Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tropical Retreats — A Free Graphic For Your Travel Story

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Boston Harbor Now Has Launched bostonharborwalk.org, a Mobile-Friendly, Interactive Web Tool

It's now easier than ever to explore and experience the Boston waterfront with the launch of bostonharborwalk.org, a mobile-friendly, interactive web tool from Boston Harbor Now in partnership with the Boston Planning & Development Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. 

The mobile-friendly, interactive tool features amenities and identifies privately-owned public spaces (known as “POPS”) along the Harborwalk. It also links to draft management plans that detail the commitments each property owner has made under Chapter 91 law the Massachusetts law that protects the public’s right to the Harbor.

Photo courtesy of Boston Harbor Now

Saturday, July 21, 2018

New England Food Adventures in Maine

Discover printable recipes for Artichoke Dip, Brie Cheese Soup, Lamb Chops, Lobster Stuffed Chicken, Maine Crab and Scallion Dip, Maple Dijon Scallops, Seared Scallops, Thermidor Sauce and Yorkshire Lobster at http://www.yorkharborinn.com/dining/fine-dining/recipes

This Taste of Maine Culinary Package takes you through the rich local and maritime history of Portland, Maine. View offer at Inn by the Sea

What's for Dinner? View the evening dining menus at the Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine. Cuisine by the internationally award-winning Chef/Owner Michael Salmon.

Get to taste all the lobster recipe entries and vote for your favorite during Harvest on the Harbor (Oct. 16-21). The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year event is October 19. harvestontheharbor.com/maine-lobster-chef-year

View more Travel Finds, Cooking Classes, Upcoming Food and Wine Events at New England Food Adventures

Friday, July 20, 2018

Travel Deal: A 15% Savings on All Room Categories at the Bequia Beach Hotel

Book by July 30, 2018 and enjoy 15% off all room categories at the award-winning Bequia Beach Hotel in The Grenadines. Must travel by September 4, 2018. 

This offer is valid on Best Available rate for new bookings. Discount does not apply to supplemental meal plans. 

For Guests Only: Hotel can book your inter-island flights.

For more information and to check current availability, visit www.bequiabeachhotel.com

Photo courtesy of the Bequia Beach Hotel.

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Happy Friday...This Week's Video Picks


Footage of Dominica's underwater sites all shot after the passage of Hurricane Maria

Video courtesy of Discover Dominica on YouTube

Bermuda's Wildlife and Heritage

Video courtesy of Redfern Natural History Productions on YouTube

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Sun Style

Head into the summer sun in style...

6 Style Picks for the Jetsetter
1. Sunny Beach PVC waterproof beach bag  2. DRESHOW floppy straw hat/roll-up packable UPF 50+  3. Baomabao unisex summer vintage retro cat eye sunglasses  4. Eric Javits yellow women's hat  5.Vintga bamboo handbag  6. Sanosan Geneve Nappa leather sandals with Sietelunas Technology

(Shop these styles on Amazon)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Discover Inspiration, Make Connections With Twitter Lists

Twitter lists are a convenient and easy way of staying abreast of the latest updates from the people and organizations that interest you the most — A great tool for finding and engaging in topics and discussions relevant to your particular industry, your hobbies and your passions.

Over the years, The Boston Press Suite (@travelmedia ) has created a number of lists that you may find useful in making new connections, compiling your own lists. We periodically scrub our many lists seeing that some accounts are no longer active.

View our current lists here and discover a wealth of inspiration in real-time.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Potato Island Off the Coast of Connecticut Reintroduced to Market at a Reduced Price of US$4,900,000

Originally listed at US$7,350,000 three years ago, the private island in the Thimble chain features a deepwater dock, a historic home, and manicured landscaping.

