Discover The Monuments of Washington, D.C.

Living in Washington D.C. is an amazing experience.  I try to never take for granted living in the U.S. capital, which isn’t hard to do when you’re passing by the most historical monuments in our country on a daily basis.  I love that Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is a short walk to The National Mall and I can get my history fix whenever I want.  Taking a tour down The National Mall never gets old, I always end up exploring and finding something new and exciting.  Journey with me as I take you on a tour of my favorite monuments of Washington, D.C..

Capitol Building

Capitol Building

A tour of the monuments is not complete without a visit to the Capitol Building. There are so many intriguing passageways around the historic building like the water well fountain behind the building, the spring garden of tulips in front, and the cascading steps leading into the building.

Insider Tip: The Capitol holds insider tours if you book in advance, you can visit their website or ask your Capella Washington, D.C. personal assistant to make your reservation.

The White House

The White House

There is nothing that can compare to the captivating view of The White House. It’s almost an overwhelming feeling when you think of all the influential leaders that have passed through these halls and of all the monumental decisions that have taken place inside. One of my greatest D.C. moments was being able to visit The White House during their 4th of July celebration and getting to see the President and his family up close and personal!

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

One of my favorite views is staring at the gorgeous water show at the WWII Memorial. I love that the memorial splits in half to show you the Pacific Coast states and the Atlantic Coast states.  Visitors often look for their state ledge and gather around for a great photo-op.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Finally, you must visit the famous Lincoln Memorial. Whether I’m starting my morning with a jog down the infamous Lincoln steps, or daydreaming about life, there is something so magical about the Lincoln Memorial.

Insider Tip: There is a small café off to the side of the memorial where you can buy ice cream or refresh with an iced tea.

Get in touch with all the historic monuments during your visit to Washington, D.C. and share your photos with me! Just tag @CapellaDC on Twitter and Instagram so I can share them with our community.

And one more Insider Tip: After a day of touring the city, retreat back to The Rye Bar and enjoy our signature Barrel-Aged Manhattan cocktails. Cheers!

Take A Hike With The Capella DC Insider

With the holiday season coming to an end the inevitable process of getting my mind and body rejuvenated and back into shape can be daunting.  Fortunately, I’ve found the perfect balance of adventure, scenic beauty, and getting into tip-top shape that isn’t too far from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown.  I want to share with you my hiking excursion up Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in hopes to inspire you to venture out and conquer health and wellness.

As much as I love the endurance and stamina challenge I get from hiking, the end result of standing at the top overlooking the mountain you’ve just conquered is the greatest feeling and reward.  Old Rag Mountain is a six-hour journey and is my personal favorite trail from the Shenandoah Valley region.  The strenuous level is just challenging enough to make it a great cardiovascular activity while still remaining enjoyable.

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The beginning of the hike starts out as a 40-minute uphill battle, but I promise you that your surroundings are so beautiful you won’t mind the climb to the peak.  Mid-way you will be introduced to boulders, which makes for great fun rock scrambling and test your mental coordination.  At first the boulders might seem daunting, but the adrenaline that runs through your body is so strong, this ended up being my favorite part of the trek.

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At last, the main attraction is the breathtaking view at the top of Old Rag Mountain!  There is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment when you look out from the highest point.  I went on a day that was a bit foggy and I stood above the clouds gazing out to miles and miles of our awe-inspiring Mother Nature.  Be sure to take a few moments to yourself to capture your thoughts and soak in the feeling.  This is definitely an experience worth holding onto.  I would love to see your triumphing photos, so be sure to tag me at @CapellaDC on Twitter and Instagram.

Top of Old Rag

Discover this and other outdoor experiences during your visit to Washington, D.C.  Your Capella Washington, D.C. Personal Assistant has lots of recommendations!  Insider tip: After a day of hiking be sure to unwind with any of our signature in-room spa treatments or revitalize your body in a luxurious bubble bath and choose from one-of-a-kind bubble bath menu.  You definitely deserve it!

I look forward to hearing all about your hiking adventures, happy hiking!

4 Top Experiences On Sentosa Island

One of the best ways to discover a country is by talking to the people who live there. This month, I speak to four personal assistants at Capella Singapore to uncover their favourite haunts and hideouts on Sentosa Island. Read on for their best Insiders’ tips!

