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Letter from the Editors 2015 was a year filled with awe inspiring globetrotting feats, epic events and the overall growth of the company. We would first off like to thank our readers that have shown undying support from the start, you are the ones that keep us inspired to put our love for travel into words and imagery for the world to see. Our staff and contributors around the world consistently strive to bring the best destinations this amazing planet has to offer from every possible viewpoint. Our goal continues to be coverage of new and exciting travel spots that will project world tourism to an all-time high. As the editors, we always seek to ring in the New Year with a storybook ending. We capped off 2015 with an exciting and adventurous tour of the East Coast that started in Boston and finished in the mountains of Quebec! We celebrated NYE in style at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, the perfect backdrop to a winter wonderland inspired getaway. As the clock struck midnight and the balloons dropped from the ceiling above we took every moment in. The entire stay was magical, with horse drawn carriage rides in the snow while sipping hot chocolate, fun filled days on the slopes of the local ski mountain, Mont Grand Fond and ice skating hand in hand overlooking the St. Lawrence river; it truly doesn’t get any better than that! This trip was certainly the perfect way to end a great year and when we arrived back to LA we had a renewed sense of excitement for the year to come. 2016 will be another dauntless year for the team, the schedule has been created and we can’t wait to release all the magnificent features planned to inspire you! We have another big year ahead on our event calendar as well. As always, each issue release party will be glamorous and complete with celebrity sightings and live performances by LA’s best entertainers. We are really looking forward to the second annual Taste of the World event this year as well as a few new invigorating affairs we will unveil soon so stay on the lookout for the invitations! For now, we raise a toast to you, our friends and followers, here is to a successful 2016 full of travel, new experiences and a new found sense of self. Dream as if you have forever and live to make each moment last.
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The Los Angeles Travel Magazine Fall-Holiday Issue Release Party at Riviera 31 was hosted by Shannon Decker from the E! hit television show Hollywood Cycle, Tenley Molzahn from ABCâ€™s The Bachelor and Andrea Feczko from Vacation Chasers on HLN. The editors of the magazine Jennifer McLaughlin and Michael Dunn unveiled the latest issue to some of the west coasts savviest travelers along with celebrities, magazine contributors, city officials, media guests, and local Angelenos. A selection of complimentary cocktails sponsored by Titoâ€™s Handmade Vodka were available to guests while live performances from The Bling Divas took place throughout the night to music by DJ D-Dub. At the end of the event guests had the chance to win a handful of amazing travel prizes.
Taste of the world On September 27th, LATM hosted a signature event to celebrate food, wine and culture inspired by International travel. Food & Wine Connoisseurs united as top chefs from all over Southern California came together in Hollywood for a worldly experience. Only a few lucky guests were able to partake in this very private and exclusive event. Guests enjoyed small bites of creative dishes featured and then voted for their favorite at the end of the night. They also enjoyed live International performances by the L.A. Samba Dancers, Jessica Pacheco, the Polynesian Dance Company and music by DJ D-Dub. Each guest was also be entered to win amazing travel prizes including a Grand Prize Getaway to Napa comprised of (2) round trip tickets on Surf Air and a (3) night stay at the Silverado Resort & Spa. The event took place at Madera Kitchen & Bar located at 1835 N. Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Editors of the magazine Jennifer McLaughlin and Michael Dunn hosted the extravagant evening. Event sponsors included: AMG Media Group, Big Heart Event Productions, Hotel Irvine, Madera Kitchen & Bar, Quintessential Wines, Surf Air, Vilarnau Winery and Wilson Creek Winery. Photography by: Chris Clevely
The Spacation Event On November 21st, LATM hosted its first ever Spacation Event, a day dedicated to pampering and relaxation for women. The event took place at one of Orange County’s newest art museums The Gray Matter Museum of Art located on 485 E. 17th Street on the border of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Editor-In-Chief, Jennifer McLaughlin hosted the luxurious event which offered a plethora of activities for guests to choose from. Including but not limited to beauty demonstrations, spa treatments, a photobooth provided by City Lights Luxury Photobooth, live music by DJ D-Dub, shopping, giveaways, swag bags, food, drinks and more. At The Spa-Cation Event ladies came together to relax, pamper themselves and learn about their inner and outer beauty! This fun, pampering, shopping therapy, relaxing "Ladies Only" event was unlike any of its kind. Whether for fashion, beauty or new connections, this event brought together a united force of beautiful ladies all in one place. The beautiful, funny and inspiring Morgan McKean joined the event with a speech to empower guests with her knowledge of Intuition, Self-Love, and "Designing Your Destiny". The event was produced by Big Heart Event Productions & AMG Media Marketing. Event Sponsors included: The Event Loft, The Gray Matter Museum of Art, NeoCell, Swell Beauty, the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Derma-Innovation, Glen Ivy, GypsetMermaid, Belleza Bronzing, Bee Sugared, V’z Athletics Massage & Bodywork Studio, OC Mom Blog, Greer's OC, DJ D-Dub and Primal Elements! Photography by: Dezirae Elkins
Martinis & Mistletoe This past holiday season we skipped the ugly sweater party and upped our holiday game by throwing a festive event that had guests talking about well past NYE! We celebrated the end of another incredible year with a night full of holiday cheer, live entertainment, holiday swag, delicious bites, themed cocktails and a visit by Santa! Guests enjoyed small bites, holiday themed martinis, stocking stuffers, champagne, live cirque performances by Cirque Mirage and music by DJ D-Dub. Produced by The Event Loft & AMG Media Marketing. Sponsored by: The Gray Matter Museum of Art, Cirque Mirage and DJ D-Dub. Photography by: Shastin Diaz
You asked ... Q: I have been trying to plan my next vacation spot and with way too many destinations left on my bucket list (I know, shame on me!) I am having a really hard time choosing! Which locations would be ideal for a getaway within the next three to six months? My top 3 choices are between Iceland, Brussels and Hong Kong. Keep in mind I only have about 7 vacation days.
Q: Do you have any suggestions to make the best of travel when you’re sick? There is a joke in my family as one of us is always getting sick any time we travel abroad. Usually, it is pretty mild or we would obviously cancel. When it happens do you think it’s better to cancel (we typically have trip insurance) or forge ahead and deal with it? A. Whether you cancel or go depends on the severity of your illness of course and the destination. If you are in pain or contagious, you should 100% cancel, no one appreciates the germs that can be passed along! If you have a mild cold or ate something funny that will pass in 24 hours or so you should consider going. Of course, if your trip is a rigorous hiking excursion then reschedule for sure as you will need to be in good heath. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are heading to soak up the sun on a Caribbean beach, the sun and water might dry up those sniffles and have you feeling refreshed and back to normal in no time. Just remember to bring any antibiotics or over the counter meds with you, to avoid running around a foreign city looking for a pharmacy or drug store. One thing we always travel with to avoid catching any cold symptoms is Doctor O'Neil's Immuno Gum. It contains Zinc, Vitamin C, Echinacea, Elderberry, Siberian Ginseng, and Astragalus to help support your immune system, as well as give extra support when needed. Since I am always chewing gum on the road anyways it makes sense to stay protected at the same time!
A. Well that sounds like a good problem to have! There are so many great places to go and seven days is a good amount of time to take an amazing trip! Out of the three I would immediately hold off on Hong Kong until you have more time. While it is certainly one of our favorite destinations, with the time change and long flight, it will quickly cut your vacation in half. Brussels and Iceland are both great choices; our personal favorite of the two is definitely Brussels as the city offers a Parisian, romantic vibe with the smell of chocolate and nutella on every street corner. Both are excellent choices though so we suggest basing it on pricing and availability. With Iceland you can score a killer deal via Wow Airlines (sometimes around $59 from the East Coast). If you see one of those deals don't think twice, book it!
Q: My fiancé and I are total foodies. He is turning 30 in March and I want to fly him either to the best restaurant in the world or a big foodie destination. I really want to surprise him and take him somewhere he wouldn't expect. Where should we go? A. Immediately when reading your question Calgary came to mind. The Canadian city is probably not somewhere you would automatically think of or find when researching foodie destinations. We went a few years ago and were absolutely shocked with the culinary options they had. There are so many great restaurants there it was hard to choose and the ones we went with (Market, River Cafe and Model Milk) were all outstanding. The Chefs here are really reinventing the wheel in a highly delectable way. Plus the dollar is worth a lot more in Canada these days so you won't break the bank tasting your way through the city!
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Hi, I’m Sarah, and I’m a concierge at one of the top hotels in Los Angeles. On a daily basis I get asked about things to do, places to eat, and unique finds in the City of Angels. Although there is much to do, here is a sample itinerary I have suggested to guests of mine exploring our great city no matter if it’s for the very first time, or if they have been visiting for years!
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Two-Day Los Angeles Itinerary Day 1
Larchmont Bungalow Start off your day like the locals do and head to Larchmont in the beautiful neighborhood of Hancock Park. This quaint street is far from a tourist destination. The street is lined with small boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops to explore after a solid breakfast at Larchmont Bungalow. From delicious lattes to breakfast burritos to their famous red and blue velvet pancakes, there is something for everyone in this converted bungalow restaurant. Their quinoa breakfast bowl is perfect for those looking for healthier fare, but those seeking a heartier breakfast, their Steak and Eggs plate is a must! 107 N Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004 Abbot Kinney and Venice After exploring the old-Hollywood world of Larchmont, head west to the beach. Venice is an iconic and classic destination. Stroll on the Venice Boardwalk, home of the famous Muscle Beach, mosey in a few blocks to Abbot Kinney, the heart of Venice and home to numerous funky boutiques. Stop in to Intelligentsia for a caffeine pick-me-up while waiting for a table at Gjelina.
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Gjelina One of Los Angeles’s most popular restaurants, Gjelina always delivers. The atmosphere is rustic-chic and the cuisine, super fresh. Simple and delicious is the theme du jour at this sharedplates eatery. They don’t take reservations during the day, so expect to wait, but the food is well worth it. Considering this is the go to destination for hipsters and artists alike, Gjelina makes for great people watching. There are so many delectable items to try including the lamb sausage and squash blossom pizzas, the butternut squash agnolotti, the duck confit, and even the dandelion, yes dandelion, salad. 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Perry’s Bike Rentals No visit to Southern California is complete without an afternoon spent at the beach. After lunch, venture on over to Perry’s Rentals. Perry’s rents a variety of wheels, from beach cruisers, tandem bicycles, tricycles, kiddy carts, and rollerblades. No matter your speed, they have you covered for cruising along the beach. Personally, I suggest riding up to the Santa Monica Pier and back. But if you want to spend your afternoon actually on the beach, you can also rent beach chairs, boogie boards, surfboards, and volleyballs. 10 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA
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The Eveleigh After a few hours of fun in the sun, I suggest heading back to your hotel for a respite before the evening. For dinner, I highly recommend The Eveleigh located on the Sunset Strip. Enter in through the lush trellis and walk past the bubbling fountain in to the cool shabby-chic atmosphere, The Eveleigh manages to balance a buzzing scene with an easy vibe and specializes in fresh farm-to-table cuisine. Some of their top dishes include the roasted leg of lamb, rabbit roulade, smoked Kentucky ham, and the wheat berry and lentil salad. Their specialty craft cocktails are known to please the pickiest of palates, from their Eveleigh Lemonade to their Time of My Life, they round out the experience. Be sure to make a reservation and request a table on the back patio.
The Comedy Store Since you are already in the middle of all the action of the Sunset Strip, why not end the evening with a nightcap and a few laughs? The Comedy Store is a short walk east from The Eveleigh. Personally, I am a fan of The Original Room as most evenings they host a series of headlining comics. The talent at The Comedy Store is undeniable, with many familiar faces gracing their stages. I always say the comics are either someone you already know, or someone you are about to know. The Original Room stage has been home to legends like David Letterman, Jay Leno, Andy Kaufman, Jim Carrey, Roseanne Barr, and Pauly Shore. Current comics include Chris D'Elia, Whitney Cummings, Nick Kroll, Bobby Lee, Natasha Leggero and Dov Davidoff.
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Zinque West Hollywood Dive into your second day in Los Angeles with a breakfast experience at Zinque, West Hollywood. This beautifully designed French-Californian bistro bustles all day, but mornings are my favorite. The atmosphere is a casual, order-atthe-bar experience and the food is delightfully delicious. Fan favorites are the breakfast sandwich, freshly-baked chocolate croissant, and the egg white frittata with cheese (suggested order is two pieces), all of which pair flawlessly with a creamy cappuccino or vanilla latte. Incredible details highlight the space, complete with communal wooden tables, comfortable sofas to sink into, and intricate, hand-painted tilework. Every corner esthetically designed to create a perfect Instagram-worthy backdrop. 8684 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90048 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and La Brea Tar Pits Now that you are fueled for the day, head over to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the neighboring La Brea Tar Pits. LACMA is one of LA’s biggest museums, featuring an extensive art collection inside as well as grounds and outdoor installations that you will love exploring. My favorite installations are the Levitating Mass, a giant rock above a concrete walkway, and the Urban Lights, a collection of vintage lamp posts. Both provide the best backdrop for any Instagram picture. Just next 18
door are the La Brea Tar Pits, a group of natural tar pits that are more than tens of thousands of years old. They feature fossil displays and an active viewing station over one of the pits. A mammoth, a saber-toothed cat, and an American lion are just a few of the many remains uncovered from these tar pits. Educational and fun! 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 / 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 The Grove and Farmer’s Market With all of that art and history, you will surely have worked up an appetite afterwards. I recommend lunch at The Grove and Farmer’s Market. The Grove is one of LA’s most popular outdoor shopping destinations. With a collection of stores and restaurants, it is located just next to the historic Farmer’s Market, a permanent market that is home to numerous food stalls, gourmet food vendors, and restaurants. If you prefer a more casual dining experience, The Farmer’s Market is ideal because it has so many options. Of course, The Grove has a few sit-down eateries to choose from as well. No reservations are necessary, but a favorite of mine is La Piazza located right next to The Grove Fountain. 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Griffith Observatory After some retail therapy and a power lunch, it is time to make your way to the Griffith Observatory. The Griffith Observatory is a
perfect afternoon destination. Located within Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America, there are countless trails to discover and hike. Of course, the actual Observatory is known for its incredible views of the entire city, including an up-close and personal view of the Hollywood Sign. There are public telescopes, a number of space-related attractions and a planetarium. Admission to the Observatory is free, and they host a myriad of events from Star Parties to Sunset Walks and Talks. 2800 E Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027 Bestia With a long day of exploration behind you, a lovely dinner at Bestia will be much anticipated. Be sure to plan ahead and secure a reservation at this intimate restaurant. Situated in the Arts District in Downtown LA, it may be small in size with a relaxed atmosphere, but the Italian inspired menu is top-notch. Plates are ideal for sharing, with noteworthy dishes like the Persimmon Salad, Grilled Lamb Meatballs, Gorgonzola Pizze, and the Cavatelli all Norcina, ricotta dumplings with pork sausage and black truffles. Be sure to leave room for one of their specialty cocktails like the White Negroni and dessert. The Apple Cider Donuts are sure to end the meal on a particularly high note! 2121 E 7th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90021
The Castle on the Cliff: Majestic, Magic, Manoir gh
he country of Canada is known worldwide for its scenic landscapes, world class cuisine and endless winter activities. The Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is a place where you can find all of this and much more! Located in the picturesque region of Charlevoix, only an hour and fifteen minute drive from Quebec City, the property is conveniently located and has 405 guestrooms and suites set on 210-acres of land. As your car approaches the hotel entrance a feeling comes over and you can sense that you are about to embark on a well deserved VIP experience. As you pass the keys to the valet, prepare to leave all your worries behind. Let the self indulgent and extravagant winter sabbatical begin! As comfortable as an overstuffed couch, yet as glamorous as a sparkly diamond ring, this authentic and classic hotel melds cozy and heartwarming with elegant and indulgent.Â Further
exploration of this historic manor reveals much more. Live music is often playing in the lobby and bar area, museum-quality art is displayed throughout the hotel and the overall vibe is relaxed and stress free.Â The first and only problem you may encounter during your stay here is how you are going to fit in everything the hotel has to offer. The hotel provides an unending list of activities that could keep you busy from the time you arrive until the day you leave, no matter how long the visit. The property has everything you could need from great views to the perfect spots to cozy up by the fire. The staff at the hotel is more than ready and able to ensure you have the perfect itinerary for your stay to create memories that will last forever! From booking a reservation at one of the fine dining establishments on property or setting up one of the wonderful winter activities for you; the concierge team at the Fairmont Richelieu is fabulous! 21
From Ice Fishing to Ice Skating It wouldn’t be a true Charlevoix winter experience without immersing yourself in the best seasonal fun the area has to offer. Worldwide the province of Quebec is well known for its beautiful winter landscape photos, especially the ones that showcase people enjoying snow filled fun! If you enjoy the combination of power, finesse and pure winter beauty then you must experience their scenic snowmobiling trails which are directly accessible from the hotel grounds. If you are more laid back and wish to appreciate the calmness and serenity of your winter vacation then opt for the horse drawn carriage and cart rides which are available throughout the day. Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa, snuggle in with your loved ones and trot around the Manoir for a whole new perspective of the Charlevoix surrounding beauty! Show off your skating skills on the ice rink which is a designed loop to skate around fully equipped with holiday décor and a warm fire to sit around during rest periods! Other winter activities include dog sledding, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. The air is sharper, crisper, and cleaner here. Despite this up-in-the-clouds location overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, you are never isolated. Hotel transportation (which includes a special partnership with BMW) can deliver you to nearby mountain activities. Ski Le Mont Grand –Fonds While staying at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu a day trip to Le Mont Grand-Fonds is a must! Less than 10 miles from the resort is a perfect ski mountain to meet all your alpine needs! With a vertical drop of 1100 feet and 20 runs, ski enthusiasts can have all their challenges met here. From green beginner runs to double black diamonds for the more advanced skiers, all levels are welcome. There is something extra special about the naturally beautiful environment that makes up the Charlevoix region. Have the shuttle take you up to Mont Grand-Fonds to spend the day whisking your worries away; whether you choose downhill, cross-country, snowboarding or snowshoeing you can’t lose here! Fully surrounded by snowcapped evergreens, skiers and snowboarders will get the true Quebec experience no matter what! After a vigorous day of skiing there is nothing better than enjoying an ice cold beer and some Poutine (a Canadian Classic) in the Summit Pub. If you haven’t tried Poutine then you are truly missing out! The delicious dish
consists of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Trust us; you cannot go wrong with this for your après ski meal! A Gastronomic Experience The Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is highly regarded in Canada for its exquisite service and gastronomic dishes. There are three restaurants available in the winter months, Le Charlevoix, Le Bellerive and Le Saint-Laurent. Le Charlevoix, the hotel’s upscale fine dining establishment has been awarded the AAA/ CAA Four Diamond award for its innovative approach to presenting Quebec’s finest cuisine year in and year out. Come here to dine with the elite of the Charlevoix region while tasting some of the best dishes Chef Patrick Turcot has to offer. Le Bellerive serves up an amazing breakfast buffet in the morning, one that cannot be missed. Come enjoy the hotel’s famous Maple pancakes and house smoked salmon while sipping on mimosas staring out at the St Lawrence River! Breakfast just doesn’t get better than this! Lunch and dinner are also offered at Le Bellerive a la carte. Le Saint Laurent is the hotel’s dinner buffet offering the finest, produce, seafood and meats that the Charlevoix region produces each year. Chef Turcot prides himself in bringing as many local, fresh, sustainable foods as he possibly can to bring the hotel guests the best overall dining experience!
