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Felix Photo courtesy of Felix Hotel.

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The Golden Hour
Photo courtesy of The Golden Hour.

The team behind , the James Beard Award-winning Brooklyn-meets-NOLA joint, just opened a seasonal outdoor restaurant and cocktail bar in the front garden of The High Line Hotel in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood. The Golden Hour staff, dressed in Frenchie-feeling striped shirts and cuffed pants, serves coastal fare (soft shell crab sandwiches, snapper ceviche) and fun frozen cocktails to guests paired off at brass-rimmed two-tops nestled between big potted plants. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to keep in mind on a nice night, just before the sun sets. – Jeralyn, editorial director

Photo courtesy of Felix Hotel.

Leave it to the folks Down Under to properly update the airport hotel. We're talking basket swing chairs overlooking the runway, those self-check-in kiosks everyone's talking about, a swanky cocktail bar, a rooftop cinema, a 24-hour cafe that doesn't suck, and design-forward rooms inspired by the Golden Age of travel that look anything but depressing. All that and more at Felix Hotel Sydney, the one hotel that doesn't look like it'd make me a dread an overnight at the airport. – Daniel, Gentedimontagna editor

This summer, Stumptown Coffee Roasters will release a short film about the impact climate change continues to have on coffee growing regions in Central America. Screenings of Flower of Flowers will be held in New York City (June 24), Los Angeles (June 27), and Portland (July 9). Proceeds will go towards establishing a scholarship for a Guatemalan student to attend EARTH University, a non-profit that helps students work to become leaders of positive socio-economic and environmental change. – Berit, senior editor


As a 72-year-old, Kimiko Nishimoto picked up photography to help cope with her husband's death and warmed hearts the world over. Now 89, Nishimoto takes self-portraits — wonderfully staged, whimsical, and very well-done — and posts them to her Instagram account, which has accrued more than 100,000 followers. – Daniel, Gentedimontagna editor

The Attic Room. Photo by Sivan Askayo.
Immanuel Church in the background. Photos by Sivan Askayo.

I was recently commissioned to shoot The Drisco, a newly renovated hotel in the Noga neighborhood in south Tel Aviv, located on the border of Neve Tzedek and Jaffa. It's a very cool area with new boutiques, cafes, and artists studios. Some call it the upcoming SoHo of Tel Aviv. The Leading Hotels of the World member has an interesting history — it was originally founded in 1866 by two brothers from Maine who, unlike their fellow colonists who turned to farming, decided to open what would become the prestigious, Templar-owned Jerusalem Hotel. My favorite rooms were the Attic Room, mostly for its shape and ceiling windows, and the one overlooking Immanuel Church.– , travel photographer

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