Thursday, December 7, 2017

Photo of the Day: Caribbean Party Time




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Caribbean Regattas and Sailing Festivals 2018

The ocean races, the parties, the fun on sea and land.

Photo: Ingrid Abery/St. Thomas International Regatta


Barbados Sailing Week
 January 16-24, 2018
Event Website

Grenada Sailing Festival
January 29-February 3, 2018
Event Website

Superyacht Challenge Antigua
January 31-February 4, 2018
Event Website

The Round Martinique Regatta
February 6-10, 2018
Event Website

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
March 1-4, 2018
Event Website

St. Croix Yacht Club International Regatta
March 9-11, 2018
Event Website

St. Thomas International Regatta
March 23-25, 2018
Event Website

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
March 26-April 1, 2018
Event Website

Bequia Easter Regatta
March 29-April 2, 2018
Event Website

Les Voiles de Saint Barth
April 8-14, 2018

Antigua Sailing Week
April 28-May 4, 2018
Event Website

Newport Bermuda Race
June 15, 2018
Event Website 

At date of publication, the aforementioned events are on as scheduled. Do check respective websites periodically for any changes.



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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tropical Island Bliss: 4 Holiday Gift Ideas




As Seen On Amazon
1. Tropical Beaches 2018 Calendar 2. Caribbean Modern-Recipes from the Rum Islands 3. Pidada Tropical Plants Square Cotton & Linen Cushion Pillow 4. Caribbean Houses-History, Style and Architecture By Michael Connors






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A Taste of New England and Beyond: 4 Holiday Gift Ideas





As Seen on Amazon
1. Lake Champlain Chocolates 'Tis the Season Gift Basket 2. Best Recipes from American Country Inns and Bed & Breakfasts: More Than 1,500 Mouthwatering Recipes from 340 of America's Favorite Inns 3. Stonewall Kitchen Jam Collection  4. Vermont Absolutely Pure Maple Syrup






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Friday, December 1, 2017

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, a Christmas by the Sea Package, Christmas Eve Dinner at Langham, Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in MA


A Festive Roundup...

For Christmas Eve Dinner at Langham Boston, Chef Sapienza and BOND Chef Nick Gurski prepare a festive four-course prix fixe feast in BOND restaurant ǀ lounge. Guests will have an array of choices and seasonal dishes including:
  • Crispy duck confit with Macomber turnip puree, chicories and huckleberry
  • Chilled northeast lobster and mussel escabeche with fennel, leeks and saffron oil
  • Pineland Farms Black Angus sirloin with sweet potato croquettes, roasted marrow and grilled asparagus
  • Bouche de Noel with Valrhona dark chocolate mousse
Cost of dinner: $90 adults, $55 children 5 to 12; Reservations: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

For more holiday fare that includes holiday getaways, festive Afternoon Tea, celebratory brunches and chocolate bar, visit www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/boston.

On the Boston Vegetarian Society's website, you can find a list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Massachusetts. Visit www.bostonveg.org/restaurants.

Celebrate the holidays in Ogunquit, Maine. The Meadowmere Inn is offering a Christmas by the Sea package (December 8-10). 

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth New Hampshire kicks off on December 1st. Now in its 13th year, the month-long celebration beckons with festive shows, strolls and shopping. For more information on the events, visit vintagechristmasnh.org

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Stylish Hub Gift Guide 2017: Shop Something Pink For Her



View more guides: Statement Jewelry | Decorate In Style





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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Plan Your New England Ski Vacation {Video Channels}

Terrain Parks: A History 
Via Loon Mountain Resort on YouTube

Plan your New England ski vacation... View a handy list of New England ski resort areas on YouTube and hit the slopes!




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New England Bed & Breakfast Recipes

Check in to a cozy Bed & Breakfast inn and enjoy delectable fare... make your favorites at home.

