Week 01, October 2021
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” 〜 Eleanor Roosevelt
By LuxPin Team
◆ What better way to kiss 2021 goodbye than by witnessing a rare total solar eclipse at the edge of the earth? Well, since it isn’t exactly easy to get to the South Orkney Islands — situated about 400 miles northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula — expedition cruise company Hurtigruten is here to help. And if you miss it, you’ll have to wait about 400 years for the next total solar eclipse in this region.
◆ This suite onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ highly-anticipated ship, the Seven Seas Grandeur, gives the phrase “suite life” a whole new definition. Complete with a 4,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, the super-luxe accommodations boast two bedrooms, a sauna and steam room, heated lounge chairs overlooking the water, a personal butler, and even an in-suite caviar service for $11,000 per night.
◆ Prince Charles is releasing a Prime Video series to highlight businesses tackling climate change. Episodes will be available to stream from Sunday. Charles follows in the footsteps of his son Prince Harry, who launched an Apple TV series in May.
◆ Start planning your leaf-peeping now. The map uses an algorithm developed from tons of data — like historical temperatures and forecast precipitation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — to create a predictive map of when trees will reach peak viewing status around the country. The algorithm then produces a county-by-county breakdown of when colorful leaves are expected to peak that you can toggle through week-by-week.
◆ Asheville is a big city with a small-town feel in North Carolina. Asheville is near national parks and is known for vibrant dining, breweries, art, and music. Asheville’s best hotels are also varied, from boutique inns to B&Bs and brand name luxury.
◆ A getaway to de-stress sounds more enticing than ever. Many hotels have incredible spas rooted in helping you relax; some of the best are in the US. The best hotels with spas range from $97 to well over $1,000 — no passport required.
◆ While Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal often steal the spotlight, Canada is dotted with its fair share of delightful, laid-back towns. From charming fishing villages in the east to atmospheric mountain towns in the west, many of these communities are gateways to outdoor adventures. Stay awhile, though, and you’ll discover artisan shops, microbreweries, farm-to-table restaurants, and friendly locals to guide the way.
◆ These are the best places to travel this December in the United States and around the world. Even if a trip to Europe has to wait until next year, shoppers can capture the feeling with a visit to a holiday market in their hometowns or one of the cities we suggest here.
◆ Alberta, Canada, is the perfect winter getaway for travelers seeking snow globe-perfect scenery, lots of activities, and a slower pace.
◆ Over the summer, Sedona Rouge, a hotel in Sedona, Arizona, announced a property-wide transformation and a new name change. Now, like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, it’s set to debut as The Wilde Resort & Spa on Sept. 29.