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Make an Offering to the Buddhist Monks

April 11th, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman










Luxury in Thailand’s Exotic Region

April 10th, 2014 • by admin

The bathroom has a view of the bedroom.










Walk Around Ancient Ayutthaya

March 25th, 2014 • by admin










A Unique Resort by the River

March 11th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman


Visiting an Organic Winery

November 30th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Whenever you are near Northern California’s wine country it is time to visit one of the 350 wineries!

I stayed at the Farmhouse Inn, in Forestville, a great location for a quick 15- minute drive to the Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Wine Estate close to Sonoma.  Michel-Schlumberger is an organic winery with an entirely different approach to growing grapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Morris, Vice President of Marketing and Direct Consumer Sales, walked with me on a tour of the vineyards. “In organic farming everything is about building soil health and building nutrients in the soil naturally. Instead of using pesticides or herbicides, our winery uses nature in planting, farming and a lot of different ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


Casa Cody-Untouched by Time

January 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Casa Cody- Untouched by Time!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Casa Cody)

I found the most wonderful inn in Palm Springs.

The Casa Cody Inn is different from hotels, motels, and other inns because it is a historic inn.

In addition to a 100 year old adobe,

the 28 one-story bungalows date back to the 30’s- 40’s all still preserved and maintained.

And the interesting mixture of interior and furniture themes range from Moroccan,

Indian, Sante Fe, and India.

Celebrities seemed to be drawn to the Casa Cody’s hacienda-style buildings, gardens,

and citrus-filled courtyards.

Colorful bougainvilleas hang over the

roof, seeming to cover the front of each

room.

During the 30’s,

Metropolitan Opera

baritone/movie star

Lawrence Tibbett

and Charlie Chaplin

entertained guests in

this house.

Other famous guests: “Papa John” Phillips (“Mamas and the Papas” and father of

actress Mackenzie Phillips), Herb Jeffreys (sang with Duke Ellington), and the celebrities

are still coming to the Casa Cody Inn today.

Frank Tyson, the owner, said, “Barry Manalow flies back every night after his

Las Vegas show to his home in Palm Springs. Perhaps the tourists love Palm Springs because it is

so totally like going stepping back in time.

We have a village atmosphere with restaurants, shops, entertainment,

mountain hiking, and everything within a few blocks. to your

bungalow there is no need to use a car.”


This is the Life-England’s North Country

October 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“This is the Life!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

 

The last word in

elegance and

luxury in a

classical

setting,

the

DeVere

Slaley Hall

Hotel stands proudly as a monument to the past.

It began as a stately mansion built by

Charles

Samuel

Hunting,

in

1912,

for

his

family

home.

They

employed a housekeeper, five maids,

butler, footman, cook, two kitchen staff,

seven gardeners, three chauffeurs, game

keeper, forester and family of six who ran the home farm.

In 1984, Slaley was sold and transformed into a 139 bedroom

luxury hotel and golf complex.  Unchanged throughout the years,

the building’s embattled wall and architecture resembles a castle.

 

Everything is orchestrated for the guest’s enjoyment and

comfort.

Iain Jurgensen, Food and Beverage Director, explains,

“We are totally committed to source the best produce and

livestock from small, local Northumberland farms which do not

use pesticides;

some are organic and have the highest standards

in quality.

We visit the farm to see how the animals are reared

and treated.

The flavor of the pork is so good it comes through.

Everything is fresh from a 30 mile radius.

Slaley Hall’s philosophy, ‘This is the life,’ is what we want guests

to feel when they are here.

This is what they are worth.

Guests should have all of the opportunities to sample the famous

malt, the most opulent of chairs, and to have the best meals.

 

Duke’s Grill, in a classic Edwardian drawing room, uses a special

Josper charcoal grill with a very intense heat to seal in the flavor.

Steaks quickly retain all of their moisture and tenderness.”

I especially enjoyed their Sunday roast with a fantastically

melt-in-your-mouth tender, aged roast sirloin of beef.

The waiter wheeled the antique silver trolley to our table and

carved the roast.

In contrast, the Claret Jug Restaurant is rustic with serving

chopping boards, platters, share plates and cast iron dishes.

They offer different flavors and tastes that you do not usually

find.

 

With 1,000 acres of forest and moorland, Slaley offers many

settings for weddings, parties and business conferences.

