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5 Getaway Must-Haves Global Traveler Emilia Taneva Stashes in Her Bag

Before your feet hit the pavement for any getaway vacation you need to pack the must-have necessities for your trip. Traveling light is the only way to go, so choose the items you stash in your bag carefully. One of the worst mistakes people make while getting ready for a trip is leaving something important behind and either have to do without or purchase a new one. That’s why world traveler and influencer Emilia Taneva has put together a guide for getaway must-haves so you don’t forget any of your essentials at home!

Chanel Makeup Base. When you need a versatile makeup that does more than just mask your flaws, choose Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. Ideal for travelers, this cream-gel bronzer can be used under your favorite foundation, as a spot cover-up, a smoother as well as a highlighter. Unlike other bases, Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup was formulated to leave your skin velvety soft with a light finish and a hint of color.

Love & Positivity Rose Quartz Stud Earrings by Congés. When you have finished traveling, are rested and want to stand out look to Congés. Designer Hasmig “Jasmine” Penna leaves her pieces untreated to harness their natural beauty. These hand-cut rose quartz stones represent love and are made in the heart of Los Angeles. In an evening outfit or daytime ensemble, add these 18k gold studs with a white diamond center to create an elegant look.

Rose Quartz rounded hand cut stone White diamond center (very good quality approximately 1.35 mm for each ear…

Mason Weekend Bag. Sole Society created this trendy tote for the stylish traveler. Made soft enough to sleep on, this bag features soft faux leather that will never leave you feeling stranded. The 19½ x 12 x 10 bag is one of the getaway must-haves that works with every outfit in cognac brown or black. What makes this bag a must-have? The spacious interior shoe compartment with a bottom zipper at the base. The sturdy bag still looks chic when it is packed to the seams so toss in anything you need and don’t worry! There are top carry handles, a removable strap, smartphone pockets, protective metal feet, and a sexy leopard lining so you never feel like you’re away from home.

Clinique Pep-Start™ Daily UV Protector. Ideal for daily sun protection the Pep-Start™ Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 from Clinique meets all of the FDA’s standards for sun protection, stopping both UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with minerals to flawlessly blend into the skin for a better-than-bare finish on any skin tone.

Summersalt Swimsuit. With a colorful made in Italy style, this swimsuit is available in many different color combinations. Bold, elegant and sure to turn heads the colorblock swimsuit will make onlookers expect a cannonball or a swan dive. So, why not make a splash with this getaway must-have?

About Emilia Taneva:

Emilia Taneva is a creative photographer, travel blogger, digital influencer, and Board-Certified Orthodontist. She is ranked as one of the top influencers in North America, with a focus on travel, fashion, and lifestyle. Taneva was born in the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) where civilizations and cultures have collided throughout its history. At a young age, she was captivated by history and tour books and would daydream about seeing the world one day. Today, Taneva runs the popular travel blog, Bubbly Moments. The Bubbly Moments is focused on the world’s most luxurious destinations and exclusive places. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents and knocked some big adventures off her bucket list along the way. Her all-time favorite destinations include Hawaii, the Maldives, Hong Kong, the French Riviera, and Singapore.

Farmhouse Inn

Introducing, summer of 2019, a brand-new gathering space, The Grange. Where small meets mighty…

grange

noun

\ ˈgrānj  \

Definition of grange

1. archaic : GRANARYBARN

2: FARM especially : a farmhouse with outbuildings

3capitalized : one of the lodges of a national fraternal association originally made up of farmersalso : the association itself

Taking the traditional definitions and rolling them into one elastic space.  Two of our original workers’ cottages, dating back to the turn of the last century have been re-imagined into a modern ideal gathering place.  Vaulted open beam ceilings, white-washed wainscoting, a double-sided fireplace, rustic “reclaimed” barn-wood flooring, French doors to a private patio…  and, of course infinitely comfortable furnishings.  

The Grange is charming without being quaint, and rustic with every imaginable modern convenience. 

It’s been outfitted with all of the thought and imagination that have made Farmhouse a world-leader in hospitality.

Why hold a meeting when you can create an experience? Why not get married under 
Wedding Trellis, enjoy champagne in the garden and then dinner in the comfort and privacy of The Grange?  Whether you are re-imagining your company, planning programs for the coming year, fostering teamwork or launching a new strategy to take your leadership team to the next level, Farmhouse Inn is the perfect event and meeting place. 

