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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tourism Buzz: Thursday 9.30.2010

Recent Headlines 

Sod turned for $800m project on Barbados 
"HARLEQUIN HOTEL & RESORTS is seeking to redefine tourism in Barbados by establishing a US$400 million (BDS$800 milion) facility with soccer fields and tennis courts using Liverpool and Pat Cash as star appeal and partners." --Nation News

 As the leaves turn, dollars flow into Vermont
"Leaf peeping is a multi-million dollar industry in Vermont. At least it is if you add up all the money tourists spend while they’re not looking at the leaves: on lodging, food, gas, groceries, shopping and recreation." --Burlington Free Press 

Relaunch of Dominican Republic’s icon tourism region
"Tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia on Tuesday said he heads a committee that includes all of Puerto Plata’s sectors to relaunch that tourism region, begun in the 1980s, the country’s first." --DominicanToday

Monday, September 27, 2010

Discover St Vincent Island: A Tropical Paradise

An introduction to St.Vincent & The Grenadines main island.

Travel Story: Daily Picks

British Virgin Islands: Castaway -- (
"The view from the plane as we landed gave me my first wave of wonder at the natural beauty of the Caribbean, with jewel-like atolls in dazzling colours stretching as far as the eye could see..."  More

A Taste of New England Along the CT Wine Trail -- (BrookfieldPatch)
"Right here in Connecticut we're fortunate enough to have the Connecticut Wine Trail, which features 20 wineries across the state that offer an assortment of entertainment and tastings during the fall season." More

How I found the US skiing hot spot -- ( 
"THERE are several good reasons why New Hampshire might appeal to Irish visitors... Our reason for being there was very simple — New Hampshire boasts some of the most picturesque skiing on the east coast." More 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Recipe: Old Fashioned Apple Bread

It's Apple Picking Season in New England!

Yield: 1 loaf pan (9 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 2 1/2")

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 cups peeled and diced apples, moistened with lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chopped raisins or dates
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour milk

Cream together butter and sugar and add beaten egg, stir in fruit and nuts. Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Place in a loaf pan; let stand for 10 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F until cooked, about 1 hour. Serve plain or buttered.

Recipe courtesy of 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Photo of the Day: Musha Cay

Photo courtesy of Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay 

Musha Cay is a private island hidden among the out-island of The Exumas in the Bahamas. Discover 700 acres of lush natural beauty where the only other guests are selected by you. Pictured above is the 2200 sq. ft. Balinese Beach Pavillion. The island hideaway features a state-of-the-art giant outdoor movie theater on Coconut Beach, collected antiques and treasures from around the world and an amphibious catamaran. View property

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Adventure Channel: Touring Grenada

Spice Craft Tour 
Itinerary and photo provided by Helvellyn Tours

A 100% Grenadian experience!  
Originally British, the ‘Creole buses’ were the first large means of transportation on the island in the 50’s. Bringing these buses back into circulation gives the opportunity of savouring the charm of Grenada in the early days! Nothing has changed: bright colours and natural air-conditioning……………..…so, off we go for a truly local cocktail! 
Climb onboard our local bus and we will take you to discover local creations, sold by the creators themselves. Better shopping, better prices in a true Grenadian market ambience. 

Our first stop takes us to a craft center that produces pottery, bath and body products, paintings, wearable art and so much more…..

Our second stop takes us into the heart of the city, heavily influence by the French and English with its red brick buildings and fish scale tiled rooftops. A two sided town: The Carenage is a port for spotting wooden schooners built in neighbouring island Carriacou, fishing boats coming in after time on the high sea and private yachts pulling up to the yacht clubs.

The Esplanade: Here the large cruise liners dock. Lined with vendors the wonderful aroma of spices greets us.
The ambience continues to flow as we leave the hustle and bustle behind. The bus follows the road along the tropical hills, stopping at one of our Forts taking us further back in time.

Further along the path, we admire the rural delight of the Grenadian countryside: stylish houses, well kept gardens, mango, papaya, breadfruit and cocoa trees with a panoramic vista of the southwest coast.  

We allow ourselves to be gently rocked and soothed by the Caribbean breeze as we are taken back to our hotel. 

To learn more about this tour, contact or visit

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Luxury Travel Report

 Photo courtesy of Windjammer Landing

Laid-Back Luxury on St. Barth’s: Le Sereno Gets Five-Star Status
"It comes as no surprise that Le Sereno– the intimate beachfront hotel on the French Caribbean isle of St. Barth’s– just nabbed five-star accreditation under the French government’s new hotel ratings system." 
The Informed Traveler, Cal Simmons' Guide to Luxury Travel 

Rhode Island's Newest Beach Hotels - Watch Hill’s Ocean House and other luxury oceanside hotels in Rhode Island
“The world does not need any more McMansions.” So says Charles Royce when explaining his decision to save the Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island’s beloved Victorian hotel. --Departures Magazine 

