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CruiseCompete’s Top 9 Reasons to Enjoy a Cruise During the Holiday

Create A New Holiday Tradition For the Highly-Anticipated 2020 Holiday Travel Season  

CruiseCompete Offers The Top 9 Reasons to Enjoy a Cruise During the Holidays

Holiday voyages in December and January are some of the most popular voyages and cruise vacations. Rather than wait to book these vacations, the cruise specialists and travel advisors at CruiseCompete encourage travelers to plan and book their holiday cruises now.

Currently, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and MSC Cruises all have voyages in December departing from Florida or California. 

Take a peek HERE

And New Years’ cruises are plentiful too, with Oceania, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and MSC Cruises planning very special voyages. Check them out HERE

Here are nine great reasons to cruise over the holidays: (See the full list HERE.)

  1. Sparkling clean ships – This is the perfect time to board a gorgeous cruise ship. More…
  2. Truly festive atmosphere– After Thanksgiving, the cruise lines get in the holiday spirit by decorating their ships from bow to stern. More…
  3. Special guests– Christmastime cruises would not be complete without guest appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elf friends. More…
  4. New Year’s fun – Ringing in the New Year is a splash while traveling on a cruise ship. More…
  5. No snow – A holiday cruise is ideal for those looking for a change of scenery as colder weather moves in at home.  More…
  6. Great food – Nobody goes hungry on a cruise vacation, especially during the holidays. More…
  7. Kid’s activities galore – With children on holiday break from school, many families love to cruise during December. More…
  8. True relaxation – Leave the hustle and bustle (and accompanying stress) of the holidays behind and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere with the family on a cruise vacation. More…

  9. Unique gifts – A cruise vacation is one-holiday gift that will truly be appreciated. Plus, the ship and ports offer the chance to procure distinctive goods. More…

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DickPrint has the Best Gift for National Boyfriend Day

As a society, we love to celebrate the important people in our life and those things we enjoy the most. For that reason, we have a national day for most everything. From fries and pie to our parents and significant others. We have so many special dates, there is a website to help you keep track of those things and people you want to celebrate: National Day Calendar.

This October 3rd is National Boyfriend Day to “recognize the sweetheart in your life.” People usually celebrate this day by gifting their boyfriends any items they would enjoy. In 2020, you should consider buying your boyfriend premium underwear, swimwear, or t-shirts from DickPrint, the brand that encourages every man to become as desirable as he wants to feel.

When DickPrint was founded, they had three very special motivators to create a high-quality menswear brand that would stand out from the rest. The first one was to create premium high-performance clothing for men. How are they doing this? By designing products made out of premium performance fabrics that are more comfortable, longer lasting, and better for maintaining your manhood.

The second motivator was to empower men to feel sexy and confident. Clothing can be empowering every time you wear something you feel makes you look good. DickPrint’s goal is to design outfits to help men feel sexy and at the top of their game. They want you to “stop wasting money and mojo on cheap clothing that does not last and that you are not proud to wear.”

Last but not least, they are looking to inspire men to greatness through their own actions. Their main goal is men to be desirable, have manners, and live an exciting successful life. So, what would be better than gifting your boyfriend clothes that will help him feel confident and sexy while making him look good? It sounds like the perfect gift!

For this occasion, you can buy your man one of their sexy underwear options to keep their sweaty parts cool day and night. Their boxer briefs come in different sizes and colors to fit what your boyfriend likes. Or you could buy him one of DickPrint’s soft, flexible, and board swimming shorts. Those come in black, but also in fun and vibrant colors like orange and red. And if your boyfriend is more into t-shirts, they have four different designs. These are soft, breathable, classic cuts that fit perfectly and make bold statements.

DickPrint is a brand that believes in the power of men to be great. For them, the best kind of man is one who is a gentleman who does not succeed through the arrogant, sexist, racist use of force. They represent the men who are confident and respectful. The ones who are sexy and have manners. This is exactly why they should be your first gift option on this National Boyfriend Day. Buy your boyfriend a piece of clothing that will empower him, give him confidence, and push him to be the best version of himself. What are you waiting for? Which item will you buy for him?

