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09.20.17

Chicago Tribune: Milwaukee’s ‘Gallery Night and Day’ shows off city’s vibrant art scene

The Chicago Tribune highlighted the Pfister Hotel as the hotel with the largest collection of Victorian art in the world. The article also featured the hotel’s artist-in-residence program with a special video on current artist-in-residence, Margaret Muza. Watch the video and read the article here.

09.14.17

Midwest Living

Fun-ctional Meetings

Bliesure’ travel has become more and more popular over the years. Part of this travel style now often includes bringing family members, significant others, or friends along. Those looking to intermix family fun with business travel enjoy the waterpark concept as a favorite family outing year-round.

“Families” delight in the wide range of activities offered at Timber Ridge,” expressed Mark Fenton, General Manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark. Located in Lake Geneva, WI, this Midwest waterpark resort is impressing bliesure travelers. Its 50,000-sq-ft. indoor/outdoor waterpark, Moose Mountain Falls, is home to multiple pools, slides, a lazy river, several hot tubs, and a new, musically inspired waterslide, Avalanche Falls.

Fenton provided details on this new attractions, “Only the second slide of its kind in the country, kids can get their groove on by jamming out to favorite tunes while swooshing down Avalanche Falls. Fun song themes include kids’ movie songs, pop paradise, country waves, and favorite tunes from Timber Ridges’s mascot, Bruce the Moose. In addition to singing to their favorite songs, kids will love the colored lights on their way down for a fun, concert-like experience. Each theme will rotate three to four songs, which means that every ride down the slide can bring a new experience.”

At Thumper Pond, located in Ottertrail, MN, guests enjoy a 12,000-sq.-ft. center featuring two, three-story waterslides, an activity pool with basketball hoops and volleyball net, and an 18-person whirlpool. The center also offers a zero-entry, activity pool with water features for younger children.

Toddler swim areas have increased throughout waterparks. At Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark, in Utica, IL, every age is accommodated. From the Kid’s Ranger Station to the wave pool and lazy river to the tube slide, generations can enjoy respite while traveling with a guest on business.

Be assured, safety and cleanliness are high ranking priorities at all waterpark facilities. As a green-certified hotel, Timber Ridge uses ultraviolet light to help reduce the amount of chemicals used in the water. In addition, the use of large fans help circulate air to eliminate the need for air conditioning and LED lighting is used throughout the waterpark for vast efficiency.

If attendees need to remain dry for a time, many other activities can be found at waterpark resorts. Timber Ridge offers horseback riding, 12 indoor rock walls and access to the Adventure Center, which provides the tools for family mountain biking, disc golf courses, hiking trails, sand volleyball courts, archery, and picnic and recreation areas. And if that isn’t enough, the resort also houses a 3,600-sq.-ft. arcade. Thumper Pond guests can engage in many seasonal activities, including golf, fishing, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing. Those in Illinois, will enjoy Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort’s many family extras, such as Annie’s Little Pots, a ceramic painting studio, family craft times, Grizzly Jack’s & Grand Bear’s Story Time, Canyon Creek Mini Golf, and family movie time.

No matter the season, family getaways help foster work/life balance. Give your attendees the opportunity to gain knowledge and create family memories by utilizing a great Midwest waterpark resort for your next meeting or event.

09.11.17

American Spa: Nine Can’t Miss Bridal Beauty Tips

American Spa featured the Pfister Hotel’s WELL Spa + Salon in an article on bridal beauty tips. Read how every bride should prepare their skin before their big day here.

09.10.17

Hotel Management: Hotel’s art enhances entire brand image

Hotel Management featured the Pfister Hotel’s art program in a recent article on hotel art. The article highlighted the Pfister Hotel’s large collection of Victorian art, which is the largest hotel collection of Victorian artwork in the world, and also showcased its artist-in-residence program. Read more here.

09.07.17

FOX 6: Tricks of the Mix: Details on new class teaching you how to make barrel-aged cocktails

FOX 6 had members of the Mason Street Grill team on their morning show, Real Milwaukee, to discuss Tricks of the Mix – a class to help Milwaukeeans make barrel-aged cocktails at home. Watch the full segment here.

