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 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 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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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Park MGM Officially Takes Its Place on The Las Vegas Strip

With the lighting of its new marquee and hotel tower signs, Monte Carlo officially sheds its name this week for a new identity – Park MGM – making way for the resort set for completion later this year. Following a transformation that will touch every element of the central Strip property, Park MGM is a welcoming social hub that evokes the residential spirit, intimacy and individuality of a boutique experience on a resort scale.

A partnership between Sydell Group and MGM Resorts International, Park MGM was born from the collaborative vision of the New York-based lifestyle hotelier and one of the world’s preeminent destination resort developers. When complete, the project will comprise two new distinct experiences: Park MGM, and a Las Vegas version of the renowned NoMad, a standalone 292-room hotel encompassing the tower’s top four floors.

"It’s a very special moment seeing this ambitious idea begin to come to life,” said Andrew Zobler, founder and CEO of Sydell Group. "Together with MGM, we were able to rethink every element of the guest experience and create something personal on a grand scale."

Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, said, “The opening of Park MGM, and soon NoMad, will tie together the entire neighborhood we’ve created with The Park, T-Mobile Arena and CityCenter. We are grateful to Andrew and the team at Sydell Group for sharing our vision to deliver a destination that embraces its surroundings and speaks to a new generation of travelers.”

Beginning with the opening of the 5,200-seat Park Theater in December 2016, the resort has unveiled several new amenities including completely reimagined guestrooms and suites, food and beverage offerings, lounges, pools, meeting spaces and more. The evolution of the Park MGM experience will continue throughout 2018 with the addition of nightlife; a new dining concept from Roy Choi embracing the energy of Los Angeles’ Koreatown; an Eataly marketplace designed specifically for Las Vegas; and the launch of Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated special engagement, among other elements.

NoMad Las Vegas will open within Park MGM in Fall 2018 with 292 guestrooms and suites; a dedicated entrance and lobby; high-limit gaming; a private pool environment; and the Las Vegas debut of Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, the visionaries behind the world’s best restaurant, Eleven Madison Park.

Additional details about the experiences still to come will be shared in the months ahead as the resort continues to take shape. Guests seeking a taste of Park MGM now can experience these resort features:
  • Immersive Lobby: Filled with natural light and punctuated by nature-inspired décor and art, Park MGM’s lobby is a nod to urban gardens and parks, including the adjacent Park neighborhood, bringing the outdoors inside. A dramatic arboreal sculpture by Brazilian woodworker Henrique Oliveira is the focal point of the lobby. The remarkable tree sculpture extends from above with its roots stretching across the ceiling. Throughout the lobby, guests are invited to explore intriguing works by the likes of David Hockney, Shahram Karimi and Shoja Azari, and many others.
  • Residential Guestrooms: Park MGM’s rooms evoke the essence of a private apartment with a mix of thoughtful touches, antique-inspired pieces, ‘found’ objects and original artwork by artists and photographers from around the world commissioned for each room by France’s be-pôles studio.
  • Primrose Restaurant: Located within the lobby, Primrose is inspired by the South of France and features an all-day menu with an emphasis on open-fire cooking. The restaurant celebrates the spirit of dining in a private Provençal garden with wood-fired grilling and an herb-centric cocktail program. For guests looking to dine al fresco, Primrose offers a spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the pool, beautiful both by day and night. 
  • Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar: The heralded Chicago-based Hogsalt Hospitality serves up steakhouse fare with a dash of French flair including seafood towers, flavorful bone-in dry-aged ribeye, sumptuous side dishes and house-made desserts. Classic cocktails and a well-curated international wine list embody Bavette’s timeless vibe. For those in the know, Bavette’s features a hidden speakeasy-style lounge at the back of the restaurant offering a full menu and bar, and the ultimate in intimacy and seclusion.
  • Juniper Cocktail Lounge: This stylish lounge challenges the status quo of mainstay drinks while staying true to the foundation of what makes a great cocktail. Whimsical elements like fortune-telling Gin & Tonics come to life through house-made juices and syrups, a premium selection of spirits and an intense dedication to the craft. An eclectic soundtrack creates a sophisticated atmosphere that evolves throughout the evening.
  • Moneyline Sports Book & Bar: Moneyline brings a new twist to the Las Vegas sports book with intertwining spaces that playfully transport guests to their favorite neighborhood hangout. Among the duckpin bowling lanes and billiards games, Moneyline features a menu conceptualized by Hogsalt Hospitality with griddled cheeseburgers as well as self-service, weigh-and-pay food selections for guests wanting to personalize their game day feast.
  • Pools: Channeling the sundrenched South of France, this vibrant outdoor escape features three pools, an oversized heated spa, 12 cabanas, lounge areas and multiple bars serving up delicious bites and beverages. Guests can mingle among friends at one of three pools – the South Pool, the East Pool or the North Pool – while lively music evokes a cool, laid-back vibe. Each pool boasts Baja shelf seating and submerged wet decks; a VIP area by the East Pool also features deluxe cushioned chaises. 
  • Meetings & Conventions: Phase one of Park MGM’s 77,000-square-foot conference center combines non-traditional spaces and flexible design to fill an unmet need for small groups visiting Las Vegas. With bookings now available, meeting planners can take advantage of the city’s first Executive Meeting Center and a comprehensive installation of Stay Well rooms and meeting space.
  • Casino Floor: Park MGM’s remodeled casino floor reflects the resort’s outdoor inspiration. In keeping with Sydell Group’s vision for maintaining key elements of the former space, the casino’s design contains subtle nods to its Monte Carlo roots, including the refined sparkling chandeliers, intricate crown moulding and stained-glass ceiling, all of which have been refurbished to their original beauty.
  • Park Theater: Park Theater invites guests to an intimate space for one-of-a-kind productions from renowned artists. The theater is home to extended engagements with Bruno Mars, Cher, Ricky Martin – and soon – Lady Gaga.

