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Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:09

Ski Free In The Adirondacks

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
Lake Placid Lodge
Two scenic winter resorts, Lake Placid Lodge and The Sagamore Resort, are offering a Ski For Free package this winter.  These Adirondack gems are perfect winter getaways and the ideal solution to avoiding crowded ski lodges.  

Ski & Stay for Free Package - Lake Placid Lodge 

Conquer Whiteface Mountain by day and relax in the comforts of a private fireplace on Lake Placid by night! The Ski for Free package includes:
  • Three nights accommodations
  • Two daily ski tickets per adult, per stay
  • Custom, made-to-order breakfast daily
  • Chef's choice of freshly prepared snack and wine in room per day
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Chef's choice of dessert delivered to room each day
  • Should you choose to extend your stay, receive the fourth night free along with two more complimentary ski tickets
  • Rates for this package start at $699 per night.

Offer based on double occupancy. Valid Sundays - Thursdays through March 28, 2015. Advance reservations for dining should be made directly with the proper outlet after confirming your room package reservation. All offers are based on availability. Restrictions apply. Excludes taxes, gratuities, resort fees, and alcohol. Cannot be combined with other offers.  Blackout dates apply.

Ski for Free Package - Sagamore Resort 

Hit the slopes at Gore Mountain by day and relax at The Sagamore on scenic and beautiful Lake George by night! The Ski for Free package includes:
  • Two-night accommodations
  • Breakfast daily for two adults
  • Two lift tickets to Gore Mountain per stay
  • Rates for this package start at $219 per night.

Offer valid on stays from December 24, 2014 through April 30, 2015, (weather permitting).  All offers are based on availability. Restrictions apply. Excludes taxes, gratuities, resort fees, and alcohol. Cannot be combined with other offers. Blackout dates apply. 
To book this special offer call (866) 258-7247 and mention code SKIFREE.

Monday, 08 December 2014 15:03

Taste: Holiday Fruit Pies

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Will you be making fruit pies for your holiday parties?

Consider these tips for baking the perfect double crust from the pros at Magnolia Bakery

1.  Wait to add sugar until just before you are ready to add your fruit to the pie. Otherwise, your pie filling will be too watery.

2.  After you roll your bottom layer crust, brush a thin layer of egg white wash over the bottom and sides.

3.  When you add the fruit to the pie pan make sure to “mound” it – gently press together so you create a snug, generously portioned pile of fruit.

4.  When adding the top crust, once again, press your dough toward the center over the fruit. This allows the dough to “drop” during baking.

5.  Be sure to cut or prick the top dough to vent some of the steam. You can get creative here as well, just like we did for our Pi Day caramel apple hand pies!


6.  A nice egg wash and sugar/cinnamon sprinkle adds a nice sparkle and continues to a browned crisp top.

7.  Check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer. Conventional ovens are often off quite a few degrees, which means your pie could under or over bake easily. You don’t want to ruin all your hard work!

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:40

Travelers Gift Guide: Music Lover

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes


Street by 50

Street by 50 On-Ear Wired Sport Headphone.

Great sound. Great comfort. The music lover on your gift list will be in awe of the professional quality sound provided by leading edge technology. The IPX4 rating means they are resistant to water and sweat. Great for traveling ( they fold down and fit well in an included compact travel case.) Choose from a variety of fun colors.


Portable Wireless Speakers

SMS Audio SYNC by 50 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black 

If you are a music lover on the move, this portable speaker is for you. From your campsite to your hotel room to pool side, the omni-directional 3D stereo sound and professionally tuned 50mm drivers deliver dynamic, crystal clear audio. Light-weight and innovative, you won’t leave home without it.


NYNE Portable Bluetooth Speaker



NYNE Multimedia Inc TT Portable Bluetooth Speaker (White/Grey)

Designed for frequent flyers, this nifty tech gift can charge your phone, make it possible to conduct hands free calls with the integrated noise-canceling microphone, and tap into your play list for up to ten hours. International travelers will appreciate the multiple plugs that are included. 

At just two pounds, you can tuck it in your bag or use the shoulder strap and carrying case.

Latigo Ranch

Ranch life continues once the snow flies!

Located approximately 130 miles west of Denver, Colorado, Latigo Ranch is situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth and offers a panoramic view of the Continental Divide.

Guests can drink in the views, inhale the crisp mountain air, and gaze in awe at some of Colorado’s most spectacular scenery from the front porch of the ranch’s historic log lodge. Guests will experience warm hospitality and winter activities, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing that keep Latigo Ranch guests coming back year after year.

The outdoor activities are as invigorating as the inside comforts are cozy. Winter rates and packages start just before Christmas and run through late March.

Monday, 01 December 2014 23:13

Gift Guide: National Park Pass

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes


Looking for a great gift?

Consider a one-year pass to the nation's National Parks and other federally-managed recreation areas. You'll provide the recipient with magical memories.

Tip: Military families qualify for free. 

Annual pass, $80

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