10 Fitness Finds in Aspen

Aspen is a fabulous ski town, but be sure to also check out these 10 fitness finds not to be missed:

1. Leave your cars behind and take one of the favorite day trips in Aspen to cross country ski to and from Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch in a spectacular log cabin where amazing views and food graze your table.

2. Head to yoga at O2, or on top of Aspen Mountain (yoga for skiers inside during winter, outside in summer with incredible views these classes are free but you must purchase a ticket to ride up gondola). Also, try hot yoga and Bikram classes in town at Arjuna.

3. Skin up Buttermilk Mountain (and take the lift town for free)

4. Hike up Smuggler Mountain for an amazing view of town (this can be done year-round).

5. Ski on the first run of the day with First tracks on Aspen Mountain

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6. Rent Fat Bikes for a cruise around town. The Limelight Hotel has Fat Bikes you can use for free if you’re staying at the hotel. You can also rent them from various local shops in town

7. Take a snowshoe tour with ACES at the historic Ashcroft ghost town or on top of Aspen Mountain. Hire a naturalist guide or try a group tour.

8. Learn how to skate ski on the Aspen Golf Course with Ute Mountaineer

9. Go Ice climbing. Head to the ideal spot for first timers that Aspen Expeditions can take you to just 10 minutes from Aspen.

10. Try a Backcountry hut trip with 10th Mountain Hut Division, Aspen Expeditions or Aspen Alpine Guides

Note: Aspen Winter X Games are also free to the public.

Friday Thoughts

After a really rough week (with some exciting things happening and bad news too), I am thrilled for opportunities such as this one in the photo above. I love travel, and I thank my lucky stars every day for the gift of travel. My mom used to tell me (when she was still alive), that “you must travel once a month”. She traveled the world with my dad. I definitely think she passed down the travel bug. Mom, you would be very proud (I miss you)! Have a great weekend everyone!

 

3 Family Getaways for March from London to Beverly Hills

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Family vacations are a special time to grow closer and create everlasting memories together. I love traveling with my 3 children, especially in March for Spring break. Here are 3 amazing family getaways where you will find family bonding at its best.

Little Kings Celebrate Carnival at Le Meurice
The year 2014 honors the 50th anniversary of the formation of Sino-French diplomatic relations, marking half a century of friendship between the people of France and China. To celebrate the joyous occasion, Le Meurice invites families to take part in its animated and vibrant Children’s Carnival celebrations on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The event is sure to radiate joy to children of all ages; filled with noisy farandoles, tricolor costumes and Chinese folklore. Join the magic and art movement with balloons, make-up and funny tattoo workshops to get into the spirit of the day! The young prodigies from the prestigious Stanlowa School of Dance will perform an enchanting and mesmerizing show, and parents can watch their children parade at this dazzling affair. And what better way to end the fun than with an abundant buffet of sweets, deliciously crafted by Pastry Chef Cédric Grolet.

The Little Legends “Best Guest” Package at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Young guests will experience their “15 minutes of fame” and feel like real child star for a day with this whimsical package. It includes a special red carpet photo opportunity taken in front of the hotel’s “step and repeat” wall, personalized chocolate star amenity, miniature gold awards statuette, Little Legends t-shirt, choice of an ice cream sundae or milkshake in the Fountain Coffee Shop, and a VVIP Beverly Hills Hotel card that can be redeemed for complimentary sodas and juices throughout the hotel. Recommended for children 5 – 10 years, but this is available to “children” of all ages.

A London Family Getaway at 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane provides the perfect setting for families to enjoy the many activities that London has to offer. Located directly opposite Hyde Park, the hotel is close to the city’s most popular attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. 45 Park Lane also offers a private media room with ten large and comfortable armchairs, perfect for screening the latest blockbuster or a collection of personal memories for a family reunion. The media room features state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen equipment including a 103 inch BeoVision 3D television, 3-D glasses and surround sound solution. Sounds too amazing for words!

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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Summer Travel Family Traditions at St. Regis Aspen

I have a great idea for summer travel! The St. Regis Aspen introduces a unique Family Traditions program, offering thrilling, adventure-packed family “experiences”, and a variety of family-friendly amenities and services. The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Traditions summer program features three seasonal “experiences”, comprised of captivating outdoor activities and adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness, to engage children and parents alike and creating everlasting memories and traditions to come. I want to go!

