Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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
















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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.
Recharge:
  • 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.
Indulge:
  • 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. 
Rediscover:
  • 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

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

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




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





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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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