Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend by car, plane, or train. Nothing ruins a long-awaited vacation faster than getting sick or being in medical distress. We turned to Dr. Niket Sonpal, an NYC internist and gastroenterologist for some tips on how to avoid health consequences will traveling.
Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms. For travelers, this can happen on long haul trips where you are not moving. Dr. Sonpal recommends if you are flying or on a train, to move around the cabin to get the blood flowing in your legs. If you are driving, take a break at a rest stop and walk around. Compression socks are also another option to prevent DVT.
Don’t Get Nauseous
People can experience motion sickness on virtually any mode of transportation. To combat this, Dr. Sonpal suggests Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals, Dramamine®'s first non-drowsy formulation. It contains the clinically tested ginger dosage required for preventing and treating motion sickness. Other sources of ginger, including candies, gums, or ginger ale, may not contain a full clinical dose. For someone who is already experiencing nausea while traveling, it is a good idea to keep Emetrol on hand which is an over the counter nausea medication that does not cause drowsiness.
Avoid Bloating on a Plane
If you get gassy on a plane, you’re not alone! Dr. Sonpal explains that “as the pressure around you decreases, the gas in your belly isn’t constrained as much and it expands. This can make you feel bloated or become distended.” It is essential to avoid foods that cause gas or have salt. Skip the tomato juice in flight and stick with non-carbonated water. Avoid alcohol, cruciferous vegetables, dairy and high sodium snacks such as salted peanuts or pretzels. Foods that are protein packed, magnesium-rich and high in Vitamin C are good options.
Sanitize Your Surfaces
Planes and trains are a breeding ground for illness. The former is awful due to re-circulated air. Most travelers would be appalled if they really knew how germy their tray tables are! Dr. Sonpal suggests sanitizing wipes for your tray table, seat belt clip and hand rests of your seats on planes and trains. When you exit a restroom on a plane or train and touch the door handles, be sure to use hand sanitizer even if you already washed your hands.
Get Your Shots Before Traveling Abroad!
Before you even book your trip, make sure you’re up to date on your shots. If you’re traveling to an area where you’re at risk for picking up an illness like malaria, you might be prescribed preventative medication. Dr. Sonpal suggests that “people should use the CDC website for recommended vaccines for travel abroad or see a travel clinic. The health risks posed to Americans vary based on the country they are traveling to.”
Don’t Touch the Ice!
When traveling to a different country, most people are very cautious about only drinking bottled water. Many folks forget that ice is simply frozen water and put it into their soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Contrary to what one might think, freezing water does not kill bacteria. The only way to be sure it is safe is if you boiled the water and then froze it.
Avoid Jet Lag
Even a relatively short time change from EST to PST (3 hours) can cause jet lag. With some international travel from the United States, the time difference can be as much as twelve hours. If you're traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Go to bed one hour later for several nights if you're flying west. If possible, eat meals closer to the time you'll be eating them at your destination. Dr. Sonpal suggests that you set your watch to the new time before you leave. Once you reach your destination, try not to sleep until the local nighttime, no matter how tired you are.
Essential Medicine/Supplies to Travel With
Dr. Sonpal stresses never to check your medication with your baggage, always keep it in your carry on. Have a fresh re-fill on prescription medication with extra doses in case you get stuck at your destination. In addition, here are some essential over the counter meds/supplies to travel with:
Benadryl- For allergic reactions such as insect or bee bites.
Pepto Bismol- For diarrhea
Laxative such as Dulcolax
An antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin
Common cold/sinus remedies such as Mucinex or Claritin
Pain relievers such as Tylenol or Motrin
Anti- Nausea medication such as Emetrol
Motion Sickness medication such as Dramamine. If you are the driver, be sure to take the non-drowsy version.
Electrolyte tablets for dehydration
Hydrocortisone cream to relieve itching from rashes, bites, poison ivy, etc.
Aloe to soothe sunburned skin
Nasal Spray to prevent clogged ears while flying
Epi-Pen if you are prone to severe allergic reactions
How to Find a Reliable Physician if you are Traveling Abroad
The US embassy in your destination country (http://www.usembassy.gov/) can help you locate medical services and will notify your family and friends in the event of an emergency. When selecting a doctor, make sure that he or she can speak your language. The following resources provide lists of doctors and clinics that can care for travelers:
The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (www.iamat.org; membership required, but it is free)
Joint Commission International (www.jointcommissioninternational.org)
The International Society of Travel Medicine (www.istm.org)
Travel Health Online (www.tripprep.com; gets information from various sources so quality is not guaranteed)
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Zip Aviation launched in 2004 and offers helicopter tours of New York City and private charter service from NYC to the entire Northeast United States. They use the newest, state of the art technology for those that enjoy arial tours, they have access to Bose headphones to listen to the full tour experience which is offered in 9 different languages.
Helicopters are available within an hour's notice and can take people anywhere within a 300-350 mile radius. Common destinations from NYC that can be chartered include: Connecticut and New Jersey. During the summer, they will fly people to the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Montauk, Philadelphia and D.C. In addition, this is a great option for airport transfers as well.
Although they strictly operate helicopters in New York, they have partnerships to connect people who do request plane travel whether they're looking to go to Savannah, Georgia or to arrange a 747 to fly to the islands.
Booking a helicopter involves calling their dispatchers and letting them know where you are interested in going to. The dispatcher will let you know the closest place that they can land that is near the desired destination.
Those looking to book a helicopter for an engagement proposal can book their Cloud Nine service as they handle everything from flowers, photographs, champagne and more.
This summer when people charter, the PGA Championship package - guests will be taken to Bethpage Black in style. Leaving from NYC, it takes 15 mins vs 2.5 hours from the city to arrive to the golf course with dynamic views along with an arrival right on the golf course steps away from the championship. This summer, they will fly key stakeholders, like PGA officials, C-Suite executives and corporate hospitality clients.
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The Mediterranean in southern Europe is a first class destination for those looking for a high end, diverse area of the world that will provide visitors with great experiences and wonderful times. The best way to see the Mediterranean is by chartering a luxury yacht or sailboat and visiting the many wonderful cities that the Mediterranean touches. Here are some great reasons for you to charter a luxury boat on the Mediterranean.
