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Four Seasons Instagram Contest!
Starting today, Four Seasons invites Instagrammers to take a shot at winning one of three getaways by completing four photography challenges, each with a unique theme: Design & Architecture, Local Culture, Nature’s Wonder and Me, in the Moment. Don’t want to participate? Follow the fun on Instagram at @FourSeasons.
Use the hashtag #FocusFSChallenge to share your images on Instagram, and use the entry form on fourseasonsmagazine.com. Four Seasons will showcase the entries of six finalists on Instagram @FourSeasons and on Four Seasons Magazine, so followers can vote for their favorites. You can only submit one photograph in each challenge, so choose wisely!
The Instagrammers with the most popular photos at the end of the contest will win one of three dream trips and photographic expeditions: a European tour at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest and Four Seasons Hotel Prague a Hawaiian holiday at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai or a California getaway at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (a Four Seasons Hotel) and Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Winners will also get to take pictures of the places they’re staying…to be used by Four Seasons!
To enter the contest and for more details, visit Focus on Four Seasons and follow hashtags #FocusFS and #FocusFSChallenge.
Upload all four by November 19, 2015 for your chance to win!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/23 at 08:30 AM
Historic Hotels of America Presents its Most Haunted Hotels II
It’s that time of year again—time for a ghostly tour of America’s Most Haunted Hotels courtesy of Historic Hotels of America. This year we’re exploring three of the spookiest hotels in the country!
The Francis Marion (1924) Charleston, South Carolina
In the early 1930s, New Yorker Ned Cohen was staying at the Francis Marion visiting his Southern lady friend in Charleston. No one is sure what happened, but he was found face down, body smashed in the middle of King Street facing toward the old Citadel’s parade grounds. Today, visitors hear eerie and unexplained sounds at night—rustling silk drapes, old windows rattling without the wind and an unexplained vision of what may be a man questioning either himself or a passerby. Some see him in shirt sleeves, others just feel his presence. Even though Ned Cohen’s body is buried in Cooperstown, New York, everyone at the Francis Marion knows his spirit resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
Fran Carter has worked at the Lord Baltimore for many years. She is captain, supervising a team of people overseeing the food, beverage and setup needs of the hotel. In 1998, Fran was on the nineteenth floor of the building, preparing a small meeting room for future use. She was working at a table facing the wall with an open door to her left. She was bent over to her left at the doorway, when a little girl, wearing a long, cream-colored dress and black, shiny shoes, ran by bouncing a red ball. Fran immediately ran out and called after her, but the hallway was completely empty. The hotel has had many guests since its construction in 1928, and many have reported seeing this little girl roaming the hallways with a bouncing red ball.
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Honolulu, Hawaii
On February 28, 1905, Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University, was vacationing at the Moana Surfrider in Hawaii following a strychnine poisoning attempt on her life when she passed away in her room at the Moana. Both guests and hotel staff report that her spirit still frequents the hotel where the beautiful ocean vistas brought her short-lived peace.
If you love this scary time of year, enter Historic Hotels Historic Haunts of New Orleans Sweepstakes to win a three-night getaway to New Orleans! The grand prize winner will get:
• One three-night stay for two at the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue
• Two-day New Orleans Power Pass for two adults
• One $500 American Express® gift card
• French Quarter Ghost Tour for two adults
• $300 in Dining Credits from the Rib Room and Commander’s Palace
When you get to the page click “submit to enter to win,” enter your info, and you’ll be all set! Good luck!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/20 at 08:30 AM
Let’s Go Camping…Inside?
Staying at a hotel is fun, but what’s even more fun? Camping inside. Thanks to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, you can do both—at the same time!
Replace traditional rollaway beds with a fun in-room camping experience! Reserve an Executive Suite, use the booking code XYRH, and you’ll be camping inside before you know it. Even though kids will be safely tucked away in the tent, there’s no snoozing on the floor at the Ritz-Carlton. Each child has their own double featherbed with double sheet, waffle blanket and pillow to relax on. They’ll also receive a battery-operated lantern, children’s book and stuffed animal. And, while campfires are a no-no, each kid does get a s’more for snacking after dark!
