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Camel illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Desert Ranch Experience

Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari introduces three brand-new daytime and overnight “Glamping” packages for adults and families featuring accommodations in authentic Mongolian gers, catered food and beverage, exotic desert animal encounters, educational tours and more. Operating on 176 acres under wide-open desert skies 80 minutes north of Las Vegas, Desert Ranch Experience’s safari-inspired glamping destination provides a tranquil retreat surrounded by views of majestic desert cliffs and wildlife. Desert Ranch Experience Glamping packages are available beginning Aug. 1 and can accommodate groups of two to six.

Daytime and overnight packages at Desert Ranch Experience offer privacy for small family and friend groups and follow social distancing and health and safety protocols. Guests enjoy exclusive tours, dining accommodations and small group sizes. For more information on how Desert Ranch Experience is keeping employees and guests safe, click HERE.

Each Desert Ranch Experience package allows guests access to one of ten authentic Mongolian gers located at the ranch. These magnificent, brightly-colored portable shelters are comprised of lattice walls with flexible beams covered in fabric featuring detailed one-of-a-kind artwork handcrafted in Mongolia. Guests can relax and sleep on handmade beds with a sink located inside each ger. Originally created and well-suited for the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle, gers are easy to assemble, disassemble and transport on Bactrian Camels. Shared bathrooms are also located within walking distance of the gers. For added comfort, each ger is climate-controlled.

Every visit to the ranch includes up-close animal encounters and educational tours with the variety of exotic animal species that call it home. The destination provides a habitat for more than 30 camels with activities including snuggling and brushing, as well as daily encounters with other exotic animals such as alpacas, a llama, armadillos, an African crested porcupine, two-toed sloth and more.

Guests will receive a private, catered lunch during the daytime package and overnight packages will receive lunch, dinner and late-night, fireside s’mores when available. All meals are made on-site in the property’s restaurant-grade kitchen or grilled al fresco.

Other activities available for guests at Desert Ranch Experience include rides in a vintage Army truck and Bactrian camel crafts. Bactrian camels have some of the finest fiber in the world, which is highly sought after to make clothing, ropes, rugs and jewelry. This seasonal activity allows guests to brush a camel and use its fiber to make a genuinely distinctive memento of their visit. This activity teaches guests how to collect, clean, card and create a keepsake out of this rare fiber. This activity is ideal for children, corporate events and bachelorette parties.

PACKAGES

Family Day Glamping Experience ($329 for up to four people; $85 for each additional adult or $35 for each additional child, up to four people):

 

  • Access to an authentic private, climate-controlled ger.
  • Desert animal encounter tour.
  • Photo opportunity.
  • Catered private lunch.
  •  Bactrian camel crafts.
  • An open-air ride in a vintage Army truck.
  • Free time in the ger or roam the property and view animals.
  • Available on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Adult Day Glamp Experience ($189 for two people; $85 for each additional adult up to six people, available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.):

  • Access to an authentic private, climate-controlled ger.
  • Camp orientation.
  • Desert animal encounter tour.
  • Photo opportunity.
  • Catered private lunch.
  • An open-air ride in a vintage Army truck.
  • Free time in the ger or roam the property and view animals.

Overnight Glamp Experience ($350 for two people; $85 for each additional adult and $35 for each additional child, up to four people):

  • Overnight accommodations in an authentic private, climate-controlled ger.
  • Mini-fridge stocked with waters and soft drinks.
  • Desert animal encounter tour.
  • Photo opportunity.
  • Bactrian camel crafts.
  • Catered private dinner.
  • Nocturnal animal tour.
  • Self-guided stargazing.
  • Fireside activities including s’mores.
  • Morning animal feeding.
  • Private breakfast.
  • An open-air vintage Army truck ride.
  • Available Thursday through Monday.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring sleeping bags and flashlights.

The ranch’s exclusive and unforgettable location also offers a picturesque desert landscape perfect for private events and full-ranch buyouts, including weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties and more.  For more information, go to www.DesertRanchExperience.com/Rentals/.

Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari offers a distinctive outdoor destination for conservation-focused animal encounters, as well as daytime and overnight “glamping” experiences inside authentic Mongolian gers. Situated on 176 acres along the Virgin River 80 minutes north of Las Vegas, the ranch provides the perfect retreat for daytime excursions and overnight stays. Every Desert Ranch Experience includes up-close animal encounters with the destination’s 34 camels and other exotic animal species, including alpacas, llamas, armadillos, African crested porcupine, a two-toed sloth and more. The ranch’s exclusive and unforgettable location offers a picturesque desert landscape perfect for weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties and more. Desert Ranch Experience maintains accreditation as a Disney-approved vendor and certification from the Zoological Association of America. The ranch also proudly earns a consistent 5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. To learn more about things to do, glamping packages and private event information, call (800) 836-4036 or visit www.DesertRanchExperience.com.

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“BIZARRE FOODS” RETURNS

TRAVEL CHANNEL’S ‘BIZARRE FOODS’ WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN RETURNS ON TUESDAY, JULY 3 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT

SERIES SHARES FOOD AND CELEBRATES DIVERSE CULTURES ALONG ICONIC ROUTES STEEPED IN HISTORY

Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” with Stan Van Vleck at Van Vleck Ranch in northern California (Featured photo); and sharing a cup of tea with Donna Cossette and family near the Pony Express Trail in western Nevada (Above).

Andrew Zimmern continues his epicurean exploration of the food that celebrates cultures and connects communities around the world in the new season of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern,premiering on Tuesday, July 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The seven-episode season brings bold new adventures in Zimmern’s global culinary quest along some of history’s most iconic routes, revealing the food and cultural impact on each region. On this leg, he samples deer haggis while traveling in the footsteps of William Wallace in Scotland, chows down on squirrel and pond frogs along the escape route of the Underground Railroad in northern Kentucky and dines on authentic World War II rations on the Battle of the Bulge site in Belgium.

“This season of ‘Bizarre Foods’ offers up some of the best story telling I can remember, with amazing characters who honor their local food customs in unique and delicious ways,” said Zimmern. “Being able to take viewers inside these worlds is what makes this collection of episodes so exciting for me.”

In the season premiere, Zimmern rides the last 200 miles of the Pony Express Trail to its terminus at Sacramento, California, exploring the thrilling mail delivery service that had a short (just 18 months) but profound impact on America. He rides the very same path and enjoys foods that the young riders would have eaten, like son-of-a-gun-stew, fire-roasted duck hearts, boiled elk tongue and pine nut soup. He also discovers fresh foods created by this land’s new generation, including sturgeon skin chicharron and cowboy sushi (wagyu beef filet over vinegar-seasoned rice).

A four-times James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world.

Check out “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern on TravelChannel.com for special show extras including behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive videos. Experience “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern on Facebook and follow @TravelChannel and #BizarreFoods on Twitter and Instagram for more exclusive content, updates and special videos. Follow host Andrew Zimmern on Twitter: @andrewzimmern.

“Bizarre Foods” is produced by Tremendous! Entertainment for Travel Channel. For Tremendous!, the executive producers are Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, Matthew Hobin and Andrew Zimmern. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Charles Nordlander, Jane Latman is general manager and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

ABOUT TRAVEL CHANNEL

For virtual and active travelers who want to go on a thrilling quest; taste other cultures; enjoy the mystery of the unexplored; get a dose of epic adventure or a splash of wacky fun; there is no better daily escape than Travel Channel. Reaching more than 82 million U.S. cable homes, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand. Fans also can visit Travel Channel for more information or interact with other fans through FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram. Travel Channel is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Kirby Chambliss × Hot Air Balloons

Pilot takes to stunning skies to mark National Hot Air Balloon Day in style.

Kirby Chambliss switched chicanes for hot air balloons in a novel and eye-catching display to mark National Hot Air Balloon Day.

