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DALMATIAN COAST Mild and Wild Islands in the Adriatic Sea TUSCANY Frances Mayes Shares Her Adopted Home THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY The Great American Road Trip BUENOS AIRES Time to Tango


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FEATURES

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BALI’S MOMENT

Ancient culture, wild jungles, authentic villages, and surfing on one island in the Indian Ocean. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN DEARTH

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THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP

ISLAND TIME

EATING UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

Picking favorites from the 1,000 islands off Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

Transform a trip on the Pacific’s coastal highway into a luxurious getaway.

BY ALEXANDER LOBRANO

BY GRANT DAVIS

Best-selling author Frances Mayes welcomes us to her life in Italy. BY MICHAEL SHAPIRO

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DEPARTMENTS 10 WELCOME LETTER

38 WELLNESS Relive summer camp

12 NEWS

in South Carolina’s

Inspirato Members

Lowcountry.

experience a cruise

44 FACES

from Venice to Rome, a golf tournament,

Member Suzanne

Macy’s Thanksgiving

Gazda works to

Day Parade, and more.

bring awareness to a disease in Uganda.

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INSIDER

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See what Inspirato

Experience tango

Members and guests

in Buenos Aires.

had to tweet and

52 FACES

Instagram about.

Member Matt Kuchar

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won the bronze

Inspirato’s Chief

medal in golf at the

Experience Officer on

2016 Olympics.

how a little planning can

55 STYLE & DESIGN

go a long way.

What’s IN: Spring’s most essential

INSPIRATION

accessories and looks.

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The best of Hawaii

RECOMMENDED

on one island.

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Finding the perfect

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beach in Nicaragua.

Prague has the highest

208 THERE I WAS

concentration of

Before a cruise on the

Cubist architecture

Adriatic, proposing at

on the continent.

the Roman Colosseum.

30 FOOD & DRINK

PORTFOLIO

The appetizer at a Road to Table dinner is a test

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drive of a new Cadillac.

COLLECTION

36 FACES

Peruse Inspirato’s

Meet Inspirato

luxurious residences

Members Gerald

in the world’s most

and Glynis Albright,

desirable locations,

together for 44 years

as well as exclusive

and always looking for

must-see events and

their next adventure.

vacations available to members in 2017 and 2018.

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Sitting in the shadows in Maui. DALMATIAN COAST Mild and Wild Islands in the Adriatic Sea TUSCANY Frances Mayes Shares Her Adopted Home

Photograph by Nathan Hindman

THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY The Great American Road Trip BUENOS AIRES Time to Tango

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WELCOME

WALK THIS WAY The pool at Copa Caneel in St. Croix.

THE INSPIRATO DIFFERENCE I LOVE WHEN I’M ASKED how Inspirato differs from other luxury hospitality companies. My reply? We are a club, not a company, and we foster relationships with members, not customers. As a rule, this means we know them well and can use that knowledge to create more meaningful travel experiences for them. An important part of our approach is to understand who they are and what’s important to them. In that spirit, we’ve chosen to highlight several member stories in this issue. It starts with a profile of member Suzanne Gazda, a neurologist who founded the nonprofit Hope for Humans. We’re proud to help her spread the word about the seriousness of nodding syndrome, and share how she is bringing medicine and care to children in Uganda with the disease. Next we talk with pro golfer and member Matt Kuchar, who won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero last summer and then helped Team U.S.A. win a Ryder Cup. We also connect with members Gerald Albright, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist, and his entrepreneur wife Glynis, who have been married for 44 years. INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017

You’ll find plenty of great reading within our regular departments this issue, as well. In Food + Drink, you’re invited to Miami for a meal prepared by Top Chef Season 13 winner Jeremy Ford, with a test drive in a new model Cadillac as the appetizer. In Adventure, we take you to Buenos Aires for a firsthand look at the tango, with tips on where to catch the best footwork—or take the best lessons, if you’re feeling bold. Our final feature meanders down one of America’s most iconic roads, the Pacific Coast Highway, stopping at Inspirato accommodations along the way to elevate a classic road trip to a luxurious getaway. If you’d like to elevate your own travels, and learn more about the difference between being a customer and being a member, let us know. We’ll walk you through the club application process to help determine if Inspirato is a good fit for you and your family. Enjoy the journey, BRENT HANDLER FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Brad Handler

Brian Corbett

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXPERIENCE OFFICER

Jeff Hartman EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Brian McCarthy SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BRAND MARKETING

PUBLISHERS Chris Johnson, Beau Lane EDITOR Dina Mishev 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, Bailey Bass-Davis, Clare Frey, Nathan Hindman, Joe Rahim, Melinda Scholz

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Georgia Alexia Benjou, Evan Benn, Clare Frey, Alexander Lobrano, Sorrel Moseley-Williams, Michael Shapiro CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Graciela Cattarossi, Jillian Clark, Compass + Twine, Peter Dawson, Ryan Dearth, Jiří Lízler, Bill Sallans, Julia Vandenoever

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Inspirato® is a private travel membership club that requires a non-refundable Initiation Fee and either an Annual Membership Fee or Monthly Membership Fee, as applicable. Membership is subject to acceptance of terms and conditions and other eligibility requirements. Availability, benefits, and nightly rates and taxes may vary by accommodation, date and membership option selected. See website (www.inspirato.com) for complete details. Inspirato is owned by Inspirato LLC and operated by its subsidiary Best of 52, LLC, 1637 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202, info@ inspirato.com, 303- 586-7771. Operator is registered as Florida Seller of Travel Registration No. ST38403; Washington Seller of Travel Registration No. UBI 603086598; California Seller of Travel Registration No. CST 2107465. ©2017 Inspirato LLC.

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VENICE-ROME CRUISE JULY 2016

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ilversea’s Silver Spirit was filled exclusively with Inspirato Members on this eight-day cruise stopping at coastal cities in three countries. Recently recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line, Silversea worked with Inspirato to create a custom curated itinerary based on member input. As members settled into their suites in Venice, the Silver Spirit set off for Dubrovnik, where historic tours, wine tasting excursions, and trips to family farms waited. After Dubrovnik, members sea kayaked in Kotor, Montenegro, took a Sicilian cooking class in Taormina, Italy, visited Pompeii, and relaxed—by the ship’s pool, at the Spa at Silversea, and on their private teak verandas.

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(Clockwise from top left) Michelangelo’s masterpiece A private viewing of the Sistine Chapel. The floating city Gondolas docked for the night. Sharing a laugh Kevin and Elva Hahn. Preserved in time Ancient statues at Pompeii. Under the Italian sun Holly Bryan, Inspirato’s Manager of Experiential Travel. Just another afternoon in Venice Beth and Drew Quartapella toast the start of the cruise. The underground Members touring the church in Taormina, Italy, where The Godfather was filmed. Night lights The Silver Spirit’s pool deck at night. Emerald water Sea kayaking in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Staircase to history Dubrovnik, Croatia’s Old Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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MEMBER SUMMIT

(Above) State of the club David Kallery, President of Inspirato. (Clockwise from left) Catching up Brian Corbett, Inspirato Founder and Chief Experience Officer, with Dr. Rachel Corbett and Joe Batal. Sharing his vision Inspirato Founder and CEO Brent Handler. Comparing notes Glynis Albright chats with fellow members Jen and Mike Drolet. Cover art Inspirato magazines at the summit entrance. DAM Members mingling inside the Denver Art Museum (DAM), which has a permanent collection of more than 70,000 pieces. It’s one of the largest art museums between Chicago and L.A.

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ecause Colorado is so close to Inspirato’s heart—we have dozens of accommodations here and it’s where we call home—it made sense to have our first ever Member Summit in the Mile High City. More than 200 members gathered at the Denver Art Museum for a sneak peek of upcoming offerings and the chance to ask questions of Founder and CEO Brent Handler, President David Kallery, and Founder and Chief Experience Officer Brian Corbett. When the agenda wrapped, there was live jazz music by Grammy Award Nominee and Inspirato Member Gerald Albright, small bites from renowned Denver restaurateurs and members Kevin and Denise Taylor, and tequila and wine tastings curated by members Brittany Russell and Aaron Steinke, owners of Estate Brands Distributing Company.

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ALL-STAR SOCCER CAMP

(Above) Future all-stars The entire soccer camp crew. (Clockwise from left) Role models Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm with two young players. Show, don’t tell Olympic and World Cup gold medalist Mia Hamm demonstrates a kick. The perfect souvenir A soccer ball autographed by Brandi and Mia. Fun and games During a break, clinic participants smile for the camera.

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t’s not every day that kids have the opportunity to kick balls with two Olympic medalists and World Cup champions. More than 100 members and their kids came to Inspirato’s private soccer clinic with Inspirato Member Mia Hamm and former teammate Brandi Chastain. The day started on the pitch, with demonstrations and then drills and activities for all levels. Just when everyone was getting tired, it was time to sit down for a Q&A with Mia and Brandi. Following questions, there were photo ops with the gold medalists before a raffle giveaway and autograph session. Because the young athletes had played so hard, everyone—parents included—enjoyed a catered lunch before the event ended.

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MEMBER NEWS

MEMBERGUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT

(Clockwise from top left) Teeing off A tournament participant takes a swing. The gathering Carts “pose” for a group photo before heading out. Brotherly bonding Inspirato Members Rich and Freddy Gaton. As pretty as a picture Perfect weather on tournament day. Not all competition William Gioia and wife Diana sit down to hors d’oeuvres and local wine.

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he Monarch Beach Resort hosted the first Inspirato West Coast Golf Tournament. The weekend getaway included a cocktail reception and wine tasting with complimentary coaching from on-site golf pros before the scramble format tournament started. Seventytwo teams of two competed on the par-70 championship course. After a day of hard play, winners were honored at an awards luncheon at the stunning property.

MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

You never know who you’ll see Paddington Bear makes an appearance. Family time Three generations of the Ritchie and Mestl families came together for the parade and brunch. Take it home Balloon artists were on hand to make souvenirs. Bring out the bubbly! Bubbly drinks for kids of all ages and fresh fruit juice. Talking turkey Members had some of the best seats along the route. 2016 was the 90th annual parade and included 26 floats.

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nspirato Members were eye-level with the action at the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 120 members enjoyed brunch at 1 Hotel Central Park, in the middle of the 2.5-mile parade route and with a wall of windows looking out onto 6th Avenue. There was no better vantage point for the 3-hour show. This year included 43 giant balloons, 26 floats, 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers, more than 1,000 clowns, and 16 marching bands and performance groups. The brunch menu was almost as diverse—it included made-to-order omelettes and seasonal pumpkin pancakes with apple cider compote.

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OYSTER SHUCKING

(Clockwise from top left) Our kind of class Members enjoyed fresh ceviche before the class started. The end result Freshly shucked oysters with lemon. How it’s done Professional chefs taught members how to expertly shuck oysters. Date night Dustin Clewell and husband Ronniel Valdez. The main course Flash cooking fresh mussels to make paella. .

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hefs at Seattle’s Salty’s at Alki Beach shared the ins and outs of oyster shucking with 115 Inspirato Members in a private class. The chefs, all with years of experience shucking the tasty mollusk, led an interactive demonstration. During the training, members were able to taste the fruits of their labors, accompanied by beer, wine, or champagne. Members enjoyed a friendly competition in an effort to claim the title “best shucker.” To help members keep up their oysterhandling skills at home, everyone left with their own shucking knife.

FASHION SHOW

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Ladies’ night out Julie Polito and daughter Tia enjoyed the evening of fashion. Summer stunner Model Kayleigh Channing shows off a summer gown. Strike a pose A model in chic resort wear at the end of the runway.

DENVER MARCH 2016

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nspirato teamed with iconic department store Neiman Marcus for its first fashion show. The show, which was held at the Cherry Creek store, featured a curated selection of the best looks from spring and summer 2016 collections for women. Pieces ranged from resort casual to summer bridal. If members loved something, they didn’t need to worry about finding it later; at the end of the show, they could buy items worn on the runway while sipping cocktails and enjoying music by popular local DJ Amber.

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INSPIRATO INSIDER

Wherever you go with Inspirato, we invite you to share highlights with your Inspirato family.

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.

INSTAGRAM @INSPIRATO

@cupcakekristie KAPALUA, HAWAII leave a message @ the beep

@georgia_dickinson PUNTA DE MITA, MEXICO Thanks for an unforgettable trip.

VACATIONS ON THE GO The Inspirato iOS app for iPhone and iPad features userfriendly destination searches and vacation-planning tools. To download the app, visit inspirato.com/mobileapp. For more Inspirato inspiration, head to details.inspirato.com, home to Inspirato Members’ travel highlights and stories. facebook.com/inspirato

@karalinealexandra SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA Inspirato pulls through again.

@KristinCavallari LOS CABOS, MEXICO What a perfect trip... thank you Inspirato. Until next time, Cabo.

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@lauraspalette COSTA RICA Loving the beautiful people and sights of Costa Rica thank you @lelandjgordon and  @inspirato for an unbeatable vacation!

@taftnation PUNTA DE MITA, MEXICO Feelin’ bueno about this little slice of paradise I was lucky enough to enjoy this past week

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@ChrisAnthonyski MEXICO I had a great time visiting an @inspirato property in #Mexico and enjoying fun activities like Mt Biking through the rain forest

@DeAngeloHall23 WASHINGTON, DC Had a great time last week with my @inspirato family. Nothing but fun!

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@ScottYoungDDS JACKSON HOLE, WY Another great @inspirato trip to Jackson Hole this week. Thanks for making it a memorable one!

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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.

CORBETT’S TIPS FOR YOUR BEST VACATION DATES Holidays are easy to plan for; the kids are out of school, and many of your work colleagues are on vacation as well. Lifetime milestones such as 40th or 50th birthdays, wedding anniversaries, or family reunions are another. You and everyone else in your world know they’re coming and when. INVITE YOUR GUESTS Send a notice out to everyone you want to invite informing them of your plans along with a few destinations that you’re considering. Direct them to Inspirato.com to see how accessible your choices are from wherever they’d be flying in from. It should be a group decision on what destination is chosen.

FROM WORKING FOR INSPIRATO and from speaking to our members, there’s one lesson that keeps coming back to me: A little planning goes a long way toward a richer life. By this I mean that putting a date on a calendar six months to a year from now to take a vacation and committing to it allows you the luxury of time to make sure you get the vacation of your dreams. That’s because it also allows our team at Inspirato to ensure your experience exceeds your expectations. I see this borne out in my own life, despite the assumption—one I’m sure you share—that there’s no way I can plan my schedule six days in advance, much less six months out. But here’s the thing: I do already. Work milestones, school calendars, and annual holidays are known a year in advance, and I stick to them. And so do you, right? Understanding this has allowed me to commit to living a rich life with my family and friends through scheduled vacations, planned out several months, even a year, in advance. I’ve found that doing this cements existing family traditions and opportunities to build new ones. For example, three years ago, I hosted my 40th birthday party over a long weekend in Mexico. It was a couples-only trip that proved so satisfying that I’ve hosted the same getaway every year since. INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017

I’ve found through these trips that a significant part of what makes them so satisfying is the anticipation. In fact, I’ve read that we get as much, if not more, satisfaction from anticipating vacations than we do the actual time away. When we plan in advance, I have months to dream, to wonder what we’ll do, where we’ll go, and where we’ll eat. My family does the same. My kids will research the destination on their own and build their own excitement and dreams about it. And we talk about the trip for months. In a way, the vacation has already started; the idea of our trip is already bringing us together as a family. And that gets to the heart of why I love to travel, and I imagine it’s why you do as well. Pick a date now and commit. You won’t regret it.

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START PLANNING Notify your guests right after you book your vacation that you’ll coordinate with your team at Inspirato to plan an itinerary that everyone will remember. We’ve had years of experience putting together dream vacations for small-to-large groups in our various destinations, and often, we create memorable experiences that you might have never considered. DREAM ON Once everything’s set, all that’s left to do is start dreaming about your trip, discussing the itinerary with your family and friends, and enjoying the anticipation.

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abundant. At the base of the West Maui Mountains, Kapalua offers world-class golf, sailing, dining, and lavish amenities. Forty miles south is Wailea and its 1,500 acres of beaches and extravagant resorts; 10 minutes south is Makena Cove, or “Secret Beach.” The quaint former whaling village of Lahaina has the best shave ice you’ll ever have. Near the bleached sand of Pā‘ia, there are gorgeous hiking trails along the coast. The 52-mile Hana Highway is one of the world’s most beautiful drives. Stretching along the island’s eastern coastline between Kahului and Hana, the road winds around some 600 curves and crosses 59 bridges. As you drive, to one side is the Pacific Ocean; to the other—waterfalls, taro patches, bamboo forests, and natural pools. Wherever you are on the island, there is no doubt the Hawaiian word ainalani was born here. It means “heavenly land.” —CLARE FREY

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ative Hawaiians have been leaning over beach bonfires for centuries to share the lore of Maui, the demigod who raised the eight Hawaiian Islands from the cool depths of the Pacific Ocean. Islands created, Maui next used his brawn to lasso the sun, positioning it to beam upon the top of the highest peak, the 10,023-foot-tall dormant volcano Haleakalā, on the island eventually named after him. Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands—a little more than 700 square miles— and nicknamed the “Valley Isle.” It has emerald valleys, winding roads, and dazzling crescent beaches in shades of white, black, and red. Between the lava caves at Haleakalā National Park and snorkeling the cove south of Black Rock, the opportunities to encounter the best of Hawaii are

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CULTURE | P R A G U E , C Z E C H R E P U B L I C

BE SQUARE Prague's architectural wonderland includes one of the highest concentrations of Cubist buildings on the continent. BY ALEXANDER LOBRANO

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s I first discovered in the peachy dusk of a winter’s evening in 1989 when the air in Prague still had the curious, candied smell of coal smoke, the Czech capital is one of the most spectacular living libraries of Western architecture. (It was spared much of the bombing that other Central European cities suffered during World War II.) Prague’s historic center—Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly between the 11th and 18th centuries—is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but throughout the entire city there is a remarkably varied array of architecture: Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux Arts, Cubist, and Art Deco. Walk through Prague and you walk through the history of Western architecture. We stayed at the famous Hotel Europa, a now-closed Art Nouveau masterpiece on Wenceslas Square. Upon arrival—we got in late— we were sternly warned that the city’s few restaurants rarely served much beyond 10 p.m. Hungry, we immediately set out to find dinner, but, wandering cobblestone streets spread with fine, crunchy grit against the slippery frost, buildings sprung into real life from fantasies and fairytales repeatedly waylaid us. Obecni Dum (Municipal Hall) had a magnificent porte-cochere made of glass and verdigrised metal ornamented with fantastic lamps, lanterns, and brass. It was a joyously strange flight of architectural imagination, the likes of which I had rarely before seen in Europe. The only similar examples I could think of were several houses in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi and his Sagrada Familia cathedral in the same city. Peering into one smoky tavern after another, we had a hard time finding a restaurant that looked appetizing (happily, today there’s a lot of superb food in Prague). It almost didn’t matter though, because the architectural mystery and magnificence of the city fed our souls. For a time. We finally ended up with a plate of mysterious mud-brown stew and spongy bread dumplings. For dessert we went back to the city’s architecture. We wandered

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home without looking at the map, but generally headed in the direction of Old Town Square. On Celetná street, brightly lit shop windows displayed glittering Bohemian crystal, one of the Czech Republic’s most famous products. And then I saw the oddest building I’d ever seen. Terra-cotta colored, it was hulking but strangely elegant, with curiously beveled windows set into deep casements in its blocky but handsome façade. In 1989, there was no posted explanation of what this building might be. Back at the hotel I looked it up in my guidebook—no TripAdvisor or smartphones back then either: House of the Black Madonna. We had noticed a gilded black Madonna in a niche behind a golden grill at one corner of the building at the level of its first floor. I never would have guessed the building had once been a department store, nor that it was the Czech Republic’s first Cubist building. I knew the movement of Cubist painters, notably Picasso and Braque, who worked in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, but was unaware that Cubism had ever had an architectural expression. Enthralled, I became a student of Czech Cubist architecture; it was so compellingly eccentric. Who were the people with the nerve to build these peculiar designs in one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals? On that first visit to Prague, the dearth of information in English about the city’s other Cubist buildings—House of the Black Madonna was not alone—left me wanting more. When I returned a year later, fate intervened; I met a professor, an English-speaking Czech I fell hard for and who shared my fascination with this architectural style. One element of the regular every-other-weekend visits I came to make was the special treat of being taken to see yet another of the city’s great Cubist masterpieces. I began to learn the names and stories of the men behind these buildings: Pavel Janák, Josef Gočár (the architect of the House of the Black Madonna), Vlastislav Hofman, and Josef Chochol were the most prolific and known.

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CULTURE | P R A G U E , C Z E C H R E P U B L I C

STANDING OUT In the city's Old Town, the House of the Black Madonna was designed as a department store in the early 20th century. Today it is the Czech Museum of Cubism. INSPIRATO.COM

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EYE-CATCHING (Right) Palác Adria is one of the city's most architecturally interesting buildings, with elements of Italian Renaissance and Rondocubism. (Above) The world's only known Cubist street lantern.

IN ALL OF ITS different forms of expression, including architecture, painting, sculpture, and interior design and the decorative arts, Czech Cubism flourished in Prague from 1912 to 1914, when the region was still part of the huge Austro-Hungarian Empire. These years were a prolific time for various avant-garde cultural movements. Prague's most famous son, writer Franz Kafka, was already penning the short fiction that would make him worldrenowned and the city was the world’s best-known center of Cubism outside of Paris; some might argue it even surpassed the French capital. Encouraged by advances in building technology, specifically the use of reinforced concrete, Prague’s Cubist architects designed buildings that challenged the conventions of visual reality and tradition the same way Cubist painters did. Prague’s Cubist buildings had sharp angles, slicing planes, and forms reminiscent of the inside of a crystal. There were often also large spaces unobstructed by supporting columns or pillars, made possible entirely by reinforced concrete, molded cement invisibly strengthened by steel rods and bars. Such open spaces were revolutionary at the time. Cubist architects’ aim in disrupting the golden rules of their craft, specifically symmetry and

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the “appropriate” use of ornamentation, was the shared belief that most objects carry their own inner energy. The only way to release this energy was to break the flat vertical and horizontal surfaces of conventional architecture. The predominant visual feature of Czech Cubism—recurring use of beveled architectural elements—give forms an aggressive angularity that’s mathematically correct but sometimes slightly off center. Prague’s Cubist movement was also a reaction against what its practitioners considered to be the florid excesses of Secessionist architecture, or Art Nouveau. IN 1918, following World War I, the dismantling of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the founding of Czechoslovakia, the graphic, angled character of the Prague school of Cubism evolved. This second wave of this evolution, which had its heyday from 1918 until it was sidelined by

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Functionalism and Art Deco, became known as Czech Rondocubism. This style obeyed the basic tenet of Czech Cubism, which is to make buildings pre-dimensional and added more decorative and ornamental motifs and rounded façades. This style was inspired by traditional Czech folk art and reflected the euphoria of the country at gaining its independence. (For nearly two centuries, German had replaced Czech as the main language spoken.) Though Czech Cubist architecture never found a big following outside of the country— it was too visually extreme to move from a studiously provocative experiment into the mainstream—both Cubist and Rondocubist buildings were an important source of inspiration during the birth of Art Deco in the 1920s. And they’re still an inspiration for me. The professor and I split up, but my relationship with Prague and this quintessentially Czech style of architecture endures.

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IT'S IN THE DETAILS (Clockwise from top) Architect Emil Karlicek’s Diamant House is an expression of pure Cubism; A Cubist apartment building on Elisky Krasnohorske; Close-up of the entrance of the House of the Black Madonna, the city's first Cubist building; The rounded window details of Palac Adria are characteristic of Rondocubism.

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The House of the Black Madonna was the first Cubist building in Prague and remains one of the finest examples of the style. Built from 1911 to 1912 by architect Josef Gočár, it was originally designed as a department store and today houses the Museum of Czech Cubism. The museum's fourth and fifth floors are dedicated to a permanent exhibition of Cubist art—paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, and furniture— curated by the Czech Museum of Fine Arts. On the first floor, the Grand Café Orient is the world’s only surviving Cubist interior. Emil Kralicek designed the world's only Cubist street lantern. It's in Jungmann Square at the side entrance of the 15thcentury Gothic/Baroque Church of Our Lady of the Snows. Palác Adria is wonderfully weird, marrying elements of Rondocubism with fortress-like towers. Architect Josef Zasche designed the opulent building for an Italian insurance company in 1924. Emil Karlicek’s Diamant House offers a pure and potent expression of early Cubism, with a huge doorway, surprising rooftop sculptures, and a diamond-cut façade. Architect Otakar Novotny designed the dramatic apartment houses at Elisky Krasnohorske 10-14.

The quiet, residential Vysehrad District is home to many Cubist buildings by Josef Chochol including the Kovarovicova Villa (Libusina 49) and a trio of Cubist buildings part of a longer row (42, 47, and 71 Rasinovo nabrezi). His apartment building at Neklanova 98 is charming for being such a dramatic architectural mistaken-guess at how the "modern" world would look in the coming years. In the Hradčany District around Prague Castle, which itself dates from the 9th century and includes Gothic and Romanesque buildings, Josef Gočár’s twin houses at Tychonova 4-6 are classic Cubist. The National Gallery (Veletržní Palace), is itself a Functionalist building, but has a permanent exhibition devoted to Cubist art and architecture. The Dancing House was built in 1996, but it’s proof that the work of Prague’s Cubist architects still resonates today. CanadianAmerican architect Frank Gehry worked with Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić on the design. The result is brilliantly twisted—literally and figuratively—and it’s the most famous modern building in the city. It’s also a witty post-modern riff on the work of the city's original Cubists that they surely would appreciate. 

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DINING WITH A VIEW Spend a day touring the city's castle and cathedral, then enjoy cocktails on the terrace overlooking the city at the Golden Well. Enjoy one of the city's most delicious brunches in Prague at the Four Seasons. The dining room overlooks the picturesque Charles Bridge. SERIOUS ABOUT BEER Visit the Staropramen Brewery to see how Czech beer is made. Then join

the locals in drinking it and many other beloved Czech brews at the Golden Tiger in Old Town Prague. COLD WAR HISTORY Visit Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe, which were instrumental in peacefully resolving the Cold War. A WALK WORTH TAKING When spring is in full bloom, a stroll through the formal gardens of Petrin Park is a must.

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ROAD TO TABLE

At these celebrity chef dinners, it’s not just about the food—the first course is test driving a Cadillac. BY EVAN BENN PHOTOGRAPHY BY GRACIELA CATTAROSSI

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Like most fans of Top Chef, I watched Season 13 winner Jeremy Ford cook on television long before I ate his food. Episode after episode, the Florida-born, California-trained chef wowed judges Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons with his artfully composed plates and charmed them with his laidback attitude (in Ford’s world, everyone is his “bro”). The show’s judges were especially taken with the four-course, cookanything-you-want meal in the finale that secured Ford victory over Amar Santana, an Orange County chef and Charlie Palmer protégé. I remember watching Simmons coo at the Mediterranean sea bass that Ford—who proved to have a particular prowess for fish cookery—roasted and served under a bright green, herb lime sauce with fresh tomatoes. And I wanted to have it.

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DINNER AND A DRIVE (This page) A 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover, which guests took for a test drive before dinner. (Opposite page) Chef Jeremy Ford’s roasted Florida mushroom salad.

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FULL SERVICE (Clockwise from top left) A Road to Table Cadillac; Chef Jeremy Ford, winner of Top Chef’s 13th season; Chef Ford preparing a salad of mushrooms.