Summer Family Traditions Experiences Include:

  • Backcountry Sunset Jeep Dinner: Explore the great outdoors on a four-hour, off-road Jeep tour to the historic Burlingame Cabin on Snowmass Mountain, featuring a fun-filled campfire BBQ with live music and singing at the destination.
  • Fly Fishing: Escape to the valley’s gold medal trout waters for a day of private fishing, equipped with Aspen Outfitting Company’s extraordinary certified guides and gear.
  • Rafting: Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Colorado, Roaring Fork and Arkansas rivers—from float trips to Class V rapids, half days and whole days. YES PLEASE! This is summer travel at its best!
Upon arrival, each child is greeted with a tasty welcome amenity, such as fresh fruit and gummy worms hidden in chocolate “dirt”, as well as housemade lollipops. Turndown amenities prior to departure include rich hot cocoa, marshmallows, chocolate coins and cookies. My kids would love this!

During their stay, children can enjoy special access to The St. Regis Aspen’s esteemed culinary team, as well as access a newly-created children’s library. I love this idea!

Children’s Programs Include:

  • Budding Chef Program: Aspiring young chefs are invited to partake in culinary fun alongside The St. Regis Aspen’s impressive culinary team with a one-hour cupcake and cookie decorating class and a one-hour vegetable art class.
  • Children’s Library: Children can check out story books to read at bed time, alongside a warm glass of milk and honey.

About The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The St. Regis Aspen Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a leading destination resort and has been named aPlatinum Choice Award Winner by Smart Meetings magazine. With elegant décor, unrivaled luxury and the trademark bespoke service for which The St.Regis group of hotels is known, guests enjoy an unparalleled experience at this quintessential mountain retreat. Resort amenities include the newly opened Trecento Quindici Decano restaurant, Shadow Mountain Lounge, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, Remède Spa, an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, world class resort concierge services and 25,000 square feet of meeting space.  For reservations or more information, call 1.888.454.9005 or 970.920.3300 or visit the website at www.stregisaspen.com.

Travel Bucket List: St. Barts

Making a travel bucket list is a really good idea. St. Barts, also known as Saint Barthelemy, has been at the top of my list for quite tome time. I am incredibly fortunate to be here today for media work. It is an island that truly has something for everyone. I can’t wait to tell you more!  Start making your own list today and have a great week ahead!

White Christmas Cocktail: Travel Tuesday to Brooklyn

How good does this look? This White Christmas Cocktail recipe can be found at the unique restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, MyMoon. Featuring award-winning Mediterranean cuisine and an awe-inspiring ambience, it’s the perfect restaurant for anyone looking for an amazing meal served by friendly staff in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether you are a Williamsburg vet, a newcomer to the neighborhood, or just visiting, MyMoon offers a unique selection of inspired food and cocktails, lush outdoor seating, and a spacious atmosphere. MyMoon has just announced their Christmas specials and New Year’s Eve Arabian Nights Masquerade. For New Year’s Eve, MyMoon will have an Arabian Nights Masquerade from 9pm – 4am; which will include a prix fixe dinner with specialty cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight, plus aerial acrobatics, belly dancers and music. Sounds fun, huh? I wish I lived closer. Since I can’t go, I think I’ll give this recipe a try!

MyMoon is located at 184 N 10th St. in Brooklyn, NY, between Driggs and Bedford Avenues or see MyMoon

 

Travel Tuesday: 4 Great Travel Bags

Looking for a travel gift for the man or woman in your life? Here’s a great website for travel bags. Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger.com is a unique shopping destination that offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and more.  A streamlined and understated European aesthetic and superior quality, combined with Elizabeth’s finely tuned fashion sense, make this collection of affordably priced accessories perfect for every wardrobe, season and style. Here are 4 bags I love starting with  Mill Dop Kit by Jack Spade (above).

Holdall by Hype Luggage

Weekend bag by Ora Kiely

Herringbone Duffle by Jack Spade

No-Bake Dog Treats: For People Too

When Birmingham Magazine asked me for some dog treats for my monthly food column, I wasn’t sure what to do. Honestly, this is not my area of expertise. I contacted our wonderful veterinarian, Andy, and I asked him to name a couple of ingredients which I could use to develop a cookie that would be good for dogs. I created these No-Bake Dog Treats which are great for people too. These came out fabulous, and my dog, Latte, loved every one of them. Note: For overweight dogs, these should be a “splurge” snack.

10 Best Travel Quotes: Travel Tuesday

As many of you know, I have been doing a good bit of traveling this year to 4 different beaches including Clearwater, Rosemary, 30A, Sandestin as well as Salt Lake City, Park City, Disney World and much more to come. Honestly, traveling does make you richer, smarter and opens you to all that is wonderful in the world. Here are some of the 10 Best Travel Quotes I found via Pinterest (photo above) via Best Life Quotes

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