Undiscovered Travel Destinations

Undiscovered Travel Destinations

A sunny getaway can help lift spirts and reveal the history and wonder of a new space far away from home. Take a look at some of our favorite warm weather destinations and start planning your next trip.

Canouan

This tiny island located about 120 miles southwest of Barbados is quickly becoming a popular travel destination among the world’s elite. Canouan is a secluded island, with no direct flights from the U.S., so many visitors must fly to an airport in St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Lucia or Barbados and then take a short flight by private jet or propeller plane to get to there. The Mandarin Oriental Canouan, which recently took over the old Pink Sands Club, is the premier hotel on the island and has five restaurants and bars, a freestanding spa and a golf course among other amenities.


Lord Howe Island, Australia

Guests looking for both privacy and beauty can look no further than Lorde Howe Island. No need to worry about overcrowding here; only about 400 visitors are allowed on the island at one time to experience the natural features which include the famous twin peaks, subtropical forests and clear waters. The island was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage property in 1982 due to its beauty and biodiversity. Visitors take advantage of many local attractions including feeding wild fish by hand at Neds Beach and hiking Mount Gower.


Faroe Islands, Denmark

With dramatic landscapes and stunning waterfront views, The Faroe Islands are a must see for any traveler. Located between Iceland and Scotland, lies this breathtaking string of islands that were once considered Danish Viking territory and today occupy about 50,000 residents. Luxe features are being added to the islands everyday including Michelin-star restaurants and trendy shops for tourists. Koks Restaurant won its first Michelin star in 2017 and has a staff of ten chefs (each from a different country). Reservations are recommended for this exclusive restaurant; it is only open from April to September and only serves 24 customers a night.


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Jeff Bezos Buys Fifth Avenue Condo Spread for Around $80 Million

Jeff Bezos Buys Fifth Avenue Condo Spread for Around $80 Million

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has bought three adjacent apartments in 212 Fifth Avenue, which is located in downtown New York near Madison Square Park. Illustration: VisualHouse

 

The Amazon CEO is finalizing the purchase of three units at 212 Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park

 

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is set to finalize the purchase of three New York apartments Tuesday in a deal valued at around $80 million, according to people familiar with the transaction.

Mr. Bezos is buying a penthouse and two units directly beneath it at 212 Fifth Avenue, located near Madison Square Park, these people said. The main penthouse alone spans three floors, with a private elevator and large terraces, according to StreetEasy. If turned into a single-family home the three units would total more than 17,000 square feet, with 12 bedrooms.

The penthouse, which was asking $73.8 million at one point in 2017, was most recently on the market for $58 million, though the exact sales price wasn’t clear as the deal hasn’t yet been recorded publicly. The other two units sold for a collective $28.45 million, public records show.

The deal is the priciest ever closed in New York south of 42nd Street, said appraiser Jonathan Miller. It’s also the second largest deal closed this year in New York, second only to hedge funder Ken Griffin’s nearly $240 million deal for a penthouse at 220 Central Park South, Mr. Miller said.

The deal comes almost four months after Mr. Bezos’s company ditched plans for a corporate headquarters in the Long Island City area of New York, and amid his divorce from longtime wife MacKenzie Bezos. Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index pegs his net worth at $106 billion. A spokesman for Mr. Bezos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The deal comes almost four months after Mr. Bezos’s company ditched plans for a corporate headquarters in the Long Island City area of New York, and follows his divorce from longtime wife MacKenzie Bezos.

Mr. Bezos has been on the hunt for a New York home for months, and eyed the penthouse at the XI, a new two-tower condo project in West Chelsea, according to people familiar with his search. The executive had parties involved with the search sign nondisclosure agreements, those people said.

The Fifth Avenue building dates back to 1912. Originally used for manufacturing, it was converted into nearly 50 condos in 2015 and was developed by a partnership that includes Madison Equities, Building and Land Technology and Thor Equities. Though the building is undoubtedly luxurious, it is not known for its flashiness: Amenities include a fitness center and a game room. StreetEasy shows that all the original sponsor units are in contract or sold.

