Consider it Seattle's equivalent of the London Eye. Nearly three times shorter than the legendary 605-foot Seattle Space Needle, the city's newest landmark, the Seattle Great Wheel, delivers panoramic views of the Emerald City that will lift you—and your family—off your feet.
Located on Pier 57, its 42 climate-controlled gondolas offer a 15-20 minute spin on the waterfront. Each gondola rotates three times, and can accommodate up to six adults or eight children.
The $20 million attraction is the brainchild of Seattle entrepreneur Hal Griffith who, for more than 30 years, has envisioned a Seattle Ferris wheel. The attraction is also a part of the efforts to improve Seattle’s waterfront, which includes replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with an underground tunnel.
As part of its 75th anniversary season, Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra located in Western Massachusetts, is celebrating in grand and generous style by offering an extraordinary gift to listeners: the Tanglewood festival and the BSO is presenting 75 free digital streams of performances from a storied 75-year history and unique audio archive. One stream is offered each day of the season (through September 2) at Tanglewood.org. The daily gratis performance is available starting at 8 a.m. EST for 24 hours; after the stream has ended, listeners can purchase it as a download. What’s more, you can listen at a desktop computer, through a home music system, or mobile device—all you need is internet access.
If you’ve taken the plunge in London for the Olympics and are thinking you might need a quick break from all the festivities (or are just looking for an easy getaway from England’s largest city), Black Tomato’s Tom Marchant has four fantastic 48-hour European getaways that will leave you rejuvenated and ready to re-join the party on your return.
Venice The romance, the glamour… the paddling? The water-based city is full of majestic cathedrals, beautiful squares, culture, carnivals and top-notch cuisine. A private kayaking tour is a great way to really experience the canals—the arteries of the city. Flights from London are very frequent and no more than 2 hours, making it an ideal weekend break.
In 1908-9, art collector and explorer, Sterling Clark, and naturalist, Arthur deCarle Sowerby, spent 17 months caravanning across Northern China. With a team of scientists and specialists, the explorers were on a mission to collect artifacts and biological material from a territory that until then remained a blank spot for scientific inquiry on the world map. The rich findings of their odyssey have given rise to three exhibitions at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and one at the Explorers Club in New York City.
Through Shên-Kan: Sterling Clark in China (until Sept. 16), documents the crossing through China–preserved animals discovered during the trek, photographs, equipment, and paperwork from the journey are on loan from the Smithsonian and gathered from the Clark’s own collection—much of which have never before been seen by the public.
Are you a fan of Brazil? Consider picking up a limited-edition 3D portfolio of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic Modern structures, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Niteroi (pictured above).
The 200-edition portfolio of ten 3D slides can be viewed via stereoscope made for the 62nd edition of Visionaire, the multi-format art magazine, available for pre-order starting today on online art destination Paddle8. To accompany this special release, Paddle8 is also launching a web project today featuring audio interviews with Niemeyer, materials from his archives, as well as 2D versions of the 10 photographs available on their website for free. Oscar Niemeyer 3D portfolio together with the Visionaire 62 RIO issue for $450, or separately for $125.
Lyndsey Matthews is a Digital Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure.
Bossa nova diva Bebel Gilberto loves Caipirinha cocktails, sexy Narciso Rodriguez gowns, and remote Brazilian beaches. Born in Manhattan and raised in Rio, the singer-songwriter frequently bops between the two. This Saturday, July 21, she headlines a free concert 3-7 p.m.on Central Park's SummerStage to kick off Brasil Summerfest, a week-long festival celebrating the newest generation of Latin American musicians. Gilberto, who contributed a track to Red Hot + Rio, will perform favorites like Bob Marley’s “The Sun is Shining."
Gilberto tells T+L where she cools off during summer tour breaks:
For Tanglewood... 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. $$$