TRAVEL ATTACHÉ: DERBY EDITION / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of CNN

Image courtesy of CNN

Oversized hats and chilled silver cups are back in season with the return of the Kentucky Derby. Josh Groban sings this year’s National Anthem, kicking off yet another round of gripping races in the fight for the Garland of Roses, kicking off on May 7. Need we say more?

This year, look to your Travel Attaché to curate the derby experience. Whether traveling from near or far, our travel program is at your disposal for all travel and accommodations, and your Attaché’s got access to the best in show throughout the derby. Contact your Attaché to start planning.

Staying in town? We’ve rounded up our favorite places in NYC to partake in the races from afar.


THE ROOF AT THE VICEROY

Starting at 1pm on derby day, guests are invited to watch the races against an unbeatable backdrop along with a fleet of derby-inspired bites, and of course, a dedicated Bulleit julep menu. Opt for the classic, or kick things up a notch with The Roof’s raspberry rendition or ginger peach variation -- either way, there’s really no going wrong.

MAISON PREMIERE

NYC’s one and only James Beard finalist for Outstanding Bar Program hosts the hottest derby party for miles, spotlighting an already world-renowned julep program in a festive format in honor of the races. The menu will feature house classics alongside unique riffs, plus oysters available until 2am and the full dinner menu from 5pm to midnight for the ultimate live broadcast experience.


THE THIRD MAN

At The Third Man — the East Village's Viennese-inspired cocktail bar from the team behind Edi & the Wolf and the recently opened Freud — guests will gather in celebration of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, kicking off at 2pm in anticipation of the screening of the "greatest two minutes in sports." Don’t miss out on this annual nod to warm weather and Southern tradition with both classic and inventive julep offerings.

Contact your Attaché for more information or to secure a reservation.