Meet the Chef Born in Québec City, Patrick Turcot was already showing his culinary inclination at the age of five, when he surprised his parents by ordering “escargots” at a restaurant. By the age of 15, he had developed a full-fledge passion for good food and knew that we wanted to study culinary arts.
Upon graduating in both Pastry and International Cooking from the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec, Patrick completed his apprenticeship at the Ritz Carlton in Montreal in 1990. He first started his career at prestigious hotels in Montreal and Quebec City before heading west for a winter to join the kitchen brigade at The Fairmont Château Lake Louise. He returned to Québec City to work at Le Château Frontenac. During that time, he also took on the opportunity to share his experience and taught apprentice cooking at Limoilou College. Chef Turcot has received several honors such as the Silver Medal at the Quebec Culinary Show and a Bronze medal at the Montreal Culinary show. He is a true epicurean and loves to treat his friends to his new creations to get their feedback before introducing them on the hotel menus. His culinary philosophy and passion reflect the current trend towards a healthier and naturally nutritional diet. Working with neighboring farmers to seek out the finest in regional and local organic produce, is the essence of his cuisine. Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate After a full day of winter excursions, relax at Le Spa du Manoir Richelieu in one of their 13 treatment rooms. Fully renovated in 2015, the spa caters to every guest by providing a flawless reward for their hard work on the slopes. Nothing feels better than a Revitalizing Eucalyptus Exfoliation and Relaxation Massage after a five hour cross-country ski trek! How about an exhilarating Elixir Ice Cider Body Wrap after an evening of ice skating? The combinations are endless here and with so many tantalizing treatments it can be hard to pick just one. Do yourself a favor and just book a full spa day! Bet the House Located on property and directly adjacent to the hotel entrance is the Casino de Charlevoix; offering guests the opportunity for their shot at lady luck if their heart (and wallet) desires. The casino hosts over a million guests per year and is a very popular hotspot in the Charlevoix region. Gamble the night away with a variety of table games from blackjack to baccarat or try your luck at the slot machines, you name it they’ve got the game for you! They even had our favorite game Wheel of Fortune and while we may have fallen victim with a losing streak at least we had a good time doing it. After a magical stay at the Castle on the Cliff, it’s a sure bet you will be “all in” too. ■
The Winter Wonderland Next Door(ish) By: Courtney Kretchman
here are a lot of wonderful areas in Los Angeles, with hundreds of fantastic little neighborhoods all packed into one super-sized city. But come wintertime, those who crave snow boots, hot toddies and glove warmers will not be satiated here. Sure you can pretty much reach snow (or sand!) within about an hour’s drive of any spot in the city. But for an idyllic winter wonderland experience, one must prepare for a short flight—or decent-sized road trip. The St. Regis Aspen Resort Fortunately, a spot that’s been referred to as one of the country’s leading destination resorts (with a spa named #1 in the world!) is just a short plane ride away.
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain in Colorado, this luxurious haven epitomizes everything a winter getaway should be. Crisp rocky mountain air, snow-capped trees for miles, seasonal aperitifs and world-class resort concierge services. A perfect marriage of American grandeur and modern amenities make the resort a majestic destination where the elite meet… and the rest of us visit on special occasions. Accommodations The rooms have all the panache one would expect from a St. Regis property. Plush robes & slippers, designer linens, marble countertops, bathtubs begging for bubbles, 24-hour room service, internet access, and much more.
For guests looking to up the ante, the Presidential Suites are the perfect choice and were recently remodeled to the vein of late 19th century manors. These 2,000 square-foot quarters feature separate rooms for sleeping, dining and entertaining—with custom furnishings by Ralph Lauren. Plus each suite comes equipped with grand piano, butler’s kitchen and ‘round the clock butler service. Dining In addition to morning coffee and cocktails found throughout the property, hotel guests can choose from three onsite dining options. Classic Italian and American cuisine can be enjoyed breakfast through dinner at Trecento Quindici Decano. By honoring the country’s most
celebrated and respected “Best New Chefs,” the Chefs Club is a gourmand's dream experience. Shadow Mountain Lounge is an intimate spot for drinks and light bites and a favorite spot for ending the day fireside with a nightcap and s’mores.
pool and three inviting hot tubs. But we want to pay homage to the spa. And really, who wouldn’t…
Altitude Concierge Stephanie Madrid to help guests adjust to being in thinner mountain air and 8,000 feet above sea level.
The Remède Spa The Remède Spa can be summed up in one word: exquisite. It’s truly challenging to do this sanctuary justice via the written word, as it impresses each of your senses exactly as it’s designed to. It isn’t so ornate that it feels ostentatious, or so modern that it feels sterile. It is everything a 15,000 square-foot house of pampering and relaxation should be— right down to the breathtaking grotto-esque Confluence Waterfall Lounge.
From a personal oxygen machine to a selection of curated beverages, Stephanie has a variety of tricks up her parka. Want an excuse to carboload? Stephanie gets plates of Trecento Quindici Decano’s special corn ravioli delivered pronto to those in need. Apparently starchier foods can minimize the impact of altitude sickness.
It’s got all the essentials—sauna, plunge pools, organic offerings, 15 treatment rooms, heated massage tables, soothing tea, even a couples’ suite. But the spa surpasses elitist expectations by offering champagne, decadent throw blankets, sultry steam caves and a new oxygen lounge. We suggest experiencing their signature spa treatment; the Rocky Mountain Ritual. Created to exfoliate, smooth, and hydrate, this full body treatment starts with an invigorating
Luxurious Partnerships The resort has partnered with a locally based global lifestyle brand, High Society Freeride Company to create limited-edition St. Regis Aspen skis. Guests can reserve the 175cm skis on a first come, first serve basis this ski season. Alternatively they come included when booking the exclusive High Society Ski Package—and are available for purchase. Experiencing driving withdrawal? The resort has partnered with Lexus for an Experiential Driving Program. With few restrictions, you can choose from a classic Lexus GS 350 F Sport,
Mountain Spirit Getting cabin fever here is never an issue. But for those who seek complete balance of mind, body & spirit, the St. Regis can assist through the Mountaintop Reboot Program. The restorative program embraces a 3-night stay complete with daily coldpressed juices, guided Fat Biking (think: bicycles made for snow), customized massages, and a myriad of yoga classes with Shakti Shala in Aspen’s newest studio. Popular winter activities such as skiing, sledding, snowboarding and skating are also within minutes of the property. This time of year, you can even hop a ride on a snow mobile or horsedrawn carriage into town.
exfoliation and soothing aromatherapy bath. Your body is then enveloped in a warm hydrating cream while you enjoy a foot and scalp treatment. The treatment concludes with a 30 minute massage using a warm moisturizer. There is no better way to indulge your senses when visiting this winter wonderland.
The resort also hosts a 24-hour state of the art fitness center, as well as a year-round heated
The New Altitude Concierge Yes, really. The property has entrusted special
NX 200t F Sport crossover, or spacious GX 460 to take on a complimentary joyride for up to five hours. This preferred destination garners high ranks with jetsetters for all of the above influences— and then some. The only thing the property won’t handle for you is cheering you up once you return back home. But don’t worry, that’s what photos are for! ■
The Boston Food Revolution
he city of Boston is well known across the globe for its deep rooted history, crazy sports fans, baked beans, clam chowda and of course lobsta! When visiting the area for any extended time one must experience a few of the infamous activities available from taking a walk on the Freedom Trail, experiencing a duck tour to get a firsthand view of the city from the land and sea and if the timing is right, attending a Red Sox game at Fenway!
State Street Provisions
When spending the day diving into the dense, packed historic culture that it quintessential Boston, it can be quite easy to work up an appetite. Luckily for locals and tourists alike there is an endless amount of delicious culinary delights at every turn. No stopover in this city would be complete without experiencing some of the best seafood New England has to offer. True foodies can easily spend days hopping from one food establishment to another taking in the latest and greatest the city has to offer. To cut down your research time we have a few “Best of Boston” suggestions your stomach will be thanking us for later.
State Street Provisions This contemporary new player to the local restaurant scene sits at a prime location on the edge of the financial district and only a few steps away from the Boston Aquarium. State Street Provisions is today’s answer to the taverns that once offered respite to the fishermen and tradesmen who worked in Boston’s bustling Long Wharf. With historically inspired surroundings, masculine décor and dark wood finishes the restaurant showcases a bustling bar, a well planned out menu and inviting service staff Yvonne's that caters to business professionals by day and tourists by night. What to Expect: Good vibes and a relaxed environment, hand crafted cocktails and delectable New England inspired menu. LATM Recommendations: Salumi, (house made pickles, marinated olives, grilled bread), Tuna Crudo (green chili infused olive oil, crispy shallots, lime), Lobster Roll (Aioli, tarragon, lemon). Yvonne’s Another recent addition to the Boston dining scene, Yvonne’s is taking the city by storm. Replacing the iconic restaurant Locke Ober (the third oldest restaurant in Boston est. 1875). Yvonne’s has struck a chord with trend-setting Bostonians and for good reason. Foodies are in for a real treat as this modern interpretation of a supper club restaurant is presenting some of the best food the city has to offer along with an uber hip and luxurious atmosphere. The owners of Yvonne’s have brought style, ambiance and lush décor all together perfectly to quickly become one of the top spots in Boston. This tapas style dining hideaway features tantalizing menu items, unique liquor concoctions and a swanky scene. What to Expect: A balanced list of wine and spirit offerings, cutting edge menu items and the place to be seen.
LATM Recommendations: Corn & Farro Salad (Arugula, smoked blue cheese, pickled peach, pistachios), Grilled Octopus (Gigante bean salad, smoked harissa, shaved fennel, grapefruit)
Wild Gulf Shrimp (Green mojo, pimentón, fingerling chips), Hamachi Crudo (Avocado, passion fruit brown butter, porky cashews). Eastern Standard Opened in May of 2005, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks quickly became one of Boston’s top locations for late night cocktails and small bites. Owner, Garrett Harker offers an atmosphere that is perfectly suited before or after a red sox game, a first date or a night out with friends. Eastern Standard has become well known as the number one place to get a hand crafted cocktail in the city. Don’t take our word for it, just ask the locals. Nine out of ten times Eastern Standard is the place to be when asked where to find the best bar in Boston. At first glance, you may think it could be just a high end sports bar, but nothing could be further from the truth. Eastern Standard has some of the finest seafood in Boston which is proudly displayed on ice in the back of the restaurant. Their seasonal seafood is fresh, perfectly prepared and greatly depicts what classic New England fare is all about. What to Expect: Progressive, non-pretentious bar scene, excellent service and a noteworthy selection of bar bites. LATM Recommendations: Roasted Bone Marrow (shallot jam, persillade), Steak Tartare (cornichons, baguette), fresh oysters are a massive hit brought in daily, ½ Maine lobster with lemon and the Eastern Standard shellfish platter which is a mixture of the freshest local seafood one can source from the Boston area. Don’t miss out on trying the Curry Martini, sounds a bit scary but it is over the top delicious.
Stay The Loews Hotel Whether visiting Boston for history, relaxation or a culinary adventure; the Loews Boston Hotel is a prime spot for all city access. Perfectly
situated in the historic building that was once home to the Boston Police Headquarters, the Loews Boston Hotel is an ideal spot to experience authentic New England hospitality. With an optimal location, the property is easily accessible to various tourist sites from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park and the North End. With spacious rooms and suite offerings, impeccable service from the moment you walk in the door and classic décor it’s no wonder this centrally located property is donned as one of the city’s best hotels. Precinct Kitchen + Bar One of the finer points about staying at the Loews is you don’t need to go very far for modern local New England cuisine. Simply jump in the elevator and within seconds you arrive a few floors below at Precinct Kitchen + Bar. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a delectable bar menu this contemporary bistro is open until 11pm. Classic New England staples are served in a warm, casual environment and feature a large furnished patio and indoor fire place. Seafood is a prime focus at Precinct with traditional favorites such as local oysters, seared Georges Bank scallops, Glazed Atlantic Salmon or sweet Maine shrimp. If you’re not a seafood fan there are still plenty of options from the charcuterie station, select cuts of beef and even a classic burger. ■
The Loews Hotel
Precinct Kitchen + Bar
By: Leslie Moore
When I think of Washington, D.C., I think of big government, big brother, big spending and a general sense of dysfunction and disappointment. But when I visit D.C., it is the quaint neighborhoods, the extraordinary museums, the stunning architecture and the memorials and monuments that I remember. The Memorials Established as the national capital in 1790, this now bustling and cosmopolitan city, built on the banks of the Potomac river, bears tribute to many significant and history altering events that occurred over the last 225 years. Monuments, some haunting, all thought provoking, are everywhere as you tour this very walk-able city. If you are a first time visitor, be sure to take the time to step into the past and wander the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Start your tour at the iconic Washington Monument, which dominates the cities skyline and stands sentry over National Mall. Construction of this stone obelisk started in 1848 and at 555 ft., is still the tallest stone obelisk in the world. As one of Washingtonâ€™s most renowned structures, it is also one of the most popular with tourists. The views of the capital city from the observation deck are spectacular and well worth it, so be sure to plan your visit in advance. At the far end of National Mall the serene Reflecting Pool leads to the Lincoln Memorial. As you approach you can see this Parthenonlike structure mirrored in its still blue waters. As you climb the steps of the memorial, you
The Museums Eleven of the 19 Smithsonian museums and galleries are located at the National Mall and they are all free, which is quite an extraordinary gift to all who visit. Some of the most popular are the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History and the American Art Museum but there are several lesser known worth mentioning. The Newseum is a high-tech and interactive museum tracing the history of news and reporting from the 16th century right up to the daily newspapers from around the world that are displayed at the entrance of the building. It’s a fascinating story of journalism told through major historic news events about the history of news from the first printing press to today where, due to cellphones, we are all part of the story. can’t help but feel the enormity of Lincoln’s legacy. Inside, while standing at the feet of the first Republican President, be sure to read the Gettysburg and Second Inaugural Addresses engraved on the walls. Your own personal political views will fall away as you are transported back in time and his words remind you of the American ideal, where government is “of the people, for the people and by the people.” Don’t forget to visit the newest monument in the National Mall, honoring the man who “had a dream.” The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is hewn from “a stone of hope” and stands past a “mountain of despair.” The views from the memorial are stunning and the area is respectfully peaceful. As you read his 14 quotes inscribed on the Inscription Wall, you
are reminded of a time when one man’s words mesmerized a generation. He is silent now, his face is intense and pensive, his look stern as he gazes off into the distance. As I look up at this thirty foot tall granite Dr. King, I can’t help but wonder what he would say if he were alive today… As history celebrates its heroes, it also grieves its great losses. Both are recorded in the form of statutes and memorials throughout the park and the city. While you are here, take a tour to honor those who have led this country and its fighting forces or have otherwise given their lives for our nation. Memorials including those dedicated to the veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are found in the National Mall and deserve a moment of reflection.
At the International Spy Museum, start your Operation Spy experience by adopting an alter ego. As Angelina Falcone and Bruno Hamilton, we embarked on a virtual top-secret spy mission. We searched for hidden evidence, cracked codes, and interrogated suspected spies. All within a museum filled with fascinating spy artifacts such as the enigma machine, a cyanide umbrella gun and a lipstick pistol. It was great fun! The Shakespeare Museum hosts an exhibition that opens a fascinating window into the life and times of Shakespeare with the largest collection of the writer’s printed works, including one of his first folios. The range of topics stretches back to the early modern period, but also highlights the immense influence of Shakespeare’s work through the centuries, up to present day.
Grab a Bite Plume, Jefferson Hotel With all of the focus today on small plates and avant-garde cooking that pushes the limit of culinary experience, diners search for that special elegant and discreet restaurant that does everything right: food, wine, service and ambiance. In Washington, D.C., the answer to your quest is Plume at the Jefferson hotel, the only Forbes 5 Star rated restaurant in the city.
at Monticello. You cannot go wrong with the Lobster Gratin, Roasted Medallion of Atlantic Halibut, Grilled Veal Saddle, Pan Seared Muscovy Duck Breast, Filet of Prime Beef, Bison Strip Loin, but for a real treat, try the Beeswax Poached King Salmon. Moist, and tender, the subtle flavor of the bee pollen is imbued harmoniously into the salmon.
One of the most amazing appetizers on the menu is the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Tea, “brewed” at your table as you enjoy a glass of bubbly recommended by Sommelier, Jennifer Knowles; who was named Best Sommelier by the International Academy of Gastronomy. The jumbo lump crab “Tea” is delicate yet savory, with flavors of asparagus lettuce, sesame seed, white beech mushroom and orange.
For dessert, try the Exotic Bomb, (Caramelized Pineapple, Bourbon Vanilla Coconut Meringue, Passion Fruit-Mango Sorbet) or the Everything Chocolate (Ocoa Chocolate Rocher, Milk Chocolate Lactée White Chocolate Powder, Cocoa Nib Ice Cream).
The artistry of the award-winning culinary team, lead by Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel, is evident in each classic entree dish crafted. Using traditional techniques and seasonal ingredients the entrees are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens
As Thomas Jefferson toasted the signing of the Declaration of Independence with a glass of Madeira, you will want to salute your unforgettable dining experience with a taste from the country’s largest Madeira collection with bottles dating back to 1850.
Once is not Enough As a travel destination, our nation’s capital is not a city of romance like Rome or Paris. It boasts a more prosaic dimension that is at the same time both noble and stately. After visiting this well planned and easily accessible city, you are likely to leave knowing you must return; there is just too much to take in on one trip. ■
Thrill of the
In the midst of winter, many people dream of sandy beaches, tropical breezes and warm ocean waves. Unfortunately, so do thousands of others, which makes beaches a popular, crowded and expensive option in the cooler months. Why not take a trip down memory lane instead? Revert back, remember the snow forts you built as a kid and how you wished you could stay in them all night? Have you ever imagined a room full of ice crystals or a magical place to release your inner child? This winter, take a trip back to the days you let your imagination run wild and stay at an ice hotel.
Hotel of Ice, Romania This magnificent structure was created entirely from ice and packed snow, and features truly outstanding meltable art, in the form of snow sculptures and ice carvings. It may sound chilly, but what this hotel lacks in warmth, it makes up for in amenities like the Ice Bar, Ice Church and even an Ice Restaurant.
