Monday, December 30, 2013

Sojourn Bicycling Vacations Announces New Taste of Vermont Bike Tour for Summer 2014

Sojourn Bicycling Vacations showcases Vermont's finest artisanal producers with their new Taste of Vermont Bike Tour. This deluxe summer trip blends visits to a selection of the State's finest cheese makers, craft breweries, and organic farms with exceptional bicycling routes through Vermont's picturesque countryside. 

The trip is designed for strong intermediate and avid cyclists, and will run during the months of July and August, 2014. Long at the forefront of the fresh local foods movement and high on the list of top cycling destinations, Vermont is the perfect location for such a trip.

The six-day Taste of Vermont Tour includes 300 miles of some of the state's finest cycling routes. Avid cyclists can challenge themselves on a climb through Middlebury Gap as well as a classic loop through Smuggler's Notch, so named for a Canadian bootlegging passageway during Prohibition. The trip also includes miles of rolling terrain as it loops through farmland across Vermont.

Along the routes, cyclists will visit with the entrepreneurial minded Vermonters behind the successful specialty products for which the state is known. Visit with respected craft producers like those of Hill Farmstead Brewing, Jasper Hill cheese, and the patriarch of an eighth generation sugaring operation that is still using traditional taps for their maple trees. 

Specialty dinners are included at the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, and Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Each property conveys a true taste of Vermont -- picturesque settings, history, and cuisine featuring fresh local products. The trip kicks off with one of Vermont's foremost wine makers pairing his wines with a specially prepared dinner.

For more information, visit
www.gosojourn.com

Photo courtesy of Sojourn Bicycling Vacations


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Islands in the Sun: Today's Travel & Lifestyle Guides

The Caribbean is a melting pot of diverse cultures and has a long, rich history. The islands including Bermuda (which is technically not in the Caribbean but located in the North Atlantic Ocean), beckon with their picture-perfect beaches and warm hospitality. Here is a list of today's Travel & Lifestyle Guides:


Photo courtesy Curaçao Tourist Board

Plan your trip...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New England Charm: Today's Featured Travel & Lifestyle Guides

Experience quintessential New England -- a region steeped in history and brimming with classic charm.and hospitality. Here is today's list of Travel & Lifestyle Guides:

Maine Woods - Photography by Brent Danley on Flickr

Plan your trip...


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Adventure Channel: Naturalist Journeys' Jamaica Birding & Nature Tour, February 22-28, 2014

Naturalist Journeys is offering a guided group birding tour on Jamaica, February 22-28, 2014. Birdwatchers will experience a very different Jamaica than those who visit the island for a beach stay. Jamaica offers nature enthusiasts a rich mountainous landscape with habitats differing across ascending elevations. Quiet roads and forest trails allow access for birders to catalog the twenty-five plus species found nowhere else in the world. As part of the British Commonwealth, Jamaica has a long tradition of birdwatching. The Jamaican Bird Club, known as BirdLife Jamaica, has existed since the 1950’s. This not-for-profit membership organization started as the Grosse Bird Club. It publishes the journal “The Broadsheet” and keeps records of unusual sightings.

Of all the islands of the Caribbean, Jamaica and Cuba claim the highest number of endemic bird species. Each has a tody, an emerald green feathered-gem not much larger than a hummingbird. Only five tody species exist in the world, all found in the Caribbean. A visit to Jamaica rivals the intrigue birders find in going to the Galapagos. Naturalist Journeys owner Peg Abbott developed the tour, along with others to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago to showcase the region’s biological legacy. She says, “Few people, even devoted birdwatchers, realize that Caribbean bird biodiversity exceeds that of the Galapagos Islands, showing patterns of adaptive radiation across numerous species, with endemism occurring all the way to the family level with the todies and the Palmchat of the Dominican Republic.”

