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    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “dYNAMI BUCKET LIST” dynami’s divine secret: Unique Hot Spots in the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and Canada Favorite Hideaway Vacation Destinations: ---U.S.--- ---U.S.--- U.S. Hawaii *Halekulani, on the Beach at Waikiki, Hawaii http://www.halekulani.com/ Best wilderness resorts – Forbes Traveler 2009 Top Ten Eco-Resorts in North America, Caribbean, and Central America – Away.com 2009 (to name a few..) *Kona Village Resort, Big Island, Hawaii http://konavillage.com/ This is Kona Village where Hawaii still exists; unplugged, unpretentious, unmatched. *Pure Maui, Maui, Hawaii http://www.puremaui.com/ Stay at one of many luxury private cottages or beach bungalows. Maui is a diverse land of extremes. From the gentle waters of Wailea to the lush waterfalls of Hana to the summit of Haleakala volcano at over 10,000 feet, Maui's beautiful environments are just waiting to be explored. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows. And a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes.” ~Garth Brooks goes.”
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Four Seasons Resort, Lana’i at Manele Bay, Hawaii http://www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/ Discover an ocean-side paradise bordering a marine preserve that teems with colourful reef fish and protected species such as green sea turtles and spinner dolphins. Laze on the white-sand beach or golf on two world-ranked courses. Explore this untouched island playground, and experience your own private Hawaii. This has truly been paradise! The hotel is gorgeous and so unique – I’m not sure I will really be satisfied anywhere else! *Halona Beach Cove, Óahu, Hawaii http://www.hawaiiweb.com/oahu/beaches/halona_beach_cove.htm Known as "The Peering Place", this cove is situated to the right of the Halona Blowhole. The rocky cove has a small sandy beach that is great for swimming when the surf is calm. This beach is probably best known as the site of the famous love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the 1953 movie, From Here to Eternity. California *San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California http://www.sanysidroranch.com/ In Southern California, built in classic bungalow style, forty one individually decorated private cottages and suites wind along San Ysidro's hillside creek- and tree-lined paths. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Maya Angelou
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Malibu Beach Inn, Carbon Beach, California http://www.malibubeachinn.com/ “...the Malibu Beach Inn reopened last fall with a casual chic décor that blends right in with its $50 million neighbors...” - The New York Times, May '08 *Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California http://www.postranchinn.com/ Nestled in the cliffs of Big Sur, experience the luxury resort’s organic architecture that embraces the dramatic beauty of the Big Sur coastline. From here you can explore all that nature has to offer, or take a short drive to the picturesque towns of Monterey and Carmel. “Blackthorne Inn floats among the treetops like a great ship” – AAA’s VIA magazine *Blackthorne Inn, Inverness Park, California http://www.blackthorneinn.com/ This unique structure resembles a giant elegant treehouse. Crafted from redwood, cedar and a 180-foot Douglas fir cut and milled on the site, the Blackthorne Inn bed and breakfast rises through fragrant bay trees to sunny decks on four levels. Located near the magnificent Point Reyes National Seashore, and an hour's drive from San Francisco, and the Napa-Sonoma wine country. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~John W. Gardner
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs, California http://www.korakia.com/ Welcome to a romantic retreat unlike any other. Korakia Pensione offers a unique and relaxing getaway from day to day reality. Crafted after a Mediterranean-style pensione, Korakia blends the silhouette of Tangier with a whisper of the Mediterranean. "Grab the glass of mint tea that awaits you in your Moroccan- or Mediterranean-style room, then head out through French doors onto your bougainvillea- edged patio to sip and stare at the San Jacinto Mountains." – Sunset Magazine 2009 Named one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America” – Forbes Traveler 2008 Utah *Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah http://www.steinlodge.com/ The European-style Lodge reflects the style of our namesake, Stein Eriksen of Norway, the Olympic Gold Medalist who first dreamt of a luxury hotel nestled in the slopes of the Wasatch Mountain range. Aesthetics are only a part of the Stein Eriksen Lodge experience. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------- “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” ~Anne Frank
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Dunton Hot Springs ranks in our Top 10 favorite places on earth – a Colorado romantic, magical experience beyond words.” - Luxury Travel *Dunton Hot Springs, San Juan Mountains of the Magazine Rockies, Colorado http://www.duntonhotsprings.com/about- #1 Luxury Hotel in the U.S., #5 All- dunton.html Inclusive in the World - 2009 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award Dunton Hot Springs is a small and exclusive resort nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies. *The St. Regis, Aspen, Colorado http://www.stregisaspen.com/templates/index.php The St. Regis Resort, Aspen in the majestic and historic town of Aspen, is a perfect environment for superb winter skiing, summer sports and the arts. The hotel delivers a benchmark of personalized service and unending attention to detail amidst the relaxed spirit of the Rocky Mountains. Our 179 guestrooms and suites, heated outdoor pool, Remède Spa and 20,000 square feet of function space ensure that our guests can expect nothing less than a remarkable experience. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It is the one who won’t be taken who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.” ~Bette Midler
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arizona *Canyon Ranch & Resort Hotel, Tucson, Arizona http://www.canyonranch.com/resorts/tucson-home.aspx Hike a canyon, jumpstart your exercise program, recharge your energy, grab onto a healthier future, and fall in love with life again. Start with a morning walk, choose from more than 40 daily fitness classes or hit the hiking trails and bike routes to enjoy the sunny weather and matchless scenery. *Mondrain Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona http://www.mondrianscottsdale.com/#/home/ Drawing inspiration from the Garden of Eden, designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz has created a unique sybaritic retreat . . .his thoughtful interpretation reflects the youthful spirit of the thriving city of Scottsdale, while celebrating the senses with luxury, indulgence, and amusement. Montana *The Lodge at Sun Ranch in Cameron, Montana http://www.papoosecreek.com/ One of Montana’s most picturesque areas. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~Aristotle