Canouan is one of the Caribbean’s most up and coming luxury destinations 
"Unspoiled and virtually undiscovered, Canouan is one of the Caribbean’s most up and coming luxury destinations. Located in the heart of the Grenadines, less than 20 miles south of Mustique and 110 miles west of Barbados, the 3 square-mile island is surrounded by small bays and coves, secluded white sand beaches and one of the Caribbean’s largest coral reefs, offering incredible diving and snorkeling." --Travel Channel Blog

Luxury Green Certified Caribbean Resort Undergoes Major Refurbishment and Celebrates Being 'Forever 21' 
"Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, a leading luxury, Green Globe certified St. Lucia property, announces the celebration of its 21st birthday with a new villa refurbishment program and a special Forever 21 Caribbean vacation escape. Forever 21 provides a complimentary rejuvenation program for all guests who stay a minimum of five nights from November 1, 2010 through November 20, 2011." 
--PR Newswire 

 Connecticut Gold Coast hotels launch “Sail Away” fall getaways  
"...In Connecticut, visitors now have an alternative to the road trips they have been accustomed to with the “Sail Away” fall getaways currently being offered by two Gold Coast Delamar hotels in Greenwich and Southport, featuring overnight stays in both luxury hotels and a private coastal cruise aboard a traditional New England Grand Banks yacht from one hotel to the other, with a picnic lunch, champagne cocktails and a chauffered drive back to Greenwich." --Connecticut Plus

St Kitts gets private air terminal
"A private air terminal is to be built at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on St Kitts, the island’s tourism authority has announced." --ttglive





Image Credit: Ecohome

"Cape Cod has many natural wonders, and one of them is brand-new. The Massachusetts island is now home to the Truro residence..."(pictured above)
Earth Techling Blog

Divi Resorts Adds Eco-Friendly Products To All Caribbean Properties
The Timeshare Blog 

Road to Eco Adventure at the Wyndham Rio Mar in Puerto Rico
Hotels Uptake Blog 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Resort Romance: "Suite" Packages

Passport to bliss...  


Seascape Romance Package at Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
"Romance is just moments away on the coast of New Hampshire. Show your loved one just how special they are by pampering them with a romantic getaway." 

This package includes: Deluxe accommodations, Breakfast for two at the Wentworth Dining Room, Dinner for two at the Wentworth Dining Room (Includes salad, entree & dessert), Split of chilled champagne. More 

Love on the Coast Package at the Samoset Resort 
"Rekindle romance in the heart of Mid Coast Maine. It's been too long since your last romantic retreat..."

Package includes: Two nights luxurious accommodation, One dinner for two at Marcel's AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, 2-one hour massages. More  

The Ka'ana Romance Package at Ka'ana Boutique Resort, Belize
Package includes: Helicopter transfer from Belize International Airport to Ka’ana Resort passing over the Maya Mountains and the 1000 foot falls with bubbly on arrival OR Road transfer from Belize International Airport or Municipal airport to Ka’ana Resort, Accommodation in a premier Casita, Full breakfast daily, One Private Dining Experience with musical entertainment, One Ka’ana Couples Signature Massage in our personal spa, "Craboo" tasting in Ka’ana's wine cellar, One full-day “Private Tour” to excursion of choice, One half day “Private Tour” to excursion of choice. More

Romance & Private Package at Galley Bay Resort, Antigua 
Package includes: Romantic champagne picnic on secluded beach, An evening of in-room romance package with candles, flower petals and aromatic bath oils, Two massages (one each) with trained masseuse, Two matching Galley Bay bath robes. (in addition to standard complimentary honeymoon gifts of fruit or flowers and sparkling wine or champagne in-room upon arrival. VIP check-in). More

Photo credit: Samoset Resort


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Adventure Channel: Touring Barbados

Best of Barbados Tour
Itinerary and photo provided by Glory Tours, Barbados

Our first stop on this unforgettable tour will be Harrisons Cave where you will travel through the winding tunnels in a tram and make your way into the beautifully light caverns, view the majestic stalactites and stalagmites which have been growing from the floors and ceilings for many centuries. Cascading through the caves, the crystal blue waters form magnificent pools and waterfalls; Harrison's cave is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.

Then make your way through the Island's green hills and down on to our spectacular East Coast where you will view the Atlantic surf crashing onto the rugged coastline.

After enjoying these breathtaking sights & stops you will enjoy a delicious lunch full of local flavor. With your tummies full and your cameras ready we are off to the Wild life Reserve for a glimpse of those mischievous Barbados green tail monkeys. Walk along the paths and watch them swing from the trees but look out is that a speed bump bellow? No it’s a red led tortoise making his way around. There are many different animals at the reserve for you to enjoy. The Monkeys, Turtles, Deer, Peacocks, Mara, Cayman just to name a few.

For the second part of your day join us on a glass bottom boat trip along the glitzy west coast of the Island. Take a swim with our friendly sea turtles and snorkel with hundreds of fish off of one of our colorful reefs. 