About the Jamaica Nature and Birding Tour 
The tour begins and ends in Kingston, Jamaica, and participants have the option to come in early to see highlights of the city, including extensive tropical plant collections at the Hope Botanical Garden. The tour is limited to 12 participants. For more information and itinerary, visit Naturalist Journeys' website.



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Monday, November 11, 2013

Casas del XVI, New Luxury Boutique Hotel Opening in 2014 in the New World's Oldest City

Photo courtesy of Casas del XVI

Imagine stepping back in time to the sixteenth century, tracing the same cobblestone streets as Christopher Columbus, relishing the grandeur of the new world's first church and retreating to a stunning colonial mansion. For travelers to the Dominican Republic, this dream will soon be a reality at the brand new, boutique Casas del XVI, an eight-room luxury hotel opening in Santo Domingo's emerging Ciudad Colonial in March 2014, with a soft opening slated for December 15, 2013. 

Nestled in the heart of the New World's oldest city, Casas del XVI is the first hotel in the Dominican Republic comprised of an exclusive collection of newly renovated colonial houses dating back to the sixteenth century. Maintaining the integrity of the stunning, romantic architecture, the hotel preserves the beauty of the abodes that make up the old town neighborhood, offering guests accommodations in eight rooms and suites spread between three individual houses each reminiscent of the island's earliest European settlers.

Read the full press release here


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Celebrate the holiday season in Newport, Rhode Island, the "City by the Sea"

Throw a party this holiday season in the "City by the Sea." The Newport Harbor Hotel's holiday party packages can be tailored for your group size and include a complimentary champagne toast, parking, as well as one overnight guestroom for the group's party planner. Other guests can book rooms at the hotel for as low as $79 a night, based on availability. 

Each party planner may choose from one of three menus:

--a sparkling celebration
--a lighter affair
--a festive feast.

All packages are for Pier 49 Seafood and Spirits; for other function space bookings, please contact the Sales and Catering office at 401-848-3304 or email newportsales(at)shanercorp(dot)com.

Party packages for guests of 20-60 people are available Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday evenings; other days are based upon availability. Larger groups can also be accommodated.

For more information, visit www.newporthotel.com


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Blues You'll Love! Tropical Island Bliss

Start your week off with visions of paradise... Here's a little inspiration from our Tropical Island Bliss Board on Pinterest.

Follow Tropical Island Bliss by Travel Media on Pinterest



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Friday, October 25, 2013

Travel & Lifestyle Writing Opportunities

This week's collection of writing opportunities...

Writer's Guidelines

These listings are provided for informational purposes only, absent of any representation or endorsement by The Boston Press Suite.


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Travel Digest: Picks for the Week Ending 10-12-13

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

"Chef on Fire -Grotto" Photo courtesy of Flickr user mattfour 

Head of The Charles Regatta: The countdown is on to the world's largest rowing event, taking place on the Charles river 10/19-10/20. [Visit website]

Experience ‘A Taste of the Two Emerald Isles’ on the island of Montserrat during their St. Patrick's Festival, March 8-17, 2014. [Event Info]

Harvard freshmen recently spent an afternoon of drawing and sculpting in Adolphus Busch Hall. The Freshman Draw annual event, which invites students to draw the many sculptures housed at Adolphus Busch Hall, introduces students not only to the power that comes from contemplation and creative collaboration, but also to the Harvard tradition of observation and sketching. [Read more at Harvard Art Museums]

October is Connecticut Archaeology Awareness Month [via Hartford Magazine]

First Cape Cod Bicycle Summit to be held on November 8, 2013. [CapeCodToday.com]

Escape to a Caribbean beach this winter... [Beach Photos by Travel Media on Pinterest]

WIMCO Announces Its Top 5 New Villas on St Barts for 2014 - All Include Access to Unmatched Concierge Services [Market Wired]

Grotto Restaurant, located in Boston, serves up contemporary Italian cuisine in its subterranean setting. Get your "Nightly Fixe" with the $38 per person prix fixe price for dinner every night. [New England Food Adventures]

