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Summer Skin Protection Tips from the Delamar Spa

June 14, 2021 10:55 am

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Summer is here! As the days get longer and the sun gets brighter, many of us will go on hikes, visit the beach, and go on vacations. As we venture outdoors, it’s important to remember that the sun can be harmful to our skin without proper protection. 

Why is the Sun Harmful for Our Skin?

Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight damages the skin’s DNA, which is the first step to skin cancer development. Two basic types of ultraviolet rays reach the earth’s surface:

  1. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin to damage collagen and skin cells. It is responsible for the premature aging of the skin. UVA rays can even pass through glass windows in our homes, cars, and offices.
  2. UVB rays are responsible for producing sunburn and cause your skin to appear tan. These rays also play the greatest role in causing skin cancer. 

Both UVA and UVB rays cause photoaging of the skin, including brown spots, and wrinkling. But research suggests that all damage from the sun, including skin cancer, can be mitigated with proper protection.

Wear an SPF Every Day!

The secret to eternally youthful and healthy skin is a trustworthy and protective SPF. Since UV rays are strongest during the summertime, it’s easy to get sunburned on even the cloudiest days because clouds do not block UV rays. Here are a few sun-protection tips:

There are two main types of sunscreens:

Both are FDA approved and recognized as safe and effective. The one you choose depends entirely on your preference.

Remember: The best sunscreen is one that you will use and continue using. We recommend finding one you love and sticking with it.

Incorporate Antioxidants in Your Skincare Routine.

When our skin is exposed to the sun and environmental pollutants, our body generates free radicals that damage DNA and break down collagen. Antioxidants help your body to stabilize damaging free radicals while protecting, repairing, and preventing further skin damage. 

Incorporate powerful antioxidants into your skin regimen. Use targeting serums with high concentrations of Vitamin A (Retinol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E into your skin regimen to protect and repair your skin. has a wide range of serums for every skin type and concern. Always speak to your dermatologist or one of our highly-trained for specific product recommendations.

SPF Does NOT Cause Vitamin D Deficiency

When the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays interact with your skin, it converts a protein called 7-DHC into vitamin D for your body to use. There is an ongoing belief among many that using sunscreen and other forms of sun protection leads to vitamin D deficiency. This is simply not true. 

Research and studies show that people who use sunscreen daily still maintain their vitamin D levels. This is because no matter how much sunscreen you use or how high the SPF, some of the sun’s UV rays will still reach your skin. Remember, even an SPF 50 only filters out 98 percent of the UVB rays, and that’s assuming that you’ve put on the adequate amount of sunscreen needed. 

Delamar, Hotel, West Hartford, Luxury, Spa, ReservationsAchieve Your Summer Skincare Goals at Delamar Spa

Our award-winning Delamar Spas offer the ultimate destination for those seeking innovative result-driven beauty and wellness treatments. All three of our Delamar Spa locations (GreenwichSouthport & West Hartford) are open for all facials, massages, and body treatments. We partner with Biologique Recherche (BR), the definitive skincare line, and Valmont, the ultimate anti-aging luxury brand, and their extraordinary and highly effective techniques and treatments to help you achieve your skincare goals this summer.

We always recommend a skin consultation whether you’re a new client or a frequent facial client. Our estheticians are also offering virtual skin consultations.

Best Summer Vacation Reads of 2021

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Any summer beach trip would be incomplete without some beach towels, swimsuits, sunscreens, and of course, a “beach read.” From family comedies and memoirs to historical fiction and LGBTQ+ books, here are some of our favorite summer reads that are out now or will be released in the coming months.

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

Comedic Drama

A family reunion brings two families together for the summer at the Golden Hotel in the Catskills. As they try to decide on whether to sell or overhaul the Golden Hotel, long-buried secrets surface, and new dramas and financial scandals erupt. This hilarious story is non-stop fun from beginning to end and a perfect book to read while staying at a resort yourself.

A Theater for Dreamers by Polly Samson

Literary Fiction

Travel back to the 1960s and immerse yourself in the Greek island of Hydra, once a mecca of poets, painters, and musicians, and artists. The novel follows the story of Erica as she stumbles into this world where her art, relationships, and her innocence are tested.  

Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin

Women’s Fiction

Written by Emmy Award winner, lawyer, journalist, and The View co-host Sunny Hostin, the novel follows the story of Ama, owner of Chateau Laveau cottage, and her three goddaughters as they reconnect for the summer at Oak Bluffs. But when Ama announces she’s moving and the house is up for grabs, old ties begin to fray as the three women confront new and old secrets. 

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Teen & Young Adult

This novel tells the story of a young girl who ends up in a hostage situation alongside her now ex-boyfriend and current girlfriend. Talk about awkward!

The book is in the process of being turned into a Netflix original movie starring Millie Bobby Brown.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Set against the backdrop of Harlem, the debut novel of Zakiya Dalila Harris is a string of uncomfortable and tense events which unfold when two young Black women meet at work. This smart thriller and its social commentary will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

After the success of their first collaboration, The President Is Missing, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have joined forces for a second novel. The book tells the story of Matthew Keating, a past president, whose teenage daughter is abducted by a madman, turning every parent’s deepest fear into a matter of national security.

