An Amazing Bermuda Discount Package at One of My Favorite Resorts

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Who says summer is over? It’s definitely not in Alabama (where it will be a record 88 degrees today), but I had to share this amazing discount package at the Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, the host hotel for the 2017 America’s Cup. They are offering the new “Endless Summer” package, saving guests 33% on a three-night stay. Travelers will receive every third night complimentary when a vacation coincides with a Friday or Saturday night. The package is available year-round with rates starting at $239 per night in a Deluxe Garden View room, excluding tax and service. I was there a few years ago, and it is the ultimate Bermuda hotel!

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Less than a two-hour flight from New York and less than 3 hours from Atlanta, Bermuda’s winter temperature hovers around a comforting 65 degrees. This season, go beyond the pink-sand beaches and explore the island’s diverse cultural and outdoor offerings. Added bonus? Thanks to Bermuda’s North Atlantic location, the destination remains Zika-free.

Where to Relax…Enjoy spa therapies and boutique fitness classes at the leading lifestyle and wellbeing brand exhale, a new addition to Hamilton Princess as part of their recent $100 million renovation.

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Where to Eat…Experience the Sunday Brunch with live music at Marcus’, the island’s first and only celebrity-helmed restaurant, led by Marcus Samuelsson. Don’t miss Art Mels, known for their traditional Bermudian fish sandwiches and The Meltdown, where Black Rum & Ginger and Rum Swizzle ice cream flavors (inspired by Bermuda) are served. 

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Where to Shop… Stroll through the neighboring boutiques of Hamilton including the TABS shop, offering authentic Bermuda shorts designed by a local Bermudian; and visit Isolated Surfboards, one of the few institutions that carves surfboards by hand.

What to See… Join the hotel’s art tour, which will bring guests up-close with more than 60 museum-quality pieces of art including works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Nelson Mandela. Visit St. Georges, a charming UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with colorful houses and early colonial architecture.

Looking for more… There’s golf, more than 22 miles of biking trails, kite-surfing and tennis.

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More on Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

Known to Bermudians and world travelers as ”The Pink Palace,” Hamilton Princess & Beach Club opened its doors on January 1, 1885. Bermuda had gained international recognition two years earlier when Princess Louise, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, visited for a winter retreat and called it ”a place of eternal spring.” When the hotel opened, it was named ”The Princess” in honor of the royal visit. It is the oldest member of the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts family.

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The Ultimate Culinary Experience in Sicily in 2017

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My first trip to Sicily and my first villa experience were one in the same. After spending a few nights at Rocca delle Tre Contrade, I arrived at the conclusion that there is no better way to enjoy Sicily. Complete with 11 bedrooms and space for 22 guests, you’ll also find incredible views and a staff going the extra mile to provide the supreme comforts of home. This is just as an ideal spot to visit with family and friends as it is for an intimate destination wedding. The 360-degree panoramic views take your eyes from the sparkling Ionian Sea to the lava peak of Mount Etna.
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I just recently received exciting news from their exclusive luxury villa company The Thinking Traveller that Rocca delle Tre Contrade, has joined forces with acclaimed Chef Skye Gyngell for a two week-long culinary experiences exploring the gastronomic bounty and cuisine of the Mediterranean’s largest and most diverse island. This is truly a bucket list culinary experience!
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Skye Gyngell is one of the most respected chefs working in the UK. After working at a variety of high level restaurants, including La Varenne in Paris and The Dorchester in London, Skye became head chef at Petersham Nurseries, where the earned her Michelin star. In 2014, Skye opened Spring, in Somerset House, London. It quickly became regarded as one of the capital’s top restaurants.

