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Hello Traveler,

“And the Grammy goes to…

Taylor Swift!”

In one week…

  • 2 Grammy wins including her 4th for Album of the Year
  • 3 performances in Tokyo starting tomorrow ending likely at midnight Saturday
  • Her boyfriend’s Super Bowl game in Vegas on Sunday

To describe that as an epic week would be an understatement.

Sunday is Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas. Whether you are a Chiefs’ or 49r’s fan, the buzz is all about Taylor Swift making it back from her Tokyo concert. So much so that the Japanese embassy felt the need to issue a statement saying Taylor Swift “should comfortably” make it back to the US in time for the Super Bowl. Thank goodness for the time change!

Taylor Swift’s worldwide concerts continue to be the inspiration behind trips – a lot for parents and their kids – from teens into their 30s. The latest news is just making them more popular. And expensive (I still haven’t secured ours for Madrid yet). After finishing up her Asia tour on March 9, she takes a break and heads to Europe, starting in Nanterre, France on May 9. See the international tour schedule here.

If you are looking to plan a last minute trip to the Super Bowl, it will cost you about $9,859 per person. See the NYT’s article below for details.

If football isn’t a draw to get you to Las Vegas, consider going for U2 at the Sphere. Clients and friends were there last weekend and they said it was amazing, unique and absolutely worth going to!

Although many people only had eyes on Taylor at the Grammys, in my corner of the world, in and around Hanover, NH we were glued to the show because a local “kid,” Noah Kahan, was nominated for Best New Artist. He didn’t win, but watching him interviewed on the red carpet with his mom (she believed in him so deeply and at 13 he promised he would take her if he ever made it) was so heartwarming! His future is bright!


This morning as I was finishing up this newsletter to you, something happened that remarkably has not happened all that often in my life.

I read an article about a place and immediately knew I had to go there.

It’s a remote lodge on a private island in Europe, that requires a rib boat or helicopter to get to. It is adventurous, focused on the outdoors, has incredible seafood and attracts travelers who love that sort of thing.

I must go.

Distraction ensued, I checked into the challenging logistics for us to get there, I wrote the manager asking about availability this summer. I’m waiting to hear back. Of course, if I go, I will share all about it with you!

Valentine’s Day is one week from today! Do you have a plan? Are you celebrating with someone special? Or might you consider this a Hallmark holiday and skip it?

Our family’s tradition has long been celebrating with a “red” dinner. Lobster, red potatoes, strawberries and whipped cream and red wine are the main attractions.

With two of our kids far away, and senior night for the hockey team happening on the 14th, we’ll be celebrating a day late with just the three of us. But sometimes you have to take what you can get.

How will you celebrate? If you are looking for a gift idea, I’ve got your back…

  • The credit for this one goes to my husband. He’s more in the Hallmark holiday camp, so the fact that he makes an effort is appreciated. Years ago he bought me a special bottle of red wine that was to be aged for a year to drink on the following Valentine’s Day. The next year, he did it again. I loved the idea! Why? Because it is thoughtful and it can be repeated year after year, thus saving him the decision fatigue of coming up with a new idea.
  • Gifting an experience creates the joy of anticipation and memorable moments. Better yet, it can be paired with an item. Jewelry? As I’ve shared before I love the the range of designers and styles at our local jewelry boutique, VonBargen’s. Perhaps this Moonstone necklace or hammered circle drop earrings. If you need some inspiration and you have a budget in mind, but don’t know exactly what you want – it’s easy to search by price – just go to their site, hover over Jewelry and select your ideal price range.
  • Pair a beautiful scarf with a fall trip to Copenhagen or Amsterdam, a cookbook of Spanish tapas with a trip to San Sebastian (and dinner at one of the many Michelin star restaurants), an elegant monogrammed luggage tag with a trip to Paris (today is the last day to order with a monogram and still get by the 14th!). Another Paris idea… I just came across this Parisian boutique called L/UNIFORM – if your partner likes stylish handbags (who doesn’t?!) – promise her a visit to this shop to pick one out (and of course a trip to Paris to go with it).
  • Check out my favorite boutique in Woodstock, VT, Woody’s, for their Valentine’s suggestions. The owner, Suzi, always has great ideas and there is still time to have gifts delivered!
  • Last week I received a gift – an email with a link to Sugarwish, where I was able to select my favorites from a long list of items – wine, mocktail mixes, snacks, chocolates. If you don’t know exactly what the recipient might like, this is a creative option.
  • “They’re amazing. They’re dangerously good. I’m only eating one a night.” That is how my husband described the truffles he received as a gift yesterday (not from me). Pictured in my kitchen below… Find them here.


