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City Experiences Chicago

City Experiences, a leading provider of world-class experiential travel offerings, is redefining how guests see the world with its expanded one-of-a-kind travel experiences across major global destinations. Part of the Hornblower Group, a global leader in experiences and transportation, City Experiences delivers a vast array of water and land-based experience offerings in top cities around the world including Chicago. Through its vibrant, exclusively curated offerings and personal connectivity, City Experiences delivers its guests an amazing experience, all provided through its own unmatched crew and expert tour guides. Supported by a refreshed website, a new brand campaign and introducing a new rewards program, these initiatives will further build brand connectivity and enhance the user journey for its guests.

In early 2021, City Experiences became the new brand name for Hornblower Group’s growing portfolio of world-class water and land-based offerings, seamlessly collecting multiple brands under one umbrella. Since then, new land-based companies joined City Experiences, including WALKS, Devour Tours and the launch of Venture Ashore. With these acquisitions, City Experiences further developed its portfolio outside its maritime roots, now providing a total experiential travel itinerary for its guests. 

“Since our rebrand last spring, City Experiences has built a collection of world-renowned land-based experiences, growing our portfolio outside of our maritime foundation, into a more holistic global experiential organization,” said Kristina Heney, chief marketing and revenue officer, City Experiences. “To support our growth, we had to re-evaluate our marketing approach by dialing up the emotional engagement of our brands and lean heavily into digital technology to drive personalized communications. We focused our positioning on what sets us apart, our own tour guides and crew. It is through their passion and engagement that bridge that deeper connection with our guests and share the commitment we have in bringing people together through our unforgettable experiences.”

City Experiences’ refreshed portfolio features some of the most unique experiences in major travel destinations around the world, providing a personalized journey for guests who are either already at their destination and looking for a hidden local gem, or those booking ahead with wanderlust. Whether you are planning that long-overdue weekend sightseeing getaway with your friends, organizing a family excursion through Chicago with a guided walking tour of the premier Riverwalk, spending your dream honeymoon adventuring through Paris’ most chic locales, or experiencing that bucket list solo journey through Barcelona’s best off-the-beaten-path food and wine spots, City Experiences will help you travel smarter and experience more. Below are highlights of Chicago’s experiential offerings. For a full list, click HERE.

Chicago Offerings

To further support the digital journey, City Experiences launched a refreshed website, aimed to streamline the guest booking experience by offering a centralized booking location that features the company’s full portfolio of unique water and land-based offerings across its major travel destinations worldwide. It will also roll out with a new branding campaign, celebrating both its unique offerings as well as paying homage to its unmatched crew and expert guides that make the tour even more memorable.

Additionally, City Experiences launched a new rewards program for its guests. Designed to allow for more experiential travel opportunities within its portfolio, City Experiences Rewards is completely free and easily accessible HERE. Guests can create an account and collect travel points through their confirmed bookings that can be used to save on future purchases. Full details on the program’s exclusive experience benefits will be announced soon.

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Pixar Putt

Following stops in New York City, Houston, and San Antonio, Pixar Putt, the ultimate pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience will be arriving in Chicago this summer, with tickets available for purchase beginning April 28, 2022. Made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Disney and Pixar‘s most beloved films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out, Pixar Putt is set to take guests to infinity… and beyond!

Pixar Putt, co-presented by Rockefeller Productions and TEG Life Like Touring, is staged at the Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier beginning May 28, 2022, and running through August 21, 2022. The course will be open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 12 PM to 10 PM (last entry 8:30 PM) and Saturday through Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM. Pixar Putt After Dark (evening sessions for ages 18+) will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 PM to 10 PM. Pixar Putt is also available to Private Groups and Corporate Groups. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE

Following its run in Chicago, Pixar Putt will continue touring nationally, with more locations to be announced this summer.

Pixar Putt is a perfect socially distant outing for any Pixar fan. The safety of patrons and staff is a top priority for Rockefeller Productions and TEG Life Like Touring. Pixar Putt’s standard COVID Safe measures include capped player numbers on the course, physical distancing measures in queues and on course; sanitizer stations located onsite; plus sanitizing of all golfing equipment between users for every session, each day. These measures follow all federal and local guidelines and will be updated as those guidelines change.

