The Last Minute Packer’s Checklist For A Winter Mountain Retreat

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There is nothing unusual about wanting to get away from the day to day work life and head up the mountains for a fun mountain town vacation. Every year people flock to beautiful mountainous destinations for skiing, snow shoeing, and to stay in luxury lodgings and cabins. Sometimes the idea strikes you spur of the moment. Can you be ready to go at the last minute? Here is the last minute packer’s checklist for a winter mountain retreat.

 

  1. Bring plenty of layers

 

Up in the mountains temperatures can change quickly. It could be below freezing in the morning and much warmer in the afternoon once the sun peaks out from behind the clouds. Make sure to bring and dress in plenty of layers. Some things to consider are removable snow pants, thermal shirts and leggings, as well as different thicknesses of gloves and hats.

 

  1. Skiing gear

 

If you love a good mountain retreat, you likely enjoy skiing. Don’t forget to pack your thick socks, snow boots, skis, and poles. Also, make sure to bring proper eye wear. Polarized sunglasses and ski visors are recommended. The sun can reflect off of snow and damage your eyes at worst, and be unbearably bright at best.

 

  1. Lip balm and lotion

 

If you are not use to the cool dry mountain air, make sure you bring some lip balm and lotion. The exposure to cold air along with a lack of humidity can really suck the moisture out of your skin. Be prepared to guard your lips with a decent coat of lip balm and keep moisture in with some skin lotion.

 

  1. Hand and foot warmers

 

Hand a foot warmers are useful for multiple reasons. They can protect you and offer extra warmth if you ever get lost up in the mountains, and they can provide you with extra comfort while you ski and expose yourself to the elements. Keep a few of these around in case you need them.

 

  1. Your appetite

 

Be ready to explore, dine, and socialize at one of the many restaurants in your mountain destination. Post skiing and snowboarding socializing is a great way to unwind and meet likeminded people.

 

Make sure you bring these 5 things to your next vacation retreat.

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How to Find a Vacation Destination The Whole Family Will Love

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Selecting a family vacation location that pleases the whole family can be a difficult and challenging act. Even with the best intentions it is hard to appease all the different preferences family members may have. You don’t have to worry though, there are some ways you can increase the likelihood that everyone will be satisfied and enjoy their family vacation. Here is a guide on how to find vacation destinations the whole family will love.

 

  1. Plan ahead

 

The first steps to enjoying a family vacation is to ensure that everyone has their needs met and is relaxed and enjoying themselves. To accomplish this, it takes a bit of upfront planning. Call and make your reservations with plenty of time for changes should they come up unexpectedly.

 

  1. Make a budget

 

Making a budget serves more than just the obvious purpose. Not only can you save money and ensure you have enough funds to do all the things you would like to do, but creating a budget will help you plan out the activities you would like to participate in and will allow you to have a base price for you to compare rates to.

 

  1. Pick a great location

 

Similar to real estate, vacations are about location, location, location. Take some time to research fun and unique vacation destinations before you commit and make plans. Some great locations that families love are mountain towns. They are known for their peaceful natural environments and access to nature and nightlife all the same.

 

  1. Reserve great lodging

 

You will surely be able to please the whole family with comfortable and cozy lodging. Places close to restaurants, night life, and not far away from outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and skiing, are all traits you should look for before you book your next lodging reservations.

 

Even though planning a vacation the whole family will love can be difficult, don’t hesitate to get started using these tips.

 

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5 Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Your Nueces River Cabin Rental

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Everyone needs some time to rest and recharge, especially in the times we live in today. With all the access to human interaction we have it is sometimes nice to take a break from it all and enter into the world that existed before all our stresses began, nature. Escaping the city and renting a cabin can be one of the most relaxing and fun ways to spend a long weekend or commit to an extended stay. Renting Nueces river cabins and enjoying all that it has to offer is a sure bet. Here are 5 tips to help you make the most of your cabin rental.

 

  1. Pick a place close to others.

 

Do you want to stay near others and make some friends during your cabin experience? If so there is the River Rim resort that offers cabins in a cluster- much like a village- allowing you to socialize or house extended guests and family.

 

  1. Or don’t!

 

If you prefer some peace and quiet and want to escape the hustle and bustle completely, book an isolated cabin at River Rim with private access to the Nueces as well as the indoor swimming pool complex known as The Spring.

 

  1. Bring the right equipment for activities.

 

If you are camping or renting a cabin on the river, there will be many activities for you to participate in. Bring your swimsuit and perhaps your own personalized river tube. If you are a fan of canoeing or kayaking, bring your canoe and kayak and save some money on the rentals.

 

  1. Rent ahead of time.

 

These riverside vacation trips are a blast for the whole family. Especially during peak times Nueces river cabins sell out and it is important to book your rooms well in advance. Don’t risk missing out!

 

  1. Prepare to make it a habit.

 

Many families and couples enjoy vacationing near the Nueces River cabins. The natural beauty and the quiet escapes the locale offers is sure to make an impression on you. It will likely become a habit.

 

Follow these 5 tips and make sure to lose yourself in all that the Nueces River has to offer.

To learn more about Nueces River cabins, go to VisitUvaldeCounty.com.

 

5 Texas Tourist Attractions You Can Do In One Weekend

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Do you have a weekend all to yourself and are wondering what kind of fun you can get into? There are plenty of fun activities to find all around Texas. Even if you are short on time and can only clear your schedule for a few days, you should be able to find a good match for your interests. Here is your guide to 5 Texas tourist attractions you can do in one weekend.

 

  1. Bluebell Creamery

 

Are you an ice cream lover? Visit the Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas. Take a tour and learn all you can about this wonderful ice cream that has become Texas’ favorite choice. Sample some ice cream and find some paraphernalia that screams your love of all things ice cream.

 

  1. Blue Bell Aquatic Center

 

During most months Texas is hot. To escape the heat, spend some time visiting the Blue Bell Aquatic Center. It has multiple large scale pools to cool off in as well as an indoor therapy pool. Take the plunge and escape the heat!

 

  1. See a show at Round Top Festival Institute

 

Each summer for six weeks the Round Top Festival Institute hosts performers in orchestral and chamber music in what is known as the Round Top Festival. However, concerts take place year round are sure to please any time of year.

 

  1. Brenham Heritage Museum

 

If you are a history buff, check out the Brenham Heritage Museum. It is a perfect example of what an older Federal style building looked like. It served as a post office and outpost before it become a historical museum and now serves as a popular Texas tourist attraction.

 

  1. Chappell Hill Lavender Farm

 

Are you a fan of lavender? Visit the Chappell Hill Lavender farm. It has thousands of lavender plants in various different varieties to suit unique needs. Visit the gift shop for crafts and edible delights all made using lavender from the farm.

 

These 5 activities and destinations are only the tip of the iceberg. Explore all the Texas offers and book your weekend stay now.

 

To learn more about Texas tourist attractions, go to VisitBrenhamTexas.com.

 

 

 

 

The Beginners Guide To Hill Country Texas Wineries

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When you first pop the cork on a delicious bottle of wine your thoughts may wander to vineyards in France, The Napa Valley in California, or rugged mountainous regions of South America. The idea of delicious wines being made in Texas seems to conjure up thoughts of wild cowboys on horseback miraculously cultivating grapevines in a western desert. What many people don’t know is Texas is full of wineries making amazing wine. Here is your beginners guide to Hill Country Texas wineries. 

  1. Pleasant Hill Winery

Pleasant Hill winery is located in Washington County and has won many local awards. Not only do they offer award winning wines, but they have wine tasting on a covered patio overlooking the beautiful vineyards and countryside. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is perfectly paired with a delicious grain-fed steak.

  1. Windy Winery

This winery got its beginning back in 1873 from its original founders. Keeping true to the traditions from the founders, this winery is producing some amazing white and red wines. Using their knowledge from in depth grape study, they have created many unique wines suitable to the Texas climate. Red varietals and classics as well was whites are created here, but their Tejas Port is known for its strong flavor and character.

  1. Saddlehorn Winery

Located between Houston and Austin, this winery now offers wood fired pizza! The Saddlehorn makes interesting red blends and distinguishing white wines that don’t disappoint. A full event room allows for weddings, parties, and other events, while their tasting room is the epitome of classic Texas living.  Try their Black Spanish line, which is made from Texas grown grapes, for a true taste of what Texas wine can be.

The list of Texas wineries are endless. There is no shortage of delicious and creative wine varietals to tantalize your taste buds. Visit Texas wineries for your next weekend escape or impromptu day trip.

To learn more about Texas wineries, go to VisitBrenhamTexas.com.  

 

 

5 Reasons To Choose A Luxury Condo Over a Hotel

 

 

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You have saved up your money and done your research to pick out the best vacation destination. You know how you want to spend your time and which adventures you want to get into. Have you thought about where you will stay? A great vacation isn’t complete without great lodging. Here are 5 reasons to choose a luxury condo over a hotel.

  1. Simplicity and ease when checking in.

A great stay at a luxury condo begins with an easy and simple check in process. Nothing is worse than showing up to a hotel and being told that your room is unavailable or worse yet- your reservation is nowhere to be found. The check in process at a luxury condo is quick and easy so you can get to enjoying your vacation as soon as possible.

  1. A “home away from home” experience.

Showing up to a budget hotel and not having the basic necessities to make your stay comfortable cause extra hassles. At a luxury condo you will have everything you need to make yourself at home while on vacation. Fully stocked refrigerators with drinks and snacks, a coffee maker for easing into your mornings, and a full-service kitchen area for those nights when you’d rather stay in, are the amenities that make your stay extra comfortable. Add in full size beds with extra comfortable mattresses and you will have a true home away from home experience.

  1. Helpful staff.

The staff at a luxury condo are provided to make your stay the best it can be. Prompt and courteous service should be expected and delivered. The staff on hand can recommend activities for you to try, assist with any logistical problems that arise, and point you in the right direction for fine dining and fun activities. With quality lodgings, the staff are an integral part of your vacation experience.

  1. Close proximity to destinations.

Who wants to drive all around town getting lost searching for that music venue, dance club, or restaurant? Luxury lodgings usually have close proximity to the heart of their town and offer easy access to taxis, bus routes, or shuttles. The best places offer a short walk from fine dining, shopping, bars, and local venues that may be recommended by your friendly staff.

  1. Character and décor.

One the best selling points for a luxury stay is having a unique room that adds to the overall feel and vibe of your vacation. Are you staying in a rustic spot tucked away into the trees and mountain side? Your condo may have the décor to perfectly compliment the location you’ve chosen, adding to the overall experience of your entire vacation experience.

Keep these 5 considerations in mind the next time you are faced with the choice of choosing a budget hotel versus high quality luxury condos.

To learn more about luxury condos, visit LiftsWest.com.

 

5 Texas Tourist Attractions That Are Perfect for Romantic Weekends

 

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If you enjoy romantic weekends away from home, Texas is the state for your next weekend break. While Texas may be known more for barbecue, cowboys, armadillos, and its palpable pride, it also offers various ways to relax with your significant other during a romantic weekend. Here are 5 Texas tourist attractions that are perfect for romantic weekends.

1.Bed and Breakfasts

Hill Country is filled with wonderful Bed and Breakfasts. Find a perfect secluded B&B or choose a more active spot near town centers and nightlife. Are you a foodie? Try the Murski Homestead specializing in romantic getaways and offering slow food cooking classes or The Southern Rose Ranch with spa packages and an outdoor kitchen.  Whatever you decide, there is a B&B that is perfect for you.

2.Camping

For those of you who enjoy roughing it in nature and enjoy bonding over a warm fire or your mutual love of survivalist tendencies, there are plenty of camping options for you. If you are into the more open clothing-optional lifestyle, check out Live Oak Resort. If you are into boating or lakeside swimming, check out Lake Somerville Marina campgrounds.

3.Resorts and Inns

If camping is not exactly your idea of romance, you’re in luck. There are plenty of high end luxury resorts and inns to stay at. Try the Heartland Country Inn and Retreat Center if you enjoy gorgeous views of the country side, or the Inn at Dos Brisas for a hacienda style stay and 5-star meals.

4.Wineries

There is no shortage of wineries all throughout the Texas Hill Country. Stop in for a tour or simply enjoy tasting a variety of wines. Windy Winery offers a tasting room and gorgeous views atop a hill overlooking the countryside. If you enjoy sweeter wines, Texas Star Winery offers unique flavors and a backyard patio style tasting area.

5.Dining

There are many towns throughout Hill Country that offer up great locations for romantic fine dining. For example, The Brazos Belle restaurant serves up amazing French cuisine with Texan flair. If other cuisine styles are more to your taste, don’t worry, you can find everything from Mexican to down home country style cooking.

For your next romantic weekend, consider any or all of these 5 options. From day trips and fine dining, to more adventurous outdoorsy adventures, get out there and enjoy what Texas has to offer.

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