Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has been announced as one of the newest members of the Relais & Châteaux association of properties, increasing the well-respected brand’s collection to five locations in British Columbia and eleven in Canada.
The decision to add Clayoquot Wilderness Resort creates a unique experience for Relais & Châteaux travellers, providing a West Coast destination that embraces nature and holds a very high standard of service for guests. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort marks a new trend for wilderness experiences for the well-established association as they move to offer additional destinations to match their outstanding hotel properties around the world.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia to the Relais & Châteaux family,” says Patrick O’Connell, the president of the North American Delegation. “This rugged, but refined property offers a unique approach to luxury in a serene and sensual atmosphere. Glamorous camping in a natural setting provides a perfect therapeutic escape for our adventurous guests.”
Known for instilling a sense of place in the wilderness, reminiscent of late 19th Century Great Camps of the Adirondacks and safari camps of Africa, the eco-resort offers accommodation in a series of luxury ensuite tents. The guest tents are surrounded by an open kitchen concept dining cookhouse, outdoor fireplace and seating area, a luxury spa, yoga studio, a billiards tent, library tent, art tent, fly-fishing tent, and three hot tubs and two saunas – all linked by cedar boardwalks under the rainforest canopy.
“For us, Relais & Châteaux was an association that we felt would further establish Clayoquot Wilderness Resort as a outstanding option for guests with a sense of adventure and a discerning eye for the highest levels of service and experience,” says Caton.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort joins the additional Relais & Châteaux properties in British Columbia, which include the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Wickaninnish Inn, Sonora Resort and Hastings House Country House Hotel.
Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living. Today, there are more than 520 members that are a part of Relais & Châteaux.
For more information, visit www.wildretreat.com
About Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Surrounded by glacial mountains and lush rain forest, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located in British Columbia’s fragile Clayoquot Sound Biosphere reserve, right at the mouth of the Bedwell River, approximately 40 minutes outside of Tofino, BC. One of the first to be named a Canadian ‘signature experience’ by the Canadian Tourism Commission, the all-inclusive eco-resort opens annually from May to September. It offers three, four and seven night packages, starting at $4,750 per person in shoulder season and $6,353 in peak season.
Guests experience safari-style tent accommodation (many with ensuite washrooms) gourmet cuisine and the Healing Ground spa. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, ocean and fresh water fishing, whale and bear watching, a Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail, a natural rock climbing wall, an archery range, a ten-stand sporting clays course, kayaking, canoeing and heli-exploring. Always innovating, the resort’s new “Over the Top” accommodation experience is located on the top of Mt. Ursus and comes with a private guide and chef for an unforgettable overnight excursion. Access to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is typically via floatplane from Vancouver’s International Airport or water taxi from the docks at Tofino.
New for 2014, the Resort added their “Over the Top” experience, which guests were able to book as an add-on to their trip. The experience includes one night on the top of Mount Ursus in the lap of glamping luxury, with a beautifully appointed private tent complete with breathtaking views. Tents mirror the experience at Bedwell River basecamp, with a four-poster bed, down duvet, antique furniture, fireplace, and hot shower. A lounge and dining tent also provides every comfort needed for the dream night away. Guests are flown up to this romantic pinnacle via helicopter, along with their own guide and chef, who have their own accommodations a discreet but safe distance away.
For more information, visit www.wildretreat.com
About Relais & Châteaux
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 530 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 64 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches of the Fiji Islands, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and the best way to discover a wide range of distinctive destinations. The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.” Information or reservations at www.relaischateaux.com
Reuniting with family and friends is one of the most important aspects of Christmas, but it can be difficult getting everyone together in the same place. However, holiday cottages can provide a comfortable base perfect for spending quality time with your loved ones, and Hideaways has a selection of cottages that are still available for the festive period.
By staying in a holiday cottage at Christmas, groups scattered across the country can find a meeting place that is in a suitable location, provide room to accommodate everyone and enjoy a change of scenery. Make the most of being in the countryside with cold crisp walks in the morning, before returning to an open fire, board games and a spot of Christmas TV.
