Look back on 2023 exclusive trips with PRIOR and Venture X
January 9, 2024 6 min read
From the Southern charm of Savannah, Georgia, to the sprawling vineyards of California wine country, Venture X cardholders embarked on Capital One’s first-ever exclusive trips in 2023 with PRIOR, a modern travel brand offering cultural immersion experiences. Cardholders also tapped into the perks of a complimentary PRIOR Subscription, including expert itineraries and insider newsletters, to enter a new world of travel.
Experience the highlights of the 2023 trips—and learn how you could travel abroad with PRIOR in 2024.
Exclusive trips with PRIOR in 2023
Venture X cardholders traveled across the country on premium trips created by PRIOR in 2023, enjoying signature experiences like an oyster roast at one of Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants of 2022 and private winemaker-led tastings. As Travel + Leisure puts it, PRIOR “fulfills modern travelers’ desire for out-of-the-ordinary excursions and transformative interactions.”
Here’s a glance at the coast-to-coast itineraries:
With its canopies of Spanish moss, trellised Georgian architecture and idyllic waterfront, Savannah is the picture of Southern Gothic at its finest. But there’s more to this Georgia peach than old-world charm. At every turn, guests found hints of an eclectic new guard stepping boldly into the future, from independent bookstores and counterculture boutiques to world-class institutions like the Moshe Safdie-designed Jepson Center.
A small city brimming with Southern charm, ambitious dining, antique shopping and nearby isles dotted with seaside crab shacks, Savannah was the ideal home base for PRIOR’s lens into Southern music, food, history and culture.
With accommodations at Perry Lane Hotel—a visionary hotel that reveres Savannah’s past, captures its present and champions its future—the trip included a stop at James Beard Award finalist Cheryl Day’s Back in the Day Bakery to make Cheryl’s award-winning biscuits alongside her during a hands-on workshop and lunch. The Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art welcomed guests to meet with curators and get an exclusive look at the late André Leon Talley’s final donation to the museum’s fashion library. And they partook in a one-of-a-kind live fire oyster roast and Lowcountry boil with Common Thread, one of Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in 2022, at a Bluff Drive private residence overlooking the Savannah River.
An architecture tour progressing through the private homes and quintessential squares of downtown Savannah culminated in a private cocktail party at Jim Williams’ Mercer House, from the bestselling novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The trip also included a ghost tour of Savannah’s most haunted squares and buildings with a cocktail in hand, through Chippewa Square, Lafayette Square and the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist—the oldest Catholic church in the city—and ended at Colonial Park Cemetery.
Napa and Sonoma Valleys, California
In 1976, Napa Valley changed everything the world knew about wine when it beat France’s most famous labels in the legendary blind tasting known as the Judgment of Paris. Ever since, the Northern California region has been luring oenophiles and leisure travelers alike with its bold reds, buttery whites, rolling hills and restaurants serving fresh, locally sourced produce in idyllic settings. While most visitors have a near-identical experience—following the well-trodden vineyard tour circuit and competing for the same restaurant reservations—PRIOR’s journey to the mecca of American wine offered a different approach.
In both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, guests tasted the latest vintages with next-generation experimental vintners, oyster tasting and private dinners created by some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs.
While staying at Sonoma Valley’s exquisite new hotel, The Madrona, a culinary and design attraction in its own right, the itinerary included a visit to the farm and garden at SingleThread Farms, one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2022, for a tour, followed by a sparkling wine and caviar experience and a private seated dinner outside. At Promontory Winery, one of the most sought-after Napa Valley wineries, Bill Harlan led a private tasting for guests. And at the OVID Napa Valley winery, guests partook in a private tasting with award-winning Chef Christopher Kostow and a dinner under the stars, overlooking the valley and using telescopes to stargaze from the vineyard.
At Hudson Ranch, founders Cristina and Lee Hudson hosted a symposium featuring top winemakers from the region for an exclusive tasting of Cabernet Franc, followed by a Mexican-inspired dinner in the fields by Chef Dominica Rice-Cisneros of Bombera Oakland. Guests also enjoyed signature mud bath treatments and hot spring pools during a morning spa experience at Indian Springs.
Head abroad with Venture X and PRIOR
Feeling inspired? Venture X cardholders can tap into exclusive trips with PRIOR in 2024—heading to Seville, Paris and Oaxaca.
Access a complimentary PRIOR Subscription
Capital One and PRIOR’s partnership also grants Venture X cardholders access to a complimentary PRIOR Subscription, valued at $149 a year. In addition to exclusive travel experiences, cardholders receive curated travel guides to top destinations and two weekly insider newsletters of travel trends.
Venture X cardholders can enroll until the Subscription ends on November 15, 2024.
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