Hôtel de Glace, Quebec Located at only 10 minutes from downtown Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover every winter. The only Hôtel de Glace in America, has seduced over a million people around the world since its opening in 2001. With its huge snow vaults, its crystalline ice sculptures its 44 rooms and suites, the Hôtel de Glace impresses by its dazzling decor.
ICEHOTEL, Sweden Founded in 1989 the ICEHOTEL is an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. This is the world’s first ICEHOTEL and was made to create life enriching experiences, in Jukkasjärvi and beyond. The walls, floors and ceilings of the hotel are the canvases of designers from all creative disciplines. The artists and art work vary from year to year, each rendition of the hotel presenting an ephemeral collection. ■
hen you think about the city of Philadelphia top attractions come to mind including the Liberty Bell, the ever so popular Museum of Art scene from the movie Rocky and the Cheesesteak battle between Pat & Geno. Typically one doesnâ€™t naturally think of Philadelphia as being host to top notch hotels and restaurants. After our recent visit we are back to tell you, that has all changed. The Trendsetting Hotel The Radisson Blu Warwick is one of those hot trendy hotels that is taking the city by storm. Walk into the lobby and you will see exactly what the talk is all about, you might have to do a double take to check yourself and ask, are we still in Philly? Large, arched pane glass windows frame this iconic landmark building and once inside the captivating glow of blue lights and modern dĂŠcor may keep you in the lobby a little longer than usual. On cold winter nights sip on a complimentary hot apple cider as you check out the stylish furnishings with hanging lit globes along ceiling and thought provoking scriptures that cover the walls. 32
The Radisson Blu pulls no punches to enhance guest experience. Guests that opt for business class have full access to the exclusive VIP lounge on the 11th floor with a full bar and a more than gracious presentation of hot and cold food. Allow the lounge host to find you a great seat while you enjoy a glass of wine and cheese to start your stay in style. The property is home to 301 modern, fashionable rooms and suites. Every room includes free high-speed, wireless Internet and a refrigerator. If you have multiple guests and require more space you can always upgrade to a suite with a panoramic view of the city. If your stay allows for a little more relaxation time the hotel has optional in room spa treatments to take the edge off from that long flight or maybe get in a workout in the 2000 square foot fitness center. An iconic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia has the ideal location whether traveling for business or pleasure. The hotel is convenient to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Amtrak’s 30th Street Station and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A balanced blend of luxury and history you will find yourself in the heart of one of the city’s most distinguished areas when staying here. Palladino’s True foodies know that when you travel to the Eastern side of the United States you pack your appetite (along with some cold weather clothes) as there are thousands of amazing restaurants to choose from. New York, Boston, Detroit and of course Philadelphia are all well known for one certain type of cuisine and of course as we all know what that is, Italian! Many Italian immigrants have traveled abroad to the US bringing the savory flavors from Italy over the past 100 years. Philadelphia is very well known for its hundreds of Italian restaurants throughout the city so one would think it would tough to make it as a chef starting a new venture in this saturated city but that is not the case if your name happens to be Luke Palladino. The seasoned chef graduated from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and then migrated to Italy where he learned firsthand how to master Italian cooking techniques. Throughout his training at the CIA, Luke had a passion for the traditional side of Italian cuisine and wanted to stick to the roots of the way the food has always been made. He prefers to keep it simple yet does his best to
bring bursting flavors and modern presentation to each dish. In 1989, Palladino was voted "most likely to succeed by his CIA classmates" and he is absolutely living up to the reputation. After his training in Italy he started his career as Executive Chef from 1997 to mid-1998 at Venice's well known Ristorante al Covo. Luke learned so much from this experience being immersed in bringing high quality ingredients to his customers with an extremely small staff in the kitchen. In the United States, Palladino has worked with some of the country's most respected chefs, including Paul Bertolli, Jeremiah Towers, Emeril Lagasse and Todd English. With all this experience he opened several restaurants in Atlantic City and is making a serious footprint in Philadelphia with Palladino’s. The extensive menu consists of seasonal Italian cuisine, wood-fired steaks, chops, seafood and handcrafted pasta.
crepe, local arugula,15 year aged balsamico), Spicy Sopressata Focaccia (stuffed with stracchino cheese, topped with pomodoro, calabrese chili, sopressata & scallions) and of course his famous Casonsei Hand Crafted Pasta (candy wrapper pasta filled with roasted beets, smoked ricotta, crushed poppy seed burro fuso). Delizioso! ■
Customers at Palladino’s love to sample their way through Luke’s menu guaranteeing to get a taste of his many years of experience. Since mastering the art of traditional Italian cuisine he brings signature dishes like the Truflled Grissini (house made breadsticks brushed with white truffle butter, grated parmigiano & wrapped in prosciutto), Mushroom Crespelle (baked Taleggio cheese & wild mushroom
The Magnificence of
STAY Montréal boasts a wide variety of hotels for every taste, no matter what your age budget or needs. Each neighborhood has its own distinctive hotel type. Ideally located at the gateway of downtown and Old-Montreal and twenty minutes from Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, the Intercontinental is the place to rest your head when visiting the city. Guests are treated to a world of elegance and comfort in its 357 splendidly appointed guest rooms, including 23 luxurious suites, and its restaurant, Osco! a French brasserie with a flair of Provence and unique Absinthe bar. EAT Local chefs really take the cake when it comes to imagination. Not only do they showcase fresh, seasonal local produce, they liberally season their dishes with the same creativity that is indelibly Montréal: innovation, style and originality. In addition, the street food scene, with over 350 local food trucks and takeout meal stands, offers a diverse range of fresh, affordable, and highquality products. SIP The first and only Champagne Bar in Montreal, La Champagnerie has one of the longest lists of private imports, for all tastes and budgets. Fancy prestigious champagne or a more affordable “bubbly” (always created, however, in respect of the traditional method), this is the place! Upon request, Champagne bottles can be slashed by customers on site! SHOP Montrealers effortlessly combine original, vintage and trendy elements for a look all their own. Rather than follow the trends, locals push the fashion boundaries, mixing styles and creating new ones. Québec's top fashion designers are recognized for trendsetting looks and haute couture inspirations. Start your spree on Sainte Catherine Street, one of North America’s longest and most dynamic shopping arteries. EXPLORE TOGETHER From cuddling up in a cozy boutique hotel to taking in extraordinary waterfront views, Montréal is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Clean, safe and charming, this dynamic North American city with a certain European cachet boasts a wealth of attractions for couples, including fine restaurants, trendy boutiques, heritage architecture, museums, recreational pursuits and more. Ambling hand in hand through one of the local neighborhoods is a great way to explore the city. Rent a bike and roll through the streets, with or without a guide. Yours is a wintry tête-à-tête? No worries—ice skating or a moonlight snowshoe lend naturally to cozying up in front of a roaring fire! ■ 35
From Dalia to Delia,
Necar Zadegan is Taking Off
Photography by: Cory Osborne
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As a star on Bravo’s hit series Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, Necar Zadegan is perfecting the power female role and making girls everywhere envious (while many are taking notes). From her days on Broadway to her well known recurring role on the series 24, the beautiful and talented actress never stops challenging herself and we just love that about her. From past to present, Necar is as worldly as they come. Born in Germany, raised in San Francisco and now a resident of Los Angeles, she has endured many life experiences and we wish we had more time to pick her brain. We sat down with the actress to get the goods on her adventurous side and her many tips to travel more efficiently. LATM: What is your ideal vacation? NZ: Depends on what I'm looking for at the time. Sometimes, I'm just looking for R & R and sometimes, I'm looking for inspiration. Often the two coincide. Either way, I think ideally it's someplace warm and exotic and with breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. LATM: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
NZ: A great girlfriend’s getaway is Calistoga Springs. Wine tasting, great food and mud spas are great things to do while catching up with the girls. For a romantic getaway, Tulum on the Mayan Riviera has been my favorite destination of late. Fresh fish and lazy days in a beach bungalow are really romantic. LATM: What are three things you never travel without? NZ: A journal, pair of jeans and hair conditioner.
NZ: I've wanted to travel to Turkey for the very longest time. I'd wait until the temperature is warmer though. It's December. This very moment I think I'd head to Brazil! Sao Paolo for New Year’s sounds like it might be perfect.
LATM: What is your most memorable travel experience (good or bad)? NZ: A trip to Iran with my grandmother.
LATM: If you could bring anyone with you (past or present), who would it be?
LATM: Are there any travel tips you would like to share with our readers?
NZ: My sister and my mister.
NZ: So many! But here are my top 3:
LATM: What is your favorite thing to do when you have time off from the show?
1. Use a moisturizing mask on a long flight to keep hydrated; Sisley and Alchimie both have good ones in a variety of price points.
NZ: Truthfully? Eat pasta and drink wine. That's the truth.
2. Pack as light as possible.
LATM: Name your favorite places in L.A.: Best Hotel/Best Restaurant/Best Activity or Attraction & Best Bar or Lounge.
3. Make a small case of necessities that you accidentally might need. Like Advil and tampons.
NZ: Shutters is a beautiful hotel right on the beach. Piccolo is nearby and it's a fantastic Italian restaurant. Temescal Canyon is my favorite hike. The flea market at the rose bowl in Pasadena is my favorite place for intense house shopping. 3rd street is where I usually find my coffee and juiceries.
LATM: What are your travel pet peeves? Tell us the best and worst things about traveling.
LATM: Where is your favorite destination to travel for a “Girlfriends Getaway” Romantic Escape?
NZ: The best thing about traveling is getting away and changing your head space and the worst thing about traveling is dealing with the airport hoopla. I try to make it as relaxing as possible. Or take other transport. Trains and automobiles can be an even better way to see someplace new. ■
Photography by: Cory Osborne
Get Her Look:
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Dishes Out Vegan Philanthropy with New Restaurant
Little Pine Photography by: Ken Alcazar
I want it to represent veganism in a really positive light, and also help to support the animal welfare organizations who do such remarkable work.
“Little Pine is an extension of my beliefs, so I have decided to donate 100% of the restaurant's profits to animal welfare organizations. Opening little pine was never meant to be a conventional entrepreneurial endeavor.” The infamous singer-songwriter, Moby recently teamed up with Kristyne Starling (The Aventine, Hollywood), to launch a new vegan restaurant into the hipster community of Silver Lake. Little Pine opened this past November around Thanksgiving and has been making headlines ever since. Most recently Moby surprised the LA community by announcing 100% of the profits from the restaurant will go to animal welfare organizations which will include The Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Farm Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. As if eating organic and sustainable wasn’t enough of a reason to dine at the Rowena Ave. restaurant, now you can feel even better when paying the bill. Knowing that the cost of our meal is going towards a great cause will certainly have us frequenting the Silver Lake hotspot.
The Vibe: Patrons dining at the restaurant will find a laid back atmosphere where the decor is simple and pays homage to the great outdoors. The focal point dons a wall photo of a forest shot which was actually taken by the charitable musician himself. Guests will also be able to purchase retail items to take home from recycled journals to eco-friendly tea pots. Food & Wine: Little Pine offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes with Southern California flair, made of organic and sustainable ingredients. The wine list includes organic options all personally selected by the team at hand. LATM Recommendation: The Meatless Meatballs
Little Pine 2870 Rowena Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039 323.741.8148
West hollywood West Hollywood is home to as much extravagance as any city in the world so one would expect nothing less when choosing a place to dine. Pump has quickly escalated and put itself on the map as one of the most sought out restaurants in the Hollywood/ Los Angeles area. For those of you who live under a rock and have never heard of owner Lisa Vanderpump, she is extremely well known in the Hollywood scene and partner at several top restaurants as well as being a reality TV queen to say the least. As you enter off the bustling streets of West Hollywood you instantly leave the stress of the everyday hustle behind you. Everything about Pump screams elegance, from the décor to the staff; everything is on point to complete an over the top dining experience. It is rare to find a restaurant in Los Angeles that allows you to escape to a place far from reality. Tables are nestled close to each other yet there is still enough room providing an intimate atmosphere. The restaurant offers a refreshing vibe, one that makes you want to sip your cocktail a little slower than normal. There is no rush at Pump, whether you are here to stargaze or to get lost in conversation, savor each bite and take it all in. Century year old olive trees are lit with candles in lanterns, attractive servers glide by each table taking orders from star stricken patrons who are here for a glimpse of the Hollywood limelight. This is just another day at Pump, where Los Angeles’s finest stop by to enjoy great food and an even better atmosphere. As you peruse through the menu you take notice that there definitely is a Vanderpump theme with food items such as the Pinky Pump burger, the Pump Caesar or the Vanderpump Fish n Chips. The cocktail list is no different with concoctions like the Pumptini, the Pumpopolitan, Pump and Glory or the Big Pinky. Anyone who watches Lisa’s reality shows Vanderpump Rules and RHOB know of her obsession with pinks and purples and the décor at Pump fits right in with that theme. The menu at Pump is a combination of California cuisine paired with food inspired from around the world. Nothing too fancy, just flavor bursting combinations from items like the Crispy Chicken Milanese topped with Arugula and Tomatoes, the Pistachio Crusted Salmon, or the Tuna Tartare with Pomegranate Seeds. There is plenty of lighter fare for those who are watching their figures from the Mykonos Salad to the Fresh Papaya stuffed with Crab and Shrimp. Whether you stop by for a quick martini or a full meal you never know what is in store for you at Pump, but you can guarantee a night to remember! ■
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There are not many landscapes in this world that can compare to the beauty that is coastal Orange County: add in pure luxury at its finest and you will find the Resort at Pelican Hill. Nestled on top of 504 acres of unbridled beauty, Pelican Hill is easily one of the top resorts in the world. Spend a day taking in the awe inspiring grounds, get in a round of golf on one of the best courses in California and make sure to make reservations at Andrea, Pelican’s fine dining restaurant. As you walk through the lobby you can’t help but notice the stunning Palladian architecture; vaulted arches and majestic columns give the true feeling you have left California and have been transported to the Italian Riviera. Warm, friendly staff escorts you to a reserved table and gives the hint that you are in for real treat. The resort is world renowned for its elegant environment and it is clearly evident that the staff is highly trained to make sure that your every need is being paid attention to. No punches are pulled here, the staff is on point to ensure your meal is made and served to perfection. Your senses will be at full attention, aromas from the kitchen bring Northern Italy right to your table! Start with a signature cocktail (the Blueberry Lemon Martini is an absolute must) or relish over one of the many wines from their award winning list. A visit from Chef Marco Criscuolo provides a glimpse into what he has up his sleeve and in store for just you. Growing up in Southern Italy he helped his family make pasta every day. The experience he brings to the table is truly one of a kind. Highly recommended from our end is the signature risotto which is prepared tableside in a Parmesan wheel. The authentic pasta dishes must not be missed as well, hand-made daily in a temperature-controlled Pasta Room, you can taste the freshness. Julia Holland takes full pride in her position as the Pastaia at Andrea as each piece of her hand-made pasta is made with pure love for you to enjoy. Succumb to temptation and allow the server to add a few generous shavings of white truffle to any pasta dish for that extra burst of flavor! After dinner wander the grounds with a glass of buttery chardonnay and watch one of the most amazing sunsets and landscapes you will ever lay eyes on. With Pelican’s award winning golf course in the forefront and the pink and orange skies blazing over the Pacific Ocean in the background, be prepare to stay a while to take it all in! This is a dining experience that must be appreciated. ■
“REMEMBER GENTLEMEN, IT’S NOT JUST FRANCE WE ARE FIGHTING FOR, IT’S CHAMPAGNE.” –Winston Churchill
ontreal is world renowned for its mystical French culture, steep history, devout hockey fans and of course world class dining. Like any other major metropolitan city the restaurants typically come and go but the classic hot spots solidify their territory. La Champagnerie is one of these iconic A listers, the first and only Champagne Bar in Montreal, customers frequent here for a night to remember. As the name states Champagne is the major focus here with an extremely long list of Champagnes and sparkling wines from all over the world. To take the evening to another level, customers have the ability to learn how to saber their own bottle before the party gets started!
Beyond the champagne and hand crafted cocktails, La Champagnerie is also very well known for its delectable menu to go along with the evening’s festivities! The chef uses his inspiration and locally sourced produce, meats and seafood to bring the most authentic and tasty dishes to the table. It is quite a breath of fresh air when an establishment that has made their name off of an alcoholic beverage can keep the customers coming back time and again for the cuisine as well. With menu items like the Coeur du Boeuf (beef heart) (Tartare d’aubergine, choux-fleurs frits) or the Vietnamese themed PHŌ (Filet mignon, lobster, shrimps, scallops, mussels, clams, octopus, tempura soft shell crab, rice noodles), it’s no wonder this establishment is so popular. Another item that caught our attention on a
recent visit was the Poutine. If you have been to the Canadian East Coast before then you know all about the signature dish, which is the number one comfort food here in Quebec. French fries with gravy and cheese curds, how can you go wrong? La Champagnerie’s poutine dish is guaranteed to impress any true foodie as they amp it up with Lobster, Filet Mignon and Fois Gras! La Champagnerie is also known for being one of Montreal’s top watering holes for the who’s who in the city. Locals, tourists and celebrities alike frequent here for the best champagne in the area, phenomenal eats and a sexy night club vibe. With a rare combination of all three of these it’s no wonder why La Champagnerie is one of the finest places to see and be seen! ■
Taste of the World This past September we hosted our first annual Taste of the World event. The event was inspired by international flavor and brought a group of top chefs in Southern California to battle for the best worldly dish of the night award that was chosen by the attending guests. Guests were entertained throughout the night by international cultural performances to go along with the Taste of the World theme. The night opened up with a beautiful Polynesian dance by the Polynesian Dance Company followed by Jessica Pacheco who brought the house down with a solo Flamenco performance that left people blown away by her high energy aggressive display of Spanish beauty. To finish off the evening the LA Brazilian Samba Dancers put on a jaw dropping display of Brazil’s finest dance moves combining color and physical perfection to the max. As always LA Travel Magazine’s house DJ, DJ D-Dub kept the party moving all night playing cultural music throughout the evening moving from French inspired songs to Spanish to African and more! Each chef entered at least one of their favorite dishes for guests to vote on throughout the night and the results were delicious. There was a multitude of culture on full display ranging from Thai to Brazilian to African to Vietnamese. To go along with the sensational cuisine Quintessential Wines provided a worldly variety
of fine wines from Hungary, Italy, Chile, Spain and even Australia. The event was hosted by Madera Kitchen & Bar, one of Hollywood’s best restaurants. The chefs were spread throughout the thoughtfully designed space, showing off their cuisine for guests to vote on. The wine tasting for the event was perfectly placed where else but the wine room fully equipped with oak barrels and a well-stocked wine display. A special thanks to Surf Air for sponsoring the event as well as giving all guests the chance to win the grand prize which consisted of two round trip tickets to Napa Valley along with and a 3 Night Stay at Silverado Resort & Spa. ■ 49
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The Yellow Tomato Catering
her favorite restaurant in LA, which destinations inspire her creative dishes and a few more details we just had to know! LATM: What inspires you in the kitchen and what was the exact moment you decided to become a Chef?