For those looking to get away this Christmas Day, Thatch Cottage in Somerset sleeps up to six and can still be booked for the week beginning the 20th December for £819, which equates to just £137 per person. With charm and character throughout, this cosy 18th-century cottage has a woodburner, with the cost of renting the cottage inclusive of logs, and a nearby pub within 400 yards for those who may wish to treat themselves to a traditional Christmas dinner, without the washing up.
To find out more about booking a cottage for the festive period, get in touch with the Hideaways team by calling 01747 828170 or visiting the website.
Tordrillo North at Winterlake Lodge, Alaska’s newest helicopter ski and snowboard adventures, is a partnership between some of the oldest and most respected names in the business: Alaska heli-ski experts Chris Owens and Jim “Sarge” Conway and Winterlake Lodge’s owners Kirsten and Carl Dixon.
Operating in more than 1 million skiable acres of terrain, Tordrillo North’s specialized trips are available in Feb., March and April and accommodate groups of just eight to 12 guests per week. All-inclusive packages include 15 hours of helicopter time, accommodations, award-winning cuisine at Winterlake Lodge and more.
Tordrillo North utilizes five-passenger Eurocopter A-Star helicopters chosen for high-altitude performance and safety. Adhering to the highest standards in skier safety, the boutique operation also outfits each guest with a BCA avalanche pack, a BCA avalanche transceiver, rescue gear and harness, and requires guest attendance at a safety briefing and training session.
Unique to the Tordrillo North operation is a guest’s ability to bring an experienced guide to work in tandem with the program’s guides. Understanding that skiers and snowboarders often develop a rapport with their guide, the Tordrillo North team wanted to allow guests the opportunity to experience Alaska with someone they know and trust. All guest guides must meet Tordrillo North qualifications, which are based heavily on experience.
Located 198 trail miles northwest of Anchorage, Winterlake Lodge is an upscale, backcountry lodge with only five guest cabins that sit far from the Alaska road system. When skiing is done each day, guests can take advantage of the hot tub and sauna, yoga classes and massage treatments at the lodge. Packages also include alternative activities, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog mushing.
“What sets Tordrillo North apart is our combined experience operating in the backcountry and our passion and respect for this wilderness,” said Carl Dixon, co-owner of Within the Wild Adventure Company, the family-run business that operates Winterlake Lodge. “We want our guests to be inspired to take a breath and notice where they are, not just what they are doing here.”
Dixon, a lifelong outdoorsman, has been guiding in the backcountry surrounding the lodge for 30 years and has served as a National Weather Service weather observer in the area for 20 years. Winterlake Lodge is famously known for the fine cuisine produced by co-owner Kirsten Dixon, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef.
Owens is the former owner and general manager of one of Alaska’s longest running heli-ski operations, Chugach Powder Guides, which previously brought skiers and snowboarders to Winterlake Lodge for summer corn skiing. Owens has also brought professional skiers and snowboarders to Winterlake Lodge for winter film shoots periodically since 2007.
Conway, a pioneer in the Alaska ski industry, has 25 years of experience guiding heli-skiers and managing operations throughout Alaska. His résumé includes a litany of first descents from his time working with Teton Gravity Research, Warren Miller Entertainment and Real Action Pictures. He also developed a risk management program for big mountain ski and snowboard athletes around the world.
“Tordrillo North is a client-driven experience that we have all wanted to offer avid skiers and snowboarders for some time,” Owens said. “It brings together hands-down some of the biggest terrain in Alaska with world-class guiding and safety protocols and a phenomenal luxury lodge experience with the best cuisine in the state.”
The Tordrillo Mountains receive more than 600 inches of snow a year, but are known for being a “sweet” spot where storms don’t linger and leave perfect powder conditions. The range of terrain means there are areas suitable for all skill levels. Slope sizes can be found in any scale, including some of Alaska’s longest heli-runs. This range also has a large inventory of terrain from the casual low angle to classic Alaska steeps to natural tubes and pipes.
“While Alaska is famous for its steep skiing — and for those who seek it, we provide access to that terrain — we also want our operation to be a place for those who may have been intimidated by Alaska’s reputation to come and enjoy terrain suited to their skills and desires,” Conway said. “At Tordrillo North, we have no agenda other than safely accessing great powder and giving guests the experience and vacation they are looking for.”
