Tribune News Service
Travel Budget for Monday, February 10, 2020
Updated at 4:30 a.m. EST (0930 UTC).
^Follow the footsteps of 'Little Women' on a pilgrimage in Massachusetts<
^UST-MASS-LITTLEWOMEN:TB—<A rural New England cemetery is not where you'd expect to spot four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and other Hollywood A-listers on a crisp autumn day.
But there the actors were in 2018, and now on screens around the world, in the Old Burying Ground cemetery in Groton, just one of several real-life locations that director Greta Gerwig used in her much-applauded remake of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women." Gerwig's film was nominated for six Academy Awards.
1200 by Susanne Fowler in Groton, Mass. MOVED
^Small town of Tupelo, Miss., has lots of love for native son Elvis<
^UST-MISS-TUPELO-ELVIS:MCT—<If people associate a geographic location with Elvis, it's usually Memphis, where he began his meteoric rise to fame and built his beloved Graceland. But it's here in this north Mississippi town on the Natchez Trace that he spent his formative years, and don't think Tupelo isn't aware of it.
1250 by Patti Nickell in Tupelo, Miss. MOVED
^Las Vegas buffets: Your guide to lavish nonstop dining on the Strip<
^UST-VEGAS-BUFFETS:LA—<Nothing says "America" like excess, and nothing says "excess" like Las Vegas, and nothing says "Las Vegas" like the all-you-can-eat buffet. By the transitive property, that makes the AYCE buffet the most American thing imaginable. We sifted through a heap of them to help you decide where to do your patriotic duty.
2200 by Andrea Chang, Jenn Harris, Lucas Kwan Peterson and Brian Park. MOVED
^Coffee in Las Vegas: 6 spots to get your caffeine fix in Sin City<
^UST-VEGAS-COFFEE:LA—<You'll need all the energy you can muster in the morning after a long night of poker at the Flamingo and hitting the clubs until 5 a.m. Here are six great off-Strip places to help ensure you're making the most of your time in Vegas.
550 by Lucas Kwan Peterson.
^Universal's Mardi Gras goes big for 25th year of festivities<
^UST-UNIVERSAL-MARDIGRAS:OS—<This year, Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras theme will showcase more "booty" than any previous event — meaning to say, it involves swashbuckling pirates looking for buried treasure.
Mardi Gras turns 25 during Universal's 2020 event, and in honor of the anniversary, the creative minds behind the festivities are theming floats and costumes with a "Treasures of the Deep" twist. Park visitors can enjoy New Orleans-inspired parades, floats, food and more through April 2. The event started Feb. 1.
Chefs, show directors and store designers went big for the 25th event by pulling together several new and exciting features at this year's festival. Here are the top five highlights.
1000 by Patrick Connolly in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^Year's first cruise ship Regent Seven Seas Splendor debuts ahead of Florida arrival<
^CRU-REGENTSEVENSEAS-SPLENDOR:OS—<The busy year in new cruise ships got started with the delivery of the Regent Seven Seas Splendor, which will make its way to Miami in February.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the high-end line of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which also runs Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises, got its hands on the fifth ship in its fleet at a ceremony at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard last month.
The sister ship to 2016's Regent Seven Seas Explorer, which was billed as "the most luxurious cruise ship ever," Seven Seas Splendor is what the all-inclusive line calls "the ship that perfects luxury."
450 by Richard Tribou. MOVED
^What does Brexit mean for travelers to Britain?<
^CNS-TRAVEL-BREXIT:LA—<Brexit has arrived in Britain, but American travelers need not worry about it affecting their travels, at least for now.
The action, which follows more than three years of parliamentary skirmishing and basically divorces Britain from its former partners in the European Union, now enters a transitional phase. For the rest of the year, officials will work out details of how trade and customs and travel issues will be dealt with.
300 by Christopher Reynolds. MOVED
^U.S. News ranks top hotels in key regions<
^CNS-HOTEL-RANKINGS:TPU—<U.S. News & World Report released the 10th edition of its Best Hotels rankings last week after evaluating more than 30,000 luxury hotels and resorts across the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
Using a methodology combining industry awards with hotel star ratings and guest reviews, U.S. News found that Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii was the No. 1 Best Hotel in the U.S. for 2020.
500 by Donald Wood. MOVED
^FAMILYTRAVEL5:MCT—<Destination column from the editor of FamilyTravel.com.
550 by Lynn O'Rourke Hayes. MOVED
^GEOQUIZ:TB—<The weekly geography quiz.
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