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CONTENTS

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FEATURES

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BLAME IT ON THE ALTITUDE In Santa Fe, art includes opera and traditional galleries— and an interactive house with worm holes. BY STEPHANIE PEARSON

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GO FISH

PLACE IN TIME It’s often beaches that call visitors to Mallorca, but the island’s whole landcape is what truly captivates. BY DINA MISHEV

Vancouver’s chefs and restaurants show how sustainable seafood is as good for diners as the environment. BY MICHAEL SHAPIRO

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94 NORTHERN EXPOSURE Alaska might be the most dramatic and diverse state in America. BY JENNA SCHNUER

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12 WELCOME LETTER

40 ADVENTURE A secret world hides

14 NEWS

beneath Riviera

Inspirato Members

Maya’s beaches.

experience an Antarctic

48 FOOD & DRINK

cruise, the Masters and the Phoenix Open.

Bruce Cohn manages rock bands and stays

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grounded by making

INSIDER

wine in Sonoma.

See what Inspirato

54 FACES

Members and guests had to tweet and

Meet Inspirato Member

Instagram about.

Lauren Embrey,

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56 PLACES

Inspirato’s Chief Experience Officer shares

Author Katie Parla

his secrets to getting the

shares her secrets to

most out of the club.

Rome’s best eats.

61 STYLE & DESIGN

INSPIRATION

What’s IN: This

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summer’s hottest

The birthplace of the

accessories, looks,

Renaissance is at its

gear and tech.

best in summer.

208 THERE I WAS

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impact investor.

Exploring a newly

It’s not a vintage

discovered, unmapped

everyone in Bordeaux

passage by Zodiac

is talking about this

in Antarctica.

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summer, but the new

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PORTFOLIO

Cité du Vin center that opened in June.

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32 SPORTING LIFE

COLLECTION

Flyfishing is a

Peruse Inspirato’s

year-round pursuit

luxurious residences

in Telluride.

in the world’s most desirable locations, as

38 FACES

well as six exclusive

Meet Inspirato Member

must-see events and

Tommy Spaulding, who

vacations available

teaches leadership

to members in

through love.

2016 and 2017.

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ON THE COVER

VANCOUVER

Getting off the beaten path in Florence, Italy.

* MALLORCA

* RIVIERA MAYA

* ALASKA

* SANTA FE

ITALIAN IDYLL La dolce vita in Florence and Rome BORDEAUX Center of the wine world THE INSIDE PASSAGE Alaska’s dazzling coastal jewel

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MANAGING EDITOR Grant Davis

CREATIVE DIRECTORS Pete Schaer, Gary Serviss

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Rachel Walker

COPY EDITOR Teri Vannoy

ART DIRECTOR Mark Lesh

PHOTO EDITOR Julia Vandenoever

DESIGNERS Sean Parsons, Eleanor Williamson INSPIRATO STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CONTRIBUTORS Ava Brewer, Baily Bass-Davis, Clare Frey, Nathan Hindman, Jake Jensen, Joe Rahim, Melinda Scholz CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Georgia Alexia Benjou, Tom Bie, Alexander Lobrano, Jenna Schnuer, Michael Shapiro, Jacqueline Yau CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Timothy Archibald, Hage Photo, Jen Judge, Travis Rummel, Allison V. Smith, Julia Vandenoever PROJECT MANAGER Jessica Hilcove

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WELCOME

LIQUID COOL The pool at Villa San Bartolomeo, Tuscany.

OLD WORLD, NEW EYES

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Of course, Inspirato Members can be found adventuring outside of Europe, as well. We encourage you to look beyond the obvious in Mexico’s Riviera Maya (pg 40), where, yes, the beaches are sublime, but what’s beneath them is sacred. Bruce Cohn, who spent more time on the road managing rock and roll bands including The Doobie Brothers and Night Ranger than he did at home, tells us what the peace of Sonoma does for him (and shares some of the secrets behind his award-winning wines on pg 48). And on pg 78, artists from around the world, along with the author of Game of Thrones, make Santa Fe a must-visit art destination. Whether you choose to spend time in Europe this summer, or any of the more than 150 other places you can travel with the club, I hope you savor every moment, both old and new. Enjoy the journey, BRENT HANDLER FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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nathan hindman

MY WIFE AND I were having dinner with friends the other day and found ourselves talking about Europe. I mentioned that our family is headed to Italy in July for Inspirato’s Venice to Rome cruise, our third straight European summer voyage. Right away, our friends told us about their plans to visit Paris and the south of France. As we traded details, our consensus was clear: Europe remains as essential as ever. For countless reasons—ranging from history to food, language to culture—it occupies a vital place in our notion of ourselves as well-traveled. Some may call it the “Old World,” but we always find ourselves seeing it through new eyes. We touch on some of its many charms in this issue. For starters, we caught up with Rome’s resident foodie Katie Parla just long enough for her to share her favorite bites in the city (pg 56). In addition, we invite you to explore the uniquely beautiful island of Mallorca (pg 86), a geologic rarity where summers are idyllic and winter means snow-capped peaks despite the island’s position in the middle of the Mediterranean.

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t was all Inspirato Members on the National Geographic Orion as it set off from Ushuaia, Argentina on a 10-day cruise to earth’s southernmost continent. Operated by Lindblad-National Geographic Expeditions, the cruise paired luxurious accommodations and fine dining with outstanding scenery and wildlife. After meeting in Buenos Aires, members took a chartered flight to Ushuaia where they settled into their staterooms as the National Geographic Orion set off across the Drake Passage. After two days at sea, it was time to see calving glaciers, penguins, seals and whales, hike on ice caps, kayak past icebergs and, incredibly, soak in natural hot springs.

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Home sweet home The National Geographic Orion grinding through icebergs in the Lemaire Channel.

On the ice The cruise was limited to Inspirato Members and guests.

Meet the locals A long-tailed gentoo penguin.

Untamed landscape Antarctica’s mountains at sunset.

Smile A crabeater seal.

Berg bits Icebergs at sunset.

Whale extravaganza One day, humpback whales were everywhere.

Wild photography Members tested photo tips from National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin when shooting a leopard seal.

Perfect light A sunset shot, taken at 11 p.m.

Hanging out Almost as soon as the ship was through the Drake Passage, it passed an iceberg with penguins.

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MEMBER NEWS

THE MASTERS

(Above)

Fore! Pro Jamie Donaldson tees

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off from the 15th hole during the practice rounds.

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nspirato has the Masters mastered. For the fifth year, Inspirato has helped members and guests make the most of golf ’s biggest tournament with an insider’s itinerary that included tickets to Augusta National and private VIP dinners and cocktail receptions at nearby properties, The Lookaway and The Rosemary Inn. Inspirato Members watched practice rounds and the main event, which was Englishman Danny Willett’s first win at a major. They also had the option of watching the Par 3 Contest, an endearing tradition held the Wednesday prior to the tournament; family members and friends of the players happily serve as caddies this day. When not spectating, members had access to tee times at Augusta Country Club.

Member Jennifer Della Ratta Redmond gets a smooch from husband Vance Redmond.

Masters of style Member Lenny Jue (right) and friend Phil Sanchez strike a pose.

Southern hospitality An Inspirato meal.

At your service Cadillac, official vehicle of Inspirato, provided complimentary transportation.

Better with brunch Members Kevin and Berra share a laugh.

Tall tale Swing instructor Scott Hamilton regales members with a story during dinner.

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he Waste Management Phoenix Open had record attendance this year, and so did Inspirato: 43 members gathered to watch “The Greatest Show On Grass.” Inspirato had some of the best seats on the course, in a private skybox above the famous 163-yard, par 3 16th hole. In addition to a great view of the action, the skybox also had an open bar and a private catered lunch. While the Tournament Players Club course was booked with the competition, Inspirato staff arranged tee times for members at several of the dozens of other area courses.

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It’s all sun and smiles Members Ryan and Elizabeth Fernandez (left) and Lora and Nick Cogliani.

The happiest hour The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge.

Cheers Bonnie Caniglia, member Danielle L’Heureux, Ron Caniglia and member Odell L’Heureux enjoy glasses of wine while perusing

Inspirato magazine.

In the kitchen The spread at The Living Room Wine

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GIVE US A MOMENT The season’s best tweets and Instagrams shared by Inspirato Members and friends and taken at the club’s destinations around the world.

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@jbtennis8 DALMATIAN COAST One of my favoite sunsets of this trip so far. The Dalmatian Coast is spectacular! #INEurope @inspirato

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CORBETT’S TAKE

Inspirato’s co-founder and Chief Experience Officer, Brian Corbett, reveals the secrets to the best of the club.

THIS SUMMER, the strong U.S. dollar has made Europe more affordable than ever (well, with the exception of airfares), and I’m even seeing fewer European vacationers this year in popular Continental destinations. Taken together, this season is likely the best time in years to experience a European vacation with your family. At the destinations I’ve highlighted here, you can still enjoy a leisurely stay on the beach next to a sparkling sea or hang out poolside at your residence as you would in, say, Hawaii. You’ll just be surrounded by centuries of European history, culture and locals deeply enjoying their vacations as only Europeans do (and we North Americans probably should).

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This Greek island is a much different experience than the better-known islands of Santorini and Mykonos, mainly because there isn’t a constant stream of massive cruise ships docking on Corfu. That’s kept it authentic and attractive to Europe’s jet set—the British royal family, for one, has long vacationed on Corfu. It also helps that you can fly direct from Europe’s major airports, meaning a one-connection flight from many North American cities. It’s Greece at its best with olive groves, lavender bushes, and a sampling of the healthy and fresh Mediterranean diet that nutritionists are buzzing about.

There’s a reason George Clooney and other A-listers have homes on Lake Como. It’s where the sophisticated traveler who’s done Tuscany and the Riviera goes. The scenery, for one, set in the Italian Alps, is spectacular. It’s a relatively short drive from the airport in Milan, and it’s Italy, but without the crush of tourists—and heat—you get farther south in Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast. Each town on the lake has a different feel, and it seems impossible to run out of things to do. Plus, who doesn’t equate jumping off a dock into a clean and cool lake with summer?

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

PROVENCE MEETS COTE D’AZUR GLAMOUR

Croatia’s rugged coastline begs to be explored by foot, bike or chartered boat. There are little islands and secluded beaches that you can reach by boat and have to yourself. The nearby medieval towns of Trogir and Split are UNESCO World Heritage sites. It reminds me of Spain’s Costa del Sol in the 1990s: a beautiful, sundrenched setting, plenty to do, not overcrowded and comparatively affordable.

This ancient walled city is Provence at its best: the pace, the scenery, the food, the climate, the history and the culture. You can enjoy a lazy day gathering food among the local stores for a meal back at the house and relax by the pool. Or drive a short distance down to the famed Cote d’Azur for a day on the Mediterranean in Nice, Antibes or Cannes. All the glamour and glitz of Monte Carlo with its boutiques, mega yachts and casinos is less than an hour away.

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FLORENCE, ITALY History, fashion, art and food meet in the cultural capital of the Renaissance.

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Crucible of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy, is home to some of the most celebrated art in the Western world. There’s Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Brunelleschi’s Dome, the magnificent cupola atop the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, known as the Duomo, embodies the genius of 15th century Italy. Six hundred years after its construction, the Duomo remains Florence’s tallest building and a symbol of the city’s magnificent achievements. In Florence, inventiveness and art colluded to give rise to the cultural and social revolutions of the Renaissance. Visitors to the galleries in the Uffizi or to Michelangelo’s Crucifix in the Basilica di Santo Spirito cannot help but appreciate the novel discoveries artists made about science, physiology and the natural world. Naturally, Florence’s trajectory extends beyond the Renaissance. It is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities and, in 1982, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today’s Firenze is a cultured and elegant destination millions of visitors flock to annually. Gourmands savor its cuisine—succulent steaks, Tuscan wines and traditional pasta dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Fashionistas come to pay homage to the birthplace of Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Ferragamo and discover the latest trends. The city’s gardens are renowned for their beauty, and most, including the must-see Giardino Bardini, are open to the public. The city has less celebrated spots that are magical as well, like the Piazza della Repubblica pictured here. The piazza, built where the city’s forum once stood, is home to the Carousel Antica Giostra Toscana. Then there’s Florence’s gelato, perhaps the smoothest, most transcendent dessert in the world. —RACHEL WALKER

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WHAT GOES AROUND The Carousel Antica Giostra Toscana in the Piazza della Repubblica.

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WINING ENCOURAGED A new wine center in Bordeaux takes a democratic, fun and friendly approach to teaching about wine around the world. BY ALEXANDER LOBRANO

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hen the dramatic $93 million multimedia Cité du Vin (City of Wine) opened on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux this June, it signaled an epic shift in the way the world’s most famous wine-making city thinks about wine. For centuries, the feeling of Bordeaux’s wine culture has been that connoisseurship is the prize of hard-earned and exigently disciplined study; it was a privilege neither accessible nor comprehensible to all comers. La Cité du Vin takes a dramatically friendlier and more inclusive approach to both consuming and understanding wine. It is designed to be as rewarding for the novice as it is for the expert.

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OLD AND NEW

The Cathedral of St. Andrew, consecrated in 1096, dominates Bordeaux's skyline.

It also provides previously flummoxed travelers and wine pilgrims with a glamorous 21st-century focal point for their interest in wine. Though Bordeaux has always had a variety of fine wine bars and other places in which to buy or sample wine, and a small wine museum—the charmingly musty Musée du Vin et du Négoce—visitors to the city never had an oenological epicenter to visit. Until now. Designed by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières, founders of the Paris-based architectural firm XTU, the Cité du Vin is a horn-shaped, 180-foot-tall, 10-story metaland-glass structure perched on the banks of the Garonne just north (and pretty much out of sight) of Bordeaux’s exquisite 18th-century heart. Marvel at its exterior and then head inside, where 19 permanent spaces, many of them interactive, cover various wine themes. The center has three tasting laboratories that include specially designed multisensory experiences for a total immersion in wine; a viewing platform; a boat dock from which to embark on visits to the wine chateaux up and down river; a temporary exhibition center; a wine bar and snack bar with an outdoor patio; a wine cellar with more than 800 different wines, including 200 from France, and a panoramic restaurant on the

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seventh floor that offers a superb variety of wines by-the-glass. “La Cité du Vin is transformational for Bordeaux,” says Sylvie Cazes, president of the Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilizations, which operates La Cité du Vin, and the doyenne of one of the most famous wine-making families in the region. Her company, the Domaine Jean-Michel Cazes, owns a variety of the most prestigious vineyards in the Bordelais, including Chateau Lynch-Bages and Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, along with Le Chapon Fin, one of the city’s oldest and most distinguished restaurants. The project originated in 2008 under the auspices of Bordeaux’s then mayor, Alain Juppé [France’s former prime minister]. “He recognized that wine tourism was vitally important for Bordeaux, both for economic reasons and also as an affirmation of the city’s viniferous identity,” explains Cazes. In 2009, a feasibility study group was created and the results were presented to the Bordeaux Interprofessional Wine Council and other partners in the project, including the Aquitaine region of which Bordeaux is the historic capital. “The guiding idea for the project was the decision that the content of the cultural center would be international, or treat the

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wines of the world and not just the Bordelais or other regions of France, and this was overwhelmingly approved by all of the partners in the project,” Cazes says. “The point of La Cité is to present the complexity of wine in an appealingly simple way.” What she found more delicate to expound upon during a recent pre-opening chat was the extent to which this decision was strikingly radical; Bordeaux is a city fiercely wedded to tradition. Or it had previously. One well-known local winemaker observes, “There was a fair amount of pretty strident back-and-forth with regard to what the aims of the Cité du Vin should be, with some of the old guard insisting that it should be a showcase for Bordeaux wines, and this makes the final decision on the pedagogy of La Cité that much more surprising and innovative.” The center also amplifies the new urban boldness of Bordeaux, which was an aristocratic sleeping beauty of a city before Alain Juppé launched a wholesale renovation of the town. Under Juppé, Bordeaux got a new tramway system with discreetly chic forest-green carriages, carefully cleaned thousands of its darkened facades and also re-landscaped its river embankment. Formerly the riverbanks through the city were an ancient venue of commerce or, more recently, a busy roadway. Today they are a stylish promenade of gardens and bike paths and walkways. Then, too, Cité du Vin will accelerate a shift in the city’s center of gravity—from its traditional core around the Palais de la Bourse and the Opera northward to Bassins à Flot, a rapidly developing new neighborhood in a former docklands district. Where the Cité du Vin succeeds immediately is that a visit to the permanent exhibit will be just as interesting for you as for your 12-year-old. This is because the lighting and graphics of the displays are sophisticated and modern, but warm and approachable. Similarly, the themed content is presented in a layered, didactic way that achieves just the right pitch of seriousness without ever becoming academic or too complex. The permanent exhibit includes a section devoted to drinking responsibly. “The place that wine occupies in different cultures varies a lot, so of course we address the possible dangers of alcohol and drinking responsibly,” Cazes says. This message is communicated with great Gallic subtlety at the module “The Chair of Despair,” a reference to the most common result of overdrinking, the hangover. The stop includes an actual Chair of Despair, where you sit alone and listen as artists and poets who drank too much tell their woeful tales of the damage it did them. It is certainly thought-provoking. London-based Casson Mann, which specializes in the design of museum interiors and exhibition spaces, conceived the displays and content of the center in collaboration with the Cité du Vin’s staff. Visitors are taken through time and space with a state-of-the-art, hand-held, infrared audio guide that detects their location and automatically launches the appropriate content as they explore the civilizations of wine. The first stop of any visit, “World Tour of Vineyards,” includes a short film shot from a helicopter by the same production team on five continents. The only continent where wine is not produced is Antarctica. Shown on three huge screens, it conveys the universality of wine and also highlights the dramatically different geographical and climactic regions where it’s produced. (Annually, La Cité showcases three temporary exhibitions and a different wine region. “The first guest of honor is Georgia, which has been making wine since 7 B.C.,” Cazes explains.)

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Next up, “The Terroir Table” introduces the concept of wine-making’s geographical specificity. Where grapes are grown affects the flavors of the wine made from them. French winemakers cherish terroir, and it is also the natural structure upon which the classification of French vineyards is officially based. To wit, a great winemaker will have an encyclopedic knowledge of the differing personalities of the grapes produced by every square foot of his or her vineyards, and this knowledge underpins the blending that creates a truly magnificent wine. Terroir explains why French wines are marketed and sold according to the geographical regions from which they originate and are named for the farms where they were produced instead of by grape variety (cépage). New World wines made in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Africa are often described by cépage. “Our approach at La Cité du Vin is reportorial,” Cazes explains. “So there are no judgments offered in terms of different wine-production methods. It is our intention that the Cité become a place where people make connections and that it should be a place of learning, sharing and having a good time,” she says.

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Renderings of the new Cité du Vin's exhibition spaces before it opened to the public in June.

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La Cité du Vin, designed by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazieres.

Answering a question about how La Cité du Vin addresses the qualitative differences between the world’s wine-producing regions, she continues, “I think that it’s in every winemaker’s best interests to sell to the most educated consumer possible.” The “Terroir” segment is ultimately one of the most important. It’s comprised of video interviews with winemakers from 10 renowned wine regions, including Spain’s Rioja and Australia’s Barossa Valley, who explain how the geographical and climactic

conditions in their particular area impact vines. This may sound dry but their passionate knowledge makes it extremely interesting. Subsequent modules cover grape varieties, the wine trade, wine in history, wine in art and wine in love, or as part of the art of seduction. The most interactive exhibit is “The Five Senses Buffet.” Here, everyone becomes an expert-in-training on the “nose,” or scent, of wine. A series of glass bell jars contain different products wine experts commonly use to describe the perfume of a wine, including flowers, strawberries and wood shavings. Squeeze the rubber bulb attached to the display and you get a bracing burst of the scent of the product displayed. At the end of the average twohour-long visit to La Cité du Vin’s permanent exhibition, odds are you’ll be ready for a nice glass of wine. The Belvedere, on the eighth floor and the entrance to which is included in the ticket price, offers a selection of quaffs by the glass. For a more formal and meditative viniferous experience, book a table at Restaurant le 7, which has an expectedly excellent wine list. For a final surprise, stop by the wine shop. Run by Régis Deltil, a famous wine merchant from nearby Pessac, three-quarters of the wines on sale here come from countries other than France.  Alexander Lobrano also writes for The New York Times.

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Visitors to this verdant region of France settle into Inspirato’s four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa, Chateau Verdot, which is a leisurely 5-minute stroll into Saint-Émilion,

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DESERT MIRAGE: Plyla Dune rises along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean outside of Bordeaux and is the largest sand dune in Europe. The view from the top is a just reward for the climb up it. EAT: Take a culinary tour of the area's Michelin-starred restaurants: Hostellerie De Plaisance and Les Belle Perdrix de ToplongMondot in Saint-Émilion, and Auberge Saint Jean in Saint-Jean-de-Blaignac.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Quiet and smooth roads make Bordeaux a paradise for cyclists. Rentals are easily arranged. June 23-26, 2016 BORDEAUX WINE FESTIVAL Four days of concerts, fireworks and wine. Sept. 17-18, 2016 HERITAGE DAYS Bordeaux's cultural institutions throw open their doors.

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SPORTING LIFE | TELLURIDE, COLORADO

TIME TO RISE In Telluride, fish bite year-round. Your problem? Fitting the fishing in between seasonal activities like skiing and hiking.

THE HARDEST THING about catching a trout on Telluride’s most popular tailwater is learning how to pronounce its name: Pa-Co-ChuPuk. This mile-and-a-half stretch of the Uncompahgre River flows from the bottom of Ridgeway Reservoir, keeping it a near constant 50 degrees and allowing for a year-round fishery. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is a Ute Indian term—for either “water buffalo” or “cow creek,” depending on the source—and is pronounced “Pa-co-chew-puh.” But non-linguists needn’t fear, as locals long ago shortened the name of the tailwater to “Paco” and the river to “Unc.” The Uncompahgre is one of the “big four” flyfishing rivers near Telluride, the other three being the San Miguel, the Dolores and the Gunnison. The Paco tailwater on the Unc is about an hour away from Telluride, located inside Ridgeway State Park. It’s the closest yearround fishable water from town, and offers a more intimate walkand-wade experience than the other year-round fishery—the lower Gunnison, which is mostly fished from a driftboat. For such a short, shallow section of river, Paco holds some surprisingly large rainbows and browns, with four-pounders not uncommon. Since both the Gunny and the Unc are typically fishable throughout the winter, they are favorites of many skier/flyfishers looking to squeeze a day of fishing into their ski vacation (or vice versa). “MidMarch is tough to beat for both fishing and skiing in Telluride, because there’s usually the greatest amount of snow on the mountain and the

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least amount of snow along the river,” says 23-year veteran Telluride flyfishing guide Frank Smethurst. “You can try to do both in a day—and many do—but the fishing is often best right about when the corn snow is peaking, so it’s usually better to just rest your ski legs and focus on fishing for a full day.” Regardless of the season, Smethurst’s ski-or-fish dilemma highlights another challenge of chasing trout in Telluride: choosing flyfishing over the many other world-class activities waiting out your front door. When summer rolls around, even the most hardcore flyfishers must admit that the alternative activities in Telluride—from music festivals to mountain biking to backpacking—rival those of any mountain town on Earth. And I hate to disappoint you indecisive types, but even after settling on flyfishing for the day’s activity, your options are far from limited. For those wanting a natural, free-flowing fishing experience, the two most popular freestone rivers are the San Miguel and the upper Dolores. (“Freestone” is an undammed river; “tailwater” is a section of river flowing below a dam.) The San Miguel is definitely Telluride’s local river, starting high above town in the San Juan Mountains and flowing northwest through town and along the valley below, toward Placerville. The South Fork of the San Miguel, a great fishery in its own right, joins the main branch just outside of town. About five miles up the South Fork from the confluence, the Nature Conservancy has a 67-acre preserve, where catch-and-release fishing is allowed.

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YEAR-ROUND PURSUIT (Opposite) Wilson Peak, one of Colorado’s 53 mountains above 14,000 feet, in the San Miguel Mountains. (This page) Flyfishermen crossing a snowy bridge over the Uncompahgre River at Ridgeway State Park.

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PLAYING CATCH (Above) Local Telluride flyfishing guide Brian Conlin fights a resident rainbow trout in a stream close to town. (Opposite page) Many anglers call the San Miguel River the friendliest trout stream in the Rockies.

The upper river can be covered with snow for much of the winter, but the San Miguel River usually offers Telluride anglers their first freestone flyfishing of the season. “March is my favorite time of year to fish it,” says John Duncan, co-owner and general manager of Telluride Outside, a local flyfishing guide service since 1984. “I love the process of inspecting the San Miguel when the ice starts melting away, it makes me feel like I’m searching a new river each season.” Smethurst also likes late-winter fishing near Telluride, but for different reasons. “The best thing about it is spending time in the high desert,” he says. “Many people don’t even realize that Colorado has a desert, and it’s a 20-minute drive west from downtown Telluride. I think the best two rivers for winter fishing are the Unc and the lower Gunnison, where you’re fishing a few thousand feet lower than the elevation in Telluride, which is 8,750. So it’s usually much warmer than town, and there are big fish to be had.” The “Lower Gunny” is basically anything below the bottom of Gunnison Gorge, but usually refers to the section from the Gunnison Forks—near the Gunnison River Pleasure Park— down to the Austin Bridge, a float of about 5 miles. This is

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the stretch that is most often floated during winter—an area Duncan describes as “the stark and stunning landscape of high-desert canyon country.” When summer rolls around, the Gunnison has several other float or hike-in sections, including Almont to the town of Gunnison, Gunnison to Blue Mesa Reservoir, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge, just below the National Park. If you’ve got a car in Telluride, and are looking for a good oneday road trip, Colorado State Highway 145 (CO-145) is one of the country’s best state highways for fishing. The 116-milelong roadway follows the San Miguel River northwest from Telluride for 50 miles, and follows the Dolores River southwest from Lizard Head Pass for 45 miles. There are a few bits of private land along both rivers, but most of it is public and remote, making it easy to lose the crowds. “There are few flyfishing destinations with the amount of public access that we have here,” says Duncan. “Most anglers are accustomed to fishing around other people, but we are spoiled by solitude in Telluride. Any extra effort—a short hike, a fourwheel-drive road or even just the creative use of a map—will probably result in all-day solitude.”

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Besides solitude, another thing the San Miguel, Uncompahgre and upper Dolores have in common is a fairly reliable mayfly hatch—the Pale Morning Dun in early July. Though caddisflies come first, they often show up during runoff, when the San Miguel and upper Dolores are too dirty to fish. The San Miguel is primarily a nymphing river in February and March (the “window” before runoff ), but despite a lack of prolific surface hatches, trout will still key on dry flies. Best bet is to fish a dry fly with a nymph dropper, so you’re covering both zones. And if we’re discussing hatches in this part of Colorado, then—sorry, PMDs and caddisflies—but you both play second fiddle to the famous salmonflies of the Gunnison. The salmonfly is one of the country’s most famous hatches, and the Gunnison has some of the country’s most famous salmonflies. It’s always in the conversation with other top salmonfly rivers like Oregon’s Deschutes or Montana’s Madison, Yellowstone or Big Hole. If you’re in good physical shape, hiking down to the river in Black Canyon National Park is a rewarding experience. It’s also a lot of work, and if you go during the June salmonfly hatch, you won’t be alone on the trail. Fishing during the emergence of these 2- to 3-inch-long bugs is considered a rite of passage for many flyfishers, so the salmonfly event can sometimes draw a crowd. Another option is to fish the Gunny later in the summer, after the salmonflies have gone but while grasshoppers are still around. I was fortunate to join a private group from Telluride a few years back on a three-day August float down Gunny Gorge. It turned out to be perfect time to do it, especially if you’re more into the fishing and less into the big-water rafting of spring. (Don’t wait until too late in the summer, though, because passage gets pretty tight in the narrow part of the gorge when flows drop below 1,000 cubic feet per second.) As for the classic, sometimes-technical tailwater experience near Telluride— the lower Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir—anglers must understand that this special section of river is not “on the way” to anywhere. But neither is Telluride, so if you’ve made it that far, what’s a day trip to the Dolores? (The drive is a little more than 60 miles from Telluride, so a bit farther than going to Pa-Co-Chu-Puk. But don’t be afraid to stop along the way for photos at Trout Lake, or for fishing at Snowspur Creek or Lizard Head Creek.) INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SUMMER/FALL 2016


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CRYSTAL CLEAR The lower gorge of the Gunnison River, one of four major flyfishing rivers near Telluride.

Duncan’s favorite time on the Dolores tailwater is early summer. “There’s no other river in my experience that comes to life quite like the Dolores,” he says. “You’ll be blown away by the number and variety of hatching bugs. And there are so many shades of green, it confuses the eye.” Duncan adds that high water on the Dolores recedes a couple weeks earlier than on the San Miguel, so it’s the first river they fish after runoff. And finally, while tailwaters are sometimes the only fishing available during winter, it’s the free-flowing rivers that many of us desire. “Our local fishing is more focused on freestone streams than tailwaters,” Duncan

says. “The San Miguel and upper Dolores are not trophy fisheries like the Fryingpan, Yampa or Platte, but they run wild and free, and fishing these rivers re-immerses anglers in the natural variables of a trout stream, things like flow, temperature and clarity. I think many flyfishers feel a reawakening of their fishing senses on these streams.” Tom Bie is the founder and publisher of the flyfishing magazine The Drake. He lives in Denver, Colo., and fishes around the world.

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DIG IT: July to mid-August is peak foraging season for delicious wild mushrooms in the mountains nearby. Take a guide and get up close to the Rockies.

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EAT: At 221 South Oak, chef Eliza Gavin will show you how to prepare and pair her 14 different appetizers with wine in a small, intimate cooking class. MAKE IT: Telluride has long drawn artists to its dramatic landscape.

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Hone your talents with a workshop at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. July 9-10, 2016 THE RIDE FESTIVAL Pearl Jam and Cage the Elephant headline this two-day music festival. Sept. 2-5, 2016 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL The festival is famous for its lack of pretension and uncanny selection of Oscarworthy films.

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THE MESSENGER

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A MAN WITH HEART Member Tommy Spaulding on a rare break from his nonstop travel schedule.

Since graduating high school, Inspirato Member Tommy Spaulding has never stopped moving. The renowned speaker, leadership expert and author of two consecutive New York Times bestsellers, It’s Not Just Who You Know (2010) and The Heart-Led Leader (2015), visits more than 100 different cities a year. He speaks to organizations and corporations with less than 50 in attendance to sports arenas filled with more than 18,000 people. He has no plans to stop because, as he says, “The more I travel, the more I realize there is more of the world I need to see.” with people across the globe and explains, “Cities become people and the connection to a place endures because of these genuine friendships.” It helps that wherever he goes—83 countries and counting—he brings a succinct and universal message to everyone he meets: To teach others to live, lead and love differently—to become a “Heart-Led Leader.” He shares that to live, lead and love to our fullest potential, we should be willing to make ourselves vulnerable, to fail and perhaps most importantly, to embrace humility, transparency and authenticity—traits shared by the best leaders and most brilliant minds he’s researched and coached. It’s a lesson Spaulding practices every day and certainly when he travels, which is why he will never stop. The pull, he says, is simple, “Investing unselfishly in the lives of others is the most important thing we can do for ourselves, our organizations, our communities and our world.” —THE EDITORS

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TOMMY ON INSPIRATO Just like places are people, companies are also people. To me, Inspirato is Holly Bryan, now Inspirato’s manager for experiential travel, who’s been with me from the start as one of the original members. Holly knows my heart. She knows my family. And she and her husband and her sister, who is also at Inspirato, have become life-long friends. A couple years ago, I asked Holly to plan

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a week-long trip to Tuscany to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary. She set up everything. She booked me into places and experiences that made my wife, Jill, and I fall in love with Italy’s countryside. She forever changed my heart in regards to Italy, and I’ve since made a commitment to go back there at least once a year, every year for the rest of my life. It made that much of an impact.

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Driving this ambition is a deep-rooted need to share his message of “love and servant leadership,” one that he developed and learned through his own failures and hardships. Spaulding grew up in Upstate New York wanting to be a lawyer. But when 37 law schools rejected him, he had to reconsider his strengths, which he describes as “a love for teaching others to lead with their hearts.” That self-discovery led him to teach in Japan, pursue an MBA degree in Australia and eventually become the CEO of the global leadership organization Up with People. Throughout his travels, he saw the power of personal connections—love, if you will—to change his world one relationship at a time, and now he passes this lesson on to others. “One of the things I’m most proud of is the mosaic of cultures, races and backgrounds among the people I call my friends,” Spaulding says. He points to a servant’s heart and the willingness to be vulnerable for helping him create lasting relationships

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ADVENTURE | R I V IE R A M AYA

UNDERWATER UNDERWORLD Mexico’s Riviera Maya has beautiful beaches. You should see what’s hiding below. BY JACQUELINE YAU

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pausing, “and then you get reborn.” The underworld was sacred to Mayas, a place of renewal used for rituals. Much of their fresh water came from underground rivers and cenotes, natural pools formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock, creating sinkholes that fill with water and become oases for swimming or snorkeling.

he caves are a gateway to the underworld,” says guide Pablo Salce Zambrano as our group of eight visitors prepares to descend into a series of caverns called Rio Secreto beneath the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. “When you go down, you die,” he says,

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WHAT LIES BENEATH Free diving in the crystal clear waters of an undergroud cenote.

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OF ANOTHER WORLD The Mayas were accomplished astronomers, and their cities were often laid out so important buildings lined up with celestial bodies or events.

