Week 04, June 2021
“I love to travel, but hate to arrive.” 〜 Albert Einstein
By LuxPin Team
◆ Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Saturday that live in-person viewing events in the city scheduled for next month’s Olympic games were canceled. Some of the six venues, which included Yoyogi, Inokashira, and Hibiya parks in Tokyo, will instead be used as COVID-19 vaccination sites. The debate over whether to allow spectators to watch the games in person is ongoing.
◆ Amtrak is investing $28 million to overhaul its long-distance trains featuring new seats, rooms, and amenities. All cabins from coach to sleeper suites will see new products that focus on modernity and sustainability. Traditional dining is also returning to select routes with new food items and an enhanced service offering.
◆ Welcome to your next waterfront escape. There are few things more relaxing than the quintessentially American lake vacation. Whether you’re renting a lake house for the summer or looking for a lakeside long weekend to book this fall, these are the 15 best lake towns in America.
◆ The initiative, called Mālama Hawai‘i — or care for Hawaii — allows tourists to volunteer, getting involved in everything from tree planting, ocean reef preservation, making quilts for elders, to taking on a beach cleanup on their own time. The program has partnered with hotels across the islands to offer guests the opportunity to get involved and some are giving tourists a free extra night as a perk of participating.
◆ Do you love dogs and want to do a bit of good for the world at the same time? Now’s your time to shine. Southeastern Guide Dogs, a non-profit organization that trains dogs to assist veterans and those with disabilities, is looking for a few willing volunteers to raise puppies for 12–18 months. These future guide dogs need your love and support before starting their advanced training.
◆ It’s time to forget all the bad memories you have of New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The leaking ceilings and overcrowded restrooms have been replaced with a brand-new, modernized central terminal. When the new terminal opened, Amex’s original LGA Centurion Lounge was decommissioned, paving the way for a brand-new outpost to be built in the headhouse. Just over a year since the new LGA welcomed its first passenger, the blue doors to Amex’s newest Centurion Lounge are open. Let’s take a look inside.
◆ Land puppers and sea puppers unite! While meetings between dogs and dolphins are understandably rare-at least, outside captivity anyway — this video shows just how playful the interactions can get when they do occur.
◆ The friendly animals at Running Reindeer Ranch are waiting to meet you. Atkinson is full of fun reindeer facts. All summer long and on select days in the winter, Atkinson leads a reindeer walk by appointment — and on certain days in the summer, she also hosts reindeer yoga classes.
◆ There’s more to see than pristine waterfalls in Austria’s Ötschergräben Valley. Embedded in the cliffs near the waterfall is a bright-red, nonfunctioning tourism booth. It’s a piece of art created by the Austrian artist group Steinbrener-Dempf and Huber. Many tourists aren’t happy with the work. Some visitors said the art is ruining their photographs and selfies, and others believe it spoils the natural surroundings.
◆ Michael Peterson became the so-called Father of Bitcoin Beach, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Thanks to an anonymous donation, Peterson helped El Zonte widely adopt the currency. Now, nearly all of the town’s households and four dozen local businesses use Bitcoin.
◆ Homes & Villas by Marriott started in 2018 as a pilot program in Europe under the brand name Tribute Portfolio Homes, intended to speak to the evolving needs of travelers that like to travel together and prefer to stay in a home with multiple bedrooms for more than three nights. Today, it operates in over 100 destinations worldwide. The portfolio focuses on premium and luxury tier homes that are generally owned by a frequent traveler, and primarily used as a vacation home.
◆ Puerto Rico doesn’t require a passport or international travel for U.S. visitors. The best Puerto Rico hotels offer great beaches, lush nature, history, and cultural city centers. Here are the best hotels in Puerto Rico across the island for every budget and type of traveler.
◆ Set at the easternmost tip of Long Island, Montauk is a little beach town with a big reputation. It’s known for world-class surf breaks, deep-sea fishing, gorgeous beaches, and its distinct style. Check the best hotels in Montauk, from overhauled motels to upscale beach resorts.