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Fire Place Wines for Romantic Cold Winter Nights

Fire Place Wines for Romantic Cold Winter Nights


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With the winter solstice in full effect, frigid temperatures and snowstorms have been far from scarce this season. Kind of a drag right? Wrong! This is exactly the time of year to find a fireplace (in your home or someone else's) and curl up with a glass of something delicious. And not just any kind of something delicious ― fireplace wines are a unique category unto themselves. Think full body, luscious texture, and the perfect balance of acid and tannin that does not require food.

Check out the top picks for what to have on hand to weather those cold nights fireside, straight from the app you love—Drync:

Australian Semillon:

Super knowledgeable “Dryncers” might already recognize Semillon as one of the classic white grapes of Bordeaux, where it is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to make still whites, and the lusciously honeyed Sauternes. However, it has failed to make as big a splash overseas as it’s outgoing sister Sauvignon Blanc. That is until some savvy Australian producers in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys started experimenting with this unsung variety. The result is wines that are refined and lovely, with zesty acidity, yet an almost mouth-coatingly rich texture. Proof that winter white is not restricted to fashion only.

Mersault & St Aubin:

We know that oaked Chardonnays have gotten a bum rap, and we know that many of you are card carrying members of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) Club. However, we are respectfully submitting Meursault (and it's less spendy neighbor St Aubin) for your approval. These delicately oaked Chardonnays are simply stellar for the season, reminiscent of buttery baked golden apples and Bosc pears sprinkled with sweet baking spices, with the faintest whiff of toast and smoke in the aromatics. If loving these oaked wines is wrong, we do not want to be right.

Spanish Garnachas:

Although we are huge fans of Spain's Tempranillo based Riojas, they were just too delicate and subtle for this list. Instead we turn our firelit sights to the Garnacha driven blends of Navarro and Priorat.Garnachas (like their French brethren Grenache) thrive in hot climates with rocky soils. The plants yield little fruit, but what they do produce is rich, balanced and concentrated. The results are wines that are almost heady, brimming with rich black fruit, earthy spiciness, and silky tannins.

Bandol Reds:

Although Bandol is also known as a region that produces stellar rosés, it is their Mourvedre based reds that we are yearning to cozy up to on chilly winter nights. Traditionally, Mourvedre is part of the classic trio (along with Syrah and Grenache) that drives the southern Rhone's most delicious reds, where it lends perfume and structure. In the Bandol, however, it truly shines when flying solo. The wines are spicy, dark, chewy and meaty we almost want to serve them on a plate. Who needs to dinner with a wine like this?

Salice Salento Reds:

These budget friendly beauties hail from Apulia, at the heel of Italy's boot. The primary grape in this region is Negroamaro, meaning black and bitter in Italian. The name does not do these wines justice. True, there is a slight bitter bite hidden deep within those bushels of black fruit, red flowers and sweet spices, but the texture is smooth, silky and tender.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

A classic wine for a classic season. We cannot imagine anything better than a roaring fire, and glass of robust California Cab at our finger tips: Inky and rich, with aromas and flavors of rich cassis, black berries, black cherry, vanilla, mint, cedar and smoke. The acidity and tannins balance perfectly, keeping drinkers happy one delicious sip to another.

So are you still missing summer days and sunshine? Yeah, we didn't think so.

- Amy Ullman of Drync


6 Romantic Picnic Ideas That Will Spice Things Up

Refrigerate each item until it is time to pack the basket. Slip two soft, yeasty dinner rolls into a plastic bag. Place the picnic food along with a bottle of your favorite wine into a small cooler. Grab a blanket and head out to a park or open space. Spread the blanket out so that you can both lie on the ground and gaze up the stars. If you have a portable CD player, take along soft music to play while gazing at the amazing canopy overhead. Nibble, talk, dream, and share intimacies in the navy blue night. The Italian Picnic
If you have been on Mulberry Street in New York City, you know about Italian street cafes. You can recreate the scene as a picnic in your own backyard. Prepare your favorite Italian recipe: spaghetti, lasagna, or fettuccini. Purchase or make an Italian dessert like zabaglione, cannolis, or tiramisu. Have a glass filled with breadsticks on the side. Use a red-checkered tablecloth on the ground under a shady tree.

