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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Kale Guacamole

Kale Guacamole

I had a great time last weekend at Lake Austin Spa Resort where I was teaching smoothie bowl classes promoting my latest cookbook 200 Best Smoothie Bowls. I also had the amazing opportunity to workout, take a mediation for clarity class, try hydrobikes and experience amazing spa treatments and of course, food. The food at this Texas spa is out of this world with so many clever, creative and healthy combinations. The first night they had “Kale Guacamole” on their menu for an appetizer. They didn’t have the recipe, but I came home and recreated it tonight. My husband said, “It tastes just it.” This recipe is classic guacamole recipe with kale added. Why did I not think of that?

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Best Beerfest in April

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The 8th annual Kohler Festival of Beer is April 29-May 1 – a celebration bringing together brewmasters from across the country at Destination Kohler. The weekend is crafted for the beer enthusiast with brew-themed happenings. Guests can enjoy flavorful food pairing experiences, tasting soirees, educational seminars, culinary demonstrations, lively music, and a 5K Beer Run/Walk. This year the line-up of new events includes an interactive grilling experience, sessions on homebrewing, beer-infused cooking, craft beer trends and more. Tap into all the details by clicking online.

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Satiate and Educate
Educational opportunities are plentiful for craft beer fans of all levels and interests. Brewmasters, cicerones, chefs and chocolatiers host inspiring educational sessions throughout the weekend:

  • Beer Infused Foods ($35), Friday at 5pm – Discover how to incorporate and infuse beer into favorite foods and recipes at this cooking demonstration with food and beer samples.
  • Art of Homebrewing ($40), Saturday at 10am – Learn the techniques, tips and secrets to create beer at home.
  • Beer 101 ($30), Saturday at 2pm – Gain insight into the basics and nuances of beer and brewing at this session focusing on history, proper pouring techniques and glassware.
  • Craft Beer Trends, ($30) Saturday at 4pm – Get a taste of the latest trends in the craft beer industry from a certified cicerone.
  • Those seeking a hands-on experience will enjoy The Art of Grilling ($120) on Saturday at 5pm featuring a 1.5 hour session on grilling basics, tips and tricks hosted by resort chefs. Twenty culinarians will line the grilling stations at this interactive session as they prepare and enjoy dinner.

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A new event this year affords a sole brewery the opportunity to showcase its portfolio of craft beer to festgoers.

Tasting events with ample samples

Kohler Festival of Beer signature events celebrate the discovery of beers from more than 30 breweries. The events include both abundant beer tastings and food pairings. Performances by regional bands include Copperbox, Marc Croft Band, DJ Sye Young and Sammy Llanas, the former lead singer of the BoDeans.

  • Hops the Shops ($40) taps the weekend with a pairing event at The Shops at Woodlake on Friday from 8-11pm.
  • Regional chefs collaborate with brewers to share fantastic grilled fair with beer pairings at Shorts and Chefs ($40) on Saturday from 11am-1pm.
  • A day choc-full of beer-themed events culminates at Cheers to Beers ($90) tasting gala on Saturday from 6-9pm featuring high-end and hard-to-find beers at the inspiring Kohler Design Center, a showroom of Kohler Co. products and services.

 

kohler beer festBeer here, there and everywhere

Visitors to Destination Kohler can enjoy beer-themed menu additions at its restaurants, an al fresco beer garden and special offers at Woodlake Market. Resort restaurants get in the spirit offering unique food and beverage specials at various locales including the resort’s historic taproom Horse & Plow Restaurant & PubCraverie Chocolatier Café will pinpoint select beers that pair perfectly with Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates. Cucina will host lively music and small bites at the Goose Island Beer Gardenlocated in the breezeway at The Shops at Woodlake on Friday from Noon-6pm and Saturday from 10am-6pm. The Wisconsin Room will host a Friday evening Sierra Nevada Lobster & Seafood Buffett and the Beer Lovers Brunch ($40) on Sunday morning. Woodlake Market will showcase featured festival beers making it easy to take home new favorites.