Tea Time 
Photo courtesy of Manor on Golden Pond

The Gateways Inn in the Berkshires (Massachusetts)
Recipes: Layered Stuffed Morning Mushrooms, Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tarts, Gateways Granola, Cranberry Pecan Cake, Challah French Toast Soufflé with Fresh Berries and Crème Fraiche
http://www.gatewaysinn.com/recipes

Glynn House Inn (New Hampshire)
Recipes: Baked Peaches, Banana Crepes with Chocolate Drizzle, Banana Muffins, Banana Soufflé Pancake, Belgian Waffles with Glazed Bananas, Banana Walnut & White Chocolate Muffins, Blueberry-Oatmeal Muffins, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Danish Pancake Balls, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Blackstone, Frittata, Mixed Berry Smoothie, Peanut Butter Cookies with Hershey’s Kisses, Poached Eggs Italian, Pumpkin Tiramisu, Roasted Vegetable Quiche, Scrambled Eggs New York, Strawberry White Chocolate Muffins, Stuffed French Toast, Triple Chocolate Muffins, Valentine’s Cake “Love By Chocolate”
http://glynnhouse.com/breakfast-more/recipes



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WestJet launches Montreal-Boston Nonstop Service

WestJet has begun nonstop service between Montreal and Boston. The inaugural flight from Montreal Trudeau International Airport arrived at Boston Logan International Airport on October 15, marking the last of three new routes launched by WestJet from Montreal this year.
"WestJet has significantly expanded its service to, from and within the province of Quebec in 2017," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. "This expansion demonstrates our commitment to bring lower airfares to communities across Canada and create new opportunities for business and leisure travellers to get more value for their travel budgets."  
"I would like to thank WestJet for their confidence in us and for their support," said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. "Boston is a popular destination for our passengers, who travel there both for business and leisure. The addition of two flights per day enhances the departure options from Montréal and offers greater flexibility. This is great news for Montréal and confirms Montréal-Trudeau's position as a hub."
"With several different destinations to choose from, Boston Logan has become a terrific gateway for those traveling to Canada," Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said. "We are pleased that WestJet is adding twice daily flights to Montreal to our roster, providing even more options for our customers to enjoy Canada."
WestJet began point-to-point service for the first time within the province of Quebec on June 15, 2017, with four daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City. In addition, the airline launched twice-daily service between Montreal and Halifax on March 15, 2017. With the addition of WestJet's new services, the airline now operates an average of 167 weekly departures from Montreal.
All three new routes are operated by WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, and its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400s. Proud to support this iconic Canadian company, WestJet flies the fourth largest fleet of Q400s in the world. By mid-2018, the regional airline will have a total of 45 aircraft.
WestJet began serving Boston Logan International Airport in 2016 with thrice daily service from Toronto on WestJet Encore.
Details of WestJet's new non-stop service:

Source: WestJet


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn in New England: Travel Ideas & Packages

Hot summer days have given way to crisp air and the splendor of nature's changing colors is a feast for the eyes here in New England. Cozy inns and hotels beckon with fall special packages and autumn style menus. Nature lovers hike the mountains and trails while basking in the glow of the beautiful foliage landscape. 

The Wildflower Inn in Lyndon, Vermont is offering Midweek Fall Explorer's packages through October 22, 2017.

Enjoy a Fall Foliage Tour in the White Mountains [A Blog Post by Sugar Hill Inn in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire]

Six Connecticut Hikes To Add To Your Fall Fitness Goals [Hartford Courant]

Anchorage By The Sea Resort in Ogungquit, Maine offers fall and weekend packages; the latter starts October 13, 2017. For more information, visit www.anchoragebythesea.com.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk Autumn Escape package includes two tickets to explore the grandeur of a Newport Mansion, gourmet breakfast, and a one night three-course dinner for two at Chanler's fine dining restaurant, the Spiced Pear. 

Hop aboard the foliage train for your fall sightseeing adventure! foliagetrains.com offers unique train tours in New Hampshire. 

5 October food and wine festivals. Visit our blog New England Food Adventures for the details.



Fall Getaway Package: Enjoy 25% off Room Rate when you stay for three or more nights at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. 

