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CONTENTS 3 WHO WE ARE
RUNNING THE ROCKIES
24 PORTFOLIO OF EXPERIENCES
HOW IT WORKS
6 WALKING ON WATER
14 RUGGED RESTORATION
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TRAVELING... LED TO MY DISCOVERY THAT MUCH IS YET TO BE EXPERIENCED.
ELCOME to our first edition of Manifest. Traveling, to me, has meant meeting new friends, experiencing a variety of cultures, and immersing myself in the natural beauty of my surroundings. This exposure to new and often intimate settings led to my discovery that much is yet to be experienced within a few short hours of where we all live. This is why we started Manifest—to broaden our access to the adventures, luxuries, and stunning landscapes that surround us, and to give you an unencumbered experience of what travel should be filled with—revelation, surprise, and delight. The Manifest team shares a collective passion for discovering nearby people, places, mountains, lakes, and rivers. This passion is the foundation on which Manifest was built—along with the promise to deliver adventurous new trips that change the way our members think about their next vacation. In this issue, you’ll find feature stories from travel journalists covering some of their favorite close-tohome adventures. We also review 10 of the 100+ preplanned and dated weekend getaways in the Manifest portfolio that originate from our chapter cities—Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, and Santa Barbara. I hope this magazine provides inspiration for you to gather again with family and friends.
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INTRODUCING the new way to vacation! Manifest is an exclusive lifestyle and travel club that believes experiences trump possessions. To see, taste, and feel something new, and to create those memories with loved ones makes us feel richer inside. To do that, we curate unparalleled experiences for our members with custom-crafted getaways to distinct destinations within the U.S. As a chapter-based club in individual cities, our
Manifest team takes care of every detail so you can spend less time planning and more time getting away on adventures with friends and family. The Manifest membership experience is seamless— from whisking you away in a black car, to the ease of private air travel; from high-touch planning services on the ground, to the exciting culinary, sporting, and immersive adventures you crave—it’s the new way to vacation. Join us!
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THREE MUST-SEE PADDLE BOARDING GEMS ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST By Sarah Tuff
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S SERE NIT Y NOW? Yes, please. We’re going to take you on a paddleboarding road trip along the California coast, starting in the surfing mecca of Santa Cruz, before cruising to the breathtaking beauty of Big Sur, and finally to the allure of the Channel Islands.
Stops include not only the best places to SUP, but also the top spots to stay and play in these classic Golden State gems. Along the way, you’ll discover fresh seafood, historic sights, and wondrous wildlife. After flying into San Jose, it’s a quick 40-minute drive south to Santa Cruz, weaving through the mountains on Highway 17, to check in at the beachfront Dream Inn. Stylishly 8
revamped to recall the surfing heydays of the 1950s, this hotel is steps from paddleboarding a bay teeming with wildlife. Be sure to check out the rafts of sea otters floating on their backs. Take a lesson from Ed Guzman, who’s been paddling these waters for more than 30 years—he’ll bring your gear and cool California vibes to your doorstep at the Dream Inn.