So what better way to go deep in the Riviera Maya than to die and be reborn in its caves and cenotes? My husband and I start at Rio Secreto, near Playa del Carmen about 50 miles south of Cancun. The guides are knowledgeable and eager to protect the underground caverns and the water that flows through them, asking all guests to shower off any sunscreen and hair products that could contaminate the Secret River. “Our job is to preserve this place,” Pablo says. The caves were discovered about a decade ago on private land; at the time of our visit, more than 10 miles of caverns have been mapped. The Rio Secreto tour only covers about 700 yards, but sloshing and swimming through the water that goes from ankle-deep to chest-high makes it feel longer. We follow a rope line along waterways (and some dry sections) through caves illuminated by colorful lights. Rio Secreto is draped with so many natural wonders it almost seems like it was designed by Disney animators. It’s a full immersion into this limestone-rich region. Literally. We get into wetsuits and life jackets, then put on helmets and headlamps and drop into a nondescript passage. At the entrance is a Mayan altar with candles and totems. The yellow beam of my headlamp illuminates the icicle-shaped stalactites

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hanging like daggers from the ceiling of the cavern as I wade into transparent blue-green water. The subsurface water found in caves, we learn, is especially clear because after filtering through the ground it’s mostly free of particulates. The water is “fresca no fria” Pablo says, then he quickly returns to English: “cool not cold.” We learn to read the structures as we walk, wade and swim through the ancient spaces. Artful lighting—in bright blue, orange and red—highlights nature’s cathedral of stalactites and stalagmites. Pablo gives us a quick lesson about how the caverns, stalactites (which hang down) and stalagmites (mounds of mineral deposits that rise from the caverns’ floor) are formed. In brief, erosion of the relatively soft limestone creates the caverns: the ’tites and ’mites grow from thousands of years of drips, each one leaving infinitesimal amounts of minerals behind. Overhead is a natural chandelier, white with age. A bat flits over my head, flying by an orange-tinged stalagmite. Blue reveals manganese in a stalactite group that looks like a flag sculpture. Some dripstones look like a wavy curtain, an indication that somehow a slight breeze had sneaked in, shaping the structures little by little. When we reach a cavernous room, deep inside Rio Secreto, Pablo suggests we sit down in the water. He turns off the light—we find

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ourselves wrapped in silence and impenetrable darkness. But I’m not scared. As the first few minutes pass, I wonder what would happen if none of our headlamps come back on. Becoming a sacrifice to the Mayan gods crosses my mind, but calm and peace take over. “Leave your worries behind,” Pablo says. “The cave can hold them.” As soon as Pablo turns his headlamp back on, we see a tiny moth flutter by—a sign that the outside world is near. We follow the rope line until the odorless cave gives way to the earthy scent of the living land. We see a speckle of light ahead and ascend, soon trampling over deadened leaves ground into dirt. The world seems greener, bluer and so much brighter, more vibrant. Though I had moments of trepidation, I never felt the Rio Secreto tour was risky. Rather, I reveled in getting beneath the surface of the Yucatan Peninsula, revealing layers most visitors don’t see. Beyond the wondrous caves are cenotes, natural pools formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock. In parts of the Yucatan, cenotes are linked by creeks; you can paddle a kayak from one to the next, then jump out and explore. No trip to the Yucatan is complete without a dip into the cool, cobalt-blue waters of a cenote. Many Riviera Maya resorts, such as the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, about 30 miles south of Cancun, offer cenote tours INSPIRATO.COM

where you can swim and snorkel your way from one limestone sinkhole to the next. But hotel tours aren’t the only way to see cenotes. If you have a rental car you can drive to places such as Cenote Dos Ojos, a pool ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, but perhaps not the best choice for those who just want to swim. My husband and I take a dip at Cenote Ik Kil, a sacred cenote in the interior of the Yucatan, about 3 miles from the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. From a height of about 85 feet above, I look down into the giant hole filled with crystalline water. Skeins of tree roots, vines, palm fronds and other lush vegetation tumble over the opening and straight into the cenote. These frame a waterfall. A shaft of sunlight makes the falling droplets dance and spotlights swimmers as they float among schools of fish. The sides of the cenote are sheer limestone walls that rise up and up. To get from our vista to the water, we first descend a grand stone spiral staircase then climb down a wooden ladder. Finally, we splash into the cenote. Bliss. Fed by crystal-clear, fresh water rivers, cenotes are simultaneously refreshing and bracing, the ultimate antidote to a hot sticky day. I float under the waterfall and close my eyes. When I pop back up, fish dart below me. As I swim from one end of the 200-foot-wide pool to the other, it appears fathomless, but I know the bottom is 130 feet below.

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HIDDEN TREASURES Hundreds of cenotes lie beneath Riviera Maya. Not all have been explored, but some are open to the public for snorkeling or even kayaking.

Near Playa del Carmen, we bike to several different cenotes and snorkel and then paddle in one that flows to the ocean. In the latter, the water is so clear that my shadow reflects on underwater rocks. We follow blackstriped yellow fish down the current, floating past fallen trees, roots and algae, then kayak along the river as a family of coatis follows alongside on the branches of the mangroves. The coatis look like a cross between raccoons and anteaters. My amateur paddling startles a flock of white egrets, which fan out, only to circle back to their mangrove perches. We can’t leave the Riviera Maya without touring the ruins at Tulum. The structures there may not be as majestic or historically important as those at Chichen Itza, but Tulum certainly has the better view. Perched on bluffs overlooking the coast, Tulum towers over an azure sea. A mostly flat trail traverses the compact compound,

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making it easy for families to walk among its various constructions. Prehistoric-looking iguanas patrol the ruins while adventurous swimmers bob in the choppy waters below. Just south is the Sian Ka’an wetlands reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site and, at 1.3 million acres, the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. It offers numerous opportunities for going deep into the Mayan world. One is a snorkel tour of a colorful coral reef that’s home to dolphins and sea turtles. Another is the Sian Ka’an and Muyil Tour, which follows a canal Mayas built more than a thousand years ago. The excursion traverses the turquoise Chunyaxche waterway by boat with opportunities to explore the Xlahpak temple complex and climb El Castillo, a break from the below-the-surface explorations that offers a commanding view of the region.

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A breathtaking getaway for relaxation, rejuvenation, romance and world-class dining. It is a place where ancient civilizations embrace each other and where the passionate nature of Mexico is soothed by the gentle touch of the Far East.

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Our week in the Riviera Maya ends in Tulum. On our final night we walk on the beach and notice that outside lights have been dimmed. The eco-conscious area wants to avoid confusing sea turtle hatchlings that rely on moonlight to find their way to the sea. 
Looking back on a week of adventures on the Yucatan’s east coast, perhaps the most memorable moment is when we emerge from the caves of Rio Secreto into the light of day. As Mayan legend predicts, rising from the depths gives us a sense of renewal. We surface from our all-too-brief time in the Riviera Maya rejuvenated and refreshed—and ready for whatever lies ahead. 

STANDING SENTINEL The God of Winds Temple guards the sea entrance to Tulum.

Jacqueline Yau writes travel, humor and essays. Her work has appeared in Travelers’ Tales anthologies, Townsend 11 anthologies, and national magazines including Ensemble Lifestyles and Dreamscapes. She is a regular contributor to the Travel Guide to California.

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The unbelievably clear and tropical waters of the Caribbean lie mere steps from Inspirato Members’ one-bedroom suites at the Belmond Maroma Resort &

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JUNGLE CRUISE: The Belmond Maroma offers guests a one-hour bike ride through the jungle. If you’re lucky, you’ll see spider monkeys, iguanas and colorful birds.

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CARIBBEAN CRUISE: Hire a catamaran for a 4-hour sail along Isla Mujeres Bay that includes lunch onboard and a stop at a prime snorkeling spot. EAT & DRINK: Belmond Maroma invites its guests

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to get local with weekly cooking classes, tequila tastings and wine tastings from the hotel’s acclaimed wine cellar paired with tapas. Then there’s the weekly Noches de Cantina featuring a feast of traditional, homestyle regional cuisine. OH MAYAN: Visit the ancient Mayan ruins at Tulum and then visit the eco-theme park at Xcaret with attractions based on Mayan culture.

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Spa. Cooking classes, yoga classes, daily snorkeling excursions and their signature two-hour detox spa treatment offer something memorable for everyone. Those traveling in a larger group or looking for a game of golf can check out the sprawling Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort with its available three-bedroom villas, some with private plunge pools and locations right on the golf course or nestled up against the jungle.

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A FORCE OF NATURE Bruce Cohn thought managing a superstar rock band was hard. Then he started making wine. BY MICHAEL SHAPIRO PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIMOTHY ARCHIBALD

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AT PEACE Bruce Cohn, manager for the rock band The Doobie Brothers, in the vineyard at the Sonoma winery he founded, B. R. Cohn. INSPIRATO.COM

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ALL IN A DAY’S WORK (Clockwise from above) Bruce in his office surrounded by memorabilia from his earlier days in the music industry; The Doobie Brothers’ platinum record The Captain And Me; B.R. Cohn Olive Oil; Cohn’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

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o get ’em, Bruno!” winemaker Bruce Cohn calls to his old black lab as the dog chases a rubber bung (a stopper for a wine barrel) across the olive tree-shaded courtyard at the B.R. Cohn winery in Glen Ellen. “He’s 14 and he thinks he’s 3!” Cohn exclaims. “He drank red wine all his life, that’s why.” Bruno barks excitedly when he hears the word “wine” as Cohn notes that the dog has his own wine, called Bruno’s Blend. These are good days for Cohn, 69, a Chicago native who has had two successful careers, the first as the manager of the rock band The Doobie Brothers and later Night Ranger, the second as a winery owner in Sonoma County. Cohn’s family relocated to San Francisco when he was 10 and a year later moved an hour north to rural Forestville where his father, who had been in the shoe business in Chicago, started a goat dairy. The family lived in an old farmhouse, and Bruce had to get up at 4:30 every morning to milk the goats—he also picked grapes on a neighbor’s vineyard. But he never imagined that one day he’d be a winemaker. It happened almost by accident. He’d become the manager of The Doobie Brothers in 1970 when he was just 22. “We had 38 guys on the road, two planes and four semis, it was a lot of responsibility for somebody that young.” The Doobie Brothers “were pretty crazy, wild guys at that time. Now they’re just crazy,” he says with a laugh, “boring and crazy.” Cohn also worked as the sound mixer at the Doobies’ shows. After four years of incessant touring he decided to buy some land in the Valley of the Moon, a crescent of paradise in eastern Sonoma County. The idea was to have a place to decompress. “I was on the road with the band about 250 days a year,” he says, “and I just wanted a place where I could raise my kids like I was raised.” “I call this the center of the earth,” Cohn says. “This is like Tuscany. I tell people, don’t go to Italy, just come to B.R. Cohn. We have better wines; we have great olive oils.” That sounds boastful, but Cohn seems like a down-to-earth guy who can’t quite believe his luck and is grateful for how well his life turned out.

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When he acquired the property, some of the land was planted with grapes that were sold to Sebastiani, a nearby family winery. The patriarch, August Sebastiani, sagely told Cohn he wouldn’t make much money on the grapes, but that he’d do well with the land. “When I got my first check for the grapes,” Cohn says, “I understood what he meant.” In the early 1970s, Cohn read thick books about viticulture on flights with the Doobies. Not long afterward, he was introduced to Charlie Wagner of Caymus Vineyards, and asked the veteran winemaker to mentor him, but Wagner was taken aback by Cohn’s appearance. “I sure didn’t look like a farmer,” Cohn says. “I had an afro up to here, leather pants, high-heeled boots.” Cohn soon won him over, and Wagner, who died in 2002, tutored Cohn for four years. “In 1978, I’d brought him three tons of pinot and three tons of cab grapes,” Cohn says. “I drove a ’48 Dodge over the mountain” to Caymus in Rutherford, in the heart of Napa’s wine country. “I burned the brakes up going down the Oakville Grade.” Six months later Wagner called Cohn and said: “Get over here, you gotta try this wine.” So Cohn drove back over the Mayacamas Mountains, and Wagner poured him some pinot. “I didn’t know anything about red wine. I was drinking tequila and Dos Equis with the band,” Cohn says. “So, I tried the pinot and said, ‘oh that’s good.’ He said ‘yeah, it’s pretty good. Now try this cab of yours.’ He poured me a glass of the cab. I said, ‘Oh, that’s real good.’ He said, ‘No, that’s not real good. That’s the best cab I’ve ever had from Sonoma County.’” Wagner advised Cohn to have Sebastiani make the wine under Cohn’s Olive Hill name, “but August laughed and said, ‘Bruce, I don’t even have a tank small enough to put your

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grapes in.’” So Cohn had other local wineries do it and started winning gold medals. In 1982 The Doobie Brothers broke up; the next year Cohn began managing the band Night Ranger. In 1984, he decided to launch his own winery and named it B.R. Cohn. “It was my second chance with enough money to do it,” he says. “But it takes a lot more money than I thought.” His first year, Cohn made 900 cases of cabernet and 2,000 cases of chardonnay. “The chard you could take the paint off your car with, literally. I couldn’t sell it,” he says. “And the cab got a 94 rating from Wine Spectator. Nobody in Sonoma had gotten a rating that high for cab.” Cohn says he’s fortunate to have purchased land in an area that’s perfect for cabernet, not the just warm days and cool nights but where frost is rare. He has hired talented winemakers but says, “The vineyards make the wine. If you don’t have great grapes, you’re not going to have a great wine.” Dan Weiner, a booking agent for the Doobies, Foreigner and other bands, has known Cohn since 1972 and says “he has laser vision. He looks out at the horizon and sees a future that no one else can even imagine. He bought a farm, but in his eyes he could see the grapes, the vines; he was seeing it all. That’s just the way he is.” Cohn inspires intense loyalty in people with whom he works. “I love the man. I’d take a bullet for him,” says Tom Montgomery, B.R. Cohn’s chief winemaker from 2003 until last year. “He does practice what he preaches. He believes in rock ’n’ roll music, truth, justice and the American way. I don’t know of anybody who better describes the lifestyle I’d call the good life.” In 1990, Cohn decided to use the olives that were dropping

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off his eight acres of 140-year-old French Picholine trees. “The kids were staining the carpet with black olives in the house over there,” he says pointing to what is now the tasting room. “It was pick up the olives or buy new carpet. So I picked up the olives and shipped them to Modesto to the only guy making extra-virgin olive oil in California.” He didn’t have enough olives on his property to distribute nationally so he began buying from throughout California to make a blend of oil, vinegar and spices for dipping. He launched an olive oil festival in his grove that initially attracted about 10 producers but soon grew so large that it’s now held in downtown Sonoma. The 15th annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival was held last January. Cohn’s success is “no freaking accident,” says Herbie Herbert, who managed Steve Miller and Journey in the 1970s and ’80s. “It’s a marriage of determination, talent, organizational skills and management skills. There are a lot of people who may not realize it, but Bruce Cohn is the most important person they’ve ever met in their life. The guy is a seriously gifted entrepreneur.” Starting in the 1970s when Cohn was still in his 20s, he wanted to share his good fortune. He held a golf tournament to benefit the United Way and had members of The Doobie Brothers sing Christmas carols for gravely ill kids at Stanford Children’s Hospital. In 1987, Doobies drummer Keith Knudsen wanted to help Vietnam veterans so Cohn suggested he try to reunite the band, which had split up five years before. Cohn says the Doobies felt their time had passed, but they agreed to do one show at the Hollywood Bowl.

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DREAM BIG Cohn among Picholine olive trees at the vineyard. He began harvesting the olives in 1990 and later founded the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, now going into its 16th year.

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FOOD & DRINK | SONOMA, CALIFORNIA “It sold out in two hours,” Cohn says. “So they said maybe we should do one for Stanford Children’s Hospital. So I booked Shoreline (in nearby Mountain View, California), and it sold out, 19,000 seats.” They ended up doing 10 shows, all benefits, raising millions of dollars. The band played on, going back into the studio to record and continuing to tour; they now play about 85 shows a year. Cohn next wanted to do something closer to home. He rented the field at Sonoma High School and held a benefit with Graham Nash and Little Feat. But there was “no ambiance,” so Cohn built an amphitheater on a gently sloping hill at his winery and got permits for 3,000 people to come onto his land one weekend a year. The B.R. Cohn Charity Sonoma Music Festival has attracted such legends as Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Chicago and Gregg Allman, and naturally The Doobie Brothers. Last year Ringo Starr performed. “We had a Beatle in Sonoma!” Cohn says. In 2015, the Sonoma Music Festival moved to downtown Sonoma. Toby Keith will play at this year’s festival, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Over the years, the festival has raised almost $7 million for veterans, food banks and other worthy causes. Today, though the winery still bears his name, Cohn no longer

PICNICKING ENCOURAGED (Above) The winery’s Gourmet Shop offers samples of its olive oils and sells wine and charcuterie; (Right) Cohn tastes a new wine.

owns it. He sold 70 acres of vineyards and the rights to his name last year to Vintage Wine Estates, but he retained 21 acres and still lives in a home on the property. “I grew the winery from 500 cases a year to almost 85,000. That took a lot of money that I didn’t have so you take on a lot of debt,” he says. “Pretty soon you got a great lifestyle, but you’re working for the bank. There isn’t that much profit in wine.” Costs were “going through the roof,” he says. “Dollar-wise, it was just too much pressure. I was like the hamster on the wheel and never knew from one year to the next if I was going to be able to make it. Family wineries are selling out. Corporations are coming in and buying market share. It makes it hard on the little family guys; we couldn’t compete.” So now Cohn is a consultant paid by Vintage. “I am the spokesman, the figurehead. I’m on the payroll, but I have almost no responsibilities,” he says, surveying the land he owned for 41 years. “It’s kind of wonderful,” he says with a laugh, “kind of great.”  Michael Shapiro is a travel and entertainment journalist based in Sonoma County. He’s author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration.

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resort within walking distance of downtown Healdsburg. Members can even book a room on the Pacific Coast at Bodega Bay. Those looking to visit Napa Valley, can check in to the Solage Resort in Calistoga, where they can take advantage of the resort’s acclaimed spa and walk or borrow a bike to visit the town’s famed hot springs and its charming shopping and dining district.

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EAT & DRINK: Michelinstarred Solbar at Solage Calistoga puts a California twist on soul food. Farm-to-table doesn’t get any more real than at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch where guests dine on the estate’s wines, organic produce, grass-fed beef and lamb, olive oil, honey and more. Sonoma and Napa may be world-famous for their wines, but Russian River Brewing in Sonoma is better known for its beer,

specifically its Pliny the Elder double IPA. Through Dec. 4, 2016 CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM This year’s exhibit showcases the combination of politics and Peanuts in pop culture. July 16, 2016 SONOMA COUNTY COMEDY FESTIVAL Enjoy wine and craft beer tastings and food followed by a night of laughs.

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LAUREN EMBREY There is no guidebook or graduate program to teach a person how to run a foundation, which was a blessing for Inspirato Member Lauren Embrey. In 2006, she took over the philanthropic vision for the Embrey Family Foundation, which her late father had only established two years prior. As such, she had an opportunity to shape the foundation’s focus and goals from the very beginning. But first she needed to find her own “passion points” and then figure out how to institute them into the nonprofit.

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No matter where I go, I always pack a pair of black pants because no matter what I do, black pants are a fit. They can be casual or dressy depending on my top, jewelry and shoes.

guts when it comes to guiding our decisions, and our passion points are just that, our passions.” And in a classic Texas “go big, or go home” move, Embrey is backing up her beliefs by spending the foundation’s resources now. “Our goal is not to establish a foundation that lasts in perpetuity, spending only the required five percent of our endowment each year,” she says. “If you’re involved and passionate about a cause, you need to go big and bold and do as much good in the world as you can, right now, while you have the opportunity.” If all goes to plan, the Embrey Family Foundation will only be around for nine more years before it closes its doors. That may not seem like much time, but for Embrey, it’s plenty long enough for her to generate thousands—maybe millions—of ripples that will, hopefully, make the world a better place. —THE EDITORS

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“The first couple of years, I focused on listening. I went to conferences, small and large gatherings. I met a myriad of people,” Embrey says. “I knew going in that the job wasn’t just about writing checks, but what I soon learned was FORCE FOR GOOD that there’s an entire ecosystem Member Lauren Embrey open for discovery and involvement, runs the Embrey a network that I needed to plug into Family Foundation. to accomplish my aspirations.” What Embrey, along with her sister, Gayle, committed to was through impact investing, which involves putting the improving women’s rights and race relations in foundation’s resources into companies and efforts the U.S. “It came down to my core belief that every that match its values. This investment approach human being deserves the right to live up to his or led to Embrey’s support of documentary films, most her full potential in this lifetime,” she says. notably The Hunting Ground, the film about sexual It’s a heady goal and one that can’t always be easily assault on college campuses that received wide quantified, and that’s fine with Embrey. She’s a big exposure thanks to its powerful Oscar-nominated believer in the subtle ripple effect that her foundation song “Til It Happens to You,” which Lady Gaga can affect through, among other initiatives, its performed at this year’s Academy Awards. founding support of the Embrey Human Rights In the decade that she’s guided the foundation, Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Embrey says one of the hardest parts of the job “It’s turned into a transformational program at the is reconciling the fact that her passions—and school. Students take on multiple majors so they can therefore the foundation’s—mean that the include human rights—one student even stayed past organization cannot pursue all the causes that graduation to get the degree,” Embrey says. “It came it cares about. “We know that all the issues of out of my own wish that I had had an opportunity to our world matter, but we can’t be involved in receive an education in the subject.” everything,” she says. “So we trust our hearts and Another outlet for Embrey’s commitment is

I’m quite adventurous. I am not one to go back to the same vacation spot year after year. Therefore, I’m always excited to see what new places the club offers in its portfolio. I’ve got my eye on Croatia and Greece. I’ve wanted to visit that part of the world for a while and now that Inspirato’s there, it’s time to go.

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ow did a nice girl from suburban New Jersey grow up to become one of the world’s leading experts on Italian food and cooking? “My mother shopped at seasonal farm stalls and is an amazing cook, and my Sicilian-American father has always been in the restaurant business,” says Katie Parla, 36, whose beautifully photographed Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes From an Ancient City, was published by Clarkson Potter in March. It’s a cookbook, a gastronomic tour of Rome, which Parla has called home for 13 years, and a favorite of chef Mario Batali, who wrote the introduction. “As a kid I was spoiled at the table. Mom, whose family is from the Italian region of Basilicata, made great pasta sauces, but I was a New Jersey kid who loved spending time at her dad’s restaurant, because it meant all the Shirley Temples, chicken fingers and curly fries with extra cheese sauce I wanted,” explains Parla with a laugh. Parla’s conversion to serious gastronomy began in 1996 when she visited Rome, her first trip abroad, as a 16-year-old high school student studying Latin. “I knew from the first day I arrived that Rome was where I belonged,” she says. She returned to New Jersey and, concurrent with her high school classes, began taking Italian language lessons at the local community college and art history classes at Rutgers, a short train ride from her home. She continued to pursue art history, with a focus on Roman antiquity, at Yale. “I spent my college summers in Rome on research grants, and the food was a total revelation to me. I identify as an Italian-American, but the food I’d grown up eating had nothing to do with the Roman kitchen, so I found it both fascinating and delicious,” says Parla.

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In 2003, Parla moved to Rome full time and began teaching history at a local boarding school. In 2004, she founded a company specializing in small-group private tours of Rome with gastronomic and cultural themes. The same year, she began writing and editing guidebooks to the city for the Rough Guides, Time Out, Dorling Kindersley, National Geographic, Fodor’s and other publishers. She became a certified Italian sommelier in 2006 after completing the sommelier training course run by FISAR, the Italian Federation of Restaurant and Hotel Professionals, and in 2008 she completed her M.A. in Italian Gastronomic Culture and founded her website, katieparla.com, where she’s “the best friend you wish you had—the one who grew up in New Jersey so she’s fun and easy to talk to, but she’s lived in Rome for 13 years and knows all the best places to go for food, and more importantly, cocktails.” “One of the questions I’m asked most often is what is the best food market in Rome,” she says. “I send people to the Trionfale market (Via Andrea Doria 41, Monday-Saturday) in the Prati neighborhood near the Vatican, because it has over 200 stalls and offers such a spectacular array of seasonal produce. Many of the vendors are farmers, and you find foods here like nettles and wild greens that you don’t see at other markets. The fish mongers are outstanding, too, since what they sell is locally landed.” Instinctively generous, Parla shares an assortment of her other favorite Roman addresses on the following pages.

FINDING HOME (Clockwise from top) Rome’s skyline is dominated by the Vatican and the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica; Katie Parla’s new book showcases Rome’s culture through its food; Katie Parla is a journalist, guide and blogger (katieparla.com).

Alexander Lobrano also writes for The New York Times. His last piece for Inspirato was about the Douro Boys, a group of five relatives and friends making wine in Portugal.

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KATIE PARLA’S TOP ROME BITES AND SIPS

FOR A TIMEOUT FROM PASTA MESOB

BEST ROMAN STYLE QUICK BITE MORDI E VAI

“Flavio al Velavevodetto may have only opened in 2009, but its atmosphere and décor give it the feel of a long-established institution. The historic feel is only amplified by its location—it’s built into an archaeological site. I visit Flavio’s cavernous dining rooms for all the classic pastas: carbonara, gricia and amatriciana, each studded with bits of cured pork jowl and liberally dusted with Pecorino Romano cheese.”

“Whenever I need a break from pasta and offal, I hop on my bike and pedal to the Via Prenestina in eastern Rome where a converted garage is home to the Ethiopian restaurant Mesob. Owner Kuki Tadese serves family recipes—richly spiced stews and simmered vegetables—on sheets of sourdough flatbread at wicker tables in the traditionally decorated dining room.”

“At the edge of the Testaccio Market, Sergio Esposito and his wife Mara serve family recipes like simmered beef and stewed tripe on locally baked bread. Although the concept of serving portable versions of Roman classics might not seem innovative, it is a total novelty for Rome and Mordi e Vai perfectly balances the local need for authentic flavors with the demand for a quick, affordable dining option.”

” Via Monte di Testaccio 97 ✆ +39 06 5744194 { ristorantevelavevodetto.it ~ Metro B Piramide

” Via Prenestina 118 ✆ +39 338 251 1621 { en.mesob.it ~ Tram 5, 14, 19 to Prenestina / Giovenale

” Mercato di Testaccio, Via Beniamino Franklin, Box 15 ✆ +39 339 134 3344 { mordievai.it ~ Metro B Piramide

BEST GELATO AL SETTIMO GELO

DISCOVER ROMAN JEWISH COOKING NONNA BETTA

BEST SUNDAY LUNCH TAVERNACCIA DA BRUNO

“There are more than 2,500 gelato shops in Rome but singling out the best is easy. Only a handful use all-natural ingredients and Al Settimo Gelo is among this small but important crew. The pistachio, hazelnut, chocolate, almond and zabaione flavors are extraordinarily rich and creamy on their own, but benefit from pairing. Thankfully, each small cup or cone comes with at least two flavors.”

“Amidst the Jewish quarter’s many mediocre dining options, Nonna Betta dutifully reproduces the delicious dishes that owner Umberto Pavoncello grew up eating just a few buildings away. Nonna Betta serves all the local Jewish classics—fried artichokes, marinated zucchini, anchovy and endive casserole and ricotta cake—and is the only place in central Rome where these traditional items are executed with care.”

” Via Vodice 21A ✆ +39 06 372 5567 { alsettimogelo.it ~ Metro A Lepanto

” Via Portico d’Ottavia 16 ✆ +39 06 6880 6263 { nonnabetta.it/en ~ Tram 8 to Piazza Benedetto Cairoli

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“You’ll be hard pressed to find a place with nicer staff or more comforting food than this familyrun trattoria in Trastevere. Founded in 1968, Tavernaccia da Bruno serves a mix of soulful Roman classics and slow-roasted meats. On Sundays, they also serve fabulously rich, béchamellaced lasagna baked in a wood-burning oven.”

” Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese, 63 ✆ +39 06 581 2792 { latavernacciaroma.com ~ Tram 8 to Stazione Trastevere

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FOR ALL THE ROMAN PASTA CLASSICS FLAVIO AL VELAVEVODETTO

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THREE GREAT WINE PICKS FROM THE VINEYARDS NEAR ROME

BEST ROMAN BREAKFAST ROSCIOLI CAFFÈ

BEST LUNCH NEAR THE VATICAN PIZZARIUM

“Romans aren’t known for their breakfast culture—a cheap espresso/pastry combo is the standard—but when the historic Roscioli baking family opened this café-pastry shop in central Rome they changed the game by offering coffee made from custom-roasted beans and carefully crafted, butter-based sweets, both a rarity in the Italian capital. I visit daily for a caffè doppio (double espresso) and maritozzo con panna (a sweet bun filled with whipped cream).”

“Just a few blocks from the Vatican Museum’s entrance, pizzaiolo Gabriele Bonci transforms pizza by the slice, Rome’s ubiquitous fast food, into a gourmet experience. His dough develops exceptional flavors and aromas through slow, cold fermentation and is topped with seasonal produce from biodynamic farms and cheeses and cured meats culled from Italy’s top artisans. I never miss a slice of the surprisingly light potato and mozzarella pizza.”

” Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 16 ✆ +39 06 89165330 { rosciolicaffe.com ~ Tram 8 to Piazza Benedetto Cairoli

” Via della Meloria 43 ✆ +39 06 3974 5416 { gbonci.it ~ Metro A Cipro

WHERE TO EAT OFFALLY ROMAN CESARE AL CASALETTO

BEST NEW STYLE ROMAN COOKING MAZZO

“This neighborhood trattoria, which is known for its delicious fried starters and traditional pastas, is my top spot for offal in Rome, and of course Rome is one of the most offal-loving cities in the world. The rigatoni co’ la pajata (pasta with suckling calf intestines), fegatelli di maiale (grilled pig’s liver) and trippa alla romana (tripe stewed with tomatoes, pecorino and mint) are refined in spite of their humble ingredients, and if you’re not up for an organ recital, the braised oxtail is superb, too.”

” Via del Casaletto 45 ✆ +39 06 536015 { trattoriadacesare.it ~ Tram 8 to Casaletto

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“Francesca Barreca and Marco Baccanelli opened their 10-seat neo-trattoria in Rome’s eastern periphery in 2013. The couple got their start hosting pop-ups and doing performance cooking, but they have settled into restaurant life, teasing Roman flavors into new forms like simmered lamb and pecorino croquettes, or oxtail terrine.”

” Via delle Rose 54 ✆ +39-06-6496-2847 { thefooders.it/mazzo

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ANDREA OCCHIPINTI’S ALTER EGO From the Northern Lazio region, this white wine is made from red Aleatico grapes. Parla says: “It’s delicious and super interesting as a rare example of a great white wine made from a grape that usually ends up in dessert wines.” DAMIANO CIOLLI CESANESE DI OLEVANO ROMANO SILENE Parla says: “It’s a very classic Cesanese-based wine that’s perfect with meaty Roman main courses like braised oxtail and grilled lamb chops. It comes from vineyards that are just southeast of Rome.” SUORE CISTERCENSI COENOBIUM Parla says: “This white wine is made from a blend of indigenous grapes by nuns in northern Lazio. It’s rustic and elegant at the same exact time!” 

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IMPACT STATEMENTS We scoured the world for this summer’s ultimate insider list of stylish looks and accessories, gear, tech and more. It’s our guide to the good things in life, created with the help of Inspirato’s Destination Concierges from around the globe. Start living.

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SUNKISSED Yellow is synonymous with summer, and this season’s shade of choice is a sunny, happy buttercup, a perfect eye-catching color for a handbag. Designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s tricolor, oversized lambskin carryall for Marni balances the warm hues of buttercup and cognac with the cool edge of black, making it easy to pair with any number of other summer tones. Lined with wool and cashmere, it’s a statement bag that oozes chic regardless of where you find yourself. MARNI COLORBLOCKED LAMBSKIN MEDIUM HOBO, $1,758, Nordstrom.com

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AKRIS PUNTO VISCOSE AND NYLON MESH STRIPE SHEATH DRESS A classic shape with a sporty twist, this mint-color sheath is the perfect addition to a vacation wardrobe. Try it with any kind of casual flat, from funky Vans to Teva-inspired sandals. $995, Nordstrom.com

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MARNI MEDIUM TRUNK LEATHER SHOULDER BAG Marni proves that a roomy carryall doesn’t have to be oversized. This bag’s accordion-style interior compartments have space to stash all your essentials. $2,330, Nordstrom.com

PRADA SPORT SANDALS Sport-inspired sandals are still strong this season; Prada’s are sleek and minimal. $490, Nordstrom.com

LAFONT STROMBOLI SUNGLASSES This French heritage brand has crafted stylish, elegant eyewear since the early 1920s. The Stromboli continues the tradition with its glamorous shape and gradient color frame. $399, viziooptic.com

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SUMMER SCHOOL TRUNK CLUB’S stylist, Shana Rudy, has dressed clients as diverse as the gentleman who wanted to match the silks being worn by his horse running in the Kentucky Derby to another who flies her to his home every season to update his closet. We asked her for insights on packing

OLD SCHOOL COOL

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This summer, the CAL NEVA RESORT AND CASINO, Frank Sinatra’s old stomping grounds on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, reopens after a multi-year renovation. The performer owned it in the early 1960s.

for a summer getaway. Her guiding principle: “Go with classic looks and outfits that can multitask.”

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SHOW THEM EVERYTHING Thanks to SAMSUNG’s new GEAR 360 camera, the rest of us can now afford to produce virtual reality video, not just Mark Zuckerberg. Smaller than a baseball, the VR camera produces HD video that can be instantly viewed and edited on the fly through a wireless connection to select Samsung smartphones. $350, samsung.com

CAFFEINE FIX Kona coffee has long been a smooth, go-to bean for coffee lovers, and on the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, HULA DADDY KONA COFFEE is the picturesque and welcoming epitome of this Hawaiian export.

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STRIPED LINEN SHIRT Nothing says summer quite like linen. Do like the Italians and wear it slightly wrinkled for the perfect relaxed effect. $350, LawrenceCovell.com

STRIPED COTTON PANTS Equally stylish at the beach or on a casual city stroll, these trousers are a handsome take on this season’s stripe trend. $245, LawrenceCovell.com

AVIATORS The classic aviator gets a sexy update with a slightly more rounded shape and light tortoiseshell frame. $405, NeimanMarcus.com

‘ROBERTO’ LEATHER SNEAKER Simple and clean leather kicks, without extraneous detail or over-styling. $325, Nordstrom.com

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SOUNDS GOOD MASTER & DYNAMIC MW60 Bluetooth wireless headphones marry comfortable fit with premium leather on the earmuffs and the padded headband. A reliable wireless connection pumps out clean, clear, rich sound. $549, masterdynamic.com

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For a throwback experience to 1940s Cuba, head to the EL TUCÁN in Miami for dinner, dancing and a cabaret show, often with Grammy-winning talent on stage. The cocktail party dress code and the different themes each night (French Tuesdays, for example) produce a lively and memorable experience.

PLANE MAGNIFICENT The ST. REGIS DEER VALLEY next to Park City is offering guests the chance to wake up, enjoy breakfast and then hop on a small plane from a nearby airport to go explore the iconic desert landscapes of Utah’s national parks, canyons, fishing and boating rivers for the day. Return in time for dinner and a restorative session at the spa.

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LEATHER OPEN WEAVE SHOPPER Los Angeles-based designer Tiffani Williams of Modern Weaving combines early basketry techniques with contemporary shapes and hightech laser cutting to create her modern handbags. $321, shopgoldyn.com

NAPPA LEATHER CRISSCROSS MULE ESPADRILLE This is the easiest slip-on sandal to wear all summer. $520, Nordstrom.com

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Leave it to NO. 4 ST. JAMES AND JARVIS BOARDS of Austin, Texas to make a Stand Up Paddleboard that’s as much a work of art as it is fun to float due to its natural cherry, cedar and fir wood finishes and lightweight recycled foam core. $2,300, fourstjames.com

MIX MASTER Get your mash-up on in September at KAABOO, a massive, multi-day music, comedy, arts and food festival held at the historic Oceanside racetrack in Del Mar, just north of San Diego.

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Belmond’s JIMBARAN PURI resort in Bali, Indonesia, puts a romantic, intimate spin on the sunset cruise, offering guests a float around Jimbaran Bay and up to the temples situated on the iconic Uluwatu Cliff in a small, private motorboat.

The fourth weekend of every month means the BLUE MOON VINTAGE MARKET in Michigan’s Harbor Country is open, attracting an eclectic assortment of antiques and collectible dealers and buyers from around the area.

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Sustainably harvested seafood is essential for the planet. Vancouver’s chefs and restaurants show how it’s also great for diners.

