When his one-month sabbatical from work aligned with the last summer his family would have together before his oldest son Michael left for college, Casey H. and his wife Leigh Ann seized the opportunity. With kids ages 19, 17, and 8, they knew they couldn’t miss the chance to get away from it all as a family. Inspirato put together a four-week itinerary in Europe with a beginning in the countryside of Provence and a peaceful ending in the eternal city of Rome. Managing all of the accommodations, transportation between cities, and reservations for activities and dining, Inspirato freed up the Herman family’s time so they could relax and maximize their time with one another. Alternating weeks of travel with a restful week in a villa or well-appointed hotel suite, the group was able to unplug for days at a time.
To begin their long vacation, the Hermans settled into Villa Montauduvert, an ancient farmhouse-style residence above the Luberon Highlands hills. A highlight of their time in Provence was a visit to one of Casey’s favorite wine regions. “Many of my favorite wines are from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Since it was so close, we had to visit. At Chateauneuf-du-Pape, we enjoyed the informational tour and then met with a skilled wine négociant in an ancient cave underneath an old castle. The trip to the winery with my sons made a big impression on them. Learning about winemaking and wine tasting for the first time was fun to watch. It was a great time and we were able to ship four cases home.”
Next stop: Paris, the City of Lights. La Réserve Paris apartments are located in the highly sought-after 16th arrondissement, meaning guests are a stone’s throw from Rue de Passy, Avenue Montaigne and Champs Elysées. Five-star restaurants, landmarks and museums dominate the surrounding blocks. “Paris was the only place we had visited before this trip, the rest were firsts for us,” Casey told us. “This was actually our second stay there. We were delighted to book it again because it’s such a beautiful apartment and location.”
Venice was the Herman family’s first visit in Italy. They checked into Ca’Sagredo Hotel. Part museum, part boutique accommodations, Ca’Sagredo Hotel brings Italian history to life. First completed in the 15th century, the hotel has maintained the opulent atmosphere cultivated by the Venetian noble family that once called it their home palace. After a thorough exploration of Piazza San Marco and wandering the streets of Venice and the surrounding sights and before they packed their suitcases for Florence, Casey, Leigh Ann and their daughter Gillian took a signature gondola ride in the waters of Venice.
Portrait Firenze is perched on the banks of the Arno River and features views of the Ponte Vecchio. The hotel has been part of legendary fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo’s family for generations and its interiors carry his legacy via chic gilded accents and marble finishes. It certainly impressed the Herman family: “The Florence hotel, Portrait Firenze, blew us away. It was spectacular. Besides the amazing hotel, the kids were really excited to shop.” Perhaps the only thing that could top such an experience would be an estate in the Tuscan hillside. We know just the spot!
After a week of traveling to three urban locations, the Hermans checked into Villa Medici’s spacious home of more than 3,000 square feet. Centuries ago, Tuscany’s powerful Verrazzano family established this classic estate the area between Greve in Chianti and Panzano. Villa Medici is part of the Il Prato property, and the Florentine owners have taken great care to restore its classic feel while also adding all the modern amenities that ensure a comfortable and perfect vacation. The residence is so picture-perfect that Chef Anthony Bourdain even filmed an episode of his show, No Reservations, on-site. During the day, sightseeing and trips to the nearby villages were a must.
I know in future years my kids will look back on this trip with even more affection than they felt for it at the time – I think it will be a milestone event in their lives. I could have never put this trip together without Inspirato.Casey H.Inspirato Member
For Inspirato, this level of service and creating memories for your family are at the heart of our club. With the age gap between his older sons and his younger daughter, Casey agrees that it’s important to make time for it: “Once my sons start getting internships and jobs, it will be tough to do this again – but we’re sure looking forward to trying.”