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Great Getaways

By Samantha Boden
Posted On Sep 13, 2016
Great Getaways

If you are looking for a sunny sojourn, or a chilly one, New You has you covered. 

Winter Wonderlands

The Arrabelle in Vail, Colorado, is a mix of old-world, alpine European style and tricked-out modern luxury, right at the base of Vail Mountain. This ski-in ski-out hotel offers gratis ski valet and storage, panoramic views of the Rocky’s, complimentary GoPro cameras for daily use, and rooftop hot tubs and lap pools. The 10,000-square-foot RockResorts Spa tempts your tired muscles with over 25 treatments incorporating natural ingredients and aromas indigenous to the area. In-room iPads offer on-demand requests, and a virtual personal concierge is available through an app on your smartphone. Prices start at $1,307 for the peak winter season. Visit arrabelle.rockresorts.com.

For a western adventure, take a trip to Hotel Jackson in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Located a block off Jackson Square, this new boutique hotel has 58 rooms and six suites decorated in rootin’ tootin’ rustic-modern mountain luxury (think distressed leather headboards, gas fireplaces, Geneva Bluetooth clock radios, and Nespresso coffee machines). Grab complimentary breakfast at the hotel restaurant FIG, and be sure to check out the rooftop Jacuzzi. In addition to the famed Yellow Stone National Park just an hour away, Jackson Hole is home to three world-class ski resorts, too. Prices start at $225. Visit hoteljackson.com.

Stowe Mountain Lodge, A Destination Resort, in Stowe, Vermont, is a stone’s throw from its namesake mountain, a legendary ski resort in the east. In addition to skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers Mountain Yoga, where guests snowshoe to remote places within the resort to do a bit of stretching and downward-dogging in the snow. Speaking of, the hotel has dog-friendly rooms so your furry best buddy can tag along in style. Pups receive a plush bed, food and water bowls, and a bag of assorted tasty treats. Prices start at $399. Visit stowemountainlodge.com.

Warming trend

The Miami Beach Edition is a brand new urban resort to hit the South Beach scene. The outdoor space, inspired by Havana’s Tropicana nightclub, consists of two pools, a “sandbox” where guests can escape for a nap or a cocktail, and a private beach club. The hotel features three restaurants, with the fresh-driven Market at Edition—inspired by the famed food markets of Spain with an American twist—serving up fresh pastas, cheese and charcuterie, and globally minded small bites from 7am until midnight.  After a bit of Andalusian-skewed eats, head down to the Basement, an adult playland where you’ll find a four-lane bowling alley, the Basement Miami nightclub, and an ice-skating rink overlooking bustling Collins Avenue. If all the partying gets you pooped, there’s a luxurious spa with over 20 treatments and customizable massages, as well as 24-hour fitness center. Prices start at $429. Visit editionhotels.com.

Hotel Indigo, located in San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter, is the only LEED-certified (leadership in energy and environmental design) boutique hotel in the city. This environmentally friendly California spot has a 4,000-square-foot green roof, which reduces energy consumption, eco-friendly food and beverage containers, and its design allows for plenty of natural light. There’s a rooftop bar overlooking Table 509 restaurant, which incorporates seasonal local ingredients into dishes, as well as PETCO park and vistas of San Diego. Call for rates. Visit hotelinsd.com.

Club Med Punta Cana in the dreamy Dominican Republic is an all-inclusive, family-friendly luxury resort with an avalanche of land and water activities, like archery, bocce ball, golf, sailing, scuba diving, and the brand new Creactive by Cirque du Soleil—a circus school with a flying trapeze, trampoline, and more. A new addition to Punta Cana in December is Zen Oasis, an adult-only escape with 78 deluxe guest rooms, lap and relaxation pools, and a kid-free secluded beach area for peace and quiet. Prices start at $142 per person based on double occupancy during the winter season. Visit clubmed.us.

Book Report

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory ($28, Touchstone)

Henry VIII’s last wife, Kateryn Parr, may have been a divisive figure in the Tudor Court but she prevailed in sticking to her gem-encrusted guns (and holding onto her life). A brainy and spiritual force, the guillotin didn’t scare this queen.

The Underwriting by Michelle Miller ($27, Putnam)

Who could have predicted that online cheating site Ashley Madison would be hacked as Michelle Miller’s salacious novel about an upstart high-tech dating app seeking funding hit shelves? Talk about timing. This is an irresistible tale of IPO power and privacy.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen ($17, Penguin)

With 100 emails unanswered daily, meetings eating into work, and other urgent duties unfulfilled, it is little wonder that Allen’s updated 2002 hit keeps pace with how we clear our minds and organize our thoughts.