Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Wall Calendars - Featuring New England

Happy New Year 2013!
New England Lighthouses 2013 Square 12X12 Wall Calendar

2013 Nantucket, Massachusetts Calendar



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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Travel Digest: Picks for the Week Ending 12-21-12

Photo courtesy of Cap Juluca Resort on Anguilla

Nantucket New Year's Four Day Celebration - Hy-Line Cruises is offering a special ferry rate from Hyannis to Nantucket. [Details]

Save the Date! The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience is set for April 14-20, 2013 [Event Info]

New Beach Weddings board (From the Boston Press Suite) is launched on Pinterest [View Pics]

Do you have a favorite lighthouse? Nominate it as one of Yachting Magazine's Top 25 Lighthouses

Coastal Maine's Live Music Calendar

Upcoming: Barbados Polo Open January 1- May 1, 2013 [Event Info]

A New Association for Vermont Innkeepers is Launched [Vermont Public Radio]

48 Hours in Bermuda With Travel Writer Simon Calder [Bermuda Department of Tourism Video]


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Porter Escapes Debuts Online

Porter Escapes launched online today, offering a one-stop shop for flight and hotel packages to Porter Airlines destinations.

Created to sell unique vacation packages paired exclusively with Porter Airlines flights, travellers can enjoy a wide variety of flight and hotel combinations, all carefully curated to provide a premium travel experience for exceptional value.

“Passengers familiar with the Porter Airlines experience will recognize the commitment to providing a convenient and refined approach to travel,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Escapes. “Porter Escapes does all of the legwork for you – selecting the best flights and pairing them with a range of recommended hotels and an exciting menu of leisure options, tailored to your personal preferences.”

Packages are available in each of the 19 Porter Airlines destinations and include flights and accommodation, with additional a-la-carte offerings available in some markets, like a New York CityPASS, providing access to landmark attractions. New York packages also come with a concierge service, allowing travellers to book theatre tickets, sporting events or dinner reservations through a dedicated phone number during the course of their stay.

Custom ski options are also available in Mont Tremblant, the Charlevoix region adjacent to Québec City and throughout the state of Vermont.

“Porter is known for providing an unparalleled level of customer service and a premium travel experience,” said Deluce. “We’ve applied the same philosophy to Porter Escapes, providing an end-to-end travel package with a Porter seal of approval, and that has a lot of value for people.”

Travellers can explore Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com, with first departures available on Jan. 14. Porter Escapes packages will be available through travel agents in early 2013.

Source: PorterEscapes.com


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Spotlight: Caribbean Cruises on Princess Cruises

Video Courtesy of Princess Cruises on YouTube



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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Short Clips of Various Lighthouses Along the Coast of Maine



Videos Courtesy of Visit Maine on YouTube


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JetBlue Airways Begins Daily Flight Service Between Rhode Island and Florida

Today, JetBlue Airways begins daily nonstop flights from Rhode Island to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The discount carrier has established two nonstop flights between Orlando (MCO) and T.F. Green Airport (PVD), and one nonstop flight from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and T.F. Green.

Located 12 miles from Providence and 30 miles from Newport along Interstate 95, T.F. Green Airport is easily accessible to Boston, Cape Cod and Southeastern New England.

“We’re thrilled that JetBlue has launched its service here in Rhode Island, and we know Floridians will enjoy everything our state has to offer, including our 400 miles of coastline and abundance of historic landmarks,” said Mark Brodeur, Director of Rhode Island Tourism for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

Passengers flying into T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island can easily connect to a rental car facility, train station, bus service and parking through a new $267 million InterLink, a 1,200-foot elevated, enclosed skywalk with moving sidewalks. The airport is the center of the new 95-acre Warwick Station Development District, which offers up to 1.5 million square feet of office, hotel, residential and retail development opportunities.

T.F. Green Airport has been named one of the "Top Five Alternative Airports" in the country by Forbes magazine and received a Reader's Choice recommendation from Condé Nast Traveler.

JetBlue Airways Flight Schedules - Between Providence, RI and Fort Lauderdale, FL:

From Providence (PVD) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL):
Flight 1097
Leaves PVD at 4:30 p.m. and arrives at FLL at 7:44 p.m.

From Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Providence (PVD):
Flight 1096
Leaves FLL at 12:45 p.m. and arrives at PVD at 3:40 p.m.

JetBlue Airways Flight Schedules - Between Providence, RI and Orlando, FL

From Providence (PVD) to Orlando (MCO):
Flight 475
Leaves PVD at 8 a.m. and arrives at MCO at 11:03 a.m.
Flight 1075
Leaves PVD at 3:15 p.m. and arrives at MCO at 6:17 p.m.

From Orlando (MCO) to Providence (PVD):
Flight 1076
Leaves MCO at 11:55 a.m. and arrives at PVD at 2:33 p.m.
Flight 476
Leaves MCO at 5:40 p.m. and arrives at PVD at 8:18 p.m.


For more information, visit www.jetblue.com


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Monday, November 19, 2012

New England Boating Magazine to Launch in February of 2013

Lighthouse Publications and Lighthouse Media Solutions announce the launch of New England Boating Magazine, a new annual, high-end, 4-color, glossy magazine focused on the New England boating lifestyle and culture. Publication of the premier issue is scheduled for early-February 2013.

New England Boating focuses primarily on the region’s many beautiful, interesting and exciting places to visit by water. Each article features an overview of a particular port, as well as important information boaters need to know about the area, including marina listings, anchorages, launch ramp locations, harbormaster contacts and where to find fuel and service. Also included are suggestions on local dining, accommodations, shopping, fishing and other fun, interesting things to do and see in port. Readers seeking additional information on a particular destination can do so via QR codes linking them to BoatingLocal.com, a content-rich online source of boating news, videos, cruising and fishing information focused on New England.

“Our goal is to bring each boating destination to life through intriguing, well-crafted articles and stunning photography that make the reader want to jump in his or her boat and visit these places,” says New England Boating Editor Tom Richardson, a former editor at Offshore and Salt Water Sportsman magazines and publisher of BoatingLocal.com. “The region’s boaters want a magazine that celebrates and understands the unique culture of boating in New England, and we aim to deliver.”

“We are thrilled about this new launch, which will become a significant part of our stable of high-end, quality magazines focused on important niches within the New England community,” said Lighthouse President and CEO Rusty Piersons. “From Southern New England Weddings, Living, and Southern New England Home to Home Remodeling and Golf & Leisure Cape Cod, our magazines celebrate lifestyle and leisure activities, and a way of living here in New England. Aside from our expertise in producing quality consumer publications, we can also deliver to advertisers multi-media capabilities within each niche, including TV and video production, website development, email and social media marketing, web marketing and market expertise to companies and organizations that wish to exceed in these specific arenas.”

New England Boating will be distributed to a select audience of 35,000 readers via newsstand, boat shows, advertiser locations and direct mail to include advertisers’ clients and potential clients.


For additional info, visit: http://www.MYNEBoating.com.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Announcing the Kid-Kation Drawing Contest at Four Seasons Hotel Boston

All kids are stars at Four Seasons Hotel Boston. But now one child has the chance to be the Hotel's very own Pablo Picasso.

Kids near and far are encouraged to submit color drawings to become the newest covers of the Hotel's Children’s Activity Books, which are gifted to all children staying at Four Seasons Hotel Boston on the popular Kid-Kation package. 

The winning drawing (as determined by Four Seasons Hotel Boston Ice Cream Man) will become the Book's front cover while the runner up will become the Book's back cover. 

The Activity Book will spotlight the two artists' names, and as an added gesture of thanks, the winning artists will also receive a monogrammed children’s-sized Four Seasons bathrobes and slippers.

For complete Kid-Kation Drawing Contest entry rules and details, visit the Notes section of the Hotel’s Facebook fan page. Drawings must be submitted by email or mail from November 30 through December 24, 2012.

