From farm to table in Vermont, ski resort deals and California dreaming – Update Cali



Start your winter culinary adventure with a trip to Hill Farm by Sagra, a 50-acre sustainable farm, restaurant and boutique inn located along the Battenkill River in Vermont’s Equinox Mountain Valley. The property offers immersive nature experiences with accommodation in 11 recently renovated historic inn rooms or three and four bedroom cottages. The 200-year-old dairy has added an educational vegetable farm and upscale, family-style dining with a menu created by chef Austin Poulin—using local ingredients and native plants—that emphasizes the importance of regenerative agriculture and no-kill animals. Enjoy activities that connect you to the land, including farm tours, cooking classes, harvest activities, fly fishing, hiking, nature dyeing, yoga, fire pits and more. Skiing is possible nearby at Stratton, Bromley and Magic mountains. December rates, including farm breakfast, from $199 midweek; and $279 weekend. 802-375-2269,

Take advantage of the upcoming 60th Anniversary Celebration at King Pine at Purity Spring Resort, a family resort for all ski ability levels in Madison, NHLeaflet


Take advantage of the upcoming 60th anniversary celebration at King Pine at Purity Spring Resort, a family resort for all ski abilities in Madison, NH For a pre-holiday getaway, $4 lift tickets are available on December 22nd. The party continues into 2023 with Vintage Ski Day (win prizes for best vintage look) and a presentation by ski historian and author Tom Eastman at Trails End Pub on January 7; all-day birthday party on March 12 with a fun race for kids, cake cutting and more. Other seasonal specials include $20 lift tickets on Tuesday nights; $10 Active US Military Ticket Discounts; and discounts for groups of 20 or more. On-site services include lodging, dining, skiing, snow tubing with cable car, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and apres-ski entertainment. Accommodation from USD 155 per night. 603-367-8896,

Fender collaborated with Dawn Ranch, a recently renovated 15-acre resort nestled beneath the towering redwoods of California.Leaflet



Guitar manufacturer and American music brand Fender is not usually associated with hospitality. To celebrate the relaunch of its iconic California Series acoustic guitar, the company has announced the launch of an exclusive music package in partnership with Dawn Ranch, a recently renovated 15-acre resort nestled beneath towering redwoods along the banks of the Russian River. Guests staying in premium rooms have the option of strumming the Redondo Player, Malibu Player and Newporter Player, either in-room or borrowed from the hotel’s campfires. Free access to Fender Play’s online learning platform will be available for both beginners and experienced players. Other activities at Dawn Ranch include creative art workshops, yoga and meditation groups, nightly bonfires, hiking in the redwood forest, bird watching and kayaking. Prices from $250/night. 707-869-0656,


During the pandemic lockdown, we cheered The Frick Collection on a weekly YouTube program in New York, where museum curators presented engaging histories of artworks paired with creatively inspired cocktails. This fall, a new publication from Rizzoli International offers art and cocktail connoisseurs yet another way to engage with the popular series. “Cocktails with a Curator,” by Xavier F. Salomon with Aimee Ng and Giulio Dalvit, thematically pairs drink recipes with highlights from the museum’s permanent collection, along with personal insights from the Frick’s curatorial team. For example, the Jaded Countess (absinthe, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup) is paired with Ingres’ portrait of the Comtesse d’Haussonville, and the classic Pimm’s Cup is paired with Gainsborough’s depiction of Grace Dalrymple Elliott. Contains 120 illustrations by Luis Serrano and designs by Simon Schama. Of course, you can always visit the Frick Madison, the collection’s temporary home during the renovation and expansion of the historic buildings at 1 East 70th St. $39.95.

The American company Breeo, which produces smokeless fireplaces, has scored with its new easily portable Y series. Leaflet



American smokeless fire pit company Breeo scores with its new easy-to-carry Y Series. Designed for portability with a handle, folding legs, and optional travel case, this 31-pound stainless steel fire pit is perfect for outdoor adventures of all kinds, including babysitting, camping , hunting, fishing, RV and beach gatherings. Built-in heat shield allows use on decks, wood chips, natural stone, brick and asphalt without additional accessories or heat shields. It can burn three types of fuel—wood, pellets, or lump charcoal—and is compatible with the company’s Outpost 19 grill and SearPlate Griddle. One-time ash disposal provides simple cleaning in any environment. $495.



Stay warm while sitting at outdoor social events or winter sports events with Hüga’s new battery-powered heated pillows, designed and hand-sewn in Maine. The seat allows users to select the most comfortable personal heat level (low, medium and high) with the push of a button. Contains a long-lasting rechargeable battery that provides 6 to 10 hours of heat; and a micro USB cable for charging. Side release straps and buckles turn the pillow into a backpack for easy portability. Waterproof and durable fabric available in navy, grey, camouflage and white. $144.99 (six-hour battery); $169.99 (10 hour battery).


Necee Regis can be reached at [email protected]


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