Week 01, June 2021
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. ” 〜 Martin Buber
By LuxPin Team
◆ Walt Disney Studios is bringing dishes inspired by its upcoming film “Luca” to life in its latest collaboration with Blue Apron. The film — premiering on June 18 on Disney+ — is about a young boy’s incredible summer on the beautiful Italian Riviera and will be celebrated by the meal kit delivery service with curated recipes reflecting the local cuisine.
◆ Your eco-friendly adventure awaits. Ready to hit the road? Here are some tips and tricks from experts, and even chat with some friends who drove their Tesla from Richmond, Virginia, to Yellowstone. Take a look at everything to create the ultimate guide to take an electric car road trip.
◆ You’ll soon be able to take in California’s majestic redwood trees — the tallest in the world — on another level. On June 4, Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka will debut the Redwood Sky Walk, allowing visitors to wander along a quarter-mile route that’s 100 feet off the forest ground. The total out-and-back path is about 1,104 feet, making it the longest skywalk in the western U.S.
◆ In May, award-winning actor, singer, producer, author, and philanthropist Alan Cumming announced he’s bringing his beloved New York City nightlife venture Club Cumming to the historic Kennebunkport Inn for a 15-week residency called Club Cumming on the Coast. Ready to party? During the month of June, Club Cumming on the Coast will honor Pride Month with a series of special programs, hotel packages, and experiences celebrating LGBTQIA+ visibility.
◆ Illuminarium, a new immersive entertainment experience, aims to bring the African safari to life in Atlanta. This immersive safari experience is designed to take visitors to Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa — all without requiring a long plane ride.
◆ From pastels to mofongo, these are the things you must eat when in Puerto Rico. You can expect rice and pork from the Spaniards, plantains from West Africa, spam and Vienna sausages from the U.S., and yuca from Taino ancestors. Here is a list of six traditional dishes and ingredients to eat on your next trip to Puerto Rico.
◆ Emirates wants you to know it’s about both the destination and the journey. Emirates is ready to fly you on a quarantine-free vacation to Italy once again. Beginning June 1, passengers can fly from New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) without the need to quarantine.
◆ In Stockholm’s Östermalm district, Nybrogatan — a pedestrian avenue that languished for years under scaffolding — has recently emerged as a vibrant stretch packed with exciting dining options, eclectic shops, and one of the city’s most anticipated hotels. Add these places on Stockholm’s Nybrogatan street, in the chic Östermalm district, to your must-see list.
◆ A little bit of Italian spa culture is coming to New York City. Governor’s Island will soon have a new place to relax and focus on your wellness. QC NY Spa, from the QC Terme Spas & Resorts in Italy, is set to open sometime this summer.
◆ As part of her ongoing campaign to reduce car use in Paris, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo recently announced her newest goal: to ban most vehicles from the city center by next year. This alone would eliminate 55% of total traffic — more than 100,000 cars — passing through this zone on average per day, city officials claim.
◆ These are the best places to live in the U.S., according to Niche. Niche, a website that compiles profiles, ratings, and reviews for schools and places throughout the U.S., has gathered a list of the best places to live in the country so you can narrow your search (or see how your town stacks up).
◆ The bold brand’s long-awaited first property outside the U.S. has transformed the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court without erasing its thrilling history. As of Tuesday, after years of changing hands and stalled plans followed by a global pandemic, a hotel it finally is — and NoMad London was worth the wait.
◆ New River Gorge in West Virginia, a natural wonder in the category of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, was named America’s newest national park in December 2020. It has attracted adventurers for years with its whitewater rafting and rock climbing. It’s also home to trails that explore the remnants of an abandoned mining town, Nuttallburg.
◆ As a former Disney World employee, I’ve discovered a few ways to save money in the parks. You don’t need to buy expensive bottles of water or multiple refillable popcorn buckets. Parking, fancy resorts, and impulse souvenirs can also add unnecessary costs to the vacation.