JULY 2015
Media Newsletter
  Tips, Trips, and Happenings from
Friends of Travel Classics Writers Conferences

British Columbia
  New Audain Art Museum in Whistler, British Columbia Set to Open November 2015
A modern building will house one of the world's most important collections of Northwest Coast First Nations masks at the new Audain Art Musuem, along with works from Canadian artists Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, and Jeff Wall and others. Temporary exhibits will showcase work by some of British Columbia's best artists, alongside other notable Canadians. Check out audainartmuseum.com. Visit HelloBC.com. Media contact: Janice Greenwood-Fraser, 604-660-3228.
Geoffrey Weill Angama Mara
  New Luxury Safari Lodge Open in Kenya
Angama Mara, a luxurious new safari lodge overlooking Kenya's Maasai Mara opened in June 14, 2015. Inspired by the Swahili word for "suspended in mid air," Angama Mara seems to float 1,000 feet above the Great Rift Valley where, every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each tented suite. Guests can experience outstanding game viewing 12 months of the year in the Mara Triangle, and access the Reserve via a private track where they can witness one of the continent's most dramatic events, a Mara River crossing. Visit geoffreyweill.com. Media contact: Deepa Sharma, 212-288-1144.
Four Seasons
  Four Seasons Debuts New Hotels in Seoul, Korea
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is about to burst onto the scene as the most anticipated opening in Seoul yet. Styled as a modern reflection of Korean tradition, 317 light-filled guest rooms, include 32 suites. The new 25-storey mixed-use building in the Central Business District, offers easy access to key business and diplomatic centres and has 7 food and wine outlets and a private members club. Visit press.fourseasons.com. Media contact: Laura Fairweather, 1-416-441-4233.
The Garrison
  New Menu and Events for Summer at Valley at The Garrison
Valley, the signature award-winning American restaurant at The Garrison, has unveiled its summer menu in New York's Hudson Valley. Offerings include a raw bar, charcuterie and cheese sections, and daily house-made pasta. The Sweet Summer Series on Thursdays, July 9-August 20, features live musical entertainment, craft beer cocktail specials, and weekly prizes. The event wraps up with a summer send-off and grand prize drawing for a pair of Yankee Tickets with a VIP Tour and Tasting to the Bronx Brewery. Visit thegarrison.com. Media contact: Jaime Hennigan, 845-615-9084
I Love NY
  I LOVE NY Offers Plenty of Ideas for Travel Writers
It was an absolute pleasure for New York State to host Travel Classics East. We hope that the atttendees and editors thoroughly enjoyed their time in the Hudson Valley. If travel schedules didn't allow time for a pre- or post-tour, we welcome you to experience the many other NYS vacation regions in the future, including exciting new attractions such as the Wild Walk, opening in the Adirondacks. Check out wildcenter.org/wildwalk. Visit iloveny.com. Media contact: Melanie Klausner, 646-307-6310.
Delamar Delamar dining room
  Foodie-Themed Packages at Delamar
Special thanks to Maren Rudolph and all of the writers who visited the Delamar Greenwich Harbor and Delamar Southport during Hudson Valley Conference. The overwhelming response was that, in addition to the uniquely warm environment and impeccable service, the cuisine of Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer of l'escale and Artisan set the Delamars above and beyond. A "foodie" favorite, The Delamars feature packages to indulge for all. Visit thedelamar.com. Media contact: Lisa Johnson, tel: 914-420-6283.
  Lots of Great Summer Hotel Deals in Phoenix
As the mercury rises, so does the savings for Phoenix's summer specials! At upwards of 50% of regular rates, visitors can find themselves at one of our luxury resorts plus surf in the desert, float down lazy rivers, or visit one of our many water playgrounds. There's something fun here for all ages and families! Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Trish Lanteigne, tel: 602-452-6249.
  Celebrate Harvest Season at Becker Farms in Niagara Falls, NY
The Great Pumpkin Fiesta is an unforgettable fun family activity. The Fiesta is every Saturday and Sunday from mid-September to the end of October. The event includes music, wine, beer, hard cider, dessert wine tasting, and food, including the event's famous BBQ. Visit niagara-usa.com. Media contact: Michelle Blackley, 716-282-8992.
The Boulders
  The Boulders Joins the Curio Collection by Hilton
The Boulders Resort & Spa in Arizona has joined Curio - A Collection by Hilton a global brand of distinctive upscale and luxury hotels, hand-picked for travelers who seek authentic experiences. A multi-million dollar renovation, to be completed by mid-December, includes the lobby, restaurants, casitas, lounge and 5,200 sq. ft. of new meeting space--thoughtfully designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding boulder formations and the rich Native American heritage. Visit theboulders.com; Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Westchester Pirates play
  Outdoor Adventure in Westchester County
Whether your favorite outdoor pastime is camping, hiking, bicycling, golfing, bird watching, or horseback riding, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor adventure in Westchester County, the heart of the Hudson Valley. Outdoor experiences include A Night on Fire at Philipsburg Manor. Bring the excitement indoors with Pirates of the Hudson at Tarrytown Music Hall. For beautiful landscapes, farm-to-table dining and valued hotel packages, visit visitwestchesterny.com. Media contact: Natasha Caputo, 914-995-8502.
