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42 The Calls
If you’re not completely sported out by the World Cup, may we remind you that the Tour de France is kicking off next month – and, for the first time ever, it’s starting in Yorkshire (yes, as in Yorkshire, England. Long Story. Not that uncommon. Don't ask).
The opening ceremony – the Tour’s biggest to date – takes place July 3 in Leeds, and tickets are still available from £50.75.
So where are you going to stay?
Leeds is full of gorgeous hotels, from your Malmaisons and Novotels (yes, even the Novotel is snazzy in Leeds) to ones of a kind like 42 The Calls, in an 18th-century converted corn mill, and The New Ellington, a swish, boutiquey kind of place. It also has a proper grande dame in the shape of The Queens. All are showing availability for under £100 for the night of the opening ceremony.
Bike maintenance stations get your Huffy purring.
Introducing: a biker bar where you’re more likely to wear Birkenstocks than leather boots.
Vermont visitors will find that the 258-room Hilton Burlington has rolled out a new lobby restaurant, The Mounted Cat, which is sure to gain traction with local cyclists. That’s because it’s located adjacent to the Burlington bike path, and boasts two “maintenance stations” offering free help to bikers in need: a handful of common tools for tune-ups, plus an air station. There’s also covered bike parking and complimentary water bottle fill-ups. Suddenly, “ride-sharing” has a whole new meaning. (Cue: “aw!” chorus and schmaltzy Full House music.)
But bikers may want to spend more time at The Mounted Cat than just the few minutes needed to tighten that doohickey or adjust the thingamajig. (We are very serious bikers here at HotelChatter, guys.) The curiously named restaurant evokes a modern farmhouse – you know, the kind where “reclaimed wooden planks” and “bar tops with tablet docking stations” coexist in peaceful harmony.