Western Romance at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch‏

January 27, 2015 on 10:38 am | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb, Rockies, Weddings Honeymoons | Comments Off



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Darby, Montana – Triple Creek Ranch is one of the most romantic resorts in the world. On Valentine’s Weekend, this Relais & Châteaux sanctuary turns up the heat and welcomes discerning lovers with its Valentine’s Day Weekend package. It’s the perfect time to reconnect and experience some of the array of winter activities at Triple Creek Ranch, or simply cozy up in a private log cabin for the weekend.

Triple Creek Ranch is Montana’s only luxury all-inclusive ranch for adults, a hideaway known for its fine cuisine and Rocky Mountain winter activities ranging from horseback riding, alpine skiing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain and cross-country skiing to skijoring and snowshoeing. After a day outdoors, there’s plenty of time to relax by a wood fire or in a private hot tub under the Milky Way. Triple Creek Ranch was voted the World’s Best Hotel in the Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards and is ranked one of the Top 100 on Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.

Valentine’s Day Weekend

$3,805 includes three-nights in a Luxury Cabin, based on double occupancy, plus:

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Triple Creek Ranch’s all-inclusive rates include luxurious accommodations, full breakfast each morning, lunches, gourmet dinners, packed lunches and snacks for outdoor adventures, house wines and spirits, complimentary a bottle of wine upon arrival, freshly baked cookies, homemade trail mix and fresh fruit, as well as all of the on-ranch activities and events.

Valid from Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16, 2015.
10% savings*

For year-round romantics or those who can’t escape on Valentine’s Day, Triple Creek Ranch offers Mountain Romance, a couple’s getaway that’s available throughout 2015. The package includes four nights of mountain luxury and four glorious days to experience all of the Triple Creek Ranch on-ranch activities during your favorite season.

Mountain Romance

$5,530 includes four-nights in a Luxury Cabin, based on double occupancy, plus:

Champagne and chocolates upon arrival.
One hour couples massage.
Triple Creek Ranch’s all-inclusive rates include meals and snacks, house wines and spirits, complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival with freshly baked cookies and trail mix, all on-ranch activities such as on-ranch horseback rides, hiking, fly fishing, nature safaris, winter alpine or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, summer tennis, fitness center access and made-to-order pack lunch and snacks for outdoor adventures.

Valid throughout 2015.
10% savings*

*Rack rate for a Luxury Cabin is $1,400 per night, per cabin based on double occupancy. Taxes and gratuities are not included in the package rate.

For more information visit www.triplecreekranch.com

Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. An all-inclusive retreat for adults and children sixteen years and older, the Ranch is a member of Relais & Châteaux and Virtuoso. Rates start at $950 per couple, per night, based on double occupancy and include a private log cabin, all meals, house wines, spirits and beers, and a range of outdoor activities including horseback riding, fly fishing, cooking classes, skijoring and more. For reservations contact info@triplecreekranch.com or 800-654-2943. For more information visit www.triplecreekranch.com


Rottnest announced as Australia’s top destination to experience

January 23, 2015 on 1:29 pm | In Adventure Travel, Australia, Cabinweb, Western | Comments Off



Rottnest Island, which is just off the coast of Perth, has been named Australia’s top destination to experience in 2014, following the release of a national consumer poll which recognised the country’s top ten destinations to experience. Two other WA destinations finished in the top ten, with Margaret River coming in third and Ningaloo Reef listed ninth on the list. The poll was conducted by travel experience provider Experience Oz, who polled Australian destinations’ unique geographical features, attractions and activities, culture and history.
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Arkaba – Private Conservancy in the Flinders a Member of Luxury Lodges of Australia

January 19, 2015 on 12:40 pm | In Adventure Travel, Australia, Cabinweb, New South Wales, South Australia, Sydney, Victoria | Comments Off




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Luxury Lodges of Australia is pleased to welcome Wild Bush Luxury property ‘Arkaba’, located in South Australia’s magnificent Flinders Ranges, as the latest addition to this collection of high-end lodges and camps located across the vast Australian continent.

An ancient landscape moulded by hundreds of years of geological activity, the Flinders Ranges offers some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery. Arkaba’s 60,000-acre private conservancy is home to a wondrous variety of bird and wildlife and a remarkable conservation story.

