With self-improvement front and center on many New Year’s resolution lists and many families beginning vacation planning for the year, this month is a fitting time to add the Makeup Museum to a New York City to-do list. Although it won’t open until May, it is sure to be a hot ticket when the doors open; the waitlist for tickets goes live in March.
Unlike other children’s television shows through the ages, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood stands the test of time. Creator Fred Rogers saw to it there were real-life lessons and values waiting for his young television “visitors” inside his television abode as well as the “Land of Make Believe,” populated by cuddly and astute puppets. While Tom Hanks’ uncanny portrayal of the beloved host in the current motion picture A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood has Oscar buzz and propels Rogers’ legacy forward, the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel has done its part with a family package of educational and enlightening “neighborhood” spots and activities that would do him proud.
Italian hoteliers, restaurateurs and interior designers are particularly adept at blending ancient, Baroque and contemporary decorative elements with approachable, adaptable and comfortable results. NH Hotel Group, based in Spain, reflects its knack for refined-yet-easygoing lodging with the recently upgraded Hotel NH Torino Santo Stefano.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Southern California is always an alluring holiday destination for families longing to escape colder temperatures. Beyond the sunshine, palm trees, beaches and theme parks, however, road traffic can be less than paradise — especially for those unaccustomed to rush hour on the 5 and 405 freeways, the most commonly used routes from San Diego to Los Angeles and up the coast into the Central Valley. Californians will tell you, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner is the perfect alternative to road travel, from its scenic vistas to the many options it offers travelers heading north and south.