AD: I am inspired a lot by the fresh seasonal ingredients I see at my local farmers markets, and in my vegetable garden at my mother’s house. Fresh ingredients really impact what I like to cook, since the flavors are at their best. Fresh food is the best food in my opinion. When I cook, I like to cook with love. I cook for others like I would cook for myself. I come from a family of very talented cooks. My mother, brother, grandfather, grandmother, cousins, everybody! When I was little I never wanted to learn to When the first annual winner of the Taste of the cook because one, I was spoiled with amazing World event was announced the entire venue erupted with joy; it was extremely apparent the right meals courtesy of my family around me, and two, because I thought that if I knew how team of chefs had won. More amazing was to see to cook, I would be this woman stuck in a was how excited the Yellow Tomato Catering staff kitchen, barefoot, and cooking nonstop. I was to receive this title! Their love and passion for their food truly came out as their chefs jumped with wanted to be more than pots and pans! My mother founded Yellow Tomato during this joy upon winning! Their huge smiles really showed their hard work had paid off and they were ecstatic time of my aversion to all things domestic. My brother and I were recruited as non willing sous to be recognized by the people for the love of their chefs to the business. As time went by, and we dishes! worked with our mom in the kitchen, I learned to not only love eating the food we were Chef Alexandria Dotson and her staff presented making, but also preparing it. I saw how much two dishes for the event, their famous kale salad along with their award winning sweet potato yum love my mom put into the cake she was baking, or the salad she was preparing. I learned to love yums! This is their signature dessert and as they the kitchen, and to use that love in my food. say “where Sweet Potato Pie meets Sweet Potato As the years went on, my love grew, and even Cake.” The yum yums truly seemed to be the talk of the event from start to finish with endless after all of my travels, and different attempted banter of how amazingly great tasting they were! career paths, I kept coming back to Yellow Tomato. When I returned from my fellowship year abroad in 2012, I knew that food was my About the Chef: passion, and that I had to pursue it. Simple as it is, Chef Alexandria loves feeding people. She has been cooking for over a decade with recipes passed down from generations in her LATM: What is your favorite travel destination and why? family. A self-taught Chef with influences from her mother, she learned unique dishes that were healthy and made you feel good. Having traveled AD: My favorite travel destination would the world, Chef Alexandria has immersed herself probably be Brazil. The food, sights, and Afrointo different cultures while experiencing an array Brazilian culture cannot be replicated anywhere of cuisine. Her goal with Yellow Tomato Catering else. In Brazil, the flavors of tropical fruits and is to bring her passion for food, travel, and event vegetables make the food incredible! From the Açai to the Moqueca de Pexie (similar to planning to her clients and their guests creating a fish stew) to the Fejiodas (a traditional bean memories for everyone to enjoy! dish cooked with pork) I am in food heaven! I especially love the dishes is Bahía- the flavors We sat down with Chef Alexandria to pick her are divine! brain on just what inspires her in the kitchen,
LATM: Which destinations have inspired you on the culinary forefront? AD: I must say, Mexico and India have definitely inspired me a lot on the culinary forefront. I love spice, and spicy food! In both of these countries, their use of spices to create such wonderful flavors has truly inspired me. Spicy food does not have to just have one note–hot. I love the different depths of flavor a hot pepper can add to a dish, or a dash of curry can create. It can give just the right amount of kick to have you coming back for more. LATM: Where do you see Yellow Tomato Catering going? Any visions for the future to expand? AD: I see Yellow Tomato Catering becoming a popular household name. I plan on growing our small size to accommodate, plan, and coordinate much larger events. I also want to expand our Sweet Potato Yum Yums to be on supermarket shelves worldwide. LATM: Which celebrity Chef do you follow? AD: I love Ina Garnett!! Her simple and flavorful dishes are fabulous!! I would LOVE to meet her one day!! LATM: What is your favorite restaurant in LA and why? AD: My favorite restaurant in LA would have to be Mozza (both the Pizzeria and Osteria) the menu is simple, yet the flavors are AMAZING! They are bold, fresh, and simply divine! I swear my taste buds feel like they are on the gravy boat to heaven each time we visit! ■
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Emporium Thai, Westwood FINALIST
Established in the year 2000, owner John Sungkamee and his family have always had the same goal; give the people what they want, treat them like family and they will always come back. They truly believe that a strong family bond along with the most authentic Southern Thai food will bring them the kind of customers that will dine at their restaurant for many years to come. Emporium Thai Cuisine has been voted one of the 100 best Thai Restaurants in the US. Executive Chef, Gina Sungkamee, is passionate about cooking. She studied for four years at Bangkok’s most prestigious culinary school and specializes in the cuisines of all regions of Thailand, particularly the cuisine of Southern Thailand, where the family grew up. ethaicuisine.com
The Abbey, West Hollywood FINALIST
Chef Andrew Smith began his career at the age of fifteen years old working for Catering By The Chefs in Las Vegas Nevada as a porter/prep cook. The desire was to learn as much as possible as he worked under the Chef for three years. Following his love for the culinary world, Chef Andrew took on a prep/line cook position at a local BBQ restaurant where the owner entrusted him with the nationally acclaimed “secret recipe” and how to smoke/BBQ various proteins with care and finesse. Taking that knowledge, Chef Andrew’s next position was a Lead Line Cook for Smith & Wollensky on the Las Vegas Strip. He jokingly says, “thought I knew it all until we had anywhere from three hundred to fifteen hundred reservations, talk about thrill seeker.” It was something he had never seen, everything working so harmonious, yet so chaotic. After moving to Los Angeles, CA, Chef Andrew took on his first sous chef position. His various positions have excelled his knowledge and culinary tenacity working for private country clubs to a One Michelin Star restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Andrew Smith is now the Executive Chef at the Abbey West Hollywood where he oversees the culinary operation and special events. theabbeyweho.com
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Farm & Flame, Westlake Village FINALIST
Farm & Flame is a full service catering company located in Westlake Village. They plan, prepare and serve for gatherings of all sizes, from small intimate dinner parties to weddings and large events. Their team is passionate about food, lifestyle, and fitness. They believe in nourishing the body with delicious & beautiful food.Â As a team they affirm the value of fresh, organic plant food as well as free-range, humanely raised meats and areÂ farmers market regulars. Their farm to table approach, seeks out local, seasonal and organic ingredients. farmandflame.com
Bangkok avenue, Huntington Beach FINALIST
Orange County has a new player in the Thai food category. Bangkok Avenue Modern Thai Cuisine serves authentic Thai food with a contemporary twist and a beautiful presentation. With a cozy indoor seating and a relaxing outside patio, diners can enjoy the beautiful, fresh new atmosphere with a friendly and an attentive staff. The restaurant offers a full bar, lunch, happy hours and dinner. Located in the heart of Huntington Beach Bangkok Avenue brings a much needed addition to the dining scene. Recently toted as best Thai food in Orange County by the Orange County Register Bangkok Avenue has made quite a splash in a very short time. bangkokavenue.com
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Brigadeiro & Co FINALIST
Brigadeiro & Co began with two Brazilian ladies, a deep love for chocolate and their favorite childhood treat. Their passion for food and innovation is the heart of the company. Their ambition is driven from their love of creating products to meet their customers’ needs and desires. They are dedicated to making the finest and most flavorful treats for everyone to fully enjoy. If you have ever been to the beautiful country of Brazil it is possible that you have had the pleasure of trying a brigadeiro, if you haven’t; now you can! The special part of their business is that their new food truck allows them to bring delicious brigadeiro truffles to their customers anywhere they are. Having a birthday party, wedding or any other event where delicious Brazilian treats would be a huge hit? Give the ladies a ring and they will be at your beckon call to add their motto to your event, which is “We make life sweet!” brigadeiroandco.com
Doma Kitchen, Manhattan Beach FINALIST
Doma Kitchen offers an international-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on Eastern European and Central Asian techniques. Owners Angie Corrente and Stan Mayzalis have taken inspiration from their many world travels and created a menu that reflects the exciting cuisine found in regions throughout the globe. All dishes are prepared from scratch and are seasoned to perfection with housemaid spices, placing the highest importance on farmer market fresh, seasonal and quality ingredients. With their design background, both owners have created an environment unlike any other in the area. domakitchen.com
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Ayara Thai, Los Angeles FINALIST
Since Ayara Thai’s opening day, head chef Anna has used home-grown herbs in the restaurant’s dishes. Reflecting both the dishes she ate in the past, as well as her family’s values in sustainable dining, she ensures that all dishes are inspired by and prepared with only the freshest ingredients that the season has to offer.
inspirations. After cooking with relatives and eating her way through the streets and countryside, it is these old recipes and new flavors that Vanda brings back to share at Ayara Thai.
With family recipes and cooking styles passed down through generations, the Asapahu family of Ayara Thai is pleased to offer a taste of authentic Today, Anna and her husband Thai food, where quality is never Andy's family traditions are compromised. Using the freshest continued and developed into the ingredients, each dish is prepared from third generation, through their daughter Vanda. Living and working scratch and enhanced individually by herbs and spices to ensure the boldest, in Thailand for four years has most genuine flavors. allowed Vanda to revive old family recipes, and discover new tastes and ayarathaicuisine.com
Madera Kitchen & Bar, Los Angeles FINALIST
Madera Kitchen & Bar is a farm to table seasonal restaurant in Hollywood, serving new American cuisine. The inventive and changing menu is inspired by a wealth of American culinary traditions. maderakitchen.com
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The Prince & Pantry FINALIST
The Prince & Pantry is a premier catering company and personal chef service that serves Southern California including the Orange County, Los Angeles, and Inland Empire areas. The business started as a personal chef service, since then The Prince & Pantry has grown to include a multitude of services and catering options to satisfy any need. As they continue to grow, their goal is to create relationships with every one of their clients and memories from every event that they cater.Â Every menu is crafted by one of their talented chefs and that means the food is creative, inspired, and above all, delicious. With incredibly high standards you get the very best in food, quality, and presentation. Â theprinceandpantry.com
A Relaxing Rendez vous Wrapped in History,
hen you think drivable staycations in Southern California it is not often that you hear Riverside as one of those destinations. Surprisingly to most the Mission Inn in Riverside California is a diamond in the rough that makes for a perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Located in the heart of downtown Riverside the Mission Inn holds some serious history to keep the city booming as a tourist destination. From its early beginning as a 12-room boarding house to its current state as one of the finest hotels in the country, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has been the cornerstone of Downtown Riverside since 1876. The Mission Inn’s journey to its grand popularity began in the late 1800’s when the rich from the east as well as immigrating Europeans came to Riverside in search of both a warmer winter climate, and to invest in the area’s profitable citrus industry. Because of the constant rush of tourists flocking to the area there became a serious need to build a grand resort to accommodate the movement. A monumental architectural specimen was built and history was being made, presidents and celebrities frequented the Mission Inn throughout its evolution of becoming one of the most historical hotels in the United States. After being closed for more than seven years the hotel underwent a $55 million extensive renovation and was reopened in 1992 under new ownership. Upon reopening, the Mission Inn and Spa quickly once again became a premier destination in Southern California.
Today Hotel guests today can enjoy an ongoing list of amenities and activities while visiting the Mission Inn including a fabulous meal at one of the five dining venues onsite, or the most elaborate and well-known weekly brunch in Inland Southern California. The champagne Sunday Brunch is known for its flavorful culinary offerings, and is said to be the best in the city! Kelly’s Spa Kelly’s Spa is one of the premier spots in the country being ranked as one of the top 50 hotels spas in the United States. Enveloping its captivating Spanish Mission-style Kelly’s spa brings an ideal blend of history and a feel of pure luxury allowing its patrons the perfect escape. The spa houses 12 treatment rooms, including two private villas that can be used for couple massages for the quintessential romantic getaway. The 7000 square foot facility offers an array of treatments with Eucalyptus steam rooms, relaxation rooms as well as outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Casey’s Cupcakes If you have ever visited Orange county then it is very possible that you have heard of Casey’s Cupcakes one of the leading cupcakeries in the southern California area. Step daughter of the owner of Mission Inn Casey Reinhardt is putting her stamp on making the best cupcakes in the country. Winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Casey may know a thing or two about bringing some delightful flavor combinations to tantalize your tastebuds. The Mission Inn is one of Casey’s 5 locations throughout Southern California. ■ 57
Weekend Escape: Drivable Destinations
ity dwellers and tourists alike are always on the search for that little hidden gem to call home for a weekend or more; Del Mar is just that place. Set only 30 minutes from San Diego and an easy two hour drive from Los Angeles, Del Mar will give you exactly what you are looking for; a peaceful, relaxing getaway. Step away from the hustle of the arduous city life for a minute and you will find a very small, trendy seaside town that can offer up the perfect weekend retreat. While visiting Del Mar the place to call home is none other than Lâ€™Auberge. With an ideal location, the hotel sits a stoneâ€™s throw from the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean and perfectly compliments the high-end dining and shopping establishments located nearby. The property really is the total package. Receive friendly greetings from the staff the moment you pull up, throw your keys to the valet and instantly a feeling of relaxation takes over. As you enter the hotel drop your bags and head to the bar for a welcome cocktail. The lobby is beautiful with lots of comfortable seating, a
fireplace and a great bar scene. Before heading off to your room, take a minute to revel in the beautiful scenery just outside the hotel lobby doors. The views from the property are an integral part of why guests come back time and again as the hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the heart of the picturesque coastal village of Del Mar. The hotel has 121 guest rooms and suites, each featuring sumptuous bedding, relaxing sitting areas, marble bathrooms and private balconies or patios with garden, village or ocean views. If you are lucky to get an ocean view make sure you bring your camera to catch one of the most amazing sunsets you have ever laid eyes on. The hotel is situated on 5.2 acres of perfectly landscaped grounds with its own pathway to a serene SoCal beach down below. Walk down the pathway from the back of the hotel and in less than 5 minutes you are treated to a serene view of surf, sand and fun! If your goal for the moment is to take in the stunning view it is highly likely that you will be lucky enough to spot the dolphins and whales who frequent the
area making the moment just that much more special! When visiting in the warmer season the outdoor pool is an ideal place to spend an entire afternoon. Whether you are in the mood for a poolside cocktail or a full meal, Coastline Restaurant offers outdoor dining off the main lobby. This relaxed, casual restaurant offers picturesque ocean views and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The ocean inspired spa located on property offers a variety of personalized treatments and luxurious services. Equipped with 10 treatments rooms, herbal infused steam rooms and an open air relaxation area with warming fire pit and refreshments. For a refreshed look try the Anti-Aging Body Submergence Treatment. Created to combat the visible effects of aging skin and restore a youthful appearance, this collagen boosting body treatment begins with a full body sugar rub exfoliating dry and dull skin. Once the skin is prepped a full body masque application enriched with antioxidants to help repair damaged skin cells is applied. As you lie enveloped in a series of warm blankets the therapist soothes the scalp with a relaxing hot oil massage. Afterwards a massage application of nourishing oils high in Omega-6 and Selenium promoting cell regeneration and improving elasticity takes place. The treatment is truly indulgent and will leave your skin looking brighter and younger! Kitchen 1540 For the hotel’s fine dining restaurant Kitchen 1540 is the spot to try! With a contemporary and edgy feel, you are in for a special treat when you dine here. Executive Chef Nathan Lingle brings a passion and flare to his cuisine that guarantees a phenomenal experience all the way around. Start with one of their hand crafted cocktails or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and prepare your taste buds for a night to remember. If you are a true foodie, you have come to the right place as you are in for more than just a meal; this is an experience. Chef Lingle creates more of a gastronomical experience to ensure you never forget his style of cooking or his unique dishes. KITCHEN 1540 has garnered numerous awards (and rightly so) including such prestigious honors as Wine Spectator Magazine: Award of Excellence; CA Restaurant Association: Gold Medallion–Best Hotel Restaurant, Fine Dining and Best Hotel Restaurant to name a few. With 23 years of an illustrious career in food preparation and creativity,
Lingle brings a lot to the table. His resume boasts experience as former Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, before that, he worked as a Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples in Florida, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond property. The new dinner menu at KITCHEN 1540 is described by Chef Lingle as “Coastal harvest cuisine, simply prepared, showcasing bold flavors within the changing seasons.” Sunday Funday wouldn’t be complete without Brunch For one of the best brunches in Del Mar look no further than Sbicca. Situated right in the heart of downtown Del Mar and just steps away from L’Auberge, Sbicca delivers tantalizing creations that will have you coming back time and time again. For over 16 years, Sbicca has been a local hot spot where people simply go to enjoy great food and delicious cocktails! Ask any local in the Del Mar area where the best brunch is and it’s a no brainer; Sbicca wins the title of best brunch spot every time! What makes it such a hot spot for brunchers and foodies alike? Owner Dan Sbicca simply believes if you serve delicious simple and tasty food the people will come. Patrons enjoy fresh California cuisine served with passion straight from their kitchen. Once you’ve dined at Sbicca you will get a better understanding of the freshness and creativity behind their menu with items like the Bacon wrapped Shrimp or the Korean Beef Lettuce Wrap. For breakfast items don’t miss out on their signature Chilaquiles. What would a brunch hot spot be without its signature cocktails to go along with its epic food? Sbicca bartenders put a little extra TLC in their fresh handmade cocktails to keep the crowds coming back! LATM Recommendation: The Cucumber Crush cocktail which is made with Absolut vodka, St Germain, fresh lemon, muddled cucumber, grapefruit juice & simple syrup, Strawberry Lemonade, Absolut vodka, fresh strawberry puree, agave and housemade sweet & sour. ■
24 Hours in the
f youâ€™ve only got 24 hours to explore Vegas you need to do a bit of planning to get the most out of it. When you are staying at one of the newest properties on the scene this task couldnâ€™t be any easier. Vegas has enough activities and attractions to keep you busy for weeks, yet no one would really want to stay that long and for good reason in the city of excess. To maximize a quick stay, seek out a resort that has everything you need to never leave.