Thanksgiving holiday will soon be here... check out this Traditional New England Thanksgiving Menu [via Le Cordon Bleu]

American Airlines has confirmed that it will no longer operate its daily service between New York Kennedy and Barbados, effective Jan. 15. [via Travel Weekly News]

Sophistication and Old World Elegance: Hawksview Estate on St. John, USVI [REAL LIFE Caribbean Mag]

Wedding weekends in seven picturesque New England spots [Boston Magazine]




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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Yearly Update: Caribbean Regattas & Sailing Festivals 2016

Photo courtesy of St. Thomas International Regatta

The races, the parties, the fun...

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race 
 January 16-24, 2016
Event Website

Grenada Sailing Festival
January 30-January 31, 2016
Event Website

RORC Caribbean 600 
Starts February 22, 2016
Event Website

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
March 3-6, 2016
Event Website

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht
Regatta & Rendezvous
(On Virgin Gorda, BVI)
March 9-12, 2016
Event Website

St. Thomas International Regatta
March 25-27, 2016

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
March 28-April 3, 2016

Les Voiles de Saint Barth
April 11-16, 2016

Antigua Sailing Week
April 23-29, 2016



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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Enjoy Free Nights in Bermuda This Winter at The Fairmont Southampton

Photo courtesy of The Fairmont Southampton 

The Fairmont Southampton beckons with a private, pink sand beach to call your own. Enjoy free nights between November 01, 2003 and April 30, 2014. Package includes luxurious accommodations for a minimum of three nights. Click here for details.


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Monday, September 30, 2013

Great Wolf Lodge Makes a Splash with Its First Resort in New England

New England families will soon have something to howl about, as Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. begins construction in Massachusetts on its newest resort, to be opened in late spring 2014.


"As the leader in indoor waterpark resorts, we are thrilled to expand our brand into New England,” shared Kim Schaefer, chief executive officer, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., “We are bringing a unique, year-round family entertainment resort to the market, as well as introducing new experiences and amenities to the brand that are exclusive to this new property. Great Wolf Lodge New England will feature the very best in family-focused vacations.”

The resort will offer a wide variety of fun activities for children of all ages -- Attractions and amenities include:

  • The brand’s first and only indoor play area, boasting over 16,000 square feet of entertainment complete with a multi-level ropes course and indoor miniature golf.
  • MagiQuest, a live-action, interactive game where kids use wands to battle dragons and save pixies.
  • Scooops Kid Spa for ice cream-themed manicures and pedicures;Ten Paw Alley mini bowling.
  • Daily kids’ activities as part of the resort’s Cub Club on Wheels program.
  • The Great Clock Tower Show and evening Story Time by the fireplace – a Great Wolf Lodge tradition that brings everyone together in the Grand Lobby each night.

Great Wolf Lodge New England will also feature several dining options and food outlets including the brand’s new Lodge Wood Fired Grill restaurant and bar, the Bear Paw Sweets & Eats confectionery café, Hungry as a Wolf handcrafted pizza and pasta and a Dunkin’ Donuts®.


Event planners can also look to Great Wolf Lodge New England for all meeting and event needs. The property will boast more than 12,000 square feet of flexible conference space, six breakout rooms, a dedicated group entrance, built-in audio/video technology, customizable catering options and a world-class team of industry professionals.

For more information, visit greatwolf.com/newengland.


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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Tuscany Resort on Grace Bay Beach in the Turks & Caicos Offers 40% off During Fall Months

Photo courtesy of The Tuscany Resort

The Tuscany Resort in the Turks and Caicos will be celebrating fall 2013 with a 40% off on all oceanfront one, two, or three bedroom suites now until November. Guests will be pampered by their concierge service which offers everything from helping with recommending and securing restaurant reservations, spa treatments, in-house chefs, fishing, golfing, scuba diving excursions and more.

