How to experience the best art, entertainment, food, drink, and more, at home.
ByMaya Kachroo-Levine on July 24, 2020
Most of us have seen our worlds shrink dramatically in the last few months. Our evenings, once filled with happy hours, gallery openings, and midnight movies, are now more limited, to say the least. Fortunately, there is no shortage of ways to bring our favorite cultural experiences into our homes. Here, 103 ways to make your world a little larger—to experience (virtual) travel to all seven continents, drink with some of the best sommeliers in the game, and attend never-before-seen theatre productions, all from the comfort of your own home.
Movies, television, live(streamed) exhibitions, and virtual theatre to whisk you away
Right now, the broadway curtains are drawn, and it may be a while before impressionist art lovers can visit the Musée d’Orsay. But that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in your favorite culture-based entertainment, whether you’re a theatre buff, an architecture nerd, or a self-identified artiste. Here, our favorite (live)streaming options, including movies for armchair travel, shows for foodies and artistic souls, and virtual theatre for those missing the hallowed Broadway stages.
Draw inspiration from top mixologists and sommeliers
Remember touring wine cellars in Tuscany, and tasting directly from the barrel in Napa? Well, until we can return to those days, the best wine makers and mixologists are bringing their upscale offerings to you. Learn from the martini-shaking experts, master the use of Campari, and tour the vineyards of Bordeaux virtually while staying home.
Bring upscale cuisine from around the world into your home
There is nothing like successfully creating a restaurant dish you love at home. Whether you’ve been trying to duplicate the hummus you had in Tel Aviv since your last trip to Israel, or your approach to cooking is just to do whatever Ina Garten says, these top chefs allow you to bring the fine dining experience to your kitchen table.
Soaking up culture through literature, art, music, and even gaming
Take this time at home to discover a new culture-based hobby, whether that’s getting back into reading one book a month, rekindling your love with vintage records, or even hosting game nights to bring your friends together. This is a quick selection of some of our favorite literary and musically inclined pastimes.
Up your style at home with guidance from cultural tastemakers and interior designers
Let’s be real, we’re spending most of our time at home. And there’s nothing like spending 24 hours a day in the confines of four walls to make you realize that your faux mid-century console in the dining room isn’t cutting it. From borrowing design pieces from five-star hotels (ahem, you can buy those Four Seasons’ pillows) to Kondo-izing your closet and achieving a cohesive plantscape in your home, these resources will kick your design game up a few notches.
Armchair travel to every corner of the globe, with these virtual tours of South Africa, Alaska, the hidden gems of Italy, and a whole lot more. Armchair travel is by no means a replacement for actual travel, of course. But think of it as a way to inspire your future travels and show you places you didn’t even know you needed to add to your bucket list.
Broaden your children’s horizons with unexpected field trips
Field trips may be canceled for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t further your child’s learning outside the virtual or in-person classroom. Whether they’re a budding traveler eager to visit the plains of Africa, a Pixar fanatic, an animal lover, or are already showing signs of a green thumb, there’s plenty of virtual activities to take part in with your children.
Curate five-star zen, spa, and beauty experiences by taking inspiration from wellness gurus around the world
While most professionals are staying home, many are still working harder than ever. When you can’t leave the office, it’s particularly hard to log off. Whether you’re a full-time employee, parent, caregiver, home-school teacher, or all of the above, it’s understandable to feel drained during this uncertain time. Make sure to dedicate time to self-care, with inspiration from the wellness experts.
No time like the present to learn something new, be it conversational Spanish or how to assemble a stunning cheese platter. With your favorite global brands and local businesses offering classes online, take advantage and hone a new skill set.
Scout the hottest luxury real estate listings around the world
If you haven’t spent at least nine cumulative hours on real estate websites since March, you’ve got some catching up to do. Luckily, we’re all too fond of taking a closer look at the most exciting and architecturally significant listings. Come along with us on these tours of celebrity estates and Frank Lloyd Wright stunners, and get ready to make an offer on Brigette Bardot’s former Cannes residence.