Page 1

Unwind with a unique experience.

The Villas are a private, tranquil escape in the heart of La Cantera Resort & Spa. Escape the everyday and experience a unique connection with the natural elements of the Texas Hill Country. The Villas offer an unparalleled travel experience that is filled with neverending discoveries. | 210.558.6500 Spring 2018 | 1

Convenience – Take Wherever You Go Portable Power – Can power USB devices as Fast as a Wall Outlet Zero Waste Packaging – Durable Storage Container Included Carabiners and Suction Cups – Mount or Lay Anywhere Weather Resistant – Made for the Outdoors Tap the Sun’s Free Energy – No Brainer! Highly Flexible (roll-able) Extremely Lightweight (33% lighter than competitor offerings) Remarkably Durable – continues to work even if penetrated by a bullet Made in our own factory in Japan Pricing (Best Price per Watt) Industry Best Warranty (2 years) 10 Watt Kit (includes 4 carabiners and 4 suction cups) Retail: $99 5 Watt Kit (includes 4 carabiners and 4 suction cups) Retail: $59 833-SSOAKER





24 26 36


4 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Austin 8 Dallas 12 Houston 14 San Antonio 16 Fredericksburg 20

Golfing the Crown Jewel of Costa Rica

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS Styling the slopes, travel books and more...

HABITAT Cocktails Worth Staying Home For 36 Tips to Take Your Airbnb From ‘Meh’ to ‘Yeah!’ 38




Shawn K. Lively and Doug Flatt


Julie Tereshchuk T R AV E L E D I T O R

Marika Flatt E D I T O R I A L A S S I S TA N T






Cheryl Collett Sue Durio Kayla Elliot Carolyn Kamii Judy McDonough Elena Meredith Alyssa Ramirez Daniel Ramirez Robert A. Rodriguez Gabi De la Rosa Lieve Saether Jennifer Simonson Alex Temblador Sima Thakkar


Kim Hudson

JET SETTER Sail Like a Viking in Denmark 40 Lyon, France: Perfect for Food Lovers 44 Queretaro, One of Mexico's Best Kept Secrets 46 Instagrammable St. Pete/Clearwater 50 Tripping on California’s Central Coast 52 Phoenix, Arizona: A Desert Paradise 54 Park City, Utah: Slopes, Sun and Fun 56 Beaver Creek: Unforgettable Mountain Moments 60 At the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch 64 Detroit’s Urban Art 68

ROAD TRIP Paradise Canyon: It’s Real 70 Hitting the Road with Cadillac 72


Sundaram Design


Shawn K. Lively





Tired of working from home? Annoyed with the coffee shop hustle? Needing a community? Join Vessel Coworking A creative, productive community in Austin, TX. THINGS TO LOVE 24/7 SECURE ACCESS SUPER FAST INTERNET GREAT LOCATION IN NORTH CENTRAL AUSTIN OFF OF I-35 FREE SNACKS, COLD BREW & BEER ON TAP FRIENDLY, PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE MEMBERSHIPS START AT $100/MONTH


enquire today!

Kimpton HOTEL VAN ZANDT, A hotel where the business traveler can reserve their room For 24 hours…check out at the same time you checked in.

Contact us to set up a 24 hr business travel account today! *Restrictions apply. *Excludes exisiting reservations.

605 DAVIS STREET, AUSTIN, TX 78701 · PHONE 512 542 5300 · FAX 512 391 1505 ·

Living Texas | Austin

something for everyone at austin’s fareground By Margaret Richards


ince it opened its much anticipated doors in mid-February, Austin’s Fareground has transformed a tired office block on the corner of a busy intersection into a vibrant destination combining an on-trend food hall with a welcome family-friendly sunken garden. Picture hipsters, couples, friends and family groups indoors sipping (yes, there’s a full bar) and snacking at communal tables in a Michael Tsu-designed interior. Then, look outside to see kids rolling down the green banks while parents play along, or watch from the umbrellashaded tables on the patio directly outside the food hall. A street-level bar is also opening any day. Six of the city’s culinary greats, offering a wide range of cuisines, are under the Fareground roof: Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Contigo, Dai Due, Easy Tiger, Henbit (from Emmer & Rye) and Ni-Komé (from the Komé/Daruma Ramen family). Here’s a whistle stop of what to expect at Austin’s newest downtown must-see. Bottom line: there’s something for everyone.

antonelli’s cheese shop Named one of the top cheese shops in America by Travel & Leisure, Antonelli’s has a curated selection of cut-to-order cheese, charcuterie and a variety of hot and cold items. Their take on mac ‘n cheese must not be missed! And yes, there’s complimentary cheese tasting.

contigo Fans of the laidback eastside shop are thrilled to see favorites such as the Contigo burger and crispy green beans on the menu. Exclusive to Fareground is locally sourced, natural chicken cooked on a rotisserie – perfect for dining in or an easy grab & go.

dai due taquería Hyperlocal Dai Due – helmed by Chef Jesse Griffiths (a James 8 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Beard Award finalist) – has evolved from on-farm supper clubs and farmers’ markets to a brick-and-mortar restaurant and butcher shop. The new concept at Fareground includes tacos, tortas and molletes filled with Texas game (including wild boar al pastor, bison picadillo and venison barbacoa), Gulf seafood and innovative veggie combos (such as beet longaniza).

easy tiger Named one of America’s Best Beer Gardens by Food & Wine – Easy Tiger pairs house-cured meats and sausages made by Andrew Curren (two-time nominee for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef) with artisanal breads baked by head dough-puncher David Norman. Be sure to pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread to take home. (We challenge you to make it all the way home before breaking off a piece!)

henbit Launched at Fareground by the team behind Emmer & Rye (crowned one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Bon Appétit), this new concept’s menu spans an all day feast. For breakfast, try the red fife kolaches with chorizo, cheese and local chiles. Later in the day, nosh on avocado and spaghetti squash salad with burnt pecan dressing. Beverages include superfood lattes – try the matcha with lavender syrup.

ni-komé Husband & wife chef/owners Takehiro & Kayo Asazu melded elements of Komé Sushi Kitchen (named one of the Best New Sushi Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit) and sister shop Daruma Ramen (downtown’s first ramen shop) to create this new concept. The sushi bar will feature Komé’s signature rolls such as the spooky roll (spicy tuna, avocado, salmon and go-go sauce). The ramen menu will include Daruma’s famous Marudori (whole chicken broth) plus vegan options.

Living Texas | Austin


k at e l e s u e u r


k at e l e s u e u r

antonelli’s cheese shop

e as y t i g e r

dai due taquería

julie keim/giant noise


Spring/Summer 2018 | 9

tim clancy

easy tiger

Living Texas | Austin

Aloft, Element & Caroline Make a Name for Themselves in Downtown Austin

By Kayla Elliott

Upstairs at Carol Element Hotel with its chill, zen vibe that brings a bit of serenity to downtown life. With a small market and an area for daily breakfast and afternoon happy hour, the Element lobby is an inviting respite.

Austin isn’t the kind of city where you want to stay indoors. It’s a place for

exploring, hiking, shopping and eating. The new concept hotel/bar/ restaurant that combines Aloft and Element hotels, the restaurant Caroline and the bar Upstairs at Caroline, has become a neighborhood spot that is locally relevant and encourages both Austinites and visitors to sit, stay and work at this spot in the heart of downtown. Outside, spy the dark and light grey paneling indicating the Aloft Hotel. The white paneling you spy is for the 144-room Element Hotel. Guests check into the second floor Aloft lobby which has a funky vibe and is set next to seating areas that are part of Upstairs at Caroline. Entering the third floor, you are in the lobby of the

10 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

As the elevator takes you up to your floor, you either turn right or left depending on the hotel you’re staying at. The 278-room Aloft Hotel is millennial-minded and tech-focused. The aim is for guests to be connected and be able to tap into the city they’re visiting. Element hotel is still a millennial mindset, but an extended stay version. Set up with a kitchenette along with the same amenities of a hotel, the ergonomic rooms have plenty of desk space for working and living. Art around communal areas in the building came from Austin Art Garage. The Boots to Borrow program allows guests to explore the city in genuine cowboy kicks from Allen’s Boots. The hotel also gives guests codes for Austin B Cycle, so they can get out and explore the city and take in the capital city like a local — the perfect way to cycle down to South Congress for shopping!

This downtown location is the perfect spot for guests in for events like UT football weekends, F1 races, ACL and shows at the historic Paramount, which is less than a block away.


Caroline serves lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. The restaurant seats 82 people inside and 46 on the patio. Coffeehouse at Caroline can be accessed by their own door as well as through the restaurant. They serve Little City Coffee Roasters, a local Austin coffee company, which created their own blend for the coffeeshop. The in-house bakery team makes goodies daily, changing them out from breakfast options to afternoon treats. This downtown location is the perfect spot for guests in for events like UT football weekends, F1 races, ACL and shows at the historic Paramount, which is less than a block away. Upstairs at Caroline has a very different feel from the restaurant downstairs. It is an urban backyard experience with fake grass, large picnic tables, open air and lawn games. It’s a cool happy hour spot but also great for a Saturday night out when the DJ takes the stage. Upstairs has a different drink and food menu than the restaurant. There is a draft cocktail selection along with canned wine and specialty drinks. The food is a crudo food concept with tacos and ceviche.

y Alof t’s Remix Lobb The Perfect Bachelor & Bachelorette Party The Aloft and Element hotels offer bachelor and bachelorette packages for pre-wedding events. The bachelor party package offers a “Shiner and Shave” so the guys can kick back and get a fresh shave while enjoying a bucket of Shiner beer. Then comes a cowboy boot fitting and a whiskey tasting, as well as a credit to enjoy at Caroline. The bachelorette party package preps the ladies with bottles of rosé while they enjoy in-room hair and makeup services. (They also get a cowboy boot fitting and a credit to enjoy at Caroline.) Spring/Summer 2018 | 11

a l l p h otog r a p h y co u r t e s y t u r n e r p r

Living Texas | Austin

Living Texas | Dallas

An Exquisite French Getaway By Alex Temblador


hile the French did stake a claim in Texas in 1685, there’s little left of that French culture in Dallas, which is what makes Hotel Crescent Court so special. With a French-Renaissance façade and 11 acres of property, Hotel Crescent Court has the look of a French palace or estate, enchanting both locals and visitors alike. Located in Uptown, Hotel Crescent Court recently underwent a $33 million renovation that included revitalized guest rooms, the introduction of a new champagne bar, Beau Nash, a brand-new look for the spa, new Technogym equipment and touchups to the hallways, elevators and public spaces. Such a project has reinvigorated the property’s atmosphere from just elegant and refined, to now include stylish and chic. With the new renovations and top-notch service, it was easy to fall into the luxurious arms of Hotel Crescent Court. Driving up to the hotel, I was awed by the limestone walls and wrought iron railing. I was struck by similar feelings in the lobby, home to the Beau Nash champagne bar, with its plush gray seating and a striking white art piece that hangs from the ceiling. En route to my room, I stopped to admire the outdoor pool, a relaxing oasis with waterfalls, views of Uptown,

12 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

A striking white art piece hangs from the ceiling of the Hotel Crescent Court lobby, also home to a new champagne bar, Beau Nash.

Living Texas | Dallas

and comfortable loungers – a perfect place to sunbathe during warmer months. My room was a suite, which included a living room with a minibar, espresso maker and comfortable couches that faced a large flat-screen TV. The bedroom was extra spacious, with a king-sized bed on one side and a desk and couch on the other. The bathroom was exceptional: heated marble floors, deep-soaking tub and glass shower complete with a rainfall showerhead. While the suite kept me entertained aplenty, I wanted to discover the rest of the property. The spa features a gleaming white, ultra-modern design and various sections. There’s a large gym with new Technogym equipment and a renovated workout room with aerobics and spin classes. There’s also a nail salon, a women’s spa and a men’s spa that offer (magnificent) massages, beauty treatments, hydrotherapy, saunas and steam rooms.

Accommodation at the Hotel Crescent Court reflects the world-famous Texas hospitality.

