New Developments to Entice Travelers to the Caribbean this Season

December 8, 2019
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This season, The Christopher on St. Barth will open three new villas designed by French interior designer Olivia Putman.

Here are some of the new developments to entice travelers to the Caribbean this season:

The Christopher, St. Barth

This season, The Christopher will open three new villas designed by French interior designer Olivia Putman. Two of the four-bedroom villas will open in December, with the third following in 2020. The new villas allow guests all the space of a private home that is completely open to the sea and all the amenities of a luxury resort. Guests can dine onsite at Christo and Mango Beach Bar restaurants, enjoy Sisley Spa with its open-air treatment rooms, or simply relax and order room service.

What else is cool?

The Christopher has partnered with Artireef to help rebuild the reef of Pointe Milou, the peninsula on which the hotel sits, by creating marine cement that is three times denser than concrete. The growth rate of coral there is three- to five-times that of natural coral. In addition to creating a barrier to the shore, the reef will be more resistant to high water temperatures and pollution.

 

Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Sisters Nadia and Katia Narain, Kate Moss’s health gurus and authors of Self Care for the Real World and Rituals for Every Day, will bring their life philosophy to Belmond Cap Juluca for a wellness retreat from July 5–9, 2020. The duo preaches the value of taking time to care for one’s body and mind to open oneself to fully embrace life and maintain balance. The four-night retreat will leave guests feeling refreshed, with sunrise yoga and meditation, snorkeling with sea turtles, self-care workshops in the sand, nighttime kayaking, Taino (indigenous Caribbean) healing salt spa treatments, and sunset cruises through the Caribbean Sea.

What else is cool?

Travelers can seamlessly experience two Leeward Islands in one trip with Belmond’s ‘Island to Island’ package, including accommodations in both Anguilla and St. Martin – and a smooth connection via a 25-minute Caribbean boat ride. Complete with $100 resort credit and daily breakfast per stay at both Belmond Cap Juluca and Belmond La Samanna, the trip offers a taste of both St. Martin’s cosmopolitan buzz and Anguilla’s world-famous, crystal clear beaches.

 

Belmond La Samanna, St. Martin

Set on the glamorous French side of this northeastern Caribbean Island, Belmond La Samanna reopened for the season on November 7 with a fresh new look. Redesigned by London-based interior design firm Muza Lab, the property’s 83 rooms and public spaces, including the new L’Oursin restaurant and Laplaj Beach Bar, have a new pastel-chic flair. With a color scheme of light blues, greens, pinks and peaches, the design was inspired by the natural tones of the Caribbean Sea. Accents of shells and corals are featured alongside botanical-printed fabrics, artworks, lighting and mirrors.

What else is cool?

Guests of Belmond La Samanna can take a Caribbean impressionist painting class inside a French Créole townhouse. The home overlooks early eighteenth-century French soldier barracks, floral gardens, and two centuries of antique architecture. Guests can hone their artistic skills alongside Sir Roland Richardson, one of St. Martin’s most celebrated painters, as he guides them through the study of light and color on living subjects through the technique of ‘Plein Air’ painting.

 

GoldenEye, Jamaica

The FieldSpa at GoldenEye is built into the jungle-like landscape on the edge of the crystal-clear blue lagoon, allowing guests to swim or kayak to their spa appointment. As part of a one-year expansion, two new standalone spa huts will open in mid-December 2019, along with a new yoga deck. A selection of elixirs, juice, and healthy bites incorporating fresh ingredients from Pantrepant, the private farm of music executive Chris Blackwell, and a new therapy menu will be introduced. This expansion will provide direct access to the new spa cove, a crescent of sand nestled along the property’s signature lagoon. GoldenEye will also unveil three new accommodations – a three-bedroom lagoon villa and two lagoon cottages in summer 2020. Additionally, a new dive shop, available to guests and the community, opened on neighboring, James Bond Beach in November 2019. The shop offers scuba certification and excursions, boat tours of the Bay and coral planting opportunities in the underwater coral nursery. All profits of the dive shop will go to the Oracabessa Foundation, which is responsible for improving marine life in the Bay.

What else is cool?

The 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, which will mark Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, is heading back to Jamaica. In celebration of the April 8, 2020 release, movie buffs can retrace the island life of Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming. The author was a former British intelligence officer and discovered Jamaica during a WWII mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He resided at GoldenEye every January and February for more than two decades and wrote a new Bond novel each winter for a total of 14 books. His beachfront bungalow, which is now called The Fleming Villa with five bedrooms, is part of the 52-acre GoldenEye resort. Fleming’s writing desk and sunken garden, where he would entertain the likes of Noël Coward and Katherine Hepburn, are available for guests to enjoy.

 

PONANT, Caribbean Sea

During the 2019-2020 season, the recently launched PONANT EXPLORER ships, Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d’Urville, are offering 29 sailings with seven new itineraries, including the eight-day ‘Pearls of the Caribbean’ journey roundtrip from Fort-de-France. With an experienced diving instructor on board throughout the duration of the cruise, guests will enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters as the ship island-hops from Guadalupe to Saint Lucia to Grenada. Other highlights include a spot at the private Mayreau Island, the smallest in the Grenadine archipelago. PONANT guests can enjoy a beach barbeque and an optional excursion to pilot a Zodiac along Grenada’s coast before jumping into the water to explore the world’s first underwater sculpture park.

What else is cool?

