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This Week on Indagare: a beautifully designed romantic getaway opens in the Hudson Valley; Indagare’s customizable four-day itinerary for families visiting Paris; five new restaurants in New York City, plus an interview with the star architect behind The Wright; a stylish insider’s picks in Istanbul.
Weekend Escape: Hudson Valley
Just a few hours after Indagare editor Eliza Harris had arrived at Glenmere, a new boutique hotel tucked into New York’s scenic lower Hudson Valley, she sent an email to the office, raving : “It is stunning. I am completely smitten and think this is one of the best country hotels in the Northeast right now.” Housed in an Italianate villa, a grand folly commissioned by a Gilded Age titan in the early 1900s, Glenmere was lovingly restored by its owners over the course of three years. It has a wonderful balance of historic details and modern amenities, gorgeous grounds planned by the late great landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, and such lush details as custom Loro Piana curtains and Casa del Bianca linens. Add to that the excellent food, striking works of art throughout, a lovely natural setting (150 acres with sweeping views) and the easy location, an hour’s drive outside New York City, and Glenmere seems poised to become one of the Northeast’s most romantic new getaways (no children under eighteen are allowed). Read more about this special resort debut.
Family Travels: Indagare’s Paris
The City of Light is one of the Indagare community’s most beloved destinations, especially for families. The key to a successful journey, however, is figuring out a well-balanced itinerary, something we are often asked by members planning a trip. For this reason, we have crafted a special four-day Indagare Paris itinerary for parents and children to enjoy the sights and the city from a family-friendly location on the Right Bank. The itinerary features one daily scheduled activity, like a scavenger hunt through the city’s best-loved monuments, a crash course of the Louvre, a day trip to Versailles, all of which will be led by a docent trained in creating a dynamic learning environment for children and adults. The itineraries offer such add-ons as cooking classes, shopping excursions or creative sketching tours, as well as suggests the best places to eat with children, from an old-world bistro whose menu is focused on one delectable French dish to a revamped dining room of Paris’ best-loved gourmet emporium. Read more about Indagare’s Paris itinerary.
City Update: New York Dining
New restaurants open their doors in New York virtually every day, but only a few manage to sustain their opening buzz and transform either into neighborhood mainstays or lasting hot spots. This week, we rounded up five newcomers we hope are here to stay. They include an uptown hot spot (Richard Meier was spotted at its Jacques Grange-designed bar during the first week it opened); a cool British transplant spicing up the ground floor of a venerable hotel; and a cozy Rome-inspired trattoria overlooking Gramercy Park. One of the most exciting newcomers in terms of design is The Wright, the new restaurant in the Guggenheim Museum. Indagare spoke to architect Andre Kikoski about the project and about his other favorite New York City restaurants—those that combine excellent design with memorable food. Read about these recent debuts.
Style Insider: Istanbul
Designer Denise Spencer, founder of fashion and accessories label Ichiche, splits her time between New York and Istanbul where her husband’s family is based. “I have a long love affair with Turkey and its culture,” says Spencer, whose dramatic chain necklaces bear traces of Ottoman Empire opulence. The collection also includes stylish wraps made from traditional fabrics with intricate embroidery. In a Q&A with Indagare, Spencer shares her insider shopping tips for Istanbul, including the neighborhood for up-and-coming designers, a hip emporium where you can browse for unique Turkish fashion and accessories, a sleek new boutique with a revolving selection of local designers, and tips on how to navigate the Grand Bazaar.
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