traditions create lasting memories and one of our
favorite winter holiday traditions is attending the annual Holiday
Train Show® at the New York Botanical Gardenin Bronx, New York. Celebrating its 32nd
anniversary, the Holiday Train Show® at the NYBG enchants visitors of
all ages with its exquisite miniatures of approximately 200 iconic New York landmarks.
What makes the miniatures so spectacular is that they are created from bits of
nature - branches, twigs, resin, pinecones, seed pods, and more that delight
the eye. Positioned within the lush plantings in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
with G-scale model trains running throughout, the overall effect is absolutely magical!
All Aboard! The Holiday Train Show® at the NYBG runs until January 15,
Peekskill, New Yorkis a dream of a weekend
getaway with much to discover and explore whether you are looking for a
romantic weekend, to enjoy the arts, have an adventure, explore its gastronomy,
or learn about its history. Conveniently located 20 miles from Westchester, New
York, 31 miles from Poughkeepsie, New York, 37 miles from Greenwich,
Connecticut, 39 miles from Hyde Park, New York, 44 miles from Manhattan, New
York, 65 miles from Newark, New Jersey, 80 miles from New Haven, Connecticut,
113 miles from Albany, New York, and 142 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Peekskill, New York offers something for everyone and should be on your "travel
1640, Greenwich, Connecticutis one of the wealthiest
towns in the United States. Located on Connecticut's Gold Coast
on Long Island Sound, Greenwich is only a 50-minute train ride
from Manhattan, yet it is a world away. Sumptuous shopping, luxury hotels,
upscale restaurants, beaches, parks, summer concerts, along with cultural,
sports, and community events offer residents and visitors something to enjoy in
every season. No wonder then that Greenwich attracts many celebrities who call
Greenwich home or come to visit.
surrounding Madison, Connecticutare like a string
of pearls, each with its own charm. Heading north from the south, you will pass
the towns of Branford, Guilford,Madison,
Clinton, and Killingworth, all of which are worth
exploring. New England shore towns, the possibilities for discoveries are
endless in any season. We thoroughly enjoyed a mini vacation experiencing their
this has been a very mild winter in Connecticut, when the month of March hit
the calendar, we were ready to get out of the house and start exploring nature
again and looking for signs of Spring. The Stamford Museum & Nature
Centerlocated in Stamford, Connecticut provided the perfect opportunity with their combination of hiking
trails, friendly animals, and a sensational museum.
Orchids are nature's most beloved and exotic of flowers and The Orchid
Show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) in Bronx, New York, annually
attracts orchid aficionados, horticulturists, artists, and photographers to
celebrate their stunning beauty. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in
2023, this year's show features the vision of the acclaimed landscape
artist and designer Lily Kwong who transforms the Enid A. Haupt
Conservatory into a dream-like fantasy that must be seen to be fully
appreciated. We attended opening weekend, and the show once again dazzled our
senses. The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden
runs until April 23, 2023.
we were enchanted with the Holiday Train Show® at the New
York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
located in the Bronx, New York. For over
30 years, the NYBG has continued their tradition of creating a holiday fantasy
that deftly combines over 190 iconic models of New York landmark buildings all
made from natural items found in a forest with more than 25 G-scale model
trains and trolleys. Delightful for all ages, we have made the Holiday Train
Show® one of our annual traditions since 2017, and every year it keeps getting
better. The magic of the holiday season at the NYBG and the Holiday Train Show®
runs until January 16, 2023.
thoroughbred horse racing is synonymous with Saratoga
Springs, New York, there is also another kind of horsepower there at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Located inside the historic brick bottling plant that was once home
to the famous Saratoga Springs waters, the Museum has an excellent collection
of permanent and special exhibits. If you love automobiles, this Museum will
have your engine racing!
