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Hudson Valley Tourism
  Hudson Valley Highlighted by Fodor's
Fodor's has named the Hudson Valley, site of this May's Travel Classics conference, as one of the top places to visit in 2015. Their "Go List" notes that the valley is "a relaxing and affordable alternative to New York City filled with world-class cuisine, outdoor adventures, and hipster charm." Stretching along 150 miles of the Hudson River, the region is known for its scenic beauty and international destinations. Visit travelhudsonvalley.com. Media contact: Susan Hawvermale, 845-454-6575.
Dutchess Tourism Dutchess pilot
  Hidden Treasures in Dutchess County, New York
Little-known sites await your discovery: Vassar's Loeb Art Center, Bannerman Castle, Dutch's Spirits, and Madava Farms. Find your own offbeat adventure! Ride a vintage biplane, shoot skeet, or kayak the Hudson. Observe a cheesemaker. Take Staatsburgh's "Downton Abbey" tour. Watch five "My Day in Dutchess" videos on YouTube for ideas! Visit dutchesstourism.com. Media contact: Nancy Lutz, 845-463-5446.
  Experience Westchester County
Westchester in New Yorks Hudson Valley is host to spectacular events attracting thousands of enthusiastic guests. Experience world-class wines and gourmet food samplings from the region's top restaurants and award winning chefs during Wine & Food Week. Sport enthusiasts will have a first class seat to this year's LPGA Championship. Visit visitwestchesterny.com. Media contact: Jennifer Bannan, 914-762-1900
Niagara Tourism
  Lewiston Never Smelt So Good: Niagara
The annual Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival will be held from 6 - 9 pm May 1, at Water Street Landing, 115 N. Water Street, Lewiston, NY 14092. Lewiston celebrates one of its natural resources: the Smelt! The Niagara River Anglers batter and fry hundreds of pounds of smelt on the Lewiston Waterfront with the Silo Restaurant serving more to eat and drink. Plenty of FREE smelt, live music and even a Smelt King! Visit niagara-usa.com. Media contact: Michelle Blackley, 716-282-8992.
  Delamar Hotels in Connecticut Perfect for Business or Pleasure Travel
Delamar Greenwich Harbor and Delamar Southport are two boutique, luxury hotels located in Fairfield County, CT. Both hotels are ideal destinations for a weekend out of the city, or a luxurious respite for the business traveler in the area for corporate travels. Both hotels feature award winning restaurants and spas. Visit thedelamara.com. Media contact: Christina Kelleher, tel: 203-413-3531.
Ritz Carlton Westchester Ritz Westchester lobby
  Special Winter Package Offered at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester invites you to enjoy The Winter Warming Retreat, featuring overnight accommodations, daily breakfast for two, Arctic Berry Peel, The Ritz-Carlton Signature Massage and Warming Stone Muscle Melter. For reservations, call 914-467-5500 or visit ritzcarlton.com. Media contact: Karen Siegel.
  The Grand Tour of Switzerland
We are launching the Grand Tour of Switzerland--a 1000-mile route to explore the highlights of Switzerland on one single tour. It includes sightseeing opportunities and gives you access to iconic spots for excursions along a route that leads through the most beautiful parts of the country. You can do it with almost all forms of transport (car, train, motor bike or bike) for all of it or just in parts. Find out more at www.MySwitzerland.com. Media contact: Ursula Beamish-Mader, 416-695-3496.
Bear Mountain
  Bear Mountain Inn in New York Celebrates 100 Years
Recapture a piece of history while basking in the beauty of the Palisades – visit Bear Mountain Inn as we Celebrate our Centennial in 2015. With countless historical landmarks, direct access to the Appalachian Trail, beautifully renovated guestrooms, stunning meeting space, recreation activities abounding, and just an hour's drive from Manhattan, Bear Mountain is a magical playground for all ages. Visit visitbearmountain.com. Media contact: Liz Gerber Morris, 239-593-3339.
  New Menu, Look & Simplified Approach at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
The Roundhouse has unveiled some exciting changes. At the top of the list are new hours and a new menu with different price points, along with updated interior design and a name change. Moving forward, whether you're sitting inside, outside, or at the bar, you'll simply be at "The Roundhouse." Beacon Falls have also been re-lit, so guests can enjoy the waterfall view while dining at night. More information and reservations: 845-765-8369. Visit roundhousebeacon.com. Media contact: Meghan McAlpine, 845-440-3327 x305.
