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INSIDE this issue
AT A GLANCE 10 Tromsø, Norway.
Five ways to see the magic.
16 WHISKEY TRAIL
Liquid tourism in the U.K.
THE POWDER REPORT
20 Where you must ski this year.
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52 AMERICAN ROAD TRIP
A photographic journey.
82 TRAVELLING EDITOR
A continental road trip to Napa.
68 Tea and theatre travels.
86 ROSE ALL DAY
Best spots to enjoy this pink trend.
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76 BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
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a travel note from the
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readers that the DRIFT team has compiled our
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travel magazine takes you around the globe to share travel experiences
in London, Napa Valley, Bogotá, Tromsø, New York, and Provence. Plus,
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THE ARCTIC’S GATE KEEPER
BY: ELIZABETH DEAN
limbing towards the top of the
world, into the cool clutches
of the Arctic Circle is the
Norwegian city of Tromsø. The quaint
town stirs memories of beautiful hand
drawn books that were the wonder of
childhood, where pages were filled
with charming jewel toned houses,
white washed terrain and puffing
chimneys. Isolated and enchanting,
the cool climate is no hindrance
to the adventurous soul who seeks
the Tromsø night sky and the utter
brilliance of its Aurora Borealis.
Don’t miss the city’s stunning Arctic
Cathedral, reminiscent of a fantastical
ice tepee. Fondly nicknamed “The
Gateway to the Arctic”, Tromsø is one
of the world’s best places to view the
natural phenomenon of the Northern
Lights, with planned excursions
available. Winter sporting activities,
cross country skiing and off-piste
skiing are local favorites, or take a cable
car to the top of Storsteinen Mountain
and experience the region from above.
There is an abundance of local shops,
numerous festivals, cultural events and
an unstoppable nightlife.
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5 WAYS TO EXPERIENCE
THE LAST FRONTIER
BY: TLELL NAKARKO
The Last Frontier can be discovered
through a variety of mediums, but the
best ways are those which take you
behind the scenes to experience this
great land as the locals do. Alaska is
majestic, impressive and unforgettable
– and your experiences will be epic. As
recommended by Entrée Destinations,
experts in curating bespoke experiences
for adventurous travelers, here are the
top five ways (and places) to get a taste of
this diverse and striking state.
ALASKA BY RAIL
Denali National Park
Traveling either by Anchorage or
Fairbanks, this scenic journey to
Alaska’s tallest peak will provide
glimpses of stunning backcountry
otherwise unseen. Cross the rushing
rapids of the Knik River, admire the
Chugach Mountain range or take a pit
stop in the historic town of Talkeetna.
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ALASKA ON FOOT
The largest city in Alaska is best
discovered on foot, where you can
take in the history from a local
expert. Despite the fact that it’s a
bustling metropolis, Anchorage is
home to approximately 250 black
bears who can be found roaming
the trails and parks within the city.
You may just meet a moose – in the
city center, they’re a surprisingly
ALASKA BY SEA
Kenai Fjords National Park
Nearly forty glaciers flow from
the Harding Icefield, one of the
Kenai Fjords’ central features.
Break through icebergs and admire
calving glaciers right in front of
you. Whether you’re in a large ship
or a small kayak, the best vantage
point is from the water where you
can paddle alongside sea lions,
humpbacks and killer whales.
ALASKA BY AIR
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
The largest National Park in
America, Wrangell St. Elias is the
same size as Yellowstone, Yosemite,
and the country of Switzerland
combined! The only way to
appreciate the sheer vastness is
to take it in by air. Soar over
volcanoes, spot bears and caribou
and land on untouched beaches,
glaciers and meadows – all in the
ALASKA BY DOG SLED
Imagine whizzing across an
icefield, led by a team of happy
Alaskan huskies. Touching down
by helicopter, you’ll meet the dogs
and professional musher where
you’ll learn about the “Last Great
Race on Earth”, the 1150 mile-long
Iditarod. Cuddle with the new
pups-in-training, and then hop on
your sled for the ride of your life!
Learn more about exploring Alaska:
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BY: PETER MANDEL
Shots of courage.
Lightning in a bottle.
Whiskey has its own liquid poetry. Sip it and you talk, or
sing. My Scottish cousins can be almost eloquent about
the drink itself. It is, they say, an education. As richly
cultural as wine.
This started me thinking. If wine has terroir - the special traditions,
soils, sunny hillsides that end up affecting its taste on your
tongue, what about alcohol that’s distilled from grain? Would
it matter if it came from sacks of barley that had matured
in Indiana? Or did Scotland and Ireland (supposedly the
birthplace of the drink, with records dating back to 1405)
have something no one else could claim?
I began to map out a trip to those distillery-dotted
countries to try and find out. But since I am a whiskey
amateur, not an aficionado, I’d want to get a fullfledged
vacation out of my route. It wouldn’t be a
string of cellar tastings. I wanted plates of potatoes
and meat pies in pubs, philosophical walks by the sea,
and whatever local quirks I could find.
Landing in Dublin, I am met by morning, and by rain.
I head directly to the first distillery on my list. This one
belongs to Jameson and it’s a replica of how its Bow Street
warehouse might have looked when Irish whiskey was
made back in the 1780s, when the company was founded.
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Unlike scotches, which are double distilled, Irish
whiskies are distilled three times for smoothness and I’m
especially eager to see what Jameson has to show visitors
since it’s currently North America’s most requested
brand. One of the things it has are mannequins like you
might see in a museum. Replica workers stack up barrels.
Realistic cats glare at tourists, guarding the grain.
One of the best parts for me is learning a little about the
label’s master barrel-makers, or coopers. I pore over a list
of cooper nicknames. ‘Duck-Egg’ Byrne was an admired
craftsman here. ‘Snowball’ Mills another. Not to mention
the legendary ‘Nizzler’ Brannigan. None of them seem to
be on duty at the moment. But, well, I can tell. These are
men I would have liked to drink with.
I catch a bus the next morning for County Cork to
check out Jameson’s Midleton distillery, about 160 miles
southwest. It’s been drizzling throughout the night and
there’s so much green in the landscape that even tree-
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trunks seem tinged with it. This could be moss, I think.
Or it could be jet lag.
By the time we arrive, I’m more than ready for a dram.
It turns out I am not disappointed. Along with other
samples, I enjoy some sips of 12-year-old Midleton
Distillery Reserve which eases down as if it were a rare
and gentle sherry. According to the guide who’s pouring,
Irish whiskey is not just a popular drink at the moment.
“It’s on fire. It’s a lighter taste,” he tells us, than scotches.
“Easier drinking. A gateway, you might say, for the
On to Kilbeggan in County Westmeath which, I’ve read,
dates back to the mid-1700s. It’s one of two distilleries in
Ireland that bill themselves as the ‘oldest in the world.’
Here I find some tastes of the history I’ve been craving.
There’s a water wheel from the 19th century that creaks
and splashes as it turns, and I’m delighted that a good
chunk of the original machinery is still in place.
I get to talking with a shy-looking person who is listening
intently throughout my tour. Turns out he is a spy: Willie
McCarter, the distillery’s executive director. “Do you live
anywhere near Boston?” he asks. When I say yes, his face
spreads out into a Santa Claus smile. “I miss it,” he tells
me wistfully. “I was at MIT years ago. Spent much of my
time there at a pub called The Plough & Stars.”
Remembering pints of my own at The Plough, I do a
tour and tasting at the last Irish distillery on my list,
Bushmills, which has a list of regulations for us lucky
visitors: no mobile phones, no pictures and no food
allowed. But, should we require them, ‘ear protectors are
available on request.’ Bushmills, we discover, scoffs at
Kilbeggan’s lineage, bragging that its own roots go back
even farther, to 1608.