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ETERAN FISHERMAN Peter Muursepp has just docked at Fisherman’s Wharf in Vancouver with a haul of albacore tuna. The Pacific Ocean shimmers in the bright morning sunlight; just across False Creek, less than a mile away, rise the skyscrapers of the city. Ned Bell, executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, bolts out of his shiny white Prius and trots over to Muursepp’s fishing boat, takes one look at his catch and says, “Peter, your tuna is going to be served at YEW (the Four Seasons’ flagship restaurant) tonight.” This intimate connection between fishermen and chefs is a key part of Vancouver’s burgeoning sustainable seafood movement. Fishermen do their best to catch responsibly, and chefs work directly with them to put fresh, local and remarkably flavorful seafood on their diners’ plates. “The lucky thing for us as chefs in Vancouver is that we have Fisherman’s Wharf right here (in the city),” Bell says. “The boats go out and come back with their catch, and they bring it right to our restaurant kitchens; it’s on the plate that night.” Muursepp, with twinkling eyes and an unkempt white beard, looks like a fisherman from a bygone era. He says his goal is to leave the fishery intact for generations to come. “I don’t want to leave too big a mess behind—I want it to last,” he says, noting that oceans have been overfished for decades and some stocks are nearing collapse. He’s gratified to be working with Bell, who has become a leader of Vancouver’s sustainable seafood movement. The goal, Bell says, is “wild, well-managed fisheries and responsible aquaculture.” Canada’s movement toward sustainable seafood began in Vancouver in the early 2000s when marine advocates and chefs sought solutions to overfishing worldwide. In 2005, the Vancouver Aquarium partnered with local chefs to launch the Ocean Wise conservation program (oceanwise.ca), modeled on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, a guide to sustainable fish consumption.

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“Vancouver was the natural birthplace for the sustainable seafood movement,” says Teddie Geach, seafood specialist for Ocean Wise. Most Vancouverites are environmentally conscious, she says, and “the ocean is right there on our doorstep. Sustainability is just good business strategy for a lot of these chefs.” Of Ocean Wise’s 650 partners, which range from restaurants to fish sellers, universities and private clubs, 168 are in Vancouver, she says, more than three times as many as Toronto, second on the list. Chef Rob Gentile, the executive chef of the Buca restaurants that set the culinary standard in Toronto, credits Vancouver with leading the way toward a more sustainable seafood ethic in Canada. “Vancouver has always been a leader in educating the public,” he says. “Between the incredible work of (chef ) Robert Clark and now Ned Bell they have really got the attention of many important people that can truly make a difference in what is brought to our tables.” Though Bell is now the face of the movement, he says no one has done more to promote sustainable seafood in Canada than Clark, the “godfather” of the effort. “It’s on his shoulders that I stand.” When Ocean Wise launched a decade ago, sustainable seafood wasn’t “fashionable,” says Clark, co-owner of The Fish Counter and founding chef/partner of Ocean Wise. In 2013, Clark, the former executive chef at the highly lauded C restaurant (which closed after he left) opened The Fish Counter with former Ocean Wise manager Mike McDermid. In a recent Vancouver Sun profile, Clark is credited with “making Vancouver the strongest sustainable seafood city in Canada, setting examples for other cities.” Clark consulted with the Vancouver Aquarium since before Ocean Wise launched, McDermid says, as he slices fresh salmon on a wooden cutting board at The Fish Counter. “Rob and I worked to build awareness about sustainable seafood. We started with a few local restaurants and now have a national network.” INSPIRATO.COM


OCEAN TO TABLE (Opposite) Dungeness crab traps; Mike McDermid (right) and Robert Clark (left) of The Fish Counter. (This page, left to right) The menu at The Fish Counter; sablefish at Blue Water Cafe; Blue Water Cafe’s chef Frank Pabst.

The Fish Counter is a neighborhood place where you can get a plate of sizzling fish and chips (try the lingcod) or buy raw halibut to cook at home. Feisty and cantankerous, Clark came to Vancouver from Quebec in 1993. Despite Vancouver’s close proximity to the ocean, “the fish was crap here in 1993—the best fish used to be exported,” he says. He discovered that the salmon served in restaurants was mainly farmed Atlantic, and not the wild species for which British Columbia is famous. In the past decade there’s been a sea change in Canada, with Vancouver leading the way, as more diners have come to appreciate local fish in season. Palates have become more

sophisticated, Clark says; patrons at fine restaurants as well as shoppers buying fish to cook at home have developed a taste for high-quality seafood. Consumers want to know more about where their food is coming from, Geach says, “how it’s being harvested and how it’s being caught or farmed. Chefs are in a unique position to tell that story.” Frank Pabst, executive chef at the city’s Blue Water Cafe, presents an “Unsung Heroes” menu every February featuring unusual or underutilized species, like sea cucumber or jellyfish or sturgeon liver. Because chefs have become so influential, says Ocean Wise’s Geach, they’re able “to challenge our palate and

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NATURAL SPLENDOR: Hop on a complimentary bike at the Fairmont and head along the Seawall. The easy ride won't take your breath away, but the views of the city, bay and mountains will. Make a day of it with a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium including the beluga whale show. Explore the hiking paths of the beautiful Lynn Valley Canyon on the North Shore of the city—you'll have a chance to walk across one of the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in North America.

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VIEW FROM THE TOP: Head to Harbour Centre and take the elevator up to The Lookout for a 360-degree view of the city. The Skyride gondola climbs Grouse Mountain and rewards passengers with views of the surrounding peaks and sea. Or, earn the right to eat through Vancouver’s culinary delights by hiking up the mountain. GRANVILLE ISLAND PUBLIC MARKET: The fresh bounty of western Canada is on display at this legendary market.

July 23, 27, 30, 2016 HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT Ever seen a fireworks competition? A different country lights up the night on each date, synchronizing their pyrotechnic displays to music broadcast on a local FM station. Aug. 18, 2016 DÎNER EN BLANC Thousands dress in white and descend on the city for a picnic dinner complete with table and chairs at location that's revealed at the last minute.

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EATING WHAT THE OCEAN PROVIDES (Left to right) Fisherman’s Wharf on Granville Island; Eating sushi at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s RawBar; Horseshoe Bay. (Opposite page) A selection of seafood served at the Four Seasons.

We are very fortunate to be able to eat the last wild protein on the planet. When is the last time you had wild chicken, wild beef or wild pig? You don’t, you eat farmed animals. —Four Seasons executive chef Ned Bell introduce us to new and different things that we wouldn’t necessarily try at home. These are things I definitely would not cook at home, but when I go out to a restaurant I know that the chef is going to make something amazing out of it. So I step outside of my comfort zone and try something new and discover something delicious.” Even sushi chefs at major hotels are getting into the game. A native of Japan, Taka Omi worked for several years in Toronto before moving to Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. He was drawn by the wide variety of local fish in the coastal city. “So many choices we have,” the sushi chef says, citing albacore tuna, sablefish, scallops and prawns. “I think we have more variety than anybody else.” At the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s RawBar in the Lobby Lounge, Omi has long had an interest in preserving fish stocks. In 2014, RawBar went from simply featuring responsibly harvested fish to serving only Ocean Wiseapproved seafood. It became Vancouver’s first sushi restaurant to do so. The Pacific Rim’s executive chef Nathan Brown fully supports Omi’s vision. “If a supplier says, ‘Sorry, it’s not Ocean Wise,’ then I reply, ‘Sorry, then we won’t be buying it.’ It’s as simple as that.” After working as a chef in Toronto and Calgary, The Four Seasons’ Bell moved to Vancouver with his young family in 2010 and “started to hyper-focus” on sustainable seafood. “I thought that if I am going to do a seafood restaurant, it’s going to be 100 percent sustainable. It’s really the only seafood we should be consuming,” he says. Boyish and exuberant, Bell, 42, is so passionate about consuming seafood responsibly that he founded the advocacy group Chefs for Oceans (chefsforoceans.com) and rode his bicycle 5,400 miles across Canada, hosting 24 events along the way, to raise awareness about the issue. “We are very fortunate to be able to eat the last wild protein

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on the planet,” Bell says. “When is the last time you had wild chicken, wild beef or wild pig? You don’t, you eat farmed animals. We have this wild resource still available to us, although 90 percent of the large ocean predators are overfished, and humans are foolish enough to take until there is no more. But we still have the opportunity to affect change. I recognized that six years ago and wanted to do something about it.” At The Fish Counter, Clark and McDermid practice “transparency and traceability,” Clark says. “Our concerns are sustainability, quality and taste. Traceability develops pride in producers and delivers quality to consumers. ‘This fish is going to be sold as my fish.’” “Everyone down the chain of custody has a vested interest in maintaining quality. This brings customers closer to the source of their seafood.” And when that happens, fantastic flavor follows, Clark says. “All I’ve been doing is sourcing the best fish I could and telling people where I got it from.” His approach is simple: “Get good food, and do as little as possible with it. All I have to do is buy great fish.” Fresh fish in season is typically the tastiest fish one can get, Clark notes. Because Vancouver’s citizens are environmentally aware, the sustainable seafood movement is now so important that chefs have to pay attention, he says. “Chefs who don’t think it’s relevant soon leave. In some cities it would have been impossible to start a sustainable seafood movement, but here people were open to the idea and concerned about the fisheries.” Sushi chef Omi says unagi, the popular freshwater eel from Japan, came off the RawBar’s menu because it’s severely threatened. But Omi found a workaround: he lightly smokes sustainable sablefish and prepares it like unagi. Customers enjoy it because the fish is delectable, Omi says, and most of them want to do the right thing. “Ninety-nine percent of customers are happier (with a

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Every February at Blue Water Cafe is Unsung Heroes month. For 12 years, chef Frank Pabst has presented a menu featuring unusual or underutilized species like stir-fried jellyfish, sturgeon liver mousse and whelk paella. The month is one of the most difficult times to get a reservation.

sustainable menu). So we (chefs and restaurant patrons) can control it. That’s the most important thing,” he says. “We cannot close our eyes. We have to educate the customer. Our hand has so much responsibility for the future of the fish and ocean.” The Pacific Rim’s pièce de résistance is the Ocean Wise Roll, the RawBar’s presentation of 15 types of sustainable seafood, says executive chef Brown. “Anything that’s in the sushi window that evening gets put into that roll, even Dungeness crab, then you have a piece of salmon, a piece of steelhead,” and other fresh local specialties. The Fairmont has supported executive chef Brown to the point where he can serve bycatch, the unintended fish caught when pursuing other species. In Canada’s Pacific waters, fishermen can’t legally throw fish back into the ocean so Brown has found ways to use bycatch. “It’s a shame if it were to go into the garbage because nobody’s buying it,” Brown says. “My fish supplier, Steve (Johansen) from Organic Ocean, he’s constantly calling me, telling me what he’s caught. It allows us more creativity, to (serve) what the ocean is providing for us.” One example of bycatch is a British Columbia rockfish, INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SUMMER/FALL 2016

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Brown says. “It’s a little bit meatier. We pan roast it at really high heat then baste it with a lot of butter. It’s a very rustic presentation, with crushed potatoes and ratatouille. It tastes great and it’s just very country style, like black cod.” Beyond using bycatch, Brown says, he’s committed to serving as much of the whole fish as possible. “Everybody wants that perfect fillet, but what do you do with the ends of the fish? We do a bouillabaisse soup, turn them into fish and chips, make fish fingers for kids, handmade so you know you’re controlling the ingredients.” Bell, too, believes his commitment to sustainable fisheries does not require any compromise on quality. In YEW’s gently lit, wood-paneled dining room, Bell and his crew prepare a medley of fish: the Tackle Box with raw albacore tuna (which reproduce faster than other tuna and thus are more sustainable), spot prawns, oysters and steamed Dungeness crab. Entrees include salmon, sablefish and Arctic char, all plump and moist, bursting with flavor and lightly cooked to perfection. The menu, depending on the season, might also include any of the five types of salmon that live off Canada’s west coast. INSPIRATO.COM


The Fairmont’s Brown is from the tiny town of Lucan (pop. 1,200) in the province of Ontario and grew up with a close connection to the land. He traded vegetables his family cultivated for neighbors’ berries. When he went fishing he got to know other fishermen and learned early that fresh, local food is best. “Bringing that approach to hotels isn’t always the easiest,” he says, but the Fairmont has backed him all the way. Bell, executive chef at the Four Seasons, had a rural background too. Growing up in the rustic Okanagan Valley, about 200 miles east of Vancouver, he developed a taste for homegrown food. “The Okanagan is basically orchards and vineyards and farms,” he says. Then he moved to Victoria on Vancouver Island, where he’d go fishing with his dad, and later lived in Vancouver. “So being a coastal boy I just always connected to the ocean and the mountains.” The morning I meet Bell at Vancouver’s Fisherman’s Wharf, he takes a deep breath of the briny air and says: “We are blessed to live on the coast, to live on the ocean. We are really blessed to have relationships with these fishermen and serve their catch the same day, dock to dish.” At the wharf, Bell meets with a longtime partner, fisherman Shaun Strobel. “I’m a little short of pinks (a type of salmon). Can I throw in some sockeye?” asks Strobel. Bell answers, “You can throw in whatever you like.” After years of working with Strobel, he knows that whatever the burly fisherman has caught will be flavorful and responsibly harvested. And that night when Bell and his crew work their magic on his catch, YEW’s patrons will come away delighted. After working in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, Frank Pabst became the top chef at Blue Water Cafe in 2003 (where he created the Unsung Heroes event). Fish are served only when abundant, he says. “As chefs we want to have species around for generations to come.” By paying a premium for sustainable fish, he says, restaurants have helped steer demand toward species that are plentiful or less threatened. “It started 15 years ago with chefs who wanted to do the right thing with the Chilean sea bass,” Pabst says. “Many years ago there wasn’t so much information so as chefs we wouldn’t be able to know what was sustainably harvested and what was harvested nearly to extinction.” But when Chilean INSPIRATO.COM

sea bass became nearly extinct, Pabst says, that sounded the alarm for chefs, many of whom felt they had to get involved in preserving wild fisheries. The sea bass crisis led Pabst to become a founding member of Ocean Wise and commit to serving sustainable fish at Blue Water Cafe. Though this might surprise some diners, sometimes the most sustainable—and succulent—options are responsibly farmed fish and shellfish, Pabst says. The sturgeon and caviar served at the Blue Water Cafe (as at YEW) come from a British Columbia fish farm that eschews antibiotics. And the flavor is so spectacular that, if blindfolded, most patrons would probably be unable to say which is wild and which is farmed. The Blue Water Cafe dining room is elegant without being formal. A tasting menu there last fall began with the halibut tataki, a sashimi-style starter. A crisp and crunchy Dungeness crab salad with mango, jicama and pumpkin seeds followed. The entrée was miso-glazed sable, paired with a chardonnay, followed by pumpernickel-crusted sturgeon, served with a Russian River pinot noir. Pabst likens the nascent sustainable seafood movement to the trend toward organics. “Once the public starts demanding sustainable seafood, fishermen can charge a premium. So now the fishermen, at least in Canada, are very eager and keen to make sure their stuff is sustainably caught. That’s why it’s getting easier for us (chefs) too.” Fairmont sushi chef Omi agrees. His brother is a fisherman in Japan, and they speak frequently about how to enjoy the ocean’s bounty without exploiting it. Omi’s brother says that if suppliers order threatened fish, the fishermen have to catch those species, so it’s up to chefs to educate customers so they can make sustainable choices. Clark is proud of how far sustainable seafood has come during the past decade. “It’s encouraging,” he says, not just because The Fish Counter can sell responsibly harvested fish at a neighborhood outlet, but “because Ned (Bell) can do this at the Four Seasons” whose patrons expect nothing but the best.  Michael Shapiro is author of A Sense of Place. His most recent story for Inspirato was a profile of author Isabel Allende. His feature about Paul Theroux in last summer’s issue won a Solas Gold Award for best destination story.

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IN SANTA FE, ART INCLUDES OPERA AND INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART, AND AN INTERACTIVE HOUSE WITH WORM HOLES.

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RIVE NORTH on U.S. Highway 285 and the shell of the Santa Fe Opera House soars like a ship over a desert sea. Drive south just off Cerrillos Road and a 30-foot-tall robot proffering a daisy rises above Meow Wolf Art Complex. Walk east up Canyon Road toward the Sangre de Cristo foothills and wander through more than 100 art galleries in a halfmile. Look west, toward the Jemez Mountains and take in the vast space and crisp light that has drawn artists here for centuries. Art infuses everything in Santa Fe, even the trout caviar at Eloisa, the restaurant founded by John Rivera Sedlar, the nephew of Georgia O’Keeffe’s longtime personal chef who created a tasting menu comprising the great artist’s most beloved foods. By July, this high-desert adobe city of 82,000 residents and more than 200 art galleries swings into non-stop celebration mode. The heady lineup that has been drawing international patrons here for decades includes the 10-day Art Trifecta; the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Santa Fe Opera Season, which this year offers classics like Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; the legendary Indian Market; and even opportunities for mere mortals to participate at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Beyond the classic summer draws, there’s a new force in Santa Fe: A talented collective of local artists who are working to make art more accessible to everyone. In the past few years critically acclaimed new art forms have sprung up in surprising venues, like Meow Wolf, the arts and entertainment production company founded by Santa Fe local Vince Kadlubek. The center is housed in a 33,000-square-foot former bowling alley owned by George R.R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones. Adobe Rose Theatre is an intimate performance space in an industrial part of town. Strangers Collective, a consortium of young writers and visual artists, pop up everywhere from David Richard Gallery in the heart of the Railyard District to Art.i.factory, a gallery housed in the consignment shop Art.i.fact on Baca Street. “I see a new energy here,” says Debra Garcia y Griego, the Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission. “Partnership and

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ART SCENE (Previous pages, left to right) Traditional Spanish Colonial architecture; An exhibit at SITE Santa Fe; (This page) SITE Santa Fe; (Opposite) Artists Dan Namingha (seated) and sons Michael and Arlo at their gallery, Niman Gallery.

Art infuses everything in Santa Fe, even the trout caviar at the restaurant Eloisa, which has a tasting menu based on some of artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite foods.

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collaboration have taken on a new vitality. There is so much going on this summer and the most exciting part is that it’s happening all across town. There’s essentially an art fair every day.” Meow Wolf ’s much-anticipated “House of Eternal Return,” the 9-year-old collective’s first fully immersive permanent art exhibition, officially opened in March. Kadlubek calls the exhibition “radically inclusive;” it required the work of 135 artists who created a 20,000-square-foot Victorian house with “worm holes” that transport visitors into surreal multiverses that include four tree houses, an interactive cave system, an arcade with 14 games and a 300-person music venue. Peek into the chimney and find a massive psychedelic cave system. Crawl through the dryer in the laundry room and end up in a treehouse with massive mushrooms you can play like marimbas. “Meow Wolf wants to create the most spectacular art experience in Santa Fe,” Kadlubek says. “We want to bring a whole new flavor of art to Santa Fe that is explosive, colorful, cartoony, comic book and experiential.” One of Kadlubek’s primary goals with Meow Wolf is to reach out to a more general INSPIRATO.COM


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blame IT ON THE altitude ART IN LANDSCAPE A tree house at the 20,000-square-foot interactive art exhibit Meow Wolf; (Below) Piñon pines cover the hills around Santa Fe.

FOR AN ALL-INCLUSIVE CALENDAR OF SANTA FE’S SUMMER EVENTS, VISIT SANTAFE.COM. BUT WE’VE GOT A CHEAT SHEET FOR YOU. SANTA FE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS santafeworkshops.com MEOW WOLF’S HOUSE OF ETERNAL RETURN meowwolf.com THE SANTA FE OPERA July 1-August 27 santafeopera.org ART SANTA FE July 7-10 artsantafe.com THE INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET July 8-10 folkartalliance.org SITE SANTA FE SITELINES.2016: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON ART OF THE AMERICAS July 16-January 8 sitesantafe.org SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL July 17-August 27 santafechambermusic.com SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET August 21-22 swaia.org

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population. “We’ve had a trend happen over many generations where the upper 10 percent of society has taken the concept of art and excluded the other 90 percent from feeling any sort of connection to it,” he says. “Meow Wolf wants to reconnect everyday people with their creative selves.” New is always exciting, but art existed in these northern New Mexican mountains long before Anglo-Americans did. Over Memorial Day, one of Santa Fe’s most prolific artists, Dan Namingha, was recognized as the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s “Living Treasure.” His work is on display all summer at Niman Fine Art, the gallery he shares with his artist sons Michael and Arlo, who have extended the Namingha legacy into its sixth generation. The great-grandson of Nampeyo, the first nationally famous Indian artist who made stunning pieces of Hopi-Tewa pottery, Namingha started painting in 1958. His paintings and sculptures are housed in the British Royal Collection, the Heard Museum and in U.S. Embassies around the world. On a bluebird Saturday last spring, I visited the Naminghas at their gallery a block off the Plaza. Dressed in black and fresh from the L.A. Art Show, Dan, Michael and Arlo looked like brothers rather than father and sons. I asked the elder Namingha if Santa Fe is as good to artists as it is to art buyers and appreciators. “Many artists come and go,” said the softspoken patriarch, “but paying attention to your work and keeping your options open as far as creativity goes, gives you the opportunity to continue your work here. For me, Santa Fe has always been about the ability to experiment and open doors to new ideas.” All of the Naminghas seem genetically engineered toward experimentation in the arts. Arlo, the oldest brother is a renowned sculptor who works in multiple mediums— from tropical jelutong wood to Texas shell stone to bronze. While showing me around the gallery, we arrived at Contour and Form, a three-part modernist sculpture he carved from Indiana limestone. Arlo started playing with the three pieces like a kid playing with blocks in a toy store. “This is a controlled break technique that the texture will lock back together,” Arlo explained. “To make this, I have to engineer my own set of chisels,” he laughed. “Mother Nature always keeps me humble.” Arlo then walked me through the Hopi symbolism behind his father’s Solstice #20, a vibrant yellow, 72”x72” acrylic-on-canvas painting that reminded me a little of an ancient Australian Aboriginal dreamtime painting. Between Arlo’s sculptures, Dan’s paintings and Michael’s digital c-prints, one of which I imagined to be a futuristic freeway system on Mars, I felt like I had INSPIRATO.COM

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blame IT ON THE altitude spent the afternoon time traveling across multiple millennia. But the Naminghas are firmly rooted in the here and now of Santa Fe. “Niman in Hopi means ‘returning home,’” Arlo told me. “Wherever we travel, this will always be our home.” The summer’s biggest collaboration is the Santa Fe Art Trifecta, a 10-day event starting July 7 that includes Art Santa Fe, an international contemporary art fair involving 50 galleries; the International Folk Art Market, where almost 200 master artists from around the world celebrate and sell their work at a festive three-day bazaar; and SITE Santa Fe’s exhibition SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, that brings together 30 contemporary artists exploring the theme of interconnectedness and the shared experience of the Americas. “I don’t even know where to start about the Folk Art Market,” says Gasali Adeyemo, a Nigerian master fiber artist who has lived in Santa Fe since 1996. This summer marks Adeyemo’s 10th market. His rich, indigo fabrics hang alongside fine-needle embroidery by Afghanistan’s Rangina Hamidi. There are also Veomanee Douangdala’s silk-and-cotton weavings, all the way from Laos. Panamanian Edilsa Hitucama shows woven baskets. “The market is like a dream come true,” says Adeyemo. “It’s not about what you do that one weekend, it’s about how we artists can help each other for the future.” It’s not just artists that come from around the world—in total, nearly 60 countries are represented—for the market. Collectors travel from as far as Australia and England. Last year, they spent $23 million at the market, 90 percent of which went home with the artists. On average, each booth earns $15,000 to $20,000, an exponential increase over the $3 per day the average worker earns in the villages from which the artists come. “The market is not only for me as an artist,” Adeyemo says. “I have a lot of brothers back ART MECCA in Nigeria who want (Above) The to go to school. They founders of Strangers don’t have money. I will Collective planning sponsor them because their next art show; I believe that’s a way (Clockwise from I can give back to my left) A piece in the community.” “Banned Literature & Whether it manifests Censorship” show at in Nigeria or in New Community Gallery; Mexico, collaboration Natural indigo and community are at fibers used by Gasali the heart of art in Santa Adeyemo; Fabric Fe. The exhibit Narrows, artist Gasali Adeyemo which refers to the in his Santa Fe studio. cramped apartments INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SUMMER/FALL 2016

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and studios in which the burgeoning artists of Strangers Collective do their work, is on exhibit at the City of Santa Fe Community Gallery through early June. If you miss the June exhibit, look for their next show at Art.i.factory in July. “Our goal with Strangers Collective is to inspire that younger set and empower them to really get out there in the community and connect with the more established scene,” says co-founder Jordan Eddy. “To show them that we do have ability and there’s a lot of possibility there.” Opera lovers who want to take home a piece of this season’s glamour can stop at Patina Gallery on historic West Palace Avenue August 12 for the opening reception for the 60 Shades of Black jewelry collection. Inspired by Don Giovanni, jewelry artist Peter Schmid of Germany’s Atelier Zobel collaborated with David Zimmerman, the Opera’s director of wigs and makeup, to design sexy and seductive black diamond pieces. Don’t feel guilty about the purchase: Twenty percent of the collection’s sales go straight back to the Opera. For those who want to set their own course of artistic improvement, pick a class at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. The campus, set in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos, faculty and facilities are a photo geek’s dream, with state-of-the-art equipment and instructors ranging from editorial and commercial professionals to fine-art photographers. Whatever their field, the workshop instructors are known for sharing their hard-earned wisdom and experience with students.

“Having taught at many of the top photography workshop facilities across the United States, I can say that the Santa Fe Workshops are one of the top workshop facilities anywhere in the world,” says Michael Clark, a Santa Fe local and adventure photographer renowned for his photos of Red Bull BASE jumpers, pro surfers and other adventure athletes. “Participants are not only inspired and motivated, but are also free to take risks, fail and learn not only from the instructors but also from the other participants.” Clark’s “Adventure Photography” class is in May. Summer options include “Photographing Celebrities,” taught by Allen Clark. Over his 22-year career Clark has photographed two U.S. presidents, two knights, a few rappers and Miss America. Karen Divine, who won France’s prestigious Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, teaches “Creative iPhone Photography.” After mastering your smart phone’s camera, turn it off and take in yet another form of Santa Fe high art. Almost every bar and restaurant in town has perfected the silver coin margarita. 

EXPERIENTIAL ART (Left to right) A large sculpture of a robot holding a flower guards the Meow Wolf parking lot; The entrance to Meow Wolf ’s Victorian house.

Stephanie Pearson writes for Wired; Backpacker; O, the Oprah Magazine; National Geographic Traveler; Dorado and is a contributing editor to Outside.

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HISTORY LESSONS: Humans have called this region of the Rio Grande Valley home for thousands of years. See signs of some of the earliest at Bandelier National Monument where visitors can tour the ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings. In July, the Taos Powwow at the Taos Pueblo is an annual celebration of Native American culture, crafts and foods. Back in Santa Fe, a low-key house across a narrow street from the San Miguel Mission (itself the oldest church in the U.S., built in 1610) is the oldest

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house in the U.S., which also holds the distinction of being the place where author Lew Wallace wrote Ben Hur. The Loretto Chapel is famous for its miraculous spiral staircase, made without screws, nails or a central supporting post by a mysterious carpenter who has never been identified. NATURAL ACTS: South of Santa Fe, you’ll find the geological wonder of Kasha Katuwe, more commonly known as Tent Rocks, a series of slot canyons and distinctive rock

formations caused by erosion. If the heat sets in, cool down with a drive up toward the Ski Santa Fe ski area and stop for a breathtaking hike along the Aspen Vista Trail (the trail starts at an elevation of 10,000 feet). The reward is 100-mile views. JUST KIDDING AROUND: Families can keep their young ones occupied with an afternoon at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum or a more adventurous whitewater rafting trip down the Rio Grande through the dramatic Rio Grande Gorge.

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HE MEDITERRANEAN SEA does not want me to go swimming. Walking down a staircase carved out of a cliff, the waves below are undeniably angry. If the swells were smaller, I’m sure there’d be dozens of swimmers waiting to dive off these steps directly into the water. Instead, I have the cliff to myself. Waves crashing into them spray me, even though I’m standing 15 feet above. It’s magical, in a mysterious, moody way. Mallorca has hundreds and hundreds of miles of coastline. In the western Mediterranean, nestled off the east coast of Spain almost equidistant between Barcelona and the northern shore of Algeria, the island is famous for its beaches, aquamarine waters and sheltered harbors. It has more beaches than anyone seems to have been able to count—I ask around and get answers from “about 100” to the very specific “218.” There are white sand beaches, dramatic beaches perched beneath cliffs, beaches you can only get to by boat or by foot, long beaches, beaches at the end of dead-end roads, beaches where celebrities like Claudia Schiffer or Michael Douglas hang out (both own homes on the island) and secret, little-known beaches. During my week on the island—my very first time there— I spend, in total, less than half-a-day on beaches. And I don’t care. By day three the island has so engaged me, I start to plan a return trip. At least I think it will be just a trip, but the locals warn me that it could turn into something else. “Be careful,” says Rory Lafferty, founder of the Vespa rental company Bullimoto, in Sóller and Palma and formerly of Sussex, England. “We came here for my sisterin-law’s wedding, stayed for five days and decided to give up the UK and move here.” That was in 2011. My tour guide around Palma, the southern city home to half of Mallorca’s population, had a similar story. Teresa Solivellas, who, with sister Maria runs Ca Na Toneta, a restaurant their parents opened 20 years ago in Caimari, an unassuming village on the southern slopes of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains says, “This is not the Caribbean. Mallorca has millennia of history shaped by its complex landscape.” ONE OF THE 151 Balearic Islands—only five are inhabited—Mallorca is a geological, archaeological and cultural playground. Bronze Age tribes lived here and conducted primitive trade around the western Mediterranean. The island was under Phoenician and then Carthaginian rule in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C. For five centuries, the Romans, who founded the city that grew into Palma, ruled. Next came Vandals, then Byzantines and, at

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the end of the 8th century, Moors. In 1229 the Catalan King Jaume I conquered the island and gifted it to his youngest son as an independent kingdom. Independence lasted only briefly. Within a century the island was forcibly reincorporated into the Kingdom of Aragon and, in the 15th century, made part of Spain. Fast-forward 300 years to the 18th century: The island is still Spanish, but in constant fear of raids by North African pirates. Mallorca’s is a knotty history, to say the least. Traveling the island—driving, biking or hiking—you see evidence of all of these cultures: Bronze Age rock temples, Phoenician citadels, well-laid Roman roads, graceful Arab arches and the Gothic Le Seu cathedral in Palma, which took more than two centuries to construct and was finally consecrated in 1601.

Mallorca is a geological, archaeological and cultural playground. Bronze Age tribes lived here. So did Phoenicians and Carthaginians. It was part of the Roman Empire for five centuries and then under Byzantine rule. “Our history is a crazy one and doesn’t always feel so much in the past,” says Pep Solivellas, cousin of Teresa and Maria and, with his father and brother, the maker of the olive oil, Oli Solivellas, served at Ca Na Toneta. “I think there are olive trees up in the mountains here from more than 2,000 years ago,” he says. The oldest trees in Pep’s 21-acre Oli Solivellas grove were planted in 1999 but the land has been in his family “since ancient times, I don’t even know how long,” he says. While we talk, we sit in his kitchen and he shows me how to smush a tomato onto a slice of fresh bread, sprinkle it with salt and drizzle it with olive oil for the ultimate local’s breakfast. The olive tree—gnarled and sculptural—that greets visitors to his farm is about 600 years old, but isn’t original to the property. “It was transplanted from the mountains,” Pep says. “All of the ancient olive trees you will see around the island—in Palma, on the plains, on golf courses—are originally from the mountains. People moved them down to be decorative. They’re beautiful, aren’t they?” Yes, but all of Mallorca’s landscape is beautiful. On the flight into Palma, I pressed my face against the window. Below, the Mediterranean was dozens of different

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ISLAND LIFE (Clockwise from left) Chef Maria Solivellas at the restaurant she runs with her sister Teresa; Riding a Vespa through the village of Deia; A cafe in the Tramuntana Mountains; Going for a swim on Mallorca’s rocky northern coast; Oranges for sale; Hake with pea puree and field beans at Ca Na Toneta; A shrine to ancestors along a hiking trail.

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UNIQUELY CATALAN (Clockwise from left) Similar to flatbread, coca is a traditional Catalan food; Pep Solivellas Sr. (left) and Jr. (right) in their 21-acre olive grove; The harbor in Palma, the island’s capital; Hiking on the Dry Stone Trail above the town of Biniaraix.

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shades of azure. Sunlight glimmered off the tops of rolling waves and strips of sand of varying sizes popped into and out of view. Before I could even begin to count them, they, along with the sea, were gone. Snaggly, forested, wild mountains, the Serra de Tramuntana, replaced them. As historic as they are rugged, the range is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beneath my window it exploded, almost directly from the sea, up several thousand feet. No foothills temper this range as it runs for 50 miles along the island’s northwest coast. And then, as quickly as the Tramuntanas appeared, they were gone and we touched down in a flat plain dotted with windmills. If sea, mountains and plains are not enough variety, the passenger next to me told me about Cuevas Drach, a series of underground caves with millions of stalactites and an underground lake on the island’s southern coast. “Mallorca is its landscape and its landscape is a diverse mix,” Teresa says. “The mix explains us—our lifestyle, our gastronomy.” As eloquent and impassioned as Teresa’s words are, Maria wants to explain in greater detail. “You must eat,” she says. “I explain Mallorca with its flavors.” Okay! Absolutely everything on Ca Na Toneta’s menu is grown, raised or caught locally. Pep makes the olive oil. His traditional Mallorcan oil is guaranteed through the Protected Designation of Origin “Oli de Mallorca” and sold in gourmet shops around the island and at the family farm. The sisters’ mother Catalina, the restaurant’s original chef, grows much of the produce in a garden a 5-minute drive from the restaurant. The menu changes weekly. “There is no compromising on ingredients. Except for coffee, chocolate and sugar, it’s only Mallorca flavors,” Maria says. Six courses—including cuttlefish and hake and rosemary, artichokes, unleavened bread made from grain endemic to the island and pork loin—and a bottle of wine later, I have a burgeoning idea of the island’s flavors, and full awareness that I’ve just had one of the best meals of my life. Maria’s food is rustically delicate. I’ve never before been a fan of cuttlefish—bitter and tough—but Maria slices it paper thin to add a lovely texture and saltiness to her fish soup with watercress. Dishes are beautiful, but not fussy. Flavors are simple, but strong. The first time I had a truly farm-fresh tomato, it was revelatory. Every dish at Ca Na Toneta is like that. Leaving, I can’t help but wonder if the meal, and the restaurant, is a dream. There are certainly restaurants that enjoy being off the beaten path, but the Solivellas sisters seem to actually be hiding. Caimari has a population of around 700. When I leave the restaurant, only a few streetlights illuminate the town’s cobblestone streets, which are so narrow I have to pull my car’s side mirrors in or risk scraping them on centuries-old buildings on either side of the road. “It is not very touristic. It is not rich or fancy,” Teresa says INSPIRATO.COM

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of Caimari. “It is one of the places that is deep Mallorca.” If Caimari and Ca Na Toneta are deep Mallorca, I want more. I start by hiking up to the 2,800-some foot Coll de l’Ofre, in the Tramuntana Range at the back of the Biniaraix Gorge. “These mountains dominate our landscape and this area of them is the most special,” says the guide I consult at Hiking Mallorca. MANY VILLAGES TUCKED between the Tramuntana Range, “mountains of the north wind,” and the sea cascade down hillsides in a series of terraces ending just

Caimari has a population of around 700. Only a few streetlights illuminate the town’s cobblestone streets, which are so narrow I have to pull my car’s side mirrors in or risk scraping them on centuries-old buildings. above precipitous drop offs. The range is the island’s heart and backbone but also a geologic noose, separating the towns and villages in the north from those in the south. Several peaks are more than 4,000 feet tall and often snow-covered in winter. Until 1912, when the first safe route through the mountains was completed (it had 13 tunnels and took seven years to build), the north was more influenced by France than by the rest of Mallorca. France was easier to get to than Palma. If you had to go to Palma, a boat was the safe option. There was an overland route, a narrow path up and over the Coll de Sóller, but at its best it was harrowing and at its worst, dangerous. A road elsewhere in the range built in 1932, Ruta de Sa Calobra, is, to this day, considered among the most dangerous drives in Spain. It is also considered one of the world’s great road bike rides, if you hit it when there’s little car traffic. Professional cyclists often train in Mallorca before their race season starts in early spring. Sa Calobra’s

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HIGHS AND LOWS (Above) The 8-mile road Sa Calobra switchbacks 50 times before reaching the Balearic Sea; (Below) Cuevas Drach is touristy, but its millions of stalactites and stalagmites are worth the crowds. Tours end with a live classical music concert played by musicians floating in a boat in the largest of the cave’s underground lakes.