Dining selections at Hotel Crescent Court are plentiful and include the world-renowned NOBU, a four-star Japanese restaurant with a sleek design. In the morning, The Conservatory has a fantastic selection of Southwest breakfast favorites like chilaquiles, jalapeno biscuits and gravy and pancakes with cinnamon apples. A short walk across the Crescent complex and an elevator ride 17 floors up takes visitors to The Crescent Club, a restaurant with the vibe of a 19th century private club, complete with wood paneling, great views of downtown Dallas and gourmet homestyle dishes like lobster mac’ n cheese and chicken pot pie.

a l l p h otog r a p h y co u r t e s y h ot e l c r e e s c e n t co u r t

Hotel Crescent Court is part of a complex that includes eateries, shopping, businesses and an art gallery. The seven dining options include coffeeshops like Ascension Coffee, fast-food favorites like Shake Shack and restaurants like Moxie’s Bar and Grill, owned by Dallas Stars owner, Tom Gaglardi. Hotel Crescent Court is also home to Stanley Korshak, the largest independent department store in the country with shops like Bridal Salon, The Shak and The Main Store – home to coveted luxury brands and runway fashion. With a prime location within walking distance of Dallas’ major attractions and popular nightlife, there’s no arguing that Hotel Crescent Court is a practical pick for visitors. However, Hotel Crescent Court goes beyond practicality with its endless things to do, see and taste. For here, guests are luxuriously pampered in what feels like a Frenchstyle estate – making for a truly unique experience. CRESCENTCOURT.COM

Spring/Summer 2018 | 13

julie sofer

Living Texas | Houston

By Alyssa Ramirez

Emmaline Immersion Imagine

being in the European countryside and you stop in at a little neighborhood eatery for a

late afternoon meal. It’s quaint, smells delicious and you immediately feel cozy and at home. That is what walking into Emmaline is like. Located steps away from Buffalo Bayou Park on the border of North Montrose and River Oaks, Emmaline has quickly become a Houston favorite. Branded as an American restaurant with European influences, they’ve hit the mark. The décor is rustic and deceivingly simple with lovely art and whimsy found throughout.

14 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Executive Chef Dimitri Voutsinas, who has over 20 years of international culinary experience, brings his experience from France, New York and Greece to the menu. “We make as much as we can in-house, and I try to cook seasonally. Unfortunately, Texas doesn’t have all four seasons, so I draw my inspiration from New York, where I grew up,” said Voutsinas. “We’ve only been open a few months, and it’s amazing to see so many people come in and enjoy the restaurant.” Enjoy they will, starting off with freshly made and seasoned Parker rolls served with soft butter. Add a drink from Emmaline’s extensive wine list, a signature cocktail, or a local or European draft beer.

Living Texas | Houston

Owner Sam Governale had a vision of a restaurant that would be a neighborhood favorite. “In Italy, the classic trattoria is the epitome of a neighborhood kitchen, literally serving as the cultural thread for the people in that township. My vision for Emmaline is a commitment to our neighbors to be, very simply, a place where we will genuinely care for our guests while offering a home-away-fromhome experience,” he explained. Governale’s vision has come to life. He has brought on a team that has executed his vision with not only a menu of delicious, fresh and scratch-made dishes but also an atmosphere that has guests feeling immediately at ease in the middle of bustling Houston. DINEEMMALINE.COM

julie sofer

julie sofer

During my visit, the soup of the day was lentil with venison sausage. It was chunky, with rough-cut vegetables and steamy chicken broth — the perfect accompaniment to sitting by the fire on a cold afternoon. Rustic, simple and delicious. The Seared Fresh Sea Scallops served with mushroom, delicata squash and crispy forbidden squash are worth a mention. Not only is it a beautiful dish, but it was cooked perfectly and again had such a great combination of textures and flavors. Alyssa Dole, pastry chef, rounds out the meal with a tasty

menu of standout desserts such as the Buttermilk Panna Cotta and the Dark Chocolate Espresso Torta.

g a b i d e l a r o sa

Standouts from the Market section of the menu include the local burrata served with basil and black garlic. The smoky cheese is soft and creamy, pairing nicely with the grilled bread. The Tunisian Tuna Crudo served with apple, buttermilk, harissa and pistachio is not only beautiful, but also an unexpected mix of flavors. A bite of tuna, buttermilk and pistachio is a great mix of textures, with the pistachio adding a saltiness to nicely complement the tuna.

Opposing page photo: Located steps away from Buffalo Bayou Park on the border of North Montrose and River Oaks, Emmaline has quickly become a Houston favorite. Above photos (clockwise from left): Pastry Chef Alyssa Dole has a menu of delectable desserts // Seared Fresh Sea Scallops // Guests will enjoy the rustic and quaint atmosphere at Emmaline

Spring/Summer 2018 | 15

Living Texas | San Antonio

Dorrego’s Argentinian Food on the San Antonio Riverwalk By Gabi De la Rosa

If you are looking for a restaurant with a great location on the San Antonio Riverwalk complete with an outside patio, stunning décor, a fun atmosphere and quality locally sourced food: Dorrego’s. The restaurant, located inside Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, opened last summer and brought an Argentinian flare to the Riverwalk. “With this menu, I’ve been able to bring a taste of Argentina to San Antonio and combine it with the flavors and ingredients found here,” said Executive Chef Anthony Mesa. “Some of the Argentinean influences we are showcasing include parilla, or grilled meats, empanadas with housemade fillings and the signature red chimichurri sauce I learned to make in Buenos Aires.” Walking into Dorrego’s is like walking into an Old World restaurant – the décor and attention to detail is amazing. Everything from the tile on the walls, the fabric on the benches and even the plates and cutlery were chosen specifically for the restaurant by design firm Rottet Studio. There are small details like an Argentinean bull on every table that are not only something to talk about, but add to the overall charm of the restaurant. In keeping with Argentinian tradition, each guest is given Un Poco Mas which translates to “a little more,” while waiting to be served. On the night I visited, I was delighted with a beautiful spoonful of cucumber and tomato crudo. “In every restaurant in Argentina, you are offered a little something extra to enjoy while

you wait for your meal,” Mesa explained. “I wanted to bring this special touch to Dorrego’s - it’s those little extra gestures that make guests feel welcome and appreciated.” All of the food at Dorrego’s is locally sourced and made in-house, including their famous chimichurri sauce, pasta and even the chorizo. I started out with the Matambre, which is an Argentine pork roll. It was filled with meat and seasonings. I then moved on to the Smoked Short Rib Ravioli, which my waiter assured me wasn’t leaving the menu anytime soon because it has become such a favorite. The dish—served in a cast-iron skillet—comprised several large house-made raviolis stuffed with smoked short rib and served with tomato concasse, basil and burrata cheese. The short rib is tender, and the flavor of the burrata is memorable. The sides at Dorrego’s are served family style. The Proveleta Flamado a la Mesa comes to your table while still on fire, but my favorites were the Grilled Street Corn and Brussels Sprouts. Crunchy Iberrico chorizo adds not only texture but great flavor. The Grilled Street Corn served with chimi-mayo, harissa spice and cotija cheese is just as tasty as its Mexican Street Corn counterpart. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert. The bread pudding is out of this world, and I am not even a bread pudding fan. Hotel Valencia won the 2017 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award and is ranked #1 in San Antonio and #2 in Texas by Conde Nast.

Gabi De la Rosa lives in Houston with her husband and three children. You can usually find her at a great local restaurant or out exploring #HTX with her family.

16 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Living Texas | San Antonio

a l l p h otog r a p h y co u r t e s y va l e n c i a g r o u p

Photos (clockwise from top left): Dorrego's has a great location on the Riverwalk - dine inside or out // The beautiful decor will make you feel like you are in Argentina // Any of the desserts are worth saving room for at Dorrego's // One of the menu favorites is the house-made Short Rib Ravioli served with burrata cheese.

Spring/Summer 2018 | 17

Living Texas | San Antonio

18 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Living Texas | San Antonio

Classic Charm & Modern Luxury in

San Antonio By Gabi De la Rosa

San Antonio is such a part of Texas history that it has had movies, documentaries and even songs written about it. The second largest city in Texas, neighboring the Texas Hill Country, boasts great food, activities that the whole family will enjoy and one of the most popular man-made rivers in Texas–the Riverwalk. Families come from all over to enjoy food, drinks and fun on the Riverwalk. There are many hotels visitors can choose from, but only one was voted Condé Nast Reader’s Choice #1 Hotel in San Antonio, the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. The hotel has just undergone a $10 million renovation by well-known Houston design firm Rotett Studio. Even the smallest details like books in the sitting areas, the glassware at the bar and the artwork has Rotett's stamp of classic elegance and luxury.

h ot e l va l e n c i a r i v e rwa l k

"Our vision for Hotel Valencia Riverwalk was to capture the history of the location in San Antonio while adding the luxury guests enjoy. The finishes were chosen with this in mind. When you sit in one of the hotel’s leather chairs, it will have a nice worn patina to it instead of looking brand new," said Chris Evans, Associate Principal for Rotett Studio. The Riverwalk may not be celebrating its tricentennial along with the city, but it does have a long and storied history of its own. Developed in 1937 by Robert H.H. Hugman, the Riverwalk was completed in 1941 but did not begin earning recognition as a city landmark until the 1950s when commercialization began in the area. Hotels, shops and restaurants were built, and by the 1990s, two extensions were constructed that make the Riverwalk what it is today. Although not much is known about the specific history of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, it is located in an area steeped in Texas lore. Great care was taken to ensure that during the hotel’s renovation,

You’ll find great views of the San Antonio Riverwalk at the historic Hotel Valencia.

its history stayed intact. Part of the hotel was the Maverick Building, built in the 1920s. All of the original bricks were painstakingly removed and then put back in their place after the renovation. The hotel is located across the river from an old saddlery where it is rumored both Santa Ana and Theodore Roosevelt bought their saddles. Right down the street is the historic location of St. Mary's boarding school, where wealthy Texas landowners sent their sons to school. You can leave your car keys with the valet when you arrive at the hotel; everything is within walking distance. At the Alamo, visitors can take an exclusive VIP tour or go at their own pace with an audio tour of the whole mission. Want to dine at the oldest restaurant on the Riverwalk? Pull up a chair at Casa Rio, built in 1946, famous for its Mexican food. Mi Tierra, located in Market Square, is as famous for its food as it is for its clientele. Try some house-made pastries where many presidents and celebrities have eaten. Take advantage of closeby El Mercado, where visitors can buy authentic Mexican art without crossing the border. Prices are reasonable, and shoppers can find everything from handmade textiles and sterling silver jewelry to handpainted pottery from Mexico. Although there are many restaurants within walking distance, check out Dorrego’s and Naranja, both located in the hotel. Breakfast is also a treat at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, and kids will love the fresh orange juice that they can squeeze themselves each morning. Whether you are a native Texan or a visitor to the Lone Star State, it is hard not to become interested in Texas history after a visit to San Antonio. Get to know Hotel Valencia Riverwalk and celebrate the city's 300th birthday in style. HOTELVALENCIA-RIVERWALK.COM

Spring/Summer 2018 | 19

Living Texas | Statewide

admiral nimitz museum

A TexasSized Salute to the Greatest Generation Fredericksburg museum, hotel bring 1940s era to life

20 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

admiral nimitz museum

admiral nimitz museum

admiral nimitz museum

admiral nimitz museum

Admiral Nimitz Museum

By Sue Durio

Living Texas | Statewide


hink of Fredericksburg, and it’s likely that wineries, shopping and restaurants come to mind. But this popular Hill Country destination is also home to a worldclass World War II museum that’s been sharing the story of the Pacific Theater battles for more than 50 years.

The National Museum of the Pacific War began as a single museum housed in the old Nimitz Steamboat Hotel on Fredericksburg’s main drag. When founded in 1964, the Admiral Nimitz Museum was to be a memorial to Fredericksburg’s own Chester Nimitz, who served as fleet admiral of Allied Forces in the Pacific Ocean area. Since then, it has grown into a state-of-the-art museum complex, comprising three facilities and multiple outdoor venues on a six-acre campus. Today, it remains the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. The complex was built to its current capacity in 2009. Joining the original Nimitz Museum is the George H.W. Bush Gallery and the Pacific Combat Zone museum. Three outdoor areas – the Plaza of the Presidents, Memorial Courtyard and Japanese Garden of Peace - round out the complex, all within walking distance of each other and with plenty of street-side parking. Spring is the perfect time of year to experience this Texas gem, whether you’re traveling with a veteran, or you’re a history buff looking for a unique destination. (Or even a simple tourist with no previous interest in the topic who will be blown away.) With so much to take in, you’ll want to plan plenty of time for your visit. “It’s possible to see it all in three hours or so if you just want the ‘Cliffs Notes’ version,” says Brandon Vinyard, the museum’s director of marketing and public relations. “But for the person who wants to read every sign, it could take two full days.” A good jumping-off spot is the George H.W. Bush Gallery, the newest addition to the Nimitz complex. Traveling with veterans? World War II veterans get free admission, and all other vets can tour for only $10. Tickets are good for two days for the entire complex. If you think “history museum” equals “boring,” think again. Interactive displays guide visitors chronologically through the war, with engaging presentations that capture the story in vivid reality. At one stop along the meandering corridors, you might hear actual recorded aircraft or naval radio transmissions. At another, you’ll see artifacts from battle. Even authentic tanks and airplanes have been restored to their original condition. Just a short walk from the Bush Gallery is the Pacific Combat Zone, a two-acre indoor/outdoor museum. Here, you can walk alongside a restored PT boat and imagine powering through the Pacific Ocean on these fast, flat vessels. Or go below deck of an aircraft carrier, and try out simulators to test your skills at landing a plane on deck or launching a torpedo.