Hands-on culinary experiences await at the Essex Resort in Essex, Vermont. A sample of cooking classes includes "A Taste of Austria," and "Vermont Maple." The resort also offers guided tours and picnics. Learn more

Five Brilliant Boston Hotels To Check Out This Fall [Forbes Travel Guide]

Below: Autumn Inspiration As Seen On Twitter







While planning your trip to New England this fall, take a virtual tour. Visit Autumn In New England — A Pinterest board by The Boston Press Suite | Travel & Lifestyle Media  



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Caribbean Hurricane-Related News

The Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Tourism Industry Conference will be held from October 10-13, 2017 at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort in Grenada. A special session will focus on disaster recovery in light of the recent catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region and the devastation that ensued. Read more via Travel Weekly News

Puerto Rico and many of the Caribbean islands remain in dire straits. Stay current with news out of the islands via island newspapers online. In addition, receive dispatches in real-time from tourism boards on Twitter and hotels/resorts.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekender: Summer Fitness on the Waterfront

Get active on Boston's Waterfront and Islands this summer!
Regular ferry fees apply for on-island programs.

Walk-ups are available on a limited basis. You'll need to register to ensure your spot in the class.


 
Island Tai Chi on Spectacle Island: Saturdays, 10:15 - 11:45am. Free program.
Island Om, Yoga on Spectacle Island: Saturdays, 10:15 - 11:45am. Free program.
Waterfront Yoga at Castle Island: Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00am.
Saturday Morning Zumba on the Greenway: Saturdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm.
Waterfront Fitness at Carson Beach: Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm. Free program. 
Let's Get Active! Fitness Day: Saturday, August 5, on Spectacle Island.

For more information, visit www.bostonharbornow.org/upcoming-events

Photos courtesy of Boston Harbor Now 





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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Hamilton 1755 Package | Paradise Beach Nevis



Paradise Beach Nevis, a collection of seven luxurious and secluded villas on the island of Nevis has designed a special offer — inspired by Nevis' native son Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father of the United States and the story of his life (which took center stage in the Tony Award-winning musical "HAMILTON".)   

The Hamilton 1755 package includes:
  • 17% off a four bedroom garden or beach villa for a stay of three nights or more.
  • A copy of Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s bestselling book that inspired the musical.
  • Private island tour of Nevis’ historic sites, including Alexander Hamilton House / Museum of Nevis History
Cannot be combined with other Promotions or offers. Offer valid until December 18, 2017. Rate Code: 1755.

For more information, visit paradisebeachnevis.com 




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Summer Inspiration: Beaches on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Grab your favorite beach bag, sun hat, sunglasses and a good read and head to the beaches of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard this summer. Pictured below: 1. Sandbars Inn on Cape Cod  2. Ocean Edge Resort on Cape Cod  3. Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha's Vineyard  4. Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa on Cape Cod


Want more sun and surf? Visit Beach Life for a list of beaches in New England, the Caribbean and Bermuda.


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Romance: Five Couples Exchange Vows in Boston Public Library Wedding Ceremony Giveaway

Boston Public Library hosted the wedding ceremonies of five couples in the first-ever giveaway of this kind on Sunday, June 11, in the iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square. Winners were selected via an online lottery held in early 2017. 

Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library

“Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offered everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston Public Library be a part of their lives on this special occasion,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “I extend my thanks to our sponsors whose efforts greatly enhanced these ceremonies and provided lasting memories for the newlyweds.”

“Words cannot express the joy we experienced at our wedding ceremony; this has been a dream come true and we will never forget the kindness that you have shown and how special you have made us feel. Thank you for our fairytale dream wedding!” said newlyweds Aldrich and Wilmar C.

Each of the selected couples experienced a morning wedding ceremony while the building was closed to the public. Included in the package: pre-ceremony light breakfast and beverages compliments of The Catered Affair, bouquets and boutonnieres provided by Artistic Blossoms, ceremony music performed by Anima of Music Management, ceremony and mini-session photography provided by Angelina Rose Photography, commemorative takeaway gifts compliments of the Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair, ceremonies officiated by Thomas A. Welch, and an overnight stay at the Westin Copley Place.


Boston Public Library hosts private events year-round featuring ornately-designed spaces with a variety of capacities that are ideal settings for holiday parties, corporate conferences, weddings, and more. Visit www.bpl.org/central/eventspaces.htm or email events@bpl.org for more information.







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