The lantern, book and stuffed animal are yours to keep—you can even buy the tent if you want. Happy Camping!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/16 at 08:30 AM
Taking in the Sights Around the World
One of the best parts of vacationing is experiencing new environments and enjoying beautiful sights. This week we’re sharing four of the most amazing sites from around the world—all taken on the most luxurious of luxury vacations!
Flightseeing over Brazil’s Iguazu Falls
This custom-made, luxury Brazillian experience is courtesy of cazenove + loyd and focuses on smaller, character-filled properties, chartered river boats and smaller camps with access to the primary forest.
Le Soléal Making Her Way Through the Northwest Passage
The luxury yacht Le Soléal travels all around the world including to Alaska and Canada. This magnificent yacht hosts 132 staterooms and suites all with balconies so you won’t miss a thing. Head to Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions to check out where Le Soléal is headed next!
Cotton-Candy Skies Go Hand-in-Hand with a Maldivian sunset
At the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at Kuda Huraa, the thatched beach and water bungalows were constructed by local craftsmen using indigenous materials and techniques to reflect a true sense of the Maldives. The resort boasts plenty of family-friendly appeal from Family Beach Bungalows to pioneering kids activities, lagoon surf lessons, diving courses and interactive conservation opportunities.
Fishing on the Waters of Nauta Caño in Peru
From Haimark Travel comes the new luxury yacht, Amazon Discovery. The Amazon Discovery provides all the comforts and conveniences of a five-star hotel without denying you the thrills of complete immersion in the rainforest experience. Guests explore one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world and learn about the most biologically diverse region on earth.
We can’t wait to get out there and see some sights!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/13 at 08:30 AM
3 Fun Fall Weekend Trips You Won’t Want to Miss
School has been back in session just long enough for it to be time for a fall break, and we’ve got suggestions for three fun getaways that will educate and entertain!
Take a trip to the birthplace of our country. The history is practically alive at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA. Visit the historic district and witness American history through Revolutionary War reenactments, horse-drawn carriage rides and a tour of the town. You won’t be able to see everything in one trip, so if you want a more primitive experience, take a short ride over to recreated Jamestown. Learn about the earliest American settlement and the colonists’ interactions with the Indians. If you need more adventure, visit nearby theme park, Busch Gardens, with its annual fall Howl-O-Scream festival – a night your family will never forget!
Poshbrood hometown Washington D.C. is always a great bet in fall! Tour the Smithsonian museums for practical, fun learning opportunities. You’ll never see your kids so excited to learn than when they visit the National Museum of Natural History. Ignite your children’s passion for knowledge and innovation with a trip to the National Air and Space Museum. Take a humbling walk through Arlington Cemetery and stimulate patriotic love within your young children. Visit the National Zoo to observe the world’s most exotic animals. Stop by the zoo’s Kid’s Farm, where your little ones can groom alpacas and donkeys and connect with nature in new ways.
Discover culture and history in an eye-opening exploration of Boston. Venture down the Freedom Trail and see Paul Revere’s house and the burial grounds from the Revolutionary War. Enjoy learning from costumed guides or plan your own adventure. Don’t forget to visit the Boston Tea Party Museum to toss a little bit of tea into the Boston harbor. Or participate in the many interactive exhibits over at the Boston Children’s Museum. Boston will forever change the way your children perceive history!
Where are you planning to go this fall?
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/09 at 08:30 AM
Trash-Zilla to the Rescue!
Trash is one thing you never seem to run out of when you have kids—especially in the car. That’s why we love the Trash-Zilla Auto Trash Bag so much! To prove it, we even got you a 15% off discount! This sturdy portable trash can is designed to keep trash where trash belongs—in the can and off the floor and car seats! The two pockets on the outside are great for wipes, sanitizer or anything else small that you need to store in there.