I don’t have hopes of sorting this battle out, and back
on the road, I check out signs for a tuber-themed
amusement park called ‘Taytoland’ (might be fun if
I had more time) and try some Rowntree’s Randoms
candy to clear my palate.
For my scotch whiskey tastings, I head for Islay
(pronounced ‘Eye-lah’), the southernmost island in
Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, which is only about 25 miles
north of the Irish coast. Sometimes called The Queen of
the Hebrides, Islay is known for its strong peaty flavors.
Scotches distilled here tend to be single malts, as opposed
to the blends I’ve mostly encountered in Ireland.
Instead of flying or boarding a ferry, I chip in for a share
of a charter boat with some other Americans I’ve met.
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What we get is something called the Kintyre Express
- a ‘Storm Force’ - brand rigid inflatable speedboat. In
minutes, we are shooting spray and ricocheting off the
tops of whitecaps. This may be the Irish Sea, but in the
glinting sunlight, it says Scotland, Scotland, Scotland: It
is as blue as a loch.
My first Scottish distillery feels more convoluted than
what I’ve seen so far. A study in shiny brass and scoured
copper, Laphroaig is almost steampunk with its valves
and pipes and dials. If Willie Wonka owned a distillery
instead of a chocolate factory this would be it.
My tastes here are on the strong side. I feel like I’m
swallowing liquid oysters that have been smoked over an
open fire. But the label’s freshly whitewashed buildings
and waterfront views make me linger long into the
evening before heading to town.
Islay is a place of gorse and green. Bumps and ripples
of land are neatly carpeted, and along the island’s sandy
edge, flocks of sheep and clumps of cattle come very
close to the sea. At the Bowmore distillery, the tour guide
lets us climb up to the kiln that’s used for drying barley
and pad around on the beach-like dunes of grain. One
ingenious man flops down to wave his arms and make a
barley angel - something everyone has to try.
The Ardbeg distillery in the
village of Port Ellen is even more
of a surprise. There’s a SPECIAL
— TODAY ONLY! at the on-site
café: ‘The Islay Lamb and Haggis
Burger.’ It’s topped with cheddar
and, according to the sign, with
an ‘Ardbeg-infused 10-year-old
Just as I’m thinking of ordering
one, my tour group is joined
by Hamish Torrie, one of the
company’s top managers. He’s
sporting a pair of pea-green
tartan slacks and is eager to
tell us about a test tube full
of Ardbeg that at this very
moment, is being ‘aged in space.’
“It’s an experiment, you see,” explains Torrie. “A bit of
whiskey, a sliver of barrel-wood. Shot that off to the
International Space Station.”
“But why?” inserts a visitor.
“Science!” says Torrie. “We wanted to see how Ardbeg
ages in zero gravity.”
“What will happen?” interrupts someone else.
“To be honest,” says Torrie. “We have absolutely no idea.”
I’m down to my trip’s last dregs. One more tasting to do
— at Lagavulin — and it is a good one. Maybe it is the
coziness of carpet, the plates of marmalade and jam, a
pre-drink bite of a scone. But the whiskies here turn out
to be my favorites of all, including a 16-year-old single
malt that seems a perfect blend of Irish easiness and
Scottish strength of character: something distinctive in
the nose and, slowly, sunset-to-gloaming, sliding down.
As we tourists complete our work with rows of glasses,
we’re told to blurt out impressions of what is on the
“Berries!” says a man.
“I rather think it’s raisins,”
corrects his friend.
I’d like to shout my own
impressions, but it would
not go well. I realize that
my tastes are strange.
They’re mixed up with
the names of coopers.
With a mill wheel. With
grain angels. And with
“Ireland!” I might yell.
Everyone would turn. And
I would have to try, with
my final sips, to explain.
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ANNUAL POWDER REPORT
Ski season is finally here!
For those in search of the best ski
and snowboarding activities on the
planet, this is DRIFT magazine’s
first ever guide and our top 7 picks
for best ski regions. From Canada
and the United States, to France
and Italy, we have compiled a
30-page report with at-a-glance
powder conditions for each of
our top seven including mountain
statistics and après ski info - as
well as in-depth features on two of
our favorites - Whistler, B.C. and
Park City, Utah.
Turn the page and get ready for
an unforgettable ski season...
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Base - 200m
Peak - 1054m
Lift system 12
2 high speed six pack chair
1 high speed quad chair
Terrain parks 2
Touted as the best skiing in Norway and
some of the best on the planet, Kvitfjell Ski
Resort offers slopes for beginners, experts
and families. Kvitfjell is situated 45 minutes
north of Lillehammer, and offers excellent
snow conditions. This is a ski enthusiast’s
paradise. Peace, quiet and groomed runs allow
enthusiasts to perfect their sport without the
queues or masses of tourists. The snow arrives
in October and stays to late April, and Kvitfjell
offer skiing and snowboarding for all skill
Kvitfjell is a place for quiet après ski enjoyment
and family relaxation, and is a destination that
is free of junk food and deep fried foods.
HOME OF THE 1994 OLYMPIC WINTER
GAMES, LILLEHAMMER IS THE IDEAL
HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR TRAVELERS
IN SEARCH OF AMAZING ADVENTURE IN
THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
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Base - 1350m
Peak - 2738m
Lift system 52
11 high speed six pack chair
4 high speed quad chair
3 triple chair
Terrain parks 1
Courchevel, boasting the highest number of
skilled and multilingual instructors in Europe,
is a snowy playground for skiers of all ages
and abilities. There are many non-ski activities
also including the popular toboggan run from
La Croisette to Courchevel Village on a 1.5
New for Courchevel for the 2017-2018 season
is an exciting 3000 meter toboggan run with
a 450 meter vertical descent, four tunnels and
LeMans style straight aways! Also new this
season is the 1650 Moriond Gondola which will
get skiers up the mountain faster in modern
bubble comfort - and additional snow making
equipment will ensure the mountain can handle
the increased traffic.
Les Trois Vallées ski REGION IN
FRANCE, WHICH INCLUDES COURCHEVEL,
is the biggest interconnected ski
area ON THE PLANET.
Les Trois Vallées
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Before you head out onto the slopes this
season, take a look around. Is it time to
update or upgrade your tools and toys? If
you’re game, check out DRIFT magazine’s
top 5 must have ski and snowboard
products for 2018.
SPORTUBE SERIES 3 EXPANDABLE
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The perfect hard body, ultra
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Expandable from 42”-72” so it will
hold 2 snowboards with boots and
bindings or one snowboard and
one pair or skis or 3 pairs of adult
skis with poles, or 2 adult/2 kids
skis with poles. It protects your
gear and saves you time, money
and peace of mind at the airport!
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Ideally designed for powder,
the ingenious grip has been
extended to 43cm to assist in
ski maneuvers. Straps have a
quick release mechanism and
the poles are ultra lightweight
ready to handle any mountain.
GOPRO HERO5 BLACK
This is nothing like your HERO4. The new HERO5 takes
action shots to a whole new stratosphere with handsfree
voice control, advanced video stabilization, and a 2”
touch display for easy playback and editing right on the
device. No need to leave the slopes to capture, edit and
view awesome video.
HESTRA ALPINE PRO
ERGO GRIP INCLINE GLOVES
A short, supple and close-fitting ski glove
with durable Army leather
in the palm and cowhide
on the back of the hand.
Built with Ergo Grip
great grip and dexterity.
GARMIN FENIX 5 WATCH
Touted as the best ski/snowboard watch on the market,
it is definitely our pick! The Fenix 5 watch from Garmin
has an automatic run counter with auto pause while you
are on your way back up the mountain. This intelligent
watch also records your speed, distance and vertical drop
data. Invest in the optional fabric strap that let’s you wear
the watch over your jacket cuff.
