SIDEBAR: Trod the beaten path—in style

Stay at the five-star Hotel Fouquet's and catch a view of the Eiffel Tower out your window. Credit: Stefan Krause.
Stay at the five-star Hotel Fouquet's and catch a view of the Eiffel Tower out your window. Credit: Stefan Krause.

A true treat is to stay at the French owned, five star Hotel Fouquets. Located on the Champs Elysees, and with views of the Eiffel tower, it even comes complete with your own private butler.

You don’t have to venture far for fabulous food.  Inside Fouquet is the restaurant Le Diane. The service here is superior and the food spectacular, from the mouthwatering entrees to the desserts, presentation, design and, most importantly, the taste.

If street food is more your fare—Le Marais, known as the “Jewish area” of Paris—boasts some mouthwatering kosher bakeries and falafel stands. Be sure to check out the Jewish Museum while you’re in the area.

One of the most romantic trips to take in Paris is a Bateaux evening boat cruise.  Gliding down the Seine, you will see the Eiffel tower, Statue of Liberty, Notre Dame and many of the other major sights visible from the river.

Check out the Nissim de Camondo Museum, once home to a Jewish family; if the artwork doesn’t take your breath away, the story of the family’s demise sure will.

While French food is fabulous, if you are looking for a flavor of the East, the newly opened Shang Palace inside the Shangri-la hotel is a fantastic option.  The chef, Frank Xu, provides spectacular Cantonese food, which is not so typical for Paris.

Vail, Colorado

If skiing is your passion, and you enjoy an evening filled with crackling fireplaces, endless ski lifts, and fantastic food, Vail is a dream. The annual snowfall is 350 inches and the terrain is perfect for any level of skiing.  What makes the skiing so special is the abundance of choices, with over five thousand acres of skiable land available.

Take a ski or snowboarding lesson. Vail is known for its top-notch instructors.

For a romantic lunch try the 10th, an elegant restaurant located right on the mountain. Kick back with your ski boots on, or ask for slippers and enjoy the décor. The food is fantastic and it’s a joy to sit down to table service and sensational views.

One of the best places to stay is the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa.  It is located right on the mountain.  It boasts the Atwater restaurant, known for its delicious menu.

The 78,000 square foot Aria Spa and Club provides everything from prep classes for skiing to pampering massages for individuals and couples.

Vail is a perfect honeymoon destination during the winter or summer months, and the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa adapts to any season.

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