Condé Nast Traveler's highly anticipated Gold List has been released with Castello di Casole gracing the magazine's January 2014 cover and featured as the opening property! Each year the luxury travel publication holds a Readers' Survey – this year an unprecedented 80,000 participants cast their votes for their favorite hotels, resorts and cruise lines. Described as "The Historic Gem," Castello di Casole is highlighted for its romantic countryside settings, contemporary amenities, historic roots and exceptional service. Read more via our press page.
The Sebastian Vail Blog
It's not just about getting to your Timbers Resorts destination — whether that's Vail, or possibly Cabo, or even Tuscany. It's about getting there and finding that sense of heightened living, that moment of restoration. Time for the body and time for the mind.
Part of that time, when it comes to the mind (and the pleasures of the senses), is the art that surrounds you while you're there. Timbers Resorts is proud to be a place where artists are a part of the environment. The lifestyle that Owners and guests lead here, it's enriched by the talented visionaries whose painting and sculpture and designs are showcased throughout our luxury fractional homes.
We like to think we're curating a kind of relationship between the people who live here and the people who create what makes here special. And so, let's take a look at how that works. Join us for a virtual tour of art-centric highlights, touching on three Timbers Resorts locations. We think you'll agree, there's a lot to see and explore.
The Sebastian Vail: Abstract, Surrealism, Blown Glass
World-class artists in the mountains of Colorado: The Sebastian - Vail brings together painting, sculpture, and design to envelope its interiors and elevate its outside spaces. The artists that do that are numerous and diverse.
— Manuel Felguérez: You'll find four paintings and eight sculptures at The Sebastian by this critically acclaimed muralist. Felguérez's texturally complex and large-scale canvases can be found in the library, along with his intricate three-dimensional metalwork.
— Leonora Carrington: A surrealist contemporary of Max Ernst, Picasso and Dali, look for Carrington's striking sculptures and sculptural masks in the lobby, near the spa, and in the atrium, as well as outside and inside the entrance to her namesake restaurant, Leonora, that debuted in December 2012 to critical acclaim!.
— Victor Chaca: The colorful abstract paintings of this Mexican-born artist suggest the whirl of life itself. See them in Block 16.
— Gunther Gerzso: A Guggenheim fellow ('73) and award-winning inclusion at many a museum, Gerzso's remarkable geometric sculpture draws the eye in The Sebastian's main level.
And don't miss out on the blown-glass features of Scott Chambers, among the many artistic details attended to by The Sebastian's interior design team at J. Banks. Look for them when you stop into Frost Bar.
When you think of the Old World — of a place rich in history and antiquity such as Tuscany, where Owners at Castello di Casole reside — you think about the street-scapes, the buildings, the interior courtyard, all the wonderful details that come with Italian architecture.
The architects and interior designers at Castello di Casole recognized the unique space with which they could work, and their attention to authenticity comes through. Note the exposed wood beams, the terra cotta tiles, the hand-set stone walls, the baths, and the acknowledgment of old and new in the selection of Italian furniture throughout Castello's homes.
From tours to art classes among the masterworks, you're also in the company of highly lauded painters. The spaces throughout Esperanza are lush with the canvasses of Heriberto Juarez, Javier Marin, Juan Carlos Breceda, Lupina Flores, Elisa Pasquel and Gabriella Villareal among others.
To learn more about Timbers Resorts and the art-centric lifestyle, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 888.366.6641.
Challenging. Grueling. Exhilarating. Beaver Creek Mountain is home to the formidable Birds of Prey racecourse for Men and the New Raptor racecourse for Women. An international roster of top athletes will be spending the next two weekends competing in The Audi Birds of Prey races. Women's Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom races take place from November 29 - December 1, 2013; men's Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom races are scheduled for December 6 - 8, 2013.
All World Cup events are free and open to the public, and always draw festive crowds with autograph signing sessions, refreshments and more! This year's races should be especially exciting as they'll be leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics this February in Sochi, Russia.
