the Ultimate Treasure Hunt
WASHINGTON, Texas – Located in Washington County, The Inn at Dos Brisas now pairs a luxury ranch escape with the unique opportunity to discover the charm and history of “the birthplace of Texas” with a real-world treasure hunt, geocaching. A trending phenomenon, geocaching engages over 6 million active geocachers (people) in search of 2.5-million caches (prizes) hidden worldwide.
As the site of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, Washington County is filled with enriching experiences that are uncovered in the “Birthplace of Texas GeoTour,” a hosted geocaching trail by the Washington County Center Visitors Bureau.
With 38 geocaches strategically placed throughout Washington County, including a hidden treasure on the property of the Inn at Dos Brisas, guests of the ranch resort discover the historic sites, heritage museums, wineries, fine antiquing and serene landscapes of the surrounding area. Participants navigate specific GPS coordinates in an attempt to find geocaches that can be logged online for passport points and prizes.
Following the geotour, guests of The Inn at Dos Brisas can retreat to the property for a tranquil yet rustic stay in one of nine Spanish-inspired haciendas or casitas. Located on 313 acres in the eastern foothills of Texas Hill Country, the Relais & Chateaux property offers exceptional amenities including distinctive culinary programs sustained largely by the Inn’s own USDA-certified organic farm and Equestrian Center that features the second largest privately owned indoor arena in Texas. Visitors may also choose from a plethora of outdoor activities including clay target shooting, trail rides, fishing, carriage rides, yoga classes, private poolside spa treatments and more.
For more information or reservations, please visit www.dosbrisas.com or call 979.277.7750.
About The Inn at Dos Brisas
Situated on 313 acres in the eastern foothills of Texas Hill Country, The Inn at Dos Brisas is an idyllic ranch resort that evokes the spirit of a private Spanish manor. Featuring nine intimate haciendas and casitas, the ranch resort accommodates up to 28 guests. The Relais & Châteaux property provides a tranquil yet rustic experience with exceptional amenities that include distinctive culinary offerings, sustained largely by the Inn’s own USDA-certified organic farm, and Equestrian Center which features the second largest privately owned indoor arena in Texas. Other outdoor activities include bass fishing, cycling, clay target shooting and more. For more information and reservations, please visit www.dosbrisas.com or call 979.277.7750.
Bradford, NH — Thanksgiving just doesn’t get any better than this: a romantic Victorian inn, a crackling fireplace, someone else to do the cooking and cleaning, and plenty of interesting stores and outlets to investigate for tax-free Black Friday shopping! If this is your idea of an ideal Thanksgiving weekend, the Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package at the Rosewood Country Inn is for you!
Thanksgiving Weekend is the perfect time to get away for a little rest and relaxation and whether you choose to make the scenic drive to Bradford, New Hampshire or fly into nearby Manchester Airport (the Inn is under an hour from the airport), you will find a pastoral Norman Rockwell setting come to life.
Each morning guests will awake to a hearty country breakfast served before a roaring fireplace. Thanksgiving Dinner will be at the nearby Millstone at 74 Main Restaurant where guests will have a $75 gift certificate for a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings.
Come Friday, it’s time to go after those Black Friday bargains and best of all, it’s a full day of tax-free shopping because it’s New Hampshire! Holiday shopping is in full swing here as guests have the option of visiting church fairs, bazaars, antique and country artisan shops, and the outlets in Tilton, New Hampshire. Innkeeper Lesley Marquis is at your service to provide her advice on the best places to shop depending upon what you are looking for.
And, when you return to the inn, she’ll have everything you need to wrap your holiday gifts (paper, ribbons, and bows) plus hot mulled cider and light hors d’oeuvres to keep you sustained while you wrap your fabulous finds!
The four-night Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package includes the following:
4 nights accommodation
Hearty country breakfast each morning
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Millstone at 74 Main Restaurant ($75 gift certificate);
Friday evening wrapping party with light hors d’oeuvres;
Rates for this four-night package start at $556 per couple for four nights, based on double occupancy. Fireplace suites start at $699 per couple and Luxury Fireplace and Jacuzzi Suites start at $836 per couple.
This package is exclusive of tax and gratuity and is only available for the period of November 26 to 30, 2014.
