April / May 2014
Media Newsletter
  Tips, Trips, and Happenings from
Friends of Travel Classics Writers Conferences

  Wide Variety and Great Deals on Lodging in Arizona
From luxury five-star resorts to rustic inns and historic hotels, Arizona has plenty of lodging options for all tastes. Summer is a great time to find incredible deals at some of the area's top resorts. Find the latest specials and promotions for Arizona hotels and other lodging options here: http://arizonaguide.com/travel-deals-packages/hotels-lodging. Visit arizonaguide.com; Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
The Boulders Grand Canyon
  The Boulders Resort & Spa Offering Self-Drive Grand Canyon Package
The Boulders offers a blissful, peaceful adult getaway from family vacation crowds. Summer rates dip 70% or the "Take the Wheel" package (including rental car) for Grand Canyon day trip. The Waldorf Astoria Spa offers a new Aroma Blend Bar and Full Moon Spa Celebration offering (on day of full moon, pay the price of the high noon temperature!) Visit theboulders.com; Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Cruise Compete
  Top 10 Most Luxurious Cruise Ships in the World
According to All Things Cruise Readers, the number one luxury ship is: Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity. AllThingsCruise.com asks travelers to review their cruises right after they return, while impressions are still fresh on their minds. Check out the full ship rankings, and read individual ship reviews. Visit cruisecompete.com; Media contact: Heidi Allison, 248-651-4491.
Maui Motorhomes
  Exclusive New Zealand Wine Country Experience with Maui Motorhomes
Explore New Zealand with maui Motorhomes and enjoy an overnight wine experience like no other. maui Winery Havens is exclusive to maui customers -- stay overnight in your motorhome amongst the vineyards of some of New Zealand's best wineries, tasting the freshest local food and wine, all for NZ$140. Book your maui winter holiday for up to 40% of motorhome hire for travel between 1 May - 30 September 2014. Visit maui.co.nz; Media contact: Liyana Thomas, tel: 64 9 336 4278.
  Easter Brunch, Spring Spa Program at Castle Hotel & Spa
Celebrate Easter Sunday in Equus Restaurant with a 4-course tasting menu for $89 per person. Seating is available 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm, reservations at 914-631-1980. THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa is now offering Awakening & Rejuvenating Spa Day Packages, inclusive of lunch in Equus, Spa treatments and all-day use of THANN Spa facilities, including fitness center, steam room, showers and relaxation lounge. Call 914-524-6392 to reserve your package! Visit castlehotelandspa.com. Media contact: Brittney Baeriswil, 9146311980.
Tourism British Columbia
  Gondolas Take in Spectacular Panoramic Views via Gondola in Squamish, BC
The Sea to Sky Gondola will open in May 2014 in Squamish, BC--only an hour from both Vancouver and Whistler. The 10-minute scenic gondola ride to the summit lodge will provide sweeping views of Howe Sound and the coastal mountains. Once at the top, visitors can explore cantilevered viewing platforms, a suspension bridge and numerous hiking and walking trails. Visit travelmedia.hellobc.com; Media contact: Janice Greenwood-Fraser, tel: 604-660-3228.
Adams & Butler
  Explore a Medieval Irish Walled Town with Adams & Butler
Adams & Butler started working with Kilmallock Castle when it was bought by the present owners, who lovingly restored it back to its original glory. Clients loved it and every booking resulted in other referral word of mouth bookings. Exclusivity is this property's main motto and their helpful staff combined with the knowledge of our company guarantee a memorable experience. Visit adamsandbutler.com; Media contact: Siobhan Byrne, tel: +353 - 1 - 2889355.
  Celebrate Mother's Day at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
Treat Mom to an unforgettable brunch buffet in the spectacular Waterfall Room, which offers one-of-a-kind views and a unique setting for a day that Mom will never forget, $35 per person, $15 children 8 and under, children under 3 free. Brunch will be offered from 10am-3pm. More information and reservations: 845-765-8369. Visit roundhousebeacon.com. Media contact: Meghan McAlpine, 845-440-3327 x305.
  Spring is Here at The Rhinecliff on the River!
Iron Grad "The Revenge!" returns in May, our tongue-in-cheek cooking competition, featuring the region's best new chef's in a 5-round culinary smackdown. Also coming up this season: Easter at The Rhinecliff with our fabulous Buffet on Sunday, April 20th with a performance from Elaine Rachlin. The Rhinecliff's first Wedding Showcase will be held on Sunday, June 1st. For menus, special events and deals, visit therhinecliff.com. Media contact: DA Associates PR, 914-299-0837.
Four Seasons Sante
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  Hands-On Culinary Adventure Offered at Four Seasons in Santa Fe
In April, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado will debut a new chef's table in the kitchen of Terra. Guests will be hands-on with Chef Andrew Cooper while donning an apron and preparing their dinner. Chef will share culinary tips and tricks before diners enjoy an eight-course tasting menu at the new Chef's Table. Visit fourseasons.com/santafe. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
  Glacier Skywalk To Open May 1st
This summer, feed your adrenaline and step into a breathtaking world where glaciers rest above and birds soar below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop to the Sunwapta Valley below. The Glacier Skywalk, a brand new interpretive experience in Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies, opens on May 1! Check out glacierskywalk.ca. Visit brewster.ca; Media contact: Juliette Recompsat; 403-762-6762.
