Hotel and Tour News: Reindeer in New York, Art in France


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The Matisse Museum.

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Ed Alcock for The New York Times

ART IS CENTER STAGE IN NEW TOUR IN FRANCE

Paris Muse, the Paris-based company offering educational walks in Paris, is branching out of the city this summer with a getaway in the south of France. Called Modern and Contemporary Art in the South of France: A Curators’ Tour, the trip runs from July 10 to 17 in and around Nice, Aix-en-Provence and Arles. Highlights of the week include a tour of the Matisse Museum in Nice with the Matisse expert and Paris Muse founder Ellen McBreen, a tour of the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence (also known as the Matisse Chapel), a wine tasting and tour of the contemporary art collection at the renowned winery Château La Coste and a day at Rencontres d’Arles, the international photography festival in Arles. The cost is $6,800 a person and includes accommodations, most meals, ground transportation, seminars and tours.

A CHICAGO CHEF STARS IN MIAMI BEACH

‘A taste of Chicago is coming to Miami this winter when Grant Achatz, the three-Michelin-starred chef of the restaurant Alinea in Chicago, brings “Alinea in Residence” to Faena Hotel Miami Beach. From Feb. 17 to March 13, Mr. Achatz will serve an 18-course tasting menu at the property featuring a combination of Alinea classics and dishes inspired by Miami and Argentina. Tickets for the event on sale at 10 a.m. today. Prices from $275 to $385; wine pairings are additional.

SILENT SPAS AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTELS

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, silence really will be golden at the spas at Mandarin Oriental hotels worldwide: In an effort to highlight the importance of meditation and mindfulness during the holiday season, most of the spas in the brand’s 24 properties such as Hong Kong and Paris are participating in an initiative called Silent Night. From 5 p.m. to close that evening, there will be no music, talking or social media activity at the spas; all treatments will be available, but communication with guests will take place during a consultation at the beginning of their service. Jeremy McCarthy, Mandarin Oriental’s spa group director, says that the idea of the evening is to give guests the chance to be reflective. “In today’s harried world, we hardly get a chance to slow down so this will hopefully do that, but guests shouldn’t suffer in silence and are certainly encouraged to speak up during their treatments with any specific needs,” he said.

AT STANDARD IN NEW YORK, REINDEER IN THE FORECAST

Reindeer and Christmas go hand-in-hand, and on Saturday, Dec. 12, the Standard High Line Hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District will celebrate the holiday by having two of them outside its doors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The animals will be next to the property’s ice skating rink and a festively adorned sleigh, and the public is invited to see the reindeer and sit in the sleigh and take pictures. The event planner Bronson van Wyck is in charge of the event and is also setting up a stand at the Standard that day selling cocktail mixes from Arrowhead Farms.

A BROOKLYN POP-UP AT BROOKLYN MARRIOTT

The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge has been committed to supporting local artisans ever since it opened in 1998, and in keeping with that goal, the property is partnering this holiday season with By Brooklyn, a store that exclusively sells Brooklyn-manufactured goods. Starting tomorrow, Dec. 3, through Dec. 20, By Brooklyn will set up a pop-up shop in the hotel’s second-floor lobby to introduce guests to crafts, goods and edibles produced in the borough. The shop will be overseen by Gaia DiLoreto, the founder and chief executive of By Brooklyn, who will educate shoppers about the products as well as Brooklyn’s thriving artistic culture. Items for sale include ornaments by Brooklyn Rehab, Brooklyn-themed tea towels by Three Legged Dog, hot sauce from Queen Majesty and T-shirts by Gnome Enterprises .



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