Since the National Museum of
Racing and Hall of Fameopened to the public on June 2, 1956, at 191
Union Avenue in Saratoga
Springs, New York, it has been an
icon, recording the history and legacy of thoroughbred racing that began in
1863 at the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America. If you love the sport of
horseracing, this world-class racing museum and hall of fame should be on your
must-visit list when visiting Saratoga Springs, New York.
a fun (and educational as well) outing? We had to look no farther than The Maritime Aquariumat Norwalk,
Connecticut, which provided us
with hours of enjoyment and is perfect for all age groups. Sharks,
and rays, and harbor seals, oh my! There were so many
interesting exhibits to experience that kept us enthralled. Located 43 miles
from Manhattan, and is easily accessible by boat, car, or Metro-North train,
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is the perfect year-round destination for
a fun New York "day getaway"? We fell in love ... with Wave
Hill located on 28 stunning acres along the Hudson
River in the Riverdale section of Bronx,
New York, which is a
stunning oasis to relax, refresh, and enjoy art and nature. Their slogan is "A
public garden and cultural center," and on the day we visited there
were beautiful gardens to explore, new art installations
in their galleries, and dance performances by Pigeonwing Dance. Although we were
only 12 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it felt like we were worlds away. Easily
accessible by car, Metro-North train, subway, and bus, Wave Hill is the perfect
place to spend the day for New Yorkers, Tri-Staters, or "Big Apple" visitors.
York Botanical Garden (NYBG) located in the Bronx,
New York celebrates The Orchid Show's 19th
year with Renowned Designer Jeff Leatham's: Kaleidoscope where his
stunning use of color, shape, size, and design create a kaleidoscope of color
with breathtaking orchid displays. The Orchid Show runs until May 1, 2022, and it
is the perfect location to celebrate Spring.
Mansion Museumlocated in Norwalk, Connecticut
is truly spectacular at any time of the year, however when it dons its Victorian
finery for the holiday season it is absolutely magnificent! We got into the
spirit of the season with their exhibit and tour "Holiday Enchantment at
the Mansion," which runs until January 9, 2022. Tours are given
Wednesday through Sunday at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
Holidays are about traditions, and
for the past 30 years, the New
York Botanical Garden (NYBG) - Holiday Train Show® has been an annual
tradition for families to kick off the joyful spirit of the winter holiday
season. The Holiday Train Show®, located in Bronx, New York, along with
baking holiday cookies, watching holiday movies, and sipping hot cocoa brimming
with marshmallows while wrapping gifts, has become a holiday tradition for
Luxury Experience. Perfect for all ages, visiting the Holiday Train Show® at the NYBG will linger in your
imagination long after you leave the show. The Holiday Train Show® at the NYBG runs from November 20
through January 23, 2022. Happy Holidays!
There is something magical about visiting
zoos and spending time with animalsthat bring out the
child in all of us, and the Beardsley ZoolocatedinBridgeport, Connecticut
is fun for all ages. Founded over 90 years ago the Beardsley Zoo located inside
the gorgeous Beardsley Park has evolved into more than just a zoo providing
home to endangered and vanishing animals as well as rescued animals, it is also
a learning center, botanical garden, is a certified AZA (Accredited Zoos
and Aquariums) that "design and maintain Species Survival Plans (SSP), and so much more, which
we "discovered" on our visit there.
The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
is a spectacular 250-acre landmark oasis located in Bronx, New York
that we love visiting year-round. Each season there is something different to
experience as the gardens come into bloom, and their new exclusive art in
the garden exhibition, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, which
runs until October 31, 2021, should be experienced in every season. Featuring
the impressive works of the acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist,
Yayoi Kusama, set amidst the garden's spectacular flowers and
foliage, the large-scale sculpture installations enchant and delight the
Incorporated in 1719, Litchfield, Connecticut
offers much for visitors to explore and discover with its historic
and picturesque setting in the Litchfield Hills, hand-crafted
artisanal spirits, upscale dining, and outdoor
activities. Located 16 miles northwest of Waterbury, 34 miles west of
Hartford, 40 miles from New Haven, 52 miles from Springfield, Massachusetts, 78
miles from Greenwich, and 96 miles from Manhattan, make it a desirable day-trip
location. We had a wonderful day exploring its many offerings.
Searching for something fun to do?
Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut has it all! We spent a
fantastic morning visiting the 118-acre museum and nature center,
exploring the hiking trails, experiencing the grandeur of the Bendel
Mansion once the home of fashion iconHenri Willis
Bendel, and of course, spending time with the animal residents
at the Heckscher Farm. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center
is a perfect experience for all age groups.
