HISTORIC HOTEL GETS MULTIMILLION MAKEOVER
For a romantic luxury getaway, take advantage of the special opening rate at The Wauwinet, a Relais & Châteaux hotel member located on the northeast shores of Nantucket. Following a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation of its lobby, library and 32 guestrooms and cottages, the historic inn will reopen on April 18. Accommodation updates feature a fresh palate of light tones to replace the original wallpaper; new carpeting, plush armchairs, chaise lounges and other furnishings; and modern bed frames topped with custom Pratesi by Rivolta linens. Rehabbed bathrooms include marble floor tiles, glass-enclosed walk-in showers and Waterworks fixtures.
pening rate from $225 per night.
Get your rods and reels ready and head to Maine on April 1, the first day of open-water fishing season. The chilly days of early spring are perfect for landing brook trout, landlocked salmon or smallmouth bass in the state’s 6,000 lakes, ponds and rivers. Anglers can stay at one of Maine’s many sporting camps and wilderness lodges found in remote and pristine areas, many featuring wood stoves and oil lamps that harken back to 19th-century sporting traditions.
Discover your perfect destination for fishing, hiking, canoeing and more on the Visit Maine interactive website. visitmaine.com/where-to-stay/
VERSACE MANSION OPENS FOR MILESTONE CELEBRATIONS
With nine Emmy nominations and three wins, FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” brought the sordid tale of Andrew Cunanan’s killing spree to life, and revived interest in the legendary designer’s South Beach mansion. Built in 1930, and lavishly remodeled by Versace in the 1990s, the house today — known as Villa Casa Casuarina — operates as a 10-suite, luxury boutique hotel with signature restaurant Gianni’s, the Onyx Bar, and several unique event spaces. For those ready to celebrate special events in high style, the property has launched a new initiative for groups ranging in size from 14 to 40. Parties can take place in the open-air courtyard; at Gianni’s, overlooking the 54-foot-long pool lined with more than one million Italian mosaic tiles; the Medusa Dining Room; the Roman Room decorated with classic Greek statues; or in other areas throughout the historic property. Design your own menu based on the restaurant’s elegant offerings. Pricing from $79 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages. 786-485-2200, vmmiamibeach.com
STEAM-POWERED SATURDAYS AT THE GRAND CANYON
Rail enthusiasts won’t want to miss a chance to ride the Grand Canyon Railway’s operational steam locomotive No. 4960, a 310-ton behemoth built in 1923. Excursions to the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park are offered on the first Saturday of every month through October. An additional train is scheduled on Sept. 21, marking the company’s 30th anniversary. Steam locomotive trips (and those on their contemporary fleet that run daily) depart from Williams, Ariz., about 30 miles west of Flagstaff. The train travels north for 65 scenic miles, through high desert, prairie, and pine. Price is gauged according to class of rail car, from Pullman to Luxury Parlor. Tickets from $67 adults; $32 ages 2-15; free under age 2. 800-843-8724, www.thetrain.com/events/steam-
INNOVATIVE GEAR DELIVERED MONTHLY
Here’s a cool new idea for avid outdoor enthusiasts: California-based Nomadik offers a monthly membership service for new and innovative adventure travel gear. Simply fill out a questionnaire with your travel interests and receive a curated box of gear from top-notch industry brands, including Mountainsmith, Mizu, RX Bar, SealLine, Gear Aid, Kammock, Skratch Labs, Grand Trunk, MPOWERD, Power Practical, MoraKniv, GSI, Mountain House, and more. For example, their newest “Earth Day”-themed box (available through April 15) features an inflatable, waterproof pocket-size solar powered lantern that doubles as a flashlight and emergency light; stainless steel reusable straw; 24-ounce insulated reusable BPA-free tumbler, and more. Skip any month; only pay for what ships. Subscriptions from $32.95 include a value of up to $70 in retail pricing. thenomadik.com
FOOD CONTAINERS FOR KIDS
Traveling with toddlers can be a challenge, especially when it comes to mealtimes and snacks. Keep your tykes happy and full with bblüv’s Döse, a multipurpose container for quick and simple snacking. Three stackable four-ounce compartments can be filled with anything, from formula to dry cereal and fresh-cut fruit. It is small enough to fit in a purse and light enough for toddlers to carry with its flexible silicone handle. Guaranteed BPA, Phthalate and PVC free. Dishwasher safe. $9.99. bbluvgroup.com/product/bbluv-dose-multipurpose-stackable And coming soon, bblüv’s new Foöd thermal container keeps food hot or cold for up to six hours. Designed for parents traveling with babies and toddlers, its large lid acts as a bowl with an integrated spoon. Made of nontoxic stainless steel. Leakproof and odorproof. $16.99. bbluvgroup.com/product/food