new and live a life outside the walls of your (probably cramped) London pad. This is when the world of video games comes alive. You can spend hours traversing the terrain of Ancient Greece, racing cartoon cars against your mates and controlling the movements of wacky virtual characters. There’s a game out there for everyone, all you have to do is find it. To help you do that, we’ve curated a list of games you can really get lost in while you’re stuck at home. Enjoy, future gamers.

The best Airbnbs in California

The best Airbnbs in California

Heading out on a California road trip? The Golden State has an amazing and varied range of destinations to explore. The phrase ‘something for everyone’ may be a little overused these days, but California really does have it all: cities with some of the best restaurants and attractions in the country plus beautiful beaches, rugged national forests and national parks, vast deserts and stunning mountains. In choosing a place to stay while visiting, you’ll want to find a spot that matches your vibe. Instead of a hotel, check out Airbnb in California for options as varied as the state itself. Heading out to commune with nature? Go all in with a mountainside yurt or a treehouse in the forest. If you’re feeling the artsy vibe, try an artist’s loft in Los Angeles. Those looking for the baller lifestyle might consider a stay in a 50 foot yacht or a luxury beachside villa. Solitude seekers will love chilling in a homesteader cabin in the desert. The possibilities are endless. Whatever kind of holiday you’re in the market for, these Airbnbs in California have you covered. However, if you’re not down with the quirky nature of these options, there’s always our list of the best hotels in California to help you out. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in California This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 10 best Airbnbs in Colorado

The 10 best Airbnbs in Colorado

When you're busy dreaming up your next place to vacay, consider colorful Colorado. From Boulder to Denver, you'll be hard-pressed to find a state with more options: this rugged landscape has mountains, deserts, canyons, forests and rivers, all ripe with activities. And the accomodations are just as special. Among the best Airbnbs in Colorado you'll find glamping tents with uninhibited starlight views, lakeside cabins nestled in the mountains, and renovated trailers tucked into canyons.  What's more? Colorado boasts four National Parks and 42 state parks with countless options for the outdoor enthusiast, whether you like to explore hiking trails on foot, coast down some of the best single-track trails out there, or float down rapids. In the winter, its world famous ski resorts are blanketed in some of the freshest powder around.  So whatever you're into, Colorado is calling – dig out your hiking boots and book one of the best Airbnbs in Colorado ASAP.  RECOMMENDED: The coziest Airbnb cabins in the U.S.

The 10 best Airbnbs in Edinburgh

The 10 best Airbnbs in Edinburgh

Airbnb has rapidly become the method of choice when it comes to finding somewhere to crash while you’re away. And you know what? Some of these Airbnbs in Edinburgh prove exactly why – they’re incredible. And we know that you might not be travelling anytime soon but whether you’re eyeing up somewhere for a future trip or you just fancy having a little nose around someone else’s house, these Edinburgh Airbnbs are definitely worth checking out.  And remember, there’s a lot of incredible things to do in Edinburgh so when you’re visiting, make sure you check this incredible part of the world out properly. And once you’ve done that? Head out into the stunning Scottish countryside, before retiring to your Edinburgh Airbnb for a well-earned rest. Happy travels. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the UK This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.   

The 11 best houseplant delivery services in London

The 11 best houseplant delivery services in London

Spending so many months mostly inside has given us a newfound appreciation for all the greenery we have in London – and did you know that technically our fair city is the largest urban forest in the world? Pretty cool, right? But sadly, in the famous words of Ned Stark, ’winter is coming‘, so sitting in the park probably isn't your best option at the moment. Fortunately, there are loads of companies that offer houseplant delivery in London. So naturally, we’ve put together a list of all the best ones, so you can freshen up your flat in just a few clicks. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

6 amazing mobile games that’ll keep you playing for hours and hours

6 amazing mobile games that’ll keep you playing for hours and hours

Truly brilliant mobile games usually fall into one of two categories: violent or relaxing. Very occasionally, they manage to be both. Many of us have frankly unheard-of amounts of spare time at the moment, as well as plenty of pent-up frustration we’d probably be pleased to channel into as mindless and uncomplicated an activity as possible. So from aesthetically chilled origami puzzles to single-players where the aim is to purée fruit or bash gummy bears, we’ve rounded up six of the best games on iPhone and Android to help you let off steam right now. RECOMMENDED: The 11 best video games to get lost in

Want to learn at some of the world’s top universities?