Mr. Bezos also has homes in Beverly Hills, Calif., Washington, D.C., West Texas and Medina, Wash., The Wall Street Journal reported in January. In New York, he and his ex-wife lived at the Century at 25 Central Park West. In 1999 they paid $7.65 million for three units at that art deco building owned by then-Sony Music Chief Executive Tommy Mottola. Then in 2012 Mr. Bezos paid $5.3 million for an adjacent 1,725-square-foot unit.

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Best Swimming Spots in Colorado

Best Swimming Spots in Colorado

Colorado might be landlocked, but there are still plenty of incredible places to take a swim. Cool off this summer at some of the best and most beautiful swimming spots Colorado has to offer!

Devil’s Punchbowl – Aspen

Located off the west side of Independence Pass just nine miles outside of Aspen, this popular swimming spot isn’t for the faint of heart. Of the two places in Colorado dubbed “Devil’s Punchbowl”, this one is the easiest to access. Crystal clear water surrounded by 20-foot cliffs await any daredevil brave enough to take the plunge in these icy waters.

Big Dominguez Canyon

Big Dominguez Canyon is a group of swimming holes located south of Grand Junction in the Dominguez – Escalante National Conservation Area. These watering holes feature cascading waterfalls and beautiful rock formations. The temperature is usually fairly warm so you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere without freezing. You can even work up a bit of a sweat by hiking to each of the first three swimming holes and then cool down in their temperate water.

Clear Creek Whitewater Park

Clear Creek is often referred to as the heart of Golden. It is frequented by sunbathers, kayakers, tubers, and fisherman. Tubing the Clear Creek Waterpark is one of Jefferson County’s biggest summer activities. Just follow the sidewalk beside the river west and it will eventually turn into a trail. There are many opportunities along the way to drop your tube in. Bring your own tube or rent one from one of the shops right down the road.

Conundrum Hot Springs

Getting to these jaw-dropping hot springs off the beaten path requires an 8.5 miles hike and an overnight permit. But this trek is arguably one of the most unique overnight backpacking trips across the country. Conundrum Creek Trail is situated in Maroon Bells Wilderness area and climbs over 2,500 feet over the 8.5 miles, making it a moderate hike. At the end of the hike you will be rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery and a dip in the warm natural hot springs – clothing optional.

Big Soda Lake

Being that it’s located only 20 minutes from the heart of Denver, Big Soda Lake is a hot spot for locals. It’s situated perfectly under the rolling hills of the front range with excellent views of Red Rocks Amphitheater. There are well maintained bathrooms and concessions nearby, along with several beach picnic shelters. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and sailboards.

Devil’s Punchbowl – Marble

Similar to its sister locale with the same name, this spot has been made popular as a sweet spot for plunging into cool water fed by a waterfall on the South Fork Crystal River. Unlike the Devil’s Punchbowl in Aspen – this location requires a difficult hike to get to, so adventurers should take caution. If you do decide to make the trek, be sure to stop by the Crystal Mill. It’s one of the most photographed spots in the state for a reason!

Rainbow Hot Springs

Just twenty miles north of Pagosa Spring is a pristine hiking trail that leads you to an oasis of natural hot springs. The 10.2 mile out and back trail winds through the Weminuche Wilderness Area within the San Juan National Forest. You’ll enjoy enchanting forests, waterfalls, steep cliffs overlooking rapids, and fresh mountain air. The hot springs are the icing on the cake, and provide a much-needed soak for your body after the strenuous climb up.

Adrenaline Falls

Adrenaline Falls is well known among Durango locals, but very few non-locals actually know where it is. Located in the San Juan National Forest, a short, but steep, hike takes you to the an 18-foot waterfall thundering into a deep pool. Adrenaline Falls has earned its name from the 18 – 40 foot cliff jump sure to give you a rush. For anyone looking for a thrill, this is the perfect summer time adventure.

Cherry Creek Reservoir

Welcome to Denver’s oasis in the city! This is the perfect family escape from the day to day hustle and bustle of city life. Bring your floaties, cool off in the waves, and hang out on the soft, sandy beach. Or rent a boat and cast a line to do some leisurely fishing. Camping is also permitted in the area if you’re looking to lounge a bit longer.

