Sugar Beach Inn
The very geography of Florida allows it to have sandy beaches on two oceanfronts. Sugar Beach Inn overlooks the serene waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Looking more like a southern plantation you expect to see the Grande Dame on the veranda sipping mint Juleps. Even the sunshine state has cool evenings but with four fireplaces, the chill is quickly dispelled. Step through the white picket fence and observe Sugar Beach Inn’s three floors decorated with the natural foliage of the area. Upon entering the front door there are five Victorian based rooms.
The luxurious four-poster is the centerpiece of the Jasmine Suite. With it’s own fireplace and a view of the gulf from the sitting room, this is the master suite. Upon arising from the white wrought iron queen sized bed, step to the veranda for a breathtaking view of the gulf. Following through with our aromatic tour, we come to the Rose Suite. This is the ideal romantic suite with the private rose red bathroom and accentuated with luxurious linens. The brightest, most cheery room is the Sunflower Suite. Here you will find many fun accessories and the queen canopy bed. On the main floor we come to the Rosemary Suite with a choice of a king sized bed or two twin beds. Step out to the veranda to enjoy a close up view of the dunes.
Start the day with a complimentary gourmet breakfast in the stately dining room. The area is awash in curiosity and antique shops. Sugar Beach Inn is close to many golf, sailing or other water sport locations. Complete your day by dining Al Fresco upon the sugar white sands of the beach. Lay a towel or a beach chair out and be thoroughly amused by the antics of the dolphins just beyond the breakers.
Tall Timber Resort
Durango, Colorado, is the home of one of the best family resorts in the country, Tall Timber Resort.
The historic Silverton train, which winds through scenic forests and canyons, is one of only two ways to get to this hideaway. The other way is by helicopter. The accommodations are just as inspiring as the way you arrive. Two-story condominium units with rustic wood paneling and stone fireplaces include three meals a day and round-trip transportation from Durango..
Besides the daily three meals, coffee is available in all rooms. Children between the age of three and twelve stay for half the price. Cribs are provided free for all who wish one. Box lunches are made available for those adventurers who wish to go on available helicopter picnics. Other activities include numerous hiking trails and cross country skiing.
For those preferring quieter activities, there is an indoor/outdoor pool, a library, lawn games a whirlpool and a sauna. Then there is the adventure of a lifetime for the most adventurous at heart, the zip line adventure.
With the aid of a Sky Ranger, a guest dons his or her harness and is safety checked. It takes about four and a half hours to soar between 32 stainless steel platforms by traversing over a mile of helicopter-grade stainless steel cable through 27 ponderosa pines, allowing time to relax in the trees to enjoy a gourmet lunch. Spans range from 50 feet to 500 feet apart, soaring guests through Aspen forest and even across the Animas River. There are breathtaking views along the way, and each platform offers something different, including being air-lifted by a helicopter hoist, and having a Sky Guide rappel guests down to the forest floor.
There truly is something for everyone at Colorado’s Tall Timber Resort. It is one vacation your family will talk about for years.