Some 99 years after Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first event, a hot air balloon race, the Red Bull Air Race pilot commemorated the anniversary in some style. Here is all you need to know:

  • The display was put on from his Phoenix, Arizona, home – he has a runway in his back garden – with a series of hot air balloons set up on the ground akin to pylons for him to weave through.
  • The American pilot then took to the skies as the balloons were released and showed some of the aerobatic skills, which have made him one of the world’s leading pilots by swerving in, out and above the balloons.
  • Of the venture, he said: “The reason we did it is because the up-and-coming race in the United States will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the very first event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a hot air balloon race. Weaving back and forth between the balloons is a bit different than doing that around our pylons because the balloons are quite a bit wider, and you can’t hit the balloons!”
  • Chambliss currently lies eighth in the Red Bull Air Race Championship with a podium finish in the opening round in Abu Dhabi.
  • He will compete on American soil, where he is a two-time race winner, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 6-7 for its round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
  • The 58-year-old is a two-time world champion in the series having been crowned in both 2004 and 2006. He also boasts 10 race victories.
  • Growing up, he was a motocross rider but always dreamt of being a pilot and, aged 24, became the youngest ever commercial pilot for Southwest Airlines. Four years later, he was a captain. He fuelled aircraft growing up to earn enough money to fly himself.
  • He is married to a fellow pilot, Kellie, and lives on a ranch aptly named Flying Crown Ranch.

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TRIBAL TRAVEL × MENDO STYLE

TREND IN MULTI-GENERATIONAL AND SKIP-GEN TRAVEL ON UPSWING AS FAMILIES MINE MOMENTS VERSUS MEMES; DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT IS THE NEW FAMILY MANTRA

– FROM RANCH STAYS TO LUXURY BUY-OUTS, MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFERS A VARIETY OF OPTIONS –

Families today are seeking more than sand and sea to check off the annual vacation list. According to U.S. Travel & World Report+, multigenerational vacations continue to be the leading industry-wide trend in 2017/2018 with education, culture and nature-based trips taking a front seat. National parks are high on the to-do list as well, providing groups with a serene backdrop to reflect and reconnect.

From luxury lodges to working ranches and cozy cabins kissed by ancient redwoods, Mendocino County is the ideal playground for this growing getaway trend. Sporting 90 miles of classic California shoreline, 24 state and national parks and a creative line-up of lodging options and excursions, this Northern California destination is big on bonding, be it with Mother Nature or Aunt Nellie. www.VisitMendocino.com.

+U.S. Travel & World Report – Nine Travel Trends to Watch in 2017/2018.

JUST ADD WATER

Set along Scenic Highway 1 in the hamlet of Elk (population: 208), the new Harbor House Inn is an ideal buy-out with nine guestrooms, a head-turning chef (Matt Kammerer/Saison, San Francisco), 30-seat restaurant and a line-up of activities keen on keeping kids off the tablet and into the tribe.   Built in 1916 as a luxury escape shrouded by ancient redwood forests, the inn debuts in May 2018 with staggering Pacific views, guestrooms set in a modern palette and bespoke excursions including group fungi foraging, sea kayaking, horseback riding and morning yoga. www.theharborhouseinn.com.

Fort Bragg’s newest gem – Noyo Harbor Inn – is ready for its close-up with 15 guestrooms and the added plus of an ideal base for local exploring. Extended families will feel at home here with rich cherry wood interiors, original oil paintings and commanding views of the working harbor. The lively restaurant focuses on fish-to-fork and a variety of seasonal activities – from whale watching to sea kayaking, foraging, hiking and rebooting among the redwoods – round out a visit. In nearby Fort Bragg, scouting Glass Beach, horseback riding at Richochet Ranch or an optional tastingat North Coast Brewing Company is on tap for the adults on board. www.noyoharborinn.com.

For a slice of vintage California beat it to Big Bend Lodge and cabins. Set in northern Mendocino County, the remote resort is the ideal Rx for families seeking a reboot. The private drive delivers nine 1940s cottage-style lodgings with colorful kitschy interiors, decks, barbeques and fully equipped kitchens. Set on the south fork of the Eel River, this is the spot to relive those retro family forays or create new ones. On site is the requisite deep swimming hole, old oak tree swing and miles of meandering river for all-day floats; what’s purposely missing are televisions, Wi-Fi and cell service making a stay here truly unplugged. www.bigbendlodge.com.

Pack those boots and a pole and head inland via Mendocino’s Inspiration Highway (101) north of Ukiah to Leonard Lake Reserve. Here families can nurture among nature on 4,000 acres of private property and Mendocino County’s largest natural lake. Think bass tourneys, naturalist hikes, ‘smores and star gazing. A variety of cabins and guest lodgings dot the site, accommodating up to 50. Morning hikes to the nearby falls are a perfect starter, as are day games on the expansive grounds. www.leonardlakereservellc.com.