Lost Man Lake

For those adventure seekers looking to earn some bragging rights, add this hike-to-swim location to your summer bucket list. Your adventure begins one mile west of Independence Pass. From the trail head take 12,800’ Lost Man Pass on a well-established trail. While Lost Man Lake is your final destination, you could warm-up with a jump into Independence Lake. When you reach the top of the saddle you will be greeted with a glorious view of Lost Man Lake. On warm days, you’ll be able to enjoy a nice swim. But at 12,450’ it’s going to be brisk.

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13 Colorado Hot Springs to Relax In

13 Colorado Hot Springs to Relax In

Colorado Hot Springs range from off the beaten path and secluded, to equipped with water slides and snack shacks. These hot springs are perfect for soothing your muscles after a long day of mountain adventures.

Alpine Hot Springs Hideaway

The beautiful hand-built stone pool sits underneath big evergreens in the middle of the Rockies. The hot springs rise from their source at 130°+F. The pool and cabin are only open to overnight guests. There is a two night minimum and reservations are recommended well in advance for peak times. Nestled in Chalk Creek Canyon, Alpine Hot Springs Hideaway is a perfect mountain retreat.

Antero Hot Spring Cabins

Situated in the San Isabel National Forest in the heart of the fourteeners region of Colorado and nestled along Chalk Creek, Antero Hot Springs features three unique accommodations. Each place has a hand-shaped private hot spring pool just outside the door. These large soaking pools are fed by a hot spring on the property and are rich in minerals but low in sulfur.

Conundrum Hot Springs

Getting to these jaw-dropping hot springs off the beaten path requires an 8.5 miles hike and an overnight permit. But this trek is arguably one of the most unique overnight backpacking trips across the country. At the end of the hike you will be rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery and a dip in the warm natural hot springs.

Dunton Hot Springs

Just across the mountain from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs Resort is a romantic ghost town, set in an extraordinary alpine valley. The resort offers a variety of day and overnight packages, and the entire town or ranch can be rented exclusively for corporate retreats, family reunions, and weddings.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

The Historic Glenwood Springs setting, between Aspen and Vail, provides an atmosphere for cherished memories. The soothing mineral waters of the world’s largest hot springs pool are a great start, but this unique and historic destination includes a spa for stress reduction, a premier athletic club for working out, a resort boutique for retail therapy and on-location dining for convenience.

Indian Springs Resort

Variety rules with geo-thermal caves, private baths, outdoor Jacuzzis and a mineral water pool, not to mention lodging options that range from campsites to resort rooms. Visit the spa, where you can get the Maize Salt Glo Treatment, a massage and exfoliation with corn maize, magnesium and castor oil.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

The perfect pool is waiting for you at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs. You just have to decide which pool that is! Your choices include a freshwater family pool and any of the 16 hot springs mineral pools where you can soak in the iron-rich thermal spring water. All pools are located alongside the Colorado River with Rocky Mountain views that soothe and inspire.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Relax and unwind in the odorless 100% natural hot springs soaking pools situated along side of the Chalk Creek. A must do at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort are the hot springs pools located right in midst of the cool rushing waters of Chalk Creek. Create your own personal hot spring pool. Each pool is fed by its own natural geothermal hot spring that is bubbling up into the actual creek bed.

The Springs Resort and Spa – Pagosa Springs

This luxury resort boasts more than 20 soaking pools (including the world’s deepest geothermal spring), a full-service spa and salon and a separate luxury suites hotel, which is LEED-certified for its environmentally conscious design. Unwind in one of the five adults-only pools, which have sweeping views of the San Juan Mountains.

Overlook Hot Springs Spa – Pagosa Springs

Roof-top tubs, five indoor pools and one completely private tub give you options for any weather or occasion. Sunset Magazine recently named this hot springs, tucked inside a Victorian-era storefront, a great aprés-ski option just half an hour from Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Healing Waters Resort and Spa – Pagosa Springs

With lodging options spanning an RV park to rooms and suites with full kitchens as well as a spa, Healing Waters makes sure you don’t need to leave the grounds for a relaxing getaway. Consider an Aquastretch treatment in one of the warm-water pools to soothe weary muscles.

