Sunrise, Phoenix Resort ©John Lamkin
We arrived at the dock and were warmly welcomed by a member of The Phoenix resort’s staff. As we experienced throughout this trip these island people are friendly, caring and very proud of their island. We had come to Belize’s Ambergris Caye (pronounced key) by water taxi from Chetumal, in the southern end of the Mexican Caribbean, a ride of about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
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Basket Dance, Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Phoenix ARIZONA
Northern Arizona is a wonderful place to escape the chill of the northern climes. Among the many interesting and fun activities in the area is hot air ballooning. Outside of Phoenix you can take a sunrise you (or sunset) flight, soaring over the grandeur of the Sonoran Desert, watching the sun rise over the towering mountain ranges. A photographer will be in heaven with an unobstructed view from the balloon’s hand-crafted wicker basket. “Captain” Mike piloted our balloon, smoothly gliding over the desert scenery below, finally coming to a perfect three-point (I guess in a balloon it’s a one-point) landing. Back on earth, we were treated to the over 100-year-old ritual of flutes of champagne. It seems that when ballooning first started in France, the balloonists would carry along bottles of champagne so that when they landed in farmer’s fields, the drink would be quickly offered, proving that the strange fliers were not from another planet. Read more and view slideshow at Examiner.
Wine Seminar- Pairing Wine with Food - Jo Ann Carolla-Polt ©John Lamkin
It may come as a surprise to learn that the first wine production in the United States started in what now is called New Mexico by Spanish monks in 1633. The New Mexico wine country is home to over forty wineries, several in the vicinity of the art colony, Taos, high up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
In August, 2011 the toast of taos arts & wine festival took place under the new and enthusiastic management of Jan Mellor, gallery owner; Jillian Smothers, Food & Beverage Director for Taos Country Club; and sculptor Steven Gootgeld. This year the festival consisted of three main events. Several art, food and music partnering events ran concurrent with the festival.
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By John Lamkin
As the whole Caribbean coast of Mexico goes steadily more upscale in its real estate offerings, the ex-backpacker enclave of Tulum and regions to the south are heating up in anticipation of a new international airport.
Tulum Beach - Mexican Caribbean - photo © John Lamkin
A few years ago the image one had of Tulum, Mexico was a unique Maya archaeological site, backpackers, pseudo-Maya huts and bare-breasted Italian women on sparkling white powder sand Caribbean beaches.
Now that image has changed considerably to include luxury homes and luxury resorts. Plus ecology has crept into the picture — Read more at Luxury Latin America.
The Dock at Rancho Encantado Eco-Resort on Laguna Bacalar, Mexican Caribbean
Rancho Encantado Eco-Resort, Laguna Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico — December 2010
I ‘discovered’ Rancho Encantado about 14 years ago – not that it was lost. It had been languishing on the shore of Laguna Bacalar, the Lake of Seven Colors, in the southern Yucatan Peninsula for 10 years before that discovery. I try to get to that magical place at least once a year. The Rancho exists in the midst of the Zona Maya, the home of the old Maya civilization. Archaeological sites abound. I met my querida there and we have been together for 13 years.
You can find Rancho Encantado at www.encantado.com.
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