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EXCLUSIVE: PGA National being sold for $233 million

PGA National Resort & Spa, one of the county’s most iconic resorts and the home of the Honda Classic, is under contract to be sold to a Canadian company. A website that tracks hotel sales said Brookfield Asset Management, of Toronto, signed a contract on July 26 to buy the Palm Beach Gardens resort. A source familiar with the transaction said a Brookfield private real estate fund will pay $233...
Port of Palm Beach board considers deepening, widening inlet

Port of Palm Beach board considers deepening, widening inlet

The Port of Palm Beach is again considering a controversial project to deepen and widen the Lake Worth Inlet just south of Peanut Island to make it easier for commercial ships to enter and leave the port. In a discussion during a Port of Palm Beach Commission meeting Thursday, commissioners heard public comments and discussed the benefits and drawbacks of widening the inlet. Supporters of...
Brightline buys private rail line connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Brightline buys private rail line connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Brightline’s newly launched rail service in South Florida is losing money and struggling to lure passengers, but its owners are optimistic enough about the concept that they just bought the private train route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Brightline said Tuesday that it paid an undisclosed sum for XpressWest, a high-speed passenger rail project. “Brightline is changing transportation...
Umbrella Sky is coming down: Time to get those photos while you still can

Umbrella Sky is coming down: Time to get those photos while you still can

Update: The Umbrella Sky project comes down at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Surely you’ve seen them on Instagram, the joyous raft of umbrellas floating above a cobblestone street in Coral Gables. As handy as they might seem during the afternoon downpours, they’re actually just for show, a summer-long art installation called Umbrella Sky.  And if you want to see them, you have...
Flight cancellations begin as Florence approaches Carolinas; is yours one?

Flight cancellations begin as Florence approaches Carolinas; is yours one?

Hurricane Florence may be a day away from making landfall somewhere along the Carolina coast, but the storm is already causing havoc on air travel. More than 800 flights were canceled Wednesday in the Southeast by airlines anticipating the arrival of the Category 4 hurricane, according to FlightAware. That number is likely to grow in the coming days as Florence nears the Atlantic coast between...
Take a Harry and Meghan tour at Epcot’s food and wine fest

Take a Harry and Meghan tour at Epcot’s food and wine fest

Do you remain obsessed with Harry and Meghan? Are you eagerly awaiting their fall tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand? I know I am, and I gobble up every bit of gossip about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Did you know they got a Labrador retriever and named him Oz? Did you know Meghan calls Harry “my love”? Did you know Harry’s favorite cocktail contains...
Hurricane Florence: These airlines will waive fees for flights impacted by storm

Hurricane Florence: These airlines will waive fees for flights impacted by storm

As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence to hit Thursday, several airlines have issued travel advisories.  Hurricane Florence is currently projected to hit the Carolinas as a Category 4 storm. Here is the list of airlines that have waived fees as of Monday evening: American Airlines will waive its change/cancellation fee if you are traveling through Sept. 16 at one of these...
12 ways to vacation in Orlando without the theme parks

12 ways to vacation in Orlando without the theme parks

You’re already halfway through the year, which means it’s time for a break from the day-to-day. I mean, come on -- no matter how long you've been adulting, don't you need an any-season vacation as much as the next grade school kid? Yes. Yes, you do. You need a getaway. And lucky for you, Orlando is my hometown, so I think you should hit the road this weekend. If you’re...
Carnival Horizon, newest in fleet, arrives in PortMiami this month

Carnival Horizon, newest in fleet, arrives in PortMiami this month

The long wait is over! Carnival Horizon, the newest ship in the cruise line’s fleet, arrives in PortMiami this month. Get acquainted with the ship on a two-day cruise to Nassau, leaving Sept. 20. There’s just enough time — maybe — to explore all the exciting things to do on board. Zip around in the peddle-powered SkyRide, or splash the day away at WaterWorks. Strut your stuff...

Sip your way through the teahouses of Portland, Oregon

"It sounds weird - and it sounds weird - but if you slurp it, you'll get better flavor," the server said as he arranged a flight of four teas before me. I glanced around the busy tasting room of Steven Smith Teamaker. Everyone else was delicately sipping their brews, so I slurped surreptitiously.  I was in Oregon, at the end of a whistle-stop tour of some of Portland's best-known teahouses...