For more information, visit www.thetuscanyresort.com



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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sail the Caribbean islands this holiday season with Paul Gauguin Cruises

Dreaming of spending the December holiday season in paradise? Sail away on a 7-night Caribbean voyage on Paul Gauguin's m/v Tere Moana.

The Moana cruises roundtrip from Philipsburg, St. Maarten, visiting Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Les Saintes and St. Barts in the French West Indies, and Basseterre in St. Kitts & Nevis. Guests can bask on the sugar-sand beaches under the warm tropical sun and enjoy a festive barbecue at Prickly Pear Beach on Virgin Gorda. Cruise rates for the December 21, 2013 voyage start from $3,795 per person.  

For information and reservations, contact a travel professional at 800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com.



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Friday, August 23, 2013

Vermont Tourism Announces New "Seeing is BeLeafing" Video Foliage Reports Starting September 5, 2013

The stage is set for a beautiful foliage season as early fall colors begin to emerge in Vermont. The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing welcomes viewers on a tour of dozens of scenic sites - scouting out the best and brightest leaf-peeping locales – meeting foresters, artists, farmers, general store clerks and many more Vermont characters along the way. 


Video courtesy of Vermont Tourism on YouTube

"Seeing is BeLeafing" Video Foliage Reports start September 5, 2013. Find preliminary foliage info and the first footage of the season at www.VermontVacation.com/fall. In addition to weekly "Seeing is BeLeafing" videos, the webpage will feature weekly recommended driving routes, events, deals, another celebration of the season and Apple to iPods – where visitors to 20 Vermont apple orchards can search for wooden apples hidden for pickers to find – and win an Apple iPod - beginning September 7.

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. The state 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 complemented by farm valleys, towns and waterways. In the 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.

Stay up to date on Vermont’s foliage progression with "Seeing is BeLeafing." Sign up to receive a weekly email from September 5 through late-October; follow on Twitter, hashtag #SeeingisBeLeafing or call 1-800-VERMONT.


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Invitation to Travel Bloggers

You're Invited to the
Travel Blog Directory 

Do you love to travel and blog about your adventures?

Boston Press Suite Travel & Lifestyle Media offers the opportunity to have your blog seen on the upcoming Travel Blog Directory, to be launched this fall.


Our focus is New England, the Caribbean and Bermuda. If you write about these destinations, and would like more exposure for your writings, contact us by email for consideration.

Submission Guidelines:

1) Tell us about you/your blog
2) Include your blog's full URL ((no shortened links)
3) Social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc.) 
4) A link to a post (related to New England, Caribbean, Bermuda travel)


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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Spruce Point Inn will host photographer David Marx for a three-day Coastal Maine Photography Seminar in September

Spruce Point Inn, the highly rated 57-acre oceanfront resort in Boothbay Harbor, Maine helps guests customize their “oceanside memories made in Maine” with packages built around specific vacation experiences. This September, photographers (both casual and professional) have the opportunity to work with award-winning photographer David Marx on a three-day Coastal Maine Photography Seminar, exploring the iconic built and natural landscape of the Maine Mid-coast.

Each day, the photographer will lead a small group on the Inn’s motorlaunch Bright Line to a different location: Squirrel Island, Ram Island, Damariscove, Burnt Island and its lighthouse, the docks of Boothbay Harbor with their yachts and lobster boats and Spruce Point itself. (For the itinerary and an interactive map, click here.) Along the way David Marx will discuss contemporary photography techniques and critique the seminar participants’ work.

Presented September 18-21, 2013, the Coastal Maine Photography Seminar Package includes three nights accommodations, all meals, seminar fees, daily transportation to the photography sites, use of all the Inn’s amenities including two swimming pools, Har-Tru tennis court, sea kayaks and bicycles. Rates including taxes and gratuities from $1,500 single occupancy ($2,215, double).