Advance Booking Recommended

Tickets are expected to sell out fast, and advance booking is highly encouraged. This online, contactless purchase process helps keep customers and staff COVID safe.

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Visit Cappadocia

Cappadocia, in eastern Turkey enthralls visitors with its unusual conical structures called “fairy chimneys,” its centuries-old underground cities and its early Christian-era churches carved into caves in the rock. Turkey’s tourism officials are expecting visitor numbers in 2022 to skyrocket. The signs are clear: Cappadocia hosted an extraordinary number of visitors in the first quarter of 2022, a whopping 54% increase over the first quarter of 2021.

Cappadocia gained fame in antiquity for its topography born millions of years ago as the African and Asian tectonic plates created a landscape like no other on planet Earth. Some say the best way to see Cappadocia’s landscape is on a hot air balloon ride. The colorful balloons launch around five o clock in the morning from the village of Göreme, and give visitors sweeping views of Pigeon Valley, Zemi Valley, Love Valley and Pasabag Monks Valley, along with the famous fairy chimneys and other fanciful rock formations.

The ultimate bucket-list experience is to stay one of the many “cave hotels,” ranging from simple to five-star. Rock-carved rooms bring history and modern amenities together in a luxurious blend. Many cave-hotel rooms have both views, and private floodlit indoor pools deep inside mountains.

Known since antiquity as the land of beautiful horses,” many visitors go horseback riding, particularly phenomenal at sunset. The Ihlara Valley is perfect for strolls or hikes, with stops for Turkish coffee at gazebos along the Melendiz stream. Jeep and ATV safaris take travelers to hard-to-reach churches and hidden valleys.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Göreme Open Air Museum is a complex of frescoed, rock-carved churches that recall the area’s earlier inhabitants, including Assyrians, Hittites, Phrygians, Hellenes, Romans, Byzantines, early Christians and the arrival of Islam. The Three Beauties fairy chimney formation in Ürgüp is one of the region’s most-photographed sites. The 18th-century Church of Saints Constantine and Helena in Mustafapaşa was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I. Ortahisar Castle is a striking citadel carved into the rock.

Cappadocia has been inhabited for centuries, often underground. Multi-level subterranean cities, carved entirely from rock, date to the seventh and eighth centuries BC. The underground cities of Kaymaklƒ, Derinkuyu, Mazi and Tatlarin open a window into the daily life of their inhabitants, where rock-carved tunnels connect dozens of living, worship and storage areas.

Like the cuisines of every other region in Turkey, Cappadocian cuisine was shaped by the area’s cultural heritage and its local seasonal products. A delicious egg dish, menemen, is complemented by fragrant Turkish tea. Apricot stew, pottery kebabs and zerdeli saffron rice are musts, as are Cappadocia’s wines produced from centuries-old vines.

Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscape makes it a popular wedding and honeymoon destinations, romantic nights in caves, sunset wine on the terrace, hot air balloons, and Turkish baths amount to an unforgettable combination.

Cappadocia is a little over an hour’s journey from Istanbul, and a “must-include” for many American visitors to Turkey.

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Loire Valley

2022 is the perfect year to visit the Loire Valley, home to France’s iconic châteaux, incredible gardens and world-renowned wines. This year will include new hotel openings, anniversaries, exhibitions and more throughout the region.