Lucky for me, the most popular dish at Matador Room at the Miami Beach EDITION, where Ford is executive chef, is reminiscent of his winning bass entree. And it was on the menu for a four-course, anything-goes dinner that Ford cooked at Matador Room last fall as part of Cadillac’s cross-country Road to Table series. Ford says his crispy-skin Florida red snapper with a chile-lime-garlic sauce is not only a guest favorite—it’s his, too. “I probably eat that dish three times a week,” Ford says. “It has everything I enjoy when it comes to a composed fish dish: crunch, spice, and—my favorite—lime zest.” Ford’s cooking at the Road to Table event in Miami—the series also traveled last year to restaurants in New York, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles—made me a believer in this 31-year-old disciple of celebrated French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. (Matador Room is a Vongerichten restaurant, and Ford edged out 30 competitors for the executive chef job when the space opened in 2015.) Ford’s food stands out not because of an abundance of salt or butter—although his dishes all are perfectly seasoned and sauced—but for his skillful balance of contrasting elements. Every plate he puts out has something soft and something crunchy, something hot and something cold, something sweet and something spicy, something fatty and something acidic. Ford also likes to dabble in the unexpected. His first course at the Road to Table dinner paired wild Florida shrimp in a fiery “agua diablo” sauce with pieces of banana. Banana! The sweet kiss of the soft fruit cooled down the spicy sauce, and cracked almonds threw a textural curveball to the meaty pink shrimp. It worked, and it turned skeptics into smilers. A tablemate commented that

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the combination of shrimp and banana was something he’d “never order in a million years,” yet he found himself devouring every bite. That was music to Ford’s ears. “As a chef, it’s always a huge compliment to hear that someone went outside of their comfort zone and enjoyed the adventure,” he says, adding that his Top Chef experience helped encourage him to push the envelope in terms of diners’ expectations. “There is definitely something to be said about cooking ‘safe’ dishes. But there truly is nothing better than seeing the look on someone’s face who was completely surprised by a combination. There are so many unique textures and flavors that can be on a plate to complement one another.” Ford says he picked four of his favorite dishes to serve at four dinners over the course of two nights at Matador Room for the Road to Table series. This was Cadillac’s fourth year hosting the events at restaurants across the country. Last summer’s dinners began in New York at Mario Batali’s La Sirena. It featured a guest appearance by Gwyneth Paltrow, whose lifestyle brand, goop, is a co-sponsor. For his Miami meals, Ford says he wanted to showcase as many local ingredients as possible. Besides Florida snapper and shrimp, he also roasted local mushrooms, plating them in a salad with an earthy pine nut mustard, a tangle of chicory, and a fresh tarragon dressing. “Being chosen as the fourth destination [on the 2016 Road to Table tour] was an honor,” says Ford. “I wanted to highlight some of South Florida’s most prized ingredients. Our Key West pink shrimp are some of the only shrimp you can get fresh, not frozen, in the Southeast.” Ford, who was born in Jacksonville, relies on local purveyors

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like Swank Farms, located about 80 miles north of Miami in Loxahatchee, and Triar Seafood, based near Fort Lauderdale. “I am definitely one of those loyal chefs who only buy certain things from certain farmers,” Ford says. “When Swank Farms’ tomatoes are in season, I only buy those for our restaurant. They are absolutely delicious—sweet morsels from heaven. Triar Seafood and I have been working together for nearly a decade. They stay true to the old-school style of fishery, line-caught only, and the result is a beautiful product that surpasses everybody else with its quality.” Before tasting Ford’s food, Miami Road to Table guests arrived at the chic W South Beach, where the aromas of lemon verbena and beach air send an immediate dose of euphoria through your veins. Cadillac representatives in khaki pants, light-blue Oxford shirts, and navy-blue blazers greeted us with mocktails and light bites to start the evening. (Alcoholic beverages were waiting once we finished taking the all-new 2017 XT5 crossovers for a test spin.) After sips of cucumberand thyme-infused lemonade and bites of caviar-topped tater tots, we made our way to a fleet of XT5s idling in front of the hotel under a dusky Florida sunset. The Cadillac reps let us take our pick from among the vehicles—a glistening silver one called out to me—and, after a very brief interview (“You’ve driven a car before, I assume?” my tutorial began. “Then you should be good.”), we were on our way. The sturdy, midsize SUV hardly had any miles on it and emanated that unmistakable new-car smell. I fantasized about cranking classic rock on the stereo, revving the engine, and letting it roar down Interstate 95. In

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reality, I tuned the satellite radio to NPR, eased into drive, and got into formation with the rest of the 10-car convoy. We never topped 15 mph as we cruised along a few miles of South Beach, following a black Escalade on a route that snaked past the Miami Beach Golf Course, paralleled Lincoln Road, and continued onto the touristy main drag, A1A. Glasses of chilly chardonnay and a jammy Grenache were waiting upon our arrival at EDITION, and the wine continued to flow generously throughout the night. The bracing acidity of the chardonnay proved to be the best match for Ford’s shrimp, salad, and snapper dishes, accentuating their bright flavors without overpowering anything. A server wisely suggested trying the Grenache with Ford’s finale: a deconstructed strawberry sundae featuring the berry in 12 different variations, including a sweet jam, dehydrated slivers (every Ford plate has a crunchy bite on it), and several sorbets. The wine’s redberry notes played well with the dessert, coaxing out all of the strawberry flavors of each element in the dish. Even the difference in temperatures—the 60-degree wine and the icy sorbet—fit into Ford’s repertoire of complementary contrasts. Ford and other chefs who cooked for the Road to Table experiences say they want to give diners a taste of their personal cooking styles. In Dallas, the Road to Table stop prior to Miami, chef Matt McCallister, a James Beard Award semifinalist and 2014 Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef, emailed guests recipes of the dishes they ate at his restaurant FT33: escarole salad, roast chicken, beet tartare, and chai-poached cherries. He says the idea was to inspire and empower amateur cooks to experiment at home.

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LUXE AND LOCAL (Above left) Matador’s dining room set up for the Road to Table dinner. (Above right) All Road to Table dinners feature menus by celebrity chefs highlighting local ingredients.

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“The recipes I provided are geared for home cooks,” McCallister says. “They either have components removed, or they are simplified versions of what we would normally do, or both. Most of the food we make at FT33 is pretty technical. The recipes I gave out are a good baseline and relate to what I would cook at home.” In true chef fashion, McCallister had to improvise on at least one of the courses he cooked for the Dallas Road to Table crowd. He roasted Chioggia beets and diced them into fine cubes to resemble beef tartare. To finish the dish, “I made it up that day based on what I had in our pantry,” he says. He reached for brined coriander seeds, lime juice, and tons of fresh herbs: chives, parsley, and mint. “The coriander berries are very floral and herbaceous, so they balanced well with the herbs and citrus.” In Miami, Ford’s guests went home with more immediate gratification: bacon-covered doughnuts from The Salty Donut in Miami’s trendy Wynwood neighborhood. While I certainly didn’t leave dinner feeling hungry, there was no way that doughnut was making it back to my home untouched. My Uber driver declined my polite offer of a bite, leaving me to that sweet orb glazed with porter from local craft brewery J. Wakefield and topped with pieces of smoky bacon. It’s Salty Donut’s best-seller, and for good reason: The saltysweet combination of sugar, salt, and fat is undeniably addictive—and delicious. A doughnut with bacon seemed like an appropriate end to a meal that began with shrimp and banana. For Ford, cooking is all about the unexpected, about finding novel ways to surprise people with food. In the year since his Top Chef victory, Ford says he’s been fortunate to explore new cities, seeking out new techniques, ingredients, and

flavors, and bringing them back to the Matador Room. “Life has dramatically changed, that’s for sure,” he says before departing to Israel for a cooking event. “I am getting opportunities to travel the world and experience a completely different side of cooking. It’s an absolute dream come true.”

READY AND WAITING Cadillacs at the entrance to the EDITION Hotel.

Evan Benn is editor in chief of INDULGE, the Miami Herald’s luxury lifestyle magazine.

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SOUTH BEACH TOURS Get the lay of the land with a Big Bus Tours excursion through South Beach’s entertainment district and the vibrant communities of Little Havana and Coconut Grove. Or rent a Citi Bike and cruise along the beachside. AFTER HOURS Right now, one of the city’s hot spots is FDR, located next door to the SLS Hotel at the Delano. Its subterranean space features top DJs spinning all genres of music, from up-and-coming artists to club staples. It’s a chance to enjoy top talent in an intimate venue.

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R&R To help recover from the previous night, check into The Standard Spa and take your pick of water treatments. It features a Turkishstyle hammam, aroma steam room, Roman waterfall hot tub, Finnish sauna, artic plunge, mud lounge, and saltwater infinity pool to relax in. LET’S EAT! The hottest restaurant in the city, Cleo in the Redbury Hotel, is where award-winning chef Danny Elmaleh adapts his original Mediterranean cuisine to local South Florida ingredients.

March 4-5, 2017 CARNAVAL MIAMI Little Havana hosts the largest Hispanic music and cultural festival of the year. March 21-26, 2017 WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE DJs, recording artists, and thousands of fans of electronic dance music take over the city. Early April 2017 MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP See a rare sight: polo, the sport of kings, played on the sands of South Beach.

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FA C E S | D E N V E R , C O L O R A D O THE RIGHT MOVE Inspirato Members Gerald and Glynis Albright relocated from California to Colorado and were able to recharge themselves creatively.

what I needed creatively. We settled outside of Denver. I’m here amongst the trees and nature— it’s enhanced my songwriting. Every project I’ve worked on since moving here has been nominated for a Grammy. This year [2016] I decided to build my own record company, and the latest CD I worked on is my 18th, but the first for my label. Right now it’s No. 1 on the Billboard charts. It’s the first time in my career that I’m manager of myself. GLYNIS: Moving here, where we didn’t know anyone, put us out of our comfort zone. It put us in the position of having to sit still, listen to our inner voices, and pay closer attention to our faith and where it led us. There’s a comfort in that. Now I pinch myself; everything we have created here has turned to gold—from Gerald’s music to my gourmet dessert line to the non-profit that I founded.

GERALD & GLYNIS ALBRIGHT When Grammy-Award-nominated jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright and his wife Glynis, an entrepreneur, moved from Southern California to the exurbs south of Denver more than a decade ago, it raised some eyebrows among their friends and industry colleagues. But it turns out the move led to the best years of their lives, professionally and personally. We reached them by phone last fall to find out how it happened and what’s next. —THE EDITORS

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You’ve been together for more than 44 years. What’s your secret? GERALD: We met in junior high school in South Central Los Angeles, and we’ve been together ever since. We were both blessed with great parents who were together all their lives and were great mentors. Glynis has seen the evolution of my career, there’s no one who knows me better. Our relationship shows up in my songwriting. Every CD I’ve released covers a specific chapter in our lives. GLYNIS: Communication is the key. No matter what, you have to keep on talking to one another. We pull one another’s coattails when either of us feels that the other has slacked or could have handled something differently, and we do periodic “tuneups” with each other to make sure neither of us have a need that isn’t being met. How has the move to Colorado influenced your respective careers? GERALD: I’d OD’d on California. It no longer fed me

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THE ALBRIGHTS ON INSPIRATO GLYNIS: We use travel to bring the family together two weeks a year. Our children are older now (26, 34). Staying in a big house together through Inspirato has been a revelation. We checked into one house in Scottsdale and noticed that Gerald’s music was playing on the stereo. The kitchen was stocked when we arrived, freeing up our day to cook together like we used to. So many of our vacations in the past were tacked on to either performances by Gerald or cooking classes hosted by our family. Now we get to go on vacation and truly do nothing.

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What’s next for you two? GERALD: I’m still touring. That’s the good part of being a musician: There’s no such thing as retirement in music. And especially with jazz, the creativity and evolution of the music never stops. So I won’t either. GLYNIS: These days, my focus is my non-profit M.A.N.E. (Making Advancements toward Nutritional Empowerment). Our mission is to help those who’ve suffered the loss of their hair due to various health challenges and medications to get their confidence and self-esteem back. But it’s not only hair; it’s a person’s teeth, skin, nails, and weight. My goal is to help as many people as possible by offering to assist with care for all these concerns because, unfortunately, these are the five outward characteristics that we are all judged by. And suffering the loss of one or all of them can affect a person psychologically.

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SOUTHERN CAMP

Palmetto Bluff lets you graciously relive the best parts of summer camp—with or without the kids.

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fell hard for Savannah, Georgia. Each cobblestone street—their century-old pattern of red bricks no longer so flat now—is more enchanting than the last. Because Savannah’s is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the country, there are nearly endless opportunities to be enchanted, whether by streets lined with crenellated, well-kept homes, or public squares, including a couple made famous in movies (Chippewa Square is the one in Forrest Gump). Over these manmade charms stretch thick, impossibly gnarled branches of live oaks fuzzy with resurrection ferns and draped in Spanish moss. Only rarely have I felt such a solid sense of place. There’s only one problem: Savannah isn’t the purpose of my trip. I’m in the city only for two days. It’s just the jumping-off point for a visit to Palmetto Bluff, among the southernmost areas in South Carolina’s famous Lowcountry.

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CASUAL CHARM “Downtown” Wilson is Palmetto Bluff ’s heart and has bocce courts, a chapel, and Buffalo’s restaurant, where the breakfast menu includes a biscuit bar.

I’ve never before been to Lowcountry so I have no idea what to expect, although I leave Savannah sure there is no way it can compare. Because of this prejudgment, just before I leave the city (and right after I discover Savannah College of Art and Design’s ShopSCAD gallery, full of both cute and cutting-edge art and design), I come up with a plan for my four days in Palmetto Bluff: I’ll drive back to Savannah each morning and spend the day exploring the city more deeply (and eating full meals at restaurants I visited on a short food tour). But I drop that plan an hour after my arrival at Palmetto Bluff. As hard as I fell for Savannah, I fall harder here. Savannah has a palpable sense of place, but the Lowcountry and Palmetto Bluff have magic. Not once in my entire stay do I get in my car. I barely remember there’s a world outside of Palmetto Bluff. I had expected Palmetto Bluff to be beautiful, but, well, perhaps boring. It is a 20,000-acre planned community, after all, even if its planning is absolutely perfect. But here everyone rides beach cruisers everywhere—to play croquet or bocce or to the equestrian center or yoga. Men in sport coats and pressed chinos and women in casual skirts and ballet flats bike to dinner. Hammocks hang beneath wizened live oaks, some older than the United States. There are adult-sized tree houses. At night, twinkling, white lights illuminate the east side of Village Square, the heart of Palmetto Bluff’s main village, Wilson. One evening biking home from dinner, I pass an older couple dancing under these lights to music only they can hear. Every evening from 7 to 9, s’mores are served around a giant outdoor fire pit a few paces from the May River. This is summer camp, graciously done for adults (although kids are welcome and there are art activities and sports for them).

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THERE IS NO LANDSCAPE like the Lowcountry’s. Stretching roughly from Charleston more than 100 miles south to the Savannah River, it is a wild labyrinth of rivers, islands, maritime forests, wetlands, savannas, and marshes. A bald eagle, heron, or ibis might circle overhead while a gopher turtle, or, yes, an alligator, swims below. There are orchids, cypress, sycamore, magnolia, and flowering dogwood. Here “porching” is a verb and a perfectly respectable way to spend an afternoon, provided it’s done while sipping sweet tea or some other refreshing libation. The area’s magic isn’t in these facts, but in how the Lowcountry inspires me to appreciate these things. I spend several happy afternoons porching, which my type-A personality could never enjoy in real life. In Palmetto Bluff I porch on the screened-in veranda overlooking a lagoon off the back of a traditional clapboard cottage. I read, write in my journal, and one afternoon, just sit and feel my skin gratefully soak up the humidity. Always I listen to a soundtrack of a cricket chorus. I can porch because from the time I arrive at camp, er, Palmetto Bluff, until I leave, I feel I’m on hallowed ground, where I am protected and safe and where nothing bad can happen to me. I relax more deeply than I ever have in my adult life. I sleep better than I have in years. My brain slows down. Not that this was part of my plan, but every day I go all day without checking my phone or email. For whatever reason, it feels like the right thing to do. Life doesn’t go away, but since the worries of it do, I porch. I also go on a couple of sunrise runs. Some along paved trails; others on paths made of crushed oyster shells or packed sand. I pass forested nature preserves and ponds. Running home the

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first morning, I meet a family of deer, resting just off the trail in thick beds of fallen sycamore leaves. Running my last morning, I spot a moving alligator in the middle of the lagoon. To get better photos of it I walk past a “Do not feed the alligators” sign and to the end of a pier. During the five minutes I watch the creature, never once does it look in my direction or come closer. Later, looking at the photos I took, it looks like a log. As much as I enjoy my runs, it is my sunrise and sunset walks that I enjoy most. This is surprising because I am not a walker. Again, though, walking—slowing down—feels like the right thing to do. One evening, I walk farther than expected and arrive at a tree house on the bank of Cauley’s Creek just before sunset. I climb four stories to the highest floor and am above the top of the forest’s thick canopy. Below, anglers make their last casts of the day and an egret wades in the thick cattails at the creek’s edge. The oranges and pinks so suck me in, I forget about having to walk back. But even if I were to remember, I don’t know how I could leave the sunset early, each one while I’m here is a show worthy of watching to the very end. I rely on Palmetto Bluff’s magic to save me from walking home by myself in the dark. And by “magic,” I mean a staff member gives me a ride home in a golf cart. EARLY AFTERNOONS not spent reading or napping in a hammock are for tennis lessons at Wilson Lawn & Racquet, where I twice hit with tennis pro Natalie. A former college player, she quickly figures out I like low forehands with plenty of pace. Returning ball after ball low and fast, Natalie makes me feel like a tennis star. In addition to its eight Har-Tru tennis courts, the

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racquet club has two croquet lawns and two bocce courts, but I never see anyone playing either. If I were here longer, I’d go to the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, where 13 sporting clays stations wind through a 40-acre forest. Although it does make me a bit nervous, the shooting club welcomes “all ages and all shooting abilities.” I’d also get over my fear of horses and spend a day taking a riding lesson at Longfield Stables, Palmetto Bluff’s 173-acre farm and equestrian facility. It has always been a dream to ride a horse at a full gallop, and I do have a feeling there are few places safer than here to start my career as an equestrienne. Perhaps on my next trip. While horses scare me, the presence of alligators in Palmetto Bluff’s ponds and rivers does not, at least when it comes to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. This is because of a Palmetto Bluff Conservancy brochure given to me at check-in, “A Guide to Living With Alligators.” The front flap has a photo of two gators lazily sunning themselves while a heron nonchalantly wades in the shallows behind. Having never before lived around— or even seen in the wild—an alligator, I’m glad for this guide. It states “Humans are not natural prey for alligators” and “An alligator will not intentionally approach a canoe or kayak.” It is a SUPing adventure—no alligators involved—that keeps me from the last Savannah activity I think I might still do. The night before my departure, feeling I have soaked up enough Lowcountry magic, I make a reservation for early the next afternoon, for a historic architecture walking tour of downtown. I’ll do the tour and then head for the airport. But at the end of my sunrise walk that last morning, I swear I see “SUP” written in the reflection on the clouds on the May River. (Or maybe I’m

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GETTING AWAY An hour hike or a 15-minute bike ride from the tennis courts at Wilson, Moreland has hammocks for adults and a treehouse. Climb the four stories to the top of the treehouse and you can see for miles in all directions.

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seeing what I want to see?) This cloud writing is a different kind of magic than the Ouija boards that were the rage my last time at summer camp, but still I pay attention. Out on the May River on a rented paddleboard, I feel the tide coming in. There aren’t waves, but there’s a gentle push upstream and when I turn the board around and take a few paddles downstream towards Savannah, slight resistance. Not that I need the tide to confirm my decision—I have no regrets over not going back to Savannah—but I appreciate nature’s affirmation nonetheless. WHILE I NOTE THE TIDE, it doesn’t really matter because my goal is not to paddle, but to porch. When Karen at the Boathouse Boutique explained porching to me my first day in Palmetto Bluff, I asked her many questions. I had not yet had the idea to sit down on a SUP in the May River, sip from a bottle of sweet tea, and watch the world float by—that only came after I saw the writing in the clouds—but still I asked Karen whether an actual porch was needed to porch. Could you porch on a pier? Could you porch in a hammock? How about a tree swing? A bench along the river? After considering my question for some seconds—this obviously wasn’t something to answer flippantly—she replied that it wasn’t the porch that was important, but the pace. “Porching is about slowing down and being in the moment,” she said. I might be a porching newbie, but straddling my board, looking back at shore to anglers getting ready to go out for the day, couples pedaling along the waterfront, and a brother and sister SENSE OF PLACE skipping stones from the end of a pier, I Palmetto Bluff knows can’t help but think I nailed it. exactly what it is, and Dina Mishev is Inspirato’s Editor.

exactly where many of the world’s major cities are in relation to it.

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DAY TRIPS Book the Ultimate Lowcountry Day with Outside Palmetto Bluff. They’ll take you to the May River for tubing, wakeboarding, or another water sport such as paddleboarding or kayaking. Paddling out to the May River Sand Bar at low tide is always a hit. Don’t be surprised if some dolphins join you for the trip. Climb aboard a May River Excursion with Captain Chris, who was raised on the May River. His four-hour trip can include fishing, crabbing, and shrimping.

March 12, 2017 PALMETTO BLUFF 1/2 MARATHON AND 10K The fast-paced course draws runners from around the country. November 2017 MUSIC TO YOUR MOUTH Tickets to Palmetto Bluff’s signature outdoor food, wine, and brews festival sell out in minutes. December 2017 CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE A Palmetto Bluff tradition: join guests on the Village Green for an outdoor movie night featuring a beloved Christmas movie.

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DELICACIES The Skullcreek Boathouse on Hilton Head prepares the area’s best sushi. For dessert, order the fresh caramel cheesecake at the Old Town Dispensary in Bluffton. You need to order it as soon as you arrive because it sells out quickly. Or hop a boat to Dafuskie Island for a meal at Marshide Mama’s, which has been featured on the Food Network. For a special night out, reserve a table at The Bluffton Room in historic downtown Bluffton and order the house specialties: steak, Caesar salad, and Bananas Foster for dessert.

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SUZANNE GAZDA Neurologist and Inspirato Member Suzanne Gazda, M.D. balked when her daughters first suggested spending their vacation in Uganda helping with post-war recovery in the northern part of the country. “My idea of vacation is Inspirato, beautiful homes, and gorgeous destinations,” she says. But the San Antonio-based Texas native conceded and joined her teenaged children in the East African country in 2008. And like many people’s first experiences in Africa, the trip changed her life.

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DR. OF GOOD WORKS Member Suzanne Gazda is working to alert the world to a new childhood disease she discovered in rural Uganda.

Upon returning from her 2012 trip to Africa, Dr. Gazda formed Hope for Humans, an organization dedicated to providing comfort and care to the illness’s victims and to spread the word that this disease is a threat to global health. Since its founding though, Dr. Gazda has supported it out of her own pocket. The Uganda government refuses to recognize the disease and thus legitimize her work in the eyes of various government agencies and NGOs. Still, she presses on: “Time is of the essence. Seventy percent of the patients who go through treatment will go on to live normal lives, but there is

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a point of no return for the kids who don’t.” When asked why she does it, even though it sometimes feels like the world is stacked against her, Dr. Gazda responds that she’s learned more about what matters in life in those Ugandan villages than anywhere else. “These are moments of sheer joy and gratitude when the realization is so clear that life is about relationships and love,” she says. “There is no better gift you can give than yourself,” she says, citing an Ubuntu quote she learned in Africa, which gets to the essence of her work: “I am because you are.” —THE EDITORS

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“Something evolved inside me when I went there,” she says. “Helping the women and children in those villages became my calling.” She and her daughters continued to return to Uganda, and in 2011, the mothers in the villages of Northern Uganda told them about an odd new disease afflicting their young children. At ages 4-5, they were suddenly experiencing seizures, growth retardation, and severe cognitive impairment. Dr. Gazda returned to Africa in 2012 on an exploratory mission and saw thousands of kids suffering from what the local health providers called Nodding Syndrome. “It’s a new disease, a neurological illness, one we believe is likely caused from environmental exposure to some chemical or toxin during time spent in refugee camps that millions were forced into during the country’s civil war,” she says. “In my 25 years as a physician, I have never seen anything more horrific than Nodding Syndrome.” She discovered families with eight children suffering from the disease and overwhelmed parents. “These are the poorest of the poor, and Nodding Syndrome was adding to the immense challenges of these village communities and no one was helping them.” But through her work, Dr. Gazda realized that the disease can be treated. “We learned that with the right treatment, including an improved diet and seizure management, the children got significantly better,” she says.

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TANGO TOWN You could come to Buenos Aires and not experience tango, but we’re not sure if that would still count as a visit.

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t’s not something staged for slick marketing campaigns. On summer nights in Buenos Aires, porteños (local residents) really dance tango in the streets. And in public squares. And under gazebos. Tango, born in the port cities of Uruguay and Argentina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is no longer the craze it was from the 1920s to 1940s—between 1955 and 1960 the dance’s popularity declined so much it almost disappeared—but it has been enjoying a resurgence since the late 1990s. Buenos Aires remains its beating heart, but “it has been expanding massively to the world” says native porteño Alejandro Puerta, who eight years ago left a lucrative career in microbiology in Japan to return home and focus on tango. Even though there’s a tango scene in Japan—“I didn’t experience it, but I know there is one,” Puerta says—and Moscow, and Berlin, and Sydney, Buenos Aires is undoubtedly tango’s true home. It’s fine to wander around this European-feeling South American capital city and watch local dancers in the street. Or you could hit a milonga, an event where people gather to tango, and enjoy some local beef and wine while watching local dancers. Going to a professional tango show is exhilarating too. But Puerta encourages you to try it yourself. He teaches private lessons at a bright and airy studio in Buenos Aires’ Jewish Quarter and says, “it’s not just teaching tango and doing what I’m passionate about and making a living. It’s about making a difference, hug by hug. It’s about changing the world.”

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CONNECTION (This page) Because of its improvisational nature, tango requires partners to be both physically and emotionally connected. (Opposite page) Alejandro Puerta and a student in his studio.

