Thursday, June 23 01:30 PM
Did you know that safari actually means "journey" in Swahili? Ponder this nugget as you experience exactly that with Singita Explore, the brand-new luxury mobile tented experience from Singita Game Reserves. So, just as animals roam the 340,000 dramatic acres of Tanzania's western Serengeti, now you can, too.
You'll camp with the crickets and cawing and crick-crack of who-knows-what shuffling in the bush. But fear not, you'll hardly be roughing it. Accommodations are pared back to finely tuned yet high-class basics (a plush bed, and leather, rubber, and timber furnishings) in custom-designed, eco-friendly en-suite tents. The caravan itself is a private jaunt of 2 to 12 people. Just because you're following the herd doesn't mean you have to be a part of it.
Book two nights and receive a third night free with Singita Explore introductory promotion (from $2,600 per person sharing for three nights through December 2011)
Photo: Courtesy of Singita Game Reserves
Thursday, June 23 10:02 AM
Creole cuisine bubbled up out of a mixture of cultures. So why shouldn't you throw a few more ingredients into the gumbo? That's the idea at San Francisco's Boxing Room, a New Orleans-flavored restaurant and bar that's just opened in Hayes Valley. The space, formerly a packing room of a shirt factory (hence the name), reflects a mix of influences: Douglas fir walls and reclaimed Monterey cypress say California, while the zinc bar and faux-alligator stools nod toward the Big Easy.
Chef and Louisiana native Justin Simoneaux includes seasonal Californian ingredients in traditional Cajun and Creole dishes. The results? A salad of fried Pacific oysters dressed in Herbsainte vinaigrette, perhaps, or grilled Monterey squid with tasso, roasted-garlic aioli, and fried okra. With food like this, everyone's a lover, not a fighter. "Laissez les bon temps rouler."
Photo: Courtesy of Boxing Room
Wednesday, June 22 07:00 AM
Fore and aft and jib and jibe all sound like jibber-jabber to you. Still, a turn at the wheel of a mighty yacht--the wind tousling your hair, the salty spray tickling your lips--sounds appealing, doesn't it? Thanks to a new yacht offer at the private 300-acre island resort of Jumby Bay, two miles off Antigua's coast, you can now go from landlubber to regatta racer faster than you can say "sea legs."
The two-hour program allows guests at the 40-room/11-villa, British colonial-style resort to sail 40-foot racing yachts in Jumby Bay's exclusive regattas. Perfect for groups with various skill levels; newbies can get their feet wet, while more seasoned sailors can sharpen their skills. If pulling ropes and climbing rigging sounds like too much hard work for a vacation, you can opt for a smoother sail--just leave it to the professionals as you lounge on deck and watch the Caribbean sunset.
Photo: Courtesy of Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Tuesday, June 21 07:00 AM
Planes, trains, and automobiles have practically become our religion--and now intrepid travelers have a cathedral to call home. Opening today, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow is a sweeping temple to transport that's ripe for a summer pilgrimage.
Designed by Zaha Hadid to mimic the undulation of the surrounding harbor, the Iraqi/British starchitect's first U.K. construction is a squiggly warehouse of zinc-paneled peaks and glassy prisms holding over 3,000 objects and 150 interactive displays. Our faves include a Wall of Cars stacked to the ceiling with classics like the Hillman Imp, and the three re-created streets circa 1895-1980, chockablock with vintage trolleys and trams. In a nod to the rich maritime era that put Glasgow on the map, the tall ship Glenlee is moored right out front.
Our only question: Just how do you want to travel there...
Photo: Courtesy of Riverside Museum