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A Fishing Adventure in the Arkansas Ozarks

Streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, all translate into two things... Fun and Fishing right in the Arkansas Ozarks. The Ozarks (also referred to as Ozarks Mountain Country, the Ozark Mountains, and the Ozark Plateau) offer some of the best fishing in all of America. Whether you are looking for a record rainbow trout or a stringer of black or smallmouth bass, the waters of the Ozarks offer great fishing opportunities.

The Ozarks Highlands area covers nearly 47,000 square miles (122,000 km). It is by far the most extensive mountainous region between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. The United States Army Corps of Engineers lakes, including Table Rock, Bull Shoals and Norfork, were created by damming the White River beginning in 1911. Fishing abounds in all of these deep-water lakes and welcomes you to come.

Highlights of the Heart of the Ozarks waterways.

• Bull Shoals Lake; one of five deep-water lakes formed by the dams of the White River basin, Bull Shoals Lake has 45,150 acres of water and thousands of acres of shoreline. Boone, Marion and Baxter counties in Arkansas make up the lake, with an average depth of 75 feet. Hundreds of miles of open water, lake arms and coves offer endless opportunities to land that “big one”. The massive dam that formed Bull Shoals Lake was dedicated in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman. Many species of fresh-water fish are available in the lake. For your convenience, campgrounds and boat rentals can be found all along the shores of Bull Shoals Lake.

• Table Rock Lake; This Corps of Engineers developed lake has most of its body of water lying in Missouri, while the counties of Boone and Carroll in Arkansas also have a portion. Table Rock Lake totals 431,000 acres of fishing and was built in 1954. Black bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch and sunfish are found in the lake. If you’re fishing the Arkansas part of the lake, take a journey on Long Creek from the Cricket Creek Boat Dock off Arkansas Highway 14 West for a beautiful boat ride with amazing views. A day on Table Rock Lake offers great fishing and a wonderful, relaxing time.

• Norfork Lake; while this lake is in Baxter County, it is a “gem” in spite of its distance from Harrison. With 22,000 acres of water and 19 developed recreation areas, the lake has a well-stocked population of bass (large and small mouth), walleye, crappie and sunfish. Fed by the North Fork River, there is also a superb population of rainbow and other species of trout. The dam was built in 1941 for hydraulic electric purposes. Fishing and other recreational activities followed.

• White River; nationally known as one of the best trout fishing streams in all of America, the waterway boasts near record catches of rainbow trout. Fishing below the dam at Bull Shoals Lake on the White River is incredible because the water remains cold enough year round to support the trout. The White River is a major tourist attraction to the state, with many of the visitors coming to fish for a record breaking catch.

• Buffalo National River; this pristine, free-flowing river meanders 150 miles east through the Ozarks counties before merging with the White River at Buffalo City. Known best for its canoeing and kayaking, it is also a great fishing option for anglers. There are 74 different varieties of fish in the Buffalo River, while it is best known for smallmouth bass, catfish and a variety of sun fish. Due to the low water conditions in the summer, spring and fall are the best times to fish.

• Crooked Creek; this creek, which flows southeast from Newton County to Boone and Marion counties is known for its smallmouth bass fishing. Crooked Creek is nationally known as a Blue Ribbon fishery for smallmouth bass. Most visitors prefer to fish from the bank, since this spring-fed creek depends on rain and is often too low to float, but after rains, you will find many in canoes and john boats. Shallow pools offer the best chance for landing a big smallmouth bass.

When coming to Harrison and the Ozarks to fish, you will need a valid Arkansas fishing license (resident or nonresident) on any of the public waterways. The licenses can be purchased at many locations in the Ozarks. For residents of Arkansas, the cost for an annual license is $10.50 and for nonresidents an annual license is $40.00. You must also purchase a separate trout stamp ($5.00 & $12.00). One day and three day licenses are also available. Visit a retailer or call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in Little Rock at 800-364-4263 for more information.

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Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites
Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Only Wine Themed Hotel

Vendange is conveniently located a short drive away from the Monterey Peninsula Airport, just off of scenic Highway 1, with free parking for guests. We’re minutes away from downtown Carmel’s shopping and fine dining, scenic 17-Mile Drive, and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Vendange Carmel is located at 24815 Carpenter St., Carmel, CA 93923. Telephone 831.624.6400, fax 831.624.5111. Website:, email

Hofsas House Hotel Invites You To Take a Hike This Fall!

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA -- In Carmel-by-the- Sea , the Theis family is celebrating six decades of European hospitality at its beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, which is as charming as the town itself. With firm roots in the past, the family is looking toward the future by keeping abreast of guests’ every need.

The Hofsas House Hotel offers the perfect European ambiance for hikers or a hiking club retreat! Within minutes of the hotel, you can experience Big Sur hiking trails ranging from tranquil walks along a coastal waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to miles-long ascents through the redwoods and into the rugged wilderness at the Los Padres National Forest. Point Lobos State Park is also a short drive away! After a day of hiking the Big Sur coastline, relax your tired muscles in the hotel’s heated swimming pool or European dry saunas.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit

Below is one of Hofsas House Hotel Owner Carrie Theis favorite popular Big Sur trails and hikes. Located at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park this is a perfect hike for anyone from kids to older visitors. The trail includes a walk among the giant redwoods and a visit to a 60 foot high rock waterfall. More adventurous hikers can get a more expansive view from an overlook bench placed for observation and contemplation of the vistas of the Big Sur River gorge.

Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View Trail
• Length: 2.4 miles
• Type: Out & Back/Loop
• Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
• Path: Well groomed
• Elev. Gain: 450 feet
• Parking Fee: Yes

Hofsas House Hotel Background:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops, and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey , Pebble Beach , Big Sur and Pacific Grove . The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views, not to mention amenities like fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and everyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome, as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on offer as well.

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Newport Mansions Participate in Winter Festival; Will Remain Open Daily

Beginning Friday, February 13, three Newport Mansions will be open daily for tours. The Breakers (1895), The Elms (1901) and Marble House (1892) are opening daily for Newport Winter Festival, and will remain open daily for the remainder of the year.

On March 13, two additional houses--Chateau-sur-Mer (1852) and Rosecliff (1902)--will open for the season. Kingscote (1841), Green Animals Topiary Garden (c.1860), Hunter House (c.1748), Isaac Bell House (1883) and Chepstow (1861) will open on May 23.

New this year will be a revised guided tour of Rosecliff, combining information about the history of the house and its creators, with reminiscences by its last private owners who donated it to the Preservation Society.

Special Events

The following special events are currently scheduled at the Newport Mansions. Please visit for updated event listings and details.

February 12: Author Jill Jonnes tells the thrilling story of "Eiffel's Tower," Paris's beloved monument and the extraordinary world's fair that introduced it, in a lecture at Rosecliff.

March 7-8: Newport's Island Moving Company performs Mother Goose at Rosecliff, an enchanting children's ballet.

March 19: The lecture "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies" is presented at Rosecliff. Author Lawrence Goldstone tells the story of the feud between the nation's great air pioneers.

April 4: The Easter Bunny visits Rosecliff for the annual Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch, now in its 26th year. Enjoy eggs, candy, prizes and a scrumptious seated brunch.

April 26-29: The 23rd annual Newport Symposium, “North and South: Crosscurrents in American Material Culture,” invites a fresh look at regional differences in American furnishings, silver, textiles, painting, architecture, and interiors to reveal the complex exchange of ideas and enduring influences.

May 16: Just in time for planting your garden and sprucing up the indoors, stop by our annual Plant Sale at Green Animals Topiary Garden for specialty plants and garden accessories.

June 11: Preservation Society members are invited to the Annual Meeting.

June 19-21: The Newport Flower Show will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the theme "American Beauty, Timeless Style" at Rosecliff. Long before it became home to the Newport Flower Show, Rosecliff was the birthplace of the American Beauty Rose. This iconic flower, which became a symbol of excellence, is the inspiration for our 20th anniversary. Join us to celebrate the classic and timeless style of the American Beauty. Enjoy floral designs, horticulture exhibits, garden displays and more. The exciting Opening Night Party on June 19 will feature a cocktail buffet, live music, a seaside supper and other entertaining surprises.

July 9: The Angela Moore Fashion Show & Brunch returns to Rosecliff.

July 14: The Green Animals Children's Party invites children and adults alike to frolic in the whimsical and historic topiary garden overlooking Narragansett Bay in Portsmouth, with music, rides, food and fun.

August 10: The Preservation Society's annual Golf Outing takes place at Newport National Golf Club. The event includes tee prizes for all golfers, lunch and refreshments on the course, cocktails and a light supper after golf, awards and live and silent auctions.

August 20-23: A Weekend of Coaching makes its triennial return to Newport. Authentic 19th century coaches drawn by matched and highly-trained teams of horses will be on display as they drive through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old sporting tradition. The weekend's events include a free coaching exhibition on the lawn of The Elms on Saturday, August 22, and a black-tie dinner dance at The Breakers that night.
September 25-27: The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival returns for its 10th year to Marble House, Rosecliff and The Elms. Among the celebrity guests will be Jacques and Claudine Pépin. The weekend features a two-day Grand Tasting at Marble House with hundreds of wines, cooking demonstrations from national and regional chefs, a gala celebration at Rosecliff, a collectible wine dinner at The Elms, plus seminars, auctions, and more.

November 21-January 3, 2016: Christmas at the Newport Mansions is celebrated at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House.


Castle Hill Inn Transforms Historic Mansion Suites to Offer Natural Therapeutic
Face & Body Treatments from Rhode Island’s Award-Winning Beauty Brand

NEWPORT, RI – Castle Hill Inn, the iconic oceanside inn in Newport, RI, and Farmaesthetics, the global green beauty brand (founded and based in RI) announce the permanent installation of The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics.

“Castle Hill Inn and Farmaesthetics tested the waters with a ‘pop-up spa’ during the spring of 2014. It was a smashing success; guests and visitors enjoyed the spa immensely. The partnership worked on so many levels that we decided to make this a permanent relationship,” stated Brian Young, Managing Director at Castle Hill Inn.

Castle Hill Inn and Farmaesthetics have transformed two of the historic mansion’s ocean-view suites into sumptuous, serene treatment rooms. All Farmaesthetics services are personalized and performed with the brand’s premium, all-natural herbal products. Treatments include:
• Facials performed with hand-crafted skincare products made with organically grown herbs and flowers, to provide a luscious, relaxing experience with lasting results;
• Therapeutic massage that addresses individual needs with organic oils and lotions chosen for the desired results;
• Acupressure massage for face, head, neck, hands and feet;
• Pre- or post-treatment Saltwater Soaks with essential oil blends to purify, boost immune support, relieve stress or warm the body and senses.

Brenda Brock, Farmaesthetics Founder and Formulator offers, “Farmaesthetics represents 100% natural Sustainable Beauty® created from organically grown herbs and flowers from American family farms, many of which can be found in Rhode Island’s seaside farmlands. Our products are natural, as is our partnership with Castle Hill Inn. The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics offers beautifying, relaxing, customized treatments for the Inn’s guests, as well as those who wish to visit Castle Hill for the Skincare Boutique. It is a natural extension of the Castle Hill experience.”

New this spring, Castle Hill Inn will offer a Friday Night Respite & Renewal package, as well as a Wellness Escape weekend.

Friday Night Respite & Renewal
Get an early start to the weekend by taking time for yourself with a friend or companion. This one night “staycation” is the ideal way to enjoy all the beauty Castle Hill has to offer. Arrive on Friday and begin with afternoon tea. Later in the evening, experience Chef Karsten Hart’s seasonally inspired cuisine, showcased in a 3-course dinner. Choose a seasonal wellness treatment at The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics, followed by a glass of wine. Wake renewed on Saturday morning, rested and ready to roam Castle Hill’s magical 40 acres. Taking in the panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, along with a healthy gourmet breakfast in the Sunset Room, you will leave rested and renewed.

• One-night stay at Castle Hill Inn (Fridays only)
• Gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea daily
• A glass of wine for two on the day of arrival
• Spa treatments for two (60 min each) in The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics
• Three-course dinner for two at the Castle Hill Dining Room

Wellness Escape Weekend – April 10
The weekend of April 10, immerse yourself, with friends or loved ones, in a personal weekend retreat. Be inspired by the nourishing, luxurious experience of living well via farm fresh foods and clean sustainable beauty. Delve into the nutrient-rich world of farm-to-table cooking, with hands-on, step-by-step how-tos led by Chef Karsten. Learn to harness the vitality available in a simple kitchen garden with Brenda Brock of Farmaesthetics, as she teaches the ins and outs of a clean, green personal care regimen for enhancing beauty, balance and well-being.

Weekend includes:
• Gourmet breakfast daily
• Farmaesthetics 60-minute treatment of choice in one of the beautifully restored mansion suites (organic facial or bodywork; it is up to you)
• Food demo with Chef Karsten
• Beauty in balance workshop with Brenda
• Gentle Yin Yoga class on Saturday and Sunday morning to start the day

Contact Info
Appointments may be scheduled daily from 9am - 6pm at The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics. Treatments range from $65-$210. (Massage-for-two begins at $300 for 60 minutes.) Reservations can be made by calling (401) 849-3800. Additional information available on

About Castle Hill Inn
For more than a century, Castle Hill Inn has captured the imagination of guests from around the world with its enchanting coastal setting, relaxed elegance and authentic Newport spirit. Honored with the designation as a Relais & Chateaux property, an association of the world’s finest hotels, Castle Hill Inn exemplifies the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th-century seacoast life nestled on a 40-acre peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Combining the elegance of a boutique hotel with the inviting comforts of a coastal inn, the Inn offers resplendent lodging options to suit the needs and preferences of all guests. Accommodations include seven guest rooms and suites in the original 19th-century Agassiz Mansion, and 24 private, waterfront accommodations in the Harbor House, Chalet, Beach Houses and Beach Cottages. Within the mansion, indulgent meals are prepared by renowned Executive Chef Karsten Hart, and the recently renovated Lawn at Castle Hill is the epitome of classic New England al fresco dining. On-property activities include stargazing, clambakes, bonfires, games on the lawn, kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, sailing and much more. Voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the top hotels in the world, and lauded by the New York Times as “the best spot in town,” Castle Hill Inn is the epitome of Newport elegance.

Castle Hill Inn is operated by Newport Harbor Corporation, an employee-owned (ESOP) hospitality corporation based in Newport, RI. For more information on Newport Harbor Corporation, please visit the website at For more information about Castle Hill Inn please visit

About Farmaesthetics
Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People and Ideas Behind Today’s Green Design” and one of “The Purists: Five Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Natural Beauty Revolution” by Luxury Spafinder, Founder, Formulator & CEO Brenda Brock’s Farmaesthetics represent 100% natural Sustainable Beauty® from American family farms.

A noted trailblazer in "green" skincare and the daughter of an 8th generation Texas farming family, Brenda successfully translated her traditional herbal recipes from "kitchen chemistry" to modern cosmetic manufacturing. The result is a line of pristine herbal products that compare in effectiveness with leading dermatological brands. All her formulations are made with whole herb and natural ingredients that retain their 100% natural status and certified shelf-life without utilizing any synthesized nature-identical compounds.

Named to Women’s Wear Daily’s “It List” of “The Green Brands Defining Organic Skincare,” Farmaesthetics products are made with certified organic herbs, flowers, oils and grains. This pure, elegant skincare line was first made available at an organic farm stand during the summer of 1999 and today is used in spa treatments at such prestigious resorts as Castle Hill Inn, Hidden Pond Tree Spa in Maine, Mayflower Grace Hotel & Spa, OH! Spa at Ocean House, and select Four Seasons Resort Spas.

Farmaesthetics products are available in retail at Terrain, and at their award-winning flagship store Farmaesthetics Skincare Apothecary & Treatment Boutique, located in historic Newport, RI. The full line is available at

Brenda Brock has been a repeat guest on The Martha Stewart Show, and teaches traditional herbal formulation and beauty practices at such esteemed institutions as Omega Institute, where she recently conducted an intensive weekend workshop entitled “Sustainable Beauty from the Farm.”

