In a recent survey by Orbitz, 63 percent of millennial travelers said the hotel amenity they’d like to see more of is plants in hotel rooms. The same number said they seek plant-filled spaces and activities on vacation, including parks and botanical gardens.
Heeding that call, Orbitz collaborated with Garfield Park Conservatory and The Kimpton Gray, Chicago to create the first plant pop-up hotel. Act fast, as this stay is only bookable on Orbitz.com during National Indoor Plant Week, Sept. 16–20.
Squeeze in your last-minute booking now for a plant-loving stay later. Choose from 10 plant-themed rooms, inspired by the Garfield Park Conservatory. Rooms are available Oct. 18–20.
Beginning at $368 per night, guests opt for a king deluxe or queen deluxe room. The space will be filled with Aroids, a wild plant found growing on floor of the rainforest.
The Desert House
Beginning at $368 per night, guests choose between a king deluxe or queen deluxe room featuring a wide array of cacti and succulents.
Sugar from the Sun
Beginning at $368 per night, guests enjoy king deluxe rooms with the scent of fruit-bearing plants and trees filling the space, including vanilla orchids.
Chicago Room: The Fern Room
Choose between a king spa or king deluxe room, $368–563 per night. Your room will be filled with lush ferns native to the verdant, prehistoric landscape of Chicago.
Choose between a king spa or king deluxe room for $368–563 per night. This room includes lush palms and plants native to tropical habitats around the world.
Each room features beautiful, living amenities that represent GPC’s mission to educate on diverse flora and inspire exploration. Walk around the room like it is your own greenhouse, reading plant-identification labels and learning more about the stunning in-room conservatory.
The plant-themed amenities don’t stop there. Guests will also be treated to green juices, aloe face masks and daily care instructions for hotel guests.
For those staying Oct. 18, guestrooms include a VIP Greenery experience. Enjoy your tickets to FLEUROTICA, the yearly fashion event at Garfield Park Conservatory. Read more about the annual show here and the inspiration from local greenery in Chicago’s own lush backyard.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.