Openings

  • Fleur de Loire: This new 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel and gastronomic restaurant helmed by two-Michelin-starred Chef Christophe Hay is set to open its doors on June 13, 2022. A lifelong project for Hay, the new property aims to offer an oasis of tranquility that promotes the riches and heritage of the Loire region, while also promoting sustainable travel. Housed in a 17th-century building designed by the brother of King Louis XIII, Fleur de Loire will feature 44 rooms (including 11 suites), a gourmet restaurant, bistro, pastry kiosk, swimming pool and state-of-the-art Sisley spa. Hay’s restaurant will showcase the best of the region’s unique terroir, including produce from local farmers, wine from Cheverny and produce from the onsite garden. 
  • Le Bois des Chambres: This hotel, the first-ever at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, is set to open this spring. Designed by architect Patrick Bouchain, the hotel will feature 39 uniquely designed rooms and suites, as well as a gourmet restaurant, and original artworks on display throughout the property. Rooms are divided between a restored farmhouse and a new build, each of which has a different theme dedicated to the natural surroundings of the hotel.
  • Villa Monin: This new exhibition space dedicated to Monin gourmet flavored syrups is set to open its doors this summer. Located in the medieval city of Bourges, the space will offer a cabinet of curiosities around flavors and aromas, an immersive tour of syrup production, cooking classes and workshops, as well as a syrup tasting bar. Local Bourges confectioner Daniel Mercier will also offer a chocolate-themed tour within the space.

Exhibitions

  • La Renaissance des Femmes at Château Royal de Blois: A favorite residence of seven kings and ten queens of France, the Chateau is hosting an exhibition dedicated to three of its famous former residents: Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Marguerite de Valois. Titled La Renaissance des Femmes (The Renaissance of Women), this exhibition highlights the power—sometimes restrained, marginalized or even forgotten—of these three iconic Renaissance figures.
  • Agnès Sorel, L’influenceuse at The Royal City of Loches: This royal city is celebrating the 600th anniversary of the birth of Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII, who gave her the domain of Loches. To mark the occasion, this exhibition, Agnès Sorel, l’influenceuse (Agnès Sorel, the influencer), aims to offer a better understanding of the role and influence of this “Lady of Beauty” in the kingdom’s politics and society.

The Ideal Garden at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire: The garden is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the International Garden Festival, which has been a major destination for contemporary creation and landscape design since 1992. This year’s theme is centered around the “ideal garden,” questioning our current relationship with nature due to global warming, urbanization and more. This year, designers were encouraged to showcase their innovative visions by using new materials, plants, techniques and more.

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Rail Explorers Easter

Rail Explorers®, the year-round, all-ages, outdoor-adventure attraction offers memorable family photo opportunities on its Easter Brunch Ramble tours April 16 and 17.

Guests can enjoy an exhilarating eight-mile downhill pedal-assisted ride from the Nevada State Railroad Museum to Railroad Pass powered by Rail Explorers®‘ new REX Propulsion System—custom-built electric motors that make the adventure truly effortless.

A light brunch of complimentary coffee, pastries and fruit will be served for all guests.

Meanwhile, guests over 21 years of age will also enjoy mimosas, while everyone will have plenty of time to relax in Rail Explorers®‘ signature red Adirondack chairs at the turnaround point while kids search for Easter candy. All passengers will also enjoy free entry to the museum upon returning to the station.

A tandem railbike for two is available for $110 and a quad railbike for four guests is available for $185.

Book online HERE.

About Rail Explorers®

Located in historic Boulder City, Nevada—just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip en route to Hoover Dam—Rail Explorers® offers exhilarating, guided excursions in two or four-seat rail bikes along the same tracks used during the construction of the dam. Tours include five memorable options, including the Southwest Round-Up, an 8-mile round trip tour, the Southwest Ramble, a scenic daytime rail bike ride that includes a trip on a historic train; the Desert Sunset Tour, a picturesque ride in the evening as the sun sets behind the River Mountains; the Fireside Starlight Ride, a one-of-a-kind experience featuring personal fire pits under the vast desert sky; and the Night Lights Tour offering a colorful illuminated rail bike ride. Rail bikes provide a truly distinctive way to explore this extraordinarily scenic and historic area. For more information, click HERE or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Crystal Hermitage Garden

The Sierra Nevada holds a golden nugget for those who love springtime and flowers, especially tulips. After a two-year closure due to COVID-19, Ananda’s glorious tulip garden will open in April. The Crystal Hermitage Garden is meticulously planted with over 17,000 tulips and other spring flowers each year.  Just 25 minutes above Nevada City proper, this beautiful, pristine, and lovingly attended garden is well worth the drive (about 90 minutes from Sacramento). 

