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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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Countryside Escape

When traveling the world is not an option, Mirbeau offers you a rare opportunity to still get your passport stamped. Travelers can visit 4 unique Mirbeau properties this year and earn a complimentary overnight with spa treatments. Mirbeau Inn & Spa’s “Passport Program” allows guests to collect a stamp from each property that they visit in 2020. Visitors might spend a summer night at the resort in Plymouth, MA, then later travel to Albany, NY, for massages at Spa Mirbeau, or book a fall weekend in Skaneateles, NY, followed by a trip to the newest property in Rhinebeck, NY. Once the special Mirbeau passport reflects overnight stays or spa treatments at 3 of 4 locations, the guest is qualified for a complimentary overnight stay with two 50-minute spa treatments. The future stay may be redeemed at any Mirbeau location but must occur before June 30, 2021. “With the current travel restrictions, we’re encouraging guests to travel local to enjoy great dining, relaxing spa experiences, and luxurious accommodations all within a day’s drive,” said Michael DalPos, CEO. To learn more about Mirbeau’s Passport Program, or book a stay, call 877.MIRBEAU.

For 20 years, The Mirbeau Companies have successfully developed and managed European-inspired boutique hotels, spas and resorts including the award-winning Mirbeau Inn & Spa and Spa Mirbeau brands. Family-owned and operated, Mirbeau Inn & Spa is a nationally renowned destination resort brand, with locations in Skaneateles, N.Y., Plymouth, Mass., and Rhinebeck, N.Y. The first Spa Mirbeau, a unique ‘Day Resort’ concept offering all of the amenities of a full resort experience to regional customers close to home, opened in fall 2017 in Albany, N.Y. Mirbeau, loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” embraces characteristics of French Impressionist art including introspective reflection and simple elegance throughout its facilities. 

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Heckfield Place Reopens

England’s Heckfield Place Reopens July Fourth

Heckfield Place, the country-house hotel less than an hour from London, will reopen on July 4. Set in its own 438-acre estate of ancient woods, lakes, working farmland and gardens, the 18th-century Georgian House will once again welcome guests. “We’ve obviously had to make some changes to address the coronavirus era,” says General Manager, Olivia Richli, “and the closure and required protocols have challenged us to come up with some lovely creative concepts.”

There are many safety protocols enforced as the beautiful hotel reopens. One development is that guests can choose to enjoy Culinary Director Skye Gyngell’s delicious cuisine not only at socially-distanced tables in the Marle and Hearth restaurants, but with picnics and BBQs out and about the grounds. In addition, the hotel staff will be wearing chic masks as they greet and serve guests. Luggage will be brought to guests’ rooms and then sanitized as the guests watch. One small change is that guests will be asked to bring their own Wellington Boots if they plan to tramp through the woods – as Heckfield Place’s boot supply is off-limits during the pandemic. Another change is that exercise classes will be held in the open air instead of indoors.

Fortunately, many of the exciting events hosted at the hotel will continue. “The hotel’s elegant cinema will be open for guests on July 4, and our curated series of lectures, talks, performances and demonstrations, known as ‘The Assembly,’ will resume in September,” Richli continued; “our team will be leading guided runs and bike rides and even I will also be leading an idle bike ride once a week to enable guests to explore the lovely extent of the countryside surrounding the estate.”

From July 4 through December 19, 2020, Heckfield Place will be offering a new Safe Haven package for guests who want to escape to nature for an extended stay and enjoy the solitude of the estate’s sprawling grounds, which even when the hotel is at full occupancy, affords all guests a minimum of 4.8 acres to themselves. The offer includes seven nights in a Chamber Room (or any higher room category) for the price of only five nights. And for families and large groups interested in renting out the entire house for a week or more, there is also a new exclusive-use offer that can be booked by contacting the Heckfield Place reservations department directly. For more information about Heckfield Place, visit: www.heckfieldplace.com

About Heckfield Place:

