Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine » SKIMBACO TRAVEL http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com Skimbaco Lifestyle, online magazine inspiring you to live life to the fullest. Travel, home, food, fashion, family. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:22:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Family-friendly Luxury in the Shenandoah Valley Horse Country in Virginiahttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/07/family-friendly-luxury-in-the-shenandoah-valley-horse-country-in-virginia.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/07/family-friendly-luxury-in-the-shenandoah-valley-horse-country-in-virginia.html#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:59:59 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/?p=45329 Special feature & giveaway guest post by Keryn Means. Shenandoah Valley in Virginia I visited Middleburg, Virginia, with Go Blue Ridge Travel and Trekaroo in June. This tiny town is in Virginia’s prime horse country.…]]>
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Special feature & giveaway guest post by Keryn Means.

Salamander Resort horses. Photo by Keryn Means

Shenandoah Valley in Virginia

I visited Middleburg, Virginia, with Go Blue Ridge Travel and Trekaroo in June. This tiny town is in Virginia’s prime horse country. As you drive into town you are welcomed by farm after farm raising and boarding horses for riders in the area. In fact, we were in town during the Upperville Colt and Horse Show. As we entered town, we noted all of the riders in their riding pants and boots grabbing a bite to eat. Riders from up and down the East Coast descended on the Valley for the week to show off their skills. One of the main places to see horse country in action was the Salamander Resort and Spa.

Salamander Resort and Spa

Salamander Resort in Virginia by Keryn Means

Sheila C. Johnson created this luxury retreat, now part of the Preferred Hotels & Resort group, after buying the former D.C. socialite Pamela Harriman’s horse farm. Just 35 minutes from Dulles International Airport, the 340-acre resort is home to 168 rooms and suites, a full equestrian program offering everything from pony rides and trail rides to one-on-one lessons and boarding for visiting horsemen and women, and two dining options that will make it hard for you to leave the resort to explore the town.

salamander Resort kids programs by Keryn means

Kids are certainly not forgotten at the resort either. Cooking classes, kid-friendly menus, zip-lining, a family pool with splash pads for little ones and an activity center offers craft projects are just a few of the fun things your kids can look forward to while visiting. The Great Lawn has a giant chess set and corn hole (a game that requires you to toss bean bags into a circle hole cut into angled planks of wood). It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or let the kids roast marshmallows as the fireflies start to appear when the sunsets.

Salamander Resort and Spa entryway by Keryn Means

Walking into the resort you feel as though you have stepped into your favorite aunt’s (massive) living room. Big glass windows take up the back wall letting in plenty of light to bath the blue and cream tones of the décor. As you walk toward reception, you will see the library, which instantly invites you to pick up a book and cozy up on a leather couch by the fireplace. To the right of the Living Room you will find the Golden Cup Wine Bar, a local happy hour spot and easy place to unwind after a day in the pastures training with your horse or exploring the Shenandoah Valley with your family.

Salamander Resort guest room by Keryn Means

Our guestroom on the fourth floor had two comfortable queen beds, a dining table, 40-inch screen TV the boys insisted on trying out the second we walked in the door (after they had tested the beds of course) and a balcony where my husband and I enjoyed a glass on wine while our boys were falling asleep. The only thing better (or at least as good) as that glass of wine before bed was the bathroom’s giant soaker tub, which was a welcome sanctuary after a very long and stressful week.

Salamander Resort Activities

Salamander Resort pool by Keryn Means

Bright and early the next morning, my boys were up and ready to go. I had ordered room service the night before to satisfy those grumbling bellies while my husband continued to sleep and I got ready for a visit to the spa. I can’t think of a better reason to wake up than to get a massage. I arrived early for my massage so I could enjoy the steam room (perfect if you suffer from allergies), programmable rain shower and warm whirlpool. There was also an outdoor heated pool that only spa guests were allowed to use. The pool deck had plenty of chairs to lounge in with a book or to catch up with friends. My massage with Kerry Minter was the highlight of my entire visit, however. Minter had worked as a mail carrier for years, but always dreamed of helping people through massage therapy. He quit his job and went back to school. I am so glad he did. Kerry was knowledgeable, respected my privacy and worked out some knots that I thought had settled in for good over the winter.

Visiting Middleburg

Completely relaxed, but knowing my little family was ready to explore, we drove the three minutes into town. The Saturday Farmers Market was in full swing when we arrived in center of Middleburg. There weren’t many vendors, but I was able to pick up a pile of strawberries to keep the boys happy while we walked through the perfect horse country town.

strawberries farmers market in Middleburg VA by Keryn Means

Everywhere you turn you are reminded of this town’s primary interest. The Middleburg Tack Exchange sells horse wear, while the numerous galleries along West Washington Street (Route 50) highlight horses in many of the paintings and sculptures. If you aren’t a big equestrian fan, there are plenty of shops for you as well. My boys loved exploring the Fun Shop, a maze of eclectic goods with a very nicely sized toy section on the top floor in the back. I was more interested in Lou Lou, a clothing store that can now be found in DC and around the East Coast. Middleburg boasts its original location. The owners are local and the large store certainly holds its’ own in this tiny town. Olio is the place to go if you enjoy olive oil tasting and their tea selection was also superb, while the chocolate wine at the Shenandoah Chocolates was definitely a surprising find.