Potato Island, the only man-made island in Connecticut’s Thimble chain, derives its name from the large brown boulders used to construct the 1.1-acre property. In fact, the secluded retreat, located in Long Island Sound, evokes the raw beauty of Maine’s rocky coast and includes a meticulously renovated historic home, a deepwater dock, and a custom hand-cut granite hot tub nestled into the rocks and offering magnificent sunset and seascape views. Read more on Luxury Homes TV

Re views.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Your Guide to Beaches in New England, the Caribbean & Bermuda


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tropical Style in the Old World West Indies

"A distinctive Danish colonial West Indian mahogany cup table with turned baluster gallery and bone inlay escutcheons." From the book Caribbean Elegance by Michael Connors (Pg. 165)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Connecticut Offers New and Unexpected Experiences This Summer

This summer, Connecticut is offering new and unexpected experiences for visitors of all ages — from higher zip lines and year-round skiing to oyster farm excursions and Viking exhibits. There are also new reasons to visit Connecticut’s well-known destinations along the shoreline, countryside and city centers, and hidden gems to add to any summer bucket list.
A quick trip from major Northeast cities, Connecticut offers all the traditional charms of a New England summer — including waterside attractions and top-notch seafood — as well as destinations that offer a chic edge or country flair. From restaurant recommendations to hotel picks and itinerary ideas, detailed information about visiting Connecticut can be found on www.CTvisit.com.
Settle in:
  • Experience modern country luxury at the recently transformed GrayBarns in Norwalk, a boutique inn featuring six luxurious king suites and on-site Tavern.
  • Act like a kid again at Club Getaway in Kent, an adult summer camp set on 300 acres of wilderness in Litchfield Hills, where activities include camp favorites with an adult twist. Family and youth camps are also available.
  • Stay in a converted landmark at The Goodwin in Hartford. The boutique hotel just debuted a Spanish-style restaurant and bar, Porrón and Piña, led by acclaimed chef Tyler Anderson. Or, opt to stay at the Delamar West Hartford nearby, which opened last fall.
  • Transport to a different time at Spicer Mansion in Mystic, a luxury boutique inn paying homage to the Gilded Age of refined hospitality alongside contemporary touches, including exclusive fine-dining and bespoke experiences.
Power up:
  • Soar above the trees at 60 miles per hour on Foxwoods Resort Casino’s new thrill ride, HighFlyer Zipline, in Mashantucket. Or, try the six new zip line trails at the Adventure Park at Storrs.
  • Plunge into new adventures, and celebrate Quassy Amusement Park’s 110th anniversary, on three new “Category 5 Rapids – Extreme Waterslides” in Middlebury. Or, try axe throwing at Pine & Iron in Hartford, the first venue of its kind in Connecticut.
  • Gear up for Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort’s new-and-improved mountain bike trails, plus year-round skiing, boarding and tubing in the 365 Synthetic Snow Park in Middlefield.
  • Book a beach or camping getaway at one of Connecticut’s 107 state parks; parking is now free for residents with a valid license plate.
  • Take in Connecticut’s natural beauty with a hike along the Blue-Blazed Trails, spanning more than 825 miles. Or, stroll the lavender fields at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth.
  • Treat yourself to a day or weekend at the Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, now featuring luxurious summer treatments, or visit the new Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. Try salt cave yoga at Salt of the Earth spa in Woodbury.
  • Sip and savor through the state’s Specialty Trails, including the renowned Connecticut Wine Trail (don’t miss the popular Merlita wine slushies at Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen) and Connecticut Beer Trail, which boasts more than 68 operational breweries. Leave the driving to Connecticut Beer Tours or Elm City Party Bike, the state’s first pedaled party and sightseeing bike.
  • Have an unforgettable agritourism experience on a Hummock Island Oyster Tour in Westport, which includes a boat tour, shucking lessons and tasting. Or, tour Red Bee Apiary in Weston and taste honey straight from the beehive. 
  • Revisit Connecticut’s most iconic attractions, including the Mystic Seaport Museum, showing two rare Viking exhibits. Or, see the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford from a different perspective — with a new Living History House Tour.
  • Get wild at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport and visit the two Amur tiger cubs born last winter, now on exhibit. Or, visit the Sea Turtle Nursery at Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk before the baby loggerhead sea turtle is released this fall.
  • Tour 21 world-class museums and historic sites, including the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield and Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, along the Connecticut Art Trail with the Art Passport.
“This summer, we’re proud to offer visitors even more of what makes Connecticut a unique New England destination — more opportunities for adventure, relaxation, food and self-discovery — all within close proximity,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.
To learn more about Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com. For additional travel inspiration, follow Connecticut on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest.
About the Connecticut Office of Tourism
The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is dedicated to enhancing the economic growth of Connecticut’s tourism industry. Together with its many state and industry partners, the Office of Tourism works to bolster the state’s reputation as a destination that offers a diverse mix of activities and attractions, all in close proximity to each other – from the exciting and relaxing to the historic and innovative to the culture- and nature-focused. For more information about Connecticut tourism, or to plan your next trip to Connecticut, visit the www.CTvisit.com

