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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Love and Chocolate At Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Love and chocolate are everywhere this Valentine’s Day at Viceroy Zihuatanejo – at the beach, the spa, and the La Marea
restaurant. Lovers can escape to Zihuatanejo together for sexy and sensual options to their heart’s content. I want to go! Don’t you?
“We are creating a Valentine’s Day vibe at Viceroy Zihuatanejo where couples can live their passion, re-ignite the fire in their relationship, or even ask for her – or his – hand,” said General Manager Martin Kipping. Here are some of the fabulous options:
  • Valentine’s Day ‘Chocolate Dinner’ at La Marea: The five-course dinner features chocolate in each course, welcome cocktail, live saxophone music and Wish Lanterns.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana: Enjoy a private cabana with your Valentine on the resort’s beautiful La Ropa Beach for the evening, a special four-course menu and welcome drinks
  • ‘Sense of the Night’ Lounge with Chocolate Buffet: A romantic open-air lounge by the sand with a Chocolate Buffet of passionate treats including Chocolate Fondue, White and Dark Chocolate Covered Fruits, Chocolate Cupcakes, Chocolate with Marshmallow, Chocolate Bonbons, Fruit Brochettes and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sea of Love Experience at the Spa:  A sensual duet for couples that starts with an Earth and Sea Salt scrub, made with pure salts harvested around the globe, followed by a massage with aphrodisiac essential oils, plus a take-home spa gift. 80 Minutes.
  • The A Romance Remembered package includes a spacious suite with a private plunge pool, breakfast daily for two, romantic plunge pool turndown, and two of the special Valentine’s Day experiences described above: Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana and the Sea of Love Experience at the Spa.
Tell your favorite person, you now know what you want for Valentine’s Day!!

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.


New Hotel Opening in Chicago: Tuesday Travel

What’s new in Chicago? Check out the new hotel opening in Chicago– the Kinzie Hotel (20 West Kinzie Street). Opening in February 2014 in the heart of Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood, this hotel reveals an urban exploration design scheme inspired by Chicago’s rich history and landscape displayed throughout this upscale, boutique property.

The design project, led by Gettys Design Group Chicago, was inspired by the city’s first settler and renowned explorer, John Kinzie. All elements from branding to design pay tribute to Kinzie’s historical role. Vintage imagery of 19th century Chicago maps and compasses are subtly displayed throughout guestroom wall coverings, paying tribute to the hotel’s exploratory namesake. The navigational branding also speaks to the hotel’s tagline, “Chicago Starts Here,” encouraging guests to explore the city as John Kinzie once did in the early 1800s.

Both the lobby and common areas feature artwork commissioned by local artists, including a gallery component, displaying interpretations of Chicago’s urban landscape. Contemporary sophistication is seen throughout the hotel’s public areas, as bold navy blue and cool grey colors splash the corridor walls, boasting deep tones on one wall side and lighter accents on the other relating to the city’s architecture, lake, and modern Chicago. For more information see  Kinzie Hotel.

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.

Modern Honolulu Yoga Event: Tuesday Travel

Yoga in Hawaii this weekend? Take me please! Located at the gateway to Waikiki on the island of Oahu, The Modern Honolulu sets a new standard for lifestyle hotels with an innovative urban resort design that reflects sophistication and style. With amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and city skyline surround the hotel’s 353 guest rooms and suites, The Modern Honolulu offers the perfect destination. I am putting it on my Hawaii travel list!

The Modern Honolulu has partnered up with Power Yoga Hawaii to host a great Honolulu yoga event! Poses emPOWER, a Wanderlust inspired, all-day, yoga benefit at the stylish and sleek hotel. From 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, the event will be held at the resort’s Sunset Pool, offering seven yoga classes taught by the best yoga instructors and studio owners on Oahu. Each teacher will be paired with either a local musician or DJ. Access to each class will be granted with a $30 donation to Mental Health America of Hawaii to raise funds to stop youth suicide and bullying program. There will be a special raffle at the end of each class where one lucky winner will win a gift bag worth $100 filled with a variety of top items from Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, lululemon, and more. Following the event, there will be an extended happy hour and “Yoga Menu” with drink and healthy bite specials for guests to enjoy, including Homemade Granola Parfait, Egg White Scramble, Organic Chicken Breast Sandwich with Quinoa Salad, Ahi Tostada Salad, and more. This is calling my name. Can you tell?
In addition, The Modern Honolulu is pleased to offer participants “THE MODERN YOGI” room package, which includes:
  • 50-minute massage or facial
  • One time pass for a yoga class at Power Yoga Hawaii
  • Starting room rate is $425 for a City View Room
Space is limited and reservations are a must. To make a reservation, email poweryogahawaii@gmail.com. For a complete list of class schedule and package details, visit poweryogahawaii.com. Let me know if you go!!

