Come fly away with us!
Summertime is here, and the livin' is easy in sunny Seaside, Florida, as our June cover depicts its dreamy Pensacola Street Beach Pavilion walkover designed by Tony Atkin. The New Urbanism town's idyllic vision has captivated visitors and locals alike since it took residence on the Gulf Coast only forty-one years ago. This issue is all about taking the spirit of travel with you wherever you go, whether it's a grand adventure, a staycation, a night out, or even just a weekend at home. Other destinations include exclusive Caribbean isles, a Moroccan riad hotel, a Greek getaway with ancient culture, the swankiest car show in the Hamptons, and more. Come fly away with us!
A Midsummer Soirée
Hotel Effie has partnered with the Emerald Coast Autism Center for a special one-night event hosted by celebrity chef Hugh Acheson on July 15 at 6pm-10pm. The pre-fixe dinner will take place at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Ovide, nestled in the heart of the world-famous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
The spectacular culinary showcase will allow attendees to meet and interact with chef Acheson during the dinner, which will include a multi-course menu, showcasing Acheson’s creativity and passion for distinctive ingredients and cooking techniques by fusing coastal cuisine with a sophisticated French influence.
Read more about this wonderful event at the #linkinbio!
A Swanky Stay
Hit new heights in New York! The Langham on Fifth Avenue is a luxury hotel that offers a unique perspective of NYC. In addition, the sophisticated hotel offers special deals to make your stay even more memorable, such as a one-night stay with VIP tickets to tour the Empire State Building for two. Yes, please! Enjoy an exclusive view of Fifth Avenue and Midtown Manhattan from the comforts of a luxury suite.
The Langham on Fifth Avenue offers special deals to make your next stay unforgettable. Visit LanghamHotels.com for more details.
Photo courtesy of @langhamnyc
An Eye for Color
While living in San Francisco and building a lucrative career in real estate finance, Erica Wildman enjoyed helping friends with their design projects. She was visiting one of them when Wildman asked about a painting she admired. Learning her friend was the artist, Wildman announced, “I want to paint something!” ⠀
The rest was history! Wildman opened her own @ewildmangallery in 2019 where visitors can come see her work in person by appointment. ⠀
Keep up with Erica on Instagram at @ewildmangallery and pick up the latest issue of VIE to catch her full story. ⠀
Words by Sallie W. Boyles ⠀
Bon Appétit // The Essence of Life
Is anyone in need of a picture-perfect, refreshing drink? That’s always a yes from us! Unwind, dine, and be of good cheer at @lavoristorante in LA. The new hot spot is located along the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. From signature cocktails to dramatic iterations of the classics, the drink menu superbly complements the restaurant’s Italian inspiration. A fruity cocktail topped with a spicy hint of habanero is the right way to start the weekend.
Photo by @AshleyRandallPhoto
In the Listening Room
The Festival—32 Venues, 288 Shows, and Four Days with People I Know Sprawling across thirty miles of sugar-white sand and quaint Florida communities, Scenic Highway 30-A sets a utopian scene for music lovers, beachgoers, and creatives to connect with nature and with one another.
Dreamt up by @jennifer.lynn.steele, executive director of the @culturalartsalliance of Walton County (CAA), @30afest is a creative collaboration between the CAA and Atlanta-based artist manager Russell Carter. He manages many who play at the festival. “We were thinking it would be a small kind of neighborhood event, and it really—thanks to Russell’s involvement and bringing his artists in—grew more quickly than we could have expected,” Steele recalls.
The motivated duo brought the community together from Sandestin to Rosemary Beach to produce the first 30A Songwriters Festival in 2010.
Words by @sammiaccola
Photo by @shellyswangerphotography
Le Monde | Goes Round and Round ⠀
Mirage is a part of an exclusive collection by Sabine Marcelis for Gallery COLLECTIONAL, located in Dubai. Marcelis captures the energy of nature as the shapes and colors of the mirrors merge with their surroundings. The mirage references the duality of Dubai during the day and night, with colors inspired by the warm desert sun. ⠀
Visit TheCollectional.com or SabineMarcelis.com to learn more. ⠀
Photo by @ramimansourr, courtesy of Gallery @the_collectional
A Wedding for the Ages
When Nikhil Alexander Abuvala and Hannah Grace Alford met in 2018, it was not love at first sight. Hannah had moved temporarily from New Orleans to the coastal area of Scenic Highway 30-A in Northwest Florida to help open a new boutique in Alys Beach, just a few miles from where Nikhil, a chef, owns two successful restaurants in Grayton Beach. “During that time, Hannah met my sister through mutual friends, and they became close,” Nikhil Abuvala recalls. “My sister told me about her, that she was really cool and had amazing style, but then Hannah went back to New Orleans before I got to meet her.” However, fate would intervene, making sure the pair crossed paths again—enough times that they finally realized they were meant to be.
