Thursday, July 12, 2018

Paso Robles Wine Region’s Allegretto Vineyard Resort Creates World’s First Sonic Labyrinth

The Allegretto Vineyard Resort, a 171-room luxury resort in the Paso Robles wine region, announces the creation of the world’s first Sonic Labyrinth ‘Sound Circle.’ Designed to provide guests a tranquil space with a distinctive series of sounds created by wind instruments, the new Sonic Labyrinth deepens the resort’s wellness offerings in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country on California’s Central Coast.

According to proprietor Doug Ayres, the Sonic Labyrinth utilizes music and space as a way to compel guests to slow their pace and become more mindful. As a symbol of life’s journey, a labyrinth is an archetypal pattern that leads one along a single, meandering path to a center point – the center being a metaphor as well as a physical spot. Labyrinths provide an opportunity to free the mind at one’s own pace, by incorporating sound into the experience.

Activated by motion sensors, the Sound Circle creates a series of soft, soothing tones that evolve as one walks through the labyrinth, cultivating a sense of relaxation and focus, while an intentional central null space creates an added sense of grounding.

Guests will hear the unique sounds of vessel flutes known as The Innate; these original handcrafted wind instruments made from European clay, have three chambers that impart an unusual harmony. “The idea is not to have a musical melody exactly, but to have different notes of harmonic sound to help evoke various emotions, ultimately creating a calming state of mind through this transformative experience,” said Ayres.

Designed to broaden the resort’s wellness amenities, the award-winning hotel also offers a European-inspired spa, Chära wellness program, individually selected and purposefully positioned art collection by Ayres throughout the resort, peaceful garden walkways and French-inspired Abbey. The custom-designed Sound Circle exemplifies another way Allegretto seeks to foster a serene, contemplative environment for its guests.

“Just like the musical term ‘allegretto’ describes a cheerful tempo, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is meant to express a life lived joyfully and in harmony,” explains Ayres. “We’re pleased that this new Sound Circle in our labyrinth will add to the resort’s harmonious experience in an entirely new way, taking guests on a path of personal discovery.”
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark Voted #1 Indoor Waterpark by USA Today

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, the Poconos’ premier adventure destination, has been named Best Indoor Waterpark in the country by USA Today. From the hundreds of indoor waterparks nationwide, Aquatopia secured the winning spot in USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for the second time since opening its doors in 2015.
The contest, which was launched on May 14 by USA TODAY, gave voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. This is the third time Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark was nominated and the second time it has been voted #1.
“The results are in and we could not be more excited that Aquatopia has been ranked #1 as the best indoor waterpark in the USA,” said Ame Cameron, VP of Sales & Marketing at Camelback Resort. “We are grateful to everyone who voted and invite new guests to experience the thrills and amenities that set Aquatopia apart from the other indoor waterparks in the county.”
Committed to providing adventures for guests of all ages, the 125,000-square-foot indoor waterpark is housed under a Texlon transparent roof that immerses guests in natural sunlight year-round while providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Aquatopia features seven pools, 13 water slides and a multitude of thrilling water attractions, including: Storm Chaser, North America’s longest uphill water coaster; The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool; an indoor/outdoor hot tub; and Kartrite’s Quest, the world’s first themed “next generation” multi-level aqua play structure equipped with 84 interactive water effects.
10Best.com provides readers with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. At its core is a team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. USA TODAY invites individuals and families from across the country to participate in these respective month-long “10Best Readers’ Choice” awards by voting for their travel favorites, including “Best Indoor Water Park.”
Earlier this year, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark received the “Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award” from Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants. This prestigious honor is awarded to aquatic facilities that epitomize safety excellence and exceed industry standards in risk management.
Aquatopia was also ranked among the top indoor waterparks in the world by U.S. News & World Report in an article that was published in March 2018.
Opened in April 2015, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is the most innovative waterpark ever constructed in the U.S. in a single phase. The award-winning leadership and cutting-edge innovations of Aquatic Development Group created the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast with several never-before-seen attractions, such as the Venus SlydeTrap, a 608-foot-long, fully-enclosed family rafting experience with a record-breaking sphere and open ‘manta’ wall ride. Aquatopia was part of a $163 million project that also included the construction and development of the eight-story, 453-suite Camelback Lodge.
The Great Kanagawa Wavepool features a snowcap-topped mountain, complete with a real Sno-Cat that uses thousands of LED light and sound effects to create the illusion of an avalanche plummeting into the pool. Bombora FlowRider® lets guests ride the waves alone or with a partner. The Lost River is a vast departure from a typical lazy river, enthralling guests with an adventure river ride through the jungle into a mysterious temple to find clues before emerging into daylight and a 60-foot waterfall. Perched on its launching pad high above Flyboys, the adults-only swim up bar, is Kartrite’s DHC-2 Beaver Float Plane, affectionately named, “Spirit of Tannersville.”
Aquatopia perfectly complements the existing family-friendly adventures at Camelback Resort, including 36 ski trails; the biggest snowtubing park in the U.S.A. with 42 lanes and a nightly Galactic LED light show experience; Pennsylvania’s only Mountain Coaster; North America’s longest twin, 4,000 ft. zip-flyers; and Camelbeach, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor waterpark.
Located just 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia, Camelback has wide appeal to a broad audience, including families and seasonal outdoor enthusiasts. Camelback Resort serves more than 1.7 million guests annually.
In early 2019, Camelback fans will have a new vacation destination to explore: The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, the latest creation of Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry II, co-owners of Camelback Resort. Built in the midst of 1,600 acres of wilderness in the Catskill Mountains, The Kartrite will feature New York State’s largest indoor waterpark—designed by Aquatic Development Group—and a luxury hotel with 324 exquisitely designed guest suites. For more information, visit TheKartrite.com.

