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Getaway: Wine Country Extraordinaire

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  Paso Robles Wine Country | By Patricia A. Vorbrich Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s famed Central Coast, Paso Robles is a place where wine critics become wine lovers and where visitors come as guests, […]
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November 30, 2016 |

A Legendary Wisconsin Getaway

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The Osthoff Resort

 

Wisconsin’s Elkhart Lake

By Patricia A. Vorbrich

 

Located in the beautifully, glacially formed hills of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine area, Elkhart Lake is a 286 acre, 120 foot deep lake. Just 2 1/2 hours north of Chicago, and an hour north of Milwaukee, this charming village of 2 B&Bs and 3 distinctive resorts, welcomes visitors from around the country and the world with its warmth, natural beauty and hospitality. Elkhart Lake has grown from a summer resort town to a year round destination for couples, families, businesses, groups and wedding parties.

There’s plenty to explore in this quaint town, and easy choices for accommodations with 2 B&Bs:  Christi’s Inn and the Jay Lee Inn, and 3 beautiful resorts: The Osthoff Resort, The Siebkens Resort and the Victorian Village Resort.  The Osthoff Resort was named in Travel & Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels. With 245 spacious suites, each with a kitchenette, dining, living room, fireplace and private balcony, the accommodations provide plenty of room to feel right at home. The Osthoff is also home to two lakeside restaurants, Otto’s and Lola’s on the Lake. Both offer eclectic culinary creations with panoramic views of Elkhart Lake. While there, a visit to the Aspira Spa is a must on your checklist; providing a holistic, organic approach to relaxation. The L’ecole de la Maison cooking school is a unique experience, even open to the public. Under the instruction of The Osthoff’s Chef, Scott Baker, guests will create French cuisine food to enjoy and learn to make in the custom kitchen.

The Victorian Village resort has new ownership and has undergone an extensive million dollar renovation. From quaint hotel rooms to one, two or three bedroom condos, this lakeside retreat has sandy beachfront right on Elkhart Lake. Looking for a relaxing meal or drink? The picture perfect lakeside Back Porch Bistro offers farm to table meals and what else — some of Wisconsin’s artisan cheeses and sausages. Don’t miss the popular waterfront Barefoot Tiki Bar, serving cocktails, food and live music.

A trip to Wisconsin wouldn’t be complete without a cheese tasting, and Henning’s Cheese is a must stop. Fourth Generation family owned, this award winning cheese factory serves up cheddar and colby cheeses, cheese curds and giant cheese wheels of up to 3,000 pounds.

Elkhart Lake is also home to Road America. A four mile road course that  is considered by the motorsports community as not only the best in the U.S., but also one of the world’s premier race circuits. Attracting 800,000 visitors a year from every corner of the world, Road America offers over 450 events held annually.

Relaxation is key at Elkhart Lake, with kayaking, boating and a guided pontoon boat ride around the lake on the Elkhart Queen, where visitors will learn the history, legends and lore of the lake.

The pristine quality of Elkhart Lake’s water has soothed the souls of people from far and wide, and keeps them coming back year after year.      M

 

 

 

 


For more information, visit:

www.ElkhartLake.com

www.osthoff.com

www.vicvill.com

www.henningscheese.com

www.roadamerica.com

www.cookingschoolatosthoff.com


 

 

 

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June 30, 2016 |

A Legendary Wisconsin Getaway

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The Osthoff Resort

 

Wisconsin’s Elkhart Lake

By Patricia A. Vorbrich

 

Located in the beautifully, glacially formed hills of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine area, Elkhart Lake is a 286 acre, 120 foot deep lake. Just 2 1/2 hours north of Chicago, and an hour north of Milwaukee, this charming village of 2 B&Bs and 3 distinctive resorts, welcomes visitors from around the country and the world with its warmth, natural beauty and hospitality. Elkhart Lake has grown from a summer resort town to a year round destination for couples, families, businesses, groups and wedding parties.

There’s plenty to explore in this quaint town, and easy choices for accommodations with 2 B&Bs:  Christi’s Inn and the Jay Lee Inn, and 3 beautiful resorts: The Osthoff Resort, The Siebkens Resort and the Victorian Village Resort.  The Osthoff Resort was named in Travel & Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels. With 245 spacious suites, each with a kitchenette, dining, living room, fireplace and private balcony, the accommodations provide plenty of room to feel right at home. The Osthoff is also home to two lakeside restaurants, Otto’s and Lola’s on the Lake. Both offer eclectic culinary creations with panoramic views of Elkhart Lake. While there, a visit to the Aspira Spa is a must on your checklist; providing a holistic, organic approach to relaxation. The L’ecole de la Maison cooking school is a unique experience, even open to the public. Under the instruction of The Osthoff’s Chef, Scott Baker, guests will create French cuisine food to enjoy and learn to make in the custom kitchen.

