If you’ve heard of Anguilla, chances are you’ve heard of Nori. After following in her parents’ footsteps and moving to the island she calls home, Nori quickly became the island’s go-to gal for anyone seeking adventure. She’s got the inside scoop on everything Anguilla; from the best restaurants, most beautiful beaches, to the best hot sauce on the Island! Here are a few of her favorite spots that she made sure to take us to during our last visit.
Growing up with a travel writer as a father, Shep and Ian got to visit some of the most beautiful places all over the country. But traveling on a writer’s budget afforded Shep and Ian a completely different travel experience in these places than most other travelers. Instead of eating in resort restaurants, they would be in the kitchen forming friendships and relationships with the hotel management and staff. They learned the importance of service and how it truly is the little things in life that make the biggest difference.
While traveling with their father, Anguilla quickly became a favorite spot for Shep and Ian. They would spend their days snorkeling around Little Bay, sipping frozen drinks at the Dune Preserve, and lounging around with their guitars under the hot Anguillan sun. But most importantly, they met a lot of Real Good People living a Real Good Life.
This is truly where the story of vineyard vines began. On a trip to Anguilla in the 90’s, Shep and Ian made their rounds on the island to all of their favorite places. At this point the brothers had begun to talk about wanting to create their own neckties that represent the finer things in life. They found that with each place they traveled, they seemed to pick up something new and exciting. They wanted to create ties that allowed people to bring the Good Life with them wherever they went.
While grabbing drinks one night at Covecastles Resort bar, Shep and Ian sat contemplating their life and how they wanted to turn their crazy idea into a reality. A few drinks and a lot of dreaming later, the guys started talking to Norman, the General Manager of the Covecastles Resort. Norman listened to their vision and gave them the push they needed to pursue what they really wanted to do.
Norman grabbed his New York City Yellow pages book and turned to the manufacturers page. He ripped it out, handed it to the guys, and rest is history!
The Good Life is all about the people you meet along the way. Learn more about our friends from Anguilla here!
We asked a few of our VVHQ employees where they go when the first snowfall hits! Here are their top favorite mountains.
Erin: Director, Creative Operations Jackson Hole, Wyoming The skiing is very challenging on this mountain, but good days aren’t just good days—they’re amazing. Jackson also has a lot to offer aside from skiing. You can visit the Elk refuge and get up close and personal with these giant animals. Each spring, they shed their antlers and the center of town is decorated with elk antler archways paying tribute to the animals and nature. Snowmobiling is also a great outdoor activity! You get all bundled up and venture into the backwoods; I even saw my first moose on a trip!
Elise: CRM Coordinator Okemo Mountain, Vermont Okemo is a second home to my entire family. We spend every Christmas on the slopes. While we spend most of our day in Solitude Village and Jackson Gore, we love escaping the tourists and heading to the South Face of the mountain each afternoon while the sun is shining. At night we go sledding on the slopes to the base of Jackson Gore where we meet friends & family for dinner, drinks, firework shows, ice-skating, and hot tubbing.
Alexandra: Brand Marketing Manager Vail Mountain, Colorado I have been going to Vail Mountain with my family for years for Christmas. There is nothing better than a day out in the back bowls followed by après ski at Sweet Basil in Vail Village. The Perfect Margarita is a must there! We also love to take the Gondola up to mid Vail at night to have dinner or take a snow mobile tour of the mountain. If you are looking for a place to stay, I recommend the Sonnenalp Hotel where you will find a freshly baked cookie on your pillow every night!
Looking for a winter cocktail that’s sure to be a new hit? We caught up with our friends at KEEL Vodka to see what they’re concocting this time of year. Just like us, the guys behind KEEL believe in a well-balanced lifestyle. This lead to their smooth premium light spirit, infused with the purest Rocky Mountain aquifer water. Try out their signature KEEL Winter Cosmo!
2 oz KEEL 1 oz pine syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz cranberry
– Shake and strain into a coupe
– Garnish with a few frozen cranberries