Winter Rendezvous in Vermont

Winter Rendezvous in Stowe, Vermont is the longest running gay ski event. The dates for 2017 are January 18 through January 22.

Party down with hundreds of LGBT enthusiasts from across the country and beyond. Specials start at $195.00 for the five-day event or $175.00 for the weekend not including accommodation. These prices represent huge savings on lift tickets, lessons and rentals. Discounted trail passes, and tours at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center are also included.

Porter Air offers a one-hour flight from Toronto to Burlington at discounted prices.

Highlights of Winter Rendezvous include:

  • Sound Of Music Sing along at the Von Trapp Family Lodge – Costumes are encouraged
  • Opening Party at the Matterhorn Bar and Sushi Restaurant with House of Lemay
  • Pizza Party with Complimentary Beer & Wine and Food Midway Lodge Mt. Mansfield
  • Champagne Reception. Free Bubbly and Bonfire courtesy of Barefoot Wine and The Stoweflake Resort and Spa
  • Optional Tuscan Style Group Dinner at Stoweflake Resort and Spa -reservations required
  • The Big Comedy Showcase at Stoweflake Resort and Spa followed by BACK2BASICS Disco
  • Giant Après Ski Indoor Pool Party Extravaganza at the Trapp Family Lodge
  • Pop Rock Spectacular live band, B-SIDE CHARLIE’s (great for dancing)
  • Group Dinner in the Mozart Room at Trapp Family Lodge
  • DINA MARTINA SHOW Stowe High Auditorium
  • Blow Out Party with DJ Steve Marsden at the Stoweflake Resort and Spa

The Full Package includes tickets to all these events except the group theme dinners on Thursday and Saturday as well as discounts on lodging.

The Weekend Pass includes tickets to events starting Friday at 5 p.m. with the Pool Party.

More info: www.winterrendezvous.com

 

 

Golf Ventana Canyon Tucson

Both award-winning golf courses at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon are early Tom Fazio designs, offering a true desert golf experience in the Santa Catalina foothills.

As Ventana Canyon is a semi-private club, management reserves one course everyday to accommodate members. The superb Canyon course, best suited to players seeking to avoid hills, is available only on odd-numbered days.

For the best scenery and maximum variety and challenges, try to golf the Mountain course, available to the public and resort guests on even numbered days. Around every bend en route to these tee boxes, golfers encounter endless groves of saguaro cactus against mountain backdrops.

Almost every hole on the Mountain course is exceptional with a few real gems, notably, those with elevated tees. The course is trickier than it looks, but never discouraging. Good shots are easy to make from well – groomed fairways and fairly forgiving rough. Both courses feature excellent signage and generous markers that give three distance readings as per flag position.

Indigenous cacti used in the intricate and attractive landscaping highlight entrances to the tee boxes. Large, shiny stones lacquered in black, gold, silver, turquoise and copper designate a separate tee box (many elevated) for five skill levels.

At first glance, putting appears easy thanks to the generous greens. These are quite undulating however and like many desert courses, hard and fast. When reading these greens, remember everything slopes away from the mountain. When shooting toward the mountains, be aware that the elevation is higher and the hills are steeper than they first appear. Take an extra club.

Ventana Canyon is a natural delight. The outdoor café, adjacent a tee box, hosts a diabetic woodpecker that swoops down to grab brown sugar packets off the tables. Nearby, morning doves, cactus wrens and some 20 quail hover nearby awaiting food scraps. Finches and shimmering red cardinals with orange beaks watch from the safety of the trees. Timid cotton-tailed rabbits prefer the tee boxes while roadrunners and the occasional small, sleek bobcat dart across the fairways.

Signs posted in the golf carts warn of potentially hazardous snakes camouflaged in the surrounding desert rough. Best to let that lost ball lie.

January is a good time to visit, as the weather is warm enough for golf and sometimes even swimming. The acacia trees are in bloom giving off a subtle, sweet fragrance all around the property. February marks the beginning of high season.

Cons:

  • No GPS on carts

Pros:

  • Five sets of tee boxes
  • Laid back golf experience
  • Excellent facilities
  • High handicapper friendly
  • Abundant wildlife

Description:

  • Desert style target courses
  • Full swing practice areas with groomed Bermuda grass
  • Short game range complete with bunkers
  • Two large putting greens
  • Tennis, spa and pool on site
  • Roomy, loft-style rooms available

The Lodge at Ventana Canyon

  • 6200 North Clubhouse Lane,
  • Tucson, Arizona 85750
  • Toll Free: (800) 828-5701
  • Local: (520) 577-1400

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