Jalisco, Mexico’s most emblematic region, is the birthplace of many of the country’s cultural offerings, including Tequila; the state is rich with the drink’s history and the culture that surrounds it. Tequila fans looking for a fun tour of Jalisco, check out Viva Tequila Festival’s Mexico Experience Tour, which brings guests on a luxurious tour to five cities to explore Jalisco’s Mexican spirit and provide a deeper understanding of the different regions that cultivate agave.
Tlaquepaque was founded by the indigenous Totonac people, who produced everyday utensils and art objects for the town. The city still continues to be an artisan city known for its art galleries and handcrafts. The city also features an up-tempo culinary scene that makes it the perfect place for tequila lovers. Casa Luna Restaurant is a great spot for lunch; dine in the shaded, open courtyard, a wonderful area to relax and enjoy the cuisine and culture.
Another popular stop along the Tequila Route is Teuchitlán, filled with rich history. Not only is it a tequila hot spot, but it’s also home to the most important archaeological zone in western Mexico, Los Guachimontones; this is the major site of the so-called Teuchitlaán tradition, a complex society that existed from as early as 300 BCE until around 900 CE. While in Teuchitlán, make sure to check out Hacienda Labor de Rivera — each of the property’s rooms are individually designed with their own unique character.
It’s a no brainer the city of Tequila is on this list. Tequila has been deemed both a “Magical Town” by the ministry of Tourism of Mexico, and a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site. Tequila has an expansive landscape of blue agave, a major ingredient in tequila. Since the 16th century, the citizens have cultivated the plant to produce the spirit and, for at least two millennia, to make fermented drinks such as pulque. While visiting Tequila, stop by the many distilleries to learn about the growth of consumption of tequila in the 19th and 20th centuries. Another popular place is Fonda Cholula, a colonial infrastructure with an elegant, warm and harmonious historic center; it’s a great place to rest and enjoy the experience of Mexican cuisine that surrounds Tequila.
Atotonilco El Alto
Atotonilco means “place of hot waters” in Mexico’s indigenous Náhuatl language; “El Alto,” or “the high one” in Spanish, was later added to honor those who died in the Cristero War. Don Nacho Distillery is a must-do while visiting this city. Don Nacho is one of the most prolific agave-producing companies in the Jalisco Highlands.
Guadalajara is the heart of Jalisco; it’s the place where all traditions of the vast territory coexist, which gives it a unique urban identity. The city boasts artistic and cultural sites, recognized worldwide. Guadalajara is committed to constantly reinventing itself to provide a bright future. Make sure to check out La Tequila Cocina de Mexico Restaurant, which offers the best of the region’s gastronomic heritage and follows traditional recipes while innovating with a contemporary intention.
Wearing sunscreen at the beach is a given, especially for little ones running in and out of the water — and anyone who forgets that usually regrets it with a vengeance the next day. One aspect of sunscreen I admittedly didn’t think about until just a few years ago is how detrimental its impact is on marine life and reefs. Oxybenzone is a chemical found in most mainstream sunscreens — it works to prevent sun damage, but is also carcinogenic and harmful to coral. The chemical makes coral more susceptible to bleaching and damages its DNA, interfering with reproduction and killing dependent marine life in the process.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
An interesting and accidental beneficial side effect of recent travel bans is that large swaths of the world affected by over-tourism are beginning to heal themselves. Major cities from Los Angeles to London and Beijing are reporting their best air quality in years with less nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emitted by cars and industry. The canals in Venice are so clear, schools of fish and even a dolphin were easily spotted by locals — all of this and more taking place before Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
When you want to get away without getting behind the wheel, Amtrak has news for you — and budget-friendly news, at that. Enjoy the ride this summer to your next destinations from the comfort of a private Roomette room on Amtrak with a two-for-one deal on select one-way routes.