A Georgian family home dating to the 1700s, Heckfield Place has been lovingly restored to its classic origins and rewoven into its surrounding 400 acres of farmland, ancient heather and woodlands. The estate’s farm, two walled gardens and orchards nourish renowned chef Skye Gyngell’s epicurean cuisine, bringing the outside gloriously into the property’s three restaurants–Marle, with its outdoor balcony overlooking the property, the Sun House, a unique space for up to 30 guests in the Upper Walled Garden, and the open-flamed Hearth. Aiming to be as sustainable as possible, the estate has a biomass energy center to power hotel water and central heating; an aerobic digester to process all recyclable waste and provide compost for the garden and pellets for the biomass energy center; harvests rainwater and captures spring water. As part of the Assembly, the hotel’s event rooms can host up to 120 guests and the new state-of-the-art, Dolby Atmos surround sound cinema can accommodate 67 viewers. There is also an extensive wine cellar and tasting room, as well as the full service Little Bothy Spa.

M Resort Spa Casino Reopens

M Resort Spa Casino celebrates reopening and announces “No Resort Fee Summer”

M Resort Spa Casino would like to celebrate its recent June 4 reopening and #welcomeback its loyal guests by offering those in search of a summer escape the No Resort Fee Summer promotion. Running July 1 through Labor Day, September 7, M Resort will waive daily resort fees on all reservations as part of the summer 2020 promotion. Guests can now book and take advantage of summer rates starting as low as $75 per night. Reservations can be made by visiting www.themresort.com or by calling 877-673-7678.

M Resort became Henderson’s only resort on the famous Las Vegas Strip when it opened its doors in 2009. Now celebrating its 11th year, the award-winning property is also the Official Team Headquarters Hotel of the Las Vegas Raiders.

“It has been great to see so many of our loyal guests since we reopened our doors on June 4,” said Hussain Mahrous, Vice President and General Manager of M Resort. “As we continue to welcome back everyone and move into the month of July, I  am excited to announce our No Resort Fee Summer promotion. We will be waiving resort fees through Labor Day, and parking is always free!”

Additionally, the M Resort team has implemented several successful procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the property. Here are just a few steps they are taking:

  • Setting capacity limitations on the gaming floor to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy
  • Implementing social distancing requirements throughout the property
  • Installing Plexiglass dividers at Player Services, Hotel Front Desk and Promotions Center
  • Placing more hand sanitizing stations in high traffic areas and around slot machines
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning all areas including restaurants, bars, restrooms, elevators and the casino floor

The team at M continues to be grateful for the overwhelming support and understanding from its customers through these unprecedented times. When looking for a post-quarantine vacation, be sure to look into M Resort Spa Casino as your fun destination!

Promotion runs July 1 through September 7, 2020, book now on their website here.

About M Resort Spa Casino:

M Resort Spa Casino is a Forbes Four-Star resort located on more than 90 acres on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, eleven restaurants and bars, the Forbes Four-Star Spa Mio, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a 100,000 square foot pool and events piazza. M Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

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Hotel Ibiza Opening

Atzaró Group are delighted to announce today that they will be reopening their famous five star hotel Atzaró Agroturismo, on Friday 26th June 2020. With 13 hectares of land on the estate, the hotel is perfectly placed to ensure all Coronavirus health and safety regulations are ncorporated with ease, due to its tranquil and spacious rural setting.

To date, Ibiza has experienced very low levels of Coronavirus cases and after several months with no visitors, the nature on the island is flourishing and the beaches are quiet. A holiday in Ibiza this year will be a unique experience reminiscent of times gone by.

Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel and Spa is one of the most prestigious rural hotels in Ibiza and one of Europe’s leading luxury destinations. Situated on a vast estate of fragrant orange groves and abundant gardens in the heart of the island, it was originally opened in the 2004 as one of the first Agroturismo hotels of Ibiza. Built on the site of a generations-old finca, the hotel launched to rapturous acclaim. Since then, Atzaró has firmly established itself on the map as one of Ibiza’s best and has become the much-loved authentic heart of the island.

