For the seventh year in a row, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside has been recognized as the best ski hotel in Canada by consumers and leading industry professionals. Held on November 23rd, in Kitzbühel, Austria, the World Ski Awards – regarded as “the Oscars of the travel industry” – honoured the all-suite, lodge-style hotel for its impeccable and personalized service, outstanding amenities, and unrivalled location steps from gondolas to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
The World Ski Awards were created to elevate standards within the ski industry, recognizing, rewarding, and celebrating excellence in ski tourism across the globe. Awards span across the world’s top 25 ski tourism nations, with categories that include ‘Best Ski Resort’, ‘Best Ski Hotel’, ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel’, and ‘Best Ski Chalet’. Each year, hundreds of thousands of tourism professionals, skiers, and media cast their votes for their favourite ski tourism destinations and brands; and this year, winners were celebrated at the three-day awards gala that took place between November 22nd and 24th.
Pan Pacific Whistler overcame a strong mix of contenders from across the country, defeating properties such as The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Rimrock Resort Hotel, and Post Hotel & Spa. Neighbouring properties, including Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler, and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, were also nominated for the national award.
“Our team is so humbled and beyond thrilled to once again be named the best ski hotel in Canada”, said Julie Lanteigne, general manager of Pan Pacific Whistler hotels. “It’s so gratifying to have been nominated among such an elite group of properties across the world and to know that this prestigious title is a result of votes from our visitors and industry peers alike. An award such as this continues to motivate us to elevate the experience of each guest as they discover why Whistler is regarded as the world-class ski destination that it is.”
The property’s sister resort – Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre – located in the heart of Whistler Village, received a nomination for best ski boutique hotel. The property also has a selection of suites with a private residence feel, complimentary daily breakfast buffet for all guests, and easy access to all adventures Whistler offers. For more information or to book at either property, click here.
About Pan Pacific Whistler
Pan Pacific Whistler is a haven of comfort with two thoughtfully designed properties nestled between Whistler’s majestic mountains and anchoring its vibrant village. Both Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre and Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside invite guests to replenish and experience true contentment with an array of comforting and convenient amenities. Every one of its suites is a fully outfitted home-away-from-home with modern amenities, fully-equipped kitchens, and warm accents blended to create a comforting oasis. Visitors can enjoy the warmth of their in-room fireplace or take in breath-taking mountain and village vistas from their own private balcony. www.panpacific.com
The Josie Hotel Named Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel at 2019 World Ski AwardsRossland’s ski-in, ski-out boutique resort wins coveted World Ski Award
The Josie Hotel — the Kootenay Rockies’ home base for adventure on RED Mountain — has been awarded Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel in the 2019 World Ski Awards. Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel is one of the most coveted categories in the prestigious World Ski Awards competition. This year, a record number of votes were cast, and The Josie stood apart from the over 1.6 million votes cast by wanderlusters and adventurers alike craving fresh powder and alpine air. Topping it off, the Noble House Hotels & Resorts property was also named one of the top three resorts in the World’s Best New Ski Hotel category.
Inspired by Rossland’s rugged peaks, lush forests and 3,850 acres of unfettered ski and snowboard trails, The Josie entices those who crave adventure with luxe amenities, personalized service and an unbeatable location — just steps from RED Mountain Resort, one of the top 10 largest ski resorts in North America. Since opening in November 2018, the hotel – situated along the world-renowned Powder Highway – has attracted global interest among ski and snowboard enthusiasts seeking pristine powder and terrain that fulfils adrenaline rushes.
The World Ski Awards aims to raise the bar within the ski industry by recognizing and rewarding organizations that demonstrate leadership in the field of ski tourism. Votes for the World Ski Awards were cast by professionals working within the ski and snowboard industry, including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media; as well as by consumers with a hunger for winter wanderings. The winners, now considered the best in the world, met at the annual World Ski Awards gala, which took place this year in Kitzbühel, Austria, from November 22 to 24.
“It is such an honour to be named among the best in the world and receive the coveted award of Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel,” said Jesse Crockett, general manager of The Josie. “Sharing Rossland’s story with the world is one of our top priorities — the local culture that is deeply embedded in our hotel is one of the reasons we think we stand out. It’s the rich history and friendly atmosphere (not to mention prime skiing and snowboarding) that brings people to Rossland. It is extremely humbling the World Ski Awards has recognized not only The Josie, but also Rossland, for excellence in ski tourism.”