Labor Day weekend expected to set a record with 16.5 million air travelers

During the final holiday weekend of the summer, a record 16.5 million people are expected to fly on U.S. airlines, a 3.5 percent increase over the Labor Day weekend in 2017, according to Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation’s air carriers.  The country’s airlines are expected to fly 2.36 million passengers a day over the four-day weekend, an increase of 79,000 travelers...

An ancient land, newly optimistic

Each time I’ve come to Yerevan in the past decade, the city has surprised me with its evolving elegance and cultural richness. The downtown has an energy that is a long way from the sleepy Soviet city I first visited in the 1980s. Walking the shady avenues off Republic Square on a recent visit, I found the city has become a hip place, with wine bars, microbreweries, cafes, art galleries, boutiques...

Don't panic: A guide to handling pre-trip anxiety

If you feel a little jittery in the moments before you leave for the airport, you might be suffering from pre-trip anxiety. It's an increasingly common malaise in a world of uncertainty and inconsistent customer service.  "Pre-trip anxiety is a form of anticipatory anxiety," explains Marie Casey Olseth, a psychiatrist based in Minneapolis. "It's not a specific phobia, such as a...

Robot butlers are coming to this downtown hotel. Is Miami ready for robo-room service?

Welcome to the 21st century, where a request for extra towels in your hotel room may be answered by a roughly 4-foot-high purple robot on wheels.  Miami YotelPad — an unfinished 30-story mixed-use development in downtown Miami — will employ three robot butlers for its guests. These robots don’t look like humans (thankfully?), but they’re programmed to execute tasks normally...
A visit to Cheyenne won’t disappoint if you’re seeking the Wild West

A visit to Cheyenne won’t disappoint if you’re seeking the Wild West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — When I started out on my trail ride on a scorching day with temps well into the 90s, I didn’t know I would be riding from Wyoming to Colorado. What I did know — according to the trail leader — was that along the way we could possibly see wildlife that might make the horses skittish enough to spook. The last word of advice before we set out: “If you see...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...

100 years later: Returning to World War I's Western Front in France

A century has passed since the battles that baptized the U.S. military into the horrors of modern industrialized warfare. Nearly three years after the guns of August opened the First World War, the first doughboys in Gen. John J. Pershing's American Expeditionary Forces - young, enthusiastic and prone to breaking into song - arrived on French shores to join the weary Allied Forces.  The United...
St. Lucia: A Caribbean gem

St. Lucia: A Caribbean gem

“I want to go to somewhere nice in the Caribbean,” my wife, Sharen, has told me maybe a thousand times. So finally, for her birthday, I arranged a five-day visit to St. Lucia that, I’m relieved to say, exceeded our expectations. Even though getting there required a couple of flights from our home in Carlsbad, Calif., it was worth the effort for a number of reasons, including super...

Talk Travel: What to do with money leftover from an international trip

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I failed to use or exchange a few hundred dollars worth of soles when I had to leave Peru early due to an emergency. What should I do? Will my regular bank buy them back, or would I be better off going to a current exchange (not sure where to find those...

NE-YO has it covered with a blanket and a hat

Ne-Yo, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter and dancer, released his seventh album, “Good Man,” in June. In addition to making music, he is also a judge, along with Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough, on the reality competition TV show “World of Dance.”  Ne-Yo divides his time between Los Angeles and Atlanta, where his two oldest children live. He is often spotted...

New Princess Cruises ship to be named Enchanted Princess

Princess Cruises has given a name to its fifth Royal Class ship: Enchanted Princess.  Coming in 2020, the ship follows the lineup of the fleet’s newest class of ship that saw Royal Princess in 2013 followed by Regal Princess in 2014 and Majestic Princess in 2017. A fourth ship, Sky Princess, will debut in 2019.   A sixth Royal Class ship has yet to be named, but is due in 2022...

Epcot’s Frozen Ever After ride leads Disney list for most evacuation calls

ORLANDO, Fla. — The sun is sweltering, but a little girl wears her long-sleeved Frozen dress anyway at Walt Disney World. Another family from Chicago wakes up early so their children can ride Frozen Ever After twice by midday.  Behold the power of Frozen — a ride at Epcot that is both beloved and known for breaking down.   The Frozen water boat ride, open since June 2016...
Power pack offers on-the-go charging

Power pack offers on-the-go charging

The Omni 20 is 20,400 mAh of portable power. And while it’s not pocket-sized, it easily stores in a computer bag or backpack. On the box, it’s promoted as perfect to power anything anywhere, including laptops, cameras, tablets, phones, speakers and more. I have all those devices and I knew it would work perfectly for all of them. But a real test would be during this summer’s Dallas...
Need a quick getaway? Here's how to spend 36 hours in Asheville 

Need a quick getaway? Here's how to spend 36 hours in Asheville 

Located in western North Carolina, the city of Asheville is best known for its setting in the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains. But there's plenty to do in Asheville beyond simply gazing at the mountains in the distance.  Make the most of a quick break with these can't-miss Asheville activities. Sail through the trees bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains with Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventures...