To make a reservation for the Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package, call the Rosewood Country Inn at 800-938-5273 or e-mail: email@example.com
About The Rosewood Country Inn
The Rosewood Country Inn is the ultimate New England inn providing truly elegant accommodations, luxurious touches, and more than the comforts of home. Set on 12 hilltop acres in Bradford, part of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, the Rosewood Country Inn offers guests luxurious suites with antique beds, fine linens, and country air to lull them to sleep. The suites come with private baths, whirlpool tubs, and all suites have fireplaces. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Innkeeper Lesley Marquis provides all of the special touches to make guests feel welcome including a guest-accessible butler’s pantry on the second floor for special late-night snacks. The Inn’s sunlit porches, English gardens, and fine guest chambers reflect a gracious, romantic lifestyle. The Inn also features a large dining room which can seat up to 65 people and a full-service bar. For additional information on the Rosewood Country Inn visit www.rosewoodcountryinn.com.
Italy – 7-night trip to Puglia (Saturday 25th – Saturday 1st November)
Price: from £5,980 per person (based on two adults and two children), includes:
International return flights
Seven nights at Borgo Egnazia in Casetta Splendida, a 90-square meter, two-story villa
Private airport/hotel transfers
The Galapagos – 7-night trip (Friday 24th October – Saturday 1st November)
Price: from £3,850 per person (based on two adults and two children), includes:
International return flights on KLM
Four-night/full board cruise of the Eastern Islands on the M/V Santa Cruz in two Superior twin cabins with Darwin Elite services
Two-nights in Quito
Private airport/hotel transfers
Dinner and cookery class at Theatrum
Full day Quito city tour
Exsus also has several other half term late availability offers which are available on request, including:
USA – 5-night trip to San Diego for a family of four
Five nights for the price of four, on a bed & breakfast basis at the Hotel Del Coronado.
San Diego is a great family holiday destination. A family favourite of the Le Bons, there are a wealth of watersports for children to enjoy as well as kids camps. The added bonus of this destination are the direct international flights from Heathrow.
Kenya – Masai Mara
Three nights for the price of two at the luxury Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp.
Children will love camping in these luxury tents located in the exclusive, wildlife rich corner of the Masai Mara
Further information on late availability offers from Exsus.
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Exsus is a privately owned tour operator with over 13 years experience in arranging luxury, bespoke holidays to Australasia and the South Pacific, South America, the USA, Central America, Africa, South East Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Research by holidaycottages.co.uk has also revealed that almost double the amount of British couples view a cottage as the perfect accommodation for a romantic couples’ holiday as opposed to a hotel (52.3 per cent opted for a cottage and 29.6 per cent choosing a hotel).
Plan the ultimate romantic getaway and stay in the aptly named, Forget-me-not on the Norfolk Coast. This property is located in the quiet town of Mundesley, and is just a five minute walk from a Blue Flag beach with miles of golden sand – ideal for a sunset stroll. The traditional seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham are also nearby and perfect for enjoying fresh local seafood. Warm up after a day’s exploration by cosying up in front of the cottage’s open fire. Sleeping up to three guests, seven nights at Forget-me-not – Mundesley costs £333 from 31 October 2014. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/norfolk.
Stay in the idyllic Dipple Dairy Cottage in the peaceful Bucks Mills in North Devon. The grade II listed barn is full of character, with exposed stonework and wooden beams, and situated within 27 acres of beautiful farmland – including resident ducks and chickens. Loved-up couples will enjoy the stunning Devonshire scenery, local sheltered coves and sandy beaches or walking along the rugged cliff tops. Sleeping up to two guests, seven nights at Dipple Dairy Cottage costs £315 from 8 November 2014. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon.
For the perfect romantic rural retreat, head to Lane Barton Dream Cottage in Woolsery, North Devon. Complete with a king-size four poster bed and private hot tub, this property is ideal for that cosy winter getaway. Couples can wrap up warm and head outside to take in the beautiful sweeping views or head to the local country pub for a traditional pub lunch. Sleeping up to two guests, seven nights at Lane Barton Dream Cottage costs £315 from 15 January 2015. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon .
To book a stay at any of the properties mentioned or for more information on other holiday cottage deals please visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk or call 01237 426 256.
Rubondo Island Camp is the only camp on Rubondo Island, an uninhabited island 2.5 times the size of Manhattan in Lake Victoria. Home to a troop of wild chimpanzees who were brought to the island in the 1960s after being rescued from zoos in Europe, the island is also home to elephants, giraffe and sitatunga.
The Rubondo Island tree house is a romantic sleep out located an easy walk from the end of Rubondo Camp’s private beach. The “tree house” is a circular platform that extends out from a lichen-covered rock-face and is surrounded by wild fig trees and hanging vines. A large “window” through the foliage opens out on a magnificent view over Lake Victoria.