Set for reopening, post coronavirus, Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel is the ultimate antidote to the restricted life everyone has experienced. Perfect for nature lovers to quietly relax and restore, the hotel provides the ultimate healthy holiday getaway. Families, couples or travellers going solo, will enjoy the soothing healing properties Atzaró’s uniquely nature-rich experience provides.

The hotel has completely redefined the luxury Agroturismo category with its high level of service, quality, signature pared-back style, privacy and abundance of wellness evoking green space. With everything from each bedroom, to terraces, gardens, relaxing daybed dotted grounds to the numerous pools, Atzaró is the perfect post pandemic Ibiza must do.

Health and safety measures will include the following: 

– Dining tables, daybeds and sunbeds will be set 2 metres apart

– 50% of the restaurant space will be used

– Staff to wear face masks and gloves

– Bedrooms will be disinfected between guests

– Masks and gloves available for guests in bedrooms

– Gym use available by appointment

– Massages and beauty treatments to be available in bedrooms

– Spa facilities open by appointment

– Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities will be freely available

With 24, lavish and yet understated, bedrooms all set apart from each other to allow privacy and space, most with terraces, gardens and some with private pools, the design concept and look is ‘natural luxury’, featuring rustic local woods, beamed ceilings, four poster beds, Ibiza whites, touches of gold, materials and fabrics locally crafted. The concept has been created by the group’s design interior design company, Atzaró Design, to work in harmony with the surrounding environment.

Within the abundant grounds of the estate the Atzaró Vegetable Garden, opened in the summer of 2019 for Atzaro’s 15th Anniversary. This magnificent 3-hectare, perfectly designed garden delight with Olive and Cypress tree lined walkways, wooden arches and pergolas strewn with tumbling vegetables, fountains and beautiful romantic sitting areas. Its organic produce supplies all the Atzaró Group’s restaurants with natural, seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs and is the basis to the group’s authentic food ethos.

The spacious open-air or finca restaurants ‘La Veranda’ and the ‘Orange Tree’ serve delicious, healthy and seasonal ‘farm to fork’ food. The new Atzaró Spa Garden in another area of the estate, adjacent to the spa, is full of organic botanicals and herbs, providing all the ingredients for the Atzaró Spa Products range.

Aubergine By Atzaró

Billed by the Sunday Times Travel magazine this month as ‘farm to fork food at its best’, Aubergine By Atzaró is Atzaro Group’s much heralded and super-romantic ‘farm to table’ restaurant set deep in the countryside near Santa Gertrudis. The food concept is ‘farm to table’ with a Mediterranean feel and focus on healthy dining full of fresh flavour, all made with organic produce from the Atzaró Vegetable Garden, at the group’s hotel. The building is a charming restored finca with indoor dining rooms and outdoor terraces dotted with romantic lighting.  Perfect for lunch in the beautiful gardens during the day, or destination dining for dinner under twinkling evening stars, the dining rooms, terraces and bars are decorated with rustic white plastered walls, Sabina and olive beamed ceilings and accessorised with a pastel olive green hue and brought to life with historical photographs and antiques.

Atzaró Beach, Atzaro’s stylish and relaxed beach club and restaurant on the sparkling beach of Cala Nova in Ibiza’s northeast, underwent a design revamp in 2019.  The look is light dappled wooden pergolas over relaxed seating, sofas and rattan peacock chairs, an abundance of local plants and where you can enjoy sunny terraced long lunches and dinners. The new menu sees healthy
inclusions, fresh salads and sharing plates, with organic produce fresh from the Atzaró Vegetable Garden. Choose from one of the 30 double daybeds to relax and watch the world go by, beachside.

Atzaró Chiringuito is a laid-back beach bar and restaurant in the sand dunes of Cala Nova with a relaxed 80s vibe, a tapas menu, salads, juices, take away, ice-cold drinks and sun loungers on the pristine beach to relax all day.

