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SenSationaltravel escapesWinter GetaWayS

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hose looking for a break away from it all really away from it all Anna Maria Island, with its long uninterrupted beaches, offers just about the greatest contrast one could get from the screeching of cars and flashing ads of the city. In fact the Island is completely devoid of billboards, chain hotels, restaurants, and high rises too. the residents just dont want that, said Deb Wing, Vice president of Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce, thats the beautiful thing about the Island, they want to keep the old world florida feel about it. nested between Manatee County and the Gulf of Mexico, the Island has that rare private feel, visitors often comment on how it doesnt feel like they are even in the u.S. the seven mile long Island has three main areas; Anna Maria, holmes and bradenton beach. the island caters for many pastime pursuits. biking is big, said Ms. Wing,

At 7 miles, the Island is great to bike around for the expert, and at the same time, ideal for a family. If biking from A to b isnt your idea of fun, you can always avail of the timeless, and free, trolley service. It operates from 6a.m. till 10p.m. and runs the full length of the Island. the adventurous vacationer can fill their days with the bounteous parasailing, jet skiing, surfing or kayaking thats available. theres also two main yachting companies with 70 foot long vessels for rent, giving you the perfect vantage point for watching bottlenose dolphins perpetually leap in and out of the crystal clear water. the Island has one golf club, which has a guest membership of $500, ten more may be found within a thirtyminute drive to the main land. nature lovers will be in their element with the whole island a bird sanctuary. Workers and volunteers from Anna Maria Island turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring, diligently discover areas where turtle and bird eggs land, and

rope it off. Attached to the rope will be a notice that gives a predicted date of hatching, so you can show up with your picnic blanket and witness an amazing event that has occurred for millennia. for shopping there is the bay View plaza on the bay-side of the island, with boutiques and the historic Anna Maria City pier, however the main shopping district is located at bradenton beach. bradenton is also littered with restaurants, so you can reenergize before you drop. All ages come here, from the young to

the old, and we get a lot of families, Said Ms. Wing, indeed the amenities cater to those looking for action, whilst also holding equal appeal to those that just want to laze on miles of its famous sugar white beaches. As for the all important winter weather, the highs are in the low 80s and the lows in the mid 70s Said Ms. Wing, adding being close to the sea its not as humid, its the perfect temperature to stroll around in. the Island is best serviced by tampa International Airport, with

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he exclusivity of St Barths, which sits between Guadeloupe and martinique, bears the same romanticism only found in parts of the French Riviera. With old-Gallic architecture villas, craggy-cobbled streets, seafront cafes, and a resident mega-yacht community in tow, there is no wonder why this makes peak season with its warm weather, during the winter breaks. The islands choice of real estate, Sibarth, offers the perfect escape. Founded in the 1970s by partners Brook and Roger lacour, what was once a tiny tourist boutique, has grown into a luxury real estate with private villas with a choice of amenities from gloriously sized swimming pools, to private chefs and fully staffed maid service and everything you would expect from a top of the range modern lodging Says Ann Dentel, Sales & marketing Director of the Sibarth Resort. With a 24 hour concierge service, ready to make a reservation for its guests to any corner of the eight mile square long island that is lined with coral shores. The resort offers book-ability to any part of the island and Sibarth is partnered with most of the islands all year round events, from the choice of yacht racing events to the more cultural festivities that take place all throughout the year. The most sought after invitation in the Caribbean is reflective of the island activities that begin the new Year We get celebrities over the holiday period. They tend to come in private jets Adds ms. Dentel. As water sports are part and parcel of the rich island life, the first annual boating event is the Bucket Regatta, a 30 strong premium yacht race, is just one of the spectator sports, which has been enjoyed for over 25 years on a 28 mile course around the isles perimeter. With more emphasis on the fun than the winning the goal is to enjoy the international family environment, and a fair start is permitted with the slowest rated yacht breaking a head start. On shore, the island also plays a regular tribute to cultural entertainment in the arts withJanuary 30, 2012