With just 25 rooms set amid rolling hills and rambling vineyards, we’re perfectly suited for intimate events, meetings and executive retreats that require privacy, security and all the luxury you’d expect from the #3 Best Hotel in US and Canada, Condé Nast Gold List 2019 with a restaurant that has, 13 years in a row, been awarded One Michelin Star. 

The Details:

640 sq. ft

Accommodates:

• Up to 20 for Meetings

• Up to 40 indoor/outdoor for receptions

Features include handsome wooden farm board table with upholstered linen chairs*, a 60-inch wall-mounted TV for presentations, and (best of all) seamless access to Farmhouse Inn’s acclaimed, Michelin-rated cuisine.

*up to 12 linen chairs, over 12 requires use of metal chic bistro chairs. 

 For meeting and event information visit https://www.farmhouseinn.com/meetings

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About Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant and Spa

Situated on a serene ten-acre wooded property in Sonoma County’s world-famous Russian River Valley region, Farmhouse Inn combines the hospitality of a family-owned country inn and the amenities of a Four-Diamond luxury boutique hotel to create a casually elegant wine country escape. A charming and romantic property in the emerging and popular destination of the Russian River Valley, Farmhouse Inn celebrates the spirit of wine country by providing guests with an insider’s experience of Sonoma County. The Inn boasts a Michelin- starred restaurant, a full-service farm-to-table spa managed by Francis & Alexander, and picturesque gardens throughout the property. All of Farmhouse Inn’s 25 rooms—including seventeen Barn rooms and suites, eight cottage rooms and suites and two upstairs guest rooms in the original farmhouse—offer relaxing, scenic views with an unparalleled luxury experience. 

Awarded in 2019 #3 Hotel in North America, Conde Nast Traveler, #3 Best Hotel in California, Travel & Leisure and Michelin One Star restaurant 13 years running.

Www.farmhouseinn.com is our website, but this is a great way to get to know us better… 

And here to learn all about what this gorgeous region has to offer…

Why You Should Take a Holiday to Saint Barts

Saint Barts in the Caribbean is a hotspot for luxury and adventurous travellers. The tiny island is St Martins neighbour and gets only a small number of annual visitors. You can find some spectacular Villas in Saint Barts along the coast that are among the best in the world. If you’ve never heard of the island or don’t know anything about it, check out these reasons why you should take a holiday to Saint Bart’s this year.

Some of the Caribbean’s Best Beaches

Saint Barts has a total of 22 beaches spanning the coastline. Some are popular with locals who like to hang out with their friends in the evening. Others have a handful of resorts and vacation rentals nearby. Expect a band of white sand curving around the shore. Thick jungle borders to the one side as the gentle waves roll in on the other. You can easily find secluded beaches in Saint Barts. Rent a car and drive around the mountain roads and you’ll find your own slice of paradise. If you like surfing, head to Toiny Beach where the waves crash offshore bringing in a current to ride.

St Bart’s Doesn’t Feel Touristy

The Caribbean receives millions of tourists each year. Cruise ships dock at the popular ports and the tiny seaside down become overrun with visitors every day. The resorts on other islands burst with holidaymakers taking away the charm and charisma of the islands. Saint Barts, on the other hand, is relatively unknown. This means it only gets a fraction of the tourists compared to more popular spots like Jamaica. So, you’ll have more opportunities to see the real Saint Barts rather than the superficial touristy zones.

The Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Because of the beauty of the island, it has become a magnet for honeymooners in recent years. Saint Barts can be defined as the closest thing to a tropical paradise. You can find vacation rentals next to the coastline overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Sit in the rooftop infinity pool. Relax with a glass of wine. Then watch the sunset. Then you can get a car and drive down to town and enjoy the exceptional dining experiences. If you want to have a luxury getaway filled with romance, Saint Barts is the place for you.

The Island’s Picturesque Capital Gustavia

Saint Bart’s capital Gustavia almost resembles a fairytale-like tropical paradise. The small buildings have the island’s characteristic red roofs which make them look a little bit similar to a gingerbread house. You can walk around the capital (more of a small town) in a single afternoon. Highlights include both Fort Gustaf and Fort Karl in the northern part of Gustavia. Spend an hour or two at Shell Beach or watch the world pass by overlooking the harbour.

