Wednesday, August 9, 2017

5 Reasons the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Should Be Your Next Outdoor Adventure Destination


Photography by Eddie Sanchez

If you live in Los Angeles, your idea of an outdoor adventure probably involves a long drive through traffic just to get to Runyon Canyon for a hike on a trail that has now been paved. Once you reach the top, you're semi-satisfied as you take a deep breath of that city air, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds of cell phones, cars, and music blasting. Not quite what you had in mind for a relaxing and rejuvenating outdoor adventure is it?

Luckily, only a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city, awaits a great outdoor adventure trip that includes hikes, stargazing, and s'mores around the campfire! So, before you head back to Runyon again for your nature fix, consider getting on a plane and discovering a whole new outdoor adventure in Colorado. It's a place with fresh mountain air and green hills adorned with yellow wild flowers. Here you can listen to the singing of birds and quite possibly the growling of a bear. You'll be amazed to see that you can have the most memorable experience with nature without sacrificing the resort comforts that you're used to in a city like Los Angeles. Yes, you can have it all and to convince you, I've listed
five reasons why you should highly consider The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch for your next outdoor adventure getaway.





1.  LUXURY LODGE-STYLE ACCOMMODATIONS



There's nothing like enjoying a mountain adventure in the luxurious comfort of world-class Ritz-Carlton accommodations. Each room captures the beauty of Beaver Creek or Vail Valley and evokes lodge-inspired luxury with modern touches. Relax in a large soaking tub in your spacious marble bathroom after watching the sunset from your furnished balcony. You'll have no trouble falling asleep to the warm glow of the fireplace in what you may consider as the most comfortable bed you've slept in. It's easy to enjoy the great outdoors when you can retreat to the great indoors.











2. UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCES




Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is reason enough to jump on a flight and experience elevated traditional mountain cuisine in a breathtaking setting. Locally sourced ingredients that highlight the resort's surroundings are the main star here, so even your food is fitting of the impressive outdoor mountains that surround you. Dishes like elk chops, bison tenderloin, and Colorado Striped bass are a must for the ultimate Alpine gourmand dinner experience. Garden dishes in season such as Summer succotash or salt roasted Colorado beets are the perfect way to round out your Colorado culinary experience. It's without question that the food is absolutely delicious and the spaces they are served in are a beautiful reflection of the great outdoors surrounding the resort. 


WYLD offers an eclectic menu of flavorful Alpine cuisine. 

Buffalos focuses on seasonal dishes from regional farms and features Colorado specialties.

Anderson's Cabin is a preserved century-old log cabin from one of the early founders of the area. It offers a unique private dining experience for up to 14 guests. 

Bison tenderloin with parsnip chips served on a hot salt block. 

Colorado striped bass with fennel and arugula salad. 


Elk chops with marinated blistered tomatoes. 


Burrata with braised peaches and house granola. 

Salt roasted Colorado beets with pickled strawberry, haystack chèvre, rye croutons, and strawberry balsamic reduction. 

Bison burger with bacon onion jam. 

Elk sausage prepared three ways. 


Banana caramel semifreddo pops paired with moscato. 


Paulie's Plunge - Cazadores silver, lime juice, agave nectar, Mexican lager. 


3. ELEVATED AMENITIES



A Forbes Four-Star Spa, year-round heated pool, fitness center with amazing views, and a whiskey & cigar lounge - those are amenities you won't find at a typical outdoor cabin getaway. Add to the fact that The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch holds very high standards, and you have access to some of the finest amenities of any resort. The luxury spa is the ideal place to workout those tired muscles after a long day hiking. For the finest experience possible, The Ritz-Carlton Club lounge offers customized experiences for Club level guests and is a great space to stop in for breakfast, and small bites throughout your stay. For the whiskey connoisseur, Bachelors Lounge offers sessions to sip and savor spirits including the resort's proprietary bourbon. 

The spa's relaxation room.


Spin indoors with views of the outdoors. 


Bachelors Lounge, Vail Valley’s only cigar lounge, offers signature cocktails and a selection of sommelier-curated wines. 



4. FUN ACTIVITIES 


There's no shortage of activities and things to do at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. A guided hike is the perfect way to soak up the majestic views of Bachelor Gulch while learning fascinating facts of the plants and animals that thrive during the beautiful Summer season. There's also an opportunity for an adult summer camp experience with craft making like Lager and Leatherworking, Pinot and Painting, and Whiskey & Woodburning. Yes, sip on a glass of wine and paint the beautiful view in front of you, or sip on local craft brews while learning how to stamp leather - creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take back home. Even the kiddos have something to do through the resort's Ritz-Kids program where they go on hikes, and even pan for gold. Nearby the property, you have access to rafting, fly fishing, and horseback riding. Even your four-legged friends are welcomed to experience something at the resort. There's something for everyone in the family. 

Lager and Leather-working - sip on Colorado local beers while creating a stamped leather souvenir. 


