A Winter Wonderland Vacation Destination

taos winter wonderlandQuite often people choose a warm, sunny, beach destination for their vacation getaway. Instead, consider an alternative and set your sites on a winter wonderland vacation destination for your next travel adventure. I know the sounds of the ocean and warm beach are appealing to many individuals, but you owe it to yourself to experience a winter destination at least once. Think about it, skiing, snowboarding and ice skating and sipping a glass of wine (or your favorite beverage) around a roaring fire at the best ski resort in the United States, Taos Ski Valley located in the fantastic state of  New Mexico.


Many individuals overlook the beauty of a winter vacation. For many, a winter destination paints the picture of gloomy skies, cold, snow and desolation. However, one visit to a Taos Ski Valley ski resort and I guarantee you’ll make this a vacation spot that you’ll return to time and time again. In addition to the 300 plus days of sun New Mexico receives each year, you’ll find breath taking views, friendly locals and many activities beyond skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. If you’re looking for a vacation that’s filled with excitement, great food and drink and plenty to keep you busy, you’ll find it in New Mexico.

Some of the resorts in this winter paradise offer full blown health and fitness centers. I’m not talking about some small room stuck in an out of the way spot in a building with a treadmill, stair climber and a few weights; I’m talking about a complete fitness center. If you need some down time to recharge your batteries, the centers in these resorts can provide what you need. Visit the spa for a much needed massage or relax with a yoga class or receive a long awaited beauty treatment in the salon. Often times these resorts will provide complimentary fitness training and nutrition classes with individually tailored one-on-one services. Here is a brief look at what you may find:

  • Therapeutic baths – Image soaking in a relaxing salt water bath while the powerful jets of the spa massage you while you sit back and enjoy the view of a snow capped mountain.
  • Facial services – Both men and women can benefit from restorative facials and skin care that is state of the art.
  • Massage therapy – Enjoy an exotic massage, a hot stone therapy or possibly a Swedish massage.
  • Body sculpting – revitalize your body some cellulite reducing body sculpting or a seaweed wrap.
  • Beauty Treatments – Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure and a new hair style in the salon.
  • Benefit from customized personal training – Often provided are certified personal trainers that can help you to develop your custom workout routine through individualized instruction.
  • Take part in a nutritional consultation – Attend a nutritional consultation seminar and workshop. Delve into your diet and lifestyle and discover what you can do to get on the road to better health. Normally these seminars cover far more than basic diet and exercise suggestions; learn about the vitamins or workout supplements you can take to receive more benefit from your workout routines.

If you don’t feel like pampering yourself at a health and fitness center and skiing or snowboarding doesn’t interest you, there are still plenty of things you can do in Taos. There are plenty of unique and interesting shops to visit or many wonderful restaurants to enjoy. Also many people enjoy a scenic walk, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife watching, and mountain biking or just sitting around a fire, relaxing and catching up on their reading. Yes, one visit to the winter wonderland of Taos Ski Valley and you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the trip years before.

Three Great Family Vacation Destinations

Family VacationWhen it comes to arranging a family vacation it can be difficult to satisfy everyone in the household. This is especially an issue if you have children of all ages. Even so, you can find three great travel destinations offering activities for kids and adults of most ages and interests.

1. Walt Disney World – This vacation destination is not a secret to anyone nonetheless it continues to be one of the main vacation spots for families. For small children it’s the vacation of a lifetime getting to see and interact with the many popular Disney characters. Small children will merely be in heaven the second they set foot in Disney World. It’s also a favorite vacation spot for older children due to the exciting rides. They might not be crazy about seeing all of the Disney characters; nevertheless, you can be sure they’ll love all the theme parks.

2. Oahu, Hawaii – Who could dispute a vacation to Hawaii? With so many things to do on one little island this is a top choice for just about any family vacation. Kids, young and old, will have the trip of a lifetime when they play at Waikiki Beach. Older kids can journey to the north shore in order to do some surfing, while the whole family can enjoy a visit to Pearl Harbor. Combine an eco-tour and participating in a luau and you have one incredible vacation the whole family will remember.

3. Wisconsin Dells, WI – Referred to as the world’s Water Park Capital; this less popular vacation destination is really a hidden treasure. Everyone from grownups to young kids will definitely find something to do at one of the numerous Wisconsin Dells attractions which include; water parks, theme parks, go karts, miniature golf, scenic tours and great entertainment. There is no fear of inclement weather since the family can always return to one of the many Wisconsin Dells resorts offering indoor water parks.

When it’s time to arrange the next family vacation, plan a vacation to one of the vacation spot’s above and you will have some happy vacationers regardless of the age. More notably, you’ll create family memories that will last forever.

A Beach Vacation on Tybee Island

beach vacationHow does swimming, surfing, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, or snorkeling sound? If it sounds like something you would enjoy you’ll want to consider a beach vacation within a community that can offer you all of these activities. Fortunately, you are able to do this on Tybee Island. Tybee, is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean just a half hour drive east from historical downtown Savannah Georgia.

Vacationing in Tybee is, without a doubt, more than adequate to provide you with everything you’re looking for in a vacation getaway, good food, great people and fantastic weather. If you’re looking to making your beach vacation all that it can be, you should consider renting a beachfront condo on the island. A beachfront condo is the perfect addition to any Tybee vacation, particularly if you want your vacation to focus on the beach and the many beach activities available.

A number of condos, especially in the mid section of the island are newer and have many modern amenities. The island condos can accommodate almost any size family with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units available. Newer units come with flat panels TV’s, Bluray players, Ipod docks, granite counters, and stainless appliances. What’s great about condos is the manner in which they resemble a vacation home with separate bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, dining areas, and kitchens and many are furnished well. In addition, most of the beachfront condos have private balconies with fantastic views of the beach and ocean. For added convenience, a few of the complexes have heated pools and an on-site restaurant.

As you may expect, Tybee’s beach front condos are highly rated and well recommended. For that reason, there are a fair number of travelers, each year that reserve a condo on the island. If you intend to visit the island during the summer months, you are urged to make your reservations well in advance. In fact, many visitors make their reservations for a beachfront condo as much as a year in advance. There are only a few quality condo complexes with beachfront access available, so you don’t want to wait till the last minute to make a reservation.

To reserve a Tybee beachfront condo, you have a number of different options. You can often book through one of the islands property management companies, through VRBO, (Vacation Rentals by Owner) or possibly by working directly with the owner. Many of the properties can be viewed online, with details and pictures of the properties available.

If you want to add a little extra to your next vacation, I recommend a visit to Tybee Island and a stay in a beachfront condo. Quite honestly, there’s nothing better than sitting on a private balcony, drinking your morning cup of coffee and watching the sunrise over the Atlantic.  It doesn’t really matter how you go about reserving your condo as long as you do it well in advance. Once you’ve stayed in a condo on the beach you’ll never want to stay anywhere else.