MEMORIAL WEEKEND MUSIC FEST DEBUTS
Kick off Memorial Day weekend with the first-ever Dixville Notch Music Festival in Colebrook, N.H. (May 27-28,
9 a.m.-5 p.m.). The family-friendly event features eight live music performances, more than 30 artisan vendors, an art exhibit by the Connecticut River Artisan Group, plus arts and crafts workshops and demonstrations, all taking place at Mohawk Falls, a venue with a post-and-beam pavilion, waterfall, ponds, and manicured lawns and gardens. A Gaelic Americana concert by Kyle Carey is the headlining act. Additional performers include rock, blues and folk band Old Gold; smooth blues by White Wolf & Friends; piano preludes by Sharon Pearson; an open jam session, and more. If you’ve ever wanted to see live a chainsaw-carving demonstration, now’s your chance: Baker River Chainsaw Sculpture artists will be carving all weekend long. Food and drinks are available; no pets allowed. Free.
Enjoy a four-day celebration of the arts at the PVDFest (June 1-4). Artists, dancers, musicians, and other performers (below) from Providence and around the globe will converge in the city’s public spaces, parks, and other outdoor arenas for free multicultural and multimedia events. Programming includes vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP, which will use the façade of a downtown building to fly, float, cartwheel and backflip in midair across the city skyline; Las Cafeteras, an East Los Angeles band combining the rhythms of Mexican folk music and Afro-Caribbean urban beats; and En Masse, composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain’s new composition performed with a 500-plus musician collective. Additional collaborative events include a Global Food Village, Maker Faire (featuring engineers, artists, scientists and crafters), daylong craft markets and block parties, and more.
LUXE TRAIN TRAVERSES
All aboard! Train aficionados will want to check out the new Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train. Traversing the highest plains of the Peruvian Andes, travelers journey from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, to Lake Titicaca. You can choose to explore the vast Colca Canyon before continuing to the city of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site. An alternative itinerary can be scheduled in reverse from Arequipa to Cusco. Ferrying up to 48 passengers, the train offers a piano bar car, observation car with open-air deck, library, and two elegant dining cars featuring seasonal dishes of locally sourced ingredients from the chefs at Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco. Prices from $480 per person, double occupancy, for the one-night Spirits of the Andes journey. Rates include meals, an open bar, and scheduled excursions. www.belmond.com/
UK SPA DEBUTS IN USA
Fans of UK-based Bamford Haybarn Spas can leave their passports at home when scheduling their next holistic body treatments and massages at 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, the first Bamford spa in the United States. Known for its natural beauty and wellness products crafted by Carole Bamford, the new 4,500-square-foot spa features 12 treatment rooms, two suites for couples’ treatments, three manicure and pedicure stations and a relaxation area with central water fountain designed to create a serene atmosphere. The spa reflects the “green” vision of 1 Hotel, a luxury oceanfront destination that takes nature and ecology seriously, using reclaimed and recycled materials as much as possible in its public spaces and guest rooms. Body treatments from $125. Seasonal hotel rates from $369. 866-615-1111, www.1hotels
ONLINE BOOKING TOOL WITH PERSONALIZED SERVICE
So many fabulous hotels and destinations. So little time. How to choose the best trip? Virtuoso, the global network of luxury travel agencies, has launched an online booking tool for its 1,205 hotels, resorts, lodges, spas, luxury camps, and villas across 100 countries. Several key differences from do-it-yourself sites include access to an adviser with extensive personal knowledge of destinations and products, and perks synonymous with Virtuoso such as complimentary room upgrades, hotel credit, and late checkout — equaling up to $450 per stay. Enjoy the ease of online booking while still having 24/7 support to resolve any issues that may arise before, during or after your stay. The adviser can also assist with planning other aspects of your trip, including exclusive experiences and private tours. www.virtuoso.com/luxury-
MUSICAL CD FOR TRAVELING DOGS
Do Fido or Skippy get stressed when traveling? Los Angeles-based record label Laurel Canyon Animal Co. may have a solution for you and your pup. Created by Skip Haynes and Dana Walden, Songs to Make Dogs Happy (followed by sequel “More Songs to Make Dogs Happy”) is a collection of tunes billed as a “musical album for traveling with dogs approved by dogs.” Indeed, these songs were crafted after canine focus groups — selected from more than 200 dogs nationwide — were questioned by their communicator as to their preference in music and content. The dog’s responses were then used as guides for the creation of the music and lyrics resulting in a unique album of songs such as “Squeaky Deakey,” “Scratch My Back,” and “I’m Your Doggie.” It can also help ease separation anxiety when leaving your dog in kennel, and is used in shelters and by veterinarians for dogs in recovery. CD ($6.99); digital download for individual songs ($1.29). laurelcanyon