For centuries, Swedish fathers have whittled away long winter hours by carving wooden toys in the shape of horses for their children. Today, the Dalecarlian horse, with vibrant red-painted flower saddle, is an unofficial symbol of the horse-loving country. Hemslojd offers Dala Horses in a stable of sizes and colors, ranging in size from less than 2 inches to nearly 24 inches and in price from $13 to $1,495. www.dalahorse.com. To keep the Swedish handicraft nearby, try this hand-painted Dalecarlian Horse Charm from Jord Sweden Collection, which comes with a sterling silver chain. About $50. www.4vikings.com
The Stockholm designers behind this little teapot understand if customers flip it over expecting to see “Made in India” stamped on the bottom. But it’s all Swedish, just created by artists who happen to love India. INDISKA refers to its blend of Indian inspiration with such Scandinavian design traditions as “Bohemian modern.” We just think it’s adorable. Elephant teapot, about $20. www.indiska.com
Efficiency and aesthetics go hand in hand in Swedish design, and this pear bottle is no exception. Glassblower Ebba von Wachenfeldt created this bottle to be placed carefully around a robust live pear bud slightly smaller than the bottle’s opening and tied to the branch. The pear will grow inside the bottle during the summer. In the fall, clip the pear and pour a favorite liquor into the bottle. Skål! About $48. www.vonwachenfeldt.se
Foster imagination and a love of design in children by giving them the Svan Scooter. The Swedish construction is sturdy and safe, and the abstract shape is great for make-believe. Children’s minds might turn the scooter into a sleigh or an inchworm. You’ll just see the sleek design that makes this one toy that doesn’t need to be shoved out of the living room before guests arrive. About $100. www.svanstore.com
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
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If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
As of November 2022, Rohrkopfhutte (mountain hut) on Germany’s Tegelberg mountain reopened, and the dream view from the terrace, of the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau and the stunning Schwangauer Alpsee, can be seen in the valley below.
ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.
Palm Springs became a destination of legend when Hollywood’s biggest and brightest during cinema’s “Golden Age” turned the desert community into their glamourous backyard. While restaurants and hotels epitomizing definitive Palm Springs luxury open, adapt and change with the times, it says something that one of its hottest restaurants sets up an outpost back in Los Angeles. And that’s exactly what chef Michael Beckman and restaurateur Joe Mourani did on the southern tip of the always-evolving Fairfax District.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Six Senses recently announced plans to open its first Australian property in Burnham Beeches, a heritage mansion built in 1933 and situated on the 22 hectares of fern glades and forested hills of the Dandenong Ranges. The property lies 24 miles from Melbourne and neighbors Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, one of the country’s finest examples of domestic Art Deco.