Wineries for Architecture and Design Lovers

January 9th, 2023

Wineries for Architecture and Design Lovers

From left to right: Quixote Winery, Darioush

California wine country may be known for its so-called modern farmhouse design, popularized by American architect Howard Backen. But in Napa Valley, there’s everything from French-style chateaus, Cape Dutch-inspired estates, and even a whimsical winery designed by the eccentric Austrian artist and architect, Friedrich Stowasser. Here are 10 of the region’s most striking designs.

Hall Winery

With over 35 works of contemporary art spread over 33 acres, HALL St. Helena practically doubles as an art gallery. The Wine and Art Exploration experience whisks visitors around the property, to works by artists such as John Baldessari, Jim Campbell, and Nick Cave.

Elusa Winery

Just as a good wine reflects its terroir, the design of the new Elusa Winery on the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is a testament to the beauty of its surroundings. Even its name, Elusa, is a tribute to the native language of the original inhabitants of Napa Valley. San Francisco studio Hirsch Bedner Associates drew from the region’s landscape when conceiving the winery’s tasting room, which features a palette of warm whites, natural oak and walnut paired with bronze medals and a stunning mixed media wall sculpture, titled “Viticultural,” by Bay Area artist Lisa Kokin.

Artesa Vineyards & Winery

In 1991, Spain’s oldest winemaking family debuted a sea-facing hillside winery in Napa Valley. Renowned Barcelona architect Domingo Triay designed the avant-garde winery, which appears to have grown out of its landscape: the 127,000-square-foot facility is covered with earth and blanketed with native grasses, giving the impression of a mound rather than a winery. Other unique architectural features include prismatic windows, cascading waterfalls, and the surrounding manmade lakes.

Del Dotto Vineyards

Marble floors, glittering mosaics, vivid frescoes, grand chandeliers. No, we’re not describing a Venetian palace but the Del Dotto Estate Winery & Caves in St. Helena. Owners Dave and Yolanda Del Dotto wanted to pay homage to their family’s Venetian history, so they built a cathedral-like structure surrounded by manicured gardens and 17th century fountains. Talk about a complete sensory experience!

Domaine Carneros

Founded by the same family behind renowned Champagne Taittinger, Domaine Carneros offers a slice of French palatial architecture in the middle of Napa Valley. The 138-acre parcel is anchored by a stunning French-style chateau with a grand staircase leading to formal gardens. Enjoy a glass of sparkling on the terrace overlooking the hills and vineyard of Carneros, or take a seat inside the elegant Louis XV-style salon.

Quixote Winery

The only U.S.-based project of Austrian artist and architect Friedrich Hundsertwasser — known for his whimsical, larger-than-life designs — Quixote Winery is a popular pilgrimage destination among architecture lovers. As with the architect’s other buildings, the winery has no straight lines (Hundertwasser believed they didn’t “align” with human nature) and features signature features like curving walls and an undulating roofline — plus colorful ceramic tiles, a shimmering gold onion dome, and views across Napa Valley to Mount Veeder.

Chimney Rock Winery

With its distinctive gables and bright white stucco exteriors, Chimney Rock is evocative of the Cape-Dutch architectural style typical of South Africa’s iconic Stellenbosch region. On the north side of the building is a one massive allegorical frieze of Ganymede — cupbearer to the gods — inspired by the historic South African winery Groot Constantia and surrounded by miles of tidy vines.

Darioush

Napa Valley’s “Persian Palace” was completed in 2004 and constructed with stones imported from quarries near Shiraz, Iran. Founders Darioush Khaledi and his wife, Shahpar, wanted to pay tribute to the winemaking legacy of Shiraz, formerly one of Iran’s most prominent wine-growing regions, and called on architects Ardeshir and Roshan Nozari to envision an homage to Persepolis, with imposing columns, trickling fountains, and a garden planted with pomegranate and pistachio trees.

Ashes & Diamonds

Inspired by influential mid-century modern architects Donald Wexler and Albert Frey, this striking, all-white winery looks like it belongs in Palm Springs. Note the structure’s folded plate canopy, geometric accents, portholes, and pops of Kelly green and bright yellow — all signatures of mid century-modern design.

