JET SET EXPERIENCES: PATAGONIA

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– Hike Torres del Paine National Park with a private guide and get up close and personal with the glaciers. Put boot to trail during autumn (U.S. winter/spring)—less crowded, cooler temps, and beautiful colors.
– Horseback ride to the Two Towers of Torres del Paine National Park, then sip a Mate (local drink with plenty of zing) and share a family barbeque (lamb, goat, pork and wild boar, or lama) at a Gaucho ranch or local rifugio.

STAY
– Tierra Patagonia. Located an hour from Torres del Paine National Park, this unbelievable property has Instagram-envy views.
– Awasi Patagonia. Private touring options (biking, hiking, horseback riding, and more) allow guests to dictate pace according to levels of experience. Afterward, unwind with an outdoor soak in your private wood-burning hot tub. Each villa has views of the “Torres.”
explora Patagonia. For those who want to stay inside Torres del Paine National Park. Easy access and top-notch guiding.

FOODIE FILE
Awasi is a Relais Chateaux property, with a keen focus on food, wine pairing, and service.
Most hotels are all-inclusive.

WOW FACTOR
When we hiked at Awasi, we never saw another person for four hours. They packed a gourmet picnic for us with wine at the trail’s end—extraordinary!

CONTACT:
– Jill Taylor
Cally Pirrung

JET SET EXPERIENCES: GALAPAGOS BY LAND

While most explore the Galapagos via expedition or cruise ship, in-the-know travelers navigate this natural playground by land. An ideal destination for both couples and families, exploring by land allows more flexibility. Think comfortable accommodations at night and private yachts by day.

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Galapagos wildlife is your call-to-action, with giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, sea lions, and much more.

STAY
The tented “glamping” experience at The Galapagos Safari Camp is custom designed to immerse visitors into Galapagos culture. Kids will be happy here, too, as the owner’s own children grew up on property. Pikaia Lodge is a modern, eco-chic hotel. Highlights include five-star dining and a communal pool for lazy afternoons and happy hours. Add either one onto a cruise itinerary and enjoy the best of both worlds!

CONTACT
For further information on a Galapagos adventure, contact Melissa Pugh.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Say Howdy to a Rowdy Winter

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With license plates proclaiming “Big Sky State” and a name originating from the word mountain, it is no surprise that Montana is an adventurer’s paradise – especially in the winter.

The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ideal place to call “home on the range”.  Situated near Philipsburg, and a short 1.5 hour transfer from the Missoula Airport, this Relais and Chateau property is a working ranch but redefines luxury in every aspect.  Accommodations range from cozy western lodge rooms to well-appointed tent suites where a claw-foot tub, wood burning stove and rippling creek acoustics will ensure a restful night sleep.

The fully-inclusive property provides fun for all ages and interests.  Little buckaroos can ride horses, go sledding, cast a line or enjoy a movie night in the on-property theater room. Discovery, known to the locals as “Disco”, offers family-friendly downhill skiing – without the lines.

Explore the nearby mountains on a snowshoe trek followed by mountaintop yoga complete with a fire and hot cocoa for warmth.  For the more adventurous spirits, set out on a snowmobile ride or try one of the many shooting ranges set up around the property.  And when the day is done, relax in a soothing spa treatment complemented by a “saddle-sore” soak.

And no visit to a ranch would be complete without a hoedown!  Get outfitted in the ranch’s gear closet with boots and hats and let the staff treat you to a twirl as you learn to line-dance while savoring world-class BBQ in the barn. Your stay at the Ranch at Rock Creek will leave you and your family full of laughter, memories and gratitude for the opportunity to share this magical Montana gem.

To design your own magical Montana moments contact Lindsey Woodcock.