Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
- thousands of pounds of prime Colorado beef,
- 15 kegs of local Rocky Mountain brews
- hundreds of pounds of organic produce
- created special menus and even cocktail recipes inspired by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, including Barack On The Rocks
- baked some 11,000 donkey-shaped cookies to be placed on guests' beds each night as turn-down amenities.
- preparing desserts such as Ballot Box Brownies and a red, white and blue Campaign ’08 Trail Mix, which includes healthy yogurt-covered almonds, dried strawberries, and for added crunch, blue M & M’s.
The hotel staff is preparing beyond the kitchen and bar, too --
- memorizing political factoids, the simplist of which is “What city is hometown for Senator Barack Obama?”
- practicing checking in large numbers of arriving delegates
- preparing for the nightly race to deliver more than 800 gifts reflecting the official DNC colors of red, white, blue, and eco-friendly green.
- the bell staff has been building its biceps for the 3,000 pieces of luggage it will be handling and opening the door some 5,000 times for entering and exiting guests.
If you haven't got your room booked yet, you're too late. The Ritz-Carlton has a waiting list. But you're never too late to become a fan of the Mile High city of Denver, which I love, especially in winter, when pass through on my way to the great Colorado ski country just west of town.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The wind-powered chairlift has received the 2008 Golden Eagle Award for overall environmental excellence from the National Ski Areas Association, the trade association that represents more than 300 North American alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits.
The award is sponsored by CLIF® BAR, the leading organic-certified energy bar, which skiers, boarders, hikers and bikers all stash in their pockets or backpacks for a quick fix mid-slope. They also make the Luna brand, which I personally prefer to the original Clif, which can be kinda tough to chew when it's cold, like when I'm skiing.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is celebrating the first birthday of the Zephyr lift this week with an on-mountain festival, plus free tours of the turbine. This is your opportunity to see how renewable energy works, up close and personal, as the saying goes. Be forewarned -- it's a hike to and from the turbine from the top of the chairlift. But worth it, for the edcuation you'll get about green, renewable energy in the travel industry, including ski and snowboard resorts-- and the view is pretty spectacular, too.
Just so you know -- Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England -- about half-way between Boston and New York City. And although other resorts buy wind power or carbon credits to operate their chairlifts, this one is the only mountain resort in all of the United States to generate its own energy using alternative wind power.
The Zephyr is powered by a 1.5 MW GE wind turbine, enough to power nearly 800 houses. It cost just under $4 million to build, including construction of a road to the tower and blades, but the resort expects it to pay for itself in seven years. And think of all the diesel fuel and fumes the Jiminy Peak wind turbine is not using! Good for you, Jiminy Peak.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
A full moon can cast enough light that it is possible to hike or even read a book outside without a flashlight or other additional outdoor lighting. And a meal in the moonlight -- how romantic can things get.
The next full moon is the weekend of August 14-17, and The Boulders in Scottsdale, Arizona, has a special lunar package designed to draw on the power of the universe -- especially that full moon -- to help tune the body, inspire the spirit and open the mind.
One memorable thing to do is to walk the resort's labyrinth under the moonlight. I've done it in bright sunlight, and even though I'm too pragmatic as a journalist to be especially spiritual, I did, indeed, feel the power. So I can just imagine the forces at play under a full moon.
The package also includes --
- Daily morning group hikes in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert
- Unlimited fitness classes
- Three 50-minute spa services such as massage, wrap, facial, scrub
- Three daily meals, plus afternoon tea if your tummy has room
- Daily lecture on such topics as nutrition, health, fitness, wellness and astrology
- An interactive cooking demonstration, more like a lesson, with the chefs at The Boulders award-winning Golden Door Spa
- A pedometer, so you can track your hiking mileage during your stay
- A rock climbing lesson on the boulders of The Boulders
- Labyrinth walks, daylight and moonlight
BTW -- The Boulders was one of the first resorts in the world to go organic, serving only organic foods. And organic wines, too. Definitely, a resort that knows a few things about green travels!