If you’re like me, your summer has flown by and you wonder where it’s gone. The editorial team has just wrapped up the September issue of Global Traveler, and just the other day I saw a huge display of Halloween costumes at our local Costco. Thankfully, my husband and I took a welcome five-day break a few weeks ago that involved no flights or detailed planning and was blessedly unstructured. With projects around the house, plenty of company and, yes, work up until then, we were happy to make a quick and easy getaway and just chill.
Our destination was the Running Y Ranch Resort outside of Klamath Falls, Oregon, less than a 90-minute drive from our house. The resort was developed in 1994 on some 3,600 acres of land (some reclaimed marshland from Klamath Lake) that had supported a cattle ranch and grew crops from bent grass seed (for golf courses) to other grasses and seeds and sugar beets. The 18-hole course, designed by Arnold Palmer (the only one in Oregon to make that claim), opened in 1995 and sits at the heart of the resort. In addition to private homes (the area has been platted with nearly 1,000 lots, but less than half of those have been built on) that sit amid towering pines and firs and hillsides dotted with sage, vacation condo rentals (owned by WorldMark by Wyndham), townhomes and chalets lie not far from the 82-room lodge. With 7,000 square feet of meeting space, two on-site restaurants, an indoor pool, fitness center and spa, the resort is popular with convention planners and vacationers alike.
Sitting along the western shore of Klamath Lake, the property offers year-round appeal for those who enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. Aside from golf, visitors may enjoy hiking, walking or biking the miles of trails that run around and through the site; snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter; horseback riding; and fishing in the lake or nearby rivers and streams. Tennis, basketball and pickleball courts sit near the sports center (where one may rent bikes or other equipment), along with a sand volleyball court and children’s playground, and there’s even an ice arena for ice skating in the winter. The Klamath Basin lies along one of the continent’s great flyways, and birders come from all over the world to add to their life lists.
Located on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, the resort enjoys relatively dry weather during four distinct seasons. Summer temperatures may climb into the low 90s, but humidity is generally low, and nighttime temperatures cool into the low 60s and 50s, making for comfortable sleeping. Snow can be expected in the winter, but heavy one-time accumulations are rare.
We arrived on a sunny Monday afternoon and quickly settled in to our two-bed, two-bath condo overlooking the 10th and 17th fairways and some of the ponds on the course. As the sun lowered, sending golden light over the landscape and filling the sky with rosy colors,
we heaved contented sighs and prepared for four days of peaceful relaxation.
— Patty Vanikiotis, associate editor/copy editor
This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Seats on new JetBlue flights between New York City (JFK) and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, are now available for purchase. The route takes off April 2, 2020, on the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. With a flight time of five hours from New York City, the route delivers intrepid travelers to what JetBlue calls “a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers.” The route also serves the largest Guyanese American community in the United States, located in New York City.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.