The Residence by Atzaró – ibiza is a spectacular property located in the hills of Ibiza’s north. The Atzaró style Ibiza villa, part of Atzaró Group, sits on an elevated mountainside with stunning panoramic views of untouched pine-clad valleys as far as the eye can see. The vast property consists of nine suites, glorious living space, gyms, spa and pool. It is a secluded luxury finca, peaceful and totally private with full services available. The perfect luxury villa for exclusive ibiza stays, an idyllic premium holiday home.

Fun Gifts with Custom Tote Bags

Buying gifts of any type can be difficult from time to time. It can be hard to determine what is best and where you want to go in order to buy your gifts. Because of that, you may be looking at your options and trying to figure out exactly what it is that you want to get your hands on.

Did you know that you could use tote bags as part of your gift? Or maybe even your entire gift? In this guide, we’re going to give you some stellar ideas you can utilize to make tote bags a part of a gift. 

The Bag Itself

Sometimes, all you need to give is a bag that they’ll like. There are all sorts of custom tote bags out there, and different companies are able to do all sorts of cool things with those bags. So, if you have a friend that really enjoys some sort of animal or whatever, you can find a neat tote bag that you can personalize for them. 

On top of that, you can look around for collectors’ tote bags. For example, maybe they love going to Disney World. Well, you can get online and look at all sorts of options that make it easy for you to find those unique bags that you can’t find anywhere else – and that will make the collector’s heart happy. 

Movie Night Bag

Want to give your friend the opportunity to enjoy a movie night? If so, then you can use a tote bag to throw together a movie night bag, filled with all of the essentials. You can make sure that they get the movie night they want by getting them a gift certificate to Fandango, or to the local theatre, and put it inside of a tote bag – or you can go further. 

If they’re staying at home (like many people are right now), then consider getting them a card for RedBox or some other online movie watching option. Fill the tote bag with their favorite candies, popcorn, potato chips, 20 ounce sodas, and a variety of other fun things that they’ll enjoy. Then, they can take that tote bag and have a ton of fun in their home. 

Baby Supplies

Getting ready for a baby shower? Moms need all sorts of tote bags to stay on top of things! Because of that, you may want to go ahead and get a unique one that has all of the things that they may need when they’re taking baby with them on the go. 

For example, you can fill it with some bottles, extra diapers, a bib, and other fun things. Or, you can get some toys that the new mom will be able to enjoy with her little one. Just have fun with it – the new mom will appreciate it.

Spa Day Bag

Spa Day is always a great time for people who are trying to sit back and relax a little bit. Having a spa day bag allows your friend to be able to enjoy a spa day, no matter where they are or what is going on in their lives. A good spa day can help them to relax and refresh, which is always important when you look at the big picture of self-care. 

What can you put in your spa day bag? Bath bombs have become really popular lately. You may also consider getting items that can help them to have an at-home manicure and/or pedicure. Face masks are a must for any spa day. And, you can even get them some comfy slippers to wear while they’re pampering themselves. 

Other Themed Options

There are tons of themes that you can consider when you’re putting together a tote bag full of items that someone is going to enjoy. Think of a theme that they like and then just run with it. You can really get creative with your gifts and make sure that you have all of the things that you need in order to make gift-giving a lot of fun for you and them. 

The fact is, you want to have a lot of fun with it. There’s no reason to be stingy with your ideas – get creative about what you want to provide for people. You can find a lot of ways to give great gifts and, when all is said and done, you’ll have a great time with it all. See what’s out there and see how it can make a difference for you. 

Angama Mara x Tented Camp

Angama Mara the award-winning safari lodge overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, has announced the July 2020 introduction of Angama Safari Camp, a seasonal sole-use tented camp situated in a remote wilderness region of the southwestern Mara Triangle.

The team that created Angama Mara has reunited to launch the new Safari Camp with Jan Allan‘s tent design and interiors by Annemarie Meintjes.

