Week 03, August 2021
“He who strays discovers new paths.” 〜 Nils Kjaer
By LuxPin Team
◆ LBarcelona’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, is opening its doors for an intimate concert experience taking place this September. For five lucky people and their guests, Tiqets, a booking site for experiences and attractions around the globe, will get them there for free.
◆ Verijet showed up to disrupt the private aviation scene in November 2020. Its system finds the closest hangar to your starting point and your destination. And because its carbon fiber jets are economically sized, it can fly out of almost any hangar in the U.S. Verijet’s recent expansion to the West Coast puts 5,400 American airports in play, which is unprecedented, even in the realm of private travel.
◆ If you’ve ever dreamed of standing atop one of Colorado’s famed 14,000-foot peaks, the time has come. The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopens after a three-year, $100-million refurbishment and building of an LEED-certified visitors’ center, the highest in the world.
◆ The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum is bringing travelers one very special ride. On Sept. 11, 2021, the museum is once again sponsoring a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, a favorite railway of film producers thanks to its stunning scenery.
◆ Glamping just got better. Huttopia, a family-owned resort company, has long been a favorite for outdoor lovers and adventure enthusiasts all over the globe, and now they’re headed to California with its first west coast location.
◆ It’s going to be a “frost flip-flop” winter. If you’re wishing for a winter wonderland, be prepared for some serious flip-flopping. The Farmers’ Almanac just released its winter 2022 extended forecast report, and for the most part, winter will be pretty chilly for all of the country, but with some major fluctuations in terms of temperature and precipitation.
◆ A new resort is opening in Costa Rica this fall and it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the country’s culture. Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection in Costa Rica is now accepting reservations for November 2021. Between the resort’s sustainable design, luxurious accommodations, delicious dining options, and plenty of unique cultural things to do, it’s certainly worthy of making your bucket list.
◆ Looking ahead to 2022, one thing seems clear: It is the year of the bucket-list vacation. After a year and a half of canceled plans, topped with a hefty dose of emotional recovery, we are unleashing our wildest, most over-the-top travel dreams in the year 2022. Here are the nine bucket-list trips for you to plan your 2022.
◆ The Gansevoort Meatpacking has reinvented its guest experience with tech, art, and new dining venues — just in time for the city’s reopening. The hotel now offers 186 newly renovated guest rooms, including its duplex Poliform Penthouse — the first fully designed U.S. hotel suite by Italian furniture designer Poliform.
◆ It’s almost autumn, and if you didn’t join the summer rush back to traveling, it’s time to think about September when things calm down a bit. As summer winds down and the world opens, the time is right for a getaway, whether somewhere nearby or far away. Here are the best places to travel in September.
◆ The best seats in the house at this Texas baseball stadium have a very particular dress code: swimwear. At Riders Field, where the minor league baseball team Frisco RoughRiders play, fans can watch games from a 68,000-gallon lazy river, which is the largest water feature in a professional sporting venue, according to the league. Those in the lazy river — whether on an inner tube or just hanging out in the water — get a 270-degree view of the stadium with a vantage point above right field.
◆ You don’t have to be a pro to hang out with the pros. You’ve got yourself a trip of a lifetime by heading out with Adventure IO, a mobile platform offering exclusive experiences led by professional athletes and local experts.