Ways to Prepare for Winter Ski Season

Winter has hit, and it’s that time in Aspen when we start preparing for the next 6 months. How many of you have been awaiting this season like I have? I would love to help prepare those of you who may not have much experience, or maybe, you’re ready to be organized and on top of it this year. Here is my list of how to be prepared:

1. Get your season pass early

It’s important to stay on top of this, especially if you’re on a budget. There are many side jobs out there to help you in the process if things seem tight. You really want to scope out when the season pass you prefer goes on sale. If you’re constantly checking, you’ll come across one because many season passes have early birds. 

2. Ski Ensemble

So many things. Let’s begin with one of my favorites, 

  • Gorsuch. They have men’s and women’s apparel, and they speak strongly to the ski community. In Aspen, Gorsuch has three different areas to shop in! Also, have a peek at their home and gift area. Gorsuch offers some timeless pieces. Christmas is only two months away! 

I can’t miss telling you about Goldbergh and Bogner. These are two other places I love to shop. Enough good cannot be said about them. 

  • Goldbergh is more of a luxurious ski line. Its website is super easy to navigate. Skiing is one passion of mine, and having a functional yet fashionable ensemble is something I’m grateful for. 
  • Bogner is another sports fashion place to shop, selling men’s and women’s apparel. When I think of words to describe Bogner, I think naturally bold, classy, and must-have

3. Get your legs in shape

You will use a lot of different muscles in skiing, but especially your legs! A fantastic way to prepare is with Pilates. I have blogged on this before. A place I regularly attend is Ritual. Read my previous blog to really see what they’re all about. The Megaformer class is what I suggest taking there. I listed a lot of benefits from Pilates. While they are all equally important, here are some that really help you physically prepare for skiing:

  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Improved flexibility
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs

4. Have yourself a facial

Regen Aspen is no surprise to bring up here. I come here for almost anything. I have mentioned before that their IV vitamin therapies are highly recommended by me. The most common skin issue in skiing is sunburn. Dryness, windburns, and dullness are other issues that can occur. While there are creams out there to use in order to treat it, try this approach: PRP Facial

Uses a micro needling technique and the patient’s own blood to activate the stem cells that lie dormant in the face. 

What are some of your winter tips to prepare for ski season? Message me on Instagram! @CheckOutAmanda

My Top 5 Luxurious Golf Resorts

With all of the different “bests” written about, I wanted to share some of the best golf courses out there that have the BEST comfort stations!  There are all kinds of ratings about how well and challenging the courses actually are, but how often are they rated on their extras? Let’s get started…

1. Kohanaiki Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i

There are more than a few luxurious things about this club that make my list. First of all, the club is by invitation only. It’s so private, they want you to have a home in their community. Besides the absolute beautiful views, the clubhouse does very well at paying attention to details. Details vary from the touches of the clubhouse, to the delicate service of faculty and staff. 

  • They offer a variety of spa treatments, spawning from the natural ingredients and beauty of Hawai’i. There are body treatments, baths, massages, facials, acupuncture, wellness consultations, and salon services.  
  • In their clubhouse, the dining and bars are set up with perfect views of what the island has to offer. They have a poker room with a complete wine set up, Shuffleboard, Pool tables, scotch bar, craft brewing bar, wine and cheese tasting room, theater room, hot tub, event lawns, library, and museum of Hawai’i’s rich culture and history. 

2. Madison ClubLa Quinta, CA

With views of the Santa Rosa and the San Jacinto Mountains, there will be a sunrise, and it will be breathtaking. Once again, this is a golf course that is in an exclusive, private, residential community in La Quinta. The neighborhoods are quiet, with a “casual elegance” about them. You’ve probably not seen anything like it!

  • Some amenities include: a number of lavishly appointed spa treatments, private theater room, game room, locker rooms, fitness center, and discovery performance center. Its gourmet cuisine and delicious delicacies make the Madison Club on my list of 
  • They even have a kids club! It is a spacious area with a videogame theater setup, games, and colorful walls to inspire creativity. They have different areas in their club for different stations. 
The Madison Club, CA

3. Harbour Town Golf Links @Sea Pines ResortHilton Head, SC

Their locker rooms have servers waiting to serve you food. Their staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Dinner and cocktails awaits as you finish your 18-hole journey. Taking a peek at their amenities:

  • An extremely spacious locker room (4,000 sq. ft.)
  • Spacious terraces and porches, huge living room, 
  • Practice range
  • Boutique pool, personal butler service, fine dining, and pro-shop
  • Access to beach chairs, towels, and umbrellasㄧas well as alcoholㄧfor the beach.