RENT THE RANCH

Families with fat wallets will find solace along the sea at The Inn at Newport Ranch, a new 2,000-acre private preserve and cattle ranch fusing luxury lodging with off-the-charts pampering.   Set along the Pacific just north of Fort Bragg, the inn offers seven unique guestrooms, an onsite chef and dining room seating 28, daily ATV tours, horseback riding and daily alfresco wine and canapes as the sun sets.  An architectural passion project, the main guesthouse features heavy use of custom redwood paneling up to five feet wide with flooring set in 30-inch old growth redwood planks.  Design standouts include a 20-foot wide walk-in stone fireplace, a building supported by 24 individual redwood trees from base to cathedral-like ceiling and hot tub perched atop of the water tower with commanding views of sea. For children under 14, full two-day buy-out required. www.theinnatnewportranch.com.

At the other end of the dollar drop is Howard Creek Ranch, an 1867 Registered Historic

Site and heavenly hideaway set on 60 oceanfront acres just north of Westport. An original land grant for sheep and cattle farming, today, horses, sheep, llama and pygmy goats graze the pastures. The ultimate family fun camp, the ranch offers award-winning gardens, fireplaces and wood stoves, a 75-foot swinging foot bridge, hot tubs, hiking, sauna, massage, horseback riding and the warm embrace of 1,000-year old redwood trees. On site are nine guest accommodations set in a meandering 1871 farmhouse as well as a smattering of private cottages overlooking the sea with large comfortable beds, antiques and a sumptuous daily cowboy breakfast. www.howardcreekranch.com.

PLOW FOR CHOW

For a return-to-roots foray with a strong farm-to-table ethos, Emandal sits on 1,000 prime acres. Set along three miles of the meandering Eel River, this nature-driven camp is an ideal safety net for families offering seasonal Farm Stays (a lively farm chore program including daily egg gathering, cow milking, berry picking, vegetable harvesting and pickling), Art Camp and Family Camps. The secluded 19 redwood cabins built between 1910 and 1925 set the stage for a fun group environment complete with daily meals, cold spring running water, electricity and absolutely no cell service. The back-to-basics balance includes plenty of time to swim, play games and scout more than 1,000 miles of dedicated hiking trails. www.emandal.com.

Inland in Ukiah Valley, Yokayo Ranch is a laid back California-style working ranch retreat set on 40 pristine acres. Rent the ranch – which can accommodate 20+ overnight – and dig into the adjoining Yokayo Roots Farm, a farm-to-table experience tilled by draft horses, or a day of yoga, hiking and barbeque under the stars.   Nearby, adults can mine the multitude of local wineries, visit the home of Seabiscuit at Ridgewood Ranch or meander deep into the outback to Orr Hot Springs for a soak in full-out serenity. www.yokayoranch.com.

Just two hours north of San Francisco Bay Area in bucolic Potter Valley, the Oak Granary steps up with 300 acres of rolling hills, diverse wildland, mixed conifer forests and a working ranch community driven by nature-based learning. Located one half mile from Mendocino National Forest, visitors can commune with tule elk, giant redwoods and oak savannah or visit the Learning Garden for a lesson about our ecological food chain from seed to table. This nonprofit environmental education center is certain to feed the minds of any budding naturalist. The rustic-chic facilities include a Farm House (sleeps 10), Hill House (sleeps 4) and classic steel dairy barn for larger events. www.oakgranary.org.

INTO THE REDWOODS

Off the tablet and into the woods… late 2017 marked the debut of The Brambles, a contradictory no-camp campground experience set on 12 acres in the heart of an ancient redwood grove. Located in the small enclave of Philo, off wine-centric Highway 128 in Anderson Valley, this new outpost – with a keen eye for the environment – features two original Homestead and Logging Cabins nestled below a towering redwood grove. The Front Door and Back Porch (each sleeps two) offer stunning views of Burly Grove and its most curious feature, the Pachyderm Tree.  Up Mill Ridge and overlooking the lush forest, Faller’s Cabin (sleeps two) and the Logger’s Cabin (sleeps four) round out the current guest accommodations. Coming soon, guests will bewowed by a creative mix of additional tree houses, bungalows and cabin lodgings set in a late 1800s stick and shingle style architecture sporting a Steampunk design influence. www.themadrones.com/the-brambles.