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Below please find details for the course:

  • Six days immersed in a full food and wine program with Skye Gyngell, including cookery demo sessions and ‘hands on’ lessons with Skye Gyngell and her team
  • Seven hands-on sessions in the villa’s large demonstration kitchen (each work station shared by two participants)
  • Seven nights’ accommodation at the private luxury villa Rocca delle Tre Contrade in double rooms (single occupancy also available)
  • The presence of Jon Moslet, co-owner of Rocca delle Tre Contrade and expert in Sicilian wine and gastronomic traditions
  • A program of guided tours with English-speaking guide and related ground transportation
  • All meals including wine and beverages (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners)
  • Transfers between Catania Fontanarossa Airport and Rocca delle Tre Contrade on the first and last days of the week
  • Complimentary in-house laundry service (dry-cleaning not included)
The course is available for two weeks this spring, the week of March 25 and also the week of April 22.
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About the villa:
Rocca delle Tre Contrade occupies a stunningly panoramic position atop its own hill on Sicily’s east coast. The views of this former aristocratic estate are further enhanced by the intense greens and citrus flashes of the villa’s grounds, which feature lemon groves, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens. The magnificence of Mother Nature is rivalled only by the spectacular 25-metre, south-facing infinity pool and the delightful interiors, which have been renovated and refurbished to exactingly high standards.
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Bison Tenderloin with Cherry Port Glace

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Who is ready for Thanksgiving? I just returned from The Resort at Paws Up where everything is amazing. Food, wine, horseback riding, ATV rides, clay shooting, fly fishing, hiking, running, biking, spa and super wonderful people and customer service. I had a sample of what they’ll be serving up on their Thanksgiving menu so take a look. If you don’t have Thanksgiving plans yet, what are you waiting for?

House Made Bites

Hutterite Duck Prosciutto, Cured Olives, Pickled Hutterite Vegetables, Bitterroot Organic Cured Tomatoes, Tucker Farms Cheese, Amaranth, Quinoa Granola, New Zealand Spinach, 50 year Balsamic and Organic Olive Oil

Deluge Farms Pumpkin Bisque, Ginger Chantilly, Cinnamon Pemmican, Smoked Trout, Chives

Roasted Crabapple and Diver Scallop, Candied Yam Shoestrings, Beet Syrup, Beet Chips, Beet Caviar

Stone Crab, Preserved Lemon Butter, Picante Pepper Emulsion, Tobacco Onions

Waygu Carpaccio, Walnut and Fig Chutney, Flat Head Cherry Syrup, Shaved Truffle, House Made Cracker

Salads and Sides

Sweet Potato Pie, House Made Fluff, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Maple Bacon Brown Butter

House Made Cranberry Relish

Black Pepper Green Beans, Grandma Jones Recipe

Hutterite Bacon Smothered Brussels Sprouts

Whipped Potatoes, Butter, Cream, Salt and Pepper-That’s it

Candied Chestnut Dressing, Organic Wheat Montana Breads, Organic Vegetables, Locally Grown Sage, Hutterite Chicken Bone Broth

Caesar Salad, Garlic Parmesan Dressing, The Perfect Crouton, White Anchovies

Kale Salad, Swiss Chard, Dried Huckleberries, Cherries and Golden Raisins, Tucker Family Blue Cheese, Walnut and Honeycrisp Apple Vinaigrette

Stuffed Rainbow Trout

The Main Event

Hutterite Turkey Breast and Thighs, Pan Gravy with or with out Giblets

MT Natural Lamb Rack, Caramelized Shallot Lamb Glace

Bison Tenderloin, Flat Head Cherry Demi Glace

Lump Crab Stuffed Rainbow Trout, Tarragon Buerre Blanc

Sweet Endings

Mom’s Goat Cheese, Pumpkin Cheesecake and multiple seasonal selections that have been delivered to your home during the dinner hour.

The resort at Paws up

The Resort at Paws Up is Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort, offering first-class adventure on a grand scale. Discretely nestled in Greenough, Montana, amidst glacier-hewn mountains, Paws Up features the legendary Blackfoot River, expansive timberland and limitless prairies. From private homes and safari-style tents to attentive, anticipatory service, getting away to the wilds of Montana has never been so civilized. The Resort features a comprehensive, sophisticated culinary program and has been recognized as one of the leading experiential destinations in America. The Resort at Paws Up truly is The Last Best Place.

Since The Resort’s June 2005 inception, the property has received over 2,000 favorable reviews. In 2016, the Resort was voted the #1 Family Resort and the #2 Destination Resort in America in USA Today and the Best Small Family Resort and Best Glamping Resort in Sunset. For more information, please visit www.pawsup.com. The Resort at Paws Up is also on Facebook and Twitter (@Paws_Up).