A Once in a Lifetime Experience
Sailing or yachting on the Mediterranean Sea is a unique and memorable experience that will leave you both relaxed, rested and recharged. As you spend your days on the water, the calm and allure of it all will overwhelm you and remind you that there is a good life. There is a picture opportunity nearly every minute and you and your family, or friends who are sharing your adventure will all fall under the spell of the Mediterranean. Laying in the sun is one common activity when boating on the Mediterranean but you can also go fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving in some of the most beautiful and abundant waters in the world. This is definitely the perfect time to make some memories that will last a lifetime.
You Can Charter a Fully Crewed Boat
Whether you plan on chartering a sailboat or a yacht and if your goal is several days or a few months, Vyra.com can provide you with a fully crewed vessel for your entire time on the Mediterranean. They are also able to assist you with making sure you can come to port in any of your desired destinations. They will plan your entire itinerary with you and make sure that you do not run into any avoidable problems. And best yet, they can do this last minute and still get you to the places you want to go most. If you want a chef on board or to have food constantly catered this can also be arranged. The same is true with a masseuse who you might want to meet you on certain days. Your boating trip can be as bare bones or all-inclusive as you prefer.
The Weather is Perfect
The weather in the areas of the Mediterranean is perfect for most of the year and cool during the coldest parts of the winter. This means that with only a sweater, you can enjoy the Mediterranean any time of the year and feel comfortable when you do. With access to so many lovely beaches and warm weather activities available knowing you can partake in them almost any time you go makes the Mediterranean a welcoming destination.
You Have Access to Amazing Places
The Mediterranean Sea is connected to more than 20 countries and territories and when you charter a boat on it, you can get to any of them easily. The Mediterranean is calm and easy to navigate making traveling to any of the places on its shores a breeze to get to. You can sail to some of the places people put down as their dream destinations. Whether it is the South of France, the warm coast of Italy or Spain, Sicily, Santorini, Malta, Bulgaria or Turkey, you can sail or yacht to any or all of them for a meal, a day or as long as you like. Or you can simply hang out off the coast of any of these destinations and simply enjoy being near them.
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We know that some of our readers may be battling the remnants of snow, while others have enjoyed amazing weather. No matter where you're based, we're thinking one thing - swimwear. Pretty soon, all of us will be able to rock our favorite suits and with so many days of summer coming on the horizon - we had to talk with Monica Hansen of Monica Hansen Beachwear. This swimwear model, Miss Norway 1997, reality show star and host launched a line that has been a cult favorite and opened FUNKSHION's Miami Swim show last year. We talked with her about her passion for swimwear, how she goes about creating her collection, her upcoming show for Miami Swim and where we can find her hanging in Las Vegas where she is based!
ATHLEISURE MAG: Prior to creating your swim line, tell us about what you are up to previously as we know you modeled and were Miss Norway 1997!
MONICA HANSEN: I started modeling when I was 14, so it was a long time. I started out as a model and I used to do a lot of swimwear modeling, everything from runway to then getting into TV, hosting, some reality shows. Some people when they want to become models, they want to do it so that they can become famous or to become an actress – for me I was really into fashion photography and things behind the camera as opposed to being in front of the camera haha! Believe it or not, I am actually camera shy! I can’t take selfies unless I’m really drunk. I’m fine when it is a professional camera or it’s in my mind that I am going to be on TV to host, I’m fine and I’m on it. But when a friend or someone close to me wants to take a family or a group picture, I become shy and I just can’t do it – but I made a living doing it this way! It’s always been out of my comfort zone. When I’m modeling, I’m thinking that I creating art – professional work and so I know that it makes sense that I will be a part of this art. It’s really strange, I don’t know why I am like that, but it’s just the way that it has always been for me!
My passion is that I really do love photography and I do love art! I love creating and I have always been a business woman – even when I was modeling, in order to get work, you have to manage yourself like a business as there is a lot of marketing. Many people think that just because you have an agent, you’re set – but you really have to take charge to put yourself out there. Since I have always been an artist at heart, creating bathing suits was a natural transition for me from a design standpoint as well as other parts of this business. I really do enjoy doing this even more then modeling!
AM: What was the moment that you told yourself that you were going to create your own swim line?
MH: I guess that I always wanted to – it was just a matter of time. The timing was right because I was starting to get some recognition in my home country because I did a lot of TV and I thought, I should probably get some product out there. Previously, I had done a lot of swimwear and had worked for a line that is very well known now and one time the owner told me that she didn’t have a sales rep, but that she knew that I had worked with her for so long that I knew the line by heart. She had an emergency as she had buyers coming and didn’t have the sales rep so I ended up being the sales rep and I got to see all of the numbers and I was like, “I’m in the wrong business!”
I started with swimwear not because it’s the easiest – it’s actually complicated. You have to understand the bodies, the fit and the stretch and how it changes with different cuts of fabric with your patterns. I never went to design school, but I make all of the paper patterns myself.
MH: Yeah because I can draw and I had a mentor that would help me and a designer girlfriend of mine. She taught me how to do the paper patterns, I was able to pick it up and now I am able to do them myself. I do the whole collection myself, I run the business myself as well! We’re a small business so I’m the CEO, but I still manage everyone as well as doing the designing. It’s a lot, but with swimwear, it’s cheaper production in general although all of my fabrics are 100% Italian and I wanted to create something that I could produce and not have to worry about a larger production where I would have to worry about investors. Hopefully we will expand into more beachwear, but right now we’re focused on swimwear.
AM: Who would you say is the Monica Hansen Beachwear girl?
MH: It’s interesting because our target market is that we are trendy so we focus on a younger girl, but believe it or not, we have a 95 year old woman wearing our line and sending me pictures! It used to be that you could say that a number of swimwear designers were focused on younger generations, but now I feel like more people are wearing it and it’s more acceptable to wear it out even outside of the beach. I mean we had Christie Brinkley just wear it in Sports Illustrated and she was just in my bathing suit and she looked amazing! I would say that any confident woman that is all ages. What I did with my swimwear is that we have a lot of mix and match so I have like 7 bottoms that can go with a top. So the good thing about that is that you can buy 2 tops with 2 or 3 bottoms and every time you pair them together, it looks like a different suit. Also, everybody’s body is different. I purposely did it like that because sometimes you will go somewhere and say I love the top, but I don’t love the bottom with it – and that happens with every woman! Were all so different and we cater to everyone. I have suits for everybody in every shape. Some of our suits are a little more sexy and more revealing, but I feel that every woman in any shape wants to feel sexy and hot no matter what you are. Regardless of your shape, you’re not saying, “I want to wear this big diaper.”
