Vermont Weekend Escape

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.

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Windham Hill Inn, Vermont

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The Tour Continues in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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

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.

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