The Josie invites all who are on the hunt for winter thrills to visit and experience a quintessentially Canadian winter, packed with acres of untouched powder, rolling vistas and warm and luxurious suites to rest one’s head. The uncrowded terrain backed by a landscape of snow-capped peaks and forests will certainly satisfy one’s quest for adventure. Those looking for even more adventure in the backcountry can also take advantage of untouched territory with RED’s one-ride cat ski experience. The cat whisks advanced skiers to areas of Mt. Kirkup inaccessible by chairlift to 1,600 feet of vertical spread across nearly 200 acres; best of all, the thrilling journey won’t break the bank with a one-ride ticket priced at $10.
To book a winter getaway and experience the heart of the Kootenay Rockies — the epitome of Canadian winter adventures — visit thejosie.com.
About The Josie Hotel:
Experience the true soul exhilaration of living for today at The Josie hotel (The Josie). The Josie is a boutique ski-in/ski-out hotel located at the base of RED Mountain Resort (RED) in Rossland, British Columbia. With 106 guest rooms and suites, crackling fire pits, a premier spa, fitness facility and ski concierge services; The Josie merges boutique accommodations with authentic Red Mountain adventure and the distinct spirit of Rossland. After a day on the slopes, guests can experience The Josie’s signature cedar barrel saunas, which promote muscle relaxation, improved circulation and feel-good endorphins. The destination hotel — named Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Resort in the 2019 World Ski Awards and the second best ski hotel in the 2019 USA 10Best Awards — also boasts more than 1,500 square feet of unique venue space and an adjoining terrace, all with stunning vistas of RED and the Rossland range. The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge (The Velvet), The Josie’s full-service dining establishment, serves locally-inspired craft cooking. To meet The Josie, please visit thejosie.com and follow @thejosiehotel.
About Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd.:
A privately held company for more than 35 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner and chairman Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, later transitioning in 1994 to the dynamic hospitality ownership and management company it is today. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington and continuously growing, Noble House owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 18 distinct and visually captivating hotel properties, over 50 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, the Napa Valley Wine Train, and a collection of spas, marinas, and private residences spanning the U.S. and Canada. Beachfront resorts spanning California and Florida are complimented by luxury retreats in Jackson Hole, Colorado, and British Columbia and balanced with a collection of urban hotels in Seattle, San Francisco, and College Station, Texas. Built upon a philosophy that emphasizes location, distinction, and soul, Noble House Hotels & Resorts dedicates itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that celebrate the local destination that surrounds. For more information, visit NobleHouseHotels.com or call Noble House Hotels & Resorts at 877-NOBLE-TRIP.
About William Cole:
William Cole is a boutique, full-service private real estate development company headquartered in Bryan, Texas. Formed in 1996 and named for the two sons of the founder, William Cole focuses on the development, acquisition, marketing and operation of carefully selected, hospitality-focused real estate including boutique hotels, private golf clubs, wellness facilities and entire master planned communities. From the initial vision through commissioning, William Cole delivers projects of lasting significance to their communities. For more information, visit WilliamColeInc.com or call William Cole Inc. at 281-580-2085.
In the late 1990’s, looking to fuel her backcountry adventures, Kate Schade, a self-described ski bum living in Jackson Hole, WY. went searching for an energy bar that was wholesome, functional and also great tasting. To her surprise, she was unable to find a solution in the marketplace.
So, Kate decided to solve the problem herself. With her own hands, in her own kitchen. In doing so, she realized she was on to something and began sharing her product within lift lines and on the trails. Unlike other energy bars, Kate’s Bars keep their soft texture in cold temperatures, making them easy to consume on the chairlift or in the backcountry.
Today, Kate’s Real Food makes six delicious, hand-rolled flavors of energy bars with a great-taste guarantee and no artificial sweeteners. From the Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tram Bar, to the Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Handle Bar, each one is certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and Kosher.
A combination of world-class snowmaking and favorable temperatures have allowed both Stowe and Okemo to start making snow at higher elevations during the first weekend of November. Sister resort, Mount Sunapee, in New Hampshire, will begin snowmaking soon as well.
