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Winter for Nonskiers: Take Advantage of Off-Season Rates at Five-Star Broadmoor Resort

January 23, 2022
Winter affords an ideal opportunity to experience the five-star luxury of The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs.

Where can you go if you don’t ski but still want to curl up by a fire, experience the wintry outdoors, and sidestep the premium rates/crowded high season of most ski resort lodging? If you find yourself preferring après-ski to actual skiing, explore a Colorado resort that isn’t all about the downhill: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor experiences its off season in winter, so nightly rates at the Forbes Five Star resort are as low as $259/night in winter/early spring (a major savings compared to their starting rates of $555+ in summer). And with 784 guest rooms, suites, cottages, and brownstones, there’s usually plenty of inventory during the winter, making it perfect for a last-minute getaway. And you’ll be anything but bored or feeling left out from the Colorado outdoor fun. Here’s what makes The Broadmoor the best winter resort for non-skiers.

Winter Outdoor Adventures  

  • Fat Bikes keep guests riding throughout the winter at the resort using locally-made Borealis fat bikes. These high-end bikes are designed to handle the winter snow of Colorado Springs’ terrain. Guided tours or rentals are available.
  • Falconry is considered the sport of kings, and The Broadmoor’s team of master falconers gets guests up close to the birds of prey, all year-long. NEW FOR WINTER 2022: one can even participate in a falconry hunt and experience Harris Hawks in pursuit of live game, including pheasants, rabbits or squirrel. Hunts are offered by reservation only through March.
  • Fly Fishing in winter is a great option to opt outside, from quick one-hour casting lessons to full-day trips with The Broadmoor’s professional guides.
  • Hiking with The Broadmoor Outfitters is another way to get the heart pumping, and guided hikes can be customized to fit interest and fitness levels.
  • Rock Climbing can be arranged in the winter months, if Mother Nature agrees of course. The Broadmoor’s guides work with everyone from newbies to seasoned climbers.
  • Develop your Wild West skills with a chance to try your hands at archery, tomahawks, and pellet guns during a two-hour group experience that’s perfect for families who enjoy some friendly competition.  
  • Ziplining at The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls continues in winter, offering stunning views of the secluded South Cheyenne Canyon, often dusted in snow.

Spa + Relaxation

  • The Spa at The Broadmoor is known internationally for its innovative services and integrated approach to health and relaxation. In winter, guests love the Oxygen Infusion: a cutting-edge treatment that delivers oxygen under hyperbaric pressure to infuse an active serum to the deeper layers of the skin. And the spa’s large indoor pool is open for guests to enjoy year-round, no matter the weather.
  • Take in a Movie at the resort’s own theater, including popcorn. It’s free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend (often featuring films that are still in regular theaters).
  • Tucked away just off the main lobby, The Broadmoor’s Portales Library is perhaps the coziest place on the property, with an intimate setting and warm/glowing fireplace. It’s the perfect spot to sit and read one of the library’s classics, best sellers, or children’s books.

Indoor Activities

  • Spend a fun-filled evening at Play, a Broadmoor restaurant with six bowling lanes plus a host of games including shuffleboard, a pool table, foosball, Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii to keep everyone entertained all evening long.
  • Tennis and pickleball are very popular at The Broadmoor, even in winter. Two of the resort’s hard courts are covered by an illuminated, heated bubble during the winter months, and lessons can be arranged.
  • A bit indoor AND outdoor… you can travel to the top of Pikes Peak on the heated rail cars of The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Winter rides are typically offered Friday through Monday.

Food… Glorious Food

  • NEW FOR 2022: During winter weekends, The Broadmoor now offers hands-on cooking classes. In February, it’s all about Italy. Guests will learn the pizza and pasta classics of Ristorante del Lago, with Broadmoor chefs sharing their techniques and tips for the best pizza dough, classic pizza toppings & how to bake a pizza at home. Guests will also learn how to make ravioli, hand cut pappardelle, a classic beef Bolognese, plus a decadent tiramisu. In March, it’s a focus on classic tapas, with instruction on the finer points of making tortilla Española, Croquetas de Jamon, Gambas al Ajillo, Patatas Bravas, Marinated Olives, and Pan con Tomate, plus desserts like Crema Catalana and Chocolate con Churros.
  • The Broadmoor has 17 restaurants, cafes, and lounges that range from fine dining to casual patisseries. The selection means you don’t have to drive on winter roads to seek out sustenance. A winter favorite is the Golden Bee, The Broadmoor’s 19th century British Pub. The pub was actually transferred to The Broadmoor panel by panel, directly from the United Kingdom. Order the Fish & chips, a beer (the Red Leg Brewing Company’s Prospector’s Pick Kolsch is brewed specifically for the resort) and end with the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. It’s winter, after all.