Back on board, PONANT guests will be able to see the Caribbean like never before onboard two of its new PONANT EXPLORER ships, each featuring an industry-first underwater lounge. Located eight feet below water, the unprecedented views from the Blue Eye lounge offer a peek into underwater life through the whale-eye shaped portholes; as well as project images of the sea onto screens in real time. For a completely immersive experience, the lounge also brings the sounds of the sea inside.

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Countdown is On When REAL ID Will Be Required to Travel by Airplane

November 27, 2019
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The countdown is on when air travelers will be required to have REAL ID – an enhanced drivers’ license, passport or military ID – in order to get on an airplane. The deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2020 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The countdown is on when air travelers will be required to have REAL ID – an enhanced drivers’ license, passport or military ID – in order to get on an airplane. The deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2020.

According to the US Travel Association, 99 million Americans are likely without any form of REAL ID. Anyone who shows up at the airport next October 1 without the correct ID risks being turned away from getting on a plane.

U.S. Travel leaders fear that individuals who only travel occasionally, such as to visit family over the holidays, are most likely to be affected.

“Significant lack of awareness is one of the challenges we face as the REAL ID enforcement deadline approaches next year,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “We are concerned not only about the post-deadline effects for major travel times like Thanksgiving, but also about the significant crunch at state DMVs throughout next year as people scramble to obtain their REAL ID.”

The message that must be repeated to get people #RealIDready, Dow said. “At a minimum, check for the star that appears in the top right-hand corner of most REAL IDs—but ideally, contact your DMV directly to find out if you’re compliant.

“The holidays are a time when less-frequent flyers might be thinking about air travel, and there is always ample news coverage of holiday travel projections and conditions at U.S. airports,” Dow said. “The next two months are going to be critical for closing the REAL ID awareness.

Over the course of the year, people who need to renew their licenses should make sure it is upgraded to be REAL ID compliant. Also take into account the time-lag to renew a passport, which can take six weeks (and many foreign countries require at least one month extra time before expiration).

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SkiCom Announces 12 Winners of Dream Jobs at 6 Top Ski Destinations

November 25, 2019
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Alex Broadstock and Kris Roller from Brooklyn, NY were selected by Ski.com for a Dream Job at Niseko United ski resort in Japan.

Twelve candidates have been chosen by Ski.Com to document what it’s like to experience it all at six top destinations around the world

Aspen, Colo.– Ski.com, one of the largest providers of ski vacations in North America, announced the 12 new hires for the second year of The Ski.com Dream Job.

Out of more than 1,500 applicants, Ski.com hired 12 mountain enthusiasts to document what it’s like to experience six top ski destinations in North America, Europe and Japan. In addition to being selected for an all-expense paid VIP experience, each individual new hire will receive $2,000; flights on United Airlines; gear from Stio, Black Crows, Giro and GoPro; custom forecasts from OpenSnow; and the opportunity to save our snow with Protect Our Winters.

“In the second year of The Ski.com Dream Job, we are blown away by the significant amount of submissions we received from people with a deep passion for skiing and snowboarding, mountains and travel,” said Dan Sherman, Ski.com’s chief marketing officer.”. “We are thrilled to send 12 talented content creators around the world for a VIP experience at six of the world’s top ski destinations. We can’t wait to watch as their adventures starting this January.”

Beginning in January, 2020, Ski.com will be sending teams of two to each of the following six locations: Aspen Snowmass, Colo.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Big Sky, Mont.; Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta; Chamonix, France; Niseko, Japan.

Ski.com Dream Job New Hires:

Chamonix Mont Blanc, France

Jack Botti and Max Rhulen from Bend, Oregon

Jack and Max bring strong photography and cinematography credentials to their bucket-list destination of Chamonix, France. As seen in their application video, they are both expert skiers with a passion for going big in powder and the park. Jack, grew up skiing in Oregon and Max grew up skiing the slopes of Colorado. Their sense of having fun in the mountains is infectious and Ski.com can’t wait to watch their Chamonix experience through their talent for capturing content and skiing big lines.

Application video: http://youtu.be/VtYsJOaFmW0

Niseko United, Japan

Alex Broadstock and Kris Roller from Brooklyn, NY

Alex and Kris are roommates, friends, skiers and accomplished content creators living in Brooklyn, NY. Alex was born in Taiwan and raised in Ohio and has continued to follow his passion for travel and inspiring others through his content. Kris grew up in New Hampshire, has been skiing since the age of three and is a former youth ski instructor. As documented in their submission video, Alex and Kris have captured breathtaking content from around the world but have yet to capture Niseko, Japan – an internationally renowned ski destination for deep powder.

Application video: https://vimeo.com/369188787

Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Andrew Muse, Ashley LaMarre and Kicker the dog from Park City, Utah 

Andrew Muse has a huge following on his YouTube page, documenting his travels around the world often with fellow content creator and girlfriend Ashley and his internet famous dog named Kicker. Andrew and Ashley’s bright personalities and love for skiing will be a great fit for Aspen Snowmass, where they will have the opportunity to ski all four-area mountains and experience some of the best apres-ski, dining and nightlife in North America. Aspen is an incredibly dog-friendly town, from great winter hiking to doggy meus offered at local hotels, so Kicker will fit in well as he adventures around Aspen Snowmass.

Application video*: https://vimeo.com/369056018

*Andrew and Ashley originally applied for Chamonix however Ski.com has hired them for Aspen Snowmass

Jackson Hole, Wyo. 

