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.
I first came to Lyons in 2011 to watch the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious cooking competition. Held every two years, the Bocuse is an extraordinary spectacle—a kind of gastronomic Super Bowl. It takes place in a cavernous auditorium on the eastern edge of the city amid a frenzy of flag-waving, drum-beating spectators. In front of them, 24 chefs, competing for their nations, strive to produce two courses of impeccable food for a panel of judges that includes some of the greatest culinary figures in the world.
In Vieques, the names and phone numbers of all the island’s taxi drivers are posted on a sign outside the airport, which is an indication both of its size and its degree of formality. No need for Uber here. Vieques, just off the eastern tip of Puerto Rico—and accessible by a puddle jumper from San Juan—has a sleepy, eccentric, instantly likable charm: Tulum without the yoga, Harbour Island without the WASP’s. “Vieques is like a really good indie rock band,” says Simon Baeyertz, a former music industry exec who moved here four years ago and, with co-owner Rob Feldmann, opened the hotel El Blok in August. “Maybe it’ll get discovered, maybe it won’t. But it will never be a big pop star. It’s the White Stripes, not Taylor Swift.”
What to do after discovering the provenance of your favorite foods and wines? Track down the origin of what’s in your mug. For that, travelers are flocking to Colombia’s so-called coffee triangle. “The fincas of Pereira and Armenia are like the estancias of Mendoza, Argentina, ten years ago,” says Emmanuel Burgio of luxury outfitter Blue Parallel. His itineraries include the Cocora Valley, home to half a dozen heirloom cultivars—and the world’s tallest palm trees. “It’s full of natural spectacles and hospitable locals,” he says. Guests with bespoke operator Big Five—an early champion of the region—sleep at Sazagua, the area’s first high-end hotel; they can harvest, roast, and taste the local crop at the venerable Hacienda Venecia. Once they’ve got their caffeine buzz, visitors go on horseback rides through the countryside, trips to the tropical fruit market in Filandia, and hikes in the nearby cloud forest.
Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.
If you've ever craned your neck passing through JFK Airport to get a better look at Eero Saarinen's swooshing, Modernist TWA Terminal, and wondered how to finagle your way in, you'll be happy to hear about Open House New York. For one weekend—October 11 & 12—this city-wide event will open the doors to hundreds of normally off-limits sites in New York City, including the famed TWA Terminal, where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed Catch Me If You Can.
Since the 8th century, flavorless, ethanol-esque vodka has been a means to an end (see serfs, Russian), and rightfully so—the stuff just isn’t that good. But a new band of global distillers is shaking up (ahem) the scorned booze with inventive ingredients and high-quality methods, transforming it from soda-with-lime afterthought to a sip-worthy nightcap. Here, in honor of National Vodka Day, seven craft bottles worth putting on your shelf.
Every parent knows the beauty of the hotel Kids Club: free time for you and endless entertainment for your little ones. Now resorts everywhere are playing a serious game of one-upmanship when it comes to club activities, good old-fashioned sand castle building and arts and crafts just aren't enough to satisfy our lust for learning and adventure. Here, my favorites.
For inspiring young photographers, Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston offers the chance to work with award-winning photographers, including resident Tiffany Briley, to capture the city¹s historic sites and breathtaking lowcountry on film.
When Eden Collinsworth moved to China to write a guidebook on Western etiquette for Chinese businessmen, it’s safe to say that she encountered some cultural differences (like the time when a man asked how much she cost). In fact, there was enough material for another book, I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became its Own Unforgettable Lesson, which hits shelves October 7. In this humorous memoir, the former media exec and business consultant sheds light on her time living abroad. Here, she shares some of her experiences, tips for traveling in China, and more.
Pretty much every city with a drainage canal these days likes to call itself something along the lines of, “The Venice of Saskatchewan”. But it takes more than an artificial waterway to make a city with canals a legitimate canal city.
And since you already crossed Venice off your bucket list that time you were in Vegas and stopped for lunch at Buddy V’s, here are 10 of the world's other beautiful canal cities worth a visit.
The air is becoming crisp and the leave are starting to change—fall is officially here. Together with @foodandwine and a few other Time Inc. sister brands, we want to see how you're enjoying the season. Share photos on Instagram and include the hashtag #thisisfall for a chance to be featured on T+L’s Instagram.
I may be in the minority on this, but I absolutely love in-flight dinners. They’re usually the first meal of a trip, and, to someone who remembers vacations by their foods, that matters a lot. I feel a certain energy bubble up in me as I twist open my mini wine bottle and take the tin-foil cover off my reheated “gourmet” cuisine.
Now I’m hoping that a new service from Germany’s Lufthansa takes off stateside. The airline—still dealing with striking pilots—has partnered with online grocer Allyouneed.com to launch Air Food One, delivering airplane food to households once a week.
Because almost everything you know about Oktoberfest you learned from the Wolfhouse brothers, here are 30 fun facts from a real-life German about the world’s most magical annual beer festival.
1. The name is misleading. Because Oktoberfest is in September, for the most part. 2. It’s 204 years old Yup, the festival started its illustrious career in 1810, the same year the US annexed the Republic of West Florida, if that helps give you an idea of how far back it goes. Wait, it doesn't? Didn't know there was a Republic of West Florida? Yea, we looked that up.
3. In the beginning, there was no beer Oktoberfest started as a wedding actually, and a dry one at that. It was essentially a way to let the poor people celebrate the nuptials of Ludwig von Bayern, the King of Bavaria, and princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Also, it kicked off with a royal horse race.
Now's the time to plan your ski vacation if you haven't already—but if you're not in the market for season tickets, Liftopia is launching a new approach to lift tickets. Perfect for those who are caught between unpredictable schedules and budget consciousness, the site—already an industry pioneer for aggregated online lift ticket sales—is now offering the mountain equivalent of flexible fares.