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Virginia Gil

Virginia Gil

USA Editor

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

From exciting destinations and hotels you need to visit to restaurants worthy of a trip, 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 Vancouver, Canada and Providence, Rhode Island.

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 in both Miami and New York. 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 15 best new restaurants in Miami

The 15 best new restaurants in Miami

October 2023: From a recently relocated Spanish-Japanese tapas spot to excellent barbecue in the middle of a golf course and multiple fresh offerings via our homegrown star chefs and hospitality groups, we’re actively tracking Miami’s impressive output of new restaurants to bring you the very best. It’s a great time to dine out (before all the snowbirds arrive) and here's where you should start. You rule the city’s food scene: You’ve wined and dined at the best restaurants in Miami and best bars in South Beach, and if someone wants to know where to get brunch in Miami, you’re their go-to Benedict boss, mimosa master, pancake prince—well, you get the idea. The coffee shops in Miami? They know your name, they know your order and they know you mean business. But there’s always something fresh to discover, and new to learn—that’s part of the reason you love the Magic City so much. Stay up to date—and keep your in-the-know status—with our guide to the best new restaurants Miami is welcoming to town right now.

The 39 best restaurants in Miami

The 39 best restaurants in Miami

October 2023: Summer is finally winding down in Miami, so get those hard-to-book Michelin restaurant reservations in while you still can. Next thing you know, it'll be Art Basel in Miami and then full-on snowbird season, a truly chaotic time to dine out around here. For now, let's soak up these sweet early fall vibes, explore the city's breezy waterfront restaurants (that is, when it's not raining) and bib up for Miami's famous stone crabs (yes, it's that time of year).  The best restaurants in Miami are our local treasures. These are the places we turn to for a delicious meal and a great time, no matter the reason. 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—and trendy spots leading the way in culinary innovation to tried-and-tested cheap eats in Miami that never, ever disappoint. Don’t be surprised to run into some of Miami’s best bars on this list either. Where there’s a solid cocktail there’s likely to be an epic dish that follows. Now, who’s ready to dig in? Check back often as we update our roundup of best Miami restaurants with new discoveries and old favorites. Just as we've always done, Time Out’s local experts scour the city every day for great eats, great value and insider info. We emphasize fun, flavor and freshness at every price point. While we normally update the list of best restaurants quarterly, plus whenever there’s a truly spectacular new opening, we’ll be ma

The best things to do in Miami for locals and tourists

The best things to do in Miami for locals and tourists

October 2023: Can you feel it? Between the daily rain showers, there's a new breeze in the air signaling the beginning of fall in Miami. With the change of season comes a barrage of fun things to do around town this October, from music and food festivals to pumpkin patches, haunted houses and all manner of festive Halloween events. 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. RECOMMENDED: The most unique Airbnbs in MiamiRECOMMENDED: The best Miami boat tours

Future Seekers: Eight young people building a better world for everyone

Future Seekers: Eight young people building a better world for everyone

For all the hours that Gen Z supposedly spends on their phones, this group of young people is more galvanized than any other generation before them. They’re rallying for change, advocating for their peers and building community around the stuff that matters to them—from sustainable fashion to racial equality to making friends to LGBTQ+ rights, and beyond. They’re creating opportunities for themselves and paving the way for others to follow in their foot steps, as you’ll see from the eight incredible young people you’ll meet below. Aside from holding down multiple jobs, learning new skills and rising early, they’re also managing to squeeze in moments of fun—whether it’s a skateboarding break, a visit to a cultural institution, a drink with friends or even a nap. And, of course, there’s always time for social media. These folks are not only motivated, but they’re also well-rounded and shaping the world for the better. Ready to be inspired? Get to know these bright individuals below and click through to learn more about their (remarkable) day-to-days. 

Chef Roger Martinez of Il Buco on daily collaboration and innovation

Chef Roger Martinez of Il Buco on daily collaboration and innovation

Chef Roger Martinez is coming up on his tenth anniversary as executive chef of Il Buco, a place he considers home away from home. “This isn’t just a job; coming to work is like coming home—the servers, managers and Donna, we all help each other out,” says the Barcelona-born chef of his second family and its matriarch, Donna Lennard. The restaurateur, who opened the NYC hotspot 29 years ago, hired Martinez to lead the kitchen in 2012, but their relationship has been more of a partnership than anything else. Chef Martinez conceptualizes new dishes for Il Buco’s daily menu, gives them to Lennard to try and make changes and then makes adjustments until they’re perfect. His collaborative approach to cooking includes his daily meetings with Lennard and chef de cuisine Harding Aldonzar, his relationship with local purveyors and the rapport he’s built with his entire team—from the dishwashers to the servers to the sommeliers. Il Buco’s customer base is another integral part of Chef Martinez’s found family, informing his dishes and sparking creativity as he works to innovate the restaurant’s ever-changing options. “We have regulars who come in several times a week and we want the food to be exciting for them but still taste like Il Buco,” he says, referring to the reason for the nine new dishes he puts out daily. Here, Martinez tells us more about his affinity for Mediterranean cuisine, his affection for high-quality ingredients and what keeps him inspired. This interview has been edi