Owners and guests at Timbers Resorts' properties in the Vail/Beaver Creek area will find themselves in the thick of the action for the races. The Sebastian - Vail - A Timbers Resort, and Timbers Bachelor Gulch - A Timbers Residence Club, are conveniently located near the excitement and serve as ideal spots to rest and relax pre- and post-race! Whether choosing luxury vacation homes or fractional ownership, spectators will be up close for a preview of this February's premier athletes and future Olympians.
If a trip to the Olympics is not in the cards, there's no better chance to see these elite winter athletes than stateside in Colorado. And as skiers are known to work hard and play hard, expect a fiercely competitive—and fiercely fun—atmosphere.
Vail/Beaver Creek is also the home to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships featuring men’s and women’s racing for two weeks in February 2015.
To learn about ownership opportunities at Residences at The Sebastian, please contact us at 866.371.2582 (toll free in the US) or 970.477.8030 (direct) or via email at email@example.com. For hotel availability and reservations at The Sebastian - Vail, please contact us at 877.888.1540 (toll free in the US) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about Timbers Bachelor Gulch, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at email@example.com.
Thanksgiving is upon us, and we at Timbers Resorts are especially grateful for our Owners, staff, friends and guests who make up our family. This holiday, we look forward to boiling down the cranberries, readying the rosemary-fragrant birds for roasting — and perhaps selecting that special bottle from the cellar. But, first, let’s take a moment to consider where this ritual of giving thanks began, and to acknowledge the gifts that we enjoy by noting some of the ways that Timbers Resorts carries the spirit of Thanksgiving into the community, every day.
Thanksgiving in America
The holiday that we’ve come to celebrate as Thanksgiving in the U.S. finds its roots in a single meal that brought two communities together, nearly 400 years ago.
In 1621, colonists at Plymouth — in what is now Massachusetts — joined members of the Wampanoag tribe to share a three-day autumn feast. Such a gathering was a celebration of life itself. Growing the food one needed to survive was a challenging task. Over the next 200 years or so, colonies, and then the states that emerged from the growing nation, held Thanksgiving as they saw fit.
Then, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln fixed the event to the final Thursday of November and declared it a national holiday. It is this time frame for Thanksgiving that comes down to us, today.
Timbers Resorts and the Spirit of Giving Back
As the communities that host Timbers Resorts’ luxury fractional homes welcomed us, at the beginning, we in turn give back to them during this and all seasons of the year.
The philanthropic efforts of Timbers Resorts are many, primarily with an emphasis on youth, the Arts and the environment. Over the years, we've established college scholarships for high school students in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I; supported athletic programs from skiing to Little League softball in Aspen, Snowmass and Vail; worked with Habitat for Humanity in our hometown of Carbondale; donated to animal shelters in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and helped fund the non-profits that encourage and foster our communities in Tuscany and California.
We wish all a happy, healthy holiday season and look forward to many more special occasions together ahead.
To learn more about Timbers Resorts, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter sports—from downhill to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing to snowboarding—can work up quite an appetite. Luckily, the outstanding culinary offerings throughout Colorado's ski communities give new meaning to "dine and dash." Here are some irresistible sport-to-table pairings, guaranteed to please both a sense of adventure and an adventurous palette.
Cross-country skiing is a popular way to commute to the Pine Creek Cookhouse, situated in the Elk Mountains in Castle Creek Valley. Take the River Run Trail from the ghost town of Ashcroft up to the restaurant, where Chef Chris Keating emphasizes local ingredients in his menu, including alpine specialties such as buffalo and venison, as well as the catch of the day. Reservations are accepted after November 1; call 970-925-1044 to book your table.
Beano's Cabin, Beaver Creek
Strap on your snowshoes and trek up the mountain for an unforgettable culinary experience at Beano's Cabin in Beaver Creek: This grand ski lodge with an equally grand menu features fried rabbit, elk chops, and guinea hen throughout the winter months, among classic steak and seafood favorites. Also memorable is the setting within the White River National Forest, Beano's is accessible via snowshoeing, horseback riding, or open-air sleigh. Make reservations at (970) SKI-DINE/754-3463 or via the restaurant's website.
