May all of your dreams, aspirations and goals come to fruition in 2010!
All The Best,
That Chick Té & That Chick Dawni
During this (not so small feat) I intend on eventually amassing a fair amount of knowledge on vineyards not only in Colorado, but also in several other States, as well as a couple of other countries abroad, like France and Italy. I don't look at this as work, but more of an education and opportunity to provide my intimate knowledge to those who may not have the time, patience or inclination to visit hundreds of vineyards.
In the following months, I look forward to providing some interesting factoids and information on the wonderful wines of Colorado. Pour votre santé! (translation: For your health).
Yes, those conversations go nowhere fast! They are simply annoying and a lot of explaining occurs.
As I am sitting here listening to Christmas music and reading through my "Wine Spectator" magazine, it called to mind my Girls' Weekend in Napa Valley, CA, a few years ago. Three of us decided that we would go to Napa since one of our girlfriends had a gift certificate to the spa. Now mind you, this isn't some low budget establishment. The backdrop for this Tuscan style Inn are beautiful rolling vineyards, with some of the best restaurants (see: French Laundry), and shopping you can find in the Northern California regions; but, it comes at a nice price tag. Let me just say this, it's worth every single penny you will spend to go there.Upon arrival we had our spa treatments in the late morning through early afternoon. We dropped our bags off in our room. The room had two immaculately dressed beds; a grandiose bathroom of cream, gold and tan tiles that made me want to weep; a complimentary bottle of wine, and a view from our mini patio looking upon the gorgeous courtyard that is pictured above.
These are the top comments that seem to be prevalent from most female travelers that I know. My friends that have traveled with me can attest to this - I don't believe in checking in bags. Actually, the very thought of it makes my skin crawl and I get an uncontrollable eye twitch. Not really, but honestly, that's how I feel about checking in bags. I know it's necessary on some trips, but I can say that over the past ten years of me traveling, I've checked luggage approximately three times. I've been on trips in various destinations such as, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, Caribbean islands, and many more places in excess of five days, and guess what? I didn't check anything! I have my major piece of carry-on (LV Rollie bag that I love), and a back pack or briefcase. That's it. Nothing else, and I'm not nude for several days, and believe it or not, I have more than enough of everything - sometimes even I have had more than necessary.
Here is my short list of ways to make packing easier and NOT have check-in luggage:
Prior to some tragic events that occurred in the early 2000's, traveling was not as much of a hassle as it can oftentimes be today; yet, I still love to travel, I just do it the easy and smart way. Again, not all trips can be done without checking luggage, but it saves time for you on both ends of your trip - leaving and returning, if you don't need to check luggage.
As always, we at Chicks That Trip (www.chicksthattrip.com) wish you only wonderful and safe travels throughout the remainder of 2009 and in to 2010!
When you are working with a travel professional, these are some of the questions they should be asking you in respect to what your needs and wants are. I may have specifications for myself, but I don't expect my clients to be of my same mind; however, they are expecting a service from me, and they are wanting my professional opinion regarding their selections, so I provide it.
Always have a list of what you are looking for and what you want. That is the only way you will be assured that you will get exactly what you are paying for, and in some cases, you may get much more than you expected, and will be pleasantly surprised.
In 2010, I will be writing a lot more on hotels, but some of the top hotels I've had the privilege of staying at are amongst the luxury brands of Starwood, as well as Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Some of my favorites are: Four Seasons - Westlake Village, CA, and Scottsdale, AZ; The "W" - Seattle, WA, San Diego, CA, and Los Angeles, CA; and, Sanctuary Camelback Valley Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, AZ.
Pick your shoes and your hotels wisely.*shoe photo taken from: www.mylovelybigfeetblog.com/tag/christmas-gifts/