Yacht-Lovers Paradise

Saint Barts is a haven for exclusive luxury yachts. Wealthy owners moor up on the island after cruising around the Caribbean. You can stand in the harbour and count hundreds of yachts of all shapes and sizes. Some of the larger ones cost millions of dollars. Even if you’re not a yacht owner, you can still soak up the atmosphere. Stand in the harbour and snap photos of the elegant vessels. Stroll around and read the quirky names and wave to the people on board.

Saint Barts has the Perfect Climate

It doesn’t get too hot in Saint Barts. Nor does it get too cold. Temperatures hover in the high 20s (Celsius) all year round. This is the ideal weather for wearing t-shirts and shorts and sunbathing on the beach. May and June see slightly cooler temperatures while December and January get higher temperatures. If you love the sun and want to top up your tan, Saint Barts makes the perfect holiday destination. Despite having a rainy season, you can practically guarantee good weather for most of the year.

Incredible Food

Stroll around the waterfront in Gustavia and you’ll find plenty of high-end restaurants. Some offer the catch of the day while others focus more on international cuisine. But the real culinary treat lies in the island’s unique fusion of French and Creole food. Order the grilled yellowtail snapper or warm zucchini soup with lobster fritters. If you want to try some of the more local dishes, order some street food from the vendors. You’ll feel an explosion of flavour when you bite down, and come away with a deeper appreciation of Caribbean food.

You Might Bump into Your Favourite Celebrity

Saint Martin receives the highest number of celebrities on vacation compared to its island-nation neighbours. The likes of Roman Abramovich and The Clooneys have their own private villas on the island. If you drive around, you’ll occasionally come across an enormous complex with a higher level of security than most properties on the island. These are where the celebrities spend their time. Paparazzi often follow the celebs on Saint Martin and you might see them hanging outside their villas. Because of the island’s population of just 35,000 people, you have a much higher chance of bumping into someone famous. Especially down near the waterfront or in the restaurants. Keep your eyes peeled. You never quite know who you’ll bump into.

Luxurious Holidays in Saint Barts

The island paradise allures celebrities and yacht-owners, but doesn’t see the hordes of tourists like some of its Caribbean neighbours. Visitors can book coastal villas, try a unique fusion of French-Creole cuisine and explore the quaint capital Gustavia. Check out the gorgeous white-sand beaches and keep your eyes open for famous faces.

PUNTA MITA × SURF CAMP

Back by popular demand, Punta Mita announces its second annual Surf Camp

July 31-August 2nd, 2019

 

Punta Mita is thrilled to announce the second edition of the Punta Mita Surf Camp, an annual event that welcome back two Mexican legends on the water:  Diego Cadena and Coco Nogales, offering Surf, Yoga, SUP, amazing local cuisine and more!

For 2019, we have new additions with surf and SUP expert, Jessica Cichra, and Kristen Addicks, an internationally recognized yoga instructor.  Together with Coco and Diego they will lead an extraordinary program of surfing, yoga and SUP on the beautiful Mexican coastline of Punta Mita. These world-class instructors will perfect your skills in an interactive learning environment with personal training that is ideal for everyone from beginners to those more advanced looking to add high-level tricks to their repertoire. This is a unique opportunity to learn from top experts in one of the most outstanding surf destinations in the world.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm Welcome dinner by Chef Pato Pérsico at Pacífico Beach Club 

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

  • 7:00am- 8:00am    Breakfast at Pacífico Beach Club.
  • 7:30am- 8:15am    Yoga class by Kristen Addicks – Pacífico Beach Club
  • 8:30am- 9:30am    Surf lesson or SUP lesson – Pacífico Beach Club 

Surf session with Mexico’s legendary surfers, while the crew gets to know each other and groups abilities. Coco Nogales, Diego Cadena and Jessica Cichra share their best tips and practices to improve your movements and skills for Surf and SUP.

