Stretching across 107 acres on the pristine coast of California’s Monterey Peninsula is Asilomar State Beach, an idyllic winter hideaway for anyone looking to spend their Christmas season on the sandy shores of a beach rather than under a blanket of snow.
The beach is a protected natural habitat in Pacific Grove, a quiet little town home to the Point Pinos Lighthouse and which may be familiar to fans of the television series Big Little Lies. The shore is filled with rocky outcroppings in the water and dunes along the waterfront, which create an eerily beautiful landscape perfect for hiking and exploring.
While California’s coastal communities can get chilly, especially during the winter months, highs in the 60s are a welcome change in the middle of December for anyone who lives in some of the country’s colder climates where cold, ice and snow are the norm for Christmas.
A great place to stay during your visit is the Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds, which includes a conference center built in 1913 by the YWCA, deemed a National Historic Landmark. The wood-and-stone hotel has a classic log cabin feel to it and takes visitors back to a simpler time. During the holiday season the hotel participates in Christmas at the Inns, an event where many of Pacific Grove’s inns and bed and breakfasts decorate their properties in Victorian-era style and open their doors for visitors to enjoy a nostalgic Christmas experience. The event includes old-fashioned carolers and plenty of treats offered by the hosting hotels. Pacific Grove is an ideal place for such an event due to the prevalence of picturesque, Victorian-era homes and businesses in town.
During the winter season there are plenty of fun activities at Asilomar to give you and your family a memorable Christmas experience. The Asilomar Ramble is a nature and wildlife viewing tour of the area led by a park ranger that will give you an up-close and informative experience. The tour doesn’t just introduce you to the local flora and fauna but also teaches you about the history of the area and the hotel. There are also the Dunes and Coast Trail Hike or the Asilomar Birds and Their Habitat Homes tours to give you additional opportunities for exploring.
When you’ve finished your Christmastime stay at Asilomar and head home, wherever that may be, your family will have fond memories of their white sandy Christmas on the Monterey Peninsula.
Captain Cook Cruises, also known as Fiji’s cruise line, reopened Tivua Island for day cruises. For travelers visiting Fiji, or locals needing a staycation, Captain Cook Cruises offers everything from dinner cruises and three-day journeys to seven–11-day adventures through Fiji’s must-visit surrounding islands.
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Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
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.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.