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ACTIVE COLLECTIVE -Activewear-Streetwear

Part 2
ALOYOGA, lucy, ONZIEvia GIPHYStreet to studio, or skip the workout and just be casual comfy-wearing performance wear aimed at the yoga-pilates-gym pursuits...aka athleisure wear...is a celeb clogged category-but our top picks are from the smaller labels that showed great Fall 2017 pieces--- that would really work year round...less super hot times.

ACTIVE COLLECTIVE-ATHLEISURE-WORKOUT WEAR

MPG, RHONE
Part One

The NY version of the sports-yoga-workout wear focused Active Collective had loads of terrific athletic style-that anyone would wear on or off the courts, in a gym, or outdoors on weekend downtime.

IMO-athleisure is a permanent lifestyle apparel category...and we saw plenty of multi-tasking pieces made from tech fabrics for Fall 2017-in subdued autumnal colors, fewer prints (than what we have seen for Spring)-but interestingly enough...a bunch of bold black/white items at several exhibitors.

MPG (MODETTA PERFORMANCE GEAR) started as a fashion savvy- dancer focused collection of studio separates to wear off th barre- but has grown into a brand for athletes pursuing various activities-with performance pieces for runners, gym-heads, yoga buffs and dancers---and comfy casual wear that also doubles as versatile travel pieces.


2BEANS -Gourmet Chocolate, ILLY Café-Heavenly Pairings

AN invite for a gourmet chocolate-wine pairing tasting-count us in!
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yes-chocolate is that good...
A worthy reminder that single source and refined blends of planet earth's most fav 'food'-has caused worthy destinations-like the chic sleek Italian style coffee (ILLY) café 2Beans (Manhattan based-including convenient right near Grand Central station)...to offer discerning and curious customers-an outstanding assortment of chocolates from around the world-in custom confections -by the piece-or in beautiful packaged bars-to go..

SPRING BOOTIES-Kick It Up

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Wacky weather keeps us shuffling up the winter worthy layers and warmer temps wear-from the ankles up-but less the slush, snow, ice-we would wear these fab new booties-year round-soon to deliver for Spring.


HAWTHORN SUITES-At Home Comfort On The Road

Endurance Athlete Essentials: Travel


All that training for a multi-hour triathlon/marathon-can be ruined when on the road...by eating/drinking foods prepared by others. Which is why we now travel to destinations afar with our own mini-coffee pot and pick up packaged pre-race basic eats at a local grocery store. 

Unless there's a Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in the area---as the thoroughly affordable lodging alternative allow guests to serve up their own tasty meals---made easier with Homemade@Hawthorn™- a new chef-driven in-room cooking program designed for guests to feel at-well home-when on the road. 

Extended stay types-think re-located workers, military personnel -have long favored Hawthorn Suites-but we think traveling athletes would really appreciate this program...with easy to cook recipes online-made from ingredients that are easy to find locally...including tasty takes on standby comfort foods. 

And if like us-even idea of cooking is too taxing-the well equipped full kitchen eq…

WINTER GETAWAYS-HAMPTONS, Long Island NY

Wind swept shady beaches -blessedly free of humans, on the street parking that securing a spot= IS NOT akin to a competitive sport, winter season lodging discounts in plush accommodations- and even empty seats at gourmet hotspots-no wonder most people we know-including rent it out in the summer  homeowners-only go to the acclaimed East End of Long Island-waaay off-season.




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Winter time specials for relaxing staycation are found at the highly rated spa destination Gurney's Montauk-located on a beautiful stretch of Atlantic ocean beachfront property in hip Montauk. Choose from recently renovated  rooms, sites and cottage lodging options---AND maybe a tougher choice-a complete menu of indulgent spa options /healing treatments-that put their ocean-fed-seaweed indoor pool to good use...and fitness/wellness activities that will put the flow or burn (chill or work-it)- in one's life.

The Southhampton Inn a classic East End destination (90 deluxe rooms) combines the best of Hampt…

WINTER GETAWAYS-NY FUN: Adirondacks

Part 2


The perfect counterbalance to arguably the greatest city -is the largest pristine wilderness preserved area in the lower 48-in the same state...and that would be the 6 million acre" sized,  easily accessed Adirondacks area...home to majestic mountains/lakes and recreational facilities that are Olympic worthy and tailored to thrill seeking kids of all ages/sizes... and challenging for dedicated backpackers-as well as more leisurely pursuits for those looking to relax and calmly experience the outdoors.

Where to stay? Roughing it - camping out spots are numerous- or indulge in the luxurious plush accommodations at the acclaimed mega star  log cabin cozy The Point- Saranac Point. In between---loads of options from hotel chains to quaint B+Bs.

