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Tree illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Snow and Ice Tips to Protect Your Yard This Winter

With the pandemic keeping people sheltering at home, more people are extending their outdoor time in the winter by adding fire pits, outdoor heaters and other features. Even in the wintertime, it’s important to take care of your yard. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, portable generator, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, offers tips to keep your yard in top shape for winter use.

Stop trimming your lawn once it freezes. Trim your grass to the height recommended for your lawn variety before it freezes. Cutting your grass too short can leave it dry and exposes it to the elements, not to mention insects and disease.

Add a thin layer of mulch to your lawn before it’s too cold. A thin layer of mulch can protect your grass roots from snow and frost. It can even prevent deeper layers of soil from freezing, making it easier for your lawn to bounce back in the spring.

Check your trees for dead or damaged limbs. Removing dead or damaged limbs before inclement weather arrives, is one way to protect your shrubs and yard from damage (not to mention people and pets!).Snow and ice can weigh heavily on dead branches and make them snap and fall. Remove any dead branches carefully with clippers, a chainsaw or pole pruner, following safety precautions. Consult an arborist for problematic trees.

Mark pathways to clear and beds to avoid. Mark the areas that you will need to clear of snow and ice, as well as areas you want to avoid, like flower beds. Stakes or sticks can help. When it’s time to run your snow thrower, you won’t accidentally cut a path through the lawn and can stick to your walkways. Always follow manufacturer’s safety procedures and never put your hand inside the snow thrower. Always use a clean out tool or stick to clear a clog. Be sure that children and pets are safely inside and not near outdoor power equipment while it’s being operated.

Keep new (and old) plantings well-hydrated. Many people have added trees and shrubs to their yards during the pandemic, and caring for them in the winter is still important. Plants and trees that are well-hydrated are more likely to survive a hard freeze so water well before the cold snap sticks. Newly planted trees can only survive about two weeks in the winter without water, so be sure to water any new trees you’ve added to your landscape if they aren’t getting water naturally from rain or snow. If your outside hose is already shut off for the winter, then use a bucket and add 5 gallons to the area around the tree.

Continue watering plants and trees even after the leaves drop. Older plants and trees should enter winter well-hydrated, so continue watering even after the leaves have dropped. Even in the wintertime, hardy evergreen plants continue to lose moisture through their needles and if it’s a dry winter they need supplemental water too.

Don’t shake heavy snow and ice off branches. It may be tempting for children (or adults) to wiggle those branches and watch the snow come off, but snow or ice can damage a branch. Shaking them can cause the branches to snap. It’s better to wait until the snow melts to assess the damage.

Remove damaged branches as soon as the weather allows you to do it safely. If snow or ice have snapped a limb, look at the cut and assess the damage. Try to get a clean cut on an already broken branch or limb, as this will make it more difficult for insects or disease to enter the stressed area on your tree or shrub. Follow all manufacturer’s safety precautions if using a chainsaw or pole pruner.

Be careful about salt. Salt can melt snow and ice, but it can also damage plants and trees by drawing water away from their roots. Keep salt applications away from your trees and shrubs. Salt should also be cleaned off pet paws following a romp outside in the snow.

Remember to get outside, even when it’s chilly. It’s good for our mental and physical well-being to spend time in our family yards and breathe in the fresh air – and it also helps us connect to each other and with nature.

About OPEI
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, portable generator, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program found here. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces.

Maria soloman illustration for kids story in 360 magazine

8 Best Barefoot Shoes for Kids for Exploring the Outdoors

When it comes to the right footwear for kids, there are a lot of differing opinions on the same topic, but for children learning to take their first steps or learning to walk, most doctors and experts agree that barefoot is the best option. It helps them grow strong muscles in a natural and healthy way as well as aiding in developing the correct posture. But this is valid as long as they are indoors. As soon as they step outside and start exploring things, it takes a different turn. Indoors everything has been made baby-proof, and they are in the protective bubble of the parent’s outdoors are entirely different; it is almost as if everything is out to harm your precious little child.

What should you look for when you want to order kids’ slides?

