Located in the center of Portland’s cultural district, the historic Heathman Hotel is refreshing, with all 151 guestrooms and shared spaces going contemporary. The renovations on the luxury hotel, first opened in 1927, are spearheaded by designer Jackie McGee and the creative team at Perkins + Will. McGee, holding a degree in Theatre/Film Design from the Central School of Art and Design at London University, adds features that include changes to the hotel’s pièce de résistance: the soaring, two-story Tea Court, reimagined as a modern version of the grand social salons found in Europe, hosting literary events and weekend Russian Tea service designed by Headwaters’ executive chef Vitaly Paley.
Inspiration for the new design is drawn in part from the hotel’s unique connection to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, home to the Oregon Symphony Orchestra (connected to the hotel). This creative link, heightened by the stunning collection of books housed in a grand bookcase and by original works of art, is made inviting with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace framed in handcrafted tiles, and walls sporting William Morris wallpaper.
In guestrooms, visitors will find curated selections of books to enjoy during their stay, selected from Portland’s popular Powell’s bookstore. Natural materials including wood-paneled walls, wood floors, hand-blown glass credenzas, bathrooms with floating wooden shelves and showers encased in glass doors. Artwork by area artists includes “Rose City” by Katie Jeanne Reim, “St. John’s Bridge” by Barry D. Kaine, “Sellwood” by Tony Thomas, “Dimension 9” by Hilary Winfield and “Poppies” by Rachel Ann Austin. Renovations are expected to be complete in June of this year.
A popular Virginia stay, Massanutten Resort, is getting a big update this summer. The resort originally opened its doors in 2006.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
JetBlue kicked off service to Guadeloupe (PTP) this month. Flights began Feb. 1 from New York City (JFK). JetBlue is the only airline to offer flights between the Northeast and the Caribbean island. Flights are around four and a half hours.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Falling asleep in economy class can be a test of flexibility and patience, often depending on how tired you are. No matter how many ways your body contorts to sleep sitting upright, it’s hard to avoid the dreaded head drop, from little to no head support, that can easily jerk you (and your neighbor) awake.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Heathrow Airport built a “bespoke set of anti-drone systems” around its airfield. The system, created by U.K.-based firm Operational Solutions, detects and tracks drones in surrounding airspace. The “new and innovative” system can also locate drone pilots and show their location.