Exceptional Experiences for Summer

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Make the most of the wonderful weather with Xperience Days this summer! Before the nights start to draw in and the leaves begin to turn, make sure you’ve got your fill of the great outdoors with some of our brilliant activities.

home-1-4771Below we’ve compiled a few of our favorite water-based activities to cool you down on a hot day, so whether you’re after an exciting experience that will leave you breathless or would rather just sit back and enjoy the ride, we’ve got something for everyone here…

Screen-shot-2010-02-16-at-8.03.29-PMWhy not spend a magical afternoon on the water as you enjoy this two-hour Sightseeing Lunch Cruise on Cayuga Lake for two people? This fabulous cruise is the best way to experience the extraordinary natural beauty of New York’s stunning Finger Lakes; Cayuga Lake is the largest of all the Finger Lakes and after your cruise you certainly won’t disagree that it’s almost the most beautiful. You can enjoy the breath-taking views that this cruise provides, and with an afternoon meal featuring delights such as chicken caesar salad, shrimp salad, marinated Portobello mushroom wrap, pit smoked ham and Swiss cheese, this is the ultimate day out on the water!

444-11_Sea_Cave_KayaksYou can get close to nature with the sensational La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour in San Diego, where you get the unique chance to explore the stunning sea cliffs and La Jolla Ecological Reserve. This incredible area is filled with an astonishing array of marine life including seals, sea lions and dolphins, and during this two-hour tour you will paddle to Sunny Jim’s cave, Arch Cave, Clams’ Cave and many other captivating sea caves, as well as paddling through a fascinating underwater kelp forest. This is a relaxing yet exhilarating experience that allows you to get close to one of California’s most beautiful areas.

DCIM100GOPROOr why not learn to Paddleboard with the Jacksonville Paddleboarding Lesson on Big Pottsberg Creek in Florida? Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport in the country and this fantastic lesson will soon show you why.  Using just a single paddle and a long board to navigate the waters, you will soon be hooked on this hugely rewarding activity – which is a great workout as well as being extremely fun! You’ll first get practising on a simulator during this lesson before hitting the creek waters to put what you’ve learnt into practise. A brilliant way to spend some time in the sun….

american rover 8Enjoy a two-hour Schooner sailing trip for two with this awesome Sunset Sail on the American Rover Experience in Norfolk, Virginia. This is an exceptional opportunity to sit back and relax aboard the tall ship American Rover as you drift down the Elizabeth River with a special someone.This 135′, three-masted topsail schooner is truly a magnificent ship, and your exciting experience will begin as soon as you board. Departing from the Waterside Marketplace, your cruise will take you past some of historic Norfolk’s most iconic sights including the Battleship Wisconsin, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, NOAA Headquarters, the Coast Guard Station, shipping container terminals, Norfolk Southern Coal Piers, Old Fort Norfolk and more!

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Experience Gifts for Fabulous Fathers

Father’s Day is a mere 5 days away, so why not avoid the frantic day-before panic and treat your dad to a thoughtful and unique experience gift from Xperience Days? Whatever type of dad your father is, we have the perfect present here. From white water rafting to a race car ride along, there really is something for everyone here.

You can go one better and purchase an experience for two people, so not only will your dad get to enjoy an exciting day out he’ll remember forever, but he’ll get to share it with a special someone too (hopefully that would be you!).

Have a look at a few of our favorites below…

Fathers Day Blog 1Yes, we know not all dads love beer, but it’s a safe bet… and this superb Philadelphia Beer and Cheese Tasting Experience for Two is your chance to treat your taste buds to a double delight as you enjoy a delicious selection of craft beers and artisanal cheese in the trendy Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. You’ll get to taste several superior craft beers as you learn all about how they are made and about the different styles. You’ll also enjoy trying a range of cheeses that have been expertly paired with the beers to enhance your culinary experience. Located at one of Philly’s best microbreweries, you’ll also learn a bit about the history of this unique neighbourhood on the way.

 

Rafters negotiate white water on a beautiful Colorado summer afternoon.For dads who like to get their adrenaline levels racing, what about High Country Rafting on the Colorado River for Two? In easy driving distance from Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park and Breckenridge Colorado, this exhilarating activity makes the perfect adventure-filled day out to enjoy with your dad. You’ll be able to admire the spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain scenery as you paddle your way down the river – and the Class I-II rapids and deep canyon will make sure that this is an exciting day out you’ll both remember for years to come.