Travel with Crown Cruise Vacations

Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding and his team of travel and cruise specialists recently shared the top three shipboard entertainment options out there. The big show is part of what makes a cruise ship special, but the best entertainment comes from a variety of different places – and you don’t always have to be in the theater to experience or enjoy it.

 

Holland America Line

HAL decided not to limit itself to just one theater and one show. Instead, they’ve devoted a huge section of their ships to live music. The Music Walk has become the center of life at night, featuring live music of all kinds. Classical Music lovers can look forward to string quartet performances on the Lincoln Center Stage, live Rock n Roll every night at the Rolling Stone Rock Room, dueling pianos at the Billboard On Board lounge, and dance long into the night at the BB King Blues Club featuring great blues and soul music every single evening. So many options every night, why limit yourself to just one show.

 

Take advantage of big savings and lots of amenities as part of the HAVE IT ALL sales event! Enjoy prepaid gratuities, drink packages, and specialty dining options on your select Holland America cruise in 2021. Plus enjoy a reduced deposit and up to $500 per stateroom Shipboard Credit with Crown Cruise Vacations! This offer ends September 30, so act now!
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Norwegian Cruise Line 

When it comes to full-scale Broadway, one cruise line shines above the others: Norwegian Cruise Line. Stage shows span the fleet and include such great Tony award winning productions as Kinky Boots, After Midnight, Six and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as well as Jersey Boys. Also onboard are wonderful ensemble performances like The Choir of Man that will have you singing to yourself all night long.

 

Pay what they pay! Norwegian Cruise Line is offering employee discounts to every single guest and on just about every single sailing. That’s a straight 20% off the top PLUS a chance to enjoy two Free At Sea amenities and up to $500 shipboard credit when you book with Crown Cruise Vacations.
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Celebrity Cruises

Immersive experiences make for a truly unique evening, and Celebrity’s EDEN aboard Edge and Apex. While enjoying expansive views and craft cocktails, the show happens all around you – as cast members share mini-performances throughout the evening and interact with passengers as the evening takes a very fantastic and supernatural vibe. There’s been nothing like this on a cruise before – and it is simply stunning.

 

Save Up to $500 per stateroom and enjoy up to $500 Shipboard Credit. These unforgettable getaways are here for you, and Crown Cruise Vacations is here to help you enjoy the modern luxury of a Celebrity cruise. Find My Celebrity Cruise!

  

Get wonderful vacation experiences and excellent value when you book your vacation with Crown Cruise Vacations!

 

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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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The Gasparilla Inn & Club

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is pleased to announce its 2020 Gasparilla Experience Package. The package offers guests a wide variety of unique Gasparilla Island activities, including exciting golf, tennis, kayaking, paddleboard, tennis, pickleball, fitness and sunset cruise experiences, while the Inn’s Beach Club undergoes a transformative and exciting renovation. 

The exclusive offer includes a complimentary experience each day, a complimentary golf cart to explore the island during your stay and complimentary breakfast in the Inn’s Dining Room. “The Gasparilla Experience Package” will be offered October 8-31, 2020. 

Guests can select one of the following complimentary experiences each day:

  • 18 holes of golf on the Pete Dye Championship Golf Course, including 30 minutes of instruction with a Gasparilla Inn PGA Professional.
  • A guided kayak or paddleboard tour in the waters surrounding Gasparilla Island.
  • Unlimited Tennis and Pickleball, including 30 minutes of instruction from a USTA-Certified Professional
  • A sunset cruise in the Gulf of Mexico 
  • 30 minutes of private fitness instruction with a Certified Personal Trainer.

There are so many ways to enjoy our Island and the great outdoors. Guests can pick and choose whatever experience excites them each day,” said Jon Reecher, General Manager.

Rates begin at $399 per night based upon double occupancy. To book, please call 844.253.1289. 

Entering its 107th season, The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been a premier destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast since 1913. A member of Historic Hotels of America and listed on The National Register of Historic Places, this grand resort offers 142 accommodations in a pristine environment in the heart of Boca Grande, located on Gasparilla Island. Owned by the William Farish family, the resort has played host to many notables throughout its storied history, including Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Katharine Hepburn, the George H.W. Bush family, members of the DuPont family, and others.

