Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Natural Beauty, Historic Relevance, and an Abundance of Libations Combine to Make a Hudson Valley Vacation Epic This Summer

Now that it’s April, the time is ripe to start brainstorming for the summer travel season! Whether you have kids out of school or are wishing for a getaway for you and your significant other, it’s always beneficial to plan ahead of time.

Summer is the busiest travel season for most of the U.S. because it’s such a lovely time of year to get out and explore. Yet, if you want to ensure the top choices of accommodations, attraction tickets, flights, and more will be available to you, get started ASAP!

Weddings & Events

It’s The Most Important Day of Your Life, and Mom Wants to Help

You’re getting married! Hooray! One of the most exciting days of your life is happening soon, and we can only imagine you’re over the moon about it!

Just remember, this is YOUR big day. This day is for you and your fiance to exchange vows in front of your loved ones and then celebrate the new beginning of the rest of your lives.

While it is your day, the choice to have a wedding means you hold your family near and dear, and you wish for them to partake in the experience with you. As such, it’s wise to consider the roles your friends and family can and will play in the wedding planning process.

Golf

Strapped For Time? Good Thing The Nine-Hole Round Has Come to The Rescue

When was the last time you had a free four to five hours to do with what you please? For many of us, that sort of free time is few and far between. Between work, family engagements, time with the kids, etc. etc., there isn’t always time to hit the golf course with the crew and make our way through 18 holes, which often translates to about four and a half hours.

So if you love golf but you don’t have an abundance of free time, what can you do?

Opt for the nine-hole round instead! The nine-hole round is becoming more and more commonplace and for understandable reasons. Too many golfers have been walking away from the sport because they lack the time.

Great news! You can be busy, and still play golf, thanks to the succinct nine-hole round. Yes, we know it’s not the traditional golf experience, but hey – times change, and golf must adapt with them!

Here are seven reasons why it’s cool to play nine.

Things to Do

New York’s Spectacular Hudson Valley is Ripe For Exploration in the Spring

Spring is nearly upon us, and the time is ripe to plan a getaway or two! One destination worth highlighting is New York’s Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley is an area rich in natural beauty, historic charm, and welcoming gatherings and events. Extending 150 miles above Manhattan, it’s an expansive area. It’s been a region that has inspired the likes of poets, authors, and artists for centuries, and spring is the perfect season to discover exactly why.

To give you a taste of what you can expect to enjoy this spring in The Hudson Valley, here’s a list of upcoming events and highlights in the area.

Weddings & Events

Wondering How to Pick The Perfect Wedding Venue? Here Are 5 Crucial Steps

The time has finally come for you to marry the love of your life. Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life, and we hope you enjoy every moment and step of it. As you make your way through the “I do’s,” toasts, dancing, laughing, crying, eating, drinking, and picture taking, you’re going to want to love your surroundings. This is, after all, one of the most exciting and memorable days of one’s life, and the venue for such an occasion should be nothing short of perfect (for you.)

Above all else, you should choose a venue that speaks to your love story, and is a fitting place to begin this next chapter. We’re here to help explain how you can pick the perfect wedding venue, through the following steps.

Golf

5 Quick, Simple Ways to Get Ready For Golf Season

We know you’re itching to get out on the course with your buddies to play your first round of the season. Yet with a few, hopefully quick months left of winter, it isn’t quite time yet. But guess what? There’s plenty you can do in the meantime to prep for the golf season. Between working on physical fitness, mental sharpness, and organization, these 5 golf preparation steps will have you in tip top golf shape come spring.

Food & Beverage

Find the Joy, Flavors, and Health in Cooking Again With These Tips From Chef Michael

For many of us, eating isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Don’t get us wrong, eating is a wonderful experience, but within the confines of the daily grind sometimes it can become a chore to plan out what to cook, figure out how to eat (sort-of) healthy, balance eating healthy with still enjoying food and trying to cook what’s in season.

Do any of these issues resonate with you? So to help us get our food troubles sorted, we’ve interviewed our very own Chef Michael Schmutzer to get his input on all things food-related.

Meet Michael Schmutzer, Executive Chef at Doral Arrowwood, a Benchmark Hospitality International Conference Center & Hotel in Rye Brook. Chef Michael began his career in his native Austria and neighboring Switzerland where he earned his advanced Culinary Degree. Chef Michael is all about cuisine – tasteful, thoughtful, and even charitable, cuisine. Not only does he know food, but he’s also a marathon runner. To raise money for his 2014 Boston Marathon Race, he started a Fundraiser for the Food Bank for Westchester in 2014 to raise awareness of Hunger in Westchester County.

Since then Chef Michael has been exploring other ways to share and make the local community better, and today he’s doing by guiding us through some of the daily food struggle many of us experience.

Weddings & Events

Don’t Stress! Planning Your Perfect Wedding Is Easier Than You Think With These Six Steps

You took the plunge – congratulations! He got down on one knee, asked you for forever, and now it’s time to start planning the big day! Hooray! Right?

Right, but if you’re feeling a teensy bit lost as to where to begin, don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal to wish for a fairy godmother to fly down, wave a magic wand, and bam – engagement plan set and ready to go.

But really, who needs a fairy godmother when you have us?! And the entire internet… and wedding planners! There are so many resources for couples to be, all you need to do is choose which one(s) work best for you.

Planning your perfect wedding doesn’t need to be overwhelming, you can take it in stages, and utilize plenty of assistance along the way. To help get you started, we’ve compiled a quick guide – let’s call it a wedding planning organizational outline.

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Breathe in The Fresh Winter Air of Rye Brook, New York For The Perfect Family Getaway

After the excitement of the new year and the holiday’s pass, most of us settle back into a calm, predictable routine. We go back to working during the week and relaxing on the weekends. Around mid-January, the urge for a weekend getaway may settle in – embrace it! Traveling doesn’t have to take you too far, planning a family getaway weekend will give you something to dream about while at work.

Besides, it’s winter – the perfect time to get out a play, explore and see new places. Why? Because there won’t be any crowds!

If you’re looking for a jaunt outside the city, a place that features plenty of nature, lots of attractions and is a perfect family getaway from New York, then let us recommend the scenic town of Rye Brook, New York. A mere hour’s drive from New York City, Rye Brook is lush, fresh, and much calmer than the city. Don’t worry there’s still plenty to do if you wish! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy a winter weekend getaway in and around Rye Brook, New York.

Leisure Travel

6 Easy Ways to Accomplish Your New Year’s Travel Resolutions

We all know the drill – resolve to improve in some way, or work towards a certain goal, in the new year. Yet, for many of us, that prized resolution never comes to fruition. Once the excitement of the new year begins to wear off, and the reality of work and stress sets in, it can be challenging to keep up with a demanding resolution. Resolutions that involve dieting, weight loss, learning a new language, etc.

Consider this – in today’s world traveling often is common for many people. Whether you travel for work, to visit family, or for pleasure, being on the go isn’t always convenient for many resolutions. In fact, traveling is typically an enjoyable experience, a time when we wish to release the need to do anything specific, and just live in the moment.

Which brings us to our main point – how does one keep a new year’s resolution while traveling?

The answer? Create a travel-friendly resolution!