Travel News: Coffee Tourism, Setting Fire to Socks, and Dancing at the Whitney

Starbucks Costa Rica Farmer Support CenterA view of a demonstration at Starbucks' Costa Rica Farmer Support Center
Courtesy Starbucks

Starbucks' Farmer Support Center, part of its Costa Rica coffee farm, now open to visitors.

There’s a great big world out there, and the latest travel news may inspire a trip you never knew you needed.

From a Costa Rica coffee farm to one of NYC’s most storied art collections to the (literal) kickoff of flip-flop season, here's the latest trip-inspiring travel news:


Starbucks just opened its Hacienda Alsacia Visitor Center, part of its Costa Rican coffee farm. Visitors can experience coffee-making first-hand (“from seedling, to roasting, to tasting”), including Starbucks’ commitment to eco-friendly, sustainable  “agronomy,” and the company’s Farmer Support Center. (


On April 14, Panama City, FL, will celebrate the arrival of flip-flop season with its annual Burning of the Socks. Bring your socks to the marina and watch ’em go up in flames in a porcelain bathtub by the water. (


Artist Nick Mauss will present his first solo museum show in the U.S., at the Whitney, in New York City. Opening on March 16, the exhibit Transmissions “explores the reciprocal relationship of modernist ballet and the avant-garde in New York from the 1930s through the 1950s.” The twist? The exhibition will include daily dance performances in the Whitney’s eighth-floor Hurst Family Galleries. (

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