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Friday, March 6, 2020

Today's Travel Finds: Farm to Table Dining in Boston, Cabin Fever in Maine, Irish Culinary Delights in Newport, Rhode Island, Cruising New England

The Lenox Hotel in Boston offers a special Farmer's Market to Table Dining experience. Accompany Executive Chef Sean MacAlpine to the nearby Copley Square Farmer's Market to shop for ingredients for your exclusive meal. View this package

Looking for a winter getaway in Maine? The Harraseeket Inn's Cabin Fever package includes afternoon tea daily, a $50 gift certificate to L.L. Bean,  dinner for two, lunch  buffet for two, full buffet breakfast on each day of your stay.

Enjoy Irish culinary delights in Newport, Rhode Island ...
Explore New England with American Cruise Lines' newly created Grand New England cruise.


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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Curated Tropical Bliss


Sea breezes, coconut palms and a beach or two to call your own. Discover tropical bliss on an island of your choosing  See what's new on our Tropical Bliss board on Pinterest. Paradise awaits!

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Winter Travel Inspiration

With snow on the ground and falling temperatures here in New England, now may be the time for a beach or mountain getaway. Here is a little inspiration to fuel your dreams.











Saturday, November 23, 2019

Today's Travel Finds: Romance at Manor on Golden Pond, Christmas at Newport Mansions, Relax in the Berkshires, A Taste of Maine, Best Towns for Hiking in CT, The Winter Menu at The Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont

Looking for a romantic getaway? Experience the royal treatment with the Romance-Honeymoon package at Manor on Golden Pond in New Hampshire. Enjoy a full country breakfast each morning, afternoon tea, Chef tasting 7-course menu, a spa package that includes a spa lunch with champagne and more. Visit website for details. 

Festive grandeur and Gilded-Age ambience— Christmas at The Newport Mansions will commence on November 23 and continue through January 1, 2020.  The celebrations include live holiday music, special holiday evenings, the holiday dinner dance (Sold Out), Newport Nutcracker performances. 

Escape to Blantyre in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts and recharge.  Under new ownership, this award-winning, luxury Forbes Five-Star resort (a member Relais & Châteaux) has undergone a major renovation, while maintaining its elegant charm. Blantyre offers casual and fine dining experiences and is involved in the Farm to Table movement.

 
 
Related: An Interview With Blantyre's New Owner, Linda S. Law (via Luxury Travel Magazine)

Inn by the Sea is offering a Taste of Maine Culinary Package. The 2 1/2 hour tour of the city of Portland, Maine, is available seven days a week, year-round, and includes two nights luxury accommodations (single bedroom), house-made whoopie pies upon arrival, a $100 voucher towards dining at Sea Glass, a bottle of Maine wine. 

Love the outdoors and hiking in particular? The Connecticut Office of Tourism has suggestions for best towns for hiking, including where to eat, stay and play.
On the winter menu at The Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont: Austrian Waldorf Salad, Butternut & Goat Cheese Ravioli, Trapp Farm Braised Pork Belly and Roasted Pork Loin. View the full menu.


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Caribbean Regattas & Sailing Festivals 2020

The ocean races, the parties, the fun...


 
Round Barbados Sailing Week
 January 17-23, 2020
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Grenada Sailing Week
January 26-31, 2020
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The Round Martinique Regatta
February 14-16, 2020
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
March 5-8, 2020
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St. Croix Yacht Club International Regatta
March 6-8, 2020
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Superyacht Challenge Antigua
March 11-15, 2020

St. Thomas International Regatta
March 27-29, 2020
BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
March 30-April 5, 2020
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Bequia Easter Regatta
April 8-13, 2020
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 Les Voiles de Saint Barth
April 12-18, 2020
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Bahamas National Family Island Regatta
April 21-25, 2020

Antigua Sailing Week
April 25-May 1, 2020

 Aruba International Regatta
August 21-23, 2020

At date of publication, the aforementioned events are on as scheduled. Do check respective websites periodically for any changes. Additional listings may appear here; feel free to submit your event. Write to bostonpresssuite (at) gmail (dot) com.





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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Escape to the Caribbean in Exquisite Style with Star Clippers and Receive Two Hotel Nights Free

Star Clippers is offering 34 departures in the Caribbean from December 2019 through March 2020. Two ships—Royal Clipper and Star Flyer—call on the islands of St. Maarten, Barbados and Antigua as well as lesser-known gems such as Isles de Saintes, Nevis, Dominica and Anguilla.


Travelers who want to extend their Caribbean getaway before or after sailing can take advantage of a complimentary two-night hotel stay plus breakfast and transfers in either Barbados or St. Maarten on select 2019-2020 departures.

