Friday, September 14, 2018

Tres Sirenas Re-Opens in Puerto Rico

Tres Sirenas, the premier Caribbean boutique hotel, is proud to announce the re-opening of its stylish and sophisticated property located oceanfront in Rincon, Puerto Rico following 10 months of closure due to Hurricane Maria.

This intimate award winning hotel is a stand out in Puerto Rico and designed with privacy and comfort in mind. The location is what really sets the hotel apart with spectacular views of the ocean and the glorious Rincon sunsets. At Tres Sirenas, guests can unwind in style and get back to nature, without leaving the comfort of their surroundings.  
The elegant Spanish Colonial hotel offers five exclusive accommodations, all with exquisite panoramic ocean views and private verandas. Each guest room is uniquely decorated in a coastal, bohemian style, and are equipped to meet the needs of the discerning traveler - with complimentary WiFi, AC, LED flat screen TV, mini fridge, coffee maker and microwave. This is further enhanced by deluxe toiletries in all bathrooms. The Seaview Suite and Penthouse are equipped with full kitchens and master bathrooms. All guests enjoy a top-rated gourmet vegetarian breakfast which incorporates the best of Rincon’s local products and is included with each stay. The accommodations combine modern comfort in a tropical boutique hotel environment. The spacious outdoor common areas offer ample space and privacy with pool, beach front cabana beds and a newly constructed yoga deck which are surrounded by lush tropical gardens, palm trees and a majestic almond tree that anchors the property. Tres Sirenas is excited to begin offering Jivamukti Yoga classes to their guests, as well as the extended Rincon community. In addition, guests can also experience the “Siren” inspired boutique, La Vida Sirena, all conveniently situated on the property which is within walking distance to town, restaurants, water sports and the best of what this beautiful town has to offer.

Rincon, Puerto Rico is renowned for its surfing beaches, peaceful, easy going lifestyle and yoga community. It has rebounded 100% after Hurricane Maria and it is easily accessible via a direct flight from JFK & Newark airports to Aguadilla, which is a short 40 minute drive to this exclusive oceanfront property.

Behind the re-design of Tres Sirenas are two accomplished women, founder Lisa Masters and partner Wanda Acosta, ex-New Yorkers and beach life enthusiasts. Besides, being a successful inn keeper, Lisa is also an accomplished Jivamukti Yoga instructor and fine artist. Wanda is a visual artist and a veteran in the hospitality industry in NYC.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mexico City Bed and Breakfast Adds 'Worry Dolls' to Turndown Service

La Palomilla Bed and Breakfast in Mexico City wants guests to leave their worries behind – at least for the night. The boutique bed and breakfast is tucking in traditional Mexican "Worry Dolls’ among pillowtops as part of its turndown service, starting this September.

“We strive to provide a truly authentic and care-free experience,” said Alessandra Pérez-Cirera, owner/innkeeper of La Palomilla in Roma Norte, one of the hippest and safest neighborhoods in the City. “These little muñequitas leave a big impression. You whisper your worries to them at night, as you would a confidant, and you sleep better knowing they’ll work while you rest to ease your troubles.”

The Worry Dolls measure about an inch and are made locally using wool and colorful textile leftovers. The dolls are then dressed in a traditional Mayan style wardrobe. The new dolls are an organic addition to the B&B, which features many vibrant works of art by local artisans and prides itself on sourcing locally-made goods, amenities, and foods. Each guest receives a doll from a trio of dolls during their stay. Guests are encouraged to take their dolls home as a memento and for ongoing stress-relief.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

