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Cedar Lakes Estate: A Hudson Valley Luxury Estate

Day Trips and Travels Cedar Lakes Estate Cottages

Cedar Lakes Estate, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, is the perfect upstate luxury estate to explore not only during the summer, but also during winter season!

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We are always looking for and exploring unique properties in upstate New York to share with you. Cedar Lakes Estate is certainly on the top of our list.

We also know that many people aren’t really sure where to go or what to do during the harsh New York winter, so we decided to help out!

This past weekend, we packed our bags and headed upstate to stay at a place called Cedar Lakes Estate. We’ve been following closely experiences they’ve been creating for guests and couldn’t wait anymore to go and explore!

Located in the heart of our gorgeous Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estate’s story is quite special.

To start, the property is family owned. A few years back, the sisters Stephanie and Lisa Karvellas, that have countless unforgettable childhood memories at the Estate, decided to share the property not only with friends, but with outside guests.

They started working and organizing everything, building new rooms and cabins and renovating what needed a fresh look. In no time, they got so much organic press that not only people started reaching out, but also super young companies like Uber and Google decided to host team gatherings and activities during the year.

Below a short video of our experience:

The property is really something! You’ll be able to indulge in their 500 acres with 2 lakes, 2 pools, miles of hiking trails, boats, tennis, basketball courts, football fields, ziplines, and the BLOB.

Lets talk about their accommodations!

They have rooms for every style, pocket and need!

The Bluebird Cottage and the Lakeside Cottage are great for a complete experience. These cottages boast with spacious formats, king-size beds and private patios. Plus, each one has its own cool amenities like full modern kitchen, heated stone floors, fireplace, living room and/or dining area.

In addition, the 10 Sleepy Pine Cottages are under a beautiful cluster of pine trees! It offers one queen or two full size beds, rain shower, Nespresso machine and mini bar. Perfect in size.

Furthermore, the Poolside Cabana is fully equipped with a fireplace, washer/dryer, with access to pool area, patio, outdoor wet bar and refrigerator, gazebo (extra bathroom in gazebo) and it’s also pet-friendly!

The Garden Suite is perfect for families, or for the more demanding couples. It has a fully equipped din-in kitchen, a fireplace with sitting area and a beautiful, large bathroom.

And, their option for Glamping (glamour camping), is called Campstyle. This communal house can host up to 43 people common room seating areas and a kitchen. Don’t worry, the bathrooms are just as nice as the other options above, and also offer complimentary toiletries (shampoo, conditioner and body wash).

Finally, the Rustic Cabins are for people that really have camp roots with bunk beds, ceiling fans and a communal bathhouse. But, they offer fresh linens and towels!

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Now, not many people know or can even imagine how many activities are available at properties upstate.

Cedar Lakes Estate is perfect not only in the summer time, but also during winter.

As they explain:

“Guests have full access to all that the grounds has to offer, including the use of the lakes, pools, hiking and biking trails, bonfire pits, tennis and basketball courts. With outdoor activities like The Blob, “drive in” movies under the stars, and guided yoga classes, we have everything needed for a memorable and refreshing getaway.”

Super cool right?

So if you’re the adventurer type, sporty-type or lets-chill-type, they have it all. Swimming, fishing, countless sports and games – basketball, tennis, volleyball, kickball, softball and football; plus, everyone’s favorite lawn games, like bocce, horseshoes, cornhole and ladder toss. Phiuf! What a list!

Close by the property, you can take some time to explore too. The region offers restaurants, breweries, farms, antiquing, markets, distilleries, artisan shops, ski mountains, and breathtaking hikes.

You might be asking…but what about the food and drinks!?

Where do we begin? We had a delicious, tasty experience and loved it all.

They have a garden where, not only they grow their own produce, but they also host summer outdoor dining experiences.

“Walk into our expansive Chef’s Garden and see where it all begins. The garden charms with its white picket fence and twinkling lights as we bring out the season’s best, harvested right beyond your feet. A 50-person farm table sits on a reclaimed brick patio in the center of the garden for a truly farm-to-table experience under the stars inside this expansive 4,000 square foot wonderland.”

“This Chef’s garden is a testament to our farm-to-table values, as we tailor our crops each season to grow produce specifically for the menus chosen by our clients. Whatever we cannot grow or make ourselves is sourced from our small-town farmer neighbors. We believe that cultivating a network of local purveyors ensures the most outstanding seasonal fare for your event.”

During winter, they put together a Apres CLE Party and some really private Pop Up Dinners that gathers the coolest crowd from NYC and neighbor towns! The menu is to-die-for!

