6 Reasons to Visit Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

With the changing of leaves, crisp Rocky Mountain air, and undeniably breathtaking alpine surroundings, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch invites guests to celebrate a sensational season of culinary offerings and outdoor experiences this fall. Foodies can rejoice with new offerings, while outdoor enthusiasts can explore the wonders of the Rocky Mountains. Here are 6 reasons to visit The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch this fall.

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1.  Zero Calorie Desserts at Bachelors Lounge

The resort’s exclusive speakeasy-like cigar lounge, Bachelors Lounge, introduces the ultimate zero calorie dessert with their innovative Vaportini cocktail, allowing guests to consume the alcohol vapor through a straw. This fanciful take on classic beverages provides a new and innovative way to indulge with the debut of new delicious flavors such as Apple Pie and Chocolate Truffle. Guests can enjoy their guilt-free desserts on the heated patio or cozy interior of Bachelors Lounge.

2. Pizza & Pinot at Spago

Guests can indulge in a sommelier-selection of pinot wines alongside their expertly crafted wood fired pizza for just $19 daily between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Enjoy Chef Jared Montarbo’s Spago specialties like the Prosciutto pizza made with palisade peaches and aged balsamic and the Smoked Salmon pizza topped with dill crème Fraîche and domestic caviar.

3. Buffalos, Burgers & Beers

Choose from all burgers and sandwiches on the menu and add any glass of draft beer for just $18! Known for its famously delicious Bison Burger, Buffalos offers rustic cuisine created from locally, farm-source ingredients. Guests can enjoy a selection of Colorado craft beer on draught and by the bottle in a soothing, low-key environment.

4. Autumn Hiking

Experience the magic of fall with a self-guided hike immersed in the golden glow of the Aspen leaves and surrounding fall foliage. Bring your four-legged friend along and explore the variety of hiking trails available right in the resort’s very own backyard.

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5. Bachelor’s Lil Campers

Designed for children ages 5 to 12, Bachelor’s Lil’ Campers package brings the fun and excitement of a camping experience to the comfort of guest’s rooms. This in-room camping experience includes:

  • 5’x 5′ teepee complete with Ritz-Carlton linens and featherbed
  • Survivor kit including a lantern, head lamp and a S’mores kit that can be enjoyed by the whole family around the Fire Pit
  • Stuffed ‘Bachelor’ dog, bandana and children’s book

6. Spa Specials

Enjoy your choice of a 60-minute Massage or Facial at The Bachelor Gulch Spa with a special price of $99 for one treatment, or $189 for two. This Forbes Four Star-related spa draws its inspiration from the resort’s rustic surroundings, utilizing natural ingredients including alpine berries, Douglas fir and blue spruce sap to help soothe the mind a body after an afternoon of mountain hiking or rigorous day on the slopes.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

The grand lodge architectural style of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch exudes authentic Rocky Mountain luxury and captures the essence of the surrounding national forest. Consistently recognized as one of North America’s top hotels, the year-round destination resort in Colorado offers limitless outdoor adventure, Ritz Kids experiences, an array of dining options, and a “Rocky Mountain speakeasy” at Bachelors Lounge.  The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton features a 21,000 square-foot spa and fitness center features 19 treatment rooms, a co-ed rock-lined grotto, an integrated wellness program, and both Pilates and yoga studios. Designed by world-renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi, Spago by Wolfgang Puck opened at the resort in late 2007 as the only Colorado outpost of his legendary Beverly Hills restaurant. All four-legged guests are welcomed to ‘Bachelor’s Pack’–helmed by the hotel’s resident canine ambassadors, Bachelor and Belle –with a host of premium services and amenities.

Culinary Cave at Ritz Carlton Bali

Soto Pesmol

Have you heard of a culinary cave? This new culinary trend can be found at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali  as they introduce Bejana, the resort’s signature Indonesian restaurant. Bejana, from the Indonesian word for a tradition culinary vessel, presents a unique mix of five-star-flair and relaxed ambience. Sure to be a top dining destination in Bali, Bejana features a variety of indoor and outdoor seating with dramatic views of the resort and the Indian Ocean. Located on the upper-cliff, the restaurant is open for dinner and is home to the ‘Culinary Cave,’ an exciting gourmet learning center which allows guests to discover Indonesian cooking through hands-on experiences with the Chef.

Bejana Outdoor View

“Indonesia has a very rich culinary heritage, and Bejana embraces this tradition. By serving our unique take on Indonesia’s most famous dishes and types of cuisine, we take our guests on a journey through the Archipelago,” says Karim Tayach, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Bali.

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Designed by Burega Farnell, the restaurant sits on three different levels. The upper-level houses the Culinary Cave, featuring an open kitchen with three state-of-the-art cooking stations for learning and demonstrations, as well as a large, wooden chef’s table. A step down, in the middle of the restaurant guests will find a private dining room for 12, as well as several intimate tables especially designed for couples with a romantic atmosphere complimented by a small garden and bar. The last level is set on an open-air wooden deck, featuring cozy lounges and casual outdoor seating. The intricate Balinese design was influenced by traditional elements from local craftsmen and creates an exceptionally elegant environment with a rustic edge.