The Kid-Kation package is filled with lots of fun and tasty reasons why it’s great to be a kid at Four Seasons Hotel Boston. And now with the Kid-Kation Drawing Contest, it’s fun to be a Four Seasons Hotel Boston artist too.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Travel Digest: Picks for Friday 11-9-2012


Start your engines for the 2012 Bahamas Speed Week Revival, Nov. 24-Dec. 2. The legendary Nassau Speed Week took place from 1954 to 1966, and featured many of the great racing drivers of the generation. [Event Info]

Heading to the British Virgin Islands? The first ever BVI Restaurant Week is Nov. 16-24, 2012. The kickoff event is today Nov. 9. [Event Info]

Zagat's Boston Burger Guide: The Best Burgers in 8 Neighborhoods

Cape Cod Estate "Idlewild" Set for Auction by Sheldon Good & Company on 11/28/12 [Luxury Homes TV

The Museum of Newport History's exhibit "Diversions and Entertainments in 19th Century Newport, Rhode Island" is open through January 31, 2013. [Info]

Bermuda Sports - Cricket, Golf, Sailing, Fishing [Video]

New Hampshire Ski Areas Celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month This January  [AlpineZone.com]


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Family Travel Magazine Releases Guide to the Best Family Ski Resorts in the US


Just prior to the start of the 2012-2013 winter ski season, Family Travel Magazine has released the online magazine's top picks for the best family ski resorts throughout the US.

Family Travel Magazine, which offers family travel reviews, based their best family ski resort choices on a variety of factors, including fun features for families, size of the resort, location, and availability of press materials. The guide includes resorts across the United States including Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, Gore Mountain in New York, Snowmass in Aspen, and Big Sky Resort in Montana.

The Family Travel Magazine ski guide will be available online through the end of the ski season in 2013. You can find it online at www.familytravelmagazine.com/best-family-ski-resorts.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Frost Ice Bar Slated For Boston Opening, Spring 2013

Frost Ice Bar, the first of its kind in New England, has announced plans for a grand opening at Faneuil Hall in spring 2013.

Ice bars and ice hotels have captivated the imaginations of adventurous travelers and fun-seekers around the globe. From remote locations in Norway, Alaska and Sweden, to some of the world's most cosmopolitan urban centers such as London, Tokyo and St. Petersburg, Frost Ice Bar now adds Boston to this exclusive list of cutting-edge cities.

"While Boston is traditionally defined by its history and heritage, the City is today brimming with a new energy that supports a trendsetting dining and nightlife scene," stated Frost Group CEO Cindy Brown. "Ice bars around the world have proven to be sensationally popular among a broad range of audiences and we believe Frost Ice Bar will be equally well received in New England. We're thrilled to play a part in further promoting the City as a leader in world-class entertainment and hospitality."

The concept for a year-round Boston ice attraction is spearheaded by Frost Group in collaboration with the team behind Boston Duck Tours, drawing upon their nearly 20 years of expertise designing whimsically creative guest experiences that are fun for all ages. Frost Ice Bar being no exception, the venue will be constructed and furnished entirely of ice, featuring a constant indoor temperature of 24 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Frost Ice Bar will feature dramatic ice-sculpted interiors perfectly suited to any number of social occasions from an unforgettable and invigorating night on the town with friends, to bachelor/ette parties, family outings, or corporate gatherings. Welcoming guests of all ages, Frost Ice Bar will present ever-changing offerings of specialty beverages, music and décor.

For more information and to track the progress of Frost Ice Bar, visit www.FrostIceBar.com and keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter (@FrostIceBar).


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Travel Digest: Picks For Thursday 10-18-2012

Looking for travel inspiration? Travel Digest is your passport to news, events, diversions, deals and more in New England, The Caribbean & Bermuda.


Row, row, row... Boston's Head Of The Charles Regatta is the world's largest regatta attracting over 300,000 spectators and 9,000 competitors! October 20-21, 2012.

Deals Spotlight: Vermont Midweek Travel Specials [Vermont Tourism

“Love is in the air at Sunwing with the launch of their newest edition of Destination Weddings Guide..." [Boston Style Hub]

From JetBlue: Receive a free adventure tour plus $100 off a 4+ night Puerto Rico Getaways vacation - Book by 10/31! Click here for info.

Watch: Connecticut State Tourism Fall Ad [Video]

Jamaica With Kids: Two Fabulous Family-Friendly Resort Options [trekaroo]

Bermuda Spas As Seen on GoToBermuda.com


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Holidays: Alexandra Resort Offers Family Packages to be Thankful For

In preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays, The Alexandra Resort, on world-famous Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos Islands, announced its Family Resort Package.

Four and seven night packages start from $1,999 for two adults and two children under age 10.