the annual Film Festival, showing Caribbean film clips, and the music Festival that starts off in January, with a classical orchestra conducted by Richard Buckley. The activities on the island are so popular that Sibarths has a high clientele of repeated business, Families will come, then their kids will come too. Ive watched some children grow up in my 17 years here! Says ms. Dentel. For those seeking a lighter activity on the island there is tennis, volley ball and personal trainers on offer for holiday makers and their guests on the island, along with duty free shopping offered by the Parisian boutiques in St Jean or Gustavia, ensuring that every guest leaves Sibarth with a hint of Joie de vivre. For travel to and from the island, Sibarth also offers a flight chartered service. One of the islands distinctive traits is its remoteness. Though the location promises safety to travelers, as well as pristine surroundings, it makes transport to the island more difficult. Planes to St Barth must land on other islands, such as St. Juan or St. martin, before taking a shuttle flight to St. Barth. It is the inaccessibility of the island that inspired mr. Zara to found Tradewind. mr. Zara and partners eric and David Zipkin (all former pilots) founded the company close to 10 years ago. Tradewind was the first US company granted landing rights to the island. The service was sub-par and we felt we could add something to it, said mr. Zara. We saw people getting taken

advantage of. Tradewind flies from multiple locations, including all of the new York City airports, Westchester and nantucket. The airline charters thousands of flights to the Caribbean every year, with clientele ranging from the upper middleclass to super high net-worth individuals and celebrities. mr. Zara stressed Tradewinds culture of safety, including a guaranteed two pilots on each flight, US-manufactured aircraft and above all FAA guidelines. Our motto is that were not in the trans-

portation business; were in the service business. every flight must be a memorable experience, said mr. Zara. Its beautiful year-round, but particularly in summer, said mr. Zara. He said summer is the best time of year to visit, as the temperatures on the island are cooler than new Yorks. Year-round, St. Barth is a French paradise nestled away in the Caribbean. With reliable air service and luxury resorts, the island remains one of the most exclusive vacation spots for those who value privacy and ultimate comfort.

ach of our three major islands has a unique character all its own. St. Croixs Danish influence is perfect for visitors who prefer a laid-back experience. The historic towns of Frederiksted and Christiansted offer quaint shops, charming pastel buildings and refreshing cultural diversity. From horseback riding near 18th-century sugar mills to playing golf on one of the islands three scenic golf courses, youre sure to find something to suit your tastes. Two-thirds of St. John is a national park. Its comfortable pace is perfect for enjoying the islands world-renowned beaches such as Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay. A nature lovers favorite, St. John offers hiking, camping, specialty shopping and breathtaking views. If you take just a few hours to visit this island, youll find it well worth the trip. St. Thomas boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. As the most visited port in the Caribbean, downtown Charlotte Amalie offers elegant dining, exciting nightlife, duty-free shopping and even submarine rides. Though its full of energy, especially in Charlotte Amalie, this island also possesses numerous sublime natural splendors, such as stunning views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level. For more information about the United States Virgin Islands please visit www. virgin-islands-hotels.com.observer.com | the new york observer

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Winter Festivals for Kids and Kids-at-Heart In the winter, the region hosts the Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival February 3-5, which includes a Polar Bear Plunge into the Susquehanna River and a Chocolate Lovers Fantasy Festival. Lewisburgs Ice Festival features dozens of sparkling carved ice sculptures that line Market

Street, with three large sculptures in Hufnagle Park designed for kids to enjoy, touch, ride and climb. R.B. Winter State Park also hosts Snow Fest on Sunday, February 12. That event includes a snow shoeing hike, cross country skiing, ice skating, horse drawn wagon rides, ice rescue demonstration, ice fishing skills, snow

mobiling safety and rides for kids, winter camping equipment and techniques, snow volleyball, broomball, an ice sculpture demonstration, winter search and rescue using dogs, and special activities for children including a winter story time, nature activities and crafts. Art Deco Movie Theatre is the Jewel of Downtown Lewisburg While the region boasts hundreds of miles of scenic farmland, its not all rural countryside. Booming college towns like Lewisburg and Selinsgrove give visitors the opportunity to experience a bustling downtown experience, complete with historic architecture and small town charm. The Campus Theatre is the jewel of the downtown. It is one of Americas few remaining single-screen, Art Deco movie palaces. The Theatre was transformed over the summer as a result of a nearly $3 million