Bebek Betutu

The menu presents dishes from different regions of Bali and Indonesia, such as Soto Pesmol, a spiced coconut and seafood soup originally from Jakarta, and Bebek Betutu, a Balinese roast duck in Banana Leaf. Local inspiration is also reflected in the bar where mixologists have re-imagined some of Indonesia’s most beloved traditional beverages into special libations for guests. Bajjigur is a unique aromatic warm beverage from West Java, usually enjoyed on cooler, rainy days and sold from traveling carts. Bejana’s spin captures the flavors and aromas of the original, with creamy coconut milk, sweet brown sugar, exotic warmth from ginger with hints of pandan leaf and lemongrass, but offers extra indulgence with the addition of Myers Rum and Malibu.

Joined by a highly skilled team, Chef Made Suriana has created a farm-to-table experience at the Culinary Cave. Beginning with an inspiring visit to nearby traditional markets in the morning, guests will join Chef Made as he sources the freshest local ingredients. With their bounty in hand, guests return to the resort and continue to pick and harvest the according herbs and spices from the resort`s Chef`s garden, and bring it to Bejana where Chef Made teaches them how to prepare traditional Indonesian food in the Culinary Cave. The exciting morning concludes with a festive lunch allowing the group to sample the dishes they have just created.

Ritz Carlton San Francisco Fundraiser for Nepal

Beef Cheek Ravioli,

Looking for an amazing fundraiser for Nepal? If you’re in San Francisco, guests and locals are invited to enjoy a special five-course dinner benefitting Nepal at Parallel 37, the signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, on Thursday, July 9, 2015.  Proceeds from the fundraising dinner will go to support the American Himalayan Foundation and its Nepal Earthquake Disaster Recovery Fund.

“We’re excited to welcome guests to the hotel and Parallel 37 as we support the disaster relief efforts in Nepal,” said Chef de Cuisine Michael Rotondo. “Through our social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, this epicurean experience further connects our hotel and the San Francisco community as we strive to make a difference in assisting the American Himalayan Foundation.”

Parallel 37

Beginning the evening in Parallel 37 at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy an elegant cocktail reception featuring expertly crafted cocktails from Mixologist Camber Lay. Following the reception, guests will indulge in an exquisite five-course menu. From a Tuna Poke with Sun Blissed Nectarine and an Heirloom Tomato Salad with Summer Squash with Lamb Bolognese to begin the culinary journey to a Beef Cheek Ravioli with Sweet Corn to complete the experience, guests will savor the culinary delights of Chef Rotondo. Each of the five courses will be complemented by a wine selections.

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My Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips

I can’t believe it’s time for the holidays. It is such a special time of year for everyone, especially children. Of course they love getting presents, but I think it’s more than that. They love the decorations, getting out of school, festive holiday meals and spending time with family and friends. This year is especially exciting for me to work with Honeysuckle White® and Shady Brook Farms turkey. They asked me compose holiday survival guide for their December newsletter.

Here’s a look at my Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips:

1. Read a Book, Listen to Music or Both – A great book takes your mind off all that you have going on and helps you relax and escape while sharpening your mind at the same time. Jazz or classical music is supposed to relax you, but I say listen to whatever makes you feel good.

2. Exercise – Do what you love to do. My top stress relievers are running, yoga and weight training.

3. Play with Your Child and Pet – Throwing the ball with the dog or your kids is a great way to relax. In fact, why not take them along on a group walk or hike to the park!

4. Sleep and/or Naps – Getting extra rest when things are stressful always makes you feel so much better.

5. Cook or Bake – To me, cooking is therapy. Even if you don’t love to cook, baking with the kids is always a fun and relaxing time. Just enlist some helpers to contribute to cleaning up.

6. Build in “Me Time” – This is what I struggle with most. Try to slow things down and savor the moment. Also, schedule “me time”, a time out for yourself for a massage, a manicure or pedicure or simple things such as deep breaths, meditation, hot baths or whatever you like to do to refresh. Don’t think about the difficulties. Think about the moment, enjoying your family and enjoying life.

7.  Learn to Say No – You don’t have to attend every party, kid’s party and function you are invited to. Trying to fit it all in creates more stress for you and the family.

8. Take a Vacation – Taking a family vacation during the holidays is a great way to de-stress, spend quality time with the family and get away from the holiday rush.

9. Holiday Movie Night – Watch a few old Christmas and holiday movies with the family with a cup of apple cider or hot chocolate and popcorn.

10. De-Plug – Take a break from your cell phone, computers and work and enjoy time outdoors and with family or friends. Getting away from it all really is true relaxation.

For a list of more favorites, check out Newsletters I wrote for them at the following links: http://www.honeysucklewhite.com/alisonlewis/ and http://www.shadybrookfarms.com/alisonlewis/ Hope you have also enjoyed some shots of New Orleans, a great holidays get-away. I highly recommend the Ritz Carlton.