The United Nations deemed 2022 the International Year of Glass and New York offers some of the most beautiful and unique uses of glass found in the world. All over the state, guests celebrate the Year of Glass with these one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages.
In 1951, the Corning Museum of Glass was established in the Finger Lakes. A popular exhibit at the museum is the Studio, which offers Make Your Own Glass sessions, perfect for all ages to create their own glass art and watch glass demonstrations. The museum draws about 500,000 visitors from all around the world each year and boasts one of the most comprehensive and vast glass art collections in the world.
Located in the Catskills, travelers can step inside a 60-foot-tall former grain silo, now transformed into the world’s largest kaleidoscope. In fact, the former silo earned its certification from the Guinness Book of World Records. The Kaleidoshow displays colorful changing patterns and designs through tapered mirrors with a stunning visual and audio experience. Guests staying at Emerson Resort and Spa get to enjoy the show for free. Non-guests can purchase tickets for $5.
The one-of-a-kind carousel full of a variety of glass fish can be found at The Battery on the south end of Manhattan. SeaGlass Carousel lacks the center pole of a traditional carousel; instead, the four turntables are driven by electric motors sitting beneath the floor. Color-changing LED light fixtures illuminate the carousel. Each fish featured is designed to resemble the bioluminescence found deep in the ocean.
The Edge offers unique views of New York City. Guests can catch a glimpse through the glass walls to see all the way from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty and more. Near the eastern point, guests can check out the glass floor from 100 floors up. Walking on the glass floor allows for a unique perspective of the city streets below.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.
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PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
Savoy Signature Hotel Group continues to generate a buzz in international hospitality about the way its diverse portfolio shapes Madeira’s future as a destination; the brand keeps existing fans (particularly the traditional group of older British and German visitors) interested while drawing younger, more active travelers beyond the confines of Europe. The Savoy Palace, opened in 2019, took on the “legacy” mantle of a predecessor (the former Savoy Hotel) that stood on the same site, and then reopened with a lot of enthusiasm after the height of the pandemic passed.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
Acqualina Resort & Residences, located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, invites guests to enjoy its new elevated pool experience at the adult pool on the property’s north side. Surrounded by palm trees and greenery, the space welcomes guests 18 years and older to indulge in its newest amenities and features.