Monday, December 11, 2017

Ring in the New Year in Luxurious Style


Planning to celebrate New Year's Eve festivities in Boston? Ring in the New Year in luxurious style.

These five Boston luxury hotels are offering New Year's Eve packages:
  1. Lenox 
  2. Four Seasons 
  3. The Liberty 
  4. Fairmont Copley Plaza 
  5. The Langham

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Photo of the Day: Caribbean Party Time


Caribbean Regattas and Sailing Festivals 2018

The races, the parties, the fun...

Photo: Ingrid Abery/St. Thomas International Regatta


Barbados Sailing Week
 January 16-24, 2018
Event Website

Grenada Sailing Festival
January 29-February 3, 2018
Event Website

Superyacht Challenge Antigua
January 31-February 4, 2018
Event Website

The Round Martinique Regatta
February 6-10, 2018
Event Website

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
March 1-4, 2018
Event Website

St. Croix Yacht Club International Regatta
March 9-11, 2018
Event Website

St. Thomas International Regatta
March 23-25, 2018
Event Website

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
March 26-April 1, 2018
Event Website

Bequia Easter Regatta
March 29-April 2, 2018
Event Website

Les Voiles de Saint Barth
April 8-14, 2018

Antigua Sailing Week
April 28-May 4, 2018
Event Website

Newport Bermuda Race
June 15, 2018
Event Website 

At date of publication, the aforementioned events are on as scheduled. Do check respective websites periodically for any changes.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tropical Island Bliss: 4 Holiday Gift Ideas




As Seen On Amazon
1. Tropical Beaches 2018 Calendar 2. Caribbean Modern-Recipes from the Rum Islands 3. Pidada Tropical Plants Square Cotton & Linen Cushion Pillow 4. Caribbean Houses-History, Style and Architecture By Michael Connors


A Taste of New England and Beyond: 4 Holiday Gift Ideas





As Seen on Amazon
1. Lake Champlain Chocolates 'Tis the Season Gift Basket 2. Best Recipes from American Country Inns and Bed & Breakfasts: More Than 1,500 Mouthwatering Recipes from 340 of America's Favorite Inns 3. Vermont Absolutely Pure Maple Syrup

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, a Christmas by the Sea Package, Christmas Eve Dinner at Langham, Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in MA


A Festive Roundup...

For Christmas Eve Dinner at Langham Boston, Chef Sapienza and BOND Chef Nick Gurski prepare a festive four-course prix fixe feast in BOND restaurant ǀ lounge. Guests will have an array of choices and seasonal dishes including:
  • Crispy duck confit with Macomber turnip puree, chicories and huckleberry
  • Chilled northeast lobster and mussel escabeche with fennel, leeks and saffron oil
  • Pineland Farms Black Angus sirloin with sweet potato croquettes, roasted marrow and grilled asparagus
  • Bouche de Noel with Valrhona dark chocolate mousse
Cost of dinner: $90 adults, $55 children 5 to 12; Reservations: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

For more holiday fare that includes holiday getaways, festive Afternoon Tea, celebratory brunches and chocolate bar, visit www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/boston.

On the Boston Vegetarian Society's website, you can find a list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Massachusetts. Visit www.bostonveg.org/restaurants.

Celebrate the holidays in Ogunquit, Maine. The Meadowmere Inn is offering a Christmas by the Sea package (December 8-10). 

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth New Hampshire kicks off on December 1st. Now in its 13th year, the month-long celebration beckons with festive shows, strolls and shopping. For more information on the events, visit vintagechristmasnh.org

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Video courtesy of Peter B Helland on YouTube

Monday, November 27, 2017

Stylish Hub Gift Guide 2017: Shop Something Pink For Her



View another guide: Statement Jewelry | Decorate In Style


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Last Minute Deal: Private Villa in St. Lucia

Check into a private villa at Oasis Marigot in St. Lucia—$99/night for stays before December 20, 2017.

Photo courtesy of Oasis Marigot

For more information, visit www.oasismarigot.com


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Spotlight: An 1830s Thanksgiving Dinner at Old Sturbridge Village



Located in Sturbridge, MA, Old Sturbridge Village is an outdoor living history museum depicting life in rural New England in the early 19th century.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Plan Your New England Ski Vacation {Video Channels}

Terrain Parks: A History 
Via Loon Mountain Resort on YouTube

Plan your New England ski vacation... View a handy list of New England ski resort areas on YouTube and hit the slopes!


