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Rustic and beautiful suite at The Refuge de la Traye

The Refuge de la Traye 

Experience an authentic take on French living at The Refuge de la Traye.

Once COVID cases diminish and we begin to travel safely again, this French oasis should be at the top of your list. In the heart of the ski area of Les Trois Vallées, nestled in a green haven between the lake and the mountain, the Refuge de la Traye offers its guests a mesmerizing experience. With meditative spa services and a stunning natural surroundings, the Refuge de la Traye is a must-see luxury resort for your travels.

The buildings themselves hold plenty of charm and sustainable features. Constructed using local natural materials like stone, old larch wood, and lauze, the Refuge evokes the authentic style of the original 1982 mountain refuge. Also, nestled in a fabulous preserved natural site, the Refuge advocates for an eco-responsible approach through active and preventative actions such as solar panels and electric vehicles.

In terms of what to do beyond enjoying the grounds, the Refuge offers many exciting activities and outings for guests. Skiing trips, dog sled rides, snowshoe hikes, zipline adventures, and hot-air balloon trips are all offered at the Refuge. In addition, the on-site animal pen so visitors can learn about the innerworkings of bee hives or the gentle manner of Valais Backnose sheep.

For those looking for a more mellow stay, guests can enjoy fine dining with both cozy indoor and vast outdoor seating options. Others will enjoy fine wines in the wine cellar or artisan cheeses at the cheese counter, nestled under a stone vault.All in all, Le Refuge de la Traye is the first prestigious mountain refuge present to today with a restaurant, spa, tearoom, wine cellars, gift shop, conference room, chapel, and more. Before dining, guests can enjoy a hay bed, a milk bath, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and other relaxing spa and meditative practices. But, for those who cannot travel to the Refuge now, check out some of our favorite at-home spa treatments.

The Refuge de la Traye can arrange accommodations for events such as weddings, baptisms, seminars, product launches and conferences with a chapel and conference rooms on-site. In terms of dining, guests have many options to dine in style by enjoying a meal in an igloo, a marquis or even a teepee at the Refuge.

From business to leisure, the Refuge offers anything and everything guests could want in a vacation. Enjoy an unforgettable trip at the Refuge de la Traye by going to their website and booking your stay now.

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Spotlight: Japan 2020

With major hype surrounding the upcoming summer games in Tokyo, Japan is poised to have its best year yet. Plus: a roster of luxury hotel openings and exciting destinations beyond the popular tourist track.

Opening in January, the Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono will offer a refined hideaway in one of Asia’s best ski destinations: Hokkaido. In May, the HOSHINOYA Okinawa will open in the Yomitan Village, an archipelago of serene coral reefs, as a sleek beachfront hotel with an innovative fusion restaurant.

A 90-minute bullet train from Tokyo is the Tohoku region, an ideal addition to an adventurous Japan trip. Known for its bustling capital city, Sendai, and dramatic landscapes allowing for myriad outdoor activities, Tohoku is home to off-beat culture and festivals, like the Namahage Festival in February.

5 Unforgettable Things to Do in Teton Village, WY

Teton Village is a located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and offers visitors everything they need for an unforgettable Wyoming vacation. With a Swiss-style village and picture-perfect atmosphere, there are any number of things to do from ski-in bars and spas to restaurants, shopping and so much more. Many people take advantage of Teton Village rentals and stay for a few days or longer to experience the area. If you’re planning a trip to the area in the coming year, these are five unforgettable things to do that are guaranteed to set this holiday apart from all the rest.

1. Take a Ride on the Jackson Hole Tram

Photography enthusiasts will love this part of the trip, and it’s fun even if you don’t care much for snapping photos. A ride on this scenic tram is an essential part of any vacation in Wyoming. After boarding the tram, you’ll travel 10,4500 feet to the top of Rendezvous Peak. While you’re on the journey, a recording will tell you all about the area, giving you a built-in history lesson. When you’re at the top of the peak, enjoy panoramic views and take the time to explore Grand Teton National Park. This area of the park is great for hiking and viewing local wildlife. Make sure to give yourself enough time to explore and snap plenty of photos.

