10 Can't-Miss Events This Summer
Stay everywhere but still this summer. From music festivals in the mountains to family getaways at the beach, Hilton’s 12 brands will be there to help you play as hard as you work this summer. Here are the 10 can’t-miss events of the summer.
Jazz Age Lawn Party (Governors Island, NY)
Live out your Gatsby fantasies — and dress the part in your finest flapper attire — at this Prohibition-style gathering. Where else could you do the Charleston to a live band with a cocktail in hand just 10 minutes (by ferry) from Manhattan?
Mark your calendar: June 13-14 and Aug. 15-16, 2015960 1280
Disneyland's 60th Anniversary (Anaheim, CA)
There’s never been a better time to say, “I’m going to Disneyland!” In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Disney has upped the ante with an all-new fireworks show featuring pyrotechnics you have to see to believe, an innovative glow-in-the-dark parade and more.
Mark your calendar: Starting May 22, 2015960 1280
Maine Lobster Festival (Rockland, ME)
It wouldn’t be summer in New England without a lot of lobster, and Rockland’s annual festival brings 20,000 pounds of it! Besides stuffing your face for 5 days, you can take in a parade, the “sea goddess” coronation and the annual crate race (where participants run across lobster crates floating in the water).
Mark your calendar: July 29-Aug. 2, 2015960 1280
Opera House Cup/Nantucket Race Week (Nantucket Island, MA)
Sailing enthusiasts will recognize the annual Opera House Cup as the first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boat regatta — and what made Nantucket a sailing hub on the East Coast — but it’s the awards party that’s considered the “event of the season.” Guests toss back a few oysters and Dark ’n’ Stormy cocktails before dancing to live music on the beach.
Mark your calendar: Aug. 13-16, 2015960 1280
US Open (University Place, WA)
All eyes will be on 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, who is fresh off his Masters victory, at this year’s US Open at Chambers Bay golf course. They’ll also be on the unpredictable coastal winds as the championship heads to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in its 120-year history.
Mark your calendar: June 18-21, 2015960 1280
Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)
Of all the summer music festivals, why pick this one? Simply put, we don’t think Bonnaroo can be beat. The annual 4-day festival — whose eclectic lineup of headliners this year includes Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, and Florence and the Machine — always draws the best fans, who camp out in “tent city” or pimped-out RVs on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee.
Mark your calendar: June 11-14, 2015960 1280
Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC)
For 17 glorious days and nights, music reverberates from the city of Charleston’s theaters, churches and green spaces, making this one of the largest performing-arts festivals in the US. Modeled after an event in Spoleto, Italy, that was founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, the festivities will include a brand-new production of Romeo and Juliet and close with a beer garden, a fireworks display and a performance by the 7-piece soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
Mark your calendar: May 22-June 7, 2015960 1280
Wanderlust in Squaw Valley (North Lake Tahoe, CA)
If a music festival with a side of “mindful living” is more your speed than constant partying, Wanderlust brings a wonderful combination of daily yoga practice, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding and farm-to-table eats. If you’re unable to make it to Squaw Valley, there are also festivals this summer in, among other places, Snowshoe, WV, and Whistler, British Columbia, each tailored to its unique host location.
Mark your calendar: July 16-19, 2015960 1280
Cheyenne Frontier Days (Cheyenne, WY)
If you’re looking for a family affair, look no further than the slice of Americana known as Cheyenne Frontier Days. The world’s largest outdoor rodeo also plays host to musical acts such as country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, parades, the US Air Force Thunderbirds, a carnival and more.
Mark your calendar: July 17-26, 2015960 1280
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (Sonoma, CA)
Cap off your summer with a Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, a Labor Day tradition. Kick things off Friday night poolside at the iconic Francis Ford Coppola Winery, dining and dancing under the stars. Then get a Taste of Sonoma thanks to 60 local chefs and over 200 wineries at the historic MacMurray Estate Vineyards where wine tours, expert pairings and a blind tasting are on offer.
