Trip Report: A Weekend in Aspen

Approach to Aspen
Flight Approach to Aspen
Flight Approach to Aspen

After a long and grueling week of work in Las Vegas I was eagerly anticipating a brief mountain respite in Aspen. This was my first visit to this quaint mountain town, and I was immediately impressed. In my mind I saw the Aspen of celebrities in white ski suits and boots trimmed in fur, but what I found was a laid back summer destination with great outdoor activities, shopping, and dining.

I stayed at the Limelight Hotel in a Grand Deluxe Hotel room.

Bed at the Limelight Hotel
Bed at the Limelight Hotel

 

Kitchenette
Kitchenette

 

Bath Amenities
Bath Amenities

 

View of Aspen Mountain from Room
View of Aspen Mountain from Room

The Limelight Hotel is centrally located and walking distance to all that Aspen has to offer. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary decor and come full appointed with thoughtful amenities like a kitchenette stocked with Keurig pods for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

I loved it’s young vibe and laid back atmosphere.  It feels comfortable and inviting; luxurious, but not precious. A space that you are happy to come back to at the end of a fun day in the mountains. There will likely be celebrities in residence during your stay, but it’s the kind of place where you wouldn’t even notice.

In the evenings, the hotel is popular with guests and locals alike for its live music and wood-fired oven cuisine.

Wood-Fired Pizza
Wood-Fired Pizza

 

Sangria Sampler
Sangria Sampler

 

Cheese and Charcuterie
Cheese and Charcuterie

A ride on the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain is an absolute must. The views are gorgeous and you can have lunch at the top.

Weather changes quickly, so make sure to dress in layers keeping in mind that it is cooler at the top. Also, wear sunscreen as the sun is more powerful at higher elevations.

View from the top of Aspen Mountain
View from the top of Aspen Mountain

I also visited a number of hotels while in Aspen, including The Little Knell (Virtuoso), Residences at The Little Knell, The St. Regis Aspen Resort (Virtuoso), and The Hotel Jerome (Virtuoso).

Pool at The Little Knell
Pool at The Little Knell

My stay was short, but I left longing for my next trip to Aspen. I highly recommend it as a summer destination.

Interested in planning the perfect vacation in Aspen? Send me an email, or give me a call at 508-485-3061.

Trip Report: Four Seasons Las Vegas 4th of July Cabana

Deluxe Poolside Cabana

Four Seasons Las Vegas Cabana

We decided to take advantage of the 4th of July holiday and head to Las Vegas for a little rest and relaxation. That may seem like an oxymoron, but it is entirely possible to find solitude in Sin City at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Since we were going to be there during a holiday weekend and the pool would presumably be very busy, we decided to rent one of their new cabanas for our own personal 4th of July celebration. We selected Cabana 3 for it’s location nearest to the pool.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Cabana

The cabana is approximately 145 square feet and comes with a standard hotel sized safe that is large enough for a laptop and a mini-fridge.

Safe

The mini-fridge is stocked with Evian water, an Evian mister, chilled washcloths, and a fruit plate. Everything you need to keep your cool in the desert!

Mini-fridge

For lunch we ordered the nachos, which were absolutely perfect and well worth every calorie.

Nachos

Our drink of choice for the day was sparkling wine and the best pool staff member in all of Las Vegas, Shelly, made sure that our glasses were always full.

Sparkling Wine

The pool area at the Four Seasons is my favorite in Las Vegas because it offers the best combination of amazing service, great food and drink, and exclusive atmosphere.

My three takeaways:

Fabulous

The service from Shelly was the best.

Faux Pas

None

FYI

Make sure to rent your cabana in advance of your stay. This will give you the best chance at being able to select your desired location.

If you are wondering about the room product at the Four Seasons Las Vegas, please check out my previous review of our stay in a Strip View Room.

The Four Seasons Preferred Partner complimentary amenities are as follows:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas)
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms, complimentary premium Internet in all suites.

Please get in touch via phone at 508-485-3061 or email if you have any questions about the Four Seasons Las Vegas, or if you are ready to make a reservation!

Trip Report: A Long Weekend on Cape Cod

Chatham Bars Inn

Cape Cod National Seashore

Despite having lived in Massachusetts for over a decade, I had never visited either of the most luxurious resorts on Cape Cod, Chatham Bars Inn and the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to stay for two nights at the former, and one night at the latter.

The weather was quite chilly during my trip in early June. You can expect the summer temperatures to be around 10 degrees lower than what is forecast in Boston, and vice versa in the winter.

However, the pools at both resorts are heated and have glass fencing to protect them from the wind. Therefore, it is completely feasible to lay out or swim, even if the outside temperature is only in the mid-60’s.

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

This is a large resort across the street from a beautiful stretch of private beach. The main building feels much like the simple grandeur of the National Parks lodges in the West – tea or cocktails on the veranda, an afternoon spent gazing out at the view from an Adirondack chair, local cuisine served in a cozy pub.

The summer months are busy here with lots of families on vacation and couples getting married. For a more relaxing experience – a romantic long weekend or girl’s spa getaway – I would recommend visiting in either autumn or spring.

Chatham Bars Inn Pool

The spa facilities are fabulous, but there are only five treatment rooms so make sure you book in advance.

Chatham Bars Inn Spa

You can walk to town from the resort to do a little shopping, get some ice cream or candy, or have a meal. It takes about 15 minutes and there are sidewalks the entire way.

All Virtuoso Guests Receive:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
    • in restaurant
  • Spa Amenity in room on arrival
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • Champagne and seasonal food amenity in room on arrival

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

Wequasset Resort

An exclusive enclave on the beach in Harwich, guests have access to play the famous and private Cape Cod National Golf Course. The resort has a main pool and hot tub located on the beach with full food and beverage service, as well as a heated adults-only lap pool and hot tub located near the tennis courts.

Wequassett Resort

The resort has an amazing Children’s Center that includes an outdoor splash area and pirate ship. Indoors there are fun and educational games for both younger children and teens.

Wequassett Children's Center

The resort does not currently have a spa, but they can arrange spa services for you with a local provider. They do have a nice fitness facility which is located near the main pool.

All Virtuoso Guests Receive:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit,
    • to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

Considering a Cap Cod vacation? Get in touch and let me help you select the right resort and the perfect room category!