Advance tickets are required this year. This allows proper social distancing and provides guests with safe and optimum enjoyment of this wonderful garden. No on-site tickets will be sold, so plan your visit and get tickets in advance HERE.

The Crystal Hermitage Garden provides a rare view across the wild and scenic Yuba River Canyon far below this refined garden, bursting with color and sequentially planted throughout the spring with many contrasting flowers. Wherever the eye falls, the attention to detail and care shines through in this treasured garden. Each year, thousands make the trip to soak in the stellar beauty of nature tamed so tenderly by gentle gardeners’ hands contrasting with nearby wildlands and Ananda’s 700 acres of rolling green hills.

Visitors can chat with Crystal Hermitage lead gardeners, visit the museum or quietly enjoy the peace and beauty. For lunch, visitors will find delicious vegetarian fare at the Expanding Light Retreat or at Master’s Market in Ananda Village. The Expanding Light Retreat Center also offers overnight accommodations, with advance reservations. Note: There is no picnicking allowed in the gardens.

The garden will be open seven days a week in April, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The cost for adults (13 years and older) is $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Tickets are available HERE.

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Three New Italian Casas

Casas Latinas is a stunning collection of sophisticated estates, hotels and villas across Italy; Spain; other Latin European countries and Latin America, including Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica and Venezuela.  

New for 2022 is three exquisite authentic Italian Casas to add to the group. Dimora Dei Gelsi, a beautiful traditional Puglian home from home, ‘Locanda’ set amongst the rolling hills in a UNESCO world heritage site in Tuscany, and Casa Fantini a concept hotel on their tranquil shores of Lake Orta.

Founder and CEO of Casas Latinas Massimo Ianni said, “At Casas Latinas, our incredible portfolio of properties across the world are hand-picked for their unique credentials. All of them have sustainability at the forefront but each has its special appeal and dedication to providing the ultimate unique stay – reframing the experience we have and the way we travel.”

Dimora Dei Gelsi in Puglia – opening 1st April 2022

Puglia in Southern Italy is top of the list of places to visit this year with its idyllic countryside and pristine coast. Perfect for a family or a small group of friends, Dimora dei Gelsi is a stunning 4-bedroom luxury property in a newly converted group of trulli, the traditional Apulian dry stone whitewashed huts with conical roofs that are specific to the Itria Valley. The property is set amidst a large estate of olive groves between the Adriatic coast and Alberobello. A very special space–a stay here offers the chance to experience a truly authentic Puglian casa like no other. Book a traditional cooking lesson with a local nona and learn the secrets of how to make the best pasta dishes using fragrant herbs grown on the garden terraces.

Dimora de Gelsi is made entirely from local materials reflecting the ancient culture of this fascinating region. The views of the Valle d’Itria are what many consider to be the “typical” Puglia. Rolling hills, groves of centuries-old olive trees, trullo cones everywhere you look, whitewashed towns bleached further by the southern Italian sun. 

A stay at the Masseria, or country house, is about slow living–a major travel trend for 2022. Life is spent outdoors–either dining on the large stone-paved terrace or relaxing in the pretty pool with its breathtaking views over the surrounding Apulian countryside. Dimora dei Gelsi accommodates up to 8 people in its 4 bedrooms—all located on the ground floor of the house. The design of the villa is super stylish. A pared-back style of white-washed walls and flagstone floors keep with the trulli traditional, with mid-century style furniture and a focus on ceramics and art from local artists. The luxury conversion, whilst rooted in the past, features up to the minute features such as underfloor heating and air-cooling systems. 

There are a whole range of experiences available during your stay at Dimora dei Gelsi. Mountain bikes and treks over the local countryside can be arranged and there is a private yoga instructor as well as masseurs and cooking classes all available on request.