The best haunted houses in Miami for a really good scare

The best haunted houses in Miami for a really good scare

Halloween wouldn't be complete without some spooks and scares. Lucky for Miamians, there are plenty of haunted places and hair-raising experiences to check out around South Florida this time of year. From fully decked-out haunted mansions to a heart-pounding carnival and an entire park overtaken by killer clowns, there's no shortage of frights to subject yourself to in the spirit of Halloween. These haunted houses are for the brave, so find your favorite costume, gather a group of friends and explore our curated guide to the top places around Miami to score your spooky season thrills and chills. RECOMMENDED: Our ultimate guide to Halloween Horror Nights 2023 at Universal Studios Orlando

The best costume stores in America

The best costume stores in America

Halloween is approaching and all you’ve got is a vague idea of what you’ll be, an oversized bag of candy in your pantry, tempting you, and a half-baked plan on where you’ll go for the spookiest night of the year. Your first order of business: nail down the outfit. Rather than go the Amazon route, we suggest starting your search for something to wear at America’s coolest costume stores. Not only will you find a ton of inspo from years of curation and creativity but you’ll also be supporting local as many of these spots have been staples in the communities they’ve serviced for decades. Below, we highlight independent costume shops nationwide, from Los Angeles and New York to Miami and Asheville, ready to help with all your Halloween needs.

Balaboosta’s chef Einat Admony cooks like a woman and eats like a grandmother

Balaboosta’s chef Einat Admony cooks like a woman and eats like a grandmother

Chef Einat Admony cannot stop hosting. If she’s not working the room between kitchen breaks at her West Village Israeli restaurant, Balaboosta—whose name means “perfect wife” in Yiddish—she’s welcoming friends and family into her second home in New York’s Hudson Valley. “I don’t know if I’m the perfect balaboosta but I’m a great host; I do it very well and sometimes a little bit too much,” she admits. In fact, Admony and her husband and business partner, Stefan Nafziger, have only sat down to a handful of dinners by themselves in their country house since they bought the place six years ago. While she may not be the perfect housewife and mother, she is the balaboosta of our time, a present-day example of an intrepid woman balancing multiple roles: chef, cookbook author, business owner and parent, who still finds time to cook the latest TikTok food trend for her kids. How would you describe your food and cooking style? It’s simple but sophisticated. I put a lot of soul and emotion into my food—I don’t just throw dishes together. I also think my food is very craveable, even for people of a different culture than mine. They feel at home and comforted when they eat it, which is something I love to hear. What kind of experience do you hope for guests when they dine at Balaboosta? I want people to want to come back. Sam Sifton said it best in his review for the NY Times: “She runs Balaboosta exactly as if she’d invited a room full of strangers for dinner, then told her family to be

San Francisco Lyft users take the most rides to restaurants

San Francisco Lyft users take the most rides to restaurants

Ridesharing apps are a popular mode of transportation in San Francisco, a sprawling city with so much to see and do. It's also a convenient way to hit up the city's top spots as we recently learned from data shared with us by Lyft. The information is making one thing very clear: people in San Francisco love eating out. From popular chains to local institutions to buzzy award-winners, restaurants are the top destinations for Lyft users in San Francisco.  The data recorded includes rides taken between July 2022 and July 2023 and includes information about where Lyft users go for brunch, the destinations they're most loyal to and the places tourists frequent the most. It also doesn’t consider those who live within walking distance from the spots or those who choose to drive themselves or take public transit. Studying the six categories of rides provides an interesting look at where people are going. Some destinations are obvious, such as Original Joe's, the top spot frequented by Lyft users and the one loyal users visited the most. This San Francisco institution has been serving classic Italian cooking to the public since 1937, beloved by tourists and locals alike.   On the opposite end of the spectrum, you'll find the destinations that have exploded in popularity over the last year, with Mission bar Dalva ranking near the very top. This longtime favorite underwent a massive transformation, reopening with a fresh new look in January last year. Buzzy Michelin-starred restaurant F

These are the most popular destinations for Lyft riders in the country's top cities

These are the most popular destinations for Lyft riders in the country's top cities

Have you found yourself in a Lyft ride and wondered where the person seated in the car next to you—also in a Lyft ride—is going? Are they headed to a hot new restaurant or bar in town? Is the car en route to the coolest new brunch spot? Well, we’ve got answers. Lyft shared data about the most popular places in several of the country’s major cities, including NYC, L.A., Miami, Chicago and San Francisco. Whether you need brunch ideas, a place for visitors in town, or are interested in finding locals’ favorite hangouts, you'll find plenty of inspo below. 

