Week 03–1, August 2021
“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” 〜Urusula LeGuin
By LuxPin Team
◆ While ski areas can be found all over Europe, the countries of France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy are particularly renowned for their ski-friendly climate, terrain, and infrastructure. From Switzerland to France to Italy, here’s where you’ll want to ski when you journey across the pond.
◆ Your outdoor oasis awaits. It’s time to get out and explore wide-open spaces once again. And there’s no better place to do just that than the new Montage Big Sky. Designed by Hart Howerton Architects Design, with interiors by BraytonHughes Design Studios, Montage Big Sky will feature 150 guest rooms and suites as well as 39 Montage Residences.
◆ The Lodge in Verbier, Switzerland is the ultimate in mountain luxury. Sir Richard Branson is inviting you over to his place for the winter. On Wednesday, Branson and his team announced his luxury private chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, known as The Lodge, is set to re-open on Dec. 13, 2020.
◆ Planning a vacation centered around golf is a pleasure — and perhaps a challenge — for weekend golfers or for anyone who’s looking for a change of scenery or a new destination to explore. With so many options, planning a golf vacation requires a few basic decisions. These are 11 of the best golf resorts in the U.S., with championship courses, five-star accommodations, and more.
◆ Here are 10 of the best golf resorts in Scotland. The birthplace of the game and home to more than 550 courses, Scotland is a dream trip for nearly everyone who loves golf. Whether you travel there to play the famous courses, explore the Highlands, stroll through the historic town of St. Andrews, or sip a wee dram of whisky at its source, Scotland is a memorable destination.
◆ In the same town as that first sugar plantation, Kukuiʻula, a resort community of more than 1,100 acres, recalls the Kōloa of the past in its architectural design. The historic plantation-style is evident throughout the property.
◆ Amtrak is offering customers a new way to relax in comfort without breaking the bank aboard its Auto Train. The Amtrak Auto Train offers daily, non-stop service between Lorton, Va. (near Washington, D.C.), and Sanford, Fla. (near Orlando), and is an excellent alternative to traveling along I-95. In fact, it’s the only such service in the U.S. and eliminates nearly 900 miles of driving between the Northeast and Florida.
◆ Montana’s Glacier National Park and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park just became a “transboundary” International Dark Sky Park — making stargazing even more major. Perfect night sky watching, no matter which side of the border you’re on.
◆ As part of the plan, several important parks and monuments reopened to tourists, including the Four Corners Monument, Monument Valley Park, and Canyon de Chelly, according to the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation.
◆ Fisher Island, a.k.a. America’s wealthiest zip code, has a new crown jewel penthouse that currently holds the title of the most expensive penthouse on Miami Beach. And it’s for sale — for a cool $48 million.
◆ Here’s a chance to play James Bond on an epic $80,000, four-country, seven-city European vacation you’ll never forget. The 21-day itinerary includes private jet travel, stays at 5-star “safe houses,” rides in luxury supercars, and meals by Michelin star chefs. There’s even a professional film crew to help you turn your adventures into your very own Bond movie. And really, what better souvenir could there be?
◆ New Yorkers can now dive into a new cocktail experience that will take them “under the sea.” The Little Mermaid Experience, a theatrical cocktail experience that combines performance art and craft cocktails, is now open in New York City through Nov. 5, 2021.