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Destination Resorts Give Warm Welcome from Winter Chill

January 10, 2022
Resort destinations like the Zemi Beach House, Anguilla, give a warm welcome to those who want to escape winter’s chill (Photo Credit: Zemi Beach House)

Looking for a warm weather destination resort? From Belize to Anguilla, and all the way to Dubai, we’ve rounded up several of the top destinations to escape winter’s chill:

Destinations for Families:

Mayakoba, MX – Banyan Tree Mayakoba

At Riviera Maya’s most exclusive five-star, all-villa eco resort, families looking to spend the winter vacation under the warm Mexican sunshine would be delighted to book one of Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s two room categories specifically constructed for families looking to spread their wings. Choose from either a Three Bedroom Family Residence or a Beachfront Three-Bedroom Pool Villa, each sleeping up to 6 with over 2700 square feet of space, a private plunge pool, hammocks and separate living room. Families staying on property will also have access to an array of innovative, experiential programs aimed at sustainability, wellbeing and stewardship – pillars that are innate to the Banyan Tree brand, including: Garden-Haab, an educational greenhouse experience where guests can learn about sustainable processes used on property to protect the local flora of Mayakoba, guided bike rides through nature trails to explore cenotes and learn about local fauna, Turtle Release experiences where you can release baby turtles and ensure they reach the sea safely, culinary classes ranging from Thai Spices and Mexican Cooking to Italian Favorites and Pastries, Jim McClean Golf School where families can take private golf classes in the first pure performance golf lab in the country, or learn how to make your notebook from scratch with the Recycling Paper Workshop. A newly renovated Kid’s Club is also available for those little ones looking for a safe sanctuary to do remote learning or have fun beachside.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai is the ultimate over-the-top destination ideal for family members of all ages! From Dubai’s famous Aquaventure waterpark with experiences such as near-vertical drop slides, sea lion cuddling, and an aquarium with 65,000 marine animals, to Atlantis’s Michelin-star restaurants such as Nobu and Hakkasan – the options are endless for families.. In addition to world-class dining and bucket-list experiences, Atlantis is home to some of the best nightlife and entertainment in the Middle East. For adults who want to escape the youngsters for a bit, guests can take advantage of Atlantis’s Kids club and 24-hour nanny services to enjoy all that Atlantis has to offer during the holiday season!

Altamer Resort, Anguilla

Altamer Resort is Anguilla’s hidden gem consisting of three private villas ideal for families. In addition to the Antilles Pearl (sleeps up to 10 guests), the Petit Topaz (sleeps up to 4), Altamer is days away from reopening the Blue Diamond Villa, a 13,000 square-foot villa sleeping up to 12 guests. Guests of Altamer can enjoy their own private beach, a butler and chef upon request, boat day charters, tennis lessons, yoga lessons and much more – the perfect destination for a private, secluded holiday.

Alaia Belize – San Pedro, Belize

Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, Alaia Belize operates as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye. The beachfront hotel sits just 600 meters from the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and featuring a piano bar, live art gallery, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, an onsite dive shop, a kid’s club, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views. Alaia Belize allows hotel guests and residential owners to intimately connect with their surroundings as it was designed to stimulate all five senses. With interiors curated by renowned Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar, the boutique resort is meant to invite guests to touch, stay and feel connected to Mother Nature, from the warm and harmonious ambiance, woven textures, natural fibers and touches of greenery. The design-forward hotel features 155 guest rooms and suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with a natural color scheme to complement the stunning oceanfront views. Seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor settings, the rooms offer an average of 1,200 square feet indoors and almost 900 square feet in open air, per unit. 

Offer timeframe: The offer is available to book now for stays through November 2022. 

For Solo Travelers:

Picocanoa Rodavento – Veracruz, Mexico

Picocanoa Rodavento, an eco-lodge in Veracruz, Mexico, offers a one-of-a-kind warm weather escape for an adventurous holiday trip where thrill seekers can explore the surrounding jungle-clad hills by whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and even zipping across the canyon and colorful treetops. Visitors can also relax and unwind as the glamping site offers traditional wellness treatments, including a traditional Mayan temazcal prehispanico steam bath, as well as an outdoor pool and bar surrounded by lush greenery, a campfire for enjoying traditional batucada drum parties and safari tents and cabins that travelers can book for $98/night on outdoor accommodation website Pitchup.com.

For Couples:

Zemi Beach House, Anguilla

Hugging the crystal waters and perched atop the powder white Shoal Bay Beach, Zemi Beach House is Anguilla’s award-winning luxury boutique hotel. Arrive in style by private plane or sea shuttle from St. Maarten and soak up all that Zemi has to offer—from the one-of-a-kind Thai House Spa to the unique pools and cabanas, to the variety of watersports and beachfront activities. Experience toes-in-the-sand dining with a special curated menu of Caribbean-style cuisine and visit the Rhummelier who will guide you through a sampling of high-end rhums in the chic Rhum Room – a truly unique place to end off the year just right.

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Offers Families ‘Best in Snow’ Holiday Fun

November 18, 2021
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is continuing its tradition as one of the most festive resorts in the Yosemite National Park region with the return of its popular holiday activities.