11 best luxury hotels in Miami

11 best luxury hotels in Miami

If you’re through with Miami Airbnbs and you’ve worked your way down the list of best Miami hotels, the next logical move for accommodations for your upcoming vacation is a luxury hotel in Miami. Are they pricey? Sure. Is it worth the splurge for the perks and amenities alone? Absolutely. Luxury Miami hotels afford guests more than high-end digs, like round-the-clock concierge service and waterfront views you won’t experience elsewhere. Ready to blow a wad on the upscale room of your dreams? These luxury hotels in Miami are the ultimate treat for locals and tourists alike. Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb 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.

What to know about the Super Bowl halftime show 2024 in the U.S.

What to know about the Super Bowl halftime show 2024 in the U.S.

Depending on who you ask, the Super Bowl halftime show is almost as important—if not more—than the football game itself. Second to commercials, which attract their own fan base, the annual spectacle is what gets many non-sports fans to tune into the big game (yeah, we said it). This year's main event? Eight-time Grammy winner Usher is set to perform at Super Bowl LVIII. For the second year in a row, Apple Music takes the reigns as the show's producer, following last year's epic performance by Rihanna—officially the most-watched halftime show performance of all time. We still don't know who's playing, but we can give you a bit of insight into Super Bowl 58's anticipated halftime show.  RECOMMENDED: Guide to Super Bowl LVII Where is this year's Super Bowl? Super Bowl LVIII is scheduled for February 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.  Who is in the Super Bowl 2024 halftime show? Eight-time Grammy winner Usher will perform at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. How long is the Super Bowl halftime show? Jennifer Lopez famously complained about splitting her 14-minute showtime with Shakira, though the actual performance runs anywhere from 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the artist. Halftime itself runs between 20 and 30 minutes, longer than the average football game. More time for a bathroom break? 

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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 with shimmering lights, over 100 carnival rides and plenty of only-in-Miami experiences. 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. 7400 NW 87th Avenue  

Coconut Grove Farmers’ Market

Coconut Grove Farmers’ Market

The Coconut Grove Farmers Market is probably Miami’s most well-known. Every Saturday, Homestead's Glaser Organic Farms transforms an unoccupied corner of Coconut Grove into a full-fledged produce market with dozens of fruit and vegetable stands, a raw bar featuring prepared foods and salads and coolers filled with cold-pressed juices and nut mylks. There’s even velvety vegan ice cream for sale and several rows of picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your bounty. Along its periphery, you’ll find other local vendors selling honey, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry and other artisanal items. And the setup and breakdown are so fascinating to watch! Much like the circus leaving town, everyone quickly dismantles their tents and packs up just after sunset, leaving no trace of the bustling day on the empty gravel lot.

Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair

How's this for a reality check? The Miami Book Fair celebrates its 40th edition this year! Expect the regular mix of riveting author presentations, mind-expanding conversations and even more innovative ways to honor the written word. The annual street festival is slated to take place from November 12 through 19 along the Miami-Dade College downtown campus. Check back for a preview of the best-selling authors scheduled to be in attendance.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach flies under the radar, a high-end wellness facility for guests and in-the-know locals in search of a little Zen. The spa, located on the hotel’s third floor, is compact in size but brimming with amenities and cutting-edge treatments you won’t find elsewhere. For instance, the groundbreaking JetPeel facial—which is available only at one other South Florida location—is a non-invasive treatment that uses pressurized air to combine the benefits of hydro-dermabrasion, a chemical peel and automated (painless!) extractions. The spa also offers a range of massages, designed to target all types of concerns, from soreness to tension to pregnancy- and sports-related issues. There’s a steam room, a sauna and a place to lounge while you wait to get pampered. Rushing off to the beach or an event post-treatment? There’s a small shop stocked with swimsuits (including South Florida brand Montce), accessories and dresses to get you on your way quickly.

