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Hooray for May! Everything’s coming up roses here at NY Resident. Jane Seymour, the incomparable and multi-faceted legend, graces our cover. It’s swell, it’s great – we have the whole world on our plate; and Jane was more than gracious, more than a wonderful mother, wife, actress - she is a true Renaissance woman. She paints, designs jewelry, donates to charity, starts foundations and between all of that – raises children! I know that you will love the piece as much as I loved interviewing her. Not only that, she looks amazing! I’ve always been in love with Jane and this just synched the deal! Michael Tucker is also featured. From L.A. Law fame, Mr. Tucker is an at bookstores now! I sat down with him for an in-depth interview and he was New York’s stars. He’ll be contributing a monthly column on how to dress. We are very excited!
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Jane Seymour has graced the movie and television screens for decades and has done so with elegance, intelligence, poise and beauty. From her days as a Bond Girl to her hit television series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, she has achieved much success. But beyond that, she is dedicated to charitable causes through her Open Hearts Foundation and most of all, is a passionate mother whose four children give her pride, joy and according to her, are her proudest accomplishment.
Jane took the time out to speak with us, granting an hour-long conversation that discussed her celebrity, her perceptions of being a “sex” symbol, her philanthropic causes, her mother’s influence on her and what it means to be a mother. She was nothing but wonderful and I hope you love the interview as much as I loved conducting it. Continued on the next page
New York Resident (NYR): Before we begin, I just want to tell you how much I loved Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. That was an important show for me and quite literally in my top three favorite shows as a child. Jane Seymour (JS): So you’re how old? NYR: I’m 28. JS: Well, my kids are similar in age and actually grew up on the set. The show had a lot of impact on people that I meet. A lot of doctors came out of that; a lot of women doctors. It’s amazing; it still plays every day, all over the world. It’s in ninety-eight countries. NYR: You are synonymous for a glamorous life – being a Bond Girl in Live and Let Die in 1973. So can you tell us, after so many years of success, how you still do it? JS: I don’t think of it as years of success. I just think that I’ve been very fortunate to have some great roles and some of the movies were better than others. I don’t necessarily live this glamorous life that everyone thinks I do. I’ve raised children, we grow our own vegetables, we cook – we are pretty much major homebodies unless there is some major event or charity that we go to. As a family, we like to make a difference for other people. We are not very Hollywood – we are actually the opposite of that.
positive in their life and in the lives of others. This was very much my mother’s philosophy which is when times are tough or when challenge happens the instinct is to close of your heart and to keep it to yourself. But, if you could open your heart and be in the present moment and reach out to someone else – solutions, purpose and love will come into your life.
NYR: For a younger generation, you are considered a “sex” symbol. How does that make you feel?
JS: The collection is a byproduct of all of this. It originally started off as a painting. I’m a full time artist. I show my art off all over the country. And people were really responding to the image by itself but also to the sentiment because there is not one of us, who at some point in our lives, who haven’t needed to open our hearts. No matter the cause it’s important to stay open and positive. In the foundation we honor people who have taken challenge and turned it into an opportunity to help countless numbers of people.
NYR: Can you tell us how your jewelry
JS: It’s good for a laugh. You know, it’s really fun because I get to play these wonderfully inappropriate older women and I’d never thought that I’d get to play these kinds of characters. I love comedy, so for me, Wedding Crashers was a fantastic opportunity to show producers and directors that I was not a one-trick pony. People are always surprised NYR: Americans revere the British for their sense of humor – I guess you also get to play off that a little bit? JS: It’s a different sense of humor, but I’ve lived in America since 1976 so I feel equally American and English. NYR: That’s a perfect segue because I was going to ask if you get back to England; do you miss it? JS: I get back a lot. Last year, I was there for three months making a movie called Austinland. I play a very ridiculous character. NYR: On a different note, I always ask all
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of my interviewees, what charities are you involved with? JS: My husband, James Keech and I work with the American Red Cross and at one point we went to Africa and saw what was really going on there. We came back and we decided that we wanted to make a difference. It’s ridiculous that people are living without acceptable for an animal, in this country, to live in. A lot of people would ask us: what do you support? So what we decided to do was to form our own foundation called the Open Hearts Foundation. And the philosophy of the organization is that we help people to overcome adversity and create something
The bottom line is that James and I are very involved with the foundation. It works on many different levels and our idea was not to reinvent the charity. It was to highlight the stories of people we know and maybe we don’t know who have taken a challenge and turned it into an opportunity to help other people. Go to www.openheartsfoundation.org for more information. Back to the jewelry, I happened to make one piece to wear for myself when my mom had had a stroke. So in her honor and just to remind me of her I made a single necklace that I wore and I would touch it and it would put me in the right frame of mind when I was performing on Dancing with the Stars.