FISH CAMP, Calif.— Tenaya Lodge is continuing its tradition as one of the most festive resorts in the Yosemite region with the return of its popular holiday activities. Seasonal offerings begin with Thanksgiving and continue through New Year’s Day, providing guests with a myriad of old and new resort traditions that consistently make the resort a top destination for holiday travel and celebrations.

The most enchanting time of the year at Tenaya Lodge begins when the festive décor goes up, transforming the lodge into a dazzling holiday haven where guests are greeted in the lobby upon arrival by the 35-foot, sustainable grand holiday tree, adorned with ornaments and fully-illuminated with sparkling lights. 

After decking the halls with décor, Tenaya turns its attention to holiday programming designed with the entire family in mind, ranging from the popular ‘Gingerbread House Decorating’ workshops where children and families can build their ultimate dream house using an array of sweets to listening to Mrs. Claus as she reads the traditional holiday story, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  Also offered are a number of family craft experiences, including ornament decorating and stocking decorating

The holiday season also brings the return of beloved winter activities. Guests can enjoy gliding over the ice while surrounded by the Sierra National Forest at the resort’s outdoor covered ice-skating rink that opens Nov. 23. When the area is blanketed with snow, families can indulge in snow play on the resort’s kid-friendly sled hill or guided snow shoe hikes to explore the surrounding area.

When it comes to holiday dining, guests can forget the cooking and cleaning and instead enjoy family time together with Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite serving up Thanksgiving favorites on Nov. 25. Holiday diners can enjoy the Thanksgiving Buffet in the Grand Ballroom from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., featuring a range of carved entrees, soups, salads, sides and all the Thanksgiving favorites. For a more intimate setting, a special plated menu will be available in Jackalope’s Bar & Grill from 4-9 p.m., offering portions for smaller appetites. On Christmas Day,guests can enjoy the Happy Holiday Buffet in the Grand Ballroom from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and a more intimate, plated Holiday Dinner in Jackalope’s Bar & Grill from 4-9 p.m. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all holiday activities at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite will be limited to in-house guests only.

Black Friday Sale 

Black Friday is another holiday tradition at Tenaya Lodge. Visitors can save big on a Yosemite getaway in 2022 during the resort’s biggest sale of the year from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Travelers can save 30 percent off a resort stay with booking dates through June 9, 2022. To claim the deal, readers must sign-up at www.tenayalodge.com. All website subscribers will be sent an exclusive link with instructions on how to book on November 26.

Setting the standard for High Sierra hospitality and adventure, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is an award-winning, all-season resort adjacent to Yosemite National Park’s south gate. Lodge, cottage and cabin accommodations satisfy a wide variety of preferences and are set on 75 acres primed for outdoor recreation that invite visitors to explore and connect with nature. From the nourishing Ascent Spa to custom-curated Yosemite tours, guided hikes and seasonal activities, a deep appreciation for the iconic location is infused into every aspect of the resort experience that also includes world-class views, multiple pools and abundant dining options ranging from casual to candlelit. 

The winter is a great time to visit Yosemite National Park. It’s very quiet and peaceful with fewer crowds. The park is open through the south gate and you can hike. When there is a lot of snow, then snow shoes or crampons are recommended. Tenaya does a guided snow shoe hike around the property that is popular.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, 1122 Highway 41 Fish Camp, CA 93623, 888-514-2167, TenayaLodge.com

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Vail Resorts in Northeast Gear Up for Summer with Mountain Biking, Golf, Zip Tours

April 30, 2021

Epic Pass prices reduced 20%, now available at EpicPass.com for 2021/22 winter season

Vail Resorts’ Mount Snow in Vermont is gearing up for mountain biking this summer. (Photo courtesy Mount Snow Resort

Broomfield, Colo. – Vail Resorts today announced summer operating dates and activities at six of its Northeast resorts including Mount Snow, Stowe and Okemo in Vermont and Mount Sunapee, Attitash and Wildcat in New Hampshire. After a winter season unlike any before, each resort is excited to welcome guests to experience summertime splendor in the mountains with activities for those of all ages. All opening dates will be compliant with state and local guidelines and may be subject to change.

Mount Snow Resort

The Mount Snow Golf Club tees off starting May 21. The Mount Snow Golf Course has matured into one of Vermont’s premier mountain courses and has been rated one of the top five in the state by Golf Digest.

Mountain biking begins on May 29 at theMount Snow Bike Park. Now in its 33rd season, making it one of the oldest bike parks in North America, the bike park is a four-time Top Five finisher in the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Northeast. The lift-served park’s 10 trails offer a variety of cross-country, downhill, freeride and mixed-use terrain with a total vertical of 1,000 feet.Mount Snow also offers the First Lift and First Drop programs, which are clinics geared toward introducing people to the sport of downhill mountain biking and helping them build their skills.

Scenic chairlift rides on the Bluebird Express to the summit of Mount Snow will also begin on May 29, with views of Somerset Reservoir, Mount Monadnock and sometimes even Mount Washington.