AM: That is what has drawn us to your line the versatility, recognizing that that there are a number of shapes out there and the quality construction and fabrication!
MH: When I first started, I began with small, medium and large. Now, we have XS and XL and actually, the grading is a lot tighter. I made them as opposed to a whole size up – doing a half size up.! Because when you do 3 sizes, you’re missing the in-between and the grading becomes a bigger gap. So when you add the XS and XL, you’re bridging the gap where someone would say that it is a little too small or a little too big. Because of the fabrics that have stretch, you’re even luckier due to the 4 way stretch which makes it fit just right.
I used to have 100s of bathing suits and yet I would only wear 2 that were my favorite. They were the most comfortable, they didn’t have metals on them, etc. So when I design, I think of something that’s classic, great style and colors that go well with the skin tone. It’s also about having fabrics that feel good because you don’t want something that feels tight sitting on top of you and that makes marks. I’m trying to focus on fabrics that give you that hold and stretch but when you wear it, it doesn’t feel like you have anything on. My focus was keeping it fashionable and also being inspired by the 90s as I love that time period because it’s kind of my generation also! These suits are a higher cut because it gives women a longer look and it compliments every woman’s body. It’s more of a minimalist approach.
AM: We couldn’t agree more. When we looked through your Instagram, we know you have a number of the 90s supermodels on your page. But even when you don’t see them, the suits do give off the 90s “It Girl” vibe which is so classic and timeless juxtaposed against the Bardot elements of the line. It’s fun and has core pieces that you can truly wear over and over.
MH: Absolutely, I mean think about leopard that is a classic print that someone can wear as it will always come back and never fade. All of my colors are custom made and I’m very particular. When I first got into this because I didn’t go to fashion school or anything, I would look at these suits that just came with these stock colors and I would look at this bright orange and say, “Oh my God how do you wear this?” As it’s something that my grandmother would wear.” What sets us a part is that even though everyone can copy and try to do the same thing, people will copy you and that is part of what happens when something becomes part of the trend they make similar items. There is no copyright unless you make a print. It’s a compliment when I have seen some of the big brands copy us – it means that you’re in fashion and it will become trendy and there is a market for what you make.
What I have noticed is that when you have custom colors it makes it harder to do that as you’re mixing colors. It’s about the tones of the suit. We try to get colors that work on every skin tone as well.
AM: We can appreciate this because you have a gold tone on your website and it’s not brassy or more of an ancient, tone it’s just a great gold hue that we can see whether you’re fair, caramel complexion or olive in tone – it will work for you.
MH: I’m particular, I custom make every color except for black and white. Everything is made in Italy and I am proud of the fact that everything is Italian made! We have that stamp that says that we are 100% Italian made because from start to finish that is what we did. It wasn’t initially the plan to go that way, but when I started sourcing I consistently kept picking Italian fabrics. Our prices are in keeping with our competitors pricing but the difference is that when you buy their suits it’s not these quality fabrics manufactured in Italy, but our pricing is the same. I wanted to have quality.
AM: When you’re creating each season, what is this process like for you when you’re seeking inspiration and what is this process like for you when you’re deciding on your styles and cuts?
MH: Well that is the difficult thing. You have to be almost two years ahead when you’re designing. Because I have been in the fashion industry for so long and I was so tuned into it by looking at the editorials, photography, models and more – you can’t really go to school for that. It’s all about going into cycles were certain things are trendy and the predictions are difficult because it can be a bit hit or miss. All year around I pay attention to all of these factors and I see where the trend is going. The process is constant. I take tearsheets, screenshots and more and I have them in a folder where I put them together and label what that inspiration is. Then I start sourcing the fabrics. Right about now, the vendors have their 2020 selections available, so I sit down to then design. The process is that I get the idea and I do the sketches, the flat drawings and the paper patterns. Of course, the paper patterns – when they come in, there is a lot of back and forth between Italy which means a lot of late nights. There are a lot of video calls and more. It goes back and forth and then we get the final product – some works and some doesn’t. It’s a lot easier now because I have my classics that I do season to season and I can change the fabrics/colors or the trend idea. I also do runway pieces as well to have a little difference and we build them around the core collection. It’s a long process and it’s a difficult one. Being creative is not logical – when you’re creative, you can’t just always do it on demand. Some days you’re more that way and other times you’re not. So when you are pressured by time and a deadline, it’s not easy. Creating for yourself is great because you know what you like, but there are more elements involved when it’s for a range of women so it’s like being locked in a box and still being creative!
AM: Will Monica Hansen Beachwear be heading to Miami Swim this year?
MH: YES! We opened their Fashion Week last year and that was the first year to do a big show with the FUNKSHION platform. It was a big show and we had 30 models along with a full house. It was amazing we has Sports Illustrated, Elle Magazine. It was overwhelming and a lot of pressure because we knew that some people didn’t know who we were as we’re still a growing brand. People had heard enough that they were curious. More then just opening Miami Swim it was also my first show to do. I wanted it to be a big brand and I learned a lot from last year and we will do it even bigger this year!
There are a lot of brands that don’t have to do the fashion shows but where we are, we’re in that phase where we need to do that. We do 3 big events there that include the stores, the influencers, and it’s becoming such a big deal with that show and it’s like the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and it cost a fortune too!
AM: How would you describe your line for 2019?
MH: Definitely 90s influenced, retro and the main piece of our line is called Bardot. The reason that we called it that is because we did that shoot in St Tropez and our model looked like her! That particular suit that she is wearing is actually from the 70s and so it’s a little like a spin off of that, but is inspired by that time. We have the animal print, there are colors that are more earthy tones and a bit of a safari/military aesthetic because we have the olive green. The summer/spring will still have the leopard which started last summer and trended into the winter so it will be there through the summer.
AM: So when you’re sitting poolside or at the beach, what are your 3 must hav3s that you love having?