Enjoy dining at luxury resorts in Steamboat with a meal at Truffle Pig, located slopeside at the base of the mountain, on the gondola plaza. The après-ski menu featuring lamb sliders, artisan cheese plates, and a specialty house burger with kettle chips is delectable. The dinner menu includes flatbreads, bouillabaisse, and pork ribs – cozy comfort food to warm up after a day on the slopes. Make reservations at 970-879-7470.
Elk Camp, Snowmass
Ski-in/ski-out Snowmass at Elk Camp restaurant, situated at the top of the Elk Camp gondola on the slopes. The Alpine views are a main draw, though the food is worth the trip, too: a self-service gourmet café features rotisserie options, pizza, panini, and other grab-and-go fare – all with an upscale twist. Take the gondola or snowshoe up, have a bite, then ski or ride the gondola down.
Located off the grid, lit by candles and propane lanterns, and heated by woodstove, the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse offers a rustically elegant setting for a delicious meal. It's a one-mile cross-country ski trip to the restaurant (snowmobile rides are also available) – and trail fees, rental gear, and headlamps are also included with dinner. Once on site, feast on elk tenderloin, wild salmon, and rack of lamb, among other entrée selections—and save room for fruit pie for dessert. Reservations are required; call 719-486-8114 to book.
To learn more about Timbers Resorts, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at email@example.com.
Effective today, November 2, 2013, we’re pleased to introduce Timbers Bachelor Gulch as the newest property within the Timbers Resorts portfolio. Owners at the exclusive private residence club, formerly managed by the Ritz-Carlton, will now have access to the Timbers Reciprocity Program and an opportunity to trade their vacation time to visit other Timbers Resorts destinations. Situated in Colorado’s Vail Valley, slopeside at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain within the acclaimed Bachelor Gulch community, the iconic residence club is the thirteenth property in the Timbers Collection.
“As we continue to expand our portfolio, we couldn’t be more pleased to procure such a special and timeless property,” said David Burden, CEO & Founder of Timbers Resorts. “We look forward to providing Owners with the high-quality culture, service and hospitality that Timbers Resorts has become known for.
"As part of the process of joining the Timbers Resorts collection of properties," he added, "we plan to add several dedicated luxury amenities to restore the exclusivity of the club and will also undertake a renovation of the residences to bring them up to the latest standards of luxury.”
For more information, please read our press release about this new property and The Aspen Times' article on Timbers Resorts and Timbers Bachelor Gulch.
Nothing says relaxation more than a beautiful day on the golf course - especially when it's located in the heart of a luxurious resort in one of the world's distinctive golf havens. Timbers Resorts has courses on or near several properties, and none of them are your average run-of-the-mill golf club; these are the best of the best. Here's a look at four of our favorites where you can say "fore" and some of the things that make them special.
1. Mayacama in Sonoma - This private Sonoma golf club and residential community sits in the beautiful hills of northern Sonoma County, California, right in the heart of Wine Country. Its Jack Nicklaus signature golf course has been ranked among the top 100 courses in America. While golf is a favorite in this 675-acre community, there are also plenty of other activities to enjoy, including: tennis, swimming, bocce, a spa, and a culinary program.
2. The Rocks in Scottsdale - The Rocks is a luxury residence club and Scottsdale golf resort with no shortage of great courses. Golfers who live or stay here have access to several of the best courses in Arizona, including Troon North, Talking Stick, Copper Canyon Golf Club, Golf Club of Estrella, Ocotillo Golf Resort, The Phoenician, Poston Butte Golf Club, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, and Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass.
3. Kapalua on the west coast of Maui is characterized by two championship courses. The Bay Course hosted the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic, and The Plantation Course was constructed around the West Maui Mountains. There's also the Kapalua Golf Academy for the younger set and the annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions held every January.
4. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe - Dubbed "a place to create memories," The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe has been a winner of national and regional awards. A magnificent 36,000-square-foot clubhouse offers panoramic views of the golf course, its bridges, lakes, creeks and hillsides beyond. The naturally sculpted, 18-hole, par-71 course has five sets of tees and plays almost 7,000 yards from the tips. Steep cliffs, signature bridges, and magnificent terrain make this one of the finest courses in the world.
To "tee off with Timbers Resorts" as an Owner at one of our golf destinations, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The perfect outfit can set the tone for the perfect vacation. To make sure you don’t get caught without the right ensemble, we’ve tracked down all of the essentials. Grab a pen because it’s time to make a packing list for your next trip to one of Timbers Resorts' private residence clubs or boutique hotels!
Sunning in the Caribbean
A glamorous bathing suit
Scrap the string bikini on your next visit to The Preserve at Botany Bay and try a bathing suit with some drama. A high waisted, retro bikini from Norma Kamali evokes Hollywood glamour while a one piece with sexy cutouts will turn heads without revealing a ton of skin.
A sporty bathing suit
Stylish beach shoes
Forget flip flops. Track down a pair of stylish sandals that won’t get damaged by the sand and surf like a Givenchy jelly sandal.
A caftan is by far the most elegant way to hit the beach and transitions day to night. Missoni is a classic but there are plenty of chic options from up and coming designers like Marie France Van Damme.
Sure they’ve been trending for awhile now but a pair of extra large sunglasses are still essential for elevating any beach look. Miu Miu and Prada are fantastic for adding some fun and whimsy to their frames but basic black will get the job done as well.
Skiing in Colorado
Stylish ski jacket
Nothing keeps your feet toasty while trotting around town when you're at Dancing Bear Aspen, The Sebastian - Vail or One Steamboat Place like a pair of fur trimmed boots. From Dior to Chanel, all the major designers bring out versions for winter so there are options galore.
Your bottom layer while skiing always needs to be a technical fabric that will keep you nice and dry. Long underwear is great but another great option is to use a running layer from a favorite activewear brand like Lululemon, which will work for lots of other outdoor sports as well.
On the slopes, pick function over form - pick a neckwarmer that fits snuggly from an activewear fabric. But, off the slopes, have fun with a fur circle scarf.
Coastal Living in the UK
For the potentially wet weather of the UK, there’s nothing more practical than a classic Hunter boot nor more effortlessly fashionable – picture Kate Moss at the Glastonbury Festival. Check out the brand’s collaboration with Rag & Bone for an elevated version of the traditional boot.
Water Resistant Shell
A water-resistant jacket with a classic, preppy air is a necessity. A waxed field coat is a class - try a Beretta, L.L. Bean or any other company that has a history producing hunting jackets. They hit all the right style notes and are super sturdy for all your outdoor activities.
Argyle, a classic pattern derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell of Argyll in Scotland, is a favorite for a day on the golf course. Where to turn is a no brainer - Pringle of Scotland.
Wool or Tweed Blazer
A blazer in a great menswear fabric like wool or tweed can act as outerwear during the day and as a layering piece at night. You can't go wrong with Ralph Lauren.
To learn more about Timbers Resorts and how to arrive in style as an Owner at one of our properties, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at email@example.com.
As part of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival, Timbers Resorts hosted a fun photo booth at the Best New Chefs 25th Anniversary Party. Guests went "around the world" with Timbers, selecting props and their favorite backdrop in Tuscany, Napa, Sonoma, Southern California, Scottsdale, Cabo San Lucas, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat, Vail, Beaver Creek and the US Virgin Islands.
Enjoy a few of our favorite images below and visit Timbers Resorts' Facebook Page to view, like and comment on pictures in our full photo gallery!
