September is National Honey Month

  • Waldorf Astoria New York's bees hard at work.

    National Honey Month

    September is National Honey Month, and in celebration, we've rounded up 10 honey-related experiences from around North America, from spa treatments to sweet treats. Did you know that a bee must visit 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey? That's roughly equivalent to 55,000 miles of flying!

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  • Hives on the roof of the Waldorf Astoria New York

    A Sweet Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York

    Honey is good for many things ... your taste buds, your skin and the environment to name a few. That's why the Waldorf Astoria New York has installed beehives on the roof and is celebrating National Honey Month with a sweet Milk, Haute Honey and Rooftop Herbs manicure and pedicure treatment at the Guerlain Spa. The treatment starts with a rosemary-infused lemon sugar scrub, followed by a raw honey application to exfoliate the skin.

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  • Grand Wailea Alii Honey Steam Cocoon

    Hotel Battle of the Bees

    Not to be outdone by their sister hotel in New York, the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui, believes their bees produce the best honey in the country. On September 4, the two properties will put all their cards on the table during the inaugural "Battle of the Bees" to determine who's honey reigns supreme. Want to taste for yourself? Guests of both properties can honey-exchanged dishes throughout the month.

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  • Rooftop bee hives at the Fairmont Waterfront

    Hive Tour at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver

    At the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, guests can celebrate National Honey Month by signing up for a guided tour of the rooftop hives, led by Michael King, the resident beekeeper. After the tour, head down to the Herons West coast Kitchen + Bar to sample menu items made from fresh honey and other hotel garden ingredients.

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  • High tea at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa

    Honey High Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel

    The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa's Royal Bee Initiative aims to educate guests on the importance of honey bees to the environment, all while treating them to plethora honey-centered treats, from cocktails to spa treatments. The hotel's high tea, a guest favorite, includes honey-sweetened tea and scones. Divine!

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  • Guests tour the hives to learn about the Carmel Valley Ranch bees.

    Honey Harvest Weekends at Carmel Valley Ranch

    Carmel Valley Ranch, a stunning getaway near charming Carmel-by-the-Sea in California's Santa Lucia Mountains, treat their resident bees as honored guests – guests that work hard to produce a tasty ingredient for use around the property. For National Honey Month, the resort will be hosting Honey Harvest Weekends, where guests can meet the 60,000 resident bees and taste test honey from around Carmel Valley.

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  • Honey & cheese plate from TRACE Restaurant

    Honey Cocktails and Tapas at the W Austin

    The Block 21 Apiary, located on the 37th floor of the W Hotel Austin, produces enough honey to supply the hotel's bars, restaurant, spa and the nearby ACL Moody Theatre bar. Throw your own National Honey Month celebration with an organic, honey-sweetened cocktail from the WET Bar, followed by some honey-centric snacks at TRACE Restaurant and a relaxing BODY HONEY treatment at the AWAY Spa.

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  • Honey Pecan Ice Cream at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

    Celebrate National Honey Month and the last days of summer with the buzzing bees at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. On September 21, the hotel will host an ice cream cooking class, where guests can learn to prepare America's favorite summer treat. The menu for the day includes the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Signature Honey Pecan flavor, which you can sample during lobby ice cream socials staged throughout the year.

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  • Honey Pecorino Cheese

    Honey-Laced Treats at Fairmont Hotels

    Fairmont Hotels & Resorts operate hotel apiaries around the world, setting a high industry standard for sustainability. Luckily for guests of these luxurious properties, many a Fairmont Hotel kitchen has started incorporating this local, eco-friendly honey into cocktails and menu items.

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  • Festival attendees watch the bees in action.

    Philadelphia Honey Festival

    The city of Philadelphia is celebrating National Honey Month with a festival. The Philadelphia Honey Festival will take place from September 6 to 8 at various locations around town. Things kick off on Friday at the Wagner Free Institute of Science with a kid-friendly lesson on pollination followed by Honey Happy Hour featuring honey-brewed beer and mead. There's even more family-friendly entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.

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