New Attractions, Activities, Lodging, Events and On-Mountain Additions Debut
Denver – As the snow begins to fall in Colorado, excitement rises around the winter season and the new offerings and enhancements emerging around the state. From brand new events and new activities including dog sledding and heli ski offerings to new lodging properties and on-mountain additions, Colorado is ushering in some exciting new developments in 2014. A roundup of what’s new for Colorado visitors for this winter season and beyond is below. For more information, visit www.COLORADO.com
Attractions and Activities:
New this winter, the Durango Dog Ranch is offering dog sledding from Durango Mountain Resort’s base, providing another way to enjoy this unique winter adventure. The Durango Dog Ranch’s hour-long dog sledding offerings provide a personalized hands-on experience.
Fiske Planetarium, the largest planetarium west of the Mississippi, re-opened October 12, 2013 after an extensive renovation. Located on the University of Colorado–Boulder campus, Fiske is now one of the most sophisticated planetariums and multimedia centers in the world.
The Woodward at Copper Barn at Copper Mountain recently underwent a half-million dollar renovation project which opened the door far beyond snowboards and skis to now include skateboards, BMX and slopestyle mountain bikes. All synthetic snow surfaces were replaced with a surface designed for wheels.
New this winter, Captain Zipline added “Aerial Adventure Park” to its name to reflect a new attraction near Salida. The canyon aerial park has linked combinations of 120 different “challenge elements.” Over 80 additional elements are included in the four courses known as “via ferrata” (Italian for “iron road”). These guided tours allow less experienced climbers to enjoy views and adrenaline rushes usually reserved for elite climbers.
Silverton is offering new overnight heli touring trips. For $429 guests are heli dropped into a remote zone with a guide and experience a full day of skiing or snowboarding before camping for the night. Guests will then continue the skiing and riding the next day – including another heli trip to a peak that ultimately returns guests to the base area.
Slopeside bowling is being offered this winter at the new bowling alley, Slow Your Roll, in the Snowmass Village Mall. The alley features eight full-sized lanes, a lounge area with full bar, locally brewed beers, wood-fired oven pizzas, upscale bar food and more.
This season marks the debut of Steamboat’s new night skiing and riding experience. The Christie Peak Express high-speed chairlift transports visitors to the top of Christie Peak (8,000 feet) to embark on a night adventure across five trails including Sitz, See Me/See Ya, Vogue, Stampede and Lil’ Rodeo.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s new interactive trail maps will help guests make the most of their visit to state parks. For the first time, the maps integrate all types of trail uses and indicate up to 10 different trail features or activities all in one place.
Telluride Ski Resort’s new Three-day Heli Ski Camp offers a new opportunity for skiers to take their mountain experience to the next level. The camp starts with two days in the ski area boundary to hone the skills necessary to make the most of the third day – helicopter skiing with Helitrax.
Breckenridge Ski Resort is offering a brand new exclusive opportunity for guests staying in official resort lodging properties this winter. Titled “First Tracks Fridays”, this program will allow guests staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort to access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings throughout the 2013-14 winter ski season.
Located on 500 acres 19 miles east of Gunnison, Monson Creek Ranch celebrates its inaugural winter season and offers activities and lodging year-round. Lodging is offered for up to 12 in a cabin with winter activities such as snow cat-drawn sleigh rides (complete with toasting marshmallows around a warm fire) and snowmobile rentals.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa will open its new eco-luxe Lodge, Barn & Pavilion this December. Nestled in the hillside overlooking the Ranch, the new 50,000 square foot High Lonesome Lodge and adjoining facilities will enable the Ranch to accommodate and host up to 350 guests at any one time.
Opening early 2014 in downtown Denver’s famous Colorado National Bank building, The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center provides guests with a modern experience in one of Colorado’s most historic buildings. The hotel features 221 guestrooms and nine suites; 6,000 square feet of meeting space; a fitness center; and Range, an original concept restaurant and bar, serving locally-purveyed cuisine inspired by the Rocky Mountain West.
Fall 2013 – March 2014: The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways 25th Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the winter season and will re-dedicate the 25 Byways through a proclamation.
November 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014: Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, the comedy show is all new this holiday season: new show, new location. Relocating to Glenwood’s main street, the venue features exciting upgrades and the addition of a 1918 Orchestrion, an instrument designed to sound like a full orchestra but that can be played by a single musician.
