NASCAR kids and race-car loving teens will feel right at home during a session with Formula Experiences this spring. At the Virginia International Raceway & Resort, guests can observe, ride along and even drive actual 2018 racecars around the track.
The motor-heads in your family can stay at the resort while playing FIA pro and experience the power behind the wheel — just like a Formula One and IndyCar racecar driver.
Make it a weekend trip staying in a luxury villa, conveniently located within earshot of the racetrack for an elevated racing experience. If you want to be closer to the action, opt for a pit lane room along the raceway — either way, your family will be completely immersed in the racing world from start to finish.
Formula Experiences offer memorable family trips and bonding with heart-pounding speed the kids won’t soon forget, and time spent with comfort food in the relaxing Virginia countryside. With easy access to the track and pro-driving guidance, hit the road by day and enjoy gourmet southern fare by night. Check out the full list of experiences and choose the most thrilling options for your family.
If the kids need more speed, join them to go-kart race or on the motocross track. If the racecars, go-karts and dirt bikes aren’t exactly your speed, unwind with a spa treatment at the resort.
If you just want to call shotgun on this one, book a ride along and experience up to
140 mph speeds around the track. Book a ride by day or opt for a unique, one-of-a-kind night ride. If you have driven before and know your way around the track, there is a more advanced option for you. Check out the various sessions here and see which best fits your family, skill level and interests.
While large areas of Colorado are experiencing exponential growth with far too many trees being clear-cut (it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country), it’s still the home for great businesses striving to make the world a little greener. Those businesses include Sherpani, creators of women’s day bags, backpacks and travel bags, including a line of sophisticated, beautifully crafted items made from recycled plastic.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
My youngest daughter and I arrived from Barcelona on the high-speed AVE train (in less than three hours) and entered Westin Palace Madrid in time for the Sunday Opera Brunch — which takes place under the stained-glass cupola of La Rotonda, where daily breakfast and cocktails are served. I’d heard about this event on several occasions when I toured the hotel in 2015, and when my granddaughter and I stayed there in 2017.