Opposing page photos (clockwise from top): Sold-out crowds pack the stands for the museum’s popular Living Reenactments // World War II veterans get a hero’s welcome and free admission to the National Museum of the Pacific War // The hour-long reenactments take visitors through a simulated World War II battle complete with tanks, artillery and air flyovers // Visitors can get up-close views of restored World War II tanks, boats and airplanes used in the 1940s battles // Go back in time to a 1940s soda shop in the Airport Diner, just steps from the Hangar Hotel.

Outside, spring temperatures are the perfect backdrop for the museum’s Living History Re-enactments, scheduled monthly starting in February. These all-volunteer shows are “where history comes to life,” says Vinyard, who expects sell-out crowds for the Memorial Day shows. The hour-long shows include a full battle re-enactment complete with tanks, weapons, equipment and even a restored P-51 buzzing the battlefield. End your day at the Hangar Hotel, located just a short drive away at the Gillespie County Airport. Designed to replicate a World War II-era hangar, this 50-room property evokes 1940s nostalgia, from the vintage luggage and bomber-jacket leather club chairs in the lobby, to the black rotary phones on the guest room nightstands. Though it looks like an original Quonset hut hangar, the hotel actually was built in 1995 by an aviation enthusiast who thought a World War II-themed hotel would make a perfect home base for Pacific War Museum visitors and visiting aviators. After a long day touring the museum, sit a spell in one of the wooden rockers on the hotel’s front porch where you can watch vintage and modern aircraft in action. Next door at the Airport Diner, guests can snag an old-fashioned barstool and savor home cooking like Bomber Burgers and milkshakes, or breakfast served all day. The hotel hosts one of three USO-style hangar dances Memorial Day weekend in its Pacific Showroom, complete with South Pacific murals, a tiki bar, and live swing band. Proceeds go to the Fort Hood USO. As with the museum’s Living History Re-enactments, the Memorial Day dances are perennial sell-outs. “We’ve been doing the hangar dances for at least 10 years now,” says Senior Marketing Manager Kelly Criddle, who encourages guests to dress in 1940s costumes or military uniforms. With 2019 marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this spring is a great time to beat next year’s larger crowds. A Memorial Day step back in time may be just the way to brush up on your history, get a little nostalgic and honor the greatest generation. HANGARHOTEL.COM



Texas is home to approximately 30,200 World War II veterans. Of the 16 million American men and women who served in the US Armed Forces during World War II, only 558,000 were still alive in 2017. We lose 372 World War II veterans every day. Source: US Department Veterans Affairs Spring/Summer of 2018 | 21

Buy a book. Give a book. For each book you purchase in our online bookstore, we match your purchase by providing a book to a child.

Browse our bookstore and earn our Litcoin credits toward free books!



1 FREE SESSION Expires 5-31-18

PROMOTION AVAILABLE AT THESE LOCATIONS ONLY: ROUND ROCK & HUTTO Round Rock | 661 Louis Henna Blvd, Suite 450 Round Rock. TX 78664 | 512-969-6625 University | 311 University Blvd, Suite 100 Round Rock, TX 78665 | 512-954-9333 Hutto | 4810 Gattis School Road, Suite 105 Hutto, TX 78634 | 512-298-3350




Costa Rica


ental gurus in sports and life have a saying during rough or tense situations – “Go to your happy place.” This year, why not head to a happy place in what many refer to as the happiest country on Earth?

That would be the Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf and Spa, a luxury resort situated on Costa Rica’s sparkling northwestern Pacific coast. Situated between white sand beaches and a “dry” tropical forest, Reserva Conchal is a prominent resort destination in the country’s Guanacaste region. Set within 2,300 acres is a five-star all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa, featuring the 60,000-square-foot Reserva Conchal Beach Club. Its highlights include an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining and an exquisite spa. But the crown jewel of Reserva Conchal is its championship golf course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the par-71 layout stretches to more than 7,000 yards. Jones II smartly routed the course between the azure Pacific waters and lush greens of the neighboring tropical forest. The returning nines feature amazing ocean vistas with unforgettable holes meandering through tropical lakes, rugged ravines and ample elevation changes.

24 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

r e s e rva co n c h a l b e ac h r e s o r t , g o l f


s pa

By Robert A. Rodriguez

Notable professional golfers Jesper Parnevik, David Leadbetter and Hale Irwin have notched rounds here, and that list grew substantially in May 2017. That’s when Reserva Conchal hosted the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Essential Costa Rica Classic. The inaugural tournament – sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute – was the country’s first-ever PGA TOUR event in more than 30 years. Players enjoyed the course and tournament so much, the TOUR renewed the event at Reserva Conchal in 2018. Ranked as the best course to play in Costa Rica by Golfweek and Golf Digest, Reserva Conchal was also the first course in the country bestowed a certification by Audubon International. But it’s not just the golf course that gets acclaim – its world-class practice facility and learning center offers four green complexes, chipping and approach areas, and an expansive practice tee. Single- and multi-day golf clinics are offered, including the PGA TOUR Academy featuring certified instructors from the famed TPC Sawgrass. Golf reigns supreme at Reserva Conchal, but other outdoor activities rank a close second when it comes to fun. Relaxing by the beach is a must, and there’s no better place to soak in the rays

r e s e rva co n c h a l b e ac h r e s o r t , g o l f


s pa


than at the resort’s beach club. The adventurous side of you can also explore Reserva Conchal’s 96-acre wildlife refuge, which is home to more than 30 species of birds, 12 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and native plants and flora. Deep-sea fishing expeditions, horseback riding and the surf town of Tamarindo are all nearby. The all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Playa Conchal sits on a pristine stretch of white sand and provides the ultimate in elegance – with personal concierge services at the Royal Beach Club and sumptuous amenities standard of the Westin brand. Additional fivestar touches at the resort include 10 onsite restaurants and bars, and a well-appointed spa that offers an array of services and treatments.

Reserva Conchal shines as not only the best place for golf in the country, but also the best place to enjoy life. Conchal has premium one-, two- and three-bedroom private residences, and a four-bedroom penthouse that overlooks the Pacific. It’s a bit of a walk down to the beach, but there’s a shuttle. Why Costa Rica versus other tropical locales? Per a recent Happy Planet Index (yes, there is such a thing), Costa Rica was named the “happiest country on Earth” based on global data on life expectancy, experienced well-being and ecological footprint.

Later 2018, The W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal will open and place this part of Costa Rica among the elite in world-class destinations. The W will offer 151 guestrooms plus contemporary luxury touches and amenities such as a W Living Room lifestyle lounge, specialty restaurants, meeting space, a destination bar and lounge, an infinity edge pool and spa.

Costa Rica is also one of the safest countries in the world for Americans. The people, “ticos,” are among the most welcoming in the world and enjoy interacting and helping tourists. The nearest airport – Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia – is updated, modern, clean, and you can be out of the plane and on your way in under 15 minutes. Major carriers fly into Liberia from Houston non-stop, and then it’s a scenic one-hour drive to Reserva Conchal.

For larger groups, or those looking to stay in paradise a while, Reserva


Spring/Summer 2018 | 25




TRAVEL THINGS We all love to explore and adventure. If the mountains or beach are calling, or simply a great road trip, consider adding these items to your pack. Handpicked by Marika Flatt, Travel Editor

1. NATEEVA PERFUME | “Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya to Bermuda, Bahama,” sing the Beach Boys. After you enjoy a blissful vacay, come home with this geographically-themed perfume to remind you of your happy place. The scents are inspired by local flowers and the perfume actually lasts! $125 | NATEEVA.COM 2. TEXAS MAP TOTE | There is no more stylish tote that displays your pride for the Lone Star State than this beauty. Use it as a carry-on and dazzle fellow travelers, pointing out your hometown on the map. The smaller size is ideal for a purse. $98 | SPARTINA449.COM 3. BROOKS LEVITATE RUNNING SHOE | Don’t travel anywhere without a great pair of running shoes. These gems will inspire you to hit the streets wherever you are. Enjoy wandering around a new town. $150 | BROOKSRUNNING.COM 4. ZIPIT GRILLZ BACKPACK | If your kiddo needs a carry-on for the plane, a things-to-do bag for a road trip, or an overnight backpack, the Zipit Grillz is full of style and character. Bonus: this just-right size backpack is machine washable. $24.99 | JUST-ZIPIT.COM 5. ZIPIT INTERACTIVE COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK | For that family trip, put this book in your kiddo’s backpack to provide hours of enjoyment. (Which, in turn, provides you hours of peace.) $4.99 | JUST-ZIPIT.COM 6. JUNIOR JAMS | Parents will like these sound-limiting wireless Bluetooth headphones for their little traveler. They fold easily for his/her backpack and have 22 hours of battery life for your trip. $69.99 | PUROSOUND.COM 7. SAFETY WALKIE TALKIES FOR FAMILIES | If you’re going camping or on a trip where your kids head out on their own, the Cobra FS300-2 waterproof walkie talkies are ideal (especially for kids that don’t have cell phones). The set comes with 2 adult and 2 child units, with a 16-mile range. They’re pre-set for pairing and don’t require cell service. $29.99 | TREKRTECH.COM 8. CCS ENDEAVOR HOLSTER | On your hiking or snowshoeing trip, when you need your hands free, strap on this camera holster. It will be perfectly placed on your front so that you have easy access to it for the perfect photo. $89 | COTTONCARRIER.COM

26 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Don't let wisdom teeth pain interfere with your lifestyle!

San Antonio Surgical Arts We accept a wide array of insurances for your convenience.

Michael Casillas, D.D.S. Michael Gissell, Jr., D.D.S., M.D. Mark Haverkorn, D.D.S., M.D LaVan R. Parker III, D.D.S.

6511 Blanco Road (210) 341-7264 3329 Wurzbach Rd. (210) 684-4324 1227 S.W. Military Dr. (210) 798-2666 403 N. Milam, Seguin (830) 379-3977 1572 E. Common St., New Braunfels (830) 606-3084

leather like never before TM



This ribbed peplum will keep you warm and sexy as a snow bunny. Pair it with just about any pants, jeans or leggings for a look that is hot, hot, hot in the snow. It’s perfect for a night out in any ski town. $245 | MINNIEROSE.COM


Texans love to hit the sk items to enhance yo

Handpicked by Marik


These hip leggings are perfect to wear as your base layer and, after you’re done skiing, you can comfortably wear them for drinks or dinner. You’ll enjoy the comfort and the style is a show-stopper. Coalition Snow is the only ski and snowboard company founded by women, for women.

Ski pant figure or



With in-ear heart rate monitoring, this sleek accessory is compatible with the most popular fitness apps so you can tell how many calories you burned on the slopes. Plus, there’s a battery life of up to 10 hours and a microphone for calls. $149.95 | JBL.COM


How adorable are these waterproof boots kids, ready for snow, rain or mud? They’re 3-in-1 and include a liner that doubles as a cozy slipper. The banana yellow and green apple make us want to bundle up and hea out with the little one. Choose the Macaro for a tall boot or the Rockhopper for a sho $69.95 | THEBUTLERBRAND.COM


This beautiful jacket (we love the blue) has 15 travel essentials built in, including an inflatable neck pillow with 2-second inflation. Sizes run small so order up. $150 | BAUBAX.COM

30 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018





ki slopes! Here are a few our time in the snow.

This high quality women’s clothing turns heads. Alp-n-Rock craft cozy, eye-catching resort-ready apparel that’s sophisticated and luxurious, yet so easy. We love their topselling Gondola Luxe Henley. Even better, every purchase gives back. $200 | ALPNROCK.COM

ka Flatt, Travel Editor



ts aren’t always flattering but Orsden has ed it out. Their moss pants (also in black r alpenglow/red) fit like a glove (15 sizes) and look great! With these responsive, waterproof pants, your ski performance will feel worthy of an Olympic gold.

