courtesy of Cees Van Roeden/Wonderful Copenhagen Credits: courtesy of Cees Van Roeden/Wonderful Copenhagen
ART & DESIGN Copenhagen The ultimate destination for design devotees, Denmark’s capital is a study in living with style — even sidewalk cafés are legally required to provide chic stainless steel chairs instead of plastic lawn furniture. Spend the day in the Bredgade area visiting contemporary art museums like the AtelierSalens Galleri, which offers cutting-edge abstract oil paintings along with views of the nearby fjords (direct flights at icelandair.com).
SPA Quebec and Ontario The gentle hum of a train is relaxing enough, but when you add spa treatments to the mix, the experience verges on nirvana. VIA Rail’s Spa Train has two routes — from Quebec City to Windsor, Ont., and from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Ont.— with one premise: You’re invited to stop at one or more of 15 top spas along the way. The Magnolia House Spa Salon Boutique in Waterdown, Ont., offers limo rides to and from the station and special packages like the eight-hour (!) Timeless Tranquility, which includes a Vitamin C Radiance Facial and a Signature Pedicure to buff and beautify every last inch.
FASHION New York As if Target’s McQ Alexander McQueen collection weren’t reason enough for a stateside road trip, now Topshop has (finally!) opened its first North American location in SoHo. Go early, wear flats and make sure you have somewhere gorgeous to escape to after a long day on the floor. The New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue offers Old World elegance (chandeliers and cream tea), New World buzz (Gossip Girl’s van der Woodsen clan supposedly lives in the penthouse) and easy proximity to A-list Fifth Avenue boutiques.