A Taste of Texas in London
If you’re feeling a little homesick on your next trip to London, check out The Blues Kitchen, a two-story, 500-seat ode to America — including a vintage Airstream converted as a VIP area — in a Victorian warehouse in the East End’s hip Shoreditch neighborhood. John Hargate, a three-time winner of Britain’s barbecue championship who was born in that country but learned how to cook in Texas, oversees the pits, house-smoking beef and pork for up to 16 hours. In addition to live music nightly, The Blues Kitchen pours more than 100 Kentucky bourbons. 134-146 Curtain Road, London, 020-7729-7216; www.theblueskitchen.com.
Wild West Glamping
Animal welfare activist and ex-wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, Madeleine Pickens is behind the new Mustang Monument Wild Horse Eco-Resort opening this month. Set on 900 acres in northeast Nevada where wild mustangs roam, the resort hosts 10 spacious teepees furnished with rugs covering the hardwood floors and plush down comforters atop generous beds. Another 10 cabins offer air-conditioning. On-site activities include guided hikes, roping lessons, horseback riding, American Indian beading classes, safaris to view wild mustangs and even in-teepee spa treatments. Other luxury touches include evening cocktails and four-course dinners. Bring the family — there’s even a kids club. Rooms from $1,000 per night, all inclusive; 888-979-1422, www.mustangmonument.com.
With a natural history museum, golf course, two restaurants and a wine cellar, Top of the Rock, opening June 9, celebrates Missouri’s Ozark Mountains from a cliff-top perch overlooking 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake. Owner Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, spent seven years building the multifaceted attraction, an expansion of his nearby Big Cedar Lodge. The golf-friendly destination includes a Jack Nicklaus par-3 golf course, an Arnold Palmer practice facility and a Tom Watson-designed putting course. The Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum showcases prehistoric skeletons of a Missouri mammoth and cave lion. The adventure begins in a natural four-story cave reached via a two-and-half-mile nature trail with electric cart shuttles. 800-225-6343, www.big-cedar.com.
Vegas Bets on Boutique
The Las Vegas Strip has welcomed its first freestanding boutique hotel with the late May opening of The Cromwell. The 188-room hotel, part of the Caesars Palace family, aims to impart a more personal welcome, beginning with an intimate check-in desk off the entry, unique on Las Vegas Boulevard where reaching reception often requires a hike. Rooms feature wood floors and a Parisian-inspired sense of style with old-fashioned trunks turned into coffee tables, tufted leather headboards and bespoke art. Über chef Giada De Laurentiis debuts her first restaurant here, and the rooftop nightclub Drai’s offers the best view of the neon action. Rooms from $249; 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 800-223-7277, www.thecromwell.com.
Freedom Rings in Atlanta
The new National Center for Civil and Human Rights is due to open June 23 in Atlanta. The 42,000-square-foot, sustainably-built institution will display the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Morehouse College collection and feature exhibits that tell the story of the African-American fight for equality while presenting information on evolving global human rights. Together with the adjacent Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium, the museum creates a compelling cultural campus in downtown Atlanta, where the new Atlanta Streetcar will make a 2.7-mile loop to area attractions, including King’s boyhood home, when it opens this summer. 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Suite 510, Atlanta. 404-991-6970, www.civilandhumanrights.org.
Great Scot Trail
Sierra Club founder John Muir immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1849, bringing with him a love of the outdoors. Now Scotland is honoring Muir with a new cross-country path called the John Muir Way that runs 134 miles coast to coast. The route stretches from Helensburgh in the west to Muir’s hometown of Dunbar on the eastern coast. Organizers estimate the route will take a week to 10 days to walk, and about four or five days to cycle — although, of course, you can choose to enjoy only a portion of it if you wish. The route is remote enough to appreciate the shores, lochs and munros (that’s lakes and mountains, y’all) of the Highlands, but never too far from a pub or an inn, where several operators offer luggage shuttle services (from about 13 pounds, or $22, per shuttle). http://johnmuirway.org/.