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Virginia Gil

Virginia Gil

USA Editor

Formerly the editor of Time Out Miami, Virginia Gil oversees Time Out USA. She joined the company in 2016.

From exciting destinations and hotels you need to visit to restaurants worth trying, finding reasons to explore the country is all in a day's work for Virginia. In addition to covering domestic travel, she manages local content for dozens of Time Out cities across North America—keeping her finger on the pulse of what's happening in far-flung places like Seattle, Honolulu and Bentonville.

Virginia has worked as an editor for lifestyle publications such as Daily Candy, MIAMI magazine and Design District Magazine, and has spent the last 15 years writing about food, drink, travel and fashion. When she's not tracking down a story, she's planning her next vacation or sneaking away for a nap. She loves naps.

Reach her at virginia.gil@timeout.com or connect with her on Instagram: @virginwrites.

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The best things to do in Miami this week

The best things to do in Miami this week

It's safe to say we are officially "in season." Art exhibitions, food and music festivals, major sporting events, block parties, immersive theater, dance—no one does winter like Miami does winter. The Magic City is brimming with things to do, even on school nights. We've got tons of activities to jump into any day of the week, plus tourist attractions that even locals love. In this list, we've handpicked special events and happenings over the next seven days, enough to have you saying "This was the best week ever."  RECOMMENDED: Full list of the best things to do in Miami Stay in the Loop: Sign up for our free weekly newsletter to get the latest in Miami news, culture and dining.

The best things to do in Miami for locals and tourists

The best things to do in Miami for locals and tourists

March 2024: Spring is upon us and we've got tons of March events in Miami to ensure you get out and make the most of this glorious time of year. Of course, there's so much to explore in the Magic City no matter the season (though we're partial to a great rooftop bar where you can really soak it all in). Below, check out all of our picks for the best things to do in Miami right now.  Locals and tourists can agree that the best things to do in Miami extend beyond lounging on the sand—though it goes without saying that spending some time on the best Miami beaches is fundamental to life in the 305. Aside from dabbling in our famous nightlife and exploring Miami's best bars, no trip to the Magic City would be complete without scoping out the booming culinary scene and our award-winning Miami restaurants. In between sunbathing, swimming and sipping cocktails, check off these essential Miami experiences, a mix of year-round attractions, seasonal events, cultural staples and exciting one-offs vetted by our expert editors. By the way, this list is curated, as always, but isn’t ranked—we just couldn’t choose favorites.

The 41 best restaurants in Miami to book right now

The 41 best restaurants in Miami to book right now

March 2024: Miami's in its peak season, so good luck scoring a table anywhere decent without a reservation. Still, March is a delicious month in the Magic City. Stone crabs and oysters are still very much in season and the weather is just begging for you to sit outside, so consider a waterfront restaurant or rooftop bar for your next amazing meal out in Miami. Our top places to eat in the city are a true mix of flavors and feels, from white tablecloth fine dining—like some of Miami’s best steakhouses— to tried-and-tested cheap eats in Miami that never, ever disappoint. And where there’s a solid cocktail there’s likely to be an epic dish that follows, so expect to run into some of Miami’s best bars on this list. Just as we've always done, Time Out’s local experts scour the city daily for great eats, great value and insider info. We emphasize fun, flavor and freshness at every price point, and update this list monthly with standout finds. If it’s on the list, whether it's a short-lived pop-up or a mega clubstaurant, we think it’s awesome and hope you will, too.

The 11 best hotels in South Beach for your next Miami getaway

The 11 best hotels in South Beach for your next Miami getaway

Catch us in Miami...Whether a Miami native or a tourist exploring the city for the first time (we're sure you'll return for another visit), South Beach is the ideal neighborhood for a well-deserved break. Renowned for its gorgeous beach, fantastic club scene, and tip-top restaurants, you'll be wanting to stay here for a while.  And of course, a trip away should make sure each night is spent comfortably and in luxury (whatever that looks like to you). We have the area's finest hotels for you to spend the night at. Here's our list of the best hotels in South Beach, Miami. Enjoy. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to South Beach, Miami Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