Owner Charles Carlow commented “Arkaba has undergone a significant transformation from sheep station to private conservancy in the last 2 years and we are thrilled to be sitting alongside the rest of the best of Australia’s high end experiential lodges.”

Arkaba has an Aboriginal history going back thousands of years and a geological history that dates back hundreds of millions of years. Arkaba’s European settlement dates from the 1850s, and the Arkaba Homestead pays homage to a rich pastoral and exploration heritage in a style that is both rustically chic and utterly exclusive. With just five rooms the homestead is an oasis of comfort and style amidst a grandscale and rugged landscape.

Mr Carlow went on to say, “the real luxury at Arkaba comes in sharing this spectacular conservancy with just a handful of other guests.”

The Flinders Ranges is in a class of its own for taking in the sheer size and scale of Australia’s outback offering the chance to immerse oneself in 600 million years of geological history. Arkaba’s conservation management program has seen a transformation in bird and mammal species on the property and offers guests a unique insight to the challenges that Australia faces in saving its unique and diverse natural heritage.

Activities include bush walking, photography, safari drives, visiting ancient Aboriginal sites, or just soaking up the sights and sounds of the bush. Guests track native wildlife, learn the stories of early European settlement, take bush picnics underneath magnificent River Red gums or a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and the salt pans of Lake Torrens.

James Baillie, chair of LLOA said “Arkaba is a great addition to a superb South Australian luxury lodge itinerary – outback and conservation combining with food and wine at The Louise in the Barossa, and the
laidback luxe of Southern Ocean Lodge and wilderness experience on Kangaroo Island.”

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Mr Baillie said “As a gateway to Australia and a multitude of outback, wilderness, luxury lodge itineraries taking guests across the country, access via Adelaide has never been better.”

Luxury Lodges of Australia was formed as a result of the dramatic change in the Australian travel landscape in the past deciade. Australia has seen the emergence of a new breed of exceptional lodges and camps in some of Australia’s most beautiful and outstanding regions.

With the addition of Arkaba, there are nineteen of Australia’s leading independent luxury tourism properties in the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. The lodges are independently owned and operated, but are united by their delivery of uniquely Australian experiences and a strong sense of place.

Each lodge has its signature experiences and activities to showcase the special aspects of its region. It is these experiences that define the new Australian luxury and showcase Australia’s extraordinary diversity.

The collection has brought together many of Australia’s innovators and leaders in hospitality, tourism, food and wine, and regional development; and their passion for delivering authentically Australian luxury
experiences over and above offering a great place to stay, is ingrained in their unique lodge offering.

Wild Bush Luxury are celebrating Arkaba’s membership of Luxury Lodges of Australia with a special offer. Guests will stay for 3 nights and pay for just 2 when visiting Arkaba before 31 March, 2015. Escape to the outback wilderness and private conservancy and discover why Arkaba sits alongside Australia’s leading high-end, experiential lodges.

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Arkaba Special Offer http://www.arkabastation.com/special-offers


NORMAN CARR SAFARIS ANNOUNCES FIRST FLY-IN SAFARIS TO WILD AND REMOTE LIUWA PLAINS, ZAMBIA

January 19, 2015 on 9:07 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Zambia | Comments Off




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MFUWE, Zambia – Norman Carr Safaris (NCS), now under the Time + Tide banner, announces a series of fixed-date, four and five night fly-in safaris to Liuwa Plain National Park, abutting Angola in far western Zambia, one of the least-traveled areas of Africa. NCS is partnering in this new venture with African Parks, a non-profit organization that takes total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. Safaris will be operated by NCS’ award-winning guides.

Rates start at $4,540 per person for a four-night safari and $5,150 per person for a five-night safari and include a two-hour charter flight from Lusaka to Kalabo. Those staying at a Norman Carr Safaris camp in the South Luangwa or at a Chongwe Safaris camp in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi will receive a free night at either of these, if they continue on to Liuwa Plain.

‘Liuwa Plain is food for the soul,” says Managing Director David Wilson. “Observing the extraordinarily prolific animal and birdlife in this pristine wilderness is awesome, intimate and transformative – there’s a certain clarity that comes from standing on plains so vast and flat you can see the curvature of the earth.”

