Why to Travel To Keystone Colorado

Keystone Colorado

As the snow continues to melt and spring fades into summer, Keystone Resort officially kicks off the season June 13 with a variety of outdoor adventures designed for families and friends who want an authentic Rocky Mountain getaway. With temperatures rarely exceeding 75 degrees and opportunities for summer entertainment available around every corner, guests at Keystone Resort can play, stay and explore while enjoying an effortlessly healthy and active vacation. Here are just a few reasons to travel to Keystone Colorado this summer:

Women Mountain Biking at Keystone

Active Outdoor Activities

Planning a vacation that gets family and friends moving is easy at Keystone. Whether guests are ready to tackle a 2000 calorie burner hike or seek new adventures with a “Bike 101 Downhill Mountain Bike Clinic,” active adventures are available daily on-and-off the mountain. Also, with two world-class golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities and challenging mountain roads perfect for running, walking or biking, Keystone offers outdoor pursuits designed for any active lifestyle. I am ready!!

Serenity in the Mountains

For those looking to escape the hectic pace of everyday life, Keystone offers a variety of peaceful wellness opportunities devoted to mind, body and spirit. Whether partaking in a mountaintop yoga class at 11,640’, stand-up paddle boarding on Keystone’s five-acre lake, horseback riding through the Arapahoe Nation Forest or hiking among aspen groves, the resort’s breathtaking mountain vistas and pursuits are meant to inspire and excite while guests connect to the more important things in life. Sounds so amazing!!

Indulge and Refresh

After a long day of fast-paced adventures or channeling ones inner Zen, Keystone guests can visit the resort’s spa featuring over 10,000 square feet of amenities including a relaxation room, an outdoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room and a dry sauna, providing hours of peaceful serenity. Also, treat deserving muscles and melt stress away with specialized treatments such as a bliss facial and massage journey or coco-luscious body wrap with the Keystone Spa’s professional and experienced staff. Yes please!

Food to Nourish and Invigorate

After a day well-spent participating in a number of health-minded activities, prepare to sit back and enjoy a signature cocktail or health-conscious meal. Boasting three AAA four-diamond rated restaurants, award winning chefs and après decks with spectacular views, Keystone offers culinary experiences that are the perfect complement to any activity-filled day. Plus, Keystone’s Chefs are proud to provide meals that utilize locally-sourced proteins, fresh produce and are always created with the finest natural ingredients. Whether enjoying Colorado brews on the Village patio of 9280’ Taphouse, cocktails and appetizers river-side at the quaint Ski Tip restaurant, which ranks among Open Table’s Top 100, or savoring a local game-inspired meal at the historic Keystone Ranch, the resort’s culinary offerings are a palate enticing experience. And with such action-packed days, savoring a delicious dessert can be a well-deserved treat.

Rest and Relax at an Affordable Rate

With more than 800 accommodation options, Keystone offers lodging for every size group and budget. Reconnect in a comfortable condo with the “Rocky Mountain Getaway” package and receive incredible rates when staying five or more nights, or create new memories with friends and family when booking the “Choose Your Own Adventure” package for discounted lodging and à la carte activity options—perfect for shared experiences and individual adventures. Whether staying in the heart of River Run Village, or escaping to a creek side condo, guests will enjoy amenity-packed options complete with full kitchens, barbecues, decks, balconies and hot tubs with mountain views. Plus, with any two or more night stay Keystone lodging guests will receive “Play for Free,” including free scenic lift tickets for children 12 and under, a free guided hike, a free yoga class and free nine holes of golf after 4 p.m.

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Why to Travel to Travel Malia: Travel Tuesday

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Malia is one of the most popular destinations in Crete, and this charming town is situated at the base of Mount Selena. Malia holidays are all about having fun and partying in a beach setting. This part of the world is blessed with endless sunny days, perfect for summertime.

Beautiful beaches

Sun worshippers will find plenty of stunning beaches to choose from in Malia. The main beach is very close to the heart of the town, while several high end hotels and resorts also line the golden sand. Sun Beach is another popular stretch of sand that features plenty of amenities including a children’s pool. Other gorgeous stretches of sand in and around Malia include Potamos Beach and Tropical Beach.

