The new year is officially in full swing, and the team at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has put together a fun list of 23 things to do and see in 2023:
Set against a backdrop of Turtle Bay’s The Stables and the ocean, these dinner shows pay homage to Hawaii’s rich ranching and cowboy heritage with roasted pig, delicious eats including vegetarian options, a welcome cocktail, live entertainment and a cash bar made from vintage horse trailers.
The breathtaking mountain peaks are calling and at Tivoli Lodge, guests have direct access to miles of scenic hiking and biking trails. Grab your boots, mountain bike, or Tivoli electric bike and take one of many bucket-list trails to check off your list while you are in Vail, Colorado.
At The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida guests can participate in daily beachside yoga on the Ocean Terrace. Classes start at 9:00 am and are included in the daily resort fee for all resort guests.
Elevated above the forest ground and nestled inside the tall Douglas Fir trees of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington State, the tree houses connect guests with the beauty of nature. Couples and families alike can reconnect to the idea of a creative childhood, when imaginations were thriving, and days were filled with carefree playing outside and exploring tree houses.
Arizona’s Lake Havasu boating has it all! Spend the day exploring and embark on a journey through time and history with the world-famous London Bridge, a bounty of coves, soaring cliffs, and plunging gorges to see. Bring your boat or rent one from The Nautical Watersports Center.
La Cantera Resort & Spa, a San Antonio golf resort, offers 18 holes of championship golf designed to challenge your skill from tee to green and some of the most scenic vistas in the Texas Hill Country.
Meet the birds of prey, learn about different species and experience this 4,000-year-old sport. Experience the “sport of kings” up close and personal with a free-flight demonstration. You will also have the opportunity to hold one of the birds at the end of the lesson!
Whether it is your first time off road or you have plenty of experience away from the pavement, a lesson with Land Rover Experience at The Equinox in Vermont increases your knowledge and technical ability behind the wheel. Lessons cover the basics of expedition-style driving and mastering off-road obstacles such as steep ascents and descents, side tilts, log and water crossings, rock crawls and boulders. And, yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.
The Breconshire left New York on April 25, 1894. Less than five days later, she wrecked offshore of what is now Costa d’ Este Resort in Vero Beach, Florida. The Breconshire still rests a quarter mile in front of Costa d’Este. At low tide, a watchful eye can still see the bow of the ship peeking out from below the surf. Watch for the ship to appear as you sun on the beach, or embark on a snorkeling adventure to explore the wreck up close.
At Snow King Resort, National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides are a “must-do”, winter bucket list activity. Book a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and you’ll feel like you’re inside a vintage holiday film.
Red Mountain Resort has everything you need to relax, renew and rediscover your passion for adventure. As one of the most ideally located resorts in St. George, Utah, Red Mountain Resort allows for customized adventures to Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks, while Snow Canyon State Park is only about a quarter of a mile down the road.
Hop in one of Corolla Outback’s custom off-road vehicles and ride 20 miles through the Wild Horse Conservation Easement in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Nestled on beautiful harbor waters, the Forbes Five Star & AAA Five Diamond-rated urban resort pairs timeless beauty and modern elegance with a hint of magic where guests can watch as the sun sets over the iconic Boston Harbor.
Whether you savor your s’mores with a hot cider on the Harbor Patio during fall and winter months or at a bonfire pit on The Abbey West End when the weather is warmer, you’re sure to make fun memories in the Lake Geneva area of Wisconsin!
At Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington guests are in the heart of the Sammamish River Valley. Discover new wines, craft brews, and distilled spirits at over 130 wineries, as well as a smattering of breweries and distilleries. There is something special about this little gem where you can find something for everyone, as well as a plethora of farm-to-table dining experiences. Taste, sip, and drink it all in.
Come winter, snowmobilers from all around the Great Lakes buzz through the country’s interior on a well-groomed network of trails that connects with the trails in the rest of the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin. Less than 2 hours north of Green Bay, Iron Mountain can be your hub for all your snowmobile adventures.
Surrounded by 1,900 rolling acres of parkland, Mtn. Laurel Spa at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia is naturally relaxing. The beauty and tranquility of the open sky, gentle lake waters and refreshing forest welcome guests with a calming embrace. Indulge in extraordinary treatments featuring products derived from woodlands, farms and mountains.
Monhegan Island, 12 miles out to sea, is among the best places to visit while staying at Spruce Point Inn in picturesque Boothbay Harbor, Maine. This small island, just ¾ mile wide and 1½ miles long, is a haven for those seeking beauty, quiet, and relaxation. The art galleries, lighthouse and museum and hiking trails are definitely worth a visit. Enjoy the day painting, bird watching, looking for rare wildflowers or viewing sea life like whales and seals.
Make a splash on one of the slides, float along the laid-back lazy river, or simply soak up the sun on the private beach. With five swimming pools, including a kiddie pool, infinity pool, and two hot tubs spread out over 3.5 acres, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Houston, Texas.
The Redwood Canopy Tours are the original canopy tour zip-lines in the redwood forest and are the only facility of its kind in the Central California region. Guests at Chaminade Resort can embark on an exciting eco-adventure into the redwood canopy of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Cambridge Beach Resort & Spa is home to Bermuda’s only onsite Water Sports Marina, with a wide range of watercrafts and day excursions available to guests. Explore the stunning coastline by motorboat or jet ski; rent kayaks for two, snorkel amongst historic shipwreck sites, or chart a deep-sea fishing adventure for the entire family.
Guests can immerse themselves in the unparalleled beauty of picturesque Central Oregon at Riverhouse on the Deschutes. A relaxing location on the banks of the Deschutes River is just a preview of the natural beauty and untamed wilderness that surrounds the resort, beckoning for outdoor pursuits with easy access to the scenic Deschutes River Trail.
YOTELPAD Park City in Utah has mastered the art of making sure thrill-seekers have the perfect place to staycation, located right by the action at the base of the largest ski resort in the country. Enjoy easy access to Park City Mountain, Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble Express. In the warmer months, dive into fly fishing, river rafting, horseback riding, golf and more.