Comprising four tents, sleeping up to eight guests, the camp will offer absolute privacy in the midst of the mega herds of the migration and abundant resident wildlife. “The design, quite unlike any other mobile tented camp, will be fresh, light and uncluttered, making for easy living while echoing many of the most loved elements of its older sister. There will be Fermob and Vogel furniture, there will be red and blue. As with the Angama Mara lodge, Angama Safari Camp will have the very best of everything, but also just the right amount of everything,” adds owner of Angama, Nicky Fitzgerald.

The tents are unprecedented in design with a distinctive look created through a playful and unusual roof shape. Below the roof sits a landscape-oriented inner tent, allowing for the bedroom, dressing room and bathroom to open up onto the view. Designed for maximum cross-ventilation, the tents also have a four-layer roof system to help keep them cool. Inside, the guest tent beds will be extra-length king and can be made up as a double or twins. The ensuite dressing room, double bucket shower room and private toilet offer the same high levels of comfort as Angama Mara.

Tucked away in a forest below the towering western wall of the Great Rift Valley, guests will have access to extraordinary wildlife experiences right on their doorstep and can tailor-make their safari days, leaving the Safari Camp as early as 6am and returning after sundown at 7:30pm. Aside from the migration, the region of the Mara Triangle where Angama Safari Camp is located is home to cheetah, resident prides of lion, large elephant herds, buffalo and abundant plains game.

Angama Safari Camp will welcome its first guests in early July and will operate until the end of September, with October on request. There is a minimum three-night stay and children of all ages are welcome. “Angama’s little camp will delight our guests by capturing the essence of the glorious adventure of the Golden Age of the African safari – romance, privacy, unconstrained freedom, stories shared around the campfire, dinners lit only by starlight, gentle Kenyan service, the nights either wrapped in silence or filled with sounds of hyena and lions calling, surrounded by a million migrating wildebeest,” concludes Fitzgerald.

ABOUT ANGAMA MARA
High above the Maasai Mara where some of the most romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, Angama Mara comprises two separate and intimate camps, each encompassing 15 tented guest suites. Built on the edge of the Great Rift Valley on one of the most sought-after sites on the continent, this lodge offers heart stopping views as far as the eye can see. The lodge, helmed by industry veteran Nicky Fitzgerald (formerly of &Beyond), boasts outstanding game viewing 12 months of the year, with private access to the reserve. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air,’ Angama Mara floats 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara, where, every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each suite.

In addition to consistently excellent game viewing, including Africa’s Big Five, guests enjoy walking safaris, garden-to-table lunches in the shamba, editing their images in the Photographic Studio a fitness center, a 40-foot-long swimming pool, a curated gallery of African art, clothing and jewelry, and a sun-filled studio where local Maasai women work at beading bespoke items. Angama Mara was named #1 Safari Lodge in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018.

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FS DOWNTOWN × FORBES

Forbes Travel Guide, the world-renowned and only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, today announced its annual Star Rating list, presenting The Spa at Four Season Hotel New York Downtown with a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa award.  

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, which first received the Forbes Five Star Award in 2018, is once again being celebrated for outstanding service in New York City. Recognised by Forbes Travel Guide for going beyond the Five Star Award, and achieving a total of ten stars across The Spa and the Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is now one of onlythreehotels in New York City that holds this enviable ranking.  

Located in the heart of Tribeca, The Spa has been the ultimate urban sanctuary of wellness and pampering since first opening its doors in September 2016. Led by Senior Spa Director Tara Cruz, the Health & Wellness floor features seven treatment rooms, eucalyptus steam room, outdoor terrace, purpose-built Fitness Center and 75 foot (23 metre) indoor heated lap pool. Adored by locals and revered by Hotel guests, The Spa has reached far beyond tradition and has reinvented itself as a renowned healing temple in the bustling city that never sleeps.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be joining such an exclusive group of Five Star Spas in New York City. We have worked extremely hard to curate and cultivate experiences that go far beyond traditional spa treatments, so that we can create an environment that allows our guests to reach new heights of health, wellness and spiritual healing. Much like the colourful city we reside in, we unite influential cultures and remedies from around the world to create a haven of beauty and wellness. The Spa offers an unparalleled level of luxury and pampering in Manhattan and we’re overjoyed that our local community, Hotel guests and residents are embracing it. This award is a testament to our incredible team who work tirelessly to create memorable moments and experiences for our guests,” says Cruz.