Pick up the latest issue of VIE to read their full love story!
Photography by Ollie Alexander, @loveisradco
Life at the Lodge
Explore over eight thousand acres of marshland surrounding Little St. Simons during your stay on this resort island, where nature meets luxury. This secluded isle located off Georgia’s southeastern coast lies halfway between Jacksonville, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, and is accessible only by ferry. It’s an ideal retreat for outdoor lovers, as the breathtaking surroundings offer endless opportunities for reconnecting with the environment and oneself.
Visit LittleStSimonsIsland.com to book your stay or learn more.
Photo by @cassiewrightphoto, courtesy of @littlestsimonsisland
Erica Stone and the Roads Less Traveled
What does it look like to set aside your talents and hopes to travel down a dusty dirt road and find a new dream you never knew lived in your heart? Ask @erica.l.stone, who put a burgeoning career in country music on hold to adopt an orphaned child from Sierra Leone, Africa—a move that would change her life forever.
Jason and Erica launched The Raining Season in 2007. Since then, they have adopted five of their six children from Sierra Leone. Their family now serves, travels, and speaks on behalf of the orphaned, raising awareness and pursuing God's heart through the gift of family.
Read more about their family and their amazing mission in the latest issue of VIE.
Meet Me at The Bridge
The Bridge car exhibition has become one of the most exclusive and celebrated events of its kind in only six years since its inception. So how did a longtime Wall Street executive, a branding and events expert, and a Manhattan attorney join together to create one of the world’s most exclusive luxury car shows? Pick up the latest issue of VIE to read more! #linkinbio
Photos by Jared Siskin/PMC
Follow along @thebridge.hamptons
The Number One Trending Destination in America
A destination that was just named the top trending spot in America by @airbnb and the number one summer hot spot for 2022 by @travelandleisure, Walton County, Florida, may seem like an easy sell for vacationers. The county has seen tremendous growth over the past few years as real estate sales have boomed, and many people have sought a life at the beach rather than in more urban areas. Walton County has also been one of the fastest-growing local economies in the U.S. since 2019. Considering the draw of its stunning beaches, unique neighborhoods, and endless activity options, it’s not hard to see why these things are true.
Pick up the latest issue of VIE to read more about all the fabulous work that Walton County Destination Marketing Organization and Tourism and Development Council is doing! @southwalton
Holiday Inn Resort PCB Brings the Heat
When most think of a Holiday Inn, they might picture an interstate hotel that’s the perfect stop on a road trip or during a business conference. However, the Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach is the furthest thing from that basic hotel experience. This upscale, 340-room destination experience offers a family-friendly all-in-one resort with Gulf-front rooms, private balconies, and incredible views. It also features multiple dining options, an expansive beachfront deck, a tiki bar, daily live entertainment, and supervised kids’ activities.
The idea for guests staying here is that they can park their car and never have to leave. The resort is centrally located on Front Beach Road, the perfect place to stay for a relaxing getaway and exploring popular points of interest in Panama City Beach. The staff’s amazing service and dedication to making each stay memorable bring guests back time and time again.
Locally owned and operated, @holidayinnresortpcb is one of four area properties in the Hilton family’s collection, which also includes the Holiday Inn Panama City, Holiday Inn Express, and @holidaygolfclub (soon to be rebranded as Legacy Golf Club).
Be sure to read all about @holidayinnresortpcb in the latest issue of VIE!
The Epitome of Luxury
When thinking of Moroccan culture, the best word that comes to mind is rich. The vibrant colors, intricate architecture, artisan heritage, and hospitable people solidify a visit to the North African country as a bucket-list adventure. Aptly deemed a city of immense luxury, Marrakesh holds the finest Moroccan pleasures. Tucked within the sumptuous town, the Royal Mansour offers visitors a quintessential Moroccan experience. VIE spoke with general manager Jean-Claude Messant, who shared some secrets about the hotel’s magic.
Interview by @emmemartin
Photography courtesy of @royalmansour
The tiny island of Mustique is a magical world away from Caribbean crowds. One of the Windward Islands not too far from St. Lucia, this three-mile-long island is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Here you’ll find a bamboo airport building, protected coral reefs, scenic hiking trails, and a community spirit that encourages quiet beachside picnics and lively nights of music under the stars.
It’s the kind of place where the phrase “if you know, you know” is aptly applied.
Photography courtesy of @cottonhousemustique
City of Colors
Bustling bazaars, rich history, delicious street food, and an abundance of colors fill the streets of Jaipur. The vibrant Indian metropolis is also called the Pink City, as it’s home to the famously intricate and impressive Hawa Mahal, composed of pink and orange sandstone. Other colors also abound, such as at the Green Gate in Pitam Niwas Chowk. Assouline takes readers on a tour of the captivating destination in Jaipur Splendor.