For more information about Camelback Resort or to make a reservation, call 855.515.1283 or visit www.CamelbackResort.com
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

New York Bed and Breakfast Packs Date Box for Guests to Enjoy at Drive-In Theater

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is helping guests rekindle romance one bumper at a time. The award winning B&B is creating thoughtful and delicious ‘date’ boxes for guests to enjoy during a movie at the nearby Warwick Drive-In theater.

The Warwick Drive-In theater has been around for more than 20 years. A handful of years ago, it converted from film to digital, which has enhanced the movie experienced and still managed to keep that old-fashioned charm.
“The Warwick Drive-In Drive-In is very popular,” said Dena Finneran, who co-owns the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast with her husband, John. “I think people miss simpler times and the experience of driving in, dimming your lights, and cozying up, feels like you’re unplugging from the rest of the world.”

The ‘date’ boxes include a snack, movie-going type of candy and water bottles guests to munch and sip during the movie.

The Drive-In package includes:
·      2-night stay at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast
·      Complimentary admission for two to the Warwick Drive-In theater (subject to availability)
·      Complimentary three course gourmet breakfasts
·      Complimentary parking at the bed and breakfast
·      Complimentary wireless internet

Package price varies by room selection and duration of stay. Package costs starts at $390 plus tax; subject to availability. Package runs through mid-October 2018.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is located at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. To make a reservation call 1-845-496-2954 or visit www.caldwellhouse.com
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Museum’s Renovated Grandstand Theater Reopens

The power of moving pictures has filled the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Grandstand Theater for decades, with fans cherishing every minute of The Baseball Experience film as the introduction to their visit. Now, with the reopening of a completely renovated Grandstand Theater, a new film titled Generations of the Game brings home the passion and love carried by fans and players across generations.

The 189-seat Grandstand Theater will reopen May 25, 2018 as the start to Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. The Hall’s newest showpiece was created by design firm Populous.

“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new Generations of the Game introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Featuring cutting-edge technology and the latest in fan-friendly amenities, the new Grandstand Theater will provide an immersive experience to viewers with a sound system donated by Dolby Laboratories, state-of-the-art projectors donated by Christie Projectors and 16-foot high vertical videoboards along the theater’s side walls.