Horseback riding at the Salamander Resort

Horses at Salamander Resort and Spa by Keryn Means

Having toured the town, we headed back to the Salamander Resort equestrian center for the boys’ pony ride and my trail ride. The resort equestrian program is top notch and ready to teach any skill level. My boys have never had formal riding lessons, but my oldest felt comfortable taking a turn around the meadow on a pony named Flea with the handler. My youngest liked the idea of the pony, but didn’t actually want to climb on top. While the boys ran off to the pool, I hopped on Whiskey, a handsome brown horse, for a guided trail ride through the Salamander property. Trail rides are offered for children 13 and up, but if you have a younger child who is a proficient rider, just talk to the staff. Usually they will test your child’s skills quickly to make sure they are ready for the very easy ride. The trail heads up and down hills, but never requires much work on the part of the rider. It can be hot in the summer months, but there is plenty of shade and fun conversation to be had with your trail guide.

Watching the Twilight Polo

Twilight Polo in Middleburg by Keryn Means

We also had the opportunity to go to the Great Meadows for Twilight Polo, probably one of the most exciting activities of our trip. I have never seen a polo match before. After working in the Hamptons as a photo assistant for a few years after college, I was familiar with the equestrian lifestyle, but we photographed more horse competitions, not polo matches. I didn’t know what to expect. My oldest and I arrived as the sun was beginning to set, and we saw a crowd of people up on the lawn. This was the best place be. Families had pulled out lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Kids were running around, while 20-somethings said hi to friends they hadn’t seen all week. This is a weekly tradition for some families and they do not mess around with their food. I saw everything from a stack of Little Caesars pizzas to homemade fried chicken with all the sides you could possibly want. Wine, cheese, crackers, mini quiches—they all showed up in beautiful picnic baskets with real china and silverware. Women dressed up in cute sundresses and maxi skirts, while the men wore polo shirts and button-down shirts over their khaki shorts and pants. This was not a dirty t-shirts and ripped jeans kind of event, but not stuffy either.

The actual polo match was what I figured a polo match out to be. My son picked his favorite team (blue) and started cheering away as the horses and their riders zoomed down the pitch after a small ball, trying to whack it into what looked like a door opening. I didn’t think we would stay very long, but when I told my son it was time to go during half-time, he refused to budge. He needed to find out who won the match. There was no way he could leave now! Astonished that he even cared, I plopped myself back down and we stayed until the end. I’m still not sure who won, but my son was happy and had found a new sport to cheer for, which is all that mattered.

Culinary Travels

barrel oak winery by Keryn Means

There are 50 wineries within an hour’s drive of the resort. We drove about 20 minutes to Barrel Oak Winery, perfect winery for parents to go with their kids. You do have to pay for tastings, but the wine is decent and there is usually live music on the weekends plus wood-oven pizzas available for purchase.

One night we dined at the resort’s Golden Cup Wine Bar. Burgers, steaks and even pretty decent sushi were on the menu, along with a beet salad you will not want to miss. The kids’ menu offered the usual fare for little ones. Our other dining option would have been Harriman’s, the fine dining restaurant at the resort. Their exquisite dinner menu draws from the local flavors and fresh ingredients from the onsite garden that guests are welcome to walk through to see what is in season.

Salamander Resort and Spa restautant by Keryn Means

Harriman’s also does a gorgeous breakfast buffet that my children loved. You walk into the cooking classroom just off the main dining room and are instantly greeted by trays of macarons, tiny lemon meringues and fruit tarts. These are just the beginning of your feast. The omelet station was quick and efficient with plenty of healthy ingredients like peppers, spinach and tomatoes to start you day off right. The boys loved the pancakes and when my five-year-old son asked if they had blueberry pancakes and I said no, an attendant swooped in and whispered to me that he could have blueberry pancakes rushed out to us if we needed them. We were content with a large pile of bacon, eggs and French toast, but my heart gave a little squeeze just knowing that this restaurant knew that happy kids made for happy parents (and vice versa of course). Anything that could be done to make our morning better, they would do.

Hunters Head Tavern by Keryn Means

We spent most of our weekend in Middleburg, but felt like we wanted to see a little more of the area before heading home. We drove west to Upperville, to eat at the Hunter’s Head. This English tavern is better known for their lunch and dinner, but brunch is definitely worth a visit, especially if you can sit in the garden. Their crème brulee French toast is a unique rush of sugar, especially if you give it a generous drizzle of syrup. The sweet potato biscuits with honey butter were a hit with all of us. One thing that we continued to find in the Shenandoah Valley: the commitment to farm to table dining. This was most evident at the Hunter’s Head as they use organic, local and non-GMO meats and produce whenever possible.