Odette

This 45-acre estate vineyard embraces sustainability at all levels, including design. Nestled in the valley’s eastern hills, the LEED Gold-certified winery features a living roof and 2,500 square feet of solar panels, plus a trio of shipping containers repurposed as labs and office spaces. The winery’s sinuous curves are a nod to the pivotal female characters in the works of Shakespeare and Proust, and the swan princess in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Other notable mentions include Robert Mondavi Winery, designed by prominent Los Angeles-based architect Cliff May; Dominus Estate Winery, with it’s brutalist architecture; Inglenook, one of the first Bordeaux-styled wineries in the U.S.; and Quintessa, offering open-air minimalist wine-tasting pavilions.

New Experiences for 2023

December 21st, 2022

NEW EXPERIENCES FOR 2023

Hotels are upping their game in guest offerings – here are our favorites coming in 2023

 

Heli Skiing with Bode Miller

EYOS, the leader in private yacht expeditions, will launch a thrilling new heli-skiing voyage, April 23-30, 2023, hosted by US Olympic alpine ski racer Bode Miller (the most decorated male alpine skier in U.S. history). Guests will head to the island of Maniitsoq on the western coast of Greenland, widely considered one of the most remote places in the world to heli-ski. With the opportunity to book individual cabins on seven-cabin Nansen Explorer (versus chartering the full vessel), this exclusive voyage will be more accessible than ever before.

 

Custom Grecian Perfume

xenodocheio Milos in Athens has partnered with neighboring local favorite, Naxos Apothecary, to offer a new experience exclusive for guests to create a signature scent. Hotel guests can choose to do this either in the chic, airy apothecary around the corner or in their own suite. An expert will conduct a “tasting” of scents to distill a perfect, custom perfume, often using local Greek herbs and flowers.

 

High Tech Spa in the Hamptons

Shou Sugi Ban House – the first wellness retreat in the Hamptons – will launch Shou Sugi Ban Lab in 2023, unveiling a next-generation wellness space that integrates state-of-the-art Western technologies – including biohacking technology and the latest in rehabilitative innovations like electro-magnetic field therapy – with traditional Eastern healing arts practices. Technologies and treatments target three primary issues: longevity and reverse-aging; performance optimization; and recovery and rejuvenation. To augment the existing healing arts practices and wellness treatments, Shou Sugi Ban Lab will offer a new suite of experiences and modalities incorporating high-tech equipment including red light therapy, cryotherapy, thermo-contrast therapy, pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy (PEMF), neuro-acoustic therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), as well as biometric testing and follow-up led by functional medicine experts.

 

Marine Biology in Paradise

Located in the Maldives’ North Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi takes great strides to protect its rich marine diversity and safeguard its surroundings for generations to come. In early 2023, the resort will launch a new Marine Biology Center, with a dedicated research space and expanded coral regeneration program, where guests can participate in hands-on coral planting, reef cleaning, and study conversation alongside marine biologists.

 

Back in time in Palm Beach

Addison Mizner, American resort architect, left a stamp on Palm Beach, and most of South Florida with his Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial revival style. Today, his work continues to inspire the region’s architects and designers.  The 32-room White Elephant Palm Beach, housed in a landmark building from 1924, is now offering guests a glimpse into the architectural history of Palm Beach. As part of a new two-night package, guests can partake in a 1.5-hour architecture tour of the island led by a representative from the Palm Beach Foundation. Highlights include the 25-foot clock tower at the base of Worth Avenue, Villa Mizner, the architect’s last home, and La Guerida, which was owned by the Kennedy family for more than six decades.

 

A night at the theater in London

Guests at The Bloomsbury can take advantage of the hotel’s new partnership with The Donmar Warehouse for tickets to the latest shows. When booking the “A night at the Donmar” package, guests get a night in a suite, a three-course dinner with champagne, and two tickets to the latest shows (right now it’s Watch on the Rhine, followed by Trouble in Butetown [a recipient of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Writers Award] from February 10 to March 25, then musical Next to Normal from August 12 to October 7). Also includes a la carte breakfast.

 

Lobster Diving in Panama

Nayara Bocas del Toro (the newest addition to Nayara Resorts known for its overwater villas and for having the world’s first aerial beach) is debuting a new experience for guests in 2023 unveiling the traditional way to catch a lobster. In a small wooden canoe called a cayuco, guests go out with a local into the nearby lagoon. Then the local guide dives way down to the ocean floor to pluck a lobster and bring it back to the surface. Upon returning to the property, the lobster is cooked in the traditional way – with lots of wood and smoke – and served for dinner in the over-water Elephant House restaurant.