Generations of the Game will feature 19 Hall of Fame narrators along with voices such as Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark, Ford C. Frick Award winner Bob Costas, recently retired heroes Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Mariano Rivera, and current stars Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw.

The newly renovated theater will open just in time for the 10th annual Hall of Fame Classic, on May 26, 2018. For details on the Hall of Fame Classic, click here.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spring 2018 Brings a Refresh to Downtown Vancouver's Copper Chimney Indian Grill & Bar

Executive Hotel Le Soleil’s signature restaurant, Copper Chimney Indian Grill & Bar, located in downtown Vancouver’s financial district, is kicking off the summer season with fresh menus, a new “bread bar” concept, one of the city’s most extensive gin & tonic cocktail selections and an accompanying “Indian Happy Hour.”
These exciting changes come hot on the heels of the restaurant’s 2018 Vancouver Readers’ Choice Award in the “Downtown Indian Food” category hosted by the Vancouver Courier.
The Copper Chimney’s new menus continue to reflect an ongoing commitment to authentically prepared contemporary Indian comfort foods made in-house from scratch using family recipes, hand-ground exotic spices, fresh BC ingredients and the use of two tandoor (clay) ovens. The extensive, yet simple, menus pair classic Indian dishes with more western-influenced menu items with a few fun twists. There is no pretence here – dishes are colourful (Instagram-worthy), appealing and easy to share with gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options.
Breakfast items are more typically western with a few touches that hint at the Indian lunch and dinner menus. Lunch is a favourite with the rushed downtown business crowd and this is where the two Tandoor ovens really shine as simple grilled meats, fish and breads cook swiftly. The “Daily Tiffin” (an ancient Indian design) is a popular takeout option that offers curries packed in an environmentally reusable metal container that guests can return to have filled with different daily offerings accompanied by naan bread, salad and rice for only $9.
The Bread Bar, offered at lunch and dinner, is a selection of fresh authentically-made flavoured naan breads and kulchas (stuffed breads or “Indian pizza”) cooked to perfection in the tandoor ovens. The restaurant blends and roasts the spices and creates their own chutneys and accompanying pickles.
At dinner, once again the tandoor ovens impart a unique flavour to grilled meat, fish and chicken, while braised dishes such as the Bombay Braised Beef Short Ribs or Duck Korma are cooked slowly in their own juices. The braised lamb shank, slow cooked in cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and garlic, served with coconut greens beans and Bengali potatoes, is a family favourite, and the Thalis, a selection of small sharing plates, is ideal for casual group sharing.
“Indian Happy Hour” at Copper Chimney is destined to be as fun and tasty as it is unique to Vancouver with menu items featuring an Indian-twist on classic dishes. From handmade samosas, “Indian pizza,” lamb meatballs or Bombay short rib sliders to squash fritters with tamarind dipping sauce and poutine creatively topped with butter chicken, Happy Hour is a fun blending of cultures.
Copper Chimney’s new gin bar just might offer one of the city’s most extensive selections of gin & tonics and gin-based cocktails. To kick off the season, the bar will initially introduce 18 local and international gins, a selection of six flavoured tonics (using complementary Indian spices) along with condiments and natural flavours. Long Table Distillery, Vancouver’s first micro-distillery, and Victoria Distillers, small-batch spirit company, feature prominently.
The restaurant retains its original design elements of the 1999 built hotel within the two-storey open-concept space. A solid copper façade that wraps the open kitchen inspires its name, while dark woods, brown leather chairs and the signature yellow painted mural of the sun in honour of the restaurant’s hotel namesake – Hotel Le Soleil – creates a comfortable, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Seating options range from tucked-away to bird’s eye view balcony perches, lively high tops and bar seating, to long tables for groups and a small private dining room with an adjacent hidden outdoor courtyard seating area for a touch of al fresco dining.