4. TPC SawgrassPonte Vedra Beach, FL

Reserved for professionals, this golf resort is a place to make your golfing luxure a fine one. The Marriott is partners with TPC and is the destination for TPC Vacations. The networking opportunity and comfortable way 

  • This grandeur of a building (clubhouse) is spectacular, old and upscale, mixing old architecture with modern. The combination is something you’ve never seen!
  • Their magnificent library and spacious terraces make for a stay at this resort worth it. The clubhouse also has multiple event rooms that are unique and sophisticated in style. 
  • The dinner at NINETEEN is an elegant American fare that has menus change seasonally. Look out for events hosted here! The social, welcoming aspect isn’t hidden at Sawgrass. Staff is excellent and there to make you happy.

5. Shadow Creek Golf CourseLas Vegas, Nevada

Ever been chauffeured around a golf course in a limo? Sitting right next to resorts and entertainment, Shadow Golf Course is designed by the famous, Tom Fazio. He is the same architect and designer for Barton Creek Foothill and Canyon Golf Club in Austin, TX (which was very close to making the list).

  • Besides its beauty…goodness…Shadow Creek offers a limo transporting you where you need on the resort, along with a caddie who will greet and guide you.
  • With so many well-known people with positive remarks towards this course, you really can’t say anything negative.
  • You must stay at an MGM property to play here, but the experience! 
  • Try finding the menus, and you won’t find much. However, the reviews of food from this resort is outstanding. Legends play and eat here. Having that linger on your mind makes this resort one-of-a-kind.

The Golf Feels

This summer, I have been committed to the sport of golf. If you read my blogs and follow me on my social media, it wouldn’t be any surprise to you 🙂 I have been trying to perfect my swing, my golfing skills, and invest in some solid playing time. I cannot get enough of it! 

I have to thank Aspen Golf Club for always providing the best vehicle for my game and experience! Golf can be played year round, but I especially like it when it’s not so cold, so I’m soaking in these last few weeks before fall and winter feel ready to be here, and my skiing season begins. Golfing is the one sport that requires consistently practicing at the range and playing 18 holes, so that is what I have been doing. 

When you’re golfing, there are so many things that come into play, such as: where your hands are positioned; are you turning our hands when you swing? Are you fully swinging or stopping short? Depending on whether you swing left or right handed, are you keeping the correct arm straight while you bend the elbow of the other arm and keep it close to your side? Are your feet in the correct position and slightly bent? I could keep going, but if one of these things are thrown off, the entire pathway of the golf ball can be thrown off. These are the elements I’ve been working on and in great company. It’s been really hard to find a bad golf course because all of the golf courses I’ve been on, especially in Hawaii, have been pretty extravagant. I’m a lucky gal to have the experience of golfing in so many beautiful places.

Hopefully, if any of my fellow readers ever want to golf at these courses when they visit a town, city, or state that I’ve travelled to, I’ve given them a little heads up on what to expect and what they have to look forward to. From the greenest of the greens, to the middle of the desert, to the  golf course in your backyard, I’ve been to some pretty gorgeous golf courses that I hope everyone can experience at some point in their lives. Aspen Golf Club has been a close friend of mine this summer, along with my company of girlfriends and JR. I have to say, I absolutely love the clubhouses as well. The clubhouse at Aspen Golf Club is a place you can depend on for yummy cocktails and awesome daily food specials! In any clubhouse, you’ll notice the club has its own touch. 

What are some courses you’ve been on, that you just can’t get enough of? What is your favorite course? Message me on Instagram! @CheckOutAmanda

Here Lately

My adventures this past week include one of my favorite pastimes with some of my favorite people. Such a relaxing, concentrated sport…the sport of golf. I’m here to rate just two of the many great golf courses I’ve been to. California has so much to offer in all its magnificence, and I love to talk about things that have been amazing to me and my people. 