Penny Hot Springs

The Penny Hot Springs sit on the banks of the Crystal River, a short drive south from Carbondale. Sitting at the mouth of the Narrows, a granite section of the canyon cut by the Crystal River, they are easily found at a large parking lot on the east side of Highway 133, a few hundred feet north of mile marker 55.

Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs

Just outside of Steamboat Springs nestled alongside Hot Springs Creek lies one of the most spectacular mineral springs in the world. Imagine relaxing in 104 degree mineral water while Steamboat’s famous Champagne Powder gently collects in the surrounding forest. After dark, Strawberry Springs is strictly 18 and up – clothing optional.

Avalanche Ranch in Redstone

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Compiled by Mara Calomino

 

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9 Tips for Creating a Pet Friendly Home

9 Tips for Creating a Pet Friendly Home

If you’re the type of person who can’t imagine living without a dog or cat, but you don’t want to sacrifice your personal sense of style, then these tips for creating a pet friendly home are for you! From flooring to furniture and beyond, snag some good advice on creating the perfect pet friendly home.

Separate Sleeping Spaces

Just like their human counterparts, pets love plush places to sleep. Often times, that winds up being your bed. But dog behavior specialists say it’s better for your dog, and to show who is boss, to have their own sleeping space. Some of the best types of pet beds are filled with cedar chips and have a washable cover. They smell good and help to repel fleas.

Dogs also do very well in crates or closed-in spaces. The way you feel in your den or reading nook is similar to the way your pup feels in their crate – safe and relaxed. Put a crate under a table in a kitchen corner or build a little pet hideaway for them to escape to.

Dress Beds in Washable Fabrics

Even when you create separate sleeping spaces, it’s likely you may still sometimes share the bed with your four-legged friend. Or they might sneak up there when you’re not around. Help protect your bed against the inevitable hair, dirt, and accidents that will happen when owning a pet.

Duvet covers work better than bedspreads or quilts because they can be removed and washed. You’ll want to choose sturdy sheets in a medium shade that can hide a little pet hair while in between washes. You should also consider investing in a moisture resistant mattress pad to help protect your mattress.

Choose Durable Flooring

To keep pet-occupied rooms in top shape, you will need hard-surface flooring. Laminate or hardwood flooring, stone or ceramic tiles, or painted concrete are easier to keep clean and stain-free than carpets. Such floors are also cooler in warmer weather, an important consideration for pets with thick or long hair. Even if your dog is perfectly potty trained, carpet is going to collect hair, critters, and bacteria.

Slip Proof Area Rugs

Not only do area rugs enhance a room, they can also protect your floors from claws and stains. They muffle the sounds of thumping tails, dropped chew toys, and animals running around. They protect your pet from slipping on the polished floors and give them a comfy place to nap. Buy rugs featuring patterns with a multitude of colors to draw the eye away from dirt, stains, and pet hair. Or buy a rug similar in color to your pet’s hair, so it will blend in easier.

A dog running around can easily slip on a rug, knocking over a person, plant or table in the way. So, invest in a slip proof area rug and anchor it with heavy furniture. If you’d rather re-purpose the rugs you already own, you can purchase rubber rug grips that stick to the bottom of the rugs.

Protect Your Walls with Paint

Pets can do several things to damage your walls. They like to rub against them as they walk by. They can spray the walls with drool if they shake their heads or dirt if they come in wet and shake off the rain. Cats may be tempted to scratch a wall papered in textured wall paper.

Therefore, instead of wall paper, paint your walls in beautiful colors and keep paper towels handy to wipe away dirt. Semi-gloss-finish paint or satin paint are great choices for rooms that see a lot of activity because they clean up much easier. If you’d still like to go for a matte finish be sure to choose a washable flat paint.