2. Ski and Snowboard World-Class Terrain

If you’re visiting here in the winter months, then you’ll want to try out at least a full day of snow activities at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Don’t happen to ski or snowboard? No problem! The mountain resort offers lessons, and you can take your pick of easy or advanced slopes. There are more than 116 trails at the famous Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, so you can enjoy whatever type of skiing suits your fancy, whether that’s lessons on the bunny hill or expert-level bowls. Perfect for families who want to hit the slopes on their vacation, Jackson Hole is great for spending a day skiing or snowboarding,  then trying out one of the great restaurants for a hot meal at the end of the day.

3. Experience Jackson Hole from Above

If you want to get an aerial view of Jackson Hole (and you most certainly do), then Teton Village is the perfect home base for your adventures in the sky. One of the unique and popular attractions in the area is the hot air balloon rides, which are available in the warmer months. You can choose from a variety of packages to get a view of the area from the comfort and unique setting of a hot air balloon floating in the sky.

More adventurous travelers will want to consider taking a paraglider or glider plane ride here in Jackson Hole. What truly makes this experience worth the time is that you’ll get to see the mountains, meandering rivers, and lush landscapes in the area without the obstruction of fellow tourists. With a great tour guide, you’ll enjoy the best that Jackson Hole has to offer. Visiting in the winter? You can still enjoy a variety of helicopter rides and numerous other ways to take to the skies and enjoy the snow-covered views in warmth and comfort.

4. Hike the Teton Pass

Get an early start in the morning and hike this must-try trail. If you’re with a group that’s not much for hiking, you can still drive to the pass and enjoy a spectacular sunrise or sunset. However, getting up early and starting the hike is a great way to spend the day. The trail has a 10-percent grade, which can be quite challenging, so make sure you and your fellow travelers are prepared. Although you can vary your distance, hiking to Hidden Falls and Lower Inspiration Point are great ways to make sure that you see everything on your trip. Use the Jenny Lake shuttle boat to save you some more steps along the way if needed.

5. Hike the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve

Although there are any number of hikes in this area, this one is particularly iconic, especially when you get a guided tour from one of the expert local trail guides. Rangers are available for guided trail hikes out to Phelps Lake, and it’s well worth taking the time to do this. Plan out your schedule to take advantage of the ranger tours. The tour will end at Phelps Lake, so bring a packed lunch and relax while taking in the stunning views. You can then hike around the lake to continue to enjoy the scenery. Even better, this is not a very well-known trail, so you can usually avoid crowds that are typically present on more popular routes. You can also choose to spend part of the day or devote most of your day to this adventure — how far you hike is entirely up to you.

Taking a trip to Teton Village is always unforgettable regardless of your timing, as there are a number of activities to enjoy in all seasons. In fact, you may want to plan both a winter and summer trip to enjoy all that the area has to offer visitors, from the hikes to the world-class skiing and all of the shopping, eating and enjoyment in between. Whenever you decide to visit, be sure to give yourself enough time to truly experience the wonders, culture and unique personality of Teton Village. The people here are friendly and will welcome you with their picture-perfect scenery and memorable adventures.

Eau Claire 2018 Events 

2018 Events that Shout Midwest Indie: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

Silver Mine Ski Invitational,http://flyingeaglesskiclub.org/events

SILVER MINE HILL | JANUARY 19-21

Thrill to the sight of ski jumpers from all over the world lifting off at the Silver Mine Hill during this invitational. It’s not unusual for them to soar the length of a football field. Now in its 132nd year.

 

Powder Keg Snowshoe and Fat-Bike Races,http://chippewaoffroad.org/powderkeg/

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY EXPO CENTER | JANUARY 27

It wouldn’t be a Wisconsin winter without a snowshoe race. Each year, the Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association hosts snowshoe and fat tire bike races on the Lowes Creek County Trails.

 

52nd Street at Eau Claire Jazz Festival,http://www.eauclairejazz.com/events/52nd-street/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | APRIL 20

Downtown Eau Claire is transformed into a recreation of New York City’s historic 52nd Street, with the city’s bars and restaurants morphing into jazz nightclubs for this annual jazz festival.

 

10th Annual Eau Claire Marathon,http://www.eauclairemarathon.com/

EAU CLAIRE | MAY 6

Explore the trails, bridges and riverside views in an entirely new way. If you’re not running, cheer marathoners along as they log miles on the Chippewa and Eau Claire River route, or be the first to buy the “congratulatory” pitcher.

