Black Tomato Travel has teamed up with Auberge Resorts and Mercedes Benz USA to create RemarkableDrives of Discovery. There are five itineraries on offer that allow guests to travel across the USA through breathtaking scenery, visiting fascinating locations in the comfort of a Mercedes of their choice.
If there is one country that epitomises road trips, it is the United States of America. Its foundations lie in travellers migrating west and forming the roads with their wagons. I have explored many North America and never tire of the scenery, wide-open roads and spirit of adventure. Sadly my travels have been on a budget and not nearly as luxurious as those on offer from two well-recognised companies within Luxury travel.
Black Tomato Travel and Auberge have combined to open up the states for travellers and enjoy road-tripping in luxury. They have created five exciting itineraries for the adventurous holidaymaker, all using a Mercedes Benz vehicle.
The brands are titling their packages as RemarkableDrives of Discovery. Travellers can choose from five bespoke, multi-destination itineraries that showcase some of the States hidden gems.
You will start and end your road trip in an Auberge Resorts Collection property, which are truly luxurious and set the tone for your days away. Experience gourmet dining and make lifetime memories mixing with artisans.
Guests will be able to test-drive a Mercedes Benz for the duration of their trip. Mercedes-Benz USA is providing some of their finest luxury models, including the highly anticipated 2021 S-Class sedan and the ultra-luxe GLS600 Maybach. East coast itineraries will select the newest models from the C-class, E-class, GLC, GLE and GLS lines. On the West coast, choose from the E450 Coupe, GLE 450 SUV, Maybach S560 and Maybach GLS600.
The five RemarkableDrives of Discovery itineraries are:
Sunrise to Sunset on the California Coast
This eight-night road trip along a stunning coastline starts with horseback riding and a guided walking tour of Carmel and Monterey from the cliffs of Ventana Big Sur. Then follow Highway One north to Napa’s vine-clad hillsides. Spend a few days at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, a vibrant and newly renovated Napa Valley retreat. Looking to extend your holiday, you can jet to Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, a private oceanfront sanctuary on Hawai.
Package starts from £6,220per person, including six nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and a customised program of private experiences(excluding flights).
Mountains and Maritime on the East Coast
See all the wild beauty of the East Coast through a lens of luxury. Start at the Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection, followed by a guided hike to a gourmet picnic and take to the water with a private dinner and rosé pairing in a rowboat. Travel south to The Inn at Perry Cabin St. Michaels on the Chesapeake Bay, and sail on a personal oystering experience.
Your trip concludes at Primlandi, Virginia, a stunning 12,000-acre property in the Blue Ridge mountains. You’ll have the opportunity to go off-roading in some recreational terrain vehicles before connecting with nature with healing spa and wellness treatments.
While there, spend a magical evening in the resort’s fully equipped Observatory, which features one of the largest telescopes in the country; you can study stars, planets and other celestial objects.
Package starts from £5,570per person, including eight nights accommodation, daily breakfast and a customised private experience program (excluding flights).
Wild Gourmet in the Southwest
A ten-night itinerary takes you from the height of the Rockies to the depths of the Rio Grande. Start at The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection Park City, Utah. Explore the property’s 3,500 acres, where you will swap between high octane adventures and leisurely pursuits, at the newly renovated Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection, in Telluride. Colorado’s backcountry will be unveiled through guided trout fishing and 4×4 tours.
Drive south to Sante Fe and the new Bishop’s Lodge. In New Mexico, native and new-world flavours will converge over a traditional Native American cooking class. You can add two nights in Robbers Roost, a secluded area of desert country in central Utah, for a private stay in a bespoke Black Tomato Blink Camp.
From £7,870per person, including ten nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and a customised program of private experiences(excluding flights).
Arts & Culture Through the Desert
Explore the deserts of Texas and New Mexico over ten nights on this trip ideal for art lovers. It will take travellers to some of America’s most dynamic art destinations. Starting in Austin at Commodore Perry Estate, the first Ken Fulk designed urban resort.
Venture into the desert, where you will spend time in the artistic enclave of Marfa. At El Cosmico, you will be delighted with a one-of-a-kind facility where renovated vintage trailers, yurts, and safari tents are your accommodation.
Drive north to the new Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection Santa Fe, where rich art and cultural experiences await. Gallery tours and exclusive access to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, including an expedition led by the legendary artist’s former assistant, are included.
The package starts from £6,450 per person, including ten nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and a customised private experience program(excluding flights).
Artisan Masterclasses in New England
Discover New England’s traditions with a twist on this twelve-night discovery along the Eastern seaboard. Use the country base of the Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection. Tour Litchfield County with a pottery class, then go behind the scenes of historical Newport with a stay at The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection. In Kennebunk, take a culinary turn at White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection, with an intimate chef dinner. Finally, a private flight to the bluffs of Nantucket for a dose of island life at Greydon House.
£12,400per person, including twelve nights’ accommodation, a private charter from Sanford to Nantucket, daily breakfast and a customised program of personal experiences (excluding flights).
For more information on the Black Tomato and Auberge RemarkableDrives of Discovery, visit www.blacktomato.com.