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VAIL SKI RESORT
Base - 2474m
Peak - 3526m
Lift system 31
3 high speed six pack chair
14 high speed quad chair
1 quad chair
2 triple chair
Terrain parks 4
When Vail started running lifts in 1962,
opening 7 legendary back bowls and Blue Sky
Basin were still just blueprints and a dream.
Decades later, Vail continues to push the limits
on improving lifts, gondolas, on-mountain
facilities, events, and helping to foster a
dynamic town experience. At the base of the
mountain, Vail village is timeless and vibrant
with an excellent culinary and great shopping.
Known for that light and fluffy Colorado
powder, Vail also boasts the most groomed
terrain on the planet. From the front side to
the back bowls, there is intermediate-friendly
terrain off of every lift, while experts can
challenge themselves on iconic runs and glades.
New this year, Vail replaced Sun Up Express lift
(#9) with a 4-passenger chair.
with 5,200 acres, vail is one of the
largest ski resorts in the world
and HAS BEEN a FAVORITE vacation
destination for winter sport
enthusiasts for more than 50 years.
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Base - 1500m
Peak - 3330m
Lift system 39 total
4 high speed quad chair
9 quad chair
Terrain parks 1
Situated in the south-western part of
Switzerland, Verbier is bordered by France to
the west and Italy to the south. During the
winter, Verbier becomes a skiers paradise.
Verbier forms part of the ‘Four Valleys’ ski
area - the four valleys being Verbier, Thyon,
Veysonnaz and Nendaz.
Home of the Xtreme Verbier - the final stop on
the Freeride World Tour. The most prestigious
extreme skiing and snowboarding contest is
held in Verbier on the famous Bec des Rosses
mountain every March.
Verbier boasts some of the best après ski
nightlife in the Swiss Alps. Casbah Club and
Club Taratata play techno music, for a younger
crowd while The Farm Club in the Hotel Nevai
caters to a more sophisticated clientele.
Verbier, one of Europe’s largest ski
regions, is a chalet-style WINTER
village that sits atop a sunwashed
plateau with views of majestic
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Base - 2050m
Peak - 3480m
Lift system 19
2 high speed six pack chair
4 quad chair
1 triple chair
1 double chair
Terrain parks 1
With access to Europe’s highest lifts, and
proud holder of the best snow record in Italy,
Breuil-Cervinia is one of the world’s leading
resorts, that links with Valtournenche, and
Zermatt in Switzerland. Best for beginner
and intermediate skiers, but with access to
Zermatt’s more challenging slopes, the ski area
as whole is hugely varied with lots to offer all
levels. Heliskiing is available as well access to
‘IndianPark’ the popular snow park that is 400
meters long and 100 meters wide.
One of Italy’s more lively après ski resorts,
the atmosphere is particularly vibrant on the
weekends. There are many shops, restaurants
and other outdoor activities at Cervinia to keep
the non-skier busy.
Originally a mountaineering spot,
high-altitude, Breuil-Cervinia is now
a welcoming village of contrasting
architectural styles, EXCEPTIONAL
VISTAS AND easy access to the slopes.
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Base - 675m
Peak - 2284m
18 – beginner
55 – intermediate
22 – advanced
5 – expert
Lift system 37
1 high speed six pack chair
13 high speed quad chair
4 triple chair
Terrain parks 5
Snowfall - 1,170 cm
Located just two hours north of Vancouver in
British Columbia’s Canada’s coastal mountains,
Whistler takes winter adventure to places never
imagined with two mountains - Whistler and
Blackcomb. With the most skiable terrain in
North America, Whistler Blackcomb spans
8,171 acres, with varied terrain and a record
breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola. With an
award winning ski school, designated family
zones, enchanted Tree Fort and Magic Castle,
and thrilling Coca-Cola Tube Park, this is a
destination for all ages and abilities.
Ski right up to one of our three slopeside bars
for excellent food, drinks, and live music to
get you dancing in your ski boots. Back in the
village, there is an abundance of nightlife, fine
restaurants, shops, spas and activities.
Whistler is one of NORTH AMERICA’S
largest ski resorts. Besides skiing
and snowboarding, the area offers
snowshoeing, toboggan runs and ski
jumping at Olympic Park - built for
the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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BY: TRACEY DRAKE & JOSIE SALDAT
The mountain town of Whistler, British Columbia has become a busy little mecca with a reputation
for world-class powder, exceptional dining, fine hotels and unparalleled health, spa and wellness
activities. North America’s largest alpine village is located just two hours north of Vancouver. Single
travelers, couples or family fun; ski snowboard or nature enthusiast - Whistler Village has it all and
those who have been to Canada’s winter wonderland know only too well that one visit is not even
close to being enough. Here is why we love it...
IN THE SKY
• Peak 2 Peak Gondola – longest and highest lift
in the world with best vantage points of British
Columbia’s wilderness from the clouds above
and valleys below through the glass bottom cab.
• Zipline through forests and across rivers. Try
The Sasquatch, North America’s longest zipline.
ON THE SLOPES
• Enjoy skiing, boarding or snowmobiling on
over 8,100 acres of snow covering the two
mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb.
• Blackcomb’s Coca-Cola Tube Park includes
1000 feet of sliding terrain with a conveyor to
bring you back to the top so you can do it again!
ON THE GROUND
• Stroll through Whistler Village amongst the
thousands of colored lights that sparkle at night.
• Skate in the Olympic Plaza – rentals, music and
lights add to the effortlessly magical evening!
• Cruise the valley trail, a trail that connects
Whistlers lakes, parks, trails and neighborhoods.
• Dog sled across snow covered landscapes – a
unique Canadian experience pulled by a team
of Arctic bred sled dogs.
• Try Whistler Core, an amazing 5500 sq. ft.
indoor rock climbing wall.
• Visit Whistler’s new Audain Art Museum -
with an extensive B.C. First Nations collection
and the largest exhibit of Emily Carr artwork.
• Eat, drink and meet the locals in the dozens of
walkable restaurants, bars, galleries and shops
to keep you warm and occupied - many with
breathtaking views of the mountains. A few of
our favorites that you should try this season:
1. Incredible Spanish small plates served at
Bar Oso. Atmosphere and village square
location are amazing.
2. Uniquely Canadian poutine with
caramelized onions at Zogs Dogs (utterly
3. Vodka room at Bearfoot Bistro is a must
do! At -32C (-25F) the Ketel One Ice
Room provides the optimal environment
for drinking this complex spirit.
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NITA LAKE LODGE
BY: TRACEY DRAKE
Perched elegantly on a pristine
glacier fed lake, Nita Lake Lodge
is just a five-minute shuttle
(complimentary) ride from the
heart of Whistler Village. The
massive wood lodge that greets
you as you arrive at the property is
located a mere 500 meters from the
base of Whistler Mountain in the
Creekside community. It is quiet,
it is thankfully removed from the
business of Whistler Village and it
is a divine place to relax, recharge
Our lakefront suite was spacious
and charming with a fireplace
wall that separated the living and
sleeping areas. Expansive windows
and a balcony overlooking Nita
Lake quickly became a favorite
spot to convene for drinks and
conversation; early morning with
coffee and late evening with a great
bottle of local wine.
The spa bathroom featured a
massive soaker tub and a 2-person
stone tiled glass shower. I was
also impressed that the toiletries
provided were L’Occitane, one of
my favorite brands.
Dining at Nita Lake Lodge was
certainly a treat! Lunch at Fix
Café was homemade heaven, with
delicious breads and pastries,
expertly brewed coffee and one of
the best fruit smoothies I have ever
had. Dinner at Aura Restaurant
was a multi-course sensation, and
we reveled in every mouthful.
This is also the type of property
that you just want to spend time
in the public spaces. Cure Lounge,
was recently refurbished with
oversize lodge furnishings and it is
fabulous. I recommend sampling
from their signature cocktail menu.