FOX 6 features Mason Street Grill

09.06.17

Premier Bride: 10 Beauty Tips to Look Radiant on your Special Day

Premier Bride shared Elizabeth Walsh-Zimmermann’s, director of the WELL Spa + Salon at the Pfister Hotel, top ten beauty tips for brides to look their best as they walk down the aisle. Check out the tips here.

08.31.17

Southern Living

Midwestern Getaways Your Southern Girlfriends Will Love

By Perri Ormont Blumberg

Deadwood, South Dakota

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane first rolled into Deadwood in 1876 with some of her friends, and women have been heading there to recharge ever since. The town has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and there’s so much to do: gambling girls can enjoy testing their luck at Gold Dust Casino & Hotel and the active crew can hit The Mickelson Trail via bike, horseback, or foot under the watch of spruce and ponderosa pine forests.

For more information, visit deadwood.com.

Columbus, Ohio

It’s not a stretch to call Columbus the “Nashville of the Midwest.” Beyond a vibrant songwriting community (catch rising stars at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza), you’ll see live acts at many restaurants, jazz clubs, and various venues around town. Musicians also dot the street during Gallery Hop, a monthly tradition of celebrating art after hours in the Short North Arts District. For lodging, swap Music City’s trendy Germantown for low-key German Village. There, you can stay at German Village Guest House in the heart of this district where brick-lined blocks hug historic buildings. The girls can take a floral crown or bouquet class at newly opened Flowers & Bread which combines both of those favorites fresh from the soil and oven, respectively—plus coffee—under one roof. We’d be remiss if we didn’t send you to Katalina’s, a hybrid of Southern and Latin food, where the Nutella-filled pancake balls will convince you to book your encore trip.

For more information, visit experiencecolumbus.com.

Stillwater, Minnesota

The inviting mid-1800s downtown, which runs parallel to the St.Croix River (read:sunset booze cruise), has more than 70 stores pedaling crafting supplies, antiques, home decor, spices, candy, and more. Take Stillwater by foot with a guided food tour or throw on apron and cook up a storm during a hands-on class at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Take a knitting or crocheting lesson at Darn Knit Anyways, and don’t miss the homemade turtle fudge at Tremblay’s Sweet Shop. For lodging, snag a block of rooms at The Lowell Inn, which was founded in 1927, and is on the National Historic Register.

For more information, visit discoverstillwater.com.

Door County, Wisconsin

Dangle your Southern toes over the crystal waters of Sturgeon Bay as the crew gathers at this lively vacation spot. In addition to a wealth of waterfront activities, a fan-favorite in “The Door” is cherry picking, since the climate and soil here are as good as it gets. Speaking of the fruit, you’ll never forget a Cherry Train Tour on Washington Island, a year-round island with a quirky culture and traditions ranging from fish boils to literary festivals. Book a stay at Ridges Inn in the town of Baileys Harbor and grab a drink at former general store and butcher shop, The Blue Ox. For an unforgettable excursion, rent bikes or mopeds from Edge of Park and cruise over the gravel on the (relatively flat) Sunset Trail in Peninsula State Park.

For more information, visit doorcounty.com.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Time has a way of slowing down amidst the ten acres of grapevines at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery. Let afternoon tastings linger into dinner over a few wood-fired Three Little Pigs and Truffled Mushrooms pizzas. Catch a show at the splendid Paramount Theatre—upcoming acts include The Avett Brothers and comic Rodney Carrington. If your travels take you to Palisades-Kepler State Park consider booking a cabin or two (each hold four) where the group can cook supper together after a day on the trails. If connecting with nature isn’t your thing, try the Belmont Hill Victorian Bed & Breakfast reminiscent of a grand 19th-century estate you’d spot in Charleston. Meet y’all at the farmers market!

For more information, visit gocedarrapids.com.

