All Adriatic Cruises 2-for-1

July 24, 2014 on 9:02 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Italy, Rome | Comments Off



Croatia Special Fall Discounts

All Adriatic Cruises 2-for-1

1 person pays, 2 travel

Any departure, any small ship cruise listed on Mediterra website.

Must be booked and paid in full by August 10, 2014

For more details:

888-488-3350-Toll-free

310-428-1343-text or call

info@mediterra.biz

Mediterra is offering number of other FAM trips to travel agents to explore Croatia’s and the Balkans.

Nobody is offering more luxury and budget tours and cruises to Croatia and the Balkans than Mediterra. Luxury Adriatic cruises and small ship cruises touching beautiful Croatian island and selection of Mediterra tours and cruises in Croatia and other Mediterranean countries can be viewed at http://www.mediterra.biz.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

888-488-3350 Toll-free US/Canada

Live operators standing by

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1507 Seventh Street, Suite 364, Santa Monica, CA 90401 • Tel: (310)428-1343 • Fax: (310) 310-8031 info@mediterra.biz


Travel back in time on a ride through Cathar country in France

July 24, 2014 on 9:01 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, France | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCathar country is home to medieval castles, world-class wine, quaint villages and Provence-like beauty without the crowds. Explore this up-and-coming locale in the South of France with Discover France, the bicycle tour operator pioneering travel through the Languedoc Roussillon region. Not only is it tres bon rapport qualité prix (more bang for your buck), but you will gain a whole new perspective while rolling through the hills on two wheels.

Your trip begins in the wonderful medieval city of Carcassone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near the Mediterranean Sea. The essential first stop is at Limoux; imbibe the bubbly white wine Blanquette de Limoux while nibbling a sweet, chocolate dessert. Conquer the hills around Couiza before traversing the tranquil and paradoxically wild landscape of the Hautes Corbières countryside. There are breathtaking vistas and delightful villages nestled among rows of vines and majestic castles. The final stage of your journey will take you to the Mediterranean sea, where you can visit the charming village of Collioure, a Catalan port sheltered by the Pyrenees Mountains. Stone and sandy beaches, creeks and crystal clear water will entice you to take a refreshing swim.

The 7-day/6-night self-guided “Languedoc – Carcassonne to the Coast” presents a diverse region with stalwart citizens, awe-inspiring architecture and breathtaking natural beauty. National Geographic named Cathar Country as a “Best Trips 2014” and now Discover France can show you why it’s a must-see for 2015 too.

http://www.discoverfrance.com


Say “Namaste” to this Luxury Yoga Retreat in Turks & Caicos – Only $250‏

July 24, 2014 on 8:39 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Spa Resorts, Turks Caicos | Comments Off



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GRACE BAY, Turks and Caicos – Relax, renew and make friendships on a yoga retreat in Turks and Caicos. From October 11 to 14, 2014, The Somerset on Grace Bay is offering a 4-day luxury yoga retreat for only $250 (valued at $650) for guests staying at the resort.

Guest yoga instructor, Christina Wypijewska, RYT500, will return to The Somerset to lead guests with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Set along the world-famous Grace Bay beach, Christina will leave guests feeling rebalanced and revitalized with a series of themed yoga sessions.

The yoga retreat add-on is a comprehensive experience at The Somerset on Grace Bay includes:

4 days of yoga and meditation including a paddleboard yoga session (complimentary; $400 value)
Retreat-exclusive spa treatment (30 minutes)
Healthy Cooking Seminar with Chef Justin Currie of Pavilion
Daily Continental breakfast
Daily lunch featuring special yoga retreat nutritious menu selections

Tuesday night beach BBQ

Guests will experience the healing energy of the ocean, warmth of the sun, and the transformational powers of fluid movement and meditation. Ideal for all skill levels, each day the retreat will focus on a different yoga philosophy and include sunrise meditation on the beach, an energizing morning flow yoga practice and a more gentle sunset yoga practice. In addition, there will be special sessions for paddleboard yoga, exploring energy-body awareness and ayurvedic healing practice.

The convenience of the yoga retreat add-on is that it can be enjoyed by one or more guests in each party, but not all guests are required to participate. Priced at only $250 per person, including tax and gratuities, the retreat is available as an add-on to any room category and combinable with all current special offers. Nightly rates in a one-bedroom Garden villa begin at $420 per night, based on double occupancy. The Somerset’s villa accommodations, available in one to five bedrooms, each feature a gourmet kitchen, marble bathrooms, separate living room and balcony.