New England Bed & Breakfast Recipes

Check in to a cozy Bed & Breakfast inn and enjoy delectable fare... make your favorites at home.

Tea Time 
Photo courtesy of Manor on Golden Pond

The Gateways Inn in the Berkshires (Massachusetts)
Recipes: Layered Stuffed Morning Mushrooms, Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tarts, Gateways Granola, Cranberry Pecan Cake, Challah French Toast Soufflé with Fresh Berries and Crème Fraiche
http://www.gatewaysinn.com/recipes

Glynn House Inn (New Hampshire)
Recipes: Baked Peaches, Banana Crepes with Chocolate Drizzle, Banana Muffins, Banana Soufflé Pancake, Belgian Waffles with Glazed Bananas, Banana Walnut & White Chocolate Muffins, Blueberry-Oatmeal Muffins, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Danish Pancake Balls, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Blackstone, Frittata, Mixed Berry Smoothie, Peanut Butter Cookies with Hershey’s Kisses, Poached Eggs Italian, Pumpkin Tiramisu, Roasted Vegetable Quiche, Scrambled Eggs New York, Strawberry White Chocolate Muffins, Stuffed French Toast, Triple Chocolate Muffins, Valentine’s Cake “Love By Chocolate”
http://glynnhouse.com/breakfast-more/recipes



Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WestJet launches Montreal-Boston Nonstop Service

WestJet has begun nonstop service between Montreal and Boston. The inaugural flight from Montreal Trudeau International Airport arrived at Boston Logan International Airport on October 15, marking the last of three new routes launched by WestJet from Montreal this year.
"WestJet has significantly expanded its service to, from and within the province of Quebec in 2017," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. "This expansion demonstrates our commitment to bring lower airfares to communities across Canada and create new opportunities for business and leisure travellers to get more value for their travel budgets."  
"I would like to thank WestJet for their confidence in us and for their support," said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. "Boston is a popular destination for our passengers, who travel there both for business and leisure. The addition of two flights per day enhances the departure options from Montréal and offers greater flexibility. This is great news for Montréal and confirms Montréal-Trudeau's position as a hub."
"With several different destinations to choose from, Boston Logan has become a terrific gateway for those traveling to Canada," Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said. "We are pleased that WestJet is adding twice daily flights to Montreal to our roster, providing even more options for our customers to enjoy Canada."
WestJet began point-to-point service for the first time within the province of Quebec on June 15, 2017, with four daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City. In addition, the airline launched twice-daily service between Montreal and Halifax on March 15, 2017. With the addition of WestJet's new services, the airline now operates an average of 167 weekly departures from Montreal.
All three new routes are operated by WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, and its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400s. Proud to support this iconic Canadian company, WestJet flies the fourth largest fleet of Q400s in the world. By mid-2018, the regional airline will have a total of 45 aircraft.
WestJet began serving Boston Logan International Airport in 2016 with thrice daily service from Toronto on WestJet Encore.
Details of WestJet's new non-stop service:

Source: WestJet

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn in New England: Travel Ideas & Packages

Hot summer days have given way to crisp air and the splendor of nature's changing colors is a feast for the eyes here in New England. Cozy inns and hotels beckon with fall special packages and autumn style menus. Nature lovers hike the mountains and trails while basking in the glow of the beautiful foliage landscape. 

The Wildflower Inn in Lyndon, Vermont is offering Midweek Fall Explorer's packages through October 22, 2017.

Enjoy a Fall Foliage Tour in the White Mountains [A Blog Post by Sugar Hill Inn in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire]

Six Connecticut Hikes To Add To Your Fall Fitness Goals [Hartford Courant]

Anchorage By The Sea Resort in Ogungquit, Maine offers fall and weekend packages; the latter starts October 13, 2017. For more information, visit www.anchoragebythesea.com.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk Autumn Escape package includes two tickets to explore the grandeur of a Newport Mansion, gourmet breakfast, and a one night three-course dinner for two at Chanler's fine dining restaurant, the Spiced Pear. 

Hop aboard the foliage train for your fall sightseeing adventure! foliagetrains.com offers unique train tours in New Hampshire. 

5 October food and wine festivals. Visit our blog New England Food Adventures for the details.


Fall Getaway Package: Enjoy 25% off Room Rate when you stay for three or more nights at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. 

