Your Next Beercation Could Include a Tasting at 35,000 Feet

Brewdog
Brewdog

Craft beer connoisseurs will go great distances to get their hands on a good IPA or lager. But could they be enticed to travel thousands of miles from the UK to America if they were promised beer tastings mid-flight? Scottish craft beer company BrewDog is about to find out. The brewery is preparing to launch what they call "the world's first craft beer airline," according to online travel company TravelPirates.

Guests who embark on this "beery adventure" from London to Columbus, Ohio, will get to sample beer aboard a custom Boeing 767 plane dubbed BrewDog Airlines. Food and beverages tend to taste different at an altitude of 30,000 feet because the combination of the dry atmosphere, low air pressure, and background noise alters our sense of taste. BrewDog has already thought of that, though, and a brand new beer has been specially developed for air travel. (If that isn't enough, there will also be food provided on the flight, as well as a cart stocked with more beer.)

The maiden flight will take place February 21, and the package includes a four-night hotel stay in downtown Columbus, plus a tour of BrewDog's Columbus brewery and a day trip to Cincinnati to check out the best breweries there. It costs about $1590 for one person staying in a private room, or $2860 for two people sharing a room.

There's a catch, though. Currently, only shareholders—or "Equity Punks," as BrewDog calls them—can book a flight. However, the threshold for investments is fairly low at $50. Plus, there's always a chance that this creative travel experience will inspire other airlines to start serving more complimentary beer, or at least bring back the tomato juice.

[h/t TravelPirates]

You Can Rent This Wizard of Oz-Themed Cottage in North Carolina

Airbnb
Airbnb

This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the classic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book. In addition to watching the film, you can opt for a more immersive way to celebrate the occasion. As Travel + Leisure reports, a cottage in West Jefferson, North Carolina offered on Airbnb is perfect for any traveling Oz fan—and it’s only $35 a night.

The studio cottage is considered a glamping destination and is slim on amenities—it has a breakfast nook, porch, sofa bed, and a Porta John—but the Oz-themed details more than make up for the lack of luxurious perks.

A pair of stockinged feet are visible under the home, hinting at a witch’s untimely demise; a character mural of Dorothy and her three escorts, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, appears on the side of the cabin; inside, various other decorations pay homage to Baum's books, including a pair of ruby slippers and a few stuffed Totos.

A cottage with a 'Wizard of Oz' theme in West Jefferson, North Carolina is pictured
Airbnb

If you go, you’ll have to act quickly. The cottage is open only in the spring, summer, and fall, as it has no heat.

The Airbnb listing has a perfect score across 16 reviews. You can book it here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Visit Any National Park for Free on September 28—or Volunteer to Help Maintain Them

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
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By the end of September—which always seems especially busy, even if you’re not a student anymore—you might be ready for a small break from the hustle and bustle. On Saturday, September 28, you can bask in the tranquility of any national park for free, as part of National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the holiday has been held on the fourth Saturday of every September since 1994, and it’s also the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It’s up to you whether you’d like to partake in the service side or simply go for a stroll, but there is an added incentive to volunteer: You’ll get a one-day park pass that you can use for free park entry on a different day. Opportunities for volunteering include trail restoration, invasive plant removal, park cleanups, and more; you can see the details and filter by park, state, and/or type of event here.

If you’re not sure how you should celebrate National Public Lands Day, the National Park Service has created a handy flowchart to help you choose the best course of action for you—which might be as simple as sharing your favorite outdoor activity on social media with the hashtag #NPLD.

National public lands day celebration flowchart
National Park Service

There are more than 400 areas run by the National Park Service across the U.S., and many of them aren’t parks in the traditional sense of the word; the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz Island, and countless other monuments and historical sites are also run by the NPS. Wondering if there might be one closer than you thought? Explore parks in your area on this interactive map.

For those of you who can’t take advantage of the free admission on September 28, the National Park Service will also waive all entrance fees for Veteran’s Day on November 11.

And, if you’re wishing a free-admission day existed for museums, you’re in luck—more than 1500 museums will be free to visit on Museum Day, which happens to be this Saturday.

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