As one dives into the world of shoes for children, there are plenty of things one may decide to look for as you buy kids slides. The shoe should have a wide toe area, you should start by looking for shoes that fit naturally into the feet, and you do not have to struggle to match the shoes. A pair that has enough room for the toes to wiggle around freely should be a perfect choice as the additional room means that your child is comfortable even if he/she is not able to convey the discomfort easily.

The responsibility of choosing the right shoes for the children falls on the shoulders of the parents, to dig out something worthy of the heavenly feet of the child. Here’s a list of what just might make it through your stringent scrutinization.

1.     Merrell bare steps toddler shoes.

2.     Be lenka play kids barefoot shoes.

3.     Freedom Moses kids’ shoes – they come with a minimum 20% discount during the 2020 Black Friday.

4.     Vivo barefoot kids’ shoes – these come with an easy slip-on design, which is made of durable puncture-resistant material.

5.     Wildling kids’ shoes- featuring a lightweight design that makes it easy to use at different places, it is a weatherproof shoe that guarantees comfort without the expense of safety.

6.      Mukishoes- the minimalistic design is the main reason these shoes are so sought after. Made using materials that are put through the test of trade and time so that your child experiences nothing less than what you promise them.

7.      Xero Prio kids shoes- the thin sole makes for one of the most flexible shoes your child will ever slip on their feet. The breathable material gives it the desired shape and provides style with comfort.

8.      Nike toddler shoes- these shoes have the right amount of cushioning for your toddler to get the appropriate ground feel while also maintaining grip and safety. The lightweight shoes make sure that your child is always giggling as they are exploring nature and their surroundings.

Conclusion.

Kids should be able to enjoy their footwear each and every time they slip a pair on, and it becomes one to the parents to make this comfort available to their children. The shoes should have soles that are thin enough to provide flexibility and movement without compromising protection.

Vaughn Lowery photographs his stay in Door County, Wisconsin for 360 MAGAZINE.

DOOR COUNTY – SUMMER 2020

By Elle Grant × Vaughn Lowery

People might hesitate to think of Wisconsin as a summer destination, but Door County proves otherwise is true. At the end of August, 360 Magazine was able to spend some time in this beautiful area, connecting with nature and the local cuisine. Door County features an array of activities based in its spectacular natural environment, for both those seeking a more tranquil getaway and for the thrill seekers. All this paired alongside local eats made for an outstanding end of summer getaway.

A favorite of summer tourists, Door County becomes a hub between Memorial and Labor Day each year with summer visitors arriving from the more metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Chicago, Green Bay, and the Twin Cities. Generally, the population is just under 30,000 but swells over the summer with tourists. Ithas earned the nickname “the Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Local industry includes the aforementioned tourism, but their fishing industry as well as local agriculture also are economic staples for Door County. to five state parks and ten lighthouses, Door County is known for its natural scenery above all else, as well as their beaches. Its location makes it the perfect location for all kinds of getaways, from a family adventure, to a couple’s retreat, or even for a late summer wedding destination.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, not all travel is virus friendly. Luckily, as Door County’s out of doors experiences are the area’s focal point, travel to this area is far more in line with social distancing andgovernment advisories compared to other options. Safety and health precautions were taken throughout this experience. The outdoor adventure focus made it the perfect getaway during these complex times.

Starting off our stay at Bayshore Inn lodging, we were immediately impressed with both the indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gym, game room and private beach. Their evening bonfires were especially fun – reminiscent of the best parts of summer camp! Our rooms were also incredibly spacious and featured a balcony along with a full kitchen. A fireplace, while not as helpful in August, would make a winter stay beyond cozy. Our first dinner, at the nearby Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Grill in Sister Bay kicked off our stay perfectly. A purple and orange Wisconsin sunset colored the sky over old-fashioned cocktails.