 Historical attractions

Malia boasts a large number of interesting historical attractions that are just waiting to be discovered. The historical church of Agioi Pantes is set on and islet near the town and can be reached by boat from Malia’s main beach. Visiting this charming church is an experience that should not be missed, while the boat trip offers visitors the opportunity to see Malia in a different way.

The town also features a large archaeological site, which is situated near Potamos Beach. This ancient site features several collections of ancient artefacts as well as displays that offer an insight into the area’s rich history and culture. Old Town is packed with buildings that date back several centuries and wandering along the narrow lanes that wind their way through Old Town is an enchanting experience.

Vibrant nightlife

Visitors who really want to let their hair down after dark will find plenty of places to play in Malia. Traditional tavernas are great places to warm up at the start of the evening before heading to Dimokratias Street. This vibrant street is malia’s main nightlife hub and visitors will find a large selection of different types of venues here from trendy cafes to local bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Of course, this is just a small selection of what Malia has to offer. The setting here is extremely romantic, which makes Malia a popular destination among couples on their honeymoon. The area boasts several luxurious resorts where visitors can unwind in style.

(This post is in collaboration with Julie Brooks)

Ski into Spring at Fairmont Hotels

I have been fortunate enough to ski in Banff and Aspen in the past few months, but if you’re looking for other options for great ski trips, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts invites families and friends to hit the powdery slopes to take full advantage of exclusive ski packages ideal for a spring break getaway. With properties located in some of the best mountain destinations in North America, including the stunning peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the elite mountains of Colorado, and the charming villages of Quebec, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offers ski enthusiasts a variety of locales and authentic experiences to choose from. Perfect for “après ski,” Fairmont guests can enjoy world-class dining, shopping, spa experiences and tailor-made excursions, leaving them refreshed and rejuvenated this spring. I want to go, don’t you? Check out these awesome spring ski specials:

The Canadian Rockies

  • The Fairmont Banff SpringsThe Luxury Ski the Canadian Rockies Package includes accommodations, self-parking for one vehicle, a total of two tri-area ski passes per room, per night (valid at Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Ski Banff at Norquay), shuttle service to the ski hill, daily à la carte or buffet breakfast, a daily access pass to the Willow Stream Spa and complimentary ski and snowboard storage as well as all gratuities. Available through April 30, 2014, rates start from $499 CAD.
  • The Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseThe Lake Louise Family Ski Experience Package includes deluxe accommodations, two lift tickets, one in-room movie, and a $25 Deli credit for treats. Complimentary transportation between the ski hill and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is also included. Available through April 20, 2014, rates start from $359 CAD per night.
  • The Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeFamilies can hit the slopes with the Family Ski Experience. Package includes accommodations in a Fairmont Room, transportation to and from the ski hill, as well as family ski lift tickets for two adults and one child. Available until May 4, 2014, rates start from $339 CAD per night.

Quebec

  • Fairmont Tremblant: Families can enjoy Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains with the Family Ski Experience Package, which includes accommodations, one ski lift ticket per adult and $50 CAD food & beverage credit per day through April 12, 2014 starting at $357 CAD.

The Ultimate Tremblant Ski Package offers ski-in/ski-out access, as well as an array of activities for all ages. The package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast, and one ski lift ticket per adult through April 12, 2014. Rates start from $409 CAD per night.

  • Fairmont Le Château FrontenacThe Family Ski Experience includes accommodations, full buffet breakfast for two adults, two adult one day ski lift tickets for either Mont Sainte-Anne or Stoneham, one in-room family movie rental and a special in-room delivery of popcorn and juices. Available until April 26, 2014, rates start from $429 CAD
  •  Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu: Families can take on The Charlevoix Family Ski Experience, including accommodations, ski lift tickets for two adults and two children at Mont Grand-Fonds, cookies and milk, and an in-room movie per night. Available until March 23, 2014, rates start at $289 CAD.

