When packing for vacations, a good book should always find its way on the list. Rather than grabbing a novel last-minute, plot out your travel reads to coincide with the Timbers Resorts luxury property for which you are bound. A book that takes on the setting of a destination can add depth to any trip, layering in history and cultural context. The following stories to read while on a luxury vacation are guaranteed to enrich your stay … and move your guidebook to second fiddle. If you forget your book, however, don’t despair – there are always great reads at Timbers Resorts’ properties that can be found in places like The Library at The Sebastian – Vail or, for the younger set, try the Tykes’ Room at The Timbers Club!
Train Dreams, by Denis Johnson
Train Dreams was a Pulitzer finalist for fiction this year, and the tale was originally published in the Paris Review. This novella depicts the quiet yet riveting and at times heartbreaking life of a fictional man named Robert Grainier, born at the turn-of-the-century and and living out his life in the untamed American West. Hailed in the New York Times Book Review recently as a story that will haunt you for years to come, this is a relevant read to bring with you on your next visit to One Steamboat Place in Steamboat Springs where trains roll through town daily. Since the arrival of the Denver Northwestern and Pacific railroad on December 13, 1908, trains have been extremely important to the growth and development of Steamboat Springs.
Jennifer Egan’s work nabbed the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2010, and the jury described it as ”an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.” Egan cited Proust and HBO’s The Sopranos as inspiration, and the colliding result was a work about a former punk rocker. While the majority of the story is set in the New York City area, characters take off to places like California and Italy, so readers at The Orchard at The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley and Castello di Casole in Tuscany can see their present location play a part — and glean inspiration for future travels.
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, by Edward Abbey
Abbey’s book, which was his first nonfiction work, is what established him as an acclaimed nature writer. The time Abbey spent as a park ranger in the Colorado Plateau region became fodder for his story, chronicling his personal struggles to experience and preserve nature’s purity. The adventure in the story and the poetic nature of the author’s prose are compelling. The work often draws comparisons to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but set in the West. A good choice of reading material when visiting any of our Colorado properties, as well as The Rocks Club in Scottsdale, AZ.
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy
McCarthy’s novel might have been turned into a movie starring actors Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz, but behind the Hollywood star power was a bestselling novel that took the titles of both U.S. National Book Award for fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award. The novel stretches from a Texas town to down across the Mexican border, chronicling the journey of a young man in a flowing, unique style of prose devoid of traditional punctuation. The novel is the first installment of The Border Trilogy, so if you have a long trip planned for your time at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, you might want to have all three packed.
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