Last week’s most popular article was from the Wall Street Journal… This Is What a $10 Million Vacation Looks Like. The OTT (over the top) nature of the trips may be out of reach for most of us, but it was a fun realization for me that many of the examples are things we plan in your adventures – just on a much different scale. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s good inspiration!

Check out the special Valentine’s Day section below with romantic hotels and getaways, escapes that take your breath away and Valentine’s Day gifts for travelers.

The inspiring articles include 15 trips to book a year in advance, Nepal’s luxury lodges, 7 breathtaking hikes in Europe, the upcoming solar eclipse, Iceland’s under the radar hot springs, new safari lodges and Kenya by horseback (we went horseback riding in Kenya and it was magical!).

The informational articles include why entrepreneurs should travel more, the location of the 2026 World Cup final (so close!), and articles on Norway and Antarctica.

Stay warm and enjoy your week!

Warmly,

 

Below:

  • This week’s highlight – Charrúa
  • Where to Next? Four Seasons Jackson Hole
  • Articles to Inspire+Inforn

CHARRÚA

  • The density of Michelin star restaurants in the Basque Country
  • The small bites of tapas and pinxchos
  • The seafood of Galicia (the northwest corner of Spain above Portugal)
  • The jamon iberico from southwestern Spain

Those are all great reasons to put Spain on your list! It is an ideal destination for foodies!

Our clients, a mom with her teenage boys, are headed to Spain for spring break. They love great restaurants so I’ve shared my old favorites and the newest hot spots. One of them is Charrúa in Madrid.

It is an Uruguayan steakhouse, founded by an Uruguayan and a Galician. Similar to Argentina, Uruguay is known for their exceptional steak and their love of cooking over open fires.

The rustic, chic atmosphere is warm and inviting – with wooden beams, faux fur seat covers and candles lit on every table. For me, surrounded by the cold weather, it is the perfect Valentine’s date spot! Plan to dine at their bar in front of the fire with a great view of the open kitchen to warm you up on cold nights. (If it was in Hanover, NH we would be going there for dinner!).

If you are craving steak, then it is the place to go in Madrid! Their meats come from the best places in the world – Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Germany and the US.

Do you prefer fish or veggies? They have those too. Fresh fish perfectly grilled over the flames, grilled artichokes, eggplant and sweet potatoes. The perfect pairing to steak is potatoes and of course they have the most delicious fried potatoes with parmesan cheese and truffle oil.

Charrúa is located in Chueca, a bit of an edgy neighborhood with a lively night scene. Plan to head over an hour before dinner to wander and pop in the many boutiques along Calle de Augusto Figueroa or visit the Mercado San Antón.

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?Our clients, a multigenerational family of 11, spent the holidays at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. This year-round Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond destination is perfect for couples, families and active travelers.

Why is Four Seasons Jackson Hole so special?

  • Guest rooms have private balconies and gas-stone fireplaces. Private residences offer multiple bedrooms, balconies with views and comfortable areas to gather for larger groups.
  • Complimentary afternoon hot chocolate and s’mores, warm ski boots brought to you before hitting the slopes and heated lockers poolside to keep towels warm while you swim are among the little luxuries offered throughout your stay.
  • Activities for active-fun all year long include stargazing, skiing and snowboarding with slope-side access just outside the resort, dog sledding, snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, biking and the outdoor heated pool that is open year round.