This cute trash receptacle can sit anywhere, but fits well on the floor in the backseat. The bottom is covered with gripping nubs that stop it from sliding or turning over as you drive. The Trash-Zilla holds up to 3.64 gallons, so depending on how much time you spend in the car, that’s quite a bit of trash before you’ll need to empty it.
The top closes with a pretty strong magnet, so you don’t have open trash in the car. The magnet isn’t kid-proof strength, but the top stayed closed with regular use. The handles on the sides make it easy to grab and empty when you’re in a hurry.
You can use a liner for easier emptying, and you don’t need to worry about spills, because the Trash-Zilla is leak-proof. And, although not sold for use for anything other than trash, we used it while on vacation to keep track of small items thrown into the rear area of the SUV. Really, with the waterproof interior and sturdy construction, you could use the Trash-Zilla for anything around the house or in the car!
Photos courtesy Kevin C. Norris
Posted by Erin on 10/06 at 08:30 AM
Love Fishing? We’ve Got the Scoop on the Top 4 Luxury Fishing Lodges In the US!
Choosing a rugged hunting and fishing trip for your vacation this year, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on luxury. Fishing lodges cater to high-end clientele by providing guides, gear and even gourmet meals for your fabulous adventure in the great outdoors. After you spend your day knee-deep in the river, treat yourself to five-star accommodations that leave you well rested and refreshed for another day out on the water.
Baranof Wilderness Lodge
Bristol Bay, Alaska
Baranof Wilderness Lodge, nestled in Warm Springs Bay on the east side of Baranof Island, named for it’s remarkable natural hot springs. These unpressured waters offer an abundance of diverse salt and freshwater fishing opportunities in Alaska. With a selection of spectacular bays, estuaries, fishing streams and lakes, the area offers premiere fishing for avid anglers.
From the comfort of their waterfront lodge, anglers can fly fish remote wilderness streams or just soak in the acclaimed natural hot springs. Baranof Wilderness Lodge offers a choice between comfortable and spacious guest cabins and a main lodge surrounded by lush, green, ancient forests. Hot tubs overlook a fresh, clear mountain stream. With food and hospitality to match the grandeur of the region, Baranof Wilderness Lodge is a jewel that families, couples and serious anglers will find profoundly relaxing and pleasurable.
Bristol Bay Lodge, Alaska
Bristol Bay Lodge is Alaska’s premiere wilderness fishing lodge. Strategically located in the heart of America’s largest state park, Bristol Bay Lodge has the distinct advantage of being utterly surrounded by pristine wilderness. The lodge’s proximity to the watersheds means more fishing and less travel time!
Accommodating up to 26 guests per week who desire the finest freshwater angling available, the lodge’s well-appointed facility offers casually elegant wilderness living. The main lodge houses are equipped with a professional kitchen, dining room, large living room with a bar area, library and a famous see-through fireplace fronted by a panoramic view of Lake Aleknagik. There’s also a hot tub and sauna for relaxing those sore fishing muscles.
West Yellowstone, Montana
Montana’s historic Firehole Ranch allows anglers to fish the famous waters of the Rocky Mountain West. This historic lodge provides keen fly fishing enthusiasts with a personal, memorable sanctuary. Enjoy excursions in nearby Yellowstone Park where activities include horseback riding, hiking, biking, canoeing or simply unwinding in the beautiful reserve.
Firehole Ranch provides guests an exclusive opportunity for a renowned fly fishing experience in a picturesque location. The main lodge permits the surrounding extraordinary landscape to dominate, whilst guests enjoy its authentic warmth, allure and serenity. Enjoy their vast stone fireplace with the other avid anglers while admiring the blue waters of the lake. Firehole Ranch is serene spot that lure fly fishing enthusiasts back year after year.
Enchanted Lake Lodge
Eagle River, Alaska
Situated in the middle of the best rainbow trout fishing spot known to all fishermen, Enchanted Lake Lodge provides unrivaled luxury in a remote wilderness setting. Relax in their comfortable furniture while the fireplace warms the room and you gaze at the panoramic view of the surrounding beauty.
