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Windham Mountain Ski Resort: Skiing Getaways Upstate New York

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Windham Mountain Ski Resort is located just a bit over 2.5 hours from New York City. Be prepared to witness some of the most amazing sceneries at one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

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The Windham Mountain Ski Resort has more than “50 ski trails, 12 lifts, an Inn, three restaurants, a golf course, spa, an adventure park and a lift -served mountain bike park”. Amazing right?

They offer a BootLab where you can buy and customize your boots with the renowned bootfitter, Mark Stewart.

Not everyone enjoys spending an entire day going up and down the mountains, so Windham Country Club offers a Mountain Yoga studio with several Yoga variations. You can try their Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga, Sunrise Flow, TGIF Yoga, Yoga Fundamentals and the Restorative Yoga.

The resort has a few dining options. You can try Rock’n Mexicana and Mulligan’s Pub. But, you can also choose from one of their many on-mountain dining spots!

So, for a lunch break or to finish the day, you can choose from burgers, to waffles, barbecue, and even sushi! They offer a great variety for all tastes.

Plus, they have great options for coffees, pastries, soups and sandwiches too!

If you’re not the skier-type, the resort is also a really great option to go during the hotter months.

They have countless outdoor activities from radical sports to golfing.

People have no idea how beautiful and green the state of New York is, so have fun exploring this fantastic place just a few hours from Manhattan. It’s definitely one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

If you need assistance to book this trip, let our experts give you a hand. For corporate groups and activities, learn what services we offer.

Location: 33 Clarence D Lane Road, Windham


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Photo Credit: Courtesy of OdysséeMontagne (only an illustrative image) and courtesy of Windham Mountain Resort
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Arrivals Gates At Flying Solo: A Shopping Experience In SoHo

Events Up Coming Arrival Gates Unexpected Cashmere Flying Solo Feathers

One of our very good friends referred this event. Arrivals Gates Unexpected Cashmere at Flying Solo will surely be a different shopping experience to go in New York City this weekend! Enjoy this unique shopping experience in SoHo!

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“Arrivals Gate – Unexpected Cashmere is Adriana Lerner Adelson’s mission to use her creativity while opening borders bringing traditional handmade shawls into modern life. Adriana envisions, curates and distributes high-quality native handicrafts from Kathmandu, Nepal and other communities in developing countries.

She expanded on her experience in the global business world to engage with communities while creating art.

Her creations explore the individuals’ desire to be unique. As a result, what could seem to be only an “accessory”, reveals itself to be what we are in the choices we make as individuals.

All pieces achieve unexpected visual similarities, although exploring their amazing different textures. Adriana’s creations express, inspire, surprise and connect … the cashmere way.

During her talk, the artist will explain her inspiration process to create the Unexpected Cashmere series, the social project through Arrivals Gate that supports the cashmere factory in Kathmandu, the shawls creation and what is Cashmere, where it comes from, care and usage questions.”

So, RSVP for this shopping experience in SoHo.

If you are coming to NYC or you live here and you’re looking of one of the best personal stylists & shoppers in town, today is your lucky day!

Contact our concierge experts and let them tell you more about our professionals! They will cater to your needs and budget, prepping everything for you before you arrive at the store. Plus, if you need a wardrobe cleanse or personal styling, we have it all! Just beware, this service might be addictive!

Date: January 21st
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: Flying Solo – 224 Mulberry Street


Photo Credit and Text Excerpts: Courtesy of Arrivals Gates / Unexpected Cashmere
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Indie Beauty Expo: 6 NY based Vegan, Organic, Natural Beauty Brands

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We’ve been observing a trend around the world: people are changing their values about lifestyle. Behind the Scenes NYC attended the Indie Beauty Expo that took place in New York and found some amazing NY based Vegan, Organic, Natural beauty brands.

Indie Beauty Expo New York City 2016

During the last couple of years, the number of organic products have grown exponentially and more people started to practice physical activities as part of their daily routine. Today, we will tell you what we found at the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC.

There is a clear concern about the origin of every beauty product that we use. Even Netflix has launched a Series called Broken that shows the terrible things that happen in this industry.

People are now choosing to live in the most natural way possible. It’s not a surprise that this new lifestyle also includes the concern with cosmetic products we purchase.

Hence, we see so many new brands in the market, with different proposes, offering vegan and organic formulas.

We attended the Indie Beauty Expo, that took place in New York a while ago.

“IBE’S mission is to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and celebrate independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands. Indie brands are among the fastest growing product categories.”

They have become a ‘must have’ in almost every retailer’s collection and are now directly influencing key trends in their markets. We can see this in New York, with several stores specialized in brands that offer natural cosmetics.