If you'd like to picture yourself in any of these destinations for real, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter is an exhilarating time of year in the Rocky Mountains - especially when staying at a Timbers Resorts hotel and private residence club as chic as The Sebastian - Vail.
For adventure seekers, no winter trip to Colorado is complete without skiing or snowboarding and demo-ing the latest and greatest gear. Whether you're a newbie or a pro, everything you need on your next visit to Vail can be found at Base Camp, The Sebastian's slopeside ski valet center. You'll find everything from skis to boots to helmets, eyewear, clothing, and other retail items at your disposal.
We recently sat down with Mike Brumbaugh of Base Camp, a seasoned ski veteran, to discuss new products, ski and snowboard advice, and hopes for the upcoming season.
A: The best advances for beginners are in the ski designs. We now have basic skis with rocker technology, which means that the ski is much easier to turn and pivot, but still provides stability once you get going faster. This would blend into experts and intermediate skiers as well. Basically, regardless of your ability level, we can now put you on a ski that will be easier to maneuver in tight terrain (trees and moguls) while giving you stability at higher speeds - the best of both worlds.
Q: What factors should skiers and snowboarders take into consideration when trying new gear?
A: Another huge factor is how the equipment is tuned. There are (unfortunately) many, many shops that do not even own ski tuning equipment. A properly tuned ski can make or break your day. We spent about $1 million on our new tune facility and it is a huge part of our business and our service.
Q: Name some trends for skis and boards.
A: The main trend is that gear is getting shorter and wider (just like a lot of us).
Q: Would you recommend buying new gear or just renting?
A: If you own property and keep your skis in one location, and ski more than 20 days per year, buying makes more sense. If you have to travel with your skis, I would say to rent. I've owned a ski shop for over 20 years and I would never fly with skis. It's a hassle and it ends up costing about $200 round trip which can usually get me 4-5 days of rentals. Either way you go, however, buying boots is a great idea. Get your own boots, easy travel, usually a discount off the ski rental, and then just rent the newest skis.
Q: Give us an idea of what hard gear guests need for the slopes and a range of pricing:
A: You need skis, boots, bindings, and poles. For top of the line gear, the skis and bindings will retail for $1000 to $1300 and the boots will run $500 to $800. Poles are $50 to $150. A top-end snowboard and boots will cost about $800 to $1000, so snowboarding is a bit cheaper...plus you don't need poles. If you are a beginner or intermediate, you can always pick up packages for a fraction of these prices (probably around $400-700 for everything).
A: Take a lesson. And this does NOT mean having your best friend or your significant other teach you. The ski schools can give you all the pointers on how to get the most out of your trip. Also picking the right resort is a big deal. Vail has more high speed lifts (no waiting in lines), more groomers (which means no icy runs and perfectly manicured slopes), and more terrain than other areas.
Q: Other than the hard good like skis and boots, what other purchases are important?
A: Very few people stop skiing because they are tired. Normally they do so because they are cold. Buy a good hat (or helmet), good gloves, and good socks. Ski socks are the cheapest upgrade you can make in your ski vacation (i.e. from coach to first class or basic room to suite is thousands of dollars while cheap socks to the right socks may set you back an additional $20). Helmets are getting more and more popular; not only are they safe, but they keep you very warm. Goggles are huge as well. Keep in mind, if it's snowing out then sunglasses are 100% worthless.
Q: So when can we get started? Any predictions on conditions this season in Colorado?
A: Our season kicks off the week before Thanksgiving and goes through Easter (November 22, 2013, to April . All the prognosticators are saying that it's going to be an epic snow season. It has been snowing quite a bit already and we seem to be in an awesome monsoon cycle over the past couple of months which is great news. With all of that begin said, the crusty old ski shop guy side in me always likes to say it's easier to count the snow when it's actually laying on the ground.
To learn more about Timbers Resorts, and some of the best destinations for skiing and snowboarding, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at email@example.com.
Every October, foodies from around the country flock to Manhattan for the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF). Timbers Resorts is a proud sponsor of the 2013 festival and will be participating at the FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs 25th Anniversary Party presented by Delta on Friday, October 18.