And randomly, Kay Jewelers saw the piece and loved it. They asked if they could do something with it and we did. It’s just been a fantastic journey. The pieces are just great and people are in love with it and they are using it in many different ways. It’s very meaningful to many people and the sentiment is what people are responding to. Best of all, its inclusive of many different faiths and that’s pretty rare to have something that everyone can agree on. NYR: You are going to be featured on our May cover, which is obviously the month in which Mother ’s Day falls – tell us how that holiday, inspires you. JS: Being a mother, I think Mother’s Day should be every day. I can’t think of a better image than the open heart because a mother’s heart has to be open to raise a child. Any child who has loved or cared about their mother realizes that an open heart is way to link with them and to process the changes in your relationship. It’s a way to express your love for them. NYR: What is a typical Mother’s Day for you?
vacation spot we were staying – like lettuce plants – just to make sure we had enough to eat! NYR: On a lighter note, what was your favorite project to work on? JS: Obviously, Dr. Quinn was such a large project that it would be hard to ignore. It was just like a family working on that show. It was very life-changing. In terms of a lot
JS: Normally all the kids get together and they write a card and write something beautiful. They create something special and unique for me, for Mother’s Day. NYR: Speaking of Mother’s Day, what was the memory you most remember about your mother? JS: We didn’t have very much money and mother had survived WWII in a concentration camp for three and half years. So wherever we went it was always about the food and so we would sit in a car, an old jalopy, and we’d have tins of cookies or crackers under our feet and on the roof rack we would have plants – my mother would actually bring plants with her to plant at the
NYR: What achievement in your career stands out? JS: It is very exciting when you are nominated or win an award because your peers have voted for you. Or, like when I received the Order of the British Empire, your country of origin honors you for the work you are doing as a humanitarian - that is very special. But I don’t think that life is about awards. I think when someone tells me that I have great children and that they are really great people and talented – that always thrills me. NYR: The name of the magazine is NY Resident, obviously you aren’t one…
of fun, Somewhere in Time – Christopher Reeves and I were very close and we had a great time making that movie and I think it really shows. War and Remembrance is a movie that I starred in which still impacts me to this day. It was shot over nine months, all over Europe. It was a movie about the holocaust and that whole part of my parents’ life became very real. I became as close to that period as one gets without actually being in it.
JS: I might as well be because I come to NY quite a lot. Some of my closet friends live in the city. What I love about it is that I come in and do everything a New Yorker would do over a few months in a few days. NYR: Favorite thing to do, to eat or to see in the city? JS: I always go to the galleries and museums because as an artist I want to see what the latest exhibits are. I love going to the theater. And I have many favorite places to eat. But I love going to Ruby Foo’s. I love it because I can invite anyone and everyone; we can have a table and the food comes very quickly; its ridiculously delicious and then you can walk to the theater. NYR: Working on anything new? JS: I’ve got the movie Lake Effects coming out on the Hallmark Channel on May 6th. It’s their Mother’s Day movie. I play the mother and it’s all about the mother and her daughters. It’s all about perceived choices – about three women who learn about each other after the passing of the father. It’s just a lovely movie; it just totally got me. My daughter’s getting married in three weeks. That’s a huge Mother’s Day experience. I’m
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I arrive on the Big Island on a warm, January afternoon to discover whale-watching season is in full swing. I’m talking 8,000 humpbacks on sabbatical from Alaska, and I am about to be surrounded by them. In other words, I booked a 7-night cruise with American Safari Cruises, and, coincidentally, I have a front-row seat. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait long to see them. While at sunrise yoga the next morning, I spot spouts of water in the distance. And it doesn’t end there. By day
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three we witness a 20-minute display of male whales showing off for a female. This continues long enough for us to snap some pretty incredible photos. The best part is, since we are cruising on a 36-passenger yacht, we don’t have to stick to an itinerary. When we happen upon an amazing feat of nature, we stay put. “The bigger ships don’t always slow down for the scenery,” says expedition leader Nitakuwu Barrett. “We listen to see what guests like and cater to that.”
