Brutalist Beauty, Picture Book Power, and an Intimate Alaskan Cruise

0

You’ve seen it from I-95 in New Haven: the historic Brutalist structure that modernist architect Marcel Breuer completed in 1970 for the Pirelli Armstrong Rubber Company. Empty for decades, the property makes its grand debut on May 12 as Hotel Marcel, the first Passive House Certified hotel and the country’s first net-zero energy hotel. Developed by Becker + Becker, the hotel will generate 100% of its own electricity to power its 165 guest rooms and suites, new American restaurant and bar, lounge, and 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Interior design firm Dutch East Design juxtaposes a feminine interior with the masculine exterior, adding pops of dark green and sienna, caramel vinyl, walnut and decorative lighting against utilitarian gray concrete. No need to worry about freeway noise: triple-pane windows ensure rest while offering spectacular views of Long Island Sound, historic New Haven, and Yale University. Rates start at $229. 203-780-7800, www.hotelmarcel.com

“Imagine That! The Power of Picture Books,” celebrating the legacy of books created in New England, features over one hundred original works of art by more than 30 illustrators, a book-making station, a play area, a toy theater and a reading corner.

THE EXHIBITION CELEBRATES CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Fans of children’s books – and kids of all ages – won’t want to miss the upcoming exhibit at the Portsmouth Historical Society. “Imagine That! The Power of Picture Books,” celebrating the legacy of books created in New England, features over 100 original artworks by over 30 illustrators, a book-making station, a play area, a toy theater and reading nook The artists who shaped the estate are represented alongside popular contemporary artists including Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Chris Van Allsburg, Grace Lin, Beth Krommes, etc. Open daily, May 6 – Sept 25. Adults $10 Under 18, military, over 70 and Society members free First Fridays are free Includes Admission to John Paul Jones House Museum 603-436-8433, portsmouthhistory.org

Summer visitors to Hvar, Croatia, who arrive for its sparkling seaside harbor and islands, vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and lavender fields, have a stylish new place to stay in the heart of town.

THE:

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE LAVENDER

Summer visitors to Hvar, Croatia, who arrive for its sparkling seaside harbor and islands, vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and lavender fields, have a stylish new place to stay in the heart of town. After a head-to-toe renovation, Riva Marina (the former Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel) opens June 1 as a 50-room boutique hotel. Located on the city’s promenade in an elegant stone building lined with palm trees, the hotel is close to the yacht-filled marina and Europe’s oldest public theatre. It is a 30-minute drive from the small 14th-century town of Velo Grablje, where in mid-July the Lavender Festival returns with over 15 different lavender-flavoured products such as beer and chocolate as well as concerts, workshops, etc. Hotel rates start at $300. www.suncanihvar.com/riva-marina-hvar-hotel.html

Board American Queen Voyages’ inaugural cruises on the all-new Ocean Victory and Ocean Navigator, and explore some of the wonders of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

INTIMATE ALASKAN CRUISES

Board American Queen Voyages’ inaugural cruises on the all-new Ocean Victory and Ocean Navigator, and explore some of the wonders of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With no more than 202 guests and 84 crew members, you’re sure to feel pampered on the 12-day trip from Vancouver to Sitka (or the 13-day route from Sitka to Vancouver). These charming coastal vessels can easily navigate canals, locks, quiet bays and hidden harbors where large ships cannot go, making it easy to approach scenic waterfalls, glaciers and the abundant wildlife that can be discovered during the trip. Departures available from May to September, 2022-2024. Rates start at $4,600. 833-929-0605, www.victorycruiselines.com/cruises/authentic-alaska/

EVERYWHERE:

TAKE THE STRESS AWAY FROM TRAVEL

Are you a nervous traveler? Improve your resilience to stress with Sensate, a palm-sized wearable device and audio app designed to help you naturally regulate your anxiety reactions and calm your nervous nerves through the use of soothing sound frequencies. Stows away in your carry-on or toiletry bag for easy access when unpacking in your hotel room, and even at home. Just lie down, put on your headphones and turn on the device. Choose a soundscape and let yourself be guided through an experience to feel relaxed and more focused. Use for as little as 10 minutes daily for soothing results. Comes with a detachable lanyard, eye mask, case and charging cord. $249. www.getsensate.com

Hikers, runners, cyclists, golfers and more will want to stock up on Swiftwick’s new performance sock, the Flite XT Trail.

FITNESS SOCKS FOR ALL SPORTS LOVERS

Hikers, runners, cyclists, golfers and more will want to stock up on Swiftwick’s new performance sock, the Flite XT Trail. Available for both men and women fitness fanatics, the socks feature a natural merino wool upper that wicks away moisture and regulates temperature, plus grippy fibers and ankle support to maximize stability . Plus, a seamless toe box eliminates forefoot friction points. Available in 5 inch and 2 inch cuff heights. Starting at $19.99. www.swiftwick.com/collections/fitness


Necee Regis can be contacted at [email protected]

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.