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Washington, D.C. *The St. Regis, Washington, D.C. http://www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=193 Built in 1926, two blocks from The White House and the Corcoran Gallery, the gracefully reimagined The St. Regis Washington, D.C. presents itself as the most prestigious hotel for royalty, presidents and prime ministers in the nation's capital. Alaska *Ultima Thule Lodge, Anchorage, Alaska http://www.ultimathulelodge.com/ The Ultima Thule Lodge is located in the Alaskan Wrangell Mountains, which is out of cell phone range. Guests spend their time discovering glaciers, admiring the northern lights and viewing the wilderness by small plane. At the end of the day, visitors retire to rustic cabins and can relax in the wood-fired sauna. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, imagination.” and gives birth to imagination.” ~Henry David Thoreau
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most Unusual: ---U.S.--- ---U.S.--- U.S. Connecticut *Winvian Farm, Litchfield Hills, Connecticut http://winvian.com/ “Helicopter cottage”- Amenities do not get more thrilling than this – a 17,000 pound gloriously restored piece of machinery, with all the lights, bells and whistles to simulate flying over the New England countryside. Helicopter epitomizes the sense of wonder such a precise piece of equipment awakens in all of us – with the difference that here, you can touch. Florida *Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida http://www.jul.com/ Just to enter the Lodge, one must actually scuba dive 21 feet beneath the surface of the sea. Jules’ really is underwater. Diving through the tropical mangrove habitat of the Emerald Lagoon and approaching the world’s only underwater hotel is quite an experience. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be described.” ~Jran Jacques Rousseau
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New York *The Surf Lodge, Montauk, New York http://www.thesurflodge.com/index.html A decidedly down-tempo summer retreat, The Surf Lodge is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy the good life—or secretly stalk Top Chef hunk Sam Talbot. Located on the farthest point of Long Island in Montauk, the hotel has hammocks overlooking the water, and elite suites have hot tubs. Sip a frozen cocktail at the outdoor bar while listening to live music (Julian Marley performed Memorial Day weekend) or grab a locally grown, fresh bite in the renowned restaurant. Alaska *Chena Hot Springs Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska http://www.chenahotsprings.com/index.php?id=museum *Mount Foraker in Midnight Sun, Denali National Park, Alaska http://www.nps.gov/dena/ Mount Foraker, or Sultana as it is known by the Athabascans, stands proudly as Denali's wife. At 17,400 feet it is the sixth highest mountain in North America. Sultana was renamed in honor of Ohio senator Joseph Foraker in 1899 by Joseph Herron. Although Mount McKinley is the park's crown jewel, standing at 20,320 feet, Mount Foraker offers a challenging ascent and breathtaking views for experienced climbers. Japanese climber Masatoshi Kuriaki made the first solo ascent in 2007. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “The supreme object of life is to live. Few people live. It is true life only to realize one’s own perfection, to make one’s every dream a reality.” ~Oscar Wilde
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Washington, D.C. *Donavan House, Washington, D.C. http://www.thompsonhotels.com/ Hotel rooms are unique in design, complete with cocoon spiral showers and leather wrap around beds. Idaho *Dog Bark Park Inn – Bed & Breakfast, Cottonwood, Idaho http://www.dogbarkparkinn.com/ “At Dog Bark Park Inn sleeping in the doghouse is a good thing!” Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed & breakfast guesthouse inside the World's Biggest Beagle. Guests enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd story deck. Some of the dog's decorative furnishings are carvings by Dog Bark Park chainsaw artists Dennis & Frances. Inside and up another level to the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it. ~Author Unknown
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- California *Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast, Monterey County, California http://www.iloveinns.com/innlink.php?innID=32780&city=Salinas&state=CA The Vision Quest Ranch is a 51 acre ranch located off the Monterey Monterey- Salinas Highway in Monterey Co., California. It is home to 100+ wild/exotic & domestic birds and animals. Listen to the lions and tigers roaring only yards from your canvas walled hotel suite. Each African tent style bungalow is creatively decorated and equipped with t comfortable furniture and complete bathroom facilities. Wake to a continental breakfast delivered to your tent (often by our animal friends). Guests will sometimes be invited to join the facility t trainers on their evening walks with many of our Wild Things. Ocean & Land Safari’s available http://www.iloveinns.com/innlink.php?innID=32780&city=Salinas&state=CA *A “Human Nest" by Spirit Garden in Big Sur, California http://www.treebonesresort.com/ To date, Fann has constructed nine nests, not counting the one he lived in 10 years back (complete with bedroom, guestroom, and a 20 20-foot-long living room). Of the nine, only the Spirit Nest lies open to the public; the rest are secluded on private proper property. Bring your own sleeping bags & other gear for this night aloft or spend an afternoon of exclusive "alone time" perched in the nest to ponder, meditate or pray. Ask reservationist for details. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.” ~William M. Thackeray
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oregon *Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort, Cave Junction, Oregon http://www.treehouses.com/treehouse/treesort/home.html There are a total of 18 treehouses, you probably couldn’t have dreamt up as a child. Many rooms have bathrooms and refrigerators. Some are located at an amazing height of 300 feet. Arkansas *Beckham Creek Cave Haven, Parthenon, Arkansas http://www.ozarkcave.com/ Set on the 530-acre estate, the “Cave House” was built with the philosophy that the ongoing preservation of natural beauty is paramount. With its perfect blend of magnificent craftsmanship and technology, it took nearly four years to complete. Everywhere one looks, the superior design and attention to detail is obvious. Totally, secluded, the “Cave House” delivers a comfortable and relaxing vacation, located in the Buffalo National River country with all the wild beauty of the Ozark countryside. Arizona *Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona http://www.hotelvalleyho.com/scottsdalehotels/index.html? Hotel Valley Ho was cool back in 1956 when it first opened its doors, and it's every bit as chic now, after an expansive and meticulously groomed 2005 rehabilitation. The hotel is a classic in mid-century design and lighthearted ambiance. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~Earl Nightingale
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Natural Wonders / Sights to See: ---U.S.--- ---U.S.--- U.S. California *Yosemite Falls in the Sierra Nevada mountains, California http://www.nps.gov/yose/ Yosemite Valley is world famous for its impressive waterfalls, meadows, cliffs, and unusual rock formations. Yosemite Valley is accessible by car all year. *Monarch Grove Sanctuary of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove “Butterfly Town,” California http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/monarchs/default.htm ; http://www.pgmuseum.org/ Arriving in October, the Monarch Butterflies cluster together on the pines and eucalyptus trees of the Sanctuary. Their migration to Pacific Grove is so unique and inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." The community has always welcomed the butterflies and sought for their protection. Every Year, Over 25,000 Monarchs Overwinter in Pacific Grove *Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, California These two parks testify to nature's size, beauty, and diversity: Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” ~Jane Austen