Craft a brew-cation

Check out Kohler Festival of Beer overnight package offering event tickets, exclusive opportunities, special offers, and accommodations at the Forbes Five-Star The American Club resort hotel and the Three-Star Inn on Woodlake. Who wants to go?

6 Reasons to Visit New Orleans This Winter

Why to Visit New Orleans This Winter

New Orleans is a city known for its celebrations, and winter is no exception. From unique holiday traditions and special deals on hotels, cocktails and cuisine, to playing host to citywide celebrations, New Orleans is sure to delight guests of all ages. Below are six reasons to experience New Orleans this winter:

1. Traditions
New Orleans is known for remaining true to its courtesies and traditions. This year, the city encourages visitors to start a new tradition of their own by inviting them to “Follow Your Joy.” From Caroling in Jackson Square, to the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi on Christmas Eve to light the way for “Papa Noel,” visitors are sure to experience the holidays in a way they never have before in New Orleans. Take the red streetcar down Canal Street to City Park where the centuries-old oak trees shine bright with twinkling lights as part of the park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks, through Jan.

2. New Year, New NOLA
There’s no better place to ring in the New Year than in the Big Easy! Don’t miss New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, where spectators watch a giant fleur de lis drop from its perch on top of Jax Brewery, followed by a magnificent fireworks show on the mighty Mississippi River. Then, start the party all over again as the city plays host to the Allstate Sugar Bowl where Ole Miss and Oklahoma State University will compete on New Year’s Day. And don’t miss the free and fun performances leading up to the big game at Fan Fest, December 30 – 31.

While in town, break the mold and try something new in New Orleans. From fresh food markets like St. Roch Market and Dryades Public Market, featuring up and coming chefs; to South Market District, home to Willa Jean, a contemporary bakery by John Besh; and other New Orleans mainstays like Company Burger and Magasin, guests are sure to experience the latest and greatest the city has to offer through their eyes and stomachs. While in the area, walk or take a short cab ride to The National WWII Museum to view their newest exhibit, Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, open December 12.

3. Greatest Party Ever
Don’t miss out on America’s greatest party! Fat Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras Day) falls on February 9, but the celebration starts more than four weeks out. Choose from a variety of parades in the French Quarter or Uptown, starting as early as January 6.

Take in the sights as a number of krewes, a term for Carnival organizations in New Orleans, amaze in beautifully decorated floats through the streets of Uptown and by foot in the Vieux Carré. Don’t miss the all-female Krewes of Muses and Nyx, known for throwing beautifully decorated shoes and ornamented purses, respectively. For the entire parade schedule, click here.

4. Romantic Getaway
Elegant hotels, gas lamp-lit streets and intimate restaurants make New Orleans a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. With history and charm around every corner, it won’t be difficult to find a place to steal a kiss from a Valentine, but just in case, here are some suggestions on 10 great places to kiss in New Orleans. After dinner, enjoy some of the best music around.

For a list of some of the city’s most romantic restaurants, cocktail bars, accommodations and attractions, click here. My favorite hotel at the moment for luxury and location is the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

5. Mild Climate to Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Recently voted in the top three best cities for outdoor enthusiasts, the Crescent City is home to the country’s largest urban wildlife refuge, Bayou Savage and one of the nation’s oldest urban parks, City Park. Plus, the mild winter weather in New Orleans makes outdoor fun enjoyable year-round.

For those looking to experience the real wild side of New Orleans, make a date with Canoe & Trail Adventures for an up close and personal look at the many surrounding swamps and bayous…and yes, real alligators!

Looking to explore the city in a different way? Known for its walkability, another mode of transportation that is a favorite among visitors and locals alike are the bike tours. Choose a tour based on neighborhoods, such as City Park, Mid-City, the Garden District and Vieux Carre, courtesy of Free Wheelin’ Bike Tours.

6. Budget Friendly
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit New Orleans, especially for travelers seeking value and fewer crowds. Each year, more than 50 hotels throughout the city offer rates up to 25 percent off through January, referred to as Papa Noel rates, named after the Cajun Santa Claus. So pack a bag and take advantage of the special rates while they last. A little secret, the best deals are usually found early to mid-week, Sunday through Thursday.