If you’re road tripping, pack this compact cuddly fleece blanket with a pocket for your feet, because you’ll melt into it when you’re cold. You could even fit it into a carry-on and your post-skiing feet will love you. $39.99 | PEDIPOCKETBLANKET.COM



s for e a n ad oni ort one.

Skiing puts you at risk of sun damage because of the reflection of the sun on the snow, so sunscreen is one of the most important items in your ski gear. Keep your face and hands sunburn-free with this must-pack from Neutrogena. $9 | AMAZON.COM



Cougar Footwear has great boots for all types of travel but we especially love these for a ski trip. In dark brown leather, they fit snuggly with some cushioned socks and match perfectly with jeans, leggings or corduroys. Wear them on the flight to save room in your bag.

When Texans go to the mountains, adjusting to the altitude can be hard on the body. Simply enjoy two of these mixed berry flavor chewables after dinner (and drinks) and you’ll feel ready to ski in the morning. Zaca’s Japanese raisin tree extract helps with hangovers, exercise recovery as well as altitude sickness.



Spring/Summer 2018 | 31

99 as low as


no downt ime all upside per treatment

Destroy fat, lose cellulite and shape your body without lipo. Look younger without a face lift. Dramatic results-less than half the cost. The complete non-surgical solution for face and body.




*Offer expires 5.31.18. Can not be combined. Good for services only. Does not include products or injectables. COUPON CODE: STONEOAK



427 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 209 San Antonio MELT FAT


Books to Cure Y

A familiar restlessness hits us each year around the time the bluebonnets are in bloom. If you’re feeling the sympto zen into your life. Follow these authors as they travel by bicycle, canoe, sailboat and VW bus in search of greater p

A YEAR IN THE WILDERNESS Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters BY AMY & DAVE FREEMAN MILKWEED, $35

In “A Year in the Wilderness,” Amy and Dave Freeman chronicle their yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore. Named “Adventurers of the Year” by National Geographic in 2014, the Freemans’ expeditions have taken them over 30,000 miles by canoe, kayak and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. This book tells the deeper story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of ice booming as it forms and cracks, of a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake—a stunning tribute to this special region.

34 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018





Journey back to 19th century Russia for this war story told in intimate human terms. The story follows Andrey, who enters his final year of medical studies in 1854 with an empty belly, empty pockets and second-hand clothes held together by wishful thinking. When Russia blunders into the misbegotten Crimean War, Tsar Nicholas recruits medical students to the front, and Andrey experiences the atrocities of the war first-hand.


With a history of the venues, popular recipes, interesting facts and types of teas available, along with details of nearby attractions to help you make a day of it, this is the hippest and most up-to-date source of information for both London residents and tourists alike. Featuring 50 of the best places to take tea in London, including classics such as Claridges and the Wolseley, as well as completely unexpected venues, there's a tea here to suit all tastes and budgets.


Your Spring Fever

oms of spring fever, we have a list of books that will transport you to another locale, inspire greatness or inject a little purpose, healing and adventure. Or simply work-up an appetite as you flip the pages of our literary tea-time treat.




A Novice Caregiver and Her

Find Balance in an Unbalanced

A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage

Cyclist Husband Face Their

World: The Seven Areas You

of Awakening

New Normal with Courage,

Need to Balance and Grow to

Tenacity and Abundant Love

Live the Life of Your Dreams




HCI, $16.95

“One Pedal at a Time” follows the year-long journey of a long-distance cyclist during and after his cancerinduced strokes. Presented in three parts, meet Joe and his wife CJ as they are joined together in a marriage built on love, mutual respect and support. Witness the strength of CJ’s devotion and the depth of Joe’s tenacity in weathering the forces of nature that threatened to bring a premature end to his cycling adventures.

Oola is a growing nationwide phenomenon and a dynamic movement—a self-help program that focuses on finding life balance. Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun have been traveling the highways of America in their 1970 VW surf bus covered with colorful Oola stickers placed there by people who are putting their dreams into action and ready to live the OolaLife. (They say the van is covered with nine layers of stickers!)


Captain Liz Clark spent her youth dreaming of traveling the world by sailboat and surfing remote waves. When she was 22, she embarked on an adventure that most only fantasize about. She set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south in search of surf, self and the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon. In “Swell,” she tells tales of her more than ten years and 20,000 miles of sailing the high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it.

Spring/Summer 2018 | 35


Cocktails You’ll Want To Stay Home For Taking a staycation this year but still want to get the flavor of the tropics at home? Try these easy and delicious recipes made with Paula’s Texas Spirits.

Paula’s Lemonade*

Austin Cosmo


1 oz Paula's Texas Lemon Liqueur

1 1/2 oz Dripping Springs vodka

1 oz silver tequila

1 oz vodka, gin or Irish whiskey

1/2 oz Paula's Texas Orange Liqueur

1 oz Paula’s Texas Grapefruit Liqueur

1 oz club soda

2 oz cranberry juice (use juice with

1 oz sparkling water

1/2 oz lemon juice Mix and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon wedge, fresh mint or fresh berries.

no added sugar)

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

*We call it a Golf Clap when made with gin and a Tippy Moroney when made with Irish.

Squeeze of lime Stir together over ice.

Fun Fact The founder of Paula’s Texas Spirits, Paula Angerstein, was the first woman to be licensed to distill spirits in the state of Texas.

36 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

What if nature was at ur dr? Invit us t take the first step. Cal t us with flutering streams, beckn us with waving asns. Eager t impreÂ? us with feats f beauty and wrap us in frgten ace.

Wuld yu

run away

>with me? ?


7 Steps to Creating an Amazing Airbnb Rental

1 2 3

These expert tips will take your short-term rental from “meh to “yeah!” in seven easy steps.

Think With Photography In Mind

turnstyle design

By Lieve Saether

turnstyle design

From the moment a potential guest is scrolling, searching for the perfect “home away from home,” you want to capture their attention with a great image of your space. Capture a fun corner or painting to show your home has personality. Pro tip: A simple way to achieve this is with a patterned wallpaper. Keep in mind that for photography of spaces, it’s best to keep the clutter minimal. We recommend working with a professional photographer who can capture your space in all its essence.

Create An Area That Stands Apart

Highlight What You Love

Now that you’ve secured your renter, it’s time to impress. The reason why so many are interested in renting a home rather than a hotel is simple: personality. You want to enhance the vacationer’s experience as much as possible by adding personal touches to make the space feel less sterile—maybe it’s a personal record collection of local musicians or a vibrant, welcoming rug.

38 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

turnstyle design

Your space must feel cool and unusual to the interested renter. After all, vacation is no time to be boring! Capture the qualities of your home that would make the renter stop scrolling and immediately picture themselves in your house. The idea here is to think outside the box—you want your home to feel well thought-out to make it immediately appealing to your potential guest.

4 5 6


Give A Nod To Your Town

Become The Concierge

turnstyle design

Travelers often prefer experience over consumerism. They really want to feel excited about their destination when experiencing a new city. A lovely framed map or even a photo of an iconic local spot should do the trick. What about stocking your fridge with a local craft beer?

turnstyle design

Showing off your favorite spots to guests can be a great way to get that five-star rating. Those using home rental services are often interested in being immersed in the local culture. Using dĂŠcor items, like a chalkboard list that showcases favorite restaurants or neighborhoods gives your guests a good inkling of what they might enjoy exploring during their stay.

Thoughtfulness Is Key

Comfort Keeps Them Coming Back

While home rentals do offer a more liveable experience, you still want your guests to have the pristine feel of a high-end hotel. Clean, fluffy towels and high thread count sheets make for an experience that will have your guests coming back again and again. Lieve Saether is the owner of Turnstyle Design, an Austinbased interior design company.

Spring/Summer 2018 | 39

turnstyle design

This tip comes down to simple hospitality. Thinking of the little things like stocking the fridge with water bottles, creating a coffee bar or having a tasteful display of mini toiletries shows guests you’ve thought of them even before their arrival. You want them to feel that you are excited about their stay.


Within easy reach of Copenhagen, the Viking Ship Museum makes history come alive for all ages. By Julie Tereshchuk

40 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

the viking ship museum in roskilde, denmark w e r n e r k a r r as c h



History comes alive in the boatyard at Denmark’s Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, near Copenhagen.


n this tourist-friendly country—where all ages speak excellent English and public transport is simple to navigate and easy on the pocketbook—why not take a short train ride out of Copenhagen to the city of Roskilde?

With its towering UNESCO World Heritage cathedral, where generations of Danish kings and queens are buried, the former fishing village which was once the nation’s capital is home to the Viking Ship Museum. Family-oriented exhibit halls and an extensive array of outdoor activities mean the museum is a place all ages can enjoy and will talk about for years to come. Here, the story of 1,000 years of history is told masterfully. In the summer of 2007, a crew of 65 brave men and women took to the seas in a 100-footlong Viking vessel, navigating the treacherous North Atlantic waters from Roskilde in southern Denmark to Dublin, Ireland. The ship making the journey – the Sea Stallion – was a reconstruction of the long ship Skuldelev 2. Sea Stallion stayed the winter at the National Museum of Ireland, sailing back to Denmark the following summer. Skuldelev 2, originally built by Scandinavians in Dublin in the year 1042, ended its working days sunk in a fjord, forming part of the barrier

constructed at Skuldelev to protect Roskilde. Sea Stallion’s Irish journeys were preceded by Ottar – Skuldelev 1 – which sailed from Roskilde to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2004. Today, you can see the preserved hulls of five original Viking ships excavated from Skuldelev exhibited inside the museum, which sits hugging the head of the fjord. They’re displayed in a stark, modernist hall, designed by Danish architect Erik Christian Sørensen. The huge floor-to-ceiling windows form a wall of glass — the only barrier between the ancient craft and the waters they once ruled. After touring the hulls (fascinating for history buffs, but maybe a tad dry for youngsters), there’s an Instagram-worthy dress-up area, with the look and feel of a theater or movie set, complete with a fun array of props and sound effects. As a storm at sea (projected onto the wall of the “set”) rages around them, visitors enthusiastically don capes and Viking helmets. In this newer visitor area, the museum’s done a great job of making their 160,000 visitors a year feel connected with the everyday life of a Viking. Signage is minimal, while seeing and touching are paramount. Locker doors open to reveal blankets, shawls, jewelry, cups and more -- things we might throw into our luggage for a long modern-day journey. (Continued on page 42)

Spring/Summer 2018 | 41

TEXAS LIFESTYLE | Jet Setter (Continued from page 41) On another wall, a giant map shows the amazing distances Vikings traveled as they morphed from invaders to traders. Wall displays have fur, coins and silk. that you can touch and engage with as you imagine life on the old trade routes. Outside, there’s the not-to-be-missed boatyard, where you’ll see replica boats being built. Again, it’s very hands-on with opportunities to chop wood (Vikings didn’t use saws), see a blacksmith at work and get upclose with the latest craft under construction. Inside the boat house, using only tools that the Vikings would have had (albeit replicas), is a master boat builder who has spent a lifetime perfecting his craft. He answers questions with patience and an obvious love for his work, breathing life into the frame before you and making history come alive. The Viking Ship Museum is the only place in the world where you can see 1,000-year-

old Viking ships and then go directly out to the harbour and find full-scale reconstructed ships moored at the quayside. Visitors can take sailing trips in either Viking ships or traditional Nordic boats, which are the descendants of the Vikings’ ships. From May to September, there are trips every day, ranging from one-hour trips around the fjord to evenings on the fjord when you’ll become part of the crew, rowing under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. Enthusiasts can even sign up for a full-day course on sailing a Viking ship.

Eat Like a Viking Hungry visitors have several options. Outdoor picnics on the museum’s grounds, restaurant dining or the museum’s Café Knarr, which serves what they call “new Nordic Viking food.” Like the rest of the museum, the cafe

has gone out of its way to get visitors to think about Vikings and what life was like for them. A large display on the wall lists food by the era it became available. A hungry Viking, for example, could have eaten chicken, fennel and walnuts; but wouldn’t have known cinnamon, potatoes or coffee.

Travel Tips •

Copenhagen’s main train station is ‘Koebenhavn H.’

Roskilde is easy to get to (it’s $15 return from Copenhagen for a 24-hour ticket which includes buses) and a pleasant small town to stroll around. Drop in at the Visitor Center in the main square-signposted from the train station--for a walking tour guide. The Viking Ship Museum is a 15-minute walk from the station.

From May to September, visitors to the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark can take sailing trips in either Viking ships or traditional Nordic boats, which are the descendants of the Vikings’ ships.

