Lexus is on a roll to elevate the American Road Trip with its “Retreats in Motion” program. These are five-day, four-night driving retreats allow guests to take a scenic, restorative drive in a new 2021 Lexus IS with curated self-care activities along the way.
“These days, the desire to escape on the open road to rejuvenate mind and spirit has never been more enticing,” says Vinay Shahani, Lexus vice president of marketing. “The ‘Retreats in Motion’ program not only provides perfectly planned, luxurious getaways, but also elevate the classic road trip with much-needed recuperative experiences.”
Guests are responsible for the “Retreats in Motion” registration costs and travel expenses. Fees start at $2,700 for two guests, and include:
Five-day, four-night stay at each property;
Loan of a new 2021 Lexus IS vehicle;
Intimate access to curated wellness content, including self-care discussions, in-vehicle sound bath, meditation, guided breathwork and more;
Complimentary welcome wellness kit.
The hand-picked hotel partners for the “Retreats in Motion” program offer two nights at each resort – with an average three-hour drive between each property – before returning to the originating hotel. Participating hotels in the three California-based retreats include:
Travelers will be paired with the new 2021 Lexus IS sport sedan at their originating hotel before embarking on a customized route featuring suggested stops and wellness activities to enjoy along the way. Itineraries are chosen for beautiful views, wellness stops, and healthy gourmet meal options at the end of each day.
Media highlights for the road include podcasts on sustainability with best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer and a guided walking meditation with teacher Mary Beth LaRue, along with content covering topics from mindful eating to movement for longevity. Additionally, an immersive in-car sound bath with expert Sara Auster – designed to be played through the signature Mark Levinson sound system – helps clear energy blockages and deliver a sense of calm.
Ditch the Hotel; Stay in a Covered Wagon
For roadtrippers who want to spend a little more time enjoying wide skies and open terrain, Conestoga Wagon Company has an interesting alternative. The company offers its RV Park and Glamping clients flexible sleeping arrangements for up to six with the choice of king-size bed, bunk beds or single-twin bed configurations – all in a covered wagon.
Travelers have the option of embarking from the east Horace Greely-style, from Resorts in Maine, North Carolina or Florida, and then choose to take a northern, mid-country or southern route as Resorts in 25 states now offer these covered wagons as an accommodation. The choice of route, embarking from any direction can be seen on the company’s wagon map.
The interiors of this accommodation choice can sleep up to six people on a king bed and bunk bed set, and feature a wagon wheel table, optional A/C and heating and multiple USB charging ports. The wagons are popular with Instagrammers and influencers who love posting their stay on social media channels.
As an innovative company, the latest product combines all the comforts of the wagons with the luxury of the bathroom in their “Luxe Tent”. The same sleeping configurations as the wagons are offered but now with a turnkey bathroom attached that features a claw-foot tub and full wooden vanity.