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Pick 5: The Best Resorts with Lazy Rivers

Ahhh…lazy rivers. More than a pool because you’re moving; more relaxing than a wave pool because you can close your eyes and really, truly relax. Despite their popularity, lazy rivers can be tricky to find outside of water parks. Consider a stay at one of these resorts. Each is renowned for its luxurious atmosphere and posh amenities, but their lazy rivers exceed high expectations as well. Make arriving at your destination even easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa | Scottsdale, Arizona
This AAA 4-Diamond resort in the shadow of the McDowell Mountains earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. If two pools (one of them adults only), a FlowRider, water slide, and weekend fireside s’mores aren’t enticing enough, their 900-foot lazy river winds its way through this desert oasis. We bet you can’t resist. >> Read more

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The beautiful Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. {photo courtesy Westin Kierland Resort & Spa}

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The Westin Kierland’s 900-foot lazy river. {photo courtesy Flickr user moonball}

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa | San Antonio, Texas
Another 4-Diamond gem, San Antonio’s 1002-room Hill Country Resort boasts a 36-hole golf course (home to the Valero Texas Open), spa, Segway rentals and River Bluff Water Park featuring a 650-foot rapid river ride, slides, and children’s and adult pools. The water park’s main features is an 1100-foot-long lazy river that covers six acres. It’s no wonder the resort was named one of the top 500 hotels in the world in by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine. >> Read more

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The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa was named one of the top 500 hotels in the world. {photo courtesy Heatheronhertravels.com}

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The lazy river at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. {photo courtesy photo courtesy Heatheronhertravels.com}

Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas, Nevada
Voted by TripAdvisor as one of the best pools in the country, Mandalay Bay’s 11-acre tropical playground features 2700 tons of real sand and a 1.6-million gallon wave pool. The quarter-mile-long lazy river is the best way to both relax and stay cool in the Vegas sun. >> Read more

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Mandalay Bay was voted one of the best pool areas in the country! {photo courtesy Flickr user Adam Caudill}

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Relax in Mandalay Bay’s quarter-mile-long lazy river. {photo couresy Flickr user X91L53}

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek | Orlando, Florida
Located at the Walt Disney World® Resort, the Hilton Bonnet Creek is custom made for families. The three-acre pool and lazy river were selected as the #1 Fantastic Hotel Pool by TripAdvisor. Grab an inner tube and float away on a hot summer day. You’ll keep cool from cascading waterfalls sprinkled throughout the course. >> Read more

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The luxurious pool area at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. {photo courtesy Flickr user Gary/mooseisloose}

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Get swept away in the Hilton Bonnet Creek’s lazy river. {photo courtesy Flickr user Gary/mooseisloose}

Grand Wailea Resort | Wailea, Hawaii
The Grand Wailea Resort is consistently chosen as one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels year after year and it’s easy to see why. The 40-acre property is a Waldorf Astoria resort and boasts unparelleled views of Maui’s Wailea Beach. It’s kid friendly too. They’ll love the the 2000-foot lazy river and pool; you’ll love indulging yourself at the largest spa in Hawaii. >> Read more

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The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui. {photo courtesy Flickr user Neeta Lind}

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The Grand Wailea Resort’s lazy river. {photo courtesy Flickr user Lowary}

Which resort lazy rivers did we miss? Let us know your favorite!

Pick 5 | Food Worth Traveling For: Ice Cream Edition

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams sundae.

In light of Spring starting this week, we’re already dreaming of higher temperatures, sunny skies, and blooming tulips and daffodils. It may still cold outside throughout most of the country, but that won’t stop us from thinking about that quintessential warm weather food: ice cream. And not just any ice cream. We pick five spots across the country where the frozen treat is elevated to an art form. Make arriving at your destination even easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | Columbus, Ohio
Make your trip to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.With 11 locations in Ohio, 3 in Nashville, 1 in Chicago and 1 in Atlanta, the popularity of Jeni’s Ice Creams is reaching new heights, and it’s easy to see why. Flavors like Brambleberry Crisp, made with a sweet-tart jam of blackberries and black currants; Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, finished with wine bottled in northern Ohio; and The Milkiest Chocolate in the World (we won’t argue!) are made from grass-grazed Ohio cream and local produce, and have earned Jeni’s legions of fans. Can’t make it to a Scoop Shop? They ship! >> Find out more about Jeni’s

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Van Leeuwen’s sunny ice cream truck. Image courtesy Flickr user Makerbot.

2. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream | New York City, New York
What began as a traveling food truck business is now six food trucks and three stores. Their 18-percent-butterfat vanilla is made with organic beans aged in vodka. Flavors are made using only fresh hormone and antibiotic free milk and cream, cane sugar and egg yolks. Even their disposable goods are made from 100% renewable resources. Good news – they they are expanding to Los Angeles where you’ll be able to enjoy their food truck goodness year-round! >> Find more about Leeuwen

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Bi-Rite Creamery goodness. Image courtesy Flickr user Stefan Krasowski.

3. Bi-Rite Creamery | San Francisco, California
The Bi-Rite Creamery is part of the historic Bi-Rite Market that first opened in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1940. The Creamery opened its doors about a decade ago, and were the first ice cream shop in the city to use organic milk and cream from the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi. Flavors rarely have more than five ingredients and are selected when in season from local farms. Balsamic Strawberry might be one of their most popular flavors, but they won’t serve it when berries aren’t at their peak! As it says on their website, “We strive to create unique and delicious flavors with local, handmade and organic ingredients in a responsible and sustainable way.” >> Find out more about Bi-Rite Creamery

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Bassetts Ice Cream in Reading Terminal Market. Image courtesy Flickr user bigbirdz.

4. Bassetts Ice Cream Company | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Established in 1861, Bassetts claims to be the oldest ice cream company in America. They have been at their current location in the historic Reading Terminal Market since 1893. Churned with quality ingredients (and love), the 16 1/2-percent butter fat butterscotch vanilla is worth every calorie. President Obama stopped there a few years ago – his pick was mint chocolate chip. >> Find out more about Bassetts

Make your trip to Four Seas Ice Cream in Cape Cod easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

Four Seas Ice Cream has been welcoming vacationers since 1934. Image courtesy Flickr user Peter Yenney.

5. Four Seas Ice Cream | Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Picture an old-fashioned ice cream shop that you visit on your way back from the beach, when you have salt in your hair and sand caked on in between your toes. That’s Four Seas, a Cape Cod must-stop for beach-goers since 1934. It’s located in a quaint cottage that was once a blacksmith shop. The owner provides scholarship for his young staffers, who are selected based on recommendations form the local school board. They serve 32 flavors, some of them unique, such as Frozen Pudding and Cantaloupe, along with the basics. In fact, Four Seas invented chocolate chip ice cream, and we are all the better for it. >> Find out more about Four Seas

What’s your favorite ice cream shop? Is it one in your home town where you take visiting friends? Or one out of town that you can’t bear to skip? Share with us below!

Pick 5 | America’s Newest Ferris Wheels Soar

Everyone is crazy for Ferris wheels. Since the first one debuted at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the world has been in love these observation wheels that allow riders to soar above the ground and seemingly touch the sky. It seems more and more destinations are getting wheels of their own. Here are five that recently opened or plan on opening this year. If you’re planning a trip to check one or more of them out, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

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If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Klaus Rathke.

SkyView | Atlanta, Georgia
Opened in 2013, SkyView is located in Centennial Olympic Park, which welcomes millions of visitors a year because of its close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, a children’s museum, and CNN’s world headquarters. The wheel is almost 20 stories high with 42 gondolas that hold up to six passengers. >> Go for a ride!

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If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Claire P.

SkyWheel | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The SkyWheel stands out on Myrtle Beach, as it is taller than most of the buildings. It opened in 2011 and is located at the oceanfront boardwalk and promenade next to Jimmy Buffett’s LandShark Bar & Grill. The 187-foot-tall wheel has 42 gondolas, each of which hold six riders. >> Go for a ride!

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Image courtesy Flickr user Johan Broberg.

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Image courtesy Flickr user Mike Grauer Jr.

Seattle Great Wheel | Seattle, Washington
The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall. Opened in 2012, the wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas, each of which seats eight people. Riders will feel like they are soaring over Elliott Bay, and they are – the wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of Pier 57. >> Go for a ride!

