Travel Trends and Tips
Europe, Friend Of A Friend Consulting, Inspiration
European Beach Dreaming
It’s hard to deny the lure or the European summer vacation: longer days with lighter evenings, fresh food, hedonistic living, cultural insights and the simple joy of a true change of scenery. I’m lucky that I can mentally travel through my clients to various spots throughout the summer, however, in a perfect world, I’d be a different spot each week, myself. Below is a visual list of some of the spots I’m currently researching and dreaming of. Not surprisingly, they’re all properties on the beach…
Europe, Food + Wine, Italy
April 23-30, 2016
I just returned from a week in Tuscany, traversing the gorgeous green and yellow patchwork of the Val d’Orcia, Tuscany’s UNESCO World Heritage area renowned for its Brunello and Vino Nobile, as well as it’s fabulous properties. I was lucky enough to stay in a few and tour some others, while fitting in wine tasting to practice for my upcoming WSET Level III course. Not bad for a week’s work. Below are some of my more wistful scenic shots, though sadly none of them quite do it justice. Tuscany, and really, all of Italy, is impossible to capture in an image. It’s not just one single sensorial experience – it’s all five of them, at maximum tilt. And that is why I will return as often as I can, forever.
Family, Friend Of A Friend Consulting, Travel Tips
Happy New Year, and if January is any indication, well, then, so far, so great. Just this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to head out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for an insider peek into the wintry lifestyle of the gorgeous Teton Valley. Having only ever visited the area during the summer months – something I HIGHLY suggest doing – I was eager to check out the terrain now under a thick blanket of snow. As you can see from my sunrise shot below, I was hardly disappointed.
Staying at a mountaintop (or butte-top, to be more accurate) home near the Spring Creek Ranch and the Aman, I was blessed with some truly stunning views. If you can believe it, this sunrise shot above is captured without filters (mostly because I’m terrible at them, anyhow).
The entire weekend, I was treated to an excellent and thorough tour from local expert and Real Estate / Property-Management firm founder, Morgan Bruemmer of the Clear Creek Group. His affable and kind demeanor meant myself and fellow journalist wanted for nothing and were exposed to the very best Jackson has to offer. Of course, the slopes were on my top list, and so ski them I did, with none other than a former K2-rep skier whose bravery and strength was unparalleled – just ask the bears.
In addition to skiing, we also snowshoed in the National Teton Park on a bluebird afternoon and visited the nearby Elk Refuge via horse-drawn sleigh. It was chilly, but also enthralling to view these massive horned and hairy beasts up close and personal. As you can see below, I tried to flatter my hosts by donning something equally as furry, though the guide’s chaps quickly let me know I had a ways to go. Of course not everything we did was outdoors. We also managed to nourish ourselves rather sumptuously. My favorite meal was found at local bakery, Persephone, where the pastries were sinful and the decor was perfectly vintage-infused and charming. I could have easily nestled in with my laptop and spent the better part of the day. I’m already planning my return. Next time, with my family in tow.
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