Falling by TJ Newman

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

With non-stop suspense, this book is the perfect summer thriller. 143 passengers board a plane from Los Angeles to New York City. But just minutes after takeoff, the pilot receives a distressing call that his wife and kids are being held at gunpoint at home, and he must crash the plane, or his family will be killed. 

The Son of Mr. Suleman by Eric Jerome Dickey

Contemporary Romance

This is the final novel written by Eric Jerome Dickey who passed away in January, leaving behind a legacy of novels depicting romance and suspense from the Black perspective. His final novel follows an emotional and intense budding romance between a professor from Memphis and an entrepreneur from London. 

House of Sticks by Ly Tran

Memoir & Autobiography

In this intimate, coming-of-age memoir, author Ly Tran recounts her journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens. We read her struggle to find her voice and navigate clashing cultural expectations.

Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War by Jeff Shesol

Non-Fiction & History

The perfect book for history buffs, Mercury Rising re-creates the tension and excitement of the Friendship 7 flight that shifted the momentum of the space race and put America on the path to the moon. 

Book Your Summer Vacation at the Delamar

When it comes to sun-filled days, Connecticut has countless sandy beaches, lush forests and small beach towns brimming with that New England charm. The beaches that line the Long Island Sound are accessible within a few minutes of our Southport and Greenwich Delamar locations. Delamar West Hartford is the perfect home base from which to discover many of Connecticut’s lakes and waterways. Once you’re done exploring and venturing, come back to one of our Delamar locations to enjoy the ultimate level of excellence and luxury in hospitality.

Our newest location in Michigan, Delamar Traverse City, is a full-service upscale resort with exquisite views of Grand Traverse Bay. This waterfront resort offers private watersport rentals, boat charters and cruise excursions, as well as Artisan, our fine dining restaurant. Grab a good book and we’ll meet you by the water!

5 Things to Do this Summer in Traverse City, Michigan

May 25, 2021 1:52 pm

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Located on the banks of Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, Traverse City is home to beautiful freshwater beaches, an extensive network of trails for hiking and biking, fishing areas, vineyards, a National Lakeshore park, and numerous forests that draw in nearly half a million visitors every year. It is also the home of our newest Delamar location, Delamar Traverse City.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Michigan, or have vacationed in the state before, Traverse City has something to offer for everyone. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Traverse City this summer.

Participate in the Annual Cherry Festival

Mark your calendars for the 95th Annual Cherry Festival, July 3-10th! 

Traverse City is considered the “Cherry Capital of the World” and is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. The National Cherry Festival was created to celebrate and promote cherries, and the Grand Traverse region. The 2021 event will feature the familiar Porch Parade, as well as events like the Arts & Crafts Fair, the Old Town Car Show, and the Great American Duck Race.

Explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Part of the national park system since 1970, Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a 35 mi. stretch of Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline. The park is home to miles of picturesque freshwater beaches, forested wilderness areas, and miles of hiking trails, including the multi-use, paved pathway Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Visit a Vineyard & Winery

Couple enjoying wine at a Vineyard + WineryThere are about 40 different wineries located throughout the Traverse City region. Lake Michigan provides the perfect natural insulation and fertile soil for the most succulent grapes. Here are a few wineries located near our Traverse City Delamar location:

Nauti Cat Cruises at Bay in Traverse CityEnjoy Boat Tours on Grand Traverse Bay

Experience Traverse City from the water by booking a boat tour. Delamar Traverse City is located on the waterfront and has private charters, sunset cruises & watercraft rentals right here at the resort. Here are a few of our partners for fun on the lake:

Explore Downtown Traverse City

Downtown Traverse City serves as the cultural hub for the Grand Traverse Region and is a shopper paradise. Over 200 specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries line the streets of the tree-shaded, pedestrian-friendly downtown. At night, shopping gives way to a vibrant nightlife. 

While you’re strolling down Front Street, be sure to check out the historic City Opera House and the art deco movie theatre in the heart of downtown. 

Enjoy the Best of Summer at Delamar Traverse City

As the newest addition to the Delamar collection of hotels, Delamar Traverse City is a full-service upscale resort with exquisite views of Grand Traverse Bay, a waterfront, fine dining Restaurant, as well as boat charters & cruise excursions. Book your summer stay with us today. It will be a memorable getaway for the entire family.

Our Guide to Wineries in Connecticut

May 11, 2021 1:24 pm

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The warm Spring and Summer months are some of best times for wine tastings. Since the grapes are still growing, wine enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike can witness firsthand how the grapes are grown and harvested, while socializing and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Connecticut is home to dozens of picturesque vineyards and wineries that offer colorful landscapes, wine tastings, picnics, events, and more. Here is a list of some of our favorite wineries and vineyards, all near one of our relaxing Delamar locations.