 

Fathers Day Blog 3For another thrilling activity that will have your dad grinning from ear to ear, the Racecar Speedway Ride Along is ideal… and with locations all across the US, this is something everyone can enjoy. This is a great opportunity for your dad to sit in a real 500-plus horsepower Sprint Cup style race car and be driven around some of the country’s most electrifying racetracks at 170 MPH! With a professional driver at the wheel, your dad will get to witness the mind-blowing capabilities of these awesome vehicles – so get him prepared for an almighty adrenaline rush as the expert driver puts the pedal to the metal!

 

Fathers Day Blog 4If your dad is more of a movie-man than a thrill-seeker, why not surprise him with the Movie Locations Walking Tour of Central Park for Two? This is fun and unique activity that any fan of the movies will love, as you’ll visit over 40 movie locations within the park’s borders. From When Harry Met Sally to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Kramer vs. Kramer to Home Alone II, this vast and beautiful park is one of Hollywood’s most famous backdrops. In addition to all the movie knowledge you’ll gain, this tour is just a brilliant way to enjoy the beauty of the park while enjoying some quality time with your dad.

 

A great selection of experience gifts there for your favorite old man – Father’s Day is starting to look more exciting than Christmas! If you have an especially fussy dad and can’t see anything in this post you think he’ll fancy, you can always head over to the Occasions page on Xperience Days and select from the hundreds of options there, plus, with the options of instant e-certificates, last-minute gift ideas are not a problem! Father’s Day is on June 15th.

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Extreme Experience Gifts for Graduates

At the start of this month we put together a list of fabulously unique experiences that make perfect graduation gifts this summer. From cooking classes to photography lessons, we’ve got it covered, but what if you want to surprise a graduating loved one with an experience gift that packs a bit more punch?

Growing up doesn’t have to be boring with Xperience Days, check out our range of amazing experience gifts that will have you feeling like a kid again…

Graduation Blog 1You can experience the most intense adrenaline-rush of your life with the Skydiving Santa Barbara Experience. Nothing can compare to the mind-blowing exhilaration of leaping 5,000 feet from a plane and freefalling to the earth, and this sensational skydive will provide you with an unbelievable 120mph 40 second freefall!

With an instructor strapped to you to do all the work, you can focus on enjoying the incredible buzz and admiring the exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara landscape that unfold beneath you.

 

Graduation Blog 2The Michigan International Speedway Stockcar Ride makes the perfect graduation gift for a loved one who likes to get down and dirty on the racetrack! This incredible driving experience is a unique chance to climb into a real Sprint Cup style stockcar to enjoy the ride of a lifetime.

With a professional driver in control you will be amazed at the full capabilities of these awesome cars as the vehicles are put to the ultimate test. Get ready for a SERIOUS adrenaline rush because you will reach eye-watering speeds of 150mph as you tear down the track!

 

Graduation Blog 3Or why not make those childhood dreams of flying a reality with the Introductory Flight Lesson in Tampa, where you will experience the unforgettable thrill of flying a light aircraft? Whether you’re serious about learning to fly or have just always wanted to see what it’s like, nothing about this aerial adventure will disappoint.

Climbing aboard an awesome Cessna 172, you will fly over stunning central Florida with an expert instructor by your side to give you guidance at all times. Prepare yourself for some breath-taking panoramic views as you soar at 3,000 feet!

 

Graduation Blog 4The Deschutes River Whitewater Rafting Experience is your chance to feel just like a kid again as you channel your inner explorer and see how you fare against the powerful rapids of Deschutes River, Oregon. With an expert guide leading the way you will tackle a series of Class III and IV rapids, including the infamous Box Car, in a white-water raft.

Get ready for an exhilarating and bumpy ride as you churn your way down this beautiful but mighty river; this experience is not for the faint-hearted! With spectacular views of the river and action-packed rapids to navigate, this is an experience you’ll remember for years to come.

 

So there you have it, a comprehensive collection of extreme experience gifts that will hopefully make the transition from college life to the real world a little more exciting. For our whole range of experience gifts, you can visit the Occasions page on the site and have a browse through. To all the graduates out there, well done and good luck!

