UNTRAMMELED, WITH AIR QUALITY reported among the best in the world, an Eden-like island where being a locavore was always in style, Tasmania — Australia’s southern state, located across the Strait of Bass from the mainland — may be overtaking Iceland’s reputation as the world’s most unspoiled destination. Nature buffs love its inner landscapes, composed of wallaby-brimming bushland, mountain peaks, verdant valleys, vineyards, meadows and farmland. Add in inviting beaches, olive groves and orchards, and this one-time penal colony reigns as an athlete’s playground.
But what to do after hiking, whale-watching, biking, food market perusing and treetop walking? Where do you go after you’ve visited distilleries, shorn sheep with farmers, taken a cooking course at highly touted Agrarian Kitchen or hobnobbed with locals at the island’s various festivals? Get thee to Hobart, a stylish port city which blends heritage with nature to manifest an urban translation of Tassie’s bucolic glory. You’ll find the outdoors continues to be glorified in this Georgian-style city with its happening waterfront bars, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), parks galore and alfresco lifestyle.
A word of caution for those all-night partier types: Despite Tasmania’s history as home to convicts, it’s not a nefarious or bawdy place at all. Wholesome living, fresh air and outdoorsy days lead to early bedtimes for most Tasweigians. Their obsession with craft beer, locally made spirits, inspirational wine and field-to-table seasonal eating means playtime embraces a quality-over-quantity aspect. Eating with friends followed by a night cap, or happy hour by the water before dinner typifies most nights.
Begin early at Faro, a restaurant located at MONA, with the Art + Dinner program, a ticket that lets you peruse exhibits between courses. Try Grape Food and Wine Bar in Salamanca Place, a historic square, for Espresso Martini Happy Hour, or sophisticated Birdcage Bar in Sandy Bay at the Wrest Point Casino for legendary cocktails.
THE LABELS ON SOME OF TODAY’S wine bottles sport a relatively new vocabulary, one that explains how the grapes were grown and made into wine. They include such terms as sustainable, organic and biodynamic, among others, and they warrant some explanation. Were the grapes grown by sustainable farming? Were they sprayed with organic fertilizers? Is the wine biodynamic? A number of the terms are new to many consumers. Some are controlled by the U.S. government; others are not. For simple definitions of this relatively new vocabulary, consider the following.
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Much like cities around the world, San Francisco closed its museums and performing arts venues temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology, those sheltering in place can experience many of these cultural institutions from the comfort of their own homes. Here are the places opening their doors remotely.
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Seoul Convention Bureau is poised for a strong bounce back from the COVID-19 virus. The company rolled out a new PLUS SEOUL program to offer extra support to the meetings, incentive, conventions and exhibition industry in response to the virus.
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Japan National Tourism Organization While would-be travelers around the world are self-isolating and putting travel plans on hold, Japan Nation Tourism Organization sends the fun home. While everyone’s wanderlust grows, JNTO offers virtual experiences showcasing the best of the island country.