To learn more about Glory Tours, contact or visit

Adventure Channel highlights exciting tours in the Caribbean and New England. To submit an itinerary for publication consideration, write to

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Luxury Travel Report

Tune in every weekend for the 'Luxury Travel Report' - Bringing you what's hot from the world of luxury travel in the Caribbean and New England and the people who have their pulse on it!

Luxury for Less from Ritz-Carlton in the Caribbean This Fall
"Acknowledging that the economic recovery is slow to materialize in some quarters, The Ritz-Carlton's marquee properties in the Caribbean – The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman and The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas – have designed offers for fall that allow guests to experience the best of both worlds with luxury lifestyle amenities paired with value-driven pricing." --Luxist Blog

St. Lucia's Jalousie Plantation Wins Top Hotel Award
"The resort, which is undergoing a US$100 million enhancement that will see the property re-branded and re-launched as The Tides Sugar Beach next year, was also named at number 25 on the readers' list of the top 100 Places and Hotels in the World—the first time The Jalousie Plantation has been afforded such accolades." --Luxury Travel Magazine

Pamper Your Pooch with the Luxe Pups Package at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf
"The next time you pack your bags for a trip to Boston you won't have to leave your favorite canine behind. With the exclusive Luxe Pups Package at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, guests and their four-legged friends can relax and indulge in a luxurious spa treatment while relaxing in the lap of luxury. This royal canine treatment is four paws up!--
Boston Harbor Hotel

A look at Amanyara on the island of Providenciales
"Amanyara looks incredibly spacious, yet it gives you complete privacy depending on whether you are here on a romantic vacation or just to get away from the bustle of everyday life." --A Luxury Travel Blog

Samoset Resort: Quiet Luxury in Maine
"The Samoset Resort, in Rockland, Maine, is fairly remote and offers a comfortable retreat from the frenetic pace of city life. Located a tad more than three hours from Boston, it's a great place for people looking to disappear for a few days, either to swing a golf club or simply to hide from the realities of everyday life." --

Experience the ART of Luxury
Boston's XV Beacon Hotel is offering •Overnight accommodations in the Gilbert Stuart Suite (1 or 2 bedrooms) •Private VIP tour of the Museum of Fine Arts •2 tickets to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum •Breakfast for 2 ($50.00 credit) •Transportation to the MFA in the hotel's Lexus sedan.
--XV Beacon Hotel

Sandy Lane Launches Exclusive Signature Room Fragrances by Aromatherapy Associates
Sandy Lane Resort on Barbados, recently launched an exclusive range of signature room fragrances by Aromatherapy Associates. These elegant burning essences are currently used in The Spa at Sandy Lane and have proved immensely popular with its discerning guests. Due to this demand, two fragrances have been created and are available for purchase directly from the spa - The Sunrise Room Fragrance & The Sunset Room Fragrance featuring exotic West Indian ingredients.--Sandy Lane

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

:: Upcoming Seafood Festivals

Succulent Fare & lots more

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival - Sept. 10, 11 & 12
The most spectacular seaside festival with fun, food, and events for the entire family!

“Best Festival Award” by Cape Cod Life Magazine

Turks & Caicos Conch Festival  - Nov. 26 & 27, 2010
Celebrating the islands’ most famous delicacy, historical icon, and number one export

Wellfleet Oyster Festival - October 16 & 17, 2010
Celebrates the town's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival - October 16 & 17, 2010
Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea" in Newport, Rhode Island

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Eco Profile: Bonaire's Marine Park

Photo courtesy of  Tourism Bonaire

History of Bonaire's Marine Park

"In 1961, while most places were still nailing turtle shells to the wall and slurping turtle soup, Bonaire was enacting legislation to protect sea turtle eggs and nests. In 1971, at a time when divers carried spear guns in much the same way that divers today tote underwater cameras, Bonaire banned spearfishing from its reefs. In 1975, the island made it illegal to break coral, take it from the water, or sell it--activities that are still practiced today in the Indo-Pacific. It was no wonder, then, that the government of Bonaire decided to create the Bonaire Marine Park, the next logical step in the island's conservation efforts. With the generous financial support of the World Wildlife Fund of Holland, the Marine Park was established in 1979 . The park's purpose is to ensure that Bonaire's marine resources-its magnificent coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves-remain intact so that everyone can enjoy our wonderful coral reefs for years to come, just as they are now."

Planning an eco trip to Bonaire, visit

Tourism Buzz: For the week of 9-5-10

Perfect weather sparks New England tourism rebound
Bloomberg Businessweek

Labor Day Tourism takes a hit in Maine
Press Herald

The Flinty Nature of New Hampshire Tourism – In Defense of the Grande Dame Resorts
Hotel News Resource

Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister wants to increase tourism
Trinidad Express Newspaper

New attraction for Barbados heritage tourism market

Anguilla's Viceroy Resort sold to Starwoods Hotel Group
The Anguillian Newspaper

Cape Air to fly to Anguilla commencing December 22, 2010
The Anguillian Newspaper

Puerto Rico looks to top-end travelers to boost income
The Independent UK

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