Starlight Supper in Sonoma County

Jordan WineryWhat could be more romantic than an evening of star gazing in the Wine Country? How about an evening of meteor shower star gazing on the lawns of a famed winery chateau? And what if it included a four-course wine pairing dinner? Yep, pretty romantic.

That’s why we encourage you to make your reservation now for Jordan Winery’s Starlight Supper on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The evening will begin with a dinner designed to showcase both the bounty of Jordan’s gardens as well as the winery’s critically acclaimed wines. Live entertainment will carry guests through this starlit evening, which will culminate with expert-guided star gazing during the Perseid meteor shower.

For more information or to make your reservation, visit the Jordan Winery website.

Let andBeyond Plan Your Next Vacation… in Mozambique

andBeyond Benguerra IslandWe love andBeyond. This luxury travel company knows how to combine romance, adventure and altruism in a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. They’re newest destination, the Benguerra Island lodge is no exception and it’s a beachfront beauty. Each of the property’s 13 very private lodgings, (10 casinhas, 2 cabanas and 1 casa) are designed in a style that celebrates a traditional African-Portuguese design aesthetic. But more importantly, each has an unforgettable view. The resort’s location is home to many of Mozambique’s most interesting wildlife, from humpback dolphins, devil rays and kingfish in the ocean to over 140 bird species on land. As with all of andBeyond’s properties, Benguerra is dedicated to conservation and community. The resort is working to protect the fishing waters as well as getting deeply involved in the development of the island’s community, (population 1,000).

The property will open June 1, 2015. For more information, visit the andBeyond website.

La Nuit en Rosé–Night of Rosé Wine Comes to Los Angeles

la nuit en roseAn event to celebrate all things pink, New York’s much lauded La Nuit en Rosé is coming to Los Angeles on Sunday, June 21. It’s destination, the Sunset Strip’s famed Sky Bar, is sure to make guests sigh with thoughts of the glamorous Riviera Coast. Wine selections will not disappoint, with participants including Château D’Esclans, Vie Vité, Château La Gordonne, Champagne Pommery, Champagne Nicolas Feuillate, Ferrari, Wines of Rioja, Val d’Orbieu Americas, Mulderbosch, Torres and Ouled Thaleb. There is also an optional Rosé pairing dinner hosted by Wine Enthusiast Magazine scheduled for the evening of June 20. 

A special, advance purchase price is available through May 15. For more information, please visit http://nuitrose.com/.

New Yorkers, don’t fret. La Nuit en Rosé will return to your city on June 25-27.

Chocolate Celebration This Weekend

in celebration of chocolateLooking for something to do this weekend? Even if you already have plans you might need to shift gears and head to Kohler for the three-day In Celebration of Chocolate from February 6-8. A festival like no other celebrating one of the world’s most popular aphrodisiacs, this event brings together Kohler’s own talented pastry team with some of the sweetest tastemakers in the world. The weekend of dinners and events will be headlined by no other than Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini, who has been named (among other things) “1 of the 10 most influential pastry chefs in America.” Trust us, if you love chocolate, you need to be there. For all the details, including some decadently delicious room packages, visit the Destination Kohler website and prepare to drool.

Gourmetzia: A Gourmet Food and Beverage Show Comes to Los Angeles

Gourmetzia Prepare your eyes and stomachs to feast when the Los Angeles Convention Center transforms into a gourmet supermarket of epic proportions. Visitors will have the chance to sample and purchase foods from some of the most beloved and the newest gourmet food producers around. A two-day event for the glutinous, Gourmetzia will afford a taste of everything from BBQ to beer, premium coffees to artisan toffees.

Gourmetzia happens this Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, from 4-8pm. For more information, visit http://www.gourmetzia.com/.

A Romantic Vacation in Fiji with One Night Free

Nanuku FijiOne of Fiji’s newest resorts, Nanuku, (opened earlier this year), is offering the first guests to try out its many luxuries one enticing perk: a night free. A romantic getway ripe for the taking, Nanuku’s villas offer all the amenities one could dream of for a luxury stay on an enchanted island. The offer includes butler and nanny service, private car airport transfers, two complimentary massages, daily meals and even use of a golf buggy, should one desire, (but why would you ever leave your room?). Should you require a stroll, Nanuku owns over two miles of private beach. The special offer is available through March 30, 2015, excluding Dec. 19-Jan. 5, good for a night free on a 5-night stay.