Put on Italian opera for background music. Sit down under the tree with your lover and pop the cork on a full-bodied red wine. Make a toast to each other. Dine alfresco on Italian food that makes you feel as though you are sitting on a hillside in Tuscanyor a street café in Little Italy. Picnics are inexpensive treats for two. When you use picnic ideas that create a romantic atmosphere whether it is at home, indoors or out, a sensual feeling is shared. These picnic ideas are designed to promote intimacy, which every couple needs. The next time it is just the two of you, have a romantic picnic and see where it may lead.


La Verità : The Truth

La Verità
11680 De Salaberry /rue Barcelone
(Parking lot of le Marche de L’Ouest)
Dollard –des-Ormeaux, Québec
H9B 2R8
Tel: 514-684-4999
www.laverita.ca
Cost: $35.64 (excluding tip) per person with 1 martini cocktail
Chef Hats: 3.5

La Verità means truth in Italian and this restaurant’s website tagline boasts that “the truth is out”. It may be very àpropos as a marketing gimmick at the inception to use this tagline to draw new clientele to the launching of this fine dining modern Italian restaurant. But after six years the truth never came up when I asked people who had dined here what they thought! So I kind of stayed away. As a matter of fact it is my turn to be honest with you. I was not told the truth at all and was led to believe otherwise. What a shame! Were people keeping a secret?

I have surmised, at least that as human beings we are all very different. We have individual expectations of life, we have had different expériences and our tastes and our dining choices are reflective of that. Most of the time our opinions can be and will be very subjective based on different circumstances and events. They will also be based on our moods at the moment. Therefore, as a foodie it is difficult to recommend restaurants to people. Over the years when asked this question, I always asked many questions back. I have tried to streamline and guess what the other person really wanted. The main basic questions I always ask back are: what type of food are you craving, what kind of ambiance are you looking for and what is your budget. If someone is looking for casual and cheap, I don’t send them to fine dining, and vice versa. Many times people have come back to me and have told me they have had a bad experience. Not so much for the fact that the place wasn’t good, but it was all about the personal expectations, the company they were with, the bad service, their state of mind at the time or mood and of course some outside factors beyond my control. Let me extrapolate further and offer you my version.

It was a beautiful sunny summer Monday and after a long stressful day at work, I did not want to go home. I was in the mood to unwind after a hard day with a few fruity martinis on a terrace and get served, instead of always being the proverbial cook and servant. So I called my long time friend Belinda who never passes up going out together. At a moment’s notice we had made reservations for dinner at La Verita. A word about Belinda she is a vibrant flamboyant character who is always in a bubbly good mood and draws attention wherever she goes. So if you want an adventurous evening that can go many different ways she is the one to call. We usually get into all kinds of trouble when together. This evening was no exception. Very statuesque in build she showed up with a plunging low cut short summer dress and her very long legs. She donned thematic long nails and her favorite rings ready to party. She walked into the restaurant, which was virtually empty at 5:30 pm on a Monday night and announced she had arrived in her usual loud voice. Two waiters and the Maitre D’ who were at the front of the house stopped dead in their tracks and gave us the biggest grins after they regained their composure they knew they were in for a crazy evening with us.

Our very handsome, young waiter Christiano showed us to the very private terrace as per our request and told us to chose any place we wished . We chose a table that was half in the shade,half sun in case we started to overheat. We wanted to enjoy all the benefits that this beautiful day had to offer. La Verita boasts having a wine repertoire of 1500 bottles, but we were in the mood for icy cold cocktails this hot summer evening. So Christiano recommended and brought us two martinis. I had a raspberry vodka and Belinda had a cranberry vodka martini. With ample amounts of vodka they were strong, very refreshing for this hot day. The Martinis hit the spot and got us a little tipsy.

