Couple the most wonderful time of the year with your family travel at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, which will transform into a winter wonderful for the holiday season. Festive decorations debut Nov. 12, including a nightly light show synchronized to holiday music, animatronics singing festive tunes, visits from Santa’s reindeer, horse-drawn sleigh rides around the property, holiday cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, s’mores and seasonal toppings, an Elf on the Shelf D.I.Y. scavenger hunt, letter writing to Santa with a dedicated mailbox, ornament decorating, and, of course, visits from Santa Claus himself. There’s plenty to keep your family entertained and in the holiday spirit!
“We are thrilled to welcome guests to experience the magic of the holiday season at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa,” said Brian Morris, director of sales and marketing, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “Each year we have the joy of cultivating experiences, creating lasting memories, and spreading holiday cheer throughout the resort. We are excited to introduce even more exciting experiences this year that will give guests the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season.”
The resort’s Rivertop restaurant becomes The Arctic Lodge serving holiday-themed cocktails and treats. For adults, alcoholic options include Fizz Navidad and Treat Yo’Elf Frozen Peppermint Martini. For the kids, there’s hot cocoa and apple cider, and all ages enjoy menu items like pumpkin cherry bread and candied pecan popcorn.
Families can book the Hill Country Wonderland Suite, decked out with a decorated Christmas tree, stockings over the fireplace, garland, wreaths and a record player with holiday music. Book online for stays Nov. 11–Dec. 30, using code HO9.
As the new year quickly approaches, family travelers are busy making lots of plans for a year of great travel and a healthier 2024. And what better way to combine the two than with a beautiful hike through nature at one of California’s most beloved state parks?
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.
Last month, Comfort Hotels, part of Choice Hotels brand, unveiled its first Rise & Shine prototype, a game-changer for family travelers seeking safe, comfortable and fun stays on the road. The new Rise & Shine was revealed in the opening of Comfort Inn & Suites in Mountain Grove, Missouri, located near Mark Twain National Forest.
When the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., sent its three pandas to China in November, it left only one other U.S. zoo with these fascinating animals. Families now must travel to Atlanta to see pandas, but even those will soon return to China.
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.
If you haven’t heard of Light & Nine, you’ve been missing out on great travel gear designed by a mom with kids in mind. The line of duffels with side shoe compartments, roller bags, backpacks and garment bags come in fun colors including Blossom Pink and Bistro Green. Made from easy-to-care-for perforated materials, they also come with Nimix characters and motifs, so your small travelers can customize their travel gear with movable/removable icons ranging from race cars to rocket ships, skateboards to paper dolls, rainbows to unicorns.