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Experience Gifts for Graduates

US Graduation Header 2As summer finally approaches, for many people across the country so does graduation, and whether it’s high school or college, this is one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life. If you are looking for a unique experience gift to celebrate this special occasion with, have a look at some of our brilliant activities that are just perfect for someone starting out in the real world.

Whether it’s learning to cook or picking up an exciting new hobby, growing up doesn’t have to be scary with Xperience Days! Have a look at some of our favorite experience gifts across the USA…

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For those leaving home for the first time, one of the scariest things can be cooking for yourself… so why not treat a loved one to the fantastic Houston Cooking Class? During this fun and hands-on three hour culinary class, you will be taught by an expert chef and will learn how to create delicious dishes from all across the world. It doesn’t matter if you have no experience in the kitchen as the class is suitable for all, and by the end of the session even a total rookie will have learned how to transform fresh ingredients into healthy and delicious dishes!

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No matter how old you may feel now you’ve graduated, you’re never too old to take up a rewarding new hobby. This DC Painting Wine Class is a fantastic experience gift for anyone with an interest in the creative arts. At a DC studio you will learn many basic painting techniques as you get to grips with brushes, canvases and paints, and by the end of the class you will have your own painting to take home and display! This class is the perfect experience gift for new adults, as you’ll also get to enjoy a glass of wine as you paint!

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For a loved one who already has some cooking skills, why not treat them to the Indian Cooking Class for Two in Dallas? This fun culinary lesson is a great way for your lucky recipient to learn exciting new cooking techniques while having fun with a friend. Held at Dallas’ premier Indian Restaurant, the expert chef will demonstrate how to prepare a range of mouth-watering Indian dishes using authentic ingredients and recipes. At the end of the lesson you’ll all sit down to enjoy a sumptuous Indian feast and will take home some great new culinary techniques.

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For a totally unique experience gift for a creative type, what about the Orlando Jewelry Making Class? During this class you will learn how to make stunning and unique bracelets, earrings and pendant necklaces and will master the art of bead stringing, crimping, wire wrapping and how to make your own headpins. Apart from just being a very enjoyable and relaxing pastime, it also means you’ll be able to give your creations away as personalized gifts – which is perfect for cash-strapped young people!

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Or why not learn to take beautiful photos with the Saint Louis Intro Photography Class, where you can receive practical training in how to master digital photography? During this three-hour class you will be taught by an expert professional photographer how to capture breath-taking pictures of both animals and landscapes, and will learn all about the design, composition and processing of images. By the end of this great class you will have acquired some brilliant and useful photography skills that will set you up for life!

 

Any one of these experiences will help towards making it in the big wide world, so what are you waiting for? Get out there a discover a new skill today!

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Mighty Mother’s Day Experience Gifts

US Mothers Day Header 2Last week we blogged about our great range of food-themed experience gifts that are perfect to give as wonderfully unique mother’s day gifts. But what about those moms who prefer to live life on the wilder side?? Not all mothers want to be treated with chocolates or pizza, so what memorable gifts can you give a more alternative mom?

One thing that all moms treasure is spending more time with their kids – so why not treat her to an exciting experience that you can share too? Not only will your mom get to enjoy a thrilling new activity but she’ll be able to share it with her nearest and dearest too…

Have a look at a few of our favorites…

US Mothers Day AGAINThe Codzilla Speedboat Ride for Two in Boston is perfect if your mom likes hitting the water and making a splash! This is a 40-minute speedboat ride that you can guarantee your mom will remember for years to come. Climbing aboard Codzilla, Boston’s first and only high-speed thrill boat which features two turbo-charged diesel engines, you will reach speeds of approximately 40 miles an hour as you tear across the water. You’ll both get to enjoy exceptional views of the Boston area as you blow the cobwebs away and power over the waves. A totally exhilarating experience…

 

US Mothers Day AGAIN 2If you think your mom would prefer to stay on dry land, then what about the San Francisco GoCar Adventure for Two, where you and your mom can enjoy a fascinating tour of the city in the world’s first computer-guided storytelling car? This exceptional talking car not only navigates for you but is the perfect tour guide too, and will point out the sights and tell you all of San Francisco’s most exciting stories. You’ll enjoy the tour at your own pace, stopping for food or photo breaks whenever you wish and taking detours as and when. If you’re looking for a totally unique experience gift, this is it!

