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Readers Share Stories of Summer Travel Mishaps

Readers Share Stories of Summer Travel Mishaps

Travel
If 2020 was the year travel stopped, 2021 was when it lurched erratically and veered sideways, like a teenager behind the wheel of a bumper car.Summer travel was particularly chaotic, as travelers were emboldened by vaccines, looser restrictions and cheap airfares. For many, their trips turned into one headache after another: Airlines schedules were in chaos, extreme weather pummeled the country and international destinations flip-flopped on Covid rules as the Delta variant surged.Nancy Newhouse, a former editor of The Times’s Travel section, traveled this summer from Albuquerque to New York on American Airlines, with what was meant to be a brief stopover to change planes at Dallas-Fort Worth. Instead, she sat on the tarmac for two hours upon arriving in Texas, had her next flight canceled...
How the Delta Variant Upended New York’s Hot Restaurant Summer

How the Delta Variant Upended New York’s Hot Restaurant Summer

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As the Covid-19 vaccines rolled out in the spring, many New Yorkers anticipated a summer filled with rampant pleasure and maskless debauchery. The overwhelming energy was: We’re off the hook, and it’s time to party.Restaurant staffs and owners braced themselves for a rush of guest turnout, mile-long drink bills and raucous behavior. And, for a brief, shining moment, they got it. Through June and July, the kind of New Yorkers who treat restaurants as nightlife had the hot vax summer they were promised. The pent-up desire to go out, eat and drink with abandon, and stay out until all hours was sated. In that fleeting moment of apparent safety — before the Delta variant became such a threat, and masks returned — dining out was a joyful and unburdened experience.“We overstaffed in the beginning...
How to Make Summer Jams and Preserves

How to Make Summer Jams and Preserves

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There’s almost no way around the fact that making preserves is a process. But for me that’s what is so enjoyable about it. I am, to a fault, a process person. I revel in precision and attention to detail — these are my superpowers. They’re why I’m drawn to making preserves. In returning to the tradition each year, I have found that I’m always seeking the same thing: to capture memories of farm visits, perfect produce and the season’s warmth in small glass jars.Whether it consumes half an hour or a few days, I know I’ll end up with great jams and jellies to adorn a few slices of buttered toast, a bowl of ice cream or a meaty roast. I’ll also have a way to share my experiences through my joyful end-of-summer preserving. My husband once asked, after I had cooked and canned a market haul of qu...
Summer Menu: Corn Soup, Chicken and Peach Melba

Summer Menu: Corn Soup, Chicken and Peach Melba

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The weather is warm, but the sun sets earlier, the surest sign that summer is nearly over. At my local market, the year’s last corn is piled high, and there are big baskets of shapely sweet peppers in every hue. It seems quite wonderful that stone fruits are still around — peaches, nectarines and plums.So I look no further. For right there in front of me, the essential produce for my dinner is on colorful display: corn soup, a savory stew of peppers and onions, and peaches for dessert. Of course, any of the dishes in this menu could also stand alone.Made with little more than freshly picked sweet corn, onions and water, the velvety soup is divine — and calls for no cream or dairy. The lovely creaminess comes from a thorough whizzing in the blender. But for the silkiest texture, it’s best t...
Why Your Next Trip Might Be More Expensive Than Your Last

Why Your Next Trip Might Be More Expensive Than Your Last

Travel
In July, short-term rental occupancy hit 84 percent in the busiest destinations, including Myrtle Beach and Cape Cod, Mass. The average rate among rentals — which run the gamut from shared rooms to mansions — was $294 in July, up 21 percent compared to July 2019.Beach and resort destinations like these are “the types of destinations that short-term rentals are great at accommodating,” said Jamie Lane, the head of research for AirDNA, noting that urban rentals remain down 30 to 35 percent compared to prepandemic demand. Some, such as Boston and Los Angeles, are off 50 percent.“It looks like the rise of the Delta variant will delay the recovery in urban locations, but we don’t expect much impact in the rest of the country,” Mr. Lane said, noting that vacation rentals converted many new trave...
In Freedom, Wyoming, Freedom Is a Day in the Creek

