ONE OF AMERICA’S FASTEST-GROWING and most popular large cities, Austin not only is expanding outward to meet demand but also is revitalizing as the far end of Sixth Street undergoes transformation. Long a downtown mainstay, Sixth stretches west from the business district and upscale venues on through honky-tonk party central. Once a rundown, low-rent district across the freeway, East Sixth emerges as a new destination with brand-new high-rise apartments soaring over trendy clubs and bars.
Cross Route 35 and see the restoration of the Legation, where the French resided during their stage of “six flags over Texas.” Near the park-like Texas State Cemetery, George Washington Carver Museum salutes the historic importance of the local black community.
But it is on East Sixth itself, all along the street, where people come to dine, shop and sip. Within a few blocks Birds Barbershop offers buzz and razor cuts until 9 p.m. Waterman Supply stocks skateboards, backpacks and Lone Star caps. Powder Vintage sells blue jeans and candles. And 7–10 p.m., Practice Yoga offers donationbased classes.
No type of global cuisine is overlooked. Murasaki rolls and otoro tuna star on the sushi menu at Fukumoto. Choose from cilantro pesto, soppressata, kalamata olives, basic marinara and other options at build-your-own Spartan Pizza. Inside vividly painted Buenos Aires Café, order up pastel de papas — Argentine-style shepherd’s pie chock-full of beef, raisins, olives and onions. Fare at Ah Sing Den ranges from dim sum to chicken and waffles, washed down with kimchi Bloody Marys.
In a courtyard of picnic tables and hammocks bordered by food trucks, Carabao Express serves up Filipino barbecue and artesano Colombiano. Enjoy Brazilian street food at Boteco and tacos at Pueblo Viejo. And Popola’s draws queues for its beef fajita, special hot dog and South American-style fast foods. Chi’lantro’s menu takes on Korean fusion. For dessert at Gelateria Gemelli, sample plum sorbetto or salted caramel ice cream teamed with a cup of Viet coffee.
Take your pick of bars and pubs: Shangri-La serves drinks beside its billiard table; the Hen House is geared to women empowerment; Attabar sets alight a flaming Welcome to the Jungle banana rum cocktail to sip while playing Scrabble at outdoor tables. Raise a glass to revived East Sixth, where everything old is new again.
Once you’ve boarded Regent’s Seven Seas Grandeur, it is immediately apparent this recently launched cruise ship delivers what the name promises. Jewel box opulence dominates in most of the public areas, while quiet luxury teamed with clever function defines the cabins (save for the individually decorated top-tier suites). The ship, designed by internationally acclaimed Studio DADO and constructed by Ancona, Italy, ship builder Fincantieri, holds up to 746 guests and is serviced by a staff of 548 for optimal passenger-to-staff service.
Embracing a life well lived often means embracing a life well-traveled. Every journey becomes a canvas for experiences that shape our lives and at the heart of every adventure lies the indispensable companion: quality luggage.
The St. Regis San Francisco recently debuted a Lunar New Year-themed The Art of Tea to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Available for only a few more days, through Feb. 25, the afternoon menu boasts Asian-inspired sweet and savory items, a selection of tea and a complimentary welcome toast with Champgane Lallier R.018.
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After a stressful pre-holiday season and a busy work schedule, there was no better time for a relaxing spa experience than during my recent trip to Pasadena with the FXExpress Publications, Inc. team. We headed to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for the 20th anniversary of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, which meant a jam-packed trip, but I managed to carve a little time out of our busy schedule to visit Chuan Spa at the hotel.
Keep New Year’s resolutions going with a stay at The Westin Tempe. The hotel recently launched a wellness stay offer in partnership with Lululemon. The limited-time Lululemon In-Room Fitness Experience includes accommodations in a guestroom equipped with a Lululemon-branded yoga mat and yoga block.