Bachelor - the resort's canine ambassador. 



5. BEAUTIFUL SCENIC LOCATION


The resort is tucked away on a peaceful mountainside between Beaver creek and Arrowhead. Bachelor Gulch, named for its original settlers, is the perfect resort setting year-round. Access to hiking trails and nearby wildlife and plants will give you a glimpse of nature that Los Angeles doesn't offer. Plus at night, you'll see more stars in the sky than on Hollywood Blvd. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a relaxing, luxurious lodge-style resort that offers all the comforts you need in a setting that has all the outdoor adventure you are looking for. 


Chairlifts during a summer night of stargazing.


The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
0130 Daybreak Ridge Rd
Avon, CO 81620
970.748.6200






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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Classic California Luxury in Santa Barbara





What comes to mind when you think of Santa Barbara? Is it the beaches with sunshine glistening on the waves of the ocean? Perhaps the famous wine trail from the movie Sideways comes to mind and the luscious and velvety smooth Pinot Noir wines that Miles (Paul Giamatti) speaks so highly of. Or maybe you’re like me and you picture a classic California coastal town with beautiful Spanish architecture lining its streets. Everything here seems to slow down and for a moment you feel like you’re back in time, maybe the 1950’s or 60’s. I don’t know but it's easy to picture glamorous Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe or Cary Grant escaping up the American Riviera for a relaxing weekend getaway. Yes, there is history, charm, sunshine and ocean in Santa Barbara and no other resort epitomizes this casually sophisticated California lifestyle than Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Main lobby with stunning Spanish Colonial architecture. 

Situated on 22-acres of lush jungle and peaceful gardens, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara invites you to indulge in everything from tours of local wineries to surfing, hanging on the beach or lounging poolside at the exclusive Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. The resort has everything you need to stay without ever leaving. The rooms offer private balconies and terraces, with some boasting breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. The classic luxurious style of the room is accented with modern amenities like a Nespresso machine, usb charging ports, and a 65-inch Smart TV so you can binge on Netflix. Of course there are quintessential touches like a deep soaking tub, rain shower, fireplace, and the newspaper of your choice to be delivered in the morning. The world class spa is a perfect place to unwind and the dining at Bella Vista or Tydes is reason alone to visit. 





House-cured charcuterie with a bottle of local wine. 

Bella Vista Restaurant offers oceanfront dining in a spacious outdoor environment. You overlook incredible panoramic views of the ocean while enjoying a delicious contemporary Italian menu that highlights fresh California ingredients. Bella Vista also has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California, and the only one in Santa Barbara, licensed to cure its own meats. The house-made charcuterie paired with local Santa Barbara wines is a perfect start to your meal. If you're up for something a bit more casual, the restaurant has one of the best burgers in Santa Barbara. A prime beef patty topped with bacon marmalade, jalapeño brie and avocado lime aioli.

Bella Vista Restaurant


"Nizzarda" Tuna Crudo - Olives, Green Beans, Pine Nuts, Avocado, Sesame Seeds

The BV Burger - Bacon Marmelade, Jalapeno Brie, Avocado-Lime Aioli

 Amaretti - Coconut Sorbetto, Candied Almonds, Banana Carmel, Chocolate Sauce


If all this talk about wine is not your thing, the cocktail program at Ty Lounge is outstanding. The “8 Barrels" cocktail made with bourbon, maple syrup, lemon, spiced simple syrup and nutmeg in a hand-smoked glass is one of the best whiskey cocktails you will ever have. For the coffee aficionado, try the Espresso Martini made with a shot of espresso, Vanilla Stoli, Khalua and cream. This could double for a dessert, it’s that good!

Ty Lounge

A look at the bar at Ty Lounge

Espresso Martini - shot of espresso, Vanilla Stoli, Kahlua, and cream.

Sage Margarita - sage infused El Charro Reposado, 
blood orange juice, lime, and Grand Marnier. 

"8 Barrels" - Bourbon, maple syrup, lemon, 
spiced simple syrup, nutmeg, hand-smoked glass.

"Montadito" at Ty Lounge - Open Faced Chorizo Grilled Cheese, Cured Tomato

Dinner at Tydes, located across from the resort at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, is the perfect place for an amazing dinner experience. Make sure to arrive just before sunset since the restaurant is situated over Butterfly Beach and has spectacular views of the Pacific. The seafood driven menu is highlighted by innovative dishes that will blow your taste buds away. Highlights include seared scallops with buttermilk sauce and the Chilean Sea Bass served with gnocchi and butter clam foam. If seafood really isn’t your thing, you’ll be more than happy ordering the Wagyu with ox tail marmalade and fingerling potatoes.

