Hi there, I am Tina from The Enchanted Home and I am so happy to be over at one of my favorite blogs helping one of my favorite bloggers out while she is living large in Europe…lucky lady. Please whatever you do Sandy, eat a macaroon and a croissant on me:)
Knowing Sandy’s love of travel (and expertise) I tossed and turned over what to talk about and decided to take a walk down memory lane and talk to you about some of my favorite places ever. Places I would go back to in a heartbeat and have in some cases gone back to more than once. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty on my bucket list that have yet to be visited but hopefully I will get to those too:) So here we go, lets go back a bit…….
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. We have been four times…..loved it every single time. We have always rented a villa and have gone with another family and on one trip with three other families….talk about some big tables for dinner! I cannot say enough about Casa de Campo, a truly world class resort set on some 6000 acres, there is a large hotel and many magnificent villas spread throughout, with an amazing yacht club, tennis, golf, swimming, archery, horseback riding, spa, the list goes on….there is EVERYTHING here and something for every one. Every villa comes equipped with a golf cart or two…so its the best way to get around the sprawling resort….
LOVED the open floorplan, who needs walls! All we had was billowy white curtains separating us from the outside…….and even when it rained (all of 15 minutes) it was amazing!
PARK CITY, UTAH…..Have been here three times and each time had an absolute blast. A GREAT family trip. It is absolutely beautiful and the downtown of Park City is loaded with tons of amazing restaurants, cute shops and has a lively atmosphere. So this is really a perfect vacation spot, combined with world class skiing (though blues are more than enough for me thank you), incredible dining choices, fun shopping, a lively cultural scene, (after all The famed Sundance Film Festival is held here) all this, makes up one little slice of snowy heaven. It is honestly one of the best places we have visited as a family…tons to do.
We stayed last time in the Grand Summit which is a fabulous ski on/ski off property, very convenient!
BERMUDA. For about six years, we went to Bermuda every July 4th, normally with another family. Always had the best time. For us here in NY, its a quick 2 hour flight…think about it, I can get to Bermuda faster than I can arrive in the Hamptons, crazy as that sounds! We have traditionally stayed at The Southampton Princess or Elbow Beach but our next trip we are going to stay at the new Tuckers Point. I have been to many beaches in my lifetime but nowhere rivals the water of Bermuda.
The downtown of Hamilton is utterly charming and a fun way to spend a day when you have had too much sun:)
MONTAUK. We have spent a lot of time in this wonderful beachside haven.We are there nearly every summer and its just the quintessential beachy, casual oceanside family town. You have the sparkle and glam of East Hampton just a few miles away but this casual and easy going beach enclave is perfect for a family. We have so many good memories in good ol Montauk! And the lobster rolls are not an urban myth, they really are out of this world!
PROVENCE AND PARIS. Do I even need to say anything as to why I love both of these places so much? I have been to Paris maybe four times and Provence only once (but more to come) and I have to say it never ever gets old. Each time I arrive, it is like I am seeing the city for the first time…..just a true feast for every one of my senses! We stayed at the George V a few times which is out of this world and Le Meurice when we were last there which was equally incredible!
SAN MIGUEL DEL ALLENDE, MEXICO. We went after a long plane ride, then a three hour caravan of buses and cars and finally arrived at the most charming, cobblestone clad colonial town I had ever seen. Coupled with such incredibly warm people, this wedding was an absolute fairytale! We went to Punta Mita for a few days after this and it was overall an incredibly memorable vacation!
The mariachi band that serenaded us as we led a parade down the cobblestone streets to the reception
Loved seeing all the candles all aglow…it set such a beautiful vibe for the evening