Opening day for the 2019/2020 season at all three resorts is approaching quickly. Stowe and Okemo are targeting November 22 as the start of winter operations, while Mount Sunapee is aiming for November 27. All three resorts will commemorate their opening days with “First Chair” celebrations.
Last year, Stowe and Okemo opened for the season in mid-November with top-to-bottom terrain. Efforts are being made to accomplish that again this year.
Important Uphill Information At this time, with extensive snowmaking operations taking place, all uphill traffic is prohibited on Mount Mansfield. The use of heavy equipment and active high-pressure air and water systems around the mountain create a hazardous environment for anyone other than our snowmaking professionals. Uphill access on Mansfield will begin when the designated uphill routes become available. In the interim, uphill travel is only permitted on the Sterling trail at Spruce Peak. For up to date info about skinning or hiking please call 802-253-3690.
Now is the Last Chance to Secure an Epic Pass for the 2019-20 Winter Season Epic Passes are on sale now for a limited time only, and now is the last chance for skiers and riders to secure the best multi-resort pass deal in the ski industry. New for the 2019-20 season, Vail Resorts launched the Epic Day Pass allowing guests to ski world-class resorts for up to 50 percent off of lift ticket window prices. Starting at as little as $112 for one day of skiing at any of Vail Resorts’ North American resorts, the Epic Day Pass is perfect for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Guests can also lower their cost per day by adding more days.
For guests looking to ski more days in a season, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass continue to offer the best value and variety for unlimited skiing and riding. Currently priced at $989 for the 2019-20 winter season, the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to all of Vail Resorts’ owned and operated resorts and additional access to partner resorts around the world. For skiers and riders willing to navigate around a few peak dates, the Epic Local Pass offers incredible value with access to many of the same destinations, starting at only $739. The entire lineup of Epic Pass options is on sale now at epicpass.com.
About Stowe, Okemo and Mount Sunapee
Offering three distinctively unique experience across Vermont and southern New Hampshire, Stowe, Okemo and Mount Sunapee offer top-rated snow surface, plus everything from family friendly skiing and convenient Slopeside accommodations to best-in-class amenities and world-class skiing. Stowe offers premium lodging, dining, entertainment, skiing and off-hill adventures for every season. Stowe’s refined, authentic mountain resort and town and mountain are unequaled in the
Northeast, www.stowe.com. Okemo consistently receives accolades and wins awards for snow quality, grooming, terrain parks, family programs, slope side lodging, resort dining and its friendly and helpful staff. In addition to an on-snow lineup of family fun, Okemo offers a variety of winter activities: a mountain coaster, ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, a pool and fitness center, spa services, and family events and activities. Visit www.okemo.com. Mount Sunapee is conveniently located in southern New Hampshire, close to two major interstate highways, and easily accessible from Boston. With a summit elevation of 2,743 feet and a vertical drop of 1,510 feet, the mountain offers 66 trails and slopes that make up 233 acres of skiable terrain, www.mountsunapee.com.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 world-class mountain resorts and urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair (JHFAF) closed its first edition on Sunday, September 15, 2019, with strong sales and high attendance. Over the four-day event, JHFAF reports about 2,000 visitors with $2 million in sales. JHFAF brought out some of Jackson Hole’s most prominent locals, as well as new visitors, all excited to see the museum-quality fair presented within Jackson Hole’s thriving arts community.
The fair presented 50 exhibitors who brought works that they felt matched the personal aesthetics of the Jackson Hole community. Works ranged in genre and price from world-renowned artists like Maynard Dixon, Ed Mell, Billy Schenck, Eanger Irving Couse, Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Ed Ruscha and Sam Francis.
Fair Director Rick Friedman said, “Because JHFAF was the first international fine art fair in town, I think both collectors and exhibitors did not know what to expect. I’m so happy to report that all attendees I spoke to said it was far beyond their expectations. We heard the repeated comments, ‘loved it, fantastic, and terrific’ by fairgoers as they left the fair. We produced a multi-genre fair, with works within the Contemporary, Modern, Native American and Wildlife genres, with many of the early to mid 20th century pieces finding new homes. I see this as a breakthrough event that presented world-class and museum quality offerings across all of our showcased genres and I think the sales prove that. It was the wealthiest collectors as a percentage of the attendance of any of my fairs ever, over 10 years. ”
Exhibitors reported strong sales with Redfern Gallery, Nieto Fine Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Montana Trails and Mongerson Gallery reporting mostly sold out booths.
