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Unique Summer Learning Getaways from Coast to Coast

June 19, 2017 -

School may be out, but that’s no reason to let minds turn to mush. Summer is the perfect time to dive into a new interest or hone a skill with a learning vacation.

In Instagram-worthy settings from coast to coast, here are a few great opportunities for summer enlightenment in which the degrees range from mountain cool to desert warm and the only scores are found in grill marks and golf games.

Master the kitchen (or grill) at Natirar. Classes in grilling and seafood are among the summer highlights at the Cooking School at Natirar, a historic estate on 500 pastoral acres in New Jersey’s Somerset County. The school, located in the estate’s Tudor-era carriage house, offers an extensive, daily curriculum focusing on seasonality and sustainability, often using produce harvested from Natirar’s own 12-acre sustainable farm. Classes are available for all skill levels, with special sessions designed for teens, families and couples, and topics span the worlds of cooking, wine and entertaining. For more information, visit www.natirar.com or call 908-901-4714.

Apply your mind to massage in the Arizona desert. As the old saying may or may not go, “Give your partner a massage and you’ll earn his or her devotion for a day. Learn the art of massage together and you’ll both reap the benefits for a lifetime.” Guests at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa can book Massage 101, a creative, interactive, partner-building experience that teaches couples professional massage techniques they can practice on each other long after they return home. The 60-minute session is held at the resort’s world-class Sanctuary Spa and is priced at $150 per couple. Book at www.sanctuaryaz.com or call 855-245-2051.

Sharpen your swing at Pebble Beach. Think of it as the Ivy League of golf schools: internationally renowned instructors, state-of-the-art teaching technology, and golf courses that are routinely ranked among the best in the world. Pebble Beach Golf Academy and Practice Facility is the world’s premier golf instruction and practice experience, offering full-swing, putting and on-course playing lessons plus golf fitness and performance evaluations, custom training programs, and three-day/three-night golf schools. Parents of teens (ages 13-18) can make it a family affair with Junior Elite Golf Camps slated for July 23-27 and August 6-10. For more information, visit www.pebblebeach.com or call 888-251-9790.

Learn the ABCs of the Adirondack Back Country. Tucked into the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge is surrounded by opportunities for adventure in the great outdoors. And for those who don’t feel quite prepared to tackle it on their own, the resort’s ADK Guides (short for “Aide de Kamp”) are on hand to lead them through every step, providing instruction in a variety of outdoor activities offered on- and off-property, and arranging seasonal day trips, including white-water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and even bobsledding. The ADK Guides, some of whom are former Olympians, act as adventure concierges, teaching explorers about Lake Placid and the region, and leading excursions that include instruction, round-trip transportation, snacks and more. Reservations are required, and can be booked by calling 888-582-0505 and asking for concierge services. For more information, visit www.thewhitefacelodge.com.

Plunge into literature on Martha’s Vineyard. Take a page from the summer reading lists of school days gone by and delve into great books during the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival, August 5-6. Twenty-nine of the country’s leading fiction, non-fiction and culinary authors, from Ann Patchett (Commonwealth) to Peter Brannen (The Ends of the World) to Joan Nathan (King Solomon’s Table), will be on hand for two full days of readings, panel discussions, author interviews and book signings. Edgartown’s historic Harbor View Hotel will host the first day of the festival and is the ideal lodging choice for a classic Vineyard island getaway. Visit www.harbor-view.com or call 800-225-6005.


 

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Calala Island - Nicaragua
A luxury private island resort nestled in the undiscovered part of the Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua. Come experience barefoot luxury in a pristine paradise!

 

 

 

Carneros Resort and Spa - Napa Valley, California
The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck.

 

 

 

BINA - Luxury Yacht Charter 142'
Offering remarkable quantities of luxury for a yacht of her size category, nothing but unadulterated bliss awaits you on board BINA. Sleeps 10-12 in 5 cabins.

 

 

 

Villa Sabai Jai - Koh Tao, Thailand
Three exclusive, boutique pool villas for rent on the small island Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand -- the perfect place for those seeking privacy, luxury and tranquility.

 

 

 

Hotel del Coronado - San Diego
The iconic Hotel del Coronado has been the world's choice for creating inDELible moments and connections for over 128 years.

 

 

 

Eden Roc at Cap Cana - Punta Cana
Offering exclusive luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island, features 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views.

 

 

 

A.M.A Selections - Luxury Villa Rentals in France & Italy
Strongly focused on delivering memorable experiences for each guest, A.M.A Selections is setting itself apart with their intimate knowledge of their properties and destinations.

 

 

 

Primland - Meadows of Dan, VA
A pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offering 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Primland is the ultimate getaway for world-class golf, refined dining, and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.

 

 

 

Rawai VIP Villas - Phuket, Thailand
A brand new family community and kids' park that epitomizes modern Thai luxury. Each of the 40 villas boasts a private pool in terraced courtyards.

 

 

Autobahn Adventures - Luxury European Driving Tours
Autobahn Adventures offers Porsche and Audi driving tours of Europe, each visiting amazing countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France.

 

 

Hurtigruten Cruises
Go beyond a traditional cruise line - explore the world in an authentic, unique & natural style. Hurtigruten offers voyages to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland, Greenland & more.

 

 

Carrington Italia - Amalfi Coast
Luxury Villa Accommodations and Personalized Service on Italy's celebrated Amalfi Coast. Experts in providing exclusive travel experiences and local knowledge of the Amalfi Coast.

 

 

Jade Mountain - St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is an exclusive luxury 'resort within a resort' with 24 suites at St. Lucia's famed Anse Chastanet Resort, in a truly romantic and magical setting poised high overlooking St. Lucia's Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa
A hidden gem in middle America, nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri. Surrounded by the magnificent Mark Twain National Forest, this remote retreat is a unique combination of rugged wilderness and refined luxury.

 

 

AutoEurope - Luxury Car Rental
Rent the car of your dreams and treat yourself to the best in style, comfort and automotive engineering on your next getaway.

 

 

Relais San Sanino - Tuscany, Italy
A romantic and exclusive retreat situated in the quiet countryside among hills and small valleys between Torrita di Siena and Montefollonico in Tuscany.

 

 

Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel - Thailand
Ideally situated on the most beautiful tree-lined avenue in the heart of Asia's favorite destination for culture and entertainment, Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel is positioned in the city's shopping and commercial hub.

 

 

The Sea Pines Resort - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Situated within the 5,000-acre Sea Pines community, The Sea Pines Resort has enthralled generations of travelers and guests for more than 50 years.