Santa Barbara’s El Encanto Hotel

Santa Barbara’s El Encanto Hotel

Santa Barbara is situated in the southern part of California. This city lies comfortably between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular tourist and resort destination because of its countless miles of beautiful beaches. Many of these lovely beaches are home to some of the best surf breaks and stand-up paddle board zones along the West Coast. Enjoying the outdoor sceneries in Santa Barbara is best done through its many public parks, such as the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area Park and the most unique and breathtaking of all, Channel Islands National Park.

Beach activities like frisbee, hiking, scuba diving, surfing and kayaking are available to tourist.  Come enjoy the fresh air along with a bottle of wine, fresh-baked bread and good friends. Santa Barbara also offers world-class golf courses with panoramic views to golf enthusiasts. People who are fond of hiking can enjoy trekking into the hot springs of Gaviota Peak. For those who love rock climbing, Santa Barbara has “The Y” at San Ysidro Canyon.

A beautiful place would not be complete without a luxurious hotel. Santa Barbara gives rise to the El Encanto Hotel and Villa. The Luxury Suites of this hotel are wonderfully unique and perfect for a romantic retreat. Each room is furnished with a sprawling king-size bed, widescreen LCD HDTV with premium channels, an iPod dock, a glorious fireplace, a separate sitting area and a private terrace with sweeping views of Santa Barbara’s coastline, and the hotel’s verdant garden. In addition, the luxury suite has a marble bathroom with deep soak or free-standing bath and rainforest shower with heated stone floors.

The chef of El Encanto treats every guest with different luscious cuisines, which are created using herbs from the hotel’s garden, homemade unpasteurized beer and El Encanto cheese made from the milk of the hotel’s cow, Ellie. You can choose to dine inside the elegant dining room or on terrace, where you will be delighted with the romantic atmosphere.

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The finest luxury hotel & resort in the Big Bend of West Texas

Mii Amo: North America’s Top Destination Spa and First Class Resort

Mii Amo North America’s Top Destination Spa and First Class Resort

Sedona is a city which lies in the northern part of the Verde Valley region of Arizona. The city is well-known for its array of red sandstone structures, which appear to glow orange and red when lit up by the rising or setting sun. A tourist will find beautiful accommodations and attractions in this city with more than 40 galleries, unique shops and numerous tourist spots. The residents and visitors of Sedona delightfully find the area’s natural year-round beauty is conducive to many kinds of outdoor activities ranging from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.

Sedona has remarkable scenery, and one way to take in the grandeur is through leisure driving. City visitors can adore a scenic drive displaying the region’s hills and cliffs, spectacular crimson peaks and desert wildlife. Among Sedona’s scenic drives include Oak Creek Canyon, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America. It offers guests a sense of serene austerity and glory. Aside from the Oak Creek Canyon, visitors can also appreciate the Red Rock Scenic Byway, Schenbly Hill and Red Rock Loop Road.

Sedona guests who want to experience a touch of transformation in a nurturing and realistic environment can stay at Mii Amo. This luxurious resort was ranked as #1 resort in Arizona and was awarded the #1 destination spa in North America. It offers different Journey Packages addressing the guest’s goals, including relaxation, wellness and healing. Aside from spa treatment, Mii Amo also includes different unique activities like stretching and yoga, cooking demonstrations and organic gardening.

Mii Amo Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. It has private tables and a 16-seat community table for small meetings. The café’s delicious and intelligent cuisines are made from organic ingredients from local sources as well as the chef’s garden located near the area.

Because the venue promotes total relaxation and tranquility, it only has 16 spa guest rooms and suites. However, these rooms are one of a kind, as they are designed around landscaped courtyards. Some even offer beehive fireplaces, whirlpools and outdoor showers.

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The finest luxury hotel & resort in the Big Bend of West Texas

Romantic and Luxurious European-Inspired Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Romantic and Luxurious European-Inspired Royal Palms Resort and Spa

In the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, lies a mountain which resembles the hump and head of a kneeling camel that is known as Camelback Mountain. It is perfect for recreational activities and has two popular hiking trails: the Echo Canyon Trail (1.2 miles) and the Cholla Trail (1.4 miles). For rock climbing enthusiasts, the Praying Monk, which resembles the silhouette of man kneeling in prayer, is a great red sandstone rock formation that rises approximately 100 feet. Aside from hiking and rock climbing, Camelback also has several golf courses and offers exciting activities such as horseback and hot air balloon riding.