 

US Mothers Day AGAIN 3Or for something your mom definitely won’t expect to receive on mother’s day, what about the Atlanta Phantom History Tour for Two? If your mom is a fan of ghost stories then she will absolutely love this spine-tingling adventure through the inspiring capital of Georgia. During this heart-pounding tour your expert guide will tell many spooky stories about Atlanta’s most terrifying ghouls; you’ll learn all about the history of the city’s ghosts and hear accounts of mind-blowing paranormal encounters. A great way to explore Atlanta’s sights too, you may even witness a ghost experience for yourself!

 

US Mothers Day AGAIN 4If your mom is more of a nature lover then you can’t beat the Whale Watching In Los Angeles for Two, an extra special experience that neither one of you will ever forget. Cruise along the Newport Beach coast where you’ll have a brilliant chance of spotting grey whales, dolphins, seal lions, porpoises, harbor seals… to name just a few! When you’re not spotting wildlife you can kick back on the large upstairs sundeck or comfortable indoor seating area and admire the breath-taking views of the pristine Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach coastline. Spectacular!

 

 

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Mother’s Day Experience Gifts

Mother’s Day will be soon upon us, and if you’re anything like us it usually involves a frantic and last minute dash to find a gift that shows just how much you care. But once you’ve given mom the usual flowers and chocolates and other treats, how can you keep your gift giving inspired year after year?

The answer is with one of our fabulous experience gifts! Here at Xperience Days we have all manner of wonderful experiences that will make your mom feel like the luckiest mother in the world. We have everything from flying lessons to fishing experiences, but let’s kick off with a few gastronomic delights that are guaranteed to get your mom smiling…

US Mothers DayThe NYC Cheese and Wine Tasting Class makes the perfect experience gift for any mom with a passion for cheese and wine (…so most of them, then). During this fantastic class your mom can sample a whole range of delicious, hand-crafted cheeses while learning all about their aromas, flavors, and textures, and of course how to pair them perfectly with wine. Just 10 minutes from Manhattan, this mouthwatering two-hour tasting adventure is a unique experience gift that any foodie will love.

 

US Mothers Day 2Or if your mom has more of a sweet tooth, what about surprising her with the DC Chocolate Class? This delightful confectionary class is the perfect way to learn about chocolate; not only will your mom learn how to discern the subtle and exquisite different flavors of chocolate, but the class also covers the fascinating history of chocolate and the cocoa bean, how chocolate is made, its health benefits… and of course plenty of tasting! A fun, tasty and very indulgent culinary experience!

 

US Mothers Day 3If your mother is more about the savory, then you really can’t beat the Boston Pizza Tasting Tour, an exceptional opportunity to explore the savory Italian flavors of Boston’s North End and discover the best pizza in the city. Led by a friendly and extremely knowledgeable guide, your mom and the group will visit several of Boston’s best pizza establishments where they will enjoy many delectable slices of pizza, including pizza from the only authentic wood-fired brick oven in Boston!

 

US Mothers Day 4The Philadelphia Food Tour is another extra special experience gift you can guarantee your mom will remember for years to come – and because you can bring a guest, you could even enjoy this gourmet gift yourself! An expert guide will lead you around Philly’s famous Reading Terminal Market where you’ll learn all about its interesting history. You’ll then enjoy plenty of tasting stops where you can sample everything from Mediterranean morsels to rich chocolate truffles, before heading to Rittenhouse Square and BiBruno Bros to indulge in a fantastic tasting of farmstead cheeses. That’s not all though – the tour will conclude with some a gelato tasting at Philly’s most popular Gelato shop!

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New Gift Experiences for Spring

Now that spring is here and the weather is heating up, it’s time to get outside and make the most of things. Luckily enough, Xperience Days have a range of awesome new products that allow you to get outside and appreciate the great outdoors, so check out a few of our fantastic new experiences and get inspired…

US Spring BlogStand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is the latest craze in both water-sports and fitness, so why not see what all the fuss is about with our brilliant Boston Paddleboard Lessons? Perfect for all experience and fitness levels, you will be able to enjoy an exciting outdoor adventure while mastering standing techniques, paddling, board maneuvering and more. Paddleboarding is exhilarating, rewarding and has numerous physical benefits, so we bet that by the time you’re back on dry land you’ll have found yourself an exciting new hobby.