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A trip to the U.S.V.I. is well worth the visit as ne dining, luxurious resorts and family friendly stays await travelers seeking a unique vacation that is part of the United States. Purchased in 1917 from the Danish for a mere $25 million, the U.S.V.I. is a place where dreams come true and beachcombers are found romancing in a destination that boasts tropical beauty, elegance and a diversity of cultures. Leave the mainland behind and enjoy painted sunsets where history comes alive and West African, Danish and Spanish heritage converge. Swim with sea turtles, snorkel with stingrays, scuba dive alongside barracuda and king sh or just relax. Enjoy boating, sailing, eco-tours and other exciting activities in an unforge able place designed to accommodate travelers seeking sun, sand and breath-taking ocean views. Take pleasure in the ner things in life - enjoy shopping, local entertainment and dine on exquisite culinary delights including fresh sh and lobster caught daily. Take part in exciting adventures in the beautiful Caribbean without missing any of the amenities of home. Spend U.S. currency including travelers checks or use major credit cards to mail keepsakes home via US Postal Services, UPS and FedEx all while taking in the many irresistible white sandy beaches the U.S. Virgin Islands have to o er. From St. omas take a leisurely ferry ride to St. John or skip across the water on a seaplane to St. Croix and once there, fall in love with stunning panoramic views while hiking trails steeped in history and tradition. Savor cultural festivities and relax in a place many U.S. mainlanders call home. With non-stop ights arriving daily at two FAA approved airports, come to the U.S.V.I. and enjoy the many exotic tropical destinations found on all four islands. e United States Virgin Islands is the perfect tropical escape that remains one of Americas best-kept travel secrets. Visit and unlock the passion, mystery and artistry of islands untouched by crowds and experience Americas Caribbean paradise. For more information about the United States Virgin Islands and all that it o ers, visit: www.virgin-islands-hotels.com.

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Copperhood Retreat & Spa wins Worlds Best by Travel + LeisureReaders across the country favor upstate New Yorks local retreat above other Destination SpasOn October 22, 2011 Copperhood Retreat & Spa (located in Shandaken, NY, only 2 hours from NYC) announced its most recent achievement: Travel + Leisure readers voted the spa one of the top 10 Destination Spas in the magazines annual Worlds Best survey. With its wooded trails, slew of spa specialties, expertise in weightloss and detoxification, and gift for gourmet, Travel + Leisure readers found Copperhood Retreat & Spa to embody the perfect spa sanctuary grounded in relaxation, rejuvenation, and life-changing wellness ideals. The prestigious designation is based on the Worlds Best readers survey, which was

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conducted from December 15, 2010 through March 31, 2011. The Destination Spas category was based on five characteristics: accommodations/ambience, treatments, service, food, and value. Respondents rated each characteristic between one and five, and then the category ratings were totaled and averaged for a final score. To be considered a contender in any category the candidate needed to receive a minimum number of responses, and to preserve survey integrity any responses found from travel

industry professionals were immediately discarded. The 2011 awards represented Travel +Leisures sixteenth annual Worlds Best survey, and Copperhoods first appearance on the survey. We are extremely honored to have been voted one of the top 10 destination spas, said spa proprietor Elizabeth Winograd. To know that our visitors feel so strongly and enjoy Copperhood so much is such positive reinforcement. We truly love what we do. The Spa is focused on rejuvenation and relaxation with a specific expertise in detoxification and weight loss, thus appealing to both vacationers and serious wellness seekers. Nestled into the Catskills, guests can hike, bike, ski, or snowshoe the mountain trails. A variety of indoor exercise options are also available in Copperhoods private yoga/ down. The Beach Resort is home to a host of amenities, from water sports to scuba to La Mer Spa, which offers a host of tender treatments designed to soothe even the most sunburned skin. Trios Caribbean Fusion, one of the resorts two restaurants, has been hailed as the best kept secret in Rodney Bay. Even with all the top-notch accommodation and amenities, by far the best thing about

exercise studio and gym such as group fitness classes, meditation hours, and personal training sessions. The spa itself remains the ingenious brainchild of Ms. Winograd, and incorporates all elements imaginable. There is the water therapy suite with a Vichy shower, hydrotherapy tub, Scotch hose and steam chamber for Swedana, a gym, pool, Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. Additionally there are seven treatment rooms reserved for a variety of massage, body treatment, facial, and hand/foot services. We aim to provide guests with a small sanctuary. A small haven, separate from daily life where personal health and wellness come first, Winograd further explained. How they choose to define that is up to them, we just ask that you be gentle with yourself. Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa is its approach to customer service. Guests are always welcomed as long-lost family, and no effort is ever spared in ensuring that your vacation will have that personal touch that makes it memorable. To talk to one of the Bay Gardens Resorts Vacation Specialists, call toll free (877) 620-3200, or email info@baygardensresorts.com

While Mother Nature hasnt provided much in the way of natural snow so far this winter, Mount Peters snowmakers have been making snow whenever possible. The ski area opened on Dec. 24 trails open. Discounted night skiing is available until 9 p.m. for $15 Mon. through Fri. and $18 on Sat. Show a club card on Tuesday, such as ski club, union, military, school, etc., and get a half price life ticket from 9 to 5 p.m. Take advantage of the Saturday night special and get two for one lift tickets after 5 p.m. Mount Peter also offers free beginner lessons on weekends and holidays. Mount Peter will a Monster Rail Jam on Sun., Feb. 5. For more information visit www.mtpeter.com.

