It’s been a long day.
That sentence, usually uttered at the close of a particularly challenging day, takes on a different meaning in June when we celebrate summer solstice, the day each year when the axial tilt of Earth is most inclined toward the sun, giving us the most hours of daylight.
Summer solstice has been cause for celebration throughout the ages. Ancient Egyptians associated the solstice with abundance and fertility. Romans paid homage to Vesta, goddess of the hearth, while early Chinese cultures marked the date by honoring the earth, femininity and the life force yin. Early tribal people in northern and central Europe welcomed the start of summer with bonfires, a tradition that continues to this day. Based on the positioning of structures built by Mayans and Aztecs, archaeologists believe they too marked the solstice in some significant way.
Today, the longest day of the year is also the first official day of summer and the start of the vacation travel season — and we have plenty of suggestions. Take the family to Fiji or kick back in Monterrey, Mexico. Doing business in Scottsdale? Save time for a round or two of golf. Seek adventure in Costa Rica; take a day off in Hong Kong or party ’til the sun comes up in Edinburgh.
Wherever your plans take you this summer, be sure to enjoy every single minute of every single day.
The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.
Tauck announced plans to fully restart its U.S. tours by July 1. Departures of the Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston tour have already begun, with other popular tours across the country relaunching in the coming months. Check the Open for Travel page for information on specific tour departures.
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