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Florida Mijas Beach

Only 25 kilometres away from Málaga and 20 minutes away from the most populated areas of the Costa de Sol, Florida Mijas Beach—a new complex where the name of the game is enjoyment in each and every one of its corners both day and night—opens its doors in Cala de Mijas. Dining and entertainment come together in 3,000 square metres of floor space comprising a restaurant, terrace, beach club with pool, sun lounge area on the beach and nightclub.

After captivating thousands of visitors in Madrid and Valencia, the Florida brand’s love for Andalusia drove it to search for a location down south where it could offer an all-around experience. Thus, it found the ideal multicultural venue in Mijas, where the group can continue growing and sharing its expertise in organising events, providing leisure activities and superbly catering to a large number of diners. Florida Mijas Beach has been created with a universal vocation: the enjoyment of locals and visitors—whether Spanish or international—alike, groups of friends, family and events.

Chef Iván Cerdeño is the mastermind behind a menu exclusively created for the restaurant based on local, seasonal produce. Awarded one Michelin star for his restaurant Iván Cerdeño-Cigarral del Ángel, the Toledo-born chef is responsible for the Culinary Management of Florida Mijas Beach as part of the Florida Family in its most Mediterranean iteration, offering Spanish cuisine with a refreshing twist through two clearly differentiated menus for the restaurant—more formal and avant-garde—and the beach club—much more informal with finger foods.

Among the dishes created by the chef, it’s worth pointing out the cured and marinated dishes such as salted fish or Salad Olivier with shrimp, dishes featuring the bounty of the land and the sea such as the traditional gazpachuelo from Málaga with salted fish, fried aubergine with rosemary honey from Ronda, fish such as fried whole rubberlip grunt with caper mayonnaise, and charcoal-grilled small cuttlefish. There are also Almadraba tuna delicacies such as red tuna tartare with tomato and smashed-up fried eggs, aside from an assortment of rice and meat dishes accompanied by side dishes that are up to the diners. And let’s not forget the famous ham croquette named the ‘Best Croquette in the World for 2020’.

Diners can enjoy the different nuances of the culinary offerings in any corner of the restaurant while taking in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Florida Mijas Beach is comprised of different areas where the ultimate goal is enjoyment: Palmira Mijas, with its restaurant, terrace and cocktail lounge, is the most remarkable—gastronomically speaking—with offerings that juxtapose the avant-garde with tradition. In contrast, there’s Origen, divided into Origen Pool–for those who wish to sunbathe on sun loungers around the pool, enjoy the freshest fare or enjoy a drink at the Bar for the famous Afternoon Drinks—and Origen Beach—for those who prefer to kick back and relax on daybeds by the beach and the pool’s restaurant area.

And lastly, Lighthouse, the trend-setting nightclub where everyone can enjoy the cheekiest and most fun-filled nights until 3am. The place to be to spend the best nights in the area, which delivers everything that Florida Nights is widely famous for. A space that will offer different entertainment options throughout the night.

What’s more, the versatility and multidisciplinary nature of Florida Mijas Beach make it a venue with a unique style where all kinds of events can be held, ranging from corporate events to networking meetings with a buffet and hors d’oeuvres, including more informal meetings and even private events such as weddings boasting sea views. The diversity of spaces, the different menu options and the excellent quality of the ingredients used in the dishes are just some of the reasons why Florida Mijas Beach is the ideal venue for an event, where the customers’ enjoyment comes first.

With this opening in such a distinctive environment, the Florida Mijas Beach team seeks to add an all-encompassing tourist experience to the wide range of choices in Mijas, in order to give customers a unique experience throughout the day and night.

SUMMER OPENING HOURS

Open Monday to Sunday from 11 AM to 3 AM

Origen Beach Club:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Open from 11 AM to 2 AM

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: Open from 11 AM to 11 PM

Palmira Restaurant:

Open from 11 AM to 12 AM midnight

Average Price:

Palmira Mijas: €40–45

Origen: €30–35

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7 Most Amazing Travel Destinations in Europe

With most of Europe now opening back up to tourists and travelers after the impact of COVID-19, many of us are starting to think about planning an upcoming European adventure. If you are thinking of going on vacation and want to visit Europe this year after months of uncertainty in quarantine and lockdown, the good news is that most countries on this continent have managed to get control of the coronavirus and are safe to visit once again. Here are some of the top destinations in Europe that can’t be missed. 