MH: Obviously one of my bathing suits that I have made! There is a sunscreen that I like with a doctor friend of mine, Dr. Garth Fisher MD – Doc Block, that it’s the only medical sunscreen that you can actually wear makeup over and it’s healthy for the skin. It is clinically approved and I swear by it! I also bring a spray bottle with water and I like to bring virgin coconut oil for my hair. Coconut is also a natural sunscreen and is really good for you! I’m a huge fan of natural products and hydration.
AM: So you’re based in Vegas, we’d love to know where you enjoy going out for a meal/cocktail, where we could find you working out and of course where you like to shop!
MH: Oh boy! So I do Mega Pilates and it’s not like your grandma’s pilates. It’s called Mega Pilates and it has a reformer and it’s called Studio Remixx. It’s one of the toughest things that you can do and I have done everything because I’m a fitness fanatic. I do that 4 times a week. My favorite place to go out to for dining is Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I love the Apex Social Club at the Palms Casino Resort – which is more loungey. I love to shop at the Fashion Show Mall, but I also like the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace as they have the high end shops like La Perla! It’s always so packed with people but it’s one of the most beautiful malls.
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Before the weather seriously dips into unspeakable temperatures, we took it upon ourselves to take a little weekend away to Stowe, Vermont to take in the peak time where the leaves change for fall. Now earlier this year, avid readers of Athleisure Mag know that we spent a weekend in Woodstock Vermont in March right after a snowstorm and we took in snow sports as well as learning about the area.
With this previous knowledge, we knew we wanted to enjoy hikes, the cuisine of the area and a number of the luxurious amenities offered at our host, Stowe Mountain Lodge a part of Destination Hotels. In addition, we partnered with GMC 2019 Canyon Denali and took it to make the journey for a classic fall weekend. When you’re taking a road trip, being able to have access to OnStar, access to GPS (perfect when you realize you need to re-route due to traffic) and of course being able to listen to SiriusXM radio or connecting your phone to not only charge in the vehicle but to play your own music - hands free - this is the luxury truck you want to be in.
We talked with a few people to find out more about this property. From a culinary perspective, we enjoyed a curated 4 course meal via Stowe Mountain's Chefs Table at Solstice with a wine pairing. In addition, we enjoyed a number of meals that focused on a handcrafted cocktail menu as well as beer flights from breweries that are local to the region.
Our Solstice Chefs Table menu incorporated aspects of what we had yet to eat at the restaurant (to highlight new ingredients), ingredients that we were interested in trying or staying away from as well as our chef's creativity. The dinner along with its pairing was perfection and we circled back to Executive Chef Sean Blomgren to find out about our meal as well as the ability to book a Chefs Table experience as a guest.
ATHLEISURE MAG: We enjoyed our Chefs Table dinner which had a phenomenal wine pairing along with 4 courses. Is it typical that guests get to have an impact on items that could appear on their personalized menu?
EXECUTIVE CHEF SEAN BLOMGREN: That's the whole point. We want to know about the guest’s preferences as best we can. It is that information that helps us create a truly customized experience. If you tell us that you really like steak, that helps me to create an awesome steak course. Even during the meal we are able to adapt to feedback and collaborate on where the meal is headed. I still make sure that there are a few surprises mixed in!
AM: Where did you train, where did you work previously to this restaurant and how long have you been here?
EC SB: I have been here just over a year now. Previously, I was in Telluride, Colorado, Washington DC, Charleston, Aspen, and Boston working at some of the top hotels and resorts in the country. Culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Boston.
AM: What is your culinary style and what do you enjoy about making great meals at Stowe Mountain Lodge?
EC SB: I try and use the amazing bounty that Vermont has to offer. I also like taking something familiar to most people and adding something new or changing it a bit. The flavors of Asia play a big part in a lot of my cooking, but the French training is always at the core.
AM: Seasonality and sustainability are so important in the culinary world, how is this achieved and created at the restaurants at the resort?
EC SB: We have 4 very distinct seasons here in Stowe and that allows us to be able to change the menu often to highlight what is at its peak. Some of the classics remain year-round, but there are so many great producers around here that we try to focus on by always evolving.
People come to Stowe for a number of reasons and the fact that there are 4 distinct seasons and the backdrop is Stowe Mountain, guests can really enjoy a number of activities. Earlier this year when we were in Vermont, we went Snowshoe Walking - so this time, we knew we wanted to go hiking and take in a classic fall day in Vermont. Our walk was conducted by Tyler Royer, Director of Recreation at Stowe Mountain Lodge.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Can you tell us about the outdoor/recreational program? We enjoyed hiking with Tyler and learning about the area - what is his background and how did he come to the resort?
SPRUCE PEAK OUTFITTERS: Spruce Peak Outfitters is the focused point for Stowe Mountain Lodge guests and club members who are looking to explore all the activities and adventures the Stowe area has to offer. Our experienced guides organize and lead various seasonal activities to enhance and personalize every guest experience. We offer outings that range from hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding to ice-climbing, kayaking, brewery tours, art classes, and more. For guests looking to find their own adventures in Stowe, we act as an informational resource and are more than welcome to provide our local guidance, knowledge, or advice.
Tyler Royer is the Destination & Conference Services Manager here at Stowe Mountain Lodge and manages our team here at Spruce Peak Outfitters. He has been an integral part of the Stowe Mountain Lodge family for more than 6 years. He is a born and bred Vermonter, although he obtained his Corporate Communications degree at the College of Charleston in South Carolina in 2007. Tyler has spent a portion of his career in New York City where he worked organizing corporate team-building, training, and group development events and activities. He has since returned to the Stowe Mountain Lodge to pursue his passion for group and recreational services within the close-knit and caring community of Stowe, VT.
AM: How are hikes created for individuals or groups that are interested in participating?
SPO: Each season Spruce Peak Outfitters publishes a schedule of hikes and other activities (including fly-fishing, rock climbing, boat tours, etc.) that goes out to guests and groups here at the Lodge. Guests interested in these excursions then reach out to our team to book their spot on the outing. We offer hikes ranging from easy to difficult with a variety of features along the way. Each hike is unique and has a different focus based entirely on the interests of our guests. We may focus on historical aspects of the area, foliage or seasonal changes, waterfalls, or scenic views and overlooks. Outside of the set schedule we also offer entirely customizable hikes based on guest requests or specific interests.
