Friday, January 21, 2011
Product placement in television and film has long been known as a great means of promotion. The same goes for location.
If you film it, they will come.
You can bet that CuisinArt Resort & Spa on Anguilla is certainly hoping they will any way. They hosted a one-on-one date as well as a surprise group date on the 7th episode of The Bachelor, scheduled to air this Valentine's Day.
Rated among the top resorts in the Caribbean by both Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, CuisinArt Resort & Spa had the chance to show off a little in this season's first episode, revealing the resort's stellar setting and Mediterranean-inspired accommodations. Interestingly, they are home to the world's only resort hydroponic farm. Go figure.
Whether or not you're a fan of the show (can't say that I am), you can actually enter to win seven nights at CuisinArt Resort & Spa for two, as well as private dining, a "Live Your Own Bachelor Date" experience, and a private island tour. Enter here.
Brad Womack, this season's Bachelor, was actually on the show in Season 11 when he chose to reject both of his final bachelorettes. Three years later he's back, claiming a radical personal transformation that has left him ready to commit to a relationship.
Much more interesting than who old Brad chooses though is what effect the show being filmed there will have on tourism in Anguilla.
St. Lucia certainly got a boost from serving as the setting for the show in the past. The Director of St Lucia Tourism, Louis Lewis, has been quoted as saying that "average daily visits to www.saintlucianow.com and the number of requests for destination e-books more than doubled since the February 15 episode which initially featured Saint Lucia." And Jade Mountain, the resort where The Bachelor proposal took place that season, reported 15,000 hits on their website the night of The Bachelor season finale.
It'll be interesting to see. Either way, it sure would be nice to spend eight days in Anguilla...
Posted by Jenny B at 10:51 AM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
So, I posted pics of some of the gear I used. Now here are some pics of me in the gear, climbing in Joshua Tree with Matt Walker from Inner Passage. I was scared to pieces. And I did a lot of crying hanging on that wall. But Matt and the crew got me up - and down. Here are a few pics of me climbing in that gear, which make me feel like a rock star! Just a few comments below. For more complete reviews, see my earlier gear post below with all the pics.
|Here I am at camp in my cozy Mammut jacket!|
|That's me on the far right in my Lole pants; Mammut helmet and harness, and Scarpa shoes. I look so official!|
|In my Buff headgear I look so hard core!|
|Wearing my Tilley hat while I learn to tie in. Can't be too careful in the sun!|
|I'm doing it! I'm really doing it!|
|Yes, that's me, crack climbing. Who would have thought!|
|I know you can hardly see me. But that's me, way up top, to the right, climbing the crack!|
|Love the Mammut Crea Light Pack. It holds a ton and is SO ridiculously light!|
|That's me belaying. And, yes, that is my super cool Lelo top. I love looking like a real climber girl!|
|Love this white Lelo top. I am ALWAYS cold and this was perfect to keep me comfy and just the right temp.|
|All geared up in my Mammut jacket, helmet, and harness!|
|Taking in the view from the top!|
Posted by Jenny B at 8:18 PM
|Scarpa Epic Approach Shoes|
I didn't even know there was such a thing as approach shoes. But, I suppose one does need to approach the rocks if one is going to climb them. Anyway, I was glad I had these with my. They were incredibly comfortable and offered great support. And since I have super-high arches, that was greatly appreciated. They have actually become my favorite go-to shoes. I trained in them for the Breast Cancer 3-Day and walked the 60-mile event in them! I'm sure it's time to retire them. But I don't see that happening until I get my hands on a new pair!
|The North Face Zephyrus Pullover|
|Lole Jasper Jacket|
|The North Face Scythe Jacket|
|Mammut Keiko Jacket|
It also has a waterproof zipper, adjustable hem and hood, watertight zippers on the two front pockets, pre-shaped sleeves with adjustable cuffs, and zippered underarm ventilation. Sorry, I'm rambling. But this is such a super-cool jacket. Truth be told, I've been wearing it constantly since I got it in October and it's already January. I think I've found my year-round love!
|Patagonia Nano Puff|
|The North Face Nalani Backpack/Tote and Wayfinder Duffle|
|Mammut Crea Light Pack|
|Mammut Vision Harness|
|Scarpa Thunder Climbing Shoes|
|The North Face Flux Power Stretch|
|The North Face Outbound Pant|
|The North Face Horizon Valley Convertible Pant|
|Tilley Waterproof Jacket|
This shirt is as comfortable as it is good-looking. I wear it for everyday wear as much as I wear it for travel and adventure wear. It's great for layering, is highly breathable, and shockingly easy to keep clean. Stains seem to fall right off of it, which is a very good thing for me. Kinda klutzy with the coffee.
Posted by Jenny B at 7:17 PM