42 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018


Did You Know? Viking Trivia

The Viking Age was from the 790s to 1066.

a l l p h otog r a p h y w e r n e r k a r r as c h


The Vikings traded as far afield as Baghdad to the east and northern Canada to the west.

the viking ship museum in roskilde, denmark

Real Vikings did not have horns on their headgear. No one knows how that popular myth got started.

Dressing like a Viking is one of the family-friendly activities at the Viking Ship Museum.

Spring/Summer 2018 The | 43ships are preserved hulls of five original Viking

displayed inside the museum at Roskilde, Denmark.


































A Perfect Ge

Food L

v é v ro é d n r iq e n ue n e


By Carolyn K

2 4

44 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018



e n

n o








e v

camille moirenc



















TEXAS LIFESTYLE | Jet Setter f you’re serious about French cuisine yet haven’t been to Lyon, France, it should be at the top of your list. Deservedly called the capital of gastronomy since the 19th century, Lyon is home to over 4,000 registered restaurants, legendary female and male chefs, and world famous culinary schools.

floral displays, celebratory menu and wine list, positioning of the cheese cart and dessert tables.

We spent a few days between Christmas and New Year’s in this splendid romantic getaway, just two hours from Paris by TGV and easily accessible from other European cities.

The truffled chicken was an unforgettable sight, arriving inside a steamfilled pig’s bladder resembling a large balloon. The other standout was the VGE soup, named for a French president, which uses black truffles and is served under a giant puff pastry shell. Our main dishes of pigeon and beef rossini with foie gras were exquisite. The dessert course was a staggering array of at least seven mind-blowing desserts, in addition to petit fours, chocolates and other surprises.

Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, Lyon is defined by its unique hillside position at the confluence of two major rivers, the Rhône and Saône. The city is easy to traverse by metro or on foot. Although, it’s easier to explore its many restaurants, bars and pastry shops on foot. To understand traditional Lyonnaise food, visit a bouchon. (The best are tucked away on side streets.) Bouchons are characterized by a warm, inviting atmosphere and traditional decor—think checkered tablecloths and copper pans—and serve local dishes such as duck pâté, roast pork and sausages. My husband savored an egg soufflé, topped with luxurious creamy champignon sauce, and a delicious slice of freshly baked fruit pie at one old-school place, Les Retrouvailles.


We visited the Les Halles gourmet food marketplace in Part Dieu to learn about Lyon’s culinary history, which was led by the Mères Lyonnaises (“Lyonnaise Mothers”) whose pictures and stories are displayed on the walls. At Les Halles, you can see the daily bustle of people eating giant fresh oysters with wine, and the best selections of gourmet delicacies such as duck foie gras, truffle delicacies, artisanal cheeses and chocolates. You’ll also find abundant displays of Lyonnaise confections such as are marrons glacés, chestnuts coated in candied syrup and glazed, and chocolate coussins (“cushions”) made of ganache and marzipan. (They’re mesmerizing, with brightly colored shells, and not too sweet in taste.)

etaway for



Both Les Halles and the adjacent Institut Paul Bocuse, a school dedicated to hospitality and culinary arts management, were founded by the legendary chef Paul Bocuse, named “Chef of the Century” by Gault & Millau. While he trained elsewhere under Eugénie Brazier and Fernand Point, Bocuse returned to his family’s restaurant L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges and raised its profile to three Michelin stars (the highest of rankings) in 1965. He also founded the biennial Bocuse d’Or competition, attracting chefs from all over the world. The highlight of any gastronomical adventure to Lyon is undoubtedly Bocuse’s world-renowned restaurant, located a short taxi ride north of Lyon. L’Auberge is worth the transatlantic journey because of its grand, decadent dining experience. Every detail is beautifully planned, from the staff who welcome guests as they enter, to the

It’s important to make a reservation. We also took our hotel concierge’s advice to skip lunch, and I also glanced at past menus online.

For a change of pace and aesthetic, there’s the Michelin-starred Christian Têtedoie, a modern restaurant characterized by large glass walls, contemporary decor and minimalism in the dish presentation. Their cuisine is a wonderful introduction to the ongoing evolution of Lyonnaise cuisine. The discovery menu featured an amazing oyster soaked in curry sauce with Jerusalem artichoke cream, duck foie gras and tiny cubed fresh raw pumpkin inside a citrus gelee, tender venison and scallops. While every table offers a city view, it’s worth requesting a table by the window. Interested in seeing Lyon’s monuments? Then visit the area Presqu'île ( “near island”) area, which is almost completely surrounded by the two rivers. Although medieval in origin, Presqu'île appears like many European 19th century cities, thanks to five- to six-story stone buildings, large public squares, and resplendent government buildings. It houses top cultural institutions like the prestigious Museum of Fine Arts which has a superb coin, painting and statue collection, and the Nouvel Opera House. Presqu'île is also home to historical silk workshops. The ancient hillside area of Fourvière overlooks the charming older city, Vieux Lyon. Explore the impressive Roman amphitheater ruins, with panoramic views of both old and new Lyon, and the grand Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, with its amazing stained glass. Much of Vieux Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the many buildings from pre-medieval through Renaissance times, characterized by hidden courtyards, narrow passageways called traboules, and dramatic stairwells. There are also many small theaters dedicated to puppetry. In 2017, the 37-room Villa Maïa boutique hotel, designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, opened at the site of a former hospital on the Fourvière hill, below the amphitheater and Gallo-Roman Museum, and just a five-minute walk from Vieux Lyon. It’s also minutes by taxi from Perrache, one of Lyon’s two main train stations. Artistically decorated by Jacques Granges, the intimate hotel features a bar/lounge, breakfast room, and indoor pool situated above the site of an ancient Roman bath. Each bathroom features sensored lighting, Japanese toilets, heated Carrara marble floors, deep soak bathtubs, and plush bathrobes and towels. Half of the rooms look out onto the city, while the other half offers a peaceful view of the meditative garden designed by Louis Benech. The well-versed concierges possess expert knowledge of the city’s most important restaurants. It’s the perfect place for a romantic stay in Lyon.

1. The view of Saint-Georges church in Vieux Lyon on the bank of the Saône River // 2. The VGE soup at Paul Bocuse’s restaurant is dedicated to France's former president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing // 3 & 8. The lavish interior of Paul Bocuse’s restaurant, L'Auberge // 4. This lamb, morel mushroom and asparagus dish is typical of the striking minimalist presentation at Christian Têtedoie Restaurant // 5. The bar at the Villa Maïa Hotel // 6. The interior of Chef Christian Têtedoie’s eponymous restaurant // 7. The night view of Lyon from the Villa Maïa Hotel Spring/Summer 2018 | 45


Visit Queretaro

One of Mexico's Best Kept Secrets

46 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

i s toc k

By Sima Thakkar

TEXAS LIFESTYLE | Jet Setter The family-owned Vinedos Azteca produces only 8,000 to 12,000 bottles annually.

galeria plaza r eforma

h ac i e n da j u r i c a b y b r i sas

Hacienda Jurica’s grounds include shaded lawns, striking statues, fountains and inviting walkways.

Queretaro is a charming and colorful city three hours northwest of Mexico City. Just shy of one million inhabitants, Queretaro is host to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, serene vineyards and five Pueblos Magicos (literally “Magic Towns”) committed to cultural preservation and a slower pace of life.

Looking to the horizon, I could feel the powerful presence of the majestic La Peña de Bernal (one of the tallest monoliths in the world) protectively hovering over us at sunset. At 1,421 feet, this massive rock is a favorite amongst outdoor enthusiasts and rock climbers.

On my recent trip to this quaint city, I visited the family-owned Viñedos Azteca, where I enjoyed a limited edition of the familyowned wine. (They produce only 8,000-12,000 bottles annually.) The scenic property boasts breathtaking and expansive views of the Queretaro countryside. Limited cell phone reception allows guests to blissfully sink into their surroundings without the distraction of a buzzing device. Guests can casually saunter through the property, soaking in views of the lake, tour the wine cellar or chat with the warm hosts, who treat patrons like extended family members.

Mouth-watering treats were aplenty in Bernal. Steam was rising out of several open-aired restaurants where gorditas, a traditional food of Bernal, were being fried up in rapid succession; there were colorful displays of street vendors selling freshly sauteed corn off the cob.

After a steady stream of friendly conversation, delectable jalapeno cheese and wine samples, I couldn’t wait to experience the allure of a “Magic Town” after learning about the area’s five Pueblos Magicos. I made my way over to Bernal, a one-hour car ride from the center of Queretaro. With the population barely reaching 4,000 people, this enchanting town immediately captured my heart. As the dusk set in, I roamed the cobblestone streets lined with twinkly-eyed artisans gently selling everything from hand-knit sweaters to carefully crafted jewelry.

At the end of the evening, I checked into Hacienda Jurica, located on the outskirts of downtown Queretaro. Upscale but not uptight, the hacienda strikes the perfect balance of historic and modern. Entering the 16th century classic colonial-style building, I passed through massive oak doors and was greeted by an airy lobby. From there, I walked past historic oil paintings and a beautiful library full of old books; outside, there were carriages from the 16th century and a charming little church attached to the property. The next morning, I fortunately didn’t have to stray too far from the hotel to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The attached Restaurant Hules served up an appetizing breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, warm chilaquiles and freshly squeezed orange juice, keeping me energized for my next adventure to Mexico City. (Continued on page 48)

Spring/Summer 2018 | 47

(Continued from page 47)

Magnificent Mexico City I hopped on a bus in Queretaro and, after about three hours, arrived in Mexico City. From political graffiti to captivating public art installations to centuries-old stunning architecture, Mexico City was eye candy from the first moment. Museo Frida Kahlo Covered in beautiful blue hues, Frida Kahlo’s home, referred to as La Casa Azul, was a highlight of my Mexico City adventure. This experience is truly unique as you get an inside view of where the famed artist spent her days with her husband, Diego Rivera. Historic Center Tour The architecture of the historic center of Mexico City is truly fascinating as there is a unique juxtaposition of old and modern, colorful and austere, and ornate and minimalist. The Palacio de Correos (Postal Palace of Mexico City) is just one example of the amalgamation of various styles influencing Mexico City’s architecture.

The Palacio de Correos of Mexico (Postal Palace of Mexico City).

48 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Dinner at Almara This was my splurge dinner where I participated in a sensational culinary experience. Celebrated executive chef Guy Santoro has concocted a menu that had my taste buds doing a delightful happy dance after inhaling the corn soup and truffle oil, mushroom risotto. The Almara is in the recently renovated Galeria Plaza Reforma, a chic hotel located in a trendy area near Zona Rosa.

galeria plaza r eforma

Galeria Plaza Reforma in Mexico City is a 433-room hotel located in a trendy area near Zona Rosa, and home to the award-winning Almara Restaurant.

sima thakkar

g a l e r i a p l a z a r e f o r m a / a l m a r a r e s tau r a n t




Spring/Summer 2018 | 49


Most Instagrammable Places of From pristine beaches to vibrant street art, here’s a curated list to snag some bomb shots for Insta! By Cheryl Collett

Street art is most welcome in St. Petersburg and businesses are commissioning street artists to transform the exteriors of their buildings. Like the Wynwood Walls in Miami, street art is successfully pushing away the opportunity for vandalism graffiti and has become the darling of social media. The dynamic works over walls, electric boxes and even on the road, provoke conversation and encourages visitors to discover nearby galleries, eateries and shops. Weaving through an alleyway near the busy hub of the 600 block of St. Pete, we stop in front of two painted dumpsters. Brightly colored coral and schools of fish on one, and a bed of flowers on the other. Behind the dumpsters is a mural of a man surrounded by fish. His gentle eyes look towards you and his stout, outstretched, tattooed arm holds a paintbrush. It’s a moving tribute to a local artist and gallery owner, Bill Correira, or “Woo,” who passed away from a brain tumor in 2012. It’s one of the many murals we see during the hour and half Walking Mural Tour held in the Central Arts District of downtown St. Petersburg. While you’re in the art hub of St. Pete, take a jaunt to the Dali Museum to witness his trippy, dreamlike masterpieces. The Dali Museum houses the largest collection of Salvador Dali’s works outside of Spain. Do not leave without a selfie at Bubble Mirror. Tip: Bring an extra battery for your camera. You’ll be clicking away at every corner.