Petoskey area, Michigan

Natural beauty is at every turn in a motley collection of Great Lake State resort towns, including Boyne City, Petroskey, Harbor Springs, and Bay Harbor dotting Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. If you love a good Main Street, head to Boyne, which is also the perfect excuse for booking a spa treatment at Boyne Mountain Resort. Don’t miss the Victorian architecture, the Historic Gaslight District, and the scenic water views in Petoskey proper. To stay a stone throw’s away from it all, check into Stafford’s Perry Hotel. For our favorite group excursion  for the gals, venture on the Ernest Hemingway’s trail. Sure, it’s no Key West, but the writer had a summer house on Walloon Lake and there’s a lot of fascinating history to unearth.

For more information, visit michigan.org/city/petoskey-area.

Winona, Minnesota

You may be more familiar with Southern stretches of the Mississippi River, but Winona gives travelers plenty of reasons to explore its Northern bluffs. Snap a group picture at Garvin Heights Overlook while the dirt on your hiking boots is still fresh. For lunch, enjoy a spread on one of the picnic tables or stay at ground level and enjoy an old-fashioned meal at Lakeview Drive Inn, where the root beer is served in an old-fashioned frosted mug. For a city of around 27,000, Winona’s Minnesota Marine Art Museum well exceeds expectations with waterway-themed paintings from Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, and others. For a midday pick-me-up, it’s hard to outdo a fresh doughnut at Bloedows (we recommend the Bavarian Cream-filled pastry). And for a solid night’s rest, you can’t beat the Alexander Mansion B&B, which dates back to the 1880s, and may very well inspire some Victorian-style renovations at your own home.

For more information, visit visitwinona.com.

Abilene, Kansas

On June 22nd, 1945, Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.” After visiting this welcoming small town, you’ll see why. If you can time it, visit during the twice yearly (April and October) Reitz & Rust Vintage Market. There, you can scout over 200 vendors selling antiques and art, as well as tour quirky vintage campers during the Vintage Camper Show. If you can’t schedule your trip around market-time, there is still plenty of antiquing to do (Abilene is home to more than 150 antique shops). Other local favorite to-dos include the Abilene and Smoky Valley dinner train (arrive early to see the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum) or dine at Three One One, called the “Key West of the Midwest”, which serves hits like mahi mahi tacos and yes, wonderful key lime pie. Another evening, book a table at Brookville Hotel for their famed family-style fried chicken dinners rounded out by baking powder biscuits and sweet-and-sour slaw. Come bedtime, get comfortable at Engle House Bed and Breakfast, a restored home from 1910.

For more information, visit AbileneKansas.org.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Enjoy a slower pace on this Lake Huron oasis, where you can only get around on foot, bike, or horse and buggy. For group getaways, consider timing your travels around the  annual Lilac Festival, which runs every June for 10 days.  In addition to wine tastings, live concerts, a 10k race, and giant parade, you can also wacth the coronation of the Lilac Queen and Court, much like San Antonio’s famed Fiesta. Don’t skip town without paying a visit to Fort Mackinac, an 18th century fortress on the bluff, which offers regular tours and exhibits. For our absolute favorite way to spend an evening, relax on an Adirondack chair and savor the sunset at Mission Point, an 18-acre resort. For larger groups craving more privacy, consider their pet-friendly Straits Lodge, which is also located closer to town.

For more information, visit mackinacisland.org.

Oak Park, Illinois

You’d never guess you were only 10 miles outside of downtown Chicago in this town brimming with architectural marvels, independently-owned shops, and small-town hospitality. Check out the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio,  and then scope out Unity Temple, one of his recently restored works. While in town, bookworms should definitely plan a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace and Museum, a marvelously maintained Victorian home where the novelist was born. Meanwhile, green thumbs should consider a trip to the Oak Park Conservatory to delight in a vast assortment of flora and fauna. Everybody will enjoy a meal at Citrine for Mediterranean-inspired bites and $6 cosmos and martinis on Wednesdays for Ladies Night. Southerners will also feel right at home at The Carleton of Oak Park, where orders of crab cakes and gumbo fly out of the kitchen at Poor Phil’s.

For more information, visit visitoakpark.com.

