The Neighborhood to Nation™ Recipe Contest is back bigger and better than ever, giving independent family or “neighborhood” restaurants and food trucks the chance to win up to $80,000 in cash and prizes and bring hometown pride to their own communities. For the fourth year, General Mills Foodservice is celebrating independent restaurant operators and seeking out recipes for the one-of-a-kind dishes that showcase their local flavor.
To say that I travel a lot would be overstating the fact because I don’t travel as much as some consultants or other frequent travel folks. But I do travel at least once a month either on a longer duration work trip or sometimes a short road trip and I am always seeking ways to work wellness into my travels. With the assistance of the Wellness Tourism Association, here are a few easy ways to try and work wellness into your travels so you don’t feel like you need a vacation from each of your trips!
Re-opening after an extensive refurbishment and the addition of five luxury oceanfront suites with plunge pools, Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spaoffers breathtaking views of Little Corn Island’s emerald-green waters in a setting that’s both adventurous and naturally luxurious. Yemaya’s upgraded F&B program showcases Hispanic and Pre-Hispanic, Caribbean, Creole, Mayan and Thai influences.
Their new custom ferry transport has you arriving onsite in comfort and style. After a quick flight from Managua to Corn Island, 50 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, board Yemaya’s new 40-foot custom-built ferry for a comfortable, private transport to Little Corn Island.
Set on motor-vehicle-free Little Corn Island on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa offers a spa, yoga and beachfront water sports. The restaurant and beach bar offer changing menus based on organic ingredients from the resort’s own garden along with fresh meats and seafood. The resort produces 50% of its own energy too. Yemaya offers a luxurious and relaxed glimpse into the island’s Creole and beach culture.
Yemaya is only one of three other properties by Colibri Boutique Hotels, Members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The other properties are in Tulum, Mexico (El Pez, Mezzanine, Mi Amor and La Zebra). Designed for barefoot-chic relaxation, the collection includes both all-adult properties and properties suitable for individuals, couples and families. The five hotels are air-conditioned, generate their own energy, offer concierge service, and include WiFi.
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All September long, California celebrates Wine Month with wineries, hotels, restaurants and other establishments participating, offering special events, deals, tastings and more. You have afew more days to plan a getaway!
Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos
The seamless blend of an intimate small-town hotel and the modern character that embodies the Silicon Valley. At the heart of beautiful Los Gatos California, at the base of the serene Santa Cruz Mountains, this charming hotel perfectly captures the ambiance of the historic South Bay town. Saddle up and “wine” down with the Sips and Saddles package which features deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two at the VERGE Restaurant, horseback trail ride, picnic and wine tasting at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards.
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito
Combining contemporary design with casual sophistication and bayside charm. Casa Madrona offers a luxurious spa, breathtaking views of sailboats in the harbor and the rolling hills beyond, as well as easy access to the area’s most spectacular attractions. Take advantage of the hotel’s location just miles away from the Napa and Sonoma wine countries with Casa’s Gates of Sonoma Wine Tasting Experience. The package includes luxurious hillside cottage or mansion accommodations, transportation to Ram’s Gate Winery, wine greeting and private tour with a winery sommelier, barrel tasting in the Ram’s Gate Winery Hall barrel hall, four-course seasonal food and wine pairing prepared by Executive Chef Taylr Behnam and a bottle of single vineyard wine (750mL) to enjoy in the comforts of your Casa Madrona accommodations!
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego
Sit back, relax, and enjoy Rosé Sunday at Rein. Experience this elevated pool scene paired with endless Rosé and crudité for $30 when staying overnight. New to the property, Rein Poolside Retreat is an exclusive wellness-inspired pool bar, located at the resort’s adults-only pool that offers a refreshing culinary experience with an elevated yet approachable Southern California poolside vibe. With newly minted cabanas, Rein offers a variety of handcrafted cocktails, fare inspired by the resort’s dedication to healthy living, as well as classic dishes from The Pony Room which can be enjoyed in the spa cabanas and lounge chairs or at the top of the bar.
AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA
Drawing on the best of wine country dining with a contemporary California mindset - inspired culinary exploration, leisurely socializing, and the freshest seasonal ingredients. In addition to expertly curated wine lists, AVANT offers six wines on tap. With on-tap offerings, AVANT is able to utilize re-usable wine casks, skipping the need for bottles, corks, cases and labels. Whether by the sip or by the carafe, the first time oxygen touches the juice is when it hits your glass. Enjoy special pairings from Regional Sommelier and Cellar Master, Joe Baumgardner, with specialties like Maine Lobster Salad and Apriori, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 2015, and Braised Wagyu Short Rib with Turley ‘Buck Cobb Vineyard’, Zinfandel, Amador County, 2015.
Cheers to the good life! Comment below if you visit or have visited these properties, would love to hear your experience.
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With Labor Day just passing us by and the last quarter of the year coming up, all those vacation days are piling together and you do have the holiday season creeping on ya…consider these hotel properties if you are planning family trips or reunions with friends.