BA drinks in New Orleans

British Airways is shaking things up ahead of the launch of its new route to New Orleans this month.


From March 27 the airline will fly four times weekly between Heathrow and 'The Big Easy' and to mark the occasion it has teamed up with London cocktail bar NOLA to create a New Orleans-inspired cocktail and Creole food menu which will be served to all customers on flights between the two cities from the launch date until April 27.

Executive chef Brett Milligan has collaborated with British Airways’ in-house chefs to create courses which pair authentic Deep South flavours alongside traditional cooking techniques.

Customers will be able to try drinks such as a Hurricane cocktail, which blends rum with passionfruit and citrus, and the official cocktail of New Orleans 'The Sazerac', a distinguished mixture of rye whiskey, sugar, absinthe and bitters.

Colin Talbot, British Airways’ head of catering, said: “New Orleans is the birthplace of exotic elixirs, buzzing jazz bars and some of America’s most famous cocktails so we wanted to give our customers something extra special to toast the new route.

"We’ve ensured the flavours are really authentic to give those on board a taste of the Deep South before they’ve even touched down.”

Prices to New Orleans start from £599 for World Traveller (Economy), £899 in World Traveller Plus (Premium) and £1,749 for Club World (Business).

Dirty Dancing in Virginia

Fans of the iconic movie Dirty Dancing can enjoy a summer weekend that will see them visiting key locations featured in the movie.

Dirty Dancing

Mountain Lake Lodge, in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary this year by offering visitors the chance to stay on the set of the movie and tour Baby’s cabin and the fictional Kellerman Resort.

A series of themed weekends will see guests take advantage of dance lessons and enjoy a Dirty Dancing location tour which will take in sites such as the lakefront gazebo, Baby’s cabin, a Dirty Dancing memorabilia exhibition, the Patrick Swayze Memorial and newer additions to the property.

Themed weekends have sold out for June 23- 25 but bookings can still be made for the July 28-30, August 25-27 and September 15-17 weekends.

Set amongst 2,600 acres of wilderness, Mountain Lake Lodge has a range of varied facilities from hiking and biking trails to a Treetop Adventure course.

The Lodge’s accommodations include rustic cabins, modern cottages and guest rooms in the main lodge.

Weekend packages can be booked direct with Mountain Lake Lodge from $350pp based on double occupancy.

Packages include all meals, two dance parties, a Dirty Dancing film tour, group dance lessons and two nights lodging at Mountain Lake Lodge.

Country hits the high notes

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary.


The museum, one of the most visited museums in the U.S., has a collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts.

On June 26 the museum will open an exhibit devoted to Shania Twain, who has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide.

Her hits songs include 'That Don’t Impress Me Much' and 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman'.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibitions for 2017,” said Twain.

“Being able to re-visit favorite costumes, photographs and memories from my career has been a special feeling, especially as this year will see a new stage for me with a brand new album. I’m very excited to have these important creative moments on display in Nashville.”

In November (17th), a new exhibit will explore the intertwined careers of Grammy-winning superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Incorporating a wide array of personal and professional memorabilia representing milestones and significant moments, the exhibit will explore elements of their separate paths to success as solo artists and their hit-making combination as a couple with their record-breaking Soul2Soul Tours and duet performances.

The exhibit will run until May 2018.

Woodbury targets UK shoppers

Visitors heading to New York can now benefit from the completion of Woodbury Common Premium Outlet’s three-year renovation.


Shoppers can expect to see new landscaping, outdoor and indoor seating and a host of new luxury brands such as Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Loewe, which have helped to enhance the mall's one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Shoppers can enjoy savings of between 25-65% off everyday prices at over 220 stores.

Other favourites include Tory Burch, Nike, Celine, Bottega Veneta, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach and The North Face. Designer stores include Burberry, Coach, Gucci and Versaci.

Located less than an hour from New York City, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is internationally renowned as having one of the largest collection of designer outlets in the U.S.

Market Hall offers a variety of dining options including Chipotle, Pret A Manger, Pinkberry, and more. Additional amenities are also offered such as free WIFI and more seating.

Those based in the Big Apple can take advantage of a daily bus service that leaves from Port Authority.

Revolution museum in Philly

The Museum of the American Revolution, which will tell the story of America's founding, is due to open in Philadelphia in April.


With original artefacts, 'immersive settings' and various theatres designed to appeal to visitors of all ages, the museum will take visitors on a journey from the roots of conflict to the outbreak of fighting, and from the bold Declaration of Independence through the long years of warfare and the creation of a new nation in 1776.

The rumblings of the American Revolution began more than a decade before the “shot heard ‘round the world” ignited America’s War for Independence. Visitors will discover, through seven galleries how the American Colonists – most of them content and even proud British subjects – became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold.

They will see how conflict over Native American lands and western settlement created the first rumblings of American discontent.

They will also watch Congress issue the transformative Declaration of Independence - one of the most important documents ever written - on July 4.

Visitors will sit in an immersive theater that recreates the panels, furniture and feeling of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, and view the unfolding debate and decision-making from their own Windsor chair as delegates to the Continental Congress passionately debate the break from England and the King.

U.S. National Monument 129

The Civil Rights District in Birmingham, Alabama, has been named a U.S. National Monument.


The national monument, which encompasses historic sites in the downtown district that were significant to the revolution that took place in the streets of the city in the 1960s, should help attract more international visitors to a city that played a pivotal role in America’s Civil Rights Movement.

One of the city’s most famous civil rights landmarks is the 16th Street Baptist Church. In the basement of the church on a September Sunday morning in 1963, a dynamite bomb set by Ku Klux Klansmen ripped through the side of the church killing four African-American schoolgirls.

The bombing horrified the nation and proved to be a turning point in race relations.

Also included in the national monument district is The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Coloured Masonic Temple, St. Paul Lutheran Church and portions of the 4th Avenue Business District, which arose from blacks being shunned by white merchants, are included in the national monument.

Also, part of the designation is the A.G. Gaston Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. met and collaborated with allies during the Birmingham campaign.

“Birmingham was Ground Zero for the civil rights campaign in 1963, an era marked by attacks and jail cells on one side and non-violence and the resolute certainty of a better tomorrow on the other,” said John Oros, Jr., president and CEO of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau said.

“The national monument designation is tribute to the struggles and sacrifices that made Birmingham matter in the course of American history.”

The total number of U.S. national monuments now stands at 129.