Hidden Bar in New York City's Grand Central Reopens

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Mario Tama / Staff/ Getty

Hidden in a dark corner of New York City’s Grand Central Station sits a luxury cocktail bar and lounge doubling as one of the city’s historic landmarks. For a year it was shuttered, but now the Campbell Apartment is open to serve the public again, Travel+Leisure reports.

The location was once the office of early 20th century railroad executive John W. Campbell during the 1920s. After serving as the location for CBS Radio and as a small jail for Metro-North Railroad, the space was converted into a bar in 1999. Then, in 2016, the Campbell Apartment—with its high ceilings and faux stone fireplace—closed when previous owner Mark Grossich lost his lease after 17 years of business.

Today, the Gerber Group runs the public bar that features signature cocktails; fancy finger foods, such as tuna tartare tacos and meatball sliders; and a casual dress code. The bar also has a view of Grand Central’s main terminal, as well as a terrace that faces a busy 43rd Street.

The New York Historical Society had to approve any interior changes because of the bar’s status in the city. “We wanted to make sure that we refreshed it but it’s such an iconic place and people have memories of it,” Scott Gerber, CEO of Gerber Group, explained to Travel+Leisure. “We wanted to make sure we were respectful of whatever we did."

The Campbell Apartment is now open at Grand Central Terminal at the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue.

[h/t Travel+Leisure]

Florida to Open Its First-Ever Snow Park

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Millions of tourists flock to Florida each year to ride roller coasters, meet their favorite cartoon characters, and lounge on the beach. The state isn't famous for its winter activities, but that could soon change. As WESH 2 reports, Florida's first-ever snow park is coming to Dade City in 2020.

At Snowcat Ridge, guests will be able to take part in the same snowy fun that's up North. The main attraction of the park will be a 60-foot-tall, 400-foot-long slope packed with snow. A lift will transport visitors to the top of the hill, and from there, they'll use inner tubes to slide back down to ground level. Single, double, and six-person family tubes will be provided to riders.

Guests can also check out the 10,000-square-foot play dome, where they'll use real snow to build snow castles and snow men. The area will even feature a small hill for young visitors who aren't ready for more serious snow-tubing. And because the best part of playing in the snow all day is warming up afterwards, Snowcat Ridge will be home to an Alpine Village, where guests can nibble on snacks and sip cocoa in front of a bonfire.

Dade City is located in Central Florida, an area that hasn't seen snow in nearly 43 years. The arrival of the new park will mark the first time many locals can get a full winter experience close to home.

Snowcat Ridge is expected to open in November 2020.

[h/t WESH 2]

The New York Times's Latest Book on Travel Will Help You Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway

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Getting a full sense of a new city while traveling can be tough—especially if you only have a weekend to explore it. But since 2002, The New York Times’s "36 Hours" column has been breaking down destinations all over the world into bite-size pieces, allowing travelers to see the big attractions while still experiencing the city like a local. Now, you can get the best of the column's North American destinations with the fully updated and revised edition of 36 Hours: USA & Canada for $40 at TASCHEN or on Amazon.

Even if you have the original, it’s worth purchasing this updated copy, as this version features 33 new itineraries from Anchorage, Alaska; the Berkshires in Massachusetts; Boulder, Colorado; Miami; Oakland, California; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and many more.

36 Hours: USA & Canda from the New York Times
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The 752-page book also offers more than 5400 hours of travel itineraries, 600 restaurants to dine at, and 450 hotel options. Each city featured includes a brief history, a list of popular destinations, and tips on how to experience it all like a local. For example, the New Orleans guide encourages travelers to start at the French 75 Bar for happy hour and order a Sazerac, a cocktail close to an Old-Fashioned that's a local favorite. Whereas the Miami guide takes you to the Buena Vista Deli, a bistro known for its take on classic French dishes. The travel book also features detailed city maps that pinpoint all the stops, and it's accompanied by nearly 1000 photographs.

Once you've picked your destination, check out some tips on how to craft the perfect itinerary.

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