Virtuoso Life - November/December 2016 - 22
The Virtuoso Life
Alaska's Iditarod, where to eat in Melbourne, and delicious Instagram inspiration.
ADVISOR REPORT: ALASKA'S IDITAROD
A dog lover's must-do vacation.
"If you love dogs and admire world-class athletes, this experience offers an unbeatable combination," says Columbus,
Georgia-based travel advisor Trish Mercer, referring to the
1,000-mile Iditarod dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome, held
every March. "It commemorates a lifesaving dogsled transfer of
vital medicines, and today it's the Super Bowl of Alaska, with up
to 80 teams of dogs and mushers attempting the grueling race."
Your travel advisor can help map out your itinerary and arrange behind-the-scenes access to the Iditarod. Here, Mercer,
who has been to Alaska 20 times, reveals her tips for experiencing this famous race - and where to eat in Anchorage.
BEFORE THE RACE
Virtuoso advisor Kristen Pike (@kk_pike) enjoys
lunch at Le Sirenuse on the Amalfi Coast.
"Fur Rondy is a big festival in Anchorage leading up to the
Iditarod, with a carnival-type atmosphere. There are outhouse
races, the Running of the Reindeer, and Fur Rondy pins that you
have to wear or you'll get playfully 'arrested.' "
"I love the Musher Banquet, a hub of excitement and activity
where mushers draw for starting position. Each pulls their bib
number, gives a short speech, and, in friendly Alaska fashion,
signs autographs and takes photos with fans."
"The ceremonial starting line is on Fourth Avenue in Anchorage. You see all of the teams with their boxes of dogs. The dogs
rest in silence - you'd think the boxes were empty!"
A chocolate amenity from the Bellagio at
Virtuoso Travel Week (@anniefitzsimmons).
ASK THE ADVISORS
Where should we eat in
"Here you'll find some of the best Greek cuisine,
by George Calombaris (MasterChef Australia).
Don't miss the saganaki (fried cheese) with
peppered figs. The slow-roasted lamb shoulder
is to die for!"
- Amy Wyatt, Melbourne
NAKED IN THE SKY
The view from breakfast, snapped by advisor
Shawn Kirschenman (@spikeandtie), at Villa
Principe Leopoldo in Lugano, Switzerland.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
"Fabulous rooftop bar and restaurant with
city views. This is definitely a place to be seen,
"We traveled to Willow Lake,
the official starting line (called the
restart), by mini coach, about 1.25
hours north of Anchorage, and
had prime viewing right near the
"In Anchorage, we loved Club
Paris for amazing steaks, Snow
City Cafe for the best breakfast,
Sacks Cafe for a fantastic Sunday
brunch, Glacier Brewhouse with
the best chocolate-peanut butter
dessert, F Street Station for quick
bites, and Humpy's Great Alaskan
Alehouse for a great salmon
spread and growlers."
with a young,
- Kylie Fidler,
"I love to meet
and share dishes like twice-cooked duck bao
or the piquant Szechuan lamb with spring
- Rachel Quinton, Melbourne
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