Category: Adventure

Crested Butte: Colorado’s most serious ski resort

Crested Butte is Colorado’s most serious ski resort. Seriously challenging, seriously scary — and seriously fun. The mountain’s almost-vertical, double black diamond runs, most of them accessible from a T-bar lift, are in a class by themselves. (A T-bar? Haven’t seen one of those in years.) These slopes will put the fear of God in you even if you’re a lifelong skier. And yet, the fun is serious, too. A series of much more forgiving blue and green runs are available for your kids, and there’s no shortage of things to do in town, none of which involve you...

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The Galapagos of North America

ISLANDS OF LORETO Its not often that I would describe a place as both serene and exciting, but that is exactly the case for the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Mexico. Located on the Baja Peninsula, the Villa del Palmar has a lot to offer vacationers. Breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean will calm your spirit, while close encounters with whales and other wildlife will get your heart racing. I recently had the chance to learn this first hand! When I arrived in Mexico, I was ready for some relaxation. It had been a busy couple of months in my household and although it was a working trip, I knew the sunshine was just the medicine I needed. The resort was promising, with intricate tiling on the floors, gorgeous stone steps leading to the turtle shaped pool, and of course this incredible view. Resting on it’s own bay, the Villa del Palmar looks out at the ocean  and is surrounded by mountains. Pelicans dive into the water near the beach while guests snorkel and dig for clams. It’s true paradise! We were spoiled inside as well. My King bedroom suite featured a living and dining area, a full kitchen, 2 baths, a jacuzi tub and a huge balcony with an unforgettable view. Villa del Palmar prides itself on being true to the Mexican culture....

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Kayaking without the Effort of Paddling

As someone who started traveling a little later in life, there are many “firsts” on my journeys. My first plane ride was at 36. I first went parasailing at 39 and my first hot air balloon ride was at 42. This year has had it’s share of firsts too, including motorized kayaks. Conquering my fears I was afraid to kayak. I’m not sure why because I’ve always been a strong swimmer and I love the water, but kayaks intimidated me. Perhaps it was the idea of flipping in the water and not being able to get back in the...

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Experience Tonga Lumina at Mont Tremblant

Our summer visit to Mont Tremblant had been anticipated for awhile. The kids were excited to go ziplining and I was looking forward to spending some time with nature in the Appalachians. We would be doing a few new things this time around, including Tonga Lumina. “What is Tonga Lumina?” Each of my children had asked this question over the past few days, and now my husband was wondering the same thing. I didn’t really have an answer for them, other than what I had read on signs through the Mont Tremblant Pedestrian Village. “It’s a nighttime activity where...

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Anchorage is THE place for winter family fun

Anchorage, Alaska is THE place for winter family fun. Families with children from tots to teens will find endless entertainment in the Last Frontier during winter. Here are a just a few ideas to keep kids captivated: The wild, winter Anchorage Fur Rendezvous festival, www.furrondy.net, is big on fun with more than 100 wacky events including fireworks, carnival rides, outhouse races, a reindeer race, snowshoe softball, melodramas and snow sculptures in addition to sprint dog races and much more. This year’s event is Feb. 26-March 6, 2016. On March 5, 2016, is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® Ceremonial...

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Deeper Africa Wildlife Safaris Announces: Zimbabwe, Conservation and Culture Travel

In January 2016, Deeper Africa will unveil a new kind of wildlife safari. Their Zimbabwe Conservation and Culture itinerary introduces guests to anti-poaching patrols, lion guardians who mediate conflicts between lions and communities, and people who protect wildlife at the village level. The highlight of this safari is joining in on an actual patrol with anti-poaching rangers. “This is an active itinerary, that involves not just watching wildlife, but also doing things to keep them safe from poachers,” says Deeper Africa Co-Founder, Wil Smith. “The experience is all the more real if you can do something positive like disarm...

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