During our stay, we quickly came to appreciate the raw beauty of Door County. Kayaking at the Door Country Adventure Center proved to be a remarkable experience. Taking a kayak along the Lake Michigan shoreline, we were able to witness the geologic wonders of Cave Point County Park – more natural sights to Wisconsin than we ever expected. Moving along the water felt like we were paddling through a still mirror – gorgeous. After a mile from our start point, the coves and caves of the area began to reveal themselves both above and below the waterline. This can only be experienced from the point of view of the water and navigating this area by kayak seems to be the best option by far to see these phenomenal geological sites.

An immediate standout was a bike ride along the Sunset Trail. This 10-mile bike path through all types of landscapes truly conveyed the varied scenery including Weborg Marsh, cedar and maple tree groves, and cliff communities. It begins near the Fish Creek entrance to Peninsula State Park and would be suitable for most novices but warned the hills can invite a bit of a challenge. Some of our party had to “walk” rather than “ride” up a few hills. Yet the views are worth it and not to be missed! Towards the end of the trail is one of Door County’s ten lighthouses which offers classic coastal charm. For those not faint of heart, there is cliff-jumping as well. Wisconsin’s one and only. Our experience was nothing short of heart-stopping. The thrill of leaping into stunning waters is well-worth facing any fears!

At Wisconsin’s only wildernessstate park, Newport State Park, we had the opportunity to go stargazing. Away from the bustle and pollution of the city, the night skies were flooded with stars. There is something particularly spiritual about the natural world by night.

The next morning, another unique experience along the Door County coast was that of morning paddleboard yoga. Bringing our yoga afloat on the waters of Lake Michigan proved a new experience but was very beginner-friendly and inclusive. The boards were weighted down with anchors to ensure that keeping balance was on us – not the waves! Both breath work and more advanced yoga postures are included with classes with Bay Shore Outfitters, and a paddle along the shore of Sister Bay afterwards was the perfect way to cap the morning.

Door County’s cuisine dazzled throughout our stay, but especially at Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria were our tastebuds set alight. A family-friendly restaurant overlooking Sturgeon Bay, their Chicago-style pizzas, tasty appetizers, and pasta dishes all impressed. Another culinary standout included a fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant. This dining experience is unique to the region, featuring Lake Michigan whitefish caught by local fishermen, paired with potatoes and a classic cherry pie. It proved to be a meal that was tasty, educational, and true to tradition, fun to share with others. Other treats like cinnamon rolls Grandma’s Swedish Bakery, Door County cherry margaritas, or tacos from Taco Cerveza made for a deliciously varied experience.

All in all, the experiences 360 magazine had in Door County, Wisconsin have transformed our understanding of the state forever. The natural beauty of the area isn’t to be underestimated – with the striking vistas along Lake Michigan, it was the perfect way to end summer 2020.

Below are links to where 360 Magazine stayed, ate, and adventured!

Bayshore Inn

Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Grill in Sister Bay

Grandma’s Swedish Bakery at Rowley’s Bay Resort

DC Adventure Center

Wilson’s

Taco Cerveza

The Old Post Office Restaurant

Newport State Park

Julie’s Park Café

Bay Shore Outfitters Paddleboard Yoga

Thyme Cuisine

Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria

Glass of Wine Illustration by Mina Tocalini

Wine Tasting Continues

As indoor dining and wine tasting shut down in Napa & Sonoma Counties, we just wanted to remind you that outdoor wine tasting continues at Benovia Winery and Inglenook, and outdoor dining continues at Brix Napa Valley. All three destinations are just minutes from private airports. 

BENOVIA WINERY

Benovia Winery remains open for outdoor wine tasting with “Pinot & Pairings on the Patio.” Benovia Winery is a fun, family-owned, limited-production winery in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley that produces some of the region’s most exclusive, coveted, sustainably-farmed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The health and safety of Benovia’s co-workers, guests and the community is their first priority, and visitors can relax knowing that behind the scenes the Benovia team is sticking to the strict guidelines set forth by the CDC and local health officials.

Guests who want to enjoy wine among the vines will be surrounded by Benovia’s sustainably-farmed Martaella vineyard. What could be better than tasting wine right at the source? The spacious deck on the back of Benovia’s Ranch House is a perfect setting for visitors seeking privacy and a comfortable distance from other parties, while they enjoy a tasting served with thoughtfully-chosen pairings.

