Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"The Handmaid's Tale" Author Joins Adventure Canada for Arctic Expedition

Adventure Canada, leading provider of small-ship and land-based expeditions to the world’s wildest destinations, is thrilled to announce that Canadian icon Margaret Atwood will be joining this year’s Heart of the Arctic expedition. Traveling from the capital of Nunavut, south into Quebec’s Nunavik region, and across the Davis Strait to the coast of Greenland, Atwood and fellow guests will cross the Arctic Circle just after the summer solstice, when the midnight sun will be near its zenith. The expedition will seek out fascinating marine wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and muskoxen. The July 18th sailing will be Atwood’s fourteenth expedition with Adventure Canada, having first traveled with the award-winning company in 2001.
Atwood, whose classic novel The Handmaid's Tale is enjoying a resurgence thanks to the recent TV adaptation released on Hulu, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her latest book of short stories is Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014)—the title was inspired by Atwood’s experience aboard an Adventure Canada expedition and includes a short story about a long-ago crime that’s avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. As a special guest aboard the expedition this summer, Atwood will offer some special readings and enjoy time exploring the Arctic with her family. Heart of the Arctic begins in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, which is featured in The Handmaid’s Tale as the futuristic setting hosting a historical convention, revealing mysterious findings from Atwood’s fictional dystopia.
“There’s nothing quite like Adventure Canada. Really nothing. That must be why their expeditions attract so many multi-trippers: the experience they offer is profound, but also entertaining,” says Atwood. “Adventure Canada takes its subject matter seriously, but not themselves. That, to me, is deeply Canadian: we don’t suffer stuffed shirts gladly.”
Joining Atwood on the Heart of the Arctic are a number of other special guests, including filmmaker and musician, Les Stroud (of Survivorman fame), artist Rob Saley, archaeologist Lisa Rankin, as well as culturalist and filmmaker Myna Ishulutak, all of whom are luminary minds in their respective fields and share a deep love for discovery and learning.
For more information about sailing with Atwood and Adventure Canada’s Heart of the Arctic expedition, visit adventurecanada.com or call 1-800-363-7566.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Napa Valley's SENZA Hotel Re-Opens Historic Parker Mansion After Extensive Renovation

SENZA Hotel, located on highway 29 just south of Yountville in Napa Valley, has completed the renovation of its eight-room historic Parker Mansion in its continued effort to offer guests world-class comfort and elevated features in Napa Valley.  The Parker Mansion was built by local naval boatman, Harry C. Parker, in 1870.

“We’re excited to bring the historic Parker Mansion back to its former glory”, says owner Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall. “Some of our valley's greatest treasures are its historic buildings, so it is with pride that we reopen this beautiful 19th century building. We hope this will enhance the one of kind experiences we strive to deliver at SENZA for our guests.”

The five-month renovation projection, designed by Leslie Wilks Design in partnership with More Associates and Bowman Construction, was the last part of a three year renovation of the entire 41 room SENZA property. Guestrooms now boast heated floors, custom modern furniture, and beds adorned with 300-count Italian linens. Technology is also at the forefront; Parker rooms feature an Opti-V premier virtual fireplace, large Smart TVs, a Bluetooth audio station, and six USB ports in each room. Bathrooms feature oversized showers, and a custom amenity line from Marin-based Prima Fleur.

The Parker Mansion’s seven Parker King Rooms and the Parker “Queen Queen” Room are now available for booking at: http://www.senzahotel.com/Accommodations/Parker-Mansion

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Stay in the City Package

Set against the dramatic skyline on the banks of the Chicago River and just minutes from downtown shopping, theaters and restaurants, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive, is the perfect location for travelers to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the Windy City. Whether traveling from near or far, the luxurious downtown hotel is easing the stress of pricy holiday traveling with their deeply discounted “Stay in the City” Package, in which travelers who book three or more nights will enjoy a minimum of 15% off their best available rates.

The hotel, which completed a $32 million total renovation in 2016, has quickly become a sought after destination for travelers and Chicago residents alike. Their chic rooftop bar, Raised, puts a spin on the city’s booming rooftop bar scene. Located on the 3rd floor of the hotel, the indoor/outdoor destination invites the vibrant energy from the city streets below, and is a great place to raise a glass to the holiday weekend. Raised’s unique design features elements of glass, iron, greenery, fire pits, and reclaimed wood to fill the space.

Merging the business of the Loop with the pleasure of State Street shopping and Chicago’s Theater District, the hotel invites discovery at every turn. Located in the middle of the lobby is the Renaissance Navigator, situated at the communal Navigator Table – a unique twist on the traditional concierge desk. The navigators bring to life the concept of “Business Unusual” and encourage our guests to explore the city that they are visiting to uncover and discover new things about the city, as well as themselves.

Stadium seating creates a perfect perspective for the hotel’s signature Celebrate the Neighborhood Events, part of the brand’s long-standing commitment of helping guests make the most of their evenings from 5pm-9pm. These events include everything from live performances by local musicians, mixology demos, wine tastings, art exhibitions, and more.  


Discoverers now have the opportunity to unwind and revitalize their minds and bodies in one of the 520 renovated guestrooms and 40 suites, boasting stunning views of downtown Chicago.    
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ROOF on theWit's JetSet Series

theWit, who prides itself on delivering “More Experience than Hotel,” returns with its summer series that has redefined travel.  For its second season, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State Street, features iconic, global party destinations that are focused on style and stimulating sophistication.  Surrender yourself to the sultry evening breeze.  Feel your heart beat with the rhythm of the music, and let your feet and taste buds dance.  During three marquee weekend Friday and Saturday nights, ROOF on theWit hosts an exclusive sensual immersion, complete with Chef Nathan Sears’ new Moorish region-inspired cuisine, unique cocktails and diverse entertainment.

