In our last feature, we had just started exploring a few diversions in some U.S. airports that may make it a little more relaxing and enjoyable for you to wait around. (To start at Part 1 click here).
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG) – Hebron, Kentucky
Checking out the diverse offerings at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International—the Tri-State’s largest airport—is easy, as they have recently moved all airlines into one terminal. So while there, be sure to take in the wealth of art and culture featuring the works of numerous area artists. Some of the most notable are the airport murals—14, 20’ X 20’ mosaics—in the Art Deco design. Musical art is also part of the offerings here, centered around what they call “pop-up” performances by local bands.
If you have a lot of time on your hands, how about embarking upon one of their fun and educational tours? Their Environmental Science Tour showcases their efforts to employ micro-organisms to prevent chemical contamination of the local streams. The Airport Discovery Tour provides participants with up-close and personal insights into the facility’s airfield maintenance garage or fire department.
San Francisco International (SFO) – San Francisco, California
A little bit of serenity awaits yoga enthusiasts in Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. Just follow the Lotus position directional signs to not just a room set aside for yoga, rather a modern, calming oasis “devoted to contemplation and self-reflection,” according to the airport website. Inside the inviting 150-square-foot space, guests will find complimentary yoga mats, low lights and a captivating floating wall that together help guide the senses and body into a sense of serenity and relaxation. Oh, and no cell phones allowed. Namaste!
When you’re done feeding your body and need to feed your mind, you’ll be pleased to know that the airport authorities place great value on environmental sustainability. This comes in a myriad of forms including greenhouse gas mitigation initiatives, using a reclaimed water reuse and waste reduction programs, LEED® Gold Certification and in their concessions. Through the latter, sustainable food and beverage expectations include using rBST-free dairy products, non-hydrogenated oils, sustainable seafood and fairly traded organic coffee, plus compostable bio-resin or paper bottles for water and biodegradable to-go containers and utensils, among other steps.
800.435.9736, 650.821.8211, www.flysfo.com
Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Since food is one of my driving forces in life, I distinctly remember the wealth of upscale options available at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Just a few places to check out the next time you go through are Ike’s Food & Cocktails, Axel’s Bonfire, O’Gara’s Restaurant, Grandaddy’s Bar, Surdyk’s Flights, and Northern Lights Grill.
Whether you dine or not, if you can’t quite wait to get back to the office to share notes, or need to hold a meeting before arriving where you are headed, you can use the airport Conference Center. Located in Terminal 1-Lindbergh on the Mezzanine Level, the Conference Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and features conference rooms and private workstations for up to 100 people, voice conferencing capabilities, computer, a/v and presentation equipment rentals, and, if you need to eat, catering/food and beverage service. Printing, copying, scanning and faxing are also available through their On the Fly services.
So next time you fly, take a moment to notice a little more than you next gate. Travel is a lot more interesting than it used to be!
To start at Part 1 click here.