Guest Expectations of Benovia Winery:

 

  • Reservations are required and the number of tastings accepted each day will be limited. Prompt arrival is essential.
  • A greeter will be waiting for guests outside the tasting room.Visitors will be guided to their tables where their own personal pens and tasting sheets will be waiting for them.
  • Benovia asks that all guests please wear masks when they arrive and any time they leave their table.
  • There are restrooms in each tasting area that are cleaned frequently and hand sanitizer is available throughout the patio and tasting areas.
  • Contactless payment is provided at the end of the tasting.
  • There’s a substantial cushion between each tasting appointment so the Benovia team can give the tasting room and all high-touch areas a comprehensive cleaning, in step with guidelines from the CDC and local health officials.

 

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BRIX NAPA VALLEY

We are happy to share that outdoor dining continues at Brix Napa Valley. Guests can relax on the spacious patio at Brix and in the garden & citrus grove overlooking the stunning vineyard, with a breathtaking view of the Mayacamas. Brix is also offering a robust selection of carry-out dishes and wines-by-the-bottle-to-go from their vast cellar. For couples who have had to cancel elaborate weddings, they can book more intimate ceremonies in the garden at Brix for the bride, groom and four special guests.

Guest Expectations of Brix Napa Valley:

 

  • Brix is serving their famous Sunday Brunch à la carte. 
  • Unfortunately, Brix cannot welcome guests to sit at the bar.
  • There are motion-activated hand sanitizers throughout the estate.
  • Both reservations and walk-in guests are welcome, but Brix cannot seat parties larger than 6.
  • Guests have to wear masks when they arrive, and any time they leave their table to walk through the restaurant or garden.
  • Guests have to remain six feet away from other parties the whole time they’re at Brix.

 

Make a Reservation at Brix Napa Valley

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INGLENOOK

Inglenook was founded in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum as Napa’s first estate winery, Inglenook boasts an illustrious heritage, a renowned legacy of innovation and an outstanding portfolio of award-winning wines that have defined and established Napa as a world-class wine region. From Gustave Niebaum to John Daniel, Jr. to Francis Ford Coppola, Inglenook’s three principal stewards have shared a strong sense of vision and an unwavering passion to create a wine estate that hearkens back to the European tradition, producing original, distinctly Napa wines that rival the best in Europe.  It remains the largest contiguous estate on the famed Rutherford Bench, Napa Valley’s finest area for producing spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon.

Inglenook is best-known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its premier wine, Rubicon. Rubicon’s blend varies each vintage but is always predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon. Inglenook also makes a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, and a complex white blend called Blancaneaux, made up of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. All of the wines are estate-produced from Inglenook’s organically-farmed vineyard. Overall, the estate is 1,680 contiguous acres, and 235 acres are planted to vineyards.

The Inglenook estate has undergone several name changes over the years.  In 1879, Finnish sea captain Gustave Niebaum purchased the Inglenook farm.  The first vintage was released in 1882 under the name “Inglenook.” In 1975, Francis Ford Coppola and his wife, Eleanor, purchased 1,560 acres of the Inglenook estate, including the Niebaum mansion. They were looking for a country home where they could raise their family. In the French tradition, they joined their name with Niebaum’s and the property became the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery. In 2011, the Coppolas acquired the iconic Inglenook trademark and announced that henceforth the celebrated estate would be known by its historic original name, Inglenook.

Francis Ford Coppola took on the task of reuniting Inglenook with its prestigious past and has patiently reassembled the jewels of the crown. Today, the Coppola family honors Inglenook’s rich heritage by building on its legacy of innovation and forward thinking and producing internationally critically-acclaimed wines.

The gracious Inglenook team is donning white gloves and masks to protect guests and offer the impeccable, warm service for which Inglenook is known. Imagine tasting on a sunny day alongside Inglenook’s iconic fountain in the winery’s open, breezy courtyard – or savoring a private luncheon, crafted by Chef Alex who draws upon the bounty of the organically-farmed estate and culinary garden to create memorable coursed meals that pair perfectly with Inglenook’s wines.