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MIAMI - The AAA 4-Diamond award winning Hilton Bentley South Beach this week debuted a newly-renovated 3000 sqft penthouse suite with gorgeous wrap-around views overlooking the ocean at the beautiful southern tip of South Beach, where the ocean meets the bay adjacent to South Pointe Park.

This two-story extraordinarily refined suite is complete with two master bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms.  One of the most sumptuous booking options now available on the beach, the suite was once home to sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney when the Kardashians filmed the first season of their reality show in Miami.  Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the penthouse now boasts a private rooftop infinity pool, a Jacuzzi, a sprawling sun-drenched deck and two spectacular private terraces for relaxing or entertaining.

With a full stainless steel kitchen, a personal wine chiller, elegant dining room, living room with oversized retractable LED television, marble bathrooms, and immaculately decorated, the Hilton Bentley Penthouse is perfect for romantic getaways, family vacations, or as the ultimate bridal suite.

The suite is also technologically advanced with an all encompassing Dolby surround sound system, electric privacy shades and climate controls all accessed through the touch of the in-suite iPad, or from the guest’s own iphone.

Night rates for the penthouse range from $2,500-$7,500.

For those whose budget is no object, and looking to ring in 2014 in the ultimate over-the-top luxurious style, the suite is currently being offered for two couples to stay in the penthouse as well as celebrate in a pool-side VIP cabana at the AAA 4-Diamond award wining DeRodriguez Cuba restaurant, located within the Hilton Bentley featuring cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Douglas Rodriguez.  $10,000 secures the suite for the New Year’s festivities, unlimited open bar and delectable Latin fair at DeRod, massages at the Hilton Spa 101 and in-room bottles of Dom Perignon to add to the celebration.

ABOUT HILTON BENTLEY: The Hilton brand’s South Beach outpost, Hilton Bentley offers travelers a luxurious beachfront oasis situated at the southern-most tip of Ocean Drive in the exclusive “South of Fifth” enclave.  Guests are footsteps away from Miami’s most sought after restaurants and nightlife. For visitors looking to vacation within the hotel, the amenity-rich Hilton Bentley is a one-stop-shop for entertainment including celebrity chef Douglas Rodriguez’s restaurant De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean, Myles Chefetz’s Prime Italian, the indulgent Bentley Beach Club, and the zen sanctuary Spa 101.  Designed by the famed Architectonica  and appointed with handcrafted European furnishings, this all-suite property is the definition of opulence with modern upscale services.

New South Beach Art Deco Hotel opens:

First Portuguese Hotel in the U.S. Opens in Miami

Historic 1940’s Art Deco Hotel is transformed into a luxury escape

Miami, FL -- The opening of Pestana South Beach Art Deco Hotel on April 8th will mean more than a new hotel on Miami’s South Beach, as it represents the first investment by the Group Pestana in the U.S. market. Pestana, Portugal’s largest tourism group, is well known for its heritage Pousadas de Portugal hotel brand across the Atlantic. The new Pestana hotel is a rebirth of the historic Hotel Milejan a luxury address on South Beach.

Located in the heart of South Beach, this boutique hotel with 97 rooms and suites is divided into four classic Art Deco Buildings, classified by the local Historic Preservation Board. The new hotel also offers 2 luxury two-bedroom apartments, as well as the retro Mermaid Café and the Pool Bar set on a 1940’s inspired patio with an outdoor pool.

“North America is a very attractive and strategic market for the Group Pestana. This is our first investment in this market and Miami is a natural starting point because it is a gateway for Europe and South America where our brand is quite strong,” says José Roquette, Pestana’s development director for the North American market. “We also are well versed in taking a historic structure and updating it in the right ways to make a real destination hotel.”

Located at 1835 James Avenue, the new hotel revives the 1940’s style that made Miami Beach the place to be. With a contemporary and ‘retro beach’ feel, the Pestana South Beach Art Deco mixes architectural charm with a sophisticated renovation of the former Hotel Milejan Complex, which was built between 1940 and 1952.

According to a City of Miami review, the Pestana South Beach Art Deco is representative of the rich diversity of structures and architectural styles that evolved in the City of Miami Beach’s Historic District.

The buildings represent an outstanding example of the Streamline Moderne and Art-Deco style with an asymmetrical front façade defined by a central entrance door. The structure is characterized by continuous “eyebrows” and a vertical pylon sign, extended above the hotel’s stonewalls. One of the buildings is also a rare example of Post-War Modern apartment architecture once common in Miami Beach just after World War II.

Pestana South Beach Art Deco’s location appeals to both the luxury and the business traveler, located a few minutes from Ocean Drive and beaches, and just a few steps from the Miami Beach Convention Center and the Miami Beach Golf Club.

The famed Art Deco district of South Beach is a real success story of urban restoration projects in American architecture. Hundreds of buildings have been restored to their early 20th-century appearance.

About Group Pestana
The Group Pestana is Portugal’s largest international tourism and leisure group and one of the largest in Europe where it ranks 25th. Starting with one hotel in Madeira Island in 1972, the family owned Group Pestana has grown to include nearly 90 four and five star hotels worldwide with two brands: Pestana Hotels & Resorts and Pousadas de Portugal. Today, Pestana hotels may be found in 13 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Cape Verde, Morocco, Mozambique, S. Tomé & Principe, South Africa and now, the United States of America.

USA Today Names Clearwater Beach the “Best Beach Town in Florida”

New York, NY – USA Today, the most widely read newspaper in America, has named Clearwater Beach “Best Beach Town in Florida.” Online voters confirmed what many have believed for a long time that Clearwater Beach is outstanding. USA Today states Clearwater Beach received more than 25% of nearly 30,000 votes cast by online readers, making it the clear winner.

Launched in January, the online poll featured a selection of 10 Florida beach towns handpicked by beach expert “Dr. Beach.” Otherwise known as Stephen P. Leatherman, “Dr. Beach” routinely rates beaches on the basis of sand, surf, and a welcoming sense of community.

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Clearwater’s miles of sugar white sand beaches are popular year round. Visitors enjoy crystal clear water, tranquil Gulf breezes, and an endless supply of entertainment. The beachside paradise blew the competitors out of the water as readers tweeted or voted online Other strong contenders included popular beach towns such as Siesta Key, Sanibel Island, and Miami’s South Beach.

"We are the best beach," said Mayor George N. Cretekos. "This is exciting for all of Clearwater and really Pinellas County. We had a great tourist year last year and with this honor it will help us do better in the years to come."

Further information about the City of Clearwater and its extensive year-round calendar of special events can be found at

About Clearwater
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, and great dining, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.


Chef John Sexton to Oversee Culinary Program at South Florida Resort & Club

Aventura, FL – Turnberry Isle Miami, ( South Florida’s legendary Mediterranean-style retreat has appointed Chef John Sexton as Executive Chef. Announced by Douglas Hustad, Managing Director at Turnberry Isle Miami, Sexton’s role is effective immediately. Sexton is responsible for the oversight and development of the property’s culinary program, including all four dining venues and their menus.

“As the third generation of a family whose life was immersed in food and flavor, his innate talent and passion for creativity that was developed during his travels makes him an ideal candidate,” said Hustad. “His commitment to fresh ingredients and his friendly and innovative approach to classic cooking fit well with Turnberry Isle Miami’s culinary ethos and will ensure that our food and beverage department continues to flourish and grow.”

Prior to assuming his position at Turnberry Isle Miami, Sexton served as Executive Chef at Reunion Resort and Club in Reunion, FL where he dramatically revamped the property’s food and beverage department. As the Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Sexton led his team through an extensive remodeling of the resort, including the opening of new dining outlets.

Chef Sexton’s diverse background includes experience at properties such as, The Registry Resort & Club in Naples, FL and The Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL. He also previously owned his own catering company named Sexton Caterers LLC in Hartford, CT after working at The Bee and Thistle Inn located in Old Lyme, CT. Chef Sexton began his culinary career at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

About Turnberry Isle Miami
Tucked away on 300 tropical acres between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Turnberry Isle Miami is a Mediterranean-style retreat with a culture of authenticity, spirited service and enriching experiences. The resort is renowned for its two championship golf courses redesigned by Raymond Floyd, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning Bourbon Steak restaurant, three-story Spa & Fitness Center, the elite Cañas Tennis, three relaxing pools, 40,000 square feet of meetings space, beach club on the Atlantic and engaging kids camps all within reach of 408 spacious guest rooms and suites. An Autograph Collection property, Turnberry Isle Miami has a reputation for excellence having most recently ranked amongst Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best.’. For more information or for reservations, call 1-866-612-7739 or visit To receive regular updates and news, follow @TIsleMiamion Twitter and Like the Facebook page.

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The city’s largest hotel to complete transformation process of guestrooms, common areas, and new dining concepts this spring

New lobby rendering at Hyatt Regency Chicago

(CHICAGO)— Hyatt Regency Chicago, the city's largest hotel, is finally set to unveil the $168 million renovation that has enhanced the entire property. From a chic new lobby, re-vamped guestrooms, meeting spaces and an array of exciting new and re-concepted dining experiences, the hotel will officially complete the process in April 2013.

Under the careful guidance of renowned architects and planners at Bentel & Bentel, the three-phase project broke ground in 2010. Phase I, completed in 2010, overhauled all of the guestrooms in the West Tower of the property. Phase II, completed in 2011, renovated all of the rooms in the East Tower of the property. Phase III, set to conclude the project, completely renovated the East Tower Lobby, as well as all of the meeting/event space, and dining outlets.

"We truly listened to our guests, and in turn, several aspects of this renovation were incorporated as a direct result of guest feedback,” says Patrick Donnelly, General Manager. “We are excited to provide our guests an even better experience through innovative, top-of-the line guest room accommodations featuring the latest in design and technology." The property is thrilled to introduce visitors and Chicagoans to their new look.

Lush Lobby

As the largest hotel in the city, Hyatt Regency Chicago also boasts an equally large lobby to match. A favorite “hang-out” for convention-goers, business and leisure travelers, and locals looking for a place to unwind, the chic lobby boasts restaurants, bars, an art wall yet to be unveiled, and a new modern décor perfect for the surrounding Lakeshore East community and guests to the city. Guests will be thrilled to find high-tech features upon their arrival including iPad check-in services, check-in pods and kiosks, as well as high-speed Internet and an array of other tech-savvy features.

Guest Amenities

Guests at Hyatt Regency Chicago can take advantage of all downtown Chicago hotel has to offer, while indulging in the kind of pampered service guests have come to expect from Hyatt. Ideally situated near the Magnificent Mile, the AAA Four Diamond downtown Chicago luxury hotel offers unrivaled services, and impressive amenities such as spa and workout facilities, Hertz Car Rental on-site, laundry and dry cleaning services, currency exchange, dedicated concierge, high-speed Internet, multi-lingual staff, 24-hour in-room dining, airline boarding pass printing services, and various accessibility options.

Meetings and Events

Businesses, conventions, and those throwing personal events trust their most important functions to Hyatt Regency Chicago. The property boasts over 228,000 square feet of expansive newly-renovated modern venues designed to accommodate any size meeting, while still offering the personalized services of a Chicago boutique hotel. Spaces include four ballrooms, 63 meeting rooms and the 70,000 square foot Riverside Exhibition Center. Event attendees will appreciate high-tech amenities and A/V offerings to complement their meetings.

New Dining Concepts

•Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi: Diners can expect the unexpected at Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi. Stetsons delivers a non-traditional steakhouse experience in a comfortable urban setting. Flexible portions of thoughtfully sourced natural beef, sustainable seafood, and organic produce are crafted into variety of internationally inspired shareable dishes that bring a fresh new perspective to the ubiquitous steakhouse. Stetsons opened in January of 2013.

•American Craft Kitchen & Bar: American Craft Kitchen & Bar is the perfect place to set up a laptop, have a business meeting, or to relax with a good read while taking in the sun streaming through the windows of the spectacular glass atrium of the East Tower hotel lobby. American Craft Kitchen & Bar, opening in April 2013, is open for lunch and dinner and will serve sandwiches, salads, and will feature a special kids menu, designed by kids themselves.

•Market Chicago: Market Chicago is the ideal stop for anything from a quick coffee to go, a bite to eat on the way to a meeting, or a snack after a day of shopping in Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. This new downtown cafe features Chicago-themed design, Starbucks Coffee, fruits, smoothies, hot breakfast items, sandwiches, and pastries. Market Chicago opened in January of 2013.

•BIG Bar: Guests should bring a BIG appetite to BIG Bar – where everything is maximized in size, including the bar, which is the longest freestanding bar on the continent. Big city, big views, big drinks. BIG Bar is vibrant, visually stunning and cosmopolitan. A Chicago institution boasting a contemporary design and a sleek urban atmosphere, BIG Bar is the place to see and be seen. Indulge in appetizing bites and larger than life cocktails. Opening April 2013.

About Hyatt Regency Chicago: Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest Hyatt property in North America, features 2,019 guest rooms, 228,000 square feet of meeting and event space and six restaurants and lounges. The hotel is located at 151 East Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown. Hyatt Regency Chicago borders the Magnificent Mile and is only blocks away from Chicago’s premier theatre, cultural, shopping, and dining districts. For reservations, visit, or on Twitter @hyattchicago.

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Jennings, LA Seafood Catering And All You Can Eat Buffet

Frey's Crawfish House

Are you in the mood for down-home Cajun food in a wonderfully eclectic environment? Look no further than Frey’s Crawfish House. All of our old family recipes have been perfected over time. Everything is made to order, so it’s all fresh and it’s worth the wait. Our restaurant is large, so it can fit any size of group and we’re family-oriented so bring in your children. We have an all you can eat buffet and full menu available during the week and Thursday evening and Friday lunch are an all you can eat seafood buffet.

Learn More About Frey's Crawfish House:
Frey’s Crawfish House Menu – Home-cooked Cajun food
Packaged Foods To Go – Meals ready to go from the freezer to the table
Catering – Catering packages available

Call ahead and have your order ready to pick up at our drive thru.

Conveniently Located Inside the New "Grand Marais Courtyard" Building

Contact Frey's Crawfish House today at 337-824-6004 or visit us at 919-A N Lake Arthur Ave. Jennings, LA 70546, or browse the website for more information about our all you can eat buffet and catering services.


Dupuy's Oyster Shop was established by Joseph Dupuy in 1869. Mr. Dupuy would harvest his own oysters and sell them for 5 cents a dozen. He started a tradition which would continue for three generations. Dupuy's has enjoyed over 130 years of success in it's original location. World famous for it's oysters on the 1/2 shell and outstanding seafood, Dupuy's is continuing the tradition. Owners Jody and Tonya Hebert look forward to the years ahead.


Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm
Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-9pm
Friday and Saturday 5pm-10pm

Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Also Closed Saturday Lunch


In 1973, Harold Hebert, an oyster fisherman from Golden Meadow, Louisiana, and his wife Doris leased a small oyster bar in Abbeville, LA. The oyster bar had been in operation since the late 1800's, and operated under the name Dupuy's Oyster Bar. The concept combined home cooking and a fun, inviting atmosphere. Guests would receive generous portions resulting in a tremendous value for their money.

In 1979 Harold and Doris decided to sell the restaurant to their daughters Linda and Diane and Diane's husband Jack Phares. Over the next 15 years, Linda, Diana and Jack served world class oysters and seafood specialities which attracted folks from around the U.S. and abroad. The growth and popularity of the restaurant was so great that in 1994, when the lease was up, Linda, Diane, and jack decided to leave Dupuy's behind and open a larger more modern facility and even changed the name to SHUCKS!

On October 2nd, 1995 several hundred faithful customers enjoyed the new and improved version of their favorite eating hole. The explosion in popularity was astounding and SHUCKS! became THE Louisiana Seafood House and THE Authentic Oyster House. Over the next 12 years, SHUCKS! became known throughout Louisiana as the premier restaurant for authentic Cajun dishes and arguably the best oysters in the world.

In 2007, Linda, Diane, and jack decided to take a well deserved rest and sold the restaurant to David Bertrand and Bert Istre, two Abbeville restauranteurs. The new owners made two promises prior to the purchase. First, all employees would be taken care of, several who had been working for the family for 30+ years. and secondly, the original menu would remain unaltered. Both promises were kept and SHUCKS! never missed a beat.