Hunters Tavern by Keryn Means

Family-fun in Winchester, VA

My husband and the boys also visited the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester while I ran down the street to Nibblins to take a macaron cooking class.

Nibblins Cooking Class by Keryn Means

Nibblins, a cookwares store and cooking school that offers classes for both kids and adults, is the brainchild of Susan Dolinar. She regularly teaches classes, as well as pastry chef Shanna Avila from Bon Matin Chez Leroy Bakery and Café. Chef Avila was my instructor in all things macarons. Shanna had us create four different macaron flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and carrot cake. I found out that macarons are fickle creatures that hate humidity and any extra water of any kind. Basically the best time to make them is around Christmas. Macarons are time consuming, but actually fairly easy to make. They are gluten-free, although certainly not nut-free (almond flour is the base), but at least the gluten intolerant can enjoy them.

Go Blue Ridge Travel makes it easy to plan a child-friendly trip

We arrived in Middleburg not really sure how kid-friendly it would be, and we left knowing our kids would be mad if we didn’t bring them back with us on a return visit. The Salamander Resort and Spa made it easy to escape city life, but the Shenandoah Valley was what really captured our hearts. As we drove home late on Sunday, I was still marveling at this little slice of Shenandoah Valley that we had discovered. There was so much more to do than I could ever imagined. I would have guessed that my husband and I could have a romantic getaway, but bringing the kids might not have crossed my mind. Thanks to the Kids Trail, part of the Go Blue Ridge Travel website, I was able to quickly search kid-friendly activities in the area. I didn’t have to bumble around and try to figure it all out on the fly. Everything I needed was in one convenient site.

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Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign with Trekaroo and Go Blue Ridge Travel. I have been compensated for this post and most of my travel was covered. As always, my opinions are my own; when they aren’t you will be the first to know.

Guest post by Keryn Means. Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. You can find Keryn dragging her two boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram, Facbeook and Pinterest.

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Our First Summer Back in the USA

How are you enjoying this summer? Here is what we have been up to. Our team has been busy living life to the fullest, and we have so many untold stories we hope to share on our site one day too. One day, when the time is right.

We are still waiting for the “real” summer to start here in upstate New York so we can enjoy the pool more in our backyard in our “summer camp at home.” Kids and I have some exciting projects we are working on, Gabriella is planning on putting her art on t-shirts and other merchandise, so I am helping a budding entrepreneur here. Isabella has a full production plan for her YouTube channel, and Kris is working on his own projects and training our new puppy.

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We spent a weekend in Jersey Shore for Father’s Day, and visited Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. It was a fun break, and I liked the retro-vibe of Wildwood (my photos below are from the trip). We are heading to our old hometown Lakewood, Ohio, to spend Fourth of July with friends, and in August we are going to visit family in Texas, and I will also attend the Young Living convention. And right when schools start, the entire family is also traveling to Family Forward conference in Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

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Reeta has been traveling all over Europe already this summer, between running her store in Helsinki, Finland, and taking her oldest daughter to play in tennis tournaments in Slovenia and UK, and with a few trips to Spain here and there… she has been snapping quite a few pictures of the airplane wings already this summer. More importantly, she has been able to find some serenity, spa and nature moments for herself too!

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Satu is gearing up for her big adventure in Faroe Islands later this summer. She has been busy at her full time marketing job as well in Norway, but she was on a kayaking adventure in Italy with her husband, and enjoyed midsummer fest in Finland with her family.

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Wes got an amazing new job and is busy working this summer, but he took a vacation to Southern France before starting in his new job. One of his finds was the Plage Beau Rivage, private beach in Nice, and he got some well-deserved rest before busy summer.

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Leigh spent a vacation with her family on the Topsail Island in North Carolina, and enjoyed the beach realizing her kids are getting older, and beach vacations are relaxing again. Leigh also has been investigating North Carolina wines, sounds like a great summer project! Next she is heading to Washington DC.

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Welcome Nomadic Newlyweds

I am so excited to welcome Brooke and Wilhelm Genn of Nomadic Newlyweds to our team! Brooke and Wilhelm are literally newlyweds and they are pursuing wedding photography career, and they will be our romantic destinations expects. This gorgeous couple sure has figured out how to enjoy life together, and make your dreams as a couple come true. I feel honored they also said “we do” for Skimbaco, when we asked if they would like to start sharing their journey with us as well. Stay tuned for their first post!

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Thankful for great partners

I would also like to extend my gratitude to special ladies with whom we have worked with this summer.

Nienke, The Travel Tester and I have been working on the Global Mappin project for five weeks now on Pinterest, and I am excited about the project and all what we have planned ahead for it. It has been great to do the weekly live chat, and get to know new people on Pinterest. I’ve also liked following Nienke’s travels to Baden-Wüttenburg in Germany, where I was in a student exchange program when I was a teenager, and of course I love to see London via Nienke’s eyes.

