A Capital Resorts Monthly Owners' Newsletter
Volume One, Issue Eight - October 2, 2014
Exclusive Partnership Revealed with Presnell Sporting Collection
Imagine, embarking on a Big 5 or plains game safari in South Africa, stalking Rocky Mountain elk in Colorado, hunting trophy red stag in the majestic Southern Alps of New Zealand, wing shooting doves in Argentina or bone fishing in the breathtaking waters just off the coast of Andros Island in the Bahamas. Capital Lifestyles members now have the opportunity to experience each of these destinations as part of an extensive list of luxury travel adventures.
Capital Resorts is excited to welcome Presnell Sporting Collection as our newest partner of Capital Lifestyles. Capital Lifestyles is a members-only program offered by Capital Resorts that gives owners access to elite benefits such as premier savings on purchases made at home, on business and while on vacation. This new coalition formed between Capital Resorts and Presnell Sporting Collection now grants admission to a world where hunting, fishing and destination dreams can be easily accessed and seamlessly fulfilled though the absolute best global sporting and leisure travel experiences available.
Presnell Sporting Collection provides an exclusive membership for the elite sporting traveler – similar in concept to a private country club, with high-end sporting travel destinations worldwide. A Presnell Sporting Collection Membership can only be attained through select companies chosen by Presnell – and Capital Resorts is one of these privileged few. Not only does the affiliation grant exclusive access – the members-only pricing is unsurpassable.
Each venue in their collection has been carefully chosen on the basis of experience offered, seasonality, geography and the requirement of unparalleled quality. Plus, every trip is backed by a revolutionary guarantee of excellence that each guest will always have an experience that meets or exceeds their expectations. They offer an ever-expanding menu of big game hunting, upland game hunting, waterfowl hunting and fresh or saltwater fishing, with seasonal opportunities that span throughout the year.
Presnell gives each guest the individual attention they deserve by going above and beyond to create completely customizable packages that meet their unique needs and wants. Their all-inclusive packages cover everything including accommodations in a luxurious lodge, meals prepared by an onsite gourmet chef, specialized itineraries for spouses and family members not participating in the sporting events, deluxe amenities, services, permits, trophy quality and abundance of game. With Presnell, every detail of the trip is already planned for guests, so they can have a fun, memorable experience regardless of whether they are a seasoned sportsman or first-time adventurer.
In accordance with the Presnell Guarantee of Excellence, beyond having access to the best sporting destinations in the world, members also receive a multitude of other priceless advantages. Such benefits include easy access to reservation times to fit their schedule, professional field guides, discounts on member exchange and hot list inventory, direct discounts on preferred products and services and legacy memberships that are transferable to future generations.
We are so excited for our Capital Lifestyles owners to experience once-in-a-lifetime encounters at the exotic locations now available to them exclusively through this partnership with Presnell. The next step is to create specialized excursions just for our owners. We can’t wait to share the details with you in upcoming newsletters.
Chicago: 4 Day Itinerary
You’ll be smitten from the second you arrive at our Chicago penthouse, centrally located in a modern, eco-friendly building in the heart of the trendy River North District. Our upscale penthouse boasts amazing views of the sparkling “Windy City” from the floor-to-ceiling windows – which are undoubtedly the first thing you will notice. Be prepared to experience the ultimate in urban-luxury living while staying at our professionally designed penthouse with high-end furniture and decorations, bamboo flooring throughout, a gourmet kitchen and stainless steel appliances. Owners staying at our swanky penthouse will enjoy a variety of amenities including access to the rooftop pool, fitness center, juice and coffee bar, fire pit, garden and media room with surround sound.
This Chicago penthouse is one of eleven destinations in the exclusive Lifestyles Collection, which owners have access to in addition to the seven amazing Capital Resorts destinations! The Lifestyles Collection has further expanded owners’ travel opportunities with admission to a variety of sought-after destinations without paying exchange fees.
With so much to do in Chicago, planning out your trip can be overwhelming. Not to worry, Capital Resorts Group has you covered with a fun-filled 4-day itinerary. Our plans hit all of the hotspots in the city! We highly recommend purchasing a CityPASS, as you will receive VIP entry into 3 of the larger attractions listed on the itinerary. Follow our itinerary step-by-step each day or customize your vacation plans by mixing and matching. The important thing is that you have fun and make memorable experiences because at Capital Resorts, that’s what we’re all about!
At less than a mile from the penthouse, take a morning stroll or a quick cab ride over to Wildberry Pancakes and Café for an aaaaah-mazing breakfast. Voted as having the Best Pancakes in Chicago, this restaurant serves local farm fresh ingredients and fresh baked breads. There can be a bit of a wait if you don’t get there early, but the impeccable service, seasonal menu items, great prices and mouthwatering pancakes are definitely worth it, 130 E. Randolph Street.
