The French Countryside = Now Cheaper Than Disney

It’s time you brought some dignity back to the family vacay. Instead of shelling out thousands on Mickey Mouse everything, unwind in a castle. Yes, a real-life castle. And did we mention it’s cheaper? 

The 17th-century French Château de Sorel is just 47 miles outside of Paris (hello, Champs-Élysées and macarons). After you shop ’til you drop in the city, head back and settle into the country way of life. Fish private streams and explore nearby villages by bike. Your castle getaway even comes complete with moats and well-manicured gardens.

And the best part? The entire property sleeps 15 for $600 a night (a.k.a. everyone chips in $40). Cue the champagne.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 2, 2014

Your Ideal Unwind: Escapes for Every Personality

Let’s play a game of would you rather. Would you rather jog on the beach or hike through pine-crested mountains? Get a luxurious massage or learn how to prepare a gourmet meal? Escape to quaint New England or buzzing Las Vegas?

Have your answers? Good. Now make it all happen with the help of Canyon Ranch® – a 35-year-strong health and wellness pioneer. Here’s your guide.

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March 11, 2014

Overpacking Syndrome: Tricks to Packing Light for a Weekend Away

We all do it. Eight dresses for a two-day trip? Of course we need each one. But overpacking can be avoided. The key is knowing exactly what you need ahead of time. Whether you’re taking a weekend vacation at the beach or just heading down the street, this list will help you get organized – once and for all.

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What to Pack for a Weekend Away

1. Clothes
Think versatility. Summer pieces are generally smaller and more lightweight, so you can get away with bringing more without reaching that overpacking threshold. Stick to one base color – like cream or white – then just mix and match for a whole new look.

Your key items: Two pairs of shorts, one pair of jeans, one dress that works for both days on the beach and nights on the town, one T-shirt, and one dressier top. (Plus the requisite sleepwear and underpinnings.) If you’ll be soaking up some sun, one swimsuit is plenty.

2. Shoes
Yes, you can get away with bringing just three pairs of shoes. You’ll need something for day, night, and sightseeing (read: lots of walking).

Your key items: One pair each of flat sandals, neutral-hued wedges, and sneakers.

3. Accessories
Try to avoid bringing every last necklace or belt in your house. Instead, pick pieces that work with the majority of your clothing.

Your key items: One statement necklace, one neutral-colored belt, a pair of sunglasses, a floppy hat, and one tote (bonus points if you can fit a weekend’s worth of items in it).

Our The Packing List: For Summer Weekend Getaways Boutique opens Wednesday, July 3, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 3, 2013

Operation Adventure: An Inside Look at Tsaina Lodge in Alaska

With summer fast approaching, I’m feeling the urge to challenge myself with an outdoorsy adventure – and Alaska’s Tsaina Lodge fits the bill. Nestled atop Thompson Pass in the Chugach Mountain Range, this remote escape offers everything from helicopter sightseeing to shark fishing (yes, you read that right). So, I chatted with Tsaina’s CEO, David Hudacsko, to get the inside scoop on a day in the life. Have to mentally prepare, after all.

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7:30AM: When there are 20.5 hours of daylight to work with, there’s always time for an excursion or two. Best to get up bright and early (but maybe not too early) to prep. Hudacsko says it’s “typically 65 degrees in July and August, but we are in Alaska and near the water. Pack for mountain weather that will change in a moment’s notice, and always have a windbreaker on you.”

9AM: Hudacsko cites helicopter fishing, sightseeing, hiking, and glacier exploration as some of the lodge’s top adventure options. Schedule your time the night before, then lift off from the on-site heli-pad in Tsaina’s helicopter. Sign me up for what Hudacsko calls “the best fishing” in Alaska – or anywhere.

5 – 7PM: Back from your day of adventure? Hudacsko describes the typical routine. “Get changed, relax, come down and grab a drink, and exchange stories from the day. Then table up for dinner.” Hudacsko recommends super-fresh seafood like sushi, Copper River salmon, king crab legs, and the Halibut Plate. Freshly made pasta and top-grade steaks from a private ranch in Missouri also merited a mention.

9PM: After dinner, Tsaina’s historic bar is the place to be. With six rotating microbrews from the Alaskan Brewing Company on tap, there’s plenty of local flavor to enjoy. Also, the potential for free drinks. “This is a really nice setting,” Hudacsko says, “but if you climb up the center post in the room, across the ceiling beam, and down to the mountain climber hand holds to complete ten pull ups, we buy you beers.” I don’t trust my own arm strength, but I’d love to see someone else try.

Is it summer yet?

Our Tsaina Lodge – Valdez, AK Boutique opens Tuesday, May 14, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 14, 2013

Coconut Recipes: Get in a Tropical Frame of Mind

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The bikini is packed. You’ve stocked up on SPF. Chic new sunglasses are stored in their case. What’s left to do in preparation for an upcoming island getaway? I, for one, like to get into a tropical frame of mind – and nothing says tropical like a coconut concoction (liquid or otherwise).

Try one (or all, we’re not judging) of these delectable recipes before hopping the border so you’re totally prepared for the onslaught of relaxation.