Want to learn at some of the world’s top universities?

There's no doubt that this year has been an emotional rollercoaster, with news seemingly breaking every minute, but it’s also been really, well... boring. Most of us have spent the vast majority of our time stuck at home baking sourdough, binge-watching Netflix and looking longingly out of the window. Not the year we had in mind to kick off the decade. But all this time inside has also provided a fantastic opportunity to learn something new. You might be proudly looking at a list of courses you’ve already conquered (well done, you), or you might have done sweet FA (there’s no shame in that). Either way, restrictions on movement are going to be around for a bit longer, so now is the perfect time to expand your intellectual horizons – and we’ve found the perfect tool to help you do just that.  You may have heard of Coursera already – it’s one of the biggest digital course platforms in the world – but Coursera Plus takes learning to a whole new level. Not only is there a seven-day free trial, but after that, you can get unlimited access to more than 3,000 courses, Guided Projects, Specializations, and Professional Certificates for around $1 a day. And, more importantly, they’re from likes of Yale, Google, Johns Hopkins University and many more of the world’s intellectual titans. We’ve picked out seven awesome-looking courses to give you a taste of what's on offer. 

Not into winter? These awesome Airbnbs in warm places are calling your name.

Not into winter? These awesome Airbnbs in warm places are calling your name.

Winter isn't for everyone, and luckily, warm weather isn't as far away as you might think. When everyone else is clamoring to nestle in front of a fire in a cozy Airbnb cabin, you're seeking warm weather destinations where the sun is shining in the middle of December. We've got your back. And we promise that there's more places on this list than just the best California Airbnbs and Florida Airbnbs. So pack your t-shirts and leave your parka behind, these Airbnbs in warm places are sure to inspire a mid-winter getaway.  RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the USA 

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Can this man become good at cooking in one week?

Can this man become good at cooking in one week?

I’ve always felt like the most average person on the planet. I’ve tried my hand at loads of stuff over the years, but I’ve never been able to find my hidden talent. I’ve tried drawing (other than a half-decent Darth Maul when I was 12, no joy there), drumming (using both hands and both feet? Madness), fencing (let’s not go there) and fishing (eight sessions, zero catches). I couldn’t even make the A team at football and MY dad was the manager. So, as you can tell, bang-average (or worse) is pretty much where I’m at. Then lockdown happened. Suddenly there were more hours in the day than I knew what to do with – a uniquely rare opportunity to get really good at something. So, naturally, I spent this time watching Louis Theroux documentaries and eating Kettle Chips by the bag. Then it hit me: I could greedily exploit Time Out’s partnerships in the world of celeb-studded online courses to make myself talented. After all, if Gordon Ramsay can’t teach me to cook, what hope is there? So, this is it. Through the power of MasterClass, I’m going to get good at one thing a week. Well, I’ll try at least. Week three: Gordon Ramsay teaches cooking  You know how some people have a natural chemistry with cooking, a bit like an artist with a blank canvas? Yeah, that’s not me. It’s not that I am a terrible cook, I just have no feel for it whatsoever. When the method says ‘cook until lightly browned’ I immediately freeze. What kind of brown? Copper? Is copper even brown? I have no idea. So I’ve

5 money-saving offers at London restaurants to help you get back ‘out’ there

5 money-saving offers at London restaurants to help you get back ‘out’ there

In case you couldn’t tell from the onslaught of articles and social media posts, we’re just a teeny bit excited about switching back from Time In to Time Out. Seeing London regain a greater sense of normalcy is a beautiful thing and, like you, we can’t wait to get back out there and visit the incredible restaurants, bars, pubs, pop-ups and attractions that our beloved city has to offer.  But if you cast your mind back to pre-lockdown London, you might remember that enjoying this city isn’t always the cheapest interest one could have (how did we forget the sting of a £6 pint?). Which is why it brings us enormous pleasure to tell you that it’s not just our magazine that’s back. Our great deals on going out are back, too. Once again you’ll be able to savour the sweet taste of a bargain bottomless brunch, massively discounted drinks and deliciously cheap dinners.  And it gets better, too. To mark this frankly historic occasion, we’re giving you a mystery discount of between 5 and 20 percent off on some of our best deals. That’s on top of the existing discount, so you’re saving some serious cash. If you want an idea of the kind of offers you can expect, here are five of the best.  65 percent off unlimited small plates and bottomless drinks at Inamo Celebrate the return of London’s favourite high-tech Japanese restaurant group with an all-you-can-eat pan-Asian feast and free-flowing booze.  £25 for a three-course sharing menu and a cocktail at Sea Containers Sea Containers offers o

