New York Hotel Offers Free Lessons With a Knitting Master


A New York City hotel is taking coziness to the next level for the final weeks of winter. As Travel + Leisure reports, two New York City Arlo Hotels locations will be hosting knitting sessions—complete with free hot cocoa—led by a world-class knitter throughout March.

The program, titled Cozy AF, is open to knitters of all skill levels. During the classes—which will be held March 12 and March 26 at the Arlo NoMad location and March 19 at the Arlo SoHo location—participants will knit their own pair of fingerless gloves, with beginners focusing on basic patterns and advanced knitters learning to personalize the accessories. Knitting instructor Dira Adams, who graduated from the Nottingham Trent University knitwear program in the UK and has designed for the likes of Donna Karan and JW Anderson, will be on hand to help students through the process.

As for the setting, both Arlo locations have designated knitting spaces that are the interior design equivalents of fluffy wool sweaters. At Arlo SoHo, a heated tent is decorated with fur throws and wooden deck chairs. Arlo NoMad, on the other hand, features an enclosed terrace with a fireplace, candles, and string lights. Each site provides complimentary hot chocolate to knitters.

The class is free for hotel guests and $45 for anyone else willing to make the trek there just to hone their knitting skills. That price includes knitting materials, hot cocoa, and a goodie bag of chocolate from New York’s Fine + Raw and Mast Brothers.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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The Literal Translation of Every Country's Name In One World Map

What's in a name? Some pretty illuminating insights into the history and culture of a place, it turns out. Credit Card Compare, an Australia-based website that offers its users assistance with choosing the credit card that's right for them, recently dug into the etymology of place names for a new blog post to create a world map that highlights the literal translation of the world's countries, including the United States of Amerigo (which one can only assume is a reference to Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who realized that North America was its own landmass).

"We live in a time of air travel and global exploration," the company writes in the blog. "We’re free to roam the planet and discover new countries and cultures. But how much do you know about the people who lived and explored these destinations in times past? Learning the etymology—the origin of words—of countries around the world offers us fascinating insight into the origins of some of our favorite travel destinations and the people who first lived there."

In other words: there's probably a lot you don't know about the world around you. But the above map (which is broken down into smaller bits below) should help.

For more detailed information on the background of each of these country names, click here. Happy travels!

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The Loneliest Road in America Is This Arctic Supply Route in Alaska
Micah Bochart, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Micah Bochart, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Sick of traffic? Try heading for Alaska’s Dalton Highway, considered the least-traveled road in the United States, CityLab reports. The 414-mile highway, traversed largely by a handful of truckers and passing through only a few small towns, sees the fewest cars per year of any road in the U.S., according to America’s Quietest Routes, an interactive website made by Geotab, a company that helps optimize truck fleet routes.

To create the site, Geotab used data from the Highway Performance Monitoring System’s 2015 average traffic statistics. Though the Nevada stretch of U.S. 50 is sometimes called the “Loneliest Road in America,” the numbers show you’d be much lonelier driving down the Dalton Highway, also known as State Route 11. The route, which runs along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline north-south between Fairbanks and the remote Arctic town of Deadhorse, saw an average of 196 vehicles a day over the course of 2015—one for every two miles of road. Many of those vehicles are trucks carrying vital supplies to the oil fields of the Arctic.

The highway has been featured on the History Channel reality show Ice Road Truckers and is considered one of the most dangerous routes to drive in the world. There is a 240-mile stretch that features zero services, and it’s full of steep grades, avalanche-prone areas, and the slow-moving landslides known as frozen debris lobes. Despite the dangers, it’s a picturesque route, one with views that writers regularly call “Tolkienesque.”

One thing’s for sure—you probably don’t want to drive it on your own.

[h/t CityLab]


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