Here are some brands that called our Contributor’s, Laura Peruchi, attention at the Indie Beauty Expo 2016:

Escaping NYC: Exploring Narrowsburg In Upstate NY With Juliette Hermant

Insider Interviews Juliette Hermant Narrowsburg By Julie Holder Powell

Upstate NY is gorgeous. Juliette Hermant, Founder of Maison Bergogne, gave us a full itinerary so you can visit and enjoy a long weekend in Narrowsburg!

Insider Interviews Juliette Hermant Narrowsburg By Julie Holder Powell
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Julie Holder Powell

Upstate NY is so beautiful and most visitors and even New Yorkers don’t know about the amazing people and places they can find.

Our Founder, Fernanda Paronetto, fell in love with Maison Bergogne, an antique, décor and design services shop in Narrowsburg, upstate New York. So, she decided to interview Juliette Hermant, the owner.

To start, Juliette Hermant is a painter, photographer and interior designer, who moved to the U.S. from Paris in 2007. She lived in Los Angeles working as an artist. Then, moved to the East Coast in search of a stronger sense of community.

Juliette didn’t really find it in Williamsburg (where she lived). Her strong, buzzing energy left her yearning for a different life. She wanted a place she could do meaningful work that was needed while feeling grounded in nature.

So, in 2012, she ended up in Narrowsburg, a historic Catskills hamlet perfectly situated along the Delaware River, just across the bridge from Pennsylvania.

There is a long history of artists in the town. So, it seemed full of potential to her.

Juliette acquired a beautiful brick 1920’s industrial building that had been boarded up and breathed new life into it, opening Maison Bergogne. She filled this emporium with antiques and vintage pieces, 90% of which are local to the Catskills, and offered her interior design services to local homeowners and businesses in partnership with Anie Stanley of Woolheater Wares.

She also set about engaging with the community to work on revitalizing the area. Moreover, this included developing a community garden and tending beehives on her rooftop. Over the years, she has become very invested in enhancing the town through initiatives with the Narrowsburg Beautification Group and Main Street Merchants.


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Juliette’s interest in permaculture has crystallized through her latest venture Fish & Bicycle. Foodies and makers collaborate with her desire to serve the Catskill’s bountiful flavors through local feasts, while also passing on skills and knowledge.  

Sharing flavors create bonds between people, which works to foster a sense of stable, collaborative community. Join them for a leap in the Catskills through their one-of-a-kind events & workshops and get a bite of their terroir cuisine with Fish & Bicycle’s catering services.
Fish & Bicycle Apiaries now offers the opportunity to join a honey-share, where your contribution supports permaculture ethics and edible pollinator’s friendly-gardens around her small town, as well as Juliette’s nearby Monarch butterfly nursery.
Launch date is still to be announced, so stay tuned!


Below are Juliette’s top tips in Narrowsburg and surroundings. It’ll be of great help to plan your Day-Trip or Weekend-Trip:

Part of Narrowsburg’s charm is its ideal location, perched above the picturesque “Big Eddy” of the Delaware River. Wild flora and fauna abound, including white-tailed deer, bald eagles and black bear. Lately, there has been an influx of New York City transplants and visitors to the area. In addition, new businesses are springing up.

The most beautiful approach to the town is along Route 97, a scenic byway that runs along the river. And, the nearest bus and train stations are more than half an hour away – in Monticello and Port Jervis, respectively. So, coming up by car is a good idea. (You can rent your car through our Concierge Services).

One Grand Books

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“In addition to his day job as Editor of Out Magazine, Aaron Hicklin runs a bookshop named One Grand Books, on Main Street.

He asked his glamorous circle of friends and acquaintances (including Tilda Swinton, Jay McInerney and Marianne Faithful) to name the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island and has stocked the shop accordingly. Plus, occasionally, local authors have readings there.”

Location: 60 Main Street, Narrowsburg


Le Petite Cabine


If you need time away from the city and want to be immersed in nature, this is surely what you’re looking for.

“Just a 5-minutes drive from town, this rustic 1950 timber-frame cabin delivers quiet seclusion in nature. Le Petite Cabine boasts private frontage on the bucolic Ten Mile River.

A clawfoot bathtub and an outdoor shower and a fireplace made of blue stone. In addition, plenty of old-fashioned in-the-mountains charm, thanks in large part to the artful styling of Maison Bergogne and Woolheater Ware’s collaboration.

You can also inquire about rental, time-share options and the nearby queer-friendly artists’ retreat with Smokey Belles.

Location: Nearby Narrowsburg hamlet & Delaware River

Stickett Inn

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“With their special brand of tongue-in-cheek humor, set designer Roswell Hamrick and his partner, fashion maven Johnny Pizzolatto, bring loads of style and character to this delightful Stickett Inn.

Plus, it’s located just 20 minutes South, in Barryville. From the little shack in front that functions as kind of lobby—think Intelligenstia coffee, Malin & Goetz candles and locally made treats — to the themed rooms, outdoor hot tub and fire pits, it offers fun and relaxation in equal measure.”

