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 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.


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)


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


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

Happy traveling!


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

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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