Food and beverage options will be available at Mount Snow this summer at the Bullwheel Tavern on the summit, Canned in the base area and Fairways Restaurant at the golf course. The resort will also resume hosting concerts, festivals and other warm weather events this year. The resort’s events calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check back for all the latest happenings.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe’s Zip Tour Adventure, which opens on July 1, allows guests to see and experience the mountain canopy in ways never imagined. ‘ZipTour’ is the world’s fastest and most exhilarating zip line experience. Ride our Summit Gondola to the launching point near the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Then enjoy the thrill of flying down three of the world’s longest zip-spans, both above and through the Green Mountain State Forest.

Stowe’s Treetop Adventure offers six different levels of courses consisting of aerial tree-to-tree connections with 68 various Challenge/Game elements intertwined in the experience. First, you’ll learn to use our state-of- the-art safety cable system, giving you the knowledge and skill to achieve feats on our Adventure Courses that will leave you motivated to conquer the world. Suitable for most ages, the courses are designed to progressively build confidence.

The Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road also opens May 28. The 4.5-mile unpaved road begins next to the Inn at the Mountain and climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. The road ends at a parking lot next to the Mount Mansfield Summit Station for spectacular hiking options. All hikers should stop into the Green Mountain Club prior to hiking for an orientation. Hiking maps are distributed upon arrival.

An equally spectacular mountain ascent is provided by the Mount Mansfield Gondola, scheduled to open June 18. The comfortable, eight-passenger gondolas depart from the Gondola Barn, which is served by its own access road and parking lot approximately ¼ mile north of the historic Mount Mansfield Base Lodge.

Food and beverage options will be available at the Spruce Peak Plaza this summer, along with family friendly programming and events. The Spruce Peak events calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check back.

Okemo Mountain Resort

At Okemo, lift-served mountain biking will be offered beginning on June 17 on the lower mountain out of the Sugar House mid-mountain lodge. The Sunburst Six will provide scenic chairlift rides to the summit of Okemo Mountain. Okemo’s Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore will feature the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Miniature Golf, Disc Golf, Haulback Challenge Course and Coleman Brook Mining Company Sluice.

Food and beverage options will be available at Okemo this summer at the Summit Lodge, The Sugar House and at Jackson Gore with a takeout window for day visitors and dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern.

Mount Sunapee

Mount Sunapee opens for summer guests on June 18. In addition to scenic chairlift rides to the summit of Mount Sunapee and lift-served mountain biking, visitors can enjoy hiking trails, an archery course, and the Mount Sunapee Adventure Park that includes miniature golf, disc golf, an aerial challenge course, a mining sluice and a new pump track.

Food and beverage options will be available at Mount Sunapee this summer in the base area and specialty dinners will be scheduled the summit. The return of warm-weather events this summer will include the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, scheduled for Aug. 7 through Aug. 15.

Attitash Mountain Resort

Beginning June 26, Attitash will welcome guests back to the heart of the White Mountains with its classic Alpine Slide and the Flying Yankee Scenic Chair. Celebrating over 40 years at Attitash Mountain Resort, the two alpine slides provide thrills for all who ride the chutes. Ride up the Flying Yankee chairlift to begin this exciting journey down rolling slopes, straightaways and S-turns. Or, simply enjoy the views on the scenic Flying Yankee Chair.

Wildcat Mountain Resort

Summer visitors can enjoy the Wildcat Express Scenic Ride staring June 26, which offers spectacular views of Mount Washington and the surrounding Presidential Mountain range. Wildcat Mountain is the only place in North America where you’ll find the unique lift conversion from a high-speed Quad in the winter to a scenic gondola in the summer. To view the Best Scenery in the East – consistently named #1 by SKI Magazine Readers –  ride aboard our four-person enclosed scenic gondola to Wildcat Mountain’s 4,000+ foot summit.

COVID-19 Safety

Health and safety remains the company’s top priority. Its resorts this summer will be operating according to local public health orders and following their guidance as it relates to face coverings. Guests are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines as the pandemic continues to evolve.

Epic Pass Lineup & Price Reset

Vail Resorts recently announced a bold price reset of Epic Pass products to continue to deliver on our commitment of Epic for Everyone and to honor the loyalty of our pass holders. Epic Pass prices have been reduced by 20 percent across the board, and are now available to purchase at EpicPass.com for the 2021/22 winter season.

For skiers and riders in Vermont and New Hampshire, the Northeast Value Pass offers incredible value for next season,priced at $479 (down from $599 last season) and offering access to all seven Vermont and New Hampshire resorts plus Hunter, Roundtop and more. The Northeast Midweek Pass is now $359, down from $449. The price reduction applies to the entire portfolio of the company’s North American pass lineup. The Epic Local Pass is now available for $583 (down from $729 last season) and the full Epic Pass is priced at $783 (down from $979 last season).

