Where to go for Christmas Vacation

It’s December 11th. I know. Almost Christmas…BUT, people are still asking me where to go for Christmas vacation. I can’t believe it!  I have a wonderful idea. How about Aspen? I have recently stumbled upon this: The St. Regis Aspen Resort is celebrating the season with commemorative feasts, family-friendly fun, and a new menu of seasonal Family Traditions experiences.

Check out these Holiday Events:

The week of Thanksgiving, The St. Regis Aspen unveiled a gingerbread replica of the hotel. This stunning piece, made 100 lbs. of gingerbread dough, and 50 lbs. of flour, over the course of 250 hours, is on display in the lobby during the festive season. Super cool!

Christmas Day brunch is offered at Trecento Quindici Decano, featuring chef attended carving and culinary stations. Children enjoy a special appearance by Santa from 12pm-5pm.

 

Holiday Activities Include: 

December 15, 2013—March 31, 2014: S’mores cookouts in the courtyard, available nightly from 7pm to 8pm exclusively for children; adults can enjoy s’mores from 9pm to 12am in Shadow Mountain Lounge.

 December 20: Carriage ride with Santa Claus will depart from The St. Regis from 2:40-5pm.

December 21: Holiday ornament decorating 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 22: Holiday stocking decorating from 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 23: Gingerbread House decorating with The St. Regis Pastry Chef in the Aspen Room from 3pm-5pm.

December 24: A special reading of the classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Santa Claus, followed by holiday photographs with Santa in the library from 3pm to 5pm.

December 26: Gingerbread cookie decorating in the Aspen Room from 4pm to 6pm.

December 27: Join Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs and Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers and learn how these talented individuals are saving lives through backcountry rescue in the library from 5:30-7:30.

Reservations are highly recommended for all activities 970.429.7373

Family Traditions:

The St. Regis Aspen’s new winter Family Traditions program features a variety of interactive holiday activities to engage children and parents alike, and three seasonal family-friendly “experience” packages, comprised of captivating outdoor adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness. Activities include:

Snowmobile Tour: Enjoy an exhilarating two-hour snowmobile adventure led by expert guides to the base of the renowned Maroon Bells, some of North America’s most photographed mountains. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider at the picturesque Maroon Lake, and then explore miles of groomed trails. 

Dog Sled Tour: Embark on an exciting two-hour dog sled ride through the scenic Aspen Snowmass Wilderness, featuring sleds pulled by 13 Alaskan snow dogs and guided by an expert musher.

Hot Air Balloon Tour: Soar high above Aspen at sunrise in a colorful hot air balloon, experiencing breathtaking views of the captivating Roaring Fork Valley, with a champagne toast and pastries enjoyed in the clouds. Available through the end of the winter season, The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Tradition Experiences are completely customizable and can be booked through The St. Regis Aspen Concierge with advance notice of 24 hours.

To learn more about family traditions and all holiday activities and festivities at The St. Regis Aspen, please call 970.920.3300 or visit The St. Regis Aspen Resort. I am headed there in January. How about you?

 

Summer Beach Getaway: One & Only Ocean Club: Travel Tuesday

Once a private estate in Nassau, One & Only Ocean Club, is the destination of alluring beachfront luxury at its best. Huge manicured lawns and towering coconut palms provide an enchanting backdrop to the pristine beaches of Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Here, service is elevated to a fine art form by a gracious staff welcoming you into their colonial plantation home. Ideal for couples and families, even the dining options at One & Only Ocean Club are renowned  featuring the creative cuisine of chef Jean-George Vongerichten.

One & Only Ocean Club is a playground of world-class golf, tennis, spa, and of course, water-sports. The spectacular blue waters of the Caribbean are filled with a roster of activities, including diving, snorkelling, sailing, and wind-surfing. Here are some great upcoming deals worth checking out.

Beachfront Family Getaway

For families that want to be right on the beach, reserve one Beach Front room and receive 25% off a second, connecting Beach Front room for a savings of $350 per night.

Available for stays May 27-December 19, book by December 1.

Rates: 2 connecting Beach Front rooms: $2,450/night (ordinarily $2,800 – a savings of $350/night, or $2,450/week)

Rethink summer vacation and head to the Bahamas for a trip the children won’t soon forget. This summer, One&Only Ocean Club makes it easier than ever to get down to Paradise Island with its two great deals, the Summer Retreat and the Beachfront Family Getaway.

Why Ocean Club?

The perfect spot for families, Ocean Club is secluded and safe so children can have a little freedom. At the KidsOnly club, children can take cooking lessons from One & Only chefs and golf and tennis lessons from the resident pros, or just enjoy the beach games, arts and crafts center, library, or game room. Parents can get in a few rounds of golf or some tennis lessons, relax in the spa, or just read on the beach.

Summer Retreat Deals

Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5, or spend 14 nights and only pay for 10.

Inclusions:

Daily breakfast for two (in-room or at Dune restaurant)

or

Available for stays July 1-September 30, book by August 30.

Rates:  

1 week in a Garden View Room: $3,750 (ordinarily $5,250 – a savings of $1,500)

2 weeks in a Garden View room: $7,500 (ordinarily $10,500 – a savings of $3,000)