If you decide to visit Phoenix, you should consider staying at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. This gorgeous little hideaway located at the foot of Camelback Mountain has the ambiance of a Spanish villa. It was originally constructed in 1929 for Delos Cooke, a New York City financier who was a collector of fine art and worldly antiques from Europe and Latin America. Several pieces from his collection can still be found throughout the resort’s 119 guest rooms. Because of its elegant antique decor, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The resort is considered a romantic getaway with its crackling fireplaces, romantic nooks, cobblestone pathways, first-rate restaurant, calming spa services, and artfully appointed casitas, estate rooms, and villas. Citrus groves and exotic flora fill the air with refreshing scents.

Rooms range from $169-$2,549, with services including daily use of the fitness center and spa facilities, housekeeping, concierge and valet, outdoor pool, The Mix Up Bar, Royal Pet Services, and poolside cabana rental.

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The finest luxury hotel & resort in the Big Bend of West Texas

Marfa Contemporary: Walking, Eating, Sleeping Show Catalog

Marfa Contemporary Walking, Eating, Sleeping Show Catalog
Marfa Contemporary is a regional extension of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. It is a charitable organization committed to encouraging creative representation in all its forms through exhibitions and education. Art presentations by regional, national and international artists at Marfa Contemporary will be free to viewers year-round. The organizers of the venue also offer classes and workshops for children and adults at minimal cost.
Marfa Contemporary is currently showcasing the art of Laurie Frick, an artist who draws from neuroscience to create complexly hand-built works and installations to study the nature of pattern and the mind. She attained a Master of Fine Arts from New York Studio School and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. She also attended an executive program at Harvard and London Business School as well as an Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University Tisch School. She studies self-tracking and human patterns using her background in engineering and high-technology. She has been showcasing her art in her solo exhibitions in Texas, Oklahoma, Los Angeles, and New York. Furthermore, she collaborated with various curators such as Kaegan Sparks, Colin Raymond, Kyle Kramer, Shona MacDonald, Debbie Hesse, Carol Padberg, Virginia Rutledge and Maya Joseph-Goteiner. Her awards include Swing Space Studio award by Lower Manhattan Cultural Cultural Council and Outstanding artist of the year for 2012. She was also awarded residencies by the Neuroscience Research Center University of Texas, the Yaddo, Headlands and the Bemis Center. Her publications and reviews include Austin Statesman, The Huffington Post, New Scientist, Los Angeles Times and NPR Arts Eclectic.
Laurie Frick’s Walking, Eating, Sleeping Show Catalog will be shown at Marfa Contemporary until January 13, 2014. An artist talk was conducted on October 13, 2013. It has been recently held at Oklahoma Contemporary last June and August of 2013. Now, it is time for the people of Marfa to appreciate the art of Laurie Frick. In this art exhibit, Laurie Frick considered numbers as abstract concepts. However,  many recognize pattern instinctively. She is experimenting with wall-sized patterns that anticipate the condition of a person’s daily-selves.

Experience a Breathtaking Mountain View at Amangani Resort

Experience a Breathtaking Mountain View at Amangani Resort

Jackson is a town located in Teton County, Wyoming. It is a major entryway for the thousands of tourists who visit nearby Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and National Elk Refuge each year. In addition, the town is also a hub for outdoor recreation activities. Jackson is surrounded by neighboring ski resorts, including Snow King, and tourists can ski and take sleigh rides from mid-December through April. Wildlife watching is also a common leisure activity in this valley where elk, deer, moose, coyotes, and many other animals roam freely.

The high mountain valley of Jackson Hole provides tourists with remarkable ski resorts, such as East Gros Ventre Butte.  This luxury property is recognized as Amangani, which means “peaceful home”. The five-star hotel was the first Aman resort in North America and reflects the atmosphere of the American West.  It stands nearly 7,000 feet above sea level and overlooks grazing lands surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges.

Visitors seeking an exciting activity in Jackson can opt for the four-night Winter Wildlife Adventure, which includes daily Amangani breakfast. As a part of the packaged, each guest can choose between a four-hour wildlife tour and a four-hour snowshoeing tour.