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, the Ultimate Le Massif Ski Package offers accommodations and ski lift tickets for adults at Le Massif, which has the highest vertical drop in Eastern Canada. Available until March 23, 2014, rates start at $299 CAD.

Whistler

The Fairmont Chateau WhistlerThe Ultimate Ski Experience package provides ski-in/ski-out access to the famous Whistler Blackcomb, co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The offer includes mountainside accommodations (with a two-night minimum) and one Whistler Blackcomb dual-mountain ski resort lift pass per adult, per night. Available through April 21, 2014, rates start at $283 CAD.

Colorado

Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge: The Franz Klammer Family Ski Experience includes accommodations in a two or three-bedroom residence, children’s welcome amenity, two adult lift tickets daily (excluding arrival day), complimentary ski valet, complimentary airport transfers from Telluride or Montrose airports, and complimentary valet parking. Available through April 6, 2014, rates start from $475 USD per night (four night minimum).

Conquer Resolutions this January at Copper Mountain: Travel Tuesday

I am headed to Aspen Colorado this weekend, and I can’t wait! If you want to fulfill your New Year’s resolution to be more active on the slopes in the new year, check out these amazing events at Copper Mountain.

Learn to Ski and Ride Month, Jan 1 – 31, 2014
 Copper Mountain offers affordable options for never-evers and beginner skiers and riders to turn any New Year’s resolution into reality this January. All season long, beginners can access and learn for free on the Easy Rider carpet located in Center Village. Once basic skills are learned, a ticket for the Pitchfork chairlift is only $15, allowing beginners to master getting on and off the lift while perfecting turning and stopping. Copper Ski and Ride School features Youth Four Packs with flexible dates and the option to use lessons for either Ski and Ride School group lessons or Woodward at Copper freestyle lessons. For an introductory experience for adults ages 16+, Copper Ski and Ride School offers adult group lessons for those who have never skied or ridden before.

Safety Fest, Jan. 18 – 20, 2014
 January is National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Awareness Month; Copper Mountain celebrates with its annual award-winning Safety Fest Celebration, Jan 18 – 20. During Copper’s Safety Fest, Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village, turns into Safety Village with tents featuring National Ski Patrol signing up guests for mountain sweeps, Summit County Rescue Group offering backcountry awareness and beacon training, Copper Mountain Ski Patrol Avalanche Dogs demonstrating how dogs are trained and many more. Visit all Safety Village vendors to be entered in a daily raffle; prizes include helmets, lift tickets, season passes and more.

WinterBike, Jan. 18 – 19, 2014  
Winner of NSAA’s Most Creative Event in 2012, annual WinterBike returns to Copper Mountain on January 18 – 19, as part of the 2014 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series. The little ones kick off the excitement with LittleBike starting at 5 p.m., a short race around Burning Stones Plaza for the kids. WinterBike racers pedal out of Burning Stones Plaza at 6 p.m. and greeted with fireworks at the finish line in Burning Stones Plaza at 7:30 p.m. For more information, including registration, please visit www.coppercolorado.com.

Winter Travel Idea Reynolds Plantation: Travel Tuesday

Is it Friday yet? My 3 kids and I are looking forward to this weekend. We are heading back to Reynolds Plantation, one of our favorite southern destinations. It’s a great getaway with the kids or with your special someone any time of the year. It’s beautiful anytime of the year. From Thanksgiving week to New Year’s Day, there are many holiday family experiences to enjoy at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. This year’s holidays will be filled with nostalgic traditional activities including roasting s’mores, ice skating, decorating gingerbread houses, breakfast with Santa, savoring special seasonal fare and much more. The resort’s extraordinary Spa treatments, New Year’s Eve partying and invigorating outdoor activities along Lake Oconee will round out a truly memorable winter escape.

