Head to The Westin St. Francis this holiday season for your family travel getaway. The San Francisco hotel offers family travelers an array of holiday programming.
Created by executive pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdré, the massive rotating holiday display will be revealed in the hotel’s lobby Nov. 23. At 12 feet tall, the castle weighs more than 1,200 pounds and features more than 20 circular towers. The castle is on display through Jan. 2, 2023.
Located in the lobby, the seasonal sweet shop will offer a selection of freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men, holiday Parisian macarons and other treats. The shop will be open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Nov. 26–Dec. 18.
POP! Lounge is a pop-up Champagne bar off the lobby. The menu features Champagne, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and small bites. Rotating DJs provide the music. The lounge is open 1–7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12–6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26–Dec. 18.
Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy breakfast with St. Nick himself Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. The experience includes photos with Santa, a breakfast buffet with mimosas for the adults and a holiday-themed craft. The experience costs $90 for adults and $65 for children. Reserve your spot.
St. Francis Holiday Tea
Take part in special holiday afternoon tea service Dec. 10–11 and 17–18, 1:30–3:30 p.m. The service includes a selection of tea sandwiches, petit fours and freshly baked scones accompanied with seasonal berries, preserves and Devonshire-blend cream. Pricing starts at $85 per person.
Dollie + Me Holiday Tea
Join Kit & Sis for an afternoon of tea, crafting and holiday fun Dec. 17–18, 12–2 p.m. Enjoy a doll-themed craft accompanied by assorted teas or glass of Champagne for adults, hot chocolate, tea sandwiches and sweet treats. Recommended for children ages 5 and older. Pricing starts at $90 per person. Reserve your spot.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
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.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.