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Muir Woods, California http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mg.htm Muir Woods National Monument offers a quiet sanctuary in a growing urban setting. Known for its giant old growth stand of coast redwood trees, people from all over the world come to visit this special ecosystem. *Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California http://www.nps.gov/alca/ Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. *Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California http://www.holymtn.com/garden/Gallery/index_teagarden.html The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, is the oldest public Japanese garden in California. Most of the plants in the Japanese Tea Garden are from Japan, others are from both Japan and China, and a few are not Japanese but are from other parts of the world. Many of the dwarf trees are old and some were among the earliest to be planted in the Tea Garden. The oldest plant in the Tea Garden is a Japanese black pine espaliered in front of the Tea House. It came from Japan as a potted plant and was planted by Makoto Hagiwara. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wyoming *Tetons & Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming http://www.nps.gov/grte/ Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year. *Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming http://www.nps.gov/yell/ Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Washington *Mount Rainer, Washington http://www.nps.gov/mora/ Mount Rainier is an active stratovolcano (also known as a composite volcano) in Pierce County, Washington, located 54 miles southeast of Seattle, Washington, in the United States. It is the highest peak in the Cascade Range and Cascade Volcanic Arc at 14,411 feet. The mountain and the surrounding area are protected within Mount Rainier National Park. With 26 major glaciers and 35 square miles of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----- “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore, there is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.” ~George Gordon
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arizona *Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona http://www.havasufalls.net/ Havasu Falls is the second waterfall in the canyon. Havasupai is arguably the most famous and most visited of all the falls, and is considered one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world. The falls are known for their natural pools, created by mineralization. Although most of these pools were damaged in the early 1990s by large floods that washed through the area, a small man-made dam was constructed to help restore the pools and to preserve what is left. *Petrified Forest, Arizona http://www.nps.gov/pefo/ With one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of over 200-million-year-old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. Utah *The Virgin Rivers Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah http://www.nps.gov/zion/ The Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon: 16 miles long, up to 2000 feet deep, and at times only 20-30 feet wide. The Zion Narrows; walking in the shadow of its soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens can be an unforgettable wilderness experience. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “A picture is worth ten thousand words.” ~Chinese Proverb
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah http://www.nps.gov/brca/ Thousands of delicately carved spires rise in brilliant color from the amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park. Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs at Bryce, which isn't actually a canyon but the eastern slope of the Paunsaguant Plateau. *Rainbow Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah http://www.nps.gov/rabr/ Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest known natural bridge. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visit it each year. *Arches National Park, Moab, Utah http://www.nps.gov/arch/ Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world. Alaska *Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Alaska http://www.nps.gov/katm/planyourvisit/valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-tour.htm On June 6th, 1912, a previously unknown volcanic vent erupted in the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. The lush, green Ukak river valley was buried beneath hundreds of feet of incandescent ash at temperatures of up to 2000°F! This caused the water underneath the ash to become superheated and work its way up through the ash to the surface. These discharges of steam escaped from thousands of cracks and fissures to become fumaroles, giving the valley its name. Today, the valley floor has cooled significantly since the eruption and the "smokes" have disappeared. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and See their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ~Louisa May Alcott lead.”
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Montana *Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana http://www.nps.gov/glac/ The view from Hidden Lake Overlook provides a spectacular example of the power of Ice Age glaciers. This cirque (bowl shaped amphitheater) was carved out by huge glaciers tens of thousands of years ago. Just beyond the ridge in the background lies Sperry Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the park today. It is tiny compared to the massive ice sheets that sculpted the parks topography. Colorado *Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado http://www.redrocksonline.com/ Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure in Red Rocks Park near Morrison, Colorado (west of Denver), where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheatre. *Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Cañon City, Colorado http://www.royalgorgebridge.com/ Located just outside Canon City is the Royal Gorge Bridge - the world's tallest suspension bridge. The bridge is 1260 feet long and 18 feet wide, with a wooden walkway comprised of 1292 planks. The bridge is suspended from towers that are 150 feet high. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Emerson