The Apres CLE party is every Saturday, from 12pm – 6pm.

You can expect the grooviest tunes, a group of happy campers, old school toboggans, giant jenga, hot hot hot crackling fires paired with some yummy spiked hot cocoa!

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We all know how cold upstate New York can get, but this party will certainly keep you pretty warm! From entertaining conversations, gorgeous folks and a bonfire pit that will be roaring all day long, you won’t want to leave!

You can also hop inside the Canteen every now and then, for some melty grilled cheeses, fig and brie hot sandwiches and some boozy hot beverages!

If you enjoy it, and still want to hang around for more, don’t forget about their multi-course Pop Up Dinners that happens 1 Saturday every month!

Just so you can get an idea of what these dinners look like, see the menu from our dinner:

  • Amouse Bouche: Roasted breakfast radish, sorrel butter, crispy white anchovy
  • First Dish: Diver scallop carpaccio, cured olive labneh, preserved winter citrus, charred fennel and toasted red millet. For Vegetarians, they substituted the scallops for potatoes.
  • Second Dish: Handmade braised wild boar tortellini, tomato rosemary sugo and fontina fonduta. For Vegetarians, they substituted the wild boar for ricotta.
  • Third Dish: Citrus seared Hudson Valley duck breast salsify 2 ways, braised endives, blood orange and brown butter roasted hazelnuts. For Vegetarians, they substituted the duck for Japanese fingerling sweet potatoes.
  • Grand Finale: Cinnamon panna cotta cardamom roasted persimmon, dark chocolate expresso bean crumble and anise shortbread.
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How much better can this get, right? Super creative, innovative, entertaining, in a breathtaking place with the coolest crowd.

And wait! Last, and definitely not least, if you’re looking for a fantastic spot to organize your destination wedding, Cedar Lakes hosts luxury destination weddings and corporate retreats year round! Stephanie Karavellas actually organized her own wedding at the property, and it was nothing less than perfection.

So, after experiencing it all, we can only say that Stephanie and Lisa have really done an outstanding work. It’s surely all done from the heart and it reflects on every single detail around the property!

Be sure to book your experience and have fun!

Location: 1 Team Usa Way, Port Jervis

http://cedarlakesestate.com

 

Photo Credits: Brian Adamkiewicz from A2ZFilms and our own shots.

Skydiving in New York: If You Love A Challenge, Head Upstate

Day Trips and Travel Skydiving Malone Parachute Club Vermont by William Klein for Harpers Bazaar

Many people that come to NY or even live here, have no idea of the beautiful upstate New York’s nature scene is. One of our Contributors, Marcela Brasil, decided to go upstate – border with Vermont – for a thrilling and adventurous experience: Skydiving in New York!

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Photo Credit: DoNorth Magazine

Many people that come to NY for the first time, or that dream about coming to visit this beautiful concrete jungle, and even people that have been here countless times, have no idea of the beauty of upstate New York.

The drive is breathtaking with surprising views – so different from the City. Plus, places are not as far as you might initially think. You can hike, bike, practice for your upcoming marathon, picnic, do kayaking, camp and a huge list of other activities.

Renting a car is far from being a hassle, since it’s quite easy with rates as low as $50-$60/day, or even rates of $150/day (not bad at all!) for cars like Range Rovers and Porche Cayenne, with our Partners, to drive in great style!

Take a look at what Marcela thought about her exciting skydiving experience:

“Door is open,” the pilot said. From the tiny airplane window all I could see were clouds. It was cold and windy, and I am not going to lie: I wanted to give up. But…it was too late as I could hear the clinging of the hooks that would hold the instructor and I together. Each click, making the latches tighter and tighter.

I was already high up in the sky, wearing a bulky unflattering skydiving suit and getting ready for the big jump into Champlain Valley, in upstate New York.

Suddenly, I was free falling from 12,000 feet above the ground. It lasted nearly a minute, but it definitely felt longer.

Back flips and a few 360-degree free-fall turns to spicy it up a bit were part of the show, as if skydiving itself wasn’t radical enough.

The fear of the free fall disappeared as I started appreciating the mind-blowing view of the North Country and its picturesque and beautiful landscapes. All I could feel up there was an inexpressible sensation of peace and freedom, as I felt fully isolated from the world.

New York State is way bigger than the crazy Big Apple, with its endless skyscrapers and overcrowded touristic spots. Whoever desires to see breathtaking landscapes, a quick drive to places located in upstate New York is essential.