After a bit of flirting back and forth and lots of chit chat in Spanish, we discovered our waiter was from Mexico. A long conversation ensued between Christiano and Belinda like anything from the Spanish language and its different inflections and accents, to the name of the Italian singer whose records the in house DJ was spinning at the time. At Belinda’s request he even went back and forth a few times to ask the DJ what the name of the Italian singer was whose song was playing at the time. Amidst the chaos and the back and forth we even managed to order food and get served dinner. Unscathed, I was nonchalantly listening to their conversation enjoying my moment, my martini and my sunshine all while the heat of the summer sun was melting my stress away.

Let me say something about La Verita, not only do they have one of the nicest terraces of the neighborhood, secluded and private by cedar trees for privacy. This restaurant looks like a jewelry box. Planted in the middle of the parking lot of Marche de L’Ouest it stands apart from the rest of the places. A gem of a restaurant inside and out, the interior looks like little compartments of different levels of dining space. Sleek and chic, bright with white walls and tablecloths, wooden floors and amazing skylight, it even has a private nook with a fireplace for those romantic cold winter nights. La Verita has got to be one of West Island best kept secrets, opened since spring 2008 by Derek Massari and Nicola De Rubertis (chef), it flies below the radar. Not much has been said or written up about it. So here I am to do it justice.

So this fair evening we were not too hungry and more in the mood for drinks and nibblies, but our appetites got the better of us and we decided to order at least salads and pastas from the table d’hôte. The menu consists of many items for every palate. I hear the pastry chef is very good here and desserts are a must try.

Complimentary Foccaccia Stracciatella Soup

For starters, we got complimentary Foccacia on the house, small squares of bread pizza with light tomato topping, onions and red peppers. Belinda got a stracciatella soup and ordered an extra arugula salad with parmesan shavings. I had the house green salad with a generous mix of greens. Both came with vinaigrette of light olive oil and balsamic vinegar and well seasoned not too salty.

Arugula Salad Garden House Salad

Belinda had the Seafood linguini an all time favorite of hers. Her linguini had a mix of shrimp, scallops, and squid sautéed in butter and garlic with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. A huge jumbo shrimp sat atop the heap of pasta. The seafood was fresh and not over cooked or rubbery. She really enjoyed her meal and preferred it made this way than with clams. A little parmesan cheese was added for saltiness and flavor.

I had a pasta dish of tortellini with sautéed portabella mushrooms in a light flavorful cream sauce. The cream sauce was fluid and not too thick and flowed around the pasta perfectly. The dish contained generous amounts of mushrooms thinly chopped and sliced. The meat tortellini was perfectly al dente, the tiny pockets of pasta were fresh and tasty nothing overpowering, and it came garnished with minced fresh parsley.

Tortellini in Mushroom Cream Sauce

We opted out for dessert as Belinda got a booty call and had to leave cutting our dinner short, but we vowed to return. We loved the ambiance and the food and decided it will be our “go to” place to relax and unwind on beautiful summer or winter nights or just as a picker upper when feeling blah.

The service was exceptional, professional, unwavering and very friendly even though I believe we drove our waiter a little crazy with the incessant flirting and questions. The quiet terrace with its Italian music playing is fantastic for a romantic dining escapade or just some RNR between friends. It was the overall mood and look of the place, the fine service and good descent food at an affordable price that created a very favorable experience as a whole and that will get me to come back to La Verita. The truth is finally out! I am glad I got to experience it first hand in my subjective view.


America's Most Romantic Winter Destinations

&ldquoWhen we venture out to the wide, open plains and drive up the mountains, it feels like we&rsquore the only ones there,&rdquo says Dan Warner, reflecting on the appeal of Jackson, WY. The L.A.-based COO of Atlas Digital production company and his wife vacationed there winters ago and returned again for a romantic, kid-free getaway.

Blame it on the cold weather or all that holiday cheer, but there&rsquos something about winter that gives us the itch to escape with that special someone. Yet with many traveling this time of year, the challenge can be finding a place to steal away from the crowds. Thankfully, we turned up plentiful options for secluded and romantic winter getaways like Jackson.