I’ve lived in Buenos Aires for 10 years and have tried tango, but never taken a private lesson. I’m ready to have Puerta change my world. Taking the B line subway train to Carlos Gardel, named after tango’s most legendary crooner and, appropriately, the closest station to Puerta’s studio, I’m glad I don’t need to wear heels to have my world changed. Tango shoes—strappy, often glittering, and with substantial heels—are undoubtedly sexy, but sporting them when dancing tango, at least when you’re just starting, isn’t obligatory, or expected. (But, of course, if you want to, there is no shortage of stores selling bespoke tango shoes; and “tango shoe shopping is a very special experience,” says Sasha Cagen, an American who has lived in Buenos Aires since 2012 and has led tango tours here since 2014.) I figure tango shoes can come after I’ve gotten over my problem of having two left feet. Inside Puerta’s light and airy studio where the new wood floors are polished just so, I stand tall, my stockinged feet together. Cagen earlier described tango to me as, “a dance of hugging and walking,” and said, “a lot of Americans may find that discomforting, so you need to have some courage to try hugging a stranger.” But the thought of body contact doesn’t faze me; greeting friends new and old with a kiss on the cheek is the norm in Argentina. If it did faze me, I think as soon as

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I met Puerta, a 41-year-old trilingual (including impeccable English) doctor of microbiology overflowing with charm and good manners, my mind would be at ease. During our hourlong lesson, Puerta takes matters, literally and figuratively, step by step, and, along the way, teaches me about the history of tango dance and music. Born in the rough port neighborhoods of Argentina’s capital in the late 1800s (it also emerged on the other side of the River Plate in Montevideo, Uruguay), tango was the pastime of young migrants looking for a good time. Tango music and tango dance evolved simultaneously, but Puerta says this dual evolution “is a super-tough topic and several books could be written about it.” Because tango started with the lowest classes, “there are no written accounts of what happened in the beginnings of tango.” African and European immigrant musicians likely playing by ear mixed different rhythms popular in their cultures. (The term “tango” might have its roots in a Niger-Congo term that slaves carried with them to Argentina.) Dancers at the time probably knew a little bit of the dances that went along with the different styles of music; they mixed dance styles until, like the musicians, they felt comfortable improvising. By 1913, tango, likely via Argentine soldiers passing through the port of Marseilles, France,

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AE DN VT EU NR TE U R| EB U| ET N AN G OA ITRKE S ADV OS had taken Europe by storm. In numerous cities, tango balls were the events of the season. London’s Waldorf Hotel hosted Tango Teas (high tea with tango dancing). Once tango had gotten popular in Europe, Argentina’s upper classes finally took notice of the dance that had begun in their backyard. Puerta, who grew up listening to his grandmother’s tango recordings, says the “official history is that the heyday of tango [in Argentina] was the ’40s—they’re actually called the “golden ’40s,” but new studies show that tango seems to have been significantly more popular in the ’20s. Unfortunately there is a very distorted official history and there are many myths that need to be corrected. That’s why I think it’s so important to teach tango history in my lessons.” Tango’s intimacy and sensuality—partners are enveloped in a tight embrace chest to chest with foreheads almost touching—make it different from any other type of dance. But the close contact isn’t what Puerta thinks makes it intimate. “Tango demands us to be connected in the present and with our partner,” he says. “In tango, not listening is disconnection, and disconnection is trouble, so tango forces us to stay present in the eternal here and now—no past, no future.” Puerta explains that tango is built from the inside out. “In other dances it seems to happen from the outside in; students copy the movement and the more precise the copy, the better it looks and the better the dancer,” he says. Puerta likens tango more to meditation than to other types of dancing. I leave Puerta’s in a decidedly non-meditative state; this is the most tango-y I’ve ever felt. An immersion in tango music seems a good next step, and I ask Facebook friends for their favorite tango tracks. I get more than 100 recommendations. These include crackly gramophone recordings from the 1920s and early ’30s of superstar Gardel, the French-Argentine baritone known as el zorzal (the thrush) warbling about lost loves and also contemporary upbeat, instrumental pieces. I learn about composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla, who, in the 1950s and 1960s developed a new style of tango, tango nuevo. Recordings of Aníbal Carmelo Troilo, whose tango orchestra was popular in the 1940s and 1950s, transport me back to the genre’s golden days. In Roberto Goyeneche’s early music, there is a bit of the style of Gardel, but, by the time he launches his solo career in 1963, there’s no doubt he’s his own musician. I learn tracks too—there’s La cumparsita—“the little parade”—written in 1916 and recorded by various artists hundreds of times since. And Troilo’s 1956 La ultima curda, “The last drunkenness.” The Troilo piece is heart-breaking—a man disillusioned with the pain and briefness of life, finds comfort in liquor and considers death the ultimate drunkenness.

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But my favorites are Cacho Castaña singing Garganta con arena, the traditional Taconeando by Anselmo Aieta, and Astor Piazzolla’s instrumental, emblematic, Adiós Nonino. I put these on a new tango playlist, and also (guiltily) add some electrotango tracks by Bajofondo and Gotan Project, whose contemporary beats bring the genre into the 21st century and, for me, are more relatable. ARMED WITH THE BASIC HISTORY and moves Puerta taught me, and bolstered by hours of listening to my curated playlist, I’m excited to get back to dancing and sign up for a group tango class, Tango 1, at DNI Tango school. Tourists and porteños alike take this weekly initiation class that promises to introduce the dance quickly in a relaxed environment. You don’t need to attend with a partner, but, just in case I do need one, whether for physical or moral support, I invite my friend Eugenia to join me for the free 90-minute session. After stretching—yes, you want to stretch before tango—we’re shuffling in pairs around the studio in a counterclockwise circle, me wearing alpargatas (similar to espadrilles and common footwear for beginner tango-ers to wear). I start paired with Eugenia, but we’re soon changing partners after each song. I dance with a handsome Swede, who towers above me and is totally focused on his footwork, then with an Argentine who chews gum more rhythmically than he dances. Thinking back to Puerta’s lessons on the importance of connectedness with your partner, I do my best to connect—to be fully in the present and aware of my body and my partner’s body—but it’s not as easy with a fellow beginner as it was with Puerta. Tangoing with these men is clunky and heavy going. (I’m sure the feeling is mutual.) I don’t learn as much as I did in my session with Puerta, but the class has a huge advantage: I’ve now got a tango social network. My next lesson is at the Néstor Kirchner Cultural Centre, a stunning, recently renovated Beaux Arts building in the San Nicolás neighborhood. (It was formerly Buenos Aires’ main post office; as the Cultural Centre, its nine floors are home to the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra, five auditoriums, 18 intimate performance spaces, and 40 galleries. It is the largest cultural center in Latin America and you should check it out whether you’re interested in tango or not.) When the class is separated into levels, I side with the beginners. I partner with a woman whose name I never get, but with whom I connect; as a pair, we’re fasttracked to an advanced beginner group. I wasn’t aware that my basic steps had improved much, but evidently they have. It’d be easy to continue taking lessons forever. There are hundreds of tango studios in Buenos Aires and a couple

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE TANGO LESSONS TO APPRECIATE THE ART. Narrative Tango Tours leads walking tours around historical tango neighborhoods such as La Boca, San Telmo, and Almagro. Museo Casa Carlos Gardel, the former home of the genre’s most renowned son, who died in a plane crash in 1935, is small but offers an intimate look into the star’s life. Idle around Plaza Dorrego or the bandstand at Barrancas de Belgrano Sunday evenings to watch couples dance under the stars to scratchy discs. If the idea of the night just getting started at 11 p.m. is too much for you, Confitería Ideal, a famous pastry shop since 1912 and reopening this summer after a months-long renovation, has matinee milongas most days of the week; sit and sip coffee while watching dancers. La Milonga de Los Zucca hosts a milonga once a week (Thursday night) and it’s as fascinating for the clothes— women in frilly dresses and men in bespoke suits—as for the tango.

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TAKING IT TO THE STREETS In an area of the city’s Boca district, tango dancers spill outside of a bar.

dozen organizations like DNI Tango and the Cultural Centre that do regular group lessons. But my goal from the beginning has been to achieve a base level of proficiency that will allow me to enjoy a milonga. Milongas aren’t places, but events: they are to tango like a jam session is to jazz. There are more than 150 places in the city that host milongas. They’re in all neighborhoods and usually open into the wee hours of the morning. (Milongas usually don’t start until 10 p.m. and some don’t really get going until 3 a.m.) Milongas are not to be confused with the ritzy dinner tango shows ubiquitous around the city. Yes, you can go to a milonga and not dance—order wine and dinner (usually bar food) and watch—but the dancers at these are generally not performing for spectators. Milongas are for the participants.

EVEN WITH LESSONS under my belt, going to a milonga and waiting for a man to ask me to dance sounds terrifying. Also, it’s not nearly as simple as it sounds. In tango, men don’t ask women to dance (and women don’t accept) with words but with subtle eye contact; this ritual is called cabeceo. Understanding cabeceo is another part of tango I’ll have to learn. In the meantime, Cagen suggests I hire a “taxi dancer.” The idea—hiring a professional dancer by the hour—sounds naughty and illicit, but it’s not at all unusual. From Cagen’s recommendations, I settle on Leandro, a charming, good-natured 30-something who, when not dancing, is a DJ at the city’s Café Vinilo. We decide to go to La Catedral, a milonga housed in former grain silo that’s decorated with mismatching chairs, crooked artwork, and fairy lights. We pick La Catedral because it’s a beginnerfriendly tango institution with a relaxed feel. (It offers hour-long beginner classes almost every day, starting between 6 and 7 p.m.) I won’t see any top dancers here because the dance floor itself isn’t in the best condition, but that’s fine by me. I’m here with Leandro to work on my tango, not watch others. I had thought hiring a dance partner would be awkward, but it’s not, especially once we’re on the pista (dance floor). The benefits of Leandro are endless. When we’re dancing, he has eyes only for me, and by dancing with me, he’s also showing me off to other leaders, upping my chances of a cabeceo from a non taxi dancer. Most importantly, following his lead, I am dancing tango! In a milonga! The icing on the cake comes when the first chords of a Piazzolla song strike up, and I recognize it. Argentina-based journalist and sommelier Sorrel MoseleyWilliams has had work published in T+L, Wallpaper*, and Condé Nast Traveler.

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neighborhood, the Alvear places guests at the center of Buenos Aires’ historic sites, cultural attractions, and lively entertainment. Guests check into generous suites and bathrooms with hydro-massage showers. They can also avail themselves of the heated indoor swimming pool and full-service spa. The hotel houses two of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants: the formal La Bourgogne and L’Orangerie, known for its brunch.

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RANCH LIFE Spend a day at a typical Argentine ranch in Las Pampas. Estancia Los Patos and La Bamba de Areco attract locals looking to unwind with horseback rides, swimming, hikes, and even polo lessons. OLD-TIME ARGENTINA San Antonio de Areco, 70 miles outside Buenos Aires, dates back to the 1730s and epitomizes 18th- and 19thcentury rural Argentina.

LOCAL CUISINE The finest and most exclusive restaurant in the city is La Bourgogne, led by chef Jean Paul Bondoux. Sotto Voce does Italian right with a simple menu that relies on the finest ingredients and preparation. La Brigada is one of the best parrillas (grills) in San Telmo. Sucre is renowned for its dramatic flair in décor and cuisine from its wood-fired grill and open kitchen.

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MATT KUCHAR There’s something about playing for his country that elevates the game of pro golfer Matt Kuchar. In August of 2016, the Inspirato Member won the bronze medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, the first time golf has been part of the Games since 1904. Then in October, he helped Team USA win a thrilling Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club outside of Minneapolis, Minn. The two results capped a strong 2016 season with 10 top-10 finishes.

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a family affair is something that Kuchar depends on to stay connected. Each year, he and his wife turn the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, into a family reunion, renting out a large house for the week. The Valero Texas Open in San Antonio is a favorite tournament for his boys, thanks to the giant waterpark attached to the host resort. And when the PGA Tour stops in Hilton Head, South Carolina, it serves as an informal spring break for many players’ families. “The PGA provides childcare at Hilton Head, and my kids get to meet up with other kids who’ve become friends over the years,” Kuchar says. “They’ll go to the beach. Take field trips—they have a blast.” The Kuchars are so adept and comfortable at being on the road that they’ll take advantage of a break in the schedule to yes, travel. “We have an annual threeday break between tournaments in New York and Boston each summer where we head to Nantucket to unwind,” he says. Heading into his 17th year as a pro golfer, Kuchar and family enjoy it all. “Even though I may go to the same city every year for 17 years, seeing it through my kids’ eyes makes it new again,” he says. “And that makes all the difference.” —THE EDITORS

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MATT ON TRAVEL Being on the road as long as I have, I’ve got my system dialed. First, I’m very good at folding clothes to fit a lot into a small space. I use 3-4 mesh bags to divide my clothes between golf, casual, socks, and underwear. So when I get to my room, everything comes out neatly. Second, I always unpack right away; hanging clothes in the closet and putting stuff in drawers. I just feel more settled in that way. Last, I always stop at a grocery store or convenience store on the way to the resort or hotel and pick up a regular-sized bar of soap. Those hotel mini-soap bars make me feel like a guest, but a proper-sized bar of soap in the shower feels like I’m at home.

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“I always dreamed of being part of the Olympics, and it was literally a dream come true when golf was added back to the Games, and I made the team,” Kuchar says. And while he was prepared to compete, the Olympic spirit in Rio blew him away. “You always hear about it, but it’s something you have to experience from the athletes’ side to understand. To be surrounded by 10,000 of the world’s best athletes and be one of them— it’s an addictive environment. There’s a mutual respect that crosses over to all sports and nationalities. And I can see why people keep training to make the Olympics for as long as they can.” Between the Olympics and the rest of the PGA Tour, Kuchar traveled to 26 different tournaments last year. With him traveled his secret weapon: his family. “Golf takes me to amazing places, and my wife and I decided our children [ages 7 and 8] should see them and share them with us,” says Kuchar. To that end, his family and a teacher for his children join him as tournaments take him from California to New England and places in between. “Last year in Boston, the kids went with their teacher to explore the Freedom Trail and then later that night we went to a Red Sox game together,” he says. Turning the rigor of the PGA Tour schedule into

LINKED IN Member Matt Kuchar travels with his family when he plays on the PGA Tour.

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fashion world has turned its attention to the next season. For spring 2017, designers have romance and novelty on their minds. Whether it’s the new statement sleeve, exuberant ruffles, or colorful mini bags crafted from luxurious materials, this season isn’t for wallflowers.

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TOME RUFFLE PEASANT BLOUSE Bohemian is always a muchloved look for warm-weather collections. To keep this perennial favorite fresh for spring 2017, update it with a modern silhouette that’s still sensual and feminine. Tome’s generously cut blouse with oversized ruffles is a great example for its perfect degree of slouch; its geometric print is a nod to the style’s ethnic roots. $695, Saks, By George, Shopbop, Stanley, N-duo, HN Kuwait, tomenyc.com

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X ADAM LIPPES HILARY BOOT With an elongated toe and mid-calf length—to emphasize the curviest part of your gams— these sexy, brilliant white boots by Malone Souliers add just the right amount of edge. $825, adamlippes.com

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MONSE SILK ONE-SLEEVE FOLDED SCARF BLOUSE & ASYMETRICAL SEQUIN FOLDED SKIRT Elevating the wardrobe staple has become Monse’s calling card. Here the designer skillfully transforms what could have been a simple skirt and basic sailor top into an artful mix of delicate fabric folds and menswear-inspired stripes, all cut in luxurious silk and organza. Blouse $1,190 and skirt $1,596, monse.com

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STELLA MCCARTNEY VISCOSE LANDSCAPE PRINT DRESS A dreamy nature scene in the softest of tones makes McCartney’s swing dress a spring standout. $1,335, neimanmarcus.com

JASON WU SUEDE & LEATHER MINI JAMIE SADDLEBAG From ballet blushes to vibrant fuchsia, pink is a key color of the season. In his signature saddlebag—now in mini size— Jason Wu pairs the palest of peachy-pink nude hues with earthy browns for an elegant color palette. $1,195, saksfifthavenue.com

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SO THIS IS PARADISE An avid world traveler and Inspirato Member discovers the best beach in Nicaragua. BY SARAH DRIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY BY COMPASS + TWINE

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s co-founder of the New York City-based luxury travel blog Compass + Twine, I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting hotel and destination experiences around the world. From Zanzibar, Tanzania, to Jaipur, India, it’s my job to seek out the true character of a location— as well as the best place to stay while immersing oneself in a new place. Mukul Resort, on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, had quickly climbed onto our radar over the past year; so when I saw that Inspirato recently added it to their collection, I had to check it out. Situated on a private, secluded bay only two hours south of the capital, Managua, Mukul was built by the Pellas, a fifth generation local family involved in everything from rum to hospitals. It is the country’s first truly five-star resort and home to one of the best surf breaks in Central America.

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TRUE ESCAPE Cocktails with our toes in the sand and lanterns above at Mukul’s beach bar.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION (Above) Lanterns hang from the thatched roof of Mukul’s main lounge. (Below) Mukul’s beach on Bahia Manzanillo is one of the most beautiful in Nicaragua. (Opposite page) The beach as seen from our suite high on a cliff in the jungle.

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Convincing Daniel, my husband, to go for the world-class surfing was easy. The relatively simple 4- to 5-hour flight from New York City didn’t hurt either. We flew direct into Costa Rica’s Liberia Airport and drove north into Nicaragua (this route better matched our schedules than the direct flights to Managua). This was where Inspirato’s level of service showed its worth: They steered us toward using the hotel’s car service to cross the rather chaotic border and helped with all the transportation arrangements. With long lines and redundant checkpoints, traversing this particular crossing would have been an arduous task to tackle on our own. As we drove down the coastal hills to the resort, it was like entering a time warp; we saw an emerald paradise of lush tropical foliage with very few commercial developments. Rather than coming up on an imposing resort complex, Mukul’s bungalows

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and beach villas were tucked unobtrusively into the jungle. My husband and I both thought that perhaps this is what Costa Rica looked like 15 years ago. The star attraction at the resort is the secluded beach on Bahia Manzanillo: it lives up to the hype. With stunning turquoise water and silver-white sand, it’s one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen. Best of all, the entire stretch is almost always empty aside from the occasional hotel guest or two. The surf break at Mukul pumped out consistent 3- to 5-foot waves across the bay. Beyond pleased, my husband happily reported that you could catch full “30-second rides.” That’s a thrill for any surfer, but it’s that much better when you have the wave all to yourself. While I didn’t take advantage of the resort’s surf school or surfboard rentals, I did hop on one of their body boards to experience the awesome break for myself and enjoyed every minute.

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WILD AND MILD (Clockwise from top left) Mukul’s Beach Club has surf rentals and lessons; Single- and double-bed loungers surround the main pool, which overlooks the beach; Welcome drinks at Mukul’s spa, recognized as one of the best in Latin America.

The family that owns Mukul also produces the best rum in the country, Flor de Caña, and they celebrate this synergy with an open-air rum-tasting cigar bar. Every day they offer both cigar and rum tastings, where guests can sample the family’s famed rum, including, if you’re lucky, a taste from their coveted 33-year-old bottle. As for the food, breakfast was our favorite meal of the day and included some of the freshest fruit we’ve ever tasted. Opting to dine each morning on the terrace, we enjoyed all the local, tropical ingredients the kitchen had to offer. Come lunchtime, we couldn’t get enough of the chilled gazpacho, usually served poolside with a side of plantains. That was plenty to keep us going for the rest of the day. As a romantic getaway over a long weekend, Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast is just about perfect. It’s far enough away to feel

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truly adventurous without being so far as to wear you out with travel or jet lag. Between the golf, the surf, and the amazing spa (the couple’s treatment room came with a private plunge pool on the deck overlooking the jungle), Mukul feels best suited for adults. Back home, reflecting on our incredible trip to the Emerald Coast, what sticks with me most is the genuine pride Mukul’s staff had in Nicaragua, along with their passion for showcasing their beautiful country. They are truly excited to share Mukul and Nicaragua with the world. It reminds me of why I love to travel and discover new places: There’s something magical about getting to a place before it becomes overly developed as a tourist destination. Fortunately, as long as Mukul can keep Bahia Manzanillo to itself, this little bit of paradise should stay that way. — AS TOLD TO GRANT DAVIS

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American Road Trip Highway 1 along the West Coast of North America has long captivated travelers, from the Spanish missionaries of 400 years ago to today’s road-trippers. Follow along as we journey between San Francisco and San Diego, with stops at Inspirato destinations that elevate the road trip to luxurious getaway.

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SONOMA COUNTY STAY: WHEELMAN HOUSE HEALDSBURG

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A suite at the Wheelman puts you a block away from downtown’s cluster of dining, wineries, galleries, and shopping. The hotel’s distinctive arched bedrooms lined with wood are meant to evoke the inside of a wine barrel.

DO: Take the time to enjoy the wine at any number of wineries nearby, or just stroll over to a tasting room in Healdsburg. Williamson Wines (home to gold-medal Chardonnays) is just one of the more than 15 wineries with tasting rooms located within walking distance of each other. Explore the wine country with a stop at the historic Scribe Winery, led by fourth generation farmers and brothers, Andrew and Adam Mariani. No visit to Sonoma can go without a trip up to Repris wines’ exclusive Moon Mountain vineyard. Epicures or wannabe epicures must make a pilgrimage to Healdsburg SHED, a modern-day grange and farm where the valley’s foods and wines are celebrated through cooking classes, markets, and a café and bar. For a taste of the best of Sonoma, reserve a table at Barndiva, an unpretentious dining spot where hyper-fresh, local ingredients are the star attraction. The menu may look simple, but the tastes are decidedly not.

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SAN FRANCISCO STAY: FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO

Your suite at the legendary Fairmont plants you in the middle of it all, blocks away from San Francisco’s high-end shopping and dining and concert halls and a short ride (via historic cable car, if you’d like) to the waterfront. Bonus: You can channel San Francisco history at the hotel’s famous tiki bar.

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DO: Head to the farmers market at the Ferry Building Marketplace for a look at the produce and provisions that will turn into dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants. Not there on market day? No problem, the building houses a variety of savory specialty shops. For a hands-on, deep-dive into the science of creativity, explore the Exploratorium, a one-of-a-kind science and art museum at Pier 15 on the waterfront that’s beloved by generations of locals. Fine art lovers should hit the de Young, a museum renowned for its collection of American art and photography. Bonus: A visit takes you to Golden Gate Park, the city’s backyard, where you can stroll through rose gardens and enjoy the city at play.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ (Previous) The redwoods near Santa Cruz. (Clockwise from top) The Big Sur coast; Pescadero Lighthouse near Half Moon Bay; the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

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CARMEL VALLEY STAY: BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA

Tucked in the magical Carmel Valley where the days are fog-free and warm, but the nights are cool, a cottage at the Bernardus features a working fireplace, patio, and a complimentary wine bar in the room.

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DO: Explore the highlights of the California Coast all in one place at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve where a network of trails leads to tidepools teeming with marine life and dramatic oceanside cliffs surrounding hidden beaches. With hundreds of art galleries located in Carmel-by-the-Sea there’s sure to be one that appeals to every aesthetic. The village rolls down to the beach, considered one of the best in the country thanks to its soft white sand that, incidentally, is ideal sand castle material. Besides art and the sea, the Monterey Peninsula is famous for golf. Including the links at Pebble Beach and the greens at Quail Lodge, golfers can tee off on 20 championship courses in the area.

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STAY: BELMOND EL ENCANTO

Perched above the Mediterranean-flavored city of Santa Barbara, the Belmond and its spa invite you to unwind after traveling down Hwy. 1 from Carmel. After freshening up, you can leave the car parked and take one of the hotel’s electric bikes downtown for dinner or a cruise along the beachside path.

DO: The city’s Funk Zone puts some of the state’s best contemporary artists, breweries, and wineries all in one spot, conveniently located between the beach and the highway. Start the city’s Urban Wine Trail in the Funk Zone and follow it up to the whitewashed, tile-roofed historic Presidio neighborhood, home to the secondoldest building in California. All told, there are more than 20 wineries on the tour. On your way south out of town, hop a boat out of Ventura to the wilds of Channel Islands National Park. Along the way, you may see dolphins, and even whales. Once on the islands, an abundance of seals, birds, and untrampled flora reveal a land untouched by humans.

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DANA POINT STAY: MONARCH BEACH RESORT

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This sprawling golf and beach resort climbs from the ocean into the coastal hills. Here, being active is the name of the game with a challenging golf course, tennis club, and multiple pools available to guests. And, of course, there’s the beach club.

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DO: Try surfing or paddle boarding on the swells that break just off shore of the Monarch Beach Resort with help from one of the resort’s Surf Hosts, who will provide you with a board and private instruction. Want to go deeper? Schedule a SCUBA excursion to the underwater park just off Crystal Cove State Park, where you can swim through towering forests of kelp, keeping your eyes peeled for sea life, including lobsters. You can also get your marine fix at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center up the road in Laguna Beach. There you can check out the center’s rehab work on sea lions, seals, and other rescued marine life.

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STAY: LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD

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Immerse yourself in Hollywood glitz and glamour at the boutique London West Hollywood, home to the city’s largest rooftop pool deck overlooking the sights. But best of all is the London’s location, minutes from the heart of Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

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DO: Go shopping. You can choose from the chic glamour of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the hip and influential boutiques along Melrose Avenue, or the beach-inspired collections found along Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. See a show at the Hollywood Bowl, an historic outdoor concert venue that’s hosted the world’s greatest entertainers, from The Beatles to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. To hear the next big thing, head one block north to the Sunset Strip, home to multiple music clubs. Or for something completely different, check out a live show or movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a green oasis in the middle of Hollywood (and a real cemetery). The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is renowned for its collection of art. A must-see after dark: Urban Light, an installation of 202 street lamps located at the entrance to the museum.

SAN DIEGO STAY: THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES

Thanks to its PGA ProTour golf course and access to the beach, The Lodge, with its Craftsman-inspired architecture and décor, is California at its best. Tee off on the famed golf course or enjoy the day in the surf (the water’s warmer here), or explore the boutiques and eateries that populate the quaint beach towns north of the lodge along Hwy 1.

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DO: Reserve a seaside table at George’s at the Cove, a La Jolla institution renowned for its California cuisine. If the weather’s fair, you can dine atop its open-air terrace. From your perch atop George’s, you look down on the La Jolla Ecological Reserve and the La Jolla Sea Caves, natural wonders that can be explored by water, kayak, or from the beach. Take off from Torrey Pines Gliderport in a tandem paraglider and soar over the La Jolla coast, riding the stiff onshore breeze up and down the shore. TIJUANA

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NORTHWEST PASSAGE From lush coastal rainforests and glaciated mountains to the vibrant coast and powerful rivers, the drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Portland, Oregon, puts the best of this blessed corner of the world on display.

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STAY: FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM

On the waterfront, near Stanley Park, the Fairmont’s location in the heart of downtown means easy access to the city’s best dining and attractions and a peaceful escape from the bustle.

DO: Take a day trip to Whistler and ride the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola strung between the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. At its highest, the 2.75-mile ride puts travelers 1,427 feet off the valley floor. Inside Stanley Park, you’ll find the Vancouver Aquarium, Canada’s largest and home to 50,000 sea creatures. Sample the region’s bounty at ORU, located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, where executive chef Nathan Brown prepares a seasonally appropriate prix fixe menu for both lunch and dinner. O LYM P I C N AT I O N A L FO RES T

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DO: Walk down the block to Pike Place Market. Yes it’s crowded and the birthplace of Starbucks, but during the summer harvest, some of the best produce you’ll ever taste is on sale. Pop music and culture fans must make a pilgrimage to the otherworldly building that houses the MoPOP (formerly the EMP Museum), where they can immerse themselves in all things music, science fiction, cartoons, and other pop-culture movements. Most great cities have a central park where the city recreates and gathers. In water-centric Seattle, that destination is Lake Union, where kayakers, rowers, windsurfers, sailors, boaters, paddle boarders, and even seaplanes turn the water into a city park.

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With Puget Sound views from most rooms and Nest, one of the hippest after-work rooftop bars in the city, the Thompson brings the best of Seattle to you.

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PORTLAND STAY: RIVERPLACE HOTEL

You’ll understand why Portland is known as a city of bridges from your room at the Riverplace, located on the Willamette River right downtown. The Portland’s attractions are all a short bike ride away using the hotel’s free bikes and the city’s famous bike lanes. ASTORIA

DO: Take a bike ride along the waterfront to the city’s trendy Pearl District, home to quaint boutiques and cafés, including the city’s beloved Stumptown coffee. Craft cocktails are a religion in Portland, and you can taste why at the Teardrop Cocktail Lounge. A mere 60 miles east, Mt. Hood towers over Portland. It also makes for a lovely drive, climbing from the river valley to Timberline Lodge, where you’re rewarded with a view that stretches for hundreds of miles in every direction, and if you want, the option to ski a glacier in the middle of summer. HOOD RIVER

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THE COAST IS CLEAR Croatia has more than 1,200 islands with a total of 2,500 miles of coastline. There are too many beaches to count, but Dubovica Beach is among the most beautiful on the island of Hvar.