Prices range from $150-$245.

Location: 3380 Route 97, Barryville


Mildred’s Lane

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“Co-founded by J. Morgan Puett, this artist’s enclave is situated on 96 rustic acres deep in the woods of rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s just over the bridge from Narrowsburg.

In addition, the summer program at Mildred’s Lane includes Friday evening events in their gallery space on Main Street, in Narrowsburg. Plus, dinners onsite every Saturday following presentations by visiting artists. The artist-constructed bonfires are a highlight!”

Location: 517 Plank Road, Beach Lake, PA


Narrowsburg Farmers Market

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“Just coming off its first season, this community market is held on Friday evenings, perfect for weekenders who want to stock up on locally grown produce and indulge in fresh fare, including beer, cider and spirits.

Narrowsburg Farmers Market is located at the Union, a new multi-use complex converted from the town’s former school. Plus, you will meet farmers, growers and “makers”. Charles Wilkin from 2Queens has been my beekeeping mentor and his knotweed honey is especially delicious!”

Location: 7 Erie Avenue, Narrowsburg


Tusten Heritage Community Garden

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“Inquire at Maison Bergogne for a tour of this lovely garden dedicated to permaculture, heirloom plants and pollinator species, called Tusten Heritage Community Garden.

Inside are 22 raised beds designed by founder and artist Andrea Reynosa, who referenced the I Ching and used the elemental symbols as a template. So, if you’re lucky, you may get to taste some of the wonderful vegetables and herbs. And, it’s all grown by local residents and business owners.”

Location: Behind the Narrowsburg Public Library. From Bridge Street you turn down Demauro Lane by the Town Hall.


Ba and Me

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“This mini chain of eateries, Ba and Me, is a great example of the new fast-casual: delicious, healthy and totally addictive. Owner Nhi Mundy saw a real need for ethnic food in the area and opened up two Vietnamese cafes.

The first, in Callicoon (about 15 minutes north of Narrowsburg), is a glorified takeout window. The second, for which Maison Bergogne and Woolheater Wares collaborated on the décor, is over the bridge in Honesdale, PA. And, they also offer indoor seating. Don’t miss the summer rolls!”

Location: 1023 Main Street, Honesdale, PA


Dyberry Weaver

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“Charles Hadley Blanchard, known as the Dyberry Weaver (Dyberry is a tiny hamlet in Pennsylvania), is an artisan who makes magical things out of linen, wool, silk and local alpaca.

In his Main Street studio, Dyberry Weaver, you will discover sumptuous rugs, handbags and ponchos displaying great subtlety and craftsmanship. In short, his work is truly original and found only in Narrowsburg.”

Location: 101 Main Street, Narrowsburg


Thank you, Juliette, for these fantastic tips in Narrowsburg and surroundings. Plus, keep up the fantastic work at Maison Bergogne!

And, if you need help to plan your trip, or assistance to put together a company outing or annual retreat, contact our experts!

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gentl & Hyers, Julie Holder Powell, Juliette Hermant, Heidisbridge, Michael Mundy, Bette Blau & Steven Randazzo, Arden Wray, Laura Silverman and the venues.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Josephinas Portugal: Proud To Be A Woman

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A shoe brand that believes that you don’t need high heels to feel amazing. Josefinas Portugal was founded in 2013 by Filipa Júlio and is a woman’s dream for women!

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We are all about women empowerment and the feel of “Proud to be a Woman”, after all, Behind the Scenes NYC was founded by the Brazilian entrepreneur and dreamer, Fê Paronetto. She wanted to show people what New York City is really about, away from the touristy scene.

Our Contributor, Laura Peruchi, interviewed Sofia Oliveira, from Josefinas Portugal!

Josefinas is a luxury shoes company from Portugal that started online in Europe. They’ve just opened last month their first flagship store in New York City.

The flats and the sneakers are handmade, which certainly makes the shoes undoubtedly special and unique. Plus, Josefinas’ story and trajectory is surely inspirational.

The quote ‘Never give up’ has always defined the brand’s path.

Filipa Júlio, the Founder, named the brand after her grandmother. She made Filipa’s life a special adventure, especially when she took her to ballet class as a kid.

We talked with Sofia Oliveira, one of the Co-Founders that joined Filipa in her journey. She graduated in Communications & Press Relations, but she always loved Fashion and Josefinas was a natural step in her career.

Along with Filipa and Maria Cunha, she’s part of the team that founded Josefinas.

She explains: “Josefinas was founded in 2013 from a woman’s dream – Filipa – and other women that joined her. Our shoes were created to inspire women to achieve their dreams. It’s a woman’s dream for women”.

How is the manufacturing process of Josefinas’ shoes?

