Romance? It’s Greek to them
The island of Santorini was voted the world’s No. 1 honeymoon destination in a recent US News & World Report survey. If you are considering a romantic trip to the Aegean Sea, consider staying at the Iconic Santorini, a boutique cave hotel on the rim of the island’s volcanic caldera. The hotel’s 22 rooms are styled like high-ceilinged caverns notched into the cliffs. In the rooms, traditional details contrast with with luxury amenities like flat-screens, JBL sound systems and all-natural bedding. Outside the luxury suites, there are private veranda pools. Rates start at 475 euros (approximately $650) a night for two, including breakfast, poolside snacks, Internet access and all hotel taxes. For “romance packages” and reservations, visit www.iconicsantorini.com. Or call 30 22860 28950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin returns to jazz fest
Steve Martin and his bluegrass band are returning as headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York in June. Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, accompanied by singer Edie Brickell, will perform June 21. Martin and his band last performed at the Rochester festival in 2012. Earth, Wind & Fire is another headlining band for the festival, which runs June 20-28. The Grammy-winning R&B band will perform June 27. The nine-day festival will feature more than 230 shows at 13 venues in Rochester. Get more details at www.rochesterjazz.com.
— The Associated Press
Monuments Men records in D.C.
Photographs, maps and records from the corps of soldiers known as “Monuments Men,” who were tasked with protecting European cultural sites and recovering looted art during World War II, are going on display in Washington this spring and summer, many for the first time. The Monuments Men, the new movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, is a story that comes straight out of the National Archives and the nation’s art repositories that have ties to the real monuments men and women. The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Archives of American Art and National Archives have opened their vaults to display original records and photographs of the mission to protect European culture. National Gallery of Art: www.nga.gov. Smithsonian Archives of American Art: www.aaa.si.edu. National Archives: www.archives.gov.
— The Associated Press
A throwdown in Houston
For a New Orleans party well inside Texas’ borders, head to Market Square Park, in downtown Houston’s Historic District, on March 1 for an evening of gumbo cookoffs, brass band music and dancing, and Saint Arnold beer. The Mardi Gras Jamboree and Gumbo Showdown will be 4-8:30 p.m. Look for Houston’s illuminated Art Cars that night, too. If you think your gumbo recipe can win, visit www.marketsquarepark.com/calendar for cookoff rules and an entry form. First place is $500 and a case of Saint Arnold beer. The deadline to enter is Feb. 24. Visit Market Square Park on Facebook and Twitter for special deals and happenings that evening in the district.