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In Transit Blog: In Orlando, a Sukkot Special

Written By wartini cantika on Jumat, 29 Agustus 2014 | 17.35

Photo The Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Fla.Credit Don Riddle

Sticking to a kosher diet on the road can be challenging, but Prime Hospitality Group, a New York City-based glatt kosher restaurant and catering company, is trying to make it easier by partnering with luxury resorts around the country for Jewish holidays.

The travel program, called the Prime Experience, offers all-inclusive packages with kosher dining and alcohol, activities and accommodations.

For Sukkot in October, the company is taking over a portion of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for 11 days. Meals will include steaks, seafood and vegetarian entrees as well as ethnic cuisine, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican.

Events include a cocktail hour with kosher wines, a children's day camp, cooking classes and speakers.

The Prime Experience started with a Passover package at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Laguna Beach, Calif., last spring and is expanding to Sukkot this year and Passover in 2015 at the St. Regis Aspen, in Colorado; the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, Calif.; and the St. Regis Monarch Beach.

The company founder Joey Allaham said that plans are in the works to offer the package on summer breaks as well and that his goal is to give more flexibility to those who follow a kosher diet. "The people who need to eat kosher shouldn't feel restricted when they travel, and I want to show that the food can be fun and delicious," he said in a phone interview.

The Orlando trip runs from Oct. 8 to 19 with prices starting at $1,850 a person.


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In Transit Blog: A New Bike Tour in the Adirondacks

Written By wartini cantika on Kamis, 28 Agustus 2014 | 17.35

Photo Cyclists heading toward Whiteface Mountain in New York.Credit Kurt Gardner

A weeklong bike tour in the Adirondack mountain range in upstate New York — meals and accommodations included — is registering riders for its debut next year, Aug. 23 to 29.

Cycle Adirondacks is being organized and produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society, based at the Bronx Zoo, to showcase the natural landscape that is home to a variety of both wildlife‌ and historic towns and villages in Adirondack Park.

The park — six million acres — is one of the largest intact temperate forests in the world and the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States.

The tour starts and ends in Saranac Lake, the headquarters of the W.C.S. Adirondack Program, and includes overnight stops in Star Lake, Boonville, Camden, Old Forge and Long Lake.

There will be a layover day in Old Forge, where riders can pedal an optional route or take the day off the bike and enjoy the towns of Old Forge and Inlet.

Registration, capped at 600 participants, costs $1,495 and includes three catered meals daily, fully stocked rest stops, camping spots, hot showers, baggage service, on-course safety support, and a wellness tent.

Total mileage for the week will be 400 to 500 miles, depending on options, with daily routes ranging from 50 to 75 miles. Total elevation gain will be roughly 2,000 feet.

The cost is $1,495, and registration is limited to 600 participants.


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In Transit Blog: Swimming With the Whales in Australia

Written By wartini cantika on Rabu, 27 Agustus 2014 | 17.36

Photo A humpback whale.Credit Sunreef

As swimming with dolphins, sharks and even whale sharks becomes an increasingly common tourist attraction, Australia's Sunreef dive company is thinking bigger – 80,000 pounds bigger, to be exact.

In a first-of-its-kind excursion on the continent, Sunreef recently launched a swim-with-humpback whales trip, which takes tourists on a three-hour boat ride off of Queensland's Sunshine Coast to snorkel with them.

Boat captains ferry participants to known whale locations, where swimmers jump into the water – from a safe, 100-meter exclusion zone – for an encounter few but marine scientists have experienced.

"Some of the closest encounters have seen whales come up within just a few meters, some of them with calves, and all have swum up and away gently," the  Sunreef spokeswoman Michelle Smytheman said of the early season tours.

Each year, more than 20,000 humpback whales pass by Australia's east coast from July through November as they migrate north from winter feeding grounds near Antarctica to warmer climates for breeding.

Sunreef's trips are supported by whale spotters from the air, so a sighting is nearly guaranteed, although any interactions aren't exactly predictable.