  • 10:00am-12:30pm  Surf Boat trip departing from Pacifico Beach Club 
  • 1:00pm- 2:00 pm    Lunch by Pacifico Beach Club culinary team 
  • 3:00pm- 6:00pm     Outrigger Canoe Training or Surfing experience 
  • 8:00 pm                  Group dinner at Pacifico Grill Latino

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

  • 7:00am- 8:00am     Breakfast at Pacífico Beach Club
  • 7:30am- 8:15am     Restorative Yoga by Kristen Addicks – Pacífico Beach Club
  • 8:30am- 9:30am     Surf lesson or SUP lesson – Pacífico Beach Club 
  • 10:00am-12:30pm  Surf Boat trip departing from Pacifico Beach Club 
  • 1:00pm- 2:00 pm    Lunch by Pacifico Beach Club culinary team 
  • 2:00pm- 5:30pm     Introduction to Foil Basics of Jet Ski safety and FOIL surf training OR
  • 2:00pm- 5:30pm     Boat Trip Sunset Experience
  • 6:00pm                   Early evening: Sunset Surf session
  • 8:00pm                   Awards dinner on the beach

PACKAGES Prices includes taxes and service charges

With accomodations.

  • 4-night accommodation at The St. Regis Punta Mita.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • 2 days of classes & surfing, including surf equipment, theory and water transportation 
  • 2 yoga classes.

Price per person single occupancy: $2,799 USD
Price per person double occupancy: $1,999 USD

Surf Camp Participation Only 

  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • 2 days of classes & surfing, including surf equipment, theory and water transportation 
  • 2 yoga classes.

Price per person: $1,199 USD 

For further information and reservations, please contact events@puntamita.com

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Coco Nogales Raised in Puerto Escondido, Carlos “Coco” Nogales, is the most recognized big wave surfer in Mexico. A known wave hunter, a place in which fear and risk go hand in hand, Coco has earned the respect of the surf community and has mastered the swell in some of the world’s most iconic surf destinations, like in Teahupo’o, Haiti, where in 2015 he amazed the world with a death-defying ride on a wave approximately 15 meters high.

Diego Cadena Born in Sayulita, Nayarit, this master of shortboard surfing and specialist in spearfishing, Diego has had a successful career, dominating Mexican surfing for over 20 years and being named National Champion on multiple occasions. Diego holds the #2 Latin American Surfer ranking and represents Mexico in Surfing World Cups. 

Jessica Cichra   Jessica is deeply involved in the SUP racing circuit as an athlete. Her love for adventure and travel inspired her to begin instructing abroad, teaching national and international SUP Yoga and Bala Tula clinics, as well as organizing and facilitating international SUP and yoga retreats. 

Kristen Addicks Kristen is a yoga instructor from Marin County where she teaches Hatha Flow at Sukha Yoga, a combination of Vinyasa and Bikram, Power Flow and Gentle/Restorative Yoga. She is also a teacher-trainer at Some Like It Hot Yoga & Boutique and writes a yoga blog for Marin Magazine. Additionally, she runs a Yoga Sutra Study Group that studies the deeper meaning of yoga and leads international yoga adventure retreats. 

ABOUT PUNTA MITA, MEXICO

Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious, 1,500-acre resort and residential gated community situated in the Riviera Nayarit, north of Puerto Vallarta. It lies on a private spear-shaped peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. Punta Mita is home to private villas, residences and two Five-Diamond rated Resorts: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita – both ranked 2018 Top Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Punta Mita also offers four Resident’s Beach Clubs, two Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship Golf Courses, and Tennis Center. Pacifico Golf Course is best known for its famous island green, “The Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural ocean island green. For more information, please visit www.puntamita.com.

Mexico City's Ignacia Guest House, 360 MAGAZINE

Ignacia Guest House Has New Additions

Consistently ranked among the world’s top places to visit, Mexico City is a global capital welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors each year with  its renowned cuisine, vibrant culture, rich history, unique neighborhoods and modern-day travel offerings. A sprawling metropolis bursting with a vibrant personality  blending  old and new, there are over a dozen distinct neighborhoods or “colonias” each with their own character and charm. 