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a island life

S A NEW ENGLANDER, I’ve been collecting islands all my life. The ones I first fell for were close to home. We went as a family to Nantucket, a misty, sail-shaped, moorcovered patch of sand some 14 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. We also vacationed on smaller, quieter islands like Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island) and Swan’s Island and Isle en Haut, both adrift in Maine’s island-speckled coast. Thirty-some years ago, I did my junior year of college abroad and lived in London, the vibrant capital of an island nation and also a jumping-off point for getaways to nearby islands like the Isle of Wight, the Scilly Islands, and the Channel Islands. That January, trying to escape the gray skies and damp of London’s winter, two friends and I set out for islands farther afield—Greek islands in the Mediterranean Sea. We expected to find sunshine, wear T-shirts, and maybe even take a swim. But it turns out Greece in winter was barely warmer than Scotland. Broke and chastened by our mistake, we sullenly boarded a train back to London from Athens. Thankfully we weren’t so sullen we didn’t talk to fellow passengers. A pair of Yugoslav Australians on the train were traveling to Split, Croatia. Split, on the Adriatic Sea, they told us, was a fascinating city—Roman ruins, constant sunshine, and good wine. And warmth. The Aussies were getting off the train in Novska and driving to Split in a Volkswagen van borrowed from an aunt. Did we want to come? We could stay with them at a relative’s house, a big place by the sea with beautiful views. Of course we said yes. Walking around Split a couple of days later, the sun so relentlessly toasted the town’s old streets that we were in T-shirts by noon. Another day, an uncle of our generous new friends said he’d take us to the island of Hvar (pronounced Hwahr) on his fishing boat. He described it simply: “It’s so beautiful it will take your breath away.” We only got to see Hvar from a distance though. Marshal Josep Broz Tito, President for Life of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, was vacationing on a nearby island and the

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ŽIVJELI! (THAT’S “CHEERS” IN CROATIAN) Croatia has been making wine for millennia. Beer is a more recent addition: The country’s oldest brewery, Osijek, dates from the 17th century.

country’s coast guard wasn’t letting boats through. They turned us around. The backup plan was the best consolation prize I’ve ever gotten: We spent the day in the delightful town of Primošten, some 35 miles up the coast from Split. Here we picked up a chicken and several bottles of Babić, a hearty red produced nearby in stone-walled vineyards (that are currently being considered for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). After a swim at Mala Raduča, one of the best beaches in Croatia, we found a quiet cove, put ashore, and had a picnic. We ate fat olives, sharp ewe’s milk cheese, just-baked bread, Croatian ham, and, over a driftwood fire, spit-roasted the chicken and grilled the sardines we’d netted that morning. When we had to return to London for the start of the next semester, I left the southern Dalmatian Riviera amazed by the fuzzy, yellow mimosa bushes flowering around Split’s train station. I was determined to come back. I WAS, OF COURSE, far from the first traveler to fall in love with this littoral. When the first rail lines opened from Vienna and Budapest to the Adriatic port towns of Rijeka and Opatija during the second half of the 19th century, the spectacular beauty of this craggy coastline quickly captured the sun-starved subjects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The cerulean waters and gentle climate were irresistible. The charm and history of handsome old cities like Split and Dubrovnik offered sophistication.

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The most powerful testament to the allure of the Croatian coastline predates this first rush of modern popularity by more than a millennium, however. Roman emperor Diocletian had the vast and varied territories of the ancient world’s largest empire—including much of Britain, Spain, Egypt, and Greece—at his disposal, and chose to retire to what is today Split. Diocletian ordered his retirement villa built there on the water’s edge. (He was the first Roman emperor to abdicate the throne voluntarily.) Diocletian’s palace—“villa” doesn’t do it justice—was completed in 305 A.D. It survives today as one of the bestpreserved Roman palaces in Europe and includes both Diocletian’s original residence as well as other structures added over the ensuing centuries like a cathedral, a baptistery created from one of the palace’s original temples, and three 3,500-year-old sphinxes brought to Split from Egypt for the emperor. (If time allows, Split’s Archaeological Museum displays a superb collection of Illyrian, Greek, and Roman artifacts—an elaborately carved, 1800-year-old Roman sarcophagus, a Greek sacrificial altar dating to the 4th century B.C., and gold Roman jewelry from the 4th-7th centuries A.D. Much of the collection was discovered during excavations at Salona just outside of the city.) Split is also the hub of the ferry and catamaran network linking Croatia’s islands to the mainland. From the Italian border in the north to the Montenegrin border in the south, the Croatian coastline is more than 1,100 miles long. INSPIRATO.COM


RUGGED AND RUSTIC (Clockwise from top left) A cafe in Supetar’s harbor, on Brač’s northern coast; Gagolitic priests founded Blaca Monestary in the 16th century; Brač has an agrarian history that is very much alive today.

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island life

ON THE WATERFRONT White ferries dock in Brač at Supetar; it is fishing boats that rule Bol’s harbor on the island’s southern coast.

Brač, the third largest of the Croatian islands, is plump and leaf-shaped, rugged and rustic, and has always earned its keep from hard work—fishing, sailing, tending olive groves and vineyards, and mining the island’s limestone. ONLY SEVEN MONTHS after my promise to return, I was back in Croatia exploring its more than 1,200 islands. An Italian couple taking a two-month-long yachting vacation along the coast hired me as an English tutor for their two children. We spent two weeks between the two islands the couple told me they liked best, Brač (“pronounced Bratch) and Hvar. “They go together like salt and pepper,” said Alessandra, the woman who hired me. These sister islands share a common history— Illyrian, then Greek, then Venetian rule—but are surprisingly different in terms of their atmosphere, topography, and the visitors they attract. “Brač is primal, rough, and essential, while Hvar is lively, sexy, and fun,” Alessandra said. Both are relaxing, but in different ways. Brač’s relaxation is in its slow pace; Hvar’s in a day spent on the beach. That summer I circumnavigated both of these islands by boat several times. With my 13- and 15-year-old charges as guides—they already knew these islands like the backs of their hands—we toured the islands by motor scooter and did long hikes. I helped them with the intricacies of J.D. Salinger’s novel The INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017

Catcher in the Rye; they taught me these two islands so well I still don’t need a map when I return today, which I regularly do. Both Brač and Hvar are reached by boat from Split. If you get an early start, you’ll have plenty of time to discover each in one day. Or both on two different days. Among the hundreds of inhabited islands off the Croatian coast, these two are true gems. BRAČ, THE THIRD LARGEST of the Croatian islands, is plump and leaf-shaped, rugged and rustic, and has always earned its keep from hard work. Archeological evidence shows humans lived here during the Paleolithic era. During Illyrian, Greek, Roman, and Venetian rule, Bračians were fishermen and sailors; tended olive groves; worked vineyards, at least until phylloxera destroyed most of them in the 19th century; and mined the beautiful, creamy white limestone the island is made of. At quarries, miners cut the stone into blocks and sent them to the mainland as building material. (Sixteen centuries after being used to build Diocletian’s palace, Brač limestone was used to build the White House. Nearly

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two centuries after that, Brač stone was used in the construction of the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York City.) Brač’s most famous beach, Zlatni Rat, is famous not for celebrity-spotting like Hvar’s beaches are, but for its geomorphology. Changes in tide, current, and wind transform the shape of the spit at the center of the beach. Supetar, on Brač’s northern coast and the island’s biggest town (pop. about 3,500), rolls down and around gentle hills blanketed with pine trees and odiferous wild herbs like rosemary and thyme. It’s peaceful and idyllic. The intimate harbor front, where ferries from the mainland dock, is edged with the island’s creamy white stone and plump palms whose shaggy crowns are often filled with twittering starlings. It was often the cheerful chatter of these birds that woke me in the morning during my summer on the yacht teaching English. Awake, I’d have a quick coffee in one of the many cafes overlooking the port and its small, colorful fleet of fishing boats before heading to a bakery for several loaves of fresh bread. Bistro Palute (Put Pasike 16), one of the places I liked to linger with a novel when I had an INSPIRATO.COM


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SEA AND BE SEEN (Clockwise from above) The Adriatic Sea from the beach club Bonj les Bains on Hvar; Dubovica Beach is only accessible via a short walk; Cafes line Hvar Town’s harbor.

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island’s southern coast that’s long been an artists’ colony, is an operetta set come to life. And the drive there—twisting through a rural, mountainous countryside dotted with small, stone bunje shelters dating back to prehistoric times, and tiny villages (the whole island only has 14,000 permanent residents)—is the stuff car commercials are made of. The landscape is a patchwork of silvery-green olive groves, vineyards, and scrub forest with live oaks and pines. Along the way are two stops, each with a serious sense of place: the village of Škrip and the Blaca Hermitage. Škrip is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement on the island, and it’s a moody, mineral-hard place. Literally. The homes here are built entirely from stone—both walls and roofs. The Museum of the Island of Brač is in Škrip, and the whole village feels a bit like an open-air museum. Walk around, dodging the donkeys and sheep of the village’s contemporary residents, and see remnants of 5,000-year-old walls built by Illyrians and the island’s largest Roman cemetery. Archeologists believe that buried somewhere near the cemetery are the ruins of a Roman temple. Compared to Škrip, Blaca Monastery is modern: it was founded in the mid-16th century by Glagolitic priests fleeing the

Ottoman invasion of the Croatian mainland. For several years they lived in caves carved out of the cliffs here, but eventually began building the monastery still standing today. The last priest of the order died in 1963 and the monastery has been preserved as a museum since. Its library has more than 8,000 volumes, there is an impressive armory collection, and the monks’ cells and a schoolroom for local kids look like they were used only yesterday. From Blaca, meat-lovers and adventurous eaters should head to the village of Donji Humac where Konoba Kopačina serves the

best version of Brač’s signature dish: vitalac. Cooked over a wood fire in a big open hearth, vitalac is a spit-roasted preparation of lamb’s offal wrapped in caul fat. The restaurant also does less exotic grilled dishes like lamb chops, sausage, and fish, and its terrace has beautiful views over the countryside. Just before the road begins a series of hairpin curves that zigzag down to Bol, keep your eyes peeled for a view of Zlatni Rat, the geomorphing beach. The cobalt-blue waters of the Adriatic lap at both sides of its arrowheadshaped, white-sand spit. Just beyond it, built

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BLUE DAY Hop a chartered boat to Kornati National Park in the Adriatic Sea. Why? Ask George Bernard Shaw who said, “On the last day of Creation God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars, and breath.” And while it is a park, the restaurants lining its shore make it a foodie paradise. GREEN DAY Head inland to Krka Waterfalls National Park, a short 45-minute drive from the villa, where you can hike along a

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beautiful river. Stop into the charming village of Skradin for a lunch of its famous risotto dishes. DINING Try the award-winning Pelegrini restaurant in Šibenik for creative takes on Mediterranean cuisine. For the best local fare, dine at Restaurant Tomaseo in Šibenik or Mazgoon in Split. Both offer a stellar selection of local wines. Speaking of wine, the best tastings of the local vintages are offered at Bibich’s, along with its innovative food pairings.

HISTORY Hire a private guide to show you through the medieval fortresses in Šibenik, St. Michael’s, or Barone. Or visit the old town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Split, you can tour the Diocletian Palace. KID FRIENDLY At the end of June, the town of Šibenik hosts the International Children’s Festival with performances, arts, and workshops all geared toward children.

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SUN DRENCHED (Opposite page) Hvar, which has more than 300 sunny days annually, is considered one of the sunniest of Croatia’s islands. (This page) Hvar Town’s Pjaca is reminiscent of St. Mark’s Square in Venice.

right up to the water’s edge, is Bol. If you want a swim before exploring Bol, look for the sign that indicates the Zlatni Rat parking lot. The beach is about a 10-minute walk. Bol’s most interesting attraction, aside from Zlatni Rat and the town itself, is the Branislav Dešković Museum, housed in a Renaissance villa on the harbor-front. The museum is named for a Croatian sculptor, but displays more than 300 works by dozens of Croatian artists active in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dešković was best-known for capturing the expressions of animals, and there’s a bronze of a hunting dog just inside the front entrance to the museum. The English-speaking docents are friendly, but they’re no Bubi. IF PLUMP AND RUGGED BRAČ is a loving babushka, Hvar is a supermodel—long and thin and, thanks to its popularity with Dalmatian nobles in the 18th and 19th centuries, cultured with an aristocratic gloss. (In 1869, Empress Elisabeth of Austria visited and liked Hvar so much she helped finance the construction of the Hotel Palace.) In the island’s main port and biggest town, also named Hvar, buildings date to Venetian rule. Today, during the summer, yachts fill the harbor, and the café terraces around the port are packed with a glamorous, international crowd that has included Beyonce, Tom Cruise, and Oprah. Depending on the season and the direction of the wind, it’s possible you’ll discover Hvar’s signature scent before you actually arrive on the island. The perfume of the lavender fields planted along the main road that runs from Hvar Town east sometimes wafts out to sea. INSPIRATO.COM

Otherwise, the breeze coming into the harbor may be laced with the fragrances of pine trees or fig leaves. Whatever scent is in the air, the arrival of every ferry has an opulently festive feel. Passengers on foot and in cars, impeccably dressed, spill onto the stone-edged wharf and air kiss friends accessorized with bright silk scarves and oversized sunglasses, or quickly pop into one of the cafes that line the eastern edge of the port. While Brač is an island to explore, Hvar is an island to be. To do this, you don’t have to leave Hvar Town, which is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved port towns in Croatia. If Bol is an operetta set, Hvar is an elegant open-air baroque salon perfect for wandering—there are boutiques, restaurants, and museums. The Venetians rebuilt the town—the earliest settlement of note in the area was Roman—in the early 1600s, adding the Pjaca, a rectangular stone-paved main square that is still the area’s heart, and in miniature, recalls some of the refinement of Venice’s Piazza San Marco. At one end of the Pjaca is the harbor and an old arsenal building whose second floor is one of the oldest Baroque playhouses in Europe. The main market and Saint Stephen’s church are at the other end of the Pjaca. You’d think St. Stephen’s Dalmatian Renaissance exterior its most remarkable asset, until you step inside and see artwork that predates Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Bahamas: the 13th-century icon The Madonna and Child and a 15th-century pieta. Out of the square, wander the narrow lanes of Groda, old town, and make the hike up to the Fortica. Venetians built the Fortica with the help of Spanish engineers in the 1550s; today

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it has superb views over town. I never look down on the flotilla of yachts, each grander and more gilded than the next, without feeling an affectionate nostalgia for the handsome, white, mahogany-trimmed 1930s yacht that first brought me here more than three decades ago. Notwithstanding my New Englander’s preference for things both simple and plainspun, I love gawking at this mid-summer magnificence. In both human and nautical terms, it’s one of the best shows to be found anywhere in Europe. After looking at this show, become part of it. People come to Hvar for the same reason they go to Saint-Tropez—to be a part of one of the world’s most stylish beach scenes. As in Saint-Tropez, the owners of the extravagant craft anchored in the harbor spend their days at glamorous beach clubs. Hula-Hula Hvar has a party vibe with piped music and a gorgeous young crowd tossing back Austrian sparkling wine. Built in 1927, Bonj les Bains was recently renovated and is more formal. Rent a cabana with chaise lounges and an umbrella here, swim off the pier, book a massage, and tuck into a plate of spaghetti with lobster sauce in its restaurant. Afterward, bring the best of Hvar and Brac together: punctuate the deliciously lazy hours of a long, nose-stuckin-a-novel afternoon with a plunge into the Adriatic and a glass or two of Stina Winery’s Pošip, a white wine made in Bol of Bračiangrown grapes. Alexander Lobrano also writes for the New York Times. INSPIRATO MAGAZINE INSPIRATO| MAGAZINE SPRING/SUMMER | SPRING 2017 2017


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Tuscan fruit is so good it moves author Frances Mayes to tears. Don’t get her started on the region’s olive oil, chestnuts, porcini, or wild boar. BY MICHAEL SHAPIRO

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own land and saute them with garlic,” Mayes says. Italians “don’t even want them on pasta—they just want them on little crostini because they so want to taste this wild mushroom. In the spring it’s strange things like green almonds. Everybody loves crunchy green almonds before they turn into a nut. To me that’s very much an acquired taste, but local people like them.” Foraging for food, she says, is “profoundly different” than shopping at Whole Foods. These days, Mayes, who grew up in Georgia, divides her time between an estate in North Carolina and her home in Tuscany. Both homes have names: Chatswood, a 4,500-square-foot Federalist farmhouse built in 1806, was once an inn and is steeped in Southern history; Bramasole, named for the big Etruscan wall near the house, is the Tuscan villa that Frances Mayes and her husband, Ed, began refurbishing in the early 1990s and where they’ve spent much of the past 25 years. Located a couple of miles from town, Bramasole is an imposing three-story stone house in classic Tuscan peachorange hues that glow in the setting sun. It’s approached by a path flanked by roses, sage, and rosemary. The land on which it sits, a plot that would take “two oxen two days to plow” as stated in the property’s ancient deed, is lined with olive trees. “When I came here and got out of the car the first time, a real estate agent said, ‘Bramare, to yearn for; and sole, sun— INSPIRATO.COM

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t’s summer in Tuscany and Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, is shopping at a fruit stand in her adopted home of Cortona. “Are these plums local?” she asks the elderly woman at the stand as the sweet scent of the fruit perfumes the air. “Oh no, signora,” the vendor apologizes. “They’re from Castiglion Fiorentino.” Which is just 5 miles away. This exchange reveals Tuscans’ preference for hyper-local food, one of the essential qualities that make the region’s cuisine so heavenly. Italians in general and Tuscans in particular revere simple dishes made from ingredients found near (or at) their homes, but their appreciation for food goes deeper than taste. In Tuscany, food isn’t just something to eat—it’s something to do with family and friends: harvesting wild mushrooms, picking olives, canning tomatoes, sharing big bowls of pasta, and gathering for dinners where everyone helps cook and conversation flows deep into the night. “There is an intense passion for local food, and it’s particularly focused on what you can find yourself,” Mayes told me last fall. “And that’s what I see that is so different from living [in the United States].” “In Tuscany right this minute [early October] everybody is out looking for the mazza di tamburo, the mushroom of the moment. That means drumstick—it’s shaped like a drumstick with a long stem and a big, flat head. You find them on your


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something that yearns for the sun,’” Mayes told me when I interviewed her in 2003 for my book, A Sense of Place, a collection of interviews with travel writers. “That just really hit because metaphorically I was hoping for a connection with the light, something transformative, something big.” The locals thought Mayes was nuts to buy the house because no one in Cortona wanted it. “Now they say to me, ‘I could have bought that house.’ ” Under the Tuscan Sun, Mayes’ 1996 memoir about restoring Bramasole, had an initial print run of 5,000 copies and quickly leapt to the top of the best-seller lists where it stayed for years. “The expectation I had of it was of course minimal because I had only published books of poetry before then. You don’t know when you write a book whether it is going to sink or swim,” she says. It swam, of course, and has been translated into 52 languages, selling millions of copies and becoming a film of the same title starring Diane Lane. To mark the book’s 20th anniversary last fall, Broadway Books published a special paperback edition with a new afterword by Mayes in which she speaks of how gathering for meals helped make her part of the local community. Calling herself a “product of a lavish Southern table,” Mayes writes, “Food was the defining point of turning me half-Tuscan. The life around the table reminds me of the South. Every time I pull up my chair to a friend’s table I know that I am home. … INSPIRATO.COM

Relaxation around food is extraordinary. No need to ask if you can bring an extra guest or two. Throw in another handful of pasta; grab a chair. … Just found mushrooms translate into an invitation to come on over.” Part of the tremendous response to the book was based on the leap of faith Mayes took, leaving a comfortable life in the U.S.—she’d been a professor of poetry at San Francisco State University—and starting anew in Tuscany. “I think she is

COUNTRY LIFE (Clockwise from opposite page) Roasted fresh asparagus; The Mayeses’ Bramasole estate; At Bramasole’s front door; Lunch under blooming wisteria.

In Tuscany food isn’t just something to eat—it’s something to do with family and friends: harvesting wild mushrooms, picking olives, canning tomatoes, sharing big bowls of pasta, and gathering for dinners during which everyone helps cook and conversation flows deep into the night. beloved for many reasons,” says Elaine Petrocelli, owner of Book Passage, which operates three independent bookstores in the San Francisco Bay area. “Her tales are both fascinating and accessible. She followed her dream to live in Italy, and then as she became part of the fabric of her new Italian community, we laughed, cried, and cheered.”

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Early on, Mayes connected with her neighbors by collecting food. Foraging in Italy is seasonal, Mayes says, and part of what knits together Tuscan communities: “In August everybody is out looking for wild fennel” which is when wild blackberries are also at their peak. At other times of the year it’s wild lettuces or purslane, an herb that “grows between the cracks of stones. It’s great in salads and is supposed to be good for your liver.” Gardening is a big part of Italians’ approach to food as well. “Everybody who has even a little plot is growing some food, particularly in the summer, [such as] tomatoes and basil. I’m in rural Tuscany, and everybody still has a garden. Part of this wonderful aspect of connection with the land is that it’s very involved with the generosity I’ve always experienced among the Italians. When you’ve got your garden, you share it, and people share with you: ‘I’m INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017

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bringing you figs, you’re bringing me melons,’ that kind of thing.” Sometimes Mayes finds food on her doorstep— squashes one day, bags of spinach the next—and doesn’t even know who left them. Harvests bring out the best in the community. “The biggest thing of all is the olive harvest. Anyone who can has an olive grove—or their uncle does or their cousin or their friend. Being able to take for granted the most sublime olive oil in the universe is just such a gift and part of that great heritage of connection with the land,” Mayes says. “We pick mid-October. We make lunch, everybody gathers at a rickety old table; they even bring their coffee pots and put them on little burners. There’s a lot of storytelling, a lot of singing and whistling—you’re picking all day and you get really tired, and you’ve got crates and crates of great olives.” The harvest from each tree after pressing produces about a liter of olive oil. “You go to the mill and that’s another big community thing,” Mayes says. “People are visiting at the mill and getting their new oil. It’s just such an amazing life around food; everybody talks about food. They take a very high level of quality of ingredients totally for granted. They just have no idea what they’ve got.” INSPIRATO.COM

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In rural Tuscany, everybody still has a connection with the land—a garden. When you’ve got your garden, you share it, and people share with you.


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In the U.S., where a half-century ago Wonder Bread, Velveeta cheese, and canned string beans were the norm, the trend today is toward artisanal food. Far more Americans now appreciate organic vegetables, fine chocolate, premium coffee, craft beer, whole-grain breads, and non-processed cheese. But in Tuscany, Mayes notes, eating quality food has long been a way of life for just about everyone. “Things taste better” in Tuscany, she says. “I’ve never figured that out. Even getting apples from the farmer down the road [in North Carolina], compared to the apples in Italy, they just don’t have the depth of flavor. I don’t know why. I guess it’s the Tuscan sun. We found that with so many things—it’s just the flavor in the fruit particularly—you just want to cry.” With her husband Ed, Mayes is co-author of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, published in 2012. She includes two recipes from the cookbook in the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun: one for Baked Pasta with Sausage and Four Cheeses, another for Massimo and Daniela’s Wine Cake. In the cookbook, she includes a passage from Every Day in Tuscany, her follow-up to Under the Tuscan Sun, simply and poetically evoking a sense of kitchen spirituality. “The choreography of the kitchen—I peel, you scrape, wine spills, bag splits, beans simmer, sink slurps, petals fall, flours drifts, INSPIRATO.COM

crust splits, aromas spread, lights flicker, chocolate melts, … and dough rises in soft moons the size of my cupped hand as planet earth tilts us toward dinner.” And in the cookbook she writes, “Etruscan tombs from 800 B.C. show men and women reclining around the banquet table. Their archaic faces reflect the joys of dining that are cherished in Italy—and have been forever.” It’s worth noting that Under the Tuscan Sun opens with a worker at Bramasole asking Mayes: “What are you growing here?” She replies, “Olives and grapes,” and he says: “Of course olives and grapes,” as though that’s the most obvious thing in the world. Then he tells her: “Grow potatoes. They’ll take care of themselves.” Five summers later, she writes, digging up the potatoes is “like finding Easter eggs. … Just a rinse and they shine.” Today at Bramasole, Frances and Ed grow eggplant, parsley, “five or six different kinds of herbs, tomatoes, fennel, carrots, and radishes.” And “we have tons of lemon trees—that’s my favorite ingredient in the kitchen. It’s such a luxury to have endless lemons all summer.” In Tuscany food isn’t just enjoyed—it’s honored. The sagra is a uniquely Italian festival, a big community meal in celebration of a particular ingredient or product in its season. In autumn there’s a sagra for chestnuts and another for porcini

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AT WORK (Opposite page) Pizza dough made from a recipe in The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, which Mayes co-authored with her husband Ed. (Above) Mayes’ North Carolina attic study, where she often writes during the part of the year she spends in the U.S.

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mushrooms, Mayes says, and the sagra for the cherry is in June. There’s even a sagra for wild boar. “All around Tuscany if you see a sign that says sagra, something’s about to be celebrated. You see the signs posted outside towns: the sagra of the tomato, the sagra of the snail—we have that in Cortona in the spring. People are out on the old castle wall in the middle of the night picking these snails—it’s intense.” Of course not everything that Tuscans enjoy on their plates is local. At Camucia’s farmers market near Cortona, shoppers find produce from throughout the country, such as artichokes. “As soon as they’re in season in the south of Italy, big trucks come up in the night and sell the artichokes at the market.” The medieval market has changed in one aspect since Mayes arrived in the early 1990s: “I know a lot of the Italians aren’t running the stands—it’s people from other countries. But other than that it’s still the same market.” Farmers markets remain a locus of community where people meet and greet, Mayes says. “Old men from the country come in with their tweed suits and stand around while the women shop.” The love of community has much to do “with the strong influence of the piazza in rural Tuscany, and the rest of rural Italy as well,” she says. “The piazza is still that place where people gather. They’re talking about recipes—they’re shopping. Food is so paramount, it’s just what they talk about. So when they get together in the piazza, you hear, ‘well no, you don’t put it in the oven; you grill it.’ When you’re standing in line at the meat market somebody is always going to ask you what you’re going to do with what you’re buying and will offer how they’d do it, which is much better.”

LIFE, WELL LIVED (Above) Mayes is drawn to Tuscany in part because of the close community and the “intense passion for local food.” (Right) A full bookshelf in the sun room. (Opposite page) The Mayeses wrote a cookbook together; they also make wines and olive oils.


When I first met Mayes in 2003, she and Ed surprised me by picking me up at the train station, about three miles from Cortona. Ed drove assertively, Italian style, while Frances pointed out historical sites: “That’s where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 217,” she said, pointing to a valley below. In Cortona, Frances took me to the Teatro Signorelli, a historic theater. She said she loved Audrey Wells’ film adaptation of her book, even though it took liberties with her story. Walking along the narrow streets, we stopped to chat with a florist, then had a simple yet richly satisfying pasta lunch. To complete the meal, the osteria’s owner brought us each a chilled glass of sea-green alloro (bay laurel) liqueur, a gesture emblematic of the generosity Mayes so eloquently evokes in her books. Then she gave me a tour of Bramasole, showing me a fresco they uncovered during the renovation. Today, Mayes still sees many visitors gazing up at her home from outside its walled garden. “Sometimes I open the window in the morning in my nightgown and I think, oh God, there are 40 people down there,” she says. What’s next? Mayes just completed a novel scheduled for publication in spring of 2018 called Women and Sunlight about three women who are slated to go into an active retirement community. Instead, they decide to take off together and lease a house in Italy. “It’s about reinvention of yourself later in life,” Mayes says. There’s also a book about 100 secret places in Italy coming, which Mayes realizes means the places she includes will no longer be secret. More than a quarter century after arriving in Tuscany, Mayes remains propelled by curiosity and eager to explore. When she arrives in a new place she doesn’t rely solely on guidebooks. “I walk and walk and walk,” she says, and she starts conversations with locals, asking where they eat or where they’d go on a special occasion. “I think it’s fun to follow your nose and try and make a discovery, not just go where Mario Batali said he went. Look at the menus posted on the streets—look inside the door.” Michael Shapiro is author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration, which includes an interview with Frances Mayes. His Inspirato story (Summer/Fall 2016) on Vancouver’s sustainable seafood movement won the 2016 Explore Canada Award of Excellence in the culinary category.

