In our Decemeber issue, Travel + Leisure spun out a list of the top tech gadgets in 2013. Now, we’re giving our fans in Chicago a chance to test drive and buy a selection of winners, from Wi-Fi equipped cameras to super-slick laptops at the T+L Hot Spot Tech Pop-Up. Hosted by the Thompson Chicago, the shop will run this weekend, Friday, December 12th through Sunday, December 15th, in conjunction with ShopLatitude.com, where you’ll be able to make all your purchases. Gevalia coffee will fuel the holiday shopping with their tasting station, as guests listen to the likes of T+L News Editor, Amy Farley and Style Director, Mimi Lombardo during live editor chats.
Wondering when you should book your flights for 2014? Finding the lowest fares means hitting the booking window at just the right time. We asked KAYAK to crunch the numbers for airfares around the world. Here's a look.
In addition to the Art Basel buzz, Miami is getting extra attention today with the opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. The three-level, $131 million state of the art building took 28 months to build. Notable features include 200,000 square feet of program space, floor-to-ceiling hurricane resistant windows, and views of both the downtown skyline and Key Biscayne. Verde, the museum's restaurant by Steven Starr, will offer seasonal dishes, craft cocktails, and quick bites like pastries and sandwiches. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the venue was inspired by Stiltsville—the atmospheric collection of shacks off the coast of Key Biscayne. Tip: Stay at a Bal Harbour–area hotel for free admission to PAMM and three other museums.
Centrally located in Yountville, this 13-room inn is within walking distance of the town’s holiday decorations, festive shops, and standout restaurants. Enjoy the inn’s complimentary wine and seasonal hors d’oeuvres each afternoon with cranberry-chocolate scones and carafes of hot cocoa. And since you’re in wine country, be sure to celebrate the holiday season by taking a tasting tour at some of the top vineyards in the country—some are in walking distance from the hotel. Doubles from $150/night.
Located at the base of Telluride in Mountain Village, this hotel has 95 guestrooms outfitted with leather armchairs, plush beds, and soaking tubs. Getting onto the slopes is easy with the ski valet who can help you get outfitted with all equipment and gear you’ll need. Consider visiting in early December before prices go up for the holidays and high ski season. After a day on the mountain, enjoy the hotel’s restaurant, Rev, which serves only produce and meat sourced from farms located within a 100-mile radius and seafood from sustainable fisheries. Doubles from $199/night (through December 19).
Leave the hassles of air travel behind on these all-American vacations.
1. Road Trip: Music, Mountains, and Monuments Westbound
G Adventures’ 8-day itinerary covers notable American cities—New York, D.C., Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans—and scenic roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll ride in a private van with a small group averaging about 10 people (typically 20- and 30-somethings). The trip includes entrance fees to all National Parks and National Monuments with hiking and walking excursions, plus orientation tours in D.C. and New York, and a visit to Arlington Cemetery. From $110/day per person, gadventures.com.
The Telegraph's Soo Kim reports on plans to open a Jackie Chan theme park in Beijing. The best news? Admission is expected to be free. (Peter Schlesinger)
Skift takes a look at budget airline Ryanair's first foray into social media. Famously brash, the company is now tweeting with attitude. (P.S.)
I'm a sucker for commercials with nice music. This new Carnival Cruise Lines ad (the company's first TV spot since the Triumph debacle last spring) fits the bill. Showcasing Instagram photos from passengers, it is an upbeat step forward for the beleaguered cruise line. The New York Times reports. (P.S.)
Michigan’s northeastern shores have charming coves, towering sand dunes, tiny fishing towns, orchards, and vineyards. Peak season for this area is typically early-mid October, but you can sign up for weekly fall color report on michigan.org. Drive along Grand Traverse Bay where you’ll find fiery-hued maples and oak leaves that stand out against green pine, fir, and spruce trees. The 11-room Chateau Chantal inn and vineyard sits on a 65-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula. Not only do they serve amazing breakfasts, but they also have their own own tasting room and winery where they produce Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other varietals. Doubles from $190/night.