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Pikes Peak, Colorado http://www.pikespeakcolorado.com/ The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fuji, Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. At an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. Oregon *Crater Lake, Oregon http://www.nps.gov/crla/ Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. Hawaii * Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea, Hawai’i http://www.nps.gov/havo/ Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture. The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pennsylvania *Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA http://www.longwoodgardens.org/default.html Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,050 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you’ll find beauty at every turn. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. After its expansion, presently, there are 195,668 square feet—or 4.5 acres—of covered display, production, and research greenhouses. On five special evenings through the summer, Longwood's famous Fireworks & Fountains entertain audiences of all ages. Great music and from outstanding performers fill the Gardens on select evenings. New York This exhibit is one of a kind and always something I look forward to during *Holiday Train Exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden, the Winter Holiday! The Bronx, New York http://www.nybg.org/hts08/hts.html Wrapped in the glow of twinkling lights, model trains and trolleys zip along over bridges and on winding tracks past scaled replicas of New York landmarks made by award-winning designer Paul Busse. Orange slices, cinnamon sticks, poppy pods, pine cones, and other pant parts are used to create more than 140 architectural reproductions. *David Rogers’ BIG-Bugs, Glenwood Landing, New York http://www.big-bugs.com/ When you take this remarkable and diverse group of "hidden gardeners" and recreate them on a gargantuan scale using all- natural materials, you have the Big Bugs. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes ~ Benjamin Disraeli
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Statue of Liberty, New York http://www.nps.gov/stli/ Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. *Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey http://www.nps.gov/elis/ / http://www.ellisisland.org/ Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation's premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990. Today, over 40 percent of America's population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island. Tennessee *Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee http://www.nps.gov/grsm/ Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. Celebrate the park's 75th Anniversary with us in 2009. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today’s world it has become a necessity.” ~Author Unknown
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- South Dakota *Mount Rushmore, South Dakota http://www.nps.gov/moru/ Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, South Dakota, is a monumental granite sculpture by Gutzon Borglum (1867–1941), located within the United States Presidential Memorial that represents the first 150 years of the history of the United States of America with 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (left to right): George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). *Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota http://www.crazyhorsememorial.org/ The world’s largest mountain carving. Virginia *Natural Bridge, Virginia http://www.naturalbridgeva.com/ Natural Bridge is one of the oldest tourist destinations in the United States. The Natural Bridge of Virginia is located in the community of Natural Bridge, which is located in Rockbridge County. The Bridge has been included in several "Seven Natural Wonders of the World" lists, mostly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark, a Virginia Historic Landmark, and is listed in the National Register of historic Places. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.” ~W. Somerset Maugham
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Florida *Everglades National Park, Florida http://www.nps.gov/ever/ Everglades National Park, largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance, significant to all people of the world. Maine *Acadia National Park, Maine http://www.nps.gov/acad/ People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery. Washington, D.C. *National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. http://www.nga.gov/collection/eastarch1.shtm The dramatic geometry of architect I. M. Pei's great "H"-shaped façade matches the equally severe walls of the West Building, which is situated across the plaza seen in the photograph above. To correspond in texture and color to the original building, the new one is faced inside and out with lavender-pink marble from the same quarry in Tennessee. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms – will it return to my body when they scatter?” ~Kotomichi
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Activity: ---U.S.--- ---U.S.--- U.S. Colorado *White Water Rafting down the Colorado River, Colorado http://www.westernriver.com/trips/coloradoriver/ High in the pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness of Colorado, the mighty Colorado River begins. After winding its way across Colorado, the river enters some of the most spectacular river rafting destinations in the world. Arizona *Pink Jeep Tours, Sedona, Arizona http://www.pinkjeep.com/jeep-tours/sedona/ California *Pure Luxury Transportation private wine tours, California http://www.pureluxury.com/create_tour.php *Benzinger Winery’s tractor-tram tour in Sonoma Wine Country, Glen Ellen, California www.benzinger.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Wine Country Biking, California http://www.backroads.com/trips/BWCI/california-wine-country-biking-tour Napa & Sonoma Counties: Vineyards, Redwoods & Coast Like a fine wine, this classic Backroads trip has grown beautifully with age. Explore five valleys of world-famous vineyards, forests of soaring redwoods, perfect pastoral landscapes and the captivating Pacific Coast. Indulge after at one of their Premiere Inns for the ultimate luxury experience. Casual Inns are also offered. *Short Escape Luxury Biking Tour of Sonoma County, California http://www.winecountrybikes.com/Short%20Escapes.htm The first day is on a Classic Wine County Bike Tour of the bucolic Dry Creek Valley. Then you will visit the favorite local wineries, enjoy a wonderful Sonoma style picnic lunch and pedal back to town in the late afternoon to relax with a glass of wine by the pool or take a stroll around the Plaza. After a wonderful breakfast, day two will be spent exploring the Alexander Valley, the Russian River Valley or another area of the amazingly diverse Sonoma County on a custom designed self-guided tour. *Private Segway Tour of San Francisco or Sausalito, California http://www.sfelectrictour.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~Henry David Thoreau
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hawaii *Island Sails: tour the island and celebrate the traditional sailing canoes, Kauai, Hawaii http://islandsailskauai.com/home/ “Some compare it to the invention of the wheel. Others, to the moon landing… Island Sails offers Early Morning Sail/Snorkel, Mid-Morning Sail, Afternoon Sail, Romantic Hanalei Sunset Sail, and Honeymoon Sunset Sail/Personalized Charters” *Horseback Riding, Maui, Hawaii http://www.hotelhanamaui.com/act_horseback.php Home to 2000 head of cattle, Hana Ranch at Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa encompasses nearly 3,000 acres. A horseback ride is an ideal way to explore some of the most beautiful, pristine land on earth. Utah *Fly Fishing in Park City, Utah http://www.troutbum2.com/index.shtml Thousands of trout per square mile can be found on the Lower Provo River, 40 minutes off 1-80 near Park City, Utah. Some prime casting grounds, include Tressle, Pine Run, and Hoover’s Hole. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”~Galileo
