Great Places to Travel: Where the 1% Play

  • Garden of the Gods Collection at Colorado Springs

    Golfing the Garden of the Gods Collection and others at Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs vacation hot spots for the one-percent include luxury accommodations at the Garden of the Gods Collection (gardenofthegodsclub.com) in Colorado Springs. A tourist destination since its 1871 inception, Colorado Springs offers visitors a myriad of luxury accommodations and first class golf - all set within a region renowned for its natural beauty.
    From your luxury suite or while enjoying a drink and a bite on the terrace or swimming in the infinity pool at the Garden of the Gods Collection, enjoy unparalleled views of The Garden of the Gods Park.
    This 1334-acre City Park and registered Natural Landmark contains 300 million years of geologic history. Brick-red sandstone formations stand 300 feet against the stark blue sky below Pikes Peak. This 14,000 feet of “purple mountain majesty” inspired “America the Beautiful”, earning Pikes Peak the unofficial title of America’s Mountain.
     
     Kissing Camels Golf Club at Garden of the Gods Collection, Colorado Springs
     
    Overlooking the famous Garden of the Gods rock formation that perfectly frames Pikes Peak- America’s mountain, this challenging, well-routed and well maintained 27-hole championship track was designed by J. Press Maxwell and Mark Rathert. Five sets of tee boxes (look for the colourful camel markers) make this an enjoyable course for every level of golfer. The tracts feature bunkered greens, towering pines, and lush mountain range landscaping.
     
    This 50-year-old course spans more than 7,000 yards per 18 holes at the Garden of the Gods Collection golf resort. The driving range and practice facilities offer members and guests the opportunity to work on their games, and personalized golf instruction from PGA professional staff is available. The fully-stocked pro shop carries the latest in golf equipment, fashion, and accessories for men, women and children.

    Golfing Cheyenne Mountain Resort
     
    Ten miles south on 25, Cheyenne Mountain Resort features an immaculately groomed 18-hole championship course designed to challenge golfers at all skill levels, Hole nine on this Pete Dye championship track is a short par four. Keep your tee ball left for a short approach in and a good opportunity for birdie.
    Cheyenne Mountain Resort boasts tour-quality greens and broad fairways on a course set alongside a private, 35-acre lake. A rugged mountain ridgeline backdrop and bright blue southern Colorado sky create the picture-perfect setting for challenging game of golf nearly any day of the year.
     
    Book the Stay & Play package and take advantage of considerable savings when you bundle your golf and lodging ahead of time for the best available rates. Other specials include 30% off the published golf rates on your first 18-hole round, in any season. And after a long day on the green, kick back, relax and enjoy 10% off a room in our AAA Four-Diamond accommodations. Golf reservations are highly recommended at cheyennemountain.com.
     
    Broadmoor Resort Golf
     
    Home of the 2018 Senior Open The final resting spot of Spencer and Julie Pemrose, the founders of the nearby 5-star Broadmoor Resort at the Will Rogers Memorial on Cheyenne Mountain overlooks the signature Donald Ross-designed East Golf Course. Their tomb serves as a convenient landmark for reading the greens that roll away from the couple towards Amarillo, Texas.  The Broadmoor is home to the 2018 Senior Open.
    Call  1 888-958-1290 to book your suite or a round of golf  at The Garden of the Gods Collection.

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Silver Bullet Vacations 25-foot 2016 Flying Cloud Series Airstream

    1 Hotel in Miami Beach

    1 hotel in Miami Beach can best be described as a luxury hotel with an eco-friendly heart.To that end,1 Hotel has applied for silver certification from the green building program LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).
    Interesting and attractive green living initiatives are evident in the various amenities found throughout the rooms and common spaces within and outside the 1 hotel. Clothes hangers are created from recycled paper, the ceilings and furniture are all made of reclaimed wood and there are even bins in your room to recycle your gently -used clothing.
    Triple-Clear water filters replace plastic water bottles and printed hotel guides have been replaced with smart phones in all the rooms. As well, all furniture is made with natural fabrics.
    The doorway frames come from recycled beetle wood from Colorado. These pine beetles carry a fungus that leaves an attractive grey stain which does not affect the wood’s strength.
    Even high-end travelers appreciate freebies. At 1 Hotel, complimentary services for guests include: a different cocktail every night in the hotel garden at happy hour, fresh organic fruit in the lobby in the morning, and first come, first serve chauffeured rides in electric Tesla cars within a three-mile radius.
    Fine Dining:
    Set in a garden of indigenous plants,Beachcraft at 1 Hotel is headed up by chef Tom Colicchio, a five-time James Beard award winner, who honed his cooking chops in the south of France at two-star Michelin restaurants. Colicchio is quick to point out however, that the Beachcraft menu is not French. Using locally-sourced ingredients, Colicchio’s fresh and inventive menu puts a new spin on old favorites. The tasty creations here include a Mexican-inspired grilled octopus, glazed with a tangy ancho chile sauce and the sashimi paired with a compote of tropical fruit.
    Between the lobby and the restaurant sits the hotel bar with live music - perfect for dancing and socializing.
    Water time:
    Along with the beautiful beach, swimmers here have four pools to choose from: the south pool, the center pool, the cabana pool, and the rooftop pool which functions as a happening nightspot where guests always receive priority admission.