In Freedom, Wyoming, Freedom Is a Day in the Creek

Sports
FREEDOM, Wyo. — Two weeks before the first day of school in Star Valley, summer feels like it could last forever. But in a place where the rivers begin as snow, the season of swimming is short. Even in August, the creeks run cold. Too soon, they will freeze.Six-year-old Soren Johnson stands on a pebbled beach where Jackknife Creek pours into the Salt River. This creek, this river, and two dirt roads mark the boundaries of his kingdom: Jackknife Creek Ranch, 20 acres of pasture, willows, and aspen groves once part of a working dairy farm. The ranch kisses the western edge of Wyoming. Across the street is Idaho.Jackknife Creek begins around 20 miles west, on Idaho’s Caribou Mountain, and meanders into Wyoming’s Star Valley, a mile-high rural basin roughly an hour’s drive south of Jackson. So...
So Much for a ‘Hot Vax Summer’

So Much for a ‘Hot Vax Summer’

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For much of this summer, Dylan Fogarty, 28, the director of academic partnerships for an education start-up, has been having a blast in Fire Island Pines: hosting pool parties at his four-bedroom house, making new friends at the Low Tea bar, and dancing at the Pavilion club till dawn to pop songs by Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa.But when he got off the ferry two weeks ago, he saw something he hadn’t seen for almost two months: a Covid-19 testing site.That wasn’t the only thing that changed. Some people were wearing masks on the boardwalk again, hosts were asking guests if they had been vaccinated, and the bouncers at clubs and bars were once again screening for vaccination cards at the door.“It’s because of the Delta variant,” Mr. Fogarty said. “All it takes is for one person in one room, and it ...
This Fast Dinner Celebrates Peak Summer Flavors

This Fast Dinner Celebrates Peak Summer Flavors

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For me, peak summer is that joyful moment when the tomatoes and corn are ready at the same time, and there’s enough of each to go absolutely nuts.Earlier in the season, I hold back. The first truly ripe tomatoes need nothing more than salt, some torn basil or mint, and a gloss of the best oil I have. Then I revel in every bite.Early ears of corn get equally minimal treatment: a quick dip in boiling water followed by a slick of salty butter that drips onto my plate as I gnaw the kernels off the cob. (Pro tip: If there are boiled new potatoes on your plate to catch the butter, you won’t be sad.) It’s July eating at its most simple and best.By August though, I’ve paid enough respect to the sanctity of those pristine ingredients. Now, I’m ready to liven things up.[Click here to sign up for The...
Get Away for a Day, No Car Required

Get Away for a Day, No Car Required

Travel
Let’s face it: August in New York can be tough.The heat typically rises. The humidity becomes stifling. At times — particularly on weekends — it can feel like the city has emptied out, as those with the means to do so throw on their out-of-office messages and decamp to second homes or rentals outside the city.This newsletter being what it is, Julia and I will keep offering ideas for how to spend your August. You can always check out past newsletters for evergreen suggestions.But even the most dedicated city dwellers can feel this inexorable pull toward elsewhere, or the need for a break from a routine. Enter the magic of the day trip: a quick journey to fulfill one’s wanderlust that offers the chance to be home in time to enjoy city nightlife.Day trip options from the city abound, but I’m ...
Nearly 50 Times Journalists Capture Nightlife in New York

Nearly 50 Times Journalists Capture Nightlife in New York

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Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.There were a lot of late nights. Even nights that became mornings.The Times’s Metro desk spent six weeks this spring and summer documenting nightlife in New York City as more city dwellers became vaccinated and reveling bloomed. From late May through mid-July, nearly 40 photographers and nine reporters went to D.J. parties, bars, backyards and curbside gatherings.New York at Night, a project in pictures, video and text that published online Friday, is a reminder of all the ways New Yorkers cut loose. Yes, there are wild warehouse parties in Brooklyn. But nightlife is also a dominoes game in the Bronx, a taco stand in Queens or a backyard hangout in Staten Island....