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CHANNEL ISLAND BEACH
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Dream Inn, Santa Cruz
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
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Santa Cruz is also famous for its boardwalk, a worthwhile detour where you can take a ride on the oldfashioned wooden Giant Dipper roller-coaster. Venture along the Santa Cruz Wharf to see the sea lions, shop boutiques, and browse the seaside dining options, which range from fish and chips at Stagnaro Bros., to the more upscale Riva. Stretching a half mile into Monterey Bay, this is the longest wooden pier in the U.S. and one of the best spots to kick back with a beer and scout out your next SUP expedition. Arguably the most iconic place to stay in California, meanwhile, lies 70 miles south in Big Sur, at the Post Ranch Inn, a rustic-luxury hideaway on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. Surrounded by redwoods and personalized service (not to mention glasswalled windows, a blissful spa, and acclaimed artwork), you’ll be wellrested for another SUP adventure. Be sure to rent a board in Santa Cruz before you leave, and stop in Monterey (the Aquarium is world-renowned) on the way to Big Sur. Big Sur’s 90-mile coastline is one of the most famous in the world. Begin near Bixby Bridge, where you can marvel at the span, 260 feet above sea level,
before exploring the nearby caves where seals hang out among the placid, teal blue waters. Experienced paddlers can check out the wave-tumbled Portal, or chill on one of the area’s pristine beaches. Back at the Post Ranch Inn, you will feel deserving of the four-course, freshlysourced dinner, and your own private soaking tub in your 1,000-square foot room. Your next destination is the Channel Islands National Park. To break up the drive there, stop in Santa Barbara for an extra paddle along Stearns Wharf and Goleta Pier—or take a walk on land by strolling among the historic red-tiled missions. In Channel Islands Harbor, find any supplies, as well as insider tips, at the Channel Islands Kayak Center, run by longtime pro surfer Mike Lamm. Island Packers Cruises, the National Park’s official boat service, has regular ferries from the harbor. You can also book a private boat or hop on a plane with Channel Islands Aviation. Pack a picnic lunch from Harbor Mart before hopping on the ferry to explore some of the five islands comprising this National Park. And don’t forget underwater equipment to accompany
ne of the best parts of stand-up paddle boarding is the bird’s-eye view it gives you of wildlife above and below the water. While cruising through California, look out for these local inhabitants: otters, elephant seals, whales, and monarch butterflies. Big Sur teems with dolphins, black oystercatchers, California condors, and gray, humpback, and blue whales. And in the Channel Islands, keep an eye out for sea urchins, periwinkles, mussels, and limpets in the tidepools. Bald eagles, sharks, harbor seals, and seabirds are just a few of the full-time residents.
THE BIGGEST SIN IN THE WORLD WOULD BE IF I LOST MY LOVE FOR THE OCEAN.
your over-water excursions—some of the world’s best snorkeling and scuba diving is off Anacapa Island, where sea urchins, periwinkles, and limpets can be found in the shallow tide pools of Frenchy’s Cove. Channel Islands National Park is camping-only, but plenty of creature comforts await in hotels including the Pavilion Hotel
and the Zane Grey Pueblo in Avalon. For beginner and experienced paddlers alike, this stretch of the California coast will restore your serenity, soul, and body with its awe-inspiring sights and unique bays, caves, and coves. It’s a mix of challenges and rewards found only in the Golden State.
Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island
Landing Cove, Santa Barbara Island
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Zane Grey, Santa Catalina Island
RUGG GLAM MEETS GRIT AT WYOMING’S BRUSH CREEK RANCH By Katie Arnold
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THE FINAL frontier in travel isn’t merely about luxury or remoteness, but a sense of flow—that deep ease you feel when one activity rolls effortlessly into the next, when decisions come easily, and just the right experience presents itself at just the right time. You catch sunset on the climbing crag; an owl serenades you at the fire pit. You’re tired and relaxed, content and exhilarated in the same breath. For The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a spare-no-expense, 30,000acre hideout in the sagebrush hills of southern Wyoming, flow is a given. Consistently ranked one of
the top luxury resorts in the country, Brush Creek Ranch has perfected the art of chilling out while going big, of stepping out of your real life and into the extraordinary. With a bit of advance planning, you can log legitimate three-sport days and still find time to lounge on the porch with a good book. Here’s our plan for optimizing your flow—and your trip—in and around Brush Creek Ranch.
DAY ONE Take in the undulating sage-covered hills view from your historic ranch cabin— many date back to the 1890s, and have been restored in
DAY TWO Activities abound at Brush Creek Ranch, with two to 18
three sessions per day that you can fill exactly as you like. Jump in with a morning float trip down ten miles of private trout waters on the North Platte River, just 20 minutes from the Lodge. In late May through early June, the river flows high and swift with snowmelt, and casting from the oar boat into the eddies along the banks is a true adrenaline rush. After lunch at the Lodge, an optional guided mountain bike ride or a thrilling high-ropes course earn you lounge time on your deck followed by a napinducing massage at the spa. When night falls, don your denim for a Western cookout, horseshoes, and lassoing at Creekside Dinner Camp along Brush Creek.