The best BBQ in Miami and where to find it

The best BBQ in Miami and where to find it

Just like how we feel about our pro sports teams, we’ve got a fickle relationship with barbecue in Miami. Take for instance La Trailia, a place we all went bonkers for, right before it disappeared like the Dolphins in the playoffs. It’s not alone: We’ve said a saucy goodbye recently to Bon Gout BBQ, King of Racks and, at least until it finds a new spot, Bog Leg’s.  But we’ve got good news when it comes to ’cue: Miami still has some downright excellent smoked meat outposts, from chef-driven places doing very creative things with spice rubs to the traditional roadside attractions working on hitting a century in business. To scout our favorites, we stained a whole lot of shirts with sauce and inspected ribs like we were working on a PhD in smoke rings. The result: an up-to-date accounting of the finest BBQ in Miami. RECOMMENDED: The best steakhouses in Miami

The best bars in Miami: a definitive guide to drinking in the 305

The best bars in Miami: a definitive guide to drinking in the 305

It's pretty much always a good time to go drinking in Miami. Sun's out? Grab some patio pounders at a waterfront venue. Trying to impress a date? We've got sexy hidden speakeasies galore. Catching up with friends? Miami's wine bars let you do so at leisure. Of course, we've also got plenty of places to drink when you're not drinking, where the low and no-ABV bevs are just as flavorful as their full-proof brethren. If you want to sip cocktails and party all night, well, you're in the right place. Wondering where to start? Here are our favorite bars in Miami, slinging drinks so good, you'll be hard-pressed not to order another round.  RECOMMENDED: The best clubs in Miami

Time Out’s favorite airport lounges in the U.S.

Time Out’s favorite airport lounges in the U.S.

At Time Out, we’re all about helping you see the world on the cheap and leading you to the best travel deals whenever possible. But sometimes, even the thrifty seek a bit of luxury on vacation, a place to comfortably kick their feet up before it’s time to squeeze into that basic economy seat. I mean, who can turn down a $99 flight to Europe? Not us! For that, we love an airport lounge. These once exclusive domains for the most privileged passengers have dramatically changed since American Airlines opened the first in NY’s LaGuardia Airport in 1939. What started as an invitation-only club for folks to enjoy a pre-board cocktail has evolved into a massive network of areas for travelers to rest, work, refuel and idle before a flight. Today, there are more lounges than ever, offering all kinds of amenities (pickleball, anyone?) and greater access for all. Headed to the airport soon? We asked Time Out editors and frequent contributors to share their favorite lounges in the U.S. Whether you're lounge-curious or a pro looking for a new respite when you fly, you'll find helpful intel for your next trip below. 

The 24 best coffee shops in Miami, from classic Cuban spots to trendy gems

The 24 best coffee shops in Miami, from classic Cuban spots to trendy gems

Miami runs on coffee. Specifically, cafecito. In the morning, in the afternoon, late into the night, back into the morning. We drink coffee inside shops that double as offices, cozy cafés that tsk tsk over laptops, out of ventanita windows in shopping centers, in airplanes—literally. And we’re not even talking about coffee served in martini glasses—we’ve got a different guide for that.  Sometimes, your favorite coffee shop can double as a bakery. Sometimes, it can also dole out a bomb-ass breakfast. Sometimes—OK, most of the time—it can run through bags and bags of sugar and Bustelo in a day just to get that perfect espumita, because Miami’s Cuban restaurants don’t play. When you need that extra kick of caffeine, this guide to Miami’s best coffee shops can help you keep up with the electric energy of this city. 

The best Key Biscayne restaurants to try right now

The best Key Biscayne restaurants to try right now

Sure, it would be great if we could reach Key West without that grueling four-hour haul down U.S. 1. But Miamians can take in a quieter slice of island life by making the short trip over the Rickenbacker Causeway. Key Biscayne might not have the party scene of Key West, but what it lacks in cheap margaritas it makes up for in a dining scene that’s proving far bigger than the village itself. There are, we’ve learned the hard way, spots serving mediocre dishes to unsuspecting tourists. To avoid them, follow our vetted guide to the best restaurants in Key Biscayne, full of neighborhood classics, hidden gems and exciting new foodie havens. RECOMMENDED: The best waterfront restaurants in Miami for a meal in paradise

