Justine Amodeo 2017-09-05 07:46:27
From playing one-of-a-kind guitars to designing your own martinis, Montage Hotels & Resorts offers unique experiences to guests. Sometimes we travel to relax and sometimes we get away to escape our routine. But when we’re on vacation, memories are almost always made where we least expect it; the discovery of a blue sea star, riding in a dressage arena, making a lei, surveying alligator populations, dog sledding through snowy trails or visiting world-class museums are all activities that expand our knowledge about the cultural environment we are visiting. “Traveling to new places can be inspiring,” says Tim OBrien, vice president of marketing at Taylor Guitars, which partners with Montage Laguna Beach. “Sometimes a change of scenery is what we need to inspire creativity.” At Montage Hotels & Resorts, the above activities and more offer guests an endless supply of options when traveling. Here, we’ve put together a sampling of unique activities to schedule on your next journey. LEI MAKING AT MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY The lei has been a symbol of aloha for many and, in this class, Montage Kapalua Bay’s Cultural Ambassador Silla Kaina guides guests through the history and story of the lei. Kaina leads guests around the property to find the appropriate ferns, orchids and leaves from local trees and plants, then teaches the lei braiding method referred to as “haku.” Leis are made for men or women, young and old, and can be worn on the head (called a lei po’o) or, around the neck or as an open garland. “The lei is from an old Hawaiian tradition of respecting the elements and you have to use materials from the land,” Kaina says. “When you collect materials from the land you become like that fern, or that flower. That fern is the first life after a lava flow. We become like that fern, strong. We look at it as sacred.” The Hawaiian tradition of placing a lei on others is significant because it means that “when they wear it, they become a part of us,” Kaina says. The leis can be dried and kept as keepsakes to remember the land, or “aina.” HOT AIR BALLOONING AT MONTAGE DEER VALLEY Among other options, Montage Deer Valley’s autumn Fall in Love package invites couples to celebrate the change of seasons and enjoy the radiant colors of the aspens from a hot air balloon. The package includes overnight accommodations with rose petal turndown, chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, dinner for two in Apex (the resort’s fi ne dining restaurant) and complimentary valet parking. For a truly memorable experience, a romantic hot air balloon ride with Park City Balloon Adventures can be scheduled as an add-on activity. At high altitude, you and your loved one can gain a bird’s-eye view of the Wasatch Range during an aweinspiring sunrise. End this one-of-akind experience with a refreshing Champagne toast. The Fall in Love package is available through Nov. 15. MAKE YOUR OWN MARTINI AT MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS Guests dining at Georgie or The Garden Bar can order the tableside martini cart for made-to-order frozen martinis prepared with a rinse of vermouth and your choice of Plymouth gin or Imperia vodka, garnished with Castelvetrano olives or a fl amed lemon twist. The martini cart is available at Georgie daily from 11 a.m. until closing and at The Garden Bar daily from noon to 1 a.m. PLAY ONE-OF-A-KIND TAYLOR GUITARS AT MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH Through the Coastal Chords program, music-loving guests at Montage Laguna Beach can borrow and play Taylor GS Mini-e Koa guitars throughout their stay. “We’re hoping Coastal Chords will bring musically driven guests together by offering the opportunity to experience the Laguna Beach culture and practice music with the convenience of not having to travel with their instruments,” says Rick Riess, vice president of Montage Hotels & Resorts and managing director at Montage Laguna Beach. ENJOY THE S’MORES CART AT MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF The s’mores cart at Montage Palmetto Bluff is a modern day “bakfi et” (a cargo bike which means “box bike” in Dutch). These freight bicycles were originally designed for tradesmen to make deliveries of baked goods, dairy and produce. The resort’s modern interpretation is a fun way for gourmet s’mores to arrive at any event and is most often seen by the River House fi re pits for nightly s’mores. Custom designed with six bins fi lled with a variety of fl avored and classic marshmallows, a tray for graham crackers, roasting sticks and a mini refrigerator for keeping the house-made milk and dark chocolates perfectly crisp on warm summer evenings, this bike brings the s’mores party to you.
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