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HARD ROCK A tour of the Carrara Marble Quarry is a must for any art lover. Located 90 minutes from Florence, the quarry is where Michelangelo picked the white marble that ultimately became his famous statue of David. FACE IT The Spa at Castello di Casole is close to Inspirato’s Il Campanile residence, and it’s where they offer the best facial treatments. WINE & COFFEE Francesco Illy, better known for his Illy coffee brand, also owns Winery Podere le Ripi, his biodynamic winery in the heart of

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Montalcino where he produces Brunello wine. Members visit the winery with a tasting, enjoy lunch, and afterward, a coffee tasting. Usually Francesco Illy himself leads the tour for Inspirato Members. GONDOLA CRUISE Book a gondola cruise on the Arno River in Florence for an intimate perspective of the city. SOAK IT IN The hot springs feeding the Alder Spa Resort in Bagni Vignone have soothed Florentines for centuries.

March 27, 2017 EXPLOSION OF THE CART Witness a complex 300-year-old Easter Sunday tradition where a dove-shaped rocket detonates a cart filled with fireworks. June 16-17, 2017 PISA’S CELEBRATION OF SAN RANIERI More than 70,000 candle lamps illuminate the old city. August 2017 VOLTERRA The medieval city of Volterra turns back the clock to 1398, a time of armored knights, musicians, and jesters.

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a moment BALI IS NO SECRET AMONG INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURERS, BUT THE ISLAND’S FLAWLESS BEACHES, CULTURAL TRADITIONS, AND BUSTLING MARKETS ARE WORTH EVERYONE’S ATTENTION. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN DEARTH

CULTURAL CROP For the Balinese, rice is much more than the foundation of their diet. It is part of the culture. The islanders set aside one day a month, Hari Bhatari Sri, to honor Dewi Sri, the Balinese goddess of rice and fertility. Rituals surround the grain’s agricultural cycle, starting from planting and continuing through its growth and irrigation and into harvest. The island’s irrigation system, believed to date to the 11th century, is renowned for its efficiency. The fluttering cloths above the rice fields are to prevent scavengers (mostly birds) from pillaging the crop. The cloths are tethered onto an elaborate pulley system.

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or centuries, the waters of Bali’s Jimbaran Bay have beckoned the weak and the weary. Seeking rejuvenation in the Indonesian island’s warm ocean and on its sublime, cotton-soft beaches, travelers to Bali’s exquisite southern peninsula discover a world where the four elements—earth, water, fire, and sky—converge seamlessly into a complex tapestry. And it’s not just the south of the country that intrigues. Bali is a mystical destination where ancient cultures and wild jungles exist alongside cosmopolitan cities and authentic villages. This unique diversity is one reason that Bali, long a favorite among international adventurers, is now experiencing what

connected with a series of intricate gates. Built to face the mountains, sea, or sunrise, the temples range from modest to elaborate. Inside are spires, towers, and pavilions deliberately organized around three zones, known as mandalas. Typically serene and uninhabited, the puras transform into vibrant places during festivals and temple anniversaries, when visitors can experience traditional dance performances and more. A natural extension of the country’s spirituality is its reputation for holistic healing. Bali Usada, sometimes called Balinese Traditional Healing in the West, employs naturopathic remedies— herbs, massage, energy work, and

Bali is a mystical destination where ancient cultures and wild jungles exist alongside cosmopolitan cities and authentic villages. can only be called “a moment.” Sun-kissed surfers laid claim to Bali’s storied waves in the late 1960s. In 1972, Uluwatu, now ranked among the top surf spots in the world, gained international prominence with the release of the now-classic film Morning of the Earth. Back then, the beach was accessed via a long staircase from the eponymous temple. The film broadcast the area’s isolated, stunning beauty and unleashed a torrent of visitation. Nowadays it’s not just surfers who come here (though there’s still plenty of opportunity to catch a wave, if desired). Visitors to Bali’s extensive coast dabble in a range of ocean sports like kayaking and parasailing, dine on fresh seafood, and lounge on the silky sand. Beyond the beach, Bali offers unparalleled immersion in culture and tradition, both of which are embodied in the country’s estimated 10,000 Hindu temples called puras. These places of worship are designed as open-air gathering spaces enclosed by thick walls INSPIRATO MAGAZINE | SPRING/SUMMER 2017

other ancient practices—to treat ailments both physical and mental. Complementing this practice are the island’s burgeoning yogic opportunities. In recent years, leaders of Balinese yoga studios have developed loyal followings, and Bali has emerged as a premier destination for yoga teacher training. Perhaps a great deal of the island’s popularity can be attributed to its prominence in author Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love. (Bali was where she found love.) A hit movie starring Julia Roberts followed the book, and now tourists arrive regularly on the island hoping to follow in Gilbert’s footsteps. But Gilbert merely amplified what travelers who came before her already knew: There is no place else in the world like Bali. Lush, remote, exotic, and intriguing, Bali is a beautiful, multi-faceted destination. A vacation here can be tranquil or turbo-charged. Either way, it is guaranteed to transform. —RACHEL WALKER

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A BEACH FOR EVERY MOOD No two snowflakes are alike; the same holds true for Bali’s beaches and bays. Some have world-famous surf spots, their waters so rough that anyone without a board is warned to stay on the land. Other beaches hide in small openings between cliffs and the ocean. Still others, like Padang Padang, featured here, appeal to romantics with their unobstructed vistas and elegant surroundings.

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FLORA AND FAUNA (Top photo) Don’t let the long-tailed locals abscond with your stuff while you visit Uluwatu Temple. Populated by monkeys notorious for snatching visitors’ belongings, this temple perches at the edge of a 230-foot cliff. Winding stone steps lead from the temple to Uluwatu Beach, made famous in the 1972 surf film Morning of the Earth. (Left) Balinese cuisine relies on a variety of spices to flavor fresh vegetables, meat, and fish. Purchasing fresh produce like mangosteen and durian from warungs, food stands, and street markets is a rite of passage for visitors to the island.

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FIRESIDE (Above) Nearly every restaurant on the island serves Balinese red snapper. Often prepared with turmeric, garlic, coriander, lime, chili peppers, and shallots, the dish is flavorful, light, and memorable. The island’s top chefs flock to the Bukit Peninsula to buy seafood. A stop at the Jimbaran Fish Market is a must for visitors. (Right) Kecak is a form of Balinese dance in which dancers act out ancient fables and depict famous moments in local history. Kecak performances are elaborate and dramatic and most often happen at temple festivals. Here, Kecak dancers whirl around a fire at Uluwatu Temple.

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THROUGH THE AGES Bali is an island where the past and present collide. The chaise lounges and satellite antenna are modern, but the architecture of this hut perched at the edge of volcanic cliffs comes from a tradition that dates back nearly a millennium.

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TRADITIONAL DANCE A visit to Bali, known locally as the Island of Gods, will not be complete without witnessing a traditional dance. Close to Belmond Jimparan Puri is the Uluwatu Temple, one of the island’s most sacred Hindu temples, located at the edge of a 70-meter-high cliff overlooking the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Here visitors are welcome to observe the dramatic Kecak Dance performance as well as catch the sunset.

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MARKET On the beach along Jimbaran, you’ll see the fishermen returning from the sea in their colorful traditional boats and that day’s fresh catch. They’re heading to the bustling Jimbaran Fish Market, where the ocean’s bounty is on display. FRESH CATCH As a fishing village, it goes without saying that excellent seafood cafes can be found all along the Jimbaran Bay. Each serves fresh seafood barbecue with local or regional flavors.

Enjoy scrumptious grilled prawn, crab or squid, as you tuck your feet into the white sand while having a chilled Bintang beer. CATCH A WAVE Off the shore from the Uluwatu Temple is one of the most famous left-hand surf breaks in the world. On good days, experienced surfers can enjoy rides lasting 30 seconds or longer. The smaller, mellow waves on the north side of Padang Padang bay are best for novice surfers.

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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 Breckenridge, Colorado NEW Cape Cod, Massachusetts Carmel Valley, California Charleston, South Carolina Chicago, Illinois Coral Gables, Florida Dana Point, California Deer Valley/Park City, Utah Denver, Colorado Fogo Island, Newfoundland Fort Lauderdale, Florida Gateway, Colorado Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Islamorada, Florida Isle of Palms, South Carolina Jackson Hole, Wyoming Jupiter, Florida Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii Kiawah Island, South Carolina Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii Lake Michigan/Harbor Country, Michigan Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles County, California Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts Miami/South Beach, Florida Miraval, Tucson, Arizona NEW Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Nantucket, Massachusetts Napa Valley, California Naples, Florida New Orleans, Louisiana New York, New York Northstar, Lake Tahoe, California Ojai Valley, California Orlando, Florida

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Palm Beach, Florida NEW 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 Sun Valley, Idaho NEW Telluride, Colorado The Poconos, Pennsylvania Toronto, Ontario NEW Vail, Colorado Vancouver, British Columbia Victoria, British Columbia Wailea, Maui, Hawaii Washington, D.C. Watch Hill, Rhode Island Whistler, British Columbia Woodstock, Vermont

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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.

prepared Colorado game, decadent comfort food, worldclass sushi, or a burger at the White House Tavern. Wherever you go, you can count on the perfect glass of wine or a local craft beer to pair with your meal.

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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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

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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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Avalon/Stone Harbor, New Jersey Split between Avalon to the north and Stone Harbor to the south, Seven Mile Island has been a revered vacation spot for decades amongst East Coast familes who are drawn to spend their summers on its sandy beaches. Removed from the rambunctious crowds of other New Jersey destinations, Avalon and Stone Harbor foster classic charm. Ice cream parlors, laid-back bars, and fresh seafood stands line beaches and boardwalks.

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Inspirato Members enjoy suites right on the beach in a semiprivate top floor section of the luxury hotel. This ensures a room with a view and the ability to open the wide doors to each suite’s private terrace to let the breeze blow in. Other member amenities include: • Beach tags for each guest. • Parking spot for each room. • Outdoor heated pool and an adults-only spa pool. Dining options range from elegant contemporary fare at Shimmers Bistro to casual comfort food at Avalon Brew Pub.

Dune Drive in Avalon and Stone Harbor’s 96th Street Shopping District are top shopping destinations, boasting more than 100 stores. Peruse charming boutiques for apparel, accessories, and décor, or pop into a chilled-out surf shop. BEACHSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Seven Mile Island is home to more than 40 protected beaches where sun-seekers play volleyball, Frisbee, bocce, and more. Activities are restricted at certain beaches, so check with your concierge to see what you can do where.

Fishing reaches a peak in spring and fall when it’s easy to cast a line from a pier or jetty. Charters take anglers out into the deep water, as well as into myriad back bays, in search of striped bass, flounder, bluefish, and more. Avalon’s 30th Street Beach hosts alfresco film screenings every Tuesday during the summer. Showtime is around dusk and the roster usually includes new releases. The shore’s mild waves make it ideal for beginner surfers. Rent a board and head to the beaches at 30th Street and 12th Street in Avalon or 81st Street and 110th Street in Stone Harbor.

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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

DINING

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.

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.

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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. Charming Nottingham Lake in Avon offers fishing and paddleboating in the summer and iceskating and hockey in the winter.

NIGHTLIFE

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. Don’t miss Grouse Mountain Grill in The Pines Lodge in Avon for their contemporary American menu and a seat alongside Eagle Creek. SKI/SNOWBOARDING

Vail may be bigger, but it’s Beaver Creek that hosts the annual World Cup skiing competition on the Birds of Prey ski run. Take your turns on the same slope that has 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. SPRING SKIING

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. 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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Boston, Massachusetts Boston is a blend of stylish sophistication, business, higher education, and historic New England charm. Uncover its history by walking the Freedom Trail, dining in a new restaurant (or an old favorite), and shopping upscale boutiques on Newbury Street. Stroll the Public Garden or take a Swan Boat ride. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts or see the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park. See for yourself why Boston is a “Top 10” tourist destination.

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Originally conceived by a local columnist for the Herald Traveler in 1951, the Freedom Trail is a meandering path of red-painted bricks that leads you to historical points throughout Boston over the course of 2.5 miles. Just a few of the gems included in this stretch of yesteryear are the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Old Corner Book Store, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. Ground markers display detailed explanations of the historic events that took place at each stopping point..

Start the Freedom Trail from the oldest park in the country. Boston Common forms the center of the Emerald Necklace park system. Over the years, it has been used for cattle grazing and a Revolutionary campground.

The venerable Fenway Park is 104 years old and has been home to ten World Series. It is one of the most famous sports venues in the world. Take a ballpark tour or catch a game from the luxurious EMC Club or the Absolut Clubhouse.

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Scudamore’s Punting Company offers a different view of Boston, one from the water. Families will love the tranquil setting of the Charles River, and an opera at Lowell House nearby makes for a singular night out afterward.

SHOP & SPA

The Rodeo Drive of the East, Newbury Street is a shopper’s mecca with eclectic independent boutiques, high-end urban fashion, and world-class salons. Visit Crush Boutique, Chanel or Bella Santé, voted best massage in Boston.

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Breckenridge, Colorado From the moment gold was discovered in this gem in the Western Slope back in 1859 to its current identity as a mecca for skiing, snowboarding, and extreme sports, Breckenridge is a historic and humble mix of elegant shops and world-class sking. With a nod to its rich history as a mining town during the Gold Rush and an abundance of friendly locals, this unbuttoned retreat delivers your vacation’s must-haves: comfort and style.

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HIGHLIGHTS MAIN STREET

BREW TOWN

The historic district in downtown Breckenridge stretches multiple city blocks and is teeming with locally-owned boutiques, breweries, fine dining options, cafes, and steaming hot pizza.

Beloved by locals, Broken Compass Brewery on Continental Court is best known for its malty finishes. After a day in the great outdoors, try their coconut porter or a chocolate coffee stout.

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NATURE HIKES & GLIDES

Increase your chances of seeing Colorado’s wildlife with a daytime drive on Boreas Pass Road, a 19-mile stretch of road that was once a railway, from southern Breckenridge along the White River National Forest.

A little more than 8 miles long, Mohawk Lake Trail is a moderate hike with views of a lake and mountains stretching in all directions. You’re likely to see locals out with their dogs or on horseback. If there’s still good snow in the mountains, rent a pair of snowshoes and ask your

Destination Concierge for a recommendation on the most gradual paths. Try any of the trails off of Hoosier Pass. Or you can leave the work to the dogs at Good Times Adventures, which hosts a 6-mile dogsledding tour along the scenic Swan River Valley. Visit two different Nordic centers to experience cross-country skiing on beautifully groomed trails. GET HIGH

If ski season is still going, take the Imperial Express SuperChair at the resort to a breathtaking ski run. At 12,840 feet, it’s North America’s highest ski lift.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts Exploring the Cape is a full-time, leisurely adventure, whether you’re biking the “Rail Trail” or picnicking and building sandcastles on beautiful seaside sands. Your Destination Concierge will make reservations for fresh seafood fine dining or arrange for a rustic clambake on the beach. As the sun goes down, head to Provincetown for boisterous nightlife and Chatham for shopping. Head to the Cape to watch whales, snag a tuna, or find the perfect balance between relaxation and excitement.

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HIGHLIGHTS BAYSIDE LIFE

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Cape Cod Bay separates the Outer Cape from the mainland. Numerous beaches hug the cape’s inner curve, which offers waves that are calmer and gentler than the ocean side. Even better: Your residence is located right on the bay.

On the Cape for more than 50 years, the Mews Restaurant & Cafe is a Provincetown staple. The Zagat-rated menu of seafood and steak boasts international flair, and the waterfront location is ideal for sipping cocktails.

Along the Cape, lighthouses keep fishing and commercial boats safe. Kids love visiting these unique beacons. Truro’s Highland Light is the closest to your residence. Also visit Race Point, Chatham Light, and Nauset Light.

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Wellfleet’s town center is home to two dozen art galleries featuring local and national artists. Save a Saturday evening in July or August for an exhibit opening featuring local cheeses, fresh fruit, and wine.

Like his father Art 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 for years. Families can enjoy a safe and air-conditioned ride in a Suburban.

New England is one of the top 10 areas in the world to spot whales, and they flock here to feed on mackerel, herring, and krill. Humpback and finback whales are the most common. Whalewatching high season is April through October.

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Charleston, South Carolina From preserved cobblestone streets and the stately columns of antebellum mansions to Spanish moss hanging from ancient oak trees and courtyards fragrant with jasmine, Charleston offers the true beauty and grace of the Old South. Yet for all its tradition, the city greets visitors with modern charm thanks to its world-class cuisine, eclectic art galleries, and familyfriendly atmosphere.

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HIGHLIGHTS THE WATERFRONT

Charleston Parks Conservancy protects and maintains Waterfront Park, a 12-acre coastal green space that runs along half a mile of the Cooper River. Visitors can watch sailboats on the horizon from the comfort of an oldfashioned bench on the harbor. Off of Concord Street, kids can beat the Lowcountry heat by playing in the Splash fountain. Nearby, the Charleston Pineapple Fountain is also a perfect place to dip your toes. SHOP THE SOUTH

Historic King Street has it all and features some of the best

shopping in the state with both men and women’s clothing, award-winning art galleries, book stores, antique shops, coffee, desserts, and gift shops. GHOST WALK

If you enjoy a good spooking, try the Ghost Walk. This ghostly tour of haunted homes in the historic district of Charleston lasts an hour and a half in 18th- and 19thcentury neighborhoods. LOWCOUNTRY’S BOUNTY

From April to December in Marion Square, more than 25 farmers and growers from the Charleston area sell a variety of

Lowcountry produce, seafood, meats, plants, herbs, and freshly cut flowers. 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. HISTORY LESSONS

Fort Sumter National Monument is best known as the place where the shots that started the American Civil War were fired. Today it offers tours and opportunities to learn about this historic site.

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Deer Valley/ Park City, Utah With their unwavering commitments to raising the standard in service, dining, and lodging, it comes as no surprise that Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort in Utah consistently rank as two of the top ski resorts in the world every year. In the summer, non-stop activities include outdoor concerts, guided hiking, fly fishing, adventure camps, and much more.

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HIGHLIGHTS HISTORIC MAIN STREET

THE OPERA HOUSE

WINE TIME

Main Street in Park City’s Old Town is rich with history. Park City was a mining town for almost 100 years before skiing made the area popular. Guided tours are available for the history buff in your family.

Located near the site of the Park City Opera House (until it burned down in 1898), the Egyptian Theatre in Park City pays homage to the area’s past with a medley of musicals, comedy, and community events. Each January it’s the center of the Sundance Film Festival, the world’s premier showcase for independent film.

The Stein Eriksen Lodge, which perches just above Deer Valley’s Viking lift, hosts a decadent lunch buffet. Wine seminars can be arranged for guests led by a certified sommelier and paired with cheese courses.

UTAH’S MUSIC CITY

For music buffs, there is an outstanding concert series throughout the summer at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Here, well known artists and local musicians take the stage. Park City offers a mix of venues and artists as well.

SPA

In Park City, the Spa Montage is the best in the business. Want to look fabulous for a special evening? The Spa Montage staff will style you to the nines.

SUMMER FUN

Snow is not required to practice some freestyle tricks. The Legacy Launcher at Park City Mountain Resort has four large trampolines to propel you into the air with the safety of a harness. Perfect your technique for the next ski trip.

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Fogo Island, Newfoundland Inside Iceberg Alley on the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Fogo Island is just 22 miles long and 15 miles wide. The island is the largest off the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Named by Andrew Harper as the Hideaway of the Year in 2015 and recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as The Gold Standard the same year, Fogo Island Inn is defined by remote isolation inside a modern architectural wonder.

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HIGHLIGHTS LAND OF SEVEN SEASONS

Not content with four seasons, Fogo Island has seven. Here are the highlights: • Trap Berth Season - Cod fishing berths are dropped into surrounding waters on the first of June every year. The berths last for just a month and you indulge in a fresh cod boil-up during your visit. • Summer - July and August are the warmest months on the island, with warm southerly winds and temperatures ideal for exploration and hiking. Fish inland, swim in a local pond, or take in a local music festival. • Berry Season - Early

September through late October marks berry season. Dozens of varieties are available for the taking: blueberries, raspberries, marshberries, and partridgeberries. Your visit might even coincide with the Partridgeberry Festival. • Late Fall - A visit in November is for travelers seeking solitude. Seabird and caribou watching or an evening bonfire are just a few options. Weather is much cooler and local islanders will be busily preparing for the winter ahead. • Pack Ice Season/Winter Characterized by the shifting pack ice, the winter months are cold and dramatic. Go for

a snowshoe trek or crosscountry skiing. Afterward, tuck into a dinner of salt meat. HOME COOKING

From the caribou sausages down to the berry scones, everything that comes out of Chef Murray’s kitchen at Fogo Island Inn is prepared in-house. Dine in the 48seat room or adjacent lounge with views of the thundering Atlantic. NATURE IMMERSION

Fourteen foot trails and walking paths can be found on the island, and they make up an astounding 120 miles of hiking options. Routes are easily accessible.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Known as the island that golf built, Hilton Head offers an intimate island atmosphere and a wealth of activities for families, including miles of sandy beaches, marshes, elegant harbors, and quaint shopping plazas. The best in resort amenities reside here: more than 20 championship golf courses, designed by the likes of Pete Dye and Robert Trent Jones; an abundance of rejuvenating spa treatments; and stylish boutiques. Hilton Head is also one of the top tennis destinations in the country.

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The Harbour Town district within the Sea Pines community is great for shopping, dining, and ocean views. Climb 114 steps of the lighthouse to admire the Atlantic and Calibogue Sound. Enjoy a spectacular sunset in the shadow of the famed red-andwhite-striped lighthouse at The Quarterdeck. Alternatively, try dining at San Miguel’s, across the Street in Shelter Cove Marina, and then catch the summer fireworks. SAVANNAH SAIL

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Skip the drive and sail to Savannah. Vagabond Cruises sails to Savannah three times a week

in a luxury yacht. It docks in the middle of River Street, granting you instant access to Savannah’s best shopping and restaurants. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Kayaking or canoeing is a great way to explore Lowcountry and get up close and personal with nature. Rent a kayak or canoe or embark on a guided tour with a trained naturalist. Take a map so you can avoid areas such as oyster beds and sand bars During a two-hour canopy tour, ZipLine Hilton Head takes you on a journey through massive oak and pine groves with incredible views of Broad Creek. You may

even see wildlife such as dolphins and osprey. With miles of smooth and level trails, Hilton Head is ideal for exploring by bike. Cruise the trails while surveying the island’s beaches, lagoons, and various other hubs of activity. LOCAL CUISINE

Indulge in Lowcountry cuisine featuring fried okra, hush puppies, and sweet-potato cornbread. Favorites include Chef David’s Roastfish and Cornbread and Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s.

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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.

CHARLESTON

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, 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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Jackson Hole, Wyoming Jackson Hole was named the #1 ski resort in the U.S. by Forbes in both 2012 and 2013, and again in 2014 by SKI Magazine. You won’t find excessive glitz or glamour here. With its relaxed vibe, towering mountain scenery and miles of open space, Jackson Hole remains first and foremost a small mountain town. Summer also caters to the most extreme of outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy mountain biking, yurt trips, and access to the impressive Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

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HIGHLIGHTS NATIONAL PARK GEM

ELK CITY, U.S.A.

Yeah, yeah, while Yellowstone is perhaps the more famous national park in the U.S., you need look no further than the stunning Teton National Park, a collection of dramatic rocky peaks and trails through pristine wilderness.

Consider a trip to the National Elk Refuge, home base for the biggest herd of elk on the planet. Approximately 6,000 to 7,000 elk populate this special place.

WATER WORLDS

Rafting on the famous Snake River is highly recommended for families. Barker-Ewing River Trips guide you through the churning river canyon. The Teton Range rises in such a dramatic fashion that a photo could never do it justice.

Teton Mountain Lodge is a 12,000-square-foot, threestory therapeutic dream. Book a 130-minute “Suite Moments Couples Ritual” for our recommended signature spa treatment.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram glides over 4,000 vertical feet, dropping you off at the top of Rendezvous Mountain. Enjoy a scenic trek to put all other hikes to shame or taste the famous Top of the World Waffles at Corbet’s Cabin. PEACE & BLISS

The Solitude Spa at the

SEASON’S FINAL TURNS

Depending on the depth of the previous winter’s snowpack, experienced skiers and boarders can hit the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort well into late spring. The world-class ski area is known for its vertical drop of more than 4,000 feet and the fact that half the mountain is rated “expert” terrain.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina Kiawah Island is best known for its five championship golf courses, including the Ocean Course, one of four courses to have hosted every major PGA event and named America’s Toughest Course by Golf Digest in 2012. Along with high-end golf and a destination spa, this private community offers a lush, natural habitat flourishing with wildlife and more than 10 miles of secluded beaches where loggerhead sea turtles nest.

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HIGHLIGHTS GARDEN PARTY

The oldest landscaped gardens in the U.S., Middleton Place reflects 18th-century Europe. Kids will love the farm animals in the stableyards, where workers make a living as potters, blacksmiths, and carpenters. FORE!

Here’s a primer to Kiawah Island for the links enthusiast: • The Ocean Course by Pete Dye - Framed by panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and nestled between the beach and the tidal marshland, the 18-hole Ocean Course trumpets beauty. Golf Digest named it “America’s

Toughest Resort Course,” and it’s also one of only 16 five-star courses in North America. • Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus This course flows through forests and along backwater lagoons to finish at three spectacular holes along the ocean. Tight fairways with challenging hazards earned it four stars in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” • Tom Fazio’s Osprey Point - A Fazio masterpiece, this guest favorite sits amid pristine lagoons, marshes, and maritime forests, offering picturesque views from every hole. Osprey Point earned 4 1/2 stars in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” survey.

SUNDAY BRUNCH

The cuisine at Jasmine Porch in nearby Charleston is renowned, but Sunday brunch is its signature. You’ll find fresh seafood, housemade charcuterie, endless desserts, and complimentary champagne. CRAFT COCKTAILS

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka is made locally on Wadmalaw Island, so the area’s must-try cocktail is a Firefly and Lemonade. Venture to the distillery to see how this sweet vodka is made, then sit back and relax with your own cocktail.

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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 local 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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Miraval, Tucson, Arizona Set on 400 acres of stunning desert scenery in the shadow of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Miraval has been a world-renowned vacation oasis for more than 20 years. The resort’s integrated approach to wellness incorporates healthy cuisine, restorative classes, and a team of experts to help guests keep their mind, body, and soul in balance.

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HIGHLIGHTS LIFE IN BALANCE SPA

Introduced in 2012, Miraval’s Life in Balance has earned accolades and recognition from industry leaders such as Travel + Leisure (World’s Best Destination Spas 2015), Andrew Harper’s Reader’s Choice Awards (Top 20 Spa Resorts), and Gayot (top 10 destination spas in the U.S.). The indoor/ outdoor sanctuary features more than 100 unique services for skin, body, nails, and more.

might include trail hikes and bike rides on the spiderweb of trails blanketing the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, meditation seminars, and cooking demonstations. Practice a wide range of yoga styles, including aerial, vinyasa, and more in the beautiful indoor/outdoor Agave Yoga Studio. Between sessions, squeeze in a workout or fitness class at the state-of-the-art Body Mindfulness Center.

SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY

LET’S RIDE

A rotating roster of activities, excursions, workshops, and classes changes daily. Selections

The on-site Purple Sage Ranch has been a favorite of Miraval guests for decades.

