📷 Ciasa Salares

WHERE TO NEXT?

Dear Traveler,

At 5pm last night, on a warm, sunny summer evening, we pedaled up a steep 20 minute hill on our mountain bikes. Destination – a restaurant 55 minutes away.

Jason recently bought a new bike to replace his 28 year old Trek that was a long reliable companion, but had far surpassed its useful life.

I had wanted to go to four other restaurants before I chose this one. But on Tuesdays they are all closed.

We arrived hot, sweaty, thirsty and hungry. The restaurant has an outdoor terrace, which was perfect for our present condition.

24 years. It isn’t the nice round number of 20 or 25 but it’s still worth celebrating. For us anniversaries are low key. No big gifts, no Michelin star dinners. Just an evening out in a novel way.

Our 20th was smack in the middle of covid, so there was no big event. Looking ahead to our 25th I have different ideas. Bigger, splashier, more celebratory. I’m daydreaming about what it will be and it will inevitably involve travel. Hopefully I will follow my own advice and plan it as soon as this summer is over because I don’t want to be faced with a closed restaurant or sold out resort for our 25th!


Last week some unpredictable “bumps” happened in the travel world. Landslides took out roads on the Amalfi coast and a massive watermain breach cut off water to the island of Capri, causing the government to stop allowing visitors.

As you prepare to set off on a trip we always have a final itinerary review call to walk through every step of your itinerary to make sure you are comfortable with the logistics and there are no last minute reservations to make.

During that call I remind you that unforeseeable bumps may happen and going in with an attitude that we will be able to handle anything that comes up is a good one.

My clients who were in Italy were so gracious with going with the flow of the impact to their trip. As soon as we knew the landslide took out the road from Positano to Sorrento, I was strategizing best options with my partner on the ground. We ended up finding a boat to take them around the coast, where we had the driver pick them up and move on with their day (Their feedback… “Can’t wait to debrief with you. This cooking class was beyond amazing”!). Given it is peak season and availability was limited, I was elated we found this boat (vs a 2 1/2 hour drive each way!).

I love working with clients who are understanding and patient in these situations!


The new edition of the Virtuoso Magazine is out!

What’s in it?

Articles on Paris, London, Mendoza (wine lover? put Mendoza on your list!), Lake Como, Sweden, Kyoto, St Lucia, Greece, Botswana, Morocco, Stockholm. Sardinia (I highlighted this incredible destination last week – see here) and travel experts’ favorite hotel bars.

It’s the perfect magazine to bring on my flight tomorrow.

 

Last week’s most popular article was A Swiftie’s guide to London. And in case you don’t have a 20 year old to tell you this – Travis Kelce joined Taylor on stage for London’s concert. 🙂 Check out the NY Times article below to read about the impact Taylor Swift is having on Europe’s economy.

This week’s inspirational articles include safari street art in Jo’burg, Vogue’s best beaches in Europe, taking an adult gap year or mini sabbatical, living like a local in Paris, the best places to swim in Copenhagen (I’ve put on my list for when we are there next weekend) and yacht trips.

A few interesting informational articles include the Swedish secret to the perfectly balanced vacation, outsmarting the crowds in Europe this summer, favorite travel hacks, little travel luxuries and how to enjoy Italy while avoiding the crowds.

This week marks the start of my month long vacation! As I approach celebrating 5 years (!!!) of Truvay Travel, it’s the ideal time to take an extended break.

I will continue to write the newsletter through July, just in an abbreviated “on vacation” format. Look for August to return to normal.

In the meantime we will be adventuring around Norway, Copenhagen and a little island off of Sweden. I look forward to sharing what I learn with you during my travels. Follow Truvay Travel on instagram to keep up.

Wishing you all very happy travels and fun times this summer!

Warmly,

 

Below:

  • This week’s highlight – Ciasa Salares
  • Where to Next? The Madrid EDITION
  • Articles to Inspire+Inform

CIASA SALARES

Returning from an all day hike in the Dolomites, snuggled up in a cozy chalet gazing out oversized windows at meadows and mountains.

It’s peaceful.

You are in front row seats to the dramatic UNESCO world heritage scenery.

You are at Ciasa Salares and it is the perfect place to be.

Ciasa Salares aesthetic is the typical log cabin, chalet style with a dash of contemporary chic. It has a welcoming family-run and family friendly feel without sacrificing a bit of luxury. It’s been run by the same family, the Wiesers, since the 1960s.

The Wieser’s clientele are so enamored with their stays that the next generation continues to come – children of longtime clients often return to the hotel on vacation with their own children.

The connecting rooms are perfect for families and the lofted penthouse suite with sleek central fireplace, infrared sauna and hot-tubbed terrace is the place to splurge for a romantic getaway.

In the winter blue skies remain, but swap out the green grass, chirping birds and epic hikes for warm log fires after full days of skiing white, fluffy powder.

Ciasa Salares has a spa, indoor pool, jacuzzi, Turkish baths, fitness room and creative dining venues. I love outdoor spaces and the opportunities to have coffee on your room’s balcony or a cocktail on the hotel’s terrace are perfect ways to start and end your day.

