If the stress of the year is weighing on you, you’re not alone, but you can be (if that’s your thing) with the privacy and remote luxury of JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa in Texas Hill Country. With accommodations for only 32 and 13,000 acres of wide-open space, this might be the 2020 retreat of your dreams — oh, and it has its own FBO airport for private travel.
Picture yourself tucked away amid ancient oak trees and a rolling Texas landscape, with a luxe ranch to call home. The resort and spa includes 16 cabins sleeping two in each and, if traveling around the holidays, festive décor throughout. Cozy up by the fireplace or reconnect with long-lost friends in the game room or over a wine tasting. Gather under the stars by the warmth of fire pits, but don’t forget to pack for the on-site pool, hot tub and spa. The ranch also offers themed dinner nights like Saturday BBQs and nightly karaoke back at the main lodge.
If getting out in nature is more your speed, expect hiking trails and equestrian experiences like horseback riding tours and equine psychology. Pick up the pace even faster and go for a thrill ride on an ATV/UTV adventure. Guests can also channel their inner Katniss with 3-D archery or unwind with some yoga, among the many other activities offered at the ranch.
For those seeking the ultimate escape from reality, opt for a stay at the new Archer’s Nest Villa. This private ranch includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a full gourmet kitchen, home theater, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool with slide and much more, including a private butler and chef upon request. You can hide away with your pod and enjoy a real home-away-from-home experience, but with the added luxury of a resort.
For some extremely last-minute holiday gifts this year, you can still give back by gifting with the all-new Adopt an Animal program with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the museum’s virtual program allows would-be guests and nature lovers around the country to connect with the 35,000 resident animals of Wonders of Wildlife.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
New Year’s Eve is going to look a little different this year. With celebrations scaled back and reduced gatherings, people seek different ways to ring in the New Year. Whether spending the holiday in your hometown or going on a little getaway for a change of scenery, check out these cities to spend the holiday.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.