Travel + Leisure July 2021

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12 期号


letter from the editor

CONTRIBUTORS 1. Mario Rigby STROKE OF AMBITION (P. 52) “I finally felt fit enough to paddle entire days, from sunrise to sunset, toward the end of my journey,” says Rigby, the writer-adventurer who kayaked the length of Lake Ontario over 14 days last August. “Once I became used to the strokes and the endurance I was able to enjoy the incredible surroundings.” 2. Michael Agresta A BIGGER CANVAS (P. 94) Agresta, a longtime Texan, was familiar with Houston’s cultural scene, but was still surprised by its breadth on a recent visit. “You can spend an entire week doing nothing but look at art without exhausting what the city has to offer,” he says. “Carve out time to eat, too—the crawfish étouffée at Eunice is up there with the best in Louisiana.” 3. Kate Zimmerman Turpin A BIGGER CANVAS While…

cities are getting wilder…

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK isn’t on the must-see list for most travelers to Kenya, who are more likely to head straight to the vast, predator-filled savannas of the western Masai Mara or south to Amboseli National Park to see big-tusker elephants. Yet the relatively diminutive reserve—47 square miles of acacia-dotted savanna south of the city center—has long punched well above its weight as a symbol of pride for many Kenyans. Here, in the world’s only urban game reserve, many young Kenyans had their first experiences with wildlife—in the actual wild, rather than in a zoo. It’s the training ground for the country’s thriving guide industry, as well as the site of several elephant-tusk burnings held in protest of the illegal wildlife trade. (Enormous ashen mounds of tusks are still on display as…

road trips are going luxe

THE SEARCH FOR SAFE travel during the pandemic sparked a sustained wave of interest in traveling by car. Some people can’t wait to plot routes, research sights, and tune up their car-maintenance skills. But if getting under the hood isn’t your idea of fun, don’t worry. Luxury travel companies are offering their own twists on the classic driving vacation—handling all those pesky practical details so you can enjoy a hassle-free journey through some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Aman Driving Journeys (; from $9,760 for four nights) are based out of Aman hotels in destinations including southern Europe, Morocco, the western U.S., and Japan, where a stop at Amanemu, on Ago Bay, includes track time at the Suzuka Circuit Grand Prix course. You can have your own car…

adaptive reuse is the new normal

TUNES IN A TOURIST COURT In 1947, Fred “Rabbit” Simpson opened Rabbit’s Motel & Café in Southside, a historically Black neighborhood in Asheville, North Carolina. It quickly became a refuge for Black travelers—including chitlin-circuit entertainers like Richard Pryor and Jackie Wilson. Now, after an 18-year closure, Rabbit’s is back for an encore. This year, Asheville musicians Claude Coleman Jr. and Brett Spivey founded SoundSpace@Rabbit’s, a community music venue that, when complete, will offer rehearsal studios, outdoor concerts, and a soul-food restaurant. According to Coleman, the new incarnation of Rabbit’s “reconnects the city with the lost history of Asheville.” A WORLD-CLASS MUSEUM IN A POWER PLANT Helsinki’s Suvilahti district is already brimming with galleries, vibrant street art, and artists’ studios. With the news that the coal-fired Hanasaari power plant will be decommissioned by…

expeditions are making a greater impact

IN THE PAST DECADE, the Himalayas have seen a nearly 50 percent surge in tourism, with trekkers flocking to popular routes in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. This creates a source of income for those living in the mountains, but the negative effects can be significant: once-untouched areas are now littered with plastic waste, and development has led to deforestation, pollution, and loss of farmland. A steaming bowl of thukpa, a spicy noodle soup, against the scenic foothills might make a perfect Instagram photo—but with more and more people angling to get the shot, overtourism is a major risk. In response, a number of hotels and tour operators in the Himalayas have embraced an approach that centers on social impact and “slow travel”—prioritizing the well-being of the environment and local communities. Royal…

the zero-proof trend is here to stay

GHIA Mediterranean ingredients like fig, acacia, and lemon balm come together in this brand’s sunny crimson aperitif, which also contains a healthy dose of nervines—natural ingredients used in herbal medicine to soothe the nerves. If amaro and soda is your thing, you’ll also love Ghia’s just-released Le Spritz, available by the can., $33. FIGLIA Lily Geiger, who launched this aperitivo brand earlier this year, was inspired to explore zero-proof alternatives after losing her father to alcoholism. (Figlia means “daughter” in Italian.) Fiore, the company’s first blend, is fragrant with clove and bitter orange—and a portion of every purchase goes to support the Partnership to End Addiction., $43. GNISTA When founder Erika Ollén stopped drinking, she noticed a gap in the market—clear botanical distillates were all the rage, but there was little out there…