Travel Tidbits from BWI & ANC Airports

Here’s news about some nice new amenities at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgoood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

BWI playground

BWI has this nice new playground equipment at the Thomas A. Dixon Jr. Aircraft Observation Area and park, which is part of the BWI Trail network, a 12.5 mile scenic trail that encircles the airport.

BWI VIctoria's Secret

BWI also recently added three new specialty shops: Sock it to You, a locally owned shop in Concourse C selling, you guessed it, novelty socks; Victoria’s Secret Beauty, selling makeup, fragrances and select lingerie; and Marhsall Rousso’s, offering women’s fashions and accessories.

ANC Pork & Pickle

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) had a ribbon cutting event for the grand opening of Pork & Pickle (fun to say, right?), a modern gastropub and bbq concept from HMSHost.

The restaurant smokes it meats on-site and the menu includes smoked pork spare ribs, smoked beef brisket, smoked paprika BBQ turkey breast, ‘dirty chips’ (made with BBQ trimmings), and the restaurant’s signature ‘pork & pickle’ pulled pork sandwich with bread & butter pickles.

This is Alaska, so there’s also Alaskan hot smoked salmon salad and Alaskan cod & chips on the menu and a nice variety of local and regional beers.

Not going to Alaska anytime soon? There’s also a Pork & Pickle in Kansas City International Airport, in Terminal B.

Win prizes at BWI and PDX airports

Baltimore Ravens football fans – and everyone else – can enter the “AIRMALL Purple Zone” contest at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) for the chance to win official Ravens gear and other prizes – including a trip to a Ravens away game during the 2013 season.

Passengers who make a purchase at participating BWI Marshall retail locations will receive a Ravens scratch-off ticket and have a chance at winning prizes that include Ravens t-shirts, hats, polo shirts, and autographed mini-helmets, discounts at some airport shops and – the grand prize : a trip for two to a 2013 Ravens away game, including round-trip airfare, game tickets, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, a Ravens prize pack and lunch. (You can also get a scratch ticket by mail. See the contest details.

And travelers who live in or near Portland, Oregon should definitely enter the Holidays Take Flight contest at Portland International Airport. The winner gets a $1,000 traveler voucher redeemable for round-trip travel from PDX to any Alaska Airlines destination. Enter here.

Free lobby hangouts at BWI, IAH and PHX airports

If you’re stuck at the airport in Baltimore, Houston or Phoenix between now and December 16th and need to plug in your laptop or some portable gadget, look for a seat in one of the “Lobby Zones” set up by the folks at Marriott Courtyard Hotels.

The airport Lobby Zones are meant to give travelers a taste of what the chain’s new lobby decor offers, but you don’t have to have a hotel reservation to pull up a chair, hang out and recharge your gear.

Find them at BWI on Concourse A, at Phoenix Sky Harbor in Terminal 4 and in Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Terminal E.