Celebrate Earth Day in Carmel-by-the-Sea on April 22, presented by California’s City Chamber of Commerce and Central Coast Community Energy. Discover local green programs, products and incentives while participating in a tree-planting ceremony and volunteering and participating in activities with Carmel Youth Center.
One of the West Coast’s largest and longest-running Earth Day events, the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival takes place April 29–30. Santa Barbara is known for its strong commitment to the environment and the festival offers a variety of ways to show gratitude for the planet.
In March, La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara unveiled the Grace Fisher Foundation’s Inclusive Arts Clubhouse, a place where children of all ages and abilities can participate in a variety of creative activities such as art and music.
Until April 30, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History showcases the Bay of Life exhibition, highlighting the beauty of Monterey Bay through works of art. Displays include extraordinary images alongside maps, archival photos and interpretive text from National Geographic photographer-writer team Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom. Bay of Life also showcases the wonders of the Monterey Bay landscape, from mountain lions and peregrine falcons to salmon, whales and elephant seals. It also celebrates the remarkable recovery of damaged ecosystems.
Island Packers recently received a 10-year concessions contract by the National Park Service to provide year-round boat transportation services from Ventura to five islands in the Channel Islands National Park. The contract focuses on sustainability improvements, including converting boats to diesel/electric hybrid transmissions with solar-charged batteries.
Sea Otter Classic, April 20–23, is a four-day “Celebration of Cycling” that has gained a reputation as the world’s biggest cycling festival. This event offers a perfect blend of recreational biking, competitive cycling, a festival atmosphere, expo and fun. The extravaganza caters to all ages and draws in 71,000 cycling enthusiasts from all over the globe.
The first-ever Natural Coast Wine Fest showcases Central Coast wine producers in Santa Barbara on Earth Day (April 22). The festival is held at Satellite, a natural wine bar and vegetarian restaurant owned by festival organizer Drew Cuddy. The unique event is the first of its kind to highlight natural wine producers in California and will feature up to 60 producer
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
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.
While the United States offers a plethora of bike-friendly destinations, a recent study by personal injury law firm Bader Scott found some counties across the country are far more dangerous than others. Family travelers might be surprised to find many lie in popular vacation states.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
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.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.