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Lara of Chicken nuggets of Wisdom has been guest posting us a few posts already this summer. I love her touching tea story from Ireland, and how she found Irish design in Dublin and beyond. Lara has been traveling in upstate New York and discovering what glamping is all about.

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Claudia of The Traveling Mom guest posted on our site about biking in Costa Rica. Claudia has been exploring British Columbia and Vancouver lately, catch up with her on Instagram.

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I’ve had so much fun working again with Coryanne of Kitchen Living with Coryanne this summer in the Avocados from Peru campaign. I truly loved the campaign because our family loves avocados, it was great to work with Coryanne again, and I love how we were able to add the Global Kitchen element back to Skimbaco Lifestyle, and I hope to do many more similar projects in the future.

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Check out also the Box Nine e-magazine that just launched by Coryanne and Sam Henderson. See my travel tips on page 50.

Travel tips for summer by Katja Presnal

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Cocktails & Dreams: to travel to St Croix to drink rum!

Dreaming of St. Croix

Today I am dreaming of a tropical vacation to St. Croix, and sipping a Caribbean Dream cocktail made with local Cruzan Rum right by the beach at the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa.

St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and you don’t even need a passport to travel there. St. Croix has a rich history with cultural diversity, native to Arawak and Carib peoples, and influenced by people from Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Malta, Denmark and the United States. The cultural mix fascinates me, and I hope to experience it myself one day. I want to see the traditional stilt dancers thought to chase away evil spirits, the “Mocko Jumbies”, and dance to the tunes of reggae and calypso. I want to do salt river kayaking and then ride horses on the beach.

Stunning views from the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

According to National Geographic St. Croix has “One of the world’s best beaches.” One of the most beautiful is the Buck Island. The Buck Island is surrounded by clear waters and extensive coral reefs, and is the only underwater national park.

According to National Geographic St. Croix has One of the world's best beaches. One of the most beautiful is the Buck Island. The Buck Island is surrounded by clear waters and extensive coral reefs, and is the only underwater national park.

The island has two main cities, Fredrickson and Christiansted.

St. Croix is a beautiful Island with two main cities - Fredrickson and Christiansted.

The famous Cruzan Rum is made in Fredrickson, where they distill using natural ingredients the authentic, down-to-earth and unhurried spirit of the island to every bottle of their rum.

Cruzan Rum is made in St. Croix, where we ensure its quality with a small panel of expert taste-testers before it’s ready to be shared with the world.

Year after year, thousands of barrels of Cruzan Rum are made right on St. Croix. With an expanded line of rums that include coconut, mango, pineapple, as well as Single Barrel and high-end Estate Diamond rums, Cruzan Rum continues to impress worldwide spirit connoisseurs. But no matter how popular the most famous export of St. Croix becomes, there is still only one place in the world where you can tour the distillery and visit the tasting room. In Fredrickson, on St. Croix.

Enjoy the summer with this drink at home

Try this drink directly from St. Croix to get you into spirit of the island.

Dreams & cocktails: Cruzan® Caribbean Dream perfect summer cocktail to dream of tropical vacation.

Cruzan® Caribbean Dream

Ingredients:
1 1/2 part Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Cinnamon
Cherries

Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and a speared cherry.

Cruzan Rum believes in living the “Don’t Hurry” and embracing every day. This cocktail is great for Fourth of July as well and you can kick off an evening of fireworks with the Cruzan Caribbean Dream. With colors of red, white and blue, this refreshing rum shooter has idyllic patriotic flair that will leave you (and your guests) wanting another! I hope my next one is on the island of St. Croix though!

Less drinking – more holistic living

I get that rum isn’t for everyone. If you are more into wellness than sipping cocktails, here is a quick travel tip for you this summer too.

Holistic Health and Certified Yoga Instructor, Koya Webb is hosting an exclusive retreat on St. Crox this summer. You can transform your mind, body and soul in five days while taking in the beauty of St. Croix at The Buccaneer Resort via Retreats Unlimited.

Holistic Health and Certified Yoga Instructor, Koya Webb is hosting an exclusive retreat on St. Crox this summer. You can transform your mind, body and soul in five days while taking in the beauty of St. Croix at The Buccaneer Resort via Retreats Unlimited.

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Koya is known as a “transformational specialist” when is comes to helping people reach their goals. This five day retreat offers inspiring fitness and nutrition plans and inspire you to make a positive lifestyle change that maximizes your ability to cultivate self love, lose weight, increase energy and experience optimal health through a holistic and active lifestyle.