“It doesn’t get much better than summer in Chicago, which is why our well-traveled team has enriched travel without having to leave this beautiful city,” says Ryan Kingston, General Manager, theWit Hotel.  “The JetSet events are designed to arouse all the senses of these seaside destinations through d├ęcor, music, food, libations and overall ambiance.”

The eagerly awaited excursion takes off on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 with an invigorating trip to Barcelona.  Savor the essence of Spain through its food, including chicken and chorizo paella and Spanish fried egg.  Sip on cocktails like the Spanish Mistress, which tastes as tempting as it sounds, made with rum, chili peppers and passionfruit.

ROOF continues its summer escape as it sails down the Mediterranean shore to Costa del Sol, Spain on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, and lands its final stop for the season in Lisbon, Portugal on Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2.

JetSet weekends start at 2pm.  For more information and reservations, visit www.roofonthewit.com.

Regular hours of operation for ROOF on theWit are Mon – Fri: 4 pm – 2 am, Sat: 2pm – 3am, Sun: closed. To join theWit mailing list to keep up-to-date of upcoming events or for additional information and reservations, please visit www.roofonthewit.com
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Westin Nashville Leisure Packages

The Westin Nashville is offering plenty of reasons to visit Music City this season with two new leisure packages, Park and Party and See and “B” Seen. Those looking for a relaxing and stress-free getaway can opt for Park and Party, while music fanatics can enjoy all that Music City has to offer with See and “B” Seen. Both packages are available now through the end of the year.

Guests can hit the road then hit up the town this season with Park and Party, which provides a hassle-free experience to those looking to take in Music City and head down “Honky-Tonk” Highway for a night out on the town. The experience begins upon arrival with craft cocktails for two, followed by luxury accommodations and nightly valet ensuring pure relaxation.

Music City’s past meets today’s sophistication with the See and B Scene experience. This package includes an exclusive tour of RCA’s Historic Studio B, where legends such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded some of their biggest hits, followed by a day of exploring at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Guests can unwind in true rock star fashion with exclusive champagne service at L27 Rooftop Bar.

For pricing information or to book one of the packages, visit www.westinnashville.com.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Element by Westin Huntsville Now Open: First Dual Complex in Country

The Element by Westin Huntsville is now open on the top floors of the hotel complex of the AAA Four Diamond Westin Huntsville. Both hotels are managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized elite operator of hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout the United States and Canada, based in Fairfax, VA.

As one of Marriott’s luxury extended stay lifestyle hotels, Element by Westin offers a modern upscale extended stay experience. The Element by Westin Huntsville boasts 150 beautifully appointed suites including 68 with full kitchens. Guests will enjoy the brand’s signature Rise: Breakfast bar, a complimentary breakfast served daily; Relax: Evening reception, held nightly with wines, beers and soft drinks, thoughtfully paired with enticing appetizers; and Restore: Gourmet pantry, a market place with grocery options available onsite for the extended stay guests.

“Crescent has been closely involved with the development of the Huntsville Element, which I believe is the finest Element opened to date.” said Michael George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Crescent is an award winning Marriott operator and is thrilled to partner with the entire project team in transforming the Westin complex into this beautiful dual branded property with the addition of the Element.”

In addition to the recently completed renovations, a substantial expansion of the social and meeting space is planned in 2017 with the addition of a second ballroom and IACC certified meeting rooms. Members of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) meet the highest quality standards in room design, food and beverage services and meeting technology.

While the Westin and Element by Westin are both Marriott brands, this is the first dual property complex in the country with both the Westin and Element brands in one location. Guests at both hotels enjoy spectacular views and easy access to the very popular Bridge Street Town Center, where the hotel complex is located. The Element by Westin Huntsville is now open for business, please visit www.elementhuntsville.com to learn more and book reservations.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Harney & Sons Hosts First Annual Tea Tour in Greater London

Harney & Sons, the family owned- and operated luxury tea company, announced its first international tea tour in London, England. Tea industry insider Mike Harney, of Harney & Sons, will lead the group to the top tea drinking destinations in the British capital including Dorchester Hotel and the Historic Royal Palaces. The trip will take place September 15-21, 2017.

“At Harney & Sons we value our customers and view them as family,” Mike Harney said.  “This trip will serve as a unique opportunity to spend quality time with our tea loving family and experience the British tea scene with special access to ‘tea places’. Our contacts will open many a door”

The trip will trace the history of the tea industry from China and India to Britain, one of the world’s greatest tea consumers. Mike Harney and his wife will accompany the small group providing insight into the intricacies of tea blending around the world. The tour includes a world class Tea Infusiast Masterclass at the UK Tea Academy, a historic walking tour through Royal palaces, and an exploration of traditional tea service from the elegant Dorchester Hotel to below the Cutty Stark, one of the last tea clipper ships built in England.

Harney & Sons is a three-generation family-owned and operated tea company passionate about serving the highest quality of tea. The original founder, John Harney, started the business in the basement of his house in Salisbury, Conn. From a basement to an established headquarters in New York, Harney & Sons has grown to become a highly regarded tea brand and is the proud creator of the coveted official line of teas requested by the Historic Palaces of England. Harney & Sons will continue its long-standing relationship with England with an annual trip to London.

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