Liuwa Plain National Park (Plain is singular for the Park but plural for the Plains outside of the park) is rife with wildlife and boasts the second largest wildebeest migration in the world. Some 330 species of birds inhabit the park along with clans of up to 50 hyena, coalitions of cheetah, packs of wild dog, herds of zebra and tsessebe and a famous lioness, Lady Liuwa, and her pride of three one-year-old cubs.

Get a great deal on rainwear!In May, June and July, flocks comprising hundreds of pelicans, as well as crowned cranes, wattled cranes and skimmers are visible along with herds of red Lechwe. In October, November and December wildebeest can be seen dropping their calves. This is a time of dramatic lightning storms and carpets of blazing flowers.

Safari-goers will stay at Matamanene camp, which has undergone a refurbishment. Meanwhile, Time + Tide is building an exclusive camp called Kokomo (wildebeest in the Lozi language), designed by Rech + Carstens, acclaimed husband and wife architects, who were responsible for Chinzombo, in 2014 voted best new property in Africa.

Liuwa Plain Safari dates for 2015:

May 5, 10, 14, 22, 27, 31

June 8, 13, 17, 22, 27

July 4, 9, 13

October 20, 25

November 1, 6, 10, 15, 23, 28

December 2, 7, 11

For bookings, full details and tour operator rates contact: bookings@timeandideafrica.com or visit: www.normancarrsafaris.com


Grootbos: Starting 2015 right‏

January 14, 2015 on 10:06 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Beachbooker, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off



To get the year started, we’re incredibly proud to announce that we’re a founding member of National Geographic Society’s newest foray in world-class travel experiences: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrate commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

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Of the 24 founding members, spanning across six continents, 3 of the Unique Lodges are from South Africa. Grootbos is the only one within the Western Cape. Michael Lutzeyer, MD and founder of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve had this to say:

“We share and appreciate the values and high quality standards of National Geographic. We believe that by forming this partnership, we will reach the audiences that would appreciate what we have to offer and enable us to continue preserving this region’s unique and incredible biodiversity.”

Thank you for your on-going support. Without you, none of this would be possible. On that note, we get 2015 off to an inspiring start and wish you a prosperous and exciting year ahead!

We hope to see you on the reserve soon!

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Gansbaai, South Africa
PO Box 148, 7220
Tel: +27 (0)28 384 8053 (direct)
Tel: +27 (0)28 384 8000 (Switch)
Fax: +27 (0)28 384 8042
E-mail: florentina@grootbos.co.za
Website: www.grootbos.com


Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica, Joins New National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World‏

January 13, 2015 on 10:45 am | In Cabinweb, Caribbean, Dominica | Comments Off



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ROSALIE, Dominica  — Rosalie Bay Resort today announced it is a founding member of National Geographic Society’s newest foray in world-class travel experiences: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Rosalie Bay Resort is the only property throughout the Caribbean to be included in this.

Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, each lodge offers an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collection — numbering 24 properties on six continents — further builds National Geographic’s travel portfolio, which includes National Geographic Expeditions, Traveler magazine, travel books, photography courses and the @NatGeoTravel digital and photography community.

“Rosalie Bay Resort is proud to be a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and the only property representing the Caribbean in such an esteemed group,” said owner Beverly Deikel, of Rosalie Bay Resort.


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“It’s an honor to join this prestigious organization that also shares our commitment to responsible tourism and sustainability and believes in celebrating our beautiful, talented Dominican community. Rosalie Bay Resort is a small lodge on a tiny Caribbean island and in our first generation of tourism here on Dominica, National Geographic is giving us a stage to share our successful preservation techniques and to synergize with the world.”

As part of a comprehensive vetting process, every lodge in the collection was judged on the following criteria:

• The Property — The design and character are unique and authentic and the property provides guests with a true sense of place by celebrating the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage.

• Guest Experience and Quality of Service — Guests are offered top-quality service and exceptional and inspiring experiences — from activities that enable them to engage with local people to wildlife encounters with seasoned naturalists.

• Sustainable Tourism Best Practices — The property demonstrates a commitment to conservation and green operations; it actively supports the protection of cultural heritage; and it provides tangible benefits to local communities.

National Geographic deployed experts to each site to evaluate operations, meet staff at all levels, scrutinize the lodge’s impact on the local environment and community and ensure that these criteria were met.

