Summer Travel Splurges – Alexandria Living Magazine

There is a new sense of urgency to travel these days after missing two years in the pandemic, and seniors especially the feeling that they should travel while they are healthy, said Stephanie Papaioannou, vice president at Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury travel company, recently. told CNBC.

If you’re looking for ideas for a quick summer vacation, we’ve compiled a list of nearby “summer splurges” that could work for families, couples and friends in a week or so. just a day or two.


Cue s’more and songs around the campfire. Love the idea of ​​camping but need help? How can an iconic Airstream be set up by Superhost Shanell for you at the campground of your choice (within 60 miles of Fort Belvoir)? The “glam” part of the camping equation includes air-conditioning, shower, stereo, microwave, stove/oven, coffeemaker and much more. Pets are allowed. Rates are approximately $ 189 per night for a week. Visit the Airbnb website and search for “Camper/RV Hosted by Shanell.”


If you’re like us, you love chocolate and a visit to Hersheypark this summer promises a lot of great things. The park offers a new thrilling ride called “Candymonium,” a rollercoaster that features 210-foot climb and speeds up to 76-MPH. Candymonium is located in the park’s new Chocolatetown, which includes a new restaurant, The Chocolatier, with a long dessert menu. The park currently offers a two-day “stay and play” package that includes admission to the park, a two-night stay and breakfast every morning. Concerts at Hersheypark Stadium this summer include Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart and Santana. Get the details at


Pick up your girlfriends and head to Outer Banks, NC to the spa at one of our favorite getaways, The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC, where the latest treatment is a CBD-infused massage. Enhance your experience with a powerful blend of 400mg of broad spectrum CBD, active botanical ingredients, a luxurious blend of nutrient -rich oils and therapeutic plant extracts. This treatment will “elevate your mind, relax the nervous system and help to provide immediate relief from aches, pains, arthritis and inflammation.” Then, enjoy the new summer menu in Kimball’s Kitchen next door and watch the sunset over Currituck Sound. Save space for grilled marshmallows and ghost stories in one of the resort’s fire pits! Visit


The Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. in Richmond recently completed a $ 30 million renovation that includes exhibition space, an immersive orientation theater, an interactive learning space for families, a new cafe and more. Then, be sure to check out Hatch Local Food Hall, a curated collection of local food vendors on the ground floor of The Current at 400 Hull St., in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood. The food hall, which opened in March, features restaurants that specialize in tacos, fried chicken, burgers and fish. There are also juices and smoothies as well as coffee bars and desserts. Visit


The Forbes 5-star Williamsburg Inn offers golf, a spa, and a delicious summer menu. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is a Forbes 4-star-ranked property, offering treatments that hear back to its 18th-century Colonial Williamsburg roots. Golden Horseshoe Golf Club offers tee hours and lessons for all levels and you don’t have to be a guest to play. Visit


Tickets are on sale for a three-night, four-day culinary event hosted by Food & Wine and Sheila’s Johnson’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts in Middleburg. The event, called The Family Reunion, was hosted by Los Angeles-based chef and author James Beard Kwame Onwuachi. A contestant in “Top Chef,” he was named Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. He is the author of the book “Notes From a Young Black Chef.” Onwuachi was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, Esquire Magazine’s 2019 Chef of the Year and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. He was also featured on Time’s 100 Next List and named America’s most important chef by the San Francisco Chronicle. The enriching programming will feature some of the industry’s top talent including Carla Hall, Rodney Scott, Nina Compton, Gregory Gourdet, Mashama Bailey, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Pierre Thiam and some surprise guests. Visit