Let gentle horses and their seasoned handlers take you on trail rides, show you how to tend to the animals, and lead equine therapy sessions. POOLING RESOURCES

Beat the desert heat by taking a dip in one of three resort pools surrounded by beautiful Sonoran views. Burn some calories in the lap pool or try a relaxing aquatic spa treatment in the specially designed spa pool.

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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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HIGHLIGHTS SUMMER FUN

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 of 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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Napa Valley, California For the hottest springs and the coldest wine, there is no better retreat than the stretch of land known as Napa Valley, one of California’s most celebrated destinations. The area is reminiscent of years past with two-lane roads leading through woods and award-winning wineries where you can enjoy intimate tasting rooms and acclaimed vintages paired with mouth-watering, Michelin-starred cuisine.

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HIGHLIGHTS COME FOR THE WINE

Sample Inspirato’s top picks for a Napa Valley wine experience: • Napa Valley Wine Train Board this restored antique train in downtown Napa for an unforgettable excursion. The train features winery tours and dining journeys that include, but are not limited to, the Castle Winery Tour, Valley First Winery Tour, and an evening winery tour of Grgich Hills Estate. Ride in style from glass to glass. • Château Montelena - Constructed in 1888 as a barrel-aging facility, this gorgeous chateau in Calistoga features a stone castle tasting room that is open daily.

• Couloir Wines - Specializing in single-vineyard pinot noir in St. Helena, winemaker Jon Grant prides himself on handcrafted varieties.

by Napa’s natural beauty. Make an appointment to try a soothing signature treatment and amenities such as geothermal soaking pools and yoga.

NAPA’S OLD FAITHFUL

SCENIC CALIFORNIA

See millions of years of geology at play, thermal area mud pots, and steam vents. Just north of downtown Calistoga, Old Faithful is a cone geyser that erupts regularly and is known for producing rainbows in its mist.

The 1,991-acre Bothe-Napa Valley State Park contains the farthest inland coast redwood trees in the state. Try an early morning trail hike, visit the Native American Plant Garden, and swim in the spring-fed seasonal pool before you hit the local wineries.

SPA & HOT SPRINGS

Both Auberge du Soleil and Solage Calistoga feature stunning spas that are inspired

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New York, New York

HIGHLIGHTS DESIRABLE LOCATIONS

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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Located one block off Central Park, the 1 Hotel offers guests park views and luxurious accommodations that draw their eco-friendly inspiration from nature. Pets are welcome. The hotel’s complimentary car service uses a zero-emission luxury vehicle to ferry guests across Manhattan. And If it’s a beautiful spring day, ask the hotel to prepare a picnic basket for a relaxing meal in Central Park. They’ll fill it with fresh items from the hotel’s farmstand, which is stocked with fresh produce from nearby farms. 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. 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. FINE DINING

From the most exquisite steakhouses to contemporary

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. SHOWTIME

From Hamilton to an offBroadway production, the city’s musicals and theater productions have never been more popular or more entertaining.

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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.

THE LAKE

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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.

THE VILLAGE AT NORTHSTAR

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 Beach, Florida First established by railroad titan Henry Morrison Flagler in the late 1800s, the Atlantic barrier reef that makes up Palm Beach is now a luxurious retreat. With 47 miles of coastline and oceanfront sand and a tropical climate year-round, the exclusive haven is separated from West Palm Beach by the scenic Intracoastal Highway and is home to The Breakers Palm Beach, expertly combining glamour with new-fashioned luxury.

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HIGHLIGHTS HIT THE BEACH

GOLF

IT’S WORTH IT

Make a daily splash with fun escapades both in the water and on the shore. Dive into a variety of activities in the turquoise waves of the Atlantic Ocean with a paddleboard, jet ski, snorkel, Hobie catamaran, surf rentals, and excursions. Or, grab your complimentary beach bag packed with all your beach day essentials for a day of sun soaking, sandcastle building, seashell hunting, and swimming. Eau Palm Beach can also make arrangements for exciting Florida Everglades airboat rides along with excursions for deepsea fishing and catamaran sails.

Palm Beach is home to more than 40 public courses and boasts its own Historic Golf Trail, where one can play the courses that have welcomed golfers for more than a century.

Explore the century-old history of Worth Avenue, an iconic, Mediterranean-style boulevard designed by Addison Mizner and lined with worldrenowned couture shops, bistros, and art galleries.

DAY TRIP

Aptly named the “Village by the Sea,” this quaint neighborhood features Atlantic Avenue, a traditional downtown main street with gourmet restaurants, exciting nightlife, and outdoor cafes.

THE BIG HOUSE

Also known by the name Whitehall, this stunning mansion used to be home to railroad titan Henry Flagler and features 55 rooms. Built in 1902 and lovingly maintained, it’s a must-stop during your Palm Beach trip.

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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 awaits—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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Portland, Oregon

HIGHLIGHTS CRAFTED LIBATIONS

In the Willamette Valley just 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Portland is a medley of small town charm and big city living. The downtown area is compact and features verdant gardens and trees not often seen in an urban setting. Whether you’re visiting for food, climate, culture, or a sample of the Pacific Northwest, Portland delivers.

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Stumptown, as Portland is known, is home to dozens and dozens of breweries, with new brewers opening their doors to beer enthusiasts every month. These are our favorites in and around Portland’s beautiful Pearl District: • Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House - Find 26 taps of mainstays in addition to seasonal and experimental brews created on-site. Obsidian Stout, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Inversion IPA are just a few of their core offerings. • Bridgeport Brewing - Described as their “big brews,” try a pour of their Hop Harvest IPA or

Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale with Oregon mulberries. They can also curb your appetite with a full menu of pub food. Settle into their warm spinach artichoke dip or a Bridgeport Brick Burger. • Rogue Distillery and Public House - If you have ever set foot inside a liquor store, you’ll recognize Rogue’s signature beers. They specialize in worldclass ales, lagers, stouts, porters, mead, and kolsch. Try the Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale, which incorporates flavors from the city’s famous doughnut shop.

THE ROSE CITY

Portland’s other nickname, The Rose City, comes to life on Kingston Avenue, at the International Rose Test Garden. Complimentary tours are offered daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. URBAN ESCAPE

West of the city in the densely wooded Tualatin Mountains, Forest Park spans more than 7 miles. For a day in the wilderness, consult their trailhead map for an ideal afternoon hike through the trees.

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San Diego, California Inspirato Members will find Rancho Valencia set among the rolling, tree-lined hills of Rancho Santa Fe. A place where they can relax in their own private casita and garden, or hit the courts for a spirited game of tennis—Tennis magazine rates it a top tennis resort in the nation. Then they can soothe their bodies at the spa. Golf? Absolutely. 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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HIGHLIGHTS CONTEMPORARY DIGS

EAT WHAT YOU WANT

TWO WHEELS

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.

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 oysters with Osetra caviar, with one of 1,200 bottles in the restaurant’s wine cellar. The Ferry Building is home to dozens of specialty food and beverage stalls and restaurants, including local favorites like Cowgirl Creamery and Acme Bread. Get your delicacies, then head to the waterfront for a gorgeous view of the bay.

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 walkway.

ON THE WATER

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 sights.

ART TOUR

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.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico In the sweeping foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Santa Fe is a southwestern beacon of light and designated a UNESCO Creative City. Spanish and Native American influences are apparent everywhere you turn, from the steaming bowls of red and green chile to the town’s traditional adobecovered pueblos and open markets and shops. Artists and artisans have found inspiration here for centuries.

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HIGHLIGHTS ART WALK

Navigate a beautiful art district made up of more than 100 galleries and studios on the centuries-old Canyon Road. You’ll find Native American pieces as well as contemporary, international, folk, and regional masterpieces. Open daily and located just a few blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum houses the works of the acclaimed artist. You’re within walking distance to some of our country’s finest historical art. For a total immersion, head southwest from downtown to Meow Wolf, a massive

contemporary art installation that’s part funhouse, part live music venue, and 100 percent mind-blowing. FOOD LOVERS

Food in Santa Fe is taken seriously, with one of the densest collections of nationally rated restaurants in the Southwest. Start your gastronomic journey with brunch at Café Pasqual’s, a James Beard Award recipient that has attracted a loyal clientele to its tiny space for decades. The attraction? A kitchen that has been doing farm-to-table menus before it was a dining fad.

OPERA IN THE DESERT

The unparalleled setting of the Santa Fe Opera House plays host to an array of worldly musicians in the summer months. Casts include award-winning singers from all over the globe and an international audience. HISTORY TOUR

The plaza on Old Santa Fe Trail has served as a gathering place in downtown Santa Fe for nearly 400 years. Several blocks away, you’ll find the oldest church in the United States.

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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, 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.

boutiques on the cutting edge, pay a visit to the Mix Shops of Southbridge. CANYON SUITES

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.

SHOPPING OASIS

WATER WORLD

The Biltmore Fashion Park is where you’ll find Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and more. Farther east, Scottsdale Fashion Square houses Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Ferragamo and others. For trendy

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.

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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 SEATTLE ORIGINAL

The recently renovated Fairmont Olympic Hotel, built in 1924, features rooms decorated with a fresh take on midcentury modern, but it’s the dining options that solidify the Olympic as the place to be. The Georgian is a AAA Four Diamond restaurant specializing in French-inspired Northwest cuisine. For more casual dining, there’s Shucker’s, one of Seattle’s oldest oyster bars. 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. SPACE NEEDLE

A landmark on the city’s horizon, the Space Needle is also a national icon. At 500 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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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 GOURMET’S DREAM

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

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St. Michaels, Maryland With its roots in shipbuilding and tobacco, St. Michaels, located on a long neck of Maryland’s eastern shore, is laid-back. This coastal retreat was recently named one of the Top Ten Romantic Escapes in the USA by Coastal Living magazine. This is small town coastal Americana at its finest; kids and adults alike roam free and enjoy days on the water.

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HIGHLIGHTS CHESAPEAKE BAY

One of the main draws to St. Michaels is the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, founded on Navy Point in 1965. This waterfront campus is one of the most famous working shipyards in the U.S. The Floating Fleet is likely the museum’s most famous collection. View wellknown boats that include the Edna E. Lockwood, the last sailing log-bottom bugeye. You will also see the Edmee S., a log racing canoe staffed by the museum during local canoe races, and the Old Point dredge boat, which was built all the way back in 1909. The oyster industry is an age-

old trade in Maryland and the museum offers a tour of this long-standing tradition with a working waterman. At Waterman’s Wharf, you can harvest your meal straight out of the waters of Fog Cove with an eel or a crab pot. The sailing academy at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond lets guest sail on the H.M. Krentz skipjack, one of the last operational oystercatchers in the United States.

shore. Overlooking the Miles River, guests can dine al fresco on warm summer nights. For a time-honored tradition, try their daily afternoon tea service. TAKE IT TO THE SPA

Anti-aging facials, deep tissue massage, and energizing sugar scrubs are just a portion of Linden Spa’s extensive menu. Named for the linden trees surrounding it, the spa also sells organic products to take home with you.

DINE WITH STARS

Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, Stars is celebrated as the best seafood on the eastern

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Stowe, Vermont

HIGHLIGHTS SKI NEW ENGLAND

Nestled in the heart of a fertile Vermont valley, Stowe rests between Mt. Mansfield State Forest and CC Putnam State Forest. In this idyllic location you’ll find the red, white, and blue of America’s treasured landscapes and small town traditions: general stores, Colonial architecture, holiday celebrations, boutique shops, bed and breakfasts, and more. With shades of a Norman Rockwell sketch and snow globe features, the quaint town beckons travelers to view fall foliage or race down its slopes.

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Spanning Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Stowe Mountain Resort offers 485 acres of extraordinary terrain across two mountains. The divide works quite well: experts head to Mansfield, while intermediates generally stick to the Spruce side. Come summer time, the gondola to the top of the mountain stays open, offering guests sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

out from the base of Mt. Stowe or head over to Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center to explore its more than 2,500 acres of thick Vermont forests, mountains, creeks, and wildlife.

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park is a contemporary art and sculpture space that features rotating exhibits by thoughtfully selected emerging and midcareer artists.

TEE TIME

INSIDE SCOOP

The Stowe Country Club features beautiful fairways and manicured greens for the ultimate golf enthusiast’s delight. With panoramic views of the Green Mountains, summer days on the course will more than satisfy every golfer.

You’ll never be closer to the center of the ice cream universe so it’s best to take advantage of a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory tour. Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, or Caramel Coffee Buzz? Yum.

GREEN MOUNTAINS

Once the snow melts, the ski trails turn into hiking trails. Head

ART PARK

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Sun Valley, Idaho

HIGHLIGHTS SKI THE ORIGINAL

Located beneath the rugged peaks of Idaho’s Sawtooth Range, Sun Valley holds the distinction of being the first purpose-built ski resort in the United States, featuring legendary powder and more than 2,000 acres of varied terrain. The thriving town of Ketchum anchors the community and serves as the focal point for dining, nightlife, shopping, and entertainment.

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Thirteen chairlifts whisk skiers and snowboarders up Sun Valley’s slopes, topping out 3,400 vertical feet above the base village. Bald Mountain caters to more experienced skiers and riders while Dollar Mountain attracts beginners. Want something better? Since 1966, Sun Valley Heli-Ski has flown powder hounds into the Sawtooth Range to find the area’s best ski lines and snow conditions.

of paved, car-free bike paths, not to mention the hundreds of singletrack mountain bike trails that wind through the surrounding countryside.

Fish for native Chinook salmon and steelhead trout as they make their way 1,000 miles down to the Pacific Ocean.

FIGURE SKATING

Golfers at White Clouds Golf Course enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Wood River Valley, Bald Mountain, and Dollar Mountain. The challenging course is a one-of-a-kind experience that should be on any golfer’s bucket list.

FUN IN THE SUN

Every summer, Sun Valley puts on an original season of summer ice shows, featuring up-andcoming stars, impressively athletic routines, dazzling music, and the chance to see Olympic medalists do what they do best.

SPINNING CLASS

CASTING AGENTS

Sun Valley is about much more than winter sports—cyclists will revel in the more than 30 miles

Channel your inner Ernest Hemingway and cast a line into Sun Valley’s storied waters.

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Telluride, Colorado

HIGHLIGHTS SWITZERLAND IN COLORADO

On the same streets where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank, where Utes once hunted and miners spent their off hours in rowdy saloons, you’ll now find a world-class vacation spot. Telluride is the authentic Colorado destination for those who want a more dressed down experience than Aspen and a more intimate scene than Vail. This is not to say it’s lacking in amenities; a few celebrities prefer its mix of raucous roots, fine dining, and exhilarating skiing to all else.

Ajax Peak, Alta Lake, Ballard Boardinghouse and Basin Trail are nearby hikes varying in both length and ability. There is never a more ideal time to hike this beautiful box canyon than in the warm summer months. The Telluride classic? Hike up to Bridal Veil Falls, just outside of town. At 365 feet, they are the tallest free falling falls in the state of Coloado. KIDS ADVENTURE RACE

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July marks the annual Kids Adventure Race, a program modeled after Amazing Race, the CBS series. A race course challenges your children and

leads them to treasures. Adult guides help with obstacles.

town attracts a world-class crowd to go with its support of the arts.

OFF-ROAD COLORADO

FARMERS MARKET

One of the most famous offroading trails in Colorado, Black Bear Pass offers white-knuckle thrills; go on a guided excursion or rent your own four-wheeldrive vehicle to tackle it yourself. FESTIVAL TOWN

Every Friday from June to midOctober, the farmers market sets up downtown and brings the region’s finest producers of produce, meats, cheeses, baked delights, and street food. It’s the perfect place to stock up for a weekend of spectacular eating.

From the annual Bluegrass Festival that draws headliners such as Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris to the Telluride International Film Festival where the year’s Oscar winners are usually previewed, this small

Telluride is connected via gondola to quaint Mountain Village. The gondola is free, and it is the only transportation between two towns of this kind in the United States.

GO, GO GONDOLA

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Toronto, Ontario

HIGHLIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL

With top-tier shopping, dining, arts, and attractions sprinkled throughout a bustling and beautifully conceived cityscape, Toronto has evolved from simply being Canada’s largest city and hub of commerce to becoming one of the world’s most dynamic and culturally diverse metropolitan destinations. The city’s six million residents and its steady stream of in-the-know travelers enjoy a level of distinct urban sophistication that is largely unmatched in other metropolitan areas.

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Inspirato Members check in to the luxurious modern splendor of the Hazelton Hotel, located in the fashionable Yorkville neighborhood. Dine in the hotel’s ONE restaurant led by celebrity chef Mark McEwan. The Spa at The Hazelton offers guests world-class facial treatments and massage therapies designed to leave them feeling rejuvenated and looking radiant. Pets are welcome, with dog-sitters and dog-walkers and even doggrooming services available.

find a neighborhood lined with charming cobblestone streets and top-notch restaurants, galleries, and entertainment venues. Spend the day shopping in some of the city’s most eclectic boutiques.

of the city with a 10-minute ferry ride to Centre Island, home to 600 acres of green space, amusement park rides, picnic areas, and wading pools. Enjoy bicycle paths, a petting zoo, and secluded beaches.

MARKET DAY

Hailed as one of the world’s best food markets by National Geographic, St. Lawrence Market is home to more than 120 vendors. In addition to a collection of edible goodies, you can also shop for clothing, antiques, and one-of-a-kind jewelry.

THE GO-TO SPOT

OASIS IN THE LAKE

Head to the Distillery District to

Escape the hustle and bustle

ON THE EDGE

Daredevils will love the EdgeWalk atop the CN Tower. This is the world’s highest full-circle, handsfree walk. At 116 stories above the ground, this 1.5-hour adventure will get your adrenaline pumping and provide jaw-dropping views of the city and Lake Ontario.

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Vail, Colorado

HIGHLIGHTS WARM-WEATHER ACTIVITIES

Vail Mountain is a magnet for discerning jet-setters and dedicated skiers. Known as one of the largest, and arguably the most popular, ski mountain in the United States, Vail offers nearly 200 trails for serious mountain devotees to explore. At its base, Vail Village is reminiscent of an elegant alpine resort, teeming with upscale boutiques, Michelin-starred chefs, and laid-back bars serving up cold drinks and warm company. Off the slopes, Vail Village offers every comfort and pleasure, from spas and shopping to après and fine dining.

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

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Antigua & Barbuda, West Indies The lovingly staffed Hermitage Bay is a five-star boutique hotel on the impressive shores of west Antigua. Located next to a peaceful cove at the end of a private road, the ecologically minded resort provides its visitors with 140 acres of paradise. Antigua is a refuge of pink and white sand beaches, 365 in total, providing a different place to explore on the the coastline for every day of the year.

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HIGHLIGHTS CATCH SOME RAYS

The friendly and gentle stingrays at Stingray City have been posing for photo ops with travelers for years. In a shallow pool of white sand, you’ll feed the rays and snorkel to see them in action. TAKE THE REINS

At the stables in English Harbour, make a reservation for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding bareback in the ocean. The horses are well-cared for and the riding sessions are led by an experienced equestrian. SEAFARING

Since 1999, a third-generation

Antiguan and his team at Adventure Antigua have been taking guests of the island to premium snorkeling destinations and dreamy spots offshore. An experienced crew will navigate a date of fishing, diving, snorkeling, and boating with your group. Beachcomb on an ecotour, take a speedboat around the island, or board a traditionally built, classic wooden vessel. For a posh day, book a charter with the Life’s-a-Picnic boat. Chaise lounge seating for eight adults, a wet bar stocked with fine wine and champagne, and a highend sound system will make you the envy of everyone on shore.

DONKEYS? YES, DONKEYS

On the eastern side of the island near Bethesda, the Donkey Sanctuary is a wonderful day trip for children and animal lovers. Offering safe haven and care for the island’s donkeys, you can visit any day except Sunday. PADDLE SET

Paddle in paradise in Seatons Village at Mercers Creek. On a half-day ecotour that begins on a motorboat and ends with a kayak, you’ll also have the chance to snorkel and enjoy a nature hike on an uninhabited island.

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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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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; a 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 are available. Try a morning yoga session on the beautiful Minitas Beach. All ages and levels of ability are welcome. There’s also a beach cabana for alfresco 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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Dominica, West Indies Sheltered by dense foliage and perched on a scenic cliff on the beautiful island of Dominica in the West Indies, Secret Bay is abundant with personality. The island is teeming with hot springs, waterfalls, black and volcanic sand beaches, and has more rivers than there are days in a year. With the Caribbean Sea on one side and 1,313 acres of protected tropical rainforest on the other, your seclusion is definite.

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HIGHLIGHTS YOUR BAY, YOUR WAY

As the name implies, Secret Bay offers the chance to dive into any number of water-based activities with almost no crowds. Travelers at all levels of ability can try the stand-up paddleboarding offerings at the resort. Besides being a great core workout, you’ll see the crystal-clear water from the best vantage point. Complimentary boards are available at Tibay Beach. Board the resort’s Waitukubuli Wanderer for a guided snorkeling tour. You’ll visit famous sites like the Toucarie Caves. For a rare treat, try the night snorkeling at Secret Bay to see lobsters, moray

eels, and nocturnal fish. Humpback and sperm whales migrate to Dominica throughout the year. The resort provides mobile telescopes to scan Oyohayo Bay’s horizon. You’re most likely to spot one during the winter months of January through April.

HOT SPRINGS

Dominica is a geothermal paradise, teeming with hot spots ideal for a leisurely soak. Wind down Green Canyon to bathe in the sulphur springs at Screw’s Sulphur Spa. A variety of pools at varying temperatures is available. TO THE BIRDS

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

A guided boat trip or a kayak glide across Indian River is ideal for birdwatchers and forest explorers. Along the route, stop for a special punch drink at the Mellow Bar, a favorite stop for the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Local wildlife expert Bertrand Jno Baptiste goes by the name Dr. Birdy for good reason; he’s able to see and hear birds that the average eyes and ears miss. Join him for a guided tour through the diverse ecosystem.

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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, mahimahi 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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Montego Bay, Jamaica Warmly referred to as MoBay, Montego Bay is a favored island destination in the Caribbean. Soft sand beaches, lush rolling hills, and historic plantations make up Jamaica’s second largest city. Venture downtown, where pushcart peddlers and ancient Georgian buildings paint a picture of times past, and authentic Jamaican jerk cuisine will delight your palate.

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HIGHLIGHTS FAMOUS FALLS

Climb the 600-foot Dunn River Falls. It sounds rigorous, but it’s a moderate hike with staggered rocks that create a giant staircase of cool, cascading water. Book a guided climb at the park.

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. CARIBBEAN SAFARI

JAMAICAN FLAVOR

If you’re looking for authentic Jamaican cuisine, head to Scotchie’s. Treat yourself to spicy Jamaican jerk dishes, cooked in a traditional open-air barbecue over pimento wood. Grass umbrellas only add to the island atmosphere. Set on a sugar plantation founded in 1749 is the Appleton

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.

Wiltshire, these gentle creatures will feed on seeds from your hand. This is a great activity for the younger set. BOBSLEDDING

Yes, bobsledding. Ascend the mountain on a scenic, 15-minute ski lift through the jungle. Then, hop in a bobsled and fly 1,000 meters down and around the mountain. Finally, whisk away on a zip line through the lush rainforest canopy.

BIRDER’S PARADISE

Jamaica is known for its abundance of colorful birds. At Rocklands Bird Sanctuary in

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HIGHLIGHTS PRIVATE ISLAND

Nevis is for travelers with rest and relaxation at the top of their lists. When you unwind at the Four Seasons Nevis in the West Indies, you’re surrounded by stretches of pristine, quiet beaches and a leisurely appreciation of life at a slower pace. The 36 square miles of this island are populated by warm, friendly people, and your secluded residence is located in the Palm Grove development adjacent to the main resort. You’ll feel right at home in this small-town atmosphere with access to swimming pools, world-class tennis courts, and golf.

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Don’t let the small size of Nevis fool you, there’s plenty to do. Embark on an herb tour through the Upper Rawlins with a local islander. Michael will take you on a show-and-tell tour of the same bush medicine that the women in his family of generations past used to treat aches, sores, diabetes, and infections. Walkers and hikers can explore the slopes of Nevis Peak, home to both rainforest and coconut plantations. This moderate-level hike will take you through trees, tropical plants, bamboo, and massive volcanic boulders. If you’re in the mood for a more

challenging hike, take this route to see the Prison Farm (also known as Russell’s Rest). You’ll also see monkeys and cocoa trees.

Tour Excursion to take you to the monkeys’ natural forest habitat by way of a guided tour.

GOLFER’S DELIGHT

Charlestown is the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. Today you can tour his family home, which has been carefully reconstructed. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, visit the Charlestown Market Place. Between March and April, watch cotton being harvested.

HOMETOWN

Neighboring island St. Kitts is visible in the distance from this Robert Trent Jones, Jr., par-71 golf course. Built around a historic sugar mill, this spectacular course challenges players with elevation changes. MONKEY BUSINESS

Vervet monkeys inhabit Nevis. These social creatures have silver bodies and black faces. Four Seasons offers a Sunset Monkey

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Paradise Island, Bahamas Once known as Hog Island, the luminous turquoise waters of The Bahamas are just as breathtaking from the sky as they are from the ground. Former astronaut Chris Hatfield has gone on record to say that the waters were his favorite view from the International Space Station. Guests at the One&Only Ocean Club will unwind on the pristine private beach and take to the greens for an exceptional round of golf.

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HIGHLIGHTS UNDERWATER WORLD

Book a snorkeling or diving adventure and get up close and personal with an array of tropical fish and other aquatic creatures. Dolphins, rays, starfish, and turtles can be seen regularly. Famed shipwrecks and brilliant coral reefs offer incomparable underwater experiences. FRESH CATCH

Paradise Island is hailed as one of the greatest fishing destinations in the world. Bonefish, the ghost of the flats, and blue marlin, the monster of the deep, are the most prized catches in the area. From deep-sea fishing to fly-fishing,

there are dozens of charters from which to choose. Hire a guide and fine-tune your angling abilities.

tables make Atlantis Casino the largest and most exciting gambling scene in the Caribbean.

HOIST THE MAINSAIL

THE SANDS

Follow in the footsteps of Blackbeard and Ernest Hemingway and set sail on the beautiful waters of the Bahamas. Luxury yachts and high-speed motorboats are available at most marinas. Half-day and full-day excursions are ready and waiting.

Three hundred days of sunshine, dazzling, 80-degree, blue waters, and expansive sugar-white sands make Paradise Island beaches some of the most beautiful in the world. Sink your feet in and resign. You’ll want to stay for a while.

HIGH ROLLERS

Aquaventure Atlantis is one of the world’s largest water-themed parks with dozens of pools, highspeed water slides, and a rolling lazy river.

KID FUN

Feeling lucky? You’ll have the chance to win big at the worldclass Atlantis Casino. Hundreds of slot machines and 75 gaming

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic La Altagracia province’s pristine golden beaches are within the heart of the Punta Cana region and are ideal for relaxing. The aquamarine waters invite you to enjoy world-class reef snorkeling, deep-sea sport fishing, whale watching, and swimming with dolphins. Some of the Caribbean’s top golf courses curve along the coast, including courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, George Fazio, Pete Dye, and Nick Faldo.

