This Harry Potter-Themed Airbnb Rental in Atlanta Can Sleep Up to Eight People for Less Than $100 Per Night

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Warner Bros.

Whether you’re a certified Harry Potter fanatic or an “I’ve seen some of the movies” type of Muggle, it’s not hard to find yourself wishing your own life had a little more wizarding-world magic in it. This Airbnb rental in Atlanta is doing its best to make that wish come true for you and up to seven of your coolest friends.

Harry Potter Airbnb Atlanta outdoor view
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The property is one full floor in a condominium, complete with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and its own street entrance. It sleeps up to eight people, provided that several guests don’t mind bunk beds, and costs roughly $79 per night, depending on the travel dates, and not including fees. That’s quite a bit cheaper than building your own personal Hogwarts castle.

Virtually every corner of the condo is adorned with decorations and accessories straight from the beloved book series. Some highlights include candlesticks hung from the kitchen ceiling, similar to those bewitched to hover above the Great Hall; a bedroom wall papered with clippings from the wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet; a toilet seat decal that reads “This way to the Ministry of Magic”; three Quidditch broomsticks fixed to the wall; and Hogwarts House-themed bedclothes.

Harry Potter Airbnb Atlanta sitting room
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Harry Potter Airbnb Atlanta bedroom
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The enchanting decor is only part of the property’s appeal—it also contains everything you need to partake in wizard-worthy activities, too. Whip up Harry’s favorite treacle tart or Mrs. Weasley’s classic meat pies with the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, and then retire to the sitting room to play a rousing round of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit or Clue. There’s also, of course, a complete collection of Harry Potter books and DVDs for a binge session of your choosing.

Amenities include all the usual modern-day Muggle trappings like Wi-Fi, cable television, air conditioning, a coffee maker, a microwave, and a washer and dryer in the building. And there’s a small side yard if you’d like to host an outdoor dinner à la the Weasleys at the Burrow.

With a wave of your wand (or, more literally, a couple clicks of your mouse), you can book your vacation now on Airbnb. If you find all seven hidden magical objects on the premises, you’ll unlock a 10 percent discount off your next stay. Bringing kids? Check out Mini Boden’s new Harry Potter clothing line here.

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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TASCHEN

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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