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Literary Festival of Food and Wine Coming to Ballymaloe House
Leading figures from the world of gastronomy will converge at Ballymaloe House, County
Cork, Ireland for the inaugural Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, hosted by
celebrated cook and author Darina Allen on May 3rd to 6th 2013. Participants include
Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden, Alice Waters, David
Thompson, Stephanie Alexander, Jancis Robinson MW, David Tanis, Claus Meyer, Rachel Allen and many
more. Tickets can be booked on www.litfest.ie
or by calling 00353 21 4645777. Visit
. Media contact: Róisín Allen-Berner
, 00353 21 4652531.
Castle Hotel & Spa Prepares for Reopening After Additional of $9M Spa Facility
Castle Hotel & Spa broke
ground last year for the seven-month construction of the luxury $9,000,000 THANN™ Sanctuary Spa at the
Castle Hotel, a sprawling 100-year old estate overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY. The Castle is a Medieval-style
structure reminiscent of the revered Lismore Castle in County Waterford, Ireland. Originally
built in 1897 as a private residence, the Castle Hotel & Spa has been
designated a historic landmark, and meticulously transformed into a luxury hotel offering
royal service, lush and lavish accommodations, celebrated cuisine, and spectacular scenery. The Castle reopens
on May 1st. Visit
Media contact: Gilbert Baeriswil
Ballyfin Demesne Offers Period Costumes,
Themed Activities and More
Have you dreamed of starring in your own period drama? With the backdrop of Ballyfin
(long admired as one of the most lavish regency mansions in Ireland), a stunning collection of
period costumes and a traditional horse and carriage to explore the grounds, now you can. Packages
fully inclusive of costumes, carriage ride, all meals and many activities from €1,195.
. Media contact: Victoria King
Castle Leslie Package Includes Geneology Service
THE GATHERING IRELAND 2013 will be a spectacular, year-long celebration of all things
Irish. Throughout 2013, Ireland will open its arms to thousands of friends and family from all
over the world, calling them home to Ireland and to the uniquely Irish sense of fun. Our Gathering
Package: 3 nights B&B with dinner & a Genealogy Butler service that includes a study tracing your
Irish family roots. From 400 per person.
Media contact: Olivia Cannon
, +353 4788100 / +353 87 2024965.
New JFK to Dublin Service on American Airlines
Beginning June 12, 2013, American Airlines will offer daily nonstop service from New
York JFK to Dublin, Ireland. This is in addition to our up to 18 daily flights from JFK to the UK
and Europe. Our oneworld partners also offer service from Dublin to London Heathrow via British
Airways, and Dublin to Madrid via Iberia. For information, go to www.aa.com/newyorktodublin
. Visit aa.com
Media contact: Elizabeth Gaerlan
Enjoy a Taste of Ireland with the Lough Eske Castle Culinary Getaway
The Culinary Getaway includes 2 nights for 2 people in a deluxe room;
and a full Irish breakfast on both mornings; a 3-Course Table d' Hote dinner.
You'll experience our unique "smoke the fish" activity with our executive chef;
a wine or beer sampling event; traditional afternoon tea; and Chefs VIP turndown
foodie delight each evening. Starting at 695 per couple midweek. Visit
Media contact: Lanisha Nicole Butterfield
, 01865 237992.
Indulge in ESPA Spa Treatments at Castlemartyr Resort
Spoil yourself at Castlemartyr Resort. Enjoy two nights' bed and breakfast each
morning, dinner on one evening in the Bell Tower Restaurant. Escape to The Spa on one day of your
choice for a day of pampering. Choose from two tailored spa treatments: the ESPA Aromatherapy Massage
or the ESPA Facial. From 240 per night.
Media contact: Breffne Costello
Kerrygold's Skellig Cheddar: A Tribute to Awe-Inspiring Irish Coast of Kerry
The Skelligs, remote rocks off the coast of Kerry, Ireland, and a World Heritage Site,
needs to be experienced to be understood. Kerrygold has named its new sweet Cheddar, Skellig,
in tribute--its nuanced layers of flavor need to be tasted to be appreciated.
Made with milk from grass-fed cows, Skellig is available in the U.S. in 7-ounce packages.
Media contact: Megan Huber
Magical Sky Garden Package at Liss Ard Estate
2013 sees James Turrell celebrate his 70th birthday -- he created Ireland's Sky Garden
located within the Liss Ard Estate. Enjoy a 2 night stay with breakfast, a special James Turrell
book, an exclusive night time visit to the Sky Garden and a wonderful picnic to enjoy while within
the Crater. Rates from 105 per person sharing for this 2 night package. Valid throughout 2013.
Media contact: Olive Roberts
Explore High Country Beauty at The Arboretum at Flagstaff
A favorite Flagstaff outdoor attraction is preparing to re-open for the 2013 season.
Open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays in May through October, The Arboretum at Flagstaff
is a research and environmental education center located on 200 acres within the Coconino National
Forest. Plan a visit to explore the beauty of Arizona's high country at http://www.thearb.org
. Media contact:
Delicious Small Plates, Spectacular Outdoor Setting at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, an upscale Hudson Valley boutique hotel, restaurant, cocktail lounge,
patio and unique event space, will be opening its outdoor patio in May. The Patio offers al
fresco dining at its finest. Guests enjoy stunning waterfall views while dining on small plates.
The Patio also offers a distinctive menu of artisanal cocktails and craft beer.
, 845-440-3327 x305.
Artist in Residence at Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada
In celebration of the hotel's 125th Anniversary a Canadian artist will live and paint in the
hotel for one week. Each will work in designated locations throughout the hotel providing onlookers the
opportunity to watch art come to life. Artists will be in house the third weekend of every month. Guests
can experience the "Artist in Residence" package with rates starting $249CAD.
