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

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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

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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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