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Pier at Huntington Beach aka "Surf City USA"

    Pier at Huntington Beach aka "Surf City USA"

    High-end surfer folks head to Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA (surfcityusa.com) for luxury beach-front accommodations and apres surf dining, spa, nightlife and shopping activities.
    The top drawer surf experience starts at the Pasea Hotel & Spa- right on the beach at Huntington Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near the bronze surfer statue. While staying at The Pasea, check out the incredible art works which feature a great beach vibe. "Wavelength 4" by Jorge Dubin, created specifically for the Pasea, is composed of 1400 flip flops.
    A hearty breakfast starts at the adjacent Tanner's and includes the uber-healthy acai berry bowl. For a more classic take on breakfast, head to the popular Watertable at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (reservations recommended).
    After a hard morning on the water - or shopping the high-end offerings of the new Pacific City near the hotel, treat yourself to a bamboo massage at Aarna Spa. The Balinese-inspired spa welcomes all guests to the 5,800 square feet of tranquil space. Highlights include a private spa garden along with separate men’s and women’s facilities that each offer a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and a saltwater whirlpool. Guests of the hotel can enjoy a full-access Aarna Spa day pass without a treatment for a small fee.
    Enjoy excellent lunches of tasty comfort food specialties like a pistachio-encrusted sole or rich and tasty crab cakes at The Red Table - just be sure to save room for their broken banana cream pie - best enjoyed with their caramel-flavored Kentucky bourbon draft beer (really!)
    For more relaxing afternoon activities head to Electric Duffy Boat rental in the tranquil Huntington Harbour for a two-hour self-captained cruise of the calm harbour - which is also perfect for swimming. Don't miss the tiny but informative International Surfing Museum to see the largest surfboard ever built to hold a record-breaking number of surfers.
    When it's time to for dinner head out to Bluegold- a five-minute walk from the Pasea. Start with one of their inventive cocktails - like the "LA Confidential" with rye, bourbon and Pom molasses . The chef-driven California fusion menu offers a wide range of flavors. Try the wood -fired burrata pizza with fried rosemary, shaved pistacho and orange oil or the steam kettle shellfish pot in a spicy Vietnamese tomato curry (think tom yum) or even the salt-roasted beets and yellowtail sashimi. Further afield, a more casual dinner of baked Alaskan halibut on pesto rice or salmon baked in parchment paper can be had at SeaLegs Wine Bar.
    Good bets for evening entertainment include live music at LOT 579 or a nightcap at one of the coolest spots in town, The Bungalow, also in the Pacific City complex.

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Silver Bullet Vacations 25-foot 2016 Flying Cloud Series Airstream