PEZ | Mariscos Chingones

PEZ | Mariscos Chingones

There are so many misconceptions about Mexican food. People think it should be cheap or that it’s heavy and pork-centric. These are likely the same people who have never been to PEZ, featuring a casual new look and a tight menu conceived by Tijuana-based chef Javier Plascencia. As one of the pioneers of the region’s Baja-Med cuisine, he’s crafted a seafood-heavy selection that peppers in unusual—but tasty—surf and turf options. Take the tacos de cochipulpo, which combines pork and octopus carnitas with refried beans. And we’re big fans of the tostadas, especially the tostada de atún made with yellowfin and topped with dried shredded beef. Like any good Mexican restaurant worth its worm salt, PEZ keeps its bar stocked with high-end tequilas and mezcals, plus an assortment of lesser-known wines from Baja. It all makes for an authentic and tantalizing proposition in Downtown Miami.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

5 out of 5 stars

“Welcome to paradise!” This is a phrase I heard repeatedly during my three-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, and no fewer than four times from the moment I exited the plane to the instant the bellhop dropped off my bags in my oceanview suite. Was it overkill? Maybe. Was it accurate? If paradise is a beachfront resort where the sunsets look Photoshopped into the sky and champagne service is available from inside the pool, I died and went to vacation heaven. Your five-star experience at the Four Seasons Anguilla begins at check-in, where the receptionist will direct you to one of the couches in the lobby for a shooter of rum punch before handing over your room keys. Then it’s off to your accommodations, which include standard resort-facing rooms, ocean-view suites and what they call residences—from a penthouse with a wrap-around balcony to a full villa with a private pool, beach access and a complimentary golf cart to zip around. I had the pleasure of an ocean-view suite, complete with a plunge pool on my balcony. It overlooked the family pool, one of the resort’s waterfront restaurants and Mead’s Bay. As someone who’s never had the luxury of a private hotel pool (editing this piece was the closest I’d been until this point), staying in this room was one of the highlights of the trip. Photograph: Courtesy Four Seasons Anguilla/Christian Horan The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla was Kelly Werstler’s first international project—a fact I

Smorgasburg Miami

Smorgasburg Miami

4 out of 5 stars

Eventually, most cool things find their way to Miami—but not before succeeding in New York City and Los Angeles first. Such is the case for Smorgasburg, the famous outdoor food market that started in Williamsburg over a decade ago and has since expanded to downtown L.A., Jersey City and beyond. Opened in the spring of 2022, Smorgasburg Miami has joined the list of locations where folks can find the country’s largest weekly open-air food market. Gaston Becherano Cohen, owner of the hospitality group Omotenashi, is at the helm of Miami’s outpost. Becherano Cohen became acquainted with Smorgasburg while a vendor at the NYC location with his business Bonsai, a Japanese shaved-ice concept he eventually expanded to a brick-and-mortar in the Lower East Side. “At its core, Smorgasburg allows vendors to launch their own successful food concept without having to take the risk and undergo the headaches associated with opening up a brick and mortar,” he says. Initial homegrown vendors of Smorgasburg Miami, including Ted's Burgers, Drinking Pig BBQ and Eleventh Street Pizza, have since gone on to garner massive acclaim, landing on multiple lists of the city's best burgers, barbecue and pizza, respectively. Aside from incubating local culinary talent, Smorgasburg Miami also hosts themed events and street food festivals, like a giant Fourth of July cookout, a Chinese New Year lantern festival and after-dark Art Basel parties, among others.

The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton

Proximity is everything when it comes to booking a hotel. You want to be close to the sights, and preferably within walking distance of bars and restaurants. Parking should also be easy if we’re driving. It’d be nice if the property offered some kind of nighttime entertainment or had a place to hang out after a long day. Basic amenities should be available round-the-clock and it’d be nice if my dog could travel with me. Are we asking for too much? Maybe, but we did find a place that ticks off most of our boxes: The Benson. The historic hotel in downtown Portland is a commanding property with 287 guest rooms located in the center of it all. It’s several blocks from Powell’s City of Books, Portland’s famous bookstore and the country’s largest; the original Voodoo Doughnut location (you won’t miss it with its continuous line snaking around the block); and a handful of excellent coffee shops. Most of the aforementioned nice-to-haves are also available at the Benson (fitness center, 24-hour business center, two restaurants, and a lobby bar), which is popular for business travelers. There are boardrooms, meeting rooms and ballrooms—you’ll see groups, wedding parties, conventions and regular travelers like ourselves who wound up here over a long holiday weekend. The hotel was busy given the occasion but it never felt crowded. Even on a Friday night with the lobby brimming with guests watching the live piano performance, the room felt cozy rather than crammed. It’s the same for the p