The LINQ Hotel & Casino is just that type of property, now noted as the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The new Vegas property is home to a total of 2,253 newly renovated rooms designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana suites. Situated directly between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller observation wheel. There are a plethora of restaurants to enjoy on property including celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar. The 200-seat restaurant features a delicious blend of casual foods including an extensive variety of burgers, wings, tacos, small bites and shareable food items. The restaurant’s extensive drink menu features 16 craft beers, in addition to the Sonoma County wine selection and a frozen tap system shot bar that creates a one-of-a kind experience for guests. Instead of having shots strained or mixed with ice, which then run the risk of getting diluted, the frozen tap system bar dispenses eight different shots straight out of an iced dispenser. LATM Recommendations: The Triple T Fries are a must if you are a truffle lover like us! The Brisket Nachos are a meal in themselves so make sure to have a decent appetite. For an entrée you can’t go wrong with the Bacon Macn- Cheese Burger. Off The Strip boasts a loyal following thanks to its classic bistro and bar comfort food and genuine, personalized service. The restaurant has two stories, offering indoor and outdoor dining, as well as three bars. The food is simple
and favorites include a variety of steaks, chops, seafood and pasta dishes. LATM Recommendations: Get your super food fix with the Kale & Hearts of Palm Salad complete with Craisins, Toasted Almonds and Lemon Honey Dressing. Another hit is the Rolled NY Strip with Asparagus which is served with Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pesto, Provolone and then rolled and served over a Marsala Mushroom Sauce. Happy Half Hour Shining bright on the Las Vegas Strip, the 550-foot-tall High Roller is a true standout at The LINQ's outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment promenade. Measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. Facing north and south (parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard),
the wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution and features 28 glass-enclosed cabins with broad views of the famed resort city. Each spherical cabin can hold up to 40 people. There are benches on either side of the cabin, with plenty of floor space. The best experience available is the Happy Half Hour which includes one 30-minute ride and an open bar with unlimited beer and mixed drinks inside the cabin! Happy Half Hour cabins roll daily from noon to 1am with ticket prices starting at $37. We can cheers to that, and so we did! The Best Magic Show in Vegas For his first-ever Las Vegas headlining residency, season 9 winner of America’s Got Talent, Mat Franco takes the stage to offer a fresh, fun, and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. In a full-scale production built on brand-new, never-before-seen material, the young magician delivers his most spectacular performance yet—but still keeps his love of getting up close with the crowd at the heart of every show. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and always stunning magic with crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-alifetime adventure that’s unique and unforgettable to each audience. Almost entirely self-taught, the 27-year-old Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of ten and was headlining his own show in Las Vegas by the time he was 15. As the first and only magician ever to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Mat Franco takes an innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by pure joy. ■
Hit the Slopes: 2016 Ski Destination Guide Admiring the dramatic mountain landscape from atop the ski lift, feeling the cold air nipping at your nose and experiencing the rush of pure adrenaline as you carve through the snow; there is nothing better than a day on the slopes. Looking to take your ski level up a notch? Here are 7 destinations worth checking out this ski season.
ski resorts. Covering an area of over seven million square meters, the resort is located in the Gucheon-dong Valley, at the base of the famous Deogyusan Mountains. Nature lovers will particularly enjoy visiting the resort, since it is located in one of Korea’s beautiful national parks, and was specially designed to harmonize with its natural surroundings.
The ski lifts go to the highest heights. Up to the Klein Matterhorn at 3,883m, where you can look the four thousand-meter alps and the Matterhorn right in the eye. Pistes carefully groomed for every skill level. Plus don’t forget the box stops, famous and cozy mountain restaurants all located right next to the pistes. Zermatt has world-class skiing, a good snow record and all the in-resort facilities one could need.
The six ski slopes are categorized according to level of difficulty. The Silk Road Slope is Korea’s longest course. It begins at the Peak of Deogyusan Seolcheon Mountain and follows the snow-covered landscape all the way to the base. The Raiders Course has the steepest slopes in the entire nation.
The Matterhorn is the most perfect and iconic mountain on the planet, so why wouldn’t you want to ski beneath it? Zermatt and Verbier, are arguably Switzerland’s top resorts, but only Zermatt and the linked Italian resort of Cervinia have the Matterhorn as an aweinspiring backdrop.
Everyone wants to ski Whistler, many people will have Whistler Blackcomb as number one on their bucket list and last year we experienced first hand the reason why. Whistler is epic, beautiful and come complete with a quintessential ski village that caters to everyone from beginner to advanced. Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-byside mountains which offer the most ski-able terrain in North America, more than any other mountain resort. Stretching over 8,171 acres of terrain, a mile-high vertical of 1,609m/5,280ft, 200 marked runs, 37 lifts, 16 alpine bowls, and 3 glaciers, there is no question why Whistler Blackcomb stands above the rest. Connecting the two mountains with the Guinness World Record holding PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and a vibrant pedestrian-only village conveniently placed at the bottom of the slopes it's easy to see why mountain lovers from around the world consistently gather here each and every year.
Deogyusan, South Korea
Deogyusan Resort (former Muju Resort) is one of Korea’s most famous mountain peak
The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Covering an area of 10,000 hectares the domain boasts 249km of linked pistes spanning an altitude range of 2,230m. The Sarennes ski run, the longest in Europe at 16km, joins the Pic Blanc to the Sarenne Gorge. As well as being the starting point for many off-piste itineraries it can also be skied by moonlight, as part of a monthly organized excursion. Pic Blanc (3330m), the highest point of the ski area, offers breathtaking views of the Alps including Mont Blanc, Mont Cervin and the Meije. On a clear day a fifth of France can be seen from this point.
For some of the best heli-skiing anywhere in the world, Girdwood in southern Alaska cannot be beaten. Originally named Glacier City, later changed to Girdwood (after Irish immigrant and linen merchant, James Girdwood, who had four gold claims on Crow Creek) the small town has a rich history. Gold was what first brought people into the area at the turn of the century. Visitors now come from far and wide to take advantage of the recreational activities Girdwood
and surrounding areas have to offer. As Alaska’s only year round resort Girdwood has plenty to offer throughout the seasons. Winter brings snow and ideal winter conditions whether you are riding at Alyeska Resort or Chugach. February and March are usually the best time for skiing with longer daylight hours (more than the lower 48), established snow pack with a mix of sunny days and powder supplying storms.
Just over an hour away from its bustling capital city of Beirut, Lebanon’s Mzaar ski resort might come as a bit of a surprise. Mzaar Resort is the most popular and best equipped ski facility in Lebanon. It is located in the Kfardebian village, just above the village of Faraya and the Ouyoune El Simane Slopes in the central mountain region of the country. On clear days vision extends to Beirut and other coastal towns. The advanced skier can explore new tracks and challenges, the intermediate skier can enjoy the different tracks offered by the mountain, and the beginning skier will find the lower slopes wide and gentle.
Portillo is the oldest ski area in South America, and its history holds an important place in the legend of skiing. Its reputation among pro skiers and riders is second to none. Many North American pros choose to make it their base for the summer because of the variety of challenging terrain. The powder is light and dry from the high elevation–10, 860 ft. at the highest point–and the slopes are generally uncrowded making it an ideal destination. During the last 60 years, Portillo has gained a reputation for being one of the most unique ski and snowboard areas of the world. Enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to experts, can enjoy Portillo. Located on the edge of Inca Lake, Portillo is 100 percent above treeline and revered by advanced/expert skiers for its steep, off-piste terrain, good hiking and powder that can last for days. ■
New Year, New You Chances are you’ve made a New Year’s resolution—and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through. If your resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are a few companies that can help not only improve your overall health but also provide an educational and fun new way to make a few lifestyle changes.
Join the Whole Food Movement
Model Meals is a local meal delivery company that uses responsibly-sourced premium ingredients that makes clean-eating convenient, accessible, and mainstream. Their professional chefs and local small farmers work together to bring responsiblyfarmed seasonal ingredients to your plate. With a unique dirt-to-doorstep approach the company provides nutrient-dense premium fuel for your busy lifestyle. The mindful mixand-match menu satisfies the need for both a connection to the robust holistic whole food movement, as well as the sense of well-being that intuitive clean eating nourishes within. Each uniquely crafted menu item from their Southern California kitchen tantalizes the taste buds without the use of sugar, grain, dairy, alcohol, or processed foods. Coupled with the thoroughly-researched educational content they provide, Model Meals will organically grow to be a nationwide brand with a socially conscious perspective that makes growing local communities and farm economies the priority. Don’t clean off your plate, clean UP your plate. THE MODEL MEALS STORY Clean eating inspired a model, a chef, a real estate wizard, and a health coach to turn their combined vision into a healthy food delivery business. In 2014, professional fashion model, Danika Brysha, was challenged by her personal health coach, Chelsea Hise-Strate, to eat only non-processed, whole foods for one week, and followed this challenge with an even bigger one: her first Whole30. Inspired by a new sense of clarity, energy, and vibrancy, as well as glowing skin, stronger hair and nails, and a trimmer waistline, Danika shared her journey via social media and the response was overwhelming. After a lifetime of dieting and fighting a psychological battle with food, clean eating gave her not only a fuller life, but peace from the exhaustive food and body thoughts that used to consume her. She was encouraged
to share the meals she was preparing for herself. It was obvious to her that people were hungry to change their own diets but needed help getting started. In response, Model Meals emerged from her tiny kitchen in the West Village of NYC. As Danika saw her business idea start to grow exponentially, she turned to friend and mentor, celebrity Chef Cathy McKnight to gain professional insight on how to create more recipes from scratch using only real ingredients. Cathy has specialized for over 20 years in
incorporating the use of whole food, directly from the farm, into her daily menus for her past restaurants and catering business. She now focuses on private clients, paralleling the vision and philosophy of Model Meals. Relocating to the west coast, brought Danika back together with Chef Cathy and passionate health-foodie, Camille May. modelmeals.com Use the code: MMLATRAVEL for 10% off Freshly This ready-made meal delivery service focuses on making healthy eating easier than ever by delivering high-quality, professionally-prepared, affordable meals straight to your doorstep. FRESHLY’s team of experienced chefs utilize all natural ingredients to create fresh, gourmet, readyto-eat meals that are designed to optimize health. Each gourmet meal is carefully curated with ingredients that are high in protein, low in carbs and free of gluten, added sugar, and artificial sweeteners. In addition to providing free overnight and two-day shipping options, FRESHLY uses advanced packaging technology to ensure that meals maintain freshness in transit. Plus they back each and every order with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. freshly.com
Learn to Cook Sunbasket SunBasket offers direct access to the freshest ingredients from the farmer's market, specialty shop, butcher and fishmonger right to your doorstep, saves you time and the hassle of menu planning and saves you money. This is a surefire way to learn how to cook without all the hassle and create a healthy meal all at the same time! Fresher than the grocery store, they buy directly from the source, bringing you the highest quality meats, seafood, and fresh picked produce directly from the best purveyors to your table. sunbasket.com Green Chef Green Chef offers handpicked organic, sustainably sourced ingredients from their trusted community of ranchers, farmers, fishermen, and artisans. All items arrive at your doorstep fully prepped from chopping to unique sauces, dressings, and spice blends. Then they are delivered to you—fresh and pre-measured—along with diverse, chefcrafted recipes, making it easy, fast, and fun to cook nourishing, delicious dinners at home. As a bonus every box comes with insulated liners that are biodegradable, so you can dispose of them in your trash or commercial compost with minimal environmental impact. The boxes themselves are even made from recycled materials and are built to be recycled. greenchef.com
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Telula Juices This line of fresh-pressed, organic juices offers all of the nutritional benefits of home juicing with the convenience and affordability consumers demand. What’s more, Telula is packaged in recyclable glass bottles and made from organic fresh-pressed ingredients that are gently pasteurized with no refined sugars, preservatives or artificial colors.
Vie Active Women’s athletic apparel- Every piece in the Vie Active range is created with a huge emphasis on quality and integrity. Unique details like flat seems, concealed pockets and zips, help you keep focused on every single stride, rep and pose. Modern designs, eye-catching prints, and innovative layering pieces offer luxurious sleekness and breathability to take you from a workout to Sunday brunch with ease.
Flavors include: Green Fusion, Green Zing, Beet Carrot, Carrot Orange, Melon Mint, Spicy Lemon, Blackberry Chia, Tart Cherry Chia, Bilberry/Banana Chia & Orange Coconut Chia. We tried every flavor and they are all delicious!
HANNAH - RAINFALL BLACK - SPORTS BRA Rainfall Hannah – Designed with medium impact activities in mind, the Hannah Sports Bra provides both support and comfort, with a higher fit at the bust to minimize bounce. Featuring a slight v-neckline, distinctive t-back racer style straps and banding under the bust to give a sleek formfitting shape, this bra is perfect for all cup sizes. TESSA 7/8 - RAINFALL BLACK - ELITE COMPRESSION TIGHTS Designed for any intensity workout, our Tessa 7/8 Tights are ankle length, providing the right amount of leg coverage for any activity and have a higher waistband to provide comfort and support. Perfect for woman of all heights. usa.vieactivewear.com
No more excuses, it’s all about Z.E.N. this year studies demonstrate that hunter-gatherer populations eating their traditional diets are free of obesity and other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and are typically lean and quite fit. When tested in controlled studies, the Paleo diet has been shown to be more effective than the Mediterranean diet and the recommended Nordic diet for weight loss and metabolic improvements.
from the source. Drinking clean greens is like unleashing pure power into your system. The greens fill you up and help you truly understand what eating well means. Z.E.N. Pure Pressed Select Z.E.N. Pure Pressed Select puts you in control. With this program you can design your own juice cleanse by selecting whatever tastes that temp you. All juices and shakes include the very best nature has to offer through fresh fruits and vegetables. Each juice is cold pressed and full of concentrated nutrients, including anti-aging antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
The Vegetarian Select Program The goal at Z.E.N. Foods is to put you in control of what you eat. They also believe that eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up variety or great flavor. The Vegetarian Select Menu was created with this philosophy in mind. With the freedom to select from well-planned, nutritious meals that are plant based and chock full of fiber, protective phyto-nutrients and the anti-inflammatory ingredients you can count on this vegetarian program to fulfill all your needs. Z.E.N. Foods, which stands for Zero Effort Nutrition, is here to help you keep that New Year’s resolution in achieving a healthy eating lifestyle with their gourmet food delivery service. With the help of their diet food delivery nutritionists and dietitians, Z.E.N. deliver nutritious meals designed to improve your health right to your doorstep every day. Whether you’re on a strict diet or simply want to adopt a better lifestyle, their gourmet, calorie-controlled meals are the perfect assistant.
The Healthy Lifestyle Program Nutrition is always evolving. In order to stay ahead of the curve go beyond the basics by keeping not only healthy and balanced, but adding variety to prevent boredom with your meal plan. This is what makes healthy eating a joy rather than a chore. Z.E.N. Foods takes away the guesswork and creates a healthy and delicious experience for you to enjoy every day.
Mariana Rossano, President/CEO Mariana Rossano is an entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in the Healthy Food Delivery Business. She has an eclectic group of investors from doctors, nutritionists, pro-athletes and other fellow entrepreneurs who are successful in their own right and have faith in her ability.
With over 10 years in the industry the company has worked with top healthy eating experts, which include a large network of doctors, trainers, pro athletes and more. How it Works: With each delivery, you receive a Z.E.N. cooler bag that contains 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), a snack and dessert. There are multiple options to choose from making this food service an easy decision when you are too busy to get healthy. The Weight Loss Program Z.E.N. Weight Loss program is guided by portion size and designed to help you shed those unwanted pounds. By carefully selecting protein sources, fruits, and vegetables, seasoning them to perfection, this program will help you stay on the straight path to optimum health.
The Juice Cleanses
This program will help you lose weight, control your caloric intake, stabilize your blood sugar, and decrease your cholesterol levels. The meals are rich in antioxidants and contain no trans-fats.
Rejuvenate Rejuvenate is a delicious cleanse designed for beginner to moderate cleansers and those who desire plenty of variety. The perfect mix of greens and fruit invite you to begin your day. You will end your day with the delicious protein energy tonics that kiss your hunger goodbye. Let Rejuvenate ease you into your detoxification process and jump start your metabolism!
The Paleo Program The Paleo diet is the diet people have been thriving on for thousands of years. Our ancestors ate food that was not processed, refined, cooked with toxic oils, or loaded with sugar-unlike the majority of today’s food supply. Research
Clean Greens Very few of us get enough greens even though we may eat them with other food groups. We can all remember our mothers reminding us to eat our vegetables. Clean Greens is a more intense cleanse. You still get a bit of fruit but it’s pretty straight
Meet the Mastermind
Mariana’s career and compilation of health knowledge began in the personal fitness industry and from there expanded into a consultant position at the famed Zone Gourmet in New York. The instinctive marketing acumen of Ms. Rossano contributed to the organizations rapid growth and overwhelming success and positioned her to open and head Zone Gourmet in Los Angeles as the regions’ Chief Operating Officer. She then helped pioneer the development of a program for rapid weight loss at Hemma Foods (called Atkins at Home) and helped structure the world’s first oxygenated nationwide delivery program called Zone Nation. Both innovative programs were an extension of Zone Gourmet. As Chief Operations Officer of Zone Gourmet, she oversaw and maintained all facets of business operations including managing the facilities staff of 130 employees. This included sales, customer service, quality control, menu and food preparation, deliveries, marketing and public relations. When she left Zone Gourmet, she went on to create Fresh Dining as Co-Founder and President. Fresh Dining was a concept similar to Zone Gourmet, yet her vision was to create the business with a more distinct focus on the food. ■
Tips to Healthy Travel from the Inside Out Healthy. Confident. Balanced. Happy. Energetic. These words conjure up sensations of feeling fantastically top notch from the inside out. Yet we don’t often associate them with the experience of traveling. Maybe it’s time we change the stereotype of travel being stressful and plaguing on our body’s health. Besides, it’s really up to each of us to decide whether we approach an experience from a positive or a negative perspective. I vote positive!
Jaime Komer Olympic Medalist, Proactive Lifestyle Specialist, & Co-Founder of Athlete. Yogi.Traveler (AYT). She works with youth to elite athletes, including USA Teams, MLB, UCLA Athletics. Jaime is on a mission to explore and teach proactive methods, experience the world with an open perspective, travel everywhere, and inspire others along the way. website: athleteyogitraveler.com instagram: @athleteyogitraveler
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At first glance, you may not expect the following tips to make a big change in your health. Yet tried and tested by yours truly, I can say these seemingly simple adjustments can make all the difference in the world…wherever you may be. It’s time to get full use out of your body and mind during all of your 2016 adventures!
Looking to get a workout in? Say buh bye to abdominal crunches. Research is showing that this repetitive movement leads to a range of back pain and issues. Opt for planks to awaken and strengthen your entire core while stabilizing your spine.
Fight gravity and find length. When sitting or standing, actively reach your spine and head upward, as though you’re stretching through the crown (top) of your head. Feel a difference? I bet you look taller!
Uni-task. Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. The concept of multi-tasking requires your mind to jump around from one thing to another, producing an unnecessary energy expenditure and stress on the body. Whether for packing, mid-flight work or post-flight expeditions, focus on one thing at a time and you’ll feel (and be) better for it. Avoid bright, unnatural lights and stimulation before going to bed. They disrupt the release of the hormone melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. How long should you go without bright lights before bed? As long as you can. Even if it’s 10 minutes, that’s better than zero! Happy snoozing.
Decrease stress and release tension adjusting the way you breathe. Take a deep breath in–do your shoulders and chest lift upward? Try sending your breath outward instead to expand and stretch the muscles between your ribcage (that’s what they’re for) while expanding your belly and low back outward, as well. This can decrease repetitive use tension on your neck and shoulders while creating a more efficient breathing pattern.
Planking is quite entertaining while touring towns like Siena, Italy. Who says you have to be in a gym to get a workout?
