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Chalet 1864 in Haute-Savoie, France. Photo courtesy of Meraviglia Paper.

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Childs Lake in Manitoba, Canada. Photo by Krista Trinder.

There's a new type of aurora to put on your bucket list. It was discovered over the skies of Canada by amateur photographers. They named it Steve. It can be seen far closer to the equator than the normal Northern Lights. And it's purple! –Daniel, editor

Earlier this month, Silversea Cruises started the first ever luxury cruise ship lengthening in Palermo, Italy, which is a sight you won't want to miss. Silversea Spirit was cut in two and will undergo a series of refurbishments, including the insertion of a new 49-foot-long segment, before returning to the water in May. – Berit, senior editor

Photo courtesy of Chalet 1864.

The mountain pastures outside Le Grand Bornand in Haute-Savoie throb with life: cross-country skiers, explorers on snowshoes, kids on sledges, farmers working the land, horses wandering within fences, and people walking in line on the side of the street. The colors of the wind jackets, the reverberation of the snow, the echo of a laugh, and the sound of a river stand out on our drive along route de Lormay. We take in the peacefulness and happiness of the surroundings and, when we reach our destination, we’re more in love with the mountains than ever. Chalet 1864 appears against a still background. From outside, it’s a traditional wooden farm like many others in this area. Inside, it’s the triumph of alpine hospitality. 1864 is the year when the farm was built, in true Savoyard style. These same walls of wood and stone that once were home to a family of farmers and their pastoral routine today host guests looking for quiet, simplicity, and discreet luxury. The spa is at the top of a hill, a temple for the senses. From here, the glare of sunlight reflecting off the snow prevents one from looking at the panorama. With eyes closed, it’s easy to imagine the white of snow turning to green, fields covered in flowers, the smell of freshly cut grass and hay, and the silhouette of a deer among pine trees. We make ourselves a promise. When summer comes to this valley and to these mountains, we will be back. – Paola,

Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola and real estate firm Bedrock, two pioneers of the city's urban revitalization efforts, are working together on a boutique hotel downtown on Woodward Avenue, slated to open in fall 2018. NoHo Hospitality Group (of NYC's Locanda Verde, The Dutch, and The William Vale) is behind the food and beverage. (They count one of their founders a Detroit native.) I'm excited to see how this project shapes up, especially after watching their feel-good pre-release video, which aptly celebrates the folks behind the actual making of the hotel. – Daniel, editor

I'm really digging the look of Bert's, a stylish new bar and brasserie with a Great Gatsby-meets-country club casual vibe, in Sydney's Northern Beaches. - Berit

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