No matter what time of year you visit Chicago, exploring Millennium Park is always a good idea. The area is a public park that features cutting-edge art, architecture, landscape design, live entertainment, shopping, lush gardens, exciting festivals and events, exhibitions and much more. Throughout the wintertime the fun continues with a Christmas light display and ice skating in the outdoor rink. While you’re there be sure to take a moment to appreciate one of the area’s signature landmarks, the Cloud Gate nicknamed “The Bean” and capture a photo of the magnificent work of art, 201 E. Randolph Street.
Make it a point to pamper yourself after a day of traveling. After all, you are on vacation! Go to Allyu Spa, also located just a few blocks from the penthouse, to experience one of their extraordinary services like a therapeutic massage or Dead Sea Mud Wrap. This tranquil retreat offers guests luxury amenities and outstanding customer service in a serene ambiance, 600 W. Chicago Avenue.
If you like to eat (and we definitely do), then the Chicago Dine-Around is one of the best ways to experience the eclectic cuisine of this amazing city! For only $85 per person (includes taxes and restaurant gratuities) the tour meets in the lobby of the beautiful John Hancock Center and chauffeurs the group around the city in a comfortable tour bus to sample 3 of Chicago’s best restaurants for Hors D’oeuvres with wine at the first restaurant, a Main Course at the second restaurant and Dessert with coffee at the third, 875 N. Michigan Ave, (312) 437-3463.
Carpe Diem is the theme for day two’s itinerary. There’s so much to do, see and eat in Chicago, you don’t want to waste a minute of your vacation, so today plan on waking up early and wearing some shoes that are good for walking.
Enjoy your first meal of the day at one of our favorite breakfast places in Chicago, Yolk. There is no shortage of menu items to choose from, which can be overwhelming upon first glance, but the helpful and friendly staff is always willing to point a newcomer in the right direction. Plus, everything is good, so you really can’t go wrong. The portions are huge and the prices are great, 747 N. Wells Street.
At 1450 feet tall, you can’t miss the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower. Venture up to the 103rd floor to experience the Skybox, where visitors can step out on the Ledge, an all glass box that manifests views of four states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan, 233 .S Wacker Drive.
Spanning eight blocks along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street, The Magnificent Mile offers visitors the ultimate shopping experience with around 450 high-end retail stores including three shopping centers, specialty shops, unique boutiques and department stores. Along the Mag Mile you’ll also find several historical Chicago landmarks that warrant perfect photo opportunities including the Wrigley Building, the Tribune Tower and the Chicago Water Tower, which was one of only a few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Michigan Avenue District.
Located in the beautiful Grant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art museum in the United States. From the exterior to the interior, the building is an architectural masterpiece. It houses around 250,000 works of art, but is most famous for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections. Pieces from these eras include works from artists such as Monet, Renoir, Matisse and van Gogh. The museum is the #1 rated attraction on Tripadvisor and was featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 111 South Michigan Avenue.
Head over to Randolph Street, also known as Restaurant Row, in South Loop to experience a culinary delight from Girl and the Goat. While reservations are not required, we recommend you call a few weeks in advance to avoid waiting several hours. This restaurant is buzzing most nights of the week, due to its energetic atmosphere, creative food, wine that they make in-house and smattering of different delicious beers. As one of the pricier options on the itinerary, don’t let that deter you as the Girl and the Goat also has one of the most delectable menus. Their specialties fall under the main categories of vegetable, fish and meat. The wood oven roasted pig face, confit goat belly and roasted cauliflower come highly recommended, 809 W. Randolph Street.
Frequented by celebrities visiting the area and even presidents like Bill Clinton and Barak Obama, Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen for breakfast is sure not to disappoint! This authentic Jewish deli is located in South Loop where it has been for almost 50 years. You’ll feel the nostalgia from the moment you lay your eyes on the walls of this establishment, which is covered in photographs and newspaper clippings from decades past. No matter what time of day you choose to come to Manny’s opt for the pastrami and corned beef. They are the best you’ll find and they are HUGE, so you’re going to want to come hungry, 1141 S. Jefferson.
With more than 32,000 animals, the John G. Shedd Aquarium is the largest in the world. Go early to avoid the lines or if you have a CityPASS, then you can go straight to the front of the line. Give yourself between 2 to 4 hours to explore and enjoy all the aquarium has to offer. Prepare to see dolphins, sea lions, belugas, octopuses, penguins, sea otters, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, eels, and sea turtles among other aquatic animals, as well as rare land animals in the Amazon Rising exhibit. Other experiences the whole family will love include the aquatic show, 4-D Experience, Polar Play Zone and touching the stingrays, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive.
