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Sleeping Bags, London

By Conde Nast Traveler Friday, November 19 12:41 PM

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If your carbon footprint is keeping you awake at night, we've found just the thing you need: a cool bag made of recycled luxury-hotel bed linen.

This new British eco enterprise, called Sleeping Bags, encourages you to ditch plastic in favor of durable totes sporting original artwork by top London-based designers (including Avsh Alom Gur and Oonagh O'Hagan) as well as emerging artists. The designs will be based on an overall concept--The Secret World of Beds--and two new bags are to be released twice a year. The first set, on the theme "In My Dreams," includes Vicki Murdoch's bird bag, above.

Go on, bag one and sleep easy.

Sleeping Bags, £30/$48, available from Lost Values 

Photo: Vicki Murdoch, In My Dreams for Sleeping Bags

Canyons Resort, Park City, Utah

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, November 18 12:35 PM

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Subzero conditions may not faze you when you're powering down a mogul run, but a long, frigid ride on a chairlift can bum out even the hardiest of skiers. That's why we're drawn to a new lift at Utah's Canyons, which is adding warmth to all the right places.

The state-of-the-art lift, the first of its kind in North America, will be up and running when ski season starts on November 26 and is part of the first phase of an overall multi-million dollar investment being made at the resort. In addition to having heat in the seat, each chair is enclosed in an orange pod to block wind and glare--much like your ski goggles. It takes just nine minutes to reach the top of the mountain.

We suspect the only problem will be getting people off the lift and onto the slopes.

Photo: Courtesy of Canyons

JapaCurry, San Francisco

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, November 17 11:44 AM

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Spicy food in the open air. It's the perfect combo. So when we heard that JapaCurry, a new food truck selling (no surprise) Japanese curry, is rolling out in San Francisco on Friday, we had to point you in the right direction.

Jay Hamada's journey to food truck owner came by way of Silicon Valley (he lost his IT job) and Japan (where he learned the art of making ramen). But after spotting a long line outside a local Japanese curry restaurant, he decided that was the right dish to take on the road. While curries (beef, pork katsu, chicken katsu, and vegetable) will dominate the menu, Hamada also plans to add some lesser-known Japanese dishes, too.

It seems San Fran's food truck scene is hotter than ever.

Track down JapaCurry in San Francisco on Twitter

Photo: Courtesy of JapaCurry

St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, November 16 11:09 AM

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There's no end of hotels boasting great views, even if that "great view" turns out to be a scrappy piece of greenery. But if you're serious about what's outside your window, the newly opened St. Regis Lhasa, in Tibet, offers the kind of spectacle that can only be found on the Roof of the World, 12,000 feet above sea level.

The first international luxury hotel in Tibet, this 150-room property promises to immerse guests in its surroundings. It's not just the view that will remind you of where you are: Guest rooms have traditional lattice wood furniture and photography depicting local life. Eating options include a Tibetan and Nepalese restaurant, Si Zi Kang. The tearoom serves local blends, some of them aged up to 25 years, and in the spa, you can opt for Tibetan herbal treatments.

If you're looking to live the high life, this is the place.

Courtesy of the St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Tattoo Artist-in-Residence, Marcel at Gramercy, New York City

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, November 15 11:01 AM

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Hotels are always trying to up the ante on extra services (seriously, do we really need pillow butlers?), but New York City's Marcel at Gramercy has come up with our favorite, by far: a tattoo artist-in-residence.

This isn't just any tattoo artist. Acclaimed Los Angelesbased inker Mister Cartoon--who has tattooed celebs, from Beyoncé to Eminem--is the man setting up shop from today until November 24 in the hotel's pop-up Ink Suite.

Check in, and not only will you jump Mister Cartoon's one-year waiting list, you'll also have a souvenir that will last forever.


Hotel guests can make an appointment by calling 917-600-5554 or e-mail MOARMARCEL@mistercartoon.com.

Photo: Matthew Dean

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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