Throughout the weekend, guests were treated to special programs and events including artist Q&A’s with Barbara Van Cleve, Donald Martiny, Larry Pirnie and Sarah Winkler. During the fair, JHFAF also produced a silent auction, which raised money for its institutional partner, The National Museum of Wildlife Art.
JHFAF presented several awards throughout the weekend including the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to the late John Nieto and the 2019 Art Collectors of the Year Award to Anne Phillip, the 2019 Sculptor of the Year award to Bart Walter and the Contemporary Artist of the Year award to Paul Villinski. Quotes from Galleries:
Local dealer, Miriam Diehl of Diehl Gallery said, “It’s been incredibly exciting to see an art fair of this caliber in Jackson Hole. It’s been wonderful to have so many like-minded dealers and the camaraderie among them has been amazing and encouraging. It’s been tremendously successful for us and we look forward to the second edition.”
John Nieto Gallery who was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for the late John Nieto said, “The visitors have been very quality. They know the work and the artist’s history. We’ve even had a lot of collectors who own Nieto’s work come by. There have been many great conversations about art.”
Rey Redfern of Redfern Gallery said, “The show has been much more than I expected. I’ve met a lot of people and I’ve sold a lot of paintings. They’ve been paintings I’ve had tucked away for a long time, but they’re high quality and that’s why they sold.”
Brenda Linscott from Endeavor Fine Art said, “We had a chance to bond with our space and develop a sampling of five of our artists who we’ve worked with for many years. It’s been so nice for us to see our artists in a visual conversation with other artists at the fair. To walk through the show and see what everyone else brought has been really incredible too. There really is room for everyone.”
Thomas Paul of Thomas Paul Fine Art said, “JHFAF did a great job putting this fair together with such an excellent variety of artists on display. It was so nice to see such a powerful exhibition of contemporary art brought to Jackson Hole.”
2019 Galleries: 917 Fine Arts (Miami Beach), Abend Gallery (Denver), Addison Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe), NM Andrew Smith Gallery (Tucson), Bill Hester Fine Art (Santa Fe) Bonhams (LA, NYC, London), Calabi Gallery (Santa Rosa) Childs Gallery (Boston), Diehl Gallery (Jackson), The Directed Art Modern Gallery (Miami), Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (Santa Barbara), Endeavor Fine Art (Nashville), Faust II (Santa Fe, Scottsdale),Gail Severn Gallery (Ketchum), Gallery 1261 (Denver), Gary Snyder Fine Art (NYC, Bozeman),GF Contemporary (Santa Fe), Green River Stone Company (Logan), HG Contemporary Art (Flushing), ILIAD (New York), Imago Galleries (Palm Desert), J Klein Gallery (Scottsdale), James Compton Gallery (Santa Fe), K Contemporary (Denver), Kiechel Fine Art (Lincoln), L.A. Design (Missoula), Legend Nano Gallery (Carlsbad), Mai Wyn Fine Art (Denver), Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery (Tucson), Matthew Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe), Maynard Dixon Museum (Tucson), Melissa Morgan Fine Art (Palm Desert) Mike Clark Fine Art (Billings), Nieto Fine Art (Rockwall), Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art (Carmel Valley), Peace Waters Collective (San Diego), Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden (Santa Fe), Redfern Gallery (Laguna Beach), Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., (New York), Seagrave Gallery (Santa Cruz), Steidel Contemporary (Lake Worth), Stevens Fine Art (Phoenix), Studio Greytak (Missoula),T.H. Brennen Fine Art (Scottsdale), Tayloe Piggott Gallery (Jackson), Thomas Paul Fine Art (West Hollywood),Timothy Yarger Fine Art (Los Angeles), Waddell Gallery (Scottsdale), Walker Fine Art, LTD (New York), Wilde Meyer Gallery (Scottsdale), Woolff Gallery (London).2019 Sponsors: American Art Collector, artnet, Art Collector’s Athenaeum, Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, George B. Stroer Foundation, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Community Radio, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art, Montanya Distillers, Mountain Living, 96.9 The Mountain KMTN Radio, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Snow King Hotel, Teton Distillery, Wyoming Arts Council, Young’s Market Venue: Snow King Sports and Events Center (100 E Snow King Ave)
About Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair The Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair is the latest addition to the luxury, regional fairs produced under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman. Other fairs produced by Friedman include: the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley and Philadelphia. JHFAF is excited to contribute to Jackson Hole’s vibrant arts community. 2019 Sponsors: American Art Collector, artnet, Art Collector’s Athenaeum, Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, George B. Stroer Foundation, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Community Radio, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art, Montanya Distillers, Mountain Living, 96.9 The Mountain KMTN Radio, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Snow King Hotel, Teton Distillery, Wyoming Arts Council, Young’s Market
Fredericksburg, Texas the destination of historical sites and culture welcomes us. With the hidden treasures of food, wine and goods the Texas Hill Country is a must-visit.
