Whether looking for last-minute gifts for your active family, or just something to keep those New Year’s resolutions alive, a smart watch could be just the thing. We know what you’re thinking … they look like a spy kid, but with our growing dependency on tech and the need to stay connected, many smartwatch brands step up to the function-meets-fashion plate.
Check out these stylish looks for multipurpose use for fitness, travel, staying connected with the kids, business and everything in between — spoiler, there’s no Apple Watch on this list.
If you like the square face, definitely a smartwatch look of an Apple Watch, but with a fashionable twist, the Fitbit Versa is perfect. With Bluetooth built in, round-the-clock heart rate tracker, room for hundreds of songs and a variety of health and wellness tools, this watch is for the fitness-focused traveler or anyone in your family vowing to take more steps in 2020.
Fashion and Function
With the face of an analog watch and the heart of a smartphone, Garmin’s vívomove HR is for your active family member. With subtle displays of your heart rate, distance, steps, stress tracking and more, this watch is a discreet, functional and timeless piece you can wear (nearly) anywhere. Just a fun fact, you can never wear smartwatches to important events like weddings.
Mix and Match
Fossil’s smartwatches kind of nailed a blend of subtle fitness tracking with classic timepiece look — the best of both worlds for your picky family. With hybrid options and sport-dedicated styles, Fossil offers part digital, part analog faces, full analog with digital capabilities and fully customizable digital faces with a slew of band options. You can basically build your own smartwatch with Fossil, perfect for your fickle teens and choosey adult children. And yourself, why not? It’s the holidays!
PLANNING A VACATION TO FRENCH POLYNESIA, the Cook Islands or Fiji? Lucky you! While you really can’t go wrong with any of these exotic locales that beckon with white-sand beaches, mornings spent listening to soothing water lapping your bungalow, and immersion excursions with some of the world’s most amazing flora and fauna, not all islands are created equally.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
During the pandemic we had weddings postponed and trips canceled. I anxiously awaited my daughter’s test results, who made it safely home from Barcelona and into quarantine. Many of us can fill in the blanks with similar stories about how we’ve had to adjust, accept and change plans.
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.
Looking for stops to add to your next adventure? Consider taking the family to an aquarium, where you can get close and interact with multiple different species of sea creatures and even participate in once-in-a-lifetime experiences.