Visit Assouline.com to purchase or learn more.
Photo by Rowena Naylor/Stocksy, courtesy of @assouline
Social Al Fresco
Sit back and enjoy a uniquely crafted cocktail in the Mediterranean-inspired open-air dining space of Baia Beach Club. This is the perfect spot to sit back, relax, and watch the sunset over Downtown Miami. After a day of sitting poolside watching the yachts pass by, the calming environment continues into the dining areas, complete with a bohemian touch. A gentle breeze and a cool drink await you at the Baia Beach Club!
To book your reservation at Baia Beach Club, visit BaiaBeachClubMiami.com.
Photo courtesy of @baiabeachclubmiami
Voyager - See the World
A dream vacation could undoubtedly include taking a stroll on the beach along the Amalfi Coast. Enveloped by the Italian seaside culture, a unique aspect of luxury and adventure awaits visitors here. Charter a boat and explore the island of Capri or go on a guided tour of Pompeii. The possibilities are endless, so let the adventure begin and the dreams come true!
Photo by @simon_andrew_nham
Adventure Meets Antiquity
Santorini remains the most active volcano in the South Aegean, and it is still a place of mythical mystique, though its more recent rebirth—as a star of Instagram and top 10 lists of places to be seen—sometimes eclipses that. Its incomparable beauty, rather than its history, has become the key attraction. It is, admittedly, difficult to break the spell of those bewitching views long enough to go in search of something more, but the rewards for those who do are immeasurable.
Words by @xeniataliotis
The Iconic Seaside Beach Pavilions
The Seaside pavilions mark the beginning and the end of some of life’s sweetest moments. The captivating trademark structures are conveniently nestled at the end of each main neighborhood street, a nod to Seaside founders Robert and Daryl Davis’s vision for a New Urbanism walkable community. The easy navigation and unique designs assemble these pavilions as idyllic gathering places and gateways for generations to enjoy. Each of the distinctive structures depicts its respective architect’s style and understanding of complex simplicity—encapsulating the very essence of Seaside, Florida.
Photographer Jeremy Harwell turns his lens away from the Gulf as he elegantly captures the nine Seaside pavilions on a clear day.
Words by @emmemartin
Photography by @harwellphoto
Peace and Beauty on Petit St. Vincent
Petit St. Vincent, just a speck on the map, is a secluded paradise in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, right at the convergence of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s so secluded, in fact, it takes a little extra determination to navigate your way to this 115-acre private island resort designed for a digital detox, intentionally void of televisions and Wi-Fi in the rooms.
Rory Doyle’s home base is the remote Mississippi Delta, a harsh contrast to the luxurious Caribbean. For him, the journey to PSV requires a two-hour drive through agricultural flatlands to the Memphis airport, a flight to Miami, a sprint through customs in Barbados, a fifty-minute charter flight to a small island in the Grenadines, another customs checkpoint, and finally, a twenty-minute boat ride. This process is well worth the effort, and it’s a journey he would repeat in a heartbeat. He has always believed that hard work pays off, and PSV is perhaps the prime example.
Story and Photography by @RoryDoylePhoto
Lifetime of Adventures
Expeditions of a lifetime shouldn’t take a lifetime of planning. That’s why EYOS, one of the foremost leaders in private yacht expeditions, has a mission to make passengers feel like the world is truly their oyster. Their tours are carefully crafted and catered to guests’ wishes, from diving in every ocean to exploring Antarctica. With decades of experience, the EYOS team’s expertise, resources, and elevated service make them unique in their field as a luxury adventure charter group, and that’s just the beginning.
Words by @adelle.strickland
Photography courtesy of EYOS Expeditions
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
I recall receiving a memorable gift from my sister when I relocated from my New England hometown to Seaside, Florida, nearly thirty years ago to take a job there—Dr. Seuss’s book Oh, The Places You’ll Go! It wasn’t until I read it for a second time that I understood why she chose to send me this book. Feeling uplifted and inspired are just two of the warm emotions one gets when being gifted this literary treasure. For people reaching milestones in their life, like graduating, taking a new job, or starting a new business—which all require courage and faith—these are simple and wonderful impartations to share with those searching for words of wisdom and hope when taking on new endeavors.
So, you might be wondering how this relates to our travel issue: I feel that this book talks about maintaining a positive attitude on our collective journey through life. One must learn to adapt, try new things, and see new places. More importantly, we need to continue to be curious and ever-learning to achieve our respective destinies. But to get there, we need endless encouragement from our friends, colleagues, and family. Sometimes all we have left to keep our drive to succeed is our own personal and individual dreams and aspirations.
Read @lisamburwell’s full Editor-in-Chief Note at the link in bio and then explore all of the fun travel destinations that we have curated for you in VIE’s June’s travel issue!
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Episode 14: "Feeding a Community" - A Conversation with Tiffanie Nelson
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