“By creating this carefully curated group of hotels, lodges and retreats that meet internationally recognized sustainable tourism criteria while providing top-notch guest experiences, National Geographic opens a new chapter in the power of travel to protect our planet,” said Costas Christ, a world-renowned sustainable tourism expert and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, who coordinated an international team to inspect each of the lodges. “Travelers can feel confident when they stay in one of these lodges that they are helping to safeguard cultural and natural treasures in some of the world’s most incredible places.”

Rosalie Bay Resort is proud to offer guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience, which includes a walk to the friendly village of Grand Fond for a glimpse of everyday life. National Geographic guests on this tour can visit traditional Dominican homes and families while learning about island customs and meeting residents and farmers along the way. They will learn about the local flora and fauna from a private guide and even stop for a refreshing dip in a Rosalie River swimming hole on the return to the resort.

“The National Geographic brand is universally recognized for its commitment to exploring and protecting the planet, so we are uniquely positioned to unite and promote these exceptional properties and to set a new standard for tourism,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Travel. “These lodges share the Society’s vision of preserving the planet for future generations and they demonstrate that sustainability and a world-class guest experience can go hand-in-hand.”

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World charter members are:

Fogo Island Inn, Canada
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
Kapari Natural Resort, Greece
Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica
Lizard Island, Australia
Longitude 131°, Australia
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Canada
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, South Africa
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysian Borneo
The Brando, French Polynesia
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, United States
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Bhutan

For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit NationalGeographicLodges.com. For more information about Rosalie Bay Resort as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit Rosalie Bay.

About Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica

Rosalie Bay is an eco-boutique and wellness resort nestled in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons where the Rosalie River meets the black sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Rosalie Bay is a pioneer in its environmental efforts with the largest wind turbine in the region and founding Dominica’s sea turtle conservation program. The hand-built sanctuary seamlessly blends into its 22-acre surroundings with 28 spacious rooms and suites, waterfront spa, wellness program, and local and organic cuisine. Stunning natural beauty and modern touches work in perfect harmony to create a vacation that is simply magical.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; travel books; maps; digital travel content; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 17 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 60 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group, shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 6.5 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.


Cooking School & Wine Weekends at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch‏

January 13, 2015 on 10:31 am | In Cabinweb, Dine Drink, Rockies | Comments Off



Backcountry.com Winter ClearanceDarby, Montana – Culinary lessons from one of the country’s leading chefs, wine tastings with the finest vintners and stellar Western hospitality are on offer in 2015 at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, voted the World’s Best Hotel in the Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards. In January, Triple Creek Ranch will debut their new Cooking School Vintner Weekends, which combine the very best elements of the popular Cooking School Weekends and Vintner Weekends. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy ranch activities alongside legendary vintners in a relaxed atmosphere, developing their own culinary and oenological expertise at the Relais & Châteaux sanctuary that was ranked one of the Top 100 on Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014. All of these lively and enriching food and wine weekend activities are included in the nightly cabin rate at Triple Creek Ranch.

Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman, who cooked for a sold-out crowd at New York’s James Beard Foundation in 2013, is celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of the Triple Creek Ranch kitchen. Trained in classical French cuisine, Chef Leatherman and his team will work with cooks of all levels and teach new techniques and recipes in a friendly and relaxed kitchen environment during the Cooking School sessions. Chef Leatherman will be joined by Sommelier Jeremy White, who oversees the wine cellar at Triple Creek Ranch, which was recently awarded its 10th Wine Spectator Award and third “Best of” Award.

Cooking School Vintner Weekends

In 2015, Triple Creek Ranch combines two of its most popular signature events by introducing Cooking School Vintner Weekends. During hands-on, fun and informational Cooking School Weekends, Chef Leatherman and his staff will share their personal approach to various culinary techniques, ranging from fish cookery, barbequing and grilling to classic braising and sautéing. The Executive Pastry Chef will lead guests in the creation of some favorite deserts while Sommelier Jeremy White will coach guests to expertly pair wine, beer and spirits. Partner vintners from Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena and Oregon’s Et Fille wineries will join guests for cooking classes, and enrich this instruction with their own expertise.

Chateau Montelena, Napa

The Napa Valley winery that put California fine wines on the map at the legendary Paris Tasting in 1976.

February 19 – 22

Et Fille, Oregon

The father-daughter duo Howard Mozeico and Jessica Mozeico-Blair of Et Fille winery, located near Portland, Oregon are renowned for their award winning Pinot Noir.