On the last day, I am lounging on the upper carrying six cruise-goers. Two whales swim right next to them. It was sheer luck they surfaced so close to the boat; dumb luck on my part for not partaking in the skiff ride. Yet, I don’t have to pout for long; a whale swims under the yacht and comes up for air near the stern. Now, I am within feet of this majestic mammal, who likely weighs in end to the week.
After the cruise, I shift gears to discover the unpolished side of Maui. Little did I know when I decided to stay on the eastern side of the island that I’d get to zip along one of the world’s most gorgeous drives: the road to Hana. That’s 1,617 curves and 54 one-lane bridges to get to the remote town of Hana. By remote I mean, my expansive sea ranch cottage at Travaasa Hana has no television, no clock; just the crashing of waves and the
occasional cow mooing in the distance. You see, Travaasa Hana is one of the few allinclusive resorts here. And it’s touted as an experiential travel destination, which suits me well. “Hana lends itself to really interesting experiences,” says Mark Stebbings, Travaasa Hana’s general manager. “It’s priceless Hawaii; one of the things we try to do here is keep it real.”
The last leg of my Hawaiian escapade is Kauai, the oldest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands and the most isolated. Just imagine the jungles of Jurassic Park, and you’re picturing Kauia’s North Shore.
rainbow. The 2-mile hike to Hanakapiai Beach shuttles us through ethereal rain forests
My friends and I opt for a half-day hike along the Kalalau Trail. Much to my dismay, however, as we drive from Kapaa to the northern part of the island, the sky is a foreboding gray. The bloated clouds squeeze out fat raindrops. Fortunately, by the time we arrive at the Napali Coast Wilderness State Park, though, the deluge stops. Within
Here, I splash gleefully through rust-colored puddles, scramble up small waterfalls and traipse along the topsoil left mushy by the recent rain. I’m so fascinated with the all-encompassing beauty — from the neon green moss to the gentle breeze wafting through the mango trees — I have to remind myself to look to my right every few minutes for a peek at the welcoming turquoise water below. All the while, I glance up at the collection of weathered mountains, perpetually wrapped in clouds. This is, no doubt, very high on my
My day begins with hatha yoga, at the open-air studio facing the ocean, with a light breakfast afterward. By 10 a.m., I’m learning the art of coconut husking. Soon after, I picnic on Hamoa Beach and opt for a lomi lomi massage. Later, I chow down on mahi mahi while listening to live ukelele music. Each night I am blissfully exhausted and thrilled to snooze with the balcony doors open.
list of all-time favorite hikes. crumbly terra-cotta trail, we reach a small river crossing, where we leap from boulder to moss-covered boulder. And there it is: Hanakapiai volcano cliffs and lava-rock boulders. These wide-open spaces are completely untouched and exactly what they were intended to be. If ever there were a place begging you to savor the tonic of nature, this
Imagine a miniature tree with cotton-candy balls placed on your table in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. To your surprise, the balls turn out to be mouth-watering bites of creamy foie gras with balsamic reduction. This was one of eleven courses of the tasting menu at Le Chique restaurant at Karisma Hotels› Azul Sensatori, which Chef Jonathan Gomez Luna whipped up for us. Luna is a disciple of famed molecular gastronomist, Ferran Adria, chef of the former elBulli restaurant in Spain. Le Chique uses fresh, organic vegetables and herbs grown at Le Garden, the 100,000-square-foot greenhouse located in sister Karisma Hotel, El Dorado Royale. We saw the produce, including cucumbers, bell peppers, chilies, cilantro and mint during a fascinating tour of the grounds. The inaugural Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, where Adria was the guest of honor, was what drew us to the area in mid-March. Adria’s beachside restaurant in Costa Brava Spain, Restaurant Magazine, from 2002-2009. In 2010, it was ranked two before closing in July of the following year. Resident May 2012
The festival invited thirty star chefs from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru to celebrate the best cuisine of North America, Mexico and South America. Some The festival shed great light on the culinary treasures of the region. Located in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun currently boasts three AAA Five Diamond restaurants. The AAA Five Diamond Award is the highest rating for restaurants in North America. Cancun is in good company. The cities with the greatest number of AAA Five Diamond restaurants are New York and Chicago with The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, has bragging rights with two of the three award winners: Fantino and The Club Grill. Le Basilic in the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach rounds out the list. in Cancun, cooked up a remarkable six-course dinner for us. After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on an outdoor terrace, we began our gourmet journey in a grand ballroom with anjou-pear supreme in Jorge Garcia Palma, of Lumiere restaurant, was the chef. Le Blanc and Le Chique possess qualities deserving of AAA Five Diamond ratings. Will Le Blanc get the elite award and bring a fourth prize to Cancun? Will Le Chique receive one, as well, thus bringing