The Family Resort Package includes:
 

  • One-day car rental and a free picnic lunch
  • Three-hour catamaran cruise
  • Parent's night out including a romantic dinner for two served on the beach
  • Kids' night in with a babysitter and chicken finger meal
“This time of year that the weather is at its best, rates are most competitive and a number of local events are taking place to add to the charm and enjoyment of the destination,” said Anette Mullings, General Manger of The Alexandra Resort and Spa.

In addition to the Alexandra Family Resort Package offer, families visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands can take advantage of two events highlighting the distinctive flavors of the islands. The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival is being held from November 1 to 3 and the 7th annual Conch Festival will take place over the weekend of American Thanksgiving.

For more information, visit www.alexandraresort.com



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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Boston Marriott Peabody Hotel Offers End-of-Summer Whale Watching Deal

The Boston Marriott Peabody Hotel is offering guests an exciting end-of-summer Whale Watching package.

Guests staying at the hotel near Salem can take this opportunity to catch one of the most exciting occurrences at sea: majestic whales migrating for the season.

September and October are the final months of the active whale watching season. Majestic humpback whales can be spotted feeding and swimming out at sea. Guests staying at this hotel near Gloucester can take advantage of the Whale Watching deal, which includes two tickets to Cape Ann Whale Watch, one of the best whale watching companies according to Boston Magazine’s New England Travel guide, and an overnight stay in a deluxe guest room with either a king or two double beds.

After a day out at sea whale watching, guests will return to this Peabody hotel and relax in spacious hotel rooms and enjoy luxurious amenities. Complimentary high-speed Internet access lets guests go online and share their whale-watching photos. Plush beds and furniture provides plenty of comfortable places to relax. Guests can also grab a bite to eat at the on-site Sophia’s Restaurant.

Book the Whale Watching Package at the Peabody Hotel and experience one last adventure this summer.

To reserve the Whale Watching Package, use promotional code ES7 online or call 1-800-228-9290. This deal is available from now until October 28, 2012, seven days a week. Other restrictions may apply. For more information, visit www.marriott.com/BOSPB



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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Samoset Resort in Maine Announces Winter Wonderland Season

Samoset Resort, a classic resort in mid-coast Maine, will be launching its brand new winter season of holidays, romantic retreats, family activities and winter group meetings. The Holiday Happenings at the resort will commence on Thanksgiving weekend and last through to New Year’s Day. After the New Year, the resort will remain open for a Winter Wonderland of activities for spa weekend getaways, school breaks and group meetings.

“This is The Samoset’s first return to winter season in three years and our staff and community are ready to welcome guests for this spectacular time of year!" said General Manager, Connie Russell. “We’ve got some terrific activities planned, as well as amenities and services to enhance the guest experience.”

The Samoset announced earlier in 2012 that the resort would be open year-round, a decision which was fueled by the completion of numerous additions to the resort in 2011 including a full-service, seaside spa, La Bella Vita and Enoteca wine bar, and three new luxury guest cottages. These recent improvements are the result of a multi-million dollar investment by the resort owners in an effort to bring the guest experience to a new level.

The new 2012/2013 winter season at Samoset will start with a series of Holiday Happenings from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. The hotel will be festively decorated and guests will be able to enjoy holiday packages, menus, and activities such as Brunch with Santa. The resort will also feature a new ice skating rink with bonfire and S’mores. La Bella Vita Ristorante will feature an outdoor Ice Bar set amongst the fire pit and fire lamps overlooking the ocean. Samoset’s Winter Weekends and School Break Vacations will feature a series of family activities, culinary events, kid’s recreation center, indoor pool, group health classes and custom Spa treatments for winter weather.

Leisure guests can take advantage of great rates and packages, including the Thanksgiving Package which includes accommodations, traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet for 2, breakfast daily and children’s activities. This package starts at $229 per night. The Winter Wonderland Package which includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, a $50 spa credit and all resort amenities and activities, starts at just $249 per night.

The year-round status and festive nature of the winter season is great news for groups as well as leisure guests. Groups can now take advantage of great rates for holiday parties as well as generous incentives to book a party in one of the resort’s beautiful ballrooms or the La Bella Vita Ristorante. Incentives for party planners include gift certificates for complimentary hotel stays, meals and golf. Room rates begin at just $99 per night and holiday parties range from lavish buffet style to elegant sit-down meals.

