The Summer Camp for Adults – Where No Technology is Allowed

Image from Camp Grounded

Image from Camp Grounded

Camp fires, friendship bracelets, sing-a-longs, hikes, s’mores  – these may sound like beautiful memories of your summer camp past, but lo and behold, this experience is being recreated for adults with a twist. Meet Camp Grounded, a place where grownups can be youngsters again, all in a technology-free zone. That means no computers, cell phones, or other gadgetry with a WIFI connection. In the spirit of digital detox – a move to disconnect from technology in order to connect to the world – Camp Grounded offers an oasis from the daily grind of adult life.
The sleep-away camp hosts a variety of activities from yoga and archery to candle making and the obligatory summer game of capture the flag. Summer 2014 registration is already under way, with four-day sessions of unbridled fun that have the potential to bring you to a carefree and joyful place, creating memories of a lifetime.


Why Playing is Just as Important as Sleep

Image from Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar

Image from Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar

Play – an activity usually reserved for children, right? Well, not if you ask the National Institute of Play (NIFP). The nonprofit, spearheaded by Dr. Stuart Brown, is dedicated to researching and promoting how vital play is to the lives of animals and people of all ages. If you’re a bit rusty on the rules of recreation, the NIFP outlines the patterns of play which range from storytelling to rough housing with friends.

Dr. Brown, who elaborates on his research in this TED talk, discovered the importance of play when studying young males who had committed violent crimes. He noted that a common factor among the men was a lack of recreation in their developing years. Combining that with research on playful behaviors in the animal kingdom, the NIFP views play as a hardwired need, similar to that of sleep, that is required for healthy emotional development, socialization, and physical movement.

To spread this playful message, the NIFP takes the essence of fun and games to
schools and companies, instructing them how to better integrate play into their environments – resulting in more creative and happier students and employees.

Use Your Senses in the Pursuit of Something Different

1. See

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort


Some come to the Bedwell River for the silvers, a.k.a. the coho salmon, which can range from six to 15 lbs., others just to marvel at the river’s beauty as it empties into the Pacific.


While You’re There:

Carry a Waterworks-Lamson’s Vanquish reel. $549 to $899;

Wear the British label Folk hoodie rain jacket with deep front pockets. $350;

Wear the Cary Grant safari, a vintage Rolex Explorer watch from the 1960s ought to do it. From $5,000; on eBay or at

2. Taste

El Celler de Can Roca


This three-Michelin-star Catalan restaurant knocked Denmark’s Noma out of the top spot on the Diners Club world’s best restaurant list in 2013.

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While You’re There:

Stay at the five-star, 39 -room boutique hotel Mas de Torrent. Doubles from €300;

Eat at El Celler de Can Roca or have the best pork product in the world is jamón Ibérico de Bellota.

Drink one of the region’s best-reviewed bottles of red wine is Roig Parais Camí de Cormes 2007 Empordà. It’s 120-year-old vines of the Samsó grape.

Buy 1846 briefcases, Loewe is Spain’s eminent luxury leather goods brand-maker of supple, unfussy briefcases such as the portfolio-style Diplomatico. It’s €1,400; find one in the Loewe discount shop in La Roca Village, Barcelona’s finest outlet mall.

 3. Hear

Bolshoi Theatre


The Bolshoi was built in 1853 with spectacular acoustics and poor structural integrity. A six-year reno has restored the Moscow landmark.


While You’re There:

Read Danse Macabre, by David Remnick. The whole tawdry history of Russian dance is explained in this ripping yarn about a modern scandal at the Bolshoi.

Eat at the Bolshoi Restaurant, just steps away from the theatre, with food that’s as Russian as the Lada.

See the stage that premiered Swan Lake, but, for something a little fresher, check out American John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias in June, 2014.

Stay at the Ritz-Carlton, it sits on the site of the former Intourist Hotel, where Team Canada celebrated with Romanian champagne following the 1972 Summit Series.

4. Smell

F1 Grand Prix


The smell of burning rubber means it’s race day at the Yas Marina, a Formula One circuit fit for kings-or, rather, sheiks.

British F1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

While You’re There:

Read while it’s set in Saudi Arabia, not the UAE, Dave Eggers’s novel A Hologram for the King helps make sense of the whole region.