We tried Burger & Lobster’s new picnic hamper

We tried Burger & Lobster’s new picnic hamper

If you’ve been missing the popular surf and turf restaurant chain, we’ve got good news: their London venues reopened on July 4. But if you’re not quite ready for restaurant dining yet, or you’ve just become weirdly accustomed to eating in parks, fear not, you can still get your hands on that luscious lobster.  Burger & Lobster’s latest offering comes in a handy pre-packed hamper, which you can order for delivery or pick up from one of its restaurants, and we were lucky enough to give it a try. The box comes filled with lobster rolls and garden salads, as well as a dessert to share. And you can add on soft drinks, prosecco, wine and even champagne if you’re feeling extra fancy.  We obviously went straight for the brioche rolls, they look delicious and taste even better. Each one was jam-packed with a generous helping of lobster and comes with a tasty lemon and garlic butter. The garden salads were nice and fresh, pretty much as you would expect. And the dessert was a slice of chocolatey orangey goodness. Overall, we were very impressed given the journey the food had been on.  So, is it worth the £55 price tag? Well, that all depends on how much expendable cash you’ve got at your disposal. What we do know is that it’s a very tasty way to spend an afternoon, and perfect if you’re looking to treat yourself (and who doesn’t deserve a treat every now and then?).  Want to try it for yourself? You can find the menu here.  If afternoon tea is more your speed, we’ve rounded up the best

Can this man become good at poker in one week?

Can this man become good at poker in one week?

I’ve always felt like the most average person on the planet. I’ve tried my hand at loads of stuff over the years, but I’ve never been able to find my hidden talent. I’ve tried drawing (other than a half-decent Darth Maul when I was 12, no joy there), drumming (using both hands and your foot? Madness), fencing (let’s not go there) and fishing (eight sessions, zero catches). I couldn’t even make the A team at football and my dad was the manager. So, as you can tell, bang-average (or worse) is pretty much where I’m at. Then lockdown happened. Suddenly there were more hours in the day than I knew what to do with – a uniquely rare opportunity to get really good at something. So, naturally, I spent this time watching Louis Theroux documentaries and eating Kettle Chips by the bag. Then it hit me: I could greedily exploit Time Out’s partnerships in the world of celeb-studded online courses to make myself talented. After all, if Gordon Ramsay can’t teach me to cook, what hope is there? So, this is it. Through the power of MasterClass, I’m going to get good at one thing a week. Well, I’ll try at least. Week two: Daniel Negreanu teaches poker This is more like it. Unlike last week’s lesson, poker involves no physical skill whatsoever – the dream. Now, cards on the table, I have played poker before. Mostly with mates over a few beers (and they’ve got about as much skill as those poker-playing dogs in that famous painting) and briefly, but spectacularly unsuccessfully, online when I was a

Can this man become good at basketball in one week?

Can this man become good at basketball in one week?

I’ve always felt like the most average person on the planet. I’ve tried my hand at loads of stuff over the years, but I’ve never been able to find my hidden talent. I’ve tried drawing (other than a half-decent Darth Maul when I was 12, no joy there), drumming (using both hands and your foot? Madness), fencing (let’s not go there) and fishing (eight sessions, zero catches). I couldn’t even make the A team at football and my dad was the manager. So, as you can tell, bang-average (or worse) is pretty much where I’m at. Then lockdown happened. Suddenly there were more hours in the day than I knew what to do with – a uniquely rare opportunity to get really good at something. So, naturally, I spent this time watching Louis Theroux documentaries and eating Kettle Chips by the bag. Then it hit me: I could greedily exploit Time Out’s partnerships in the world of celeb-studded online courses to make myself talented. After all, if Gordon Ramsay can’t teach me to cook, what hope is there? So, this is it. Through the power of MasterClass, I’m going to get good at one thing a week. Well, I’ll try at least. First up: Steph Curry teaches basketball On the off chance you couldn’t tell from the painfully humiliating pictures, basketball is not my natural sport. In fact, Steph Curry (who’s considered to be one of the greatest shooters of all time, fyi) and I are, shockingly, on opposite ends of the physically gifted spectrum. But I figured I should go straight in with something I’ve never reall