Enchanted Lake is predominantly a fishing-orientated location, although sightseeing tours, bear and wildlife viewing, boat trips and bird hunting are available too. Providing high-end accommodation for only 12 guests per week of the fishing season, you’ll enjoy the personal attention given to each guest. Wind down in the wood-burning sauna to relax at the end of a day on the water. Each private luxury cabin is equipped with luxurious bedding and comfortably furnished with private bathrooms, heaters and 24-hour electricity.
This week’s post is brought to you by Rod Smith. As the former President of the Boating Industry Association, Rod’s passion for boating and fishing is utilized in his current role as Managing Director of CH Smith. Offering his masterful expertise, Rod ensures that customers leave with a love for the sea that parallels his own.
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/02 at 08:30 AM
The Great Family Road Trip
Planning a vacation or a road trip is exciting but the prospect of hours stuck in a car with bored children might be making you reconsider. Luckily you don’t have to! If you are planning a road trip with the family, here are some things that you should plan for to make sure it all runs smoothly.
Silence is golden
Every driver knows that a noisy car makes it difficult to concentrate and so anything that can help to reduce the noise is great. If you can be flexible about when you travel and your kids are still young enough to have a nap, plan your journey for when they should be sleeping. This will make at least part of the trip quieter and much more peaceful.
Eating in the car
If you are happy for your kids to eat in the car, the full tummies are more likely to promote sleep. Sort out some snacks before you leave that you are happy for them to munch their way through while you concentrate on the road.
What should you take?
When traveling with children it is often best to take a variety of things that they will be interested in doing. Books to read, puzzle books, magazines and travel games are all perfect for in the back of the car. If they get bored of these you can also have a few of their favorite toys and their tablet, handheld computer or phone.
Where did you pack everything?
It’s great to be organized and know what you want to take on your trip — and even better to get it packed. However, if you put everything your children want in the trunk of the car you will probably have to put up with a fair amount of nagging until you can pull over to rearrange where you’ve put everything.
Enough about the kids!
It’s all great keeping the kids entertained when you are traveling but there are also a few essentials that you should take to make sure you stay on the road. A petrol can, tire jack and spare tire and a car battery charger (available at Tesco) in case you get a flat battery should all be taken along.
A road trip should always be fun. If you are traveling with children you just need to do a bit of planning to make sure that they stay entertained and you can start your vacation when you start your journey.
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/29 at 08:30 AM
Halloween at Hersheypark
Back to school, #PSL back on the menu, the first day of autumn…all that’s still missing from the best time of year is Halloween fun! And for the full Halloween experience, there’s no better place than Hersheypark in PA. Beginning October 16, the park transforms into a festive Halloween destination featuring safe, family-focused activities.
Hersheypark in the Dark
Hersheypark in the Dark features more than 50 rides and attractions including the Park’s 13 roller coaster and Halloween-themed entertainment. What other fun fall festivities will be held? They’ve got:
• Halloween-themed rides and experiences.
• Spooky roller coaster experiences on the new Laff Trakk, the nation’s only indoor, spinning glow-coaster and the Park’s three wooden roller coaster. The lights go off for the last operating hour of the evening—so you can scream in the dark!
• Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure is a candy trail that starts at Hershey’s Chocolate World and continues through Treatville, a seasonal town inside Hersheypark. This one is for kids 12 and younger. Wear a costume!
• Fall-themed food and beverage offerings, and live entertainment including favorites “Bunsen & The Burners,” a band of crazy singing scientists and their monster friends.
Hershey Story Museum
Visit Black Cat Alley at the Hershey Story Museum. Follow the black cat to Halloween fun and get a head start on trick-or-treating with some delicious Hershey’s treats! Kids will use vintage Hershey advertising art to create their own mini Halloween character to use as a pin or decoration. Make a Halloween spider web, too!
Hershey Gardens lights up the night with more than 150 uniquely carved illuminated pumpkins and a variety of whimsical scarecrows, some of which come alive, during its annual Pumpkin Glow taking place October 23, 24, 30 and 31. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight, come in costume, trick-or-treat throughout the Gardens and watch live pumpkin carving demonstrations.