From sunrise to sunset, shots of the powdery white sands of Clearwater will set off FOMO big time. For luxe travelers, Opal Sands Resort stands out from the pack, being as photogenic inside as out. The cutting-edge resort looks like it’s been plucked from West Palm Beach and planted among the beachcomber-type motels that saturate this area. Outside, the imposing resort billows out over the Gulf of Mexico. Inside, the curated art collection taps into Floridian artists unveiling original artwork and stunning sculptural pieces. The curving design of the building means a Gulf view from every one of the 230 rooms and suites. Don your “Out of Office” sun hat and slip into the zero entry pool overlooking the beach with a cocktail. Just before sunset, a reservation for a table by the window at Sea-Guini Restaurant is a must. The elevated sea-to-table menu created by Chef Todd Holender is bound to satisfy gourmands and food photo enthusiasts alike.

50 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

For families, the Sandpearl Resort is a chic upscale home-away-fromhome with a 700-foot stretch of primo beach. It is a naturally stunning backdrop for those ‘candid’ photos you only see in travel magazines. Days go by quickly when you’re lounging in a cabana or doing some honest-to-goodness sand digging. Camp Ridley kids club programming is robust with ample indoor and outdoor games. End each day on a sweet note with S’mores Night at the fire pit at sunset on the beach.

The town of Dunedin is a capsule of current hipster food trends by the waterfront. You’re bound to increase your food cred with followers if you can get a table at The Restorative: a tiny no-reservation, no-phone eatery serving chic cuisine in mid-century modern digs. A large, open kitchen contains Erin “Cricket” Plunkett and Jason Borajkiewicz cooking and plating ingredients that are fresh, local and seasonal. Other popular spots for Insta-foodies are Razzle Dazzle Donuts, for a kaleidoscope of gourmet donuts and Poke Café, serving the trendy Hawaiian dish. For hop heads, spend a day trotting along the St. Pete-Clearwater Craft Beer Trail. Dunedin is home to seven craft breweries including Florida’s oldest, Dunedin Brewery. A visit along the popular ‘Gulp Coast’ runs from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete. A ‘passport’ with a selfguided map of breweries will take you inside revitalized warehouses, historic buildings and cute coastal downtown shop fronts.

Remember the inspiring movie “Dolphin Tale,” about a bottlenose dolphin who had her tail fluke amputated but defied all odds of survival? Well, Winter, the celebrity dolphin, is thriving and happy at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. You’ll catch a glimpse of Winter and her fellow dolphin cast members during their daily dolphin exercise shows. The facility is more than an aquarium; it is a research, rescue and rehabilitation center for marine life.

Cheryl Ng Collett is a lifestyle journalist and the editor of, a food and travel lifestyle blog for families. Follow her @ittybittyfoodies on Instagram.



v i s i t s t . p e t e / c l e a rwat e r

i t t y b i t t y f oo d i e s


i t t y b i t t y f oo d i e s


v i s i t s t . p e t e / c l e a rwat e r





v i s i t s t . p e t e / c l e a rwat e r



1. The Sandpearl Resort is a chic upscale home-away-from-home with a 700-foot stretch of primo beach // 2. Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium and you’ll catch a glimpse of celebrity dolphin Winter and her fellow dolphin cast members during their daily exercise shows // 3-4. The town of Dunedin is a capsule of current hipster food trends by the waterfront // 5. Murals of all sizes are speckled throughout St Pete // 6. Even the cafe staircase at the Dali Museum is striking // 7. At the Sandpearl Resort, Camp Ridley kids club programming is robust with ample indoor and outdoor games // 8. Creative cuisine at the tiny no-reservations, no-phone Restorative restaurant in Dunedin // 9. The pool at Opal Sands

Spring/Summer 2018 | 51



a l l p h otog r a p h y co u r t e s y v i s i t v e n t u r a

By Judy McDonough

52 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Escape the heat of the valley at Emma Wood State Beach.


With activities from kayaking in Ventura to wine tastings in the Santa Maria Valley, California's Central Coast is the perfect getaway for the single traveler. I used the inspiration of “National Plan Your Vacation Day” to plan my five day solo driving tour of California’s Central Coast. First stop: Ventura – a beautifully laid back, artsy beach town. At the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, I was delighted to get a room with an ocean view. I took off to explore nearby San Buenaventura State Beach and soon found The Jolly Oyster, where locally sourced oysters are served in a beachy, casual setting. After a long walk on the beach, and a visit to the Museum of Ventura County to check out the exhibit from internationally-acclaimed fashion photographer (and Ventura native) Neal Barr, I lit out for Rumfish y Vino, a popular gastro-bar brimming with South American flavors. One of their signature dishes, the Caribbean Fish Stew, was layered with flavors from meaty chunks of lobster, shrimp, clams, local fish and cured sausage in a spicy broth. I was delighted to learn that the owners are scouting Texas for a possible third location! After an exhilarating day kayaking around the Channel Islands (read about it on TLMOnline), The Ventiki Tiki Lounge & Lanai was a natural choice for a casual dinner. I felt at home perched at the bar as 1950s crooners played in the background. The Ventiki Mai Tai was a fabulous retro treat, and the Teriyaki Chicken King Bun was a juicy hit of much-needed nourishment. Early the next day, I headed north on US-101 and was in the Santa Maria Valley in less than two hours. The lovely Santa Maria Inn is a registered historic landmark in the middle of the Central Coast wine country, entertaining Hollywood royalty – from Charlie Chaplin to Molly Ringwald - since 1917. It has an elegant, yesteryear feel – but with modern amenities. A fan of classic movies, I was delighted to be staying where Cecil B. DeMille housed the cast of his 1923 silent classic The Ten Commandments, as filming was done nearby at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Often noted as one of the state’s emerging tourist destinations, the Santa Maria Valley is agro-proud; its rolling fields are laden with produce nearly year-round with everything from strawberries to pinquito beans. And if you weren’t aware that the Santa Maria Valley is an emerging region for world-class wines – well, then, you’re just as uninformed as I was.

My first tasting, at the beautiful Presqu'ile Winery, was a wonderful introduction to the warmth and hospitality of the region, with each winery offering a different take on the delightful grapes grown in the Valley. My knowledgeable guide pointed out that the Santa Maria Valley is the second oldest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, with only the Napa Valley being older. With this region’s rare east-west orientation, cool ocean air is channeled directly into the valley. The result is one of California’s longest growing seasons. This crucial extra time on the vine, coupled with the complex soil conditions, makes for distinctive wines. After a stop at the charming Riverbench Winery, on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, I was ready to try the region’s famous Santa Maria-style barbecue. At Shaw's Steakhouse my tri-tip (the beef most associated with this style) was cooked on an iron grill in the signature simple style of the region: over local oak, with a distinctive dry rub. The flavorful, juicy meat was perfection. Day four found me in the solar-powered, airy tasting room at the Foxen Vineyards & Winery, with an experienced staff that patiently answered my rookie questions. Did I feel like an expert by the time I arrived for my final tasting, at the Ca'Del Grevino Orcutt Tasting Room? Hey, I was on vacation – I didn’t need to be! But it made my conversation with my friendly wine guide more fun. That Santa Maria-style barbecue was calling me again so the Far West Tavern’s filet mignon (with a glass of local wine, of course) was a delicious, satisfying end to the day. My final day started with a quick trip to the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve—a last chance to stroll one of Central California’s impressive beaches. And I was glad I made a brief visit to the bustling town of Oxnard, lunching at the memorable La Dolce Vita Ristorante, located in a restored Victorian home. During my meal, the Tri-Tip Sandwich with chipotle aioli was amazing. My five-day getaway made me realize how easy – and comfortable – it is for a woman to travel on her own. Choosing the hospitable, visually stunning and adventure-filled Central Coast of California was certainly key to that, and it allowed me to truly get away for the first time in five years.

Spring/Summer 2018 | 53


Phoenix, Arizona A Desert Paradise By Gabi De la Rosa

Phoenix, Arizona might be known for golf, baseball training camps and the famous Saguaro Cactus, but the city has so much more to offer visitors – especially in the spring when the desert weather is at its best. Pack your sunscreen, hiking boots, swimsuit and your appetite because you’ll enjoy all of them in spades while visiting Texas’ sunny neighbor to the West. There are many resorts and hotels visitors can choose from, but The Phoenician Resort and Royal Palms Resort and Spa might just have the luxury market cornered in Phoenix. The AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Award-winning Phoenician Resort, located on Camelback Road with the famous mountain as its backdrop, recently underwent a large renovation, leaving every square inch of the property transformed. Everything from the lobby and three-tiered pool area to the large workout facility has been renovated. Golf,

tennis, a visit to the spa, shopping, wining and dining will keep visitors busy during their stay. You can even learn to be a trapeze artist at I.Fly Trapeze, located on property. If you are looking for a more boutique hotel experience, look no further than the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Also located on Camelback Road with gorgeous views, the resort has 119 beautifully decorated rooms and offers guests a bounty of Old World charm with a touch of Southwestern flare. The views from all of the large rooms are fantastic, the grounds are beautifully manicured and guests can enjoy a great meal at the hotel's restaurant T.Cook’s. The royal treatment starts as soon as you check in; guests can enjoy a glass of champagne to start their relaxing and sumptuous stay. Phoenix's burgeoning food scene has something for everyone and at every price point - your next great meal can be found at one of the city's popular food trucks or at an upscale eatery. Mowry & Cotton, located inside the Phoenician Resort has a

Beautiful panoramic views from almost anywhere in Phoenix. 54 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

modern American menu with desert charm. Everything at the restaurant is served family style, so bring your appetite and some friends. Texaz Grille is as much of a restaurant as it is a museum of Texas culture. The restaurant is literally covered from floor to ceiling with photos, trinkets and signs all about Texas. The food at this restaurant is as good to taste as the decor is to look at. Try the Chicken Fried Steak or the Beer Battered Shrimp. If you are in the mood for burgers, give Aioli Gourmet Burger a visit. Aioli's first brick and mortar location came about after Chef Tommy D’Ambrosio’s fleet of 5 food trucks and award-winning burgers held their own for several years. You can't go wrong with the Italiano Burger or Aioli Fry Flight. San Antonio native Chef Richard Hinojosa has brought gourmet tacos to Phoenix at his restaurant Crujiente Tacos. With a modern and funky twist - notable favorites include the Korean Fried Chicken taco and the Tempura Avocado taco.

v i s i t p h o e n i x / a da m r o d r i g u e z

christian brabec

v i s i t p h o e n i x / a da m r o d r i g u e z

the phoenician


Above photos (clockwise from top left): Get up close and personal with the plants of the Southwestern desert // Guests can enjoy a three-tiered pool area at The Phoenician // Grab tasty snacks at Chef Hinojosa's Crujiente Tacos // Catch a game or 10 at one of the many training camps in the area

Hiking and bouldering are popular in Phoenix with Camelback Mountain being one of the most notable hiking spots. Views from the summit are worth the work it took to get there, but be warned, the double black trail isn't for the faint of heart. Visitors can also enjoy horseback riding or exploring the desert by jeep or even golf cart. Sunrise

and sunset excursions will get you not only the best pictures, but also the best chance to see the desert teaming with life. What looks spiny and uninhabitable to us, is the perfect locale for desert animals to make their homes. Many hotels and resorts offer desert tours with naturalists who will teach guests about the Sonoran Desert. In addition, the area offers many opportunities to learn all about Southwestern culture at one of the many museums in the city. The Heard Museum is a gem of culture where visitors can learn about the Native Americans that inhabited the region and take an up-close

look at their art and culture. The Phoenix Art Museum, Musical Instrument Museum, and the Desert Botanical Garden are also worth a visit. More than 22 million people visit Phoenix each year; with views that can’t be matched, activities for the whole family and perfect springtime weather, it is easy to see why people fall in love with #PHX. Don’t forget to take a selfie with a Saguaro while you’re there. VISITPHOENIX.COM

phoenix/kevin kaminski

With 299 sunny days per year, there is always something to do outside. Obviously, the summer months have everyone running for shade and air conditioning, but if you plan your visit for in the late winter and early spring, you will be in for a treat.

Spring/Summer 2018 | 55


PARK CITY, UTAH: S By Marika Flatt

“As a state, only California has more skiers than Texas. And many of California's skiers never leave the state, choosing to ski the Sierra exclusively. That makes Texas perhaps the most important destination market to ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming.” –

F LY FAST Getting to Park City from Texas is a breeze. Nonstop flights on Delta from all four major markets­­—DFW, Austin, Houston, San Antonio—head into Salt Lake City airport, with an average threehour flying time. From there, Park City is a quick 35-minute ride to the slopes. This makes Park City an elite resort for Texas shredders. Devout Texas skiers can even leave from home early in the morning and be on the slopes by midday. Here are a few tips to make that a reality: 1. Pack tight (even with bulky ski gear) into a flexible carry-on

suitcase (like Away luggage that expands, plus an Osprey

56 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

backpack for stuffing in a bulky ski jacket.) This way, you won’t have to wait for the luggage carousel. 2. Book a shuttle (such as Express Shuttle Canyon

Transportation) before your trip so you can jump on the next available van. Also, reserve your ski rentals (Canyon Mountain Sports) online prior to your trip, so they’re waiting for you just a quick walk through Canyon Village from The Grand Summit Hotel.