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The most romantic spot in Sentosa is… Palawan Beach. I love the fine white sand and golden sun during the day, and enjoy watching the sea come to life with a hundred dazzling lights from the ships in the evening. Stroll along the beach, have a romantic picnic or immerse yourself in a good book.

Don’t miss… the bridge leading to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. This is also Asia’s closest point to the equator and an excellent spot for Instagram-worthy photos.

To get there… take the monorail and alight at the Beach Station – you’ll find Palawan Beach on your left. If you are staying at Capella Singapore, simply take the private path that leads directly to Palawan Beach!

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Yoshie Furukawa 

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One of my favourite places to unwind is… The Wine Company at the Sentosa Boardwalk. You’ll enjoy unforgettable views of Harbourfront and Resorts World Sentosa, as well as soft sea breezes.

Do try… their vast collection of old and new world wines. Or, if you’re undecided, ask the serving staff for recommendations.

The best time to go is… on weekday nights. I love how quiet and serene it is.

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Nicky Koh 

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For a uniquely-Singaporean dining experience… the Singapore Seafood Republic offers exceptional local Chinese food, as well as waterfront views and top-notch service.

Don’t miss… the award-winning chilli crab and black pepper crab. I also love the salted egg golden prawns, deep fried scallop wrapped in yam ring and the dragon fruit lobster salad with lumpfish caviar. Since this menu is the result of a collaboration among several popular seafood restaurants in Singapore, most of the items are bestsellers and simply delicious.

Don’t forget to… make a reservation as this restaurant is pretty popular! It operates from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11:30pm.

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My favourite outdoor activity is… surfing at the Wave House Sentosa. Since Singapore is known for its calm waters, this is the only place where you can enjoy waves and surfing. Even if you’re new to surfing, you may still enjoy this.

The best time to visit is… during the day, especially if you need to cool off from the hot weather. It’s also an excellent activity in the evening, as they offer a DIY BBQ by the beach with gorgeous views of the sunset.

Don’t forget to… bring your swimsuit!

Picture via www.sentosa.com.sg

Picture via www.sentosa.com.sg

For more interesting ideas, speak to your Personal Assistant at Capella Singapore.

 

Get To Know D.C.’s DMV Area

With over 20 million visitors per year, Washington, D.C. is one of the most popular places to visit in the United States.  From historic monument tours, to museums, to outdoor festivals, there is always something to do and see.  But the fun doesn’t stop at the city’s borders!  With as many sights and tours as within the city, there is lots to discover in the surrounding area as well.

The nickname, DMV, which represents the District, Maryland and Virginia was created to describe the greater Washington Metropolitan area.  The best part about visiting DC is that both Maryland and Virginia are no more than a twenty-minute car ride from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown.  And while many visitors stick to the “D” there is lots to do in the “M” and “V” as well.  Below are some of my favorite spots.

The “M” – Maryland

The National Harbor is the perfect destination for you and your whole family.  With over 150 different activities to choose from, there is truly something for every taste.  From Shopping and dining options to the thrilling Capital Wheel, to the over-sized plaza screen, carousel, and gorgeous view, it is easy to spend an entire day here.  After spending the day shopping, paddle-boarding, and exploring, this stunning viewpoint is a fantastic place to take in a sunset to punctuate the end of an eventful day.

The National Harbor

Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, is also known as a world renowned sailing destination.  If your idea of a great getaway includes being on the waters, Annapolis is the perfect location.  Rich with maritime heritage, and with over hundreds of miles of shoreline, the Chesapeake Bay offers every visitor a sense of serenity as they watch the sailboats cruise on by.  But you aren’t limited to sailing!  Enjoy fishing, water tours, wind-surfing and kite-surfing and much more along these shores.  Another reasion to visit?  Some of the best crab cakes you will ever eat!

The “V” – Virginia

Fairview Lakes located in Reston, Virginia may only be a twenty minute drive from the city, feels like a world away.  An idyllic park, there are activities for all.  From picnic areas to a children’s waterpark to grown up water sports, it is easy to see how one could spend a day enjoying this getaway.  I definitely recommend it for those looking to escape the city for a bit!