"The experience is 100 percent on the whales' terms," Ms. Smytheman said. Encounters can last 30 minutes or more, depending on the whales' whims, she said. "Sometimes they hang around for ages, and other times they swim up for a look and then move on or just move past without coming closer. The interested whales sometimes swim past and circle around again to take another look."

The Sunreef Whale Encounter Supervisor, Dan Hart, said that he hopes the new tour will benefit visitors as well as the scientific community studying the humpbacks.

The company is working closely with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast in tracking and recording the whales, he said. Two spots on every boat are kept open for whale researchers, and information gathered on the tours will help ongoing projects – including a forthcoming study by the university on tourists' emotional reactions to the whales.

Sunreef whale swimming tours are 114 Australian dollars ($108) per person, and run through Nov. 11.


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T Magazine: A Design Lover’s Guide to the Modern Jaipur

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A villa at the Tree of Life Resort & Spa in Jaipur, India.Credit

Jaipur is like the elusive mistress you can't get enough of. Considered to be India's first planned city, it was painted an autumnal shade of pink to coincide with the visit of the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) in 1878. But time and traffic have turned the pink into a shade of sandstone orange, and today, the city straddles eras. Run-down palaces pop up at random street corners. Ornately carved domes rise up against glass monoliths. Global ideas mingle with generations-old handicrafts, from block printing to brass beating. A stroll around the 18th-century Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal), which overlooks the city's main arterial road, gives you a sense of the throbbing cosmopolis Jaipur has become. Here, the top spots to visit in all directions.

Anantaya
The contemporary design studio is spearheaded by the award-winning industrial designer Ayush Kasliwal, who employs traditional craftsmanship (beaten brass, stone carvings, inlay work) to create future classics.
B-6/A1, Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-01, Rajasthan, India, anantayadecor.com

Jaipur Rugs
This is one of the country's largest manufacturers (and exporters) of flat woven silk and wool dhurries, all hand-knotted by master tribal weavers using time-honored methods. Spend a day wading through their vast collection, which ranges from deconstructed Tibetan damask-patterned weaves to silken carpets designed to mimic snakes shedding skins to a supple undyed rug bearing a Moroccan tile motif. The company also delivers globally.
G-250 Mansarovar Ind. Area, Jaipur-20, Rajasthan, India, jaipurrugs.com

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From left: hammered metal servingware at Anantaya; the selection at Jaipur Rugs.Credit

Teatro Dhora
An arresting half-finished indigo-painted wall with animal heads greets you at the entrance of this concept store. Stop by for a smart selection of lesser-known Indian design labels alongside the house range of quirky jewelry, artwork made from saws and spatulas, colorfully patterned caps and well-crafted leather bags.
9, Yashwant Place, Ajmer Road, Jaipur-06, Rajasthan, India, dhoraindia.in

Jaipur Modern
Dramatic black-and-white marble flooring and inlaid tables dominate this new lifestyle store set in a 1920s bungalow. After shopping for home accessories, clothes and jewelry, linger over a dreamy meal at the in-house Italian restaurant the Kitchen, which has an Instagram-worthy centerpiece of embroidered handmade teak tiles and a unique woven-wood wall installation by the award-winning Mumbai-based architect Rooshad Shroff.
51, Sardar Patel Marg, Dhuleshwar Garden, C-Scheme, Jaipur-01, Rajasthan, India, facebook.com/JaipurModern

Trunks Company
What better way to pack your haul than in a customized trunk made in Jaipur? These bespoke beauties made from Italian leather, French hardware and German casters take at least 500 hours to make. The store has built trunks for storing everything — from a minibar to guns, turbans to sunglasses — but what really sets its wares apart is the suede lining the inside, always in a bright color to represent the vibrancy of the city.
44, Lane #4, Kartarpura Industrial Area, 22 Godown, Jaipur -06, Rajasthan, India, trunkscompany.com

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Clockwise from top: a woven wood installation by Rooshad Shroff mounts the walls at Jaipur Modern; bespoke trunks from the Trunks Company; a work-in-progress at the Teatro Dhora concept store.Credit Clockwise from top: Fram Petit; courtesy of Trunks Company; Arjun Krishnan.

