The Perfect Way to Getaway

Julia Douglas from Jet Set World Travel tells us how to travel and live inspired…

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Q: What inspired you to get in to the business of traveling?

A: As a dual citizen and the child of a Coca-Cola executive who grew up living between four countries and seven U.S. states, it was inevitable that I would continue to “move” in my adult life!  After two years of living and working abroad in London, I moved to Chicago and founded Jet Set World Travel in 2005 at the age of 24.  My passion ultimately became my profession!

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Q: One of your tag lines is “live inspired. be inspired.” Why do you find it important to get out and travel? 

A: I have started to refer to Aspen as “my nest”.  Getting out and gaining perspective always helps us appreciate how good we have it here, and also temporarily satiates wanderlust.  When the wheels lift from the runway, I am always filled with a feeling of incredible opportunity.

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Photo credit: (Myanmar) Pinterest,(South Africa)Courtney Sheeley,  (Italy) pinterest 

Q: During Off Season in Aspen, everyone heads out of town. What is your recommnedation for a getaway?

A: South Africa.  The bush, the wine, the people, the light.  It is a mesmerizing destination! I also love the wine regions of the world in October during the crush.  It is such a high energy period where one literally observes – and enjoys – the fruits of labor. For 2015: Myanmar, but you’ll have to plan well ahead as the destination is so hot it’s almost on fire!

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Photo Credit: Yahoo Travel

Q: Where are you off to next??

A: In November, I head to The Brando in French Polynesia, which recently opened in July. This exclusive  private island, located 30 miles northeast of the island of Tahiti and accessible only by private charter, was purchased by “The Godfather” actor in 1966 after filming “Mutiny on the Bounty.”  

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Q: What is your favorite travel piece?

A: I could not live without my White + Warren cashmere travel wrap.

Q: What do you think is the best way to explore a destination?

A: My morning run is the ultimate mode of transport as you can easily navigate one way streets, pedestrian zones, and more.  I also run with my iPhone for music, so have a camera on the ready to capture those magical moments!

Last piece of advice… “In the end we only regret chances we didnt take.”

To plan the perfect getaway contact Julia! Find more information on her website.

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Oct
14
2014

October Loves

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1.PUMPKINS: It’s time to go to your local pumpkin patch and start decorating for fall! Try a scenic drive to Paonia and go to a pumpkin patch or two there!

2.SPOOKY TABLE SETTINGS: Break out all your spooky  decorations and table settings and have a haunting dinner party!

3. FIRST SNOW: Nothing beats the first snow when the golden leaves and mountain tops are dusted with snow… ski season is just around the corner.

4.SKULLS: We love these Atelier Minyon skull rings from Meridian Jewels!

5.PLAID: Perfect time of year to throw on your cozy plaid attire. You can find this amazing Chanel Plaid vest at The Little Bird Aspen.

6. CARAMEL APPLES: Great time of year to have a caramel apple! Why not make it black and red for a unique touch. Get on pinterest to get the recipe!

7.COSTUMES: We love a good costume and leave it to Martha Stewart to create the most elaborate and amazing costumes!

Oct
3
2014

Gold is the new Black

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Photo Credit: As seen on Aspen Chamber Resort Association by Red Mountain Productions

It’s fall in Aspen and as always, it is absolutely gorgeous! The gold leaves make for a dreamy, almost surreal setting here. What better way to enjoy the colors then by going to the Maroon Bells?  It is truly magical this time of year! Local secret (I hope I don’t get in trouble)… go during the week to beat the crowds and drive up!

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Photo Credit:Brooke Casillas from The Scout Guide Aspen

With Gold and the Maroon Bells being the perfect combination, we suggest you take a peak at the Aspen Charity Bracelet. The Aspen Charity Bracelet is a simple but luxe collection symbolizing the designers love affair with Aspen. Crafted of diamonds, black diamonds, or sapphires in the minimalist form of the Maroon Bells.

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The pieces are perfect for all occasions… from the slopes to après and even paired with your finest evening outfit! We think this is the perfect sophisticated travel charm. The bracelets are available at Distractions in Aspen, Goldyn in Denver, or online through the site aspencharitybracelet.com

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Designer Jenny Lee Walsh; Photo from The Scout Guide Aspen

As a Colorado resident, Jenny wanted to donate a percentage of the proceeds to local non-profits. One of the non-profits being Aspen Valley Land and Trust, dedicated to preserving the pristine open lands of Western Colorado.

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Sep
29
2014

September Loves

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1.BOW SEASON: Eat Local, Live Local

2.HATS: We love everything Souchi, but these bobble hats make for the perfect touch of warmth in the fall.

3.BOOTS: Although in Aspen you can pull off boots most of the time, the fall is when you can throw on your favorite boots all day or go buy new for the cold season! Try The Little Bird Aspen for some beautiful boots.

4.FOOTBALLS: Time for football games, tailgating, and get togethers to watch the games! GO BRONCOS

5.FALL COLORS: Aspen is gorgeous this time of year! Watch green go to yellow, orange, and red during fall. Photo by TSG Aspen photographer

6. NY FASHION WEEK: Watch what fun fashions will follow us through the year during New York Fashion Week.

7.CAMPFIRES: We are getting cool nights and mornings with crisp air during the day. Go out and have a cozy campfire and make some s’mores to stay warm.

Photo credits: Find images on our local business websites, pinterest, and by our local photographer.

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Sep
10
2014

Shades of White

We aren’t sure if we agree with the whole no white after Labor Day… After all, there’s winter white right? Just in case, we have decided to give you a little white love before the big day!

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Summer White: beach or bike

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Some fresh and inspiring details by Della + Zella Interiors!

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Whether it is designed by Souchi or styled by Souchi, we love it.

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In heaven with this glamourous all white  Wine Crush event for Aspen Art Museum! Put together by the fabulous Angels at EKS Events

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Yes, please! We would happily have our coffee any day of the week in this serene outdoor room. Listing by Brian Hazen

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What better way to accessorize than with these white bracelets and a Chanel Quilted handbag? Find the items at our local stores Meridian Jewelers and The Little Bird Aspen

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Mountain whites

Photo credits: images pulled from business websites, Pinterest, and taken by Scout Aspen photographer.

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Aug
27
2014

AUGUST LOVES: seven things we love about August

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1. ICE CREAM: We love a good homemade ice cream on a hot day! yummy recipe we found on Pinterest from Country Living

2. YARD GAMES: From Pineapple bowling to bocce ball, we love a good yard game!

3. POOLS: Take advantage of this beautiful weather and lay by the pool! Pool pictured was at the Viceroy Snowmass for EKS photoshoot!

4. TENNIS: Try out Aspen Club & Spa’s tennis court and take advantage of their “pre-development rate” on membership!

5. RAFTING: Haven’t been out on the water yet? Call Elk MTN Expeditions to book an appointment, too much fun!!

6. BACK TO SCHOOL: SHOP LOCAL!

7. GRILLED CORN: Grab some Olathe Sweet corn from Colorado while it is in season!

Photo Credits: Pinterest, Brooke Casillas Photography, and Elk Mountain Expeditions website

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Aug
13
2014