Iceland to Versailles to Jamaica: These Were BlackBook’s Best Travel Stories of 2019 – Part II, July – December

Reykjavik, Iceland 



BlackBook loves to travel…mostly because sitting still makes us terribly nervous. 2019, naturally, was no different.

After our adventures in the likes of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam in the first half of the year, during the summer we met some fierce female entrepreneurs in Iceland, discovered a new favorite hotel (the Sagamore Pendry) in Baltimore, and glammed up for the official opening party for the sexy new Andaz am Belvedere hotel in Vienna.

Autumn took us to Versailles to awe at the newly opened Queen’s Apartments, before following Carly Rae Jepsen to Finnish Lapland for an exclusive performance. We hung with rockers in Jamaica, and rock stars in West Hollywood, before taking a fascinating architectural tour of Manchester, and hitting the Rioja wine trail in Northern Spain.

Here we’ve gathered some of our fave travel stories from the latter half of 2019, figuring we would close out a rather contentious year with some fond memories of the places we’ve been. (Part I covered the months of January to June.)

If it even need be said, we’ve been thrilled to have you along for the ride.



Ideological Iceland: A Weekend of Forward-Thinking Food, Politics and Empowered Women in the Scandinavian Mini-Utopia


Stopover in Copenhagen: Where to Shop, Stay, Eat + Play


BlackBook Rooms w/ A View: The Sagamore Pendry Hotel Baltimore


Opening Visit: The Andaz Vienna am Belvedere Hotel is the Austrian Capital’s New Style Paradigm


Weekend in The Berkshires: The Elegant New Williams Inn Brings the Farmhouse Chic


Beyond Château Versailles: Overnighting in the City of the Sun King


Beauty at the End of the Earth: Three Days in Finnish Lapland


The New Order: 48 Hours in the Revitalized Manchester City Centre


In the Shadow of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Very Well-Designed Weekend in Scottsdale


Epicurean Northern Spain: Rioja Wines, Starchitects and an Enlightening Lesson in Evolución


Kingston to Montego Bay: Vegan Eats, Soundsystem Parties & Coconut Oil Massages in the New Jamaica


Gelato, Rock Stars and Eco-Hotels: Three Days in the Heart of West Hollywood


Savannah Epicurean: Five Hotspots in the South’s Sultriest City



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