Just four-months-old the Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, in Tannersville, Pa., has earned the title of Best Indoor Water Park in the country from USA Today and 10Best—a site that provides info on travel content for top destinations across the global.

Twenty water parks fell on the list nominated from among hundreds in the U.S.—and readers selected Camelback as No. 1.

 “The USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” award is a huge honor because it is a direct result of our guests’ experiences,” says Jeff Lococo, general manager and executive vice president, Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark.

Spanning 125,000 square feet, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is the biggest indoor water park in the U.S., and boasts seven pools and 13 water slides.

“While we just opened the doors to Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark this past spring, our team is inspired to see that their hard work and dedication to deliver a fun, safe and quality guest experience has already made such a positive impression,” says Lococo. “There are hundreds of indoor water parks in the U.S. and to be recognized as the best indoor waterpark by families from coast to coast is truly rewarding.” 

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.