Dwyer's is a great place for Cajun-accented hot lunch as well as breakfast sweet potato hot cakes. When you order pancakes, the waitress will ask what kind of syrup you want: cane or maple. Sugar cane is a major crop around here, and the pancake syrup made from it is thick, dark, and resonantly sweet

Louisiana Cajun Country Boudin Sausage

West of New Orleans from Baton Rouge to St. Charles and from the swamps of Avery Island to the prairies of Evangeline Parish, hundreds of places sell boudin sausage. Unlike a Texas hot link, boudin tends not to be a firm sort of sausage. Once its natural casing is cut, the seasoned pork-and-rice mix spills or tumbles out. It is served on plates in some restaurants, but most customers buy it by the link from groceries and quick-stop stores where it is made and either take it home or eat it off the dashboard of their truck.

Dwyer’s Café
323 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

Palmetto Island State Park

Located on the Vermilion River, Palmetto Island State Park offers a real south Louisiana outdoors experience. A boat launch provides access to the river for fishing and boating, while the interior lagoons allow canoers and kayakers an up-close look at the native plant and animal life.

Overnight guests can stay in one of six vacation cabins, each sleeping up to 8 people comfortably. The cabins, nestled among the trees and foliage, are outfitted with a full kitchen and bathroom, fireplaces for those chilly winter evenings and a screened-in porch for listening to the crickets and frogs sing out their evening melodies. 96 campsites are available for RV camping (20 sites include an extra tent camping pad), for those who like to get a little closer to nature.

The visitor center complex will defintely be a "must do" for the day-use visitor, with a water playground and bathhouse. A multi-purpose room can be rented for meetings, family gatherings, weddings and many other events.The ever-present palmetto plants, for which the park is named, are echoed in many of the architectural elements around the park; so pack a picnic and have a scavenger hunt for them all!

Directions: From I-10 in Lafayette, take Exit 100 south onto LA 3184/Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Turn right onto US 167/Johnston Street, continuing into Abbeville. In Abbeville, turn left onto LA 14/W. Summers Drive, then right onto LA 82/N. State Street. Follow LA 82 out of town, turning left onto LA 690, then right onto Pleasant Drive. GPS Coordinates: N 29 52.158, W 92 09.1010.

Hours of Operation: Gates are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. April-September, entrance station is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; October-March, entrance station is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

Entrance Fees: $1 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under

19501 Pleasant Road, Abbeville, LA 70510
337-893-3930 or 888-677-0094 toll free
For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free.

A Opelousas Louisiana hotel - Hotel at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino


The newly built Evangeline Downs Hotel, an Ascend Collection® hotel, is connected to Louisiana's prestigious Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, home of quarter horse racing, gaming, live entertainment, numerous restaurants and more.

Additional attractions close to this Ascend Collection hotel in Louisiana include the Creole Heritage Folklife Center museum, Le Vieux Village historic landmark area, Opelousas Museum of Art and the Rural African American Museum. Opelousas is home to a number of annual events like the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival, Yambilee Festival and the Holy Ghost Creole Festival.

Hotel features include:
•Free deluxe continental breakfast
•Free wireless high-speed Internet access
•Free weekday newspaper
•Free local calls
•Exercise room

After a long day, guests of this Opelousas, LA hotel can unwind in the exercise room, or relax at the indoor heated pool and hot tub.

For the corporate traveler, this Louisiana hotel provides an assortment of modern conveniences like an on-site business center, a public computer with Internet access, and access to coy and fax service. A banquet and meeting room is located on the premises and can accommodate up to 50 people for most functions.

All spacious and inviting guest rooms are furnished with flat-screen televisions, coffee makers, desks, hair dryers, refrigerators, microwaves, safes, irons, ironing boards, pillow-top mattresses and cable television. Select rooms offer upgraded amenities like wet bars, sofa sleepers and balconies.

This is a pet-friendly hotel; fees apply. Ample free parking is provided and can accommodate most vehicles.

At the Evangeline Downs Hotel, an Ascend Collection hotel, you can surround yourself with an array of amenities and personalized service. Make a reservation with us today and let us exceed your expectations.

2235 Creswell Lane Ext. Lot B
Opelousas, LA, US, 70570
(337) 407-2121

Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist

The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in downtown Lafayette, LA stands as a sentinel to the faith of generations of followers. It is the third church built on the site donated by Jean Mouton in l821, when Lafayette was the town of Vermilionville. The present Dutch Romanesque landmark, completed in l916, is on the National Registry of Historic Properties. Massive brick walls contrast with graceful arches and delicate red and white brickwork. Turrets flank the octagonal steeple above, from which the bells toll.

Steamboat WarehouseRestaurant

Fine cuisine in a casual atmosphere with the ambiance of the past. Construction of the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant began in 1819 and was completed around 1823. Restored in 1977, the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant, located on the banks of Bayou Courtableau, remains a feast for the eyes and appetite. Let our chefs prepare one of our many award winning dishes for you and that special someone while you relax and browse through history! Bon Apetit!

Enjoy a rendezvous with the past. Settled in 1720, the town of Washington is the third oldest settlement in Louisiana. In 1900, the last steamboat left Washington, and since that time other areas in the state have surpassed the little community on Bayou Courtableau. But Washington has never lost the character and charm of its rich heritage. Antique dealers galore (100+), Magnolia Ridge with 6 walking and jogging trails, historic old homes (many open for tours), and other historical sites.

The People

"A Cultural Gumbo"

Acadiana, the historically French region of Southwest Louisiana, is best known for its Cajun culture. The word Cajun comes from a regional English pronunciation of "Acadian". Exiled from their homeland on the Atlantic Coast of Canada by British forces, some 3,000 Acadians found refuge in Louisiana in the late 1700's. After a hundred years of contact with Louisianians of European, African, and indigenous descent, "Cajun" became a blanket term for working class, French-speaking whites. Today's Cajuns, or Cadiens as they call themselves in French, are found in all walks of life: they are farmers and governors, oil workers and educators.

It can be said that Acadiana was born when 200 members of the Acadian resistance settled around present-day St. Martinville in 1765. They referred to South Louisiana as La Nouvelle Acadie, or New Acadia. On the land where the city of St. Martinville now stands, they met a handful of enslaved Africans who were homesteading and tending cattle for French landowners. The settlement was known as Les Poste des Attakapas, for the indigenous Attakapas people who once hunted here and now occupied outlying lands.

Spanish-speaking Malaga settlers and refugees fleeing the French Revolution soon followed, as well as Creole families from New Orleans and Mobile and some Anglo-American families. With the increased need for labor came more slaves from Louisiana or other states as well as from West Africa. A large number of Anglo-American slaves from Virginia and elsewhere on the East Coast were sold to local buyers between 1830 and 1850. The city's antebellum population grew to include a number of gens de couleur libre, or free people of color. By the 1880s, a large influx of Italian merchants, German wheat farmers seeking a place in the rice industry, and Irish workers working for the railroad, formed a cultural amalgam of diverse groups.

Today, the founding cultures, Acadian, African, French, Italian, and Spanish, have maintained their cultural identities while blending together to form a savory "cultural gumbo".

"Joie de vivre" (joy of living) is de rigeur in St. Martin Parish. The pleasure-loving nature of the region manifests itself in festivals, dancing, and food. What better way to enjoy a serving of cultural gumbo? Visitors are transported to a place like no other they will ever experience. The history, cuisine, hospitality, and music of the founding cultures are alive and well and eagerly await you in St. Martin Parish.

Welcome to "the Most Cajun place on earth"and the official site of the Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission.

Over 150 years in the making, Vermilion Parish is a multicultural blend steeped in history with a dash of "joie de vivre" or, love of life, finishing the mix. This bilingual, coastal parish is very large and diverse with wandering bayous and farmlands, authentic local cuisine, family-friendly festivals and Cajun towns connecting it all.

Travel along our back roads to see how our agriculture and aquaculture provide the basis for many of our local dishes. Soak up the visual beauty of our open, expansive terrain that includes farmlands, marshes and rural countryside. Be sure to take a camera and binoculars because this area features some of the best birding in America.

World-renown Cajun cooking is what we're known for and there's plenty of great restaurants to showcase it. Our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico also means we have an abundance of fresh seafood for our amazing cuisine. So when it's time to eat, sit down where the locals go to enjoy crawfish, alligator, oysters, shrimp and all the classics fresh from our own waters. Come for a visit, your place at the table is ready!

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- Pierre Gignac from 98 Provence Opens New Restaurant Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn –
- Side-by-Side Package Offers Savings to Early Season Visitors -

About the Kennebunkport Resort Collection
The Cape Arundel Inn and Old Fort Inn & Resort are owned and managed by Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC), representing diverse luxury and upscale properties such as Hidden Pond, one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in the Northeast; the Kennebunkport Inn, centrally located in downtown Kennebunkport; The Tides Beach Club, Southern Maine’s only beachfront luxury boutique hotel; the Cottages at Cabot Cove, featuring individually designed luxury cottages; sister property The Lodge on the Cove, a new family-oriented boutique resort; The Grand Hotel, located on Chase Hill in Kennebunk; and The Boathouse Hotel & Marina, a new social locale situated harbor side on the Kennebunk River. KRC also owns and manages restaurants and catering venues in the area. Information on all KRC hotels and resorts can be found at Information on the destination is available at

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake

Greenville, Maine - 2014 marks the 21st year of business for the Lodge at Moosehead Lake. Within its first year the Lodge was awarded AAA 4-diamond status and membership in Select Registry, distinguished inns of North America. High status memberships in these organizations requiring stringent surprise inspections, have been maintained each consecutive year since then.

"When we decided to purchase the Lodge six years ago, we knew we were getting something special," said Linda Bortis, co-owner of the Lodge.

The Lodge has gone through many rebirths. In 1917 it was constructed as a private summer residence for the Sloper family called "Greenslope". Later it was converted to a restaurant called Lakeview Manor and is now the Lodge at Moosehead Lake. It has long been known as one of the finest and longest standing luxury properties in in-land Maine. It was Roger and Jennifer Cauchi that first had the vision for the Lodge. They were told they were crazy when developing such a unique lodging experience in the backwoods. It was common to hear - "You'll never get people to come all the way up here and pay those prices." The mix of North woods birch tables and décor with the luxury of oriental rugs and wing back chairs, make it a combination not to be found anywhere else.

"There is no doubt that running a lodge, the caliber of this lodge is hard work. In part, it is the attention to detail. We never skimp on a guest request," added Dennis Bortis. "We have updated every room and the landscaping. It is a constant mission to keep our rooms and the landscape in tune with the times and one guests will enjoy. It is our goal to provide an experience that is embedded in the history of the Moosehead Lake area while still providing luxury for the discerning traveler."

Lodge lake side prior to 1992

The Lodge's birch twig borders (like ceiling molding) and hand carved beds set the stage in the Lodge and were added by the Cauchi's. Each room is themed. There is the trout, bear, moose, loon and totem rooms in the main lodge. The Carriage House was first storage and then a retail store, finally converted to luxury retreat suites, making nine total rooms.

When the Lodge was first started, outfitters didn't exist in the area. In order to create that total North woods experience special activities and trips were designed including the first Moose Safaris by Ed Mathieu, Allagash river trips by Warren Cochran and float plane rides by Max Folsom. Trips now available at the Lodge use guides willing to customize and personalize. "This is an important part of the Lodge offering," added Linda. "We strive to make our trips the best."

Dining at the Lodge has also changed over the years. Breakfasts have always been available with every stay but dinners have gone through many evolutions to get to what works today. We wanted to blend what was expected in Maine with warm comfort foods you would look forward to in a Lodge. This has evolved into Up North Cuisine - highlighting things like Lobster Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Meatloaf, Stuffed Trout and other special dishes. This summer, the Lodge will also be offering Safari Camp Dinners on Sunday evenings in July and August. Look for more details to come.

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake will continue to provide Maine woods adventures by day and relaxing romance by night.

Lodge today has decks for relaxation and dining as well as a fire pit.

About Lodge at Moosehead Lake
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake is inland Maine's longest standing AAA Four Diamond Award property and has maintained that rating since 1994. In addition, the Lodge is a proud member of Select Registry, a group of exceptional inns of North America. In 2012, the Lodge earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award. In 2009 the Lodge was awarded one of the World's BEST Adventure Lodges by and a finalist for Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway by Condé Nast Johansens. Karen Brown's Readers voted the Lodge a "Splendid Splurge" in 2010 and "Most Romantic" New England Inn of 2008. Down East, magazine's BEST of Maine for 2008 named the Lodge for Lakeside Romance. Additional accolades include Boston magazine's New England Travel & Life's recipient of the 2007 BEST of New England, where the Lodge was singled out from among all the businesses in the lodging category by Boston magazine's editors; is featured in the 1000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die page 29 - by Patricia Schultz and included in Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report 2005 Grand Award Winner in the 26th annual Hotel of the Year.

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Quincy's Hancock District: vibrant new culinary scene unfolding in historic City of Presidents

QUINCY, MASS – A vibrant new culinary scene is unfolding minutes from Boston in the heart of Historic Quincy, amid the construction equipment and traffic barriers of a rapidly re-developing downtown.

The Hancock District at Quincy Center T stop, 15 minutes from South Station via the MBTA Red Line, offers a bounty of new and soon-to-open eateries in a neighborhood surrounded by one of the nation’s largest collections of colonial and early American historic sites.

Internationally acclaimed Boston restaurateur Barbara Lynch helped create the menu at brand new 16C (16 Cottage Ave., 617-481-2170), owned by her niece and former No. 9 Park pastry chef Kerri Lynch-Delaney. The menu of “fine American cuisine” with Italian accents was developed in Barbara Lynch’s Winchester home.

Savor 16C’s upscale sheet-pan pizzas, original-recipe steak tips from former South Boston landmark The Quiet Man, or its homemade ice cream and cookies for dessert.

Next-door neighbor Alba Restaurant (1486 Hancock St., 617-376-2522), a Quincy fine-dining landmark for 15 years, grows heirloom vegetables on its roof deck garden that pay tribute to the city’s history as the home of farmer-patriots such as President John Adams.

Alba serves prime beef, house dry-aged steaks, fresh local seafood and Mediterranean-inspired specialties. The Alba roof deck is one of Boston’s most coveted summer dining destinations.

The Barbara Lynch Effect is being felt elsewhere around Quincy. Restaurateur Devin Adams and his team opened craft cocktail bar The Townshend (1250 Hancock St., 617-481-9694) in 2015, after years honing their hospitality skills at top Lynch and Garrett Harker Boston hotspots such as Drink and Island Creek Oyster Bar.

The restaurant is named for The Townshend Acts, punitive laws that inspired Quincy natives such as John Hancock and John Adams to revolt against the British crown in the 1700s. The Townshend team, buoyed by early success, expects to open a second Hancock District eatery later this year. Belfry Hall (35 Washington St.) will be an “urban beer hall” with fresh oysters, updated pub fare, craft beer and a menu designed by chef and Barbara Lynch Gruppo alum Garner Blume.

Rapidly growing Quincy-based J.P. Fuji Group, with eateries throughout Greater Boston, announced this spring that it will open Fuji at West of Chestnut later in 2016. The sophisticated Japanese fusion concept will be the hospitality anchor of the brand-new luxury residential West of Chestnut (32 Chestnut St.) development in the Hancock District.

South Shore-based KKatie’s Burger Bar announced that it, too, is coming to the West of Chestnut development, with a September opening targeted.

The Hancock District is already home to several beloved local food spots. The Gypsy Kitchen (1241 Hancock St., 617-847-1846) sells fine wines, craft beer, European meats and cheeses and its own line of hot sauce. Proprietor Lisa Lamme was the owner of former Le Saucier at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, the nation’s first hot sauce store.

The Fours (15 Cottage Ave., 617-471-4447) is the popular Quincy cousin of the Boston pub named the best sports bar in America by Sports Illustrated.

The Fat Cat (24 Chestnut St., 617-471-4363) has achieved popular success and national notoriety from the Food Network and others for its upscale comfort-food concept, including its signature Ultimate Fat mac ‘n cheese.

