Emily Haile

The Key to Recycling

A printing company has come up with an alternative to those ubiquitous plastic hotel keys: biodegradable, paperboard keys that guests can recycle after their stay. Green Key bills itself as economical, eco-friendly, and sanitary (you’re not getting the same grimy key that’s been used by umpteen guests). So far, parent company The Whitehall Group has…

Utah’s Prehistoric Rock Art Threatened

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Just a few miles from the town of Price in central Utah lies Nine Mile Canyon, home to the greatest concentration of rock art in the United States, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Though there are few facilities, adventurous visitors can drive the 78-mile Nine Mile Canyon Back Country Byway to see the…

Paintings Below Zero

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Any talk of visiting Chicago in February may seem like a cruel joke to travelers, but the Windy City’s taking advantage of its chilly weather to present a public art project that wouldn’t be possible in, say, the Grenadines. Canadian artist Gordon Halloran‘s “Paintings Below Zero” is the centerpiece of the Museum of Modern Ice…

Patchwork Tourism

  A patchwork of color is popping up on historic barns all over the country, and the trend is a boon for rural tourism. Our friends at American Style report on the grassroots art movement of barn quilts: Colorfully painted quilt squares have appeared on barns throughout eastern Kentucky, often representing traditional, local patterns. The…

Cause a Scene

One man was tying his shoe. Another was looking at a map. They were just a few of the more than 200 “undercover agents” for the group Improv Everywhere to freeze in place on the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal. The result was a human art installation: Frozen Grand Central. For five full minutes…

Gaga for the Grenadines

It’s cold as anything here in the nation’s capital and we’re dreaming of unspoiled Caribbean beaches, so we’d like to give a shout out to the Grenadines. While some sustainable-tourism panelists argued that cruise culture is taking its toll on the island chain, the Grenadines scored a decent 77 on our Destinations Rated: Islands survey,…

Alaska’s Guests Keep Warm with Recycled Oil

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The 1.5-mile wide Mendenhall Glacier may be just around the corner, but you’ll be plenty warm at Juneau’s Westmark Baranof Hotel. The 196-room hotel, owned by Holland America, combines vegetable oil with fuel oil to heat the hotel. The hotel is the only place in the city that collects used cooking oil. The ingenious process…

Culinary Trailblazing

Natchitoches, Louisiana is famous for its meat pies. It’s also where the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed. We’ve been excited to see of a growing number of states promoting tourism through culinary trails. These tours offer a “taste” of each region’s recipes, and are quickly cropping up across the country. In Indiana, a state where…

Ride on the Peace Train

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It’s no longer just Cat Stevens “dreaming about the world as one.” IT recently came across an organization with a mission “based on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an ‘Ambassador for Peace’.” Founded more…

Endangered Places: How You Can Help

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the Most Endangered Places of 2007, is a surprising amalgam of old and new, from historic motels along Route 66 to a racecourse in Florida. Here are just a few of the threatened sites and some ideas on what travelers and concerned citizens can do to offset…

Art Lover’s Destination Guide

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We’d never heard of it until today, but American Style, “the premier arts lifestyle magazine for art lovers, collectors and travelers,” has a lot of nifty content for the discerning wanderer. Each issue lists hundreds of arts festivals, gallery openings and museum events nationwide. We got a sneak peek at their February 2008 issue, in…

Lemurs, Zebras, and Toads, Oh My!

This month the Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced the conservation highlights of the past year. Here are some of our favorite stories: The Madagascar Fauna Group and the Duke Lemur Center hatched a plan to transplant zoo-born ruffed lemurs to the Betampona Natural Reserve in Madagascar. Three American zoos provided lemurs: Hogle Zoo in…