19 Jul 2013, 8:57pm

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Trip Planning

La Borde Maison d'Hôtes in Burgundy
La Borde Maison d’Hôtes in Burgundy

I’ve been busy the past couple of weeks planning trips for people. Did you know I do that? I don’t publicize it much since it’s sometimes hard to juggle the time required to set up a wonderful trip for someone with my ski instructor/travel writer life, but I’ve decided to put the word out more about this service.

My forte is arranging travel for people to France (Paris and the French provinces, bien sur) and, of course, Colorado. Those are my two loves and having lived eleven years in France and now the same amount of time in Colorado, I know my subject matter. At the risk of sounding immodest, I know these destinations as an expert, as someone that has authored five books on France and blogged about Colorado and other parts of the American West for almost five years. Voilà, those are my credentials. And with all the research I’ve done for myself to travel and experience these different places, you can bet I’ve organized countless trips. It has been fun doing it for others as well since in most everything I do, I try to share my passion for my favorite lands.

For those of you looking for some tips such as favorite restaurants in Paris, a great ski in/ski out property in Colorado or more, know that as much as I’d like to respond to every one of those with my short list of recommendations, time does not always allow me to do so. I’m working on starting a website, www.atouroftheheart.com, for my new book, A Tour of the Heart:  A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, which will include a downloadable travel guide of many of my favorite places throughout France. (Right now that link points to my blog, www.bonjourcolorado.com). As for Colorado and the West, I have not far from 300 stories on my blog, most of which feature Colorado and its neighboring states. So do spend some time looking around and make use of the search in the upper right hand corner of my blog as well as the categories section.

You can always check out my Faves page where I showcase my favorite properties and travel suppliers. For more tips on travel to Paris and the French provinces, I suggest you like my Facebook page for A Tour of the Heart where I post travel tips and other tidbits on a regular basis.

If you have some thoughts about a future trip to France, Colorado or other parts of the West, contact me and set up a consultation to see what I can do for you. I’d also happily provide references from other people for whom I’ve organized travel.

Bon voyage and happy trails to all!

More La Borde
More La Borde

Merci à Rik Klomp, from La Borde Maison d’Hôtes in Burgundy, for the above photo. La Borde Maison d’Hôtes is just one of many wonderful properties showcased at au Château, a highly reputable travel supplier that organizes unique lodging experiences across France. This is the sort of company I keep in mind—along with biggies such as Relais & Châteaux and Concorde Hotels—when considering where to send people in France.

In Colorado and other parts of the West, I also like to zero in on properties that I’ve experienced firsthand, whether it be a historic hotel, a cozy lodge or a full-service resort. Thank you to Mountain Lodge Telluride, my friend and neighbor, for the below photos.

Mountain Lodge Telluride
Mountain Lodge Telluride

For more on au ChâteauMountain Lodge Telluride and other travel suppliers and properties I hold dear, go to my Faves page where you’ll find lots of links to stories where these companies and organizations are featured.

Mountain Lodge Telluride Beneath the Cover of Darkness and Snow
Mountain Lodge Telluride Beneath the Cover of Darkness and Snow

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