From sea to shining sea — California to Massachusetts — junior landscapers or even anyone without a green thumb who just admires a get-away-from-it-all setting can set their sights on some of the country’s most impressive hotel gardens.
Mirbeau Plymouth, Mass.
No need to book a ticket to France to take a Monet-like trek through a Giverny-like garden. Not too far from colonial living village Plimouth Plantation, the Impressionist’s world comes to life at Mirbeau, with a green footbridge and water lilies. The French manor vibe is inspired inside as well, with replicas of the painter’s works hanging throughout the halls and guestrooms. Don’t miss the cave spa and deep-tissue massages.
The Parker, Palm Springs, Calif.
Designers inside and outside collaborated for the Parker’s 14 acres of lusciousness, conceived imaging a “Mrs. Parker,” a fictional owner with eccentric tastes. Hammocks that swing from date palm trees, croquet courts and Moroccan lanterns come courtesy of landscape architect Judy Kameon and interior designer Jonathan Adler. Take advantage of the California climate with a series of private nooks surrounded by plants and artfully arranged fire pits.
Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Well-known for its fountain show, the Bellagio is a green Shangri-La in its own right. The manmade lake and its dancing water are complemented by plants and flowers on the property, including the Conservatory. Showcasing rare flowers, oversized plants, water exhibits and floral arrangements under skylights, the gardens (including a butterfly habitat) are worth a visit any time of year.
Four Seasons the Biltmore, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Appropriately, the gardens at this retreat were designed by landscape architect Lockwood deForest. Dating to 1927, the giant yuccas, cypress trees and camphor (including one fig tree from the 1800s) are maintained by a two-to-one gardener per acre ratio. Guestrooms come with a map for self-guided botanical walking tours.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn, Albuquerque, N.M.
Kitchen gardens abound at Los Poblanos, a 20-room inn on 25 acres of organic farmland and lavender fields. Volunteer to harvest the flowers alongside the farmer or buy spa products with essential oils. Enjoy lavender honey daily at breakfast.
Wheatleigh, Lenox, Mass.
Twenty-two acres of landscaped gardens are up for a nice stroll at Wheatleigh, nestled in the heart of the Berkshires in bucolic Massachusetts. Absorb a 16th-century-style Florentine palazzo at the 1893 luxury hotel, designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead of Central Park fame. The secluded garden pool is a can’t-miss highlight.
Glenmere Mansion, Chester, N.Y.
Italy comes to the Hudson Valley at Glenmere, 150 acres designed by Beatrix Ferrard, one of America’s first female landscape architects. The homage to the Old Country’s traditional gardens has recently been restored to its original glory.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
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.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
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.
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 …