 

Champagne Wishes en francais

In May 2023, Belmond will debut the three-cabin Coquelicot, A Belmond Boat, Champagne – the newest luxury river barge in the brand’s Les Bateaux collection. Coquelicot will take guests on a cinematic journey of Champagne in partnership with Maison Ruinart to offer exclusive access to the first established House of Champagne. Activities will include with a private tasting lunch by Chef In Residence Valérie Radou onboard the river – the first time Maison Ruinart’s Chef will be cooking a private ‘four hands’ lunch outside of Maison Ruinart – and guided tours of the historic Taissy vineyard to discover the brand’s latest sustainability initiatives.

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Travel Offers 2022

November 22nd, 2022

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Travel Offers

DOMESTIC:

20% Off | Shou Sugi Ban House | Watermill, NY

Shou Sugi Ban House, the only comprehensive wellness program in the Hamptons, will offer early access and a 20% savings to Summer 2023 rates when booking a stay of three nights or more. When booking five nights or more, travelers will also have access to a personal driver during the entire stay.

  • Booking Dates: November 25 – December 31, 2022
  • Travel Dates: June 1 – August 31, 2023
  • Starting Prices: $2,700 pre-discount
  • Link: https://shousugibanhouse.com/

20% Off | White Elephant Resorts | Nantucket, Massachusetts + Palm Beach, Florida

The White Elephant Resorts portfolio, including Jared Coffin House, The Cottages, The Wauwinet, White Elephant, and the Boat Basin in Nantucket, and White Elephant Palm Beach in Florida, will offer 20% off the best available rate.

  • Booking Dates: November 28 – December 3, 2022
  • Travel dates for White Elephant Resorts on Nantucket: Based on availability, minimum stays may apply, black-out dates include all weekends in July and August, some holiday and festival weekends. Cannot be applied to groups.
  • Travel dates for White Elephant Palm Beach: Valid on stays between December 1, 2022, and October 31, 2023. Based on availability, minimum stays may apply, black-out dates include December 23, 2022 to January 1, 2023, February 17 – 19, 2023, March 24 – April 1, 2023
  • Starting Prices (before discount):
    • White Elephant Nantucket: $325
    • Jared Coffin House: $145
    • The Wauwinet: $325
    • The Cottages: $180
    • White Elephant Palm Beach: $595
  • Link: https://www.whiteelephantresorts.com/
  • Booking code: CYBER

 

Third Night Free I Carneros Resort and Spa| Napa Valley, California

Surrounded by grapevines, the stand-alone airy rooms offer a luxe countryside vibe, each with its own fireplace and private patios. Enjoy your third night free!

  • Booking Dates: Now – November 29, 2022
  • Travel Dates: Now – March 31, 2023
  • Starting Price: $609
  • Link: www.carnerosresort.com or (877) 497-7060
  • Booking Code: CYBER22

 

30% Off I Meritage Resort| Napa Valley, California

Dash away to Napa with Black Friday savings that are sure to bring you and yours holiday cheer. Enjoy 30% off stays through June 2023, plus receive a $30 daily resort credit. The offer is available for new reservations only; it cannot be combined with any other offers. Not available for group bookings. Non-refundable. Resort credit is non-cumulative. Blackout dates apply

 

INTERNATIONAL:

$1,000 Discount | andBeyond | Africa + South America

andBeyond, the award-winning luxury experiential travel company with 29 luxury lodges and camps, will offer a $1,000 discount by purchasing one of a limited number of Cyber Monday $4,000 travel vouchers for just $3,000. The $4,000 vouchers can be redeemed on any new 2023 bookings.

  • Booking Dates: The vouchers are only for sale for one day (on Cyber Monday). Payment will be processed by the 30th of November.
  • Voucher Terms and Conditions:
    • The vouchers are redeemable for travel for up to three years.
    • They would only be able to be applied to new andBeyond lodge accommodation bookings in Africa & South America where a minimum of four nights at any combination of andBeyond lodge or camp are booked.
    • The voucher is a payment method that can be used on a booking containing any of andBeyond’s other offers.
    • There are a limited number of 50 vouchers available for sale. A maximum of one Cyber Monday voucher redeemed per booking, and sales are limited to one voucher per person.
  • Link: https://www.andbeyond.com/cyber-monday/

 

NEW SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS AND PONANT EXPEDITION: A ‘SYMPHONY ON THE ST. LAWRENCE’ FROM QUEBEC TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES, OCTOBER 16-30, 2023 Featuring Keith Lockhart, Conductor of the Boston Pops

November 9th, 2022

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 2, 2022) ¾ Smithsonian Journeys is collaborating with PONANT on a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Each of the 21 itineraries will be led by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts—whether an art historian, a solar astrophysicist, or an international relations expert—whose expertise and knowledge will shed new light on a destination and deepen travelers’ immersion in place.

