This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Nilou Motamed presented affordable European getaways. From our No. 3 ranking World's Best hotel to the best-kept secret revealed in our July issue, there's still time left to plan a fall getaway across the Atlantic—without breaking the bank. Read on for some inspiration!
Mexican: the cuisine London could never get right. While the city mastered Emirati, Ethiopian, Polish, Syrian, Lebanese (and how!)—even Argentine steaks—attempts at Mexican fare have historically been less well-received. But that was then. Three years ago, the arrival of Mestizo—followed by the opening of popular burrito bar Chilango—began transforming London into a Mexican food mecca. Now the big guns from across the pond have arrived. Last month, Serge Becker opened hotspot taquería La Bodega Negra in Soho. Not to be outdone, Derek Sanders, the force behind New York City’s haute Mexican diner/speakeasy La Esquina, will soon open his London outpost right around the corner.
And don’t forget Peru! Star Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, who gained worldwide recognition for Central restaurant in Lima, will open his first London eatery this June. Meanwhile, Ceviche (pictured), which opened in March in Soho, is receiving buzz for its extensive menu and dedicated Pisco Sour bar.
Photo courtesy of Ceviche
This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presented easy weekend getaways from Charleston, South Carolina. We know T+L readers love this destination: It ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Cities in the United States and Canada in the just-announced 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey. Take a look!
A TRIO OF WEEKEND ESCAPES
1. Downtown Charleston
Travel + Leisure readers love Charleston. Proof? The city was ranked as the No. 4 Top City in the U.S. and Canada on the 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. With top-notch restaurants, pristine beaches, and plenty of Lowcountry charms, Charleston is an ideal southern escape. WHERE TO STAY The 19th-century Wentworth Mansion offers a perfect downtown location as well as great value. There are drinks in the parlor each afternoon, chocolate at turndown, and a complimentary breakfast that includes some of the best shrimp and grits we’ve ever tasted. PRICE $329 a night, including breakfast for two. BOOK NOW
Our favorite summer music festival—held at the country home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—celebrates its 75th anniversary this season. Highlights include performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Diana Krall, plus a Fourth of July extravaganza with unofficial Tanglewood bard James Taylor. Nothing beats hearing Sweet Baby James sing about the “dreamlike” Berkshires in the actual Berkshires. Through Sept. 2.
Stay at... Stonover Farm (pictured)
A 15-minute walk from Tanglewood’s front gate is what appears to be your archetypal New England farmhouse inn, complete with the requisite duck pond and willow trees. But the suite interiors are more Giorgio Armani than Norman Rockwell, with elegant fabrics and warm neutral tones. On cool evenings, owner Tom Werman—a former L.A. record producer—lights the flagstone fireplaces, cues up some Bill Evans, and pours wine for guests. $$$
Photo by Kevin Sprague
Ana Lissa Sison, director of housekeeping at the Peninsula New York, can make a king-size bed in five minutes flat. Her method:
1. Pillows: Karate-chop down the middle to fluff feathers. Fold in half lengthwise and insert into case. From the outside, pinch a corner of pillow; pull case down. Set aside.
2. Bottom Sheet: Use a flat sheet (more durable than fitted). Tuck in top and bottom. At each corner, lift overhang to form a triangle. Pull and tuck sheet under.
3. Top Sheet: Tuck in bottom, leaving sides hanging. Fold top of sheet back six to eight inches.
4. Duvet, Part I: Fold duvet cover in half, with opening facing headboard. Fold duvet as mirror image, and place at foot of bed.
5. Duvet, Part II: Grab duvet at bottom right; pull into right corner of cover. Repeat on left. Holding cover in place, pull it completely over duvet.
6. Finish: Leave duvet untucked, smoothing out wrinkles and crisping corners. Place pillows on top and align patterns. Add accents to taste.
Illustration by L-DOPA
T+L's features director, Nilou Motamed, announces the new crop of Travel + Leisure World's Best Award winners, as voted by readers in our annual survey. From Montana's Triple Creek Ranch to Boracay, a pristine island in the Philippines, these hotels, destinations, and travel companies are the best of the best. For all the winners, click here.
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“Stop by the Musée Mécanique (Pier 45) to play any of 250 vintage arcade machines. So cool!” —Alexandra Tursi, via Facebook
“Climb to the top of Vallejo Street to find Ina Coolbrith Park (Vallejo and Taylor Sts.), a little patch of green that’s another world.” —Chris Wray, via Facebook
“Buena Vista (2765 Hyde St.) has been the place for Irish coffee since 1952.” —Louise M. Batista, via Facebook
“Run by a Brit, the Codmother (2824 Jones St.; 415/606-9349) serves the best fish-and-chips in the city, bar none.” —Heather Thompson Noll, via Facebook
We asked true travel pros what to do near The Ritz London, Piccadilly's grande dame for over a century. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.
“Zara Home’s (129 Regent St.) pretty and affordable bed linens are a must-buy. I’m anxiously hoping they’ll open in the U.S.” —Carolyn Ernst, via Facebook
“You’ll find free choral recitals (and an amazing flea market on Tuesdays) at St. James’s Church (197 Piccadilly).” —Sunshine Flint, via Facebook
“The Only Running Footman, near Berkeley Square, is my favorite pub for people-watching—it’s packed with locals after work.” —Georgia Aarons, via Facebook
“I recommend the Wolseley for great cream teas, and the deck chairs in Green Park on a sunny day.” —Zoe Bramley, via Facebook
“Fakhreldine (85 Piccadilly) is the place for high-end Lebanese food and an iconic park view.” —Julie Brennan, via Facebook
Photo courtesy of The Ritz London
Planning to devour some sticky barbecued ribs this weekend? Don’t feel guilty: they could be your ticket to a free trip to Blackberry Farm, the Travel + Leisure's World’s Best Award–winning resort in Walland, Tennessee. Starting today, “spot” Southern dishes—from BBQ to grits to gumbo—on Foodspotting, a website and app for finding the best meals around the globe, and you’ll be entered for a chance to a win a trip for two to one of the country’s best foodie escapes.
T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Chicago on the Weather Channel's Wake Up with Al.
1. Family-Friendly Resort: Kohler, Wisconsin
Founded in 1918 by the man behind Kohler bathroom fixtures, this destination, three hours north of Chicago, is known for its iconic resort, where travelers can choose between dozens of activities, from tennis to golf, croquet, hiking, swimming, and more. WHERE TO STAY The 240-room American Club Resort, which offers storytelling by an outdoor firepit on Friday nights. Plus, all the rooms have state-of-the-art showers and whirlpool bathtubs. PRICE $289 a night. BOOK NOW