Week 03, July 2021
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” 〜Robert Frost
By LuxPin Team
◆ With peak northern lights season getting closer in Iceland (September through March), Hotel Rangá is looking to showcase its spectacular location for viewing the natural phenomenon. The hotel is searching for its first-ever official “lights catcher,” a photographer who will spend a month capturing photos and video of the night sky’s colors in exchange for room and board. The chosen photographer will also receive airfare to and from Iceland and must be available for three weeks from mid-September to mid-October, with the ability to provide high-quality content, of which the hotel will retain the license.
◆ Simone Biles and the USA Gymnastics team headed to Tokyo this week, one step closer to competing in the Olympic Games. The team was waived off as they boarded a United Airlines flight from San Francisco on Wednesday, walking through a crowd of flag-waving supporters while ground crew held up supportive signs.
◆ First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is headed to the Tokyo Olympics and will lead the United States delegation for the opening ceremony, the White House said Tuesday. Last month, the White House announced that President Joe Biden would not be traveling to Tokyo for the Olympic Games — which is not uncommon compared to past Olympics — and noted a “plan” for the first lady to attend, which is now set in stone.
◆ Fans will no longer be allowed at the Tokyo Olympics, starting in just two weeks, as Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases. The state of emergency will remain in effect from July 12 through August 22.
◆ Vermont is one of the best places in the Northeast to hike, ski, and be outdoors. Vermont, with its beautiful hiking trails, wide-open ski slopes, and seasonal farmers’ markets is a year-round delight for nature lovers. Here are cozy Vermont Airbnb rentals ranging from $70 to $286 per night to start.
◆ I held my dream wedding at the Riviera Palm Springs in California, a hotel rich with Hollywood lore. It has since reopened as a Margaritaville resort — a contrast to its history as a midcentury hotel. It has become a value-oriented, family-friendly destination in pricey Palm Springs.
◆ Deadly flooding swept through Western Europe this week, causing devastation across Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. At least 100 people have died in the floods, and as of Friday morning, at least a thousand people remained missing, The Associated Press reported. Aerial photos of the flooding show the true devastation of what happened — including damaged houses, water-filled roads, and a train stuck in place because of the floods.
◆ Michigan cabin rentals are popular year-round thanks to 11,000 lakes and miles of forested land. Lounge on beaches in the summer, take in the fall foliage or enjoy winter sports in colder months. Here are the best cabin rentals in Michigan, including lake house rentals and cozy secluded stays.
◆ Calabria in southern Italy is offering millennials up to $33,000 to repopulate its sleepy villages. You must be under 40 and able to move there within 90 days of your application being approved.
◆ Whether you’re five months or 15 years away from handing in that final two weeks notice, you’ve probably dreamt of the beachside digs where you’ll live out the best years of your life. Couples can live comfortably in these destinations at less than $30,000 per year, or $2,500 a month (for singles, that drops to $1,500).
◆ Wands at the ready! Now’s your chance to fly around London on a broom and wander the halls of Hogwarts. Step into the Wizarding World and see the Harry Potter universe like never before in Harry Potter New York’s new virtual reality experiences opening July 15. Two unique adventures give visitors the chance to live out their witch and wizard dreams thanks to these interactive experiences located inside the newly opened Harry Potter flagship store in New York City.
◆ As many workout classes make their return to in-person sweat sessions, celeb-favorite studio The Class by Taryn Toomey is celebrating coming back together with an epic summer series taking place at various destinations throughout the country. The celeb-favorite class, loved by Jennifer Anniston and Drew Barrymore, will be headed to New York’s Top of the Rock, Los Angeles’ Santa Monica Pier, and Miami’s Sacred Space.