Beginning with a stay at the one and only Hanger Hotel. This hotel has a WWII hangar of the romantic 1940’s to it’s design with fine woods and custom carpets. Famous for the Observation Deck on the second floor with views adjacent to the airport to see the planes come and go from one end of the runway to the end.
Later a stop to the Pioneer Museum Complex preserved from the 19th century German Pioneer days. In the mid-1840s Germans faced every obstacle to come to Texas and create a unique German colony in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The Museum strives to preserve and tell this story. With a combination museum and historical site, it reaches over 3.5 acres on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg.
Dinner at Das Peach Haus that houses delicious jams, jellies and sauces made by Fischer and Wieser Speciality Foods. The Historic roadside fruit stand offers gourmet products with unique flavor combinations. The Tasting Room offers tastings from two Texas wineries, which change out every two months. Vintage wines are paired with international assortment of cured meats and cheeses. Fischer and Wieser include more than 70-award-winning products, which each inspire culinary adventures around the world by being able to purchase online.
Clear River Ice Cream and Bakery does things differently with hot-from-the-oven baked goods, homemade ice cream and house deli. Homemade ice cream with high-quality ingredients has been voted as the third best ice cream in Texas. For a bite to eat the deli and salad selection is notable with house favorites like the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wrap. Fresh baked goods can satisfy any sweet tooth with an Apple Strudel, Peach Cobbler and everything in between.
Tour at the George H.W. Bush Gallery at The National Museum of the Pacific War dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. The Museum is noted for its historic materials with iconic elements of the Pacific War era. Guided tours debut the newly renovated Pacific Combat Zone, a realistic environment for a deep understanding of the momentous struggle between Allied Forces and Japanese forces.
For lunch we enjoy an Arts District Stroll through the Peach Tree Gift Gallery and Tea Room. With the Cottage style restaurant, you will find a combination of fresh, homemade breads, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. For over 39 years this family owned business has been a destination in Fredericksburg, because of the seasonal fruits and vegetables they use.
After lunch, we took an art tour through the streets of Fredericksburg to meet with the area’s top galleries. Insight Gallery represents the cities artists and sculptors that today work on landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife and western art. The Good ART Company is beautiful with a contemporary fusion in a restored 4,000+ square foot historical building with high ceilings and limestone walls. The gallery features an array of genres with some of the best regional, national, and international artists. Koch Gallery owned and operated by Bert E. Koch a trader/broker for traditional, contemporary and modern Native American Art. For over 30 years it continues its long tradition of providing important works of art from all major cultural regions in North America. Artisans Gallery makes your artistic dreams reality with unique pieces that come in every medium, size and price range. RS Hanna a jewel for fine arts with original works of acclaimed artists. Workings range from oil, watercolor, bronze and wood. Gallery 330 is the newest addition to the art scene representing contemporary established artists whose works include sculpture, painting and prints, serigraphs and watercolors.
The Holiday Wine Trail takes us to Texas’s countryside to travel along Wine Road 290 with visit to award winning wineries.
The trail begins at Stout’s Trattoria at Grape Creek Vineyards a 100-acre vineyard estate. With oaks and vines surrounding the tasting rooms there is a romantic Tuscan setting that is truly unforgettable. The Vineyards have won over 100 medals in the last two years for their wines.
In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting to discover the infamous Texas Wines. In a private tasting room we enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. With four award-winning chocolate truffles from local chocolatier with four carefully selected dry red wines.