Tydes Restaurant

The bar at Tydes Restaurant

Beet Salad with pistachio granola

Chilean Sea Bass, gnocchi, butter clam foam

Wagyu with ox tail marmalade over fingerling potatoes 





Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
 1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara




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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Fresh New Look on Vegas at the Downtown Grand




If you’re like me and you’ve never visited Downtown Las Vegas, you'll be surprised to discover a whole new experience that is every bit as exciting and entertaining as you expect when visiting Vegas. There’s no shortage of lights, nightlife, and entertainment on Fremont Street, the five-block entertainment district in historic downtown that is housed by a 1,500 foot long and 90 feet wide LED screen. You’ll find great places to dine too! Everything from a pizza place that blows that “secret" one out of the water, to a cant-miss steak house that’s reminiscent of the Rat Pack era. Yes, Downtown Vegas is a scene to be seen, and if you’re visiting, make sure you stay at the Downtown Grand Hotel.



The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino (DT Grand) is located in the heart of Las Vegas, just a block away from Fremont Street. It’s close to all the action and entertainment you find Downtown, but it’s nice to know that you can retreat from it all inside a relaxing, urban-chic hotel that offers all the amenities you are looking for with sophistication and comfort. The recently renovated premium rooms are spacious, bright, and have a contemporary look and feel. Relax away in a giant jetted tub while sipping on a glass of champagne after a fun night on nearby Fremont Street. During the day, you’ll want to unwind at Citrus Grand Pool Deck, the largest pool deck in all of Downtown Las Vegas. The 35,000 square-foot space is perfect for cooling off in a sparkling infinity pool, or lounging in a semi-private cabana. The hotel is also a great place to play, with friendly tables, great mix of players and variety of games. It’s no wonder why it was named “Best Casino” by Casino Player Magazine.







Dining at Downtown Grand is one of the highlights of the trip! The casual, and very approachable eatery, Freedom Beat is your go-to for comfort food, great cocktails, and a killer brunch! Located on the casino floor and open 24 hours, the menu, created by Chef Scott Commings (Hell’s Kitchen Season 12 Champion), is full of great American regional classics. 

Breakfast sandwich with house made breakfast sausage, fried egg, cheddar, bacon, and a house made biscuit.

Red, White, and Blue Velvet Waffle

Double Grilled Mac & Cheese - sourdough and roasted chili macaroni. 

Tender, melt-in-your-mouth pot roast with garlic mashed potatoes. 

"Chobb" Salad - tomatoes, bacon, ham, egg. 

BBQ Burger - onion rings, smoked pulled pork, fried egg, and bbq sauce. 

Fresh, hot apple pie à la Mode


If you find yourself by the pool, Grand Citrus Pool Deck offers a variety of poolside fare, perfect for sharing. Lobster and Shrimp Rolls, seasonal farm-to-table salads, as well as savory and delicious flat breads round out the menu. With fresh ingredients grown poolside in one of 12 organic herb gardens, Citrus Pool Deck is a great afternoon spot for dining and relaxing poolside. Not to mention, the $10 cocktails are a steal!

Semi-private cabanas to relax all day at Citrus Pool Deck.


Summer tomato and cucumber salad with a vinaigrette.

The perfect Summer spread at Citrus Pool Deck: Lobster/Shrimp rolls,
Tomato & Cucumber Salad, and plenty of refreshing drinks. 
Giant shrimp skewer tossed in garlic aioli. 

Minted frozen citrus with orange, grapefruit, grapes, candied kumquats, mint, and caramelized sugar. 


After a day consisting of an amazing boozy brunch and tasty poolside fare, you’ll want to have dinner at Triple George, my favorite restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas. Described as a San Francisco-Style Seafood & Steakhouse, I suppose that means bay area style seafood dishes with old-school steakhouse items, Triple George is a classic yet upscale restaurant that offers excellent food and drinks. The cocktails are creative and sophisticated and you’ll find just about any bourbon or scotch you can imagine. The food is incredible. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that it is one of the best dinners I’ve had in all of Vegas. The New York, bone-in strip was perfectly cooked, full of flavor, and so tender. I’m very certain that it was the best steak I’ve had in Las Vegas, probably because it was simple, and didn’t complicate things with unnecessary toppings. Aside from steak, the dish to order is the Shrimp and Scallop linguine in creole cream sauce, it’s a flavor bomb. If you consider yourself a fan of jambalaya, you can’t visit Triple George and leave without ordering this dish. 




Spicy shrimp and scallop linguine in a creole cream sauce. 

Bone-in Prime New York Strip with asparagus, carrots, and mashed potatoes. 

Whiskey Flights
"Llama Rojo" - Chacho Aguardiente / Raspberry / Basil / Lime Juice 
"Salted Caramel Martini" - Rumchata / Caramel Vodka / Sea Salt 


Downtown is a refreshing new take on the Vegas experience and the Downtown Grand is the ideal place to stay. With plenty of dining options and entertainment nearby, like The Mob Museum, The Smith Center, and of course Fremont Street, you’ll have no shortage of things to do. A cool, relaxed, urban setting with no pretentiousness is what you can expect from this hotel. Come as you are, have fun, and relax. It’s (Downtown) Vegas baby. 









Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
206 N 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.953.4343



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