 

SONY DSCOr why not reach for the sky and make those flying dreams a reality with the Trenton Introductory Flight Lesson? Nothing can compare to the incredible buzz and sense of freedom you get from flying a plane, and during this 30 minute scenic flight you will experience this firsthand as you take over the controls. With breathtaking views over Robbinsville, New Jersey, you can bet that this is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

 

US Spring Blog 3For Californians who feel like enjoying a more leisurely activity, what about the Healdsburg Food Tour, where you can taste your way through Healdsburg on one of two tasty Sonoma County Food Tasting Tours? Choose either the Farm-to-Table Tour or a Taste of Healdsburg Tour and treat yourself to an unforgettable gastronomic adventure. Aside from tasting all kinds of delicious treats, you’ll learn all about the history of the area and by the end of the tour will have discovered the best eateries in all of Healdsburg!

 

US Spring Blog 4For creative types, why not learn an impressive new craft with the Albuquerque Glass Arts Workshop? Whether you have always wanted to give glass blowing a try or are looking for a unique experience gift for an artistic friend, nothing about this hugely enjoyable and hands-on class will disappoint. You’ll learn to make decorative pieces out of molten glass and will be creating up to six glass masterpieces to take home with you – so you’ll also have some fabulous personalized gifts to give your friends… if you feel that generous!

 

So, whether you’re adventurous and want to test your nerves or just want to find a fun and relaxing new pastime, Xperience Days have got you sorted for spring. Check out the full range of our products here.

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How To Get Unstuck In Love!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Robin Gorman Newman, featured relationship expert in the new book, The 52 Weeks (Skyhorse), offers the following tips to help you jumpstart your love life. Robin is The Love Coach and founder, and the author of How to Meet a Mensch in New York and How to Marry a Mensch.

Xblog 1Treat Yourself Right
Life can be wonderful. Don’t put yours on hold during your quest to find a significant other. Live in the moment, and enjoy where you are today. Surround yourself with good friends or work on making new ones. Try something new. Take a class. Get a massage. Go on a trip. Read a new book. Sign up for sailing lessons. Whatever calls to you, pursue it. You’ll be happier at the end of the day, and that will enhance your appeal.
The fact is, before you can find a mensch (decent, responsible person), you want to put your best foot forward and be a mensch to yourself. This means living fully and taking care of yourself. It’s when you’re doing that very thing that the right person will come along.

Xblog 3Doing Good Has Added Benefits
Good attracts good. If you give back, you will reap the rewards in more ways than one. I’m a big fan of volunteer work. If you want to meet someone who puts others before themselves, what better way than through philanthropy?
Volunteer in a soup kitchen. Collect coats for the homeless. Visit an animal shelter. Join the PTA at your child’s school. Whatever you choose, you are more likely to meet a big-hearted, quality person who shares your commitment to doing good in the world. Pick a cause that means something to you and consider volunteering, which can lead to some amazing new relationships.

Act Like You Want To Meet Someone, Don’t Just Think It
The average single person, when asked would say yes, they want to get married. Many, though, send the wrong message out to the world! Acting like you want to get serious with someone means having the mindset to make it happen: give people a chance and make a concerted effort to try new things. Most of all, remember to break old socializing patterns that are zapping your energy.

Xblog 4Your Inner Self
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily treadmill of life. Between work, home responsibilities, parenting, friends, health matters, etc., there isn’t much time left over to devote to inner well-being.
Practicing spirituality isn’t necessarily something that comes naturally to everyone, but it can put you in a better place in terms of self-discovery and learning to trust your gut. Whether it’s through meditation, yoga, or studying something like Kabbalah, being still can be very telling. It will serve you well when you endeavor to recognize a true relationship because your instincts will let you know if this person is deserving of your love.

Don’t Be a Repeat Offender
I’m referring to someone who is consistently in relationships that don’t work. Do you tend to choose the wrong type of men or women over and over again?
It is important to take note of your dating patterns and not repeat history. Think about whom you’ve dated and what was appealing, or not appealing about them. It’s easy to be a creature of habit, but if it’s not serving you, don’t venture forward. Just because it feels familiar, doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to get involved.