Dinner at August E’s, known for it’s organic produce and superb local suppliers. August E inspired by his Thai roots and years in various culinary pursuits throughout the world has created a Nouveau Texas Cuisine. Utilizing ingredients like: Niman ranch Natural Premium Aged Angus steaks and local farmers fruits and vegetables year round. Menu specials change seasonally based on the creative mood of Chef Leu like duck from Maple Leaf Farms and Sashimi Grade Fish.
A favorite in the Texas Hill, we enjoy dinner at Otto’s German Bistro. Menu changes weekly with the season so each visit is an exciting adventure. Dedicated to local, organic produce ingredients that are always fresh and the highest quality.
We enjoy breakfast at Java Ranch a locally owned coffee stop. The ranch serves the finest hot or iced coffee drinks anywhere including lattes, cappuccinos, Hill Country roasted brewed coffee, Americanos and mochas. To start the day off we dive in a breakfast taco or kolaches, house favorites.
We take a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park for a “Texas style” morning. During his administration, Johnson signed more education bills into law than any other president. In respect to that we see his first school where he signed the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965. Other stops include the family cemetery and the LBJ Ranch Show.
In the afternoon we endow in lunch and a beer tasting at Altstadt Brewery Fredericksburg’s newest brewery an authentic Bavarian brewery. Dedicated to creating the purest drinking beers the 120-acre old world destination features a fine dining restaurant, brewery tours and a beautiful venue. Brewery exclusives include traditional brews like Schwarzbier, a traditional German “Black Beer.”
With over 150 specialty shops, shopping is one of the primary reasons visitors come to Fredericksburg. In store we see everything from clothing, upscale home accessories, to unique collectibles and more perfect items for holiday shopping. Blackchalk Home and Laundryoriginally an old laundromat had been transformed into an electric home goods store. The hip store features gifts, kitchen goods, and one of a kind rugs. The infamous Christmas Store open year round specializes in collectibles. For collectors, this store is paradise with Department 56 miniature villages and Christopher Radko blown glass ornaments. The Hill Country Outfitters and The Grasshopper offer products to fit the hill country lifestyle in downtown Fredericksburg. Brands like Ugg and The North Face are housed in the Outfitters. The Narrow Path Tasting Room inside is an intimate space with French cafe feelings in the air.
To continue the Holiday Wine Trail, a stop at Signor Vineyard in the rolling hills of Central Texas. Where the Pedernales River meets Grape Creek, established by a friendship spanning three generations of two Texas families. Their focus is growing premium varietal fruit with soulful wines reflective of the unique terroir.
Our stay is perfect timing for the Fredericksburg’s 61st Annual Holiday Home Tour. A self guided tour showcasing unique local homes decorated in their holiday finest. With more than 22 vendors each year selling personal gifts, homemade foods and holiday items.
For dinner we dine at Navajo Grill, which encompasses an unusual blend of Hill Country craftsman design. Enjoying Southern cuisine composed with old and New Mexican flavors with a touch of Creole & Caribbean influences. Specialties like the Sunday Chicken Fried Steak dinner are served with housemade sauces and dressings.
After dinner drinks at Elk Store Winery & Distillery. Since 1895 the business has carried a family tradition that pays homage to the spirit of realizing the American Dream. In the footsteps of their great grandfather Todd Smajstrla along with Scott Hladky, produced moonshine, gin, rum, and whiskey. Since then, the business serves Incredible wines from all over the world. Along with small batches of handmade liquors by the bottle or cocktails.
Dinner at Rathskeller a full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner spot in downtown Fredericksburg. The menu selection is extremely versatile featuring German dishes and daily specials. On Friday and Saturday nights enjoy live music that house the restaurant.
Nothing better than the taste of handmade tortillas for breakfast at Hilda’s Tortillas. Hilda’s is a small family owned and operated business. Specializing in authentic Mexican fare their breakfast tacos and burritos are a must try. Twice a week 300 or more pounds of tortilla chips are produced within the restaurant.
For some fresh air we bike the quiet country backroads with Jack and Adams Bicycles. At Jack and Adams you can rent out Road, Tri-bike, Cruisers and even kid bicycles and accessories from a variety of brands. The Hill Country scenes with its rolling hills and panoramic views, is considered the cycling capital of Texas.