I recommend trying the Canadian
Whiskey Flight and the Don
Draper Sour Craft cocktail.
The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge was
just what I needed! The relaxation
lounge was filled with natural
light and comfortable chaises. The
rooftop hot tub and eucalyptus
steam room were divine, and the
treatments were professional and
Nestled in the snowy mountains,
surrounded by B.C.’s naturally wild
awesomeness and created to elevate
your senses and expectations of
what a great destination resort
should be, Nita Lake Lodge is
the perfect place to vacation in
Whistler. It absolutely lives up to
its reputation of being exceptional,
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WHAT I LOVED:
• Stunning West Coast architecture.
• Suites overlook magical Nita Lake.
• Unbeatable views of the mountains.
• Away from the hustle of Whistler Village.
• Free shuttle to/from shops, town or slopes.
• World class menu in Aura Restaurant.
• Amazing cocktail menu in Cure Lounge.
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PAN PACIFIC HOTEL
BY: JOSIE SALDAT
There is something special about
finding a hotel that make you feel
at home while miles away. Residing
in the largest alpine resort in North
America, Pan Pacific paves its very
own way in catering to visitors as
well as locals. Within the pedestrian
Whistler Village hub are their two
properties – The Village location
and Mountainside location (where I
stayed), both situated at the bottom
of the Whistler Mountain just
seconds away from the gondolas
– the convenience is undeniably
unbeatable! Reflecting the natural
beauty of the valley, Pan Pacific
brings in elements of familiarity
and comfort contributing to an
overall “lodge” essence. Wooden
attributes and warming décor are
consistent throughout the suites.
From the studio to the penthouse,
all suites include a small balcony
(with a view to die for), living room
area and full-size kitchen making
it a livable layout for families and
Whatever you search for in an
alpine escape, Pan Pacific is the
perfect home base to explore
Whistler. Whether it be relaxing in
the saltwater pool, skiing the slopes
or strolling the village shopping, it
is truly a destination where there
is something for everyone. Amidst
an iconic Canadian landscape
of the mountains and valley, the
surroundings provide visitors
with the natural playground they
search for. Accessibility is at the
forefront with their slope-side valet
ski storage and complimentary inresort
shuttle, making it even easier
for guests to zoom in on their
passion – the powder!
As a dog owner, I was so glad to see
that as a luxury hotel they provide
creature comforts for guests and
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Located in the lobby of the
Mountainside location, The Duhb
Linn Gate Irish Pub brings a warm
welcoming atmosphere for global
guests. In a pristine location this
pub is quite possibly the number
one “hot-spot” in the après ski
scene. From sautéing in the
kitchen to shredding on the slopes,
Chef Victor Pulleyblank brings his
down-to-earth attitude and use
of fresh local ingredients to the
varied menu of elevate pub dishes
like his infamous Pork Belly –
which is acquired locally from
Two Rivers, slow cooked with
caramelized apple sauce and
roasted root veggies and finished
off with a touch of maple syrup.
Wake up and sip your coffee overlooking the chairlift
in your robe and slippers – the mountains are calling!
Download the free Pan Pacific Mountainside’s APP and
search local events and view local restaurants, pubs,
fitness clubs and outdoor tour groups.
WHAT I LOVED:
• Cozy lodge-style aesthetic
• Views of the mountains and valley
• 24- hour front desk
• Complimentary breakfast
• Bike and Ski storage
• Closest accommodations to the
• Knowledgeable and friendly staff
• Gym, Sauna and hot tubs
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Base - 2002m
Peak - 2916m
Lift system 24
12 high speed quad chair
1 quad chair
5 triple chair
2 double chair
Terrain park 0
Deer Valley Resort is nestled in the Wasatch
Mountains of Utah in the historic mining town
of Park City. Deer Valley is consistently ranked
#1 in guest service among ski resorts in North
America and delivers an unmatched experience.
Deer Valley offers uniformed ski valets,
immaculately groomed slopes and on-site child
care. The region includes six mountains – Little
Baldy Peak, Bald Eagle, Bald, Flagstaff, Empire
and Lady Morgan – offering a great snow
experience for skiers of all abilities.
Après ski is a big part of the Deer Valley culture
- although tailored to more family friendly and
less about rowdy nightlife. There are lots of
shops as well as non-skier activities, along with
an excellent range of award-winning dining
options on the slopes and in Park City.
DEER VALLEY IS east of Salt Lake
City, Utah - host of the 2002 2002
Olympic WINTER GAMES WHICH is now
predominantly a training facility.
In town, Main Street is lined with
buildings built during a 19thcentury
silver mining boom.
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PARK CITY, UTAH
BY: STEVE DRAKE
I used to love to ski! Then life, kids
and work got in the way and my
skis sat (pretty much unused) for
most of the last decade. So, heading
to Park City, Utah on a ski trip left
me feeling excited for the adventure
and apprehensive if I could conquer
this mountain. In the end there was
no reason to worry - it’s a place for
every age and every skill level. I had
an absolute blast.
Just a short thirty minute drive from
the Salt Lake City airport, Park City
is a quaint little village with great
old west history. Originally famous
for silver mining, which brought
George Hearst (the father of
William Randolph Hearst) to Park
City. His Ontario Mine, purchased
for $30,000, produced more than
$50 million in silver in its lifetime.
In more recent times, the city is
known for hosting many of the
2002 Winter Olympic Games and
of course, is home to the Sundance
Film Festival. Park City has
diversity to offer visitors.
Deer Valley Resort
area offers a wide
range of accommodation options,
as well as select properties in the
surrounding Park City area. We
stayed at Black Bear Lodge by
Resorts West. This cozy chalet style
condo felt right at home in the
heart of Silver Lake at Deer Valley
Resort. The exposed wood interior,
mountain-esque interior design,
open plan living and massive log
framed bed meant I could kick back
and relax after skiing, and most
importantly, soothe my aching
muscles in the private hot tub. I
really enjoyed the home-style family
feel of our lodge accommodation
and the gourmet kitchen that was
open to the cozy living space.
This is not a ski-in, ski-out location
but the lifts were a short walk away.
Personally, I preferred that. It meant
peace and quiet outside my condo
windows and the opportunity to
take in uninterrupted views.
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AT A GLANCE
DEER VALLEY RESORT
• Deer Valley is a ski resort
only. Snowboards are
carving boards are not
• Getting to the slopes is a
15-minute walk or 3-minute
drive from Main Street.
• Park City Transit but system
is free to use and gear
SKI AREA PERKS:
• Limited number of skiers on
the mountain at any time.
• Guests can ship their ski
equipment to and from the
resort via FedEx.
• Deer Valley Resort offers
complimentary parking at
five base area parking lots
along with a complimentary
shuttle to Snow Park Lodge.
• Skiing or not, there are
plenty of other activities to
keep you in the winter spirit
including dog sledding,
horse-drawn sleigh rides,
hot air ballooning and more.
• Discounted lodging and lift
ticket packages available.
• On-site resort lift ticket
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The Zagat Restaurant
Guide lists Deer Vally
Seafood Buffet as “America’s Top
Restaurant” and they were right.
The choice of fresh seafood seems
almost endless. Fresh Dungeness
crab, mountains of Pacific white
shrimp, house-smoked wild
Alaskan salmon, freshly shucked
West Coast oysters and Hawaiian
poke tuna are just the tip of the
Blind Dog Sushi (I know sushi is
not top of mind when you think
skiing) but this place is a must.
The atmosphere is laid back and
well suited to the rustic Utah
lifestyle. I recommend trying the
Hamachi Belly Sashimi Salad.
It has incredible flavors. Also
popular is the Lollipop Roll - with
tuna, salmon, avocado rolled in
cucumber & ponzu. I loved the
chalk art on the walls, especially
“People who love to eat are always
the best people”. True.