An essential part of the city’s cultural and gastronomic life, the adjacent Roma and Condesa neighborhoods are home to Mexico City’s trendy creative class. The area overflows with diverse dining options and alluring nightlife possibilities, as well as varying architectural styles and bold design. A century ago, when La Romita was a wealthy town of grand mansions, no one would have guessed that by the turn of the millennium, it would home to Mexico City’s  hipsters. These days, its neoclassic, beaux arts and art nouveau-style buildings, squares and tree-lined boulevards abound with restaurants, galleries, bars, foodies, artists, eclectic bed and breakfasts and more. In September 2017 an earthquake impacted Roma and Condesa, Mexico City’s most beloved colonias. After, local artists, architects, designers, chefs and residents have worked to restore and revitalize the area, making them more compelling destinations than ever before. 

With the recent buzz from this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Director, Alfonso Cuaron’s love story to his hometown of Colonia Roma hit center stage in the internationally acclaimed movie, Roma. Located just a few blocks from the house where Roma was filmed, Ignacia Guest House is an exclusive bed and breakfast with five suites blending history, Mexican artisan tradition and contemporary design. Opening its doors in February 2017, the name is derived from the housekeeper who looked after this 1913 casona for over 70 years, Ignacia.

To celebrate the recent two-year anniversary of its opening, Ignacia Guest House collaborated with prominent illustrator Hilda Palafox, known as “Poni” to design the guest house’s commemorative anniversary tote bags. Born and raised in Mexico City, Poni is a world-renowned designer, illustrator and muralist whose creative work includes murals, illustrations, drawings and ceramics. She studied at the National Institute of Fine Arts and has illustrated for magazines, singers and several national and international brands. Passionate about the female form, Poni uses illustrations and ceramic works to create a variety of womanly characters in her own unique style. Despite being commissioned for murals by Amnesty International, her most famous work is a doodle which pays homage to Mexican activist and feminist Elvia Carrillo Puerto which was featured on Google’s search homepage in 2017. These beautiful signature tote bags designed exclusively for Ignacia Guest House by Poni can be purchased for $25USD at the front desk. In other news, Ignacia Guest House now offers luxurious robes for all guests to adorn during their stay and a new summer mezcal cocktail to be enjoyed during their daily complimentary cocktail hour in the garden.

Architecture and Design

Ignacia Guest House has been internationally acclaimed for its interior design, architecture and restoration. Led by Fermin Espinosa and Gerardo Salinas of Mexico City-based Factor Eficiencia, with the design firm Estudio de Interiorismo A-G, Ignacia Guest House was developed based on a concept from the design and communications firm, Fuckin’Fitz & Co. The concept reflected the personality and background of Ignacia, from the chromatic color palette and gardens inspired by the forests of Guerrero (Ignacia’s home state) to the privacy of each space. The historic building joins public spaces, including the lobby, reception, library, dining room, and kitchen, directly to the master suite, La Habitación Negra. In a completely new building, the other four suites, La Azul, La Verde, La Rosa and La Amarilla, are arranged one on top of the other on the central patio with individual balconies or terraces. Each has a unique color scheme, and rooms have their own specific ambience that works in harmony with the complex. The interior furniture blends traditional, past and contemporary, including designs by Eileen Grey, Eero Saarinen, Serge Mouille, Sean Dix, and James Tan. The spaces complement each other with examples of contemporary design by A-G, Bo Concept, PECA, and Jonathan Adler. All common spaces boast works from master artisan potter José Cervantes of San Agustín Oapan, Guerrero.

History

Ignacia was born around 1914 in Guerrero and arrived in Mexico City in the late 1920s to work in the estate house. She first helped with the cleaning, then began caring for the children, eventually becoming the head housekeeper until the year 2000, at which time she moved with the family that she worked for so many years to an apartment in the south part of the city. For 70 years, she dedicated her devotion to the house, and became part of it. Her imprint is still alive in the building; as a character of Pita Amor, Ignacia enjoyed the house as her own and in the end, practically it was – she knew every last corner and administered to it with rigorous discipline. She planted two orange trees in the garden that she crossed thousands of times. 

