9.02.2014

Southern Chat: Loving Nature with Luxury Treehouse Accommodations

I sometimes get a bad rap because I don't want to camp. People joke, "Well, you can't really enjoy nature if you don't rough it." That is complete hogwash. One can enjoy nature in many ways, but for those who like nature with a lot of luxury on the side then this post is for you.

This Spring, I visited the Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Nature is all around you here, and there is certainly no roughing it at all. The price tag reflects that, too. But, how is this for being in the middle of nature?


I did not stay in the Primland tree houses when visiting because the elevation is so high that children are not allowed. But, if you are traveling for a romantic getaway then I think this space would be divine.



You can find nature in the Caribbean, too. The Kanopi House, an eco-friendly resort in Jamaica near Blue Lagoon is just dreamy.



Caring for the environment as well as the community, Kanopi House artwork and décor accents are designed and sourced locally. From laundry hampers and wastebaskets woven from Jamaican banana leaf, to tableware, linens, planters and lampshades - each piece is handcrafted by the island’s skilled tradesmen and produced in the traditional island manner. 

Each villa has a winding path down to the sea. This is a very small resort, but a couple of treehouses are designed for families with children over the age of 7. I really think that I'm going to put this experience on my list for a future stay




And treehouses can be found in urban areas, too. This tree house is a vacation rental within the Berlin forest and is within 15 minutes of the town centre by train. 



 The treehouse was decorated by stylists with Urbanara, a German company that specializes in high-quality goods without the high-price tag. 



I think it's charming, and perfect for an urban city vacation in style. 



Urbanara's blog gives you the scoop on how you can achieve a similar look for your own treehouse paradise. 

Have a great week. I'll be back with a hotel of the week photo soon. 

8.30.2014

Feeling Relieved and Blessed

It's been a long summer. One reason I enjoy having my own blog is because of the wonderful connections I make with you, my readers and friends.  Sometimes, you reach out to me. Sometimes you don't.  But, I know you are there. I wanted to share some news with you today that has not been shared here yet, but has been on some of my social media outlets. I enjoy being able to offer a personal side to my blog in addition to the other travel and leisure stories I cover and I feel it is important to share this news with you.

We had some medical issues with my 8-year-old son that resulted in a lot of periods of waiting this summer. An MRI revealed that he was more than likely born with a cyst on his pineal gland in the brain. The pineal gland is located between the two hemispheres of the brain and is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of the hormone melatonin. If the cyst is too large then it can cause problems, but other than that one can live with the cyst without any problems. 

We had a consult with Duke Pediatric Neurosurgery yesterday, and were told that that surgery was NOT needed. We will continue to monitor growth of the cyst through scans.  Our doctor told us that he has only seen two cases where the cyst grew so we feel that odds are on our side for a great prognosis.  

Jack started third grade this year. He has a wonderful, supportive family at his school and we feel so relieved and blessed. 



I will soon get back to writing and will begin to share more things with you as my work hours increase. I'm excited to announce that I will be a guest of Italian Tourism in October for #TBDItaly in Rimini. I'll be meeting with my Skimbaco Lifestyle editor, Katja Presnal, and other colleagues there. 

I have also accepted a few lifestyle campaigns for this fall which will get me back to sharing some of my parenting moments here. Liza starts preschool after Labor Day and will be in school five mornings a week. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer.  Here's to a great school year, and my having some additional time to give "my third baby...The HinesSight Blog" a little more attention again. 

My next Southern Chat will be soon. Be sure to check out two of my latest articles on Skimbaco Lifestyle about some fabulous N.C. places. 

Grab a Table at Dan'l Boone Inn in Boone, N.C. 

Best Strawberry Shortcake EVER

Luxury Check-In: Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, N.C. 

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, N.C. is a great place to explore

Leigh 


8.21.2014

Hotel Photo of the Week: Omni Homestead

When I was going through my Instagram feed this week, I swooned when I saw this photo of the Homestead from the Omni Hotels Instagram account. 
Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia
Omni Hotels IG account

It was about two years this week that I visited the Homestead in Hot Springs,Virginia for the first time. A lot of this pool was still under construction back then. The Homestead is such a historic and grand property.

After our family visit, Omni Hotels took over the property. This hotel will always have a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to return one day. I have some great family memories there, and you can read all about in my "Pack Your Bags" on the property. 

Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, VA

 I cannot believe how much my children have changed in two years.  She now wants to ride Zip.

Omni Homestead is a great family travel destination.
Omni Homestead is a great family travel vacation. 

The Homestead is also a great winter resort, and a wonderful place for beginner skiers. That suits my family to a tee.

Be sure to check out all the articles I wrote on the Homestead for Skimbaco Lifestyle.

“Taking to the Waters” at The Homestead Resort Puts A New Spin on Taking Care of You.


Have a great weekend. Be sure to check #IGTRAVELThursday for lots of great Instagram photos from all over the world. 

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