On brisk, early spring mornings, guests at Fogo Island Inn take long walks on foot trails with names like Joe Batt’s Point, Oliver’s Cove, Little Seldom and Brimstone Head, meandering along the rocky coast. After lunch in the glass-enclosed dining room overlooking the Atlantic, afternoons may be spent in ocean-view guestrooms, relaxing in hand-crafted armchairs, or on a locally guided tour of this historic cod fishing island. At night, a wood stove keeps the room toasty (although electric heat is available), especially when a fierce wind blows outside.
By late spring, icebergs start to appear on the sea, drifting past Fogo Island on their way south to warmer climates as the slowly melting mountains of blue and white ice pass the coastal communities of Newfoundland and Labrador. This seasonal migration down Iceberg Alley is enjoyed by year-round residents and visitors alike.
Fogo Island Inn will turn 10 years old next year, and this amazing property has gotten more popular each year, despite, or more likely because of, its isolated location. The inn is reached by a 45-minute car-ferry from Farewell, a small Newfoundland community an hour north of Gander. The inn is partially raised off the rocky beach on sturdy stilts; from a distance it looks like a huge white bird about to soar into the sky. First-time visitors are taken aback when it first comes into view — the four-story, ultra-modern Fogo Island Inn, often bathed in fog, is more like a mirage than an actual building.
Building a 43,000-square-foot, $41 million, design-driven deluxe inn on the beach of a tiny, isolated fishing community, population 700, was a controversial undertaking when it opened in 2013. Island residents, skeptical at first, now enjoy the employment opportunities the hotel has brought to the island. The locals are proud the project was conceived by aneighth-generation Fogo Islander, Zita Cobb, and designed by a Newfoundland-born architect, Todd Saunders. In addition, the hotel’s management has been extremely sensitive regarding the area’s delicate eco-system.
All the furniture used at the inn features designs by professional Canadian and European designers, all constructed at a small wood shop near the hotel by local residents who have experience building their own homes, boats and fishing stages. The fabrics for the hotel’s chair and pillow covers, quilts and woven rugs are hand-stitched by the women of Fogo Island, a tradition dating to the 1700s when the wives and daughters of fishermen would make the gloves, sweaters, hats and clothing for the family. Art gallery space is created within the public areas of the inn where the work of Newfoundland artists is displayed. The inn’s dining room, with its double-ceiling windows overlooking the sea, uses locally sourced root vegetables, fresh-caught fish and seafood and traditional island ingredients like sea buckthorn, spruce tips, caribou moss and dried chanterelles.
Glamping is made more inclusive and effortless than ever at AutoCamp Joshua Tree, 38 miles outside of Palm Springs and a three-hour drive from Los Angeles. The design and layout of this multitasking camp — which can accommodate family groups and corporate retreats as readily as couples — puts guests front and center amidst the natural wonders and phenomena of the Coachella desert, even while providing creature comforts found at better hotels and practical features like well-appointed kitchenettes with basic cookware, towels and linens, and a fire pit with a grill.
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Sonesta Hotels teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to support the society’s mission to end homelessness for animals. To celebrate the collaboration, Sonesta Select properties will serve a complimentary, pet-inspired mocktail to guests. These hotels also offer opportunities for guests and team members to donate to help save the lives of dogs, cats and other animals.
Costa Rica prepares to welcome its first Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property, slated to open in 2025. Waldorf Astoria Guanacaste will boast 190 guestrooms, as well as 25 Waldorf Astoria-branded residences, all offering sweeping views overlooking the ocean. A presidential suite will also grace the property.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
West Coast travelers can now enjoy easier, more efficient access to the Cayman Islands thanks to a new airlift option via Cayman Airways Ltd. As of Nov. 6, Cayman Airways operates nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman at an introductory fare of $399.
I sat in spellbound reverence, fixed to my rickety wooden chair in a Peruvian Amazon rain forest village. A local shaman welcomed our small group from the riverboat Zephyr to teach us about medicinal plants from the jungle. Then, blowing tobacco smoke from his cupped hands, he framed my body with a smoke shield as he blew it around my face and over my shoulders, all the while chanting his blessing from the forest.
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