Tree of Life Resort & Spa
If you're looking for some quiet time, head to this secret pleasure palace nestled among rolling green hills, hidden away just off the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Laze in one of the 13 sprawling villas (five come with plunge pools), indulge in gourmet meals and surrender to an "eternal bliss" massage under the desert moon.
Kacherawala-Kukas, Jaipur-303101, Rajasthan, India, treeofliferesorts.com


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In Transit Blog: At Hotels, Hearing the Scream for Ice Cream

Written By wartini cantika on Selasa, 26 Agustus 2014 | 17.36

Photo The restaurant Asellina's gelato cart at the Gansevoort Park Avenue in Manhattan.Credit Homer Parkes/The One Group

Travelers in the mood for grab-and-go ice cream scoops can't usually find them at their hotels, but that is changing this summer with properties setting up stands serving house-made versions of the frozen treat. At the Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City, the Italian restaurant Asellina has an outdoor gelato cart most days until mid-September selling $5 scoops of flavors like pistachio and Nutella (they are free on Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m.).

Also in New York City are the gelato stand at the rooftop bar at the Mondrian SoHo with $7 scoops, the gelato cart with $4 servings outside the Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at the Loews Regency Hotel, and the weekly free shaved ices in renditions such as lemon and watermelon at the Renaissance New York Times Square.

Elsewhere, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston has a pop-up ice cream shop in its lobby with 10 varieties like Campfire S'mores for $7 each; the James Chicago has a Friday afternoon ice cream shop at David Burke's Primehouse with $5 scoops of two changing options like pineapple-caramel-brownie sundae; and the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., has a food truck navigating the grounds on some weekends with $4 ice cream bars.

International hotels are also getting in on the trend: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, Brazil, has a year-round shop in one of the village's restored fisherman's houses selling two scoops of sorbets and ice creams for $8; Rosewood Mayakoba, on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, has a complimentary shaved ice and slushy poolside cart with choices like tamarind and hibiscus; and La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morocco, distributes free ice cream to its guests from a tricycle in such flavors as almond milk and mint.

Portable ice cream is a fun way for hotels to embrace summer, said Andrea Montobbio, Asellina's executive chef. "A lot of properties offer ice cream at their restaurants," he said in a telephone interview, "but obviously it's not just meant to be eaten as part of a sit-down meal."

A version of this article appears in print on 08/24/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: At Hotels, Hearing the Scream for Ice Cream.


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In Transit Blog: Walkabout: Earthquake Rattles Napa and Its Wineries; Iceland Lowers Warning of Volcanic Eruption

Photo Inside the storage room of Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif., after an earthquake struck the area on Sunday.Credit Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Walkabout

A weekly capsule of travel news curated by our writers and editors.

Aftermath The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California early Sunday and sent more than 100 people to the hospital also dealt a blow to the region's wine industry. (CNN)

Not-As-High Alert A volcanic eruption in Iceland may still take place, scientists said on Sunday, but the threat level of volcano has been downgraded from red to orange. (The Independent) 

Only Way to Fly For an increasing number of wealthy Brazilians, first-class perks on airlines don't cut it anymore. They'd rather just fly in a private jet. (Bloomberg)

Destination: Cuba As part of a series of dispatches from Cuba, NPR's David Green talks about how tourism money is flowing into the country, bringing a mix of economic hopes and fears. (NPR)


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In Transit Blog: A New York Food Tour With a Batali Touch

Photo Raffetto's pasta store.Credit Walks of New York

The new tour operator Walks of New York has landed a star among food personalities around which to build its newest Manhattan itinerary: Mario Batali.

Its new Mario Batali Signature Food Tour of Greenwich Village, which goes on sale Monday for tours starting mid-September, includes private tastings in two of the chef's restaurants, Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria and Lupa Osteria Romana.

The walks also make stops at local shops favored by the chef such as Faicco's for arancini, Raffetto's to witness handmade pasta productions and Grom for gelato.

Although he is unlikely to make many appearances on the tours, Mr. Batali collaborated on the itineraries. Guides plan to salt their narratives with plenty of his philosophies regarding sourcing ingredients and the pleasures of sharing meals as well as cooking tips.

