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Celebrating Thanks Giving

Give Thanks This Year in Durham North Carolina

If the thought of waking up at 5 a.m to roast a turkey sounds more like a chore than a celebration, why not pass on the green bean casserole and pack your bags instead? If you’ve thought about getting family or friends together for a Thanksgiving getaway, Durham makes for the perfect vacation everyone will be thankful for. Home to the Neo-Gothic arches of Duke University, with a cultural convergence of folks from all over the world, a trip to Durham will be a holiday tradition you’ll be gathering for year after year.

It’s no secret that Durham is a dining mecca, and no marshmallow strewn yam recipe will hold a candle to the cornucopia of flavors you’ll uncover all over town. From the chicken and waffles you’ll remember forever, and buttery magic of hush puppies, to lining up for authentic Carolina BBQ, and marveling over artfully styled haute cuisine, this city is the stuff of foodie dreams. If you want to live it up like a local, the best food in town is served on four wheels. With dozens of temptations from gourmet grilled cheese, and global classics, to patisserie style baked goods, It’s easy to “taste” why the food truck scene has gained a cult following of devoted fans.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo On the Mexican Caribbean

To really spice up your Cinco De Mayo holiday, or elevate your summer vacation plans, imagine sipping a margarita on a sunset cruise, fishing for the ultimate catch in the Riviera Maya, or snorkeling among breathtaking coral reefs. To experience paradise like never before, a luxury trip to Marina La Bonita in Cancun Mexico is a beach getaway with the volume turned up to an unforgettable level. From a variety of water-sports, and tours, to incredible food, Marina La Bonita focuses on providing a once in a lifetime experience while protecting the environment and gives guests the A-Lister treatment.

Whether it’s a romantic vacation for two or a fun-filled group trip, this exotic destination is the perfect destination for exciting aquatic adventure beneath the Cancun sun. Marina La Bonita specializes in elevating the watercraft experience with an array of options from the private yacht, and catamaran sailing tours, to exhilarating fishing charters. Tours are available anywhere from a couple of hours to a full action packed day of cruising the crystalline waters of Puerto Morelos Lagoon and stopping off at one of the Riviera’s pristine beaches including Playa Norte. Depending on which adventure you choose, lunch and libations are included in the price, along with basic sun gear. To extend your stay, overnight charter excursions feature first-class accommodations, along with the chance to explore the stunning Yucatan Peninsula.

senior couple at ski resort

Winter Sports To Challenge Your Inner Olympian

All eyes are on the 2018 winter games, and as we watch global talent compete for the medal, it’s inspiring many of us to get out on the snow, and ice, to try it out ourselves. While quadruple toe loops, and freestyle ski acrobatics are probably best left to the pros, there are still plenty of high intensity winter sports that older adults can get in on. Boomers love a fitness challenge, and it’s not surprising that gyms, and ski resorts are finding the majority of their clientele to be 55 or better, so if you’re needing a reprieve from your stationary bike routine, these Olympic inspired activities will have you going for the gold.

Skiing
Boomers are still hitting the slopes with the same vitality as did decades before, and they’re not losing momentum. Driving through fresh powder is exhilarating and challenging even for the seasoned ski enthusiast, but if you’re thinking of trying it out, it’s never too late to start. Programs like Bumps For Boomers in Aspen Colorado are designed by fellow boomers to offer ski instruction, and physical conditioning for older adults either new to the sport, or wanting to get back into shape, and improve their stamina. As an added incentive, Seniorsskiing.com lists more than 100 ski resorts that offer free, or heavily discounted ski passes to 50+ folks ready to push their edge.

Giving Thanks By Giving Back

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
-Mother Teresa

The best way to experience gratitude is to give the gift of gratitude. As we gather together with loved ones this season, why not lend a hand, and give someone else a reason to be thankful? Whether it’s a charitable donation, volunteer work, or just buying the car behind you a cup of coffee, there are big rewards in even the smallest deeds. While you plan your Thanksgiving feast with family, and friends, consider these ideas to brighten someone’s day or perhaps change their life.