Rapid City, South Dakota

There’s more to the Rapid City and Black Hills area than checking Mount Rushmore off of your bucket list, though you can certainly do that, too. Kick off quality time with a festive dinner at kōl, where you can watch your food being made in a 10,000 pound coal-fired oven. For a night cap, we’re torn between Blind Lion, a basement speakeasy inspired by the roaring 20s and Vertex Sky Bar, an elegant rooftop bar at the recently renovated Hotel Alex Johnson. The next day, hit the rolling prairies and take in the views at Custer State Park via an open-air Buffalo Jeep Tour. End your trip with your best girls by your side and 7,500 stars above at Badlands National Park for a stargazing session.

For more information, visit visitrapidcity.com.

Hayward, Wisconsin

Snow lovers will enjoy this easygoing Northwestern town in the Badger State. In the winter, set your sights and skis on the Birkie Trail, a 62-mile path that weaves you through breathtaking forests. In the fall, swap skis and snowshoes for mountain bikes or sneakers as you take in the foliage. There are plenty of great camping spots in Hayward, or for a wilderness-lite experience, reserve a few rooms at LCO Casino, Lodge and Convention Center. Wherever you stay, enjoy a taste of home at Old Southern BBQ, with some of the most glorious ribs North of the Mason-Dixon.

For more information, visit haywardlakes.com.

Indianapolis, Indiana

If you’re in Indy on a Sunday during football season, you’re tailgating. Start by wandering down Georgia Street—even if you don’t have a ticket to catch the Colts, it’s always a can’t-miss party. Afterwards, head to Slippery Noodle Inn, a historic venue with live jazz and blues nightly. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, you’ll want to head to the back bar for the best people watching and dancing. There’s no finer way to recover from a spirited evening than sitting on the patio at Gallery Pastry Shop with hot chocolate and macaroons. Rest up in the Broad Ripple neighborhood (it’s only 10 minutes North of downtown) at Hotel Broad Ripple. They frequently host movie nights in the backyard and have a cozy wine bar / living room downstairs perfect for reliving memories from yesteryear with old pals.

For more information, visit visitindy.com.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

That time your crew went ice skating, hopped aboard a Christmas train, and caught a magic and illusion show all in the same day? Safe to say you’ll be talking about it for years to come. In this friendly resort town you could also easily spend a few days never leaving your hotel. Try the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa where a three bedroom villa with fireplace is perfect for lounging. When you’re ready to toast your bond of friendship “off campus,” journey to Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, an open orchard and farm where you can pick your own strawberries, apples and pumpkins seasonally.

For more information, visit visitlakegeneva.com.

Corydon, Indiana

First stop: Get your sugar rush at Butt Drugs, a charming old-fashioned pharmacy with soda fountain. Explore Harrison County’s wonderful wineries, with a country backdrop that rivals the best of Southern wedding dreams. Count sheep at Kintner House Inn (if you’re squeezing in last-minute girlfriends, one roll-away bed or cot is free), ideally situated in the downtown area. If you dare to venture below street-level, take a tour with Indiana Caverns of Indiana’s longest cave. When you resurface, gather your spelunkers for tea and scones at the Darling Old Capitol Tea Room.  P.S. It’s no surprise that Corydon will remind you of the South, it’s only a half an hour outside of Louisville.

For more information, visit thisisindiana.org.

 

08.23.17

U.S. News & World Report

7 Perfect Mini-Moon Getaway Ideas for Newlyweds

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

Increasingly, couples are opting to delay taking a traditional honeymoon. Instead, they’re retreating on whirlwind escapes after walking down the aisle to enjoy some instant rest and relaxation. Mini-moons, or three or four-day postnuptial getaways, also appeal to cost-conscious soon-to-be brides and grooms who are looking to rebuild their funds and go off on their dream vacation in a few months or later in the future. Whether you’re looking for an enchanting escape, a rustic getaway or a full-on outdoor adventure, here are ideal places to plan a mini-moon with your better half.