Aaron Macrae and Matt Chick from Montréal, Canada 

Aaron and Matt, also known as The Rolling Van Creative, applied last year and also joined Jackson Lebsack, last year’s Dream Job hire, for a leg of his trip in British Columbia on their hometown turf in Canada. This year Ski.com is sending them to capture the best of Jackson Hole, one of the most iconic towns in the Rocky Mountain West.

Application video: http://youtu.be/0-BYMJ_KRQY

Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta

Jake Burchmore and Taylor Ahearn from Crested Butte, Colo. 

Jake and Taylor are professional photographers and filmmakers based in Crested Butte, Colo. Jake was born in Aspen, Colo and grew up in Telluride, Colo. skiing some of the most challenging slopes in North America. Taylor grew up skiing in his home state of Maine but followed his passion for skiing out west to Crested Butte. Jake and Taylor are expert big mountain skiers who will be experiencing Banff and Lake Louise for the first time during The Ski.com Dream Job. Jake and Taylor will be capturing the beauty of this iconic Canadian Rockies destination and experiencing the charming town of Banff.

Application video*: https://vimeo.com/369748491

*As reflected in their video Jake and Taylor initially applied for Japan however Ski.com has chosen them for Banff

Big Sky Resort, Mont.

Celia Miller from Frisco, Colorado and Ben Saheb from Steamboat, Colorado 

Celia Miller is a former professional snowboarder, full-time content creator and was the first female snowboard judge for The X Games. Celia has teamed up with professional videographer and photographer Ben Saheb who started his career at Steamboat TV 18. Ben is currently a freelance filmmaker and is the Director of Photography at Steamboat Powdercats, Celia and Ben will be capturing everything from riding the Big Couloir off Lone Peak to riding under the stars with guided headlamp night skiing.

Application video: https://vimeo.com/369205429

During the application process, which lasted from September 17 through October 29, 2019, interested job seekers submitted videos explaining in 90 seconds or less what made them the perfect candidate for The Ski.com Dream Job. Applicants needed to have a serious desire to travel to some of the most amazing mountain destinations in the United States, Canada and Japan; be an intermediate skier or snowboarder or above and excel at documenting new experiences.

For more about The Ski.com Dream Job new hires, visit the Ski.com blog at: https://www.ski.com/blog/ski-com-dream-jobs-new-hires-2020/.

To follow The Ski.com Dream Job new hires travel the world this winter, follow along at www.ski.com/dreamjob for updates, Ski.com’s Instagram, Ski.com’s Facebook page and the hashtags #skidreamjob and #tothemountains.

Founded in 1971 in the heart of Colorado ski country, Aspen-headquartered Ski.com is one of North America’s largest providers of mountain vacation packages and an industry leader in online travel technology. The company specializes in booking custom ski vacations at more than 120 of the most popular ski resorts and heli- and cat-skiing destinations in North America, Europe, Japan and South America and offers the largest collection of mountain lodging and ski-vacation components, including discounted lift tickets, flights, equipment rental, ski school, activities and more. Ski.com’s 70 Mountain Travel Experts average 26 years of experience in the ski travel industry.

 

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Where to Eat, Drink and Be Merry in London this Holiday Season

November 18, 2019
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There are arguably few other places that shine as bright as London during the holiday season. The capital is packed with Yuletide sights and activities such as a sing-along concert in the famed Royal Albert Hall, one of the city’s most distinctive buildings, a winter journey to the countryside aboard a vintage train and a decadent dinner accompanied by a performance of a Christmas Carol at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

There are arguably few other places that encapsulate Christmas as London during the holiday season. The capital is packed with Yuletide sights and activities such as a sing-along concert in the famed Royal Albert Hall, one of the city’s most distinctive buildings, a winter journey to the countryside aboard a vintage train and a decadent dinner accompanied by a performance of a “Christmas Carol.” These ideas from London and beyond will add sparkle to any itinerary this holiday season.

One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas

This holiday season, travelers can experience a quintessential London Christmas thanks to The Kensington. Situated in the heart of its namesake neighborhood, the hotel is offering a package that includes a four-night stay in a room or suite with daily à la carte breakfast, a festive lunch at the hotel restaurant Town House and two tickets to the Christmas Eve carols at the Royal Albert Hall, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel and a true London institution. The hall has been bringing jubilant shows to the city for almost 150 years. In addition to singing along with the carolers, children will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus himself. After the show, guests can stop at the National History Museum’s ice skating rink to glide under the twinkling lights with the iconic Waterhouse building as a backdrop. Back at the hotel, enjoy a Christmas Day lunch set in the cozy drawing rooms of Town House restaurant. The traditional feast includes all the trimmings, from Christmas pudding to Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Little ones will be delighted to find a surprise turndown treat awaiting them back in their beds. Available from December 22-28. Rates start from $1,998 based on double occupancy B&B for four nights.

A Day at the Market

Known for being home to one of Europe’s top Christmas markets, Bath features over 150 twinkling chalets selling everything from homeware to handcrafted jewelry. For gourmands, there will be plenty of treats to enjoy on the spot or to take home for later, such as locally made cheese and chocolates. For a truly festive experience, Belmond British Pullman will host a roundtrip journey to Bath from London on December 4. The package includes a Bellini brunch on the outbound trip, a day at the market in Bath, and an indulgent four-course dinner on the return. Rates start at $650 per passenger.