The Samoset gears up for the winter on the heels of a very busy and successful summer season. In 2012 improvements guests enjoyed included an updated and renovated 21,000 feet of meeting space, as well as new iPod docking station radios, refrigerators, Keurig coffee makers, safes and complimentary bottled water in every guestroom at the hotel. The resort also introduced a very popular 9-hole Disc Golf Course overlooking the ocean, adding this new amenity for guests and groups, as part of the Ultimate Backyard Experience, which also includes tennis, basketball, zero entry outdoor pool, shuffleboard, volleyball, badminton, croquet, horseshoes and a playground.

For more information and booking, please visit http://www.samosetresort.com or call 800.341.1650.


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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Watch: Morgan Horse History on Equitrekking



Video courtesy of Equitrekking on YouTube

"Watch the history of the Morgan horse from the Public Television TV show, Equitrekking. The history of the Morgan horse is intertwined with the history of America. Learn about this versatile breed in this special Equitrekking video with interviews from Kathy Furr at the National Museum of the Morgan Horse and Steve Davis at the University of Vermont's Morgan Horse Farm with host and equestrian travel expert Darley Newman." --Equitrekking

www.equitrekking.com


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vermont: The Stage is Set for a Beautiful Foliage Season

Impending cool nights and reduced daylight hours will soon evoke the green leaves to transform to red, orange and yellow. In these early stages of fall foliage, the best colors can generally be found in higher elevations, the northern sections of the state, and in wetter low-lying areas, where swamp maples bring an early splash of crimson.


New this year, the Foliage Report will be issued Tuesdays, September 18-October 30. The Foliage Report will include a map that features best driving routes, an audio update and hiking/walking trail recommendations. The information will be comprised from a weekly survey of a more than a dozen state foresters, led by the state’s lead Foliage Forecaster, Michael Snyder, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.

With the highest percentage of maples trees in New England, one-third of which are sugar and red maples responsible for producing intense red hues, Vermont has the most vibrant fall foliage in the northeast. As Vermont is 76 percent forested and home to more than 50 state parks, leaf peepers can view expansive foliage across more than 300,000 acres of state-owned forests beautifully contrasted next to farm valleys, towns and waterways. 

VermontVacation.com tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour include:
  •     Lodging Availability & Midweek Packages
  •     Fall Foliage Forecaster
  •     Scenic Drives & Byways
  •     Fall Travel Tips
For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com. Leaf peepers can also easily stay up-to-date on the color progression of Vermont’s foliage by calling the Fall Foliage Hotline at 1-800-VERMONT.


{via press release}
Photo Credit: Vermont Tourism

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Spotlight: Scrub and Shine Bar at Lotus Spa on New Royal Princess Cruise Ship


Video courtesy of Princess Cruises on YouTube

"When you visit the Lotus Spa onboard the all new Royal Princess cruise ship, you'll have the option to visit the "Scrub and Shine Bar" before your treatment begins. Visit with a spa mixologist to find your ideal blend of salts, sugars, and herbs to be used in conjunction with your spa treatment to get the most out of your personal experience." --Princess Cruises


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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekend Digest - For the Week Ending 9/8/2012

 

Buck Island National Monument is located off the shores of St. Croix. Buck Island is one of only two underwater national monuments in the U.S. -Caribbean Tourism Organization [Photo]

Turtle Swimming Underwater at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Jamaica [Video]

In a recent Travel + Leisure Magazine poll, Providence, Rhode Island was voted #1 for hamburgers in the country. Here's what some locals and business owners had to say... [Video]

Celebrate Scottish culture at the New Hampshire Highland Games Highland Games ~ Sept. 21-23, 2012  

National Trust Tours: Cuban architecture, Bermuda private houses & gardens, cruising Antigua, history and more.

The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival is coming up on November 16-19, 2012. Check out this year's lineup of international chefs, info.

Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston houses one of the world’s most remarkable art collections. Take virtual tour via their Pinterest Boards.

Looking for country fairs in Connecticut? Check out this list on the Connecticut Office of Tourism website.