I lived for many years in Plattsburgh, a four-hour drive from New York City, and located nearby the Canadian border. Upstate New York was the place I chose to skydive, and this choice couldn’t have been better. The North Country’s scenic views definitely sets an impression to anyone.

Driving upstate is so far the most beautiful drive I ever did — and I’ve driven all through the West Coast before! It doesn’t matter which season it is, I am sure you will be as amazed, as I always am. My favorite season to enjoy the driving view is the Fall, since you can experience the colorful fall foliage from far up.

Talking about seasons, skydiving is a different experience depending on the season as well. Due to super low temperatures, it is usually closed during the Winter and early Spring.

When I skydived, it was during the first few weeks into Fall, and the leaves were still pretty green. I am planning on doing it again but, this time, as soon as the leaves start falling. I am sure it will be a thrilling experience, too!

Whenever I get overwhelmed from the busy New Yorker life, I get a car and drive North to clear up my mind or to just breathe some fresh air.

I’m sure I’m not alone on these urges!

If that doesn’t work, I’ll put on a bulky flight suit, pretend I’m not afraid of height and simply jump out of an airplane from 12,000 feet, and disconnect with the world to reconnect with my inner self.

Below are a few places you can contact to Skydive upstate, but the one I went to was Malone Parachute Club.

I paid $220 for the jump and it was worth every-single-dollar! There are other prices/options too.

So, you might want to add onto your bucket list: Skydiving in New York!

If you’d like our expert’s assistance to organize a special weekend for you and your friends & family, let us know how we can be of help. For company gatherings, team building experiences and other purposes, let us create something unique for you and your team!

The Blue Sky Ranch
Gardiner Airport
55 Sand Hill Road
Gardiner, NY 12525
Tel: 845-255-9538
theblueskyranch.com

Saratoga Skydiving Adventures
288 Brownville Rd
Gansevoort, NY 12831
Tel: 518-895-8140
saratogaskydive.com

Western New York Skydiving
Pine Hill Airport
4906 Pine Hill Road
Albion, NY 14411
Tel: 716-597-7393
wnyskydiving.com

Malone Parachute Club
629 Airport Rd
Highgate Center, VT 05459
Tel: 802-868-9444
maloneparachuteclub.com


Photo Credits: William Klein for Harpers Bazaar and Do North

#UnCovering Vail – An exclusive behind the scenes experience

Our Experts Recaps Vail Snow Mobiling BTSNYC Group

Hey guys, we are very excited to tell everyone about a recent skiing adventure, in Vail! We had an exclusive behind the scenes experience uncovering this incredible destination!

Our Experts Recaps Vail
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Vail Mountain

We were invited by Vail Mountain and Vail Brasil for an exclusive 5 day ‘Behind the Scenes Experience’ in the beautiful town of Vail.

This was an amazing corporate project we organized in partnership with Azzi & Co – a PR agency based in New York City.

The group explored the town, #UnCovered its secrets, had fun skiing – and falling a lot, ate at the best restaurants and had a few sport adventures high up in the mountains!

The group had renowned Influencers from the U.S. and Brazil. We do hope you enjoy our post and pictures!

Oh! We before heading to Vail, we had a 2 day pitstop in Denver, where we will also posted about what we discovered. Then, we had a beautiful drive up to our ski destination.


Game Creek Restaurant

Our Experts Recaps Vail Game Creek Restaurant
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Having dinner 10,300 feet up in mountain!!!

So, the supreme restaurant in Vail, the Game Creek Restaurant, is not actually down in the valley, but high up in the mountains!

The experience started off by getting a gondola and going up, up, up in the mountains, with an amazing night view of the valley and a moon light…hard to describe, illuminating the beautiful lined up trees while we flew through them…

Then we jumped into one of those huge snowcats that cruise through the mountains like wild animals in their natural habitat! So cool!

The restaurant is an European style chalet, with a cozy ambience, great wine list and fabulous food! I had the heirloom tomatoes, the best butternut squash I have ever eaten, ratatouille and for desert the pear sticky toffee pudding, all paired with a perfect choice of red wine!!!

The experience is not half as fun, without mentioning extremely exclusive, as actually doing it in real life!

The Game Creek Restaurant is open from 6 – 8:30pm to the public for dinner, after that, only members are allowed in!

Hours:
Winter: Tuesday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 9pm
Summer: Thursday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Sunday: Brunch 11am – 2pm
*Reservations are required!*

Location: Game Creek Bowl, in the back bowls of Vail Mountain

www.gamecreekclub.com


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