The legendary Buccaneer resort offers the warm, personable service of a boutique hotel, seamlessly blending old world charm with thoroughly modern luxury on 340 sprawling, scenic acres of tropical island paradise. Amenities include three beaches, 18-hole golf course, tennis center ranked the best in the Virgin Islands, full-service spa, freshwater pools and water sports centers. The resort is family-run with great pride for generations and the preferred destination for numerous celebrities. The Buccaneer’s numerous accolades include being voted one of the 500 Best Hotels in the World, one of the Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda, one of the World`s Top 50 Tropical Resorts and a National Trust Historic Hotel of America.

Photos: Marriott Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa and Cruzan and Buccaneer.

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Stylish Beach Luxury

Luxury doesn’t have to be grand and opulent. Luxury is sometimes best when its understated. Simple.

You are not going to find a lot of glitz and glam in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but you will find a laid-back coastal style that will enable you to put your sand in the toes, and experience North Carolina’s natural beauty.

The Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C. has been on my list to visit for a long time. It’s the Outer Banks only full-service, luxury resort.

The beach style here is simple and classic.

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With a brand new Executive Chef, 24 new rooms, a gorgeous oceanfront spa, family-focused events, and new beachside attractions such as Full Moon Kayak tours and other nature-packed adventures, the Sanderling is THE resort to visit on the East coast this summer.

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And we think its chic style goes nicely with our new Skimbaco Shop.  Katja’s curated blue pillows look as if it would be right in style at the resort. And don’t forget that sometimes the ocean breeze in the Outer Banks can be a little chilly. Katja’s hand-picked geo-throw in grey will keep you warm.

Lux style from Outer Banks

When you cozy up by the oceanside fire pit, wrap yourself up in your own Beach Candy. We think orange would be a good color to  take with you to the Sanderling Resort.

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Beach Candy

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Rates start at $159 per night in the low season and $439 per night in the high season. For additional details on the summer updates, please visit www.sanderling-resort.com. To shop more of Katja’s finds, visit https://great.ly/t/skimbaco

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Discovering Irish Designhttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/irish-design.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/irish-design.html#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:03:05 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=45085&preview_id=45085 The Year of Irish Design What imagery does your mind conjure up when asked to describe Ireland? Bucolic scenes of deep emerald dotted with fleecy poufs of sheep wandering the countryside? This seems to be…]]>
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Folk Art Dublin City Centre, Dublin Ireland

The Year of Irish Design

What imagery does your mind conjure up when asked to describe Ireland? Bucolic scenes of deep emerald dotted with fleecy poufs of sheep wandering the countryside? This seems to be where the mindseye of most tends to wander. While the Emerald Isle certainly earns its moniker with settings like that, there is so much more to Éire – including a rich tradition of design and craftsmanship.

Dublin is a perfect example of Irish convention melding seamlessly with the contemporary. A stroll down Grafton Street promises a plethora of storied pubs serving up traditional dishes and perfectly pulled pints. While craft eateries like, Taste Cafe, experiment with global flavors added to fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Roasted sweet potato with a heady blend of Egyptian spice – Dukkah – topped with tahini and yogurt… sublime.

The harmony of contrasts doesn’t stop with the food. Whilst in Dublin recently, met local designers, shopped their wares, and stayed at two hotels, both with a unique blend of ‘old world’ charm and high design.

The Dylan Hotel Dublin, Ireland

The Dylan hotel is nestled in a well-groomed city center neighborhood no more than a ten minute walk from Grafton Street. A Victorian, red brick facade stands in stark contrast to the modern, highly designed, luxuriously whimsical interior.

The Dylan Hotel Bar, Dublin, Ireland (1)

Striking crimson chandeliers grace the ceiling casting a warm glow on padded leather walls. The bar, brushed metal formed into a sweeping serpentine flow, complemented by burnished silver stools that carry the same curvaceous detail, gives one the impression of having stepped into a Dali painting. From wall art commissioned by local artists, to the odd – yet oddly alluring “Vertabrae” chair designed by Jools Hannon, each detail at the Dylan is clearly well thought out, with an eye toward showcasing Irish design.

A jaunt across Saint Steven’s Green brought us to the Fitzwilliam hotel for the second half of our Dublin visit. Here clean lines, minimalism, and rich plum tones coalesce into space that feels as much gallery as hotel. The focal point of the lobby is a vignette of plush seating in Fitzwilliam signature purple, fireplace and portraiture that is subtly modern nod with a Victorian feel, round out the well-designed experience.

Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin, Ireland(1)

Dublin introduced me to a whole new view of Ireland through the craft of designers, artist, chefs and makers of all sorts. 2015 has been dubbed the year of Irish Design in an effort to encourage the promotion and celebration of Irish design and designers. Throughout the island this year you’ll find events and activities that showcase what Irish artisans have — and are producing.

