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NorthAmerica Taking It to New Heights Paloma Villaverde de Rico Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado has opened the doors to Palisade Ranch. Sure, summer vacations by the beach are all the rage, but mountain resorts across the U.S. are packing the no-snow months with a frenzy of activity. We've got a snapshot of places to go and things to do for clients who want to reach for the sky. Exhilarating Colorado The Centennial State is home to some of the most gorgeous landscapes in North America-from the red rock formations to rolling grasslands, and, of course, those famous Rocky Mountain peaks. It's made for clients who want to play in the great outdoors, and Vail Resorts, which runs Colorado's Vail Mountain Resort, located on the White River National Forest, is inviting guests to "soar like an eagle, and see the world through the eyes of a trout" via its new Epic Discovery adventure launching next month (it will also be available at Vail Resorts' Heavenly Resort in South Lake Tahoe this summer; and at Breckenridge in 2017). The program will feature on-mountain components such as ziplines, canopy tours, alpine coasters, wildlife trail exploration, and interactive, "learn-through-play" activities. Take the Game Creek Canopy Tour, which 44 may 2016 will immerse guests in the forest habitat with an array of ziplines and aerial bridges as high as 300 ft. above the valley floor, or the Forest Flyer, a gravity-based alpine coaster that allows guests on individual sleds to descend on a raised track through the forest while giving riders full control of their speed. While clients are "roughing" it outdoors, they can stay in the lap of luxury at the four-diamond The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, located in the heart of Lionshead Village. It's a cozy 81-accommodation property, including suites, with a 10,000-sq.-ft. RockResorts Spa, complimentary bikes during the summer, and pet-friendly accommodations, not to mention spectacular views of Vail Mountain. The property re-opens for the summer on June 24; if you book your clients by June 1, you'll get them the best summer rates. Another spectacular Colorado setting can be found at the 72-room and -suite Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, in the state's red rock canyons near the border with Utah. This month, the resort debuts Palisade Ranch, calling it the "ultimate Western experience" as participants explore Western Colorado by horseback, drive cattle, learn to rope, and take historic tours of the surrounding area. The 1-, 3- or 5-day packages, available through Sept. 30, start at $1,399, and include daily meals, activity credits, ranch experiences, fireside cookout, resort transportation, use of resort bicycles, and a complimentary snack basket. Thrilling North Carolina It's the year to pay homage to the National Parks, and clients headed to Asheville, one of North Carolina's hippest cities, can opt for a package that celebrates the national parks' important milestone this year, its centennial

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: On the Waterfront
Tour Talk: A Peek at Our Peaks
All-Inclusives: Raising the Bar
Onsite Review: Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Scene
Onsite Review: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Onsite Review: Iberostar Playa Mita
Onsite Review: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
Hotel and Experience Pairings
New Properties Beckon
Onsite Review: Cambodia
Southern Africa’s New Enticements
Onsite Review: Rail Europe
New Frontiers in Travel
Innovation on the High Seas
Mountain Resort Vacations
What’s New in Orlando
Onsite Review: Escape to Discovery Cove
Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program–Family Course

Recommend May 2016