Don’t let Lewis Hamilton hog the spotlight. The track maintains a fleet of single-seaters with 3000cc V6s that anyone can take for a spin.

Stay at Yas Viceroy. The hotel straddles the track, so get ready to experience a 720-horsepower alarm clock.

5. Touch



What do John F. Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis, Robert De Niro and Monaco’s Prince Rainier have in common? Besides being famous, rich and stylish-they’ve all worn handmade shoes from Berluti.

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While You’re There:

Buy Berluti’s recently launched clothing line under creative director Alessandro Sartori, formerly of Z Zegna. You can buy off the rack, where bespoken clients are outfitted with 25 garments, from jeans to a formal suit.

Eat at Bruno Doucet’s La Régalade Saint-Honoré, you can order classic cooking, like perdreau, sautéed foie gras entier, and common pigeon (it sounds better when you call it by the French name, palombe). 123 rue de Saint-Honoré, 33 1 4221 9240

Stay at five-star Le Bristol Paris has rooms dripping in priceless antiques, a rooftop pool, and more Michelin stars (three for its restaurant) than any other European hotel. Junior suites from €850;

Get Alain Maître Barbier specializes in an old-school barbershop wet shave, a treatment that employs specialty brushes, creams and hot towels. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a pursed-lip silent treatment from your barber as he straight razor. From €6 a shave; 8 rue St Claude,

What You’ll Make Time For This Spring?!

Time for some fun

  • Make time for date night

Carve out some time this week and every week for you and your special someone. But before stepping out, get on-the-town ready with a little date night prep.

Image: couple at dinner

  • Host a slumber party

There probably won’t be much sleeping when you and your besties get together, so stock up to get through the night. Banana splits, anyone?


  • Hit the gym at lunch

A midday sweat is great for your heart and will give you the energy to get through the rest of the day. Keep a few staples in a gym bag at work so you’re always good to go.

Gym Workout Wallpaper

  • Throw an impromptu party

If you have the basics handy, putting a last-minute soirée together is easy. Wipe down the patio chairs, set up the deck and get the tunes going. You don’t need a reason — just a guest list.


Time for feeling beautiful

  • Indulge in a DIY spa day

Unplug and refresh with a bit of primping and preening from the comfort of home. You’ll see and feel the difference from head to toe.


  • Spring clean your makeup kit

Out with the old and in with the season’s prettiest hues. It’s time to freshen your makeup and look your finest. Think bright, light and beautiful. Pretty doesn’t have an expiry date but last year’s foundation just might.


  • Get back to beauty basics

Start the morning with a full-body rejuvenating routine. Then enjoy a makeup-free day to give your pores a chance to soak up the fresh spring air.

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  • Shake up the morning routine

Just a little bit of time is all it takes to fit in a new product or practice. Before you know it you’ll be feeling fresher, brighter and dare we say bolder.


 Time for getting outside

  •  Get your green thumb going

After the worst winter ever, your yard’s going to need some serious elbow grease. Pick up what you need to spend the day outside giving your garden some much-needed TLC.


  • Hit the trails

A springtime hike is a fantastic way to see the trees in bloom. Pack a few snacks to keep your energy up; and don’t forget the sunscreen, even on overcast days.


  • Deck out the patio

The size of your space doesn’t matter; it’s the vision you have for it. And if you do it smartly, it won’t take as much time or money as you might think.


  • Run in the morning

Push your body, clear your mind and get yourself set for the day with a morning jog. Keep a few key items on hand so you’re ready to go.


Time for family

  • Visit an amusement park

Team together by screaming together. Enjoy dizzying days on the roller coasters, but stock up before hitting the midway to avoid park prices.


  • Get active with the family

Whether you’re playing tag or touch football, you’ll have a blast running around with your little ones. Don’t forget the half-time snacks.


  • Plan the perfect indoor day

Instead of defaulting to TV on bad-weather days, plan an afternoon of board games or charades. And keep snacks handy in case the storm lasts longer than expected.


  • Get your tot on the potty train

It could take a few times or be an instant success to get your little tyke to use the big kid’s potty. Either way, keep these tricks of the trade on hand.