You can now do a Zoom guided meditation with an actual sheep

You can now do a Zoom guided meditation with an actual sheep

Yes, you read that right, live-streamed meditation sessions with real-life sheep are now a thing. And not just any sheep, either. The stars of the show are Hamish, Dougal and Lochie, three naughty but supposedly zen Herdwick sheep. Along with owner Beccy and her daughter Rivkah, these charming chaps will help you escape to the calm of their picturesque farm in Loch Lomond, Scotland.  You can try this fantastically weird form of wellbeing through Airbnb Experiences, from just a tenner. Of course, the sessions aren’t actually led by the sheep (shocking, we know). Through the magic of Zoom, you’ll get to see feeding time and hear sheep stories before forming a virtual flock and getting into some breathing exercises. The experience finishes with a short mindful meditation session led by Rivkah.   We can’t attest to the connection between hanging out with farmyard animals and finding inner peace, but if it makes people feel better in this trying time, we’re all for it. After all, some people find happiness at the bottom of a bowl of Koya’s miso and walnut ramen, others dream about when we’ll finally be allowed to go on holiday, and some meditate with sheep – who are we to judge? You can book a guided meditation with Hamish, Dougal and Lochie here. Still stressed? Check out our recommendations for meditation apps here.  Yearning for yoga? You can find the best London yoga studios that are streaming online classes here. 

Mac & Wild is now delivering bottomless brunch kits in London

Mac & Wild is now delivering bottomless brunch kits in London

Much like ‘Avenue Q’ and some of our local garden centres, bottomless brunch is back. And it’s all thanks to London’s favourite Scottish restaurant chain, Mac & Wild. Exclusively through Time Out, you can now order a make-your-own brunch kit for two or four people, complete with great-tasting burgers and Bonnie Spritz cocktails.  Starting from £29 for two people, the kits contain all the ingredients you’ll need to rustle up a brunch of epic proportions. As well as all the classic burger bits, there’s black pudding, streaky bacon and venison-bone-marrow beans (is your mouth watering yet?) to chow down on. You’ll also get an Iru Bru each, of course.  If you’re looking for a more relaxed meal you can opt for one cocktail per person, or, if you’re planning to really let your hair down, go bottomless and get a whole bottle of pre-mixed Bonnie Spritz (that’s ten cocktails!). For the uninitiated, Bonnie Spritz is Mac & Wild classic, made by mixing Haig Club Clubman whisky, rowan berries, rhubarb, Rosata vermouth, Peychaud’s and agave, with delightful results.  To order your make-your-own brunch kit, click here. Craving a cocktail? Find more bars doing home delivery. Most popular on Time Out - Londoners told to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces- A drive-in cinema is coming to London this summer- The National Theatre is streaming a free play every Thursday- These local London garden centres will deliver plants to your door- The National Trust plans to reopen UK sites with

These two kids have started their own online colouring club

These two kids have started their own online colouring club

Despite the undeniable negatives of lockdown life, it’s been truly inspiring to see people come together and find innovative ways of supporting one another in what has to be one of the most testing times in recent memory. From Kennington locals doing a 12-hour doorstep-athon to Gollum’s live reading of ‘The Hobbit’ (yep, the whole thing), we thought we’d seen it all – until two young sisters from Nottingham decided to share their colouring book, that is. Aged just nine and six, Polly and Hetty (so adorbs) created their fantastic ‘isolation creation’ colouring book and, with a little help from dad, printed and distributed 200 copies to friends, family and neighbours. After receiving a bigger response than they ever expected, they took it one step further. Now Polly and Hetty have started their very own Isolation Creation Club, a place where parents and kids can find and share a whole heap of creative activities, including an online version of the original colouring book. The club lets parents download and print pictures from the book for their children to enjoy at home, as well as offering inspiration for other creative activities. You can check out the club in all its beauty here. Or click here to go straight to the online colouring books.  Most popular on Time Out - Notting Hill Carnival has been cancelled for the first time ever- 9 things we know about London’s lockdown following Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ speech- The National Theatre is streaming

You can get a discount on UrbanStem’s home-delivered flowers in time for Mother’s Day

You can get a discount on UrbanStem’s home-delivered flowers in time for Mother’s Day