Escape to the Swiss Alps

Cheese fondue, glühwein and all the cozy winter comforts of a Swiss resort can be found at The Bloomsbury’s seasonal al fresco restaurant, Dalloway Terrace. In collaboration with the alpine resort town of Gstaad, the restaurant has been reimagined with snow-dusted pine garlands and traditional cow bells nestled amongst the frosty foliage. Famed as a winter playground for A-listers and global icons, Gstaad’s Swiss traditions are apparent in the terrace, such as bespoke “Scherenschnitte” (Swiss paper cuttings) on display around the restaurant. Travelers to London this winter can find a cozy spot on the heated terrace and warm up with Foxford woolen blankets and a Swiss inspired afternoon tea complete with a Mont Blanc tart, Edel Weiss white chocolate cream and a Swiss chocolate snow coated pine tree. Warming cocktails such as an alpine toddy, a hot toddy with a chamomile twist are delivered to the table with a Retro Viewer that allows guests to gaze upon the picturesque mountains of Gstaad between sips. Afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace starts at $50 per person.

Dinner with Dickens

Guests can experience a Christmas in the city and country with Belmond’s new package that combines two nights at Belmond Cadogan Hotel – the British brand’s first London address with private access to the Cadogan Estate Gardens – and one night at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, a 15th-century manor in the English countryside. On December 21, actor Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of A Christmas Carol author Charles Dickens, will perform a one-man show of his ancestor’s classic story at Le Manoir’s two Michelin-starred restaurant. Diners will not only be treated to light-hearted scenes from the story but will also hear diary excerpts from those who were close to the author. Rates for the Belmond Cadogan Hotel and Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons package start at $2,955 per couple; dinner at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons can be added for $290 per person.

 

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A Few of our Favorite Things: Festive Holiday Traditions on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket

November 18, 2019
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Cape Cod Enchanted Village takes place December 6, 2019-January 2, 2020. Free and open to the public! Thousands of lights, a Santa’s Village and the Cape Cod Surftone Carolers sing holiday music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 5 pm to 8pm. Bonfire nightly (weather permitting). Holiday lights go on at dusk. Please bring a gift card of new, unwrappped toy for the “Giving Tree”. Proceeds go to Independence House. (www.capecodderresort.com/packages/enchanted-village-package)

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Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket bring the classic spirit of the season to life every Thanksgiving through New Year’s, each putting their special stamp on beloved holiday traditions.

Bundle up by the seashore this season and make some of these unique Cape & Islands traditions your own:

  1. Illuminations: The Town Crier leads the dramatic countdown to the Nantucket Tree Lighting(November 29), when more than 150 trees light up the night sky to the sounds of joyous caroling. Featured in Smithsonian Magazine’s article “Seven Places Reinventing the Christmas Tree,” Provincetown’s Lobster Pot Treeis stacked with over 100 real lobster pots borrowed from local lobstermen; adorned with 3,400 LED lights, the display comes to life on November 30. And the December 7 Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse is the official kickoff to the Vineyard’s Christmas in Edgartown celebration, with holiday sing-a-longs led by Dickens Christmas Carolers.
  2. Santa’s Arrival:It’s the Cape & Islands, so we can hardly expect Santa to make much of a splash arriving in his traditional mode of transport. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and get ready to greet Old St. Nick dockside! Local harbors are the place to be as Santa cruises into various town ports by boat, including Orleans on November 30, Chatham on December 1, both Falmouth and Nantucket on December 7 and Vineyard Haven on December 8.
  3. Nantucket Christmas Stroll: Glittering fir trees, strolling minstrels and Victorian carolers are just some of the sights you’ll see at the highly anticipated 46th Annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll(December 6-8). The festivities include extended shopping hours, special menus at local restaurants, craft shows and a magical talking Christmas tree.
  4. Festive 5Ks:’Tis the season to be jolly, which often means overindulging in eggnog and Christmas cookies. Burn off those calories (and more importantly, make room for some more) at the Santa Stampede and Family Fun Runon December 7 in Orleans and the Teddy Bear Trot on December 15 in Edgartown. Runners and walkers should dress in their festive best; if you don’t cross the finish line first, you could still win for best costume!
  5. Christmas in Edgartown:Downtown Edgartown comes alive December 12-15 for the 38th Annual Christmas in Edgartown. Twinkle-lit architecture sets the scene for cookie contests, wreath making, amazing store promotions, The Great Chowder Contest, and a parade down Main Street.
  6. Old-Fashioned Family Fun: Take a guided ride along a winter wonderland route in an over-sand vehicle to the remote Cape Poge Lighthouse for Christmas at the Lighthouseon Martha’s Vineyard (December 7-8). The Nantucket Whaling Museum is ablaze with color during the Nantucket Historical Association Festival of Trees(December 6-31), featuring creatively decorated trees by local merchants, artists and children. And nine miles of twinkling lights greet visitors to Heritage Museums & Gardens’ Gardens Aglow, where you can visit with Santa in a 1913 Model T Ford, roast marshmallows over outdoor fire pits and stroll through the grounds on a reindeer scavenger hunt (November 29-December 29, Fridays-Sundays).
  7. Shop Local: Quaint boutiques, charming bookstores and eclectic galleries adorn downtown areas, making it easy to tackle your holiday shopping list. One-of-a-kind gifts by local artisans can be found at Featherstone’s Holiday Gift Show(November 15-December 15), the Vineyard Artisans’ Annual Holiday Fair(December 21) and the Holiday LoveLocal Fest in Hyannis (December 7-8). Peruse the beautiful glass-blown ornaments at Sandwich Glass Museum’s Glassblowers’ Christmas, featuring handmade ornaments available for purchase (November 15-December 30). And if you shop on Nantucket between November 1 and December 24, you can earn red tickets and enter for a chance to win up to $11,000 through the Holiday Red Ticket Program.

