NESTLED IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, Asheville, North Carolina, touts a reputation as a healing escape. Take a neighborhood tour of the different parts of Asheville to experience the city’s healthful offerings.
To learn more about Asheville while exploring the city on foot, take a self-guided walking tour on the Urban Trail. The 1.7-mile loop starts downtown at Pack Square and features 30 stations in total with sculptural markers detailing historic moments from the city’s past.
Asheville embraced the salt cave trend, offering a variety of options in and around the city. Asheville Salt Cave & Spa, Shoji Spa & Lodge and The Salt Spa of Asheville offer salt therapies as well as massage and other spa treatments.
For a unique experience, book a tour with Asheville Wellness Tours. The tour company offers a variety of options including yoga hikes, forest bathing, urban wellness tours, mobile massage and private group yoga.
A visit to Asheville isn’t complete without experiencing the city’s booming beer scene. Several of the city’s best breweries host events combining beer and fitness. Archetype Brewing, located in West Asheville, hosts a weekly yoga class. Hi-Wire Brewing and One World Brewing West both offer hour-long weekly runs. All fitness levels are welcome. Highland Brewing Co. offers two weekly fitness options: hip-hop classes and a running club.
Asheville delights diners with its many award-winning restaurants specializing in farm-to-table, seasonal fare. Check out Rhubarb or The Market Place for seasonally driven, regional dishes. Vegan and vegetarian restaurants like Laughing Seed Café and Rosetta’s Kitchen prove popular among both locals and tourists.
Don’t leave Asheville without visiting the Biltmore Estate. The historic house museum opens daily for tours. In addition to the house, gardens and grounds, enjoy an on-site winery and shopping, dining and an exhibition village. Three lodging options include The Inn on Biltmore Estate. Take advantage of the property’s on-site spa with massage, skin care and beauty treatments for a rejuvenating experience.
Whatever your goals, Asheville has something to ensure you return home rested and rejuvenated.
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.
By Hainan Airlines
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.