The suite itself is an entirely open structure that is partially protected from the elements by a canvas canopy. There are no predators on this remote island, and high up in the canopy guests are safe from the roaming elephants and hippos that may pass below. The tree house has all the comforts of the main camp including a luxurious double bed, hot shower, large copper tub, en-suite flushing loo and an antique sink basin with hot and cold running water.
Guests make their way to the tree house at dusk and enjoy a sundowner and romantic picnic-style dinner. There is no electricity (only mobile solar lamps), so it’s early to bed. In the morning tea/coffee and a muffin are brought to the tree house and guests are welcome to enjoy a breakfast in the main lodge at their leisure.
Rubondo Island Camp offers a unique forest and lake experience of walking, boating, canoeing, game drives, trekking through wild chimpanzee territory, gaining insight from the chimpanzee researchers, catch and release fishing, swimming, and simply relaxing.
There is no additional charge for the treehouse, which can be requested at the time of booking.
ABOUT ASILIA AFRICA
Founded in 2004, Asilia has a leading presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya as well as a driving role in a number of pioneering projects. Asilia’s ultimate goal is to turn crucial and fragile natural habitats into lasting conservation economies, benefiting both the environment and local communities. Asilia is the first Sustainable Safari / Lodge Company in Africa to receive a 5 Star rating for Sustainability from GIIRS, and was recognized as one of the “Best Companies for the World” in 2013 and in 2014 won the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Business Award.
Currently, Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes:
In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp, Kimondo Camp, Kwihala Camp, Namiri Plains, Oliver’s Camp, Little Oliver’s, Ubuntu Camp and Rubondo Island Camp.
On Zanzibar: Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House.
In Kenya: Mara Bush Houses, Rekero Camp and Naboisho Camp.
Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
(http://www.hhandr.com ) are announcing the doors are now open at Palacio de Marquesa (http://www.marquesataos.com ) an upscale, 8-room inn located in historic Taos, New Mexico. The inn offers guests a luxury retreat while paying homage to famous women artists, who have lived in Taos. The inn offers complimentary gourmet breakfasts, as well as, seasonal workshops including artist and cooking classes in the communal living room and in the property’s high desert garden. In room spa services are also available to guests.
The pet-friendly inn offers guests luxury private rooms and bathrooms, located a few blocks from Taos Plaza. The southwestern style inn is designed with contemporary touches including brushed-metal canopy beds with Frette linens, modern furnishings, northern New Mexican original woven bed throws from Chimayo, Saltillo tiles and viga wood ceilings. The rooms, decorated in ivory and silver, offer flat-screen televisions, private fireplaces and luxurious marble bathrooms.
Gourmet breakfasts, made-to-order, are offered in the Community room or delivered to guest rooms in a basket. The Community Room is made up of a living room, dining room, seating areas, two fireplaces and a small library. Activities, demonstrations and classes including health and wellness, cooking and art classes are offered on a seasonal basis in the communal room or in the high desert garden. The inn also offers private picnic lunches for guests who opt to explore Taos or the surrounding areas.
FEMALE ARTIST TRIBUTE
The design of the newly remodeled inn pays tribute to the remarkable stories of the women of Taos. The town of Taos began drawing artists in the early 1900s. A number of very notable female artists including Millicent Rogers, Mable Dodge Luhan, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keefe and others. Each of the 8 rooms has adopted a Taos patron and the rooms design and theme honors the vision and contributions of that particular woman. Every detail from incorporating the artist’s signature elements, such as turquoise and fur, to hanging prints of the artists work in the rooms have been thoughtfully planned out by the hotel’s signature designer, Adriana Long.
“We wanted to create something unique for guests in Taos. A place that celebrates the remarkable women artists that Taos is so well known for,” explains Adriana Long, Interior Designer, Heritage Hotels & Resorts. Long has been collecting pieces for the new property for over a year and is excited to be able to showcase the new tribute inn. “We’ve created a luxury retreat, that blends original art, southwestern culture, contemporary design and modern accommodations in one of the most beautiful mountain havens in the country.”
The historic inn is a short 6-block walk from Taos Plaza. Since the area is well known for Taos Mountain and the Rio Grande Gorge, the new inn offers outdoor enthusiasts a new venue option.
“Taos is known for it’s art galleries but also it’s a must-see destination for year-round outdoor recreation including world-class skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, white-water rafting, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. Palacio de Marquesa offers a tranquil retreat from the summer heat and is a perfect winter hideaway with easy access to Taos Ski Valley and cozy fireplaces in each room,” states Chad Ozment, resident general manger, Palacio de Marquesa.
