Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mountain Charm at Snowpine Lodge, Utah

The Snowpine Lodge, located at Alta Ski Area in Utah, offers guests ski-in/ski-out accommodation in a charming mountain setting. This 21-room lodge feels more like a home than a hotel, with four spacious lounges that provide guests with the chance to unwind on comfortable leather couches in front of a fireplace while watching a large flat-screen TV, select a book from the large collection and snuggle up in front of the fire with a cozy blanket, or hang out in the game room and play a board or card game with the kids or watch one of your child's favorite DVD movies. The Snowpine Lodge provides a comfortable and convenient winter escape. The resort is located about 30 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, which is about a 45-minute drive. Snow tires and four-wheel drive are recommended.

Rooms at Snowpine Lodge
Although the rooms are small (no closet, safe, refrigerator, or mini bar), the spacious lounge areas make up for it. It is a non-smoking facility and pets are not allowed. Room rates typically range from $115 to $275, with the suite rate at $520. Rates increase based on the number of guests per room. Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate.
The following types accommodations are available:
  • Men or Women's Dorm: Shared accommodations for the budget-minded skier.
  • Private Rooms with Shared Bath
  • Private Rooms with Private Bath
  • Eagle's Nest Suite: Can easily accommodate a family since it sleeps up to six people in three rooms.
The East Wing has recently been upgraded to provide modern amenities for those wanting a private room with a full bath.
Some rooms include the following amenities:
  • Blue-Ray/DVD Player
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Cable TV
  • Down Comforter
  • Radio Alarm Clock
  • Bathrobes and Slippers (guests are encouraged to kick off their ski boots and lounge in the provided slippers -- not only is it more comfortable, but it prevents snow being tracked through the hotel.)

Dining at Snowpine Lodge

Breakfast and dinner are conveniently included with the price of the room and are served in the dining room -- with views of the Alta Ski Area. This means no driving to get meals, which is really handy when the roads are closed due to snow conditions. The lodge does not offer a snack shop.
Guests can fuel up for a full day of skiing by indulging in the breakfast buffet that typically includes items such as pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, yogurt, fresh fruit, granola, oatmeal, bagels, coffee, tea, water and juice. The Alta Ski Area offers nearly a dozen lunch options located throughout the mountain. For an apr├Ęs ski snack, in the afternoon guests can help themselves to warm cookies, fresh fruit, coffee, hot cocoa or water. Alcohol is available upon request. Each night, guests are treated to a four-course dinner that includes soup or salad, appetizer, main dish and dessert. Guests select items from a limited menu that is prepared fresh daily by the in-house chef. Menu items might include things such as Smoked Salmon Nicoise, Duck Confit Torchon, Pan Seared Sablefish, or Pho Chay. There is always a vegetarian item available.

Hotel Amenities at Snowpine Lodge

A great way to unwind after a hard day of skiing is to take a soak in the on-property hot tub, or warm up at the outdoor fire pit. For a more relaxing experience, the lodge does have a spa treatment room where guests can book a massage.

Skiing at Alta and Snowbird

As far as access to the Alta Ski Area, the Snowpine Lodge makes it easy. Guests can literally ski from the backdoor onto the ski runs. Alta is a skier-only resort. Lifts run from 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The resort has 116 runs covering 2,200 acres, and over 2,000 feet of vertical drop. The elevation ranges from 8,530 to 10,550 feet. After a day of hitting the slopes, guests can catch the rope tow to get back up to the Snowpine Lodge. At the lodge, guests can leave their skis and poles in the ski room located right off the slopes, store their ski boots in the heated storage cabinet, put their gloves, goggles, and helmets in the bin with their room number, hang their ski jackets on the coat rack, and slip into their slippers to head up to their room -- without having to lug their gear.

For those wanting to give Snowbird a try, the Snowpine Lodge offers a private shuttle, upon request. Snowbird is located just a few miles down the road and is open to snowboarders. Snowbird has 85 runs on 2,500 acres and has a 125-person tram.

