EPIC PASS, Epic Deal

Vail Resorts offers sweet deal on multi-mountain pass for the ultimate 2014-2015 ski and snowboarding season. The magic of skiing in April arrives with late season powder dumps followed by warm bluebird days. Skiers can ditch their heavy coats, schuss the slopes and hang out après on the sun-kissed decks with icy beers in hand. But even as the season winds down, the time to start planning … [Read more...]

Experience LAGUNA Like a Local

Ann Wycoff checks into her waterfront pad at Sunset Cove Villas and soaks in the bliss of the Southern California coastal living. We all love a luxury hotel stay, but if you truly want to tap into the spirit of a place, sometimes checking into your own residential pad proves to be a richer experience. The cool thing about the Sunset Cove Villas is that you can have your own one-, two- or … [Read more...]

Romantic Rendezvous W Hotel-Style

Does your Valentine plan look anything like this? We didn’t think so, but here’s the good news.  The W Hotels are playing Cupid with their Romance Remixed package available at all 43 of their properties, so there’s still time to avoid the doghouse. Their VIP concierges will help you curate an off-the-charts Valentine’s Day celebration. Whether it’s a gourmet breakfast in bed with a … [Read more...]

PARK CITY: Culinary Chops and Creative Mixology Fuel ChefDance

During the legendary Sundance Film Festival, foodies and film-goers flock to the VIP dinners with famous chefs helming the kitchen at ChefDance Braving the bitter cold and crowds during the Sundance Film Festival can be a daunting experience, but Park City certainly comes alive during this 10-day event when Hollywood, the international cinema  set, aspiring filmmakers, partiers and … [Read more...]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Floating onto the Del Mar Polo Fields

  Hot Airballooning Hendrick's Style San Diego food stylist and photographer Rachel Marie Helmer shot this stunner at the Del Mar Polo Fields when the new Hendrick's Balloon landed after its inaugural flight. Hendrick's brand ambassador Mark Stoddard shook up some scintillating sippers  for the lucky few on board, who were kitted out in leather aviator caps and goggles, with their white … [Read more...]

Surf LA JOLLA With Big Wave Champ Maya Gabeira

Surf's Up San Diego as big wave surf champion Maya Gabeira is headed to La Jolla to teach a few lucky participants about the art of surfing. Zozi, an adventure company that urges all to get off the couch and start checking off that bucket list, creates epic experiences and soul-inspiring trips in 25 different cities and two countries.  Whether it's swimming with sharks, communing with the wolves, … [Read more...]

PARK CITY Spotlights The Arts

Myriad talented artists color historic Main Street during the 43rd annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival on August 3-5. The best kept secret about ski towns like Park City is their vibrant summer scene when a wash of green forests, cobalt blue skies, and puffy sunlit clouds fill the canvas. Park City bustles with locals and visitors engaged in sporty activities like mountain-biking the … [Read more...]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Cancun’s Underwater Sculpture Garden

Visionary artist and eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's "Phoenix" located off Isla Mujeres in Mexico In the shallow waters off Cancun, you’ll find a breathtaking spectacle of art integrated with nature.  This summer, eco-sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor will place 60 news pieces into the waters off Isla Mujeres, including “Phoenix” shown above, the first kinetic sculpture in the … [Read more...]

Navigating Utah’s Red Rock Canyons SUP-Style

Explore Utah's natural playground while stand up paddling along the Colorado River. Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the new hot sport with "sea sweepers" dotting the ocean and enthusiasts exploring lagoons, lakes and rivers. As any SUP athlete will attest, it’s easier to paddle on calm waters without waves, so bays, lagoons and slow-flowing rivers are great environments for this rapidly growing … [Read more...]

SAMOA: MicroAid International Makes A Difference

MicroAid International founder and project manager Jon Ross talks to wandermelon about helping out communities, launching canoe fleets, and being made a chief in Samoa. You've just returned from eight weeks in Samoa with MicroAid International—what were you doing there? I was doing disaster recovery projects related to the 2009 tsunami. MicroAid stays focused on victims of disasters … [Read more...]