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Arts & Culture 2022 Travel Destinations

Mark these performances and openings on your calendar, book your hotel, book these restaurants. The time has come for cultural and culinary enlightenment.


boston skyline

Billy Weiss

ticket: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Titled “Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope,” the three-week festival features music by composers (including Julia Wolfe) whose works aim to evoke a dialogue about social change (March 3-18, 2023). stay: LanghamHoused in a historic former bank in the financial district, this charming hotel has just completed a two-year renovation. Its Renaissance The bones of his revival have been preserved, and its interior has been vividly reimagined and filled with art from America’s oldest non-profit artists’ association. table: small whaleChef Michael Serpa’s expert take on New England seafood shack fare will open in Back Bay this fall and offer a menu that will satisfy your cold-weather appetites (clam pizza and Think chowder, etc.).

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new york grand central station

Grand Central Station in New York.

Roy Loughlin

Tickets: Edward Hopper‘Edward Hopper’s New York’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art is the first exhibition about the famous realist painter and his relationship with the city he called home for 60 years (until March 5).

painting by edward hopper

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Stay: Aman. The brand’s newest sanctuary brings Balinese tranquility to the heart of Manhattan. Overlooking Central Park from the landmark Crown Building, our 83-suite hotel is where you’ll want to hibernate on a winter day. The flagship spa spans three levels of treatment rooms, a banya room, a hammam room, a cold plunge, and a 65-foot pool lined with daybeds and fire pits. Table: House of the Red Pearl. Other: The Michelin-decorated 53,000-square-foot Marketplace of Jean-Georges Vongerichen is located in Seaport’s historic Tin Building and features six restaurants, including Red Pearl’s fine dining Chinese restaurant and 19-seat Chic’s sushi restaurant. ), 6 casual spots, and 4 bars.


View of Whitehall towards Big Ben from the top of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, England

View of Big Ben, London from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

Scott E. Barber

Tickets: Donatello. The Renaissance masters will have their first major UK exhibition this winter at the V&A South Kensington (opening 11 February 2023).

Virgin and Child with Four Angels, by Donatello, Florence, Italy, late 15th century

Donatello’s Virgin and Child with Four Angels, late 15th century.

V&A Images, London / Art Resource

stay: Raffles. After a meticulous renovation, Churchill’s Old War Office will become the 120-room Raffles at the end of the year. It retains all of its historic grandeur (mosaic floors, chandeliers, marble staircase) and is now home to a full-fledged spa and 11 restaurants, including a rooftop restaurant overlooking Buckingham Palace. tablet. John Marylebone. It’s been seven years since nose to tail pioneer Fergus Henderson debuted his new restaurant. So it’s no wonder this All Day His space (donuts with champagne for breakfast) is advertised.


Rome cityscape with Tiber river and St. Peter's Basilica

Rome with the Tiber River and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Alexander Spatali

Tickets: Horti Ramiani. A newcomer by appointment, the Museo Ninfeo displays the remains of a private Roman residence that served as the residence of emperors such as Claudius and Severus Alexander.

Theatrical masks recovered from Orti Lamiani, the garden of pleasures of Roman Emperor Caligula, at the Nymphaeum Museum in Rome, December 9, 2020 Nadia Sira Cohen The New York Times

Recovered from Horti Ramiani, the private residence and amusement park of several Roman emperors, this theatrical mask now resides in the new Museo Nympheo.

Nadia Shira Cohen

Stay: Six Senses. This wellness-focused hotel group will open in the UNESCO-listed Palazzo Salviati Cesi Merini this fall. Interiors are by acclaimed Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, featuring an innovative spa and a rooftop terrace with her 360-degree views of the Eternal City. It just wasn’t enough. An organic vegetable garden that inspires the culinary team. table: Enoteca Rantidot. Book in advance for this natural wine-only, bottle-only, small-plates-only spot in Trastevere, which only has three tables and five bar seats.


Paris and the Eiffel Tower

Tickets: Center Pompidou. Home to Europe’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art, this bold museum designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers will undergo a three-year renovation in 2024. Visit now.

Dronie of the Pompidou Center Collection

Robert Droney

Courtesy of the Pompidou Center Collection.

Stay: LeBristol. We’ve always loved this Grande Dame for its fashionable address and old-world elegance, and after six years and a multi-million dollar renovation, it feels reborn. The Paris Suite is the epitome of sophistication, with Louis XV and his XVI furniture, embroidered silk drapes and the same wooden parquet as in Versailles. Table: Parcel. A lively bistro in the 3rd arrondissement. A concise summary of seasonal menus such as cabbage stuffed with foie gras. Wine geeks gather at the bar to sample wines from small and esoteric producers.

Mexico City

Scenic view of Guadalupe Cathedral and Mexico City skyline at sunset, Mexico

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City.

Martin M303

Tickets: Gertrud Goldschmidt. The Museo Jumex is always impressive with works by greats such as Koons, Hirst and =. “Gego: Measuring Infinity” puts him in the spotlight as one of the most important artists in post-war Latin America (through February 5th).

Sculpture by Gertrud Goldschmidt at the Museo Jumex in Mexico City

Mexico City’s Museo Jumex spotlights the work of Gertrud Goldschmidt (aka Gego). Here are her “12 Circulos Concentricos”.

Courtesy of Fundacion Gego.

stay: such as the Ritz-Carlton. The 58-story Ritz-Carlton will open in 2021 and refresh the skyline. Its services and proximity to the historic center are particularly attractive. Las Alcobasis in the Polanco area (Beverly Hills, Mexico City) and has long been a boutique pick of ours (35 suites updated).New Seven Suite Casa Polanco Located in a 1930’s mansion. of table: PuyolEnrique Olvera’s avant-garde cuisine inspires pilgrimages to this world-class restaurant. For a more casual, flavorful meal, Lamari, a new spot rooted in the flavors of Baja. (Don’t miss the tlacoyo, a dish of pre-Hispanic origin).

Cultured people need not be persuaded to visit Vienna. Still, Basquiat’s exhibition runs until January 8th at his Albertina, and his intriguingly titled Idols and Rivals runs until January 28th at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. And Vienna has the new Rosewood, located in the heart of the wonderful pedestrian district.

This story appears in the October 2022 issue Town & Country. Register now