Shred Proof Your Furniture

A common and frustrating cat behavior is scratching at anything they can get their little paws on. Unless you like torn and fringed walls and slipcovers, invest in a scratching post! Set it near your favorite perch, which is usually where cats’ enjoy scratching the most. Discourage clawing by covering the spot with aluminum foil or tape until your cats habits shift to the scratching post.

Install A Doggie Door

If you spring for a nice-looking airtight pet door, you will be saving both you and your pet a lot of trouble. They’ll be able to come and go as they please! Just be sure your yard is fenced in, so your pet doesn’t wander off when they go outside.

Nix the Bleach

Here is a pet safety tip you might not be aware of: your pet will absorb – through their paws – whatever you use to clean your floors and other surfaces with. Bleach and other strong chemicals are highly irritating and toxic. Instead, opt for vinegar and water rinses instead – they are also better for you and the environment! Keep all your household cleaners up high or secured in a cabinet where your nosy pets can’t get into them.

Inspect Your Houseplants

Pets and plants don’t always mix. Many plants including aloe, ivies, and amaryllis can be toxic to both dogs and cats. For a complete list of plants toxic to pets, check with the ASPCA. Luckily, plants make wonderful gifts. So, if you need to part with a poisonous plant, a non-pet owning friend or family member will likely be more than happy to take it off your hands! If you’re a plant lover, be sure to set your non-toxic greenery on a sturdy base so that they won’t get knocked over.

 

 

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Memorial Day Events in Denver

Memorial Day Events in Denver

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer here in the Mile High City and the weekend is always packed full of events perfect for the whole family! Here are just of few of the Memorial Day events happening around Denver this weekend.

20th Annual Veterans Memorial Day Tribute

When: May 26th | 10am – 12pm
Where: POF Hall | 1340 Sherman Street
This year marks the 20th year where military groups, veterans, Gold Star families, and community members from across Colorado will gather to honor the service and sacrifice of fallen military heroes from wars past and present over Memorial Day weekend. For the first time, the tribute will also recognize the service and sacrifice of 9/11 first responders.

Colorado Remembers

When: May 25th | 8am – 1pm
Where: Colorado Freedom Memorial
Colorado Remembers is in honor of Colorado military personnel and their families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This event will have a free pancake breakfast from 8-10am, a remembrance ceremony from 10-11am, and time to visit the Colorado Freedom Memorial from 11am – 1pm. There is plenty of lawn seating for this event but please note to bring blankets and chairs for seating.

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

When: May 24th – 26th | Times Vary
Where: Coors Field
Kick-off the weekend at Coors Field! Enjoy exciting major league baseball and head out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Baltimore Orioles.

Denver Day of Rock

When: May 25th | 2:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: 16th Street Mall
Denver Day of Rock is a one-day music festival benefiting the work of Amp the Cause. This free event features five stages of live music along Denver’s 16th Street Mall on Memorial Day weekend. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause continue to support non-profits in our community.

Denver Arts Festival

When: May 25th- 26th | Starting at 10am
Where: Conservatory Green Neighborhood at Stapleton
The Denver Arts Festival is a fine art and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists. The Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier event at Stapleton’s Conservatory Green Neighborhood. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation’s best artists with over 50,000 people expected to attend.

Run, Walk or Ruck

When: May 26th | 8:45am
Where: Grist Brewing
Join Rocky Mountain Brew runs for a special event to celebrate the start of summer and honor Memorial Day. Kick-off the morning in a free 30-minute workout with Manic Training and then run, walk or ruck the 4 mile course on trails and paths through Highlands Ranch open space with great views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. Finish to an ice-cold brew, food trucks, and test your fitness in fun beer Olympics games!

South Gaylord Memorial Weekend Festival

When: May 26th – May 27th | Sunday: 10am – 6pm, Monday: 10am – 4pm
Where: 1000 Block of South Gaylord Street
The South Gaylord Street Festival Series invites you to participate in the 40th Annual Memorial Weekend Festival. Kick-off summer with great family-friendly entertainment, delicious food, local vendors, and so much more! The Festival Series has a long history of bringing together the local community and purveyors of fine products to celebrate this wonderful historic neighborhood in Washington Park.