Belly up to the bar at
High West Distillery
Saloon and enjoy some well crafted
spirits. Located on Park Avenue in
Park City, and surrounded by other
early 1800s silver rush buildings,
the High West Distillery’s decor
embraces the region’s old west roots.
Start off with a light cocktail,
maybe the Whiskey Collins or the
Silent Stranger. Both are delicious
and made with American Prairie
Bourbon. Then move up to a shot
of Double Rye. This is the most
exciting member of the High West
Distillery family. Dubbed as the
spiciest rye whiskey in the world,
this marriage of two rye whiskies
from two different distilleries is
perfect for sipping.
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The Alf Engen Ski
Museum should be
on your list of sights to see. You
can share in the thrill, excitement
and unsurpassed beauty of the
2002 Winter Olympic Games as it
comes to life in this state-of-theart
museum. Upon entering the
museum, you’ll be surrounded
by the stunning banner art that
decorated buildings in downtown
Salt Lake City during the Winter
Games. Touch screen displays,
videos and a virtual reality ski
theater add to the experience. Make
sure you check out the display
showing the US Olympic Team’s ski
fashion from years gone by.
Skiing is always
great fun but
there are so many other winter
activities you can do in Park City.
For the snowmobile enthusiast,
Summit Meadows Adventures
offers beautiful scenic views of the
Wasatch Mountains - definitely a
bucket worthy experience. They also
offer guided snowmobile tours on
groomed trails and complimentary
transportation to and from Park
City. Don’t forget your ski goggles!
One of my favorite moments was
reaching for gold with a speedy
run down the Comet Bobsled in
the Utah Olympic Park. This is
the same track used in the 2002
Olympic Winter Games - and man,
it is exhilarating! From loading
the sled for the journey up the
mountain, to climbing into the very
tight quarters of the rocket-like
frame, our four-person sled was
driven by a professional pilot and
reached speeds in excess of 100km.
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After a great
the slopes, and proudly surveying
that my body was intact and no
worse for wear, I was ready for a
celebratory break. So I headed over
to the Veuve Clicquot yurt at the
Montage Hotel for a light lunch and
a glass of premium bubbly. Their
Après Ski menu features savory
gourmet bites including caviar,
local cheeses and charcuterie, and
(my favorite) decadent white truffle
town charm with a history that you
can see, feel, taste and experience.
The skiing is world class, the
surroundings are truly authentic to
their location. If you are a little like
me, and your skis are kind of rusty,
and you look for quality activities
off the slopes, this is the kind of
place that you go back to time and
time again. My two days spent in
Park City were filled with high
moments - altitudes, adventures,
adrenaline and awesomeness.
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Get your kitsch on Route 66! Relics from
the past, such as this truck, line the historic
highway in Seligman, Arizona, reminding
visitors of a time when it accommodated
thousands of travelers heading West. The town
contains a significant collection of railroad
and auto related commercial architecture,
offering visitors an understanding of what
kinds of commercial establishments were
available to motorists. In 1978, the new
Interstate 40 opened, bypassing Seligman,
and signaled the end of an era for Route 66.
Laina McWhorter is a street photographer, activist, vagabond,
mom, wannabe rock star and a really, really big nerd. She has
journeyed to the Grand Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico,
Bali and 48 out of 50 of the United States of America with
her camera. Laina’s artwork has appeared in a variety of
publications and media outlets including HBO’s original TV
series Enlightened starring Laura Dern, GSNTV’s hit show
Skin Wars, featuring Ru Paul, Hawaii 5-0 on CBS TV. Laina
spent more than 5 years shooting women’s roller derby as
the staff photographer of the Arizona Roller Derby League,
earning herself the derby name, Triggerhappy.
In January 2017, Laina began a solo, cross-country road
trip to attend the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
this collection of photos represent Laina’s unique view on
Website : lainamcwhorter.com
Instagram : @laina_mcwhorter_photography_
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Music and history lovers flocking to the Mississippi Delta region won’t want to miss
the rare opportunity to lay their weary bones down at the Shack Up Inn on the
Hopson Plantation, just a few miles from the legendary Crossroads, Highways 49
and 61 in Clarksdale. Guests can choose to sleep in a renovated Cotton Gin or
a shotgun house, such as the one pictured here, which plays a significant role in
the folklore and culture of the south. Superstition holds that ghosts and spirits are
attracted to shotgun houses because they may pass straight through them, and many
of the homes were built with doors that were misaligned on purpose to keep the
traveling spirits out. “The Ritz they ain’t”, but visitors craving history and the blues
enjoy all the modern conveniences of today along with the experience of sleeping in
an authentic sharecropper’s shack of yesterday.
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Photographer Notes :
Traveling the back roads in between Highways 49 and 61 in the heart
of the Delta, blues lovers can chase the ghosts of music legends on the
Mississippi Blues Trail. Be sure not to miss the “Birthplace of the Blues”,
pictured here. Dockery Farms is a plantation that was established in
1895 to produce cotton, America’s biggest export at the time. African
Americans who worked at Dockery, including blues pioneer Charley
Patton, created a culture that inspired the music we know as the blues.
Their ballads strongly influenced the development of popular music all
over the world.
THAT MISSISSIPPI SOUND,
THAT DELTA SOUND, IS IN THEM OLD RECORDS.
YOU CAN HEAR IT
ALL THE WAY THROUGH.
- MUDDY WATERS -
Photographer Notes :
A shop window reflects a colorful mix of Delta characters found in
Clarksdale, Mississippi, a small town that claims to be the “crossroads
of culture and quirkiness with a heavy dose of the blues”. Visit the hotel
that was once a hospital that refused to admit the infamous blues singer
Bessie Smith because of the color of her skin contributing to her death,
dine at a restaurant co-owned and frequented by Morgan Freeman or
visit the Crossroads where folklore claims the legendary blues artist,
Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his talent of
playing the guitar.
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Photographer Notes :
This railroad track near Greenwood, Mississippi, is one of many in the deep South that helped the
more fortunate African Americans escape a life of oppression in the early part of the 20th century.
During the 1950’s-1960’s the Civil Rights movement came to a head in this region following the
Brown vs. The Board of Education ruling and lynching of 14-year-old, Emmett Till. A battleground
for equality, Greenwood was home to several active Civil Rights organizations who, along with the
town’s African American residents, volunteers and activists were arrested in nonviolent protests,
subjected to economic retaliation and repeated violence by police and whites.
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(ABOVE) An oasis of color known as Graffiti Alley resides in the heart of Baltimore and is the only
place in the state of Maryland that offers a legal safe space for artists seeking a canvas where they
can express themselves and practice their art without the fear of being locked up.
(LEFT) New Orleans, Louisiana is full of amazing street art such as the elusive Banksy’s stencil of
a girl with an umbrella. Many believe this piece is a metaphor for the failure of the levees during
hurricane Katrina in 2005 whose catastrophic effects on the city can still be seen today.
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The Supai Motel in Seligman,
Arizona entices Route 66
travelers to stay for the night
with flashy neon lights,
a gimmick practiced
by many businesses
located along the
Mother Road to
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(ABOVE) A soda fountain in Williams,
Arizona uses 1950’s memorabilia to give
diners an authentic Route 66 experience
while enjoying a break from the Mother
Road with a burger and shake.
(BELOW) A mural celebrating the cult
classic film Easy Rider about a twowheeled,
cross country road trip adorns
the walls of the Aztec Motel on Route 66
in Seligman, Arizona.
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is
a sprawling, diverse country that covers 3.8
million square miles and is home to more than
325 million Americans. From coastal California
and the Rockies, to the Midwest, deep South
and urban East Coast, the United States is in
the top 20 of the world’s most mega-diverse
countries due to its wide range of geography,
climates and wildlife. This diversity makes for
one of the most epic cross-country road trips.
