Busch theme parks in Virginia and Tampa removed props from their Halloween attraction after complaints that they were insensitive in the wake of beheadings by Islamic state militants. Although the parks would not specify the type of props, a newspaper reported they were severed heads.
Resorts World Bimini has completed construction of a pier near its resort where guests on the ferry from Miami will be able to disembark directly onto North Bimini Island and spend more time there, the company announced Thursday. The ferry will start using the new pier Sept. 18.
Q: I recently checked in to an Econo Lodge in Aurora, Colorado. I paid for a for a Stay, Park and Fly package. All parking spots were taken, so I went in and told a hotel employee that there were no more spaces to park in, and asked if I could leave my car at the curb on the side of the hotel. I was told I could.
While the average traveler has only a vague awareness that their flying experience is changing, airlines are quickly aligning themselves into worldwide teams at a faster pace than any time since airline alliances were invented in 1997. They can’t buy each other due to international regulations, so they are doing the next best thing — becoming best buddies.
Amtrak is bringing its vintage “Great Dome” car to upstate New York for a six-week run during the fall foliage season. The car will give riders sweeping vistas of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks beginning Thursday and running through Nov.4. The dome car will operate northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and return south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Trails and Rails volunteers will be aboard select dome car trips offering historical commentary between Saratoga Springs and Westport. The car, built in 1955, is the only remaining dome car in Amtrak service.
The Central Florida town of Earleton is getting set for the fourth annual Florida Monarch Festival Sept. 27-28 at the Greathouse Butterfly Farm. Events include educational talks and walks and three butterfly releases, in which visitors can tag and release a monarch butterfly. Monarch Watch, which collects the data, will contact each tagger and share the details of your monarch’s flight. Also includes details on how to create a butterfly way station in your yard, activities for kids, tours and food vendors.
For five decades, the Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament has attracted anglers competing to see who can catch the biggest blue marlin in late fall. The precise date varies according to the moon, to appease superstitious sea captains, and this year’s festivities begin Saturday and run through Oct. 4. In addition to the fishing competition, a canoe race and many parties and receptions keep the action going for non-fishermen.
Key West will be celebrating its cultural connection to the Bahamas next month at the annual Goombay street festival. Set for Oct. 17-18, the lively festival is centered on Petronia Street, just off Duval Street in the heart of the historic Bahama Village neighborhood. The musical lineup features steel drum master Toko Irie, the Haitian-gospel orchestra Christophiles, the Bahama Junkanoo Shakers, the Thunder from Down Under Junkanoos, roots reggae/dub-hop stars Jahfe, Keys “trop rocker” Howard Livingston and students from the Bahama Village Music Program. Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, the 10-day masking and costuming gala that runs through Oct. 26.
The air is hot and sultry, weighted with smoke and sea salt and the heady balm of pig fat. It's not exactly soup weather. It's the rainy season, July, when I'm in Zihuatanejo, which doesn't translate to any actual rain but rather a steamy, lazy heaviness that's boxed in by an unrelenting sun, with the Pacific Ocean in front and the Sierra Madre del Sur behind.
Wending our way to the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, we cross a creek, meander down a country road, then come to a farm with red barns, split-rail fences and flocks of sheep grazing in the green pastures.