The Evolution of Brick Farm Tavern

Established in 2015 as the region’s finest fulfillment of the promise of refined farm-to-table dining, Brick Farm Tavern has continued its progression to realize the pledge to support the native fresh food community. The Tavern sources meat from its own Double Brook Farm in Hopewell Valley as well as fruits, vegetables, grains, flours, dairy and edibles from local farming partners, and, finally, seafood from Local 130 Seafood.
A new Managing Partner has joined the ownership team of Brick Farm, and he brings a lifetime dedicated to fresh food with him. Richard Moskovitz, most recently a Regional Director Of Operations for Starr Catering Group, brings over 25 years of culinary expertise in various dining environments, including cultural centers such as the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; New York Botanical Gardens; and Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey. Richard also has extensive experience as an Executive Chef, including Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., one of the country’s first farm-to-table enterprises. 
“Authentic farm-to-table dining is an art that few establishments project as well as Brick Farm, and I’m proud to join the group of dedicated individuals who are simply the best in the industry,” says Moskovitz. Moskovitz’s priorities to bring Brick Farm to the next level of excellence began with a new Executive Chef, the addition of more accessible menu options, a bocce court to keep the atmosphere festive, happy hours and much more. An emphasis on private events is also on Mr. Moskovitz’ s strategy to further elevate Brick Farm’s position as the "go-to" culinary setting in the region.
The new Executive Chef is Max Hosey, a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Max also brings many years of excellence in culinary experience, including pursuits at Town Hall in San Francisco, California; Manrasa Restaurant (Three Michelin Star Restaurant) in Los Gatos, California; Michael Mina Restaurant (Two Michelin Star Restaurant) in San Francisco, California; an international chapter at the prestigious Ivy Restaurant in London, England; and Patrick Guilbaud (Two Michelin Star Restaurant) in Dublin, Ireland.  
Coupled with the existing beverage program featuring curated wines, local craft beers and artisanal spirits, which are reflected in the seasonal cocktail menu, the restaurant has the unique distinction of having beer from on-premises brewer, Troon Brewing, as well as spirits from on-premises distillery, Sourland Mountain Spirits.

To learn more about Brick Farm Tavern, please visit http://www.brickfarmtavern.com.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mississippi's First Hotel Indigo Now Open

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) is proud to announce the opening of its newest location, The Hotel Indigo®-Hattiesburg. The first and only Hotel Indigo in Mississippi opened July 26, 2018.

The Hotel Indigo-Hattiesburg hotel is located at South 31st Ave. and Chevy Chase Dr. and is within walking distance to the University of Southern Mississippi and The Avenues. The five-story boutique hotel features 100 rooms and business conveniences such as a 24/7 business center with wireless internet and printing available. Other amenities include an on-site fitness center offering a variety of equipment pieces. Pets are also welcome.

“All of the team is really excited to be a part of this, especially with it being the first one in the state,” said Rhonda Cunningham, general manager of Hotel Indigo-Hattiesburg. “This is such a beautiful hotel with custom-detailed work – there’s nothing else like it.”

Each Hotel Indigo® property is uniquely designed to reflect the culture, character and history of the surrounding neighborhood. The Hotel Indigo-Hattiesburg hotel provides the perfect destination for travelers looking for an experience that is truly reflective of the Hub City’s timber and rail industry, as well as the University of Southern Mississippi.

“We have murals throughout that reflect the railroad and timber industry and are very artsy,” said Cunningham. “It’s not your normal chain, box hotel. We’ve customized all the features and the décor. We’re telling our neighborhood’s story.”

Guests can also visit Brass Hat, the hotel’s restaurant/bar reminiscent of a 1930s railroad dining car. The menu at Brass Hat will be focused on tapas, small plates and specialty items.

In addition to the on-site restaurant and bar, the hotel has partnered with Hattiesburg’s Midtown Donut and The Midtowner for breakfast room service and grab-and-go breakfast items. The Midtowner will be open Mon. through Fri. from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and Sat. through Sun. from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Hotel Indigo-Hattiesburg will also serve a wide range of local products, including coffee and local craft beers.

“We’re very excited for Hotel Indigo to open their doors to Hattiesburg residents and visitors this August,” said Micajah Sturdivant, president of MMI Hotel Group. “Plans are underway for a ribbon cutting ceremony, and once the date is set, we encourage the public to attend and find out all they (The Hotel Indigo®-Hattiesburg) have to offer.”

Hotel Indigo properties participate in IHG's guest loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club, the industry's first and largest guest loyalty program with nearly 90 million members globally. IHG Rewards Club membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at www.ihg.com/rewardsclub, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG's 4,900 hotels worldwide.
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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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