Couples can snowshoe through New England&rsquos quiet mountain trails before cozying up in front of a crackling fire at a luxurious country estate. Or watch the winter storms whip up the crashing surf from a warm, inviting inn high above Oregon&rsquos rocky coast.

Of course, romance doesn&rsquot require chilly weather to get the sparks flying. Biking along the shores of Amelia Island, FL, might be more your speed, or wine tasting in picturesque Texas Hill Country. And you can indulge urban holiday fantasies by stealing a kiss on the Brooklyn Bridge and holing up at New York&rsquos NoMad Hotel, where rooms come with claw-foot tubs. Chef Daniel Humm&rsquos sexy downstairs restaurant serves decadent dishes to couples on mohair banquettes.

Whatever your ideal setting, read on to find the perfect romantic winter destination for you two.


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Green Goddess Salad

Green goddess dressing makes any salad a special treat. You will need anchovies to make this dressing but, never fear, they blend into the dressing and add a subtle saltiness to it, not fishiness.

You also need tarragon vinegar, but if you can't find it you can just use white wine vinegar and add 1 tablespoon of chopped tarragon to the dressing.

You can use a blender or a food processor to make this dressing. I have had the best results with a food processor.

You can use this dressing with any salad mix that you like, but I like it with a spring mix or a garden salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chives, chopped
  • 1 anchovy filet
  • ½ fresh ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Toss with your favorite salad.

10 Winter Vacation Ideas to Plan for 2021

Whether it's a snowy retreat or a beach haven, these trips will warm your soul.

For some, the best kind of winter getaway involves fresh, powdery snow, a suitcase full of cashmere, and a cozy cabin equipped with a roaring fireplace. For others, it's being sprawled out on a beach in a tropical locale with a good book and stiff drink. Whatever your preference, whether you're a ski bunny or snowbird, we have a few ideas to help cure the wintertime wanderlust.

(*As with all things during Covid-19, take the precautions necessary and be mindful of ever-changing travel restrictions.)

The Baja California destination, long a beloved retreat for Hollywood A-listers, has been in the midst of a frenzied growth these past few years. That means there are so many stunning luxury hotels to choose from for a vacation worthy of Jennifer Aniston (she's partial to the One&Only Palmilla, Cabo's grandest dame hotel). One of the newer kids on the block is Zadún, nestled within desert dunes along the dramatic coastline. It's the latest property to join the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, whose resorts are known for their impeccable service, ultra-luxe digs, and celebration of (and seamless blend with) their natural, exotic surroundings.

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Originally built in 1893, this stately Italianate mansion-turned-boutique hotel feels akin to a European chalet come winter. Picture crackling fireplaces, warm wood accents, and an intimate vibe&mdashthere are just 19 rooms on property&mdashplus scenic views of the Berkshires. A number of nearby trails are great for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding.

Still obsessed with The Queen's Gambit? The 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky has transformed one of its suites into a 1960s chess haven to make Beth Harmon proud&mdashand all your Instagram friends super jealous. There is even a ceiling chess sculpture to mimic Beth's late-night deliriums. While you can arguably spend all day immersed in your own version of a chess tournament, you can also explore the town (where The Queen's Gambit is set) and do a self-guided tour of the locations that inspired the show.

21c Museum Hotel Lexington

If the nightly s'mores around a campfire aren't enough to draw you to the picturesque Whiteface Lodge in the Adirondacks, the cozy ensuite fireplaces, warm homemade cookies at turndown, and the 86 trails at nearby Whiteface Mountain will do the trick. After a day in the snow, you can cuddle under a wool blanket and gaze at the stars, while enjoying whiskey flights and hors d'oeuvres by the fire.

Four words: ski-in/ski-out. That alone would be enough for The Lodge at Spruce Peak to win the hearts of many convenience-seeking skiers and snowboarders, but it also helps that the gondola to the slopes of Mount Mansfield is just steps from the full-service resort and spa. Also on the wintry agenda: dogsledding, ice climbing, and sleigh rides. Not a fan of the great outdoors? Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool, read by the stone fireplaces, or relax at the 21,000 square foot spa.

