A lot of people are going to be spending a lot of time in airports in the coming weeks. And while there may be long lines and lots of delays, at least there will be some lovely holiday decorations to look at.
We’re making a list (and checking it twice) of great holiday decor at airports. And we’re very curious about what’s on tap at Denver International Airport.
Offered in partnership with Paradies Lagardère inside the pre-security Summerfest Marketplace, the service allows travelers heading to warm clime the option of checking their winter coats for just $2/day or $10 a trip. The service is available 7 days a week and will be offering through at least the beginning of winter.
Santa, elves, and more holiday fun at airports
Like many other travelers, we had to cancel our holiday flights due to COVID-19 concerns. But we’re still keeping an eye on all the fun things airports are rolling out to celebrate the season.
Here are few things we spotted on Wednesday.
And look at these snaps shared by Washington’s IAD & DCA Airports
Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) have done a great job of lighting and decorating the terminals. Thanks so much for sharing the slide show.
Tampa International Airport’s Main Terminal complex turned 50 years old on April 15. As part of the celebration, the airport put together this sweet video with great vintage images.
Reagan National Airport debuts new concourse
There’s a new 14 gate, 225,000-square-foot concourse at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Gates 46-59 will serve flights for American Airlines’ regional operations at DCA and give travelers amenity-filled waiting areas and direct, enclosed access to aircraft via jetbridges. This is a major upgrade from the previous set-up which involved shuttle buses out to the dreaded Gate 35X.
The new concourse has a panaramic views of the Washington, D.C. skyline, a variety of seating options with power plugs nearby, 14,000 square feet of concession space, four public restrooms, four moving walkways, two mother’s care rooms, an indoor pet relief area, and a new baggage handling system.
Here are some more photos shared by Reagan National Airport.
Places We’ll Go
Once we get the all-clear, we’re going to go. Everywhere.
Here are some places we’re putting on the list.
Celebrating James Brown in Augusta, GA
If soul legend James Brown was still with us, he’d turn 88 on May 3. His hometown of Augusta, GA will be the place to celebrate, with a citywide walking tour and an outdoor birthday block party.
Dollywood Flower & Food Festival
The Dollywood theme park in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee looks like fun. Especially if we could get there between April 23 and June 7 when more than half a million flowers will be blooming for the “Flower & Food Festival.”
Poetry in Miami
The O, Miami Poetry Festival is underway through the month of April, with the goal of having people encounter, enjoy, and engage with poems in unlikely places. One of the projects, Poetry About Town, consists of “call-up” poems about two streets in Miami Dade County.
5 Things We Love About Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
1. The views of Washington, D.C.’s monuments
Aviation geeks who would rather look at airplanes than landscape and monuments know what Gravelly Point Park sits at the end of DCA’s longest runway and offers great plane spotting opportunities.
2. The Historic DCA Lobby
Washington National Airport opened for business on June 16, 1941 with service from two airlines: American and Eastern.
Back then the facility was “ultramodern” in terms of building design, air traffic control, and convenience.
Today, the historic Terminal A lobby still feels swanky, in that 1940s way.
You’ll also find photos from the earlier era along the wall in the hallway to the west of the lobby and, nearby, an exhibit area with artifacts and information from Abingdon, a colonial plantation that once stood on the airport’s grounds.
3. Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurant
DCA has a branch of Ben’s Chili Bowl, a landmark restaurant in Washington, D.C. known for chili dogs, half-smokes, and milkshakes.
4. The Art at DCA
Art is an integral part of Terminal B/C, which was designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli.
The permanent artwork includes ten floor medallions on the concourse; 11 balustrades that overlook the concourse; 5 murals; 2 stained glass friezes and more.
5. The Rocking Chair Lobby in Terminal A
We love any airport that has rocking chairs. Don’t you?
Police departments – including airport police departments – join with their neighborhoods each August 7 to hold National Night Out events to encourage neighbors to get to know each other and to create safer places to live.
The street I used to live on held a picnic each year during Natoinal Night Out and one neighbor rented a bouncy house for the kids. Each year we shared phone numbers and emails. We introduced ourselves around and chose a street captain.
And when there was a serious issue on our block – or if someone just noticed that someone else had left their car lights on – we knew how to get in touch with our neighbors.
So if your street is hosting an event, I strongly encourage you to out there and say hi.
And don’t be shy about approaching those airport officers. As we’re learning from their entertaining entries in the viral police lip sync challenge, many airport police teams have a great sense of humor.
Know of another airport hosting a National Night Out event? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list.