In Transit Blog: Broaden Your Spatial Horizons

Written By wartini cantika on Minggu, 07 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo A star party at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.Credit Kent McBee

With a growing interest among travelers to better understand the galaxy, a number of hotels and resorts are creating ways for guests to appreciate the expanding universe.

Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, has partnered with Greg Redfern, a member of the NASA Solar System Ambassador volunteer program, who gives 30-minute guest lectures through October on astrophotography, meteorites and stargazing. "When the sky is clear, we even go up on the mountains and use a laser to point at celestial objects," Mr. Redfern said.

All lectures and outings are free to guests and the public.

Some properties go so far as to combine space-themed cuisine and instruction. At the Four Seasons Costa Rica, a "Taste of the Stars" molecular gastronomy menu, in collaboration with the astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz and the executive chef Mario Alcocer, mingles courses like red snapper sashimi and chocolate mango asteroids with a high-powered GPS-guided telescope stargazing session (from November 2014 to May 2015; $195 per person).

The Capella hotel in the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C., has a "Capella Constellation Series," in partnership with the University of Maryland's astronomy students, as well as a constellation dinner experience (lectures are free to guests; the dinner is $175 per person).

Next summer, Allegro Hotel in Chicago, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium, will offer aspects of the museum to the hotel lobby from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, where pop-up exhibits on rockets and the power of the sun whet appetites for further exploration.

"Once people start understanding the sky, they can't get enough of it," Mr. Redfern said. "They realize that from their own backyard, they can begin to appreciate millions of pounds of space hardware."

A version of this article appears in print on 09/07/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Trending: Broaden Your Spatial Horizons.


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