Reasons To Travel This Summer
With baseball games, big-budget movies and barbecues in full swing, you don’t need us to tell you that summer is here. But there comes a time when the local cineplex and backyard parties just aren’t cutting it — and that’s where this lineup of extreme excitement comes in. From luxurious lounge sessions in Lake Tahoe to critter cuddling in Chengdu, there are just so many reasons to break from the norm this season. Forbes Travel Guide offers 50 that will keep you busy.
Try Tropical Adventures
A boutique Mexican beach resort with a glamorous twist, Hotel Esencia hits all the adventurous high notes. Whether you want to snorkel with sea turtles, horseback ride along the Caribbean Sea or try your hand at kiteboarding, this Riviera Maya retreat delivers.
Dance the Night Away
If you think September’s KAABOO Festival (Kings of Leon, comedy shows and craft cocktail displays) is packed, wait until you see the goodie-stuffed (VIP tickets, $200 resort credit and more) overnight offer that Five-Star (and host hotel) Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego has for revelers.
Have a Private Bonfire
Santa Rosa Beach is absolutely stunning during the day. Though Four-Star WaterColor Inn’s sunset and after-sunset bonfires show the sands and shoreline in a different light, the scene is no less attractive.
Visit London to Sample the Amalfi Coast
Thanks to Four-Star The Berkeley transforming its gorgeous rooftop garden to La Dolce Vita, a beautifully lush area filled with yellow-and-white-striped sunbeds, lemon trees and ever-flowing Bellinis, London’s gotten a lot closer to coastal Italy.
Experience Philly’s Finer Side
Whether you’re in the City of Brotherly Love for a classic stay (Four-Star The Rittenhouse celebrates its 30th year) or all-new experience (the August-opening Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia), you’ll find it here this summer.
Feast in Singapore
As if there weren’t enough to taste in this culinary destination, the Singapore Food Festival arrives July 12 to 28. The fest cooks up a plethora of events, from a vegan street food crawl to demonstrations showing how to make kueh, traditional bite-sized sweets. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore hosts its own classes to teach you how to prepare authentic food (popiah, laksa, Hainanese chicken rice) and craft cocktails.
Take Your Appetite to Montana
Though it’s best know for horseback riding, hot-air ballooning and nature hiking, Four-Star The Resort at Paws Up shows off its culinary side with barbecuing classes (July 12-14), celebrity chef-driven meals (Brooke Williamson, Aug. 24) and fly-fishing feasts (Aug. 30-Sept. 1).
Lounge in Lakefront Luxury
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Summer Luxury Package comes with a $45,000 price tag, but promises a memorable summer with a private plane ride, a personal house car, an in-suite mixology class, a chef’s table dinner for six and more.
Party in the Mountains
To commemorate Sundance Mountain Resort’s 50th anniversary, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended escape is having an all-day party on August 22 that’ll be filled with giveaways, games, live music, food trucks and half-off scenic lift rides.
Look to the Sky in Vancouver
We don’t know if we’re more excited about Vancouver’s Honda Celebration of Light (July 27 and 31, Aug. 3), the longest-running off-shore fireworks festival in the world, or the fact that the wondrous displays are just a 10-minute ride from our Four-Star Fairmont Hotel Vancouver room.
Day-trip to Italian Wine Country
If you think the regal Villa Spalletti Trivelli is breathtaking (and it is), just wait until you take the two-hour day trip from Rome to Umbria this summer to the family’s winery. Beyond touring the 7.4-acre vineyard, you’ll also taste the organic wines and have a four-course meal.
Live the Hamptons High Life
Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina, the recently opened sister property to Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, will dazzle vacationers this summer with a Montauk property loaded with 107 maritime-inspired guest rooms, the Pool Club, Waterfront Ballroom and a buzzy restaurant, Showfish.