Week 04, August 2021
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” 〜C.S. Lewis
By LuxPin Team
◆ The past 12 months were big for hotel openings. Flinging open their doors for the first time, these new and revamped properties welcomed guests inside with a (masked) hello and a taste of travel’s future. Read on for all 73 properties on the 2021 It List — your next adventure is a few clicks away.
◆ Cruise Europe’s most picturesque waterways on luxe canal barges in 2022 — it’s called “barging.” Canal barge cruising is getting a facelift — and a fast-track ticket into the travel zeitgeist — in 2022 when Abercrombie & Kent launches luxury canal barge cruises in Europe.
◆ We’ve rounded up some of the filming locations depicted in Emily in Paris, so you can walk in Emily’s footsteps during your next trip to the city — or just daydream about the City of Lights. Experience Emily in Paris firsthand at these filming locations.
◆ After a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney World’s Cirque du Soleil show has an opening date. Initially slated to open in April 2020, the opening of “Drawn to Life” was postponed. And now, a year later Cirque du Soleil announced that the show is now scheduled to begin performances at Disney Springs on Nov. 18.
◆ CLovebirds can tie the knot on cloud nine — quite literally — with a new hot-air balloon wedding package available at a luxury hotel in North Carolina. Set among the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, The Foundry Hotel is welcoming engaged couples to celebrate a nontraditional wedding ceremony, thanks to its new partnership with Asheville Hot Air Balloons.
◆ Where else can you see several natural wonders and be back at work on Monday? Incredibly, it was the perfect amount of time to experience bucket-list-worthy adventure, city exploration, and desperately-needed relaxation in Iceland.
◆ Rick Steves has been exploring destinations closer to home this summer, and he’s discovered, like many of us, that you don’t have to go far for a great vacation. It’s been years since this famous European traveler has missed a trip to his favorite continent, and he’s sharing what he found practically right around the corner in a series of videos made with the Seattle Times Content Studio.
◆ Disneyland just announced the opening of a brand-new, 6,000-square-foot spa at its Grand Californian Hotel on Sept. 16 — and there’s never been a better place to pamper yourself after a busy day at the parks. Designed by Disney Imagineers to reflect the healing spirit of nature, Tenaya Stone Spa is a serene retreat just steps from Disney California Adventure Park.
◆ Whether you’re traveling with your mom, your sister, or a group of friends, nothing beats a weekend getaway with the girls. These 25 spots around the world are ideal for a weekend escape packed with fun, photogenic views, and lots of quality girl time.
◆ Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, LendingTree found the 50 U.S. towns with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 that had the most expensive median home values. As it turns out, those cities had plenty of their own expensive real estate that, in some cases, even exceeded the average home prices in major cities.
◆ Miami Beach beckons visitors from around the globe, offering white-sand beaches, glamorous accommodations, world-renowned museums and galleries, and restaurants where you don’t want the meal to end. There is so much to do and see that it can be hard to plan the perfect itinerary. Here are our recommendations on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat for a weekend in Miami Beach.
◆ Centrally located between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels offer some of the best theme park views at Disney World. And when the complex’s new Swan Reserve tower opens in September, couples planning an Orlando wedding will be able to incorporate these magical Disney vistas into their wedding ceremony and reception.