Charleston, South Carolina

This southern city is known for its romantic atmosphere. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or plan to bike and picnic along the waterfront. After taking in the city sights, you can dig into the city’s famous Southern cuisine (think: gumbo and shrimp and grits) at classic institutions like Husk. What’s more, it’s easy to swoon over Charleston’s enchanting hotels and inns. Take for example The Spectator Hotel, which recalls the extravagance of the Roaring ’20s and is set in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District. At the property, there’s an emphasis on quality service and amenities, with personal butlers and locally sourced in-room breakfast menu options, snacks and beverages. Plus, you can enjoy complimentary vintage bicycles to make your way around the city before retiring to one of the city’s best speakeasy bars showcasing Prohibition-era cocktails, The Bar.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva is ideal for a romantic duos craving foliage, lake views and cozy restaurants on a long weekend escape. Take walks along Lake Geneva’s 26-mile Shore Path, which boasts striking views of historic mansions. When you’re ready for more activity, Dan Patch Stables at Grand Geneva offers guided 45-minute horseback riding treks through hundreds of acres of lush landscapes. And for couples looking to hit the links, The Brute and Highlands golf courses offer flowing fairways. The award-winning Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, a 1,300-acre resort in Lake Geneva, recently opened 29 new villas with amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, as well as six fire pits. The villas also offer in-room spa treatments. When hunger calls, favorite local spots include Ristorante Brissago, Lake Geneva’s premier Italian restaurant, with its handmade pastas and comprehensive wine selection, along with The Geneva Chophouse and Tuscan Tavern and Grill.

 Lake Placid, New York

Outdoorsy couples will love Lake Placid’s beaches, which are rife with opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, boating, hiking and taking sunset cruises. If you two just want to chill, settle into a reclining beach chair on a white-sand beach before delighting in the area’s excellent cuisine. Lake Placid offers a variety of cuisine, from traditional American barbecue at the much-raved-about Smoke Signals restaurant to organic, fine dining to Simply Gourmet, an eatery featuring 46 different sandwich options named after the 46 High Peaks in New York state. Top-notch resorts such as Lake Placid Lodge and the Whiteface Lodge offering a woodsy yet elegant experience. Vacation days can be spent communing with nature, exploring Olympic village or popping into quirky local stores.

Indian Wells, California

Newlyweds looking for a memorable wedding weekend getaway should consider escaping to this desert oasis in the Coachella Valley. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, with its California palms and mountains, offers an especially romantic atmosphere. Explore the San Andreas Fault by private Jeep tour or cruise to Joshua Tree National Parkto take in an abundance of natural wonders with a rock-climbing session. After a day out in the desert, unwind on the balcony of one of the property’s many Mediterranean-style villas featuring sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. As the evening draws near, pamper yourselves at the newly renovated Well Spa, where you and your better half can take a dip in one of the salt pools or soothing eucalyptus steam rooms. The Well Spa’s Pittura Festa treatment encourages couples to a paint each other with a palette of colorful, healing muds, while sipping champagne before receiving a custom couples massage. Afterward, cozy up to cocktails at Miramonte’s oversized outdoor fire pits as the sun sets before closing the day with a candlelit dinner at the recently remodeled, Citrus & Palm Restaurant, for a farm-to-table dining experience.

Vail, Colorado

Vail is an idyllic village tucked into the Rocky Mountains. In winter, enjoy pastimes such as skiing, snowboarding and tubing. And in the warmer months, you can enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, boating, golfing, paddleboarding and horseback riding. When you’re ready to unwind, join a yoga class around town or make your way to the spa. And when hunger sets in, there’s no shortage of excellent cuisine. You won’t want to leave Vail without eating at Pendulum, Matsuhisa, Sweet Basil, Vintage and Mountain Standard. If you’re looking for luxurious accommodations, treat yourself to a stay at The Sebastian – Vail, a Timbers Resort. The property boasts a pools with mountain-views, hot tubs, a spa, excellent cuisine at its restaurant, Leonara, and great cocktails at The Frost Bar. Another excellent lodging choice for couples is Sonnenalp, which boasts a variety of restaurants, a spa, a tranquility pool and even an oxygen bar.

 Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Then there’s charming about Cape Cod with its vibrant clam shakes and New England cottages. You might want to celebrate your newlywed status by staying at the only five-star resort on Cape Cod, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Swim in the oceanfront pool, enjoy myriad water sports, or partake in a round of golf or tennis. You won’t want to skip checking out the nearby town of Chatham, where you can shop at boutiques, enjoy people-watching and feast on oysters paired with your beverage of choice.

Big Sky, Montana

For an off-the-beaten-track escape, consider stealing away to Big Sky Country. At the Collective Yellowstone at Moonlight Basin, you can get a luxury tent at an alpine lake, equipped with a wood-burning stove, a private deck with Adirondack chairs, a private bathroom and a king-size bed with luxurious linens. And you’re sure to get a good night’s rest after spending the day hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, paddleboarding, canoeing, fly-fishing or hitting the links with your partner. Soothe any sore muscles with a private, in-tent massage. Best of all, breakfast is complimentary, picnic and boxed lunches are available and a three-course farm-to-table meal prepared lakeside is available for dinner.

08.23.17

Money Inc.

Six New Resort Villas to Put on Your Travel List

By Matt Kirouac

From Alpine slopes to Thai pools, villas are a surefire way to up the ante on luxury travel, and elaborate new versions are popping up all over the world. Decked out with multiple rooms and amenities, villas are all about capturing that ultimate escape, immersing guests into a faraway world while still making them feel right at home. Here are six of the most noteworthy new and upcoming villas to put on your international itinerary.

Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Hidden away in the serene Wisconsin woods a couple miles from downtown Lake Geneva, historic Grand Geneva Resort has been a popular draw for Midwestern Americans for decades — the hotel originally served as the Playboy Club, ca. 1968. It’s come a long way over the years, implementing new attractions, incredible restaurants, activities and expansions, all while maintaining the warm hospitality and woodland comfort that’s always made Grand Geneva so endearing. Chief among those expansions is a brand-new set of familial villas. Tucked along a private stretch of roadway, the villas offer the ultimate peaceful escape for families, couples and groups of friends looking for a sense of home with the added bonus of luxury and Lake Geneva proximity. Villas range in size from studios to three bedrooms, each one elegantly appointed with ample living areas, full kitchens, private bedrooms, grocery delivery, washers, dryers and furnished outdoor patios. Exclusive to villa guests are a couple fire pits and pools. Depending on what size villa you’re after, various options include lofted bedrooms, stone countertop kitchens and soaking tubs. Just outside the villas is a nature trail that weaves through the woods, offering a fun way to explore the grounds. While you’re here, be sure and book a reservation at Geneva Chophouse. The steak- and seafood-centric restaurant in the main resort building fills up fast, thanks to its quality food and views overlooking the ground and golf course.

Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, Acapulco, Mexico

Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is already one of the ultimate destinations for villas, what with its 45 private enclaves housed on stilts and surrounded by mountains and Acapulco coastline. Now there’s even more to fawn over with the introduction of the resort’s latest, the jaw-dropping Villa Cerezo, a 4,500-sq.-ft., three-story villa nestled over cliffs along the Pacific Ocean. With enough room for up to 15 guests, the sprawling space features five ocean view bedrooms, eclectic artwork, a full kitchen, 43-inch HD LED TV screen, an office and an outdoor space with heated swimming pool, ocean views, a solarium and garden.

DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand

Proving itself to be quite the expert on all things villas, Banyan Tree also operates a boutique establishment in Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay anchored by some pretty incredible poolside villas. There’s an impressive 24 of these villas, each one wholly immersive, transportive and distinct, surrounded by gardens and a lagoon. Villas range in size from one- to three-bedroom, decked out with sleek, contemporary Thai decor and cozy comforts. Most striking is the floating bedroom pavilion, a sleep space surrounded by tall glass windows over a private wading pool. It doesn’t get much more zen than this. Outside, each villa also has its own personal infinity edge pool and a Thai sala, a thatched roof pavilion that’s great for spa treatments or stargazing. In addition to resort dining at French-Vietnamese restaurant Tré, guests can also utilize in-villa dining programs, including breakfasts prepared by villa hosts and optional meals and events conducted by a private chef.