January 9-12, 2014: Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual toast to winter, plans to add a new event to this year’s celebration, the first annual Fat Bike Race. The Wintersköl Fat Bike Race will be held in town on Smuggler Mountain Road, one of the most popular recreation areas in the immediate Aspen vicinity.
January 18, 2014: Aspen Gay Ski Week will celebrate equality with a group civil union ceremony in downtown Aspen with cake and champagne to follow. Organizers are planning for this to be the largest same-sex ceremony in the U.S. and also the highest elevation group ceremony at Aspen’s 7,908 feet above sea level.
January 18-19, 2014: New to Durango Mountain Resort’s annual Winterfest celebration, is the US Airbag Demo, which gives skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to experience big air with a soft landing. Beginners and seasoned athletes will have confidence to try a new trick off a 14-foot kicker while landing on a giant 50-square-foot inflated airbag.
January 18-20, 2014: Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Roost the Butte, is a new snowmobile competition and festival on the resort and on nearby property. Roost the Butte will feature four different events with multiple classes for each event: snocross, hillcross, hill drag and snow ovals. In addition, there will be other unique features and vendor displays.
January 25, 2014: The Stagecoach Classic is a new addition to the annual Winter Park Carnival celebration and is a 30km/15km classic cross country ski race and tour. This is the only time during the winter season that the Idlewild Trail System will be connected and groomed for skier access.
January 31 – February 2, 2014: Visit Aurora will host the 2014 USA Weightlifting Junior National Championships. This USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee) sanctioned competition will be held in conjunction with the city’s inaugural Aurora Sports Festival at the Crowne Plaza, Denver International Airport Convention Center.
March 28 – April 5, 2014: The new Boulder Arts Week will be a citywide celebration of film, music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, public art and performance. The week will feature art walks, exhibitions, artist demonstrations and a First Friday in the NoBo (North Boulder) Arts District.
This year will be the inaugural season for the opening of Breckenridge’s newest peak, Peak 6. The opening of Peak 6 represents the largest ski area terrain expansion in the past decade, and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.
The new multi-million-dollar Four Points Lodge in Steamboat is a 13,000-square foot, two-level building located in the Storm Peak/Four Points area of the mountain, complete with a restaurant that seats more than 200 with an outdoor BBQ, flat screen televisions, indoor bar, plus a retail area and oversized restrooms. On Friday and Saturday nights, a snowcat will transport visitors to a mountain top culinary experience at the new lodge.
Beaver Creek’s Talons is a new 17,000 square foot European-inspired on mountain restaurant space featuring gourmet dining options with 500 indoor seats on two levels and 250 outdoor seats. There is also an indoor/outdoor bar and an outdoor smokehouse. Talons will serve as the press center for the 2013 Birds of Prey World Cup events as well as the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships.
What’s on the Horizon for Summer 2014:
Denver’s Union Station is undergoing a massive restoration and re-development that will transform it into the center of the city beginning in July 2014. The 1881 Beaux Arts station will become a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub with 112 uniquely-appointed hotel rooms in The Crawford Hotel, four new Colorado chef-owned restaurants, two quick service restaurants, local one-of-a-kind shops, a Colorado beer hall and a two-block long park.
Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary from September 4, 2014, through September 4, 2015. Speakers, special activities and community events are being coordinated to commemorate the Centennial. Rocky Mountain National Park offers visitors more than 300 miles of hiking trails, fishing, backcountry camping and campgrounds, scenic drives, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and a variety of ranger-led programs and instructional classes.
June 13 – November 30, 2014: Denver Botanic Gardens will present the Rocky Mountain Region’s first outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly. Informed by nature, each sculpture and its placement respond to surrounding plants, flowers and architecture. Chihuly’s elegant sculptures – ranging in size and style from small water floats to large vertical installations – will add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis.
2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles Concert at Red Rocks. The first time a popular rock band ever played at Red Rocks was 1964 and the band was the Beatles. Strangely, it was the only concert on the Beatles tour that did not sell out (they sold only 7,000 of 9,000 tickets…at $6.60 per ticket, a price the Denver Post found outrageous). Today, Red Rocks is on many music lovers’ “Bucket List” and has a summer filled with concerts and films.
June 7 – July 26, 2014: Oh Heck Yeah will transform the streets of Denver into an immersive street arcade. The arcade will be powered through a combination of the Denver Theatre District’s LED screens, projections, street art, social media, local media and a website. This transmedia approach will produce an interactive experience that transports players into the video game’s story.
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, 13 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.