The 12 best romantic hotels in Miami

The 12 best romantic hotels in Miami

Alexa: play 'Endless Love'. Whether you're out to impress someone new (lucky you) or serenading your long-term boo, a trip away is definitely more romantic than staying in the same unchanged bed covered in dog hair.  Say 'I love you' with a stay at one of the best romantic hotels in Miami - because what other city says romance better than Miami? From private hot tubs to plush palaces, these hotels will have you enjoying breakfast in bed, spectacular views, and swoon-worthy restaurants with your soulmate. Scroll through our top picks and book somewhere special. 🍰 Pick up some sweet treats from a top Miami bakery🕯️Book a dinner to remember at one of Miami's romantic restaurants🏠 Take a look at more hotel options in Miami Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities, and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best steakhouses in Miami to totally splurge—or keep it lowkey

The best steakhouses in Miami to totally splurge—or keep it lowkey

Miami’s most famous steakhouses tend to give off the energy of a baller bachelor party. These are gorgeous dining rooms dripping in chandeliers with martini service and slabs of meat as marbled as a Grecian statue. But in our ongoing hunt for the best steakhouses in the city, we’ve also come across excellent casual spots that strip away pretension, wood-fired wonderlands that grill meats as the Argentines do over an open flame, and old-school joints that conjure memories of watching grandpa devour a T-bone for two all by himself. They range in price point, too, though naturally, you won’t find many budget options on this decadent list. Below, pull up a seat for our guide to the best steakhouses in Miami. We will be eating well tonight. RECOMMENDED: A very fresh guide to the best oyster bars in Miami

The best Super Bowl halftime shows, ranked

The best Super Bowl halftime shows, ranked

The year's most-watched musical performance wasn't at the Grammys; it was the Super Bowl halftime show. 2024 marked the second year Apple Music took the reins of the country's largest musical spectacle, bringing us 13 full minutes of Usher. The halftime show is a long-standing tradition that's featured some of the country's biggest stars, from Madonna to Prince to Lady Gaga. Every year, it brings us a thrilling performance filled with fireworks, splashy entrances, special guests and plenty of surprises to keep you glued to your TV set. It's also what gets many non-sports fans to tune into the big game.  But despite the many hits over the decades, we've also seen our share of halftime show misses. Below, we look back at the Super Bowl halftime shows that got us dancing, singing and discussing at the office the next day.  RECOMMENDED: How to watch the Super Bowl halftime show

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Fleurs de Villes at Bal Harbour Shops

Fleurs de Villes at Bal Harbour Shops

The Bal Harbour Shops is literally in bloom this month as the Fleurs de Villes exhibition returns with thousands of fresh flowers worked into arresting designs by some of the area's top florists. From March 1 to March 10, dozens of larger-than-life mannequins will be displayed throughout the outdoor mall, each with a bespoke living garment inspired by famous female artists like Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O'Keeffe, complementing this year's theme, Artiste, in honor of International Women's Month. There will be special events and activations throughout the event to highlight the stunning installation.

South Beach Wine and Food Festival

South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Celebrity chefs (hundreds of them) and hungry people from around the U.S. descend on South Beach and across the city for Miami’s largest and most famous annual food festival, proceeds from which benefit Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management School. It's major. For its 23rd year, SOBEWFF offers even more big-ticket events, including another rendition of the uber-popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives LIVE! hosted by Guy Fieri, plus additional intimate dinners hosted by culinary luminaries. There will be burger battles, punch bowl socials, taco and tequila pairings, a new Noche Cubana and more food and drinks than you’ll know what to do with. Break out your stretchy pants, and buckle up, people. Various locations

Warby Parker - Dadeland Mall

Warby Parker - Dadeland Mall

Beloved eyewear company Warby Parker continues its Miami expansion with a brand new shop at Dadeland Mall. Its newest location is stocked with the brand’s 2024 spring collection, including sunglasses and its full lineup of optical eyewear. In the market for a new prescription pair? Warby Parker offers in-store eye exams for a one-stop shopping experience. Each of the brand’s stores features a unique design element. For Dadeland, Warby Parker partnered with illustrator Diana Ejaita to create a vibrant artwork. 

