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Travel new and now: Hipster hotels, dude ranches, Nicaragua

Travel briefs new and now: Hipster hotels, dude ranches, Nicaragua

Travel new and now: Hipster hotels, dude ranches, Nicaragua


AFAR magazine is showcasing what it deems the best hipster hotels in America.

But what exactly is a hipster hotel? The magazine says they're for travelers who "enjoy a good craft cocktail, appreciate Instagram-ready design, and seek out in-room turntables or ping pong."

New York City is "hipster heaven," with five of the 13, including, of course, the Wythe Hotel in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Other hotels that made the cut include Austin, Texas' Saint Cecilia; The Ace in Portland, Oregon; Ojai Rancho Inn in Ojai, California; Longman & Eagle in Chicago; Thunderbird in Marfa, Texas; The Freehand in Miami; The Line in Los Angeles and 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

To read the entire list and more about each property, visit .



Cody, Wyoming, is a gateway for visitors to Yellowstone National Park and home to several major attractions of its own, including a rodeo and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which has museums on Plains Indians, Western art, natural history and of course, Buffalo Bill.

But Cody is also home to the Dude Ranchers Association. The organization was founded in 1926 when ranch owners got together to establish standards for hosting travelers from elsewhere who wanted to experience life in the American West on a ranch.

The organization had 26 ranches the first year and today has more than 100 in the region, including working dude ranches, traditional dude ranches and resort dude ranches.

Typically dude ranches require a minimum stay of four nights to a week, with a fixed price that includes all activities, meals and lodging. Staying at a guest ranch requires less of a commitment -- travelers can stay just one night, and activities like horseback riding are optional and paid for separately from the room rate.

In addition to riding, many ranches also offer fly fishing, cookouts, hiking, guided side trips and float trips.

Cody was founded in 1896 by Buffalo Bill, whose real name was William Cody.

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Nicaragua's having a moment as a destination.

Delta is starting direct nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Managua starting June 5, with a seasonal 5 ?-hour flight that leaves the U.S. Thursday nights on a red-eye and returns Saturday mornings. And a new airport, Aeropuerto Costa Esmeralda, is opening on Nicaragua's Pacific Coast in late 2015. The airport is expected to serve private jets and connects from Managua and Costa Rica.

The country also offers a variety of outdoor attractions and activities, from cloud forests and volcanoes to surfing at San Juan Del Sur. The International Surfing Association's World Surfing Games run May 31-June 7 in Popoyo. Other adventures range from tours of the country's coffee route in places like Esteli and Matagalpa to birdwatching and kayaking.

And then there's this: a tour of Nicaragua that takes your selfies for you. El Camino Travel has a seven-day tour that includes a personal photographer providing 20 images a day, perfect for posting on social media. Another 150 images are delivered three weeks after the trip. El Camino co-founder Katalina Mayorga says the tour is designed to allow participants to spend more time experiencing the destination without spending so much time documenting it.

"It's about really getting back to being able to experience that moment the sights and smells, rather than having your phone out all the time," Mayorga said.

The trip includes most meals, ground transportation and lodging, but only six shared rooms are available on each of four departures, with a $1,650 per person earlybird rate (not including airfare). The itinerary includes beaches, surfing, yoga, markets and colonial Granada. Details at . Two departures are planned for July and another two in December.

Updated : 2021-09-23 05:50 GMT+08:00