And no trip to New Orleans is complete without hopping on one of the city’s famous streetcars, decked out for the holiday season, of course! Catch the Canal Street, Riverfront or St. Charles Avenue lines, which will connect explorers to a number of the city’s beloved restaurants, neighborhoods, attractions and events for just $1.25 each way.

10 Best Holiday Decor Resorts

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Happy Holidays and first day of December!  I have rounded up some of my favorite luxury hotels who are going above and beyond with their holiday decorating this year. From the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship to hand-sculpted sand tree reaching over 20 feet tall, and snow in San Diego (yes snow), these 10 best holiday decor resorts are the perfect place to celebrate this festive season.

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Experience the holidays the Miami way at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne with a hand-sculpted sand tree reaching over 20 feet tall. Inspired by the sea, the tree is decorated with sand dollars and seahorses and laced with lights. The details on this immaculate sand tree are truly astounding. Each tier is sculpted to perfection and a starfish tops off the incredible masterpiece.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is just minutes from the city’s cosmopolitan center, yet feels like a secluded island getaway with its lush tropical gardens, infinity ocean views and the only South Florida beach on Dr. Beach’s Top Ten Beaches in the U.S. list. Connected to Miami by a picturesque causeway, the luxury resort is a renowned spa destination, has four globally-inspired dining venues and marketplace café, which takes guests on culinary journeys to Tuscany, Coastal Mexico and St. Tropez, and has the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton in the world.

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2. Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego

Located in North County San Diego, Rancho Bernardo Inn is full of Christmas cheer, and there’s never a dull moment between caroling, photos with Santa, cookie decorating for kids, storytelling, exploring Christmas Tree Row (approx. 8 full size christmas trees decorated to the hilt), outdoor christmas light show, plus special refreshments for grown-ups (in festive ‘red’ cups) and more! Every December, locals and guests alike are welcome to participate in the merriment! Each year the property has a life-size gingerbread house constructed in the lobby, housemate by Chef Margaret Carvallo. It’s made of only edible ingredients like a real gingerbread house would be. In addition to enjoying seasonal hot chocolate and cider, cookies and popcorn while soaking up some holiday cheer, dining options at the Inn include a special dinner buffet at Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant ($33 adults/$12 kids | 4-9pm), Grab & Go concessions at Granada Room, or a la carte dining in AVANT Restaurant.

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3. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans  New Orleans, Louisiana 

This year, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans will be transforming their annual gingerbread house into a beautiful winter castle.  Enter the ornate edible structure to find glass displays of scenes inspired by the popular movie Frozen, highlighting all of the lovable characters and favorite scenes. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ ornate castle will bring a winter wonderland to the hotel this holiday season.

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4. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

Guests will find the World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship returns to the Lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  This culinary masterpiece is made with over 600 pieces of gingerbread and adorned with sculpted pirates with colorful fondant clothing and a chocolate cannon and cannon balls. The ship sets sail on December 27th. Also enjoy beach time looking for sharks teeth on the shore and an amazing kid’s club.

5. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami presents a chic twist on holiday décor. Curated mannequins dressed in traditional green foliage and flowers, inspired by the latest fashions seen from designers found at the nearby Bal Harbour Shops will be displayed throughout the hotel lobby this holiday season. A fashionable twist on the traditional Christmas tree!

6. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, CA 

This holiday season the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast is bringing the snow to sunny San Diego. From December 22-31, the lobby of Grand Hyatt San Diego will be snowing (yes, you read that right, snow!). The property will be creating a winter wonderland complete with a gingerbread village, “snow” sandcastle and more, along with the fabulous snowfall that will occur four times a day, for thirty minutes each time.

7The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Throughout this holiday season The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale will have holiday decorations and various jolly events popping up all over the resort, making it the perfect destination for guests to get their fill of holiday cheer…and milk and cookies. The resort will be throwing a crazy milk and cookies party in the lobby the week of Christmas and Santa himself has already RSVP’d! Make sure to stop by, as guests will be delighted to find yummy holiday themed cookies and fun colored milk. Guests can also take part in an ornament-decorating workshop or catch some live music on Christmas Day with a live band playing holiday tunes at the Christmas Day Brunch Buffet. To really top off the resort’s holiday spirit, guests will find a changing array of holiday treats at all times in the lobby – think rum cake, yum!