Mark your calendar: Sept. 4-6, 2015960 1280
Alpine MeadowsGuests at Alpine Meadows have the option of skiing on the resort’s 2,400-acre estate with 13 different lifts and a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. Alpine Meadows is known for its quality and variety of terrain, ranging from beginner to advanced trails. And with 402 inches of annual snowfall, this resort often has the longest snow season among the Lake Tahoe ski resorts. 960 1280
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake TahoeGuests can cozy up to the 55-foot-tall granite fireplace in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. This resort has large rooms (some with views of the sweeping mountain vistas), comfy beds and rustic furnishings. Enjoy decadent dining options, including French-Californian fusion restaurant Manzanita, headed by chef Traci Des Jardins. 960 1280
Kirkwood Mountain ResortKirkwood Mountain Resort offers an array of condo and townhouse-style lodging. Guests have the choice of making reservations at 6 different lodges, including Timber Ridge, Lost Cabin, Meadowstone Lodge and Snow Crest Lodge. Keep the kids busy! The Ski & Ride program, available at the resort, includes Mini Rippers and Mini Gnome introductory programs to teach children how ski and snowboard. 960 1280
Village at Squaw ValleyThe Village at Squaw Valley isn’t just a place to stay, it’s also the center of a European-style village with an array of shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Guests can stay in a standard room or a 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom suite with amenities, including full-service Trilogy Day Spa, children’s game room, whirlpool spas and dry saunas. 960 1280
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and CasinoThe Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, nestled within the Sierra Mountain range, is a AAA Four Diamond hotel that offers guests a relaxing stay. Take a cruise on one of their private boats, get a deep-tissue massage in the world-class Stillwater Spa, tempt Lady Luck at the Grand Lodge Casino and sip on hot-buttered rum or hot chocolate near a warm pit fire after day of skiing. 960 1280
Harrah's Lake TahoeStay in a luxurious suite at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel. Guests have easy access to the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Cliché Lounge, Reflections the Spa, Lulu Hair Design Salon, Peek Nightclub, the hotel’s domed indoor pool, casino, 7 restaurants and a lot more. The 18-story hotel tower offers ski packages to area resorts, including Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl and Boreal. 960 1280
Heavenly Mountain ResortGo skiing and snowboarding at the Heavenly Mountain Resort. Overlooking Lake Tahoe, this resort offers skiing and snowboarding lessons at 3 different levels -- beginners, intermediate and expert -- for sports enthusiasts of all ages. In the spring or summer, we recommend taking a short walk to South Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Marina, the beach, Heavenly ski gondola and the Village Shopping Center. 960 1280
Squaw Valley LodgeSquaw Valley Lodge is a 4-season condominium resort located on the slopes of the Sierra Mountains. Visitors vacationing in this winter playground can go skiing, ice skating, tubing, hiking or biking. Guests can easily walk or ski to Squaw’s village to shop or dine. 960 1280
Resort at Squaw ValleyConde Nast Traveler magazine ranked the Resort at Squaw Valley in the top 50 ski hotels in North America because of its hospitality and full-service amenities. One of the perks for families with kids is the Mountain Buddies, a comprehensive children’s program that offers everything from nature hikes and sliding down the resort’s 120-foot waterslide to playing broom ball and cross-country skiing on private trails. 960 1280
Sierra-at-Tahoe ResortRise to new heights and experience snowboarding and tree skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Local pro athletes, like Robby Franco, Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman -- have graced the slopes, parks and pipes at this ski resort. Guests can also stay active with multiple weekly and monthly events hosted by the resort, including themed ski weeks (e.g. College Week), ski camps, wine tastings and live concerts. 960 1280
Mt. Rose Ski TahoeThis 1,200-acre resort is located about 30 miles south of Reno, NV. Despite the name, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is actually on the slopes of Slide Mountain rather than Mt. Rose, which is on the other side of Nevada State Route 431. In addition to ski and snowboarding lessons, Mt. Rose also offers a freestyle ski training program for skiers, ages 9 to 12, to learn the correct techniques in terrain park pipes, upright aerial jumping and how to ski on the mountain in all conditions. 960 1280
Cedar House Sport HotelGuests will enjoy staying at this cozy-yet-chic hotel, which also happens to be pet-friendly. The hotel staff at Cedar House Sport Hotel welcomes your 4-legged friend with treats, beds, bowls and other perks for your pooch. In addition to these unique amenities, the hotel showcases rooms with an eclectic mix of contemporary design; the hotel was built using unrefined and recyclable materials. 960 1280
DreamlinerFirst Dreamliner Commercial Flight
