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10 Cocktails That Are Perfect for Your Autumn Quarantine

Warm up with these autumn-inspired drinks.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and when the weather starts to cool, the warm drinks start pouring. With Labor Day far behind us, it’s not just time to retire white wine, it’s time to shelf our favorite Mai Tais and Aperol Spritzes in exchange for something a bit more seasonal. While some might celebrate the autumn with pumpkin carving and apple picking, we prefer to ring in the season with booze. For our 21 plus readers looking to celebrate the season with a drink or two, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best fall-inspired cocktails to warm you up from the inside out.

Haunted Mansions, Military Ruins, and Ghost Towns: Hong Kongs Spookiest Spots

Hong Kong’s forgotten and abandoned places make for chilling, compelling landmarks—and a history lesson in their own right.

Hong Kong might be one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but in between stacks of high-rise apartments, ultra-narrow lanes, and crammed shopping malls, a handful of spaces lie empty and derelict as if frozen in time, untouched by locals. Some of them date back to the early 20th century; others are remnants of the city’s British colonial past; others still are failed residential developments turned eerie. But keep in mind, these aren’t your typical tourist sites. You won’t be able to enter some of them, only observe them from a distance. But even from there, they offer a fascinating glimpse of the city’s history, former architecture, and even social structures. Disclaimer: Many of the locations listed here are abandoned, under construction/renovation, maintained by security, or otherwise a potentially dangerous and/or an untenable attraction to visit. Don’t break any laws, trespass on any properties, or do anything dangerous to gain access to them. Just enjoy this article. 

Where Can You Travel? What’s Open? What’s Closed? Here’s the Current Status for All 50 States

The states are starting to reopen. But is it wise to venture out?

[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that originally ran on May 19.] Disclaimer: This is meant to be a general overview of how each state is reopening. It is not intended to provide every last detail regarding guidelines and restrictions; please refer to the government website of each state for specifics. In addition, please remember that even if a state has been given the green light for a category of businesses to reopen, individual businesses may choose to remain closed. As such, please be sure to contact each business or site before visiting to ensure that it is open. As the United States begins to relax its shelter-in-place orders and some emerge from their homes, many are counting the days when we can get back out there and travel, even if it’s by car to a neighboring community or state. But as we know, a very different landscape awaits out there than the one we left earlier this winter at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. There are things travelers must consider that we never did before, including social distancing and personal sanitization. The big question is: Is it safe to travel in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pretty clear in its stance. It’s recommended that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential. Social distancing still needs to be practiced, especially if you are in a higher risk category or an older adult. You shouldn’t travel if you feel sick, or travel with someone who is sick. And you need to protect yourself and others by knowing how to prevent the virus from spreading.  Perhaps the most hopeful advice comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to him, summer travel “can be in the cards.” He urges caution, since we risk COVID-19 spreading rapidly if proper precautions are not taken. “When infections start to rear their heads again,” he says, “we have to put in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contact trace, and make sure we don’t have those spikes we have now.” As long as we’re aware that “getting back to normal is not like a light switch that you turn on and off,” he says, we should be able to get back to some sort of normalcy. So the answer is: We’re not quite there yet. The best thing to do is pay attention to the several-phase reopening plans that each state has developed, outlining when hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, outdoor areas, etc., should be open for business and what precautions they must take. Some states are freer than others—and that’s something to consider. Do you really want to be on a beach where social distancing guidelines aren’t being maintained? It’s a whole new world that we’ll be navigating, literally. The guidelines are fast-changing and it’s hard to keep up, but here’s where they stand today, state by state.      

Brighten Your Day With These 10 Musicals That Are Now Streaming

“Here we go! And a 5, 6, 7, 8!”

The days go by both slowly and quickly; it feels like both October and March, and most of us are straight-up losing our minds—therefore, it is truly the perfect time to face the music. No, not “face the music” as in “fix your whole life”—“face the music” as in, “watch some damn musicals on your television!” These 10 musicals are available to stream right from your television and are sure to bring you some much needed, mood-lifting relief—if only for a few hours.

The Best Art Towns in Provence and the French Riviera

Discover why history’s greatest artists have always found inspiration in France’s most beautiful region.

Artists have been drawn to the south of France for generations, awed by its luminous colors and crystalline light. Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, and Van Gogh led the way, followed by Léger, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, and Cocteau. Cézanne had the good fortune to be born in Provence, and he returned there throughout his life. The artists left behind a superb legacy of works, utterly individual but all consistently bathed in Mediterranean color and light. That’s why a visit to this region can be as culturally rich as a month in Paris.