Forget bug juice and bedrolls. Here are four new ways to experience the wilderness with grown-up flair.
The Ultimate Travelling Camp is a mobile tent compound that brings guests to northern India’s remote but spellbinding events (Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival) and rare cultural experiences (sunrise prayers at Ladakh’s Thiksey Monastery). Under the canvas: en suite bathrooms, suede club chairs, and hand-blocked textiles. Five nights from $3,505 per person.
Québécois designers Byron and Dexter Peart have achieved cult fashion status—thanks to a suave line of utilitarian travel accessories called Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, hit collaborations with J. Crew and New York’s NoMad hotel, and three smartly curated lifestyle boutiques across Canada. Here, the twin brothers share their favorite hometown haunts.
In a city famous for both its outdoorsiness and its booming craft beer scene, it seems only natural that the two combine. Denver’s recently-renovated Hotel Teatro has done just that, with its new Brewery-by-Bike tour.
Here's the truth: you don't really know someone till you've flown together. Based on T+L's Peter Jon Lindberg's article on the topic, we're discussing in-flight strategies and tips in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 14th from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Join along to ask the experts for advice!
Gentoo penguins, King penguins: this is Antarctica like you’ve never seen it before—filled with penguins on the move. Want to take the journey yourself? It’s part of a 21-day itinerary aboard the Seabourn Quest. Antarctica has much more in store for the intrepid traveler, as Stephen Drucker details in our November issue.
The strategy in this SoCal hub: spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Surf: Our favorite place to catch a wave? Black’s Beach, a secluded cove ideal for pros. Arriving is a thrill all its own: it’s a steep 10-minute hike from the road down to the water. Near 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.
Calling all adventure travelers: GoPro has launched an update to its cultishly beloved action cameras, just in time for the upcoming ski season. The new flagship? The Hero4 Black($499, available now), which doubles the performance of its year-old predecessor and adds 4K shooting capabilities, auto low light modes, an ultra wide-angle lens that offers the “most immersive field of view available,” and twice the dynamic range for audio quality. Also fun: time lapse, manual controls for ISO limits and exposure, and a Quick Capture mode that let you start recording with the push of one button. The physical shape and size will feel familiar—and thankfully, old mounts will still be compatible with new models.
Enough with epic sit-down dinners. T+L food critic Anya von Bremzen is on the move—snacking along with all of Europe.
The chef has prepared a degustation menu!
Why does this phrase incite me to bolt out into the street? I have nothing against degustations, or chefs—yet the prospect of four hours trapped at the same table frankly withers my appetite. À la carte is often no better: what if my entrée proves a $38 dud? What if I over-order, leaving no room for dessert? What if…? What if…? I want to break free.
Luxury camps can easily cost more than $1,000 per person, per night. But you can still have a great wildlife adventure full of creature comforts for less than half that—if you take the right approach. (And remember: that price includes meals and alcohol, guided game drives, and conservancy fees.) Here, tips from T+L’s A-List travel advisors.
Between trips to England, Israel, and his hometown in Belgium, Marc Stroobandt trained the staff of New York City's new Belgian Beer Café in proper serving techniques. Marc, a Master Beer Sommelier and Certified Beer Server within the Cicerone Certification Program with an honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff from the Confederation of Belgian Brewers, sat down with T+L's Laura Itzkowitz to share some expert travel tips for beer enthusiasts.
Portland International Airport is now in the pop-up food-truck game, with the launch of mobile versions of Pok Pok (from Michelin-starred chef Andy Ricker) and Koi Fusion—both local spots with cult followings. It’s all part of a new program that gives small businesses a chance to test their success at the airport by letting them set up for six months at a time.
From Tahiti to Cannes, motifs from Henri Matisse’s travels appear as mimosas, birds, jellyfish, and sharks. Vibrant shades of cobalt and vermillion dance across his compositions. Neither painting nor sculpture—though elements of both are present—Matisse’s cut-outs conjure up images of the exotic locales that inspired him.
On October 12, the most extensive exhibition of Matisse's cut-outs opens at MoMA, after a six month run at London's Tate Modern, where it was the museum's most popular show ever.
