We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. Accept | Find out more

x

Port Authority


Image – Alan Copson/Photolibrary

In the picturesque hills overlooking Porto, Portugal, surrounded by centuries-old houses where the city’s namesake port wine is aged, The Yeatman Hotel opens this month. The boutique property will bathe you in luxury (in the form of a Caudalíe Vinothérapie spa) and, of course, serve you plenty of wine. Saúde! www.the-yeatman-hotel.com

OPEN SEASON

“If I had one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach.” So says Jack Nicklaus, who knows from rounds of golf. The hallowed seaside links at Pebble Beach—which host this month’s 2010 U.S. Open—have witnessed more than a few historic golf moments: the 1982 Tom Watson and Nicklaus showdown, for instance, and the 2000 U.S. Open, when Tiger Woods crushed the field by 15 strokes. The Open only comes here every 10 or so years, but the course is open to the public, so you can play it anytime. www.pebblebeach.com

AMERICAS THE BEAUTIFUL

Denver gets continental in July as the Biennial of the Americas celebration kicks off. Public art of all sorts is on the agenda all month, with musicians, dancers and artists from North and South America taking part. www.biennialoftheamericas.org

JEWEL OF THE NILE

Cleopatra may have been the very first “It” girl—she inspired a Shakespeare play, an Oscar-winning film and generations of women to wear heavy black eyeliner. Perhaps more important, she was the last pharoah, so learn a little about her at “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” opening this month at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. www.fi.edu

SHANGHAI CHIC

Shanghai is a big city that can seem overwhelming. Make the most of your time by staying in the center of everything at the Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya, opening this month. The sleek hotel features an on-site Turkish bath to help with that stress. www.accorhotels.com

CLEVELAND ROCKS!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating summer the only way it knows how—by rocking out with the legends. Each weekend will bring a “Meet the Curator” event, during which museum staff will give behind-the-scenes tours and offer insider knowledge about exhibits dedicated to Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Les Paul, among others. www.rockhall.com

FARM LIVING

Never mind who moved your cheese. Instead, learn to make your own in a workshop at Shelburne Farms, a Vermont environmental education center known for its glorious cheddar. The former country estate of Gilded Age financier William Seward and his wife, Lila Vanderbilt Webb, the dazzling spread on the shore of Lake Champlain (with landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted) also boasts a well-appointed inn, a restaurant and a working farm. Youngsters especially seem to enjoy frolicking with the free-range chickens. www.shelburnefarms.org

SPANISH FLY

Party hotspot Mallorca, Spain, will add to its portfolio of places to cut loose this month when the Mallorca Rocks Hotel opens. True to its name, the hotel will host plenty of rock stars, such as Calvin Harris, by the sweeping lagoon-style pool. Pack your dancing shoes. www.fiestahotelgroup.com

CALENDAR JUNE

5-27 SAN FRANCISCO

Ballet, bomba, bharatanatyam and a bevy of other bouncing beats will be performed at the Ethnic Dance Festival. www.worldartswest.org

18-20 PARIS

Ever wonder why people use their phones to videotape concerts, babies and everything else? They’re just hoping to make something worthy of the Pocket Film Festival. www.festivalpocketfilms.fr

20 DÜSSELDORF

Apparently, Düsseldorfers are avid cartwheelers. Find out who’s the best at this citywide pastime during the annual Cartwheel Championship. www.visitduesseldorf.de

24-29 LONDON

What if all the finest things in the world— vintage Bugattis, marblesize pink diamonds, Roman columns—were all in one place? Actually, they are, at the Masterpiece Fair London. Ready to splurge? www.masterpiecefair.com

26-27 WASHINGTON, D.C.

Bring a big appetite and plenty of paper towels to the National Capital Barbecue Battle. www.bbqdc.com

CALENDAR JULY

1-4 ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

Looking for an out-of-this-world vacation? Beam over to the Roswell UFO Festival. www.roswellufofestival.com

11-13 CHICAGO

Sing the blues, or at least hum along, at the Chicago Blues Festival, the world’s largest free blues fest. www.chicagobluesfestival.us

Leave your comments


*