Standing in line for a while? Decrease back pain by shifting your weight back over your heels. Sounds simple enough, yet most of us lean forward, putting consistent pressure on our knees and back. You want your center of gravity (the center of your pelvis) over your heels.
Until airports offer wellsourced, organic and non-genetically modified goods, I’m making my own. That’s right, I make Happy Dough–nutrient dense energy bites for sport, travel and proactive lifestyles. These tasty bites keep my healthy and satisfied wherever the day may take me. Intrigued? Learn more at AYTlifestyle.com, plus receive a complimentary recipe eguide.
Calves, calves, calves. Not the cow-kind, the leg-kind. Stretch your calves often! Those puppies don’t get as much circulation as they deserve. While standing, keep your right knee straight, prop the ball of your right foot up against a wall or chair leg and learn your body forward, hinging at your ankle joint. Add variety by leaning into it from different angles so you stretch various areas of your calves. Ahhh, feels so good. Switch sides.
Unfrow your brow by releasing repetitive stress and lines from the face. Use Frownies overnight for a nonsurgical solution to wrinkles and facial tension. frownies.com
Lemon and ginger are highly alkaline-forming, which help create a balanced pH level within the body. The happier our pH level, the happier our cells, skin, organs, and everything else in between will be.
Take a shot to the gut. A healthy shot, that is. Try a ginger shot for stomach soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits. You can find these at your local juice bar or you can even make your own: blend a small stick of peeled ginger, turmeric, lemon, honey and water. Be forewarned, it’s got a kick!
Add a spoonful of chlorella to any juice or smoothie to hydrate and regenerate your cells from within. Chlorella comes in a dark green powder and contains a high portion of chlorophyll, a key component to cellular regeneration.
Organic and vegan, each ingredient carries nutrient rich benefits. My favorite flavors? Chocolate Factory, Mindful Mint and Awesome Almond. Who’s hungry? Photo by: Fermentation Farm.
Look at this picture of nature. Isn’t that relaxing? Just by looking at images of nature (or actually experiencing its beauty first hand) we calm the mind, reduce stress and reenergize the body. Vacation Idea: Book a flight to visit Mother Nature or just get outdoors and explore! There is nothing like discovering a lake and having it all to yourself. Duck Lake bathes within Mammoth Lakes, on the cusp of the John Muir Wilderness. It’s absolutely worth the 5.5 mile trek.
2016 Running Resolutions:
Run Safer, Stronger & Further this Year Here are 7 products to help you do just that! By: Bobbi Benski, focusedfit1.com 1/ RunPhones Headband ($39.95 - $99.95, runphones.com) When you run it’s important to be able to hear what is happening around you. Traffic or people on bikes can sneak up on you. The sleek RunPhones headband has headphones hidden in a sporty, moisture-wicking headband. The headphones sit comfortably just above your ears so you hear your music and the world around you at the same time. You can also say goodbye to uncomfortable earbuds that fall out when you run. The moisture-wicking headband stays in place and keeps you cool plus it won’t slip off no matter how hard you run. The headphones are removable and the headband itself is machine washable. You have the option of corded headphones or wireless Bluetooth headphones. They are compatible with iPhone and Android phones, along with most other music devices.
2/ GoGuarded ($19.99, goguarded.com) Your safety is a top priority when you run. If you run in unfamiliar areas when you travel, or want the safety and security of being able to defend yourself if someone approaches you, then GoGuarded is a necessary addition to your running gear. Go Guarded is a self-defense tool for active women. It has a soft plastic cover for your protection, over a hard serrated blade sharp enough to penetrate skin. It is made with glass-infused plastic and “with a little force behind it,” Jodi Fisher, the brain behind the product, says the device could help runners stave off an attack. Slip GoGuarded on your finger and go. It fits comfortably on your hand and has multiple sizing inserts so it will always stay in place. It is a convenient and effective way to defend yourself if the unthinkable should happen when you are out running, hiking, or walking. 3/ INKnBURN (inknburn.com) Want to stand out from the crowd? Then you need INKnBURN Athletic Apparel. Each piece of clothing is hand-crafted and made in Southern California. The bright, fun and functional pieces all showcase original artwork designed by the INKnBURN team. They apply the original artwork by hand to each panel of the amazing feeling performance fabric, using a process of heat and pressure that allows the art to stain the fibers of the fabric. You can't feel it and it doesn't fade, crack or peel. This means the performance fabric still feels silky cool, wicks away moisture and breathes as it was intended to do. The INKnBURN apparel was originally designed for ultra-runners, so they had to be extremely comfortable. If their apparel works well for ultrarunners, they will be great for any other runner, short or long distance. INKnBURN makes their clothing in limited edition runs, so new designs come out all the time. Just one more reason to shop with them frequently and add some uniqueness to your workout gear!
4/ Trigger Point Therapy ($14.99—$49.99, tptherapy.com) Running can make your muscles and feet sore. While we would all love a personal masseuse to massage the soreness away that is a little impractical. Trigger Point Therapy is the next best thing. They have created a line of Innovative foam rollers specifically designed to increase flexibility and relieve minor muscular aches and pains. The Nano Foot Roller was designed to mirror the feeling of a massage therapist’s fingertips with the raised nubs that dig into the muscles on the feet providing relaxation and relief after a long run, or standing on your feet all day. The Grid STK is the world’s first hand-held foam roller wrapped in their patent-pending GRID® 3-dimensional surface. You can use it standing or sitting to provide relief to tight muscles for health and mobility. The convenient size is perfect for the gym or office. It also fits easily in a carry-on for relief on-the-road. If you ever have a particularly stubborn sore area, the Trigger Point Therapy Massage Ball provides direct deep tissue compression for fast relief of aches, pains and muscle fatigue. It is ideal for targeting small muscles such as calves, piriformis and pecs. It is the size of a tennis ball, making the Massage Ball a great travel companion.
5/ Speedzter Band ($18.00, speedzter.com) We are always looking for a comfortable place to put our phone while we exercise. Most fitness armbands have Velcro straps and metal rings for closing that can be uncomfortable and can pinch your arm while you are moving. We found the answer. The Speedzter armbands are made in the USA from stretchy lycra/spandex. They are very comfortable and they stay put even while sprinting. There is no Velcro or any other fasteners to rub and become irritating. Just slip your phone in the pocket, slip the band in place on your arm and your ready to go. Your phone will stay secure through your entire run. The Speedzter band can even hold your phone with the case on and is suitable for larger phones up to 7” inches long. 6/ FlipBelt ($28.99, FlipBelt.com) We used to just put our shoes on and go out for a run. Now we need our phone and headphones, the house or car keys, money, identification and even a snack. Where do we put it all? The FlipBelt was designed to hold all your valuables in a sturdy belt worn around your waist. It stays in place while running and it won’t bounce around or rub. It’s so comfortable you’ll barely know it’s there. The FlipBelt also doubles as a low profile place to put your money and passport when you travel, keeping them safe from theft or loss. 7/ MilestonePod ($24.95, milestonepod.com) Do you know when your running shoes need to be replaced? The MilestonePod can tell you. Just attach it to your shoe and run. This small device tracks the mileage on your shoes and lets you know when to replace them. It also provides you with information on how you run such as heel/footstrike, cadence, stride length, stance time, pace, distance, weekly/monthly mileage, calories, and more. All of this will help improve your running performance and prevent injury. It wirelessly syncs with your smartphone through the free MilestonePod mobile app available on IPhone and Android. The MilestonePod is extremely userfriendly, with no buttons to push, no need to run with your phone, and no need to recharge. Just lace and go!
Destination Dallas By: Ava Roxanne Stritt, Spa Travel Gal
hat does one do when you find yourself with a free day in Dallas, Texas? Well if you are like me you look for the best in luxury so I did my research and found myself on the newly interior designed club floor at The RitzCarlton, Dallas. Located in the Uptown Arts District, this elegant hotel manages to exude the normally expected Ritz-Carlton hospitality along with a BIG Texas Welcome. When I arrived three valets hurried over to open my door and welcome me to the finest hotel in the city. Check-in was flawless-add sparkling to that description since my room key arrived with a flute of champagne. For guests not so familiar with the signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge service, one can only call it nirvana for a luxury lover. The Club Lounge here was recently re-imagined-taking into account not only current art and design styles, but also the dazzling Texas skies and landscapes. The Club Lounge presents daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea service, cocktails and cordials for guests staying on this exclusive floor level. The lounge adds the Texas touch with local wines, beers and sodas rotating weekly to capture the region’s take on each. The contemporary club floor rooms mimic the elegant use of neutrals as in the club lounge. Don’t let the sophistication lead you to believe that the rooms are stuffy or lacking technology. My room at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas had the best technology I have seen in a room anywhere. Techies will be in heaven as the room has more plugs and streaming capabilities than most anyone would have time to use-but what I adored was the innovative vanity mirrors, TV within the mirror, and the automatic adjustable night light in the bathroom. Also the huge soaking tub had its own technology with adjustable blinds so you can soak up the view or leave the world behind. All of which made me feel the hotel’s care and concern for my wellbeing whether they were in the room with me or not. Only a few things persuaded me to leave the club floor that day. First on the agenda, was
to peruse the famous luxury boutique department store-Stanley Korshak located on the next block. Also the hotel is only a short walk to the Dallas Museum of Art, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. My mind was already planning my next visit. Of course The Ritz-Carlton Dallas Spa lured me in with their divine concern for my total relaxation. This welcoming 12,000 square-foot luxury setting includes 12 oversized treatment rooms including private showers, serene men’s and women’s hydrotherapy areas, relaxation lounges, a full-service salon and a well stocked retail boutique.
presents fresh guacamole and mini-margaritas made fresh before your eyes. After tasting these signature creations, it is certain you will want to secure the recipes! One unexpected delight was dinner at Fearing’s Restaurant. Now, I say unexpected since I had indulged a bit on appetizers in the club lounge, but boy was I in for a surprise. The Fearing Restaurant is the creation of Chef Dean Fearing. The restaurant offers food described as “Elevated American CuisineBold Flavors, No Borders.” The author of The Texas Food Bible himself came by after I had devoured my entree. I was left speechless in describing my meal. It was so innovative in both taste and senses.
While at the spa, I enhanced my stay with their hydrotherapy circuit. I felt so removed from the hectic world outside while in their care and did not want to move from my own little space in the relaxation lounge. While there I did opt for the resultsoriented HydraFacial. This non-invasive skin treatment is the highest level of care one can obtain for their skin in a luxury spa setting. It is revolutionizing what a facial can do to minimize the impact of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation, rosacea, congested pores and uneven skin tone. As daylight ended, I found myself back in the luxurious inviting lobby where it was time for the daily visit by the famed Guacamologist-an experience not to be missed. Each and every day since the hotel first opened in 2007, the Guacamologist
Well my flight was early the next day, so I returned to my own little comfort cocoon on the club floor. As I drifted to sleep, I started dream (aka planning) all of the future trips that would bring me back to this truly luxurious destination-The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas! ■
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A Dog-Gone Good Time at Dogtopia
s the dogs of LA Travel Magazine there are times when we are not allowed to travel with the team and need to stay behind. Although this is not always preferred, we have dog sitters come and watch us but it’s just not the same without mom and dad and we get really bored. This last trip our parents decided to try out a new place called Dogtopia. One visit was all it took to call this place our new home away from home! Located in Anaheim Hills we recently stumbled across this dog haven and boy are our tails waggin! Upon our first arrival we sniffed out the scene, the smell of fresh treats greeted us at the door. We were taken there originally to see how we would fit in and our parents were quite surprised at how in depth our assessment was. Each of us were taken in separately and got to meet several dogs, each with a different temperament to see how we would react
to them. Luckily they were all nice and we immediately made a few new friends. We all passed with flying colors, even our brother Dublin liked the place and he is super picky! The staff at Dogtopia sets out to ensure each dog feels welcomed. The most important rule we learned at Dogtopia was that everyone has to get along with each other so we can all have a great time. Once assessed we were taken to the romper room where we joined the other dogs to play for the day! We ran and played for hours at a time, there were fun structures for us to run and jump on inside and outside there was lots of grass and even a pool for us to play in! Well actually it’s nicer than a pool; it’s a rock structure with knee deep water and a waterfall! We tasted the water and sniffed our way around to check out the facility. Fully supervised we were able to splash with our new friends and climb the rocks around the water. It was awesome; I may have stayed in the water with my sister Lucia for most
of our stay. She made a lot of friends while we were there. I made a new friend too who will remain nameless; I think she had the hots for me so I chased her a lot. As one can imagine even us pups get tired after running and chasing our friends for hours so we were thankful for nap time! Every day between 12pm and 2pm they brought us inside for lunch and a quick rest. This gave us a little down time to get energized for round two of playtime! From 2pm to 7pm we ran, lounged and played some more until bed time! This was such a fun place, we loved the staff, everyone here loved to play with us and who could blame them, we are a blast if I do say so myself.
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Ruffing it at the Shorebreak with an Endless Supply of Milk-Bones Huntington Beach
s the dogs of LA Travel Magazine it is our duty to check out all the local pet friendly hotels in the Southern California area. The Shorebreak Hotel, Huntington Beach is one of those hidden gems that we canines love to pieces! Huntington Beach aka “Surf City USA” has great waves and sand as far as the eye can see! HB is also home to the most popular dog beach in Southern California and lucky for us is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel! Our owners pull up to the valet and as we jumped out, instantly the smell takes over, it’s the alluring scent of the beach! Oh wait, hold on… our snouts capture another wonderful smell in the salty air; could that be dog treats? We glance around and there he is, the valet has his hand behind his back hiding something, we narrow it down, it’s several treats and he’s looking right at us! Woof! Woof! After we receive our welcomed bites we quickly realize that this
parents play a few games of ping pong, catching a ball or two here and there and joining in on the fun. Then we all headed upstairs to get ready for dinner. We trotted down to Zimzala, the hotel’s restaurant and what do we have here? A special seat on the patio and a delicious dog friendly menu, we must be in Dogtopia! Normally we just settle for table scraps but this, this is something special. The slobber begins to form as we patiently await our meals. Fish and sweet potatoes, chicken and rice, beef and potatoes, can we try one of everything?
is going to be a weekend to remember! We get checked into our room, tails wagging as the excitement grows. The view is delightful with miles of beach literally a stone’s throw away and we are ready to play. Our humans drop their luggage and look at their watches; they say it’s time for wine hour. What exactly does this mean? We follow them downstairs to the lobby intrigued, here we are allowed to join mom and dad to enjoy this so called “wine hour.” The best part was we became instant celebrities there and received treats and scratches from numerous humans coming and going! We love this place! For the next hour they enjoyed several glasses of wine while we basked in the glory of belly rubs and an unending amount of delicious milkbones. After wine hour we watched our
After a very tasty dinner and a few more rubs we head down to walk it off on Main Street which is just steps away from the hotel. Once again we stole the show, endless people walking around offered up scratches for us and we even scored some frozen yogurt from one lady who thought we were just the cutest! After some human watching on one of the most exciting streets in SoCal we headed back to the hotel knowing we were going to have a big day tomorrow. We would be heading to dog beach first thing in the morning! We couldn’t ruffing wait! We awoke to the sound of crashing waves and after another yummy breakfast we crossed Pacific Coast Highway and there it was, miles of white fluffy sand for us to run and a bunch of new friends we were ready to sniff butts with! We spent the better part of the morning chasing our new canine pals around and even caught a few balls in the beautiful blue ocean. Mom and Dad had outdone themselves this time, we really feel like this weekend was customized just for us! Upon checkout we received one last round of treats and barked goodbye to the fun loving staff, we know one thing for sure, we will be back! ■
Nothing says vacation like crystal blue water, white-sandy beaches and luxurious indulgence. Here, in no particular order, we've highlighted 6 sources of beach inspiration— from secluded coves in Vietnam to romantic strolls in Bali— that will make you want to book a ticket immediately.
4 Mile BeachÂ Port Douglas, AustraliaÂ A palm tree fringed, gold sandy beach with a stunning backdrop of rain-forested hills. This is the premier beach of Port Douglas. You can walk to the beach in under 5 minutes and then continue to walk along the sand for hours under the tropical sun. Spend the day exploring and frolicking in the sand, maybe even spend some time playing with the small crabs that call the beach their home. Without a hint of development, 4 Mile Beach is an absolute paradise to whisk the day away hidden behind the swaying palms.
Bali (Nusa Dua) Bali has many great beaches-good for swimming, surfing, or just lounging in the sand. Since tourism is such a large part of the economy hotels and villages provide daily clean up and grooming of beaches. Bali's beaches are best from about April to October. Nusa Dua beach has many luxury hotels built around it with a variety of flowers and plants that grow in the area.Â Palm trees, wild mangroves, fragrant trees and orchids rest amidst a crystal blue ocean backdrop and miles of golden sand. Swimming here is great as the currents and waves are low. The water is crystal clear for snorkeling with a wide array of marine life to see.Â If you are in Bali for surfing you will need to head on to the south or north ends for higher waves.
Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago Situated on the charming island of Tobago, Parlatuvier Bay is one of the most well-known areas on the island as it has everything one could need to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is also one of the more secluded beaches on the island, great for a romantic walk along the sand. Located on the north eastern end of the island and about a 50 minute drive from Scarborough the bay is complete with a backdrop of the local fishing village and cappuccino colored sand; beach-goers of all types frequent this pristine oasis. The water gets deep quickly and there is excellent jumping and diving from the long pier.
Boracay, Philippines White Beach is the beach that put Boracay on the map. Comprised of three miles of white powdery sand made up of finely ground coral; White Beach is Boracay's most developed stretch of shore, lined with resorts, hotels, bars, restaurants and even a shopping mall. Boracay is also known for its spectacular sunsets and due to White Beach's west-facing placement, it is the perfect place to watch the sun sink into the ocean. The nightlife at White Beach is one of the best in the Philippines as each monthâ€™s festivities peak with full moon and black moon parties that go throughout the night!
Nha Trang, Vietnam Vietnam is one of those places we are hearing a lot about these days in the world of travel. While it is already very popular with Vietnamese tourists, Nha Trang is quickly becoming a popular destination for international tourists, attracting an increasing number of travelers every year. Forming a magnificent sweeping arc, Nha Trang's 6km-long golden sandy beach is the city's draw for sure. The turquoise water is fabulously inviting, and the promenade is a delight to stroll. The beach is well known for water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving and action packed nightlife making Nha Trang the perfect addition to your travel bucket list!
Stay and Play in
This 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath home in the heart of Temecula Valley has everything you need for the perfect wine country weekend.
Enjoy the private pool and spa or head to the surrounding golf courses and casinos. With plenty of new restaurants for dining and within close proximity to Pechanga and Soboba there is a lot to do within the local area.
Photography by: Chris Haver, chrishaverphoto.com. This gorgeous pool home is perfect for an entire family or a couple looking for a quick weekend escape. Located inside a gated community, the property is within 20 minutes of surrounding wineries and retail. The community has a lake with fishing capabilities, a community pool and spa.
