What’s New in Nantucket

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I have never been to Nantucket, but I know where I want to stay! The Nantucket, the island’s only luxury all-season destination resort which in January 2015 will unveil an entirely new wing of five Cottage Guest Suites.  The new wing suites, designed by Kevin O’Brien, will have a glamorous yet breezy coastal living vibe- the inspiration is a classic and aspirational beach home but with a twist.

The hotel is very geared up to wellness and will shortly launch The Art of Cabin Fever later this month until Spring 2015 – designed to bringing mind & body together through a cozy hunker down and hibernation program including everything from specially tailored massages in the boutique spa, mediation classes, daily yoga, heated outdoor hot tub with detox cocktails, healthy fondue by the outdoor fire pits, a fully stocked library in each room with specialist book recommendations, luxurious Marine Mer Sea bath experiences, an appointment with a nutritionist etc. It’s a unique take on the ever popular digital detox, perfect for guests to contemplate the year ahead and for mastering the art of mindfulness!

Lastly Spring will see the launch of “Sea For Yourself”- a one-of-kind island hopping experience for guests between The Nantucket hotel and the sister island resort (same owners) on Martha’s Vineyard, Winnetu Oceanside  – so guests can visit both properties and islands within the one trip.

This week is the famous island Christmas Stroll (Dec 4-7). With it’s seasonal fall and winter activities, off season is the ideal time to visit Nantucket free from the crowds and at a great price – discounted rates start at $175/night on weekdays and $350/night on weekends. While the exterior is classic Nantucket 1891, the nautical chic interiors feature all the modern conveniences to enjoy breezy coastal living.

Palisade Peach Festival Travel Tuesday

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Last week I was lucky enough to explore the beautiful city of Palisade, Colorado where Colorado wineries are fruitful, agriculture tourism is high, and where my son and I had some of the the best peaches we have ever tried! Where ever you go, out in the orchards and wineries or in and around Palisade, you hear about the buzz about the 2014 Palisade Peach Festival. The festival starts this week on August 14 thru the 17th.  All over the Valley and beyond, beginners and seasoned cooks are busy figuring out their Peach Recipe Contest entry.  Everyone is salivating over the sample sales after the contest. Local chefs are busy creating their dishes to present at the Peach cuisine with Colorado chefs.  Peach jams, jellies, cobblers, pies and vendor peach specials are being prepared.

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The Festival down at Riverbend Park Friday and Saturday joins all the activities going on all over town with the Peach Parade, Recipe Contest, Peach Pancake Breakfast and restaurant peach specials. Where ever you go in and around Palisade… peaches rule!

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Growers and valley chefs bring to you, “Feast in the Fields” where guests will enjoy a gourmet meal with local wines, among the peach trees at Z’s Orchards and Suncrest Orchard Alpacas.  When you’re in Palisade Peach Country during the festival, it’s all about the Power of the Peach with this years bumper crops of those juicy, sun kissed, high dessert, grown to perfection, peaches!  How sweet it is! Come join us!

Special note:  The Grand Junction Rockies join in the celebration with “Peach Night at the GJ Rockies” on the Wednesday night August 13th, the day before the festival starts,  Tim Ray, general manager for the GJ Rockies is pleased to help honor the best peaches in the world and those who grow them!  For more information call 464-7458 or go to www.palisadepeachfest.com

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 Schedule of Events

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST  13th

Peach night with GJ Rockies 7:05 PM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14th

Hisotrical Society documentary: Roller Dam 100 Yrs 5:00 PM

Ice Cream Social & Street Dance  5:30 PM

Peach Cake Stroll 6:00 PM

Town Grouch and Peach Queen & Court 6:30 Pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 th

Historical Walking tours 10:30AM & 12:30PM

Peach Festival in Riverbed Park 3PM – 9PM

Peach Cuisine w/ CO Chefs  3:00PM – 5:00PM

Peach Jammin Stage 5PM – 9PM

Feast in the Field Dinner at Z’s Orchard 6PM – 9PM

Feast in the Field Dinner at Suncrest Orchards 6PM – 9PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th

Peach Recipe Contest 7:30AM

Peach Festival Parade 9AM

Lions Club Pancake breakfast 7AM – 10Am

Peach Festival @ Riverbend Park 9AM – 9PM

peach eating contest  12:00 pm

Peach Cuisine w/ CO Chefs  1:00PM – 5:00PM

peach plunge  4:00 pm

Guns vs hoses  tug of war  4:45 pm

Peach Jammin Stage 1 PM – 9PM

Feast in the Field Dinner at Z’s Orchard 6PM – 9PM

Fruit & wine byway agri tours

sunDAY, AUGUST 17th

Farmers Sunday market 10Am – 2PM

Fruit & wine byway agri tours

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Why to Travel To Keystone Colorado

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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:

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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)

Shrimp Alfredo Pizza

So Sorry I have been MIA since last week. I had Healthy Travel Magazine layouts due for our July issue, Fit & Well Birmingham copy due for our June issue and my latest and GREATEST new client for my media business! Not to mention, I have 3 kids, single mom, lower back disk issue, you get the drill…. Forgiven yet? I did get the amazing opportunity to go to Sedona to experience the amazing Lauberge De Sedona this weekend (typing on my flight). I slept 11 hours the first night and 12 hours the next. The spa was AMAZING!!  I’ll tell you more in in the Sept issue of Healthy Travel magazine. Now..to the SHRIMP ALFREDO PIZZA recipe! It is AWESOME and SO easy! My 3 teens devoured it! Try it and you’ll LOVE it! Happy last week of school for us! LOVE Y’ALL! Alison

 

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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

Romantic Reasons to Visit Bali

Need a fabulous Valentine’s getaway idea? The amorous adventure of a lifetime awaits at the decadent destination resort of Viceroy Bali. There are so many romantic reasons to visit Bali, and here are a few: Tailor-made for lovers old and new, the accommodations, cuisine, amenities, surroundings, and service at this Balinese resort near the artsy town of Ubud set the stage for an enchanting escape that couples will remember forever. Viceroy Bali was recently named “Best Romantic Retreat” by AsiaRooms.com Hotel Awards and “Best Luxury Honeymoon Hotel” in Asia by the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards. Need I say more?

Here are a few of their special touches:

  • Verdent foliage, heart-stopping views, gentle breezes, and warm nights
  • Villa suites with personal pools and pavilions for complete privacy
  • Helicopter arrivals and departures sure to make her heart flutter
  • Tech toys galore to entertain him while she’s blissing out in yoga class
  • Balinese couples’ massages at the spectacular Lembah Spa
  • 24 hour room service
  • Delectable dining experiences prepared under the direction of Chef Nic Vanderbeeken at the romantic open air CasCades restaurant
  • A sunrise trek near Batur Volcano
  • Balinese dance lessons

Intimate and relaxed, imbued with Balinese sensuality yet bespoke in all respects, this retreat is truly a dream destination.