Luxury Resort and Travel Guide

Resort Report: Winter Daydreams

For Valley dwellers and nation-wide travelers alike, the places featured this week are for our winter daydreams of quick getaways and those who are in search of the perfect permanent vacation.

First up, Washington’s Lake House at Lake Chelan whisks guests to an affordable, winter oasis just in time for the city’s Red Wine and Chocolate Celebration in February.

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Begin the two-night stay in a charming suite with a welcome gift of house-made fudge from local favorite Culinary Apple upon arrival. Take in the crystallized mountain scenery along the shores of Lake Chelan before indulging in dinner for two at nearby quintessential restaurant, Andante.

Of course, guests and visitors to the city alike should take full advantage of the decadent Red Wine & Chocolate celebration for two weekends only in February (Feb. 9-10, 16-17), and The Lake House wouldn’t have it any other way. More than 15 boutique wineries set up shop for tastings and pairings with gourmet chocolate desserts, and various wineries also host special Winemaker Dinners, offering a delicious way to celebrate the month of love.

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Travel a little south to Portland’s boutique stay, Hotel Lucia for a foodie haven thanks to in-house restaurants, Imperial and Portland Penny Diner, brainchildren of chef Paley.

In honor of these openings, Hotel Lucia is proud to offer visitors to the modern mecca of food and drink through their “Paley’s Picks” room package. Guests will enjoy an only-in-Portland epicurean getaway, staying in a luxurious room at Hotel Lucia and receive:

  • $50 gift certificate for dining in either Imperial or Portland Penny Diner.
  • Autographed copy of The Paley’s Place Cookbook
  • Welcome basket curated by the acclaimed chef featuring some of his
  • favorite local products
  • Bottle of Argyle Brut sparkling wine from
  • the nearby Willamette Valley wine country
  • Hand-crafted chocolates from Portland’s own Cacao chocolatier
  • Two of Paley’s signature Fruit & Nut Bars, a delicious blend of dried fruits, nuts, and honey

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As if these waterfront stays weren’t enough to keep your dreams at bay, consider this desert escape, close to home for valley residents. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North offers a bevy of new packages for the romantic hearted and adventure minded guests. The celestial picnic package allowed guests to customize a menu paired with a bottle of Champagne or wine of the guest’s choice before being packaged in a deluxe basket with all the traditional accoutrements. As if that wasn’t romantic enough, to enhance the evening, a telescope for stargazing and a celestial talk and guided stargazing session by astronomer Richard Allen can be arranged. And for the ultimate decadence, guests can return to the comfort of their casita guest room for a couple’s Moonlight Massage. The resort also offer kayaking and golfing packages, perfect year-round.

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And finally, while it may be a far-off destination to some, it can be be close enough to call home. Maui’s Honua Kai is offering full-owndership opportunities in their luxury condominiums set along the oceanfront areas of Ka’anapali Beach.

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