Portugal:

Portugal is a vibrant, diverse country with so much to see and do that it can feel like you have visited several different countries during your time there. With so much to see and do you will struggle to decide whether you want to enjoy a fun and adventurous city break in magical Porto or explore the sandy beaches and traditional resorts of Albufeira in the Algarve. Or, with trains in Portugal that run regularly, connect the country and can easily be booked online, why not travel to various different Portuguese destinations – don’t restrict yourself to just one place. 

Scotland:

With vibrant cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh and rolling countryside including picturesque views in untouched rural areas like on the Isle of Skye, Scotland is the perfect choice for anybody who is looking to visit Europe. While much of Scotland is still in lockdown due to COVID-19 compared to the rest of the UK and Europe, this might be a destination that you want to plan your travel to further in the future – but it will be worth the wait. Get starting putting your trip together with this Scotland trip planner

Spain:

There’s a reason that Spain is the most popular destination in Europe for tourists. This gorgeous county has just the right combination of cities, villages, and beaches and there really is something for everybody. You can explore the architecture and art in Barcelona, delve into history in Madrid or Seville, or party on the beach in Ibiza or Tenerife – the choice is yours! While Spain was particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus, it is now recovering and ready to welcome visitors once again. 

Italy:

Italy is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and indeed in the world. This gorgeous country has a lot to offer, from amazing city breaks in Rome, Florence, Milan or Venice to adventures in the countryside with stunning vineyards and gorgeous beaches to explore. No matter where you go, you will certainly be met with some of the best hospitality that you have ever experienced, not to mention the amazing food and wine in this country that is second-to-none. 

France:

Home to Paris, the City of Love, if you are looking for a romantic and intimate getaway with somebody special after the pandemic, there’s no better choice than France. And, since this country is closely bordered with several others in Europe, you can easily get there from destinations in Spain, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, and even the UK, with the Eurail train that travels along a tunnel under the English Channel. Whether you’re looking for a vibrant city break exploring the big attractions like the Lourve and Eiffel Tower in Paris or want a more relaxed vacation with summer vibes in Marseilles, there’s something here for every type of traveler. 

Malta:

This European island might be small but it certainly has a lot to offer. Visit Malta for the sand, sea, and some of the most delicious food that you will ever taste. And, there is plenty of gorgeous scenery to enjoy; head to Comino for some of the clearest, bluest sea water you will have ever seen or head into the mountains to explore and enjoy a horseback riding adventure. When it comes to things to do, there’s certainly no shortage of activities that you can enjoy amidst the stunning backdrop from quad biking to gun range shooting, or simply sipping a cocktail on the beach. 

Greek Islands:

Last but not least, the Greek islands offer some of the most unparalleled beauty in Europe with white, sandy beaches, clear blue seas, and traditional white-domed churches. Santorini is well-known for being one of the most gorgeous of the Greek islands to visit and is very popular with weddings, but the other options including Corfu, Crete, Paphos, and Thessaloniki are all stunning choices for anybody who is looking for a relaxing vacation surrounded with beautiful nature. 

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Private Jetaway × Elegant Mexico

Private Jetaway™, a luxury travel company with private jet-to-villa turn-key packages, announced the partnership with Elegant Mexico™, whose portfolio offers luxury private villa rentals at the heart of Los Cabos and Punta Mita. The luxury travel services embracing the “new norm” include wellness-vetted private jet transport, world-class villa & staff, along with ground transportation and all the amenities befitting such an experience.   

A fusion of private jet transport and luxury villa in a turn-key bow tied package. The “new norm” brings about wellness-vetted private jets and luxury destinations together in a safe intimate experience for families, friends, and colleagues. The partnership compliments flawlessly the personalized luxe travel experience being sought after.

“Understandably the world is slowly beginning to rise from a place of pause. The innate desire for families, friends, and colleagues to experience life’s moments with repose is at an apex. We’re here to make that experience comfortable and convenient,” says Wayne J. Rizzi, President of Private Jetaway™.

“We are thrilled to create this unique partnership with Private Jetaway which will provide guests with a luxury experience from door to door. With a substantial increase in interest for private villas, especially those with luxury resort amenities, we feel this partnership will provide a vacation experience that ensures a safe and secure environment with the space and privacy that cannot be replicated at a traditional resort,” says Sean Emmerton, President of Elegant Mexico.