Amangani Resort has a 65-seat dining room called The Grill, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests. The banquet area gives visitors a sense of stylish comfort with its magnificent views of the surrounding mountain range and classy redwood-paneled walls and ceilings. The luxurious hotel includes a library with a fine collection of coffee tables and books. It also has a spa and fitness center that features exercise studios, steam rooms, yoga classes, and a treatment room. One of the highlights of this resort is its heated, outdoor swimming pool and Whirlpool with stunning views of the snow-capped Teton Mountains.

The resort’s suites, which range from $800 to $8000 USD, include a king-sized platform bed, a fireplace, and a private balcony. The bathrooms are spacious with redwood floors, slate walls, and deep soaking tubs.

Recently named the number 1 hotel in the United States, Amangani Resort is a magnificent experience that is truly worth every penny.

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The finest luxury hotel & resort in the Big Bend of West Texas

Ballroom Marfa Shows Le Révélateur with Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zaigler

Ballroom Marfa Shows Le Révélateur with Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zaigler

Catch the showing of Philippe Garrel’s 1986 film Le Révélateur at the Crowley Theater on December 30, 2013. Doors will be opened at exactly 7pm and the show will start 30 minutes after. The admission for this event will be free. Since it is the fifth annual New Year’s film program of Ballroom Marfa, they will be hosting the free film screening of this 27-year old movie. Mary Lattimore, a Philadelphia harpist and Jeff Zeigler, a synth player will also be scoring the event.

Le Révélateur is an experimental narrative film about Stanislas Robiolles, a 4-year old boy and his parents, Laurent Terzieff and Bernadette Lafont. Among other things, the film addresses a child’s perspective of seeing his parents make love. Cinematography was shot by Garrel and frequent collaborator Michel Fournier, who considers this film as their best work together. Shot in Munich, Germany, the film is intentionally silent and was made at 18 frames per second, the usual speed for silent films.

The harpist for the event, Mary Lattimore, has performed and recorded with outstanding artists such as Thurston Moore, Meg Baird, Kurt Vile, Jarvis Cocker and Fursaxa. Her harp instructors were Ulrike Mattanovich of the Vienna Symphony, Kathleen Bride of Eastman School of Music and Luisa Prandina of La Scala. She has been included in the soundtrack of various works including the Valerie Project and the film score for Marina Abramovic: the Artist is Present. In March 2013, during the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Station in New York City, she accompanied Nick Cave’s beautiful horse sound-suits. Recently, she recorded her solo debut, The Withdrawing Room produced by Desire Path Recordings.

Between his production work for local luminaries Kurt Vile, Jeff Zeigler has worked with Purling Hiss, The War on drugs and his space-rock outfit Arc in Round. Zeigler has also been experimenting in solo or collaborative experimental shows with Lattimore. He has played in opening for the English ambient artist Benoit Pioulard.

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The finest luxury hotel & resort in the Big Bend of West Texas

Visitors Guide to Orlando and The Waldorf Astoria

Visitors Guide to  Orlando and The Waldorf Astoria

Orlando, Florida, is one of the world’s greatest vacation destinations. The city has so many attractions to offer that it is nearly impossible to run out of things to do. The main reason so many people visit Orlando each year is its many theme parks that offer fun for people of all ages. These major parks include Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, which are open year round.

Disney World has four different parks.  The original park, Magic Kingdom, is still the most popular one, which includes such classics as Cinderella’s Castle.  One of the most popular newer parks is Animal Kingdom, which has recreated magnificent wildlife habitats and offers safari rides through the replicated African Savannahs. There are numerous other animals feature at the park as well, such as dinosaurs from the past.

Ever since the arrival of Disney’s Magic Kingdom so many years ago, the tourist trade in Orlando has dramatically grown, as have the number of hotels. Orlando offers an enormous selection of hotels throughout the city, many of which are clustered around the popular parks and attractions.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a grand hotel that tops the charts of Orlando’s luxury hotels. It is rich with historical heritage and memories and sits in the heart of Orlando’s family-friendly resort district at Bonnet Creek, which is a 482-acre nature preserve, bordered on three sides by Walt Disney World properties. This luxury hotel is an ideal destination for exploring the area and is also conveniently just minutes from Orland International Airport.

All guest rooms feature 42-inch HDTVs and have luxurious bathrooms with marble tubs and glass showers. The staff are exceptionally gracious, there is a wonderful 18-hole golf course just steps away from the front door, and a breakfast buffet that you must not miss. It also offers free transportation from the hotel to Walt Disney World in a luxury vehicle.

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The finest luxury hotel & resort in the Big Bend of West Texas