You can’t really experience Chicago until you’ve tried the pizza in the “Pizza Capital of the World.” After an exciting day exploring the aquarium, the whole family will enjoy the fun, laid-back atmosphere of the famous Gino’s East. The restaurant, originally formed in 1966, promises their “famous deep dish pizza tastes the same as it did back then.” Well we don’t know how it was back then, but today we can definitely vouch for them and say it is beyond DELICIOUS. For authentic Chicago-style pizza, Gino’s East is your place, 162 E. Superior Street.
Upon arrival for breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s, you’ll be served doughnut holes and Milk Duds. This old school diner is a great place to enjoy a classic breakfast in a relaxing atmosphere with some of the friendliest service in town. This historical, family owned and operated institution has been around since it opened its doors in 1923, attracting everyone from U.S. Presidents to movie stars, 565 West Jackson Blvd.
No trip to Chicago would be complete without watching the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. Yup, it’s time to check it off your bucket list! Whether there is a game going on or not during your visit to Chicago, be sure to check out one of their seasonal tours of the facility. Non-game day tours include stops at the seating bowl, press box, bleachers, visitor’s clubhouse, Cubs’ clubhouse, Cubs’ dugout and the field. Hot dogs are a tradition at Wrigley Field – with over a million sold each season. You absolutely have to try one of their famous dogs while you’re there, they’ve got every style imaginable, 1060 W. Addison Street.
If you have time before or after visiting Wrigley Field, stop by Graceland Cemetery (just 2 minutes away) to experience its serene beauty, which is especially breathtaking in the fall. The Victorian era cemetery is a wonderful place to appreciate lush gardens, sculptures, architecture and beautiful grave sites of those both famous and not so famous. They also offer walking tours during certain parts of the year, 400 N. Clark Street.
Take a trip back to the early 1900’s when you head uptown to The Green Mill. You’ll want to call ahead to reserve a table at this legendary jazz club and bring cash. This snazzy joint was also one of the infamous Chicago gangster, Al Capone’s favorite spots in the city. From the bright neon green sign out front to the gorgeous ornate furnishings inside, the historic establishment transports you back to The Roaring Twenties with its Art Deco style. Relax, have a flavorful cocktail and listen to the smooth tunes of the best jazz club in the city, 4802 N. Broadway Avenue.
Tips For Traveling Around The Holidays
Start planning your vacation early
Now is the time to start making arrangements for travel around the holiday season to ensure your spot is reserved. Flights and room accommodations start to fill up if you don’t book your dates in advance, thus driving the prices up as availability decreases. There is no shortage of people looking to travel around this time so don’t wait until the last minute hoping for a good deal.
Consider traveling several days before or after a big holiday or the day of the big holiday
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. Consider heading off on your vacation a day early on Tuesday so you can beat the large crowds in airports and on the road or even travel on Thanksgiving Day when everyone has already made in to their destinations. When returning home, your best bet is to leave on Black Friday when everyone is shopping or on Saturday, as Sunday will be quite chaotic in the airport.
There’ll be a hitch in your get-along
Whether you are traveling by plane or car, you should expect delays around the holidays. The best way to deal with these predicaments is to simply leave early. Traffic and long lines at the airport are almost inevitable, so save yourself from a meltdown by having a little extra time to get where you’re going.
Stay connected with your smartphone
Even just one bad weather delay on the other side of the country can affect flights so you will definitely want to stay up-to-date this time of year. Check the status of your flights by going to the airport website, airline website or even download one of the many free apps available. Checking in online and also printing your tickets prior to arriving at the airport can save you the headache of waiting in long lines.
At this point it’s obvious that you are going to be spending a little more time than usual en route, so you might as well be comfortable while you’re doing it. Getting to that level of comfort includes wearing loose fitting or stretchy clothes, bringing headphones to block out the crying baby sitting next to you and having a pillow and blanket for grabbing some z’s.
Lighten the load
Travel is so much easier if you don’t have to check any bags, plus it saves you money – thanks to all of the fees airlines are charging. For vacations where you intend to do some shopping, pack an extra bag inside your carry-on to transport your new purchases back home – that way you only have to check a bag on the return trip. Also, consider shipping Christmas gifts to your destination instead of trying to fit them in the luggage. If you do bring them along, definitely don’t wrap them, as security may have to open them to examine what is inside.
Regardless of your mode of travel; have alternate routes mapped out, have extra snacks and water with you, keep your cell phone charged and store all documents and phone numbers pertaining to your vacation reservations in a handy place.
‘Tis the season for influenza
Your chances of coming into contact with the influenza virus increase when traveling because of your exposure to thousands of people, especially during the time of year when most people are sick. Plus, if you’re traveling by car you’ll most likely either be riding with one or on your way to visit one of those little germ factories (kids) we love so much. Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot, washing your hands frequently with soap and water and by carrying hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
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