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Bottle of premium Guatemalan rum. Ron Zacapa Centenario is a popular premium rum produced in Guatemala. Zacapa was created in 1976 to celebrate the centenary of the town of Zacapa, in eastern Guatemala. The company claims that part of their success lies in the fact that the barrels are stored 2,300 meters above sea level in an aging facility situated below the upper slopes of the mountains and volcanoes of Guatemala, where the temperature is an average of 62°F. The rum has won awards from various international competitions and is the first rum to be included in the International Rum Festival’s Hall of Fame.

Authentic Guatemalan dinner with Shari and Tom Blindt. Executive Board Member Amalia Moreno-Damgaard will prepare a Guatemalan dinner for 10 at your home, with special guests Shari and Tom Blindt. Amalia is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.  Her love affair with cooking started with her grandmother in her home country of Guatemala. Now, she’s fusing classic Old World traditions and her New World roots, with healthy cooking classes, professional chef services, and a cookbook of her own. Amalia’s work has gained recognition in the Twin Cities area and has been prominently featured in Eden Prairie and Edina Magazines and other publications, along with multiple TV appearances, including Univision, Fox9, KSTP5, and Kare11.

VIP Antigua tour. Your customized excursion to Guatemala will include five nights at one of the premier hotels in Antigua, dining at some of the city’s finest restaurants, and ground transportation to and from the airport. Activities include a behind-the-scenes tour of Common Hope, a private tour of the Antigua valley with Tamalyn Gutierrez, a customized half-day volunteer experience at one of our partner schools, dinner with Executive Director Shari Blindt, Country Director Tamalyn Gutierrez, and Strategic Planning Director Jeff Barnes, and golfing and dining with Program Development Director Renato Westby at the award-winning Club La Reunion. You will have time to explore this historic Spanish colonial city, visit the markets, and take in the sights and sounds of Guatemala.

Grand vacation home in the Rocky Mountains. Spend a week at a beautiful modern chalet set high in the Colorado Rockies on 32 acres of private land and national forest. The 9,700 sq. ft. home has six spacious, private suites, each with a private Jacuzzi hot tub and outside deck or patio. Other features include a Chef’s Kitchen, a Great Room with wood burning fireplace, a wellness studio, an indoor pool, a steam shower, original art, and extensive grounds for walking, hiking, and exploring the Rocky Mountain views. More info here.

Baja Beach Oasis. Enjoy a one-week vacation for two in a casita on a remote Mexican beachfront. You’ll stay in a comfortable, beach-style bungalow where the ocean waves lull you to sleep. Located along seven miles of tranquil Pacific Ocean beaches, the area is regarded as the best whale-viewing beach in southern Baja. More activity and night life is just 25 minutes away in Cabo San Lucas, or 15 minutes away in the arts and culture of Todos Santos, Pueblo Magico. The hosts are locals who can connect you with the best activities or escort you to the best hidden beach and local treasures. More info here.