AS COLOMBIA’S CAPITAL and largest city, Bogotá naturally attracts talent from around the region. That means travelers can find an ever-growing array of possibilities for enjoying art, design and fashion in its most popular neighborhoods.
Bogotá’s most historic neighborhood, La Candelaria, is stop one for most first-time visitors looking to get an overview of the city’s history. But it’s also a rewarding place for art lovers, thanks to the presence of the Museo Botero, which displays the work of Fernando Botero, the nation’s most famous artist. Strolling the historic streets downtown is also a surprisingly good way to enjoy artwork as well as architecture, thanks to the vibrant murals and street art gracing the walls of centuries-old buildings. For a detailed overview of some of the most interesting creations, sign up with Bogotá Graffiti Tour, which leads participants on an ambulatory excursion that highlights the works of some of the city’s most legendary street artists. At the end of the tour, follow the guide back to the organization’s headquarters at Dibs, a tiny urban and contemporary art shop that sells the work of many of those same artists.
Art lovers should also head to La Macarena, a peaceful, hilly district known for its cutting-edge galleries. In spite of its central location a few blocks from busy thoroughfares, La Macarena’s quiet streets make for lovely strolling. Take a peek into the neighborhood’s many galleries, including Galería Valenzuela Klenner, which focuses on contemporary Latin American art, and Galería Alonso Garces, where the gift shop brims with original works and prints as well as jewelry and books.
For upscale shopping, locals and visitors alike flock to the Zona Rosa to pick up international brands like Coach, Calvin Klein and Ermenegildo Zegna at the chic mall called Centro Andino. To refuel, a popular Zona Rosa choice is Andrés DC, the legendary eatery where the lively wait staff draws as much attention as the tasty Colombian cuisine.
For a youthful, more local take on fashion and design, head to the centrally located neighborhood called Chapinero, where tiny shops carry the works of Colombian designers. Top picks include Céfiro Tejido, a collective that stocks colorful creations including men’s and women’s clothing and hats, and Evolta, which features clothing as well as handmade jewelry and home décor.
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As the travel industry finds itself in the midst of the first peak travel season since the beginning of the pandemic, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts commissioned a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers to learn more about business travel habits, learning 65 percent of Millennials, aged 25–44 years old, and 59 percent of Gen Z, ages 18–24 years old, prefer to work for a company offering frequent travel or flexible blended travel as a perk. Blended travel is the combination of business travel with leisure travel.
Ravens, casks, walled-up ex-friends … grab a glass of sherry (perhaps avoid Amontillado) and celebrate all things Edgar Allan Poe during the fifth-annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards (or, in shorthand, Poe Fest International). It’s all happening in Baltimore Oct. 8 and 9, with a mix of in-person and virtual events. To commemorate the 173rd anniversary of Poe’s death, this year’s festival includes music, theater, vendors and tours.
Park Hyatt New York unveiled its latest rotating art exhibition, and it’s by contemporary abstract artist and hotel bellman of eight years, Jeffrey Okyere-Agyei. This marks his third exhibit at the hotel.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
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The world-renowned Italian fine-dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name, Da Vittorio debuts its new two-story restaurant, Da Vittorio Saigon in the hotel Reverie Saigon. The new restaurant reshapes Vietnam’s high-end culinary industry through its blending of contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional Italian food.
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Desolation Hotel, named for the Desolation Wilderness near which it resides, opened in August 2022 in South Lake Tahoe. Immersed in the scenic alpine beauty of the Sierra Nevada range and inspired by preservationist John Muir, this dog-friendly hotel commits to supporting the local Tahoe community, leading in sustainable hospitality and helping guests enjoy the natural experiences the region offers.