Guests booking select seven-night Windward Island and Grenadine Island sailings, seven-night Antigua to Barbados, and the 16-night Barbados to Lisbon ocean crossing on board the Royal Clipper receive two complimentary nights at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, a full service resort in Christchurch, Barbados.

Guests who book select 14-night Panama and seven-night Treasure and Leeward Island itineraries will receive a two-night stay at the charming Holland House beach hotel in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Sailing rates start at $1,440 per person, based on double occupancy; the hotel package constitutes a $600 value.

Visiting the Caribbean on board a clipper ship is a unique and unrivaled experience. These ships are true sailing vessels, using wind power whenever possible to navigate between islands. Gliding into port under full sail is a thrilling experience, and one that allows guests to imagine what it must have been like for the early explorers who arrived in this exotic region on very similar vessels (minus, of course, the onboard luxuries like a full-service spa and multiple swimming pools). And while larger cruise ships disembark their passengers into busy ports filled with aggressive tourist shops, Star Clippers ships cast anchor in remote harbors populated with local businesses and housing private yachts. Small tender boats take guests to and from shore—often to visit charming towns or off-the-beaten-path beaches where it’s not unusual to be one of only a handful of snorkelers or sunbathers.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Puerto Rico is the Chosen Destination for the World Travel & Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, is the chosen destination for the World Travel & Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit.

The announcement was made by Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO of WTTC and Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Global Summit in Seville, Spain, earlier this year.

The Government of Puerto Rico’s Tourism Company and Discover Puerto Rico will host the upcoming event at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, on April 21-23, 2020.

“We are delighted to bring next year’s Global Summit to the beautiful tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a welcoming and diverse destination, which not only offers visitors glorious beaches, it is also home to the only tropical rainforest in the U.S.," said Guevara Manzo. "Our annual Global Summit brings together the most influential figures from the public and private sector to address the challenges and opportunities facing the Travel & Tourism industry and is the most important event in the calendar each year. Hosting the Global Summit in Puerto Rico reflects the commitment and efforts of the government and tourist board to grow both business and leisure travel.”

Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares emphasized, “Travel & Tourism in instrumental in Puerto Rico’s economic development plans, and has proven to be the most resilient sector in our economy. More so, we believe that sound public policy that effectively attends to private sector needs can be a catalyst for change. Events like the WTTC Global Summit not only give us an opportunity to showcase the diversity of our destination’s tourism offering, but also facilitate spaces for the public and private sectors to define the future of Travel & Tourism together.”

Carla Campos, Executive Director of the Government of Puerto Rico's Tourism Ministry, had this to say regarding the summit:  “Every destination has a moment in time to claim its place in the global Travel & Tourism scene; Puerto Rico is on the cusp of becoming a next generation tourism destination, and the WTTC Global Summit is the ideal stage to unveil how the public and private sectors are working together to make it happen. Tourism is a force for good and an ideal vehicle to improve people’s quality of lives. We share that vision with WTTC members and are honored to have the opportunity to host Travel & Tourism leaders from around the world in Puerto Rico next year.”

A joint management and marketing governance structure between the PRTC and Discover Puerto Rico, a newly created and independent destination marketing organization, was recently enacted. Puerto Rico, which attracts more than three million visitors to its shores each year was hard hit by hurricane Maria in 2017. The island is experiencing a tremendous rebound in its tourism sector.

“We’re honored to have been chosen as host destination for the upcoming World Travel and Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit. Puerto Rico is a place where rich culture and natural wonders lay the foundation for an immense bounty of one-of-a-kind experiences. We’re thriving as a destination of global importance and hosting this Summit will elevate even further our tourism offering, positively impacting the local economy. We look forward to welcoming the global tourism industry next year to discover all that Puerto Rico offers,” said Brad Dean, Chief Executive Officer of Discover Puerto Rico.



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Friday, September 6, 2019

INN the Spotlight


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Monday, August 12, 2019

Three Holland America Line Ships Set Sail for the Charming Coastal Towns of Canada and New England in 2020

 In 2020 Holland America Line's Amsterdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam will transport guests to the stunning coastlines and historic cities of Canada and New England on more than 40 cruises. Sailing one of the most robust seasons in the industry between April and October, guests can select from among 10 itineraries ranging from six to 14 days.

During the summer months, cruisers will have even more sailings to choose from when Amsterdam joins Zaandam to offer additional Canada & New England Discovery cruises between Boston, Massachusetts, and Montréal, Québec — giving guests more opportunities to explore Maine’s spectacular Acadia National Park or Cape Breton’s incredible Bird Islands.

“Canada and New England is a spectacular destination for cruising and more travelers are discovering its abundance of charm, deep maritime history, art, architecture and culinary diversity,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “For many, it’s a close-to-home destination waiting to be explored, while others come from around the world to experience its uniqueness and culturally rich ports. The growing popularity of the region and attractiveness to all ages is why we’re offering three ships on an extended summer and fall sailing season.”