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

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Resorts Gear Up for Families Seeking Escape

March 19, 2021
Mayan dancers at Xcaret, an archaeological theme park. Families who stay at the all-inclusive Hotel Xcaret resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya on the Caribbean have unlimited access to Xcaret parks: Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, Xenses, and the Xenotes and Xichen tours. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Domestic and international resorts are gearing up to provide secluded and unique getaways for families bursting to get out and be together in new and exciting locales.  From educational programming, plenty of outdoor fun (ice-fishing in Wisconsin, learning about the Florida keys, SUP boarding in Turks & Caicos), suites or cabins with full kitchens, these resorts are sure to make all members of the family happy while helping to create new memories in a much-needed change of scenery.

Many of the resort destinations are also providing flexibility in cancellations due to the current travel climate. Additionally, these international resorts have begun implementing onsite testing for COVID-19 to meet reentry requirements to the U.S.

FAMILY FUN IN THE U.S.

Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida Keys

Hawks Cay Resort, a one of a kind destination resort in the Florida Keys, offers families looking for a safe spring break getaway this year, the ideal location to spread out and find entertaining programming for everyone in the family. From the full-service marina, guests have access to snorkeling and fishing charters, as well as kayaking and standup paddleboarding. The onsite Dolphin Connection offers families both in-water and dockside experiences, and for those who want to participate in activities together, the resort has a wide variety of new COVID friendly activities including an environmental education class and astronomy lesson. The resort offers guests a variety of room categories including 177 hotel rooms and 250 two- and three-bedroom townhome-style villas that come equipped with washer and dryer and a full kitchen for guests who prefer dine in, and multiple dining outlets that are offering both outdoor and grab and go options. For more information, visit www.hawkscay.com.

Sand Valley, Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Sand Valley resort, a short road trip from many Midwest states, is the ideal back-to-nature getaway for families who are looking for a secluded and safe spring break destination. With a variety of outdoor activities, cozy lodging options that are thoughtfully spaced out for added safety, stunning views, and a culinary experience to match, Sand Valley is the perfect Midwest spring break escape. Outdoor adventures available include hiking, fat-tire biking, bird watching, fishing, yoga, star gazing and snow activities when the weather permits (i.e., snowshoeing, ice skating). Since most Sand Valley cottages are furnished with a full kitchen for cooking and dining, pre-packaged meal kits with local Wisconsin ingredients and recipes curated by Sand Valley chefs await guests upon request. Guests can also arrange for a chef-curated meal in the comfort of their cottage or villa, private dining and in-home meals. From lodging options to greatly enhanced housekeeping procedures to frictionless delivery options, Sand Valley takes the health and wellbeing of visitors incredibly seriously. Find information on the resort’s COVID protocol linked here.

ADVENTURES IN MEXICO

Grand Residences, Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Grand Residences is a secluded coastal resort located about half an hour outside of Cancun and home to its own private beach area. The resort offers an array of onsite activities (i.e., Zumba class, Spanish lessons) and immersive experiences for guests of all ages. Through their Kids Club programming, younger guests, ages 12 and under, are able to learn about local culture and traditions through interactive games and art projects. Some of the activities include learning how to create and play an authentic Mexican lottery game called La Lotería, creating Piñatas, masks and bracelets, treasure. All-inclusive and stay alone travel packages are available and children 12 and under stay free. Grand Residences is also providing complimentary antigen testing for guests.

Hotel Xcaret México, Quintana Roo, México

Hotel Xcaret Mexico is located by the azure blue Caribbean Sea and verdant Riviera Maya jungle.  The premier all-inclusive resort has 900 spacious guest suites, 12 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center.  The resort offers guests all the perks of its exclusive All-Fun Inclusive concept, where travelers have unlimited access to Xcaret parks: Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, Xenses, and the Xenotes and Xichen tours. In addition to food and beverages, the resort offers  transportation between parks and airport shuttle.  

Rates for the All-Fun Inclusive package range from $285 – $358/night  through April 30. Guests can cancel without any penalty up to seven days prior to their arrival. 

COVID-19 Testing: Hotel Xcaret Mexico has implemented the 360 Xafety model assisting guests with COVID-19 detection tests at the company’s resort and parks.  Guests staying at the hotel have access to a complimentary COVID-19 antigen test, with results delivered the same day, or a PCR test for $140, with results delivered within 24 to 48 hours.

CARRIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN GETAWAYS

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Riviera Pacifica, Panama

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is a destination resort on the Pacific coast of Panama and a short flight from major cities in the U.S.  It is the perfect family getaway offering travelers a quick, yet exotic getaway with miles of uncrowded beaches, unique rainforest experiences, and plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy while properly social distancing.  The 118-room luxury resort seven swimming pools, a complimentary Kid’s Club, Nicklaus designed 18-hole championship golf course, biking, tennis, a zoo, sports club, and many other nearby experiences. 

