On my second visit to Chicago but my first stay in the actual city proper, my already high opinion of Chi-town was further validated. My colleagues and I traveled to the Windy City for the annual GBTA Convention and got to experience the Gold Coast, a first for a few of us. The neighborhood is truly beautiful — something I announced to anyone who would listen. Between all the ivy-covered townhouses, cascading stone-staircase entrances and stunning historic, prominent homes lining the streets, this residential area was a relaxing reprieve from the busy city center.
Our hotel, Claridge House, was on a particularly charming street, just a few blocks from Lake Shore Drive. The hotel is tucked away from more heavily foot-trafficked areas but within easy access to Old Town, Michigan Avenue and State and Rush street shopping.
After days filled with convention center meetings and our corporate booth, the Claridge House entrance felt like your most polished friend’s living room. With black-and-white photographs on the walls; plush, chic furniture; and an inviting bar with both street-side dining and family-style seating, the lobby and restaurant made the hotel’s first floor seem warm, inviting and luxurious — presumably inspired by the surrounding neighborhood with the same high-end homes and stately architecture.
Just a few days in the area, and I was feeling like a local.
— Angelique Platas, associate editor
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Alaska Airlines recently debuted its new Pixar-inspired, special-edition aircraft livery. On both sides of the Pixar-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, travelers spot recognizable faces from the Toy Story franchise, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Rex the Tyrannosaurus appears on the boarding door and the little green aliens show up on the aircraft’s winglets.
Chef Philip Guardione used to spend his days and nights on Manhattan’s Prince and Spring streets, where his popular restaurants Piccola Cucina Enoteca and Piccola Cucina Osteria attract locals and tourists who love his Sicilian-inspired cuisine as well as the street scene in the vibrant SoHo neighborhood.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
The New InterContinental San Juan is officially reopening next month. The opening marks the completion of the property’s first major renovation in more than 20 years.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok completed renovations on its River Wing, concluding the hotel’s most extensive renovations in nearly 150 years. The River Wing redesign followed restorations of the hotel’s Authors’ and Garden wings. Newly renovated guestrooms and suites feature updated facilities, but maintain the hotel’s signature Thai elegance. The renovations also increased the number of suites in the wing, as well as enlarged guestrooms with views of the Chao Phraya River.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.