Since the festival runs on individually ticketed events, few fest-goers have the same schedule. This makes the trip a perfect opportunity to check in on some buzzed-about hotspots around the city during one's downtime. Here are five excellent picks to supplement your NYCWFF weekend:
#1: Lunch at Momofuku Ssäm Bar:
David Chang's excellent spot is an easier win than you'd think for a walk-in lunch. Don't miss the legendary duck dishes - large parties can book in advance to reserve one of their own with chive pancakes and sides. We also recommend the oysters and the broccoli salad.
#2: Drinks at Death & Co.:
This East Village spot hides some of the city's finest cocktails behind nondescript doors. Go for "The Blessed William" if you're bold: it mixes 5-year rum with Laphroaig scotch and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur. More conventional drinkers can opt for the brilliantly titled "Guns & Rose," a mix of Lillet rose, Old Grand-Dad whiskey, sugar cane syrup, and bitter. Don't let the stylish doormen dissuade you from entry.
#3: Dinner at Charlie Bird:
Robert Bohr's SoHo spot is all the rage, what with the New York Times suggesting it's a great spot to be a regular, and Alan Richman lauding the seafood, pasta dishes, and well-chosen wine list. To avoid disappointment, book ahead on OpenTable or call them on 212-235-7133 to se if they can work you in.
#4: Brunch at ABC Cocina:
Sure, the furniture store location is unconventional, but did you notice that Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind the project? The gluttonous can go for coconut pancakes with lavender maple syrup, while the less indulgent can order grilled maitake mushrooms with goat cheese or the raw shaved ﬂuke with green chili dressing and crunchy rice. Either way, you win.
#5: Wine & Snacks at Casa Mono:
This Gramercy stalwart may not be new, but it never disappoints. This station in the Batali/Bastianich empire boasts a lengthy Spanish wine list paired with Catalan specialties like Bacalao Croquetas and Pulpo with Fennel and Grapefruit. The space is decidedly small, but welcoming and unfailingly delicious.
To learn more about Timbers Resorts, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidebooks are great. Online travel message boards, even better. But for real-time, of-the-moment travel tips, Twitter is hard to beat.
It's easy to get overwhelmed, though, by all the information out there. Keep things streamlined and simple by checking out these seven travel experts worth following on Twitter.
BBC Travel: A mix of aspirational travel stories ("World Class Surfers Reveal Where to Find the Perfect Wave"), practical tips ("Food to Avoid in Airports"), and quirky travel facts ("What Animals Can Teach us about Travel"), the BBC's Twitter feed is always surprising—and often enlightening.
Conde Nast Traveler: Insider secrets—especially for destinations—get frequent play here. Foodie travelers, take note: This is a great place to discover where Conde Nast's writers are sampling the local cuisine.
Hipmunk: This search engine offers destination tips and airport-specific advice, while also debunking widespread travel myths. For example, a recent tweet asked, "True or false: A Saturday night stay brings down the cost for round-trip flights," with a link to the answer. (It's depends on the route and airline.)
Hotel Chatter: Celebrity spottings, A-list properties, and the best hotels to see and be seen are all tweeted here. New hotel openings, trendy hotel restaurants and clubs, and luxury accommodations all get attention.
Johnny Jet: Practical travel tips, especially for air travel, are often tweeted from this former Travel Channel host. Hot spots, airline information (including terminal reviews and "just landed" flight reports), and last-minute deals are frequent topics.
The Middle Seat: Travel Columnist Scott McCartney of The Wall Street Journal primarily focuses on airfare travel tips, from how to find the best fares to smart ways to use miles, but also occasionally tweets about timely trends with rental cars, hotels, and vacation packages, too.
National Geographic Travel: Inspirational travel stories on where to go next dominate the National Geographic Travel Twitter feed. Links to sumptuous photography, coupled with practical booking, product, and packing tip stories round out the daily updates.
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