Wanderlust by Danu, artisian designed Irish pottery

One of my most treasured finds on this trip, I picked up in a small gallery in Westport, County Mayo. A small piece of stoneware pottery handcrafted by Danu. Part of their ‘Wanderlust’ collection, the piece features a bold relief created with antique textile woodblock stamps found while designer Ruth Power was travelling around Rajasthan, India. The glazes chosen for this particular collection are meant to mirror the vibrant colors of Indian textiles, walls and doors. To find a piece of art, inspired by travel while traveling — does it get much better than that?

Planning to visit Ireland? Be sure to make exploring this rich side of Irish culture part of your trip. As they say, design creates a better world. Happy travels.

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Serving in the United States Navy was the catalyst that marked a turning point for me. I spent the bulk of my tour stationed in a small town in southern Spain (Rota.) There I fell in love with Spanish culture, the people, and the idea that travel is a means to connect us all in the human experience. Those lessons would go on to serve me well as the Director of Marketing for very successful startup, freelance travel writing, the adventure of raising four kids (ages 21 to 8) and marrying into a Sicilian family. My freelance work has appeared at 10Best.com, USA Today travel, and I somehow ended up as the cornerstone for a piece on renting backyard chickens in the Washington Post. No, really I did.

Lara lives in the Washington DC/Baltimore, Maryland Metro Area, and she has passion for culinary travel, resorts & hotels, luxury travel, cultural exchange & study abroad, multigenerational travel, and voluntourism.


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Master & Dynamic Headphones: Style meets Superior Soundhttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/master-dynamic-headphones.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/master-dynamic-headphones.html#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:38:33 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=45045&preview_id=45045 I would not claim to be an audiophile, but I do have an ear that can discern between quality sound and mediocre sound. For me, music is a very important element of travel- It entertains…]]>
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I would not claim to be an audiophile, but I do have an ear that can discern between quality sound and mediocre sound. For me, music is a very important element of travel- It entertains me on the road, drowns out the hum of an airplane engine, and inspires. This is the reason why the Master & Dynamic MH30 headphones are being designated as my “g0-to” travel accessory.

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When I was turned on to Master & Dynamic, I immediately identified with their brand philosophy: “We believe mastery is a never-ending exploration requiring a dynamic approach. Sound is a catalyst and a powerful creative element.”

I think this is powerful not only in terms of the product at hand, but in living life to the fullest as well. If you like to standout from the crowd when you get dressed in the morning like me, these stylish headphones are a great alternative to those white buds we see everywhere. The MH30 headphones are stylish yet functional, being crafted with premium leathers and aluminum.

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These headphones are the perfect travel companion because they are lightweight, stylish, and effective. I was impressed at how the quality of the sound coupled with the design reduced the outside noise, making them perfect for that packed car during a family road trip or a long transatlantic flight. The quality of the sound resonates through on all the genres of music I listen to, and I must say that the bass on my “Deep House” Pandora station has not sounded so good in a while. Additionally, the MH30 line fight easily into my carry-on size bags as well as my daily bag, making fun easy access so the perfect dose of sound.

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The entire rang of Master & Dynamic products are quite impressive. The aesthetic of the line is great choice for the discerning person who wants to stand a bit from the crowd.

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“I dream of being a business leader in the fashion world. Whether that be creating and running my own luxury retail consulting firm, or heading a department for a renowned fashion house, I want to mix the intellectually stimulating side of business with the creativity that the fashion world offers. Make sure to subscribe to Skimbaco Fashion weekly feed.” Wes Holland of Life Through Preppy Glasses.

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Culinary Postcard: Leigh’s Shrimp and Feta Pasta Salad from Topsail Islandhttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/culinary-postcard-leighs-shrimp-and-feta-pasta-salad-from-topsail-island.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/culinary-postcard-leighs-shrimp-and-feta-pasta-salad-from-topsail-island.html#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:53:55 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=45024&preview_id=45024 Topsail Island Summer Vacations For nine years, I’ve vacationed with my husband’s family on Topsail Island, North Carolina.  This simple island calls for lazy beach days, Gin & Tonic drinks on the porch, and home-cooked…]]>
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Culinary postcard from Topsail Island, North Carolina

Topsail Island Summer Vacations

For nine years, I’ve vacationed with my husband’s family on Topsail Island, North Carolina.  This simple island calls for lazy beach days, Gin & Tonic drinks on the porch, and home-cooked meals simple enough to prepare in a vacation rental.

We always buy fresh shrimp fresh delivered to the market straight from the boat.

I take that shrimp and make a pasta salad recipe that my Dad gave me over 20 years ago.  This recipe is so simple, and it is a crowd favorite.

Shrimp and Feta Pasta Salad

1 pound peeled shrimp, cooked and deveined
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
4 green onions
2 tomatoes
1 diced cucumber
1 ½ tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp pepper
8 ounces of angel hair pasta

Cook pasta.  Combine all ingredients.  Add to cooked pasta.  Mix well. Serve immediately.

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Even though there are nine of us in the rental, we still set a formal table with cloth napkins.

I think Katja’s set of 4 napkin pick in the Skimbaco Shop is perfect to accompany beach side vacation meals or a cozy family dinner on a home-screened porch.

