I JUST RETURNED from a whirlwind trip to Miami, Atlanta and Florida’s Gulf Coast, flying American Airlines from Philadelphia to Miami, where GT’s Ashley Richards met me. It was wonderful to see friends at Avianca, Silversea Cruises and LATAM, not to mention the sushi we enjoyed with Meridiana Airlines.
American’s spectacular regional flight got me from MIA to ATL. With the recently added jetway, passengers no longer have to lug a rollaboard up stairs to the small jets, and overhead space on board is more than sufficient. I was honored to see Celebrated Living, AA’s first-class in-flight magazine, devoted a full page to our Wines on the Wing wine competition. GT staff and airlines work hard to make sure these impeccable wines are judged by the best sommeliers, wine shop owners and wine journalists in New York. This May, The Pierre hosts the event, and we’re adding Wines on the Water, the best in cruising.
GT’s Julie Haupin and Will Papa flew from Philly and joined me for a lovely meal at Canoe on the Chattahoochee River. Not long ago the river flooded the restaurant with five feet of water. But canoes like water, and the refurbished restaurant now offers a slightly Southern Australian menu. Another night we headed to the Cherokee Club in Buckhead, where the staff treats everyone like lifelong members. (See Will’s blog about our super experience.)
Seeing our good friends at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the highlight. Charles Ewing, director of concessions, and Jai Ferrell, marketing director, are on point to improve the passenger experience, turning ATL into a destination. It offers the greatest restaurant options (One Flew South is my favorite) and the friendliest staff, including those at concessions.
Last stop in ATL was the Porsche Experience. I was there for business but emailed a friend to accompany me. Porsche has so many vehicles! Step into the Macan and then step up to a 911 630bhp Turbo S (2019). For a small fee, take one of the skillfully made autos on the Experience Track. If you order a car, Porsche delivers it to ATL or LAX with white-glove treatment.
I drove through Alabama, passing Montgomery and Tuskegee, wishing I had time to tour the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum. I passed the Kia (Georgia) and Hyundai factories, and as I cut through rural Alabama, time seemed to turn back. Finally arriving in Florida’s panhandle, I got to the beach in time for sunset and savored the moment — the right choice, as not a single sunset over the next three days was as perfect.
So, travelers, savor the moment and celebrate the best, whether it’s thousands of miles from home or a drive on a business trip or anyplace in between. Between just might surprise you!
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.