6 Cities To Explore On Your Summer Vacation This Year

Swap the sandy beach agenda this summer for the opportunity to explore one of these six cities.

What’s New in New York

Check out the Lowell Hotel’s $24 million renovation, including the opening of the Majorelle restaurant and the Jacques bar. This landmark luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan was established in 1927 to reflect the timeless elegance of the Upper East Side. Imagine wood-burning fireplaces and landscaped terraces in what feels like a private apartment. Book two nights or more and receive a $100 food and beverage credit; lowellhotel.com.

Change of Pace 

Southern charm meets maritime chic at the new Beach Club Hotel at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Low country luxe and waterfront balcony views from every room are perfect for stunning sunrises, sunsets, views of the masts and sails, and, of course, dolphin sightings. The Over the Moon Solar Eclipse Festival takes place Aug. 21, featuring local fare and the Sun Blocker specialty cocktail—eclipse glasses included; charlestonharborresort.com.

Grand Slam Getaway 

Tennis anyone? The Rubens at the Palace in London is the perfect royal location for July’s spectacular event: Wimbledon, with exclusive tickets to watch matches in the famous Centre Court. Situated just opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, the hotel’s attentive staff will make you feel like royalty. Sign up for the two-night stay package and receive a Wimbledon-themed cocktail on arrival; personalized official Wimbledon towels; private transfers to and from Wimbledon on July 6 and more; rubenshotel.com.

Paris – Ooh la la! 

Just off the Champs-Élysées, La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa will let you experience the quintessence of Parisian chic in the Belle Époque. Overlooking the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower and the Pantheon, the hotel’s Dreams and Savors package includes dinner at the Michelin-starred Le Gabriel restaurant, one night in a Prestige Room and continental breakfast; lareserve-paris.com.

State of the Art 

Basque in European splendor at the famous Baur au Lac hotel, steeped in 173 years of tradition, and owned by the same family for six generations. This summer will mark the 15th anniversary of the Zurich property hosting Art in the Park in collaboration with Galerie Gmurzynska, and featuring Spanish surrealist Joan Miró, Mel Ramos, Rotraut, Allen Jones, Silvester Stallone, Sophia Vari, Hermann Rastorfer and Louise Nevelson; bauraulac.ch.

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