Plume napkins, set of 4

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Recipes from Travels: Capa Gin&Tonichttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/recipes-from-travels-capa-gintonic.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/recipes-from-travels-capa-gintonic.html#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:12:24 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44831&preview_id=44831 Our goal for Skimbaco Lifestyle this summer is to bring an element of our travels into your home. We can dream a little about places to go.  Last month, Katja shared a Strawberry Chrysanthemum Elixir from…]]>
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Refreshing Gin and Tonic from Four Seasons Orlando

Our goal for Skimbaco Lifestyle this summer is to bring an element of our travels into your home. We can dream a little about places to go.  Last month, Katja shared a Strawberry Chrysanthemum Elixir from the Umstead Hotel and Spa, which is my five-star neighborhood hotel in Raleigh.

One of my favorite drinks is a simple gin and tonic. I think they are wonderful on my screened porch on a hot, Southern day.  The Four Seasons Orlando, which is on my list to visit at some point, shared with me its recipe for the Capa Gin & Tonic. Capa is the resort hotel’s signature Spanish-influenced restaurant on its rooftop.  The Capa Bar serves signature cocktails with an amazing view. I’ve now decided that I want to sit on this balcony with a Capa Gin and Tonic, and enjoy this view of Magic Kingdom.

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Recipe for Capa Gin & Tonic

2oz Caorunn Gin

1 btl Tonic

Apple, juniper, key lime, flower, sage

Directions:

Put 1 Ice sphere in Red Wine Glass. Add Gin. Using tweezers add garnishes (grab flowers by the pistol and rest them in the gin like a lily pad). When serving place the glass in front of guest and pour entire contents of the tonic btl into the glass.

Garnish:

  • 1 Red Apple Slices
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 1 Key Lime
  • 1 Raspberry
  • 1 Fennel Frond
  • 3 microflower marigolds

The Four Seasons Orlando honestly has me dreaming of Disney World again. The lakeside 26-acre (10.5 hectare) resort, heralded as a “kids’ paradise,” offers amenities and activities for all ages to enjoy even the adults. The Experience More – Resort Credit package at Four Seasons Orlando offers a daily resort credit for guests to maximize their on-property experience. For a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in perfect balance, guests can enjoy the Disney parks along with the many on-site recreational activities at Four Seasons. Parents can enjoy a break while children ages 4-12 are invited to spend just a few hours, or the whole day, at Kids For All Seasons, a complimentary kids camp open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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Hmm, hello. Did you say Kid’s Club? I’ll be right there as quick as you can say, “check-in”.

If you can’t get there this year, you can at least make yourself a Capa Gin & Tonic, and dream a little.

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Montreal in 10 Pictures (and why Québec is in my travel wish list for this summer)http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/montreal-in-10-photos.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/montreal-in-10-photos.html#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:04:38 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44843&preview_id=44843 Oh Canada, I wish I was coming for you this summer I am pretty excited to be back living in upstate New York again… because Canada is so close by! I recently wrote at Huffington…]]>
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Oh Canada, I wish I was coming for you this summer

I am pretty excited to be back living in upstate New York again… because Canada is so close by! I recently wrote at Huffington Post about exploring Canada by plane, train, boat or automobile, and wouldn’t mind heading back to Canada this summer.

I love road trips to Canada, and one of he places I can’t wait to head to again one day is Québec. I actually didn’t realize how large Québec is until doing some more research, and would like to see more of it. When kids were young we used to drive to Montreal twice a month to go to Finnish church, where they had children’s Finnish language school every Saturday. That was long time ago…

Montreal is an easy city to start exploring Québec. Montreal is only a short, inexpensive flight away from New York City, and it is a great romantic weekend destination, or equally a great family destination with the kids. Since Montreal is the latest place I have visited in Quebec, here are some of my pictures from the city.

Montreal in photos

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Montreal is the largest city in Québec, and it’s mainly French-speaking, giving it an “European feel.” The city itself make you feel like you are in Europe.

Metro sign in Montreal

Even the metro signs are very familiar and look like the ones in Paris.

Montreal street scene

Although Montreal is known for architecture that was designed for the World Fair of 1967, and the modern Habitat 67 building, the older historic buildings in Montreal city center are still what truly give Montreal it’s cosmopolitan feel.

Montreal in photos

One of the great things about traveling to Montreal is how easy it is to move around, even by walking. The subway system is easy to use, and in fact there is almost like a whole another city under the city as the subway stops are pretty much like underground shopping malls in the city center.

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I personally also recommend bicycling in Montreal. The city is easy to navigate on a bike and you can easily even cross the St. Lawrence river by bike to island where the World Fair was held, and where the Formula-1 racing circuit is still hosted annually. There are also plenty of parks in Montreal.