And you can still find a touch of gritty old Quincy next to Fat Cat beneath the vintage neon sign of neighborhood dive Sully’s Pub (28 Chestnut St., 617-479-9489), which pours cheap drinks and serves as Fat Cat’s waiting room on nights when business spills out the door.

The Hancock District in Quincy Center stretches from the John Hancock birth site at the intersection of Dimmock Street and Adams Street, south down Hancock Street and Washington Street, to Cottage Avenue.

The Hancock District and Quincy Center T are surrounded by one of the nation’s finest collections of colonial and early American historic sites.

Visitors touch the Quincy-granite tombs of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams in the haunting crypt of the Greek Revival masterpiece United First Parish Church (the Church of the Presidents).

The church, built in 1828, was funded by Founding Father John Adams and designed by famed architect Alexander Parris, who also built Boston landmark Quincy Market. The United First Parish has been an active congregation since 1639.

Current construction in Quincy Center is designed to reroute traffic around this holy shrine of American history and build in front of it the sprawling new Adams Green. This public park will serve as the center of community events and hospitality for the city.

Patriot John Hancock was born just a block away, while 69 veterans of the American Revolution are buried in 376-year-old Hancock Cemetery, across the street from the church.

The John Adams (pictured below) and John Quincy Adams birthplaces, the birthplace of the Constitution, the Adams farmhouse mansion at Peacefield, and America's first presidential library are all within walking distance, as is the 1686 homestead of Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock and first First Lady of Massachusetts.

Quincy is the home of 109 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, seven National Historic Landmarks, and the Adams National Historical Park (1250 Hancock St., 617-770-1175), headquartered across from Quincy Center T stop.

Downtown Quincy and the Hancock District are easily accessible via the public transportation hub of Quincy Center T Station, which is serviced by the Red Line of the MBTA subway system; three branches of the MBTA commuter rail system; and dozens of MBTA bus routes.

Downtown Quincy and the Hancock District are conveniently located minutes from many of Greater Boston’s major transportation arteries, including the Southeast Expressway (I-93), Route 128, Interstate 95, Route 3, Route 24 and Route 3A.

Hotel on North

PITTSFIELD, MA – Downtown Pittsfield, in the heart of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, welcomes its first boutique hotel with the opening of Hotel on North in May 2015. The 45-room, $14 million hotel is located in a pair of buildings that date from the 1880s and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hotel on North will celebrate the building’s heritage with an eclectic and creative mix of furnishings and decor, much from the workshops of local artisans and craftspeople. Key design elements include preserved and restored architectural features such as columns, brick walls, tin ceilings, and historic color schemes. The site is fondly remembered by locals as the Besse-Clarke, a legendary menswear and sporting good emporium.

With storefront windows along North Street, the hotel’s lobby features an art gallery and adjoining lounge, bar and a restaurant designed by James Beard featured Executive Chef Brian Alberg. Within walking distance of Hotel on North are dozens of restaurants, shops, and galleries as well as the restored Colonial Theatre and Berkshire Museum. Hotel on North is next door to the acclaimed Barrington Stage Company and within 30 minutes of many world renowned performing arts venues including Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Berkshire Theatre Group, MASS MoCA, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Sleep on North
Hotel on North’s guestrooms will offer distinctive design elements formed by the architectural bones of the buildings, such as tin ceilings, exposed brick walls, and wood columns. Guestrooms are painted in soft, vintage yellow, blue and gray with custom furniture from local craftspeople and workshops, and adorned with original art and richly patterned area rugs. Some rooms include working gas fireplaces, claw foot tubs, and kitchenettes with washer/dryers for extended stays. Generous work spaces accommodate the business traveler, along with complimentary fiber optic high speed Wi-Fi.

Bathrooms at Hotel on North are spacious and spa-like, featuring walk in showers, Carrara marble vanities, lush amenities and spa robes.

The bedroom of the 650-square foot Library Suite is lined with floor-to-ceiling bookcases along two walls and has a separate sitting room with a wet bar, dressing alcove and oversized bathroom with a claw-foot soaking tub.

Each room features a mini-bar curated with Berkshire-made products, high definition smart televisions and Bluetooth enabled audio.

For more information and reservations, visit or call 413-358-4741. Follow Hotel on North at or

Eat on North
Executive Chef Brian Alberg has tapped Sean Corcoran as chef de cuisine of Eat and Drink Kitchen and Bar. Corcoran brings more than 16 years of experience in restaurants that include April Bloomfield’s Breslin at the Ace Hotel in New York City and, most recently, as chef at the Peekskill Brewery in Hudson Valley. An ideal match for the restaurant, he brings an expertise in sourcing from local farms and markets.

The menu at Eat will be sourced from local and regional farmers and purveyors, with featured dishes intended for sharing. Guests can also pre-order whole roasted duck, lamb or pork to share for four or more people. Eat will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven nights a week.

The Drink Bar will be a lively scene mixing locals and visitors in a “watering hole meets sophisticated lounge” environment. Creative cocktails, artisanal beers from around the world, as well as Nitro Cold Brew coffee from Six Depot will be highlighted. A small-plates bar menu will be offered until 11pm.

Meet on North
Hotel on North provides ample and versatile event spaces for meetings, banquets, parties and special events. Each of the three meeting rooms are outfitted with fiber-optically sourced Wi-Fi, HD video and audio, Bluetooth and legacy connectivity for multiple formatted presentations. The spaces accommodate meetings of up to 40 in a variety of settings.

Above the restaurant on the second floor is the 1600 square foot event space with 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick and vintage crystal chandeliers framing a panoramic view of upper North Street. The space can accommodate up to 130 guests for seated events and receptions for 250 people.

A Community on North
Hotel on North is a collaboration of a number of members of the community. Owned by David and Laurie Tierney III of MM&D LLC, the hotel will be managed by Main Street Hospitality Group, owner and operator of the renowned Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA, The Porches at MASS MoCA in North Adams, and The Williams Inn in Williamstown. Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group, and Bruce Finn, chief operating officer, will lead the day-to-day operations, with a general manager to be announced shortly.

“Hotel on North is a reflection of two Berkshire family businesses and countless other talented local craftsmen who have worked tirelessly together to create something distinctively new for downtown Pittsfield,” said Eustis. “Our goal is to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of the locals and bring world class hospitality, dining and service to North Street.”

“As life-long residents of Pittsfield, we were drawn to purchase the building to help fill a void for an upscale hotel and chef-driven restaurant that can contribute to the continuing revitalization of downtown Pittsfield,” said Laurie Tierney. She emphasized how critical the contributions of local businesses, craftspeople, artisans and suppliers have been to realizing a truly authentic hotel and dining experience.

Main Street Hospitality Group
Formed in 2013, Main Street Hospitality Group is a hotel management company founded originally at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with a long tradition of excellence in preservation, innovation, sustainability and operations. As owners and operators of some of the most distinctive hotels in the Berkshires, the company’s mission is to deliver unparalleled experiences for guests, employees and owners through an authentic approach to hospitality, service, and management. Main Street’s management hotel portfolio includes The Red Lion Inn, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, The Williams Inn, Williamstown, MA., and the Hotel on North, Pittsfield, MA. For more information, please visit or call 413-298-1611.

The Ultimate Cape Cod Beach Retreat: Sea Crest Beach Hotel Unveils

Private Cottage for Couples and Families

Breezy, Spacious and Coastal Chic, Three-Bedroom Cottage Accommodates up to Eight

NORTH FALMOUTH, Mass. – Cape Cod’s quintessential family beach hotel has unveiled its most family-friendly accommodations yet: a three-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to eight guests and provides plenty of indoor and outdoor space for entertaining. Sea Crest Beach Hotel, which has hosted generations of Cape Cod vacationers for almost 50 years on Buzzard’s Bay, introduced the cottage this summer at a nightly rate starting at $1,200.

Equally ideal for a gathering of friends or a private retreat for two, the blue-shingled cottage conveys the same coastal chic style that is the hallmark of Sea Crest’s recent $15-million, hotel-wide renovation. It features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a spacious living room, open kitchenette, washer and dryer, expansive deck, and a private backyard ideal for family games and entertaining. A color scheme of soft neutrals throughout, accented with sea glass blues and greens, evokes the soothing natural palette of the Cape Cod shore.

The three bedrooms include two with king beds and one with a twin-over-double bunk bed. Rattan headboards and cable-knit throws add textural interest and contemporary appeal. A well-stocked kitchenette, complete with appliances and a breakfast bar, opens to the living room, which offers a comfortable seating area and step-out access to the deck and back yard. Surrounded by privacy hedges, the yard is designed for outdoor entertaining. Guests can enjoy an open-air breakfast on the deck’s dining set or settle into a rocking chair with a summer book, while in the grassy yard below, a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs is ideal for s’mores under the stars.

To reserve the new beach cottage, visit or call 1-800-225-3110.

About Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Set on a private beach in Cape Cod’s legendary North Falmouth, and surrounded by old-fashioned New England cottages along Buzzards Bay, Sea Crest Beach Hotel has emerged from a multimillion-dollar renovation as the quintessential beach hotel for a new generation of travelers. With 263 guest rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and private balconies, the hotel is equally ideal for families who seek a beachfront setting in which to create timeless memories, couples drawn by the romance of the Cape, and meeting or wedding planners seeking expansive function space combined with superb dining and warm, personalized service.

Sea Crest Beach Hotel is within an easy drive of the region’s largest cities: New York, Boston, and Providence. Boston's Logan International Airport and Providence's T.F. Green International Airport are both just over an hour’s drive away.

For reservations or more information, visit or call 1-800-225-3110. Find Sea Crest Beach Hotel on Facebook at


Renowned Boston chef opens second outpost boasting crave-worthy dishes,
approachable drinks and homey digs

(Somerville, MA) – In August 2013, the James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tony Maws opens The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, his second Boston-area restaurant, touting a menu of rustic, hearty fare combining phenomenal ingredients and unexpected flavors that you would find Chef Maws cooking at home for family and friends. Located around the corner from one of Chef Maws’ food idols – Julia Child’s house – in Somerville, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter’s atmosphere will embody an eclectic and cozy neighborhood vibe akin to some of the best “gastropubs” in England.

“The Kirkland Tap & Trotter is an ‘every night of the week’ kind of establishment, serving favorites you would find my friends and family gathered around on a Monday night,” says Chef Tony Maws, who first introduced Bostonians to his cuisine in 2002 with Craigie Street Bistrot, later reincarnated as Craigie on Main in 2008. Chef Maws’ French-inspired “refined rusticity” and an unyielding passion for the best local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, have become his trademark. A James Beard Award Winner Best Chef Northeast (2011) and Food & Wine Best New Chef (2005), Chef Maws is a pioneer in the locavore movement and nose-to-tail cooking known for blending Parisian “slow-food” with New England ingredients. “You’ll find the same ingredients on the menu at Kirkland Tap & Trotter that you see at Craigie, but here they will be prepared simply and perfectly executed. You won’t see any swooshes on the plates here. I wanted to create a place where I could hang, and guests can embrace my jeans and a t-shirt philosophy, feeling comfortable enough to eat with their hands and play air drums.”

The 115-seat restaurant includes a 12-seat bar, with additional seating at high top tables alongside a large open dining room. The kitchen and menu centers around a large wood-fired grill set into a masonry base, featuring dishes such as: Grilled Spice Crusted Chicken Wings, radishes, arugula; Grilled Red Chile Salmon Head, oxalis; and Grilled Sardines Provençale, parsley, red onion.

The drink menu is also representative of the libations that Chef Maws and his friends and family enjoy imbibing at home, and will feature a large beer list, and an expansive wine by the glass list tilting toward Old World terroir and funky wines made by real people. Additionally, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter has partnered with Revolution Cocktails to create a unique cocktail menu with drinks that are well-crafted but “don’t take ten minutes to make.”

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter will open in late August 2013. For more information, visit Find The Kirkland Tap & Trotter on Facebook at and Twitter at

Harbor View Hotel’s Stewards Commission Keepsake anniversary book, collaborating with Top Martha’s Vineyard Talent

Investors of Historic Hotel Tap Vineyard Stories Publisher Jan Pogue, Author Nis Kildegaard and Photographer Alison Shaw for Commemorative Hardcover, Available for Purchase This Summer

EDGARTOWN, Mass. ̶ Harbor View Hotel enjoys a storied history, dating back to 1891 when it breathed new life into Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard following the height of the whaling era. With its Quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary on the horizon, investors in the hotel’s Captain’s Cottage Suites are calling on friends, guests and residents to help develop a commemorative book focused on Harbor View’s rich legacy. The perfect gift, it will be published in time for the 2013 holiday season and is available for advanced purchase this summer at the hotel.

Published by Vineyard Stories, the project is led by esteemed editor Jan Pogue, who has created some of the island’s most inspired works, including To the Harbor Light and Morning Glory Farm and the Family that Feeds an Island. The coffee table book is being written by island resident and research librarian Nis Kildegaard. A former news editor for the Vineyard Gazette, Kildegaard now serves as a writer and columnist for several Martha’s Vineyard organizations. Contemporary photography by renowned island artist Alison Shaw will bring the book’s pages to life, complemented by historical images. Shaw’s work is currently on display throughout Harbor View.

Focused on the hotel’s history, architecture, and influence on vibrant Edgartown, the hardcover will draw links between the island’s glorious past and magnificent present, peppered with narratives from owners, guests and islanders. Harbor View welcomes the anecdotes of all those who wish to contribute their thoughts and stories. Experiences and photos may be shared via e-mail to Harbor View will offer a special thank you, in the form of a complimentary weekend stay, to those whose submissions are used in the book’s print edition. Please see for more information.

About Harbor View Hotel
A beloved fixture on the Vineyard since 1891, the Harbor View Hotel offers luxury guest rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown. From its broad veranda, the hotel boasts spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor, the Vineyard’s premier sailing and yachting location, where guests can set sail on a variety of boating adventures arranged through Harbor View Hotel’s own waterfront concierge. In 2011 Harbor View announced the release of a limited collection of 18 fully-serviced Captain’s Cottage Suites including full, deeded ownership with year-round access and the opportunity to participate in the hotel’s expertly managed rental program. The Harbor View is a member of Historic Hotels of America® and is managed by Scout Hotels. For more information on the hotel call (800) 225-6005 or visit For more information on the Captain’s Cottage Suites, visit


The Veranda House’s Sassy Bed & Breakfast with a hip edge, totally renovated in 2012
I-Pads and Apple TV for you techies
Sleek flat screen TV’s and complimentary Wi-Fi
Deluxe continental buffet style breakfast which can be enjoyed on outside patio
Ultra plush beds with soft sheets; fluffy comforters and downy pillows


Extensively renovated in 2008 with a distinctly retro-chic design element
Sweeping harbor views from verandas; many rooms offer private verandas
Opulent bathrooms with waterfall showers, glass subway tiles
Served epicurean continental breakfast which can be enjoyed on terrace
overlooking the garden
Frette sheets and towels, plush overstuffed comforters; decadent pillows
Simon Pearce bedside lamps
Full Complimentary Wi-Fi; flat screen TV’s; iPod docking station
Afternoon served Italian sparkling wine
Evening turndown with a little treat
Extensive concierge service-we make it easy for you


In 1684, William Gayer built his Nantucket home atop Step Lane, a veritable stairway so named for its quick ascent from North Water Street to one of the highest points in town. Both a farmer and a Justice of the Peace, the Devonshire, England native was the first representative from Nantucket in the General Court after the island joined the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Though Gayer’s family line ended with the death of his son, his home continued to stand, overlooking the harbor, with grace and majesty.

In 1881, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Chapman moved to Nantucket. Tired of the ceaseless farm work along the rocky shore of the Long Island Sound, the couple sold their farm and invested part of the proceeds in Gayer’s property. The couple intended to spend their retirement in relative seclusion, but the festive community of Nantucket Island soon changed their plans.

Shortly after the Chapmans arrived, news of a grand reunion of Nantucket’s historic Coffin family began to spread. One of the original purchasers of the island in 1659, the Coffins were well known for their kindness and progressive thinking. During periods of extreme racial tension, they treated Native Americans and European settlers with equal respect and later fought for the abolition of slavery.