Leret Leret Pop-Up at Mr. C Miami

Leret Leret Pop-Up at Mr. C Miami

If you're at the stage of holiday shopping where you've only shopped for yourself, help is on the way (and it includes more gifts for you). This weekend, pick up presents for you and yours at Leret Leret's special two-day pop-up at Il Giardino at Mr. C Miami. Known for its limited-edition garments accented by whimsical abstractions of sunny-side-up eggs, rainbows and mushrooms, among other real-world items, the NYC-designed luxury brand will showcase its newly released collection of cashmere crewnecks, cardigans, vests and kids sweaters. Everyone deserves a cozy fit this season. 

Birkenstock

Birkenstock

Our laidback, sandal-loving city gets the ultimate destination for comfort footwear, as Birkenstock opens its first Miami location in the Design District. Debuting during Miami Art Week, the sleek shop is only the brand’s fifth store in the U.S., and it’s stocked with a full range of sandals, clogs, sneakers, shoes and boots for men, women and kids. Birkenstock Miami offers a selection of designer styles, including a limited-edition store exclusive in collaboration with Concepts, which sees the classic Arizona sandal boldly done with long-haired cowhide in four vibrant colors. Be sure to get it while you can. Photograph: Courtesy Birkenstock Shoppers will appreciate the lush contemporary aesthetic, combining bits of tropical Miami with the neighborhood’s modern, design-forward retail spaces. High above the sleek, wooden displays and travertine floors, a massive living plant wall celebrates South Florida’s local flora. It all makes for a bright, breezy shopping experience in the heart of one of Miami’s top retail neighborhoods.

Birkenstock

Birkenstock

Our laidback, sandal-loving city gets the ultimate destination for comfort footwear as Birkenstock opens its first Miami location in the Design District. Debuting during Miami Art Week, the sleek shop is only the brand’s fifth store in the U.S., and it’s stocked with a full range of sandals, clogs, sneakers, shoes and boots for men, women and kids. Birkenstock Miami offers a selection of designer styles, including a limited-edition store exclusive in collaboration with Concepts, which sees the classic Arizona sandal boldly done with long-haired cowhide in four vibrant colors.  Photograph: Courtesy Birkenstock Shoppers will appreciate the lush contemporary aesthetic, combining bits of tropical Miami with the neighborhood’s modern, design-forward aesthetic. High above the stylish, wooden displays and travertine floors, a massive living plant wall celebrates South Florida’s local flora. It all makes for a bright, breezy shopping experience in the heart of one of Miami’s top retail neighborhoods.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Assemble along the 12-mile, 2.5-hour route to watch the "World's Most Watched Boat Parade," in which dazzling displays and illuminated vessels of all sizes travel down the Intracoastal Highway with the likes of Rudolph, Santa Claus and other Christmas favorites. The procession begins at 6pm with live bands, celebrities and radio personalities providing entertainment throughout the night. You could probably watch the parade anywhere along the route, however the parade viewing area brings you opportunities to pose with Santa and grab a hot chocolate or a cocktail. You can even enter your own boat for $35. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Miracle in Miami

Miracle in Miami

Countdown to Christmas with a cocktail in hand at Miracle in Miami. The international holiday-themed pop-up bar makes a new home at Better Days in Brickell this yuletide season for a month of festive drinks and naughty fun. Expect the usual (fake) snow, holiday hits on repeat (these guys must be beating some kind of record for the most consecutive plays of Mariah Carey’s "All I Want for Christmas") and cheeky libations like the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!, made with a potent trio of rums, coconut orgeat and acid-adjusted pineapple juice.

Mistletoe & Martinis

Mistletoe & Martinis

Cheers to the holidays! Raise your martini glass and nuzzle under the mistletoe at Deering Estate's festive annual gathering. Expect a celebration similar to what the original residents might've enjoyed during the Gilded Age, including music, strolls through the estate, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, plus a fanciful nod to Alice in Wonderland for this year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Deering Estate Foundation so don't be afraid to lean into Christmas. 

MatzoBall

MatzoBall

Because eight nights of celebrations aren’t enough, the Society of Young Jewish Professionals is throwing the ultimate holiday singles event—think of it as an IRL JDate on steroids. Dance, drink and connect with old friends and new prospects at this annual rager, which celebrates 37 years! In 2023, the party returns to its old stomping grounds, LIV, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. 

