Wanna Make a Triple Play with your Family?
  It’s Easy as Pie & Oh So Honey Sweet!
There are oh so many things we would all love to accomplish in life. Some of us love to check off an actual paper list and some of us like me just use our iPhone’s Intuition App that @Twittermoms recommended to me.  Well, I have found the perfect event to get three major items checked off.  One check to the family list, one for the vacation list and one for the life list! As you read along, see if you can think of any other Goblet List items you can think of!  
Recently I stumbled upon an activity for my family that would mean I could make a triple play! Yes that means please everyone in the family, a getaway (well you had to know that travel was in the picture), and education my family in environmental conservation without them even knowing we were going “green”!
Yes this place would make me the Queen Bee of the Queen City.  Well at least for the day.  Charlotte is our location for this triple play.  My hope is to fit this in over the holidays.  Charlotte is my old stomping ground and South Park Mall is my mall of choice for this area.  Holiday shopping is very close to our triple play too, so no worries moms!  We can still get to the important stuff!

So, where you are by now wondering what in the world could get all things accomplished in one giant sweep! Hey isn’t that a baseball term too?  It is The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte which is LEED certified; which is where part of the green comes into play!  Take a look at all at all it offers in activities and location!

Okay start counting how many things a trip to The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte would check off your list!  Humm….. I still have that Penthouse Suite & I never even imagined a Penthouse Spa in a LEED hotel to boot!  1,  2,  3………
The Ritz-Carlton Give Back Getaways®

The Ritz-Carlton Give Back Getaways® voluntourism program offers our guests an exceptional opportunity to combine volunteer work with travel and give back to the community in a way that is meaningful to them and to the lives of others. Participating in an authentic, half-day local community experience, guests will work alongside our Ritz-Carlton employees in a Community Footprints social or environmental project. The Give Back Getaways® voluntourism experience is unique to each destination and designed to make a lasting contribution. All profits from the Ritz-Carlton Give Back Getaways® voluntourism programs are donated to the partner organizations.

The Birds & The Bees Give Back Getaway

Join this special volunteer opportunity to help protect avian residents of the Carolina Raptor Center, home to orphaned, injured and homeless raptors, bald eagles and other rare and magnificent birds of prey. The Birds and the Bees is ideal for guests of all ages and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Carolina Raptor Center, an informative Meet the Keeper presentation, lunch at the Center and the opportunity to spend two hours working directly alongside Center staff to build and maintain habitats for resident raptors. Upon your return to The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, you will continue your half-day Birds and the Bees adventure with an informative visit to the hotel’s acclaimed green roof, home to 80,000 honeybees in two contained hives, and the source of the natural honey featured in the hotel’s popular honey pecan ice cream.
The Birds and the Bees program is complimentary for guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and includes the experience and tour, transportation, lunch, refreshments and a special memento of the visit.
Each scheduled session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m. with advance reservations offered at (704) 972-4401. Capacity is limited to ten guests per Getaway, and reservations are subject to availability.
Here’s what they have to say about the location!
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
Discover the first luxury hotel in Charlotte. Urbane and sophisticated, yet warm, friendly and perfect for families and couples, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offers guests an unforgettable experience just steps from the city’s cultural heart. 
Charlotte is a fascinating, lively city, and The Ritz-Carlton is located within convenient walking distance of NBA games, the new NASCAR Hall of Fame, Discovery Place Museum for the young and young-at-heart, and myriad cultural and entertainment options. Within a short drive are the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Carowinds amusement park, the Carolina Raptor Center and Charlotte Motor Speedway, to name just a few of the dozens of attractions which make Charlotte such a vibrant destination. 
Located in the heart of Uptown, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte features exceptional amenities and seamlessly-integrated eco-friendly advances awarded with LEED Gold certification.  This Charlotte luxury hotel features outstanding dining choices, dramatic skyline views, a Penthouse Spa & Wellness Center, and a commitment to sustainable luxury travel rarely seen in a contemporary urban hotel.
all I have to say is that they must have modeled this program after me, Ava!  Well  we  have  a Ritz  hotel (must I say more), a Spa (a given), a Wildlife  Animal facility (I spent many days volunteering at Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation  Center  before  I  had  little animals of  my  own), Bees  &  Honey (I grew up robbing  the bees with  my  grandfather  & you  can   see here  on  my     blog how  I  adore  to  eat,  bath  and  just  about  anything else  with  honey) 
Oh and by the way!
A GREEN Spa Treatment!
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Green Your Body Eco-Treatment 
The ultimate in skin renewal, Green Your Body includes a skin brushing, skin polishing with salt and sugar scrubs, a scalp mud experience and deeply-relaxing cocoon wrap, followed by an intuitive massage. Select from three essential oil-infused ingredients from The Wellness Center Scrub and Polish Mixology Bar, including natural pumice, therapeutic salts and organic sugars, along with mineral seaweed, Sedona mud and massage infusions. Includes an intuitive foot soak.

Okay I am ready to check some things off my list!  How about you?

                                                    “We thank you so much because you’re not only investing in kids, you are investing in the future of our country and the other countries where you are located
                                                                                                                                                                             – and you’re investing in the future of Ritz-Carlton.”

General Colin PowellFounding Chairman, America’s Promise Alliance

Environmental Conservation: Our Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Team (REACT) implements environmental best practices designed to minimize our environmental imprint. Additionally, our ladies and gentlemen work to better their community’s environment through participation in beach clean ups, protection of endangered species, and creation of community gardens.

Next up on my list possibly the new Toronto location?????? Anyone ready for a Grand Opening! Let’s Go!