Beginning in April, Amsterdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam sail a diverse collection of six-, seven-, eight-, 10-, 11- and 14-day cruises departing from Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; New York City, New York; and Montréal and Québec City, Québec, in Canada. The cruises will feature calls at some of the region’s most iconic destinations, including Canada’s Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax, as well as Bar Harbor, Maine.

Amsterdam & Zaandam Bring More Summer Sailings
On April 21, 2020, Zaandam kicks off the Canada and New England spring season with an 11-day Atlantic Coast cruise. Departing from Fort Lauderdale, the ship will call at Newport; Boston; Bar Harbor; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Québec City, before concluding at Montréal. The Amsterdam will sail a similar itinerary departing May 26, with a port of call in Portland, Maine, and scenic cruising along the Saint Lawrence River.

From May through September 2020, both Amsterdam and Zaandam offer a series of seven-day Canada and New England Discovery cruises between Montréal and Boston, featuring calls at Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Québec City, as well as cruising in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Special six and eight-day itineraries are featured departing Oct. 3 and Oct. 9, respectively.

Zaandam offers a new seven-day Historic Coasts cruise in 2020, as well as a 14-day Atlantic Coast cruise. The Historic Coasts cruise departs Aug. 22 sailing roundtrip from Boston and includes calls at Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax; Sydney; and Bar Harbor. The 14-day Atlantic Coast cruise departs Montréal Oct. 17 and calls at Québec City and Baie-Comeau, Québec; Charlottetown; Sydney; Halifax; Bar Harbor; Boston; New York; and Charleston, South Carolina, before ending at Fort Lauderdale.

Nature’s Dazzling Colors Come to Life on Fall Foliage Cruises

In September, Zuiderdam launches the fall season with three 10-day Colors of Canada & New England cruises between New York and Québec City. On Sept. 7 and 27, Zuiderdam will depart New York and call at Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Québec City, where guests will enjoy an overnight stay before disembarking. A similar itinerary is available Sept. 17 departing Québec City, where guests will enjoy an overnight stay on board prior to the cruise departure.

These cruises feature cruising through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Saguenay Fjord, where the jewel-toned hues of the fall foliage present a dazzling display of color.

Zuiderdam sails an 11-day Atlantic Coast cruise departing Québec City Oct. 7, calling at Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport and New York, before concluding at Fort Lauderdale.

Cruise fares for the seven-day Canada & New England Discovery cruises begin at $799; fares for the 10-day Colors of Canada & New England cruises begin at $1,399; fares for the 11-day Atlantic Coast cruises begin at $999; and fares for the 14-day Atlantic Coast cruise begin at $1,799; all per person, double occupancy.

FOOD & WINE Magazine Culinary Shore Excursions
The long-time partnership between Holland America Line and FOOD & WINE magazine has delivered immersive culinary experiences for Holland America Line guests for more than a dozen years. Now this partnership has evolved into an exciting, engaging and ever-expanding selection of culinary-themed shore excursions that explore food, wine and culture in some of the world's most renowned gastronomic hot spots.

Discover the charm and character of Quèbec City and delight in authentic poutine and maple syrup-infused treats. Or enjoy an old-fashioned, trap-to-plate lobster bake in Bar Harbor. On FOOD & WINE tours, you'll experience Canada and New England though all of your senses.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

Source: Holland America
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Mandarin Oriental, Boston "Summer Family Fun" Package

Mandarin Oriental, Boston is offering a Summer Family Fun package that's perfect for families looking for more adventurous city excursions.

Take part in the quintessential tour of Boston in a private Boston Duck Boat— a WWII style amphibious landing vehicle, with convenient pick-up and drop off at the hotel entrance.

The Boston Duck Tour provides a narrated sightseeing journey through city streets, highlighting unique neighbourhoods and historical landmarks, and ending with a “splash down” into the Charles River.

Looking for more family time on the water?  Beat the heat and enjoy views of the Boston skyline with a private harbor tour on a luxury motor yacht. During the three-hour tour, relax and enjoy a summer picnic, and let the Captain do all the work.

The Summer Family Fun package is priced starting at USD 6,805 plus taxes and gratuities and includes:
  • One-night stay in two adjoining guestrooms
  • Summer welcome amenity
  • 80-minute private Boston Duck Boat tour for four people
  • Three-hour Harbor Cruise on luxury boat with picnic for four people
  • Participation in Mini Mate Kids Adventure Program
This package is available until September 30, 2019, is based on double occupancy per guestroom and is subject to availability. It must be booked a minimum of 14 days prior to arrival and additional nights can be booked at the best available rate.

