Community: Holiday Availability
Breaking news from our Bookings Team: this year holiday availability is more limited than ever, with many of the top picks in the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Asia already fully or close to fully booked. We are in touch with our hotel and resort partners on a daily basis and hear of last-minute openings first. Some incredible places still have spots but they are going faster than in previous years, so if you don’t know where you’re spending the holidays, call our team to discuss the options—and start dreaming of sea- or slope-side holidays: Contact Indagare Bookings.
City Update: Amsterdam
For many, Amsterdam may not inspire the regular visits that cities like Paris and London do, but it offers a fantastic mix of high art and history with a cool, urban vibe. During a recent trip, Indagare’s Henley Vazquez stayed at the city’s newest design hotels (in a former music conservatory) and explored the city’s best restaurants, including a gourmet gem hidden in the Red Light district, as well as its museums, parks and hot spots. “As a New Yorker,” she writes, “the only comparison I could make was if we dropped the museums of Manhattan’s Upper East Side in Brooklyn and added water. I, for one, won’t overlook Amsterdam again.” Read More
Just Back From: Austria
For a relatively small country Austria (about the size of South Carolina) packs a punch, as found Indagare’s Amelia Osborne who returned to Vienna as well as explored the Burgenland wine region. The capital city is abuzz with newcomers, many pushing past the historic center, like a Jean Nouvel–designed hot spot on top of the Sofitel and a multi-use boat moored in the Danube. Return visitors should also venture beyond the city:
the Burgenland is just a 45-minute drive and one of Austria’s most charming regions to explore. Writes Amelia: “Active types will adore the hiking, cycling and horseback riding, hundreds of vineyards will impress even seasoned oenophiles, and classical music buffs can listen to a Haydn symphony in the hall for which he composed it.” Read more and contact Indagare’s Bookings Team for help with a trip: Austria. Read More
Postcards: Surf Camp, Dude Ranch & Napa
Indagare members used the quiet month of August to experience exhilarating, revitalizing vacations with family and friends. Many returned to share their discoveries with our travel community, writing about a special surf camp in Costa Rica, about culinary finds in Napa and Sonoma,
and about a family adventure on a ranch in Montana. As the weather starts to cool and suntans begin to fade, these dispatches keep the summer alive for a while longer. Now…where to go for Thanksgiving?
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Autumn Preview: NYC Dining
While New Yorkers escaped the city heat this summer, the city’s top chefs were toiling away, prepping to expand their foodie empires with a bevy of new restaurants to open this fall. We compiled a list of the most promising new places not to miss, from a supper club-turned Soho hot spot to the brasserie that’s luring Manhattanites to Brooklyn. Plus, interviews with some of Indagare’s favorite chefs, including Marea’s Michael White, Perilla’s Harold Dieterle and Michelin-starred Hooni Kim. Read More
Hot Spots: Paris Fall 2012
From stylish children’s boutiques and wine bars straight out of a French film to Edward Hopper at the Grand Palais and big-name gallery owners pioneering beyond centre ville, this Fall will bring lots of excitement to the City of Light. This edition of Hot Spots, culled by Paris-based writer and art critic Mara Hoberman, focuses on the best wine bars à emporter; stylish children’s shops in St. Germain; what not to miss in the museums and galleries this Fall; and about such newcomers as a stunning boutique hotel with interiors by a Belgian fashion designer and the opening of a chic new bar at an Indagare Adored hotel. Read More
Indagare Souk: Save the Elephants
Africa’s elephants have been in the news lately and not in a positive way. The New York Times was the latest to feature a multimedia piece about the rising demand of ivory that has translated into the slaughter of these magnificent creatures. The top national parks and groups of courageous rangers are doing their utmost to reverse the disturbing trend—and you, as a plugged-in traveler and savvy consumer can also pitch in.
The Indagare Souk has championed Shompole’s Elephant Collection since inception. Individually hand-crafted by local artisans in Kenya, the stunning jewelry is made of cow horn, bone, 18K gold and precious gems. Best of all a percentage of each sale goes to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to help with the rescue of orphaned elephants. Shop for these unique pieces and Read More
City Update: London
From a new dining room presided over by a massive, specially commissioned Damian Hirst to a museum show dedicated to Hollywood costumes, the British capital is all about high-art this season. Naturally, acclaimed Frieze Art Fair is also on the agenda. Indagare’s London contributor Elena Bowes spotlights the museum and gallery exhibitions, the theater shows and the restaurant debuts, from Chelsea to Shoreditch, not to miss: London Local Picks. Read More
Member Postcard: American Southwest
“Berlin is my new favorite city,” declared Indagare founder Melissa Bradley upon her return from the German capital a few weeks ago. Eight times the size of Paris with a third of the population (almost all of whom own and ride bicycles on sunny days), Berlin is a city of vibrant contrasts and layered history. Melissa was so inspired by her trip that she is taking members on an
Insider Trip in October, with an itinerary that blends the city’s rich history and its exciting present, including its art scene (visiting private collections) and a dine-around-town dinner tour. There are only a few spots left. Contact Brooke Pearson (646-963-2242) for details. Watch a short Indagare Video Dispatch about Berlin. Read More
The Long Weekend
Post summer vacations as we head into the Fall, the quest for the long weekend getaway begins. Indagare’s Brooke Pearson recently planned a relaxing escape to Georgia and South Carolina, which minimized travel time and maximized exploration. Returning to the Indagare office on a Monday morning, after three days filled with great food, spa treatments and a gorgeous country resort (above), she writes, “My fiancé and I felt like we’d indulged in a week-long retreat.” Contact our Bookings Team for help planning a lazy weekend getaway. Read More
Indagare Souk: MayaBags
Sourcing vendors for the Indagare Souk, we are often inspired by the dedication of the people who bring these exquisite handicrafts to light. Judy Bergsma, the powerhouse behind MayaBags, has such a story. A former filmmaker who has lived with the Aztecs and the Mayas, Bergsma launched MayaBags after witnessing the excruciating poverty of southern Belize’s Maya women, whose weaving and embroidering skills she has helped sustain. “When I first began working with the women, I couldn’t get them to set foot inside a bank, for them, an inscrutable space,” says Judy. “Now they’ve all opened savings accounts and learned to manage their banking. This was a milestone.” Read Judy’s inspiring tale and shop for the exquisite beach-, hand- and yoga bags, as well as pillows. Read More
You Asked… D.C. Dining
We are often asked for dining recommendations in the nation’s capital, a town that has long been known for its classic formal restaurants and celebrity chefs. We reached out to plugged-in Beltway insiders and rounded up our favorites, including brand-new hot spots (one run by a Top Chef alum); family-friendly spots; and tried-and-true mainstays where you may see the movers and shakers of this year’s election discussing strategy. Read More
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