Travel News: Openings, Renovations, and New Trips to Book This Week

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The buzziest happenings in the world of travel.

Book Now: Travel with Chef Barbara Lynch

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch takes her Boston-based cookbook store-meets-demonstration kitchen to Europe this summer and fall as part of her Stir on the Road series. These intimate trips (of no more than 12 guests each) provide insider access to Lynch’s culinary connections, from farmers and winemakers to Michelin-star chefs. On August 27, Lynch will bring guests to the wine regions of Austria ($5,900 per double occupancy). Itinerary highlights include dinner at Amadors Wirtshaus & Greisslerei, a two-star Michelin temple of classic Viennese dishes with a modern twist, and a visit to Heinrich winery in Burgenland. In late October, she will offer two trips to Piedmont: the “Grand Tour” ($8,850 per double occupancy) and a four-day “White Truffle Culinary Boot Camp” ($3,900 per double occupancy).

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort Now Offers Heli-Biking

This summer, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest is offering a heli-biking adventure. The resort has outfitted its helicopters with bike racks, allowing cyclists to access remote mountain ridges and glaciers. New riders can pedal along remote beaches while more experienced riders can tackle logging roads and more varied technical landscapes like remote ridge lines. Guided half- and full-day excursions can accommodate up to five guests.

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The Clifton in Virginia Debuts Renovation

On June 21, The Clifton—a 20-room historic estate on the outskirts of Charlottesville, Virginia—debuted a fresh look. Originally constructed in 1799 as a classic colonial-style home for the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and her husband, the interiors have been reimagined by the same team responsible for the renowned Blackberry Farm Resort in Tennessee. The property's 20 accomodations (including five suites) are spread across five restored late 18th and early 19th-century buildings on the 100-acre property. Fresh touches include repurposed vintage and original furniture, four-poster beds, original artwork by William McLure, and custom lighting by Luke Hobbs. Michelin-starred chef Matthew Bousquet is the mastermind behind the property's 1799 Restaurant, which focuses on food from the mid-Atlantic region. In the evening, guests can retire to the Copper Bar, a speakeasy-inspired space with an adjacent lounge and wine cellar. From $189.

Sea Island Debuts a New Yacht for Summer

This summer, guests of Sea Island, a popular retreat off of the coast of Georgia, have access to a custom-built 71-foot yacht that will explore the rivers and salt marshes around the surrounding barrier islands. Sea Island Explorer is reminiscent of classic yachts of the 1930s, featuring arched, wrap-around windows, a covered top deck, and a prep kitchen. The three-level ship can accommodate 49 passengers and will be helmed by captain and naturalist Clay Fordham. Guests can opt for scenic nature tours, pre-dinner cocktail cruises, and customized events. Customized cruises from $2,500 (two-hour minimum).

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Aspen’s Hotel Jerome Unveils Expansions

After a year of undergoing updates, Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort has debuted major enhancements including the renovation of the 140-year-old Aspen Times printing house, a 55-person speakeasy, and new residences. The hotel’s courtyard has also been reimagined with a new pool, terrace, and multiple hot tubs. Two new three-bedroom residential-style suites located behind the Aspen Times building boast fireplaces and balconies with mountain views (from $3,250). The basement of the newspaper building has been transformed into Bad Harriet, an underground bar (named after the wife of the hotel’s original owner) serving creative cocktails and gourmet bites. From $660.

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Introduces Year-Round Ballooning

Every year, tourists flock to New Mexico for its world-class hot ballooning, but these experiences are typically only offered seasonally. But now, with its new Hot Air Balloon Adventure package, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in downtown Santa Fe becomes the first and only hotel in the state to offer a hot air balloon experience year-round. As part of the overnight package, guests stay in deluxe accommodations featuring charming Southwestern décor and gas-lit kiva fireplaces. Executive chef Edgar Beas will prepare breakfast burritos for guests to take on the private round-trip transfer to the balloon launch site. Guests can take in New Mexico’s magical landscapes on their hour-long balloon flight, then finish off with a champagne toast back on land. From $815 for two people.

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Tortue Hamburg Opens

The opening of the Tortue Hamburg has made the city’s emerging Stadthöfe-Quartier buzzier than ever. The six-story landmarked building dates back to 1888 and takes up an entire city block. David Chipperfield Architects and the Hamburg-based Stephen Williams Associates are responsible for the revamped interiors, which feature restored columns, soaring ceilings, and wrought-iron marquees sitting side-by-side with original frescos painted by Adrian Karbowsky in 1910, mosaic-tiled flooring, and tall arched windows. Accommodations include 114 rooms, eight suites, and four extended-stay apartments all decorated with bespoke wallpaper exclusively produced by Amsterdam-based Little Owl Design, brass Areti pendant lamps, and watercolor illustrations by local artist Anne Katrin. Guests can opt to dine at the pan-Asian restaurant, Jin Gui, or a French-German brasserie. A rooftop bar is set to open later this year and will afford guests views of Herzog and de Mueron’s striking Elbphilharmonie. From $190.