When not practicing their poses, retreat guests may relax in the oceanfront infinity pool or new on-site spa, or stay active with complimentary pedal bicycles to cruise around Grace Bay, fitness center with steam room, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, Hobie Cat sailboats, croquet and more.

For reservations and to check availability, please call toll-free (877) 887-5722, the resort direct at (649) 339-5900, or speak to a travel professional. For more details or to book online, visit www.thesomerset.com

About The Somerset on Grace Bay

Located on world-famous Grace Bay on Turks and Caicos, The Somerset on Grace Bay is an intimate, award-winning five-star resort where couples and families alike enjoy treasured times together. The luxury resort features 53 one- to five-bedroom villas and suites ranging from 1,400 to 5,300 sq. ft., as well as two restaurants and bars, two freshwater pools, fitness center, full-service spa, a range of activities on land and sea, complimentary Caicos Kids Club, and concierge services.


Martha’s Vineyard Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel’s Packages for

July 24, 2014 on 8:18 am | In Beachbooker, New England | Comments Off



Martha’s Vineyard Experiences with Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel’s New Getaway Packages for Summer and Beyond

Romantic Interludes, Gourmet Cuisine, Island Excursions and Family Celebrations Highlight Enhanced Getaways for Visitors Seeking the Quintessential Island Experience

Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel Offers Authentic Martha’s Vineyard Experiences

The Hob Knob experience is something that is ever-evolving,” said Maggie White, owner of Hob Knob. “We’re deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of the island and all of its natural beauty and attractions, but we strive to be current and stimulating.

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Summer is in full swing and Hob Knob luxury lifestyle hotel is welcoming visitors with new and enhanced getaway escapes that immerse guests in quiet luxury, unparalleled personalized service, and authentic experiences that distinguish Hob Knob as the quintessential island destination accommodation.

Already recognized as Martha’s Vineyard’s premier luxury island property, Hob Knob is launching the additional escapes to broaden its offerings for sophisticated travelers. Tailor-made, intimate getaways for couples, parents-to-be, gastronomes, families, and outdoor enthusiasts highlight the new experiences set amid all that Hob Knob is famous for: gracious and relaxed eco-friendly accommodations, updated amenities, spa services, afternoon tea, locally-sourced farm fresh breakfasts and more.

Goddess Swimwear from Today Show“The Hob Knob experience is something that is ever-evolving,” said Maggie White, owner of Hob Knob. “We’re deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of the island and all of its natural beauty and attractions, but we strive to be current and stimulating by offering creative vacation experiences like themed artistic events throughout the year and additional offerings that are uniquely Hob Knob. Those unique experiences are what we call “Hob Knobbing.”

New Hob Knob packages include: “Land and Sea” featuring the island’s best inland excursions plus a private tour of the world famous Allen Sheep Farm with Hob Knob owner Maggie White, and more; “Babymoon” for pampering parents-to-be with individualized spa services and breakfast in bed, and more; “Culinary Adventure” with private dinner prepared by the hotel’s chefs plus baking lesson to learn how to make Hob Knob’s famous scones, and more; “Mothers and Daughters, Sisters and Friends” featuring rejuvenating spa services, festive food and spirits and shopping offers at premier stores, and more; “Family Reunion” with option to reserve the entire Hob Knob compound of rooms and private luxury houses plus customized dining and activities for all guests.

Visitors can also design their own getaways with the assistance of Hob Knob’s island-savvy concierge services. Access to classic beach cruiser bicycles for exploring the island’s more than 100 miles of bike paths and the Boston Whaler for ocean cruising and fishing expeditions are located conveniently on site.


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Nestled in the heart of downtown Edgartown, four blocks from the harbor and just a short stroll to the beach, the hotel offers guests distinguished amenities, including sumptuous European style linens, flat screen TVs, complimentary high-speed WiFi, state-of-the-art fitness room, business center, executive board room, and spa with steam shower, sauna and massage services.

Hob Knob is a hotel that embraces the Island’s rich, historic heritage through its elegant English country décor, hand-selected antiques, and luxury amenities providing the quintessential Vineyard experience.

The hotel offers an ideal setting for weddings, corporate retreats, seminars, workshops and a variety of themed weekends throughout the year.