Pricing starts at $12,900 per person per week for groups of 12 and $16,600 per person per week for groups of eight. Custom packages can be arranged starting at $150,000 per week.
More information about Tordrillo North at Winterlake Lodge can be found a www.tordrillonorth.com. To learn more about Winterlake Lodge, visit www.withinthewild.com
DENVER – Sometimes the best part of a vacation is the lodging experience, and Colorado offers a wide variety of unique accommodations that can be the highlight of any trip. From sleeping in the luxury of the Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp to staying in a sleep yurt at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse in Leadville’s backcountry, Colorado has plenty of unique places to stay. Below are just a few distinctive lodging offerings for visitors to experience on their next trip to the state. For more information, visit www.Colorado.com/hotels-lodging.
Chautauqua (Boulder). The Colorado Chautauqua, opened in 1898, is a historic 26-acre compound made up of 100 cottages, a restaurant, an auditorium and a large park at the foot of Boulder’s mountains, the Flatirons. Originally opened with rustic tents, it now has lovingly restored cottages with historic charm. The cottages have no phones, televisions or computers, but cell phone coverage and Wi-Fi service are excellent. Chautauqua also gives immediate access to Boulder’s famed open space and jaw-dropping vistas.
Cloud Camp (Colorado Springs). The Broadmoor’s luxurious new Cloud Camp is located 3,000 feet above the storied hotel on Cheyenne Mountain. Guests check-in at the Broadmoor and are then transferred to Cloud Camp by a four-wheel drive vehicle, on the back of a mule or by a guided three-hour hike. Cloud Camp sits at 9,200 feet and sleeps 56 guests. For a truly unique experience, stay in the Fire Tower Suite, a suite located at the top of the historic Colorado fire tower with 360 degree views of the Rockies and Pikes Peak.
Far View Lodge (Mesa Verde). Mesa Verde National Park is a one-of-a-kind destination in itself, but staying at the Far View Lodge will enhance that experience even more. Located 15 miles inside the park, the Far View Lodge is a true western adventure. The lodge has 150 rooms, each without the distractions of an in-room television or cell phone service. Instead, guests spend the day viewing wildlife, exploring the Park’s extraordinary cliff dwellings and looking at the scenery of four different states.
Tennessee Pass Cookhouse (Leadville). Accessible by cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, guests at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, located in the backcountry around Leadville, enjoy a delicious four-course meal while viewing the sunset over the mountains. Tennessee Pass Cookhouse also offers sleep yurts, each with its own kitchenette, hand crafted log beds, cozy linens and more for those looking for a unique Colorado sleep adventure.
The Bivvi (Breckenridge). Staying at a hostel is something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime, and the Bivvi in Breckenridge is the perfect place to try. The mountain lodge has six classic hotel rooms and four rooms designed to serve as a contemporary hostel complete with cozy bunk beds that are custom-made from Norwegian Pine, as well as personal reading lanterns and privacy curtains. After a day on the mountain, guests enjoy relaxing back at the Bivvi– hanging out at the community fire pit or in the hot tub while sharing tales of the day with other travelers.
The Crawford (Denver). In the old offices of Denver’s Union Station, the recently-opened 112-room Crawford Hotel, provides an opportunity to experience Denver’s Western heritage while enjoying modern amenities. The Crawford Hotel has a unique vibe with three different styles of rooms; including “Pullman” rooms modeled after the luxury private railroad sleeping cars, the “classic” rooms with tall ceilings and large windows, as well as “loft” rooms with exposed wood timbers and contemporary designs.
The Curtis (Denver). Denver’s only pop culture hotel, The Curtis – a Doubletree by Hilton, recently underwent a $7 million property renovation last summer and upgraded all 336 guest rooms and the lobby. On the 13 themed guest floors, the hotel created “hyper themed” suites that include a Star Trek Enterprise suite on the “Sci-Fi” floor, a Ghostbusters suite on the “Dun Dun Dunnnnn” floor and a Talladega Nights suite on the “Pedal to the Medal” floor.