For reservations, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/boston.



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New England Fourth of July Celebrations

Independence Day is right around the corner. Here is a roundup of celebrations throughout New England.







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Monday, June 24, 2019

Destination Spotlight: Puerto Rico's Coffee Industry

Video courtesy of Discover Puerto Rico

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Ultra-luxury cruise line "Seabourn," has charted a course into online publishing with the launch of Current, a new digital magazine.   
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The 2019/2020 season of Norwegian Cruise Line’s popular Meet the Winemaker series is available on the brand’s latest and most innovative ships and will feature accomplished experts including Gerard Bertrand of Languedoc Roussillon; Juan Munoz of Columbia Crest; Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste. Michelle; and Master Sommelier and three-time James Beard Award-winner, Andrea Robinson.  
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The newly modernized Celebrity Equinox is officially ready to revolutionize the way travelers experience the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean. The dramatic transformation — part of THE CELEBRITY REVOLUTION — makes Celebrity Equinox the third ship to be “revolutionized” as part of Celebrity Cruises’ $500 million investment in ship-wide upgrades and breath-taking reimagined spaces. 
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises® debuts more than 200 inspiring plant-based dishes fleetwide.  
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Star Clippers—the unique tall ship sailing experience—is offering 34 departures in the Caribbean from December 2019 through March 2020. Two ships—Royal Clipper and Star Flyer—call on the favorite islands of St. Maarten, Barbados and Antigua as well as lesser-known gems such as Isles de Saintes, Nevis, Dominica and Anguilla.

Travelers wishing to extend their Caribbean getaway before or after sailing can take advantage of a complimentary two-night hotel stay plus breakfast and transfers in either Barbados or St. Maarten on select 2019-2020 departures. Guests booking select seven-night Windward Island and Grenadine Island sailings, seven-night Antigua to Barbados, and the 16-night Barbados to Lisbon ocean crossing on board the Royal Clipper receive two complimentary nights at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, a full service resort in Christchurch, Barbados. Guests who book select 14-night Panama and seven-night Treasure and Leeward Island itineraries will receive a two-night stay at the charming Holland House beach hotel in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Sailing rates start at $1,440 per person, based on double occupancy; the hotel package constitutes a $600 value.
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Monday, June 3, 2019

Resort Lounge {May 2019 Edition}

Welcome to Resort Lounge. The May 2019 roundup features wellness & spa retreats, scuba diving adventures, Caribbean charm of yesteryear on St. Barth, summer deals, fashion in the sun.


Chic Caribbean Style and the Charm of Yesteryear on St. Barth







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The Hotel LeVillage St Barth, owned and operated by the Charneau family for forty years, offers guests an intimate, relaxing stay in a breezy tropical setting. Accommodations consist of two private garden villas, Standard hotel rooms, Tradition and Superior cottages, Junior Suites that can be combined with Standard rooms to form a spacious Family cottage— all designed in chic Caribbean style with amenities that include king and queen size beds, jacuzzi, infinity pool, rain shower, bathrobes, private sun decks, private loungers, complimentary WiFi and a lot more.

Their new “Summer Special” offers complimentary car rental to guests staying four nights or more plus a 10% discount on rooms for guests staying 8 days or more. For more information, visit https://levillagestbarth.com

A Unique Spa Getaway in Chile

With architecture that blends seamlessly into the landscape of Torres del Paine National Park, you're likely to spot wildlife, while absorbing the magnificent views during moments of relaxation at the 4-star Uma Spa at Tierra Patagonia. Choose from a myriad of all-natural treatments and therapies to soothe the mind, body and soul. Visit https://tierrahotels.com


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St. Lucia Resort Deals

Save up to 60% at select hotels and resorts this summer. Visit the St. Lucia Tourism Authority website to learn about special offers and pack your bags for some island time.

Resort Scuba Diving Adventures

Explore the pristine reefs of Roatan, Honduras: Anthony's Key Resort is offering a 7-Nights All-Inclusive and a Daily Dive Package. >> View Details

Experience world-class scuba diving at Namale, a 5-star luxury resort in Fiji. There are lessons and certification programs for beginners.


Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Belize, offers diving trips led by their PADI certified staff. Dive the Southern Barrier Reef, Glover’s Reef Atoll (pictured below), Turneffe Islands Atoll, the Elbow, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye and more.

Photo courtesy of Hamanasi Resort

Fashion in the Sun
Stylish beach hats for lounging on beaches and poolside.






Resort Lounge is a collection of travel ideas and inspiration from resorts around the world. Each edition delivers exciting options for travelers + travel deals. Curated by The Boston Press Suite | Travel & Lifestyle Media. Follow on Twitter @traveldigest @travelmedia @socmediatravel.


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