My latest travel stories came out this week in New York magazine’s 2013 Spring Travel Planner: ”Unexpected ways of seeing the world, where the transport is as memorable as the trip itself.”
My first in the package is about seeing Rome by Lamborghini and here’s the second …
Zambia by Foot: Track big game on a splurgy wildlife walking safari.
Move alongside antelope, impala, baboon, and rare African Pitta birds inside Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, a game reserve turned environmental haven that nineteenth-century Scottish explorer David Livingstone called “impossible to describe [in] its luxuriance.” On CW Adventure’s nine-day Zambia Classic walking safari (from $5,498 per person;cwadventure.com), you can hike up to four hours a day with a local guide, often trekking within yards of the wildlife (the guard is armed, in the rare event that an animal tries to charge). Game drives in open-sided Land Rovers are available for the fainter of heart, but for optimal viewing, you’ll travel by foot, jeep, and puddle jumper between three different Luangwa camps. At the remote Kapamba Bushcamp, watch for herds of elephant, lion, and buffalo from the comfort of your private stone plunge-pool or thatched-roof hut. (Request hut No. 1 for the best views and most privacy.) While you’re staying at the tented Zungulila Bushcamp, chefs will grill your fresh bream on a traditional African braai, or barbecue, as elephants drink from nearby springs. Even after-dark drives between camps turn up wildlife spottings, including night apes and bug-eyed galagos.
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My latest travel stories came out today in the New York magazine 2013 Spring Travel Planner: ”Unexpected ways of seeing the world, where the transport is as memorable as the trip itself.” When I had Marguerite I was working on a few stories for their 2010 Winter Travel feature and remember emailing the copy editor from the hospital. With baby brother expected in a week, we were cutting it close this time, too!
Here’s my first in the package, about Rome…
Rome by Lamborghini:
Zoom past tourist-choked ruins in and around the Italian capital.
Travel like an aristocrat, jumping from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, when you’re behind the wheel of one of Italy’s most iconic sports cars, a $250,000 V10 Lamborghini Gallardo. Rent that, or one of four Ferraris or Porsches, by the day or the week from Palazzo Manfredi (from $1,100; palazzomanfredi.com), a boutique hotel near the Colosseum. (General manager Bruno Papaleo offers gratis driving tutorials to guests, provided they’re at least 30 years old and possess a valid license.) To ease into Italy’s chaotic car culture, head twenty miles east of Rome to peaceful Tivoli, where the magnificent Italian Renaissance gardens of the sixteenth-century Villa D’Este (from $10; Piazza Trento; villadestetivoli.info) await. After listening to a concerto on the estate’s recently repaired Baroque organ fountain, settle in under the wisteria-covered terrace of Ristorante Sibilla (Via Della Sibilla 50; ristorantesibilla.com) for a $60 prix fixe lunch including the primi, like burrata ravioli. Another day, seek out contemporary architecture in northern Rome’s Flaminio neighborhood, recently revitalized thanks to the Zaha Hadid–designed contemporary-art center Maxxi ($14 admission; Via Guido Reni 4A; fondazionemaxxi.it) and Renzo Piano’s multifunctional arts complex, the Auditorium Parco della Musica (Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30; auditorium.com). Or drive north to sample oyster, celery, habanero, and other savory gelati at Claudio Torcè’s ten-month-old Il Gelato Bistrò (Circ. Ne Trionfale 11/13; 39-06-3972-5949). Use Palazzo Manfredi as a base (from $520) or crash at the year-old, 116-room Gran Meliá Rome (from $450; melia.com), right on the banks of the Tiber River and five minutes from the Vatican.
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Okay, sure, there was some shopping, too. And eating. And celeb-sighting, as it turns out. (Octomom of all people! And man, does she look cra-zy in person!) But to truly appreciate Palm Springs you have to get out into the desert backcountry and get a handle on where exactly you are, which is pretty much the middle of nowhere. I discovered the desert brings with it a host of lure and atmosphere, even a smell, and an interesting peacefulness. Here are some highlights of my trip, which I wrote about in my latest piece for New York magazine Get Lost in the Desert in Palm Springs. Continue reading
What?! You’re probably thinking. Yes, yes, I know Key West is known for its drag scene, Buffet-loving Parrotheads and spring breakers, but I was aiming for a fanny-pack-free trip to the Conch Republic. And thanks to Chris Shultz from The Porch and his local crew for showing me the way.
Key West is weird in all the right ways. More New Orleanslike than I expected. I sought out a less-tacky and touristy, more edgy way to experience the southernmost point in the U.S. So that’s what I wrote about in my new piece for New York magazine, “Be a Grown-up in Key West.”
And make no mistake, being a grown up doesn’t mean you have to stay sober.
[pictured above: La Creperie in the colorful Bahama Village neighborhood.]
Hotels are so passe, didn’t you know? As we continue our search for authentic travel experiences a new trend has emerged: Renting someone else’s sweet pad instead of feeling like a tourist in a Doubletree.
My latest travel story came out as part of New York magazine’s Winter Travel feature, a package devoted entirely to the art of crashing at someone else’s place. I wrote about the converted barn, above, on Long Island’s North Fork and what’s new in the area. The short answer: Plenty!
Read the full piece after the jump. Continue reading
Here are two surprising facts about the Hamptons: Some of these quaint Long Island beach towns date back to the 17th century, and art’s abstract impressionist movement was founded there in East Hampton. So not only can you find adorable weathered-shingle homes but also serious art cred. Jackson Pollock, for one, did his drip thing on the floor of one of said cottages. You can visit Pollock’s house (above), and other shrines to the past, but where are the contemporary art and artists in the Hamptons these days? That’s what I wrote about in my recent travel story for New York magazine, along with great places to stay, eat and play. I didn’t include the beach (below) but that goes without saying, right? (This one’s Main Beach in East Hampton.)
Read the whole story here at New York magazine.
Happy weekend, hope you’re heading “out east”…
Hop in the car right now! Early summer before the summer crowds stifle eastern Long Island is a great time to head to the North Fork for wine tasting and wandering historic seaside villages. (Forbes just named one of them — Greenport, N.Y. — one of the “America’s Prettiest Towns.”) And you might even get lucky there, gents.
I just wrote a piece for New York magazine about how to spend a romantic weekend on the North Fork. Here’s an excerpt:
Spend a day exploring some newer additions to the area’s slate of 48 wineries. Start out with a tasting ($17 for four wines) at Sparkling Pointe Winery and order caviar ($14 to $26) or Vosges chocolate ($10) from a vineside armchair. Head to Shinn Vineyards for the new vintner tasting ($25), during which owner David Page lets guests sample from the barrel and taste current vintages of reserve wines not available during regular tastings. Call ahead to One Woman Wines in Southold to see if they’re hosting Tastings Under the Stars, a bi-monthly campfire outing from 6 to 10 p.m. with cheeses, tapenades, hummus, and other tapas available ($6 to $10).
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d highlight one of the coolest things happening in Mexico for travelers — and believe it or not, it’s happening near Cancun.
The newly installed Museo Subacuático de Arte is an underwater collection of 400 life-size concrete “villagers” by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The last of the figures were submerged in October in the crystalline Caribbean waters north of Cancún, all of it explorable by both snorkelers and scuba divers. Aside from the obvious thrill of inventing a whole new ecosystem Continue reading