Be Positive!
No one wants to be with someone who sees the glass as half-empty. Challenges present themselves, and we all have our share of frustration and disappointment. Some people, it may seem, have more than others. But, ultimately, it’s about how you deal with setbacks and your outlook at the end of the day. Be a positive thinker. Surround yourself with upbeat people. Laughter is contagious. So, keep your chin up. Someone might be attracted to your smile.

Xblog 5Avoid Tunnel vision
Expand your thinking and stop looking for just one “type”. If you continue to have tunnel vision, you will limit your opportunities for romance.

Chuck the Checklist
There is no such thing as a perfect person. If you have a huge list of qualities you are seeking in a mate, write them all down, and then discard half the list.
It’s not possible to get everything in one person, and this doesn’t mean you’re settling. It’s about being realistic if you truly want to settle down. Know what you can live with and what is a deal breaker for you.
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Robin is available for private love coaching with singles. You can contact her at rgnewman@optonline.net and visit www.LoveCoach.com.
Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin are the co-authors of The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery (Skyhorse Publishing, November 2013). The book is available online and in stores everywhere.

 

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New Year, New You In New York? No Thanks.

So it’s almost the end of January, and we’ve been wondering if everyone has gotten over the whole ‘New Year’s Resolution’ nonsense yet? It’s cool for you if you’re still juicing kale and doing yoga on your way to work and jogging around Central Park twice a day and everything, but for the rest of us, it’s about that time. That stage in January where the good intentions get thrown by the wayside and those weekly trips to Whole Foods start to feel a little too much like hard work. And that’s okay! Nobody is perfect, so here at Xperience Days, we firmly believe that if you’re not going to be perfect, you might as well do your imperfections really, really well.

Love to eat cake? Of course you do, you’re a human person. So why not learn to make awesome cakes, and eat those. Total pizza fiend? Yeah, it’s a little unhealthy, but you could offset the calories (slightly… ok, not really at all) with a pizza tasting tour. Fan of a nice cold brewski? Go and see where and how it’s made – or take things a step further and learn how to make your own beer! Do you see where we’re going with this?

In the spirit of going easy on yourself and enjoying the finer things in life, we have compiled a selection of some of New York’s most decadent, delicious, and devil-may-care dream days, so that you can choose an experience that takes your worst habits and turns them into a veritable art form!

 

1. Beer, Cheese And Chocolate Tour.

Dee's US Blog BeerYes that’s right. Nope, no mistakes here. This is a New York tour that is totally dedicated to the very drinks and foods that people tend to try and consume less of in January. In fact, the name of this tour doesn’t even quite cut the mustard, because it doesn’t take into account the sweet and flavorful gelato, sticky pastries and soft, fresh cookies you get to eat – all washed down with plenty of perfectly matched beers and ales. You’ll spend a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon wandering around Manhattan, eating and drinking the most delightful things you can imagine as a tour guide regales you with tales of the city.

 

2. Manhattan Mad Men Cocktail Experience

Vodka Martini with olive garnish in front of a gold glitter backgroundIf you’re the kind of person who likes to sit in front of the TV with a drink, and binge on marathon Netflix sessions of your favourite shows, then you’re our kind of person! But it’s nice to get out sometimes, see how the weekend feels when you wear real clothes instead of pajamas, and actually walk around, talking to other people. This Manhattan Mad Men experience will take you to some of the city’s most renowned watering holes, where you can sip on sophisticated concoctions, whether it’s a Dirty Martini or an Old Fashioned, as your guide gives you all sorts of insights into the marvellous Mad Men – as well as some real life tales from the golden days of New York advertising. It’s just like watching tv on the sofa, but you’ll feel like you’ve done something and you’ll get a little drunk! Perfect.

