Week 03, Apr. 2021
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” 〜 David Mitchell
“I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” 〜 Carew Papritz
By LuxPin Team
◆ Atlas Ocean Voyages is inviting lovebirds to join a February 2022 cruise to Antarctica, where they’ll have the option to exchange vows against a backdrop of blue glaciers dotted with penguins and seals. The company’s Happy Ever Atlas package includes a marriage license, wedding cake, bouquet, and even a reception. Weather conditions permitting, couples can choose to be married on the continent itself, on a private zodiac in the water, or on the ship’s helipad. The itinerary begins with a private charter flight from Orlando to Ushuaia, Argentina, commonly referred to as the “end of the world.” Passengers will sail through the iconic Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands before making their way to the world’s most remote continent.
◆ Texas-based jewelry designer Kendra Scott is looking to help by offering moms the chance to win $2,000 from its new “PTO Fund” to spend as they please this Mother’s Day. In total, the brand is giving away $100,000 to moms, meaning you have 50 chances to win. To enter, all you need to do is share a photo or video on Instagram of your real-life mom moments using the hashtag #WearItLikeAMom and tagging @KendraScott by 6:00 p.m. CT on April 22, 2021.
◆ Airbnb released recent search data that showed searches for more remote destinations in the United States over Memorial Day Weekend have increased by nearly 40 percent over the last month. And it’s not just unique destinations travelers are searching for, but unique accommodations as well. Searches for “tent” increased 260% while searches for “yurt” increased 167%. Other unique trending options include “campsite,” “earthhouse,” “houseboat,” and “dome house.”
◆ The most beautiful McDonald’s in America is a pristine white mansion nestled alongside auto shops and warehouses. Located in New Hyde Park in Long Island’s Nassau County, the 19th-century Georgian-style mansion is more than a fast-food franchise — it’s also a historical landmark. Today, the exterior of the building is generally the same as when it first opened 30 years ago.
◆ The Glacier Express — a route running between St Moritz and Zermatt in Switzerland — is on more bucket lists than you could even imagine for a reason. From the beginning, you’re dropped right into a snowglobe fairytale as both St Moritz and Zermatt train stations are incredibly scenic. Along the eight-hour journey, you’ll spot Matterhorn, Oberalp Pass, and the Landwasser Viaduct. While the views are beautiful from the existing second and first-class seats, the operator is adding a whole new class for some added luxury: Excellence Class. In the new ticket level, travelers will be treated to a seven-course meal served alongside champagne, panoramic views, concierge service, and personal tablet use. The Excellence seats are capped at 20 passengers per ride. Prices for a one-way ticket are currently just under $700.
◆ Louis Vuitton has long been synonymous with luxury travel thanks to its trunks, bags, and carry-ons that have been by the side of the rich and famous on their private jets for decades. And now, Virgil Abloh, the brand’s men’s creative director, is taking that travel-meets-luxury pairing to new heights with the airplane bag. Abloh unveiled the design of a new bag shaped like an airplane, outstretched wings and all. That bag is finally hitting shelves and going viral thanks not only to its design but also its $39,000 price tag.
◆ It’s all in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the “Bridesmaids” film. To celebrate the occasion, the travel assistant App in the Air is helping a few of its lucky users fly to Las Vegas in style. Instead of having to (unsuccessfully) sneak into first class like the film’s main character, Annie, App in the Air users can win a free upgrade on their next trip to Sin City. Throughout the month of April, any user who books a flight to Las Vegas within the app will be eligible to receive a complimentary first-class upgrade. Bookings must be made for travel from May 15, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2021.
◆ Members in the United States can link their Marriott account with the rideshare and food delivery apps, and use the points they earn toward a free getaway at 7,600 different participating hotels around the world. Travelers will earn three points per dollar spent on Uber XL, Uber Comfort, Uber Black, or Premium rides; two points per dollar spent on any $25 or more Uber Eats order, and six points per dollar spent on any $25 or more Uber Eats order delivered to a Marriott property. Any Marriott members who link their account and have at least one qualifying transaction by April 30 will also earn an extra 2,000 points.