Families can take advantage of the resort’s Family Experiences package with rates starting at $249 that includes daily breakfast, complimentary stand-up paddle boards and kayak, daily activities in the Kids Club, a visit to the on-site Zoo, complimentary Wi-Fi and the use of tennis and volleyball courts.  Guests can book from now until Dec. 8, 2021 using promotional code: MAJ.  The resort offers guests the flexibility to change their reservations without any penalty or restrictions with added benefits to reschedule for a future stay. 

COVID-19 Testing: Guests have access to an on-site private clinic, Vidatec, which offer COVID-19 PRC tests for $95, quantitative antibody tests for $35, and antigen tests for $45.  Results are delivered by email within 24 to 48 hours. 

Ocean Club Resorts, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Located directly along the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach, sits Ocean Club Resorts, two all-suite properties that provide the ideal open-air setting and direct beach access for guests to enjoy without going overbudget. Suites at both locations feature a kitchen, washer/dryer and enclosed private porch area, providing each visitor with the comforts of home. Watersports, bike rentals, tennis courts, beachside activities and an interactive learning game for younger guests known as Seafari can all be found at the resorts and are included in each stay. Ocean Club Resorts has also begun implementing complimentary breakfast. The resorts have offered guests in the new state of travel a flexible cancellation policy, discounted travel offers and a concierge service that assists with the coordination of regulations in travel to the island. With the news of the latest travel restrictions, Ocean Club Resorts has begun extending their concierge services to now include helping U.S. travelers with ensuring they receive testing on-island. See here for additional details.

PRIVATE ISLAND FAMILY TRAVEL

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Home to seven villas total and located three miles off the coast of Belize, Cayo Espanto is a private island resort perfect for a luxe family getaway. Each villa comes equipped with a personal butler, private dock area and customized meals set by the on-island world-renowned chef – allowing everyone’s tastebuds to be satisfied. The resort’s ability to tailor activities based on guest preferences enables families to ensure all members of their traveling party has the time of their life. Fishing lessons on a private dock a tropical spa treatment set to the sounds of the Belizean waters watch a movie under the stars. Strong WiFi and private docks attached to spacious villas, also allot for extended virtual work/school stays to provide a much-needed paradisal change of scenery. To adhere to new CDC travel guidelines, the resort has arranged for the island physician to begin administering COVID testing from the convenience of each guest’s villa.

Coco Collection, Maldives

Comprised of two different boutique island resorts, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlhu, each create a unique Maldivian experience ranging from luxe amenities to eco-forward initiatives for families to indulge in during their stay. The secluded resorts offer the ideal dreamy escape and provide opportunities for families to learn about the local marine life through guided marine biologist adventures, taking a peek at the progress of Coco Bodu Hithi’s coral nurseries initiative or simply enjoying the vast underwater life through snorkeling. Guests of all ages also have the option to become immersed in Maldivian culture through spending an afternoon with locals on a neighboring island. From simply relaxing in your villa or along the private island’s shores, delighting in incredible cuisine, enjoying water activities both below and above (i.e., SUP boarding), Coco Collection is a dream-come-true private island escape. In response to the new CDC regulation, Coco Collection has begun offering guests PCR testing at the resorts.

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Grand Geneva, Timber Ridge Lodge Are Ideal Resorts for Grandtravel Trend

December 26, 2019

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Grandparents are taking grandkids on more vacations and leaving mom and dad home in 2020. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark in Geneva, Wisconsin are ideal resorts for the grandtravel trend.

Grandparents are taking grandkids on more vacations and leaving mom and dad home in 2020. Here are two midwest resorts that already offer “grandparent” experiences.

Multigenerational travel may still be happening, but the hottest new trend is “skip-generation travel,” where grandparents travel with their grandkids and leave the middle generation — the parents — at home. About one-third of grandparents have taken such trips, according to recent AARP research. Ditching the middleman offers a unique bonding opportunity, especially for family members who live far apart from one another, and lets both generations hit the road together, creating memories of a lifetime. It also gives mom and dad a break of their own.

There are resorts such as Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (grandgeneva.com, 262-248-8811) and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark (www.timberridgelodge.com, 262-249-3400) in Lake Geneva, WI that have already begun to see this family travel trend on the rise and offer special vacation experiences tailored towards “skip-gen” travelers. Amenities include all-suite accommodation options, special memory-making experiences and low-impact adventures such as indoor waterpark fun, mini-golf, beginner hikes, biking, seasonal skiing and more. Grandparents and grandchildren don’t need to leave the resort and can spend several days together enjoying new experiences. During the peak summer months when grandchildren are out of school, Timber Ridge offers a getaway specifically created for grandparents and grandchildren for easy vacation planning. The ‘Grandparents Getaway’ includes accommodations, food & beverage credit, arcade tokens and 4 rounds of mini golf.

This trend dovetails with the aging of the world population. By 2020, those aged 65+ worldwide will have grown to over 700 million people. At the same time, this aging generation is healthier and fitter than ever before, so they’re well poised for “grand” travel.