The Victorian Village resort has new ownership and has undergone an extensive million dollar renovation. From quaint hotel rooms to one, two or three bedroom condos, this lakeside retreat has sandy beachfront right on Elkhart Lake. Looking for a relaxing meal or drink? The picture perfect lakeside Back Porch Bistro offers farm to table meals and what else — some of Wisconsin’s artisan cheeses and sausages. Don’t miss the popular waterfront Barefoot Tiki Bar, serving cocktails, food and live music.

A trip to Wisconsin wouldn’t be complete without a cheese tasting, and Henning’s Cheese is a must stop. Fourth Generation family owned, this award winning cheese factory serves up cheddar and colby cheeses, cheese curds and giant cheese wheels of up to 3,000 pounds.

Elkhart Lake is also home to Road America. A four mile road course that  is considered by the motorsports community as not only the best in the U.S., but also one of the world’s premier race circuits. Attracting 800,000 visitors a year from every corner of the world, Road America offers over 450 events held annually.

Relaxation is key at Elkhart Lake, with kayaking, boating and a guided pontoon boat ride around the lake on the Elkhart Queen, where visitors will learn the history, legends and lore of the lake.

The pristine quality of Elkhart Lake’s water has soothed the souls of people from far and wide, and keeps them coming back year after year.      M

 

 

 

 


For more information, visit:

www.ElkhartLake.com

www.osthoff.com

www.vicvill.com

www.henningscheese.com

www.roadamerica.com

www.cookingschoolatosthoff.com


 

 

 

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June 21, 2016 |

Getaway: Curacao

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Escape to Dushi “Sweet” Curacao

 By Ronda M. Parag  

 

Curacao Beach Cas-Abou

 

 

A recent trip to the beautiful island of Curacao made me realize how small the world really is. I discovered several people from the Tampa Bay area that grew up on the island, located in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea and 35 miles from Venezuela; and spent an evening out on the town in Curacao with a friend who was born there and lived 14 years in the U.S., but recently returned to her homeland. Traveling certainly brings friends and family together and the opportunity to realize that, as humans, we aren’t really all that different.

In the local language of Papiamentu, “dushi” means sweet and if referring to a person, “sweetheart.” After my short stay, I’d say the island is “dushi” and I certainly want to return. Curacao is welcoming to tourists and offers many different type of experiences. The locals speak multiple languages, usually Papiamentu, English, Dutch and Spanish, so conversing is easy.  American Airlines via Miami, makes access to the island an easy three hour flight. As part of the ABC islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, these islands offer plenty of water activities and exquisite diving experiences. The crystal clear blue waters, variety of sea life and sunken shipwrecks are ideal for novice divers. Numerous beaches each have their own feel and flavor from family friendly sugar-white sands, to the more remote and rocky romantic. Be sure to visit the Shete Boka National Park on the western shore of Curacao, where the white caps crash into the “bokas” or coves and the views are spectacular. A fun activity that requires no diving experience is the new Aquafari Excursion. After a quick lesson on how to operate the underwater scooter, guests are gliding under the water to see all the exciting marine life.

Willemstad is the capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. The ideal way to discover Willemstad is with a Walking Food and City Tour by local guide, Clarita Hagenaar. Clarita greets and smiles, as everyone seems to know her. She is extremely knowledgeable about the island and was delighted to showcase it. We walked the Queen Emma Bridge across the St. Anna Bay, which divides the city in two – Punda in the east and Otrobanda to the west. Locals call the bridge the “Swinging Old Lady” or “Pontoon Bridge,” as there are literally 16 pontoons that hold up the bridge. There were several stops that allowed the group to taste local foods. The tastiest stop included lunch at the Plasa Bieu, an open air lunch market with long picnic style tables. Local cuisine included different stews such as Yuana (iguana stew), Kabritu Stoba (goat stew), Jamba (okra & seafood soup) and Karko (conch). The portions were large and the prices very reasonable, (about $ 8 US per plate). Out on the West End, be sure to dine at Jaanchies in Westput. The colorful and friendly owner and his sons serve local cuisine and recite the menu to patrons. The fresh fish and goat and iguana stews are prepared daily and really delicious. A visit to The Floating Market also offered a peek into the local Venezuelan traders that dock their boats filled with fresh fruits and vegetables and fish. Locals usually shop everyday for their evening meals. For a chic, ultra evening, the Papagayo Restaurant creates an atmosphere that you might find in Miami. The sleek furniture and décor and delicious dining should be on the must-do list.

There are numerous hotels, apartments and small inns that are available for lodging. From the well-known, family friendly Hilton Curacao, to the more romantic and intimate, Kontiki Beach Resort, a week’s stay in Curacao will leave you recharged and refreshed, and longing to return to this “dushi” island.      M

 

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