Lucia Fappiano, the Hospitality Manager, is creative,

“We can arrange a Casino Night, Viking Night, Bedouin Tents,

Medieval theme and just about everything!

The bride can arrive by helicopter or she and the groom can be

whisked away by helicopter after the wedding.

We can do just about anything you want to make your night

special.”

The grounds sparkle with lights at night and the

Northumberland pipes are played during the event.

When she knows guests are celebrating their anniversary or

special occasion, she prepares a candlelight dinner outside at the

Japanese Gardens as a surprise.

The invitation is presented to them in their room.

The lawn becomes a stage for summer outdoor performances of

the “Merchant of Venice,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Peter Pan” and other

shows.

 

Guests are away from the cities, in the Northumberland

countryside, yet they have everything here:

Driving range, two championship golf courses, 4X4 adventures,

indoor pool, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paint balls, mountain

biking, and hot air ballooning.

Take a self-guided tour map suggesting easy walks.

 

Duke’s Grill- Sunday:  3 courses, £24.95;  prepared tableside,

 £15.95-52;

Cooked on the Josper Grill, £14.95-36;

Entrees, £12.50-19.95;

 

Claret Jug-

Noon to 6 pm, £5.50-12.50;

6 to 9 pm, £9-18.50;

 

The Restaurant- £9-24; 3 courses, £27.95;

 

You may not have heard of the DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel and

Northumberland but if you visit, you will never forget them!!!

DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel, Slaley, Hexam, Northumberland,

England.   www.devereonline.co.uk

slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England’s North Country

 

There are so many surprises when you explore

Northumberland’s 4,000 year history.

The unspoiled feeling of the country is mixed with the thrills of

visiting castles and other ancient sites.

Many people have heard of Alnwick Castle of Harry Potter film

fame.

Northumberland is described as “England as it used to be,”

England’s North Country is home to some very diverse areas.

www.visitenc.com www.enjoyenglandsnorthcountry.com

In 1984, Slaley was sold and transformed into a 139

bedroom luxury hotel and golf complex.

Unchanged throughout the years,

the building’s embattled wall and architecture

resembles a castle.

 

Everything is orchestrated for the guest’s enjoyment

and comfort.

Iain Jurgensen, Food and Beverage Director,

explains,

“We are totally committed to source the best

produce and

livestock from small, local Northumberland farms

which do not use pesticides;

some are organic and have the highest standards

in quality.

We visit the farm to see how the animals are reared

and treated.

The flavor of the pork is so good it comes through.

Everything is fresh from a 30 mile radius.

Slaley Hall’s philosophy, “This is the life,” is what

we want guests to feel when they are here.

This is what they are worth.

Guests should have all of the opportunities to sample

the famous malt, the most opulent of chairs, and to

have the best meals.

 

Duke’s Grill, in a classic Edwardian drawing room,

uses a special

Josper charcoal grill with a very intense heat to seal

in the flavor.

Steaks quickly retain all of their moisture and

tenderness.”

I especially enjoyed their Sunday roast with a

fantastically

melt-in-your-mouth tender, aged roast sirloin of beef.

The waiter wheeled the antique silver trolley to our

table and carved the roast.

In contrast, the Claret Jug Restaurant is rustic with

serving chopping boards, platters, share plates and

cast iron dishes.

They offer different flavors and tastes that you do

not usually find.

 

With 1,000 acres of forest and moorland, Slaley

offers many settings for weddings, parties and

business conferences.

Lucia Fappiano, the Hospitality Manager, is

creative,

“We can arrange a Casino Night, Viking Night,

Bedouin Tents,

Medieval theme and just about everything!

The bride can arrive by helicopter or she and the groom can be

whisked away by helicopter after the wedding.

We can do just about anything you want to make

your night special.”

The grounds sparkle with lights at night and the

Northumberland pipes are played during the event.

When she knows guests are celebrating their

anniversary or special occasion, she prepares a

candlelight dinner outside at the

Japanese Gardens as a surprise.

The invitation is presented to them in their room.

The lawn becomes a stage for summer outdoor

performances of the “Merchant of Venice,” “Wizard

of Oz,” “Peter Pan” and other shows.

 

Guests are away from the cities, in the

Northumberland

countryside, yet they have everything here:

Driving range, two championship golf courses,

4X4 adventures,

indoor pool, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paint

balls, mountain biking, and hot air ballooning.