Cuisine

The cooks at Ignacia Guest House hit the pantry bright and early to prepare each day’s breakfast selection and source all ingredients at traditional neighborhood markets. They prepare everything—salsas, condiments—from scratch. Artisanal breads, delicious fruits and juices one can only find in Mexico complement cooked-to-order entrees ranging from seasoned eggs, regional charcuteries, tamales and chilaquiles to lesser-discovered tastes guests will remember long after their travel ends. The cooks offer vegetarian and vegan options for all their breakfast dishes and can accommodate guest’s dietary restrictions. Guests can enjoy the complimentary cocktail hour at Ignacia’s garden, under the two orange trees, between 5pm and 7pm daily. Each day, the chef prepares a different cocktail for guests, made with mezcal from Oaxaca, gin, tequila or other liquors. Ignacia’s signature cocktail is made with grapefruit, sparkling water, mezcal and a hint of Ancho Reyes, a liquor made from the ancho chile. The decoration of the glass has a special touch – chefs add worm salt frosting on one side of the glass along with fresh grapefruit. Celebrating the onset of summer, their newest drink is a mango and mezcal cocktail made with mango and pomelo juices, Eureka lemon, mezcal, Ancho Reyes liquor, mint and rosemary syrup, ginger ale and ice.

Sustainability

Ignacia Guest House is committed to preserving our environment. Solar panels produce most of the electrical energy consumed on property, preventing 3.8 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year (the equivalent of planting 85 trees per year). The solar panels reduce fossil fuel consumption up to 60% in bathrooms and the kitchen. The ingredients used to prepare food and beverages (fruits, vegetables, legumes, coffee, eggs, dairy, tortillas, bread) come from small local producers, which guarantees their freshness and quality, as well as fair trade (supporting the local community). In-suite toiletries are provided by Loredana, a Mexican company that specializes in natural, organic products free of parabens, sulfates and EDTA, which are all environmentally friendly and made free of animal cruelty. Water bottles are provided courtesy of Casa del Agua, a Mexican company that triple-filters water using evaporation and condensation, which provides the highest purification standard (100%) in the market. Additionally, water is harmonized with intention, through a process of flow forms, light and, music. Only glass bottles are used, so the property does not contribute to plastic waste. The cleaning products used are sourced from Corpo Citrik, a Mexican company that manufactures all its products with biodegradable citric extracts, without chemicals, abrasives or irritants, Kosher certified and as low foam to promote saving water saving.

One of the biggest trends in travel right now is boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts that feel like a home-away-from-home. Globetrotters are seeking personalized service that go beyond the usual hotel concierge and find that properties with ten rooms or fewer allow them to really slip into local life with total tranquility and ease. With its unique offering of just five suites, Ignacia Guest House’s guests experience a stay in a chic design-led accommodation that is unlike any other. Whether traveling for pleasure or business, Ignacia Guest House is the perfect basecamp to explore the city. All guests receive exceptional individualized attention from the staff, complimentary Wi-Fi, daily breakfast, daily cocktail hour in the garden from 5pm – 7pm and more amenities. Nightly rates for the suites in double occupancy are: Master Suite Negra ($442.10USD), Standard Suites Amarilla, Verde and Azul ($387.94USD) and Junior Suite Rosa ($318.91USD). For more information, visit www.ignacia.mx or email hola@ignacia.mx. 

About Ignacia Guest House

Located in the vibrant Colonia Roma neighborhood, Ignacia Guest House is an exclusive bed and breakfast with just five suites, uniting Mexican artisan tradition, history and contemporary design. The restoration of this 1913 mansion celebrates the personality of Ignacia, the mansion’s housekeeper for more than 70 years. In partnership with the interior design studio A – G, Factor Eficiencia finished restoration of Ignacia Guest House in February 2017. The historic building includes an entrance hall, reception, library, dining room, kitchen and the Black Guest Room (master suite), all along with a common concept of nude color used in the interiors. In a completely new building, the rest of the guest rooms are vertically arranged around a central patio and garden: Blue, Green, Pink and Yellow. With terraces and a harmonious chromatic palette, each guest room creates environments in balance with the entire complex. The cooks at Ignacia Guest House hit the pantry bright and early to prepare each day’s selection and source all ingredients at traditional neighborhood markets and prepare everything—salsas, condiments, everything—from scratch. www.ignacia.mx

 

“Tips to Keep In Mind When Planning Your Next Vacation”

We sometimes cover destination-specific travel guides, but every now and then it helps to think of things more generally also. To that point, we’re devoting this post to the actual planning process that goes into travel.

