You may already be familiar with the history and charms of Austria and its connection to the beloved 1965 20th Century Fox musical, The Sound of Music. On your next visit there, let the film’s famous lyric “the hills are alive with the sound of music” inspire you to explore Gesäuse National Park in the Upper Styrian region — a lovely blend of thick forests, verdant pastures and jagged limestone peaks that come with mountain huts for hiking and deep rivers for rafting.
To truly immerse yourself in the landscape, consider hiking the Wachau World Heritage Trail. Views of the sparkling Danube are part of the experience along the 110-mile route, which wends through the steep, stone terraced winegrowing region within the Wachau Valley. Along the way, hikers encounter the Ferdinand Watch Tower above the old towns of Dürnstein, Krems, and see the ruins of the ancient Aggstein Castle. Pause for refreshment at numerous taverns located along the pathway, where lunch can include local specialties such as apricot dumplings made from Wachau apricots.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
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.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
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.
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.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.