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authentic, yet understated Western style—before heading out on foot to get the lay of the land. Nearly 30 miles of trails crisscross the ranch, and you only need to walk a few hundred yards from the main Lodge to find solitude and silence. In the late afternoon, Brush Creek Ranch’s seven trout-stocked ponds are a perfect spot for throwing in a casual line or watching the sun dip beyond the horizon. Later, it’s cocktails and dinner on the deck at Trailhead Lodge, followed by ranchdistilled whiskey and shuffleboard in the Saloon.
w DAY THREE Early mornings are when the single track through the sage is at its finest. We’re partial to running the Barrett Ridge trail, or stashing a muffin in your pocket for a sunrise hike to Robber’s Roost overlook. After breakfast, meet your guides at the horse corral for a two-hour trail ride through meadows, and cap the day with afternoon rock climbing on top-rope and sport routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.11. You’ll have ample downtime back at the cabin before a dressy, adults-only dinner at the Cheyenne Club, part of the resort’s newly opened Farm property, where the chef serves ranch-grown organic produce, Brush Creek Ranch-raised American Wagyu beef, and pastries baked on site.
DAY FOUR Today it’s off to Green Mountain, a secluded
backcountry basecamp 30 minutes away in the Medicine Bow National Forest. In the winter, skiing guests ride heated Snow Cats to access 1,110 vertical feet of gladed terrain, but come summer, you’ll have the forested trails to yourself for hikes through alpine meadows to the Continental Divide. After your hike or ski, unwind with ax-throwing or archery followed by a private dinner and stargazing at the summit yurt. Or opt for a full-day hike on a seven-mile loop past alpine lakes to the 11,993-foot Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Range, about 45 minutes east of the ranch. Either way, four days at Brush Creek Ranch will leave you in a rare state of vacation bliss having experienced a true adventure that was both restorative and rugged.
rush Creek Ranch’s newest endeavor, The Farm, is the hub for its ranch-to-table philosophy and foodie-friendly activities. Here are our picks for a day trip to the Farm: 1. Goats: Sign up for early-morning goat yoga (the kids dance on your back). Or take a “serenity walk” with the goats and enjoy homemade ice cream at the Creamery. 2. Cooking Classes: Take a cooking, baking, or butchery lesson with the top chef. 3. Greenhouse: Tour the 30,000-square-foot hydroponic, certifiedorganic greenhouse where nearly all of the ranch’s produce is grown, and learn to plant your own herbs. 4. Whiskey Tasting: Enjoy cocktail hour at Wild West Spirits, which distills all of the ranch’s spirits. 5. Wine Tunnel Tour: Take a tour of one of the largest collections of Bordeaux in the world.
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HUT TO HUT TRAIL RUNNING IN THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY By Rachel Walker
Colorado high country, amidst the wildflower meadows and jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, lie 34 stone and log huts owned and operated by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. These intimate and elegant backcountry cabins act as jumping-off points for endless high alpine summer and winter adventures. One of our favorite adventures? Trail running—or hiking—from hut to hut across some of the West’s most jawdropping terrain. We tracked down local guide and professional running phenom, Rickey Gates, who designed an extraordinary six-day trip that winds through stands of aspens, to alpine lakes adorned with columbine and ptarmigan, across stunning ridgelines and deeply forested valleys, all of which end at a series of perfectly appointed huts deep in the Rockies. To immerse yourself fully requires a range of logistics: reserving the huts, trail finding, and most importantly, shuttling gear, food, and your evening cocktail mixes from one hut to another so that your trail
THE HUTS Modeled after similar hut systems in the European Alps, these nature-rich hideaways vary in layout and size (they sleep between 6-16 people), but remain constant in charm. True, the rustic nature of these cabins means you’ll need to pack in your own food and sleeping bags— and maybe a croissant or two. But what you sacrifice in luxury, you’ll make up for in adventure in the form of meandering trail systems across unrelenting high-mountain beauty.