Location is ultimately the most important thing when you plan a trip, and we’ll speak some to that as well. But even once you choose a destination, there are a few things you’ll need to look into and plan for in advance in order to ensure the smoothest and most enjoyable possible getaway.

To that point, here are just a few things to keep in mind the next time you’re planning a trip.

Reserve Events Ahead of Time

When booking a trip, one pitfall too many people fall into is thinking that big attractions and events will be freely available. More often than not, the opposite is true. For instance, when taking a trip to Italy, you’d probably want to head up into the Leaning Tower of Pisa, right? Well, if so, you’d better reserve your tour early, because reservations to go inside can get backed up for months at a time! It’s just one example, but it shows that taking specific events or attractions for granted can lead to a partially wasted vacation.

Have Plans For Everyone Going

If you’re traveling with a group, it’s important to make sure that the location you choose has something for everyone. Consider the ever-alluring Atlantic City as an example. Visiting A.C. to enjoy its bountiful casino scene, recently reinvigorated by the success of online casinos, sounds great for a party of adults. For a whole family though, no number of slots or poker tables would keep everyone happy were it not for the other attractions at Atlantic City/s resorts. Someone in your group is going to want to do something else. Basically, this is to say that even if a destination is known for one particular thing, it pays to make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Be Open to New Experiences

It’s always a good idea to plan on new experiences. Each and every destination has its own delicacies, traditions, and more that should enrich the travel experience. For instance, if you visit Costa Rica, try zip lining above a rainforest; if you go to Spain, try some local tapas. You should go into every trip prepared to have these kinds of experiences, even if this sort of planning is more about mindset than logistics.

These are just a few simple tips, but if you follow them, we’re betting you’ll truly get the most out of your upcoming trips. Some extra planning up front, or even a small shift in your mindset. will pay off later on. Keeping just these little things in mind can result ini some of the best trips of your life.

Last-minute Cinco De Mayo Snacks

Check out some of the best salsa brands in the biz: CHI-CHI’s®, HERDEZ® and LA VICTORIA® and while each is unique in its own way, they’re all perfect for an at-home fiesta. Let’s not forget that May is also National Salsa Month so there’s no better time to “salsabrate!”

As the No. 1 salsa brand in Mexico, HERDEZ has been a staple in Mexican kitchens for over 100 years. Whether as a classic dip for chips or a zesty meat marinade, it delivers authenticity to Cinco celebrations nationwide. If HERDEZ is the responsible older brother, then CHI-CHI’s is the fun, younger brother. With CHI-CHI’s, you don’t need an event to get your salsa on because it brings the fiesta straight to you with its newest lineup of Fiesta Style Salsas. Meanwhile, LA VICTORIA is just as authentic but with a West Coast addition of farm-fresh tomatoes from the Central Valley – think of it as the brother that went away for college and came back a little more “woke.”

Consider making one of these easy-to-prepare recipes for your weekend festivities:

Ensalada Fresca Con Salsa de Guacamole—Simply pile on the fresh veggies, sprinkle a little cheese, add the dressing, and you’ve got a refreshingly easy chopped Mexican salad that’s perfect for a Cinco appetizer.

Salsa Verde Shrimp Skewers with Street Corn—These shrimp skewers marinated in HERDEZ® Salsa Verde are the perfect light and easy dish for its flavor and crunch. For the ultimate pairing, don’t forget to pair it with street corn mixed with feta cheese.

DIY Shredded Chicken Taco Bar—There is nothing better than giving party guests the creativity to build their own tacos! This DIY shredded chicken taco bar is a perfect way to be the hostess with the mostess while still having time to enjoy the Cinco celebration.

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos—Treat your party-goers to these colorful shrimp tacos. Perfect for double-fisting with a beer, marg or michelada, these tacos bring the heat along with a cooling sauce to balance it out.

10 Ways to Monitor Your Drinking this Cinco de Mayo

1. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Savor your meal before you start drinking an alcoholic beverage.