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eight miles—it dead-ends at the sea—include 50 curves and no tunnels. (The former allowed the latter.) One turn curves 270-degrees and then goes under itself. From top to bottom the elevation change is 2,200 feet. Thankfully my walk up to the Coll de l’Ofre is not dangerous, although the elevation gain is about the same as Sa Calobra. Leaving Biniaraix, a French-feeling village above the bigger and even more French-influenced town of Sóller, the path is tidy cobblestones with a border of boulders. The Hiking Mallorca guide says the uniqueness of the Biniaraix Gorge is how well-preserved its dry stone trail is. This hike is only one part of the longer, multi-day Dry Stone Trail. Formally known as GR221, that trek is, without question, the island’s most famous long-distance walk. The Dry Stone Trail name comes from how the trail was constructed, without the use of mortar. When the cobblestones start switch-backing to climb up the gorge, stone stairs appear. You would think such a well-constructed and orderly trail would make for comfortable hiking. My feet, in thin-soled running shoes and unaccustomed to walking on stones, no matter how smooth, disagree. The beginning of a blister festers on the ball of my right foot. I keep waiting for the stonework to end and the trail to turn to dirt. The effort behind building such a trail for any serious distance is unimaginable. But one mile and 600 vertical feet up the trail is still stone. Two miles and 1,500 feet and there’s no dirt yet in sight. When I begin to feel fatigued, I remind myself what I’m doing is nothing compared to the labor it took to make the trail. Dry stone is among the longest-lasting types of construction, but building it is backbreaking labor. Dry stone structures—terraces, roads and fences in

addition to trails—are visible throughout Mallorca’s mountainous northwest. Arabs are credited with introducing the agricultural technique of dry stone terracing to the island in the 10th century. The provenance of the Dry Stone Trail itself is murky, but most people agree it’s a route that has been used for centuries. I’ve only been hiking it for an hour, and it feels like centuries. This is only partly because of my sore feet. Mostly it’s because of Mallorca.

The Serra de Tramuntana explode directly from the sea up several thousand feet. In winter, the highest peaks can be snow-capped. No foothills temper the range as it runs for 50 miles along the island’s northwest coast. Nearly at the top, the breeze smells of rosemary and piñon and my only visible companions are wild goats scampering between exiguous holds on the craggy cliff walls on either side of the gorge. The nooks and crannies between the stones beneath my feet are full of fallen Mallorquina olives, ripened to a dark brown after they weren’t taken in the most recent harvest. Nowhere ahead or on any of the peaks that rise above is there any sign of modern civilization. I’ve hiked back in time. Or maybe I’ve just found one of the rare places in the world so connected to its landscape, time becomes irrelevant.  Dina Mishev is Inspirato’s editor.

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FAMILY FUN: Take a break from the beach and check out the House of Katmandu, an interactive theme park with mini-golf and an upside-down house that has to be seen to be believed. The Palma Aquarium is designed for children with indoor and outdoor play areas and a large shark tank, which hosts sleepovers for kids. For dinner, book a table at Pirates Adventure for a meal and a thrilling pirate-themed acrobatic show. One of the most scenic ways to

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explore the countryside is on the Orange Express, the 100-yearold electric train which runs from Palma, the capital, to the town of Sóller, winding through the mountains and 13 tunnels. La Reserva is a private, natural paradise of waterfalls, spring fed swimming holes and wildlife, including bears and exotic birds. The warm shallow waters off the beach serve as an easy introduction to SCUBA diving. More advanced divers can hire on with a guided trip to the undersea wonders of Puerto Andratx, off the island of Dragonera.

June 23-24, 2016 NIT DE FOC This Palma celebration features the “correfoc,” or a run through a shower of firecrackers. August 7, 2016 DAVID GUETTA Magaluf will host this global DJ phenomenon, attended by throngs dancing throughout the night. September 5-11, 2016 FESTIVAL OF KING JAMES Mallorca’s biggest week of parties features a medieval market, fireworks and a parade of giants.

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over & TRAIL OF CONTRASTS The Harding Icefield Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park climbs nearly 4,000 vertical feet over four miles. It passes through cottonwood and alder forests and crosses heather filled meadows before reaching treeline and expansive views of the icefield.

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o v e r TRAVELERS COME TO ALASKA FOR THE SCENERY, AND THEN, BECAUSE EACH PART OF THIS STATE IS AT LEAST AS SPECTACULAR AS THE LAST, THEY KEEP RETURNING.

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NCE IN ALASKA, it doesn’t take long to understand how the place can upend a person’s travel life. In a good way. Alaska either grabs your heart and your imagination, or it doesn’t. (When it doesn’t? Well, I don’t understand that, but it happens.) But if it does? There’s a good chance future vacation planning conversations will start with, “Well, we could go back to Alaska again.” The more you learn about Alaska, the more you want to see of it. A cruise is a great sampler platter, but don’t expect it’ll make you cross off Alaska from your “to see” list. It will rev up your hunger for more of this most dramatic, diverse state. Ask around when touring the state and you’re sure to meet other travelers who came to gaze out on a pod of orcas swimming around Prince William Sound or to see bears or a massive bull moose, the latter’s antlers weighing up to 80 pounds, from a cruise ship. They visited for the chance to step out on a glacier with a guide

But first, the cruise, an introduction to one of Alaska’s many regions. Watch for a circle of bubbles rising up in the water—a sign that a group of humpbacks is feeding below. Bubbles. Bubbles. Bubbles. And then a massive burst of energy as the whales come to the surface to catch the fish caught in their “net.” It’s always surprising. Also keep watch for the state ferries, dressed up in blue and yellow. The Inside Passage doubles as the Alaska Marine Highway, the only all-water National Scenic Byway in the country. The ferry service—which started in 1949—shuttles nurses to their jobs, basketball teams to tournaments and cargo to the towns that dot the state’s shoreline. Listen for the sound of giant blocks of ice calving off of Hubbard Glacier. Speed along on a Zodiac for an up-close (but not too close) look at icebergs and South Sawyer Glacier. Visit the wee fishing settlement of Elfin Cove—which blooms to 100 people

Watch for a circle of bubbles rising up in the water—a sign that a group of humpbacks is feeding below. leading the way or to try their hand at salmon fishing, hoping to ship enough reds back home for an elaborate dinner party. That all stuck with them when they got home. So, another Alaska trip. And then another. Visitors here return again and again because their fishing skill exceeds their expectations (and the taste of the salmon is even better). They want more of the quiet they experienced while hiking through the thick of an old growth forest, dense with more greens than one could ever imagine—from dark green spruce tips to bright green mosses. They return for the unexpected variety: The public art in Ketchikan; the lazy paddling around Sitka’s islands; the chance to learn about Alaska’s rich Native heritage in some of the finest small museums imaginable and the stories of the Tlingit and Haida people who have lived in Southeast Alaska for thousands of years. That all, of course, is both an endorsement and a warning. Your future may require more rain gear. I was a return tripper myself. Now? I still call myself a New Yorker, but I’m a full-time Alaska resident. INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SUMMER/FALL 2016

during the busy summers. Once winter rolls in, making access to Elfin Cove challenging, the population drops somewhere south of 20 hearty souls. Wander the town’s boardwalks before going to visit the area’s other inhabitants by Zodiac—the sea lions and otters await. (And, yes, they really are as amusing as you imagine.) Another warning: Alaska is both a photographer’s delight and greatest frustration. Even for pros. It doesn’t take long to realize that, despite the oohs and aahs your photos will garner back home, they don’t capture that the glacier stretching across the frame sits 1,800 inches thick and 32 miles long. Or the details of wildlife. Puffins in particular all too frequently end up as blurry blobs in images. These birds, which stand only 10 inches tall, can jet past at speeds up to 55 mph. No matter, memories both large and small will forever stay in your mind. And your urging of friends to make the trip themselves—“You can’t understand until you see Alaska for yourself ”—will probably include a follow-up sentence: “Hey, we should all go together.” —JENNA SCHNUER

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GROWING PAINS The nine-mile wide Hubbard glacier is a rarity: it’s still growing.

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SIGHTSEEING ON THE INSIDE PASSAGE (Above) Dream big from the deck of the Silver Discoverer as it sails past glaciated mountains. Stay alert for sudden bursts from whale spouts and, fingers crossed, a humpback or orca leaping and twisting in the air. (Left) Just south of Alaska is one of British Columbia’s best grizzly-watching spots: Khutzymateen Sanctuary. The resident group of approximately 50 bears go about their business hunting for salmon or chomping on sedge as visitors watch from tour boats.

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SEA LIFE (Above) Evening light bursts through dark storm clouds gathering over the mountains on Admiralty Island along Lynn Canal, the deepest fjord in North America. (Below) Harbor seals and other locals in Tracy Arm make their curiosity clear by staring back at people staring at them. The animals frequently laze in the sun atop their chaise lounges of choice, icebergs.

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ALASKA NATIVES (Clockwise from above) One of Alaska’s more than 30,000 bald eagles scans the area for food from its perch on a glacier. The birds—who get white head feathers by their fifth year— can have a wing span up to 7.5 feet and weigh up to 14 pounds; A black bear hunts for fall berries on the tundra near Exit Glacier; At Sitka National Historic Park, an easy walk along a flat trail winds through exquisitely carved examples of Haida and Tlingit totem poles, some dating back 80 years.

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A L A S KA SEWARD

INIAN ISLANDS JUNEAU GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

BRITISH CO LU MBIA

SITKA

ALBER TA WATER AND ICE (From top) Humpback whales return to Alaska’s waters in the spring. Here they swim through Favorite Channel, northwest of Juneau, taking a breath through their blow holes; An aerial view of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

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KETCHIKAN

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU? For Inspirato, it’s helping people connect whenever the inspiration strikes, whether it’s intimate weekend escapes in drive-to destinations or fullfledged family reunions at the world’s most beautiful resorts.

And we’re collectively inspired to do this better than anyone else. From the moment you join the club we’re here for you. We’re committed to curating enriching vacations with unique itineraries and providing personalized service on every trip.

Now, with a growing portfolio of luxury vacation homes, a global collection of top hotel and resort partners and an exciting line-up of customized experiences, we’re changing the way thousands of families like yours experience the world.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Joining Inspirato is easy, with a one-time Initiation Fee and Annual Membership Fee. To start, we’ll take you on a personal cyber-tour of our Inspirato Collection. With hundreds of hand-selected options to choose from, your Member Services team will help you find the perfect one.

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Since we know our destinations inside and out, we’re able to offer verifiable savings versus comparable luxury alternatives. This allows you to vacation more often and spend more time with your family and friends… we call it “members-only value.”

Once you’re booked, you’ll be off to your destination, with access to an on-site concierge every step of the way. Enjoy an amazing trip, discover how good club vacations can be and return inspired to see even more of the world. What’s more? You pay only

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for the vacation nights you travel. There’s no long-term commitment. No catch. No hassles. At the end of the year, your membership will renew automatically, and you can continue taking more extraordinary club vacations, or let us know if you’d prefer to walk away.

NOT A MEMBER YET? Ready to discover the best vacations of your life? Call 888.546.5008 or visit INSPIRATO.COM to learn more.

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United States & Canada DESTINATIONS Aspen, Colorado Austin/Lake Travis, Texas Avalon/Stone Harbor, New Jersey Beaver Creek, Colorado Big Sky, Montana Boca Raton, Florida Boston, Massachusetts Cape Cod, Massachusetts Carmel Valley, California NEW Charleston, South Carolina Chicago, Illinois Coral Gables, Florida Dana Point, California Deer Valley/Park City Area, Utah Denver, Colorado East Hampton, New York Fogo Island, Newfoundland Fort Lauderdale, Florida Gateway, Colorado NEW Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Islamorada, Florida Isle of Palms, South Carolina Jackson Hole, Wyoming Jupiter, Florida Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii Key West, Florida Kiawah Island, South Carolina Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii NEW Lake Michigan/Harbor Country, Michigan Lake Placid, New York Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles County, California Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts NEW Miami/South Beach, Florida Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Nantucket, Massachusetts Napa Valley, California Naples, Florida New Orleans, Louisiana New York, New York Newport, Rhode Island

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Northstar, Lake Tahoe, California Ojai Valley, California Orlando, Florida Palm Springs/Coachella Valley, California Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina Portland, Oregon Rancho Palos Verdes, California Rosemary Beach/Scenic 30A, Florida San Diego, California San Francisco Bay Area, California Santa Barbara, California Santa Fe, New Mexico Scottsdale, Arizona Sea Island, Georgia Seattle, Washington Snowmass Village, Colorado Sonoma County, California Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California St. Michaels, Maryland Stowe, Vermont Telluride, Colorado The Poconos, Pennsylvania Vail, Colorado Vancouver, British Columbia Victoria, British Columbia Wailea, Maui, Hawaii Washington, D.C. Watch Hill, Rhode Island Whistler, British Columbia Woodstock, Vermont

FEATURED DESTINATION NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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Aspen, Colorado

HIGHLIGHTS ASPEN, YOUR WAY

There are enough hip boutiques and gourmet restaurants in Aspen to rival the world’s greatest luxury destinations and our Inspirato Residences put you a short jaunt from them all, while the Limelight Hotel puts you mere steps away from everything, including the famed ski slopes of Ajax Mountain. After charging down the ski runs by bike or foot, recharge with an après cocktail on the hotel’s rooftop terrace overlooking Aspen.

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All of our Aspen properties and hotel options feature an upscale, mountain-home feel with tasteful appointments and generous layouts to make you feel right at home. Whether you pick the 6,458-square-foot, five-bedroom Steinway for a group gettogether or the 4,278-square-foot, four-bedroom Silver Queen for something slightly more intimate, our Aspen vacation options deliver whatever you desire.

of the most photographed mountains in the world. They’re shrouded in snow all winter but come summer, these 14,000-foot peaks are covered in a riot of wildflowers. FASHION FORWARD

Join the celebrities who shop for the latest international styles at the boutiques on Galena Street. And check out the local shops for chic skiwear, high-end Western apparel and unique pieces of art.

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WINING AND DINING

If you buy a postcard in Aspen, the photo will likely be of the spectacular Maroon Bells, some

Aspen restaurants are a destination unto themselves, whether you’re craving

expertly prepared Colorado game, decadent comfort food, world-class sushi or a burger at the White House Tavern. And wherever you go, you can count on the perfect glass of wine or a local craft beer to pair with your meal. FOUR FOR ONE

Skiing or snowboarding Aspen means choosing between four different ski areas: Ajax, the iconic original hill rising right out of town; the steeps of Aspen Highlands; Buttermilk’s family-friendly runs; and the long, fast intermediate groomers at Snowmass.

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Austin/Lake Travis, Texas Expect the laid-back, embrace the offbeat and prepare for a different kind of luxury vacation on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country. Flat plains give way here to wooded canyons, spring-fed rivers and the occasional cave. Along these hills, the more traditional Texas culture bows to the eclectic, from the unique German settlement of Fredericksburg to Marble Falls, the center of the Highland Lakes area.

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HIGHLIGHTS FLOAT AWAY

WINE COUNTRY

Floating the scenic Guadalupe River is popular here; visitors and locals will spend a few hours on inner tubes being pushed by the slow-moving current. Also try canoeing and kayaking. For the best currents, head to Kerrville Schreiner Park.

There are more than 30 wineries dotting the Hill Country. We recommend taking a rolling drive through the area’s famous bluebonnets to discover local wineries housed in a 100-yearold barn, a stone château, an Italian villa and other unique spaces that add personality to the beautiful surroundings. Here are a few of our favorites: Becker Vineyards, Fall Creek Vineyards and Flat Creek Estate.

GAME ON

Visit the famous Y.O. Ranch, a 40,000-acre working ranch with plenty of ways to fill the day: horseback riding, big game and bird hunting, trail tours, swimming and even exotic game tours with more than 50 types of animals.

GOLF

Members staying at Waterstone Lodge have golfing privileges at Barton Creek Lakeside

Country Club, a famed private club with an 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer. HUNTING PARTY

Take a drive to The Hunt Store, a local watering hole and onestop shop. Over time, this quaint store has become a favorite of residents and visitors. Order a burger, sit at a picnic table and soak up the Texas sun. RODEO

In summer, Crider’s Rodeo and Dance Hall is a must. A local institution for nearly 100 years, Crider’s features an evening rodeo then dancing to live music.

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Beaver Creek, Colorado Fall in love with Beaver Creek—a cozy alpine hamlet in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Along with neighboring Vail, these vibrant communities boast thousands of skiable acres, posh residences and an array of year-round amenities. In the warmer months, hiking and biking reveal aspen glades, multicolored wildflowers and high altitude views. Culinary tours, rounds of golf and horseback rides will quickly fill your time.

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HIGHLIGHTS CONVENIENT ACCESS

Beaver Creek is the superexclusive little sister to popular Vail. Savvy travelers flock to the convenient summer and winter activities at Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek and Arrowhead. NATURAL COLOR

Explore the valley on foot or by bike in the summer and fall to experience beautiful golden aspen glades, multicolored wildflowers and high-altitude overlooks. DINING

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Start your day with the best breakfast in the Vail Valley at local favorite, Northside

Coffee Kitchen, located down in Avon. Be sure to pick up an order of their homemade doughnuts or pastries to go. Open since 2013, Hooked has already become a member favorite for its combination of sushi-preparation techniques and flavors of the West.

Don’t miss Splendido at the Chateau with its unique and refined Euro-American cuisine. MOUNTAINSIDE

Your suite at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is conveniently located less than three miles from Beaver Creek ski area.

NIGHTLIFE

SKI/SNOWBOARDING

When the sun sets on Beaver Creek, mellow evenings await. Start with a handcrafted martini at the Beaver Creek Chophouse or try Vin 48 for fine wines and an ever-changing menu of rustic American fare made with local, organic ingredients.

Vail may be bigger, but it’s Beaver Creek that hosts the annual World Cup skiing competition. Take your turns on the same slopes that have challenged Olympic champions and hopefuls for years.

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Big Sky, Montana

HIGHLIGHTS SUMMER PLANS

Big Sky, Montana is home to a relaxed, mountain lifestyle and sweeping views of the Gallatin Range in every direction. Home to nine national forests and thousands of acres ideal for skiing, hiking and fishing, it’s a paradise for those who enjoy a family atmosphere with a true Western feel. In the heart of it all, Big Sky Resort is a rugged, multi-season destination offering mountain living at its finest.

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PGA Professional Greg Wagner is on hand to help golfers hone their skills at The RESERVE, an 8,000-yard, par-72, Jack Nicklaus course. You also have access to Spanish Peaks Golf Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf. For a true view of Montana, look between the ears of a horse. Talk to your Destination Concierge about scheduling a trail ride for the whole family. Horses with gentle temperaments will carry your group through the great outdoors. Perfect for expert anglers and novices alike, Gallatin River Guides offers a number

of fly fishing excursions. Go on a three-river tour, fishing for wild trout or for catches within their private stock pond MOONLIGHT APRÈS

The Moonlight Tavern is the perfect spot to grab a warm cup of cocoa after an exhilarating day on the slopes or to gather friends and family for a meal of upscale comfort food. You’ll have preferred access to the restaurant. GO BIG THIS WINTER

With nearly 6,000 acres of ski terrain, Big Sky Resort is a real-life winter wonderland for skiers, snowboarders and lovers

of winter sports. In addition to fun on the slopes, guests can also go on sleigh rides, snowmobile tours and ice climbs. Experience the thrill of riding a dogsled as you drive a team of beautiful huskies through the majestic mountains of Big Sky. During the tour, experienced guides teach guests the finer points of communicating with their animals. Strap on your snowshoes and explore Big Sky’s forests while you try not to sink into the mounds of fresh powder snow. Or get a thorough workout Nordic skiing on immaculately groomed ski trails.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts Vacations on the Cape have been a hallmark of New England families for centuries. Start your own tradition with a family getaway packed with sunny days on the beach, rides on the rail trail, fresh seafood at the Cape’s finest establishments or a traditional clambake on the sand.

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HIGHLIGHTS NANTUCKET SOUND

FINE ARTS

CONVENIENCE

Protected from ocean swells, the calm and warmer waters of Nantucket Sound offer a more mellow beach experience than the oceanside. Try Ridgevale Beach, Cockle Cove and Hardings Beach.

The artistic heart of the Cape is Provincetown, home to dozens of art galleries showcasing works by both local and nationally recognized artists.

Drive to the harbor in Provincetown to hire a boat for a fishing expedition by day and to take part in the village’s boisterous nightlife after the sun sets. Shoppers can head to the boutiques in Chatham for a piece of New England charm to bring home.

BEACONS OF LIGHT

The historic lighthouses of Cape Cod are almost as famous as its sand dunes. Pay a visit to Truro’s Highland Light. Then tick off Race Point, Chatham Light and the Nauset Lighthouse.

DUNE TOURS

Like his father before him, Rob Costa has been taking thousands of visitors on dune tours through the heart of the National Historic District of the Cape Cod National Seashore since 1946. Art started the company with a 1936 Ford Woody. Today, families can enjoy a safe and air-conditioned ride in a Suburban SUV.

WHALE TALE

New England is one of the top 10 areas in the world for whale spotting, with humpback and finback whales being the most common. High season stretches from April through October.

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Carmel Valley, California Land, sea and sky meet in Carmel Valley to bring you a worldclass getaway rife with recreational activities. Rolling vineyards, orchards and gardens comprise the 28 acres of Bernardus Lodge & Spa, a starry-eyed getaway. Carmel Valley serves as a sophisticated playground for vacationers of all ages. Even better, Monterey County is on Wine Enthusiast’s list of top 10 global wine destinations.

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HIGHLIGHTS THE COAST WITH THE MOST

Two miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Point Lobos State Reserve is often described as the crown jewel of all the California state parks. Crashing waves, tidepools, quiet coves and the raw landscape can be accessed via a network of trails. Swimmers and surfers rejoice. With views of both Point Lobos State Reserve and the Pebble Beach Golf Course, the welcoming sands of Carmel Beach have been named one of the top 10 beaches in the country. The courteous concierge staff at Bernardus Lodge & Spa can recommend a kayaking

outfitter and suggestions for a guided trip or tour for the opportunity to spot sea otters, harbor seals and pelicans. GOLF

More than 20 championship golf courses are a stone’s throw away from your accommodations. Along the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel, Pebble Beach and Monterey, you’re just a few miles from tee time at one of the world’s great courses. HIGHWAY 1

The drive south through Big Sur along California Highway 1 is one of the most scenic in the

world. Make a day trip out of it with a visit to Hearst Castle. WINE TIME

Producing estate-crafted, worldclass wines since 1982, Joullian Vineyards has a tasting room in Carmel Valley Village to welcome all wine lovers. Try a splash of the Family Reserve cabernet sauvignon or cuvee zinfandel. THE NEED FOR SPEED

Over the hill from Carmel Valley is Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, one of the most famous and challenging (and beautiful) racing circuits in the world. Take in a race or attend racing school.

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Gateway, Colorado

HIGHLIGHTS HORSEBACK RIDES

An hour and a half from the city of Grand Junction and tucked into the canyons that comprise the Uncompahgre Plateau in Mesa County, the five-star Gateway Canyons Resort is an award-winning stop on one of Colorado’s most historic byways. Surrounded by red rock formations towering 1,000 feet high, this retreat features casitas, luxury rooms and hundreds of acres for exploration. The resort was named “Best Adventure Resort in Colorado” by “Best Of” and Condé Nast’s No. 12 Best Resort in the World.

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The riding facilities feature more than 500 acres of beautiful Colorado trails. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience in the saddle, guides will ensure a safe and fun ride around Uncompahgre Plateau. FOUR-WHEEL THRILLS

Available for five- to seven-hour reservations, rent an off-road or utility task vehicle. You’ll be turned loose to explore Calamity Camp, Dolores Point and more. Housing 50-plus rare concept cars, convertibles and more, Gateway Canyons Auto Museum is open daily and is dedicated

to celebrating the history of the automobile in America. Car enthusiasts won’t want to leave. Those who dream of racing big trucks across the desert can at the resort’s Pro-Baja Trucks driving experience and school. Sessions take place on the resort’s purpose-built off-road dirt track. Make a day trip to Telluride via Dolores Canyon, considered one of the most scenic—and enjoyable—drives in the state. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Join an expert for a guided hike into high desert. Juanita Arch is a great option for intermediate

hikers and more advanced trekkers can try rock climbing on Palisade rock. If you would prefer a solo hike in the backcountry, ask your concierge for a map. Learn the basics of casting a line and head out on a guided fishing excursion. Experienced fishermen can simply enjoy the catch-andrelease fishing pond located nearby on national forest land. CHILL OUT

Make the time for a well-deserved Native Desert Sage or Ancient River Stone Massage at the onsite spa. You can even opt to add a paraffin dip, heat compress or Moroccan oil to your treatment.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina With miles of wide, sandy beaches accessible by bike, it’s easy to unwind on Hilton Head. But don’t be fooled by the island’s small size. Hilton Head packs a lot into its 60 square miles, including exceptional golf courses, a diverse array of restaurants, charming boutiques and shops, spas and more. It’s no wonder that Hilton Head ranked high on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best in the World Reader’s Choice Awards” in 2011.

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HIGHLIGHTS SETTLE IN

Our residences on Hilton Head offer the finest in private luxury paired with a convenient location. Enjoy light-filled interiors and extensive outdoor living areas, replete with private pools and many other amenities. HIT THE LINKS

Hilton Head is a world-class golf destination and features more than 20 championship courses including the three championship courses at Palmetto Dunes. FAMILY FUN

Kids will enjoy playing on the beach, bike rides on the many

paved paths or challenging Mom or Dad to a game of tennis. More interested in water? Rent a kayak or canoe to explore the Lowcountry on a guided tour with a naturalist. BEACH TIME

Three miles of premier beaches are right outside your door. Get active with an early morning jog, an afternoon game of bocce ball or just relax and let the tide roll in. INDULGE AND UNWIND

Choose from many treatments and packages available at The Ocean Tides Spa, conveniently located near your residence.

SUNDOWNER

Sunsets are a treasured time on Hilton Head. Find prime viewing and good eats at the Quarterdeck in Harbour Town Marina, San Miguel’s in Shelter Cove Marina and the Old Oyster Factory overlooking Broad Creek. NIGHTLIFE

Head to the Jazz Corner for an upbeat evening of great music and top-shelf libations. The Lodge offers a more relaxed atmosphere in which you can settle in by one of two stone fireplaces with an expertly crafted martini.

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Islamorada, Florida Six of the islands in the archipelago known as the Florida Keys are Islamorada. Cheeca Lodge & Spa has a celebrated past of more than half a century. You’re situated just five miles from Windley Fossil Reef Geological State Park. As a guest of the lodge, you’ll be immersed in 27 acres of pristine tropical gardens right on the beach. Thanks to its abundance of marine life, this tropical savanna is the sportfishing capital of the world.

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HIGHLIGHTS SCUBA LOVERS

Surrounding the southeast coast of Florida is North America’s only living coral barrier reef, the third largest in the world. Known as the Great Florida Reef, more than 1,400 species of marine plant and animal species are found in its depths. We recommend diving with Key Dives and their attentive PADI-certified dive instructors. Conveniently, most of their dive sites are about 15 minutes from the dock. You can expect a safe but thrilling SCUBA experience as the instructors manage every detail. Step into diving history at the Florida Keys History of Diving

Museum where a collection of diving equipment is arranged in various exhibits for the public. Kids and history buffs will appreciate the assortment of interactive opportunities.

Key is an 11-acre deserted island. Walk through the ruins of a town from the 1800s and schedule a tour with Brad Bertelli, a local historian.

GOLF AND TENNIS

Restaurants on property at Cheeca Lodge include Atlantic’s Edge, Limoncello, Nikai Sushi and Tiki Bar & Chart Room. Order stone crab any time of year and end with an island-inspired dessert.

DINING

A 9-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus is located seaside on-property at Cheeca Lodge. If you prefer tennis, enjoy six lighted courts. After a day of either activity, indulge in a sportsman massage. INDIAN KEY STATE PARK

Accessible by boat or kayak from U.S. Highway 1, Indian

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina Close to Charleston, South Carolina, yet another world away, Inspirato’s residence in the beachfront Wild Dunes Resort introduces visitors to the best of Southern charm on a peaceful barrier island with pristine beaches that have been a luxury vacation spot for South Carolinians since the 19th century.

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With the ocean on one side and lagoons and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, canoeing, kayaking, boating (including kitesurfing and jet skiing) and fishing are the names of the game. You can stay on the sand if you want and take an eco tour along Boneyard Beach—the name refers to the eroded skeletal remains of oak tree trunks sticking out of the surf. CHILD’S PLAY

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The Wild Dunes Resort and its award-winning Island Adventures® program will enchant your little ones, thanks

to activities ranging from family golf and tennis to nature expeditions and haunted ghost and graveyard tours in nearby historic Charleston. Too scary? There’s always a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium to consider. SWING SET

With 36 holes of championship golf available to guests, golfers can tackle two distinct tastes of South Carolina golf on the Tom Fazio-designed Links Course along the oceanfront and lagoons and salt marshes that mark the Harbor Course.

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Recognized as one of the top foodie towns in the country, Charleston is bursting with original menus and comfort foods done to perfection. Try Husk, recently named Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit. On the flip side, snack on boiled peanuts and fresh seafood at the Wreck of the Richard & Charlene on Shem Creek. After dinner, take a stroll through the Southern gothic neighborhoods in the city’s famous Historic District, where grand homes and their secret gardens harken back to the state’s pre-Civil War heritage.

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Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii Within minutes of arriving at Kapalua in northwest Maui, you’ll understand why Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Maui “Best Island.” Kapalua’s impressive lava fields extend like outstretched fingers from the lush mountains toward the cerulean Auau Channel and the deep Pacific beyond. Members will enjoy the extravagant amenities of Montage Kapalua Bay, from championship golf courses and a rejuvenating spa to the Sunset Pool and the gorgeous crescent beach.

HIGHLIGHTS RAINFOREST HIKES

A hike through the Kapalua Maunalei Arboretum Rainforest is an activity that sets this destination apart from beach resorts throughout the islands. The roots springing from banyan trees above are a natural wonder. You can eat a wild guava right off the tree. The view from the top of the trail will take your breath away. SNORKELING

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Grab a mask and fins and dive into Kapalua Bay. Natural reefs located just offshore in a sheltered, white sand crescent of calm water boast a spectacular

array of marine life. Expect to see butterfly fish, parrotfish and a plethora of crustaceans and invertebrates in one of the best snorkeling spots on Maui. GOLF

Tee off on the Plantation Course at Montage Kapalua Bay and you’ll understand how you compare to PGA Tour pros, who play a tournament here each January. The 7,411-yard stunner is considered one of the best courses in the country, which helps attract the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh to the PGA event. The Bay Course at Montage

Kapalua Bay is no slouch either thanks to its 6,600 yards of undulating fairways and exquisite water holes. To beat the course record of 62, you’ll have to avoid its biggest water hazard, the blue waters of Oneola Bay. LOCAL EATS

Located in Kapalua, Honolua Store is a wonderful option for an informal breakfast and lunch—or to put together a picnic for the day. The Farmers Market Maui in nearby Honokowai sells fresh Maui produce, including gold pineapples, strawberry papayas and macadamia nuts.

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Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii The greatest thing about the Big Island is that it offers something to entice everyone: long stretches of sandy beach for families and locals’ beaches accessible only by SUV; world-class dining as well as fresh local produce from a farmers market; thrilling activities from helicopter tours and SCUBA diving to hiking a volcano and exploring a rainforest; and the relaxation of a champagne sail at sunset.

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HIGHLIGHTS VISIT A VOLCANO

Whether by land or air, you have to visit Kilauea Volcano, the most active island volcano in the world. Take a two-hour helicopter tour in which you will likely see the volcano in its full fury. Better still, hike through the ancient rainforest to a newly lava-paved crater. BEST BEACHES

If you feel like relaxing in a cabana lounger, head to the south end of the nearby beach and enjoy the sea breezes. For a wider expanse of sandy beach that’s great for a morning stroll or for the kids to build sandcastles, we recommend Hapuna. Nearby Kikaua Point

Beach has soft sands and calm waters that make it one of the island’s best family beaches.

snorkel and dive areas. Bring your snorkel gear for the calm waters on the other side.

SCENIC SUNSETS

GOLF

Take a cruise on the Body Glove Sunset cocktail tour. While cruising the historic coastline, watch as spinner dolphins come out to play. Sit back, relax and enjoy the air flowing through your hair with cocktail in hand.

Consistently rated as some of the island’s top courses, Mauna Lani Resort boasts a North and South course under the legendary Francis H. I’i Brown moniker. These championship courses host the PGA Senior Skins Tournament each January.

SNORKELING

Why hike when you can kayak to Captain Cook’s Monument? Kayakers cross Kealakekua Bay, where dolphins greet you in one of the world’s most pristine

TRAIL TOUR

Discover the captivating Waipio Valley as you journey on a horseback tour along lush trails, past waterfalls and historic sites.

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Lake Michigan/ Harbor Country, Michigan A Harbor Country vacation feels like an oceanfront getaway. Southern Berrien County has dazzled its visitors for decades with its sprawling white sand beaches and charming shops and restaurants. Channeling the atmosphere of maritime settings such as Cape Cod or Nantucket, Harbor Country is a destination ideal for families.

