While I am not quite ready for pumpkin spice lattes, I already bought our fall wreath and started bringing out the spooky decorations. Does that mean I’m eager for fall? Most definitely! And I’m sure many of you can relate.
Although this summer was busy, it was also refreshing, light and full of great new memories. As you may already know, we celebrated the winners of this year’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards, Wherever Awards and The Trazees at the gorgeous Kimpton Monaco Hotel Washington D.C. on Aug. 26; the evening was a beautiful success!
Gratefully, my boyfriend was able to join me, so I decided to extend the trip through part of the weekend and was able to get to know D.C. with him and one of my colleagues. We got to the Kimpton late afternoon the day prior to the event, and I went full-on into set-up mode as Nathan checked us in; later that evening the team enjoyed a delightful and cozy dinner at the sophisticated Bistro Bis. Curated and guided by renowned chef and owner Jeffrey Buben, two starters and two main courses each paired with a different wine, and a lovely and decadent gâteau opéra left us more than satisfied.
My favorite plates of the night were the potato-crusted cod Marseillaise and the beef Bourguignon. The former came on a bed of mussels and a hearty seafood and vegetable nage, whereas the beef was fork-tender and served atop a potato mousseline with carrots, trumpet mushrooms, pearl onions and bacon with a delectable red wine reduction. The whole experience was remarkable and one to write off as my top memory of this summer.
Early on Friday after the breakdown and packing were done, one of my colleagues and I walked to Farmers & Distillers for lunch — which came highly recommended by a few of our colleagues — where we had some savory and spicy pork and kung pao chicken dumplings. After that I headed back to the hotel to get some work done and, quite literally, rest, considering nobody told me getting used to heels post-pandemic was a thing, ha!
Needless to say, we took advantage of the Lime and Spin scooters to get us places later that afternoon. Though we got soaked and had to wait out the rain under a tree, we were able to ride scooters around the National Archives and Washington Monument; visit the Lincoln Memorial; the National Museum of African Art, where I was elated by this Billie Zangewa painting called Constant Gardener, shown in the “I Am: Contemporary African Women Artists” exhibit, and this piece by Ben Enwonwu. We even enjoyed a crazy virtual reality ride at the Air and Space Museum.
We wrapped up the day with a lovely dinner at Alta Strada and called it a night after riding our scooters to the White House … well, we tried to.
We headed out early the next morning and made it home in time to settle in for a relaxing Saturday evening. I only got a glimpse of this almost-fake-feeling city (you can call me Olivia Pope now, okay?) and can’t wait to go back!
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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.
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 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.
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 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.