David Marx teaches digital photography workshops and founded the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Lab and training classes. He has taught photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography since 2002. His moody images of Pemaquid Point and Marshall Point Lighthouses are immediately identifiable. “Oh, Maine. SO beautiful. ‘The way life should be,’” is how David describes working with Maine subjects. Over the years, David has led photography programs for the American Society of Media Photographers, the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana, FirstLight Photography Workshops, and Blackberry Farm.

“As we help guests create ‘oceanside memories made in Maine’ we like to offer different ways of seeing Spruce Point Inn and our beautiful surroundings here in Boothbay,” said Angelo DiGiulian, innkeeper for Spruce Point Inn. “This photography seminar is one of many experiential packages we have planned to give our guests a special immersion in our destination that leaves them with an even more authentic sense of place. Plus we know that David's entertaining teaching style matches our own hospitality culture and works well for photography students of all skill levels.”

For more information, visit http://www.sprucepointinn.com


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Friday, August 16, 2013

Discover Maps of New England, the Caribbean and Bermuda on Pinterest

Planning your trip to New England, the Caribbean and Bermuda just got a little easier. Discover road trip maps, foliage maps, lighthouse maps, golf maps, snorkel sites and more.


Image courtesy of Greater Portland, Maine CVB

Click here to view New England Maps on Pinterest
Click here to view Caribbean and Bermuda Maps on Pinterest

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Play Tennis with 12 Time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal in the 2013 Necker Cup Pro-Am on Sir Richard Branson’s Private Necker Island


Rafael Nadal, Ana Ivanovic, Stefan Edberg, Martina Navratilova and Daniela Hantuchova will be joined by leading, current and past, ATP/WTA players along with Sir Richard Branson in the second annual Necker Cup Pro-Am, scheduled for November 12-16, 2013 on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island in The British Virgin Islands. The event is organized by Premier Tennis Travel, a leader in luxury tennis travel and event management.

Amateurs can book a 4 night/5 day all-inclusive team package to the world’s most exclusive tennis Pro-Am by calling (001) 800.376.0975 or visiting http://www.neckercup.com.

Amateurs can also win a trip to compete in the Necker Cup Pro-Am by participating in the Corporate Challenge to be held October 4-6th, 2013 at The New York Athletic Club in New York City.

Beside world class tennis, Necker Cup Pro-Am guests will enjoy cocktail and dinner parties and also get the chance to meet with top tennis stars and Sir Richard Branson. The final day concludes with a charity exhibition match, dinner, auction and “End of the World” party in the main room of Necker Island’s Great House. 2013 Necker Cup guests will be some of the first to ever see Necker Island’s highly anticipated, newly rebuilt, Great House.

Last year’s Necker Cup raised over $1,000,000 for worthy causes. Auction bidders can win unique, once in a lifetime experiences such as: one on one hitting sessions with some of tennis’ best pros, luxurious trips and merchandise, premier tickets to sporting events, signed memorabilia and much more. One hundred percent of all donations from the auction will directly benefit the local BVI community, Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation, Rafa Nadal Foundation and other ATP and WTA player charities.

Photo courtesy of Necker Island


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Travel Digest - Picks For the Week Ending 7-19-13

Photo Courtesy of Maine Schooners

Vermont Farm Tours is offering an Artisan Cheese Tour and a Wine and Cheese Tour on Saturday, July 20—the day before the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. [Info]

"The RISD Museum’s first large survey of work from the greater-Providence region in more than 20 years,
Locally Made expands across several Museum galleries with multiple components celebrating the rich and diverse talent in the city and nearby communities." Exhibition runs from 7/18 - 11/3.
[Rhode Island School of Design Museum]

You could win a trip to Antigua!  Enter ABC's The Bachelorette Ultimate Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes (Offer ends 8/11/13) [View Details]

The 3rd Annual Abaco Kayak Challenge is set for November 9, 2013. [via The Bahamas Weekly]

Turks and Caicos to join Nova Scotia? [View article on CBC.ca]

The US Postal Service is offering New England Lighthouse Stamps [AP via CBS Boston]

Jamaica and Vermont featured on USA TODAY Travel Section - World's most thrilling cliff diving spots [Visit Website]


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy First Day of Summer! Celebrate With Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Recipes

Welcome the official first day of summer! How are you celebrating? Check out the newly created "Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Recipes" Board on Pinterest for a healthy dose of inspiration!