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People go to Anguilla to swim, sun, eat, sleep and, apparently, write. That is the story of visitors to Anguilla, whether they go for a short stay or (like author Dan Brown, of The Davinci Code) purchase a beach shack styled mansion. Literary luminati will enjoy more than the beach from Demetra M. Pappas Those who come frequently return to their homelands just long enough to pack up shop and return for good. Zemi Beach, a new boutique beachfront resort situated along 1,000 feet of Shoal Bay East is anticipating further need of such concierge property – both short stay and residential – and preparing to offer 73 elegant one to three bedroom freehold residences with private plunge pools and panoramic views. A particularly attractive feature of Zemi Beach is that it abuts the Fountain which the resort is named). Adjacency to a national park protects the property from overdevelopment.
Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory, provides for sustenance beyond swimming in translucent turquoise waters and sunning (or reading in the shade of) what the Travel Channel calls one of the 10 abound, and there are roadside vendors selling abundant (and colorful) produce. After a day at the beach, there descends a champagne chilled crowd on the Viceroy Hotel, where there is amiable noshing of sushi and sliders before dining out.
Dining should be a competitive sport in Anguilla. The rules are simple – prepare impeccably fresh food, serve it on a beachfront property (or on the beach itself), with a superior wine list and casual attire. Grilled red snapper is a national staple, though the local Anguillan pumpkin soup, at Barrel Stay, with coriander and chilli oil is not to be missed. An exceptional experience at Barrel Stay may be topped off for New Yorkers whose vehicles spin out (think snow, insert sand); the whole restaurant (guests and wait staff) cheerfully troops out to help, and proprietor Jill (who gives a dramatic rendition to each of the evening’s specials) keeps a tow rope in the trunk of her car for this very purpose! Breakfasting on the West End beach at Cap Juluca is reminiscent of a movie set, minus the camera (likely a lure for the glitterati seeking some time away from the paparazzi). The fettuccini with sautéed fresh tomatoes, For more information, visit:
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By Bob & Sandy Nesoff For adventure buffs there really isn’t much left to explore on this planet and it’s too early for true space tourism. Of course there are some jungles in Africa and South America, but for real luxury while sampling the “wilds,” try Alaska. The 49th state is so huge that there was a standing joke about an said: “If you’re not quiet, we’ll split our state in two and make Texas the third largest in the country.” That pretty much tells it all. There are cities-Juneau, Anchorage-Ketchikan and little hamlets too numerous to name. It’s still a fact of life in Alaska that many of its cities are unreachable by road simply because, there are no roads. Places such as Ketchikan are reached either by air or sea. Cruising up the Inside Passage you see waterfront cabins in deep wilderness that dot the waterway. Almost all have both a means of ingress and egress. It must be somewhat oxymoronic for those residents to look out the front windows of cabins located in remote woodlands and watch as ships such as the the Inside Passage. Announcements indicate that we are approaching the Hubbard Glacier and there is a sudden rush of passengers heading out to retrieve their cameras. Within minutes the railing is lined with budding photographers waiting for “that shot.” And they get it as the glacier “calves,” splits with huge chunks of ice sliding into the sea every few minutes. The excitement from the gathered passengers below is palpable as the captain maneuvers the ship as close as legally possible to the Hubbard in order to afford the passengers the best possible view. In the middle of the excitement a stowaway appears on around, he wants to sample life aboard a cruise ship. Like a Hollywood star he stands, posing amid a gaggle of amateur photographers. He’s there for a good half hour before tiring of the tourists and taking wing. Leaving the Hubbard and heading to Ketchikan, the water was rife with small ice bergs that had calved from glaciers kissing the edge of the continent
water. Passengers on Celebrity can afford themselves the opportunity to pick and reserve shore excursions on-line before sailing or options available is staggering and ranged from a motorcycle tour inland with sightings of bear and other native fauna to the Misty Fjords. The accommodations were somewhat less than Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic but the sights from the window were spectacular. There were numerous glaciers and running rivers, mountains and valleys and an explicit view of why it is so easy to become lost in the never-ending wilderness. Deplaining from the aircraft in the fjord, passengers clambered look like a balsa model aircraft.