 

3. New York Food Cart Fun

Dee's US Blog PretzelThis is the best. Much like every other entirely unnecessary and completely over the top indulgence on this list, the food cart tour of New York lets you have way too much of a good thing. Laugh in the face of moderation as you gorge on the best worst foods New York has to offer. You’ll get the chance to feast on a smorgasbord of street food staples, ranging daily but including such treats as salty pretzels, spicy jerk chicken, schnitzels and hot dogs, fresh waffles topped with all kinds of creamy sugary goodness, Korean short ribs, and Mexican chocolate brownies. This New York food tour is the perfect experience for those people who are always humming and hawing over what/where they want to eat. Because it gives you the chance to eat everything, everywhere, while a funny and knowledgeable guide treats you to little slices of New York life.

 

4. Mozzarella Making Workshop

Dee's US Blog MozzarellaYou can learn to make your own cheese, did you know that? You can learn to just get up in the morning and ramble into your kitchen, and just straight up make some cheese from scratch. And it’s mozzarella, which is one of the best kinds of cheese! It’s a proven fact that cheese is the greatest thing that humans ever discovered. If someone tells you that it was actually fire or the wheel, just laugh and walk away because it was cheese. With this workshop, you’ll learn to make squishy, soft, tasty, melty, homemade mozzarella that not only can you eat – but that you can show off to everyone who comes to your door, and feel really smug about. The New York cheese making workshop is fun too, and you’ll be treated to some delicious antipasti while you learn.

 

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Winter Olympics Send Off and Pro Interview with Mick Dierdorff

The 2014 Winter Olympics are nearly upon us, so it’s fair to say everyone here in Steamboat is getting pretty excited! Being the US town that sends the most contenders to the Games, we have much reason to celebrate this year. On Saturday, January 25th, the Send-Off Party for our hometown Olympians will be held in Gondola Square – come along and give our heroes the departure they deserve! Full details of the event can be found on the Steamboat website.
As if we really need another reason to celebrate, Todd Lodwick has qualified as a Nordic Combined Olympian for a record-breaking sixth time, making him the first American to achieve this incredible feat, and one of only a few people to achieve it ever. Read more about Todd Lodwick here.

Huge congratulations to the successful contenders of 2014, but let’s not forget those who were unlucky in qualifying. Before the Olympians were announced, we caught up with Mick Dierdorff, pro-snowboarder from Steamboat, and gained some valuable insight into the mind of a professional athlete.

Q1) Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a World Class athlete I’d like to be a… ‘World Class Chef!”

Q2) You qualify for the Olympics but the US team pulls out for political reasons. Another country offers you a place. Defect or stick with the team?
Maybe I could kick off the Jamaica snowboard team and then an awesome sequel to Cool Runnings could be made. But if that option wasn’t available, I would stick with the team.

Mick Dierdorff 2Q3) If you had to swap an Olympic medal for one of these, which would you choose: An Oscar. A Grammy. A Nobel Prize.
I would chose a Nobel Prize, it would be pretty epic to come up with something to help mankind.

Q4) What’s the worst injury you’ve sustained?
When I was in high school, three of my friends and I decided it was a good idea to sled down the outrun of a very large Nordic ski jump. There was a large berm with a fence on top that we hit going about 50mph and went flying about seventy feet before we came to a crashing stop. When I stood up I knew something was wrong with my shoulder. I thought I had dislocated it and headed straight to the ER. The x-rays showed that I had cracked the head off of my scapula and split the scapula plate down the middle. I learned that I was very lucky to be alive as the force needed to break that bone is mostly only seen in bad car and motorcycle accidents. We all learn from our mistakes and now I have a six inch scar on my shoulder to remind me of that one.

Mick Dierdorff 3Q5) Describe the relationship between you and the other contenders for the Olympic places. Friendly rivalry and team spirit; or every man for himself?
Everyone is friends and it’s a very supportive, fun, energetic group of people to be a part of. We all cheer each other on at all the races. However, when it comes down to who crosses the finish line first, it is every man for himself.

Q6) Any superstitions or rituals you go through before every race/competition?
I don’t have any superstitions but I do have a specific preparation I go through every race day. It mostly consists of warming up and making sure my body gets the right fuel. I will also go through a lot of visualization about how I am going to ride the course and visualizing the outcome I am looking for. Once I step in the gates I’m ready to do what I do best.

Q7) Do you receive fanmail/what’s the weirdest thing you’ve received?
My rockstar status isn’t quite there yet as far as fanmail goes, maybe someday!

Photo credit Mick Dierdorff gofundme

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