Aspen Times Weekly: Man-ventures
When it comes to men traveling — either in a group for a bachelor party, or on his own as a way to regenerate and renew, there are places worldwide to explore that cater to Man-ventures.
Trail runners in Mexico
Rancho La Puerta destination fitness resort and spa located in Tecate, Mexico, offers specialized men’s fitness, adventure and spa programing throughout the year. Two of The Ranch’s most challenging adventure programs include the Road Runner Trail Run, a 5-mile lowland trail that weaves through the meadows and is usual taken at a running pace, as well as the Seven-Mile Mountain Breakfast Hike. This strenuous three-and-a-half hour trek takes hikers seven miles over steep, rugged mountain terrain, though allows for a scenic breakfast stop midway.
There is also a parkour fitness course and ropes course that men can use freely on their own time. The Ranch also offers a Ropes Gone Wild fitness class that includes a high-intensity, low-impact, full-body workout experience. Men learn basic to advanced training rope moves sequenced in a progressive cardio, strength, and power format 45-minute class.
Before or after a hard workout, guys may want to spend time at the resort’s protein station. In addition to the daily hand-picked organic fruits and vegetables offered from The Ranch’s garden, the protein station offers scrambled or hard-boiled eggs, protein-rich oat bran or seven-grain cereal, quinoa and millet. Organic, vitamin-rich smoothies, fresh pressed juice shots and a variety of milk choices are also available to fuel up for the day.
To wind down after a full day of hikes and fitness classes, men can choose from multiple spa treatments including the Sports Recovery Massage, a deep-tissue massage incorporating techniques to improve stretching and flexibility, aid muscle tension and prevent injuries. The Men’s Refresher Facial cleanses, hydrates and treats skin using Rancho La Puerta’s organic skincare line and concluding with a relaxing neck and shoulder massage. Men can also benefit from one of The Ranch’s weekly lectures from Nathan Briner on topics such as the neuroscience of pain, with one-on-one sessions for those suffering from chronic pain or simply helping men relieve tension.
Rancho La Puerta offers their program for men with three-, four-, or seven-night stays. Inclusive rates cover accommodations, fitness classes, hikes and activities, gourmet vegetarian meals (seafood options included), and activities.
Bourbon and Breeders’ in Lexington
While Charleston, Nashville and New Orleans are the typical cities that come to mind when searching for a guy’s Southern getaway, this year, all eyes will be on Lexington, and its breathtaking Bluegrass farms, charming Bourbon Trail and authentic thoroughbred culture when the Breeders’ Cup World Championships makes its debut at the iconic Keeneland Race Course, Oct. 30-31.
Keeneland is a unique combination of the world’s largest thoroughbred auction company and a world-class race track. For 75 years, it has been to the thoroughbred industry what Augusta is to golf or Yankee Stadium is to baseball. While in Lexington, the guys can visit the stunning facility for a day at the races or to simply stroll through the barns.
Events at this year’s Breeders’ Cup include the annual gala event held at the renowned Winstar Farm — one of the country’s elite thoroughbred farms. Hosted by Bobby Flay, the event features a performance by Tim McGraw, and food crafted by 15 acclaimed chefs, representing each country that has a horse participating. Representing France will be famous patisserie chef Francois Payard alongside New Zealand’s Matt Lambert and Marcus Samuelsson representing South Africa.
After the races, make plans in Lexington to bike the Bourbon Trail. One of Kentucky’s most famous attractions, cycle your way through Lexington’s stunning rural countryside while stopping to sip bourbon along the way. The Bourbon Trail is comprised of a series of distilleries, including Woodford Reserve Distillery, the oldest working bourbon distillery in the United States.
Driving the Dream in Tuscany
Castello di Casole in Tuscany — a Timbers Resort — recently introduced an exclusive and unique Ferrari driving experience with the Ferrari Red Passion offer that includes meeting with the Ferrari team and driving through the surrounding regions of Chianti and Siena, visiting unique sites throughout the day or an nearby racetrack driving a Ferrari California or Ferrari 458 Spider. Outside of this package Castello di Casole also keeps a Ferrari on property and can arrange various excursions with advance notice.
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