Calle Dragones

Calle Dragones

Supper clubs and Cuban restaurants are aplenty in Miami but a combination of the two is, surprisingly, rare. Calle Dragones on Calle Ocho aims to fill that void with an entertainment-fueled dining experience that’ll have you dancing at the table in between bites of roasted lechón. Its name derives from an iconic street in Havana’s Chinatown and, as such, the menu is a mix of Asian-influenced Cuban cuisine and somewhat traditional dishes reimagined to chef/partner Luis Pous’ estimation of what the country’s culinary landscape might be had it evolved alongside the rest of the world's. His vision translates into crab fricasé with Thai sofrito, crispy wontons stuffed with lobster, lechón dumplings and a Chino Latino fried rice served with chunks of pork and maduros. The cocktail program here is performative but doesn’t lack substance: you’re paying $23 for a stiff, flavorful drink that also looks good set on the table and posted to your Instagram feed. For instance, the Ave Fenix, their take on a dirty martini, is made tableside—mad-scientist-style—in a coffee siphon and served with a medley of pickled garnishes on the side. The real show, however, is on stage. Calle Dragones welcomes new entertainers for a different theme each night: flamenco on Thursdays, Havana nights on Fridays, salsa disco on Saturdays and carnaval on Sundays when the entertainment runs all day long. 

Palladian, A Kimpton Hotel

Palladian, A Kimpton Hotel

4 out of 5 stars

Hotels designed around a particular setting are abundant, but not every property captures the nuances of a place as well as The Kimpton Palladian. The Belltown property is a reimagined downtown landmark from 1910 whose bold architecture, kitschy design and 97 well-appointed rooms serve as subtle reminders of Seattle’s past—shimmering accents to take you back to the gold rush, raw wood harkening to the timber industry days and a fantastic sound system, lest you forget you’re in the birthplace of grunge. It’s a few blocks from the busy Pike Place Market but don’t expect to see a swarm of tourists in this lobby. During our stay, we encountered a few return visitors, several families with dogs (it’s a pet-friendly hotel) and first-time guests like ourselves gathered for the free wine happy hour that takes place daily from 5 to 6pm. It’s a thing across all Kimpton properties (so take note), as well as complimentary umbrellas and bike rentals, and a plants pal program that allows guests to check out a plant to keep in their room during their stay. Traveling with an infant made it impossible to care for one more thing while on vacation but we did opt for another relevant perk: a playard with a changing table. Kimpton Palladian has a partnership with 4moms to provide guests with all kinds of baby gear free of charge, including an infant seat and a tub with a built-in thermometer. It’s a real treat when you’re already toting a stroller, a car seat, a diaper bag and a week’s worth of s

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

4 out of 5 stars

When traveling to Bentonville, Arkansas—where one of the main attractions is the world-class museum Crystal Bridges—there’s truly no better place to stay than a hotel where art is the focus. Enter 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, a 104-room boutique property whose lobby, corridors and outdoor areas all serve as exhibition spaces. You’ll find artwork in a number of mediums, from photography and site-specific installations to sculptures and paintings. Some if it is interactive, altering the way guests behave in the hotel’s common areas. Don’t be surprised to find yourself idling near the front desk while your significant other spends what feels like a lifetime spinning a wheel to make the sand in a piece of art move. The next day, he’ll be waiting for you to snap photos of the coin-covered Cadillac parked at the entrance of the hotel. Neither of you will be annoyed nor will you be late for dinner reservations because chances are you won’t have made any. Bentonville is laid back like that.Head upstairs to your room and glass-encased artwork greets you just outside the elevator bank. The numerous vitrines make up “Elevate at 21c,” a temporary exhibition of works by regional artists. Key cards give guests access to the display on their floor but hotel staff is happy to arrange a visit to the works on other guest room floors. You’ll encounter one more piece before you make it to your door, and it happens to be our favorite.  Photograph: Stephen Ironside Giant green plastic penguins

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Two eclipses will be visible in the U.S. this month: here’s where will have the best views

Two eclipses will be visible in the U.S. this month: here’s where will have the best views

Earth is experiencing two major eclipses in October, but not everyone in the U.S. will have a good view of the action. The first celestial occurrence takes place on October 14, when an annular solar eclipse will be visible from eight states in the southwestern U.S.  This type of solar eclipse is also called a "ring of fire," when the moon moves slightly away from Earth and creates a thin, glowing circle around the sun. The best place to see the "ring of fire" is Texas but seven other states will have a good view, including Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Sightings will begin in Oregon at approximately 9:20am PDT and continue until about noon CDT in southeastern Texas.  As with any solar eclipse, wearing the proper eyewear is paramount. Regular sunglasses won't cut it if you're trying to look directly into the sun. You'll need special eyewear for solar events, so be sure to procure a pair before next Saturday.  On October 28, a partial lunar eclipse—the second of 2023—will occur over most of Africa, Europe and Asia. Sadly, folks in the U.S. will not be able to see the moon enter into Earth's shadow. However, if seeing a partial lunar eclipse is on your bucket list, there's still time to book a last-minute trip abroad. 