  Food, Fairs, Festivals Aplenty in Arizona
As summer fades to fall, Arizona offers a great opportunity to enjoy the freshness of the fall harvest. From peaches in Willcox to sweet corn in Taylor, mushrooms in Flagstaff to prickly pear cactus in Superior, fairs and festivals statewide have your taste covered. The Arizona Office of Tourism has a comprehensive calendar of events at visitarizona.com/events-calendar. Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
Hilton Resorts AZ
  Wine Dinners, Sunset Painting Classes at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix
Different Pointe of View, the AAA Four Diamond restaurant renowned for its stunning city views at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, will return its seasonal wine dinners and sunset painting classes this Fall. The Insider's View Dinner offered Sept-May, is an intimate food and wine experience for just 12 guests featuring a winemaker and five-course meal prepared tableside during the evening. The restaurant's expansive outdoor patio will also host its Fall series of Sunset Palettes, a local-artist lead painting class that guides guest to painting the sunset as dips before them. Visit www.tapatiocliffshilton.com; Media contact: Tessa Bajema, 602-870-2720.
Four Seasons Troon North
  Monthly Mashup at The Four Seasons Troon North
Two chefs, one kitchen. Enjoy an entirely new restaurant concept for one night only at the Monthly Mashup series at Talavera. One local chef will step out of their kitchen -- and into the kitchen of Executive Chef Mel Mecinas to join forces for an unpredictable night of culinary fun. The series, which debuted spring 2015, will continue throughout the remainder of the year. Visit fourseasons.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
Wales Surf venue
  Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden®: Opens in Wales August 2015
Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden®, the world's first inland surf lagoon, debuts this fall. A fresh-water lagoon, roughly the size of six football pitches, the facility generates a two-metre-high barrelling wave that starts at the centre of the lagoon, peels perfectly for more than 150 metres, and dissipates softly as it hits the shore. Surf Snowdonia compliments the activity package for north Wales which includes Zipworld, Bounce Below and Rib Ride. Visit usa.wales.com. Media contact: Rob Jones.
Small Luxury Hotels
  Small Luxury Hotels of the World Announces 4 New Hotels
Just in time for summer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world's finest small, independent hotels, has added four new health & wellness hotels in Europe. Comprising over 520 hotels in more than 80 countries, our press office is available to assist you with any additional information, press visits or image requests. Visit slh.com. Media contact: Erin Woodward, 917-864-5717.
  Ballymaloe to Host 4th Year of Litfest in County Cork, Ireland
From world-famous chefs to boutique coffee roasters, guerrilla gardeners to polished restaurateurs, cocktail specialists to renowned wine-makers, the unique international approach of the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine brings together an awesome lineup of fascinating and intriguing food and drink focused authors each year. Visit ballymaloe.com. Media contact: Rebecca Cronin, 00353214645777.
Grace Marketing
  Hotel Rutherford in Napa Valley To Debut Fall/Winter 2015
Nestled in the idyllic and prestigious hamlet of Rutherford in Napa Valley amid famed vineyards, Hotel Rutherford will reflect the best of California style: natural textures, Spanish influences and plenty of light. Experience this sophisticated take on traditional hacienda style with earthly hued accents, tailored furnishings and heritage wood elements. 28 rooms and suites. Visit gracemarketing.com. Media contact: Nyna Cox, 707-494-2720.
Bannerman Castle Bannerman Castle
  Historic Bannerman Castle Tours Now On For the Season
Cruise on the Hudson to Bannerman Island, leaving from Beacon, NY Friday evenings, and weekend afternoons. Tour this unique historic island/property. Full season of special events including July 4th picnic and annual Chef's Farm Fresh Dinner Sept. 12th. Reservation required. Call VERVE at 1-855-256-4007 or go to bannermancastle.org. Press accommodated. Media contact: David Archer, 914-299-0837.
Villa Serbelloni
  The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Offers Romance Package
The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy--the perfect synergy of traditional and contemporary, activity and relaxation--presents "Viaggi Di Nozze," a 3-night romance program including palatial accommodations, unparalleled service with gourmet & romantic meals, excursions on Lake Como, and Spa Treatment For 2 persons. 3 nights/4 days; rates start at: €3047. Visit villaserbelloni.com. Media contact: Noel M. Carroll, 914-961-0334.
Sanctuary on Camelback
  The Summer of Love and Ladies Night at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has rolled out two new packages for reconnecting under the sun: The Summer of Love package for couples includes overnight accommodations in a Mountain Casita, chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne, and dinner at elements; and the Ladies First package for gal pals, including overnight accommodations and one 60-minute spa treatment per person. Valid through Sept. 2, 2015. Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Jamie Scalici, 212-980-9194.

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