If you’ve been searching for some holiday magic ― along with festive village centers, fireside dining and cozy inns ― your Cape & Islands Christmas experience awaits! Visit the links below to learn more about spending the holidays by the sea:

CapeCodChamber.org
MVY.com
NantucketChamber.org

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46th Annual Nantucket Noel 2019 of Winter Nights & Holiday Lights Underway Nov 29-Jan 1

November 18, 2019
Nantrucket Lighthouse during Christmas

Nantucket Island’s month-long (November 29, 2019 to January 1, 2020) Nantucket Noel is a venerable tradition.

Nantucket Island’s month-long (November 29, 2019 to January 1, 2020) Nantucket Noel is a venerable tradition. With the influx of visitors and return of islanders with homes here for the holidays, Island population swells along with the intense feeling that something very special is about to happen. And, to be sure, Nantucket Noel and its dazzling Christmas Stroll Weekend remind us of every reason why Christmas season is so special to us all.

This year’s theme is Winter Nights & Holiday Nights — a reminder that, on Nantucket, the winter holidays commence with the Tree Lighting and continue for 33 days through The New Nantucket New Year’s Event and The Nantucket Hotel’s Anchor Drop on New Year’s Eve.

Nantucket Noel’s magic begins on Friday, November 29, 2019 with the annual Tree Lighting & Community Caroling Ceremony at the top of Main Street (which will be closed to vehicular traffic). Islanders, visitors and others convene in holiday spirit, gleefully anticipating the Town Crier’s countdown to the illumination of more than 150 balsam holiday trees. After the balsam trees are ablaze with light, rounds of traditional holiday carols spontaneously break out in song with the remarkably colorful and energy-efficient LED lights in the background. Caroling is led by Nantucket High School’s renowned a cappella group Accidentals & Naturals.

Nantucket Noel 2019’s festivities — including the incomparable signature event Christmas Stroll Weekend (December 6-8, 2019) — commence first at dusk on November 29 with the annual Tree Lighting & Community Caroling Ceremony presented by Stop & Shop. This much anticipated tradition features more than 150 majestically attired balsam Christmas trees lining the side perimeters of cobblestoned Main Street and adjoining byways. The 46th Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend (December 6-8, 2019), presented by The Steamship Authority, is the following weekend.

“The Steamship Authority is pleased to again sponsor the Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend” said Kimberlee McHugh, Steamship Authority’s Director of Marketing. “We look forward to transporting many visitors to and from Nantucket during the festivities. If you haven’t already done so, please book your ferry reservations online at www.SteamshipAuthority.com or call 508-477-8600. On behalf of all of us at the Steamship Authority, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.”

Christmas Stroll Weekend is truly an inspiring event comprising the ultimate holiday imaginings of every child, teenager and adult! Every nuance of Christmas past, present and future is rolled into one weekend here on Nantucket. Nantucket presents the Christmas of everyone’s dreams for all to experience and participate in year after year.

On Saturday, December 7, everyone awaits the arrival of Santa Claus himself! Promptly at 11:45AM, when Nantucket’s Town Crier, in full regalia, will ring in the 46th Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend presented by The Steamship Authority. The Crier then leads the procession to Straight Wharf to meet Santa, who arrives via Coast Guard cutter. Santa — held aloft on his nautical sleigh (minus the reindeer, of course!) — will greet his enthusiastic fans before riding to the Discovery Room at the NHA Whaling Museum on Broad Street to meet with the hopeful children who will regale Santa with their ‘wish lists.’

After Santa Claus’ departure to the Discovery Room at the NHA Whaling Museum, a full day of holiday activities and events including strolling Victorian carolers, bell ringers, local talent of every description, Main Street’s Magical Talking Tree, the Christmas Marketplace, styled after the authentic holiday markets of Europe, and other traditional holiday activities will be on offered for every member of the family! Grown-ups are as enthusiastic as the little ones about Nantucket Noel events and, especially, Christmas Stroll Weekend.

“From Downtown Nantucket across the entire Island, there is a feeling of anticipation as the Christmas holidays unfold. Commencing with the Tree Lighting and continuing through Stroll Weekend and Nantucket New Years, the joy and tradition are amazing,” said David Martin, President & CEO of Nantucket Chamber.

“Nantucket evolves into a living ‘snow globe,’ evocative of every wondrous emotion and memory of Christmas holidays past and present. Holiday bells, the twinkle of holiday ornaments on trees and Christmas carols complete the spell. Nantucket presents the Christmas of a lifetime, every year, with its Nantucket Noel, Christmas Stroll and Nantucket New Years,” Martin continued.

To encourage shopping local for the holiday season and promote the sustainability of Island commerce, the Chamber continues its popular Holiday Red Ticket Program, with participating Chamber member businesses giving out one red ticket for every $25 purchase.  The program commences on November 1st, with merchants dispensing one red tickets for every $25 spent. On Double Red Ticket Days, December 14th, merchants will dispense two red tickets for every $25 spent.  At 3pm on December 24th, five lucky winners of $1,000, one luck winner of $5,000, and one extra-lucky winner of a surprise prize valued at $1,000 will be chosen at random from the multitude of tickets filling the enormous bed of a Don Allen Ford truck parked outside the Pacific National Bank at the head of Main Street. A list of participating merchants can be found at www.nantucketredtickets.com.

