The Iditarod is one of those topics everyone is sort of familiar with, but unless you’re a major fan or dogsledder yourself, there is a good chance your understanding ends with knowing the race is a major event where dogsledders ride for hundreds of miles through treacherous terrain.
The race kicks off in Anchorage and goes north to Nome. This year, the race began March 7 with 57 confirmed mushers. For families who don’t mind watching the festivities from afar, the race offers a live stream on its website for subscribers. Each year, the race changes routes to an alternate course to give the towns on the path a break.
The Iditarod trail has been a significant course for as long as dogsleds traversed Alaska. The actual Iditarod race began in its earliest form in the late 1960s, when a centennial committee was looking for additional ways to commemorate 100 years of Alaska belonging to the United States. In the early years, nearly all east-west travel was conducted along the Iditarod trail, including transporting mail, goods and people.
That year’s race was 56 miles and incorporated nine miles of the original Iditarod trail. After two races, 1967 and 1969, public interest died off. In 1973, three visionary mushers who never lost the spirit of the race ran from Anchorage all the way to Nome. According to the Iditarod’s official website, the U.S. Army helped clear the trail for the mushers.
The race’s main purposes, according to Joe Reddington, who organized and ran the first race, included the preservation of sled dog culture and the preservation of the actual Iditarod trail. At the time, snowmobiles were making dogs obsolete in their transportation role.
The race’s route is a reconstruction of a freight route and it celebrates the role sled dogs have played in Alaska throughout history.
Now, more than 55 mushers now participate in the race, and it continues to attract attention from film crews and journalists interested in telling the race’s story.
Since Cheval Blanc, an extraordinary, newly designed and refurbished 72-room hotel owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, launched in September 2021, it has been the talk of the town. Le Tout-Paris remarks about its WOW factor … and the hard-to-get reservations for the 30 seats at Plenitude, the intimate, first-floor gastronomic outlet headed by chef Arnaud Donckele, who earned three Michelin stars at Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez. Reservations are also recommended for Limbar, the ground-floor bakery/café/tea shop/bar where we watched Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric preparing desserts and an absolute must-have for dinner at Le Tout-Paris, the 7th-floor, all-day brasserie. This brightly colored space, with its raised seating and Fauve-like floor tiles and the adjacent Milanese restaurant, Langosteria, both have access to terraces facing the Seine River, with amazing views encompassing Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
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Nevada-based The Spa at Green Valley by Well & Being and The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being celebrate the start of 2022 with new health, wellness and spa treatments available through March 31. Both spas offer an array of treatments for guests wanting to relax and unwind before 2022 kicks into full gear.
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COJE Management Group raised the bar when it comes to cuisine and cocktails. The Boston-based group, founded by Chris Jamison and Mark Malatesta, offers guests the ultimate dining experience with old-world hospitality and an array of cuisines for every guest to enjoy. With culinary director Tom Berry incorporating the cuisines he encountered during his travels to South America, Cuba, Japan, Southeast Asia and France, each restaurant has distinguished itself as a must for anyone visiting Boston and each is designed exclusively in-house using inspiration from different regions and countries around the world.
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