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Cooking School

This weekend is reserved for the Cooking School only, and guests will have the opportunity to delve into classes with Chef Leatherman.

April 23 – 26

Vintner Weekends

A unique opportunity for passionate oenophiles to focus exclusively on engaging with some of the world’s leading wine makers whose vintages are regularly featured in the Lodge. Vintner Weekends consistently exceed guest expectations. Intimate discussions about process, terroir and grape types culminate in meaningful tastings and paired dinners. Guests are also introduced to the lighter side of the vintner partners as they join each other to enjoy ranch activities.

Et Fille Vintner Weekend

Sourced from the distinct viticulture regions of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

May 14-17

Chappellet Vintner Weekend

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May 21-24

Merry Edwards Vintner Weekend

Famed for its Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.

June 4-7

Cabin rates starting at $950* per couple, per night and include luxurious accommodations, snacks, breakfast, lunch, gourmet dinners, house wines and house spirits and all featured on-ranch activities. For more information visit www.triplecreekranch.com

Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. An all-inclusive retreat for adults and children sixteen years and older, the Ranch is a member of Relais & Châteaux and Virtuoso. Rates start at $950 per couple, per night, based on double occupancy and include a private log cabin, all meals, house wines, spirits and beers, and a range of outdoor activities including horseback riding, cattle drives, fly fishing, dog sledding, cooking classes, skijoring and more.

For reservations contact info@triplecreekranch.com or 800-654-2943. For more information visit www.triplecreekranch.com

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Book a Direct Flight to Steamboat Springs for an All-Inclusive Winter Retreat

January 5, 2015 on 2:52 pm | In Airlines, Cabinweb, Rockies, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off



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TEL: 970.879.1780
EMAIL: info@homeranch.com
WEB: www.homeranch.com

Fly direct from major cities across the country and let The Home Ranch give you a stress-free winter holiday to remember

CLARK, Colo. — Taking a winter ski vacation can provide a much-needed break from an otherwise hectic schedule; however, actually getting to the mountains can be more taxing than finding yourself on a double black diamond at the end of the day. Think bulky luggage, long layovers, a tense drive into the mountains and noisy hotels. Well, breathe a sigh of relief because powder junkies can fly direct into one of the top rated ski towns in Colorado and stay at The Home Ranch, a quiet, luxe rustic resort with plenty of hills, trails and open forest at your doorstep.

Steamboat Springs is one of the most conveniently located ski towns in Colorado. You can fly directly to Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN) from more than 11 major cities across the country. If you can’t find a direct flight from your city, you can always arrange for a commuter flight from Denver International Airport to Steamboat and avoid winter mountain driving from Denver. Direct flights are available from these cities:

ATLANTA (ATL)
CHICAGO (ORD)
DALLAS/FT. WORTH (DFW)
DENVER (DEN)
HOUSTON (IAH)
LOS ANGELES (LAX)
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (MSP)
NEWARK (EWR)
SAN FRANCISCO (SFO)
SEATTLE (SEA)
WASHINGTON DULLES (IAD)

Now that you know the flight is easy, why ruin the experience by staying in a third-floor walkup apartment (have you tried doing that in ski boots?!) around 100 other winter enthusiasts who don’t seem to need sleep based on their late-night parties and early-morning commotion. Instead, stay at The Home Ranch just 18 miles north of Steamboat, nestled among the aspens in the Elk River Valley and surrounded by majestic Rocky Mountains. The ranch is an easy, scenic drive from both town and the slopes.

The ranch offers 30km of expertly groomed cross-country skiing trails, welcoming Nordic skiers, skate skiers, snowshoers and backcountry skiers to one of the most unique and satisfying ski vacations and trail systems in the West. For powderhounds who prefer downhill and telemark skiing, the Home Ranch runs a private daily shuttle to the champagne powder at Steamboat Ski Resort. They’ll pack your lunch, drop you off and pick you up when your ski day is over.

For more information about winter travel to Steamboat, visit http://www.homeranch.com/about-us/travel-info/. To find out more about The Home Ranch and its all-inclusive vacation packages, visit www.homeranch.com or call 970-879-1780.