Photo courtesy of Couples Resorts



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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Vermont's Basin Harbor Club - Summer Music Festival, Berries & Bluegrass

Vermont's Basin Harbor Club has announced the final line up for their summer music festival, Berries & Bluegrass. 

The festival series kicks off with Berries & Bluegrass on July 6, followed by BBQ Bonanza on August 17 and Rocktoberfest on October 19.

Music Line-Up:

  • The Blind Owl Band
  • Patti Casey
  • After The Rodeo
  • The Dupont Brothers
  • Red Hot Juba
  • Belle Pines

With its 700-acres of classic Vermont landscapes and full service resort facilities, Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT is ideal for outdoor music events. 

Attendees will enjoy seven hours of bluegrass and Vermont folk music, sponsored Magic Hat beer tent, a berry infusion cocktail bar and an impressive culinary spread inspired by the berries of the season.
 
Tickets are $15 online until July 5th and $18 at the door.

For more information, visit www.basinharbor.com/berriesnbluegrass

 


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Travel Digest: Picks for the Week Ending 6-15-13

Hydrangeas in bloom at the Breakers mansion in Newport, Rhode Island
Photo courtesy of Wallg | Flickr


7News NBC and CW56 are joining together with Boston Medical Center for the 2013 FREE Health and Fitness Expo in Boston on June 22-23, 2013. [Visit Website]

Lubec, Maine on the list of "America's best little beach towns" [via
CNN Travel]

Planning your Caribbean honeymoon? Bridal Guide Mag features
22 Top Caribbean Honeymoon Spots

Cap Juluca resort on Anguilla is offering a couples-only deal. The “Exclusive Tangled Up in You” package


Victorian Tea in Connecticut: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in Roseland Cottage’s Carriage Barn on June 27, 2013. [View event details]


Upcoming: Berries, Vintage Cars, Music... Vermont Blueberry Festival July 26-August 4, 2013.


Where to Eat Traditional New England Food in Boston [Virgin Atlantic Blog]


Nantucket Film Festival is June 26-30, 2013 [Visit Website]


Aruba Hi-Winds 2013 Trailer - Event takes place July 2-8, 2013 [Video]


Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas has launched a new social media presence called #ATLANTISLOCAL [via Tribune242.com]




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Friday, May 31, 2013

Travel Digest: Picks for the Week Ending 5-31-13

Photo courtesy of the Tryall Club, Jamaica


A Taste of Block Island begins today and runs through June 2. [Visit Website

Connecticut Open House Day June 8 - Nearly 200 Connecticut destinations from across the state – from the Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, to Bushnell Park in Hartford to the Gillette Castle in East Haddam – are offering Connecticut residents free or discounted admission, free gifts or special activities.

The new Royal Princess to sail Canada/New England cruises in the fall of 2014 [Travel Weekly]

Island Global Yachting (IGY) Marinas launches its inaugural Million Dollar Sportfish Challenge [Info]

Planning a trip to St. Barths? Wimco Villas is offering free car rental at participating villas [Details]

Save up to 74% on 2013 Windstar Cruises select sailings. Sale ends June 7.

June Events on Bermuda [GoToBermuda.com]

Discover healthy escapes in New England via this Boston Globe travel feature 

Cape Cod Maritime Days (Through June 21) is a celebration of the Cape's rich maritime history.

Check out Rhode Island's best spots for outdoor dining on GoLocalProv 



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