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wyoming *Hoof into the Rookies, Laramie, Wyoming www.medbowlodge.com Pass through the town of Laramie and make your way to the Medicine Bow Lodge. There, sign on for a seven-mile horseback trip through moose and elk terrain to 10,000-ft. high Phantom Lake. Arizona *Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours, Arizona http://www.maverickhelicopter.com/canyon.php ; http://www.flykenai.com/ Ranging from 629 km wide and more than a kilometre deep, nothing can quite prepare you for the first sight of the Grand Canyon in Arizona - and helicopter is one of the best ways to appreciate this huge abyss of sandstone pinnacles, outcrops, ridges and chasms with colours that range from dazzling desert yellows and oranges to deep-purple shadows. *Grand Canyon and “Skywalk,” Arizona http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/ Walk the Glass Bridge, the “Grand Canyon Skywalk,” which opened in March 2007. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” ~Hal Borland
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alaska * Alaska Biking Tour of the Vast Southern Wildness, Alaska http://www.backroads.com/trips/BALQ/alaska- biking-tour Explore Alaska's rugged untamed wilderness by land, water and air, and come face-to-face with nature's grandeur. Pedal through forests of quaking aspen and cottonwood, raft the rapids, pass creaking glaciers and fly into the country's largest national park. While the biking is challenging, with long distances and hills, the routes are breathtaking and well worth the effort. It's no wonder the Aleuts call this "the Great Land." Nevada *Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada http://www.bellagio.com/amenities/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx A refreshing addition to your entertainment options, the Fountains of Bellagio were destined to romance your senses. Take in a complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music and light thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize its admirers. All for your amusement, the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived amazes against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas' lavender sky. *Indoor Skydiving, Perris, California http://www.skydiveperris.com/tunnel.html Also located at Appalachian Amusement Center, North Carolina/Vegas Indoor Skydiving/ Flyaway, Tennessee/ iFly Hollywood, California/iFly SF Bay, California/iFly Utah/Paraclete XP, North Carolina/SkyVenture, Arizona/SkyVenture, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, Perris California, Orlando Florida, Montreal/VR Skydive, Michigan ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “I believe a leaf of grass journey- is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” ~Walt Whitman
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Favorite Hideaway Vacation Destinations: ---Caribbean--- Belize *Cayo Espanto, Belize http://www.aprivateisland.com/ Cayo Espanto is a private island paradise that combines the ultimate in luxury and seclusion. With only five villas and a staff to guest ratio of two to one, you will always feel you have the island to yourself. *Blancaneaux Lodge, San Ignacio, Belize http://www.blancaneaux.com/desk/ Blancaneaux Lodge is located just outside the town of San Ignacio in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of Belize. It’s a truly captivating experience. *Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize www.chaacreak.com In 2008—Rated “Top Belize Resort” by the Belize Tourism Board, World’s Top 50 Eco Lodges by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, World’s Best Hotels in Mexico, Central and South America by Travel and Leisure Magazine, and World’s Best Places to stay in Central & South America by Condé Nast Magazine, while also achieving the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.” ~Francis Bacon, Sr.
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Costa Rica “A rare GEM” *El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Bajos Del Toro, Costa Rica http://www.elsilenciolodge.com/ El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a planet-friendly luxury hotel located in Costa Rica’s lush central volcanic valley. Silencio, Spanish for, is befitting of a destination where daily stress hushes and the sounds of nature bloom. *Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, Spa & Nature Reserve, San Ramón, Costa Rica http://www.villablanca-costarica.com/index.html This plush mountain-retreat hotel consists of a series of Tico-style casitas surrounded by 1,976 acres of farm and forest. Spectacular scenery. *Hotel Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica http://www.hotelpuntaislita.com/# Bahamas *Bimini Bay Resort, Marina and Spa, The Bahamas http://www.biminibayresort.com/index.htm Amid serenity and exotic tranquility lies the island of Bimini, Bahamas. Just 48 Nautical Miles from South Florida, Bimini Bay Resort & Marina is the perfect tropical getaway for those with a passion for fishing or those who love to escape the routine and experience the best of Mother Nature. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “To unpathed waters, undreamed shores.” ~William Shakespeare
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Tiamo, South Andros Island, The Bahamas http://www.tiamoresorts.com/tiamo/resort.html The most intimate and private of Bahamian resorts, this 12-acre Caribbean paradise has but eleven beach bungalows, surrounded by 125 acres of naturally preserved wilderness. Guests are pleasantly surprised when they discover that Tiamo is an ecoresort. Grab a kayak or one of Tiamo’s cool trimarans and head south down the Bight to a snug crescent beach called The Lagoon. *The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Abaco, The Bahamas http://www.ritzcarltonrealestate.com/residences/landing/abaco/abaco.jsp Drive 25 minutes south of Marsh Harbour to get to The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a glamorous private golf and sporting club (for resident and nonresident members) set on 520 acres of stunning oceanfront property. *Little Whale Cay, Bahamas http://www.littlewhalecay.com/ Little Whale Cay is an beautiful private island set in the Berry Islands in the heart of the Bahamas. This private island retreat offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in 3 luxury villas. Little Whale Cay is steeped in local Bahamian history and is easily accessible by plane from Florida or Nassau. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- anything “To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.” ~Bernard Edmonds
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- French West Indies “A rare GEM” *Eden Rock Hotel, St. Barths, French West Indies http://www.edenrockhotel.com/en/index.htm “Eden Rock evolved from an imaginatively sited house built fifty years ago by Remy De Haenen, a celebrated local adventurer…” Sail from St. Jean Bay aboard Eden Rock’s 35- ft. motor yacht. Take your trip at dusk so you can watch the sunset from Colombier Inlet on the northwest tip of the island. St. Lucia *Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia http://www.jademountain.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” ~ Alan Alda