    Silver Bullet Vacations 25-foot 2016 Flying Cloud Series Airstream

    High-end campers sport only the best: the Airstream trailer. For those who want to enjoy the full luxurious Airstream camping experience minus the hassle of ownership, there’s Silver Bullet Vacations - a one-stop shop for your Airstream travel trailer needs in Southern California.
    Options range from self-towing (SUV or Silverado truck rentals available) to a full-service delivery and set-up - perfect for those who don’t want to deal with the darker realities of travel trailer camping like draining the stinky slinky or deciding whether or not to grease the tow ball.
    Units come with all indoor and outdoor amenities including luxury towels and bedding, pantry items, cooking utensils, dishes, flatware and outside furnishings and lights.
    These stylish vacation options are available for up to six campers heading out on trips with family or friends to the beach or a visit to the Grand Canyon, Big Bear Lake, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe or even a state music festival. Longer trips throughout the USA can also be arranged.
    And should you encounter difficult weather, there is no better place to be than inside a 25 or 27-foot 2016 Flying Cloud Series Airstream. With it’s numerous lightly- tinted windows, screens and skylights, blond wood, stainless steel appliances and white accents these new Airstreams offer a contemporary, light-filled, comfortable space to hang out.
    Campers can enjoy their favorite music via a top-of-the-line sound system or dvds and tv programs on two, flat-screen televisions or surf the web or play a board games in the ample kitchen seating area that also serves as additional sleeping space. A queen-size memory foam-topped bed in the back complete with comfy bedding provides another sleeping/nap option.
    A separate shower area across the hall from the sink and toilet allow more access to bathroom facilities while an extra deep kitchen sink and granite counter tops make indoor food and beverage prep more enjoyable and convenient.
    Cooks will love the microwave, gas oven and stove top and tall, seven cubic foot fridge. The Keurig Coffee Machine and K-cups will make breakfast time a breeze. Other useful features include a pull out pantry with extra coffee and useful cooking ingredients and a retractable clothesline in the shower to hang wet bathing suits.
    In good weather campers enjoy the propane barbeque and camp chairs and table under the wide, retractable awning complete with patio lighting and a portable camp light. To keep the trailer clean, there's a wide outdoor mat stored in an exterior bin. To set up your dream retro camping vacation call Dave at 844-822-2963.

     

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Bianchi Winery Paso Robles California

    Bianchi Winery Paso Robles California

    Nothing says luxury like your own vineyard - or at least your own three-bedroom home sitting on a vineyard - especially when it’s the only one on the property. The perfect spot for a wine country getaway, the Vineyard House at Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles is a three-bedroom, two-bath house sitting across the pond from the tasting room on Calafornia's Central Coast. The large house, which can sleep up to three couples features a wood-burning fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, a wine fridge, outdoor BBQ and ensuite laundry.
    City dwellers beware – the silence of the peaceful countryside is deafening. Guests can sit on the peaceful front patio overlooking the waterfall-fed pond or the large back patio, enjoying the sun setting over the vineyard with a glass of wine.
    Bianchi, a member of the Wineries of Paso Robles 46 East, offers their Wine Club offers members 30% off any purchases on the day of sign up. Also, with the purchase of a case of wine, Club Members can earn a complimentary one night stay at the adjacent Vineyard House.
    The Bianchi Story:
    Glenn Bianchi and his father, Joseph ’s love affair with wine began with a vineyard and winery in the Central Valley of California in 1974. Their desire to create a boutique winery with an emphasis on premium varietals led them to Paso Robles. Impressed with Paso Robles natural beauty and reputation for wines with finesse and complexity, they purchased 40 acres of vineyards on Branch Road in January of 2000.
    Red wine lovers in particular will appreciate the offerings at Bianchi winery as Paso Robles’ terroir is best suited to red varietals. Bianchi’s sloping vineyards contain Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot vines. These varietals make up their Heritage Selection. The Italian red varietal, Refosco is only available at the Bianchi Winery Tasting Room.
    White wine fans will not be disappointed here as Bianchi produces a great line of four whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. All are made with grapes sourced from cool marine-influenced Santa Barbara and Monterey County vineyards. Their crisp Chardonnay follows the current trend, moving away from the buttery notes by splitting fermentation between stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood, Florida

    Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood, Florida

    A 100-million-dollar renovation at the Diplomat Resort and Spa means all 1000 rooms here have been re-modeled in a warm, contemporary palette – a pleasing blend of upscale with casual. Guests have a choice between rooms facing east with beautiful views of the sunrise over the Atlantic or facing west with a fantastic view of sunsets over the Intracoastal waterway. The corner suites have 180 degree views of both.
    These upgrades position the Diplomat Beach Resort and Spa at the top of upscale resort destinations in South Florida. Situated on the beach between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal waterway in Hollywood, The Diplomat is a new member of the Curio Collection, a select group of hotels under the Hilton name.
    New Features:
    The hotel’s main lobby has been re-imagined and new restaurants, Point Royal from celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Monkitail have been added, complementing the existing restaurants: Diplomat Prime, Diplomat Cafe, Portico and Bristol’s Burgers. The beachfront patio cafe Splash has been re-branded as Playa with a revised menu.