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Grand Rapids is less than two hours north of your accommodations in Grand Beach. Take a morning or afternoon to drive up the western side of Michigan, stopping at charming spots and towns along the way, including: Sawyer: Your first stop should be the taproom at Greenbush Brewing Co. to sample one of their 50 beers. Locals love the blueberry cream Imperial Stout, pumpkin ale and Belgian strong ale. St. Joseph: Travel back in time and take a ride on the Silver Beach Carousel. Choose a horse, tiger, bear or even a clown fish and saddle up under the twinkling lights.

Grand Rapids: The city is home to award-winning chefs and food trails. We recommend dinner reservations at Grove Restaurant, where you can tuck into a bowl of shrimp and grits, or Marie Catrib’s, which serves up a hearty stew that will fuel you for the drive back to Grand Beach.

TO THE DUNES

Located in Sawyer, Michigan, Warren Dunes State Park spans 1,952 acres of dunes rising a couple hundred feet off the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Six miles of hikes can easily make this a half- or full-day trip. WHEEL DEAL

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Brookwood Golf Course and Cottage and Whittaker Woods are all relatively close to your accommodations in Grand Beach. To assure your time on the fairway, ask your Member Services team to book tee times in advance of your trip.

Visit Dewey Cannon Trading Company & Bicycle Museum to rent one of their lovingly maintained bikes. Take your two wheels to the Backroads Bikeway Trail System and choose from rides that range from 5 to 60 miles.

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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts An archipelago of the Elizabeth Islands, off the coast of Massachusetts, and only about 100 square miles, the island of Martha’s Vineyard has long served as a discreet summer colony for families, low-key celebrities and curious travelers. Colonial influences are apparent in the island’s architecture and the landscape is dotted with lighthouses, farms, sandy beaches and quaint shops.

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HIGHLIGHTS HIT THE BEACH

If you’re traveling with kiddos, take them to this two-mile stretch of sand in Aquinnah. The waters are shallow and warm and the sand ideal for sandcastle building. Note that parking on-site is for residents only. LET’S EAT!

State Road is the premiere dining establishment on the island, home to fine modern dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. State Road is located in West Tisbury and its sister restaurant, Beach Road, is located in Vineyard Haven. The menu at Atria changes

daily, allowing chefs to take advantage of the freshest produce and ingredients available. The dishes are comforting, modern and exquisite. Cocktails and more casual fare are found in its adjoining Brick Cellar Bar. Chef and owner Ben Deforest of The Red Cat Kitchen at Ken N’Beck prides himself on comfort food served to the melodic sounds of the Rolling Stones or Bob Marley on the overhead. The menu is seasonal but includes signature dishes with actual names such as, “If You Don’t Like Fried Chicken And Watermelon, There is Something Wrong With You.”

Shopping and dining at The Black Dog is a revered tradition. Find tasty sandwiches, treats and a full-service restaurant, plus a range of clothes and souvenirs— many adorned with the shop’s iconic black dog mascot. CHAPPAQUIDDICK ISLAND

This is home to spectacular sights like Wasque Point, East Beach, Cape Poge Lighthouse, Mytoi Japanese Gardens and amazing beaches manned by the Trustees of Reservations. Catch a ferry from Edgartown for an easy ride.

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Miami/South Beach, Florida Miami Beach’s famed South Beach neighborhood envelops the southernmost blocks of Florida’s main barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. In a word, this international entertainment and nightlife destination is beautiful—both in terms of stunning scenery and gorgeous people. Even the architecture is enticing.

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GLOBAL DINING

SUN WORSHIP

If you’re in Miami Beach, there’s only one place to be: South Beach. A stay at the legendary Fontainebleau or 1 Hotel South Beach is as good as it gets. These hip oceanfront accommodations feature beachside pools, views of the ocean, as well as access to world-class spas and fitness centers, valet parking and beach attendants ready to serve you surfside.

Gourmands flock to South Beach for its global cuisine, fresh ingredients, celebrated restaurants and notable chefs. Whether you desire elegant dining, traditional Latin spice, fresh sushi or anything in between, you will find it in South Beach.

A collection of Miami’s barrier islands constitutes sunny South Beach, and wherever you choose to stay, eat and play in this neighborhood, you’re never far from the water.

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With hundreds of clubs, bars and other establishments, South Beach is one of the world’s hottest nightlife destinations.

ECLECTIC SHOPPING

South Beach is bustling with couture labels, antique shops, fashionable galleries, quirky boutiques and retail outlets. Lincoln Road, an open-air pedestrian mall, is the premier shopping area.

ART DECO

Tucked amidst the sky-high resorts and chic, contemporary venues that frame Miami’s waterfront, the petite Art Deco District makes a statement with more than 800 beautifully restored buildings in just one square mile.

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Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Northwest of Montreal lies Mont-Tremblant and its famous national park, which includes hundreds of bodies of water and more than 900 square miles of alpine highlands in Quebec’s scenic Laurentian mountains. Best known for its world-class skiing conditions and 94 trails, the Mont-Tremblant area is also a mecca for fishing, hiking, cycling and golfing.

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For an aerial adventure that will appeal to all ages, Ziptrek Ecotours offers a soaring course that begins high on MontTremblant Mountain and ends in the village. The guided zip line tour includes education about local ecology. For a unique afternoon, take the family to Skyline Luge in the village. A chairlift ride to the top of the track in the scenic Laurentian mountains will take you to a specialized three-wheel cart for an exciting downhill ride. Visitors to Parc National du Mont-Tremblant can scramble along the Via Ferrata du Diable,

climbing rock faces and cliffs from the safety of a steel cable. See the valley from this incredible hardware installation. Packages for children as young as 8 are available. FLIGHT TIME

Year-round, Heli-Tremblant provides helicopter tours of the Quebec countryside. This is a photographic opportunity to get above the famous ski resort. Transfers to Montreal and Ottawa are also an option.

boarders get when they trek north to Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort. Topping out at an easy-breathing 2,871 feet, the ski mountain still features a sizable vertical drop at 2,116 feet. With close to half the mountain dedicated to advanced and expert terrain, Tremblant attracts serious winter enthusiasts to its 662 acres. Inspirato Members can take advantage of the mountain’s First Tracks program and carve highspeed descents on empty runs or through virgin powder before the resort officially opens.

SKI THE EAST

European charm with Canadian sensibility: that’s what skiers and

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Nantucket, Massachusetts Nantucket’s mere 47 square miles belie the number of ways there are to play on this charming island. You can explore the peaceful beaches lining the island’s many idyllic inlets and bays, take to the water in a rented boat or on a guided tour or simply spend a long afternoon engrossed in a good book or tracking the graceful flight of coastal birds.

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island, seamlessly blends a rich maritime history with upscale shopping, restaurants and other amenities. Be sure to visit one of the island’s museums, including the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum and the Whaling Museum.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY

FRESH CATCH

From charming seaside cottages to an in-town escape or a sprawling seaside estate, our residences offer the best of Nantucket any way you’d like to approach it. And of course, they all feature touches and amenities that meet Inspirato’s exacting standards.

The Lobster Trap has been catching tourists and locals alike for more than 40 years. With a lobster tank up front, your handpicked dinner awaits. This go-to seafood spot always serves up the best the island has to offer. LOCAL ONLY

BIKE TOURS

BEACHES IN ABUNDANCE

The fine shopping on Nantucket has a distinctly local flavor—so local, in fact, that no chain stores or restaurants are allowed on the island.

Nantucket may be only 3.5 miles wide and 14 miles long, but it boasts more than 25 miles of bicycle trails. Ask your Destination Concierge to arrange rental bikes to explore the island.

From seaside service, watching the evening colors settle over the ocean with your favorite cocktail, to raw, unpopulated stretches of coast where the only amenities are what you bring, Nantucket’s beaches offer an experience to suit every taste.

HISTORY LESSONS

The Nantucket Historic District, which encompasses the entire

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New Orleans, Louisiana Endearing, distinctive and out of the ordinary. The same words one would use to describe the enchanting city of New Orleans can also be used to describe Windsor Court, a stately hotel that offers old world charm and modern amenities. Venture out to explore the food and jazz music for which the city is famous. Get a little spooky and visit one of the Crescent City’s hauntingly beautiful cemeteries or go on a ghost tour.

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HIGHLIGHTS FRENCH QUARTER

Also known as the “Vieux Carré,” the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans and is brimming with famous attractions including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the famous Bourbon Street. FRENCHMEN STREET

Located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, you’ll find the most popular part of Frenchmen Street, a three-block section where live jazz music abounds and street musicians serenade passersby. GARDEN DISTRICT

More than 100 years old, the

Garden District is considered to have some of the best historic mansions in the country. Meander down the street and take in the immaculate gardens that are in bloom year-round. WWII MUSEUM

Designated by Congress as the country’s official World War II museum, this popular tourist destination features an expansive collection of artifacts including wartime bombers and aircraft. FAMOUS STREETCARS

Exploring the city by streetcar is a great option. If you plan on making multiple trips, save time

and money and get an unlimited pass. Just $3 will cover you for the day while a $9 pass is good for three days. CARNIVAL SEASON

Beginning on Epiphany and ending on Fat Tuesday, carnival season in New Orleans is the city’s most spectacular attraction. Although taking place for nearly a month, the majority of the festivities happen the weekend before and the day of Mardi Gras. Don a colorful costume and enjoy the many parades this fun-filled season has in store.

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New York City, New York No matter what your heart desires, New York reigns supreme with its world-class dining, culture, nightlife and more. In the city that never sleeps, one visit is never enough. Inspirato puts you in the heart of it so you can get the most out of your visit.

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HIGHLIGHTS DESIRABLE LOCATIONS

Those looking for a Midtown hotel can check into the Towers at the grand Lotte New York Palace, with its residential-style suites high above Madison Avenue. The Peninsula New York sits in the heart of Fifth Avenue’s shopping district and within walking distance to Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art and Rockefeller Center. Those wanting a Central Park experience can stay at the Pierre, one of Manhattan’s most iconic luxury hotels, situated across Fifth Avenue from the park. Members can choose from two other Central Park

luxury accommodations: the new 1 Hotel located one block south of the park and Trump International on Central Park West at Columbus Circle. Members interested in a downtown location can check into a loft-style suite on the sixth floor at the Mercer, a boutique hotel in SoHo. Longtime visitors to the Big Apple can try something new: an elegant room at the newly opened, French inspired Baccarat Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

fusion bistros to favorite stops in Chinatown, foodies of every description will find something to expand their culinary horizon. SHOPPING

Start with the haute boutiques on Madison Avenue, swing through Barneys, Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman, then head to the artist mecca-turned-stylishoutdoor-mall that is SoHo.

FINE DINING

From the most exquisite steakhouses to contemporary

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Northstar, Lake Tahoe, California With 12 major mountain resorts in two states offering every imaginable sport and amenity, Tahoe truly has something for everyone—every season, every day and every night. You’re guaranteed to find adventure while visiting Lake Tahoe.

HIGHLIGHTS ONE VILLAGE PLACE

BIG SPRINGS EXPRESS

Located at the base of Northstar California resort, your Inspirato Residence at One Village Place takes what people expect from exclusivity and adds a dash of charm and convenience to the mix.

Direct, private access to an in-building gondola means that you’ll never have to wait for a ride up the mountain.

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Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Lake Tahoe’s pristine beauty is a must-see attraction. Experience the astonishingly clear, cobalt-blue water of the largest alpine lake in North America via kayak, raft or catamaran.

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The mountain village provides access to five-star dining, boutique shopping, private fitness centers and more. Kits for s’mores can be purchased at the Cabana Bars and you can relish them next to one of the fire pits in the village. FAMILY SKIING

Northstar continues to be ranked among the best family friendly

resorts in the country thanks to its diverse, beginner terrain. STAY ACTIVE

With a dozen major ski areas, golf courses, trails, streams, dozens of restaurants and unique shopping opportunities at every turn, Tahoe is the ideal destination in summer or winter. GAME ON

Travel to South Shore over the state border into Nevada and you will find opulent casinos like Harrah’s and MontBleu. Don’t want to test your luck? Shows are available most nights.

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Palm Springs/ Coachella Valley, California Long a favored escape for Hollywood’s elite stars and star-makers, Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley is now a unique mix of resort-style leisure and amenities, stark desert, mountain landscapes and iconic mid-century modern design. Golfers, hikers and architecture fans will all find something to love about this antidote to the hustle and bright lights of Hollywood.

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HIGHLIGHTS 100 WAYS TO GOLF

VIEW FROM ABOVE

CULINARY STARS

With more than 100 golf courses in the Coachella Valley, and warm, sunny days year-round, it’s not easy to choose where to tee up. Our favorites: Escena Golf Club, a top-ranked 18-hole championship course known for unobstructed sightlines of the San Jacinto Mountains and generous driving corridors, and Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Once upon a time, Hollywood celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope played this course, set on 550 acres of Native American tribal property.

Thanks to the Aerial Tramway, visitors can ride a gondola 2.5 miles up the flanks of Mount San Jacinto to 8,516 feet, where an alpine oasis of pine trees and meadows await—and, in the winter, even snow.

Palm Springs contains a wonderfully diverse restaurant scene. Our favorites: Tinto, a Basque wine bar from Iron Chef winner Jose Garces; local favorite Spencer’s for its modern American fare (try the lobster potstickers with chili aioli); or Alicante for divine Mediterranean food as delicious as the people watching.

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Stay cool at the sprawling water park, Wet ’n’ Wild, with its series of pools and slides. Or pay a visit to the Living Desert, a zoo and conservation area where you can come face-to-face with animals ranging from Mexican wolves to javelinas, giraffes and cheetahs in a beautiful desert setting.

GO REMOTE

The breathtaking boulder formations and gnarled branches of the Joshua trees inside Joshua Tree National Park make for a memorable day trip.

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Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina Encircled by ribbons of rivers and streams trickling through marsh to a pristine Lowcountry landscape, Palmetto Bluff retreats from the modern world into its own peaceful splendor. Within the gates of this master-planned Montage resort community, you’ll bike the quiet streets, play a game of bocce on a perfectly manicured lawn and gently recline in rocking chairs on a spacious, screened-in porch.

HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL FLAIR

A number of unique festivals and regionally inspired events provide visitors with rich, cultural experiences in this beautiful region in a fun, vibrant setting. The ongoing Music to Your Mouth celebration is a local favorite, culminating in the weeklong Culinary Festival that showcases top chefs, winemakers, musicians and artists. DINING

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For casual everyday dining with scenic views of majestic oaks and pristine golf course fairways, the May River Grill at the Clubhouse can’t be beat. This Bluffton gem

features delicious local dishes and contemporary American favorites in a relaxed yet upscale setting. STEP BACK IN TIME

When you really want to unwind, retreat to a more peaceful way of life. There are fewer people in this beautiful private community than on a cruise ship. The sunny neighborhood streets encourage relaxing on the porch and spending quality together time. It’s the exclusive community that time forgot but discerning travelers will always remember. FAMILY FUN

Within this idyllic resort

community, you’ll find a world of activities to occupy you and your kids for days on end. Ask your Destination Concierge to arrange horseback riding lessons or a family ride. Your kids can splash in the pool, catch the breeze on a boat and try their hand at bocce. There’s also a shooting range and a boat center with kayaks and canoes. DAY TRIP

The historic city of Savannah is 30 minutes away and offers a wealth of Southern charm, including grand house tours of the Isaiah Davenport House Museum and the Mercer House.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California Minutes from LAX, visitors to the 102 oceanfront acres at Terranea Resort on the far end of the Palos Verdes peninsula can enjoy a round at the on-site golf course or drop out for a day of pampering with an ocean view.

HIGHLIGHTS CHILD’S PLAY

Kids can start their day at the Tide Pool Kids Club, led by expert naturalists, and learn about the fascinating array of marine life along the coast. If they want to dive in, they can grab a kayak or surfboard and try their hand at snorkeling. The day wraps up with s’mores and hot chocolate around a roaring, cliffside fire. CATALINA ISLAND

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Visible from the resort, Catalina Island lies 22 miles offshore and is a short express ferry ride away. Explore the picturesque harbor village of Avalon Bay, snorkel in its clear blue waters or hike to the

top of the island for a grand view of Los Angeles. LOCAL FARE

Guests at Terranea can reserve a table at Mar’sel for a fresh twist on California cuisine. Catalina Kitchen offers stunning ocean views and a menu that ranges from roasted Petaluma chicken to swordfish melts. Nelson’s serves up comfort food, microbrews and gorgeous sunsets from their patio, while Bashi blends traditional Vietnamese flavors and contemporary dishes.

stretching from Redondo Beach to Manhattan Beach, with their broad expanses of sand, volleyball courts, fishing piers and mellow surfing waves, lie minutes to the north via complimentary shuttle. ACCESS HOLLYWOOD

Explore filmmaking’s hometown, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, shopping along La Brea and Melrose Avenues, a movie at the Chinese Theatre or a concert in the hills under the stars at the famed Hollywood Bowl.

BEACH LIFE

The famed South Bay beaches

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Rosemary Beach/ Scenic 30A, Florida Rosemary Beach and Grayton Beach are the perfect place for a family reunion or to simply get away with a few loved ones. With year-round musical and artistic entertainment, along with some of the country’s most pristine beaches, there’s a wide array of highly recommended venues and activities sprinkled throughout several charming neighborhoods.

HIGHLIGHTS FAMILY FRIENDLY

ARTS AND CULTURE

THE POOLS

Rosemary Beach was designed with families in mind. Quiet streets invite exploration, and family oriented amenities and activities abound. Inspirato’s Emerald Cottage at the nearby WaterColor Resort sits adjacent to the pristine Grayton Beach State Park.

With numerous fairs, festivals, exhibits and events taking place throughout the year, this is a culturally rich hub for crafts and artistry. The Bayou Arts Center is just one of many creative and entertaining venues.

Rosemary Beach offers access to four amazing beachside and parkside pools, open to residents and their guests. From cabanastyle to infinity-edge pools meant for lounging, enjoy these beautiful areas to cool down and relax.

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Eden Gardens in Point Washington is a 163-acre state park on Tucker Bayou and the former home of lumber baron William Henry Wesley. Tour the 1895 mansion, stroll the garden trail or the expansive lawns.

BEACH CRUISER

GREEN FOOD

Rent a car and explore Scenic Highway 30A. Stretching 18.6 miles from Topsail State Park to Inlet Beach, this drive features everything from outdoor antique stores to art galleries to beaches of unimaginably white sand. Or you can rent a cruiser bike and pedal the bike trail.

Restaurant Paradis boasts a commitment to using locally grown produce and produces its own sparkling and still waters served in reusable blue glass bottles.

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San Diego, California Set among the rolling, tree-lined hills of Rancho Santa Fe, Inspirato Members will find Rancho Valencia, where they can relax in their own private casita and garden. Hit the courts for a spirited game of tennis—Tennis magazine rates it a top tennis resort in the nation—then soothe your body at the spa. Golf more your game? Members can check into The Lodge at Torrey Pines, home of the famous PGA course.

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HIGHLIGHTS AHOY, LA JOLLA!

Explore the striking architecture of the Scripps Institute and the popular beach at La Jolla Cove (try snorkeling among the shallows just off shore). You’ll find some of the city’s best shopping and dining along Prospect Street. Everything is a short hop from Inspirato’s Calita residence. LEGO AND ENJOY

There are few things more exciting to kids than a tour of LEGOLAND® or going on a safari at the San Diego Zoo. PEDAL, PADDLE, PARAGLIDE

Whether by land on a bicycle, by

air on a paraglider or by sea in a kayak, sightseeing San Diego need not be conventional. Your Destination Concierge can set up any type of tour you desire. SWING TIME

Of the 92 golf courses in the area, Inspirato Members get to play the best of them, including the Tom Fazio-designed course at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, the famed oceanside course at Torrey Pines and The Farms Golf Club. RESORT LIVING

Start with Inspirato then add one of the world’s few triple five-star resorts, the Fairmont Grand Del

Mar. You’ll quickly find out why TripAdvisor ranked it the top Luxury Hotel in the U.S. in 2014. DINING

Serving more than 150 of the world’s finest vodkas, the Ocean Bar at Pacifica Del Mar is a local hot spot that combines the best of the area’s beach bars with a touch of the luxury lifestyle. Spectacular ocean views abound at George’s on the Cove, a La Jolla landmark, from the chic main floor dining rooms to the mid-level bar up to the top floor, open-air terrace. A truly special spot for romance.

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San Francisco Bay Area, California From the historic cable cars to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is one of the world’s most colorful cities. Perfect for young or mature couples, or small and large families, its attractions and personality fit every visitor. One vacation is never enough. Your Destination Concierge can plan the perfect trip this time and an equally great one the next.

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San Francisco’s waterfront Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood is home to Inspirato’s twobedroom residence featuring city views, complimentary parking, dining options at Ghirardelli Square and easy access to the rest of the city. A ferry can take you from Inspirato’s spacious Alexandrite residence at Casa Madrona in Sausalito into the heart of the city. ON THE WATER

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When the skies are clear, there’s nothing better than gaining some perspective of the magical city from the water at its feet. Rent a

kayak or take a chartered sailboat ride into the bay to see the famous bridges and sites.

oysters with Osetra caviar, with one of 1,200 bottles in the restaurant’s wine cellar.

TWO WHEELS

ART TOUR

The trolley cars are a great way to tour the city. Much of it is easily walkable but, for a unique perspective, rent a bicycle and cross the Golden Gate Bridge’s 8,981-foot span via the wide walkway.

The Legion of Honor houses an impressive collection of fine European art spanning 4,000 years. From its perch atop Lincoln Park, the views of the Golden Gate Bridge are almost as impressive as the pieces on display.

EAT WHAT YOU WANT

Menus are so … restrictive. Unless you’re dining at the incomparable Gary Danko, where you can create your own tasting menu to match your mood. Pair the chef’s specialties, such as glazed

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Scottsdale, Arizona

HIGHLIGHTS SWING SET

It’s the incredible collection of golf courses that truly sets Scottsdale apart. Members can play a different course every day during their visit. From a central location at some of Scottsdale’s most exclusive addresses, Paradise Valley, the area’s 200-plus courses are a short drive away.

Did we mention the golf? Golf enthusiasts will salivate over access to these courses: Troon North Golf Club, Westin Kierland Golf Club, The Phoenician and Ocotillo Golf Resort. FOOD LOVERS

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James Beard Foundation awardwinning chef Douglas Rodriguez serves up what he calls Nuevo Latino cuisine at Deseo. Start with his tres ceviches or shrimp chicharron before moving on to lamb chops with truffle chimichurri. And don’t forget the wine list, considered one of the best in the state.

Talavera strives to source its ingredients from local purveyors—even the olive oil—to create American cuisine that’s as fresh as it gets. Old-school charm denotes the French menu and small seating at Petite Maison, where classics such as escargot and cassoulet are always on the menu.

Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Ferragamo and others. For trendy boutiques on the cutting edge, pay a visit to the Mix Shops of Southbridge. CANYON SUITES

SHOPPING OASIS

Your stay in the Phoenician’s Canyon Suites—an exclusive enclave within the resort— will give you a glimpse into the area’s prized heritage.

Often referred to as “the Beverly Hills of the Southwest,” Scottsdale is home to the Biltmore Fashion Park, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and more. Farther east, Scottsdale Fashion Square houses Barneys New York,

Cool off by tubing the spectacular Salt River canyon. Spend an afternoon floating down the river under sun-filled skies. Tubing season is May to September.

WATER WORLD

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Sea Island, Georgia

HIGHLIGHTS HUNT CLUB

The Lowcountry beckons you to the balmy Georgia coast and Sea Island, home to the storied Cloister Hotel, the seaside vacation choice for industrialists and U.S. presidents for more than 80 years. There’s PGA-caliber golf, shooting, fishing, world-class shelling and even a historic bingo game that comes with a dress code.

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At the Broadfield, the sporting set can practice their shots at the range, and during birding season, hunt for quail and pheasant across 500 acres alongside trained dogs. Try something different with Harris’s hawks, goshawks and peregrine falcons. The Sea Island Shooting School, nearly as old as the Cloister itself, has taught generations of visitors to handle a gun and shoot it the right way.

beaches, marshes and woods. The Seaside Course hosts the annual McGladrey Classic, organized by Love himself.

shooting range and hands-on biology lessons from the resort’s naturalists that could vary from crabbing to tending a turtle’s nest.

GHOST BEACH

LOWCOUNTRY, GEORGIA

The unusual, stunning Driftwood Beach is renowned for the beautiful driftwood scattered on its sands as well as the giant oaks and pines buried upside down in the sand with their roots exposed to the sky. The effect is a tree graveyard that’s a sight to behold.

Other seaside destinations may promise turquoise waters and a landscape scraped clean and replanted, but the Cloister’s is more comfortable: Spanish moss drapes the oaks and while the water isn’t crystal clear, it teems with life. The dunes capture the flotsam and jetsam of the sea— and make it a wonder to explore.

LABOR OF LOVE

CAMP CLOISTER

Professional golfer Davis Love III calls Sea Island home, thanks to its three courses built around

On any given day, the Cloister’s children’s program may involve sailing lessons, instruction at the

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Seattle, Washington The hills of Seattle have appealed to vacationers for decades thanks to its rich diversity of sea, rivers, lakes, surrounding Cascade Mountain Range and varied culture. In the heart of downtown, Hotel 1000’s contemporary, bright space is just a six-minute walk from Pioneer Square and close to dozens of Emerald City attractions, including superior coffee, upscale dining and sunset walks near the majestic Puget Sound.

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HIGHLIGHTS PIKE PLACE MARKET

Opened more than 100 years ago, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest farmers markets in the country. At the fish market, bystanders gather around market staff passing out samples to wait their turn in line to catch the famous fish in a wild toss across the counter. Order a plate of fresh oysters from Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar, the first oyster bar in the city. At 102 Pike Street, the first Starbucks opened in 1971. WALK TO A VIEW

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downtown, the Space Needle and Elliott Bay, head to Kerry Park on 211 West Highland Drive. On clear evenings, the Seattle skyline can be seen in a panoramic, glittering fashion. This is a postcard-perfect photo op. SPACE NEEDLE

A landmark on the city’s horizon, the Space Needle is also a national icon. At 605 feet above ground, soak in 360-degree views of the city and the bay from the Observation Deck in the top house dome. Washington native Dale Chihuly’s world-famous glasswork is exhibited in the

Seattle Center next to the Space Needle. Tour the garden, glasshouse and bookstore or try an audio tour that narrates the creation of these beautiful pieces. LAKE UNION

As befits a city surrounded by water, Lake Union just north of downtown serves as the city’s park, with regular regattas and recreational boaters filling its waters.

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Snowmass Village, Colorado A more casual alternative to the glitz of nearby Aspen, Snowmass is a perfect destination for families with children of all ages. The destination is ranked No. 1 overall mountain by Transworld Snowboarding magazine. The village’s casual dress code extends to all facets of the town, as locals bike to festival concerts, sip a margarita on an outdoor patio after rock climbing or grab dinner on the way home from a hike.

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HIGHLIGHTS SOUND OF MUSIC

On Thursday nights, join Roaring Fork Valley locals who convene on Fanny Hill at the Snowmass ski area for free concerts by Jazz Aspen Snowmass. The acts range from folk to funk. Pack a blanket and a picnic! Summer wraps up this year with the Labor Day Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival headlined by The Killers, Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran and Train.

Scramble for children to chase calves with ribbons on their tails and woolly sheep Mutton Bustin’ also entertain. ICE AGE

If you and your family are intrigued by the idea of seeing mastodon and mammoth skeletons up close and personally, go to the Ice Age Discovery Center. The facility features displays, educational panels and interactive programming.

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Every Wednesday night is rodeo night. Colorado’s finest will be bareback riding, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. A Calf

NIGHTLIFE

Valhalla Nights is a fun family “light up the night” get together with biking, hiking, live music,

movies, a Strider Park, kids’ activities, drinks by the bonfire and a selection of treats from the Elk Camp kitchen A local favorite, J-Bar has been around so long that it’s on the National Register of Historic Places; but newly remodeled in 2012, you’d never know it. Be sure to order a hot toddy and cozy up in the corner. ABOVE IT ALL

There’s nothing more exhilarating than soaring over the Roaring Fork Valley in the basket of a hot air balloon.

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Sonoma County, California You needn’t travel all the way to Bordeaux or Tuscany to enjoy a world-class wine destination. The hills and valleys of Sonoma, with its countless vineyards and tasting tours, make an ideal stateside getaway. The fun doesn’t stop when the bottle runs dry; outdoor activities like tennis, canoeing, golf and biking keep the action going.

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HIGHLIGHTS INSPIRATO RESIDENCES

THE WINERIES

Pick your version of Wine Country bliss, from sprawling hilltop estates surrounded by vineyards to intimate two-bedroom suites in town within walking distance to shops and restaurants.

Visit some preferred vintners, including Cakebread Cellars, Ferrari-Carano Winery, Jackson Family Wines, Lancaster Estate, Terra Valentine and many more.

THE GOURMET KITCHEN

Our members can enjoy priority reservations at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, even on short notice. A variety of private winery tours and in-home tastings arranged by your Destination Concierge are available.

INSIDE TRACK

Several residences contain gourmet, professional-grade kitchens. To enhance your experience, arrange for a private chef to prepare an unforgettable meal expertly paired with the wines you gather during your daily excursions.

include Medlock Ames, Matanzas Creek and Michel-Schlumberger but your Destination Concierge can direct you to dozens more. HIKE IT OFF

The hiking trails in this area offer a charming preview of the country’s quaint ecosystem, set against the expansive Mayacama Mountain Range. Explore trickling brooks and high vistas with scenic overlooks of the valley below. Get a glimpse of Mount Saint Helena as well as the coastal range far beyond the rolling hills of the valley.

A GOURMAND’S DREAM

The amazing wines go on and on; some of our favorite wineries

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Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California Squaw Valley is a vibrant, multiseason vacation paradise. Visitors relish the romance of early evening alpenglow and the buzz of extreme skiing and riding. With Inspirato, Squaw Valley is elevated to an undeniably extraordinary destination with personalized service among the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas.

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HIGHLIGHTS PASSPORT TO FUN

Squaw Valley is one of the reigning champions of American ski resorts, having been named the Best Ski Resort in North America by Outside magazine in 2012 and Top Ten in the U.S. by Forbes in 2013. It’s a legend that has stayed at the top of its game, dating back to before the Winter Olympics, which it hosted in 1960. If, for some unimaginable reason, you exhaust Squaw’s terrain, you can try out one of the 10 other mountain resorts within an hour’s drive.

wraparound deck to watch the epic Tahoe sunset burn in coral hues for a breathtaking instant. Inside, the timber lodge ceiling of your great room soars to beautiful heights, and the full kitchen is truly a chef’s delight. SKI HARD, SPA HARDER

The Resort at Squaw Creek offers private treatments to punctuate any kind of vacation. Reserve some time to undergo revitalizing sessions. Booking a treatment here grants you access to the pool and fitness center.

PRIVATE LUXURY

LADY LUCK

Apex features an expansive

Travel to South Shore over the

state border into Nevada and you will find opulent casinos like Harrah’s and MontBleu. Don’t want to test your luck? Shows are available most nights. FUN IN THE SUN

The mountain resorts of Tahoe don’t shut down for the summer; once all the snow melts, Squaw Valley delivers a steady surge of monthly outdoor festivals and events. From the Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in August to the annual Alpen Wine Fest in early September, Inspirato Members will never be at a loss for fun.

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The Poconos, Pennsylvania More than 150 acres of forested woodlands and a 15-acre lake comprise the expansive property at the Lodge at Woodloch nestled in the Pocono Mountains. The on-site spa was crowned No. 3 Destination Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure. The hotel takes a sustainable approach to everything it offers, from the fresh produce sourced right within the resort’s garden to massages that incorporate smooth stones from the nearby river.

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HIGHLIGHTS GOLF AND TENNIS

SPA BLISS

Nationally recognized by GOLF magazine and Golf Digest, the Country Club at Woodloch Springs is a par-72 course that caters to all levels of ability. Complimentary tennis can be enjoyed at Woodloch’s sister resort, Woodloch Pines.

No matter your age or skin type, a multitude of options for a facial treatment at the spa will be customized for your specific needs. The Caviar Facial uses protein-rich caviar to lift and hydrate your skin while a Gentleman’s Facial is designed specifically for the fellows. Add a hair and scalp treatment or eye rescue for the ultimate experience. Expectant mothers carry all the excitement of a bundle of joy but a fair amount of stress on their body. Massages are tailored to be safe and supportive. Schedule a “belly facial,” which includes an

BOATING

Thanks to the lodge’s private 15acre lake, you can enjoy kayaking and fishing in total solitude. The Lily Pad is the resort’s outdoor exploration center and their staff is available to answer your questions about outdoor activities.

herbal cleanser of green tea and cucumber and a gentle exfoliation service to hydrate and soothe. To facilitate maximum relaxation, reflexology, shiatsu, reiki and craniosacral services are just a few of the options within the bodywork menu at the spa. CHEF EVENTS

Executive Chef Josh Tomson hosts farm-to-table dinners with pairings on-site at the Garden Shed. You can also participate in a state-of-the-art cooking or baking presentation in the Lodge’s upscale demonstration kitchen.

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Vail, Colorado

HIGHLIGHTS WARM-WEATHER ACTIVITIES

At the Sonnenalp, classic alpine style meets quick access to the best of Vail Village. Stay in your roomy suite to lounge in handmade Bavarian furniture or your deep soaking tub. Step out to hit some of Colorado high country’s best shops, restaurants and skiing. Of course, you can get the best of both worlds with full access to the Sonnenalp’s amenities, including awardwinning restaurants and a sprawling spa. Mountain living is indeed easy.

A quick drive down the valley means warmer temperatures and expanded recreational opportunities. Saddle up for a trail ride with a local dude ranch, take a half-day Jeep tour, tee off for a game of golf at the semiprivate Sonnenalp Golf Club (located off-site) or cast a line into a blueribbon trout stream. THE ACCOMMODATIONS

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Inspirato offers members a range of accommodations in Vail, from luxury residences high on the mountain to spacious, multi-bedroom apartments in the Village’s most luxurious

addresses, including the Sonnenalp, featured here.

advantage of ski and snowboard storage and concierge service.

THE AMENITIES

NIGHTLIFE

All Inspirato visitors to Vail enjoy exclusive access to the Inspirato Member Lounge in Vail Village at Solaris, where you can enjoy beer, wine, complimentary light snacks and the company of your fellow members (hours vary by season; check availability with your Member Services team). Recharge from a day on the mountain at the Sonnenalp Spa, a 10,000-square-foot, Europeaninspired spa. Guests at both the Sonnenalp and Solaris properties can take

Nobu Matsuhisa’s gourmet cuisine, Vail’s only movie theater and a stylish bowling alley are all within steps from each other in the heart of Vail Village. FRESH TRACKS

When the snow piles up, Vail Mountain is known as one of the largest—and arguably the most popular—ski resorts in the United States. It offers nearly 200 trails for skiers and riders of every ability to explore.

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Victoria, British Columbia With the distinction of being one of the Top Ten Islands in the World as named by Travel + Leisure, we suggest you hurry to Victoria. Whether you’re looking for thrills or tranquility, the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa has you covered. The Westin serves as the heart of the beautiful, 1,300-acre Bear Mountain resort community, home to a wide collection of activities and amenities.

