JETSET EXPERIENCES: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy


A UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, the Dolomite mountains are one of the most unique and breathtakingly beautiful alpine regions in the world.  Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, home of the 1956 Winter Olympics, is uniquely located at the base of these majestic mountains and is known as one of the best ski resort in the Alps.  It is a mix of modern day adventure, fashion and Italian lifestyle, sure to please even the most discerning traveler.

While the center of town is nestled in an old Italian village with plenty of charm, there have been many modern upgrades to the accommodations, including Grand Hotel Savoia.  Featuring contemporary mountain design and an exquisite spa, you can spend your days exploring the great outdoors literally surrounding you and return to the hotel for some much needed rest and relaxation.

Cortina is the ultimate destination for families or groups with varying skiing ability.  Offering a variety of slopes, and even more slope-side dining options, don’t miss an opportunity to embrace the local fare with dinner atop the mountain in a local refugio, and burn off the cheese and grappa with a late-night ski (illuminated by snowmobile) back down to the village.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to explore the Dolomites in Italy, add it to your bucket list – you will not be disappointed.  For more information on booking your summer or winter holiday contact Lindsey Woodcock,


Saint Tropez has long been epitomized as the heart of the French Rivera.  The first town to be liberated after World War II, it became a vacation hotspot for artists, actors and now both American and European jetsetters.

Summer in St. Tropez is abuzz with locals, vacationing couples, globetrotting families, and everything in between.  From the weekend market at Place des Lices, and high-end boutiques to the family-owned restaurants and vibrant nightlife, you will find yourself completely enthralled with the energy of this beautiful port city.

There are a variety of luxury accommodations to suit any travelers needs.   The historic landmark and ultimate romantic getaway Byblos Hotel is one of our favorites and is consistently pleasing our clients with their spacious rooms, variety of dining options and of course Spa Byblos, featuring a mood-changing steam shower.

For the more modern alternative, we recommend Hotel De Paris situated right in the center of the village and a short walk to the port.  Every room is decorated in it’s own colorful interpretation of the height of the cinematic glory days of St. Tropez.  It also features a suspended rooftop pool, which is visible from the beautiful lobby and offers unprecedented views of the village.

Club 55 is a must-see lunch spot in St. Tropez.  The open-air restaurant located on the beach offers a thoroughly French menu but can’t be visited without indulging in the crudités and some rosé.  For a quieter more authentic dinner experience, check out the family-owned Au Caprice des Deux.  Situated off the beaten path with tables on the cobblestone street, their atmosphere is as delectable as their food.

St. Tropez will leave you feeling immersed in culture and excitement, as well as plenty of great food and wines.  A short drive from either Nice or Marseille, it is the perfect compliment to your South of France summer vacation.  Contact Lindsey Woodcock at to start planning your French Riviera holiday today.

Not to be missed: Morning coffee and a croissant at Senequer. 



A city once divided by a wall, surrounded with sorrow and heartache, has seemed to lift that dark cloud that was always there even on a sunny day. I first went to Berlin in 2005, so when I ventured back earlier this spring I was completely blown away with the change of the energy and the vibe of the city. I thought to myself, “Is this really the same city I visited eight years ago?”

Despite the late spring chill in the air, Berlin was warm, inviting, and full of life. From the hundreds of museums, art displays and beautiful gardens to the underground bar scene where only the hippest of crowds know the passwords to get in—this city is the new kid on the block for European travel.

With the increasing popularity of this city, luxury properties are going up left and right as travelers are coming from far and wide to rejoice with the people of Berlin in their newfound pulse.  While in the city, you’ll have numerous options for accommodations but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Hotel de Rome (a Rocco Forte property), is right across the street from the Opera building and within walking distance to all of the museums—perfect for families and history buffs!
  • The see and be seen crowd find it easy to stay a little longer with the expansive kitchen suites at Soho House Berlin.  The year round heated rooftop pool doesn’t hurt either.
  • Das Stue is the epitome of a design hotel. Perfectly placed in between the Tiergarten and the Berlin Zoo, each room has a unique design and decor but all of them have a beautiful view. You may want to surpass the elevator and take the stairs, as you will find secret lounges along the way! This is a perfect hotel for couples.

To top this off, Air Berlin is making this journey easier for Chicagoland with their new direct flight complete with lie flat business class seats.

If you would like to get to Berlin before this secret gem gets out to the masses, contact me at I will give you the passwords you will need to get into the underground hot spots!