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Scottsdale CVB
  Scottsdale's New Museum of the West Opening in December
Mosey on over to the Scottsdale Museum of the West in December 2014. The "West's Most Western Town" will pay tribute to its cowboy roots in five galleries that showcase paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts depicting the ever-evolving American West. Pieces by famed artists such as Carl Oscar Borg and Maynard Dixon take the spotlight at this long-awaited museum. Find out more at scottsdalemuseumwest.org; Visit scottsdalepressroom.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
Arizona Dia de los Muertos
  Celebrate Dìa de los Muertos in Arizona
In late October/early November, Dìa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is widely celebrated in Arizona because of deep influence Latin America and Mexico have in the state. Many Arizona communities honor and celebrate departed loved ones in a festival setting. Learn more at arizonaguide.com/events-calendar/heritage-cultural. Visit arizonaguide.com; Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
The Boulders
  Spa at The Boulders Integrates Desert and Native American Elements
Autumn is a natural time to renew the spirit at the newly transformed Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders with a new "Intention-Based" spa menu and self-guided experiences that seamlessly integrate the spa with the surrounding Sonoran Desert and its Native American legacy. Spa guests play alchemist with the new Aroma Blend Bar and Intentional Aromatherapy app--the first of its kind in the industry. Visit theboulders.com; Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Cruise Compete
  CruiseCompete Offers 2015 World Cruises from $18,339 to $211,000
"World Cruise Sells Out in 4 Days..." Heidi Allison, Senior Partner at CruiseCompete, was recently quoted in a Yahoo! story on world cruising. Check out sample voyages at cruisecompete.com/specials/regions/world/1. Also, take a look at recently compiled listings of all World Cruise Voyages complete with full itineraries. Visit cruisecompete.com and allthingscruise.com; Media contact: Heidi Allison, 248-651-4491.
Four Seasons Scottsdale
  Four Seasons Scottsdale Suite Renovation This Summer
Four Seasons is embarking on a $750,000 suite renovation in summer 2014, spearheaded by Paul Duesing Partners, and set for completion in October. All 22 suites will receive a soft goods makeover, with new upholstery, rugs, lamps and accent pieces. Also included will be the introduction of the new Four Seasons bed, featuring customized comfort for guests. Visit www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
Greater Phoenix CVB SurfRider Phoenix
  Abundant Summer Fun Deals for Phoenix Visitors
With summer quickly approaching, Greater Phoenix resorts are luring in travelers with great budget-friendly deals and unique entertainment options designed for everyone. From FlowRider and Surfing on Central surf lessons in the desert to Splash Cinema nights next to a 92-foot waterslide to a Techno Glow Party, these vacation offerings are sure to pack more sunshine into your summertime. Check out www.visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Douglas MacKenzie, 602-254-6500.
Omni Montelucia
  Puerta Privada at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
A secret password offers "in-the-know" travelers exclusive admittance to a bespoke luxury wellness experience from one of Arizona's top rated spas. Puerta Privada ("private door") was designed to give guests access to Joya Spa and its myriad of rejuvenating and romantic offerings after hours along with a custom dinner for two. Available Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7:30 p.m. and limited to 3 couples per night. Starting rate: $750. Visit omnihotels.com/montelucia. Media contact: Ty Bentsen, 323-944-0064.
Glendale, AZ
  Annual Epicurian Events Begin at Sanctuary on Camelback
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Lunch & Learn, a Saturday series of epicurean adventures, kicks off its 13th season on July 26. Led by Sanctuary's executive chef and Food Network star Beau MacMillan, each program welcomes a culinary expert to dish out their tricks of the trade. Includes three-course meal with wine in The Views ballroom, interactive demo and take-home recipes from the pros. Lunch events begin 12 p.m.; $75 +tax/gratuity. The Aug. 23 dinner event begins 6 p.m.; $125 +tax/gratutity. Reservations required. Visit www.sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Shara Seigel, 516-697-3975.
Travel Alberta
  International Fringe Theatre Festival Returns to Alberta in August
Albertans' love of the outdoors is equaled only by their love of a good gathering, which means plenty of outdoor festivities. Our capital city of Edmonton is known across Canada as Festival City, with more than 60 to choose from throughout the year. The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in August is the largest of its kind in North America. Hundreds of artists from around the world to perform, in addition to hundreds of local performers. Visit travelalberta.com; Media contact: Judy Love Rondeau, tel: 817-572-3592.
Tourism Vancouver Vancouver sculpture
  New Major Outdoor Art Installations Coming to Vancouver
Get your cameras ready! Now underway, the third chapter of the Vancouver Biennale--Open Borders/Crossroads Vancouver--promises an unprecedented 18-month public program of contemporary art, new media, music and film, transforming the city into an open-air museum. As part of the 2014-16 Biennale, some 30 sculptures will be installed in Vancouver and surrounding municipalities. Visit vancouverbiennale.com; Media contact: Sonu Purhar, tel: 604-631-2873.
Turtle Bay Resort
  Turtle Bay Resort Hosts Stand-Up Paddle Surfing Events in October
Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's Fabled North Shore is the Official Resort of the Stand Up World Tour and Stand Up World Series, hosting the World Series Finals of stand-up paddlesurfing from Oct. 10-12, 2014. This dynamic annual event will feature the sport's top competitors from more than 20 countries. For more, visit turtlebayresort.com and click on "Special Events". Media contact: Teddi Anderson, tel: 808-535-9099.
  Cultural Events, Historic Tours at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como
This summer the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is hosting major cultural events throughout the season, from painting to music, sculpture to design; from Beauty Sensation Spa treatments or Fitness Tone ups with a historic tours of Bellagio. Our Magic of the Lake Program contains the best of everything from €1614 pp for 3 nights/4 days. Visit www.villaserbelloni.com. Media contact: Noel M. Carroll, 914-961-0334.
