Commodore Perry Estate
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"The funny thing is, Commodore Edgar Perry wasn't really a commodore at all," says Marco Bustamante, general manager at the new Commodore Perry Estate in Austin. Perry once lost his houseboat during a flood on Lake Austin, and after that, there were nos haking the tongue-in-cheek nickname.
The best part of winter ending, aside from longer days and shorter jackets, is the return of spring dining. Not only do we feel more inclined to venture out for dinner when it's brighter and marginally warmer, but we're also enticed by a flurry of new openings. This spring, several highly anticipated concepts are opening around the country. Here are some of the places we can't wait to visit.
As a tatted-up, grill-wearing James Franco so eloquently uttered in Spring Breakers: “Spring Break forever.” And while all that movie left me with was an irrational fear of hot tubs, the sentiment still stands—March and April are prime months to pack your bags and get out of town. But to where, and to do what? There’s a number of fabulous places on Vogue’s radar, each occupying a different spring travel niche. Some are perfect for relaxation, some for adventure, and others for raging. (In the spirit of the season, we had to include at least one.) Below, our favorite five.
Some Texas food fans are likely already familiar with Lutie’s, an upcoming and wildly anticipated Austin restaurant. However, not as many diners know about the hotel that houses the whimsical new establishment: The Commodore Perry Estate, which is slated to make its debut in April.
WEDDING PLANNERS AND WANDERLUSTERS, MEET YOUR MATCH. A new resort debuting in Austin this April aims to rival Texas Hill Country’s most luxurious offerings, and if these stunning renderings teach us anything about the forthcoming Commodore Perry Estate, it’s that its operators, California-based hospitality group Auberge Resorts Collection, sure knows how to make an entrance.
The new year is here, and from the number of recent and planned hotel openings, it’s clear that the hospitality industry is booming. A few trends became apparent as we gathered details on new hotels and resorts around the world. The focus on wellness continues: Several properties offer not only high-quality fitness centers and spas, but also yoga, fitness, and nutrition experts, as well as group exercise classes and individual trainers. There's also an emphasis on the health of the planet, as properties are promoting sustainability and letting guests know of their efforts to conserve resources, reduce waste in their culinary outlets, and provide experiences that contribute to the overall improvement of the environment.
"We’ve just finished off a decade that saw huge transformations in what we ate and how we ate it. As we kick off the 2020s, we see a rich and varied collection of restaurants readying to open across America. The dawning of the decade will see Michelin three-star chefs expand their empires, the duo behind James Beard Award-winning Frenchette take over an 82-year-old restaurant, a popular Chicago chef see if she can make it work in the City of Angels, some husband-wife teams will return to their hometown and more. Here are the restaurants we’re most excited to see open this year. "
From a resort complex in Malaysia to a “super boutique hotel” in central London to a 14-room hideaway surrounded by the gardens of Versailles, there’s no shortage of “see it to believe it” concepts opening in the new year. Here are the hotspots discerning globe-trotters will be clamoring to check into in 2020 and beyond.
"“Planning the opening of a restaurant around the start of the new year gives me the opportunity to set high standards for zero waste and sustainability in the kitchen from the start. I want to recycle everything and waste nothing in 2020. Having a garden on property is a major advantage and seems to be a fully functioning circle in my mind. With the in-house garden, I’m able to source fresh, organic ingredients and then recycle the compost in the garden to keep it lush.” — Susana Querejazu, executive pastry chef at Lutie’s Garden Restaurant, opening in the spring"
These eight trends will reshape the way you get around. The 2010s were the decade when travel became easier. The arrival of short-term lodging services, the embrace of “second cities,” and the rapid growth of budget airlines both shrunk our globe and made it more intriguing. And the siren song of social media sent us to far-flung corners in search of “authentic,” “local,” and “undiscovered” places, or (contrarily) to recreate influencers’ brilliant snaps.
Lutie’s Garden Restaurant will source from a farm on-site to create seasonal, vegetable-driven dishes, with an emphasis on aged proteins and fermentation. While there are no details on the menu, Nicholson states there will be “simple presentations of ingredients that are meticulously cared for.” The restaurant is slated to open in the spring.
The preeminent design hotel of 2020 is difficult to describe in just one word or phrase. Our newest annual list is curated with something for everyone. Architect Lord Norman Foster (who designed the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center that made our 2019 list) describes the hotels of the future as places that are all about lifestyles—inviting the community to become a part of the property.