  Four Seasons Hualalai Celebrates "The Sweet Life" With Food, Spa, More
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, Hawaii Island's first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel, will host La Dolce Vita June 9-15. This annual resort-wide celebration of the "sweet life", featuring Palmina and Brewer-Clifton wines, includes cooking classes, culinary adventures and spectacular dinners; as well as a variety of spa, retail, eco and entertainment experiences. Visit fourseasons.com/hualalai; Media contact: Brad Packer; 310-712-1493.
  A Week of Adventure in Spain and Portugal
Spain & Portugal - Andalucia & Algarve Itinerary: 3 nights at ALMA Hotel Seville Palacio de Villapanés and 4 nights at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel. Get to explore Seville famous for its Bullfighting, Tapas and Flamenco dancing, then on to Sagres, the most southwesterly point of Europe which Prince Henry the Nagivator called home. Prices from €127 per adult per night sharing. Visit martinhal.com. Media contact: Olive Roberts, 353877783000.
Lough Eske Castle Wild Atlantic Way
  Discover the Wild Atlantic Way Package with Solis Lough Eske Castle
The latest Solis Lough Eske Castle package for outdoor lovers includes a hike on one of Ireland's most spectacular coastal routes--the Wild Atlantic Way--in style. It includes two nights' luxurious B&B accommodation, a sumptuous 3-course dinner, and hiking survival kit, complete with packed lunch, Rain-mac, maps and walking stick. Guests relax post-hike aching muscles at the award-winning Solis Spa. Visit solishotels.com/lougheskecastle. Media contact: Lanisha Butterfield, +44 (0) 1865 237 992.
Hayfield Manor
  Irish Golf Stay-and-Play at Hayfield Manor
Savour some of Ireland's best golf courses and soak up the excitement of the imminent European Golf Tour with a unique golf stay at Hayfield Manor. Cork is buzzing in anticipation of welcoming the popular Irish Open leg of the European Tour this summer so why not base yourself in the heart of Cork city and celebrate the glorious game with our bespoke 2 night package. For more information on our Golf & The City Package, visit http://www.hayfieldmanor.ie. Media contact: Karen Fleming, 00353 21 4845900.
Ireland's Blue Book
  Bird Watchers Dawn & Dusk Chorus Walks on Longueville Estate
Grab a pair of binoculars and join our guided tour with professional bird watching guide Michael Cobley on the magnificent grounds of Longueville House, County Cork, May 17th & 18th. Michael (chair of the West Cork branch of Bird Watch Ireland) has years of experience guiding groups of various experience levels including newcomers, and will be on hand to help with the birds, their songs and calls, habits and habitats. Visit irelandsbluebook.com. Media contact: Michelle Maguire, 35316769914.
Travel Alberta
  CMH Summer Adventures Named One of "50 Places of a Lifetime: Canada"
National Geographic Travel includes Canadian Mountain Holidays among its list of Canadian adventure experiences. As the originators of heli-skiing, CMH had first-pick of the finest terrain throughout British Columbia. CMH offers a wide variety of guided ski and snowboard experiences in the winter which are led by fully certified guides averaging more than 14 years' experience. In the summer months, CMH offers a world class heli-hiking experience which includes gentle walks, active hikes, family adventures, photography workshops, mountain multi-sport. Check out CanadianMountainHolidays.com. Visit TravelAlberta.com; Media contact: Judy Love Rondeau, tel: 817-572-3592.
Liss Ard Irish Sky Garden
  Experience the Spectacular Irish Sky Garden at Liss Ard Estate
The James Turrell Package: a 2-night stay with full Irish breakfast, one James Turrell book and two complimentary Prosecco Piccolo. Soak up a feeling of profound peace, serenity and beauty on Liss Ard Estate in West Cork, and see the amazing Irish Sky Garden, an earth and stoneworks with a crater at its center, created by American Artist James Turrell. From €239 per couple. Visit lissardestate.com. Media contact: Olive Roberts, 3532840000.
  Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Offers "The Magic of the Lake"
The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy is the perfect synergy of traditional and contemporary, activity and relaxation. The hotel presents "The Magic of the Lake", a 3-night program including palatial accommodations, unparalleled service with gourmet and romantic meals, excursions on Lake Como, and a Spa Treatment for 2. 3 nights/4 days rates start at: €2527. Visit www.villaserbelloni.com. Media contact: Noel M. Carroll, 914-961-0334.
Visit Wales
  10-Day Literary Festival in Wales A Forum For Vibrant Ideas
HAY FESTIVAL - 22 May to 1 June 2014. President Clinton called this major Literary Festival "The Woodstock for the mind". Set in the town that is the second-hand book capital of the world, this year's festival features Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Toni Morrison, Joan Bakewell, Arianna Huffington, Jennifer Saunders, Francesca Simon, and Jacqueline Wilson and more. www.hayfestival.com/wales. Visit americas.visitwales.com; Media contact: Robert Titley, tel: 917-690-8418.

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