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High Roller | Las Vegas, Nevada
The Singapore Flyer has held the record for the world’s tallest operational Ferris wheel since opening in 2008. Soon, however, the record holder will become The High Roller, scheduled to open this month on the Vegas Strip. The 550-foot tall wheel will stand just nine feet higher than its Singapore counterpart and will reward riders with unparalleled views of the Vegas skyline. Located at The Linq, a dining and entertainment district across from Caesar’s Palace, the wheel will be illuminated nightly by 2000 LED lights. Large spherical (and transparent) cars will hold up to 40 passengers. Update on 3.31.14: The High Roller is now open! >> Go for a ride!

Orlando Eye | Orlando, Florida
Though still under construction, the 425-foot-tall observation wheel will be located at the former Mercado, which closed in 2007. Scheduled to open in time for New Year’s Eve festivities later this year, the Eye will be surrounded by shops and restaurants and will dominate views along International Drive. The above video shows from-the-air views of the site under construction.

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Pick 5: The Best Places to Watch Spring Training

Baseball season is almost here! Before the official opening on March 31, you can catch your favorite teams in Florida (the Grapefruit League) and Arizona (the Cactus League) throughout March. Spring Training’s biggest appeal is that it gives spectators a chance to enjoy the game in a more intimate environment. Most stadiums seat 5,500-11,000 fans, and many feature grassy areas to relax, picnic, and enjoy low humidity and sunny skies prevalent in both states in the winter. If you’re planning a Spring Training getaway, skip the hassle of luggage shipping – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to the ballpark the moment you land.

If you're planning a Spring Training getaway, skip the hassle of luggage shipping - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to the ballpark the moment you land.

Glendale’s Camelback Ranch. Image courtesy Bryce Edwards via Flickr.

1. Camelback Ranch | Glendale, AZ
Glendale’s Camelback Ranch, which opened in 2009 and is one of the newest spring training facilities in the Cactus League, is also one of the most beautiful. The complex is features walking trails, landscaped grounds and an orange grove. Home to both the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the two teams share the stadium, whose colors reflect the Sonoran Desert and mountains that rise in the distance. Seating is elevated 12 feet above grade to provide unobstructed sightlines for great game watching. >> Find out more about Camelback Ranch

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Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Image courtesy civilengtiger via Flickr.

2. Bright House Field | Clearwater, FL
Bright House Field in Clearater, Florida, is known for its cleanliness and fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The somewhat new stadium was completed in 2004, but the Philadelphia Phillies have had Spring Training in Clearwater since 1947. The outfield stands’ tiki bar is a hands-down fan favorite, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby you can visit after the game. Bring your own chair and enjoy the grassy berm seating. >> Find out more about Bright House Field

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Cubs Park in Mesa, Arizona. Image courtesy Al Yellon and BleedCubbieBlue.com.

3. Cubs Park | Mesa, AZ
The Chicago Cubs’ new stadium, Cubs Park, in Mesa, Arizona, is aleady receiving rave reviews. Fans can see the game from everywhere, even while in line for hot dogs and burgers. A steep berm provides great sightlines and a grassy perch behind the outfield. You can even watch Cubs pitchers warm up during the game with views down into the bullpen. >> Find out more about Cubs Park

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Champion Stadium at Walt Disney World® Resort. Image courtesy Debbie Summers via Flickr.

4. Champion Stadium | Lake Buena Vista, FL
Champion Stadium is a 9500-seat baseball stadium located at ESPN Wide World of Sports in the Walt Disney World® Resort. The stadium, built in 1997, is the Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves. The facility is top-notch and parking is free, but the real draw is the theme parks. Fans can attend a game and then visit a park, all without leaving Disney property. >> Find out more about Champion Stadium

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Kids run the bases at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. Image courtesy Dave Nakayama via Flickr.

5. Peoria Sports Complex | Peoria, AZ
Peoria Sports Complex is home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. Fans love this Arizona Spring Training stadium because the players are accessible, every seat in the house feels close to the action, and grass seating is ample. Beverage offerings include more than a dozen beers on tap. Too tired to walk back to your car? Hop on the free golf cart shuttle! >> Find out more about Peoria Sports Complex

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Historic McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. Image courtesy Jamie Wisner via Flickr.

Bonus pick: McKechnie Field | Bradenton, FL
McKechnie Field is the oldest stadium used for Spring Training. Opened in 1923, the park is a fan favorite, especially of baseball traditionalists. Considered Florida’s version of Fenway Park, it is often coined the best overall Spring Training park. White stucco grandstands and covered bleachers over the reserved seating section provide shade on sunny days. The Spanish Mission-style architecture nods to a bygone era. Visitors flock to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play here year after year. >> Find out more about McKechnie Field

Which Spring Training stadium is your favorite?