Watching wine happen during Oregon's annual grape harvest

I didn't realize it at the time, but for one frantic, exhilarating, exhausting September minute, I impersonated an Oregon winemaker.  With a newfound friend's arms bracing me, and my wife and daughter madly clearing stems and gathering fruit below, my stomping feet released a purple rivulet of grape juice. Granted, our neophyte grape-stomping team's results proved to be predictably poor, but...

Cancun still safe despite recent violence, say tourism officials

After Mexican officials discovered eight bodies in Cancun last week, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for the country. Not surprisingly, the incident has caused some travelers to reconsider vacationing on the Yucatán Peninsula. However, security experts and tourism officials say the area remains safe for foreign visitors.  The incident took place in Cancun - located in...

Delta expands trans-Atlantic service for summer 2019

Delta Air Lines announced last week the carrier was expanding its trans-Atlantic network for summer 2019 with new routes and additional frequencies.  The airline will launch a nonstop flight from Tampa Bay to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 23, 2019, marking Delta’s 11th Amsterdam route from the United States and second from Florida.   Starting June 16, 2019, the carrier is also...

JetBlue increases fees for checked bags

JetBlue Airways, which for years let passengers check luggage at no charge, became the first major U.S. carrier to bump the fee for a first checked bag to $30.  The $5 increase is effective for trips booked starting Monday, Aug. 27. JetBlue also increased the charge for a second checked bag by $5 to $40 and for a third piece to $150 from $100, according to the airline's website.   The...

In Montenegro, a mellow journey along a familiar path

When planning a family trip to Montenegro last spring, I found myself telling perplexed friends who knew next to nothing about the Balkan country: “Imagine yourself in Venice, sail down the Adriatic coast, look east and stop before you reach Albania.”  But since President Donald Trump described the country, in a Fox News interview in July, as likely to trigger World War III and Montenegrins...

A casual place as cool as the name suggests

Chef David Nayfeld is a Bay Area native who, after four years at Eleven Madison Park in New York and a year in Europe, has returned home. His time away, he said, helped make clear the kind of restaurant he did, and did not, want to open.  “I want this to be a casual neighborhood restaurant, not somewhere posh and Michelin-starred,” he explained. “I want this be a place where...
Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans?

Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans?

NEW ORLEANS — The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street. Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn’t want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed promenade of debauchery. But with three young children in tow, they didn’t want to see too much. “How come that guy died on the street?” 3-year-old Cooper said as he...

In Paris, a pastry Renaissance is underway

Blame it on the religieuse pastry, two stacked, chocolate cream-filled puffs that sent me to patisserie nirvana the first week of my long-ago junior year in Paris. When you're used to Twinkies, that kind of experience is, indeed, a revelation. After marrying a lemon-tart-loving Frenchman and producing a daughter (vanilla macaron) and son (coffee eclair) who share my passion, I thought I had pretty...

Universal adds Horrors of Blumhouse maze to Halloween lineup

Universal Orlando has announced the ninth of its 10 haunted-house mazes to be featured in the upcoming 2018 edition of Halloween Horror Nights. The latest to be revealed is called Horrors of Blumhouse and will features scenes from the films “Happy Death Day” (2017) and “The First Purge” (2018).  The attraction will feature the Babyface Killer character as well as the &ldquo...

Irish coast treasures

There’s a lost city called Kilstiffen beneath the Cliffs of Moher — or so the story goes — which sprawl grandly over the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast of Ireland.  The city was submerged and, according to legend, will remain so until the golden key to the gates are found. Or maybe you subscribe to a different theory: that an evil witch who lived there fell in love with...

Is it time for warning labels on plane tickets?

Airline tickets are more complicated and confusing than ever. Do they also need warning labels? Maybe.  A provision in the Senate version of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act requires air carriers to disclose their baggage fees, cancellation fees, change fees, ticketing fees and seat selection fees "in a standardized format."   It's unclear whether...