Locanda in Tuscany – Opening 15th April 2022

If you are looking for the ultimate authentic Tuscan experience for a special gathering, wedding, or get-together, Locanda in Tuscany ticks all the boxes. Locanda is set deep in the heart of the Italian countryside where you can enjoy absolute peace with nothing but the sound of the birds chirping to wake you.  With little air pollution, Locanda is perfect for incredible night skies and star-gazing or during the day wonderful walks through the hills or cycling to explore this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

With nine rooms, including four suites, the first-floor suite has magnificent bathtub views, and relaxing in-room spa treatments are available for guests. Sleep-focussed hotels are a huge trend this year for well-being holidays—at Locanda, the owners take sleep seriously and guests are offered a choice of cotton or linen sheets plus the locally designed wooden beds are metal-free to eliminate electromagnetic pollution that could compromise sleep. 

With breathtaking sweeping sunset 180-degree views over the Val D’Orcia close to the village of Castiglione d’Orcia, this beautiful rural hideaway also offers privacy, comfort, and an authentic Tuscan experience for an unforgettable summer celebration. Tuscany is famous for its weddings, and the Locanda team can create a bespoke menu for your special day. They work with you to create the perfect event for your guests from a pool party with DJs and a cocktail bar, to a quieter al fresco poolside dinner, for just a handful of guests, under the stars.

The restaurant Taverna Di Mozart is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, party or event and is set inside an old stable with an outdoor terrace, where you can sit under a vibrant bougainvillea trellis. The restaurant showcases the very best of traditional Tuscan cuisine. The dishes are influenced by traditional Tuscan gastronomy with passion, quality, and taste.

Casa Fantini on Lake Orta – Opening 15th April 2022

Ideal for a large gathering of friends for a wedding celebration, family reunion or special birthday, Casa Fantini is spacious enough to cater for all your guests. 

Situated only one hour away from Milan, Casa Fantini’s philosophy is all about lake-time.  The hotel is situated on Lake Orta where everything is designed to be calm, quiet and meditative to create the perfect slow-travel experience. The noise of the gentle waves adapts to the inner rhythms and removes stress. Undisputedly one of the most magical locations for a hotel, Casa Fantini is an intimate place of harmony where architecture, landscape and light blend in perfect balance and, just for a moment, time seems to stand still. 

The hotel was designed by world-famous Italian architect Piero Lissoni of Lissoni Architettura, who worked with hotel owner Daniela Fantini, CEO of Fantini Rubinetti, to interpret her vision for a hotel inspired by the slow pace of Lake Orta and to be a contemporary reflection of a home that would enhance the region’s natural heritage.

Casa Fantini has 5 Superior Rooms, 4 Prestige Rooms, and 2 Suites. Super Rooms have a spacious terrace with lakefront view overlooking the gardens, and all the rooms have luxury bathrooms complete with steam room showers and Fantini Rubinetti bathroom furniture.  Furnishings have a vintage feel with bespoke Italian couches, raw wool rugs, and comfortable beds with floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to balconies with romantic views over the garden, lake and San Giulio Island. There is a beautiful library filled with books about the lake to help you unwind and relax.  

This contemporary and elegant five-star hotel is the perfect location from which to explore the area by boat, foot, bicycle or car. Often overlooked for its bigger sisters Como and Maggiore, the lake itself has inspired many writers of the 18th and 19th Century including Lord Byron, Honoré de Balzac and Robert Browning

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Ski Kaçkar Mountains

The 2022 heli-skiing season has officially kicked off in the scenic Kaçkar Mountains of Turkey’s Black Sea region, and will welcome 370 accredited athletes through the end of March. Perhaps better known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, Turkey is home to some of the best heli-skiing in the world, luring top extreme sports athletes from the US, Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy and Russia with its deep powder snow and long ski runs.

Located between the Rize and Artvin provinces of northeastern Turkey, the highest peak in the Kaçkar Mountains reaches nearly 12,800 feet in altitude. The more than 400 ski runs in the area range from about 11,800 to 4,000 feet above sea level, with vertical drops of 2,300 to 4,000 feet. With its excellent snow quality, highly stable snowpack and varied ski terrain, the Kaçkar mountain range is perfectly suited to heli-skiing. In addition to heli-skiing and snowboarding, the Kaçkar Mountains also offer rafting fans an adrenaline rush in the world-class rapids of the Fırtına Stream.