Do as much or as little as you like:

  • Take a sleigh ride together through the National Elk Refuge. You’ll glide by elk, eagles, coyotes, foxes, bison and wolves, while snuggling together under a blanket.
  • Go ice skating in the middle of town square. The rink is decorated with twinkle lights and seasonal music playing.
  • Choose a Swedish Alpine, Therapeutic Deep Tissue or AromaTherapy couples massage, side by side in front of a toasty fireplace.
  • For romantic cocktails after your adventures head to the slopeside bar, Ascent Lounge. Try the Citrus Blossom, combining vodka, vanilla citrus liquor, limoncello, simple syrup and lemon juice. Then enjoy the lush dessert cocktail called the Baiser, made up of Aperol, lemon, homemade rosemary grenadine and prosecco.

‼️Don’t miss……a day with wolves.  After embarking on a private flight you are guided through Yellowstone National Park with a an expert naturalist and view wolves in their natural habitat.

Note: What can you not do at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole?
Rent their only 4 bedroom villa between Christmas and New Years. We tried. It’s booked by the same family every year!

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Reach out to plan your trip to

VALENTINE’S DAY

Make Sparks Fly at 5 Romantic Getaways, NYT

12 Romantic Hotels for a Valentine’s Day Getaway, Town & Country

Escapes that take your breath away: Indulge with your sweetheart in a Valentine’s vacation, Boston Herald

36 Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts Travelers Will Love, Condé Nast Traveler

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2024: Best Travel Gifts For Book Lovers, Forbes

36 Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts Travelers Will Love, Condé Nast

14 Romantic Getaways That Are Far Better than Roses or Chocolate, Outside Magazine

INSPIRATION

15 trips to book a year in advance, Condé Nast

How Nepal’s New Luxury Lodgings Took It From Bargain Bolthole to Jet-Set Hideaway, Robb Report

7 Breathtaking Hikes in Europe That Are Worth the Journey, AFAR

Why outdoor therapy is the wellness travel trend you need to try, National Geographic

In the Yukon, Minus 35 Is Perfect Weather to Get Outside, NYT

Where to Eat, Stay, and Play on Kastellorizo, Greece’s Perfect Tiny Island, Condé Nast

The Cayman Cookout Is a Chef-Filled, Star-Studded Beach Party, Condé Nast

Where to See 2024’s Magnificent Total Solar Eclipse, Vogue

This is why you should visit Japan in 2024, Wanderlust

Overwater Bungalows and Honeymooners, Sure – but French Polynesia Packs in the Adventure Too, Virtuoso

How Two Skis Chalets Are Redefining Luxury Travel in Alaska, Robb Report

Myths and magic: discover Iceland’s most under-the-radar hot springs, National Geographic

The Latest Way to Ski in Powder? Snowcat Skiing, Conde Nast
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The 14 prettiest ocean pools in the world, Condé Nast
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SAFARIS

8 New Safari Lodges And Camps To Travel For In 2024, Forbes

See Kenya’s wildlife in a different light: on horseback, National Geographic

INFORMATION

3 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Travel More, Inc. Magazine
If done wisely, a little travel can be a huge benefit to your business

New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium wins the 2026 World Cup final, The Athletic
The World Cup final will take place on July 19, 2026, and will conclude the first-ever 48-nation edition of the competition — an increase from the 32-team format that has been in place since 1998.

May is the new July; Norway is the new Italy: How extreme heat is changing tourism, Fast Company

What it’s like to cross Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, National Geographic

‘Destination Dupes’ and Other Ways to Save Money in 2024, NYT

They’ve lived 100 years. Here’s their advice about everything., The Washington Post

How much does ‘shoulder season’ travel save? We crunch the numbers in 5 top spots, CNBC

Almost Half of Young Workers Have Taken a ‘Hush Trip.’ They’re Not Lazy, Their Managers Are, Inc.

 It’s Surprisingly Difficult to Pair Wine with Chocolate, but These Tips Can Help, Wine Enthusiast

A Last-Minute Trip to What May Be the Priciest Super Bowl Ever: Around $9,859 Per Person, NYT

How airlines can handle busier summers—and comparatively quiet winters, McKinsey & Company

(If you aren’t able to access an NYT or Washington Post article, send me a note and I’ll send it to you in a PDF.)

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