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HIGHLIGHTS GOLF

Thirty-six holes of Jack and Steve Nicklaus-designed courses are available for play during your stay. The Valley Course features woodlands and water while the Mountain Course highlights views of the mountains and ocean. NATURE’S SPLENDOR

It’s no coincidence that you’re in the home of the Canadian National Mountain Bike Team. The trails and routes near your accommodations are plentiful and a variety of rental bikes are available by the hour. Near the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site, this

saltwater lagoon is open to the public. Bring bird seed mix to feed the ducks or marvel at the abundance of wild birds: belted kingfishers and sparrows to name two. Two hundred acres of green space in downtown Victoria are described as the city’s crown jewels. You’ll see horse-drawn carriages, roaming peacocks, bridges, lakes and, in the summer months, live concerts. CITY CENTER

Between Laurel Point and Songhees Point, Victoria Harbour is ideal for a daytime walk. Carefully landscaped and well

maintained, the harbor hosts events in warmer weather. DINING

In all of North America’s cities, Victoria has the honor of having the second-highest number of restaurants per capita. Besides the dozens of waterfront establishments, you can hardly turn a corner without bumping into a wonderful eatery. On-site at The Westin, The Cellar offers private tastings with Sommeliers, Friday Night Flights and meals tailored to your wine selection. The collection boasts more than 2,000 bottles.

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Wailea, Maui, Hawaii You can truly have it your way on Maui. From exploring a lush rainforest and trekking to the top of a towering volcano to catching a wave or just digging your toes into the sand, the island is home to larger-than-life adventures and singular beauty. Your residences at Fairmont Kea Lani and Andaz Maui at Wailea put it all within easy reach.

HIGHLIGHTS DON’T MISS

Looking for adventure? Hike above the cloud line on Haleakalā, Maui’s highest volcanic peak, or grab a surfboard and hit the waves. For more leisurely activities, Maui boasts 14 golf courses, several of which are considered among the world’s best. The unspoiled town of Hana is also worth a visit. THE RESORT LIFE

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Home to four residences and two suites, the Fairmont Kea Lani offers three pools, beach activities, a spa and great restaurants—all without leaving the resort. Your generously sized and luxuriously

appointed villa features a private lanai with plunge pool, deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers as well as access to the Willow Stream Spa, three resort pools, two whirlpools, complimentary transport to Wailea Golf Club and access to the Keiki Lani children’s program. You could leave the resort, but why would you want to? The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort offers luxury hotel amenities to go with Inspirato’s two oceanfront, LEEDcertified villas, each with its own private lanai.

BEST NEARBY BEACH

Polo Beach is just steps from your residence at the Fairmont Kea Lani, and its wide, sandy shores are perfect for boogie boarding. There are plenty of umbrellas, too. A MEAL TO REMEMBER

There’s only one reason we would recommend a 45-minute drive to dinner: Hali’imaile General Store. It’s worth the trip.

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Whistler, British Columbia With nearby peaks and the Garibaldi Provincial Park, there will never be a lack of things to do when touring one of North America’s premier mountain destinations. Inspirato will ensure the finest alpine vacation you can find in British Columbia, providing you with first-class access to Whistler-Blackcomb’s year-round resort activities and the greatest experience in mountain living.

HIGHLIGHTS CHÂTEAU MONDEAU

An impressive mountain road leads to Château Mondeau, a magnificent stone chalet standing among pine trees and pure serenity. The luxuriously appointed residence is surrounded by amazing valley views and easy access to Whistler’s world-class ski runs and hiking and biking trails. PEAK EXPERIENCE

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The twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains house a renowned mountain bike park in the summer. In the winter, they form the largest ski area in North America. Whistler also features

HELI-SKIING

and each way forks in different directions, so you can pick multiple routes on this scenic paved path that’s very popular for running, biking and rollerblading after the snow melts.

After a few days of hitting the trails on the mountain, it’s time to get a little more daring. Let your Destination Concierge book a helicopter ski or hiking tour through Whistler Heli-Skiing and you’ll enjoy guided access to 432,000 acres of incredible backcountry terrain.

Dusty’s, Whistler’s oldest hot spot, is also its best for an aprèsactivity nosh. Dusty’s has been in business since 1965 and its interior is designed like a classic Western ski lodge. The sunny patio is a local favorite.

a quaint European-style village, world-class dining and a hot nightlife scene unique to North American ski resorts.

DINING

VALLEY TRAIL

The Whistler Valley Trail connects in several places in the village

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INSPIRATO RESIDENCE VILLA BAGUA PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Caribbean & Bahamas DESTINATIONS Abaco, Bahamas Anguilla, British West Indies Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico Barbados, West Indies Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic NEW Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Grenada, West Indies Hamilton, Bermuda NEW Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nevis, West Indies Paradise Island, Bahamas Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Rose Hall, Jamaica St. Barts, French West Indies St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands St. Lucia, West Indies St. Martin, French West Indies Tortola, British Virgin Islands Tryall Club, Jamaica Turks and Caicos, British West Indies Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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Abaco, Bahamas If you like to skip a fly across a mountain stream, you’ll love the moment a bonefish shoots into view, like a phantom, to seize your bait in Abaco’s crystal-clear flats. But the islands’ allure doesn’t end there. Make time to indulge in more laid-back fashion: leisurely island-hopping, lounging on a secluded beach, enjoying a fully catered sunset sail or toasting the view from the porch of your cottage.

HIGHLIGHTS ENGLAND MEETS THE CARIBBEAN

For a bit of England, Bahamian style, tour Hope Town, the tiny village situated on Elbow Cay. Follow the two narrow lanes that circle the village, either by bike or foot, to check out the brightly painted saltbox cottages.

THE BLUE HOLE

Crudely marked signs through logging trails make Sawmill Sink Blue Hole a bit hard to find; but a dip in the historic treasure trove, featured in National Geographic for the ancient fossils found deep within, is worth the trouble. FISHING’S PARADISE

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Great Abaco was once a site for pine tree logging. Today, exploring these pine forests will bring you up close to wild horses, cows, boars and the endangered Abaco parrot. The forest’s old logging trails lead to secluded beaches.

Standing in the crystal-clear shallows, you may not imagine that catching a bonefish is more difficult than hooking a big-game fish in deep water, but bonefish are known for their savvy, elusive behavior when battling even experienced anglers. Your concierge can

arrange for a bonefishing trip with our favorite guide, as well as lessons if need be. Spearfishing in Abaco can also yield some impressive “catches.” You’ll enjoy going with friends or a partner in order to trade off free-diving. Your concierge can help arrange masks, snorkels, fins and that most important piece of gear, the pole spear or sling. Look for grouper, snapper, hogfish and lobster, all of which are plentiful here.

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Anguilla, British West Indies Anguilla is a true escape thanks to its ban of cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels. The luxurious, whitewashed CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on Rendezvous Bay captures this low-key vibe like nowhere else on the island. Limited to 98 suites and villas, it feels intimate, yet leaves no need unmet. Its Venus Spa is a Caribbean destination in its own right, as is the Greg Norman-designed championship 18-hole golf course, the only one on the island.

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HIGHLIGHTS SENSATIONAL SNORKELING

There’s great diving, but the abundant calm bays around Anguilla and its outlying islands make for easy snorkeling— you’ll see an undersea world of bright fish and coral reefs. Shoal Bay Scuba rents gear by the day or week. Want to dive deeper? Special ‘D’ Diving Charters will get you up close to coral reefs teeming with reef dwellers and fluorescent-colored fish. A DAY ON THE BEACH

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There are more than 30 powdery beaches on Anguilla. Stroll along Mead’s Bay, take the kids to

Cove Bay Beach or indulge in barefoot dining at Sandy Ground. FINE DINING

With a population of just under 15,000 residents, you’d never guess that Anguilla could house so many outstanding restaurants. Chefs prepare cuisine with influences from Asia, Africa, France and more. Don’t leave without sampling some authentic Anguillan barbecue. Get your groove on at the Pumphouse, home of the island’s best nightlife and the island’s signature drink, Pumphouse Rum Punch.

RELAX AND UNWIND

Swim, dive, kayak, paddleboard, boat, fish—all the delights you desire in or over the water. Bike, shop, golf, dine—simply unwind, relax and reconnect. Have breakfast delivered to your villa, lunch served on the beach in the sand and dinner prepared poolside. FOR THE BIRDS

The salt ponds around Anguilla provide an inviting habitat for the more than 130 species on the island, including the endangered Brown Pelican, Sandpipers, Great Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets.

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Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Puerto Rico is one of only 21 resorts in the world to be designated as a Certified Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary and is the only resort in the Caribbean with this distinct honor. El Yunque National Rainforest neighbors the resort’s 483 acres, and the dedicated staff pride themselves on protecting the natural environment and its inhabitants.

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HIGHLIGHTS GOLF

BEACHFRONT

World-famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed the scenic fairways at Bahia Beach and it has been named the “Best of the Best” by global luxury magazine Robb Report.

Bahia Beach unfolds in two miles of stunning white sand. The sparkling blue water is swimmable and shaded palm trees provide a peaceful oasis. The sun and sand here are enjoyable year-round.

NIGHT LIGHTS

THE BOATHOUSE

Travel 40 minutes to Laguna Grande in Fajardo to see bioluminescent dinoflagellates light up the mangrove-lined lagoons. Enjoy a two-hour kayak tour as millions of glowing creatures light up around you.

The resort offers complimentary equipment and gear for various activities: You and your group can explore 70 acres of canals and lakes on the resort grounds. Nearby is the Espíritu Santo River, should you feel like venturing a bit farther.

Kayaking and paddle-boarding are traditionally offered on the resort’s lake. If you would like to head out to the ocean, the resort can arrange your plans. A canoe is the perfect vessel for navigating the property’s canals, with more than four miles to explore. Spin fishing is common on the resort’s docks. A variety of saltwater fish species inhabit the water: mangrove snapper, jack and mullet, to name a few. For the more adventurous, windsurfing and sailboats are available.

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Barbados, West Indies West coast beaches that stretch for miles, the bustling nightlife in St. Lawrence Gap, generous opportunities to enjoy the Caribbean waters and comfortable temperatures have drawn vacationers to Barbados for decades. The energetic island culture lends itself well to the accommodations at Sandy Lane, where guests have been pampered since 1961. It was voted best in Barbados by Travel + Leisure.

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HIGHLIGHTS PAYNES BAY BEACH

POLO ANYONE?

SPA TIME

A favorite beach in the parish of St. James is Paynes Bay. Calm waters, golden sand and a handful of people swimming make for a family-friendly day on the shore. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rental.

Take in a lively polo match during your vacation. A popular spectator sport inherited from the British cavalry, polo is a long-held tradition in Barbados. The island is visited several times per year by international teams.

A marble reception area and sweeping staircase greet you at Sandy Lane’s on-site spa. Besides massages, Sundari’s treatments include aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, Jet Blitz rooms and an outdoor shower experience.

BEACH AND A MOVIE

RUM-TASTIC

TEE TIME

Take the family to see a movie in style. A luxurious boutique cinema located in Holetown, Limegrove Cinemas features plush seats, tableside service for food and beverages and comfortable foot rests.

Originating in Barbados in 1703, Mount Gay Rum has become popular the world over. Tours of the distillery are offered multiple times per day. Choose from tours that include lunch and cocktails.

Barbados is famous for its array of scenic golf courses. Sandy Lane’s golf courses offer something for all players: The Green Monkey features dramatic elevation changes; the Country Club boasts five lakes and beautiful views and the historic Old Nine is great for a quick round of golf.

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Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic More than 7,000 acres make up the grounds that are known as Casa de Campo, all of it former sugar mill property. The Ponderosa-style resort was built in 1975 and is one of the most impressive and well-established resort communities in the Caribbean, containing world-renowned golf architect Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog course and limitless family-friendly amenities, a marina, beach clubs and 70 shops, restaurants and bars.

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HIGHLIGHTS ITALY IN THE CARIBBEAN

SMOKE HOUSE

SPA TIME

Altos de Chavón is a replica of a 16th-century village. Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro teamed up with Roberto Coppa, an Italian designer and cinematographer, and the result is this charming time-warp to historic Europe. The village is home to a 5,000seat amphitheater that’s hosted Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan; an museum dedicated to the history of the Dominican Republic and the quaint, stone edifice of St. Stanislaus Church.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, head to La Flor Dominicana for a tour of a traditional cigar factory.

The Spa at Casa de Campo Resort and Villas offers steam and sauna rooms, Ayurvedic treatments, reflexology, facials and even private, customized consultations with an on-site naturopathic doctor. Or try a morning yoga session from the beautiful Minitas Beach. All ages and levels of ability are welcome. There’s also a beach cabana for al fresco massages and a physical therapy center.

MINITAS BEACH

The Caribbean waters off of the private Minitas Beach are serene and ideal for SCUBA and snorkeling during your stay. GOLF

Casa de Campo has been a premier golf destination since it opened. Inspirato Members have access to Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog course, the classic layout of The Links course and the 27-hole Dye Fore.

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Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico Inspired by original developer Laurance Rockefeller, Dorado Beach is a private Caribbean sanctuary on a glistening coastline. Guests retreat here to tee off on the three championship golf courses, sink into bliss at the open-air spa, splash in the pools and water slides of the Watermill and jump into glorious lagoons with snorkels and surfboards.

HIGHLIGHTS MAKE A SPLASH

From the sunny golden sands of Dorado Beach’s private beach, you’ll find protected lagoons for easy swimming, coral reefs for snorkeling and opportunities for windsurfing. The beach club includes a family pool and an adult lap pool, poolside cabanas and a hammock garden shaded by tall palm trees. GOLF

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The avid golfer will appreciate that Dorado Beach is the only Caribbean resort offering 54 holes. Even better, the three courses, originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., have been restored to maximize Caribbean sight

lines and speed on the greens. These courses have hosted PGA tournaments and golf legends since their beginning in 1955. EXPLORE THE JUNGLE

The only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, El Yunque National Forest is located 90 minutes from the resort. Lace up your hiking shoes (and bring a bathing suit) to enjoy trails through a lush jungle canopy, with waterfalls along the way. DINING

Zafra serves delectable New World and Caribbean-inspired cuisine with views of golf course fairways and mountains

in the distance. Dine on fresh ceviche of the day and a classic Criollo sandwich for lunch, or herb-roasted half chicken, mahi mahi casserole and rack of lamb for dinner. THE SPA

Book a massage in the openair treatment room perched among the tops of the palm trees at Spa Botánico. OLD SAN JUAN

San Juan’s history dates back to 1521, when Ponce de Leon founded the original walled city now home to more than 400 restored 16th- and 17th-century Spanish colonial buildings.

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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Relaxation and adventure intersect on Grand Cayman, where your perfect itinerary might include swimming with stingrays in the morning, picnicking in the afternoon and enjoying fresh seafood on an open-air patio with views of the brilliant sunset. A reef just offshore provides not only hours of magnificent snorkeling, but also acts as a barrier to keep the coastline calm and gentle.

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HIGHLIGHTS FRONT-ROW SEATS

PLAY’S THE THING

Any closer and your toes would be in the water. Our spacious condominiums and boutique residences are a stone’s throw or short walk to the lapping turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Some with private terraces offer unobstructed views of Seven Mile Beach.

Kids will love splashing in the calm waters or snorkeling the colorful coral reef. Miles of white sand beaches invite sunbathers to unwind with a good book and a daiquiri. For a four-legged walking—or trotting—tour of the beaches and the inland hills, guided horseback rides offer a different perspective on the island’s sights and sounds.

SWIM WITH STINGRAYS

Experience Grand Cayman’s marine life up close and personal with a stop at Stingray City, where you can swim with a colony of stingrays in the open sea.

you in the laid-back, island-life state of mind. INDULGE

If the calming blue waters and the gentle ocean breeze aren’t enough, the Silver Rain (at La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton®) can help you fully unwind with a range of hydrotherapy and massage treatments, no matter your pampering preference.

DINING

SNORKELING

Island classics like conch stew at Vivine’s Kitchen on the East End and inventive twists such as a jerk-spiced burger at Macabuca Oceanside Tiki Bar & Grill will put

Cemetery Reef on Seven Mile Beach is a popular snorkeling and reef-diving spot with easy access from the beach, all found in a picturesque setting.

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Grenada, West Indies At the luxurious Calabash Hotel, located in the exclusive Amber Belair community, guests enjoy access to the white sand beach of Prickly Bay along with an on-site water sports and diving center that loans out complimentary snorkeling gear, kayaks and even a Hobie cat. Amenities at the Hummingbird Villa include 10,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space, plus a private infinity pool.

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HIGHLIGHTS WHALE OF A TIME

TURTLE SPOTTING

NEIGHBORING ISLAND

Chartered through the Luxury Villas at Amber Belair, a four-hour boat tour on the water will lead you to sightings of sperm and pilot whales. The boat trip includes onboard drinks and snacks.

Large, five- to seven-foot leatherback turtles are native to Grenada. This endangered species is protected by local conservation efforts and can be spotted wandering ashore to dig a hole and bury their eggs.

Carriacou is a two-hour ferry ride away. On its rustic shores, admire homemade boats and schooners. The friendly islanders are selfsufficient to this day, growing their own produce and raising their own livestock.

FALLING WATER

An hour-long hike through scenic rainforest ends at Seven Sisters Falls, a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. As the water might be shallow, do not jump from the top.

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LOCAL EATS

The Balthazar River, nicknamed the “great river” by locals, is where you’ll find local outfitters offering tours on inner tubes over the chilly currents. Drink a hardearned rum punch at the end of the day trip.

Make a reservation to indulge in a meal at Rhodes Restaurant in Amber Belair. Try their crispy pork fritters, pan-fried tiger prawns, vegetables straight from the Calabash garden or whiskey rice pudding.

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Hamilton, Bermuda

HIGHLIGHTS ST. DAVID’S LIGHTHOUSE

On a scenic overlook above Castle Harbor and Atlantic waters, your oceanfront resort accommodations at Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda are just a stone’s throw from the beach, deep jungles, underground cave and lake systems and so much more. Perhaps best of all, this destination is a mere 90-minute flight from most major cities in the eastern United States.

On Wednesday, set out to visit the historic St. David’s Lighthouse. You’ll have the pleasure of accessing the inside of the lighthouse and a panoramic view of Bermuda from 260 feet high. A tour guide will provide historical color about pirate history around the island and the afternoon ends with a visit to Cooper Island’s nature reserve. TOM MOORE’S JUNGLE

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Also known by the name Walsingham Nature Reserve, this crystal clear pool of water is surrounded by calabash trees, caves and lush forest. Take a

guided tour of the jungle and waters with an expert. UNDERGROUND BERMUDA

Discovered by a family in 1907, the series of caves that make up the Crystal Caves of Bermuda are a dream come true. Reaching 140 feet down, these shimmering caves encircle a clear blue lake. FASHION CAPITAL

The swimwear and fashion selections at Calypso Bermuda, an upscale shop on Front Street in Hamilton are sourced from the world’s biggest and more luxurious names in fashion.

SPA

At Sense®, a Rosewood Spa, indulge yourself with their Bermuda Pawpaw Massage, naturally infused with vitamins C and A. Your skin will thank you. GARDEN PARTY

Just a short drive from downtown Hamilton in Paget Parish. The Bermuda Botanical Gardens stretch 36 acres and have been open since 1898. Most notable are its collections of orchids.

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St. Lucia, West Indies The heavenly Marigot Bay in St. Lucia is surrounded by verdant rainforest and volcanic, mountainous terrain. The palm-fringed shores of this British Commonwealth country border an island that’s 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. Your five-star accommodations at Capella Marigot Bay feature panoramic dining views, the award-winning, open-air Auriga Spa and the opportunity to charter a boat for deep sea fishing or a sunset cruise to the island’s legendary Pitons.

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HIGHLIGHTS DOLPHIN WATCHING

SUNSET CRUISE

SULPHUR SPRINGS

Encountering dolphins is on the bucket list of most adventurers. Swim or snorkel the reefs in a marine reserve of warm water. You’ll likely see dolphins perform their acrobatics in the wake of boats.

The hotel can reserve a miniature sunset cruise for two. The one-hour trip sails to Castries harbor and includes flutes of cold champagne and sweeping views of a St. Lucian sunset. Cheers!

Known as the world’s only “drive-in volcano,” the sulphur springs on the southwestern side of the island, near Soufrièr, attract visitors to bubbling hot water pools and its mud baths.

COOKS’ DELIGHT

GOLF

Calling all junior chefs! Capella Marigot Bay hosts a program to teach your kids about the preparation of St. Lucian foods. Their specialty: “smeareals,” a combination of cereal mixed with a smoothie.

As a guest of Capella Marigot Bay, enjoy access to St. Lucia Golf & Country Club. The par71 plays to 6,685 yards and overlooks the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Your hotel concierge can arrange your transportation.

Below a canopy of forest, enjoy a moderate hike among diverse plants and animals. The hike ends with the option to submerge yourself in a chilly waterfall. Or go for a ride: A great package option for families visiting St. Lucia, kids will love a bike ride to the Dennery Waterfall on sturdy mountain bikes.

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St. Martin, French West Indies Belmond La Samanna sits on St. Martin’s finest beach, surrounded by picture-perfect Caribbean water. It’s one of only eight resorts to be profiled as “Best Resorts in the World for Wine” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Swimming pools, beach cabanas, tennis, sunset cruises and alfresco massages will relax your body and mind. This destination is also family friendly, with a dedicated team of childcare professionals and nannies on-site.

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HIGHLIGHTS MARIGOT

DEEP-SEA FISHING

The French town of Marigot has a long history of sugarcane production, and many buildings still have their 19th-century facades. Today, it’s the headquarters of the sous préfecture (administration area) for both St. Martin and neighboring St. Barts.

A private boat that can host up to six passengers will take you on a four-hour deep-sea adventure beyond the reef. Not into fishing but love boating? Charter Sammy Girl, a private, Italian-designed motorboat for a full- or half-day trip or island transfers.

SHOPPERS’ PARADISE

DINING OUT

St. Martin is the only 100 percent duty-free Caribbean island. Local boutiques carry high-end designer brands such as Cartier and Chanel, but it’s just as easy to find locally made clothing and artisanal jewelry.

St. Martin is known as the Cuisine Capital of the Caribbean, and on the French side of this island, you will find incredible French food at every turn. Trellis combines traditional French food with a jaw-dropping view of the ocean.

At La Cave, your own tasting menu is offered by a private chef and paired with palatable French wines from its world-renowned cellar. Reservations are required at La Cigale, a family run establishment that’s home to the island’s best Sunday brunch and one that has long been a local favorite. UNDERWATER EXCURSIONS

Several snorkeling and SCUBA diving excursions are available at the Water Sports Cabana at La Samanna. Dive into the waters of Baie Longue and beyond to discover a beautiful underwater world.

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Tortola, British Virgin Islands For devotees of sailing, power boating, scuba diving and deepsea fishing, the 60 or so islands and cays that constitute the British Virgin Islands are a peerless destination. The largest and most popular of the islands, Tortola offers a bounty of marinas and charter operations that cater to every seaborne aspiration, as well as restaurants and world-famous beach bars, all just minutes away from your spectacular residence.

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HIGHLIGHTS OUTDOOR LIVING

With countless doors and only one window, all rooms at Frenchman’s Lookout lead to a wraparound deck with stunning ocean views. Frenchman’s Paradise overlooks West End Marina and also features spectacular Caribbean views. It’s a short distance to Soper’s Hole restaurants and shops, as well as some of the island’s best unspoiled beaches.

variety of options for exploring the waters around Tortola.

spectacular Italian venue set amid gardens overlooking the sea.

FEEL NO PAIN

MUST-SEE SPOT

TAKE TO THE SEA

Sip an authentic Painkiller cocktail—a delicious blend of local rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream and fresh nutmeg—at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. Charter a half- or full-day sailing excursion to the nearby island to try the original or mix one up right at your residence.

From half-day boating excursions and skiff rentals to staffed and provisioned full- and multi-day charters aboard an array of yachts and power cats, there’s a wide

For one of the most memorable dining experiences in the islands, visit Brandywine Bay on Tortola, a

The Baths—an iconic, naturally occurring formation of boulders near Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda—are one of the top attractions in the BVIs. Hike through a series of rock caves leading out to the sea, then swim or snorkel back to the beach. The Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda is another great destination and offers a wide variety of water sports and sailing instruction for all skill levels.

BRANDYWINE BAY

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Tryall Club, Jamaica Tryall Club and its warm hospitality have served as a premier golf destination since the 1960s and its historical structures and grounds span 2,200 acres of land between the Caribbean and lush forest. In a privately staffed cottage, travel back in time to the resort’s history as a British fort and sugar plantation. Large cast-iron water wheels, 18th-century cannons and expansive lawns blend effortlessly with Tryall’s renowned Great House.

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HIGHLIGHTS BLACK RIVER SAFARI

REGGAE CRUISE

SWEET JAMAICA

To view crocodiles and the lagoon made famous by the James Bond film Live and Let Die, travel up the Black River to see the mangrove swamps in person. Ask your Destination Concierge for details.

You would have to enter the country with earplugs in order to avoid the upbeat melodies of reggae music. Tryall Club can arrange a catamaran cruise on the Caribbean that will include reggae dance lessons and a snorkeling break.

Set on a sugar plantation founded in 1749 is the Appleton Estate, home to world-famous Jamaican rum. Learn about sugarcane and its many uses on an interesting tour of the distillery, ending with a tasting of 13 different rums.

ROCKLAND’S BIRD SANCTUARY

Tennis has been an institution at Tryall Club since 1959. Special lesson packages are available as private and semiprivate. You can maximize your time on the court and perfect your backhand while ball boys retrieve your misses.

GOLF PARADISE

The course at Tryall features 18 holes and 6,836 yards. During the 1980s and 1990s, Tryall was a fixture in the LPGA circuit. From 1991 through 1995, the course hosted the Johnnie Walker Championship. Legendary golfers have swung here: Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Fred Couples, to name just a few.

SMASHING SERVES

Jamaica is known for its abundance of colorful birds. At Rockland’s Bird Sanctuary in Wiltshire, these gentle creatures will feed on seeds from your hand. This is a great activity for the younger set.

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Turks And Caicos, British West Indies Located in the British West Indies, Turks and Caicos is a group of serene islands prized by beach and water lovers around the world. These gorgeous, low-key islands are ideal for a relaxing family vacation or a romantic getaway. With easy daily flights, many members find that they can leave their homes in the morning and have lunch on the beach.

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HIGHLIGHTS ISLAND OASIS

Choose from a variety of residences on Turks and Caicos, each with unique decor. The Somerset on Grace Bay offers first-class service and topnotch amenities, including en suite spa service; or take a dip in the reverse-current lap pool, complete with an underwater sound system. At Caya Hico, the ocean breeze blows through this open-air residence with access to the secluded, 1.5-mile-long Babalua Beach. TOP BEACH

With its turquoise waters and pearl-white sands, Grace Bay

Beach is routinely voted one of the best in the world. When you stay at the Somerset, you’re just steps away from this stunning stretch of shoreline. Balance your beach time with snorkeling, water skiing, kayaking, horseback riding, cave exploring, windsurfing, parasailing and more. With so much—or so little—to do, a vacation in Turks and Caicos will soothe and refresh. EXCELLENT FISHING

Anglers of every experience level can enjoy bonefishing or deep-sea fishing. Bonefish are small, fast fish that swim

around the low waters of Grace Bay. To catch them, you wade at the water’s edge or cast a line from an offshore boat. Head into open water and try to land the big one during a deep-sea fishing excursion. SHELL GAME

Caicos Conch Farm, the only conch farm in the world, raises Caribbean Queen conchs from veliger to adult. Conch is a rising star, becoming popular with top chefs from the U.S. and around the world.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina A precise mix of indigenous culture and European influence, “the Paris of South America” charms its visitors with a combination of high fashion, sultry tangos and sidewalk cafes ideal for whiling away the afternoon. At every turn, you’ll find world-renowned malbecs and expertly grilled steaks. The Alvear Palace Hotel was built by a doctor who made it his mission to bring French architecture and influence to Buenos Aires.

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HIGHLIGHTS COFFEE CULTURE

Enjoy a café con leche (coffee with milk) at a café. La Biela, located in the Recoleta (and near the famous cemetery), is designated a café notable, its historic character is protected by law. FRENCH CUISINE

La Bourgogne is celebrated as one of the finest French establishments in the country, Châteaux Jean Paul Bondoux specializes in elegant brasserie techniques. Try the sevencourse prix fixe menu to taste a wide variety of specialties.

CEMENTERIO DE LA RECOLETA

The marble tombs and crypts are gorgeous, ranging from serene angel statues and dignified busts to tall towers and ornate mausoleums coated in gold. Presidents and celebrities are buried here. The result is a city within a city. TANGO TIME

Part social club, part 1930s ballroom, milongas are tango nights, and we recommend the ones at Tango Cool. There are lessons given in English, then dancing into the night afterward. Fridays feature live music.

TEATRO COLÓN

Considered one of the finest concert venues for acoustics in the world, the Teatro Colón is a stunning opera house. Book a tour of the venue or see a performance during your visit to Argentina. STYLE CITY

The top local designers are found in Palermo Viejo, which showcases a number of eclectic boutiques and a variety of shopping opportunities that underpin locals’ sophisticated sense of style. Keep your eyes peeled for styles from Cecilia Gadea and Maria Cher.

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Cacique Peninsula, Costa Rica Guanacaste, on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific Coast, is known locally as the “Gold Coast” for its sunny days. The region offers a treasure trove of exhilarating adventures. And all are within reach from the hillside residences on the breezy Cacique Peninsula, where the views and sunsets are a thrill in their own right with the beach five minutes away.

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Thanks to the location of Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Playa Hermosa is the closest beach town to an international airport in the country. Inspirato’s residences offer easy access to the highway and with it, quick access to the wild interior of the Palo Verde National Reserve, whitewater rafting, zip line tours, ATV tours and much more. OFFSHORE ADVENTURES

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Board a 45-foot yacht and set sail for spectacular snorkeling spots and deserted sandy beaches. Dolphins are sure to follow along

as you ply the Pacific for a full-day excursion complete with open bar and a sunset barbecue. The popular Tamarindo Beach is renowned for the mellow breaks that have introduced many people to the sport of surfing. More experienced surfers can catch waves at Witch’s Rock or Ollie’s Point. RIVERS WILD

The Gauchepelin Tour starts with a horseback ride to a waterfall. Then you’ll hop into a tube to float down the gentle rapids of the Negro River. After lunch, it’s up into the sky on a forestcanopy tour. The day wraps

up with a relaxing soak in a naturally heated thermal spring. On the Rio Perdido Tour, exhilaration is the name of the game as you explore the dry forest and canyons near the Miravalles Volcano. Swim in crystal-clear mineral springs and then tackle the Aerial Canyoneering experience with its 15 zip lines, pendulum cable, Tarzan swing and more, all completed 300 feet over the Rio Blanco. The Tenorio River offers thrilling Class III and IV rapids as you churn down its 15-mile course.

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Emerald Coast, Nicaragua Mukul Resort is the country’s first five-star hotel and a genuine institution on Nicaragua’s shimmering Emerald Coast. You know you’re in good hands when the hotelier behind the resort belongs to five generations of a family that can also lay claim to the Caribbean Pacific Transit Company and the origins and fame of Flor de Caña Rum. Immerse yourself in world-class surfing, yoga, massage, golf and on-site dining.

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HIGHLIGHTS DRINK UP

GOLF

Flor de Caña is arguably the best rum in Central America and it’s distilled at the foot of the San Cristobal Volcano. Through the hotel, enjoy an experience that includes a helicopter ride and ends with a tour of the plantation.

David McLay Kidd’s signature golf course is an 18-hole, oceanfront wonder. Guacalito Golf Course is easily the best course on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast and it’s just steps from your hotel.

SAY “AHHH”

Granada is one of the oldest cities in the region. Home of the first notable Spanish settlement in the country, historical and architectural wonders abound. The Iglesia de La Merced is a historic landmark dating back to 1528. Breathtaking views of the city center await you at the top of the church’s bell tower. Located at

COLONIAL GRANADA

The treatment rooms at Mukul’s spa are equipped with private steam and tropical showers. Book one of their signature treatments, a massage therapy called Watsu, which is a combination of water and shiatsu modalities..

the heart of the city, Parque Central embodies Granada’s rich heritage. Admire the colorful colonial buildings, charming shops and traditional Nicaraguan fare. ASH BOARDING

The 2,400-foot Cerro Negro volcano serves as the playground for a sport developed as recently as 2006: ash boarding. Adventurous types can “surf” down the slopes of the volcano on a wooden plank.

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Ixtapa, Mexico At Capella Ixtapa Resort and Spa, positioned on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, crowds are far away and the sunsets are nothing short of extraordinary. Amazing views are found nearly everywhere at the resort, from the on-site restaurants to two infinity-edge swimming pools. Gaze into the ocean from the open-air massage area at the resort’s breathtaking spa, named the best in Mexico by Condé Nast Traveler in 2012 and 2013.

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OFFSHORE ADVENTURES

One of Capella Ixtapa’s specialties is a hands-on tour into the beautiful Mexican countryside with an expert guide. While you can explore on your own, you’ll also learn about local customs and traditions in your travels to the neighboring city of Petatlán, Cristo de Petatlán and the fishing village of Barra de Potosí. There’s no better view of Playa Larga and the Pacific beyond than from between the gentle ears of a horse. With one of Capella’s horseback riding guides, fulfill your lifelong dream of horseback riding on the beach.

Guests interested in casting a line can charter a deep sea-fishing journey. A professional crew will guide you on board and if you love what you catch, the hotel’s kitchen will prepare it as your dinner. Should you decide to make time for a trip out on the water during your stay, the Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistants are happy to arrange a romantic cruise, sunset tour or snorkeling and diving adventure in the reefs. GOLF

On a former coconut plantation, the natural landscape around Zihuatanejo lends its beauty to

the Palma Real Golf Course, an original Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. The course is a par 72 with plenty of challenges. MEXICAN CUISINE

Learn to cook Mexican cuisine with a professional chef. From a trip to the market to preparing and plating the food, this is one of the most hands-on experiences with traditional Mexican cooking you will ever find. At Capella’s margarita class, you’ll use only the freshest and finest ingredients and top-shelf liquors to craft a perfect cocktail.

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La Paz, Mexico La Paz means “peace,” which you can definitely find while lying on these private white sand beaches. But what distinguishes La Paz from other Mexican destinations is the abundance of exotic marine life, which prompted Jacques Cousteau to call these waters “the world’s aquarium.” Swimming alongside one of the gentle, school-bus-sized whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also escape to a kayaking sanctuary on the island of Espiritu Santos to swim with sea lions, or land a trophy marlin in La Paz’s celebrated fishing waters.

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HIGHLIGHTS FLOAT AWAY

TAKE A STROLL

La Paz is considered one of the world’s premier diving and snorkeling spots, thanks to the Sea of Cortez. Underwater attractions include caves, sunken ships, unique rock formations and a variety of sea life. From September to February, experience the incredible sensation of swimming with whale sharks. Gentle and slow moving, these plankton-eating giants are amazing enough just to watch; swimming in the warm waters with them makes for a once-in-a-lifetime day.