Check into Hotel Hershey for your stay and in addition to the deluxe accommodations enjoy breakfast with the Hershey’s Characters, one-day admission to Hersheypark in the Dark and admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience.
The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Before you head home, don’t miss a stop by The Spa At The Hotel Hershey to take advantage of their fall-themed treatments like the Pumpkin Latte Manicure & Pedicure, Pumpkin Spice Scrub, Pumpkin Soufflé Wrap or the Pumpkin Immersion.
Photos courtesy of Hersheypark
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/25 at 08:30 AM
Kids are ‘Captain for a Day’ on Costa Cruises
Costa Cruises offers plenty of activities for kids on board their luxury cruise ships, but one is particularly special! Their “Captain for a Day” program lets kids see what life is like at the head of the ship.
Activities last all day starting with wearing a captain’s uniform as they explore the ship, learning all the ins and outs. Nautical terms and navigation using a map and compass are taught! They’ll also learn how to communicate using signal flags by spelling their name and leaving secret messages for others.
Weather is important when you’re at sea, so kids will learn all about how weather affects the behavior of the sea. As Captain for the Day, they’ll get to broadcast the day’s weather forecast on the ship’s television network.
The day ends with dinner at the (real) captain’s table in the main dining room
There are three levels to this fun program:
The Aspirante Comandante (Captain Trainee) package includes a uniform to wear for the day, the full captain’s training and dinner at the captain’s table in the main dining room with other participants. After dinner, the junior captains graduate and receive a diploma with two 8-by-11 photos to remember their experience.
The Comandante (Captain) package includes all of the perks of Aspirante Comandante, as well as a captain’s hat autographed by the ship’s master for the trainee to keep. Comandantes additionally receive two 11-by-17 photos.
With the Comandante Superiore (Senior Captain) package, trainees get to keep their uniform, including an autographed captain’s hat, in addition to all of the Aspirante Comandante and Comandante perks.
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/22 at 08:30 AM
We Tried Squeeze Pods, and We Love Them!
Traveling through TSA isn’t getting any easier, and one of the greatest conflicts is liquids. How many times have you paid to check your bag just because you needed more toiletries than the TSA allows?
When we heard about Squeeze Pods, we were hesitantly hopeful that this adorable product would be the solution. After trying them out, we’re pleasantly surprised by how awesome Squeeze Pods are!
Squeeze Pods are easy to pack, lightweight, single-use pods filled with shampoo, conditioner, lotion—any basic toiletry you’re likely to need while traveling. Squeeze Pod even offers a natural toilet odor eliminator—a must-have for when the person you’re waiting on in the airplane restroom is taking just a little too long…
Each tiny package holds two or three (depending on the type) Squeeze Pods, so you can pack an entire beauty regimen for seven days into one toiletry bag with no problem. The pods are practically weightless and very easy to open. But they won’t open on their own! Definitely a step up from even travel-size toiletries.
You can also purchase a functional and convenient toiletry organizer that includes a removable, clear bag for your liquids. Anything to make getting through security a little easier!
The company take corporate social responsibility seriously too, donating kits to women shelter’s when customers purchase their Gimme Shelter Toiletry Kit.
Squeeze Pod products are made in the USA, vegan, PETA-certified cruelty-free and TSA compliant. If that’s not enough for you, they smell and work great!
As always, Poshbrood has your back! Stock up for holiday travel using code POSH25 in the next 30 days for a 25% discount.
Photos courtesy Kevin Norris and Squeeze Pod
Posted by Erin on 09/18 at 08:30 AM
5 Reasons to Rent a Luxury Holiday Home
For those who value the privacy and intimacy of a home-away-from-home, renting a luxury holiday getaway is perfect! These properties focus on seclusion and privacy and are a great alternative to hotels. This week we’re sharing five reasons to choose renting a home over going to a hotel.