Contact Information

Snowpine Lodge
10420 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd., East Hwy 210
Alta, Utah, 84092, United States

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Day of Pampering at Burke Williams Spa in Orange, CA

With a full menu of services, guests will feel pampered at the Burke Williams Day Spa in Orange, California. Located just off the 5 and 22 freeways in The Outlets at Orange, Burke Williams offers guests a relaxing escape with soothing sights, sounds, and therapies. With 25 treatment rooms, this location offers massage, spa baths, facials, signature treatments, nail care and more. Before or after a trip to the spa, visitors can dine or shop the outlets

Upon Arriving at Burke Williams Day Spa
It is recommended that guests check in at least an hour prior to their appointment time, so as to take advantage of the amenities that the spa has to offer. Upon check in, guests will receive a key to a locker, and a robe and slippers to change into prior to treatment. Swimsuits are optional in the spa areas.

The Waiting Area at Burke Williams Day Spa
While waiting for treatment, guests can relax in the small co-ed lounge area with chairs and couches or the larger lounge area with plush couches, tile floor, and high ceilings. There is flavored water, tea, and and cookies available, magazines to read, soft music and lighting, and the subtle scent of Eucalyptus. The soft neutral palette includes beiges and browns accented with earthy tones. A receptionist is located in the large lounge to help assist guests with their needs. The lounges are quiet/cell phone-free areas. When guests get too chatty, the staff will ring wind chimes as a subtle way to remind guests to keep noise low. To announce treatment appointments, staff will strum a xylophone. 

Spa Amenities and Facilities at Burke Williams Day Spa
There are separate spa amenities for men and women that include:
   Whirlpools, steam room, dry sauna, cool misting room (something not often found at spas), private showers, and cold deluge. The area is decorated with large living plants and water, lemonade, and fresh fruit is always on hand. Aromatherapy towels, soaked in geranium and mint, are available, as well as ice cold towels conveniently placed outside of the sauna.
   There are separate quiet rooms for men and women, where reading, relaxing, and silence prevail. Guests can lounge in one of the row of connected seats with ottomans and enjoy the serenity of the space with a blanket or pillow for comfort. The seats are comfortable, but do not recline. Above each seat is a light that is adjustable from dim to brighter, which is great for reading, but seems as though it might disturb others guests. Water and tea is available.
   Vanity areas equipped with all of the necessary amenities needed after treatment, including hair products, shaving goods, blow dryers, curling irons, brushes, mouthwash, sunscreen, razors, moisturizer, deodorant, and more.

Treatments at Burke Williams Day Spa
The spa offers a full-range of treatments including the following:
   Massage: Burke Williams Massage, Pure Relaxation (includes warm booties during the treatment!), Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, Deep Tissue & Firm Swedish Combination, Shiatsu, Swedish & Shiatsu, Pregnancy Massage, Specialized Modalities. Most massages are offered in 25, 50, or 80 minute appointments. Prices range from $95-$219.
   Massage Enhancements: Aromatherapy, Hot Stones, Detox, and
   Spa Baths: These private therapeutic herbal baths are a wonderful accompaniment to any spa treatment. 20 minutes; $40.
   Skin Care (Facials): Anti-Aging, Spa Style, Acne, Men's, Teen, 4-Layer Resurfacing, Nourishing, Enzyme. 25-80 minute appointments range from $119-$205.
   Skin Care Enhancements: Vitamin C or Pumpkin Peel, Skin Brightener, Stem Cell Activator, Age Defy.
   Signature Treatments: Wet Room, Hunter's Retreat, Savannah's Surrender, Emilee's Intrigue, Parafango Treatmemt, Salt or Sugar Glo. 40-80 minute appointments range from $89-$189.
   A Day at the Spa: Spend an entire day being pampered! A Day Beyond, A Day of Beauty, The Spa Experience. $460-$900.
   Nail Care, Waxing, and Chiropractic Care. 

