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Auberge du Soleil Zeus, Artichokes, and Aphrodisiacs

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If you visit Auberge Du Soleil when artichokes are in season, plan to dine over a delectable dish that will have you falling in love over dinner— for more than one reason. Thought to be an aphrodisiac by ancient Romans and Greeks, the artichoke’s scandalous reputation has since stuck. It all started with a story from Greek Mythology, in which Zeus fell in love with a gorgeous mortal woman, and turned her into a goddess.

Jane Swendy
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Element 52 Adventure on the San Juan Skyway

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Endless Open Highway along the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Trans Canada Highway from Calgary to Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Hasselblad 50 MPixel XXXL 28mm Shot.

The San Juan Skyway is a 236-mile loop that incorporates the famous Million-Dollar Highway, the most famous portion of which travels from Ouray to Silverton (US 550) over Coal Bank Summit and the Molas Divide. The route includes five passes, countless ghost towns and a smattering of some of the finest mining remnant towns in the West

Traveller Stayed summer 2017
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Mayflower A Getaway To Gilmore Girl's Stars Hollow

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Any fan of the television series “Gilmore Girls” has undoubtedly fallen for the show’s fictional town “Stars Hollow.” Boasting legendary New England charm, the parallels between Stars Hollow and Washington Depot, Connecticut are striking— and it’s no accident. In fact, Gilmore Girl’s writer, Amy Sherman-Palladino, drew inspiration for the comedy-drama during her stay at the Mayflower Inn & Spa (later to influence the show’s fictional Dragonfly Inn). Seven seasons later, the cult classic’s first Gilmore Girls Fan Fest was held in Washington Depot, attracting over 1,300 fans in 2016. However, you don’t have to attend a fan fest to get a taste of life in Stars Hollow. In simply exploring the whimsical towns within Litchfield County, you might find yourself retracing the steps of the Gilmore Girls.

Informed Local
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Auberge du Soleil Wines of the World

With more than 15,000 bottles on-hand from the hotel’s award-winning wine cellar, wine stewards at Auberge du Soleil have the world at their fingertips. According to Sommelier, Elizabeth Cahill, access to a deep range of global wines makes for intriguing table-side conversations with patrons at the fine-dining Michelin Star Restaurant. "So many of our guests are extremely knowledgeable about wine and they are able to share in great detail their style and varietal preferences. This dialogue is quite helpful in customizing successful wine pairings with each course of their meal. And if they are adventurous we offer side-by-side tastings of a familiar Napa Valley wine with something from another part of the world they may never have heard of before. It’s rewarding to introduce our guests to new wines that instantly become an unexpected favorite."

Elizabeth Cahill Sommelier
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Nanuku Fiji's Top Surf Break Has a Secret

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It's no secret Fiji's Frigate Passage is one of the world's preeminent surf breaks. Though this open-ocean swell is prime to surf year-round, locals like myself know it's best to surf in winter, from April to October, when southeast trade winds surge the swell for up to a week at a time

Local Surfer January 2018
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Calistoga Ranch Put it On the Golden Retriever's Tab

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It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and at Calistoga Ranch, I'm the official Yappy Hour host. When I'm not climbing in the fountains for an afternoon drink or racing through the property grounds to greet guests on their arrival, I'm the official good-time golden retriever. Donning my shiniest collar and slicking my golden coat to perfection, I welcome my canine friends to the most exclusive cocktail hour in Napa Valley. If you bring your human as a plus one, they can even have a cocktail, too.

Local Puppy
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Mayflower Stillness in Motion: Meditating While Standing in Water

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"Ai Chi is a meditative movement carried out while standing in water. More often than not, I will meet guests seeking ways to quiet the mind and de-stress, but find it difficult to sit still through traditional forms of meditation. Ai Chi enables participants to experience the benefits that meditation promises through physical movement— it’s a stillness in motion, if you will. At an Ai Chi class, you can expect for the water to be a warm 92 degrees, and chest deep. There are always a few participants that are happy to learn that they will not be going underwater— you do not need to be an expert swimmer to take Ai Chi, and you can count on your hair and makeup remaining perfectly intact."

Ai-Chi Instructor
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Solage How to Navigate the Calistoga Food & Wine Event

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The trick to navigating the Calistoga Food and Wine’s Grand Tasting like an expert? Start at the back of the event, and work backwards. You can beat the lines by going straight inside the Solstice event space and wine tasting your way to the lawn. Less time in lines equals more time sipping on the samplings from over 40 of the surrounding local wineries, savoring delectable small bites, and picking up tips from the live cooking stations.

Patrick Ward
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Malliouhana From New York to Anguilla’s Secret Beach

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After living in New York, Malliouhana’s Concierge, Becca Teklu, found paradise in Anguilla. Her best-kept secret for total escape is the island’s remote hideaway Little Bay, which is only accessible by boat and famous for its sugar-white beach. For your visit there, you’ll need our complimentary snorkeling gear to explore an underwater ecosystem thriving with turtles, eels, blue tangs, parrotfish, and stingrays. If wading into Little Bay's waters is not enough, climb up Jumping Rock and plunge 20 feet into the warm ocean below—one thrill Becca definitely prefers over riding New York’s subways!

Becca Teklu
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Calistoga Ranch I Know Napa Valley's Most Picturesque Point

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It took a bit of sweat to reach Napa Valley's most picturesque lookout, a summit I wanted to photograph by morning. That's why I hit the under-the-radar private hiking trail near Calistoga Ranch with my husband by 9 a.m. sharp to reach the sleepy hill only locals know. Because I was a guest at Calistoga Ranch, I gained access to an exclusive property tour, ending at the vineyard's tasting room for a custom food and wine pairing menu. It's true what they say - it's all about who you know.

Happy Couple Stayed Summer 2018
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