When they need to recover from stress, smog, or something stronger, West Coasters head for arid climes. A detox taxonomy.
Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs, California
The vibe: Ultra-private, 1920’s-era romantic weekender’s hideaway (first revealed to noncelebs in Robert Altman’s 1992 satire The Player). Everything has been recently redone, from the tree-shaded grotto to the yoga dome, gym, and glass-walled restaurant.
The draw: Midnight soaks in heated mineral pools; discreet bungalows with patios or yards.
In the adjacent mud bath: Famous friends of the Hollywood movie producer owners—not that you’d recognize them after their lithium-rich mud baths.
For those of us who seek to immerse ourselves in a place, photographer Gail Albert Halaban’s Paris Views (Aperture) offers a voyeuristic glimpse into la vie parisienne. A family celebrates a child’s birthday. A couple shares a bottle of wine. A man wearing shorts plays air guitar. To scout locations and get the perfect vantage points, Halaban invited herself into dozens of homes. The result, a follow-up to her New York series, Out My Window, is a strikingly intimate vignette of urban life. And, she says, “It’s also a great way to meet locals.”
It was a luxe, upscale estate in the Rhône Valley that started it all: a passion for exceptional service, cuisine, and hospitality that came to define Relais & Châteaux. Now, the association is celebrating 60 years of being at the top of the game with a year of over-the-top events, festivals, and gourmet feasts.
NYC’s top galleries are as distinct in design as they are in profile. Below, four reasons why the Big Apple clinched the "Art Scene" category in this year's America's Favorite Cities survey.
Park & 75th: Larry Gagosian’s most recent opening is his most unusual: a 1,000-square-foot storefront with painted tin ceilings evocative of 1960’s SoHo. It showcases the unexpected, such as paintings by American filmmaker Harmony Korine.
Is it any surprise that top beauty brands are sourcing ingredients from France—the land of luxury—for their latest anti-aging products? Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion($360) contains extracts of rare black diamond truffles from the Périgord, along with refined 24-karat gold. Nutrient-rich elastic kelp harvested off the coast of Brittany is the hero ingredient in La Mer’s new Intensive Revitalizing Mask($160). And Dior’s limited-edition serum, La Cure($2,000), available in January, incorporates sap from the vines of Bordeaux’s renowned Château d’Yquem along with pure concentrate from the grapes of its 2013 vintage—quintessential France in a bottle.
Katie James is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @kjames259.
It was 12 degrees and gusty when I started up the snowshoe trail that leads to the top of Mount Tom, the forested knob that looms just above Woodstock, Vermont. I moved fast, stabbing the frozen snow with my ski poles, rounding switchbacks, listening to rattling beech leaves, pale as parchment, that somehow refused to drop last fall. I seemed to be the only one on the Faulkner Trail that morning—no big surprise, given the weather. But I didn’t mind; I was generating my own warmth.
Prince Edward County may be Canada’s hippest new escape. Just two hours east of Toronto on an island that juts onto Lake Ontario, it’s home to stunning landscapes, a clutch of burgeoning wineries that produce spectacular Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, dozens of nouveau country stores, and what may be the country’s quirkiest—and perhaps most charming—little inn.
This year’s overall America's Favorite Cities winner has a bit of everything: great food, an exciting bar scene, and endless curb appeal.
1. Because the city is a legitimate culinary capital. Queue up for a table at North, a modern Asian hot spot by James Mark, a David Chang protégé, or book at Birch, an ambitious chef’s counter with a focus on local ingredients (whelks; quahogs; foraged herbs).
In 1904, after Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained of having to fumble for his pocket watch while flying his dirigible, Louis Cartier obliged with a timepiece that could be viewed with a flick of the wrist. A 1916 Santos watch is on display in “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century” at the Denver Art Museum, along with the dazzling jewelry Cartier created for czars, industrialists, and starlets (including these diamond-and-emerald crocodiles worn by actress María Félix). November 16–March 15.
Mario Mercado is Travel + Leisure's arts and culture editor.