08/01/17 8:37am

Photos courtesy of Jack Seifrick

Meet Cast Wines, a West Coast winery with a bevy of Dallasites behind it. Located in a gorgeous setting in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, Cast Wines is just the sort of boutique-y type spot that make wine country visits a pleasure — a place to experience the delightful lifestyle Northern California wine country has to offer, connect with the owners, and find unique wines you can’t buy in a big box liquor store. Lakewood residents Jack Seifrick and his wife, Ann, launched the new venture in 2011 with the support of Texas friends.

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07/24/17 5:24pm

Photo credit: Craig Moore, GlacierWorld.com Photography

The flies are tied, the tackle box organized, the waders retrieved from storage, and ready to go! We’re wishbooking Whitefish real estate for a lovely fishing retreat in the woods of the cool environs of Montana.

The small town of Whitefish (population 6,357 per the 2010 census) headquartered on the south end of Whitefish Lake in Northwest Montana, offers splendid fishing in the Lake and the nearby river and streams. It’s not far from access to snow sports and summer activities at popular Whitefish Mountain Resort. The area is surrounded by forested state and national parks, including one of the country’s most famous— Glacier National Park — situated a half hour away. Whitefish’s average high temperature in July and August is 80 degrees; the low, 50. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Here’s a picture book-pretty cabin, 1815 Four Wheel Drive, which sits on a meticulously landscaped nearly-one-acre lot. Located near the western shore of the lake, it’s just a 10-minute drive to the town center where charming restaurants, shops, and cultural amenities cluster near a historic railway depot. About a mile wide and seven miles long, Whitefish Lake is one of the largest in Montana and is home to large mountain whitefish, bull trout, rainbow, and northern pike, caught mainly by trolling with spin gear. It’s a popular spot for sailing and waterskiing, too. This cozy cabin with modern amenities shares lakefront access, just a hop, skip and a jump from its door.  (more…)

07/18/17 1:34pm

Trip Advisor recently announced a list of the Top High-End Vacation Rental Properties in the World. What does it take to head the list?

  • A great locale
  • Spectacular views
  • Gorgeous architecture and furnishings
  • Posh amenities
  • A wonderful host

Can you guess the location of the No. 1 property pictured above? Make the jump to check your answer, learn more about it and catch a link to the entire list of high-end rental venues TripAdvisor declares the world’s best:  (more…)

07/12/17 12:57pm

 

Bridget Coulter

One on the newest communities on the Big Island of Hawaii now offers luxe homes with television celebrity designer decor. Actor Bridgid Coulter was recently a featured interior designer on the Emmy Award-winning OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) television series Home Made Simple. The Santa Monica-based designer was also tapped by Kohanaiki, a private club residential community located on the Kona Coast, to outfit a multi-million dollar model home befitting the posh setting that was once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty. Read more about this incredible property with a plethora of amenities, and residential options fit for a king or queen.

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07/07/17 11:38am

Mountainside at Northstar is an exclusive ski-in, ski-out residential community perched aside Northstar California Resort near Lake Tahoe. At this location, over 40 miles of trails spread through 3,000 acres await resident skiers, hikers, and bikers just steps out the door. The Truckee, Calif., project is 15 minutes away from the famed lake, which affords boating and water sports. There’s plenty of golf in the area, too. And Mountainside at Northstar homeowners have nearby access to the amenities of the local Ritz-Carlton hotel, such as its spa and fine restaurants.

It’s amazing to see the facilities luxury developers come up with to make the most of environs. Mountainside at Northstar caters to outdoor adventure and nature lovers. Posh huts for campers join the standard pool, lounge, and workout facilities you’d expect to find at any luxury spot. Yoga and meditation enthusiasts will find dedicated buildings for indoor activities and outdoor platforms to practice asanas and reflection out of doors. Borrowing from collaborative business work spaces, a “Zen Cube” is in the works, a place where groups can gather to brainstorm collective ideas. The aesthetic of the project is alpine-village-gone-thoroughly-modern, incorporating natural wood and stone elements in contemporary industrial design that suits the setting with aplomb.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vacation home or remodeling one you already own, you’ll find inspiration in photos of a luxe home for sale which showcases outstanding modern mountain design. More here:  (more…)

06/27/17 12:29pm

 

Cinnamon Shore

Photo credit: Aaron Costilla

More of a good thing’s on the way: Cinnamon Shore, one of Texas’ most charming beach communities, has just announced a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion. We’ve been following the master-planned beach development in Port Aransas on a 19-mile barrier island off the Texas Coast since inception.

Homeowners and rental guests there enjoy beachfront access, parks, interior lakes, restaurant dining, recreational activities, and events all within a picturesque walkable community. Construction on the horizon will dramatically increase the size of the existing development and add a boutique hotel, a 10-acre lake, a spa, retail shops, and more.  (more…)

06/15/17 11:26am
Riviera Maya Erosion

Photos courtesy of Mayakoba.

One of the world’s most beautiful beach destinations, Mayakoba, is undergoing a rehabilitation project to repair damage resulting from climate change. The eco-friendly Mayakoba resort development is set in the area known as “The Riviera Maya,” a 75-mile stretch south of Cancun on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Developed by OHL Desarrollos, Mayakoba is home to four luxury hotels, three of which offer private ownership residences.

Aquatic activities in the area revolve around the local stretch of the beautiful Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Climate change has been taking a toll on the reefs, impacting trade winds and ocean currents resulting in loss of sand and beach erosion. A strategic alliance has come together to rehabilitate the coastal ecosystem at Mayakoba; it’s a pioneering effort which will perhaps spur other such projects throughout the world. Jump to read more about this lovely area and inspiring reclamation project:  (more…)

06/12/17 9:00am

Petoskey,Petoskey, Michigan vacation home

Petoskey real estate. Don’t know where that is? Hold your left hand up in front of your face, palms out, fingers straight up. With your right index finger, touch the tip of your left ring fingernail where it meets your middle finger. Your hand is a map of Michigan. The spot you are touching is Petoskey. It’s a coastal resort village situated on Little Traverse Bay on the shores of the massive great lake named for the state.

Among the claims to fame of this lovely, small town is that Ernest Hemingway spent summers in the area for the first 22 years of his life (1899-1921) in a cottage his parents built on nearby Walloon Lake. His first novel, The Torrents of Spring, is set in Petoskey, and his short stories featuring the character Nick Adams also contain many references to the town. A Petoskey historical tour will lead you through local spots associated with the literary icon in some way.

Residents here enjoy boating and other water sports, hiking in the abundance of woods, and biking the 26-mile Little Traverse Wheelway that runs along the coast. In the winter, skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and sledding dominate outdoor activities. The Crooked Tree Art Center is the center of cultural happenings such as concerts, art classes, and events. There’s waterfront housing of all sorts, but what caught my eye was a charming well-priced cottage circa 1899-1921, Hemingway’s Petoskey time. Make the jump for a look at this cozy area and the cute home near the bay:  (more…)