Gouveia Vineyards – Wallingford

Located high on 140 acres, the winery showcases 360-degree panoramic views of sun-kissed woodlands, open fields and over 22 acres of vineyards. The winery sells meat & cheese and fruit & cheese platters along with sandwiches to go with your wine. But patrons are also encouraged to bring their own meals for a scenic picnic with a glass of one of their 11 award winning wines.

Gouveia Vineyards have also partnered with Delamar West Hartford and Delamar Southport for our Shop, Wine and Dine package. Enjoy luxury accommodations for two with a room bottle of Chardonnay Oak from Gouveia Vineyards, two complimentary wine tastings at Gouveia Vineyards, $25 dining credit to Artisan Restaurant and more!

Crystal Ridge Winery – South Glastonbury

With panoramic views of Hartford skyline to the north and Meriden hillsides to the west, this family-owned vineyard + winery offers visitors a cozy tasting room to enjoy top-quality wines and breathtaking views. 

Crystal Ridge has approximately 10,000 vines and offers about a dozen different wines, including several estate varieties like Chardonnay, a Vignoles, Sangiovese, and a Cabernet Franc.

Jones Winery – Shelton

Snuggled in the stunning White Hills of Shelton, this winery is part of the Jones Family Farms that have been in the Jones Family for over 6 generations.

The Tasting Room is located in a renovated 19th-century historic dairy barn. Guests to the winery get to taste six to seven of the winery’s distinctive wines, learn about Connecticut winemaking and the farm’s history in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The farm also hosts cooking classes, winery events, and other farm events year-round. 

Aquila’s Nest Vineyards – Sandy Hook

Although it’s relatively new, this family-owned winery, tasting room, and event venue provides visitors with delicious drinks, spectacular views, and a space to make connections. The winery and tasting room are located on a hilltop inside a brushed-steel, barn-like building, with breathtaking views of Northern Fairfield County. 

Up until 2019 Aquila’s Nest has planted 8 grape varieties in the 7.5-acre vineyard of the 40-acre farm, including Chambourcin, Marquette, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cayuga White, Baco Noir, Traminette, and Valvin Muscat.

Priam Vineyards – Colchester

This completely solar-powered winery and sustainable vineyard is in the Salmon River Watershed. The winery produces twelve international award-winning wines that are estate-grown, blended, and bottled. The 40-acre farm has 12,000 grapevines in production, with a breathtaking 35-mile view of the New England countryside.

The winery tasting bar, tasting room, and wine patio are open all year round. You can stop by during business hours for tastings and self-guided tours of the vineyard or book a group tasting and guided tour. 

Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery – Wallingford

Settled on sixty-five acres of rolling hills and hayfields, this family-owned winery provides a fun place to enjoy the company of family and friends while overlooking their stunning vineyards.

The boutique Tuscan-style wine tasting room features a handcrafted copper bar, decorative chandeliers, and mahogany tables, providing a beautiful setting to relax and enjoy the Connecticut countryside while sipping on a glass of wine.

Connecticut Valley Winery – New Hartford

Experience the charm of a small, family-owned winery while being surrounded by picturesque Litchfield County. The winery features a selection of award-winning wines ranging from reds to whites and specialty wines. 

Be sure to bring some snacks or lunch to enjoy with your wine while sitting out on the patio surrounded by lush vines laden with grapes.

DiGrazia Vineyards & Winery – Brookfield

Founded in 1978, DiGrazia Vineyards grow premium French Hybrid grape varieties exclusively on over 45 acres of land. The winery over 15 wines, ranging from dry to sweet, using estate-grown grapes and local fruits. 

Visitors to the winery and vineyards can enjoy a winery tour, wine tasting, and a picnic area on the patio.

Hawk Ridge Winery – Watertown

With over 58 acres of farmland overlooking the scenic Litchfield Hills, Hawk Ridge grows 8 varietals of grapevines that are used in 11 of their 20 plus different wines. 

Visitors can sit out on their large deck, or an Adirondack chair on our expansive lawn, enjoy live music and sip on the wine of their choosing. Whether you prefer dry or sweet, red, white or rosé, you’re bound to find a wine you like at Hawk Ridge. 

Sunset Meadow Vineyards – Goshen

Located in scenic Litchfield Hills, this family-owned sustainably farmed vineyard operates on over 160 acres of land producing 15 varieties of grapes. 

The winery—located inside an 1800s German Bank Barn—has been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has won Gold Medals for 7 different wines. 

Enjoy the Best of Summer at Delamar

With three convenient and dog-friendly locations throughout Connecticut, DELAMAR is the perfect place to unwind and recharge after a day of wine tastings. 

L’escale and Artisan Restaurant have been named Wine Spectator Awarded Wine list, with Artisan being honored with the 2020 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Our Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer artfully creates menus with locally and seasonally inspired dishes, perfect to accompany any of our extensive wine offerings. The sommeliers at each of our restaurants can help choose the perfect bottle to pair with our carefully crafted dishes. Raise a glass and celebrate good friends and family!