You’ve heard of sustainable travel, but what about regenerative travel? Simply put, sustainable travel is more about protecting, conserving and maintaining the environment and places we love, whereas regenerative travel is leaving a place better than it was through responsible tourism, engagement with the local communities, and creating authentic experiences that don’t harm, but actually help the environment and the people around it.
A pioneering community and marketplace for travel companies dedicated to regenerative hospitality, Regenerative Travel is hosting its flagship event, The Regenerative Summit, in Brooklyn on 20 September as part of Climate Week in New York – and LUXE is proud to be a media partner.
Find out what to expect at the one-day conference featuring a packed line-up of impressive speakers and the Regenerative Travel Impact Awards 2023 – if you happen to be in the area, get your tickets here!
For now, Amanda Ho, the CEO, co-founder and driving force behind Regenerative Travel, gives us a taste of what to expect in the vibrant Williamsburg neighbourhood around the Summit, including some of her all-time fave drink and dine spots:
Stay: Wythe Hotel
Wythe Hotel is considered to be the OG boutique hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with that industrial-chic aesthetic we’ve all come to know and love. Think exposed brick walls, high ceilings, skyline views – from bunk bed rooms to lofty, sunlit penthouse suites. The former factory-turned-hotel is also the first New York member of Regenerative Travel, host of The Regenerative Summit, and an excellent base to explore the neighbourhood from.
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, New York
Eat: Five Leaves
In the heart of vibrant Williamsburg, Brooklyn, lies Five Leaves – a bustling culinary haven known for its lively ambiance and menu made with seasonal produce and ingredients. A hotspot for locals and visitors alike, this eatery buzzes from breakfast to dinner and draws a diverse crowd including renowned artists, photographers, and tattoo artisans.
18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York
Drink: Bar Blondeau
Located on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel, Bar Blondeau boasts tall oak walls, gold-accented ambient lighting, and built-in banquettes centered around a sea green-tiled, marble-top bar with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. The wine selection, featuring captivating natural wines from around the globe, includes Pét-nats, chilled reds, rosés, and orange wines creatively incorporated into cocktails like the refreshing L’Orange.
80 Wythe Ave 6th Floor, Brooklyn, New York
See: Faurschou Art Gallery
With roots dating back to 1986, Faurschou has transformed and extended its dedicated exhibition venues from Copenhagen to Beijing and New York, occasionally making appearances in Venice. Expect individual showcases as well as themed displays – plus a platform that proudly highlights unique collabs with artists, galleries, and partners, often featuring exclusive commissions.
148 Green St, Brooklyn, New York
Shop: Awoke Vintage
Founded in 2007 by Liz Power in Perth, Australia, Awoke Vintage caters to all with affordable vintage finds, exclusive pieces, and local Brooklyn brands. Specialising in vintage denim, the store has even helped slebs like Malia Obama and Olivia Rodrigo find the perfect pair of jeans.
132 N 5th St, Brooklyn, New York
The Regenerative Summit takes place at the Wythe Hotel on 20 September 2023 – get your tickets here!
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