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HIGHLIGHTS GOLFING NIRVANA

Bring your clubs and pick a course that suits your game, or tee off on each of them during your stay. • La Cana - If ocean views and water features factor high on your golf wish list, this Pete Dye stunner is sure to please. An impressive nine holes boast views of the shimmering sea, four of which play directly to the water’s edge. • Hacienda - Fans of the challenging La Cana course will be lining up to tee off at her new nine-hole sister course, the Pete Dye-designed Hacienda, situated within the sprawling PUNTACANA Resort & Club. • Corales - From dramatic cliffs to

low-lying holes that play directly to the sea, this exclusive 18-hole Fazio-designed course is open only to residents and their guests, but your Inspirato membership allows you full access to the track, as well as to the Corales Club for a celebratory single malt. • Arrecife - This course offers over 7,200 yards of challenging track with a full nine holes playing along the Caribbean Sea. TROPICAL WATERS

For water lovers who enjoy a relaxed beach day, Juanillo Beach and Playa Blanca are two great options. If you’re interested in surfing, ask your Destination

Concierge to rent you a board and head to Playa Macao, just a 50-minute drive from Cap Cana. Punta Cana’s beaches are even lovelier from the water. Charter a private catamaran and explore the shoreline at high speed, or join Marinarium Tours for a snorkeling tour of the exquisite reef-dwelling marine life. BET ON IT

If you’re feeling lucky, head to the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. It has lots of gaming options that include blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat, plus more than 380 slots and video poker games.

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St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands The inviting shores of St. Croix make up the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Much of the land is protected as national historic parks, including Buck Island Reef National Monument and Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. The colonial architecture throughout Christiansted and Frederiksted demonstrates the former influences of Spanish, French, and Danish rule. You’ll be warmly greeted by the local Crucians, known the world over for their warmth and hospitality.

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HIGHLIGHTS COOKS’ DELIGHT

SEE TURTLES

40 Strand is a local and tourist favorite with generous seafood and vegetarian options. Everything is made to order on-site and the food is fresh and sourced locally. Be sure to make a reservation, as seating is limited. On Saturday mornings behind La Reine Chicken Shack, a farmers market is set up. You’ll find tomatoes, peppers, bread, fruit, hot sauce, mauby tea, fresh jellies, and even fishermen selling their catch of the day out of ice coolers.

In the spring, the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge offers night excursions to watch female leatherback turtles dig their nests and lay eggs. Seasonally, you might see hatchlings spring out of the sand and crawl to the ocean.

You’ll encounter schools of blue tang, queen triggerfish, lobster, spotted eagle rays, seahorses, and more. Try Cane Bay Wall, the island’s most popular site with beach access. The Salt River Canyon East Wall is a historic mooring spot once used by Columbus. You’ll see grouper, snapper, conch, and crab.

GOING DOWN?

SCUBA diving is an absolute must during your stay in St. Croix. The water averages 80-82 F° year-round, and the bays around the island are home to more than 500 species of fish, 40 types of coral and hundreds of invertebrates.

INTO THE INTERIOR

Tan Tan Tours allows you to see the island from the comfort of a four-wheel-drive Jeep. You’ll travel through lush rainforest to see historic ruins, tide pools, Cruzan hideaways, and secluded Cane Bay.

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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 familyfriendly, 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. At La Cave, your own tasting menu is offered by a private chef

and paired with French wines from its world-renowned cellar. Trellis combines traditional French food with a jaw-dropping view of the ocean. Reservations are required at La Cigale, a family-run establishment that’s home to the island’s best Sunday brunch. 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 deep-sea 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.

HIGHLIGHTS OUTDOOR LIVING

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. MUST-SEE SPOT

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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. TAKE TO THE SEA

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 variety of options for exploring the waters around Tortola.

FEEL NO PAIN

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. BRANDYWINE BAY

For one of the most memorable dining experiences in the islands, visit Brandywine Bay on Tortola, a spectacular Italian venue set amid gardens overlooking the sea.

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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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Mexico, Central & South America

FEATURED DESTINATION LOS CABOS, MEXICO

DESTINATIONS Arenal, Costa Rica NEW Buenos Aires, Argentina Cacique Peninsula, Costa Rica Cusco Valley, Peru NEW Emerald Coast, Nicaragua Iguassu Falls, Brazil NEW Ixtapa, Mexico La Paz, Mexico Lima, Peru Los Cabos, Mexico Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica NEW Punta de Mita, Mexico Real del Mar, Mexico Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Riviera Maya, Mexico Roatรกn, Honduras San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Sรฃo Paulo, Brazil NEW Tierra del Fuego, Argentina NEW

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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. 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 just 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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Cusco Valley, Peru

HIGHLIGHTS SACRED VALLEY

Vist the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco, and Machu Picchu, home to South America’s richest cultural history, friendly locals, and stunning scenery. Set in the beautiful Andes Mountains, Peru has strong Inca and Spanish influences. Learn about past civilizations and view awe-inspiring artifacts that are thousands of years old. Set your heart pumping with outdoor adventures such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, or choose to relax and enjoy the views.

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Lunch at the Hacienda Huayoccari, where you will enjoy delicious homemade dishes, while overlooking spectacular views of the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon, explore the Sacred Valley on a private horseback tour on Peruvian Paso horses, discovering Incan farming terraces, traditional villages, adobe construction, and typical crops such as corn, potatoes, and quinoa. INCA INFLUENCES

Travel to Moray, an Incan ruin famous for its amphitheatrestyle formed by circular

terraces. Though there are many hypotheses, one says that Moray was an Inca biological experimental station for growing crops at different altitudes and a center for domestication of wild plant species. JOURNEY TO MACHU PICCHU

The first option is on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train with your personal guide. The second option is to be let off the train at kilometer 104 and take a guided hike over the last portion of the Inca Trail. With the second option, you will reach Machu Picchu through the famous Sun Gate.

SKY CITY

Rise early for a hike to experience the sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. You will have two hiking options. The first option is a climb with your personal guide to the peak of Huayna Picchu. This trek is approximately two hours uphill and considered strenuous. If you choose this climb, you will be awarded with stunning aerial views of the ruins. The second option is a hike to the Gate of the Sun for panoramic views of the ruins.

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Lima, Peru

HIGHLIGHTS PROMENADES AND PARKS

Lima, the capital of Peru and the second largest desert capital city after Cairo in Egypt, is the main transportation center for the entire nation. While most tourists quickly pass through Lima on their way to Cusco or Machu Picchu, many are sticking around for a few days to admire the eclectic Peruvian attractions. An ambitious culinary scene, contemporary and innovative art galleries, and historic sights are putting Lima on the map for being more than just a stopover city. The weather is mild, the people are friendly, the food is incredible, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean are one of a kind.

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The oldest public site in Lima, The Plaza Mayor, also known as Plaza de Armas, is the main square in central Lima. Located in the Historic Centre of Lima, the Plaza is surrounded by a number of notable monuments. Parque del Amor, AKA Love Park, is an intimate park dedicated to everyone who loves. Romantic views over the bay of Lima and surrounding walls of mosaics offer the perfect retreat for you and your beloved. The iconic Bridge of Sighs is a sweet pastime for local lovers. Legend has it that if you make a wish and then cross the wooden

bridge without taking a single breath, your wish will come true. Your scenic introduction to Lima awaits you. The neighborhood of Miraflores offers a picturesque boardwalk stroll through pristine parks, colorful flowerbeds, and cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. One of Lima’s most visited sites, Parque de la Reserva, is renowned for its 13 distinct and often interactive fountains. The fountains light up at night and synchronize with a colorful laser light show.

of human faces and animals etched in granite, Marcahuasi is a plateau in the Andes Mountains. Hundreds of shapes can be found, but the giant human head staring at the sky takes the cake. DRINK LOCAL

You can’t leave the city without trying Lima’s drink of choice, pisco. Made from brandy and grapes, the beloved spirit is also revered in Chile. This has sparked an intense rivalry over whether Chilean or Peruvian pisco reigns supreme. You be the judge.

NATURAL WONDER

Best known for peculiar shapes

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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 18 residences and seven hotel options, you have a variety of arrangements 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; the 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. On a riverboat cruise, crocodiles swim right beside your boat, monkeys may leap aboard, and you’ll spot iguanas as well as thousands of birds. 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. THE BEACH

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Facing the Atlantic and the popular two-mile beach of Copacabana and standing 14 stories tall, Belmond Copacabana Palace is described by many as South America’s most exceptional hotel. This Art Deco jewel opened its doors in 1923 and has since played host to dozens of glamorous celebrities.

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HIGHLIGHTS SEE IT ALL

Book a lively outing with the Belmond Copacabana Palace to relish the granite formations of Corcovado (“hunchback” in Portuguese) and Sugarloaf (located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay) at their finest. The mountains are two of South America’s most recognizable landmarks and this activity will provide the best vantages of Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to the city’s mild weather, this trip is recommended year-round. The hotel also offers a package that includes a drive through the largest

urban rainforest in the world and ends with the cable car ride on the Corcovado Rack Railway to see the 125-foot statue of Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski’s Christ the Redeemer. All admission fees are included. At the top is a small souvenir shop and a small chapel. From the viewing platform at the top, soak in the expansive sights of Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beach. For maximum views, these attractions are best seen on sunny days with little cloud cover.

SAMBA TIME

Brazil is best experienced through its dance culture and love of samba. Take a one-hour class to learn the basics and then take your footwork out on the town for the real thing. Your concierge can recommend a local lesson. Translating to “rock of salt,” Pedra do Sal is a historical spot inside the neighborhood of Saúde. Belmond offers a day package to enjoy cold beer and a local meal before taking part in an authentic samba circle.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico Along Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, archaeological wonders mix with lush jungle preserves, reef aquatic activities, and white-sand beaches. Dive into mysterious underwater caves, explore archaeological finds, or stroll through flower-filled gardens and encounter a calliope of butterflies or a bright-red macaw. Inspirato accommodations are enviably positioned on pristine sands, mixed with a fine powder of pink coral and set amid acres of tropical gardens.

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HIGHLIGHTS SPRING TIME

THE MAYA

Throughout the Riviera Maya, a variety of cenotes (see-no-tays) can be found. These hidden worlds are magical to visit with their underwater caves, magnificent limestone formations and diverse marine life. Visit them on your own or book a tour.

Built on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Mayan ruins of Tulum feature more than 60 well-preserved structures, dating from the 12th to 15th centuries. The structures are enclosed within three massive walls and include various temples to Mayan gods. Take a tour, then head down the stone staircase to the stunning beach below. Xcaret was once the site of an important port for Mayan navigation and trade. Some of the original structures are still standing. There is also a theme park of the same name on the site, billed as an eco-

EUROFARE

Located within NIZUC Resort & Spa, Chef Bladimir Garcia’s Terra Nostra restaurant is showcasing Mediterranean specialties. Homemade pastas, seasonal ingredients, and alfresco dining have all contributed to Terra Nostra’s acclaim.

archaeological park. It features underground rivers that will take you through illuminated caves and caverns and more than 40 attractions based on Mayan nature and culture. SHOPPING

Lively Playa del Carmen has a number of restaurants, shops, and beach life, making it a popular spot. Enjoy the European flavor of this coastal town as you stroll its streets, try one of its nighttime hotspots, or just soak up the sun.

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São Paulo, Brazil To call São Paulo a metropolis is an understatement. The world’s 12th-largest city is home to 12 million people. For decades, proud locals and a melting pot of cultures from Japan, Europe, Latin America, and Asia have left their marks, making São Paulo one of the most diverse culinary, fashion, and artistic capitals on the globe. Sampa, as local Paulistanos call it, is truly a 24-hour city, with buzzing bars, world-class restaurants, and global events constantly attracting jetsetters and natives alike. Inspirato Members stay at the exquisite Hotel Unique, located right in the bustling heart of this world wonder.

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HIGHLIGHTS MAIN STREET, SÃO PAULO

DINE WITH STARS

JAPANESE FLAVOR

Stretching nearly 2 miles, Paulista Avenue is the most important street in São Paulo. Every Sunday, the avenue is closed to cars, turning it into a pedestrian and cyclist’s paradise. Thousands come to bask in the sun, watch street performers, and shop. Visitors come to the Museu de Arte de São Paulo for rotating exhibits and the extensive collection from Europe (look for pieces by Monet, Goya, and Picasso, among many others) and Brazil. However, many consider the stunning building itself the museum’s greatest work.

Feast on cuisines from every corner of the globe, as well as traditional all-you-can-eat churrascarias. For a splurge, try D.O.M., Brazil’s first and only two-Michelin-starred restaurant and voted the seventh-best in the world.

São Paulo is home to the world’s largest Japanese community outside of Japan, many of whom live in the Liberdade neighborhood. This energetic sector brims with famous authentic cuisine, curious shops, markets, and cultural centers.

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

CHIC STREET

Soccer is more than just a sport in Brazil—it’s a way of life. São Paulo alone hosts four professional teams and four massive stadiums. Attending a futebol match is a fantastic way to experience authentic local culture.

Fashionistas revere Jardins’ Rua Oscar Freire, the Rodeo Drive of São Paulo. It’s been recognized as the eigth most luxurious street in the world.

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Tierra del Fuego, Argentina Head way, way, way down south to reach the magical land known as Tierra del Fuego. Encompassing numerous islands in Chile and Argentina, the archipelago is perched at the southern tip of South America, not far from Antarctica, where the Patagonian Desert and the Andes Mountains converge. For centuries, Tierra del Fuego has lured explorers to its breathtaking peaks, glaciers, passages, and forests.

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HIGHLIGHTS STUNNING LANDSCAPES

Stretching for nearly 250 square miles, Tierra del Fuego National Park is one of South America’s greatest gems. Its location on the Beagle Channel presents a range of ecosystems, including forests, mountains, and glaciers. Keep your eyes peeled for penguins, sea lions, and dozens of bird species. Arakur Ushuaia is located within the pristine 247 acres of Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve. Hike, climb, and rappel through gorgeous forests teeming with native flora and fauna. The panoramic views from the top of the Martial Glacier are

arguably the best in the area. To get to the 3,400-foot summit, take a 15-minute chairlift ride or hike it the old-fashioned way: on foot.

jumping-off point for trips to the frozen continent. Cruises and flights depart frequently, though tourists can access Antarctica from November to March only.

SUMMER SKIING

The world’s southernmost ski resort, Cerro Castor features 27 trails, 11 lifts, and terrain for all skill levels. As seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, you can ski here when American and European resorts have closed.

TRAIN TO CATCH

From the main railroad station just outside of Ushuaia, hop a train and ride along a route once used to transport prisoners to their work sites. En route to the national park, you’ll pass native tribal sites, historic landmarks, and natural wonders.

ANTARCTICA, ANYONE?

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

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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 a million objects, including works 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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Barcelona, Spain

HIGHLIGHTS FOOD LOVERS

First founded as a Roman city in the Middle Ages, Barcelona sits on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Its architecture and history have been drawing travelers to its city center for centuries. Indulge in the hotel’s deluxe spa or peruse any of the fashion houses or Gaudi’s famous buildings just steps outside of your accommodations. A fixture of elegance in the capital of Catalonia since 1918, the five-star Majestic Hotel & Spa is centrally located on the chic Paseo de Gracia.

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For an overarching understanding of the local food, register for a tapas evening walking tour. Starting near La Rambla and meandering toward the Gothic Quarter, expect to sample small cheeses, cured meats, specialty breads, and traditional drinks to refresh your palate between stops. The experience ends at a flamenco show with a sparkling glass of cava. For a cooking class to rival all others, sign up for Marta’s paella class, held at her very own apartment. With the ingredients pre-prepared for your arrival, Marta will guide

you through the steps to create the perfect, mouthwatering paella. At the end of the class, enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Barcelona. Thanks to a generous loan policy with other gallery houses, more than 4,200 of his works comprise the collection at this museum.

SOCCER OR FOOTBALL?

FC Barcelona, one of the best football teams (that’s soccer to North Americans), proudly calls Camp Nou stadium home. This is Spain’s largest sports ground and, if you’re fortunate enough to visit during the season, tickets to a game can be purchased for as low as 29 euros.

STREET LIFE

Ramble along Las Ramblas, a central, tree-lined street. Sandwiched between shops, restaurants, and bars, this pedestrian mall stretches only 3/4 of a mile. You’ll see souvenir peddlers, authentic florists, and much more.

REVOLUTIONARY ART

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Bordeaux, France Known as one of the world’s premier wine regions, Bordeaux welcomes oenophiles and romantics alike. Glorious vineyards burst in the deep reds of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc just a short distance from your classic French villa near the town of Saint-Émilion. Bordeaux is a place to enjoy white-linen table service, sip wine beside a private garden, spend a night at the classic theater, or wander around cobblestone streets and alleyways.

HIGHLIGHTS ROLL WITH IT

CHEERS!

PLACE DE LA BOURSE

Hop a bicycle to wander on two wheels through the vineyards of Pomerol and Graves. Explore Romanesque churches and wellpreserved ruins nearby. Bicycle rentals are popular in the region, so ask your concierge to reserve yours ahead of time.

Closest to your residence, Saint-Émilion is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Specializing in Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is less bold than the Medoc wines.

Built over a span of 45 long years during the 18th century and facing the Garonne River, the Place de la Bourse is one of Bordeaux’s most famous architectural landmarks and a must-see during your stay. These elegant structures were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. The centerpiece of the Place de la Bourse is the Three Graces fountain. This statue was designed by Louis Viconti and erected in 1869. It represents the three daughters of Zeus: Aglaea, Euphrosyne, and Thalia.

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Outside of Bordeaux, a guide will give you a tour of Pyla Dune, the largest sand dune in Europe. Hike to the top for expansive views of the Bay of Arcachon, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Landes forest.

SWING AWAY

Highly ranked among the top 15 golf courses in all of continental Europe, the Golf du Médoc offers golf lovers two elegant, remarkably designed courses that challenge all levels of ability.

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Corfu, Greece

HIGHLIGHTS LIVING HISTORY

The second largest of the Ionian Islands and located in the Ionian Sea, Corfu (or Korkyra in Greek) is named after the beautiful water nymph with whom the Greek god Poseidon fell in love. Rich in history, Corfu has been the site of battles dating back from medieval times all the way to WWII. Now a favorite tourist location for island hoppers, our high-end residences are located in the Kalamaki Bay in northern Corfu.

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From the British army to Napoleon himself, it seems as if all the world has stopped in Corfu. Austrian and German nobility built homes here while Venetian architecture abounds. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the narrow winding streets of Old Town Corfu are perfect for a stroll. Visit the Corfu Archaeological Museum or the Royal Palace, which has been transformed into the Asian Art Museum. Initially the center point of the city, the Old Fortress was constructed in the 16th century and is located on a small rocky peninsula in the eastern section

of the town. See the Church of Saint George or take in expansive views of Corfu. Take a break from a long day of sightseeing and sip a coffee at the Liston, a long building filled with arcaded terraces, cafes, and restaurants. It runs along the famed Esplanade, so you can sit with both locals and tourists alike and watch the world go by. GREEK BEACHES

Paleokastritsa is home to many beautiful beaches with crystalclear blue waters encircled by lush green hills. Visitors can explore the many nearby coves situated along the beaches.

NOBLE HOUSE

Built by the Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria, the Achilleion, or Sissi’s Palace, is filled with intricate paintings, a grand garden, and statues of the Greek legend Achilles, for whom the palace was named. TAKE TO THE SEA

Chartering a boat during a trip to Corfu is a must. Go on a day cruise, race around in a speedboat, or sail around on the Ionian Sea, visiting secluded beaches that can only be reached by water.and more.

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Doonbeg, Ireland As you cross the stone bridge into Doonbeg, you’ll feel the mystical allure of this coastal village and its environs of rugged coasts in a spot that is both magical and unlike any other place on Earth. Within the picturesque village, Inspirato Members will vacation at the five-star Lodge at Doonbeg, noted for its exceptional service and celebrated links course.

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HIGHLIGHTS CLIFF HANGER

SECRET GARDEN

The majestic Cliffs of Moher, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. The views are astonishing, and on a clear day you can see to the Aran Islands, as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs are about 45 minutes from your suite, but are well worth a visit. While many visitors walk along the cliffs to take in the views, the scale and beauty of the cliffs might be best appreciated when viewed from sea level. Cruises along the cliffs run from Doolin from April to October. Ask your concierge to make arrangements.

Elaborate stone fences enclose the Vandeleur Walled Garden, where you can wander through a maze, enjoy water features and a Victorian-style glass house. Kids will love the butterfly trail, sandcastle area, and a giant chess set.

Or, ride horseback through the countryside for a perfect afternoon. Tours from one to four hours are available in various locations. Your concierge can help you decide whether to visit a scenic bog or clop peacefully along the coastline. MEDIEVAL LIFE

NATURE’S BOUNTY

Rock climb and rappel on the limestone cliffs of the Burren. No experience is required, and a skilled instructor will be on hand at all times. All equipment is provided, along with detailed instructions to help you have a safe and fun experience.

Tour 15th-century Bunratty Castle, then stroll through Folk Park, a re-creation of rural life in the 19th century. You’ll delight in the period buildings, crafts, and costumed characters. Stay on for a Medieval Banquet (reservations required).

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Douro Valley, Portugal Despite its proximity to Spain, Portugal has a lively culture and wine tradition that is uniquely its own. With diverse land that ranges from the dry western shore of the Iberian Peninsula to rugged mountains and all the vineyards in between, the Douro Valley is a European landscape for the ages. During your stay at Six Senses, sign up for a wine course or let a resident sommelier guide you through a wine library that brims with local vintages.

HIGHLIGHTS WINERY TOUR

The average age of the vines at Quinta de Ervamoira is 30 years at this vineyard, which has specialized in port wines since 1974. After your tasting, be sure to check out the on-site museum. The Quinta do Crasto has been family owned for more than a century and is located in the heart of the valley. They produce red, white, rose, and fortified wines. THRILL RIDES

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Ever bird-watched from the air? Bird-watching is a treasured pastime in the Douro Valley, and guests to the Six Senses can take advantage of a helicopter

tour to get on the same level as the creatures in flight. A guided mountain bike ride through the neighboring rural paths can be arranged by the resort and tailored to your specific level of fitness. This activity is highly recommended for wine lovers looking to cruise to a vineyard. If you’re physically fit and up for a challenge, ask your butler to make arrangements for an adventure to rappel or zip line down into the River Cabrum Falls. Once at the bottom, you can hike the wet trails and sightsee. Are you still young at heart? Six Senses has a team of tree

climbing specialists who will encourage you to scale the nearest cherry or apple tree for a scenic view of the valley surrounding the estate. SIX SENSES SPA

A heated indoor pool with water jets, 10 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art fitness equipment are just a few of the benefits of the on-site spa. Book a grape, papaya, or wine-based massage.

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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.”

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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.

MELZI GARDENS

CASTELLO DI VEZIO

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.

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.

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.

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London, England

HIGHLIGHTS SHOWTIME

In many cities, the juxtaposition of tradition and ceremony with the fast pace of a global financial center might strike an uneasy balance. In London, it’s just part of the fun. On the one hand, you can witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, cross the River Thames on the iconic Tower Bridge, and sample strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. On the other, you can also find the latest fashions, hip nightclubs, and authentic cuisine from virtually any corner of the earth.

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The history of London’s West End has been linked to the theater since the opening of its first venue in Drury Lane in 1663. Since then, Londoners and visitors have found their way to the West End to be entertained by a variety of musicals, plays, comedies, and dramas. The area stakes its claim as “the largest theater district in the world,” with international stars appearing regularly in the hundreds of shows running each night. Some well-known names include Angela Lansbury, John Lloyd Young, Kevin Spacey, Nigel Havers, and many more. Once an area of palaces and expensive

homes, the grand buildings of the West End now house museums, art galleries and an array of hotels, restaurants, shopping and of course, theaters. Shakespeare’s Globe opened for performances in 1997, and since then has hosted visitors from throughout the world. A reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe stands just 750 feet from the site of the original and hosts workshops, lectures, and staged readings, along with performances. Visitors can tour the Globe and watch productions and rehearsals.

HIGH TEA

A historic hotel like The Ritz London is a must-visit for afternoon teas, but check out one of the capital’s more unusual services too. From empanadas to cotton candy, this trend will set Earl Grey spinning in his grave. URBAN GARDENS

London is famous for its beautiful gardens. Many that have been preserved and maintained are former private estates. Visit the 120+ acres of Royal Botanic Gardens or Kew Gardens, or take a leisurely walk through Holland Park.

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Mallorca, Spain

HIGHLIGHTS OLIVAR MARKET

A popular tourist destination for Europe’s well-heeled, Mallorca is an island off the eastern coast of Spain in the Balearic Sea. Although beach culture reigns supreme here with miles and miles of white sand, Mallorca and its local culture have been experiencing a bit of a revival with many residents restoring the island’s numerous old manors, estates, and fincas. With so much to do on this small island, you’ll wish you had more hours in the day. Explore the olive and almond groves of Mallorca’s hinterlands or take part in the many festivals that take place on the island year-round.

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Feast on local cheeses, meats, and artisanal delicacies at this expansive indoor market. Tourists are quickly becoming hip to this spot and there are a number of tapas stalls to grab a snack. A-SPIRE

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palm, commonly known as La Seu, is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral that was initially started by King James of Aragon in 1229 and was completed in 1601. Enormous stained glass windows, courtyards, and a wrought-iron canopy designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí are

just a few of the features found in this breathtaking structure.

restaurants make this an ideal beach for a family outing.

MEDIEVAL MALLORCA

STEP BY STEP

Located in the north area of Mallorca, this medieval town features fully restored Roman houses and amphitheaters, beautiful old churches, and vibrant outdoor markets that occur conveniently every Tuesday and Sunday.

Bordered by cypress trees on either side, the 365 Calvari Steps in the old Roman settlement of Pollença lead to the Chapel of Calvari. Once at the top, visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the town.

PICK YOUR BEACH

Quieter than some of the other beaches on the island, Playa de Muro is a Blue Flag-accredited, white sandy beach. Shallow waters, great facilities, and nearby

PAELLA AT SA CRANCA

Savor one of Spain’s most iconic dishes at this Mallorcan staple. Popular with both locals and tourists, enjoy your Paella Negra with a bottle of Rioja or a glass of Sa Cranca’s homemade sangria.

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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, 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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Paris, France Most travel to Paris to see famous works of art at the Musée du Louvre, sip fine wines at the Musée du Vin and gaze in admiration at the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral. As an Inspirato Member, the glittering lights of the Champs-Élysées, the majestic Arc de Triomphe, and the premier vintages of the Musée du Vin are just outside your door. If you want to visit the Louvre, we’ll reserve your tickets. Your concierge can help you find the best baguettes, the richest truffles, and cafés close to major sites.

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HIGHLIGHTS ART HISTORY

ON THE SCENT

UNDER IT ALL

Probably the most famous art museum in the world, the Louvre houses a plethora of famous and important works, including the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo statue, and other pieces by artists such as Michelangelo, DaVinci, Rembrandt, and more. In fact, the Louvre is filled with so much art that unless you plan on spending several days here, we highly recommend hiring a guide to spend the day with you. A guide can take you directly to the museum’s highlights and provide more background information than you’ll glean from a book or an audio guide.

Freshen up for the evening, and learn the history of perfume, as you sample exceptional perfumes from numerous eras. Fragonard Parfumeur has a museum located in a house built by Napoleon III.

Beneath the streets of Paris are a series of dark, musty tunnels the city’s answer to overcrowded cemeteries after the Revolution. Roam the Catacombs, taking in the stories of the six million people that were buried here.

FRENCH COOKING

TO THE SPA

Paris is known for its rich cuisine and decadent desserts, so it’s no wonder the cooking schools are famous too. Learn hands-on how to make favorite dishes in a few hours. We recommend L’atelier des Chefs; your Member Services team can help you select courses.

Across the street from your residence is the luxurious spa, Villa Thalgo. This 10,700-squarefoot retreat features a full range of treatments inspired by the sea and includes an aquatic center, sensory rooms, and a fitness center.

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Positano/Amalfi Coast, Italy On the southern, central side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the picturesque town of Positano sits along the unrivaled Amalfi Coast. With more than 28 miles of dramatic and winding coastline, pebbled beaches, and narrow stairways snaking up a variety of inclines, it’s no mystery that the region has been drawing travelers the world over for centuries. The writer John Steinbeck described the town as “a dream place that isn’t quite real.”