THE GUIDE Join pro runner, Rickey Gates, on his signature trip called Hut-Run-Hut, a six-day, 100-mile adventure that brings you across unparalleled terrain between Aspen and Vail (2021 trips cost $2,600 per person). With the help of Aspen Alpine Guides, your trip planning will be a zero, and adventure a 10. You can also find other permitted guides, maps, and alternative routes at huts.org if your miles, or desires, differ from Rickey’s trip. 22
THE ICONIC ROUTE Although there are several ways to link up different variations of huts, Rickey Gates’ Hut-Run-Hut trip follows a breathtaking route along the Continental Divide. Days range from 10-25 miles per day—with a priority of “fun over fast”—and includes some off-trail navigating over terrain that undulates from 8,000-13,000 feet in elevation. With Rickey’s guidance, you’ll explore everything the Sawatch and Gore ranges have to offer including chest-deep wildflowers, fairytale streams, above-treeline tundra, and heart-stopping summits. After each day, you’ll land comfortably at huts such as Margy’s Hut, Betty Bear Hut, Uncle Bud’s Hut, Jackal Hut, and Fowler Hilliard Hut.
THE FOOD After logging miles, it’s time to kick back with healthy and nutritious appetizers and a gourmet dinner by a private chef before relaxing in the sauna—only available at select huts—or by the fire with a good book. To celebrate your final day on the trail, splurge on a delectable dinner in Vail reflecting on your adventure that left you with a Rocky Mountain High.
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time is unencumbered. Don’t stress, Rickey’s done the work for you. Here’s what you need to know, and how to make the most of your trip.
•S ynthetic layers for running, including a short-sleeved shirt, insulating layer, and water- and wind-proof jacket • Lightweight gloves and warm hat • Headlamp • Shorts and running pants • Hut clothes for lounging (flannel, sweats, or cotton) • Hut shoes (flip-flops or slippers) and socks • Hydration pack • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat, sunglasses • Sleeping bag, toiletries and book • Water purification (iodine pills or portable water filter) • Map and GPS/satellite messenger in case of emergencies • Solar-powered electronic charger
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Five Hut-Run-Hut locations averaging 10-25 miles per day.
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IMAGINE TRAVELING to your dream destination without lifting a finger. As a member of Manifest, you will enjoy unlimited access to all of our experiences from your local chapter. With our custom-curated selection of trips, exclusive partners, and preferred pricing, you’ll be introduced to a whole new way to travel—and live. Sit back and relax while the Manifest team plans your entire itinerary from the moment you are picked up from your home and welcomed aboard the private aircraft, to your return a few days or a week later. As a member, if the scheduled trip dates won’t work with your calendar, or if you’ve been thinking, “I’ve always wanted to…,” your private travel team can create a custom trip so you can start ticking off every item on your bucket list.
ACTIVITIES • Play 63 championship holes at Dove Mountain, Gallery Golf Club, and Omni Tucson National Resort • Private wine tasting • Luxury gemstoneinspired spa therapies • Hiking on 26 miles of trails • Bike through the Tortolita Mountains • Relax by three pools • Enjoy sweeping canyon views from your room’s private balcony • Take a soak in your magnificent marble tub
HIGH DESERT ROUNDS AT DOVE MOUNTAIN
course, Gallery Golf Club, then finish your rounds at the Omni Tucson National Resort, host of the PGA TOUR’s Chrysler Classic. After each round, rest sore muscles with a soak in the marble tub included in each room, or relax in one of three pools on the property set against the commanding mountain vistas and majestic saguaro cactus forests.
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NESTLED IN THE Tortolita Mountain Range near Tucson, Arizona, spending a long weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain means connecting with nature while playing rounds at some of the country’s preeminent golf courses— with a dash of modern luxury. For those who may want to hit more than just 63 holes of golf, you can enjoy the resort’s hiking trails, pools, and one of Condé Nast’s top holistic spas. Warm up on day one with 27 holes at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, awarded Best Resort Golf Course in Arizona by Golfweek. Then tee off on day two at the nearby championship
ENCHANTED ROMANCE FOR TWO OJAI, CALIFORNIA Nast’s Top 100 Hotels In The World—where you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner for two in the exquisite garden setting of The Ranch House. The next day, after a brisk morning hike to an Enchanted Forest up Wills-Rice Canyons, explore Ojai by jeep, with stops at local vineyards for wine and olive oil tastings. On your final day, take in the valley on a private horseback ride, or enjoy the expansive spa for supreme relaxation before heading home.
