A big draw for me in picking Maine as the destination of choice for our August vacation was the lobster … and the chowder and other seafood. And the blueberries. And the whoopie pies. So, basically, the food.
That evening in Kennebunkport, my quest to eat lobster at as many meals as I could continued with lobster macaroni and cheese at Pier 77. After a lobster boat tour the next day (I sense you’re seeing the theme here), we grabbed lunch at HB Provisions, where I made sure to pick up a whoopie pie to go. It was so good there was no time for a picture.
I’ll save our visit to Portland for another blog. There, we went on a happy hour tour focused on exploring Portland’s well-known food scene. We enjoyed dinner that evening at our hotel, Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, in Sea Glass restaurant. I couldn’t wait to try the signature blueberry butter, and the New England clam chowder here was a standout. Of course, I ordered the lobster entrée, which was lobster gnudi dumplings. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the unbelievable almond-stuffed French toast at Sea Glass for breakfast the next morning.
In Bar Harbor, we dined at Geddy’s, where it was a must for me to try the famous blueberry margaritas. Here we shared calamari, sampled the clam chowder (obviously), and I enjoyed the lobster cobb salad, while my husband went for fish and chips. Before heading back to our hotel, we stopped at Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream, which ranks on many of the nation’s best ice cream lists. I paired a scoop of cookies & sweet cream with a scoop of blueberry buttermilk. The creamy ice cream deserves its accolades.
After a morning whale watching excursion, we drove to Southwest Harbor’s Beal’s Lobster Pier. One of the last things on my list to try was blueberry soda, which was surprisingly tasty. I also needed another blueberry margarita for comparison purposes, and Scott had a Maine twist on a Long Island iced tea which incorporated fresh blueberry purée. We then shared a lobster grilled cheese and a buffalo lobster roll, which had a buffalo sauce-tinged butter poured over the warm lobster pieces.
Delicious. Each and every bite.
— Kim Krol Inlander, editor in chief
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The Global Business Travel Association, the world’s largest business travel and meetings trade organization, recently released a statement from GBTA CEO Suzanne Neufang regarding the Biden administration’s recent announcement that the U.S. travel ban will be relaxed in November for vaccinated travelers from 26 Schengen countries, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.