Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

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Looking for the best places to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22? Here are my top picks:
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Fairmont Mayakoba | Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Fairmont Mayakoba is a truly amazing tropical resort located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I just returned from there, and it’s perfect for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, fabulous cuisine, luxurious accommodations, warm temperatures and pure white sand. Celebrate Mexico’s national drink with their speciality margarita, Cucumber Habanero Margarita. The Habanero pepper is one of the most popular hot chili peppers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and gives any cocktail that Mexican kick and flavor!

Blackberry MargaritasCheeca Lodge & Spa | Islamorada, FL
The oceanfront property with panoramic views features its Black Rita with an Islamorada twist is this beautiful oceanfront resorts delicious margarita. It’s is served with Patron Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Agave Necter, lime juice and lightly muddled blackberries garnished with mint for added flavor.

The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal is showcasing the drink that they know best with loads of refreshing Tequila-based treats including the Cabo Cadillac Margarita made with Tequila Clase Azul Reposado, Damiana Liquor, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Orange Juice and Simple Syrup; the Carrot Margarita with Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Carrot Juice and Rich Lavender Syrup; and the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita consisting of Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Triple Sec, Fresh Cucumber Juice, Fresh Jalapeño Pepper Juice and Simple Syrup. Need I say more?

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples | Naples, FL

In one of my favorite Ritz Carlton properties in the world, enjoy tasty margaritas looking onto ocean views with frozen margaritas at Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort. Indulge with flavors like strawberry, mango, raspberry and banana to satisfy all margarita tastes and cravings, or kick it up a notch with the Gold Brick Margarita, of course using Patron!

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami | Key Biscayne, FL

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami takes Margarita Day to the next level with on-site Tequilier Heriberto Ovideo’s specially selected Cantina Beach Margarita at Cantina Beach. The Cantina’s own Double Barrel Herradura Reposada is served sugar rimmed with the perfect mix of Cointreau, sour mix and a float of Chambord on the rocks. For a little extra kick, indulge in a tequila tasting with the with the Tequilier, exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami.

Spur Teton Mountain Lodge

Spur at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa | Jackson Hole, WY 

Spur’s Spicy Margarita is made with infused jalapeno tequila, muddled citrus, passion fruit or blood orange puree. Located slope side, Spur offers the most elevated aprés ski experience after a day of adventure on the mountain. Enjoy locally sourced, elevated mountain cuisine at Spur Restaurant & Bar.

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FIRE Restaurant, the ART Hotel | Denver, CO

Raise a glass to National Margarita Day at FIRE Restaurant, Terrace & Lounge by enjoying the FIRE & Blood Orange Margarita while overlooking downtown Denver’s thriving cultural district. This specialty cocktail puts a spicy spin on the classic margarita – composed of Peligrosso Blanco Tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, blood orange, and lime, topped with with San Pelligino, sea salt and chili rum.

Tavern on The Square at The Arrabelle at Vail Square | Vail, Colorado

After a long day shredding the slopes, nothing sounds better than celebrating with delicious après ski offerings at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. For those looking to celebrate National Margarita Day, try the Mountain Margarita Made with Grand Marnier, Don Julio Resposado, homemade sours, and a lime garnish, it’s hard to stop at one! Just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, there’s no better way to say olé. Drink by the lobby fireplace or in your room by your own in-room fireplace.

The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa | Rancho Santa Fe, California

One of my favorite resort bars at the my top pick for best stays outside of San Diego, Rancho Valencia head straight to the The Pony Room, is the perfect place to grab a margarita for National Margarita Day. With five amazing margaritas on their menu featuring The Pony Express, The Silver Pony, The Palomino, Skinny as it Goes, and the daddy of all margaritas, The El Jefe. The El Jefe is made with Don Julio 1942 Añejo Tequila, Grand Marnier 100, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. For the less ambitious, The Pony Express is made with Fortaleza Reposado, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.

Six Hotels that are Thinking Pink

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It is almost October, and a new travel trend is that hotels are “thinking pink” this year by offering special programs and packages to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From spa discounts to lavish breast cancer and pink events, here are six hotels that are thinking pink:

The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – a stunning site carved into a cliff on 24 mountainside and pristine oceanfront acres at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Resort at Pedregal, in partnership with Clase Azul, is offering three exclusive pink bottles of the special tequila selling for $500 a bottle and $30 a shot where all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation, the only property in Mexico to have this rare bottle. In addition, The resort is offering its signature Pink Kiss cocktail made with vodka, strawberries infused aperol, fresh pineapple juice, raspberry puree and homemade citrus syrup topped off with a lime wedge.