Howl-O-Ween

Howl-O-Ween

This annual gathering of spooky four-legged friends is for a good cause. Even if the trick or treating, doggy costume contest, raffles and food aren’t enough to get you out the door, the fact that proceeds go to animal rescue organization Paws 4 You should. Your pets will have fun too, zipping around the doggie zone agility course and following the kids around the pumpkin patch.  

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

 The world’s largest holiday theme park (at least according to the website) returns for its 40th season of shimmering lights, carnival rides and only-in-Miami experiences and after 37 years in Tropical Park, it's moved to a larger space in Doral/Medley. The county-fair-meets-winter-wonderland is chock-full of roller coasters, amusement rides, carnival games, photo ops with Santa and his helpers, and an assortment of fair food—think fresh doughnuts, funnel cakes and more. And pro tip: if you hate waiting in lines, consider adding an express pass to your ticket. 7500 NW 87th Ave

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I took one of America’s most luxurious train trips through the Rocky Mountains and here’s what it was like

I took one of America’s most luxurious train trips through the Rocky Mountains and here’s what it was like

For someone who lives by shortcuts, express lanes, Global Entry, TSA-pre check and anything else that can get me to my destination faster, I took a remarkably long time to travel from Colorado to Utah recently—about 30 hours, to be exact. It typically takes six hours by car, but this was a journey no vehicle could make.  I was headed west aboard Rocky Mountaineer, traveling from Denver to Moab on the luxury train’s Rockies to the Red Rocks route. Over the course of two days with an overnight in Glenwood Springs, I’d be among the 52 passengers enjoying the experience of a lifetime, riding alongside mountains, down valleys and through tunnels, admiring the scenery of the autumn-kissed American West. It was magical and would test my patience and reliance on technology in ways I didn’t expect.  The Canadian company, which operates luxury train experiences in Western Canada and the American West, launched the Colorado/Utah route in 2021, taking passengers through parts of the Rockies that are inaccessible by car. This was the train’s first full season, which runs April through October to maximize the daylight hours it can travel.  Photograph: Virginia Gil for Time OutCustom glass-dome coaches offer panoramic views The Rocky Mountaineer embodies every ubiquitous quote you’ve ever read about the journey being greater than the destination, and it makes good on its promise. You only travel while the sun’s out in order to get optimal views of your surroundings, which you’re guarantee

Revealed: The best and worst airlines in the U.S. for 2023

Revealed: The best and worst airlines in the U.S. for 2023

Several factors go into choosing which airline to fly. Is the price right? Are you a loyalty member? Will it get you to your destination without a connection? And so on, and so on. Here to simplify your decision is the Wall Street Journal’s annual ranking of the best and worst airlines in the U.S. for 2023. The publication looked at the U.S. carriers’ performance over the last year, including timeliness and baggage handling. The top airline for 2023 was, once again, Delta. The third-time winner showed a commendable rate of on-time flights (83 percent!) and had the least number of complaints. It also had fewer cancellations than in the previous year. Second place went to Alaska Airlines, which saw quite a few bumps in 2024. But last year, it was clear skies for the airline with less than a 1% cancellation rate and on-time arrivals. Baggage handling was Alaksa’s only downfall, and was also true of United Airlines, dropping two spots to sixth place in 2023. JetBlue was the lowest-ranked airline for 2023, coming in last place in every single category—cancellations, on-time arrivals and delays (both over 45 minutes and on the tarmac). Only about 66 percent of JetBlue flights arrived on time last year. Yikes! You know the saying, past behavior predicts future behavior—you might want to rethink the low-cost flight next time you book.

This sustainable spa has officially been named the best in the U.S.

This sustainable spa has officially been named the best in the U.S.

Coming off from a hectic holiday season, amid a stressful start to the year, we could all use some relaxation. There’s no better—and weather-proof—way to unwind than a day at the spa—am I right? Your choice this year is clear: the Spa at Séc-he in downtown Palm Springs, CA, which was just named number one in the country. The top-ranking spot in Spas of America’s annual list of the Top 100 Spas in North America for 2023 beat out 82 places from the U.S., 14 from Canada and four from Mexico—pretty impressive for a facility that opened in April last year. High Google reviews not withstanding (winners need at least four stars to be considered), the Spa at Séc-he also receives the Green Spa Planet Sustainable Spa/Wellness Facility Award for 2023. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Spa at Séc-he (@thespaatseche) So, what makes the Palm Springs spa superior? It comprises the therapeutic waters of Séc-he, the Agua Caliente hot mineral springs. The remarkable natural resource combines rainwater and snowmelt naturally collected underground before being brought back to the surface (it doesn't connect to any other water source in the Coachella Valley). It’s cared for and protected by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who’ve used the healing springs for thousands of years. The Spa at Séc-he boasts 22 mineral baths, a cold plunge, a menthol dry sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, a couple of halotherapy salt caves, aromatherapy showers and several whirlpo