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HIGHLIGHTS ROMANTIC DINING

Reserve a table at the Palazzo Murat in Positano. In Donna Carmela’s garden, you’ll dine by candlelight amid citrus trees. Their wine menu features more than 400 labels. AMALFI ITSELF

Spend a day in this lively and bustling town that’s home to the enormous Cathedral of Sant’Andrea, the Piazza dei Doggi, several peaceful cloisters, and the Museum of Paper. CENTURIES OF ITALIAN STYLE

The ancient Roman ruins at Pompeii are world famous for

their preservation by a cataclysmic volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The lack of air and moisture in the hardened ash and pumice have frozen the moment and its people in time. Some of the most wellpreserved ancient Greek temples are located in Paestum, an ancient Greek city. You can also take in painted tombs from times of Lucanian rule and a Roman amphitheater. The Royal Palace of Caserta was built for Charles VI of Naples, this former royal residence’s Baroque style has been beautifully maintained and is the famous gem of the Bourbon monarchy.

ISLAND TIME

A short ferry ride away, Capri, the Isle of Dreams, has been drawing visitors since the days of the Roman Emperors to enjoy its natural beauty and its wonderful views. BOAT EXPLORERS

The Pertosa Caves are a series of limestock rock caves that have been carved for more than 35 million years by the Negro River. Located in the Cliento National Park, this historic site is accessible by boat tour.

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Puglia, Italy

HIGHLIGHTS FIRENZE OF THE SOUTH

In the bootheel of Italy, Borgo Egnazia Hotel overlooks the sweeping Adriatic Sea. This coastal retreat is located near the port of Savelletri, and your posh accommodations feature either terraces or gardens. With minimalist white design inside, the structure’s exteriors are backlit by the sunshine for which the region is so well-known, as well as serene whitewashed villages. The town of Puglia is surrounded by ancient farmlands and valleys clustered with charming villages.

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Lecce is about an hour’s drive from your accommodations and is regarded as one of the most culturally and historically significant cities in Puglia. Known by many as “Florence of the South,” thanks to its Baroque architecture, you can explore a Roman amphitheater, see the Column of St. Oronzo, Park Tower, the Castle of Charles V, and the Triumphal Arch. Navigate past these ancient city walls.

caisson ceiling, and smooth columns are positively steeped in history and will appeal to the history buffs in your group.

sourced from southern Italy. The spa has received accolades from Luxury Spa Awards, Tatler Spa Awards, and Gala Spa Awards, to name a few.

DOLPHIN REFUGE

Italy doesn’t exactly conjure images of dolphins, but the Jonian Dolphin Conservation offers day trips to admire these gentle, wild creatures. Your admission fee bolsters the conservation’s mission to protect these mammals.

BASILICA DI SANTA CROCE

A SPA TO “AHH” FOR

This Baroque church in Lecce was a monastery in the 14th century. Its intricate facades,

The ingredients incorporated into your services at the Borgo Egnazia’s VAIR Spa are all

GOLF

Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and fields of vegetables, the San Domenica Golf Club is open year-round. This Bermuda grass fairway is designed with the highest standards in mind by the European Golf Design of London.

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Rome, Italy

HIGHLIGHTS THE ROMANS

This is the political and religious center of Catholicism, and evidence of the Roman Empire is abundant in the city’s statues, monuments, fountains, and architecture. Some of the world’s most famous artistic masterpieces and structures dwell here. Just a four-minute walk south of Villa Borghese’s grand 17th-century gardens and estate is the Baglioni Hotel Regina, an elegant stone building known as one of Rome’s landmark hotels. Live la dolce vita in one of the stunning Art Deco rooms.

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The Colosseum is the venue where gladiators performed public spectacles, mock sea battles, executions, and battle reenactments. You can feel its grisly history in its underground passages as you walk among the statues and inscriptions. Though an earthquake greatly damaged it in the 1300s, its historic chambers remain open to the public. Near the Colosseum on Capitoline Hill, the Roman Forum served as the central meeting place. Its basilicas were constructed during the Imperial period and military processions were held here for centuries.

The large granite Corinthian columns of the Pantheon are some of the best-preserved of all ancient Roman structures. The Pantheon has had many identities but now serves as a tomb for famous composers, painters, and architects.

VATICAN CITY

A trip to Rome is often a Catholic rite of passage. Vatican City is made up of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, and the Vatican Apostolic Library. STEP ON IT

TREVI FOUNTAIN

Fontana di Trevi is an 86-foot-high Baroque fountain. This fantastic masterpiece is located in the Trevi district of the city and serves as the most picturesque backdrop for a family portrait.

Between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti sit 138 steps known as the Spanish Steps. Though eating and drinking on the steps is forbidden in order to keep their integrity, a stroll up this famous staircase is a must.

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Santorini, Greece

HIGHLIGHTS

They may be obscure, but Santorini’s wineries are internationally renowned. Winemakers swear by the island’s volcanic soil, which infuses unique flavors and characteristics into indigenous grapes such as assyrtiko and mantilaria.

fishermen’s catch of the day. There aren’t many better ways to get the lay of the land than the seven-mile Fira-to-Oia trek. The walk meanders through various village streets and stunning coastal paths. The views out over the deep blue water and quaint towns are unparalleled.

WALKABOUTS

TOUR THE ANCIENTS

You’ll descend 300 steps to reach Amoudi Bay, but the hike down (and back up) is worth it. Located below Oia, this is one of Santorini’s most visited sites due to its jaw-dropping sunsets and calm water for swimming. Charming tavernas dish up

The ancient town of Akrotiri was buried under volcanic ash for centuries before being excavated in 1967. Its shockingly wellpreserved ruins include colorful frescoes and other artwork. Take a tour to travel back in time.

HIDDEN WINE REGION

The rocky islands of the Santorini archipelago were formed thousands of years ago after one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. In the ensuing centuries, Santorini played a vital role in the development of Greek and Minoan culture. Today, with its breathtaking scenery and charming whitewashed villages, Santorini is a naturally romantic vacation mecca. Modern attractions include a burgeoning wine industry, excellent restaurants, and water sports, all set against the shimmering, turquoise backdrop of the Aegean Sea.

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BEACHES, AEGEAN STYLE

While Santorini’s beaches are mainly dark and rocky, they’re still excellent for sunbathing and swimming. Red Beach, Kamari, and Perissa are among the most popular. Most beaches are found on the eastern coast. ISLAND HOPPING

If you’re spending several days in Greece, consider visiting other islands before or after staying in Santorini. Mykonos and Crete are two popular destinations. Private boats and public ferries can whisk you around the Aegean Sea.

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Seville, Spain The capital of southern Spain’s Andalusian region, Seville has been inspiring travelers forever. Situated right in the heart of the city in its commercial and financial district, Gran Meliá Colón has been a veritable landmark for decades. If walls could talk, you would hear the stories of famous bullfighters and dignitaries who laid their heads here. Swept in red and golden colors, the hotel is honored to belong to “The Leading Hotels of the World,” one of the most prestigious associations in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS MOORISH INFLUENCE

ARCHITECTURAL GEMS

Moorish Muslim kings built the Real Alcázar royal palace centuries ago. Today, it’s one of Spain’s most prized pieces of architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the Courtyard of the Maidens and the sunken gardens and pools.

Built in 1929, the Plaza de España’s Renaissance Revival masterpiece is located in the Parque de María Luisa. This was the focal point of the IberoAmerican Exposition held in Seville. Its red brick structure is decorated with colorful ceramic tiles. The Catedral de Seville is the third largest church in all of Europe. Inside the Gothic structure is the largest altarpiece in the world. Visit its gold interior and elaborate 15th-century choir stalls. You’ll also see the Royal Chapel and the impressive nave. It’s rumored that Columbus is

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Seville hosted a World Fair in 1992 and its former grounds are now home to Isla Mágica, a familyfriendly theme park with games and attractions. Rollercoasters, waterslides, and merry-gorounds will delight the little ones.

buried here. The Torre del Oro is a 12-sided military watchtower built in 1220. It was designed to protect the city’s southern port. TAPAS TOUR

You would be remiss to visit Seville and not sample the array of award-winning tapas establishments. With a tour, sample the best that Andalusia has to offer. A typical tour will include paired wines and takes about three hours.

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St. Paul De Vence, France Located in the hills of the Alpes Maritime region between Nice and Antibes are 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-theart, 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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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 a trattoria 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

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. Today its canals make Venice one of the most striking, and yet intimate, cities in Europe.

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

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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 a museum showcasing Venetian history. TEATRO LA FENICE

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Book an exclusive tour of the traditional Rialto Market with the

“The Phoenix” is an opera house in Venice and 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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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 coffeehouses 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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FEATURED DESTINATION LAAMU, MALDIVES

Asia & Australia DESTINATIONS Bali, Indonesia Beijing, China Con Dao, Vietnam Hong Kong, China Koh Samui, Thailand Laamu, Maldives Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam Qing Cheng, China Sydney, Australia Zighy Bay, Oman

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Con Dao, Vietnam

HIGHLIGHTS TAKE A DIVE

The Con Dao archipelago is an untouched chain of 16 islands. Light in tourist traffic and protected as a marine and national park, Con Dao amazes with pristine natural beauty. The area’s crystal-clear waters are home to more than 1,400 marine species, making this the best SCUBA and snorkeling destination in Vietnam. The beaches are silky and white. You can leave for catamaran sailing, fishing trips, and night dives right from the resort, and each villa includes a private infinity pool.

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The opportunity to make new marine discoveries here is staggering: some 340 species of coral and more than 1,400 marine species reside in these waters. Visibility is outstanding and the resort offers a number of daily excursions. Don’t forget about the night dives, when different species, including small bamboo sharks, appear.

where the turtles enjoy full National Park protection.

for finding a fresh catch. The scenery is spectacular too.

THE RAINFOREST

SET SAIL

Head away from the beach into town to find an exciting and unique activity: hiking in a tropical rainforest. You can reach the So Ray Plantation, Ong Dung Bay, and possibly encounter long-tailed macaques and black squirrels.

Instead of swimming, let the calm breezes do the work for you. Your butler can arrange for a Hobie catamaran so that you can sail in peace past lazy fishing boats and toward the horizon, where the sky and sea seem to become one.

TURTLE COVE

CAST AWAY

SUNSET LOVE

Both Green and Hawksbill sea turtles come to Con Dao to nest on the island’s 13 beaches from May to October. This is the only place in Vietnam

Local expert Captain Thien has fished the waters around Con Dao for more than 25 years, and his traditional, simple fishing boat is the best choice

The beach called Bai Nhat only appears during low tide. When it does, perch on a boulder and watch the sun disappear behind Love Peak.

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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 even 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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Koh Samui, Thailand Six Senses Koh Samui sits in the Chumphon Archipelago on one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The resort itself is located on a sprawling 20-acre estate at the northern tip of the island with views of the gulf and neighboring islands. Koh Samui has long drawn travelers to its dense rainforest, coconut and palm trees, white sand beaches, and the Big Buddha statue located at the temple in Wat Phra Yai. On the south and west areas of the island, you’ll find old Thailand and authentic family-owned restaurants, nearly private beaches, and friendly villagers. This is home sweet home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

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HIGHLIGHTS SIGHTSEEING

MARINE LIFE

Six Senses will guide a tour of the Wat Plai Laem temple, where homage is paid to the goddess of compassion and mercy, Guanyin. Big Buddha temple is next on the tour and its golden statue is often the first thing visitors see from the airplane. The statue sits 12 meters high. The day concludes with a visit to Wat Samret and the “Mummified Monk” at Wat Khao Po. Local custom for Thai people includes a visit to the market early in the morning to collect ingredients for the day’s meals.

Ang Thong translates to “golden bowl” and this national marine park consists of 42 islands in the central gulf, northwest of Koh Samui. Wade in emerald water and explore the stunning rock formations. Board a Thai fishing boat for a private tour around the bay. You’ll learn the tricks of the trade of the local fishermen, and after you work up an appetite, lunch will be served on board.

of the class, you’ll dine on your own creations. As a souvenir, you’ll take home an embroidered apron and cookbook of local recipes. DINING ON THE ROCKS

Dine on one of 10 terraced decks of weathered teak and bamboo overlooking the water. Dining on the Rocks, located on-site, is the signature restaurant of Six Senses and presents contemporary cuisine paired with superior service.

COOKING SCHOOL

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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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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.

HIT THE BEACH

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 2017 The Final Four The Masters The Kentucky Derby The US Open Botswana Luxury Safari Rome to Monte Carlo Cruise Alaskan Expedition Danube River Cruise New Year’s Caribbean Yacht 2018 Douro (Portugal) River Cruise NEW Arctic Expedition NEW Summer Mediterranean Cruise NEW Colombia Experience NEW Vietnam and Cambodia NEW South Africa Family Safari NEW French River Barges NEW

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The US Open 2017 THE WORLD’S BEST TENNIS COMES TO THE BIG APPLE Every year in New York City, the best tennis players in the world convene for the fourth major in the Grand Slam tennis series. With Inspirato, experience the very best the tennis world has to offer with a VIP package. Experience your lush accommodations at the Park Hyatt Central Park and transportation to and from the matches at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Before you soak in the excitement of such a historical event, we begin our weekend together with a welcome dinner cocktail party.

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CENTRAL TO IT ALL

Watch the tournament like never before with exclusive courtside seating for the Men’s Doubles Final and the Women’s Final on Saturday. On Sunday, the frontrow action continues with seats to the Women’s Doubles Final and Men’s Final.

The sleek and modern Park Hyatt Central Park serves as your home in the middle of New York City. Enjoy a swim in its indoor pool or walk two blocks to the lush landscape of Central Park. Museums or shopping along the Upper East Side’s boutiques are a quick cab or car ride away.

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Relax and get excited for your US Open tournament experience. Inspirato’s team will handle all ticketing and transportation to maximize your time at the tournament.

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FOR TENNIS FANATICS

Your Member Services team can assist you with several upgrades to your US Open Experience, including tickets to the Men’s and Women’s Semifinal rounds on Thursday and Friday and a one-on-one tennis clinic and lunch with a tennis icon. (Additional charges apply).

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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, 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.

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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 ancient medieval village offers a step back in time.

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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 hand-selected weeklong itinerary to Caribbean destinations includes 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.

DATES DECEMBER 28, 2017 JANUARY 4, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S NEW YEAR’S CARIBBEAN YACHT EXPERIENCE, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS

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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Douro (Portugal) River Cruise 2018 RIVER VALLEYS & WINE Begin your scenic journey in Lisbon. The following morning make your way through the picturesque countryside to Porto, the birthplace of Port wine, and embark on the Queen Isabel, a boutique, hotel-style river cruiser with gourmet dining options, and comfortable, classic accommodations. Dine at a local quinta in Pinhão, known for producing some of the world’s best Portos. Travel to Entre-Os-Rios and Régua to pay a visit to the Douro Museum, Mateus Palace, and a local wine estate, and continue on to Vega de Terrón before returning full circle to Porto.

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HIGHLIGHTS THE SHIP

The Queen Isabel provides a distinctive, boutique manner to cruise the Douro River. Limited to 116 guests, the ship surrounds passengers in opulent luxury. Amenities include a fullservice bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenty River Spa, and a sundeck where travelers can enjoy the surrounding landscape. DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

Lisbon - Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary, and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

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Porto - Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19thcentury Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors. Pinhão - This small village on a bend in the Douro River is the epicenter of the world’s best Ports. Wineries dominated the culture; even the hand-painted tiles in the famous railway station depicting the grape harvest are considered a must-see. Vega de Terrón - The small port town on the Douro River serves as the gateway to the 900-year-old

university city of Salamanca in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ITINERARY

Day 1 - Overnight flights to Lisbon Day 2 – Arrive at Lisbon, Welcome Cocktail Reception Day 3 – Porto, Portugal Day 4 – Entre-Os-Rios Day 5 – Régua Day 6 - Pinhão Day 7 – Vega de Terrón, Salamanca Day 8 – Barca d’Alva & Pocinho Day 9 – Cruising the Douro | Porto Day 10 - Porto | Departures

DATES: OCTOBER 13-21, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S PORTUGAL RIVER CRUISE, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS

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Arctic Expedition 2018 INSPIRATO ICE BEARS With more than 30 years of experience in the Arctic, Lindblad Expedition’s most experienced naturalists will lead Inspirato Members to sights unseen throughout the Svalbard Archipelago. From polar bears and artic foxes to vast glacial landscapes, members will explore the archipelago via Zodiac, kayak, and walk each day. With daily lectures detailing the archipelago’s history—from the Vikings and the once exploited resources to present-day efforts to protect this singular and crucial archipelago.

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HIGHLIGHTS THE SHIP

Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, you’ll board the National Geographic Explorer, a ship purpose-built for the earth’s ice-laden latitudes. The vessel contains 81 cabins and space for 148 passengers. Best of all, a fleet of 36 kayaks and 14 Zodiacs for getting guests up close to the wildlife. LINBLAD EXPEDITIONS

To serve as our guide, Inspirato tapped the unparalleled expertise of Lindblad Expeditions to match the level of service expected by Inspirato Members. Started by “the father of eco-tourism,” Lars-Eric Lindblad, more than 50 years ago, the company was the first travel service to take guests to Antarctica. Since then they’ve expanded their sphere north to the Arctic. Beyond their expertise in navigating these waters, Lindblad’s certified photo instructors and undersea specialists

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help ensure that members truly enjoy the experience of a lifetime. WHAT TO EXPECT

Zodiac excursions are the best way to reach the wildlife on remote and empty coasts. Travel in groups of 12 to 14.. Or you can chart your own course (with a guide), utilizing the ship’s sturdy two-person kayaks to quietly let you explore this magical archipelago. Throughout the trip, expedition naturalists will provide a comprehensive and in-depth look at this world of ice and its inhabitants, including polar bears.

on National Geographic Explorer. Days 4 – 9: Explore the Arctic Svalbard: Observe wildlife from polar bear, reindeer and walrus, arctic foxes, stunning glaciers, and more. Day 10 – Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and vist Lonyearbyen before flight to Oslo on private charter. Return flights to the U.S. from Oslo.

DATES: JUNE 7-16, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S ARCTIC CRUISE, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Fly to Oslo, Norway, on an overnight international flight. Day 2 – Arrival in Oslo, Welcome Cocktail Reception that evening. Day 3 – Depart Oslo on a private charter flight to Longyearbyen. Embark

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Summer Mediterranean Cruise 2018 MONTE CARLO TO BARCELONA: ICONIC ISLANDS OF SPAIN Begin in 2018 where our cruise leaves off in 2017, Monte Carlo, Monaco. A classic luxury destination, Monaco boasts unmatched shopping, dining, and Mediterranean views. Continue along the coast to trendy Saint-Tropez, followed by a hop south to the islands of Menorca, Ibiza, and Mallorca before traveling north along the coast of Spain from Valencia to your final destination, the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona.

HIGHLIGHTS THE SHIP

Embark on Silversea’s highly anticipated new ship, the Silver Muse. Featuring a new ultra-luxury marketplace, eight exclusive restaurant offerings, newly designed cabins with state-of-the-art technology, and plenty of spaces for open-air cruising. DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

Monte Carlo - The home to many of Europe’s wealthiest and most famous personalities has shopping and dining to match. Saint-Tropez - 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. Menorca - One of Spain’s Balearic islands, Menorca is known for its

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endless beaches and turquoisewater bays called “calas.” Ibiza - Known for having one of Europe’s liveliest nightlifes that draws DJs, artists, and fans from across the continent, the island also has a quiet side, Mallorca - A popular tourist destination for Europe’s well-heeled, Mallorca beach culture reigns supreme here with miles and miles of white sand. The island is in the middle of a revival with many residents restoring the island’s numerous old manors, estates, and fincas. Valencia - The third largest city in Spain is renowned for its architecture, both ancient (dating back to the Romans) and modern.

Barcelona - First founded as a Roman city in the Middle Ages, Barcelona sits on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Its architecture and history have been drawing travelers to its city center for centuries. ITINERARY

Day 1 – Monte Carlo, Monaco Day 2 – Saint-Tropez, France Day 3 – Port Mahon, Menorca, Spain Days 4-5 – Ibiza, Spain Days 5-6 – Palma de Mallorca, Spain Day 7 – Valencia, Spain Day 8 – Barcelona, Spain

DATES JULY 29 – AUGUST 3, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE EXPERIENCE, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS

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Colombian Experience 2018 FROM COFFEE TO COASTS Colombia’s transformative history and unmatched biodiversity are quickly drawing international attention with the country’s emerging tourism industry. From the laidback lifestyle of Cartagena’s Caribbean coast, to the lush landscapes of the coffee region, and Bogotá’s sleek dining scene—the country is a top trend for luxury travel in 2018. Enjoy a private dinner hosted by some of Bogotá’s youngest, most passionate and philanthropic chefs. Hike among the country’s wax palms in the stunning Cocora Valley and meet the energetic entrepreneurs making Cartagena’s night life and libation scene.

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HIGHLIGHTS HIGH LIFE

CARIBBEAN SPIRIT

Surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, the capital city of Bogotá sits at an altitude of 8,600 feet, which gives it a mild, mostly cool climate year-round. As the country’s political, educational, artistic, and business capital, it serves as the nation’s cultural center.

Founded in 1533, Cartegena’s colonial walled city and attached fortress on the Caribbean Sea are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the mellow, humid metropolis compared to Bogatá’s hustle, a state of mind embodied by the magic realism of Gabriel García Márquez who called the city home.

ANCIENT PEOPLES

Meet the people of Pijao in their rural, mountainous Quindío region home. Experience their pride in their coffee culture in one of the longest inhabited areas in the country (predating the arrival of Columbus). BIOLOGICAL GEM

The lush Cocora Valley sits inside Los Nevados National Natural Park and is home to Colombia’s national symbol, the Quindio wax palm and other endangered plants and animals.

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Day 1 – Evening arrival in Bogotá Day 2 – Paloquemao Market & views from Monserrate Day 3 – Visit a traditional Paso Fino horse farm & hacienda Day 4 – Biodiverse nature walk with local biologist Day 5 – “People of Pijao Village” experience Day 6 – Explore the Cocora Valley Day 7 – Cartagena’s iconic old town tour & salsa lessons

Day 8 – Private island and yacht experience in the Caribbean Day 9 – Farewell dinner with interactive chocolate & rum tasting Day 10 – Return home

DATES FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 4, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S COLOMBIAN EXPEDITION, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS

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Vietnam & Cambodia 2018 A TASTE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

HIGHLIGHTS JUNK CRUISE

FOODIE DELIGHTS

Spend a night cruising on a traditional wooden Vietnamese junk on tranquil Halong Bay.

Bike through rice paddies, take a foodie walking tour through littleknown winding streets, or try your hand at traditional Vietnamese cooking in a culinary class.

COLONIAL HANOI

Experience the beauty and culture of Southeast Asia, traveling with Inspirato through northern and central Vietnam and trekking through the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Enjoy the bustle and history of colonial Hanoi.

DATES JANUARY & LATE FEBRUARY, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S VIETNAM & CAMBODIA EXPEDITION, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS.

ANCIENT SPLENDOR

BEACH LIFE

Sink your toes into the luxurious beach fronting the Four Seasons Nam Hai.

Take in the splendor of the sunrise over ruins of Angkor Wat and walk in the steps of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones through the vinecovered temple of Ta Prohm.

TAILOR MADE

Exploring the charming fishing village of Hoi An, which also happens to be the tailored clothing capital of Southeast Asia.

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South African Family Safari 2018 AFRICA-SIZED ADVENTURE South Africa is a country of diversity, cosmopolitan culture, and astounding natural beauty. From the magnificence of the Cape coast to the majesty of the national parks and reserves, Inspirato Members will fall in love with South Africa. Our 2018 Experience is well-suited for both individuals and families. It combines all the elements that make South Africa such an incredible destination: world-class properties, culinary delights, and amazing game viewing inside one of the country’s premier private game reserves.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Winery tour and tasting.

ITINERARY

• A tour of the spectacular Cape Peninsula, including a stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach and a visit to a Zulu village. • At a private game reserve, you’ll track—but not hunt—the “Big 5” wild animals that embody Africa’s wonder: the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and the rhinocerous.

Day 1 - Cape Town, arrival and transfer to the luxurious Table Bay Hotel. Days 2-4 - Explore Cape Town, one of Africa’s most dynamic cities. Take in the view from atop Table Mountain; browse Greenmarket Square, the city’s oldest market; stroll through Company Garden, first planted in 1652. Picnic at Spier Wine Estate with its birds of prey. Dine at Gold Restaurant, famous for its 14-course dinner of Cape Malay and African-inspired cuisine. On Day 4, up the adventure quotient with a sandboarding excursion, hiking or biking tour of the city, or a powerboat cruise along the coastline. Days 5-8 - Head to the interior of the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, Phinda Mountain Lodge. There your family will climb aboard 4x4 vehicles and head out to observe

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the wildlife in the Phinda, known for its diverse geography that includes woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, forests, mountains, and rivers, all located close to the Indian Ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. You’ll also have a chance to head out at night. On your last day, travel to a local Zulu village to learn and experience their culture and traditions. Day 9 - Depart for Johannesburg with connections for flights back home.

DATES JUNE & JULY, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INSPIRATO’S SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY SAFARI, PLEASE GO TO INSPIRATO.COM/DESTINATIONS

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THERE I WAS

ALL TO THEMSELVES Logan Taylor and his fiancé Greg Holman celebrate their future together in Venice, Italy’s St. Mark’s Square.

A SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT BOTH GREG AND I LOVE TO TRAVEL, and Italy had long been on our bucket list. It was the itinerary of the Inspirato exclusive Venice-to-Rome cruise that convinced us to take the leap and go. And, I guess it being Italy and all, the trip also sparked the idea for us to consider finally getting engaged. Before we met the ship in Venice, Greg and I spent a few days in Rome, where Holly Bryan at Inspirato had worked out the perfect evening in the ancient city that would lead to me proposing. We took a vintage Fiat 500 tour of the city, driven by an amazing, local tour guide, and ended up at the Colosseum. I wasn’t quite sure on what part of the tour I was going to propose, but with the beautifully lit and historic backdrop, I knew it was the perfect place. Even though I had a whole speech written down, I was so caught up in the moment that all I muttered was to ask him to spend the rest of our lives together. And he said yes! The next day we headed to Venice to meet the ship and arrived early to experience the city of canals and bridges, and check off another city on our bucket list. While it’s a gorgeous place, I wasn’t prepared for the crush of summer tourists. People were everywhere. All the while we were scouting out locations where

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we could have Nathan Hindman, Inspirato’s photographer, get a shot of Greg and I that we could use to announce our engagement. Nathan suggested we try to get some shots at dawn the next day when there were no crowds. We were skeptical that such an early start was worth it, but we got up at 4 a.m. the following morning, dressed up, and headed to St. Mark’s Square. That walk turned into one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives. From the crowds we’d endured the day before, we would never have believed that Venice’s ancient walkways and squares could be so empty and quiet. It was surreal, and then to enter the square at sunrise, it was breathtaking. Greg and I couldn’t stop smiling. Sharing that moment together as a couple is something we will not soon forget, and it deepened our sense of where we were—in many respects it was a defining moment in our lives. Everything on the trip that we experienced afterward—including Greg’s proposal to me under a gorgeous sunset while docked off the Dalmatian Coast in Dubrovnik, Croatia—came with a greater appreciation for the new life we’re beginning together. It was like seeing everything through a fresh set of eyes. —AS TOLD TO GRANT DAVIS

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Life changed for Logan Taylor, Inspirato’s Events Operations Manager, when he set off with his partner Greg on the club’s exclusive cruise along the Adriatic Sea.

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