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Holland America Line Launches "Nieuw Statendam Sets Sail" Sweepstakes to Celebrate Upcoming Debut of Its Newest Ship in December

Seattle, Wash., April 30, 2018 — To celebrate the upcoming debut of its newest ship in December 2018, Holland America Line has launched the Nieuw Statendam Sets Sail sweepstakes for the chance to win a seven-day cruise for two in 2019 aboard the new ship. The sweepstakes runs through June 15, 2018, and the winner will be announced June 30, 2018.

To enter the Nieuw Statendam Sets Sail sweepstakes, participants must visit HALNieuwStatendamSweeps.com and fill out the entry form. 

Once that form is complete, one additional entry can be earned by sharing the sweeps on Facebook or Twitter, for a total of two entries.

Photo courtesy of Holland America

"We’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of Nieuw Statendam, and we want to share our enthusiasm by giving someone the chance to win a cruise on our beautiful new ship," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "Nieuw Statendam is going to be an incredible addition to our fleet and this sweepstakes is a way for us to do something special for our loyal guests and fans."

The grand prize winner will receive a seven-day cruise in 2019 for two to the Caribbean or Europe in a verandah stateroom aboard Nieuw Statendam. The new ship will be exploring the golden beaches and sun-kissed skies of the Caribbean on roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Florida, cruises through April. Following an inaugural season in the Caribbean, Nieuw Statendam will cross the Atlantic Ocean and spend the summer and fall exploring northern Europe and the Mediterranean. The ship returns to the Caribbean in October 2019.

Nieuw Statendam Sets Sail sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Québec) who are 21 years of age or older as of the date of entry. 

For more information, contact a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

Source: Holland America


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Tropical Spa — A Free Graphic For Your Spa Business, Travel Story

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua To Open in 2021

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by Vancouver-based property development company, Replay Destinations, to manage Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua in the West Indies. The former Half Moon Bay Hotel was established in the 1950’s, and for decades was a sought-after vacation destination and resort playground for the international jet set.    

Set to open in 2021, the new Rosewood resort will feature 47 pavilion-style suites, including an ultra-luxurious, three-bedroom presidential suite.  Each accommodation will feature breath-taking ocean views, private infinity plunge pools, hammocks, open-air baths and showers and live orchid walls in each bathroom.  

Influenced by historic Caribbean and architectural pioneers, the resort's design aesthetic will evoke a classic, timeless feel coupled with modern amenities and services.

Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua will also offer an exclusive residential component comprised of branded oceanfront villas, and 13 extraordinary estate home parcels. The crown jewel property which was previously owned by the Mellon Family, is perched on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  
Innovative dining and lounge concepts will be inspired by the flavors, colors, and culture of the West Indies. 
The resort will have a pool grill and beach bar, as well as an on-site organic farm. Additional property amenities will include two pools, one for adults and one for families, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Sense, a Rosewood Spa, will offer an indulgent experience with six signature treatment rooms and locally inspired treatments.
Located adjacent to a 27-acre national park, Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua is ideally situated to explore the stunning natural surroundings. A curated selection of immersive activities and unique excursions will showcase the best of the island.
Rosewood Half Moon Bay will join a regional network of distinctive Rosewood properties in the region, including Rosewood Baha Mar, slated to open in Spring 2018, Rosewood Bermuda which will undergo a complete renovation to be unveiled in May 2018, and Rosewood Little Dix Bay, slated to re-open at a later date.

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. Stonewall Kitchen Jam Collection  4. Vermont Absolutely Pure Maple Syrup