Bay Garden Beach Resort in Saint LuciaBreathtaking mountains, lush green rainforests, miles of sandy beaches, and an underwater ecosystem that is just as vibrant as the one on land! Saint Lucia is definitely one of the destinations generating the most buzz right now, offering everything from leisure to adventure to amazing cuisine. Choosing to stay in the Rodney Bay area will put you right in the heart of the islands pulsating tourist district, which is always a hive of activity. Shopping malls and restaurants line the Strip, providing the ultimate playground for locals and visitors alike. Whether one wants to hang out at a local watering hole playing dominoes with the regulars, or dine at the waters edge at a candle-lit table, Rodney Bay has it all. You wont miss out on what the rest of the island has to offer, either.

The magnificent Pitons and the famous Sulphur Springs, both on the southwest coast, are accessible from the north via a 40-minute boat trip. Sightseeing by boat is highly recommended, since the true majesty of the island is on full display. Located all the way at the end of the Rodney Bay strip is the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, the jewel in the crown of the Bay Gardens Resorts group of hotels. Established by a local family almost 18 years ago, Bay Gardens Resorts is still 100% locally owned and operated by the original owners. The Beach Resort, as the name implies, is perched right on Reduit Beach (REH-dwee), one of the best beaches on the island. The resorts French-Caribbean architecture is a pleasure to behold, and the balconies in every room ensure that guests are cooled by the refreshing sea-breeze no matter how hot the sun pounds

Susquehanna Anna Maria(Continued from page T10)renovation. The buildings finely appointed interior, from its mirrored lobby and lounge furnishings to the wall and ceiling murals and light fixtures, is marked by luxurious Art Deco quality with its rich materials and novel decorative motifs. It just might take your breath away. The theatre shows movies nightly. Explore the region at your own pace, in your own time. Every turn a treasure. For more info, go to VisitCentralPA.org or Facebook.com/ SusquehannaRiverValley

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Continental, American Airlines and Delta all running regular flights to Tampa. A shuttle service runs between the airport and Anna Maria, a return journey will cost you around $90, en route take in the breathtaking view from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge of the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria is unique in that it offers the Caribbean vibe of blueness, which is only broken by the horizon line, and you dont even have to leave to the U.S. to get it.

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Hampton Inn & Suites- Islamorada, FloridaAt Islamorada, Floridas causally elegant Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel you can shed your shoes, shed your everyday cares, and relax at a Caribbean flavored beachfront resort where your every want is richly satisfied. Lounge at our inviting heated pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, listening to the ever-present breeze through the palm trees. Soak in our outdoor whirlpool, stroll our private seawall beach or venture down its steps into the Atlantic. The Islamorada village of islands in the Florida Keys beckons fishermen, honeymooners and nature-lovers with its bountiful oceanic splendor, warm tropical nights, and ecological treasures. The Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel in Islamorada offers a fittingly luxurious setting to take in this breathtaking resort destination. Nestled between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park and North Americas only coral barrier reef, Islamorada was destined to become the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Reel in a sailfish in the morning, then venture into the backcountry for tarpon, bonefish, and snook in shallow estuaries-all within minutes of our hotel in Islamorada. You can also go diving, snorkeling, or even swimming with dolphins at the Theater of the Sea. Take an eco-tour to explore coral formations, tropical fish and dolphin pods, or head out to commune with manatees, crocodiles and roseate spoonbills. The truly adventurous can even go by canoe or kayak to the remote Indian Key Historic State Park and Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park. Just ask the friendly team at our Islamorada hotel for suggestions on how to best enjoy this island utopia. For more info visit us online at keys-resort.com or call 305664-0073.

