While we are keeping it casual at home this Thanksgiving, we can’t help but feel like it would be nice to get out of the house (no clean up required). Below are our top three picks for where we would spend Turkey Day on the road.
Live in New York? Make your Thanksgiving into a staycation. Relax in a suite at the Wythe Hotel, roam around the ‘burg and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at their lobby restaurant for $87 per person (apple butter included).
Fancy getting out of town? Wondering if they even celebrate Thanksgiving in St. Barth? Well there is only one way to find out. Use that extra vacation day and make a beach weekend out of Thanksgiving. Bon appétit!
This week we are excited to have a guest post from photographer Laila Bahman. As it gets chillier here in NYC, it is always nice to reminisce with scenes from summer gone by. Check out the lovely images from her travels around Oregon below.
Every now and again we get a destination stuck in our heads and we just can’t shake it. Usually it’s somewhere faraway that we have never been to, but for some reason we have a old standby on the brain: London. We just have to go back to London! Speaking of London, there has been a full on assault of buzz emanating from The Chiltern Firehouse, a new property from Andre Balazs (of Standard fame). So much so that Bloomberg published a piece entitled, “How to get a table at the Chiltern without being famous.” While that author was referring to hotel’s restaurant, the hotel itself is also buzz worthy. So if you haven’t already seen it on your Instagram feed, check it out and we will see you there soon!
Fall is in the air and here at BV HQ we are already plotting our winter escapes. In the meantime, we will bring you the best of the latest travel stories from around the interwebs. This week on the BV radar: a new Raffles hotel opens, Vogue’s guide to an off-the-grid city, virtual reality travel becomes a reality, and much more.
This Labor Day weekend instead of escaping to the beach, we went to the spa. Not just any spa, but Canyon Ranch, a fully immersive health experience. This was our fist visit to the luxury spa and wellness center in the Berkshires. You can drive from NYC (about 3 hours) or you can take Amtrak to Albany and they will pick you up from there.
Arriving at Canyon Ranch definitely feels like luxe adult summer camp. You are given a tote, water bottle, T-shirt and thick booklet of activities. About 1 1/2 spa treatments are included as well as all your meals and all regular exercise classes. For the more adventurous, you can opt into more intense outdoor activities for a fee. The activities range from spinning class (which is usually our favorite thing, but we would recommend skipping it here) to yoga and Pilates to aqua aerobics and stretching. Since you are supposed to pack 5 or so classes a day in, each one is pretty light. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts, a ropes course, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a full gym if you want to do your own thing. There are also cooking lessons and you can walk to the cute town of Lenox to browse the local boutiques.
Overall, it is a relaxing weekend away and you can do as many (or as little) activities as you’d like. The atmosphere is casual and not intimidating. In fact, we found many of the high level classes to be pretty easy compared to their NYC counterparts. The facilities are all very nice, but the decor is a little dated. The spa treatments were all fantastic and the staff was especially welcoming. We can’t wait for our next trip back!
You’ve e-mailed, called, scoured for any connection and yet you still couldn’t get a reservation at Noma? Or maybe you were in Copenhagen when it was closed for the summer? Or perhaps you just didn’t feel like forking over your monthly rent for a meal? In any case, no worries, just make a reservation at Höst!
Höst is a beautiful, delicious, stylish and welcoming restaurant in the center of Copenhagen. It is part of the mini restaurant empire called Corfoco and has recently won the Travel + Leisure Design award— and rightfully so. The restaurant is all reclaimed wood and lush greenery with industrial flourishes. If you are a large group we recommend trying to get the cozy private room downstairs. Otherwise, we insist you get the tasting menu with wine pairings for a reasonable $88 per person. The tasting menu is so much more than even advertised and included several smaller bites (you better hope they have the cheesy beer bread we tried). The cuisine is Nordic and features lots of locally grown produce. What is Nordic cuisine you ask? It felt like refined comfort food– new combinations of flavors that were oddly familiar. Go try it for yourself!