Bee tourism — called apitourism — is the new way to get your travel buzz. During past travels, you may have already experienced a honey-based massage or sipped a glass of delicate mead crafted from fermented honey. Now you can sweeten your expeditions with a bee-based adventure.
These global expeditions take travelers to corners of the world where beekeeping is not only an art and a science, but also an important component to survival and economic growth.
Home to the Carniolan bee, Slovenia’s apitourism sector is already well developed. In fact, it’s the first country to certify apitourism providers, and currently boasts more than 10,000 beekeepers, 12,500 apiaries and around 170,000 beehive colonies. There’s even an official Beekeeping Route for cyclists in Bohinj, and a countrywide tourism path to help bee enthusiasts plan a trip. In Žirovnica, taste honey wine and discover honey perfumes, and meet beekeeping pioneer Anton Janša. In historic Radovljica, visit the Museum of Apiculture and participate in a traditional honeybread workshop at Lectar restaurant.
Honey tastings and apitherapy treatments at Ambrožič beekeeping can be enjoyed in Bled, along with shopping for honey products at Bled Castle. Walk the Panoramic Beekeeping Route in Gorje, and then dine on the honey menu at Restaurant Pr’Jagru. In the ski resort town of Kranjska Gora, discover the honey garden created by a master beekeeper, and take part in a pollen tasting at Toni Beekeeping.
In Kozjak, you can spend a night in an apiary cabin run by “apitherapeuts” certified by the Slovenian Beekeepers Association. Guests can fall asleep to the music of buzzing bees, enjoy a massage with domestic floral honey or experience inhalation therapy, breathing in apiary air to reduce stress and benefit respiratory ailments.
Apitourism is catching on beyond Slovenia, as well. An 11-day Beekeepers Safari organized by Bees for Development will take participants to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to experience tropical beekeeping and to learn about the diets of European and Africanized honeybees. There’s also a 12-day safari to Western Uganda, where local beekeepers will share how beekeeping has positively impacted communities. The trip even includes tours to explore the country’s closed canopy forests.
In Northwest Pennsylvania’s Erie County, Erie Beekeeping invites visitors to their bee yards for demonstrations, presentations and to learn how to manage and perform a honey extraction. At Carmel Valley Ranch in California, guests (including kids) can take part in A Bee’s Life experience while donning a beekeeper’s suit, touring the gardens, plants and pollinators, meeting the Italian honeybee residents, learning hive science and tasting the honey produced by the ranch’s resident bees.
PLANNING A VACATION TO FRENCH POLYNESIA, the Cook Islands or Fiji? Lucky you! While you really can’t go wrong with any of these exotic locales that beckon with white-sand beaches, mornings spent listening to soothing water lapping your bungalow, and immersion excursions with some of the world’s most amazing flora and fauna, not all islands are created equally.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN in America offers a time to savor the last precious moments of summer against the countryside’s mosaic of reds, yellows, oranges and purples. Before long, the chill of winter will enter the air and the trees will grow barren. This is not news to most of us. Indeed, leaf peeping has become ubiquitous. Most states have 24-hour toll-free hotlines to keep you informed of nature’s progress ... and then there’s the traffic. It seems the entire population of New York City and Boston climbs behind the wheels of cars on congested New England roadways. Thus we’ve tried to avoid the mainstream routes so you can truly appreciate the kaleidoscopic splendor. After all, a fall foliage road trip provides more than a mere drive. It also incorporates picking apples, tasting cider and hot doughnuts and leaving your vehicle behind to take a much-needed scenic walk to a lonely waterfall, where autumn’s colors reflect off the water.
The cruise industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
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.