The month of December draws to a close with the new Nantucket New Years on December 31, 2019. More details to follow on this day full of events. In 2018, Nantucket Hotel hosted a Countdown to 2019 at its first-ever complimentary ‘Anchor Drop’ from the top of The Nantucket Hotel. The tradition will continue this year with a Countdown to 2020. Gather outside the Hotel at 5:00PM for an Anchor Drop or an Anchor Drop at 12:00AM, both with hot chocolate for all.

 

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ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI Offers Perk-Filled Ski, Spa Packages

November 18, 2019
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ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI, the luxurious Italian spa resort, is offering perk-filled ski packages, including FIS World Ski Cup.

Val Gardena, Italy … Every expert and novice skier should plan to visit the massive, gorgeous Dolomite Superski area, one of the largest in Europe. With 12 ski resorts, 450 lifts and 760 miles of trails, there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

Guests at ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI, one of Italy’s five ADLER Spa Resorts & Lodges, find themselves in a prime spot for experiencing the Dolomites’ famous fresh tracks, as they’re just a few minutes’ walk to three different lifts: the Seceda cable car (which can be reached from the ski room by escalator), the gondola to Alpe di Siusi or the Rasciesa funicular. The hotel is also a popular spot for enjoying the annual FIS World Ski Cup, and offers packages for guests looking to watch the races.

After a day spent criss-crossing the slopes, they can decompress at ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI’s incredible spa, where diverse offerings include seven different steam and sauna areas and nearly 30 massages on the treatment menu. The spa is known for its sprawling Water World area, which features more than 30,000 square feet of hot and cold pools, baths, saunas and relaxation areas, all set within ADLER Park, a private, peaceful oasis. Water World highlights include the salt grotto and rock salt sauna, the Rasul bath (with mud and herbal steam), a floral-scented steam room and the women’s only rose-petal bath and lounge area. There are dozens of spa treatments available, such as Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, and Alpine baths with local pine needles and hay. Respiratory therapy, which can be used as a weight loss or a stress-management technique, is one of the newer offerings. Treatments at all three hotel spas feature ADLER’s own skincare products.

Guests looking for a more intimate experience should try ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI’s sister hotel ADLER Lodge ALPE, which offers a  ski concierge and easy access to the famed, protected Alpe di Siusi ski area.

ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI’s most current value-added ski packages are outlined below.

Pre-Christmas Ski & Wellness Special (December 8, 2019 through December 19, 2019 from €522 per person)

Travelers who are able to squeeze in a pre-Christmas trip will find all of the festive holiday ambiance, with fewer crowds and lower prices.

This offer includes a €50 spa voucher worth  for all single and multi-day spa programs (excluding ADLER a modo mio), as well as a 25 percent reduction on all adult multi-day ski passes for 3 days or longer.

FIS Ski World Cup Val Gardena “Deluxe” (December 19, 2019 through December 22, 2019 from €922 per person)

Since 1970, the Ski World Cup has been one of the Val Gardena’s main sporting events. Here, on the legendary Saslong slope, the best athletes of the world compete in one of the most exciting downhill races, jumping the well known “Camel Humps” at a speed of more than 100 kilometers per hour. ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI guests will enjoy a fine selection of drinks and delicacies offered in the exclusive VIP Tent and participate in the Central Tribune upon arrival.

The rate includes:
• Three-day half-board meal plan
• Two-day DOLOMITI Superskipass
• Ticketed entry to FIS Ski World Cup Central Tribune and the Saslounge Feel Free VIP Tent (December 20)
• Ticketed entry to Men’s Super-G and Men’s Downhill races (December 21)
• Surprise gift

A less expensive option (Val Gardena “Action”) without VIP access is also available from €702 per person, and includes tickets to Sector A.

Ski & Sun Special (March 22, 2020 through April 5, 2020 from €522 per person)

Love the idea of skiing while basking in the sun’s rays? This package takes advantage of the still-powdery slopes and glorious spring weather. During this period guests receive a 50 percent discount on multi-day ski passes for adults (minimum three days).

ADLER DOLOMITI is in northeastern Italy’s Dolomites mountain range, which was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO, who praised its “vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys.” The 114-room hotel overlooks the mountains, with architecture that’s beautifully integrated into the alpine setting…in the midst of one of the bet skiing areas in Europe.  The property is known for its sprawling Water World area, which features more than 30,000 square feet of hot and cold pools, baths, saunas and relaxation areas, all set within ADLER Park, a private, peaceful oasis.

A variety of kid-friendly accommodations are offered at both hotels, including superior double rooms with sofa beds (for families with one child) and family suites with additional sleeping areas. Daily rates start at €208 per person per day, with reduced meal plan prices for children, depending on age. Additional reductions are offered during special family weeks throughout the year.

ADLER Lodge ALPE is an eco-friendly hotel that complies with the Klimahaus Nature standards, which include strict requirements for responsible energy consumption, sustainable construction materials and an architectural design that’s in harmony with the surrounding landscape

A network of trails adjacent to the property allows guests to easily hike or ski out and back to explore the Alpe di Siusi. Visitors can also experiment with yoga, horse-drawn carriage rides, snowshoeing, mountain biking and swimming in the heated indoor-outdoor infinity pool. Treated with therapeutic Dead Sea salt, the pool resembles a mountain lake, especially in the early mornings, as the mist rises and mingles with the clean, crisp air.

ADLER Lodge ALPE is an eco-friendly hotel that complies with the Klimahaus Nature standards, which include strict requirements for responsible energy consumption, sustainable construction materials and an architectural design that’s in harmony with the surrounding landscape.