Amtrak’s new super high-speed train rollout is being delayed

Amtrak’s new super high-speed train rollout is being delayed

Amtrak is slated to make several improvements to its railroad system in the coming years, including overhauling its overnight trains, resuming service in the Gulf Coast and turning up the speed on a popular Midwestern route. Unfortunately, updating its high-speed train service is seemingly not one of them for now. Amtrak’s $2.5 billion plan to replace its Acela fleet with 28 new trains along its busiest rail stations from Washington, D.C. and Boston is more than two years behind schedule and facing further delays, revealed a 38-page report by Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General. The audit cites complications in the federal approval process and escalating costs for the setbacks. French manufacturing company Alstom was hired to develop the fleet and, so far, the trains they’ve delivered have not passed muster. According to Amstrak’s inspector general, the new trains have design flaws, failed computer testing and did not meet Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements. The report says Amtrak has already spent $1.6 billion on the project, with improvements to its legacy rails (some nearly 200 years old) partly the reason for the rising costs. In a statement published by the Washington Post, Alstom spokesman Clifford Cole said the company is working with the FRA and Amtrak to get through the certification process and meet FRA requirements. Additionally, he notes that Amtrak authorized every train released despite the report highlighting their “defects.” The project was sl

The new rules of living in Miami

The new rules of living in Miami

Spanglish is still the dominant language, 15 minutes late is still on time and driving down I-95 is still one of the most harrowing experiences a person can have on four wheels. There are just some Miami truisms that will never change. But like the rest of the world, this city is constantly evolving—many would argue faster than average, especially as Florida’s population growth continues to explode. Lately, we’ve found ourselves asking: Do we still have to wear six-inch stilettos to the club? Is the BBL our new beauty standard? And is soccer finally having its moment here? In an effort to make sense of it all, we spent some time taking stock of the true essence of Miami as it stands right now and came up with these, the new rules of living in Miami. RECOMMENDED: How not to be a dick in Miami 1. OnlyFans is a legitimate career path. A recent study dubbed Miami the OnlyFans capital of the U.S., with the highest number of “models” residing right here in the Magic City (nearly 5,000 at the time the study was conducted). The 18+ subscription platform empowers creators to monetize their content, with some earning upwards of $9,000 a month.  2. Do not, under any circumstance, mention New York.  *TW: NYC* For reasons we’ll elaborate on below, just don’t. Don’t ask how us how the Miami Carbone compares to New York’s. Don’t tell us about the cool new bar you found that’s “just like that one in Brooklyn.” And definitely don’t ask us to recommend the best neighborhoods to buy in. Photog

The 10 worst tourist traps in America, according to disappointed travelers

The 10 worst tourist traps in America, according to disappointed travelers

There’s so much build-up surrounding a vacation. Where will you go, what meals are you most excited to eat and which magnificent sites will you see? Even if you’re not the attractions type, there’s no way to avoid specific tourist sites, no matter how off-the-beaten-path your trip might be, and you may not want to. Did you really go to Paris if you didn’t visit the Eiffel Tower? Not in our book. Though for every worthwhile Mona Lisa, there’s a Corn Palace you will absolutely want to skip. The people of Reddit have some strong opinions about tourist traps, specifically the ones you should absolutely avoid the next time you find yourself sightseeing in America. These are the spots you’ll want to leave off the itinerary, according to Reddit users. 1. South of the Border | Hamer, SC This over-the-top rest area in South Carolina sits just below the North Carolina border (hence the name) and marled the halfway point between Florida and New York back when people drove between these two cities. It’s still fun for kids who marvel at the massive sombrero and can sneak in a ride at the amusement park, but most adults grumble at the thought of stopping here for a photo underneath the giant Mexican hat or a souvenir. 2. The original Starbucks | Seattle, WA The first Starbucks store along the cobblestone street near Pike Place Market is a mecca for coffee lovers patient enough to wait in line for basically the same coffee they could have at any other Starbucks. In fairness, this one carrie

Visit your favorite national parks for free this Saturday

Visit your favorite national parks for free this Saturday

When was the last time you spent time in nature? Like, really got out there, went off the radar and connected with Earth? If it's been that long then it's time you took advantage of free entrance days in the U.S. national parks. This Saturday, September 23, happens to be one of those days when the National Park Service waives admission to all of its magnificent green spaces, including the major ones—Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Acadia and Zion, to name a few. There are 63 national parks in total, so you'll have plenty of reasons to get out in nature this weekend. The National Park Service offers free admission five times a year, and this Saturday is one of them. September 23 is also National Public Lands, established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. It's one of the country's largest volunteer efforts, encouraging connection between people and green spaces and inspiring environmental stewardship. With that said, visitors to the park this weekend—and every day—are urged to Leave No Trace, a shared outdoor phrase encompassing principles meant to inspire folks to leave nature as unchanged by their presence as possible.  Whether volunteering at a park or communing with nature, enjoy the free outdoor activity!  