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Turks & Caicos *Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos http://www.parrotcay.como.bz/Default.aspx A private sanctuary offering nothing but luxury, serenity and peace of mind only a short boat ride away from Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It combines nature – 1000 unspoilt acres, including a mile- long powdered beach – with understated style, cosseting service and smiling staff. *Amanyara, Turks & Caicos http://amanresorts.com/amanyara/home.aspx This private and exclusive hideaway boasts scattered pavilions and villas across tropical vegetation and ponds, perched on rugged stone headlands and rests steps from an endless fine-sand alabaster beach. The Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence Best Resort in Bahamas and Caribbean Voted No. 1 in 2009 and 2008 –Gallivanter’s Guide UK British Virgin Islands *Peter Island Resort, British Virgin Islands http://www.peterisland.com/ Experience a private island paradise that is truly unique. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Helen “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~Helen Keller
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- St. Vincent and the Grenadines *Young Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines http://youngisland.com/ “As I swing in a hammock beneath a thatched- palm overhang, getting sleepy, I trick myself once again into thinking that, when in reality I’m actually losing years. Or rather, perhaps I just lose track of time…” Dress code: “barefoot chic” Book a sunset cruise that skirts the coast of St. Vincent on the resort’s 44-ft yacht. *Petit St. Vincent (PSV), Grenadines www.psvresort.com A private island resort in the Grenadines. Panama *Islas Secas, Panama http://islassecas.com/index.html Islas Secas is a boutique resort amid 16 secluded private tropical islands…From the surface you can observe some of the largest marine visitors to Coiba and the Gulf of Chiriqui. Humpback whales travel from the north and south to congregate in the park. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” ~Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- U.S. Virgin Islands * Caneel Bay Resort, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands http://www.caneelbay.com/ Nestled within the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John sits Caneel Bay Resort, rimmed by seven of St. John’s finest beaches. Little Cayman *The Club, Little Cayman http://www.theclubatlittlecayman.com/ Nestled on secluded South Hole Sound, The Club at Little Cayman is the newest and most prestigious accommodation available on Little Cayman Island. The Club is an elegant collection of eight luxury condominiums. Each unit offers three-bedroom and three bathroom opulence unequalled on the island, and sets a new standard in luxury living. Barbados *The House, Barbados http://www.thehousebarbados.com/ Discover a world of endless possibility, a sophisticated yet refreshingly simple retreat. A sanctuary of balance and beauty, The House is your passage to a secluded enclave. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most Unusual: ---Caribbean--- Utila *Nightland, Utila http://www.jadeseahorse.com/cabins.html Upon entering the Cabins at Nightland, the scene unfolds like a children's pop-up book. Nightland offers the traveler to Utila the chance to share and live in an artist's dream. Natural Wonders / Sights to See: ---Caribbean--- Costa Rica * Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica http://centralamerica.com/cr/parks/moarenal.htm Costa Rica’s Most Active Volcano. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” ~Benjamin Franklin
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- St. Lucia *Diamond Falls, Soufriere, St. Lucia http://www.diamondstlucia.com/ Diamond Falls is probably the main attraction of the Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfall property. What makes this waterfall stand out is that its waters are laced with minerals as its stream emanates from rainwater mixed with volcanism giving the falls a rather colorful appearance that seems to change a lot. Best Activity: ---Caribbean--- Costa Rica *Monteverde Canopy Tour, Costa Rica http://www.monteverdeinfo.com/canopy/tour.htm Sky Trek is a system of trails, suspension bridges, and zip lines that offers visitors the opportunity to observe, and appreciate tropical vegetation from different vantage points, above the rain forest canopy. Sky Trek at Monteverde has 9 cable systems, the longest is 2,525 feet (770 meters), and 456 feet (130 meters) high. It is a total stretch of 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) of cables. “Enjoy yourself – it’s later than you think.” ~Chinese Proverb
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Tour the Rainforest, Costa Rica http://www.tirimbina.org/ Hike the trails of the Reserve for 2–3 hours with a trained naturalist guide to help uncover and interpret the secrets of the tropical rainforest. Discover wildlife hideouts, learn rainforest natural history, and hike some of the more remote trails of the Reserve. * Turtle Night Tour, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica http://www.costaricantrails.com/tours/tortuguero.html Private Guided Evening Tour to see the nesting of Green Sea Turtles, Leatherback or Hawksbill Turtles onshore. (no one is allowed on the beach unaccompanied after 6pm). Become a Research Participant Volunteer and Get Involved: http://www.cccturtle.org/ Belize *Scuba Diving or Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley, Belize http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/parksharkrayalley.html The dive site has been selected as one of the seven best “animal dives” in the Caribbean. *Caving in the Mayan Sacred Cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize http://www.hunchiiktours.com/atm.html “In the vast main chamber of the ATM cave—short for Actun Tunichil Muknal, or Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher— we wandered among human skeletal remains, sacrificial altars, and more than 100 intact ceramic pots, some the size of beach balls. All lay exactly as the Mayans left them a millennium ago.” ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Favorite Hideaway Vacation Destinations: ---Mexico--- San José del Cabo * One&Only Palmilla, San José del Cabo, Mexico http://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/flash.html At this 53-year-old property, every room has ocean views and butler service. Service and amenities are "refined in every detail": Expect poolside foot massages and margarita ice pops. At night, the grounds are "lit up by small fires—it's enchanting." Santa Fe *Encantado: An Auberge Resort, Santa Fe, New Mexico http://www.encantadoresort.com/overview/ Set against the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Encantado is an oasis of serenity, privacy and luxury. Isla Holbox *CasaSandra, Isla Holbox, Mexico http://www.casasandra.com/en/index1.htm A tranquil 12-room hotel on secluded Isla Holbox. One of Sandra’s aspiration as an author was to be able to write by the sea. Her dream place had also to be isolated, serene and the sea should provide ever-changing shades of blue from turquoise to deep indigo. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~Mother Teresa
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Riviera Maya *Mandarin Oriental, Riviera Maya, Mexico http://www.mandarinoriental.com/rivieramaya/ Our luxury resort is set amidst 36 acres of tropical forests, with calm water views over the Caribbean Sea, lagoons or our sacred freshwater lake. Relax touring the nearby ancient Mayan ruins or in our glorious spa, the soul of our resort. Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico is a fabulous hideaway where luxury and natural beauty are in complete harmony. *Rosewood Mayakobá, Riviera Maya, Mexico http://www.rosewoodmayakoba.com/en/index.cfm Surrounded by the emerald embrace of the jungle and caressed by warm Caribbean breezes, Rosewood Mayakobá is imbued with the unique spirit of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Situated along a mile- long arc of white sand on the Riviera Maya, Rosewood Mayakobá is the heart of a 1,600-acre luxury resort enclave.. Punta de Mita *Hotel de Artistes, Punta de Mita, Mexico http://www.hoteldesartistesdelmar.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” ~James Dean