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Providence, Rhode Island - Official Tourism Video from the PWCVB


Video courtesy of GoProvidence on YouTube


Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.goprovidence.com 


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Affluent Traveler Contest: Win a Luxury Vacation to Boston Worth More Than $10,000



The Affluent Traveler, the semi-annual luxury lifestyle magazine of The Affluent Traveler Collection, is offering readers the chance to win a $10,000-plus luxury vacation for two to Boston in its new Summer/Fall 2012 issue. The prize includes 7 nights at the Taj Boston, select meals, Swan Boat Ride tickets (seasonal) and a two-day Go Boston Card. Round-trip, first class tickets onboard Delta Air Lines is also included. Aspiring travelers can enter by visiting the contest page; entries will be accepted through December 15, 2012* Readers can also enter to win via smartphone through the magazine’s mobi tag.

The winner will enjoy accommodations in a Park View Suite, inclusive of daily breakfast and a dinner with wine at The Café, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant and Champagne Sunday brunch on The Roof overlooking the Public Garden. The two-day Go Boston Card permits entrance to attractions and museums, as well as savings at local shops.

The Affluent Traveler, designed to serve as the ‘guide to the good life,’ features the world’s finest travel experiences, celebrity interviews and an expansive culinary section. It has an international distribution in more than 15 countries and is available by subscription, through licensed travel advisors of The Affluent Traveler Collection, at major bookstores, on newsstands, in select airport lounges and in the guestrooms of all Affluent Traveler Collection preferred hotels.

The Affluent Traveler is the official magazine of The Affluent Traveler Collection, one of 19 brands owned by American Marketing Group, Inc. To learn more about The Affluent Traveler Collection or find an Affluent Traveler Collection licensed travel advisor, visit http://www.theaffluenttraveler.com.

*No purchase necessary to win. Terms and conditions apply and can be found by visiting http://www.theaffluenttraveler.com/contest


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Weekend Digest: For the Week Ending 9/1/2012

You could win a week at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts! Take the Travel Style Quiz on Facebook.

Watch: Aruba Tourism's new video by Justin Wu Films [Video]

September is Revival Month in Harvard Square: A Celebration of Renewal and Tradition 

Enter for a chance to win a beautiful vacation home in historic Waldoboro, Maine. 
(From DIY Blog Cabin)

8 Best All Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts [Destination Wedding Mag]

Courtyard by Marriott Boston Cambridge Introduces Three New Experience Packages

Lobster Dave cooks up a storm in Ocho Rios, Jamaica [Cruise Maven]

Caribbean: Palm trees, salt air and miles of pristine beaches... find your perfect spot! [Photos]

Upcoming: A Taste of Block Island | September 21-23, 2012 | Rhode Island

The Bermuda Department of Tourism Launches a New Branding Campaign


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Friday, August 31, 2012

Vermont Dept. of Tourism Kicks Off Sixth Annual Apples to iPods Contest at 20 Apple Orchards

In this technology-meets-agriculture contest, one specially marked wooden apple is hidden in an apple tree at 20 Vermont pick-your-own apple orchards. Find a wooden apple and win an Apple iPod, iPod Shuffle or iPad.

This good-natured promotion of Vermont’s working landscape is in partnership with Woodchuck® Hard Cider, Small Dog Electronics, Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. The State of Vermont first launched this promotion in 2007 with hopes of growing participation at Vermont pick-your-own orchards. Since the launch, participation has been incredibly ‘fruitful’ across Vermont.

Vermont's nearly 4,000 acres of commercial apple orchards produce leading apple varieties: McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Empire. In 1999, the Vermont legislature designated the apple as the state fruit, and the apple pie as the state pie.

"Visiting Vermont's apple orchards is a family tradition and in true Vermont fashion, the 'Apples to iPods' contest makes this fall event even more fun," said Megan Smith, Vermont's Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing. "Apple picking is the perfect way to experience Vermont's gorgeous autumn landscape and participate in a festive and tasty activity."

For a second year, the Vermont Department of Tourism is also helping the Vermont Foodbank promote Pick for Your Neighbor, where visitors to participating orchards can pick and purchase extra apples to donate to the Foodbank. Last year, Pick for Your Neighbor made nearly 10,000 apples available to Vermonters in need. 

“Pick for Your neighbor is a win for all involved,” Michelle Wallace, Program Director at the Vermont Foodbank said. “Orchards see an economic benefit from increased sales, the Foodbank has access to fresh, local apples for distribution, and participants experience a great Vermont tradition while helping their neighbors in need.” 