With its unrivaled central location, Park MGM offers guests direct access to what is quickly becoming the city’s premier entertainment district, featuring T-Mobile Arena, The Park and Park Theater. 
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stars and Strikes Rolls Into Summerville, South Carolina

Georgia-based Stars and Strikes recently announced plans to open a new family entertainment center in Summerville, S.C., in November of 2018, marking their thirteenth location and the first in the state of South Carolina.
The 55,000-square-foot facility located at 4570 Ladson Road – convenient to Interstates 26 and 526 – will house 24 bowling lanes, eight of which are VIP lanes in the signature Main St Lounge. The new Summerville location will offer fun and unique bowling leagues for all ages and skill levels. In addition to bowling, Stars and Strikes will feature other attractions, including a 7,300-square-foot arcade and prize store, a multi-story laser tag arena, bumper cars, the 7/10 Grille restaurant and a large full-service bar surrounded by big screen TVs for sports viewing.
The new Summerville facility also includes multiple private party rooms for events, highlighted by an upscale corporate event room that will seat 150-plus with a full private bar. The Main St Lounge features VIP bowling lanes in an upscale setting that is ideal for corporate and group events of all sizes. Stars and Strikes excels at providing deluxe, chef-crafted cuisine in a fun-filled atmosphere. Corporate and private event guests initially visit for the fun, only to be pleasantly surprised at the high quality and taste of the private event buffets and food packages.
“Opening the first Stars and Strikes in the state of South Carolina is a milestone for our company. We are aware of the demand for our brand of family-oriented entertainment from the families and residents of Summerville, Dorchester County and the greater Charleston area. Summerville’s large population of close-knit families makes it an ideal location for us,” said Chris Albano, managing partner and co-founder of Stars and Strikes. “With these families in mind, we are excited to bring a quality brand of family-focused entertainment to the Summerville area that guests of any age can enjoy.”
The new Stars and Strikes will offer affordable birthday party packages that are custom designed to accommodate budgets of any size. Stars and Strikes takes great pride in delivering a fantastically fun birthday party experience for kids of all ages that is easy and affordable for parents. Stars and Strikes’ birthday parties are consistently voted the No. 1 Birthday Parties by multiple local news outlets. The private birthday party rooms are ideal for a child’s special day.
Stars and Strikes Summerville’s lineup of attractions, which includes a two-story laser tag arena and indoor bumper cars, has been upgraded with the company’s newest attraction, Escapology. Escapology is an entertaining, interactive amusement concept where participants use their powers of deduction to solve a mystery. While it looks and feels like an ordinary room, it is actually a real-life mystery adventure game designed for small groups of friends, families and co-workers. Teams are on the clock and must solve the puzzles and figure out the clues to earn freedom and “Escape from the Room.”
The Summerville location will feature the company’s well-regarded classic American grill dining concept, the 7/10 Grille. The restaurant will offer fresh, chef-crafted cuisine including a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, specialty pizzas and other house-made items. Stars and Strikes has made it a priority to offer food and beverage options that are healthy, delicious and a welcome enhancement to the entire entertainment experience.
With 11 existing locations throughout Georgia and Alabama, including Augusta (opened 2017), Huntsville, Alabama (opened 2017), Columbus (opened 2016), Buford (opened 2015), Loganville (opened 2015), Woodstock (opened 2015), Sandy Springs (opened 2013), Stone Mountain (opened 2011), Dallas (opened 2008), Lawrenceville (opened 2007) and Cumming (opened 2005), and a new Stars and Strikes coming soon to Smyrna, Tennessee (opening in Q3 of 2018), the Stars and Strikes location in Summerville will appeal to guests of all ages and interests. The 24 state-of-the-art bowling lanes will attract serious bowlers looking to bowl in leagues, as well as families looking for a safe, clean, smoke-free entertainment center that is kid-friendly.

