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DECEMBER 2016 / JANUARY 2017
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Adams & Butler
Crom Castle for Christmas...
Set in rolling parkland amidst the wooded islands of tranquil Upper Lough Erne, Crom Castle, the historic seat of the Earls of Erne for over 350 years, enjoys an unrivalled location in the heart of Ireland's Lake District. The West Wing is the ultimate in luxury castle rentals. The Irish home of Lord Erne's son, Viscount Crichton, it exudes all the charm of a personal residence, whilst offering the most modern facilities in line with its five star accreditation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Accommodates 12 guests in six en-suite bedrooms. This accommodation can only be booked through Adams & Butler. Visit adamsandbutler.com. Media contact: Siobhan Byrne Learat, +353 1 288 9355
Arizona
Award-Winning Holiday Festival in Glendale, Arizona
"Glendale Glitters" kicks off on Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Jan. 7. The stunning display of 1.5 million LED lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona. Visitors of all ages will delight in holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children's winter wonderland and petting zoo, shopping and, of course, visits with Jolly Ol' St. Nick. For more information, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299, or visit glendaleaz.com/events. Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715
Ireland's Blue Book
A Castle, a Manor, and a Townhouse...
Ireland's Blue Book adds three new properties to its collection for 2017. Ireland's Blue Book is delighted to announce the addition of three new properties to their collection of Country Houses, Historic Hotels and Restaurants for 2017. Joining the collection are Belleek Castle, Co. Mayo; Hilton Park Manor, Co. Monaghan; and The Tannery Townhouse and Restaurant, Co. Waterford. The announcement was made at the association's Annual General Meeting in Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford, on November 8th 2016. The new additions bring the total number of properties in the collection to 50 for 2017, the highest number since the Blue Book association was founded in 1974. Visit irelandsbluebook.com. Media contact: Michelle Maguire, +353 1 6769914.
Switzerland Tourism
Win with Bruno
Bruno, our Swiss winter ambassador, invites you and your readers to play our Advent Calendar contest to win daily prizes and a trip for two to Zermatt. Go and open the next window here. Visit MySwitzerland.com. Media contact: Ursula Beamish-Mader, 416-695-3496.
Fairmont Scottsdale
Christmas at the Princess Festival
Now through January 1, 2017, this enchanted AAA Five Diamond hotel glistens with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree that plays 17 songs to 70,000 synchronized lights, plus a Desert Ice Skating Rink (made of real ice), 3 million dazzling Lagoon Lights, Santa in his new Secret Headquarters, holiday characters such as Peppermint Penguin, Graham the s'more, Shivers the yet and Selfie Elfie. The Lagoon Lights feature beautiful swans, Santa fishing, a rocking horse, a mermaid, pirate ship, leaping fish, elves on barges and 280 sparkling trees including a candy cane forest and an infinity tunnel with each LED bulb capable of 256 million color combinations. The resort's other holiday attractions include two Princess Express trains, a Christmas Carousel, S'mores Land camp fire pits, Polar Glide ice slide and Frosty's Ferris Wheel. The Season of Giving package starts from $219 per night with a $50 credit benefits local charities. Visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Media contact: Valerie Lee, 480 585 2706.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Partners With Aircraft Logix
Flying non-stop from the executive terminal of Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport (VNY), guests will bypass the hassles of commercial air travel, boarding directly onto a Gulfstream G550 private charter. Passengers will relax in a truly luxurious flight experience and enjoy first-class dining and cocktails as they are flown directly to Bora Bora. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted by yacht to the breathtaking Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, where they will stay in an overwater bungalow suite. The First-Class Festive Experience begins Friday, December 23, 2016 and concludes January 1, 2017. Per person pricing starts at USD 27,500 plus applicable taxes. Visit fourseasons.com/borabora. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-634-2452.
Starwood Hawaii
Celebrate the Holidays Island Style
The weather outside is certainly not frightful when spending the holidays in the Hawaiian Islands. To the contrary...it is so delightful. At Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Santa wears board shorts, decorations take on a tropical flair and classic holiday dishes are transformed into magical feasts with fresh Island ingredients and Asian-Pacific-inspired flavors. Our holiday programs include: Beachside S'mores and whale watching on Maui; Gingerbread Fun and Breakfast with Santa in Waikiki; a "Pink Party" New Year's Eve Celebration at The Royal Hawaiian; and "Kauai Kalikimaka" on the Garden island. There are New Year's Eve extravaganzas at The Westin Maui (Big Band Red Vinyl) and Sheraton Waikiki (InterStellar), too! No wonder Hawaii consistently rates among the best places for holiday cheer. Visit holidayhappeningsinhawaii.com. Media contact: Jean Dickinson, 808 921-4038.