For more information, to book your stay, or just to drool over images of the perfect destination for a tryst, visit the Nanuku website.

Lakeside Romantic Residence

SourcesCaudalie10_101111The Martillac Hotels have unveiled twelve new suites within their hotel Les Sources de Caudalie, sweetly deemed “The Fisherman’s Village.” The twelve cottage-style suites are stilt-standing love nests placed within the heart of a vineyard and alongside a small lake.

Staying at The Fisherman’s Village means enjoying the relaxation of color splashed rooms and antique furniture or a modern flare with simple color themes- something for everyone. Wake up in the comforts and smells of a lakeside cottage and step out onto the terrace to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding vineyard.

This may be most romatic way to enjoy the French countryside. No shared walls, hallways or lobbies. The sounds and scents of the natural surroundings will embrace you in your own private residence. Just you, your loved one, and your fisherman’s cottage.

For more information go to Les Sources de Caudalie

L’Apothecary at L’Auberge de Sedona

L'AubergeThe Red Rocks of Arizona behold a romantic experience at L’Auberge de Sedona. A place to escape for a few days of relaxation and utmost pampering, L’Auberge is a refuge for the mind body and spirit. We love that they put equal attention on experiences in dining adventuring and, most importantly,spa-ing–which now includes an apothecary element.

L’Apothecary has personalized the L’Auberge experience by inviting guests to create their own scents with Sedona’s own natural vegetation. By partnering with alchemist Katie Hess, L’Auberge is now the only spa that we know of where you can visit a blending station. Imagine indulging in a day at the spa that includes creating your own mists, oils, scrubs, and soaks. Herb choices including rosemary, pine, juniper, rose, lemon blossom enable guests to create their own fragrances to the delight of their skin and olfactory senses. And, as an added bonus, the aphrodisiac elements of these scents may also provide a heightening of sensation and relaxation.

L’Auberge de Sedona has fashioned itself into a refreshing getaway for romance or peaceful relaxation. But what we love most of all is that now you can take the experience home in the form of your very own sensual aroma.

For more information, visit the L’Auberge de Sedona website.

Chocolate in Paradise

chocolate laboratorySt. Lucia’s Jade Mountain Resort is the kind of place where you can get swept away by romance. Guest bedrooms are open air sanctuaries, each with a private infinity pool overlooking the undulating Caribbean Sea. But that’s not why we’re writing about Jade Mountain. Our passion is Jade Mountain’s new Chocolate Laboratory. The resort’s estate boasts over 1,000 cacao trees and now they’re putting them to good use by inviting guests to make their own. The Chocolate Laboratory is offering a number of different chocolate immersion experience to guests of this sanctuary of romance. Classes include Chocolate Sensory Tasting, Discover Chocolate (an in-depth tasting and making experience) and a Tree to Bar Tour. To celebrate the opening of the lab, Jade Mountain is also offering a special, promotional package, Chocolate Alchemy. The package includes several chocolate experience and is available July 15-October 15, 2014. For full details of this package, visit http://www.jademountainstlucia.com/promotions.html#chocolatealchemy

For reservations and more information on Jade Mountain, visit the resort’s website.

Gin, Tonic and Some Hot Cocktails

black betty gin cocktailMiami Beach’s Traymore Bar introduces Miami to the seduction of the Gin Club. The city’s first bar dedicated to this herbal elixir, Traymore, in the rather swank Metropolitan hotel, is featuring over 30 gins from Bulldog to Death’s Door (that’s a gin, not a threat). Gin, as you may know, is thought to be among the more potently aphrodisiac on the worldwide menu of spirits. It’s because of the juniper–the key ingredient in gin’s distinct flavor. Juniper is historically held in regard as an aphrodisiac, most notably for men. So next time you find yourself strolling along Miami’s turquoise shores, schedule a respite at Traymore for total gin immersion.

To whet your appetite, we present the Traymore Bar’s Black Betty:

Black Betty
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Nolet's Gin 1.5 oz
  • Martini Bianco 0.25 oz
  • Amaretto di Saronno 0.25 oz
  • Blackberries 8 each
  • Lime foam 0.5 oz
Instructions
  1. muddle the blackberries, add all the rest of ingredients except the line foam.
  2. Shake well and double strain it.
  3. Use a Martini glass then place the lime foam on top.