Usher just hinted at what he'll perform at the Super Bowl halftime show

Usher just hinted at what he'll perform at the Super Bowl halftime show

If you've been wondering what Usher will perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, you're not alone. Fans all over the country have speculated about setlists from the moment the Grammy-winning singer announced he'd take the stage. Will it be like his Las Vegas residency? Will his performance be as star-studded as his social media announcement? Or will Usher pull a Rihanna and dominate the show all by himself? Well, Usher’s latest teaser is hinting at all of the above. In a new, one-minute trailer released this morning, set to a remix of his aughts hit single “Yeah!,” we see old footage of a young Usher on stage and fans of all ages (including Lebron James) singing and dancing along in the car, on the street and even on the football field. Might there be a marching band gracing the stage this year, too? Maybe. Anything is possible, probably except another pregnancy announcement, but anything goes when Apple Music produces a show.   See the full trailer here and make your own predictions about the Usher’s performance that’s been “30 years in the making.”

This national park has been ranked the most beautiful place in America

This national park has been ranked the most beautiful place in America

For those of you looking to book an aesthetic vacation, Condé Nast Traveler's list of the 50 most beautiful places in America should be the first stop on your search. The publication recently updated its ranking of the country's most jaw-dropping destinations, places they say are as "exciting as they are diverse." It's a list of canyons, valleys, basins, parks and corners in between, where the landscapes are truly something to behold. At the very top of the list is Acadia National Park in Maine, an essential stop on any New England vacation, and not just for those travelers looking to add content to their Instagram feeds. The 47-000 acre, coastal park sits mostly on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, featuring a mixed landscape of mountains, woodlands and rocky beaches. It boasts an abundance of wildlife (think bears, whales and moose) and plenty of terrain to keep folks busy hiking, biking, camping and sightseeing. Other dreamy national parks made the list, including Badlands in South Dakota, Denali in Alaska and Grand Teton in Wyoming. Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes (the tallest of their kind in North America) and Texas’ Hamilton Pool Preserve were also included. America’s most beautiful places truly run the gamut, you just have to enjoy nature to appreciate them.

Time Out editors share their favorite holiday traditions, from tree lightings to festive bar crawls

Time Out editors share their favorite holiday traditions, from tree lightings to festive bar crawls

Here at Time Out, we love helping you discover the best things to do in your cities, especially during the holiday season. From where to see Christmas lights to the best places to go ice skating and the can’t-miss celebrations in your town, you'll find all the guidance you need to make the most out of this special time of year. Off the clock, our editors are right there with you, taking in a performance of The Nutcracker and raising a glass of soul-warming mulled wine at the local Christmas market, plus a few more of our favorite holiday traditions we won't gatekeep from you.    Photograph: Don RiddleBemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel A festive martini crawl in Manhattan This is the time of year in NYC for a little extra sparkle and throwback glam. I always make a point to meet up with friends for holiday martinis at what I consider to be my personal holy trinity of Manhattan bars: Bemelmans, King Cole Bar and Grand Central Oyster Bar. (Amen.) The drinks at all three of these classic spots are liquid perfection, but I've found the one at King Cole Bar packs a real punch. You'll probably want to stick to just one or you may find yourself waking up after New Year's.—Will Gleason, North American Content Director Liza Voll Seeing the Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet As a little girl, my Dad would take me to see The Nutcracker every year and it was always the highlight of the Christmas season for me. And now, as an adult, the first thing I do when the weather starts to get chil