Stars and Strikes is excited to be an active member of the Summerville community. The company will invest over $7 million in the new facility, creating over 100 jobs, most of which will be filled locally. Stars and Strikes is currently interviewing general manager and kitchen manager candidates for the Summerville location. For more information or to apply for these positions, email Megan Voth at
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Aquatopia #1 Indoor Waterpark in Pennsylvania

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark was ranked among the 30 top indoor waterparks in the world—and #1 in the state of Pennsylvania—by U.S. News & World Report. Aquatopia offers year-round family fun to guests and visitors at Camelback Resort, the Poconos’ premier adventure destination.
Catering to guests of all ages, the 125,000-square-foot indoor waterpark is housed under a Texlon® transparent roof that immerses guests in 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.
“At Camelback, we believe that life needs adventure,” said Ame Cameron, VP of Sales & Marketing at Camelback Resort. “From the innovative slides that appeal to all ages, to our commitment to safety, our priority is ensuring a memorable guest experience and we are proud to receive this recognition.”
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.
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.
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 two acres of exhilarating four-season indoor waterpark space—designed by Aquatic Development Group—and a luxury hotel with 324 exquisitely designed guest suites. For more information, visit

For more information about Camelback Resort or to make a reservation, call 855.515.1283 or visit
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fairmont Chicago Offers Perfect Windy City Spring Getaways with Fun for the Whole Family

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr., is springing into the season with unbeatable offers and packages in the best location to enjoy Chicago’s famous Maggie Daley and Millennium Parks, Navy Pier and other outdoor hotspots. Whether a family vacation, private weekend getaway or a relaxing retreat, Fairmont Chicago’s offerings bring the city to life with a refreshing new twist.

Spring Packages

· Perfect for a family vacation or for sea creature fanatics, the Shedd Aquarium Package includes overnight accommodations in a luxurious Fairmont guestroom and two VIP Shedd Aquarium tickets that include express priority entry. Starting at $199 per night, this package gives guests an up-close, exclusive look at one of Chicago’s most popular museums featuring thousands of aquatic animals. Additional tickets are available at the front desk for larger groups.

· For adults looking for an elevated, elegant experience, the hotel’s new Suite Moments Package provides guests with a more relaxing option for a spring vacation. Designed for guests who would prefer to spend their stay with everything taken care of, the Suite Moments package begins upon arrival, with a perfected cocktail presented to each guest. The package also includes a good night’s sleep in a gorgeous Fairmont suite and a complimentary breakfast buffet for two. Starting at $152 per night, the special package is available for reservations now through Tues., June 30, 2018.

· As a treat for mom or a serene getaway, visitors can enjoy Fairmont Chicago’s Spa Retreat package this Mother’s Day. The hotel’s Spa Retreat package includes an overnight stay in a luxurious Fairmont guestroom and a $200 spa credit, which can be applied to the hotel’s extensive mySpa menu. This package represents a 20 percent discount with rates starting at $289 per room, per night.

· As a proud sponsor of the Chicago Area Runners Association, Fairmont Chicago makes it easy for athletes to access races and luxurious experiences before and after the big run. Starting at $215 per night, the hotel’s Running for Rewards package includes a luxurious stay in a Fairmont guestroom, complementary access to its mySpa fitness room and 20 percent off mySpa services. In addition, Fairmont Chicago will donate $10 to the Chicago Area Runners Association for each reservation made to assist the continued success of the group.

Stay Enhancements

· Available to guests once they have booked their Fairmont Chicago stay, the Lakefront Neighborhoods Bike Tour can be added on to any hotel stay. This easy bike tour will show guests some of Chicago's most scenic locations including The Magnificent Mile, Chicago Lakefront and even Oprah's house. Tours are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, plus additional tour times of 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekends. Tickets are $50 per adult and include a bike, helmet and a classic Chicago tour experience at a discounted rate at time of reservation.

· Whether it is for the celebration of Mother's Day or the arrival of spring, Fairmont Chicago offers a Dozen Tulip Arrangement for flower loving guests. For $25 plus tax and delivery, guests can purchase a beautiful tulip arrangement for any occasion and have the beautiful tulips placed in the guest room upon arrival to bring spring indoors.

For more information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park and its special offerings, visit
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