Travel Agenda: Edinburgh's Ethical Christmas Fair; Hotel Beaux Arts in Miami; Longman and Eagle restaurant in Chicago; Air Asia
Saturday 11 December 2010
Today: Stock up on souvenirs (and stocking fillers) without even leaving the country. If you can brave the cold and battle the snow, Edinburgh is hosting an Ethical Christmas Fair in Castle Street. Running until 19 December, it comprises more than 30 exhibitors selling ethically-sourced gifts (anything from food to jewellery) from the UK and around the world (
This week: The Hotel Beaux Arts is opening within the JW Marriott in Miami on Wednesday, complete with refined styling and a Daniel Boulud bistro. Close to the financial district, the exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel throws in extra indulgence by way of an indoor golf school, spa, 3D media room, billiard room, virtual bowling alley and NBA-approved basketball court ( hotelbeauxartsmiami.com).
In Chicago, the Michelin-starred Longman and Eagle restaurant is adding six hipster-oriented rooms to its gourmet regional American offering on Wednesday. The design reflects the restaurant's down-to-earth ethos with exposed brick walls and retro leanings ( longmanandeagle.com). And on Thursday, Zurich gets an added festive glow when hundreds of candles are released on to the River Limmat for the Lichterschwimmen event ( zuerich.com).
In the diary: Low-cost airline Air Asia is launching a new route from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand from 1 April next year. Four flights per week will connect in KL with the carrier's existing six-a-week service between Stansted and the Malaysian capital ( airasia.com).
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