3. Grab a quick bite to eat after you check in to The Grand

Summit Hotel at First Tracks Café. You can get a quick burrito or sandwich along with a protein shake or dessert. (Brownie for quick energy, anyone?)


SLOPES, SUN & FUN M AST ERI NG THE M O UNTA IN Right out the back door of The Grand Summit, you’ll find several ski lifts at your service, such as Orange Bubble Express (with heated seats!), Red Pine Gondola and Cabriolet. Depending on your level of mountain mastery, you have dozens of ski runs to choose from at Canyons Village. After a day on that playground, you’ll want to spend the following day exploring the slopes of Park City Mountain Village.

P RO T I P S : 1. Utah claims to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth” partly

because of the sheer volume of snow they receive. Their ski season goes into mid-April, so spring break skiers are set. In fact, Utah receives the majority of its snow from February to April.

2. If you need a refresher, book a lesson. Your guide will make

sure you tackle runs matched to your ability without getting in

over your head. To start on the beginner greens from Canyons Village, take the Red Pine Gondola to High Meadow lift. From there, you can play on greens (like Meadow Way to Alley Cat, or The Meadows). When you’re ready to advance to blues, from Red Pine Gondola, take Saddleback Express up the mountain and ride Snow Dancer, then Kokopelli. 3. You’ll find more blue runs from Canyons Village than any

other type. For more varied green runs, venture over to Park City Mountain Village.

PAR K C IT Y PLAYING There are a myriad of fun activities (aside from skiing) to spice up your trip no matter the season. Here’s a sampling of our faves: Snowshoeing (winter) – To snowshoe on the mountain, book a guided tour (reservations required). There are various options: group, private, including lunch or not, ranging from $80-165 per (Continued on page 58)

Spring/Summer 2018 | 57


(Continued from page 57)

person. For 2 ½ hours, you’ll trek along well-defined paths (your guide is a pro navigator), learn about local wildlife and summit to the alpine lake. There’s a gradual incline, making it an enjoyable outing for all fitness levels. RockResort Spa (all seasons) – Found on the bottom floor of The Grand Summit Hotel, treat yourself to an aromatherapy deep tissue massage (50 min/ $160) that you can customize with the pressure of your choice. After your treatment, spend some time detoxing in the co-ed sauna and steam room. There’s no better way to wrap up a day of outdoor activities. Main Street (all seasons) – There are multiple types of transportation from The Grand Summit Hotel down to Main Street (Canyons Evening Express, Cabriolet lift down to a city bus, etc.). Down on Main Street, you’ll find boutiques, restaurants, bars (perfect for après ski) plus quaint mountain views.

FABU LOUS FUE LI NG The great thing about being active outdoors in a higher altitude is that you get to fuel your body (therefore, calories don’t count!) with delicious food and luscious libations. You’ll find Park City full of foodies, so a rich experience awaits your palette. Enjoy fueling your body at these hot spots:

R E D TA I L G RI LL Located next to the back door of The Grand Summit Hotel, this humble eatery is ideal for your morning fueling of a protein-packed breakfast before hitting the mountains. Warm up with a latte or cappuccino while you wait for your tasty avocado toast (multigrain bread topped with eggs your way, avocado and bacon sprinkles).

THE FAR M Located next door to Red Tail Grill, and accessible from outside, you’ll find this a healthy yet filling restaurant for dinner. Named one of the top 25 restaurants in Utah, they use locally sourced ingredients to create a pop of flavor. Try the soup of the day, such as a potato leek, followed by their fish special, which might be a bass or trout. Paired with a light and airy chardonnay, you’ll be primed for a good night’s sleep.

HIGH WEST DISTIL L ERY A fave of locals and tourists alike, this hipster hangout has it all: ambiance (whiskey bottles lit up on the wall), tasty food (highly recommend the deviled eggs or shishito peppers as an app, creamy Brussels sprouts as a side or the burger as an entree) and, of course, top-of-the-line whiskey flights, cocktails and local craft beer. (Try a Froelich pilsner from Utah brewery Red Rock.)

F IR E WOOD This upscale Main Street eatery grills everything… even the baked gnocchi appetizer! The dining room has a large window to the kitchen, which is filled with open-fire grills of various types. Get there early to order their Cherrywood Smoked Brisket (they ran out when we were there) or a vegetarian entrée such as their Cauliflower and Avocado with wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, cashews and chimichurri. During a day of skiing, stop for lunch at either Red Pine Lodge (cafeteria style with typical ski grub) or the fancier Lookout Cabin (sit-down ordering). PARKCITYMOUNTAIN.COM

At Park City, it's always Happy Powder!

58 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

a l l p h otog r a p h y co u r t e s y pa r k c i t y

It's a short Quicksilver gondola ride to the Miners Camp restaurant.


AT A GLANC E: The Grand Summit Hotel, A RockResort, recently completed a $15 million renovation, including their 212 suites and spa. There’s no easier access to the Canyons Village slopes than right out the back door of The Grand Summit. The Grand Summit joined Vail Resort’s RockResort portfolio which includes other stylish properties in iconic mountain locations. You’ll find other RockResorts accommodations in Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Vail, all in Colorado. Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski resort in the United States, boasts over 7,300 acres, 330 trails, 41 lifts, 8 terrain parks, a superpipe and a minipipe. Park City is part of the EpicPASS system, which offers unlimited access to 15 ski resorts, with over 44,000 skiable acres and over 36,000 vertical feet in North America and Australia. Some other epic PASS resorts include Stowe (featured in our fall/holiday 2017 issue), Keystone (featured in our spring 2017 issue), and Beaver Creek (also in this issue). Find easy access to the Canyon Village slopes from The Grand Summit Hotel.

Park City is the location of the main training facility for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team.

The Grand Summit Hotel recently completed an extensive renovation, including all 212 rooms and spa.

The Farm, named one of Utah's top 25 restaurants.

Red Tail Grill, next door to The Farm, is a great spot for breakfast.

Spring/Summer 2018 | 59

e l b a t et

g r o f n U

u o M

n i a nt

How to be Cozy on the Mountain Whatever type of mountain traveler you are, you need somewhere to hang your ski boots, ice skates or snow shoes at the end of the day. The Pines Lodge has a cozy atmosphere and, with just 60 rooms on property, it never feels crowded. The on-property Grouse Mountain Grill has a full bar and

60 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

m o M

s t en By Doug Flatt

also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re flying from Texas without ski gear, you’ll find convenient ski rental and storage here also. And, as you’re right by the Strawberry Park Express Lift, you don’t have to take a bus to get to the slopes. They’re also very pooch friendly and will give your four-legged traveling companion a warm welcome. BEAVERCREEK.COM

va i l r e s o r t s



No matter what kind of mountain lover you are, Beaver Creek has something for everyone in your (extended) family. Let’s Go Carving!

It’s S(no)w Fun!

Skiers dream of being the first to hit newly groomed powder (pow pow); Beaver Creek gives guests that opportunity with First Tracks. After boarding an early Centennial Express lift, you’ll take a private, guided tour of the mountain’s perfectly groomed runs, finishing off with a gourmet breakfast at Allie’s Cabin. (Note: must be a moderate skier for this.)

McCoy Park is nestled between Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch villages and features over 20 miles of groomed and rustic trails for cross country skiing, telemark (a skiing technique that combines elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing) and showshoeing. Perched at 9,840 feet, the park offers breathtaking views of three mountain ranges. The ride might be chilly behind one of Beaver Creek’s snow cats but it’s worth it when you get to Zach’s Cabin at the top. Zach’s is a culinary experience of summit proportions.

Beaver Creek continues to expand its lift-served ski terrain. Thanks to approval from the U.S. Forest Service, look for an additional 250 acres and 17 trails to be added at McCoy Park. And, heads up thrill seekers, the majority of the new trails will be “groomable glades” (beginner tree skiing).

Kidding Around The newly-opened Red Buffalo Park has a 200-acre learning area with 13 trails designated as a family adventure zone. There are fun snow sculptures throughout the park, along with a dedicated Ski School Skills Zone. (Continued on page 62)

jon resnick

Want to ski like a world champ? Beaver Creek’s an Alpine Skiing venue for the FIS World Cup, and guests get to ski some of the same terrain. (Think vertical drops of over 2,000 feet.)

Beaver Creek after a fresh snowfall.

Spring/Summer 2018 | 61

va i l r e s o r t s


(Continued from page 61) All guests enrolled in the Beaver Creek Ski School have exclusive access to the Cookie Cabin, a mountaintop escape from the cold weather serving fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. (In case you don’t know, Beaver Creek is famous for their chocolate chip cookies!) Ski school students have a beautiful backdrop to their lessons.

For sugar junkies of all ages, Beaver Creek has a Candy Cabin nestled at the top of the Strawberry Park Express and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lifts. Inside, little hands can warm up exploring candies of all colors.

va i l r e s o r t s

Where’s the Hot Tub? Take relaxation to a new level at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Spa. (Read more about the spa on page 64.) The White Carpet Club combines luxurious comfort and attention to detail for a white glove experience. A stone’s throw from the Centennial Express Lift, you’ll find spacious lockers for storing gear, boot dryers, a private lounge with coffee, teas, hot cocoa and decadent morsels.

Culinary Escape Tucked into the slopes of Beaver Creek, SaddleRidge is not only known for its food, but also its collection of American West artifacts. It’s worth making your way downstairs to see the blue hat and canteen of General Custer or one of only five proofs used to select George Washington’s portrait for the dollar bill.

The Osprey Fireside Grill is just steps from the Strawberry Park Express.

Just a few feet beyond the snow-cut steps of the Strawberry Park Lift sits The Osprey Fireside Grill. Breakfast at The Osprey is a great way to start your day. Or, end it there with either drinks at the bar or a glass of wine and charcuterie plate by the fire.

Cruising down one of Beaver Creek's black runs, which is partially groomed for skiers that aren't fans of bumps.

Tech Advantage

jon resnick

Grouse Mountain Grill's menu offers tempting dishes using locally-sourced meats, including an elk short loin, pretzel-crusted pork chop and crispy cornmeal-crusted Rocky Mountain trout.

Download the EpicMix App on your phone and have access to real-time lift line wait times, track vertical feet, share photos and earn pins for achievements like 20 rides in a single day or 10 miles in a day. With the app, you can even race against Lindsey Vonn.

62 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Beaver Creek's world famous chocolate chip cookies.

jac k a f f l e c k

Beaver Creek has excellent cell coverage on the mountain so don’t worry about posting your favorite pictures while carving turns on the slopes. The cell towers scattered throughout the mountain are disguised as trees, so you have to look really close to spot them!




SAVE MONEY SAVE WATER SAVE TIME We provide and install artificial turf, artificial grass, synthetic turf, synthetic grass and faux grass for residential, commercial, and many other applications; and we specialize in putting green installation. We also rent artificial turf for weddings, events and parties. • green year round • fewer allergens • fewer grass/mud stains • no more tracking mud/dirt

• no more lawnmowing • no more watering • no need for sprinklers • zero fertilizer cost



A Home in the Mountains at the RITZ-CARLTON, BACHELOR GULCH By Daniel Ramirez

There’s a way to make a place feel like home. Make certain that smells associated with home, like baked cookies or spiced cider, pervade the air. But, inevitably, the magic cannot last, as the cookies and smells ring hollow and remind us that we are not home. These efforts lack the personal touches, accommodations and blissful indulgences that come with home – they lack heart. As Beaver Creek and the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch fall into the rearview mirror and become a sweet memory, the overwhelming feeling is that there is nothing false or inauthentic about the stay afforded to its guests. What is written on every detail and in the face of every employee is a genuine expression of care. There is a heart here, that

64 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

becomes increasingly apparent with every hour spent in the resort’s care. It makes it impossible to leave, because this doesn’t feel like just a vacation. This feels exactly like home. The porte-cochere courtyard is where it all begins. Surrounded by log cabin-like adornments such as exposed mortar, knotty wood and natural wood tones, everywhere you look there is warmth, both figuratively and literally. Dominated by an enormous stone fireplace, the hearth is a sitting area where drinks and bites are available in some of the comfiest chairs, as towering windows ensure that no snow report is needed to know what's happening on these Colorado slopes. Chair 16, the Bachelor Gulch Express, sits right outside the massive windows and offers the perfect ski-in/ski-out.


