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  • Tracy Struthers

What would your dream vacation look like?

Mi Piace Bere Vino Rosso. Tuscany. A region in central Italy – with a population of about 3.8 million people. Famous for its landscapes, history and well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, as well their olive oils and of course red wine.

If time and money were not an issue, where would you go? For me, my dream is Tuscany, Italy. I know so many friends who have gone. They are all the same when they return. They seem at peace as they tell their stories of what they saw, the food they ate and the things they did.

Fairy tales are made up of Tuscany at midnight -

My dream is to visit there. My daughter and I have been talking about this for so long, that we need to go, we must. Time goes by so fast; I am understanding that more and more lately. Life is truly a gift. I am longing to inhale spectacular views, indulge in perfectly crafted meals and drink fabulous local wine.

I have been following a Canadian – British designer for the past 20 years. She is a television personality and a self-taught interior decorator. She is best known for the show Face lift and Painted house. She is one of the original decorators for me, paving the way for reality decorating shows today. She is Debbie Travis. Did you also know she owns a villa in Italy? In the heart of the rolling hills in Tuscany, Debbie launched a dream to create a destination for other women. Four years of renovations, she took a rundown estate and created a luxury 14-bedroom hotel, that is now world-renowned.

Photographed by George Ross

Ladies, I must clarify this. This is not just a villa. Your first vacation in your life will start here. I feel all others will pale in comparison. It is a spiritual awakening. A 7-night getaway for women to share our stories and be inspired about new possibilities. A luxurious Italian villa in the heart of Southern Tuscany where you will transcend into a soulful retreat, one destined to send you back home different than when you arrived.

Photographed by George Ross

Travel is the only thing in life you can buy that will make you richer. So Leigha and I will set a date and go. We will explore and embrace the beauty of Tuscany, indulge in mouth-watering cuisine, walk and bike in the 100-acre estate of olive groves. Doesn’t this sound marvelous?

As my business is growing, I will look at this type of retreat to reward my journey so far, and inspire me to go even further. Recharge, unwind and create an unbelievable experience that we will remember forever. As my daughters’ career is just beginning, these moments will be a reflection on her path, to keep her centered and focused. Meditation, massages, shopping, luxurious suites, bike tours, yoga, inspirational sessions, pool time and wine, lots of wine.

Photographed by George Ross

If someone handed you a plane ticket anywhere where would you go?

Would you know the answer right away? Don’t look back one day and wonder what if.

Do it now.

I know I will be.


Live simple, love your space

Tracy x


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