Best airline product and service innovations of 2013

Every year, Airlinetrends.com puts out a report of their top product and service innovations from airlines around the country. Their choices this year reflect how airlines have adapted and come up with creative solutions using combinations of technology, social fashions and economic trends focused on improving passenger experiences, increasing revenue and lowering costs. From in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers. 

1. Airlines let flyers download content to their personal device before the flight

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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With the increasing number of passengers using personal devices onboard, airlines are moving forward with the use of inflight Wi-Fi and wireless IFE (Inflight Entertainment) portals. You can also look forward to access to IFE content via dedicated apps for your smart device before takeoff or through the airline lounge Wi-Fi network.

 

 

2. AirBaltic lets passengers customize their buy-on-board meal

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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AirBaltic is making some creative changes to online food ordering. Now you can customize your inflight meal order. Passengers who pre-order their inflight meals have over 70 different meal options to choose from. With the new system you can use the touch screen device to drag and drop your preferred meal choices onto a digital tray, then sit back and your customized meal will be served to you on board

 

 

 

 

3. British Airways to trial electronic baggage tag

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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British Airways is doing away with traditional paper tags for passengers’ bags. The airline has begun testing a new electronic baggage tag, eliminating the need for a new tag each time you fly. With this new technology, you can update the electronic suitcase tag to show your flight information by simply scanning the tag with your smartphone after you check in.

 

 

 

 

4. Norwegian’s new Dreamliner features geotainment and in-seat ordering of food and beverage

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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Norwegian Airlines new Dreamliners will be the first aircraft to feature Panasonic’s new Android powered in seat IFE system. A new “geotainment” flight map and in seat food and drink ordering will be available on some pre-loaded android apps for travelers to use in flight. The map allows you to follow your flight path throughout the trip and choose from interactive 3D views, a “heads up display”, or use a free roam mode to view and interact with the passing landscapes.

 

 

 

 

5. Delta provides cabin crew with Nokia Lumia “onboard retail” smartphones

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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In keeping with upcoming trends, Delta airlines is adopting an American Airlines innovation. Just as American has provided its crews with Samsung handheld devices, Delta is equipping 19,000 flight attendants with a Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone for advanced onboard service and sales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovation at Bags

Here at Bags, we are also working hard to provide you with the best travel experience possible. Major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts trust Bags’ agents to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags a year! Bags VIP works hard to earn customers’ trust, providing you with unprecedented service and peace of mind.

Pick 5 | Food Worth Traveling For: Burgers Edition

What do we grill on the most American of holidays? Burgers. They are the quintessential American food, often consumed in fast food fashion. But a really great hamburger should be savored, preferably with a side of fries or onion rings. We’ve picked five that are worth traveling to…and worth slowing down for. And if you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

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Holeman & Finch. Image courtesy T. Seng via Flickr.

1. Holeman & Finch Public House | Atlanta, GA
This Buckhead public house prepares 24 double patty cheeseburgers each day, and quickly serves them at 10:00 each evening to those who have reserved theirs during normal table service. A bullhorn announces, “It’s burger time!” and frenzy ensues. The patties are a mixture of grass-fed chuck and brisket and topped with American cheese, pickles, onions, and homemade ketchup served on a house-baked bun. Your best bet to nab one is to come to Holeman & Finch’s Sunday brunch, where the prized burgers are served in abundance. >> Visit their website

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The Spotted Pig. Image courtesy Rasmus Knutsson via Flickr.

2. The Spotted Pig | New York City, NY
Locally sourced, seasonal British & Italian dishes are on the menu at this West Village gastropub. The Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by Jay-Z and Bono, among others, is manned by celebrity chef April Bloomfield. The star of the menu is the chargrilled burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. >> Visit their website

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Father’s Office. Image courtesy LWYang via Flickr.

3. The Father’s Office | Los Angeles, CA
The Office Burger’s shape is different from a traditional hamburger – longer and flatter – and it’s served on a sub sandwich-type roll, with caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, an applewood-bacon compote, and both Gruyère and Maytag Blue cheeses. Ketchup lovers beware, however; the condiment is not welcome at The Father’s office. >> Visit their website

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Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Image courtesy Dave77459 via Flickr.

