Travel Tuesday: 10 Reasons to Visit Rosemary Beach

For those of you who have heard or been to Rosemary Beach, you know that everything I am about to stay is so true. For those of you who asked on twitter, “Is that near parsley beach”, and had no idea where and what it was, please keep reading. My friend, Candace, who was in Rosemary Beach, recently told me she had told her father, “Rosemary Beach is in my heart.” I can totally relate.

Located in the northwest panhandle of Florida, Rosemary Beach is a neo-tradional beach town located on the eastern end of Scenic Route 30A that was founded in 1995. Rosemary incorporates “green” concepts into the design and function of the entire community.

1. The Accommodations: The homes and architecture are breathtaking, and the decor is described as “New Orleans meets West Indies, Charleston and the Caribbean.” More than 100 rental accommodations are available, and guests can choose from cozy studios, to one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes, lofts, flats and cottages that are gulf-front, gulf-side, park-side, and park-views. Rosemary is a wonderful place for romantic getaways, weddings, snowbirds, family or to work, live and retire.

2. The Restaurants: Rosemary Beach is filled with shops and restaurants. Restaurants in Rosemary Beach are dedicated to the “green living” theme. The Amavida Coffee, a family owned business, motto is “Love for Life”. It produces 100 percent natural Fair Trade Certified Coffee. Restaurant Paradis, Onano, Edwards and Summer Kitchen use locally grown ingredients and fresh Gulf seafood. Cowgirl Kitchen is perfect for the kids, and a great spot for lunch off the beach and to take food to-go. All of the restaurants get high accolades from me. You honestly never have to get in your car. 

3. The Shopping: From antiques and interior design shops to children’s and women’s fashion, the shopping in Rosemary is always a must. Some of my favorites are: Tracery (interiors), Willow (designer clothing for women), Rosemary Beach Trading (gift shop), Bombora Sun & Surf (beach apparel), Moonpize (ladies shoes), and Gigi’s (fabulous kids fashion and toys).

4. The Beauty: The walkways and gardens are picturesque and unique. The arrangement of homes, boardwalks, pedestrian lanes, and footpaths all lead to the amazing town square, tennis courts, swimming pools and the beach.

5. Fitness Activities: Rosemary Beach has an incredible fitness  center, biking and running paths, lap pool, yoga, as well as its amazing tennis facility, The Rosemary Beach Racquet Club. I can’t say enough about the tennis pros, tennis clinics, pro shop and eight wonderful clay courts. If you’re a tennis player, you will spend a great deal of time here.

6. The Pools: Rosemary Beach has four unique pools on the property. The Coquina Pool (pictured above) is a negative-edge pool meant for lounging and relaxing, The Cabana Pool, a family friendly pool area with a Mediterranean design, The Sky Pool, which is the lap pool heated for warm or cooler weather, and The Barbados Pool, designed in French West Indies architectural style. With such different character and design, it is absolutely worth spending time at all of them.

7. The Gardens: Common “green” areas are located throughout Rosemary Beach. Various gardens exist featuring children’s park space, fountains, sitting areas, herb gardens and a butterfly garden.

8. The Spa: Every resort area must have a day spa, and Vivo Spa Salon is located in downtown Rosemary Beach featuring an Aveda hair salon and makeup services, massage, skin care, body treatments and nail service. All services are offered in a “Bali” inspired tropical setting.

9. The Beach: The beauty of the beaches at Rosemary speak for themselves. Feel free to enjoy the umbrellas and chairs, cabanas, hammocks, kayaks, catamarans, surfboards and sea school which offers children classes on surf, sail, kayak and skim boarding.

10. The Views: This view speaks for itself. The beauty here in Rosemary Beach is almost unreal to see with your own eyes and undeniable.

Travel Tuesday: Four Seasons Atlanta Golfer’s Massage

While the 2012 Masters was in full swing in the state of Georgia, The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta introduced an innovative idea in spa treatments: The Golfer Package. The Golfer Massage is a unique massage utilizing warmed golf balls and stretching techniques for a full-body therapeutic treatment. Designed to knead tight muscles and ease any golf-related stiffness, the therapist works to rejuvenate the overall body. Golfer or not, I think any man or woman would love this. What a great concept!

Post-treatment guests are invited to the Relaxation Room for a cool and refreshing Arnold Palmer, the half iced tea/lemonade beverage named after the famous golfer (Yum!!). Finally, guests are sent home with a set of Four Seasons branded golf balls (my sons would love these).

On the greens, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta has partnered with highly-rated and local golf course, Heritage Golf Links. As part of the package, guests can book a round of golf (18 holes) at Heritage for an exclusive rate of USD 49.00, including a complimentary bucket of practice balls and a golf cart.

Spa Director, Jacqueline Ang, is inviting guests and locals to take a break from spring cleaning and stop by The Spa for this unique massage. She says, “Not a golfer? Don’t worry. This massage is designed to relieve the stress and muscle tension many carry around daily.” I believe it, and I’m a fan already.

The Golfer Package is available until June 30, 2012, and is priced at USD 165.00 for 50 minutes and USD 220.00 for 80 minutes. Appointments are available every day from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm, and Spa guests are encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes early to take advantage of all other Spa amenities including the sauna and steam room.

Travel Tuesday: Peninsula Spa in Chicago & Mother’s Day

If you’re traveling to Chicago this spring, or live there, take note of the The Peninsula Spa in the Peninsula Chicago. This spa, located on the top two floors in the Peninsula Chicago, offers a holistic approach to mind, body and spirit wellness. The Peninsula Spa introduces monthly specials this spring and summer to celebrate and rejuvenate by combining healthy cuisine, state of the art fitness techniques and all-natural beauty treatments in packages for men and women. Check out their Facebook Page.

This urban retreat offers a variety of signature treatments that uniquely layer European and Asian philosophies using all-natural products, a half-Olympic-length swimming pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with expertly trained personal trainers and advanced group fitness classes.  ESPA’s newest product line, which is proudly used at The Spa, offers updated formulas that average over 99% all-natural ingredients to ensure each product is as efficacious, luxurious and natural as possible.

Mother’s Day Promotion

Book a massage, facial or body treatment and receive:

50% off an additional treatment for your Mother or loved one

Available Mondays through Thursdays

Price: Treatments begin at US$ 160

Valid: May 1 through 31, 2012

Mother’s Day Gift Certificate Promotion

Purchase a Mankind Massage or Tension Relief Massage and receive:

A complimentary one-week membership to The Spa

A one-hour personal training session

Price: US$ 245 (valued at US$ 405)

Valid: May 1 through 31, 2012

Travel Tuesday: Put Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on Your List

Mark your calendars now for an event you won’t want to miss. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will be held May 10-13, 2012, and tickets are on sale now. This Southern festival is like no other, and event organizers call it, “A four-day culinary exploration of the South”.  This is the event to eat, drink and enjoy all that is Southern: chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovator and industry leaders and experts on food and beverages in the south.  I was lucky enough to attend and speak at the festival last year, and I thought, “This is the perfect event to come with your girlfriends or significant other.” It’s the ideal Mother’s Day gift. Here are some highlights of this years event:

-200+ Award-Winning chefs, mixologist, sommeliers and beverage innovators

-88 Demonstrations, seminars, discussions & trade programs

-3 tasting tents with more than 100 chefs participating

-14 unique dinners and events

Most of the events will take place in, or within walking distance of, the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown. For more information on tickets, hotel and complete schedule, see The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

First and third photos by AFWF/Raftermen.

Photo credit for second photo Michael Paley, Proof on Main and Garage Bar, Louisville, KY