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The Cliffs of Mohr in Ireland draw tens of thousands of visitors, but they can’t match the majesty of ice cliffs formed by Alaskan glaciers.
If the fjords looked amazing from the air, they were absolutely photographs of waterfalls that had been little more than dry gulches until the rains came earlier that day. There were seals in the water and on rocks, eagles coasting overhead like feathered gliders and a variety of animals and birds that were incomparable anywhere else. The speed boat skimmed the water and rounded the islands from the fjords back to Ketchikan depositing passengers only yards from the center of town or what passed as the center of a town. Ketchikan is a small village that still hasn’t found its way into the modern world with the possible exception of the tourist-centric shops that line the waterfront, a major source of income here for the year-round residents and those who head south as soon as the chilled air comes in over the mountains. Even the tourist traps have as unique an assortment of souvenirs as can be found at any port, anywhere in the world. They range from ivory carved walruses to Indian and Eskimo jackets and the furred boots called mukluks. You can even purchase (for about $300 or more) a very unusual item that could be the talk of your Friday night poker or canasta game, an oosick. And you’d be the only one in your town who knew what an oosick was. They come carved and mounted on stands or by themselves. They look like a bone club or a femur. In actuality (are you ready?) an oosick is a walrus penis. That’s right. You heard us. We got ours from a friend in the area who picked it up at a
Adventurous and qualified passengers off Celebrityâ€™s luxury liners can opt for a motorcycle ride over one of the few paved roads into the wilderness. The 50-mile ride brings participants up close to bears, eagles, wolves and a host of native residents of the 50th state. Here they sit on a bluff overlooking their ship as they prepare to move out. (Photo by Mike Cooke)
Left: Helicoptor revving up outside of Juneau for the picturesque flight over the Alaskan wilderness to the Mendenhall Glacier. Right: The Mendenhall Glacier is as rugged as its leading edge appears.
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A trip to St. Lucia is not your typical trip to the Caribbean. Yes, there are beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, lush landscape and even a rainforest. But it’s perhaps the Piton Mountain, the majestic volcanic peaks and the trademark of this island that makes you feel you’ve escaped to a far away, romantic paradise. Some refer to St. Lucia as the Hawaii of the Caribbean and after a trip to the island you’ll understand why.
The all-inclusive Morgan Bay Resort, a beachfront resort set amidst twenty-two acres of tropical gardens, is one of the island’s premier all-inclusive properties. The resort has four pools, an abundance of restaurants and bars, including Tommy’s Hilltop Bar, known for its magical views and dramatic sunsets. There are complimentary water sports including snorkeling and motorized sports and even banana boats for the kids. Morgan Bay is great for families or couples; their Kid’s Club offers fully equipped activity centers from newborns to teenagers. Kids have their own children’s pool and there is a separate adult-only pool with a swim-up bar, in addition to two other family pools. This place can’t be beat for families! The prices are very affordable and being an all-inclusive you won’t have to worry about every little thing (like a cocktail or two) while your kids enjoy all the amenities. The accommodations are excellent and their décor minimal, with dark wood and white wicker furnishings and large soaking tubs. While the resort is pretty low key, there are many bars and restaurants on its premises to choose from for a fun evening out. The beach, although small, is immaculate; there’s no making your way through mounds of seaweed just to reach the water!