Guest Expectations of Inglenook:

 

  • Inglenook continues to host guests with white glove service in the estate’s spacious courtyard and on its picturesque terrace. 
  • Tasting appointments are by reservation only, with a limited number of guests allowed on the estate. 
  • Visitors are welcomed through the gate with convenient contactless entry and parking spaces have been thoughtfully organized so that guests can remain a respectful distance from each other as they get in and out of their cars. 
  • Behind the scenes, guests can be assured that the Inglenook team has thoroughly cleaned all high-touch surfaces hourly.

 

Make a Reservation at Inglenook 

(or reserve by calling  707-968-1161 or by emailing reservations@inglenook.com)

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Saudi Summer

The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) has unveiled a new campaign, called Saudi Summer, to encourage residents to explore the Kingdom this year, in lieu of a holiday abroad, following the lifting of lockdown restrictions due to Covid-19.

The campaign launch follows extensive research* by STA, revealing that 57 percent of Saudi residents are concerned about travelling on holiday by plane, but 85 percent are still planning to take a break of around ten days this year. 78 percent expressed curiosity in exploring their country.

“Saudi Summer comes as a wonderful opportunity to discover multiple tourist destinations in KSA, alongside its historical, natural and cultural treasures. The campaign also contributes to enhancing efforts by the Ministry of Tourism to revive the tourism sector, which was most affected by the repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis,” said His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the STA.

Starting from 25 June and running until 30 September 2020, the Saudi Summer campaign is promoting ten locations across the nation. The ten areas are: Jeddah and KAEC; Abha; Tabuk; Khobar, Dammam and Ahsa; Al Baha; Al Taif; Yanbu and Umluj; and Riyadh.

Together, these locations offer fertile valleys, quiet beaches, dense forests, cool climates, mountain peaks, buzzing cities, historic villages and more. Travelers are encouraged to visit multiple destinations to take advantage of the different packages and activities available, from sea trips and diving, to museum visits and hiking.

“The tourism sector resumes its activities with a renewed spirit and great hopes for moving forward at an accelerated pace, to achieve our aspirations in harmony with Saudi Vision 2030, which seeks to pursue economic diversification, attract investments, increase revenues and create job opportunities for citizens,” said H.E. Ahmed Al Khateeb.

Saudi Summer is led by the STA in close collaboration with the private sector. The STA’s main role is to position the Kingdom as one of the leading tourism destinations in the world, by developing its tourism product and promoting it on a global scale.

Najd, Saudi Arabia
Rojal Village, Saudi Arabia
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DJI Mavic 2 Pro

By Jeff Langlois

The outdoors have become much more visually interesting in recent years, extending the vantage point of hikers, city-goers, and overall creatives alike. One central point of concern for landscape photographers is the weight of their packs, and how much equipment they’re willing to bring, versus the reward. The fact that an option for high-resolution aerial images can be nestled in the top compartment of a backpack is a technological revolution alone. Lifting a Hasselblad camera high in the air just a few years ago would have cost a pretty penny. Now DJI is doing just that with the Mavic 2 Pro, but at a modest price of $1,800.

One of the drone’s most impressive capabilities is reflected in conditions in which creatives can fly it. As every outdoorsman knows, the more scenic areas come often with high winds e.g., coastlines, high peaks, and sprawling deserts. While it’s easy for the wind to blow and disrupt a 32-ounce Mavic 2 Pro, the gimbal stabilization system counterbalances those tilts and turns to keep the 4K image smooth and steady. DJI offers a smart controller with a viewing screen, but when it’s important to preserve weight, plugging a smartphone into the basic controller will operate the drone to its full capacity.

There’s an option to purchase the Care Refresh Package to insure any damages on the drone for the year, so these creators can feel more comfortable pushing the envelope to get dynamic shots. This $150 yearly policy was good to have when shooting Ethan Solu surfing in Morro Bay, or capturing the unforgiving and exotic sand dunes of the Mojave Desert. The Mavic 2 Pro is proving to surpass expectations in terms of image quality, transportation, and price. Creatives are eager to see what DJI has in store for the future.

