There are birthdays and then there are Birthdays. Turning 60 is one of the biggies. For some people, it’s a bit of a panic. Your 50s have come and gone and what comes next may be more of a question mark than an exclamation point. All the more reason to celebrate this milestone birthday with a trip into the new decade.
I’m going to join the 60’s club and can’t make up my mind where to go. I am not sure of my mood. How would I like to say hello to my 60s? My Dilly-Dallye means I won’t actually be celebrating my birthday month, but by the end of this year I will surely have come to my senses and be able to deal with it! I tend towards something cosmic and calming for the soul, maybe a repeated Sedona trip or something like that.
But in the meantime, I recently had the pleasure of helping a brother-in-law in Las Vegas celebrate his 60th birthday. Everyone had a good time. You’ll see why it makes the list of places to consider for your big 60th birthday getaway. The main ingredient for this special festival is sticking to what appeals to you. No matter whether you love nature, adventure or culture or something else is your jam, let yourself be pampered there 100 percent.
Best for party animals
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. It goes without saying that everyone will display their worst (or wildest!) Behavior, and it won’t get carried over into the world. You arrive in town with permission to the clown, big time. Go ahead, let your hair down, shake off the last five decades, eat, drink and be happy. You can’t go wrong with places to crash after a night of partying (I recommend the Park MGM). For that one special meal of the trip, reserve a table at The Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio. Reminiscent of a bygone era amid elegance, live jazz and over-the-top cuisine, like Mary’s Organic Chicken, which is fried and grilled and served with tartar sauce, shishito sauce, amandine with green beans and truffle noodles. And of course, while you eat, you have a view of the infamous Bellagio fountains, which spray rhythmically. The perfect cure for a hangover is a brunch at the catch. Try the smashed organic avocado toast or the cinnamon roll pancakes. Between shows and clubs, you dance your way into the next decade and have many secrets to keep.
Pro tip: As much as Vegas is about the Strip, venture a little off the beaten track. About 30 minutes away from the action, I discovered EllaEms Soul Food. It’s grandma’s cooking and more. Eat without feeling guilty; Work it off and dance the night away.
Best for nature
How fast can you say Giddyap? If that thought makes you smile, this historic old town in the old west is for you. Horseback riding awaits you on mountain trails. The adventure of riding over gurgling streams and the surrounding ponderosa pines and wildflowers will make you feel like you are in one of those movies you see on a Saturday afternoon. If you’re looking for adventure without getting the job done, take a jeep tour that allows you to climb a peak at 12,000 feet. However, if you need to prove you can still have it by the age of 60, use your time in Durango to go white water rafting on the Animas River. When you’re ready to breathe out, there is the SKA Brewery and Fox Fire Farms, a winery and winery where you can catch an open air concert.
The best for lovers of cultural immersion
You may have already achieved a lot on your bucket list, but how about a party at Agriturismo Casetta, an almost 300 year old luxury farmhouse in Tuscany with your family and friends? And best of all, you can enjoy cultural experiences like truffle hunting with the royal descendants of the Mona Lisa, private art tours, and access to some of Italy’s rarest wine cellars. Imagine driving a Ferrari through vineyards and cellars rarely seen by the public, or in the private woods of a castle dating back to AD 400 while the descendants of the Mona Lisa have lunch enjoy with white truffles and wine from the 1,000 year old cellars of the property. Top it off with private gallery tours with an art historian.
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The best for a boys golf vacation
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Designed for four golf enthusiasts looking for a very special place to celebrate their love of the game and the big 6-0, the Guys Golf Getaway Package at Pueblo Bonito Resorts is an option worth making on the list of the possibilities to be set. The main attraction is for sure the unlimited golfing at Quivira Golf Club, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, which is set in a breathtaking Land’s End area at the point where the Sea of Cortes meets the Pacific Ocean. You will be amazed by the granite boulders, massive, windswept dunes, the gentle foothills of the desert and the panoramic views. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is popular for its ocean-desert-mountain ecosystem. Quivira is closer to the sea than any other Los Cabos golf course.
Best for architecture lovers and foodies
This is one of my favorite places on the planet. It’s proof that good things come in small packages. The 1 square mile European-style village of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a wonderland with its architecture known as the Charles Dickens-inspired wonderland. Take a historical walking tour or go on your own. Everything revolves around food here. Make it easy for yourself and take a food tour to try the best of the best. There are around 50 full-service restaurants in this small town. It has more restaurants per capita than any other small town in the US. What else makes Carmel so special? You will love exploring the secret passages, courtyards and gardens. There are more than 40 of them. There’s a lot of love for vino here too, with 17 wine tasting rooms, wine bars, and bottle shops.
Pro tip: Make a detour to nearby Monterey. Cannery Row is charming and the aquarium is one of the best.
Best for slow travel lovers
Canyons & Deserts train journey with holidays by train
You can’t go wrong with a nine day tour called Canyons & Deserts with Sedona. Sedona is my sweet spot. It’s the kind of place where you can find your center, clear your mind, and walk better than you arrived at. This trip starts with a full day to explore Las Vegas. Next, take a hike to Death Valley National Park, which will take you to all of the major attractions, including the lowest point in North America, the Badwater Basin. The itinerary includes the Owen’s Valley, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada, White and Inyo Mountains. A trip like this wouldn’t be complete without the ghost town of Randsburg, where you’ll see the remains of the Old West’s gold rush with preserved museums, antique shops, and saloons. In two days via Route 66, you will reach the Grand Canyon for a trip by coach. Then make your way to Sedona, with its red sandstone terrain, eddies, and more. Stop in the ghost town of Jerome and climb the Verde Canyon Railroad with first class tickets along the green waters of the river under the lush canopy of leaves. With a final day of desert adventure in Sedona, a farewell dinner concludes the adventure before setting off for Phoenix the next day.
The best for the lavish beach bang
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
This mountainous island is an unforgettable sight with its white sandy beaches, green hills and flora. St. Thomas is also characterized by its sophisticated and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Think good food, nightlife, and luxury accommodations. There’s a reason to feel at home in the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. Views over Great Bay, local cuisine, a luxury catamaran for sunset cruises, snorkeling tours and private events, and a renovated Club Lounge with updated culinary offerings and nautical décor are just part of the attraction. Set sail on one of the three lots for the ultimate 60th birthday party Luxury sailing catamarans. The Lady Lynsey II is an exquisite 60 foot ship offering island hopping excursions, snorkeling tours, and champagne sunset sails.
Pro tip: Spending at least a day in nearby St. John, with its hipster atmosphere, great beaches, and great restaurants, will make yourself cheap. I fell in love with all of the historic sites including the Catherineberg Ruins, Annaberg Sugar Plantation, and the Cinnamon Bay Nature Loop Trail.
The best for wine lovers
There is more to California wine than Napa. I love Napa, don’t get me wrong, but escape the luxury boutique hotel of the Russian River Valley, the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma. Start your celebration with the two-day Farm, Flight & Field excursion. The fun includes a four-hour helicopter tour of the Sonoma Coast with stops at a remote vineyard and picnic lunch at an exclusive location on the coast, plus spa treatments, a seven-course meal from the Michelin-starred restaurant of the inn, an exclusive wine library, a wine tasting with food and other unique experiences. Souvenirs include handmade ceramic teacups by Cristina Hobbs for spa and take-away use, an in-room welcome gift, wine accessories, and a Paul Hobbs Winery risotto / dashi set to take away with a recipe from the on-site chef.