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CONSIDERED Southern California’s Shangri-La, Ojai is a quaint city tucked into the mountains of the Ventura River Valley. Its Mediterranean climate, colorful farmer’s markets and rows of boutique stores make it a perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend away. Kick off your getaway with a fresh lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean before a guided bike tour of the valley. Set on 220 oak-studded acres, you’ll stay at the Ojai Valley Inn—one of Condé
ACTIVITIES • Breathtaking tours on horseback, bike, and Jeep • Romantic gourmet dinners for two • Breakfast at the local farmer’s market • Picnic lunch on a bike tour of the valley • Couples spa treatments at the Inn’s Spa Ojai • Explore nearby hiking trails
ACTIVITIES • Four days at the Sierra Grande retreat, a southwestern-style hotel ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation • Enjoy Sierra Grande and two other properties— Ladder and Armendaris • Bring a picnic lunch to explore White Sands National Park • Daily therapeutic hot springs soak, a 90-minute massage and wrap, and a 60-minute service of your choice • Explore the town of Truth or Consequences and its local museum
REJUVENATION AT SIERRA GRANDE
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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO IN SIERRA COUNTY, New Mexico, lies Truth or Consequences, a town named for its “real friendliness for people and a desire to help mankind.” Here, you’ll find the Sierra Grande retreat, the serene Ted Turner Reserve property resting on the healing waters of mineral-enriched geothermal hot springs. The springs, which honor the legendary healthy traditions first established by the region’s Native Americans, are ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation along with the hotel’s tranquil spa offering a wide range of holistic wellness services. During your four-day stay, you’re invited to explore the wave-like sand dunes of
gypsum at the White Sands National Park, or venture to the Ladder Reserve, Elephant Butte Lake, and the sprawling Armendaris property in the crimson Chihuahuan desert. Complete with a seasonal dining menu that masterfully blends American culinary heritage with strong Southwestern flare, your time at Sierra Grande will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
EXPLORING WINES, VINES, & GROVES PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA restaurant serving creative, organic cuisine and regional wines. The next morning, head to Hearst Castle for a private tour of the extravagant Grand Rooms, with time to stroll the grounds and enjoy the awe-inspiring views. Spend the afternoon exploring art galleries and boutique stores in Cambria before enjoying two more wineries. Relax on your final morning with a spa treatment followed by a tasting at an olive farm before boarding your private jet back home.
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LOCATED ALONG California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles is home to the country’s hottest new wine region, boasting over 200 vineyards surrounded by almond and olive groves. Spend a long weekend enjoying the local vineyards, fine dining, antique shopping, and luxurious spa treatments. On day one, tour three wineries by bicycle with a local guide. You’ll return to the hotel, The Piccolo, a boutique retreat, for a rooftop happy hour, before dinner at a farm-to-table
ACTIVITIES • Tour five local wineries and an olive grove • Stay at the newest boutique hotel in town, The Piccolo, with modern amenities alongside classic charm • A day-long private tour of the magnificent Hearst Castle and its grounds, as well as nearby Cambria and Tin City • Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment as well as fine dining throughout the weekend
ACTIVITIES • Two nights and three days at Pronghorn Resort, Central Oregon’s premiere destination • Luxurious king room with private patio • Tee off on the resort’s award-winning courses, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and the Tom Fazio Championship Course • Fly fish native trout and steelhead on the famed Lower Deschutes River • Enjoy the best in local dining during a night out in Bend 34
SAVORING RIVERS & FAIRWAYS
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BEND, OREGON JUST OUTSIDE Bend, Oregon, lies Pronghorn Resort, a tranquil retreat nestled among an ancient juniper forest. The expansive 640-acre property boasts tremendous views of the Cascade Mountains, sparkling rivers, and lush golfing fairways. Upon arrival, grab a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course designed, and played, by the master himself. Following dinner at a local Bend eatery, enjoy the desert evening from your private terrace or next to your in-room fireplace. On day two, you’ll be guided down the scenic Lower Deschutes River, fly fishing one of the best
rivers for trout and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. Before your flight home, tee off on the resort’s Tom Fazio Championship Course, where ancient lava rocks and juniper trees line the fairways. Home to one of the most unique holes in golf, this is a weekend full of novel experiences you won’t soon forget.