2. Do not overeat and Sip your drink. Enjoy your beverage.

3. Avoid binging. The definition of binging is 5 drinks or more in less than 4-5 hours.

4. Keep your consumption of drinks as low as possible – not more than 3 drinks for a man and 2 for a woman.

5. Alcoholic beverages are similar in alcohol content. One beer is equivalent to a glass of wine or a shot of liquor.

6. Find a driver. Don’t drive after drinking. It is hard to judge your blood alcohol level and its effects on your cognitive ability and reflexes.

7. If you are a diabetic or hypertensive, suffering from a heart or liver condition, take your daily medications, and check with your doctor to avoid alcohol interactions with your medications.

8. If you are going to use Tylenol, don’t exceed more than 3 grams in one day. Be aware that a lot of headache medicines or pain killers contain acetaminophen (Tylenol), so avoid accidental overdosing.

9. Don’t mix alcohol with other recreational drugs.

10. Space your beverages to allow your body the ability to metabolize what you ingested and avoid intoxication.

Savor, Sip and Space

Curated by Dr. Tarek Hassanein of Southern California Liver Centers

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ISRAEL FOR MOTHER’S DAY

We’ve got a destination for you to consider: Israel.

As the years pass by, you start to recognize the value of traveling together and there is no better way to bond than a mother-child trip. Historical sites, delectable cuisine, and stunning scenery make Israel the perfect destination to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

What to Do: Israel’s rich history provides travelers with limitless sites to see, and attractions to experience. Whether you’re a shopaholic looking to splurge this Mother’s Day, or a beach bum in desperate need of a vacation, Israel has it all.

  • Neve Tzedek – Treat your Mom to a shopping spree this Mother’s Day in one of Tel Aviv’s oldest districts, Neve Tzedek. The small, narrow streets of the district have become increasingly fashionable due to restoration works that have commenced in recent years. Rather than simply buying your mother a gift this holiday, indulge in a shopping experience together and explore the unique boutiques, design shops and other captivating shops Neve Tzedek has to offer.
  • Gordon Beach – For the mothers who need a break from work and family responsibilities, relax on one of Tel Aviv’s most popular beaches, Gordon Beach. The white, sandy beach that stretches alongside the most modern promenade in the country has an outdoor gym, volleyball courts, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and a plethora of beach side bars and restaurants to choose from where mothers and daughters can unwind and let loose.
  • Hidden Tunnels – The mysteries and underground worlds of Israel are waiting to be discovered by Mother’s who are consumed by wanderlust. Visit the top four hidden underground tunnels – Western Wall Tunnels, Hezekiah’s Tunnels (also known as Siloam Tunnels), Herodium National Park and Rosh HaNikra Grottoes – to peek into life during ancient times. This will be an unforgettable Mother’s Day for those who are truly looking to go off the beaten path.

 

Where to Stay: Israel is home to many highly-ranked hotels, offering guests relaxing and luxurious stays that cater to any type of vacationer.

 

  • Budget: Dan Panorama – The Dan Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Across the street is the Mediterranean Sea and within minutes you find yourself on an inviting sandy beach with warm and clear waters. With a huge pool and sundeck, premium leisure-time facilities and dining options, as well as all the dynamic and sophisticated attractions of Tel Aviv on its doorstep, the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv is perfect for a mother-daughter weekend trip on a budget.

 

  • Spa: Carmel Forest Spa Resort – The Carmel Forest Spa Resort is the ideal getaway for mothers who need to escape stress and relieve tension. SpaFinder named the secluded 126-room resort the Best Spa in the Middle East several years in a row. The spa offers more than 70 body and beauty treatments such as massages, balance and release therapies, seaweed wraps, stone therapy, Reiki, Shiatsu, Healing, and Ayurveda. No guests under 16 years of age or mobile phones are permitted – making an exceptionally quiet and peaceful atmosphere for mothers to tap out of reality for a while.

 

  • Luxury: Mamilla Hotel – Moms can take a break from cooking this Mother’s Day because Mamilla Hotel Dining has something for everyone. Rooftop Outdoor Lounge & Restaurant sits high above the city with a panoramic view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Happy Fish is a Mediterranean inspired fish restaurant overlooking Mamilla Avenue. You can eat in the harmonious ambiance of the ballroom for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then head over to the mirror bar to bask in Jerusalem’s sophisticated nightlife scene. Coffee lovers can indulge in gourmet coffee at the espresso bar, while wine experts can raise their glasses at the winery.