Chinzombo – Wild Luxury in the Zambian Bush Wins Best New Camp in Africa + Offers 3 for 2 Special Package

January 4, 2015 on 8:39 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Zambia | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowChinzombo, the wildly luxurious camp opened last year as the latest addition to legendary Norman Carr Safaris in Zambia, is celebrating its win as Best New Camp in Africa at the annual African Safari Awards with a Stay Three Pay Two special, available until 31 May 2015.

Established in 1950 as the original Zambian safari company, Norman Carr Safaris was also the winner of both Best Safari Experience and Best Walking Safari in Africa, and is extending thespecial deal to all its camps in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia: – Kapani, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli Mchenia and Chinzombo. (Guests are required to stay for three nights in the one camp, with park fees and a conservation levy required for the third night).

About Chinzombo: In the 1950s Norman Carr dreamt of a unique way to experience the African bush; a way of interacting with the environment while respecting the natural landscape and local Zambian traditions – conservation through tourism. Norman Carr Safaris was born.

Last year another dream was realized when Norman Carr Safaris opened its newest camp – wildly luxurious Chinzombo, designed by Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens, the award-winning architects behind North Island. Chinzombo represents another step in the continued evolution of Norman Carr Safaris’ luxury bush-camp design philosophy.

Outdoorplay.com - Free Kayak ShippingHere, for the first time, modern architectural forms are combined with the organic geometry and regional materials of indigenous Zambian building methods creating an entirely new type of bush camp on the site of one of Norman’s original camps.

Six spacious villas – one of which is designed to accommodate a family of five – are nestled within the shade of ancient trees on a wildlife-rich ridge which follows a C-shaped bend in the Luangwa River. The Chinzombo villas appear to float over the landscape, with a winding footpath connecting the villas and communal areas through the shade of the surrounding Msikzi trees. The simplicity of the contemporary, steel-framed structures contrasts with the natural materials used in the décor and interiors to complement the surroundings in a unique and interesting fashion.

Spacious living areas comprise large, cooled bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms and shady decks overlooking the Luangwa River. Each villa is equipped with WiFi and a private pool. The design is ground breaking as the natural materials, locally produced leather, reed work and canvas, the lack of concrete or brick and the recycled composite timber floors complement the wilderness perfectly and allow the bush to speak for itself.

Décor is simple and minimal, using raw linen, timber, copper and hand-made crockery within a simple, authentic shelter that offers a respectful nod to Chinzombo’s past history and Norman’s legacy.

To add to the grandeur, in-camp spa treatments are now being offered under the leadership and direction of Putu Ari who ran North Island’s spa for many years. She has trained a team of local women who will astound the most discerning guests with their massage techniques using oils, scrubs and essences created onsite, from all natural ingredients and local plants and leaves.

Chinzombo’s signature treatment is a two-hour pampering. It combines a body scrub and polish handmade using healing herbal plants from the area. This is followed by a splendidly-soothing, full-body massage designed to balance the body’s meridians and energise body, mind and soul.

Guests will delight in Ari’s professional, ‘homemade’ scrubs, oils and facial cleansers comprising ingredients such as neem leaf, lemongrass, almond and peppermint. She believes in keeping things simple and effective. All treatments are offered in the privacy of the guests’ individual 150sq metre villas. The new spa in Chinzombo’s ebony grove on the edge of a lagoon is Norman Carr Safaris’ piece de resistance!

The camp was designed to allow wildlife and the natural vegetation to flourish in and around the structures, unhindered by vast tracts of landscaping, game fences or roads.

Stay tuned for more news about Norman Carr Safaris and Chongwe Safaris.

Special packages available: www.normancarrsafaris.com


Dom. Rep The Central-Region Town of Bonao: Ecotourism, Culture, Cuisine and Lively Entertainment

December 30, 2014 on 10:16 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cabinweb, Caribbean, Dominican Republic | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSituated in the country’s fertile central region, the town of Bonao offers the visitor exciting glimpses of local culture, excellent typical restaurants, and lively Dominican entertainment.

The town is one of the country’s most popular ecotourism destinations, because of its various ecosystems, lush mountains, and cool waterfalls and rivers.

The province is literally riddled with dozens of pristine rivers, streams, ponds and picture-perfect small waterfalls. All originate in the beautiful mountains of the country’s central mountain chain.

