Destination Report: St. Petersburg
As Russia races towards its future of being one of the world’s superpowers, St. Petersburg, once its sleepy, cultural capital city, is becoming more refined by the day. A stunning new hotel, the Four Seasons Lion Palace opened in an enviable location, hot restaurants are popping up and the ballet and opera are given the royal treatment at the modern Mariinsky II theater. But for now, those who visit can still enjoy an old-fashioned level
of special, behind-the-scenes access. Thus, argues Indagare’s Amelia Osborne, “The time to visit St. Petersburg is now. As the city steps into the next phase, and seats once reserved for tsars (then Communist leaders) are taken by oligarchs, St. Petersburg will unquestionably reinvent itself again.” Read Amelia’s Just Back From… St. Petersburg and Indagare’s destination report: St. Petersburg.
Spotlight: Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole was once a ski town reserved for the most extreme, as notoriously cold weather and challenging terrain can daunt even the most advanced—and enthused—activists from hitting the slopes. But with family-friendly resorts steps from the chairlifts, and stylish restaurants, shopping and non-ski pursuits like
Just Back From… Skoura, Morocco
Five hours outside Marrakech lies the serene oasis that is Skoura and an isolated, dream of a hotel: Dar Ahlam. The rarely-touristed area provides an authentic look into rural Moroccan life and the chic Relais & Chateau property offers a home base from which to explore the magically remote setting. Indagare founder Melissa
The Indagare Souk is back with a mini holiday sale to solve all your last-minute gift-giving woes. Snatch up finds from around the world, from Moroccan marvels to clutches from India and stocking-stuffers from Africa. Find something for everyone on your list at Indagare’s offices
(551 Madison Avenue, New York City) on Wednesday, December 11th from 10am-6pm, and Thursday, December 12th from 10am-4pm. Contact Anna at 646-597-6162 for more details.
New York City News
Time-honored holiday classics are beloved for a reason, but overlooked insider favorites and hip newcomers deserve some attention this season. We polled the Indagare staff—all proud New Yorkers—for some off-the-beaten path suggestions. Here are our favorites, including an adored hotel that boasts wood-burning
fireplaces, an uptown boutique teeming with stocking stuffers in a elegant townhouse and the return of some beloved Upper East Side eateries. Plus, enter to win a makeover sponsored by Vogue and the Lowell Hotel. Read More
Just Back From: Barbados
Barbados has everything: one coast with soft, lapping Caribbean waves and another with dramatic Atlantic surf. There are world-class golf courses, restaurants, spas, shopping and fun spots for after-dinner revelry, a rich history and a culture of graciousness and of style. If each of the world’s destinations has a personality, the
Anglicized island proudly marries the relaxed vibe of the Caribbean with the mannered charm of England. Indagare’s Amelia Osborne recently returned and writes of her trip, “Barbados’s personification would be a dignified, intellectual, relaxed man who wears linen clothing and loafers (no socks).” Read More
Traveling exposes us to breathtaking beauty, history and new cultures. During her first visit to Tanzania in 2004, Meghann Gunderman focused on the latter when she volunteered to work with a group of kids—an experience that changed her life. After witnessing the deeply flawed Tanzanian orphanage system and the fates of the
Destination Report: Vancouver
Melbourne, Vienna, Vancouver. According to one annual survey, the world’s top three “most livable cities” rank in that order, with Canada’s largest westernmost city coming in a respectable third. Thanks to interesting topography (the seaside port boasts mountains and forested islands), a diverse ethnic population and
Special Access: Miami Basel and Design Miami
Every December, the world’s most respected contemporary art galleries, curators, collectors and experts arrive in Miami for Art Basel and Design Miami to show, sell and mingle with the international art crowd. Indagare and Cultured Magazine have put together a series of special events including tickets to the fairs, invitations to opening evenings and various private experiences.
Highlights from the itinerary include visits to artists’ studios, a curator-led tour of the Hugo Franca installation at the Fairchild Tropical Gardens and lunch with celebrated architect Richard Meier at the iconic Surf Club. Other activities planned are a private tour of the Bass Museum, a visit to Design Miami founder’s personal collection and visits to innovative art space Kowal + Odermatt as well as Gallery Diet, one of Miami’s top galleries. Contact Indagare for more information or to request a space.
Parisian Country Escapes
Less than an hour from Paris, Chantilly and Versailles have long been favorite daytrips for families and couples. In addition to decadent estates, picturesque gardens and lovely walking trails, Indagare contributor Mara Hoberman recently visited two stunning hotels that make spending the night (en famille or en amoureux) part of the royal experience. The Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly welcomes guests with 18th century–style
décor, white-glove service and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Meanwhile, just a ten-minute drive (or a 30-minute bike ride) from France’s most famous royal residence, the Château de Versailles, Les Etangs de Corot is a magnificent property that encourages pampering especially at the acclaimed Spa Caudalie. Read More
Just Back From… An American Road Trip
New Yorkers, it must be admitted, have a tendency to look east or south when contemplating vacations. It’s not our fault. JFK airport beckons with its direct flights to London, Rio, Dubai. But as we focus our attention on these far-flung destinations, we are effectively ignoring our own backyard. Recently, Indagare’s Amelia Osborne was struck by a bout of patriotism bug and felt the urge to
go west, revisit favorite places and soak up the laid-back attitudes of left coast and mountain living. In typical Indagare fashion, no trip would be worthwhile unless a dozen spots were hit along the way, mapped out with gusto and lead-footed expectations. Because, in another great American tradition, she did it by car. Read More
Indagare News: Mii Amo Insider Trip and the Souk
Join Indagare this winter for two special events. Melissa Biggs Bradley and ShopLatitude invite you to the Indagare Souk, located at New York’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée from Tuesday, November 5 through Thursday, November 7. Find amazing jewelry, clothing and accessories for yourself, get a head start on holiday shopping and come for a Souk Shopping Evening from 6-8pm on Wednesday, November 6. For hours, directions, questions and to RSVP for the evening reception, call 646-597-6162, email
email@example.com and read more. And in January, Indagare Insider Trips returns to Mii Amo, the spa in Sedona, Arizona that Melissa has been visiting for years and believes is one of the most nurturing places on earth. The program, which runs from January 12-16, will include an intensive hiking option, personalized schedules and some special speakers. A few spots remain; for more information visit Insider Trips, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-203-0700.
At the end of a recent trip to China, Indagare’s Eliza Harris realized that her trip did not feel complete until all her experiences were in balance. She saw the Imperial side of China, through Beijing and the Forbidden City, its massive scale purposefully designed to intimidate. She saw the urban, glamorous China, through Hong
London Hot Spots
Since its inception in 2003, London’s Frieze Week has acted as the unofficial start to the British capital’s cultural season. This year, it runs from October 16-20. The trio of fairs—Frieze, Frieze Masters and PAD—bring the art world cognoscenti to the city, thereby encouraging museums, galleries and myriad other arts outlets to display show-stopping highlights. Indagare partnered with 1stdibs.com, the premier antiques marketplace
website, to provide tips on how to best navigate the fair—and London—during this exciting season.Check out the guide on 1stdibs.com and read about more of this fall’s cultural events, as reported by Indagare’s London-based contributor Elena Bowes, from a performance of Madame Butterfly to an exhibition celebrating pearls at the V&A. Read More
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