Fully furnished, amenities include Direct TV, WiFi, a washer and dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, oven and refrigerator. The relaxed décor compliments the location and is faultless. If you are traveling as a family this vacation rental is for you, providing everything one could need to make themselves feel right at home. There is no reason to stay in a hotel when you have a property like this one available to you. To book this property for your next getaway visit homeaway.com and reference #764022.
The “Maine” Attraction
York, Maine is one of the nation's oldest cities and not to mention one of the most picturesque places you will ever lay eyes on. Originally settled in 1624, the area packs a ton of rich history and unbridled natural beauty that is hard to come by. York's beautiful beaches, quaint shopping boutiques and top notch family owned restaurants
also make it one of the best vacation destinations to visit in Maine each year. There is so much to see in York including its several villages: York Beach, York Village, York Harbor and Cape Neddick. Just over an hour north of Boston, it is an easy drive up the coast of New England making it an ideal East Coast getaway. With so many things to do in York, staying a full week is an easy call and on a recent trip we found the perfect place to call our home away from home! Literally a five minute walk from the York Beach main downtown area and nestled on top of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this Fort Hill Avenue residence is one of the most stunning vacation homes we have ever seen. This 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath property
offers unobstructed ocean views and will absolutely provide the perfect backdrop to the vacation of a lifetime. The first impression as you enter the front door will leave you speechless. The rental is brand new and was completed in April of 2014. The luxury property has everything one could need during a stay. Amenities Include: A Sub Zero Refrigerator, 6 Burner Wolf Stove & Oven, Bosch Dishwasher, Imported Italian Marble Counter Tops, 60' HD Flat Screen TV, 5.1 Surround Sound, 42' HD Flat Screen TV in Master bedroom, SONOS Audio System, WIFI, In Ceiling speakers throughout the house, APPLE TV, NETFIX, 2 Gas Fireplaces, 2.5 Baths With Italian Imported Tile & Marble, Electrolux Front Loading Washer & Dryer. This multi-level New England vacation paradise is equipped with 3 Bedrooms (2 Queens & 1 King) all with bold Oceanfront Views. There is seriously not a bad view in the entire house. Each bedroom has its own private deck with views of the ocean that will make it very hard for you to ever want to leave!
LATM Recommendation: Although most would prefer to visit the destination during the summer months, we highly recommend visiting in the winter. The area really shows off its charm when there are less tourists and getting to know the locals can be quite an experience. When visiting make sure to stop over at the Wiggly Bridge Distillery to learn all about how to make Maine spirits from Whiskey to Rum & Vodka! â–
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mpressive Mt. Hood Territory east of Portland is a striking reservoir of old time Americana watered by six mountain-fed meandering rivers, and hosting 18 prestigious vineyards and dozens of spirited farms where organic food and veggie-forward, farm-to-table is a way of life. A pristine wilderness crowned by the 11,249 ft. towering, snow-capped, Mt. Hood, The Territory provides a rich opportunity to stroke nature, enjoy the famed Oregon hospitality, and take a step back in time. Charismatic Oregon City, 1844, along the Willamette River, anchors The Territory with the setting and character of a laid-back town that makes a refreshing change from big city life. Oregon City, the first capital of the Oregon Territory, is also imprinted into history as “The End of the Oregon Trail.” The 1,900-mile Oregon Trail was a heartbreaking journey of broken dreams for many of the thousands of wagonbound emigrants who in the 1840’s traveled beyond the Missouri frontier for some eight months through a rugged, unforgiving wilderness. Incredibly, a few descendants of The Great Migration, with incredible stories to tell, still reside in Oregon City. The city’s downtown, site of the original historic town, is often overlooked by travelers to the Portland area, but this is the place to park the car and dig in. Family-owned Tony’s Smoke House and Cannery, a local tradition since 1936, offers wild, smoked Colombia River Chinook Salmon, crawfish boil, Oregon oysters, and a bowl of smoked salmon chowder, that will carry travelers through the day with zest. A stop at the splendid “The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center” gives visitors a comprehensive walk through the trials of the Oregon Trail. Nearby on 7th street is the celebrated Municipal Elevator, one of only four municipal elevators in the world, and the only “vertical street” in North America. The elevator, originally built in 1915 and upgraded in 1955, was designed to reach the upper part of the city; it is free to ride, often has an elevator operator, and offers majestic views from the McLoughlin Promenade. Near the entrance of the elevator at ground level the You Can Leave Your Hat On boutique exudes an ambience of the Flapper era and has been noted as the best hat shop outside of London. The boutique’s owner justifies the more than 600 hats available here with a simple statement: “A hat is like the wink at the end of a sentence.” Next door is the friendly Depot Barber shop, the oldest in Oregon, and one of a number of Oregon firsts to be found in Oregon City, such as Oregon’s first newspaper, library, post office, public school and more. Not a first, but recommended by residents for a respite, is the Singer Hill Café specializing in home-cooked fare in the unusual vertical garden, and an art gallery featuring local artists.
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Realizing Oregonâ€™s Mt. Hood Territory By: Richard Carroll Photography by: Halina Kubalski
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For those with a curious attitude toward the eerie side of life, Rocky’s Northwest Ghost Tours will do their best via a two-hour, candle-lit walking tour to convince visitors that Oregon City is haunted. Rocky, who has a virtually photographic memory, sweeps guests back to the mid-1800s and slowly moves forward through history to present day, noting major film locations and specter sightings. Rocky claims “If you see any building that is either an office or a museum, it has a presence--including Coffee Rush on Main Street.” Rocky says most everyone who has worked at the esteemed hand-crafted coffee shop has witnessed the unexplainable. After the spookier side of the city, the “Must See List” should include a visit to Villa Catalana Cellars for a taste of their award-winning wines, and a tour of their conservatory filled with rare tropical plants; call for an appointment. The wine crawl further blossoms in the gorgeous setting of the Chelalem Mountains at the remote Beckham Estate Vineyard in Sherwood. Artist Andrew Beckham said, “We found a little piece of heaven here for our organically dry-farmed, limited-production, estate grown wines, and our fruit loves the volcanic soil.” Driving The Territory keeps one focused on the labor-intensive farms and ranches, and the women and men who work them. Thirty-five acre Fir Point Farms in Aurora, growing fresh local produce, is a Territory favorite. Molalia is home to the Rosse Posse Elk Ranch with more than 70 head of Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain elk, and the 18-acre Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch, hosting 80 Huacaya alpacas. A gift shop sells Alpaca clothing and accessories made with alpaca fiber, which is ranked among the world’s, softest and strongest. A recently established Oregon tradition is the festive Field & Vine Events’ Dinners in the Field, catered feasts for 150 guests at various Territory farms and ranches. At a recent Dinner hosted by Marquam Hill, the diners were surrounded by alpacas that move with grace and elegance, were seriously inquisitive, and seemed to look the guests over and then gossip among themselves on their attire. “Out Side is Our Best Side” a Mt. Hood Territory catchphrase is experienced via an hour-long drive from Oregon City to the Mt. Hood area, the Wildwood Recreation
Site, Trillium Lake, and the little Zigzag Falls hike. Mt. Hood, the highest point in Oregon, has 12 named glaciers and snowfields with six ski areas, 4,600-acres of skiable terrain, and the only year-round lift-served skiing in North America. Residents explain, “Mt. Hood is an active volcano that is inactive.” Mt. Hood stands within the Mount Hood National Forest and four wilderness areas with more than 1,200 miles of hiking trails. On the southern side of Mt. Hood at 6,000-feet, the Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, dedicated in 1937, is a head-turner. Built by hand, using materials collected on site, the lodge overlooks a maze of ridges and valleys and a landscape the emigrants on the
Oregon Trail had to address, which is beyond the imagination. The perfect home base is Mt. Hood vacation rentals offering high-end mountain homes within a gated and heavily forested area. It is the ideal location to enjoy the area and mingle with the residents like the Skyway Bar & Grill. Leave the kayaks at the door and pop inside to listen to a Rockabilly band, talk with the bartender who looks like a retired logger, and watch the visitors pretending to be mountain men. Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, often overlooked by Portland’s visitors, is the place to be. ■ Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, mthoodterritory.com.
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Caught in the Flow of the
Mighty Zambezi By: Annabella Biziou
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erhaps it’s strange to travel halfway across the world, only to take so much pleasure in closing your eyes. Yet there’s solace to be found in the sounds and smells of this unexpected Eden: the earthy scent of the first rains that touched this parched soil; the haunting call of a nightjar and the chatter of vervet monkeys high in the canopy. But more than anything, it’s the incessant, comforting rush of the river: the sound of the mighty Zambezi. I’m lingering on the stilted wooden deck of my villa at Royal Chundu, soaking up the tranquility. Zambia’s only Relais & Chateaux accredited property, Royal Chundu is a sanctuary of natural beauty and exquisite design, topped with quality service and situated
roughly 30km upstream from the legendary Victoria Falls. In contrast to the hive of activity and tourist traps at the falls, Royal Chundu is well and truly secluded, fronting a private stretch of water enclosed by forest. Split into two separate locations, the hotel begins with the River Lodge, a vast and airy pavilion featuring a bar, restaurant and an infinity pool looking out over the river. Ten beautiful guest villas are dotted along the banks around the main hub, a combination of luxury and low-key style with king-size beds and private decks.
A short boat ride from its mainland sister, the Island Lodge unfurls on a pristine fleck of land in the middle of the Zambezi, a romantic “boma” area featuring two lounges, a dining deck and a plunge pool. The Island Lodge is geared around romance, with just four stilted villas designed for two guests; huge suites with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, double showers and a sprawling terrace with a bath, which, incidentally, is filled with bubbles and bordered by candles every evening at sunset. But all welcome luxuries aside, Royal Chundu is about more than just wallowing in indulgence–although, if that was all I was here for, I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed. As the days unfold, I learn that this hotel is a crucial part of its landscape, moreover, in its neighbors’ livelihoods. The nearby Royal Chundu Foundation School provides an early childhood education center, and the hotel’s manager Hessah, whose son also attends the school, explains, “Some 80% of Royal Chundu’s staff come from local communities.” On a trip to a nearby village I meet Edith, one of the locals. “The hotel gives us seeds, which we sow here,” she tells me, gesturing to a garden blooming with vegetables, “When it’s ready, they buy our produce and serve it to guests.” Indeed, I’d spotted a note on the restaurant menu stating that almost all ingredients are sourced from within a 4km radius of the property. None more obvious than in the signature Zambian tasting menu, a six-course feast of elevated Zambian classics, featuring native ingredients pulled together in a fascinating medley of flavors unlike anything I have ever tasted. Edith leads me to a clearing enclosed by papyrus reed fencing, where she shows me the house that she has built for herself. Each brick is circular, shaped by a rusty paint tin. I can still see the grooves made by her fingers as she sealed the brick with plaster made from old termite mounds. It’s a far cry from the rooms at Royal Chundu, and understanding the extent to which the villagers use every resource within their reach
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alongside guests lounging in the sun and waiters carry ice buckets laden with champagne, I can see the mist rising from what looks like the edge of the earth. It’s a spellbinding sight.
is an eye-opener. “See the sausage tree,” says Edith, pointing to a towering tree dripping with heavy, elongated fruit; “we use the juice inside the pod to restore blood balance.” She points at the trunk, “and we use the wood to carve dugout canoes.”
the water, trying my luck at catching a notorious Zambezi dweller, the fearsome tiger fish. A hundred of so water buffalo graze before me, the skies awash with scarlet and vivid orange, foliage billowing from the riverbanks in soft emerald clouds.
Later, I take to a canoe myself, travelling the river at level with suspicious hippos and crocodiles. Past a sea of greenery, through rushing rapids I fly, until I pull into a sheltered bay, where staff members greet me with a huge picnic, a hammock and a blanket beside the reeds. At Royal Chundu, it’s about taking the simple things in life and putting a luxurious twist on them, and my last night is spent this way; on
And so, I hesitantly make the trip to civilization in search of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A stone’s throw from the great chasm of the falls lies The Royal Livingstone, a 173room property hinged on the colonial era and named in honor of European explorer David Livingstone, who completed an epic journey from the Zambezi’s source to its mouth. From the hotel’s pool, where zebra and impala forage
Cruising to Livingstone Island, I hop out of the boat and dodge rocks, half swimming, half running to the famed Devil’s Pool. Only accessible when the river is low enough to warrant safe approach, Devil’s Pool is a nook on the edge of the falls, where one stroke into the current might drag you into the gorge. But despite the adrenaline, the fear, the thrill, there’s something serene about leaning over the edge, staring into a monumental abyss where water swells and tumbles, 350-feet from the jagged rocks below. Livingstone once surveyed these sights and labeled them “scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Here, from the pounding heart of Devil’s Pool, surrounded by incandescent rainbows and the undeniable power of nature, it’s hard to disagree. ■ Royal Chundu (royalchundu.com) costs from $574 per room per night. The Royal Livingstone (suninternational.com) costs from $560 per room per night. Both can be accessed via Livingstone Airport in Zambia, or via Kasane airport in Botswana.
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deep rumbling, like the signaling of a faraway storm, runs up my fingers. A chocolate brown eye, fringed with spindly lashes, fixates on mine. It’s an old, wise eye, set in the dusty head of a fullygrown elephant. She heaves a great sigh and swings her trunk, displaying tusks the length of my arm. I’m standing in the shadow of Cathy, the oldest member of Abu Camp’s herd of rescued elephants inhabiting a private concession in Botswana’s legendary Okavango Delta. Founded in the early nineties by American environmentalist Randall Moore, Abu Camp is first and foremost a refuge for orphaned and endangered elephants, run by Wilderness Safaris, one of Africa’s most prominent safari operators. Owned by Microsoft tycoon Paul Allen, who upgraded the accommodation to its presentday status, Abu Camp comprises ten huge and luxurious tented suites, decked out with whitewashed wood and a palette of cream and caramel. Outside, spacious terraces are fitted with cast-iron bathtubs looking out over the Delta’s scintillating waterways; a sanctuary in one of the world’s most beautiful, lush environments, an oasis in the Kalahari Desert.
The Jewel of the By: Annabella Biziou
Kalahari Photograph by: Dana Allen
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Photograph by: Oli Anderson
Photograph by: Oli Anderson
Photograph by: Dana Allen
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At Abu Camp, the exceptional staff arranges all manner of luxurious treats, from candlelit dinners in the bush to sundowners by the water, not to mention game drives and boat rides in the wildliferich Delta. But despite its many pleasures, and indeed the magnetism of its location, the camp’s piece-de-resistance is undoubtedly the opportunity to interact with elephants up close. To walk across the marshes of the Delta in their midst; to watch them splash and spray mud in the lagoons as they wander uncharted, to feel the muscles in their trunks, the soft suede behind their cabbage leaf ears, to place a hand on those smooth tusks, which historically caused so much suffering at the height of the ivory trade.
Photograph by: Mickey Hoyle
Photograph by: Oli Anderson
Cathy was once a circus elephant. These days, she is free to roam the plains along with her kindred: Sherini, one of six young elephants saved from a culling operation in South Africa, her daughter Warona and adopted daughter Paseka, who was found in the aftermath of a hyaena attack, Lorato, whose mother passed away due to illness, and her sister Naledi, the youngest of the bunch. The elephants remain here by choice, and over the years, several members of the herd have been successfully reintroduced into the bush, joining the plentiful wild elephants on the concession. But it isn’t just the elephants’ livelihood that Wilderness Safaris seeks to develop; selected guides visit schools frequently to educate local children on wildlife and tourism, one of Botswana’s most important economies. It’s one of the South African company’s many projects, and in the nearby Jao Concession, the company spearheaded a committee to reduce poaching and over-fishing. Here, we retreat to Kwetsani Camp, one of Wilderness Safaris’ classic properties. Refurbished in June 2015 to extremely high standards, the intimate camp is entirely raised on stilts, with just five tented suites featuring king size beds, panoramic decks and romantic outdoor showers. Below, elephants raise their trunks to the treetops, prides of lion stalk lechwe and impala from island to island, and the Delta performs its magic; a great mirror to the epic African skies. Kwetsani has a particularly relaxed ambiance around camp. Dinner is served communally, stories are swapped and photographs are shared amongst guests; a life hinged on community in the great outdoors. Our time here is spent soaking up this enchanted environment, cocooned in the reeds, where hippos yawn at eye level with our mokoro–a traditional wooden canoe–and kingfishers dip and dive alongside us. There are game drives to be done, big game to be seen,
but there’s something inherently captivating about meandering through the waterways with the small fry, spotting birds with shimmering feathers and listening to the call of the wild. It’s a healing, peaceful place where the long grass turns from gold to copper in the evening sunlight, and being at one with nature takes on an entirely new meaning. Crestfallen at the thought of leaving Botswana behind, we make a fleeting visit to the Linyanti Reserve in the north of the country, a perfect accompaniment to the Okavango Delta. A 45-minute air transfer takes us to this remote concession, where Wilderness Safaris operates a number of camps in an landscape that changes drastically with the seasons, from dense emerald greenery in winter to a vast dustbowl in summer– though because the camps are situated beside water, the nature and wildlife viewing here remains spectacular all year round. A premier property, Kings Pool Camp is a design aficionados delight; the jaw-dropping entrance is all smooth stone, aged wood and curved seating around an infinity pool set against an oxbowshaped lagoon. The camp spares no luxuries; each cavernous suite has wrap around netting looking out over the Linyanti River and a huge deck embedded with a plunge pool and a shaded daybed. About an hour’s drive away is the magical, low-key Savuti Camp, a classic property set on the mysterious Savute Channel; famed for the fact that it stopped flowing altogether for 28 years, before the water broke its banks once more. Surveyed by the golden eyes of an African Eagle Owl, we sip sundowners on the rustic terrace at Savuti Camp and watch Botswana’s sun dip below the horizon. It’s the perfect way to finish our journey in this enigmatic country, which we have come to understand is a pioneer in African conservation and, with a little help from Wilderness Safaris, combines the thrill of adventure with an authentic experience fringed with luxury. ■ Abu Camp and Kwetsani Camp are situated in neighboring concessions in the Okavango Delta, while Kings Pool Camp and Savuti Camp are located in the Linyanti Reserve. Wilderness Safaris (wilderness-safaris.com) has a portfolio of camps in Botswana and beyond, bookable through partner tour operators. Wilderness Air operates transfers between camps (wilderness-air.com). For private charters across Africa, Fly MCC is a well-regarded company based in Johannesburg ( flymcc.co.za)
Photograph by: Dana Allen
Nothing is Grander in
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“The Creator Made Italy From Designs by Michelangelo” -Mark Twain
ocated on the shores of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, features 92 luxurious rooms and suites. Its breathtaking lakeside views of Bellagio keep tourists from all over the world coming back year after year to pay homage to one of the most prestigious hotels in all of Italy. With the stunning Grigne Mountains in the background it is easy to get lost gazing at the landscapes
that seem to go on forever. Many famous celebrities have called Como their home over the years and it is for good reason. Originally constructed in 1910, the hotel is a pure display of legendary Italian design and dĂŠcor giving its guests everything they could ever desire from this iconic lakeside hotel. Recently going through a three year upgrade the hotel renovated 30 of the Lake
view Prestige rooms and a new signature Historic Suite Aurelia. As you stand on your balcony to take in the astounding water views all your worldly problems seem to disappear. Inside your room you revel in the custom furniture created by local artisans using the finest fabrics from the region. The hotelâ€™s personal touch is evident throughout the local handcrafted design blending a feel of royalty at the same time offering pure comfort to its guests.
