Art and Architecture Lovers Will Be Traveling to These 5 Hot Spots in February
Here’s everything you will want to know about design-minded travel this winter
Winter blues setting in? Why not plan a trip in February, when you can participate in some of the year’s most exciting design and cultural events? Palm Springs Modernism Week will draw fans of midcentury architecture to the California desert for insider tours of private homes and other sites. The India Art Fair in New Delhi is the event to attend if you want to learn more about contemporary Indian and Asian art. For contemporary African art, head to Cape Town, which will host an art fair of its own. Seattle Museum Month provides the perfect opportunity to visit the Emerald City’s leading cultural institutions at a 50 percent discount. And if you’ve been dreaming about ancient Egypt, now’s the time to visit the country’s archaeological riches with leading tour operator Abercrombie & Kent, which is introducing new luxury tours to meet demand.
For midcentury architecture enthusiasts, Palm Springs Modernism Week is a yearly bonanza. This year’s edition takes place February 15–25 and will open up the city’s most stunning private homes. New this year: tours of a 1975 Moroccan Modern home by architect Hal Lacy, a walking tour of Golden Era Hollywood Homes in the Las Palmas neighborhood (Leonardo Di Caprio owns a home there), and a presentation on Frank Lloyd Wright by noted architecture critic Alan Hess. Stay at William Cody’s 1952 icon, which was reborn as L’Horizon Resort & Spa—a member of Leading Hotels of the World—in 2015 after a $5 million renovation by designer Steve Hermann.
The India Art Fair will take place February 9–12, drawing scores of artists and collectors to New Delhi for one of Asia’s most important art fairs. It’s also the best time of year to visit India, as the monsoon season is over and temperatures are generally warm but not too hot. If you’re planning to go, you have a chance to be among the first guests at Oberoi’s newly renovated flagship, the Oberoi New Delhi, which is set to reopen in January after a $100 million renovation by acclaimed designer Adam Tihany. Originally opened in 1965 as the first property in the brand’s portfolio, it’s ready to usher in a new age with larger rooms and suites, three new restaurants, a luxurious spa, and indoor and outdoor pools.
The opening of the Zeitz MOCAA in a grain silo reimagined by Thomas Heatherwicksolidified Cape Town’s reputation as Africa’s most important city for art, and the Cape Town Art Fair (February 16–18) will give art lovers yet another reason to visit. Book a room at the Silo Hotel to stay directly above the Zeitz MOCAA or retreat to Ellerman House, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property in the nearby posh enclave of Bantry Bay with a world-class art collection of its own. Be sure to stop by Southern Guild, Cape Town’s leading design gallery. It’s worth making a day trip to Stellenbosch to visit the wineries and the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, which was opened to the public for the first time earlier this year.
Seattle Museum Month returns to the Emerald City, giving guests at participating hotels 50 percent off admission to museums like the Chihuly Gardens and Glass, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Pop Culture. Check into the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle or Thompson Seattle—which boasts stunning views of Puget Sound—to participate. Save room in your suitcase—Seattle boasts some of the best home design shops in the Pacific Northwest.
With its ancient pyramids and other wonders, Egypt is a bucket-list destination that just became even more enticing with the uncovering of two tombs in Luxor. The announcement came hot on the heels of the findings this past fall of a secret chamber in the Pyramid of Giza. Despite the State Department’s travel warning, we recommend visiting as long as you go with a trusted tour operator. Abercrombie & Kent works with local guides and experts on the ground to ensure that its trips run smoothly and give travelers a deep understanding of the country’s incredible archeological sites and contemporary culture. In fact, Egypt has been one of the most popular destinations this year for the tour company, which has added new departures in 2018 to meet demand.