📷 Ravensburger Hütte – Magdalena Walch

WHERE TO NEXT?

Dear Traveler,

I never check bags.

That’s not entirely true.

But it is when I can make it work – which is typical when I am on week long trips.

For Madrid this week I intentionally packed light. Including one new outfit for the Taylor Swift concert tonight.

When I arrived at Logan I was told there had been an aircraft change, and we were now on a smaller plane that was oversold. The gate agent said I had to check it. I protested a bit, knowing the importance of needing it to arrive with me. No luck. My Apple Airtag was in it just in case.

Do you know where this is headed?

I arrived in Madrid.

My bag did not.

After much waiting and filling out of forms I was in an Uber to the city. It’s now Wednesday and I’ve been told they can’t find it. Despite the fact that I can see that my AirTag/luggage is still in BCN airport.

I’ve enlisted the help of a friend who has a relative that works at Iberia. We’ll see.

What I do know is that I will be spending part of my day today shopping for not only a new TSwift eras outfit, but also the other essentials that I need.  The hard part is not knowing when the bag will be returned. When you think of everything you pack in a suitcase – it’s a lot! Socks, shoes, sandals, dresses, shorts, pajamas, work out gear, shirts, bathing suit, cover up, flip flops, hairbrush, conditioner, make up.

As they say in Spanish “que pena!”

Looking on the bright side – Madrid is a shopping mecca and I will be getting lots of new items to bring home with me 🙂

TBD on what I’ll be wearing tonight. Wish me luck!


Last week’s most popular article was National Geographic’s The best gifts for women who love travel and adventure. Reminder – anytime you can search “gift” on the newsletter homepage to see all of the ideas I’ve shared if you need inspiration for an upcoming occasion.

This week’s inspirational articles are packed with ideas… an outrageously beautiful safari spot, emotional travel experiences, what’s new in the Hamptons, where to stay and play in Athens, new London restaurants, prisons turning into 5 star resorts and 8 beautiful lakes to plan a trip to.

A few interesting informational articles include where to go to take advantage of the strong US dollar, the 24 best travel tote bags, warnings about heat this summer in Europe and why NYC hotel rooms are so expensive right now.

Our Memorial Day weekend was filled with mountain biking, golf and fun with friends. I hope you also had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends! Summer has arrived!

Warmly,

 

Below:

  • This week’s highlight – Post Lech
  • Where to Next? Casa Angelina
  • Articles to Inspire+Inform

POST LECH

Her tank top is damp with sweat and it’s not yet 9am. The streets are crowded – mostly tourists because the locals know to stay away from the main sites of Athens in the peak summer season. 

The line to enter the Acropolis winds like a snake lazing in the sun. Moving oh so slowly or not at all. Once she enters, there is no reprieve from the heat, save a small sliver of shade from the shadow of the 2500 year old monument. 

As mentioned in NYT article below, Here It Comes: Another Hot Summer in Europe, the unpredictable weather has caused stifling days throughout many European cities in the peak summer travel season.

My advice – move those trips to May or later in September, incorporate water or pick cooler places like northern Europe or the mountains.

Some ideas – Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, the Dolomites, Austria.

In the spirit of looking for more comfortable summer temperatures in Europe, today I’m introducing you to Lech, Austria. It is one of those places that tends to stay cooler – because of its location and altitude.

It is home to more than 200 miles of marked hiking trails and refreshing mountain lakes. Its streets are lined with restaurants, many where you can dine outside in the fresh mountain air.

Where to stay? 
Post Lech. This charming, boutique size 5* Relais & Chateaux property is set in an historic post office in the center of Lech.

Run by the Moosbrugger family since the 1930’s, their warmth and attention to service will ensure you have a wonderful stay.

It’s both a summer and winter destination – open mid-June through September and from December through April.

What to do?
Summer and fall active adventures include hiking, biking, mountain biking (e-bikes available too), trail running, golfing, fishing, yoga, river rafting, paragliding and canyoning.

Leisurely or more challenging hikes are available with cable cars and chairlifts there to assist if you are up for a less demanding route.

While on your hike, if you want to cool off, take a dip in a mountain lake or wait until you return and take a dip in the pool or enjoy a massage at the spa.

For a special treat, wake early one morning and borrow a BMW from Post Lech and drive to the top of the Kriegerhorn for sunrise views surrounded by peaceful bliss.

For Families:
If you have younger kids, Post Lech has “Kids Active,” an all day guided kids’ programme (so you can get in some more challenging hikes while they are happy with kid-level adventures). There is also a kids’ pool with a waterslide.