Hands-on culinary experiences await at the Essex Resort in Essex, Vermont. A sample of cooking classes includes "A Taste of Austria," and "Vermont Maple." The resort also offers guided tours and picnics. Learn more

Five Brilliant Boston Hotels To Check Out This Fall [Forbes Travel Guide]

Below: Autumn Inspiration As Seen On Twitter







While planning your trip to New England this fall, take a virtual tour. Visit Autumn In New England — A Pinterest board by The Boston Press Suite | Travel & Lifestyle Media

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Caribbean Hurricane-Related News

The Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Tourism Industry Conference will be held from October 10-13, 2017 at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort in Grenada. A special session will focus on disaster recovery in light of the recent catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region and the devastation that ensued. Read more via Travel Weekly News

Puerto Rico and many of the Caribbean islands remain in dire straits. Stay current with news out of the islands via island newspapers online. In addition, receive dispatches in real-time from tourism boards on Twitter and hotels/resorts.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Bobby Orr Suite at Ames Boston Hotel

One of the latest displays of sports aficionado affection is the new Bobby Orr Suite unveiled at the Ames Boston Hotel, which recently completed a $6 million renovation of its 114-room property. Read the full story in Haute Living Magazine.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Photo of the Week

Distinctive West Indies Furniture As Seen in the Book "Caribbean Elegance" By Michael Connors





Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekender: Summer Fitness on the Waterfront

Get active on Boston's Waterfront and Islands this summer!
Regular ferry fees apply for on-island programs.

Walk-ups are available on a limited basis. You'll need to register to ensure your spot in the class.


 
Island Tai Chi on Spectacle Island: Saturdays, 10:15 - 11:45am. Free program.
Island Om, Yoga on Spectacle Island: Saturdays, 10:15 - 11:45am. Free program.
Waterfront Yoga at Castle Island: Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00am.
Saturday Morning Zumba on the Greenway: Saturdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm.
Waterfront Fitness at Carson Beach: Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm. Free program. 
Let's Get Active! Fitness Day: Saturday, August 5, on Spectacle Island.

For more information, visit www.bostonharbornow.org/upcoming-events

Photos courtesy of Boston Harbor Now

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Hamilton 1755 Package | Paradise Beach Nevis



Paradise Beach Nevis, a collection of seven luxurious and secluded villas on the island of Nevis has designed a special offer — inspired by Nevis' native son Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father of the United States and the story of his life (which took center stage in the Tony Award-winning musical "HAMILTON".)   

The Hamilton 1755 package includes:
  • 17% off a four bedroom garden or beach villa for a stay of three nights or more.
  • A copy of Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s bestselling book that inspired the musical.
  • Private island tour of Nevis’ historic sites, including Alexander Hamilton House / Museum of Nevis History
Cannot be combined with other Promotions or offers. Offer valid until December 18, 2017. Rate Code: 1755.

For more information, visit paradisebeachnevis.com 


Summer Inspiration: Beaches on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Grab your favorite beach bag, sun hat, sunglasses and a good read and head to the beaches of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard this summer. Pictured below: 1. Sandbars Inn on Cape Cod  2. Ocean Edge Resort on Cape Cod  3. Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha's Vineyard  4. Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa on Cape Cod


Want more sun and surf? Visit Beach Life for a list of beaches in New England, the Caribbean and Bermuda.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Romance: Five Couples Exchange Vows in Boston Public Library Wedding Ceremony Giveaway

Boston Public Library hosted the wedding ceremonies of five couples in the first-ever giveaway of this kind on Sunday, June 11, in the iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square. Winners were selected via an online lottery held in early 2017. 


Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library

“Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offered everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston Public Library be a part of their lives on this special occasion,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “I extend my thanks to our sponsors whose efforts greatly enhanced these ceremonies and provided lasting memories for the newlyweds.”

“Words cannot express the joy we experienced at our wedding ceremony; this has been a dream come true and we will never forget the kindness that you have shown and how special you have made us feel. Thank you for our fairytale dream wedding!” said newlyweds Aldrich and Wilmar C.

Each of the selected couples experienced a morning wedding ceremony while the building was closed to the public. Included in the package: pre-ceremony light breakfast and beverages compliments of The Catered Affair, bouquets and boutonnieres provided by Artistic Blossoms, ceremony music performed by Anima of Music Management, ceremony and mini-session photography provided by Angelina Rose Photography, commemorative takeaway gifts compliments of the Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair, ceremonies officiated by Thomas A. Welch, and an overnight stay at the Westin Copley Place.