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Western River Expeditions

With the official announcement from Grand Canyon authorities that river operations will again resume on June 14, many are looking to get a spot on an epic outdoor adventure this summer.

Snagging seats on 2020 Grand Canyon rafting trips was impossible just a few months ago. However, pandemic-driven cancellations by international travelers has opened up seats for some of Western River Expeditions’ 2020 departures.

“Select departures June through September of 2020 now have limited availability,” said Brandon Lake, company CMO. “Normally last-minute inquiries would be directed to 2021 or even 2022 selections. This is an incredible opportunity for those who are making last-minute plans and feel like an outdoor adventure may be the best choice for a summer adventure this year.”

Vacations that embrace fresh air and the healing powers of nature can work wonders on pandemic-driven nerves. “On these iconic expeditions our guests immerse themselves in a remote world that provides a much-needed escape from civilization,” explains Lake. “A trip through the Grand Canyon becomes not only a celebration of the river and its untamed surroundings, but of life, providing a way to reconnect and refresh.”

This is Western River Expeditions’ promise for a true trip-of-a-lifetime far removed from the stress and challenges of today’s world. The more time spent on the river, the more the canyon reveals its sublime mysteries.

Western River Expeditions’ 6 or 7 Day Grand Canyon Rafting Vacation carries guests 188  river miles in custom-designed J-Rig rafts, maneuvering Class III-V rapids and each day descending deeper into geologic time, before a helicopter transports them back to the rim. Their Grand Canyon 4 Day River & Ranch Tour  and Grand Canyon 3 Day Lower Canyon Trip brings visitors down 100 river miles over Class II and III rapids. But first there’s a scenic helicopter ride to access the put-in. Guests on the 4-Day tour enjoy a pre-excursion overnight at Bar 10 Ranch on the North Rim of the Canyon, complete with horseback riding and optional ATV adventures.

Western River Expeditions for nearly 60 years has operated five-star-quality river rafting vacations. This year they are also applying their decades of professionalism to pandemic-related challenges. For more details on Western River Expeditions’ protocols please see https://www.westernriver.com/covid-19.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2020/2021 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

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Israel’s New Purple Standard

In preparation for reopening Israel to both domestic and international tourism, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Health have outlined a new “Purple Standard” for operating hotels in the country. For hotels to remain in compliance with the new standard, they must reach and maintain several benchmarks outlined by Ministry of Health officials that will deem the property safe for travelers.

“It’s extremely important that hotels across our country maintain a high level of health and sanitation standards to ensure travelers’ safety when visiting Israel,” said Asaf Zamir, Israel’s Minister of Tourism. “When we are able to open our borders to international travelers again, we want tourists to feel confident that Israel is taking every precaution to ensure they have a safe, pleasurable vacation in our beautiful and vibrant country.”

Though a date has not been set on when international travel will open again, the Ministry of Tourism is working diligently to implement safety measures across all aspects of travel within Israel, beginning with the “Purple Standard” protocol. These procedures include:

  • Universal rules of conduct for reducing infection, which includes wearing a face mask in all public spaces, maintaining a distance of a minimum of six feet apart, and frequent hand washing.
  • Guidelines for reopening of hotels which include benchmarks for pre-opening preparation, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, guidelines for cleaning the hotel water systems (such as pools), and a dedicated staff member to oversee all health and safety procedures.
  • Outlined guidelines for operations once the hotel is open, which include temperature checks for all staff, guests and visitors, installation of transparent plexiglass partitions at reception desks, clear signage detailing health and safety measures and restrictions to the number of guests in an elevator at one time.
  • Regular maintenance and sanitation of all facilities will be required to the highest health standard.
  • Kitchens and dining rooms at hotels will only be reopened once they have met the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. All staff will be required to wear face masks and gloves while all seating will be arranged in accordance with social distancing measures. Dining hours will be expanded to allow for proper distancing.
  • Each room will undergo a thorough and deep sanitation process before a new guest is able to check in. Should it be determined that a guest may have been exposed, that room will close for seven days and will undergo a special sanitation process from an outside vendor to ensure it’s safe to re-enter.
  • Guests utilizing spa facilities will be required to fill out a health questionnaire and take a temperature check before any treatment is performed. Therapists and staff will all be required to wear masks and wash hands between each treatment. In addition, treatment rooms will be fully disinfected between each guest.
  • Outdoor meetings and events are allowed for up to 50 people while they stay in accordance with social distancing measures. Indoor events allow only eight people and require face masks.
  • Off-site supplier entry to the hotel will be reduced as much as possible. If suppliers must enter the property, they will undergo temperature checks and will be required to wear a mask.