4. Perini Ranch Steakhouse | Buffalo Gap, TX
Ten miles from Abilene, the Perini Ranch Steakhouse is located on Tom Perini’s family ranch. For more than thirty years, it has served as home to what many consider the best chuck wagon-style food in America. The steakhouse half-pound burger is topped with Cheddar or provolone cheese, grilled mushrooms, green chiles, and onions. >> Visit their website

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Ray’s to the Third. Image courtesy christaki via Flickr.

5. Ray’s to the Third | Alexandria, VA
Ray’s to the Third in Rosslyn serves steak cuts aged in-house, hand-trimmed, ground fresh all day, and loosely hand-formed. Clever, upscale toppings include seared foie gras, roasted bone marrow, and grilled onions and mushrooms sautéed in sherry and Cognac. Their Hell-Burgers (as they are known) are so famous that a pin-board near the front door asking, “Where in the world did you come from to get your Hell-Burger?” is crowded with pins from all over the world. >> Visit their website

What burger would you add to this list? Share your favorites below!

5 things to watch in airline industry in 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a big year in the airline industry. With big mergers, fewer restrictions and record profits, airlines will be getting a lot of attention this year. Here are some of the big things to watch for in the airline industry for 2014. From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

The Wright Amendment

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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Wright Amendment of 1979 is a federal law governing traffic at Dallas Love Field, an airport in Dallas, Texas, USA. For the last 35 years it has restricted flights from Love Field to several nearby states. However on October 14th of this year, the last of the restrictions under the Wright Amendment will be null and void. This will likely alter the flight schedules of larger airlines, like Southwest who use the Love Field airport, allowing them to make long haul trips to destinations such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. We will also likely see changes in fares as the airlines compete for business at the surrounding airports.

American Merger

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On December 9 of last year American Airlines and US Airways officially merged to form American Airlines Group — the world’s largest airline. The Group has begun sharing codes across business segments, allowing their passengers to book flights on either airline. They have also given members of club and benefit programs reciprocal rights, allowed frequent flier program miles to be honored across the airlines, and have begun training for customer facing employees. The majority of technology integration is expected to come in 2015, but the airlines new leadership will need to tackle thousands of policies and processes this year.

New leader at DFW

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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In 2014, DFW airport will be getting a new leader. After 19 years Jeff Fegan’s position will be filled by former Virgin Australia executive Sean Donohue. Donohue took over the top spot in late October and hasn’t made any significant changes yet. However 2014 is a new year. Donohue faces new competition from Love Field as the Wright Amendment ends and will to keep costs down on the airports $2.3 billion terminal renovation project.

 

 

 

Cellphones on planes

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ready to repeal their ban on cell phone use in flight. However, some carriers, including Delta and Southwest airlines have announced that they will still not allow calls while in the air. Be sure to watch out to see how the federal laws and carrier policies battle for control.

 

Airline profits

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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The airline industry has seen a good last few years, and 2014 looks to be even better. The International Air Transport Association said it expects global airlines to earn a net profit of $19.7 billion in 2014 on revenue of $743 billion. This would be the largest profit from the airline industry ever. The large revenues are largely related to an increasing passenger demand, increasing 5 to 6 percent, which in return boosts the airline profits from ancillary fees.

Top 5 Romantic Vacation Destinations

Looking for that perfect vacation destination to share with your loved one on your next trip? Look no further. Below are our top 5 most romantic vacation getaways in the US for you and your special someone. From island paradises to snowy resorts, these places are sure to bring a new spark to your relationship and inspire your romantic side. If you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the romance the moment you land.

#5: Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is a one stop vacation hot spot. Great food. Great shopping. Great culture. One of

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the most affluent parts of California, Santa Barbara offers everything from great historical attractions to world class golf courses, all perfect for a romantic getaway. You and your valentine can enjoy views of beautiful mountains, painted valleys or romantic walks down the city side beach, absorbing the elegance and sophistication not found in many other places.  Be sure that you and your special someone head to the nearby wineries for some of the best wine tastings in the country, and experience the unique and reputable cuisine at any of Santa Barbara’s famed restaurants.

