Friday, August 26 07:00 AM
Helicopter flights. Ferraris. Yacht charters. If you're going to do the Monaco Grand Prix, you should do it in style. Well, that's what the insiders at luxury outfitter Roadtrips believe. They're putting travelers on the fast track to Formula 1 glamour with their new Monaco Grand Prix packages (from $5,950 per person for five days).
A helicopter transfers you from Nice Airport to your hotel in Monte Carlo. You meet and greet drivers, patrons, and celebs; roll out in a sick Ferrari F430; and choose between diversions like a day in St. Tropez or a Cannes screening. At night, it might be a fashion show, a tasting dinner at Joël Robuchon, or a VIP after-party. Consider our engines revved.
Photo: Courtesy of Roadtrips
Thursday, August 25 10:11 AM
Mexican-owned, French-designed, Japanese-styled, NYC-outfitted: Like our great national stew, Chelsea's latest design hotel is an exercise in delicious eclecticism. Hôtel Americano, indeed. Opening in early September amid art galleries on a gritty stretch of West 27th Street, Grupo Habita's first property north of the border fits in brilliantly with the patchwork of New York City.
Outside, an industrial chain-link facade shields the rooms from prying eyes on the High Line. Inside, the 56 midcentury minimalist rooms are reminiscent of an urban ryokan, thanks to wooden platform beds and gallery-style white walls. Denim robes from Loden Dager, Latin-French room service in bento boxes, and mezcal and harmonicas in the minibar add just the right amount of quirkiness. In lesser hands, all this mishmash might appear muddled, but as conceived by interior designer Arnaud Montigny (of Colette fame), the easy je ne sais quoi of cool feels just like home.
Photo: Courtesy of Hôtel Americano
Wednesday, August 24 11:26 AM
Your vacation shots are always picture-perfect. But the camera you use to take them? Let's just say serious shooters rarely come in pretty packages. Until now. Thanks to the fine folks at gadget customization company ColorWare, your camera will be ready for its own close-up.
Frankenstein a Leica D-LUX 5 camera (a high-quality point-and-shoot with a 3.8x zoom and 10.1 megapixels) by choosing from 48 different colors and finishes for the back, front, lens, and lens cap. Pair Cobalt blue with Zest orange and a touch of Star Dust yellow, for example, and you've got a camera that's business on the inside, party on the outside.
ColorWare Leica Camera, from $1,200
Photo: Courtesy of ColorWare
Tuesday, August 23 07:00 AM
Chef Michael Voltaggio knows a thing or two about ink: Not only are his arms covered in the stuff, but plenty has been spilled over his talents, thanks to star-making stints at José Andrés's Bazaar at SLS Hotel and Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen. (Did we mention he also won the sixth season of Bravo's Top Chef?)
Come September, the 32-year-old chef is opening the doors to his long-awaited signature restaurant--called, you guessed it, Ink--on L.A.'s Melrose Avenue. While the menu is still under wraps, expect unorthodox creations like Voltaggio's cult pigeon pastrami. And an eight-person omakase-style bar off the main dining room will offer a prix-fixe chef's choice tasting.
Can't wait until September to get your Ink fix? Mosey down the block to newly minted sandwich shop Ink.Sack, serving up banh mi (Voltaggio's version uses chicharrónes) and Reubens made with corned beef tongue. Grab a pen, you'll want to write this one down.
Photo: Courtesy of Bart Nagel
Monday, August 22 11:35 AM
Quiet. Respite. Solitude. Not words usually associated with New York City. But from September 15-18 and 22-25, stillspotting: nyc, To a Great City, a conceptual art collaboration between the Guggenheim Museum, Estonia-born composer Arvo Pärt, and Snøhetta (the architecture firm behind New York City's National September 11 Memorial and Museum) will redefine your aural perceptions of the city.
A walking tour takes you to five "galleries" around lower Manhattan--including a green labyrinth in the Battery, an underground chamber at Governors Island, and off-limits rooms in landmark skyscrapers--where the interactive installation marries architecture with Pärt's signature minimalist compositions. Buy a ticket, get your map, and follow the three-hour route, or choose your own adventure throughout the day. Loop back. Meditate. Make it your own. In the city, finding peace and quiet is indeed an art.
Route starts at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 11 am to 7 pm (ticket sales close at 4 pm), $10. Advance reservations suggested.
Photo: Courtesy of Snøhetta 2011