Palacio de Marquesa is a part of the 8-property collection of culturally distinct hotels in New Mexico, managed by Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. Most recently, Heritage Hotels and Resorts announced the company is building a new luxury hotel in old town Albuquerque to be completed in the Spring of 2016. For details see www.hhandr.com
About Heritage Hotels & Resorts
Founded by Jim Long in 2005, Heritage Hotels & Resorts is a collection of culturally distinct hotels in New Mexico and is the largest independent hotel brand in New Mexico.
Through their architecture, interior design, landscaping, cuisine, art, entertainment and music, Heritage Hotels & Resorts provides guests with a very rich, authentic, cultural experience. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and Nativo Lodge are located in Albuquerque, NM; Hotel St. Francis, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe and The Lodge at Santa Fe are located in Santa Fe, NM; Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces is located in Las Cruces, NM; and Palacio de Marquesa is located in Taos, NM. Each Heritage Hotel donates a percentage of its revenue to cultural causes. The company and its affiliate companies provide over 1,500 jobs in NM.
You can find Heritage on Twitter at @HeritageHtls or on Facebook at
Facebook.com/HeritageHotelsandResorts or at www.hhandr.com
The new-look Elephant Pepper Camp is already so popular that for 2015 we have brought forward our summer opening date by 10 days, from 15th June to 5th June, to accommodate demand for bookings.
Brand New Tents
All the bedroom tents have been completely replaced and the new ones are larger, tan in colour and have more spacious bathroom areas.
Last year, we added new tent furniture in the style of Indian Raj campaign, with lots of wood and brass, and altogether, the tents now have a classic, very elegant feel.
We are happy to announce that we have installed running water throughout the camp, including the showers – providing more comfort for your clients!
New second Honeymoon / Family Suite
We have extended the camp with the addition of a second Honeymoon / Family Suite – and the two Suites have a new layout – spacious, two-room units that can easily fit 2 extra beds for children, and with 1 en-suite bathroom.
With a total of 10 tents, the room configuration at Elephant Pepper Camp is now 8 Luxury Safari Tents and 2 Honeymoon / Family Suites.
New Library / Private Dining Tent
The main area has been expanded with the addition of a charming library and lounge tent that looks out to the open plains where game frequently ambles by. The library is already popular for private dining!
Elephant Pepper Camp is not only in the best wildlife location, it is now the most elegant tented camp in the Masai Mara. It always had, and still has, the best food!
A 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition, Nov. 10 – 20, 2014
San Jose, Costa Rica – For those who you like to see, hear or track tropical bird species or assist conservation efforts to the 870 bird species that call Costa Rica home, the Cayuga Collection has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to offer a 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition (Nov. 10 – 20, 2014).
Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition will guide guests through some of the most diverse and plentiful bird habitats in the Costa Rica, while providing avid birders the opportunity to enjoy eco-luxury amenities at a variety of award winning, sustainable properties. Additionally, guests will experience both primary and re-generating rainforests and a coffee plantation, many differing ecosystems hosting a myriad of Central American species. As a bonus, North American migrants will have arrived, better informing the need for neo-tropical forest conservation.
Included in the expedition are visits to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort near San Jose, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, and the famed Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Guests have the opportunity to sign up for the full 10-day tour, or arrange schedules to join the avitourism activities at any of these properties. When signing up for any of the Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition, there is a 35 per cent reduced room cost at each participating property.
Properties offer a wide range of bird species, including the scarlet macaw, laughing falcon, dozens of tanagers, toucans, and colourful hummingbird species. To help maintain the natural habitats and migration of these birds, each of the Cayuga Collection properties have taken steps to enhance conservation efforts. At Finca Rosa Blanca, the tree-shaded organic coffee plantation is a natural draw for birds seeking insects, fruit and shelter. Thanks to the many native trees planted on site, the shade trees in turn provide nutrients and nitrogen to the coffee plants. Arenas Del Mar uses only native plant species throughout the property to attract bird life found in the Central Pacific zone including the common black hawks, trogons and toucan varieties. John and Karen Lewis, the visionary founders of Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Reserve, signed a conservation easement benefiting permanent biodiversity protection to more than 900 acres of tropical rainforest. In addition to almost all Costa Rican animal species, reptiles, amphibians, etc., more than 360 bird species have been recorded. For a bird list, visit http://www.laparios.com/birders_paradise.html
Awaken each morning to the bird chorus then join the pre-breakfast early bird walks, which provide the best chance to see multiple foraging species. Participate in afternoon or evening bird hikes, and seminars on birding conservation with an overview of the work being done by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A full schedule of daily activities is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining from Cornell will be husband-and-wife team Ben Freeman and Alexa Class Freeman. Having worked as a bird guide and researcher throughout Central America, Ben is now studying and conducting research for his dissertation for Cornell on tropical bird evolutionary ecology. Alexa is currently a post-doctoral researcher, where she works to educate the public about the conservation of biology of birds. Previously, Alexa worked several years in tropical countries including Costa Rica, Ecuador (where she completed her dissertation research), and Papua New Guinea, studying birds and helping with conservation efforts.
