The LG Weekly News Roundup: 1.4.10Air, Budget Travel, City Travel, Food & Wine, New York City, United States, Weekly Travel News, Wildlife & Animals — By Molly F on January 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm
LG Travel News Editor
Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your round-up right here….
Florida’s new food scene
Foodies, take note. Miami is a new gourmet hub, which means picky New Yorkers (and travelers from everywhere else) no longer need to choose between sun-swathed vacations and memorable dinners. Restaurants of note include Sra. Martinez, a tapas restaurant headed by famed Miami chef Michelle Bernstein; the first American outpost of Hakkasan, a London Chinese restaurant; and Michael’s, an American gourmet restaurant that makes practically everything – from jams to soda -in-house.
Source: New York Times
Push through that holiday travel hangover and book vacations now, says the New York Times. Some of the best travel deals emerge just after New Year’s and stick around until before spring break, with some airfare dropping by as much as 50 percent from the week of Christmas. Even hot destinations like Vancouver, which is hosting the 2010 Olympics in February, is cheap right now. So, what are you waiting for? Get onto Kayak, stat!
Opera on the cheap
File this one in the “reasons-we-love-the-recession” folder: New York’s Lincoln Center is offering discounted tickets for the 2010 season. January 7-26, the center’s Zucker Box Office will give away $20 tickets for 20 days. That means us peasants can catch Carmen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or South Pacific at the notoriously expensive theater. If you miss the January promotion, the box office will offer same-day seats for up to 50 percent off regular ticket prices. Grab your pearls and go!
Bay Area sea lions off to sea
This is kind of sad. Pier 39’s famous sea lions in San Francisco have mysteriously vanished. The animals have flooded the pier for nearly 20 years, but around Thanksgiving they suddenly hit the road. Wired reports that the animals are migratory, so there’s no cause for concern. Still, the pier just looked friendlier with the creatures all cuddled together.
Source: Budget Travel