Private dining in the hotel’s stunning penthouses, off-site catering and group booking options are available. Located at 567 Hornby Street, in the Executive Hotel Le Soleil, Copper Chimney is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Happy hour is Monday to Friday 3 to 6 p.m. For reservations visit copperchimney.ca or call 604-689-8862.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Beginning May 25, Eaglewood Resort & Spa Hosts Its Largest Ever Free Annual Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Itasca

Perfect for locals and travelers looking to fuel their passion for music, the sophisticated, AAA Four-Diamond Eaglewood Resort & Spa is pleased to announce their 10th Annual Sounds of Summer concert series. Weekly concerts will feature live performances every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. from Friday, May 25 to Saturday, September 22, amplifying this summer’s weekends with some of Chicagoland’s greatest and most sought after musical acts. This year’s lineup is the largest ever with 33 total concerts, including The Brothers Duo, Cirrus Falcon, Planet Groove, Acoustic Alibi and more.

“We are thrilled to host our 10th annual ‘Sounds of Summer’ concert series this year,” said General Manager Eric Bates. “It is a major milestone for our team at Eaglewood Resort & Spa. Putting on this event every year for the past decade has allowed our Sounds of Summer concert series to truly become a tradition in the community. With our gorgeous golf course views and new restaurant Prairie River, Eaglewood Resort & Spa is the perfect spot for locals to enjoy the summer weather, listen to fantastic music and create lasting memories. It is our goal to continue to offer events for guests and locals, so that people can truly experience everything our unique property has to offer.”

Having grown over the last 10 years, Eaglewood’s Sounds of Summer concerts now all take place at the resort’s dual interior and exterior dining space Prairie River. In addition to remarkable views of the golf course at sunset as well as an intimate outdoor patio and grand fire pit, Prairie River will offer concert-goers unique food specials, including two for $9 Evo Grilled Tacos with sour cream, freshly made red and green salsa, manchego cheese and a choice of meat on Fridays, and two for $8 Evo Grilled Steak Sliders with grilled Boston-cut strip steaks, caramelized onions and cheddar ale sauce on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prairie River’s full menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrees, wood-fired pizzas and desserts from 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Prairie River’s bar, featuring handcrafted cocktails and a large selection of popular local brews, is open late Friday and Saturday evenings until 1 a.m.

The resort also offers a one-night package for guests to indulge in style. Starting at $176/night the Sounds of Summer overnight package includes luxurious accommodations with golf course views and a walk-out balcony, two free beverage vouchers, a free shared appetizer in Prairie River, VIP preferred seating at the concert, a $25 resort credit and a complimentary breakfast buffet for two. The full schedule and band line up for Eaglewood’s Sounds of Summer concert series is available online.


For more information on Eaglewood’s 10th annual Sounds of Summer concert series, visit https://www.eaglewoodresort.com/summer/To book a stay, call (630) 773-1400.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mexico City’s Newest Bed and Breakfast Offers Cantina-to-Cantina Experience

Want to savor Mexico like a local? La Palomilla Bed and Breakfast in Mexico City has curated a unique cantina-to-cantina experience for guests who stay at the bed and breakfast and want to see and taste the real Mexico.

“Guests are always asking us where to go that serves real Mexican flavor,” said Alessandra Pérez-Cirera, owner/innkeeper of La Palomilla in Roma Norte, one of the hippest and safest neighborhoods in the City. “So, we’ve chosen the most representative and historic cantinas and mapped it out so guests can drink their ways from one to the next and end with a traditional meal.”

The cantinas, also known as local traditional bars, are within walking distance. Guests will meet their guide at a set meeting point then visit four cantinas in total and have dinner at the last one. At each cantina, guests will have ample time to stay and enjoy a drink and the ambiance.

The Cantina Time package includes:
●      A two-night stay at La Palomilla Bed and Breakfast
●      Homemade organic breakfast using locally-sourced ingredients
●      Group walking tour from cantina-to-cantina one night for two people
●      One drink per person at each cantina
●      Traditional Mexican meal at the last cantina


This package is available the months of June through August 2018. Package costs start at $426 plus tax based on double-occupancy and varies based on room rate and length of stay; a minimum two night reservation is required.
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