From its inception, The Spa has been at the forefront of innovative offerings and elevated treatments.  In 2018, Cruz introduced the Resident Healers Program featuring three dynamic women – Deganit Nuur, Rashia Bell and Snow Shimazu – all internationally recognized leaders in their field. In celebration of International Women’s Day in 2019, Michelle Pirret, International Sonic Alchemist joined the program; with the latest addition, Mama Medicine (Deborah Hanekamp), specialising in a unique health and wellness offering known as Medicine Readings. 

In addition to the Resident Healers Program and under the leadership of Tara Cruz, The Spa recently launched Next-Gen Wellness Workshops to cater to the next generation of wellness advocates; a dedicated Aromatherapy Blend Bar and Bespoke Aromatherapy Experience in partnership with leading organic skin-care line Soveral; the Sleep Well, Live Well Experience to aid in achieving the best night’s sleep; an in-room Soak Service Menu offering a multitude of heavenly bath experiences, a partnership with HATCH Mama as the ultimate pre-natal experience for expectant mothers; and the Haute Couture Treatment by Dr Burgener.  

In addition to a variety of experiential treatments, The Spa also boasts proud and exclusive partnerships with iconic global skin-care brands including Soveral, Omorovicza and Dr Burgener.

Forbes Travel Guide is recognised for creating the original concept of Five-Star service, and The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is the latest addition to its illustrious annual Star Rating list.

“We have been committed to championing genuine Five-Star service for more than 60 years, and this year’s winners, as always, exemplify the very highest standards in hospitality,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “It is difficult to earn a Forbes Travel Guide rating, and all our Star-Rated winners have shown how incredibly deserving they are of their accolades by demonstrating sheer dedication in their passion for service. We congratulate them all.”

Calistoga—The Other Napa

360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from the town of Calistoga in Napa Valley.

Mention Napa Valley and the first thing that comes to mind for many is wine, world-class wine. The Valley has been producing fine wines for more than a century, but it really wasn’t until a cadre of Napa wines kicked-ass at the now legendary Judgment of Paris in 1976 that things started to go viral.

A bind tasting—that the French just knew would reconfirm their illustrious worldwide status, was crushed when Napa Valley wines rocked their boat. Napa Valley winners included Stag’s Leap, Heitz Cellars, Clos du Val, Ridge Vineyards, Freemark Abby Winery and Mayacamas. Chateau Montelena’s legendary Chardonnay led to the cool film, Bottle Shock that humorously chronicles the classic event. And the French are still pissed.

Today, Napa is a viral destination for wine seekers from around the world. In some respects Napa Valley has become a victim of its own success. During the height of the summer travel season you’ll likely encounter bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main artery, highway 29 wending through the Valley—and wine tasting fees sometimes exceed $80 per person—without a credit applied to a subsequent purchase.

So, the caveat is try and plan a trip during the off-season to avoid the lines and traffic. But there’s also a semi off the radar Napa, and that’s the town of Calistoga in the Valley’s northern reaches. Calistoga is home to the legendary Chateau Montelena Winery, and iconic health spas with historic thermal mud baths that date from the town’s post-Gold Rush roots as one of California’s oldest spa destinations.

A drive through downtown Calistoga along Lincoln Avenue is like taking a trip back in time. There’s a palpable Mayberry R.F.D., small-town feel that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Outstanding is the historic circa-1868 Napa Valley Railroad Depot (California’s second oldest train depot), and ample historic architecture throughout downtown–with many structures dating from the late 1800s. A palpable bonus is the locals’ welcoming, and truly friendly attitude toward visitors.

