- Watching Falconers Work While Enjoying Wine: Bouchaine Vineyardsin California started using falconers in 2016 to stop birds from eating their crops. Visitors to the vineyard visitors enjoyed seeing the hawks fly and work with their trainer. As a result, Bouchaine decided to offer guests that experience as part of a wine-tasting and lunch. In the company’s own words: “Just 45 minutes from San Francisco, you can experience a falcon land on your arm. In the middle of a vineyard overlooking the San Francisco Bay you can learn about natural habitat from our falconer and learn about Bouchaine’s environmental efforts with an owl staring into your eyes. Join us in our garden afterward for lunch and winetasting: $200 per person. Private group bookings available by appointment.” For more information, visit: http://www.bouchaine.com/, 800.654.9463.
- Now Glamping—Under Canvas Mount Rushmore: A new product that combines pristine nature and luxury accommodations, Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is now open. Situated among pine trees with views of the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the luxury tents feature in-tent bathrooms, showers, king size beds, sleeper sofas and resort like luxuries including daily housekeeping. The site also features an on-site restaurant that provides unique dining experience where glampers can experience leisurely breakfasts, expertly packed box lunches to go and pioneer inspired dinner options. For more information, including trip at-a-glance itineraries or to make a reservation, visit https://www.undercanvas.com/camps/mount-rushmore or call 888.496.1148 or 605.789.5194.
- In San Antonio, Go Rio Cruises has launched brand new experiences along the world-famous San Antonio River Walk that bring visitors of all ages new ways to encounter the senses by health and wellness tours, cultural immersion outings, and social and culinary engagement cruises. As a convention-friendly city, Go Rio Cruises will also offer customized experiences based on the conference’s specific industry and focus! For more information, visit www.goriocruises.com, or call 210.227.4746.
- Kangaroos, Wallabies? Australia Outback comes to San Diego Zoo Safari Park: The Safari Park now it offers a view into the Land Down Under, featuring Australia’s interesting and unique species. Walkabout Australia takes guests through four different types of Australian habitats: grassland, rain forest, wetlands and desert. Featured animals include western gray kangaroos, red-necked wallabies, brush turkeys, radjah shelducks, freckled ducks, magpie geese, double-wattled cassowaries and Matschie’s tree kangaroos. During a visit, guests also may come nose-to-nose with animals like a wombat, kookaburra, echidna, blue-tongued skink, woma, rose-breasted cockatoo or sugar glider. Accompanied by their keepers, these extraordinary animal ambassadors will be available for up-close encounters several times throughout the day. The 3.6-acre Walkabout Australia cost $17.4 million to build, and is located at the base of the trail to Condor Ridge, adjacent to Tull Family Tiger Trail.
Retail ticket prices for the attraction start at $60 for adults, and $44 for children. For more information, visit: http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/walkabout/