Connecticut was the fifth state to
join the United States in 1788, and Woodbury,
Connecticut founded in 1673 and its nearby towns are rich in
history. From a museum to antique shops and galleries to artisanal craft
breweries and wineries, there is much to discover in the area. As always,
Luxury Experience did our best to discover new places for our readers to enjoy
and experience for themselves.
Jersey is nicknamed the Garden State, so on a beautiful
summer Sunday morning, we drove to Rutgers Gardensin
North Brunswick, New Jersey to explore the beauty
of their gardens. Part of Rutgers University, Rutgers
Gardens is a sensational botanical garden that has
delighted visitors for over 100 years and was the perfect place to stroll and
spend a few hours soaking up nature. After "sheltering in place" for several
months due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, we were more than ready to get out
in nature while maintaining social distancing, and the 180-acre Rutgers Gardens
was the perfect place for a morning of exploration.
trying days of the coronavirus 2020, we thought readers might like to do a
little "armchair traveling" to Southampton, New York to cheer the spirit and
plan for future trips. While you may know that Southampton, New York is part of
the chic and wealthy towns that comprise The Hamptons, did you
that it is also a very historic town that was founded in 1646? Whether you wish
to explore its pristine beaches, dine at world-class restaurants, do some
retail therapy, or discover its cultural and historical offerings, Southampton,
New York is a perfect escape in any season!
Celebrating its 18th year in 2020, The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) located in Bronx, New York attracts locals as well as visitors who travel from around the world to see the thousands of stunning orchids on display. For the 2020 show, the acclaimed designer Jeff Leatham created a "kaleidoscope of color" utilizing orchids of all sizes, shapes, and colors to create a magical environment. Be prepared to have your senses dazzled! The Orchid Show runs until April 19, 2020.
There is something magical about The Holiday Train Show® at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) in Bronx, New York that captures the imagination of all ages.Celebrating its 28th year, The Holiday Train Show® has captivated the hearts of New Yorkers and visitors who make the train show part of their annual holiday tradition. If you live in the New York City area or will be visiting there for the holidays, be sure to put the NYBG on your "must visit" places. The Holiday Train Show® runs until January 26, 2020.
Concord, New Hampshire founded in 1734, is the state capital and interesting to note is that it was the home of the 14th United States President, Franklin Pierce. As such, history abounds in this pretty New England city. While leaf-peepers flock to New Hampshire to experience Autumn's finest colors, Concord has much to attract visitors in all seasons, with its historic sights, museums, vineyard, great restaurants, and much more, which we discovered when we visited in late August.
Greetings from Reno, nicknamed "The Biggest Little City In the World" and Lake Tahoe, Nevada! The area has much to offer visitors in all seasons including beautiful scenery, year-round festivals, cultural offerings, outdoor activities and adventures including hiking, bicycling, white waterrafting, tubing on the Truckee River, boating on Lake Tahoe, wild horse tours, and 18 ski resorts within a short distance that make it a perfect travel destination!
Springfield, Massachusetts, located in the western part of the state, was settled in 1636, incorporated as a city in 1852, is the third largest city in Massachusetts and the fourth largest in New England. It is an exciting "city of firsts" including the birthplace of basketball and was the home of Theodor Geisel aka "Dr. Seuss. "It is a city that has much to offer visitors with its diverse attractions and culture, and is conveniently located to Hartford, Lenox, Albany, Boston, Providence, Manchester, and New York City, making it a perfect day trip, weekend trip, or anytime getaway.
We took an enchanted trip to Singapore without a passport via the New York Botanical Gardenfor The Orchid Show: Singapore 2019,located inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in Bronx, New York. Every year from February until April, the New York Botanical Garden transforms the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a spectacular display of rare and exotic orchids, and for 2019, their theme is Singapore. The Orchid Show: Singapore 2019 runs until April 28, 2019.
The Holiday Train Show® at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York is a spectacular experience for all ages and is even bigger for the 2018-2019 season! The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is gorgeous at any time of the year with its amazing collection of exotic plants, however when it transforms itself for The Holiday Train Show® held annually since 1992 from November until January, it takes on a magical quality. For the 2018-2019 show, Paul Busse and his team created a land of enchantment with more than 175 of iconic New York landmarks with model trains running throughout. The show runs until January 21, 2019.