#4: Aspen, Colorado

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If you’re looking for a romantic winter wonderland getaway, look no further than beautiful Aspen Colorado. This gorgeous town set in a picturesque mountain setting is the perfect place for you and your valentine to enjoy each other’s company. Sit close on a ski lift as you pass by the snowcapped mountain peaks or warm up together in a hot tub overlooking the twinkling mountain town. With high-end shopping, fascinating museums, funky galleries and fun festivals, it might be a struggle to make it to the world class ski slopes. No matter how you spend your time here together, it will be a vacation neither of you will soon forget.

#3: Savannah, Georgia

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A visit to this beautiful city decked out in Spanish moss and southern charm is perfect for a romantic getaway. Packed full of lush gardens, parks, and outdoor activities, Savannah practically oozes romance and love. Take an evening stroll in Riverwalk for lively music, fresh seafood, splendid wine stores, and great vistas of the water. At night, Savannah College of Art & Design students mix with ghost hunters and preservationists, while restaurants and restored theaters wait for you and your date to explore the mystery and charm of this romantic city.

#2: Key West, Florida

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Once you and your significant other take a visit to sunny Key West, you will know why Ernest Hemingway chose to never leave the city. Key West is chock full of romance, fun, food and drinks, and is consistently rated one of Americas most romantic escape destinations. Watch the sun set at the southernmost point of the United States, and keep an eye out for the famous “green flash” as the sun disappears behind the watery horizon. Visit the tropical reefs and explore the crystal clear depths with your valentine for an exciting and colorful date. Or, just enjoy the many cafes, bars and parades that permeate the city.

#1: Maui, Hawaii

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Ranked high on Travel & Leisure’s most romantic getaways nearly every year, Maui is just about as romantic as you can get. Book a room at a luxury resort and enjoy the spa, or take a moonlit walk on the beach and gaze at the stars. Its exotic jungles and stunningly gorgeous beaches cap off what will be the perfect vacation spot to experience romance. Go snorkeling in the beautiful waters or take a tour to see some of the islands exotic wildlife and interesting culture. Fall in love all over again at this stunning island paradise.

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Pick 5 | Olympic Destinations You Should Visit

The XXII Olympic Winter Games are underway in Sochi, Russia! In honor of the festivities, we look back at five U.S. cities that have hosted the Games. A visit to each of these destinations is steeped in tradition. Follow the steps of the Olympians who made history here. If you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

1. Lake Placid, New York
The legendary U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 games in Lake Placid. Today, the Olympic Center hosts public ice skating. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum tells the story of how the sleepy mountain town came to host the Games in both 1932 and 1980. Whiteface Mountain offers 360-degree views of the Adirondacks and, beyond, the Montreal skyline when the skies are clear. Skiers flock here in the winter; in the summer, Whiteface Mountain offers gondola rides, hiking and biking.

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Beautiful year-round, Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. {image courtesy Peter C in Toronto Canada via Flickr}

2. Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Coliseum plays host to the USC football team every fall. It hosted the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984, and is a National Historic Landmark. The Olympic Cauldron is still lit during the fourth quarter of USC games and for special occasions, such as during the Olympics. The Rose Bowl, used for cycling in 1932 and soccer in 1984, and also a landmark, is the home of the New Year’s Day game of the same name and the UCLA Bruins.

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The Los Angeles Coliseum {image courtesy jondoeforty1 via Flickr}

3. Atlanta, Georgia
Opened for the 1996 Games, Centennial Olympic Stadium hosted a variety of events, including the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium was renamed Turner Field after the festivities and is now the home of the Atlanta Braves (at least through 2016 when the Braves will move out of downtown Atlanta). The 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park also opened in 1996 and welcomes millions of visitors a year because of its close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, a children’s museum, CNN’s world headquarters, and SkyView Atlanta, a 200 foot Ferris Wheel. The park features an interactive fountain and children’s splash pad in the shape of the Olympic rings that move to synchronized jets and lights.

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Centennial Olympic Park in Midtown Atlanta {image courtesy Roberty Neff via Flickr}

4. Olympic Valley, California
Located on the west side of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley was home to just two families when local residents bid on the 1960 Olympics. Today it welcomes more than 600,000 visitors each year who come to take on the KT-22, which has been called the best lift in America. It climbs 1800 vertical feet in the first six minutes and is not for the faint at heart.