Boston Public Library hosts private events year-round featuring ornately-designed spaces with a variety of capacities that are ideal settings for holiday parties, corporate conferences, weddings, and more. Visit www.bpl.org/central/eventspaces.htm or email events@bpl.org for more information.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Maine Summer Travel - A Free Graphic For Your Travel Story


Mandarin Oriental Boston Introduces ‘Mini Mate’, A New England-Inspired Family Adventure Program

Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston invites families and young adventure-seekers to tailor their own exploration through historic Boston with the new family-friendly, Mini Mate kids adventure program.

 
Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

Upon arrival, younger fans are encouraged to begin their journey by “catching” their own plush lobster at check-in. Pastry Chef Robert Differ will sweeten the arrival with the delivery of a New England sea-life-inspired cookie creation, which will include a personalized “message in a bottle” for each child. 


An exclusive “treasure map” of Boston, showcasing concierge recommended “must-visit” kid-friendly destinations throughout the city, will be featured within each unrolled scroll. The quest for treasure will conclude with the discovery of a secret “X that marks the spot,” hidden within the hotel, ready to be found. A selection of child-friendly guestroom amenities including mini bathrobes and slippers will complete this exciting family travel experience.

“This program is designed for families to embark on a personalized self-guided tour of Boston,” said Philipp Knuepfer, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Boston. “We wanted to inspire a sense of excitement and exploration as families discover the many historic landmarks and attractions that Boston has to offer and makes this city so unique; float on a swan boat through the Public Garden, dump tea into the Boston Harbor at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum or snap a selfie with Mr. & Mrs. Mallard at the Make Way for Ducklings statue, honoring Robert McCloskey's classic Boston-based children's book.”

Throughout each family’s sightseeing and photography expedition, guests are encouraged to capture special moments and share their favorite family photos, posting them to social media, tagging @MO_Boston and using designated hashtags #MOboston and #MOMiniMate.

Mandarin Oriental, Boston’s Mini Mate kids program is available year-round and is complimentary for all the hotel’s young travel guests.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Waterville Valley Resort Secures Funding To Begin Phase II of its $7.5 Million Improvement Plan

Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville, New Hampshire, announced this month that it has secured funding to begin work on Phase II of its $7.5 million capital improvements plan that began with the Green Peak Expansion in Fall 2016. Phase II of this capital investment program will bring multi-year infrastructure upgrades and improvements throughout the resort.

“This is the second step in the most exciting revitalization of Waterville Valley Resort in over 30 years.  We are proud to be the only mountain on the East Coast pursuing a renovation of this magnitude” says John H. Sununu, Waterville Valley Resort CEO and Chairman.

The Green Peak Expansion project added a second peak and 45 additional acres of terrain in 2016-17. Phase II of development will include new projects throughout the resort, as well as the completion of the Green Peak Expansion. Work will include additional Green Peak trail clearing and installation of a new snowmaking system, upgrades to existing snowmaking infrastructure on Mount Tecumseh, multiple lift enhancements, base lodge renovations, a new beginner area experience, nordic trail system improvements, and additional summer offerings.

 “It is very exciting to be progressing to the next level of development of Waterville Valley Resort and bring to life the vision of our ownership, fellow employees, and guests,” said Tim Smith, President and General Manager. “Financing from The Provident Bank is allowing us to look to the future and continue our evolution, on and off the slopes.”

In anticipation of the major enhancements set to debut throughout the 2017/18 Season, a 10-day Seasonal Pass Flash Sale ending on Friday, June 23rd will offer the lowest pricing of the year on seasonal products for one last time.  Waterville Valley Resort is expected to release further details of the multi-year project as progress continues.

Regular updates can be found at: http://www.waterville.com/Phase-II.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stylish Hub TV: Video Pick of the Week

Stylish Hub TV - A new “Video Pick of the Week,” [From the Boston Press Suite] starring the best in fashion, beauty and style.Tune in every Sunday via The Boston Style Hub on Tumblr and Twitter @stylishhub


Video Pick of the Week:

100 Years of Flight Attendant Uniforms | By Condé Nast Traveler


// Video courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler on YouTube

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bermuda is Host to the 35th America's Cup, Starting May 26, 2017

The stage is set; the cast members have arrived. Let the countdown begin! On May 26th 2017, Bermuda will host the 35th America’s Cup. Tune in for the latest updates via Twitter: @americascup

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