Hotel brands within Israel have started to announce their reopening strategies, which are outlined below.

  • Isrotel: Isrotel has revealed its new health and safety protocols, which are up to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines and include enhanced sanitation, training of staff in new procedures, reduced gathering and increasing air quality. For a full list of procedures, visit their website here.
  • Dan Hotels: Dan Hotels have released their health and safety measures, which include temperature checks, increased sanitation for all common areas and guest rooms, updated food & beverage programs and implementation of social distancing measures. The group also created an app that allows for less contact during the guests check in process and stay at their properties. In addition, guests will receive a care package upon arrival with a complimentary face mask, sanitizing gel and face wipes. For the full list, visit their website here.
  • Brown Hotels: Brown Hotels have announced their Brown Clean program, which includes heightened cleaning protocols, temperature checks, masks required in all common areas, contactless check in to minimize exposure and restricting the number of rooms booked at any given time. For a full list of the Brown Clean protocols, visit their website here.
  • Fattal Hotel Management: Fattal Hotel Management has issued their health and safety measures, which include special training for all staff, temperature checks for anyone entering their hotels, requiring masks in all public areas, highest standard of sanitation in all common areas and guest rooms, implementation of social distancing in all common areas and more. Stay up-to-date with Fattal on their website here
  • Prima Hotels: Prima Hotels have released their health and safety protocols, which include increased sanitation throughout all areas of the hotel, contactless check in, temperature checks, sanitizing stations placed throughout each hotel, social distancing in common areas and a mask requirement. For a full list of their protocols, visit the Prima Hotels website here.
  • Abraham Hostels: Abraham Hostels is taking every precaution on all of their properties within the group and announced they will comply to the regulations outlined in the Purple Standard. All staff have been trained with the new protocols outlined by the Ministry to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay for travelers. Learn more on the Abraham Hotels website here.

For more information on a specific hotel’s safety protocols, visit their website or reach out to a customer service team directly. To stay up-to-date with future travel to Israel or to plan your trip when the country reopens to international travel, visit https://israel.travel/.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ball and Buck, the leaders in sporting lifestyle and outdoor menswear, launched the bespoke Ball and Buck CJ-8 Jeep Scrambler. Vintage jeeps from the 1980s, sourced from around the country, are modernized with custom finishes and mechanics for a one-of-a-kind ride.

The CJ-8 Scrambler, introduced in 1981 and only manufactured for 5 years, was popular for its retro stripe and small pick-up style box that was perfect for driving in the streets or for off road adventures. Fans ranged from Ronald Reagan to Steve Mcqueen and Clint Eastwood. The Ball and Buck CJ-8 is engineered by Kyle Smith of Bird Buggy using the highest quality materials for a luxury utility experience. The Ball and Buck CJ-8 takes 3-6 months from order to completion. Price ranges from $65,000 – $95,000

Ball and Buck Signature Canoe $1500

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The Ball and Buck Signature Canoe

Ball and Buck, the brand for sporting gentlemen, created a canoe inspired by two generations of rowers. With Ball and Buck’s Signature Canvas covered seats and pinstripe detailing, it is designed for style as well as stability, ease of paddling and comfort. It handles equally well solo or tandem and is an accessory anyone with a love of outdoors can enjoy, whether fishing, running non-technical rivers, or just paddling around. Randy Pew from Merrimack designed this canoe for stability, ease of paddling and comfort. It handles equally well solo or tandem and is an excellent choice for the discriminating paddler. Whether fishing, running non-technical rivers, or just paddling around, this is the perfect canoe for any adventure.

