Holiday Vacation Time


Since I’m still a little new to Michigan, I am always looking for something new to explore in our lovely state, and this year I discovered Christmas, Mich. Have you been? Located in the Upper Peninsula, Christmas, Mich. is a vacationer’s year-round dream town filled with explorations. From wintertime Arctic ATV’s and snowmobile rentals for the trails that are located in the Hiawatha National Forest, to summertime canoes and kayaks for paddling on AuTrain Lake and the AuTrain River, there’s something for everyone in Christmas.

How about a dogsled ride at Triple Creek Kennels? One fun package could include either a two-hour, one or two-day guided dogsled trip tailored to groups from two to six people. Packages can include the dogsled trip, lodging, meal and an ultimate wilderness experience.

For the really outdoorsy types, there’s also ice fishing, fish house rentals and guided ice fishing trips on Lake Superior at Margo’s Cove. Guided ice fishing trips include all equipment, bait and guide service. Rentals of portable and permanent fish houses will include propane heater, auger
and chairs.

Want to vacation like a celebrity this winter? Some of these locales have legendary stories about their guests, but more importantly, they offer the luxury lifestyle qualities enjoyed by the rich and famous.

Here are a few options to consider:

Round Hill Hotels and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica Wintertime Guests: Emma Thompson, Gabrielle Union, Ewan McGregor, Lance Armstrong, Michelle Williams, Nicole Miller, Mena Suvari, Patrick Dempsey, Shaggy, Russell Simmons and Sigourney Weaver. In fact, every Christmas when he was married to Linda, Sir Paul McCartney booked the master villa, which has a maid, gardener and cook included.

Another Hollywood secret: in the movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” starring Angela Bassett, Stella found her mojo at Round Hill. Celebrities have been known to call it “the place” for love. Imagine picturesque villas with horizon pools, Mahogany beds, vaulted ceilings, wicker furnishings and alfresco living rooms with sweeping ocean views. Hollywood gossip tells me the owners include Ralph Lauren, Jamaican track star Merlene Ottey and designer Betsey Johnson.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC Wintertime Guests: Heidi Klum and Seal, Justin Timberlake and Queen Latifah. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico Wintertime Guests: Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Harrison Ford, Jessica Simpson, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Costner.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada Wintertime Guests: Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Marcia Gay Harden, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, and Alicia Silverstone.

InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz. Wintertime Guests: Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Barry Bonds.

Happy Holidays!

Taylor Kelsaw

Taylor Kelsaw

Taylor Kelsaw started his career in San Francisco, Calif. more than 30 years ago and has since worked on many highly rated television shows including “Oprah” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He loves to paint, sing, act and being the proud parent of three lovely children.

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