Unlike a hotel where your privacy is only limited to your room, you have the whole house to yourself to enjoy. Take in the sunrises and sunsets by your own poolside. Enjoy family and friends without bothering anyone else. Some moments simply cannot be captured in a glossy magazine, and this is by far one of them.
The holiday travel market is competitive, and to stay relevant, properties must continually invest in improvements and upgrades. Large pools, Jacuzzis, barbeques and top-grade amenities are the norm.
In a luxury holiday home, you have the entire space to yourself. Enjoy the scenery, relax in your own garden or take advantage of a private beach. Most rentals are spacious with large king size rooms, plenty of social areas and grand terraces. Enjoy your holiday, and embrace the space!
Rental homes are almost always in the most beautiful locations and are designed to take advantage of the natural space around them. You can expect that some thought has gone into the architecture to incorporate the native landscape!
Tranquil and secluded, many private holiday homes are in areas away from major metropolitan cities. Enjoy an uninterrupted holiday far away from distractions.
Will you be renting a holiday home this year?
Sienna Gyngell is a freelance writer for Chapman Freeborn, she loves all things travel and luxury. An avid traveler and private charter enthusiast who aims to help others find luxury in the most spectacular of places.
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/15 at 08:30 AM
Traveling with Baby? Rent Your Gear with Partage!
Holiday time is just around the corner, and I bet you just can’t wait to lug the car seat and stroller to the airport and through security. Well, if you’re traveling to San Francisco, Oakland or San Jose, you’re in luck! Partage, a San Francisco company, has created an app that lets you rent that bulky equipment right from your phone. Living in 2015 is great, right?
Partage—an easy-to-use app—lets you rent high quality household items, like Britax car seats and UPPAbaby strollers, and have them delivered to you when and where you need them. Save time, hassle and money by having baby gear waiting for you at the airport or your hotel. And returning them is just as easy!
Just download the app, select the items you’d like to rent, set the times and location you’d like to have them delivered and picked up and click “Partake.” Changes to your schedule? No problem! Communicate with your delivery person right through the app so there’s no confusion or missed connections. And if you live in the NoCal area, you can use Partage to rent many other items as well!
Download the app here by September 30, 2015, and get a $25 credit on your account courtesy of Poshbrood!
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/11 at 08:30 AM
Poshbrood Named Top Blog to Follow for 2nd Year!
We’re excited to announce that Poshbrood has been named one of the Top 25 Family Travel Blogs to Follow for the second year in a row! Thanks to your support, Flipkey for tripadvisor has included Poshbrood in their annual round-up of favorite family travel bloggers. Thanks, Flipkey!
Check out the full article here.
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/08 at 08:30 AM
Win a $20,000 Package to Boca Raton Resort & Club!
The Boca Raton Resort & Club is running an Instagram contest, and the prize is a luxurious 4-day, 3-night stay at the resort! Want to know how to enter? We’ve got the info!
Step 1: Follow @BocaResort and @WaldorfAstoria on Instagram.
Step 2: Upload to Instagram a photo of your “unforgettable South Florida luxury experience”.
Step 3: Use hashtags #UnforgettableBoca and #WaldorfMoment in the photo caption!
Don’t worry! If you don’t have Instagram, you can still enter. Click on the contest rules link for alternate instructions!
The prize is a Legends of Boca Experience for two valued at $20K, Highlights include:
- Roundtrip airfare
- Private, chauffeured airport transport in a Maserati Quattroporte
- 4 days, 3 nights in a luxurious suite
- A half-day with tennis legend Jimmy Connors. Play golf, tennis or just enjoy a leisurely lunch!
- Couples massage at the resort’s award-winning spa
- Dinners at Morimoto (prepared exclusively by Chef Takao Soejima,) Lucca and The Blue
- Cocktails at Bar Luna
- Private sunset cruise on a yacht, private personal shopping excursion to Boca’s fabulous boutiques and chauffeured transport throughout the stay
- Round of golf for two
...and so much more!
Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 7, 2015. Check out the rules here, and good luck!
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/04 at 08:30 AM