Archive for October, 2011

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Posted in Ski Vacations on October 19, 2011 by cheriforzani

I recently had the opportunity to stay at what I would consider to be the Northeast’s premier destination resort with my husband and dog, (yes, it’s luxurious and dog friendly, what more could I ask for?).  We were on our way to pick up our son from college for the summer and decided to make a detour to quaint, yet sophisticated, Stowe Vermont.

Stowe Mountain Lodge is a year-round New England spa resort that offers a variety of luxury lodging accommodations in Stowe, Vermont. If you want to find yourself surrounded in luxury, plan a vacation to Stowe’s newest resort and lodge.

Even though the addition of a new inter-mountain transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield with Spruce Peak, new trails, a new beginner area, two new high-speed detachable quads and new fully-automated snowmaking on Spruce Peak has reinforced Stowe’s position as the East’s premier skiing and snowboarding resort, summer vacations at Stowe offer golfing, endless hiking, mountain biking and zip lines, perfect for the active family.

From the moment you enter the soaring, two-story lobby with its expansive glass views of Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield and its massive stone-and-timber detailing, your senses will thank you.  With its evocative use of  natural stone, rich woods and metal detailing, the décor and  architecture brings the outdoor alpine aesthetic indoors. Every home is  a front door to the mountains … every interior, an open invitation to  reflect on the day’s adventure or daydream about the next.

The Lodge features a limited selection of  condominiums, ranging from luxury studios for personal getaways to  spacious three-bedroom residences.

Designed by architects and interior designers known globally for their  resort expertise, these fully-furnished condominiums feature a  high level of craftsmanship and detail. Each provides convenient access  to the exceptional facilities: including a world-class, Vermont Fresh restaurant Solstice; The Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge; a Bob  Cupp 18-hole wilderness golf course; and, of course, Stowe Mountain Resort.

The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge creates an unsurpassed experience in an environment designed for relaxation, renewal and rejuvenation.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to experience any spa treatments but I hope to at a later date.  I did find time to go swimming in the enormous heated outdoor pool and hot tub…both were fantastic, and got a quick work out in the best equipped gym I’ve ever seen at a resort.

I am looking forward to returning with my kids (and Kona, she’s still missing her plush dog bed, Vermont made dog treats and handcrafted dog bowls),  in the winter so that we can experience the great skiing and boarding that’s just outside the lobby door.

For more information or to book, contact me at 203 216-1668 or email


In honor of National Cruise Vacation week…

Posted in Cruises, Steals & Deals on October 19, 2011 by cheriforzani

I will be adding to the list of cruise specials all week, please check back for new offerings:

AMA Fly to Europe for $199 with AmaWaterways

The Legendary Danube
7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest. Optional 3 nights in Prague only $690 p.p.  Starting from  $1,999 per person

Blue Danube Discovery
7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. Optional 2 nights Budapest & 3 nights Prague $1150 p.p.  Starting from  $1,999 per person

Europe’s Rivers & Castles
7-night cruise from Luxembourg to Nuremberg or reverse. Optional 3 nights Paris & 2 nights Prague $1240 p.p.

Rhine Winter Voyage
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse. Optional 2 nights Zurich & 2 nights Lucerne $920 p.p. Starting from $2,199 per person

Christmas Time Cruise
7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest or reverse. Optional 2 nights in Prague $460 p.p.  Starting from $2,099 per person

For more information or to book, call 203-216-1668

Oceania 2 for 1 savings!

For more info on this private sale, please call  203 – 216-1668


Up To 70% Off Brochure Prices

Yacht Club Deck 2 – $1,999 *GTY

Yacht Club Deck 3 – $2,499 *GTY

Yacht Club Deck 4 – $2,999 *GTY

Note – these special prices are not on SeaDreams website

When booking request Promo Code – USGTYPS
DATE     2011     DAYS     VOYAGE
1 – 6 Nov.            5     San Juan, Puerto Rico – Roundtrip
3 – 10 Dec.          7     Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas – Roundtrip
10 – 16 Dec.       6     Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas –  San Juan, P.R.
16 – 23 Dec.       7     San Juan, P.R. – Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

For more info on this private sale, please call 203 – 216=1668

All-Inclusive Fares from $2,899

Plan your winter getaway now and take advantage of great rates on your choice of 27 sailings worldwide! Silversea’s smaller ships offer intimate experiences, all-inclusive luxuries, and now, for a limited time only, low cruise-only fares on a world of enticing destinations. Book your preferred suite and sailing while this special offer is still available!

Venetian Society Members earn Double Cruise Days

Guests who have previously sailed with Silversea will also earn double Cruise Days when they book any of these featured voyages.

Fares Shown are Cruise-Only

Ask for “Worldwide Suite Deals” when booking to get these special rates.

For more information and itineraries please call 203 216-1668

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Introductory rates!

Posted in Mexico, Steals & Deals, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by cheriforzani

Secrets Marquis lobby
Beginning November 1st, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, will bring adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® for the first time to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Situated on a land where the tranquil desert meets the untamed waters of the Pacific Ocean, guests will feel a sense of excitement and experience a world of pleasure. Located a mere 25 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport and close to Cabo’s most famed landmarks, El Arco, Land’s End and Lover’s Beach, this seaside escape sits serenely along the coastline with views of the pristine beach, magnificent Sea of Cortes and the tranquil desert.
Unlimited-Luxury® Awaits…
Adults will be treated to a wondrous escape along the Sea of Cortes, completely encompassed in a world of unparalleled pampering pleasures with all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury®. Gourmet dining options, unlimited premium brand beverages, 24-hour room service, no restaurant reservations required, pool and beach wait service, daily activities and live performances…it’s all this and more.

Lobby towards mountain

To book these introductory rates please call
203 216-1668

For more photos view here: Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Ski Free this winter – even during Presidents week!

Posted in Ski Vacations, Steals & Deals, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by cheriforzani

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Ski & Play for FREESkiers in the Canadian Rockies will marvel at the snow-covered peaks and natural beauty of our unspoiled wildreness. Heaps of champagne powder, terrain suitable for all levels, short lift lines and incredible hospitality make Banff National Park the ultimate ski destination.

Package Includes: Accommodation, 2 tri-area lift tickets OR $100 resort credit per night
Availability: November 11, 2011 to May 21, 2012
Starting from $299 CDN per night, per room based on double occupancy.


Ski & Play for FREERenowned for being amongst the best alpine ski areas in the world and offering endless snow adventures, Lake Louise is the ultimate ski destination – experience the pure exhilaration of skiing endless runs, dog sledding the Great Divide, or traversing the pristine scenery while cross-country skiing.

Package Includes: Accommodation, 2 lift tickets OR $100 resort credit per night
Availability: November 15, 2011 to May 1, 2012
Starting from $299 CDN per night, per room based on double occupancy.

For more information or to book, call 203 216-1668