How to feed and lodge the hundreds, or possibly thousands, of visitors for the reunion was a problem for the small town. A house-to-house solicitation was made, and every room that could be made available was appropriated. Even the quiet farmers Chapman were persuaded and to their surprise, they found it a pleasure to entertain.

Guests, too, loved their stay with the Chapmans. Their desire to return to the spacious, beautiful home the following summer inspired the Chapmans to build a viewing platform on the harbor side of the property. The summer of 1882 marked the return of old friends and the acquisition of many new ones.

Their new life of hospitality and friendship was an exciting alternative to the idleness Mr. and Mrs. Chapman had originally planned. They purchased more property to accommodate the needs of their visitors. The open platform, so loved as a perch for admiring the island, was duplicated, then triplicated to provide multiple breathtaking vantage points of the harbor. Soon, a sign bearing the name “The Veranda House” was erected on Step Lane. Today, The Veranda House stands as one of Nantucket’s landmarks. Its white porches welcome incoming ferry passengers to the island and its terraced garden stands as a reminder of the steep origins of Step Lane, whose slope has since been tamed.

Rachel’s passion for all elements of design is apparent in the breadth of her portfolio and her extensive experience. With an enthusiasm for mixing styles, colors, and textures to create timeless interiors, Rachel is equally at ease navigating the gut renovation of an urban Victorian Brownstone as she is redesigning an iconic Nantucket inn.

Nationally recognized for her fresh and sophisticated approach, Reider engages her well-established network of key vendors, trades people, and retail stores on her client’s behalf, providing a highly personalized level of service and keen attention to detail at all stages of the design process. Regular travel around the world and to key trade shows ensures that clients have access to the latest products and up-to-date designs.

Rachel has deep roots in the interior design field with over 10 years of experience. She holds a degree in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design, as well as a degree in American Studies and Art History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Rachel honed her stills at two renowned Boston design firms before starting her own business in 2006.

Whether you would like a reservation at the hippest of Nantucket restaurants, directions to the island’s magnificent brewery, or simply a shoeshine, our Nantucket hotel staff at The Veranda House and Chapman House are happy to oblige. No request too big…or too small A day at the beach? We will guide you to the perfect spot for a day of sun on one of the Island’s most prized white sand beaches. Perhaps a fishing charter, reservations at the island’s finest day spa, or maybe just a beach towel? Large or small, your wishes inspire our dedication to service. Our superbly trained Nantucket hotel staff will happily attend to your every need.

Wake to a complimentary morning meal served daily in the breakfast rooms, or outside on the patios.

At The Veranda House
Continental specialties are served. Included are fresh-baked breads and croissants, homemade muffins, fruits and cheeses, granola parfaits, coffee and a variety of teas.

At Chapman House
A continental buffet of delicious selections, such as fresh seasonal fruit, artisan cheeses, fresh-baked pastries and breads, bagels, organic yogurt, homemade granola, juices, and a variety of teas.

Due to varying room availability, we can offer HOT DEALS from time to time.

Call us at 877-228-0695 to book the hot deal package promotion.


Check-in and check out:
Check-in time at our Nantucket hotel is 3 pm. If you should arrive earlier, we will make every effort to accommodate you when possible. We will gladly store your luggage until check-in time. Check-out time is 11 am.

Rates, taxes, and gratuities:
Rates do not include a 11.7% Massachusetts room occupancy tax and are subject to change without prior notice. Gratuities for the chambermaids are not included in the room rate.

Minimum stay:
In the summer, we generally require a 3-night minimum during the weekend and a 2-night minimum during the week. Minimum stays may also apply at other times of year. Call for details, as smaller slots are often available.

A deposit equal to the first 3 nights lodging, or 50% of any stay longer than 6 nights, is required to confirm reservations. The balance is due on arrival.

For all cancellations, regardless of circumstance, a 10% service charge will be retained by the Veranda House. For cancellations made within 15 days of your scheduled arrival, you will be held financially responsible for your entire reservation, unless the Veranda House can fill the vacancy. Changes of reservation date or early departure are treated as cancellations and will carry the same fee. You are, however, always welcome to send a friend or a family member in your place. Because we are a small hotel, cancellations affect us significantly, therefore we must abide by our policy in all circumstances.

Travel Insurance:
We realize that cancellations are often beyond your personal control. For this reason we recommend purchasing travel insurance for peace of mind. The Veranda House will be happy to supply your travel insurance company with any needed documentation regarding our policy and about your reservation. For insurance information please visit:

Group Cancellations:
Group reservations consisting of four (4) or more rooms are final and deposits are completely non-refundable.
Additional guests:
There is a $35 nightly charge for a third room-occupant.

We accept children age 10 and older.

The Town of Nantucket does not allow smoking in public places. The Veranda House complex is completely non-smoking.

We do not allow pets at this time.

We’ve earned our reputation as one of the finest Nantucket accommodations by our focus on you, our guest. We notice the little things when we travel, and we delight in providing them for you. All Veranda House, Chapman House and Arbor Cottage guests will enjoy our outstanding service. We take care of the details so you can simply relax.

THREE DIFFERENT PROPERTIES…THREE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES But all three offer the same friendly, genuine and professional service, as well as all the things you deserve

Ultra comfy beds, lavish linens and thirsty towels
Lather hair and bodycare products
Waffle kimono robes
Complimentary high speed wireless internet
Flat screen TV’s
Beach amenities: backpack beach chairs; beach towels and beach totes
Quiet in-town location
And……. our yummy afternoon chocolate chip cookies


Walking Directions
From Steamship Authority at Steamboat Wharf Walk straight up Broad Street and take your second right onto North Water Street. We are quite visible at the top of Step Lane on your third left. From HyLine at Straight Wharf

Walk straight out of the HyLine and take your first right onto Easy Street. Follow this until you dead-end into Broad Street. Take a left onto Broad Street and then take your second right onto North Water Street. We are quite visible at the top of Step Lane on your third left.

Driving Directions

From New York City (270 Miles)
I-95 to Providence, I-195 to Wareham, Route 25 to the Bourne Bridge (follow signs for the Cape and Islands), Route 6 to Exit 6: Route 132 into Hyannis. Follow the signs to ferry docks or airport. Approximately 5 hours depending on traffic.

From Boston (80 Miles)
Follow Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) to Route 6 over the Sagamore Bridge, to Route 132 into Hyannis. Follow the signs to ferry docks or airport. Approximately 1 1/2 hours depending on traffic.

Ferry Information

South Street Dock
The Steamship Authority
(High speed ferry and vehicle ferry)
508-477-8600 (reservations recommended)
Passengers only high speed ferry: Seasonal service. 1 hour crossing
Passengers & vehicles ferry: Year-round daily service. 2 1/4 hour crossing.

Ocean Street Dock
Hy-Line Cruises
(Passenger ferry only)
Passengers only high speed ferry:Year-round daily service (except 12/25). 1 hour crossing.
Passengers only ferry: Seasonal service. 2 hour crossing.

Airplane Information
From Boston: 40 minute flight
Cape Air 800-352-0714
US Air Express 800-428-4322
From Hyannis: 15 minute flight
Nantucket Airlines 800-352-0714
Cape Air 800-352-0174
Island Airlines 800-248-7779
From Martha’s Vineyard: 15 minute flight
Cape Air 800-352-0174
From New Bedford: 25 minute flight
Cape Air 800-352-0174
From Providence, RI: 30 minute flight
Cape Air 800-352-0174
From LaGuardia, NY: 1 hour-15 minute flight
US Air Express 800-428-4322
JFK, NY: 1 hour-15 minute flight
Jet Blue 800-538-2583
From Newark, NJ: 1 hour-25 minute flight
Continental Express 800-525-0280
From Philadelphia, PA: 1 hour-25 minute flight, late June – late September
US Air Express 800-428-4322
From Washington, DC: 1 hour-30 minute flight, late June – late September
US Air Express 800-428-4322

Chapman House Hotel

20 North Water Street, Nantucket, MA 02554

Nantucket’s Chapman House hotel, a refreshingly revived 19th-century inn, is a design disciples’ dream. Cleverly concealed behind the subdued salt-box exterior are 11-intimate rooms bursting with the colourful corals, exotic ikat fabrics and elegant custom furnishings of a mod beach retreat. All set on a quaint cobblestone lane that’s a mellow stroll to both the happening harbour town and brilliant beaches.

The Element

Element Hotels the eco-wise brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Making history as the only major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for high- performance buildings, Element Hotels offers tons of green design sensibilities.

Element has just launched Pedal Powered Charging Stations in its fitness centers brand-wide, including its Lexington, Massachusetts location, allowing guests to power-up personal devices during a stationary bike workout, and has just recently announced that all Element hotels are now 100% powered by renewable energy.

Element is also focused on helping travelers find balance while on the road and offers a host of complimentary services including:
• RISE healthy breakfast to start off the day
• RELAX beverage and snack to unwind in the early evening midweek
• Bikes-to-Borrow, for a smart way to explore the surrounds
• 24-hour fitness centers and saline pools

Much more than a “green” hotel concept, Element Hotels motivate guests to go and do. Rooms are stylish, sustainable and designed for comfort. Floor plans maximize flow and flexibility. Naturally lit open spaces invite conversation and inspire creativity. Guests are encouraged to gather in the morning for a healthful breakfast and mingle over food and beverage pairings in the evening.

Travel Buddies
Complimentary amenities for four-legged travel companions including a Heavenly Bed®-inspired doggie bed, food and water bowl, treats, and other necessities for pups on the road. There is no fee for dogs 40 lbs. and under.

Element Lexington

Opened 2008 as the flagship Element hotel; 123 guest rooms LEED-Gold certified; first Mass. hotel to receive this prestigious rating Located in a charming Boston suburb, just 20 minutes from downtown's rich colonial history and entertainment

The Interview with Michael Scavotto, Vice President Operations
Q - What makes you different from your competitors?
A - Live green Elements of the earth and nature.
Q - Is there any advantage to staying at this hotel rather than another in the area?
A - Depends on what you are looking for Green to Nature
Q - Can you reserve a room near the elevator? Can you get a room on a higher or lower floor?
A - Yes
Q - Aside from the room charge are there additional costs?
A - Internet is Free, Breakfast Free
Q - Speaking of Breakfast and being Free what more can you tell us about RISE
A. CHEF HARRY, Rise: Breakfast Bar

Enjoy gourmet coffee and a muffin over the morning paper. Or grab an egg and cheese wrap as you run out the door. Start your day right at Element Lexington with our complimentary Rise breakfast. The choices are as varied as our guests’ tastes, from our protein- packed warm signature sandwiches to cereal or yogurt with healthy fresh fruit to fresh-baked pastries. Kids (and kids at heart) will delight in our weekend pancake station where you can stack them up and top them off just the way you like. On the go? We have plenty of portable treats. Whatever your style, Rise provides the energy to get you up and ready to meet the day ahead.


The Barbara Prey Gallery will open this week in Williamstown. The new gallery at 71 Spring Street will exhibit the artwork of internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey. A celebrated American painter who has exhibited extensively overseas, Prey is a graduate of Williams College and maintains a studio in Williamstown where she has been exploring a new body of work of the area landscape. “Barbara is thrilled to return to Williamstown and the surrounding area which has provided inspiration for many years and where she had one of her early shows at Williams College some 35 years ago. We look forward to exhibiting artwork from different periods of her development and engaging with the community,” said gallery manager Natalie Flammia. The gallery is open 10-5:30 for more information:

As one of the key figures of 21st century landscape painting, Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Members are chosen for their established record of distinguished service and achievement in the arts. Previous members include noted artists Leonard Bernstein, John Steinbeck, Richard Diebenkorn and Isaac Stern. Her painting Lineleader, is currently on exhibit at the National Endowment for the Arts in the office of the Chairman. With work in the White House’s permanent collection, her appointment to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a long list of important private, public, national and international collections, her place as a significant American artist is secure. This winter Barbara was adjunct faculty at Williams College.

The Heckscher Museum in New York honored Prey with their “Celebrate Achievement Award” for her accomplishments and contributions to American art and culture on a local, national and global level. Heckscher Museum Director Michael Schantz said, “Barbara Ernst Prey [is] one of America’s most gifted watercolorists…Barbara’s flawless technique ranks her among the most important artists who ever painted in the medium.” Sarah Cash, curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, writes, “Among the foremost artists at work in the United States today, Barbara Ernst Prey has painted powerful, vibrant views of her surroundings for nearly forty years. The artist continues to take the watercolor medium, which has an august role in the history of American art, to innovative places. The New York Times writes, “Prey is going where artists Rauschenberg and Warhol have gone before.”

Prey was recently honored when NASA commissioned her to paint four paintings for their collection. The x-43, the fastest aircraft in the world, included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Museum Exhibit NASA|ART: 50 Years was on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. NASA invited her to be the artist spokesperson for the exhibit and she was featured on The CBS Evening News. Her other NASA commissions include: The Columbia Tribute, to commemorate the anniversary of the Columbia tragedy; the International Space Station, which is on exhibit with her painting of the Columbia Tribute at the Kennedy Space Center; and the Shuttle Discovery: Return to Flight. Prey joins an elite group of American artists who have been invited by NASA to document the history of space exploration including Norman Rockwell and Robert Rauschenberg. Dr. H. Lester Cooke, former National Gallery of Art Curator who guided the NASA Arts Program comments, “future generations will realize that we have not only the scientists and engineers capable of shaping the destiny of our age but artists worthy to keep them company.”

Prey is an artistic ambassador for the United States, chosen to participate since 2004 in the United States Arts in Embassies Program. At the U.S. Embassy in Paris she was the only living American painter exhibited with prominent American masters Homer, Ryder and Sargent. The U.S. Ambassador to Spain requested a special exhibit of her paintings for the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Her artwork is on exhibit in many U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide including: Prague, Seoul, Baghdad, Abu Dhabi, Bogotá, Mexico City, Athens, Cairo and Rangoon. The Arts in Embassies Program presents the works of influential American artists to a broad, international audience. Prey was honored with the Senate’s “Women of Distinction Award”, a tribute to outstanding New York women. She joins previous honorees Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt. She was invited as “one of the top players in today’s American art world” to moderate the panel Women at the Helm of American Art in New York with Museum of Modern Art Curator Laura Hoptman and Guggenheim Curator Nancy Spector.

As one of the leading artists of her generation, her paintings are included in some of the most important public and private collections around the world including The White House, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College, The Taiwan Museum of Art, New York Historical Society, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Reader’s Digest Collection. Her work is owned by private collectors including President and Mrs. George W. Bush, Nobel Laureate Dr. and Mrs. James Watson, Ambassador and Mrs. Craig Stapleton, Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks. As a spokesperson for American Art, she was invited to lecture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for the Winslow Homer exhibit, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the John Singer Sargent exhibit, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid on American Art and at Dartmouth College. She gave the opening lecture for the All-Ivy Intellectual Interchange Series: Arts in America in New York City.

Prey graduated from Williams College where she studied with Lane Faison and has a masters degree from Harvard University where she was able to continue her art history studies. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Henry Luce Foundation grant for her work which enabled her to travel, study and exhibit extensively in Europe and Asia. She is an art blogger for The Huffington Post.

Prey’s artwork has been featured and discussed in numerous books, publications, radio and television programs including The CBS Evening News, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, Newsday, The Boston Globe, CBS Sunday Morning, Larry King Live, PBS, NPR, Paula Zahn Now, CNN News Sunday, AP and Reuters Newswire, The New York Post, The Daily News, The International Art Newspaper, Harvard Magazine, Artforum, ArtNews, Forbes and NBC’s Extra.


First Boston Location of Much-Loved, DC-Based Salad Shop

Guests "Pay What You Want" on Opening Day,
With 100% of Proceeds to Benefit The One Fund Boston

For Immediate Release, Boston, MA – sweetgreen, the much-loved, organic, farm-to-table salad shops founded in Washington, D.C., will open its first Boston location in Back Bay today. The new store will be located at 659 Boylston Street, just steps from bustling Copley Square and around the corner from Newbury Street. For the first time, Red Sox Nation will have access to sweetgreen’s healthy and delicious salads, grain bowls and frozen yogurt, which have garnered a cult following in the D.C. area.