What to eat?
Culinary options range from gourmet restaurants to a picnic in the midst of flowering summer meadows to Post Lech’s Formarin mountain hut – try the “Kässpätzle” (cheese spaetzle)!

Their wine cellar has 14,000 bottles of wine and has won awards 19 times in a row from Wine Spectator for their outstanding wine list.

Similar to our family’s trip to the Dolomites last summer, Austria has refugios dotting the mountainside. One particularly special one is Ravensburger Hütte in the heart of the Lechquellengebirge mountain range. If you like to do hut to hut hiking, it is available for overnight guests. But it’s also a rewarding stop if you are just on a day hike or mountain bike ride. See photo at top of a nearby mountain lake.

Post Lech is an ideal winter destination too. The skiing is world class and the resort is so cozy when surrounded by snow. The outdoor heated pool adds to the fun!

In addition to the usual perks when booking with Truvay Travel, you will receive a 1 hour long body treatment in the spa (which I suggest you use after one of the active adventures above!).

📷 Post Lech

🌟 Our clients just returned from a beautiful May vacation in Italy.  After five nights in Rome, they headed to the Amalfi Coast where they explored the area by boat, visited vineyards, hiked the coast and relaxed by the bright blue sea. While in Amalfi, they stayed at the stunning Casa Angelina.

Why is Casa Angelina so special?

  • Tucked into the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, the 37 rooms have terraces with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the picturesque coastline. The modern rooms and a white-washed aesthetic throughout the hotel allows the rich tones of nature to pop.
  • The restaurant, Un Piano Nel Cielo, means “a floor in the sky.” Located on the top floor with sea, sky and coastal views in every direction.

Do as much or as little as you like:

  • Just steps below Casa Angelina is La Gavitella Beach Club. Hotel guests enjoy a VIP area with sunbeds, umbrellas, drinks and snacks. A must on a hot day – sorbetto al limone di Praiano!
  • Lounge at the pool under an umbrella and surrounded by lemon trees, bright hydrangeas and views of the turquoise sea.
  • The spa offers a range of wellness services including massage, facials, pilates and sunset yoga.

‼️Don’t miss…. a day on the Lady Angelina. Casa Angelina’s private boats are exclusive to hotel guests and come with a skipper to take you out on an adventure exploring the grottos and bays of the Amalfi Coast. The hotel’s executive chef will prepare a curated meal for you to enjoy a romantic dinner on board.

 

 

 

📷 Casa Angelina

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INSPIRATION

Tears of Joy? How Emotional Experiences Became Travel’s Hottest Must-Have, Robb Report

Savoring the Summer at 5 Waterside Hotels, NYT

What’s New in the Hamptons? The Restaurants, Hotels, and Stores to Know for Summer 2024, Vogue

Athens Is Bumping. Here’s Where to Stay and Play This Summer, Robb Report

Hike, Sleep, Repeat at These Trek-Friendly Five-Star Hotels, Virtuoso

Learning to Surf, 200 Miles From the Nearest Ocean, NYT

Sand, Sea and as Much Serenity as You Could Ever Want, NYT

The new London restaurants to try in May 2024, Condé Nast

The best outdoor restaurants in London, Condé Nast

A Mediterranean-Inspired Getaway in an Australian Surf Town, NYT

Taking the Long Way Home From Alaska, NYT

The 16 Best Travel Trailers for Camping and Road-Tripping Adventures,
Robb Report

Solitary Refinement? Prisons Around the World Are Being Transformed Into Luxe 5-Star Hotels, Robb Report

8 Beautiful Lakes Around the World to Plan a Trip to Right Now, AFAR

A Guide to the Etiquette of British Afternoon Tea—and Where in London to Enjoy It, AFAR

6 scenic destinations for first-time kayakers, National Geographic

SAFARIS

This outrageously beautiful safari spot is still a best-kept secret,
The Sydney Morning Herald

32 of the best places to go on safari for a bucket-list trip in the wild,
Woman & Home

INFORMATION

The 24 Best Travel Tote Bags for Your Next Big Trip, Town & Country

Here It Comes: Another Hot Summer in Europe, NYT

Why N.Y.C. Hotel Rooms Are So Expensive Right Now, NYT

Want to find hidden gem restaurants? Follow the business crowd to lunch., The Washington Post

I Made a Master of Calm Fly Coach to Orlando, Here’s What He Taught Me, WSJ

Oh, the Places You’ll Go—With a Strong Dollar in Tow, WSJ

(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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