    Where to Eat

    Whether you’re staying at the Diplomat or just come for a meal, you have great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Featuring both steak and seafood, Diplomat Prime is perfect for a special occasion. Stone crabs, found only on Florida’s gulf coast, make a great appetizer. Two large claws, perfectly cracked, arrive at the table. Eating them is 100 percent satisfaction, zero effort. Tip: Florida stone crabs are only in season from October to May.  A in-house, dry-aged wagyu striploin paired with lobster makes a great surf and turf combination. Sides of truffle whipped potatoes and asparagus complete the entrees.  The attentive waiters offer excellent suggestions for wine pairings.
    When was the last time you found pomegranates on your breakfast buffet? The Diplomat Cafe has an amazing variety of buffet choices and a custom omelet chef. Place your choice of ingredients in a bowl and the chef will magically create one of the best omelets you have ever tasted. Tip: if you’re not that hungry, ask for a one or two-egg omelet.
    Parked outside Bristol’s Burgers is the same huge smoker you’d find at a roadside bbq joint on the gulf coast. All meat at Bristol’s is smoked for six hours. The smoked boneless rib sandwich is pink and tender and paired with an excellent jalapeno coleslaw. For a healthy option, choose the fresh veggies instead of the Florida fries, a spin on the French Canadian classic, poutine.
    Fans of alfresco dining will love Portico. Watch the boats go by on the intracoastal waterway while enjoying a chianti and a tasty thin crust pizza. The meatball appetizer and smoked prosciutto and arugula pizza are cooked perfectly in a wood-fired oven.
    SPA SERVICES
    Signature massages from the Diplomat Spa  include a new bamboo treatment that uses warmed bamboo to penetrate deep into tissues and increase circulation.  Any massage from the menu at the Diplomat Spa is available for couples.

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Suite, Kimpton Monaco Denver

    Luxury digs and amenities in Denver include Kimpton Monaco, Four Seasons and Halcyon

    Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Hotel Monaco Denver is within walking distance of Larimer Square, 16th Street Mall, Colorado Convention Center and Denver's top sporting complexes, as well as dining and nightlife. A full-service, pet friendly, boutique hotel Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver offers fun amenities such as a complimentary hosted evening wine hour in the gorgeous lobby lounge complete with giant fireplace, unique honor bar options and a goldfish for every guest room upon request. With its dynamic color, stylish comfort and Western charm, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver is ideal for business and leisure travelers alike. To learn more, visit www.monaco-denver.comwww.facebook.com/monaco.denver or call 1-800-990-1303.
     
    Four Seasons Hotel Lobby, Denver, Colorado
     
    Flagship luxury brand The Four Seasons has a great location - one block away from trendy Larimer Square in downtown Denver with some of the city’s best dining options like TAG.
    TAG features chef Troy Guard's contemporary cuisine on Larimer Square. Must tries: the taco sushi, the Miso Black Cod and the Hong Kong steamed seabass in a ginger soy vinaigrette. Our skilled waiter had excellent wine pairing suggestions.
    Book a spa treatment- or not- either way, as a guest, you can use the spa facilities - a nice ending to your visit to the rooftop pool.
     

     

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Utah's Mighty 5® Signature Tour with Mike Coronella

    Utah's Mighty 5® Signature Tour with Mike Coronella

    The creator of the Mighty 5® Signature Tour, Mike Coronella pioneered an 800-mile desert hike, the "Hayduke Trail." making him an authority on desert parks. On the Mighty 5® Signature Tour you will experience the wonder of Utah’s five national parks while enjoying the finer things in life. The nine-night / 10-day expedition to Utah’s five national parks features awe-inspiring hikes, luxury accommodations and first-class dining.
     
    "My number one goal with this tour is to offer some truly unique experiences that burn in my guests’ memory for a lifetime,” said Mighty 5 Tour and Deep Desert Expeditions Owner/Operator Mike Coronella. “Over my two-plus decades of guiding and exploring these parks, I have amassed a lot of knowledge about the history of these iconic lands and sleuthed out a few hidden gems. There is nothing I love more than sharing a vista or an unique hiking experience with my guests and knowing full-well that I am blowing their minds.”
     
    A maximum of six guests travel from park to park in a custom Mercedes Benz Sprinter van to hike, dine and stay in and around Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks. Every detail is taken care of, from luxury accommodations at the region's finest properties to first-class dining prepared by caterers on location or enjoyed at the best and most renowned restaurants on route. A full-time, dedicated concierge accompanies guests in a separate vehicle to ensure a stress-free voyage.
     
    A typical Mighty 5® Signature Tour starts with your arrival in Moab where Mike or one of his carefully chosen guides will meet you at the airport and transfer you to an intimate, full service, high-end property such as the Sunflower Hill B&B – the most luxurious lodging in the Moab. Beautiful rooms lead out to well- manicured grounds where many of the fresh breakfast ingredients are grown on site. If you’re lucky, you can try the perfectly baked halibut at your welcome dinner a short walk away at Twisted Sistas’ Café offering a farm-to-table, creative menu.

