True story: Back in the 80s, a friend of mine flew home from the Dominican Republic with her Spanish-speaking grandfather and a gallon-size container of honey from his farm. As if he were traveling with gold bars, he carefully placed the jug of honey in the overhead bin a few seats away. About half-way through the flight, the unlucky man beneath said bin found himself completely doused in honey, which seeped into his ears, covered his eyes, and slid down the space between his collar and his neck. As everyone on the plane turned to see what the shrieking was all about, my friend–who was eight at the time—became the impromptu translator of some colorful language from the flight attendant to her grandfather.
Waiting in line and killing time at the airport tops the list of common complaints for any frequent flyer, but be bored at the airport no more! From spas to local eats, many of the nation’s top airports may actually give you reason to get to your gate extra early. Check out these airport finds:
When you go to a place known for its “family-style” servings, you know it has to be good. A requisite stand-by for barbeque-lovin’ Austin residents, Salt Lick BBQ made its way to the West Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom, giving visitors of the Texas capital a tender taste of Texana as soon as they step off the plane.
Boston’s Logan International
If you’re leaving the east coast, but don’t want to leave all that fresh seafood behind, stop by Anthony’s Pier 4 Lobsters in Terminal B – where the term “carry out” takes on a whole new meaning. Lobsters can be packed live for 48 hour take out. But, just so you know, bib and melted butter not included.
Chicago’s Midway International
Change up what you’re listening to or consider bringing a musical gift. Revered as “the top independent music retailer in the country,” George’s Music Room found its second home just beyond Chicago Midway’s security checkpoint. The original store opened in 1968 in Chicago’s fabled west side and has since been known to stock local and hard-to-find Blues records, as well as the latest hits.
You prefer originality over grandeur, high-concept design over ho-hum layouts and hip personality over the blasé. In short, you won’t settle for just a place to hang your hat. It’s all about the little things, and in today’s assortment of boutique-style hotels, no details are spared–which means you get everything from high thread-count bed linens and plush towels to hi-tech gadgets and rainfall showerheads.
For the last decade, chic new hotels have been sprouting up in cities across North America–hotels that make you feel like a VIP while still keeping you on budget. Think casual luxury blended with intimate, individualized service. You won’t find a closet-sized gym with an ancient treadmill; instead it’s spas and yoga kits. Onsite restaurants and lounges are more than fast food; they’re destinations in themselves. In many cases, pets are welcome and special programs are offered for kids, too.
Not sure where to go? Travelocity editors recommend these chic and affordable hotels for fall getaways and beyond: