Keeping to tradition, J and I spent MLK weekend this year skiing. We were interested to see how East Coast skiing compared to out West, where we spent MLK 2014. The first thing I learned during my stay in Vermont? Don’t compare East Coast and West Coast skiing, particularly in a conversation with an avid East Coast skier. I got the feeling I was fueling a rivalry….and not making friends.
MLK 2015 was not actually planned intentionally as a ski weekend. I wanted to get away (surprise), but we wanted to drive somewhere, so I found an adorable inn on my beloved smithhotels.com (great hotel curator – I recommend) called Windham Hill Inn. I have so many good things to say about Windham; I’m not even sure where to begin.
Windham Hill Inn, Vermont
Our third stop on the great Costa Rican tour was Manuel Antonio. After spending a few days in the chilly Cloud Forest of Monteverde, the beachy Manuel Antonio was definitely a welcome change.
View from our hotel, Gaia, in Manuel Antonio
We chose to stay at Gaia Hotel & Reserve in Manuel Antonio and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The hotel was on top of a massive hill surrounded by a nature reserve funded by the hotel owner. To get to the hotel, you have to take a golf cart up the hill. The hotel rooms are all around the outside of a few different buildings on different levels. In the center there is a magnificent infinity pool and an open air restaurant with a fantastic view (see above). At night, the sunset was so beautiful. Unfortunately my crap camera never did capture its full beauty, but I tried every night about 100 times.