Snow Bear Chalets in Whitefish Montana - It's the little things that make a Big Deal! by JD Andrews

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The Snow Bear Chalets in Whitefish Montana are three beautiful luxury treehouse chalets that are located on Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

Yes, ON the slope of the ski resort, ski-in/ski-out.

Each one has amazing views out of every window and there are so many windows to choose from.

Very cozy and comfortable spaces with beautiful bedrooms, large balcony, your own private hot tub and a Montana Moss stone gas fireplace.

Three chalets to choose from:

  • Ponderosa (where I stayed) 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Tamarack 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Cedar Chalet (the biggest) 3 bedrooms, 4 baths

known as :

The World’s First Ski-in/Ski-out Treehouses

The owner, Gail Lynne Goodwin, has created this luxurious retreat that includes stunning architecture and first rate amenities. Plus incorporating fun and even a magical third floor turret retreat - That includes a huge bean bag (Xorbee), sparkling stars among the cosmos, lots of windows and a big light up star to create the perfect atmosphere.

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Did the chalets need a magical turret retreat? Was all that extra time (and I'm sure money) necessary? Nope, not at all but that's what makes it's so special!

It's easy to fall in love with these chalets but what really made me appreciate them even more were the details! All those little things that add up to make a big deal! 


Light Fixtures

                                 nature inspired


Natural Elements

beautiful wood and stone

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electric blankets

on every bed

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cool roof

steel and wood

more details I loved: 

  • art from local artists
  • washer and dryer
  • storage and more storage plus extra storage
  • power (some plugs with USB) everywhere - under the dining table, on bed, next to fireplace
  • gorgeous sliding barn doors that separate one room form living room
  • HUGE bolts and steel beams
  • amazing wood work
  • coolest coffee maker ever
  • sofa reclines
  • gas fireplace
  • sonos speaker (download the app and play your music)
  • cool showers 
  • heated bathroom floors
  • digital lock on front door  (no key to loose)
  • air conditioning (for summer)
  • softest comforter
  • little nooks
  • fluffy towels (very important)
  • two huge fancy bean bag chairs (Xorbee)
  • cool design under kitchen cabinets
  • metal art next to hot tub with bear logo
  • a great comprehensive instruction book to help with everything in the chalet
  • say to anyone at the ski resort "I'm staying at the treehouse" and they will tell you how cool that is :)
They were specifically designed as storybook chalets, as usually something this special can only be found in fairy tales or in our dreams! We love the trees on property and decided to build around them and in them rather than cut them down, to keep the beauty of the land intact. The only way to keep the majority of the trees was to go up – so we built our chalets as “treehouses”, cantilevered off of Winter Lane, with a picturesque bridge leading the way into your luxurious chalet. We’re so excited and grateful to share them with you!
— Gail Lynne Goodwin

As you can tell, I loved my stay at the Snow Bear Chalet (treehouse) - I wish I could move in and live there.

It's the perfect winter and summer location - There's hiking, fishing, biking and Glacier National Park is just an hour away.

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Disclosure: Snow Bear Chalets hosted my stay in Whitefish for 3 days but as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

No Frustration on a Fun Man-Cation - Hilton Sandestin, Florida by JD Andrews

A Man-Cation! 

A what? 

Man-Cation, a vacation for Men - Bourbon Tasting, Craft Beer/Brewery Tour, Fishing, Massages (not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter), Paddle board lessons with YOLO Board Adventures and a Cooking Demo with Executive Chef Dan Vargo preparing HUGE steaks and seafood!

Yes! I must Go!

And go I did to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for a fun three-day Man-Cation.

4000 Sandestin Boulevard South • Miramar Beach • Florida 32550 • 850-267-9500
— Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Enjoying the colorful beach set-up next to the ocean

The Craft Beer/Brewery Tour included: The Craft Bar,  Idyll Hounds and Grayton Beer Company

And this view!

I had a great time on this man-cation and loved eXploring this part of Florida!

Make FIRE!  Beach Bonfire with S’mores

Hilton Sandestin Beach, the area's largest full-service beachfront resort, was created with families in mind, and thus has become the favorite Destin family vacation resort.
Offerings include indoor and outdoor pools, poolside cabanas, day and nighttime children’s programs through Kids Krew, and six distinct dining options, ranging from fine to beachy-casual.
The spacious Deluxe Junior Suites feature private alcoves with bunk beds, sleeper sofas and state-of-the-art media centers.
Activities include beach volleyball, bike riding, golf, tennis, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing and boating.


Disclosure: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa hosted my stay But As Always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

How This Fella Got His Groove Back - El Mangroove by JD Andrews

Just a 20 minute drive from the Liberia International Airport, you'll arrive at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection ~ Located on the Gulf of Papagayo (gulf of the parrot) off the Guanacaste province and the northwestern coast of Costa Rica.

A casual, luxury, boutique hotel surrounded by forest, beach and the mangrove. 17 acres of property embraces 150meters of beachfront, a 130ft pool with 5 private cabanas, a spa, a gym, two on-site restaurants, and 85 modern suites.

The spa features outdoor terraces and massage decks, sauna and steam rooms.

There’s specialized restaurants including an oceanfront beach shack, and 24 hour private dining.

Guests can go paddle-boarding, kayaking and bicycling. Or just relax by the pool and get your groove back.

For more information - El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

Disclosure: El Mangroove hosted my stay in Costa Rica But As Always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Bayfront SpringHill Suites In Downtown San Diego by JD Andrews

San Diego is always a fun destination and when I was asked to join the festivities at the opening of Marriott’s 3000th select service property in the global portfolio in downtown San Diego...I was ready to go!

The location is perfect. Built on the waterfront and a quick walk to Seaport Village, there's so much to see and do. Plus you're in San Diego, so you can do like we did and visit Balboa Park and of course the famous San Diego Zoo.

I loved all the “little extras” that included Paul Mitchell bath products, free WiFi, mobile check-in, complimentary breakfast, a 24-hour snack the Market, fitness centers, pools and hot tubs.

Even though my trip had some "un-San Diego" weather, rain, it was a great time and I loved the new hotel.

Disclosure: Marriott hosted my stay in San Diego. As Always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.