To plan your American adventure or to learn
more about travel to the USA - visittheusa.com.
(ABOVE) An eager contestant gets her
amphibious friend ready for the frog
jumping competition held at the annual
Tom Sawyer Days Festival in Hannibal,
(RIGHT) A Boy Scout displays his
patriotism during a Veteran’s Day parade
in Phoenix, Arizona.
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It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will
find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home.”
AARON LAURITSEN, AUTHOR:
100 DAYS DRIVE: THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN ROAD TRIP
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Spa & Restaurant
Awards 2017 Winners
ArmaniSPA at Armani Hotel Milano - Italy
Global Winner, Best Luxury Rooftop Spa
Lagoon Spa Seminyak - Indonesia
Global Winner, Best Luxury Destination Spa
Este Fitness & Spa - Bulgaria
Global Winner, Best Luxury Fitness Spa
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant- Maldives - 2017 - Global Restaurant of the Year
Harnn Heritage Spa at Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula - Vietnam - 2017
Global Spa of the Year
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Cavalli Club, Restaurant & Lounge - Dubai
Global Winner, Best Restaurant Bar
The Seven Seas Wine Bar & Restaurant - Thailand
Global Winner, Best Luxury Scenic Setting
The World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards are established
global organizations providing luxury spas and restaurants with recognition for
world-class service excellence provided to guests. Setting the basis for service
industry standards around the world, the companies pride themselves on
acknowledging luxury spas and restaurants in their relevant categories during the
annual voting phase. Votes are garnered through various marketing channels from
guests, showcasing yet again the true value of service excellence.
Voting for the 2017 award year saw over 100,000 votes from happy customers around
the globe placing their stamp of approval on their establishment of choice. “One of
the most favorable ways to award service excellence is by allowing people to have their
say, and hearing from the public is a popular manner in which to make a decision
on where you will stay, spa or dine. An award of this stature signifies quality, service
delivery and much sought after luxury. All of which have made our participants
what they are today, winners in the luxury hospitality field.” says Marna Lourens,
Executive Manager for the World Luxury Spa Awards. Winning participants receive
awards in their respective categories on a country, regional, continent and global
basis, purely from guest votes.
The 2017 grand gala celebration, the night which honors these fine establishments,
took place on 22 July and was proudly hosted by the exquisite JW Marriott Hotel
Hanoi. Nearly 200 participants joined the evening in anticipation of what was to come.
“The most coveted award on the evening is our Global Spa and Global Restaurant of
the Year Awards. Each year the task to determine these top establishments begins
after voting has closed and we announce to our winners if they have been successful.
We are six senior managers who take weeks to decide, as voting is not the only criteria
we look at to bestow this prestigious award. A multitude of factors come in to play;
brand, location, overall guest satisfaction from online reviews, services and facilities,
design, and even menu offerings whether spa or restaurant. It is important to look at
each establishment as an individual as well, some are on an island, some are in cities
or in a desert, it is not always possible to compare apples with apples when defining
luxury. This year the focus was on unique design with a touch of classy elegance,
and we were as such proud to award Global Spa of the Year to Harnn Heritage Spa at
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, and Global Restaurant of the Year to
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.” says Joanna Evans,
Marketing Communications Manager for the World Luxury Awards.
The evening was as glamorous as one would expect from a JW Marriott brand hotel;
a delectable 6-course fine dining menu adorned each table throughout the night and
was paired with fine wines and champagne from Moët et Chandon. Entertainment
included a Dragon Dance, a Vietnamese based string quartet performance by Độc
Cầm - Toxic Quartet, and a local Ao Dai Dance, all of which added to the evening’s
“We welcome luxury establishments from around the globe to participate in these
exciting awards, to proudly show the world what they have to offer in terms of luxury
and service excellence.” says Linda Cooper, Executive Manager for the World Luxury
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BY: TODD & REBECCA TALBOT
Few cities in the world are more
‘bucket list’ worthy than London,
England. It mixes incredibly
rich history with a modern
metropolitan vibe. For Rebecca
and I, our visit began with a ride
courtesy of my old college mate
Grant (the impetus for our trip was
my 20 year theatre school reunion),
from renowned Heathrow airport
to London Center- straight into a
sea of cars, iconic black cabs and
red double-deckers making slow
progress along streets lined with
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multi-million pound properties,
new-builds juxtaposed with stately
brick-stacked buildings from the
1800s, and from the moment we
set foot on the old cobblestoned
streets behind the Phoenix theatre,
our anticipation for a remarkable
holiday became a reality.
It was Rebecca’s first time to
England and securing tickets to the
theatre was the first thing on her
list but jet lag was number two, and
we took care of that with a nap, at
4:00 in the afternoon.
We stayed at the Antheneum, a
boutique hotel which recently
underwent a full renovation to
keep it current without losing the
art deco savoir faire, enhanced by
the legendary doormen greeting us
outside in full top hat and tails. Even
before reaching the lobby, the hotel
welcomes guests with a living wall,
echoing the tranquility of Green
Park just across the street. On the
other side of the park proudly
resides Buckingham Palace and at
the end of Piccadilly in the opposite
direction is Piccadilly Circus. We
hadn’t even done anything yet and
our minds were blown.
Jet lag also gave us no desire to
eat dinner at dinner-time, so we
skipped it, which meant we were
starving when we woke up at 2am.
Room service provided all our
favorite comfort foods, we ordered
three meals off the menu, ordered
a movie on TV, ate, watched the
whole thing and went back to sleep.
It was ridiculous and delectable.
When we planned our stay in
London, I had no idea that we
would end up seeing a different
show every night we were there,
but with the world’s greatest live
theatre at our doorstep, we couldn’t
resist. The TKTS booth resides
in Leicester Square, so we visited
there almost every day. Our top
three of the nine performances we
1. The Play that Goes Wrong
I don’t think I’ve laughed so much
at the same joke - ever! I thought
I’d stop laughing but they got me
every time, ab-forming laughter.
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2. The Book of Mormon
Also funny but the musical version
and dangerously irreverent. Our
tickets for this show were acquired
by lottery, we tried on three
different nights to score tickets but
the boys in the show were doing
the same thing to get tickets for
their friends, apparently, so they
had much better odds. We finally
got wise and had some buds come
along to put their names in the
draw as well and ended up with
four cheap seats in the front row.
Worth the effort.
3. 42nd Street
Spine tingling, old school musical
that will leave you singing and
dancing in the streets after the show.
We didn’t just go to the theatre though, we saw the
sights, we shopped the shops, we ate the food and for
that we wore proper walking shoes and loaded up an
Oyster card. Good for the tube or the bus, the Oyster
card will get you where you want to go, without hailing
a cab and with the added benefit of saying, “Let’s take
the tube”. Here is our must-do list of sights and bites...
1. Buckingham Palace
And this is a word to the locals as well because you live
there, and if you haven’t seen it, you absolutely should:
go do the walking tour. Strap on those headsets, walk
up that grand staircase, through the state rooms and
gallery and then go buy yourself a tea cup in the
shop at the end. Rebecca can’t stop talking about that
superfluously expensive tea cup. *Rebecca note: it was
adequately priced for a beautiful turquoise and goldtrimmed,
Royal Albert, Queen Victoria’s Jubilee bone
china tea cup. Tea cup collectors unite!
2. Fortnum & Mason
This was recommended to us from a good friend at
home and we gladly pass it along. The Christmas Shop
on the top floor (take the stairs, they are an excellent
piece of time travel) boasts Holiday cheer year-round
and is another good spot for a souvenir if you don’t
like tea cups *who doesn’t like tea cups?! And if you get
hungry while you browse, head down to the cafeteria
for tea and sandwiches, both are on point.