AM: Tyler shared a story about how skiing has a birthplace of sports in a way - can you expound on this?
SPO: Stowe is widely considered the birthplace and Capital of skiing on the East Coast. In the 1930’s the Civilian Conservation Corps cut the first purposefully-created ski trail in Vermont known as the Bruce Trail in the Ranch Camp Valley at the base of Mt. Mansfield. Remnants from this camp can still be found today in the Stowe Cross-Country Center. Local lore tells a story of two men; Craig Burt, the owner of the Ranch Camp Valley land and a prominent Nordic skier in the area, and Austrian-native Sepp Ruschp, a famous Alpine skier and instructor who saw the potential that Mt. Mansfield and Stowe had for the sport. Both men argued for their style of skiing and a competition from the peak of Mansfield to downtown Stowe ensued. Each man competed in his preferred style of skiing, and Sepp Ruschp won the race – fueling the development of alpine skiing we see in Stowe today. Stowe remains a mecca for both Nordic and Alpine skiing to this day.
AM: What are key things that one must keep in mind when taking a hike in Vermont - in terms of a checklist of sorts of things to have on hand, what to wear, pack and to stay mindful of!
SPO: We recommend always planning ahead and being prepared for every outdoor activity found here in Vermont. Bring a buddy or tell someone your plans ahead of time. Bring a map, water, food, extra layers, sturdy footwear, rain/snow gear, and a first aid kit. More difficult trails may require a headlamp or trekking poles to help you along the trail. The weather in the Green Mountains is not entirely predictable so always bring extra layers to add or shed along the trail!
With a number of activities available on site and nearby - as well as a number of places to eat, we wanted to find out additional information about this resort which really caters to any guest that is taking time here.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about Stowe Mountain Lodge - who is drawn to this resort during the year?
STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE: Stowe Mountain Lodge at Spruce Peak is for everyone – Families, friends, couples someone looking for a solo adventure.
AM: What is the busiest time of year at Stowe?
SML: Stowe Mountain Lodge is thepremier slopeside resort in the East, so as you can imagine winter is definitely the busiest time of year. Having said that, we are a four season resort with two golf courses and the Spruce Peak Outfitters that creates daily adventures year round.
AM: What kinds of services are offered at Stowe's spa?
SML: The Spa at Spruce Peak offers a wide variety of treatments from our one-of-a-kind “Live Like a Local” series to the typical massage or facial.
AM: We enjoyed staying in our room which was a 1 bedroom suite - what are the offerings in the rooms and what are special amenities that are offered to guests?
SML: Our suites (1,2 &3 bedrooms) of fer guests a full kitchen, fireplace and balcony where guests can look out at the mountain views.
Our Studios offer a kitchenette, fireplace and balcony.
Our Classic rooms are more of a typical hotel guestroom.
Our Front Four units offer a private lobby with check in and departure as well as a private concierge. There’s a meeting room as well as a continental breakfast.
The rooms have a full living room, kitchen, fireplace and balcony.
You can see all of our accommodations at Stowe Mountain Lodge here.
AM: Can you share the different rooms available in terms of being a guest, being able to own one of the rooms (and how this also allows owners to rent them out etc)?
SML: All of the rooms at SML are available for purchase. Owners have the option of joining our rental pool where we maintain the room and they enjoy special benefits of being in our rental program.
PHOTO CREDITS | Stowe Mountain Lodge courtesy of Stowe Mountain Lodge and GMC Denali shot by Athleisure Mag
Are you a pet lover? Have you ever wanted to experience the adventure together with your pet?
Ireland is a good country for you and your adored pet to get on a road trip. If this is the first time that you’re planning a trip together with your pet then you might need some extra preparation, check the tips below to see if you got everything covered:
1) Get Insured. Just so you can put your mind at ease and enjoy the rest of your trip with your buddy, get insured! Better be safe than sorry, as they say. You can get car insurance for assistance during unexpected scenarios such as engine breakdown or vehicular accidents. Additionally, you can get travel insurance for you and your pet as well so that you fully covered in case something happens to you.
2) Visit Pet-Friendly Destinations. Your pet surely enjoys seeing you having fun with all the destinations you’re going to. But, wouldn’t it be better if you look at your pet having the time of his life with pet-friendly places? There are beaches in Ireland which welcome animals as guests, such as the Curracloe Beach, Cwm Yr Eglwys Beach and Courtown Beach. Your pet will surely enjoy walking on the beach and lounging around while watching people and other pets too.
3) Bring Pet Equipment. Did you think that humans are the only ones who need gears? Your pet needs gear as well! Equip him with a sturdy leash and a poop bag if you can to reduce the waste as you travel. A sturdy leash will keep him in control and close to you. Bring your pet’s favorite toys to keep calm him and keep him pre-occupied in the case the throws tantrums during the trip.
4) Stay in a Pet-Friendly Route. If your pet gets scared by darkness or an environment filled with forests, it’s best to drive along the road and in the open so that your pet won’t get easily scared as he watches his surroundings change. Seeing the sky and the ground will probably give your pet some familiarity and joy as he sits by your side in the passenger’s seat.
5) Train Your Pet Prior Your Trip. By bringing your pet on a road trip, you are letting him mingle with other people and other animals. If your pet is not used to this kind of environment, it might cause a problem. Your pet might probably curl up and be sad for the rest of the day or throw tantrums.
Furthermore, he might misbehave in public places. It’s best to accustom your pet in a public environment as well as train him to behave in a good manner to avoid any problems. That will also increase your pet’s excitement and chances of getting some treats from you and from the new friends you’ll make as you go with your journey.
Before heading to any road trip in Ireland, get car insurance that’s cheap and got you covered in case of emergencies and unexpected scenarios! You can easily get a quotation from AA Ireland. Getting car insurance ensures not only for your car’s safety but for you and your pet’s as well.
Founded in 2013, Sourced Adventures’ mission is to make the outdoor accessible and affordable to anyone and everyone who lives in New York City. Since then, they have expanded to more than 5 different US cities and now offer a suite of international destinations as well.
Sourced Adventures has its roots in the travel industry. The brand’s founder, Kyle Davidson was an Adventure Tour Guide in a previous life. Now, that same commitment to a great customer experience is embodied by the company’s tour guide feels as a central sentiment within the company culture. The SA Management team now consists of a diverse group of travel professionals with varied experience including the Ski industry and Outdoor Education.