In celebration of opening day, sweetgreen is inviting guests to "Pay What You Want" until 4pm, with all proceeds benefiting The One Fund Boston, formed to assist victims and families affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon.

“From the very beginning, sweetgreen has always been all about its community – and we can’t imagine a better, stronger, more community-driven neighborhood than Boston,” said Nicolas Jammet, co-founder of sweetgreen. “We are incredibly proud to be opening here, right in the heart of this great city, and look forward to sharing our take on delicious, healthy and locally sourced salads, juice and more with our new neighbors.”

Ever since opening, sweetgreen has been dedicated to working with and sourcing their ingredients from local farms. Each store features a chalkboard “Local List” showcasing the nearby farms and ingredients featured on the menu. The Boston menu will feature zucchini and yellow squash from Ward's Berry Farm in the July salad of the month; chocolate peppermint from Eva’s Garden as a new frozen yogurt topping; and local peaches and ginger goat cheese from Ann Starbard of Crystal Brook Farm, a fixture of nearby Copley Square Farmers Market, in the August salad.

Founded in 2007 by Georgetown University graduates Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru, sweetgreen has become a favorite not only for its delicious and healthy food, but also for its commitment to local farmers, the community, sustainability, and outstanding company culture. sweetgreen was born from the belief that the community would benefit from a healthy, delicious, and eco-friendly dining option. The founders passionately believed it was possible to create “food that fits” – your values, your budget, your tastes, your imagination, and your community. They opened their first location, a 560-square foot space in Georgetown, in August 2007 – just three months out of college. The shop quickly grew a cult-like following and, over the next six years, the threesome went on to open 18 additional locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Philadelphia. In addition to the Boston opening, sweetgreen will open this summer at NYC’s NoMad Hotel and Maryland’s Silver Spring.

The company also founded sweetlife, an annual food and music festival that attracts a curated selection of cutting edge artists and 20,000 attendees – not to mention outstanding food from top chefs, food trucks, local purveyors and farmers. This year, the music lineup featured several high profile artists including Phoenix, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Solange, and more.

The Boston location will showcase a modern farmhouse style, the next evolution in sweetgreen’s in-store design pallet. When conceiving the design, sweetgreen kept as much of the original structure as possible to preserve the look and feel of the shop’s historic location. Design details include beautiful hickory flooring and recycled oak beam rafters sourced from Cambridge-based Longleaf Lumber and reclaimed wood tables designed by Uhuru, a sustainable design store. A cool tile floor reads “Passion X Purpose” (a cornerstone of sweetgreen’s philosophy) in the entryway, and the shop will feature a 15-foot mural commissioned by a local Boston artist.

Like its predecessors, the new store was designed with green practices in mind to minimize the environmental footprint. With compostable packaging, design details and furniture made from reclaimed materials, LED light fixtures, and wind energy offset credits to power the stores, sweetgreen continually aims to raise the bar in sustainable business practices.

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For more information about Springfield, visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau website at or 800-678-8767 or 417-881-5300. The CVB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting the local economy by promoting travel and tourism to Springfield.

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New Hampshire


The Granite State invites visitors to stay an extra day and take advantage of unique adventure

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Thrill seekers should head to New Hampshire ( this season for an unforgettable winter adventure. The Granite State is already known for hundreds of miles of skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile trails. In addition, visitors to New Hampshire can also experience a full slate of winter activities such as kite skiing and skijoring to dog sledding and ziplining on some of the longest zip lines in the US. In addition to the activities detailed below, the state’s official tourism website ( has a full list of distinct New Hampshire adventures available this year. Please see below for more information:

Fat Biking – Eastside Bike Guides, North Conway
Winter is actually a great time for mountain bikers to pull out the bike and go for a ride. Fat Biking, which uses oversized tires to navigate the snow and ice, can provide an entirely different adventure through snow covered New Hampshire. For more information, please visit or call 603-986-2784.

Ice Harvesting – Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth Village
During the 1880’s, ice harvesting was a lucrative business in New Hampshire. Ice was cut out in blocks from lakes and ponds to be distributed to keep food cold. Although it’s no longer the business it once was, the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about the process and harvest their own ice using the antique tools of the craft. For more information, please visit or call 603-323-7591.

Kite Skiing and Kite Boarding – Hardwater Kiter, North Conway
Guests looking for something a bit more hardcore than downhill skiing or snowboarding fun can kite ski or kite board, a whole different experience on skis or snowboard. Thrill seekers glide across snow or ice using kite power and wind to get you from point A to point B. For more information, please visit or call 603-986-2784.

Skijoring – Gunstock Mountain, Gilford
Snowfall doesn’t always have to be a downer for an active dog and their owner. Visitors and their pups can spend a day on 15 kilometers of cross country trails at Gunstock Mountain, designed specifically for the skier and their dog. The resort provides lessons for those who aren’t experienced and are interested in learning. For more information, please visit or call 603-293-4341.

Dog Sledding – Offered Statewide
This winter, learn a classic winter activity straight from the pages of famous books and movies by taking advantage of dog sledding offerings statewide. Guests have the opportunity to experience this in varying degrees of difficulty, from watching demos and getting eye level with the dogs or even taking a turn mushing. More information can be found at

Winter Ziplining – Offered Statewide
There’s something about gliding high above the tree lines and gazing down at the sights below that is something difficult to forget, especially with a blanket of glistening white snow and shining ice crystals in the path. Travelers of all ages can bundle up and break out the adventurous side to experience an aerial adventure in the beauty of the winter. More information on winter ziplining can be found at

Surfing – Seacoast Region
Not all surfing trips in the winter months have to be to warm destinations that break the bank. Instead, visitors are invited to “Live Free and Dive In” the Atlantic to test their surfing skills. Winter in New Hampshire provides for the best surfing due to the swells from the snowstorms. So step into that wetsuit and paddle out into the surf for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ice Climbing – White Mountains Region
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are home to some of the best ice climbing spots in the country, thanks to New Hampshire’s historically cold and icy winters. A full directory of climb suggestions is available at The state recommends Mooney Mountain Guides for guided ice climbing expeditions, and more information is available at or by calling 603-545-2600.

The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit


Visitors Enjoy Benefits of Camping Vacation Without Relying on Mother Nature's Cooperation

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Travelers interested in experiencing the beauty of nature in New Hampshire ( without the inconvenience of sleeping outside can find more comfortable, yet still close-to-nature alternatives to camping out. The Granite State’s lakes, mountains and wilderness offer a bounty of activities that can still be enjoyed from the comfort of an RV as well as under the roof of a hut or luxury rental. More information on camping alternatives in New Hampshire is below:

· Milan Hill State Park – Yurts
Located near popular areas for hiking, picnicking, fishing, canoeing and wildlife viewing, Milan Hill State Park offers yurts, or cone-shaped canvas structures, that are a much more comfortable option than pitching a tent while providing sturdy shelter from the elements. Yurts can sleep one to six people, and they include bunk beds and furniture. Rates start at $50 per night, and weekly rates are available from Saturday to Saturday. Reservations are not required and walk-up options are available.

§ Where: Milan Hill State Park
72 Fire Tower Road
Milan, NH 03588

· Mount Sunapee State Park – Lean-to Rentals
A major recreation area in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region, Mount Sunapee offers lean-tos, a free standing structure with three walls and a sloping roof that protects visitors from bad weather without detracting from New Hampshire’s fresh mountain air and natural sites. Lean-to rentals start at just $29 per night and are available until the park closes for the winter on October 14, 2013. The area is home to 4,085 acre lake, an ideal spot for family and group outings, as well as a vast network of well-marked hiking trails.

§ Where: Mount Sunapee State Park
86 Beach Access Rd
Newbury, NH 03255

· Pawtuckaway State Park – Log Cabins
Known for its large lakefront beach perfect for family outings, Pawtuckaway State Park offers five log cabin rentals starting at $65 per night and $350 per week for up to six people. The small log cabins contain all the modern amenities needed to feel at home in nature and also includes a fire ring and picnic table. There are many opportunities at the park for hiking, with trails leading to a fire tower which offers sweeping mountain views. An extensive marsh area also offers great access to wildlife, including beavers, deer, and great blue herons.

§ Where: Pawtuckaway State Park
40 Pawtuckaway Rd
Nottingham, NH 03290

· Appalachian Mountain Club – White Mountain Huts
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hut system, the oldest hut-to-hut hiking network in the U.S., celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2013. These eight “off-the-

grid” mountain destinations are nestled in the White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park and are fashioned after huts in the Alps. For serious hikers, each hut is spaced a day’s hike apart along a 56-mile-long stretch of the Appalachian Trail. The communal huts feature co-ed bunkrooms (with pillow and blankets provided during winter months) and washrooms as well as a stove and cookware for cooking during the winter. During the summer, breakfast and dinner is included with stay. Guests who stay in the huts can also take advantage of Naturalist-led walks and talks (as well a Junior program for kids) and natural history programs.

§ Where: Appalachian Mountain Club
Rt. 302
Bretton Woods, N.H. 03575

· Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort – Four Seasons Cabins
Covering 185 forested acres and a full half-mile of scenic lake front, Danforth Bay is located amidst the lush forest and secluded knolls and brooks of the White Mountains region. In addition to offering 300+ spacious campsites perfect for RVs, the resort also offers four season camping cabins that have kitchenettes, internet and cable hook-ups, and private baths. Danforth Bay pampers guests of all kinds with spotless bath-houses, two heated pools and a kiddie pool, Wi-Fi hot spots, an extensive recreation program, snack bar and camp store.

§ Where: Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort
196 Shawtown Road
Freedom, N.H. 03836

· Beaver Hollow Campground – New and “Like New” Camper Rentals
Located in the Lakes Region, Beaver Hollow Campground offers new and “like new” camper rentals for travelers who like a roof over their head and all the modern conveniences of a home on wheels. All campers come equipped with an awning, deck, fire ring, and picnic tables. Nightly rates start at $99 per night (subject to season and availability), and all categories offer specials, including free night offers for stays of a week or longer.

§ Where: Beaver Hollow Campground
700 White Mountain Highway (Route. 16)
Ossipee, N.H. 03864

· Inn at Ellis River – “Camp Ellis” Adventure
Guests at the Inn at Ellis River have access to all of the same outdoorsy activities that camp sites offer without having to deal with the elements. The Inn features featherbeds in every room along with a heated pool and a hot tub that all guests can use. The resort also will help arrange excursions to nearby hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing and fishing hot spots. There are packages available with a starting rate of $309 for a two-night stay (based on double occupancy and subject to availability).

§ Where: Inn at Ellis River
17 Harriman Road
Jackson, N.H. 03846

· Loon Reservation Service – Condo Rentals
Specializing in year-round vacation rentals of condominiums, townhouses and private homes, Loon Rentals provides luxury rentals right in the middle of the Granite State’s beautiful White Mountains. All condos have full kitchens, living/dining areas, an outsid deck and a yard so kids can play outside. Guests can choose from 12 different resort locations all within three miles of Loon Mountain and ten minutes from Cannon Mountain.

§ Where: Loon Reservation Service
264 Main Street #12
Lincoln, N.H. 03251

The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit

Getting Familiar with the
White Mountains Attractions

North Woodstock, NH: Roller coasters, water parks, zip lines and trains; all fun-filled, memorable activities for kids, right? Well, yes…and for a group of intrepid adults who work on the “front lines” of New Hampshire’s tourism industry and participated in the annual Familiarization Tour, hosted by the White Mountains Attractions Association.

In four short days this summer, this group of 25 individuals had the enviable task of experiencing the 15 major attractions in the White Mountains: Attitash Mountain Resort, Cannon Aerial Tramway, Clark’s Trading Post, Conway Scenic Railroad, the Flume Gorge, Hobo Railroad, Loon Mountain, Lost River Gorge, Mt. Washington Auto Road, Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Polar Caves Park, Santa’s Village, Story Land, Whale’s Tale Water Park and Wildcat Mountain.

“How can you explain something you haven’t experienced for yourself?” asked Mike “White Mountain Mikey” Duprey, tour coordinator and 35-year veteran of the association. “By actually visiting each attraction, these workers who deal with tourists on a daily basis are able to give visitors an accurate description of what they can look forward to.” Duprey has been coordinating the educational “Fam Tour” every year since 1979.

Over a dozen representatives from Chambers of Commerce, AAA offices, Welcome Centers and the Granite State Ambassadors took part in the tour to learn about the region and improve their knowledge for the State’s visitors.

The White Mountains Attractions Association also organizes familiarization tours for domestic and international travel writers and tour operators, to explore the region. We work with dozens of travel professionals each year,” said Jayne O’Connor, President of the Association. “We take many of them around ourselves, and these first-hand tours of the region help them develop the travel stories and the itineraries that visitors will use in planning their vacations.”

The WMAA, founded in 1958, is the official regional tourism organization for the White Mountains. It also operates the White Mountains Visitor Center in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. For more information about the attractions and the region, visit the WMAA website at

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Open for Business:

Cruising Guide Seeks Superstorm Sandy Region Marina Updates
Waterway Guide, AMI, BoatUS Team Up to Offer Boaters the Latest Information on NJ, NY Waterways

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to marine facilities, navigation aids and channels along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. The storm also choked northern New Jersey’s Intracoastal Waterway and other channels with sunken boats, sand, silt and debris from buildings and piers. How will boaters know what services are available or where the navigational hazards exist?

Waterway Guide, the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) have teamed up to offer an easy, up-to-date, free online guide for boaters at But, marinas and other boating service providers need to share their operating information and update it throughout the season by sending an email to

“The good news is there has been a monumental rebuilding effort and the majority of marine facilities are either open or expect to reopen by the boating season,” said BoatUS Technical Director Beth Leonard, “In addition, the New Jersey ICW and nearly all channels are open to navigation, although many hazards still exist in shallower areas and will likely remain that way for the 2013 boating season, especially in the northern Barnegat Bay area. Boaters cruising the ICW or just headed out for a Saturday afternoon, however, will need to know where navigational hazards still exist and where they can find fuel, slips, pumpouts, and repair facilities. This online resource is available to any marina, yacht club or boat club in the most storm-damaged areas wishing to post their information. Individual boaters can also send an email to to provide updates on their marinas, boating facilities and any hazards in their local waters.”

The special Superstorm Sandy webpage covers all marinas on the New Jersey coast, New York City, Hudson Valley and Long Island’s South Shore. Marinas and other boating businesses do not need to be currently listed in Waterway Guide to participate. Updates can be sent at any time and will be posted promptly.

“This is a way for BoatUS, Waterway Guide and AMI to help the industry get back on its feet by generating business,” added Leonard.

About Waterway Guide:
Waterway Guide is the time tested, best known and most respected cruising resource available. For over 65 years, boaters have trusted Waterway Guide before making their cruising and buying decisions. Waterway Guide is the boater’s choice for verified and accurate information on thousands of marinas, businesses and attractions along the way. All six print editions (Bahamas, Southern, Atlantic ICW, Chesapeake Bay, Northern and Great Lakes) of Waterway Guide, totaling 3,000 pages, are updated annually by on-the-water cruising editors, each possessing an average of 35 years active boating experience and by our professional production staff in Deltaville, Virginia. adds all the latest cruising news, navigational updates, fuel reports and other resources.

About AMI:
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) is a nonprofit membership organization that provides management training, education and information about research, legislation and environmental issues affecting the marina industry.

About BoatUS:
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on-the-water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-rich boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits that include marina and West Marine shopping discounts, and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.

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New York


NEW YORK, NY – Although the Statue of Liberty is closed for reparations as a result of Hurricane Sandy, there is still a way for tourists and residents alike to experience one of America’s most famous landmarks. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, New York’s oldest and largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special function cruises, offers many ways to see the Statue of Liberty.

Sailing since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises allows its passengers to see the Statue of Liberty up-close – with five different leisurely tours including a three-hour Full Island Cruise, a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise, 75-minute Liberty Cruise, two hour twilight Harbor Lights Cruise, or, starting in May and running through to September, the 30-minute thriller boat ride aboard The Beast.