Tip: Book ahead for the popular Whiteface Inn -in Lake Placid-minutes from the Whiteface Mountain slopes (that can challenge top skiers with the "the Slides"off piste terrain- as well as providing FUN for those looking to learn an…

WINTER GETAWAYS-New York FUN

Sure, the hometown Big Apple gets most of the glory-in a way-but massive New York State offers up loads of winter fare ...from fun-active outdoor activities in this country's largest protected area in the lower 48- the majestic Adirondacks, to stimulating and/or plush-to-basic indoor options, culinary treats from the exotic to simple homemade deliciousness-and literally hundreds of 24/7 travel options for all kinds of budgets.

Part One: Hudson Valley

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Hudson Valley:

For do it in a day (from NYC) outdoor fun-kid friendly Mt. Peter or Thunder Ridge Ski Area- and spa worshiper 'must' destination-AND nature- hiker's paradise, the stately Victorian 'castle' Mohonk Mountain House are easily reached via Getaway Packages from  public train transport Metro-North-including pick up/drop arrangements, lift tickets/Learn to Ski/Snowboard deals/Tubing runs - and overnight stay options.

FYI: for some-a real deal workout is truly a dizzying day at sho…

QUICK GETAWAYS-WInter Fun-Vermont

Part 2
Besides boasting of a Senator who can still hit a jump (sorta) shot via GIPHY source bostonmagazine.com -the beautiful green state of Vermont offers up outdoor destinations for all budgets and desired experiences (alpine -nordic skiing, ice skating, snow shoe adventures, antiquing, shopping, reviving spa treatments) ..and tasty culinary choices too.

For going with a crowd of party hearty friends ( Killington Resort,Mad River Glen),  active kids (Okemo, Sugarbush, Bromley, Smugglers Notch), independent minded teens (Mt. Snow,Stratton, Magic Mountain), going solo-or with a special someone-(Stowe Mountain Resort,The Hermitage Club Suicide Six Ski Area/Woodstock Inn)...the variety of mountain resorts packed with serious snow making trails, plus daring or relaxing off trail fun...beckon all- with sweetened up enticements of mid week bargains, learn to ski/ride options, and night-time on slopes activities.

Some ideas:
Ski Vermont pairs with wonderful partners in Vermont and across the count…

QUICK GET-AWAYS-Winter Fun-Colorado

The Nov-Dec holiday travels are typically for family gatherings-the rest of the winter months though-yay- it's all about fun-and/or relaxing getaways-aka ME times...with or without a chosen a few...

Close by domestic USA destinations abound...that don't break the budget..and are easy enough to get to and fro, no passport needed.

Part One:
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source vimeo.com "Days of MyYouth"/Red Bull Media House and MSP Films The majestic Rocky Mountains beckon outdoors' types -and this year the snow is REALLY deep. In beautiful Colorado...lucky travelers or luckier locals- can partake of freebies courtesy of Colorado Ski Country's 22 members' resorts.**


Wolf Creek Ski Area Free Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat to Reach Expert Terrain To help guests take advantage of powder that can usually only be reached by hiking, Wolf Creek offers a Snowcat shuttle. The Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat Shuttle picks up skiers and riders at the Dog Chutes and takes them to the Horseshoe Bo…

B-GAME BITES-FAST+EASY for PLAYOFF PARTIES

Practically an American holiday-Sunday playoffs -for football-and B-Ball games leading up to March madness...are best watched with a another (or others). Best bites choices can be fast, easy and creative-to compensate for potential boredom.
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Some ideas that bring some sophisticated international flair for sophisticated palates...that pair up well with many kinds of beers/wines















Cheers-VALUE DRINKS -PLAYOFF PARTIES

Tis' the season.

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Whether hosting or bringing beverages and eats for a playoff tv viewing crowd -chances are attendees have elevated expectations for sustenance-right along with their increasingly sophisticated palates. For a change from usual Buds:
























































BUZZY NEW YEAR: CHAMELEON COLD- BREW

Starting a new year usually ushers in vows of better fitness, health and nutrition-particularly in the eats and drinks category.

 A worthy resolution-get a better buzz on-our top pick USDA ORGANIC Chameleon Cold-Brew.

Since our first sip of refrigerated ready coffee from vending machines in Japan-decades ago(!!!) the buzz in a bottle/can has deliciously evolved to satisfy more sophisticated palettes -with a smooth less acid drinks. Stop choice -Chameleon Cold-Brew made from small batch, air roasted rich coffee beans slooowly processed (drip by drip for 12 hours)- with filtered Texas Hill country water.


Results...are a growing market for premium CHAMELEON COLD-BREW ready to drink coffee  -that now has several tasty alternatives to ole' original coffee- with a few pure, authentic tasting flavored options too, sweetened with cane sugar.


FOR DAY SIPS=perfect straight outta the bottle. Chameleon Cold-Brew is such a smooth sip-the usual milk liquids needed to take the edge off -are not need…