West Elm Newcomer to Birmingham

Last week, Birmingham, Alabama got lucky when one of my favorite stores, West Elm opened. Located at The Summit shopping center, the almost 8,000 square foot store opened with the brand’s diverse mix of furniture, home décor, gifts and artist collaborations. The store also features an assortment of local handcrafted products sourced through Etsy.com including one-of-a-kind furniture, lighting, leather goods, and wall art. I want everything in there (and so did my daughter, Leigh)!

Mixing clean lines, natural textures and handcrafted collections from the U.S. and globally, West Elm crates unique, affordable designs for modern living. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, the brand introduced its first catalog in 2002 and opened the doors of its first retail location in 2003. The brand’s complete collection of modern furniture and room décor, including modern dinnerware, wall shelves, and modern bedding is available in 54 retail stores in the United States, Canada and Australia and online. West Elm is part of an active community on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram and a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.

“We are excited to open our first store in Alabama and support the local handcrafted community by featuring the work of Birmingham artisans in our store,” said Jim Brett, president of West Elm.  “We recently made a two-year commitment to significantly increase the amount of handcrafted products we offer, and to roll out locally crafted assortments in all of our stores worldwide. Birmingham is in the first group of our stores to offer this assortment.”

Thanks to my friends at West Elm and Southern Living magazine for including me for the preview dinner at Birmingham’s  Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

For up to date information see West Elm Birmingham store on Facebook. The store is open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm at The Summit shopping center.

Apple Festival at Ritz Carlton, Downtown, Atlanta: Travel Tuesday

Who loves apples? I just received news about the coolest fall apple event in the south! Executive Chef Julio Delgado of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta will travel to Ellijay, Georgia, this month to select crisp fall apples for a special menu to be presented in Atlanta Grill in recognition of the annual North Georgia Apple Festival. The á la carte menu will be presented from October 21 to 31 in addition to the restaurant’s popular dinner menu.

“Georgia’s plentiful orchards in the Blue Ridge Mountains yield more than 20 varieties of apples,” said Chef Delgado. “My mission is to bring the best apples home for our guests to enjoy.” Check out this menu!

 

APPLE FESTIVAL MENU 

Starters

Curried Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

Spice Smoked Chicken, Scallions, Lime Cream

North Georgia Waldorf Salad

 Red Delicious Apple, Kale, Pecans, Toasted Quinoa, Yogurt-Cider Dressing

Raw Rome Beauty Apple

Bibb Lettuce, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Almonds, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrées

Crispy Pork Belly and Granny Smith Apple Cobb Salad

Blue Cheese, Avocado, Cucumbers, Tomatoes

Caramelized Ginger Gold Apple and

White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Veal Breast, Arugula, Pickled Jalapenos

Sautéed Scallops

Roasted Matsu Apple, Braised Short Rib, Celeriac Roulade

Desserts 

Apple Cobbler, Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramelized Apple Spice Cake, Apple Brandy Ice Cream

I want to go, don’t you?  For reservations, please call Atlanta Grill at 404-221-6550 or visit www.opentable.com

Downtown’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city with a splash of glamour. The hotel is surrounded by the state’s centers of law, finance and government, and is minutes from the Georgia Aquarium, Philips Arena, Turner Stadium and the Georgia Dome. For information and reservations, please call 1-800-241-3333, the hotel at 404-659-0400, a travel professional or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/atlanta.

Wanderlust Oahu: Travel Tuesday

I know it’s not winter yet, but….. Are you looking for the perfect getaway to escape winter’s freezing temps? How does four full days of yoga, music, and mindful relaxation in one of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world sound? Good huh? After a successful debut in Oahu last year, Wanderlust Festival, the world’s fastest growing yoga and music celebration, will bring back its extended weekend wellness affair at the Turtle Bay Resort February 27 to March 2, 2014. This wellness affair is set to welcome local and international yogis for an unforgettable Hawaiian experience filled with yoga, meditation, music, food, surfing, and much more. Not only do guests get to soak up the North Shore sun, they can practice with the top yoga instructors Seane Corne, Ana Forest, and Baron Baptiste and jam with musical guests MC Yogi, DJ Drez and DJ Hy-Fi. For more information see Wanderlust Oahu. I want to go! How about you?

 

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