 

Blue Ox Music Festival, http://www.blueoxmusicfestival.com/

WHISPERING PINES CAMPGROUND | JUNE 14-16

The rich sounds of bluegrass plus music of modern string bands fill the outdoors in this family-friendly weekend festival, one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.

 

Country Fest, http://www.countryfest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JUNE 21-23

This fest is three full days of darn good country music, camping, Fest Olympics, giant games, food, drink, and photo-ops. Don’t overlook the side stages either, giving fest-goers more reasons to kick up their heels.

Fourth of July at Carson Park

CARSON PARK | JULY 4

Historic field, baseball, stadium food, games and fireworks. There’s not much more families looking to ring in Independence Day in classic style could ask for than this little slice of Americana.

 

Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival,http://eauxclaires.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 6-7

It’s as magical as you’ve heard. Taking place right along the Chippewa River, the diverse music, art installations, dance moves, and glowing smiles let first-time visitors know they’ve made the right decision. Now in its fourth year, this is the creative brainchild of Eau Claire native and Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon.

 

25th Annual Rock Fest, http://www.rock-fest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JULY 12-14

This festival has been rockin’ for decades. Featuring the best of active, classic and legendary rock musicians. Set on 320 acres of picturesque land with thousands of campsites. Considered the largest “rock and camping fest” in the U.S.

 

U.S. National Kubb Championship,http://www.usakubb.org/championship-info.php

EAU CLAIRE SOCCER PARK | JULY 13-15

Known as the Kubb Capitol of the U.S., Eau Claire is the home of the U.S. National Kubb Championships. For the unfamiliar, Kubb is a cross between bowling and horseshoes and is the game Vikings played. Join the “blockheads” as they compete for the Kubb King title.

 

Country Jam, http://www.countryjamwi.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 19-21

The hottest country music stars converge in Eau Claire each year for this outdoor music festival. Rabid fans shell out for the VIP Experience to get the best seats in the house, then camp under the stars.

 

Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week

CHIPPEWA VALLEY | SEPTEMBER

Eau Claire is known for its Instagram-worthy dishes, so it makes perfect culinary sense that there be a celebration in honor of farm-to-table edibles and garden-to-glass libations. Special menus plus food-themed events that raise money for community causes are all part of this 10-day foodie favorite.

 

Light Up Eau Claire New Year’s Eve,http://www.visiteauclaire.com/lightupeauclaire/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | DECEMBER 31

Replicated in honor of Australia’s “Lismore Lantern Parade” celebrating the winter solstice, Eau Claire brings a little bit of the outback to the Midwest with its own lantern parade to ring in the new year. Live music at a variety of stages. A flourish of fireworks caps off the night.

Ski or Sea × Patrick T Cooper

Ski or Sea

By: Patrick T Cooper

Now that you are all tuckered out after an amazing end of year and of course a fantastic holiday a vacation is in order. The question is to Ski or head to the Sea? Thankfully we are ahead of you and are here to provide you some exquisite fashion forward options to make the journey effortless no matter the destination. In addition, we are aligning your navigation toward some amazing locals that will tantalize your peripheral with memorable moments of excitement.

Patrick’s Picks for Ski or Sea

Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Price $19,900

http://www.audemarspiguet.com/

Sock

The Comfort Sock

Price $9.00

http://www.thecomfortsock.com/product/compression-socks-over-the-calf-2/

Fireplace

Hearth Cabinet Ventless Fireplace

Price Available Upon Request

http://www.hearthcabinet.com/

Shoe

SWIMS Braided Lace Lux Loafer Driver

Price $180.00

http://www.swims.com/

Body

Arya Essentials Body Oil

Price $70.00

Available at http://www.aryaessentials.com

Arya Essentials

Shanti Body Scrub

Price $68.00

Available at http://www.aryaessentials.com/

Coat

Canada Goose ‘Chilliwack’ Regular Fit Down Bomber Jacket with Genuine Coyote Fur

Price $795.00

Available at www.nordstrom.com

Goggles

Smith I/o7 Chromapop 185Mm Snow Goggles – Blackout

Price $200.00

Available at

http://click.linksynergy.com/link?id=si1LefeNj1Y&offerid=357944.11812793&type=2&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2F4662360%3Fcm_mmc=Linkshare-_-datafeed-_-Men%3AEyewear%3AGoggles-_-5397041

