Black Tomato has designed a collection of luxurious highway journeys in partnership with Auberge Resorts Assortment and Mercedes-Benz, guaranteeing elevated pitstops and entry to superior automobiles. Samia Qaiyum studies
Street journeys are cooler than ever lately however Black Tomato has taken the idea to the following stage because of it hospitality partnership with Auberge Resorts Collection and automobile supplier Mercedes-Benz USA, which means there might be no want for grotty motels, dangerous meals or broken-down automobiles en route.
It solely is smart that numerous metropolis dwellers are in search of their first post-lockdown journey to be a socially distanced one. In truth, 69 per cent of the ten,000 People surveyed by Harvest Hosts admitted to feeling unsafe on the prospect of flying, opting to journey by way of highway as an alternative.
Black Tomato, in the meantime, has upgraded the idea altogether – additional proof of the Supercharged Street Journeys pattern we’ve reported on up to now.The posh journey firm has partnered with Auberge Resorts Assortment to create 5 curated itineraries that take drivers throughout the US. Entitled “Exceptional Drives of Discovery”, customers a loaned a Mercedes-Benz automobile throughout a visit which means they don’t should take their very own automobile or prepare a rental by a third-party.
This yr’s multi-destination routes are designed to showcase the nation’s extra surprising corners, with roadtrippers supplied the choice of taking a non-public constitution flight with Surf Air for added ease.
Craig Reid, president and chief govt officer for Auberge Resorts Assortment, says: “Following a yr of restricted journey, multi-stop journeys permit company to find extra of the sweetness that this nation has to supply. With the experience of Black Tomato, we’ve conjured up among the most beautiful stateside journeys, so company can expertise a number of locations in a single journey, all whereas staying at our award-winning Auberge properties.Tom Marchant, co-founder of Black Tomato, says: “Because the previous yr for a lot of has felt rushed and manic, these itineraries are an antidote and a name to embrace the posh of being languid – taking the time to dwell in these mesmerizing landscapes, go off-the-grid and off-itinerary, and embrace the deserves of a slower type of journey.
“We’re thrilled to carry these locations to life by creatively collaborating with our mates at Auberge Resorts Assortment, as their unmatched luxurious portfolio gives a seamless dwelling away from dwelling whereas on the highway.”
Black Tomato’s highway journeys throughout America
1. The artistically inclined will gravitate in direction of the Texas & New Mexico itinerary that begins with a keep on the sprawling Commodore Perry Estate in Austin. This ten-night journey features a hands-on graffiti expertise with a road artist and a Victorian jewelry design workshop earlier than driving west to the inventive enclave of Marfa. Issues wind down amidst southwestern heritage at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe. Unique entry to Georgia O’Keeffe’s residence can be on the agenda.
Bundle begins from US$8,950 per particular person, together with ten nights’ lodging.
2. A visit to New England spans 12 nights alongside the Japanese seaboard, each ocean air and old-timey traditions dominating this subsequent itinerary. A keep on the idyllic Mayflower Inn & Spa and an immersive pottery expertise set the tone for what’s to comply with: checking into the Vanderbilt in Newport, taking a lesson on the artwork of “scrimshaw” (bone carving), and touring Newport Mansions with an interiors docent. Lobster fishing and consuming freshly dug clams are additionally each on the menu.
Bundle begins from US$17,250 together with twelve nights’ lodging, a non-public constitution from Sanford to Nantucket.
3. One other gourmand expertise awaits on the Huge Sur and Napa highway journey. No peculiar backdrop, the landscapes of California complement six nights of horseback using alongside the seashores of Monterey, a meals tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and curated visits to Napa’s main wineries.
It’s additionally in Napa the place company will escape to Solage for a couple of days of R&R, rising with the solar for a sizzling air balloon experience over Napa Valley and basking beneath the moonlight within the Bathhouse.
For these in search of an extended getaway, company could select to fly with Surf Air to Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Assortment, a non-public oceanfront sanctuary on the Kohala Coast in Hawaii.
Bundle begins from US$8,650 per particular person together with six nights’ lodging, every day breakfast and a personalized programme of personal experiences (excluding flights).
4. The Utah, Colorado and New Mexico highway journey is adventurous in nature, that includes a foraging expertise, a 4×4 journey within the Telluride backcountry, and an open-air artwork class. However there’s additionally room for leisurely pursuits. Farm-to-table delicacies and a chocolate journey impressed by colonial recipes present sustenance, whereas the likes of Madeline Hotel & Residences and the Lodge at Blue Sky provide shelter.
Bundle begins from $10,950 together with ten nights’ lodging.
5. The Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia journey weaves by the coastlines and mountains of the East Coast, starting on the aforementioned Mayflower Inn & Spa in Connecticut and heading south to Chesapeake Bay for an oystering expertise and strolling tour of St Michaels.
Rounding off this eight-night journey is a stint of wilderness at a luxurious resort, the place an RTV path using expedition within the Blue Ridge Mountains caters to 1’s inside explorer. And since even essentially the most keen explorer is rightfully risk-averse, each reserving is refundable if cancelled as much as 30 days earlier than departure.
Bundle begins from US$7,750 per particular person together with eight nights’ lodging.
What concerning the automobiles?
Because of Black Tomato’s partnership with Mercedes-Benz, travellers can have entry to the 2021 S-Class sedan and the ultra-luxe GLS600 Maybach.
East Coast itineraries will provide a collection of the most recent fashions from the C-class, E-class, GLC, GLE and GLS traces, whereas West Coast itineraries will characteristic the E450 Coupe, GLE 450 SUV, Maybach S560 and Maybach GLS600 “to experience in superior consolation and luxurious guided and directed by Mercedes-Benz synthetic intelligence, MBUX”.
Monique Harrison, head of name expertise advertising and marketing at Mercedes-Benz USA, says: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Black Tomato and Auberge Resorts Assortment for the second yr to offer luxurious automobiles for the premiere, highway journey expertise.
“Pairing a Mercedes-Benz automobile expertise with Auberge Resorts Assortment’s breathtaking lodging and Black Tomato’s experience delivering unparalleled, uncommon journey moments, we invite these in search of an escape to find the journey of journey within the nation’s most comfy lodging each on the highway and off.”