Three-hour tours, held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, are limited to 12 people and cost $64 per adult.


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In Transit Blog: More Space for Pottery at Minnesota Museum

Written By wartini cantika on Senin, 25 Agustus 2014 | 17.35

Photo Sow and piglets in Red Wing.Credit Pottery Museum of Red Wing

The Pottery Museum of Red Wing in Minnesota more than quadrupled its space this summer when it opened a new 13,000-square-foot facility showcasing a wide range of pottery and stoneware produced in the town.

The Red Wing Stoneware Company began making products in the late 1870s. Pots, crocks, dishware, cookware, vases and other mostly functional items made there are still sought after by collectors.

Production ended in 1967 and resumed in the 1980s.

The museum, owned and maintained by the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, includes a research center, a classroom and a gift shop, where visitors can purchase collectible items donated to the museum. Also on display are memorabilia, vintage photographs and products related to the industry. Admission is free.

The building anchors a rejuvenated Historic Pottery District that includes restaurants, shops and a brewery. Tours of the Red Wing Stoneware Company are available.

A version of this article appears in print on 08/24/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Minnesota: More Space for Pottery.


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In Transit Blog: At Hotels, Hearing the Scream for Ice Cream

Photo The restaurant Asellina's gelato cart at the Gansevoort Park Avenue in Manhattan.Credit Homer Parkes/The One Group

Travelers in the mood for grab-and-go ice cream scoops can't usually find them at their hotels, but that is changing this summer with properties setting up stands serving house-made versions of the frozen treat. At the Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City, the Italian restaurant Asellina has an outdoor gelato cart most days until mid-September selling $5 scoops of flavors like pistachio and Nutella (they are free on Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m.).

Also in New York City are the gelato stand at the rooftop bar at the Mondrian SoHo with $7 scoops, the gelato cart with $4 servings outside the Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at the Loews Regency Hotel, and the weekly free shaved ices in renditions such as lemon and watermelon at the Renaissance New York Times Square.

Elsewhere, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston has a pop-up ice cream shop in its lobby with 10 varieties like Campfire S'mores for $7 each; the James Chicago has a Friday afternoon ice cream shop at David Burke's Primehouse with $5 scoops of two changing options like pineapple-caramel-brownie sundae; and the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., has a food truck navigating the grounds on some weekends with $4 ice cream bars.

International hotels are also getting in on the trend: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, Brazil, has a year-round shop in one of the village's restored fisherman's houses selling two scoops of sorbets and ice creams for $8; Rosewood Mayakoba, on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, has a complimentary shaved ice and slushy poolside cart with choices like tamarind and hibiscus; and La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morocco, distributes free ice cream to its guests from a tricycle in such flavors as almond milk and mint.

Portable ice cream is a fun way for hotels to embrace summer, said Andrea Montobbio, Asellina's executive chef. "A lot of properties offer ice cream at their restaurants," he said in a telephone interview, "but obviously it's not just meant to be eaten as part of a sit-down meal."

A version of this article appears in print on 08/24/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: At Hotels, Hearing the Scream for Ice Cream.


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In Transit Blog: More Space for Pottery at Minnesota Museum

Written By wartini cantika on Minggu, 24 Agustus 2014 | 17.36

Photo Sow and piglets in Red Wing.Credit Pottery Museum of Red Wing

The Pottery Museum of Red Wing in Minnesota more than quadrupled its space this summer when it opened a new 13,000-square-foot facility showcasing a wide range of pottery and stoneware produced in the town.

The Red Wing Stoneware Company began making products in the late 1870s. Pots, crocks, dishware, cookware, vases and other mostly functional items made there are still sought after by collectors.

Production ended in 1967 and resumed in the 1980s.

The museum, owned and maintained by the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, includes a research center, a classroom and a gift shop, where visitors can purchase collectible items donated to the museum. Also on display are memorabilia, vintage photographs and products related to the industry. Admission is free.

The building anchors a rejuvenated Historic Pottery District that includes restaurants, shops and a brewery. Tours of the Red Wing Stoneware Company are available.

A version of this article appears in print on 08/24/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Minnesota: More Space for Pottery.


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