Indulge After taking in the magnificent views coupled with lakeside strolls, guests can enjoy one the hotel’s five restaurants to savor award-winning Italian cuisine from culinary genius Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Italy’s most celebrated Chefs. With the aid of Executive Chef Osvaldo Presazzi, Chef Marchesi is blowing the minds of guests and locals alike at La Terrazza Restaurant with dishes such as his world-renowned “Risotto con Foglia d’oro,” or Saffron Risotto topped with a Pure Gold Leaf. There is something very special about sitting lakeside enjoying an authentic Italian meal from one of the best chefs in the world that words have a hard time describing.
Unwind What would a luxury vacation be without a visit to the spa to truly escape all your stress and worries away? The hotel’s recent facelift also includes the upgraded T Spa in collaboration with ESPA world renowned beauty products. The newly renovated T Spa Suite provides the ultimate intimacy for a couple’s massage. Outfitted with a relaxing whirlpool tub, sauna and steam bath with contrast shower and cascade jets, the T Spa Suite is a haven of relaxation. Grab a glass of wine and have a swim in the T spa infinity pool as you take in the panoramic views of Lake Como as far as the eyes can see. If
you choose to swim in the lake, the Grand Tremezzo offers something that is rarely seen in this world, a floating pool resting on the lake's surface. A crystal-clear swimming pool set in the blue of the lake, for a sunbathing experience you will never forget. Discover a world of temptations utilizing all the amenities the hotel has to offer. Whether you take a hike to the highest point behind the hotel to find their signature mascot bear, play a tennis match or sip cocktails lakeside, the Grand Tremezzo has everything your heart could ever desire for the perfect Italian escape. ■
By: Richard Carroll Photography by: Halina Kubalski
he 112-passenger SeaDream I, a bold but unpretentious vessel, travels the world as the petite lady of the sea, cleverly dodging the big boys, and easily slipping into ports and hideaways not ideal for mammoth vessels so hefty they could easily sandwich SeaDream I between their casinos and rock climbing walls and still have legroom for bingo tables.
slides, or clanging casino bells. Instead, there is an emphasis on service, quality time, and expediency featuring no queues and no rushing or waiting.
immense cathedral, and award-winning Picasso Museum, set the mood for a striking, memorable seven-day sail.
The staff acknowledges guests by name and is attentive without being annoying; an empty glass does entail a question. Tips are included, as are drinks so guests needn’t bother signing a tab after each touch of champagne.
SeaDream has an approach borrowed from London’s Ritz Carleton and Rome’s Small Luxury Hotels, where guests, after long flights, are suddenly swept into an ambience of pampered elegance and the sensation that the staff truly cares. There is no place aboard this yacht for long-legged Las Vegas showgirls, water
SeaDream’s seven-day voyage from Malaga on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain, to Civitavecchia, Rome’s seaport, is a journey through history, culture, and lifestyle, as experienced in Spain, France, and Italy. Malaga, a remarkable seaport city with its historic, pedestrian-only Old Town, 10th century castle,
Cartagena, the first port of call in southeastern Spain with a 3,000-year span of history, was in the throes of a classic Spanish festival: flamenco reverberated through the 17th and 18th century architecture, women and children roamed the streets in traditional dress, sidewalk cafes were jammed with diners, and people with their dogs strolled the pedestrian-only walkways. Sprinkled with historical monuments as well as a Roman theater, a fort and castle, and a distinguished National Museum of Subaquatic Archeology, Cartagena can truly boast that it’s the place, “Experience everything except winter.”
and experiencing the cuisine in each port of call for those keen on gastronomy.
Dr Jekel and Mr. Hyde The two faces of Ibiza were a huge eye-opener. The island, 49 miles off the coast of eastern Spain, plays host to planeloads of eager Brits and others who arrive to experience the clubbing center of the universe. The legendary and riotous nightlife, which begins at midnight or later with electronic dance music, underground music bashes, and headliners, encourages celebrities and their entourage to sweep through, reveling in the omnipresent media coverage, while the world of tattoo artistry flashes through the techno nights. Yet Ibizans born and raised on the island explain, “Ibiza is like a bubble that has lifted away from the classic Spain of Seville, Granada, and Rhonda. The party crowd spend all day sleeping on the beaches, all night in the discos and bars, and disregard the essence of the island, the ten impressive museums, Ibiza dining, and the serene interior with groves of almond trees, and historic small villages.” Also ignored by the party throng according to the Ibizans is the walled Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the Roman days, with a web of medieval alleyways crowned with Ibiza’s 1435 Cathedral and priceless 14th and 15th century art. A guide who spoke six languages said, “I guess we have something for everyone.” Sailing into Palma de Mallorca’s huge harbor, cruisers are greeted by a vast marina with large private yachts and hundreds of small crafts appearing in a blaze of white canvas, masts appearing like magnified toothpicks in search
of a sail. Steps beyond the marina is Le Seu, a magnificent Catalonian Gothic cathedral. Spain’s second largest dating to 1229, Le Seu protrudes on Palma’s horizon like a mighty impenetrable fortress. The artist Joan Miro’s family called Mallorca home, while Princess Grace selected the island for her honeymoon. Significantly adding to Mallorca’s spectacular history is the stunning village of Valldemossa. Accessible via a half-day shore excursion, the tree-lined, cobblestone village located in the valley of a northern mountain range is home to the memorable Carthusian Monastery and its small neo-classical church with frescos painted by Goya’s brotherin-law, Manuel Bayeu. The monastery was later converted to a hotel where an ailing Chopin, the great Polish composer, spent time with his lover, Ms. George Sands. A piano, rare photos, some original furniture, and his prized garden are the principle attractions, although it is also possible to be rewarded with a flawless, spine-tingling piano concert, the pianist playing the works Chopin composed in Valldemossa. With thoughts of Chopin and his vibrant compositions vividly in mind, life back on board moves forward. Veteran travelers suggest the essence of a cruise is discovering the core of each port, such as Chopin in Mallorca for music aficionados,
Award winning, Executive Chef, Ondrej Havlicek, born and raised in Prague who formerly worked for Crystal Cruise Lines smiles, “I agree with that idea. I enjoy Mediterranean-style cooking, which covers a great number of countries, but I deem our yacht cuisine a step above. Everything is created from scratch including ice cream, while our bakers and pastry chef work throughout the night.” With only one dinner seating, dining SeaDream-style is special. Diners are escorted to their tables in yacht-casual dress, enjoying conversations wandering from Chopin to the next port of call, the island of Menorca and its capital city Mahon, while Havlicek toils in the galley with six other team members. Mahon is a small, clean, whitewashed Spanish city with narrow cobbled streets originally designed for carriages, and buildings with small flowered balconies, dark green shutters, and grand views of the small harbor. A tree-lined pedestrian-only street in the heart of town offers a selection of Menorcan and international boutiques. Sixty beaches are more than enough, while on the north shore, Fornells, a traditional fishing village lined with restaurants, serves the popular Menorcan Caldera based on lobster, a local delicacy.
Sailing into Sardinia’s port city of Alghero, cruisers immediately notice the Italian flag flying. Occupied by a long succession of rulers dating to 1102, Alghero with its Old Town encircled by huge bastion walls, watchtowers, and a few ancient canons, has remained unassuming. Guests are surrounded by history on an island that may be in need of a facelift, however Alghero remains authentic and nontouristy. The SeaDream arrives the next morning at Corsica and the fabled medieval French city of Bonifacio ensconced atop sheer-sided cliffs on the southern tip of the island. A cut between the towering rock walls has allowed small ships to enter since the 1200s. The SeaDream has to back into the harbor but mischievous winds play with the sea making it too dangerous to enter. Cleverly, Captain Eriksen sails to the east side of the island where a tour bus carries guests to the heavily fortified town of Bonifacios with its narrow, windy streets, French boutiques, and
restaurants who brag that they set the best tables in this part of the world. The immense fortifications built up over the last 900 years or so are a maze of historic pathways and steps, underground halls, unforgettable vistas, and legends to fill a book, highlighted by Sainte-Marie-Majeure, Bonifacio’s main church, built in the 12th century and still standing tall. The islanders with their strong Italian influence forced the French to recognize the native Corsican regional language, which can be heard all around.
northwest of Rome, guests’ head for home, be that Norway, London, Australia or the United States, while memories of their days aboard SeaDream linger. ■ When You Go SeaDream has two identical ships, I and II. For itineraries, visit seadream.com.
Bonifacio was the perfect setting for heartfelt goodbyes. The following morning, after arriving in Civitavecchia, 50-miles
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Barnsley House Hotel & Spa Gloucestershire, England By: Annabella Biziou
Think of the Cotswolds. What springs to mind? Quintessentially British countryside dotted with quaint villages and charming cottages? Cream tea with scones and jam set up beside a roaring fireplace? Undulating fields, misty mornings and wellington boots? Four miles away from the undeniably beautiful historic town of Cirencester–also known as ‘the heart of the Cotswolds’ - you’ll find all of that and more at Barnsley House Hotel & Spa. Set above a sloping landscaped lawn, the hotel is surrounded by four acres of formal gardens and boundless rolling hills. A member of the Calcot Collection–which also owns the nearby Calcot Manor Hotel & Spa, Barnsley House is a hats-off country retreat merging traditional character with just enough minimalist, modern style. Born of honey-hued Cotswold stone, the 17th century manor house stands proud in its much-celebrated gardens. From 1952 and for nearly 50 years thereafter, it was home to Rosemary Verey, a famed garden designer, lecturer and prolific garden writer–who focused her skills on this land to critical acclaim. Inside the house, there are just 18 guest rooms, each one individually decorated in a classic combination of English country style and contemporary comforts in primarily muted tones of caramel, cream and warm gray. From homely stable yard rooms to the secluded secret garden suite with its own private access, there’s something to suite every wish. Ours is one of three deluxe garden rooms, with a four-poster bed, a lounge area with a writing desk, a fireplace, and windows on two sides looking over the landscape. Some rooms are framed with feature wooden beams, others with embedded stone fireplaces and mullion windows; all include en-suite bathrooms with fragrant Aromatherapy Associates products. The bathroom is perhaps the best part of all: a huge minimalist space with wooden floors, two cast iron baths side by side and an enormous rainforest shower. There are two options for dining: first, The Potager restaurant, an intimate space with lit fireplaces, exposed wood and excellent yet comfortably informal service. Food here is classic British fare served with an honest touch, full flavor and refined presentation. There’s a focus on local produce, and a delicious garden plate that uses seasonal vegetables picked fresh from Barnsley’s gardens. Across the road lies the Village Pub, also owned by the Calcot Collection, which offers diners an alternative option (and let’s face it–a staple in British culture), for a livelier affair with equally good, homely dishes. A word on the spa: small, but perfectly formed. A sweep of glass walkways bordered with Cotswold stone and framed with wooden beams leads to a cozy relaxation room filled with comfortable sofas and candles. Floorto-ceiling windows offer far reaching rural views, while outside, a pretty courtyard features a fire pit with surround seating and a heated hydrotherapy pool, perfect for chilly days. The overall effect is organic, serene and encourages a connection to nature. Other features of the hotel include a fully-fledged cinema, a helipad for stylish arrivals and a tennis court, as well as bikes to borrow for exploring the local area. Reception has walking maps to hand and can arrange picnics, horse-riding, hot air ballooning, fishing and clay pigeon shooting. ■ barnsleyhouse.co 110
Las vegas, nv
Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world will always be the go to getaway for travelers from all over the globe. Millions of tourists flock here every year looking to lose their identity for the weekend, maybe hit the jackpot on a slot machine or catch one of the hottest shows the city has to offer. Vegas has always been known for the classic hotels such as the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Venetian or Caesars Palace but there are many other major players in the game that need to be recognized. The Westgate brings the perfect mixture of past and the present with some unparalleled history in its roots. Formerly the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino the building was home to the most famous performer that ever granted their presence to the city, none other than the king himself, Elvis Presley! Elvis set a record there for performing 837 consecutive sold out shows breaking all Las Vegas records! The resort rooms are sophisticated and spacious and boast an impressive array of amenities and comprise a variety of room types. From functional guestrooms and spacious guest accommodations affording stunning views of the Strip to well-appointed suites with wet bars and parlors for hosting guests. We highly suggest an upgrade to the Park Avenue Suite for even more room and stylish dĂŠcor. It is definitely worth the upgrade and will have everyone thinking you hit it big at the craps table. Go ahead act like a boss, it is Vegas after all. Today the Westgate is well known for hosting the largest Race and Sports Book, The Superbook. Also known for the largest Benihana in the world, tourists come from all over to be entertained and fed by the top Teppan chefs in the city. If you are looking for a refined steakhouse with thick top cuts of beef, seafood and a high-end wine list (with over 450 varietals) then check out Edge. Located on property the restaurant dons chandeliers, marble columns and dishes with impeccable presentation. Chef Nick Lees maintains the tight ship and provides guests with an innovative yet classic menu. The menu features top quality Aged Prime Steaks, Snake River Farm Wagyu Beef, fresh fish and seafood, and provides a variety of fun and photo worthy tableside dining experiences. Quietly tucked away off the strip, the Westgate has an extensive variety of suites, copious amenities and a prime location adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. With an on-site monorail stationed at the hotel guests are just minutes from all of the outside action. There is truly something for everyone here, whether business or pleasure the Westgate can accommodate all requests. Spacious suites with breathtaking views of the world famous Las Vegas strip, 95,000 square feet of gaming, several top notch restaurants and a ton of history make the Westgate one of our Hot Hotels this season! â– 111
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, British Columbia has quickly become one of the top destinations in the world to visit and for good reason. With the perfect combination of culture, beauty and diversity it is hard to find a city that has everything Vancouver naturally offers. There is something very special about this Northwestern gem with its blend of Native American culture, award winning restaurants, jaw dropping landscapes and some of the nicest locals you will ever meet. The city is also known for its vast accommodation offerings. To maximize your time in the city we highly advise staying close to the downtown area, which is central to everything one would need including world class dining and the infamous shopping along Robson Street. One of the great things about Vancouver is that everything in the city is within walking distance. To ensure a memorable stay that offers much more accessibility, we suggest booking your stay at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. Located just steps from the heart of downtown Vancouver, along with stunning views and world class cuisine, the hotel has everything the heart desires. As you walk into the hotel lobby you are greeted warmly by the friendly staff. You canâ€™t help but notice, only a few feet away the breathtaking views of the harbor through the large pane glass windows. Hotel guests from all over the world gather at the hotel bar overlooking this scenic view for cocktails and small bites before venturing out on the town. The vibe in the hotel is one that makes you question if you really should be in such a hurry to hit the streets. With a view like this and a relaxing atmosphere you may just choose to stay a while. Dining at P2B Bistro and Bar is a great option for those looking to enjoy fresh local seafood and steaks. Make sure to join them during their signature Happy Hour where they serve up tasty cocktails at a great price. If you are the active type that enjoys being on the move there are plenty of options offered at the hotel for high energy guests. The hotel gym is fully equipped with free weights, cardio machines and a stretching area. If you are in the mood for a swim there is a pool with a breathtaking view of the harbor or take a ride to Stanley Park on one of the complimentary bicycles the hotel provides. Rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable, whether you have a city or harbor view, both offer scenic landscapes to showcase the best Vancouver has to offer. Pet friendly rooms are also available for those who bring their four legged friends with them. With very affordable rates, various amenities, a view to die for and an epic atmosphere the Pinnacle Harbourfront is the place to call home during your stay in one of the best cities in the world. â–
Le Parker MĂŠridien
Palm Springs, CA
The past decade or so, Palm Springs has had a major facelift in the hotel industry. There has been a shift from run of the mill corporate hotels and resorts that has made way for trendy chic, boutique style hotels to take over. World travelers, party goers and even business travelers are now choosing this style of hotel for their stays rather than the larger corporate brands. The shift seems to be based on the nostalgic history that is so evident in the Palm Springs area. The days of the rat pack, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and other entertainment icons seem to be fully coming back to life through this new movement of design. The Parker has definitely been one of the most prominent boutique properties in the area and continues to impress guests at a multitude of levels. First off, their design is one of a kind; a cacophony of colors and extraordinary contemporary art put together by New York City based designer Jonathan Adler brings the hotel to life from the moment you enter the lobby. Stroll the grounds and you will be pleasantly surprised by the perfectly crafted landscape of pools, desert gardens, colorful foliage and fire pits. The Parker is well known for its relaxing qualities; whether visiting for business or pleasure you can easily find a quiet spot just to chill for the day. Whether it is taking a siesta in one of the hammocks or listening to music on a wooden swing that is piped through the grounds one can easily find refuge here. The spa on property PSYC (Palm Springs Yacht Club) is one of the largest draws to the property. PSYC offers a wide array of treatments, steam rooms, an indoor saline pool and saunas to encourage guest relaxation. The employees at the spa and hotel are all serenely solicitous, professional and efficient. For those who enjoy staying active during their stay the resort offers a wide variety of recreational options including tennis courts, bocce ball, ping pong, croquet and even chess. The properties guestrooms don textured sisal floor coverings, exotic woven fabrics in bright reds and browns, and leather seating. All showcase private balconies or patios (some with hammocks) that are secluded behind tall shrubs for your very own camouflaged hideaway. Stylish, large villas with woven wall hangings, white poster beds, wooden swings and large private patios are perfect for families or groups of friends. There are two restaurants on property, Mister Parker's an intimate French bistro which caters to those seeking a fine dining experience and Norma's, a casual eatery great for families and those looking to grab a quick bite. If you are visiting Palm Springs and looking for the perfect place to escape and take in all the desert has to offer, the Parker will set you free! â–
Winter Beauty Survival guide
VirginN Pure Mineral Makeup™ & Skincare
Winter winds, snow, indoor heat and dry weather can cause ma jor havoc to your skin and hair this season. For the colder days ahead, consider arming yourself with a less expected form of seasonal coverage: an on-the-go beauty arsenal that’s guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling fabulous, moisturized, and fresh-faced all season long, whether you’re skiing in Aspen or braving the windy city streets of Chicago. From the latest lip plumper face to a novel cracked skin-fighting paraffin hand treatment and the perfect facial moisturizer, here are a few miracle products that belong in your bag or carry-on.
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Travel the World From Germany to Japan discover your inner explorer with these travel spots we suggest you add to your bucket list ASAP.
Milan skyline from Milan Cathedral Duomo di Milano, Italy
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Published on Feb 1, 2016
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