We had the pleasure of attending a recent trip that left NYC and combined yoga in a vineyard, a wine tasting and some free time to enjoy the space as well as to continue drinking more wine. Day trips include your transportation, lunch on site and the opportunity to bring a group with you or to meet new people. Trips leave from two locations in the city earlier in the morning and return early evening which allows you to go home and continue your night.
Sourced Adventures has three main product offerings. The flagship products are local adventure day trips out of several US cities including NYC, DC, Boston and Chicago. The goal with these products is to make it easy for absolutely anyone to escape the city and get into the outdoors. They also have several guided and unguided international trips to destinations such as Iceland, Mexico, Scotland and more. Finally, they work with corporate and private clients to build tailor-made international itineraries or custom corporate retreats.
Feedback is an integral part when it comes to adding new adventures to the offerings at Sourced Adventures. When we attended our adventure, we noticed that a number of people had attended their Hiking and Brewing Program or had planned to do so. According to the Sourced Adventure team, this trip was included due to repeated requests from the community of travelers for a hiking trip to be offered.
Sometimes, you just need to get away from it all and enjoy a real holiday from the ups and downs of life. In my opinion, there is no better place than the Bahamas for the ultimate luxury getaway. Located off the south coast of Florida, these islands are a literal paradise on Earth filled with sunshine, good food and lots to keep you occupied. With year-round warm weather and a nation full of friendly people to meet, it’s the perfect vacation destination for summer, winter or fall. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or a fun-filled adventure exploring the islands, the Bahamas has it all and always with a smile on its face.
Whet Your Appetite
First things first: the food. The Bahamas is actually an archipelago comprising of 700 different islands and, because of this, it is an absolute haven for fresh seafood. The rich and varied ecology of the surrounding ocean is prized and protected by the Bahamian people, but it also makes up the staples of their diet. The national dish is the conch, which can be prepared and enjoyed in a variety of different ways, from a fresh salad, to conch fritters, to conch chowder. It’s a tasty, nutritious food high in protein and vitamin E so makes the perfect meal for any (or every!) day of your trip.
Head to the capital city of Nassau, located on Providence Island, for some fine dining with a local flavour, or simply stop by one of the many fresh conch shacks spread throughout the islands. In my opinion, this is the best way to experience the true taste of the Bahamas. Don’t forget to wash it down with one of the nation’s signature drinks! After a day spent exploring, nothing feels better than relaxing in the balmy evening air with a cocktail or two. The Bahamas is famous for its sun, sand and sea but also two drinks in particular: the Bahama Mama and Sky Juice. Both are widely available across the islands, but perhaps one of the best Sky Juices I have found is made at the exclusive Sip Sip bar located within the Atlantis Resort.
Get Your Blood Pumping
The Bahamas is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy long, lazy days lying on the miles of golden sand. However, I know that after a couple of days of this I am raring to go burn some energy and get that adrenaline pumping again. Well, the Bahamas caters well to those with a sense of adventure with activities ranging from a gentle swim with the Exuma pigs, to feeding sharks at Hawk’s Nest. Whether you fancy a hike through the breathtaking beauty of Long Island or a climb up Mt. Alvernia to visit the Bat Cave, there’s a different activity to get you going every day of the week.
Just because you’re on vacation, there’s no need to neglect your beloved fitness regime if you don’t want to - even if you're on your honeymoon! What could be better than a run along the beach as the sun sets over the Atlantic? Or a sun salutation amongst the lush greenery of the Exumas? After all, this is exercise in paradise and I can’t think of anything better.
After a hard day’s exploring, however, it is time to unwind and soak up the relaxed vibes of the island. The temperature drops by a few degrees in the night-time, making for a refreshing but still balmy evening. Perfect for strolling along the sand under the moon and perhaps enjoying a romantic bonfire on the beach. Or you could check out the nightlife and discover the traditional sights and sounds of Bahamian music: goombay, junkanoo and rake & scrape. The infamous Atlantis Resort is available for those who want to try their hand in the casino, and the nightclubs of Freeport keep playing all night long.
There are many reasons why the Bahamas attracts over 6 million visitors a year and they are all just waiting there for you to discover them. If you’ve been dreaming of the indulgent, exciting holiday of a lifetime then look no further than this unique island nation. It’s one of my favourite places in the world to spend some time away from the business of real life, and I hope that it becomes just as special to you too.
As a modern luxury traveller, you expect that five star resorts provide you with luxuries you cannot find anywhere else. What most luxury travellers are looking for is an authentic, simple, yet exclusive experience when staying at a five star luxury resort. To achieve this, different resorts will have different amenities in order to stand out, and remain competitive in this cutthroat industry. With that being said, there are a couple of basic amenities that you should find regardless of the five star hotel that you choose.
These amenities include:
AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICE
The main reason you would book a five star resort is to be pampered beyond your wildest imagination. This should be a hassle-free vacation, an element that should begin right from the airport. Getting from the airport to the resort on your own can be a real bother especially if it is your first time in the location. Reputable five star resorts provide airport transfer services to their guests in order to ensure their ultimate comfort as well as guarantee a hassle-free ride from the airport to the establishment. Be sure to check if the resort you intend to stay in offers this amenity before making a reservation.
THE INFINITY POOL
The infinity pool is the ultimate show of luxury and comfort, and is one of the best ways to pamper hotel guests to the maximum. Everyone loves this type of pool because of its mesmerizing visual effects. Furthermore, a selfie by the side of an infinity pool Bali is a great addition to your social media posts. Every five star resort worth its salt has an infinity pool whereby guests can enjoy their mornings, afternoons, and evenings while drinking their favourite beverages and indulging in world-class salads, snacks, sea foods, and deserts.
Individuals who choose to stay in a resort will usually carry with them several valuable items. These items include watches, jewellery, cash, electronic devices, and documents such as passports. The guest should not be expected to haul these items everywhere as they move from one spot to the next within the resort. In addition, the guests will need a secure place to store these items when they are having a swim, or when having drinks with fellow guests.