Sanctuary at Camelback
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is "Home for the Holidays"
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is taking the hassle out of holiday celebrations, inviting guests to host a celebration in one of its private homes decked in festive trimmings. Sanctuary's Home for the Holidays package provides accommodations in a mountainside estate, $250 dining or spa credit and a welcome basket. Available 11/20/16-1/8/17. Rates start at $2,150 per night, two night minimum. Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Kathy Massarand, 480-607-2327
Hermosa
Ten New Deluxe Casitas and Expanded Patio at Hermosa Inn
Just in time for holiday travel, Hermosa Inn unveils 10 new deluxe casitas, featuring king-sized canopy beds, custom-built furniture, hardwood floors, fireplaces, skylights and luxurious bathrooms with spacious showers and clawfoot soaking tubs. The Hermosa Holidays package includes overnight accommodations, a welcome amenity and two cocktails that may be enjoyed by one of the five new fireplaces on the newly expanded patio at LON's Last Drop. Valid now through January 13, 2017. Rates start at $231.20 per night. Visit hermosainn.com. Media contact: Keeley Ast, 480-220-1061.
Four Seasons Scottsdale
New Year Sonoran Desert Style at Four Seasons Scottdale
Sip Veuve Clicquot Champagne in Onyx Bar & Lounge and enjoy live food stations, dancing and music at the "Let's Veuve" party. Enjoy an enticing five-course menu in Talavera and then dance the night away to live music and indulge in an array of interactive haute cuisine displays. Visit fourseasons.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
Kierland Resort
Toast the New Year with Cristal at Kierland Resort
Celebrate New Year's Eve in celebrity style with The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa's Cristal Celebration Package featuring the famous Louis Roederer Champagne of the stars. The evening includes a sumptuous four-course dinner at deseo, featuring modern Latin cuisine or at Nellie Cashman's Monday Club Cafe, whose local cuisine includes Arizona Prime Beef. It also includes live musical entertainment under the stars, party favors and a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Cristal, plus a one-night stay in spacious Westin guest room complete with Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath amenities. The Cristal Celebration Package is priced from $599. Visit kierlandresort.com. Media contact: Jennifer Franklin, 480-624-1315.
The Boulders
The Boulders Celebrates With New Lodge, Clubhouse and Spa Treatment
The Boulders is poised for the holidays starting at the newly renovated main lodge where guests are greeted with the heavenly aromas of shaggy bark juniper fireplaces, sumptuous culinary celebrations and holiday packages. The Spa offers a new "Winter Berry Glow" gives the skin a luminous look for the season and December marks the completion of a major renovation at the Boulders Golf Clubhouse. Visit theboulders.com. Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Bern Tourism
Bern Tourism Offers Top Holiday Tips
Christmas is just around the corner. We can tell you where to find the best Christmas markets, the tastiest mulled wine, and the most delicious fondue in Bern. And as soon as one big family celebration is over, along comes the next one... Enjoy a unique start to 2017 with our New Year's Eve tips. Visit bern.com. Media contact: Nicole Schaffner, +41 31 238 12 42.
Swiss Travel System
Mount Pilatus newly included in Swiss Travel Pass
The Swiss Travel Pass is getting even more attractive. As of January 2017, this all-in-one ticket takes travellers away up to the truly exceptional excursion mountain Pilatus. The Aerial Panorama Gondola "Dragon Ride" and the world's steepest cogwheel railway can now be experienced with the Swiss Travel Pass and delight travellers with unforgettable mountain moments at up to 2132 meters above sea level. Visit swisstravelsystem.com. Media contact: Isabella Ignacchiti Drüeke, 0041795939550.
Tourism Vancouver
Vancouver Gears Up for the Holidays
New additions include Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market, the world's largest Christmas light maze with 55,000 square feet featuring towering reindeer and a 64-foot tall tree illuminated with 85,000 LED lights. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Christmas Market has moved from its original site at Queen Elizabeth Theatre to Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron). Among this year's expanded highlights will be Canada's first-ever Christmas Pyramid, a 23-foot tall structure adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture, as well as an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate more than 250 people while offering breathtaking views of the North Shore. New this year at Capilano Suspension Bridge's Canyon Lights is "Fireflies", an interactive lighting display that allows guests to magically awaken tiny lights using giant flashlights. Visit tourismvancouver.com. Media contact: Sonu Purhar, 604-631-2870
Aspen Chamber
12 Days of Aspen
During the 12 Days of Aspen, charming downtown Aspen becomes a winter wonderland of holiday cheer. Free ice skating, visits with Santa and Santa's reindeer, s'more-making parties, art, ornament-making, and stocking-decorating workshops for kids, 12 Days of Apres, and much more for kids and adults. As a finale for 12 Days of Aspen Aspen will ring in 2016 with New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza over Aspen Mountain, with two displays at 8 p.m. and midnight and complimentary party in Aspen's Wagner park with a bonfire and live Deejay from 8am to midnight -- so everyone can celebrate in style. See a complete list of 12 Days of Aspen here. Visit aspenchamber.org. Media contact: Maureen Poschman, 970-948-3176.
 

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