HOLIDAY PACKAGES

Fire & Ice Package

Available November 24, 2013, through February 16, 2014

  • Overnight accommodations in a resort-view guestroom
  • Unlimited ice skating
  • Valet parking for one vehicle per night
  • Breakfast for two in Georgia’s Bistro
  • S’mores turndown amenity
  • Starting at $349 weekday or $369 weekend (Friday or Saturday) per night, exclusive of tax
Breakfast with Santa Package

Available November 29, December 6, 13 & 20, 2013

  • Overnight accommodations (one or two nights) for four in a resort-view guestroom
  • Admission to Breakfast with Santa, includes breakfast gratuity
  • Starting rates: $399 Friday for one-night stay only; or $339 per night Friday and Saturday, two-night stay required, exclusive of tax

SEASONAL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Lovely Lakeside Ice Skating Rink Opens for the Season

From November 24, 2013, through February 16, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 4 to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, November 24, and for the third year, the beautiful 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink at the Pavilion opens at 10 a.m. Invigorating exercise and fun are topped off with hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Skating is complimentary for resort guests; non-resort guests price is $20 for children 12 and under; $30 for adults.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge Gingerbread House Display

Daily from November 27 through December 30

A traditional favorite, the resort’s annual gingerbread masterpiece is a one-of-a-kind, life-size Gingerbread House created from gingerbread, sugar, candy and lots of creativity and talent. Children of all ages will love the intricate Christmas-themed spectacle created by the resort’s expert pastry chefs.

Gingerbread Decorating Workshops

Available Saturdays; November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 at 2 p.m.

The season’s sweetest treats are featured in these workshops. Would-be pastry artists of all ages are invited to build their own distinctive gingerbread houses festooned with frosting, marshmallows, gumdrops and peppermints. $60 per house, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required; please call 706-467-7059.

Exclusively for Resort Guests:

Santa’s Segway Experience

Available daily from November 27 through December 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by reservation

A truly exciting way to explore the scenic beauty of The Lodge’s lakeside setting is on Santa’s Segway – each decked out with seasonal decorations, lights and antlers. $135 per rider for 90 minutes, limited availability. Riders must be 12 years or older. Reservations are required at 706-467-7130.

Linger Longer Holiday Express (complimentary)

Available for rides daily from November 28 through December 29 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All-aboard The Linger Longer Holiday Express! This is a favorite way to see the beautifully decorated resort grounds.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus & Dooley, The Lovable Resort Mascot (complimentary)

Available on November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 at 1 p.m.

The most lovable lady and the most irresistible dog, the resort’s chocolate lab Dooley, will charm little ones with classic Christmas tales on Saturdays throughout the holidays. Also, Santa’s Helpers will be delivering holiday surprises. (No reservations required.)

“St. Nick’s Flicks” for the Family (complimentary)

Available on November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Holiday movies, made more delicious with freshly made popcorn, are screened on Saturdays during December. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ritz-Kids “Elves in Training” Night Out, Fridays and Saturdays

Available November 29 through December 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Santa’s elves certainly know how to craft the best toys, and they’ll be here to help little elves construct their own creations. $75 per child includes activities, materials and dinner. Space is limited and reservations are required; please call 706-467-7130.

Elf Tuck-ins with Special Treats, Saturdays in December

Available on November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 22 & 23 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Children will be treated to a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” in their guestrooms at bedtime and receive a copy of a Santa-autographed book. Milk and cookies will complete the evening before they’re snuggled into their beds for a good night’s sleep. $35 per room. Space is limited and reservations are required; please call 706-467-7130.

Lodge Family Bingo, Holiday Edition (complimentary)

Available on November 30 and December 7, 14, & 21 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Families play this old-time favorite with a holiday time twist.

Situated within Reynolds Plantation on 30 acres of stunning shoreline property on Georgia’s Lake Oconee, the resort features access to 99 holes of championship golf designed by Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Rees Jones. Additional highlights include: 251 beautifully appointed rooms with resort and lake views; a 26,000-square-foot, full-service spa and fitness center, restaurants and array of outdoor activities ranging from fishing, swimming, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding to horseback riding and hiking. For more information and reservations, please call toll-free (800) 826-1945, (706) 467-0600 or visit www.ritzcarltonlodge.com.