Frozen Coconut Drink: Think of this as an embellished piña colada. All you need? Coconut ice cream and rum.

Coconut Macaroon Pancakes: Because you’re not on vacation until you stop counting calories. (Don’t feel too guilty – coconuts are healthy, after all.)

Coconut Shrimp: Dress up your favorite seafood with shredded coconut. Shrimp cocktail who?

Coconut Flan: For those of you more ambitious in the kitchen than I (a.k.a. anyone reading this), try your hand at this upgraded Iberian dessert.

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie: This basically begs to join you poolside.

Now that you’re ready (and an expert in all things coconut), start planning your getaway. Our CasaSandra – Holbox Island, Mexico Boutique opens Friday, March 1, at 11AM ET.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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March 1, 2013

Escape Plan: My Agenda for Lake Austin Spa Resort

A sneak peek into a week at this Texas oasis

Come mid-February, I’m in dire need of a vacation – with a to-do list that includes enough time to relax, de-stress, and learn something new. Luckily, Lake Austin Spa Resort has more than enough to get my rejuvenation going without abandoning my New Year’s resolutions. Besides the extensive list of mind-body classes, there are spa treatments, cooking demos (I need to work on my pasta-making), and discovery classes (think astronomy and Tarot card reading) to keep me blissfully unaware of the outside world. Now all I need is more time in a week….

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Our Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, TX Boutique opens Wednesday, February 6, at 11AM ET.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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February 6, 2013

Hopping the Pond? Time to Get Packing

 

You finally booked that dream British vacation – first class flight and everything. Now, all that’s left between you and Great Britain (well, besides an ocean) is that empty suitcase.  Luckily, we’ve taken a look at your itinerary (and even included a few insider tips) and answered all your what-to-wear woes.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Hit the pub scene (try out Bow Bar for the best whiskey) with a cozy-looking clutch and a pair of sleek-but-not-too-dressy leather booties.

Manchester, England
Give a nod to Manchester’s punk-rock roots (it’s home to Piccadilly Records) with an edgy chain-link bag and biker boots.

Cardiff, Wales
When shopping in Cardiff, A.K.A. the city of arcades, look to smart flats and a crossbody bag (you’ll want both hands free for all those to-die-for finds).

St. Albans, England
Take a day trip from London and explore the scenic city of St. Albans. Just remember to pack comfy flats and a large bag you can fill with water, maps, and snacks.

For more British fashion and flights to these locales (and beyond), check our In High-Flying Fashion: British Airways & VisitBritain Boutique, opening Monday, December 17 at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 17, 2012

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

 

A Value Card for Travel through AuthentEscapes. Mom and Dad said that all they want this year is a card, right? Then give them that card – with one of these travel vouchers hidden inside. (Sneaky!)

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.

 


December 10, 2012

Island Vacation Booked? Time to Pack.

You booked the resort and snagged seats in coach. All that’s left between you and miles upon miles of white sand beach? That darned empty suitcase. Fill it up – without a fret – with help from these handy packing tips.

Don’t want to plan outfits in advance? Pick an outfit base color: black, brown, white, or navy – and pack only things that match it. For beach escapes, I love packing things in shades of white, navy, and tan – with pops of coral and turquoise to keep things lively.

Pack three pairs of sandals: basic flip-flops, nicer flats, and a pair of espadrilles. One you’ll wear to the beach or pool, the second you’ll wear during the day, the third you’ll wear while sipping coconutty drinks under that gorgeous island starlight.

“If you go, take a sweater.” My mom says this so often, it’s become a running family joke. But goodness, is it true. I promise, there’s nothing worse than arriving on vacation and realizing that you haven’t packed anything warm. So please, take her advice – pack a sweater (or two)!

Don’t forget sun protection. Pack that hat (a floppy one looks chic), remember those aviators, and take the whole arsenal of sunscreen (these towelettes make toting a cinch). Wouldn’t want to spend the vacation red as a beet, would we?

Want a full packing list? Peep this one for ideas.

Find all you need for that resort getaway – and more – in our Time to Get Away: Resort-Ready Picks Boutique, opening Tuesday, November 12, at 3PM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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November 13, 2012

ELLE Editor’s Selections: The Resort Report

AN INTERVIEW WITH ELLE.COM FASHION & SHOPPING EDITOR SYDNEY WASSERMAN

 

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We must admit, even though winter’s chill just officially set in, we’ve been daydreaming of jetting off to the tropics for a while now. We sat down with ELLE.com Editor Sydney Wasserman to fulfill our island craving with her take on all things Resort.

Rue La La: What trends from this season’s Resort collections are you most excited about?
Sydney: I love the idea of mixing different prints in one bold outfit. It takes a keen eye to be able to clash prints without looking like a clown, but when done right, it’s so chic. I also like the look of a high-waisted short suit - it gives off the air of a high-powered jetsetter. And I can’t forget this season’s color craze: neons.

Rue La La: How have Resort collections evolved over the past several years?
Sydney: Resort has certainly become a predominant season with its own story and look. I think Michael Kors summed it up best when he observed that while Spring and Fall set the trends, Resort is the wardrobe that will be in a woman’s closet.
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December 22, 2010