Enjoy a unique spot to eat. In their cellar restaurant, Cocun, dine in their candle-lit wine cellar, surrounded by 24,000 bottles of wine! They also have a cheese cantina and chocolate room where you can taste and learn from a knowledgeable expert.

It’s just a five minute walk to gondola, which is open year round and a one mile walk to the village of San Cassiano.

Activities nearby:

  • Road and mountain biking, hiking
  • Kids’ playgrounds at the top of gondola
  • Mountain hut restaurants
  • In winter ski the world famous Sellaronda (my clients did this with a mountain guide last winter and loved it!)

Three experiences on my personal list…

  1. Overnight in a mountain rifugio – the higher and more remote the rifugio, the more incredible the views will be. Some guests describe the experience as almost like the feeling of sitting on the edge of the world.
  2. Adventure to the via ferrata – these ‘iron paths’ originated from the metal ladders used by the military in WW1 to assist them in navigating the mountains.
  3. Attending a bbq at the hotel’s private mountain baita.

How to get to Ciasa Salares?

Fly into Venice or Innsbruck.

📷 Ciasa Salares

🌟 On my recent trip to my favorite city, Madrid, I chose to stay at the The Madrid EDITION. Over the last year, we have also sent several clients with teenagers there, as it’s my absolute favorite hotel for being in the heart of the city, minutes from Sol, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace and with the largest outdoor pool of a 5* hotel in Madrid.

Why is The Madrid EDITION so special?

  • Stunning design and architecture. Rooms are sleek and spacious.  Each suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, some with views of the Royal Palace.
  • The beautiful rooftop Peruvian restaurant, Oroya. Eat indoors or on the outdoor terrace highlighted by a fireplace, olive grove and lawn.
  • The rooftop pool! With 60 sunbeds and 10 cabanas – for guests only.  Catch the sunset from the pool or rooftop bar with views over the city.

Do as much or as little as you like:

  • Walk to the Golden Triangle of Art where you find three of the most important art museums in Madrid – the Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen.
  • Go shopping on Gran Via and in barrio Salesas with trendy stores, delicious cafes and stunning architecture.
  • After walking, shopping and exploring the city, relax by the outdoor infinity pool or visit the spa for an Edition signature massage.

‼️ Don’t miss…

Two hidden spaces – one more so than the next.

  • The Punch Room has a dark clubby vibe and serves signature punches in silver bowls.
  • Their hidden lower level speakeasy is currently open only on select nights. There’s a DJ booth and two levels with the terrace overlooking the dance floor. While we were there they opened it up to broadcast Real Madrid in the Champions League soccer final (they won!). The entrance is impossible to find without direction, so ask a staff member if it’s open and how to get find it.

If you are not looking to be in the center of the hustle and bustle, the Madrid Edition is not for you. But there are many other luxury hotels in the city to choose from!

 

 

 

📷 The Madrid Edition

Reach out to plan your trip to

INSPIRATION

11 of the Best Beaches in Europe for a Coastal Escape, Vogue

The best places to try tapas in Spain, Wanderlust

Mendoza’s Wine Scene Is Crushing It, Virtuoso

6 alternatives to the most popular national park lodges,
National Geographic

Why An Adult Gap Year—Or Mini Sabbatical—Could Be Your Solution To Burnout, Forbes

Exploring the World in Style: 10 Top Luxurious Travel Experiences, Luxury Travel Magazine

Paris in Summer: 14 Must-Sees to Live Like a Local, Michelin Guide

Why All-Inclusive Ski Trips Are A Great Vacation Now And Next Winter, Forbes

Eight of the best places to swim in Copenhagen, BBC

What Is a Midlife Retreat? A Former Airbnb Exec Wants Travelers to Try Them, AFAR

We Retired in Nicaragua 18 Years Ago. Here Are the Pros—and Cons—of Retiring Abroad, AFAR

Millennials Might Hate Cruises—but a Yacht Trip? That’s Another Story., WSJ

A Journey Along the Camino de Santiago, Spain’s Most Famous Pilgrimage Route, Vogue

How the Faroe Islands Turned a Voluntourism Project Into a Dream Vacation, AFAR

22 of the Best Pizza Places in the United States, NYT

SAFARIS

Hunting the ‘Big Five’ on South Africa’s walls, BBC

INFORMATION

The Swedish secret to the perfectly balanced vacation, The Washington Post

Americans Are All Over Europe This Summer. Here’s How to Outsmart the Crowds., WSJ

Europe Has a New Economic Engine: American Tourists, WSJ

The best time to book flights for the cheapest airfare in 2024,
The Points Guy

The Taylor Swift Economy Has Landed in Europe, NYT

A new itinerary for the tourism industry, The McKinsey Podcast

Ask Robb: Prices for Mediterranean Vacations Are Out of Control—Where Should My Family Go Instead?,
Robb Report

Our 10 favorite travel hacks, The Washington Post

27 little travel luxuries to make any trip feel first class, The Washington Post

Germany’s new visa programme makes it easier for skilled workers to immigrate, BBC

Yes, You Can Actually Enjoy Italy Without the Crowds. Here’s How., AFAR

(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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