More Need-to-Know Tidbits — Winter 2018


DINE The family-owned company behind Chicago’s venerable Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse goes a new direction with its latest concept. Gibsons Italia, which opened in October in the West Loop neighborhood, still serves up beef but also focuses on Italian stalwarts, including antipasti, pasta, and risotto. 312-414-1100;

• In Watch Hill, R.I., the Ocean House recently unveiled Coast, a fine-dining restaurant featuring a seasonal menu that changes nightly. Chef Jennifer Backman works closely with local farms for sourcing, serving dishes such as Hopkins Farm Lamb and Stonington Scallops. 855-678-0364;

STAY The cozy Santa Ynez Inn in the wine country near Santa Barbara, Calif., has completed a major renovation of its 20 guest rooms, public spaces, spa, and gardens. A booking here also gets you complimentary wine tastings at more than 20 of the area’s top wineries. 805-688-5588;

SAIL The just-launched Viking Sun sets sail on its second world cruise next year, on Jan. 3. In 128 days, you’ll visit five continents, 21 countries, and 44 ports with 10 port overnights. 855-884-5464;

SIP In California, the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County now offers guests a Sommelier-Led Wine Tour. You, the inn’s lead sommelier, and your driver head out in a Tesla Model X to several top-rated wineries for bespoke private experiences. Picnic lunch included. From $1,795 for two. 800-464-6642;

Reading a Letter by Edgar Degas

SEE Through May 7, view pastels by Edgar Degas in the “Drawn in Colour: Degas From the Burrell” exhibition at the National Gallery, London. The rarely seen art, on loan from Scotland’s Burrell Collection, depicts urban Parisian life.

• Jakarta, Indonesia, welcomed a new art venue in November, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN). The inaugural exhibit runs through March 18 and features works by both Indonesian masters, such as Raden Saleh, and top international artists.


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