Let’s start with the beautiful, La Quinta Country Club. You really can’t mistake some of the rich heritage you see across the course. Besides its beauty, La Quinta Country Club has developed this atmosphere of camaraderie. The 18 holes were supreme, and the clubhouse was great! I love Aspen, but listen to this weather difference. Winters can be in the 70s. So nice! Do you think I’d be golfing year round? You betcha. Views. La Quinta Country Club has all the things when it comes to that! The mountains and desert are extremely calming and stunning from behind the greens. My scorecard wasn’t so bad, either!

Chef Bradd Bennick is the man at their diner. It is definitely a one of a kind experience. Why? The menus change weekly. If there’s something new every week, it’s enticing to come back! You really can’t say the diner offers a “type” of food and label the club because it has a mixture of everything. So nice, and so comfortable/personable! If you’re interested in a membership, here’s some info! Pricing is not listed on their website. You’ll have to call if you’re really interested. 

Toscana Country Club was better than La Quinta Country Club, as lovely as it was. Let me explain. The staff was so warm and welcoming and the service was sublime. This place has had some growth in the community over the years. It is a bit more high end than La Quinta Country Club. I was honored to play on it! When you’re inside the clubhouse, it almost feels like you’re in Italy, with all of the delicate architecture. The Tuscan type homes help with that feel. There are two 18-hole golf courses. And did I add this is a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course?

Joining a country club is more than just golf. It is community building community. Check out your local country club/local golf course and see how you can support! 

To check out more of my golf excursions go my instagram “golf” stories at instagram.com/CheckOutAmanda.

Self Care

I interrupt your weekly blog reads with a self-reflection. Ladies, mothers, sisters, friends, however busy you get or think you get, you are never too busy to take care of yourself. It isn’t about making more time, it’s about prioritizing your “to do” list the right way. 

How many times do we say, “I don’t have time for that,” or, “I’m fine, I don’t need to do that for myself?” One too many times. We are experts at putting ourselves last in our families. Don’t let your work, whether it be in your home, or in your workplace, take the place of your sanity. I’ve talked before about mental health before. Mentally healthy involves taking the time for yourself. Without that special time for yourself, stress and/or depression can take over. It doesn’t have to be that dramatic, but for some people, it is. Why take that chance? Depression can start real small and little by little begin to take over. One thought enters your mind and then another. Soon, you’re wondering why you feel the way that you do. Taking care of yourself is something I firmly believe in.

Some ways to care for yourself:

  1. I’ve spoken on yoga and the importance of it mentally. It reigns you back in spiritually and emotionally. 
  2. Cater to yourself by going to a spa, mani/pedi, or massage. In Aspen, I’m a fan of Ajax Salon and Spa. It’s the place of many things: hair, nails, massage, and laser removal. 
  3. Eat healthy. If you aren’t sure about how to do that, there’s Pinterest OR there are eMeals you can order from: Sun Basket, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, etc. 
  4. Give your body some exercise. There are too many studies that talk about how effective exercise is for your sleep, your brain function, and just about every system in your body. Remember, it’s not just about losing weight. Exercise is good for your body, period. I personally enjoy hiking and cycling. Is there anything that stands out to you in your exercise routine?
  5. Get involved. Whether that be at a church, going to events, or hanging out with some of your best girlfriends, be surrounded by community. When you have a community, those are the people who will be with you in the harder times. They give you an opportunity to enjoy the good times with others. 

Girls Hike Too

Me and my best girls took a first time hike to Crested Butte with this awesome crew! We hiked there but flew back in style thanks to Bubba Air. This trip would not be possible without Eleven Experience, Scarp Ridge Lodge, or Julianne Murphy. She definitely knows how to organize some special girl time. Have I ever said how much I just adore her and her planning? 

Some things to do in Crested Butte are: 

Crested Butte is known as the “Elk Mountain” or the “Wildflower capital of Colorado.” Its history is saturated in mining, specifically coal mining. It slowly but surely came to a halt after some roller coaster years: a blast killing 63 miners, strikes, etc. The history of a town is always fascinating to me. It always seems like things change drastically back then. Today, it is heritage tourism spot for people of all ages at 8,885 ft. elevation.  

