Christmas and the winter holidays are fast approaching. As the big day gets closer, one of the most marvelous elements of the holiday season starts to emerge: the luscious cakes and pastries from the best bakers in the country. Which raises a pressing matter: where to find the best gourmet Christmas desserts in the US this year. Here are our top picks for the most beautiful cakes, bûches de nöel, cookies and more in the US for Christmas 2019.
Whether you’re planning a college tour, returning to campus for a big reunion or the big game, or even taking a business trip or a getaway vacation, the choices for chic hotels in college and university towns have never been better. Here’s our list of the best hotels in college and university towns in the US (plus a couple in the UK).
Tattoos are a core part of the modern luxury milieu, and the best tattoo artists are significant influencers and partners in luxury fashion and culture. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has rounded up the 10 best tattoo artists and parlors in the US, plus some top international tattoo artists and studios. And for those who aren’t ready for a full commitment, she’s also listed the top temporary tattoo brands that you should know about.
In a vibrant section of downtown San Francisco lies The Museum of the African Diaspora. It’s an outpost of the Smithsonian Museum dedicated the art and culture of people of African descent worldwide. Did you know that? Did you also know that just a few steps away there’s a magnificent fountain dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? We’re embarrassed to say that we didn’t. Until a recent visit to the city by the bay, during which we paid a visit to both of these wonderful places.
There’s real power in walking in circles. If you have any doubt, walk a labyrinth. Or do as we did, and head to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) and walk the Richard Serra sculpture, Sequence (on view until January 9, 2019). Its part of the free public access area of the museum, so this is another one of life’s great free luxuries. We promise, you’ll be moved.