La Paz has a rich international culture dating back over 500 years. A day on the Malecon boardwalk or visiting historical sites is a must. Indulge in the local cuisine and nightlife or shop at the city’s boutiques and galleries.

Mar, offers beautiful sands and great snorkeling access. But consider driving 20 minutes to the isolated Balandra Beach area, or 25 minutes to Tecolote Beach, for water sports and beach-side restaurants. WHALE TALES

FISHING

If you want big “game,” La Paz is famous for its swordfish and marlin. And the area boasts great opportunities to snag tuna, sea bass, roosterfish, Wahoo and mahi mahi.

If you’re visiting La Paz in midJanuary to the end of March, make sure to treat yourself to a day of whale watching. Every year like clockwork, after spending the summer feeding in Alaska, gray whales begin their incredible migration south to Baja California.

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CostaBaja Resort’s beach, Vista

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Los Cabos, Mexico

HIGHLIGHTS SIT BACK AND RELAX

Ask several people why they visit Los Cabos and they’ll all cite a different reason. For sport fishers, Cabo is a billfishing mecca. For golfers, the ocean-view, championship courses are a must. The nightlife in Cabo San Lucas is endlessly entertaining. If you have kids, a zip line tour over desert canyons might be more your style. Everyone can agree on the beauty of this shimmering jewel by the Sea of Cortez.

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Members staying at the Auberge Private Residences at Esperanza Resort and Punta Ballena Resort have world-class dining and spa access to what Condé Nast Traveler readers call two of the top resorts in all of Mexico. Head down to the beautiful pools, try an award-winning spa treatment or dine at any number of unforgettable restaurants. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll love your new home on the Baja peninsula. GOLF

Los Cabos is home to six championship courses. Test your

skills on the desert terrain with the Sea of Cortez as a backdrop. THE SERVICE

From room service to poolside attendants at many of the residences, your every need is managed. THE SPA

The Spa at Esperanza regularly appears on Travel + Leisure’s best-of lists.

THE SELECTION

With 19 residences, you have a variety of options for the perfect place to dwell. Your refrigerator will be stocked with everything you request, from bottled water and cervezas to fresh fruit. And you won’t spend a second fretting about dinner reservations or how to schedule that whale-watching tour or round of championship golf; your Destination Concierge will handle it all.

CONVENIENT LUXURY

With stunning ocean views and five-star amenities close at hand, your family won’t need to go far to enjoy the best of Los Cabos.

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Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica High above the sandy shores of Bahia de Culebra and the dazzling waters of the Pacific Ocean, Peninsula Papagayo stretches like a dream of jagged cliffs, canopied by lush rainforest vegetation. What you’ll discover is much more than the natural wonders of monkeys chattering in jungle treetops, the blue Golfo de Papagayo waters where marlin swim and stunning ocean sunsets; you’ll also experience Costa Rica’s premier luxury destination.

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HIGHLIGHTS HIT THE BEACH

Just down the road from your residence is the best beach access on Peninsula Papagayo at Prieta Beach Club & Spa. Bring the kids to build sandcastles. Or strap on fins to explore the clear waters for colorful fish. EXPLORE

In Rincon de La Vieja, partake in a day of the Borinquen Adventure. The tour begins with a horseback ride through the mountains, a canopy tour to zipline across canyons, lunch and a soak in geothermal hot springs. If you want to get up close to Costa Rican wildlife, the Palo

Verde National Reserve is a must-see. Crocodiles right beside your boat, the monkeys who may join you on board, and the iguanas and thousands of birds you’ll spot along the way. Imagine flying through the treetops of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, when the rich flora and fauna suddenly give way to sweeping Pacific views. On the Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour, you’ll zip along 11 cables extending to 450 meters.

varied elevations and monkeys scampering on the fairways to steal your ball. But the most memorable aspect is 14 holes of sweeping ocean views. DIVE!

It’s not just cruising on a boat beneath the bright rays of the Costa Rican sun. Nor is it the waters full of tropical wonders. What truly makes this a scuba paradise is your guides’ expertise to take you to the best diving sites.

GOLF

Peninsula Papagayo’s private Arnold Palmer-designed course is home to 6,800 yards of

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Punta de Mita, Mexico Surrounded by lush jungle and the deep blue of the Pacific, Punta de Mita is a Mexican peninsula located on the same latitude as Hawaii and it boasts a similar climate. The peninsula’s natural charm attracts visitors year-round— specifically to the quiet oasis of Los Veneros Resort Residences and Beach Club.

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HIGHLIGHTS BEACH LIVING

BANDERAS BAY

CATCH AND FEAST

Removed from the hectic beach resort towns of Mexico, Inspirato’s penthouse residences at Los Veneros Resort Residences and Beach Club on the Punta de Mita peninsula offer a soothing oasis close to, yet removed from, bustling Puerto Vallarta.

The seventh-largest natural bay in the world is home to migrating humpback whales who pass through from December to March each year.

Punta de Mita offers world-class deep-sea fishing with a bounty of snapper, grouper, roosterfish and mahi mahi. Once you’ve reeled in the big one, ask a local restaurant to cook your catch for a true ocean-to-table experience.

SAYULITA

This quaint fishing village 30 minutes away is the ideal destination for a family getaway to test your surfing skills, as it’s home to some of the best beginner surf breaks—and surf schools—in the world.

THE BEACH

Playa Destiladeras is literally steps away from our Los Veneros residences. This gently sloping beach is sheltered by rock formations on either side and is ideal for surfing, snorkeling or just lounging. The private Los Veneros beach club offers dining, fitness options and more.

SURF’S UP

Warm water, a variety of breaks and gentle winds make Punta de Mita an ideal surf destination. From zippy reefs to perfect point breaks and fun, white sand beaches, there is something for everyone. Or, try stand-up paddleboarding.

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Real del Mar, Mexico Settled in the 1930s, the sleepy fishing town of Real del Mar sits quietly on a stretch of the Bahía de Banderas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, surrounded by the golden sand beaches of Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Careyeros and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. This paradise of sun, sand and sea offers a plethora of quaint, artsy shops and galleries as well as activities for the whole family.

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HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL GOODS

SHOP SAYULITA

Stock up on fresh fish, baked goods, local produce and salsas at the Sunday farmers market at the marina. If you come with an appetite, treat yourself to a plate of hot paella or a cone of homemade ice cream. Repeat visitors to Real del Mar describe Tacos on the Street as a must for a memorable dinner or late-night snack. Authentic tacos, tostadas and quesadillas are served up on homemade tortillas. Order yours “con todos.” That’s “with everything.”

Known as a laid-back surf town, Sayulita also has great shopping, with galleries and boutiques full of beachwear, glassware, pottery, clay works, jewelry and designer clothing. Don’t miss the market in the town center on Sunday.

More interested in swimming with the fish? Your Destination Concierge can schedule a dive to one of countless sites in the Real del Mar area or book a snorkel to the magnificent coral reefs nearby. TURTLE LOVE

RIVIERA NAYARIT

A fisherman’s paradise, you could hoist your line up to find a sailfish, mahimahi, wahoo, amberjack, grouper, yellowfin tuna or snapper. Two of Mexico’s fishing records happened here: an 184-pound razor tooth wahoo and a 709-pound marlin.

Annual releases of sea turtles and their offspring draw visitors to the Riviera Nayarit area, including Punta de Mita. Sea turtle releases occur from July to December every year on beaches throughout the region and can be seen on your own or with a guide.

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Roatán, Honduras

HIGHLIGHTS OASIS IN THE OASIS

Tucked into the lush tropical jungles on the island of Roatán and just off the northern coast of Honduras, Mayoka Lodge is a gorgeous complement to its adventurous surroundings. The chic boutique hotel is caressed by tradewinds and offers direct access to water sports and kayaking. You’ll be close to the second-largest coral reef in the world, making this an optimal SCUBA destination.

On the south side of Roatán and adjacent to the second largest coral reef in the world, Little French Key offers horseback rides in the water, kayaks, guided tours of a zoo and zip lining through a jungle canopy. TROPICAL IMMERSION

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Winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2015, the 160 acres of the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum are a must-see during your stay. Pack a picnic to dine in “Tropical Eden,” hike quiet trails and wander the Butterfly Garden. Hiking, wildlife and a picturesque backdrop for nature

photography can be found on the 40 natural acres of the Carambola Botanical Gardens. Book a guided tour or explore on your own.

Multiple dive shops offer halfand full-day dive excursions with certified instructors. Alternatively, book a submarine through Stanley Submarines.

MONKEY BUSINESS

Set on 20 acres in the West Bay of Roatán, Gumbalimba Park includes an animal sanctuary, freshwater pool, water activities, cabanas on the beach and a fishing pond. Don’t be alarmed if a monkey jumps right on your shoulders. LET’S DIVE IN

Near your accommodations, there are more than 7,000 dive sites on the reef alone.

DINING

Located in a small hut on the water, La Sirena de Camp Bay serves a chilly conch ceviche and a heavenly version of key lime pie. Enjoy the sunset views with a cold rum punch. Described by many locals as the best restaurant in the West End, Creole’s specializes in juicy rotisserie chicken, coleslaw, beans, potato salad and coconut cream pies.

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Europe DESTINATIONS Amsterdam, The Netherlands NEW Berlin, Germany NEW Bordeaux, France Cannes, France Chamonix, France Corfu, Greece Dalmatian Coast, Croatia Doonbeg, Ireland Douro Valley, Portugal Florence, Italy Geneva, Switzerland NEW Gstaad, Switzerland NEW Lake Como, Italy London, England Madrid, Spain NEW Mallorca, Spain Marbella/Costa del Sol, Spain NEW Milan, Italy Paris, France Provence, France Puglia, Italy Rome, Italy Saint-Tropez, France NEW St. Paul de Vence, France The Dolomites, Italy NEW Tuscany, Italy Venice, Italy Vienna, Austria NEW Zermatt, Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland NEW

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tucked into Amsterdam’s famed Museumplein, the stunning Conservatorium Hotel was formerly a music hall and dates back to the 19th century, yet its fine service and modern amenities have helped land it a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2016. Your neo-Gothic accommodations sit across from the Van Gogh Museum near the enchanting Jordaan neighborhood.

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HIGHLIGHTS CANAL CRUISE

BEER HAUL

To see the Dutch capital’s canals from their best vantage point, book a boat tour at the Prinsengracht. The canals were dug in the 17th century and contribute to Amsterdam’s moniker of “Venice of the North.”

Heineken has been brewed since 1864 and has remained a family company since that time. Today you can book the Heineken Experience to tour the original brewery, frosty glass in hand.

NIGHTLIFE

Amsterdam is incredibly bikefriendly and what Americans might think are walking foot paths are actually bike lanes

CYCLE OF LIFE

Ornate costumes and elaborate sets at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet will make you feel like you’re directly inside the story with the performers. This is the largest opera company in the Netherlands.

MUSEUM PIECE

Art and history enthusiasts will love a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum. The collection is

staggering, with more than one million objects. Highlights include work by Rembrandt and Vermeer. FINE DINING

The Brasserie & Lounge, specialty gins at Tunes Bar, in-room dining and Asianinspired cuisine at Taiko provide a plentiful selection for a meal or cocktails without even setting foot outside of the hotel.. Celebrated and receiving rave reviews for its friendly, attentive service, Zaza’s is a great option for a romantic date night. You’ll find foie gras, scallops, venison and steak tartare on the menu, to name just a few items.

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Berlin, Germany On the southwestern edge of Berlin’s scenic Tiergarten Park sits Das Stue, a regal, contemporary hotel that has been changing identities for decades. The structure was built in the 1930s and from the grand lobby’s beautifully restored staircases to the proximity to Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s no wonder that Forbes named Das Stue the “coolest hotel in Berlin” and TripAdvisor crowned it the number one hotel in the city.

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LOCAL EATS

Ever wanted to experience a 25-course dinner? Cinco by Paco Perez is a Michelinstarred dining extravaganza while Casual by Paco Perez satisfies the appetite when you want something less formal. Both are on-site at Das Stue. To help you recover from your meal, book a treatment at the Susanne Kaufmann™ Boutique SPA. Organic and additive-free are the names of the game for the products used here. After your massage, take a restful dip in the 45-foot indoor pool or relax in the glass sauna.

Feast your eyes upon gardens of a massive scale, the manicured foliage that surrounds the landmarks of Potsdam. Meander past Sanssouci, the palace that was formerly Frederick the Great’s summer home.

Frequent visitors to Berlin make their way to Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers at Gendarmenmarkt for some of the best chocolate treats in all of Europe. Features include a counter filled with pralines and pistachio mousse.

BEER HERE

BRANDENBURG GATE

Quality beer is readily found in Berlin and locals recommend Hops & Barley, a small microbrewery. If you’re feeling more adventurous than the standard brew, try their seasonal tap. Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa!

Adjacent to the Berlin Wall and serving as a symbol of the country’s hard-won unity, this neoclassical arch is one of the most famous (and recognizable) landmarks in Berlin. The gate is especially majestic when it is lit up at night.

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Cannes, France Known by most for the Cannes Film Festival, this star of the French Riviera is so much more than a cinema-lover’s dream. You’ll feel as though you’re the winning lead on the silver screen when you visit this city centered around an old port. Take advantage of your proximity to other towns such as Grasse (known for perfume), Antibes, St. Paul de Vence and Nice.

HIGHLIGHTS SHOPKEEPS

MOUGINS

NICE IS NICE

Cannes is well-known for its luxury retail options, and the hub of it all is Rue d’Antibes, the main shopping street. You’ll find everything from upscale designers to storefronts filled with freshly baked macarons.

A 15-minute drive away is Mougins, surrounded by forest and known for its verdant gardens. Stroll around Vieux Village and stop by any number of award-winning restaurants. Pablo Picasso and Édith Piaf were fans of Mougins.

The deep blue waters of the Cote d’Azur and Nice, France, are only a 30-minute drive from Cannes. Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-most popular amongst travelers, after Paris. Explore the Promenade du Paillon. Named “coulée verte” (the green axis), the Promenade carves right through the center of Nice. Stroll past illuminated sculptures, soaking fountains for the kids, gardens and views of the sea. Afterward, explore the National Theatre of Nice and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, both nearby.

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SET SAIL

Pierre Lambert is the captain of the Folly Too, a sailboat available for day charters throughout the French Riviera. While on board, you’ll indulge in a French lunch of fresh salad, fish, meats and Pierre’s famous homemade bread.

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Chamonix, France The expansive Chamonix Valley is in the French Alps with unparalleled views of the famed Mont Blanc and L’Aiguille de Midi. In the winter, Chamonix takes center stage as the European capital of winter sports; it was home to the first Winter Olympics in 1924. A cable car is accessible year-round. Massive peaks, valley views and unrivaled summits are just a few of the memorable qualities Chamonix offers.

HIGHLIGHTS COOL TRIP

LOCAL FLAVOR

TAKE FLIGHT

Hop aboard the Montenvers train on a short ride up to the foot of Mer de Glace, France’s largest glacier. Here you can enjoy views of the peaks, tour an ice cave and discover the history of mountain people of the early 19th century.

If you want to mingle with the natives, head to the lively Saturday morning market at Place du Mont Blanc. Enjoy a selection of local cheeses, fruits, vegetables and handcrafted goods, most of which will end up on the menus of the town’s 80-plus restaurants.

Whether summer or winter, your concierge can schedule a private helicopter tour of the Chamonix Valley to transport you into another world. The rugged mountains, charming town and sheer majesty of it all will sweep you off your feet.

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In a good snow year, schussers can enjoy—or endure, depending on their fitness—one of the biggest vertical drops in the world, 7,326 feet from the summit to the base. That’s more than 1.3 miles of elevation.

FAMILY TIME

MONT BLANC

Take your family on the ride of their lives at Chamonix Leisure Park. Open year-round, the LugeAlpine is a 4,265-foot toboggan run on rails with jumps, spirals and night rides. Summer rides include slides, splash boats and more.

The gargantuan glaciers of Mont Blanc (elevation, 15,781 feet) punctuate the skyline and set the stage for adventure. The area attracts adrenaline junkies from around the world to ski, board and climb its famous slopes.

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Florence, Italy

HIGHLIGHTS SHOPPING

The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence still dazzles with its elegant combination of history and glamour. Peruse its famous jewelry shops on the Ponte Vecchio and high-fashion boutiques scattered throughout this pedestrian-friendly city. Dine in a restaurant owned by a prince and take in one of the world’s great Western art collections at the Uffizi. The best of Italy awaits.

Mercato de San Lorenzo, located in Piazza San Lorenzo, is where you’ll find a lively and swirling mix of leather goods, clothes, jewelry, wines, cheese and meats for sale much in the same way they’ve been sold here for decades. WHEN IN FLORENCE

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Eat like an Italian. Try the ravioli de brie con carciofini Morelli (ravioli stuffed with brie, dressed with artichokes) at La Giostra, which was founded by a prince who loved cooking. At Il Latini, communal tables are the norm and ordering off the menu is discouraged by waiters

who will offer their suggestions for the night’s best options. UFFIZI GALLERY

Designed by Vasari for Cosimo de’ Medici, the beautiful Uffizi is even more famous for its treasures within, including works by da Vinci, Botticelli, Titian, Raphael and Rembrandt. PIAZZA DEL DUOMO

This world-famous square is where you’ll find the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Campanile, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Loggia del Bigallo.

THE LOCATION

Walk to the most famous Florence landmarks, including the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral and Palazzo Pitti. LAUNCHING PAD

The classic Tuscan countryside starts minutes outside the city. Day trips to Siena, Pisa or Lucca are an easy train ride away.

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Geneva, Switzerland Sitting on the western shore of the deep blue Lac Léman, Geneva’s beauty and cosmopolitan charm draws visitors from around the world. A stay at La Réserve Geneva is an ideal introduction to the city’s best. Surrounded by 10 acres of verdant parkland, you’ll find it hard to believe you’re only minutes from the city center. Watch the sailboats lazily drift by or take the elegant Venetian taxi to town.

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HIGHLIGHTS PATEK PHILLIPPE

If you’re a fan of beautiful watches, get to the Patek Phillipe Museum in the Plainpalais district. This building showcases a variety of creations by master watchmakers, musical automata and enamel miniatures from centuries past. LAKE LIFE

Below the snowy peaks of Mt. Blanc, Lake Geneva is the largest body of water in Switzerland. Watch a yacht race from its beautiful shore or go sailing, wind surfing, boating, rowing or scuba diving. Jet d’Eau is the one of the tallest

fountains in the world. Located in the center of Geneva Lake, the city is proud of this attraction. Powerful engines pump 500 liters of water per second to incredible heights of 459 feet. A HIGHER VIEW

Also known as the “Balcony of Geneva,” Mont Salève’s panoramic views and exciting terrain are a sports fan’s fantasy. In less than five minutes, scale 1,100 meters by cable car then make your way down by foot, bike or parachute. CHOCOLATE HEAVEN

chocolatier Canonica Geneve has been creating premium chocolate using only the best ingredients. Chocolatier Samuel Romagné won the first prize for best chocolate at the country’s international competition in 2013. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming storefront, Frédéric Ducret is home to some of best truffles in the world. In addition to their rotating menu of chocolates, it also specializes in pastries. At La Bonbonnière, enjoy pralines, truffles, bars, fruit jelly, candied chestnuts, ice cream and more at this confectionery founded in 1921.

For 65 years, family-owned

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Gstaad, Switzerland As notable resident Julie Andrews proclaims, Gstaad is the “last paradise in a crazy world.” Nestled in a valley among mountains, villages and chalets, seasonal activities abound. Visitors will be delighted by the unprecedented number of activities that are accessible year-round. Alpine landscape, fine dining, exclusive shopping and famed architecture provides an opulent escape in an unassuming space.

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HIGHLIGHTS WISPILE

LAKE LAUENEN

SHOPPING

Fun for the entire family, Gstaad’s local mountain resort offers everything from a petting zoo to a scooter run. A 15-minute walk from the center of Gstaad will lead you to this outdoor enthusiast’s playground.

Designated a natural reserve in the 1970s, Lake Lauenen captures the essence of mountain charm. Located just outside Gstaad, you’ll find yourself detached from any indication of tourism. Pack a picnic and take a dip.

The heart of Gstaad’s international shopping scene can be found in the village at the idyllic promenade. Designer labels including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Burberry and Dior can be found at favored local boutiques.

SCENIC RAIL

LOCAL FLAVOR

HIGH ART

Take a day trip from Lucerne to Montreux—a journey between two worlds. The GoldenPass Line delivers a one of a kind experience as you travel from the heart of traditional Switzerland to the contemporary elegance of Lake Geneva.

Award-winning chef Robert Speth is acclaimed for blending enticing flavors with local ingredients at his restaurant, Die Chesery. Have your concierge make reservations in advance during high-season as the traditional chalet-style restaurant fills up quickly.

Featuring an “artist of the moment,” as well as a permanent collection, the Alpina Gstaad Art Gallery provides an exclusive stage to connect with innovative art in the form of paintings, film and music.

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Lake Como, Italy Lake Como’s glistening waters are straight out of a movie and this region in Lombardy has been the backdrop for dozens of Hollywood filmmakers for decades. Though the lake’s origin is glacial, you’ll enjoy a Mediterranean climate and mild weather. Artists have flocked here for centuries to muster up inspiration for their work. Writer Percy Blythe Shelley described it as, “exceeding anything I have ever beheld in beauty.”

HIGHLIGHTS VILLA BALBIANELLO

CATHEDRAL OF COMO

ON THE WATER

17th century Villa Balbianello can be reached by boat and shuttle. Its architecture, unsurpassed view of the lake and location draw visitors from March through November (closed Mondays and Wednesdays). Private tours are available.

This Gothic cathedral has been carefully maintained for centuries. Dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore, visitors are encouraged to marvel at the ornate interior. Please note that shorts are not permitted.

The best place to experience Lake Como is on the lake itself. At Pescallo harbor, a professional rower from Bellagio Water Sports Kayak Club offers four different tours suitable for the entire family and all skill levels.

GOING UP

On the Bellagio peninsula sits the sublime Gardens of Villa Melzi, a national monument and source of much Italian pride. Open March through November, this two-hour stroll features stunning botanicals and neo-classical architecture.

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Time travel to 1894, the year the Como-Brunate funicular railway carried its first passengers from Como to Brunate. This railway is still operational today, traveling to scenic vantage points and the surrounding buttes.

CASTELLO DI VEZIO

For the more active, an hourlong hike will deliver you to this magnificent 11th century castle’s square merlons and towers. From this height, enjoy panoramic views overlooking the village of Varenna and the expansive Lake Como.

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Madrid, Spain

HIGHLIGHTS PALATIAL HOME

Holding a well-deserved spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s coveted Gold List for 2016, the five-star URSO Hotel & Spa in Madrid is set in the upscale Chamberi neighborhood, one of the most traditional in the whole city. It also borders the boutique shops, cafes and restaurants of the Chueca district and is within walking distance to most of the city’s major attractions.

For an experience of a lifetime, make time to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid. Now serving as an event space for formal ceremonies, the Palacio Real de Madrid was once home to King Felipe VI and his family. A dizzying 3,418 rooms mean that it’s the largest royal palace in Europe by floor area.. CENTRAL PARKS

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Retiro Park or ”Park of the Pleasant Retreat” is one of the largest parks in Madrid. It first belonged to the Spanish Monarchy but today serves as a modern day statue garden and a quiet escape from the hustle and

bustle of the surrounding city. Reclaimed river banks and 6 miles of park make up Madrid Rio, where you’ll find generous bike paths, fountains and natural beauty. Clean waterways and clear paths make this the ideal spot for a post-tapas stroll. The whole of Spain has embraced the bicycle as a means of transportation and Madrid is incredibly bike-friendly. Talk to your hotel concierge for a recommendation on a guided bike tour.

Spanish in all its ornate pomp and circumstance. This musical performance at Teatro Lope de Vega continues to draw thousands of visitors. FOODIE DELIGHT

On Calle de la Verónica, La Tragantúa is a must for an evening on the town. Risotto, burrata and milojas lead dozens of travelers to describe this unassuming spot as their best meal in all of Madrid. Reservations recommended.

BROADWAY IN SPANISH

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Marbella/Costa del Sol, Spain On the elegant southern coast of Spain, vacationers flock to Marbella year-round for its warm and inviting weather, welcoming people and multitude of fine boutiques and restaurants. Named the Best Non-Urban Hotel in Spain by Condé Nast Traveler, your accommodations at Finca Cortesin channel traditional Andalusian architecture and design. Swimmable beaches, tennis and paddle courts and more than 500 acres of beautifully manicured gardens await.

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HIGHLIGHTS GOLF

SPANISH CHARM

BEACH

Finca Cortesin has always been an attraction for golfers thanks to the 25-year-old golf academy on-site. Mike Malaska, 2011 PGA American National Teacher of the Year, and his staff will have you swinging like a pro in no time.

The Costa del Sol area prides itself on its preservation of a historic legacy. Also known as Casco Antiguo, the Old Quarter spans narrow streets and small plazas that enclose authentic cafes and family-owned restaurants.

Near a peaceful marina between Marbella and Benalmádena, the beach at Puerto Cabopino continues to receive upgrades. Natural, protected dunes and clear water make for a family-friendly outing.

STAR DINING

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR

THE GOLDEN MILE

From Spanish cuisine flavors against the elegant backdrop of gardens at El Jardín de Lutz to the four Michelin-starred Japanese dishes at Kabuki Raw, you needn’t wander off-site for an awardwinning meal of a lifetime.

On the far south coast of the Iberian Coast, Gibraltar holds a place in history, believed to be one of the last places that Neanderthals lived. Later a Crown colony under British rule, the area begs to be explored and is a 43-minute drive from the hotel.

A pedestrian area named the Paseo Maritimo features waterfalls, peaceful benches for sitting and expansive views of the sea below. Adding to its splendor is a collection of sculptures by none other than Salvador Dali himself.

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Milan, Italy Overlooking the city’s most prestigious shopping street, Via della Spiga, Baglioni Hotel Carlton is a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Milan. In recent decades, an architectural renaissance has taken hold, designating Milan as illustrative of all things “new Italy.” Whether exploring the boulevards and the fashion houses of Armani to Versace, Milan will leave its mark on your heart.

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HIGHLIGHTS FASHION CAPITAL

LA SCALA

DUOMO DI MILANO

Milan is the fashion capital of the world, and the streets of Via Montenapoleone, Via Andrea, Via Gesù, Via della Spiga and Via Borgospesso make up its fashion district. Dress in your finest attire to shop at more than 100 luxury stores. This is homebase for the who’s who of Milan’s fashion elite. One of the oldest shopping malls in the world, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is named after the first king of Italy. This double arcade spans four stories and houses luxury retail brands. The glass ceiling and mosaic floors alone are worth a visit.

Architect Giuseppe Piermarini built this neoclassical theatre in 1778. Opera powerhouses such as Giacomo Puccini and Gaetano Donizetti made their musical debuts at this Milanese treasure. Ask your hotel concierge for recommendations for tickets.

Duomo di Milano was built in the Gothic style and dedicated to St. Mary. This is the fifthlargest church in the world.

MILAN’S CANAL

Naviglio Grande is the city’s oldest canal, dating back to the 1100s. Several villages are clustered around the canal and you’ll also find delicious cafes, restaurants and places to sit to take in your amazing surroundings.

ITALIAN FOOD

Nerino Dieci Trattoria specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, incorporating fresh seafood. The kitchen is separated from the dining area by glass windows, allowing you a glimpse inside the busy evening with the chefs.

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Provence, France

HIGHLIGHTS PERSONAL TOUCH

When you enter southern France’s quaint and picturesque Provence region, you’ll understand how the area’s beauty inspired master artists to create some of the world’s most famous paintings. Stroll through fields of sunflowers in this sunny expanse framed by the Alps and the Mediterranean coastline. Explore hilltop towns or medieval fortresses and Roman ruins.

Your Destination Concierge has personal relationships with local growers and extensive knowledge of each town’s market day. Vineyards are available right outside the front door of your chateau. With Inspirato’s help, you’ll fully experience the pure flavors, culture and character of Provence and the Luberon Valley. FRESH LAVENDER

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Inhale the delicate scent of lavender floating in the air. Your Destination Concierge knows a skilled lavender grower who also has a distillery in his field. You can see where the lavender oil

is made and buy a fresh bottle. The scent of this completely pure product will evoke memories of your vacation for years to come. ANTIQUE SHOPPING

L’Isle sur la Sorgue is known as the Venice of Provence for the canals that wind through town. For antique lovers, this town is a paradise. Locals also come here for the fresh fish; order the trout almandine at le Vivier and your entrée will have been swimming minutes prior to arriving at your table.

Papes and the Pont d’Avignon. In addition, because the pope provided Jews refuge from the French king in the 14th century, the region boasts beautiful synagogues as well as cathedrals dating back to those days. DINING

Overlooking the Palais des Papes, La Moutardier delights with ambiance and cuisine alike. Friendly, impeccable service will help non-French speakers with the menu, which delivers classic French cuisine.

CATHEDRALS

In nearby Avignon, you’ll definitely want to see the famous Palais des

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Saint-Tropez, France Long known as the crown jewel of the French Riviera, Saint-Tropez has been drawing crowds ever since it became a favorite meeting spot for the rich and famous during the 1950s. But even before Brigitte Bardot made this former fishing village popular, Saint-Tropez was a magnet for luminaries like Sartre and Picasso. Glitz and glam aside, Saint-Tropez still oozes with culture, museums and cobblestone streets.

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HIGHLIGHTS WINE TASTINGS

Famous for their superb Rosés, Château Minuty is a staple of the Provençal wine scene. During a visit to this 18th century winery, guests can sample the winery’s different labels in their luxurious tasting room or tour the wine cellar. Situated near the beaches of Saint-Tropez, the traditional Provençal style of the buildings and the surrounding cypress and olive trees make Château des Marre a charming winery to visit. Guests can partake in a wine tasting accompanied by local delicacies. After a long day of winery hopping, a meal at Le Pescadou is the perfect way to end the day. Savor

their Coq au Vin in the dining room or enjoy the duck confit out in the gazebo along with views of the sea and wineries below. MARKET DAY

The Place Des Lices market is a beloved open-air market that takes place twice a week. Located in the heart of Saint-Tropez, locals flock to it for the fresh produce and cheeses while tourists enjoy the antiques and clothing stalls. POLO

The Saint-Tropez Polo Club is a prestigious polo facility that attracts the best polo players and a number of celebrity spectators

as well. Guests can also dine at their Michelin-rated restaurant. INTIMATE ART

In a converted 16th-century chapel you will find Musée de l’Annonciade, a must-see destination in Saint-Tropez. Although small in size, this art museum features works from the likes of Matisse and Picasso. LET’S GO DISCO

At night L’Opera transforms from trendy restaurant into nighttime hotspot replete with DJs, flame throwers and dancers.

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St. Paul De Vence, France Located in the hills of the Alpes Maritime region between Nice and Antibes sits Vence and St. Paul de Vence, two otherworldly, medieval villages in the French Riviera. An artists’ hub for years, Vence is chock full of galleries, outdoor exhibits and a number of wonderful markets along Rue du Marché. St. Paul de Vence features numerous medieval ruins that coexist with state-of-the-art, modern spas and artisanal shops.

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HIGHLIGHTS FONDATION MAEGHT

ESCAPE TO THE HILLS

WINE LOVERS

A beautiful architectural work of art, this indoor/outdoor space has become the ideal location for a modern and contemporary art museum. Opened in 1964, the museum houses sculptures and paintings by celebrated artists.

For a truly unique experience, spend time in the great outdoors with LesGeckos. The company offers canyoneering, climbing and via ferrata excursions that accommodate all ages and experience levels. The Massif de L’esterel is a peaceful mountain range located just a stone’s throw away from the bustling tourist spots in the Côte d’Azur; Massif de L’Esterel is a great day hike. Or you can bike in to enjoy the fantastic views of the Ligurian Sea.

Up in the hills of St. Paul de Vence and in the region’s quaint, medieval neighborhoods, one can find a number of delightful wineries. Unlike their larger counterparts throughout Provence and the coast, these smaller wineries focus more on producing for the region and put out fantastic yields. Closer to home, La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, tucked away on a side street, is a 14th-century wine cellar. Learn about wine and chocolate pairings or discover wonderful wines from various regions in France.

LE JARDIN

Located in the hills of Eze, this charming garden is a great option for a lazy afternoon and features a number of exotic flora, beautiful statues and panoramic views of the beaches and sea below.

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The Dolomites, Italy Tucked away in the mountains lies Cortina d’Ampezzo—or, simply, Cortina. A striking crossroads of history, natural beauty and modern luxury, Cortina is an alpine gem and home of the Dolomites’ first ski club, founded in 1903. Today, it’s one of Europe’s premier vacation destinations, with snowy slopes and a chic, upscale village for après-ski revelry.

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HIGHLIGHTS CINQUE TORRI

DINING

TOWN CENTER

Meaning “five towers,” these surreal stone pillars stand tall above Cortina. The rugged terrain is a rock climber’s dream and hiking trails abound. Seasonal bus and chairlift service can take you to an easy, nearby access point.

Hotel Cristallo features four restaurants and a bar. Don’t miss the stunning views from the Gazebo, authentic Italian fare at the Veranda, alfresco summer dining at the Terrazza or a private meal at the chef’s table.

Corso Italia is Cortina’s famous pedestrian-only, cobblestone shopping street. Peruse designer boutiques, renowned luxury brands and locally produced wares, as well as the Cooperativa di Cortina shopping center.

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LOCAL HISTORY

NOW THIS IS SKIING

At an elevation of 7,336 feet, Passo Giau is a legendary mountain pass about 11.5 miles outside of Cortina. Known for its twisting road and jaw-dropping views, the pass is considered one of the most beautiful in the Dolomites.

The Regole d’Ampezzo preserves Cortina’s history and maintains three museums in town: an art museum, a paleontology museum with fossils found locally and an ethnographic museum featuring cultural artifacts.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of 12 separate towns that make up the enormous Dolomiti Superski area that encompasses 450 lifts and more than 750 miles of ski slopes.

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Tuscany, Italy

HIGHLIGHTS THE CHIANTI REGION

Tuscany was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance but the works of art that have fascinated generations are only part of its allure. You’ll find your eyes following the landscape of rolling green hills, dotted by olive groves and the grapes and trellises of carefully manicured vineyards. You can taste family recipes in the region’s trattorie and glimpse back to the 11th century in the venerable stone towers of San Gimignano.

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In 1716, former Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de’ Medici decreed that four area villages would be the only officially recognized producers of Chianti wine. One of these villages, Greve, is the site of a restored stone farmhouse that is now Il Bronzino. This Inspirato home can be combined as a nine-bedroom villa or enjoyed as two separate residences. Il Bronzino is located between Florence and Siena. THE VILLAS

All of Inspirato’s spacious residences are situated amid impeccably manicured

gardens and feature incredible views of the area’s rolling green hills, surrounding vineyards and olive groves. YOUR OWN WINE GUIDE

Your Destination Concierge is happy to arrange for an expert sommelier to guide you through the region’s outstanding Chianti, Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso and Super Tuscan wines. Your Destination Concierge can also arrange for a private chef.