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The Palms Turks and Caicos Providenciales Turks and Caicos

On October 10th, The Palms Turks & Caicos will host its 7th annual “In the Pink” event to raise money for TCI’s Cancer Society. The “In the Pink” event is one of the hottest social events Turks and Caicos has seen. The Palms’ General Manager, Karen Whitt, (committee chairperson and creator of the unique event) helps organize the event for locals and guests alike, in which they host a shopping paradise and a lavish party on property with music, cocktails and giveaways. With donations from corporate businesses and individuals, the team will transform several of the guest suites into a (shopping paradise – need different word used this earlier) , allowing buyers to snag excellent bargains on a wide selection of new and gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and even some designer items. After the shopping zone closes, the fun continues with a superb after-party in the elegantly pink- decorated courtyard in front of the famed Parallel 23 restaurant. The after-party includes live music and charming guest bartenders serving up themed cocktails and raffle giveaways.

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Awili Spa and Salon at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort  Maui, Hawaii 

In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Awili Spa & Salon, the signature spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, will offer custom handmade pink soaps ($12) available in Vanilla Yuzu, Pikake Lavender and Pineapple Espresso. The spa will also be showcasing a special Pink Pedicure Package for $95 which includes the Awili Spa everyday hydration pedicure, hand-crafted pink scrub made by the apothecary consultants, a glass of Rosé sparkling wine, and a mini Pink Deborah Lippmann nail polish to take home. 10% of all proceeds will go to the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Aside from offering custom pink spa offerings, the property will also light their arrival bridge with bright pink lighting for the duration of October.

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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-winning all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 355 guest rooms; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a three-chair/18-run ski and snowboard facility; 62,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants.

This October, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is partnering with ABCD — After Breast Cancer Diagnosis — to raise funds to help survivors. ABCD is a Milwaukee based organization led by survivors and dedicated to breast cancer support and information.

  • Grab Your Drive. Help a Survivor – Visit the Golf Shop to purchase a sleeve of pink golf balls for $10 and receive a complimentary bag of 50 pink tees. $5 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • Support a Survivor with a Sweet Treat – Dine in Geneva ChopHouse or Ristorante Brissago and ask for the Pink Lemonade Cheesecake with house-made strawberry gelato for $8. $4 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • A Reason to Relax — Visit the WELL Spa + Salon any Monday in October and choose the pedicure right for you. Need a reason to relax? 10% of the price of the service will benefit ABCD

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The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Rancho Mirage, California

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage will adorn the signature pink color into every facet of the arrival experience from shining pink lights on the the entrance of the resort and featuring beautiful shades of pink and cream flowers in the lobby. In addition, the ladies and gentleman of the staff will wear a hint of pink in their wardrobe throughout the month and greet guests with a variety of pink treats from the Concierge Candy Bar as well as offer scrumptious pink-frosting artisan cupcakes in the State Fare Bar + Kitchen for a donation of $1 to be given to charity. The Cure Cocktail will be added to the repertoire of cocktails as the speciality beverage of October, with $1 donated to the American Cancer Society for each drink purchased. To incorporate efforts to raise awareness and support into every aspect of the property, pink stones will be gifted to Spa guests for a fond farewell. Enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range offering striking panoramic views of the greater Palm Springs, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers 244 contemporary guest rooms that feature natural elements of stone, wood and fire, spacious patios, lavish amenities and incredible service to create a relaxing desert oasis.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

The world’s most luxurious hotel, continues to show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month Burj Al Arab Jumeirah by launching a pink-themed campaign and hosting an event to highlight the importance of this worthy cause. Starting from Thursday 1 October 2015, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will light its sail in pink and join a number of global landmarks participating in the worldwide illumination campaign. The hotel’s sail will continue to turn pink each Thursday throughout the month. For the first time, Burj Al Arab’s Royal Suite will blush pink on Thursday, 22 October, to play host to 20 breast cancer survivors from “Breast Friends” support group in Dubai.

7 Getaways for National Yoga Month

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September is National Yoga Month, so here are some of my top picks for the best places to get your namaste on:

1. Rancho Valencia Resort & SpaSan Diego, California

Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, nature trails, meticulous olive groves, and casitas, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is ideal for the premier active lifestyle and healthy retreats for even the most discerning travelers. Seeking to inspire resort guests, wellness was a major initiative during Rancho Valencia’s recent $30 million renovation. In addition to resurfacing all 18 on-property tennis courts, The Spa at Rancho Valencia and fitness center were expanded with a new line-up of fitness classes, spa treatments and wellness programs. The resort’s fitness center was further expanded with the addition of a 1,000-square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion that now hosts numerous Yoga sessions, fitness classes, exercise programs and retreats hosted by top-tier fitness and wellness professionals. Rancho Valencia’s fitness offerings include Spin, Pilates, Tennis, TRX and Yoga in the new Serenity Yoga Pavilion. Fitness classes are complimentary for spa and resort guests and are all concluded with a fresh cold-pressed juice or protein shake.