Banff, AB – December 3, 2013:CMH Heli-Skiing, the world’s largest Heli-Skiing operator and the company that invented the sport nearly 50 years ago, has just announced a new 50-hour promotion for guests who book their 2014/2015 Heli-Skiing trip between December 11 and 13, 2013. From 8AM MT on December 11 through 10AM MT on December 13, guests booking a new 2014/2015 Heli-Skiing trip will receive a $100 lodge credit for each day of their stay.
On the eve of CMH’s 50th-anniversary season in 2014/2015, the new 50-hour promotion – guaranteed to be the best offer of the season – will enable guests to receive up to $700 in lodge credits at eight lodges located throughout British Columbia, Canada. In addition to the special lodge credit, guests can look forward to a newly renovated Bugaboo Lodge, which was the birthplace of CMH and the sport of Heli-Skiing.
To book this special CMH Heli-Skiing 50-hour offer, go to: http://bit.ly/1isXa2f. This promotion may not be combined with other offers or discounts and other restrictions may apply.
ABOUT CMH HELI-SKIING & SUMMER ADVENTURES:
Offering heli-adventures since 1965, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures is the world’s oldest and largest heli-skiing and heli-hiking operator. From their head office in Banff, Alberta, CMH operates exceptional mountain experiences based from 11 lodges located in the Bugaboo, Purcell, Selkirk, Monashee, and Cariboo ranges of British Columbia, Canada. Heli-Skiing takes place each year from December through April, and CMH Summer Adventures take place from July into mid-September.
Art de Vivre has launched a meticulously curated collection of the world’s top designer homes for rental. Think innovative design, minimalist space and inspiring craftsmanship; all with a modern twist in the most elite locations. In short the finest designer villas and chalets for rent worldwide.
The collection gives access to rare architectural design and offers a new kind of cultural experience for those who love art and design and who wish to be inspired. Aside from their architectural visions, many of these homes also house the superb art collections of their philanthropic owners.
Whether the property will be host to a celebratory party or a successful corporate retreat, the art and design edge of each space and their unparalleled hospitality will push these experiences to the limit.
Each property, from the heights of the Swiss Alps to the eco sanctuaries of Mexico is utterly unique and located in an awe inspiring setting far from the bustle of city life. To respect the privacy of the properties, the site offers a discreet selection as an invitation for clients to contact the Art de Vivre team.
“Each piece in this collection is a work of art in itself and they each embody my personal passion for creative architectural vision, innovative design, inspiring natural settings and the precious art of first class hospitality,” says Julie Gauthier, Founder.
Art de Vivre works with CEOs, designers, the media and those who enjoy the bespoke quality of their work in terms of products and experience. Their unique access and connections are highly valued throughout the industry. Depending on location and occupancy, rentals can vary but a typical rental is $60,000 per week.
About Art de Vivre
For two decades British-owned Villas de Maitre has combed the Indian Ocean islands to offer the top luxury private villas for rent to its discerning clientele. The Founders have worked with elite clients to create private and unique experiences throughout the Indian Ocean. Co-founder Julie Gauthier has used her expertise, connections and eye for new and rare architectural gems to bring together the new worldwide Art de Vivre collection. It offers inspirational individually designed experiences in designer villas and chalets all over the world. Each property is unique and holds some of the best of contemporary art & design in the form of its architecture, the owner’s art collection or the talent of its interior designer.
For further information:
Art de Vivre
Tel +44 1296 334138
THANDA WINS WORLD TRAVEL AWARD FOR THE 5th TIME
Thanda Private Game Reserve is thrilled to have once again been recognised as the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge at the World Travel Awards Grand Final Ceremony. Voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, this impressive accolade recognises the commitment to excellence, which Thanda has demonstrated in the last twelve months.
The prestigious event took place on the evening of the 30th November in Doha, Qatar, where Sphamandla Shabalala, Manager of Thanda Safari Lodge was presented with the award before an invited audience of the industry’s leading luminaries and the international media. The 5th consecutive time to have won this particular award, Thanda has regularly been distinguished at the World Travel Awards for its exceptional accommodation offering, superb guest service and warm Zulu welcome.
