One Fine Stay – Hotel Alternative

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New alternatives to Airbnb continue coming to market and one in particular just caught my eye — One Fine Stay. If you are design-driven, want a little more luxury and 24/7 support, One Fine Stay might be the answer to your lodging prayers. With inventory in London, New York, Paris, LA, and Rome, the company offers great options for both business and personal travel needs.

OFS wants to set the bar for the luxury sharing economy and offers the following to guests: free Wifi, complementary iPhone with free data and local calls, toiletries, towels/beautiful linens, cleaning service, 24/7 phone support, and local recommendations. Best of all: you are greeted in person upon arrival at each property. Here’s a look at another option in Paris …

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Design junkies be warned: you might lose a few hours going through the inventory. Price points between $140-$1400 ensure that there’s luxury available for a range of budgets.

Now, Paris is not Paris without dining out … a lot!!! BUT, now that you’ll have your own kitchen, don’t forget these great organic health food stores for easy snacks, breakfast foods, or any other petites choses you might have left at home: Naturalia, and Bio C Bon.

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Massage On The Go With Zeel

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“Sorry, we’re completely booked.” These are words that can cause deep psychic pain. You’re already feeling your shoulders slowly creeping up to your ears from stress and now you’re even more stressed out trying to find a massage appointment. What to do?  As you stand clutching the phone, thinking about that vaguely sketchy “express chair massage” place … stop. Put the phone down and go to ZEEL.

Easy. Easy. Easy. Within five minutes (literally!) you can plug in your location, the type of massage you like, and duration of treatment. Within 24 hours you can have a therapist coming to your home. What I like about ZEEL is that they extensively vet all their therapists and perform background checks. All are licensed and have in-person interviews with ZEEL staff. ZEEL also reciprocates by paying their therapists better than most salons and spas. This means you (madam customer) are happy, and the therapist is happy. Happy is good. Happy means a good massage.

Safe, professional … easy. Check out ZEEL!

 

Camp for Grown Ups

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Growing up, I was not allowed to go to sleep away camp. Parental concerns about food, lodging, cleanliness(!), and creepy counselors sunk that idea. I’m over it now (barely), but still have this starry-eyed view of the massive amounts of fun, s’mores, and midnight escapades that I could have gotten up to. (sigh) Luckily, we live in an age where there are camps for grown ups! “Grown up” is such a interesting term, isn’t it? I’m happy to be one — Oh those awkward years!! — but think that having adult status should never equal losing 1. your grasp on fun, 2. using your big “outside” voice, and 3. being curious and open to new things.

With that, here are a couple of “camps” where you can learn, laugh, and as one promotes, “re-ignite your life.” Sounds good to me!

1. Campowerment

Come one, come all! Campowerment wants women to re-discover themselves. Period. And rediscovery takes many, many fun forms: ziplining, archery, art therapy, yoga, meditation and even the opportunity to reinvent your look through their “style bootcamp.” Here’s a personal favorite: ‘Dance your way to Christian Grey in “Get Your Sexy Back” classes.’

And, yes, there will be color war games for those so inclined.

Choose from weekend retreats in idyllic Malibu Beach or a Weekend Woodland Retreat in the Poconos. Find out more about upcoming retreats!

2. Triple R Weekend Retreat

Relax and reboot! This retreat is all about self-care and having fun. Enjoy nature walks, yoga sessions, canoeing, and great workshops on Manifesting Kindness, and Entrepreneurship. Participate to your heart’s content or just come to recharge and connect with a great group of women. This is the brainchild of my dear friend (and mentor), Laurie Peterson. She’s a veteran of print and digital but her “super power” is her passion for connecting women and helping them move the mission (whatever that might be for each person) forward. The site of this event’s inaugural retreat is at Crossroads Camp & Retreat Center in Califon, New Jersey.

Find out more about Triple R Weekend here!

Surf With Amigas

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It’s time to get in touch with your inner surfer girl. With more and more women drawn to surfing these days, if you’re a newbie, now you can easily change that status by going to one of the many amazing women-only surf camps out there.

When you mix water, an intense physical workout, and a deep connection with nature, the word “transformation” usually comes to mind. And — let’s be honest — there’s some seriously cool gear that goes along with it. Surf With Amigas, is pro-surfer Holly Beck’s surf retreat with locations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and El Salvador. These Saturday-Saturday programs, consistently rated “amazing” from past participants, focus on surf lessons,  yoga, and getting to know (and giving back to) the local community.

Whatever your skill level, everyone will be up on a board riding a wave from Day 1. Yes, it’s true. But, aside from actually learning how to surf, these retreats seem to attract and build an incredible community of women from all over the world — a community of “adventure seekers with an open mind.”

Curious? Here’s a link to their helpful FAQ’s, but don’t miss their fun (and informative!) videos!

http://surfwithamigas.com/about/faq-answered-by-an-amiga/

 

 

 

Yoga On Demand With YogaGlo

Photo: YogaGlo

Photo: YogaGlo

Yoga anytime, anywhere? I was slow to online yoga classes as I love (who doesn’t?) the whole community connection of group practice. That being said, having started (finally) my own short daily practice, I realize that although I love the “group,” I actually love practicing everyday (without the travel time) just as much. When I need to spice up my routine, I click on YogaGlo and –voila! — l have an incredible team of the best instructors ready and waiting to help me put a different twist on my practice.

I’m big on site functionality and YogaGlo is not only easy on the eyes but very easy to navigate. Choose from different types of yoga, length of class time, and of course those incredible teachers. Personal favorites are intense yet soothing hatha with Elena Brower, a quick 10 minute morning routine (aptly titled, “Short and Sweet”) with Kathryn Budig, and most anything from Seane Corn whose intro talks never fail to inspire me.Aside from these more well-known teachers, there are many, many more equally powerful and insightful teachers to discover.

And, yes, I’ll always continue to go to live classes as, among other things, there is nothing like that last group chant of “Namaste!” to make me feel soooo good. But to have the chance to enjoy YogaGlo at home and on the road? Why not?

The first 15 days are free at YogaGlo and then pricing is $18/month.

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