8the ART Hotel, Denver, CO

Celebrate the holidays in the heart of Denver’s cultural district surrounded by the beauty of the ART Hotel’s captivating in-house art collection. Special for the holiday season the property is taking a twist on classic Christmas tree decorations, and adding to the hotel’s art esthetic with unique pop-art inspired trees throughout the lobby and halls. (Think: Andy Warhol inspired Christmas trees!) Artfully designed by local florist, The Perfect Petal the trees will inspire the playful Christmas spirit, as well as draw from the culture of Denver’s surrounding museums.

9The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples Florida

Escape to a Swiss winter wonderland at The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples (one of my favorite Ritz Carlton Hotels) with a giant Swiss chalet-inspired gingerbread house. The chalet, reaching almost 13 feet in height uses over 1,200 gingerbread bricks and over 60,000 pieces of candy. With European touches, guests will feel like they’ve transported to the Swiss Alps with this oversized gingerbread chalet built at The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.

10The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota  Sarasota, Florida

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota will debut a penguin-themed gingerbread display this holiday season designed as a penguin wonderland.  Filled with both adult and baby penguins, these gingerbread creations can be seen playing, sunbathing, and more.  A slide is also built into the extravagant gingerbread house making it an interactive experience for the youngest guests of the The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 1,200 gingerbread bricks are used along with 400 roof tiles, 450 pounds of flour, 675 pounds of sugar, and 200 pounds of candy are used to build this penguin wonderland.

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.

A Great time to go to Casa De Campo is…

Casa De Campo

A Great time to go to Casa De Campo is….soon! On September 7-13, 2015, Casa de Campo, the 7,000 acre luxury resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is hosting a Holistic Living & Yoga Retreat. Boasting its holistic reputation and a plethora of treatments and sessions waiting to be indulged in, Casa de Campo’s Community Detox invites guests to experience a week of ultimate relaxation and tranquility in the heart of the Caribbean. My husband has been there before to play golf and relax, and he has told me it’s one of his favorite resorts and destinations.

Starting at $315.57 per night (based on double occupancy, not including $130 mud and juice cleanse or $450 full detox fee), the week-long Holistic Living & Yoga Retreat will feature a variety of options for guest rejuvenation, including hip baths, meditation and yoga, detox massages, a bonfire dinner, and juice, herbal colon and mud cleanses. Check out the schedule below. It sounds awesome!

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Check out the schedule below:

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Best Travel Finds for National Girlfriends Day

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With National Girlfriends Day right around the corner on August 1, 2015, the award-winning properties of Enchantment Group offer the following activities for the ultimate Girlfriends Getaways this season. Imagine snorkeling along the pristine Caribbean shores of The Cove, Eleuthera, sailing at Tides Inn near the Chesapeake Bay, learning the art of travel journal sketching amidst the stunning red rocks of Boynton Canyon at Enchantment Resort, enjoying a journey of pampering at Mii amo, a destination spa in Sedona, or partaking in a scenically spectacular round of golf at Seven Canyons Golf Club, these resorts cater to every type of girl’s vacation.

The Cove, Eleuthera

For a flawless Bahamian getaway with the girls, opt for the luxurious 3-bedroom villa with stunning ocean views and a personal plunge pool. Soak up the sun by the ocean-front infinity pool and sip on an array of the resort’s signature cocktails including The Green Iceberg and Caribbean Julep. Arrange a private morning yoga session on the beach followed by an afternoon of snorkeling on The Cove’s private boat, paddle boarding, or kayaking. End the evening with sunset views at The Point Bar, followed by dinner in the Freedom Restaurant or sushi bar.