This NYC hotel was just named one of the best in the world

This NYC hotel was just named one of the best in the world

The inaugural list of The World's 50 Best Hotels was just announced in a ceremony in London and the United States has reason to celebrate. Aman New York was ranked no. 25 in the world. Considered the most expensive hotel in New York, the extremely luxurious property opened within the Crown Building on Fifth Avenue last summer, bringing unprecedented opulence to the already high-end neighborhood. It boasts a total of 83 suites, a massive space sprawled over three floors with an indoor 20-meter pool, 10 treatment rooms, fitness facilities and two Spa Houses. Plus, hot and cold plunge pools and an outdoor terrace with a cabana, daybed and fireplace. There are two signature restaurants (Italian dining concept Arva and Japanese eatery Nama) and a jazz club hosting daily live performances. Should you want to make this lifestyle permanent, Aman New York offers 22 branded private residences.  The hotel is the third Aman property in the U.S., following Wyoming and Utah. The newest of the three certainly caught the attention of the World's 50 Best folks, who based their first-ever hotel list on outstanding hotel experiences worldwide. The ranking reflects the top travel experiences of 580 anonymous voters, including a mix of hoteliers, journalists and seasoned industry vets. Any hotel worldwide is eligible for votes and doesn't have to fit any criteria. Photograph: Robert Rieger Equinox Hotel New York in Hudson Yards was the second U.S. property to make the coveted ranking, coming in

This is not a drill: McDonald’s cheeseburgers are 50 cents today

This is not a drill: McDonald’s cheeseburgers are 50 cents today

If your wallet is still reeling from the weekend, we have some good news: McDonald's cheeseburgers are only $.50 today. If your brain is also reeling from the weekend, let us do the math for you. That's more than 80% off the regular price of a cheeseburger, which runs about $2.80 on a normal day. The reason for the extremely generous discount? National Cheeseburger Day, September 18. Cheeseburgers will go back to their regular price tomorrow, bummer.  Those of a certain age might remember McDonald's weekly $.39 cheeseburger special in the early aughts. Basically, the best deal in town if you were a hungry teenager living off your parents' allowance, as this writer was. Considering the current inflation rates, 50-cent cheeseburgers is a very good deal. If you haven't had one in a while, the classic cheeseburger is one of the best menu items at McDonald's—its unique flavor combo of salty pickles and sweet ketchup offers a tasty burst of nostalgia.  While no purchase is necessary to receive the discount, customers must order via the McDonald's mobile app to snag the deal. The app is free, so you could be looking at lunch or dinner for less than a buck today. You're welcome. 

This New Zealand city is asking Americans to move there—here's why

This New Zealand city is asking Americans to move there—here's why

Are you tired of working 12-hour days? Is your six-day workweek cramping your style? Well, there’s a better way to live—though you might have to move halfway around the world to find it. Wellington, New Zealand, the nation’s capital, is among the world’s most walkable cities and offers a lower cost of living and better work-life balance than other metropolises. It's also looking to grow its population. ESC to Wellington is a new recruitment campaign by the Wellington Region’s Economic Development Agency that’s aimed at getting people from the U.S. and the UK to move to the New Zealand capital. Promos for the program tout all of the benefits of living in the progressive city, from excellent public transportation to a surplus of career opportunities—there are currently 3,000 openings in a range of fields, from tech to business to the medical field. Some jobs even qualify for resident visas, making the transition to NZ easier than moving to a different state. According to the campaign’s website, Wellington is a cultural hub with a flourishing restaurant scene and a packed calendar of events. It’s also a UNESCO City of Film with lots to do outdoors. If any of that convinces you to relocate to the southwestern tip of NZ’s North Island, the next step of your journey starts by signing up for more information on WellingtonNZ’s website. A move across the world might be the only antidote to the U.S. real estate market. Well played, New Zealand. Well played.