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jalisco *Hotel Desconocido, Jalisco, Mexico www.slh.com With no phone, Internet or electricity, the Hotelito Desconocido resort in Mexico's Playon de Mismaloya Nature Reserve is made up of 30 palafitos, or bungalows, built on stilts on a 40-mile stretch of beach, and lies within one of Mexico's largest turtle reserves. World’s ultimate unplugged vacation Nayarit *Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico http://vallarta.grandvelas.com/?_vsrefdom=grandvelas Discover a world of lavish beauty and luxury at Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort. Located on magnificent Banderas Bay in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, Grand Velas delivers the ultimate all inclusive vacation. San Miguel de Allende *Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Along some of the most typical streets of downtown San Miguel de Allende, six mansions, originally built in the 16th century, make up one of México´s most cosmopolitan hotels, Casa de Sierra Nevada, now a member of the exclusive Orient Express family. This breathtaking property, located in the heart of downtown San Miguel, is an ideal blend of European finesse and Mexican beauty. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. ~Charles Darwin
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Acapulco *Casa Yalma Kaan, Acapulco, Mexico This beach front tract of land originally purchased by a family for their private beach getaway, naturally evolved into the current 7 cabanas to become an exotic hideaway for the discriminating traveler. The cabanas are rustic yet elegant. Thatched roof palapas are innovatively detailed with creatively used bamboo in the bathroom, intricate stone work on the floors and a cozy balcony that´s perfect for sipping morning coffee, watching the waves or reading your favorite novel in peace. All cabanas are steps from the ocean and are strategically situated on the property to maximize your privacy and comfort. Most Unusual: ---Mexico--- Jalisco *Verana, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico Floating above the Bay of Banderas and embraced by the mountains of the Valle de la Sierra Oriental rests VERANA. VERANA has just 8 guesthouses that dot the 5-acre property, lush with tropical plantings and fruit trees. All the guesthouses are unique in concept and feel. As Architectural Digest's Kathryn Harris said, "The bungalows are part of an ongoing play between inside and out, past and present, privacy and community, nature and manmade." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give soul.” strength to body and soul.” ~John Muir
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Playa del Carmen *Basico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico http://www.hotelbasico.com/index2.html Picture a pair of recycled petroleum tanks transformed into swimming pools with the most spectacular view of the Caribbean sea, cabanas on the roof terrace fabricated from old trucks to lounge in whilst sipping a cocktail, 106m² of tyre cleverly fashioned as flooring and curtains, uncovered piping in the rooms and elevated beds – and you start to grasp the raw concept behind this hip hotel. The hotel is themed around 1950s Mexico, a time when the oil industry was growing rapidly. Architect Hectar Galvan has made 70% of the building out of recycled materials drawn from oil tankers. It's a remarkable edifice, the antithesis of a run-of-the-mill hotel. You´ll especially love the creativity of it all! It´s great fun just to see how so many recycled materials were used to create such a unique venue. Mexico City *Condesa DF, Mexico City, Mexico Located in a safe, central residential area replete with eateries and cafes, this hot design hotel is the star in town. Artsy, cool, stylish and fun, CONDESA DF truly exemplifies its neighborhood — fashionable and trendy, yet respectful and traditional. A unique collaboration between the creators of Habita and Deseo hotels, Parisian designer India Mahdavi, South Beach hotelier Jonathan Moor and Mexican architect Javier Sánchez de Sánchez Higuera, CONDESA DF regally stands as an icon of bohemian chic. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breaking..”~John Keats
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Costalegre *El Careyes, Costalegre, Mexico http://www.careyesresort.com/ In a palm grove on the edge of a pristine rocky cove with a golden-sand beach lies the exclusive and chic hideaway hotel of El Careyes. El Careyes’ rooms and suites are built in a pueblo- style horseshoe around an immense oasis pool and lush gardens. All are spacious, overlooking pool or ocean, with welcoming terraces and many with private flower-strewn plunge pools. In a spirited blend of Mexican and Mediterranean styles, El Careyes’ smooth white walls contrast with colorful Mexican tile, furnishings and art work. Puebla *La Purificadora, Puebla, Mexico http://www.lapurificadora.com/ Innovative Mexican hotelier Carlos Couturier’s latest project is an inland wonder, a former 19th-century water-purifying centre next to the Iglesia de San Francisco in the colonial city of Puebla. Purity is the guiding principle of the hotel’s design as executed by renowned architects Ricardo Legorreta and his son Victor: black and white are the only colours, bringing out the subtleties of the materials used – stone from the original building, old wood, onyx and custom floor tile, as well as found materials such as bottles and glass fragments, which are also integrated in the hotel’s graphic design. “Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Natural Wonders / Sights to See: ---Mexico--- New Mexico *Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, Mexico http://www.nps.gov/cave/ As you pass through the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas—filled with prickly pear, chollas, sotols and agaves—you might never guess there are more than 300 known caves beneath the surface. The park contains 113 of these caves, formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, creating some of the largest caves in North America. Best Activity: ---Mexico--- Guadalupe *Swim with the Sharks! at Dive Isla Guadalupe, Mexico http://www.incredible- adventures.com/sharks_isla_guadalupe.html Travel to the crystal clear waters…aboard the Nautilus Explorer, a 116ft luxury liveaboard custom-built for smooth sailing in rough waters. Isla Guadalupe is considered on e of the best places on the whole planet to view great white sharks. Baja California *Sea Kayak and Snorkel with the Sea Lions, Baja California, Mexico http://www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk/Holiday-Types/Tailor-Made/Holiday-List/Mexico/Sea-Kayaking-in-Baja- Californi.aspx?country=Mexico&type=0&page=2 You will navigate about half the coast of this uninhabited island in single or twin sea kayaks, explore towering cliffs and sea caves on the east. Venture inland on short hikes among the crowds of ancient cacti, watch the agitated flights of exotic bird-life, swim with sea-lions, camp under the stars. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Look “Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.” ~Osho
