You Deserve a Break
The latest trend in travel is the “earlymoon”, a pre-wedding vacation before the big day. Couples, like Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, are treating themselves to quick pre-wedding escapes to de-stress and reconnect. A vacation before the festivities begin doesn’t have to be extravagant; a quick staycation, trip to the river or a day at the beach can be the rewarding mental reboot you deserve and also carve out some much needed unwind-time to reconnect with your future spouse. Don’t just plan your honeymoon, plan your earlymoon too!
Slow Food Movement
The award-winning Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel in Quebec City, member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel association, recently debuted their new farm-to-fork dining concept, Chez Muffy restaurant. Fondly renamed after the matriarch of Auberge Saint-Antoine, Martha “Muffy” Bate Price, this family-style restaurant truly pays homage to its namesake with its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Expertly helmed by Executive Chef Julien Ouellet, Chez Muffy’s menu is acclaimed for its slow cooking approach, using techniques such as braising, rotisserie and grilling locally-sourced fare from land and sea, including meticulously prepared meats, fish, seasonal vegetables and an extensive wine program.
Honeymooning with the Sea Turtles
Conservation-minded couples looking to honeymoon and do their part to help protect wildlife might consider a trip to the Marriott CasaMagna Resort in Puerto Vallarta. Since 2002, the resort has provided a haven for the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle. The nursery on property is managed by a team of marine biologists and trained volunteers whose collective mission is to gather thousands of eggs each season and place them in the nursery to protect them from predators for 45 days until they hatch successfully. In 2016, more than 800 nests were discovered. Close to 80,000 eggs were gathered and incubated and the emerging baby turtles released back into the ocean. Guests of CasaMagna can actively participate in this important conservation effort between June and November, when the resort regularly hosts a sunset release ceremony and celebration.
— Kim Padgett