Among the new sailings is the “Symphony on the St. Lawrence,” a 15-day journey from Quebec to the Canadian Maritimes aboard Le Bellot, featuring the Conductor of the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, and performances by internationally renowned musicians including pianist Jihye Chang, cellist Alistair MacRae, soprano Allison Pohl, violist Scott Rawls, and violinists Wendy Rawls and Benjamin Sung. Maritime historian Eric Roorda will also be on board to lead engaging discussions about the scenic St. Lawrence waterway and UNESCO-recognized landmarks like Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.

The journey begins in Toronto, Canada’s largest and most dynamic city, which sits on Lake Ontario — the smallest of the five Great Lakes of North America and a gateway to the Saint Lawrence River. The first of four calls in Quebec is Montreal, a cosmopolitan metropolis with a UNESCO-recognized Old Town, the largest outdoor market in North America, and the iconic hill of Mount Royal. From there, it’s on to the capital of the French-speaking province, Quebec City, where narrow cobblestone streets, impressive ramparts and fortifications, and one of Canada’s grandest hotels – the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac — set the scene for Old World romance. At the mouth of the Saguenay River is Tadoussac, the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Canada and a prime destination for whale watching (including Humpbacks and Belugas). After a day at sea, Le Bellot will arrive at Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec, which sits at the top of the Gaspé Peninsula and is a gateway to the UNESCO Global Geopark of Bonaventure Island.

On the eighth day of the trip, guests will arrive at the colonial seaport of Charlottetown, on Prince Edward Island, home to the world-famous Anne of Green Gables House, the Prince Edward Island National Park, and the mighty Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest bridge spanning ice-covered water. The next stop in the Maritimes is Cap-aux-Meules, in the Magdalen Islands, which has rich Acadian history and traditions and stunning sandstone cliffs that rise above the Atlantic.

Nova Scotia is next, offering three historical towns for discovery. Charming Baddeck on Cape Breton Island is the point of departure and arrival of the famous Cabot Trail as well as the home of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, dedicated to the life of the inventor. Louisbourg boasts the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a living museum that recreates 18th-century life through the reconstruction of the formerly thriving settlement. And Lunenburg, whose Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a colorful fishing village and a cradle of Maritime culture.

A day at sea brings Le Bellot to Eastport, Maine, a historic seaside town where guests can explore the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, representing the largest and most significant cultural collection along the eastern coast of Maine. The epic journey ends in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a postcard-perfect seaside town that’s long captivated artists including Rudyard Kipling and Edward Hopper.

Rates start at $13,160 per person, based on double occupancy

About the Smithsonian

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. It is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, consisting of 21 museums, the National Zoological Park, education centers, research facilities, cultural centers, and libraries.  Two of the 21 museums – the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum – are in the early planning stages. The total number of objects, works of art, and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 155 million, of which nearly 146 million are scientific specimens at the National Museum of Natural History. www.smithsonian.org

About Smithsonian Journeys

Smithsonian Journeys is part of Smithsonian Enterprises, a division of the Smithsonian which oversees the institution’s commercial activities, including the Smithsonian Channel, which is available in over 55 million households globally; the retail operation, which includes 35 museum and airport stores, food concessions; an E-commerce business, Smithsonianstore.com, and Smithsonian magazine, which reaches more than 8 million monthly readers, consumer and education licensing, and books. Smithsonian Journeys is a global leader in cultural travel for diverse audiences, offering unique, expert-led trips on all seven continents. In addition to ocean cruises with PONANT, Smithsonian Journeys offers small-group land journeys, river cruises, active journeys, cultural stays, private jet trips, tailor-made journeys for the independent traveler, and student travel programs. For more information visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org or call 1-855-330-1542.

ABOUT PONANT

PONANT’s “Explore to Inspire” mission is centered around exploration to better understand, learn, share and protect. For more than 30 years, PONANT has been committed to more responsible tourism and voyages of exploration which have meaning. The French-flagged fleet comprises 13 small capacity ships equipped with state of the art environmentally friendly equipment. With PONANT, exploration is refined, authentic and a source of inspiration. The company sails to the Arctic and the Antarctic as well as in the Atlantic and North Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Asia, Oceania and South Pacific, the Caribbean, North, Central and South America. For more information, visit  https://us.ponant.com  or call 1-844-747-2873 or contact your travel advisor.

