Molly's Muse No. 22: Winter Vacation
Updated: Nov 11, 2021
The leaves are starting to pile up on my lawn, and I've finally pulled out all my cold weather coats. But, this weekend at home felt like early fall! I spent a lot of time outside doing some last-minute "cleanup" projects, and enjoyed every minute of it. It's so nice to spend time at home this part of the year--I couldn't imagine living somewhere without all four seasons. Although, you'll soon see me starting to escape those frigid winter months in Minnesota!
Other than enjoying some outdoor time, I spent the weekend preparing for my upcoming Holiday Trunk Show at Wayzata Country Club! I'm so excited to a part of this wonderful event, "Martinis and Mistletoe", on Thursday. If you're a member, come stop by my festive table and enjoy and holiday martini!! 😋🍸 Getting back to winter months... this week I've rounded up four winter getaways you can start planning. I've been to most of them, but there's one on my list that I'm dying to try! Enjoy...
living luxe in Palm Beach
Well, I had to start with my favorite winter nest, Palm Beach! There's been a handful of exciting, new restaurants and shops on the scene since I wrote my last Palm Beach Travel Guide. Things I love about this winter getaway: luxury dining and shopping, The Breakers Hotel, and riding the beautiful bike trail. Here's some Palm Beachy places I love:
Royal Poinciana Plaza: shopping, fun events, and a few of my favorite restaurants like Palm Beach Grill, Honor Bar, and Sant Ambreous.
Biking the Lake Trail: this trail runs along the intercostal and is full of gorgeous homes and landscaping.
Henry Flagler Museum: finally checked this off my list, and now it's a "must-see".
The Breakers: My first choice for hotel recommendations. Also, I love their coffee/gift shop, the iconic Seafood Bar, and dancing the night away at HMF.
Le Bilboquet: a new, hidden gem off Worth Ave that's serving up delicious food in a high-energy, sophisticated atmosphere
Worth Ave: shopping might be my favorite thing to do while I'm in Palm Beach, and there's plenty to do and see on this street.
old Naples charm
I've been visiting this quaint community over the last few years, and had the pleasure of staying at the City Docks this past March on our boat. The City Docks are part of a marina right off Old Naples. It was a fun few days exploring this area by bike and boat! I grew to love Old Naples, with all its charming boutiques and unique restaurants. It seems like the glamorous 5th Avenue gets so much attention, so I'll be focusing my recommendation's in Old Naples:
Biking around Old Naples: I love looking at all the beautiful homes!
Visit the Ritz: for a glorious sunset drink at Gumbo Limbo
Strolling and shopping 5th Avenue: a couple of my favorite places are
Wining and dining on 3rd Street: although 5th avenue has some high-end restaurants, I love Old Naples for a fun, delicious dinner. There are a handful of restaurants here that I always recommend checking out: Continental, The Bevy, Barbatella, Sea Salt, The Boathouse (on the water, right by City Docks), and you can't go here without stopping into the Tommy Bahama Restaurant for at least a margarita or a frozen mai tai!
Après Ski in Breckenridge
My boyfriend and I have traditionally been going to Breckenridge for Thanksgiving, making very fond memories in this laid back, Old Western town I've grown to love more and more. The ski resort is great for all types of skiers, and does a great job with their variety of on-site chalets. This makes for wonderful après ski celebrations...which are pretty much mandatory every day. 😉 The town hosts many wonderful boutiques and restaurants. You'll find everything from handmade cowboy boots and elegant fur coats, to the most modern ski equipment. Here's a few of my tried-and-true staples for my visits:
Book a cozy Airbnb: this fancy cabin is in a GREAT location right in the ski resort.
Go skiing and snowboarding: Breckenridge Mountain has plenty of wide-open runs for average skiers like myself (yay!) and hosts the highest chair lift in North America (Imperial Express) for you experts.
Drink & eat on the slopes: Ten Mile Station, Robbie's Tavern, Sevens, T-Bar.
Shop around town: Overland Outfitters, Valleygirl & Ruby Jane, Beloved Boutique, Slope Style, Timeless Collections (awesome jewelry store).
Snowshoe or hike my favorite trail: it leads you to an old, abandoned mining site. Look for more trails on the All Trail app!
Shop in town, and make sure to give yourself enough time:
Make some dinner reservations: Relish, Modis, Kenosha, Giampietro's, The Blue Fish, Breckenridge Brewery, Daylight Donuts (no reservations).
Oh, wow--At The Green O
There's a brand new luxury resort on the map, and it might be familiar to you. The owners of the iconic "Paws Up" resort have a new venture, the green o, and it's intended for some adult-only fun. Newly opened, I have yet to experience a stay at green o, but I guarantee you it's on the TOP of my travel list. Here's some quick facts:
The green o is located in a picturesque valley in the remote township of Greenough, Montana—35 miles northeast of Missoula, Montana. Just a 30-minute drive from Missoula International Airport (MSO).
The property is on a working cattle and bison ranch. It's also the home of two resorts, The Resort at Paws Up and the green o.
Guests can choose from 12 luxury accommodations, known as Hauses, with four exquisite designs: Tree Haus, Green Haus, Round Haus, or Light Haus.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at the green o and the resort’s various restaurants.
You will have access to the Paws Up Ranch, which is home to 100+ miles of trails and 10 miles of the Blackfoot River, offering unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventures. Winter adventures include: dogsledding, cross country skiing, skijoring (where you’ll glide along on skis while being pulled by a horse), snowmobiling, horse back riding and so many more!
PS- Paws Up is very family friendly for those of you with kiddos!
Happy travel planning, friends. As always, I hope I've been able to help and inspire you with some of your exploration desires. I believe it's always a great time to get outside and go on an adventure. If you have any specific questions on Palm Beach, Naples, or Breckenridge drop me a line. Cheers!