Circle Line gives passengers the opportunity to experience the rich history and learn about the facts of the Lady Liberty from seasoned tour guides. Passengers are treated to unobstructed close-up views and the opportunity to take photos, without standing on long lines for a walking tour

For more information, visit

Sailing since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises at 42nd Street has hosted more than 60 million passengers in New York City. Owned and operated by New York Cruise Lines, Inc., Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is New York’s oldest and largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special function cruises. Residents and tourists can choose from five different leisurely tours including a three-hour Full Island Cruise, a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise, 75-minute Liberty Cruise, two hour twilight Harbor Lights Cruise or a 30-minute thriller boat ride aboard The Beast, coupled with convenient schedules to accommodate guests needs, state-of-the-art vessels, first class service and attentive crews. Cruises are not only designed to provide the best viewing opportunities, but to also be informative, comfortable and entertaining as well. Today, the company is recognized as one of the most famous boat rides in the entire world and is one of the oldest 42nd Street landmarks. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is not affiliated with Circle Line Downtown.

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Pittsburgh Happenings

Art Acquisitions
Carnegie Museum of Art acquired new major works to its collection. The acquisitions include an important early pastel drawing by Pittsburgh native Mary Cassatt featuring a woman with a child; a rare, intricate Bettridge pianoforte made of papier-mâché from the 1860s; and a prescient early sculpture by Franz Erhard Walther. Other acquisitions include an outstanding pair of Bakewell water decanters from the White House service of U.S. President James Monroe and a contemporary daguerreotype (and the sole existing presidential inauguration image in the medium) of “The Inauguration of Barack Obama” by Jerry Spagnoli.

Pittsburgh In, Portland Out
The Washington Post reports that Portland is so yesterday, and Pittsburgh is super cool. The follow-up article to The Washington Post’s “2012 In Out List” that says Portland is out and Pittsburgh is in, states: “Pittsburgh is poised to offer a new type of lifestyle. The Steel City has its own bike routes, microbreweries, organic food markets, art and lush scenery. Pittsburgh was named one of the world’s 20 must-see destinations by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 (Only one other place in the United States, Sonoma, Calif., made the list).” Take that, Porlandia!

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Rhode Island


WARWICK, RI – Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its third season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick is thrilled to announce their 2015 Summer Season – Richard Dresser’s Rounding Third, a comedy about America’s favorite pastime and the Tony Award-winning classic American musical, Gypsy.

“When considering what shows to present this summer, I kept coming back to the baseball comedy, Rounding Third. It is a warmly written, hilarious play, which I’ve wanted to do for a while now, about two little league coaches. Sort of The Odd Couple of Little League. And since baseball is rather beloved in this part of the country, well, I think it’s the perfect show to kick off the summer. Deciding on a musical wasn’t too difficult either. Our audiences really seem to enjoy great musical theatre and the popular Broadway hit Gypsy is considered by many to be the perfect musical!”

Rounding Third: Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael is a newcomer, corporate-exec who agrees to be Don's assistant to be closer to his son, who's never played baseball before. Michael believes that the job of the coaches is to shield the kids from the intense pressure of competition while making sure everyone has a good time. Don thinks a coach should be teaching the kids how to win. Over the course of exhilarating victories, heartbreaking defeats, and interminable rain-outs, the two men battle over how to lead the team.

Gypsy: Based loosely on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, this show focuses on her mother, Rose, and the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and become ”stars” while casting an affectionate eye on the hardships of the show business life. Thought by some to be the perfect musical, songs include “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick” and “Together Wherever We Go.”

Rounding Third will be presented from June 3 – 21. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, June 4 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Tuesday (except 6/9), Wednesday, Thursday (except 6/11), Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Special Sunday evening performance on Sunday, June 14 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for preview performances and $34-$49 for all other performances. $25 “Rush” tickets are available on a limited basis one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance.

Gypsy will be presented from July 8 – August 2. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, July 9 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Tuesday (except 7/14 & 7/28), Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Saturdays (except 7/11 & 7/25) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $39 for preview performances and $39-$54 for all other performances. $30 “Rush” tickets are available on a limited basis one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance.

The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. Tickets will be available at the box office Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon – 4:00 pm, and up until curtain on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk
in Newport, Rhode Island

A little History - The Chanler at Cliff Walk was built by Civil War-era New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler. Construction began in 1870 and was completed in 1873 at the steep cost of $30,000. The building was built to be the summertime retreat for Chanler and his wife, Margaret Astor Ward – great granddaughter of the first multi-millionaire of the United States of America, Mr. John Jacob Astor. The building remained a summer home within the Chanler family for approximately 50 years, hosting prominent figures such as President Theodore Roosevelt and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow throughout this portion of its history. During this era it became known as "Cliff Lawn".

The Cliff Walk Manor was sold in June 2000 to Detroit businessman John Shufelt, who subsequently closed the hotel to embark on an extensive three year renovation and refurbishment to the building. Shufelt sought to bring attention to the history and original elegance of the mansion, while at the same time creating a luxury hotel and restaurant experience as had not been seen before in New England.

Along with his wife, Jeanie, Shufelt reopened the hotel in 2003 in its current format as The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Now lets move on to your moment. Striking or interesting in an unusual way staffed with a team of professionals to handle every detail, The Chanler is a place where weddings are arranged in truly historic fashion for both intimate elopements and extravagant weddings of up to 200 guests. Backed by the culinary creations of the award-winning Spiced Pear restaurant, each ceremony, reception, and dinner is planned with the utmost attention given to creating this day around one thing – you.

Executive Chef Thomas Duffy at Spiced Pear

Thomas Duffy, Executive Chef is a culinary talent with reputable experience at some of the most upscale restaurants in the New England area. Duffy, who was previously the Sous chef at the Spiced Pear before being appointed as Executive Chef in March 2010, oversees all culinary operations of The Chanler at Cliff Walk.

Thomas Duffy was born and raised in Rhode Island and currently resides in Newport.

Much to my delight I had this opportunity to relax in The American Empire is an inherently opulent style that originated in France under Napoleon and was characterized by the use of imperial Roman ornamentation and decoration. The junior suite is divided into two distinct areas, a living room area and bedroom. On one side is the sitting area that features, under its own alcove, a large Jacuzzi. The bedroom portion of the room enjoys an ocean view from a large window. The large, queen-sized sleigh bed is placed at an angle and faces the focal point of the room, the unusual and beautiful antique slate mantel, with built-in TV above it, and inlaid cameo tiles in colors that complement the room. The room is carpeted with warm-toned carpet of red, green and gold. The window and door are decorated with hand-painted decorations and medallions - prevalent in Empire style. The impressive sleigh bed is draped with fine red, green and gold iridescent silk, and the oversized bath includes triple showerheads, private toilet and bidet room, all in a gold-colored granite.

The Chanler is the only property on Newport's famous Cliff Walk, a historical mansion turned hotel boasting twenty exquisitely designed rooms to reflect a different historical period or theme (think Gothic, French Provincial or Renaissance). The Spiced Pear dining room serves Contemporary American Cuisine form an open kitchen with a décor of grace, splendor and elegance featuring breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant is a great foodie spot, known for everything from fine dining to creative bar snacks - the hotel just introduced Parmesan truffled popcorn to the bar.

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The Sea Pines Resort Announces
New World-Class Beach Club

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) -- The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head’s most celebrated leisure retreat – announces the completion of the highly anticipated new world-class Sea Pines Beach Club.

The two-story 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club presents an inviting seaside atmosphere with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and distant Tybee Island. The new facility provides year-round enjoyment for resort guests and property owners with an array of family-friendly amenities including dining, retail and special event space.

The first floor features Coast, a beautifully appointed casual beachside restaurant and a wrap-around oceanfront beach bar with seasonal entertainment.

The Beach Club’s second floor showcases Ocean Lounge, an upscale bar serving a selection of specialty cocktails and a signature collection of premium rums and tequilas, as well as small plates and desserts. The area also includes event space with large floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious outdoor deck connected by terraces and covered verandas.

A new retail space, the Surf Shop, offers an assortment of beach supplies as well as children's toys ideal for fun on the sand. Resort apparel for men and women is also available including logoed T-shirts, headwear and premier brands including Peter Millar, Johnnie-O and I Can Too.

For on-the-go dining, the convenient Surfside Market offers express concessions including freshly made salads, sandwiches and snacks.

“The new Beach Club combines exceptional design and craftsmanship with spectacular coastal beauty,” says John Munro, Vice President of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing at The Sea Pines Resort. “Premium finishes and lavish attention to detail throughout affirms The Sea Pines Resort's commitment to quality, durability, and providing a world-class experience for our members and guests.”

The Sea Pines Resort has also begun construction on a new 26,000-square-foot Harbour Town Golf Links Clubhouse on the site of the existing structure. Slated for completion in spring of 2015, the facility will honor the RBC Heritage with a gallery showcasing the rich tournament history and display of past champions.

The legendary Lowcountry destination recently invested in multiple resort-wide revitalization projects including the new Plantation Golf Club and golf learning center at its Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean courses. The amenities of the 23,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

For more information:, 866.561.8802.

About The Sea Pines Resort
One of the true crown jewels of American golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to legendary Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

For more information about Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, visit

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.

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Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech have created an undersea vehicle inspired by the common jellyfish that runs on renewable energy and could be used in ocean dives for rescue and surveillance missions.

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Waterbury Tourism Council Elects Kim Dixon as President

Waterbury, Vermont: On Tuesday January 27, the Waterbury Tourism Council (WTC) elected Kim Dixon as its new President during their annual meeting at The Reservoir Restaurant. With over 20 years of marketing experience, Dixon is prepared to guide the organization through 2015 in building a stronger, more vibrant tourism community that will grow and prosper for years to come. Alongside Dixon, the elected 2015 board officers include: Vice President Ed Drill (Stowe Cabin in the Woods); Secretary Lynn Mason (Blackback Pub); and Treasurer Mark Frier (The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room, The Bench in Stowe).

Only a few months have passed since Dixon's initial involvement in the WTC, and strategic improvement can already be seen in the organizations marketing. So far, the WTC marketing committee has rebranded the tourism council's online presence, with the intention of increasing public visibility and interest through the web. The WTC is now officially represented across the web as "Discover Waterbury". The list of active members in the WTC is extensive, and with the current strength of the WTC board at their service, many positive changes are sure to be seen for the Waterbury community this year. Dixon is both thrilled and honored to be a part of making this growth happen.

Dixon's exceptional marketing perspective derives from her extensive local marketing work, and her upbringing in the progressive city of Chicago. She has provided invaluable services to countless Vermont businesses across many industries, including restaurants, spas, hotels, artists, musicians, rental agencies, lawyers, realtors, graphic animators, builders and contractors. Dixon served 14 years as Director of Marketing at Stoweflake Resort, and now operates her own marketing agency, Insights, LLC, located at 26 N. Main St., Waterbury. Through Insights she provides marketing services including specialized plans, budgets, social media strategies, email campaigns, copywriting, photography, and much more.

Dixon is known to extend her services to the community through WTC and elsewhere, dedicating her spare time to educating small businesses and organizations on marketing efforts. Her expertise and passion has now led her to pursue the role of an educational speaker, delivering workshops and seminars to benefit businesses and nonprofits in the Vermont.

For more information on the Waterbury Tourism Council and Discover Waterbury, visit


- Fall Foliage Offers Value with Special Midweek Travel Packages and Amtrak Discount -

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Michael Snyder, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, has been tapped in the new role of “Foliage Forecaster” by the Vermont State Department of Tourism and predicts a stunning array of colors this fall. Leaf peepers can stay up-to-date on the color progression of Vermont ’s leaves by calling the Fall Foliage Hotline at 1-800-VERMONT, starting the second week of September. Distinctive ways to experience the leaves changing, value-added hotel offers, and a special Amtrak deal makes Vermont a prized location for fall foliage.

“Michael has been our unofficial spokesperson on foliage for some time now, so we are excited to welcome him in his official role as Foliage Forecaster,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing. “And we are thrilled to hear him say aerial surveys report that our forests are prime for an outstanding show of colors this fall season.”

With the highest percentage of maples trees in New England, one-third of which are Sugar and Red Maples responsible for producing intense red hues, Vermont can legitimately boast having the most vibrant fall foliage in the northeast. As Vermont is 76 percent forested and home to more than 50 State Parks and one National Park, leaf peepers can view expansive fall views across more than 300,000 acres of state-owned forest land.

In celebration of the leaf season, Vermont is offering visitors a variety of ways to experience fall foliage. From local dairy farm visits to a scenic ride on the “Vermonter,” here is a sampling of top fall happenings throughout the state:

· Pick an apple, win an apple…During “Apples to iPods,” a statewide scavenger hunt taking place in 19 participating orchards, visitors who find specially marked wooden apples will win an Apple iPod or maybe an iPad. Starting September 5 and ending once all of the apples have been discovered, visit for complete details.

· Sweet dreams…With a collection of B&B’s, cottages, hotels, and resorts offering special midweek packages with some starting as low as $70 a night, leaf peepers of all kinds will find comfortable accommodations. Examples include Suttons Place in Manchester Center which is offering a one day pass to the nearby Equinox Spa with a three night stay through October 16, 2012 with rates starting at $65 per person and Echo Lake Inn in Ludlow which is offering a fourth night free for a total package price of $417 for two people from September 16-October 20, 2012. Visit for a full list of participating properties.

· All aboard…Amtrak is offering a special “Visit Vermont” discount of 20 percent through October 31, 2012 for travel to any Vermont station. This includes the “Vermonter,” which provides daily service on the east coast between Washington , D.C and St. Albans in Northern Vermont, making stops along the way including New York City , Philadelphia , and Baltimore . Other travelers can easily arrive in Vermont via a short road trip from the northeast or direct flight into Burlington International Airport . For travel planning, visit

· More than just maple syrup…Foodies can “eat up” the new site which connects visitors with more than 400 local food experiences throughout the state. Visitors can follow pre-mapped themed trails or chart their own course, visiting artisanal cheese makers, working farms, and craft breweries along the way.

· View from the top… See the leaves change from the peaks of Vermont ’s Green Mountains . Glide through the sky for breathtaking views via tram, gondola or chairlift at Bromley Mountain Resort, Mad River Glen, Jay Peak Resort, Killington Resort, Mount Snow Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort. Killington’s K-1 Express Gondola, for example, offers a birds-eye view from the top of the 4,241 Killington peak. The gondola operates weekends from September 8-30, 2012 and daily from October 1-8, 2012. For more information visit

Foliage season typically begins mid-September and remains colorful through mid-October. For the most up-to-date information visit or become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.

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"Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" recording project and contest announced

~Album honors historic "Big Bang of Country Music" in Bristol, VA/TN; will promote the official opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum August 2~

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tourism and music industry representatives gathered today for a special press conference to officially announce the August 2 grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA and the creation of "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited."

It was further announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the "Orthophonic Joy" recording project, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson.

Famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs emceed the event with special remarks and musical performances by country music celebrity Marty Stuart, as well as The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, The Chuck Wagon Gang and Carl Jackson. Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Chris Canfield, Virginia Tourism Corporation, also brought remarks. The event was fittingly held at The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

This Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. Johnny Cash referred to the famous Sessions as "The single most important event in the history of country music." Also known as the "Big Bang of Country Music," the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.

Set to be released in October, "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited," features entertainment legend Dolly Parton, as well as country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Ashley Monroe. The recording project includes 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions.

The idea to recreate the Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the serendipitous connection between board member John Rainero, veteran songwriter Rusty Morrell and producer Carl Jackson helped bring "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited"to life.

"My dear friend Rusty Morrell approached me with the idea to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions," Jackson said. "He was very aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist 'tribute' projects I had produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those '27 recordings cannot be overstated, and I am truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new and loving light on some of those classic works."

In the spirit of Ralph Peer, Jackson and the Birthplace of Country Music organization is launching a nationwide search for a new artist to record the final track on the album. Emerging and independent artists may submit ONE of the following selected Bristol Sessions songs: "The Storms Are On the Ocean," "Darling Cora," "Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow," or "I Am Bound For The Promised Land."Deadline to receive submissions is July 10. Four artists will be selected for Jackson and a panel of judges to review. For a complete list of contest rules, visit .