Hence, it is imperative that the resort provide the guest with a secure safe that is impenetrable to third parties. The safe should ideally be located inside the guest’s room, and there should be cameras on every floor covering every door to see who leaves and who enters a room. Furthermore, access to the rooms should only be through special key cards that cannot be duplicated in order to further enhance the security of the room, and the safe within it. The safe lock should be of the highest quality and use the best technological innovations to ensure that unauthorized access into the safe is prohibited.
If you know you will be travelling with valuable items on your person, be sure to inquire if the resort has a secure safe where you can place those items and remain assured that they will remain safe throughout your stay in the hotel.
24 HOUR RECEPTION AND ROOM SERVICE
As mentioned previously, people opt to stay in five star resorts because they expect luxury, exquisite comfort, and to be pampered. They want all their needs and demands to be met when they stay at such exclusive joints, and they want these needs met instantly. For this reason, five star resorts need to provide their guests with 24 hour reception and room service. The hotel staff need to be trained on how to meet guest needs and requests whenever they happen even when they are called upon in the late hours of the night or before the break of dawn to attend to a guest.
We have yet to hit our stride in terms of the weather. On those days that the temperatures hit beyond believable temperatures, you want to wear looks that keep your style easy and allows you to truly transition throughout your day and on until the night. Our fashion editorial focuses on musts from fashion to beauty! and the most important part, hydration. One of our favorite parts of the city is Flatiron which has a number of historic and iconic buildings, our favorite eateries, lounges and workout studios! When it comes to meeting up with your girlfriends during the week or on the weekend, it's equidistant from whatever neighborhood you're coming from. We have some tips to help you navigate this season.
KEEP IT EASY
From a style perspective, we love rompers because they allow you to take on a number of activities from a meeting, heading to the office, Happy Hour cocktails, shopping and date night. With the challenges of hot temperatures you want to be able to wear an outfit that you can pull on and not have to think about it again. Romply has a number of fun prints and the way you can accessorize it makes it your own!
Any look is enhanced with the power of an accessory. Fans of the magazine know that we love statement jewelry whether stacked or worn alone. In this month's editorial, we showcased an assortment of Virgins, Saints & Angels which has a number of pieces that have that perfect herital look and adds great visual texture to your look. We also love Talia which allows you to customize your look and brings amazing bling to your look no matter how casual or glam it is.
No matter the season, we believe there is a boot that can be paired with what you're rocking. in the summer, we love an ankle boot which is a great way to elongate the look and for this shoot, we included Qupid which has a massive collection of shoes that are on trend across your lifestyle.
When it's hot, we love a sunkissed glow which will only increase when the weather gets steamier! This looks incorporates bronzer and fun lip hues that are neutral as well as vibrant to play up your features as you choose.
For hair, we love letting those natural curls flow, rocking those side ponys and a well placed messy do! To keep your hair looking amazing, we suggest having the right tools - Bed Head Culipops 1875 Watt Diffuser Dryer and Hot Tools 1" 24K Gold Flipperless Curling Wand. In terms of finishing sprays, IGK Intern Flexible Hairspray, IGK Laid Back Defrizz and Anti-Static Spray, OUAI Volumizing Hair Spray, Oribe Shine Light and Reflecting Spray, R+Co Trophy Shine + Texture Spray and R+Co Viscious Strong Hold Flexible Spray. Always have Revlon Hair ties and combs on hand.
STAY HYDRATED RESPONSIBLY
Hydration is key and although water is always our go to, when you want to switch it up, we suggest WTRMLN WTR which has a range of watermelon beverages that are super hydrating. They can be enjoyed alone or mixed into your beverage of choice.
Our shoot took place outside in Flatiron and we headed to Patisserie Chanson at Dessert Bar an underground dessert bar, a renovated speakeasy which has a tasting menu of sweet to savory desserts and phenomenal cocktails. We also shot at The Loft in Flatiron which is an event space that also has a bar which makes it perfect for a number of events that you can imagine.
We've talked about Obstacle Course Races (OCR) before and in this month's fitness focused issue, we sat down with Hunter McIntyre to talk about his upcoming Tough Mudder X Championship presented by KILL CLIFF race taking place on July 28th and airing on CBS. We wanted to know how he got into this sport, how he trains for it and why he enjoys doing them.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your athletic background as we know you were a cross country runner and champion wrestler in high school.
HUNTER MCINTYRE: My grandfather was an Olympic athlete and he really helped me believe that I could become a great athlete myself. He would constantly tell me that I was really fast and encouraged me to run track and field. My ability to run quickly and my experience with wrestling has really translated into my training now.
AM: How did you get into the world of Tough Mudder and other OCR competitions?
HM: While living with my friends in Malibu, my one friend challenged me to compete in an OCR race. At that point, I hadn’t been training for an obstacle race, just body building. In the short time I had to train for that race, I would run up and down my driveway for hours and I ended up finishing 6th place out of around 10,000 participants. I was all-in after that.
AM: What is it about OCR in general that you enjoy?
HM: The best thing is, the opportunity is what you make of it. It’s a sport that you can train for anywhere and everywhere. I can go for a run in Central Park, go to the gym to lift and I can mix in some rock climbing with my friends to train. Most of all, I just love being outdoors.
AM: How do you train for OCR versus just maintaining your workout?
HM: When training for a Tough Mudder, I’ll run once or twice per day, six days per week. It also depends on the distance and location of the event. For World’s Toughest Mudder, I’ll spend 2-4 hours per day training in the woods. When I’m not training for a race, I just like to get in the gym and challenge myself to get as strong as I can. That’s when my friends and I put a big emphasis on strength training.
AM: What are your go to foods that you eat when you're maintaining your body and what 3 splurge foods do you enjoy?
HM: I stick to a high carbohydrate diet. I eat a lot of pancakes and Honey Nut Cheerios. There are some days when I’ll eat 10 apples per day. For two months leading up to the Tough Mudder X Championship I ate a 14oz or 16oz ribeye steak every single night. That steak every night became my sleeping pill and I always feel rejuvenated the next morning. I do splurge on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from time to time.
AM: Where did your name, "The Sheriff" come from?
HM: One of my friends called me “The Sheriff” one day and it really just stuck with me from then on.
AM: With such an intense schedule how do you take time for yourself?
HM: When I’m not training or I’ve just finished an event, I really like to just chill and relax at my place in Malibu. Since I’m on the road a lot, I enjoy that time at home when I can.
