Travel agenda: From Palm Springs and South Beach to Pimlico Gardens

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1. Beach bed

Vintro Hotel & Kitchen opens on Miami's South Beach on 1 August. Encased within an Art Deco building, it will reveal modern, minimalist rooms, with king-size beds, monsoon showers and a rotating selection of Pop Art prints on the walls. There's also a rooftop pool and bicycles for exploring further afield.

2. Spring time

Arrive is the latest hotel to, er, arrive in California's desert city of Palm Springs. Due to launch next month, it will feature 32 rooms, with an 80-seat, open-air Reservoir Restaurant, facing the San Jacinto mountains and poolside entertainment by the Knitting Factory.

3.Garden leave

Open Gardens Day is a three-day event in Amsterdam that sees 30 private gardens open to the public from 20-22 June. The €15 tickets are valid throughout the weekend between 10am-5pm and come with details of all the garden addresses with a brief description and map.

4. Meal ticket

On 21 June, London's Pimlico Gardens will be transformed into an Alaskan pop-up. Visitors will be transported back to the Last Frontier state in 1899, height of the gold rush, with wagons, a saloon and campfire music. There will also be the chance to cure, smoke and prepare fish, with a seafood banquet after dark. Day £15pp/evening £55pp.

5. Movie magic

Tickets are on sale for the Adventure Travel Film Festival, which takes place at Sherborne Girls School in Dorset from 15-17 August. Celebrating the greatest adventure travel films from the 1920s to the present day, it features speakers, authors, live music and outdoor action.


6. Fancy frocks

A new exhibition in the French port of Calais looks at On Aura Tout Vu – the couture label known for designing extravagant costumes for the Moulin Rouge. Taking place at the International Centre for Lace and Fashion, Sensation runs until 31 December.

7. Snap happy

Foto Ruta launched its brand of street photography tours in the barrios of Buenos Aires in 2011, before expanding to Santiago, Barcelona and New York. Now it has started a branch in London, with more opportunities to combine photography with city exploration and sightseeing.

8. French fancy

Peninsula Hotels makes its first foray into Europe with the opening of a Paris property on 1 August. Housed in a century-old building that once acted as the Hotel Majestic, it's just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. It features a basement pool, spa, 200 rooms and a signature L'Oiseau Blanc rooftop restaurant.