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The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, St. MaartenAs the winter chill kicks in, thoughts inevitably turn to warmer climes and the Caribbean island of St. Maarten is one tropical getaway that has a passionate following of sun worshippers who return year after year. For many, the island home of choice is the Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina. With a spectacular waterfront setting, the Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina offers the ultimate in island luxury. Its 83 two-bedroom villas have state of the art furnishings and appliances, a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining areas and a private terrace for unfettered views of the Caribbean. Villas sleep six and can be divided into one-bedroom suites for four and Jr. suites for two. Resort facilities include an ocean-view fitness center, pool and bar and access to an impressive array of amenities at the neighboring Simpson Bay Resort & Marina. Set in tropical gardens, this popular vacation village has 342 fully equipped suites accommodating four, six people or eight guests. Studios for two are also available. All have terraces or balconies. Guests at both resorts enjoy many a blissful hour on the powder-white sands of sheltered Simpson Bay; the surf is gentle and the beach is suitable for swimming and snorkeling. There are five fresh water pools and a separate pool and playground for children. Other facilities include tennis courts, a daily activity program, shops, and a Europeanstyle spa offering the latest in luxury beauty treatments. A water sports center at the resort marina offers a variety of options for guests who like nothing better than to be out on the waves. Scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing charters are available, windsurfing and sailing lessons can be arranged and there are boat trips to the islands of Anguilla, Saba and St Barts. A choice of restaurants and bars awaits guests and for evening entertainment a popular piano bar and casino top the bill. More dining, nightlife and shopping options are just a stones throw away from the resort along

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the Simpson Bay waterfront. Exploring the Friendly Island After a couple of days on Simpson Beach, guests will be ready to explore St. Maarten, also known as the Friendly Island, an allusion to its cosmopolitan culture and boundless hospitality. Island sightseeing trips are available, but renting a car at the resort gives guests the freedom to explore at their own pace, calling in at 37 glorious beaches and taking to the hills for spectacular views of the Caribbean and the neighboring islands. During the 17th century, the Dutch colonized the southern half of the island (St. Maarten) and the French controlled the north (St. Martin). To this day, it boasts an irresistible blend of French and Dutch ambiance with a liberal helping of Caribbean culture. St. Maarten became a self-governing nation in 2010. St Maartens twin capitals, Philipsburg on the Dutch side and Marigot in the French quarter, offer shoppers duty-free shopping and the island enjoys a reputation as one of the gourmet hot spots of the Caribbean.

Frost Valley YMCA is a premier year-round retreat center in New Yorks Catskill Mountains and a favorite for people seeking an engaging experience with family and friends in a natural setting. The 6,000 acre campus offers one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the country, surrounded by 250,000 forever wild Catskill Mountain Preserve. Frost Valleys weekend activities include something for all ages: hiking, nature exploration, seasonal crafts, climbing tower, repelling, zip lines, rope courses, sports, games and the all-inclusive price also includes great meals. Stay in a yurt, cabin, lodge or hotel-like room on our property. They can accommodate groups from 1 to 500 and also can host weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, and teambuilding events.Theres no place else quite like it. For more information please email them at info@frostvalley.org or call (845) 985-2291 extension 222.

Located on the island of St Barths, the Taiwana has been for years a secluded retreat for connaiseurs. The hotel has been offering outstanding suite accomodations and flawless service for the past decade. 22 amazing units, offering one to three bedroom accomodations, our suites are uniquely disposed on the beach and on the hillside to assure privacy and offer magnificent ocean views. Some units include private pools, terraces and balconies. Couples and families can all find the perfect suite for an unforgettable stay. Our renowned TAIWANA restaurant, a must while visiting the island is open now for breakfast, lunch, afternoon cocktails and dinner. The Shop Poupette St Barth, soft, sensual, bohemian chic for the beach, party or every day. NEVILLE, world class salon of LONDON has chosen us for their caribbean grand opening. Our guests can now enjoy their passion, expertise and inspiration to achieve the desired hairstyle. The TAIWANA invites you to discover a world of privacy in an unspoiled location unlike anywhere else. For more information, please visit our website at www.hoteltaiwana.comJanuary 30, 2012 T - 21

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Welcome to Rosalie Bay - simply magical

Discover Rosalie Bay, an eco-luxury and wellness retreat on the Atlantic side of Dominica, the Nature Island.

Grand Opening RatesSave 33% on rates through October 31, 2012. Rooms and breakfast from $149 per night to experience the sea turtle nesting and hatching season. For reservations call 877-674-3157. www.RosalieBay.com

Protecting the environmentRosalie Bays black sand beach is a protected nesting ground for Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green turtles. The wind- and solar-powered resort has one of the largest wind turbines in the Caribbean.

A private sanctuaryUnwind in one of 28 spacious rooms and suites with hand-carved furniture, luxurious bathrooms and views of the garden, Atlantic Ocean or Rosalie River. Cool off in the saltwater pool and pamper yourself at the oceanfront spa.

Endless possibilitiesImprove your well-being with daily yoga and Pilates classes, personal training and healthy organic cooking classes. Nature trails, a labyrinth for meditation and a Koi pond accent the 22-acre verdant property.

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barefoot never looked so goodHampton Inn & Suites80001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida 33036T-24January 30, 2012

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