To begin a truly relaxing time, you must first take the most obvious step – relax. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch spa can see to that. The facilities – locker room, steam, sauna, shower and hot tub are available to all guests. There, you can enjoy one of their world-class treatments. The spa features a Black Diamond Facial that is nothing short of a complete replenishment for the skin, using actual diamond

powder to activate a natural glow that doesn’t readily fade. It’s pampering for the skin at the highest level, and when you’re done, you can retire to a room that is, at once, both palace and comfortable space. For “getting out of the house,” the resort offers snowshoe expeditions that traverse the slopes at a more leisurely pace than the speeding skis and corkscrew snowboards. The views only improve with each step through the aspens, and it’s enough to make you consider making this new home permanent. Of course, the creature comforts are the real draw, and despite the cuisine from Wyld, Buffaloes and Daniel’s, the pinnacle of a Bachelor Gulch experience is in an actual home. (Continued on page 66)

a l l p h otog r a p h y co u r t e s y r i t z - c a r l to n b ac h e l o r g u l c h

More importantly, for those to whom skiing is asking too much or who want a relaxing escape to a place as comfortable as your best lazy Sunday, the views alone are nearly as breathtaking as the amenities. Even without skiing to dominate a Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch getaway, a vacation to this ultimate "home away from home" offers plenty to do.

Above photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch celebrates its surroundings with restaurants that feature locally sourced ingredients, traditional mountain cuisine and stunning views of Beaver Creek. From hearty pre-hike breakfasts to après ski cocktails, dining offers experiences for every palate and mood. Left photo: The cold plunge pools (one for men, one for women) at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch provide a sublime start to the day. The spa also features a co-ed warm temperature grotto (pictured).

Spring/Summer 2018 | 65


(Continued from page 65)

A short trek from the entrance sits Anderson’s Cabin. A product of one of the founding pioneers who settled in the valley, the cabin has been delicately maintained, retaining all of its rustic charm. From the hearth stove to the stacked log walls, there is no proper way to describe how cozy the cabin is. Previously a private dinner space offered to larger parties, the resort has opened the cabin – and a locavore-based menu to shame big city restaurants – to smaller parties who want to mingle with other smaller parties in a “Social Dining Experience.” There is perhaps no greater moment to feel truly at home than when a large group is seated around a 10-person table, sharing dishes and making recommendations, while an antique stove warms the cabin. Outfitted with chefs from the Ritz-Carlton and given the added benefit of a roaring outdoor fire and salt blocks heating atop the hearth, this experience alone is enough to warrant a visit to Bachelor Gulch. Evening activities include grown-up arts and crafts, like “Colors and Cocktails,” where guests can opt to make jewelry while sipping on craft cocktails, or the experience we had, first-hand, with “Whiskey and Woodburning.” Through a partnership with Breckenridge Distillery, the resort has crafted Bachelor Bourbon to complement the crisp air, the warmth and aroma of a fire and the comfortable setting of its Bachelor Lounge. Then there was the most indulgent hot chocolate ever crafted. Not a menu staple, the drink was a random request made by a fellow guest during our visit – to sip a favorite recipe he held dear. If it sounds like the kind of request you would make of a mother, it only further proves just how much of a home the Ritz-Carlton can be to its guests. Whether you’re a skier or not – but especially if you’re not – you can’t escape just how much of a home this resort becomes. As it fades out of sight there’s a pang of longing and a bright hope to return soon. After all, it’s always hard to leave home.

66 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

After a day on the slopes, enjoy the warmth of a fire and a signature cocktail in the RitzCarlton's Bachelor Lounge.


actual patient

Spring/Summer 2018 | 67


Detroit’s Urban Art Renaissance By Jennifer Simonson


t the dawn of the 20th century, Detroit showcased all the opulence and wealth of the world’s great cities. A truly American city, Detroit was built on hard work and honest wages as residents manufactured the first affordable cars, forever changing the way we live. Two decades later, those same residents manufactured a World War II bomber every hour, helping the Allies win the war while all the while creating a strong middle class. But then, through the collapse of the auto industry, the rise of racial tension and the lure of the suburbs, Detroit lost half its population as entire neighborhoods fled the city, abandoning all hope along with their once stately homes. Gaining a reputation as a failed metropolis, the city decayed into widespread poverty and rampant crime. Many thought that Detroit would never turn around, yet in the past five years, downtown Detroit’s occupancy rate has

68 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

skyrocketed from 11% to 78%. The $862 million Red Wings entertainment district is underway, 70 new bars and restaurants opened in the past two years and new startup companies are opening their doors every day. Downtown streets are safe to walk through at night, and there are even white lights hanging along alleyways inviting visitors to stop by open doors for a craft cocktail. “It is unbelievable how much the city has changed in the last two years,” is the common sentiment. But, despite the recently cleaned sidewalks and new 21st century streetcar, graffiti still lingers. Some want to leave dirty edges of the city, using it as a benchmark to measure how far the city has come. “We embrace our grit. We have been up and down so many times that we know no matter how far we fall, we will always get back up again,” said Marc Pasco, director of


communications for the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. Nowhere is this more clear than the Dequindre Cut Greenway, a former Grand Trunk Western Railroad line recently repurposed into an urban recreation path for joggers, cyclists and pedestrians. In 2009, public, private and nonprofit entities came together to transform the abandoned railway line into a two mile-long, 20-foot wide walkway and bikeway. It provides residents a link between Detroit's riverfront and Eastern Market. The outdoor recreational path also acts as an outdoor art gallery. During the construction of The Cut, as locals call it, officials decided not to paint over the “gallery of graffiti masterworks” associated with the old rail line. Instead, they encouraged street artists to add to the vibrancy of the street art by painting new murals alongside the old. “We

also want to encourage new works to the extent that the artists are willing to do that — as long as they pick up their aerosol cans after themselves,” Dempsey said. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit and the College for Creative Studies have all sponsored new murals along The Cut. The famous Detroit Institute of Arts has even placed high-quality reproductions of some of its most iconic paintings along The Cut as part of a program geared toward bringing people to appreciate art outside museum walls. The street artists responsible for the new murals are creating a canvas out of Detroit's long-neglected urban core, bringing a jolt of inspiration, creativity and beauty to a rapidly changing city.

Above photos, clockwise from top left: Rent a bike from the nearby Wheel House Detroit bike shop and explore the riverfront on two wheels // This avant garde mural by Hygienic Dress League is set in front of the Dequindre Cut Greenway, an urban recreational path in Detroit // The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy exhibits more than 35 highquality graffiti murals along the Dequindre Cut Greenway, including this striking purple bird // Vibrant murals around the city are rejuvenating and reinvigorating the city of Detroit. All photography courtesy The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Spring/Summer 2018 | 69

pa r a d i s e c a n yo n


A river runs through Paradise Canyon, where Paul and Laura Dixon have created a peaceful, unplugged riverfront sanctuary.

Paradise Canyon IT ’S R EAL

By Marika Flatt


pa r a d i s e c a n yo n

pa r a d i s e c a n yo n

Inside the special events building.

The view from the special events building, which seats 60.

s I checked in with the friendly owner, he said, “Folks call me Red. Everyone gets a nickname in Paradise.”

dip into the water—from flowing streams to big, beautiful swimming holes and rapids with a secret “cold tub.”

We found this little slice of Hill Country heaven called Paradise Canyon that’s been around since 1957. Less than a half hour from San Antonio, heading towards the hills, sits this jewel in the rough.

There are four tiny house cabins that can sleep six – a double mattress in the loft and two double futons that fold out on the main floor. There’s a small kitchenette with cabinets, a sink, coffee pot, mini fridge and microwave. No stove, but you have your own grill outside near your fire pit. But the real reason to rent a cabin versus simply camping at Paradise Canyon is that you have a tiny bathroom.

Paul, “Red,” and his wife, Laura Dixon, bought the riverfront property in 2006, and their four kids can be seen working the front desk and delivering firewood bundles. They’ve taken the 78 acres of Paradise Canyon and turned them into a riverfront sanctuary: peaceful (because there are strict anti-noise warnings) and unplugged (no Wi-Fi, no TVs, little cell tower reception). What better way to spend the weekend connecting with your family? You’re in a beautiful canyon with a mile of riverfront. Yes, a river runs through it—the entire canyon. And you’ll find many ways to

70 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

You can also camp. There are a select few electric hook-ups but plenty of non-electric campsites right on the Medina River. Because of this, they’re quite busy from Memorial Day through mid-August. During high season, you’ll want to book early. We found Columbus Day weekend in October to be a perfectly



do u g f l at t

pa r a d i s e c a n yo n

They only accept cash or checks, no credit cards. Pricing varies by season so check the website for seasonal fees. Paradise Canyon is open March through October.

The special events building is bookended by silos.

By Marika Flatt

pa r a d i s e c a n yo n

pa r a d i s e c a n yo n

There's a mile of riverfront at Paradise Canyon, perfect for fishing, swimming, tubing and kayaking.

tranquil time to visit. The river was cool upon first dip but quickly warmed up for swimming all day long—when we weren’t fishing. The boys set their alarms (yes, an alarm on holiday) so they could get out and cast in the stillness of the early morning. Guests can also rent tubes, canoes, kayaks and water rafts. There are dozens of perfect rock jumping spots along the river. (It’s like cliff jumping but from rocks that are much closer to the water.) There’s one main lodge for rent that boasts the “best place to do dishes in Texas.” (The kitchen sink overlooks a gorgeous spot on the river.) The lodge has three large bedrooms with a total of two kings, two queens, two doubles and two singles. With those beds plus a few couches, you can sleep 20. (They allow up to 25 if you want to put some kids on air mattresses. Perfect for a family reunion, there’s a large kitchen, a great room,

a basketball court outside, and a green lawn out front begging for you to relax with loved ones and share stories. (Note: there’s a five-car maximum for lodge parking.) They’ve also added a special events building to the property. Able to seat 60, the HGTV-worthy building is bookended by silos and features unique interior touches. What else is in store for Paradise (Canyon)? They’ll be building tiny houses (the kind on wheels) that can be purchased on the spot. So you can literally take a piece of paradise home with you. We will be back to sit a spell by the zen river, jump off rocks into the water, and to enjoy watching our boys have leaf races down the skinny spring ducts. Besides, I need to return to Paradise (Canyon) to get my nickname. PARADISECANYON.COM

Spring/Summer 2018 | 71



c r u i s i n g

simply did not want to give it back. After getting to drive a Cadillac XT5 for a week, we were smitten. Whether it was taking us in style from Austin to Houston for a golf tournament, running errands around town or providing a date-night ride to a Jon Pardi concert in the buzzing heart of downtown Austin, the XT5 was a beauty. As a music enthusiast, the quality and ease of the audio system won my heart. The XT5 has an integrated wireless charger for mobile devices, with a slot designed into the center console. (It also has new technology compatible with Apple Carplay and Android auto.) Bottom line: There’s nothing better than blasting “Mustang Sally” when you’re in a sweet ride. And what a sweet ride it is. The Cadillac XT5 has the size of a crossover with the performance and elegance that lives up the Cadillac name. A new 8-speed automatic transmission means a quiet ride that has the

By Samantha Cook

punch of a sports car. Without a doubt, this is a vehicle that makes full use of the 310-horsepower under its hood. I really appreciated what the designers call the “drivability” of the XT5. A brand new V6 engine, advanced all-wheel drive and lightweight design all add to the car’s performance and efficiency. lot of thought has gone into using every inch of space inside--without giving the body a boxy look. When it comes to field of vision, Cadillac has added high-resolution streaming video to the function of the traditional rearview mirror. This high-tech wizardry removes obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars. It is estimated to improve the field of vision by 300%, all but eliminating blind spots for rear vision. What’s not to love about that kind of safety feature? In fact, what’s not to love about the XT5?

LUX LIFT For a flat monthly fee of $1,800 and a one-time initiation fee of $500, members of BOOK By Cadillac* get to experience driving in a variety of different Cadillac vehicles. Registration, taxes, insurance and maintenance costs are included in the monthly fee. Membership is month-to-month, with no long-term commitment required. Members can use a mobile app to reserve vehicles that will be delivered to their specified location via a white-glove concierge service, giving customers on-demand access to a curated portfolio of fully-loaded Cadillac vehicles. Who wouldn’t want a freshly washed and detailed vehicle delivered with a 3/4 tank of gas? *In Texas, currently available only within a 100-mile radius of Dallas


72 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Spring/Summer 2018

Texas Lifestyle Magazine Spring 2018