Private Jetaway™, established in 2000, is a world-class luxury travel company offering wellness-vetted destinations, private jets, luxury villas, private islands, catamarans, and yachts. Since inception, Private Jetaway™ has partnered with world renowned luxury travel providers to bring about the extraordinary in turnkey bow tied “packages,” and to exceed the personalized expectations that world travelers anticipate.

Elegant Mexico™ are local luxury travel professionals with over 25 years of experience, operating in the affluent vacation destinations of Los Cabos and Punta Mita, Mexico. Committed to providing outstanding accommodation paired with exceptional service, we create personalized luxury vacation experiences for all our guests with unparalleled amenities and unexpected extras at every turn.(https://elegantmexico.com/)

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Vacation in Mendocino County

Now that shelter-in-place has been modified to allow Mendocino County to welcome visitors, it’s time to plan the perfect escape to bypass the crowds and refresh the soul. Visitors draw strength from redwoods that soar to the heavens and are reinvigorated by stunning views and crashing waves. Communing with nature reduces stress and can boost both mental and physical health. There’s even evidence that it helps build immunity. Here are three charming inns that offer specials and packages that enable guests to take advantage of the wild and wonderful woods and water that make the Mendocino Coast magical, along with a heritage train that offers a Railbikes experience, the ultimate way to get up-close and personal with nature.

Let Fort Bragg’s Noyo River wash life’s cares away. Noyo Harbor Inn & Restaurant, a gracious hilltop property with sweeping views over a quaint working harbor, offers a complimentary Noyo Meander Experience for two (via Liquid Fusion Kayaking) and a bottle of local wine with any three-night stay. Guests can relax with a guided float in a two-person tandem kayak along the placid waters of the Noyo River, where all ages are delighted by curious harbor seals, amazed by gigantic sea lions, teased by mischievous river otters, and intrigued by coastal birds. It’s a dry and comfortable 90-minute ride – no special clothes, previous experience, or equipment are required. The inn itself has refurbished and updated rooms throughout that provide spacious comfort while retaining some of the exquisite features left by the Norwegian shipbuilders who embellished the inn. Many of the elegantly appointed rooms boast fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private balconies. Their charming restaurant is currently serving diners on the outdoor patio overlooking the river and boat docks, and at select tables spread out across the lush grounds, and features pre-Prohibition era cocktails and California Coastal Cuisine, including fresh wild-caught fish from the harbor below and herbs and vegetables gathered from the Chef’s garden. Room service (including signature cocktails) is available. The Noyo Meander Experience special offer is available now through Labor Day weekend.

Information: Noyo Harbor Inn, Restaurant & Tavern, 500 Casa Del Noyo, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 | 707-961-8000 | Website

The iconic Little River Inn has a wonderful package for families who love the outdoors. The Stargazing Family Fun Package comes complete with a blanket and hot cocoa, the better to enjoy the nightly display that is spectacular so far from the lights of the city. Owned and operated by the same family for five generations, the inn is a turn-of-the-century stunner, surrounded by manicured gardens and just steps away from the hikeable Van Damme State Park and the scenic Van Damme State Beach. The Inn is appropriate for any budget, with 65 rooms – from the affordable to the downright luxurious – all with ocean views. Everything needed for a fabulous vacation is right onsite. The full-service resort boasts an Audubon-certified golf course, regulation tennis courts, a spa, and an award-winning restaurant that is currently serving diners in the heated garden area or at the ocean-view picnics tables set up in the front of the property. The Stargazing Family Fun Package includes two nights lodging in a Traditional Ocean View Room with two queen beds; a Little River Inn travel blanket; the loan of their stargazing kit (including special binoculars and a star map, star guide, and flashlight); hot chocolate to enjoy while stargazing; and information on stargazing for the area. The Stargazing Family Fun Package for four starts at $438 for a two-night stay, exclusive of tax and gratuity. More luxurious rooms are available for an additional price. Available year-round.