In addition to the speciality shops we visited above there is a collection of shops specializing in different festive treats. Emma + Ollie bakeshop takes classic treats we grew up loving and elevated them. The shop prides themselves on using only fresh ingredients; no processed foods, no artificial sweeteners, just pure dessert. The founder Rebecca Rather wanted the shop to feel as if customers stepped into an upscaled version of their own grandma’s kitchen. Chocolat store creator, Lecia Duke, was the first to introduce European-Style, liquid centered chocolate in the U.S. The truffle chocolates are of course a house favorite as the delicate shell gives way to the pure liquid flavor casades in your mouth. In addition there is also colette’s, creams, silk fudges, nut clusters, barks, and caramels. Fredericksburg Pecan Company provides fine quality of pecan products grown in the Texas Hill Country. Owners are dedicated to providing excellent quality pecans available for online order at reasonable prices with the best customer service. Pecans are flavored and glossed in everything from pecan brittle to pecan coffee.
Rustlin Rob’s Texas Gourmet Food is not your ordinary gourmet food, not limited to people who cook but to “foodies” of all ages. The store is enjoyable because it caters to anyone who loves to eat. With over 350 gourmet foods we can sample from ranging from peanut butters, mustards, bread mixes, and some 5 Alarm hot sauces.
Fredericksburg Pie Company mission is to serve pie that is as good as, or better than your mothers or grandmothers made. In store pies are made from scratch and selections change daily with up to 20 kinds of pie. While here, we enjoy an option of coffee, milk, and more with our slice of pie and even a book selection. Sugar free pies are also available with a call in a day before.
Lunch at the Farm Haus Bistro in the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, with an American menu with French and Italian influences. Owners Dick and Rosemary Estenson take us on a tour of the B&B Cottages based upon the design of the early historic Fredericksburg “Sunday Houses. These houses are inspired by German settlers who built these small “city houses” to use on the weekends to buy provisions and attend Sunday church. We also visit the Nature Spa area dedicated to a truly unique relaxing experience.
Exploring Main Street is incredible when we can enjoy Eisban, an outdoor ice skating on real ice. Alongside Marketplace and the Christmas Pyramid. Afterwards a trip to Luckenbach, Texas made famous by Waylon Jennings’ and Willie Nelson’s 1976 classic country hit.
For our last destination Dinner and wine pairing at local Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell’s wish is to create a lasting impression of culinary craft where guest feel at home. Known for his speciality in preparing the freshest seafood, Certified Angus Beef, wild game and ranch fare. The wine selection is also superb with over 75 selections from around the State of Texas. Tripadvisor has ranked the restaurant Top 10 in the nation and we know why.
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.
As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.
As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.
On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.
Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.
Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.
This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.
In case you haven’t noticed all of the pumpkin-lined porch steps or the multitude of horror movie marathons on TV, it’s spooky season! Halloween is less than two weeks away, which means hayrides, haunted houses, and, most importantly, FREE CANDY!!! Well, free for cute kids dressed up like Spiderman or Moana. For adults, Halloween means stocking up on the good stuff to avoid a yard full of toilet paper or having your car decorated with egg yolks. Halloween is a candy manufacturer’s Christmas. According to The National Retail Federation, it’s expected that 2.7 billion dollars will be spent on trick-or-treat candy this year. It may seem like a good idea to buy the cheapest bag of candy you can find, however, when November 1st rolls around and you’re left with three pounds of store-brand lollipops none of the trick-or-treaters wanted to take, bargain shopping might be a decision you’ll regret.
If you want to avoid the horror that is too much leftover candy, you’ll have to fork over a a few extra bucks for the good stuff. You may stroll down the candy aisle at the supermarket amidst the plethora of different chocolates, gummies, sours, and sweets, and think to yourself, how do I know which candy to buy? Well, CandyStore.com, is here to help. Over the past 10 years, CandyStore.com has been shipping tons of bulk candy all across the United States and Canada. They compiled 10 years (2007-2016) of sales data for the months leading up to Halloween and put together an interactive map that details the top three most popular Halloween candies for each state, indicated by pounds distributed. Check out the interactive map HERE to become the go-to house for all of the witches, ghosts, and Chewbaccas in town. Or, if you’d rather not have hoards of little vampires and Pokemon running through your yard but still want to please the kiddos, CandyStore.com also has a list of the WORST candies, so you know exactly what not to buy.
CandyStore.com also offers the option of skipping the trip to supermarket all together. Order online in bulk so you can avoid facing the delicious temptation of sugary goodness in candy aisle.
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