For an event that occurs on the same day every year, Mother’s Day sure does seem to creep up on us out of nowhere. Seriously, there are now less than two weeks until the big day (which is on May 10, btw). And, let’s be honest, we’d be nowhere without our moms, so they definitely deserve some extra-special treatment this year.  That’s where UrbanStems comes in. These folks are specialists at creating the most stunning bouquets around and delivering them to your loved ones, pronto. They even have a unique Mother’s Day collection, featuring arrangements designed specifically to put a smile on your mom’s face. And that’s not even the best bit – use code ‘TOMomsDay’ when you checkout and you’ll get 15 percent off AND free delivery.  If you’re after something that lasts a little longer than your average bouquet (or you just want to make this year double-special for your mom), UrbanStem’s also offers a fantastic range of Mother’s Day gifts and plants, too. Just don’t forget to use the code ‘TOMomsDay’ when you checkout to claim your discount.  Check out UrbanStem’s full Mother’s Day collection here.  *Only valid on orders placed before May 10 2020.

UrbanStems is offering Time Out readers a discount on flowers before Mother’s Day

UrbanStems is offering Time Out readers a discount on flowers before Mother’s Day

Did you know that Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away? Yep, it’s just around the corner on May 10 (how the hell did that happen?), which means you still have plenty of time to forget all about it, remember two days before, then panic and frantically check LA's best flower delivery services for a good deal. Because, whether you decide to get a gift sorted early or wait until last minute, flowers are a must for your darling mom—and we’re here to help. We’ve teamed up with veteran flower delivery specialists, UrbanStems, to offer you 15 percent off on any order placed before Mother’s Day and free delivery (not bad, right?). All you have to do is choose the perfect posies for your mom from UrbanStem’s dazzling Mother’s Day collection and enter code ‘TOMomsDay’ when you check out.  We’re pretty confident you’ll find the perfect flowers for mom, but what if you want to make the day extra-special? Well, UrbanStems can help with that, too. It has an awesome collection of Mother’s Day gifts and plants that are sure to make your mom feel like a million bucks. Check out UrbanStem’s full Mother’s Day collection here. Use code ‘TOMomsDay’. *Only valid on orders placed before May 10, 2020.  This piece contains affiliate links. For more information on these, please head here.

You can get free delivery on Mother’s Day flowers, plus an extra 15 percent off with UrbanStems

You can get free delivery on Mother’s Day flowers, plus an extra 15 percent off with UrbanStems

We don’t want to panic anyone, but Mother’s Day is closing in fast (it’s nearly May 10 already, what’s up with that?) and sadly, we can’t all visit our moms or go out shopping for great gifts at the moment. But you can send your mom a jaw-droppingly beautiful bouquet to show her your appreciation on the big day.   Normally you might expect to splash some major cash on the perfect petals, but we’ve teamed up with flower-delivery super-stars UrbanStems to get you 15 percent off and free delivery before Mother’s Day. Take a look at UrbanStem’s dazzling Mother’s Day collection, we’re confident you’ll find something that’ll make your mom smile.  Don’t forget to enter code ‘TOMomsDay’ when you checkout to apply your discount to your order. But before you do, you might want to check out UrbanStem’s Mother’s Day gifts and plants, you can combine them with your chosen bouquet to make sure mom really feels the love.  Check out UrbanStem’s full Mother’s Day collection here. Use code ‘TOMomsDay’. *Only valid on orders placed before May 10 2020.

A Yale professor is teaching a free course on how the hell to be happy right now

A Yale professor is teaching a free course on how the hell to be happy right now

The world is baffling at the best of times, and this really isn’t the best of times. Still, as always, London’s resilience is shining through and people are valiantly adapting to stay-at-home life. Londoners are finding brilliant new ways to do things they love. Whether it’s watching live streaming theatre or getting your favourite cocktails delivered, it’s great to see people making to most of a tough situation. That said, this new way of living can certainly take a toll on your mental wellbeing.  Lucky for us, the United States’ esteemed Yale University has made its most popular course, ‘The Science of Well-Being’, completely free. Better yet, you can enrol online from anywhere in the world.  With more than 2 million people already signed up, course instructor Laurie Santos must be doing something right. As you follow the ten-week course, Santos will break down the science behind happiness, shining a light on common misconceptions and teaching you how to create better habits for yourself. It could be just what you need. You can find out more and sign up for the course here.  If you want to take your zen to the next level, try these meditation apps.  Looking for support in your community? Check out our list of mutual aid groups here.  Or, if you need a quick pick-me-up, read about the doughty Captain Tom Moore’s birthday feat here.