Sea Island Forge x Ball and Buck Fire Kettle $2488

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Sea Island Forge x Ball and Buck Signature Kettle

Designed to last for generations, this kettle is guaranteed to let you make the most of your outdoor space. Ball and Buck partnered with Sea Island Forge to design the best kettle that is straight fire. The grill top is custom tailored to your Fire Kettle. The cooking surface is made of expanded metal (stainless) and clips onto the kettle lip with two screw-tight anchor points. The grill top is then controlled with Sea Island Forge’s patent pending ratchet system. Perfect for grillin’ up some of your favorite meats and veggies while sitting back with a beer or bourbon.

Camo Face Mask $18

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Original Camo Face Mask

Mark Bollman, founder of Ball and Buck, was looking to purchase a mask for himself in March, and couldn’t find one anywhere. He decided to make them, realizing if he was in this situation, other Americans around the country were as well. As Coronavirus ravaged the United States, the CDC advised the public to wear nonmedical fabric face masks because the use could help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Ball and Buck launched the Original Camo Face mask first and just introduced new colorways. For every mask sold, he is donating a mask to a hospital in need.

OSTHOFF RESORT TURNS 25!

2020 marks the quarter-century birthday of the The Osthoff Resort! Opening May 19, 1995, The Osthoff Resort was constructed on the same location as the historic Osthoff Hotel, a popular resort destination from 1886 to the 1950s. Throughout its 134-year history, the resort has hosted travelers, locals, and industry professionals, with its historic past, beautiful scenic location and local amenities.

In 1995, the newly opened Osthoff Resort consisted of the main building, and a year later, the south building was added providing additional guest rooms and amenities. In 2005, the north building was built featuring additional guest accommodations, world-class Aspira Spa, a 100-seat restaurant with panoramic views of Elkhart Lake, and a state-of-the-art conference center beautifully designed for groups of up to 1,000 people.

Today, The Osthoff Resort is known for its lakeshore setting on crystal clear Elkhart Lake, a total of 245 spacious suites, award-winning Aspira Spa, and an impressive collection of amenities that include two lakeside restaurants, gift boutiques, indoor and outdoor pools, and elegant ballrooms and meeting venues. “As part of our year-long celebration, we are thrilled to announce that we have started to invest in renovations and enhancements across our Resort,” said Jamie Skelton, Marketing Manager of The Osthoff Resort. “In the near future, we look forward to delighting our guests and members of the community with exciting enhancements to guest premiere suites, dining areas, lobbies and public areas.” The Osthoff Resort looks forward to the next 25 years of making memories, and to help kick off the celebration is offering new overnight promotions:

Anniversary Package

Continuing to celebrate its quarter-century mark celebration, The Osthoff Resort is offering anniversary promotions on behalf of the original room rates from the year it opened, with rates starting at $199.50, and additional milestone promotions all year long. For all anniversary specials, visit Osthoff.com/25th-anniversary. To make a reservation, consumers can call 844.566.4392.


Autumn Overnight Package

September 2 – October 29, 2020: Stay one night in an elegant guest room from $236 in September and $210 in October and receive a $25 dining credit and 25% discount at Aspira Spa (Sunday – Wednesday only).

About The Osthoff Resort
The AAA Four Diamond Osthoff Resort is a Wisconsin tourism landmark featuring elegant suites and guestrooms, a stunning lakefront setting, two restaurants, Aspira Spa, year-round recreation, spa and gift boutiques, and grand conference rooms and meeting spaces. It is located just one hour north of Milwaukee, less than two hours from Madison and approximately three hours from Chicago. For additional information about The Osthoff Resort, visit www.osthoff.com, call 844.566.4392, or follow The Osthoff Resort on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.