SAN GIMIGNANO

The charming hill town of San Gimignano features stone architecture that dates back to the 11th century. Though you can see its 14 towers from miles away, there’s nothing like a stroll on the town’s ancient stone streets to really feel like you’ve stepped back in history. SHOPPING IN SIENA

You don’t have to go to Florence for high fashion. Instead, walk the pedestrian streets Via di Cittá, Banchi di Sopra and Via Dei Montanini in Siena.

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Venice, Italy

HIGHLIGHTS BASILICA DI SAN MARCO

Venice was a force to be reckoned with during the Renaissance. Antonio Vivaldi was born here and the city’s influence on modern operatic music is unrivaled. Find yourself here to travel back in time to the artistic nonchalance and enchantment of sprezzatura. Condé Nast Johansens voted Ca’Sagredo Hotel “One of the Best Italian Hotels.” The palace dates back to the 15th century and has been declared a national monument.

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This Roman Catholic cathedral at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco is a spot you simply cannot miss during your stay in Venice. Gold mosaics and an intricate façade tell the story of San Marco. GONDOLA CRUISE

Along the Grand Canal, gondoliers offer private gondola rides through the city’s historic canals during the day and by moonlight. Some of the best photo ops are from the seat of a gondola.

hotel’s chef, Josef Klostermaier. He will lead you to the historical marketplace for a lesson on how real Venetians purchase their groceries.

opera house was constructed in 1792 and tickets are still available today to hear a bone-chilling aria in the hall’s storied auditorium.

DOGE’S PALACE

Walking along the city’s main water corridor ensures you will see some of the city’s greatest establishments, including the Papadopoli Gardens, Gritti Palace, the Ferry Museum, Palazzo Barbarigo and the Church of the Scalzi, to name just a few.

THE GRAND CANAL

An immaculate work of Gothic architecture, the Doge’s Palace has had many lives; as a Byzantine outpost, a castle for royalty, prison and courthouse. Today the building is open as a museum showcasing Venetian history. TEATRO LA FENICE

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FLAVORS OF VENICE

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“The Phoenix” is an opera house in Venice and world-famous for its spot in Italy’s theatrical history. The

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Vienna, Austria

HIGHLIGHTS SCHÖBRUNN PALACE

Positioned in the Goldenes Quartier and overlooking the famed Am Hof square, Park Hyatt Vienna holds the distinct honor of being part of a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within walking distance to all of the major attractions of the city, the building itself first served as the headquarters for the Austrian Monarchy Bank. More than 100 years old, this illustrious building is surrounded by fashion houses and the boutiques of Kohlmarkt.

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This Baroque palace is one of the most important structures in Austrian history. Featuring 1,441 rooms, a tour of its impressive imperial grounds and gardens is an absolute must during your stay in Vienna.

your way to the stunning 49-foot indoor pool inside Arany Spa. BELVEDERE PALACE MUSEUM

On a sloping hill above the city, iron gates lead into stunning gardens and a museum that displays the works of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka.

SPA VAULT

Utilizing the space that was formerly the vault of the bank, Arany Spa, the hotel’s on-site spa, is open daily and houses six treatment rooms. Make time for an age-defying facial, firming jojoba pearl exfoliation or a soothing mint foot treatment. For a morning of fitness, make

FOODIE DELIGHTS

The Naschmarkt open street market is the most popular in the whole city. With 16th century origins, it houses more than 100 food and wine stalls. Or, take a Vienna food walk: On a three- to four-hour tour, walk through the city’s historic

district to sample some of the region’s classic dishes. Five food stops complete with beer, wine, schnapps and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. INTO THE WOODS

Hire a car to venture uphill into the Vienna Woods, a protected landscape of forested highlands. From there, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the Danube River below.

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Zermatt, Switzerland The magnificence of the iconic Matterhorn and the surrounding peaks captures Swiss romance at its finest. Zermatt is home to world-class skiing, 50 mountain lakes, mountain biking, upscale boutiques and cozy, chalet-style restaurants. If scenic trails and gravity sports are calling, Zermatt is your answer. The traditions of the majestic European hotels of yesteryear live on at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof.

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HIGHLIGHTS SUNNEGGA

Ski, ski, ski. Sunnegga Paradise is a ski area on Rothorn Mountain. Because Switzerland is such a well-known skiers’ haven, lift systems have been in place since the 1800s. Both novice and advanced runs are available. MATTERHORN MANIA

Only experienced mountaineers can climb to the top of its peak at 14,692 feet but this earthly wonder can be appreciated by all. No cable car goes to the top of the Matterhorn, but you can get close with a ride in the cable car from Zermatt. The station you arrive at sits 12,530-feet high.

Tour the Matterhorn Museum’s exhibits to learn about the history of life in Zermatt and the first mountaineers brave enough to take on the Matterhorn. A multimedia room features excerpts from the chilling film “Der Berg ruft” (“The Mountain Calls”). In the Mountaineers’ Cemetery, Zermatt honors those who dedicated their lives to the mountain. Pay your respects in this beautiful resting place, where many fragments of the mountain serve as gravestones and tributes.

terrain, Zermatt is a verifiable mountain biker’s paradise. Two wheels can get you to unbeatable views of the Matterhorn and village below. ZUM SEE

Zum See translates to “at the lake” but there is no longer a lake here. Zum See is a restaurant surrounded by historic chalets and fields. Reserve a homemade puff pastry ahead of time over the phone, as it’s the best thing on the menu and often sold out.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

From trails that are technically demanding to more approachable

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Zurich, Switzerland The elegant Park Hyatt Zurich is located in the heart of the banking district on Beethoven-Strasse, mere steps from Zurich Lake and walkable to most of the city’s attractions. Because of Switzerland’s neutrality during World War I, Zurich became a haven for artists, musicians and writers. That spirit still pulses beneath Zurich’s buttoned-up exterior at the quirky cocktail bars and shops of Zurich West.

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HIGHLIGHTS OLD TOWN SWITZERLAND

Altstadt (Old Town) is the historical and medieval center of Zurich. Cobblestone streets, award-winning restaurants and boutique coffee houses are just a few of the highlights. Visit the larger than life chess set near the Limmat River at Lindenhof Square. Located above Old Town, you’re likely to witness travelers and locals relaxing in the sunshine. You’d be remiss to visit Zurich without a stop to the Swiss National Museum. On an island between the Sihl and Limmat rivers in Old Town, the museum is a regional institution and

highlights the Middle Ages through the 20th century. The twin towers of the Grossmünster, a 12th-century Romanesque cathedral is also home to Switzerland’s largest crypt. The north tower provides staggering views of the city. GOING UP

The Polybahn is a 19th century funicular. From the central tram station, purchase a ticket to ride upward for a stellar view of Zurich. A public terrace and small cafeteria for snacks is also available at the top. For a scenic view of the entirety of Zurich, make your

way to Uetliberg Mountain for an unhurried stroll along the Path of the Planets, a hike, bike ride or panoramic picnic on the peaks. LAKESIDE

Much of Zurich’s natural beauty can be attributed to Lake Zurich, stretching southeast of the city. The water is clean and wellcared for; swimmable beaches abound in the warmer months.

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Beijing, China

HIGHLIGHTS THAT’S A GREAT WALL

Located in the bustling cosmopolitan district of Sanlitun, The Opposite House is a stunning boutique hotel that offers minimalist designs and world-class service. Stay in and enjoy the hotel’s fine dining and impressive gym and indoor pool or venture out and experience the endless attractions Beijing has to offer. Imperial influences and the country’s rich history of dynasties abound in China’s massive capital.

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A visit to one of the world’s most iconic man-made wonders is a must, with each section of the Great Wall offering a different grand experience. The popular Badaling section of the Wall is 4.7 miles long and features more than 20 watchtowers and easy walking conditions. Visitors can take an hour-long train ride from Beijing North Train Station directly to Badaling. Huanghuacheng means “yellow flower village” in Chinese, and this section gets its name from the sea of yellow wildflowers that surround it during the summer.

Another popular section of the Great Wall, Matianyu is flanked by lush forests and features a giant toboggan sled visitors can ride to descend to the bottom of the Wall.

phenomenal traditional Chinese gardens, intricate temples and beautiful lake views. Save a day for this can’t-miss destination.

FORBIDDEN CITY

Tian’anmen Square is the world’s largest public square and is the site of many important historical events in China. Visit at sunrise or sunset to witness the famous flag raising and lowering ceremonies.

TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE

Also known as the Palace Museum, this magnificent display of ancient Chinese architecture includes the famous Hall of Supreme Harmony and the Complete Palace of Peace and Longevity. SUMMER PALACE

The largest and most wellpreserved royal park in China, the Summer Palace is home to

TREASURE HUNT

The Panjiayuan Antiques Market is an indoor/outdoor shopping spectacle with more than 3,000 vendors selling their collections.

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Hong Kong, China High above the vibrant streets of the city sits The Upper House, a contemporary masterpiece by Swire Hotels and the perfect setting to take advantage of all the wonders of Hong Kong. Enjoy panoramic views of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline and fine contemporary European cuisine at The Upper House’s stylish Café Gray Deluxe. Shop at the many high-end stores located just a stone’s throw away or frolic along any number of Hong Kong’s pristine beaches.

HIGHLIGHTS TAKE A JUNK-ET

VICTORIA PEAK

TIAN TAN BUDDHA

These “junk” boats, or traditional Chinese vessels with their eyecatching red sails, are now used by locals and tourists alike for a bit of nautical fun. Rent one for a nighttime tour around Victoria Harbor or go on a day trip to any one of the many islands that make up Hong Kong.

Hop on the Peak Tram and travel up into the heavens to Victoria Peak, the highest mountain on Hong Kong island. Be prepared to have your breath taken away by the views of the city’s skyline and many harbors.

Also called Big Buddha, this 120foot tall bronze statue weighs more than 200 tons and sits high above the hills of Ngong Ping near the Po Lin Monastery. Climb the 286 steps to the statue’s base to get an ever closer look.

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A dedicated nesting ground for turtles most of the year, this cove on the east side of Lamma Island is just as stunning as many of the other boating locations, but is still under the radar so it’s significantly less crowded.

CHI LIN NUNNERY

Escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and visit the Chi Lin Nunnery, a Buddhist temple complex that features traditional Tang Dynasty architecture, lotus ponds and the beautiful Nan Lian Garden.

THE DRAGON’S BACK

Although a bustling city, Hong Kong also has something for those who love to commune with nature. This serene portion of the 31-mile long Hong Kong Trail has views of the countryside and the South China Sea.

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Laamu, Maldives

HIGHLIGHTS DESERT ISLAND DINING

The Indian Ocean islands that comprise the Maldives have become a coveted destination for travelers who appreciate a combination of rustic adventure and comfortable luxury. Located in the southern Maldives, Laamu is partially encircled by an atoll, creating a crystalline lagoon where kids can swim, snorkel or wakeboard. Island hop via speedboat for a day or sail a catamaran to peaceful coves.

Ask your butler from the Six Senses resort to arrange for a speedboat excursion to a nearby deserted island. You can stock up on provisions at the Attitude Cellar & Deli. It’s a great place to get picnic provisions. Closer to home, but no less intimate, have your butler arrange for a private barbecue on your own sandbank. SURF’S UP

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From the resort, you can see the white spray from Yin Yang. Take a morning or afternoon trip to nearby island Hithadhoo. The breaks here are surfed almost

exclusively by resort guests. The best time of the year is April through October. SCUBA LOVE

Dive the reef off the beach from Laamu Atoll, perfect for beginners. The Kandus dive spot attracts manta rays and giant whale sharks that feast on the rich plankton. Thilas is noted for its caves and crevices that are home to an abundance of sea creatures. At the Wrecks, a collection of sunken ships and boats hosts a wealth of marine life and history.

LOCAL FLAVOR

For a true look into Maldivian life as a native, visit Hithadhoo Island. You’ll have the rare opportunity to see inside a local’s home. Visit the mosque, grocery shops and a lake in the heart of the island. KIDDING AROUND

A professionally managed children’s club is available. In addition to babysitting services, families can enjoy games, cookie baking, treasure hunts, snorkeling, yoga and more.

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Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam Kick off this unforgettable journey with an intimate cultural experience in a serene bay located on Vietnam’s beautiful east coast, just northeast of Saigon. Overlooking the East Vietnam Sea, you’re close to nearby Nha Trang, a small fishing village featuring ancient architecture and temples. You can travel up the Cai River for a traditional mud bath or trek into Ho Ban Forest through green lily fields.

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HIGHLIGHTS WATER FUN

Ninh Van Bay is on a white sand beach and the resort offers a range of beach and water activities for kids. Spend a morning or afternoon on a kayak adventure to Bai Nho. Nearly half of the 800 species of coral in the East Vietnam Sea can be seen in Nha Trang Bay. Popular sites include Big Wall and Small Wall, the Coral Gardens, Moray Beach, Octopus Rock, Hon Mot Bay and Fishermans Bay. The stop at Marine Park will show you something completely unique: fishermen living in floating houses where they breed fish, lobster and squid. This will

prepare you for the delicious seafood lunch on Bamboo Island. JUNGLE TREK

This journey takes you through spectacular scenery: green paddy fields, idyllic villages and towering mountains. After a stop for tea at a local temple, you’ll reach the forest for a guided trek through beautiful flora and fauna.

simmered in a clay pot. Drinks by the Bay is appropriately named, as you can watch beautiful sunsets each evening from a comfortable daybed. You can’t really go wrong choosing from the list of signature cocktails here, but we especially recommend Crossing the Bay: tequila, lime juice, orange juice, honey and crème de cassis.

LOCAL FLAVOR

Try the cooking class at the Six Senses resort to learn how to prepare authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Some regular menu items include hand rolls, hot and sour fish soup and seafood

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Qing Cheng, China Qing Cheng is situated at the picturesque gateway to the mystical mountain of Qing Cheng, a famous Taoist highland. Surround yourself with verdant forest, thick shoots of bamboo and densely hanging fog in this cradle of civilization. Dotted with holy temples and cultural relics, the mountain is also home to a wild panda research center and near Dujiangyan, a UNESCO World Heritage and Natural Cultural site.

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HIGHLIGHTS PANDA-MONIUM

NIGHTLIFE

Pandas are a national treasure in China and a wild panda research center is just a 10-minute drive from your accommodations. You’ll have the rare opportunity to feed these gentle creatures in a controlled environment.

Photography buffs will love a nighttime tour through the ancient city wall of Dujiangyan and its famous Nan-Qiao Bridge. Flying eave roofs, carved figures and delicate stonework make for beautiful subjects.

TRAIL OF THE ANCIENTS

QING CHENG MOUNTAIN

The Dujiangyan irrigation system was built in 256 BC and still functions in the present. A halfday trip booked through the resort includes a walk through Qingxi Garden and up to spectacular views from Erwang Temple.

Named “the most peaceful and secluded mountain under heaven,” Qing Cheng Mountain holds a sacred place in history as one of the most significant Taoist mountains in the country. Learn the art of tai chi—the practice was created here—

against the backdrop of the famed waterfalls. You can tour the gorgeous Jianfu Palace, built during the Tang Dynasty between 619 and 907. OXYGEN WALK

Walk the trail through the Six Senses resort’s organic garden and rice fields at the base of Qing Cheng Mountain and delight in the rich negative oxygen ion air. Negative ions clear the air of allergens and bacteria.

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Sydney, Australia

HIGHLIGHTS SYDNEY HARBOUR

A culturally rich, cosmopolitan capital with near-perfect weather, bordered by stunning landscapes and intriguing wildlife—Sydney sounds almost too good to be true. The sprawling city features everything a traveler could want from an urban hub, such as fine shopping and endless activities. Yet, just outside its borders, exotic scenery unfolds for miles, enticing adventurers to spend days exploring the beauty.

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The waterfront is Sydney’s front porch and the best way to see it is by boat. A wide range of boat tours voyage into the harbor’s nooks and crannies, from yacht excursions to dinner cruises set against a beautiful sunset. Highlights include the iconic Sydney Opera House, the city’s most famous landmark, which opened in 1973 and currently hosts more than 40 shows per week. On par with the opera house is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nicknamed “The Coathanger,” this steel expanse spans 3,770 feet and is 439 feet tall at its peak. Daredevils can climb

to the summit—safely tethered to a railing on a guided tour— while pedestrian- and cycle-only thoroughfares offer a tamer option for crossing.

for nearly 4 miles, ending at Coogee Beach. Along the way, it passes historical sites, cafes and swimming spots, all set against stunning views of the coast.

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BUILT TO ENTERTAIN

Dozens of beautiful beaches stretch for miles along Sydney Harbour and the coast. Excellent surfing abounds and many urban beaches feature cafes and bars. For less crowded spots, venture beyond the harbor area.

Just west of the city center, Darling Harbour is one of Sydney’s top spots for shopping, dining, entertainment and terrific city views. Visit the aquarium, kids’ playground and maritime museum or simply meander along the waterfront.

TAKE A WALK

The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk starts at mega-popular Bondi Beach and hugs the coast

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Zighy Bay, Oman Located northeast of Saudi Arabia on the rugged Musandam Peninsula, Oman and adjoining Zighy Bay remain a hidden treasure to many travelers. On one side, dramatic mountains beckon you to go paragliding, canyoneering, mountain biking and more. On the other side, blue waters welcome you to snorkel or paddle. Oman is a place for adventure; the famous Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s major oil portals, runs into the Gulf of Oman.

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HIGHLIGHTS MIDDLE EASTERN TASTES

DHOW CRUISE

The dining at Six Senses resort include a memorable collection of delights. Senses on the Edge has you dining on a mountaintop with views down a canyon to the waters below. The Shua Shack is where you’ll dine on an authentic Bedouin meal of lamb slowly cooked in a sand pit. At Spice Market, diners enjoy a menu that includes assafir ferri, a date-glazed roasted quail with spiced citrus brown lentils topped with pomegranate sauce, arayess lahm, grilled minced lamb in Arabic bread and fresh za’atar salad with tomatoes and pomegranate dressing.

Dating back some 500 years, the Dhow is a local fishing boat that’s six meters high. On a popular half-day cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak and discover fjords, small bays and ancient fishing villages.

four-wheel drive vehicle in a daytime climb to panoramic views of Wadi Al Bih or the more peaceful sunset ride to enjoy canapés and a campfire. You’ll discover cascading waterfalls and freshwater springs within the renowned canyons of Wadi Wurayah.

FISHING LINES

Handline fishing in Oman goes back centuries. Learn from the resort’s expert guide as he takes you to known fishing spots to cast for Hamour or reef cod. DESERT TREKS

The nearby village Sabatyn features petroglyphs and stone towers. Explore the plateau via

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FEATURED EXPERIENCE ROME TO MONTE CARLO CRUISE

Experiences REMARKABLE JOURNEYS Alaskan Expedition NEW Botswana Luxury Safari NEW Danube River Cruise NEW Myanmar Cultural Journey NEW New Year’s Caribbean Yacht NEW New Zealand Family Adventure NEW Private Yacht Experience NEW Rome to Monte Carlo Cruise NEW

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Alaskan Expedition 2017 WATERWAYS OF THE WILD Rarely does the opportunity arise to witness the wildlife and splendor of Alaska’s landscape in such stark relief. The state’s must-see sights and coastal towns are given a once-in-a-lifetime twist in this members-only wildlife expedition. Float past massive glaciers, evergreen forests, serrated peaks and placid fjords. The wildlife here is another compelling reason to visit: everything from brown bears to whales to bald eagles can be found in the untamed land, sea and air.

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HIGHLIGHTS LUXURY LINER

This breadth of adventure and exploration will occur aboard the Silver Discoverer, an elegant expedition vessel from Silversea, recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as the world’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line. Our all-inclusive rate includes all meals, 24-hour suite service, an open bar, onboard enrichment and shore excursions. Unlike traditional cruises, shore excursions are included in the cost of the expedition. The onboard spa offers a variety of services at additional fees or you can enjoy the casino. Complimentary butler service will deliver a morning paper and replenish your chilled champagne. You will enjoy gourmet dining in a number of extraordinary restaurants with your spirits of choice included gratis.

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SEWARD, ALASKA TO VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

You’ll fly into Anchorage and then board the Silver Discoverer in Seward, Alaska. From there, your itinerary’s highlights include the following: • College Fjord • Esther Passage • Hubbard Glacier • Sitka • Elfin Cove & George Island • Whale watching off Point Adolphus • Tracey Arm & Frederic Sound • Ketchikan • Prince Rupert Sound, British Columbia’s Inside Passage • Alert Bay • Vancouver, British Columbia

to navigate closer to shore and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, members and their guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up close and in-depth.

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Botswana Luxury Safari 2017 WILDLIFE & LUXURY IN THE OKAVANGO DELTA The Okavango Delta in Botswana is an inland waterway where the Okavango River meets the flat lowlands of the Kalahari. The Moremi Game Reserve, where your luxury accommodations are located, rests along the east side of the delta. Its pure magnificence has positioned it to be one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.” Experience the splendor of Africa in a way that few have. Known by many as “Old Africa,” Botswana is considered one of the most vast and untouched wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

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ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Soak up the thrills of safari life without the rustic camping. Your accommodations include luxury tents at Belmond Eagle Island Camp, a water-based camp in the heart of the delta, and the Sandibe Okavango Safari Camp, a modern, architecturally stunning flagship lodge under a canopy of wild palms. Experience luxurious traditions in the wilderness, like high tea and sundowner cocktails.

Day 1 - Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, and check into the Savon Hotel.

WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

On the island of Xaxaba, the surrounding lagoon is fed from the moving waters and attracts some of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife. The Sandibe Lodge next to the Moremi Game Reserve is particularly known for its big cat sightings. Additionally, the Big Five (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalo) are known to frequent the Moremi Game Reserve.

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Day 2 - Fly to Maun, Botswana and into Eagle Island Camp in time for an afternoon of wildlife viewing by boat. Day 3 - Visit a local village or take a Mokoro dugout canoe trip into the Okavango Delta. Day 4 - Fly to the Moremi Game Reserve and the Sandibe Okavango Safari Camp for an afternoon of game tracking by off-road vehicle. Day 5 - Take a hike with a local Bushman guide or a helicopter tour of the region.

how to prepare traditional African dishes for that evening’s meal. Day 7 - Learn how to track big cats in the morning. Wrap up your time in the bush with a dinner under the African sky. Day 8 - Departure to Maun.

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Danube River Cruise 2017 A SYMPHONY OF BANKS & BRIDGES Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube is the queen of Europe’s great rivers. Travel to legendary destinations from Prague (Vilshofen) to Budapest, taking in the landscape that has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Explore a 2,000-year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines and revel in the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest. All of this will occur aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto, a 164-passenger vessel with spacious staterooms reserved exclusively for Inspirato Members and guests.

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Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaCerto will provide the most distinctive river cruise experience. The beautifully decorated and spacious accommodations range in size up to 300 square feet, AmaCerto is a decidedly upscale ship, with the flavor of a smartly tailored European boutique hotel. Relax in a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations. The ship also features a state-of-the-art-fitness center, spa, hair and beauty salon; complimentary Internet access throughout the ship; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

Romanesque, baroque and art nouveau architecture. Vilshofen, Germany - Join your fellow members at a private Oktoberfest celebration with traditional beers and Bavarian folk music and dancing. Passau, Germany - Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

FEATURED PORTS OF CALL

Linz, Austria - Choose from three different excursions: The Austrian Lake District and the scenic Salzkammergut region, the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a medieval town nestled in the hills of Salzburg.

Prague, Czech Republic - The “city of a hundred spires” and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Prague is endowed with an incredible mix of Gothic,

Melk, Austria - A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s

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largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Vienna, Austria - You will see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Budapest, Hungary - Budapest is a culture lover’s dream. With an intriguing mix of Renaissance and modern architecture, along cobblestone streets and in sight of the River Danube, you’ll find elegant cafés, inspiring art galleries and a multitude of museums.

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Myanmar Cultural Journey 2017 AN UNPARALLELED CULTURAL JOURNEY Myanmar is a country where you truly step back in time to old world Asia. With the recent elections, Myanmar is emerging as a new tourist destination for travelers from around the globe and its old world charm is expected to change quickly with the influx of tourism. Join your fellow members and explore the country’s vibrant culture as you tour city and country on both land and water. We have created a completely customized itinerary for you to see the country’s breathtaking pagodas, visit local markets, and explore the waters of Inle Lake and the temples of Bagan.

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Yangon, translating to “end of strife,” was once the capital of Burma. Now home to just over 5 million people, Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar. It is here you will have a guided tour of a local monastery and participate in a traditional prayer and blessing ceremony. SHWEDAGON PAGODA

Consisting of hundreds of colorful temples, stupas and statues, the Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred Buddhist site for the people of Myanmar. Strands of Buddha’s hair, as well as other holy relics are all preserved here. SUNRISE OVER BAGAN TEMPLES

Avoid the crowded streets and take to the sky bright and early as you watch the breathtaking sunrise in a hot air balloon high above the

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Temples of Bagan. With more than 2,000 temples in the ancient city you’ll be astounded by all of its beauty.

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SANCTUARY ANANDA

Enjoy four nights sailing aboard Myanmar’s newest, most luxurious river cruise, the Sanctuary Ananda. Custom built by local craftsmen, the Sanctuary Ananda offers a modern, five-star experience that will have you cruising comfortably. Explore Sagaing Hill, Amarapura and U Bein Bridge before an evening of champagne and fine cuisine aboard the river cruise. INLE LAKE

You’ll have the rare opportunity to observe a traditional boat race put on by men from the villages surrounding your lodging at the Villa Inle. Experience a traditional cooking class with a local hospitality school NGO before enjoying an evening of leisure.

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New Year’s Caribbean Yacht 2017-2018 VOYAGE INTO A NEW YEAR: YACHTING THROUGH THE CARIBBEAN “It’s yachting, not cruising,” and with our partner SeaDream Yacht Club, Inspirato is excited to show you the difference. Aboard the mega-yacht SeaDream II, ring in 2018 in the company of your fellow Inspirato Members among the azure, crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Our handselected weeklong itinerary to member-favorite Caribbean destinations culminates in a lavish New Year’s Eve fête in Gustavia, St. Barts.

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ACTIVITIES

SeaDream II was designed as a prototype for the ultra-luxury yachting experience: teak decks, library, pool, boutique, fitness center, Thai-certified spa, inviting lounging areas and plenty of room to stroll or simply relax and watch the world go by with your favorite libation. With all the comforts of home and more, SeaDream II reflects a passion for style, quality and perfection. The yacht accommodates a maximum of just 112 passengers and 95 crew members, meaning you’ll experience the utmost in personal service. From 24-hour small-bite room service to a knowledgeable staff well-versed in island excursions, a five-star experience awaits. All you need to do is sit back and relax. Fresh, chef-selected meals, gratuities, cocktails, wine with lunch and dinner, in-room bottled water and much more are all included in your voyage fare.

Take a mountain bike ashore and explore tropical terrain. Paddleboard, kayak, water ski, tube, sail or snorkel through crystal-blue water. Practice your swing at sea on 30 different virtual courses in a golf simulator. Take a tai chi or yoga class then finish off your day with a movie under the stars. All of this and more is complimentary.

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ISLAND HOPPING

During your weeklong cruise, you’ll make stops at St. John, Anguilla and Tortola in the Virgin Islands before arriving at St. Barts for your New Year’s celebration.

will be served on bone china as you lounge on a white sandy beach. A toast to the crew and members alike, this is a celebration of the yachting experience in every deliciously decadent bite.

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SIGNATURE ACTIVITY

SeaDream’s exquisite Champagne and Caviar Splash exemplifies its mantra of “casual perfection.” On your last full day, champagne and caviar will be enjoyed in the surf, while a gourmet barbecue

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New Zealand Family Adventure 2017 FROM AUCKLAND TO QUEENSTOWN The adventure of a lifetime awaits you and your family a world away in the Southern Hemisphere. Divided among two main islands— North and South—and dozens of smaller isles, New Zealand is teeming with naturally thrilling activities, breathtaking beauty and immeasurable biodiversity unlike any other place on Earth. Experience it all with Inspirato’s hand-selected itinerary, custom-designed with adventure-seeking families in mind.

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In Queenstown, the “adventure capital of the world,” you’ll golf and dine thousands of feet above sea level. First, your family will take a private helicopter to the side of a mountain for the Inspirato Golf Challenge. Then, soar over Milford Sound, waterfalls thundering below, before landing on the summit of a mountaintop glacier for champagne and a picnic surrounded by jawdropping views. CANOE PADDLE

The indigenous Maori people were pioneers of canoe exploration in Polynesia. Partake in their rich history during your time in Auckland, where you will ride a voyaging canoe to a traditional welcoming ceremony and Hangi on sacred Rototi Island. As this isle is normally not accessible to non-indigenous visitors, you will

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be among few travelers to witness this engaging experience. ADVENTURES

Archery, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, luging, jet boating, live-action role playing and more are part of this experience.

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WINE COUNTRY

Sample prize-winning wines during lunch at a local winery on Waiheke Island. The country’s legendary sauvignon blanc is considered among the world’s best, but syrah, pinot noir and riesling are also not to be missed. SAY “BAA!”

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Private Yacht Experience AN EXCLUSIVE CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE Experience the ultimate luxury yacht as a private adventure. The trip includes all of the services and amenities you’ve come to expect from the club. Wake up to a hot breakfast prepared by the private onboard chef and enjoy your morning coffee on the back deck while planning the day with the boat captain. Swim in the warm Caribbean waters or stargaze from the comfort of your own private deck. You can indulge in all of the spoils of this 80-foot cruising yacht, including an incredible wet bar, Jacuzzi, Jet Ski and a tender for onshore parties. This charter is perfect for families with children of all ages and couples.

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HIGHLIGHTS YACHTING HEAVEN

From dramatic and remote shores to impossibly blue waters, the ocean is under your command aboard this slice of heaven. Discover the U.S. and British Virgin Islands on your own private yacht. With white sandy beaches, crystal water and emerald trees, the sleepy islands and cays that comprise the BVI each boast their own virtues to explore. Around every bend, you’ll find peaceful coves and sheltered harbors. THE IRRESISTIBLE

The 80-foot yacht was constructed in 2014 and features three staterooms and accommodations for six guests. Amenities include a full kitchen and onboard chef, air conditioning throughout, daily housekeeping service and a kayak, paddleboard and snorkeling and fishing gear, in addition to the Jet Ski and tender. Satellite TV is available in each room.

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Cell service is usually available when close to shore. An emergency satellite phone is available any time on a per minute charge. YOUR YACHT, YOUR CREW

Included in your private yacht experience are food and beverage, round-trip transportation from the airport to the marina, base gratuity, fuel, dockage and your very own crew. With departures from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, there’s no better way to see the islands than on a custom voyage like this. On the Irresistible, you can create any itinerary you want. Reserving the Irresistible means you’ll be enjoying your very own Inspirato crew for the duration of your stay on the yacht. The crew includes a captain, mate and cook. A yacht concierge can set up your itinerary, onshore activities and any special requests.

A DIFFERENT ANCHORAGE FOR EVERY DAY

Each day you can cruise to a new island, a new cove or head back to your favorite discovery of the week. Whether you spend seven days or two weeks on the Irresistible, the picturesque coves, beaches and sounds of the Virgin Islands won’t disappoint.

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Rome to Monte Carlo Cruise 2017 REVEL IN THE RIVIERA Our Sojourn from Rome to Monte Carlo cruise picks up where our 2016 cruise ended: the Eternal City, Rome. From here, we set sail to the stunning Amalfi Coast, then to the picturesque beauty of the Costa Smeralda, a popular tourist destination in northern Sardinia. Portofino has long been a popular destination for the rich and famous, as has the jewel of the French Riviera, Saint-Tropez. Finally, we conclude in beautiful Monte Carlo.

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The Silver Spirit, an elegant ship from Silversea, recently recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as the world’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line. Inspirato has chartered the entire ship for this annual voyage, meaning the only people on board will be fellow Inspirato Members and their guests. Our all-inclusive rate includes all meals, 24-hour suite service, open bars throughout the ship, onboard entertainment and gratuities for the ship’s crew. FEATURED PORTS OF CALL

Rome, Italy - Modern Rome has one foot in its 2,700-year-old past and one in the present, a fascinating stance that allows you to tip back an espresso while experiencing sights such as the Vatican City, the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.

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Amalfi Coast, Italy - Set in a verdant valley of the Lattari Mountains on the Bay of Salerno is Amalfi, a rare place, where photographs simply don’t do the sights justice. Explore the small streets and walk in the footsteps of history where the beauty of this ancient place comes alive.

Monte Carlo, Monaco - Head to the town’s great 1864 landmark Hôtel de Paris—still a veritable crossroads of the buffed and beautiful Euro-gentry—or enjoy a grand bouffe at its famous Louis XV restaurant, or attend the opera, or visit the ballrooms of the casino.

Portofino, Italy - One of the most photographed villages along the coast, with a decidedly romantic and affluent aura, Portofino has long been a popular destination for the rich and famous.

DATES JULY 26 - AUGUST 2, 2017 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S ROME TO MONTE CARLO CRUISE, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS

Saint-Tropez, France Embrace the scenic beauty of Provence during this half-day outing to the seaside village of Bormes-lesMimosas. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean coastal region of the south of France, this medieval ancient village offers a step back in time.

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THERE I WAS

OH PIONEERS! Inspirato Members head into a previously undiscovered passage on Cape Renard, Antarctica.

EXPLORERS CLUB We were four nights into our voyage on the National Geographic Orion, which we had taken across the Drake Passage from the tip of Argentina, and the grandeur of Antarctica was breathtaking. Between the Southern Ocean, the icebergs, the mountains, the sea life and the penguins, it truly was the most beautiful and otherworldly place I’ve ever seen. That night Sean Powell, our expedition leader, asked us if we wanted to take the ship’s Zodiac rafts through a hidden passage between Cape Renard and False Cape Renard that he’d only discovered when he was recently down in Antarctica on a previous expedition. As he pointed out, the gap doesn’t appear on maps, and as far as he knew, maybe INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SUMMER/FALL 2016

500 people on Earth had ever seen and experienced it. Even though it was 10 o’clock at night and lightly snowing, no one wanted to miss out on this opportunity. All 98 of us bundled up in our gear, loaded the Zodiacs and set off. The Antarctic night was still light (it was summer down there, remember), and we slowly motored through the pack ice to the passage, which, with its walls of snow and ice, felt like we were going to enter another dimension. As we traveled deeper into the cut, the geography reminded me of a miniature, snowbound version of the Grand Canyon— the passage was only as wide as a football field is long. After an hour of slow cruising, we came out on the other side and saw a small boat

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in the distance. At first we wondered what it was doing there. Then we realized that while we were inside the passage, the ship had come around the cape to meet us. The small boat was sent to warm us up with steaming cups of mulled wine. Later, back on board the National Geographic Orion, I saw the teenage son of one of our members sitting in the lounge with his head in his hands. I went over to ask him what was wrong. “I’m only 16-years-old,” he said. “I have the rest of my life to live, but how am I ever going to top this? ” With that I finally understood the power of Antarctica among the famous explorers of old and, for one night, us. — AS TOLD TO GRANT DAVIS

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HOLLY BRYAN, INSPIRATO’S Manager of Experiential Travel, joined more than 90 members on a voyage to Antarctica in January. But neither she nor the other members expected to venture to an unmapped place few humans had ever seen.

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