– Hike El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the driest places on the planet and where NASA conducted Mars ROVER testing.
– Hike the Puritama Hot Springs and soak in the natural thermal waters of the Atacama Desert with a glass of champagne.
– Awasi. With just 10 rooms and located in the historic trading town of San Pedro, each room has a dedciated private guide and own 4WD vehicle.
– Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. This gorgeous property embraces its natural setting. Located 10 minutes outside of Atacama with six outdoor pools and spa, it features a delicious restaurant and bar.
– Tierra Atacama. Founded by the well-known Purcell family—owners of Ski Portillo—this sister property celebrates the best of the desert life. Facing the Licancabur Volcano, expect panoramic views and stellar service.
– explora Atacama. Guides here are the best! Experienced leaders will challenge you at every level. Plus, the property has a private stable for experienced horseback riders and access to high-altitude hikes.
– Atacama is considered the best place on earth to star gaze. ALMA—an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes—has recently offered tours to the public. Or, view the amazing night sky at explora Atacama with their own private observatory, the largest of its kind in Chile.
– Between Patagonia and Atacama, stop in Pucon in the Chilean Lake District and discover Hotel Vira Vira. A tranquil property with it’s own working dairy farm, it’s perfect for the food lover, while a guided hike up volcano Villarrica (9500-foot elevation) will fuel the adventurer.
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Sonoma Valley should top any oenophile’s 2017 hit list. Located just an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma Country stretches from the Pacific Coast to the Mayacamas Mountains—home to 400+ wineries. Compared to Napa, Sonoma’s vibe is more laid-back and intimate, with lower wine-tasting fees. And while Napa may be famous for its Cabernets and classic Bordeaux varietals, Sonoma vintners have staked their claim with the globe’s top Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
The food scene here is hot, hot, hot! As such, our curated, not-to-miss list of top Sonoma tables:
– SingleThread Farm in Healdsburg. Nestled on five acres between the Russian River and the historic San Lorenzo Ranch SingleThread, the property has a greenhouse, chicken coops, an heirloom fruit orchard, olive trees, beehives, and a cattle paddock all surrounded by vineyards.
– The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant. Source-to-fork takes on all new meaning here. You may bump into the farmer who grew your lettuce or persimmons, or you could be seated next to the guy who handcrafted your vino.
– Scopa. One of star vintner Helen Keplinger’s favorites, don’t miss winemaker Wednesdays.
Wellness rules in Sonoma. Discover organic produce, local farmer’s markets, and mushroom foraging, while amazing spas demand a serious reboot. Outdoor adventure includes cycling, hiking through old-growth redwoods, and kayaking the legendary Russian River.
Sonoma County has the same amount of wineries as Napa Valley but twice the amount of land. This means fewer crowds. We like to call it “wine country plus”—no over-commercialized wine experiences.
For your next wine country jaunt, contact Jill Taylor.
Photo Credit: The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant
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.