Park in Montreal

For the real gardens though – head to Montreal Botanical Garden. It is one of the largest gardens in the world, and when we were visiting the gardens, we saw them still building the incredible topiaries for the summer.

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Go for the food. Really. Whether you are into street food, or fusion cuisine, Montreal is a great destination for foodies. The smoked sandwiches at Schwartz’s are a Montreal tradition, and you can’t leave Montreal without eating poutine, which is French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Of course, I also recommend finer cuisine, one of my favorite restaurants in Montreal is Italian restaurant called Venti.

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I stayed at the InterContinental Montreal on my last stay, and I would highly recommend it for their level of service, comfy and luxurious rooms, and above all, I loved the view over the St. Lawrence river from my room. It was incredible to wake up to sunrise over the river every morning.

Montreal sunrise at Intercontinental Hotel

Quebec has so much more than Montreal though…

Visit Québec Original tourism site to see much more what Quebec has to offer. From wine route to whale watching, from mountains to even fjords…

St Lawrence River in Montreal

I personally also love the St. Lawrence river area, and would love to bike the from Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie via Route 362, they say it is one of the loveliest scenic routes in North America, right by the majestic St. Lawrence River high above the waves.

St Lawrence River

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post, but I really love visiting Canada.

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“My mission is to inspire you to live life to the fullest and find your own “skimbaco,” how you enjoy life where ever you are in the moment. For ideas for travel, home, food and fashion, subscribe to weekly Skimbaco Lifestyle feed on Mondays and I hope you get my newsletter that I send out sometimes on Fridays.” Katja Presnal, editor-in-chief and the owner of Skimbaco Lifestyle.

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Father & Son Bonding Time Can Be This Simplehttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/father-son-bonding-time-can-be-this-simple.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/06/father-son-bonding-time-can-be-this-simple.html#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2015 01:44:42 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44771&preview_id=44771 This post is brought to you by Stanley thermos bottles – they make a great Father’s Day gift! You don’t have to go far to travel Traveling is one of our family’s hobbies, and well,…]]>
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Father and son bonding time: walk outdoors.

This post is brought to you by Stanley thermos bottles – they make a great Father’s Day gift!

You don’t have to go far to travel

Traveling is one of our family’s hobbies, and well, one of our only hobbies we do together besides skiing. We have been very fortunate we have been to travel with our children since they were born. However, “family travel” doesn’t always have to be jetting to the other side of the world, sometimes it can be as easy as going for a walk in the park, and exploring your own neighborhood. More importantly, family travel does not always have to mean that the entire family has to go, sometimes it’s nice to give one kid the special time!

However, so far it has been just me taking the kids for one-on-one trips with me, and on day trips. When our oldest turned ten, she got a day in New York City with me as a gift, when she turned thirteen, I took her to Paris, and her younger sister got a trip to Bali for her thirteenth birthday. While these trips have been amazing, and something girls will remember their lifetime, we have always made sure that their expectations of “great family trips” are not only expensive trips, but that they learn to appreciate what they have right in their backyard. Maybe not a coincidence, but that’s what Skimbaco is all about too – to find the best in your own neighborhood and to enjoy it to the fullest. (Did you know the name “skimbaco” comes from “skiing in Colorado”? One of our ways to enjoy life!)

You don't have to go far to travel.

My husband Matt has always been the master of our “Saturday adventures” and finding cool events happening in town, the parks to visit, or even as simple as new ethnic restaurants to try on. This weekend he wanted to get the kids to a new park he had heard about. We packed a lunch in a backpack, with coffee and tea in a thermos, and headed to the park. Even if it was just a micro-adventure of one afternoon, it gave us a good reminder: you don’t have to go far to travel, and sometimes the simplest things can be the best things. When it comes to fun family travel, it really is more about remembering the family bonding and having a good time together, than about the destination where you go to.

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Give The Gift Of Stanleyness this Father’s Day

Stanley sent us some new vacuum bottles for our day in the park, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Matt had been scouting for the new parks to visit for a long time, and in all honesty, kids got even more excited after they heard there will be a packed lunch and a picnic by the stream involved. Because who doesn’t like packing lunch sandwiches? And the coffee tastes always better from a thermos outdoors, doesn’t it? I still remember the days when my father took us kids fishing, and brought his thermos and packed sandwiches. It feels so good to see my husband to create the same kind of memories now with our children, that I had when I was a kid.

The Stanley thermoses make great Father’s Day gifts too, check out the Stanley page on Eddie Bauer to shop for these and other Stanley products.

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This following week we will be focusing on pinning about Fun Family Travel on our Global Mappin board.

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“My mission is to inspire you to live life to the fullest and find your own “skimbaco,” how you enjoy life where ever you are in the moment. For ideas for travel, home, food and fashion, subscribe to weekly Skimbaco Lifestyle feed on Mondays and I hope you get my newsletter that I send out sometimes on Fridays.” Katja Presnal, editor-in-chief and the owner of Skimbaco Lifestyle.

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