Based on the Ayder Plateau in Rize, the Kaçkar Mountains are home to a wide range of accommodations from boutique hotels, hostels to rental bungalows. The team on site consists of experienced professional ski guides, pilots, massage therapists, engineers, interpreters and tourist guides. All hailing from different alpine countries, some of the guides on Kaçkar Mountains are also professional helicopter pilots, renowned Himalayan specialists or members of professional rescue teams. The pilots on the team, all of whom are of Swiss descent, also work in Alpine conditions all year round doing heli-ski flights, rescue work or hauling loads. The massage therapists, available to offer relief after a day of leg-burning laps, are trained in physiotherapy, acupuncture and reflexology.

In addition to world-class sports, the Kaçkar Mountains are sure to delight those who would like to add some culture to their visit with historical settlements and churches. Located in Artvin and dating back to the Middle Ages, some of these structures sit perched atop mountains with stunning views of the Black Sea below. And not to be missed are the regional culinary delicacies of the Kaçkar Mountains is its gastronomy delicacies, including the famous hamsi (Black Sea anchovies, served either cured or fried) and the Black Sea regional variation of traditional Turkish breakfast, including Rize’s famous black tea, muhlama (a mixture of cheese, corn flour and butter), tursu kavurmasi (fried pickles), misir ekmegi (cornbread), a variety of pides (flatbreads), local butter and Anzer honey, which is locally produced on the green plateaus of the Black Sea.

A Safe Tourism Destination

Taking great precautions to ensure a safe stay, the resorts in the Kaçkar Mountains have all the necessary equipment and evacuation aids at their disposal, ranging from rescue mats with a winch cover, vacuum mattresses and defibrillators, to ventilation systems and first-aid kits. There to assist you in the event of an accident, all guides on site are trained in emergency snow procedure and the use of equipment.

In addition to heli-skiing safety, Turkey’s Safe Tourism Certification Program, the first of its kind in the world, certifies: accommodation facilities; food and beverage facilities; tour and transfer vehicles; culture, art, and congress facilities; theme parks, ski lifts and marine tourism facilities; and vehicles’ compliance with a total of more than 900 international health and hygiene criteria. Accreditation institutions that have been authorized to inspect these facilities, vehicles, parks and lifts conduct hygiene and health inspections at least twice per month. To date, more than 11,700 facilities in Turkey have been granted the Safe Tourism Certification. In addition, there are tourist protection and accommodation protection insurance packages covering the costs of an extended stay in Turkey in the event visitors develop COVID during their visit.For further information, please click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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SLS Hyde Beach This Weekend

This end-of-January weekend is going to be really exciting at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach in Miami, Florida. We start off with Rose Thursdays with David California and end with DJs Chizzle and Aliyo on Sunday night. If you’re in the area, feel free to check SLS South Beach Hyde Beach. 

Thursday, January 27

Rosé Thursdays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – David California: Join us at SLS Hyde Beach to rosé all day with sounds by David California.

Friday, January 28

Retreat Fridays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – Danny Stern: Keep the celebration going and head over to SLS South beach with sounds by Danny Stern. 

Haus of Hyde – Leftwing: Kody and Andretta: Join us at Hyde Beach in SLS South beach to dance the night away with sounds by Leftwing: Kody and Andretta

Saturday, January 29

Salvaje Brunch- Brave Brunch: tart your weekend on the wild side high above Midtown at Salvaje. They’re debuting their first-ever Saturday service, Brave (party) Brunch, with 7 brand new brunch dishes, a live show, dancers, and insane drink specials (12 – 4 pm).

Swim Club at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – Chris Valencia and Ariel Assault: Enjoy some rays and sip drinks by the pool at SLS Hyde Beach with sounds by Chris Valencia and Ariel Assault.

Sunday, January 30

Brunch at Fi’lia: Keep the bubbles and the beats bouncin’ in Brickell for the launch of Fi’Lia’s reimagine brunch menu this Sunday and Monday from 11 am – 4 pm at SLS Brickell! Enjoy bottomless mimosas/bloody marys and enjoy ½ off Oysters + all bottles of Rosé! 