Kennebunkport, Maine founded in 1653, is a beautiful and quaint New England seashore resort town. Adding to its cache, it is the Summer home of two former United States Presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and their families. Stunning boutique hotels, wonderful restaurants, pristine beaches, galleries, boutique shopping, horse-drawn carriages, iconic trolleys and so much more, makeit a perfect Autumn (or any season) getaway.
Living in Connecticut, for years we have wanted to visit The Glass House in New Canaan. As it is only open for tours from May until November 30, somehow time slipped away from us each year without experiencing this architectural treasure built by the renowned American architect Philip Johnson. This year, we finally visited this National Trust Historic Site. Built between 1949 and 1995, The Glass House is nestled on 49-acres in the affluent town of New Canaan, Connecticut and consists of fourteen stunningly modern structures. Now a museum, Philip Johnson (1906 - 2005) lived in The Glass House from 1949 until his death in 2005.
Greetings and love from the Catskill Mountains of New York State, which are inspiring to visit in any season as there is much to do and experience. Located in the south eastern region of New York State, north of New York City and south of Albany, the Catskill Mountains covers 5,892 breathtaking square miles. The area has long attracted artists, musicians, and adventurers who come to the area to be inspired by nature's beauty; we visited Mt. Tremper and Kingston and were inspired as well.
Greetings and love from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, which should be on every traveler's radar. Founded on July 16, 1790, it is an amazing city with a rich history in which to submerse oneself. Architecturally stunning the city is a diverse blend of historic and contemporary design. For visitors the city has much to experience from learning about the history of the United States to visiting its many historic sites, attractions, and museums.
Every spring we eagerly look forward to attending The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York as a celebration of the season. For 2018, The Orchid Show, an annual tradition at the New York Botanical Garden for the past 16 years, features Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost, who has created spectacular large-scale installations that are a feast for the senses. The Orchid Show 2018 runs until April 22, 2018.
All aboard! We loved The Holiday Train Show® at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York! The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory donned its holiday finery to transport visitors to the magical and enchanting world created by Paul Busse featuring more than 150 of iconic New York landmarks and model trains; outside, the gardens were resplendent with holiday decorated trees, and carolers to enchant and engage the festive spirit.The show runs until January 15, 2018.
Everywhere you look in New York City, the holiday spirit abounds with shop windows lushly dressed in extravagant splendor, chestnut vendors selling their wares on street corners, holiday markets brimming with colorful gifts, skaters swirling on the ice rinks, and holiday shows to spark the imagination and fill the spirit with joy. We visited The Morgan Library & Museum to see their Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas exhibition that runs through January 14, 2018 to get a jump start on the holiday season, and fell in love (again) with Charles Dickens and the most beloved of Christmas stories.
Although The Hamptons are known for their summer season, the area is a fabulous year-round destination with much to offer visitors in all seasons, minus the crowds and the summer traffic. We stayed and explored the Southamptonand Water Mill areas of The Hamptons and fell in love with our Spring stay.
The 2017 Orchid Show: Thailand at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx,
New York is a feast for the senses, a veritable paradise for the eyes.
The 2017 show takes visitors to exotic Thailand and features thousands of its stunning
orchids along with its rich culture, all without leaving the Enid
A. Haupt Conservatory. A must-see for orchid lovers and collectors, The
Orchid Show: Thailand runs until April 9, 2017.
We love discovering new places, and our latest "discovery" was Boothe Memorial Park & Museum located in the historic town of Stratford, Connecticut, founded in 1639. Situated on 32-acres, Boothe Memorial Park & Museum's idyllic setting with a rose garden, recreation area, and pavilions, make it a perfect place to spend the day, stroll, enjoy a picnic, and take in nature in any season.
We spent a romantic summer weekend in Connecticut staying in a luxurious inn and exploringthe enchanting towns of Essex, Hadlyme, Old Lyme, and Old Saybrook. We dined in lovely restaurants and on a dinner train, visited a museum, and even a castle. Picture postcard perfect Connecticut was an excellent choice for wining, dining, romancing, enjoying life, and each other!