Arizona Tombstone parade
  2015 Rose Tree Festival in Tombstone, Arizona
Celebrate the 129th blooming of the world's largest rose tree in Tombstone, Arizona--the town too tough to die. Events include the Rose Tree Parade, Rose Queen Coronation, pet parade, folklorico dancers and the Nogales Arizona Mariachi Apache Band. This is a free event. Check out tombstonechamber.com. Visit arizonaguide.com; Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
The Boulders
  The Boulders Celebrates "Romance Month" with Sweet Pampering
From spacious couple's spa suites at the Waldorf Astoria Spa to private mountaintop star-lit dinners for two to casitas with signature wood-burning fireplaces fill the air with the sensuous scent of mesquite wood. For couples that golf, "Love & The Links" combines golf with a romantic dinner and couples outdoor adventures take place right on the 1,300 acres. Visit theboulders.com; Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Four Seasons Scottsdale
  Experience More with Four Seasons Scottsdale $100 Credit
This spring, book the Experience More package and enjoy a $100 Resort credit with every two paid nights at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Dine in Talavera restaurant, featuring steakhouse cuisine and dynamic Valley views, and enjoy shuffleboard and local beer in Proof, an American Canteen. Or, use the credit to book a desert-inspired treatment in the Spa. Visit www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
  The Grand Hotel Serbelloni Reopens April 02, 2015
The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, the only Five Star Hotel in Bellagio on shores of Lake Como, reopens for the season on April 2nd. This luxury resort is the ideal location to life's important occasions or vacation. With palatial accommodations and unparalleled service with the perfect synergy of the traditional and contemporary, activity and relaxation, its impeccably trained staff awaits your arrival to provide you with all the flawless details for memories for a lifetime. Special opening rates start at Euro 389 per double room including buffet breakfast for two and more. Visit tcghotels.com. Media contact: Noel Carroll, 914-961-0334.
Scottsdale CVB Native dancer
  Native Trails: A Snapshot of American Indian Culture
Young and old will come together during the Jan. 8-April 4 season of Native Trails, presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This year's series of free lunchtime performances in Scottsdale Civic Center Park will focus on passing the American Indian tradition of singing and dancing from one generation to the next. Performers from tribes in the Southwest are featured most Thursdays and Saturdays; youth performers on Saturdays. Check out experiencescottsdale.com. Visit scottsdalepressroom.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
  Special Event for Mom's in Glendale, Arizona
Head to Historic Downtown Glendale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in celebration of Mother's Day. The first 300 moms will get a savings pack and a spin on the prize wheel. The event will feature deals, gift ideas and activities, including make-and-take cards and a donation drive for basic emergency care items for newborns for Arizona Safe Baby Haven. Visit visitglendale.com or call 623-930-4500. Media contact: Kim Larson, 623-930-2989.
Hilton Sedona
  Hilton Sedona Debuts Newly Renovated and Expanded Facilities
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa will unveil a multi-million dollar renovation this month, delivering a new modernized guest room and lobby experience. Fitness-buffs will also enjoy a new outdoor gym complex for CrossFit-style training set to open this spring, complete with red rock views to keep workouts inspired. Visit hiltonsedonaresort.com. Media contact: Tessa Bajema, 602-870-2720.
Tourism Vancouver
  New Exhibit Uncovers Vancouver's Aboriginal History
Three landmark First Nations exhibits have opened simultaneously across Vancouver for a year-long run. "The City Before the City" is a partnership between the Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Vancouver and the Museum of Anthropology. Each exhibit explores the 5,000-year history of the ancient village on which Vancouver was built. Visit tourismvancouver.com. Media contact: Amber Sessions, 604-631-2870.
British Columbia Skwachays Lodg
  New Boutique Hotel in Downtown Vancouver, BC
Skwachays Lodge, named after a native word for spring waters, features 18 unique suites each decorated with a different First Nations artwork. The suites were designed collaboratively by aboriginal artists and interior designers and combine original artwork with high-end furnishings. The unique cooperative facility is run by the Vancouver Native Housing Society. Visit HelloBC.com. Media contact: Janice Greenwood-Fraser, 604-731-7220.
Starwood Hawaii
  "Table to Farm" Culinary Experience at Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki's Chef Colin Hazama is setting the trend in Hawaii to bring a "Table to Farm" experience to his guests. Hazama and Starwood Hawaii chefs are bringing farm fresh ingredients to the dinner table on a Friday night. And on Saturday the chefs host an excursion to the featured farm where guests are able to explore a world not known to most. Guests are treated to a cooking demonstration and a gourmand picnic lunch served up in formal picnic style on the farm. Learn more at flavorsofhawaii.com Visit starwoodhotelshawaii.com. Media contact: Stephanie Dowling, 808-921-4038.
  Spring Training and Great Food in Phoenix
Cactus League baseball brings 15 MLB teams to train in Greater Phoenix. Before or after games channel your "inner foodie" and hit some local spots like Short Leash's Sit...Stay, Matt's Big Breakfast, or Barrio Urbano at The Yard. Visitors can get adventurous playing in the Sonoran desert from hiking, biking and golfing; or explore the many museums and street art along Roosevelt Row (Ro-Ro). Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Trish Lanteigne, 602-452-6249.
Westin Kierland
  GolfBoards at Westin Kierland Make Golf Faster and More Fun
Fitness, fun and speed of play are top of mind at the 27-hole Kierland Golf Club, where golfers can now "surf" the earth on golf's newest innovation: the GolfBoard. Following the recent introduction of golf bikes to its unique fleet of vehicles, which includes Segways and climate-controlled golf carts, Kierland Golf Club now also offers these easy-to-ride electric boards that allow players to "surf" the course in a manner similar to water surfing, snowboarding or skateboarding. GolfBoards feature four-wheel-drive mobility that provides traction on even steep hills. Visit kierlandresort.com. Media contact: Jennifer Franklin, 480-624-1315.

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