One of the region’s most important rivers, and one of the most visited, is the Masipedro. One of the river’s most important bathing sites is the “Camellon,” where both locals and international visitors gather to bathe in the cool waters that make their way from the nearby mountains.

Vendors have set up eateries on the river banks, the perfect spot to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings while at the same time enjoying cool beverages and typical Dominican dishes.

The Jima Waterfall

A few miles from the “Camellon” section is the Jima Waterfall, by far one of the region’s best kept secrets.

In total, nine small waterfalls come together to form this impressively beautiful destination, situated in the “Las Neblinas” Scientific Reserve.

The trail up to the waterfall begins at the Ministry of Tourism office in the “Charco Prieto” community.

The trail will lead visitors on a true adventure, only suitable for the adventuresome tourist. Although the trail may turn difficult at times, the stunning surroundings will more than make up for any inconveniences.

The Ministry of Tourism provides access up to the third – and even the fifth – waterfall. Visitors are accompanied by experienced tour guides who will have the right equipment, including harnesses and ropes, for the big climb. Access to the other waterfalls is reserved only for true athletes who will be able to cross the area safely.

The nearby Fula River is another option, with much easier access, near downtown Bonao. The river will provide excellent swimming for the entire family, in a safe and friendly environment.

Cultural Activities

Aside from its natural beauty, the centrally-located province also provides various cultural venues, as well as one of the country’s most colorful Carnival celebrations.

The town features the “Candido Bido” Museum, named after Bonao’s most important plastic artist.

The late painter founded the Museum and a fine arts school, providing art classes for the locals of all ages.

The Museum is also home to the most important collection of Bido’s works. The Museum is steps from Bonao’s Cultural Plaza, situated in the centrally located Mella Street.

Telephone: 809-525-5263. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hotels

The following hotels are recommended for those who want to spend a few days in the region:

Hotel Acuarius:

The hotel is centrally located in Bonao near popular rivers, nightclubs, and restaurants, featuring comfortable rooms and a restaurant serving typical Dominican dishes.

Address: Duarte Street #151

Tel: 809-296-0303

Hotel Jacaranda:

Perfect is you are looking for more relaxed accommodations, with a beautiful views of nearby mountains. Very good service, situated outside Bonao.

Address: Duarte Highway, Kilometer #89

Tel: 809-525-5097
Other options:

La Palmas:

Address: Duarte Highway, Kilometer #82

Tel: 809-296-2231

Gold Premium:

Address: Francisco J. Peynado Street

Tel: 809-296-3838
Good Restaurants:

Tipico Bonao:

This is not only one of the country’s most popular restaurants, but certainly the city of Bonao’s most iconic eatery. The restaurant is the place to go for excellent Dominican dishes.

Address: Duarte Highway, Kilometer #83 and Kilometer #85

Tel: 809-525-3941

Café Monte Carlo:

One of the town’s top restaurants, it offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere and specializes in Italian cuisine. You can enjoy the pleasant climate of Bonao by sitting in the restaurant’s outdoor terrace. Live jazz music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Highly recommended on the menu: Eggplant Parmesan or the Café Montecarlo Grilled Skirt Steak, served with Mushroom Risotto. The restaurant is located on the outskirts of Bonao.

Address: Duarte Highway/Avenida Extension Libertad

Tel: 809-296-3334

“La Bomba” Express:

The perfect stop for a quick bite, serving sandwiches, fruit shakes, tacos, pizzas, burgers, etc.

Address: Esso Station, Duarte Street

Tel: 809-525-8830

“Restaurante Brasas:”

An excellent alternative to enjoy both national and international dishes, in a relaxed atmosphere.

Address: Duarte Street, next to Hotel Aquarius
Nightlife

Highly recommended:

Wendy Nightclub:

The perfect destination to enjoy excellent Dominican music. The nightclub features four areas, several dance floors and an outdoor bar.

Address: Duarte Avenue #1

Tel: 809-525-4917

Coconut Bar:

Another great location for good music and excellent dancing, all in a cozy environment. Fridays are for urban music and Sundays for merengue and salsa. The Glow Room Bar opens at 3:00 p.m.

Address: 16 de Agosto Street

Hotel Acuarius:

The hotel’s disco is one of the town’s most popular.

Address: Duarte Street #151

Tel: 809-296-0303

By: Anya Durán
Photos: Maximo Zorrilla

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