Continue north and slither into Mendocino Magic, the stop for glamping under the stars. Set on a private 600-acre reserve, sites include hot outdoor showers, solar lighting, queen sized beds with linens and plenty of redwood power. There are 15 diverse camp themes to choose from including Bucket Pond and Bear Mountain, offering just the right Rx for extended tribes ready to dive into dense forests, lily ponds and refreshing streams. www.mendocinomagic.com.

In its second year following a full sell-out, Mendocino Grove is the stop for modern camping with an edge. Tucked on 37 redwood-rich acres just a quarter mile from the village of Mendocino, this unplug-meets-unreal outpost boasts 60 safari-style tents, fully outfitted comfy queen beds, down comforters, cotton linens and sling back chairs. For larger groups, the Family Tents offer a queen plus twins or bunk beds (sleeps six). Each tent is housed on a wooden platform with a redwood deck, leather butterfly-chairs and enough space to call it your own. Hot showers, gas barbeques, picnic tables, fire rings and activities such as bocce ball, horse shoes, hiking and hammock time are also on tap. www.mendocinogrove.com.

BACKGROUND

Mendocino County welcomes nearly 1.8 million visitors annually who explore its 90 miles of prime Pacific coastline, 90+ wineries and 10 diverse AVAs (earning the highest percentage of organic and biodynamic vineyards in the United States), 24 state/national parklands and 450+ unique accommodations. Straddling scenic Highways 1 and 101, “The Redwood Corridor,” the County delivers an ideal vortex of waves, wines and redwoods laced with historic villages and outback adventures. Located 114 mi./184 km. north of San Francisco, the region’s gateway airports are San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS). Visit Mendocino County is a non-profit destination marketing organization designed to enhance the economic vitality of the community by increasing tourism revenue. For more information, visit www.VisitMendocino.com.

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Mendocino County Open for Business: Get your Glass up Here

MENDOCINO LAKE COMPLEX WILDFIRE CONTAINED; ALL MAJOR HIGHWAYS & TOURISM 

FACILITIES OPEN; MUSHROOM SEASON SPROUTS UP NOVEMBER 3-12



Just in time for fall fungi season, Mendocino County Tourism Commission reports containment of the Mendocino Lake Complex wildfire which was located east of Highway 101 in Redwood and Potter Valleys. A vibrant wine region, these two of the county’s 10 AVAs are now in recovery following losses suffered as the result of an October 8, 2017 blaze which consumed 37,000+ acres. Given the incident’s remote location, Mendocino’s legendary 90 miles of Pacific coastline, Anderson Valley wine region and key tourism areas of Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Little River and Point Arena Lighthouse remain untouched.

Scenic coastal Highway 1 and Mendocino County’s “Inspiration Highway” 101 are 100 percent fully operational and all tourism hotels and attractions remain unaffected, including 450+ hotel properties and 90+ wine tasting venues. Key visitor sites including the cities of Ukiah and Willits as well as the nearby attractions of the City of 10,000 Buddhas, Ridgewood Ranch (home of Seabiscuit), the Skunk Train, Vichy and Orr Hot Springs and the ancient redwood forests of Montgomery Woods State Reserve remain untouched.   

According to Mendocino County Air Quality Management District, the regional Air Quality Index is rated “Good” – the highest ranking available. In addition, fresh offshore winds and seasonal weather have tamped down ash residue. www.co.mendocino.ca.us/aqmd/advisories.html#advisory.

November marks Mendocino County’s famed mushroom season, with the 19th Annual Mushroom, Wine & Beer Fest running through November 3-12, 2017. The Northern Californian region is a magnet for fungi foragers and enthusiasts who fervently track the annual crop of coveted candy cap, chanterelle and porcini mushrooms. Mendocino is home to some 3,000 mushroom varieties, 500 which are edible. www.visitmendocino.com/event/mushroom-wine-and-beer-festival; 866.466.3636

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