"The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world's music," said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. "With the opening of the Museum, the release of 'Orthophonic Joy,' and the nationwide search for new talent, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners who are part of these endeavors are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations to come."

Today's event was hosted by the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol TN/VA Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Virginia Beach entices visitors to “Live the Life” year-round! Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Virginia Beach is four hours southeast of D.C. by car and within a day’s drive or less from two-thirds of the U.S. population. For visitor information, call 1-800-VA-BEACH (800/822-3224) or visit for online trip planning. Please follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at


White Sulphur Springs, WV - The Greenbrier, the historic American resort in the foothills of West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, is proud to announce that its Executive Pastry Chef, Jean-Francois Suteau, is the winner of the U.S. finals of the World Chocolate Masters competition, held in Chicago this past weekend.

Named the U.S. Chocolate Master at the World Chocolate Masters competition, hosted by leading gourmet chocolate brand Barry Callebaut, Chef Suteau will represent the United States when he vies for the top award at the World Chocolate Masters -- the world's premier culinary competition devoted solely to the art of chocolate -- in Paris later this year. Chef Suteau will also accompany The Greenbrier's Executive Chef Richard Rosendale to Lyon, France later this month, where Chef Rosendale will be competing as Captain of Team USA in the Bocuse d'Or international culinary competition.

Recognized by a jury of five leading patissiers and chefs for his artistry and adherence to the competition theme of "Architecture of Taste," Chef Suteau prevailed over three other elite finalists--Jove Hubbard from The James Hotel in Chicago, Todd Owen from Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, NC, and Evan Sheridan from Cathedral Hall University Club in Chicago. Each contestant was tasked with completing a chocolate showpiece (Suteau's winning "Best Showpiece" is pictured here), a molded praline/bonbon, a gastronomic chocolate dessert and a chocolate doughnut.

Chef Suteau trained for the competition under the tutelage of his coach, Laurent Branlard, Executive Pastry Chef at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and a two-time World Pastry Champion (in 2002 and 2008), and with the assistance of Greenbrier pastry apprentice Sarah Helzer. As Executive Pastry Chef at The Greenbrier, Chef Suteau oversees all desserts for the resort's 13 restaurants, cafes and lounges, in addition to 24-hour in-room dining. Born in Nantes, France, into a family with a long history in patisserie, dating back to 1752, Chef Suteau has previously worked as executive pastry chef at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles; The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas; JOEL in Atlanta, Georgia (where he was awarded "Best Viennoiserie," "Best Mille Feuilles" and "Best Chocolate Cake of Atlanta"); and The River Club in Columbus, Georgia. Chef Suteau was also recently the captain of the US pastry team, competing in the 2011 World Pastry Cup/Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France. In 2011, Chef Suteau was named one of "The Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the United States" by Dessert Professional magazine, a leading industry publication.

For more information about The Greenbrier and its Restaurant Collection, please visit:

Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses 6,750 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup event, and will launch The Greenbrier Presidential Express, a luxury touring train from Washington, DC to The Greenbrier train depot, and The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds, later this year.

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Rare Massachusetts Artifacts on Prominent Display At Crime Museum In Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC – The harsh realities of crime manifest themselves through artifacts and instruments of forensics, investigation, enforcement and violence. At Washington, D.C.’s Crime Museum, such evidence can be found prominently displayed in each of the five galleries housed within the 28,000-square foot-complex, located at 575 7th Street N.W.

These artifacts, which include firearms, detection equipment, prison art, and automobiles, come from hundreds of justice and law enforcement divisions nationwide, including several from the state of Massachusetts. One such featured item is a leather helmet from a Massachusetts electric chair. This chair was used in 57 executions including Sacco & Vanzetti, two of the most notorious Italian-born American laborers and anarchists who were convicted and executed for the 1920 armed robbery and murder of two pay-clerks in South Braintree, Massachusetts.

This and other historical elements are incorporated into over 100 different displays and interactive exhibits that focus on the history and legacy of crime in America. Other permanent attractions inside the museum include opportunities to interact with a realistic forensics lab, create ID cards and fingerprinting, and using a lie detector test. Visitors to the museum can also experience first-hand the skills necessary to fight crime through such interactive components as a simulated FBI shooting range and high-speed police chase simulators. For tickets or additional information, please contact the Crime Museum at (202) 621-5567 or visit

About the Crime Museum
The Crime Museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable insight into the issues of crime, crime fighting, and the consequences of committing a crime in America through a captivating interactive, entertaining and educational experience. The museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). For more information, visit or follow the museum on Facebook and twitter

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Enrollment Now Open for Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Family Programming includes Music, Dance, Crafts and More

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Enrollment is now open for the 2013 Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School, a week-long series of family programming by the world’s top authorities in Irish music, history and culture. The program runs August 12 to 16 and marks the kick off to the annual festival. Featured this year is a returning drama class for children and several instructors from Nova Scotia who are part of the festival’s Nova Scotia Showcase.

“The Irish Fest Summer School promises all things for all ages,” said Jane Walrath, director of the Irish Fest Summer School. “These are classes you definitely won’t want to skip.”

Classes range from 90-minute sampler courses to intermediate, advanced and masters classes. As Summer School lets out, participants are invited to continue the fun at Milwaukee Irish Fest; all enrollees will receive one free ticket to the festival along with free admission to the opening night Grand Hooley.

Children’s Programs
Several programs catering to children will introduce them to music, instrument playing and theater programs. Children as young as eight years-old will be able to try their hand at Irish music while receiving instruction from teachers who have perfected their craft in the U.S. and abroad. Meanwhile, those ages 7-12 may participate in an exciting drama class back by popular demand. The class will conclude with a performance on the Children’s stage at Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Children’s Beginning Bodhran (Irish Drum) will be taught by Patrick Roe, a talented musician who has played with many diverse groups such as Different Drums of Ireland, Frogwater and Leahy’s Luck. He has studied the bodhran in both the U.S. and Ireland.

Children’s Beginning Whistle will be taught by Brett Lipshutz who has been involved with Irish music for more than 20 years. He has taught flute and whistle in the U.S. and France. As a performer, he has toured with the Trinity Irish Dance Company and is currently a member of the Milwaukee band, Myserk.

Children’s Beginning Fiddle will be taught by Kaitlin Hanh, a violinist since age six. With a penchant for the highly accented Cape Breton style that adapts a sound from Scottish bagpipe, she has learned from and studied with well-known fiddlers such as Liz Carroll. Kaitlin also teaches at the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music.

Children will also enjoy a Children’s Drama Class called Leprechaun Legends taught by Kathleen Mohr, well-known as The Pocket Lady™ for her one-woman theater troop of over 30 costumed characters.

Nova Scotia Instructors
Nova Scotia is the featured showcase at Milwaukee Irish Fest’s annual lakefront festival this year. Several musicians included in the lineup will be arriving in Milwaukee in advance to teach at the Summer School.

Duo Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIssacs, whose latest album was named one of the Top 10 Folk and Americana albums of 2012 by National Public Radio, will each teach a class at Summer School. Mary Jane is a sharer of songs, stories and spirit who has won critical acclaim for her mesmerizing vocals that chronicle Cape Breton’s living Gaelic culture. She will teach Sean-Nos Song (Old Style). Wendy is a fiddler, piano player and step dancer from Cape Breton. She has brought the island’s musical traditions and spirit to counties in Europe and North and South America. She will teach Intermediate Cape Breton Fiddle.

Colin Grant will teach a Master Class in Cape Breton Fiddle. Colin’s fiddle playing – hard-driving but clean; lively and passionate; traditional yet original – is in the forefront of Atlantic Canada’s music scene. At home with Cape Breton music, his versatility as both a lead and side musician has given him experience in a variety of styles.

Other Classes
There are a variety of classes for all ages to choose from covering: music, language, dance, crafts and culture. For a full schedule listing, course descriptions and instructor bios, visit

Highlights include:

•Irish Mandolin, Irish Tenor Banjo and Beginning Bodhran will each be taught by a different member of Irish/bluegrass band, We Banjo 3.
•Back by popular demand, Julianne Donlon will return again this year with two lectures. The first – a new topic – will be on Sacred Spaces and Places.
Additionally, she will lecture on Celtic Spirituality, an expanded class that she taught as a sampler last year. Julianne was born and educated in Ireland and is an inspirational speaker who currently is the Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis.
•Kevin Burke, who taught at the workshop stage at the very first Milwaukee Irish Fest in 1981, will bring his fiddle playing expertise to the Summer School for the first time with a class on Advanced Irish Fiddle. Kevin’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for more than 30 years. During his career, he has earned international acclaim as a performer and a teacher, receiving a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002.
•Colin “Hammy” Hamilton is a noted flute player and maker, as well as an author and music scholar. Colin was born in Belfast and currently lives in West Cork. He was among the first to make flutes specifically for Irish music. At the Irish Fest Summer School, he will teach Intermediate Flute and will include wood flute maintenance as part of the class. Students are invited to bring in flutes that need fixing. (Please indicate if you will bring a flute to be fixed upon registering.)
•Basket Weaving I and II. Vincent McCarron, who resides on Inishmore, Aran Islands, will teach weaving of traditional baskets once used daily by Aran Islanders. He has a studio outside of Kilmurvey where he weaves and conducts full-day and multi-day workshops on the art. Vincent is considered one of the greatest proponents of the ancient craft.

Registration is open now through July 30th with an early enrollment discount on full-week classes through July 1. Classes take place on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in downtown Milwaukee. Dormitory housing is available to Irish Fest Summer School students. Register online at

About Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Irish Fest is the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture. The four-day festival showcases more than 100 entertainment acts on 16 stages at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The annual festival occurs every third weekend in August. The 2013 festival takes place August 15 to 18.

More than just a festival, the Milwaukee Irish Fest organization is passionately committed to igniting a love of Irish culture in all people. Milwaukee Irish Fest teaches Ireland’s music, dance, drama, sports, culture, children’s activities and genealogy through year-round programming. For more information, visit

Planning a Golf Getaway?

Lake Geneva Area Offers Ideal Destination Visitors can tee it up at more than 20 glacial landscaped courses

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. – The Lake Geneva area offers an unparalleled experience for a golf getaway. From graceful, rolling hills that were glacial made, to the area’s great dining, shopping and attractions, the fun continues both on and off the course – all less than half a tank of gas from the Chicago area. With 22 courses in the area, let’s take a walk through a golf enthusiast’s options.

Imagine playing on a course designed by some of the biggest names in the game. Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, Trevino, Dye and Cupp have all created championship courses in the Lake Geneva area. Or, picture stepping onto a highly rated course as determined by leading national golf and travel publications. Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Conde Nast Traveler have designated several of the area’s courses among the best in the region and even the country.

The Geneva National Golf Club features three championship courses designed by the masters, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino. Carved out of the rolling Wisconsin countryside, all have received a 4½ star rating from Golf Digest magazine. Each 18-hole course is unique in its layout and design, taking full advantage of the natural surroundings and featuring mature woodlands, lake views and rolling hillsides. You’ll also find five sets of tees at each hole, making a wonderful challenge for the experienced golfer while giving the new golfer an enjoyable round.


Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is home to two tournament-quality 18-hole courses and is rated by Condé Nast Traveler as a Top 10 Northern golf resort in the U.S. The Brute is a par-72, 7,300-yard course with 68 bunkers and huge rolling greens. It’s one of the most challenging layouts in the Midwest. The Highlands is a par-71 course originally designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, and updated by Bob Cupp. It offers an experience similar to the scenic hills of Northern Scotland and takes full advantage of the plush, natural landscape of the Wisconsin countryside.

Set among the rolling slopes of Geneva Lake’s southern shore, Abbey Springs Golf Course received a 4 ½ star rating by Golf Digest magazine. Rich in natural wooded beauty, this parkland-style course rises to spectacular views of Geneva Lake and its surrounding hillsides.

Also receiving 4 ½ stars from Golf Digest is Hawk's View Golf Club located three miles north of downtown Lake Geneva. Their Como Crossings course offers challenging golf among mature vegetation, woodlands, and natural elevation changes. Meanwhile, their Barn Hallow course – walkable in two hours – offers families and the novice golfer an enjoyable par-3 experience while still challenging low handicappers.

Just 10 minutes from downtown in Elkhorn, Evergreen Golf Club is a 27-hole public facility featuring rolling greens, sweeping fairways and abundant water hazards. Their East/West course received 4 stars by Golf Digest magazine and was named an outstanding value. Evergreen provides the longest golf season in the area with its’ continuous cart paths and superior drainage system.

Once a private golf course, Country Club Estates is nestled in the rolling hills of Fontana, Wis. just minutes from Geneva Lake. Players will appreciate the ability to play a quick nine and still enjoy a day at the lake. A wooded, nine-hole par 35, this 3,011 yard course with fast rolling greens, is suitable for golfers of all levels.

First opened in 1921, Lake Lawn Resorts’ championship golf course is set amid 275 lush, tree-lined acres in Delevan and is best known for its stately oaks, deep sand bunkers and subtle undulations. Each hole is set with multiple tee boxes for players of all abilities. Lake Lawn’s greens are often the topic of conversation in the 19th hole because of their many tiers.


Even children can enjoy the golf experience in Lake Geneva at miniature golf course, Paradise Golf Park located on one acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with exquisite cascading waterfalls just minutes from downtown Lake Geneva.

Whatever your experience level, you will enjoy the more than 20 courses found in the Lake Geneva area. Several courses cater to beginner players, women and juniors through leagues, clinics and special tee times. Planning a group outing? Ask for help designing the perfect event for groups of any size.

For more information about a golf getaway in Lake Geneva, including specials and accommodations, visit our website at Lake Geneva: It’s always been the place…to chase Old Man Par. Now, make it yours!

About Lake Geneva
Nestled on the northeastern shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the site and began building summer homes there. Today, the elegant, often historic estates still ring the lake and can be viewed from the water or by foot via the 20+ mile walking path that circles the lake.

Lake Geneva boasts a wealth of dining options and lodging choices with the latter ranging from luxury spa resorts to rustic inns to lovely B&B’s. The area also offers pristine nature areas and a wealth of attractions. For more information on a golf getaway in Lake Geneva, honored as

A National Trust for Historic Preservation Distinctive Destination, visit or call 1-800-345-1020.

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Get away and play in W Montreal's distinct and iconic bars;
Wunderbar and Plateau Lounge

Accomplished and unparalleled on Montreal's nightlife landscape, Wunderbar and Plateau Lounge have continued to "raise the bar" through services honed by time and commitment. An autumnal oasis, the Plateau Lounge located on the mezzanine level of the W Montreal, offers a wonderfully seductive setting and ambience that combines equal parts luxurious refuge, comfort, and sumptuous cocktails. Wunderbar the incomparable boîte de Nuit blending world class music, lavish cocktails, and the most eclectic blend of hotel guests, trendsetters, Montreal A-Listers and locals. This most unique union lends itself to some of the most unforgettable nights and cherished memories. Wunderbar and Plateau Lounge are perfect for hosting corporate events, workshops, those making the scene, post work rendezvous, and delicious liaisons. Here is a brief description of each of these two places;

Plateau Lounge:
Unique and compelling, Plateau Lounge, a chill refuge that conjures a dreamy wild wood is dramatically positioned between lush and lavish environs. Guests gather to sip artisan cocktails from resident mixologists such as Thaitini, Blood Orange Margarita, Maple Mojito, and the Hope, a cocktail created in support of cancer research; snack on Otto creations; in the cozy comfort of a warm and inviting atmosphere. From Tuesday evening to Saturday nights, some of Montreal's hottest D.J.'s and musical talent make the scene in support of Young Artists Series.

Inspired by Montreal's distinctive seasons and magnificent natural surroundings, Wunderbar filters jet set cocktail culture through a local lens. The sleek, multi-level club exudes the outdoors' vibrancy while offering amenities consistent with A-list destinations worldwide.

About bpc
bpc (by peter chase) is a hospitality development and management company whose focus is the creation and operation of restaurants & bars around the world. Our diverse backgrounds and collective knowledge bring unique vision and operational expertise to every concept. With an international client list spanning from independent restaurants & bars to luxury hotel and casino operators, bpc has become the resource for innovative hospitality concepts like Wunderbar and Plateau Lounge.

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