 

Anchoring the heart of Lincoln Avenue is the Mount View Hotel that has graced downtown Calistoga with its Art Deco motifs since 1919. Hotel owner Michael Woods is such a passionate community booster that he donates 50 percent of the hotel’s profits to local and regional nonprofit organizations.

Woods and his family have gone to great lengths to seek-out authentic Art-Deco furnishings and lighting to maintain and enhance the hotel’s vintage period-ambiance.

Derrick, General Manager at the Mount View shows off the Art Deco motifs at the hotel.

A bonus of a stay at the Mount View is the full-service spa—with a modern twist on the iconic mud bath. Out back there’s an inviting swimming pool (heated year-round) and detached, quaint cottages.

Flanking the hotel’s lobby on one side is a sports bar, and on the opposite flank, the Veraison restaurant specializing in locally sourced cuisine, and of course, an ample wine list of locally produced specialties, including a selection of wines produced by restaurant owner, Dan Kaiser’s parents.

 

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the Mayor of Calistoga talk about his passion for his town

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the story of the Mount View Hotel

 

Wine tasting can be a fun and unpretentious experience in Calistoga–like at Tank Garage located in a repurposed gas station.

Wine tasting is fun at the Tank Garage Winery in Calistoga


Visit Israel: Tourism Rises

Israel Hits All-Time Record for Arrivals in 2019 with 4,551,600 Tourist Entries, a 10% Increase Over 2018

NEW YORK – Once again Israel has broken its record of tourist entries with 4,551,600 in 2019 from across the globe. This record is a 10% increase over 2018, which saw 4,120,800 tourist arrivals.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that 2019 ended with a record high of incoming tourism to Israel that resulted in a NIS 22 billion in revenue,” said Yariv Levin, Israel’s Minister of Tourism. “Thanks to the innovative marketing and promotional campaigns, we are happy to report a 10% increase in tourism compared with last year. We’re excited to continue this momentum in 2020.”

The top six source countries to Israel for incoming tourism are the United States (889,700), France (367,500), Russia (318,100), Germany (289,000), UK (235,400) and Italy (190,700).

The number of tourist hotel nights reached 12.1 million in 2019, compared with 11.6 million in 2018, which is an increase of 4.4%. The number of tourist stays in 2019 increased in Jerusalem by 8%, 9% in Tel Aviv and 18% in Tiberias.

To keep up with the increasing numbers of travelers to the country, hotel brands are working to open new properties across the country. Notable openings in 2020 include the renovated Mitzpe Hayamim in the Galilee, Six Senses in the Negev, and the pod hotel, WOM Allenby in Tel Aviv.

In addition, significant transportation updates are being made to allow entries to the country to be smooth and hassle-free. In 2019, Israel opened Ramon Airport in Eilat, announced 3 billion NIS expansion plan of Ben-Gurion Airport and launched new direct flight routes from Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, Dallas and Washington DC. In March 2020, the first direct flight route out of the Midwest United States will launch from Chicago with El Al Airlines.

“In 2019 we have broken the record for incoming tourism with a record 4.55 million visitors,” said Amir Halevi, Tourism Ministry Director-General. “We are within reach of achieving 5 million tourists and hope that our efforts will push us over the edge in the years to come. The Ministry of Tourism will continue to work with our tourism brands to attract both new and returning travelers to experience all our country has to offer, from the Negev in the south to the Galilee in the north.”

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About the Israel Ministry of Tourism:

The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT), is Israel’s national tourism agency responsible for planning and implementing marketing and promotional initiatives to position Israel as a preferred travel destination. IMOT aims to increase tourism traffic to contribute to Israel’s economy, and to enhance and diversify the visiting experience. IMOT works to promote Israel’s impressive assortment of historical, cultural, culinary and religious attractions – each the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. IMOT offices in North America are located in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Toronto.

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