Warm weather and wide-open skies — summer is the time for stargazing and working your night moves. Here’s where to get your celestial fix.
Sleep with the Stars
Huddled 8,282 feet up in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, there’s little between Sequoia High Sierra Camp visitors and the heavens. But this isn’t exactly roughing it — tents are kitted with down comforters, dinners are five gourmet courses, and if you don’t want to backpack your stuff, help is at the ready.
“Snowflakes” gently fall from the faux star-studded sky in the Arctic Ice Room at QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, a chilly escape from steamy Las Vegas. The scene: heated floor and benches, tiny fiber-optic lights, mint-infused air, a shaved-ice fountain, and more than 27,000 blue glass pebbles and mosaic tiles.
Head north of Capetown through the Cederberg Mountains to idyllic Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat. By day, explore the valley’s ancient cave paintings, fly-fishing, canoeing, and archery. When night falls, get enveloped by a tapestry of stars at Embers, the reserve’s restaurant built into an ancient sandstone amphitheatre. The traditional South African BBQ (braai) includes home-baked bread, grilled Karoo lamb, and boerewors sausage.
Come dusk at Fremont Outdoor Movies, more than 900 hipsters and aging hippies descend on an empty Seattle parking lot to set up viewing campsites. Seating ranges from La-Z-Boy sofas to whole living rooms, and awards are given for most inventive setup and best costumes. This summer’s lineup includes Superbad, Ghostbusters, Juno, and The Iron Giant.
Party Like a Rock Star
Okay, maybe not rock star exactly, but the rooftop scene at Madame Brussels can be pretty raucous. Named for one of Melbourne’s more famous madams, this “rather fancy terrace and public house” has AstroTurf, kitschy lawn furniture, fanciful faux trellises and hedges straight out of Alice in Wonderland, and mint juleps and martinis to quench your thirst.
Planetary adoration is inevitable with InterContinental Hong Kong’s Romance with Style special. Spend two nights in the swank new terrace suite, and they can move your whole bedroom setup outside. Other perks include 24-hour butler service, an infinity-edge Jacuzzi overlooking Victoria Harbor, a chauffeured Bentley limo, and a bottle of Dom. All for a mere $14,139.
How’s that for seeing stars?