Morgan Bay is an all-inclusive so you’ll want to take advantage of each of their four restaurants located on the grounds. The Palms restaurant serves international buffet style and a la carte cuisine. Bambou sits on the water’s edge for al fresco dining, Morgan’s serving French Creole cuisine. If you want to get away from the resort for an evening restaurant. For the last forty years it’s been serving the freshest Caribbean ingredients fused together with exquisite French cooking methods. The curried chicken served in a coconut shell The ambience here is quite unique with a wood and stone open-air structure adorned with Caribbean art. During a full moon nights, tables are set under the stars.
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Off property, there’s so much to do on this island you’ll likely want to spend at least a week. Most activities can be arranged directly from the resort, saving you time for more St. Lucia on a Friday evening, join in the fun at the Gros Islet street party, the longest running street party in St. Lucia or head over to the Anse-La-Ray Fish Fry, located on the west coast of the island, to sample local red snapper and lobster. For shopaholics, the Morgan Bay Resort can arrange a half-day shopping spree both duty free and locally in the capital city, Castries. Visit the archives and Morne Fortune where you can over look the entire city of Castries. To really enjoy the scenery and for a great afternoon jaunt, take a relaxing day cruise on catamaran. Morgan Bay will arrange for you to sail the west coast to the historic town of Soufriere with the majestic Pitons towering above. During the cruise you’ll visit the Sulphur Springs and picturesque tropical Botanical Gardens, for a swim and snorkeling before heading back to the resort. For the thrill seekers, take a zip line across the rainforest or trek through the tropical landscape in search of the rare St. Lucian Parrot, Iguana and Green Monkey. If you’re really into outdoor adventure, take a hike up one of those majestic Pitons! Gros Piton is the easier climb of the two and guides can be arranged through the hotel. The park services mandates that guides accompany you on the climb. The harder climb (and more technical) is on the other Piton, Petit Piton.
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Chenay Bay differentiates itself from other St Croix hotels by featuring 50 West Indian-style cottages each featuring its own front porch, for a private and intimate vacation. Select from an ocean view or garden view cottage all within a quiet, natural environment and revel in your own piece of paradise while on your Caribbean vacation.
From Friday, May 11 - Sunday, May 13, Mohonk Mountain House invites guests to “Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day Weekend.” Mohonk is located in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, has a 267-room Victorian castle situated in the Shawangunk Mountains, is surrounded by thousands of forested acres. One of America’s oldest family-owned resorts, it is a National Historic Landmark. Mohonk received an award from the United Nations Environmental Programme honoring 125 years of environmental stewardship. It has an 85-mile trail network, tennis, golf, boating, horseback riding, and rock climbing.
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Gracious fruit bowls and luxurious baths replete with rosemary mint products especially designed by “Essentiel Elements” greet guests as they enter rooms with abundant comfortable seating and sleeping arrangements in earth and muted tones. However, once guests see the balcony views of the mountains and lake, they may never leave their Adirondacks chairs again. Even the most dedicated foodie needs to be pried from the room, for superior dining experiences and spectacular views. However, the weekend of activities for moms and families is worth leaving the room to attend to. Friday has a Family Jeopardy, Saturday is action packed with choices ranging from a Wake Up Walk for Moms to a Tomahawk Throw (for mom’s “with edge”) to Mountain Biking, Disc Golf, Cupcake Decorating, NS Wine Tastings. This culminates in a Sunday brunch. For a retreat for moms, consider the Spa at Mohonk Mountain House, Architecturally designed by Saratoga Associates to “bring the outside in,” by incorporating natural elements into the architecture, design and décor. There is a 2,000 foot “green roof ” garden terrace located near inch planting bed and soil retaining systems complete with drainage. The 30,000 square foot spa wing was carved into a natural glacierformed stone bluff overlooking the lake and has a mineral pool and reading rack and tea/fruit bar. Classes include qui gong, Pilates, cardio mountain treks and strength training. Treatments are their own minivacation. The signature “Mohonk Red” facial starts with an herbal neck wrap and towels infused with Mohonk Red witch hazel grown on the property, before proceeding with a series of progressively more relaxing treatments and scents. Likewise, the signature “Mohonk Red” massage is a de-stressing experience. For those who cannot get to the Mohonk wine tasting, consider a staycation event with the French Institute Alliance Francaise: Special Tasting Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Bistro Benoit, with André Compeyre, Chef
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