 

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Park City’s Grand Summit Hotel to Undergo $15 Million Renovation and Join RockResorts

March 27, 2017

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A view of Park City’s Canyons Village in spring. Vail Resorts, which owns Park City resort plans a $15 million renovation of the Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons Village and to flag it as a RockResorts property © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons Village in Vail Resorts’ Park City mountain resort in Utah, will undergo an extensive $15 million renovation this spring and subsequent flagging as a RockResorts property. The renovations will bring the hotel up to par with both its unrivaled location at the base of the largest ski resort in the United States and the modern luxury its guests expect in a travel experience. The property will temporarily close from April 17, 2017 – in conjunction with the close of Park City Mountain’s ski and snowboard season – through mid-summer.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the interior of the Grand Summit Hotel up to the same caliber as the world-class resort that’s just steps away from the property,” said Jim Dullanty, president of the Grand Summit Homeowner’s Association. “This transformation will undoubtedly elevate the experience for all of Grand Summit Hotel’s guests as well as the unit owners themselves.”

The renovation will include a complete overhaul of all 212 suites, including new interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, appliances, artwork and technology. The property’s communal spaces will also be incorporated into the renovation, including the lobby and front desk, full remodel of the on-site spa, café and general store, and refresh of the conference and meeting spaces.

The interior design work will be conducted by Boulder, Colo.-based TRH Interior Design, which has also designed and transformed other Vail Resorts properties such as Crystal Peak Lodge in Breckenridge, Colo., as well as other luxury mountain properties such as the Westin Snowmass Resort and the Lumiere Hotel in Telluride.

Following the extensive renovation, the Grand Summit Hotel will be flagged as a RockResort.

RockResorts, a division of Vail Resorts, owns and operates a collection of premium properties, lavish RockResorts Spas and distinctive dining options in iconic mountain locations.

“We are thrilled to add Grand Summit to the RockResorts collection,” said Ron Neville, Vail Resorts’ vice president of hospitality. “The RockResorts brand represents the hallmark of casually elegant properties with exceptional service in our mountain resort locations. We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver extraordinary service and experiences to our guests at the Grand Summit.”

The Grand Summit Hotel sits majestically in the heart of Canyons Village at Park City. Its 212 lock-off suites provide guests with more than 290 lodging options, including hotel rooms, studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and expansive luxury penthouses. Many rooms have balconies, fireplaces, double showers and full kitchens with service for eight guests. The Grand Summit’s heated outdoor swimming pool is an ideal place to relax after an adventurous day of exploring the outdoors year round. More information about Grand Summit Hotel can be found here.

RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resorts that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; and One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo.

Vail Resorts, Inc subsidiaries operate 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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Vail Resorts to Acquire Stowe Mountain Resort Vermont, Add to Epic Pass

March 27, 2017

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Vail Resorts is moving to complete the acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont, which would be the company’s first resort on the East Coast, and would give East Coast skiers more of a reason to buy the Epic Pass.

Vail Resorts, Inc. in February entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts’ first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the Company’s network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

This acquisition brings together Vail Resorts, a leading mountain resort operator, with AIG Global Real Estate (AIGGRE), a major real estate developer, which share a common vision for the long-term success of Stowe Mountain Resort as a premier, high-end resort for skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast. Vail Resorts is acquiring all of the assets related to the mountain operations of the resort, including base area skier services (food and beverage, retail and rental, lift ticket offices and ski and snowboard school facilities) at Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Other facilities such as the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe Country Club and certain real estate owned and held for potential future development will be retained by MMC.

“We’re thrilled to add Stowe Mountain Resort to our family of world-class mountain resorts. With the investments in both mountain infrastructure and base area facilities that AIG has made over the years, Stowe Mountain Resort has become the premier, high-end resort for East Coast skiers and snowboarders. We look forward to working with AIG to continue enhancing the guest experience and to ensure the resort’s long-term success,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Douglas Tymins, president and chief executive officer of AIG Global Real Estate, said, “Under Vail Resorts’ management, Stowe’s reputation as a premier ski destination with a commitment to excellent service will continue to grow. AIGGRE is looking forward to combining Vail Resorts’ tremendous mountain operations capabilities with our continued commitment to the development of the Spruce Peak community.”

Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vt., has undergone major capital and facilities improvements including the Spruce Peak Adventure Center, the new Meadows Quad on Spruce Peak, Evolution Stowe’s RFID tickets, passes and gates and the new Shops at Spruce Peak. Spruce Peak also has new high-speed lifts, new base facilities and gourmet restaurants. MMC will retain ownership of the renowned Stowe Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort, a 312-room hotel and spa that has already been recognized as one of the greenest and most luxurious mountainside hotels in the world, and additional slopeside real estate opportunities.

This transaction is subject to Vermont administrative review. At closing, the purchase price will be adjusted for certain agreed upon terms, including a reduction (or increase) in the price by the amount that the resort’s EBITDA exceeds capital expenditures for the period from Nov. 1, 2016, through closing. Stowe Mountain Resort is expected to generate incremental annual EBITDA in excess of $5 million in Vail Resorts’ fiscal year ending July 31, 2018.