Native-Inspired Spa Treatments, Golf, Romance Await at The Boulders
The Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boulders Resort introduces a new transformative spa
experience--"Dance of the Sacred Circle"--rooted on ancient spiritual grounds and inspired by Native
American rituals that harness the energy of the Medicine Wheel for total mind-body-soul healing.
Summer "grown up getaway" packages include value-added solstice spa services, golf, and romance
that include exclusive amenities and programs designed for a peaceful adult vacation.
Media contact: Debi Bridges
Summer Sizzles in Scottsdale
Looking for a summer getaway that doesn't break the bank? Visit Scottsdale for savings of up to 60
percent off at top hotels and resorts like Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
or The Boulders. Soak up rays at the pool and enjoy resort credits good on food and beverage, spa
treatments and golf. Plus, beat the heat during an early morning hot air balloon ride or late
night tomcar tour. For additional ideas, visit experiencescottsdale.com
. Media contact: Laura McMurchie
Hayfield Manor Helps Guests Trace Their Roots
As part of The Gathering, Hayfield Manor in County Cork are helping guests trace their
roots with genealogist, Paul MacCotter. When visiting guests can visit Cobh the last port of call
for the Titanic or perhaps tour the Middleton Distillery where Jameson is produced. Email
Media contact: Lisa Leahy
Tons of Fun, Great Rates at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale This Summer
This summer, why not customize a getaway to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale with rates
beginning at $139 per night from June 1 to August 31, 2013. Experience the complimentary
children's program, weekly dive-in movies, ice cream sundae socials in Proof, complimentary
cabanas and passed poolside amenities, and temperatures up to 10 degrees cooler than the Valley
below. Visit www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale
; Media contact:
Combine a City Break with the Beach in Portugal
Combine a stay at the
luxurious Ritz Carlton - Penha Longa in Cultural Lisbon for 3 nights then travel to the Luxury
Family Resort - Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel for a relaxing 4 nights in one of the accommodation
options (hotel or villa). Perfect fun for a 5 star holiday in Portugal. Package rates from 1190per adult.
Media contact: Olive Roberts
It's a Dog's Life at The Phoenician in Scottsdale
The Forbes Five-Star Canyon Suites at The Phoenician has expanded its dog-friendly
program with new complimentary features including plush dog bedding, signature bowls and elegant
bone-shaped mats. A new canine room service menu, prepared in-house by The Phoenician's
award-winning culinary team, has also been introduced. Ten percent of first-year room service
sales will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society.
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Cruise Lines Make On-Board and Destination Weddings Worry-Free
A key benefit of a cruise line wedding is the option to have your wedding en route to, or at, a beautiful
destination. After all, some of the most gorgeous wedding locales in the world are typically part of cruise
line itineraries. Weddings are a big business for the cruise lines, and they have spent years developing
programs that allow the betrothed to enjoy a gorgeous on-board or destination wedding without all the
headache of planning every detail themselves. See CruiseCompete Wedding Events
for more info.
Media contact: Heidi Allison
Treat Mom to an Exceptional Brunch at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will host Mother's Day brunch on May 12 at elements
from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at a cost of $75 per person ($85 with sparkling wine) and $25 for children
under 12. Price includes the starter and dessert buffet and an entree. Price does not include tax,
gratuity or beverages. For reservations please call 480-607-2300.
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Affordable Luxury at Italy's Storied Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Italy's standard bearer of old world elegance and style,
continues providing timely value for its clientele opens April 12, 2013 with rates starting
at €412 for two, including breakfast, and access to indoor & outdoor pools, sauna, steam bath and
Fitness Center. Luxury, refinement and relaxation await you at the best Value pricing in this
century. Visit www.villaserbelloni.com
. Media contact:
Foodies Converge on Phoenix for late April Festival
Spring is the best time to enjoy sunshine and culinary outdoors, so don't miss the
"Check, Please! Arizona Festival" at CityScape in downtown Phoenix--where visitors can discover the
best restaurants and sample food from Arizona's top chefs who are featured on the show. Visitors
experience fine cuisine from independently owned local restaurants along with wine and beer
pairings. The event is April 28th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
. Media contact: Trish Hendrickson
Dark Skies in Wales' Brecon Beacons National Park Make For Exceptional Star-Gazing
The Brecon Beacons National Park has become only the fifth destination in the world to
be granted prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve status making it Wales' first International
Dark Sky Reserve. These reserves offer an exceptional quality of starry nights
and nocturnal environment specifically protected for scientific, natural, educational, cultural,
heritage or public enjoyment.
Media contact: Robert Titley
, tel: 917-690-8418.
Sahuaro Ranch Park Keeps History Alive in Glendale, Arizona
Preserving one of the Valley's oldest and most magnificent ranches, the 17-acre Sahuaro Ranch Park
Historic Area features 13 original buildings, a rose garden, barnyard and historic orchards.
Listed on the National Register of Historical Places and known as the "Showplace of the Valley,"
the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area offers activities, exhibits and guided tours--keeping the
history of early settlement in the Valley alive. Check out http://www.glendaleaz.com/SRPHA
. Media contact: Jennifer Stein
Mother's Day Deluxe Getaway at Diamond Mills
Give Mom the royal treatment this Mother's Day with a getaway fit for a Queen! This fabulous
package includes luxurious overnight accommodations, a champagne toast and fresh flowers upon
arrival, and a gourmet four course dinner for two at The Tavern. Rate does not include beverages,
tax or gratuity. Available May 8 through May 13 only.
For details, go to
, 845-246-8833 x22.