One of our favorite destinations in Old Lyme, Connecticutis the Florence Griswold Museum, home of the Lyme Art Colony, where Miss Florence's family homestead became a boardinghouse for artists which evolved into the center of Impressionism in America. The museum itself is a treasure, as is Miss Florence's Late Georgian style home, the lush gardens, the studios, and Café Flo where you can enjoy a meal overlooking the river after feasting your eyes on the art.
We spent a wonderful afternoon at Gillette Castle State Parkin Hadlyme, Connecticut exploring the impressive Gillette Castle with its rough granite fieldstone exterior and unique interiors that was once home to actor William Gillette. Whether you are looking for a fun family outing or a romantic setting to propose or say "I do," Gillette Castle and Gillette Castle State Park are sure to stir the imagination.
Sports enthusiasts know Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire region for its many ski resorts (Attitash, Bretton Woods, Cranmore, King Pine, Wildcat) and outdoor adventures, and shoppers know North Conway for its outlet shopping, however the area also has much to offer foodies with a full calendar of gastronomy related events throughout the year, as well as excellent locally made artisanal products including craft beers, maple syrup, and more. We drove to the Mount Washington Valley region to experience its foodie culture and were delightfully surprised by what we found.
The New York Botanical Garden is a spectacular paradise located on 250 acres in Bronx, New York. 2016 marks the 125th anniversary since the founding in 1891, and although glorious at any time of the year, The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a not-to-be-missed experience with its exceptional exhibition of thousands of orchids as well as special orchid programs. The 14th annual Orchid Show includes such complementary programs as World Beat: Music and Dance Around the World of Orchids on Saturdays and Sundays, Orchid Care Demonstrations, Orchid Evenings, films, and much more. The Orchid Show runs until April 17, 2016.
Boston, Massachusetts founded in 1630 is a delightful combination of historic and hip, where tradition enchants and gracefully melds into the modern. Nicknamed "Beantown," home of the Boston Bruins hockey and the Boston Celtics basketball teams, Boston is an easy-to-walk city with much to discover from diverse historical and cultural attractions, and boat trips to appeal to a wide audience.
HistoricHyde Park, New York, in Dutchess County is a perfect day trip offering visitors much to explore and discover as it was the birthplace of Franklin D. Roosevelt the 32nd President of the United States, was home to Frederick William Vanderbilt and his wife Louise, and is the home of The Culinary Institute of America (The CIA) one of the premier culinary schools in the United States.
Although we visited Stowe, Vermont in winter to experience skiing at Vermont's highest peak, and other winter outdoor sports, this charming village has much to offer visitors in any season making it the perfect year-round playground. A few of the many warmer weather offerings include the Stowe Wine & Food Classic, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Antique and Classic Car Meet, and the Annual British Invasion which is the largest all-British motorcar lifestyle event in the United States to name but a few.
We spent a perfect weekend in Cape Cod, Massachusetts strolling pretty sandy beaches, visiting interesting museums, went to a great concert, went shopping, and had fun adventures perfect for a family vacation or a romantic adult getaway. Cape Cod is made up of 15 towns in 4 regions: the Upper Cape, Mid-Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape, and forms the curved "tail" at the tip of state with lots to experience along the way.
The historic New Englandseashore town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut is one of the oldest towns in the state of Connecticut; its history dates to 1635 when it was known as Saybrook Plantation, and was later incorporated in 1854. It is a charming and stately step back in time Connecticut shore town, one that is postcard perfect and deserves discovery.
Dallas, Texas: more to explore from culture to cowboys! We went to Dallas for the weekend, and what we love about returning to a city often is making new discoveries each time we visit. Having been to the more touristic sights on past visits, we wanted to delve a bit deeper on this trip to discover its culture, and yes, cowboys, and not The Dallas Cowboys on the football field, but rather the daring ones riding broncos and bulls.
Picture postcard perfect, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico located in the western part of Mexico in the state of Jalisco, is the home of the mariachi, ranchera music, and tequila! Ever since the director John Huston discovered the beauty and the magic of Puerto Vallarta for his 1963 film Night of the Iguana, filmmakers, celebrities, and tourists have flocked to discover this most charming city for themselves.