“Since its founding in the mid-5th century, Georgia’s capital and largest city, Tbilisi, has been destroyed and rebuilt more than 29 times. It's no surprise then that its resilient spirit and creative energy have earned the city comparisons to Berlin in the mid-aughts, before it was widely known as an edgy nightlife capital. Influences from times under the Persian Empire and the Soviet Union have left distinct marks on the country’s culture, most notably in its vegetarian-friendly cuisine, such as the cheese-filled pie”- the edition writes.
Its nascent hotel scene, however, is entirely homegrown. The five-year-old, fiercely Georgian hospitality brand Adjara has been instrumental in creating an aura of cool with its and a ski resort in . This spring, the group introduces the capital’s first five-star property, , in a Soviet-era printing house; all are part of the Design Hotels collection. Its 2018 expansion plan includes high-design openings in the mountains of Mestia, seaside Batumi, and wine country. Not familiar with Georgian vintages? Wine snobs are: The country is said to be the birthplace of viticulture, with production of strong, antioxidant-packed spanning 8,000 years. Consider it just one more item in a long list of surprises that’s drawing such luxury tour operators as and to the burgeoning republic.
take advantage of great weather in the spring (April through early June)—or peak harvest season in September and October, when local dishes, such as a spread made of minced vegetables and ground walnuts, are at their best.
Skip the too-hot months of July and August; the long winter season, from November through March, is undesirably cold and wet.