About Hob Knob:

Hob Knob is a 19th century Gothic Greek revival building transformed into the island’s premier luxury boutique hotel.

Whether staying in one of its thoughtfully appointed guestrooms, or in the private luxury Hob Knob houses, guests can expect individualized Hob Knob hospitality and modern amenities in a relaxed atmosphere that embraces authentic Vineyard life.

Hob Knob has been lauded by top travel and other media including: Travel and Leisure Magazine, CNN, Departures Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Boston Magazine and Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Hob Knob is open year round and offers a locally sourced, full farm breakfast, afternoon tea and an in-house spa.

For more information, visit: http://www.hobknob.com


FALL in Love with Wyndham Hotel Group’s Autumn Foliage‏

July 24, 2014 on 7:58 am | In Beachbooker, Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off




Famous for spectacular views and ample hiking paths, the Green Mountains just south of Rutland have some of Vermont’s most beautiful fall foliage. Take in the changing leaves throughout September and October, and be sure to spend some time in Manchester for their farmers’ markets and to see the Hildene mansion, which was once home to Abraham Lincoln’s son.

o DEAL ALERT: Book your stay at the Days Inn Rutland at least seven days in advance and receive 15% off your stay!

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowA popular summer destination, The Berkshires is known for its tranquility and culture. Take a drive through the October Mountain State Forest to soak up the greenery and see what inspired the likes of Herman Melville.

o DEAL ALERT: Book your stay at Days Inn Lenox at least seven days in advance and save 10%!

· Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan – Bordering Canada, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has some of the world’s most vibrant foliage, which is said to be visible from space! Drive along the coast of Lake Superior, or visit one of the areas’ many nature reserves and parks to experience autumn at its best.

o DEAL ALERT: Book your stay at the Days Inn or Super 8 Sault Ste. Marie at least seven days in advance and receive 15% off the total price, or book at the Ramada Sault Ste. Marie and receive the best rate plus 2000 Wyndham Rewards points!

· Glenwood Springs, Colorado – While Colorado is known around the world for its spectacular skiing, the foliage is noteworthy as well. Take a quick drive to Aspen to experience Independence Pass, which is only open between May and November. A hike or drive through the area is the perfect way to observe the changing leaves and take in the breathtaking views.

o DEAL ALERT: Book your stay at Ramada Glenwood Springs at least 7 days in advance and save 15%!

· Portland, Oregon – Portland is notorious for its farm-to-table dining, microbreweries and niche book shops, but visitors can also revel in the Pacific Northwest’s majestic autumn by taking a stroll through Hoyt Arboretum or the Japanese Garden, and driving through the Columbia River Gorge, the largest National Scenic Area in the US.

o DEAL ALERT: Book your stay at the Ramada Portland and save 15% on your total price, or book at the Days Inn Portland and receive the best available rate plus 2000 Wyndham Rewards points!.


Gamping, a Vacation Platform that Allows Travelers to Camp in the Backyards of Private Locations

July 24, 2014 on 7:45 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cabinweb, France, Spain | Comments Off




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Joseph Léopold, creator of Gamping, is pleased to announce that the online platform for Gamping.com (a contraction of garden and camping) is now more complete, convenient and available in several languages, including English, French, and Spanish. After the site launched in France in 2013, many travelers hoped the service would expand, specifically to Spain and the United States. Now, Gamping services are available in more languages and more locations. Please visit http://www.gamping.com  (English), http://www.gamping.fr  (French), or http://www.gamping.es  (Spanish) today to learn how to take part in this cost effective vacationing experience.


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Gamping is based on the principle of collaborative consumption. With roots in organizations such as Couchsurfing and Wwoofing, Gamping allows visitors to camp at private locations at a low cost. Founder and CEO of Gamping, Joseph Léopold, originally conceived of this idea to provide an alternative to traditional campsites and wilderness camping. This modern vacationing experience connects campers with people from around the world who are willing to offer their yards and other facilities in exchange for a few euros and good company. For between five and seven euros per night per person, campers can enjoy the comfort of an enclosed, private space, and additional amenities including pool access, a barbecue, a tennis court, a kitchen area, indoor bathrooms and more.

Joseph thought of the idea for Gamping one afternoon when he returned from a trip to Italy and found himself stranded without his keys. Without a way into the house, he decided to camp in his garden for the night. He was so charmed by the experience that he built a platform from which to share this experience with the world.