For more information:  https://www.adler-resorts.com/en/

 

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Black Friday? Bah, Humbug! Celebrate ‘Bright Friday’ With Opening of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, NY

November 18, 2019

Skaneateles-Dickens XmasA Dickens Christmas festivities in Skaneateles, NY (photo by Kimberly Rossi).

The magic of the holiday season returns to Skaneateles, New York with the 26th edition of Dickens Christmas.

Enchanting holiday shoppers as it brings “A Christmas Carol” to life, Skaneateles’ iconic street theater production opens Nov. 29 and runs weekends through Christmas. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a limited show (noon to 2:30 p.m.) Dec. 24.

Suspend disbelief: you are in the year 1842.

Queen Victoria has arrived in town with Charles Dickens, whom she has commissioned to write a Christmas story. During their monthlong stay, Dickens gains inspiration from a bevy of now-familiar characters, including Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Spirit of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Jacob Marley, along with finishing school girls, pickpockets and other villagers.

New to this year’s production is Washington Irving, author of such tales as “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” in town to welcome Dickens and the Queen.

Each week, the story unfolds as Dickens and his entourage interact with cast members and passersby.

“The real magic of our little Christmas party is the human connection we make when we look each other in the eye and wish each other well,” says producing director Jim Greene, who plays Dickens. “For the past 26 years, we’ve had the opportunity to revel in the greater gift of simply caring for one another.”

Dickens Christmas draws more than 20,000 visitors each year. It is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and presented by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Skaneateles-area business community.

Highlights of this year’s season include:

  • World’s Smallest Christmas Parade. Nov. 29, starting at noon at the Skaneateles Village Hall on Fennell Street, proceeding east to Jordan and Genesee streets and arriving at the Hannum House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening.
  • Midday Revels—Christmas carol sing-along—2 p.m. every day at the gazebo. Twelve groups form, representing the 12 days of Christmas. The groups vie for attention, and at the end, Queen Victoria awards a silver teasel to the most spirited performer. Winners have been known to wear their coveted silver teasels throughout the season.
  • Trunk shows—lighthearted versions of Dickens’ new story, performed with help from the audience—12:30 p.m. at the gazebo and 3 p.m. at the library each day.
  • Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides around the village, departing from the Sherwood Inn, provided by Rt. 80 Quarry Ridge Stables. Wagon rides are $3; carriage rides are offered for a $20 donation.
  • Magic shows, performed by the Very Peculiar Prestidigitating Packwoods, 1 p.m. Sundays at the Skaneateles Library.
  • A snowman-building contest in Clift Park Dec. 21 (weather-permitting). Bring your own supplies and creativity! Queen Victoria will judge the entries at 2:45 p.m. First prize is a $50 gift certificate from the Sherwood Inn; second prize is a Dickens mug and cocoa.
  • “It’s A Wonderful Life! The Radio Play,” presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Auburn Public Theater. Tickets are $10.
  • Free refreshments, including roasted chestnuts, figgy pudding, and Byrne Dairy eggnog served by the Girl Scouts (Saturdays only).

For children, Mother Goose will read holiday stories, and Father Christmas will hand out treats from the porch of the Masonic Temple.

“While you’re in town, be sure to visit our unique shops and restaurants—the perfect complement to a holiday outing,” says Hilary Fenner, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “And stop by the Chamber, at 22 Jordan St., for commemorative scarves ($15 with an embroidered logo, $10 without), mugs ($10 with cocoa, $8 without) and ornaments ($5).”

Paid parking is available in the municipal lot between Jordan and State streets; free parking is available in the lot adjacent to Ace Hardware/Skaneateles Town Square on Fennell Street and at the Austin Park Pavilion, at the corner of Jordan and Austin streets. A horse-drawn wagon will shuttle between both locations and the village. Tickets for the shuttle, which runs 11:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., are $3 per person each way, $10 per family (maximum of six people). Shuttle riders will receive a coupon for a free ornament from the Chamber.

For more information on Dickens Christmas, go to www.skaneateles.com, call (315) 685-0552, or follow the event on Facebook (Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce or Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles).

 

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Aspen Mountain & Snowmass Opening Early for Season, Nov. 23

November 18, 2019
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Aspen Mountain is opening early for the 2019-20 season.

ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo. – Nov. 18, 2019 – Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will both be open for daily operations Saturday, Nov. 23, five days prior to the resorts’ scheduled opening date.

Aspen Mountain will operate Little Nell and Bell Mountain chairlifts giving access to 75 acres of terrain with over 2,600 vertical feet. Available runs will include Deer Park, Tortilla Flats, Spar Gulch and The Little Nell. Additionally, the Silver Queen Gondola will be open for sightseeing and the Sundeck will be available for food and beverage options.

Snowmass will offer a total of 60 acres of terrain with skiing and riding from the Village Express midway unload point along Upper Scooper to Lower Hal’s Hollow to the bottom of Fanny Hill as well as at Elk Camp Meadows accessed by the Elk Camp Gondola. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster will be up-and-running and the Elk Camp Restaurant will be open with food and beverages.

“With a series of incredible early season storms and cold temperatures, our mountain operations teams have been hard at work and we could not be more excited to open early on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for the second year in a row,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president, mountain operations. “With 135 acres of combined skiable terrain on Aspen and Snowmass, perfectly groomed corduroy and a few storms coming mid-week we are looking forward to a great 19/20 season.”

Four Mountain Sports will be open and the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass will offer both group and private lessons for all ages at Snowmass, including children’s lessons out of the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, and private lessons at Aspen Mountain.

