“Old Kyoto”‘s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood

Live like a local in renovated traditional accommodations in the old geisha district

Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty to offer locals and tourists alike, and is home to countless traditional machiya (wooden townhouses). Kyoto, more than many other cities, calls you to live like a local …

Rivertown Lodge, Hudson

Two hours from NYC, a beautifully designed 27-room hotel awaits upstate

Opened last October in Hudson, New York, Rivertown Lodge doesn’t look like much when you pull up (or walk the 20 minutes from the Amtrak train station). Formerly a 1920s movie theater later converted into a motel in 1958, the new 27-room hotel on Warren Street—a few doors down from Grazin’—preserves a discreet exterior that matches the block. And inside is a relaxed grandeur that …

ION Hotel, Iceland

A place where luxury and design meet sustainability and adventure, all surrounded by lava fields and glacial lakes

Iceland is often dubbed “the land of fire and ice”—and not just because “Game of Thrones” chose the island nation as a frequent filming location. About the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world. From black sand beaches to glacier fields to jagged peaks, the lava fields of otherworldly green moss to the countless active geysers, Iceland’s …