Scarp Ridge Lodge. Such a quaint and perfect spot for us to have a relaxing, kid-free, time away from distraction and responsibility. I encourage you to hang out with your friends. Make that time happen, but otherwise, life will get in the way, and you won’t see each other. I couldn’t have been more happy with the setup for this mini getaway. You can even go alone if you really want to. Another reason I adore this place is because they are pet friendly. You know I am an advocate for our sweet furry friends. “Families, couples, and multi-generational groups looking for an active vacation with luxurious accommodations.” This vacay was worth the time and money, and I’m looking forward to our next one! Okay, Julianne, what’s next? 

Don’t just take my word for it:

“The Eleven Experience properties are all stunning and staff is trained to go above and beyond with any request. This property, located in charming Crested Butte, is 5 stars and both cozy, luxurious and decorated in a way that fits in with the natural beauty of Crested Butte. They offer a delicious apres ski/happy hour and our mixologist made us a fantastic skinny Paloma. The breakfast is included and changes each day. It always includes specialty coffee, fresh fruit, smoothies, green juice, homemade granola, and a fantastic egg dish. Can’t wait to return.”

I would love to hear what my readers think? Have you ever hiked the Crested Butte or done something fun there? Share it with me in the comments below!

Smiling Goat Ranch

Did you get a chance to check out the Hey Bale Ball last week? It was a perfect Aspen afternoon, mingling with friends and I got to pet some sweet horses and ponies at Smiling Goat Ranch! I absolutely love what they stand for and who they serve. The healing environment is something I want to be a part of. They provide a space and social animals for people with autism, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, and veterans with PTSD. Guys and gals, Smiling Goat Ranch is a little piece of the puzzle in our country. There is no denying that autism and PTSD are two things that we need to pay better attention to. I loved being at the ranch to see and feel what others see and feel.

It brings my heart joy to see such happiness brought to the people who need this place. The testimonies about Smiling Goat Ranch speak volumes about the healing experiences people are able to have there:

“This Ranch is a place where I have seen my child’s courage, competence and communication skills blossom. Visits here give me the  opportunity to see my child through the eyes of a team who believe in him and value him. And a bonus surprise for me – I have have been able to examine my own feelings as a special needs parent and feel healing, hope and optimism for myself!” -Anonymous Parent

At the Hay Bale Ball, we ate and drank in support of this wonderful place. It was a good time with people who have many things in common, big hearts. If I’m able, I will give my time and  money to support things I believe in. This place, I truly believe in. 

Mawa McQueen’s Crepe Shack was there and boy was it exceptional. Mawa McQueen is is a crepe guru! When you come to Aspen, this just has to be a stop you make it to. It’s been mentioned by many magazines and articles. Dallas News, Travelling Mom, Serendipity, Meetings & Events, and more, just to name a few. Her unique restaurant has excellent breakfast and provides a cool and cheerful room to work or have meetings. So, if you need a shakeup from Starbucks and want to support local restaurants, come over and try it! When I realized the deliciousness was at the Hay Bale Ball, I couldn’t have been more excited.

Of course, my favorite rosé wine, Entourage was also there supporting this event.

Are there similar venues or places that provide something for people with PTSD, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, etc. near you? I would love to hear about it and someday come show my support! What are you thoughts? Leave them in the comments!

Pilates or Bust

Let’s talk pilates and shake up my posts a bit. I’ve always been an advocate for exercising and taking care of your body (amongst other things). A whole other post can be written on the food you eat. On that note, if anyone has any suggestions of a service I can order food from, let me know! I was so sad to hear that Sun Basket was not going to deliver in Aspen anymore. What are your thoughts on HelloFresh or eMeals? Worth my time? I feel lost without Sun Basket coming to my door. As sad as I am, I can’t say one bad thing about them. Sun Basket felt like Christmas morning!

Pilates. Like yoga, it allows you to become flexible, it has its own set of names made for different positions, and you can do it through a video or online in the comfort of your own home. Yoga also helps to sculpt and mold, but it is more focused on a spiritual element; whereas Pilates leaves that out, and focused on the physical. Pilates’s main focus is on building your core. Boy, do I feel it. Does anyone else feel like if they feel it, it was worth it? I love that it makes you use your own body weight instead of anything extra. In the 1920s, Joseph Pilates introduced this method as a way to help injured dancers and athletes regain their strength and fitness standards. Ever since then, it has been adapted as a form of exercise and focused strength.  