Joseph Léopold comments, “By opening up millions of privately owned plots of land, we hope to make the world more accessible. In addition to creating memorable connections between people, we want to improve man’s connection with nature, which is a core value.”

Joseph successfully launched gamping.com in 2013 to provide the world with a new vacation hosting paradigm. Now, more than 1,000 people “Gamp” during the summer, and gamping.com has over 450 approved hosts.


About Gamping

Gamping was conceived in 2013 by Joseph Léopold and brought to fruition by entrepreneur Louis-Xavier Vignal. This organization is supported by a community of over 5,000 people. 450 hosts now offer more than 1,000 spaces for tents, caravans and motorhomes across 17 countries, including France, Spain, Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Kenya, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Uruguay, Romania and Burkina Faso.


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Splash Around Turkey’s Top 10 Beaches This Summer‏

July 23, 2014 on 7:56 am | In Beachbooker, Turkey | Comments Off



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Beach Getaway – TURKEY!

Looking for a last minute summer beach getaway? Look no further – Turkey has you covered. This summer pack your bags, fill them with summer essentials and discover the top 10 beaches Turkey has to offer.

From pristine shores to the longest beach in the Mediterranean, hop a flight to Turkey to dip your toes into the waters of this mesmerizing destination. Below find the top 10 beaches Turkey has to offer to make the perfect summer memory:

1. Ölüdeniz: Considered one of the top five beaches in the world, Ölüdeniz is cocooned by a steep ridge of mountains where paragliders leap from the peaks down into Kelebek Vadisi (Butterfly Valley), known for its annual hatching of the rare tiger butterfly.

2. Marmaris: One of Turkey’s most popular summer destinations, Marmaris’ towering mountains frame beautiful bays and offshore islands. The jewel in the Marmaris’ coastal crown is Akyaka beach, which sits at the head of the bay of Gokova and is backed by pine-clad hills and eucalyptus groves.

3. Patara Beach: The longest beach in the Mediterranean with a sandy shoreline extending more than 11 miles with mountains at each end and sand dunes along its length. Patara is one of the principal cities of Lycia, whose visitors included Apollo, Alexander, Vespasian, Hadrian, St. Paul and St. Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus.

4. Olympos Beach: Famed for its tree house accommodations, Olympos Beach has been on the backpacker trail for years and is fast attracting more visitors to the 3-mile sweep of beach lined by fir trees and surrounded by an amphitheater of mountains, including the 8,000-foot peak of Mt. Olympos.

5. Kaputas: On the road between Kalkan and Kas, the beach at Kaputas spreads out at the base of a gorge where fresh water mixes with the turquoise sea at a place that can only be accessed by descending 200 steps down the cliff face. From there, beachgoers can swim to the sea caves of Güvercin Mağarası and Mavi Mağara, and waterside rocks that act as natural diving boards into the tranquil sea.

6. Hisaronu Bay: On a forested hillside along a turquoise coast, Hisaronu Bay has two small beaches that look out towards the Datca Peninsula. With a permanent breeze along the coast, the beaches are popular for water sports by day and restaurants, bars and shops by night.

7. Bodrum/ Ortakent: On the southwest tip of the Aegean coast is Bodrum, known as the St. Tropez of Turkey for its seaside resorts and inexhaustible nightlife. Lying mid-way along the Bodrum peninsula, Ortakent Yahsı is the place for a relaxed family holiday with plenty of dining, entertainment and watersports from wake-boarding to kayaking and sailing. The crystal-clear waters quietly lapping onto the region’s countless bays, coves and beaches like the town beach at the base of St. Peter’s Castle belie the region’s history as the land of Herodotus, of the Knights Templar, and of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

8. Cesme Alaçati: Near the tip of the Çesme Peninsula, Cesme Alaçati is one of Turkey’s up-and-coming vacation havens. Visitors come for the charming old stone houses on narrow streets lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The small beach at Alaçati opens to a wind-swept bay ideal for windsurfers. Nearby on the Çesme Peninsula is Ilica, where thermal spring waters bubble up under the sand, allowing visitors to steep in hot springs while immersed in the sea.

9. Iztuzu Beach: Millennia of sand deposited at the mouth of the Dalyan River has formed the sandbar of Iztuzu Beach. Accessible only by a fleet of pontoon taxis plying the reed-lined river from the village center to the delta, the beach forms a natural barrier between the fresh water delta of the Dalyan River and the Mediterranean Sea – where thermal springs and mud baths are said to heal diseases and beautify the skin.