For a list of participating orchards, please visit http://www.applestoipods.com and plan your trip at http://www.vermontvacation.com. Learn about "Pie chi" from this video with Shelburne Orchard's Nick Cowles.


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Destination Labadee: Royal Caribbean's Private Island Paradise in Haiti [Video]



Video courtesy of Royal Caribbean on YouTube


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

New England Fall Foliage: Travel Ideas & Packages

Experience glorious autumn colors in picturesque New England. Check out these fall foliage packages & events and start planning your next New England getaway!

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism 

{Vermont}


Fall Foliage Midweek Explorer's package
- The Wildflower Inn provides detailed maps and fall foliage tours (developed by their staff) to visit all the nooks and crannies in Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and Southern Quebec. (Sept. 3-Nov. 2)


Harvest Dinner Cruise - Celebrate the bounty of the harvest aboard the Spirit Of Ethan Allen III. Based on availability starting Sept. 3.


Fall Harvest Wine Pairing Dinner - This event will take place at the Chopin Restaurant at Matterhorn Inn in Vermont, and will feature an internationally acclaimed surprise guest chef. Dinner will be served set to tone with the finest classical Chopin Music.

{Maine}

Autumn Dinner:  This Hartsone Inn cooking class features a four-course dinner. On the menu:  Honey Seared Duck Breast with Peppered Squash and a Walnut Dressing; the inn's popular Sweet Potato, Rutabaga and Green Apple Soup with a Maple Cream. The entrée is Chef Michael’s version of “Beef Wellington” specifically designed for the Autumn table. To finish the meal, you will make a Fall Apple Tarte Tatin with locally grown apples.

White Cedar Inn's Maine Foliage & Lobster Package: Enjoy the beautiful fall trails by car or bicycle. This package features:
  • 2 nights' stay for 2 guests,
  • A full breakfast in the sunroom each morning,
  • 2 tasty chocolate candy lobsters,
  • A $50 gift card to use toward a lobster dinner at Jameson Tavern,
  • 2 adult admission tickets to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens or the Maine Maritime Museum,
  • A copy of Discovering Maine's Lighthouses & Harbors 
  • All lodging taxes. 

Anchorage By The Sea Midweek Fall Packages:
A variety of fall packages to choose from at Anchorage By The Sea, a four season resort in Ogunquit, Maine.

 
{New Hampshire}

FoliageTrain Itineraries FoliageTrains.com offers four unique train tours in New Hampshire. 

Visit Travel Media's Autumn in New England Pinterest Board for some lovely foliage pics!

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Caribbean Regattas & Sailing Festivals 2013

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


Photo by Ted Martin | Courtesy of Antigua Sailing Week

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race 2013
 January 18-22, 2013

Grenada Sailing Festival
  February 1-5, 2013

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
  February 28-March 3, 2013

St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta
March 22-24, 2013

BVI Spring Regatta Festival 
March 25-31, 2013
Event Website

Les Voiles de Saint Barth
April 8-13, 2013
Event Website

Antigua Sailing Week
April 27-May 3, 2013
Event Website
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Take a complete tour of the award-winning Crystal Symphony ship in the Crystal Cruises' all-inclusive luxury fleet [Video]



Video Courtesy of Crystal Cruises on YouTube

"A complete tour of the luxury service, stylish spaces, unwavering quality, and abundant choices aboard the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony -- including footage of its 2012 extreme makeover. With a guest-to-crew ratio of 1.64 to 1, the ship offers 461 staterooms, including several categories of penthouse and verandah accommodations; ten dining spaces, including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road & The Sushi Bar; nine entertainment lounges; nine recreation and fitness areas, including the world's only Feng Shui Spa & Fitness Center at sea; designer boutiques; dedicated kids and teen play areas; and so much more." Crystal Cruises



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Monday, August 27, 2012

September is Vermont Archaeology Month: Learn, Explore & Dig Into 12,000 Years of History

Novices and history buffs alike can learn about archaeology, nature and the environment at more than 40 interactive and educational events. Organized walks and talks, hands-on explorations, presentations and panels are available nearly every day. 