In Juneau, locally minded chefs are redefining Alaskan cuisine

If there's one thing you should know about Lionel Uddipa it's that he forages. The executive chef at Salt, an upscale yet casual restaurant that dubs its food "creative Alaskan cuisine," gets up early to head to the wilderness. Sometimes, he brings his 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Juniper, with him. She's perfect for it, he says. She can spot colors he doesn't because she's closer to the ground...
BREAKING: Brightline considers adding one or more Treasure Coast stops

BREAKING: Brightline considers adding one or more Treasure Coast stops

The Brightline rail service is considering one or more stops in the Treasure Coast, a region whose politicians have sought to stop the train from speeding through their turf en route to Orlando. Brightline has asked city managers in Stuart, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Sebastian to suggest possible locations for train stations, said Russell Roberts, Brightline’s vice president of government affairs...

Five tips to give kids some culture and a vacation at the same time

“Of course you want your children to have fun on your family vacation, but why not give them a flavor of the local culture while they’re doing so?” said Niamh O’Connell, vice president for guest experience at Rosewood Hotel Group. “When kids have some understanding of the destination they’re in, their trip becomes more memorable and enriching,” she said. &ldquo...

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, the Jersey Shore's sophisticated sister, has more to offer visitors than beautiful beaches and charming Victorian-era homes. Thanks to its good soil and moderate climate, the Cape May peninsula is turning into a wine-growing haven, with half a dozen vineyards scattered around its southern tip. Besides the vineyards, there's Washington Street Mall, a pedestrian-friendly enclave in the heart...

Japan to take up issue of pilot fatigue, raise standards to US, Europe levels

TOKYO - The transport ministry is investigating how much flights and other factors affect pilots' levels of fatigue, in a bid to improve the management of Japanese pilots' fatigue to match levels in the United States and Europe.  A shortage of pilots is feared in Japan, and the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry's fact-finding survey is aimed at preventing excessive work burdens...

Family travel five: Plans do not need to end when school bell rings

When the school bell rings, must travel plans come to end? Here are five ways to keep your travel dreams on track while school is in session.  Scan the school, sports and activity calendars to assess windows of opportunity. Will your children participate in multiple sports, school theater productions or volunteer activities? Pair those results with your work and personal calendars for the best...

Travel deal: Sale fares to Europe and half-off cruises in Scotland

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  - Save $600 on the Czech Republic Hiking - Vienna to Prague trip with REI Adventures. The nine-day adventure costs $2,299 per person (vs. $2,899) for members and $2,599 for nonmembers. Lifetime membership costs $20. Price includes hotel accommodations, guides and support vehicle, entrance fees to attractions and taxes. Sale applies to all departures...

Couple converts school bus into traveling tiny home

WICHITA, Kan. — Imagine paying less than $20,000 for your dream home.  Now imagine being able to take that home with you wherever you travel.   That’s the reality for Wichita couple Sam and Jordan Page — and Penni the Yorkie-Poo.   Over the past eight months, the Pages have converted a school bus into a posh tiny home.   Now that the project is...

Rebuilding Lombok after multiple earthquakes in Indonesia

Aftershocks have continued to shake the Indonesian island of Lombok after it was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 90 people on Aug. 5. The quake followed a 6.4-magnitude temblor on July 29, which killed 17.  The island, home to hundreds of resorts, has been under various states of emergency since late July. Residents are slowly readjusting to the new normal as they have...
Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricanes can leave behind tons of damage, including flooding. But did you know that treading through the wrong kind of water can cause illnesses or even death? Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Here are six sicknesses you should beware of in the aftermath: Drinking or eating...
Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

A Tennessee truck driver is being hailed as a hero after he rescued 64 shelter dogs and cats ahead of Hurricane Florence. According to the Greenvale News, Tony Alsup, 51, from Greenback, Tennessee, drove a school bus to South Carolina last week as the deadly storm strengthened in the Atlantic. Once there, he stopped in Orangeburg, Georgetown, Dillon and North Myrtle Beach, picking up 53 dogs and 11...
Hurricane Florence aftermath: 1-year-old dies after vehicle flooded by rising waters

Hurricane Florence aftermath: 1-year-old dies after vehicle flooded by rising waters

Officials on Monday morning recovered the body of a 1-year-old boy who was swept away by floodwaters during the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. >> Read more trending news  Update 10:30 a.m. EDT Sept. 17: Sheriff’s deputies in Union County confirmed in a Facebook post Monday morning that searchers had found the body of Kaiden Lee-Welch. “Our thoughts and prayers...
Hurricane Florence aftermath: Journalists rescue woman from car stuck in floodwaters