With one fifth of Americans identifying as birdwatchers, avitourism is a growing industry, contributing more than $36B to the US economy, according to a US Fish & Wildlife Service study, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society developed eBird.org in 2002, which serves as an online checklist program, helping to revolutionize the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. With a goal to maximize the utility and accessibility of bird observations, those participating in the Tropical Birding Expedition will have the opportunity to participate in the program, helping to catalogue observations in each of the Cayuga Collection property locations.
For more information on the Tropical Birding Expedition, visit www.cayugaonline.com
About Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality
Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality develops and manages hotels, lodges and other tourism related projects in Central America commit to the four Ps of sustainability – people, planet, profit and place. It offers solutions and expertise to tourism operators looking to enhance their performance in an environmentally, socially responsible manner. Cayuga provides expert responsible travel advice, including full itinerary suggestions for families, adventurers and honeymooners. For more information, visit www.cayugaonline.com
Warm-Weather vs. Cold-Weather Winter Getaways
The Southwestern climates of Arizona and New Mexico will make you forget all about the cold temperatures elsewhere in the country in no time.
Circle Z Ranch is open from late October through early May. Located in the heart of Southern Arizona’s Sky Islands, this desert oasis treats guests to vistas dotted with grasslands, canyons and mountain ranges, and more than 100 miles of trails spanning landscapes of Sonoran prickly pear and ocotillo, to oak and pine forest. In addition to horseback riding, activities include nature education programs, hiking and bird watching, as well as lots of photo opps and fine dining. Circle Z offers several packages tailored for winter travelers.
White Stallion Ranch in Tuscon, Ariz., prides itself on combining the Western hospitality of a traditional dude ranch with the service and quality of a fine resort. Guests are treated to unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and towering cactus, the likes of which have attracted Hollywood filmmakers to the area for more than 70 years. While some of the best views can be enjoyed from the saddle, you can also partake in spectacular hiking and rock climbing, along with amenities like a tennis court, heated pool, hot tub and fitness center. White Stallion is currently offering special packages for December 2014.
At Burnt Well Guest Ranch in Roswell, N.M., evidence of the American Old West is visible at every turn. Located in the foothills of the Sacramento mountains, this family-owned ranch has been a working cattle and sheep ranch since 1950. A simple ranch with simple pleasures like good food, good conversation, lots of storytelling and laughter, campfires and a night sky full of stars, you’ll feel right at home kicking off your boots and relaxing.
Northern dude ranches in Idaho, Montana and Colorado specialize in providing guests with a winter retreat like nothing they’ve ever experienced.
The first hint of snow means it’s time for sleigh rides, skiing and snowmobiles at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Northern Idaho. Spend time with loved ones while enjoying a Dinner and Sleigh ride. Explore the ranch via snowshoes or cross-country skis. Or enjoy a Bed and Breakfast stay. Western Pleasure is located on 1,100 acres and adjacent to thousands of acres of land with breathtaking views of the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains. Winter specials include several ski packages, a snowmobile package and spa package.
For the ultimate Rocky Mountain winter adventure, visit Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Mont. The ranch is perfectly situated just six miles from some of the best skiing in the country and was voted as the No. 1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine. Winter activities include skiing (Nordic, downhill and backcountry), snowshoeing and sleigh ride dinners. Guests can even take a short shuttle ride to explore Yellowstone National Park or the Gallatin National Forest by skis or snowshoes. Winter packages are currently available.
At The Home Ranch just north of Steamboat, Colo., you’ll find some of the best Nordic skiing in the world right outside your doorstep, plush yet rustic accommodations, and one of the best chefs in the West preparing your every meal. A winter stay at this ranch could include a snowshoe up Home Mountain for a breathtaking view of the Elk River valley; a cross-country ski over to Llamasary; a backcountry excursion up to Hahn’s Peak; a quick skate ski around Aspen Arches; or a hair-raising trip down the tubing hill. Winter and holiday packages are currently available.
f you’re longing to walk in flowered meadows, hike near massive glaciers, and ring glistening lakes, you should check out Alpenwild’s new tour. A trip not to miss.
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