The Outlook Lodge (Green Mountain Falls). Situated northwest of Colorado Springs, the six-room Outlook Lodge is known as a Victorian style, private, hidden escape. The lodge is surrounded by trees and the untouched American west, with a view of Pikes Peak in the distance. A sister property, The Little Beaver Inn, originally a motor lodge built in the 1950s, will open in early 2015 as a five-room private property in Green Mountain Falls in Pikes Peak National Forest.
The River House at Smith Fork Ranch (Crawford). What started as a restored historic ranch where only friends of the owners would vacation, is now a beautifully appointed Smith Fork Guest Ranch, Visitors stay in historic buildings which have been lovingly restored and furnished with American primitive antiques, and original art and crafts from the hands of the best western and Native American artisans.
Two Rivers Winery & Chateau (Grand Junction). France comes to Colorado at the Two Rivers Winery & Chateau in Grand Junction. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, this ten-room chateau offers upscale lodging with stunning views of the Colorado National Monument, the Bookcliff Mountain Range and the Grand Mesa. After a day of exploring, wind down at the Two Rivers Winery tasting room with some delicious wine.
Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 11 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.
For more information or a copy of the 2014 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800-COLORADO. Follow Colorado on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, Flickr, Tumblr and YouTube.
DEATH VALLEY – December 9, 2014 – The historic Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and Austin Adventures are creating a truly unique vacation experience where adventure and sophistication align in one of the most beautiful and extreme places on earth. The five-day, four-night Mojave Desert-exploring adventure, all based out of an authentic American oasis, allows participants to grasp the largest national park in the lower 48 states by foot, bike, Jeep and dark-skies star gazing to go where few have gone and seen before.
The Death Valley Adventure Vacation begins with a drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park where travelers will explore a different part of the awe-inspiring National Park each day. Daily activities include hiking in Badwater Basin, North America’s lowest point; getting lost in the golden hues and graceful curves of the Mesquite Dunes at sunset; tearing through Titus Canyon by four-wheel Jeep; enjoying the sprawling overlook at Dante’s View; cruising down 25 miles of Coffin Mountain; and savoring evenings at leisure at the Inn at Furnace Creek, a literal oasis in the desert known for its ancient waters that gush from the mountainside. This is where the ’49ers stopped en route to the gold fields and where the legendary Borax mule teams were based (and the relics are all still there).
Built in the 1920s, the upscale and refined Inn at Furnace Creek is nestled into the mountainside where the spring bubbles forth and features 66 charming rooms, fine dining, verandas with sweeping views of Death Valley, lush gardens, a stunning spring-fed pool, tennis courts and the lowest golf course in the Western Hemisphere. And of course there is a grove of palm trees that is also home to native coyotes and all sorts of wildlife.
The first Death Valley Adventure Vacation* kicks off February 15-19, 2015, with four other departures scheduled in February and March. In addition to all activities, the program includes most meals, safety equipment and bikes, guides and some swag. Incidentals such as taxes and gratuities are not included.
Rates for the five-day, four-night Death Valley Adventure Vacation are based on double occupancy and begin at $2,798** and do not include service fees. Travel is for select dates in February and March only and some restrictions apply. For information, details and reservations, call 1-800-575-1540, visit www.austinadventures.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Furnace Creek Resort
Located in Death Valley National Park between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Furnace Creek Resort is an authentic American oasis, steeped in history, adventure and unforgettable natural landscapes.
Featuring two distinct destination experiences, the sophisticated Inn at Furnace Creek and the family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek, the property affords direct access to one of the world’s most precious resources; Death Valley National Park. The historic four-diamond, Inn at Furnace Creek features 66 elegant rooms, fine dining, verandas with sweeping views of Death Valley, lush gardens, spring-fed pool and tennis courts. Surrounded by towering palm trees, The Ranch at Furnace Creek boasts the world’s lowest golf course (214 feet below sea level), post office, general store, a large spring-fed swimming pool, casual dining restaurants, horseback riding and 224 family-friendly rooms. The Ranch is also home to The Borax Museum, as well as a nearby 3,065-foot x 70-foot asphalt runway. Guests have access to both properties and most facilities. For more information, visit www.furnacecreekresort.com.