Situated in the heart of Zululand, Thanda is the essence of the ultimate luxury safari experience comprising 14,000 hectares of spectacular wilderness and offering excellent game-viewing opportunities, together with a strong community and conservation commitment. Recently refurbished, Thanda Safari Lodge comprises only nine luxury bedrooms that boast breath-taking views of the surrounding game reserve. The suites each have their own spacious lounge area and master bedroom and vast bathroom. They also feature a thatched, elevated sala (outdoor deck), a heated splash pool as well as a private boma for an intimate dining experience. Guests staying here enjoy numerous activities too, from Big Five game drives and specialised bush walks, to Zulu cultural tours into the rural community and photographic safaris, further enhancing their African experience.
Sphamandla Shabalala says: “We are very proud to once again be judged as the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. This sought-after award gives our staff the recognition that they deserve from committed service and going the extra mile all year round. It is therefore very rewarding that the travel industry appreciates that Thanda offers an exceptional, authentic and memorable experience. As one of only two Luxury African Safari Lodges in the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World group, totalling some 430 world-class hotels, Thanda continues to wow our guests who return time and time again.”
Celebrating its historic 20th anniversary year, World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Described as the ‘Oscars’ of the global travel and tourism industry, the annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry.
Prices start from ZAR6250 per person per night sharing and includes luxury accommodation, all meals & local beverages, in-room minibar, Wifi and laundry. Safari activities also included are 2 game drives per day with professional guide and tracker as well as guided bush walks with specialist walking guides.
More about Thanda
In addition to the Thanda Safari Lodge, the reserve comprises Villa iZulu, the luxurious safari residence of the Swedish Olofsson family that sleeps up to ten and is available on an exclusive-use basis. Its large heated swimming pool and beautiful, fully fenced garden make it a definite favourite for families. Boasting its own helicopter pad, it is also inclusive of its own chef, butler and waiters, treatment therapist along with a private guide and tracker. Villa iZulu is ideal for celebrities or guests wanting privacy and exclusive, discreet pampering. For guests seeking a pared-down safari experience reminiscent of a bygone era, the rustic Thanda Tented Camp offers 15 tents and a rim-flow pool, shared boma, lounge and bar areas.
Thanda is steeped in Zulu history and the Zulu culture is embraced throughout the guest experience. It is Thanda’s longstanding and integrated relationship with the local community that makes a stay here exceptional. Furthermore, its strong conservation commitment not only combines support for local and national wildlife programmes, but also invites guests to participate in its own biodiversity and wildlife protection initiatives constantly being carried out on the reserve, all combined to ensure a very worthy and truly unique, memorable stay.
Austin Adventures is offering a series of five-day winter tours in Yellowstone National Park with two specific departures set aside for families and three for adults only.
Activities include cross-country skiing from Craig’s Pass down to Old Faithful Geyser, dog-sledding in Paradise Valley, a dip in Chico Hot Springs and snowshoeing the park’s Upper Geyser Basin Trail. Accommodations are at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Chico Hot Springs.
The Yellowstone in Winter Adventures departures for adults are Dec. 22-26, Dec. 29-Jan.2 and in Feb. 23-27, 2014. Family departures in 2014 are Feb. 16-20 and Dec. 21-25. The program is priced from $2,498 per adult, double occupancy, and from $2,248 per child sharing a room.
Rent an apartment in the Canadian Rockies
Beautiful Canmore, 1 hour from Calgary, on the edge of Banff National Park
Three fully equipped modern lofted apartments in the same block, on the same floor, in the picturesque mountain town of Canmore in the Canadian Rockies still have availability for the coming winter season, including February half term.
The fully equipped apartments each sleep up to 7 people*, are within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants of Canmore, have balconies, B.B.Q’s and picture windows overlooking the stunning mountain ranges and three roof top spas. Each unit has a full kitchen with American Fridge/Freezer, Full size Oven, Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Dryer.See www.rentalsintherockies.com.
Canmore was the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, so there is easy access by road or bus to several ski resorts – Banff, Lake Louise, Kananaskis, Sunshine Village, Nakiska and Mount Norquay – making this choice of accommodation an ideal low cost family friendly alternative to choosing a ‘ski in’ hotel or chalet in a resort.
In Mid season from the 7th to the 31st of Jan. 2014 each apartment costs £89 per night (Sun to Thurs} and £149 per night (Fri and Sat). The weekly rate is approximately £655, depending on the exchange rate. In high season 1st Feb to 31st March each apartment costs £149 per night (Sun to Thurs) and £195 ( Fri and Sat), The weekly rate is £1072 depending on the exchange rate**.
Flights with www.canadianaffair.com from several UK airports start at £398 return. Their Winter Sale is on until the end of November 2013. Flexible accommodation packages mean you don’t have to book from Saturday to Saturday.