10. Kilyos: Offering respite from the crowds of Istanbul, the sandy stretch at Kilyos on the Black Sea is best-known for its beautiful beaches and coves, modern hotels and restaurants as well as summer entertainment and water sports such as beach concerts, kite surfing, and windsurfing.

We feel a piece on Turkey’s top 10 beaches will entertain readers and take them on a journey outside their traditional beach vacations.


Food safety placards displayed at all Hawaii eateries

July 23, 2014 on 7:44 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Hawaiian Islands | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFrom now on, tourists in Hawaii will be better informed on hygiene and food safety standards when dining out in the state’s resorts.

Part of the state’s new Food Safety Code that was signed into law earlier this year, new color-coded placards are required to be displayed in all restaurants and food service outlets to show diners if recent food inspections have been passed.

Hawaii State Department of Health has devised a three-color rating system.

An outlet with a green placard means it had at least one major hygiene violation at the most recent inspection and it was immediately rectified.

A yellow rating denotes a restaurant had at least one violation which was not corrected straight away.

A red placard will be displayed for the most serious health violations including overflowing sewage, a vermin problem, or other major unsanitary conditions.

Eateries with a red placard will be forced to close to the public until the health hazard is fixed, the Health Department said.

All placards will be placed on the exterior walls and clearly visible to all customers.

“Hawaii consumers will have more peace of mind about being protected from foodborne illnesses and other health hazards when eating out this summer,” said Gary Gill, deputy director of environmental health.

The new placard system has been well received by most of Hawaii’s tourism industry groups, especially the Hawaii Restaurant Association, which represents 3,500 businesses in the food service and tourism sectors.

The rules cover all of the state’s 10,000 public dining venues, including hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, lunch wagons, and private catering firms.


What’s New in San Diego this Fall‏

July 23, 2014 on 7:40 am | In Beachbooker, California, San Diego | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowMajor Attractions

The San Diego Zoo is now offering Early Morning with Pandas , a new tour that allows guests to visit the giant panda viewing area before it officially opens for the day. The two-hour adventure includes the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Xiao Liwu Bai Yun and/or Gao Gao enjoying their breakfast and a tour around the zoo in a VIP cart with stops to visit other animals up close. Early Morning with Pandas is not included with admission and is available Thur-Sun., 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

View the complete list of San Diego attraction news.

Notable Events

San Diego Beer Week returns Nov. 7-16 for a 10-day celebration of local craft beer and San Diego’s thriving brewing culture. The event serves as a showcase for San Diego’s breweries, restaurants and pubs. Festivities kick off with a Brewers Guild Festival and conclude with a Chef Celebration of San Diego Beer, a gourmet beer and food pairing event.

More than 60 galleries from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia will showcase paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, videos and cutting-edge multimedia artworks during ART SAN DIEGO 2014. Held Nov. 6-9 in Balboa Park, the contemporary art fair serves as a marketplace for the world’s leading contemporary art galleries. This year, ART SAN DIEGO will host ArtSpot International Art Fair, a stand-alone event that will present carefully selected modern and cutting-edge galleries with a strong Latin-American emphasis.

View more San Diego major events.

Tours

Offered by Flagship Cruises, the new Patriot tour is a high speed ride through San Diego Bay. The 30-minute tour carries 139 passengers past the Coronado Bridge and around the scenic bay. The Patriot features two turbo-charged engines that boast of more than 1,400 horsepower each, providing thrilling 360-degree turns and spinning on a dime creating an exciting tour of a lifetime.

View more San Diego tour news.

Hotel Renovations

The Bay Club Hotel & Marina will soon complete a 1.2 million dollar makeover. The renovations include remodeling of all rooms to match the hotel’s nautical theme and upgrades in the lobby, meeting and banquet venues, including the dining room areas. The improved hotel bar now offers a waterfront view from every seat.

In May 2014, Lane Field broke ground on a dual-branded hotel set to open in Dec. 2015. The $130 million project will include a 253-room Springhill Suites and a 147-room Residence Inn, both offered by Marriott. Each hotel will have its own distinct lobby but will share a common elevator. The development will include approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space and above-ground parking for more than 400 vehicles. A 1.6-acre park will be added to the San Diego Bay waterfront.