AM: How important is travel to you and what are 3 of your favorite places that you enjoy going to?
HM: It’s important to disconnect work travel and travel for pleasure. I’m always traveling for events, but my top vacation spots would be St. Barts, Telluride, Colorado and Big Sur.
AM: On Sat July 28th, you will be defending your title in the finale of the Tough Mudder X Championship presented by Kill Cliff airing on CBS - how have you prepared for this competition physically and mentally?
HM: Preparing for the TMX Championship, I put myself in tough training situations. This year, I trained extremely hard in the mountains of Park City, Utah.
AM: What has it been like to compete alongside athletes that are comprised of Navy Seals, UFC Fighters, CrossFit, American Ninja Warriors?
HM: It’s great because you learn to respect and understand the ways these other athletes train and the way they approach the same events, differently. I really enjoy learning and picking up some tools from each of them.
This month we chatted with the Cabin Crew of Emirates Airlines to find out some tips to keep in mind from packing to being active onboard. Their tips are worth noting when flying first class domestically and internationally.
Keep a Goodie Bag
No matter where you're headed, there are essentials you will always need. While airlines offer great onboard amenities, keep a ziploc bag at the ready and simply replenish the small bottles as needed. They suggest the recently updated The Urban Travellers collection, which is comprised of different pouches in a variety of sizes, styles and colors.
Assemble a Capsule Collection
Create outfits and pieces that are easily coordinated to create different looks. Think basics: black pants, white jeans, neutral t-shirts, jean jacket. Wear your bulkiest items on the plane to free up space in your luggage and keep you warm during travel.
Don't Forget Statement Jewelry
Bring a pair of statement earrings and bangles to add that pop of color.
Roll or Lay Flat?
The great debate! Roll your clothes to maximize space, or lay them flat to minimize creases. Fill suitcase gaps with socks, belts, intimates and hair tools to create a flat surface before laying down clothing.
Prepare for the Plane
Your brain and body will always thank you for a carefully constructed carry-on.
The Emirates' Cabin Crew recommends a few hydrating tools (lip balm, body lotion and moisture spray) to keep you feeling fresh while you're flying the friendly skies.
STAY ACTIVE ONBOARD
The crew suggests a few exercises that you can do while you're traveling so that you can stay loose.
Circle your feet at the ankles.
>> 20 times each foot.
Lift one buttock off the seat, tightening the muscles on that side. Hold to the count of 5.
>> Repeat each side 5 times.
Press the knees and thighs together and tighten buttock muscles. Hold to the count of 5.
>> Repeat 5 times.
Lift heels and press toes into the floor, then lift your toes and press heels into the floor.
>> Do this 10 times for each foot.
Read more from the July Issue of Athleisure Mag and see Something You Should Know | Navigating First Class in mag.
Milan travel tips to explore the city of fashion like a pro!
In the case of Milan, it can be said that innovation and creativity have always been part of the city's history. Not only, therefore, when things are running for the best, but also when, as in the 90s of the last century, not everything has run the right way. In short, the Milanese spirit is what makes the city so fascinating with evident reflections in different fields: fashion, design, gastronomy and the entertainment industry. Here come the best Milan travel tips for you
The dome has so much more to offer!
It must be said that the centrality of the square also contributes to the popularity of the building, a hub for almost all the Milanese tourist attractions, and for this reason, it is generally used as a starting point for visiting the city. Furthermore, do not miss the climb on the roof (by elevator) and the visit of the underground with the archaeological remains of the original Basilica of Santa Tecla, on whose foundations GianGaleazzo Visconti ordered the construction of the new temple.
Marveling at the famous iconic Galleria is not be missed
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a real shopping center with boutiques of the leading brands of high fashion alongside historic cafés and fast food chains. Together with the so-called "Quadrilaterod'Oro", the gallery is one of the "stages" of the Milanese star system and showbiz. In short, there are those who come to look and who, instead, to be looked at. Beautiful always, at Christmas time, according to many, is transformed into the most "in" place of the city.
Shopping for some luxury items (or simply look at the windows!)
In Milan, it is impossible not to make purchases. We have already seen it with the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II but it is the so-called "QuadrilaterodellaModa" (via Montenapoleone, via dellaSpiga, via Manzoni, via Sant'Andrea) the shopping temple in Milan. Ferragamo, Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Krizia, Dolce &Gabbana, Trussardi, Chanel, Moschino, Versace and other big brands are practically all present in a concentration that is not found anywhere else in the world, even in New York.
Missing CastelloSforzesco would be a pity
CastelloSforzesco, another obligatory stop for a visit to Milan, is not far from the Duomo. And, just like the city's cathedral, the construction of this fortress is due to GianGaleazzo Sforza who, continuing the initial work of his predecessor Galeazzo II Visconti, built housing for the troops, rearranging the park and the moat at the same time about. The park nearby is great to chill and relax!
Relying on public transportation could be a mistake
This Milan travel tip is a good one. Italian public transport could be quite a nightmare. Especially when it comes to long distances paths for example from the airport or the train station to the very center of the city. Hiring a car could be a life-savior option. When I went to Milan last summer I used holidayautos.com. How amazing was that! It gave me the opportunity to compare car hire in Milan and have a cheap and stress-free ride to explore the city in a quick and practical way.
On July 22nd, Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa will host the final round of the 2018 Guanacaste Classic on July 22 on its famed Robert Trent Jones II golf course in Costa Rica. The 16th edition of the tournament offers four flights based on official United States Golf Association handicaps and occurs on Costa Rica's top golf courses. Audubon International bestowed this certification to Reserva Conchal which is the first course to have this in Costa Rica. It boasts a world-class practice facility and learning center with four green complexes, bunkers, chipping and approach areas, and an expansive practice tee.
“We are pleased to once again host the final round of the Guanacaste Classic, as it is one of the premier tournaments in the region,” says Carlos Rojas Soto, Director of Golf of Reserva Conchal. “The tournament boasts a full field and a wonderful roster of golf courses that will provide myriad challenges.”
Earlier this May, Reserva Conchal was the site of the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Essential Costa Rica Classic. Reserva Conchal hosted the inaugural tournament in 2017, which was Costa Rica’s first PGA TOUR event in more than 30 years. Many players in the field raved about the golf course for its playability, scenery and conditions.