Don't be fooled by its proximity to Cancun&mdashthe Riviera Maya feels worlds away from the notorious spring break destination. Head for the white sand beaches and clear blue waters of this lush part of the coastline. The Fairmont Mayakoba, a AAA-5 Diamond and Rainforest certified all-inclusive, family-friendly resort has everything: golf, spa, and tons of activities, from paddle-boarding to coral reef snorkeling.

For the ultimate winter wonderland getaway, look no further than Montana and one of the West's premier luxury ranch resorts, The Resort at Paws Up. Set on 37,000 acres of sprawling landscapes, there's dogsledding, skijoring (skiing while being pulled by a horse), snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snow tubing&mdashyou get it, basically for any and all snow-related activities, this is the place.

Located on 550,000 acres of pristine wildlife in Northern New Mexico/Southern Colorado is Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve, the largest property within the media mogul's hospitality brand. With a deep focus on conservation&mdashTurner's passion&mdashVermejo is home to a number of restoration projects including the American bison and Rio Grande cutthroat trout. There are also ample creature comforts: five-star accommodations, world-class spa treatments, and fine dining.

Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve

In addition to the warm weather, beaches, and world-class shopping, tony Palm Beach has a lot to offer culturally too, from the Flagler to the Nortom Museum of Art (not to mention the excellent people-watching during its high season). The latest hotel to join the town's iconic properties (see: the Breakers, the Colony, and the Brazilian Court Hotel) is White Elephant Palm Beach, a Sunshine State outpost of the famed Nantucket hospitality group. After an extensive renovation and restoration of the historic 1920s Bradley Park Hotel, the 32-room property opened in November.

White Elephant Palm Beach

For laidback charm and generous hospitality, look no further than Jamaica. There is a singular vibe here that makes it such a unique Caribbean destination. For a home-away-from-home with a touch of history, head to Goldeneye, an intimate resort built around Bond creator Ian Fleming's retreat (for a real splurge, rent his entire 5-bedroom villa), where you can spend your days ambling around the property, kayaking around the lagoon, and sipping cocktails made with owner Chris Blackwell's own rum.


10 Incredible All-Inclusive Winter Sports Resorts

Enjoy everything from pre-adjusted ski equipment to ice skating by torchlight at some of the world’s most dynamic all-inclusive destinations.

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Mohonk Mountain House, New York

Mohonk Mountain House is celebrating a century and a half of hospitality (including visits from five U.S. Presidents) this year, and upstate New York&rsquos storied Victorian spa resort is growing lovelier all the time. Guests can glide across Mohonk&rsquos award-winning skating rink (then warm themselves at its 39-foot-tall stone fireplace), follow more than 30 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, explore the Shawangunk Ridge on snowshoes and enjoy panoramic views from the cathedral-ceilinged Main Dining Room, which boasts woodwork that dates back to 1893.

Availability: Thanksgiving to late March (ice skating), weather permitting (skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing)

Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Colorado

Nestled in Colorado&rsquos upper Elk River Valley, Vista Verde offers winter adventurers a (gourmet) taste of the frontier. Guests can venture out to nearby Steamboat Springs for downhill skiing and shopping, but the luxury ranch itself presents so many cold-weather activities &mdash from horseback and sleigh rides to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat-tire biking and even yoga ("Snoga? Yes, it&rsquos a real thing!") &mdash that it&rsquos hard to imagine forgoing them for a field trip (or missing TVs or phones, which are quite intentionally omitted from cabins and lodge rooms).

Availability: mid-December to early March

Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch bills itself as "A Montana Hideaway," and it merits the moniker: Guests have the option of cozying up in detached cabins and suites near the property&rsquos Main Lodge, or of laying claim to luxurious ranch homes that feel like private vacation properties. They also have unlimited access to award-winning in-room gourmet dining and an array of activities such as ice fishing (with hot chocolate and cider, of course), Alpine and Nordic skiing, wintery trail riding and even skijoring (a cross between snow skiing and water skiing, where a skier is drawn along a trail by mounted horses).