17 small upgrades to level up your travel experience

17 small upgrades to level up your travel experience

We all want to fly first class, sit back in the Ride Alto and sail through security and customs, but life doesn’t always pan out the way we want. Airfare is expensive and fancy car services will burn a hole in your wallet before you know it. Still, there are other ways to live the high life when we travel with the help of simple extras that elevate the airport and hotel experience without paying a fortune to upgrade. We found a whole Reddit thread dedicated to these tiny improvements, some of which are hacks, really, for people looking to level up their next trip with little to no effort. Here are our picks of the most useful tips shared. 1. Pack two toothbrushes, one to use while you’re at your destination and a second to keep in your bag should you forget to pack one for your next trip, which you probably will. 2. Keep your passport in the exact same place every time you travel and you will never lose it again. 3. Always keep your toiletry bag packed and you’ll never forget to pack it. 4. Bring a small case that fits into the seat pocket on planes and fill it with everything you might need during your flight: a phone charger, headphones, lip gloss, medication, and an eye mask. 5. Invest in packing cubes. There’s no better way to stay organized and you’ll easily find everything in your suitcase. 7. Drop a geotag in your luggage. You’ll be able to track it anywhere as long as you have a signal. This is especially useful for connecting flights. 8. Wear compression socks on a l

This stunning Michigan lighthouse is available to book this summer

This stunning Michigan lighthouse is available to book this summer

Airbnb is the place you look for unconventional accommodations. Celebrity guesthouses? You’ll find them. Rooms dangerously close to a bar? They’ve got those too. Now, for all of you wishing to take your coastal grandmother aesthetic one step further this summer, this historic lighthouse on Lake Superior in Michigan is just the place to break out your crisp linen outfits and cardigans. Eagle River Lighthouse was built in 1855 entirely of red stone and decommissioned in 1909. Since then, it’s been under private ownership and now accepting reservations. The restored three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home can accommodate up to six guests and it’s packed with all kinds of modern amenities. You’ll want to curl up with a book in the all-season sunroom, whip up something tasty in the large gourmet kitchen and spend time wandering around the grounds, which are just steps away from Lake Superior. Round out your romantic comedy stay with a walk along the beach, stargazing and a stroll through the charming historic village of Eagle River. Guests also rave about the sunsets here. According to the listing, “Everything is included for a comfortable stay. All you need are groceries and a relaxed state of mind…” and maybe a cardigan. National Lighthouse Day is August 7 but who says you can't celebrate the made-up holiday all summer long? Click here to book. Photograph: Airbnb

This stunning Omakase restaurant just opened in Coral Gables

This stunning Omakase restaurant just opened in Coral Gables

The proliferation of Omakase across the city continues with Shingo, a shiny new spot that opens in Coral Gables tonight. Chef Shingo Akikuni’s eponymous restaurant is located inside the iconic La Palma building, a historic property in the midst of a renaissance as it prepares to welcome Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at some point this year. First, though, is Shingo, and there’s a lot about it you’ve likely encountered before. The unassuming entrance, the restrained elegance of Japanese design, the intimate experience and perhaps even the chef, who some might recognize from Michelin-starred Hiden where he previously worked. There’s also quite a bit different and new about Shingo. For its apparent simplicity, Shingo’s aesthetic took years to conceive and come together—the 850-square-foot space was entirely designed and constructed by expert woodworkers in Kyto, who then deconstructed it and reassembled it in Miami. This includes building the Hinoki-wood, L-shaped counter, a striking reminder of Japanese culture. The material, which is considered sacred, only grows wild in Japan and Taiwan. The smaller bits are unique and memorable too, like the adorable chopstick holders fashioned in the shapes of various food (mine was an oyster) and the ceramic plates dotted with flamingos, palm leaves and other tropical motifs, which were specifically made for the Miami restaurant by Kyoto-based ceramicist Shin Murata. Photograph: Courtesy Shingo   None of it is meant to distract you from the fo

How to watch King Charles’ Coronation in the U.S., including start time, TV channel and live stream details

How to watch King Charles’ Coronation in the U.S., including start time, TV channel and live stream details

King Charles III will make his title official this week, when the entire world tunes in to watch the new ruler's coronation on May 6. Those of us in the States will be sipping coffee and watching the 2,000-person event unfold live from London's Westminster Abbey tucked in bed as it's going to be very early.  King Charles's coronation is a big deal: the last time a ceremony of this magnitude took place was on June 2, 1953, when Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne. Accordingly, May 6 will be a day that's expected to be filled with lots of tradition and symbolism, with (most of) the Royal Family front and center. For those new to the British monarchy, there's still time to catch up before Saturday's event. Our colleagues in London have done a fantastic job putting together a coronation explainer that answers frequently asked questions (like whether Camilla will be queen) and details the events of the weekend—yes, weekend. There’s a coronation concert, the Big Help Out (a call for volunteerism) and other happenings to be aware of. If you're crossing the Atlantic for the first time to see the king's coronation IRL, we have some essential tips that any American visiting England needs to know. How to watch King Charles III’s coronation in the U.S.? Cable viewers can watch King Charles III's coronation on ABC, CNN, Fox News and NBC. Non-cable subscribers can livestream the event on DIRECTV, Hulu + Live TV, FuboTV and Sling TV. CNN will provide special live coverage of the festivities