The British based condo owners want to ensure guests travelling from the UK have the perfect holiday, so are keen to help as much as possible. They advise on where to find good deals on flights, value for money car hire, as well as endless activities available for those not just there for the skiing.
“In addition to the great powder snow, skiing in Canada seems to be slightly better organized than in some resorts in Europe. There is always plenty of parking, sufficient ski lifts to cope with demand even at peak times and many of our guests feel that they get far more ski runs in as a result of the better standard of amenities. You will also find if you visit with the family that basic fast food and beverages are not quite as outrageously priced as you might find in some European resorts. Canmore is truly a family playground suitable for all ages and abilities.” said owner Richard Colwell.
* 1 King bedroom,en suite (in lofted area)which can be split to make 2 singles. 1 double bedroom and a queen and single sofa bed in the living area.
** All prices on the website are in Canadian dollars. Keeping a close watch on exchange rates will get you a better deal.
A limited amount of press trips are available for journalists and their families over this coming ski season and into the spring/summer of 2014.
Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs Offers Lodging Discount
with Purchase of Ouray Ice Park Membership
-Colorado lodge, located in southwest Colorado, offers convenient, comfortable stay for ice climbers-
Ouray, Colorado – It’s nearly ice climbing season in Ouray, Colo., a.k.a. “Switzerland of America.” One of the most unique ice climbing destinations in the country is the Ouray Ice Park, located just steps from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. To sweeten the deal, those who purchase an Ice Park membership receive a 20-percent discount on lodging at Box Canyon. Spend a day on the ice, then warm up with the friendly service and the 108-degree on-site natural hot springs hot tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge.
The Ouray Ice Park is the only manmade ice climbing park in the U.S. It is housed in a spectacular natural gorge just outside the city limits of Ouray and less than a five-minute walk from Box Canyon Lodge. The ice park is home to more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs. Each winter the Ouray Ice Park hosts the “X Games of Ice Climbing,” the Ouray Ice Festival. The festival features exhibition climbing, free clinics, seminars, slide shows and gear demos.
But visitors don’t have to be professionals to enjoy the sport of ice climbing in Ouray. San Juan Mountain Guides offers climbing courses and private guided programs for climbers of all levels. At the Ice Park there’s even a children’s section and an “Ice Climbing Kids College” for the young ones.
The wet fall bodes well for ice making operations at the Ouray Ice Park and for the many backcountry routes nearby. (Check with the Box Canyon staff for a guidebook on where to climb nearby if you want to venture out on your own). If Mother Nature cooperates the Ouray ice season will begin in mid-December.
To learn more about Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs visit www.boxcanyonouray.com .
About Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs (www.boxcanyonouray.com)
The Box Canyon Lodge is located in beautiful Ouray, Colo., nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” Box Canyon Lodge, a hot springs motel boasting four, all natural hot springs tubs, offers a peaceful location, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has been recognized by a variety of publications, receiving the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award, “Award of Excellence” by the Colorado Connoisseur and Travel Holiday magazine and listed as one of Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West.” Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs is one of only 10 Colorado properties to earn the Four Key rating from Green Key, a renowned eco-rating program.
Santiago, Chile — The Hotel Palacio Astoreca in Valparaíso, which recently celebrated its 1st anniversary, has been recognized as one of the best hotels in the world by the highly selective association Relais & Châteaux. The Palacio Astoreca’s elegance and distinction as an historic national monument, its exceptional service, and its superlative gourmet cuisine served at the hotel’s restaurant Alegre, are several of the factors that led to the hotel’s designation by the prestigious association.
The Hotel Palacio Astoreca’s new membership status was announced at the Relais & Châteaux International Congress in Berlin on November 17. The Palacio Astoreca is the first hotel in Valparaíso and only the third hotel in Chile to be chosen by Relais & Châteaux. Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux’s mission is to spread its unique “L’Art de Vivre” across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Relais & Châteaux currently claims as members an exclusive collection of 520 of the best hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.
The Hotel Palacio Astoreca is located on Cerro Alegre in the heart of Valparaiso, a one-hour drive from the capital city Santiago. The design-driven, 23-room hotel offers luxe accommodations, a chic spa, a wine cava, and a outdoor terrace with utterly breathtaking views of the city’s “amphitheater” of colorful urban landscapes and the Valparaiso Bay. Restaurant Alegre, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, was recently named “Best Restaurant Outside of Santiago” by the country’s leading newspaper, El Mercurio.