In addition, Rancho Valencia offers monthly yoga workshops focusing on different topics each month. Throughout each workshop, Yoga Director Anna Spalding, will offer various tips on yoga, mind and body. The workshop is open to all levels and is complimentary to spa members and $40 for non-members.

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2. Twin FarmsBarnard, VT

Twin Farms is an all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux property and the only five-star resort in Vermont situated on lush meadowlands in Barnard, VT. Each accommodation is unique and the culinary program is incomparable to anywhere else in the Northeast. Set amidst 300 acres of meadows and woodlands, Twin Farms just unveiled a new yoga deck and programming that is perfect to visit this fall to witness stunning New England fall foliage. The new programming includes a variety of yoga practices including Sunrise yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga and yoga hikes. In addition to yoga, TRX Suspension Training, SMR Foam Rolling, Core-Balance-Stretch and Strength Training are now offered on property. The TRX Suspension Training uses a suspension apparatus as well as calisthenics to induce a complete body workout and incorporates light to moderate strength training couples with various core and balance exercises.

In addition to the new yoga deck, Twin Farms offers an incredible wellness program with its Spa Facility, which is for the exclusive use of Twin Farms’ male and female guests. Custom designed treatments include hydrotherapy, luxuriant facials, rejuvenating manicures, pedicures and exquisite multi-layered body treatments. The signature line of Out of the Woods spa products are handcrafted in Bath, England. These botanical preparations are made with plant-based extracts, organic herbal infusions and pure essential oils.

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3. Washington School House, Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah is the ideal destination for the adventurous traveler looking for activities other than skiing. Washington School House, the hip town’s newest luxury boutique hotel, offers guests one of the most unusual winter activities with Park City Yoga Adventures with yoga deep inside the 10,000-year-old crater at The Homestead Resort. The instructor demonstrates yoga poses from the dock while guests move and bend on paddleboards that float in the 90-plus-degree natural therapeutic pool.

Washington School House is an exclusive Park City boutique hotel where you can expect… well, the unexpected. As one of the last surviving schoolhouses built in 1889, the hotel graduated to a new level of luxury in December 2011 with the completion of a stunning renovation.

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4. Mayflower Grace, Washington, CT

Known for its award winning 20,000 sq. ft. spa, Mayflower Grace offers a variety of yoga classes for guests including Power Yoga Basics, Mayflower Yoga Flow and Gentle Yoga Flow. The Mayflower Spa offers highly personalized destination wellness programs, a la carte spa services, classes and activities for guests in the spa building as well as throughout the 58 acre estate. Located in the idyllic town of Washington, CT, Mayflower Grace is an exquisite country retreat nestled on beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland, just 2 hours from New York City. The  30-room luxury hotel is surrounded by 3,000 acres of nature preserve, boasts an award winning 20,000 sq. ft. spa and two restaurants.

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5. The Mulia & Mulia VillasBali, Indonesia 

Find your center of balance and peace this National Yoga Month, at the beautiful Mulia & Villas in Bali. The award winning resort provides guests with Hatha yoga, Sun Salutation yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Savasana yoga complimentary with their stay. Guests can experience classes each day throughout their stay at the Mulia. For the more experienced guest, private classes are available at the Mulia for a fee. The stunning coastline of Nusa Dua provides the perfect setting for your yoga experience.

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6. Luna y Mar Spa’s Brand New Yoga Getaway at The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, MX

Release your mind and connect your body and spirit with the moon and sea energies on this unique yoga retreat. Luna y Mar Spa’s Yoga Getaway includes the following: Two private yoga classes at the beach palapa – 60 minutes each and One moon meditation and night yoga at the beach palapa – 90 minutes

Moon mediation is a healing and regenerative process, and utilizes a specific breathing pattern that clears the mind, revitalizes the physical body, and balances emotions with the lunar and sea energies. Maximum physical and emotional benefits, along with expanded states of awareness, are the natural products of increased oxygenation that Moon Meditation breathing and yoga on the beach brings.

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7. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, MX

Yoga first soared in popularity at Rancho La Puerta and throughout North America almost simultaneously. Although there were many sources of new yoga programs in the United States in the mid-20th century, leader Indra Devi (whom many credit as being the most influential yoga teacher of the time) was at the Ranch as well as their sister spa, the Golden Door. She even opened her own yoga retreat center next door to Rancho La Puerta. Rancho La Puerta offers a variety of yoga classes including Restorative Yoga, Yoga/Fundamentals Level One and Two, and Yoga Sculpt. The Ranch also offers unique fitness retreats covering a wide range of exercise specialties led by fitness enthusiasts from all over the world. Examples include:

Gentle Yoga in November 2015 – The teachings and time tested practices of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and Vipassana Meditation to create a dynamic and integrated practice, that help us lead healthy, happy and effective lives. Each class is unique, based on a theme related to body, mind and spirit.

Bar Method in November 2015 – The Bar Method™ integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.