Hôtel Le Toiny, St. Barth’s

Come December, the most iconic hotel on St. Barth’s is getting a major upgrade with the addition of eight new villas to the 25-year old property. The villas are capping off an extensive series of multi-phase renovations for the hotel, whose hillside locale overlooking Toiny Bay has long marked it as one of the most beautiful vantage points on the island. Guests can expect four one-story one-bedroom villas, three two-story one-bedroom villas and one two-story two-bedroom king villa. In line with the rest of the resort, each villa will be totally secluded and freestanding, with private infinity pools and terraces looking over the Caribbean Sea.

Milaidhoo Island Maldives, Maldives

Private villas are the name of the luxury game at Milaidhoo Island Maldives, an immaculate property that opened late-2016 over 13 acres in the Baa Atoli’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Altogether, there are 50 villas on the grounds, each one meticulously designed by a local Maldivian architect. Accessed via seaplane from Maldives International Airport, the villas are exquisite in their beautiful natural surroundings, boasting 180-degree outdoor views. Inside, each one is bedecked with contemporary art pieces and custom-made furnishings. While remote, each one is easily accessible to restaurants, water sports, yoga and other activities, with private freshwater pools on the sun deck, day beds, soaking tubs, rain showers and hanging Maldivian swings called “undhoali.” Guests can ultimately choose from one of two styles of villa, a water pool villa or a beach pool. The former consists of thatched-roof villas situated on stilts over the ocean, with steps leading right into the water and a glass wall shower that affords views into the ocean. Then there are the beach pool villas, located on the white sand beach amid a shroud of palm trees.

Blockhaus, Lucerne, Switzerland

Nestled high in the hills overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne and the Alps, Blockhaus is the quintessential mountain villa. Located on-property of the new Bürgenstock Resort, it doesn’t get more pleasantly isolated than this. The car-free resort feels preserved in time, free of congestion and clamor, with a focus on natural inspiration, utilizing earthy elements that give the space the feel of a lavish ski lodge. It’s accessed via catamaran from Lucerne, which drops visitors off at the resort’s dock where they then ride the funicular railway directly into the lobby of the Bürgenstock Hotel. Elsewhere on the resort, guests can enjoy a 66-seat private cinema, Lakeview Bar & Lounge, Spices Kitchen & Terrace and the indoor-outdoor Bürgenstock Alpine Spa. Beyond Blockhaus, the resort also has 10 Lakeview Residence Suites, which consist of private villas ranging from 5,791 to 8,762-sq.-ft., each with views overlooking the lake and mountains.

08.22.17

WGN-TV Lunchbreak

Lunchbreak: Tomato and basil caprese and wood oven baked sea scallops, prepared by Grand Geneva Resort and Spa chef Jason Poole

Jason Poole, Executive Chef

Ristoranté Brissago

Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI
(800) 558-3417
www.grandgeneva.com/

Tomato and Basil Caprese

Ingredients:
6 heirloom tomatoes
6 buffalo mozzarella
6 basil leaves
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive Oil
Fleur De Sel
fresh cracked pepper

Directions:
Cut tomatoes according to individual sizes. Cut mozzarella in half. Gently fold tomatoes and basil leaves with oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange in center of plate and place mozzarella in middle, season mozzarella, and drizzle balsamic

Wood Oven Baked Sea Scallops

Ingredients:
6 ounces of sea scallops (fresh and cleaned)
1 teaspoon of garlic
6 pieces of cippolini onions quartered
2 ounces of White Wine
1 ounce of Parmesan cheese
half of a fresh squeezed lemon
2 oregano sprigs
1 ounce of butter

Directions:

Place oil into the pan, add onions and garlic and caramelize. Add sea scallops, season with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides.  Once scallops are browned, add lemon juice and white wine and reduce by 2/3rds.  Finish dish with cheese, butter and herbs. The cheese and butter will thicken the sauce in the dish.

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