Celebrate caffeine, Hawai’i-style, at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Nov. 9–18. Notable as one of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Signature Events, this festival marks 48 years and is Hawai’i’s oldest food festival. The history of coffee farming in Hawai’i alone is fascinating — today’s thriving production can be credited to Reverend Samuel Ruggles, who brought coffee plant cuttings from Oahu to South Kona on Hawai’i Island in 1828. The plants loved the volcanic soil and, just over a decade after their introduction, coffee farms had been firmly established in Kona.
The annual harvest celebration includes nearly 50 events taking place over the span of 10 days. Events include the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, an evening Lantern Parade and hands-on cultural events and activities. There’s a coffee recipe contest, the 100 percent Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon, the Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll at the historic Holualoa Village, the UCC Kona Coffee Picking & Farm Experience and a Kona Coffee 101 Seminar.
Musical events include the Aloha Makahiki Concert and the Sugai Kona Coffee Talent Night at the Aloha Theater. Visitors can also participate in a Kona Coffee Council Farm & Mill Tour or a Living History Farm Tour offered by the Kona Historical Society.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
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.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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.
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.
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.