Week 03–1, November 2021
“People don’t take trips — trips take people.” 〜 John Steinbeck
By LuxPin Team
◆ Attention East Coasters: semi-private jet travel is coming your way. JSX, the hop-on jet service that’s long offered flights from private terminals throughout the American West, is finally ready to introduce its service to the East Coast. Their new routes will soon link travelers from Westchester County, New York (HPN) and Dallas’ Love Field Airport (DAL) to Miami (MIA). Flights begin Nov. 18, 2021, which is an ideal time to book a warm-weather getaway.
◆ Fancy a business-class flight for your next vacation? La Compagnie has you covered. The airline, a World’s Best Awards winner since 2019, flies business class-only aircraft — and while they returned to the friendly skies in June, La Compagnie has just ramped up its fall schedule.
◆ While we all endeavor to shop and eat more locally, the reality is that when it comes to our grand Thanksgiving dinners, the staples often come from different states. In their latest study, foodie magazine Chef’s Pencil took a look at the USDA’s site to find where our Nov. 25 meals may be originating.
◆ The World Cheese Awards recently made their return and crowned a brand-new “best cheese in the world.” According to the fromagers who made up the judging panel, the winning cheese is Olavidia, a tasty delight from the cheesemakers at Quesos y Besos (Cheeses and Kisses) in Spain. The cheese won out over the other 4,078 entries from more than 40 countries.
◆ TikTok has become the place to not only find hilarious videos but to also find some rather useful life hacks. And that includes a few ingenious travel tips as well. Take, for example, TikTok traveler Kimmie Conner, who recently shared her epic tip for getting the best view of Egypt’s Pyramid of Giza.
◆ New York City is a mecca for craft beer lovers with breweries to visit in every borough. Throughout the month of November, the Empire State Building is hosting a craft beer pop-up on its 86th Floor Observatory — complete with a brew that you can only taste at the city’s most famous building. The pop-up, run by New York City bottle shop and taproom Craft + Carry, created a special break for the occasion: the “View From the Top of the Empire State Building Hazy IPA” in partnership with Brooklyn’s Five Boroughs Brewing Co.
◆ Travelers will embark on a 111-day cruise to 51 destinations across 27 countries, including visiting 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Acropolis in Athens and the port fortress of Cartagena.
◆ All those who wander should get lost here. Call it Lord of the Rhody. Get ready to open the doors (oversized, round, and wooden, at that) in Rhode Island, to a “Lord of the Rings”-inspired retreat. In Richmond, Rhode Island, the Maker’s Mark Hobbit Houses — two hillside haunts on a sporting club and estate’s bucolic grounds — inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien are here for you to get your Middle Earth-Esque to fix at The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences.
◆ Always dreamed of living and working in the mountains? Now maybe your best chance. Ready to hit the mountains and earn some cash this winter? Check out your dream resort’s employment page, sites like Cool Works, or places like Vail Resort Careers, which currently has hundreds of openings all over the nation ranging from ski and snowboard instruction and mountain operations to guest services. Then, head to the mountains, work a little, play a lot, and hope for snow.
◆ Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Resort is undergoing a massive renovation next year, becoming even more of a destination designed for the park’s youngest visitors. The renovation plans promise a new ride, interactive fun for little ones, and yes, “parental relaxation.”
◆ What better way to immerse yourself in fall’s glorious array of colors than with a flight of wines before you? Between the U.S. and Canada, there’s a slew of fantastic wineries — in new and exciting wine regions as well as in the reliable, world-famous stalwarts — to check out this fall.
◆ As wine clubs and wine subscription services continue to grow, there now seems to be one to suit every individual’s preferences and palate. We narrowed down our favorite clubs based on your style of travel, from the West Coast intrepid, to the off-the-beaten-path traveler, and even the Francophile.