3. Covent Garden
Great window (and booth) shopping. It’s a great vibe, a
great location, and Rebecca would like you to know that
Whittard’s original tea shop is there. Pots of steeping
tea can be found at every turn so you can sample before
you buy. Yes please!
4. Victoria and Albert Museum
With multiple museums to choose from, we had trouble
making up our minds and went to two (the British War
Time Museum gets a mention here, the layout was
confusing at times however the time line of the First
World War on the bottom floor was thorough and
impressive and a must-see) We did not give ourselves
enough time at the V and A, first of all, because it’s the
world’s largest museum of decorative art and design
(over 4 million objects) and second of all because they
had a theatre exhibit. Theatre geeks unite!
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5. La Perla
This might have been what
was actually on Rebecca’s
bucket list but it doesn’t
hurt for a couple to go
together - comfy couch,
drinks and a great view.
6. The Savoy
If a throwback rich
and ornate piano bar
experience is what you are
in the mood for, head over
to the iconic Savoy for a
bevy and a chin wag.
7. The Shard and
The perspective and glam
atop the Shard is very
cool, then take a late night
romantic walk over the
iconic Tower Bridge (commonly mistaken for
London Bridge because of the song)
8. High Tea
We were pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere at
the open, airy Palm Court at the Langham but the real
reason to go here is the all-you-can-eat sandwiches.
They just keep coming around with the platters until
you finally say, no thanks I’m full. Save room for the
scones and clotted cream of course but the desserts are
nicer to look at than to eat.
When staying at the
food and drink are at your
fingertips 24/7. We made
sure to experience dinner
at Galvin with Michelinstarred
London chefs Chris
and Jeff Galvin. Nothing
like five-star food in an
Trying something new,
with drinks recommended
by the wait-staff, we were
pleasantly surprised, but if
you’re into a nightcap, the
famous Whiskey collection at
The Bar is the real deal. It’s a
really cool spot to hang out in
a swanky grotto-like setting
and draw from their famous
We have been talking about going back to London
since the day we left. Ten days was not long enough for
us (although it was more than enough for our kids to
miss us a bunch). Maybe next time we’ll get to see the
insides of those churches. London calling… again!
9. Alley Eateries
Get lost in the back streets of London. Go find those
little gems you will recognize from movies and songs
plus small eateries packed with locals, and pubs where
people are spilling out onto the sidewalk, where you
too can enjoy a pint and a chat.
10. Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral
If this is up your alley, make sure you check what time
you’re going because I don’t think you can always go
inside. We were happy to take a photo with the Abbey,
skip the inside and choreograph a dance on the steps of
St. Paul’s but skip that tour as well.
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ONE HOTEL FOUR DAYS
BY: SYLVIA TENNANT
One of South America’s premier
cultural destinations, Bogotá has
evolved beyond the shadowy
history of its scandalous past into
an abundant playground of luxury
tourist attractions. While the
formality of the Colombian capital
is still evident in the monumental
colonial buildings and free
museums scattered throughout the
city’s districts, the cordial semblance
of order is dwarfed by a passionate
liveliness that extends throughout
its winding, graffiti-lined streets.
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Experiencing the best of Bogotá
with only four days to spare
requires some research. As a sleepdeprived
to a significantly higher altitude,
convenience and comfort are
high on my list of hotel priorities.
Fortunately, the NH Collection
Bogotá Teleport Royal Hotel, which
is a contemporary upscale hotel, is
nestled into the beautiful northern
section of Bogotá. This is also where
the longest continental mountain
range in the world, the Andes,
meets a vibrant business district and
surrounding elegant neighborhoods.
The NH spa treatments, expansive
suites, and marble bathrooms were
The heart of the city’s art scene
lies within Bogotá’s first official
neighborhood, La Candelaria.
This trendy, bohemian district is
defined by its old-world charm and
historical relevance. Although I only
had one day to roam the cobblestone
streets, there are a few must see
attractions. Start early at the Museo
Del Oro, one of South America’s best
museums, with a selection of the
largest collection of pre-Hispanic
gold art in the world. Perfectly
preserved relics are exhibited
alongside bilingual descriptions
that illustrate the many different
cultures that once resided
here. On Sundays, entrance is
complimentary after 3pm.
There is a large artisan market
across the street, which I quickly
discovered was a mecca for
poncho and gift shopping. Bring
cash and buy in bulk because
the garment quality and prices
are incredible. My adventure
continued down Calle 11 to the
Museo Botero, a free modern
art museum that houses an
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collection donated by renowned
Colombian artist, Fernando Botero.
The space is stunning and peaceful,
with garden-lined fountains and art
by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Dalí,
and Botero himself.
A trip of this nature would not be
complete without an in-depth look
into the booming culinary scene
of this lively cosmopolitan capital.
Within its mountainous landscape, I
experienced everything from street
food to canapés. Bogotá delivered
with both variety and ingenuity.
I had the pleasure of watching
Top Chef Spain and Master Chef
Colombia judge, Paco Roncero,
create a series of plates for the
Collection Bogotá Teleport Royal
Hotel’s gala. He is the culinary
advisor for the hotel group. My
inner foodie was at once spoiled and
star struck. His scientific flair for
molecular gastronomy has earned
him a variety of accolades including
a two-Michelin star award. When
asked where he would choose to
have his last meal on earth, he
quickly replied, “With Andres Carne
Located just beyond the outskirts
of Bogotá, the indescribable
combination of fine dining and allnight
dance club atmosphere was
well worth the drive. Upon arrival,
guests are treated to a large shot
of aguardiente (direct translation:
firewater), Colombia’s national
alcoholic drink. My initiation was
complete. The restaurant itself
is a surreal disco town that seats
2000 people, has a 19-page menu,
and is 2.76 miles square. I dined
on a selection of small plates and
Argentinian steak while costumed
entertainers roamed the candlelit
alleys and neon dance floors
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Alternately, if you’re looking to keep the party
within the downtown district, the Gaira Café
Cumbia House is my recommendation for live
music and a coastal inspired menu. Owned by
popular Colombian singer, Carlos Vives, the
piñata filled multi-level restaurant is impressively
designed with a stage that hosts an 11-piece house
Although I thoroughly enjoyed shopping for
ponchos, I wasn’t leaving Bogotá without an
emerald. The eastern portion of the Andes,
between Boyaca and Cundinamarca, is where most
Colombian emeralds are
mined. I found beautiful,
from a mine in Muzo at
Don Esteban Joyeros in
the Centro Comercial
Hacienda Santa Bárbara
around the corner from
my hotel). The house
jeweler had my new ring
re-sized within 48 hours,
spoke a bit of English, and
certified all of his stones.
The overall experience
was so lovely that I
returned with the entire
British press team to show
them where to purchase
The transformation of
Bogotá continues to
fascinate those willing
to push past its somewhat modest exteriors. The
mentality of insurgency is no longer. Crime rates
continue to decrease as business development
booms. In the past five years, the city’s streets have
steadily filled with tourists looking to uncover the
cultural gems that lie within this urban jungle.
With a population almost equal to that of New
York City, the contagious buzz of Bogotá is certain
to satisfy all the senses.
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when was the last time you saw
something for the first time?
BY: TRACEY DRAKE
You know - it’s funny. Although I
travel a lot, I’d never been drawn to
Napa Valley. And although I love
luxury cars, I’ve never considered
myself a Lincoln kind of girl.
My grandfather drove a Lincoln.
It was this big, black imposing
car that seemed to take up two
city blocks. So no one was as
surprised as me to learn that the
2017 Lincoln Continental is sleek,
luxurious and truly sexy. It has
enough curves to satisfy my need
for a little femininity in my car.
Definitely not my grandpa’s Lincoln.
And so it happened, that over the
course of road trip from San Francisco
to Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley,
I fell in love with a boutique hotel
and a new era of luxury vehicles.