Availability: mid-December to February (skiing), weather permitting (other winter activities)

Jouvence, Canada

Situated on 194 acres of pristine parkland on the shores of Lake Stukely, Jouvence has offered families, couples and solo travelers thoughtfully-curated all-inclusive vacations in Quebec for more than 35 years. During the peak holiday season, Club Jouvence offers half-day supervised programs for kids as well as family activities and evening programming, and throughout the winter months, guests can combine the resort&rsquos activities, facilities and equipment to create personal wonderlands. Cold-weather activities include skiing and snowshoeing, hébertisme (high-flying French exercise performed outdoors), tubing, ice skating. and, of course, access to the outdoor spa and sauna.

Availability: October to March (find the latest packages here)

Fern Resort, Canada

Fern Resort leans into the winter activities associated with "cottage country" &mdash that is, traditional Ontario vacation destinations where city-dwellers could escape to the great outdoors &mdash and, fittingly, travelers can choose to stay in cottages. When Lake Couchiching freezes over each winter, guests venture from the shore for classically Canadian pastimes like curling, fishing and skating &mdash and each weekend, the Fern team fires up torches along their showstopping, 1.5-kilometer woodland skating trail, a once-in-a-lifetime experience so popular it attracts visitors for day trips.

Availability: November to March (find the latest packages here)

Valle Nevado, Chile

Skiers and snowboarders who itch to hit the slopes between July and September head to the Southern Hemisphere, where winter is in full swing &mdash and to Valle Nevado, perched 10,000 feet above sea level in the Chilean Andes. The resort offers the largest skiable surface in South America, and visitors who stay for a week or more also receive tickets to neighboring resorts&rsquo slopes (which means access to more than 7,000 acres altogether). The hotel&rsquos packages include full board, ski passes and apres-ski treats, day care and regular activities &mdash and guests who wish to take full advantage of the area&rsquos altitude can add heli-skiing packages to their itineriaries for an additional charge. (Traveling by ski lift: so 20th-century.)

Availability: May to October (find the latest opening and closing dates here)

Ski Portillo, Chile

Chile&rsquos Ski Portillo is South America&rsquos oldest and best-known ski resort, and its famed slopes and iconic yellow hotel overlook the southern shore of the breathtaking Laguna del Inca. Weeklong packages at Portillo include unlimited access to its lifts and Sunday-through-Friday daily group lessons, four meals a day, a heated outdoor pool and oversized outdoor hot tubs, day care, fitness classes and more &mdash and oenophiles who visit during one of the resort&rsquos Wine Weeks also enjoy daily tastings helmed by Chile&rsquos most celebrated winemakers.

Availability: June to October (find the latest opening and closing dates here)

Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil, Switzerland

The Swiss town of St. Moritz is beloved by both the jet set (it&rsquos one of the most celebrated winter vacation destinations in the world) and serious athletes (it&rsquos hosted the Winter Olympics twice). Club Med&rsquos Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil pays tribute to the region&rsquos glamour (with two cosmopolitan bars and three gourmet restaurants) and its sportiness (with included lift passes and lessons for skiers and snowboarders, as well as activities such as Nordic walking and hiking). Resort packages also include family-friendly amenities like accessories, prep areas and food for babies, as well as kids&rsquo and teens&rsquo clubs for guests ages 4-17. Fondue is included, naturally.

Availability: late November to March

Club Med Pragelato Vialattea, Italy

Vialattea ("Milky Way" in Italian) played host to many Winter Olympic events during the 2006 Games, and the ski domain &mdash the second-largest in Europe &mdash still boasts an Olympic cross-country skiing course. Visitors to Club Med Pragelato Vialattea gain access to its 273 miles of slopes, 92 lifts and 25 miles of cross-country skiing, as well as the resort&rsquos two bars, three restaurants and Chalet Mollino (an apres-ski restaurant that opens for lunch reservations on the mountain).