These are the top travel news stories you might have missed in 2023

These are the top travel news stories you might have missed in 2023

If 2022 was the year of so-called “revenge travel” and airline meltdowns then 2023 was the year of reparations and a much-needed train renaissance. Over the last 12 months, we’ve reported on the much-needed changes the government is doing to improve travel for all Americans, including compensation for canceled flights. We’ve also dedicated many hours to writing about what you, our readers, seem to love the most: trains. From sharing our once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and riding the rails from NYC to Orlando to previewing track improvements and highly-anticipated new routes, the humble train dominated our headlines. Cruises—another slow, leisurely way to see the world—was back in a big way in 2023. We announced new ship launches and gave you an insider’s look into adults-only sailings. Plus, we tapped the experts for cruising etiquette and info you might not know as a first-time cruiser. It was a busy year for travel in the U.S. and the stories you’ll find below are only a snapshot, reflecting the headlines that most piqued your interest. There’s more where these came from, and more to come as we gear up for 2024 with previews of anticipated hotel openings, new restaurants to look out for and more to look forward to in the U.S. This cruise line is implementing a curfew and cracking down on rowdy passengers Carnival Cruise Line announced that it was working to make passengers behave better. Amtrak routes between New York and Montreal to resume The Ad

Time Out Market Chicago says farewell to Valhalla this month

Time Out Market Chicago says farewell to Valhalla this month

After a successful run at Time Out Market Chicago and even a stint abroad as part of the inaugural Chefs on Tour series, Valhalla is closing this month. The Market’s first full-service restaurant, which opened in the fall of 2022, will serve its final service on December 31. The good news? Reservations are still available for both a-la-carte dining and the 11-course tasting experience inspired by the chef’s travels around the world. The even better news: it’s not the last you’ll see of Valhalla as chef Stephen Gillanders is moving his innovative concept to a permanent location. “Valhalla was always meant to be different and go through evolutions—that’s why we are excited to now open its next chapter in a permanent location, the details of which we will share soon. I want to thank our guests for their support and the Time Out Market Chicago team for the great partnership and for believing in Valhalla—I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together,” he said. Chef Gillanders’ intimate fine dining experience was a hit from the moment it opened at Time Out Market Chicago. As its first full-service restaurant, Valhalla broke new territory at the food hall, creating an upscale experience that melded into the Market’s energetic atmosphere—a tradition that continues to be on the cutting edge of global fine dining. Goodbyes are tough, but this next phase of Valhalla underscores Time Out Market’s mission as it partners with chefs and restaurants worldwide. “We pride ourselves to provide a pl

11 unique rituals that frequent travelers swear by when exploring a new place

11 unique rituals that frequent travelers swear by when exploring a new place

It doesn’t matter how structured your life is, travel will always disrupt your routine. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a constant when you travel. That’s where rituals come in. People who spend a lot of time exploring new places tend to develop certain habits—things they do to stay grounded and connected no matter what part of the world they might find themselves. Some of these help in getting to know a new place, while others are just weird quirks we can’t really make sense of (I mean, pictures of doors, really?). Are you the guy collecting pictures of doors? Is hitting the grocery store the first thing you do when you land somewhere new? Whether you’re looking to feel seen, are curious about how your fellow travelers explore or are simply interested in seeing the world a little differently, you’ll resonate with something on this list of unique travel rituals we found on Reddit. Below, our curated picks of the most helpful and interesting habits, because no one understands your collection of door photos, sir. 1. Visit a local supermarket Several Reddit users cited this as the first thing they do when they land. It’s a great place to pick up snacks to keep in your hotel, stock up on milk and easy breakfast when traveling with kids and get to know the local food. Spices, candy and chocolate also make for cheap and memorable souvenirs. 2. Take some kind of tour—walking, cycling, food, bus Walking is an easy, low-impact activity when you're jetlagged. Not only will it k