    Early next morning after a satisfying home-cooked breakfast that changes daily, you might start out with a hike into Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, followed by a gourmet picnic lunch such as curry-coated fish tacos accompanied by a healthy and tasty coleslaw prepared and served in scenic picnic spots. More hiking will follow before returning to Sunflower Hill for a swim in the heated pool followed by dinner at the award-winning Jeffrey’s Steakhouse.
     
    Other highlights of the trip include a walk through Goblin Valley en route to Capitol Reef National Park and a hike in Grand Wash before settling into the homey comfort of Red River Ranch - an old-school grand hunting lodge complete with fine art and historic artifacts situated on the Fremont River. This property features a grand fireplace in the great room and a wood-burning one in your own room which will be started for you upon request.
     
    Meals during your time here include dinner at the recent James Beard award-winning Hell’s Backbone Grill and Farm set amidst stunning views, accessed by a scenic mountain drive where you can see deer and elk up close on route.
    To arrange your luxury Big 5 Utah tour, contact Mike at 435 259 1565 or mighty5tour.com

     

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Atlanta is hot  for wealthy singles

    Atlanta's Hot for Wealthy Singles

    In Atlanta, there are many places to pick up a hot single, but few where the wealthy troll for their their next piece of eye candy. The newly opened STK is a hot spot: sugar daddies come for pricey steak dinners, while the later crowd sips on cocktails and flirts with them in this sexy nightspot. If you are hot young man looking for a cougar, look no further than Johnny's Hideaway.
    -Malika Harricharan

    Photo courtesy of STK Atlanta

  • Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

    Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

    A main feature of the spa casitas at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is the outdoor, over-sized tub (pictured here) that's perfect for a bath under the stars or in the warm Arizona sunshine thanks to the smartly-designed privacy walls on the back patios. All accommodations at Sanctuary Resort and Spa offer guests an oasis of privacy and relaxation just minutes away from downtown Scottsdale.
    Located in the aptly named Paradise Valley, this AAA Four Diamond Luxury Resort is sculpted into the northern side of Camelback Mountain and offers great sunset views and plenty of walking trails. While the spa casitas surround the resort’s infinity pool and award-winning Sanctuary Spa, Sanctuary’s mountain casitas are located on Camelback Mountain. All 105 casitas feature scenic, pedestrian-only walkways complete with colorful landscaping and fragrant desert vegetation as well as discreet parking spaces, all of which contribute to the feeling of being the only guest at the resort.
    The casitas contemporary interior design boasts polished concrete floors and a concrete sink vanity complemented by blond wood doors throughout. A sunken living room includes a huge gas fireplace and floor to ceiling glass patio doors leading to a front terrace large enough for a dining table, chaise lounge and a canopy daybed sofa. 
    Swimmers will love the beautiful infinity pool (adults only on weekends) as well as the secluded, 25-yard outdoor lap pool in the fitness area at Sanctuary where Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman offers tips for stroke improvement. For those looking to up their tennis game, championship courts and professional coaches make Sanctuary the ultimate Scottsdale tennis retreat too.

    Sanctuary’s terraced main lawn is a gathering point for groups to socialize and watch the Arizona sunsets. For sunset dinner and drinks, try Elements (reservations recommended). Chef Beau MacMillan's creative seasonal menu combines Asian influences with locally-sourced ingredients.

    Sanctuary’s signature spa treatment, the coconut body scrub is expertly performed by a masseuse like Cheryl, who can also provide a balsamic oil hair treatment and has great skin care suggestions for coping with the dry desert conditions.

    From April 27-30, 2017, Sanctuary is a haven for fine food aficionados with the debut of Nirvana, a new culinary festival hosted by Sanctuary’s own star Executive Chef, Beau MacMillan who will share the spotlight with Robert Irvine, Todd English, Scott Conant and renowned chefs and mixologists from Scottsdale’s most enticing restaurants. The Nirvana festival will come to a rousing finale with a N’Awlins-style jazz brunch complete with live music and a Bourbon twist, serving up everything from étouffée to feather-light beignets.

    As well, a celebrity golf tournament played at Mountain Shadows, pairs each foursome with a renowned chef, star mixologist or notable sports figure. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HopeKids, an organization that provides ongoing activities and a powerful support community for families who have a child with cancer or other life-­threatening medical conditions.

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron


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