This high-country organic farm will provide fresh meat and produce used to create haute mountain cuisine for dude ranch guests
CLARK, Colo. — After three years of hard work and dedication, Clyde’s Farm is now a reality for The Home Ranch, an all-inclusive, Relais & Chateaux dude ranch and culinary getaway just outside Steamboat Springs. The farm will raise livestock and grow produce that General Manager and Executive Chef Clyde Nelson and his kitchen staff will use to create gourmet cuisine for guests, making The Home Ranch the ultimate destination for a glorious Colorado culinary experience.
For many years, Chef Nelson imagined and planned an organic farm that would produce local, sustainable, high-quality livestock and vegetables.
Having grown up tending a big garden and selling homegrown produce at a roadside stand, Nelson’s love for fresh ingredients and passion for quality carried over into his career. After years of effort and getting their hands dirty, that dream is now a reality.
The farm has several objectives: “One is to give our guests the experience of eating and dining with the freshest ingredients they’ve ever had.
The second is to show guests how a high-country organic farm in Colorado can thrive with hands-on care and attention to detail shown by our master gardener Adele Carlson, her crew and the chefs,” explains Chef Nelson.
Each morning, Carlson offers a tour of the farm, walking guests through the greenhouse, garden, orchard, chicken coups and potager, explaining the crops and why it’s so important for The Home Ranch to get back to the immediate farm to fork philosophy. Clyde’s Farm currently has 24 vegetable crops, 20 herb varieties, 54 chickens and six pigs.
Next year, they will add lambs, goats and turkeys, continuing to increase flora and fauna over time.
Clyde’s Farm grew out of founders Steve and Ann Stranahan’s vision to support and sustain a local ranching and farming community with “an ongoing commitment to the stewardship of the land” and the goal for the next generation of the Stranahans to “nourish and foster the growth of ideas and sustainable businesses in the Clark valley, and to remain true to its founder’s vision.”
The Home Ranch encourages guests to visit and stroll through Clyde’s Farm during their stay. Chef Nelson, Carlson and the whole staff hope it will become an ideal classroom to demonstrate the farm-to-table movement for their whole community. They look forward to seeing the first harvest and savoring the fresh flavors of the chefs’ epicurean fare.
About The Home Ranch:
The Home Ranch is an idyllic Rocky Mountain hideaway set amid the timeless beauty of the Elk River Valley. As the only Colorado dude ranch with membership in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, The Home Ranch is renowned for its singular charm, refined comfort, exquisite cuisine and genuine hospitality. The Home Ranch offers all-inclusive vacations that include all ranch activities, children’s programs, gourmet cuisine, local airport transportation and much more. Visit www.homeranch.com for more information.
It’s always great to tick a new destination off on your travel bucket list – but to make a holiday truly special it is fantastic to be able to leave with new skills that not only enhance your overall holiday experience – but showcase the rich local culture and leave with you a more memorable “sense of place”.
With this in mind, Serena recently introduced a number of new activities for guests in their lodges in Tanzania and Kenya that have been going down a treat with guests – who can now perhaps impress their friends at their next dinner party by welcoming their guests in Swahili, serve up traditional Tanzania or Maasai cuisine and show off their newly acquired Maasai dance moves to some traditional music!
Some of these new activities include:
• Interactive Cooking lessons allow the resident chefs to teach guests how to prepare local Tanzanian or Maasai dishes with copies of the recipes to take home.
• Swahili lessons teach basic Swahili greetings and words that will useful on safari.
• Maasai Lectures at Mara Serena, Amboseli Serena and Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodges teach guests about the culture, dances and bead making.
• Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge in Tsavo has really expanded its activities with new photography lessons, aerobics and bicycle riding as part of their initiative to keep guests active outside the gym. Guests can also learn basket weaving and bead making from the renowned Kibwezi Women group. Always wanted to make your own cocktails? The very capable barman will share his skills – plus trainees enjoy 10% discount off drinks. Then wind down the night with a guitar lesson or star gazing.
• Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp makes for a perfect romantic getaway with new activities to enjoy with your special someone – including horse riding, jogging, bush barbecue lunch and/or dinner, sun-downers and romantic lake side breakfasts.
