Preparing meals from locally sourced ingredients has gone to another level of sustainability with hotels and resorts now growing own food on site. Farm-to-table culinary practices are a trending amenity in top hotels and resorts across the country.
Guests of the Fairmount in San Francisco, California, enjoy the hotel’s 1,000-square-foot rooftop garden and numerous honeybee apiaries. With many of the hotel-grown herbs found on the bar menu, the award-winning honey is predominantly featured in salad dressings and afternoon tea service. Guests meander through the garden, or enjoy from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the rooftop pavilion.
Cape May’s Congress Hall hotel operates the protected wetlands garden, Beach Plum Farm, just over a mile from the hotel. The 62-acre farm provides Congress Hall’s kitchen with pesticide-free vegetables, fruit, honey and eggs. Hotel guests enjoy homemade pizza sauce from the hotel’s tomato garden and can join in honeycomb spinning and digging for sweet potatoes.
The state of Vermont has always been synonymous with wholesome farm-to-table practices, and Woodstock Inn and Resort does not disappoint. With just more than two acres of gardens, this upscale inn boasts beautiful views of the on-site mushroom glen, fruit orchards and more than 200 varieties of vegetables.
Escape to Belle Mont Farm, a Caribbean resort boasting farm-to-table cuisine, charm and accommodations. Kick back in the guesthouse, villa or charming farmhouse with Caribbean Sea views. Enjoy homegrown cuisine and fresh organic produce from Belle Mont’s lush 400-acre farm.
Bring the family — including pets — and relax at the Mountain Goat Lodge. Located just outside of Salida, Colo., the Mountain Goat Lodge provides the ultimate farm experience boasting unbeatable views of the Sawatch Mountain Range. Visit the on-site dairy goats, providing the lodge’s milk, cheese and yogurt. Take a class with the family and learn how to make cheese right from the source.
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 …