5 Places Design and Art Lovers Can’t Miss This August ⇒ August is the prime time for summer luxury travel, and if you haven’t planned a trip yet, now is the time to do so. CovetED brings you 5 places that you can’t miss next month. Besides the sun and sand, there are plenty of reasons to visit Nantucket, Massachusetts, which will host a design festival at the beginning of the month. On the west coast, the Emerald City entices with its Pacific Coast charm, perfect weather and an art fair that’s becoming a major attraction. There’s no bad time to visit Sonoma, especially in August, when you can partake in the long-standing Art in the Redwoods Festival. In South America, São Paulo will host its annual design festival, drawing design and art lovers from across Latin America and beyond. Finally, Scandinavia comes alive with long, warm days, and Aarhus, Denmark, in particular, is worth a trip for its annual festival.
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Seattle – The Seattle Art Fair is returning for its 4th edition, from August 2–5, with over 100 exhibitors from 36 cities around the world. From booths by heavyweight galleries like Gagosian and David Zwirner, to be unique and quirky displays, including robot performances and 14-foot-tall puppets. Consider staying at The Edgewater Hotel on the waterfront, which recently revamped its Beatles Suite. For a more modern option, the Thompson Seattle is a favourite among design and art lovers for its sleek design by AD100 firm Olson Kundigand its hip rooftop bar.
Sonoma, California – The 57th annual Art in the Redwoods Festival at Gualala Arts (August 18–19) is the best reason to visit, besides the wine. Started in 1961, the festival has grown to become a major event with hundreds of works by artists and artisans. The California Wine Country boasts a wealth of fantastic boutique hotels in both Napa Valley and Sonoma, including the cool new Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa designed by AvroKO and Las Alcobas Napa Valley, which opened last year with a beautiful design by Yabu Pushelberg.
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São Paulo –DW! São Paulo Design Weekend, Latin America’s largest design festival, takes over the Brazilian metropolis the weekend of August 29–September 2. Though it’s known more for business than art and design, the city has a strong street art culture and some sophisticated hotels and restaurants that aesthetes flock to. Book a room at the classic Palácio Tangará—an urban retreat set inside Burle Marx Park—or Hotel Unique, whose bold architecture and hot rooftop bar are iconic in São Paulo.
Aarhus, Denmark – After a long and cold winter, Denmark comes alive in the summer, offering plenty of things to do to celebrate the season. One of the best ways to get to know Danish culture is to attend the Aarhus Festival, which is from August 31 to September 9. Ever since it was named last year’s European Capital of Culture, this small city has been enjoying an increased cultural cachet. It doesn’t hurt that Your Rainbow Panorama by Olafur Eliasson at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum is one of Denmark’s most beautiful sights. We recommend combining Aarhus with a stay in Copenhagen.
Nantucket, Massachusetts – The island of Nantucket will host Nantucket by Design from August 1st to 4th. Organized by the Nantucket Historical Association, the festival will open up private homes and historic sites for panel discussions, cocktail parties, and dinners, including a night at the Whaling Museum. Stay at one of the island’s historic hotels like the White Elephant or The Wauwinet. Embrace the season with lobster rolls from Straight Wharf Fish Store or the more formal Straight Wharf Restaurant.
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Source: Architectural Digest