JET SET EXPERIENCES: Heavenly Mauritius


Mark Twain once wrote “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.” And was he ever right!

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the African continent. It is known for its beaches, wildlife, and world-renowned cuisine. Beyond its stunning beaches, turquoise lagoons, and abundant reefs, Mauritius is home to lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls, and the Black River Gorges Park. Aside from the enticing vistas and diverse terrain, there is truly something for everyone on this unique island!

Families and couples alike can relax on the beach alongside crystal clear blue-green water or indulge in the faster-paced activities the island has to offer. Highlights on the water include kite surfing, boat excursions to surrounding islands, scuba diving, snorkeling along the reefs, paddle boarding, waterskiing and more. By land enjoy playing golf, hiking to the mountain peak or through the gorge, and horseback riding.

Mauritius is a mecca for world-class luxury hotels with exceptional service. On the southwestern side of the island on Le Morne Beach resides the St. Regis, which exceeds every expectation. From the spa to the five star restaurants serving locally caught fresh fish cooked in front of you, this property ensures an experience you won’t soon forget!

To book your heavenly Mauritius vacation contact Courtney Sheeley.

JETSET EXPERIENCES: “If you build it, they will come.”

Baseball has forever been America’s game. This year marks a few milestones for our country’s favorite past time—25th anniversary of Field of Dreams, which of course struck a chord with hearts from sea to shining sea. This summer why not visit a few of the iconic teams and explore the city they call home with front row seats?

This year is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, home of the infamous Chicago Cubs. Make your trip to Chicago a double header by attending both a Cubs and a White Sox game. We can round out your trip with visits to the world-class museums, private river cruises, and top-notch cuisine to rival the top restaurants around the world. Stay at your favorite luxury hotel with beautiful views of the Chicago River or Lake Michigan.

New York Yankees need no introduction; however it is not New York City’s only team, catch a Mets game during your visit as well. Let us wow you with front row tickets and behind the dugout experiences. There are many things the city has to offer depending on your interests, but if you are up for a road trip and you’re rounding third to head home, I suggest driving 4 hours upstate to Cooperstown, NY to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  This is sure to be a home run for baseball fanatics.

The Cinderella story of baseball as of late, 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox call Fenway Park their home; a hot ticket this year boasting their winning team. In Boston, walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail discovering the rich history of the American Revolution, from the Bunker Hill Monument to Paul Revere’s House, end at the John F. Kennedy Library to research any unanswered questions about this nation’s past. We can set you up with a rowing team to try your strokes on the Charles River during your time in Boston.

If you want to “Play Ball” please contact  Let me combine your beer and brat stadium experience with world-class hotels and cuisine.


There is nothing more Americana than a visit to the “Federal City” and a trip back through colonial times to discover beautiful and historically rich Virginia.  Only about an hour outside of the Capital, you will find world-class wineries (Pippen Hill, Bluemont Vineyard and King Family Vineyards to name a few) offering tasty wine, excellent farm to table cuisine, stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an afternoon of polo matches (at King Family Vineyards).  Downtown Charlottesville is filled with upscale restaurants, charming boutiques, and live music on the main square each Friday evening.  Stay at The Clifton Inn for an Old World meets New World experience. The white clapboard Federal Style home in the heart of Jefferson County, feels as if you have stepped back in time and will shortly be joined by our Founding Fathers in the cozy bar.  Venture further into the Shenandoah Valley, into Natural Chimneys Park for rigorous hiking, mountain biking, and notable fly-fishing, along with the newly created Red Wing Roots Music Festival each July (this year July 11-13, 2014) for some downhome Bluegrass tunes.  On your return to Washington, leave plenty of time for a stop to explore George Washington’s Mount Vernon, enjoying their fireworks display over the Potomac River and a taste their newly finished bourbon from the renovated Distillery.

Back in DC, wander of the beaten path to discover Ethiopian food in the U Street neighborhood, sunrise paddle boarding on the river from Jack’s Boat House, and pretend you are a spy for day at the International Spy Museum.  If the children are with you, they will enjoy the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian (and of course the Air and Space Museum). The place to stay is The Jefferson Hotel.  Located just four blocks from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but off the tourist route, this 99 guest room property evokes a European flair, drawn from Thomas Jefferson’s love for Paris. Extraordinary attention to detail (in the design and service to guests) creates a feeling of being a houseguest in a private home.

For more information please contact Lauren Maggard:

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