• If conservation is where your heart is, learn more with Serena’s environment conservation lectures and plant a tree at Amboseli Serena Safari lodge. Later on you can enjoy birding safaris, take a nature walk or ride camels with Mt. Kilimanjaro as your back drop.
• Other new activities introduced include hyena talks at Mara Serena Safari lodge, wildlife movies at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or nature walks and Moorland hikes at Serena Mountain Lodge.
• New fitness activities on offer include jogging (on special tracks with a guide) and stretch exercises giving guests a chance to enjoy the greenery and fresh air whilst keeping fit in the natural environment away from the gym.
These new activities are available at:
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• Lake Duluti Serena Hotel – Swahili lessons (Mon & Fri) and cooking lessons (Fri).
• Lake Manyara Serena Hotel – Daily stretch up lessons and jogging, Swahili lessons (Weds & Thurs), cooking lessons (Mon & Sun) and instrument lessons (Mon & Thurs)
• Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge – Daily stretch up lessons, Swahili lessons (Weds & Sat), cooking classes (Tues, Thurs & Sun) and instrument classes (Mon & Fri)
• Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge – Daily stretch up lessons and jogging
• Kirawira Serena Camp – Daily stretch up lessons, Swahili (Wed & Sun) and cooking lessons (Thurs & Sun)
• Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp – Daily stretch up lessons, Swahili (Tues & Fri) and cooking lessons (Weds & Sat)
• Serena Mivumo River lodge – Daily stretch up lessons, Swahili (Wed & Sun) and cooking lessons (daily)
• Selous Serena Camp – Daily stretch up lessons, Swahili lessons (Wed & Sun) and cooking lessons (daily)
• Zanzibar Serena Hotel – Daily stretch up lessons and jogging, Swahili lessons (Weds & Thurs), cooking lessons (Mon & Sun) and instrument lessons (Mon & Thurs)
• Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp – Maasai Lectures, horse riding, jogging, bush barbecue lunch or dinner, sun-downers and romantic lake side breakfasts.
• Kilaguni Serena Safari lodge – Maasai Lectures, photography lessons, aerobics, bike riding, basket weaving, bead making, cocktail making and star gazing
• Mara Serena Safari Lodge – Maasai Lectures, Hyena talks
• Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge – Conservation lectures, plant a tree, birding, nature walks, camel riding and wildlife movies.
• Serena Mountain Lodge – nature walks and Moorland hikes
For more information visit www.serenahotels.com and follow @SerenaHotels
This festive new lodge – right on Philadelphia’s waterfront – is one of the reasons why Philly is a perfect winter getaway spot. It’s affordable, accessible and magical! Thanks for considering a post on the holidays in Philadelphia. We have countless images, highlights bulleted below and information for the public at www.visitphilly.com/holidays
Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing is a long running winter pop-up park with a cozy beer lodge, ice skating rink, a light show and bites provided by
Dilworth Park is a new 120,557 sq. ft. multi-use space on the west side of city hall. For the first time this winter, visitors can skate in front of one the country’s most impressive city hall buildings and right across the street is a cute German-inspired Christmas Village!
Drive to Philly and your car stays free when you book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. visitphilly.com/overnight
We have an Amtrak discount code. Get 30% off companion fare at www.visitphilly.com/amtrak
Getting around the city is easy. The PHLASH bus gets visitors to most attractions in center city for only $2 per ride.
Did we mention that Philadelphia has tax-free shopping? There is no tax on clothes and shoes. (The first Century 21 clothing store outside of the NYC metro area opened here in October.)
Couples and romantics have no problem in finding a cosy cottage to escape to, but a little one bedroom boutique retreat is a far cry from a family’s requirements, yet why should searching for a luxury family friendly cottage that caters for parents and children alike, be akin to looking for a needle in a haystack?
With shorter, cooler days ahead families need time off to recharge the batteries and get out and about in crisp, clean country air. However, most cottages offering family friendly facilities such as ROSPA inspected play areas and meadows to run around in are usually only found as part of a small complex of cottages; not quite the tranquil escape one was hoping for.