Highlights include: 

Cultural Shifts and Climatology: Lessons from the Past for the Future, September 12
Internationally recognized Archaeologist Dr. David G. Anderson offers a global perspective on how climate change has dramatically, and sometimes subtly changed cultures over the last 15,000 years. Learn how scientists unravel clues to reach their conclusions. Following this presentation, a panel of climate experts will continue the discussion. Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier, Vt.

The Grand Opening of the Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center, September 13
Celebrate the creative partnership that joins the state’s archaeological collections with the historic collections at the Vermont History Center in Barre, Vt. Tour the new space and the inaugural exhibit, “How Do You Know That? Unraveling the Past Through Archaeology.” 

Atlatl: Spear-Throwing IS a Family Activity, September 21-23
Learn how to make an atlatl, use one, and watch the experts’ craftsmanship and 90mph dart-throwing skills. Workshops teach modern and traditional techniques of atlatl and dart construction. Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison, Vt. 

“Vermont Archaeology Month smartly hosts approachable ‘topic-per-day’ learning opportunities to appeal to a wide audience,” Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith said. “Vermonters as well as visitors to our state have various interests and this line-up of events superbly covers a range of learning from family-friendly Pre-K to Ph.D.”

All events are open to the public and most are free. Visit http://www.VermontVacation.com/ArchaeologyMonth for further information and check out updates on Facebook. Vermont Archaeology Month is presented by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation with generous support by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the National Life Group, Montpelier Heritage Group, the University of Vermont Anthropology Department, Betsy's B&B in Montpelier and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Daily Digest - Travel & Lifestyle Picks for 8/25

Golf: The Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston Aug 29th - Sept 3rd, 2012
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VisitAruba.com: Hop aboard the Kukoo Kunuku for a night that you will never forget? Join our video contest to get a chance to WIN...

[Recipe] Chef Josh Berry demonstrates how to make maple glazed sea scallops. Check out the video on New England Food Adventures:

Museums in Connecticut are offering free admission to military families through Labor Day.

Why Vermont this fall? Watch this video from the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NHPTV Announces New Collaboration With WGBH Boston

As part of its new status as an independent, community-licensed public broadcaster, this fall New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) is making changes to its broadcast schedule and administrative operations that will enable it to better serve its New Hampshire audience and communities.

NHPTV is collaborating with WGBH Boston to further focus its resources on producing and presenting local and PBS television programs. The collaboration will provide operational economies, which are key to NHPTV’s continued success following the loss of its state funding and its transition from an entity of the University System of New Hampshire to an independent, community-licensed public media organization. Both NHPTV and WGBH will remain independently owned and operated stations.

As part of the NHPTV–WGBH collaboration, NHPTV will contract for services in areas such as broadcast technologies, membership services and financial administration. Through digital technology, broadcast operations can be shared and combined to save money, which enables financial resources to be redirected to programming.

New program schedules for NHPTV PRIME and NHPTV EXPLORE will roll out this fall. Details are available at nhptv.org/updates.

Beginning in October, NHPTV PRIME viewers will enjoy their favorite PBS programs such as Masterpiece, Nature, Antiques Roadshow, American Masters, Great Performances, PBS NewsHour, Sesame Street and Curious George at times that align with the national public broadcasting schedule. Local NHPTV program favorites such as Windows to the Wild, Roadside Stories, and Granite State Challenge will continue to be seen on NHPTV PRIME and NHPTV EXPLORE, also at new times. The program schedule for NHPTV EXPLORE will change in September. And, more viewers in New Hampshire will have access to the public media digital channels WORLD and CREATE.

“NHPTV is pleased to be part of this ground-breaking collaboration with WGBH, and to streamline certain administrative and operational functions. The cost savings will enable us to focus our resources on local programs and services for our viewers and supporters,” noted Peter Frid, President and CEO of NHPTV. “NHPTV is a strong, valued and financially sound organization, and we’re excited about our future plans as we continue to serve our New Hampshire viewers and communities.”

“WGBH and New Hampshire Public Television share a mission of serving audiences with quality educational programs,” said WGBH President and CEO Jonathan Abbott. “We are excited to collaborate in that mission in ways that will make the best use of our resources and new technologies to benefit our communities,” he said.

Source: New Hampshire Public Television
www.nhptv.org


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