テイラー・スウィフトをテーマにした大型客船クルーズツアー

テイラー・スウィフトをテーマにした大型客船クルーズツアー

「もうすぐ出航!」 大型クルーズ客船のアリュール・オブ・ザ・シーズが2024年秋、グラミー賞受賞歌手であるテイラー・スウィフトへの賛辞の意味を込めて、 彼女をテーマにした、マイアミからバハマへの4日間のクルーズツアーに出ることになったのだ。 「In My Cruise Era」と名付けられたこの特別なイベントを企画するのは、スウィフトのファンと旅行会社の「Marvelous Mouse Travels」。スウィフト自身とは直接関係ないが、この体験には彼女の全てが詰まっているという。予定されている船内アクティビティには、「フレンドシップ・ブレスレット」の交換、テーマに沿ったダンスパーティー(「The Eras Tour」をテーマにした衣装を推奨)、スウィフトをテーマにしたカラオケやトリビアナイトなどだ。  アリュール・オブ・ザ・シーズはロイヤル・カリビアン・インターナショナル社の中でも最大級の客船で、ロッククライミングウォール、サーフィン用ウェーブシミュレーター、ウォータースライダー、ジップラインなど、普通のクルーズ船よりも楽しめるものが多い。そのため スウィフトマニアの喧騒から離れたいときでも、退屈することはないだろう。 また、同社のプライベートアイランド、コケカイ(2日目)とナッソー(3日目)への停泊時には、沖合でも休息を得ることができる。 クルーズツアーが出発するのは、スウィフトのマイアミ最終公演の翌日、10月21日(月)。2人部屋の料金は、税金と手数料込みで1,573ドル(約23万5,000円)からで、ツアーのチケットを入手する料金と手間を考えれば、リーズナブルといえるかもしれない。参加者は21歳以上か、21歳以上の同伴者が必要となる。 関連記事 『There's a Taylor Swift cruise setting sail next year(原文)』 『沖縄・やんばるでしかできない5のこと』 『下田でしかできない21のこと』 『一度は行ってみたい東京の離島5選』 『東京、11月から12月に行くべき音楽イベント』 『三軒茶屋、音楽に揺れるミュージックバー6選』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら  

Pizza Hut is putting on a spectacular pepperoni show—and giving away free pizzas

Pizza Hut is putting on a spectacular pepperoni show—and giving away free pizzas

Imagine you’re flying over Las Vegas and down below you see a giant pepperoni pizza. Is it making you hungry? Well, that’s the idea behind next week’s Pie in the Sky, Pizza Hut’s latest publicity stunt in honor of the year’s busiest travel day, November 21. Next Tuesday, the company will transform the Vegas Exosphere (the exterior of the new Sphere venue) into a massive, cheesy, pepperoni pizza travelers can see from their airplane windows. The mouthwatering campaign also celebrates the launch of Pizza Hut’s new $7 Deal Lover’s Menu, which includes pizza melts, a medium one-topping pizza and donut bites, among other restaurant favorites. Because the company knows its cruel to taunt its customers with a delicious pizza they cannot eat, they’re using the Pie in the Sky moment to give away free medium pizzas—or anything else your heart desires from the $7 Deal Lover’s Menu. All you have to do is scan the QR code on the Sphere between 5:30 and 9:30pm PST and redeem the queued coupon at any participating Pizza Hut location in the U.S. This means, if you're passing through Vegas and scan the code, you could enjoy a free pizza at your final destination.  Photograph: Pizza Hut

There's a Taylor Swift cruise setting sail next year

There's a Taylor Swift cruise setting sail next year

All aboard, Swifties! There's a Taylor Swift-themed cruise hitting the high seas. Next fall, Allure of the Seas will become a floating tribute to the Grammy-winning singer as it sets sail on a four-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. The cruise is scheduled to depart on October 21, the day after Taylor Swift's last performance in Miami. Travel agency Marvelous Mouse Travels is behind the special event they've dubbed "In My Cruise Era." While not associated with Swift herself, the experience will have Taylor's version written all over it. Onboard activities include a friendship bracelet exchange, Taylor Trivia night, themed dance parties (Eras-themed outfits are encouraged) and a Taylor-themed karaoke night.   Allure of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's largest ships and offers more things to do than your average cruise ship—think rock climbing walls, a wave simulator for surfing, waterslides and a zip line. To that end, you'll find plenty to keep you busy should you need a break from all the Swiftie mania. You'll also find respite offshore when the ship docks in Nassau (day three) and Royal Caribbean's private island, Cococay (day two).  Prices for a two-guest stateroom start at $1,573, including taxes and fees, which is a steal considering the price—and hassle—of getting actual concert tickets for the Eras Tour. Guests must be 21 years old or accompanied by someone who is over 21. Either way, everyone will be acting and feeling 22 on this thing, so plan accordingly.