Enchantment Resort

Enchantment Resort

Enjoy more than 100 weekly activities inclusive of endless outdoor excursions, fitness classes, educational workshops, and more at Enchantment Resort. Girlfriends can make memories together by taking the Travel Journal Sketching class, new to the property this summer, where the resort’s resident artist teaches the fundamentals of travel journal illustration. After exploring the red rock trails by mountain bike with the Diamonds in the Rough women-only excursion, girlfriends can sip on a signature Prickly Pear Margarita at View 180 before enjoying a stellar meal at Che-Ah-Chi and ending the night with an unforgettable star gazing experience beginning at twilight.

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Mii amo, a destination spa

Indulge in the ultimate spa-cation experience by embarking on an all-inclusive Mii amo package with the girls. Designed to nurture the mind, body, and soul, girlfriends can embark on this 3, 4 or 7 night escape together for a true restorative experience. Start the day by partaking in the Morning Ritual, held in Mii amo’s soothing Crystal Grotto, where friends can set their intention for the day. Enjoy a fresh pressed juice poolside while awaiting the Aura-Soma Relationship Reading or Sedona Clay Wrap experience.

Seven Canyons

Seven Canyons Golf

For those gal pals looking to unleash their inner golf diva, Seven Canyons Golf offers an unparalleled golfing experience with breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding red rock canyon. Enjoy lunch at the recently debuted golf clubhouse, complete with a gastro pub-themed restaurant and large outdoor patio, perfect for enjoying a cocktail while overlooking the golf course and stunning Sedona vistas.  (Must be registered guests of Enchantment Resort to book golf at Seven Canyons).

Tides Inn

Tides Inn

Explore the surrounding Chesapeake Bay via bicycle or spend the day tasting Virginia wines along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. Harvest Chesapeake oysters with a local waterman and enjoy them alongside some bubbly while taking in the breathtaking evening views at the property. For the adventure-seekers, set sail on the Rappahannock River or learn the ropes at the resort’s on-site sailing school for a firsthand experience. The group can complete their stay antiquing with the girls in town, followed by an afternoon of relaxation at the spa at the Tides Inn.

Travel Tuesday: 5 Best Dishes To Try in Rome

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Italy is one of the great culinary centers of the world, and a visit to Rome is a wonderful opportunity to try a diverse mix of dishes and wines from both the capital and other surrounding regions. So whether you consider yourself a foodie or are just looking for the best of what the city has to offer, here are a few can’t-miss dishes in Rome.

 1. Pizza Bianca

Pizza Bianca literally translates to “white pizza,” and it is the quintessential Roman style street food that you will most often see being folded and eaten on the go. This baked bread is light, fluffy, crispy, and salty. Think of a bread that is less like the greasy slices you’re likely to get at home and similar to focaccia.

2. Fritti

Though it can be a little disconcerting to eat too much fried food, Romans have a penchant for frying everything, and you’re just as likely to find deep fried dishes of salt cod, zucchini flowers, and fried balls of Risotto (Arancini) in a deli corner store or a Michellin Starred restaurant.

3. Carbonara

The main dish that comes to the mind of most Italians when they think of Rome is carbonara, a rich mix of fresh eggs, pasta, sheep’s milk cheese, cured pork cheek, black pepper, and white wine. Traditionally carbonara is served with spaghetti, but more often than not it is now served with rigatoni.

 4. Quinto Quarto

As occurred so often across history, some of the best Roman dishes were made traditionally made with off-cuts of meat that were used to pay slaughterhouse workers in the mid 20th century. Quinto Quarto, or the fifth quarter, remains to this day one of the most popular cuisines in Rome and features dishes such as Tripa Alla Romana—tripe served with a rich tomato sauce and pecorino cheese—and Coda Alla Vaccinara—stewed oxtail.

 5. Gelato

It may be a staple throughout all of Italy, but it is so for a reason, and in Rome you must be seek it out carefully, as many of the gelaterias in the touristy areas sell a “fake” version. Be sure the gelato you’re getting is made only with milk and real fruit or real dark chocolate. It should be thick and creamy, and never consist of more than 5 all natural ingredients.

When planning your trip to Rome be sure to not only set-up an itinerary for viewing the amazing historic sites, but think carefully of what and where you want to eat, as the food is also a major attraction. Click on this link for some help.

Culinary Cave at Ritz Carlton Bali

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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.