Salvaje Brunch- Monkey Brunch: Never quit your monkeying around, as Salvaje revives its internationally acclaimed Monkey Brunch this and every Sunday from 12 – 4 pm.

SLS Sundays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – Chizzle and Aliyo: Join us this Sunday at SLS South Beach to soak up the sun and sip your way through the day with sounds by Chizzle and Aliyo.

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Winter in Mendocino

Mendocino in the winter offers the best of both worlds. Atmospheric storms and misty mornings are balanced by the relatively mild temperatures that make this part of the world so magically lush. Plentiful mushrooms spring up at the bases of ancient trees and sweet Dungeness crab is pulled from icy waters and brought right to the table, to name two of the culinary delights that can be expected in this gorgeous, gloriously uncrowded corner of Northern California’s storied coast. It’s impossible not to feel centered beneath giant redwoods and while taking in sweeping views over the ocean, but that feeling can get to the next level with wellness treatments that are tailored to pamper and renew for a fresh start. Adventure is always on offer in this hiker’s paradise and for a twist, the world-famous Skunk Train has introduced a challenging new route for their pedal-powered Railbikes. Whether being intrepid or hunkering down, everyone will find something to love on a Mendocino winter escape.

To take advantage of those atmospheric storms, the breathtaking Inn at Newport Ranch offers a Winter Storm Watch package. Colder weather creates some of the most memorable skies and vistas on the Mendocino Coast, so it’s easy to be torn between exploring the craggy shoreline or staying warm in luxurious comfort at the Inn, maybe by taking a seat in the walk-in fireplace with a glass of Mendocino wine or curled up with a book in one of the resort’s many cozy nooks.  The Winter Storm Watch package includes a 60-minute hot rock massage for two, custom-created hot chocolate with delectable homemade marshmallows, dinner including foraged and winter garden bounty, and Happy Hour with “Dark and Stormy” cocktails and Mendocino wines and bites. The Inn at Newport Ranch is situated on 2,100 pristine private acres and boasts 50-mile panoramic views across the Pacific. Guests have exclusive access to the vast property that encompasses virgin redwood forests, grasslands, and beaches. Many guests opt to tour the acreage on horseback or book a private UTV tour–there is so much to see. Every amenity is on offer, from Ranch cuisine cooked from locally sourced or onsite garden-grown ingredients to sumptuously appointed guest rooms to the onsite Fireside Spa and a hot tub perched atop an old water tower. The Inn’s interior spaces are designed to enhance the natural beauty of the location, and each room is a bespoke masterpiece filled with handcrafted objects and fascinating items from the owner’s world travels. The Winter Storm Watch package is available on select dates through the end of March 2022.

The New Year brings new opportunities, and many will find it easier to embrace them after taking advantage of the picturesque Little River Inn‘s Wellness package. Available starting this month, the package for two is the perfect way to practice self-care and kick-off 2022 in a soul-nourishing manner. It includes a two-night stay in an Ocean View Room, a 90-minute Seaweed Body Scrub and Massage for two with Sue at the Inn, two hours of healing relaxation with Donna Call, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and admission for two to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to commune with nature. Family-owned for five generations, the historic inn has something for everyone, and is just steps from easy-to-hike Van Damme State Park and sheltered Van Damme State Beach. There is an Audubon-certified golf course where guests might encounter an elusive deer, regulation tennis courts, and an award-winning chef-driven restaurant with options for all that features carefully crafted and hearty California cuisine. The same menu can be enjoyed in-room, or at the local’s favorite–Ole’s Whale Watch Bar–famous for its views, where the tumultuous Pacific might show off the telltale spout of a migrating whale. The Inn has 65 rooms–from the modestly priced to the downright luxurious–all with views of the winter’s tempest-tossed ocean. The Wellness Package is available January 1, 2022 – January 31, 2022. The package, which includes lodging, begins at $1,246 for two (exclusive of tax and gratuity).