Whether your personal nirvana is hiking, cycling or golf, the Swiss Alps region of Crans-Montana has what you crave. Walking routes allow plenty of time to fully enjoy the remarkable scenery. A total of 198 miles of signposted paths and trails makes it easy to plan routes through vineyards, meadows, forests and historic villages. The region’s website offers a walking route planner that allows for partial-day walks or extended multiday routes.
Adventure hiking along a wide selection of trails of varying difficulty can be arranged for solo walkers or groups, with or without guides. Choose a glacier hike, a yak-supported expedition or a hike at Alpine Sports School in the company of Tutu the St. Bernard.
Canyoning and rafting with professional guides allows access to mountain paths and whitewater rivers. Experienced climbers can opt for climbing at Via Ferrata. Tennis and horseback riding are available to all skill levels, with introductory lessons and guided treks through the dazzling Alpine landscape. There’s even an adventure park in the trees at Fun Forest, where you can test your balance and skills on one of the eight aerial courses set among the tree canopy near Lac de la Moubra.
New this year, Migros Hiking Sounds (June 18 and 19) melds hiking with open-air concerts and performances by famous artists. The artists will take to various stages at locations throughout the hiking region.
Golf enthusiasts have the choice of the public course at NOAS or the 18-hole Severiano Ballesteros and nine-hole Jack Nicklaus courses at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, home to the 2022 Omega European Masters competition, Aug. 25–28.
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.
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 …
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.
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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.