Availability: December to early April

Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, France

The newest member of Club Med&rsquos Alpine family opened its doors this December in Les Arcs, a resort village set in the vast Paradiski area of the French Alps. All of Club Med Les Arcs Panorama&rsquos guests enjoy its modern architecture and upscale bars and restaurants, as well as its pioneering children&rsquos programs (with dedicated areas and activities for 4-month-olds all the way up to 17-year-olds) and its comprehensive skiing and snowboarding services (which include lessons, passes, and dedicated lockers with pre-adjusted equipment for all children and adults. Guests in search of even more personalized, premium services can book suites in the Le Belvédère Exclusive Collection space, a portion of the resort that includes a bar and lounge, concierge service and free-flowing champagne in the evening.


Mocktail recipes

Discover Good Food's best ever mocktail recipes for every occasion, including non-alcoholic punch, mulled drinks, juices, spritzers, cordials and coolers.

Summer cup mocktail

Get into the summer vibe with this fruity mocktail featuring red berries, lemonade, mint, and cucumber. Cool and refreshing, it's fabulous on hot summer days

Rhubarb cordial

A refreshing cordial that takes 10 minutes to prep. Use up a glut of fresh rhubarb and make the most of summer

Virgin mojito

Try a refreshing, non-alcoholic mojito cocktail recipe that skips the usual rum to create a booze-free blend for parties

Sidecar mocktail

Serve up a sophisticated alcohol-free sidecar mocktail. It’s made with lapsang souchong tea, lemon juice, marmalade and honey

Watermelon lemonade

This watermelon lemonade looks amazing but is super-simple to make. It's perfect for a kids party or makes a refreshing summer drink for kids or adults

New York sour mocktail

Enjoy a taste of summer with this New York sour mocktail. Flavoured with tea, pomegranate, lemon and maple syrup, it’s just as showbiz as the alcoholic version

Fruity mocktail

Make this fruit-flavoured mocktail with grenadine and orange juice to serve as a non-alcoholic drink option at a family party. It's more fun with grape and blueberry stirrers that double as a snack


Best Romantic Winter Getaways

Of the 30-plus countries that Cathy Grey has visited, on every continent save Antarctica, her greatest love affair has been with a Berber village in Morocco.

&ldquoGetting to know the locals and riding mules into the mountains is a fantastic way to bond,&rdquo reflects the New York&ndashbased veterinarian. &ldquoThe sleeping arrangements at high altitude, the kerosene lamps, fireplace, and burrowing under 10,000 colorful blankets just feels extremely intimate.&rdquo

While everyone defines romance differently, travel is a natural stimulant, and the most romantic getaways woo us with just this kind of intimate, quality time to bond and discover. There&rsquos always some place new to experience together, and our partnerships should embolden us to push our boundaries and travel more exotically. This year, why not skip your usual ski resort in favor of backcountry trails past fumaroles and snow-covered birch trees in northern Japan?

For those who like it hot, there are as many ways to flee winter as to embrace it. You could learn to surf together along Mexico&rsquos Pacific Coast, or slip into a bungalow within Costa Rica&rsquos cloud forest. Like pursuing romance itself, reaching the honeymoon suite at Pacuare River Lodge requires going out on a limb&mdashit&rsquos only accessible via a suspension bridge. Dinner is served by candlelight along the mighty river, one of the best white water rafting systems in Central America.

&ldquoI personally think that a little whitewater rafting is not unlike the romantic relationship,&rdquo observes Grey, &ldquoThere is the initial fear, the immediate thrill and the afterglow of satisfaction.&rdquo

Of course, romance doesn&rsquot always require such strenuous efforts. Sometimes even the most active among us would rather just savor the thrill of having nothing to do and nowhere else to be but nesting together&mdashespecially when the setting is your own private treehouse or a fabulous Italian seaside villa. Even getaways to romantic destinations like Paris that seem cliché can prove alluring and fresh when done right.

So whether you tend to paddle or pamper, snowshoe or snuggle, we&rsquove mapped out getaways that promise to add a little je ne sais quoi to a winter romance with your mate.


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