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5 Warm Weather Getaway Ideas

Beach-Umbrella

I know the winter can seem long, even living in Portland. The days can be cloudy, rainy with only small bursts of sun. People say that your first winter here is the hardest and they aren’t kidding. I haven’t had to deal with a full season of winter in almost three years so I’ve been in for a rude awakening.

Paul went crazy buying jeans when we first moved here because he only owned shorts when we moved here. I just finally got caught up and order pants and sweaters to replace my year-round Cali wardrobe of sundresses. I’m definitely craving warmth and sunshine right now to break up all this grey.

If you’re feeling just blegh about the weather, here are a couple of my favourite warm weather getaway ideas that I would suggest to get your summer fix! (more…)

Travel Guide: Four Seasons Resort – Punta Mita, Mexico

Punta-Mita-Beach

If you’ve survived the #PolarVortex + the #IceStorm, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Why didn’t I book a trip to somewhere hot??? Gah!”

Well my friends, there’s still LOTS of time left to escape the cold and I suggest that you get thee on an airplane and book yourself into a luxurious beach getaway at The Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico. I was lucky to visit this past November and it IS glorious. I dub this the #MargaritaVortex – where maxi dresses and flip-flops still live on.

Four-Seasons-Lobby-Punta-Mita

Getting There – Direct flights to Gustavo Diaz Ordaz airport in Puerto Vallarta are available from San Diego and Los Angeles with Alaska Airlines. Frequency increases during high season in the winter months.

From Canada, look for flights via Air Canada or WestJet. When I arrived, an air-conditioned SUV fully loaded with cold scented towels and bottled water transported me 45 minutes away to the lovely town of Punta Mita. Just make sure to arrange ground transport ahead of time. (more…)

Spa Life: A Tequila Massage in Mexico

Punta-Mita-Spa

I can most definitely say that my body was drunk after my first tequila massage at Apuane Spa at The Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico. Well, drunk in the way that my body felt like jello after all the kinks and knots were worked out by my lovely massage therapist. Oh, and yes – tequila was also poured all over my back, stomach and feet – straight up.

 

The Punta Mita Massage uses indigenous sage oil and tequila for their natural healing properties. Sage has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been found to lower blood pressure. Sage oil can also stimulate the lymphatic system, heal insect bites and reduce large pores. Since the herb itself is very powerful, a small amount of the sage oil is blended with massage oil and tequila for this type of therapy.  (more…)

My Fresh Ceviche + Sashimi Lesson

Fresh Fish

Love fresh ceviche?

Up until this point, I was almost convinced that fish came in those perfect cut squares packaged in plastic and styrofoam at the grocery store. Ok – not really. But I had never been up close and personal with my fish before or seen one cleaned for that matter

During my recent trip to the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico I watched the whole ocean to plate process!  Three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the resort hosts a presentation featuring ‘The Catch of the Day’. Local fisherman go out the night before or in the early morning to catch local fish and brings their bounty right up to the beaches of the Four Seasons Punta Mita. The chef will purchase the fish and guests can inform the staff of which fish they would like to eat for lunch or dinner and how they would like it prepared. Chef Ramon Bramasco (above) walked us through the different types of fish caught that day.

Catch-of-the-Day

For villa guests who have access to a full-kitchen, the resort can clean the fish for you and send it to your room for you to prepare at home. It’s a pretty impressive service. The rest of the fish will be integrated into the menus of the resort’s three on-site restaurants. As the hungry journalists that we are, our group was treated to a fish cleaning presentation by Chef Jesus Medina with fresh sashimi and ceviche for lunch. The sashimi lesson occurs on Thursdays only at the resort. (more…)