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A CONTINENTAL ROAD TRIP TO NAPA VALLEY
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THE FINER POINTS
• Getting Here: From San Francisco International Airport, by way of
the Bay Bridge, it took us one hour and fifty minutes in our 2017
Lincoln Continental to reach Calistoga Ranch. It was an easy,
scenic drive that set the tone for our 3-day weekend.
• Spa: Nestled in the wooden canyon, The Auberge Spa at Calistoga
Ranch is a rejuvenating natural Napa spa sanctuary. Try the
Calistoga Cure - a therapeutic body scrub followed by a private
outdoor mud bath that ends with a classic massage.
• Dining: World class menus that are inspired by local food and wine.
If you get the chance, have dinner in Calistoga Ranch’s famous
Wine Cave - a truly unique dining experience.
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Calistoga Ranch is a quiet oasis,
tucked into the natural beauty of
Napa Valley, California. This place
- it personifies the word retreat.
Calistoga Ranch is an Auberge
Resorts Collection hotel. They
proudly boast that this is a place
where nature is the primary
amenity. They got it right.
The 157-acre property features an
enchanting lane way (photo left),
majestic rolling hills, ancient forests
and a private lake. There are fifty
rooms in total, but you rarely see
other guests as each of the private
lodges is set amidst lush forests.
We stayed in a one-bedroom lodge
(shown right) and it was so private
and restful. With bedroom and
living room in separate buildings,
it felt Balinese in design. Our
outdoor deck, which featured a
fireplace, comfy lounge chairs and
a sunken hot tub, nicely bridged
the two buildings. Each lodge
is enveloped in nature, and the
lulling sounds of a rocky stream
passed by our bedroom window.
With an outdoor swimming pool,
award winning spa, and several
dining options, you could stay put
and go nowhere at all. I was thrilled
that I was able to visit the chicken
coop and gather my own farm fresh
eggs for my morning breakfast.
Calistoga Ranch is the kind
of place where you can truly
retreat to reconnect with
yourself, your partner and with
nature. There are more than
80 vineyards in the Calistoga
region, so you are well situated
for day trips to as many different
wineries as you care to sample.
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ON VACATION: TOP DESTINATIONS TO ENJOY
by: Sarah Zajac | Booking.com
t’s official, the #RoséAllDay phenomenon has gone global! The pretty, palepink
drink has invaded Instagram feeds around the world. Whether, you
prefer a traditional 6-ounce pour of the blushing wine or you’re a Frosé
lover at heart, it seems the rosé mania is here to stay. It is a high speed boozy
trend is no longer just for the ladies or backyard barbecues. A-list celebrity wine
makers like Angelia Jolie and Drew Barrymore have helped solidify this wine trend,
but savvy wine lovers the world over are buying into it. According to Fortune
magazine, “Rosé is reporting sharp sales increases that far out pace the broader
$38 billion wine industry. Wine industry experts are lauding the popularity
of rosé, saying it is a female-driven movement that has lured more men and
found popularity beyond beach-front enclaves like the Hamptons and Miami.”
So where in the world can you enjoy the best rosé wines?
You can make rosé wines from almost any grape
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
The Hampton Social restaurant (pictured left) in
Chicago, Illinois has probably the most famous
#RoséAllDay Instagram photo opportunity in
the world. Inspired by the beach side Hamptons
resorts, this stylish restaurant serves seafood
dishes and beach-themed cocktails. Look out for
the neon pink sign and enjoy the happiest happy
hour you could imagine with half priced glasses
of Rosé and half priced pizzas Monday to Friday
from 4-7 pm.
While you’re in town stay inside the beautifully
restored landmark building, the Chicago
Athletic Association Hotel and enjoy the popular
rooftop restaurant, Cindy’s. With a dedicated
“Rosé All Day” section on the menu, its one of
the best places to enjoy a glass in the Windy city
while enjoying panoramic view of Millennium
Hard core fans of the pink drink can go straight
to the source - Provence. Thanks to its climate
and location, generations of expert winemakers
have been producing award winning rosé in
the region. Chances are if you drink the pink
bubbly beverage, you’ve tasted one from here! A
wine tour through Provence is a trip for a true
Rosé aficionado to show off their knowledge.
Stay in stunning vineyard hotels that produce
award winning Provençal Rosé wine such as
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the Hotel Château de Berne
(pictured above), a working
wine estate in the heart of
Provence, France that offers
an outdoor swimming pool
and restaurant serving food
prepared with local and
Rosé is the drink of the
moment in London! At Sketch
restaurant (picture top right
- opposite page) in Mayfair,
you can sip on a glass of Rosé
in the immersive pink room
to match your drink. HOT
TIP: When you visit Sketch
be sure to check out the
bathroom! Next, visit the
Worship Street Whistling Shop,
an underground drinking den
that was inspired by Victorian
gin palaces and feels like you’re
walking into a Charles Dickens
novel. Along with an extensive
cocktail menu and a gin
masterclass, this unique bar
offers a range of top English
sparkling wines which of
course includes Rosé!
The latest addition to London’s
roster of quirky venues is the
highly anticipated hotel, The
Ned. Housed in the former
Midland Bank this epic hotel
holds nine restaurants, a
rooftop pool with a fantastic
view of St Paul’s Cathedral and
a cocktail bar hidden behind
“WHATEVER YOU DO
- Robert Mondavi -
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
If you like Rosé then you’ll
love frosé, basically a slushie
for adults! Legend has it,
the cocktail was invented
at Bar Primi in New York.
It’s no wonder the Big
Apple is responsible for this
breakthrough thanks to its
thriving night life scene, world
class food and drink standards.
Cool down and enjoy some
frosé while taking in a skyline
view of its hometown at the
Plunge Park Avenue lounge
(pictured center right) atop
the Gansevoort Park Avenue
Hotel. This trendy rooftop pool
lounge also serves alcoholic ice
pops on its summer cocktail
THE HAMPTONS, NEW YORK
Finally, we have the Hamptons,
where there seems to be
shortage of rosé almost
every summer! Known for
being the seaside getaway
for New York’s elite, it’s here
where urbanites let loose at
extravagant summer parties,
held almost every weekend.
Not surprisingly, rosé, frosé
or anything pink and bubbly,
is the drink of choice at these
exclusive events, which might
explain the shortages. To cope
with the demand Wölffer
Estate, a local winery, opened
a rosé drive-thru (pictured
right) this summer where you
can stop by on your way to the
beach to pick up rosé by the
case, glass or bottle!
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With the cost of checking luggage at the airport, more of us are looking for
the best carry-on suitcase or weekender bag. There are some great options
on the market, that hold a lot of stuff and still manage to be hip and stylish.
These are our four top quick trip picks!
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– the elegant Spa-Resort in the Black Forest
Discover the town in 360 degrees
The modern Caracalla Spa
The Museum Frieder Burda
Baden-Baden city center
Today, the town of Baden-Baden presents itself as a modern spa resort and cultural centre.
Here, all relaxation needs are catered for thanks to the thermal baths with their 2000-year-old
history and the magnificent parks and gardens. Besides these, attractions such as Europe’s
hall – the Festspielhaus,
flair with the elegance of the Belle
Epoque the theatre and the Culture cosmopolitanism Mile traversing the of parks a major and gardens city. of Baden-Baden, the Lichtentaler Allee with its two thermal baths is an oasis for
is in walking distance, is also a paradise for culture
enthusiast. Join on a virtual The tour Festspielhaus of our town. Experience - Germany’s Baden-Baden biggest up close opera and in 360 house, degrees many museums and “the world’s most
with the enclosed virtual reality viewer. Or scan the pictures in this brochure with your mobile
beautiful casino”, according to Marlene Dietrich, are located in Baden-Baden.
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All photographs © Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH
Snow, sleet and cold days
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travelers take off during the
winter months to somewhere
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