Hurricane Florence aftermath: Journalists rescue woman from car stuck in floodwaters

They were in the right place at the right time.  Reporter Chris Jose and photojournalist Brandon Bryant with Atlanta's WSB-TV, which is owned by Cox Media Group, have been in South Carolina covering what is now tropical depression Florence. The two are making their way to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to cover the flooding and damage left by the storm there.  They...
Hurricane Florence: Watch these must-see livestreams of the Carolina coast

Hurricane Florence: Watch these must-see livestreams of the Carolina coast

As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S., the Category 2 storm already is causing heavy rain, strong winds, choppy waters and impressive waves along the Carolina coast. Want to see the impressive surf for yourself? Check out these four must-see livestreams: >> Read more trending news 
Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Families are under evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence, and that means taking their pets, too. But when your pet is a horse, things get a bit more difficult.  WSB-TV’s Wendy Corona met with a woman who is stepping in to make it easier.  “If someone had two horses and brought them, they could go here,” GoHorse.com co-creator Jenny Fudge said as she showed ...
Hurricane Florence: Duke Energy says 75% of Carolina customers could lose power

Hurricane Florence: Duke Energy says 75% of Carolina customers could lose power

Duke Energy said Wednesday that power outages related to Hurricane Florence could affect up to 75 percent of its customers in North and South Carolina. The company, which provides power to about 4 million in the region, said in a news release that it expects anywhere from 1 million to 3 million customers to lose service.  More than 10,000 Duke utility workers and 9,400 from other companies...
Hurricane Florence: Evacuating to Georgia? Here's where you can stay

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating to Georgia? Here's where you can stay

Metro Atlanta hotels and shelters say they could be bombarded with hurricane evacuees over the next couple of days as Hurricane Florence nears the coast of the Carolinas. The American Red Cross says it will be waiting with open arms. “The Red Cross is standing by ready to respond as much as needed. We’re mobilizing volunteers, resources, supplies,” Ashley Henyan of the Red Cross...
Hurricane Florence: Video shows Walmart shoppers making mad dash for supplies

Hurricane Florence: Video shows Walmart shoppers making mad dash for supplies

Hurricane Florence hasn't made landfall just yet, but a North Carolina Walmart is already experiencing its own kind of storm surge – of customers. In a viral video shot Tuesday by WTVD, chaos erupted at the Durham store as shoppers made a mad dash for food, water, generators and other items. The station said people "pushed, shoved [and] tugged" as security workers "tried...
Animal and nature lovers, here are 6 amazing things to see in western Palm Beach County

Animal and nature lovers, here are 6 amazing things to see in western Palm Beach County

I know. It’s still sweltering in Palm Beach County. But try to ignore the shirt-soaking, face-greasing conditions and take in one of the most beautiful areas in Palm Beach County. Those of you who love animals and nature will enjoy this day trip. Because many of the things you’ll experience, you’ve probably only seen on TV shows like ‘Discovery’ or ‘Animal...
Top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County

Top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County

Going out to dinner and drinks by boat is one of the perks of living in Palm Beach County, where the Intracoastal Waterway is our aquatic I-95. Whether you’re sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there’s a dockside joint to fit your mood.  This is the kind of beach bar (that it's on the Jupiter Inlet instead of the beach is...

Overnight getaways before (or after) the kids go back to school

A frantic fall schedule may be just around the corner, but hotels in Kansas City, Missouri; Mexico City; Miami Beach; and Key West, Florida, are offering attractive deals for one last getaway before summer comes to a close.  Whether you want to take the family or are looking for a getaway once the children are back in class, these four vacation packages are worth a look.   At Galeria...

Eight bodies - two dismembered - found in streets of Cancun, Mexican officials say

Officials in Mexico said Tuesday that they discovered eight bodies in multiple locations across Cancun, a popular beach resort city - and magnet for American tourists - on the Yucatan Peninsula.  At least one victim had been bound before being shot, while another was apparently killed while lying in a hammock, the Associated Press reported. Others victims were dumped on the streets, dismembered...
Winds die down, rain still a threat as Lane turns away from Hawaii 

Winds die down, rain still a threat as Lane turns away from Hawaii 

Torrential rains, heavy winds and dangerously heavy surf battered Hawaii as Hurricane Lane churned toward the Aloha State, causing widespread flooding and prompting residents to take shelter. Lane has weakened to a tropical storm, but authorities warn the threat of torrential rains and flooding continue. >> Read more trending news  Update 5:35 p.m. EDT Aug. 25: The National Weather Service...
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