We are obsessed with savoir-faire – a French expression that means “expertise”. That’s why each Josefinas’ pair of shoes is so special. They are all individually handmade by expert craftsmen based in Portugal.

Can you explain a little bit about Josefinas’ values and philosophy?

Josefinas has three main values.

First, is the savoir-faire. We work with the best Portuguese craftsmen to create Josefinas’ magic. The hands of these artists have years of history in the art of making shoes. They have passion and pride in creating. Naturally, they create pieces of art.

Our second value is women empowerment. We believe in women power. Our mission is inspiring women to believe in their dreams until they come true. Where can your Josefinas can take you? Wherever you want them to!

Last but not least, we have the Customer’s “WOW”. We believe that our Customers are the best in the world, that’s why we believe in always exceeding their expectations. We have a person focused on this: our Chief Officer of Customer Delight.

What about the Josefinas’ styles? What’s your favorite? 

Honestly, it’s impossible to have just one favorite. All styles are beautiful! Currently, I am obsessed with Josefinas’ Louise Green Tree, Cleopatra Classic Black and the Red Lisbon.

Josefinas believes in women empowerment and that it’s not necessary to wear high heels to be amazing, right? 

It’s important – and we believe – that women should feel good with themselves. They have to believe, feel and use their power. There is nothing stronger than women empowerment! We are a live example of that.

Why did you chose New York City to open the first Josefinas flagship? 

Why NOT New York City? The United States is an important market for Josefinas and it’s the perfect place to affirm us as luxury brand.

For you, in which way is Josefinas’ shoes and New York women related?

It’s excellent, not just for New York women, but also for women around the world. In addition to appreciating the quality and design of Josefinas’ shoes, they also connect with the brand’s values and purpose. This makes us extremely proud.

To finish, what are your favorites spots in New York?

I’m going to suggest three places to eat that I simply love: The Butcher’s Daughter – I can’t highlight anything specific, because I adore everything about them; Rubirosa has the most divine pizza and By Chloe because of it’s classic vegan burger.

Monday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: 252 Elizabeth Street


Written by our Contributor Laura Peruchi
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Josefinas
*Last Update on March/2020.*

NYC By The World-Famous Visionary Floral Artist, Jeff Leatham

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jeff Leatham

The world-famous visionary floral artist, Jeff Leatham, tells us his flower secrets in New York City! Your home will never be the same after reading this!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jeff Leatham

We all know how hard – or painful – it can be to have beautiful flowers in your Home. Living in New York can make this “simple” chore, a challenge. So, we decided to interview the flower expert, Jeff Leatham.

For some people, like our Founder, Fê Paronetto, their palms start sweating just with the thought of What, How, Where to buy Flowers. Don’t get it wrong, our Founder is crazy about flowers….but knows nothing about them! Ha!

Why? Well, lets analyze:

  1. Everyone living in New York is literally always busy running up and down around the city. It’s pretty easy to forget to water your adorable flowers in the morning or when you get home.
  2. New York has a cruel Winter that we only survive due to the massive heaters and has a hot, humid Summer that make us sleep practically embraced with the air conditioner. This makes it so hard to keep flowers alive and glistening.
  3. When you go to a flower shop – in a grocery or market, a boutique flower shop or one of these bigger stores in the Flower District – you never really know what to buy.
  4. Mixing and matching your arrangements? Ha! This can be a complicated task for sure, specially when you only know the names of flower like Roses and Lilacs.

Well, this week Fernanda interviewed the world-famous visionary floral artist, Jeff Leatham.

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Jeff is currently “the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, in Paris and as well as the Artistic Director at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, where has been creating a sensation with his floral designs and installations since he first began working with flowers there 17 years ago.

Jeff’s work is a combination of his love for flowers and his passion for design. His creations are bold statements, using shape, color and simplicity to produce a dramatic effect. Breathtaking and unforgettable, Jeff’s flowers and design essentials are always integral to the setting, never merely a backdrop.

Known for his floral installations that are often compared to contemporary art, His continuous collaboration with international luxury brands has allowed him to present his work in several international design expositions around the world.

Such Luxury Brand’s as Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bulgari, Swarovski Crystal, Givenchy, Ellie Saab, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Waterford Crystal, Dom Perignon, and Samsung have commissioned Leatham’s design signature style.”

He shared with us a few tips and ideas about which flowers to buy, how to arrange them in your home, what is a cool gift to give someone you love, where he gets his inspirations and much more!

As Cher (Yes! The Singer!) said, and we agree: “Jeff is not a florist, he is a genius.

Flower District

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“Despite of how touristy or well known this place is, the Flower District (on West 28th Street), is one of the places to go if you love flowers. You can find everything from fresh blooms, to faux flowers and never ending supplies.”

Location: The block of West 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues

“King of Clean”

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