Information: Little River Inn, 7901 N. Highway One, Little River, CA 95456 | (707) 937-5942, | Website

The folks at the Brewery Gulch Inn know that no outdoor sojourn would be complete without a bonfire on a (mostly deserted) beach. Their Big River Bonfire Package finds guests watching the sun slip below the horizon and if they’re lucky, they will catch a glimpse of the mythical green flash while enjoying toasting marshmallows on Mendocino’s most beloved beach. As darkness falls and the stars begin their dance across the sky, a warm bonfire crackles, custom-built by the inn’s dedicated Fanner of the Flame. If the night is clear and moonless, stargazers may be rewarded by a picture-perfect view of the Milky Way. Included in this package are all the fixin’s for s’mores; beach chairs; a beach blanket; a Bluetooth speaker; and Northern California’s version of the Map to the Stars. Crafted from eco-salvaged redwood on a bluff high over stunning Smuggler’s Cove, Brewery Gulch Inn is an architectural masterpiece. Named as one of California’s Top Destination Resorts in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards (2020 marks their 4th time making the list), the property encompasses three acres of mature pines and redwoods, wooded glens, wetland ponds, and gardens for strolling. Inside there is warmly glowing arts and crafts furniture and a four-sided glass and steel fireplace. In the rooms, there are feather beds cloaked in Sferra linens, Molton Brown products, Himalayan bath salts, and thick Abyss towels. Their full-time executive chef prepares complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts and a coveted nightly dinner buffet and wine hour that highlights locally-sourced, organic ingredients. For an additional $75, guests can add the Big River Bonfire Package to any room. Available year-round.

Information: Brewery Gulch Inn, 9401 N. Highway One, Mendocino, CA 95460 | (707) 937-4752 | Website.

The California Western Railroad’s Skunk Train, a 135-year-old heritage train line that takes visitors deep into ancient Redwood forests, offers an additional and highly unique way to enjoy the tracks – riding them on specially designed Railbikes. The Railbikes run in-between trains and sit securely on the tracks, allowing passengers to enjoy the redwoods in a peaceful, quiet, and highly personal way, observing trees that are more than 1,000 years old. Electric-powered and virtually silent, these custom-built, two-person Railbikes breeze along the world-famous Redwood Route, wending their way along scenic Pudding Creek, crossing over majestic wooden trestle bridges, and journeying into the heart of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. Bathed in dappled sunlight and a light breeze, without the need to steer, riders are unbound, able to look around at the wonder of this untouched stretch of the natural world, spotting wildlife such as blue herons and osprey, an occasional lounging turtle, and perhaps a playful river otter. The Skunk Train offers the only experience in the US where riders can enjoy electric-powered railbikes (vs pedal-powered; though riders can choose to pedal as well, or do a mix of both). The Railbikes run out of the Fort Bragg station and cost $250 per bike, with room for two riders. To elevate the experience, there is a luxury picnic package that includes a picnic basket with an assortment of charcuterie for two, a picnic blanket, two go-anywhere wine glasses, and a beverage of choice for $395 for two. The first ride of the day at 8:30 am is offered at an early-bird rate of $195 per bike. For a more traditional experience, the Skunk Train has carried passengers along the Redwood Route since 1885. Riders travel over bridges and deep into the heart of the redwoods, through terrain that has remained essentially undisturbed for centuries. Beginning on June 20, the Skunk Train reintroduced the Pudding Creek Express train out of Fort Bragg. This 7-mile round-trip journey to Glen Blair Junction snakes along the Pudding Creek Estuary, as riders travel over some of the first tracks laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885. Or take the Wolf Tree Turn train out of Willits. This 2-hour round-trip train from Willits climbs up to the highest point of the line (elevation 1,740 feet), through Tunnel #2, and down into the Noyo River Canyon.

Information: Skunk Train, 100 W. Laurel Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 | 707-964-6371 (Fort Bragg Depot) || 299 E Commercial St, Willits, CA 95490 | 707-964-6371 (Willits Depot) || Website

As Mendocino County reopens to outside visitors, they are very mindful of their role as stewards, and ask all visitors to do their part to help keep the area safe. The businesses above have all been self-certified to host visitors to the utmost safety standards and strictest cleaning protocols, above and beyond what is mandated by the June 12 order of the Mendocino County Public Health Office. Masks must be worn in the county when not eating and drinking and people are asked to stay six feet away from anyone not in their household group.