Niagara Tourism
  Great Arts, History and Music Events This Fall in Niagara
Fall for Niagara USA and get up close and festive! The Lewiston Art Festival showcases fine crafters Aug. 9-10. Enjoy world-class music on five different stages at The Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival Aug. 22-23. Experience living history at Old Fort Niagara's 1812 Encampment Aug. 30-31. Fall is sweet in Niagara USA at the Peach Festival September 5-7; don't miss The Niagara Falls Blues Festival Sept. 12-14, followed by Oktoberfest Oct. 4. Visit www.niagara-usa.com; Media contact: Michelle Blackley, tel: 716-282-8992.
Cook Islands Aitutaki Lagoon
  Aitutaki Lagoon and Reef System A Snorkeling Paradise
MJ Day, Assistant Managing Editor, The Swimsuit Issue at Sports Illustrated, stated it perfectly when she wrote: "...hands down Aitutaki is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life." Pristine, authentically Polynesian, and stunningly beautiful, it is for some visitors the most spectacular of all South Pacific destinations. The Cook Islands awe and thrill. Visit paradiseincookislands.com. Media contact: Susan Bejeckian, tel: 626-570-1051.
Ballymaloe House
  Soul-Satisfying Autumn at Ballymaloe House, Ireland
There is no place quite like Ballymaloe in the Autumn time. Situated on a 400-acre estate in the South of Ireland, Ballymaloe offers the perfect place to escape from it all. Enjoy bread baking in the kitchens with our pastry chefs, strolls through the woodlands or along the cliffs or just relax in front of the fire with some afternoon tea and a good book. Visit www.ballymaloe.ie. Media contact: Caroline Curtin, 0214652531.
Glendale, AZ
  Front Porch Specials Mark 20th Annual Event In Downtown Glendale, Arizona
Glendale Glitters marks its 20th year as it kicks off Nov. 29-30, with 1.5 million lights illuminating sixteen blocks in the historic downtown. It's the largest free holiday light display in Arizona! Free admission, magical holiday entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more makes it one of the best-loved festivals for Arizona families year after year. Named the 2012 Critics' Choice Winner for Best Kid Event by azcentral.com. Visit glendaleaz/events. Media contact: Karin Brazier, 623-930-3077.
Fish restaurant Auckland
  A Taste of New Zealand at FISH restaurant, Hilton Auckland
Take a short stroll to Princes Wharf in the CBD of Auckland and discover the unique location of the Hilton hotel and their premium restaurant, FISH. Surrounded by the Waitemata Harbour, FISH features alfresco dining with outdoor deck and fireplace and the most enviable waterfront and city views. View the restaurant's creative menu by Executive Chef, Shane Yardley. Visit www.fishrestaurant.co.nz. Media contact: Christina Magni.
Buttermilk Falls Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
  Cool Off This Summer at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
Avoid the warm weather Hudson Valley weekend crowds and take advantage of Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa's Simmer Sojourn mid-week getaway, starting at $450 double occupancy for 2 nights Sun. thru Thurs. Enjoy 25% off the room rate, plus 25% off any spa treatment at eco-friendly Buttermilk Spa. Includes lunch for two, daily farm-fresh country breakfast and afternoon tea service. Visit buttermilkfallsinn.com/. Media contact: Shelley Clark, 845-310-1795.
  Castle Hotel & Spa Offers Dinner/Overnight Package for Two
The Castle Classic Package includes one night accommodation in a deluxe room or junior suite with a four-course dinner for two in Equus, and breakfast for two guests the following morning (excludes beverages). Room rate based on double occupancy. For details and restrictions, visit castlehotelandspa.com. Media contact: Brittney Baeriswil, 9146311980.
The Garrison
  Plentiful Summer Fun at The Garrison
Golf under brillant foliage in the Hudson Valley is a real treat in the fall. Join us for the Thursday Night Live Music Series at The Garrison featuring a different guest each week from 7/10-8/14. Also this summer, PechaKucha night at The Garrison will be on August 28. Ask about our "Winter Wedding" packages available from December 15 through March 1 at both The Garrison and Highlands Country Club. Visit thegarrison.com, or call 845-424-3604. Media contact: Peggy Brunetti, 845-615-9084.
Old Stone Farm
  Savor a Long Labor Day Weekend at Old Stone Farm, New York
Perched atop 236 sprawling acres in Rhinebeck, NY, Old Stone Farm offers a luxurious escape from the daily chaos to a peaceful oasis. Enjoy a Labor Day special with your third night free upon booking Friday and Saturday night. For further information or to book a reservation, visit oldstonefarm.org, or call 845-876-3977. Media contact: Lorraine Abelow, 203-226-9247.
Roundhouse Roundhouse patio
  Dine al Fresco at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
The Patio is currently open and has some exciting changes since last season. The kitchen has moved inside and there's a dedicated section inside so that the Patio menu is now available rain or shine. This season's menu features some new items like a BBQ brisket sandwich and past favorites like the lobster roll. More information and reservations call 845-765-8369. Visit roundhousebeacon.com. Media contact: Meghan McAlpine, 845-440-3327 x305.
  Mystery Dinner Theater at The Rhinecliff on the River
Wed Aug. 6th - GONG, YOU'RE DEAD!" Comedy Dinner Theater, a laugh out-loud night of interactive mystery theater and a delicious 3-course meal with coffee $39.00 + tax, service and beverages. 6:30 pm, reservations required: 845-876-0590. Visit therhinecliff.com. Media contact: DA Associates PR, 914-299-0837.

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