All Nippon Airways (ANA) piloted the first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Tokyo’s Narita airport to Hong Kong on Oct. 26. The world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction made its debut after years of delays and billions of dollars spent over budget. The inaugural flight was filled with aviation enthusiasts who paid thousands of dollars for a seat and raved about the plane’s amenities. 960 1280
Hurricane IreneHurricane Irene Shuts Down East Coast
Hurricane Irene came ashore at North Carolina on Aug. 27 as a Category 1 storm. The huge, slow-moving tempest traveled up 1,100 miles of US coastline, leaving a trail of destruction resulting in 45 deaths and losses of up to $7 billion. The severe weather crippled travel along the East Coast, where more than 10,000 flights were cancelled, much of Amtrak’s service between Washington, DC, and Boston was suspended and many highways were closed. 960 1280
Arab SpringArab Spring
On Jan. 25, Arab Spring uprisings spread from Tunisia and other North African countries to Egypt, culminating in the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak 17 days later. While Egyptians rejoiced at the peaceful coup, the fallout crippled the tourism industry, the country’s largest source of revenue and jobs. Even as tourists began to return to landmarks such as the Pyramids at Giza and Cairo’s Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, Egyptians again took to the streets in November, protesting the interim military government. 960 1280
Flip CamCisco Ceases Production of the Flip Video Camera
On April 12, Cisco announced that it was ceasing production of the Flip video recorder, a device that revolutionized the digital video camera market and became the trusty companion of travel bloggers worldwide. Cisco purchased Pure Digital Technology Inc., the inventor of Flip, in a $590 million deal in 2009. 960 1280
Earthquake and TsunamiEarthquake and Tsunami Hit Japan
On Friday, Mar. 10, Japan’s eastern coast was rocked by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, then slammed by a ferocious 23-foot tsunami. The initial disaster killed thousands of people and wiped out entire towns and villages. Survivors endured weeks of aftershocks and rolling blackouts, while explosions and radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant caused worldwide panic. Measurement of the economic, environmental and human toll is ongoing. 960 1280
LOT Polish AirlinesLOT Polish Airlines Makes Emergency Landing in Warsaw
No one was hurt when a LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767 flying from Newark, NJ, with 230 people onboard made an emergency landing at Warsaw's airport after its landing gear failed to deploy. Live television footage showed the plane sliding on its belly, sparks flying as it hit the runway, then being covered in flame retardant foam. 960 1280
Royal WeddingRoyal Wedding, England
Britain’s Prince William married Catherine Middleton in a lavish ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29. More than a million tourists flooded England’s capital to witness the nuptials, spending tens of millions of pounds on refreshments, hotels, attractions and souvenirs. Meanwhile, highlights for the TV audience of 2 billion people worldwide included Kate’s much anticipated gown designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, the crazy hats worn by female wedding guests, and the bride’s sister and maid of honor, Pippa. 960 1280
VolcanoEruption of Puyehue Volcano, Chile
On June 4, Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupted, spewing plumes of ash 6 miles into the atmosphere. Dozens of South American flights were scrapped and 6 airports in Argentina were closed as clouds of volcanic ash rode the wind toward the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of people were evacuated from surrounding rural communities in the southern Andes mountain chain. 960 1280
On Oct. 29, Qantas Airways, the world’s 10th largest airline, grounded its entire fleet around the world and locked out striking employees. The airline said it made the move because it could not meet the "extreme demands" of 3 unions representing pilots, mechanics and ground staff. The airline resumed flights 2 days later after an Australian tribunal ordered an end to the dispute that affected nearly 70,000 passengers. 960 1280
FloodingUnprecedented Flooding Slams Australia and Thailand
Massive floods hit 2 of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations this year. In January, much of south and central Queensland, Australia, experienced its worst flooding in half a century, triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains. In Thailand, unusually heavy rainfall in September, October and November resulted in flooding across 64 of the country’s 77 provinces. Bangkok’s main international airport remained open throughout the flooding, but the domestic airport was shut on Oct. 25 as floodwaters covered the runway and began seeping into terminal buildings. 960 1280
If you’re sitting on an extra $200,000, why not join the 430 would-be amateur astronauts who have already signed up for a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight? The deposit is only $20,000, and since the company has yet to reveal an exact launch date, you have time to save up for the rest. If that’s still a little much, buy a T-shirt on the website for just $40. 960 1280