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 Wolf Trap National Park is currently the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts.  Something so special, you have to see it for yourself, Wolf Trap offers multiple amphitheaters that showcase a wide range of performances, including: musicals, dance, jazz, opera, and concerts.  Allow the park rangers to set up backstage guided tours or opt for a hike and explore the park’s natural areas as you can choose from kid-friendly hikes to a bit more advanced.  You’ll be sure to have a day filled with musical muses!

Of course, your Personal Assistant at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is on hand to set up any of these mini day-trips for you. Allow our team to make your stay an unforgettable vacation by personalizing your own unique activities and attractions that are set up around your preferences. Don’t forget to tag your DMV explorations with @CapellaDC so I can share your photos with our community!

Horseback Riding In Saint Lucia

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There are so many activities for guests to experience when visiting Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina.  For example, just a few minutes drive from the hotel is a lovely stable where guests can go to experience horseback riding in Saint Lucia.  Recently, I had a chance to try this popular activity for myself.

Having only been horseback riding one other time in my life, I definitely have no real idea what I’m doing.  But the guides’ directions made up for everything I lacked in experience. They were so comfortable on horseback that they could do it backwards!

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We rode a trail alongside the banana plantation.  I was still a little nervous so we kept the pace steady and slow.  The experience is truly tailored to the participants skill level and I can’t wait to increase mine– galloping along would have been amazing.

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We reached a clearing where we let the horses graze.  As they ate we explored one of the most stunning beaches, Roseau Beach!

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I was truly blown away by the beauty and serenity of this location. And as if that wasn’t enough, we had all of Roseau Beach to ourselves.

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Of course we had to take advantage of this and jumped into the crystal clear water for a dip.  Meanwhile, the horses continued to graze on the grassy knoll above us.

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When the time came to leave it was difficult to part with such beautiful surroundings.  But the fun was far from over because we got to ride the horses back to their stables. 

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Back at the stables we were able to feed the horses their favorite apples and say our goodbyes.  It was so much fun to create such lovely memories, especially along such endearing creatures.  Added bonus, I definitely improved my riding skills, thanks to the knowledgeable and helpful guides.

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Horseback riding on the beach is one of those activities that truly has it all. It is adventurous, romantic, and   just plain fun!  Also, it is an activity that can work for any age and skill level, making it ideal for groups and families.

Don’t forget to ask your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant about all the different activities St. Lucia has to offer so they can guide you to the perfect Saint Lucian experience!

Spend A Magical Day At Sapphire Falls

edit_MG_1285Soufriere, the volcanic region of St. Lucia, is well-known for its gorgeous waterfalls and naturally occurring hot springs.  If you’re anything like me, tropical island vacations go hand-in-hand with some up close and personal time with a waterfall, so I am extremely excited to share Sapphire Falls with you!

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Nestled in a stunning, private area of rich foliage, Sapphire Falls is exclusive to guests of Capella Marigot Bay. Instead of following the vans of tourists heading to nearby Sulphur Springs, our guide, Jahrod, led us off the beaten path. We walked through a nature trail lined with native St. Lucian flora.

edit_MG_1270The walk was idyllic, as we passed some smaller streams along the way with mini-waterfalls.  Jahrod informed us that the water is dark because it is laden with mineral rich volcanic ash! Since it’s coming from La Soufriere, St. Lucia’s volcano, the water is warm!

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Arriving at Sapphire Falls is like entering a tropical dream-come-true. Everything you’d ever wanted to experience on a Caribbean island is right before you.  I found myself just wanting to take it all in.  After plunging beneath the waterfall and slathering our skin in mud from volcanic ash, we spent some time relaxing in the sulphur spring pool and taking in our surroundings while eating fresh mangos.

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To actually have a place like this all to ourselves and experience it without interference is such a rarity. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity. When you visit St. Lucia, you must go to Sapphire Falls! It will become a cherished memory and a wonderful bonding experience to share with your favorite people.

edit_MG_1310Pictured above is our guide, Jahrod. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all things St. Lucia. You will love meeting him!edit_MG_1280Everyone deserves to experience nature on this scale and I hope you have the opportunity to visit Sapphire Falls soon! Your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant will arrange all the details for visiting this stunning location.

In the meantime, I recommend pampering yourself with a mud mask either at home or at the spa! Your skin will feel rejuvenated and baby soft. Enjoy!