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Favorite Hideaway Vacation Destinations: ---Canada--- ---Canada--- New York State *Galloo Private Island, New York State http://www.presidentialretreats.com/vacation_rental/galloo- island-new-york-state.html Galloo Island, New York State, Jefferson County, is located on the eastern side of Lake Ontario, near the towns of Kingston, Canada and Watertown, USA, and is approx. 6 miles from the Canadian border and 12 miles from the USA mainland. The island features a large, new renovated lodge (built in 1889) with 7 bedrooms. Each room has its own animal theme. A spacious living area with fireplace exudes coziness. Sackets Harbor, a beautiful small town on the US mainland, offers a Yacht Club, good shopping facilities and great dining. This has truly been paradise! The hotel is gorgeous and so unique – I’m not sure I will really be satisfied anywhere else! British Columbia *Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada http://www.brentwoodbaylodge.com/ An intimate 33-room lodge, this is the only five-star Oceanside accommodation in Victoria, British Columbia. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most Unusual: ---Canada--- ---Canada--- Canada Toronto *Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada www.thedrakehotel.ca “Designed by the Toronto firm 3rd Uncle, the hotel’s 19 rooms—which include “crash pads” and “dens”— are beyond eclectic: floral wallpaper, flea-market décor, and bathrooms set off by vinyl curtains or partly frosted glass doors..the lounge has mismatched vintage chairs and leather sofas..” Québec *Hôtel de Glace, Québec, Canada http://www.icehotel-canada.com/index.php Sleep inside a real work of art and marvel at the ice and snow sculptures that surround you. Every suite features its own unique design and theme for the night of a lifetime. “It’s a cocoon that cuts you off from the rest of the world and its daily stresses” ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.” ~Immermann
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Natural Wonders / Sights to See: ---Canada--- ---Canada--- Canada Ontario *Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The Niagara Falls are voluminous waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly-formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean. Banff *Banff National Park & Lake Louise, Banff, Canada http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/index_E.asp ; http://www.discoverlakelouise.com/ In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 2,564 square miles of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots. Lake Louise is known for being Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” and the “Hiking Capital of Canada.” Nova Scotia *Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada http://www.bayoffundy.com/ Home to the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a 270 km (170 mile) long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Canada's east coast. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Voyage upon life’s sea, To yourself be true, And, whatever your lot may be, Paddle your own canoe.” ~Sarah Bolton
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Activity: ---Canada--- ---Canada--- Canada British Columbia – Gulf Islands *Bike, Hike, Kayak and Explore the Canadian Gulf Islands http://www.bicycleadventures.com/where/canada/ The bicycle tour begins in Victoria, British Columbia, where you’ll ride through picturesque countryside surrounding the city, as well as visiting world-famous Butchart Gardens. Then to the Gulf Islands – Galiano, Pender, and Mayne - where you’ll be bicycling, hiking, kayaking and exploring the region. Ontario *Watch the Fireworks or Illumination Show at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/fireworks.html Catch a Glimpse for Yourself: Illumination Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1zhlBv_qcc&feature=related Fireworks Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDVCQXuSzlk&feature=related *Indoor Skydiving, Ontario, Canada http://www.niagarafreefall.com/freefall/index.htm Watch a clip on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmXFLafZzhg ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------- “The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most Scenic and Luxurious Train Trips: Our Passion Your Life California Enjoy the Ride *Napa Valley Wine Train http://winetrain.com/ The Napa Valley Wine Train is a leisurely journey through the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley in meticulously restored vintage rail cars. Not just a train ride, but a culinary experience as well. *Amtrak’s Southwest Chief (40+ hours) http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Route/Horizontal_Route_Page&c=am2Route&cid=108144 2673827&ssid=132 Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, through the vast expanse of the fabled American West. *Amtrak’s Coast Starlight (35 hours) http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Route/Vertical_Route_Page&cid=1081256321841&c=am2 Route&ssid=135 The Coast Starlight travels 1,390 miles along the Pacific Ocean between Seattle and Los Angeles, passing the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. Luxury amenities include local-wine tastings and a movie-theater car. *GrandLuxe Rail Journeys’ National parks of the West (10 days) http://www.vacationsbyrail.com/usa/amtrak_vacations/best_of_the_west/index.html A restored vintage train with 1940s décor, the GrandLuxe offers luxury rail trips year-round throughout North America. Among the most popular is the summer excursion through the American Southwest, which stops at four national parks—Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Zion or Bryce. *Private Rail Cars are also available, refurbished and historic, and offer the most unique way to experience train travel in the U.S. http://www.vacationsbyrail.com/usa/private_rail_cars/index.html ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------- If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it. ~William Arthur Ward
    • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alaska *Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast, Fairbanks, Alaska http://www.fairbanksalaskabedandbreakfast.com/ Canada *Great Rail Journeys, Canada (17 days) http://www.greatrail.com/ An exclusive tour covering more than 3,500km of Canada's most spectacular scenery, on The Canadian (a classic train restored to 1950s style) and The Rocky Mountaineer, which has bi-level observation cars. Best Cruise Experience: Small Ships *Silversea Cruises http://www.silversea.com/default.aspx *Regent Seven Seas Cruises http://www.rssc.com/ *Windstar Cruises *Star Cruises *Seabourn Cruise Line Large Ships *Crystal Cruises http://www.crystalcruises.com/cruiselist.aspx?RK=STD *Celebrity Cruises *Queen Mary 2 http://www.cruiseline.co.uk/qm2-cruises/ There is no better view of Manhattan than from the water as you pass the Statue of Liberty en route for Pier 90. See it in style aboard the Queen Mary 2, the self-styled greatest ocean liner of our time. Fares from Southampton to New York start at just £799 (£1,199 if you want a balcony), a lot less than a club-class ticket; and you’re guaranteed a flat bed, decent food, proper china and metal cutlery. Admittedly it takes six nights, not eight hours. But they throw in a flight (with Virgin Atlantic) back to the UK, and two nights in a New York hotel. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------- People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest. ~George Matthew Allen
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