Sunglasses

Ray-Ban

Price $143.00

Available at

http://click.linksynergy.com/link?id=si1LefeNj1Y&offerid=357944.53585136&type=2&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2F3211745%3Fcm_mmc%3DLinkshare-_-datafeed-_-Women%3AEyewear%3ASunglasses-_-383361

Swimsuit

Patrick T Cooper Resort Collection

Price $

Available at

www.patricktcooper.com

The Destinations

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Adoring the concept and the physicality of ski provides pause to some of us. However, who doesn’t enjoy the thought après ski and layering the wool and cashmere and propping up against the window of a Swiss chalet. Skip the ski this season and charter to Gatlinburg. Indulge in the Swiss architectural elements and YES, it is Gatlinburg! The mountainous range and prolific view of the Tennessean gem will have you mesmerized and relaxed in a matter of seconds.  Quaint and intimate this city is riddled with opportunities of entertainment and edutainment. Oh, and don’t you dare forget to stop by and say hello to Dolly! Want to ski while you visit? http://www.obergatlinburg.com/

The Smoky Mountains = Marvel at The Great Outdoors with a Park Ranger Guide

Anakeesta = Edutainment at Its Best

Dixie Stampede = A Legendary Experience with Dolly Parton

Dinner at Dancing Bear = Intimacy Personified

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel = Great Amusement

Hotel El Ganzo | Los Cabos, Mexico

Beachfront. Intimate. Art. Music and Culture dignity make Hotel El Ganzo the destination for your next recharge. Hotel El Ganzo is not just a place to hang your hat it is a culture and celebration of the arts. The exterior and interior walls of this hospitality oasis are all white and are destined to be covered by artistic expressions of visiting resident artist.  The 70-room hotel makes for a casual luxury and intimate journey.  Before the end of your travels you will definitely meet global minded adult travelers. Book your rooftop massage and take a dip at hotels infinity pool. Prepare to dance the night away on the Hotel Ganzo rooftop. Schedule your trip around the amazing schedule of visiting musicians the El Ganzo Sessions.

Hotel El Ganzo

Gazo Downstairs = Cuisine & Hospitality Heartbeat

Underground Music Studio = An Artist Paradise

Ganzo De Playa Beach Club = The Perfect Selfie Station

The Rooftop = A Phenomenal View

For over 15 years Patrick T Cooper consistently influences fashion, art and entertainment.  With an innate creative ability Patrick curates visual imagery that sets trends.  An avid romantic of color, texture, layering and travel Patrick mindfully manipulates the intersections creating a culture and lifestyle determined and reinforced with his primary principles: live authentically & celebrate originality. For more information, go to

www.patricktcooper.com @patricktcooper

New Footage — Mikaela Shiffrin 

Overall World Cup champion returns to the slopes in advance of the 2017-18 onslaught. 

Mikaela Shiffrin is confident that an off-season of suffering in the gym has put her in the shape of her life going into the coming season. And now she adds a new kind of training to the mix – indoor skiing.

Shiffrin won her first overall World Cup title last season and her fourth slalom World Cup adding to an already impressive CV, which includes Olympic gold and three world titles. 

Shiffrin allowed Red Bull’s cameras to follow her around during an off-season which ranged from a trip to the races at Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris to an intense three-day training session indoors in Wittenberg, Germany– remarkably her first experience of skiing indoors.

Of the latter experience in the ski hall, she admitted: “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. We’re sleeping, eating and skiing all in the same building. I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know why it seems so odd. You walk outside and it’s summer and you walk inside and it’s winter.”

But it was a chance to test her fitness regimen on what was effectively a 20-second slalom run.

Shiffrin is tipped to dominate the slalom again this season and is a potential candidate for the overall title. The first step in the long journey begins this weekend, with the world certainly fixated on the woman who ended last year on top. 

Part 3: Inside Out in Germany – available today

Part 4: New peaks in Chile – available November 20
Previously:

Part 1: Summer Grind

“I have to go harder because somebody else out there is” Mikaela Shiffrin showcases her gains in the gym, through her intense two-a-day workouts in Park City, Utah. 

Part 2: An American Girl in Paris

“Elegance is the name of the game here”. Though vacation days are rare for the World Cup champion, Mikaela Shiffrin found a few days this summer to explore Paris for the first time. Along with walking through the City of Love and being a tourist, she also served as host at the Grand Prix de Diane Longines horse race in Chantilly, France. She traded her ski helmet and boots for fancy hat and heels for the day.