A popular skincare treatment is the Radiance Facial that uses antioxidants, micro-current technology, and Vitamin C to give guests firmer, brighter and smoother skin. The treatment also includes foot, hand, shoulder and head massage for ultimate relaxation. 

Membership at Burke Williams Day Spa
For those anticipating frequent visits to the spa, a membership is available to save money on each visit.

Contact Info
Burke Williams Spa
The Outlets at Orange
20 City Boulevard East C3
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 769-1360

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ocean Escape at The Inn at Laguna Beach

Located just steps from Main Beach, The Inn at Laguna Beach offers guests a seaside escape with views of the Pacific Ocean and the quaint town of Laguna Beach, California. Whether you want to soak up the sun poolside, frolick in the ocean, walk to dinner at one of Laguna's one-of-a-kind restaurants, or shop at the boutiques on Forest Avenue, The Inn at Laguna Beach has something for just about everyone looking to enjoy the charming town.

Ocean-Front Rooms at The Inn at Laguna Beach
With 70 rooms, The Inn at Laguna Beach is a boutique hotel with a modern beach vibe. The rooms are crisp and clean with white plantation shutters, earth-toned stripes, and rattan furniture. Select rooms include a private balcony, perfect for watching the sunset over the ocean.

Guests can choose from a variety of rooms (rates vary):
  • Ocean View
  • Balcony Ocean View
  • Top Floor Ocean View
  • Poolside
  • Village
  • Distinctive Suites

Most room include the following amenities:
  • Complimentary in-room, high-speed wireless Internet access
  • In-room coffee maker and Starbucks coffee
  • Umbrellas, beach chairs and towels are available for use during your stay
  • Refrigerator and honor snack bar
  • Hair dryer, iron and ironing board
  • Cotton robes
  • In-room safe
  • Private balcony or patio
Guests staying at the Inn at Laguna Beach don't have to leave their dogs at home. With pet-friendly accommodations, dogs are welcome to accompany their owners.

Dining Options at The Inn at Laguna Beach
Although the hotel does not have an on-property restaurant, they do partner with nearby Las Brisas restaurant to offer in-room or poolside dining. Guests can also choose to dine at Las Brisas, located right nextdoor to The Inn, and charge to their guest room. Las Brisas offers patio dining with stunning views of Laguna's coastline.

Nearby Activities at The Inn at Laguna Beach

Just steps from the hotel are a variety of activities:
  • Beach: The hotel provides all the amenities for a relaxing day at the beach -- beach chairs, umbrellas, towels. The Inn can also reserve a standup paddle board for guests wanting to explore the ocean. Main Beach also has amazing tide pools worth exploring. For those that don't want to get sandy, spend a day relaxing at the pool instead.
  • Art: Laguna Beach is known for it's art. Stroll to a number of art galleries located within walking distance, including the Laguna Art Musuem right next door. On the first Thursday of the month, the town celebrates with Art Walk -- most galleries offer free appetizers and champagne, and a chance to meet local artists.
  • Hiking: Just a short drive away, is access to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Crystal Cove State Park, both with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.

Guest Services at The Inn at Laguna Beach
Guests are treated to a complimentary wine reception each evening. They can enjoy it on their balcony or patio, or on the rooftop lounge area. There is no service, but guests are welcome to eat their in-room dining there or just relax and enjoy the view.

Conservation Efforts
The Inn at Laguna Beach, part of Classic Hotels and Resorts, is committed to protecting the environment through the following practices:
  • Recycling paper, glass, plant-based bio-degradable plastics, and cardboard toner cartriges
  • Flourescent lightbulbs
  • Bio-degradable cleaning products
  • Encouraging carpooling and public transportation
  • Low VOC-emitting construction materials
  • Partially renewable energy resources
  • Reduced water usage
  • Reusable water bottles available (for purchase)
The Inn is also a sponsor of the Plastic Pollution Coalition and partner of Clean the World.

Contact Information

The Inn at Laguna Beach
211 N Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California 92651