◆ The best place to experience some of the magic of the Oscars isn’t in Hollywood — it’s in Iceland. The town of Húsavik, Iceland is getting a little Oscar buzz after the town was featured in Netflix’s “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.” A song named after the town by Óskar Óskarsson (played by Sigurður Illugason) is featured in the film and it just got nominated for an Academy Award. Recently, Iceland has eased some of its border restrictions for vaccinated tourists from the U.S. and UK, and with that, there are plenty of reasons to start planning a trip to Iceland, and Húsavik in particular.
◆ South African penguins recently donned their tuxedos for a day on a town. Apple TV’s new documentary, The Year Earth Changed, narrated by David Attenborough, explores how nature responded to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. People have a sneak peek at one of the more adorable animal reactions captured for the upcoming film.
◆ Baha Mar, the 1,000-acre resort outside the Bahamian capital, has made a big investment in food since it opened in 2015. Big names on the roster include master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi; Chef’s Table star butcher Dario Cecchini; and Marcus Samuelsson, whose beach food truck will be joined by a seaside restaurant later this year. And now, another food-world celebrity arrives in Nassau with the much-anticipated opening of Café Boulud The Bahamas, a sumptuous new restaurant from chef Daniel Boulud. His new restaurant at Rosewood Baha Mar, the most luxurious of the resort’s three hotels, marks the first time he has brought his signature French style to the Caribbean.
◆ As anti-Asian attacks have risen at an alarming rate in the U.S., companies across the board have been stepping up to do their part to support the AAPI community. Yelp is adding to the list by debuting a new feature today, allowing businesses to self-identify as Asian-owned. The new category will make it easier for consumers who want to support the Asian American community to identify local restaurants and services by simply looking for the tag, “Asian-owned.” Business owners can now voluntarily opt into the category for free by logging into their Yelp for Business accounts and adding the category in the “Amenities” section.
◆ From New York to Florida, these small East Coast towns have big appeal.
1. Aurora, New York: With a year-round population of less than 700 people, this tiny village on Cayuga Lake is just over four hours from New York City and Philadelphia.
2. Martha’s Vineyard Towns, Massachusetts: Only accessible by boat and air, this island is off the coast of Massachusetts. The island is home to six small towns and plenty of things to do.
3. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: There’s something thrilling about standing on the battleground that led to a turning point in the Civil War or imagining Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address.
4. Mystic, Connecticut: This seaside town sits right on the Atlantic Ocean, and as you’d expect, fully celebrates and embraces their maritime way of life.
5. Kennebunkport, Maine: This coastal town sees more visitors in the summer months, but it’s the sort of place you can visit throughout the year.
6. Beaufort, South Carolina: South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island gets all the attention, but the lesser-known Port Royal Island is just as beautiful.
7. Hot Springs, North Carolina: As its name suggests, this small town is all about the area’s natural hot springs.
8. Cape May, New Jersey: This seaside resort town at the tip of southern New Jersey’s Cape May peninsula is all about the beach.
9. Meredith, New Hampshire: Meredith is one of those unbearably cute East Coast towns — especially in the autumn when the fall colors pop.
10. Marathon, Florida: When it comes to coastal living, Marathon, the town spread across 13 islands, is hard to top.
◆ From Texas to Tennessee, these small towns truly deliver on beauty and adventure.
1. Duck, North Carolina: The nostalgic town of Duck, located in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is home to luxurious vacation rentals dotting the Atlantic Ocean, as well as waterfront dining and shopping venues.
2. Highlands, North Carolina: Highlands is a charming mountain town nestled at an altitude of 4,118 feet in the Nantahala National Forest.
3. Blue Ridge, Georgia: Blue Ridge is a quintessential weekend getaway from the city of Atlanta.
4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Located in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is a classic gateway for outdoor adventures the whole family will love.
5. Bluffton, South Carolina: This seaside town is home to upscale resort communities surrounded by old oak trees, Spanish moss, and resurrection ferns.
6. Fredericksburg, Texas: Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is known for its wineries, German history, and delicious peaches.
7. Williamsburg, Virginia: One of the country’s first planned cities and the world’s largest living museum, Williamsburg, Virginia, is a fantastic place to step back in history, discover gardens and nature trails, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or take a ghost tour.
8. Marathon, Florida: Located halfway between Miami and Key West, Marathon is a collection of smaller keys surrounded by sandy beaches and mangroves.