View more hotel renovation news.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Award-winning chef William Bradley is lending his culinary might to the new Bijou French Bistro that opened its doors in June. The acclaimed executive chef of the Five-Star, Five Diamond Addison at The Grand Del Mar serves as culinary director, while Shaun Gethin, former sous chef of Addison, takes charge as chef de cuisine of this new La Jolla dining venue. Evoking a casual yet classic European style, the restaurant encompasses 10,000 sq. ft., including a new wine bar, main dining room, wine cellar room, private dining room and bar lounge and serves French bistro fare for dinner daily.

Scheduled to open in summer 2014 in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, AD will be the latest addition to San Diego’s nightlife and will offer a diverse selection of craft cocktails, the latest music, bottle service and a small bites menu. The 4,000 sq. ft. space will be available for private events and will double as a restaurant during the daytime.

View more restaurants and nightlife updates.

Visual Arts and Museums

From Sept. 13, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will premiere the installation of the largest traveling, full-career retrospective exhibition of Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting. The exhibition will feature 60 canvases, including close to one dozen works from each of the past five decades, from the 60′s to present. Whitten has become well-known for his method of collaging “cut”- tessellated constructions, wherein he creates paint tiles and then adheres them to the canvas. The display will be accompanied by a richly illustrated publication including a lead essay by noted artist and critic Robb Storr as well as new scholarly essays by exhibition curator Kathryn Kanjo.

The San Diego Natural History Museum has announced three major exhibitions to be showcased during Balboa Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration: from Oct. 11, 2014-April 26, 2015, the museum will host the west coast debut of the blockbuster exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut. The exhibition recreates the moment of Howard Carter’s remarkable finding of the lost tomb of Tutankhamun. Visitors will be able to experience the splendor of 18th dynasty Egyptian history though more than 1,000 reproductions of the treasures discovered in the tomb. Scheduled to open Jan. 17, 2015, Coast to Cactus in Southern California, will be an innovative, 8,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibition that will invite visitors to explore the unique habitats of southern California, from the coastal wetlands and urban canyons to the high mountains and the desert. Opening June 12, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed will explore the fascinating social, natural, and spiritual realms of the ancient Maya through the eyes of powerful kings and queens and the lesser-known people who were the backbone of Maya society.

View more upcoming art and museum events.

Performing Arts

During Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5, the Jean Issacs San Diego Dance Theater and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) present the 16th Annual Trolley Dances . This artistic experience features site-specific dances performed by San Diego dancers along designated stops of the MTS Trolley lines. Tickets include a free all day Trolley Pass with advance purchase.

Beginning Sep. 13, 2014, The Old Globe continues its 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin. The Globe welcomes Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, who makes her San Diego directing debut beginning March 21 with an enchanting theatrical spectacle, The White Snake. Other plays featured in spring 2015 include: Jonathan Tolins’s Off-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar, Twenty-Seventh Man, The Royale, Murder for Two and Arms and the Man. The 2014-2015 season will also include the 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, beginning Nov. 15, 2014.

View more performing arts news.

Awards

In June 2014, TripAdvisor announced the World’s Top Landmarks and Parks in the Traveler’s Choice Attractions Awards, ranking San Diego’s Balboa Park as number 7 on the list for top 10 U.S. parks. Travelers’ Choice awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services ranked San Diego fourth nationally for concentration of museums, just behind New York, L.A. and Chicago respectively. The data showed that San Diego County has 248 museums, including art museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens, science and nature center and general interest museums.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org  or call 619-236-1212.


Santa Monica surf experience

July 23, 2014 on 7:38 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, California, Los Angeles, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowTravelers seeking an authentic Santa Monica surf experience this summer need look no further – Le Meridien Delfina, one of the beach city’s top hotel destinations located just a few blocks from the Pacific, is thrilled to announce the launch of their “Surf’s Up Package.”

Great for families and individuals craving an authentic “hang ten” experience, the package includes gnarly features such as:

· A 20% off discount on local surfing lessons with experts to ensure guests catch the “perfect wave”
· An awesome 50% off deal on meals at Longitude (who just launched a new “Surfboard Menu”) and Zest Kitchen

· A picnic basket filled with innovative dishes created with local ingredients such as a Citrus Quinoa and Asian Cucumber Salads to snack on while checking on the surf from the sand

· A discounted rate starting at $269 per night on all luxury guestrooms with sweeping ocean views
**Special terms and conditions apply; offer based on availability**


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