Aspen has its very own, Ritual Aspen, and its very own, Sannah Hurnow. Love my private classes with her. When I feel like I do all I can, Sannah pushes me. If you’re interested in some of what Ritual Aspen has to offer, there are options and prices online that you can easily access. Some health benefits of Pilates, as listed by Better Health, include:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

Always love to hear from my people, so share your opinion in the comments below! Is there a place I should visit for the fitness?

Aspen Summer Nights

Need I keep going? Some nightlife in Aspen, CO is what I plan to share with you today. Every now and then (or every weekend), give yourself some girl time. Whether you’re married, partnered, complicated, or single, give yourself a break! If you’re from the Aspen area, or maybe you’re new and aren’t sure where to go out and explore at night, read on!


I was here just last week with some of the best. I would definitely say I’m a regular here, so shoot your questions my way! Best drinks, best food. I can’t talk them up enough. Especially for the rest of August and September, they have music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to dance and drink the night away. It’s the perfect, sophisticated, party atmosphere. Some recommendations: the fried chicken, lobster ravioli, and watermelon salad. You have to try these before you say anything. I promise it’ll be delish.This supper club is a restaurant you need to stop in during your visit or sometime in your life. 

Escobar Aspen

Clubbing, here, is an experience. It literally looks like the inside of a tunnel. Someone stated that it’s like the inside of an airplane. It’s also underground. Are you interested yet? Music is loud and proud, people. You’re missing something if you’ve never been to Escobar. It would have to be a highlight of Aspen. Check out the second picture. Something about the colors and setup. Can you blame anyone for at least checking it out? There’s something about underground restaurants, and it isn’t because of how safe I feel (sidenote) when I’m there, but I’m all about different, and underground clubs/restaurants are unique!

Belly Up

Do you want to experience the mountain nightlife? This place is always busy, full of live music. If you’ve never experienced nightlife at high elevation, come check out Belly Up. The live music is a big attraction there, and I’m so excited for LeeAnn Rimes to sing on the 21st! Anyone else a fan? Even if you’ve had a tiring day, why not end it on a high?

I love that I can come on here and share my opinion with all of you. Help support Aspen and eat out tonight!

Are there any other good places to visit for nightlife in Aspen, CO? I could probably list more, but these are definitely my top three!

In Maine to Play

And we did play! Short, fun trip to Maine for us this past week. JR and I really enjoyed the beaches there. I’ve been to a lot of beaches, but the Maine beach fronts seem more organic and native to the country. Their seafood is amazing. I can’t tell you everything that we did because I would be writing pages on our crusades, but I do want to share a little of the fun stuff. I told you I would share my golfing adventure and rate what my thoughts were on it, so here it is!

Cape Arundel Golf Club is a private, but public-welcoming club that is located in Southern Maine. It has that sophisticated, southern charm I’ve seen in South Carolina. That’s probably the closest comparison I can make besides playing in Massachusetts. MA and ME are pretty similar in seafood tooㄧsidenote. One other sidenoteㄧit is one of the oldest clubs in the state! 

  • The greens were hard, and you can easily walk the course. We didn’t, however, but I’ve heard the weekends can be a bit crowded for a cart. 
  • The staff was so friendly! 
  • It’s a 4 ☆☆☆☆ star course to me. 
  • I loved the uniqueness of it, and the beautiful, wistful views of the fog as it sits over the course in the mornings. 

If you’re interested in the rates, read here. I normally just type them, but take some time and check out their website. The rates are pretty reasonable for where we were, in Kennebunk, Maine. The course sits on the river and its 41 House offers a sit on their porch after your round.  

Also while we were feeling the tourist vibe, Fun-O-Rama in York Maine. Nothing fancy, but it was fun to check out. It offers a huge arcade, rides, games, and skeeball. Love that it’s on the beach. Even if you didn’t come for Fun-O-Rama, and you only wanted the beach, it finds you! I thought I’d share our fun finds and this is a little snippet!

A beach we visited and enjoyed was Short Sands, York Beach, Maine. Look at some of the images, including an image on this post. It reminds me of that poem, Annabel Lee, by Edgar Allan Poe. The waters are sad to me at times, but so upliftingㄧespecially with a drink in my hand.

Where are some places you’ve stayed in Maine or fun things you’ve done? I’d love to hear your thoughts and other opinions for my next trip!