Take a self-guided tour map suggesting easy walks.

 

Duke’s Grill- Sunday:  3 courses, $24.95;  prepared

tableside, $15.95-52;

Cooked on the Josper Grill, $14.95-36;

Entrees, $12.50-19.95;

 

Claret Jug-

Noon to 6 pm, $5.50-12.50;

6 to 9 pm, $9-18.50;

 

The Restaurant- $9-24; 3 courses, $27.95;

 

You may not have heard of the DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel and

Northumberland but if you visit, you will never forget

them!!!

DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel, Slaley, Hexam,

Northumberland, England.   www.devereonline.co.uk

slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England‘s North Country

 

There are so many surprises when you explore

Northumberland’s 4,000 year history.

The unspoiled feeling of the country is mixed with

the thrills of visiting castles and other ancient sites.

Many people have heard of Alnwick Castle of Harry

Potter film fame.

Northumberland is described as “England as it used to be,”

England;s North Country is home to some very diverse areas.

www.visitenc.com www.enjoyenglandsnorthcountry.com

 

 


INVITATION

August 8th, 2010 • by admin

Now you can experience the “real” INSIDE Las Vegas with us as Sandy Zimmerman meets the stars backstage to tape interviews backstage in their dressing rooms, cook with the top chefs in their kitchens, learn about unique spa treatments, visit fitness centers, and discuss the latest developments in medicine with doctors.

It is like a REALITY SHOW, but MORE because Sandy covers

ALL of these topics, not just one!

ANY TIME the Public is Invited we will let you know!

WATCH FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS about Las Vegas Openings, Events, Red Carpets, Free Entertainment, Cooking Demonstrations,

Wine Tastings, Openings, Celebrity Appearances, Discounts,

and Specials.

Sandy’s articles are not like any

other publication,

they are written as “in depth

pictorial stories where you feel you

join us in the experience.

Our FOUR website Magazines are

interactive, just ask questions,

make comments, and join the fun!

 


Each day is different as Sandy covers Las Vegas and produces

travel specials in other countries.

Sandy and her guest Phyllis Diller in the 80's

Sandy Zimmerman is a

syndicated

features

columnist

published in

Dubai, Japan,

England, South

America, as well as

other countries

and in the United States;  

She is talk show host of

the Las Vegas Today

Show programs

and Discover

the Ultimate Vacation

travel specials taped on

location in Las Vegas

and

around the world;

Celebrating 29 years as

the longest running talk show host, columnist, and

entertainment reviewer in Las Vegas, Sandy also covers dining

reviews, travel, spas, health and lifestyles;  

Two of Sandy’s programs were named “Program of the Week” by

the Review Journal for her “Marco Polo’s Silk Road Tour of

China” and “Food, Wine and Castles Tour of northwestern

Italy”;  

  

Sandy Zimmerman
information@discovertheultimate.com

 

Discover the Ultimate, Discover the Ultimate Dining, Discover the Ultimate Health (Spas), Discover the Ultimate Entertainment.


“A Village away from the Crowds”

August 7th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“A Village away from the Crowds”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

 

The charming

quaint Turrialtico

Lodge is perched

on one of the most

beautiful

mountain settings

in the village of

Turrialba.   Their open air restaurant is perfect

for the sunny days and summery weather.

Read the rest of this entry »


Enter the Garden of Eden

June 27th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Enter the Garden of Eden”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Imagine steaming hot mineral springs and waterfalls awaiting you, but instead of imagining this scene you must come to The Springs Resort and spa!


Couples will feel like Adam and Eve discovering the Garden of Eden when they walk along the romantic paths from the resort to the eighteen, yes eighteen, amazingly designed steaming mineral pools.

Guests are in another world, a place of beauty and tranquility.

All of these unique pools seem to be inviting you to indulge in this wondrous oasis.

There are so many pools, which ones should you choose?

Do you want to sit by a waterfall?

Each mineral water pool is different as is their settings.

Take your time because this is an experience to savor.

I have traveled around the world and have never seen this many mineral pools in one resort!

Oh, the sensations you will feel, the pleasure of relaxing and soaking your body in the steaming hot water.

And while you are in this stupor of unbelievable joy, open your eyes to look out at the famous Aranal Volcano.


Combining the excitement of a frequently erupting volcano with the pleasures of soaking in hot pools is just too much to comprehend.     (Continued)



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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