Extend an invitation to your Thanksgiving table. If you know someone spending the holiday alone, or maybe a single parent with children, bake an extra pumpkin pie, and welcome them into your home. If you’re someone that normally spends the holidays solo, what better way to make new friends, and memories than to create a family atmosphere for your guest. Food is the common denominator for most of us, and is such an organic way to connect with others.

Ways to Share the Love This Valentine’s Day

While the lines at See’s Candy are wrapped around the block, and local florists are in a frenzy of ribbon, and rose petals, this very loving time of year could be spent giving back, and spending time with friends. You don’t have to be hitched to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in fact not being committed to a dinner reservation gives you the freedom to use your talents, and connect with those around you. Get creative this year with some heartfelt ways to show you care.

Start a Singles Group

Live in a 55+ neighborhood? With all the social clubs many offer, why not start a group for singles? It’s an amazing way to meet new people, and share exciting activities. Mix it up once and a while and get together for a dance class, wine tasting, or try a new restaurant. Even if sparks don’t fly, socializing with fellow singles is the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends, and share something in common.

Make Time For You This Holiday Season

Lets face it, the holidays can feel a bit, or rather a lot like a rat race. Fighting crowds , attending parties, hosting family gatherings puts the pressure on, leaving us feeling tired, and anything but relaxed. As you spend this busy time of year giving of yourself, and spreading cheer, don’t forget the greatest gift you’ll give this season, is the gift of making time for you. Admittedly it can be hard to to spend time or money on ourselves, but self care helps us renew, and offer a fresh perspective. Most of you are probably asking yourselves where you’ll find the time to pause, but honestly just ten minutes in a day can make a world of difference.

Creating a morning ritual to meditate, enjoy a cup of coffee, or go for a walk is a way to gather your thoughts, and savor the tranquility before heading out for work, errands, or whatever the day has in store. If venturing out for a morning jog sounds less than appealing, try some gentle yoga stretches to warm the muscles, and feel more focused.

Get a Spicy Jumpstart On Flu Season

You may be able to skip the pharmacy counter, and find some pretty powerful cold, and flu remedies in your own spice cabinet. Medications have their place of course, but often the first line of defense is getting our immune systems up to par going the natural route. Most of us are familiar with good old vitamin C, but many cultures have turned to warming spices like turmeric, and ginger to feed colds, and starve fevers for hundreds of years. Added to smoothies, warmed dairy or non dairy milk or as a tea, experiencing the healing benefits of these spices is simple.

Turmeric with it’s deep golden hue is available as a whole root, or powdered. Known as the main spice in curry power, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory that many naturopathic practitioners prescribe in place of over the counter ibuprofen. Studies have shown that turmeric may also benefit arthritis sufferers, and slow Alzheimer’s disease by reducing oxidative damage to the brain. As with all spices, make sure you purchase it as fresh as possible.

Nothing is more cozy, and familiar than cinnamon. It’s a signature spice in baked goods, along with having anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to WebMD, the medicinal qualities of cinnamon include lowering blood sugar, and cholesterol. One popular remedy for colds, and sore throats is taking cinnamon with raw honey for an antibiotic effect.

Bring Global Flavors to Your Holiday Table

For most of us, fond holiday memories revolve around food. Familiar recipes we create again and again that take us back to our early days. With December finally upon us, there’s no denying that holiday magic is the air filling our homes, and hearts with childlike anticipation. What makes this time of year truly beautiful is how we converge on a global level, sharing traditions as old as time with our families, and friends. Embracing the many cultural celebrations taking place across all over the world not only bridges the gap in a diverse society, but helps us learn more about one another, and the culinary heirlooms that make the holidays so deliciously festive.

Why not take your own holiday table around the world this season? What an exciting way to experience new flavors, and perhaps create a new tradition of your own. Active adults living on their own or in a 55+ community may want to host their own global feast asking fellow residents to bring a dish that represents a different holiday. For an idea of what to serve, here are some cultural highlights that will delight the senses.