TRADE IN THE Vegas Strip for a supercar and boost your adrenaline to new heights over three days and two nights. Satisfy your need for speed while also enjoying the stunning sights and delicious tastes of Sin City. After arrival, fuel up with lunch in downtown Las Vegas before heading straight to the track where you’ll race supercars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Huracan LP610 around the 1.2 mile road course located in the infield of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After the track, grab a handcrafted cocktail and fine steak dinner, then let your Manifest representative book your activities for the night— anything goes.
On day two, go off-road on a two-hour race-paced pursuit through the desert on RZRs before taking to the sky with an aerial pilot in a high-performance airplane. This is not a simulation, with all the thrill of an actual aerial dogfight, including the satisfaction of scoring a direct hit and watching the smoke rise out from your opponent’s aircraft. Enjoy the sights at a slightly slower pace with a sunset helicopter ride over the Strip, and take time to appreciate the fine cuisine and world-class dining for which the city has become known. While there’s always the opportunity to spin the roulette wheel, this trip is Vegas like you’ve never experienced before.
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• Experience an airborne dog fight and fly planes like a fighter pilot • Let loose in the desert in RZR dune buggies • Race exotic luxury cars on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway • Soar over the strip at sunset by helicopter as the Las Vegas lights blaze in the night • Spread out in an Aria Resort Strip View Deluxe Two Queen room • Devour a luxury steak dinner
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
ACTIVITIES •H ike through Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, home to more than 500 mature giant sequoias •R est up on night one enjoying the old world charm of the five-star Château du Sureau •H ike and camp surrounded by 13,000foot peaks in the Ansel Adams Wilderness •H ike to pristine alpine lakes or summit a 10,000-foot peak •E njoy hearty meals prepared by your private MT Sobek guide
BACKPACKING THE ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS SIERRA NEVADA, CALIFORNIA the nearby Central Valley farms before heading out on a two-day backpacking trip the next day. Following an early breakfast at the hotel, you’ll hike six miles through fir forests to high subalpine lakes where you’ll camp. The next day, enjoy hiking to a pristine upper lakes basin—or even summit a nearby 10,000-foot peak. Swimming, stargazing, and hearty meals prepared by your guide will leave you rested to enjoy this awe-inspiring landscape.
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SPANNING OVER 200,000 acres deep in the Sierra Nevada, spend four days exploring the Ansel Adams Wilderness hiking, and camping amongst the stunning mountain landscape. Guided by local experts from MT Sobek, your first day includes a hike among more than 500 mature giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park—our country’s first designated natural scenic area. That night, rest in luxury at Château du Sureau, and feast on the finest local, organic ingredients from
CLIMB THE ICONIC GRAND TETON JACKSON, WYOMING EVER DREAMED of climbing one of the country’s most iconic mountaineering routes? Get yourself to the Grand Teton, the highest mountain in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. This five-day climbing excursion kicks off by meeting your private MT Sobek guide, snagging a cook-out lunch, and experiencing the Tetons on a warm-up hike. You’ll rest up at the Jackson Lake Lodge so you’re ready to learn skills like bouldering, multi-pitch climbing techniques, rappelling, and
belaying in anticipation of your two-day climb ahead. Day one of the climb includes a seven-mile hike to the Lower Saddle where your guide will set up camp and prepare a delicious dinner. The next morning starts before sunrise as your guide leads you to the summit where you’ll see endless views of the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park, and the Jackson Hole Valley. Celebrate your summit at Hotel Terra Jackson Hole with a gourmet dinner because, while it wasn’t easy, it will forever be memorable.