Valparaíso was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance, and the city is one of the most eclectic, artistic, and fascinating cities in South America. The Palacio Astoreca strives to integrate the rich cultural heritage of Valparaíso into the hotel experience, and can organize city tours for guests to explore the labyrinth of the city’s crooked streets.
New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Palacio Astoreca
Valparaíso is home to Chile’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve party, with one of the largest fireworks displays in the world that draws thousands of revelers every year. To celebrate the hotel’s designation as a Relais & Châteaux member and to ring in the New Year in style, the hotel will offer a special three-day package that includes lodging, breakfast, daily city tours, wine tasting, access to the hotel’s spa, and a New Year’s Eve Gourmet Dinner and Party with an open bar. Rates for two guests sharing a double room start at USD $2,549 for the three-day package.
Sheepskin (www.sheepskinlife.com) – the award winning collection of stylish and distinct holiday properties – now offers another new and unique holiday experience with the introduction of Ty Mamgu, a delightful vintage styled cabin, to its collection.
Ty Mamgu, meaning ‘Grandma’s Cabin’ in Welsh, is in a secluded location tucked away on the edge of an organic farm in Ceredigion, near Cardigan Bay. Simple on the outside, yet full of vintage charm on the inside, its style can best be described as ‘where rural meets retro’. Highlights include a ’50s style kitchen, a sumptuous double bed made by the owner from a solid oak gate, a distinctive hand crafted stick chair, log burning stoves and traditional welsh blankets that are perfect for snuggling up with on cooler evenings – perhaps while star gazing from the cabin’s private deck. Ty Mamgu also has all modern conveniences such as TV and iPod dock.
A stay at Ty Mamgu also offers guests the option of an excellent home cooked breakfast from the farmhouse using locally sourced and homemade produce. Breakfast choices include a Swansea Fisherman’s Breakfast which includes bacon, Welsh cockles and laverbread with cream on homemade granary toast; traditional Welsh Rarebit and the most decadent porridge made with Welsh double cream, brown sugar and a dash of Welsh whisky. There is also the farm’s organic farm shop just minutes away and where guests can stock up on all manner of delicious treats to enjoy during their self-catering stay.
With outstanding views, great walking from your doorstep and beautiful beaches just a 20 minute drive away, Ty Mamgu is the perfect base from which to explore all that Ceredigion and west Wales has to offer as well as to enjoy a relaxing rural and unique retreat. There is everything from walking part of the Wales Coastal Path and observing the red kites at the Nant yr Arian visitor centre to antique shopping in Newcastle Emlyn and visiting the National Wool Museum – all within easy reach.
As with all Sheepskin stays, guests at Ty Mamgu will receive a bespoke guide to the area that is tailored to their preferences prior to their stay, as well as a special welcome hamper on arrival and hotel comforts including fluffy cotton towels and bathrobes.
Ty Mamgu sleeps two people and costs £710 for seven nights and £350 for three nights. Breakfasts are available at an extra cost. The property is also pet friendly and suitable for a small, young family with a travel cot and high chair available on request. http://www.sheepskinlife.com/relax-at/ty-mamgu/
For bookings and further information, consult Sheepskin on 01865 764087 / www.sheepskinlife.com
For a fresh perspective on a holiday in the great outdoors, look no further than the Aspect – the pioneering next generation of outdoor accommodation from leading holiday specialist Eurocamp.
Brand new for 2014, the latest and largest in Eurocamp’s range of holiday homes will be launching across 26 parcs in France, Spain and Italy – offering more space to unwind and enjoy family time, and packed with mod cons.
Designed with modern lifestyle in mind, the Aspect’s spacious living area, stylish kitchen and bigger bathroom are complemented by an extra-large covered decked area that comes with stylish furniture – ideal for whiling away the evening alfresco-style with a barbecue and glass of wine.
Furthermore, handy modern features include dishwasher, wi-fi, and Bluetooth speaker and iPod dock.
Available as both 3 bed 1 bath (sleeps eight, maximum six adults) and 2 bed 1 bath (sleeps six, maximum four adults) models, the Aspect will be available to book from December – and early booking is recommended.
Look out for the new Eurocamp website packed with great new videos, more images and holiday ideas to inspire launching by the end of the year. Meanwhile, 2014 holidays are available to book now – just call 0844 406 0552 or visit www.eurocamp.co.uk
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