 

NEW PONANT AND SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPEDITION: A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF SICILY, April 14-22, 2024

November 9th, 2022

PONANT is collaborating with Smithsonian Journeys on a series of co-branded sailings for 2023 and 2024. Each of the itineraries will be led by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts—whether an art historian, a solar astrophysicist, or an international relations expert—whose expertise and knowledge will shed new light on a destination and deepen travelers’ immersion in place.

Among the new sailings is a nine-day circumnavigation of Sicily on Le Champlain, April 14-22, 2024.  Departing from Valletta, the capital of Malta, the itinerary includes visits to well-preserved Greek ruins, impressive Norman cathedrals, active volcanoes, and a handful of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, giving travelers a sense of these country’s ancient civilizations and cultural riches. On-board discussions by Smithsonian Journeys Experts will complement the excursions, adding important context and illuminating perspectives.

Like Sicily, Malta has also been ruled by various civilizations throughout history, making the destination a fascinating jumping-off point. From Valletta, Le Champlain will make its way to the smaller Maltese island of Gozo to see the megalithic temples of Ġgantija and an adjoining archaeological museum, plus red-sand beaches and a crystal-clear sea. Then it’s on to the southwestern coast of Sicily, home to the seaside commune of Porto Empedocle and the UNESCO-recognized Temple Valley, an archaeological site with temples dedicated to Zeus and other mythological gods. Rounding the western tip of the island, the ship will arrive in Trapani for an excursion into the countryside, the ancient Doric temple of Segesta, and the medieval hilltop commune of Erice. From there, it’s on to Palermo, the capital of Sicily, and one of Europe’s most vibrant and up-and-coming cities, where Byzantine mosaics and baroque churches exist alongside chic artisan studios and trendy restaurants. There, activities range from a tour of the Capella Palatina, a Byzantine-Arab-Norman structure with dazzling mosaics and magnificent inlaid marble floors and walls, or a drive to nearby Monreale to explore its famed Norman cathedral.

Just north of Sicily is Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian islands, characterized by lava stone quarries, a dramatic coastline, and a castle within a fortified citadel. After a visit here, travelers will sail north to Stromboli, taking in panoramic vistas of the active volcano, before crossing through the Strait of Messina to arrive at Taormina, the so-called St. Tropez of Sicily. There, visit a winery on the slopes of Mount Etna — the largest active volcano in Europe— or tour Taormina town with its historic Greek Theater which looks out to the dazzling coastline.

The final port of call is Syracuse, colonized by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C. and one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world, where guests will visit the Roman Amphitheater of Augustus and the 15,000-seat Greek theater.

Rates start at $6,500 per person.

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ABOUT PONANT

PONANT’s “Explore to Inspire” mission is centered around exploration to better understand, learn, share and protect. For more than 30 years, PONANT has been committed to more responsible tourism and voyages of exploration which have meaning. The French-flagged fleet comprises 13 small capacity ships equipped with state of the art environmentally friendly equipment. With PONANT, exploration is refined, authentic and a source of inspiration. The company sails to the Arctic and the Antarctic as well as in the Atlantic and North Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Asia, Oceania and South Pacific, the Caribbean, North, Central and South America. For more information, visit  https://us.ponant.com or call 1-844-747-2873 or contact your travel advisor.

About the Smithsonian

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. It is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 21 museums, the National Zoological Park, education centers, research facilities, cultural centers, and libraries.  Two of the 21 museums – the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum – are in the early planning stages. The total number of objects, works of art, and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 155 million, of which nearly 146 million are scientific specimens at the National Museum of Natural History. www.smithsonian.org

About Smithsonian Journeys

Smithsonian Journeys is part of Smithsonian Enterprises, a division of the Smithsonian which oversees the institution’s commercial activities, including the Smithsonian Channel, which is available in over 55 million households globally; the retail operation, which includes 35 museum and airport stores, food concessions; an E-commerce business, Smithsonianstore.com, and Smithsonian magazine, which reaches more than 8 million monthly readers, consumer and education licensing, and books. Smithsonian Journeys is a global leader in cultural travel for diverse audiences, offering unique, expert-led trips on all seven continents. In addition to ocean cruises with PONANT, Smithsonian Journeys offers small-group land journeys, river cruises, active journeys, cultural stays, private jet trips, tailor-made journeys for the independent traveler, and student travel programs. For more information visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org or call 1-855-330-1542.

 

 

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