Vail Resorts plans to integrate Stowe Mountain Resort into its Epic Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-18 winter season, subject to the acquisition closing. With the Epic Pass, Vermont skiers and snowboarders will have unlimited access locally at Stowe at an attractive price as well as the best of the West at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.

See: Vail Resorts Plans to Add Stowe Vermont to 2017-18 Epic Pass Giving Northeastern Skiers New Reason to Buy

Vail Resorts, Inc subsidiaries operate 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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Mango Bay Hotel, Barbados is All-Inclusive Beach Resort Ideal for Family Getaway

February 12, 2016

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HOLETOWN, Barbados – Located on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay Hotel provides fun in the sun vacations for families of all sizes. Mango Bay’s all-inclusive value allows vacationers to be entertained from sunrise to sunset – and every second in-between, regardless of age.

An all-inclusive vacation at Mangao Bay features hotel accommodations; all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including wine with dinner; various watersports including water-skiing, kayaking, hobiecat sailing, pedal boating and snorkeling; an on-property complimentary offering of scuba diving lessons; nightly entertainment; and off-property sightseeing excursions such as a glass-bottom boat trip and a catamaran sail.

Children three years of age and under sharing with two adults stay free-of-charge and children 4 to 18 years old are offered a reduced rate. For added convenience, cribs, extra beds and high chairs are available at no extra cost.

The Mango Bay restaurant provides children’s menus and earlier meal times can be set upon request. Organized games and activities such as movie nights, sand castle building and scavenger hunts can be arranged depending on the number of children staying at the resort. For an additional fee, babysitting services can be arranged so parents can steal some alone time.

Offering family-friendly vacation value, children four and up may participate in all watersport activities and children five and up have the option of attending the catamaran and glass bottom boat trips. Scuba diving lessons are given on select days in the pool from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Kids eight years of age and older may participate.

Mango Bay has proven to be a great getaway for the whole family having been named a 2014 Family Vacation Critic Favorite in the first annual hotel awards on www.FamilyVacationCritic.com. Receiving this award means that Mango Bay has at least four stars or higher from the website’s editorial staff and have had at least 75% of families recommend the property with four stars or higher. The resort also received TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

Mango Bay Hotel also was recently included in USA Today’s Top 10 “Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts Have the Biggest Bang For Your Buck?”

Rates start at $660 per room, per night, based on double occupancy for travel Jan. 6 – April 30, 2016.

Contact Mango Bay at 246-626-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.com or visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.

 

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The Woodstock Inn & Resort Sweetens Spring with Sugar Season Packages

February 18, 2015

Woodstock, VT – Sugar Season signifies the end of winter in Vermont as warmer weather brings flowing sap for the creation of Vermont’s famous maple syrup. This spring maple takes center stage with sweet savings at The Woodstock Inn & Resort located in the heart of Woodstock, VT. From a family-friendly vacation to an elegant romantic escape, the resort’s Sugar Season Escape packages allow guests to indulge in the luxury of The Woodstock Inn & Resort to welcome the spring season.

Woodstock celebrates all things maple during Maple Madness Weekend, March 28 and 29, with festivities at Suicide Six including Sugar on Snow, a maple taste-a-round and even a muddy bike ride. Guests interested in learning more about maple syrup production can visit nearby Sugarbush Farms and take-in the sugar house tours, explore a nature trail to see the sugar maple trees, and sample four grades of 100% pure Vermont maple syrup.

The Sugar Season Escape package includes: Luxury accommodations at The Woodstock Inn & Resort; Hearty country breakfast for two each morning (Midweek rates starting at $169/room/night; Weekend rates starting at $199/room/night).

The Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package includes: Luxury accommodations; breakfast; $100 spa credit per room, per night ( Midweek rates starting at $239, Weekend rates starting at $269).

Sugar Season “Suite Deals” package includes:Luxury Suite accommodations;breakfast; bottle of wine upon arrival; a taste of maple welcome amenity ( Midweek rates from $299, Weekend rates from $329).

Packages run March 8 through May 28, 2015. To reserve this package, call 855-238-6954 or book online http://www.woodstockinn.com/Specials-Packages Booking restrictions apply.

Activities at the Woodstock Inn & Resort include a 41,000 square foot Racquet & Fitness Club, complete with indoor tennis courts and racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and a sauna. The 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance, nourishing treatments, organic products and a great room for spa-goers to enjoy.

Guests can dine at Richardson’s Tavern, which offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with a full bar. The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant, emphasizes fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England. The new game room brings out the kid in everyone featuring a wall-size scrabble board, vintage pin ball games, shuffle board and bar service from Richardson’s Tavern.

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

For additional information become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Woodstock-Inn-Resort, visit www.woodstockinn.com or call the sales department at 802-457-6632.

 

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