Ahead of the Pack:
Six Spring Getaways and What to Bring
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
Whether you’re ready to savor the sunshine on a Mediterranean isle or the tip of Long Island, soak up the élan of Milan or Miami, or get to know a high-energy megalopolis like New York or Mexico City, seize the season for a break from the norm. Suggestions for how to make the most of your visit to six escape-worthy destinations are joined by a revealing new site feature: click or tap the images to discover items to take along.
At the elegant Antica Locanda Dei Mercanti (Via San Tomaso 6), located in an exquisitely restored 18th-century townhouse just steps from Castello Sforzesco. Request a room with a terrace.
Fondazione Prada, a former distillery transformed by OMA into an exhibition complex dedicated to contemporary art and culture (Largo Isarco 2). A group show curated by artist Thomas Demand is on view through August 28.
Nilufar Depot (Viale Vincenzo Lancetti 34), a three-story trove of historical and contemporary design objects collected by Nilufar Gallery’s Nina Yashar. The theater-like display was inspired by La Scala.
Refettorio (Via dell’Orso 2), in the heart of the Brera district. Prepare to abandon all biases against buffets.
Stop into any espresso bar and refresh with a spremuta—squeezed-to-order orange juice—for a couple of euros. If blood oranges are available, treat yourself to a bright red spremuta d’arancia rossa.
Immerse yourself in the city’s Art Deco heritage at Nautilus (1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach), designed in the 1950s by Morris Lapidus and recently reopened by Sixty Hotels.
The Asian-, South American-, and French-influenced cuisine at Juvia, located atop the Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage at 1111 Lincoln Road. Arrive before sunset to savor the stunning views of South Beach.
No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection. The rotating mega-exhibition occupies the 28-gallery, 45,000-square-foot museum (95 NW 29th Street, Miami) through May 28.
Sunblock. Susanne Kaufmann’s waterproof Sun Cream Cell Protection is packed with plant-based active ingredients and doubles as a moisturizer.
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe (Back Bay Books)
Miami by Joan Didion (Vintage)
At Stella (Amsterdam 141, between Ozuluama and Michoacan), a charming bed and breakfast in the Condesa neighborhood.
Casa Luis Barragán (General Francisco Ramírez 12-14, Miguel Hidalgo), the architect’s former residence.
Like a local, at Mercado La Merced (Calle Rosario S/N, Venustiano Carranza). The vast and vibrant market is always changing.
Anything and everything at Quintonil in the leafy Polanco district (Newton No. 55, Miguel Hidalgo), home to the best cactus ceviche Alice Waters has ever tasted.
A stop at the David Chipperfield-designed Colección Jumex (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Ampliacion Granada, Miguel Hidalgo), the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America.
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. Samuel Johnson
At Cap Rocat (Carretera d’Enderrocat, S/N, Cala Blava), a 19th-century fortress transformed into a serene escape overlooking the Bay of Palma. The rocky coastline makes for sublime snorkeling.
Magic made from nearly forgotten ingredients at Ca na Toneta (Horitzó 21, Caimari), run by sisters Maria and Teresa Solivellas.
Can Lis (Carrer de Sa Mitja Lluna 77, Portopetro). Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s cliffside idyll is an inspiring reinterpretation of traditional Mallorcan building methods.
Llucalcari, Mallorca’s smallest village and home to a pristine beach. Cover your body from head to toe in the healing mud from between the rocks.
At the Saturday morning market in the town of Soller. Stock up on citrus and stone fruits as well as olives pickled in every which way.
Book a room at c/o The Maidstone (207 Main Street, East Hampton), a Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel on a 19th-century property.
The Dan Flavin Art Institute (Corwith Avenue, Bridgehampton), an outpost of the Dia Art Foundation. Established in 1983 as a permanent installation of Flavin’s work, this renovated firehouse holds a permanent installation of nine works in fluorescent light created by the artist between 1963 and 1981, and a gallery for changing exhibitions.
Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art, and Nature by Robyn Lea (Assouline)
Willem de Kooning Nonstop: Cherchez la femme by Rosalind E. Krauss (University of Chicago Press)
Head to Sag Harbor and attempt to snag a porch perch for any meal at the American Hotel (49 Main Street, Sag Harbor).
Water Mill, home to Robert Wilson’s laboratory of inspiration and performance (The Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Towd Road) and the Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Highway).
And the most unusual and surrealistic place in New York City is Central Park.Christo
New York City
Focus on the myriad charms—and museums—of the Upper East Side with the help of a room at The Surrey (20 East 76th Street) or balance your uptown adventures with a stay in SoHo at the cozy yet crisp Crosby Street Hotel (79 Crosby Street), located just a few blocks from The Apartment by The Line (76 Greene Street, 3rd Floor).
For a sublime picnic spread, head to William Poll (1051 Lexington Avenue), a neighborhood legend offering everything from sandwiches and salads to caviar and truffles. The dips never disappoint: try samples at the counter to find your favorite.
Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, on view through August 7 at The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street).
The right shoes. Investing in a comfortable pair of NewbarK slip-ons will save you a fortune in Ubers and taxis.
Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers (Knopf)
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (Gallery/Scout Press)