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Sunset at Squaw Valley {image courtesy Steve Jurvetson via Flickr}

5. St. Louis, Missouri
The first U.S. city to host the Olympic Games was St. Louis back in 1904, in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Francis Field opened just in time for the Games and is currently home to the Washington University in St. Louis track and field, soccer and football teams. Glen Echo County Club is the oldest 18-hole private golf course west of the Mississippi River. It was the second and final appearance of the sport at the Olympics (until they debut again at the 2016 Summer Games).

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Historic Glen Echo Country Club {image courtesy Bridgian via Wikimedia Commons}

Pick 5 | Regional Pizza Favorites

Lou Malnati's, Chicago. Image courtesy goodiesfirst via Flickr.

Lou Malnati’s, Chicago. Image courtesy goodiesfirst via Flickr.

Most everyone knows about the New York-Chicago pizza rivalry that has waged for decades. But did you know that there are other regional pizza styles that are lesser known but equally delicious? We pick five that will get your mouth watering for doughy, cheesy goodness.

Chicago
Chicago’s iconic pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno during the Second World War. The crust is deep but thin and resembles a pie more than a traditional flat pizza. Deep dish is assembled upside down, with cheese at the bottom, toppings in the middle and sauce with whole chunks of tomato on top.

Try It: Some say Pizzeria Uno’s founder invented deep dish; others give credit to Uno employee Rudy Malnati, whose son Lou founded Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in 1971. Still family owned and operated, Lou Malnati’s has 36 locations and can be shipped nationwide.

Pepe's in New Haven. Image courtesy goodiesfirst via Flickr.

Pepe’s in New Haven. Image courtesy goodiesfirst via Flickr.

New Haven
New Haven, Connecticut is home to apizza, Neapolitan-style pizza with a bit of a twist. If you order a “plain” pizza, it comes with oregano and tomato sauce with a sprinkling of grated pecorino Romano cheese. There’s no cheese – unless you ask for it. The crust is unusually thin, charred on the outside and chewy on the inside, and is baked in a coal-fired oven.

Try it: Founded by Italian immigrants almost a century ago, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (Pepe’s for short), is a New Haven institution. Their clam pie has no mozzarella, but does feature plenty of garlic, olive oil, oregano and freshly shucked, briny littleneck clams. It’s so good it was named the #1 pizza in America by The Daily Meal.

Image courtesy Papa’s Tomato Pies via Facebook.

Image courtesy Papa’s Tomato Pies via Facebook.

Trenton
In New Jersey’s capital, a pizza is not a pizza – it’s a tomato pie. These pies have a thin crust and are topped with mozzarella placed before the sauce. For many Italian-American immigrants, the first American pizzas were known as tomato pies and the name is still prevalent today, especially in the Northeast.

Try it: Papa’s Tomato Pies has been family owned and operated since 1912 and claims to be the oldest pizza restaurant in the country.

Brooklyn's Lucali. Image courtesy Ramsay de Give via Zagat.

Brooklyn’s Lucali. Image courtesy Ramsay de Give via Zagat.

New York
Like so many other stories, New York’s pizza history began with an immigrant who taught himself to be a baker and opened a pizza restaurant in Little Italy in 1905. New York’s large, wide, thin, and foldable slices are the most quintessential pizza style.

Try it: Located in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, Lucali has a neighborhood feel. As reviewed in TimeOut New York, “the artisanal intent at the candlelit pizzeria is visible in the flour-dashed marble counter where the dough is punched and stretched, and in the brick oven from which it later emerges crisp and blistered.” Lucali is BYOB and the line can be long, but the pizza is said to be well worth the wait.

Buddy's Restaurant Pizzeria in Detroit. Image courtesy Buddy's Facebook page.

Buddy’s Restaurant Pizzeria in Detroit. Image courtesy Buddy’s Facebook page.

Detroit
Detroit-style pizza’s square shape is similar to the Sicilian variety, with a thick deep-dish crisp crust and marinara served on top of the toppings. It is often twice-baked in a well-oiled square pan that gives the bottom and edges of the crust a crunchy, seemingly fried texture.

Try it: Originally opened as a bar of sorts in 1936, Buddy’s Restaurant Pizzeria started serving square-shaped pizza a decade later and claims to have been the first of its kind in Detroit. The Detroiter is made with all-natural Wisconsin Brick cheese, pepperoni, tomato, basil sauce, and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese and Buddy’s Sicilian spice blend.

What’s your favorite style of pizza? Which pizzeria serves it best?