COURTESY OF HOTEL TERRA JACKSON HOLE (TOP); COURTESY OF JENNY LAKE HIKING
ACTIVITIES • Climb the Grand Teton, an iconic American peak on every climber’s bucket list • Soak up local knowledge and expertise from a private MT Sobek guide • Get a full day of climbing instruction and time to practice the skills you’ll need for the summit • Rest and prepare for the summit at the Jackson Lake Lodge • Celebrate your summit with a dinner and stay at Hotel Terra Jackson Hole
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
1,200-acre Balboa Park, a registered National Historic Landmark. The next morning, hit the ocean and fish the deep sea for halibut, cod, bass, and more on a half-day charter boat excursion before enjoying a bonfire and s’mores on the beach. Hit the waves on your final day with a private surf lesson in the morning before a BBQ lunch and a tournament of beach games—all before your flight home.
LEFT CLOCKWISE: STONEBREW PHOTOGRAPHY; COURTESY OF MISSION BAY RESORT (2); COURTESY SAN DIEGO TOURISM
SETTLE INTO the relaxed California culture and pristine beaches of San Diego, deemed the “birthplace of California,” with three days enjoying waterfront accommodations and plenty of on-water activities. Based from the newly renovated beachside hotel, the San Diego Mission Bay Resort, you’ll start your stay with a Segway tour of the world-class museums, beautiful gardens, and San Diego Zoo in the
ACTIVITIES • Enjoy waterfront views from your private patio or balcony at the newly renovated San Diego Mission Bay Resort • A Segway tour of Balboa Park, a National Historic Landmark and home to the famous San Diego Zoo • A half-day deep sea fishing for halibut, cod, bass, and more on a private charter boat • Private surf lesson on one of San Diego’s renowned surf beaches • Enjoy coastal California cuisine at the hotel’s Covewood restaurant followed by a beach bonfire and s’mores
ACTIVITIES • Glamp at the El Cosmico, where the restored trailers create a comfortable camp experience • Visit Prada Marfa, the famous pop art installation bringing high-class to the high desert • Get a private tour of the Chinati Foundation, an international destination for art • Discover the adventure of the West at Fort Davis north of town • Catch a glimpse of the famous Marfa Lights on the horizon
WEST TEXAS ARTS & ADVENTURE
LEFT CLOCKWISE: COURTESY OF EL COSMICO; AYN FOUNDATION; JEFFREY M. FRANK/SHUTTERSTOCK
MARFA, TEXAS IN THE REMOTE Chihuahuan Desert lies Marfa, the small West Texas town of 1,800 known to attract creative minds, artists, food, and adventure lovers. Your first stop is Prada Marfa, the famous pop art installation showcasing minimalism and land art. That afternoon, explore art galleries including the AYN Foundation featuring large-scale works like Andy Warhol’s “The Last Supper.” Check into your glamping trailer at the retro El Cosmico, where every home has been
restored with wood interiors and worldly furnishings. That night, catch a glimpse of the famous colorful Marfa Lights along the horizon southeast of town. Recharge before your second day with hiking and picnicking at Fort Davis and the Chihuahuan Desert Botanical Garden. On your final day, take a private tour of the Chinati Foundation, home to 100 permanent large-scale art installations by renowned artists like John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, and Donald Judd.
parting Shot GLIMPSE. This was a wild day at Mount Rainier National Park, with a blizzard clearing to sun and going back to blizzard in the span of 30 minutes. Not what I expected for an early fall trip but magical nonetheless. Embracing these unexpected conditions rather than dwelling on what I had hoped for has made me a lot happier as a photographer—an evolution that took some time and a lot of self coaching. —SARAH MARINO
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KEEPING OUR TRAVEL CARBON NEUTRAL
Manifest has teamed up with Carbonfund.org as a way to become carbon neutral for our private ﬂights. We purchase carbon offsets to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions from the use of private aircraft for our escapes and experiences. Carbonfund.org Foundation is a leading Carbo nonproﬁt carbon offset provider making it easy and affordable for both individuals and organizations to mitigate their climate impacts by supporting some of the best carbon offset projects on the planet. Learn more by visiting manifestescapes.com/sustainability mani or carbonfund.org.