How utterly pleasing it would be to find a beautiful, family friendly, cottage quietly situated in a sleepy Cornish hamlet, with no near neighbours, your own private sauna and keep fit equipment, two stunning gardens and a ROSPA play area for your childrens’ exclusive use plus a shed full of bikes, carts, skate boards etc to choose from and 30-acres of verdant meadows to stroll through with only the sheep, chickens and birds to keep you company.
The search is over, just off the beaten track in the quintessential North Cornwall hamlet of Trelash you will find family owned Meadowview Cottage available from www.Luxurycornwallholidaycottages.co.uk This is no ordinary family friendly cottage, Meadowview Cottage provides 5-star-gold award winning accommodation with a 100% cleanliness record; definitely a rare find. This stunning 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage offers so many great facilities at no extra charge and is only 10-15 minutes drive from Crackington Haven on the North Cornwall coast.
The shorter cooler days that Autumn, Winter and Spring provide means you can enjoy long sandy beaches and small welcoming coves almost on your own, walk the coastal paths without bumping into others and escape to the moors for brisk, wind in the hair experiences, knowing that at the end of the day you can kick your wellies off and relax in your own private sauna whilst the kids are entertained on the games console or visit their exclusive play area for one last swing or slide of the day.
Owner, Debbie Bolt, comments: “With young children ourselves we fully appreciate how difficult it is to find a luxurious holiday cottage that immediately feels welcoming and comfortable for families. In converting this former cowshed into a truly luxurious retreat for all generations to enjoy, our main aim was to provide tranquil adult areas and a safe play park for the children. In short, somewhere the whole family can relax and have fun far from the madding crowd. Surprisingly, one of the most popular elements is the rather large bird station my husband hand-built, as it attracts so many birds and can be spied on at leisure from the cottage”
Chobe District Commissioner (DC) Dr Temba Mmusi officially launched the Chobe Game Lodge eco-friendly safaris. A CO2 emission free electric game viewing fleet consisting of a 4WD game-drive vehicle and safari boat – the first safari lodge in Africa to do so.
The launch, which took place on the banks of the Chobe River at Chobe Game Lodge, marked the dawn of a new era for ecotourism in Botswana and Africa. Over 150 people gathered to witness the occasion as the first electric game-drive vehicle and electric safari boat moved silently towards the crowd driven by guides Connie Yazema Mbaeva and Lebo Kgoleng – part of the 14 strong all-female guiding team.
Eight years ago the management team at Chobe Game Lodge embarked on a journey to be the first lodge in Africa to operate an entirely electric safari fleet. Freedom Won SA were approached and soon work began on Freedom3 (a converted Land Rover and the first silent electric game-drive vehicle in Botswana) and Freedom4 (a new brand new silent electric safari skimmer boat).
The electricity that charges the long-life lithium batteries to power the fleet comes from the hydro-electric scheme at Victoria Falls and is thus fully-renewable energy. So not only are they CO2 emission free but the experience of a silent safari on Freedom3 & Freedom4 is far superior. The wildlife is more confiding without the rumbling diesel motor and guests were astounded by how nice it was to hear only a gentle breeze and the sound of the African bush while moving through the Chobe National Park.
Mr. Seroke T Seleke, Kasane’s Principal Airport Operations Officer, was also presented with the sign for what will be the first Electric Vehicle only parking bay in Africa.
CEO of Chobe Holdings ltd. Mr. Jonathan Gibson called on the industry to consider converting to electric power. The long-term vision is that not only more electric vehicles will be in operation by other safari operators in Botswana, but that it will become the only allowable form of propulsion allowed on the Chobe River.
Speaking at the event, Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) board member Ms Thilo Naicker discussed the internationally certified Ecotourism Accreditation Scheme which evaluates and awards the sustainable and responsible initiatives taking place within the industry. Chobe Game Lodge was one of the first properties in the country to receive full ecotourism certification. BTO pledged their support and together with the industry Botswana continues to establish itself as a leading ecotourism destination in the world.
Join Chobe Game Lodge as one of the first operators to offer travellers the chance to explore Botswana in silence, enabling a greater connection with the incredible natural surroundings of an African safari.
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