For opening weekend through Wednesday, Nov. 27, lift tickets are $109 per day for adults and $69 for children, teens and seniors. Half-day tickets for adults are $79 and $52 for children, teens and seniors. Sightseeing tickets for both the Silver Queen Gondola and the Elk Camp Gondola are $37 for adults and $26 for children. The sightseeing tickets include a $10 lunch credit at either the Sundeck restaurant on Aspen Mountain or the Elk Camp restaurant on Snowmass. All pass products are good for the early opening. Ticket offices are currently open at the base of Aspen Mountain and at the Snowmass Base Village Gondola seven-days a week. The Snowmass Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall and the Two Creeks Ticket Office will open for the season Saturday, Nov. 23.

Aspen Mountain lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Snowmass, the Village Express lift will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the Elk Camp Gondola running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

As conditions allow and weather permitting, terrain will be added on both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. For the most up-to-date terrain openings, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/mountain-announcements.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 7.

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC), based in Aspen, Colo., operates the four mountains in the Aspen Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. In addition, ASC owns and operates the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass, a collection of rental and retail shops titled Four Mountain Sports and a hospitality division that includes the five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell and three contemporary Limelight Hotels, one based in the core of Aspen, one at the base of Snowmass Mountain, and the other in Ketchum, Idaho. In its current form, ASC is a values-driven company that is grounded within the core values of: Live Passionately, Awaken the Spirit, Elevate Community and Honor Place. Aspen Snowmass is accessible by one of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen).

For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/aspensnowmass.

 

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No Need to Wait for Christmas Day to Enjoy Holiday Spirit Around the Globe

November 2, 2019
Nantrucket Lighthouse during Christmas

From December 6-9, the 47th annual Christmas Stroll will transform downtown Nantucket into a winter wonderland with hundreds of seven-foot Christmas trees lining the streets and three full days of holiday merriment.

The Festive Season is upon us! Spend the final vacation days of the year hearing Christmas carols in England’s first cathedral, wandering through Nantucket’s famous holiday display, or overlooking a volcano in Costa Rica,. Here are some top picks for where to spend cheerful December days.

Canterbury, United Kingdom

After strolling through London’s street markets and racing around the ice skating rinks, revelers can board the Belmond British Pullman for a festive daytrip filled with Christmas carols at England’s first cathedral in the city of Canterbury. The roundtrip journey departs from London Victoria Station on December 17 and includes a Bellini brunch on the way out of London, a performance by the Canterbury Carolers in the famous crypt and an indulgent four-course dinner on the return. For those who can’t make a December 17th journey, Belmond British Pullman offers 16 holiday-themed trips through the festive season to spread holiday cheer.

Sicily, Italy

Sicily has always been a favorite destination for travelers looking for an endless summer. Though the weather will be more temperate, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, the first luxury hotel in Taormina, will extend summer’s carefree vibe by remaining open through January 5, 2020. The thinner crowds of winter offer an opportunity to explore Sicily’s museums and landmarks, including the Casa Cuseni Museum and the 4th century Amphitheater. For a festive excursion, embark to the inland city of Caltagirone, home to the largest nativity scene in Italy with over 300 figures spread across a 3,000 square foot site.

Zurich, Switzerland

Said to be the birthplace of ski tourism, Switzerland is home to Europe’s largest glaciers and has the greatest concentration of peaks at 13,000 feet or higher. Within a two-hour drive of world-class ski destinations including Andermatt and Klosters, the iconic Eden au Lac hotel in Zurich will open this December under the La Réserve brand following a top-to-bottom, two-year renovation by Philippe Starck. The 100-plus year-old landmark building is being carefully restored with many of the historic design elements remaining intact. Three-quarters of the property’s 40 rooms and suites will boast a lake view. Just a five-minute walk from the city center, the four-story building will be the only luxury property on Lake Zurich.

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

When it opens on December 20, 2019, Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica will be one of the first luxury camps in Central America. Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, the year-round camp will immerse guests within the surrounding rainforest, as the 29 accommodations have been built at a higher altitude on the hillside to provide unobstructed views of the volcano. Each of the 29 air-conditioned tents generously span 1,496 square feet. For multigenerational families traveling this holiday season, groups can opt for a set of two identical tents that connect with a covered passageway.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

From December 6-9, the 47th annual Christmas Stroll will transform downtown Nantucket into a winter wonderland with hundreds of seven-foot Christmas trees lining the streets and three full days of holiday merriment. Highlights from the weekend include costumed carolers performing throughout the island, live performances in the middle of Main Street and festive treats for sale at local shops and boutiques. As no Christmas celebration would be complete without a visit from Santa, kids from one to 92 will line up outside the White Elephant for an opportunity to chat with Kris Kringle himself. The weekend-long event was created to lure shoppers from the mainland to the island before the boutiques shuttered for the season. Today, Stroll remains the quintessential New England experience. Festive attire is highly encouraged.

New York, New York

This holiday season, The Chatwal, New York will fulfill travelers’ Home Alone 2 or Big childhood dreams through a new partnership with iconic toy store brand FAO Schwarz. Families will enjoy exclusive before-hours access to the famed toy shop when booking a minimum two-night stay in a Grand Deluxe King Room category or higher. Guaranteed to bring out the inner child in every guest, the new experience will begin with a one-hour, behind-the-scenes VIP Tour hosted by an FAO Schwarz Toy Soldier. Children and adults alike will raid the FAO Schwarz Candy Bar, craft a new tune on the famous Grand Piano and learn about the store’s 150-year-plus history in New York.

 

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