While a mention of Napa Valley may just manifest a longing for a world-class glass of wine, the small town of Yountville in Northern California is also a perfect location for a relaxing spa-centric getaway. At the airy North Block Hotel on Washington Street (the main boulevard), the intimate Francis & Alexander Spa at North Block Hotel is located below street level, and offers a number of signature treatments that include Un-Corked. The 50-minute therapy is an indulgent foot and back exfoliation with freshly ground grape seeds, and a massage that combines the use of fingertips and corks. The hotel boasts Mediterranean architecture with elegant, beautifully appointed rooms opening to a central, fountained courtyard with a fireplace. Each of the 20 guestrooms (some with private fireplaces) features either a private balcony (upper level) or terrace (lower level), oversized bathrooms with heated floors, deep soaking tubs and separate rain showers, mini-fridges and espresso machines. A gated pool and hot tub open to the Napa Valley sky offers incentive for a swim and stargazing. On-site dining includes Redd Wood by acclaimed chef Richard Reddington. The menu offers handcrafted pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas, plenty of wine choices and a selection of artisan cocktails.
The lineup of tasting rooms in Yountville includes Stewart Cellars, conveniently located directly across the street from North Block. The family-owned and -operated small-batch winery features a central property of imposing stone buildings with a new Tasting Hall with soaring ceilings and sweeping, horseshoe-shaped tasting bar; plus a beamed Nomad Heritage Library with a terrace, gigantic wood-burning fireplace and an interior ambience that conjures an Old World explorer’s club. Relax and enjoy a private tasting from the collection of library vintages with Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and NOMAD Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon, served up with cheeses and tasty small bites. Stewart Cellars also offers a Wine Club so you can get curated deliveries wherever you happen to be located. Reservations for tastings are required, but feel free to stop by the café counter at your leisure. Chef Sarah Heller serves up light to-go meals, fresh juices, delectable salads and fresh, yummy Belgium waffles.
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.
Turkish Airlines resumed its premium onboard dining and hot meal service on all business- and economy-class flights longer than two hours and 15 minutes. The resumption of service is in accordance with all health and hygiene applications.
Denver’s The Source Hotel offers its new Passport Program. Overnight guests receive The Source Passport at check-in and from there can enjoy restaurants and retail establishments across The Source Hotel + Market Hall with exclusive discounts. Exclusive discounts are available at The Woods, Safta, Reunion Bread, Beet & Yarrow, Melted and more.
Audi of America announced it is now the official, exclusive automotive partner of 1 Hotels in the United States, with locations in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. As 1 Hotels is a mission-driven, nature-inspired hotel brand with sustainability at its core, the Audi e-tron will make a fitting Official Electric Vehicle for them. The Audi e-tron will serve as the house car, shuttling and chauffeuring guests, through 2023. Additionally, 1 Hotels curated local excursions for guests to enjoy Audi e-tron test drive experiences at each of the hotels.
On April 2, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport opened a new Sensory Room, introduced to mark World Autism Awareness Day. The Sensory Room is designed to reduce the stress of travel for those with neurological or development disabilities.
JetBlue announced more details of its “plan to shake up the trans-Atlantic market” by bringing a whole new level of service and comfort for customers who want a great experience at a low fare.